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· January, 2016

Stories about Protest from January, 2016

29 January 2016

Egyptians Call for the Release of Political Prisoners on the Fifth Anniversary of the Jan25 Revolution

Some 41,000 political prisoners remain in jail in Egypt on the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. Mira G looks at how they are being remembered.

28 January 2016

‘Don't You Touch My Sister': Guinean Citizens Rally Against Rape

Guinean citizens took to the streets and online forums to raise awareness of sexual violence in Guinea.

26 January 2016

[TIMELINE] Morocco: Political Repression in the Era of Social Media

Advox

Since the mid-2000s, investigative journalists and citizens engaged in political activism online have become regular targets of the Moroccan government. Learn more with this timeline.

Local Media Coverage of Tunisia's Job Protests Under Criticism

Despite the protesters distancing themselves from vandalism and looting, the media has been focusing on them alone, instead of providing enough coverage of the protesters' demands.

25 January 2016

#Justice4Morocco: 7 Defenders of Free Expression Face Trial

Advox

Since the mid-2000s, the regime of King Mohammed VI has systematically targeted and persecuted Moroccan citizens working to hold their government accountable to its people.

17 Children Killed by Authorities in Ethiopia Land Protests

Most children killed were between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. Citizen media reports also show that many more school children have been injured in the protest movement.

24 January 2016

Five Years On: Time to Remember Those Who Gave All for the Egyptian Revolution

It was the beginning of the end to a 30-year rule of a tyrant regime. Five years later, here's a rundown of what's happening in Egypt today.

What You Need to Know About the Recent Job Protests in Tunisia

Five years later, Tunisians are back on the streets protesting for "jobs, freedom and dignity." Tunisian blogger Afef Abrougui tells us what happened.

Social Media Slams India's Judgmental Journalist

"I wasn’t abused, I wasn’t beaten, I wasn’t molested, I wasn’t raped.” Actor Sunny Leone has moved beyond her porn star past -- why can't the journalist who interviewed her?

23 January 2016

The Only Hero in Russia Who Isn't Named Putin

RuNet Echo

While Ramzan Kadyrov isn’t Russia’s president, he is far more than a mere regional figure, and the past few weeks have offered only the latest evidence of his “talents.”

22 January 2016

The Air Pollution in Macedonia Is Bringing People Into the Streets, And There’s an App for That

The open data app "My Air" has helped spark massive protests, making Macedonian citizens aware of the results of air-pollution monitoring. Then came the DDoS attacks and government pressure.

21 January 2016

‘Hands Off Our Privacy': Polish Citizens Speak Out Against Surveillance Law

Poland's parliament adopted a surveillance law that would give authorities fast access to citizens' Internet and telecommunication usage data, without prior approval from a judge.

A New Wave of Protests Sweeps São Paulo Against Public Transportation Fare Hikes

One study found that public transport in 21 Brazilian cities are among the most costly in the world in relation to average salary, outranking London, Tokyo and New York.

20 January 2016

Netizen Report: Egyptian Activists and Authorities Brace for January 25 Protests

Advox

Egyptian activists confront rising tensions approaching the 5th anniversary of the 2011 revolution, Morocco is blocking VoIP apps and China unveils a new assault on circumvention tools.

A Tragic Suicide at a University Puts the Spotlight on Discrimination Against Dalits in India

"What happened with #RohitVemula should not happen with anyone. We can't progress until every citizen of India has equal rights!"

17 January 2016

Moroccans Protest Ban of VoIP Calls, Including Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook and Skype

Advox

Moroccans have decided to boycott telecom companies for blocking VoIP services to teach them a lesson. Do such boycotts work?

In Oil-Rich Azerbaijan, People Protest; Government Responds With Arrests

Riot police and internal troops used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters and arrested dozens of them, including opposition leaders.

15 January 2016

An Indian Student Blogs About Being Ostracised and Bullied After Reporting Sexual Abuse

The female film student accused her professor of forcing her to have sex with him, but when she spoke up she said the student body turned on her.

13 January 2016

This Group Exposes Social Woes and Promotes Philippine Culture Through Street Art

"Doing street art is our way of bringing 'ART' closer to the masses. It is special for us because it's where the purest intention of an artist can be seen."

11 January 2016

It's David v. Goliath, as Citizens of ‘Europe's Greenest’ Region Take On an Italian Energy Giant

The Bridge

Italian energy giant Terna SpA slaps an activist with a 16 million-euro lawsuit as it pushes forward a mega-project in Abruzzo—"Europe's lungs". Which will triumph: business or socio-environmental dissent?