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    PARIS (Reuters) - French farmers hung dozens of inflatable dummies clad in overalls from nooses in trees in Paris on Thursday in a protest against a squeeze on earnings they say is suffocating the agricultural industry. Farming union representatives have this week been in talks with retail giants. The unions say farmers are not earning enough to cover costs. Retailers argue consumers cannot afford to pay more. A law passed by President Emmanuel Macron's government in 2019, which aimed to give farmers a fairer share of profits, has failed to dispel their discontent over modest revenues. "Agriculture in France is in a tragic situation," said farmer and union leader Max Bauer. Bauer said farmers were killing themselves every week as a result of the crisis gripping their sector and that 1,500 farms were going out of business in the country each year. One French farmer took his or her own...
    Race Imboden knelt during the US national anthem played at the 2019 Pan American Games. Leonardo Fernandez/Getty Images The Olympics has long been a platform for athletes to demonstrate and protest. The IOC passed a ruling in 2019 that forbade athletes from demonstrating during events.  The USOPC will not punish athletes for demonstrating however.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Olympics has a rich history of serving as a platform for competing athletes to demonstrate their physical talents and social activism.  From John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists in a Black Power salute in 1968  to Věra Čáslavská refusing to face the Soviet flag during a medal ceremony that same year, Olympic athletes have historically been courageous enough to express their beliefs on the world stage.  But now, after a year that saw a resurgence in social activism, the Olympics may not be...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament declined on Thursday to set a date for its vote on the EU-UK trade deal in protest at what the European Union sees as Britain's unilateral changes to Northern Irish Brexit arrangements. EU parliament group chiefs had been expected to set a March date for its vote at a meeting on Thursday. However, they did not do so after the British government extended a grace period for checks on food imports to Northern Ireland, a move Brussels said violated terms of Britain's divorce deal. (Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Ireland, European Union, international trade, United Kingdom, Europe
              Late last week a group of activists who were angry over a voter integrity bill disturbed the peace at the Georgia General Assembly. Law enforcement officials did not arrest them. This, even though several national media commentators played video of the incident on their respective social media pages and wondered why members of Georgia’s Capitol Police Division did not arrest the protestors. Georgia Department of Public Safety spokesperson Franka Young told The Georgia Star News Wednesday that several people inside the state capitol began shouting last Friday and broke state law. Young said State Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) participated in the incident. “As Troopers were attempting to read a dispersal order, Representative Cannon stepped in front of the megaphone and placed her head against it causing feedback. After Representative Cannon impeded the dispersal order, she was told to step to the side,” Young...
              After a summer of rioting nationwide, Georgia lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make it a felony to block a sidewalk or a street after being directed to disperse by a police officer. According to the text of SB 171, “purposely or recklessly obstructing any highway or street in such a way as to render it impassable without unreasonable inconvenience or hazard and fails or refuses to remove the obstruction after he or she receives a reasonable official request or the order of a peace officer to do so,  shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by an imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years or a fine of not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $5,000.00, or both.” The bill also allows residents to sue local governments if they are injured...
    GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Teachers for JeffCo Public Schools demonstrated their concerns for returning to fully in-person learning next month with a visual representation of a typical classroom on Wednesday outside the district’s main office. They worry students and teachers will be too close to maintain the recommended physical distance and the risk of transmission will remain high in April. “Given what we’ve seen after Thanksgiving and after the winter holidays, it’s a pretty likely thing that we’re going to have another surge in the spring,” Amanda Waterhouse told CBS4. “I think we absolutely are moving in the right direction. I just think we’re going there too quickly.” READ MORE: Investigators Ask For Help Identifying Arvada Gas Station Robbery Suspect (credit: CBS) Waterhouse is a middle school teacher and along with some her peers used a personal day of action to create a visual model on a patch of grass....
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) –  Republican lawmakers are pushing ahead with a controversial proposal that seeks to crack down on violent protests, make it more difficult for local governments to trim spending on law enforcement and enhance penalties related to riots and injuries to police officers. Gov. Ron DeSantis first sketched out the law-and-order plan last year, following widespread protests throughout the country over racial inequities in policing and other aspects of American life. READ MORE: Miami Beach Pride Announces Dates For Pride 2021, Launches New Website Florida largely escaped the scenes of looting and torched buildings that occurred in such cities as Minneapolis and Portland. But DeSantis, an acolyte of former President Donald Trump, contends that Florida should enact harsh penalties for violent protests to ensure the safety of citizens and tourists. Critics, however, maintain that proposals released by the House and Senate carrying out DeSantis’ plan would have a chilling...
    (CNN)At least 38 people were killed at pro-democracy protests in Myanmar on Wednesday, the UN's Special Envoy to the country told a briefing Wednesday, in the deadliest day of violence since a military coup on February 1. Thousands of protesters in towns and cities across the Southeast Asian nation have taken to the streets over the past four weeks. Security forces have opened live fire, used tear gas, flash bangs and stun grenades on demonstrators in recent days. "Today was the bloodiest day since the coup happened," Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener said, adding that the total death toll since February 1 was now 50.Around 1,200 people have been detained, while many relatives are unsure where they are being held, Burgener said. "Every tool available is needed now to stop this situation," she said. "We need a unity of the international community, so it's up to the member states to...
    Latino mothers and their school-aged children gathered Tuesday to protest for San Francisco public schools to reopen, citing the challenges their families have faced after nearly a year of being away from classrooms, ABC 7 reported. The group gathered at Parque Ninos Unidos in the Mission District, where students sat on the lawn with laptops to participate in virtual learning. Iris Martinez, a fifth grader, told ABC 7 that she wants to go back to school because she can’t concentrate at home. A group of Latinx moms and their school aged kids gathered in San Francisco’s Parque Ninos Unidos in the Mission District to fight for public schools to reopen on Tuesday. https://t.co/2zBKUxTMRs pic.twitter.com/sPYqAwOx2V — ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) March 3, 2021 “My house is too small. We don’t have our own desks. Right now, I am in my mom’s bedroom, we share bedrooms. My mom set me up with a...
    (CNN)In New York City, parents were given the choice to send their children to schools for a few days a week or to stay home completely and take remote classes.Teachers, though, say they face a set of options with no middle ground: lead in-person classes, request a medical exemption or take unpaid leave.With the country's largest school district set to open in just over two weeks, Jeff White was among the dozens of teachers who marched last Thursday through Brooklyn's Prospect Park to protest what they said were all bad options."I'm scared," said White, a special-education teacher in Brooklyn who takes care of his 98-year-old grandmother. "I know for myself, I've done everything that I can in my power to keep myself safe and protected throughout this pandemic."Bringing teachers and students together into the same classrooms would change that, he said.Read MoreNew York City teachers carried a mock casket in...
    Savannah Rychcik March 3, 2021 0 Comments Former First Lady Michelle Obama is confident younger generations are beginning to put the “pieces together” on how to speak out against injustices. “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts noted young Americans have taken to the streets to protest after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. “Say their names and unfortunately there are too many names to mention,” Roberts said. She asked Obama, “Is it different this time?” The former first lady replied, “I hope so. It feels different and what gives me even more hope is what happened at the polls in November.” Obama continued: “We gotta march, we gotta protest and we have to vote. We have to be educated. We have to be informed. Young people are starting to put those pieces together and understand that, you know, it’s not either/or. It’s all of it.” ...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged police to track down people who encourage children to join in unsanctioned demonstrations, a move that follows a wave of protests against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Speaking to top officials of the Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, Putin said they should more actively monitor social platforms and track down those who “draw the underaged into unlawful actions.” “It’s a violation of the law to draw the children into illegal and unsanctioned street actions, and it’s necessary to respond accordingly,” Putin said. Last month, Russian authorities charged Leonid Volkov, a chief strategist for Navalny, with encouraging minors to take part in unauthorized rallies, which could land him in jail for up to three years. Volkov, who has lived abroad since 2019, has rejected the charges. The government of Lithuania, where he now lives, has bluntly rejected...
