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After Cops Harass Woman, a Topless Protest in Montreal

Protesters want to change 'way people view women's breasts' in 'protest about gender equality'

(Newser) - As Americans celebrated Memorial Day weekend, Eloyse Paquet Poisson was enjoying a sunny day in a Quebec City park, smoking a cigarette and doing macrame, which sounds like it should have been largely uneventful. Instead, she had an unpleasant encounter with local police and her tale about it went viral,...

Gun Owners, Protesters Meet at NRA Convention

Trump tells members mental health is the issue

(Newser) - Thousands of gun owners and protesters converged in Houston on Friday for the kickoff of the National Rifle Association's convention, a divide heightened by the massacre at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday. Despite the slayings, the NRA billed the event as "a freedom-filled weekend for the entire...

June 11 Is the Day to March: 'Do Our Lives Mean Nothing to You?'

In wake of Uvalde, March for Our Lives plans mass protest for gun safety, 4 years after Parkland

(Newser) - More than four years after its last huge demonstration in support of gun safety, March for Our Lives is rallying the masses again. "June 11, mark your calendar," the advocacy group tweeted Wednesday, announcing its plans for a nationwide protest in the wake of this week's mass...

Protesters Greet Russian Ambassador With Lots of Paint

Sergey Andreev was trying to pay respects to Red Army soldiers at Warsaw cemetery

(Newser) - Russia's ambassador to Poland was splattered with red paint thrown at him by protesters opposed to the war in Ukraine, preventing him from paying respects on Monday at a Warsaw cemetery to Red Army soldiers who died during World War II. Ambassador Sergey Andreev arrived at the Soviet soldiers'...

Ex-DOD Chief Esper Writes of 'Surreal' Incident With Trump

Former defense secretary writes in memoir that Trump wanted to shoot George Floyd protesters

(Newser) - Mark Esper was fired as defense secretary by then-President Trump shortly after the 2020 election. But while Esper's stint heading up the Pentagon was short—he'd been sworn in during the summer of 2019—he was still witness to some notable events in his time under No. 45,...

'People's Convoy' Gets a Messy Calif. Welcome

Trucks were pelted with eggs when they showed up in Oakland

(Newser) - Over the past few weeks, the "People's Convoy" of protesters pushing back against COVID mandates has been making its way back from Washington, DC to California. And on Friday it found itself in Oakland, though the welcoming committee there likely wasn't what drivers expected. Per the Sacramento ...

Animal Welfare Protest Halts NBA Game, Again

Demonstrators allege bad practices at egg farm run by Minnesota Timberwolves owner

(Newser) - What is getting to be a familiar scene unfolded at a playoff game Saturday night between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies. A woman bolted onto the court shortly after the third quarter began before being quickly tackled by security, reports Sports Illustrated . A second woman in the stands...

Russian Student Detained for Sign That Read: *** *****

'Even seemingly benign actions have led to arrests,' reports the AP

(Newser) - A Russian shopper looking for the price of a grocery item might instead learn about the Russian bombing of a Ukrainian school. As NPR reports, an artist in St. Petersburg is among several people facing penalty in Russia for swapping price tags with anti-war messages. A district court ruled this...

Arbitrator: Cops Who Shoved Martin Gugino Did Nothing Wrong

Buffalo BLM protester suffered head injury after being pushed to ground by police in June 2020

(Newser) - Two police officers in Buffalo, NY, have been cleared by an arbitrator of wrongdoing after they shoved an elderly BLM protester to the ground in June 2020. Martin Gugino, then 75, suffered a fractured skull and brain injury after hitting his head when he fell. In a Friday decision, Jeffrey...

Cops Show Up at Dawn at Ambassador Bridge

Trucker protest seemed to dissolve peacefully as police moved in to enforce injunction

(Newser) - A tense standoff at a US-Canadian border crossing crucial to both countries' economies appeared to be dissolving peacefully Saturday as Canadian police moved in to disperse the nearly weeklong blockade, and demonstrators began leaving without resistance. Many protesters drove away from the Ambassador Bridge spanning the river between Detroit and...

