#AceNewsReport – Sept.24: Around 30 activists, from the Insulate Britain pressure group descended on roads around the main ferry port early this morning: Police are at the scene say 39 people have now been arrested with two protest sites now cleared, disruption remains at a third location on Jubilee Way at the Port of Dover.
#AceDailyNews says that according to GB News: Insulate Britain mounted a blockade of Dover Port: Around 30 activists, from the pressure group descended on roads around the main ferry port early this morning causing chaos ….with police arresting around 39 in total from two sites ….
Mark White Home and Security Editor: Published friday 24 September 2021 – 09:33 Last updated friday 24 September 2021 – 11:04
BREAKING: Insulate Britain mount blockade of Dover Port
Earlier this week, National Highways was granted an injunction at the High Court to ban protesters from blocking the main orbital motorway.
It followed five separate days of action which blocked multiple junctions around the M25 and snarled up traffic for many hours, infuriating motorists.
Reacting to the news of this morning’s blockade of Dover, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told GB News: “I’m aware of the protests this morning and am in touch with authorities there.
“Obviously the first priority is to stop this.”
He added: “It’s completely counter productive, they are being incredibly irresponsible. This cannot continue.”
The High Court injunction only bans activists from taking action around the M25.
Authorities had feared the group, which vowed to continue its protests despite the ban, would simply move on to disrupt other routes.
MET Officers make further arrests over M25 protests …..
Metropolitan Police officers have made two further arrests in relation to the ongoing investigation into the actions taken to block the M25 by protest group Insulate Britain.
A 36-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Streatham on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance on Wednesday, 22 September.
A 51-year-old woman was arrested at her home address in Warrington on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance on Thursday, 23 September.
This follows three arrests made last week for the same offence. A 55-year-old man, 45-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man were arrested for conspiracy to cause public nuisance on Monday, 13 September.
In total, Met officers have made 28 arrests for those obstructing the public highway.
Those arrested have been released under investigation whilst the crime team fully investigate all lines of enquiry and pursue all possible offences committed given the amount of material they have seized.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: Mr Bolsonaro has always been fond of giving impassioned speeches in which he not only lambasts his critics and calls them names but also portrays himself as the victim of concerted attacks by his rivals. …
#AceDailyNews says that Brazil’s Bolsonaro strikes defiant note saying ‘Only God will remove me from power according to Anadolu News Agency as a huge crowd filled Paulista Avenue in São Paulo:
He told tens of thousands of his supporters who had gathered in the city of São Paulo that only God would remove him from power: He also launched fresh attacks on Congress and the Supreme Court, institutions he says are persecuting him and his political allies: The court recently approved several investigations into Mr Bolsonaro.
What’s behind his remarks?
Anadolu Agency: Supporters of the president have embraced his disdain for the Supreme Court and its justices
But mounting pressure from several investigations and calls for his impeachment have led to the president’s rhetoric becoming ever more belligerent.
The rallies he convened for independence day were seen as an attempt to demonstrate he can still draw huge crowds of supporters after recent polls had him trailing his left-wing rival Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva by nine percentage points.
SOPA ImagesOpponents of the president also turned out on independence day
While elections are not due to be held until October 2022, Mr Bolsonaro’s approval ratings have also dropped to an all-time low.
A poll by the Atlas Institute suggested that 61% of Brazilians described his government’s performance as bad or very bad, up from 23% when he first took office in January 2019.
While an attempt to impeach the president over his handling of the Covid crisis was blocked by the speaker of the lower house of Congress, Mr Bolsonaro is portraying himself as under attack from Congress and the Supreme Court.
Last week, he told evangelical leaders – who are among his staunchest backers – that “I have three alternatives for my future: being arrested, killed or victory”.
And he again took up that theme in his speech on independence day, saying that “only God will oust me”.
Casting doubts on election
He also used his speech to again cast doubts on Brazil’s electronic voting system, telling his supporters he would not take part in an election “farce” in 2022.
