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Unrest over Mexico gasoline price hike erupts into looting
By LEV GARCIA and MARK STEVENSON
4 January 2017

XALAPA, Mexico (AP) -- Protests over a sharp gasoline price hike erupted into looting of gas stations and stores in various parts of Mexico on Wednesday, with dozens of businesses reportedly sacked.

Protesters also continued to block highways, burn tires and seize gas stations, snarling traffic and jeopardizing fuel supplies across the country. The National Association of Self-Service and Department Stores of Mexico said in a statement that 79 stores had been looted and 170 were closed or blockaded in central Mexico, including the capital.

The unrest "resulting in the theft of merchandise put at risk the lives of clients and workers in the stores, primarily in Mexico State, Michoacan, Hidalgo and Mexico City," the statement said. In the Gulf coast city of Veracruz, 50 establishments including convenience stores, supermarkets and big-box outlets suffered looting, according to a preliminary count by the local chamber of commerce. Store guards were overrun by crowds who carried off clothing, food, washing machines, televisions, DVD players and refrigerators.

Extra police patrols were deployed, and at least 14 people were detained, the state government reported. At one supermarket officers fired into the air to disperse the multitudes. Earlier in the day, President Enrique Pena Nieto took to the airwaves to defend his unpopular gasoline deregulation measure that resulted in price hikes of up to 20 percent over the weekend.

The increases took effect as the government ends regulated prices for gasoline and diesel, which it says represented subsidies that unduly benefited wealthier Mexicans. The change boosted the average price for a liter of premium gasoline to 17.79 pesos (about 90 cents). That makes 4 liters, or about a gallon, equal to nearly as much as Mexico's just raised minimum wage for a day's work - 80 pesos (about $4).

Pena Nieto said he would try to help groups hit hard by the increases, in an apparent reference to bus, truck and taxi drivers. "I understand the anger and irritation felt by the general public," Pena Nieto said, saying that "this is an action that nobody would want to take." "If this decision had not been taken, the effects and consequences would have been far more painful," he added.

The farm activist group El Barzon said that even with tax breaks or government support for truck drivers, "the wave of anger and discontent among Mexicans cannot be held back." The state-owned oil company Pemex said Tuesday that blockades of fuel terminals in the states of Chihuahua, Morelos and Durango had caused a "critical situation" in distributing fuel to gas stations there. It said that if the blockades continued, it could interrupt operations at airports in Chihuahua and Baja California.

The country's industrial chamber, known as Concamin, said that "impeding production and commerce is not the best way to handle the increase in fuel prices."

Associated Press writer Lev Garcia reported this story in Xalapa and AP writer Mark Stevenson reported from Mexico City.
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Looting, protests in Mexico over gas price hikes turn deadly
By MARK STEVENSON
6 January 2017

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The death toll in protests and looting fueled by anger over gasoline price hikes in Mexico rose to six Friday when authorities confirmed that two men died in a confrontation between protesters and police in the central state of Hidalgo.

There were four previous deaths in looting-related incidents and over the course of the week, at least 300 stores were looted and more 1,000 people were detained, officials said.

The protesters in Hidalgo were blocking a highway on Thursday and confronted police who were trying to keep order, when gunfire broke out. Two people also were found dead near looting in the eastern port city of Veracruz. Earlier, officials said a bystander was run over and killed by a driver fleeing police in another part of Veracruz state, and a police officer was killed trying to stop robberies at a gas station in Mexico City. In the northern city of Monterrey, officials said a crowd of protesters had smashed some of the stained glass windows of the Nuevo Leon state capital building. Several reporters were hurt, and 182 people were detained.

The country's business chambers said the combination of highway, port and terminal blockades and looting this week forced many stores and businesses to close and threatened supplies of basic goods and fuel. The scenes of mass lootings came as parents were trying to buy presents for the Jan. 6 Three Kings Day holiday. The looting and protests quieted somewhat Friday, but protesters continued to post themselves at highway toll booths with banners.

Mexicans were enraged by the 20 percent fuel price hike announced over the weekend as part of a government deregulation of the energy sector. While acknowledging the anger, President Enrique Pena Nieto said Thursday he would forge ahead anyway with the deregulated price scheme, which would do away with fuel subsidies and allow gasoline prices to be determined by prevailing international prices. "I know that allowing gasoline to rise to its international price is a difficult change, but as president, my job is to precisely make difficult decisions now, in order to avoid worse consequences in the future," Pena Nieto said in a televised address. "Keeping gas prices artificially low would mean taking money away from the poorest Mexicans, and giving it to those who have the most."

