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Boston 'Free Speech Rally' Surrounded by 40K Protesters

Trump tweets, 'We will heal'

(Newser) - A "Free Speech Rally" Saturday in Boston ended shortly after starting when dozens of right-wing rally attendees were met by 40,000 counter-protesters, WCVB reports. The rally was organized by conservative and libertarian activists who had denounced the neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in Charlottesville a week earlier, USA ... More »

After Charlottesville, ACLU Revises a Long-Held Stance

It won't defend groups who come armed to protests

(Newser) - If you're a hate group, you may be able to acquire a permit to hold a protest, but if you come packing firearms, don't expect the American Civil Liberties Union to come to your defense. Per the Wall Street Journal , that's the ACLU's new official position... More »

DOJ Wants Info on 1.3M People Who Visited Anti-Trump Site

Government files warrant to get IP addresses, more

(Newser) - The Department of Justice is demanding the IP addresses of more than 1.3 million people who visited an anti-Trump website, TechCrunch reports. According to Fortune , that information—along with photos, email content, and more being sought by the DOJ—could be used to identify anyone who visited DisruptJ20.org,... More »

Buffer Zone Created at Last Abortion Clinic in Kentucky

Protesters will converge on clinic this weekend

(Newser) - Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure has intensified since the Kentucky GOP took control of state government and moved... More »

Nuns Oppose Fracking Pipeline by Building Chapel in Cornfield

Natural gas pipeline would go through land they consider sacred

(Newser) - The sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ order own land in Lancaster County, Penn., that they consider sacred. Now Williams, an energy company, wants to run a gas pipeline through that land—and the nuns have constructed a chapel on the grounds, in the middle of a... More »

There's a Massive Protest Happening Today—Online

More than 80K websites oppose FCC plan

(Newser) - There's a massive protest happening Wednesday—and it's taking place entirely online. CNBC reports more than 80,000 websites—including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Reddit, Airbnb, and Twitter—are taking part in a "Day of Action" to oppose the FCC's plan to weaken net neutrality protections.... More »

Hamburg Empties Out After G20 —Save the Rioters

Anti-globalization protests continue a 3rd night even after leaders go home

(Newser) - Anti-globalization activists rioted for a third night in Hamburg early Sunday even after Group of 20 leaders had already left the northern Germany city. Police again used water cannon trucks against rioters attacking them with iron rods and pavement blocks. They arrested 186 protesters and temporarily detained another 225 people.... More »

As Protests Begin in Russia, One High-Profile Arrest

Alexei Navalny's wife tweeted he was arrested, but 'plans haven't changed'

(Newser) - As tens of thousands protest corruption throughout Russia on Monday, prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny is not among them. Navalny was reportedly arrested 30 minutes before things were set to kick off in Moscow, with wife Yulia tweeting, "Alexei has been arrested in the entrance to our block of... More »

In Portland, Alt-Right Rally Met by Counter-Protests

14 arrested at dueling rallies

(Newser) - An alt-right "free speech" rally went ahead in Portland, Ore. Sunday despite the mayor's objections —and was met with three separate counter-protests on three sides. Around 3,000 counter-protesters, including labor groups and black-clad antifascist activists, gathered while a few hundred people, many with pro-President Trump signs,... More »

It Was a Symbol of Venezuelan Unrest. Now It, Too, Is Broken

Wuilly Arteaga says National Guard damaged his violin

(Newser) - Wuilly Arteaga has played his violin through weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela, his songs enduring even as he was forced to dodge tear gas canisters hurled in his direction. But on Wednesday, the music was silenced. Arteaga—often seen playing Venezuela's national anthem on the front lines—says... More »

After Virginia Mayor Slams Rally, 'Bigots' Go After Him

Mike Signer says he's been targeted online

(Newser) - The mayor of Charlottesville says he has been targeted by bigots online after criticizing torch-carrying pro-Confederate protesters in the Virginia city as either "profoundly ignorant" or trying to instill fear in minorities. Mike Signer says the anti-Semitic abuse he's receiving is a sign of the "juvenile mentality"... More »

20-Year-Old's Death Makes 38 in Venezuela Unrest

Dozens of officers reportedly detained for refusing to repress protesters

(Newser) - The number killed in Venezuela amid mounting political unrest rose to 38 on Friday, as opposition leaders reported that dozens of officers had been detained for refusing to repress protesters, the AP reports. Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said 85 officers, a majority from the military, had been detained for... More »

Venezuelan Workers Just Got a Huge Raise

Lowest income workers promised a 60% wage increase amid charged protests

(Newser) - In response to explosive anti-government protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised Sunday to raise the minimum wage by 60%. His critics claim the pay hike, announced during Maduro's weekly televised address, is a political distraction amid protests that have left 29 dead in just about a month, reports NPR... More »

Climate Marchers on Trump's 100th Day: 'There's no Planet B'

Tens of thousands joined what organizers say were 300 events in US

(Newser) - Thousands of people across the US marched Saturday on President Trump's 100th day in office to demand action on climate change, the AP reports. At the marquee event, the Peoples Climate March in Washington, DC, tens of thousands of demonstrators made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue in sweltering heat.... More »

Coulter Supporters Rally After Berkeley No-Show

Even some opponents voiced free-speech concerns

(Newser) - Ann Coulter didn't turn up in Berkeley Thursday night, where hundreds held a raucous but largely peaceful demonstration in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America's free speech movement. The conservative pundit's canceled appearance at the... More »

Marches for Science Hit Cities Around the World

'Science is for everyone, and should be supported by everyone'

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of scientists, students, and research advocates rallied from the Brandenburg Gate to the Washington Monument on Earth Day, conveying a global message of scientific freedom without political interference and spending necessary to make future breakthroughs possible, the AP reports. "We didn't choose to be in... More »

'Mother of All Marches' Leaves 3 Dead

Opposition leader was tear-gassed in Venezuela's capital

(Newser) - What anti-government activists in Venezuela called the "mother of all marches" turned bloody on Wednesday, with at least three people killed and dozens more injured during rallies and marches across the country. The Guardian reports that at least one opposition lawmaker was hospitalized after taking part in the demonstrations,... More »

Arrests, Injuries as Protesters Clash at Pro-Trump Rally

Right-wing protesters were met with left-wing counterprotesters in California

(Newser) - Anywhere from nine to more than 15 people were arrested as a pro-Trump rally turned violent Saturday in Berkeley, California. Reuters reports the "Patriots Day" free speech rally was organized by conservative activists, and—according to the Mercury News —that included members of the "alt-right," with... More »

Marchers Across US Demand Trump's Tax Returns

Organizers say marches are taking place in 150 cities

(Newser) - Protesters are taking to the streets across the country to demand that President Trump release his tax returns, the AP reports. The Washington, DC, march began Saturday with a rally at the US Capitol, where Democratic lawmakers called on Trump to stop the secrecy. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon says... More »

Kendall Jenner's 'Tone-Deaf' Pepsi Ad Not Going Over Well

Twitter doesn't take kindly to demonstrators' issues being diffused with cans of cola

(Newser) - "Live Bolder. Live Louder. Live for Now" may be the slogan Pepsi wanted everyone to remember from its new ad starring Kendall Jenner, but the phrases actually being bandied about include "shallow," "cringeworthy," and "tone deaf." The nearly three-minute video was posted Monday... More »

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