Thai Royalists rally against 'largest' anti-government protests

A small group of Thai Royalists held a rally in response to the largest anti-government demonstration since Thailand imposed a state of emergency to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The rally, which was held on Thursday, was mainly attended by mainly senior citizens with a few college-aged students. They were acting in response to a set of protests led by the student movement known as Liberation Youth Group, who had organised a series of anti-government protests in recent weeks. The Guardian reports, that the student protests were attended by over 2,000 and were the largest since the government-imposed lockdown restrictions in March. In terms of size, the Royalist rally, which was organised by a group known as “The Vocational School Students protecting the Nation”, was only attended by 75 demonstrators. Most of these were senior citizens with a few college-aged students.

China urges EU to ‘stop meddling’ in Hong Kong

Photo of a spokesman of China's foreign ministry, Wang Wendin China has demanded that the European Union “stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and Chin’s internal affairs”; after the Union decided to limit the sale of technology for use in Hong Kong, over concerns about its controversial new security law. The European Union stated it would limit exports of surveillance equipment due to new security law which criminalises “terrorist activities” which includes campaigning for independence and colluding with foreign forces. China and Hong Kong officials defend the new law saying its crucial for...

UK High Court examines evidence of ‘rogue SAS Afghanistan execution squad’

Recent documents in the British High Court reveal allegations of a “rogue” British SAS (Special Air Service) unit carrying out night-time executions of civilians in Afghanistan. A collection of files, previously withheld from the UK court, have brought to light communications between high ranking officials of the special forces discussing the murder of over 33 Afghan civilians in 11-night raids carried out by a SAS unit over the course of 3 months.

Hong Kong elections delayed by a year

The Hong Kong government announced that elections scheduled for September would be postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pro-democracy opposition candidates argue that this is another in a series of attempts to weaken their chances and slow the momentum growing around their platform. The move to postpone elections comes soon after twelve pro-democracy candidates reported being barred from running as candidates, due to their opposition to a new security law and what have been perceived as “subversive intentions.”

Zimbabwe security forces clear streets ahead of anti-government protests

Zimbabwe’s security forces have forced a lockdown in Harare, on Thursday, clearing people off the streets and forcing businesses to close a day before planned anti-government protests. In Harare, the capital, armed soldiers and anti-riot police manned checkpoints, telling people to leave. The Zimbabwe police released a statement saying; “All security arms of government are on full alert and will deal decisively with any individuals or groups fomenting violence and sending threats or provocative messages through social media or any other means.” However, activists stated they would press on...

EU relocates close to 100 vulnerable asylum seekers from Cyprus camps

Around 100 vulnerable asylum seekers, including minors, have been relocated to Finland and Germany from Greece and Cyprus refugee camps, according to the EU’s asylum coordination agency.

New York protester arrested in unmarked van

New York City police have come under criticism after a viral video showing officers, including some in plainclothes, were seen arresting a protester and taking her away in an unmarked van as protest continued across the country. Videos of the arrest have circulated on social media, attracting scrutiny from politicians and civil rights groups. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted , “There is no excuse for snatching women off the street and throwing them into unmarked vans,” connecting these actions to authoritarianism.

US Congresswomen addresses 'culture of violence against women' following Republican verbal abuse encounter

US Congresswomen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who was subject to a verbal attack by Florida Republican Representative Ted Yoho – slammed the comments and the apology made by Yoho, at the House Chamber, in Washington, D.C. She emphasised the incident as extending the “culture of lack of impunity and accepting of violence and violent language against women” and that “an entire structure of power supports that”.

Hong Kong university fires law professor who inspired protests for democracy

The University of Hong Kong has fired an associate law professor, Benny Tai, under criminal charges for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy “umbrella protests.”

Australian Police win Supreme Court bid to halt Black Lives Matter protest amid Covid-19

Australian supreme court granted a bid on Sunday to prevent Black Lives Matter protests from happening in Sydney, accepting police concerns about possible coronavirus outbreaks. Several thousand people had been expected to gather in Sydney on Tuesday to protest the deaths of Aboriginal people in custody, building on the recent international Black Lives Matter protests due to the killing of George Floyd. The protest was organized by the family members of David Dungay Jr, 26, an indigenous man who died after being restrained by police at a Sydney jail in 2015, where footage showed him...