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PNP denies using excessive force, violating U.P. agreement in Cebu dispersal

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The police, who were in riot gear and carrying long firearms, claim that they were the ones assaulted by the unarmed protesters

FORMATION. Cebu City police stand outside the University of the Philippines Cebu during a protest against the anti-terror bill. Photo by Gelo Lintonjua/Rappler

Trudeau takes a knee with Canada protesters for racial justice

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows solidarity with US protesters marching against racism and police brutality

TAKING A KNEE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2nd L) takes a knee during in a Black Lives Matter protest on Parliament Hill June 5, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada.  Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Trump sparks controversy saying 'great day' for George Floyd

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:12 AM

The remarks Donald Trump made during a televised White House briefing come 11 days after George Floyd's death and spark confusion as to why Trump thought it was a great day for Floyd

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a Bible while visiting St. John's Church across from the White House after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.P. Cebu to probe whether cops violated U.P.-DND accord in arrest of protesters

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Under the accord, the police and the military are not allowed to conduct operations within the vicinity of UP campuses without prior notice or approval of the UP administration

How to help activists arrested in Cebu City

Jun 05, 2020 - 6:18 PM

Several organizations amplify the call for donations to raise a community bail fund for anti-terrorism activists in Cebu City

#ReleaseCebu7 trends in PH as netizens condemn arrest of Cebu City activists

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The arrest comes as students and members of various youth and progressive groups held a mobilization to denounce the approval of the anti-terrorism bill

Virus doctors, nurses march with racism protesters

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:05 PM

'They are the heroes now,' says a New York doctor referring to those who join the 'Black Lives Matter' rallies in the US

Nurses and healthcare workers attend a ‘Black Lives Matter’ rally in front of Bellevue Hospital on June 4, 2020, in New York City. Johannes EISELE / AFP

Cops arrest 8 at anti-terrorism bill protest in Cebu City

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) 7 activists, including minors, belong to local progressive organizations in Cebu. The other person arrested is a bystander who did not participate in the rally

ARRESTED. Police drag two activists who joined an anti-terrorism bill protest in front of the gfate of University of the Philippines Cebu campus on June 5, 2020. Police say they violated the rule on mass gathering as Cebu City is under general community quarantine Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Hong Kong protesters seek sanctuary overseas as noose tightens

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:59 PM

The current trickle of those leaving Hong Kong could become an exodus after Beijing announces plans to impose a sweeping national security law here in response to the protests

ARRESTED. Police drag a protester along a road after they detained her during as attempt to escape the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in the Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

White House says China's Tiananmen Square 'slaughter' not forgotten

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Open discussion of the brutal suppression, in which hundreds if not thousands are believed to have been killed, is forbidden in mainland China

MAO. Chinese President Xi Jinping (7th L)) attends a military parade with former presidents Hu Jintao (6th L) and Jiang Zemin (8th L) in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

'This is not terrorism': Filipinos take to the streets after anti-terror bill hurdles Congress

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:17 PM

Several sectoral and progressive groups take their outrage to the streets continuing the call to junk the anti-terrorism bill

Militant students joined various militant groups in denouncing the House of Representatives amendments to the House 6875, the so-called Terror Bill following the passage of the bill in a rally at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on June 4, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hong Kong protesters defy ban, rally to remember Tiananmen

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:24 PM

(UPDATED) Police arrest some demonstrators in one shopping area, in scenes reminiscent of 7 months of violent protests in 2019, although they allow the main rally to proceed

VIGIL. Activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Memorial service to be held for Floyd after week of protests

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:18 PM

Led by civil rights activist Al Sharpton, the ceremony will be held in Minneapolis, where George Floyd died on May 25 after being detained by police

PORTRAIT. An image of George Floyd is painted on the road near a memorial site outside Cup Foods on June 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong legislature votes for law banning national anthem insults

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers approve the bill with 41 in favor and one against, but the 75-seat chamber's pro-democracy faction refuses to vote and instead shouts slogans denouncing the law

NATIONAL ANTHEM. This file photo taken on September 14, 2019 shows pro-China supporters singing the national anthem inside a shopping mall in the Kowloon Bay district of Hong Kong. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

LIST: #JunkTerrorBill activities, protests

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) Here's a list of indignation rallies and other activities hosted by various groups and organizations, following the House’s passage of the draconian anti-terrorism bill

'Brooklyn 99' cast, Blake Lively donate funds to post bail for detained protesters

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:24 AM

Other celebrities like Ryan Reynolds and Chrissy Teigen are also putting up money in solidarity with protesters around the US

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen crackdown despite virus vigil ban

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:56 AM

(UPDATED) This year's service is banned on public health grounds because of the coronavirus pandemic, with barricades surrounding Victoria Park, the traditional ceremony venue, and police patrolling nearby

BANNED. This general view shows a barricaded entrance to Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil which traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Trump denies sheltering in White House bunker

