(INDIA) LATEST: Police arrested Mishra late on Saturday after questioning him for more than 10 hours, said Deputy Inspector General Upendra Agarwal, who is heading the probe. Mishra had not responded to a police summons on Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.11: The farmers, killed on Oct 3 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, were part of India’s longest-running agricultural protest, opposing laws they fear will reduce guaranteed minimum prices for their crops…..

#AceDailyNews says that according to Dawn News Ashish Mishra, son of India’s junior home minister Ajay Mishra Teni, has been arrested on accusations that he ran over and killed four protesting farmers last week, a senior police official said we are taking him into custody. He was not cooperating in the investigation,” Agarwal said: Mishra’s lawyer and father could not be reached for comment…..

Farmers say the car that crashed into the protesters, about 130 kilometres north of the state’s capital Lucknow, was owned by the son of the junior home minister.

Ajay Mishra Teni said at the time his son was not at the site and that a car driven by “our driver” had lost control and hit the farmers after “miscreants” pelted it with stones and attacked it with sticks and swords.

The incident sparked protests that claimed four more lives, including that of a local journalist.

Tens of thousands of farmers have camped for months on major highways to New Delhi to oppose the three laws. They say the legislation will erode a longstanding mechanism that gives farmers a minimum guaranteed price for their rice and wheat.

The government says the laws will help growers get better prices.

The protests have gained momentum in Uttar Pradesh ahead of a state assembly election next year, with a group of influential farmer leaders ratcheting up pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to roll back the laws.

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(PARIS, France.) #Coronavirus Report: Thousands of people have flooded the streets of French cities, protesting against the implementation of a mandatory #COVID19 health pass for the general public, as well as compulsory vaccination for certain categories of people #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.08: Mass protests kicked off in several French cities on Saturday, with thousands condemning government plans to toughen anti-coronavirus restrictions.

Demonstrators gather outside the Council d'Etat and Conseil Constitutionnel during protests against the compulsory Covid-19 vaccination for certain workers and the compulsory use of the health pass called for by the French government in Paris on August 5, 2021. © AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that thousands have protested across France on Saturday over Macron’s #COVID19 health pass & mandatory vaccination as a huge march was held in Paris, where participants were accompanied by a massive police presence, live footage from RT’s video agency Ruptly shows.

The protest has taken place without any major incident so far, with police and marchers only engaging in minor pushing along the route. At one point, law enforcement could be seen pepper-spraying protesters who tried to push against the police line.

First tensions during the demonstration against the #PassSanitaire in #Paris.  
The security forces use their gas in the face of demonstrators trying to force a cordon of the mobile gendarmerie.#GiletsJaunes #manifs7aout#manifestation7aout pic.twitter.com/yFVSCshL1x

— Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil (@ivan_8848) August 7, 2021

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Large protests have also been staged in other cities across the country. A massive column of protesters marched through the streets of the southwestern coastal city of La Rochelle to condemn the plans for a health pass.

Des milliers de personnes manifestent à #LaRochelle contre le #PassDeLaHonte (@Bleu_Rochelle#Manifestation7aout #Manifs7aoutpic.twitter.com/bNHQM4y31v

— Anonyme Citoyen (@AnonymeCitoyen) August 7, 2021

Another massive protest was held at the northern French city of Lille, with footage from the scene showing the city center flooded with a sea of disgruntled demonstrators.

Lille !!!! pic.twitter.com/QSryTFvASC

— BotOfficielDeRaoult (@linval59) August 7, 2021

Some 200,000 protesters were expected to hit the streets of French cities, according to local media reports, citing police sources. So far, French law enforcement has not released any official estimates on the scale of the ongoing protests.

The latest round of protests, which have rocked the country for the past few weeks, comes after France’s top court deemed most of the controversial legislation package to be constitutional. The legislation, approved by the court on Thursday, is expected to come into force on Monday.

The court shot down several provisions, but greenlit the most controversial ones, including the implementation of mandatory health passes for the general public, which will be required to visit most public venues. The legislation also implements mandatory coronavirus vaccination for frontline healthcare workers and some other categories of French citizens after French Constitutional Court rules health pass, mandatory vaccination of health workers constitutional amid nationwide protests

While critics of the legislation have accused the government of trampling on civil rights and even sliding towards a “dictatorship,” the authorities have insisted that the package is designed only to encourage vaccination.

