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George Floyd: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze

George Floyd: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze

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A police station in Minneapolis has been set alight during a third night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody on Monday. A police officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, 46, despite him saying he could not breathe. President Donald Trump said "thugs" were dishonouring his memory and called on the National Guard to restore order. Twitter accused Mr Trump of glorifying violence in a post that said: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts."Mr Floyd's family have demanded that the four police officers implicated in his death face murder charges. Prosecutors have said they are still gathering evidence.The incident has added to longstanding anger over the police killings of black America...
Hong Kong: Police arrest 180, fire pepper guns on protesters

Hong Kong: Police arrest 180, fire pepper guns on protesters

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May 27 (UPI) -- Police in Hong Kong arrested at least 180 people and fired non-lethal pepper balls at protesters on Wednesday as people took to the streets to demonstrate against a China-proposed national security law critics fear will further strip the semi-autonomous region of its rights and freedoms. The protests began as lawmakers in the Legislative Council were preparing Wednesday to deliberate on the controversial law that aims to protect China's national security from acts of secession, sedition, subversion and terrorism as well as from foreign influence. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attempted to quell fears over the law a day earlier, describing it as plugging legal loopholes and saying it will "only target a handful of people." Police said at least 16 people between the ...
Hong Kong protesters hit with teargas as world figures condemn China’s plans for security law

Hong Kong protesters hit with teargas as world figures condemn China’s plans for security law

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Police have fired teargas at protesters in Hong Kong after nearly 200 political figures from around the world condemned China's plans for new security laws.Hundreds of demonstraters clashed with security officials in Hong Kong's Wanchai district on Sunday over Beijing's proposals to set up government intelligence bases in the territory. Protesters were seen cowering behind umbrellas as officers with shields fired the gas to try to disperse crowds of activists and journalists carrying "Free Hong Kong" signs.China says it wants to prevent a repeat of last year's riots, which were triggered by a bill that would have allowed islanders to be extradited to the mainland. Image: Protesters in masks were forced to flee when police fired teargas at them i...
London protesters rally against Julian Assange extradition

London protesters rally against Julian Assange extradition

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Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Hundreds of supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gathered in London's Parliament Square on Saturday to protest his potential extradition to the United States. Those present at the rally included Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Assange, 48, who founded Wikileaks in 2006, has been charged with 18 criminal counts of conspiring to hack government computers and with violating an espionage law, all in connection with his work with the site. In 2010 Wikileaks, along with The New York Times and The Guardian, published classified U.S. military documents and field reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan war, which supporters say shed light on previously undisclosed aspects of the wars, ...
Iran plane downing: Police deny shooting anti-government protesters

Iran plane downing: Police deny shooting anti-government protesters

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Police in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have denied using live ammunition against protesters outraged by the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner.Officers had been given orders to "show restraint", the chief of police said.Videos posted online on Sunday recorded what appeared to be gunfire and showed an injured woman being carried away.Protests erupted on Saturday, after Iran admitted firing missiles by mistake at the Ukraine International Airlines jet that crashed near Tehran.All 176 people on board flight PS752, mostly Iranians and Canadians, were killed. Media playback is unsupported on your device For the first three days after the crash, Iran denied...