Pena Nieto said the other big challenge for Mexico in 2017 was to "build a positive relationship with the new U.S. administration," something he said would be done with Mexico's "unbreakable dignity."

Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes Linares ventured out Thursday and tried to persuade a crowd not to attack a grocery store that had already been looted a day earlier. About 300 people were detained in Veracruz. In Mexico State, which borders Mexico City, 529 people had been detained as suspected looters. Four state police officers were fired and detained after they were caught on video taking some looted items and putting them in their patrol vehicles. The state government said the looting had quieted Thursday. But video of the Wednesday disturbances showed riot-like scenes of people streaming out of stores carrying flat-screen TVs and other items. Officials claimed many of the lootings incidents were promoted through social media.

With blockades affecting everything from gas distribution terminals, seaports and highways to shopping centers and gas stations, the Communications and Transport Department announced it would cancel permits for any truckers who block roads. The change boosted the average price for a liter of premium gasoline to 17.79 pesos (about 90 cents). That makes 4 liters, or about a gallon, equal to nearly as much as Mexico's just raised minimum wage for a day's work - 80 pesos (about $4).

The National Association of Self-Service and Department Stores of Mexico has said in a statement that more than 79 stores had been looted and 170 were closed or blockaded in central Mexico, including the capital.

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In rare demonstration, thousands protest power cuts in Gaza
By FARES AKRAM
12 January 2017

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Thousands of people took to the streets on Thursday to protest chronic power cuts in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, in one of the largest unauthorized protests in the territory since the Islamic militant group took power a decade ago.

Hamas has shown little tolerance for dissent, and it moved quickly to contain Thursday's demonstration. Police fired in the air to disperse a crowd of stone-throwing protesters and blocked journalists from the area. A day earlier, Hamas-run authorities arrested a local comedian who made a viral video lamenting the power shortages during the cold winter season.

The demonstration began in the Jebaliya refugee camp, and as it grew in size, the crowd marched toward the nearby offices of an electricity distribution company, chanting: "Raise your voice, electricity cuts mean death." Hamas police made way for the crowd, but took up positions outside the electricity company's building. When a group of youths threw stones at them, they fired into the air to disperse the crowd. Later, the protesters arrived at the building and gathered peacefully.

Hamas forces blocked journalists from filming the gathering, and an Associated Press journalist was briefly detained at gunpoint until he handed over his mobile phones to plainclothes security men. The Foreign Press Association, which represents international media operating in Israel and the Palestinian territories, said a photographer with Agence France-Presse was badly beaten in the head by uniformed policemen and required medical care after he refused to hand over his camera. The group condemned the "violent behavior" in the "strongest terms." Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad Bozom denied anyone had been injured. He said protesters were dispersed after they "attacked" the electricity company building and that "quiet has been restored" to the area.

Life has become increasingly difficult for Gaza's 2 million residents, who are squeezed into the tiny coastal territory. Hamas' violent takeover a decade ago triggered a border blockade by Israel and Egypt that, among other things, sharply aggravated power shortages. In a sign of the worsening situation, Gaza comedian Adel al-Mashwakhi was arrested just hours after posting a video about the hardships under Hamas rule, friends and rights groups said. By Thursday afternoon, the video had received more than 250,000 views. In the one-minute video, titled "Hamas, it's enough," he lists the basics missing in Gaza, including jobs and the ability to travel. "(Take) everything but electricity, Hamas," he says, facing the camera. Bozom declined to comment about the arrest.

Hamas, an Islamic militant group sworn to Israel's destruction, has ruled the territory since 2007, routinely clamping down on critics.

Despite the hardships, anti-Hamas protests have been rare, in part because of fear and because even disgruntled Gazans believe there's no realistic path to toppling the militants. Gaza is currently experiencing the worst electricity shortage in years, with power supplied to households only three to four hours a day in a cold winter. Residents have tried to improvise, using old kerosene heaters to keep warm and restarting previously disused community ovens for cooking and baking. In recent weeks, Gaza residents have staged spontaneous demonstrations, including marching at night with torches to demand more electricity.

