Battles break in Athens following protest and celebration

Published on 17 Nov 2013
Riots broke out in Athens’ Exharchia square Sunday evening, following a commemoration of the 1973 Polytechnic School uprising. The youthful crowd burnt rubbish dumpsters as makeshift barricades, whilst others broke paving stones to throw at the surrounding police.

The clashes sparked amidst a tense environment following a day of protest and arrests of demonstrators. The disturbances were, however, not related to the day of commemoration in any direct sense, with the vast majority out in the streets avoiding being embroiled.

More than 6,000 police were deployed on the streets of the Greek capital as tens of thousands gathered, celebrating the day when Greece’s military government fell in 1974.

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Madrid street cleaners’ in strike second week

Published on 11 Nov 2013
Madrid street cleaners and gardeners protested on Monday against plans by City Hall to lay off over a thousand workers. Demonstrators chanted “they save bankers and sack workers” and “a job is not for sale, it should be defended.” Signs refering to the Madrid’s mayor read “Botella Out.”

Some 6,600 outdoor maintenance workers joined the walk-out last Tuesday (November 5), after three private companies, contracted by Madrid’s city hall, proposed cutting salaries by up to 40 percent and laying off 1,144 people.

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Greek police clear former broadcaster ERT’s offices

Published on 7 Nov 2013

The Greek government is to face a vote of no-confidence in parliament following the police raid on the headquarters of the former state broadcaster.

The evacuation of dozens of journalists who had been occupying the building brought protests outside from staff laid off after the government took ERT off air in June, saying it was wasteful and mismanaged.

For five months some journalists had kept an internet news feed going – until now.

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Massive protest in Bahrain

Thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets of the capital Manama on Tuesday afternoon in a noisy but peaceful anti-government demonstration.

The march left the capital s Salmaniya hospital and moved slowly towards Pearl roundabout monument which has become a rallying point for pro-democracy campaigners during weeks of protests.

Men and women marched separately many waving Bahraini flags and chanting loudly.
The continued demonstrations appear part of a strategy to hold rallies at sensitive locations in Manama while maintaining a round-the-clock protest base in a landmark square in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Already this week protesters have staged rallies outside the country s parliament the state television government ministries and marched past international banks and hotels as well as foreign embassies.

Shiites who account for about 70 percent of the country s 525-thousand people have long complained of discrimination and other abuses by the Sunni rulers.

The uprising in Bahrain was the first in the Gulf from the reform groundswell across the Arab world. But clashes have since spread to Oman and opposition groups in Saudi Arabia have brought rare challenges to the near-absolute power of the nation s king.

Bahrain s rulers have sought talks with opposition groups to ease the tensions. However they are under pressure from Gulf allies not to offer too many political concessions. Many Sunnis across the region fear that conceding significant power to Bahrain s Shiites could open the door for greater influence by Shiite powerhouse Iran.

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Clashes with police in central Rome

Published on 31 Oct 2013
Hundreds of protesters demonstrating for the right to affordable housing clashed with police in central Rome on Thursday. The protesters demanded local authorities stop evictions in the Italian capital, and use more public funds to help people without homes or those who can’t pay their rent. The clashes came as representatives from the government, regional authorities and City Hall met to discuss an emergency plan to tackle the lack of affordable housing.

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