Protesters toppled a monument to Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin on Sunday during the biggest march and rally in central Kiev since President Viktor Yanukovich galvanized his opposition by turning down a trade deal with the European Union.
ICYMI, they toppled the Lenin statue, a pivotal part of the uprising against the government’s decision to align with Russia over the EU. The opposition has called a 48 hour ultimatum to have the prime minister disband the government before marching into his private residence. Watch this set of news.
12:50 // 3 months ago
Decision to call elections aimed at ending crisis caused by weeks of demonstrations aimed at bringing down government
Under pressure from widespread anti-government protests, prime minister Yingluck calls for snap elections and dissolves the parliament. Protesters are still marching on and pressing to topple her.
12:10 // 3 months ago
Hundreds of Egyptian police rallied on Sunday to demand higher wages, in a rare act of defiance of a new protest law which they themselves have been enforcing to quell unrest on the streets.
The demonstration by police was an ironic turn of events after arrests of activists for violating the controversial law passed last month, which requires Interior Ministry permission for any public gathering of more than 10 people.
Around 200 non-commissioned officers had been granted permission to protest at a Police Club in Cairo, where they called on officials to come to discuss their pay demand with them.
When they received no response they marched to the Interior Ministry in defiance of the new law. Security sources said they shoved barricades at fellow members of the security forces outside the club, before the protesters were allowed to march.
An interesting turn of events in Egypt.
14:38 // 3 months ago
Marina Lewycka: Protesters in Kiev who want to be free of a stifling past and Russian power may find western politicians are not so different
Interesting angle on the ongoing new revolution brewing in Ukraine over foreign policy with Russia, the EU. It’s really a catch-22 for these demonstrators, protesting against relations with Russia but then, as the writer states, the EU isn’t so great.
14:00 // 3 months ago
About 30,000 protesters launched a “people’s coup” on Thailand’s government on Sunday, swarming state agencies in violent clashes, taking control of a state broadcaster and forcing the prime minister to flee a police compound. But after a day of skirmishes between protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs against riot police firing back with teargas, the demonstrators failed to breach heavily barricaded Government House, office of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. “They haven’t seized a single place,” National Security Council Chief Paradorn Pattanathabutr told Reuters. “They go to different places and they go back out.” The protesters sowed chaos in one of Southeast Asia’s biggest cities, breaching a police line, seizing seven police trucks, and forcing Yingluck to move to an undisclosed location from a building where she had planned to give media interviews. Small fires burned from petrol bombs that landed by police trucks.
Another set of anti-government protests you should watch. Lots of developments are coming out of Thailand regarding politics and protests, including large governmental building occupations and a possible crackdown.
13:23 // 3 months ago
More than 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine’s capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president’s refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. Thousands of demonstrators tried to storm the nearby presidential administration building, but were driven back by riot police using tear gas and flash grenades, which produce a loud bang but are not intended to cause injury.
Something to watch. A new crop of anti-government protests has grown in Ukraine after their highly controversial EU/Russia decision.
12:49 // 3 months ago