Posts tagged protests
Posts tagged protests
Mass brutal police repression during a protest against the cancellation of a teachers’ strike after an assembly with the Union of Education Professionals in Sao Paulo on May 10, 2013. Source 1 | Source 2
For a bit of additional info:
According to local journals, the protest became violent when a segment of the teachers disagreed with the decision of a poll deciding for the end of the strike, since the government agreed with some of the sindicate’s revindications. Some protesters started throwing objects at the car where the board of directors was and soon the police got involved. The head of the sindicate claims the protesters are just a noisy minority and the decision was democratically made. But the number of people claiming the opposite, and since the media coverage here hasn’t yet given a minute of full attention to the replies from the side of the protesters - and, as usually, the police’s answer was heavy and violent - implies there’s more bias to this than it’s being noticed by both brazilian and foreign media.
Some 10,000 Israelis took to the streets on Saturday to protest against impending austerity measures proposed by new Finance Minister Yair Lapid.
İstanbul is under police siege today, Public transport banned, roads blocked, pepper spray used extensively, police attacks demonstrators.
Teargas enveloped Istanbul as demonstrators defiantly merged onto the city’s symbolic Taksim Square, where they hold May Day protests every year. The government banned all events there this year, because the square is under construction. As protesters and police clashed they turned the 15 million strong metropolis into a war zone, leaving behind destroyed property and reportedly dozens of injured people. To get a grip on the increasing number of protesters, Turkey’s police fortified their ranks with four planes full of officers transfered from other cities. Among the injured were four journalists and a teenage high school student who suffered head injuries. and is in critical condition at the hospital. Opposition politicians affected from gas and police brutality were also hospitalized.
A Palestinian protestor, with his face covered in the colours of his national flag, uses a plastic table as a shield during clashes with Israeli soldiers outside Ofer prison, near Ramallah, following a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails on March 6, 2013.
[Credit : Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images]
Protesters march during an anti-austerity rally in central Athens on February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff. The banner reads, “Jobs”.
[Credit : John Kolesidis/Reuters]
Plans for a road linking the Cochabamba and Beni regions of Bolivia continues to provoke debate and cause conflict in the country. Although most agree on the need to link the two regions in to the centre and northeast of the country, the fact that plans state the road would cut through the heart of the Isiboro Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory [Parque Nacional y Territorio Indígena Isiboro-Secure or Territorio Indígena y Parque Nacional Isiboro Secure, TIPNIS] has been the cause of much conflict. The project, moreover, has been devised and is being pushed by Evo Morales’ government. In 2011 and 2012, several indigenous organisations openly opposed the idea that the road project should cross through the TIPNIS. The eighth and ninth Indigenous Marches for Dignity and Territory were the most visible demonstrations of indigenous protest against the road, which would put one of the Amazon’s most biodiverse and highly protected areas at risk. Tensions worsened when on 25 September 2011 police used violence to intervene with the eighth Indigenous March.
Mourners attend a commemoration ceremony and march for a protester killed during clashes with Egyptian security forces the previous night, at the Al Noor Mosque on February 2, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. 23-year old protester Mohammed Hussein Korani was killed after sustaining gunshot wounds to the neck and chest during fighting with riot police outside Egypt’s Presidential Palace in Cairo late on the night of February 1. Protests continued across Egypt nearly one week after the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak on January 25, 2011.
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Bahraini anti-government protesters carry national flags during a march on Feb. 3, 2013, in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain. Hundreds shouted “down with the government” during the march, called by several opposition groups to demand freedom for political prisoners and democracy in the Gulf island kingdom
[Credit : Hasan Jamali/AP]
Idle No More protesters make good on threats to shut down Canadian infrastructure
Making good on threats to shut down infrastructure across Canada, flag-waving, drum-beating protesters marched Wednesday under the banner of the Idle No More movement as they set up blockades snarling traffic and halting trains across the country.
In Windsor, Ont., about 600 marchers — one of the largest of the protests — took to one of the city’s links to Detroit, the Ambassador Bridge, backing up commercial traffic beyond city limits.
The so-called national day of action created tension outside Edmonton where protesters blocked the main artery between the Alberta capital and Calgary. One driver in a large blue pickup truck slowly edged their way through the blockade as protesters jumped on the truck’s hood before finally letting the driver pass. No one was injured during the confrontation.
With minor exceptions, the protests were peaceful and went off without incident.
More than one chief who spoke out in Windsor, however, put the federal government on notice that, should it not heed the call to meet and discuss treaty rights with Canada’s indigenous leaders, protesters would return with much larger numbers. (Photo: John Woods; Robin Rowland/The Canadian Press)
East Belfast trouble follows shots incident
Loyalists have attacked police with fireworks, stones and golf balls on a third night of trouble in east Belfast.
Officers fired three plastic bullets and used water cannon in an attempt to control a crowd of 100 loyalists who targeted police and set cars on fire.
Earlier, a 38-year-old man was held on suspicion of attempted murder after shots were reportedly fired at police.
During the day a protest took place over Belfast council’s decision to stop flying the union flag every day.
Up to 1,000 loyalists demonstrated outside Belfast City Hall over the decision to fly the union flag only on designated occasions.
Police said they later dealt with public disorder in a number of locations including Templemore Avenue and the Albertbridge Road and advised people to avoid the area.
Bricks, bottles, fireworks and smoke canisters were thrown by the rioters on the Lower Newtownards Road.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland said it had fired three Attenuating Energy Projectile (AEP) rounds and deployed water cannon.
The AEP was introduced in Northern Ireland in 2005 and is designed to be safer than previous types of plastic bullet.
Pictured: Saturday was the third conscecutive night of trouble in east Belfast
First Nation leaders to meet as Idle No More movement ‘becoming more volatile’
First Nations leaders are meeting today to clarify the demands of hunger-striker Chief Theresa Spence, in the hopes of getting closer to a resolution of recent unrest.
National Chief Shawn Atleo is meeting several key regional chiefs from the area surrounding Spence’s Attawapiskat reserve in northern Ontario.
Spence’s spokespeople said Wednesday in a written statement that the situation “is becoming more volatile” with each passing day that Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t meet with Spence.
At the same time, Atleo has issued what he calls an urgent invitation to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston to meet chiefs on Jan. 24 _ the one-year anniversary of Harper’s summit with First Nations. (The Canadian Press)
Powerful image from Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/EPA
Canada, First Nations headed in ‘dangerous direction’ as Idle No More hunger strike continues: Former PM Joe Clark
A visibly weak Chief Theresa Spence made a brief appearance on Sunday — in Day 20 of her fast — as a parade of politicians and protesters turned up the volume to demand action from the Harper government on treaty issues.
Through a spokesperson, the chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation said she was “deeply humbled” by the support she’s received from aboriginals and non-aboriginals in her appeal for a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor-General David Johnston.
“This is a call to arms and a call to action in the most peaceful and respective way that reflects our natural laws as Indigenous nations,” Spence said in the statement. (Robin Rowland, Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)
Protests in Ghana over Elections Result
Supporters of New Patriotic Party Nana Akufo-Addo have taken to the streets in Accra to protest the outcomes of Friday presidential elections claiming the process was marred by fraud.
Demonstrators from anti-tax avoidance group UK Uncut, protested at Starbucks branches across Britain over the company’s lack of corporate tax payments in Britain in the past three years (via guardian.co.uk)