Tag: Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

After Beirut Explosion, Protests Erupt as Lebanon’s Anger Boils Over

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Clashes between demonstrators and security forces broke out near Lebanon’s Parliament on Saturday at a protest fueled by the vast public anger over the death and destruction caused by a huge explosion in Beirut’s port this week. Many Lebanese see the blast, which sent a shock wave through the capital that destroyed […]

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Bolivia Under Blockade as Protesters Choke Access to Cities

TARIJA, Bolivia — Antigovernment protesters in Bolivia blockaded some of the country’s main roads this past week to challenge the delay of general elections and rebuke the government’s poor response to the coronavirus pandemic. The protesters — who support Bolivia’s former president, Evo Morales — say they have set up 70 roadblocks, marooning about six […]

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Beijing Launches Another Demolition Drive, This Time in Its Bucolic Suburbs

The people who would destroy the village came in the middle of the night last week. Hundreds of guards breached the wall surrounding the village and began banging on the doors of the 140 courtyard homes there, waking residents and handing them notices to get out. Many tried to protest but were subdued by the […]

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They Said They Were Protesting Peacefully. Then the Police Arrived.

Five New Yorkers describe the night they were arrested while participating in Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Aug. 7, 2020 Image Anthony Mendez recalled how he had been held in a crowded cell for six hours after he was arrested during a protest, the first time that he had ever gone to a march. Clare Ramirez-Raftree […]

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In Poland, the Rainbow Flag Is Wrapped Up in a Broader Culture War

When President Andrzej Duda of Poland was sworn in on Thursday for a second term in office after a bitterly divisive campaign in which he rallied support by targeting homosexuality as a threat to the nation, he looked out over the floor of Parliament to find a sea of color. But it was not a […]

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Chat Group Becomes Target of Moscow’s Wrath as Security Crackdown Widens

MOSCOW — When a group of young Russians set up a chat group on social media nearly three years ago, they called themselves the “Club of Plant Lovers,” creating an innocuous gathering place for online discussion about their hobbies, university studies and sometimes politics. After a few weeks, however, the chat group, which had changed […]

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Police Identify Suspect in Seattle Killing During June Protests

The police have identified a suspect and prosecutors decided to charge him with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man in June that took place during protests in Seattle seeking racial justice, the authorities said on Wednesday. The authorities said they were able to identify the gunman as Marcel Levon Long, 18, after […]

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American Catholics and the Black Lives Matter Movement

In 1963, when 250,000 demonstrators gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, they did so under the prayerful invocation of Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle of Washington. He called for the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of Christians to the injustice of racial discrimination, […]

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Nixon Also Called In the Military Against Protesters

In the spring of 1971, Richard Nixon found himself in a situation not unlike President Trump’s. His approval rating was falling — in Mr. Nixon’s case, to a first-term low — just as an energetic social movement was hitting the streets. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Nixon was tempted to use military force to counter those […]

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LeBron James Says He Doesn’t Care if Trump Shuns N.B.A. Over Protests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers provided a pointed response on Wednesday night to President Trump’s criticism of players’ kneeling during the national anthem: The games will go on without you watching. After Trump said earlier Wednesday that he regarded N.B.A. players’ kneeling during the national anthem as “disgraceful” […]

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Why Edmund Burke Still Matters

Had it not been for the revolution in France, Edmund Burke would likely have been remembered, a bit vaguely, as an 18th-century philosopher-statesman of extravagant rhetorical gifts but frustratingly ambivalent views. The Irish-born member of the British Parliament was sympathetic to the grievances of the American colonies but not (like his onetime friend Thomas Paine) […]

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W.N.B.A. Players Escalate Protest of Anti-B.L.M. Team Owner

Players for the Atlanta Dream and other teams across the W.N.B.A. have begun a public show of defiance by wearing T-shirts endorsing the Democratic opponent of the Dream’s co-owner Senator Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia, who is in a tightly contested race for her seat and has spoken disparagingly of the Black Lives Matter movement. […]

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I’m the Police Chief in Portland. Violence Isn’t the Answer.

After the horrendous killing of George Floyd, people in Portland, Ore., joined with thousands across the country in demonstrations to address police reform and widespread systemic racism. The leaders of the Portland Police Bureau denounced this tragic death, and we reiterated our willingness to engage in reforms. But Portland has now faced weeks of extreme […]

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These Remarks Might Get a Police Chief Fired. Not in New York.