    People in Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentina banged pots and pans on Monday night to stage a noisy protest after a nationally televised speech by President Alberto Fernández, recently linked to a vaccine scandal in which some Argentine government ministers received priority access to coronavirus vaccines before the general public. Argentina’s Secretariat of Media and Public Communication, Hernán Lombardi, called for Argentinians to stage a “cacerolazo” – a form of protest in Argentina in which people bang pots and pans to call attention to a cause – on March 1 if Fernández failed to address the vaccine scandal during his speech in a manner deemed acceptable by his critics. Residents of Buenos Aires and other Argentine cities heeded the call on Monday, stepping outside of their homes and onto their balconies with pots in hand to protest the government’s preferential treatment of its ministers and allies. Se desarrolla un #cacerolazo en...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — About 300 refugees from a Christian minority community from Myanmar held a demonstration in India’s capital on Wednesday against last month’s military takeover in their country and demanded the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other Myanmar leaders. They chanted “Restore democracy in Burma” and “Shame on you dictator” and carried placards as they burned a coffin with photographs of Myanmar’s coup leaders and Chinese President Xi Jinping, accusing him of supporting the military rulers. They also stomped their feet on the Chinese national flag. The demonstration was held at Jantar Mantar, an area of New Delhi close to Parliament that is often used for protests. The protesters called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put pressure on Myanmar’s military rulers to restore democracy. James Fanai, president of the Chin Refugee Committee, said as refugees the protesters were showing their support to...
    Donald Trump Jr. and Senator Ted Cruz joined a swarm of critics on Tuesday night to denounce the decision to 'cancel' six popular children books from author Dr. Seuss. Trump Jr. slammed it as 'craziness' that Dr. Seuss Enterprises - the publisher of the bestselling children's books - announced Tuesday that it is taking the six titles out of print. He posted a picture to social media of him and his son Spencer doing some bedtime reading with another Seuss classic 'Cat in the Hat' as he claimed, 'given the craziness of today it was definitely our first choice'. Cruz also took to social media to voice his opposition to the decision as he wished the author a happy birthday and claimed that President Joe Biden was making attempts 'to cancel Dr. Seuss' that were 'utterly asinine'. It came after the president on Monday removed all mention of the writer...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A group of Latinx moms and their school aged kids gathered Tuesday in San Francisco's Parque Ninos Unidos in the Mission District to fight for public schools to reopen."I want to go back to school because I can't be home anymore. I fight too much with my little brothers and I can't concentrate at home," said fifth-grader Iris Martinez.RELATED: California school reopening map shows private schools opening in-person where public schools aren'tShe and the other students sat on the lawn with computers in their laps and participated in distance learning in the park."My house is too small. We don't have our own desks. Right now, I am in my mom's bedroom, we share bedrooms. My mom set me up with a little table and a chair," Martinez said. A group of Latinx kids and their moms gathered for distance learning outside in San Francisco today, calling...
    At least five students have died and three are seriously injured after they plummeted from the fourth storey when a railing collapsed at a Bolivian university. A large group of youngsters at the University of El Alto were crowding outside a protest meeting when the metal barrier snapped. Horrifying footage shows the moment the thronging crowd trying to enter the student assembly on Tuesday. At least five students have died and three are seriously injured after they plummeted down a four-storey stairwell when a railing collapsed at a Bolivian university Two women and one man were killed by the fall, while five other men were taken to hospital. Two of them have since died as a result of their injuries.  The university and police have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Spain plans 'green corridor' to...
    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — In a scene reminiscent of carefree cafe life before coronavirus lockdown, Peter Bender reached across one of the outdoor tables at De Ooievaar bar and placed a cup of coffee and slice of apple pie in front of one of his guests. But the coffee went cold and the pie remained uneaten at the bar in Rotterdam’s historic Delfshaven neighborhood. With tough coronavirus measures shutting Dutch cafes and restaurants since mid-October, Bender’s guests Tuesday were all white inflatable dummies dressed in T-shirts, wigs and large red noses. They were part of a protest that saw an unknown number of cafes across the country symbolically open their terraces amid growing opposition to the lockdown from hard-hit businesses. “We’ve waited long enough, we still don’t see any perspective from the government,” said Bender. “We have a ludicrous action — today dolls are sitting here, next week it will be...
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    CHICAGO -- Over the summer, photographer Vashon Jordan, Jr. attended marches, demonstrations and protests to take thousands of photos and show what the Black Lives Matter movement looks like through his lens. "The year of 2020 was one like no other. I photographed looting but I also photographed positive events," Jordan said. "I photographed Trump rallies, police rallies, everything that was going on I made sure I gave them equal coverage and I showed everyone. There are moments out here where I captured things that no news cameras captured. Black history and the Black experience is magical, and I wanted to make sure that that was held longer than a news cycle."Vashon took his favorite images and created a self-published book titled "Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution.""With the book, people are able to see these images in a tangible form. Having items in the tangible form allows you to realize...
    PARIS (Reuters) - France and its Western partners plan to go ahead with a protest in the coming days at the U.N. nuclear watchdog's board to criticise Iran's decision to curb cooperation with the agency, its foreign minister said on Tuesday. "The nuclear tensions will lead us in the coming days to emit a protest in the framework of the IAEA Board of Governors to regret this decision," Jean-Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary hearing. Iran said last month it was scaling back cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, ending extra inspection and monitoring measures introduced by the 2015 nuclear deal, including the power given to the IAEA to carry out snap inspections at facilities not declared by Iran. Britain, France and Germany, all parties to the deal with Iran, on Monday circulated a draft resolution backed by the United States for the Vienna meeting voicing "serious concern" at...
    AN ASYLUM seeker who attacked an Australian TV reporter live on air during a protest in London has been jailed. Algerian Sofane Yakr, 27, lunged at Channel Nine's Sophie Walsh and yelled "Allahu Akbar” as she reported on a Black Lives Matter march. 3Channel Nine reporter Sophie Walsh seconds before she was attacked by a man as she covered a BLM protest in London.   3Failed asylum seeker Sofane Yakr was jailed for attacking a TV reporter live on air Sophie's terrified screams were heard live on air and moments later millions of viewers saw her shocked face. Brave cameraman Jason Conduit grabbed a light stand and chased after Yakr, who was armed with a screwdriver. He caught up with him and with the help of passers-by detained him until police arrived. Sophie said after the attack: “He had a hand in his pocket. I thought: 'Does he have a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — While many members of the British Royal Family have come to the San Francisco Bay Area over the years, it was the visits of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles in the 1970s and 1980s that drew the most attention. The 1983 and 1977 visits were filled with pomp and ceremony but San Francisco’s large Irish-American population also made sure the royals knew how displeased they were with the conflict in Northern Ireland. READ MORE: Royals Week: Recent San Francisco Bay Area Visits – A Combination Of Pomp And Protest On November 4, 1965, Princess Margaret, her husband Lord Snowdon, and her spectacular collection of gowns, jewels, and hats all paid a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area. The U.S. tour was 5 months in the making. The 35-year-old princess’s plane landed at SFO at 6:05 p.m. after a 90-minute stopover in New York. The...