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(SOUTH AFRICA) LATEST: Deploy up to 25,000 soldiers in two provinces where security forces are struggling to quell looting, arson and violence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.15: A military surge of that size would increase tenfold the number of soldiers deployed in the hotspots of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, where the police and army have been battling unrest for days.

#AceDailyNews says South Africa to deploy 25,000 soldiers to deal with looting and riots after police are over powered by protestors against President Zumas jailing and we have now submitted a request for deployment of these members,” Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said.

An aerial shot of a street corner with refuse everywhere and people looting a semi-trailer.
Protests over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma have spiralled out of control. (Reuters: Rogan Ward)

Former president Jacob Zuma was jailed last week after he failed to appear at a corruption inquiry, triggering protests that widened into mass looting and an outpouring of anger over the hardship and inequality that persist in South Africa 27 years after the end of apartheid.

More than 70 people have been killed in the unrest, the worst in South Africa for years, and hundreds of businesses have been destroyed. Food and fuel supplies are running short.

Shopping centres and warehouses have been ransacked or set ablaze in several cities.

But in signs of a public backlash, residents in some areas on Wednesday turned suspected looters in to police, blocked entrances to malls and in some cases armed themselves as vigilantes to form roadblocks or scare offenders away.

A large men of men all with faces and some with guns covered stand in a street.
Some civilians have taken up guns to block roads and stop looting.(Reuters: Kierran Allen)

In Vosloorus, southern Johannesburg, minibus taxi operators, many of whom have guns, fired bullets into the air to scare off looters.

“We can’t just allow people from nowhere to come and loot here,” Paul Magolego, Vosloorus taxi association spokesperson, said adding that taxi drivers had had no business since Monday because of the unrest.

Underscoring the inherent dangers in such vigilantism, a 15-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet in Vosloorus.

Mr Magolego said the taxi owners arrived on the scene after he was dead.

In Alexandra township in northern Johannesburg, one of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods, soldiers were moving door to door to confiscate stolen items, with the help of civilians opposed to the looting.

Citizens armed with guns, many from South Africa’s white minority, blocked off streets to prevent further plundering, in Durban, Reuters TV footage showed.

Others were forming online groups to help clean up and rebuild devastated neighbourhoods.

Police officers in ski masks detain two men on the side of the road with a ute filled with boxed whitegoods.
More than 1,200 people have been arrested so far, according to the authorities. (Reuters: Rogan Ward)

‘We have nothing’

Security forces say they have arrested more than 1,200 people. And President Cyril Ramaphosa met with political party leaders on Wednesday to discuss the unrest.

The violence appeared to have abated in some areas, but in others, there was renewed burning and looting.

Some rich Durban residents chartered small planes and helicopters to flee the city.

Man in a suit frowns.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma was jailed after refusing to appear before a corruption inquiry. (Pool via AP: Michele Spatari)

Though triggered by Mr Zuma’s imprisonment, the unrest reflects growing frustration about failures by the ruling African National Congress to address inequality decades after the end of white minority rule in 1994 ushered in democracy.

“It’s not about Zuma, it’s about poverty,” a man who gave his name as Elijah said, as soldiers confiscated stolen items from his house in Alexandra.

“I grabbed things I could take like those cold drinks and some paint. I guess the real reason is because we actually have nothing.”

Half the population lives below the poverty line, according to the latest government figures from 2015, and growing joblessness since the coronavirus pandemic began has left many desperate.

Unemployment stood at a new record high of 32.6 per cent in the first three months of 2021.

Fire engulfs a large warehouse-style building.
Malls and markets have been looted and in some cases torched.(Reuters: Sibonelo Zungu)

The unrest also disrupted hospitals struggling to cope with a third wave of COVID-19.

The National Hospital Network (NHN), representing 241 public hospitals already under strain from Africa’s worst COVID-19 epidemic, said it was running out of oxygen and drugs, most of which are imported through Durban, as well as food.

The Mayor of Ethekwini, a municipality that includes Durban, estimated that 15 billion rand ($1.38 billion) had been lost in damage to property and another billion in loss of stock.

