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- LEBANON: Lebanese protesters returned to streets in Beirut after the biggest blast occurred last Tuesday. They showed anger over the government and the political elite, who have presided over a nation that was facing economic collapse even before the deadly blast. The move came after the president of France Macron’s visit to Beirut. Over 57,000 Lebanese signed already an online petition to “place Lebanon under a French mandate”.
SOURCE: DAILY SABAH
- LEBANON: More lebanese protesters take part in protests demanding the resignation of the government led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab and early parliamentary election. More clashes renewed between the security forces and protesters. Turkey and Iran, two of the most powerful countries in the Middle East that will seek to influence Lebanon in the wake of the explosion, are concerned about protests upsetting their plans.
- LEBANON: Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and number of ministers had already stepped down after mass protests against the government erupted in the country, after deadly Beirut port blast. Protests continue despite government’s resignation.
- LEBANON: Lebanon’s parliament gave the green light to impose a two-week state of emergency amid ongoing street protests. Human rights groups have warned that the state of emergency law will give the Lebanese military extensive powers to quell protests.
- ISRAEL: A series of weekly demonstrations have taken place across Israel, with thousands of people demanding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resign over corruption charges and inaction during the coronavirus crisis.
- ISRAEL: An estimated 10,000 Israelis turned out in Jerusalem late on Saturday, while many more protested outside Netanyahu’s private villa north of Tel Aviv and on bridges over highways across the country. The demonstrators are demanding that Netanyahu step down until he has proved his innocence in a corruption trial that began in May.
- ISRAEL: Thousands of Israelis protested in Jerusalem against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while smaller protests took place across the country. The protesters want the embattled Netanyahu to give up his post while he is on trial for corruption charges.
- PALESTINE: Palestinians protesters in the Gaza Strip rallied against the United States-brokered deal to normalise ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. They also voiced support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his rejection of President Trump’s Middle East plan, which the Palestinians say unfairly favours Israel.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA
- CANADA: A series of protests have taken place in Canada since late June when the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress in Toronto staged a protest near the Chinese Consulate in solidarity with India and against China’s actions in Ladakh. Disparate groups have also joined in these marches and demonstrations, including Taiwanese and Vietnamese-origin Canadians, even Bangladeshi minorities.
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
- UNITED STATES: Demonstrations continue in United States against police brutality and racism since the police killing of African-American George Floyd. Meanwhile, Portland continued to be the epicenter of Black Lives Matter protests, and the stage of the convergence of pro-Trump supporters with anti-racism demonstrators, that marks a volatile escalation.
- GERMANY: Thousands of largely mask-less demonstrators marched through central Berlin in a coronavirus restrictions protest. Those present included a hodgepodge of science skeptics, libertarians, Germany’s far-right and constitutional loyalists. The demonstration was organized by Querdenken 771, a group emerged from weekly anti-lockdown demonstrations earlier in the pandemic. Demonstrations against coronavirus measures have taken place from London to Michigan, but the gathering in Berlin was one of the largest yet (around 15,000 people)
SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST
- GERMANY: Authorities in Berlin banned several protests planned for the weekend against coronavirus pandemic measures (the protests have drawn support from the German far right).
SOURCE: THE HINDUSTAN TIMES
- GERMANY: An estimated 38,000 people gathered in the German capital on Saturday to protest against the country’s coronavirus policies. Many of those involved sported clothing and flags associated with the far-right Reichsbürger movement, which denies the legitimacy of the modern German state.
- UNITED KINDOM: Thousands of protesters from across the UK gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday to protest against coronavirus restrictions and reject mass vaccinations. The demonstration mirrored an event in Berlin on Saturday, which drew 18,000 coronavirus skeptics (see also GGN Anti-government protests August 2020).
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
- BULGARIA: The Bulgarian prime minister’s offer to resign in an attempt to calm month-long protests appeared to have fallen on deaf ears. A few hours later, protesters gathered for their daily rally; many said they remain unconvinced.
- BULGARIA: As anti-government protests in Bulgaria stretch into their second month, demonstrators are blocking major roads in the capital Sofia and in other locations throughout the country. A group of protesters also went on a hunger strike and now they are planning to relay each other.
- BELARUS: Mass protests broke out in major cities across Belarus as authorities said long-time President Alexander Lukashenko was on course to secure a sixth consecutive term following an election that the opposition said was rigged. At least one person was killed and dozens were injured in clashes between police and protesters. Lukashenko said that protests had been orchestrated by Poland, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.
