Showing posts with label International: Demonstration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label International: Demonstration. Show all posts

March 1, 2014

BIG Unrest in Venezuela

 


  WASHINGTON — Venezuela's largest protests since the death of longtime leader Hugo Chavez nearly one year ago are sweeping the country. Rampant inflation, violent crime and chronic shortages of basic goods are fueling the outrage that is dividing the South American nation.



August 17, 2013

Gay Rights Activist Stage Kiss-In Protest In Front of Russian Consulate


GAY RIGHTS ACTIVISTS STAGE KISS-IN PROTEST IN FRONT OF RUSSIAN CONSULATE IN ANTWERP, BELGIUM (VIDEO)


Gay Rights Activists Stage Kiss-In Protest In Front Of Russian Consulate In Antwerp, Belgium (Video)
Over 400 men and women staged a kiss-in protest outside the Russian Consulate in Antwerp, Belgium on Friday to demonstrate support for Russia’s LGBT community and protest against that country’s recently approved anti-gay laws.
The event named “To Russia with Love,” coincided with the final days of World Out Games, being held in Antwerp.

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Many of the kiss-in participants included openly gay athletes, who called for the Winter 2014 Olympic Games to be moved out of Sochi and to another location.


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August 11, 2013

Hundreds Gather in London to Protest Russian Treatment of Gays Human Rights


 Hundreds attend a protest in London against anti-gay laws in Russia. (Angela Clerkin)
Hundreds attend a protest in London against anti-gay laws in Russia (Angela Clerkin)
Hundreds of people gathered in London on Saturday to protest against the treatment of LGBT people in Russia.
It is believed to be the largest gay rights protest in the UK capital in recent years.
"Stephen Fry walked along the whole length of the protest like an ambassador, and everyone was cheering him," said an eyewitness.
Stephen Fry attended the London protest and called for athletes at the 014 Sochi Winter Olympics to protest against homophobia. (Angela Clerkin)
Stephen Fry called for athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to protest against homophobia (Angela Clerkin)
The writer and broadcaster stopped by a group who were supporting LGBT rights in Uganda to talk to TV cameras.
Fry has called on athletes competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia to cross their arms across their chests at the Games to protest at the anti-gay laws.
 The broadcaster accepted that it was unlikely that the Games would be boycotted or moved from Russia, but hoped athlete protests would show solidarity with campaigners and "take the sweetness of victory out of Putin's mouth", he told the BBC.
Anti-Putin sentiments ran high at the London protest. (Angela Clerkin)
Anti-Putin sentiment ran high at the London protest (Angela Clerkin)
A Russian law, passed in June, prescribes heavy fines for anyone providing information about homosexuality to people under 18 - but Moscow denies it is discriminatory.
Demonstrators are calling for the government to put pressure on Russia to repeal the laws.
Critics of the anti-propaganda law have said it effectively disallows all gay rights rallies and could be used to prosecute anyone voicing support for homosexuals.
The law, as well as a ban on the adoption of children by same-sex couples, are part of a more conservative course taken by President Vladimir Putin on social issues since his return to the Kremlin in May 2012.
Line dancers limber up against anti-gay rights. (Angela Clerkin)
Line dancers limber up against anti-gay rights (Angela Clerkin)
"Putin is the 'Czar of Homophobia'," veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wrote on his website ahead of the protests.
"His regime has outlawed the public expression of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) identity and affection - and prohibited the advocacy of LGBT human rights - in circumstances where a person under 18 might see it."
Protesters wielded banners bearing slogans such as "We are not Putin up with homophobic Olympics" and blow-up dolls superimposed with President Putin's face.
There was one scuffle with police as some protesters ran out into the streets to stop cars. Police moved in quickly to disperse them. Overall, there was a very low-key police presence in what was largely a peaceful protest.
LGBT demonstrators called for a change in Russia's policy that has attracted criticism from world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, gay bars in London and across the UK have called for a show of solidarity against Russia's anti-gay laws by boycotting Russian vodka. 

June 5, 2013

Slogans Wins The Day in Turkey



Turkish Taksim Square, Turkey: the best slogans, graffiti and hats from the anti Government protest



TURKEY is rocking. People are challenging the ruling Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP). The authorities wanted to build on the green Gezi Park in Taksim Square, Istanbul. Plans featured a shopping mall and a mosque. A few protestors moved to occupy the site. Police hit them with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon. The police overreaction was met with fury.
Days earlier the Government had banned the late-night sale of booze. Many fear Turkey tuning into a harder-line Islamic state. Taksim Square would be the place to take a stand against authority.
In the ensuing violence, two people are dead. Hundreds have been arrested. Thousands have been hurt..
But the protests have not been without humour. We’ve got pictures of some of the best and worst graffiti and slogans. And a few interesting hats.
Don’t just protest. Laugh at the bastards
If there is no park i will shit on the shopping mall Taksim Square, Turkey: the best slogans, graffiti and hats from the anti Government protest
If there is no park, i will shit on the shopping mall
Police sell pastries live honourably Taksim Square, Turkey: the best slogans, graffiti and hats from the anti Government protest
Police, sell pastries, live honourably

May 5, 2013

Rally in Bangladesh Against ("Atheists must be hanged”) the Unreligious Turns Deadly


  Four people were killed and hundreds injured as a rally in the capital of Bangladesh turned violent. Police used tear gas to disperse thousands of Islamist protesters in the streets of Dhaka who demanded execution for “blasphemous” blogging.
"One point, One demand: Atheists must be hanged", chanted the demonstrators as they marched along at least six highways, blocking transport between Dhaka and other cities and towns.
The protesters are reportedly the activists from the Hefajat-e-Islam group, which blames some Internet users for blasphemy; accusing people of using their blogs to spread atheism and apparent lies about Islam.
The members of the radical Islamist group demanded the death penalty for those who they think defame Islam. The 13-point list of demands also included a ban on the right of women to work outside the household and the prohibition for women to mix with men. The Islamists also demanded the release of those accused of war crimes during country’s liberation war in 1971, which established the sovereign nation of Bangladesh. 
 Bangladeshi police baton charge Islamists during clashes in Dhaka on May 5, 2013. (AFP Photo/Munir uz Zaman)
Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets towards demonstrators during clashes with Islamists in Dhaka on May 5, 2013. (AFP Photo/Munir uz Zaman)

Islamist protestors run as Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets towards demonstrators during clashes with Islamists in Dhaka on May 5, 2013. (AFP Photo/Munir uz Zaman)
 Civilian people carry an injured Islamist protestor during clashes with police in Dhaka on May 5, 2013. (AFP Photo/Munir uz Zaman)
 The government of Bangladesh has declined the group’s demands to enact an anti-blasphemy law saying that the country lives by secular liberal laws. The leaders of Hefajat-e-Islam promised to launch a campaign to dethrone the government unless their demands are met.
The radical Islamist group was formed in 2010 to protest the government's secular policies in education and politics. Last month it organized a general strike as well as a gathering attended by hundreds of thousands of activists, during three people died and more than 50 were injured. 
  The demonstrators gathered in the capital’s Motijheel commercial district, amounting to between 150,000 to 200,000 people according to AFP. On their way, they set shops and vehicles on fire, according to police accounts.
Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters after they reportedly set off homemade explosives and threw stones at security.  Local authorities had to deploy more than 15,000 security forces to the area.
Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets towards demonstrators during clashes with Islamists in Dhaka on May 5, 2013. (AFP Photo/Munir uz Zaman)

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