Political Unrest
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Police try to squash protests before Kenyan election

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/13/17, 11:51 am

Police in Kenya said Friday they shot and killed two opposition protesters who stormed a police station with rocks and farm tools. The government on Thursday banned opposition protests in the business districts of major cities. Police throughout the country are trying to disperse crowds who are calling for election reform ahead of a do-over vote for president on Oct. 26. Last month, the Kenyan Supreme Court rejected the results of the August presidential election, saying hackers used the electoral commission’s computer system to manipulate the vote in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Catalan majority votes for independence despite police raids

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/02/17, 09:22 am

Catalonia’s leader said the autonomous Spanish region has earned the right to independence after Catalans overwhelmingly voted Sunday in favor of separation, despite violent police raids intended to stop the process. Preliminary results show 90 percent of the 2.26 million votes counted were in favor of independence. The counted ballots did not include those confiscated by Spanish National Police during raids that closed 319 of the 2,300 polling stations, according to Catalan authorities. Videos showed Spanish police using batons and rubber bullets against voters.

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Kurdish independence vote prompts flight ban

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/28/17, 11:28 am

Several Middle Eastern airlines have halted flights to Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, beginning Friday, after Iraqi Kurds voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence. The Kurdish electoral commission on Wednesday said more than 92 percent of voters approved the region’s move for independence from Iraq. Tuesday’s referendum took place across the autonomous region’s provinces despite threats from the Iraqi government and concerns communicated by other international leaders.

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