The criticism of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s law enforcement policies was stinging. A law banning the use of chokeholds and similar types of restraints by police officers was “insane.” Agreeing to cut the Police Department budget was a “bow to mob rule.” Those who failed to “stand up for what’s right” were “cowards.” But the […]

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Lebanon Is Exhausted

BEIRUT — Anyone who knows Lebanon has heard this: The Lebanese are resilient. A reputation earned by weathering an outsize list of challenges over the years: a 15-year civil war, political tensions with Syria, wars with Israel and a collapsing public service infrastructure. Economic collapse, exacerbated by a coronavirus lockdown in March, is the latest […]

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Why Trump’s Blunt Appeals to Suburban Voters May Not Work

ImageThe “Wall of Moms” facing tear gas in Portland, Ore., are one clue that President Trump’s law-and-order message is getting a mixed reception among white suburbanites.Credit…Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press President Trump’s latest campaign ads warn of left-wing mobs destroying American cities. His recent White House comments have depicted a rampage of violence and a “radical […]

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Federal Agents Don’t Need Army Fatigues

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Zimbabwe Locks Down Capital, Thwarting Planned Protests

HARARE, Zimbabwe — When Robert Mugabe was ousted as president of Zimbabwe in a coup in 2017, many in the country hoped for an end to the repression and mismanagement that had characterized his 37 years in office. But when protesters tried to gather on Friday in the capital, Harare, the security services reacted in […]

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Why Protest Tactics Spread Like Memes

When items like umbrellas and leaf blowers are subverted into objects of resistance, they become very shareable. Video The New York Times, Sergio Olmos for The New York TimesCredit July 31, 2020 A video frame captured in Hong Kong in August 2019 shows a group of pro-democracy protesters, smoke pluming toward them, racing to place […]

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Border Clashes With Pakistan Leave 15 Afghan Civilians Dead, Officials Say

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Some of the most intense border clashes between Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent years left at least 15 civilians dead on the Afghan side on Thursday, officials said. Afghanistan accused Pakistani forces of firing heavy artillery into civilian areas after protests by communities on both sides who were demanding the reopening of […]

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Trump and Nixon, Law and Disorder

President Trump has been comparing himself to Richard Nixon, tweeting “LAW & ORDER,” and claiming he learned a lot from Nixon. Others have been comparing Mr. Trump’s handling of civil disorder to Nixon’s. No one will ever tag me a Nixon apologist, but in Nixon’s defense these claims are hooey. I worked for our last […]

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John Lewis Believed America Would Survive Trump

In June 2017, I ran into John Lewis outside of Atlanta, where he was campaigning for his former intern Jon Ossoff in the special election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. I asked him something I asked everyone in those days, when the horror of this administration was still fresh: How confident was he that America […]

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A Half-Century After Wallace, Trump Echoes the Politics of Division

WASHINGTON — The nation’s cities were in flames amid protests against racial injustice and the fiery presidential candidate vowed to use force. He would authorize the police to “knock somebody in the head” and “call out 30,000 troops and equip them with two-foot-long bayonets and station them every few feet apart.” The moment was 1968 […]

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Help Me Find Trump’s ‘Anarchists’ in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — I’ve been on the front lines of the protests here, searching for the “radical-left anarchists” who President Trump says are on Portland streets each evening. I thought I’d found one: a man who for weeks leapt into the fray and has been shot four times with impact munitions yet keeps coming back. […]

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Barr Repeats Trump Falsehoods in Congressional Testimony

Attorney General William P. Barr, in a contentious congressional hearing on Tuesday, defended President Trump and the Justice Department on a variety of matters. Here is a fact-check. What Mr. Barr SAID “The president has not attempted to interfere in these decisions. On the contrary, he has told me from the start that he expects […]

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Two Women Charged in Attack on Wisconsin State Senator

Two women were arrested and accused of beating a state senator who had been recording video of protesters last month during a night of intensifying violence in Madison, Wis., the authorities said. The senator, Tim Carpenter, a Democrat who represents areas in Milwaukee, said on June 24 that he was punched and kicked in the […]

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Federal Tactical Teams to Withdraw From Portland, Governor Says

Federal tactical teams that have clashed with protesters in Portland in recent weeks will soon begin leaving the city, Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said Wednesday. The federal agents will begin leaving downtown on Thursday, Ms. Brown said in a statement. An agreement between federal and state officials calls for the Oregon State Police to […]

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‘The Moms Are Here’: ‘Wall of Moms’ Groups Mobilize Nationwide

In the flurry of videos and social media posts that have emerged from the protests in Portland, Ore., activist moms are everywhere. They sing lullabies. They link arm–in–arm, forming a human barricade between protesters and federal agents. Some wear respirators, gas masks and helmets. Some hand out sunflowers. On one night of protests last week, […]

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N.Y.P.D.’s Use of Unmarked Van in Arrest Draws Parallels to Portland

New York City police officers, several in plain clothes, swooped into a demonstration against aggressive police tactics on Tuesday and arrested a protester they appeared to have singled out, pulling her into an unmarked minivan before driving off. Videos of the encounter drew intense criticism on social media, including accusations that the New York police […]

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Fact Checking the Portland Protests: How Violent Are They?

PORTLAND, Ore. — Attorney General William P. Barr forcefully defended the federal response to long-running protests in Portland on Tuesday, telling the House Judiciary Committee that the protests had become violent. The federal intervention has been condemned by state and city officials, but Mr. Barr argued it was necessary to prevent violence from spreading to […]

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What Does It Mean to ‘Look Like a Mom’?

When Bev Barnum, a 35-year-old self-described “suburban wife and mother of two” first sent out the Facebook call for a “wall of moms” to help protect protesters in Portland, Ore., against federal troops, she included one stipulation. “I wanted us to look like moms,” she told The New York Times earlier this week. “Because who […]

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