Anadolu AgencyBolsonaro supporters back his calls for a change to the electronic voting system
Mr Bolsonaro has long tried to change the exclusively electronic system, which he alleges is open to fraud, to one which provides paper receipts for each vote cast.
The electoral tribunal has not only dismissed his attacks as “disinformation” but has also opened an investigation into the president’s allegations that the system is fraudulent.
His critics say he is using the same tactics as former US President Donald Trump to allege widespread fraud in case he loses next year’s presidential election.
Sea of green and yellow
An estimated 140,000 people, many of them waving the Brazilian flag, answered Mr Bolsonaro’s call to rally in São Paulo, where they filled Paulista Avenue.
The president had earlier attended another rally in the capital, Brasilia, where tens of thousands gathered to express their support for the president.
There was a large police presence in Brasilia where threats made by some of the president’s supporters to storm the Supreme Court.
But while some Bolsonaro supporters broke though a police cordon in the early hours of Tuesday, they did not manage to surround the Supreme Court building.
Mr Bolsonaro did again lash out at the Supreme Court justices, telling the crowd that “I’m very happy to see that all of Brazil got together for a new independence against the communist dictatorship of the judicial authorities”.
He has frequently clashed with Supreme Court justices during his tenure and tried to have one of them impeached after the judge launched two investigations against him.
Many of his supporters called for the closure of the Supreme Court and Congress, accusing them of abusing their powers and persecuting Mr Bolsonaro.
Many left-wing and trade union groups which had originally called on their supporters to hold counter-on Tuesday, moved their events to Sunday to avoid clashes with Mr Bolsonaro’s supporters.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Tuesday to denounce Taliban rule and demand women’s rights: Protesters also chanted anti-Pakistan slogans, as many believe neighbouring Pakistan supports the Taliban, which the country denies….
❗️The #Taliban fire warning shots during a protest against Pakistan and ISI in Kabul!
This is why the Govt. of 🇵🇰 and the international community should call out India on its disinformation campaign and propaganda against Pakistan! This is a deliberate effort to disrupt peace! pic.twitter.com/9tl4q9ljIc
Video footage from the scene shows people running to safety, while heavy gunfire can be heard in the background.
A video sent to the BBC shows Taliban fighters firing their guns into the air – a move the group banned last week after several people were reported killed after celebratory aerial fire.
Guards at a nearby bank opened its basement car park to dozens of women who sheltered from the gunfire for about 20 minutes, one of the protesters told the BBC.
Some journalists, including the BBC’s team, were prevented from filming at the rally. Afghanistan’s Tolo news agency reported that its cameraman was arrested and detained by the Taliban for nearly three hours.
A former government official, who asked to remain anonymous, told the BBC that Taliban members were taking close-up photos of leading protesters, possibly to help identify them later.
The protesters were heard chanting “long live the resistance” and “death to Pakistan” as they marched.
“The Islamic government is shooting at our poor people,” one woman at the protest told Reuters news agency.
Another protester, Sarah Fahim, told AFP news agency: “Afghan women want their country to be free. They want their country to be rebuilt. We are tired… We want that all our people have normal lives. How long shall we live in this situation?”
The demonstrations come one day after Ahmad Massoud, the leader of anti-Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, called for a “national uprising” by civilians against the militants.
Many protesters showed support for the resistance forces, who say they are still fighting off the Taliban in Panjshir.
