Political Unrest
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Extradition law protests turn violent in Hong Kong

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/12/19, 10:31 am

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at tens of thousands of protesters Wednesday who blocked access to the Legislative Council building, temporarily delaying a debate on a controversial extradition bill. Demonstrators, the majority of them young people, donned masks and cling film to shield themselves from pepper spray. Organizers built barricades and supplied snacks, water bottles, and in one instance, a Bible.

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Religious, ethnic violence escalates in Mali

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/11/19, 09:58 am

A raid on a village in central Mali on Monday left at least 95 people dead in the country’s latest bout of violence linked to Islamic extremists. Gunmen began shooting, pillaging, and burning the Dogon village of Sobame Da in the early morning hours, local news outlets reported. Ali Dolo, the mayor of the district, told Reuters the death toll could still rise because only 50 of the village’s 300 residents responded to a roll call.

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Businesses go on strike in Sudan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/10/19, 11:39 am

Sudanese protesters launched a general strike on Sunday after the ruling military council targeted their sit-in camp in a deadly crackdown. Shops and businesses throughout the capital city of Khartoum remained shuttered on Monday. Demonstrators said staff from Khartoum International Airport also joined the strike.

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