- BELARUS: Violent clashes between the police and protesters continued across Belarus after President Lukashenko declared victory in a vote widely dismissed as fraudulent (see also yesterday GNN newsletter). Among a handful of countries that endorsed the election results unequivocally were China and Russia (despite Russia’s relations with Mr. Lukashenko have soured dramatically in recent weeks).
- BELARUS: Anti-government protests in Belarus showed no signs of fading Friday, five days after President Lukashenko claimed victory in what the country’s opposition, the European Union and the United States have called an unfair election.
SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST
- BELARUS: Alexander Lukashenko, the leader of Belarus, said he would be ready to hold new elections and hand over power, an attempt to pacify mass protests and strikes that pose the biggest challenge yet to his rule. Russia is watching closely as Belarus hosts pipelines that carry Russian energy exports to the West and viewed by Moscow as a buffer zone against NATO. U.S. and the EU want Russia not to meddle, after Moscow told Lukashenko it was ready to provide military help against an external threat.
- BELARUS: More than 100,000 protesters have again rallied to demand the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko (see also GGN Anti-government protests August 2020).
- BELARUS: Security forces detained 300 protesters and journalists while taking part in demonstrations in central Minsk. The arrests came hours after Russian President Putin said he had formed a reserve group of law enforcement officers ready to be deployed in Belarus if “the situation gets out of control”. Belarusians have taken to the streets every day since the Aug. 9 vote in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory.
SOURCE: THE MOSCOW TIMES
- RUSSIA: The Khabarovsk protests (see Global Anti-Government Protests Newsletter July 2020) have sparked recent small rallies in support of Khabarovsk in some other cities, including Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Underlying the protests are declining real wages, stagnant living standards and poor services.
SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST
- RUSSIA: Several thousands took to the streets of Khabarovsk on Saturday, in Russia’s extreme far-east, in yet another large-scale demonstration against the arrest of regional governor Sergei Furgal. This is the fifth-consecutive weekend of demonstrations following the arrest.
- HONG KONG: Hong Kongers rushed to buy pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily in a show of support for its owner, who was arrested as police rounded up critics of China. A crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong has gathered pace since China imposed a sweeping security law in June.
SOURCE: FRANCE 24
- THAILAND: Thousands of people from all walks of Thai society came out in force to an anti-government protest, the largest ever show of dissent targeting premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s administration after weeks of rallies.
SOURCE: FRANCE 24
- THAILAND: Student-led protests gained momentum in Thailand on Sunday, as thousands gathered in Bangkok in the biggest anti-government political rally in years to demand the prime minister’s resignation and changes to the constitution. The protests have been going on almost daily for the past month.
SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST
- SOUTH KOREA: Tens of thousands of conservatives converged upon central Seoul to protest against the left-wing Moon Jae-in administration. Right-wingers claim that the Moon administration is suppressing anti-North Korean activists, manipulated April parliamentary elections and is a front for the North Korean regime.
SOURCE: ASIA TIMES
- LIBYA: Supporters of the Gaddafi family have once again gathered in Sirte, the birthplace of the former president, Muammar, to show their support for them amid ongoing turmoil between the two largest political blocs in Libya.
SOURCE: ALMASDAR NEWS
- MALI: Thousands of anti-government protesters returned to the streets, resuming their months-long push to topple president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who they accuse of presiding over corruption and impunity. Tensions snowballed into crisis last month when 11 people died during unrest following an anti-Keita protest, in the worst political strife the country has seen in years.
SOURCE: AFRICA NEWS
- SUDAN: Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Khartoum, unsatisfied with the current government, and are demanding quickened political reform.
SOURCE: AFRICA NEWS
- MAURITIUS: Tens of thousands of Mauritians have marched in the capital city to protest against the government’s handling of a giant oil spill off its pristine Indian Ocean coast. The protest was the biggest demonstration Mauritius has seen in 40 years.
- ARGENTINE: Thousands of demonstrators across Argentina’s main cities protest against a government announcement to extend containment measures in the Buenos Aires region and to condemn a controversial reform of the judicial branch. This was the third and largest demonstration against the eight month Fernandez administration.
- BOLIVIA: Nearly 150,000 miners, labor unionists, coca leaf farmers and Indigenous activists took the streets after the national electoral council delayed the presidential election for a second time during the country’s spreading coronavirus outbreak. The decision triggered a wave of rage among leftist groups, who interpreted it as an attempt by the right-wing Áñez to extend her highly contentious interim presidency.
SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST