Tag: Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Hong Kong Protests: U.S. Business Leaders Are Blocked From Entering Macau

HONG KONG — Two American business leaders in Hong Kong have said they were stopped with no explanation from entering the neighboring Chinese city of Macau. The news of their denial of entry on Saturday came at a tense moment in relations between China and the United States, as well as before planned protests in […]

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France’s Weekend of Discontent: Yellow Vest and Pension Protesters Gather

PARIS — One protest movement started a year ago in France and drew hundreds of thousands at its peak to roundabouts across the country in angry “Yellow Vest” demonstrations against planned increases in gas taxes. Another — a nationwide strike expressing fury over President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the pension system — began this […]

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When a Film Shows Gay Romance in Georgia, Going to See It Is a Risk

TBILISI, Georgia — Ana Subeliani arrived at the film premiere for “And Then We Danced” by foot, but left in an ambulance, blood running down her face. A protester had thrown a cellphone, she said, which struck her on the head, despite a cordon of police officers in riot gear holding demonstrators back. The injury […]

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General Strike in France Challenges Macron’s Latest Ambition for Change

PARIS — The streets of French cities were filled with anti-government demonstrators, tear gas and police officers on Thursday as Emmanuel Macron again faced what has become an emblem of his presidency: social unrest. This time it was a general strike over his plans to overhaul the country’s pension system. Much of the country came […]

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Live Updates: As France Strikes, Commuters Suffer and Protests Begin

Here’s what you need to know: ImageFrench union members protesting in Marseille on Thursday against the government’s pension proposals.Credit…Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters Idled trains, boarded-up shops and deep discontent. A protest against changes to France’s pension system brought parts of the country to a grinding halt on Thursday, with nationwide strikes shutting down transportation and leaving schools […]

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General Strike in France Is Fresh Test for Emmanuel Macron as Paris Starts to Shut Down

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron is facing his biggest test since the “Yellow Vest” uprising shook his presidency a year ago, as unions representing railway and transport workers and many others in the public sector called for a mass walkout on Thursday to protest changes to France’s uniquely generous pension system. The strike, which began […]

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Iran Is Crushing Freedom One Country at a Time

Having covered the Middle East my entire adult life, I’m seeing some trends emerging there that I’ve never seen before. One is from the streets of Beirut to the streets of Baghdad to streets all across Iran, Middle Easterners are demanding to be treated as citizens with rights, and not just members of a sect […]

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Iran Used Firearms in Deadly Crackdown on Protesters, Officials Admit

Two weeks after protests first gripped Iran — and quickly turned deadly — the government has officially acknowledged that security officials used firearms to tamp down the widespread demonstrations. A report on state television on Tuesday said that some of the protesters killed in the crackdown were “rioters who have attacked sensitive or military centers […]

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A Deadly Crackdown in Iran

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Iran is experiencing its deadliest political unrest in decades, with scores of people killed by government forces in the last few weeks. Natalie Kitroeff speaks to Farnaz Fassihi about why the United States wanted that unrest […]

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Sanctions May Have Fueled Iran Protests, but Have Yet to Further U.S. Goals

President Trump likes to say that Iran is “a different country” after 18 months of punishing American sanctions, and the protests sweeping Iranian cities suggest he may be right. Even his most vociferous critics acknowledge that Mr. Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign helped fuel that unrest. But it is far from clear that what is unfolding […]

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China Hits Back at U.S. Over Hong Kong Bill in a Mostly Symbolic Move

BEIJING — China said on Monday that it would suspend visits to Hong Kong by American warships and impose sanctions on several United States-based nongovernmental groups, in a mostly symbolic retaliation for tough human rights legislation President Trump signed last week. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the measures were a […]

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Malta Leader Says He Will Resign, as Murder Inquiry Widens

VALLETTA, Malta — Destabilized by a widening investigation into the 2017 murder of Malta’s best-known journalist, the prime minister of the Mediterranean island nation announced on Sunday that he would resign, but not leave office until January, following an uproar over the possible role of close associates in the killing. The announcement by Prime Minister […]

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With Brutal Crackdown, Iran Convulsed by Worst Unrest in 40 Years

Iran is experiencing its deadliest political unrest since the Islamic Revolution 40 years ago, with at least 180 people killed — and possibly hundreds more — as angry protests have been smothered in a government crackdown of unbridled force. It began two weeks ago with an abrupt increase of at least 50 percent in gasoline […]

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Sudan Overturns Moral Policing Law and Disbands Al-Bashir’s Party

CAIRO — Sudan’s transitional government announced on Friday that it had overturned a moral policing law that criminalized revealing clothing worn by women and drinking alcohol. It also moved to dissolve the former governing party of Omar al-Bashir — fulfilling two major demands by pro-democracy protesters. The country’s sovereign council and cabinet announced both decisions […]

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Violence Rises in Iraq’s South Amid Crackdowns on Protests and the Press

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security officers opened fire on protesters in southern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 18, as the government sought to quell violence that burst out Wednesday night in an attack on the Iranian Consulate in Najaf. The violence centered on the southern city of Nasiriya, where on Wednesday the government sent a […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The Fraternal Order of Eagles began in 1898 as a group of theater owners in Seattle. But as it grew into a national organization with a broad membership, the Eagles became involved in issues beyond the arts. […]

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Iraqi Protesters Burn Down Iranian Consulate

BAGHDAD — Iraqi protesters in the southern city of Najaf burned down the Iranian Consulate there on Wednesday night in an outburst of anger at Iran, witnesses said. The government imposed a curfew until further notice. Video showed sizable crowds outside the consulate shouting and waving Iraqi flags. This was the second attempt in a […]

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Racial Slurs, and 15 Days That Shook Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The racist graffiti was discovered one night this month on the sixth floor of a freshman dormitory at Syracuse University — an anti-black slur and the words “Little China Town” scrawled crudely in marker. The next day, similar messages were found on a fourth-floor bulletin board. Although the campus had already experienced […]

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Alibaba’s Hong Kong Shares Rise, Despite Protests

HONG KONG — Shops are shuttered and tear gas still fills the streets, but that hasn’t put off investors looking for places to park their money. Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, on Tuesday raised $11.2 billion in Hong Kong, a Chinese territory that has been mired in political chaos for six months. Alibaba shares finished […]

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After Electoral Loss in Hong Kong, Beijing Points Finger at U.S.

BEIJING — The Chinese government, still coming to terms with a stunning electoral victory for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, is directing its ire at a popular foe: the United States. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the American ambassador to Beijing on Monday, a day after the local elections in Hong Kong […]

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Google Fires 4 Workers Active in Labor Organizing

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Monday fired four employees who had been active in labor organizing at the company, according to a memo that was seen by The New York Times. The memo, sent by Google’s security and investigations team, told employees that the company had dismissed four employees “for clear and repeated violations of […]

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