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Protest and Celebration in Brazil for Lula

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Thousands of people chanted “Free Lula!” on Sunday outside of the jail where the government is holding former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. These protests come about on the one-year anniversary of his incarceration (Al Jazeera). Meanwhile, other Brazilians were throwing parties in celebration of the government cracking down on corruption. Lula is serving […]

Anti-Bashir Protests Intensify in Sudan

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Protests in Sudan are escalating as demonstrators continue to call for political change and the resignation of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir (Al Jazeera). The protests initially began in December following a severe economic crisis that was partly a result of U.S. sanctions and the loss of oil revenues (Reuters). Since then, protests have led demonstrators […]

Students in Europe Rally for Climate Change

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Young, student protesters skipped classes in Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium to demand their governments respond faster to climate change (BBC). One German student claimed protesting took priority over education, and followed the claim by questioning the purpose of school “if we have no future?” (BBC). These protests were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunburg […]

Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency, Blames ‘Foreign Enemies’

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared a six-month state of emergency in a televised address on Sunday following months of anti-government protests (BBC). The protests were carried out by the country’s two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara people, complaining that power is held by a small Tigrean elite (BBC). According to government officials, […]