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December 25, 2007 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Followers of radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr marched Monday south of Baghdad to protest the appointment of a provincial police chief they accuse of having links to a rival Shiite faction and to Saddam Hussein's ousted government. The demonstration in Hillah, capital of Babil province, underscored deep rivalries that threaten stability in the overwhelmingly Shiite south, generally one of the calmer parts of Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
February 17, 2005 | Hector Tobar and Orlando Perez, Special to The Times
Opposition groups and supporters of Ecuadorean President Lucio Gutierrez staged competing marches Wednesday that brought at least 100,000 people into the streets of this capital. The marches came amid international criticism of Gutierrez's efforts to gain control of the Supreme Court and fears that the country's increasingly tense and polarized political climate could degenerate into violence.
September 4, 1988 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. armed forces have lost more than 100 lives and more than $1 billion in sophisticated aircraft at air shows, flight demonstrations and various publicity events since 1955, an investigation by The Times has disclosed. A list of 115 accidents involving Army, Navy and Air Force aircraft participating in shows and demonstration events was compiled on the basis of more than a dozen inquiries over the past year under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
December 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Saudi security forces thwarted planned protest marches in the kingdom's two main cities Thursday, deploying in force in the capital, Riyadh, and arresting at least a dozen people in the Red Sea port of Jidda. The demonstrations had been called by London-based dissident Saad Fagih, who is campaigning to overthrow the absolute monarchy. He said tens of thousands of people would take to the streets for the protests, which are illegal in Saudi Arabia.
March 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Chanting, "Chavez! Chavez!" more than 100,000 Venezuelans marched Sunday to support President Hugo Chavez as opponents demanding his recall demonstrated in several cities. Venezuela's National Elections Council said it would decide today on the validity of more than 3.4 million signatures that opponents submitted demanding a recall vote. Last week, the council announced it would ask hundreds of thousands of citizens to confirm their signatures on petitions that have technical problems.
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.
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