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· February, 2016

Stories about Protest from February, 2016

16 February 2016

Bangladeshi Authorities Arrest Publisher and Shut Down Book Fair Booth for ‘Hurting Religious Sentiments’

Advox

Bangladesh’s constitution enshrines the right to free expression, and atheists have the same rights as other citizens. But authorities have done little to stop attacks against those critical of religion.

A Pakistani Artist Remembers Sabeen Mahmud and her Valentine's Day Campaign

The Bridge

According to one of activist Sabeen Mahmud's killers, her '"un-Islamic" Valentine's Day rally was "the sin she eventually paid for."

15 February 2016

Abandoned Shoes Protest Calls Attention to Macedonia's Massive Emigration Problem

"The scene was sad. We only have short time to make things better, to keep our youth here. To make everybody understand: We deserve better."

Citizens Protest Against Trinidad Mayor's ‘Vulgar’ Victim-Blaming Statements

"Clothing does not cause violence. Dark streets do not cause violence. Walking alone at night does not cause violence."

13 February 2016

Haiti's Electoral Crisis and Unsteady Future

Haiti's legislative elections took place last August. Months later, the country has been left with no president, an interim government and a mandate for new elections by April 24, 2016.

Malaysian Police Threaten Internet Users for Sharing Clown Memes of Prime Minister

Advox

"Public scrutiny is part of the democratic process that serves as the foundation of Malaysia. Satirical images and comments made against government official[s] should not be considered as a crime."

12 February 2016

Hong Kongers’ Long-Simmering Distrust of Government Boils Over in the ‘Fishball Riots’

"...we will fight back. We will not act like the fools in the Occupy Central protest, sitting there and waiting for the cops to arrest them."

Italy's Gesture of ‘Respectful’ Self-Censorship for Iran Ends Up Offending Italians

"I don’t think President Rouhani would have been surprised to find there were nude statues in Rome."

11 February 2016

The Complicated Mess That Is Pakistan International Airlines’ Privatisation

"2 killed, 18 injured in firing on PIA employees. Whatever one may think about the PIA protest, this is absurdly fascistic handling by govt."

10 February 2016

The YouTube Women: Delivering Hard-Hitting Digital Video Activism

"In Brazil at least, where we have a very communicative culture, it is [...] far easier to persuade someone to watch a video than to read an article."

Chinese Authorities Pressured a Bangladesh Art Summit Into Censoring a Tibet Exhibit

"The underlying threat to this message is: If you do not comply, we will cut economic ties or otherwise make it difficult for you."

9 February 2016

Artists and Activists Unite in Support of Russia’s ‘Good People’

RuNet Echo

“I wish I could go to the detention center and sing, so the whole thing came down,” Anastasia said, describing her “ elven-princess” wish to free her imprisoned partner.

8 February 2016

Starved of National Media Coverage, Student Occupation Movement in Central Brazil Encounters Strong Police Response

There's been a slew of reports about threats and police violence in schools in the Brazilian state of Goiás, where high schoolers have occupied buildings since late last year.

7 February 2016

Will Egyptian Doctors Vote in Favor of a Nationwide Strike Next Friday?

Egyptian doctors are threatening a nationwide strike if an investigation is not launched after colleagues in a teaching hospital were assaulted by policemen. Netizens back doctors in their demands.

6 February 2016

These Speed Drawing Videos Promote Tolerance and Women Empowerment in Indonesia

"With the spread of extremist doctrines targeting vulnerable youth, the need for alternative messages to violent intolerance that celebrate Indonesia’s spirit of pluralism and unity in diversity is increasingly urgent."

Calls for Civil Disobedience in Australia Over Children's Offshore Detention

UN:"#LetThemStay: #Nauru is not a safe or appropriate environment to send vulnerable people, esp children."

4 February 2016

Will Armenian Civil Society Remain Electric?

"Thanks to #ElectricYerevan we see there are other better possibilities. That was a first great step."

1 February 2016

Spaniards Fired up Over Photo of Bullfighter With a Baby in His Arms

From "irresponsible" to "guardian of traditions": A photo of a popular matador fighting a heifer with his baby in his arms provokes a strong and mixed reaction in Spain.

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