May 29, 2009 |
Danish filmmaker Anders Ostergaard was in Myanmar to do a half-hour portrait on a young member of the Democratic Voice of Burma, an underground group of video journalists determined to document the oppressive conditions in the country, when suddenly, in September 2007, the Buddhist monks' rebellion broke out. It had been sparked by the military government's decision to lift fuel subsidies, causing some fuel prices to jump as much as 500% overnight.
May 9, 1988
A special Arab summit devoted mainly to the Palestinian uprising in the Israeli-occupied territories will open in Algiers on June 7, the official Algerian news agency said Sunday.
September 25, 2004 |
An uprising by about 800 gang members at two Salvadoran prisons ended peacefully after the government promised to study inmates' complaints about arrest practices and prison conditions. About 100 relatives and friends visiting the prisons in Chalatenango and Cojutepeque had been prevented from leaving when the riot broke out. They left the next day.
April 10, 2003
The scene in Saddam Hussein's lair of power was surreal -- reminiscent of the fall of the Berlin Wall or the protests in Tiananmen Square. Just three weeks after the United States had gone to war with Iraq, two weeks after pundits had declared the allied offensive mired in the desert, and days after the Iraqi information minister had declared that the Americans would never take Baghdad, U.S. troops had arrived. And to many citizens who had taken to the streets, the foreigners were the heroes.
May 20, 2000 |
Mutinous soldiers and police in Asuncion, Paraguay's capital, fired at the legislative building from armored personnel carriers before surrendering later. President Luis Gonzalez Macchi went on national television to assure citizens that the "anti-democratic" forces believed to be loyal to a former coup plotter had been defeated. Three congressmen and 12 police officers were detained. Interior Minister Walter Bower said the rebellious soldiers were sympathetic to former army Gen.
May 5, 2006 |
Thousands of riot police stormed the town square early Thursday to subdue machete-wielding protesters who had beaten two officers into unconsciousness and dragged them through the streets in attacks televised nationwide. A 14-year-old boy identified as Javier Cortes Santiago was reported killed and dozens of people were injured in confrontations that began when authorities kicked out flower vendors from their usual spot in a nearby city.
August 24, 2003
The recall against Gov. Gray Davis has been dismissed as the toy of a rich conservative, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), whose self-promotion got out of hand. That scenario has a kernel of truth, but the recall also represents something larger: a people's uprising against business as usual in Sacramento.
August 25, 2004
Re "Cleric's Militia Still Controls Najaf Mosque," Aug. 22: How much longer can President Bush ignore the views of the French, the Russians and the rest of the world? They claim we're not listening to the will of the Iraqi people, and they're right. We should be listening to the Iraqis and acting on their behalf. For instance, cleric Muqtada Sadr's supporters hung a banner inside the occupied shrine that reads, "Where is the bullet that will grant me martyrdom?" Well, President Bush, we need to provide that bullet as quickly as possible.