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WATCH: Police in riot gear arrest California Walmart workers during sit-in over wages, firings

Police in riot gear arresting Walmart workers (KTLA)

Police in riot gear arresting Walmart workers (KTLA)

via Raw Story:

Police decked out in riot gear arrested Walmart workers and supporters after they blocked an intersection in front of a Pico Rivera, California store Thursday evening.

KTLA reports dozens of protestors were taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies wearing riot helmets and holding batons, several hours after the sit-in began, drawing hundreds protesting working conditions at the retail giant.

The sit-in followed a work stoppage  earlier in the day at the company’s Crenshaw Boulevard store in Baldwin Hills.

Employees in Baldwin Hills store stopped work and sat on the floor with tape over the mouths reading ‘strike,’ while holding signs saying, “Walmart stop the illegal threats.”

Walmart is currently under investigation for firing and threatening  employee activists.

Activists have been setting up protests at Walmart stores across the country, posting pictures on twitter at #walmartstrikers.

In Pico Rivers, some workers sat in the middle of the busy intersection holding signs and lit candles as deputies pulled them to their feet and loaded them into buses.

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‘History In The Making': Workers Hold First Sit-Down Work Action Targeting Walmart

“Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!” workers chant. (Photo courtesy of DC Jobs With Justice)

“Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!” workers chant. (Photo courtesy of DC Jobs With Justice)

Sarah Lazare writes at Common Dreams:

With tape symbolically strapped over their mouths, and holding signs demanding “stop the illegal threats,” dozens of workers on Thursday sat down amid the cash registers and merchandise racks of a Los Angeles Walmart store, in the first such work action to target the world’s biggest retailer.

Hailing from stores across California, including the Crenshaw District store where the sit-down is located, the workers say they are protesting the company’s unlawful drive to silence and intimidate associates for organizing in their workplaces. Later in the evening, workers will be joined by hundreds of community supporters, according to a statement from OUR Walmart.

“I am out here on strike because of retaliation and disrespect,” Venanci Lune, worker at a different L.A. Walmart store and member of the organization OUR Walmart, told Common Dreams over the phone from the protest.

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Thousands Swarm Budapest Streets to Protest Unprecedented Internet Tax

By Miran Rijavec via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

By Miran Rijavec via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

via Mashable:

Hungary’s government wants to tax Internet data, and thousands of citizens responded to the plan by swarming the streets of the capital on Sunday night.

Around 10,000 people turned up in Budapest to protest the proposal, which would tax Internet providers 150 Hungarian forints (around $0.60) per gigabyte of traffic they serve to users. The protesters, who mainly organized through a Facebook group that has almost 220,000 likes, are afraid that providers will push the cost of the tax down to customers, limiting Internet access and hurting freedom of speech.

Read More: http://mashable.com/2014/10/27/hungary-internet-tax-protest/

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Egyptian security forces raid universities with aim of suppressing campus dissent

"Al-Azhar University students walk past riot police during a protest conducted by a pro-Muslim Brotherhood student movement in Nasr City district on 12 October 2014." Photo cred: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

“Al-Azhar University students walk past riot police during a protest conducted by a pro-Muslim Brotherhood student movement in Nasr City district on 12 October 2014.” Photo cred: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

via IFEX.org:

Egyptian authorities should release more than 110 university students arrested since the start of the school year on October 11, 2014. The arrests were apparently aimed at preventing a revival of campus protests that have erupted repeatedly since the overthrow of the former president, Mohamed Morsy, in July 2013. The arrests and subsequent activities appear to be solely directed at the students’ peaceful exercise of the right to free assembly.

Security forces arrested at least 71 students in 15 governorates on October 11, according to the Students for Freedom Observatory, an activist group formed this year to track worsening restrictions on campus political activities. The group said many students were seized from their homes in pre-dawn raids that involved uniformed police, plainclothes officers, and heavily-armed special forces units.

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Protests in Pakistan: Curiously Underreported by International News

Thanks to a Facebook commenter on this post, the underreporting of the protests in Pakistan has been brought to my attention. While some of the mainstream media has covered these protests, their narrative has been dwarfed by other, more popular stories. Here’s a short recap from different sources.

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Imran Khan, Pakistani politician and former cricketer.

“Imran Khan vows to carry on protest till Pakistan PM resigns” via Arab News:
(September 28)

LAHORE: Opposition politician Imran Khan has vowed to continue his protest against Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif until the leader resigns over allegations of election rigging.

Khan, along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, has been staging a sit-in in capital Islamabad since August 15.

Last week he took his protest to Pakistan’s largest city Karachi and on Sunday he addressed thousands of people in his home town and Pakistan’s second largest city — Lahore, which is also the home town of Sharif.

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Drone Footage Reveals Massive Scale of Hong Kong Protests

via Mashable:

The political protests currently taking place in the normally sedate confines of Hong Kong, referred to by many on social media as “Occupy Central,” have captured the world’s attention. But despite the photos of the protests being shared online, the sheer scale of the massive protest may be lost on some, until now.

One of the local news agencies covering the protests, Apple Daily, has posted aerial drone footage of the protesters, giving international onlookers a better idea of just how big the protests have grown in recent days.

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Arrests Galore As McDonald’s Workers Protest Wages Outside HQ

Photo: Shizhao (CC)

Photo: Shizhao (CC)

McDonald’s is telling its headquarters’ employees to work from home as lower paid workers and supporters protest low wages. Meanwhile the police are doing their best to rid McDonald’s of those pesky protesters reports Bloomberg News:

More than 100 McDonald’s employees and some labor and clergy members were arrested after protesting for increased wages near the fast-food chain’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.

The event, the latest in a series of demonstrations by workers demanding $15-an-hour pay and the right to form a union, began at 1 p.m. local time yesterday, on the eve of McDonald’s Corp.’s shareholder meeting.

About 2,000 protesters, including about 325 McDonald’s workers in restaurant uniforms, stormed though the company’s campus entrance at Jorie Boulevard and Kroc Drive in Oak Brook, according to the organizers, holding signs that said, “We Are Worth More” and “My Union My Voice.” The Oak Brook Police Department estimated the number was 1,000 to 1,500.

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Why Street Protests Don’t Work

Demonstrations and protests 1212“How can so many demonstrations accomplish so little?” asks Moses Naim at The Atlantic:

Street protests are in. From Bangkok to Caracas, and Madrid to Moscow, these days not a week goes by without news that a massive crowd has amassed in the streets of another of the world’s big cities. The reasons for the protests vary (bad and too-costly public transport or education, the plan to raze a park, police abuse, etc.). Often, the grievance quickly expands to include a repudiation of the government, or its head, or more general denunciations of corruption and economic inequality.

Aerial photos of the anti-government marches routinely show an intimidating sea of people furiously demanding change. And yet, it is surprising how little these crowds achieve. The fervent political energy on the ground is hugely disproportionate to the practical results of these demonstrations.

Notable exceptions of course exist: In Egypt, Tunisia, and Ukraine, street protests actually contributed to the overthrow of the government.

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