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· October, 2015

Stories about Protest from October, 2015

29 October 2015

Iranian Student Held Without Charge, Pressured to Make False Confession

Advox

"Judicial officials...should not arrest youths and pass heavy judgments against them every time they criticize. My son should be sitting in class and studying right now.”

Indian Scholars Return Their National Awards to Protest Rising Intolerance

"We have never seen an atmosphere like this in India before. There never was any fear to freely voice one’s opinions."

Women Survivors Speak Out About Indonesia’s 1965 Mass Killings

“I was told I was only being taken in for questioning. It turns out I would be held for 14 years. From 1965 until December 1979. We never got justice."

28 October 2015

Demonstrators in Peru March 180 Miles to Protest Lead Poisoning in Children

The mining wealth of Cerro de Pasco in Peru has poisoned children with lead, and several dozen people decided to stage a 300-kilometer march in protest.

On Drawing Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution as a Comic Strip

The Bridge

One year after Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution, cartoonist Jason Li reflects on his social advocacy comic experiment.

27 October 2015

Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

Advox

Alaa Abd El Fattah has spent a year in prison for his activism. He has four more to serve. Netizens are making noise on his first year anniversary calling for...

Jailed for Anti-Monarchy Graffiti, Thai Musician Gets Support on Social Media

Opas C, a 68-year-old Thai, is serving a three-year jail term for writing an anti-monarchy graffiti in a mall toilet.

#FeesMustFall Hashtag in South Africa Turns Into #FeesHaveFallen. But Have They?

"The reality is that #FeesHaveFallen has been hushed into FeesHaveNotFallen. Nothing's changed; something has been prevented."

26 October 2015

Drowning in Refuse, Lebanon's Capital Is Now Zigzagged by ‘Rivers of Garbage’

It rained in Lebanon and Beirut's rubbish, which has been pilling up alongside roads for months, turned the capital's roads into "rivers of garbage." Fears of a cholera epidemic don't...

23 October 2015

#FeesMustFall Brings South African Universities to a Standstill

Students argue that increases will keep poor, mostly black South Africans from higher education. Protests against the proposed university fee hikes, which started last Wednesday, and have spread nationwide.

20 October 2015

Bahrain Government Renews Crackdown on Religious Rituals

Security forces and youth clashed in Bahrain today as police attacked villages, forcefully removing banners placed on roadsides to commemorate Ashura. Several people were injured from buckshot fired at protesters.

19 October 2015

Angolan Rapper Breathes New Life Into ‘Freedom Now’ Movement, As Hunger Strike Threatens His

Activists fight for their lives in Angolan jails. Thanks to a new online portal that collects and publishes photos showing solidarity with political prisoners, the movement is stronger than ever.

16 October 2015

No Arrests One Year After Acid Attacks Against Iranian Women

"“Whenever we try to follow up on our daughter’s case, they say they are working on it but so far they have not given any information."

Protests Over Las Bambas Mine Project in Peru Claim Four Lives and Leave Many Injured

Protests against the Las Bambas mining project have come to a point of calm after the violence that left four dead and several wounded in Peru.

Latin America and Spain Come Together on Columbus Day to Discuss Past and Present on Twitter

"In 1492 the indigenous peoples were expelled from their lands. In 2015, the same. There is still so much to do."

15 October 2015

Kyrgyz Civil Society Forces Parliament's Hand in #120Seats Campaign

Kyrgyzstan's new MPs did not even have time to take their seats before the public got on their backs.

14 October 2015

Myanmar Activist Faces 5 Years in Jail for Facebook Post Mocking Army Uniform

Advox

The Facebook post compared the color of the army's new uniform to a traditional dress worn by opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Brazilian Students Protest Against Government's Closure of Public Schools

"Instead of improving the quality of education of the whole state system...it seems that the Alckmin government is interested in getting rid of its best schools."

11 October 2015

Orthodox Serbian Village ‘Threatens’ to Convert to Islam in Bid to Restore Local Church

Residents of Šopić, a village just outside of Belgrade, threatened to "collectively convert to Islam" if their damaged Orthodox church wasn't reconstructed by the parish in October 2015.

10 October 2015

At Least 86 Killed in Explosions at Ankara Peace Rally

The October 10 attack was the biggest in Turkey's history, carried out as the country prepares for a November 1 election that appears increasingly unfeasible.