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Tear gas fired as hundreds arrested in violent French protests

Tear gas fired as hundreds arrested in violent French protests

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Tear gas and water cannon have been used on thousands of people across France as protests continued against taxes and President Emmanuel Macron. Parts of central Paris were placed on lockdown and 89,000 security officials were deployed across the country amid fears of a repeat of rioting a week ago which damaged a major monument and injured 130 people.Paris Metro stations and tourist attractions including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Musee d'Orsay are closed, as 8,000 security personnel in the capital alone try to quell the rising fury.Earlier, tear gas was fired by officers as protesters stormed towards steel barriers and police trucks stationed outside the presidential palace. ...
France abandons petrol price hikes in response to violent protests

France abandons petrol price hikes in response to violent protests

World
France has scrapped plans for all petrol price hikes in 2019 following weeks of violent protests. Just a day after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the rises would be suspended for six months from their original introduction date in January, the environment minister confirmed that they had been cancelled completely.Minister Francois de Rugy told BFM TV that the government had decided to ditch the plans in their entirety in order to assuage fears that the increase would be be reintroduced as soon as the protests came to an end. Image: Protesters think Mr Macron is out of touch with the working class Demonstrations against what would have been one of Emmanuel Macron's flagship policies began on 17 November.While...
Police: Ex-President Lee approved violent crackdown on labor unionists

Police: Ex-President Lee approved violent crackdown on labor unionists

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SEOUL, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A police investigation found the South Korean presidential office under former President Lee Myung-bak gave a final approval to allow a harsh crackdown on Ssangyong Motors workers in 2009. The Korean National Police Agency revealed on Tuesday the government gave the final go-ahead to allow police to deploy riot police, helicopters and use tear gas liquids and taser guns to disperse unionists of Ssangyong Motors, in a briefing on a six-month probe. Earlier this year, the agency created a committee tasked with investigating alleged human rights violations by police in the Ssangyong Motors strike in 2009. Employees of the then-struggling motor company, now under Indian company Mahindra & Mahindra ownership, occupied their factory from May to August in 2009, in protest...
Anti-government protests turn violent in Romania

Anti-government protests turn violent in Romania

World
Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Demonstrators clashed with police on Friday as an anti-government protest in Romania's capital, Bucharest, turned violent. Tens of thousands showed up for the rally, which called on Romanians living abroad to return home to protest what they say is a corrupt government. Chief complaints among the demonstrators are legislative changes that many say will weaken the rule of law. "We want democracy and laws that defend citizens, not politicians," Moise Maracine, a protester who flew from Britain, where he lives and owns a business, told The New York Times. As angry crowds shouted for government officials to resign, demonstrators clashed with officials. Some threw bottles and rocks at the police, prompting law enforcement to fire tear gas into the crowd. More than 240 people ...
Martian moons Phobos and Deimos carved out by violent impact

Martian moons Phobos and Deimos carved out by violent impact

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April 18 (UPI) -- The Martian moons Phobos and Deimos were formed after a large object struck the Red Planet a few billion years ago, according to a new model developed by scientists at the Southwest Research Institute.Scientists have considered a number of origin scenarios for Phobos and Deimos, including the possibility that the satellites are asteroids captured by Mars' gravity.The most promising formation theory is one involving an impact and an equatorial disk of debris. The two small moons formed from the disk of rocky fragments. But until now, attempts to model such a scenario have failed to convince."Ours is the first self-consistent model to identify the type of impact needed to lead to the formation of Mars' two small moons," Robin Canup, an associate vice president in the SwRI S...