November 18, 2017

Thousands of Zimbabweans marched in the streets in cities around their country on Saturday, demanding an end to the rule of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 and is widely considered a dictator. Marchers carried signs with slogans like "no to Mugabe dynasty," "this is the Zimbabwe we want," and "selfless not selfish government."

The demonstrations come several days after the Zimbabwean military, backed by the ruling Zanu-PF party, put Mugabe and his wife, Grace, under house arrest. The couple are "ready to die for what is correct" and will not step down, Mugabe's nephew said Saturday as the army, which supports the protests, prevented demonstrators from marching into the Mugabes' official residence. Bonnie Kristian

November 12, 2017

An estimated 60,000 nationalists marched in Warsaw to celebrate Poland's 99 years of independence on Saturday.

While many simply waved Polish flags, some demonstrators threw red smoke bombs and carried signs with slogans like "Europe must be white," "white Europe of brotherly nations," and "pray for an Islamic Holocaust." They shouted chants including "glory to our heroes," "pure Poland, white Poland, "refugees get out," and "death to enemies of the homeland."

Among the marchers were supporters of Poland's governing party, Law and Justice (PiS). Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak downplayed the racist elements in comments praising the "beautiful sight" of Poles celebrating independence.

A significantly smaller counter-protest was also organized in which demonstrators carried signs opposing fascism. View scenes from the main rally below. Bonnie Kristian

August 23, 2017
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More than 1,000 demonstrators marched to the National Football League's headquarters in Manhattan on Wednesday, in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick was criticized by some people for his decision to not stand during the national anthem, in protest of police brutality against blacks. In March, he opted out of his contract with the team he led to a Super Bowl, and he remains unsigned; supporters say he is being punished for his activism. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has denied that the league is blackballing him.

The demonstrators want to see Kaepernick signed by the start of the regular season in September. Many wore jerseys with Kaepernick's name on the back, The Associated Press reports, and chanted, "Boycott! Boycott!" Several people spoke, including Rev. Jamal Bryant, who asked the crowd: "How in the world can we call ourselves the land of the free, the home of the brave, and you get vilified and criminalized just for speaking your mind? The NFL has proven with their treatment of Colin Kaepernick that they do not mind if black players get a concussion, they just got a problem if black players get a conscience." Catherine Garcia

August 19, 2017

Thousands of counter-protesters marched in Boston Saturday to demonstrate against an event billed as a celebration of free speech but slammed by critics for ties to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday.

The original demonstration was organized by a group called Boston Free Speech, and its schedule for the day included two speakers with ties to the alt-right, one of whom marched in Charlottesville. Boston Free Speech has since distanced itself from white nationalism, pruning its speaker list and "denounc[ing] the politics of supremacy and violence."

Those changes did not deter counter-protesters — bearing signs condemning Nazism, the KKK, and all varieties of white supremacy — from turning out in vastly larger numbers. Police have been determined to prevent violence among demonstrators; so far, there is one report of a man in a Trump hat being punched in the face.

By 1 p.m. Eastern time, the Boston Free Speech rally ended after attracting about 20 people. Police escorted attendees through the crowd of counter-protesters. See scenes from Boston Common below. Bonnie Kristian

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details become available.

August 14, 2017

The Confederate Soldiers Monument in Durham, North Carolina, was toppled Monday evening by protesters chanting "No KKK, no fascist USA." They cheered and kicked the statue when it hit the ground.

The statue was dedicated in 1924 "in memory of the boys who wore grey," and it stood outside a government building. On Monday, a woman climbed a ladder to the top of the statue, put a rope around it, and then members of the crowd pulled until it fell, Time reports. The protesters then marched down Main Street, chanting, "I believe that we will win."

A Durham County spokesperson told WNCN that because the statue was on county property, it won't be easy for it to be permanently removed. "Due to a North Carolina state law passed a few years ago, Durham County is prohibited from removing or making substantive alteration to historic monuments and memorials," Dawn Dudley said. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) later tweeted, "The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments." Catherine Garcia

August 13, 2017

On Sunday, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Seattle — on one side, members of the pro-President Donald Trump group Patriot Prayer, and on the other, counter protesters participating in the Solidarity Against Hate march.

The rally and march were both organized prior to Saturday's deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left an anti–white supremacy demonstrator dead after she was hit by a car. The Seattle march participants carried signs against the KKK and hate groups and made their way to where Patriot Prayer was gathered.

The groups were separated by a barricade and police officers, King 5 reports, and while it was peaceful for the most part, there were a few fights and some people were pepper-sprayed. Seattle police said there were arrests made and weapons confiscated. Catherine Garcia

July 23, 2017
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Israeli installation of metal detectors and CCTV cameras at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque — the disputed holy site venerated by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif — has been met by mass protest by Palestinians whom Al Jazeera notes believe "the metal detectors may be the first move in the Israelis taking over the compound."

Weekend reports conflict over whether Israeli authorities may be willing to remove the metal detectors. Israeli Major General Yoav Mordechai indicated to BBC News Sunday that option could be on the table, but only if another security measure takes the detectors' place. "Any solution be it electronic, cyber, or modern technology: Israel is ready for a solution," he said. "We need a security solution; not political or religious."

The security measures were added after a July 14 attack in which two Israeli police officers were fatally shot by men who emerged from the compound armed. At least six people have been killed in violence during or in response to the protests. Bonnie Kristian

July 1, 2017
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Hong Kong on Saturday marked the 20-year anniversary of the city-state's 1997 transfer of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to China, a handover that effectively marked the end of the British Empire.

Tens of thousands of residents turned out for an annual pro-democracy march critiquing Beijing's creeping control over internal city affairs, which are semi-autonomous thanks to a "one country, two systems" arrangement. "I don't understand politics, and don't really want to comment on it," said one marcher. "But how can I not come out, seeing my beloved city shrinking in terms of freedom of speech?"

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday warned protesters all attempts "to challenge the power" of China are "absolutely impermissible." "Any attempt to endanger China's sovereignty and security ... or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses a red line," he said. Bonnie Kristian

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