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February 14, 2010 | By Kim Murphy
Anti-Olympic protests erupted into clashes with police Saturday as a roaming band of masked activists broke plate-glass shop windows at the iconic Hudson's Bay Co., smashed car windows and hurled trash cans and news racks into busy intersections. Riot police moved in several times to secure key downtown thoroughfares and occasionally wrestled protesters to the ground with batons, though there were no serious injuries. Police were finally able to corner the band of about 300 protesters on a commercial block in Vancouver's west end and then formed a cordon around the leaders, sealing them off as the crowd screamed "Let them go!"
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March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Looks like the "Blarney Blowout" lived up to its name. Four police officers were slightly injured and more than 70 people were reported arrested on Saturday after a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration in Amherst, Mass. The "Blarney Blowout" turned into, well, a blowout. The air was filled with snowballs and flying beer cans as mobs of college-age partiers descended on apartment complexes near the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst. In a Saturday statement , the university took pains to denounce the "unsanctioned" Blarney Blowout, which school officials warned could result in suspension or expulsion from the university.
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September 16, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - The opposition had trumpeted the protest Saturday as the "March of Millions," and the authorities were ready, deploying thousands of riot police in full gear all around the center of Moscow, blocking key streets with heavy trucks and sending police helicopters hovering back and forth. But as night fell, only 20,000 people at most had shown up for a litany of somewhat listless chants, speeches and songs against President Vladimir Putin, before going home past endless lines of riot police visibly bored for lack of action.
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February 20, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
KIEV, Ukraine -- At least 20 protesters were killed Thursday morning as gunfire rang out in central Kiev, breaking the shaky truce reached between President Victor Yanukovich and opposition leaders the previous night. Oleh Musiy , chief of the protest camp health service, told The Times that dozens were injured. [Updated, 8:20 a.m. PST Feb. 20: Musiy later raised the death toll among protesters to at least 70, the Associated Press reported. ] [Updated, 11:46 a.m. PST Feb. 20: Ukrainian authorities reported that three police officers died in the clashes, the AP said.
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July 6, 2009 | Barbara Demick
China's worst ethnic violence in years broke out Sunday in the northwestern city of Urumqi, leaving 140 people dead and more than 800 injured. The unrest pitted Uighurs, a long-aggrieved Muslim minority, against the Han Chinese, who increasingly dominate the far-flung Xinjiang region. With the death toll climbing over the course of the day, the violence appeared to be far deadlier than that last year in the Tibetan region.
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June 15, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Anousheh's hazel eyes burned from the smoke. She caught her breath. Up the boulevard, amid the hazy din, the riot police were beating people with batons and threatening others. Screams erupted, as young men and women ran for cover. The 29-year-old Iranian interior designer and her brother, Babak, had just been up there, at the northern end of Tehran's Africa Boulevard, where the crowds were chanting, "Death to the dictator!"
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August 6, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Dogged by allegations of election fraud and battered by some within his own conservative camp, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad limped defiantly into his second term as Iran's president Wednesday, vowing to strive for "national greatness." As he was sworn in, the empty seats of reformist and moderate politicians boycotting the ceremony gaped from the gallery inside the parliament building while police fired tear gas and swung truncheons to quell a demonstration outside.
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June 15, 1988 | Associated Press
Marco Van Basten scored three goals today as the Netherlands beat England 3-1 at the European soccer championships, virtually eliminating the Britons. Although there was no violence in the stadium, riot police prepared for possible trouble in downtown Duesseldorf tonight. Tuesday night rowdy British fans rioted downtown, and 200 were arrested during fights at the train station.
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February 7, 1990 | Reuters
Hundreds of South Korean students, denouncing the merger of President Roh Tae Woo's party with two opposition groups, fought a running battle with riot police in Seoul streets Tuesday. The students, from Chungang University, wielded iron bars and hurled gasoline bombs at riot police trying to stop them from marching to the city center, witnesses said. Police fired volley after volley of tear-gas canisters to disperse the masked protesters.
