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July 21, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Iran's supreme leader on Monday sternly warned government opponents to end a campaign of civil disobedience while defiant reformists provocatively proposed a nationwide referendum to resolve the ongoing dispute over the country's recent presidential election. Meanwhile, the elite Revolutionary Guard sought to consolidate its power by moving to take control of the oil industry and calling for a change in higher education curriculum.
May 15, 2009 | Jason Song
Teachers union officials said Thursday that some of their members would not report to work at Los Angeles Unified School District campuses this morning and instead would engage in civil disobedience at the district headquarters to protest potential budget cuts. United Teachers Los Angeles had planned a one-day strike today, but a judge earlier this week issued a restraining order prohibiting the action.
April 9, 2009 | Richard C. Paddock
Father Louis Vitale has lost track of how many times he has been arrested. More than 200, he figures, maybe 300. The gaunt Franciscan friar figures he's spent a year and a half behind bars. At 76, he is ready to go to jail again. Last month, he appeared before a federal magistrate in Santa Barbara.
April 2, 2009 | Associated Press
A college student was charged with two federal felonies Wednesday for what he contends were acts of civil disobedience -- making false bids to run up auction prices on oil and gas parcels on public land near Utah's national parks. At the Dec. 19 lease sale, Tim DeChristopher grabbed a bidder's paddle, drove up prices and won 22,000 acres of land for $1.79 million, an amount he later said he didn't have the means or intention to pay.
February 20, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
A national community organizing group Thursday announced a campaign of civil disobedience designed to help families resist eviction and remain in their homes after foreclosure. Activists with ACORN, the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now, said they would encourage people facing eviction to use text messaging and cellphones to quickly summon volunteers to their homes.
December 4, 2007 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Protesters in Chinese-controlled Tibet were arrested during a riot that erupted after two Buddhist monks were taken into police custody, according to the government's news agency. The monks were arrested after a dispute with a shopkeeper, and the subsequent unrest triggered a crackdown, according to the New China News Agency. The incident occurred in mid-November but was only recently reported in China.
April 12, 2007 | Larry Gordon and Angie Green, Times Staff Writers
When students demanding a living wage for campus employees took over a Harvard University administration building six years ago, their occupation lasted 21 days and ended with relatively mild reprimands. Hunger strikers seeking an expanded Chicano studies program camped out at UCLA for two weeks in 1993 without penalties or arrests.
December 3, 2006 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
The massive sit-in staged by Hezbollah supporters so far has done little to dislodge the U.S.-backed government, but it has managed to turn the Lebanese capital inside out -- literally. Some of the poorest and most marginalized people in the country, Shiite Muslims, have abandoned their homes in suburban slums to camp out on the nation's priciest bit of real estate.
September 28, 2006 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
Four hundred people will be arrested early this evening for blocking Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport, in what could prove to be one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in the city's history. At least that's how the script reads. For much of this year, the national hotel workers union, labor leaders and immigrant groups have been planning today's protest.
September 17, 2006 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans celebrated their Independence Day in a mass rally to denounce the winner of the July 2 presidential election and pledge their allegiance to the losing candidate. With a show of hands, the huge crowd of delegates to the so-called National Democratic Convention on Saturday agreed to recognize leftist politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as the country's rightful president and join a campaign of boycotts and civil disobedience under his direction.
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