    More than 40 people arrested in Los Angeles County for curfew violations during last summer’s mass protests have alleged in a new lawsuit that the curfews were an unconstitutional and coordinated tactic by the county, several local cities and their police forces to stifle legitimate political speech against police violence. The lawsuit alleges a slate of violations of the protesters’ constitutional and civil rights, assault and battery, false imprisonment, negligence and the intentional infliction of emotional distress, and calls the curfew a “tool of oppression” used by government actors to suppress the truth and shore up false narratives about American policing. “Its purpose was to create a lasting chilling effect on the lawful exercise of speech, stopping individuals from participation in peaceful assembly,” the plaintiffs claim in the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week. “Under the guise of action to stop looting, mass arrests were made of...
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    Thousands of protesters took the streets of multiple cities in Argentina this weekend to protest what is increasingly being referred to as the “VIP vaccination” scandal, in which the government of socialist President Alberto Fernández reportedly vaccinated dozens of ineligible people with friends in the administration. A woman protests against the government of President Alberto Fernandez, following a scandal over coronavirus vaccine queue-jumping that forced his health minister to resign, in front of the Casa Rosada presidencial palace in Buenos Aires. ( ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP via Getty) Argentine Health Minister Gines González García resigned last week after local media revealed that as many as 70 people secretly received vaccinations against the Chinese coronavirus, some of them as young as 27 years old and without health preconditions that would necessitate urgent vaccination. Argentina recently cut a deal with the government of Russia to distribute its vaccine candidate, “Sputnik V,” approved hastily last...
    By AARON MORRISON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Now, Terrence is lending a talent he honed as a youngster in a church band to help produce and promote a forthcoming album of protest anthems inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations prompted in part by his brother's death. “I want to pay my respects to my brother any way I can, whether it’s a march, whether it’s just talking to somebody about him, or whether it’s doing what I do and playing the drums,” Terrence told The Associated Press. “His...
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Now, Terrence is lending a talent he honed as a youngster in a church band to help produce and promote a forthcoming album of protest anthems inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations prompted in part by his brother’s death. “I want to pay my respects to my brother any way I can, whether it’s a march, whether it’s just talking to somebody about him, or whether it’s doing what I do and playing the drums,” Terrence told The Associated Press. “His heartbeat is not beating...
    TWO people have been arrested after 150 Antifa activists smashed up a Starbucks and a bank. Demonstrators gathered at The Field Parks in Portland at roughly 9pm on Saturday to march through the area in protest of Biden's immigration policies. 7Dozens of demonstrators were at the eventCredit: Twitter 7Windows were broken at a StarbucksCredit: KGW They were also campaigning to denounce the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, the demonstration quickly got violent, with vandals lashing out at several stores including Starbucks, Chipotle, Umpqua Bank and Urban Pantry. Just one hour later, at 10pm, Portland Police Bureau dubbed the demonstration as "destructive," according to KOIN, and demanded that crowds "immediately stop participating in criminal activity." Cops threatened that those who did not listen could be detained, given a citation, arrested or they would use crowd control agents. 7Windows were shattered in the areaCredit: KGW 7Graffiti was also seen sprawled across...
    The British government is reportedly seeking to extend powers granted to police to crack down on protests even after lockdown restrictions are lifted, raising concerns about the state of freedom of speech in the country. A freedom of information request has revealed that Home Secretary Priti Patel wrote to the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), questioning how the government could continue to limit protests. In the September letter, reported by The Observer on Sunday, Patel said that while protesting is “a cornerstone of our democracy”, she inquired as to how the Home Office could prevent protests from impacting upon “the rights of others to go about their daily business”. “I would like to know… what steps the government could take to ensure the police have the right powers and capabilities to respond to protests,” she wrote to the head of HMICFRS, Sir Thomas Winsor. The letter...
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Dozens of Thai protesters and police were injured in violent clashes at an anti-government rally on Sunday, an emergency medical centre said, as police acknowledged firing rubber bullets for the first time since protests started last year. Police also used tear gas and water cannon against protesters who marched on a military base in Bangkok, calling for King Maha Vajiralongkorn to give up direct command of the army unit housed there. Protesters threw bottles at police near barricades. "It was the first time rubber bullets were used," Bangkok police chief Pakapong Pongpetra told reporters on Monday, claiming their use had been necessary to prevent the violence from escalating. The youth-led political movement is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, and has broken taboos by calling for reform of the powerful monarchy. The Royal Palace has declined to directly comment on the...
    BANGKOK (AP) — A new faction of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement staged a protest march Sunday, linking their cause with that of demonstrators in Myanmar battling that neighboring country’s coup-installed military government. Marchers sought but failed to go to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s house, which is on an army base in Bangkok. Shipping containers were situated to block them, and police using water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas barred the way. The demonstrators abandoned their plan several hours later after taking an online vote of their supporters. Police said a 41-year-old officer died in the tumult, with local media reported he had a heart attack. According to the Erawan EMS center, 23 policemen and 10 protesters were injured. Thai pro-democracy demonstrations have recently become marred by increasing violence. Much of it has been initiated by particularly confrontational protesters using tactics including throwing small homemade “ping-pong” bombs with the power...
    Police in Portland, Oregon arrested two people after about 150 suspected antifa members marched through Pearl District on Saturday night while smashing windows and spray-painting graffiti on business storefronts including Starbucks and Chipotle. The demonstrators gathered at The Fields Park at around 9pm on Saturday and began marching through the area to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies and to denounce ICE. Images posted on social media show vandalized windows of several shops and restaurants, including Starbucks, Chipotle, Umpqua Bank, and Urban Pantry. The demonstrations lasted for about two hours, according to KOIN-TV. They come after Portland this past summer was the sight of a 'summer of rage' - with massive protests led by suspected members of antifa essentially shut down parts of the central city for weeks on end.  Windows to a Starbucks have been broken tonight in downtown Portland pic.twitter.com/DjwP1A43bE— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) February 28, 2021 Businesses...
    At least 18 protesters were killed and several others were injured while participating in anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar on Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported. At least three protesters died of bullet wounds in Yangon, Myanmar, and 16 others sustained injuries, the WSJ reported. Four people were killed after protesters failed to comply with dispersal orders in Dawei, Myanmar. “We strongly condemn the escalating violence against protests in Myanmar and call on the military to immediately halt the use of force against peaceful protestors,” U.N. Human Rights Office Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said, the WSJ reported. Protesters are tackled by the security forces as they crack down on demonstrations against the military coup in Monywa on February 27, 2021. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images) Security forces responded to demonstrations across the country with lethal force and teargas starting early Sunday morning, the WSJ reported. Some protesters wore hard hats and...
    Enlarge Image Former state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, seen here in a file photo, led a protest outside NBC’s “SNL” studios Feb. 27, 2021. Stefan Jeremiah “Saturday Night Live” wasn’t getting any laughs on West 49th Street, as dozens turned out with bullhorns and signs to protest a joke from the week before about vaccinations in Israel. The crowd, led hours before the show aired by former state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, chanted “Shame on NBC!” and “Anti-Semitism is not funny!” outside NBC’s West 49th Street entrance. Comedian Michael Che had sparked backlash when he joked on a recent “Weekend Update” segment: “Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population. I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half.” “It’s amazing that they have not apologized yet,” Hikind told The Post. “They did something so egregious, so horrible, I’m personally sick and tired of a major network like NBC indulging...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A group of anti-vaccination protesters gathered again outside the Dodger Stadium vaccination site Saturday afternoon as people in cars steadily drove through to keep appointments.The group held signs that read: "929 Deaths After Vaccination in the USA" and "This Is Not a Normal Vaccine," according to video from the scene.Some counter-protesters eventually showed up and exchanged words with the anti-vaccine demonstrators but the situation seemed to remain under control. At one point, LAPD officers formed a line between the two groups.The demonstrations were not keeping people from getting vaccinated and no arrests were reported, said LAPD Officer Rosario Cervantes of the department's Media Relations Section.EMBED More News Videos A group of anti-vaccination protesters forced the temporary closure of the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site, one of the largest in the nation. Last month, a similar protest at that location forced the temporary closure of the vaccination...
