Sit-ins and picket lines: why Armenia has been protesting – video explainer | World news

Armenia’s prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, has resigned after days of protests in the country’s capital, Yerevan. Demonstrations began after Sargsyan took the role of prime minister immediately after two terms as president. Protesters accused him of stealing power Serzh Sargsyan resigns as Armenia’s prime minister after protests Source link

Abortion clinic buffer zones being considered by more councils | World news

Eight councils in England are considering setting up abortion clinic buffer zones after pro-choice groups said the number of “intimidating” protests was on the rise. Across the country, 42 vigils and protests have taken place between 2017 and 2018, according to figures compiled by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). They were led by a number of anti-abortion groups including the Good Counsel Network and 40 Days for Life. Campaigners say the protests amount to harassment and intimidation, although anti-abortion groups deny this. Pro-choice groups say Britain is increasingly influenced…

Serzh Sargsyan resigns as Armenia’s prime minister after protests | World news

Armenia’s prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, has said he will resign after days of large street protests against him, according to a statement posted on his website. “The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand,” the statement said. Hundreds of uniformed soldiers had joined anti-government demonstrators earlier on Monday on the 11th consecutive day of protests over an alleged power grab by Sargsyan. Prior to Sargsyan’s resignation, and apparently yielding to opposition pressure, police released Nikol Pashinyan, a protest leader and opposition MP who had been arrested…

Goldman environmental prize: top awards dominated by women for first time | Environment

The world’s foremost environmental prize has announced more female winners than ever before. The struggle for a healthy planet may sometimes feel like a series of defeats, but this year’s Goldman environmental prize celebrates six remarkable success stories, five of them driven by women. From an anti-nuclear court ruling against former South African president Jacob Zuma and Russian leader Vladimir Putin to a campaign that nudged the Vietnamese government from coal to renewable energy, the winners – unveiled on Earth day yesterday – are all grassroots activists who have taken…

The Guardian view on the Gaza protests: a new challenge to Israel’s blockade | Editorial | Opinion

This weekend the United Nations Middle East peace envoy asked: “How does the killing of a child in #Gaza today help #peace? It doesn’t! It fuels anger and breeds more killing.” Nickolay Mladenov was right to be outraged. He tweeted after a Palestinian teenager was shot in the head apparently by Israeli army snipers while peacefully protesting near a border fence. The Israeli government at first dismissed calls for an investigation, only to concede to one after the international community called on the military to “stop killing children”. The soldiers’…

Armenian opposition leader detained amid political unrest | World news

Armenian police have detained the opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as protests against the former president Serzh Sarksyan’s appointment as prime minister entered a tenth day. Police said Pashinyan was “forcibly taken” from a rally on Sunday, shortly after Sarksyan rejected demands to step down, as riot police and demonstrators clashed in the capital, Yerevan. Protesters accuse Sarksyan of clinging to power after he was appointed prime minister last week, following 10 years as president. Tens of thousands of opponents have marched through Yerevan in recent days, blocking streets in the…

Northern Ireland’s lost moment: how the peaceful protests of ’68 escalated into years of bloody conflict | Politics

When did the Troubles begin? Was it when the first stone was thrown or the first shot fired? Or did they begin earlier with a police baton blow? Or earlier still with a peaceful march demanding civil rights? As with almost anything to do with Northern Ireland’s turbulent political past, the moment is contested. For me, they began on 30 November 1968, when, as a young lad, I attended a civil rights march in my home town, Armagh. The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (Nicra) had been formed the year…

Meet the anti-plastic warriors: the pioneers with bold solutions to waste | Environment

Among retailers and manufacturers, they talk of “the Blue Planet effect”. The BBC series, screened late last year, was the moment that many of us realised the catastrophic impact our use of plastics was having on the world’s oceans. Scenes such as a hawksbill turtle snagged in a plastic sack, the albatrosses feeding their chicks plastic or the mother pilot whale grieving for her dead calf, which may have been poisoned by her contaminated milk, are impossible to unsee. It’s a crisis that affects us all, and the facts make…

War and pleas: propaganda posters from 20th century Australia – in pictures | Art and design

Posters played a crucial role in the wars of the 20th century, firing up patriotic sentiment and sending out calls to arms. The exhibition Propaganda draws on the Australian War Memorial’s extensive collection, showing how illustration and graphic design were used to speak directly to people during times of conflict • Propaganda runs at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 20 April – 8 July Source link

Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International for peaceful protest | Sport

Amnesty International on Saturday honored Colin Kaepernick with its ambassador of conscience award for 2018, lauding the NFL quarterback’s peaceful protests against racial inequality. The former San Francisco 49ers star, who many observers claim to was blackballed by NFL team owners, was handed the award at a ceremony in Amsterdam by a onetime teammate, Eric Reid. Kaepernick first knelt during the pre-game playing of the US national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016, to protest police brutality. Other players joined him, drawing the ire of Donald Trump,…