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- Since March, more than 30 major Anti-Lockdown Protests in 26 countries have targeted coronavirus restrictions. Such demonstrations have emerged in every region of the globe, not only in wealthy countries like Australia, Germany and the United States, but also in poorer ones like Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria. Moreover, anti-lockdown uprisings are occurring in states with very different governance systems—consolidated autocracies and liberal democracies alike.
SOURCE: WORLD POLITICS REVIEW
- Violent protests erupted in more than 15 cities across Italy after the government announced new measures to rein in a second wave of COVID-19 infections. This time, reactions were far from measured and it appeared not everyone in the country was ready to adhere to the government’s guidelines and rules. Far-right groups and organized crime also appear to be behind the recent clashes.
SOURCE: VOA NEWS
- Several thousand Catalan separatists are protesting the visit of Spanish King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to Barcelona amid continued tensions between the restive region and national authorities.
SOURCE: THE INDEPENDENT
- More than 100,000 people marched in Belarus capital for the ninth straight Sunday to protest against the country s authoritarian leader who won his sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged. The demonstrators demanded the resignation of President Lukashenko and freedom for political prisoners. Police used water cannons in an attempt to disperse the crowds.
SOURCE: THE INDEPENDENT
- Another antigovernment protest in Belarus. Around 100,000 people took part in a march of Honour in Minsk and in other Belarusian cities. About 40 Belarusian journalists were detained when they were covering the marches. Over 620 persons were detained throughout Belarus a day before.
SOURCE: BELSAT EU
- At least 100,000 people marched through the centre of Minsk to give what they called a “people’s ultimatum” to president Lukashenko: step down, or face a nationwide strike. Belarusian riot police launched another violent crackdown, throwing stun grenades into crowds and making arrests. It was the 11th consecutive Sunday of protest in the country.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
- Belarus’ state security committee KGB accused some participants in protest demonstrations of extremism and warned that their actions might be interpreted as acts of terrorism.
- Sofia, along with major cities across the country, sees daily rallies demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev. The protests are bound to continue.
SOURCE: ERSTESTIFUNG ORG
- A large crowd gathered to protest against the results of a parliamentary election. Some protesters clashed with the police during the demonstration.
SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES
- Pro-Russian leader Sooronbay Jeenbekov has extended a state of emergency in the capital Bishkek amid violent protests broke out after the October 4 parliamentary election, which handed victory to two establishment parties. Jeenbekov ordered troops deployed in Bishkek last week and had his fiercest foes detained.
SOURCE: TRT WORLD
- China and Russia expressed concern as protests spread across the country against the results of a parliamentary election. Kyrgyzstan has slid deeper into chaos as rival opposition factions made grabs for power, forcing the prime minister to quit and the parliamentary election to be annulled.
- Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov resigned, saying he wanted to prevent clashes between security forces and protesters who have demanded his removal, after days of unrest following a disputed election. It was not immediately clear who would take control of the country, a Russian ally which considers the former Soviet space its sphere of influence.
SOURCE: THE GLOBE AND MAIL
- In Muzaffarabad city of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), a massive protest was organised against the government’s decision to make Gilgit Baltistan a province. The sudden announcement is bound to set the tone for exacerbating tensions, that is already being played out in the east along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on India-China border.
SOURCE: BIG NEWS NETWORK
- Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Karachi as part of a campaign to oust Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, who they accuse of being installed by the military in a rigged 2018 election. Nine major opposition parties formed a joint platform last month to begin a nationwide agitation against the government.
SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA
- Protesters wanted to march against China’s imposition of a sweeping national security law on June 30 and demand the return of 12 Hong Kong people who were arrested at sea by Chinese authorities in August as they tried to reach self-ruled Taiwan. Police had banned the protest, citing coronavirus-related restrictions on group gatherings and violence at previous marches.
- Thousands of students and laborers protested against a new law they say cripples labor rights and harms the environment, with some clashing with police, when attempted to reach the heavily guarded parliament building. Smaller protests also occurred in other Indonesian cities.
SOURCE: AP NEWS
- A planned anti-government protest in Bangkok next week is set to draw some 100,000 people, or twice as many participants as a demonstration last month, according to organizers. The gathering scheduled will call on the government to resign and the monarchy to be reformed.
- Thousands of Thai anti-government protesters set off on a planned march towards Government House in Bangkok to press their demands for the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and a new constitution. Demonstration is the latest in three months of action.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA
- Bangkok saw its fourth large-scale protest in as many months. Tens of thousands began demonstrating gathering at the Democracy Monument before marching toward Government House. Protests clashed with pro-monarchy demonstrators gathered close by. Thousands of protesters were still occupying the roads, despite a newly issued state of emergency declaration by the government banning gatherings of more than four people.
SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT
- China’s top diplomat has offered support to Thailand’s embattled government and monarchy as tens of thousands of people join pro-democracy protests in Bangkok (Thailand can become a hub and a key part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, among other interests).
SOURCE: INKSTONE NEWS
- Tens of thousands of Israelis reportedly demonstrated against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in hundreds of sites across Israel on Saturday night, renewing a movement that had been halted by a sharp second wave of the coronavirus.
SOURCE: JEWISH NEWS
- Thousands of people took to the streets against the Government. Demanded changes in the ruling elite and protested against corruption, on the first anniversary of a popular uprising in Iraq.
- Whistleblower Mohamed Ali (former military contractor backed by Egyptians) is calling for a second Friday of rage in continuation of the anti-government protests that have taken place in the country for almost two weeks. So far, the protests have mainly taken place in rural areas, away from the heavy security presence in the main cities.
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
- Sudan’s main sea ports were blockaded by protesters opposed to part of a peace deal with rebels, targeting some of the ravaged economy’s main conduits for trade. Protesters plan to extend their blockade to Bashair, the port from which landlocked South Sudan’s oil is shipped to world markets.
- Sudanese protesters returned to streets. They have taken to the streets in Khartoum and across the country over dire living conditions and a deadly crackdown on demonstrators in the east earlier this month.
SOURCE: ABC NEWS
- Tens of thousands of protesters brought Lagos to a standstill, mounting the biggest demonstration in a two-week campaign against police brutality and escalating a standoff with a government that has pledged to restore order.
SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL
- Thousands South African workers and representatives of unions staged a countrywide general strike and hit the streets demanding a stronger fight against rampant corruption.
- Anti-government demonstrators rally once again in cities across the country, with large turnouts in Buenos Aires City and Córdoba. Anti-government protesters rally against a wide range of issues, including government economic policy and state policies to fight the spread of Covid-19.
SOURCE: BUENOS AIRES TIMES
- Large demonstrations in the main cities of Chile are scheduled for this weekend, in commemoration of the anniversary of the social outbreak that generated unprecedented protests in the country. They demand the end of abuses and inequity, among others.
SOURCE: PRENSA LATINA
- Tens of thousands of Chileans gathered in the central square of Santiago to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests that left over 30 dead and thousands injured, with peaceful rallies devolving by nightfall into riots and looting. The protest turns violent as churches set on fire and police fired tear gas.
SOURCE: THE INDEPENDENT
- Thousands of indigenous, social movements and peasants will gather in Bogota against the government of Colombian president, Ivan Duque, for compliance with various demands regarding the increasing violence reigning in the country, the violations of the Peace Agreement and the territorial disputes.
SOURCE: PRENSA LATINA