March 20, 2014 |
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still a long way off, but not too distant to fuel continuing controversy. From the start critics raised concerns about lingering radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Now comes a different sort of complaint. The organizing committee, which initially lacked female members, has added music producer Yasushi Akimoto. Akimoto created the girl group AKB48, which features scantily clad young women ranging in age from teens to mid-20s singing often suggestive lyrics.
June 28, 2012 |
The Occupy movement galvanized protest singers to assemble in public spaces and shout their grievances last year. In Los Angeles, the potential arrival of a ChinatownWal-Martmay do the same. Wal-Marthas already begun construction on the controversial store at Grand Avenue and Cesar A. Chavez Boulevard, but this Saturday a bevy of union organizers and local and national acts known for social activism will lead what they're billing as "the largest protest against Wal-Mart ever held in the U.S. " Acts that include Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and adventurous folkie Ben Harper (who headlines the Hollywood Bowl the next night)
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.
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July 9, 2013 |
Inmates across the state continued a mass protest, refusing meals and participating in work stoppages. The state corrections department on Tuesday afternoon confirmed about 29,000 inmates continued to refuse meals, down slightly from the day before. In addition, 2,000 inmates refused to go to their prison jobs or classes, said department spokeswoman Terry Thornton. She said the protests were causing no disruptions. “Everything is still normal; everything is still quiet,” Thornton said.
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 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.
December 8, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - After several days of relative calm in Bangkok, the main opposition party raised the stakes Sunday by resigning en masse from parliament in protest over a government they claim is illegitimate. By aligning with street protesters, the opposition Democrat party is threatening to deepen the country's political standoff. The Democrats, who have not won an election since 1992, are betting that their political fortunes will be advanced by aligning with anti-government street protesters.
June 13, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Police used tear gas and rubber bullets Thursday night to disperse thousands of protesters in Sao Paulo who had been chanting, "The love is over -- Turkey is right here" before fleeing the law enforcement onslaught. At least 55 people were injured and 60 arrested during the fourth demonstration in a week. The protests were originally aimed at a hike in the city's bus fares, but diverse groups came together after serious clashes with police Tuesday. In Thursday's violence, two journalists from Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil's highest-circulation newspaper, were struck in the face with rubber bullets, the paper reported.