Massive political protests around the world with over half dozen major marches and protests today: Democracy, elections, and voting at Democracy Chronicles
Massive political protests around the world with half dozen major marches today
Here’s what people are protesting today (PHOTOS)
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Here’s GlobalPost’s roundup of what people are protesting today:
- United States
Around 2,000 anti-government demonstrators converged near Thailand’s parliament Wednesday to protest a controversial bill offering amnesty for those who’ve been involved in political violence. The proposed amnesty would scrap charges against those involved in political unrest between the time of the military coup that toppled then-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in September 2006 until May 2012. Leaders would be excluded.
Anti-government factions fear it will be manipulated by the ruling Puea Thai government to waive convictions against Thaksin, who is the current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s brother. Thai riot police near the parliament during an anti-government protest on Aug. 7, 2013 in Bangkok. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
“Women of the Wall,” a pluralistic organization of religious Jewish women who demand to be allowed to pray at the Western Wall while not observing ultra-Orthodox custom, have gathered to pray at the Wall every month for more than 25 years. Often there are protests. Ultra-Orthodox authorities in charge of the wall believe that women should only be allowed to pray there according to ultra-Orthodox custom. Dozens of policemen protect the women as they pray.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man blows a whistle during a protest against Women of the Wall as they pray at the plaza near the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City on Aug. 7, 2013, marking the first day of the Jewish month of Elul. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)
It’s been a frozen conflict for most of the past three centuries, but Spain’s dispute with Britain over Gibraltar is heating up again. The head of Gibraltar’s British-backed government has accused Spain of acting “like North Korea” by holding up traffic on the border and threatening a series of other measures against the tiny territory.
Following talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered to “reduce measures” at the border. The British government responded by saying it will heed actions, not rhetoric. See more at the Global Post including 7 more countries…