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· August, 2016

Stories about Protest from August, 2016

Journalist Jean Bigirimana Is Still Missing as Burundi's Political Crisis Continues

The government's denial of Jean's detention has left his friends and colleagues fearful that authorities may be concealing information on his whereabouts or death.

Daraya, Symbol of Non-Violent Revolution and Self-Determination, Falls to the Syrian Regime

"The people of Daraya paid a heavy price for their dream of freedom. For four years they defended their autonomy from the Assadist state, and kept going despite the siege."

In Syria and Beyond, Protesters Make Sure the World Doesn't Forget the Ghouta Chemical Massacre

"We must teach all dictators a lesson, that all people will come together against any dictatorial regime in the world."

These Videos Expose the Dirty and Destructive Impact of Large-Scale Mining in the Philippines

Residents and investigative journalists have been using mobile phones and even drones to expose how mining is destroying the country’s watersheds and rivers.

An Ethiopian Runner Makes a Brave Gesture of Anti-Government Protest at the Olympic Finish Line

"#FeyisaLilesa used the biggest stage of his life to express a muzzled generational cry for freedom. He spoke without words. #courage"

The ‘Different Yet Equal’ Protest Politics of Sri Lanka

The vigil highlighted that the insecurity felt by some Sinhala Buddhists continues to persist, despite the fact that they remain the country's majority community.

A Brazilian Judge Says a Photographer Has Himself to Blame for Getting Shot in the Eye by Police

"The decision of judge Olavo Zampol Júnior is another shameful and monstrous episode of judicial violence against the victims of military police."

Philippine Sugar Farmers Facing Another ’Dead Season’ Turn to Government for Help

Tiempo Muerto, or “The Dead Season,” can be so brutal on farmers that more than a quarter of a million people—a whopping 385,000 sugar workers—are affected on Negros Island alone.

Breaking the Siege of Aleppo

"The perception is that the US is collaborating with the attackers. If democratic anti-regime forces are crushed by foreign powers and Shia militias, violent extremism will grow in its place."

‘Disappointed’ Activists Criticize India's ‘Iron Lady’ for Daring to End Her 16-Year-Long Hunger Strike

"They want me to remain a martyr forever. But I can’t always be a martyr."

Jalaur Mega Dam in the Philippines Threatens to Displace Indigenous Peoples in Panay Island

"The people who will be most affected by the project do not approve of the project."

Cairo's Rabaa Massacre: Three Years On, the Smell of Death Still Lingers

Three years have passed, but we refuse to forget the Rabaa Massacre.

‘Limited Bandwidth': Where Is the Reporting on Kashmir?

"For partisan commenters on both sides, compromise seems impossible. Kashmir is like Solomon’s Baby, except both of its prospective mothers are happy to cut it in half."

Makandal Daaga, Leader of Trinidad & Tobago's Black Power Revolution, Remembered As ‘A Man Out for Change’

Netizens discuss the life and legacy of Makandal Daaga, who led the country's 1970 Black Power movement and became actively involved in the political landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ethiopian Authorities Killed 100 Protesters Over the Weekend

"I urge activists to focus on constructively helping the ongoing struggle aiming at creating free and fair Ethiopia that we are going to have sooner."

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

Dear Hong Kong Activists, Please Stop Telling Everyone Telegram is Secure

While we marched across Hong Kong Island, organizers shouted, “download Telegram, it's more secure than WhatsApp!” But Telegram is not more secure than Whatsapp -- in many circumstances, it's worse.

Activists in Puerto Rico Are Fighting to Keep Beaches Public

Activists, academics, and environmental experts are coming together under the slogan, "The Beaches belong to the People", to protect public maritime spaces and the Puerto Rican ecosystem.

#RallyForTheValley Brings Attention to the Plight of Dam Victims in India

"They should have initiated the rehabilitation of people in the affected areas first, and then only started the work..."

Calls to Investigate Retribution Against the Tharu Community in Nepal's Far West Grow Louder

"First their land was taken, then their freedom to live and now Tharus have been targeted for extinction by these racist hill elites"

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