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January 21, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Thailand, warning visitors about demonstrations sparked, in part, by elections next month. "The situation is unpredictable and ongoing demonstration activity, primarily in the greater Bangkok area and occasionally elsewhere in Thailand, is expected to continue," the alert on the State Department's website says.   “U.S. citizens are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and large gatherings. Some protest sites are ... near tourist attractions and popular shopping malls, which at times have closed or shortened hours unexpectedly.” Thailand on Tuesday declared a state of emergency . The demonstrations have become increasingly violent in recent days.
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January 21, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Thailand, warning visitors about demonstrations sparked, in part, by elections next month. "The situation is unpredictable and ongoing demonstration activity, primarily in the greater Bangkok area and occasionally elsewhere in Thailand, is expected to continue," the alert on the State Department's website says.   “U.S. citizens are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and large gatherings. Some protest sites are ... near tourist attractions and popular shopping malls, which at times have closed or shortened hours unexpectedly.” Thailand on Tuesday declared a state of emergency . The demonstrations have become increasingly violent in recent days.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - Workers at downtown businesses and nonprofit organizations here were busy sweeping up glass Tuesday after a third night of violent protests over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Among those affected by the random acts of vandalism was the nonprofit Youth Radio, which aims to teach young people in Oakland's minority and low-income communities the journalistic tools they need to further their educations and get jobs. As hundreds have protested peacefully in Oakland, a small group grabbed the headlines by smashing windows and cars, committing assaults and robberies and lighting fires.
WORLD
November 25, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
NEW DELHI -- Blowing whistles and calling for the prime minister to resign, anti-government demonstrators forced their way into Thailand's finance and foreign ministries Monday, joining thousands who poured into the streets of the Thai capital of Bangkok for the second day in a row. The protests were triggered by a controversial political-amnesty bill that critics say would have allowed ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra to return to Thailand without...
WORLD
December 27, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Beirut and Tehran — The Iranian capital erupted in massive and fiery protests today as thousands of protesters clashed with security forces on the occasion of an important Shiite Muslim holiday. A witness told The Times that Iranian security forces have opened fire with live ammunition against unarmed protesters in a central square in the capital. And an opposition news website reported that at least three protesters have been killed and two injured. The report could not be independently confirmed and a police source denied the reports of deaths in a comment to the pro-government Fars News Agency.
NEWS
February 7, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Simmering divisions surfaced in violent protests as New Zealanders celebrated their national day. The government shunned traditional commemorations at Waitangi in the far north after Maori protests at last year's ceremonies. Waitangi is viewed as the birthplace of New Zealand because that is where the nation's founding document was signed. In Waitangi, the day took an ugly turn when police were pelted with rocks by whites and Maoris demonstrating in support of Maori sovereignty grievances.
NEWS
July 10, 1990 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Kenyan government, firing back at American protests over a crackdown on opposition leaders, on Monday accused the United States of "gross interference in the affairs of this country" and of assisting subversives "bent on destabilizing the constitutionally elected government of Kenya."
