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Rappler's latest stories on protests


Haiti officials to lose perks in prime minister's response to violent unrest

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The unrest is the latest upsurge of discontent over corruption and poverty in the Caribbean half-island where protesters want the ouster of President Jovenel Moise

Thousands of UK kids skip school for climate protests

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Children of all ages chant 'save our planet', cheer as flares are lit and clamber onto statues in the shadow of Big Ben to call for action, and to raise awareness

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila students hit admin over claims of repression

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:45 PM

As students wear black shirts and armbands for a silent protest, they find themselves under fire by the school's administration.

PROTEST. Following the Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila adminstration's response to a silent protest in the morning, students organized a rally against student repression on February 15, 2019. Photo from Anakbayan-PLM

$100 million in humanitarian aid pledged to crisis-hit Venezuela

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Venezuela is plagued by hyperinflation and major shortages of basic goods, and two men – Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro – are vying for control of the country

BLOCKADE. This photo taken on February 14, 2019 shows a general view of the Tienditas International Bridge border with Venezuela, in Cucuta, Colombia. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Amazon drops New York headquarters plan amid protests

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Residents oppose Amazon's plan to build 'HQ2' in New York, with one saying that the Amazon jobs might not be what people in the community need right now

RALLY. Activists and community members who opposed Amazon's plan to move into Queens rally in celebration of Amazon's decision to pull out of the deal, in the Long Island City neighborhood, February 14, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump blasts Venezuela over blocked U.S. aid shipments

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Stressing he had not ruled out military options, Donald Trump says he was 'sad' about the 'turmoil' in the oil-rich Latin American nation

AID TROUBLES. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. File photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

United Nations chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisis

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The United Nations calls for serious political negotiations between the two sides to prevent a slide toward more violence in Venezuela

MEDIATION. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the "Africa leadership meeting, investing in health", ahead of an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on February 9, 2019. File photo by Simon Maina/AFP

No word from Haiti's president as fear paralyzes capital

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Schools, shops and municipal offices close down for fear of more violence that has already left several people dead and an air of uncertainty hanging over the government of President Jovenel Moise

MARCHING ON THE STREETS. Demonstrators march on the streets on the fifth day of protests in Port-au-Prince, February 11, 2019, against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of Petrocaribe funds. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Venezuela opposition announces new aid hub, prepares protest

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Juan Guaido says 300,000 people risk death if the donated supplies, stockpiled at Venezuela's border with Colombia, are not brought in soon

BLOCKING AID. A member of Venezuela's Bolivarian National Guard patrols at Tienditas international bridge in Urena, Tachira state, Venezuela, in the border with Colombia, backdropped by containers placed by Venezuelan military forces to block the bridge, on February 11, 2019. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Italy to host Venezuela delegation at Guaido's request

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:43 AM

Matteo Salvini says he will meet the team on Monday, February 11, after Juan Guaido sends a letter requesting talks 'as soon as possible' to present 'the action plan to relaunch democracy in Venezuela through free and fair elections'

DELEGATION TO ITALY. Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido arrives at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas, on February 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Venezuela's military blocks humanitarian aid shipment

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president on January 23, claims that up to 300,000 people face death if the aid is not delivered

BLOCKED. General view of the Tienditas Bridge on the border between the Colombian city of Cucuta and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces block the bridge with containers on February 5, 2019. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP

Guaido boosted by Europe backing in Venezuela standoff

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Britain, France and Spain are among 19 EU nations to side with Juan Guaido, following in the footsteps of key regional powers and the United States

STANDOFF. This combination of pictures created on January 25, 2019 shows Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (L) speaking to opposition supporters at the Central University of Caracas (UCV) in Caracas, on January 21, 2019 and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offering a press conference in Caracas, on January 25, 2019. File phot by Yuri Cortez/AFP

After yellow vest protests, Macron eyes referendum in May

Feb 04, 2019 - 12:10 AM

A newspaper reported that the French will be asked whether they wanted to reduce the number of national lawmakers

REFERENDUM EYED. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers his New Year wishes during a televised address to the nation from the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 31, 2018. Photo by Michel Euler/AFP

Tolentino withdraws electoral protest vs De Lima

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The former adviser of President Duterte says his new senatorial campaign for 2019 needs his 'undivided attention'

FRESH BID. Francis Tolentino, who lost to Leila de Lima in 2016 by 1.33 million votes, is being endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his second attempt to get elected to the Senate. Malacañang photo by Valerie Escalera

Venezuela's opposition to up pressure on Maduro with new rally

Feb 01, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'We must all take to the streets of Venezuela and the world with a clear goal: to accompany the ultimatum given by members of the European Union,' Juan Guaido says in an appeal to his countrymen

PRESSURING MADURO. Opposition leader and self-proclaimed "acting president" Juan Guaido (C), marches surrounded by students during a protest he convened against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, outside Venezuela's Central University (UCV) in Caracas, on January 30, 2019. Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

