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· May, 2017

Stories about Protest from May, 2017

30 May 2017

Police Threaten Maldivian Bloggers Abroad With Arrest Over Twitter

Advox

Four independent Maldivian bloggers and activists living overseas have been issued arrest warrants by police over the past week. Apparently, they were targeted because they promote secularism or secularists.

Facebook ‘Mistakenly’ Censored Tiananmen Massacre Tribute

Advox

Facebook said the image “belittles, threatens or attacks a particular person, legal entity, nationality or group.” Following an uproar among Hong Kongers, the company apologised and approved the image.

29 May 2017

Croatians Are Planning a Repeat of Last Year's Massive Protests for Educational Reform

"Anyone who's thinking more than four years ahead knows that investing in education is worthwhile."

27 May 2017

On the 45th Anniversary of Okinawa's Return to Japan, People Protest US Presence

It's been 45 years since the United States returned Okinawa to Japan. But American bases still dominate the landscape, and the politics of the prefecture.

When Journalists Are Attacked, Macedonian Authorities Are Dangerously Slow to Act

Advox

Some media workers who were targeted during mob violence at Macedonia's parliament in April haven't filed reports with police because they don't believe anything will come of them.

26 May 2017

An Interview With Anna Veduta, Russian Activist, Expert, and Feminist

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo speaks to Anna Veduta about her work for Russia’s anti-corruption crusader, her relocation to the United States, and her experience as a regional expert and feminist.

Ethiopian Protester Sentenced to Six Years Behind Bars for Facebook Posts

Advox

The 30-year-old activist has been an outspoken opponent of government’s violent response to the popular protest movement. And he is not alone.

After Reelection, Iran's President Rouhani Abandons Promise to Free Green Movement Leaders

President Hassan Rouhani refused to commit to ending the more than six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders—a pledge he made during his first presidential campaign.

25 May 2017

The Election of Dr. Tedros as WHO Director-General Isn't Exactly Uniting Ethiopians

"You won a free election, congratulations. Now, why don't you try that here in #Ethiopia?!"

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Advox

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

22 May 2017

Russia's State Duma Invites a YouTube Star to Speak

RuNet Echo

A woman who once submerged herself in a bathtub filled with potato chips for her 5 million YouTube subscribers, Sasha Spilberg addressed the State Duma this Monday.

Lebanese Activists Disturb Talk by Politicians and Call for Better Political Representation

"We wanted to tell them: You Stink, your expiry date has passed...you stole people's rights by not allowing them to vote."

Beirut's Municipality Deals Another Blow to the City's Green Space

The municipality's recent policies are threatening the capital's last remaining major green space

21 May 2017

Why Doctors and Students Are Protesting Against Sri Lanka's Only Private Medical College

"It remains to be seen, if the Medical Mafia will continue to deprive the right to a private medical education for our youth."

19 May 2017

Argentines Rally Against Ruling That Could Shorten Prison Sentences of Dictatorship-Era Criminals

"Argentina cannot go backwards on human rights issues. The message of impunity cannot invade our streets”

For Some Mexicans, a Presidential Hopeful Bears Worrying Similarities to Venezuela's Maduro

"It's no wonder people continue to believe in AMLO, if in Venezuela there are still those that continue believe in Nicolás Maduro, there are naive people everywhere"

18 May 2017

President Maduro Threatened This Venezuelan Journalist on Twitter, Then His Passport Was Suddenly Declared “Invalid”

Advox

César Miguel Rondón was detained at the airport, and his whole family's passports were declared invalid.

#FreeThe5KH Campaign Seeks Release of Five Detained Human Rights Activists in Cambodia

The five have been recognized as among the finalists in the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2017.

17 May 2017

Beirut Activists Launch Heritage Watch Day to Defend Threatened Historical Sites

The laissez-faire privatization and development frenzy in Lebanon’s capital has destroyed much of the country’s heritage. Activists are determined to stop that trend.

Palestinian Prisoners Remain ‘Determined’ One Month Into Hunger Strike Against Israeli Prison Conditions

Thirty days have passed and over 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons continue their mass hunger strike.

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