Political Unrest
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Belarus protests swell despite crackdowns

by Esther Eaton
Posted 8/13/20, 04:14 pm

Women wearing white clothing formed human chains in the Belarusian capital of Minsk in solidarity with almost 7,000 protesters police have detained. Anti-government demonstrations in the country grew on Thursday, denouncing the government’s use of tear gas and rubber bullets after Sunday’s disputed presidential election. Thousands of factory workers rallied in several cities while dozens of military and police veterans posted videos of themselves trashing their uniforms and insignia.

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U.S. orders China to close Houston consulate in 72 hours

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/22/20, 05:58 am

In an escalation of U.S.-China tensions, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the move was to “protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.” Beijing on Wednesday called the closure an “unprecedented escalation” of recent tensions and warned of firm countermeasures, including the potential closure of a U.S. diplomatic mission in China. Before the public announcement, local Houston media reported police and firefighters responded to calls from neighbors that consular staff were burning documents in the consulate courtyard.

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Hong Kong: A city on the brink

China | Residents see their freedoms diminish rapidly as the Beijing government implements a draconian national security law it forced on the city
by June Cheng
Posted 7/16/20, 02:35 pm

Daniel Cheung first heard of Beijing’s plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong in late May, while he was stuck inside a Causeway Bay hotel for his mandatory 14-day quarantine. He had just returned to Hong Kong from the United States, where he is getting his Ph.D. in theology, and he remembers feeling angry and frustrated as he read the news on social media. He had known one day mainland China would clamp down on the city’s autonomy, but he had no idea it would be so soon.

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