Posts Tagged ‘protests’

Hong Kong Elections: Umbrella Protest Parties Win

September 12, 2016

Hong Kong Elections: Umbrella Protest Party Wins Big
In late 2014, despite the 1997 promise of local autonomy (“One Country, Two Systems”), China’s ruling party proposed new restrictive measures for Hong Kong elections. Hong Kong responded with 80 days of street demonstrations. Young protesters carried umbrellas to shield themselves from police pepper spray, and the movement became known as the Umbrella Revolution.

While authorities suppressed the pro-democracy street protests, the movement for local self-government continued. Last week, a record voter turnout elected six leaders of the Umbrella Movement to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and Macau. The next Hong Kong Chief Executive election is scheduled for March 26, 2017.

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Arctic Elegy

July 6, 2016

Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi performs one of his compositions on a platform floating near the Wahlenbergbreen glacier at Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway for the Save the Arctic campaign.

Ludovico Einaudi website

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Umbrella Revolution: Folded

December 6, 2014

Umbrella Revolution: Folded

When Hong Kong’s protest for self-rule began in September, police responded with pepper spray and tear gas, and demonstrators sheltered behind umbrellas. The “Umbrella Revolution” ended this week as protest leaders surrendered to police and told their comrades to go home. Hong Kong police cleared protest barricades and tent sites, some protesters are in jail, and movement spokesman Joshua Wong is on a hunger strike. Everyone in HK is asking “What’s next?” and they don’t mean the winter monsoon cold snap.

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Eric Garner, July 17, 2014.

December 4, 2014

Eric Garner, July 17, 2014.

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The Umbrella Revolution

September 30, 2014

The Umbrella Revolution

Student protesters in Hong Kong’s Central District have been protecting themselves with umbrellas and plastic sheets. It’s raining tear gas and pepper spray.

Hong Kong was returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 with the promise of “One Country, Two Systems,” a pledge that HK citizens could choose their own leaders by 2017. Beijing has reneged on this, hence the pro-democracy protests and the umbrellas. But don’t try to email, text, post, or tweet the word “umbrella” in the city today or you’ll get in trouble with Chinese authorities.

Some Hong Kong protesters put down their umbrellas to meet police with the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture they learned from Ferguson’s protesters, but they wear surgical masks and goggles because it doesn’t stop the pepper spray.

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Flamenco Flash Mobs Strike Spain’s Banks

April 21, 2013

Financial institutions across Andalusia are under percussive attack from Flamenco Flash Mobs. Guerilla performances of these indignados flamencos are political demonstrations, expressions of anger and frustration at the Spanish economic crisis. Like this performance in a branch of Bankia, they’re choreographed by the anti-capitalist group Flo6x8. 

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“Los “indignados flamencos” Flo6x8 arrasan en Internet con su bulería contra Bankia,” Vertele.com

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100 Years

March 3, 2013

On March 3, 1013, the day before Woodrow Wilson’s Inauguration, American women paraded on Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue and demanded the right to vote.  They didn’t get it until August 18, 1920.

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Camover

February 1, 2013

Camover

Berlin has seen a rise in the use of police surveillance video, Closed Circuit TV (CCTV). And Berlin being Berlin, not everyone is happy about this, thinking it an invasion of privacy. One response has been the game of “Camover,” in which teams of young activists compete for points by creatively trashing surveillance cameras. The team with the most points by February 19th wins. That’s when the Europäischer Polizeikongress (European Police Congress) meets in Berlin.

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Puppet Radicals Run Riot in DC!

November 4, 2012

Puppet Radicals Run Riot in DC!

“The Million Puppet March — a political rally against Mitt Romney’s debate remarks about Big Bird and cutting funding to public television — may not have actually been a million puppets strong, but furry monsters came from far and near in a post-Halloween parade of support for PBS on Saturday.

The march to the Capitol set off from Lincoln Park shortly after 11 a.m., with the participants singing the “Sesame Street” theme song, and the Muppets’ “Mahna Mahna.” They were asked to keep to the sidewalk, but the hundreds of marchers soon spilled into the street, requiring a police escort. They chanted:

‘Power to the puppets! We can save the Muppets!’

‘Whose street? Sesame Street!’

‘What do we want? Cookies! When do we want them? Now!’

‘EL-MO! We won’t go!’

–“The Million Puppet March: Fighting for public broadcasting, with felt and fur,” Maura Judkis, Washington Post

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