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:03 AM

'It was a false report,' Donald Trump tells Fox News radio, before elaborating that he did go into the secure area but only for a 'tiny, little, short period time'

DENIAL. In this file photo US President Donald Trump walks back to the White House escorted by the Secret Service after appearing outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pentagon chief opposes using active duty troops to quell protests

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:26 PM

'I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,' US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says, two days after President Donald Trump said he could do so to call up the army to quash protests

MARK ESPER. In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a media briefing at the Pentagon on August 28, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

China warns Britain interfering in Hong Kong will 'backfire'

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:51 PM

The United States and Britain have enraged Beijing with their criticism of planned national security legislation that critics fear would destroy the semi-autonomous city's limited freedoms

WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Malaysian beauty queen sorry over racist U.S. protest remarks

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:07 PM

Samantha Katie James, who competed in Miss Universe 2017, issues an apology for her statement regarding the riots in the US

UK talks to 'Five Eyes' allies about potential Hong Kong exodus

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:39 PM

In parliament, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says he has reached out to intelligence-sharing allies Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada about contingency plans

Pro-democracy party Demosisto member Joshua Wong holds a placard urging European leaders to act against a national security law during a press conference outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on June 3, 2020. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Catholic, Protestant leaders condemn anti-terror bill

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Christian leaders warn that silence about the Philippines' proposed anti-terror law 'only assures the impending destruction and abuse of our people'

VOICE OF FAITH. Church representatives join a protest outside Congress on June 3, 2020, to condemn the proposed anti-terror law in the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Tiger Woods urges calm over 'shocking' George Floyd death

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:47 PM

'This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line,' says Tiger Woods

CALM. Tiger Woods likens the violent protests ignited by George Floyd's death to the Los Angeles riots. File photo by Warren Little/Getty Images/AFP

Cole Sprouse among those arrested at Black Lives Matter protest

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:37 PM

'This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing,' the actor says in an Instagram post

COLE SPROUSE. The actor, seen here at an event in Manila in April 2018, is among those arrested at a protest in Santa Monica, California. Rappler screenshot

Minneapolis businesses hammered by pandemic and protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Dozens of business owners in Minneapolis find themselves in a difficult financial situation, facing both the coronavirus and violent protests over the death of George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - MAY 29: A man carries goods out of a ransacked business during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Earlier today, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody for Floyd's death. Chauvin has been accused of kneeling on Floyd's neck as he pleaded with him about not being able to breathe. Floyd was pronounced dead a short while later. Chauvin and 3 other officers, who were involved in the arrest, were fired from the police department after a video of the arrest was circulated. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump threatens military mobilization against violent U.S. protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 1:07 PM

Despite the president's rhetoric, the June 1 protests appear largely peaceful in major cities, though some looting was reported in New York and Los Angeles

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump holds a Bible while visiting St. John's Church across from the White House after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Hong Kong leader accuses U.S. of 'double standards' over protests

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) Both Chinese and Hong Kong officials seize on the unrest gripping the US in their propaganda drive to justify their own crackdown on pro-democracy protests and the national security law plans

CARRIE. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) holds a press conference after attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in Hong Kong on May 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Facebook employees speak out against company's refusal to police Trump's posts

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:20 AM

'Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind,' tweets Ryan Freitas, the design director of Facebook's News Feed

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on before to deliver his speech during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

'We're tired of being hurt': Rage in New York over George Floyd death

Jun 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

New York has its own long history of police violence involving African Americans, with few arrests for fatal incidents and even fewer convictions

PROTEST. Manhattan, New York protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Bundesliga footballers join LeBron, Jordan in US protest

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:12 PM

France's Marcus Thuram and England's Jadon Sancho call for justice for George Floyd after scoring in their respective Bundesliga games

TAKING A STAND. Dortmund midfielder Jadon Sancho shows a "Justice for George Floyd" shirt as he celebrates after scoring against Paderborn. Photo by Lars Baron/AFP

Hong Kong police ban Tiananmen vigil for first time in 30 years

Jun 01, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Police reject permission for this year's rally saying it would 'constitute a major threat to the life and health of the general public'

FIRST IN 30 YEARS. This file photo taken on June 4, 2019, shows people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong, to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

U.S. anti-racism protests stretch to distant New Zealand

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:16 PM

Thousands in New Zealand march in solidarity with US protesters over the death of George Floyd

IN SOLIDARITY. Some 4,000 New Zealand protesters demonstrate against the killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd in a Black Lives Matter protest in Auckland on June 1, 2020. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Clashes outside White House as U.S. cities under curfew

Jun 01, 2020 - 12:26 PM

With the Trump administration branding instigators of 6 nights of rioting as domestic terrorists, there are more confrontations between protesters and police and fresh outbreaks of looting

FACING OFF. Tear gas rises above as protesters face off with police during a demonstration outside the White House over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police. Photo by Samuel Corum/AFP

