16 May 2011

Stories from 16 May 2011

Turkey: Protests Against Internet Censorship

Vimeo user Firat Yıldız posted a short video of the May 15 rally in Istanbul's Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue, where thousands of people gathered to protest the new internet filtering system, to be introduced in Turkey on Aug. 22. A Turkish-language site with the “Stop Censorship” movement's info and...

Azerbaijan: Euro “Vision”

Etiraz comments on this weekend's Eurovision success for Azerbaijan in Düsseldorf, Germany. The blog says that while proud of the victory, the country still lacks basic democratic credentials and hopes that the year ahead will bring positive change although it also warns that surveillance of activists might be even more...

Chile: Citizens Reject the Hidroaysen Dam Project

  16 May 2011

On Monday, May 9, a project to construct a hydroelectric dam called Hidroaysén was approved amid a tense atmosphere marked by about 1,000 people demonstrating outside the place where the voting took place. In social networks, slogans against the government and the project were quickly followed by the hashtag #noahidroaysen, a Trending Topic. An estimated 10,000 people answered the call to protest in the streets across the country that day.