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Some Brazilian Protesters Call on Prez to Kill Herself

200K take to the streets to protest bribery scandal, shrinking economy

(Newser) - Some 200,000 protesters made their voices heard yesterday in 200 cities across Brazil, protesting a shrinking economy and a bribery scandal involving government-controlled oil company, Petrobras, reports the Guardian . A protest in Rio de Janeiro resembled a party, with some wearing bathing suits and snapping selfies as samba music... More »

Man, 80, Sets Self on Fire Over WWII Brothels

He had joined protesters demanding apology from Japan for 'comfort women'

(Newser) - For more than 20 years, South Korean activists have organized weekly protests in front of Seoul's Japanese Embassy to demand an apology for its women and girls who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese military during World War II, reports the AP . But while those demonstrations have... More »

Locals Sweep Up Shattered Baltimore

Volunteers come together to clean up damage from yesterday's violence

(Newser) - Some Baltimore residents aren't standing by idly in the mess after yesterday's violence . Volunteers took to the streets today to clean up their "Comeback City." Gawker has culled a series of tweets showing images of helpers picking up debris on the roads and sidewalks, sweeping up... More »

'Mom of the Year' Smacks Kid Protester in Baltimore

Woman apparently recognized kid on TV throwing rocks at cops, went to the scene

(Newser) - A Baltimore woman who reportedly saw a young man she knew (some speculate it's her son) on TV throwing rocks at police during city protests took matters into her own hands—literally, per WMAR . A video shows her yesterday dragging a teen sporting a face-covering sweatshirt away from the... More »

Orioles COO: Baltimore's Poor Should Be Our Focus

Amid protests, John Angelos tweets 'political elite' caused 'economic devastation'

(Newser) - The Baltimore landscape is becoming more dire as police and demonstrators continue to clash following today's funeral for Freddie Gray , who died while in police custody on April 12. And when protests about Gray's death initially started turning violent on Saturday, local sports broadcaster Brett Hollander took to... More »

Why College Adjuncts Are Walking Out Today

National Adjunct Walkout Day aims to draw attention to teachers' plight

(Newser) - Adjunct instructors struggle with lower pay and far less job security than their tenured counterparts, and today, they plan to take a stand against it: It's National Adjunct Walkout Day, Inside Higher Ed reports. The walkout was conceived by an anonymous adjunct at San Jose State University in October,... More »

NY Mayor: No Protests Until After Funerals

Mayor de Blasio urges people to 'step back'

(Newser) - New York's mayor today called for protests and political debate to pause until after funerals are held for two officers shot and killed inside their patrol car this weekend by a man vowing retaliation for the deaths of black men at the hands of white police. "I think... More »

Black Effigies Hung by Necks at UC Berkeley

This 'could have been racially motivated,' school rep says

(Newser) - Amid nationwide protests against police brutality, effigies of three black people hung by their necks turned up on UC Berkeley campus in northern California yesterday—but was it racism or politically inspired art? "We are unsure of the intent," a school spokeswoman tells the AP . The effigies, one... More »

Thousands Across US Protest Police Killings

25K reported at rally in Washington

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters marched across the country today—past the White House in the nation's capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York, and in the middle of Nashville's honky-tonk district—to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge... More »

'Sweet Home Alabama' Gets Cop in Trouble at Chicago Protest

Officer played song at demonstration against police tactics

(Newser) - The Chicago Police Department says it will discipline an officer who played "Sweet Home Alabama" over a police-cruiser loudspeaker during a march protesting police treatment of African Americans. The song is considered an anthem to Southern pride. Some interpreted his playing of the song during last week's march... More »

Cop Pulls Gun on Oakland Protesters

CHP officer to chief: 'I didn't know if we were going to make it out alive'

(Newser) - Apparently in fear for his life, a cop pulled a gun on a group of 30 to 50 people in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday night as crowds protested the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to a California Highway Patrol chief, Avery Browne, the plainclothes detective, caught on camera... More »

Berkeley Protesters Block Highway, Stop Train

More than 1K crowd I-80, Amtrak tracks in 3rd night

(Newser) - Protests against the grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner continued for a third consecutive night in Berkeley, Calif., yesterday, with more than 1,000 people blocking traffic. Protesters thronged both sides of Interstate 80 as well as train tracks in... More »

Garner Protests Marred by Violence, Stolen Champagne

Business windows smashed as others call for peaceful protest

(Newser) - Protests over the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown continued last night in the Bay Area , beginning peacefully but eventually leading to looting, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators climbed on police cars, kicking their sirens; others smashed the windows of a Radio Shack;... More »

Eric Garner's Mom: Protests Are 'Just So Awesome'

Garner family members moved by national protests

(Newser) - Eric Garner's family has a message for protesters: We're pretty impressed. Two family members of the man who died in a police chokehold say they're touched by public demonstrations that began after the white police officer involved was not indicted in Garner's death, reports the AP... More »

Michael Brown's Stepdad: Sorry for Post-Verdict Shouts

But Louis Head says he shouldn't be blamed for what happened next

(Newser) - Michael Brown's stepfather has apologized after he was caught on tape calling on crowds to 'burn this b——- down" amid Ferguson protests. Louis Head shouted the words after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, but he tells CNN that to blame him for... More »

Lawmakers Go 'Hands Up' on House Floor

Time for Congress to address the problem: Hakeem Jeffries

(Newser) - On the floor of the House of Representatives last night, lawmakers raised their arms in a gesture of support for Ferguson protesters, Politico reports. "Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence … in community,... More »

St. Louis Cops Fume Over Rams' Ferguson Protest

Some players walked onto field with their hands up

(Newser) - At yesterday's game, five players for the St. Louis Rams took to the field with their hands up, showing solidarity with protesters against the shooting of Michael Brown . "We wanted to come out and show our respect to the protests and the people who have been doing a... More »

NAACP Marching from Ferguson to Governor's Mansion

Plus: mayor announces efforts to broaden police demographics

(Newser) - The Journey for Justice has begun: The NAACP has launched a march from Ferguson, Mo., to the state capital of Jefferson City, KSDK reports. "This is a peaceful march and we're seeking systemic, fundamental reform of policing in this country," says the organization's president and CEO,... More »

Ferguson Protests Continue to Target Black Friday

Holiday shopping interrupted at major retailers near St. Louis, other areas

(Newser) - Protesters continue to interrupt holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area today to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson , the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. About two dozen people chanted "no justice, no peace, no racist police"... More »

Ferguson Protesters Halted at Macy's Parade

Several arrested upon trying to enter parade's path

(Newser) - As New York celebrated at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade today, protesters over events in Ferguson, Mo. , gathered at the scene—but it seems they didn't make much headway, nor did they make it into NBC's telecast, Mashable reports. Several chanting protesters were reportedly arrested when they tried... More »

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