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Entire Portland Police Team Resigns After Officer Indicted

The group of about 50 will keep their jobs but not work protests anymore

(Newser) - About 50 officers in the Portland, Oregon, police force have quit the crowd-control squad tasked with handling protests. The officers aren’t quitting their jobs—they’re just leaving the Rapid Response Team, an extra duty they volunteer for on top of their regular duties, per the AP . The team...

Lockdown Protesters Chase Journalist

Boris Johnson denounces harassment from crowd shouting 'traitor' at BBC reporter

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denounced protesters of lockdown measures who chased a BBC journalist Monday through London streets. People in the crowd confronted Nicholas Watt, who wore BBC identification, screaming "traitor," before he made a run through the crowd, around a police line, and beyond a...

Post-Vigil, Fires and Vandalism in Minneapolis

Protesters faced off against police after Thursday's fatal shooting of Winston Boogie Smith Jr.

(Newser) - Protesters faced off with officers in Minneapolis early Saturday over the shooting death of a man by members of a US Marshals task force. Photos from the scene following a vigil for Winston Boogie Smith Jr., 32, showed dumpster fires in the street and a line of officers standing guard....

'Grandma Wong' Arrested At Solo Hong Kong Protest

Long-time activist showed up to canceled Tiananmen march

(Newser) - A 65-year-old pro-democracy activist, the only one to show up to a canceled demonstration in Hong Kong, has been arrested. Alexandra Wong, widely known as Grandma Wong, would have been at a march Sunday ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown if authorities hadn’t used...

Protests Spread as US Decides on Sanctions

White House says it's holding the Belarus government accountable after hijacking

(Newser) - Demonstrations around the world opposed the Belarus government on Saturday—sparked by the hijacking of an airliner last week—a day after the Biden administration said it's imposing economic sanctions. A White House spokeswoman said the US will restore sanctions next week against nine state-owned operations in Belarus that...

Workers Protest Worldwide on May Day
Worldwide Protests
Erupt on May Day

Worldwide Protests Erupt on May Day

Variety of causes, including improved working conditions, draw crowds

(Newser) - Protests on International Workers Day increased in number and intensity this time around, with demonstrators calling for improved working conditions and a series of other changes to help them deal with economic and health problems. Berlin alone had more than 20 demonstrations Saturday, the AP reports, and a few became...

Journalists Say Police Ignore Judge's Order at Protests

Photographer reports being beaten by officers

(Newser) - Some journalists covering protests over the police fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, in suburban Minneapolis say officers have harassed and assaulted them despite a federal order to leave them alone. US District Judge Wilhelmina Wright issued a temporary restraining order Friday prohibiting police at the protests...

Myanmar Forces Kill 82 in City in a Single Day

Death toll for protesters in Bago could rise

(Newser) - At least 82 people were killed in one day in a crackdown by Myanmar security forces on pro-democracy protesters, according to reports Saturday from independent local media and an organization that keeps track of casualties since the military’s February seizure of power. Friday's death toll in Bago was...

Bill to Let Police Halt Protests Draws Thousands to Streets

Crowds hear speeches in dozens of cities in England, Wales

(Newser) - Thousands of people demonstrated in dozens of English and Welsh cities Saturday against proposed legislation that would broaden the ability of police to shut down protests. In London, crowds marched from Hyde Park to Parliament, hearing speeches against the bill in both places, the Guardian reports. Protesters and officers clashed...

Dozens Dead in Myanmar's 'Day of Shame'

Country's forces said to have killed close to 100 protesters in deadliest day since coup

(Newser) - As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month's coup. A count issued by an independent researcher in...

As Kemp Signed Bill She Knocked on His Door, Got Arrested

Rep. Park Cannon was protesting election legislation

(Newser) - A Black Democratic state lawmaker was arrested in Atlanta as she tried to witness Georgia's governor sign into law new voting restrictions in the state. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Rep. Park Cannon was at the state Capitol on Thursday, right outside the office where Gov. Brian Kemp was putting...

Police Mishandled Protests in City After City: Reports

Departments were unprepared for such large demonstrations, review finds

(Newser) - Reviews of the police response to the protests that erupted in US cities last summer after the death of George Floyd are in, and they're scathing. In large and small cities, police were unprepared for the scope of the protests and consistently mishandled the challenge, the New York Times...

Russia Just Throttled Twitter, Ban Could Follow

Move is reportedly to keep posts encouraging anti-Kremlin protests from circulating

(Newser) - The new year in Russia kicked off with mass arrests of protesters pushing back against the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, an inconvenient development in a nation known for stifling dissent. Now the Kremlin is going after American social media, throttling Twitter's speed in an apparent attempt to...

For Third Night, Rioters Protest Rapper's Jailing

About 80 have been arrested and 100 injured in Spain

(Newser) - Protests over the imprisonment of a rapper convicted of insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorist violence were marred by rioting for the third night in a row Thursday. The plight of Pablo Hasél, who began this week to serve a 9-month sentence in a northeastern prison, has triggered...

COVID Protesters Face Felony Charges Over Megaphone

Restaurant worker in Cleveland says she suffered permanent hearing loss

(Newser) - Two people are accused of causing permanent hearing loss to a Cleveland restaurant employee while using megaphones during a coronavirus protest outside the eatery, per the AP . Both are now facing felony assault charges. Josiah Douglas, 25, of Cleveland, and Sydney Yahner, 21, of Willoughby were indicted last week by...

Russia Makes Mass Arrests in Series of Navalny Protests

Opposition figure's wife is taken into custody

(Newser) - Protests erupted in dozens of cities across Russia on Saturday to demand the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin's most prominent foe. Police arrested more than 2,100 people, some of whom took to the streets in temperatures as low as minus-58 Fahrenheit, the AP reports. In...

Lucy Lawless Slams 'Hercules' for Antifa Conspiracy Theory

'Xena' had some words for Kevin Sorbo on Twitter regarding the Capitol Hill riot

(Newser) - Xena the Warrior Princess doesn't mess around in battle, even on Twitter. That's where Lucy Lawless, the actor who played the ancient Greek fighter in the '90s TV series, ended up on Thursday, embroiled in what Fox News calls a "clash of superheroes" over a conspiracy...

A 'Day of Reckoning' for Social Media

Trump banned from FB, IG 'indefinitely,' while social media sees a 'reckoning' in general after DC riots

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Twitter and Facebook locked down President Trump's social media accounts after inflammatory posts he made during a day marked by chaos and violence on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took things further. "The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that...

Looter in Viral Pic in Pelosi's Office Left Profane Note

Richard Barnett of Gravette, Ark., says he also took a souvenir but that he paid for it

(Newser) - Amid the pro-Trump riot that left four dead in the nation's capital Wednesday was plenty of looting, and per the New York Times , House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was an especially popular target. One man in particular—seen in a picture that's now gone viral, lounging in...

Ahead of Trump Protests, DC Calls Out National Guard

Mayor warns violence won't be tolerated

(Newser) - Bracing for possible violence, the nation's capital has mobilized the National Guard ahead of planned protests by President Trump's supporters in connection with the congressional vote to affirm Joe Biden's election victory. Trump's supporters are planning to rally Tuesday and Wednesday, seeking to bolster the president'...

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