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Women's March: Protestors march against Trump and Republicans in major US cities
2017 Women's March
2017 Women's March Credit: Mobilus In Mobili (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

On Saturday, thousands of mostly young women joined together in the second Women's March this year in honour of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The demonstration was hosted to protest Donald Trump's reelection and the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

"His presidency began with women marching, and now it’s going to end with woman voting. Period," so Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March.

Regional News • Asia
Protesters gather again and defy the Thai government
Protesters gather again and defy the Thai government
Credit: Thai Enquirer (Twitter Reproduction)

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered Thursday in Bangkok defying the authorities that had issued a decree banning demonstrations. The pro-democracy demonstration eventually dispersed several hours after the 6 pm curfew.

The government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has been the main target of the demonstrations, but protestors have also aimed at Thailand's monarchy.

Regional News • Asia
Kyrgyzstan: President resigns to end post-election crisis
President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov during a meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, 2018
President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov during a meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, 2018 Credit: Kremlin.ru / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has resigned on Thursday to bring an end to the unrest following a disputed election. Protests had erupted after the October 4th election was won by parties local to Jeenbekov. There had been “credible allegations of vote buying remain a serious concern,” Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said.

Jeenbekov said he was not clinging to power and that he refused to go down as a president who "allowed bloodshed and shooting on its people." Over 1200 people were injured in the protests between security forces and protesters.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Berlin house project evicted by Police
Berlin house project evicted by Police
Credit: Courtesy Niklas Franzen via Twitter

The anarchic-queer-feminist house project Liebig34, in Berlin, was evacuated by court order Friday morning. Protests by opponents of the eviction took place even before the eviction began. The protests continued throughout the day and are still active. Clear clashes between police officers and demonstrators are visible.

Regional News • Middle East
Israel: Protests demanding resignation of the PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Protests against Netanyahu, July 2020
Protests against Netanyahu, July 2020 Credit: Nir Hirshman (ניר הירשמן) / Nir Hirshman Communication / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

On Sunday, thousands of demonstrators gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in central Jerusalem to demand his resignation. Protests have been happening throughout the summer. Netanyahu is currently on trial for corruption charges.

People were protesting even though Israel has been under a strict nationwide lockdown since Friday.

Regional News • Europe
Belarus: At least 100,000 rally against Lukashenko in Minsk
Protest rally against Lukashenko, 13 September 2020. Minsk, Belarus
Protest rally against Lukashenko, 13 September 2020. Minsk, Belarus Credit: Homoatrox (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

For the fifth weekend in a row, protesters took the streets in Belarus against President Alexander Lukashenko under the slogan "We won’t let him sell the country." According to news agencies, at least 100,000 people joined the rally in Minsk, with Police claiming they had detained over 400 people in the city.

The Russian Government has stepped up support, offering to potentially restructure Belarusian debt, and providing banking liquidity. It has also said Russian riot police could be made available if needed.

Lukashenko will meet Vladimir Putin Monday in the Russian resort of Sochi. It will be their first face-to-face encounter since Belarus’s presidential election on August 9.

Law
Constitutional protection of North Rhine-Westphalia: radicalization among corona opponents possible
Protest against corona measures in Germany
Protest against corona measures in Germany Credit: photoheuristic.info (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The North Rhine-Westphalian Office for the Protection of the Constitution warns of unorganised radicalisation among the Corona opponents.

The events of the last few months would have shown that the measures adopted by the federal government, to contain the pandemic, are viewed by its opponents as such a threat that individual terrorism cannot be ruled out.

Regional News • Europe
Belarus: 100,000 protest against Lukaschenko
Representative image from Belarus protests 16.08.2020
Representative image from Belarus protests 16.08.2020 Credit: Максим Шикунец (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The Belarusian police have at least arrested 100 people that protested against the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukaschenko. Across the country, tens of thousands of people have gotten to the streets despite warnings by Lukaschenko to join the opposition's pro-democracy protests.

The opposition leader Swetlana Tichanowskaja had called for a "march of unity".

Regional News • Middle East
Israel: 12 arrests as thousands protest against Netanyahu

In Israel, thousands of demonstrators again demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening. According to the police, twelve demonstrators were arrested in Jerusalem. Some demonstrators had blocked an intersection and refused to clear it. This was the 11th week in a row that people took part in rallies against the head of government.

Regional News • Europe
Police launches formal investigation over vigil in front of Graz synagogue

About 30 citizens of Graz had stood in front of the synagogue on August 22, the night after the attack on the president of the Jewish community, Elie Rosen.

Tristan Ammerer from the Greens party has now received a notification that the police has launched a formal investigation because "the sidewalk had been used for purposes other than traffic and the vigil had not been reported to the respective authority" in addition "civilian surveillance forces" had observed that Ammerer had not paid attention to the Covid-19 protective measures such as masks and distance.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Man killed in Portland shooting identified as Aaron J. Danielson

The man shot during a clash between right-wing supporters and protestors on Saturday was identified as Aaron J. Danielson by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office, so Portland police officials. He died of a wound to the chest.

The right-wing group Patriot Prayer is mourning Danielson's death. A suspect has not been identified yet.

