Protest

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

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Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »

Lebanon halts work as Palestinians reject wall around refugee camp

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US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the US-Mexico border isn’t the only one raising controversy these days. Al Monitor Haytham Mouzahem Construction began — and halted — last month on a wall at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in… Lebanon halts work as… Read More »

Parliament protesters played into the government’s hands

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Wednesday’s and Thursday’s over-the-top protests at Parliament House could not have been more poorly timed. The Canberra Times David Ellery They made the rapid passage of a multi-million dollar security upgrade that will effectively deny visitors access to the building’s roof-top lawn almost a foregone conclusion. The plans, revealed by Fairfax earlier this… Parliament protesters played into… Read More »

Nobel Prize Winner Fulfills Promise To Leave US After Trump Victory

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The winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for literature says he has fulfilled a pre-election promise to cut up his green card and leave the United States if Donald Trump was elected president. The Daily Caller Chuck Ross “I have already done it, I have disengaged [from the… Nobel Prize Winner… Read More »

As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of protest has no end

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History shows that many protest movements are marked by long phases of apparent futility, until something finally changes The Guardian Clive Hamilton What is remarkable about Wednesday’s Parliament House protest against detention of asylum seekers is that there has not been a lot more of it. In the history of protest it was a… As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of… Read More »

Commentary: The high price of Turkey’s ‘witch-burning’ crackdown

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the arrest of three prominent activists for press freedom, in central Istanbul,Turkey, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Necmye Alpay greeted me warmly. Reuters David Kaye Dressed casually in a workout-style jacket and sneakers, her spirit of optimism stood in stark contrast to the spareness of the setting: the Bakirkoy Women’s Prison in Istanbul. Alpay has been held in Bakirkoy since the… Commentary: The high price of… Read More »

Coalition ministers attack protesters’ ‘disrespect’ and call for investigation – as it happened

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Protesters superglue hands to railing in public gallery and chant ‘Where is your moral compass?’ and other slogans in support of refugees and asylum seekers. The Guardian Gabrielle Chan As it happened I have to run so here is the results of… Coalition ministers attack protesters’ ‘disrespect’ and… Read More »

Refugee protesters storm Question Time – but how did it happen?

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It is one of the most secure buildings in the nation, with sub-machine-gun-toting police guarding the entrances. ABC Matthew Doran So how did a bunch of refugee protesters armed with super glue manage to get in to Parliament House, and force the suspension of Question Time? Guests to Parliament House go through the same sort of… Refugee protesters storm Question Time – but… Read More »

Haiti: violent protests erupt over presidential election result

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Early results give win to political newcomer Jovenel Moïse, a banana exporter The Guardian Reuters Losing candidates vow to fight outcome amid low turnout and irregularities Violent protests have erupted in Haiti as… Haiti: violent protests erupt over… Read More »

STANDING ROCK DEMONSTRATORS FILE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT OVER POLICE VIOLENCE

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PIPELINE DEMONSTRATORS INJURED by rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and water cannons during a wintry nighttime standoff with police last week filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against the sheriff of the North Dakota county involved. The Intercept Alleen Brown The suit describes in new detail the evening of November 20, when more than 200 people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline were injured by “less-than-lethal” weapons. The lawsuit alleges that sheriff’s deputies… STANDING ROCK DEMONSTRATORS FILE CLASS-ACTION… Read More »

Court no place for commentary: Chief Magistrate

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Queensland Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo says the court is no place for political commentary after a magistrate made supportive remarks to three women charged over a political protest. Brisbane Times Scarlett Squire, Kelly Purnell and Ellen Sargent pleaded guilty in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court last week and were each fined $100 for unregulated, high-risk activity and obstructing police. The trio scaled Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office in… Court no place for… Read More »

Hundreds of thousands protest for fifth straight week against South Korean President

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Huge rallies have been held in Seoul for a fifth straight week to protest against President Park Geun-hye, in the largest ongoing series of demonstrations in the country since the 1987 movement to democratise South Korea. ABC Ms Park’s presidency has been rocked by allegations that a close friend used her ties to the leader to meddle in state affairs and wield improper influence. Prosecutors have indicted her… Hundreds of thousands protest for… Read More »

Geelong residents rally for the extension of opening hours at Warum Ponds police station

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HUNDREDS of Geelong residents rallied for the extension of opening hours at a local police station yesterday. The Herald Sun Brianna Travers Peaceful protesters gathered outside the Waurn Ponds police station as part of a community law and order gathering organised by the local member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson. A three month trial of cutback manned hours at… Geelong residents rally for the extension of… Read More »

Egypt’s anti protest law: Legalising authoritarianism

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How the Egyptian regime used the law to crack down on opposition and isolate voices of dissent. By Amr Hamzawy Since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the ruling regime in Egypt has managed to… Egypt’s anti protest… Read More »

The Standing Rock protests are a taste of things to come

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The way opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline have been treated by police is likely to be replicated on a massive scale under Donald Trump. The Guardian Kate Aronoff Horrific scenes have been coming out of North Dakota these last several days, where the battle is ongoing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. On Sunday night, police turned tear gas and rubber bullets on The Standing Rock protests are a… Read More »

Algeria’s South: Trouble’s Bellwether

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As waves of protests have hit the hydrocarbon-rich Algerian south since 2013, authorities maintained a tenuous peace through handouts, repression and policing. To calm tensions, the state needs to clarify policies, communicate with local protestors and address underlying issues of… Algeria’s South: Trouble’s… Read More »