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Fires, tear gas highlight another round of Yellow Vests protests in Paris

Fires, tear gas highlight another round of Yellow Vests protests in Paris

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April 20 (UPI) -- Days after Paris firefighters put out a devastating blaze at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, they rushed to extinguish small fires around Place de la Republique set by Yellow Vests protesters demonstrating Saturday against high taxes and economic equality. Paris police fired tear gas at protesters while bicycles, bins, motorbikes and cars alongside streets were set on fire. One group of protesters stole goods from a sports shop after smashing its front window, The Guardian reported. The Yellow Vests protests have been ongoing since last November, starting as a fuel tax revolt but have come to represent social policies and dissatisfaction with the French government in general. Much of action happened at Place de la Republique where protesters set the bulk of the fires and poli...
Extinction Rebellion: Climate protests ‘diverting’ London police

Extinction Rebellion: Climate protests ‘diverting’ London police

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Police are being diverted from "core local duties" that keep London safe by the Extinction Rebellion protesters, Scotland Yard has said.More than 500 people have been arrested since Monday, including three charged with gluing themselves to a train.Police rest days have been cancelled over the bank holiday, as more than 1,000 officers are deployed in London.Sajid Javid said the climate activists had "no right to cause misery" and the Met Police "must take a firm stance".Officers have also been asked to work 12-hour shifts, while the Violent Crime Task Force has had leave cancelled."This will have implications in the weeks and months beyond this protest as officers take back leave and the cost of overtime," a Met Police spokesman s...
5 killed in protests demanding Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir resign

5 killed in protests demanding Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir resign

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April 8 (UPI) -- At least five people were killed over the weekend as protesters took to the streets of Sudan and held a sit-in outside the headquarters of the Sudanese Armed Forces demanding President Omer Hassan al-Bashir resign, the Central Committee of Sundanese Doctors said. Deadly protests have rocked the African country calling for the end of the Sudanese president's three-decade rule since Dec. 19 when the regime slashed subsidies that saw bread triple in price overnight. But protests escalated Saturday when the opposition Sudanese Professional Association led a sit-in out front of the army's headquarters and declared a general strike. The doctors committee, which is under the professionals association, said at least one protester died in Omdurman city, the Sudan Tribune reported...
‘Four Palestinians dead’ in Gaza protests

‘Four Palestinians dead’ in Gaza protests

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Israeli forces have killed four Palestinian protesters as demonstrations take place on the Gaza border, the territory's health ministry has said.Adham Amara, 17, died at a protest camp in Gaza City, while Tamer Abu el-Khair, also 17, died in hospital after being shot in the southern city of Khan Younis, authorities said.Another teenager Belal al-Najjar, 17, was also shot dead at a protest location, the ministry said.Their deaths came hours after Mohammed Saad, 21, was killed during skirmishes overnight as tens of thousands of Palestinians mark a year of weekly demonstrations on the border.A Gaza hospital worker said Mr Saad was a member of the so-called "night disturbance unit", which routinely burns tyres, flashes laser lights and detonates explosives to distract soldiers and disturb resi...
Street protests in Haiti strand Canadian missionaries, nurses

Street protests in Haiti strand Canadian missionaries, nurses

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Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Helicopters were being used to evacuate Canadian missionaries, nurses and visitors from towns in Haiti amid street protests. They have been stranded for the past week because roads have been littered and cars set on fire. Demonstrators have called for President Jovenel Moise to resign over soaring inflation and corruption allegations but the leader said Thursday he "will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers." The 113 Quebec tourists staying at the Royal Decameron resort, about 50 northwest of Port-au-Prince, the capital, were transported by helicopter to the airport and then flown to Montreal, Premier François Legault said, according to CBC. Also, all missioners have been evacuated via multiple helicopter trips from their compound ...