December 10, 2013 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian security forces stormed a tent encampment in central Kiev early Wednesday, converging on Independence Square from three sides to roust sleeping protesters and beat those refusing to clear the streets, witnesses reported. Blaring through loudspeakers, police ordered the demonstrators demanding the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich and his government to heed a city court order to end their obstruction of traffic and communications. Opposition supporters and others outraged by the president's decision last month to scrap an agreement that would have improved trade and other relations with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia have been occupying the historic center of the Ukrainian capital for three weeks.
July 12, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Heeding the Muslim Brotherhood's call for a "million-man march," throngs of pro-Islamist demonstrators poured into east Cairo on Friday to press their demand that Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, be reinstated. The protest was peaceful, featuring singing and dancing instead of incendiary rhetoric, in keeping with Brotherhood leaders' promises. But some demonstrators vowed to march from the main protest camp to other parts of the city, possibly testing the Egyptian military's willingness to tolerate the opposition after removing Morsi in a coup last week.
October 30, 2012 |
Wherever the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra goes, protests seem to follow. Concert-goers planning to attend Tuesday's performance by the orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall can expect to see a colorful outdoor demonstration of activists who say they oppose Israel's policies toward Palestinians. A group of protesters is planning to congregate on the sidewalk outside Disney Hall starting around 7 p.m. Organizers said they are expecting 35 to 50 people who will engage in various forms of demonstration and street-theater protest. Tuesday's concert, which begins at 8 p.m., will feature the Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, in performances of pieces by Schubert, Chopin and Brahms.
February 10, 2012 |
A small group of demonstrators staged a silent protest during Mitt Romney's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. Security guards for the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where the annual gathering of conservatives is being held, quickly threw the protesters out. Joe Gallant, 22, was among the group. Gallant said the protesters moved to the front of an overflow room where attendees were watching Romney's speech, taped their mouths, and revealed T-shirts that read, “If money is speech, then poverty is silence.” “We were just trying to get our point across that there is too much money in politics,” Gallant said.
July 21, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Dueling marches here Sunday in support of and in opposition to the verdict in the George Zimmerman case led to a massive police deployment, heated face-offs but no violence, police said. For many, the protests showed that although the controversial court case may be over, the debates it sparked concerning racial profiling and “stand your ground” self-defense laws have only grown, leading to demonstrations this weekend in more than 100 cities in support of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
July 10, 2012 |
It's blackout time for Wikipedia in Russian. On Tuesday, the Russian version of Wikipedia went dark for 24 hours to protest a bill making its way through the Russian parliament that Wikipedia says could "create real censorship of the Internet" in the country. Wikimedia, the nonprofit that oversees Wikipedia, said that the law would make it possible to create "a thing like the great Chinese firewall," giving the Russian government control over the blacklisting and filtering of sites.
April 19, 2012 |
A museum in Italy has resorted to burning artwork to protest cuts that its leader sees as unfair and destructive. The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples plans to burn three paintings a week to protest what is perceived as the government's war against art. As reported by BBC News, Antonio Manfredi, director of the Casoria, set fire to the first painting on Tuesday and has garnered the support of European artists who are sympathetic to...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 |
The LAPD has declared a modified tactical alert amid a protest in Leimert Park sparked by the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict in Florida on Saturday night. The alert applies only to the agency's South Bureau. In a tactical alert, officers can be held over after their regular shifts and they do not respond to low-priority radio calls. An LAPD officer, who did not provide his name, said the alert was prompted by the large gathering, but said he had no estimate as to the size of the protest.
February 20, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Bloody clashes between government forces and demonstrators in the Ukraine have reverberated through the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where a skier has withdrawn in protest of the violence. Bogdana Matsotska of the Ukraine will not compete in the slalom -- her best event -- on Friday. “I don't want to participate when in my country people die,” Matsotska told the Associated Press on Thursday. The 24-year-old skier was hoping to join protesters in the camp known as Maidan in Kiev's Independence Square but said she had been unable to book a flight home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 |
Scores of protesters gathered Tuesday evening in Leimert Park for another night of demonstrations against the acquittal of George Zimmerman, hoisting signs reading "Justice for Trayvon. " Officials expressed hope that the event would remain calm in the aftermath of the mayhem that erupted along Crenshaw Boulevard on Monday night. As of early evening Tuesday, the Leimert Park protest was peaceful. Children were mingled in the crowds. More than 50 people gathered to demonstrate as the evening wore on. Cherry Thomas, 27, a hairstylist from West Los Angeles who was born and raised in Leimert Park, said her two sons were her primary motivation for coming out to protest Tuesday night.