Posts tagged as protesters

Naked protesters covered in fake blood lie piled on top of one another in the centre of Barcelona

Monday, December 17, 2018

Animal rights activists stripped naked and covered themselves in fake blood in Barcelona in a protest against the use of fur and leather. Dozens of campaigners lay naked and motionless in the busy Plaza Catalunya square, one of Barcelona’s main shopping and tourism destinations, beside a sign reading ‘How many lives just for a coat?’. The protest was organised by the Spanish branch of animal rights group Anima Naturalis. Pictures…

Macron to break silence, address French nation amid protests

Monday, December 10, 2018

Pressure mounted on French President Emmanuel Macron to announce concrete measures to calm protests marked by violence when he addresses the nation Monday evening, breaking a long silence widely seen as aggravating a crisis that has shaken the government and the whole country. The president will consult in the morning with an array of national and local officials as he tries to get a handle on the ballooning and radicalizing…

After weeks of unrest, France suspends fuel tax meant to help curb climate change

By James MCAULEY on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced Tuesday that the French government will temporarily suspend a carbon tax plan that triggered weeks of often violent protests nationwide. To help curb climate change, the government had proposed the taxes, which were slated to take effect in January and were designed to wean consumers off diesel and other polluting fuels and to favor electric cars. But the price increases those taxes represented led…

Ex-KGB officer tells court they were in Vilnius in 1991 on Gorbachev’s orders

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mikhail Golovatov, a former KGB officer who is being tried in absentia for his role in the January 1991 bloody crackdown on protesters in Vilnius, says the Soviet army units came to Lithuania under a direct order from the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. The high-ranking KGB officer on January 11-13, 1991 commanded a squad that stormed the TV Tower and the Radio and Television Committee building in Vilnius. “We…

Afghan special forces sent to bolster threatened city defenses

Monday, August 13, 2018

Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the embattled city of Ghazni, where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting. The Taliban attack on Ghazni, a strategic center on the main highway linking the capital Kabul with southern Afghanistan, is a blow to President Ashraf Ghani weeks before parliamentary elections are due…