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· November, 2019

Stories about Protest from November, 2019

Tanzanian rapper scolded for lyrics about nation's cashew crisis

Roma Mkatoliki's hit song criticizes the government's 2018 decision to deploy the military to purchase cashew nuts from farmers in an attempt to force an increase in market price.

Varakashi: Zimbabwe’s online brigade targets activists and dissidents

The overarching aim of the Varakashi is to push the narrative that anyone who disagrees with the Zimbabwean government is an agent of foreign powers, and therefore unpatriotic. 

In Hong Kong, landslide victory for Pro-democracy camp in local elections means Beijing is out of touch

It is true that people want to restore order. However, they also know that the disorder is created by the government and the pro-establishment in the first place.

Activists in Angola continue to face repression for online and offline activities

Online activists in Angola risk tough reactions from authorities, particularly when their activities are connected to offline activism.

An interview with ‘Siamese Intellectual’ Sulak Sivaraksa on the future of Thailand's democracy and monarchy

"The monarchy must introduce some transparency into its workings if it wants to remain. It must be open to criticism."

After a hot summer of protests, Germans debate their country's role in climate change

These decisions send a clear signal on where vital parts of the German government seem to be standing in the crucial battle against climate change.

Japanese arms fair generates protest, puzzlement

While arms fairs have been regularly held in Japan in the past, this is the first such event organized in collaboration between government and industry.

Will Uganda shut down the internet as opposition heats up for 2021 elections?

As the 2021 election approaches, Uganda authorities are very likely to continue to crack down on political dissent, including through social media shutdowns.

As 3 million people vote in local elections, Hong Kong breaks record for civic participation

The election result is considered an important indicator of citizens’ take on the ongoing political crisis as millions of voters choose between pro-establishment and pro-democracy candidates.

Explainer: How a U.S. Act on human rights and democracy can protect freedom in Hong Kong

The US Senate has unanimously voted for a Hong Kong Act which aims at protecting the city’s autonomous status and its residents’ civic rights.

Insights into Kashmir's crisis from a Kashmiri born in Nepal

Aquib, a graduate from Kashmir University, lives in Nepal for business. Global Voices Nepali Lingua talked with Aquib to learn why India repealed Article 370 which gave special rights to...

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

As acts of communal violence that took place in Oromia in October subsided, a new battle began online over interpretations of the violence — and who was to blame.

Iran protests: Flying bullets and internet shutdown

The current protests are more widespread, more diverse in terms of class, and characterized by a brutal government response that includes a near-total shutdown of the internet.

130 civil society groups call on Myanmar military to drop charges against civilians

"The military are the government’s staff. If they are doing wrong, citizens have a right to point it out. Citizens have a right to speak out,”

Hong Kong Polytechnic University on fire after violent clashes between protesters and police

As riot police stormed another university campus in Hong Kong, protesters set fire to create barricades.

The November 12 clashes at the Chinese University of Hong Kong: An eyewitness view

"Some of my students were tweeting things like “where is the university president, where is the management, where are the teachers?!”. . . I decided, Fuck it—I’m going to campus."

Your guide to the 2019 Sri Lankan presidential election

On 16 November 2019, Sri Lankans are going to the polls to elect a new president. Learn more about the major players and check out our list of useful resources.

University of the Philippines unveils new subject on the Marcos dictatorship to counter historical revisionism

The new subject can be a platform for the “conscientization” of young Filipinos on the importance of human rights, social justice and the continuing struggle for genuine freedom and democracy.

Hong Kong's university campuses turned into battlefields amidst a three-day strike

Clashes between police and student activists started the first day of the general strike on 11 November as some protesters attempted to create roadblocks to disrupt traffic.

‘Brazil might not be a dictatorship, but it's not a democracy either,’ says Brazilian journalist

Mário Magalhães wrote a book about 2018, the year that changed Brazil forever.

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