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Anna Hazare Leaves Jail

Activist tells the crowd it's time for a second revolution

(Newser) - Anna Hazare left jail today amidst a throng of supporters who cheered and tossed rose petals for India's most prominent anti-corruption activist. “Whether I live or not, corruption shall not live,” Hazare told supporters, before heading to the public square of Ramlila Maidan to begin his hunger... More »

As Belarus Cracks Down, Protesters Stomp, Chant

Clapping, stomping to protest authoritarian gov't

(Newser) - For the third Wednesday in a row, clapping and stomping demonstrators across Belarus yesterday turned out to protest their country's economic crisis and the iron fist of longtime President Alexander Lukashenko, reports the AP . The government has in turn banned all such rallies, using state security forces to break... More »

Iran Reportedly Jails Mousavi

Tehran formally detains opposition leaders, wives

(Newser) - Iran is cracking down on its opposition today, jailing prominent leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, reports the AP. The pair and their wives were arrested and taken to Tehran's Heshmatiyeh jail, according to reformist website Kaleme.com. The two have been under house arrest for two weeks for... More »

Two Dead as Protests Spread to Oman

Sultan Qaboos bin Said has ruled for 4 decades

(Newser) - Two people have died as protests hit their second day in normally quiet Oman, reports Reuters, noting that police fired rubber bullets and tear gas into crowds. There were unsubstantiated reports that police used live ammunition. "Police and anti-riot units moved against this subversive group to protect citizens and... More »

Anti-Putin Rally Rattles Moscow

Critics worry he wants to be president, again, in 2012

(Newser) - Some 500 people gathered in a rare demonstration in Moscow this weekend to demand Vladimir Putin's resignation. The demonstrators are determined to head off Putin's possible plan to return to his old job as president in 2012, the Telegraph notes. "Our task is to free Russia from this awful... More »

France Erupts as 1M Protest

President promises to get gas flowing again, clamp down on 'troublemakers'

(Newser) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants his striking, rioting countrymen to calm down, act responsibly—and work until they are 62. He issued an appeal for calm yesterday as protests over plans to raise the retirement age continued to rock the country, the Guardian reports. Sarkozy insisted that he has no... More »

French Youth Join Fight Against Working 'Til Age 62

More than 200 high schools were disrupted yesterday

(Newser) - Protests over plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 have brought much of France to a standstill, and authorities fear the civil unrest is just getting started. Young people have joined the strikes and protests that have disrupted daily life and a wide swath of industry. More... More »

Stray Dog Sides With Greek Protesters

Photogenic 'Kanellos'—or perhaps 'Louk'—goes where the action is

(Newser) - You weren't imagining things when you saw a dog trotting around downtown Athens this week as riots raged around him. The tawny shorthaired mutt has turned up in a surprising number of images over the past couple of years, reports the Guardian , which IDs the dog as Kanellos. But Gawker... More »

Health Bill Protesters Create 'Mass Hysteria': Frank

Mass. Democrat invokes witch trials as anti-gay slurs continue

(Newser) - Dueling groups of protesters created a chaotic scene on Capitol Hill today as opponents and advocates of the health reform bill made their voices heard in a scene Rep. Barney Frank called "mass hysteria." A protester who made it into a House office building yelled at Nancy Pelosi,... More »

Tea Partiers Hurl Slurs at Black, Gay Reps

'People have been just downright mean,' says one rep

(Newser) - Congressional Black Caucus members John Lewis and Andre Carson ran smack into a large crowd of protesters screaming "kill the bill"—and punctuating their chants with the N-word. The sentiment didn't appear to be a rogue one: As Barney Frank waded through a crowd of protesters, he was... More »

Iran Activists Arrested as Death Toll Hits 10

Aides to opposition leader detained in major security crackdown

(Newser) - The death toll from yesterday's clashes between Iranian protesters and security forces has hit 10, as police today rounded up and arrested some 300 people, including three top aides to opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi. Hundreds of protesters were wounded in yesterday's confrontations across the country. Police opened fired directly... More »

Regime Change in Iran Could Easily Backfire

The current crew is limited by its own incompetence

(Newser) - Iran’s current government leaves much to be desired, but would the installation of a less ideological, more democratic government actually be desirable for the US and its allies? Maybe not, writes Stephen Walt . For example, Mir Mousavi, Ahmadinejad’s jilted rival in the last “election,” agrees with... More »

Blogger Foe Confronts ACORN Protesters

Breitbart says video of 'thugs' will be up soon

(Newser) - Andrew Breitbart—whose conservative BigGovernment.com website aired the ACORN sting videos—decided to mosey down to an ACORN protest in Los Angeles this week, and he's not happy with the rough treatment he got. He blogs that he was harassed and threatened by the "dregs of society" so... More »

Unhealthy? Then Shut Up About Health Reform: Maher

(Newser) - Fat? Out of shape? Otherwise unhealthy? Then shut your trap about health-care reform until you do something about your own well-being, comedian Bill Maher writes for the Huffington Post. “Unlike most liberals, I’m glad all those teabaggers marched on Washington last week,” he snickers. “Because judging... More »

Iraqi Shoe Thrower's Prison Release Delayed

Family ready to celebrate reporter's defiance

(Newser) - The Iraqi reporter jailed for throwing his shoes at George W. Bush will not be released today as planned due to paperwork processing delays, his brother says. Muntadhar al-Zeidi's family had gathered at dawn outside an Iraqi army base where he was expected to be released from prison. After waiting... More »

Protest Organizer Inflated Crowd Size: ABC News

FreedomWorks president attributed 1.5M turnout to network

(Newser) - The organizer of the "Tea Party" protest in Washington yesterday falsely attributed a high estimate of the turnout to ABC News, the network reports. Matt Kibbe, the head of FreedomWorks, said on stage that ABC estimated the turnout at 1 million to 1.5 million people. In a... More »

NRA Shouldn't Tolerate Gun-Toting Protesters

It's just not a safe way to use a firearm

(Newser) - If the National Rifle Association is really, to quote its website “dedicated to the lawful, effective, responsible, and above all safe use of firearms,” then it should loudly discourage people from carrying those firearms to political rallies, writes Stephen Stromberg of the Washington Post. Politics aside, it’s... More »

DC Delegate: Ban Guns Near Obama

Says pistol-packers too close; Secret Service says not an issue

(Newser) - Washington DC's congressional delegate is watching gun-toting protesters outside venues where Barack Obama speaks, and she's not gonna take it anymore, reports The Hill. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton—whose constituency last year had its handgun ban tossed by the Supreme Court—wants guns banned in the president's vicinity, and is... More »

Insurer Urges Employees to Protest Health Care Reform

UnitedHealth Group lays down AstroTurf

(Newser) - UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s second-biggest health insurance firm, has been encouraging employees to attend events protesting health-care reform, Talking Points Memo reports. In a clear-cut example of “Astroturf”—fake grassroots action—a memo to employees urges them to call an “advocacy specialist” who can provide talking... More »

Iran: Protesters Were Tortured

Prosecutor general blamed Basij, Revolutionary Guard for 'painful accidents'

(Newser) - The Iranian prosecutor general admitted today that protesters arrested in the wake of the disputed presidential election were tortured, the New York Times reports. The comments by Qorbanali Dori-Najafabadi were the first official acknowledgments of torture made by an Iranian government official. Dori-Najafabadi blamed what he called a few “... More »

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