Anger directed at Taliban and PakistanBy Secunder Kermani, BBC Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent in KabulThe mood amongst the protesters was one of real anger, directed predominantly at Pakistan but also against the Taliban. Large numbers of young women were among the crowd. One, chanting “death to Pakistan”, alleged the country’s air force had bombed Panjshir, the province where resistance forces have been holding out against the Taliban. Pakistan has dismissed those claims, but is widely seen has having long supported the Taliban’s insurgency. Many in Afghanistan have long deeply resented what they see as Pakistani interference – a feeling exacerbated recently by the visit to Kabul of the head of Pakistan’s intelligence services, the ISI.Taliban members in police vehicles initially drove alongside the protesters, not preventing them from demonstrating. However, they later fired volleys of bullets into the air to disperse the crowd, and stopped us and other journalists from filming further. These protests are the biggest challenge to the Taliban’s authority we have seen so far in Kabul, and include bold and direct criticism of the group. One young woman said, “We demand freedom of speech, democracy… I’m not afraid of death.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.02: Mohamed Fahmi, we will not leave you alone. Lift the immunity,” cries a spokesman for the victims’ families…..
#AceDailyNews says ……With their palms covered in red paint, women dressed in black hold framed photos of their loved ones aloft……….Empty white coffins that symbolise those killed in the Beirut blast are carried through the crowd………….Protesters pelt the interior minister’s home with tomatoes and try to scale the building’s walls.
31/07/2021 – 12:23
Hundreds of protesters scuffled with riot police outside the home of Lebanon’s caretaker interior minister on July 13 amid growing anger over the stalled investigation into the Beirut blast.
Fahmi “is killing us a second time”, Mariana Fodoulian, whose sister Gaia was killed in the blast on August 4, 2020, told FRANCE 24 by phone.
Mariana dashed to her younger sister’s side after a frantic phone call from her mother, rushing the unconscious Gaia to hospital after hospital for help and manually pumping her oxygen in the back of an ambulance that had no paramedic. But Gaia died of a brain haemorrhage at the fifth hospital she was taken to.
A year after the explosion, in which 218 people were killed and a further 7,000 injured, none of the victims’ families in Lebanon have been asked to give witness statements. Nor have they received any form of official apology or even been contacted by Lebanese authorities.
Fodoulian is incensed that top Lebanese officials, who repeatedly ignored warnings about the dangers of the explosives stored in the port, have yet to be held accountable.
“They have to pay for what they did,” said Fodoulian, who has given up her job as a veterinarian to better focus on fighting for justice for her sister. As president of the Beirut Port Explosion Victims’ Families Association, she helps organise protests and mobilises people on social media as part of the families’ campaign for justice.
First they want answers to their “many questions”. They want to know why the ammonium nitrate was in the port, who ordered it and what’s happened to the rest of it (just 750 tonnes out of the 2,750 stored there reportedly exploded). They want to know what other explosives are being kept in the port, and how the fire that triggered the explosion was started.
“Knowing the truth will not bring my sister back,” said Fodoulian, “But when they (Lebanon’s ruling elite) pay for what they did, maybe we can have a change here in Lebanon and we can live in a normal country.”
‘Obstruction, evasion and delay’
Lebanese authorities initially promised a swift investigation into the blast, vowing to deliver “results within five days”. President Michel Aoun rubbished calls for an independent, international investigation as a “waste of time”.
Authorities assigned just one investigative judge to the case while “the political class have just set up roadblock after roadblock”, said Aya Majzoub, the Lebanon researcher for Human Rights Watch.
When the first judge assigned to the case, Fadi Sawan, tried last December to charge the then caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab and three senior cabinet ministers with “negligence and causing death to hundreds”, he was dismissed.
His successor, Judge Tarek Bitar, appointed in February, took a different approach, requesting that MPs immunity be lifted, and asking permission to investigate top security officials such as Abbas Ibrahim, one of Lebanon’s most senior generals, over his role in the blast.
But judges in Lebanon are assigned by politicians, meaning the decision to lift immunity lies in the hands of those implicated.
Interior Minister Fahmi initially said he would lift immunity on Ibrahim, allowing Bitar to prosecute him, only to later change his mind and reject Bitar’s request – a move that sparked widespread anger among the victims’ families.
“They are all covering for each other,” said Fodoulian.
Just some 25 mid- to low-level officials, who worked at the port in administrative and security jobs, are languishing in Lebanese jails while the top officials named by Bitar have yet to be indicted.