According to a spokesperson for Attorney General William Barr, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are "actively offering support and resources" to Portland police.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump supporters and protesters clash in Portland, one dead
Trump supporters and protesters clash in Portland, one dead
Credit: David Geitgey Sierralupe from Eugene, Oregon / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

On Saturday night, supporters of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer clashed with BLM protestors after a caravan of around 600 vehicles entered downtown Portland. Journalists have reported hearing three gunshots. As gunfire erupted a man wearing the insignia of the far-right Portland area group Patriot Prayer got shot and killed. According to the founder of Patriot Prayer the shot man was a supporter of the group and a “good friend.

"It is still early in this investigation, and I ask everyone to give the detectives time to do their important work before drawing conclusions about what took place," so Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell, who's asking people who have information to come forward.

Protests in Portland have been going on for three consecutive months.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Chilean special forces commander arrested over blinding of a student during protest
Gustavo Gatica, with sunglasses and a cane, in a demonstration in March, 2020
Gustavo Gatica, with sunglasses and a cane, in a demonstration in March, 2020 Credit: BarbyBox (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Claudio Crespo, Chilean police special Special Forces commander, was detained early Friday over the blinding of the student Gustavo Gatica during protests in November 2019.
The psychology student Gatica, was blinded in both eyes by police rubber bullets during the protests against the government of President Sebastian Piñera.
Crespo, known as "G3", was discharged last June for manipulating the images recorded by his GoPro camera.

Regional News • Europe
Belarus election: Lukashenko receives nearly 80%, violent clashes are happening over alleged election fraud
Belarus election: Lukashenko receives nearly 80%, violent clashes are happening over alleged election fraud
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The long term authoritarian president of Belarus has received nearly 80 percent of the votes in the elections according to preliminary exit polls. Following the announcement of the preliminary results and the claim from the Honest People association that observers found over 5096 violations, protests have broken out and turned violent.

The internet has gone down for parts of the country as the protests continue. Multiple opposition politicians had been detained by the police over the past days and weeks which already lead to tension upcoming to the election.

Regional News • Americas • United States
125 human rights abuses during BLM protests by US law enforcement, says Amnesty International
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020.
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020. Credit: unsplash.com/Koshu Kunii

According to a press release by Amnesty International, US law enforcement committed at least 125 incidents of police violence against "protestors, medics, journalists and legal observers in 40 states and D.C." during the Black Lives Matter protests in May and June.

The NGO further stated that US law enforcement "repeatedly used physical force, chemical irritants such as tear gas and pepper spray, and kinetic impact projectiles as a first resort tactic against peaceful protestors rather than as a response to any sort of actual threat or violence." Amnesty recorded 89 cases of use of tear gas, six incidents of the use of batons, 13 instances of the use of rubber bullets and 31 cases of unlawful pepper spray.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
20,000 protest against Covid-19 measures in Berlin, 18 police officers injured

According to police estimations around 20,000 people have attended a protest march against the Covid-19 measures in Germany. Most of the protestors did not wear masks and complied with the hygiene rules, prompting the police to launch legal action against the organizers. The police then tried to break up the protest which has lead to multiple injured officers of which three needed to be hospitalized.

Regional News • Africa
Zimbabwe: Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested in anti-government protests
Zimbabwe: Tsitsi Dangarembga arrested in anti-government protests
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Author and Booker Prize nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga has been arrested during anti-corruption demonstrations in Harare, Zimbabwe. She was arrested alongside other protestors after the government called the protests a "planned insurrection". The police also warned that protestors "only have themselves to blame" when attending the banned demonstrations.

Dangarembga has been documenting the demonstration and her arrest on Twitter. She told the BBC: "Every sector is disintegrating. Health, education, the economy. I am concerned for my safety. It would be naïve not to be because we have a very repressive regime and we know that they will most likely be deployed against the people. This is one of the grievances that the people have, that the security forces, the security service is often deployed against the people, instead of being deployed for the protection of the people."

Regional News • Americas • South America
Thousands protest in El Alto, Bolivia, to demand elections on September
Thousands protest in El Alto, Bolivia, to demand elections on September
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Thousands of Bolivians, from different parts of the country marched this Tuesday in the municipality of El Alto, adjacent to La Paz, against the postponement of the elections ordered last week by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). Smaller mobilizations were carried out in other cities of the country.

"Elections now", "democracy, yes; dictatorship, no " and "outside Áñez ” were chanted by the protesters called by the Bolivian Workers Central and the Unity Pact, the coalition of unions affiliated to the Movement to Socialism (MAS), the party of former President Evo Morales.

The elections, initially scheduled for September 6, were postponed to October 20 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Regional News • Europe • Russia
Protests in east Russia continue
Protest in Khabarovsk, July 18 2020
Protest in Khabarovsk, July 18 2020 Credit: teamnavalnykhv

For the third week, protestors in Khabarovsk have gone to the street to demand that their governor is tried in Khabarovsk after he had been detained and flown to Moskow over murder charges. Protestors say that he possibly has been set up by the government in Moskow.

The reported number of protestants varies widely with the city authorities reporting 6,500 and the protest organizers 50,000 participants.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Hambacher Forst: Continued police operations
Hambach Forest Barricade
Hambach Forest Barricade Credit: Infoletta Hambach (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Activists in the Hambacher Forst, an ancient forest located in western Germany, again kept the police busy last weekend. The RWE security service informed the police five times after they found nail boards hidden under leaves on access roads. In addition, fire was lit and garbage set on fire.