August 28, 1999 |
In a chaotic confrontation, Venezuelan lawmakers broke through crowds of protesters in Caracas and climbed over the fence of the capitol building, defying a constitutional assembly's order that virtually shut down Congress. Police and guardsmen fired tear gas and water cannons to control the melee between hundreds of supporters and opponents of President Hugo Chavez. About 30 people were injured.
December 30, 2005 |
A Sudanese girl about 4 years old died in clashes between Egyptian police and hundreds of Sudanese demanding to be allowed to resettle abroad. Witnesses said other Sudanese were wounded at the site of the protest in Cairo. Earlier, troops fired water cannons at the refugees to force them to dismantle their protest camp. The Sudanese were seeking refugee status to allow resettlement in the West. But a peace deal in Sudan has made the status difficult to obtain.
July 21, 2005 |
Protesters raged in the capital and other Yemeni cities, pelting troops with stones, burning tires and ripping down billboards to protest a government subsidy cut that nearly doubled gasoline prices. At least eight people were killed. About 300 people blocked roads, halting traffic to the airport. Riot police fired into the air to disperse the crowd, which later re-formed and pelted officers with stones. Police retaliated with water cannons.
September 13, 2002 |
Fourteen police officers were hurt and at least 445 people were arrested in Chile's capital after a night of demonstrations marking the 29th anniversary of the coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The anniversary Wednesday passed without violence. But protests erupted overnight in Santiago. Demonstrators burned tires, and police moved in with water cannons and tear gas. Protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails. More than 3,000 people were killed for political reasons during Pinochet's rule.
January 8, 1995 |
Israeli police and hundreds of right-wing demonstrators clashed outside Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's residence Saturday night, witnesses said. One policeman was injured and 14 people were arrested when police used water cannons and horses to disperse a crowd calling for tighter security in the occupied West Bank. Many demonstrators were Jewish settlers from the West Bank.
March 29, 2008 |
Masked youths threw stones at police, who responded by firing tear gas and water cannons in Santiago, the Chilean capital, at the start of annual protests against the government and the country's free-market system. Police in armored vehicles sped through the streets spraying clouds of tear gas as officers in riot gear rounded up youths and bundled them into police buses. Police said they had detained 185 people. The protests were aimed at the capitalist-style economic model and the government, which critics say manipulates the education system to favor the wealthy.
August 7, 2008 |
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was charged today with sodomizing his male aide. Anwar pleaded innocent in Kuala Lumpur to the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Anwar has claimed the allegation was concocted by the government to destroy his political career and prevent him from returning to Parliament in a by-election later this month. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has rejected Anwar's claim. Riot police backed by trucks mounted with water cannons surrounded the courthouse.
April 5, 2007 |
Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesting students in the Chilean capital of Santiago and detained nearly 100 people. University and high school students' organizations called the demonstration -- the second in a week -- over a new public transportation system that they say shortchanges some working-class neighborhoods. They say it forces people to walk long distances.