Political Unrest
Illustration by Bram Vanhaeren

Borderland power plays

Q&A | A geopolitical tussle for dominance is behind China’s recent aggression with neighboring India
by June Cheng
Posted 10/08/20, 04:09 pm

After a month of skirmishes over their disputed border, Indian and Chinese soldiers fought hand-to-hand and with rudimentary weapons on June 15 high in the Himalayan Mountains at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. The deadliest conflict between the two countries in 45 years, the clash—gunless due to a previous agreement—left 20 Indians dead along with an unknown number of Chinese casualties (Indian sources estimate 40 Chinese soldiers were severely injured or killed).

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Violent protests break out across Indonesia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/08/20, 01:28 pm

High school and university students hurled rocks and bottles at officers who blocked them from approaching the palace in the capital city of Jakarta on Thursday. Police responded with tear gas. Other protesters burned a police post and set fire to a subway station downtown. Authorities arrested more than 200 demonstrators as similar skirmishes broke out in other large cities.

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Belarus detains hundreds of protesters

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 9/24/20, 04:56 pm

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko took the oath of office at a surprise inauguration ceremony in the capital city of Minsk on Wednesday. Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of cities throughout the country, starting that evening and into Thursday. Police used truncheons and water cannons to disperse crowds and authorities arrested 364 protesters, according to the Interior Ministry. Andrei Shved, prosecutor general, said he might impose significant fines and other penalties on protesters.

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