Sunday in Century City, an estimated 15,000 people turned out to protest executions in Iran, and to commemorate the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 two years ago. Bita Milanian, one of the organizers of the protest, joined Rudabeh Shahbazi Monday morning.
In the Peruvian southern border town of Desaguadero, indigenous protester Adela Perez is defiant after almost eight weeks of deadly clashes that have roiled the Andean nation, hit its huge copper mines and strained the country's democratic institutions. The country of some 34 million people has been in the throes of its worst unrest in decades since the abrupt Dec. 7 ouster and arrest of center-left President Pedro Castillo after he tried to illegally shutter Congress to avoid impeachment. The son of peasant farmers, Castillo had been a champion of the rural poor and indigenous groups who propelled him to office in 2021, despite falling short on pledges to spread mining wealth and being hit by regular corruption probes.
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When police fire tear gas at protesters demanding the resignation of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte, most run away. A few, though, run toward the gas canisters as quickly as possible — to neutralize them. Donning gas masks, safety goggles and thick gloves, these volunteers grab the hot canisters and toss them inside large plastic bottles filled with a mixture of water, baking soda and vinegar.
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STORY: The ongoing clashes between protesters and police in Peru over its political crisis killed at least one person over the weekend and saw others hospitalized in Lima.Protesters demanding the resignation of President Dina Boluarte are seen here. The fatality brings the total death toll to near 60 over eight weeks.Some protests escalated as demonstrators armed with rocks and makeshift shields clashed with police, who deployed gas and rubber bullets.The violence began in early December after the impeachment and arrest of former President Pedro Castillo, on charges of rebellion. He was also embroiled in multiple corruption investigations.Supporters are demanding his release.Initially focused in Peru's rural, mountainous south, the protests have since gained steam in the capital.Boluarte expressed regret early on Saturday after Congress refused to speed up the timeline for a presidential election amid the unrest.Lawmakers had given an initial green light to moving elections from 2026 to 2024, but on Friday voted down proposals to hold the election this year.Meanwhile, Boluarte has maintained she will stay on as president until elections are held.
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Some experts say the decision to charge activists who have oppose Atlanta's "Cop City" with domestic terrorism could be viewed as politically motivated.
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Tens of thousands of Israelis have poured into the streets each weekend to protest changes Netanyahu and his coalition are planning that opponents believe will curtail civil liberties.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday faced a new wave of anger over his plan to reform pensions, with nationwide strikes and protests causing widespread disruption in transport, schools and other public services.Union-led protesters came out for mass demonstrations for the second time in less than two weeks, hoping to force Macron to drop his plan to raise the age of retirement from 62 to 64, a flagship reform of his second mandate in power.A police source said the authorities were bracing for up to 1.2 million people to take to the streets across the country.If confirmed, the number could exceed the 1.1 million who came out on January 19 against the proposed shake-up -- already the largest protests since the last major round of pension reform in 2010."We hope to be at least that many again," the boss of the hard-left CGT union, Philippe Martinez, told media Tuesday, adding there would be 250 protest marches.But Macron has shown no sign of stepping back, insisting on Monday that the reform is "essential" to "save our system" of pensions distribution.Some 11,000 police were mobilised, with 4,000 deployed in Paris where several hundred extremist troublemakers were expected, according to the interior ministry.The first marches kicked off at 10:00 am (0900 GMT), with several prominent opposition politicians taking part.- 'Certain to lose' -"Mr Macron is certain to lose," said Jean-Luc Melenchon, a figurehead for the far left and former presidential candidate, as he marched in the southern port city of Marseille.Millions had to find alternative means of transport Tuesday, work from home or take time off to look after their school-age children, with workers in transport and education sectors among those staging walkouts."This is about more than pensions, it is about what kind of society we want," 59-year-old university professor Martine Beugnet told AFP.Paris metro and suburban rail services were severely restricted, as was intercity travel.In the southwestern city of Bordeaux, Cheikh Sadibou Tamamate, 36, arrived at the train station in the small hours of Tuesday, hoping to catch a train to Paris after the one he was booked on around 5:00 am (0400 GMT) never left."Unfortunately it was cancelled," he said.Air travel appeared to be less affected, and there were only minor disruptions on international train services including the Eurostar. Around half of all nursery and primary school teachers were on strike. France's oil industry was mostly paralysed, with the CGT union at energy giant TotalEnergies reporting between 75 and 100 percent of workers on strike.