ACTIVISM

Activists call on Gambia gov't to release environmentalists

Rights groups called on Gambia's government on Monday to release 33 environmental activists who were detained more than a week ago after staging a protest against sand mining in their coastal village.

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Pro-Biafra protests continue in Nigeria

Protests launched last weekend by pro-Biafra activists over the continued detention Nnamdi Kanu, an activist who supports the creation of a breakaway state of Biafra, has continued in different parts of Nigeria.

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Protesters across Brazil demonstrate against President Rousseff

Rio de Janeiro - Hundreds of thousands of people rallied Sunday in cities across Brazil protest the government of President Dilma Rousseff.

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‘We can’t breathe’: Eric Garner protesters chant his last words

The last words of Eric Garner became the rallying cry for protests that swirled in New York after a grand jury refused to indict a police officer who placed the unarmed black man in a chokehold.

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Activists urge a boycott of Black Friday in solidarity with Ferguson

While US retailers are flooding social media with plugs for the latest Black Friday deals, activists angry about the failure to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager

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Greenpeace in New Feud With Russia Over a Ship Seized by Senegal

MOSCOW — Having just quieted the furor over its seizure of a Greenpeace International ship in the Arctic, Russia is embroiled in a new dispute with the environmental organization, this time over a Russian fishing trawler accused of poaching in coastal waters off Senegal.

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Thousands of African migrants protest outside Israeli parliament

More than 10,000 African migrants demonstrated outside the Israeli parliament on Wednesday, extending protests into a fourth consecutive day in a quest for recognition as refugees and freedom to work legally without fear of incarceration.

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Israeli protests: The Tale of a Sudanese Refugee

As tens of thousands of migrants demonstrate in Tel Aviv, one man describes what happened when he went home to Sudan

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African asylum seekers in Israel seek world help

Thousands of African asylum seekers demonstrated outside Western embassies in Tel Aviv on Monday in a second day of mass protests against the immigration policies of Israel.

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Thousands of African migrants protest Israel detention laws

Tel Aviv - More than 10,000 African asylum seekers staged a protest in Tel Aviv on Sunday, denouncing the Jewish state long-term detention of asylum seekers.

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Greenpeace activist "even more dedicate" after Russia ordeal

Moscow — A Greenpeace activist who spent more than two months in prison in Russia over a protest against oil drilling said on Friday the ordeal had made her "even more dedicated" to saving the Arctic environment.

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Egypt: Muslim Sisterhood takes lead in protests

CAIRO -- They tirelessly hold rallies, whether at night or under cold rain, chanting for the return of the ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They clash with police, hurling back fuming tear gas canisters and getting dragged by their veils and thrown behind bars. At protests in universities, they get into fistfights with rival female students.

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Morsi supporters to boycott Egypt constitution vote

The Islamist supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will boycott a referendum on a new constitution next month and organise a campaign against the vote, a spokesman said Monday.

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African migrants abandon Israeli detention center in protest march

More than 100 African migrants have abandoned an "open" Israeli detention center to try to march on Jerusalem in protest at a law allowing authorities to keep them in custody indefinitely, activists said on Monday.

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Nigeria: MOSOP, OSF, PENGASSAN protests paralyse Rivers

IT was protest galore in Rivers State on Tuesday as three different groups took to the streets to protest against the federal and the state governments.

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Egypt to try top anti-Mubarak activist, 24 others

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was at the forefront of the 2011 uprising, will face trial for taking part in an unauthorised protest, his father said Monday

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Egypt charges three top activists over Cairo protest

Egyptian public prosecutor referred leading political activist Ahmed Maher for trial on Thursday on charges that include protesting without permission, a judicial official said.

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Edward Snowden a "hero" for NSA disclosures, Wikipedia founder says

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has called on Barack Obama to rein in the National Security Agency as he described the whistleblower Edward Snowden as "a hero" whom history will judge "very favourably".

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Putin says Greenpeace had "noble" motives as more crew freed

Russia on Thursday released six Greenpeace activists on bail, bringing the number freed from jail to seven as President Vladimir Putin said the group had noble motives for their Arctic protest.

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To Zuma, with love: the Arctic 30

An Open letter to South African President Jacob Zuma by Greenpeace International Executive Director and former anti-Apartheid activist, Kumi Naidoo, calling on him to speak up for the release of 30 men and women arrested for a peaceful protest in Russia.

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