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Russia issued strong support for beleaguered Belarusian President Lukashenko following weeks of opposition protests. The latest of three huge protest marches was held at the weekend with more than 100,000 people attending.
- Tens of thousands of protesters flooded into towns and cities across Belarus, signaling the depth of anger at President Lukashenko, who has shown no sign of bending despite repeated calls to resign.
SOURCE: NY TIMES
- Demonstrations against the embattled regime of Lukashenko have continued in Minsk despite ongoing repression (see also GGN September 2020).
- Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Minsk demanding an end to President Lukashenko’s rule. It’s the sixth Sunday in a row that anti-government demonstrators have taken to the streets.
- Belarusians take to streets as Lukashenko secretly takes office, in a ceremony which was not publicly announced. Large scale spontaneous protests began soon after the ceremony.
SOURCE: BELSAT EU
- More than 100,000 people took part in a peaceful march in Minsk calling for an end to President Lukashenko’s regime. Large-scale protests also took place in other cities. Is part of a wave of large-scale demonstrations since his disputed election win last month, with around 100,000 or more people taking to the streets every weekend.
- Right-wing extremists could use Protests against coronavirus lockdown measures in Germany for their own ends. “Right-wing extremists and Reichsbürger [members] succeeded in occupying a resonant space, creating powerful images and thus exploiting the heterogeneous protest events” (according to the Germany’s domestic security agency BfV).
- French police fired tear gas and arrested more than 250 people in Paris on Saturday as they tussled with “yellow vest” protesters seeking to revive an anti-government movement curbed by a coronavirus lockdown this year.
SOURCE: FRANCE 24
- Thousands of anti-government protesters had gathered to block the parliament building before lawmakers returned after a summer break. The demonstrators –who clash with the police outside parliament- accused the government of corruption and protecting powerful tycoons. People have taken to the streets in Bulgaria for the last two months
- Nearly 300 people were arrested during protests in Hong Kong on Sunday, the scheduled date for a legislative election, postponed because of the pandemic, but many in the pro-democracy camp accused the government of stalling to avoid the defeat of establishment candidates. The protests were also an expression of public anger at a draconian security law imposed by Beijing that is silencing dissent.
SOURCE: NY TIMES
- Tens of thousands of people gathered in Bangkok for a major rally on Saturday, demanding the resignation of Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and reforms to the monarchy. Authorities have responded by charging student leaders with sedition, ordering Facebook to block people in Thailand from viewing content that is critical of the royal family.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
- Opposition parties of Pakistan rallied against the ruling party and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday. The parties called for Khan’s resignation and a nationwide protest movement to unseat the PM.
- Thousands of protesters defying a government coronavirus lockdown to take part in a religious festival clashed with riot police in Nepal, leaving several people injured.
SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST
- Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Israel late Saturday, demanding the departure of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has been indicted for corruption.
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
- Thousands of Israeli protesters gathered Sunday in Jerusalem to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Netanyahu, the first of such demonstrations since the start of a new nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES
- Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s allies have threatened to impose emergency regulations to prevent anti-Netanyahu protests, after failing to pass restrictions on coronavirus law.
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
- Parliamentary committee approved Protest Bill which critics said was really intended to block anti-Netanyahu protests during Coronavirus Lockdown.
SOURCE: THE WIRE
- Libyans carrying green flags and pictures of Gaddafi and his sons gathered last in a number of cities and villages in the northwestern and southern part of the country to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the “Al-Fateh Revolution” the event that brought the late leader Muammar Gaddafi to power in 1969.
SOURCE: ALMASDAR NEWS
- After days of protests against corruption and poor living conditions, the interin government in eastern Libya announced its resignation. Libya is a country that has seen rival governments in the east and west since long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown in 2011.
- Just as in Lebanon and Iraq, civil war-torn Libya is also experiencing a wave of protests against corruption and undignified living conditions. For weeks now, predominantly young people have been joining street protests in various towns and cities across the country. Demonstrators are not only contending with domestic opponents. Libya also finds itself increasingly under the influence of foreign players.
SOURCE: QANTARA DE
- Egyptian security services have intensified their preparations for protests planned for 20 September, the first anniversary of the rare protests that hit Egypt in September 2019 following a call by the whistleblower and former Egyptian army contractor Mohamed Ali, who accused top figures in the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of corruption.
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST EYE
- Demonstrations in Egypt have continued for the third day in a row calling on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to stand down.
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONTIOR
- Egypt is bracing for another day of protests as anger over corruption and deteriorating living conditions mounts. Calls for demonstrations have multiplied in recent days, with activists urging participation in what they have dubbed the “Friday of Anger” rallies. The latest wave of protests came after Ali, who lives in self-imposed exile, last week called on people to take to the streets to commemorate a similar movement for change a year ago.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA
- People in major Cameroonian cities took to the streets demanding the resignation of President Paul Biya, who has been in power since 1982.
SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY
- A wave of demonstrations has erupted across Venezuela as angry citizens flout lockdown restrictions to demand an end to worsening shortages of everything from electricity and water to fuel and household supplies. Since Sunday, more than 100 protests have broken out in at least 17 of the country’s 23 states, sometimes resulting in skirmishes with riot police.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
- Anti-government protests take place in cities across Argentina for a second consecutive Saturday, as demonstrators express anger at coronavirus lockdown, currency controls, controversial transfer of judges and judicial reform bill.
SOURCE: BUENOS AIRES TIMES
- The past four weeks have seen a flare-up in anti-mask and corona-denier protests in European cities. There is a risk these will grow as EU states re-impose hygiene measures due to a second wave of infections. Calls to action are circulating on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. Russia and China helped pave the way with disinformation campaigns.