Political Unrest
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U.S. passes Hong Kong rights bill

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/20/19, 11:34 am

China on Wednesday threatened “strong countermeasures” after the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill the day before to protect human rights in Hong Kong. The bill will now go to the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed similar legislation last month. If approved, the measure will impose sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for rights abuses and require an annual review of the semi-autonomous territory’s trade status with the United States.

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Iran suppresses protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/19/19, 10:58 am

Iran maintained a nationwide internet blackout on Tuesday in response to protests over raised gasoline prices. Authorities said they arrested more than a thousand protesters and at least five people have died, but the internet shutdown has made it difficult to confirm the extent of the clashes. Amnesty International reported Tuesday it thinks at least 106 protesters have died since Sunday.

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Hong Kong protesters caught in police standoff

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/18/19, 10:46 am

Police in Hong Kong continued to surround the Hong Kong Polytechnic University late on Monday as hundreds of protesters remained trapped on campus. The demonstrators, fearing arrest, have refused to come out since last week. A few hundred of them ran back to the campus on Monday morning after police fired tear gas as they tried to flee via ropes attached to a footbridge.

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