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July 14, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested at least one person after a clash between officers and people protesting the Trayvon Martin verdict in South Los Angeles on Sunday night. LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said some demonstrator threw rocks and D-cell batteries at police near the corner of Washington Boulevard and 10th Avenue. Police responded by firing less-than-lethal rounds at the demonstrators. It was unclear if anyone was hurt. The LAPD called a citywide tactical alert after demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case blocked traffic on the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area Sunday evening.
July 14, 2013 | By Joe Mozingo, Andrew Blankstein and Tom Curwen
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called for peace Sunday night as the Los Angeles Police Department dealt with scattered protests in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict. On Twitter, Garcetti quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: "Nonviolence is a powerful & just weapon..It is a sword that heals. " He also urged residents to "exercise 1st Amendment and practice peace in City of Angels tonight. " Garcetti's comments came as Los Angeles Police Department was trying to get a handle on pockets of protesters blocking traffic in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict Sunday night.
July 14, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen and Joe Mozingo
About a 100 demonstrators protesting the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case were marching east along Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue late Sunday, and a large contingent of police officers were set up at the popular tourist spot to ensure that the crowd did not get out of hand. A large section of the boulevard was closed to traffic, with about 40 protesters standing in the middle of the intersection, heckling and jeering at police. At least one person was arrested. Some marchers encouraged tourists to photograph them and join them in the demonstration.
July 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Large protests broke out Saturday night in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. The L.A. and San Francisco protests drew hundreds but were peaceful. Some problems occurred at the Oakland protest. People marching through Oakland broke windows, spray-painted cars and buildings and attempted to start fires, according to the Oakland Tribune. Footage from television helicopters caught demonstrators vandalizing a police squad car, the newspaper reported.
July 13, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
People began gathering in Leimert Park on Saturday night to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to police and social media reports. "We are getting reports that people are starting to gather," said LAPD Officer Phillip Ahn. "It's in its infancy. " Ahn said police units have been dispatched to the scene "to stand by. " He did not have an estimate of how many people were there. Twitter users were posting about the demonstration Saturday night in the historically black neighborhood.
July 12, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Capping weeks of divisive protests and political drama, the Texas Senate approved one of the nation's strictest abortion bills in a 19-11 vote, following earlier approval by the state House. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry, who has pledged to sign it. Passage came during a session that stretched to midnight in the state Capitol in Austin. Before the vote, watched by activists from both sides, lawmakers offered emotional remarks inflected in many cases with religious references.
July 8, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
CAIRO - Anas Mahfous heard the first shot and ran - toward the gunfire, not away. The 20-year-old Egyptian dental student was kneeling in prayer Monday morning next to his father and three brothers at a makeshift camp in Rabaa, a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold in Cairo. The family was among thousands participating in a sit-in to demand the reinstatement of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, ousted last week in a military coup. Mahfous wasn't an Islamist ideologue and he didn't see himself as a hero, friends say. He was just a normal, good-natured guy - boyish-looking and clean-shaven in his government ID card.
July 7, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- More than two years after they overthrew the Mubarak regime through popular protests, many Egyptians think large, noisy demonstrations are as important as the ballot box in determining the democratic will of the people. So it's not surprising that the two camps now fighting over Egypt's future did their best Sunday to bring out supporters in large numbers, one side to support ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and the other side to celebrate his removal from office.
July 5, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - At least one demonstrator was killed Friday in clashes between supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and security forces outside the headquarters of the Republican Guard, news reports said. An ambulance medic said he saw several people dead of gunshot wounds but couldn't confirm the number. Video images captured at the scene showed a demonstrator in a gray T-shirt run up to a barbed-wire fence surrounding the Republican Guard facility were Morsi was reported to be under military arrest and then collapse in a heap after shots were fired.
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