June 4, 2003 |
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.
March 29, 2001 |
Police in the northern German town of Dannenberg cleared protesters with water cannons as a train laden with 60 tons of nuclear waste arrived a day late after being blocked by demonstrators who chained themselves to the tracks. With seven helicopters overhead, the train entered town as night fell. The waste was to be carried by trucks on the last leg of a much-disrupted trip from a French reprocessing plant to a dump at Gorleben.
July 30, 1997 |
Police using batons, dogs and water cannons broke up a protest by thousands of Islamists marching through Turkey's capital, Ankara, to challenge Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz's effort to curtail religious education. Witnesses said police repeatedly charged demonstrators outside the Education Ministry after hours of protests. The Anatolian news agency said 11 people were hospitalized. Estimates of the crowd size ranged from 6,000 to 15,000.
April 18, 1999 |
Riot police fired water cannons and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators and clashed with stone-throwing youths in anti-government protests. Demonstrations against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad have raged in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, since a judge sentenced Malaysia's ousted No. 2 leader, Anwar Ibrahim, on Wednesday to six years in prison. Armed police repeatedly ordered protesters to disperse, but they ignored the warnings.
September 10, 2007 |
Rock-throwing protesters clashed with police backed by water cannons and tear gas during a march paying tribute to victims of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The government said 147 people were detained and a police officer was injured in the annual march marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 1973, putsch that brought Pinochet to power. It was the first coup-anniversary protest since the former strongman died in December at 91.
April 4, 2014 |
TAIPEI, Taiwan - For decades, relations between Taiwan and its giant neighbor China have been one of the great success stories of the ending of the Cold War. Slowly but surely, the two nations have pulled back from half a century of bellicose confrontation and in recent years embraced a level of political and economic cooperation that seemed to promise new riches for both. But today, for many Taiwanese, the bloom is off the rose. This disenchantment lay behind the outbreak of angry protests from Taiwanese students that are in their third week.
March 16, 2014 |
Months after an airport screener was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, a new report concludes that adding more security measures at the nation's airports may not be worth the cost. The study goes on to suggest that it might even make sense to relax some of the existing security tactics. "It may be time to reduce security," said John Mueller, a professor of political science at Ohio State University who wrote the report with Mark G. Stewart, a civil engineering professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
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.
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.