Political Unrest
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Greeks stage mass protests over Macedonia name dispute

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/05/18, 10:34 am

More than 100,000 protesters gathered in central Athens on Sunday in the ongoing dispute with neighboring Macedonia over its use of a name that holds historical and regional significance for both countries. The protesters blocked traffic throughout the city center and officials closed three major subway stops. Protesters chanted “Hands off Macedonia!” and “Macedonia belongs to Greece!,” as they waved flags bearing the emblem of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. The name dispute began when Macedonia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

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Mock inauguration leads to crackdown in Kenya

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/31/18, 10:31 am

The Kenyan government on Wednesday cracked down on opposition officials after opposition leader Raila Odinga staged a mock presidential inauguration. Tens of thousands of his supporters gathered in a Nairobi park Tuesday to witness Odinga’s “swearing-in” as “the people’s president.” Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta officially began his second term in November, but opponents have rejected his presidency on grounds of election abuses. The Kenyan government cut live transmission of the ceremony by the country’s top three television stations and threatened to revoke their licenses.

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Russia cracks down on anti-Putin protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/29/18, 11:54 am

Russian officials on Sunday released opposition leader Alexei Navalny hours after police arrested him, as thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across the country to protest the presidential election scheduled for March. Navalny had called for the protests and encouraged people to boycott the polls. Riot police wrestled him to the ground and pulled him into a police van shortly after he arrived at a protest in Moscow. “This means nothing,” Navalny tweeted from the van.

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