Al-Mashwakhi posted his video late Tuesday. "There is no work, no (border) crossing points, no food, no water and also no electricity," he shouts in the clip, after getting out of a white car in the dark. The artist has produced several short mobile phone videos and acted in some. He rose to fame locally with video clips in which he sings songs with nonsensical lyrics.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemned the comedian's arrest, and said it was the third time since last year that he was taken into custody for criticizing Hamas. During one of the detentions, he was tortured, the group said.

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Violent protests at Peru's capital over new highway toll
12 January 2017

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Hundreds of Peruvians threw homemade explosives and rocks while police fired tear gas during a protest Thursday over a new road toll into Lima.

It was the second time in under a week that residents of the poor Puente Piedra district outside the capital fought with police on the Pan-American Highway, which is their only route into Lima. The district's mayor and leftist lawmakers are supporting the protesters' demands to eliminate the toll, which is $1.50 to both enter and to leave Lima. But Lima Mayor Luis Castaneda says city's hands are tied because the toll is part of a project approved by his predecessor to build and maintain roads.

Protesters are angry because the $3 daily cost for driving to and from Lima is a burden in a country where the minimum wage is about $250 a month. Not all the demonstrators have cars, but the toll has also driven up the cost of riding on buses and mototaxis.

A protest last week also erupted into violence during which demonstrators burned toll booths, and officials responded by temporarily suspending collection of the toll.

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Protests erupt over Romanian government's plan to pardon thousands
18 January 2017

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Several thousand people marched through the Romanian capital on Wednesday night to protest the government's plan to pardon thousands of prisoners - a surprise move to allegedly reduce overcrowding in prisons that would also benefit some notable government supporters.

Premier Sorin Grindeanu wants to implement the measure through an emergency ordinance, which would not require the approval of parliament or the president. The move has provoked sharp criticism, with Raluca Turcan, leader of the opposition Liberal Party, accusing the government of trying to sneak the measure in. "This is an abuse of trust, an act that favors the criminal, an act against the general public," she said.

Braving frigid temperatures, the protesters massed outside the government's main offices. "Resignation!" they yelled, calling the ruling Social Democratic Party "the red plague." Smaller protests against the plan were also held in the cities of Cluj, Sibiu, Iasi and Craiova.

The justice ministry published a draft of the plan Wednesday, surprising Romania's top prosecutor and opposition politicians. The proposal could affect 2,500 prisoners - primarily those with sentences under five years, except for those convicted of crimes of a sexual nature, violence or corruption. Prisoners over 60, pregnant women and inmates with young children would see their sentences halved regardless of their convictions.

Among those who could benefit from the measure is the chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party, Liviu Dragnea, who got a two-year suspended sentence in 2016 for vote rigging. He is currently banned from being prime minister due to his conviction, something he says is unfair. Media mogul and government supporter Dan Voiculescu is another possible beneficiary. The 70-year-old is serving a 10-year sentence for money laundering. General Prosecutor Augustin Lazar also criticized the proposal, saying it lacked transparency and had not been discussed publicly.

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Protests and parties around the world mark Trump inauguration
By Helen Corbett
20 January 2017

London (dpa) - Groups of demonstrators took to the streets in cities around the world on Friday to both lament and celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.

About 200 members of activist groups gathered at nine different bridges along the River Thames in London in the morning to drop banners with messages including "Build bridges not walls," and "United against Islamophobia," in reference to two of Trump's most controversial policies: a wall on the Mexico border, and limits on Muslims entering the United States.

The protest "isn't just about Trump ... it's [also] about Brexit, because we feel the world is becoming more divided and that it's through far-right politics," one of the protest's organizers, Sophie Dyer, told dpa. "We're sending a message to Donald Trump and to the general supporters of far-right populism across the UK and Europe, and we're also sending a message of solidarity to those in the US who stand to be hurt," Tim Kiely from the Green Party said.

In the Philippine capital, Manila, hundreds of protesters led by left-wing activists marched to the US embassy to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to be wary of Trump and to maintain an independent foreign policy in relation to the US. Chanting "Dump Trump," the protesters burned a US flag near the embassy and also demanded the pull-out of US troops and facilities in the Philippines.

Earlier in Sri Lanka, a small but vociferous group gathered outside the US embassy, carrying placards and chanting slogans denouncing Trump's comments on issues including the environment, war and immigrants, and claiming they could have an impact on Sri Lanka. "We are showing our solidarity with all the people throughout the world who are taking part in protests against president-elect Trump," Siritunga Jayasuriya, leader of the United Socialist Party, said.