“I appeal to the Zulu nation to withdraw from the participation in the destruction of our country,” Zulu King Misuzulu said in an address.

Many of the affected areas are predominantly Zulu, the nation to which Mr Zuma belongs.

Mr Zuma, 79, was sentenced last month for defying a court order to give evidence at an inquiry investigating high-level theft during his nine years in office until 2018.

He has pleaded not guilty in a separate case on charges including corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Reuters

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(HONG KONG) Court Report: Pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for participating in an unauthorised assembly in 2019 #AceNewsDesk

#AceNewsReport – June.01: He will serve part of his new sentence consecutively, meaning Mr Lai faces a total of 20 months in jail: The verdict comes as mainland China is increasingly cracking down on Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms:

HONG KONG: ‘Jimmy Lai jailed again for pro-democracy protests and at 73, he is currently already serving time for participating in other demonstrations that year’

File photo of Jimmy Lai
Mr Lai faces a total of 20 months in jail

Lai is among 10 prominent activists who were sentenced on Friday for participating in an unlawful assembly on 1 October 2019. 

Other activists include Figo Chan, Leung Kwok-hung, known as “Long Hair”, and Lee Cheuk-yan – who were sentenced to 18 months in jail. Leung and Lee are currently both in jail and will also serve their sentences consecutively. 

At the sentencing on Friday, Judge Amanda Woodcock said she found claims by some of the defendants that their march on 1 October would be peaceful to be “naïve and unrealistic”, according to a Reuters report.

The protests on China’s national day saw major clashes between protesters and police, with the police chief later calling it “one of Hong Kong’s most violent and chaotic days”.

The tycoon faces at least two other charges imposed under the country’s new national security law, which can carry a maximum term of life in prison: The crackdown on HK’s only public broadcaster

Lai is one of the most prominent persons to be arrested under the law, which criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. 

It makes it easier to punish protesters, and reduces Hong Kong’s autonomy.

Who is Jimmy Lai?

Lai is one of the most prominent supporters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement. Jimmy Lai: The Hong Kong billionaire becomes emotional as he faces prison

Estimated to be worth more than $1bn (£766m), he made his initial fortune in the clothing industry and later ventured into media and founded Next Digital.

Next Digital publishes Apple Daily, a well-read tabloid which is frequently critical of Hong Kong and mainland Chinese leadership.

Earlier this month, authorities froze assets belonging to Lai, including his bank accounts and his stake of 71.26% in Next Digital – estimated to be worth $45m (£31m). 

Banking giants HSBC and Citibank were also sent letters by Hong Kong’s security chief, who threatened up to seven years’ jail for any dealings with Lai’s accounts in the city. 

In his last interview with the BBC before he was sentenced to jail, he said he would not give in to intimidation.

“If they can induce fear in you, that’s the cheapest way to control you and the most effective way and they know it. The only way to defeat the way of intimidation is to face up to fear and don’t let it frighten you,” he said.

What’s the background to this?

Britain handed back Hong Kong to China in 1997, and the Basic Law was created under the handover agreement under the “one country, two systems” principle.

This is supposed to protect certain freedoms for Hong Kong: freedom of assembly and speech, an independent judiciary and some democratic rights – freedoms that no other part of mainland China has.

But fears that this model was being eroded led to huge pro-democracy protests in 2019.

Some protests turned violent and in 2020, China introduced the national security law in the territory.

Beijing said the law would target “sedition” and bring stability. Since the law has been enacted in June, around 100 people have been arrested.

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(COLUMBIA) JUST IN: Army tightened its control over Cali, the country’s third-largest city, after the latest anti-government protests left at least 13 people dead #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.30: The city’s streets were largely deserted after clashes late on Friday (local time) pitted police against armed civilians. The country is in the second month of protests against the government of President Ivan Duque:

COLUMBIA: ‘Protests Colombia against government leave at least 13 dead in Cali, marking a month of unrest over poverty and inequality in a city of 2.2 million, the smoking remains of barricades and rubble heaps testified to the chaotic night’ as Coronavirus crisis exacerbating inequality with unprecedented support from global governments, the stock market has boomed, driving up billionaire’s wealth, even while the real economy has faced the deepest recession in a century.

