Politics

18.08.2011

Chile education protests defy new plan and heavy rain

Thousands of students marched through the rain on Thursday demanding far-reaching education reforms and dismissing the government's latest plan to resolve the weeks-old crisis. For three months students have been taking to the streets to demand free public education and an end to for-profit schools, which are seen as fuelling high prices and disparity between the rich and poor. »

18.08.2011

Tunisian PM vows to ‘do the impossible’ for success

Confronted with widespread public discontent, Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid el Sebsi on Thursday defended his government's record and said it was doing "the impossible" to bring about elections. »

18.08.2011

100 000 umbrellas against profiteering in the education system and the government’s ambiguous behavior

Despite the very low wintry temperatures and the heavy rainfall all day last Thursday in the city of Santiago, Chilean students went on with the massive social protest which has been described as the unprecedented “march of the hundred thousand umbrellas against profiteering in education”. »

18.08.2011

Students educate the political class

This was the prayer of the thousands of placards that, under continuous rain and a temperature close to freezing, were carried through the streets of Santiago today by almost 100 thousand people, obediently sticking to the new route outlined by the government in order to distance the protest and its conscience-raising role from the centre of the capital. »

18.08.2011

Sarkozy’s Government is preparing a new wave of expulsions of Romanian and Bulgarian gypsies

This is what different French public figures and some of the organisations principally committed to defending the gypsies have announced. Since last summer, the French Government of Nicolas Sarkozy has continued to apply all kinds of pressures so that the Romanian and Bulgarian gypsies, Community citizens, leave France for good. »

17.08.2011

Lugo Urges to Solve Issue of Ill-Gotten Land in Paraguay

President of Paraguay Fernando Lugo regretted on Tuesday that the ability to recover ill-gotten lands is not only in the hands of the executive, and urged the judiciary and the Legislature to intervene to find a solution. Land reform is one of the country’s historic debts and it requires the involvement of all social sectors, Lugo said at the ceremony for Children's Day. »

17.08.2011

Protesters take to Madrid streets over pope party

Protesters prepared to take to Madrid's streets Wednesday to decry the cost of a rock festival-style, million-strong youth party for Pope Benedict XVI in the midst of an economic crisis. On the eve of the 84-year-old pontiff's arrival in the Spanish capital to celebrate lavish World Youth Day events, more than 100 groups opposed to the visit are protesting. »

17.08.2011

Huge New Delhi anti-corruption rally

Tens of thousands of protesters staged a spontaneous mass rally in New Delhi on Wednesday in support of a hunger strike by anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare. Organisers estimated the size of the crowd marching from the India Gate monument in central Delhi at between 60,000 and 70,000. »

17.08.2011

Malawi tightens security against protests

Police tightened security in main cities on Wednesday in case of anti-government protests even though organisers had a day earlier postponed the vigils after deadly riots last month. Several shops and banks did not open for business in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu - the 3 main towns affected by last month's security crackdown on protesters which killed 19 people, police said. »

17.08.2011

Anna Hazare’s team accept Delhi police proposal

Late Wednesday night (17 August, 2011) Anna Hazare's team accepted Delhi police's latest proposal for holding their protest against the government's version of the Lokpal Bill, from August 16, at Jai Prakash Narayan Memorial Park, next to Feroze Shah Kotla grounds, New Delhi. The Humanist Party supported this campaign. »

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