Posts tagged as protests

Lithuania avoided anti-quarantine protests

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Lithuania is cited among the European success stories in dealing with the first wave of the novel coronavirus. As the number of cases rises, what lessons has Lithuania learned? “This is not a crisis heroically to be solved by one person. You cannot force people to wash their hands – you can only convince them,” political scientist Ivan Krastev said of the Covid-19 pandemic at the European Forum Alpbach in…

Lukashenko vows to stop human chain ‘from Vilnius to Kyiv’

Monday, August 17, 2020

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said the human chain, organised by Lithuanian activists in support to the pro-democracy protests in Belarus, poses a threat and he will “prevent actions like this”. “There are not enough ‘non-indifferent’ people forming chains and holding flowers in the Minsk avenue. […] They want to form a chain from Vilnius to Kyiv and gather over 300,000 people,” Lukashenko said during a meeting at the Belarusian Defence…

‘Things change at night’. Lithuanians caught up in US protests

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Mass protests have swept across the US in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers. Lithuanians living in the country have also been caught up in the violence. LRT journalist Aurimas Piečiukaitis, reporting from Washington, said that the protests usually escalated at night. “The protests are mostly peaceful during the day, as people are marching and chanting on the streets. There’s genuine anger not only…

Protests against regional reform as Saeima debates matters

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Protests took place in Rīga and elsewhere March 5 as municipalities and individuals objected to reforms of regional administration that would see the current network of municipalities given a  major overhaul. Under the proposed new law, the number of municipalities would be reduced from more than 100 to 40. With lawmakers due to give a second reading to a bill with more than 300 proposed amendments that would amalgamate and merge…

Europeans protest, the U.S. does not care

By Alvis Petus on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Since the start of U.S.-led Defender Europe 2020 military exercise in February, peace movement activists have criticized the maneuvers and called them a provocation. The exercises are expected to last about five months, taking place mostly in Germany, Poland and the Baltic States. US European Command said in October that the mission aims to “to build readiness within the [NATO] alliance and deter potential adversaries.” Defender Europe 2020 has sparked…

Indian police fire teargas at citizenship bill protesters

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Indian police have fired blanks on protesters as thousands ignored a curfew in the north-east of the country in fresh demonstrations against contentious new citizenship legislation. Officials said on Thursday about 20 to 30 people have been hurt in the protests in recent days, with vehicles torched and police firing teargas and charging the crowds with heavy wooden sticks. Up to 5,000 paramilitary forces were deployed in the city of…

France’s yellow vest movement marks 1 year of protests

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Police are deployed around key sites in Paris as France’s yellow vest protesters prepare to mark the first anniversary of their sometimes-violent movement for economic justice. Protesters hope to breathe new life into the yellow vest movement with actions Saturday around the capital and at traffic circles around the country. Dozens of police in riot gear guarded the Arc de Triomphe overlooking the Champs-Elysees avenue, a scene of weekly rioting…

Hong Kong protests: foreign students start to leave as unrest shifts to universities

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dozens of foreign students have been urged to leave Hong Kong after another night of clashes left several people seriously injured. A worker for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, struck by an object thrown by protesters earlier on Wednesday, was in critical condition, according to the government. A 15-year-old believed to have been hit in the head by a tear-gas canister has reportedly suffered a skull fracture. A man…

Iraqi PM addresses nation as protests death toll rises to 42

Friday, October 4, 2019

Iraq’s premier on Friday urged anti-government protesters to go home, saying their “legitimate demands” have been heard and comparing security measures imposed in the wake of this week’s demonstrations to “bitter medicine” that needs to be swallowed as the death toll from the violence rose to 42. Dozens of protesters defied his message, gathering shortly before noon near Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square. Many had camped out on the streets overnight.…

Hong Kong leader bans masks in hardening stance on protests

Friday, October 4, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam banned protesters from wearing masks Friday in a hardening of the government’s stance on the territory’s most disruptive crisis since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. Lam announced the ban at an afternoon news conference where she decried a recent escalation of violence after four months of anti-government demonstrations. The mask ban, imposed under a colonial-era Emergency Ordinance, takes effect Saturday. It applies to…