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Churches burned as thousands mark Chile protest movement anniversary

Santiago - Two churches were torched as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday in a central Santiago square to mark the anniversary of a protest movement that broke out last year demanding greater equality in Chile.

Thousands take to Chile streets to mark protest movement anniversary

Santiago - Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered Sunday in a central Santiago square to mark the anniversary of a protest movement that broke out last year demanding greater equality in Chile.

In rudderless Lebanon, revolutionaries drift apart

Beirut - When Lebanon's protest movement erupted in October 2019, Jennyfer, Teymour and Dayna marched in the same euphoric crowd, united in their determination to bring down their corrupt leaders.

Police arrest 21 at Thai pro-democracy rally

Bangkok - Police arrested 21 protesters Tuesday during a Bangkok rally that saw dozens of people give a royal motorcade a three-fingered salute -- a show of defiance by Thai pro-democracy activists calling for reforms to the monarchy.

Mexican police clash with pro-abortion protesters

Mexico - Hundreds of women marched through Mexico's capital Monday to demand nationwide legalization of abortion, leading to clashes with police who blocked their way.

Ai Weiwei supports Assange with silent protest

London - Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei held a silent protest on Monday outside a London court to demand the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces extradition to the United States.

Farmers block rails and roads in India to protest new bills

New Delhi - Angry farmers took to the streets and blocked roads and railways across India on Friday, intensifying protests over major new farming legislation they say will benefit only big corporates.

Thai protesters angered after parliament delays charter reform

Bangkok - Thai lawmakers delayed a decision on constitutional reform Thursday, sparking anger among protesters outside parliament demanding changes to the kingdom's military-scripted charter and reform of the unassailable monarchy.

Protesters rally at Thai parliament as lawmakers debate reform

Bangkok - Thousands of Thais protested outside parliament Thursday as lawmakers debated amendments to the kingdom's military-scripted constitution, a key demand of a burgeoning pro-democracy movement alongside calls to reform the unassailable monarchy.

Mexican protesters set up camp demanding president quits

Mexico - Opponents of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador set up a protest camp Wednesday in front of the presidential palace, demanding he resign over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Palestinian activist arrested after altercation with Israeli soldier

Jerusalem - Palestinian activist Khairi Hanoun was arrested on Monday by the Israeli army, several sources told AFP, weeks after footage of a soldier kneeling on his neck during a protest sparked outrage.

Thai protesters vow to fight after 'people's plaque' removed

Bangkok - A "People's Plaque" installed by protesters near Bangkok's Royal Palace was "planted in the hearts of the Thai people", activists said Monday, vowing its removal marked only the beginning of their battle to reform the monarchy.

Culture war: Inner Mongolia seethes as China presses Mandarin at school

Tongliao - As his son returned to school under the watchful eye of plainclothes police, an ethnic Mongolian father admitted defeat after days of fighting against a curriculum imposed by the Chinese state, which he fears will suffocate his culture.

Clashes and low turnout at new French 'yellow vest' protests

Paris - France's "yellow vest" protesters clashed with police in Paris Saturday, while most other demonstrations passed off peacefully, but the movement's hopes for a mass September comeback failed to materialise.

Belarus police detain women protesters

Minsk - Belarusian riot police on Saturday violently detained several dozen women demonstrators and threw them into vans, as thousands took to the streets of the capital to protest against police violence and electoral fraud.

UK charges 26 over printing works climate protest

London - Twenty-six people have been charged with aggravated trespass after a climate protest at a printing works in northwest England disrupted the delivery of several newspapers, police said on Sunday.

Tear gas, fire bombs as police declare Portland protest a 'riot'

Portland - Police arrested dozens of people and used tear gas against hundreds of demonstrators in Portland late Saturday as the western US city marked 100 days since Black Lives Matter protests erupted against racism and police brutality.

Climate activists disrupt UK newspaper deliveries

London - Climate change protesters in Britain blockaded two printing presses Saturday, disrupting the distribution of numerous national newspapers as they step up 10 days of protests demanding action on environmental issues.

Suspect in killing of Portland protester shot dead by police

Washington - A far-left activist suspected of killing a right-wing protester in Portland was shot dead by police in Washington state as they tried to arrest him, local law officials said.

Pakistan backlash grows over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Muzaffarabad - Anti-France demonstrators rallied Thursday in Pakistan and the foreign minister lodged a diplomatic complaint as the backlash grew against a French magazine republishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

At least 55 people hurt as showdown in Bulgaria takes violent turn

Sofia - Anti-riot police guarding the Bulgarian parliament weathered smokebombs, firecrackers and stones on Wednesday as the latest in two months of anti-government protests took a violent turn, with at least 55 people hurt and nearly 100 arrested.

