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Ecuador

Thursday, October 4th, large scale protests erupted in major cities across Ecuador. The protesters were predominantly people employed in the transportation sector who are upset that President Moreno has moved forward with rollbacks on subsidies for fuel. Without the 1.3 million dollar subsidy fuel prices will soar, angering protesters as most employees in the public…

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Catalonia

The Spanish government incensed the northern autonomous region of Catalonia when it imprisoned leaders of the Catalan separatist movement for sentences spanning between nine and thirteen years. The jailed leaders had organized a referendum considering Catalan independence in 2017 that the Spanish government viewed as illegitimate. Following the referendum, in which over 90% of people…

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Egypt

Protests, the largest since the 2013 military coup, have taken place in Cairo and across Egypt demanding the fall of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in late September due to discontent over soaring prices, corruption, and subsidy cuts. The protests began when Mohamed Ali, a forty-five-year-old actor living in Spain and a former construction contractor with close…

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Honduras

On October 18, 2019 Juan Antonio Hernandez, a former Honduran congressman and brother of the current Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, was found guilty of state sponsored drug trafficking. Over the following days large protests calling for the removal of President Juan Orlando Hernandez have turned violent. Citizens and opponents have been emboldened by the…

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Russia

Demonstrators in Russia are demanding an end to the policy of arbitrarily imprisoning opposition politicians. Tens of thousands of people from a myriad of opposition parties have demonstrated in Moscow, demanding an end to the crackdown on political dissent in Russia. Activists at the anti-government protests have been diverse, with individuals from a wide-ranging array…

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Bangladesh

Students across Bangladesh protested in droves following the murder of an engineering student in Dhaka. The student, Abrar Fahad, had recently posted on Facebook criticizing the government of Bangladesh for export deals signed with India. Authorities believe that the murder was carried out by the Bangladesh Chhatra Party, a student wing of Prime Minister Sheikh…

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South Africa

In South Africa, femicide is five times higher than the global average and South African women are demanding a change. On September 1st at the conference center for the World Economic Forum (WEF), hundreds of mainly female protesters attempted to storm the building demanding protections for women in South Africa. The march occurred after the…

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London, England

Anti-Brexit protests have become more frequent in recent weeks, as the October 31 deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union looms. Anti-Brexit campaigners, aided by the British opposition, have been holding rallies across England demonstrating their dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and his plan to lead the U.K. out of the…

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Puerto Rico

After becoming embroiled in a text message controversy over the summer, Ricardo Rossello resigned his position as Governor of Puerto Rico. Governor Rossello, Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin, and Chief Financial Officer Christian Sobrino Vega had texts sent on the messaging app Telegram leaked by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigate Journalism. In the messages,…

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Serbia

The Serbian political environment has been fraught with tension in recent months, as opposition activists demand a free press and fair elections in the Eastern European nation. Demonstrations have been held on a weekly basis outside President Aleksandar Vucic’s residence in Belgrade. Since winning the 2017 Serbian election by a commanding margin, Vucic is accused…

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Georgia

Anti-Russian sentiment hit the Georgian capital of Tbilisi hard, with Georgians infuriated over a parliamentary speech given by a Russian lawmaker. Relations are frosty between the two nations, having fought a war in 2008 after Russia invaded parts of Georgia. Diplomatic relations between the countries have not been reestablished since the war, and Russia maintains…

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London, England

British police ordered Extinction Rebellion activists to stop their demonstrations immediately or face arrest, issuing a London-wide ban on the group’s climate change protests. Extinction Rebellion holds their so-called “Autumn Uprising” across major cities across the globe to rebel against the world’s governments for their “criminal inaction” when it comes to the intensifying climate crisis.…

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Jordan

Four weeks after beginning to strike, teachers in Jordan returned to work on October 6. Educators across the country took to the streets to voice their displeasure with the government after a 2014 promise to increase salaries failed to come to fruition. The demonstrations began as an “open-ended” protest, in which teachers demanded a fifty…

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Venezuela

Protests in Venezuela began in January 2019 and are ongoing in an attempt to oust Nicholas Maduro from the presidency. Initial protests drew tremendous international attention as protesters gathered behind Juan Guaidó, commonly referred to as the opposition by the Maduro administration. Protests in Venezuela grew increasingly violent as police arrested leaders of the opposition…

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Jerusalem, Palestine, Israel

Protests have occurred in Israel and Palestine over the past few weeks as Palestinians are raising their voices about the treatment of a detained Palestinian prisoner. Al-Arbid, a Palestinian, has been detained by Israeli forces since September 25th and was admitted into a hospital where there is suspicion that he had been tortured. 300 Palestinians…

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United States

The United States has been gripped by many different protests in 2019. Two main types of protests have erupted in the U.S. against big corporations and against the government. Protesters have taken to striking against corporations such as Amazon on Prime Day and General Automotive. While striking has been the main choice of protest tactics…

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Sudan

Sudan has been rocked by protests since December 2018, leading to the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir. The Bashir Government was working to impose emergency austerity measures to fight off economic collapse. Following cuts to food and fuel subsidies, Sudanese citizens took to the streets to demonstrate against worsening living standards, and after the unrest…

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Northern Syria

A United Nations-backed council tasked with creating a new constitution for the country has chosen to not include a representative of the Kurdish population in Northeast Syria. Thousands of Kurds protested the decision stating they should be included in the discussion for the new constitution. The current committee is 150 people split evenly between the…

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