Sunday, 23 February 2014

A Weekend Of Protests

I don't know what was so special about this weekend but it seems this was the time protesters around the World decided they were not going to take it anymore.
In Brazil the police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrations that turned violent as thousands took to the streets to protest against the billions of dollars being spent to host this year's World Cup while the nation's public services remain in a woeful state.
Meanwhile in Nantes, France, 25,000 protesters clashed with police in defiance of a project to build a new airport in the city. Police responded with water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades.
There were riots in Turkey after the government passed a new law that increases their control over the internet leading to the police wielding tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to subdue the protesters.
Thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with tear gas firing riot police in Venezuela and in Spain thousands of protesters demonstrated against changes to the country's abortion laws which would ban abortion in all cases except in the case of rape or if the pregnancy poses a health risk to the mother.
Protests in Thailand turned violent and police fired stun grenades which killed at least two children at anti-Government demonstrations.
Add the on-going turmoil in Ukraine to the list and that is a lot of people unhappy with what their Governments are doing and who felt moved enough to take to the streets this weekend.
Sadly it was a cracking weekend for the stun grenades and tear gas manufacturers though.

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