Protests

Politics • African
2020-07-02T07:30:02+00:00
Ethiopia: Hundeessaa protests continue, over 80 people killed, military deployed
Jawaar Mahaammad, an Ethiopian-born prominent activist and politician, was arrested on Wednesday during the protests following Hundeessaa's murder. Mahaammad played a great role in 2016 Oromo protest.
Jawaar Mahaammad, an Ethiopian-born prominent activist and politician, was arrested on Wednesday during the protests following Hundeessaa's murder. Mahaammad played a great role in 2016 Oromo protest. Credit: Dotohelp / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Protests following the murder of Oromo musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa continue for a second day. More than 80 people have been killed, 35 people have been arrested. Oromo politician Jawaar Mahaammad is one of the arrested. Reuters reports that the military was deployed in Addis Adaba.

Police say they have arrested two people in connection with Hundeessaa's murder.

Politics • African
2020-07-01T09:30:02+00:00
Ethiopia: Murder of musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa followed by deadly protests
Music Video Screenshot of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa
Music Video Screenshot of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa Credit: Screenshot via YouTube

Famous Oromo singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot while driving on 29 June 2020. He died at the hospital later. The singer's music helped promote freedom and rights for the Oromo ethnic group and led to the resignation of the former government. The Oromo uprising played a huge role in the coming to office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2018.

Hundeessaa death was followed by massive protests in Adama, Addis Ababa and other Ethiopian cities. At least eight people were killed and dozens injured so far. Reports say that the internet and phone service were shutdown.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-13T18:00:02+00:00
Far-right protestors clash with the police in London
Protesters clash with police in London
Protesters clash with police in London Credit: Sky News (Reproduction)

Far-right protestors, mostly middle-aged white men, attacked the police with bottles and occasionally scuffled violently with officers as they staged a counter-protest to anti-racism Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in central London.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel described the violence as "thoroughly unacceptable thuggery" with London Mayor Sadiq Khan urging residents to stay away from protests this weekend amid a "high" risk of violence in the city.

Politics • Oceanian
2020-06-13T11:20:02+00:00
Black Lives Matter protests held in cities across Australia
Black Lives Matter protests held in cities across Australia
Credit: Twitter Miss_vee_bee (Reproduction) (Creative Commons Attribution 1.0)

Thousands of people have taken part in Black Lives Matter protests across Australia. Health officials and leaders in Australia have warned that mass gatherings in support of racial equality risk inadvertently re-sparking the virus. A protester who attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne last weekend tested positive for the coronavirus, according to state authorities.

A separate series of protests were held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne against the treatment of refugees being held in detention centres. The Sydney event -- organized by the Refugee Action Coalition -- took place despite a court ban.

Politics • Middle Eastern
2020-06-13T05:30:01+00:00
Second night of protests in Lebanon
Lebanon protests of 2019
Lebanon protests of 2019 Credit: Charbel Msallem

Protesters in Lebanon set fire to roads and clashed with the police for the second night on Friday, according to witnesses and Lebanese media.

After the crash of the pound, that lost 70% of its value since last October, protests erupted on Thursday in several Lebanese cities including Beirut and Tripoli.

Politics • European
2020-06-08T07:11:30+00:00
Belgium: Petition to remove statues of King Leopold II
Leopold II Statue at Place du Trône
Leopold II Statue at Place du Trône Credit: el legowo / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Petition calls for removal of the statues of King Leopold II of Belgium. Leopold's troops killed millions in Congo during Belgium's colonial era. The petition was started by a 14-year-old boy and has since garnered traction across Europe. Pictures surfaced on Twitter with Leopold's bust (Gent, Belgium) wrapped in a blood-soaked cloth and the words "I Can't Breathe".

Politics • African
2020-06-06T13:40:02+00:00
Nigeria: "No Means No!" - Protests against sexual violence
Late Vera Omosuwa
Late Vera Omosuwa Credit: Omosuwa Family

Over 200 demonstrators protested in Abuja demanding "Justice for all Nigerian girls and women". Protests were sparked by multiple high-profile rape and murder cases. Just this past week a 22-year old student named Vera Uwaila Omosuwa was raped in a church and later died.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
2020-06-05T05:16:02+00:00
YouTuber Jake Paul charged by police over alleged looting

The YouTuber Jake Paul, who has over 20 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, has been charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly. He was previously spotted in the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall after it was closed and officials have said that Jake Paul "was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by police". The YouTuber himself has nobody of his group has engaged in any looting or vandalism.

Politics • African
2020-06-04T07:23:30+00:00
South Sudan: 5 killed in shooting committed by relative of President Kiir
Press Statement of the Office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan
Press Statement of the Office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan Credit: via Twitter @EyeRadioJuba & Republic of South Sudan

A gunman shot and killed five people in Juba, South Sudan, on Wednesday morning. President Kiir's secretary Ateny Wek Ateny said the president is "saddened about the shooting incident". The president's office issued a statement shortly after in which they wrote that the gunman was not his son but a distance cousin of the President named Lual Akook Wol Kiir. After the shooting, protests and riots started in Juba suburb Shirikaat. 

The office said that the perpetrator "has been arrested by authorities and is under close monitor in hospital, in a critical condition."

