Political Unrest
Associated Press/Photo by Emilio Morenatti

Catalan sentencing sparks unrest in Spain

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/15/19, 11:15 am

Protesters continued to block roads and railway lines in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday after mass demonstrations against the Spanish government a day earlier. A court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in prison on Monday, sparking the protests in the capital of the Catalonia region. Demonstrators gathered at the Barcelona airport, forcing the cancellation of at least 110 flights. More than 170 people, including 40 police officers, sustained injuries.

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Kiran Ridley

Stepping into the fray

Asia | As violent demonstrations roil Hong Kong, a bold group of volunteers is providing moral support and physical protection for young protesters
by June Cheng
Posted 10/10/19, 01:14 pm

On the road in front of the luxury mall Pacific Place in the central business district of Hong Kong, hundreds of young pro-democracy protesters, wearing hard hats and gas masks, began to yell and run in retreat. Behind them, tear gas canisters arched through the sky, leaving trails of white smoke. As police fired rounds of the acrid gas, members of an elite police squad known as raptors suddenly charged at protesters from both the main and side roads.

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Associated Press/Photo by Dolores Ochoa

Protests grip Ecuador’s capital

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/09/19, 12:15 pm

Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno late on Monday moved his government out of the capital city of Quito. Angry protesters on Tuesday targeted the National Assembly and other government buildings, waving flags and chanting slogans. Moreno imposed a curfew across the area later in the day to quell the unrest.

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