Zimbabwean High Court orders dissidents to be freed on bail

Harare - Opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume and award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin'ono were granted bail on Wednesday at their fourth attempt after being detained in July for calling for protests.

'I had to do it': student leader defies Thailand's royal taboo

Pathum Thani - When university student Rung calmly read out 10 demands to reform Thailand's monarchy before thousands of protesters at a pro-democracy rally this month, she defied the country's biggest political taboo.

Armed men abducted six, wounded others in Libya rally: Amnesty

Tunis - Armed men have abducted at least six peaceful protesters in Libya's capital and used live fire to disperse a demonstration wounding others, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

With streets silent, Latin American activists use walls to speak out

Medell - Coronavirus lockdowns may have largely silenced various social movements but a new form of protest is spreading on the walls of buildings in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America.

Why do 'non-lethal' weapons maim and kill protesters?

Nicosia - Riot police from Beirut and Baghdad to Hong Kong and Minsk often use so-called "non-lethal" weapons for crowd control -- so why do protesters keep dying and being maimed?

'Murder attempt': Lebanon protest wounds add to blast woes

Beirut - Firas and Zeina survived Beirut's port explosion unscathed but still sustained severe injuries -- not in the disaster itself but in the heavy-handed crackdown on the street protests that followed.

Varied faces of Bulgaria's anti-corruption protests

Sofia - The anti-corruption protests that have been roiling in the streets of the Bulgarian capital Sofia for the past six weeks have united people from across the country and all walks of life.

Latest Thailand pro-democracy protest draws at least 10,000

Bangkok - An anti-government protest in Thailand drew more than 10,000 people on Sunday, the largest political demonstration the kingdom has seen in years as a pro-democracy movement gathers steam.

How Beirut blast briefly handed foreign ministry to protesters

Beirut - The explosion that ripped through Beirut this week handed a resurgent protest movement an unexpected and brief victory Saturday, almost literally breaking down the doors of the foreign ministry.
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Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their sala...
Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their salaries, February 12, 2013. Police officer lighting a paint bomb.
Kings Cross: Rally to protest against police shooting of aboriginal teens.
Kings Cross: Rally to protest against police shooting of aboriginal teens.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria s National Day of Action.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
Demonstrators march during a peaceful protest on November 17  2014 in Clayton  Missouri
Demonstrators march during a peaceful protest on November 17, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri
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Protestors with plastic horns  whistles  and bongos.
Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
As protesters raised angry voices outside of Toronto s City Hall tonight the city council passed the...
As protesters raised angry voices outside of Toronto's City Hall tonight the city council passed the 2012 budget.
Protest in Malaga  Spain on April 15  2012
Protest in Malaga, Spain on April 15, 2012
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New York: The 99% of Americans who have seen economic situation stagnate for decades  and who bear t...
New York: The 99% of Americans who have seen economic situation stagnate for decades, and who bear the brunt of the current recession want to reclaim control over their economy and politics
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Pro-European integration protestor with a Ukrainian national flag sits on barricades in Independence...
Pro-European integration protestor with a Ukrainian national flag sits on barricades in Independence Square in Kiev, December 12, 2013
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The 2013 protests started as a small environment battle to save Gezi Park -- one of the few green sp...
The 2013 protests started as a small environment battle to save Gezi Park -- one of the few green spots in Istanbul.
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Cops trying to block people from coming closer to the scene where unmarked officers arrested activis...
Cops trying to block people from coming closer to the scene where unmarked officers arrested activists.
Málaga 12m - protest on May 12  2012 - Plaza de la Merced
Málaga 12m - protest on May 12, 2012 - Plaza de la Merced
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As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto  the Aboriginal people  organizers and supporters ...
As part of the G20 resistance in downtown Toronto, the Aboriginal people, organizers and supporters of the Natives protested and marched from Queen's Park to downtown Toronto and back.
Greenpeace activists protested on behalf of the Arctic 30 on Barcelona s Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Greenpeace activists protested on behalf of the Arctic 30 on Barcelona's Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Greenpeace
Since Israel s raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla  the world s attention has been captured and focuse...
Since Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the world's attention has been captured and focused on the Middle East. Supporters of Israel and Palestine stood in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto to show their support of their respective side.
Kings Cross: Rally to protest against police shooting of aboriginal teens. A scuffle  broke out betw...
Kings Cross: Rally to protest against police shooting of aboriginal teens. A scuffle broke out between two men on the opposite side of the road and was unrelated to the protest.

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