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October 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Bolivia's government imposed martial law on a city outside this capital Sunday after at least five people were killed in clashes between troops and demonstrators angry about proposals to export natural gas to the United States and Mexico. Soldiers manned major intersections in El Alto, a poor, industrial city about eight miles west of La Paz. But the move didn't stop protesters who repeatedly clashed with the soldiers and police trying to disperse them.
June 17, 2003 | Azadeh Moaveni, Times Staff Writer
Iranian officials accused the United States on Monday of trying to exploit days of violent protests in Tehran to undermine the Islamic government, and deployed security forces around the streets of the capital in an effort to end the mayhem. In the bright light of a nearly full moon, vigilantes set up checkpoints around most neighborhoods. Plainclothes security officials patrolled corners, and police cut off roads leading to universities in an effort to keep people away from potential hot spots.
January 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of Turks protested Sunday against a possible war against Iraq as the top U.S. general arrived to push for access to Turkish bases in the event of a conflict. Police in Istanbul used tear gas and batons to break up a crowd of about 250 demonstrators; 22 people were detained. The city is a stronghold of Turkey's new conservative government, which is pushing hard for a peaceful end to a standoff between the U.S. and Iraq over alleged weapons of mass destruction.
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony sought middle ground Saturday in the debate over anti-abortion protests by calling for the continuation of peaceful demonstrations in the aftermath of the murders of two clinic workers near Boston. At the same time, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles cautioned against sit-ins inside clinics and other acts of civil disobedience intended to block access to abortion clinics. Such tactics, he warned, could be self-defeating and would not change "hearts and minds."
April 10, 2006 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of thousands of immigrant rights activists are expected to participate today in a coordinated campaign of nationwide protest that organizers say will be the largest of its kind in the nation's history. As many as 200,000 protesters are expected on the National Mall in Washington as part of a rally that acquired new urgency among immigrant rights groups after a compromise bill to overhaul immigration laws collapsed amid partisan rancor in the Senate last week.
February 16, 2003 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
Demonstrators waving rifles and pictures of President Saddam Hussein marched by the tens of thousands through this Iraqi capital Saturday, protesting against the United States and a possible attack even as many expressed hope that chances of a conflict had receded. The marches, part of a worldwide day of antiwar protests, were large but somewhat subdued, perhaps because the country has been in a state of high tension for months.
When the Vienna Philharmonic opens its American tour next month in Orange County, a coalition of women's groups is vowing to turn out in protest over the orchestra's long-standing refusal to hire women. "We're going to have people out on the street," JoAnn Perlman of the South Orange County chapter of the National Organization for Women said Wednesday. "We don't want to break any laws, but we will get as close to the entrance [of the Orange County Performing Arts Center] as possible."
February 11, 2004 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Violent clashes spread to the historic city of Cap Haitien on Tuesday as government forces and their opponents prepared to square off for a showdown Thursday that diplomats say will test President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's willingness to restore calm even at the price of his own power. Haiti's mainstream political opposition has called on supporters to stage a massive but peaceful demonstration against Aristide's government.
April 5, 2006 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
Students and labor unions staged another day of nationwide strikes and marches against a new labor law Tuesday amid signs they would win major concessions from an increasingly divided government. There was a mood of impending triumph among marchers because of efforts by French President Jacques Chirac to end a two-month confrontation that has shut down schools and universities and raised fear of a return of last year's urban unrest.
July 2, 2004 | Tyler Marshall, Times Staff Writer
Braving sweltering summer heat, hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through the heart of Hong Kong on Thursday, demanding the right to elect their chief executive and all legislators through direct popular vote. The protest, which drew people from throughout the territory -- young and old, parents with small children, students and pensioners -- was the largest outpouring of pro-democracy sentiments since more than half a million Hong Kong residents turned out a year ago.
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