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    Hollande Threatens to Ban Protests, But Will It Lead to His Downfall?

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    On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by Steve Hedley of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) in Britain to analyze if protests will soon be banned in France.

    As President Francois Hollande refuses to back down in the face of a wave of strikes and unrest against his anti-labor law, he threatens to ban demonstrations citing the threat of terrorism. Will such a move backfire and ignite even more militant working class action?

    Was Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat killed? His widow believes so, and today a judgement is due in a French court on her challenge to have the investigation re-opened. Becker is joined by Dr. Ghada Talhami from Lake Forrest College to look at what the evidence suggests about Arafat's death and the road the Palestinian struggle has traveled since he passed away in 2004.

    Have activists in Los Angeles been getting arrested simply for criticizing the police at their commission meetings? Progressive organizations fighting police brutality say yes, and are galvanizing support for the seven activists who have been arrested since last fall. Joining Becker to discuss the movement against police brutality and spying in Los Angeles is Hamid Khan, campaign coordinator of the Stop LAPD Spying Network.

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