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China Says Land Protesters Had Valid Complaints

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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China’s official news service is reporting that residents of a southern village, who protested for weeks about land grabs, had valid complaints. Tensions first flared in Guangdong province’s Wukan village in September, when residents began protesting what they viewed as illegal land grabs and local government corruption. The official Xinhua news agency on Saturday quoted […]

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Thousands Protest Russia’s Alleged Election Fraud

Posted December 24th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Russians have rallied on a Moscow street to protest alleged fraud in the December 4 parliamentary election won by the ruling party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Organizers say more than 100,000 people joined the rally on Sakharov Avenue in below-freezing temperatures Saturday, exceeding the size of a similar protest earlier […]

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Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Southern Chinese Town

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Riot police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in southern China on the fourth day of protests against the planned expansion of a coal-fired power plant. China’s official Xinhua news agency said around 500 people had gathered on a highway Friday in the town of Haimen in Guangdong province when police fired […]

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Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Southern Chinese Town

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Riot police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in southern China on the fourth day of protests against the planned expansion of a coal-fired power plant. China’s official Xinhua news agency said around 500 people gathered on a highway Friday in the town of Haimen in Guangdong province when police fired gas […]

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Protests Continue Over Power Plant in China

Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Tensions remain high in the small town of Haimen in southern China amid a continuing dispute over plans to expand a power plant. Riot police patrolled entrances to the town to stifle any unrest. Witnesses said police were arresting protesters. Television footage broadcast Thursday showed police firing tear gas and using batons to keep back […]

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Chinese Villagers Win Rare Compromise In Standoff with Provincial Government

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Officials have given in to the demands of residents of a village in southern China who barricaded their community more than a week ago. Protest leaders in Wukan, in southern Guangdong province, say a senior provincial official promised Wednesday the release of three village leaders who were detained earlier in the standoff over controversial land […]

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Chinese Villagers Win Rare Compromise In Standoff Against Provincial Government

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Southern Chinese officials have given into the demands of protesting villagers in southern China in a rare agreement to release several detained village leaders. Protest leaders in Wukan, in the southern Guangdong province, say a senior provincial official told them in a meeting Wednesday that three detained village leaders will be released in the coming […]

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Chinese Protesters Put Off March As Talks Progress

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Residents of a Chinese village in revolt against local authorities have postponed a march scheduled for Wednesday to allow time for talks with provincial officials. Residents of Wukan, in the southern province of Guangdong, said on Wednesday that the rally will be put off until members of the fishing village meet with a provincial Communist […]

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New Public Protests Rock Coastal China

Posted December 20th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of protesters in a fishing town in coastal China blocked an expressway Tuesday, in a tense standoff with riot police over pollution from a planned coal-fired power plant. Witnesses in the Guangdong provincial town of Haimen say riot police used tear gas to disperse the angry crowds gathered near government buildings. The Associated Press […]

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State of Emergency in Kazakhstan After Deadly Protests

Posted December 17th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has declared a state of emergency in the western city of Zhanaozen, where Kazakhstan’s independence celebrations turned deadly. Mr. Nazarbayev ordered the presidential decree on Saturday, a day after at least 10 people were killed in clashes between police and oil workers in the Caspian town. The state of emergency will […]

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