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Armed troops, tanks and riot police sent into streets to crush Colombia farmers’ strike before presidential election

Rural workers say Juan Manuel Santos has failed to deliver on reform as armed troops, tanks and riot police sent into streets The Colombian government is deploying tanks, troops and riot police to counter a farmers’ strike that aims to choke food supplies before the upcoming presidential election on 25…

Pitched battle turns Kiev street into virtual warzone

In normal times, Grushevsky Street is one of the nicest avenues in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. But now its cobble stones have been ripped out by demonstrators to use as weapons in their standoff with police. Separated by twenty metres (yards) of no-man’s land and protected by metres-high barricades, protesters and…

Thousands of Cambodian workers protest over arrested Nike strikers

Thousands of Cambodian workers protested Wednesday against the arrest of strikers during a police crackdown at a factory making clothes for US sportswear giant Nike, unionists said. Cambodia’s workers are seeking to flex their muscles over discontent at low wages and tough conditions in the multibillion-dollar textile industry, which produces…

Riot police beat students in Spain protest: witnesses

VALENCIA, Spain — Baton-wielding riot police charged, beat and arrested several demonstrators at a student protest against spending cuts in the Spanish city of Valencia on Monday, reporters at the scene said. The clashes broke out in the mid-afternoon after students protesting against education budget cuts, which they say have…

Police dismantle ‘Occupy LA & Philly’ protest camps

Hundreds of riot police flooded into downtown Los Angeles andPhiladelphia early Wednesday to clear anti-Wall Street protest camps in mostly peaceful operations that saw dozens arrested. The latest moves targeting the two-month-old protest movement against corporate greed and inequality came days after announced eviction deadlines and did not bring the running clashes and…

Warsaw protester launches drone to spy on police

During protests in Warsaw last weekend, one crafty activist deployed a flying drone to spy on riot police. YouTube user latajacakamera — or “flying camera” in Polish — uploaded the amazing video that the drone effortlessly captured as it hovered over teargas-filled streets. In another video, the unmanned aerial vehicle…

Will ‘Occupy Portland’ be evicted today? WATCH LIVE

According to various reports on Twitter, more than a thousand supporters and witnesses have shown up in support of the “Occupy” protesters in Portland. Minutes before the planned eviction, which is to take place at Midnight PT, the crowd appears exuberant. UPDATE: 12:33 a.m. PT: ‘Occupy Portland’ still stands. Protesters…

London students march amid heavy police presence

Thousands of students marched through London against cuts in university funding as a massive police operation prevented a repeat of the violence at similar protests a year ago. Organisers said 10,000 people joined the march on Wednesday through the heart of the financial district in protest against the government’s tripling…

Charlotte riot police begin training for Democratic National Convention

If the Occupy movement decides to come to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, police in Charlotte, North Carolina are planning to be ready. Nearly 1,700 officers in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area are undergoing riot training in the months leading up to the gathering of Democrats. “The point of some of the…

Four killed in violent Bahrain crackdown: opposition

MANAMA — Riot police stormed through a Manama square in the dark early Thursday firing rubber bullets and tear gas in a harsh crackdown on anti-regime protesters that left four dead, witnesses and opposition said. Up to 95 protesters were wounded when police launched the operation in the iconic Pearl…

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