10,000 'red scarf' protesters march against 'yellow vest' violence

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Dubbed the 'red scarf' movement, the centrist initiative is the brainchild of an engineer from Toulouse who was horrified by the violence seen among more extremist 'yellow vest' demonstrators

AGAINST VIOLENCE. Demonstrators hold a sign during a rally of French 'red scarves' (foulards rouges), critics of violent 'yellow vest' (Gilets Jaunes) protests in Paris on January 27, 2019. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

'Yellow vests' back on France's streets to challenge Macron

Jan 27, 2019 - 3:42 PM

The local police reports 223 arrests in Paris alone

Zimbabwe pledges to probe abuse, rape claims against security forces

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:44 PM

The country's justice minister says complaints should be lodged with the police and also assures that they would be treated with 'impartiality and sensitivity,' but many Zimbabweans fear retribution and find reporting such cases daunting

PROTEST RESPONSE. A police officer fires a warning shot to disperse protesters during a 'stay-away' demonstration against the doubling of fuel prices on January 14, 2019 in Emakhandeni township, Bulawayo. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Venezuela's military backs Maduro, as standoff hardens with U.S.

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:32 AM

As the death toll from days of street protests jumps to 26, Nicolas Maduro announces the closure of Venezuela's embassy and consulates in the United States

MADURO AND VENEZUELA. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C) attends a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Maduro rallies military support as U.S. backs Venezuela challenger

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:06 PM

A furious Nicolas Maduro responds to the US move by breaking off diplomatic ties with the 'imperialist' US government, giving its diplomats 72 hours to leave

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during the IV Gas Exporting Countries Forum Summit in Bolivia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Aizar Raldes/AFP

U.N. chief urges dialogue in Venezuela to avert 'disaster'

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:35 PM

'What we are worried (about) with the situation in Venezuela is the suffering of the people of Venezuela,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

ACTING PRESIDENT? Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's 'acting president,' on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. Photo by FedericoParra/AFP

Supreme Court suspends ballot recount in VP protest

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:58 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lawyers of the Marcos and Robredo camps say the Supreme Court did not give any reason behind the 'indefinite' suspension

RECOUNT SUSPENDED. The initial ballot recount in the election case ex-senator Bongbong Marcos filed against Vice President Leni Robredo has been suspended.

Zimbabwe police erect road blocks to hunt protesters

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The police says the road blocks are aimed to catch suspected looters and recover property stolen during the protests

PROTEST. Zimbabwean anti-riot police forces watch men, arrested during violent protests triggered by a sudden rise in fuel prices announced by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa for their hearing at the Law Court in the capital Harare, on January 16, 2019. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Macron's debate put to test as 'yellow vests' stage 10th protest

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Many yellow vests have announced plans to boycott the discussions scheduled in dozens of towns and villages

Robredo to SC: Stop Marcos from skirting rules in his ‘dying’ VP protest

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos moves for the technical examination of election data from 3 ARMM provinces to be 'immediately' conducted

Death toll from Sudan protests rises to 24 – official

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:36 AM

But Human Rights Watch says at least 40 people have been killed in clashes during the demonstrations

RALLY. Crowds of supporters of the Sudanese President wave sticks as they gather in Sudan's easten city of Kassala on January 7, 2019. Photo by AFP

France vows tough response as new 'yellow vest' demos loom

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Officials have warned they expect this weekend's anti-government demonstrations to be bigger and more violent than a week ago, as a movement which had shown signs of fatigue appeared to gain new momentum.

PROTEST. A demonstrator runs from a cloud of teargas in Paris on January 5, 2019, during an anti-government demonstration called by the yellow vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement. Photo by Abdul Abeissa / AFP

France to crack down on unauthorized 'yellow vest' protests

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:30 AM

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announces plans to ban known 'troublemakers' from taking part in demonstrations, in the same way known football hooligans have been banned from stadiums in the past

PROTESTS. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

'Yellow vests' storm French ministry as protests turn violent

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Authorities says protesters briefly entered the courtyard where they smashed up two cars, broke some windows then escaped

France's 'yellow vest' protestors back on the streets

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 PM

This is the 8th Saturday of protests called by the grassroots movement

YELLOW VESTS. Anti-government protesters kneel and stand on a road as smoke from a flare drifts towards them during a rally in Nantes on January 5, 2019, part of a nationwide day of demonstrations. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Violence rages over Indian flashpoint temple

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:38 PM

One person has died and more than 270 others have been injured since Wednesday, when thousands protested after two women devotees in their 40s prayed inside the Sabarimala temple

PROTESTS. Indian protesters throw stones at police during a demonstration over two women entering the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, in Palakkad in southern Kerala state on January 3, 2019. Photo by AFP