    The streets of Buenos Aires became this Saturday the epicenter of protests against the Government in the midst of a strong controversy after it was learned that several figures close to power had been vaccinated against covid-19 in a privileged way. The protests took place in various parts of the country, although the most massive took place in the capital, where the protesters packed the emblematic Plaza de Mayo, in front of the Casa Rosada – headquarters of the Executive -, and other areas of the city center. “There was a VIP vaccine for the people of La Cámpora (Kirchner youth group) and the poor old men who are dying were not given, they were stolen, and there is no other excuse, that’s why we come to protest, so that they all resign” Citizen Carlos Alberto Moreno told Efe. SUPPORT OF THE OPPOSITION In the central square of...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Dozens of people not wearing masks protested the COVID-19 vaccine at the entrance to Dodger Stadium Saturday afternoon as people in cars steadily drove through to keep appointments. Video of the demonstration taken by witnesses showed counter-demonstrators arguing with the anti-vaccine protesters about not wearing masks. One anti-vaccine protester on a megaphone countered “Masks mean nothing. A mask does not stop the transmission of a virus. Our grandparents would have thought of that century ago.” READ MORE: LA County To Expand Access To Coronavirus Vaccine To More Essential Workers Starting Monday BREAKING: A group of anti vaxxers are marching up to Dodger Stadium for their second protest. LAPD officers are accompanying them up the hill. pic.twitter.com/kXGTuoaoKa — Emily Holshouser (@emilyytayylor) February 27, 2021 READ MORE: Meet The Giltinis: LAs New Rugby Team to Open Play At Coliseum March 20 Los Angeles Police Department officers could...
    A handful of protesters demonstrated outside the vaccine distribution site at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, but authorities reported no major issues. The protest started around noon and drew 20 to 30 people, said LAPD Officer Sean Murray. No arrests had been reported by 2 p.m., nor were vaccination efforts interrupted, he said. Last month, a demonstration by anti-vaccination and far-right protesters prompted Los Angeles Fire officials to briefly close the main entrance to the stadium as a precaution as maskless protesters roamed through the long queues of cars, intimidating people and stalling their entry. In the wake of the incident, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said future disruptions would be met with quick arrests. Protesters would be confined to an area near the stadium’s entrance in an effort to balance people’s 1st Amendment rights with the need to keep the site operating, he said. The latest demonstration came...
    Hundreds of people rallied in Lower Manhattan Saturday to protest increasing violence against Asian Americans. The rally in Foley Square was near the site of Thursday’s attack on a 36-year-old Asian man, who was stabbed in the stomach. Police arrested Salman Muflihi, 23, who was initially charged with attempted murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime among other counts. “We will not accept hatred in New York City! Stop Asian hate. This is the message we have to get out not just in New York City, but all over this country. Stop Asian hate, stop it now,” Mayor de Blasio told the crowd. Rep. Grace Meng, a Queens Democrat who is of Taiwanese descent said, “Too many people are living in fear right now.” “People are literally scared to leave their homes,” Meng said. “We’ve been taught our entire life to just fit in. Just be...
    Eleven days after the arrest in Spain of rapper Pablo Hasél, the demonstrations were not weakening in Barcelona. FPolice urn set on fire, garbage cans on fire and looting: eleven days after the arrest in Spain of rapper Pablo Hasél, the demonstrations were not weakening in Barcelona, ​​and a new rally degenerated on Saturday into clashes with the police. The demonstration, in particular in support of the rapper condemned and imprisoned for tweets attacking the monarchy and the police, but which generally carried other social demands, brought together several hundred people, according to an . journalist. Retailers and banks targeted It degenerated in the early evening, giving rise to acts of vandalism and the looting of bank branches, one of which was set on fire, said the Catalan police, who spoke of “hooded rioters” attacking “the shops, and in particular banks ”, and specifying that one of his...
    The demonstration, in particular in support of the rapper condemned and imprisoned for tweets attacking the monarchy and the police, but which generally carried other social demands, brought together several hundred people, according to an . journalist. It degenerated in the early evening, giving rise to acts of vandalism and the looting of bank branches, one of which was set on fire, Catalan police said, who spoke of “hooded rioters” attacking “the shops, and in particular banks “, and specifying that one of his police vans had been burned, as were many bins or containers. At least ten people have been arrested during the clashes, Catalan police said on Twitter, one of whom is “involved in the fire of the van”. Since mid-February, more than 110 demonstrators have been arrested in this region of northeastern Spain, according to Catalan police. Pablo Hasél, 32, was sentenced to nine months in...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Dozens of advocates for transgender students protested in Sioux Falls and around the state on Saturday to speak out against legislation that prohibits transgender girls from participating in female sports at public schools. The bill, which has passed the House and was sent to a Senate committee, means female sports would only be available to participants who are female based on their biological gender at birth. The bill’s sponsors say it will promote fairness in female sports. Opponents of the bill include the American Civil Liberties Union, which says it is unconstitutional. The Argus Leader reported that more than 75 people gathered at the Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls as part of the statewide protests. Protesters held signs promoting rights of transgender people, and chanted “Transphobes have got to go!” and “Trans rights now!” Susan Williams, executive director of the Transformation Project Advocacy Network,...
    Loading the player... A protest at the Georgia state Capitol on Friday over voting bills led to a confrontation between Democratic Rep. Park Cannon and a Georgia State Patrol officer who grabbed her to move her away. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Cannon, along with fellow Democrats, initiated a sit-in on the stairs of the state Capitol until they received an apology, which the officer didn’t offer. The sit-in ended after an hour and a half. #BREAKING: Confusion at the State Capitol after some lawmakers joined in with a protest against HB 531 and a state trooper touched Rep. Park Cannon after she stood in front of a bullhorn. @FOX5Atlanta #gapol pic.twitter.com/jlkOM5lsZd — Claire Simms (@Claire_FOX5) February 26, 2021 Read More: Georgia lawmakers advance bill to teach drivers how to behave with police The protest was in an effort to stop bills approved by Georgia Republicans on...
    Supporters of a grassroots movement committed to Jewish liberation plan to hold a protest outside of NBC studios on Saturday in response to a recent "anti-Semitic" joke made by "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che, Fox News has learned. The protest is being co-sponsored by End Jew Hatred, former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Liberate Art and Yad Yamin New York. Individuals planning to protest at the New York City studios slammed Che's joke on last Saturday's "SNL" episode in which the comedian said: "Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population. I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half." "Michael Che is a bigot - plain and simple. Not only was his ‘joke’ the laziest form of comedy, it perpetuated a vile lie that stands to exacerbate already rising antisemitism in the United States. NBC must make it clear that Jew Hatred has no place on its network and hold Che and the SNL...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Dozens of Los Angeles Unified parents and students held a protest Saturday in Westwood amid a push to reopen schools.A large group of demonstrators gathered outside the Federal Building amid increasing pressure on the district, the second-largest in the nation, to reopen its campuses for in-person instruction.The push comes after nearly a year of virtual learning, and as some schools students across the Southland return to the classroom.Organizers gathered a handful of parents on a school bus to make scheduled stops across L.A. in an effort to reach out to other parents.RELATED: Parents hold protest, Zoom blackout to call on LAUSD to reopen schoolsEMBED More News Videos Parents with the Los Angeles Unified School District held a protest Monday to put pressure on the district to reopen schools. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner says preschools and elementary schools could reopen by April 9, but he adds the...