NEWS
August 11, 2000 | KIRSTEN STUDLIEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven days of violent protests aimed at driving suspected pedophiles from the seaside town of Portsmouth settled into a shaky truce Thursday night between angry citizens and the city council after police said a fifth innocent family was forced to leave the Paulsgrove neighborhood. "Pedophiles: Don't House Them, Hang Them," read placards carried by men, women and children living in Paulsgrove, during daily protests involving up to 250 people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000
The Reform Party con- vention must be one of the first in which the violent protests are on the inside! GEORGE BENTLEY La Puente
NATIONAL
November 13, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
In a day of violent protests, troops opened fire with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of chanting, flag-waving student demonstrators trying to march on parliament. The students opposed a special government assembly convened by President B.J. Habibie to map out a new political system for Indonesia. One officer was reported killed, and dozens of people were reported injured in the melee.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
It was hard to watch Monday night's peaceful demonstration in Los Angeles against the George Zimmerman verdict turn violent in the hands of rogue protesters. The anger is understandable. Zimmerman was let off the hook despite having killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager whose only offense seems to have been walking while black. But the violence is counterproductive. Storming a Wal-Mart , setting fires, stomping on cars and breaking windows in South L.A. caught people's attention, but it didn't raise awareness for addressing the American justice system or racial inequality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - Workers at downtown businesses and nonprofit organizations here were busy sweeping up glass Tuesday after a third night of violent protests over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Among those affected by the random acts of vandalism was the nonprofit Youth Radio, which aims to teach young people in Oakland's minority and low-income communities the journalistic tools they need to further their educations and get jobs. As hundreds have protested peacefully in Oakland, a small group grabbed the headlines by smashing windows and cars, committing assaults and robberies and lighting fires.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
September 18, 2012 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - The worst of the anti-Japanese protests that have swept China in recent days may be over. The financial fallout for the world's second- and third-biggest economies may be just beginning. Japanese-owned factories, restaurants, mini-marts and clothing retailers across China closed en masse Tuesday as protests continued in nearly 100 cities, sparked by a dispute over control of uninhabited islands near Taiwan. Automakers Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Mazda suspended operations at some plants, as did Sony.
WORLD
September 11, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
At a teachers college in far northwestern China, students were irritated to find that their professors were escorting them to lunch last month — an odd occurrence since they were more than capable of finding the cafeteria themselves. There was an ulterior motive, students told travelers who recently visited the city of Kashgar: The college wanted to make sure that the students, most of them Muslims, were eating rather than fasting in daylight hours during the holy month of Ramadan.
WORLD
June 24, 2011 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
Egyptian flags flap in the wind and Spanish slogans echo as thousands who have not raised their voices in years, if ever, gather each day to vent their anger and contempt at the politicians they hold responsible for bringing their nation to its knees. This isn't Cairo, the hub of an upheaval that brought down an unpopular regime this year. Nor is it Madrid, the staging ground of protests launched by young, unemployed Spaniards. "We are the cradle of democracy," Nikos Chaniotis said at a recent gathering in Athens' Syntagma Square.
WORLD
May 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Dalai Lama's envoys and Chinese officials plan a second round of talks after holding their first meeting since violent anti-government protests erupted in Tibet in March, the official New China News Agency reported. The agency, which quoted unidentified sources, did not say when or where the next meetings would be. The report said Chinese officials had answered questions raised by the envoys of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader at the talks in the southern city of Shenzhen. It added that the Chinese officials told the Dalai Lama's envoys that the violent protests "had given rise to new obstacles for resuming contacts."
NEWS
April 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The government threatened a security crackdown and urged swifter progress toward ending apartheid after nationwide violence during memorials for slain black leader Chris Hani. Senior government ministers said multi-party talks on sharing power with the black majority must proceed as quickly as possible. But they said further unrest will not be tolerated.
OPINION
September 15, 2010 | Tim Rutten
Time, an increased police presence and intervention by community workers from churches and social service agencies have helped restore peace to the Westlake neighborhood convulsed by violent protests that followed the police shooting of an allegedly inebriated man reportedly threatening passersby with a knife. Two Sundays ago, three LAPD bicycle officers were flagged down and told that a man with a knife had stabbed someone near 6th Street and Union Avenue, a busy shopping district in a densely populated, mainly immigrant neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said through a spokesman Monday that he was refusing to release eight boxes of records regarding former Times columnist and KMEX-TV News Director Ruben Salazar, who was killed by a deputy in 1970. The Times filed a California Public Records Act request with the department in March seeking records that might shed light on the circumstances involving Salazar's slaying, which left an open wound that has yet to heal 40 years later. Salazar had been covering a huge anti- Vietnam war rally in East Los Angeles that exploded into rioting when deputies and protesters clashed along Whittier Boulevard on Aug. 29, 1970.
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