08 Jul 2020

Ethiopia’s week of unrest sees 239 dead, 3,500 arrested

Last Monday, popular Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa was shot dead, sparking a week of protests and outrage throughout the country. In the past week, at least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested. In the Oromia region, the death toll includes nine police officers and five militia members, alongside

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01 Jul 2020

Hong Kong: First arrests under ‘anti-protest’ law as handover marked

The new anti-protest law in Hong Kong sparked international controversy, and the Hong Kong police have since made their first arrests under the new legislation imposed by Beijing as crowds took to the streets to mark 23 years since the end of British rule. At the demonstrations, several were arrested

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30 Jun 2020

Hong Kong security law: Anger as China’s Xi signs legislation

China recently passed a controversial security law that gives it more powers over Hong Kong, sparking concern from the UK, the EU, and NATO. President Xi Jinping signed legislation that will not be placed in Hong Kong’s mini-constitution that criminalizing sedition and effectively hindering protests. Following the announcement of new

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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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12 Jun 2020

Lebanon protests escalate as currency dives

In Lebanon, protests have ensued for several days, escalating over time, after they were paused for three months due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Hundreds of people have taken to the streets across Lebanon as the country fights the collapse of its currency. Public unrest has skyrocketed as the Lebanese pound

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05 Jun 2020

George Floyd’s death an American tragedy with global echoes

Since George Floyd’s death, while being detained by Minneapolis police last week, the incident has sparked global outrage and protests around the world. Floyd’s face has been painted on walls in countries such as Nairobi, Kenya, and Syria, while professional soccer players write his name on their jerseys. Protests sparked

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01 Jun 2020

Tiananmen: Police ban Hong Kong vigil for victims of 1989 crackdown

For the first time in 30 years, an annual vigil marking the Tiananmen Square crackdown has been banned by authorities over coronavirus risks. However, there are fears that this may cause a permanent end to the commemorations. China has been seeking to impose new legislation making speaking out against Chinese

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27 May 2020

Riot police take zero tolerance approach to Hong Kong protests as tensions build

On Wednesday, over 300 people were arrested across Hong Kong, reflecting China’s zero-tolerance approach to protesting. The protests emerged over a controversial new national security law, and retaliating demonstrators were met with a huge police presence using pepper spray, settling, and searches. In the city’s main global business hub, the

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27 Apr 2020

Thousands demonstrate against Israeli coalition deal

Over the weekend, several thousand Israelis marched in Tel Aviv to demonstrate against the unity government deal reached last week between two opposing parties lead by current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White Party. The protesters oppose having Netanyahu remain prime minister as

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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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