    ANTI-lockdown protesters have pelted cops with fireworks as hundreds clash with police in Dublin. Protesters clashed with Irish police as they marched through the city centre and attempted to make their way to St Stephen's Green park. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 8One of the crowd fired a rocket at the police officers 8Officers hold batons amid anti-lockdown clashesCredit: PA:Press Association There was a heavy garda presence around the city centre ahead of the protest, which started at around 2pm. Hundreds of people who were not wearing face masks took part in the demonstration. Gardai used batons to push protesters away from the park. Videos of the protest shows a demonstrator point a firework at gardai before it went off, while other missiles and items were thrown at gardai. Protesters were prevented from gathering in the park after the Office of Public Works closed...
    By CHRISTINA TKACIK, The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE (AP) — It started as a joke. Best friends and out-of-work exotic dancers Joy Mason and Iyana Hall said they would stage a protest to reopen Baltimore’s adult entertainment venues. But one thing led to another. They drafted a flier and sent it around to people they knew. Seemingly within minutes, word had gotten around to hundreds of employees of the city’s various clubs. Online, they heard from strip club performers as far as Texas and Miami. Outside City Hall, Mason, 26, and Hall, 21, stood with a handful of fellow dancers and others employed by the industry, which Mayor Brandon Scott closed in December amid rising coronavirus cases. But, as COVID-19 cases have eased up and the city has loosened restrictions on live performances at other venues, adult entertainment has remained off-limits. The commotion was enough to drown out another news conference...
    The Conversation Spain Why is Tanzania playing with fire by rejecting the covid-19 vaccine? Prayer is one of the methods used in Tanzania to control the spread of the new coronavirus. STRINGER / . via . ImagesTanzania has taken a very particular approach to controlling SARS-CoV-2. Last year, just months after the pandemic began, President John Magufuli declared Tanzania free of COVID-19 after three days of national prayers. Since then, it has refused to impose a lockdown, reopened schools, allowed major sporting events, continued religious gatherings, stopped testing and suspended public communication campaigns about the virus. The country has also stopped reporting cases and deaths. The argument was that people should stop living in fear and trust God and traditional African remedies to prevent infections. Tanzania may be the only country in the world that has taken this approach, which goes against everything that has been recommended by scientists, other...
    Nail 60 people cut this Saturday the AP-7 road at the height of the municipality of Sant Gregori (Girona), at kilometer 59.5 north. Sources from the Mossos d’Esquadra have explained that at 7.17 hours the police force has received the notice that several dozen people were on the road. In a preventive way, the Mossos have closed circulation heading south and make detours. The concentration has been called by La Forja – Gironès and SEPC Comarques Gironines, two pro-independence student unions and it is to protest the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel. “We have taken action”, the main banner of the protest has written. From the social networks of the unions themselves they assure that the concentration is “to defend the amnesty for all dams and political exiles. And independence as the only way! “
    The 2021 Golden Globes is getting the time’s up treatment. The awards show, set to air Sunday on NBC, has come under fire after a recent exposé found that the Globes’ elusive group, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, does not have a single black member involved. The organization Time’s Up launched a #TimesUpGlobes protest campaign Friday, calling out the HFPA, which selects nominees and hands out honors, over the lack of diversity. “A cosmetic fix isn’t enough,” one of the group’s tweets read, a sentiment that was echoed by Shonda Rhimes as well as Kerry Washington, Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer and more. Several celebrities joined in to support the movement on Twitter, including Judd Apatow, who wrote: “So many crazy things about the @goldenglobes and the Hollywood Foreign press but this is awful. #timesupglobes.” Ava DuVernay called it “Old news. New energy,” in her tweet along with the hashtag....
    More On: Golden Globes 2021 Golden Globe nom Andra Day still ‘recovering’ from Billie Holiday role ‘United States vs. Billie Holiday’ review: Andra Day shines in OK film Prince Harry prefers ‘The Crown’ to actual ‘headlines’ First commercial showing lactating breasts to air during Golden Globes The 2021 Golden Globes is getting the time’s up treatment. The awards show, set to air Sunday on NBC, has come under fire after a recent exposé found that the Globes’ elusive group, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, does not have a single black member involved. The organization Time’s Up launched a #TimesUpGlobes protest campaign Friday, calling out the HFPA, which selects nominees and hands out honors, over the lack of diversity. “A cosmetic fix isn’t enough,” one of the group’s tweets read, a sentiment that was echoed by Shonda Rhimes as well as Kerry Washington, Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer and more. Several...
    Protesters summoned “against police brutality” In Terrassa (Barcelona) after the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel, containers have been burned and objects have been thrown at the police line, sources from the Mossos d’Esquadra reported this Friday. In the protests there have been police charges and there have been at least six arrests, one of them for throwing objects at the agents and another five for public disorder. The agents have acted to try to disperse the demonstration, led by a banner with the message ‘La lluita del jovent, el futur del nostre poble’ (‘The struggle of the youth, the future of our people’). The demonstration has been called “against police brutality”, for the dissolution of the Mobile Brigade (Brimo) and for freedom of expression, after several days of protests in various cities after Hasel’s imprisonment. The Mossos d’Esquadra have reported in several notes on Twitter that “a group of...
    ECO-warrior Swampy was bailed yesterday after appearing in court over the HS2 tunnel protest. Swampy, real name Daniel Hooper, 48, was one of three activists arrested on Thursday when they finally emerged after 28 days in a tunnel under Euston station, in North London. 5Eco-warrior Swampy, real name Daniel Hooper, was one of three activists arrested on Thursday when they finally emerged after 28 days in a tunnel under London's Euston stationCredit: PA:Press Association Fellow activists Isla “Blue” Sandford, 18, and Juliett “Nemo” Stephenson-Clarke, 22, also appeared before Westminster JPs. All three denied “disrupting a person engaged in lawful activity” and a trial date has been set for July 20 at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court. Their bail conditions say they must not enter or try to interfere with any HS2 construction site. 5Activists Isla 'Blue' Sandford and Juliett 'Nemo' Stephenson-Clarke also appeared before Westminster JPsCredit: PA:Press Association 5Activists stand in...
    A Japanese journalist has been arrested by police in Burma in the first foreign press arrest since the country’s Feb. 1 military coup, according to a report. Yuki Kitazumi was arrested on Friday morning in Yangon, the largest city in the country, colleague Linn Nyan Htun said in a Facebook post. Kitazumi had been covering an anti-coup protest, Kyodo News in Japan reported. He runs a production company in the city and used to work for Japan’s Nikkei business daily, Reuters reported. “According to witnesses, he was beaten on his head but he was wearing a helmet, so it didn’t cause him much harm,” Linn Nyan Htun wrote in the post. “I have contacted the embassy and haven’t heard much more information yet.” He said he didn’t know the reason Kitazumi had been arrested. He told Reuters “I didn’t witness it but I received a message from him via messenger app around 11:30 that he got arrested. After that I lost connection...