Ontario Judge Orders Truckers to End Blockade of Bridge

Premier declares state of emergency in the province

(Newser) - Updated: This file has been updated with the injunction issued in Ontario. After nearly two full weeks of protests in Ottawa and other Canadian cities, Ontario's premier has a message for the protesters. "It's time to end these occupations and go home," Doug Ford said in...

As Canada's Truckers Fight Vax Mandate, Musk Picks Sides

'Canadian truckers rule' was Tesla CEO's tweet as drivers headed to Ottawa protest

(Newser) - Elon Musk has been inserting himself lately into conversations about crypto , but the Tesla and SpaceX CEO shifted gears late in the week to lend support to an entirely different cause. "Canadian truckers rule" was his thumbs-up tweet Thursday, directed toward big-rig drivers headed toward Ottawa for an anti-vaccine...

Anti-Vaxxers Force New Zealand PM Off the Road

Jacinda Ardern kept her cool, calling it 'just another day'

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has brushed off an uncomfortable encounter with anti-vaccination protesters, who chased and blocked her vehicle, forcing it onto a curb, as "just another day" at work. "At no point was I worried about my safety or the safety of anyone that was...

Three Charred Bodies Found in Solomon Islands Unrest

Australia announced Thursday it's sending police, troops, and diplomats to help

(Newser) - Update: Police are investigating after three burned human bodies were found in a building in Honiara, the first to die in the riots. They were found in a burned-out building in the Chinatown section of the capital city, the Guardian reports. Police don’t know who they are or how...

Protesters Chanted 'Revolution!' 2 Were Shot Dead, Group Says

Doctors union says Sudan security forces killed 2 amid demonstrations against recent military coup

(Newser) - Sudanese security forces shot dead two people Saturday during mass protests against the country's recent military coup, a doctors union said. The shootings came despite repeated appeals by the West to Sudan's new military rulers to show restraint and allow peaceful protests, per the AP . During the protests,...

Trump to Give Answers Under Oath in Lawsuit

Men say guards assaulted them during demonstration over comments about Latinos

(Newser) - A judge has ordered former President Donald Trump to testify under oath in a lawsuit over a clash between protesters and his security guards in 2015. The videotaped deposition will be taken Monday at Trump Tower, NBC reports, where the demonstrators say they were assaulted on the sidewalk. Bronx Supreme...

Taliban Respond With Violence After Flag Is Pulled Down

3 people were reportedly killed in Jalalabad

(Newser) - In the eastern city of Jalalabad, locals went public with their dissent in a rare protest: They took down the Taliban flag that had been raised by the militants upon seizing control of the area. In its place they raised the national flag, a move made a day before Thursday'...

Tunisia's President Sparks Concern for Democracy

Parliament is dissolved, prime minister and other top officials are fired

(Newser) - Troops surrounded Tunisia's parliament and blocked its speaker from entering Monday after the president suspended the legislature and fired the prime minister and other top members of government, sparking concerns for the North African country's young democracy. In the face of nationwide protests over Tunisia's economic troubles...

Cuba Rallies Supporters
Cuba Counters Protest

Cuba Counters Protest

Raul Castro attends event 6 days after protesters took to streets

(Newser) - Cuban officials rallied tens of thousands of supporters in the streets on Saturday—nearly a week after they were stunned by the most widespread protests in decades. President Miguel Díaz-Canel, accompanied by 90-year-old former President Raul Castro, appeared on the seafront Malecon boulevard that had seen some of the...

For Cuba, Miami Protesters Block a Highway
Cuba Protests
Boil Over Into Miami

Cuba Protests Boil Over Into Miami

Protesters also blocked a road in Orlando on Tuesday

(Newser) - Florida protesters marching in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Cuba blocked major roads for about an hour on Tuesday. Traffic was halted in both directions along Miami's Palmetto Expressway, also known as State Road 826, near Coral Way at 1:35pm local time Tuesday, as dozens of marchers failed...

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