Pro-democracy protesters mostly dispersed from several Hong Kong university campuses and blocked a nearby road on Friday. Police had previously attempted to quell the protests with tear gas. Around 200 protesters remain spread over five university campuses, down from over 1,000 who were there on Thursday. Police announced on Friday that they will be treating the death of a 70-year-old street cleaner as murder. Protesters holed up in the university threw debris and fired bows and arrows at government workers in the street on Thursday. The man later died in hospital from injuries sustained after a brick hit his head. Authorities described it as an example of the "malicious acts of the rioters.'' Protesters said earlier on Friday that they would temporarily clear the road by the university for access, but given the amount of damage done, government officials have left it closed. Protesters later returned with new barricades. The president of the university … [Read more...] about Hong Kong: Protesters leave university campus and barricade highway
In less than a year, Americans will head to the polls in the 2020 presidential election. Last time around, the FBI says, Russian trolls, in coordination with the Russian government, engaged in a sophisticated attempt to influence the American electorate to vote for Donald Trump. Interested in 2020 Elections? Add 2020 Elections as an interest to stay up to date on the latest 2020 Elections news, video, and analysis from ABC News. 2020 Elections Add Interest While the effectiveness of the campaign is unknown, three years later, there's no indication that Russia has relented. Former FBI director and special counsel Robert Mueller, during a hearing before Congress last July, testified to the stark reality: “They’re doing it as we sit here,” he said. “And they expect to do it during the next campaign.” And other countries were following suit, he added. While the inaction of the U.S. government in 2016 has drawn considerable scrutiny, part of what … [Read more...] about Are Google, Twitter and Facebook doing enough to protect the 2020 election in the age of ‘information disorder’?
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters paralysed parts of Hong Kong’s central business district on Sunday, as police in riot gear attempted to disperse them with teargas and pepper spray. Using a park near the Hong Kong government headquarters as a base, the protesters have blocked many of the city’s main thoroughfares, forcing authorities to divert about 80 bus routes. Organisers say at least 30,000 people have joined the demonstration. Police fired volleys of teargas into the crowds at least three times on Sunday afternoon, according to reports posted online, sending protesters running and pleading for water and paper towels. Police have threatened to use a “higher degree of force” if the demonstrators do not disperse. Alvin Au, a teacher who said he had been at the protest all day to keep an eye on his teenage students, told the Guardian: “We all saw the teargas. None of us expected they would use it. It’s beyond our imagination and toleration. We … [Read more...] about Hong Kong police use teargas and pepper spray to disperse protesters
More than 200 people have been blinded in a month after riot police hit them with shotgun pellets amid violent protests in Chile. Hundreds of people have been hit in the eye with rubber bullets during the protests, sparking a 'health crisis' in its own right. Chile's top medical body said 230 people had lost their sight, of whom 50 will need a prosthetic eye. 'This means that the patient doesn't only lose their vision, but they lose their actual eye,' said Dr Patricio Meza of the Medical College of Chile. 'We are facing a real health crisis, a health emergency given that in such few days, in three weeks, we have had the highest number of cases involving serious ocular complications due to shots in the eye.' Growing anger over police brutality last night prompted Chilean singer Mon Laferte to stage a topless protest at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Fire and fury: Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in Santiago … [Read more...] about More than 200 Chilean protesters are BLINDED in a month after being shot with pellets by police during rallies – as singer Mon Laferte stages topless protest at music awards in Las Vegas against the brutality
By AFP More by this Author La PazBolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez on Thursday ruled out exiled leader Evo Morales from standing in new elections as thousands of demonstrators marched through La Paz in support of the socialist icon and against the new, acting leader.Columns of people streamed into the seat of government La Paz from the neighbouring town of El Alto for the second day running to press their argument that Morales's departure was not a resignation but the product of a coup.Waving multicoloured "wiphala" indigenous flags, many of the demonstrators chanted: "The time is now, civil war" and "Come back Evo!"The interim government announced on Thursday that talks with Morales's Movement for Socialism (MAS) party had begun in a bid to bring peace to the deeply polarized country.Pledging early elections, Anez -- until now a little-known lawmaker -- proclaimed herself acting president on Tuesday after Morales fled the country for Mexico, claiming to fear for his safety … [Read more...] about Bolivia interim president rules out Morales election bid
Photo: Brendan Hoffman/2014 Getty Images After a chaotic and deadly day of clashes on Thursday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed a deal with protest leaders in Kiev on Friday, agreeing to early presidential elections, a coalition government, and a constitutional reduction of presidential powers. The deal, brokered by European Union and Russian mediators, restores the 2004 Ukrainian constitution “with a rebalancing of powers towards a parliamentary republic,” Yanukovych said. The Ukrainian parliament approved the reversion to the old constitution on Friday evening. But while protest leaders had reportedly signed onto the peace agreement, not all who have been rioting in recent days said they would abide by it. “Any deal that does not include the president’s departure, however, is unlikely to get the approval of the mass of protesters,” the New York Times pointed out. A date for the accelerated election hasn’t yet been set. One … [Read more...] about Peace Deal Reached in Ukraine, With Amnesty for Protesters