Posted 10h ago

A man walks holding his fist up in front of burning motorbikes and wreckage
Colombian young people are angry over inequality and further economic hardship caused by the pandemic.(Reuters: Julian Moreno)

There, as across the country, poverty and the pandemic have sparked widespread anger and resentment.

The month of protests has left at least 59 people dead, officials say, including the 13 who died in Cali. More than 2,300 civilians and uniformed personnel have been injured, according to the Defence Ministry.

Two uniformed soldiers pass civilians on a street in Colombia
Colombia has deployed some 7,000 troops to restore order.(AP: Andres Gonzalez)

Human Rights Watch cited “credible reports” of at least 63 deaths nationwide. It called the situation in Cali “very serious”.

The dead in Cali included an off-duty employee of the prosecutor’s office who had fired his gun at two protesters blocking a street, killing one of them.

Video on social media shows a crowd then pouncing on the shooter and lynching him.

Mr Duque, who has been in Cali since Friday, said he was deploying military troops to support the police there and elsewhere as rallies have morphed into a broad anti-establishment mobilisation.

The President ordered 7,000 troops to help clear and patrol blockaded roads, while a total of 1,141 soldiers were deployed in Cali.

Thousands of people march down the street with banners and Colombian flags
Colombians have taken to the streets for weeks across the country after the government proposed tax increases on public services, fuel, wages and pensions.(Reuters: Juan B Diaz)

‘Almost an urban war’

One witness, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal, told AFP that a group of protesters in Cali were celebrating the one-month anniversary of the anti-government rallies when “shots rang out”.

Several paramedics in orange uniforms treat an injured protester
The government says more than 2,300 civilians and uniformed personnel have been injured amid the protests.(AP: Ivan Valencia)

“They started massacring people,” the 22-year-old said. He said the shots came from “five guys in civilian clothes behind the trees”.

Videos that went viral supported his account. Police said in a statement they were investigating.

“In the south of the city we had a real scene of confrontation and almost an urban war where many people not only lost their lives, but we also had a significant number of injuries,” said Cali’s security secretary, Carlos Rojas.

Mr Duque, who on Friday chaired a security meeting in the city, afterwards announced “the maximum deployment of military assistance to the national police” would begin immediately. 

Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Human Rights Watch executive director for the Americas, urged Mr Duque to take “urgent measures to de-escalate, including a specific order prohibiting agents of the state from using firearms”.

The police in Colombia are under the command of the military.

Protesters test homemade shields ahead of facing off against security forces
Protesters in Bogota test their homemade shields as they get ready to face off with security forces.(AP: Fernando Vergara)

Protests over poverty, disease, resentment

People in Cali’s poorer neighbourhoods told AFP the military deployment makes them more fearful, not less.

“We feel threatened, we feel more in danger,” said Lina Gallegas, a 31-year-old social leader.

“If something happens we cannot call the police because they are the ones who are killing.”

Luis Felipe Vega, a political scientist at Javeriana University, likened the deployment to “putting out a fire with gasoline.” 

Government mediation attempts have been largely futile, unable to contain the fury of increasingly politicised youth battered by the pandemic and angered about the country’s deep inequalities.

An estimated one third of those aged 14 to 28 are jobless and not in school.

sA man flashes a victory sign near the charred remains of a car that was burned by protesters
Rallies have morphed into a broad anti-establishment mobilisation.(AP: Andres Gonzalez)

Mr Duque’s attempts at negotiation have been further frustrated by forces in his rightist Democratic Centre party, who prefer an iron-fist approach with elections a year away.

Economists say more than 42 per cent of the country’s 50 million people live in poverty, and the pandemic has plunged many of the vulnerable into penury.

Analysts link the government’s militarised history to its response to the protests.

For more than 50 years, Colombia’s war against leftist FARC guerrillas eclipsed all other government priorities, leaving a militarily strong government but one weak on social redress.What was FARC?Colombian authorities estimate the country’s civil war involving the FARC rebel group killed 260,000 people, left 45,000 missing and uprooted 6.9 million.

In 2019, the year after Mr Duque took power, students took to the streets demanding free and more accessible public education and better jobs.

On April 28, fury at a proposed tax increase led people onto the streets again. 

