Showing posts with label Protest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Protest. Show all posts

June 24, 2020

Police Converted Richmond USA, Into Lebanon Middle East, Last Night

 Protesters occupied grounds outside Richmond, Virginia’s city hall Monday night before being attacked and chased away by police, who fired rubber bullets, pepper spray, and other weapons to disperse them. 

By Paul Blest
“I never thought I'd wake up one day & see the state capitol I write laws in look like the West Bank under occupation,” state delegate Ibraheem Samirah, whose grandparents were Palestinian refugees, tweeted on Tuesday.  About a hundred protesters set up several tents and an encampment outside City Hall, calling it “Reclamation Square.” In a solidarity statement shared on Facebook, the protesters demanded, among other reforms, the defunding of police and a reopening of the investigation into the 2018 police shooting death of 24-year-old Marcus-David Peters, a Black man and high school biology teacher who was shot while undergoing what protesters described as a “mental health crisis.”
One of their demands is the creation of a “Marcus Alert System,” which would send mental health professionals, not cops, as first responders in cases of suspected mental health crises.
Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, and other munitions at unarmed protesters and press alike, using violent tactics that have been widely condemned to break up an act of civil disobedience.
Monday marked the 25th straight day of protests in Richmond, which has become a hotbed for protests since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. The unrest in Richmond is due in no small part to its status as the former capital of the Confederacy and the ongoing large role of Confederate history in the city, not to mention the death of Peters and others killed by police, and the city’s own history with police brutality.
In addition to the protest at City Hall, another group of protesters gathered at a Robert E. Lee statue in another part of the city, which protesters renamed Marcus-David Peters Circle, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the removal of the monument to the Confederate general earlier this month, but a lawsuit and injunction handed down by a judge has delayed removal.  The crowd at Marcus-David Peters Circle had thinned out by 11 p.m., according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. But Richmond police declared Reclamation Square an “unlawful assembly” shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning.
Police had cleared the encampment by morning. 
Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, both Democrats, were sharply criticized by top progressives in the Virginia state Legislature for the police response to the protests. 
“It is a new height in depravity that the Northam administration used an anti-Nazi measure (approved after the 2017 Charlottesville attack) to drive anti-racism activists from MDP Circle in Richmond,” state delegate Lee Carter, one of the few open socialists serving in any state government, said on Twitter.
Richmond’s former police chief, Will Smith, resigned last week, but the new pick is already controversial: Interim police chief William “Jody” Blackwell—who is Black—shot and killed a Black Air Force aircraft mechanic Jeramy Gilliam in 2002.
Because of Blackwell’s killing of Gilliam, Grammy-nominated singer and Virginia native Trey Songz called for Mayor Stoney to step down on Monday.  
Cover: Protesters shield themselves from rain as they surround the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue, Monday June 22, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The state closed the area around the statue from sunset to sunrise. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

June 14, 2020

The for Change Protest Movement in U.S. Is in London Now Despite Tough Language from Cops


                       Protesters outside Parliament
 Police were pelted with bottles during confrontations with demonstrators in London, where thousands gathered despite warnings to avoid protests.
Groups gathered in the centre of the capital, claiming they were protecting statues from anti-racism activists.
Some anti-racism demonstrations have also taken place around the country, including in central London.
The Met Police had placed restrictions on several groups intending to protest, following violent scenes last weekend.
Organisers from the Black Lives Matter movement had urged people not to join any anti-racism rallies planned for the weekend over fears there could be clashes with far-right groups. One demonstration planned for Saturday in London was brought forward by a day.
However, other demonstrators gathered around the Cenotaph war memorial in Whitehall and the boarded-up statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square on Saturday. 
Various groups from around the country, including right-wing activists, said they had come to London to protect symbols of British history. 
Among the demonstrators was leader of the far-right group Britain First, Paul Golding - convicted last month of an offence under the Terrorism Act - who said they had turned out to "guard our monuments".
The statue of Churchill was boxed up to protect it from potential damage, after protesters daubed "was a racist" on it last weekend. 
Protesters sang the national anthem and chanted "England", amid a tense atmosphere and heavy police presence. 
One large group moved to barricades outside Downing Street and a number of objects were thrown towards police.
Sharing footage of the clashes on Twitter, Home Secretary Priti Patel described it as "unacceptable thuggery". 
"Any perpetrators of violence or vandalism should expect to face the full force of the law," she wrote.
"Violence towards our police officers will not be tolerated."
She added that coronavirus "remains a threat to us all", urging people to go home.

Police officers stand in front of the Cenotaph in WhitehallImage copyrightEPA
Image captionPolice were present by the Cenotaph in Whitehall, as protesters gathered on Saturday

The Met Police said it had put a Section 60 order in place until 02:00 BST on Sunday, giving officers enhanced powers to stop and search individuals.
The measures also include requiring the events to end at 17:00 BST on Saturday.
The Met said the move came after it learned some people were coming into London to cause harm and were likely to bring weapons with them. 

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At the scene in Parliament Square

By BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani
Shortly after 13:00 BST a black woman, wearing a mask, was spoken to by police as she was entering Parliament Square from near the Supreme Court. 
The officers and the woman were quickly surrounded by a jeering crowd. When officers asked the woman to get down from a plinth, one of the protesters appeared to try to slap the woman. 
Part of the crowd surged as additional police officers in riot gear were brought into the scene with horses to strengthen their lines. 
The crowd then threw bottles and cans at the officers and let off a number of smoke bombs. One officer appeared to be pushed to the ground as he was taking the woman away.

