Peru’s protest ‘deactivators’ run towards tear gas to stop it

LIMA, Peru (AP) — When police fire tear gas at protesters demanding the resignation of Peruvian President Dina Boluartemost run away. A few, though, run towards the gas canisters as quickly as possible — to neutralize them. These are the “deactivators.” Donning gas masks, safety goggles and thick gloves, these volunteers grab the hot canisters … Read more

Dina Boluarte: Can Peru’s President strike a truce with protesters?

CNN — When Dina Boluarte was anointed Peru’s sixth president in five years, she faced battles on two fronts: appeasing the lawmakers who had ousted her boss and predecessor Pedro Castillo, and calming protesters enraged by the dethroning of yet another president. She called for a “political truce” with Congress on her first day of … Read more

Peru: Protester deaths spark calls for reparations amid a painful past

CNN — “If something happens to me, don’t cry,” Leonardo Hancco told his wife, Ruth Barcena, the morning of December 15 in Peru’s southern city of Ayacucho. The 32-year-old taxi driver and father of a seven-year-old girl had decided to join Peru’s nationwide political protests at the last minute. “If I have decided to join … Read more

Protests move into Peru’s capital, met by tear gas and smoke

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of protesters demanding the ouster of President Dina Boluarte poured into Peru’s capital, clashing with police who fired tear gas. Many came from remote regions, where dozens have died in unrest that has gripped the country since Peru’s first leader from a rural Andean background was removed from office last … Read more

Peru’s Andes ‘descended’ on capital to demand leader resign

LIMA, Peru (AP) — People poured into Peru’s coastal capital, many from remote Andean regions, for a protest Thursday against President Dina Boluarte and in support of her predecessor, whose ouster last month launched deadly unrest and cast the nation into political chaos. There was a tense calm in the streets of Lima Thursday morning … Read more

Strikes, protests test French plan to raise retirement age

PARIS (AP) — Workers in many French cities took to the streets Thursday to reject proposed pension changes that would push back the retirement age, amid a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. Demonstrations gathered thousands of people in the cities of Paris, Marseille, … Read more

Public Order Bill: The British government wants to hand police unprecedented powers to handle protesters. Human rights activists say it’s an affront to democracy

London CNN — The British government wants to hand new powers to the police that would allow officers to take stronger action against people engaging in peaceful, political protest. Human rights activists have accused the government of trying to suppress freedom of speech, while opposition politicians claim that Downing Street is simply trying to distract … Read more

Peru protests: Why Peru is in turmoil

CNN — Peru is seeing some of its worst violence in decades, which erupted last month following the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo, as protesters who opposed the current government’s call for political change in the country. In December, a state of emergency was imposed, airports and highways became the site of some clashes, … Read more

Police start clearing German village condemned for coal mine

LUETZERATH, Germany (AP) — Police in riot gear began evicting climate activists Wednesday from a condemned village in western Germany that is due to be demolished for the expansion of a coal mine. Some stones and fireworks were thrown as officers entered the tiny hamlet of Luetzerath, which has become a flashpoint of debate over … Read more

Brazil: Bolsonaro supporters breach security barriers, break into Brazilian Congress and presidential palace

CNN — Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday breached security barriers set up by the Armed Forces and gained access to key buildings for each of the three branches of government, including the congressional building, the Supreme Court and the Planalto Presidential Palace, according to images shown in Brazilian media. Footage showed … Read more