Police stepped up security outside the embassy in Colombo as less than 100 people from political parties, civil rights and labour organizations protested for more than an hour. However, there were others who welcomed Trump, with one of Sri Lanka's Buddhist organizations placing a full-page newspaper advertisement wishing him long life.

A Hindu right-wing group said earlier in the week it was ready to celebrate Trump's "coronation" on Friday, calling him the "King Of the World" who would end the threat posed by Islamist militants. Members of the Hindu Sena or army in India put a garland on a cut-out of Donald Trump and daubed its forehead with a red mark or tika for good luck.

In Budapest, supporters of Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban planned a street party for Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday afternoon. Five people, including Zsolt Bayer, a writer prominent due to his targeting of Roma and migrants, were due to address the event dubbed the "inauguration party for a better world order." The only EU leader who voiced support for Trump's migration policies, Orban has placed Hungary at the forefront of the strongly anti-immigration wing of Europe during the 2015-16 migration crisis.

Human rights organization Amnesty International released a statement as Trump prepared to enter the White House, warning that his presidency could mark a major roll-back on hard-fought freedoms both in the USA and across the world. "It is up to each one of us to fight President Trump's spiteful rhetoric of discrimination, hate and xenophobia," the NGO's secretary general Salil Shetty said. "Amnesty will resist injustice every step of the way."

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Women lead unprecedented worldwide mass protests against Trump
By Scott Malone and Ginger Gibson
January 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of women filled the streets of major American cities to lead an unprecedented wave of international protests against President Donald Trump, mocking and denouncing the new U.S. leader the day after his inauguration.

Women activists, outraged by Trump's campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be especially misogynistic, spearheaded scores of marches in the United States and sympathy rallies around the world on Saturday. Organizers said they drew nearly 5 million protesters in all, far surpassing crowd expectations. The demonstrations also highlighted strong discontent over Trump's comments and policy positions toward a wide range of groups, including Mexican immigrants, Muslims, the disabled and environmentalists.

In contrast to the heated, often shrill tone of the presidential campaign, and the grim imagery of "American carnage" Trump evoked in his inaugural address, the mood during Saturday's protests was largely upbeat, even festive. Chanting such slogans as, "We need a real leader, not a creepy tweeter," and "Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go," many marchers wore knitted pink cat-eared "pussy hats" in a reference to Trump's boast, in a 2005 video made public weeks before the election, about grabbing women by the genitals.

While women constituted the bulk of the demonstrators, many were accompanied by husbands, boyfriends and children. The planned centerpiece of the protests, a Women's March on Washington, appeared to draw larger crowds than turned out a day earlier to witness Trump's swearing-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

No official estimates of the turnout were available, but it clearly exceeded the 200,000 marchers projected in advance by organizers, filling long stretches of downtown Washington around the White House and the National Mall. Hundreds of thousands more women thronged New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Boston, adding to a public outpouring of mass dissent against Trump unmatched in modern U.S. politics for a new president's first full day in office.

So-called Sister March organizers estimated 750,000 demonstrators swarmed the streets of Los Angeles, one of the largest of Saturday's gatherings. Police said the turnout there was as big or bigger than a 2006 pro-immigration march that drew 500,000. Some 400,000 marchers assembled in New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, though organizers put the number there at 600,000.

The Chicago event grew so large that organizers staged a rally rather than trying to parade through the city. Police said more than 125,000 people attended, while sponsors estimated the crowd at 200,000, the same tally they reported for Boston, and Denver. Smaller protests were held in such cities as Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Madison, Wisconsin, and Bismarck, North Dakota.

The protests, mostly peaceful, illustrated the depth of division in a country still reeling from the bitterly fought 2016 election campaign. Trump stunned the world by defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and first lady who made history as the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.

Pam Foyster, a resident of Ridgway, Colorado, said the atmosphere in Washington reminded her of mass protests during the 1960s and '70s against the Vietnam War and in favor of civil rights and women's rights. "I'm 58 years old, and I can't believe we are having to do this again," Foyster said.

Although Republicans now control the White House and both houses of Congress, Trump faces entrenched opposition from wide segments of the public, in contrast with the honeymoon period new presidents typically experience when first taking office. In a Twitter post early on Sunday, the new president appeared to downplay the significance of the protests when compared to his victory in the Nov. 8 election. "Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election!" he tweeted. "Why didn't these people vote?" A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found Trump had the lowest favorability rating of any incoming U.S. president since the 1970s.