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April 18, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Riot police fired water cannons and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators and clashed with stone-throwing youths in anti-government protests. Demonstrations against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad have raged in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, since a judge sentenced Malaysia's ousted No. 2 leader, Anwar Ibrahim, on Wednesday to six years in prison. Armed police repeatedly ordered protesters to disperse, but they ignored the warnings.
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February 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
KIEV, Ukraine -- In the wake of violence that claimed 25 lives and left hundreds injured, the Ukrainian government declared Wednesday that it was launching "an anti-terrorist operation" that some feared would escalate its conflict with pro-Western demonstrators. “What is happening today is a conscious use of violence by way of arson, murder, hostage-taking and intimidation ... for the sake of pursuing criminal goals,” the country's security agency chief, Alexander Yakimenko, said in a statement published on the agency's website.
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February 18, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
U.S. travelers in Ukraine are advised to keep a low profile and stay inside at night to avoid deadly violence between protesters and anti-riot police that erupted in Kiev's Independence Square on Tuesday. Americans in the country's capital should "leave those areas or prepare to remain indoors, possibly for several days, should clashes occur," according to the State Department alert. The alert was issued on the deadliest day in the 3-month-old anti-government uprising.
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January 30, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has taken a sick leave amid the nation's political crisis. “Ukraine's president is on a sick leave in connection with an acute respiratory disease accompanied by high fever,” Alexander Orda , the presidential staff's deputy health chief, said in a statement posted on Yanukovich 's official website Thursday morning. The announcement came a day after Yanukovich compelled parliament to sign a conditional amnesty for more than 100 detained participants in protests that started over two months ago when Yanukovich refrained from signing an association and trade deal with the European Union.
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January 30, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who went on sick leave Thursday, said he had fulfilled commitments to antigovernment protesters but that conditions remained tense because of the political ambitions of some opposition leaders. Yanukovich said the goals of some could not rank higher than the country's overall interests. The public will be treated with understanding and goodwill, he said. “However, the opposition continues to escalate the tension, calling upon the people to stand out in the frost for the sake of several leaders' political ambitions,” Yanukovich said in a statement on his official website.
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January 25, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV. Ukraine -- In a desperate bid to stop the violence in Kiev and to keep his job, embattled Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich offered the prime minister's job late Saturday to opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk. The president also offered the position of deputy premier for humanitarian issues to another opposition leader, former world heavy weight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko. The announcement was made to reporters by a Yanukovich aide after a long day of talks with the opposition leadership and amid renewed clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police in downtown Kiev.
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January 24, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- One of Egypt's loveliest but lesser-known museums was a casualty of a powerful bomb on Friday targeting a police headquarters directly across the street. The stately 19th century Museum of Islamic Art in downtown Cairo, filled with precious cultural objects such as manuscripts, astrolabes and ceramics, was badly damaged by the early-morning blast. The explosion, one of three blasts Friday that killed five people in the city, shattered windows, knocked off big chunks of masonry from the museum's ornate facade, and left a tangle of wires in the entryway.
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July 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Riot police beat demonstrators with truncheons and fired tear gas canisters as protests in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, persisted over proposed constitutional amendments that critics say would leave President Mwai Kibaki with too much power. Officers fatally shot a man suspected of looting a cellphone store, Police Chief Kingori Mwangi said. Police spokesman Jaspher Ombati said 20 demonstrators were arrested.
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January 24, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Protesters in the Ukrainian capital Friday rejected a shaky negotiated compromise reached between its leaders and embattled President Victor Yanukovich after five hours of hard talks. By a show of hands, thousands of protesters who gathered in Kiev's Independence Square voted early Friday to continue their confrontation with the government until all their demands are met. Of the initial demands set forth by the opposition leaders, Yanukovich agreed only to release about 100 protesters detained since Sunday, when the clashes began.
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January 20, 2014 | Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
Defying a government crackdown, tens of thousands of opposition demonstrators took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, clashing violently with police. With protesters throwing stones, flares and Molotov cocktails, riot squads fought back with water cannons, tear gas and noise grenades in an attempt to put down the demonstration, which lasted well into Monday morning. Many demonstrators protected themselves with helmets and shields. Dozens of people were reported injured on both sides.
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