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NEWS
February 7, 1985 | United Press International
More than 500 apartheid protesters peacefully circled the Capitol Wednesday night during President Reagan's State of the Union address to appeal for racial equality in South Africa. Wearing placards reading, "Freedom in South Africa," and carrying flashlights, the demonstrators called on Reagan and Congress to impose sanctions against white-ruled South Africa until suppression of blacks is lifted in that country. The "Circle of Conscience" was organized by the Rev.
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OPINION
December 1, 2011
After weeks of uncertainty about when and how the endgame would play out, the Occupy L.A. eviction was the best possible outcome, a tribute to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Chief Charlie Beck and a disciplined, creative Los Angeles Police Department. Clearly, the Monday morning dress rehearsal had provided police and protesters ample preparation for the real thing, and both sides showed admirable restraint in the unavoidable confrontation that occurred in the early hours of Wednesday. This was not merely a case of routine police work well done.
NATIONAL
November 15, 2011 | Times staff and wire reports
Occupy Wall Street protesters were ordered early Tuesday to leave New York City's Zuccotti Park, their longtime encampment in Lower Manhattan, but were told they could return once it had been cleaned. About 1 a.m., police handed out notices from the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, and the city saying the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous, the Associated Press reported. Rabbi Chaim Gruber, an Occupy Wall Street member, said police officers were clearing the streets near the park.
WORLD
October 8, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
In a country with zero tolerance for public displays of disaffection, the 77-year-old retired doctor went very public with her anger over the demolition of her property in a booming Shanghai neighborhood: She stripped naked on the steps of a courthouse. This might well be called the season of discontent in China. People, many of them middle-class homeowners, have been taking to the streets across the country in the last few months to air their grievances. At times, the protesters have turned violent — overturning police cars or smashing windows with baseball bats — but more often, they are engaging in civil disobedience.
NEWS
May 5, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Demonstrators blocked traffic on one of the main bridges into Washington, D.C., for about two hours Monday as protests belatedly sprouted over the verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating case. Several hundred people also demonstrated outside the White House and Justice Department, and thousands of District of Columbia employees stayed home from work. Police said about 200 people sat down across the Washington approach to the 14th Street bridge over the Potomac River.
NATIONAL
May 1, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE — Downtown Seattle erupted in chaos Tuesday as black-clad May Day demonstrators marauded through the shopping district, smashing plate glass windows at banks and retail outlets, spray-painting cars and slashing tires. At least eight people had been arrested by early evening. May Day arrests also were reported in Portland, Ore., and New York. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed an emergency order authorizing police to confiscate sticks, tire irons, hammers and other implements that might be used for continued destruction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A court appearance Friday by a 40-year-old Granada Hills woman charged with seducing at least 10 teen-age boys prompted a brief demonstration by a group of parents protesting state rape laws that apply only to female victims. Commissioner Richard L. Brand postponed an arraignment until May 29 at the request of a lawyer for Faye D. Abramowitz, who has been charged with three counts of lewd conduct with a child and five counts of oral copulation with a person under 18.
WORLD
September 1, 2010 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
A day after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suggested that protesters who gather routinely in central Moscow should "have a club on the head," riot police on Tuesday broke up a crowd of about 2,000 opposition supporters and onlookers and arrested scores of people. The clash was part of a ritual that has seen demonstrators gather on the 31st day of the month in Triumfalnaya Square to press for the right of free assembly as enshrined in Article 31 of the Russian Constitution. "Permission from local authorities is needed" for a demonstration, Putin said in an interview published Monday by Kommersant, a popular daily newspaper.
WORLD
March 27, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Tens of thousands of demonstrators whistled, chanted, drummed and marched their way through the heart of London on Saturday to protest massive government spending cuts that threaten to leave almost no part of British society untouched. It was one of the biggest public demonstrations in Britain since 2003, when antiwar rallies were held across the country before the invasion of Iraq. Organizers said up to 250,000 people participated in the march, whose carnival-like atmosphere was briefly marred by black-clad anarchists who smashed a few shop windows, flung paint bombs and attacked luxury icons such as the Ritz Hotel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement seized a Bank of America branch in the city's financial district Wednesday, a demonstration that forced jittery customers and employees to flee and ended in nearly 100 arrests. It took about 40 police officers in riot gear nearly four hours to clear the bank, but no one was injured. Police said many of those arrested were UC Santa Cruz students who were protesting fee increases and budget cuts. Police removed the protesters methodically, placing them in plastic handcuffs, citing them for misdemeanor trespassing and sending them off in police wagons for further processing.
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