Tunisia-Demonstrations and clashes .. What is happening around the globe?

Mass protests and popular demonstrations befell in  countries around the globe , these demonstrations expanded to three continents.

  • Lebanon

Hours after the Lebanese Cabinet promptly passed a local tax on WhatsApp calls and associated services, Lebanese,’ grown frustration erupted as they took to the streets to decry the deteriorating state of economic affairs. 

Local protesters barred local roads crossed Lebanon with flaming tyres, broadcasts showed, properly expressing fierce anger at the political elite. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has delivered political parties and its leaders 72 hours to agree on resolutions to the country’s economic crisis, among rising calls for the government to leave.

  • Chile

Protests and violence in Chile spilled over into a new day and raged into Sunday night . Three people died in a fierce fire in a local supermarket being ransacked in the Chilean capital early yesterday, as protests sparked by fierce anger over social and economic conditions rocked one of Latin America’s most stable countries.

At least two official airlines cancelled or rescheduled flights into the capital, affecting more than 1,400 passengers Sunday and Monday.

“We are at war with a powerful, relentless enemy that respects nothing or anyone and is willing to use violence and crime without any limits,” the presidentSebastián Piñera, said on Sunday in an unscheduled speech from the military headquarters.

  • Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s local protests properly started in June against key proposals to allow possible extradition to mainland China. Critics justly feared this could subtly undermine the city‘s judicial independence and endanger prominent dissidents.City leader Carrie Lam agreed to voluntarily suspend the extradition bill, but demonstrations developed to include insistent demands for full democracy and an official inquiry into police actions.

In July, protesters stormed elected parliament, defacing parts of it. A masked mob armed with sticks — suspected to be triad gangsters — also assaulted protesters and passers-by inside Yuen Long station, far from the city centre.
In August, one protester was injured in the eye, leading to demonstrators wearing red-coloured eye patches to demonstrate their solidarity.

In September, the bill was ultimately withdrawn, but protesters said this was “too littletoo late.” On 1 October, while China was celebrating 70 years of Communist Party rule, Hong Kong experienced one of its most “violent and chaotic days.Report the BBC.

  • Britain:

The fight over Brexit spilt onto the streets of London on Saturday when tens of thousands of people rallied to command a new referendum while legislators decided the fate of Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Large numbers are moving through the capital as part of the People’s Vote protest, which is taking place as MPs assemble for the first Saturday to decide the fate of Brexit.
Protesters assembled in Green Park and Hyde Park. French government has demanded a prompt “yes or no” from Britain over Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal as European capitals appeared split on Sunday night over an extension and its duration.

Amelie de Montchalin, Emmanuel Macron’s European affairs minister, on Sunday urged MPs to deliver a verdict so that European leaders can gather to discuss whether to grant a delay.

  • Ecuador

In Ecuador’s capital, Quito, there were mass demonstrations against austerity measures that sparked the country’s worst unrest in years.

Ecuador’s president has temporarily moved government operations from the capital Quito to the port city of Guayaquil amid protests sparked by the end of fuel subsidies.

Mr Moreno’s announcement last week of an end to subsidies that had been holding down fuel prices triggered a strike by transport unions.

They have since stopped their action, but protests have continued. Indigenous demonstrators have blocked roads and highways in the country and thousands have travelled to the capital Quito ahead of large protests planned for Wednesday.

The unrest has resulted in clashes with security forces, while some of the road blockages have affected petrol deliveries, leading to fuel shortages in parts of the country,reported BBC.

  • Russia

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied in Moscow to call for an end to prosecutions tied to this summer’s mass protests, as Russia’s opposition seeks to maintain its momentum after the largest anti-Kremlin demonstrations in years.

Russian police estimated at least 20,000 protesters – and organisers said the numbers were higher – joined the sanctioned rally on a drizzly autumn Sunday to listen to speeches attacking the political crackdown amid chants of “let them go”.

Russian prosecutors opened a broad criminal case against protesters for rioting at demonstrations against rigged city council elections, a relatively minor poll that became a cause célèbre among the Russian opposition beginning in June. While a public backlash has forced the prosecutors to drop many of the charges, 17 people have been sentenced or remain under investigation, reports the Guardian.

  • Barcelona

Rioting raged in Barcelona and throughout the Catalan region f as police fought street battles with protesters who are angered by long jail sentences for nine leaders of the wealthy region’s drive for independence from Spain. The president of the Catalan region, Quim Torra, called for a pause in the violence, BBC News reports.

“We condemn violence,” Quim Torra said. “There is no reason nor justification for burning cars, nor any other vandalism.”
Torra, who advocates independence for Catalonia, was speaking after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made a direct appeal to him to condemn the violence, according to BBC News.

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