Paying Politicians to Criminalize Protest
Police at Standing Rock, 2016 (Shutterstock)More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony.ByBasav Sen| December 2, 2020A few years ago, massive protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock changed the popular narrative about what climate activism looked like. The protests made clear that ramming dangerous pipelines through vulnerable communities wasn’t going to be easy anymore.But since then, rather than scaling back their attacks on these communities, the fossil fuel industry decided to attack them even more fiercely.Indige...
Democrat hits back as Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam says ‘no regrets’ over handling of 2019 protests
Former democrat lawmaker Claudia Mo hit has back at comments by Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressing “no regret” at her administration’s handling of last year’s unrest.Lam said on Tuesday it had been her duty as the city’s leader to “restore Hong Kong” from the chaos of “riots and violence.”Lam’s comments followed a weekend interview with the SCMP in which she said she did “not feel guilty” about the escalation of last year’s anti-extradition bill movement, which saw largely peaceful protests descend into months of fierce clashes with police.Asked Tuesday whether her comments meant she shunne...
Hong Kong Free Press
Police detain 81 people in France following security law protests
Police in France detained 81 people across the country after protests were held in several cities against police brutality and a controversial new security law, according to reports.The arrests were made after around 133,000 people demonstrated in several cities, with 46,000 in Paris alone, according to French news agency AFP, which cited the Interior Ministry.Organizers later said that as many as 500,000 people nationwide had joined the marches, with as many as 200,000 in Paris, AFP reported.In Paris, where isolated riots broke out, protesters erected barricades and threw objects at the polic...
No end in sight: Security officials say anti-govt protests will continue next month
No end in sight: Security officials say anti-govt protests will continue next month Internal security officials have assessed that anti-government rallies will drag on well into next month as symbolic days on the calendar are set to galvanise the movement.Security agencies have been preparing to cope with a rise in anti-government activities, said Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a secretary to PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, on Saturday.On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court will pass a ruling on whether Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is guilty of occupying a house meant for military offic...
The Bangkok Post
Time for US, EU to speak up on Thai protests
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters on Friday gathered once again on the streets of the Thai capital Bangkok to decry rumors of yet another coup d’etat to displace the government of troubled Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who has been facing the wrath of demonstrators for well over a year.Ironically, Chan-o-cha, a former general in the Royal Thai Army, himself staged a coup in 2014 to take power. Though he denies the rumors that his former colleagues in uniform may have had enough of the widespread unrest that is rocking the nation, the situation on the streets has clearly slipped out of ...
Brighton boss Potter defends VAR against Liverpool protests
Brighton boss Graham Potter defended VAR after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.Liverpool had two goals denied and also conceded a late penalty - converted by Pascal Gross - all to VAR.Potter said, “We will always look at VAR because before we were looking at referee's and linesmen's decisions. It's part of football that we question every decision, we want to try and get the right decision.“Football is played by human beings. There are going to be some mistakes and errors, including from the officials. We will be on the wrong end of them sometimes, but we will also be on the right end of them.“We...
More than 60 detained during anti-lockdown protests in London
Police in the British capital have detained more than 60 people during a protest against coronavirus restrictions."We expect this number to rise. We continue to urge people to go home," London's Metropolitan Police wrote on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.Under current rules, residents in England are only allowed to leave their homes for compelling reasons such as work, shopping or caring for relatives.Demonstrations are not one of the permitted exceptions. Participants marched, mostly without observing social distancing or wearing masks, through central London on Sunday.The protest came as the ...
Indian government invites farmers for talks amid protests
The Indian government has invited farmers' unions for talks even as thousands of them held protests in and around New Delhi on Saturday against a set of laws they say will curb their earnings and benefit big corporations.The farmers were allowed into the Indian capital on Friday after a day of clashes with the police, who used tear gas, water cannon and batons to prevent their entry.While a number of them moved to an allotted protest site in New Delhi, thousands continued with their agitation, blocking at least three highways into Delhi, television footage showed.Agriculture Minister Narendra ...
The Unfolding Politics Of 2023
In the manner of Nigeria’s presidential politics, the recent defection of Gov David Umahi from the PDP to the APC is an early indication that the 2023 season is well underway. We shall be seeing more of such high-profile desertions in the months to come. Unlike previous races that were largely driven by ethnicity and religion, three key issues will influence the context and content of the 2023 contest: EndSARS protests and riots; the South East cause (or Igbo presidency) and the Yemi Osinbajo factor. The protests and the violent riots that erupted in October have revealed the enormous potentia...
The art world may have stalled, but not for this gallery
A mere few days before the government ceded to protests and allowed the partial reopening of the country’s largest museums, Belgian-born entrepreneur Steeve Nassima and veteran Israeli curator Suzanne Landau had already celebrated the inauguration of their own new art space. While most galleries and other cultural institutions in Israel remain closed for the foreseeable future because of coronavirus-related restrictions, theirs has quietly opened its lavish gates in a newly renovated building smack dab in the center of Tel Aviv’s Ahad Ha’am Street.Is their timing a bit strange, and perhaps eve...
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