    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Protesters clashed with police in North Macedonia’s capital Friday after a court this week upheld the terrorism-related convictions of ethnic Albanian men accused of killings nine years ago that inflamed ethnic tensions in the Balkan country. At least seven policemen were injured, authorities said. The violence broke out when several hundred ethnic Albanian demonstrators — including relatives of the convicted men — tried to march through Skopje to the main court complex to protest the ruling. Their way was blocked by police cordons, and some protesters attacked officers with stones and plastic bottles before being repelled with stun grenades. No arrests were immediately reported. Six ethnic Albanian men initially received life sentences for the 2012 murders of five ethnic Macedonian fishermen. In a retrial that concluded this week, the life sentences were upheld for three of the defendants, two had their jail terms reduced to...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – LaToya Ratlieff, the South Florida woman who was shot by a foam projectile in the face during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Fort Lauderdale in May of 2020, is disappointed in the decision which exonerates the officer. One day after Detective Eliezer Ramos was cleared of any wrongdoing, Ratlieff returned to the scene where she was participating in a demonstration protesting police violence. READ MORE: President Trump To Headline CPAC Weekend In Orlando “I remember getting the message that he was going to be exonerated and I remember my heart dropped,” said Ratlieff on Friday morning. Thursday, Fort Lauderdale police released their internal affairs case summary and the investigation from the Use of Force expert against Detective Ramos. The internal affairs investigation determined Det. Ramos had been aiming at another protestor who was attempting to pick up a tear gas canister that was still spewing...
    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of people protested in Georgia on Friday, demanding the release of the jailed top opposition politician and calling for early parliamentary elections. Opposition supporters marched down the streets of the capital Tbilisi and rallied in front of the parliament building and the government headquarters. Police didn't interfere with the protesters. The demonstration comes days after police stormed the headquarters of Georgia's top opposition party, United National Movement, and arrested its chairman Nika Melia. “We believe that today Georgia stands at the crossroads, and this is the moment when the country should decide whether it continues its European development and democratic development or it turns back and goes back to Russia,” opposition politician David Bakradze said at the rally on Friday. Melia faces charges of inciting violence during protests that erupted in 2019 when a Russian lawmaker sat in the parliament speaker’s chair during a meeting...
    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of people protested in Georgia on Friday, demanding the release of the jailed top opposition politician and calling for early parliamentary elections. Opposition supporters marched down the streets of the capital Tbilisi and rallied in front of the parliament building and the government headquarters. Police didn’t interfere with the protesters. The demonstration comes days after police stormed the headquarters of Georgia’s top opposition party, United National Movement, and arrested its chairman Nika Melia. “We believe that today Georgia stands at the crossroads, and this is the moment when the country should decide whether it continues its European development and democratic development or it turns back and goes back to Russia,” opposition politician David Bakradze said at the rally on Friday. Melia faces charges of inciting violence during protests that erupted in 2019 when a Russian lawmaker sat in the parliament speaker’s chair...
    Protesters participate in a demonstration in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and against police brutality at Sergels Torg on June 3, 2020. Republican legislators throughout the country are practically churning out bills that although seemingly unrelated, would work together to suppress voting rights and criminalize activism. Following high voter turnout in communities of color and Black Lives Matter protests throughout the nation last summer, Republican legislators and prosecutors will have attacked the rights of people of color in state legislatures, courtrooms, and as early as next month, in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Former Georgia congresswoman Stacey Abrams, also founder of the equity and voting rights organization Fair Fight Action, testified before a congressional committee on Thursday to call for federal legislation to protect communities of color being targeted. On the same day, Georgia activists marched in front of the state Capitol to advocate for those communities. “The January 6th insurrection culminated from...
    A HOMEOWNER who claims a new train station next to his house "ruined his life" has painted the words "welcome to hell" on the side of his home. Hefin Jones, 53, emblazoned the words in large capital letters after authorities "never listened" to his concerns about the station in Ceredigian, mid Wales. 1Hefin Jones scrawled 'Welcome to Hell' after a new train station was opened next doorCredit: SWNS:South West News Service Hefin objected to plans for the station from the start, but is now neighbours with a railway platform, car park, bus stop, electricity sub-station and cycle racks. The frustrated homeowner now hopes to embarrass authorities involved, saying the multi-million-pound development of Bow Street station "destroyed" his quality of life. Hefin said: "It is hell. At 5.15am the first train comes in and wakes me up with the beep beep of the doors and the engines. "I may as...
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Opposition presidential candidates in Somalia have delayed a planned protest on Friday over the country’s election delay after the government apologized for its actions during last week’s protest and affirmed the right to peacefully demonstrate. Security forces fired on last week’s protest in the capital, Mogadishu, and fears of further violence led to talks this week between the government and an alliance of opposition leaders. Local elders and the international community shuttled between the sides. On Thursday, ahead of the breakthrough, Somali forces deployed at many strategic junctions in the capital. The Somali government statement also expressed condolences to families of people killed last week. At least five people were killed and around a dozen wounded, according to health officials. The statement also said the government will be responsible for demonstrators’ safety. In response, the opposition alliance agreed to postpone Friday’s protest for 10 days. Pressure...
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Protesters blocked a busy intersection in Bangladesh’s capital Friday to protest the death in prison of a writer and commentator who was arrested on charges of violating the sweeping digital security law, which critics say stifles freedom of expression. Mushtaq Ahmed, 53, was arrested in Dhaka in May last year for making comments on social media that criticized the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He had been denied bail at least six times. It was not immediately clear how Ahmed died on Thursday. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Friday an investigation would follow. Hundreds of protesters gathered near Dhaka University campus while many others took to the social media to voice their anger. They chanted slogans demanding the repeal of the law and shouted “Justice, justice, we want justice!” Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International urged Bangladesh...
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali opposition leaders have agreed to postpone a protest over election delays originally planned for Friday after last week's clashes in which troops and opposition supporters exchanged gunfire, killing at least three people. The government said it supported the right to protest and that it would work with opposition leaders to plan a safe and peaceful demonstration in 10 days' time. "I ask the public to take the decision of postponement with us since we want a peaceful demonstration," said one of the opposition leaders, Abdirahman Abdishakur. "We have not given up on the protest." Lawmakers were due to select a new president on Feb. 8, but the process was delayed after the opposition accused President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who is seeking a second term, of packing regional and national electoral boards with supporters. Troops and opposition supporters - including some soldiers - exchanged gunfire in Mogadishu...
    (Reuters) - Myanmar police detained a Japanese journalist at a protest in the commercial capital of Yangon, a colleague said on Friday, in the first detention of a foreign reporter since the military coup on Feb. 1. An official at Japan's foreign ministry told Reuters it was still trying to confirm the facts. The country has been roiled by protests for weeks since the army seized power from elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and detained her and most of her government. (Writing by Poppy McPherson; Editing by Tom Hogue) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Myanmar, Japan
    By Devjyot Ghoshal and Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is struggling to beat back his biggest political challenge in years from a protest movement which began with disgruntled farmers travelling to New Delhi on tractors and is now gaining wider support at home and abroad. Simmering in makeshift camps housing tens of thousands of farmers since last year, the movement has seen a dramatic growth in recent weeks, getting backing from environmental activists, opposition parties and even A-list Western celebrities. At its heart are three new farm laws passed by the government last September, thanks to the majority Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) enjoys in the lower house of parliament. "To frame this narrowly as agricultural frustration wouldn't explain the scale of what we are seeing," said Neelanjan Sircar, a political science professor at Ashoka University. "This is about some larger frustration with...
