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Source: CTV

Yellow vest protests spread to Canada, criticizing illegal immigration, taxes

Today 00:34 GMT

Many were held Saturday across the country criticizing the tax and immigration policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government.

With reports from CTV Atlantic’s Emily Baron Cadloff , CTV Northern Ontario, CTV Calgary’s Brad MacLeod, CTV Edmonton’s Timm Bruch and The Associated Press. Originally starting in France, yellow vest protests have moved to Canada. Many were held Saturday across the country criticizing the tax and immigration policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government.

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Source: The Guradian

Macron's ratings fall further after month of gilets jaunes protests

Today 00:34 GMT

A month of gilets jaunes, or yellow vests, protests have taken a further toll on the popularity of President Emmanuel Macron, a new poll showed on Sunday, with analysts saying he will be forced to change his style of governing.

Christophe Castaner, the interior minister, called on protesters to halt their blockades across the country which have seen traffic and businesses disrupted.

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Source: Fox News

France’s 'yellow vest' protesters rage on for fifth weekend

Today 00:34 GMT

Despite a dip in numbers, France’s “yellow vest” protesters continued their demonstrations – and clashed with police in the Parisian streets – for the fifth consecutive weekend.

Despite the thinning crowds, those who remain insist they are committed and refuse to back down until all their demands are adequately met.

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Source: DW

Thousands march for refugee rights in Italy

Today 00:34 GMT

Project Rights, a collective bringing together various human rights groups, said in a statement: "First of all, we started two years ago criminalising those who save thousands of lives at sea" and ended up "closing ports to boats loaded with survivors." "Today with the Salvini decree, we have abolished humanitarian protection, creating an endless stream of people forced into hiding," it said in a statement.

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Source: Global News

Thousands of protesters hit the streets in France in fifth week of yellow vest protests

Sunday 15:23 GMT

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of nationwide demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron’s government, despite calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg earlier this week.

The government, as well as several unions and opposition politicians called on protesters to stay off the streets on Saturday, after four people were killed in a gun attack at a Christmas market in the historic city of Strasbourg.

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Source: DW

Hungarians protest changes to labor laws and the creation of government-controlled courts

Friday 20:01 GMT

Some 3,000 angry demonstrators took to the streets of Budapest on Thursday to protest laws passed in a tumultuous parliamentary session a day earlier.

Many protesters were angry about new labor laws that will allow employers to require up to 400 hours of overtime from workers each year. Others denounced the government's decision to create new administrative courts that will be run by the government and tasked with overseeing elections and other sensitive government-related procedures.

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Source: The Guradian

Revealed: FBI kept files on peaceful climate change protesters

Friday 04:15 GMT

According to documents obtained by the Guardian through a Freedom of Information Act (Foia) lawsuit, the file on the Iowa protesters was part of a larger effort by the FBI to assess the danger posed by the climate change activist group 350.org in the run-up to a series of actions that were part of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels campaign.

“It creates a cycle where the drum beat of warning about potential danger from these things leads to a certain kind of response that increases the police violence that occurs at these protests,” German said.

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Source: The Guradian

Statue of Liberty climber continues to protest despite facing federal prison

Friday 04:15 GMT

Patricia Okoumou, the protester who scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July in an audacious protest against the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families, faces the prospect of federal prison when she goes on trial in New York next week.

“The French gave us the Statue of Liberty,” she said, explaining her latest choice of protest location in an interview with the Guardian.

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Source: BBC

The gilets jaunes

Saturday 19:04 GMT

It was enough to spark a small local rebellion - a handful of motorists who started displaying their regulation hi-vis jackets, or gilets jaunes, in the windscreens of their cars and posting their actions on Facebook.

“In France, people are using the gilets jaunes as a way to say ‘we exist’ to the elites, to the political class, to those who have forgotten about them for the past 20 years, for the simple reason that they no longer live in the same place.”

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Source: BBC

Euro falls as French protests hit economy

Saturday 15:24 GMT

In France, private sector business activity contracted for the first time in two and a half years as the "gilets jaunes" protests took their toll.

"Having held up reasonably well throughout the initial months of Q4, latest flash data pointed to an outright contraction in France's private sector for the first time in two-and-a-half years, following the protests which have swept through the country in recent weeks," said Eliot Kerr, an economist at IHS Markit. "Momentum in the manufacturing sector's downturn gathered pace, while most notably, the service sector's resilience came to a halt, with business activity and demand dropping."

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Source: Fox News

Somali ex-Islamist militant now running for regional government arrested, sparking violent protests

Friday 17:16 GMT

A former Islamist leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab terror group who's now running for a regional presidency was arrested and beaten Thursday, prompting protests and violent scuffles between his supporters and security forces, his spokesman and officials said.

Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, who defected last year from Africa’s deadliest extremist group, was arrested by Ethiopian troops that are part of the African Union forces supporting the Somali government, officials said.

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Source: DW

Jordan: Hundreds protest revised IMF-backed tax law

Saturday 03:19 GMT

Hundreds of Jordanians gathered in front of the Prime Minister Omar Razzas's office in the capital Amman to protest a tax law backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The new law, which was passed in November, included a tax hike for employees by at least five percent and on companies by between 20 and 40 percent. The tax threshold for households was also raised to 20,000 Jordanian dinars ($28,000, €24,650) and exemptions for education and health expenses were introduced.


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