The proposal was quickly withdrawn, but it had triggered a broad mobilisation that only grew amid a heavy-handed response by security forces.

Protesters have kept barricades burning countrywide and blocked dozens of key roads, causing shortages of many products.

AFP/ABC/

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(LONDON) Israel & Palestinian Protest Report: Thousands of people have marched through central the capital in support of the Palestinians amid ongoing fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.17: At least 139 people have been killed in Gaza and nine in Israel since the fighting began on Monday:

Thousands protest in London over Israel-Gaza violence: ‘The organisers of the protest called on the UK government to stop allowing what they described as “Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people” Demonstrators marched to the Israeli embassy chanting “free Palestine” It comes after the worst week of violence in Gaza and Israel since 2014.

11 hours ago

By Jo Couzens
BBC News

Protesters march in London in support of Palestinians amid ongoing violence with Israel
People expressing support for the Palestinians marched through Hyde Park towards the Israeli embassy

Israel says dozens of militants are among the dead in Gaza, while Palestinian health officials say nearly half are women and children.

It came after weeks of spiralling Israeli-Palestinian tension in occupied East Jerusalem which culminated in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas – the militant Islamist group which rules Gaza – began firing rockets after warning Israel to withdraw from the site, triggering retaliatory air strikes.

On Saturday, an Israeli air strike on a refugee camp in Gaza killed 10 people, while a Palestinian rocket killed a man in Israel.

A separate Israeli strike destroyed a high-rise building housing media organisations, including The Associated Press and Al Jazeera, plus a number of offices and apartments. The Israeli military said the building housed military assets belonging to Hamas.

The demonstration in London has been organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Stop The War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “It is vital that the UK government takes immediate action. 

“It must stop allowing Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people to go unpunished.”

They said the bombardment of Gaza “which is killing civilians including children is a war crime”, adding: “The UK government is complicit in these acts as long as it continues to offer Israel military, diplomatic and financial support.”

At the scene

James Waterhouse, BBC News reporter

From the outset, it has been clear how high passions are running among the thousands who have turned out in central London. 

A river of protesters flows along Hyde Park towards the Israeli embassy in Kensington. 

Every once in a while, a red or green smoke flare is set off, which is met with cheers and waving Palestinian flags which match the colours.

Their intended destination is sealed off down a private road, but that does not stop people chanting “free Palestine” and a minority climb scaffolding on Kensington High Street.

They essentially want Israel to stop air strikes and for the UK government to step in. 

But as US negotiators call on both sides to calm things, few here think it will be resolved any time soon. 

Addressing the crowds at the rally, Husam Zumlot, Palestinian ambassador to the UK, said: “This time is different. This time we will not be denied any more. We are united. We have had enough of oppression.

“Today we are saying enough, enough with the complicity. Thank you for standing with us.”

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott also spoke to those gathered outside the embassy.

Ms Abbott said: “We must remember we are part of an international movement. This is a worldwide movement for justice.

“Palestinian people are having their land seized… and they are now being killed in their homes. All of this is illegal.”

The Twitter account of Israel’s embassy in the UK posted a tweet that read: “Hamas couldn’t care less about the lives of Palestinians, in its desperate attempt to terrorize and kill Israelis.”

In a BBC interview, the former Israeli ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, defended Israel’s actions in Gaza.

“I don’t want to see any innocent bystanders hurt, let alone children. I don’t want to see Israeli children or Palestinian children caught up in the crossfire,” he said.

“But Hamas says Israel has no right to exist. So, we’re only talking about deterrence, about strength, about them understanding that it’s not in their interest to shoot rockets into Israel,” he added.

“And we want to come out of this conflict with them understanding that clearly, and then have a sustained period of quiet. Ultimately, that’s good for Israelis, and that’s good for the residents of Gaza, too.” 

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said the ongoing violence was “deeply concerning and must end”.

“There is never any justification for targeting innocent civilians. Both sides need to de-escalate and offer hope to their peoples, which can only come through political dialogue.”

The Metropolitan Police said a small minority of protesters had thrown objects of police, and warned that enforcement action “will be taken where necessary against those who breach Covid regulations”.

There have also been pro-Palestinian demonstrations in several other European capitals.