    By Jessie Pang and Sharon Tam HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Chinese University of Hong Kong has withdrawn recognition of its student union, saying criticism of the city's national security law by newly elected union leaders may have been illegal. The move, accusing the union of having "exploited the campus" for "political propaganda", raises further concern about academic and political freedom in the Asian financial hub after Beijing imposed a sweeping security law in June. Students have been at the forefront of mass pro-democracy protests in 2019 and authorities are keen to quash dissent in schools and universities, which Beijing and city officials have blamed for fostering anti-government sentiment. Union leaders "have made false allegations against the university and exploited the campus for their political propaganda, which...brought the university into disrepute," the university said in a statement late on Thursday. At a midnight news conference, union leader Isaac Lam, 20,...
    (Reuters) - Myanmar police launched a crackdown overnight in a Yangon district after breaking up a protest to oppose a military appointed local official, as the World Bank halted payments to projects in the country that were made after the Feb. 1 coup. The Southeast Asian country has been in crisis since the army seized power and detained the civilian government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership after the military complained of fraud in a November election. There have been daily protests and strikes by pro-democracy supporters for about three weeks, often drawing hundreds of thousands of people across the diverse nation stretching from the country. Violence broke out on the streets of the commercial hub of Yangon on Thursday after some in a crowd of about 1,000 military loyalists attacked pro-democracy supporters and media. Several people were beaten by groups of men, some armed...
    (CNN)It was a moment caught on camera -- a heroic act that thrust Patrick Hutchinson, a London father and grandfather, into the limelight. Last summer, when he rescued a man at a London protest that had turned violent, Hutchinson unwittingly stepped onto the world stage. It wasn't something Hutchinson, now 50, had planned -- but now he is using the newfound fame for good. "I didn't see color," Hutchinson said. "I just saw somebody who needed help."It was June 13 and Hutchinson was at home, babysitting his grandchildren, when a friend called him. Fearful that a demonstration involving a far-right group and Black Lives Matter protesters could turn violent, the friend, Pierre Noah, asked him for help."Pierre twisted my arm," Hutchinson said. "The idea was to stop any of these young protesters from doing anything that they're going to regret later on. When you're Black, especially, and you end up...
    ECO-warrior Swampy was among three activists to leave an HS2 protest site yesterday — but one remains underground. Blue Sandford, 18 — the daughter of Scottish millionaire Roc Sandford — and an unnamed woman, 22, also left with Swampy, aka Dan Hooper, 48. 3Veteran environmental campaigner Swampy after leaving the tunnels in Euston Square GardensCredit: PA:Press Association 3Swampy photographed last month inside one of the tunnels The trio were taken to hospital as a precaution before being arrested. A network of tunnels was created in secret near London’s Euston station by HS2 Rebellion. Fellow activists protesting against the high-speed rail link said the trio are “well” and in “high spirits”. Most read in NewsLive BlogEU WHAT?EU vaccine crisis 'makes French 3rd wave inevitable' as Germans snub jabsJAB LOTTERY57% of people in part of Isle of Wight get jab but rate is just 3% in SheffieldCAPTAIN CLEAREDNavy capt who had sex...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Groups from Black Lives Matter to the NAACP say they will be out in full force to protest during the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop charged with killing George Floyd. The city has fortified the area surrounding the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis, but protest groups say the fences and barricades won’t keep them away. READ MORE: Minneapolis Police Investigating Homicide On Citys South Side “You look at all these barricades, that is the system. Walls will not stop us, fences will not stop us from protesting,” Mohamed Ibrahim, deputy director of CAIR-MN, said. City officials and law enforcement have stressed the security precautions, including the extensive fencing are there to protect not only the trial but the protests. Protest groups say they aren’t buying that. “They are more afraid of the people than they are of police violence. They want to make it seem...
    Photo: Open Classroom Students from the Central University of Venezuela, UCV, demonstrated again this Thursday to demand that academic authorities resume face-to-face classes. In principle, the protest began in the Faces Faces, Faces, as a claim for the suspension of the faculty council and the refusal to resume classes. Subsequently, students from the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences joined the demonstration, after they denounced that their spaces were vandalized. The protest was finally mobilized towards Plaza Venezuela. « Only the government of Nicolás Maduro should keep the university paralyzed, » said the students. Almost a year without classes One year of the suspension of classes in the country’s study houses is about to be completed, due to the restrictions imposed by the covid-19 pandemic, which arrived in Venezuela on March 13, 2020. Since then, although distance classes have been promoted, the autonomous universities have denounced the impossibility of applying...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The video that played out across the nation. It shows Black Lives Matter Protester LaToya Ratlieff hit with a foam projectile in May at a protest in Fort Lauderdale. “Detective Ramos is exonerated,” said interim Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Patrick Lynn. Detective Eliezer Ramos was cleared of wrongdoing after internal affairs and independent “use of force” investigation. READ MORE: ‘Micro-Wedding’: Couples Having Their Dream Ceremony During Pandemic On Smaller Scale He’s the Fort Lauderdale Police officer who fired that projectile. Ratlieff’s attorney, speaking on her behalf, said the investigation was never about finding the truth. “This investigation was incomplete. It was a sham investigation that was clearly geared toward making sure there was a determination that detective Ramos’s conduct was justified,” said Ratlieff’s Attorney Michael David. According to Interim Chief Lynn, Ratlieff was not the intended target. “Detective Ramos identified and targeted an individual...
    A video shown by Republican Congressman Steve Steube of Florida during Wednesday's House hearing on domestic terrorism attempted to equate protest violence with terrorism and the Jan. 6 insurrection. Republicans rolled out their narrative response to Democrats who were intent to see a law enforcement crackdown on the far-right extremist elements who assaulted the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 during Wednesday’s hearing of a House Judiciary subcommittee on “The Rise of Domestic Terrorism in America.” It resembled a team version of the “let’s throw shit at the wall and see what sticks” strategy, but beneath it all was a thread: Blame everything on Black Lives Matter and left-wing antifascists. The presence of right-wing pseudo-journalist Andy Ngo—whose entire body of work has portrayed left-wing and anarchist political protests as terrorism—as the Republicans’ only witness was emblematic of the approach. Florida Congressman Greg Steube encapsulated the narrative by showing a video of anti-police...
    Musicians have long used their voices and instruments to create soundtracks for particular moments in time, helping evoke change and perspective through songs intertwined with political messages.  Now Disney Music Group and ESPN's The Undefeated are presenting "Black History Always – Music For The Movement," the follow up to "I Can't Breathe – Music For The Movement." The EP is set to be released on Friday.  Momo Boyd with the band Infinity Song, who has a spoken word piece on the EP, told CBSN in an interview Thursday that the months-long protest movement that ensued after the death of George Floyd and others sparked a need for protest music. "A lot of people were really trying to search for music that could uplift them and give them that positive message," said Boyd. "It kind of created a need for that and it became a necessity." Cover Art, Illustration by...
    “I am concerned that journalists and human rights defenders are increasingly targeted, both institutionally and individually,” Bachelet said in a video message recorded to the Council of human rights. She recalled that, just last week, the security forces had conducted searches against journalists, human rights defenders, as well as against some of their organizations under “criminal investigations for ‘ mass disorder ‘”. As of February 9, 246 people had been sentenced to prison terms for political reasons, “added Ms. Bachelet. President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime has been cracking down on a historic protest movement that arose out of the controversial re-election in August of last year. head of state, in charge of Belarus since 1994. “It is crucial for the future of the country to establish respect for human rights and a space for civic expression as broad as possible,” said Bachelet, calling for the release of all peaceful protesters...