'Yellow vest' leader Eric Drouet arrested

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Eric Drouet – who already faces a trial for carrying a weapon – is held while heading for the Champs-Elysees, according to a police source

ARRESTED. This file photo taken on December 23, 2018 shows Eric Drouet, a leader of the 'Yellow vests' (Gilets jaunes) movement, next to his lawyer Kheops Lara (R) as he leaves Paris' courthouse at the end of his custody after being detained by the police during a yellow vests demonstration in Paris. File photo by Francois Guillot/AFP

12,000 police on duty in Paris as 'yellow vests' call protests

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The French capital will be on high alert after repeated clashes over the last month between security forces and the protesters

YELLOW VEST PROTEST. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Police fire tear gas as protesters rally in Sudan capital

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:51 PM

(UPDATED) Protesters urge Sudan President Omar al-Bashir to step down amid rising prices of bread and violent crackdown on opposition

RESIGN. President Omar al-Bashir is in hot water amid high prices of bread and increasing violence in protests. Photo from Shutterstock

Deaths, vote-rigging claims hit Bangladesh election day

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(4th UPDATE) The election-day deaths brought to 18 the official police toll for election violence since the ballot was announced on November 8

VOTE. Bangladesh headed to the polls on December 30 following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Sudan police break up new protests as opposition leader arrested

Dec 29, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The opposition Sudanese Congress Party says a few hours after protests began, its chief Omar el-Digeir was arrested by security agents and taken to an unknown location

Bangladesh election campaign ends with new death, arrests

Dec 28, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Weeks of street protests and violent clashes during the campaign season leaves at least 10 people dead, and thousands of election party workers and supporters arrested

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

'Yellow vest' protesters target Macron's vacation hideaway

Dec 28, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Despite failed attempts, some demonstrators may try to storm back into the medieval fort of Bregancon which serves as Macron's vacation retreat

MORE PROTESTS. Yellow vests protestors stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018, in Voivres-Les-Le Mans near Le Mans, northwestern France. File Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Sudan journalists strike as more protests urged

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Sudanese Journalists' Network declares a 3-day strike against violence unleashed by authorities, joining other groups in protests brought by bread price hikes

STRIKE. Idris Suleiman, Sudan's ex-minister of international cooperation and political secretary of the Popular Congress Party, speaks during a press conference at the party's headquarters in the capital Khartoum on December 26, 2018. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Macron calls for order after 'yellow vest' attack on police

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:59 PM

'It needs harmony, unity, sincere commitment to strong collective causes and we must heal the divisions,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

Sudan opposition leader says 22 killed in bread protests

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:42 PM

A government decision to raise the price of a loaf of bread sparks demonstrations across the country

'Yellow vest' protest numbers fall in run-up to Christmas

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:50 PM

There are 10 deaths related to the protests since they began on November 17

Yellow vests protestors stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018, in Voivres-Les-Le Mans near Le Mans, northwestern France. - The French government was on December 16 hoping the sharp drop in "yellow vest" demonstrators signalled an end to protests which have plunged the French President into the biggest crisis of his presidency. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

Macron government hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steam

Dec 17, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Around 66,000 people turn out again on Saturday across France for a fifth round of protests which sprung up over fuel tax hikes last month before snowballing into broader opposition to Macron – half the number of the previous weekend

YELLOW VESTS. Yellow vest protesters stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Macron's ratings fall further after month of protests

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Veteran sociologist Herve Le Bras says protests underline the depth of dislike for French President Emmanuel Macron's personality and style of governing, which critics see as arrogant and too distant

France's 'yellow vest' protests decline on decisive weekend

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Two polls published in the wake of President Macron's concessions suggest that France was now split broadly 50-50 on whether the protests should continue

PROTESTS. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

France set for more 'yellow vest' protests despite Macron concessions

Dec 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Movement figureheads call on the people to continue the protests to pressure President Emmanuel Macron into making further tax and wage concessions

MORE PROTESTS. A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (gilet jaune) holds a placard as protestors walk non the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on December 8, 2018 during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. File Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Macron unveils new measures in bid to end 'yellow vest' revolt

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:06 AM

In a 15-minute televised speech, embattled French President Emmanuel Macron tells the nation, 'I accept my share of responsibility' for the crisis

PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. Yellow vest (gilets jaunes) protestors take notes as thet watch French President Emmanuel Macron's speech on TV on December 10, 2018 at a restaurant with French deputy Richard Damos, in Fay-au-Loges, near Orleans, Center France. (Photo by Guillaume Souvant/AFP

[ANALYSIS] What Filipinos can learn from France’s yellow vest protests

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:24 AM

As in France, only popular protest in the streets will be able to stop the government’s stubbornly stupid plan

Trump must not interfere in French politics – foreign minister

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:33 PM

'I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be,' says Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

MISINTERPRETED? US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives for bilateral talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2018 on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by ludovic Marin/AFP