In Paris, riot police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse a rally held despite a ban by authorities.

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(COLUMBIA) LATEST: A number of police stations have been attacked in the capital of Bogotá, as widespread protests run into a second week #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.06: Mayor Claudia López requested the help of the army to guard the stations, calling the violence “inadmissible”.

Colombia Protests: ‘At least 19 deaths have been confirmed since they started & the UN has urged the security forces to refrain from using firearms’ as demonstrators were gathering for fresh nationwide protests on Wednesday’

34 minutes ago

A demonstrator makes noise banging a pot during a protest against the government of President Ivan Duque on 4 May
Demonstrators are now calling for reforms in some other areas, including education and healthcare

The victims include 18 civilians and a police officer, Colombia’s ombudsman said. More than 800 people have been injured in clashes between the police and demonstrators while more than 80 others are reported as missing.

Bogotá’s city officials said 25 immediate response police commando posts, known as CAI for the initials in Spanish, had been attacked during the night. CAI are small police stations which can be found dotted across neighbourhoods and often consist of little more than a room or two.

One CAI was set on fire with 15 officers inside, who managed to escape alive, Mr López said. There were also reports of police being shot and being attacked by people with knives, she added.

On Wednesday, city officials said the night of violence across Bogotá had left 72 civilians and 19 police officers injured. Incidents were also reported in other cities including Cali, where the clashes have been at their most violent. 

Why are people protesting?

The demonstrations started on 28 April and were initially in opposition to the tax reform that the government said was key to mitigating the country’s economic crisis.

The rallies were organised by the biggest trade unions, but were also joined by many middle-class people who feared the changes could see them slip into poverty. 

AFP: The nationwide protests were initially against the now-cancelled tax reform bill

The proposal would have lowered the threshold at which salaries are taxed, affecting anyone with a monthly income of 2.6m pesos ($684; £493) or more. It would also have eliminated many of the current exemptions enjoyed by individuals, as well as increasing taxes imposed on businesses.

On Sunday, President Iván Duque announced he would withdraw the bill. But that was not enough to stop the protests, which have become a broad call for improvements to Colombia’s pension, health and education systems, as well as against what demonstrators say is excessive use of violence by the security forces.

What is happening in Cali?

Some of the most violent incidents have been reported in the western city of Cali, the country’s third largest. Roads have been blocked and dozens of police, public and private buildings attacked. The commander of the army has been sent to the city to co-ordinate the security efforts.

AFPCali has been the scene of some of the worst clashes

The United Nations’ human rights office said on Tuesday that it was “deeply alarmed” by the violence against protesters in the city.

It said that “police opened fire on demonstrators” in Cali on Monday. While no official figures have been released yet, local media say at least five people were killed.

Kevin Reyes, a community leader, told BBC Mundo that “hooded police and military officers fired using semiautomatic weapons and rifles” during a demonstration. “There were children and mothers,” he added. 

Experts say other factors have contributed to the unrest: this is one of the most violent cities in the country, located in a region affected by decades of conflict waged by paramilitary groups and drug traffickers. They also point to the high number of weapons in the area.

“There are civilian groups calling for de-escalation of violence,” said Katherine Aguirre, a human rights expert. “But we’ve also seen groups of citizens who have started shooting from their homes, vigilantism stimulated by the flow of weapons in the city.”

What is the government saying?

The government has blamed the violence on left-wing rebels. It says it is being stoked by members of the National Liberation Army (ELN) as well dissident factions of the Farc guerrilla group, who have not accepted the 2016 peace deal and have refused to disband.

“The violence was systematic, premeditated and financed by criminal organisations,” Defence Minister Diego Molano said.

Police officials say, in many cases, it was their officers who were attacked as they tried to prevent “criminal elements” from looting stores and torching buses.

Meanwhile, President Duque said the government was ready for national dialogue and announced the creation of a “space to listen to citizens and construct solutions”.

