Testing times for Mexican teachers

Published on 12 Sep 2013
In Mexico teachers protesting against education reforms have clashed with police during a demonstration which brought Mexico City to a standstill. Teaching unions are opposed to performance-related tests for teachers, but their critics say the unions are corrupt and have too much control over job allocation.

Thousands of teachers are back on the streets of Mexico City a day after the president signed a controversial education reform bill into law.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed the final part the education reform bill into law on Tuesday, in a move that infuriated teaching unions who have fought the bill from the outset.

The reform, finalised on Tuesday, introduces mandatory teacher evaluations for the first time, which unions considers a violation of workers’ rights.

“In the application of the education law there won’t be a step back, rather we will make sure we move forward faster,” Pena Nieto said as he signed the law.

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Bulgarian MPs freed after protest blockade

Published on 24 Jul 2013
Anti-riot police broke up a protesters’ blockade of Bulgaria’s parliament and escorted out over 100 ministers, politicians and journalists who had been trapped inside for more more than eight hours. Policeman with shields pushed away the anti-government protesters on Wednesday and formed a tight cordon to get the trapped out of the state building in Sofia, hours after demonstrations turned violent.

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Spaniards Protest Against PP Corruption Scandal

Published on 19 Jul 2013
Thousands people vent their anger against allegations of corruption in the ruling People’s Party outside its headquarters in Madrid.

Published on 18 Jul 2013
Protesters and police were injured during bloody clashes in Madrid on Thursday. Following a protest in front of the headquarters of Spain’s ruling Popular Party, around 1,000 protesters marched along the streets of Madrid calling for the dismissal of the Spanish government. As tensions mounted, police were seen beating protesters with batons, in clashes that left at least three protesters and one policeman injured.

The demonstrators also aimed to further publicise the latest accusations made by Luis Barcenas, a former head of the ruling Popular Party’s Treasury, stating that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy accepted undisclosed bonuses from businessmen and private builders. Barcenas also claimed that the Popular Party was illegally financed by major construction companies in exchange for contracts. Barcenas is serving a prison sentence for tax offences and capital evasion.

Spain’s economy has suffered from stagnant activity following the onset of the European debt crisis, resulting in surging unemployment rates, particularly among the nation’s youth.

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Turkey Clashes continue

Published on 14 Jul 2013

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Istanbul on Saturday to march to Gezi Park. They’ve been protesting against a recently imposed law. It blocks the Turkish Engineers and Architects Union from approving urban planning projects. The law is seen by many as part of a government vendetta.

The union previously brought a lawsuit over plans to develop Gezi Park, prompting the first protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

The crowd chanted anti-government slogans and screamed: “This is just the beginning. The fight is continuing.”

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We don’t need the World Cup We need money for hospitals and education

Thirty-nine people were injured and 30 others detained in clashes as around a thousand Brazilians demonstrated outside the national stadium in the capital, Brasilia. The crowds voiced their anger against the amount of money spent on next year’s World Cup.

Police used tear gas, pepper spray and reportedly rubber bullets, as demonstrators staged their rally before the game, which ended in Brazil beating Japan 3-0.

Protesters held posters reading “We don’t need the World Cup” and “We need money for hospitals and education.”

The demonstrators also chanted slogans such as “FIFA go away!” referring to the Federation of International Football Associations, which awarded the hosting rights to Brazil.

Protests took place across Brazil, with hundreds holding a rally near Maracana Stadium in the country’s biggest city, Rio de Janeiro.

The rally turned violent, as it did in Brasilia, with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets before the start of another Confederations Cup match, which ended in a tie between Italy and Mexico.

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Thousands of lawyers protest in Istanbul and Ankara

Published on 12 Jun 2013
Turkish lawyers demonstrated in Istanbul and Ankara on Wednesday to show their support after the arrest of 73 lawyers in Istanbul yesterday.

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Published on 11 Jun 2013
Turkish police have taken several dozen lawyers into custody for joining the ongoing protests. The arrests in Istanbul come as police launched a crackdown on protesters in the city’s Taksim Square.

The lawyers were seized at the Caglayan Courthouse on Tuesday by troops of the special forces unit, reported Hürriyet Daily News

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Firefighters clash with riot police in Spain

Published on 31 May 2013
Firefighters clash with riot police in Spain during austerity protest.

“When the police start beating with relish’ their fellow uniformed workers, then things are on a rapid moral decline. Soon they will be beating and tear gassing and shooting with rubber bullets the doctors and nurse’s.”

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