Women-led protests against Trump, who has vowed that U.S. policy would be based on the principle of "America first," also were staged in Sydney, London, Tokyo and other cities across Europe and Asia. Sister March sponsors boasted some 670 gatherings around the world in solidarity with the Washington event, estimating a global turnout of more than 4.6 million participants tallied through online march registrations, although those numbers could not be independently verified.

Trump, in a Twitter post on Saturday, wrote, "I am honored to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!" Attending an interfaith service at Washington National Cathedral before visiting the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, Trump made no mention of the protests.

But he angrily attacked media reports, including photos, showing that crowds at Friday's inaugural were smaller than those seen in 2009 and 2013, when Barack Obama took the oath of office for his first and second terms as president. "I made a speech, I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people," Trump said at his CIA visit. "They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there."

Saturday's march in Washington overwhelmed the city's Metro subway system, with enormous crowds reported and some stations temporarily forced to turn away riders. The Metro reported 275,000 rides as of 11 a.m. Saturday, 82,000 more than the 193,000 reported at the same time on Friday, Inauguration Day, and eight times normal Saturday volume.

The peaceful atmosphere of Saturday's march contrasted sharply with unrest the day before, when groups of black-clad anti-establishment activists, among hundreds of anti-Trump protesters, smashed windows, set vehicles on fire and fought with riot police, who responded with stun grenades. Washington prosecutors said about $100,000 in damage had been done and 230 adults and five minors had been arrested.

Clinton won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election by around 2.9 million votes and exceeded Trump's support among women voters by more than 10 percentage points. Trump, however, easily prevailed in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that actually determines the outcome of the race.

Trump offered few if any olive branches to his opponents in his Friday inauguration speech. "He has never seemed particularly concerned about people who oppose him," said Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.

But the lawmakers who Trump needs onside to achieve his policy goals may be more sensitive to the show of mass opposition demonstrated by the anti-Trump rallies, Levesque said. "Members of Congress are very sensitive to the public mood, and many of them are down here this week to see him," Levesque said.

(Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert, Mike Stone, Jonathan Landay, Ian Simpson Ginger Gibson and Joel Schectman in Washington; Lisa Girion in Los Angeles; Jonathan Allen in New York; Timothy McLaughlin in Chicago and Deborah Todd in San Francisco; Writing by Scott Malone and Steve Gorman; Editing by Leslie Adler, Simon Cameron-Moore and Mark Potter)
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10,000 protest Romania government plans to pardon prisoners
22 January 2017

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Thousands have marched through the Romanian capital and other cities to protest a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners which critics say could reverse the anti-corruption fight.

More than 10,000 protesters massed in University Square on Sunday evening, and later broke through police lines, before heading toward government headquarters. Protesters cheered after President Klaus Iohannis, a government critic who supports the anti-corruption drive, turned up at the protest. Some protesters were elderly, while others carried children on their shoulders. Demonstrators called the ruling Social Democratic Party "the red plague."

Premier Sorin Grindeanu wants to pass an emergency ordinance to pardon prisoners which his government says would ease overcrowding in prisons. Critics say it would help government allies convicted of corruption. Prison authorities say 3,700 prisoners could be freed.

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Thousands protest outside Taiwan Presidential Office over pension reform plan
By Faith Hung
22 January 2017

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Thousands of military personnel, teachers, police and civil servants protested a plan to reform Taiwan's pension system outside of the Presidential Office in Taipei on Sunday, as a national conference to discuss reform was held in the Office.

Vice President Chen Chien-jen announced a pension reform plan this week for teachers, civil servants and non-government employees which would delay a default in payments to retirees by a decade. The plan has angered the island's public servants, many of whom say it would ruin their retirement plans and that it demonstrates incompetence by President Tsai Ing-wen. "Tsai Ing-wen step down," shouted the protesters, barricaded from the Presidential Office by rows of wired fences and barriers. "We protest the Tsai government," the protesters chanted, calling the reform plan "government bullying" and "majority tyranny."

Police said about 12,000 people are estimated to have taken part in the demonstration. "This plan is so shocking to all of us. The government is having financial problems. Everyone should be willing to share the burden, not just us," said Tseng Kwang-ming, 70, a retired teacher, adding the plan would cut his monthly pension by almost half from T$60,000 ($1,900) currently.