    Pfizer-BioNTech to begin testing booster shot to combat variants; Trisha Yearwood doing OK after contracting virus: Live COVID-19 updates. Standardized tests are back. Theyll feel different and many students wont take them. © Getty Images In a largely forgotten moment, Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett made a medal stand protest at the 1972 Munich Olympics that has become more historically relevant with today’s athlete activism. In this NBCSports.com story, Tim Layden reported the circumstances of Matthews and Collett earning 400m gold and silver medals, what happened on the podium afterward, how it was received and this question: How did it affect the sprinters’ lives? Their actions were compared and contrasted with Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised black-gloved fists on the 1968 Olympic 200m medal stand in Mexico City. Today, the subject of athlete demonstrations is prominent in the Olympic movement. Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states, “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or...
    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus will reopen high schools, gyms, pools, dance academies and art galleries on March 1 in a further, incremental easing of the country’s second nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, the government said Thursday. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said easing the six-week-old lockdown should proceed “slowly, cautiously and in a controlled manner.” He warned that the situation could easily get out of hand again as the country’s infection rate remains slightly above safety limits set by the European Union’s disease prevention agency. According to Ioannou, the number of infections now stands at 164.3 per 100,000 people. Middle school students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 8, Ioannou said, signaling the reopening of all schools after weeks of online instruction. Primary schools are already holding in-person classes. But the minister made it clear that twice-daily excursions requiring SMS approval and a 9:00pm-5:00am curfew will remain in effect. “We’ll...
    Several people were arrested Wednesday night during a protest in Brooklyn in the wake of the decision to not charge upstate New York cops in the death of Daniel Prude, according to police and witnesses. Dozens of protesters marched through McCarren Park in Williamsburg around 7 p.m., prompting a large police response with about 300 cops. DANIEL PRUDE GRAND JURY VERDICT LEADS TO ROCHESTER PROTESTS AFTER DECISION NOT TO INDICT OFFICERS Witnesses told The Post at least nine people were arrested. Police confirmed some arrests were made. Several protesters began attacking pedestrians and spray-painting a cab on South 4th Street and Driggs Avenue near the Williamsburg Bridge, the witnesses recalled. NEW YORK GRAND JURY VOTES NOT TO INDICT POLICE OFFICERS FOR DANIEL PRUDE DEATH Videos on Citizen App shows large crowds at the scene, and a police chopper can be heard hovering over the area. next Image 1 of...
    Several people were arrested Wednesday night during a protest in Brooklyn in the wake of the decision to not charge upstate New York cops in the death of Daniel Prude, according to police and witnesses. Dozens of protesters marched through McCarren Park in Williamsburg around 7 p.m., prompting a large police response with about 300 cops. Witnesses told The Post at least nine people were arrested. Police confirmed some arrests were made. Several protesters began attacking pedestrians and spray-painting a cab on South 4th Street and Driggs Avenue near the Williamsburg Bridge, the witnesses recalled. Videos on Citizen App shows large crowds at the scene, and a police chopper can be heard hovering over the area. The protest came a day after a grand jury voted not to indict the Rochester police officers who were involved in the death of Daniel Prude, a...
    By PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general would be authorized to file protest-related charges even if local prosecutors declined to do so, according to a bill advanced by a state House committee Wednesday. The proposal follows a series of moves by GOP lawmakers to expand some of Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s authority in the state. Earlier this month, the state legislature handed Cameron the ability to regulate the state’s abortion clinics when they overrode a veto by Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat. Other legislation curtailing the governor's emergency COVID-19 restrictions requires the attorney general to sign off on the suspension of state law in an emergency. It is currently being debated in Kentucky's Supreme Court. Ashanti Scott, the daughter of a Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Attica Scott, testified against the bill, recalling her arrest during demonstrations last summer....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Some Los Angeles Unified School District parents are planning another Zoom blackout protest on Saturday, similar to one held that was held Monday.The parents are trying to increase pressure on the district, the second-largest in the nation, to reopen its campuses for in-person instruction.Los Angeles County has reached the threshold for elementary schools to reopen.But the district and union have pushed back, even though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it's safe to return -- even without having all teachers vaccinated.
    David Foster and Katharine McPhee welcome a baby boy What to Know About Artificial Grass They are the lost souls of protest, nearly five decades on from an act that was both misunderstood and reviled in its own time and largely forgotten or ignored since, even as it becomes more historically relevant by the day. They were two young Black American athletes – Vince Matthews from New York City and Wayne Collett from Los Angeles, more alike than the distance between their homes, yet different in ways that had defined their pasts, and would shape their futures. They were both fast, both strong. And fearless. Most of all, fearless. They ran the 400 meters, after all, and the track and field event they call the quarter (-mile) is not for the meek. © Bettmann/Getty Images The race of their lives was the 1972 Olympic 400 meter final in Munich,...
    By GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would impose harsher penalties on protesters who loot, riot or commit other crimes got a chilly reception Wednesday from a Nebraska legislative committee, with some lawmakers saying it would infringe on free-speech rights and punish those who gather peacefully. The measure was modeled after a recently passed Tennessee law and introduced in response to last year's Black Lives Matter protests in Omaha and Lincoln that led to property damage and one death. It would create felony charges for people who damage or spray-paint law enforcement property, throw bodily fluids or aim laser pointers at officers, or knowingly participate in a riot where someone is seriously hurt, among other actions. “This is simply not acceptable, and we must make this type of behavior as unattractive as possible,” said Sen. Joni Albrecht, of Thurston, who sponsored the proposal. The measure...
    Tennessee lawmakers on Monday sent a letter to each of the state’s nine public Division I universities, encouraging them to enact policies to prohibit athletes from kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Each of the state’s 27 Republican senators, including Lt. Gov. Randall McNally, signed their approval of the notion in the letter, which was addressed to the universities’ respective chancellors and presidents. The move seems to be a direct response to the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball team, whose players knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a Feb. 16 game against Tennessee-Chattanooga. The practice of kneeling during the national anthem has become commonplace in recent years after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick popularized the action. Athletes of all levels have used their platform to peacefully protest issues of police brutality, systemic racism and racial injustice. Tennessee Republican senators, however, described the practice...
    By SOPHIA EPPOLITO, Associated Press/Report for America SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At a university in southern Utah, the nationwide protests against racial injustice have lent new momentum to change a name that many consider offensive: Dixie State. But the moniker's deep ties to local history are fueling a backlash at the GOP-dominated state Legislature and showing how difficult change can be. Students from the fast-growing institution drove hours to gather at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday and urge lawmakers to revive a stalled plan to change the school's name. “When people who don’t belong to the university are wanting their voices to overpower ours, it just doesn’t seem fair to us.” Savannah Snyder, a junior studying elementary education, said on the Capitol steps. They have a powerful ally in Republican House Speaker Brad Wilson. He made the economic case for changing the name in a series of tweets Tuesday...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At a university in southern Utah, the nationwide protests against racial injustice have lent new momentum to change a name that many consider offensive: Dixie State. But the moniker’s deep ties to local history are fueling a backlash at the GOP-dominated state Legislature and showing how difficult change can be. Students from the fast-growing institution drove hours to gather at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday and urge lawmakers to revive a stalled plan to change the school’s name. “When people who don’t belong to the university are wanting their voices to overpower ours, it just doesn’t seem fair to us.” Savannah Snyder, a junior studying elementary education, said on the Capitol steps. They have a powerful ally in Republican House Speaker Brad Wilson. He made the economic case for changing the name in a series of tweets Tuesday night, citing reports...