1 December 2020: Protests Around the World

Maestros de Michoacán cumplen 59 días con bloqueos en vías de tren
Grupos de maestros de Michoacán cumplen 59 días en protestas sobre las vías del tren, lo que ha causado interrupción en el comercio de mercancías y, por consiguiente, daños económicos.

Thousand toy protest over child abuse in Colombia
Agence France-Presse
Around a thousand toys are spread across Bogota’s main square to raise awareness of child abuse in Colombia. “The thousands of toys represent the thousands and thousands of children who are abused annually in Colombia,” says Angela Rosales, national director of Aldeas Infantiles SOS, the group behind the event.

France’s ruling party agrees to ‘total rewrite’ of controversial ‘Article 24’ security measure
Euronews (in English)
France’s ruling party agrees to ‘totally rewrite’ controversial ‘Article 24’ security measure that has sparked nationwide protestsView on Euronews.

Defiant pro-democracy protesters rally in Bangkok
The protesters want the monarchy reformed to make it more accountable.

India farmers block major roads in New Delhi protest
•30 Nov 2020                   Al Jazeera English
Indian farmers blocking roads in a protest against new laws are refusing to move to a government-designated venue.
Thousands have been camping on major highways near the capital, New Delhi. The farmers say they are open to talks with the government, as long as there are no pre-conditions. They say the new laws will hurt crop prices and their livelihoods.

Prime Time With Ravish Kumar: Farmers’ Protest Enters Fifth Day
• 30 Nov 2020             NDTV
Prime Time With Ravish Kumar - November 30, 2020: The ongoing protests by thousands of farmers against the Centre’s new farm laws entered the fifth day on Monday, with the protestors threatening to block all five entry points to the national capital. Rejecting the Centre’s offer to hold talks once they move to the Burari ground, the farmers said they will not accept any conditional dialogue and have called a meeting to discuss their next course of action later in the day. Farmers, who had reached Nirankarai Samagam Ground in Burari on Saturday, continued their protest there. Traffic continued to be disrupted in the city due to the protests. Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police on Monday alerted commuters to take an alternate route since Singhu and Tikri borders continued to remain closed.(Audio in Hindi).

Thai protests: Prominent protest leaders face charges of insulting monarchy
•30 Nov 2020           Global News
The most prominent leaders of Thai anti-government protests presented themselves at a police station on Monday to hear charges of insulting the monarchy of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, but said they would not be deterred from their demonstrations. It’s the first time in more than two years that anyone has been charged with lese majeste, Article 112 in the Thai criminal code, which can mean a jail sentence of up to 15 years. “112 is an unjust law. I don’t give it any value,” rights lawyer and protest leader Arnon Nampa told reporters as he arrived at the police station. “I am ready to fight in the justice system.” Arnon was joined by Panupong “Mike Rayong” Jadnok, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak. They did not say whether they would plead guilty. A total of seven protest leaders face royal insult charges. They and dozens of other protesters face other charges relating to demonstrations since July.

Protests Over California, LA County Health Order Restrictions
•29 Nov 2020                 CBS Los Angeles

Spain: Thousands floods Madrid’s streets to protest health service cuts
•29 Nov 2020                 Ruptly
Thousands of protesters took to streets of Madrid on Sunday to protest against public health service cuts and to call on the regional government to allocate more funding to health workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses, doctors and demonstrators could be seen chanting, banging tambourines and holding signs asking for more staff and against cuts in public health. Many held signs against Madrid’s conservative regional government of Isabel Diaz Ayuso, who has denied cutting health services. Organisers said 10,000 people took part in the so-called ‘White Tide’ march in Madrid, which is the region hit hardest by the coronavirus in the country.

Chile: Water cannons used to disperse anti-govt. protest in Santiago
•30 Nov 2020                Ruptly
Riot police used water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters in Santiago on Friday. Protesters rallied demanding the Parliament to approve the pension bill, proposed by the opposition, which would allow citizens to make a second emergency withdrawal of part of their privately held pensions.

Country’s President Sebastian Pinera earlier pledged to appeal to the country’s Constitutional Court as he deems the bill unconstitutional, while the opposition sees the bill as an adequate response to the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

#Chile, #Santiago, #ChileProtests

Paris protests: Demonstrations against proposed security law turn violent
•30 Nov 2020                   Euronews (in English)
In France, four police officers have been charged in connection with the beating of a black music producer in Paris last week. Two officers are being held in custody.
The arrests follow a weekend of protests in dozens of cities - with tens of thousands of people rallying against a proposed security law that would restrict the publication of pictures of on-duty police officers. Riot police in Paris used water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowd protesting against the draft bill, known as Article 24. Rights groups say it would restrict press freedom and make it more difficult to hold police accountable.


Image Courtesy: Groups led by labor organizations march at the University Avenue in UP Diliman, Quezon City on November 30, 2020, to demand aid and support from the government amidst the pandemic. https://www.rappler.com/moveph/protesters-slam-government-inaction-disasters-covid-19-pandemic-bonifacio-day-2020


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *