April 24, 2002 |
Riot police in Zimbabwe arrested 38 activists after breaking up nationwide protests against a constitution critics say entrenches President Robert Mugabe's 22-year rule. Opponents who accuse Mugabe of stealing a presidential election in March blamed his supporters for beheading a woman whose family supported the opposition. Police denied that the killing had occurred. About 1,000 pro-democracy activists ran through the capital, Harare, chanting "Down with Mugabe" as they were chased by police.
May 6, 2009 |
A judge revoked the bail of a prominent Zimbabwean rights activist and 17 other suspects after prosecutors formally charged them in a terrorism case that has been widely denounced as a sham. Activist Jestina Mukoko appeared stunned as she heard the ruling from the dock. Mukoko and the others have said they were tortured during an earlier stint in prison. The suspects had been free on bail for two months. The magistrate said she was sending them back to prison because a formal indictment filed this week accused Mukoko and the others of sabotage, terrorism and banditry.
August 22, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Syrian opposition activists reported heavy shelling Wednesday in Damascus, the capital, as authorities in neighboring Lebanon said a cease-fire had taken hold in a city in that country that has become a center for spillover violence. The Syrian military has mounted a campaign this week to root out rebel fighters and sympathizers in several areas of Damascus and its suburbs, including the Kfar Souseh and Nahr Aisha districts, according to antigovernment activists. The shelling of the two districts Wednesday could have been aimed at opposition mortar teams that have recently targeted a military airport, the Associated Press reported.
February 16, 2011 |
They brought down an autocrat and now hunch over position papers, microphones, BlackBerrys and meals from McDonald's. Revolution is messy but lasting power is won, young activists are learning, in meticulous battles of negotiations, egos and intrigue. The new breed of professionals who helped topple President Hosni Mubarak is watching its rebellion turn into a political struggle among the country's splintered opposition forces, remnants of the former ruling regime and the army, which has taken control of the nation until the constitution is amended and elections are held.
February 16, 2012 |
Opposition activists reported dozens more people were killed in Syria on Thursday as the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly condemned the Syrian government's "systematic violations of human rights" and backed a plan calling for President Bashar Assad to relinquish power. The vote by the 193-member body in New York provided a symbolic victory for the United States, Turkey, Arab nations and others calling for the ouster of the Syrian leader. But the move seemed unlikely to make much difference on the ground in Syria, where the U.N. says more than 5,000 people have died in the conflict since antigovernment protests erupted almost a year ago. Opposition activists reported at least 63 people killed Thursday, including 38 in the rebellious northwestern province of Idlib, where the government is fighting to regain control of territory lost to armed rebels.
December 19, 2011 |
Under mounting international pressure, Syria said Monday that it would admit Arab observers to monitor a regional peace initiative aimed at ending months of bloodshed that is threatening to push the country into civil war. An advance team including legal, administrative, financial and human rights experts is expected to head to Syria within days, said Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby. There were no immediate plans to lift regional sanctions on Syria, as requested by the government, he said.