June 4, 2003 |
A general strike shut down much of Zimbabwe's already crippled economy, but security forces prevented efforts to organize massive street protests against President Robert Mugabe. Most banks, shops and other businesses remained closed across the troubled southern African country on the second day of a show of anti-government sentiment. Security forces reacted swiftly to crush street demonstrations, using rubber clubs, rifle butts, water cannons, tear gas and warning shots to disperse crowds.
May 5, 1989 |
Chinese students, ignoring police lines, Thursday turned Tian An Men Square in central Beijing into the scene of a festive pro-democracy celebration, then declared an end to nearly three weeks of protests. "Today is a very big victory," said a man in a crowd of about 150,000 that poured into the downtown square Thursday afternoon after police abandoned efforts to limit access to it. "To have such a big demonstration after the government tried to stop it is no simple thing." Thursday's demonstration was spearheaded by about 40,000 students who approached the square in orderly columns from various directions and pushed through lines of police who offered only token resistance.
January 6, 1997 |
The center of this capital city became one giant SigAlert on Sunday as anti-government demonstrators unleashed their newest weapon--their cars--in the fight against Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. Challenging a ban on street protests, thousands of motorists jammed their vehicles into principal avenues and brought Belgrade to a noisy standstill full of horns, car alarms and protesters' whistles. Demanding that opposition victories in Nov.
March 1, 2005 |
The Syrian-backed government of Lebanon collapsed Monday under a groundswell of street protests, candlelight vigils and international pressure to end Damascus' domination of its neighbor. While thousands of demonstrators thronged the streets outside, Prime Minister Omar Karami, an ally of Syria, stood before parliament and announced that he would quit his job and dismantle his Cabinet. The decision was apparently spontaneous.
February 28, 2011 |
The interim prime minister of the North African country that inspired the ongoing uprisings throughout the Arab world resigned Sunday after a new round of daily protests resulted in three weekend deaths. Interim President Fouad Mebazaa named Beji Caid Essebsi, a former foreign minister who served under Tunisia's long-ago President Habib Bourguiba, as new caretaker prime minister ahead of elections planned for the summer, state television reported. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, who served in the same post under deposed President Zine el Abidine ben Ali, bowed to public pressure and unruly street protests demanding that any traces of the former regime be purged from public life.
June 29, 2011 |
Greece took a step back from imminent default Wednesday by passing a stinging new austerity package but failed to dispel fear that its mounting debt is becoming unsustainable and, sooner rather than later, will still have to be restructured. The Greek government eked out a tense legislative victory that saw lawmakers defy raging street protests outside Parliament to vote 155-138 in favor of $40 billion in painful budget cuts and tax hikes over the next few years. The showdown came after stark warnings from European leaders that failure to pass the austerity plan would spell certain bankruptcy for Greece and potential disaster for the euro by spreading instability to more populous debt-laden nations such as Spain and Italy.