It is not the first time that anti-government protests have turned deadly in Colombia. Most recently, last September, at least seven people were killed in protests triggered by the deadly tasering of a man by police in Bogotá.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.06: 2021:

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(ISTANBUL) JUST IN: Turkish police detained 212 demonstrators after scuffles broke out at May Day marches on Saturday amid a #coronavirus-related curfew, according to the governor’s office and Reuters witnesses #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport- May.02: Riot police and plainclothes officers jostled with union leaders and other demonstrators and threw some to the ground before detaining dozens of them near Istanbul’s Taksim Square, Reuters video and images showed.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ‘Turkish riot police have arrested over 220-protestors on Saturday at May Day marches according to witnesses’

May: 01/05/2021: @acenewsservices

Reuters Telegram

Reuters Wire News, [May 1, 2021 at 1:12 PM]
Turkish police detain hundreds at lockdown May Day marches

The governor’s office said some labour unions were allowed to hold memorials to mark the annual holiday, while others who had “gathered illegally” in violation of the lockdown, and ignored calls to disperse, were detained.

State-owned Anadolu Agency said 20 protestors were also detained in the western city of Izmir.

Turkey this week adopted a 17-day partial lockdown, including stay-home orders and the closure of schools and some businesses, to curb a wave of coronavirus infections.

Local media reported efforts by police in Istanbul and Ankara to block reporters from filming the May Day demonstrations and detentions, with officers citing a new police circular.

On Friday, Turkish media reported that officers were instructed to prevent people from filming or recording security forces on smartphones while they are on duty, a move critics called unlawful and a threat to citizens’ rights.

Turkish police have not commented on the reports.

The DISK press union said on Twitter that journalists filming the May Day events “are being blocked by police,” adding “a police circular cannot prevent” coverage.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.02: 2021:

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(MOSCOW) JUST IN: (Interfax) – A justice of the peace from Tagansky district has found Twitter guilty of yet another administrative offense, failure to remove calls for minors’ participation in the unsanctioned protests held in late January #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.05: To find the Twitter entity guilty of an administrative offense and to impose an administrative fine of 2.4 million rubles [over $31,000] as a penalty,” the justice of the peace said.

“Twitter fined 2.4-million rubles ($31,000) by justice of the peace on Friday for failure to remove minors in unsanctioned protests”

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Earlier on Friday, the court found Twitter guilty of committing two similar administrative offenses on January 23 and January 24 and imposed fines of 3.2 million and 3.3 million rubles, respectively. Hence, the overall amount of fines imposed on Twitter by the court over failure to remove prohibited content has reached 8.9 million rubles (over $116,000).

The ruling says that the fines must be paid within 60 days of the date of the ruling’s entry into force. Hence, Twitter must pay the fines by mid-June unless the rulings are challenged.

Popular online platforms visited by hundreds of thousands of Russians each day bear great social responsibility, the press service for Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor said, commenting on the rulings. “Not restricting access to unlawful information endangers the lives and health of users, especially children and adolescents,” it said.

“Care for user safety, the prompt removal of prohibited content, timely moderation of calls for socially dangerous and unlawful actions must, in the opinion of Roskomnadzor, be of the highest priority for the administrations of every Internet platform,” the press service said.

The court postponed until May 4 hearing three similar protocols regarding Facebook and Google LLC, in order to allow them to review their case files.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.05: 2021:

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#moscow, #protests, #twitter, #unsanctioned

(LONDON) MET Statement Report: Thirty six arrests were made by officers policing the protest gatherings in and around central London on (Saturday, 20 March) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.21: While the large majority of people in attendance caused no trouble, officers did encounter pockets of disorder with crowds throwing bottles and other missiles and a number of officers were assaulted:

Statement following demonstration in central London: ‘A significant number of officers from across the Met were part of the policing operation, with many re-directed from frontline duties in local communities’

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, who led today’s policing operation, said: “This was another challenging day for our officers and I would like to thank them for their professionalism: “ Throughout the day, officers sought first to engage with people who had gathered to explain that their actions were unlawful under the COVID-19 regulations, and encouraged them to go home to help protect themselves and others during this public health crisis: “ Where this approach did not work and officers were met with hostility, police enforced the regulations and made arrests.