Iran says 230 killed in November protests

May 31, 2020 - 11:43 PM

(UPDATED) It is the first time that an official in Iran has given overall casualty figures for the street violence

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 16, 2019 Iranian protesters gather around a fire during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019. - Iran's supreme leader has agreed that people killed in nationwide unrest last month who had no role in fomenting it should be treated as "martyrs" with their families compensated. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was responding to a report on the protests made by Iran's Supreme National Security Council, his official website said on December 4, 2019. He ordered that its recommendations "be implemented as soon as possible". Demonstrations erupted in Iran on November 15 against a surprise hike in petrol prices by as much as 200 percent. (Photo by - / AFP)

Trump strips Hong Kong privileges, restricts entry of some Chinese students

May 30, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The US president attacks China over its treatment of the former British colony, saying it was 'diminishing the city's longstanding and proud status'

STUDENTS. File photo of students in the arrivals hall of Hong Kong's international airport on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. revocation on Hong Kong: Big symbolism, less certain effect

May 29, 2020 - 10:29 AM

At the most drastic, Trump could abolish all special commercial privileges and treat the financial hub as any other Chinese city

LOCALS. Residents in Hong Kong wearing masks, May 10 2020, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Photo by Tommy Walker/Rappler

Hong Kong courts groan under weight of protest trials

May 28, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Hong Kong police say nearly 9,000 people have been arrested since the often violent protests kicked off last June with 1,600 proceeding to trial so far

SILENT PROTEST. Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading "Bad laws of China's national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong's Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

China refuses UN Security Council meeting on Hong Kong

May 28, 2020 - 10:56 AM

'This is another example of the Chinese Communist Party's fear of transparency and international accountability for its actions,' Washington's UN mission says

BLACK FLAG. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019, a protester waves a "Black Bauhinia" flag as others set up barricades at Lung Wo road outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

U.S. revokes Hong Kong's special status as anger grows over China law

May 28, 2020 - 12:23 AM

(UPDATED) 'No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

PROTESTS. Pedestrians walk past a group of riot police standing guard in a front of a shop in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Taiwan leader vows 'action plan' for Hong Kong protesters

May 27, 2020 - 9:43 PM

'The cabinet will come up with a Hong Kong humanitarian assistance action provide complete planning for Hong Kong people's residency, accommodation and care,' says Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen

'ACTION PLAN.' Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on January 22, 2020. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Hong Kong police stamp out national anthem law protests

May 27, 2020 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) In a statement police say they 'respect the right of residents to express their views peacefully, but it must be carried out legally'

READY. Riot police stand guard outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, ahead of a debate over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong's future

May 27, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Trump promises a 'very interesting' US response within days

FREE HONG KONG. Protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WATCH: In Hong Kong, clashes erupt over proposed security law

May 26, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Pro-democracy activists say China's proposed national security law spells the end of the one country, two system agreement

Hong Kong leader tries to reassure investors rattled by China law

May 26, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Beijing wants to enact legislation banning 'seccession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference' in the international finance hub after months of massive, often-violent pro-democracy protests last year

ARREST. Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China threatens U.S. countermeasures if punished for Hong Kong law

May 25, 2020 - 9:16 PM

China plans to impose a national security law on the city's financial hub, with the Hong Kong security chief backing it as needed in defeating 'terrorism'

Hong Kong police embrace China's security law plan

May 25, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The statement is part of a flurry of coordinated messages from the city's different security services embracing the law

HONG KONG POLICE. A man (C) leans out from a shop as police conduct a clearance operation in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on May 24, 2020, during protests against a proposal to enact new security legislation in Hong Kong. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over China security law proposal

May 24, 2020 - 3:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say at least 180 people were arrested on Sunday, May 24, majority in Causeway Bay and Wan Chai districts

PROTESTS. Protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Thousands rally against Spain virus response, urge PM to quit

May 23, 2020 - 11:39 PM

Motorists throng the roads of central Madrid, tooting their horns as others held placards and shout: 'Sanchez, resign' and 'freedom'

A demonstrator wearing a face mask waves a Spanish flag during a "caravan for Spain and its freedom" protest by far-right party Vox in Sevilla on May 23, 2020. Spain, one of the most affected countries in the world by the novel coronavirus with 28,628 fatalities, has extended until June 6 the state of emergency which significantly limits the freedom of movement to fight the epidemic. The left-wing government's management of the crisis has drawn a barrage of criticism from righ-wing parties who have denounced its "brutal confinement". CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP

Outrage in Hong Kong as China pushes security law

May 22, 2020 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) '#HongKong has been the safe harbor for dissent; it's the light, the conscience, the voice that speaks truth to an increasingly powerful China,' tweets Maya Wang, senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch

THE END. Pro-democracy protesters display a banner calling for the city's independence at a shopping mall in the town of Shatin in Hong Kong on May 1, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP