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· April, 2012

Stories about Digital Activism from April, 2012

30 April 2012

United States: Indig-Nación, the Spanish Newspaper of Occupy Wall Street

Yarisa Colón interviews Sofía Gallisá, a member of the editorial team of “Indig-Nación,” the new newspaper in Spanish of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

A Global Voices Guide to re:publica Berlin 2012

This week (May 2-4, 2012) thousands of minds will join in Berlin, Germany at an annual gathering called re:publica. A number of Global Voices community members will participate in over...

Cuba: Diaspora Reacts to Ferrer García's Release

Cuban prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia was released over the weekend. Diaspora bloggers comment on this most recent development.

Russia: Gun Rights Advocates Rally Around Tula Hero

RuNet Echo

Russian gun ownership laws are long and restrictive. In early April, when a small-scale farmer in Tula used a kitchen knife to kill three armed robbers that threatened him and...

Côte d'Ivoire: Reopening of Parliament Sparks Buzz Across Web

The second parliamentary term of the second republic of the Côte d'Ivoire opened on Wednesday 25 April, in Yamoussoukro. Through this event, Guillaume Soro, former prime minister and president of...

29 April 2012

China: The Heroine Behind Chen Guangcheng's Escape Arrested

He Peirong, a Chinese activist who helped blind lawyer and civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng escape his house arrest has herself now been detained.

Refugees: Online Media and Technology to the Service of Refugees

Two different organizations are using online media and technology to aid refugees and improve their lives. The first uses online and mobile tools to reunite refugees who have lost track...

27 April 2012

Ethiopia: Netizens Outraged as Ethiopia Steps Up Internet Censorship

Ethiopian bloggers are outraged and expressing their concern on different social media platforms as the Ethiopian government increasingly engages in blocking and surveillance of selected websites, blogs and Facebook pages.

Bangladesh: Citizen's Voice, A Citizen Watchdog for Public Services

7 Billion Actions

Citizen’s Voice (Nagorikkontho.org) is an online project to empower Bangladeshi citizens by having their voices heard regarding feedback on public services.

Chinese blind lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng flees house arrest

26 April 2012

Brazil: Activists Protest in Memory of Military Dictatorship

A number of cities throughout Brazil held both real and virtual events to remember Brazil's Military Dictatorship (1964-1985). Activists held protests to push for punishing the Dictatorship's criminals and to...

France: The Presidential Election Through Foreign Eyes

While the French are preparing to choose a president in the upcoming weeks, French voters overseas and foreign media have reacted as the first round poll came to an end.

25 April 2012

Cuba: Resorting to Hunger Strike

Cuban netizens, primarily from the diaspora, are once again blogging about instances of police abuse in the country and how the island's justice system routinely makes hunger-strikers out of prisoners...

23 April 2012

Bahamas: Elections Getting Closer

With just two weeks to go until the country's general elections, the Bahamian blogosphere has been filled with political discussion. Blogworld yesterday compiled her usual Twitter Weekly Updates, which gave...

Brazil: Passer by Injured and Arrested by Police in Demonstration

21 April 2012

Russia: Anti-Drug Activist Identifies Corrupt Moscow Police in Sverdlovsk

RuNet Echo

Controversial activist Evgeny Roizman originally made a name for himself by establishing a non-profit fund called “A City without Drugs.” The fund both treats drug addiction and targets dealers, albeit...

Portugal: ‘You Cannot Evict an Idea’ Without Borders

The violent eviction of a self-managed community center in Porto by the police, on April 19, triggered a wave of solidarity beyond the borders of the neighborhood of Fontinha, left...

19 April 2012

Mexico City Netizens Celebrate World Bicycle Day

Netizens in Mexico City are celebrating World Bicycle Day by sharing their cycling experiences through blogs and Twitter. They are also trying to raise awareness about the risks of using...

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