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More than 200 detained in Belarus protests – rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Belarus police detained more than 200 people in Minsk on Sunday during the latest in months of anti-government protests since a disputed presidential election in August, human rights activists said.

Thousands took to the streets of the Belarusian capital, and police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd, several Belarus media outlets reported.

The Vesna-96 rights group said 205 people had been detained so far.

The Interior Ministry later confirmed that there had been detentions, saying those being held had been “disturbing public order and resisting police officers,” but it did not give any numbers.

Opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko have staged regular protests since August, accusing him of rigging the election to extend his 26-year grip on power. He denies electoral fraud and has refused to resign.

Protest organisers this week asked people to gather in dozens of different spots all across Minsk before forming bigger

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Peru’s interim president Manuel Merino resigns after protests

Peru’s interim president Manuel Merino resigned Sunday, after being in office for only five days. His decision followed nearly a week of violent protests in the country following the impeachment of former President Martin Vizcarra.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters against the removal of President Martin Vizcarra gather in front of the Congress building in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.


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Protesters against the removal of President Martin Vizcarra gather in front of the Congress building in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.

“I want to make it known to the whole country that I irrevocably present my resignation for the office of the presidency and I call for peace and unity for all Peruvians. My commitment is with Peru and I will do everything in my power to guarantee a constitutional succession and for Congress to determine in order for Peru to move forward,” Merino told the nation.

Merino was the President of Congress until being appointed interim president after Congress impeached former President Martin Vizcarra over corruption allegations on Monday.

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Pressure mounts on Peru’s president after 2 die in protests

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pressure was mounting on Peru’s interim president to resign Sunday after a night of protests in which two people were killed and the country’s political turmoil deepened.

At least eight of Manuel Merino’s Cabinet members had resigned by early Sunday and the president of Congress scheduled an emergency session to discuss the leader’s resignation.

More than 5,000 protesters marched through the streets of Lima on Saturday, wearing masks and carrying signs that read, “Merino is not my president.” Authorities said two men, ages 24 and 25, died from gunshot wounds during the demonstration.

Merino, a little-known politician, rose to Peru’s highest office Monday after the legislature voted to oust former President Martín Vizcarra. Lawmakers utilized a clause dating back to the 19th century to declare the president of “permanent moral incapacity” based on unproven allegations that he’d accepted bribes while serving as governor years ago.

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Germany coronavirus: Anti-lockdown protests become increasingly radical

The incidents come against the backdrop of a growing violent undercurrent at large-scale street demonstrations against coronavirus restrictions, including one attended by 20,000 people Saturday in Leipzig. The developments point to an increasingly radicalized movement of virus skeptics in Germany, embraced by the country’s far-right extremist groups and energized by global conspiracy theories, notably those put forth by the U.S.-born QAnon movement.

Far-right groups marched alongside the demonstrators this weekend, stoking concerns among security officials that they will gain recruits and draw more demonstrators to violence, with bomb- and weapon-making material already circulating in coronavirus-skeptic circles online.

“The escalation line is going up all the way,” said Stephan Kramer, president of the state-level intelligence agency in the central state of Thuringia, home to high-profile far-right leaders who traveled to the Leipzig demonstration. “We see with the latest events that there is an escalation toward more violence and to more right-wing

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Nigeria Mulls Social Media Rules as #EndSARS Protests Go Online

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Kamala Harris, BLM protests put a new spotlight on HBCUs. Many now hope for a financial reckoning.

“She has shown that Howard graduates are a force to be reckoned with,” said Wayne A.I. Frederick, the university’s president. “She has demonstrated that those who make their way to the mecca, those who successfully traverse the hilltop, can make it anywhere in the world.”

The visibility of historically Black colleges and universities is at a high. The political ascension of Harris — who will become the first HBCU graduate to serve as vice president — and the presidential campaign have raised their profile, while calls for racial justice following nationwide protests have delivered record donations and other outpourings of support.

But will it last? And is it enough? Historically Black schools have been marginalized and disenfranchised for generations and now face added financial pressures brought on by the pandemic. As the country reckons with its legacy of structural inequality, higher education leaders wonder whether that reckoning will result in

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Rattled by Pandemic, Protests, Nigeria’s Film Industry Looks to Rebound

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When Nigerian cinemas reopened in September after a months-long lockdown, Moses Babatope, co-founder of the distributor and production company FilmOne Entertainment, began looking ahead to a busy fall season that could get the local industry back on track.

“We were just beginning to see a recovery,” Babatope says, with “Fate of Alakada” — the third installment in Kayode Kasum’s blockbuster Nollywood franchise — bursting out of the gate after an Oct. 1 Nigerian Independence Day release. A slew of highly anticipated Nigerian titles were to follow. “Local films started driving our recovery. Whereas everybody was concerned about Hollywood films, we started seeing local films driving the return of cinemas,” he adds.

But days later, Nigeria erupted in nationwide protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a notorious police unit with a long record of brutality, eventually leading to wider demonstrations against corruption and police

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Dozens arrested in Portland, New York protests one night after vote

Dozens of people were arrested overnight in Portland, Oregon and New York City following protests as Americans await the results of the 2020 presidential election in key battleground states. 

Police in Portland declared a riot overnight and arrested 11 people following demonstrations there, Reuters reported.  The National Guard was also deployed to the Oregon’s largest city. 

“All of the gatherings that were declared riots were downtown,” a Portland Police spokesman told the news service. “There have been 11 arrests tonight and we have not received any reports of injuries.”

Authorities in New York say they took 50 people into custody during similar protests across the city.

The unrest comes as the nation awaits the final ballot counts in key battleground states like Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report New Trump campaign lawsuit

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Walter Wallace shooting in Philadelphia: 30 officers injured protests

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Police shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man on a Philadelphia street Monday afternoon after yelling at him to drop his knife, authorities say.

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Police in Philadelphia said 30 officers were injured during violent protests Monday night that broke out after police fatally shot a 27-year-old Black man who authorities said had a knife.

More than 300 people marched through the streets of Philadelphia late Monday into early Tuesday to protest the shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., whose shooting was captured on video. Dozens of officers were injured with rocks, bricks and other projectiles, and a 56-year-old female officer was hit by a pickup truck and hospitalized with a broken leg, WCAU-TV reported.

A police car was set on fire and officers used batons to push crowds back, according to video shared on social media. The crowd then largely dispersed.

Several businesses were looted and about

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30 officers injured in protests after shooting of knife-wielding man by Philadelphia police

Officers say the man was waving a knife and moving toward them when he was shot.

At least 30 police officers have been injured and 33 people have been arrested as protests continued overnight in Philadelphia over the shooting death of a Black man by police in West Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.

The Philadelphia Police Department confirmed that a 56-year-old female PPD Sergeant was struck by a black pickup truck in the area of 52nd and Walnut streets at approximately 12:44 a.m. on Tuesday morning. She was subsequently transported to a local area hospital where she is currently in stable condition with a broken leg and other injuries.

In total, 29 other officers were treated and released for their injuries at various hospitals and the Philadelphia Police Department say that most of

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