‘Living near a bomb for seven years’
Government officials ignored repeated warnings, documents show, of the “extreme danger” posed by the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been improperly stored in the port since 2014.
“They kept us living near a bomb for seven years,” said Mireille El Khoury, whose mischievous 15-year-old son Elias was killed in his own bedroom by the force of the blast.
“He had many dreams. His dreams were as big as the world and he had lots of potential. If he was born in some other country than Lebanon – he would have done wonders,” she said, speaking in English, her voice breaking as she remembered her son.
El Khoury, whose home sits just 300 metres away from the port, was furious that the authorities did nothing to warn people in the area when the fire at the port first broke out, blazing for at least 13 minutes, before igniting the ammonium nitrate.
“They could have called the firefighters to evacuate the area,” said El Khoury, who herself was badly injured in the explosion. “If they had only sent an SMS or told people to open windows.”
“The minimum we can say is that they are inhuman,” she said of Lebanon’s ruling elite, pointing out that none of those implicated lost any family members on August 4, and that none of them had homes near the port, even though the area is prime Beirut real estate.
El Khoury now has little faith that the domestic investigation can deliver.
“We’ve given enough chances to the Lebanese system – it’s obvious that it’s not working. It cannot. There are conflicts of interest. There are big gaps in our justice system … We need an international interference. This is a crime against human rights,” she said.
Majzoub of Human Rights Watch agreed.
“We have no faith that the Lebanese judiciary will credibly, impartially and independently investigate the Beirut blast in a transparent way, and in a way that is quick enough for the families of the victims,” she said.
“We’ve let the Lebanese investigation play out,” Majzoub added. “There doesn’t seem to be a clear path forward.”
Sanctions and resolutions
Sarah Copland was giving her two-year-old son Isaac supper in his high-chair when the explosion hit, making him a “sitting target” for a shard of glass that pierced his tiny chest.
She is among the families calling for a Human Rights Council resolution to establish an international fact-finding mission that could run parallel to the Lebanese investigation.
She would also like to see targeted individual sanctions on those responsible. “A lot of these people thrive on money and power – hitting them where it hurts would be a form of individual accountability.”
“He was just such a special little boy – he was destined for great things and to think he’s missed out on that just kills me every day.”
Copland, who spoke to FRANCE 24 from her home in Australia, also expressed concern that the international community has been so consumed with Covid-19 they have forgotten about the atrocity in Beirut.
“They blew up a city,” she said with quiet indignation. “They blew up a city. The international community just can’t let that happen and move on like it was nothing.”
Human Rights Watch’s Majzoub sees glimmers of hope for a Human Rights Council resolution, warning however that it will be “an uphill battle” to find a country who will lead on a resolution, rather than just support one.
“There’s a very strong precedence for this moving ahead. If there is an international investigation, it will be very hard for Lebanon to deny access,” she said. “But fundamentally, the investigation can move ahead without the consent of Lebanon.”
“There already is a lot of evidence out there,” Majzoub continued. “Already people have made statements blaming each other. Everybody wants to make sure they’ve given their side of the story. Imagine what it’s like for a UN Body – everybody suddenly wants to speak.”
For those who lost their children, siblings, parents and other family members in the explosion that struck the heart of Beirut, there can be no real justice.
“Nothing I think of ever feels like enough,” said Copland softly. But she’d like to see more support for victims in Lebanon and for the country’s “systemic corruption” to be reformed, so that the people of Beirut can be “safe in the knowledge this will never happen again”.
For others, the search for some kind of justice is the one thing that sustains them.
“We have lost our hope and life, we are living just for this case,” said El Khoury. “We will follow it til the last day of our lives.”
#AceNewsReport – July.25: The men got between three-and-a-half and seven years of jail time: The attack in Yuen Long, which was captured by victims and bystanders on mobile phones, left the city in shock.
