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November 30, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Reem Abdellatif
CAIRO -- Egypt awoke to fresh protests Friday against the draft of a new constitution and a president who refuses to rein in his power after more than a week of unrest, economic tumult and searing political division. President Mohamed Morsi is defending his expanded power and a much-criticized proposed constitution as necessary to hold parliamentary elections and advance Egypt's political transition. But opposition groups accuse Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood of pushing an authoritarian agenda that lacks bold visions to inspire an Arab world undergoing great change.
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February 21, 2014 | By Richard Fausset, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
MEXICO CITY -- Seven CNN journalists had their credentials revoked or denied in Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro called them "fascists" and criticized their coverage of antigovernment protests there, the network reported Friday. CNN posted a story about the expulsion order Friday afternoon on its website. The network said that the journalists, who worked for CNN International and CNN en Espanol, were told their media credentials were being revoked or denied. The move came hours after a Maduro speech Thursday in which he criticized the network, saying it was failing to focus on good news beyond the street protests that have engulfed the nation for days.
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July 23, 1993
You know you're getting old when you can remember the days when people took to the streets in protest because they wanted to stay out of the army. MICHAEL SCHLESINGER Sherman Oaks
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December 22, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced three prominent activists to three-year prison terms and heavy fines, in what was seen as the latest worrying sign of the military-backed government's determination to suppress political dissent. The three - Ahmed Maher, Mohammed Adel and Ahmed Douma - are best known for leading roles in the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak. They were arrested for demonstrating in late November against a new law that in essence criminalizes street protests, and their sentences, the maximum penalty allowed, were the first ones levied under it. The unexpectedly long jail terms provoked dismay among rights advocates, who have been feeling increasingly under siege at the hands of the government, despite its promises to set the country on the path to democracy.
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June 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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May 5, 1989 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 6, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 1, 2005 | Megan K. Stack and Rania Abouzeid, Special to The Times
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.
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February 28, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Sihem Hassaini, Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 7, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - The young policeman with scuffed boots and sleepless eyes sat on a motorcycle in a neighborhood that no longer feared or respected him. Khaled Sayed wore the colors of his trade: a black beret adorned with a silver eagle. An officer for three years, Sayed patrols streets where guns flow and jobless youths roam with knives and rage. Uniformed men with badges and battered side arms once held sway here, but their swagger has been clipped by a new and dangerous order. Egypt's police and central security forces, for decades the thuggish protectors of Hosni Mubarak's repressive state, now safeguard a new government run by Islamist elements they once persecuted.
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December 10, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Seven people were arrested for sitting in the middle of a downtown street in an act of civil disobedience Tuesday during a protest by striking Los Angeles County social workers. County child-welfare workers, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 721, have been on strike since Thursday in a dispute over caseloads. On Tuesday, 1,710 social workers and supervisors in the Department of Children and Family Services took part in the strike -- 57% of those scheduled to work -- county spokesman David Sommers said.
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October 18, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- A government push to dramatically restrict Egyptians' right to protest is drawing a storm of -- yes -- protest. Disparate political groups, together with human rights organizations, have united in vocal opposition to proposed new rules that would make it all but impossible to stage a large-scale march or rally, unless its purpose was to glorify the government or the army. The measure, whose outlines were reported by state media this week, has been approved by the Cabinet, though interim President Adly Mansour has yet to sign it into law. Under the measure, would-be demonstrators would have to report their plans in advance to law enforcement officials, who could forbid, postpone or order the relocating of any gathering.
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July 1, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Puppeteers from the Israeli version of "Sesame Street" are protesting the cancellation of a puppet festival for Palestinian children at an East Jerusalem theater. Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich ordered the Hakawati Theater temporarily closed last week, preventing the annual festival from being held. Israeli authorities alleged the theater had received sponsorship illegally from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The theater's director, Mohammed Halayiqa, denied the accusation , telling Agence France-Presse that the festival was funded by donations from abroad and calling the closure "disgraceful.
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June 20, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
SAO PAULO, Brazil - On Thursday night last week, Brazil's left-wing Free Fare Movement held the fourth of its street protests against a 10-cent hike in bus fares. A few thousand people turned out. By Monday night, the movement had exploded. More than a quarter of a million people took to the streets in 12 state capitals to demand a smorgasbord of changes in government, including, but hardly limited to, lower public transit fares. What had happened in between? A brutal police crackdown on the protesters that Thursday night, widely reported in the press and on social media, led many to march in defense of the right to public expression.
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May 25, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - Costas Papanicolaou is stuffing his souvenir shop with extra merchandise and stringing his store entrance with welcome flags from umpteen countries. He's also slashing his prices by as much as 50%, and in a scheme that bears a whiff of desperation, he's even thinking of throwing a Greek toga on a Chinese employee to help lure Asian tourists. A painful but relatively peaceful year after Greece was beset by grim headlines of political pandemonium and violent protests, tourism experts and the government are expecting a surge in vacationers, and with it a boost to Greece's struggling economy.
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May 1, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Standing in front of an electronics store on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, Nissem Bachsian watched the May Day protesters stream by, as he does every year. There were immigrant rights groups chanting “Si se puede”   - “Yes we can”  -   and demanding legalization, now. There were labor union members with signs in English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean. There was the May Day Queer Contingent waving rainbow flags. "We're Still Here 99%," said a towering sign refering to the Occupy movement.
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June 29, 2011 | By Henry Chu and Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
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.
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November 26, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
This ancient city of congenial smiles is cranky. Scuffles and the boots of riot police rattle through streets ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections that are not likely to ease public anger over President Hosni Mubarak's squeaky, but powerful, political machine. There is no doubt the National Democratic Party will sweep to victory from the southern deserts to the Nile Delta. Egypt is not known for cliffhangers. Limits on political freedom and three decades of emergency law have turned party challengers into mere annoyances.
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April 23, 2013 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
PARIS - The French Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt, voting after months of often angry debate and sometimes violent protests in the streets. Members of the Socialist government chanted "Equality, equality" and stood up to applaud the results of the 331-225 vote in the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament. The center-right opposition party immediately announced its intention to appeal the law. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, a strong supporter of the bill, said she was "overcome with emotion.
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March 7, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - The young policeman with scuffed boots and sleepless eyes sat on a motorcycle in a neighborhood that no longer feared or respected him. Khaled Sayed wore the colors of his trade: a black beret adorned with a silver eagle. An officer for three years, Sayed patrols streets where guns flow and jobless youths roam with knives and rage. Uniformed men with badges and battered side arms once held sway here, but their swagger has been clipped by a new and dangerous order. Egypt's police and central security forces, for decades the thuggish protectors of Hosni Mubarak's repressive state, now safeguard a new government run by Islamist elements they once persecuted.
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