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Massive protests in Berlin against agricultural industry

Berlin, Jan 18, 2014. In a very colorful march about 30.000 people demonstrated with the slogan “We are fed up!” against critical aspects of industrialized agriculture. The topics were as diverse as the participants and the speakers on the podium: Mass production of meat and crops and its effects on farmers, consumers, the environment and animals: massive use of antibiotics, hormones and chemicals in meat p ...

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UK councils may outlaw peaceful demonstrations

Campaign groups warn that peaceful protests could be outlawed across Britain because of a legislation, which grants councils new powers to criminalize behavior deemed capable of causing a “nuisance or annoyance.” Campaigners argue that the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Bill could also be used to forbid youngsters from skateboarding, ban teenagers from using local parks and prevent demonstrators f ...

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news in pictures: Tunisians rally against anti-democratic measures

One day after a vote to exclude, Beji Caied Sebsi, the leader of the new political party, "Nida'a Tounes", his supporters gather to protest. "It represents the beginning of dictatorship," Beji Caied Sebsi said.  Under the new law all former members of the previous regime's administration, some 60,000 people according to estimates, would be excluded from public office. The protest was organized by the Union ...

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100s of Tunisians hold demo over controversial draft law

Hundreds of Tunisian protesters have taken to the streets in the capital Tunis to voice their opposition to a draft law that is expected to ban the former regime’s officials from running in elections. Demonstrators gathered outside the country’s National Constituent Assembly (NCA) on Saturday, chanting slogans such as "No to dictatorship!” and “No to exclusion...No to collective punishment." Opponents of th ...

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news in pictures: students and workers demonstrate in Chile

Along the biggest avenues of Santiago, Chile, a social rebellion rallies against the dominant two party system. The bitter cold of the Chilean capital, together with a tight land and air police presence, were no impediment for the massive gathering of students, workers and social organisations. From midday on the 26th of June, the main artery of Santiago started to fill up with the columns of demonstrators ...

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Shock and hope: Millions of young people protesting on the streets of Brazil

Over the last two weeks millions of Brazilians have been protesting in the streets.  Up to now, more than one hundred cities, from the north to the south of the country, in the capitals and in the interior are seeing protests in the streets, some with dozens of people and others with hundreds of thousands.  Many of them had not one but five or six protests.  We have not seen so many people in the streets si ...

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Thesis for a new paradigm arising from emerging movements

A collaborative effort between people of the 15M, OWS, Occupy, Indignados, and YoSoy 132 movements. These notes are an attempt to summarise some of the common points between what are known as emerging movements, that is, the various social movements that have appeared in different parts of the world since 2011. They have been compiled with the input from members of these movements. (15M, OWS, Occupy, Indign ...

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New coalitions push to cut the Pentagon

By Jake Olzen, Waging Nonviolence With polls showing that a majority of the public is war-weary and that there is growing support for cutting military spending, the peace movement finds itself in a rare moment of opportunity. Concentrating efforts on building broad coalitions, there is a renewed energy among peace and economic justice groups to radically influence the Pentagon’s budget, which has more than ...

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Palestinian women demand protection under the law

Tuesday 26th March, dozens of women protested outside Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's Ramallah office demanding the adaptation for laws that would protect them against violence and crime. Woman's Affairs Technical Committee (WATC) member, Lubna Ashqar, told Palestinian official news agency WAFA that they want a law that "can ensure dignity and justice for all the women of Palestine." She said the protest, whi ...

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Canada detains over 240 in anti-police brutality rally

Canadian authorities have detained more than 240 people protesting in Montreal against police brutality on the 15th of March. Around 500 people gathered on Friday to participate in the 17th annual anti-police brutality march. Police reportedly used horses, pepper-spray and controversial kettling tactics to disperse protesters. “Before the march even began, they just ran to the crowd for no apparent reason a ...

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