Police in Rio de Janeiro used tear gas to disperse a small group of protesters who tried to push past a blockade before the World Cup final on Sunday, a spokeswoman said.The confrontation took place in the Seans Peña plaza, near the Maracana stadium about an hour before Argentina played Germany. Fans inside the stadium seemed unaware of the protest, informs Reuters.
38 journalism groups in the US have sent a message addressed to President Barack Obama expressing protest against the "politically-driven suppression of news and information" about the activities of the American authorities. According to the capital's online newspaper The Washington Examiner, this is an unprecedented criticism of the White House.
About 300 people gathered outside Moldova's Coordination Council for TV and Radio Broadcasts to protest a ban on the Rossiya 24 TV news channel that will be in force until January 1, 2015. The Coordination Council has also imposed penalties on a number of Moldovan television channels for re-transmitting Russia's NTV, Channel One, RTR and REN TV. The protesters chanted "No to Censorship!", "Freedom to Press!" and "Down with the Leaders of Coordination Council for TV and Radio Broadcasts."
The Socialist Party of Moldova has launched a campaign in support of Russian TV channels. The party decided to organize street rallies across the country against the government’s decision to suspend Russia’s Rossiya-24 television in Moldova until January 1, 2015.
Gunfire was heard on Kiev's Maidan Square during the early morning hours on Monday, activists said. "An armed provocation was staged in the third barricaded area overnight. The attackers were wearing balaclava hats. Maidan, hundreds were alerted and drove away the assailants," the Central Rada of Maidan Hundreds reported on Facebook on Monday. Eyewitnesses confirmed the overnight clash and automatic gunfire on Maidan.
Another protest rally of the so-called 'popular veche' is being held on Sunday in Kiev’s central Independence Square, known as Maidan. That word has become a symbol of popular protestation. Activists refuted information that Maidan was rounding off. "Maidan is not going to leave," said one of activists who said that ongoing protests were "not playing into the hands of the current authorities."
Violent protests sparked by the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teenager spread to Arab villages in Israel on Saturday, presenting a new challenge to the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reports Reuters. Israel has stayed silent on the investigation into the death of an East Jerusalem youth who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews, but the Palestinian attorney-general was reported as saying he had been burned alive.
A protest against violence in the eastern regions of Ukraine took place on Thursday in the center of Athens near the building of the EU Delegation Office in Greece. Fifty people came to the rally: immigrants from Ukraine and Russia, the Greeks from the former Soviet Union and the ones who were born in Greece. The action took place during working hours, and, according to the participants, many who wanted to come simply could not make it there.
The trial of 24 activists on charges of holding an illegal protest has started in an Egyptian courst this Sunday, DPA cites an independent newspaper al-Masry al-Youm as saying.
We have all been guinea pigs. At least those who have a Facebook account. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal has revealed that Facebook manipulated the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in order to study “emotional contagion through social networks.”
An anti-war rally took place in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, on Sunday. The demonstrators demanded that the Kiev government stop a military operation against its own people.
Google’s team of four executives with former CEO of the corporation Eric Schmidt in the lead has travelled for a two-day visit to Havana, Cuba with a mission "to promote the virtues of a free and open Internet", according to a report of a Cuban blogger, Yoani Sanchez on her independent news website.
Police in Brazil fired tear gas to break up hundreds of protesters outside Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium, where Colombia and Uruguay were playing a World Cup knock-out-stage match.
Today, activists flew an airship displaying the message "NSA illegal spying below" over the NSA's data center in Utah. The event was organized by members of Greenpeace and lawyers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation who are fighting against the American special services' methods of collecting information.
The Moldovan opposition Party of Socialists picketed on Wednesday the US Embassy in Chisinau, accusing Washington of putting pressure on Chisinau pushing it towards an association agreement with the European Union and towards breaking traditional ties in the east.
President Francois Hollande has promised a bill by the end of the year to allow "medical assistance to end one's life with dignity" in cases involving terminally ill patients who have expressed a wish to die, dpa reports. The bill would go further than the 2005 Leonetti law, which bans doctors from actively helping patients die while allowing for "passive euthanasia," or withholding treatment, in certain cases.
Around 200 people marched along the beachfront in the Copacabana tourist district before Brazil's World Cup match against Cameroon on Monday in a protest against the tournament as well as police violence in Rio de Janeiro's favela shantytowns.
An anti-government demonstration started outside the regional administration headquarters in Donetsk on Monday evening even as representatives of the Ukrainian government, eastern Ukrainian militias, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were holding peace talks inside the building.
France braced for travel chaos after the country's civil aviation body urged airlines on Monday to cut flights by up to 20 percent in Paris and some other cities due to an air controllers' strike.