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.
March 25, 2003 |
Kuwaiti firefighters attacking blazes at oil wells in southern Iraq say they've found telltale signs of sabotage. But it appears Iraqi troops may have disobeyed orders to blow up the wells or prepared explosives that were too weak to do serious damage. It took Kuwaiti firefighters only 15 minutes and two water cannons to snuff out the first fire at a booby-trapped Iraqi oil well.
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.
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.