Politics • American • US
2020-06-03T09:52:26+00:00
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde criticizes Trump
Mariann Edgar Budde at the Washington National Cathedral, on Thursday, 13 September 2012.
Mariann Edgar Budde at the Washington National Cathedral, on Thursday, 13 September 2012. Credit: NASA/Paul Alers / Public domain

Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, heavily criticized Trump's photo-op in front of St. John's Church while talking to CNN. Budde said she was outraged by his actions and that "the President did not pray when he came to St. John's, nor as you just articulated, did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now."

She furthermore stated that: "And in particular, that of the people of colour in our nation, who wonder if anyone ever -- anyone in public power will ever acknowledge their sacred words. And who are rightfully demanding an end to 400 years of systemic racism and white supremacy in our country. And I just want the world to know, that we in the diocese of Washington, following Jesus and his way of love, we distance ourselves from the incendiary language of this President. We follow someone who lived a life of nonviolence and sacrificial love."

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-02T22:13:12+00:00
Twitter shuts down multiple fake Antifa accounts run by white supremacists

The social network has stated that the white supremacist group Identity Evropa has posted calls for violence in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement under the twitter handle @Antifa_US. Twitter has reported the account as it "violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules" according to the platform.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-02T21:18:33+00:00
Justin Trudeau: Canadians watching U.S. in 'horror and consternation,'
Justin Trudeau during press conference
Justin Trudeau during press conference Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was speechless when asked to respond to the use of force and tear gas against peaceful protesters outside the White House.

After a 21 second pause, Trudeau said: "We all watch in horror and consternation what's going on in the United States,".

Politics • American • US
2020-06-02T12:17:27+00:00
Peaceful vigil at George Floyd's death site
Graffiti mural honouring George Floyd in Minneapolis
Graffiti mural honouring George Floyd in Minneapolis Credit: unsplash.com/munshots

A peaceful vigil was held at the site of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. Hundreds of protestors met just hours after George Floyd's brother had visited the site. People gathered in a circle of signs and flowers, many held hands. One of the signs read: "I shouldn’t have to fear for my black children’s future", another: "Stop killing my black brothers and sisters."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
2020-06-02T11:31:27+00:00
Music industry announces Blackout Tuesday in support of protests in the US
Foo Fighters Tweet about #blackouttuesday
Foo Fighters Tweet about #blackouttuesday Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Famous musicians like the Foo Fighters, Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel and Billy Bragg have announced that they will partake in a "Blackout Tuesday" protest under the hashtag "#TheShowMustBePaused" in order to support the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality in the United States. Musician Billy Bragg urged people on his Twitter to "Take a day out to reflect on what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community".

Politics • American • US
2020-06-02T10:31:10+00:00
Thousands of people arrested during George Floyd protests over the weekend

Over the weekend thousands of people were arrested all over the US during the protests following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd by the hands of a police officer. According to CBS News, there were over 7,200 arrests made in 43 cities, with charges such as rioting, looting, burglary, arson and violating curfew.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-02T08:12:49+00:00
Reporters and security guards injured by police shots
Tear gassing what was a peaceful protest in Minneapolis
Tear gassing what was a peaceful protest in Minneapolis Credit: Dan Aasland (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

According to reports by the Reuters news agency, a reporter and an accompanying security guard have been targeted by police during protests in Minneapolis.

The duo accompanied the police to enforce the curfew when a police officer aimed his gun with rubber bullets at the two of them. When escaping from this reaction, both were most likely seriously injured.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-02T07:26:15+00:00
Curfew imposed in many cities, National Guard activated in 23
George Floyd protests in Washington DC. H St. Lafayette Square.
George Floyd protests in Washington DC. H St. Lafayette Square. Credit: Rosa Pineda / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

As the protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer enter its seventh day, at least 40 US cities have imposed overnight curfews. Among those cities are Minneapolis, New York City, Los Angeles and a statewide curfew in Arizona. Washington, DC and at least 23 other cities have activated the National Guard.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-01T17:35:15+00:00
Facebook employees voice criticism towards Zuckerberg's decision to not fact check posts

After Twitter attached a warning label to one of the tweets of US President Donald Trump, the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook wouldn't take any action and said the post in which Trump said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" is compliant with the rules of the platform regarding incitement of violence. Since then a number of employees have voice their disagreement with that decision. Lauren Tan, a software engineer at the company stated that "Facebook's inaction in taking down Trump's post inciting violence makes me ashamed to work here" and other employees questioned the moral standpoints of the company.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-01T12:27:03+00:00
Trump taken to White House bunker amid protests on Friday

Donald Trump has been taken to the White House's underground bunker on Friday night, as protestors gathered outside the gates, according to reports of the New York Times. “The president and his family were rattled by their experience on Friday night, according to several advisers,” so the Times. Trump was rushed to the bunker by secret service agents on Friday night where he spent about an hour.

The White House underground bunker, or Presidential Emergency Operations Center, was built during World War II and is said to withstand aerial attacks.

Politics • Middle Eastern
2020-06-06T08:52:10+00:00
Protests erupt in Jerusalem after killing of unarmed, autistic Palestinian by police

Palestinians have started protesting against police violence in Israel following the death of an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man. The man was shot by the police inside the Est Jerusalem's Old City on his way to special needs school. The police stated that they stopped Eyad al-Halaq, 32, for a search and found a "suspicious object that looked like a pistol". The man was, according to statements made by his family, rushing away as he was "spooked by the police" and has "the mental age of a six-year-old child". The police chased the man and started shooting several rounds, killing him in the process. The police than released a statement that they "suspect" got "neutralized" by them and found no weapons in his posession.