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September 18, 2011
As an update to our post last night: @AnonOps on Twitter gives a bit more realistic head count of the number of people than the one that trended on Twitter yesterday. 1,500 to 2,000 people seems a bit less unrealistic than 50,000.

As an update to our post last night: @AnonOps on Twitter gives a bit more realistic head count of the number of people than the one that trended on Twitter yesterday. 1,500 to 2,000 people seems a bit less unrealistic than 50,000.

13:27 // 2 years ago

Because Tumblr user PoetFire asked: Most media outlets are reporting "hundreds" of protesters (or "more than 1,000") at today’s Occupy Wall Street event. However, a Twitter meme going around today puts that number at closer to 50,000. Above is said tweet, via @AnonOps. Below is a fairly representative crowd shot of the protests, via Twitter user @EgyptEagle, a screenshot from a video of the protests, and (for comparison) an aerial screenshot from a video that showed the crowds at the Tea Party Express protest in Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nev. The Searchlight protest had a crowd of about 9,000 people. Do you see 50,000 people at today’s protests? We don’t. (BTW: If anyone has an aerial shot of today’s protests, please send it along.)

1:50 // 2 years ago

Since we’ve brought it up in the past two posts, here’s the video for Rage Against the Machine’s “Sleep Now in the Fire.” As you can see, there are many similarities with “Occupy Wall Street” in terms of message, but some differences — the key one of course is that Michael Moore and the band did not have all of the proper permits necessary (and both he and the band were threatened with arrest), whereas the protest today was fairly peaceful and by-the-books. Overall, we think it’s a good historical comparison.

0:01 // 2 years ago
September 17, 2011
wilwheaton:

More at the great orange satan.

Curious to see if something lasting actually comes of this, or if it’s just going to be a single day of protests.

wilwheaton:

More at the great orange satan.

Curious to see if something lasting actually comes of this, or if it’s just going to be a single day of protests.

12:45 // 2 years ago
August 15, 2011
Happening now: BART station protest. Amid rumblings of anger and frustration over the mass transit system in the Bay Area (particularly due to claims of police brutality and cell-phone-blocking issues), people are protesting at the Civic Center station. Trains are not stopping at the station due to the protest. Live video here.

Happening now: BART station protest. Amid rumblings of anger and frustration over the mass transit system in the Bay Area (particularly due to claims of police brutality and cell-phone-blocking issues), people are protesting at the Civic Center station. Trains are not stopping at the station due to the protest. Live video here.

20:36 // 3 years ago
August 12, 2011

thepoliticalnotebook:

Under-Reported Story of the Week: Protests in Chile. The protests have been about a wide range of issues with the government but have centered around and been dominated by student protests about education issues. Thousands at a time have been marching through the streets of the capital of Santiago and in other cities throughout the country in recent days. The primary demand of the student protesters is a free public education system for all in Chile. They are joined by parents, teachers, and regular members of the community. [more]

Great piece on the week’s other major protests.

22:18 // 3 years ago
August 8, 2011

Arab League, Saudi King denounce Syrian violence

  • 200 Syrian tanks rolled into the city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday, accompanied by soldiers and armored cars
  • 50+ people were killed in the assault, which took place during the dawn call to prayer  source

» For the first time, the Arab League has condemned the al-Assad regime’s violent assaults on the protesters, and Saudi Arabia has withdrawn its ambassador to Syria. Saudi King Abdullah strongly denounced the violence, calling for “an end to the death machine and bloodshed.”

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4:51 // 3 years ago
July 11, 2011

Pro-Assad protesters confront U.S. and French embassies in Syria

Embassies in Syria beset by protests: Throngs of protesters loyal to the embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad descended on the embassies of both France and the United States today, ostensibly to protest ambassadors visiting the violence-stricken city of Hama over the weekend. We say ostensibly because there’s little reason to doubt this was organized by the Syrian government, which has been using violence, intimidation and torture on its citizenry for months — rounding up a posse isn’t as hard when you wield that sort of brutal muscle. The U.S. thinks so, at least: “The Syrian government can organize protests at our embassy if it wants, but the world will not be distracted from the fact that it is the Syrian government that is imprisoning, torturing and killing people who want to peacefully protest,” said press attaché JJ Harder. source

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17:24 // 3 years ago
June 29, 2011

Tumult, violence in Greece: Passions continue to run hot in Greece after the party-line vote in favor of a harsh new set of austerity measures — the new tax burden placed on minimum wage earners, in particular, has inflamed swaths of the public against the plan. Protests had been increasingly violent leading up to the vote, and have sustained after the plan’s passage — police have responded with teargas attacks on the protesting crowds. As always, we hope people find a way to keep themselves safe in all this. source

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18:48 // 3 years ago
June 21, 2011

Still waiting on history: Protests and passions have continued to flare as the New York state senate has still not yet resolved the gay marriage bill before it. The AP is reporting that Wednesday might be the decisive day, but it’s not certain — legislative schedules change dynamically, as they did last week when it rumors swirled that Friday would bring a vote for the bill. Also of note in this video is the New York Giants’ Super Bowl hero of a few seasons ago, David Tyree, giving one of the most common, irritating arguments against gay marriage; if marriage is one way for a long time, why change it? This argument’s been used in other cases, of course — ones which most people now view as pretty dubious. source

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16:22 // 3 years ago