December 12, 2017

Police use tear gas on Occupy Wall Street protesters

US Authorities made a series of arrests at Occupy Wall Street protests in California and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday, with clashes in Oakland involving tear gas being used on demonstrators. Police said they fired the tear gas on protesters in Oakland, California, after the crowd threw paint … [Read more...]

Gaddafi calls for mass protests against NTC

Libya's deposed leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has called on Libyans to come on to the streets "in their millions" to resist the nation's interim leaders. In an audio message broadcast on Syrian-based Arrai television, he says conditions in Libya have become "unbearable". The message comes as … [Read more...]

UN says 2900 people killed in Syrian protests

The United Nations human rights office says the death toll in Syria since the pro-democracy demonstrations began in March is at more than 2,900 people. This is up 200 on their previous estimate. On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to agree a resolution on taking action against … [Read more...]

Bolivian Defence Minister resigns over Amazon road protest

Bolivian Defence Minister Cecilia Chacon has resigned in protest at the government's decision to use police to break up an anti-road march. Her resignation came amid growing public anger at the police action which saw 500 police officers fire tear gas and round up indigenous demonstrators. The … [Read more...]

Arab nations recall ambassadors from Syria

As Syria's violent clampdown against internal dissent continues, the governments of countries in the region have recalled their ambassadors for consultaton. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain say they were recalling their ambassadors from Syria to discuss the situation. Saudi Arabia's King … [Read more...]

Massive protests in Israel over cost of living

Unprecedented protests in Israel have seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets to demand government action over the rising cost of living. The largest protest was in Tel Aviv where police said at least 200,000 people were on the streets, while another 30,000 marched in Jerusalem. Some … [Read more...]

Egypt murder trial starts with Mubarak in cage

The trial of Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak on corruption and murder charges has begun in Cairo with Mubarak wheeled into the courtroom in a hospital bed and placed in a cage. The 83 year-old former leader has denied charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters. He is on … [Read more...]

Egypt sacks 669 senior police over protester deaths

Egyptian Interior Minister Mansour Essawy has announced the sacking of 669 senior police officers for their involvement in the killing of protesters during the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in February. Among those dismissed were 505 major-generals, including 10 of the interior minister's top … [Read more...]

Yemen’s President Saleh appears on TV

President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen has appeared on TV for the first time since being badly burned in an attack on his palace last month. Unable to move much with both hands wrapped in bandages President Saleh said he welcomed power-sharing, but stressed that it should be "within the framework … [Read more...]

High speed rail protesters in Italy injure 30 police in clashes

Clashes between police and protesters over the construction of a high-speed rail link with France through the Italian Alps have left 30 police injured. The protesters think that, despite safeguards built into the 15 billion euro project, an area of outstanding natural beauty is going to be … [Read more...]

Shia protesters in Bahrain sentenced to life in prison

A Bahrain court has sentenced eight Shia pro-democracy activists to life in prison for "plotting to overthrow the government." The Special Security Court put 21 opposition activists on trial and rewarded their opposition to the government with hefty jail sentences. Undeterred, protesters … [Read more...]

Big protests in Athens as Greek general strike begins

Around 5000 Greek police managed to fend off 20,000 anti-austerity protesters in Athens who were trying to surround the Parliament buildings. Riot police including motorcycle officers used busses and barriers to prevent the encirclement of the Greek Parliament. At times the crowd surged at police … [Read more...]

Yemen’s President Saleh in Saudi Arabia

Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, only a day after he was wounded when his palace was shelled, Saudi Arabian officials have announced. Comflicting reports yesterday had Saleh fleeing the country and staying in Yemen following the artillery … [Read more...]

Hosni Mubarak to stand trial over protester deaths

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal are to stand trial over the deaths of anti-government protesters during the January/February revolution. The three men have been charged with "premeditated murder of some participants in the peaceful protests of the 25 … [Read more...]

Protest against ‘Wellywood’ sign gathers momentum

Protesters outraged Wellington Airport's plan to erect a giant 'Wellywood' sign are promising to "blockade" Wellington Airport tonight. The 30 metre long, 8 metre high sign that mimic's the 'Hollywood' sign in Los Angeles is due to be erected in June on a hillside next to Wellington … [Read more...]