- 'The less they support it' -High school and university students also joined the movement, with a few dozen students at the prestigious Sciences-Po university occupying its main building overnight."It's important to get young people involved in the pensions debate," Jean-Baptiste Bonnet, a student there, told AFP."Obviously this is young people's business," said Colin Champion, a student leader at the Lycee Voltaire in Paris, one of several schools blockaded by pupils in the capital.Even a prison, in the southwestern city of Nimes, was blocked by staff protesting, a union source said.Sixty-one percent of French people support the protest movement, a poll by the OpinionWay survey group showed on Monday -- a rise of three percentage points from January 12."The more French people find out about the reform, the less they support it," said Frederic Dabi, a prominent pollster at the Ifop institute."This is not good at all for the government," he told AFP.The most controversial part of the overhaul is hiking the minimum retirement age.But the changes are also to increase the number of years people have to make contributions before they can receive a full pension.France has the lowest qualifying age for a state pension among major European economies. The government has said the changes are necessary to guarantee the future financing of the pension system, which is forecast to tip into deficit in the next few years.But opponents point out that the system is not in trouble, insisting pension spending is not out of control.The government has signalled there could be wiggle room on some of the suggested measures, but Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has declared raising the age of retirement "non-negotiable".Parliament committees started examining the bill on Monday.Macron's centrist allies, short of an absolute majority, will need votes from conservatives to push through the new legislation.burs-jh/sjw/bp
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A group of House Democrats is urging the Biden administration to suspend all U.S. security assistance to Peru over a “pattern of repression” of antigovernment protests that has resulted in more than 50 civilian deaths. The letter, sent Monday and a copy of which was shared with The Associated Press, urges the Biden administration to halt all security assistance until it can confirm that the crackdown has ended and the Peruvian officials responsible for human rights abuses are being held accountable. Peru's foreign minister is in Washington this week seeking international support for President Dina Boluarte's increasingly besieged government.
Protesters gathered in front of the Peru Embassy and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday, January 28, in support of protesters who have been staging demonstrations in Peru since December 2022.Demonstrations erupted across Peru last year following the impeachment and arrest of former President Pedro Castillo, after he attempted to dissolve congress due to corruption. Peru’s congress voted to impeach Castillo, and he was detained that day for “rebellion and conspiracy,” according to Peru’s Public Ministry.The organizers of the Berlin protest called on people to “show solidarity with the struggle of the indigenous and rural peoples of Peru.”The organizers also said they support the demands of protesters in Peru, including the immediate resignation of President Dina Boluarte and the Bureau of Congress.Footage filmed by Twitter user @JoanImitola, who told Storyful the protest was intended to raise awareness on the “tremendous repression exercised by the Peruvian government against the protesters,” shows people dancing, playing musical instruments, and holding signs in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Credit: @JoanImitola via Storyful
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Hundreds of Indonesian Muslims marched to the heavily guarded Swedish Embassy in the country’s capital on Monday to denounce the recent desecration of Islam’s holy book by far-right activists in Sweden and the Netherlands. Waving white flags bearing the Islamic declaration of faith, more than 300 demonstrators filled a major thoroughfare in downtown Jakarta and trampled and set on fire portraits of Danish anti-Islam activist Rasmus Paludan along with the flags of Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.
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"This is the blueprint going forward for any time any officers, whether they be Black or white, will be held accountable," attorney Ben Crump said.
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Memphis activists gathered at Shelby Farms Park, where Tyre Nichols liked to look at sunsets, to demand charges against others involved in his death.
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Demonstrations were getting underway across France on Tuesday in the latest clash of wills with the government over its plans to push back the retirement age. Labor leaders aimed to bring more than 1 million demonstrators into the streets in what one veteran left-wing leader described as a “citizens' insurrection." The nationwide strikes and protests were a crucial test both for President Emmanuel Macron’s government and its opponents.
The protest is scheduled in front of a Center City Starbucks.
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Thousands gathered in cities across the country over the weekend to protest the killing of Tyre Nichols, after the release of video footage on Friday showing Memphis police officers beating the 29-year old Black man, who later died. In Milwaukee, Wisc., protests began at noon Sunday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a “large group”…