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Sunday 26th July 2020.

There are protests all over the world this weekend, for different reasons.


Asia

In Russia there has been a third weekend of protests in the region of Khabarovsk. Governor Sergei Furgal was arrested on the 9th July -being charged with murders from many year ago. However protesters say that the governor’s arrest is politically motivated. In 2018 Furgei beat the candidate of President Putin’s United Russia party. Some protesters were calling for President Vladamir Putin to resign yesterday . One in ten people from Khabarovsk have attended the protests.


In Israel there have been large protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Thousands of people demonstrated last night, because of Netanyahu’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and alleged corruption. Netanyahu has a trial for corruption that will start in January.


In Thailand there have been pro-democracy demonstrations, lead by the LGBT community. An election last year allowed army general Praut Chan-o-cha to become prime minister, after a military coup in 2014 removed the last democratically elected government.


Americas

In the US there have been Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the city of Portland. Last week President Trump sent federal guards to Portland to control protests…

“More federal law enforcement – that I can tell you. In Portland they’ve done a fantastic job – they’ve been there 3 days. And they really have done a fantastic job in a very short period of time – no problem – they grab them - a lot of people in jail – their leaders – these are anarchists -these are not protesters – people say protesters – these people are anarchists. These are people that hate our country. We’re not gonna let it go forward. And I tell you what, the governor and the mayor and the senators out there – they’re afraid of these people.”


Also in the US, Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease chief has said that a COVID vaccine will probably be ready by early next year…

“It is likely that in the beginning of next year we will have tens of millions of doses available. The companies who are involved in making these vaccines, many of which the federal government is in deep collaboration with – promised that when we get into 2021 there will be hundreds of millions of doses, and then maybe sometimes thereafter billions of doses.”

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro says he has now tested negative for COVID19. – 2 weeks after testing positive. He has said that his recovery was helped by hydroxychloroquine, despite a lack of evidence from the scientific community. Indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire also left hospital yesterday. The indigenous community of Brazil has been disproportionality affected by coronavirus. 2.3 million cases have now been reported in Brazil, but experts say the true number could be ten times higher. The mayor of Sao Paulo Bruno Covas has said that next year’s carnival will be postponed until further notice.

Europe

In Spain every region is now recording rises in COVID cases. Some reports are calling this is the start of a ‘second wave’. The region of Catalonia has introduced new restrictions – all night venues are now closed, and police are reminding people to wear masks in public. Norway and the UK have said that people arriving from Spain must quarantine.


Poland has announced that it will leave the European Treaty on violence against women. Justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro said that the treaty was harmful because it said that schools should teach children about gender. Last week President Andzrej Duda narrowly won a second term in power – winning just 51% of the vote. During campaigning Duda often attacked what he called “gender ideology”. Yesterday there were women’s rights protests in Warsaw and other Polish cities.


Africa

In Sudan at least 20 people are thought to have died in attacks Darfur. Tribal conflicts have been common in Darfur since 2003 when non-Arabic groups began fighting against the government.


In the Central African Republic former leader Francois Bozize says that he will run for president this year. Bozize was leader of CAR after a coup d’etat in 2003, but lost power in another coup d’etat in 2013.


Tunisia has a new Prime Minister. Yesterday Hichem Michechi was chosen by President Kais Saied to form a new government. It is expected that if parliament does not show support for Hichem Michechi, then new elections will be called.

And Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green died yesterday aged 73. Fleetwood Mac began when Peter Green met Mick Fleetwood in 1967, and he stayed in the band until 1970. Eric Clapton and BB King have praised Green’s guitar ability, and his songs were recorded by artists such as Aerosmith, Judas Priest and Santana…

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