Posts tagged protests
Posts tagged protests
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.
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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”.
Egypt in crisis: First ever democratically elected president ousted by military
The Egyptian military announced to the cheers of hundreds of thousands that it has ousted Mohammed Morsi, appointed a new head of state, and temporarily suspended the country’s constitution.
Egypt’s military chief says Morsi has been replaced by the chief justice of constitutional court. The military also called for early elections.
Morsi’s aide said he has been moved to an undisclosed location. The military also said it would react “decisively” toward any violence.
Morsi’s party, the Muslim Brotherhood, described the situation as a “military coup.” (AFP PHOTO/EGYPTIAN TV)
The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has said he will not step down as demanded by millions of protesters, vowing to protect his “constitutional legitimacy" with his life.
Egypt’s top generals on Monday gave President Mohamed Morsi 48 hours to respond to a wave of mass protests demanding his ouster, declaring that if he did not, then the military leaders themselves would impose their own “road map” to resolve the political crisis.
Their statement, in the form a communiqué read over state television, plunged the military back to the center of political life just 10 months after they handed full power to Mr. Morsi as Egypt’s first democratically elected leader.
The communiqué was issued following an increasingly violent weekend of protests by millions of Egyptians angry with Mr. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood backers. It came hours after protesters destroyed the Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo.
At least six people were killed in the attack on the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters Monday morning, and it’s being reported that local police forces refused to protect the building (or those inside) due to their own unhappiness with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Dozens of sexual assaults have also been reported by activists currently camped out in Tahrir Square.
Today in Egypt — Morsi supporters and opponents rally
1. A girl waves the national flag as opponents of President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the defense ministry in Cairo on June 28, 2013. (Hassan Ammar/AP)
2. Anti-Mursi protesters carry a banner saying ”leave” while chanting anti-Mursi and anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo on June 28, 2013. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
3. Anti-Mursi protesters chant slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo on June 28, 2013. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
4. An anti-Mursi protester uses his sandal to beat a crossed-out picture of President Mohamed Mursi during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo on June 28, 2013. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
5. Anti-Mursi protesters carry a picture of President Mohamed Mursi and former president Hosni Mubarak as they protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo on June 28, 2013. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
6. An anti-Mursi protester carrying her child chants slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo on June 28, 2013. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
7. An Egyptian diver holds a sign and a flag during a protest against President Mohamed Mursi underwater in Colored Canyon in Sharm el-Sheikh on June 28, 2013. (Reuters)
8. Members of the brotherhood and supporters of President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans during a protest around the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in the suburb of Nasr City, Cairo on June 28, 2013. The sign reads, “happy new presidential year we hope to congratulate after the four years”. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)
9. Supporters of Mohammed Morsi fill a public square outside the Rabia el-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo during a rally in Cairo on June 28, 2013. (AP)
10. A man waits at train stop in front of the presidential palace, days ahead of planned protests against the country’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on June 28, 2013. Arabic reads, “leave, left, evacuation day” (Hassan Ammar/AP)
Protesters shout slogans during an anti-government protest on June 24, 2013 in the center of Sofia. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people have joined the rallies in Sofia every evening since June 14 — just four months after demonstrations prompted the resignation of the last government in the European Union’s poorest country.
[Credit : Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images]
A quarter-million Brazilians took to the streets in the latest a wave of sometimes-violent protests that are increasingly focusing on corruption and
reforminga government system in which people have lost faith. A new poll shows that 75 percent of citizens support the demonstrations.
The turnout in Saturday’s protests was lower than the 1 million participants seen on Thursday and there was less violence. But in the city of Belo Horizonte police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who tried to pass through a barrier and hurled rocks at a car dealership. The city of Salvador also saw demonstrations turn violent.
The protests have become the largest public demonstrations Latin America’s biggest nation has seen in two decades. They began as opposition to transportation fare hikes, then became a laundry list of causes including anger at high taxes, poor services and World Cup spending, before coalescing around the issue of rampant government corruption.
Many protesters were not appeased by a prime-time television address Friday night by President Dilma Rousseff, who said that peaceful protests were welcome and emphasized that she would not condone corruption. She also said she would meet with movement leaders and create a plan to improve urban transportation and use oil royalties for investments in education.
“Dilma is underestimating the resolve of the people on the corruption issue,” said Mayara Fernandes, a medical student who took part in a march in Sao Paulo. “She talked and talked and said nothing. Nobody can take the corruption of this country anymore.”
A new poll published Saturday in the weekly magazine Epoca showed that three-quarters of Brazilians support the protests. The poll was carried out by the respected Ibope institute. It interviewed 1,008 people across Brazil June 16-20 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
On Saturday, protesters denounced congressional legislation, known as PEC 37, that would limit the power of federal prosecutors to investigate crimes - which many fear would hinder attempts to jail corrupt politicians.
Federal prosecutors were behind the investigation into the biggest corruption case in Brazil’s history, the so-called “mensalao” cash-for-votes scheme that came to light in 2005 and involved top aides of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva buying off members of congress to vote for their legislation.