#AceDailyNewsreports on the Yuen Long Attack 2019: Hong Kong court jails seven men after violent attack on pro-democracy protestors and the men got between three-and-a-half and seven years of jail time: The attack in Yuen Long, which was captured by victims and bystanders on mobile phones, left the city in shock:
#AceHealthReport – July.19: Over 100,000 people protested across France on Saturday against the government’s latest measures to push people to get vaccinated and curb rising infections by the delta variant of the #coronavirus…
#CoronavirusNewsDesk says PARIS: Thousands of people marched around France to protest mandatory vaccinations for health care workers and #COVID19 passes that will be required to enter restaurants and other venues acording to AP
ABC News By CONSTANTIN GOUVY Associated Press: 17 July 2021, 21:47
CDC director: COVID-19 spreading among unvaccinated
In Paris, separate protest marches by the far-right and the far-left wound through different parts of the city. Demonstrations were also held in Strasbourg in the east, Lille in the north, Montpellier in the south and elsewhere.
Thousands of people answered calls to take to the streets by Florian Philippot, a fringe far-right politician and former right hand of Marine Le Pen who announced earlier this month that he would run in the 2022 presidential election. Gathered a stone’s throw away from the Louvre Museum, protesters chanted “Macron, clear off!”, “Freedom,” and banged metal spoons on saucepans.
While Philippot has organized small but regular protests against the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, Saturday’s demonstration drew a larger and more diverse crowd of people broadly disaffected with politics: yellow vest activists angry over perceived economic injustice, far-right supporters, medical staff and royalists.
They denounced the government’s decision on Monday to make vaccinescompulsory for all health care workers, and to require a “health pass” proving people are fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative or recovered from the virus in order to access restaurants and other public venues. President Emmanuel Macron’s government is presenting a draft law Monday to enshrine the measures.
“I will never get vaccinated,” Bruno Auquier, a 53-year-old town councilor who lives on the outskirts of Paris. “People need to wake up,” he said, questioning the safety of the vaccine.
While France already requires several vaccinations to enter public school, Auquier pledged to take his two children out of school if the coronavirus vaccine became mandatory. “These new measures are the last straw,” Auquier said.
The government warned of the continued spread of the delta variant, which authorities fear could again put pressure on hospitals if not enough people are vaccinated against the virus. The pandemic has cost France more than 111,000 lives and deeply damaged the economy.
During a visit to a pop-up vaccination center in the southwest, Prime Minister Jean Castex exhorted the French to stick together in order to overcome the crisis.
“There is only one solution: vaccination,” he said, stressing it “protects us, and will make us freer.”
At the Paris protest, a manual worker in his sixties expressed bitterness about jobs in his sector sent offshore. A 24-year-old royalist said he was there to demand “the return of God and the King.”
Lucien, a 28-year-old retail shop manager, said he wasn’t anti-vaccine, but thought that everyone should be able to do as they please with their own body. “The government is going too far,” he said. His 26-year-old friend Elise said, “I am vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. But the COVID vaccine is just too experimental.”
While a majority of French health care workers have had at least one vaccine dose, some are resisting the government’s decision to make vaccination compulsory for all staff in medical facilities.
At Saturday’s Paris protest, a 39-year-old green party supporter and hospital laboratory worker said she might resort to buying a fake vaccination certificate to avoid losing her job. A health care worker dressed as the Statue of Liberty called it “act of violence” to force people to get vaccinated.
In Montpellier, more than 1,000 people marched to the train station, chanting “Liberty!” and carrying signs reading “Our kids aren’t Guinea pigs.” Security officials closed the main entrance to travelers and a dozen police officers took posts in front.
The Interior Ministry said 114,000 people took part in protests nationwide.
Overnight on Friday, vandals ransacked a vaccination center in the southeast. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin asked prefects and police chiefs to reinforce security for elected officials, after several complained they had received threats in recent days over the latest anti-COVID measures.
