Posts tagged protests
Posts tagged protests
To demonstrate opposition to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup, protests, strikes and direct actions have been sweeping Brazil in massive numbers. Occupying a space next to Arena Corinthians in São Paolo, where the first match will be held, over 10,000 people are protesting in the name of Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MTST). Around the rest of Brazil, such as in Rio de Janeiro, countless others are organizing smaller protests against the government.
Their slogan is #NãoVaiTerCopa, or “There will be no Cup.” MTST coordinator Maria das Dores Cirqueira summarizes their grievances telling the LA Times, “When the government told us we would host the World Cup, we hoped there would be improvements for us. But they aren’t putting on a Cup for the people, they’re putting on a Cup for the gringos.”
Three more killed in Venezuela unrest, students battle troops. Violence began when National Guard troops blocked opposition marchers from leaving Plaza Venezuela to head to the state ombudsman’s office.
In this video, Ukraine Internal Affairs Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said protesters in the country were “warned about criminal responsibility” but “didn’t listen.” In a message released Thursday, Zakharchenko said 29 police officers suffered gunshot wounds and that the “opposition provoked all this violence.” He said the police would “do all they can to keep law and peace.” In the U.S., the White House said it was outraged by the continuing violence, but had reached no decision on whether to impose sanctions, even as the European Union announced it would sanction members of the government involved in political violence, including freezing assets and banning travel. Credit: MVD Ukraine
Thursday proved to be the worst day of violence so far in the rebellion against the Ukraine government. One doctor affiliated with the protesters estimatied the number of people killed at 70, many from sniper rounds shot by soldiers from the buildings around the Maidan, the Kiev square where the worst clashes have played out. At least 500 were injured.
In Ukraine, police and protesters continue to clash, as this video from Sunday shows. Today, Russia accused the European Union of meddling in Ukrainian affairs and fomenting the continuing violence. Ukraine’s current anti-government movement, involving camps in central Kiev, began in protest at President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision in November to renege on a landmark treaty with the EU. Credit: YouTube/TIG Media
Tens of thousands of African migrants protest in Tel Aviv against Israeli policy and efforts to round them up and send them to a detention facility.
2013’s protests and demonstrations
From the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the capital of the Ukraine and Egypt following the furor over the removal of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the demand to be heard, and unrest over political injustices was far from quiet over the past year.
Photos: Sedat Suna, Abed Al Hashlamoun / EPA, Felipe Dana / Associated Press, Sergei Supinsky / AFP/Getty Images
There are many ways to create iconic moments during protest movements, but perhaps none is as reliable—as fraught with symbolism—as toppling a statue.
On Sunday, as hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets of Kiev in the largest anti-government demonstrations since the country’s 2004 Orange Revolution, protesters did just that—tearing down an 11-foot-high statue of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin with a steel wire, smashing the monument with sledgehammers, and then carrying off prized pieces of the sculpture.
The massive “Euromaidan” protests, which have been roiling Ukraine since President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an EU trade deal in late November in an apparent effort to move the country away from Europe and toward Russia, are led in part by the right-wing, nationalist Svoboda party, which gleefully reported its involvement in the toppling of the Lenin statue (predictably, members of the country’s Communist Party are fuming about the incident).
And today we no longer fight to become Europe, we fight to remain Ukraine
After police used brutal force to disperse week-long anti-government protests in Kyiv on November 30, protesters have returned to the streets in greater numbers and are demanding the government’s resignation.
Violence erupted between protesters and government supporters. Meanwhile, police fired tear gas against protesters to prevent them from entering a government building.
Protestors and police clash in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, following peaceful rallies in support of teachers on strike.
Update on Bahrain: Friday saw the largest antigovernment protest in a while in Bahrain, where tens of thousands marched and demonstrated solidarity with imprisoned politician Khalil al-Marzooq. President Obama’s UN speech mentioning Bahrain’s ongoing tensions is said to have been a factor in the reinvigorated marches — the February 14th movement’s anti-government activism and the resulting crackdown has received little policy and media attention in comparison with other uprisings and unrest elsewhere across the region.
Today, 50 were sentenced to prison terms that ranged from five years to fifteen, the result of a mass trial targeting members of the anti-government movement for alleged links to militancy. 20 of the convicted were tried in absentia. The ruling is expected to trigger further protest and clashes.
Photo: Al-Maqsha, Bahrain. A protester blocks the road during clashes with the riot police. Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP.
149 dead in Egypt as VP ElBaradei quits government in protest
Reuters: Egypt’s interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei resigned on Wednesday in protest against the violent clearing of pro-Morsi sit-in camps.
Egypt’s health ministry reports at least 149 people have been killed in the violence, while another 1,403 have been injured.
Follow the latest at Breaking News.
Photo: Deposed Egyptian President Morsi supporters flee riot police. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)
Protesters confront Israeli riot police during a demonstration against Israeli government’s plans to resettle Bedouins in the Negev desert in the Arab Israeli city of Ar’Ara, north of Israel on Aug. 1, 2013.
[Credit : Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images]
And now, the protests need one thing: persistence. It is the most difficult thing. Look at all those lighter explosions of discontent in the recent years. These dudes in power know the tactics – they are waiting. They are waiting like mad people. Forgive my stupid comparison, but the protests seem to be like love and they have the same phases – height, culmination and dying away. At the moment they are waiting for you to go at the seaside. Their hopes are in your Friday evening, your mountain, your tents and beaches. They are waiting for you to fall in love…
After 27 days of anti-government protests in Bulgaria, the leadership of this Eastern European country has so far made no changes.
The mass protests, which began on June 14, 2013 after the appointment of a controversial deputy, Delyan Peevski, to head the Bulgarian National Security agency, have steadily grown in the number of citizens joining the daily demonstrations in the streets of the capital Sofia and other cities. Although Peevski immediately resigned from the position, protesters are asking that the newly formed government, elected in May of this year, to step down and major reforms in several sectors be made.
On Sunday, July 7, the number of protesters in the streets of the Bulgarian capital was unprecedented, as tens of thousands of citizens marched in the streets, again demanding the resignation of the current regime. The ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party, with the allied ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) by their side, refused to relinquish power despite the protests, which specifically call for more transparency and less corruption in government, action against organised crime, and an end to the “rule of oligarchy”.