Pension reform is critical for Taiwan as large payouts are no longer sustainable for the export-reliant economy, with contributions crimped by slower economic growth and a rapidly aging population. A successful reform will be crucial for President Tsai, whose popularity has hit an all-time low since taking office last May. She has said reforms are "urgent" given limited national and social resources, and that she wants pension reform bills passed by the legislature this spring. "The point is to ensure that Taiwan's pension system will remain a solvent system which the government can afford while also ensuring that retirees can get their pensions," said Tsai, in opening remarks at the conference, where government officials are discussing the plan with public servant representatives.

Pensions for civil servants could default by 2030, teachers by 2031, and other workers by 2048, government data shows, if Taiwan's pension system is not reformed after years of under-funded liabilities. Reform plans for military pensions, which could default as early as 2020, will be discussed after the Lunar New Year holiday. Under-funded liabilities of public and labor sector pensions were expected to hit a record T$18 trillion in 2016, nine times the government's annual budget expenditure, and a big leap from T$12 trillion a decade ago.

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Police, pollution protesters clash in northern China city
16 February 2017

BEIJING (AP) -- Police and protesters opposed to the construction of a massive aluminum plant clashed in a northern Chinese city Thursday despite the local government's announcement that it was suspending the project.

Several dozen protesters gathered outside government offices in Daqing, pushing up against a large contingent of police, including some with dogs. At least two people were taken away and a woman was carried off after collapsing in the street, according to footage obtained by the AP. It was unclear whether she had been injured by police.

Thursday's protest over the plant planned by aluminum producer Zhongwang Holdings Ltd. took place despite a city government pledge Wednesday to put it on hold. Local governments in China often announce suspensions of projects following protests, only to quietly restart them months later.

Such environmental protests are becoming increasingly common as China's middle-class demands a cleaner environment and becomes more aware of health risks posed by heavily polluting industries blamed for the choking smog that smothers Beijing and other cities. Responding to the protests, Hong Kong-listed Zhongwang earlier issued a statement saying that its production processes met international environmental standards.

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Montenegro women protest cuts in state aid for mothers
By PREDRAG MILIC
17 February 2017

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) -- Dozens of women who braved cold weather to spend a night outside Montenegro's government headquarters to protest cuts in state aid for mothers of three or more children dispersed on Friday.

Financial help for some 21,500 women in Montenegro has been slashed by 25 percent amid efforts to tighten public spending. About half of the women on the list are jobless. The protesters, who spent Thursday night outside government headquarters, demanded that the government reverse its decision. They argued the state should save money elsewhere before reducing aid for mothers.

The women dispersed Friday afternoon and agreed to meet a government delegation next week. Earlier, Some of the women sat covered with blankets on the stairs in front of riot police guarding the government offices in downtown Podgorica, the capital. Desanka Stojanovic, who has three children, said that "we didn't ask for aid, they gave it to us and now they are taking it away."

Montenegro's economy has been weak despite recent progress in the Balkan country's efforts at joining NATO and the European Union. Hundreds of protesters broke through metal fences set up by police Thursday. They held banners reading "Gentlemen from the government, beware of the women - mothers" or "Our children are hungry."

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Spate of protests breaks out in Belarus
19 February 2017

MOSCOW (AP) -- News media in Belarus are reporting sizable protests in five cities against an unpopular labor law that obliges citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not register with state labor exchanges.

The protests Sunday were an unusually widespread expression of discontent in the authoritarian former Soviet republic. They focused on the 2-year-old "anti-sponging" law, but demonstrators also expressed dissatisfaction with the government of President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko has been in office since 1994.

News portals said thousands of people protested in Gomel, Belarus' second-largest city. Smaller demonstrations were held in four other cities. No arrests were reported, although police frequently crack down on unsanctioned rallies. A protest in Minsk on Friday drew about 2,500 in the biggest opposition action since 2011.

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Thousands protest in Belarus against law targeting jobless
26 February 2017

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Local media in Belarus say about 3,000 people have demonstrated across the country against an unpopular new labor law that targets the unemployed.

The protests Sunday in four regional cities, which included an estimated 1,000-strong rally in the eastern city of Vitebsk, are a rare sign of dissent in the authoritarian former Soviet nation. No arrests were reported, although police in Belarus often crack down on unsanctioned rallies.

Many in Belarus are unhappy with a so-called "anti-sponging" law that forces citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not register with nation's labor exchanges. More than 2,000 people protested against the law in the capital of Minsk earlier this month, the largest opposition gathering in Belarus in more than five years.

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