DAC Taylor added: “We once again saw police come under fire from missiles thrown by people in crowds, and several were injured as a result of targeted assaults. It is totally unacceptable and saddening that officers enforcing regulations that are there to protect us all were the victims of violent attacks. I wish them a speedy recovery: “ Many of those on duty in central London today should have been in their local communities dealing with violent crime and other local issues, but they played a role in reducing the risk of COVID-19 spreading by dispersing crowds.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Mar.21: 2021:

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PAKISTAN: ‘ PROTESTS AGAINST IMRAN KHAN DISRUPTS PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN KARACHI ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN:Dec.12 – Fresh protests against the Pakistani government led by cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan, disrupted life in parts of Karachi on Friday.

' Parts of Karachi shut down as Imran Khan continues protests '

‘ Parts of Karachi shut down as Imran Khan continues protests ‘

Major shopping areas were closed and there was no public transport available.

Khan arrived in Karachi to address his party workers, who were holding sit-ins in several locations, AFP reported.

He has vowed to block Pakistan’s major cities as part of efforts to topple the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who he accuses of poll rigging.

In the central city of Faisalabad, an opposition party worker was shot dead on Monday as protesters clashed with riot police during a rally by Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party.

#ANS2014 

#protests, #public-transport

EGYPT: COURT READY TO DELIVER SENTENCE OF DEATH/LIFE IN PRISON ON RETRIAL OF HOSNI MUBARAK ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – Nov.29 – An Egyptian court is ready to deliver its verdict in the retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak, for his role in the deaths of more than 900 people during the 2011 protests that led to overthrow of his rule Chinese CCTV reported. 

' COURT READY TO DELIVER SENTENCE OF DEATH/LIFE IN PRISON ON RETRIAL OF HOSNI MUBARAK '

‘ COURT READY TO DELIVER SENTENCE OF DEATH/LIFE IN PRISON ON RETRIAL OF HOSNI MUBARAK ‘

Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to (death/life in prison) for his role in the killing of more than 900 people in the 2011 protests that led to overthrow of his rule.

86-year-old Hosni Mubarak is accused along with seven of his former police commanders.

He is the first president to be charged and sentenced in the country’s history.

Mubarak is currently serving a 3-year sentence on a separate embezzlement charge.

His trial began in 2011. The televised images showed the former strongman — who ruled Egypt for 3 decades — transformed into a man of ill-health who had to be rolled on a gurney into the defendant’s cage. 

#ANS2014 

#court, #protests, #verdict

`Femen Activist Group stages ` Protest’ in ` Usudar District of Erdogan’s Constituency’

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – March 30 – Femen, an exhibitionist feminist activism group founded in Ukraine in 2008, has staged a protest in the Üsküdar district on Istanbul’s Asian side, which is Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s constituency(HurriyetDailyNews)

Hours after announcing plans to stage a protest in one of the conservative neighbourhoods of Istanbul, two Femen members showed up in Üsküdar’s Burhaniye Elementary School. The naked activists, who wrote “Ban Erdogan” on their chests and backs, were quickly detained by police after grabbing and throwing away several ballots(HurriyetDailyNews)

FEMEN (Ukrainian: Фемен) is an exhibitionist feminist protest group founded in Ukraine in 2008. The group is now based in Paris.

The organization became internationally known for organizing controversial topless protests against sex tourism, religious institutions, sexism and other social, national and international topics.

In October 2013 FEMEN had its largest membership in France (30 local activists in January 2013). In October 2012 the organization claimed it had about 40 activists in Ukraine, and another 100 who had joined their protests abroad, as well as twenty thousand of supporters via the social network Vkontakte.

#ANS2014

#femen, #istanbul, #paris, #prime-minister-tayyip-erdogan, #protests, #sex, #sexism, #tourism, #turkey, #ukraine

#Libya :Agrees to hold early elections to stop further `Political Turmoil’ that has continued since the fall of Gaddafi”

Libya’s most prominent factions have agreed to hold early elections, according to the spokesman for Libya’s interim parliament, Omar Humeidan. Humeidan stated that the decision was made on Sunday in a parliamentary session, according to AP.

A law to oversee the new elections is expected to be presented next month. The country has seen an outburst of protest since the government’s choice to extend its mandate since the expiration of its term on February 7.

Monday marks the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution that led to the fall of Moammar Gaddafi. Libya has since descended into political turmoil, with administrative and security structures remaining fragile.

#aceworldnews, #ap, #elections, #gaddafi, #libya, #political, #protests, #security, #turmoil