October 3, 2012 |
TEHRAN - Iranian police and demonstrators clashed Wednesday during street protests linked to rising prices and the plunging value of the national currency. Police in black riot gear fired tear gas and moved to disperse the protesters after they had rallied outside the capital's central bazaar and then marched toward the parliament building. Many businesses and shops were shuttered, which in effect led to the shutdown of the huge marketplace. "Our checks bounced, our businesses are ruined," said a merchant who gave his name as Ali. "How shall we earn a living?"
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August 29, 2012 |
Of the foreign journalists who had been alerted to a shocking political protest against South Vietnam's U.S.-supported government, only one - Malcolm Browne of the Associated Press - arrived in June 1963 to document it. His photos of Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc setting himself ablaze on a Saigon street ran on front pages around the world and prompted President Kennedy to order a reevaluation of his administration's Vietnam policy. "No news picture in history has generated so much emotion as that one," Kennedy said, according to the 2006 book "Cold War Mandarin.
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June 7, 2012 |
An independent report released Wednesday criticizes the use of force by University of California police during the Occupy Wall Street protests at UC Berkeley last fall. The report, written by the campus' independent Police Review Board, found that officers appeared to have strayed from campus policies and norms in their use of batons against protesters and called on the university to better explain when the use of force is appropriate. "Strictly confined limits, as precise as possible, should be articulated regarding the use of force by law enforcement during any protest events," the report said.
May 22, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Stiff new penalties aimed at opposition protesters were given preliminary approval Tuesday by Russian lawmakers loyal to President Vladimir Putin, the target of mass rallies and demonstrations before his March election victory. The bill, which opposition parliament members termed draconian and protested by threatening to file out of a legislative session, calls for fines of up to $50,000 and up to 200 hours of community service for organizers of rallies and demonstrations that grow violent or exceed the approved number of participants.
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May 1, 2012 |
Numerous streets in downtown Los Angeles and beyond will be closed Tuesday for May Day marches. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the following streets downtown will be affected, beginning as early as 7 a.m. and continuing until 7:30 p.m: •Broadway between 11th and Temple streets •Olympic Boulevard between Hill and Main streets •9th between Hill and Broadway •8th between Spring and Broadway ...
April 21, 2012 |
BEIRUT — Large antigovernment demonstrations filled the streets of Syria on Friday despite reports of regime forces trying to prevent them from forming and, in other instances, shooting at protesters as an announced cease-fire continued to unravel. Activists said security forces fired bullets and tear gas at protesters in several areas across the country, ignoring the government's agreement to a peace plan that guarantees the right to demonstrate. Shelling also continued in Homs province, and at least 57 people were reported killed across the country.
February 26, 2012 |
At dusk, people hunker down for the evening, holding portable radios to their ears and clustering in doorways to peer at fuzzy black-and-white televisions. Shops are boarded up and hawkers flee before nightfall. The nights belong to the protesters. Most begin peacefully with the demonstrators seated on the ground, arms crossed, as they demand that their 85-year-old president step down. "The old man is dead," they chant. "We have had enough. " Then, stones are hurled and police retaliate with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons.
November 2, 2011 |
While members of the so-called 99% take part in Occupy Wall Street protests, a new website lets some of the wealthy 1% declare their support for the movement. The site, called "We are the 1 percent. We stand with the 99 percent," lets people post photos pronouncing their solidarity with the Occupy protesters in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere. "When I was 18 my father won $9 million in the California lottery," one man posted on the site, along with a photo of him holding his message written on two pieces of paper.
October 22, 2011 |
Folk music legend Pete Seeger led Occupy Wall Street protesters in song late Friday in Manhattan. Seeger, 92, had joined marchers on the Upper West Side earlier in the evening. When they reached Columbus Circle, he led them in a rendition of "This Little Light of Mine. " He was accompanied by his grandson, Tao Rodgriguez-Seeger, along with fellow artists Arlo Guthrie, Tom Chapin and David Amram. The musicians had all performed Friday night at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side and then fell in line with a crowd of about 1,000 demonstrators who marched down Broadway, according to the Associated Press.
October 16, 2011 |
The protests against corporate greed born last month on New York's Wall Street spread across the world Saturday, with fed-up demonstrators staging marches in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. In London, a crowd of placard-waving protesters, watched by scores of vigilant police, gathered on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral, and then moved toward the London Stock Exchange building nearby. "We are here in solidarity with those protesting in the United States," said Sean Murray, an engineering student at the University of London.