In a rare scene of disorder, Hong Kong authorities cleared out hundreds of protesters who blocked part of the city’s financial district early Wednesday, a high-profile reflection of rising anxiety over Beijing’s tightening grip on the little enclave of incomplete democracy at the southeastern edge of Communist China.
Protesters blocked the entrance to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, saying the ECB’s policy choices during the euro-area debt crisis shored up big banks while impoverishing citizens.
Organizers of the Blockupy movement said the number of demonstrators on site Friday already exceeded the 3,000 who took part in last year’s event, among them protesters from Italy, Spain, France and other European countries. Frankfurt police put the number at about 1,500 demonstrators.
KIEV (Reuters) - Scores of Ukrainian riot police withdrew on Wednesday morning from a protest camp after moving against demonstrators overnight in the authorities' biggest attempt yet to reclaim streets after weeks of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich.
Anti-government demonstrators began to occupy major intersections in Thailand’s capital on Sunday in what they say is an effort to shut down Bangkok, a plan that has raised fears of violence that could trigger a military coup.
SAO PAULO — Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities Monday for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the current Confederations Cup and a papal visit next month.
KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian police on Wednesday pulled back as protesters claimed victory after an overnight face-off in which authorities removed barricades and tents and scuffled with demonstrators occupying Kyiv’s main square.
Squadrons of police in helmets and bearing metal shields converged at about 1 a.m. on Independence Square, but thousands of protesters put up fierce resistance for hours, shoving back at police lines to keep them away from key sites.