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‘Stateless’ Protests Defy Ban in Kuwait

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Rights groups and witnesses said Saturday riot police in Kuwait fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating for the second consecutive day for the right to become Kuwaiti citizens. The rallies Friday and Saturday defied a protest ban by Kuwaiti authorities. The demonstrations were led by stateless Arabs, known as Bidoons. Many are […]

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Croats Protest Against Joining EU

Posted January 14th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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More than 1,000 protesters gathered in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, Saturday to demonstrate against joining the European Union. Nationalist leaning protesters and war veterans gathered at Zagreb’s main square, carrying banners with messages such as “I love Croatia – No to EU.” One protester, a war veteran, said Croats have spilled too much blood fighting for […]

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Nigerian Court Order Seeks to Bar Protests

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A Nigerian court has issued an order seeking to prevent a general strike against rising fuel prices. Labor unions said indefinite strikes will start nationwide Monday despite the order, which they say is invalid. Angry protesters marched in the capital Abuja Friday chanting anti-government messages while police blocked their progress. A number of demonstrators carried […]

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Kurdish Protesters Clash With Turkish Authorities Over Civilian Deaths

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethnic Kurds clashed with authorities in southeastern Turkey Saturday, three days after a government air strike killed 35 civilians mistaken for Kurdish rebels. Police used batons and tear gas to disperse crowds of angry protesters and make arrests in the region’s main city of Diyarbakir and several other locations. Protesters threw stones and molotov cocktails […]

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Thai ‘Red Shirt’ Protest Leader Freed on Bail

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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A Thai court has granted bail to a top leader of Thailand’s “Red Shirt” protest movement who was being held on terrorism charges related to last year’s deadly opposition protests. Arisman Pongruangrong, who surrendered to authorities earlier this month to fight the charges, was freed Wednesday on $190,000 bail. Arisman narrowly escaped arrest in April […]

Police Break Up Vigil for Political Prisoners in Belarus

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Belarusian police broke up a vigil in central Minsk Monday — the first anniversary of a bloody crackdown on the opposition after President Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election. Witnesses say police arrested about 30 demonstrators, including an elderly woman who shouted at authorities that they will “burn in hell.” Some of the protesters carried pictures of people […]

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Protesters Demand Troops Leave Embattled Kazakhstan Town

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds have protested for a third day in oil-rich western Kazakhstan against the police shooting deaths of at least 15 people demonstrating against job cuts. The protesters were demanding Monday that troops pull out of the town of Zhanaozen, where President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared a state of emergency because of the violence. Kazakhstan’s ambassador to […]

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Protesters Demand Troops Leave Embattled Kazakhstan Town

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds have protested for a third day in oil-rich western Kazakhstan against the police shooting deaths of at least 15 people demonstrating against job cuts. The protesters were demanding troops pull out of the town of Zhanaozen Monday, where President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared a state of emergency because of the violence. Kazakhstan’s ambassador to the […]

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More Protests in Russia Over Alleged Election Fraud

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands marched again Sunday in Moscow and St. Petersburg against alleged fraud in this month’s Russian parliamentary elections. The Communist party organized the Moscow protests while several different parties were behind the St. Petersburg march. But Sunday’s protests were much smaller than those held across Russia last week. Both the opposition and outside observers say […]

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More Protests in Russia over Alleged Election Fraud

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Public dissatisfaction over alleged fraud in Russia’s parliamentary elections brought out more street protests in both Moscow and St. Petersburg on Sunday. The protests against the ruling United Russia party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin were organized by the country’s Communist party, the runner-up in the December 4th polls. The thousands of protesters who turned […]

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