Stories about Protest from April, 2008
Soviet History: Samizdat Anniversary
Window on Eurasia writes about the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Soviet samizdat publication, the Chronicle of Current Events.
Estonia, Russia: Bronze Soldier Crisis Anniversary
Vilhelm Konnander posts an extensive analysis of the issues surrounding the first anniversary of the Estonian Bronze Soldier crisis.
Hong Kong: Shit, the Holy Torch is Coming to Town!
Mo bu yen from inmediahk.net wrote a citizen report about the government's preparation for the coming of Olympic torch – Shit, the Holy torch is coming to town [zh].
China: We Made the World Hate Us
Zhou kou dian ren from china week pointed out that the Chinese government has failed to improve its public image with the Olympic torch relay, on the contrary the Chinese government and people have made the world hate us with the protest.
Cuba: Las Damas de Blanco
It has been the most discussed topic in the Cuban blogosphere over the last week: the arrest of Las Damas de Blanco as they staged a peaceful demonstration for the release of their husbands, jailed by the Castro regime.
Armenia: Revolutionary Youth Movement
Unzipped reports on what appears to be an offshoot of the Sksela youth movement. Faced with some internal criticism on its pro-radical opposition leanings, the Now (Hima) movement has been established. The blog posts video of its first action staged in support of what some consider to be political prisoners...
Iran: Hunger Strike in Sahand University
According to [Fa]Tabout, several students have gone on hunger strike in Sahand University in Iranian city,Tabriz, for 6 days. 8 students have already been transfered to hospital.They protest against moral and sexual harrasment of female students by employees.
Hong Kong and China: 5 Posters On Beijing Olympics
5 protest posters have been circulated via e-mails and twitter among friends. 1. Olympic workers; 2. Olympic silencing; 3. Olympics and June 4; 4. Olympic GFW; 5. Olympic erection.
Mexico: Release of Oaxaca Protest Leader
Franc Contreras of Mexico Monitor writes about the release of Flavio Sosa, who was held in jail accused of being one of the “masterminds” of some of the violence and vandalism during the Oaxaca protests.
Iran:Protest against Persian Gulf “renaming”
Tribun Azad says[Fa] that about 500 Iranians on Tuesday gathered in front of the United Arab Emirates embassy in Tehran and protested against renaming of the Persain Gulf by several Arab states.The blogger has published several photos of this event. He adds that security forces arrested several people.
Armenia: Torchlight Procession
Life in Armenia posts an account and photographs from last week's torchlight procession held on the eve of the 93rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey. The blog says that the march brought a much needed sense of unity to Armenia after the recent post-election unrest that left...
Guyana: Price of Rice
“Rice is the new pearl,” says Guyana-Gyal, as spiraling food prices make their impact.
Georgia: Parliamentary Election Digest
TOL Georgia reports on the latest developments in the run-up to next month's parliamentary election in Georgia. In the first of three posts, the blog comments on news that the country's parliamentary speaker, Nino Burjanadze, appears to have temporarily retired from active politics ahead of the vote. Meanwhile, the president's...
Armenia: Government U-Turn
Unzipped comments on news that the Armenian government has backed down in its attempts to prevent a congress by supporters of the former president and radical opposition leader from being staged in the capital, Yerevan. The u-turn happened after the organizers of the congress instead looked to Tbilisi, capital of...
UK: Armenian Genocide March
Unzipped posts video, photographs and an account of a march staged by the London-Armenian community remembering the 1.5 million Armenians who died during the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey. The blogger from Armenia now living in the United Kingdom says the march reminded him to some extent of the...
South Korea: Seoul Invaded by “The Ugly Chinese”
One free Korea described the pro-China Olympic torch protesters as invasion by “The Ugly Chinese”.
China and South Korea: Red Guards’ Gong Fu
Red Guard from tecn pointed out that the Olympic torch relay protest became an opportunity for Chinese to show off their Gong Fu. In the comment section, many commentators criticized that the Chinese protesters acted like red guards during the cultural revolution[zh].
Poland: Tolerance March
The beatroot writes about this year's Tolerance March in Krakow.
Venezuela: Update on the Simpsons Controversy
Luis Carlos Díaz of Periodismo de Paz [es] provides an update on the controversy involving the Simpsons in Venezuela. Turns out that the show will be moved to “supervised” prime time slot in the evening, but would allow for more children to see it because most are in school during...
Haiti: Food Crisis
kiskeácity links to a Haitian organization's perspective on the island's food crisis.
China: Carrefour Boycott Censored by GFW
Dupola reported that “Carrefour” becomes a “sensitive word” in GFW filter and Caodan reported that they got a notice to clear all discussion regarding Carrefour boycott [zh].