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The new conditions, set out on the Met's website, apply to Black Lives Matter, and to left and right-wing groups that had notified the force of their intention to demonstrate on Saturday.
Restrictions mean Black Lives Matter demonstrators must stick to a specific route between Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square, where they will be permitted to assemble until 17:00.

Protesters take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement as they march near Marble Arch in Central LondonImage copyrightAFP
Image captionProtesters take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement as they march near Marble Arch in Central London

Similar regulations applied to right-wing groups require them to assemble in Parliament Square and some parts of Whitehall, again until 17:00.
Hundreds of people also gathered in Glasgow, Bristol and Belfast as part of events organised to "protect" war memorials.

Activists congregated at the cenotaph in George Square in GlasgowImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionActivists congregated at the cenotaph in George Square in Glasgow

Denise Richards, who is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement in Derbyshire, said her chapter had decided not to protest in London on Saturday, and she believed other groups across the UK felt similarly. 
She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that peaceful protesters feared they would be caught up in violent clashes with far-right demonstrators and this could "tarnish" the work of Black Lives Matter. 
However, she said smaller protests would still be taking place across the UK. Newcastle and Brighton were among the places where demonstrations have taken place.
In Brighton, more than 1,000 protesters gathered, wearing black clothes and masks, forming a mile-long line along the seafront as they held a silent protest.

Protesters from Black Lives Matter take part in a silent vigil on Brighton PierImage copyrightPA MEDIA
Image captionProtesters also take part in a silent vigil on Brighton Pier
Black Lives Matter protest in NewcastleImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionProtesters from Black Lives Matter gather in the centre of Newcastle

Nick Lowles, chief executive of campaign group Hope Not Hate, said there was a "very serious" threat of trouble from far-right activists and commended Black Lives Matter for standing down their plans to protest in London on Saturday. 
"There are some people who are genuinely concerned about the protection of their statues and monuments but many people are coming for a fight and they are talking openly about it on their social media accounts," he told the programme. 
A Black Lives Matter demonstration took place in central London on Friday evening with leaders of the march urging those in attendance to keep the demonstration "peaceful" and not to join any anti-racism rallies planned for the weekend.   Mayor of London Sadiq Khan urged people to stay away from central London on Saturday, saying there was a risk of violence and disorder from extreme far-right groups planning to travel to the capital. 
The police restrictions come in the wake of violence and serious disorder in Westminster at the end of protests last weekend.
While police said those demonstrations were on the whole peaceful, there were dozens of arrests and 27 police officers were injured.
Demonstrations have been taking place across the world following the death in police custody of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis last month
**For more pictures out of London: The Guardian (latest pictures)

May 4, 2020

Governor of Michigan Calls The Protesters Racists Armed with “Confederate Flags, Nooses, Swastikas"

                 Thousands converge on Lansing to protest Whitmer's stay home order

In this April 30, 2020, photo, protesters rally at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Gun-carrying protesters have been a common sight at some demonstrations calling for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. But an armed militia’s involvement in an angry protest in the Michigan statehouse Thursday marked an escalation that drew condemnation and shone a spotlight on the practice of bringing weapons to protest. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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— Michigan’s governor says protesters “depicted some of the worst racism” in U.S. history.

— Birx: Protesters not socially distancing is “devastatingly worrisome.”
WASHINGTON -- Michigan’s governor says gun-carrying protesters who demonstrated inside her state’s Capitol “depicted some of the worst racism” and “awful parts” of U.S. history.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer tells CNN that the protests featured “Confederate Flags, and nooses,” as well as swastikas.

Members of the Michigan Liberty Militia protested the state’s stay-at-home orders this week, some with weapons and tactical gear and their faces partially covered. They went inside the Capitol, where being armed is allowed, then demanded access to the House floor, which is prohibited.

Some went to the Senate gallery, where a senator said armed men shouted at her.

Michigan’s Republican-controlled Legislature has questioned Whitmer’s authority to extend stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the governor used an executive order to extend a state of emergency declaration and has directed most businesses statewide to remain closed.

Mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Whitmer said Sunday, “This isn’t something we just negotiate ourselves out of and it’s a political matter.”

“This is a public health crisis,” she said

By The Associated Press

November 21, 2019

Bullets and More in Iran Protests Because of Increase of Petro.

Protesters in demonstrations in Ariashahr, Tehran on November 15, 2019. Photo by GTVM92, own work CC BY-SA 4.0

Protests have erupted across oil-rich Iran since the government announced, at midnight on November 15, a sharp increase in petrol prices. The announcement came as the country finds itself in a dire economic situation due to crippling US sanctions, corruption and the mismanagement of financial institutions. The government said the price increase is aimed at raising revenue to fund cash handouts for Iran's poorest citizens.
The state has reacted to the protests with brutal and deadly force, and by shutting down the internet, but has so far failed to curb them.  Slogans have tended to be more political than economic, with protesters chanting against Islamic Republic leaders, foreign policy and in some cases expressing support of the Pahlavi dynasty.
Amnesty International has condemned the state crackdown.

We're horrified at reports that dozens of protesters have been killed in , hundreds injured & over 1000 arrested since Friday. We're alarmed that authorities have shut down the internet to create an information blackout of their brutal crackdown. We're investigating.

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Iran’s government has begun rushing out promised direct payments to millions of Iranians, a sign that the regime is alarmed at the scale of protests, during which protesters have torched banks, religious schools, military bases, and government offices.

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