November 3, 2004 |
Light and airy are not adjectives usually applied to this gray and dour capital. But light and airy are apt words for its effervescent new Parliament building. And the cost also is so lighter-than-air: nearly $800 million, or 10 times the original target. Who knew that the Scots, of all people, could be so heedless with their purse strings? The bill works out to about $160 for every resident.
July 6, 1988 |
Thousands of workers from Yugoslavia's largest rubber and shoe plant forced their way into the Federal Parliament today, demanding a 100% pay hike, changes in the government and protesting low living standards. They later were evicted. In an action unprecedented in Communist Yugoslavia's postwar history, about 5,000 demonstrators clashed with security police in front of the Parliament building. Police were unable to keep them from entering.
February 25, 2002 |
Tens of thousands of Moldovans streamed into this capital Sunday, answering nationalists' calls for a show of people power to try to overthrow the Communist government. Carrying banners reading, "Stop the Red Terror!" and "The Communists Are Terrorists," an estimated 70,000 people from the 4-million population poured into Chisinau's central square.
August 13, 1986 |
East Germans celebrated the Berlin Wall's 25th anniversary today with a massive rally and military parade, sparking an immediate U.S. protest that the marching troops violated postwar agreements. The U.S. mission in West Berlin said the parade was a "clear-cut violation" of postwar agreements barring the presence of East German troops in East Berlin and West German troops in West Berlin.
October 5, 1993 |
With every ear-shattering thud of a tank shell, Irina Vladimirovna Frolova's heart skipped a beat. The retired, white-haired sewing machine operator stood Monday afternoon on the opposite bank of the Moscow River from the Parliament, risking her life with thousands and thousands of fellow Russians to watch the battle unfolding before her eyes.
September 26, 1993 |
The historic showdown ignited five days ago when President Boris N. Yeltsin dissolved Russia's Parliament fizzled Saturday into an exchange of theatrical insults as many lawmakers left their besieged and barricaded headquarters and headed home. The slow death of the Congress of People's Deputies moved the focus of resistance to Russia's regional legislatures, many of which are threatening to withhold taxes and block Yeltsin's plan for election of a new Parliament in December.
February 27, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine -- Gunmen early Thursday captured the parliament and Cabinet buildings in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's autonomous republic of Crimea, an official said. Ukraine lawmaker and Crimea native Andrei Semchenko told The Times that two units of gunmen struck about 5:30 a.m. He described the men as wearing camouflage clothing and "armed to the teeth, including heavy machine guns. " “They used a couple of stun grenades to break in and pushed the police guards stationed inside out into the street," Semchenko said.
January 23, 2011 |
A showdown between President Hamid Karzai and his country's newly elected parliament was averted late Saturday when the Afghan leader agreed to convene the inaugural legislative session this week rather than push for a one-month postponement. Lawmakers were intent on defying Karzai's order to delay the first session, initially scheduled for Sunday, and had said they would meet at a mosque or in the street if security forces blocked them from the parliament building. The standoff pushed the Afghan leader and his government to the brink of a full-blown political crisis.
October 1, 1993 |
Representatives of President Boris N. Yeltsin and the leadership of the Russian Parliament early today reached a tentative agreement to end the siege of the Parliament building in return for the disarming of extremist guards inside, according to news reports here. The reports, quoting Yeltsin's chief of staff, Sergei A. Filatov, said that the government had agreed to partially restore electricity and communications to the besieged Parliament if its guards put aside their weapons.
September 30, 1993 |
The Yeltsin government issued an ultimatum Wednesday, ordering defiant Parliament members to quit the Russian White House by Monday or face "grave consequences." In the first sign that hard-line lawmakers may be willing to compromise with the president who ordered them dispersed, a late-night session of what remains of the Congress of People's Deputies announced that it will accept an offer by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexi II to mediate the conflict.