26 Feb 2021

Anger in Bangladesh over dissident writer’s death in prison

Mushtaq Ahmed was arrested last year under the Digital Security Act in Bangladesh. Ahmed, 53, died on Thursday in the Kashimpur jail, 32 kilometers from the capital Dhaka. Widespread anger has broken out after the dissident writer’s death and the cause of death is not clear. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan

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25 Jan 2021

Russia’s Putin Faces Rising Discontent Amid Alexei Navalny Protests

This weekend, Russia saw massive protests in support of jailed opposition leader who was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, Alexei Navalny. The demonstrations against the Kremlin indicate growing discontent with President Vladimir Putin ahead of the parliamentary elections this year. The unsanctioned rallied were among the largest in Russia,

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16 Nov 2020

At least 1,000 people detained in Belarus in a single day following protester’s death

According to Belarus human rights watchdog Viasna, over 1,000 protestors were detained across the country amid backlash over the death of Roman Bondarenko, a painter, veteran, and anti-government protestor. The demonstrations were sparked when Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in the August presidential elections, which protestors claim were rigged in his

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18 Jun 2020

Nationwide protests grip Lebanon as currency tanks

In Lebanon, anti-government protestors took over streets in multiple cities, setting up burning barricades and forcing road closures as the country enters a deep economic crisis and the currency is tanking. Some protestors largely hold the political elite responsible for the economic crisis, gathering outside their residences to chant against

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22 Apr 2020

Hong Kong Police Arrest Pro-Democracy Activists

On Saturday, Hong Kong police arrest 14 pro-democracy activists in response to the city’s pro-democracy protest movement that was at its peak before the COVID-19 outbreak. The arrests come as the region is still racked by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, pro-democracy activists have stated that they do not plan to

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13 Jan 2020

Iran Faces Growing Criticism at Home, Abroad Over Downing of Ukrainian Plane

A second day of protests spread beyond Iran’s capital Tehran as demonstrators took to the streets to display discontent over the recent plane crash. Iranian officials admitted that armed forces accidentally shot down a Ukranian passenger airliner despite previous denials. Iran has faced international backlash and domestic criticism since officials

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20 Dec 2019

Indian cities deny permits for marches against citizenship law

Police in New Delhi and Bengaluru have denied requests for civil marches planned for Thursday after demonstrations against India’s new controversial citizenship law turned violent over the past week. The Police department expressed concerns over national security and traffic, stating that the march will not happen and that extra police

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19 Dec 2019

Protests Paralyze Lebanon’s Search for New Prime Minister

An increase in Lebanon’s protests has proved detrimental to the country’s search for a new prime minister as political gridlock promotes economic crisis. On Monday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun postponed a series of meeting with parliament members who were likely to elect Saad Hariri as the new prime minister, despite

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18 Dec 2019

Shiite groups’ supporters clash with security forces in Beirut, opening a new chapter in Lebanon’s crisis

Lebanese security forces clashed with protesters in Beirut on Monday and Tuesday, using tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons against demonstrators gathered near a bridge. In the past few months, anti-corruption protests have plagued Lebanon’s security and stability, however, this group of protesters were supporters of two Shiite groups

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18 Dec 2019

Protests of India’s citizenship law grow, along with clashes

Protests in India against a new law that provides a path to citizenship for non-Muslims entering illegally from neighboring countries have spread across the country, and demonstrators have clashed with police over the last week. Police fired tear gas at demonstrators in Seelampur, New Dehli, after they burned a police

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