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Anti-government protest turns violent in the Solomons with fires and looting

What started as a peaceful protest in the capital Honiara on 24th November 2021 by protesters - who were reportedly mostly from the country's most populous island, Malaita - turned violent, leading to three days of looting and fires. The demonstration was linked to an ongoing issue between the national government and the government of Malaita province. Read more

Anti-government protest turns violent in the Solomons with fires and looting

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

On 12th October 2021, hundreds of people marched in Guatemala City to denounce racism and discrimination against Indigenous peoples, as part of a Day of Indigenous People’s Dignity and Resistance. Several countries in the Americas hold commemorative holidays on the date, marking Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the continent in the 15th century. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

Attempts to ban LGBTI pride march unsuccessful; President makes homophobic statements

Despite challenges in the preceding months, the Kaunas Pride march took place at the beginning of September 2021, involving more than 2,000 demonstrators. The Kaunas municipality had used all available legal means to prevent the march from happening, but the court ruled against the municipality, allowing the peaceful demonstration to occur. Counter-protesters tried to block the path of the march, threw eggs, hurled insults and clashed with the police. The event resulted in 22 individuals being detained and five pre-trial investigations The attempt to halt the pride event came shortly after homophobic statements were made by the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda. Another rally was held in Vilnius on 10th September 2021, organised by the Lithuanian Family Movement, gathering more than 4,500 people, with the purpose of protesting against LGBTQI+ rights - including the ratification of the Istanbul Convention - and against COVID-19 measures. Read more

Attempts to ban LGBTI pride march unsuccessful; President makes homophobic statements

Haiti: insecurity crisis hampers aid delivery, creates shortages and leads to protests

On 14th August 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit three departments on Haiti’s southern coast – the Nippes, the South and the Grand’Anse. According to a report by the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) based on information provided by the national emergency agency, at least 1,300 people were killed and nearly 6,000 others injured. Read more  |  Read in French

Haiti: insecurity crisis hampers aid delivery, creates shortages and leads to protests

Chile: HRD killed during protest, anti-migrant demonstrations and concerning internet bill

Opposition politicians launched impeachment proceedings against Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, over possible irregularities in the sale of a mining company, after new details about the deal were revealed in leaked documents. People took to the streets in protests by Mapuche communities, anti and pro-immigration groups and reproductive rights activists. In addition, a new bill on digital platforms could have important negative impacts on freedom of expression. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Chile: HRD killed during protest, anti-migrant demonstrations and concerning internet bill

Protests over Serbian Orthodox Church enthronement, violence against journalists

On 31st July 2021, a protest was held in Podgorica against the new COVID-19 measures and mandatory vaccination. Protests against the enthronement of the new patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church turned violent in Cetinje, where the ceremony took place, as thousands of supporters of patriotic groups clashed with the police, claiming that the act is an open challenge to Montenegro’s independence and sovereignty by Serbia. Two Montenegrin activists have been charged with disturbance of public order and peace after they staged a protest during an event which marked 30 years since the declaration of Montenegro as an ‘ecological state’. Read more

Protests over Serbian Orthodox Church enthronement, violence against journalists

Protests and media freedom concerns over Russian-Occupied Crimea

“Stop capitulation” protests held in Kyiv; Coalition for Media Freedom calls for release of journalists detained in Crimea; 4 Crimean Tatars imprisoned in the “Hizb-ut-Tahrir case” Read more

Protests and media freedom concerns over Russian-Occupied Crimea

Violent protest against LGBTIQ+ ends in anti-government protests

Protesters denounce new law pardoning violent dispersal of 2019 protests; Violent protest against LGBTIQ+ ends in anti-government protests ; Azerbaijani blogger killed in Georgia under unclear circumstances; State Security Service condemned for surveillance activities

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Violent protest against LGBTIQ+ ends in anti-government protests

Highest number of protests recorded, whistle blower and trade unionist killed

increasing waves of protest action recorded as country reaches all time high; residents of Middleburg take to the streets to denounce new tariff hikes; protesters gather outside the East London Magistrate’s Court where the bail hearing of Alutha Pasile, a man believed to have brutally murdered 23 year old Nosicelo Mtebeni, was being held; protesters under the #CodeRed Feminist movement took to the streets in various cities across the country and gathered in key national buildings including Constitution Hill and the Union Buildings to demand a Universal Basic Income Grant among other demands; Malibongwe Mdazo, an organiser of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), publicly gunned down; Read more

Highest number of protests recorded, whistle blower and trade unionist killed

USA: Penalties for protesters increasing

Several lawmakers and activists were arrested while protesting for voting rights in Washington D.C. in July 2021. The arrests took place during demonstrations calling on the Senate to pass the For the People Act, Democrats’ election reform bill, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Read more

USA: Penalties for protesters increasing