Vaccine hesitancy is considered widespread in France, though appears to have faded somewhat as 36 million French people have gotten coronavirus vaccine doses in recent months. Millions more have gotten injected or signed up for vaccinations since Monday’s announcement.
French health care workers have until Sept. 15 to get vaccinated. The requirement for COVID passes for all restaurants, bars, hospitals, shopping malls, trains, planes and other venues is being introduced in stages starting Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the French government announced tightened border controls starting Sunday, but also said it would allow in travelers from anywhere in the world who have been fully vaccinated.
That now includes people who received AstraZeneca’s Indian-manufactured vaccine. The move came after a global outcry over the fact that the European Union’s COVID-19 certificate only recognizes AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Europe.
Elaine Ganley in Montpellier and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.
#AceNewsReport – June.28: Anti-lockdown and climate change demonstrations took place on Saturday in Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark alongside some smaller protests: Arrests were made on suspicion of breach of the peace, assault on police, and in connection to a previous assault, the Met Police said.
#AceDailyNews reports that on Saturday people protested across parts of the capital over anything that took their fancy be it climate change, lockdown or whatever they do not agree with or does not allow them to get their own way, as MET officers who should be fighting crime on the streets make a small number of arrests on suspicion of ‘breaching the peace’
Three protesters were arrested during a day of demonstrations across London, the Met Police said.
One protester, who did not wish to be named, said: “They have little messages on them. Most of them are not very nice.”
PA MediaSome protesters let off flares outside Downing Street during an anti-lockdown demonstration
At the scene: Frankie McCamley, BBC News correspondent Getty Images Gatherings and marches are taking place in Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark on both Saturday and SundayWhether it was austerity or Palestine, lockdown or the NHS, campaigners of all ages and backgrounds wanted to make their voices heard today. The pandemic put a stop to protests, but today campaigners came out in force.It didn’t matter your cause, all groups mixed and chanted alongside each other. Thousands came to Regent Street bringing placards, flags and familiar chants. Police closed off the roads allowing marches to pass through the capital, but some vehicles were stopped in their tracks. Officers made their presence known but stood back allowing events to take place.
Climate protesters Extinction Rebellion said one of the raids took place at the Antepavilion centre – an arts and architecture charity.Extinction Rebellion said an art installation of several bamboo structures, used in the group’s blockade of the Broxbourne printworks in September, was confiscated. The structures were on display after winning an Antepavilion award.A spokeswoman said: “As far as we are aware, those arrested have no connection to the protest last September or to Extinction Rebellion.”Four more members were arrested at the Extinction Rebellion arts factory, the campaign group added.Getty ImagesAnti-vaccine and anti-lockdown protesters are marching through central LondonExtinction Rebellion held a Kill the Bill protest alongside the anti-lockdown march.
The demonstration was prompted by the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which proposes to give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those that are deemed too noisy or a nuisance.
MET: Demonstrations conclude with three arrests in central London today
Gold Commander of the operation, Chief Superintendent Karen Findlay said: “There were a number of demonstrations throughout London today all of which have now come to a conclusion.
“Officers have been proactive throughout the week in the lead in to today’s events to engage, and this has continued throughout the course of today with both protest organisers, demonstrators and local communities to minimise disruption to Londoners.
“The significant majority of those protesting today engaged in a positive manner with our officers.
“We did experience small pockets of antisocial behaviour in Whitehall which involved missiles being thrown at officers, but these were dealt with quickly and effectively.
“Three arrests were made in total for breach of the peace, assault on police and an individual being wanted for a previous assault.
“Three officers received minor injuries through the course of the day but all remain fit and well. I am grateful to the command team, all our officers and those who attended to protest in central London for achieving a positive outcome”
#AceNewsReport – May.08: The organizations of the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances have transferred data on 379 persons who have gone missing since the beginning of the April 28 demonstrations to the present day to the [International Commission on] Missing Persons and the Colombian Ombudsman’s Office,” the human rights group wrote on Twitter late on Thursday:
COLUMBIA: Over 370 People Go Missing During 9 Days of Tax Reform Protests Rights Group Says: According to the latest data from the Ombudsman’s Office, searches for 51 people are underway, another 38 have been found. The protests resulted in 352 civilians and 38 law enforcement officers receiving injuries.
