Ray of charter hope for end to unrest
Progress in the charter rewrite process, with parliamentary endorsement of two draft bills proposed by the government and the opposition, gives a ray of hope that there could be a peaceful solution to the ongoing political conflict.The two bills passed on Nov 8 stipulate the formation of a panel tasked with rewriting the charter.It’s known that the 2017 military-sponsored charter was written in a way that makes amendments almost impossible, with a number of tough requirements. The charter passed in a referendum that was organised under tight military control, with 61%:38%, or 16.8 million vote...
The Bangkok Post
Insurance you need for your assets, businesses during civil unrest, riots
After the recent #ENDSARS protest that was eventually hijacked by hoodlums, and subsequent damages and losses that resulted from the incident, there have been conversations around benefits of insurance for the protection of assets and properties in this kind of event. Here AfriGlobal Insurance Brokers provides insights on the kind of insurance cover that your assets and properties during period of riot or civil unrest. MODESTUS ANAESORONYE presents the report.To help Nigeria business owners understand some of the key insurance issues relating to civil unrest as related to insurance, the inform...
Peru's interim president resigns after days of unrest
Peru's interim President Manuel Merino has resigned after just five days in office, in the wake of violent protests over the ousting of his predecessor.Clashes between police and protesters in Peru's capital Lima left two people dead on Saturday after thousands hit the streets in several cities for the fifth day in a row, protesting what they saw as the undemocratic deposition of president Martin Vizcarra.Merino announced he was resigning in a public address on Sunday, calling for peace and unity and saying nothing justified the death of Peruvians in legitimate protests.However, he also said t...
What happened to democracy in Angola?
Social unrest is mounting in Angola since the first large protest on October 24th and the death of Dr Silva in the hands of the police. At the previous protest the urban youth came in hundreds only to be met with threat and “kidnapping”. Many were taken in by police and several journalists were taken in custody for no apparent reasons except the purpose of doing their job. But it would seem that the regime does not like to show its real issues to the world.Angola would like to portray itself to the world as a democratic and lawful country, and yet it’s ruling political class is misplacing its ...
Philadelphia was told to brace for mass unrest. Instead, the city danced. That was no accident
PHILADELPHIA — For months there were warnings that if the presidential election dragged on past Election Day, Philadelphia could be the site of mass civil unrest or political violence.But something very different happened, instead. The city danced.As the world’s eyes were on the largest city in the most critical swing state, Philadelphians sang and protested and marched and pasted printouts of Gritty in weird places. Videos of people grooving while in line to cast their mail ballot went viral before Election Day, then again when hundreds took part in a dance party for two days outside the Conv...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Civil unrest: Understanding your comprehensive insurence cover
In the last couple of weeks, Nigerians have witnessed wanton destruction of properties, looting of businesses, arsons, and in some cases, loss of lives, as peaceful protests snowballed into devastating civil unrest across the country.Globally, affected business-owners or families of those who lost their lives would turn to insurers for restitution as they seek closure to such heart-wrenching events. However, with low insurance penetration and a dearth of knowledge about this proactive risk-management tool, many Nigerians are at a loss as to how insurance can be give succour at these times. Wit...
Scores killed in US protests, political unrest this year
At least 25 deaths have been linked to protests and other political unrest in the United States this year, The Guardian reported.Data compiled by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (ACLED) reveals that at least 11 Americans were killed while participating in demonstrations in 2020.Nine of those deaths occurred during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests that erupted across the nation, following the death of George Floyd in May.Another two people were killed after taking part in pro-Trump rallies, according to ACLED. Lee Keltner was shot after reportedly slapping a security gua...
US hostage freed in Niger: defence minister
Niamey (AFP) - An American citizen kidnapped by gunmen in Niger earlier this week has been freed, the country's defence minister told AFP on Saturday.The hostage, Philip Walton, was abducted Monday night on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border with Nigeria."I confirm the American hostage was released last night," minister Issoufou Katambe said, without giving details of the circumstances of the release or the hostage's whereabouts.Local officials had said this week that the kidnappers had called the man's father to demand a ransom, though the fa...
Philadelphia back under curfew after unrest over police killing
New York (AFP) - Philadelphia was put under a curfew on Friday for the second time this week and National Guard troops were deployed in the US city after days of unrest following the police killing of a Black man.The city, the largest in the state of Pennsylvania, has seen looting, protests and clashes with police since Monday's fatal shooting of 27-year-old Walter Wallace, which was captured on video posted to social media.The US has seen a wave of protests and rioting since the police killing of George Floyd in May in Minnesota, when an officer was filmed pressing his knee to handcuffed Floy...
In reversal, Walmart will keep guns in shopping areas
New York (AFP) - Walmart reversed course Friday and said it would keep guns in shopping areas, quickly shifting away from a plan to keep firearms away from customers.The retail giant had announced Thursday it would still sell guns and ammunition, but would not display them in retail spaces, citing unrest in Philadelphia this week. Some observers had also seen the move as an indicator of worry ahead of next week's US presidential election.The world's largest store chain performed a 180-degree turn on Friday."After civil unrest earlier this week resulted in damage to several of our stores, consi...