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· November, 2017

Stories about Protest from November, 2017

What's in a Scarf? A Robot Restaurant in Bangladesh Serves up Controversy

"I was not surprised to see that the robot had to wear a scarf. Isn't that normal here?

A Student's Suicide Prompts Demands for Higher Education Reform in Afghanistan

"Break the hand that pushed a person to kill herself!"

13 Things Banned (or Strongly Discouraged) in Tajikistan

Tajikistan's people are renowned for hospitality, but their government isn't. Some locals joke the only ban left is a ban on banning things.

Serbian Journalists Call on Citizens to Support a Media Freedom Campaign

Journalists and activists lead by the group ‘For Media Freedom’ took to the streets of five Serbian cities to pledge support from citizens for demands presented to the government.

How Chinese See the Fall of Their Country's Old Friend Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

"When people wake up, all 'greatness' will vanish, the dictator will be relegated to the dustbin of history."

Another Muslim Man Is Murdered in India's Rajasthan by Cow Vigilantes

"The term Gau Rakshak has slipped into the country’s lexicon of politics and culture over the past two years, in step with increasing activism by self-styled protectors and vigilante groups."

When Citizens Rejected a Ban on WhatsApp and Telegram, Afghan Officials Backed Down

"The order must be immediately withdrawn, otherwise we put Ghani’s name in line with dictators like Putin, Bashar Assad, Kim Jong Un and many more."

#StopTheCrackdownVN: Global Groups Call for Human Rights Protection in Vietnam

Human rights groups are stepping up the campaign urging the Vietnamese government to release 165 prisoners and conscience and to stop the persecution of activists and bloggers.

In India, Class and Gender Inequities Impede Justice for Sexual Harassment Victims

"...the entire justice system itself is aligned towards keeping patriarchy and caste system intact."

Albanian Activists Hold Two-Day Protest Against the Building of Hydropower Plants in Valbona National Park

There are three hydropower plants under construction, and eight more are being considered by the Ministry of Energy in the pristine natural heritage areas across Albania.

Azerbaijani Activist Defies Government Pressure, NGO Stereotypes

"What I've seen during my lifetime is that most of the democracy and freedom fighters sold out in the end."

Freedom of Expression or ‘Obscene Representation'? The Case Against Indian Cartoonist Bala G

"The incident made me think that my children were burning. I have no words to express my sorrow, so I drew the cartoon out of rage."

Humanitarian Crisis Escalates at Australia's Refugee Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea

Catastrophe looms with food, water, electricity and health services cutoff to asylum seekers refusing to leave Australia's former Manus Island regional processing centre in Papua New Guinea.

Bangladeshi Auto-Rickshaw Driver Sues Actor Shakib Khan for Using His Phone Number in Movie

The driver received more than 400 calls in five days from fans hoping to talk with the film actor. The calls affected his livelihood and nearly ruined his marriage.

Athletes, Politicians Back Georgian Soccer Player's Support for LGBT Rights

"We are far from getting there, but I see change," one Tbilisi resident commented.

Indonesian Police Go After Social Media Users for Mocking House Speaker

"What does it say about....Indonesia when a politician can continue to act with impunity, while somebody who spreads a meme about him gets arrested?"

Moroccan Journalists Keep Fighting to Cover the Hirak Movement, Despite State Intimidation

Journalists reporting on the Hirak protests are facing a myriad of restrictions.

Activist Faces Imprisonment For His Book Criticizing The Indian River Inter-Linking Project

"Sedition case for writing against river linking! This is a most financially, socially, environmentally disastrous idea."

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