Violent Anti-Government Protests in Colombia
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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against President Ivan Duque’s government on Bolivar Square in Bogota on 5 May 2021.
Rallies in Colombia against an increase in gas prices and utility bills as part of state-proposed tax reform have been underway since 28 April. Despite President Ivan Duque withdrawing the controversial reform on Sunday, protesters have continued to rally across the country. Demonstrators are now demanding a review of the sanitary emergency and health care reform, the dissolution of the ESMAD riot police, demilitarization of cities and punishing those responsible for killing protesters.
At least 31 protesters were killed, 1,220 were injured and 87 went missing in the first week of protests against the tax reform, according to the Colombian Institute for Development and Peace Studies. The United Nations condemned the use of violence against protesters.
#AceHealthReport – Nov.22: Twelve more people succumbed to their injuries sustained in the Wednesday and Thursday protests, police spokesman Fred Enanga said: Authorities said at least 75 people were injured with bullet wounds, tear gas canisters and hit-and-run attacks. “We would like to inform the public that a total of 28 people have died following the violent political demonstrations in multiple areas since Wednesday,” Enanga said:
Uganda police say death toll in violent protests rises to 28 Bobi Wine arrest on Wednesday in the eastern district of Luuka for allegedly flouting #COVID19 guidelines sparked sporadic protests in some parts Uganda
“ The confrontations began after the arrest of Kyagulanyi due to his continued blatant disregard of the Electoral Commission guidelines, which were further escalated, after bloggers posted fake news that he had been killed,” the spokesman said: A total of 577 suspects have been arrested across the country, Enanga said, adding that bows and arrows, “piles of stocked tyres, bottles, drums of fuel, and evidence of mobile money transactions funding the rioters” were seized: “ The violent demonstrations were being coordinated by a group of 300 ring leaders who were actively coordinating the distribution of tyres to their flash points and hotspots, using motor vehicles and boda bodas (commercial motorcycles),” he said:
Kyagulanyi’s arrest on Wednesday in the eastern district of Luuka for allegedly flouting COVID-19 guidelines sparked sporadic protests in some parts of the east African country: “ We will continue to work with all partners, to enforce laws prohibiting acts of violence,” Enanga said: “ The joint task force is committed to ensuring that all Ugandan’s freely exercise their constitutional rights in a safe, peaceful and lawful manner,” he said, referring to a multi-agency organ set up to fight the COVID-19 pandemic: We would like to warn those that are already drawn into the violent protests and those that are intending to join to reject such calls and remain law-abiding,” Enanga said:
Electoral Commission in Uganda earlier this month cleared 11 presidential candidates, including incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, to run in the 2021 general elections: The electoral body urged candidates to follow the strict COVID-19 guidelines, such as keeping the size of campaign rallies to no more than 200 people, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – September 30 – Hong Kong’s leader said China won’t back down from its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub as pro-democracy protesters set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands.
The unequivocal statement from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday dashed hopes that the stand-off between demonstrators and authorities could be resolved quickly through negotiations.
It does not come as a surprise given that showing a willingness to talk would have made the Chinese leadership appear weak, which could embolden dissidents, critics and separatists on the mainland.
As the student-led protests that have snarled traffic and disrupted public transport entered a fifth day, Leung urged demonstrators to show consideration toward other residents and stop the unprecedented show of civil disobedience.
Leung, a Beijing appointee who is deeply mistrusted by Hong Kongers, also said that mainland communist leaders would not reverse their stance requiring a pro-Beijing panel screen candidates in the territory’s first direct elections, scheduled for 2017, adding he wouldn’t resign before then.
“The central government will not rescind its decision,” Leung said.