Tag: Secession and Independence Movements

Hong Kong Protesters Urge General Strike for Monday

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have called for a general strike on Monday, seeking to disrupt the Asian financial center in the aftermath of the death of a student following a clash with the police and the arrest of six pro-democracy lawmakers. The organizers plan to start disrupting traffic at 7 a.m., […]

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Another Election in Spain Threatens to Deepen the Political Deadlock

MADRID — In September, Pedro Sánchez, Spain’s caretaker Socialist prime minister, called off coalition talks with a smaller left-wing party, Unidas Podemos, saying that he “could not have slept at night” if he had allowed its more radical politicians into his government. It is unclear, however, that Mr. Sánchez has been able to sleep better […]

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The Long Kurdish Struggle

On Oct. 12, Hevrin Khalaf, a 35-year-old Kurdish politician, was stopped at a checkpoint outside the town of Tel Abyad in northeastern Syria by Turkey-backed Syrian Arab militias. Four days earlier, Turkey and its proxies had invaded northern Syria and destabilized the relatively peaceful region, displaced more than 100,000 people, unleashed racist propaganda against the […]

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Catalan Separatist Leader Turns Himself In to Belgian Officials

BARCELONA, Spain — Carles Puigdemont, the former separatist leader of Catalonia, handed himself in to Belgium’s judiciary on Friday, while vowing to fight Spain’s latest attempt to extradite him and try him for sedition. A general strike was held across Catalonia on Friday, while hundreds of thousands of people took part in marches to protest […]

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Spain Sentences Catalan Separatist Leader to 13 Years

MADRID — The Spanish Supreme Court on Monday sentenced former leaders of the Catalan independence movement to lengthy prison terms after finding them guilty of sedition for their botched attempt to break away from Spain in 2017. The former deputy leader of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, received the toughest sentence: 13 years in prison. Carles Puigdemont, […]

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Suburbanites in Louisiana Vote to Create a New City of Their Own

BATON ROUGE, La. — Residents of a largely white suburb of Baton Rouge voted on Saturday to incorporate a new city of their own — to be called St. George — and take away control of the community’s taxes, schools and other services from the less affluent, more diverse surrounding parish. The outcome was a […]

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Why Is Turkey Fighting the Kurds in Syria?

Turkish forces began a long-anticipated cross-border assault on Wednesday against the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia, in northeastern Syria. The dispute between Turkey and the Kurds has deep roots in regional power dynamics that have created a tangled web of interests. Further complicating the picture is the fact that the United States is an […]

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Hong Kong and the Independence Movement That Doesn’t Know Itself

HONG KONG — Exactly five years ago, the Umbrella Movement broke out to demand respect for Hong Kong’s democratic freedoms. After it ended, having obtained no concessions from the local government or the Chinese authorities, political time accelerated in the city. Two years later, social unrest erupted after a scuffle between the police and street […]

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In Pakistan-Held Kashmir, Growing Calls for Independence

MUZAFFARABAD, Kashmir — In Pakistan-controlled Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the simple fact of the region’s name — with azad meaning free — is a declaration that Kashmiris here enjoy a liberty denied to their kin across the border, in the Indian-held portion of the disputed territory. But even in Pakistan-held Kashmir, the message has been […]

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Spain Heads to 4th Election in 4 Years After Failure to Form Government

MADRID — Spain was plunged on Tuesday into another round of political uncertainty after King Felipe VI announced that its main parties had failed to agree on who should lead the next government, forcing another national election in November. Pedro Sánchez, the caretaker Socialist prime minister, blamed the other three main parties for failing to […]

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Joshua Wong and Alex Chow: The People of Hong Kong Will Not Be Cowed by China

HONG KONG — “If we burn, you burn with us.” A famous line in the movie “The Hunter Games: Mockingjay” has been given a new life in Hong Kong’s summerlong protests: It has come to represent the spirit unleashed by hundreds of thousands of protesters. As many commentators have pointed out, the massive, leaderless resistance […]

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Ally Attacks Ally in Yemen’s War Within a War

CAIRO — Yemen’s government accused the United Arab Emirates of bombing its troops on Thursday as they tried to retake the southern city of Aden from Emirati-backed separatists. At least 25 soldiers were killed and 150 wounded in the airstrikes on Thursday morning, a government commander said by phone from the scene of the attack. […]

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Hong Kong Is Where Peaceniks and Radicals Unite

HONG KONG — How and why have Hong Kongers managed to keep going for months, and in such large numbers, waging wave after wave of protest to oppose encroachment from China, despite the vast differences among them? One major point of contention concerns whether to resort to nonpeaceful action and how close to skirt with […]

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To Understand Hong Kong, Don’t Think About Tiananmen

HONG KONG — As Hong Kong’s sleepless summer of political strife wears on, not a day, nay, an hour, seems to go by without someone evoking the 1989 crackdown against another group of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. On breathless postings on Twitter, people share pictures of military exercises by Chinese troops just across the border […]

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China Is Waging a Disinformation War Against Hong Kong Protesters

BEIJING — When a projectile struck a Hong Kong woman in the eye this week as protesters clashed with the police, China responded quickly: Its state television network reported that the woman had been injured not by one of the police’s bean bag rounds, but by a protester. The network’s website went further: It posted […]

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Protests Put Hong Kong on Collision Course with China’s Communist Party

HONG KONG — As anti-government demonstrations escalate in Hong Kong, each side is staking out increasingly polarized positions, making it difficult to find a path to compromise between the protesters and China’s ruling Communist Party. The demonstrations, which began as a fight against a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited […]

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Yemeni Separatists Oust Government in Key City, Complicating Peace Efforts

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Yemeni separatists took over most of the southern city of Aden on Saturday, a major blow to the country’s internationally recognized government and to efforts by Saudi Arabia to put it back in control of all of Yemen. The takeover followed four days of intense fighting that terrified residents, killed dozens of […]

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India Moves to Revoke Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government said on Monday that it was removing the special status that has existed for decades in Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement revoking Article 370 of the Constitution in the upper house of Parliament on Monday morning, as […]

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India Moves to Remove Kashmir’s Special Status Amid Crackdown

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — The Indian government moved on Monday to remove the special status that has been bestowed for decades on Kashmir, a disputed mountainous region along the India-Pakistan border. Amit Shah, the home minister, made the announcement in Parliament on Monday morning. Before the announcement, thousands of extra troops had already been deployed across […]

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In Push to Leave One Union, U.K.’s Boris Johnson Risks Another

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first appearance in Scotland as Britain’s new leader seemed to be going just fine on Monday when he spoke from behind the perimeter fence of a top security naval base. But when he braved the streets of Edinburgh to meet with Scotland’s first minister at her residence, a crowd […]

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