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
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
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— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) August 19, 2017
A full band is bringing music to the counter protest in Boston pic.twitter.com/EhM8VbAyUY
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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.
— Derrick Lewis (@DerrickQLewis) August 14, 2017
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
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.
— Jessica Lee (@jessleeST) August 13, 2017
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.
— Jessica Lee (@jessleeST) August 13, 2017
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
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
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
Protesters gathered at Downing Street Friday and Saturday to challenge British Prime Minister Theresa May on her response to the massive fire in a London apartment building that killed at least 30 people Wednesday. May has announced a $6.4 million fund to help survivors, but she has been criticized for "misread[ing] the public mood" and waiting until Saturday to meet with building residents.
Hundreds outside Downing St to protest against Theresa May. Kids and pensioners - practically everyone - using the word 'coward'. pic.twitter.com/Q2lEENf51u
— Mark Townsend (@TownsendMark) June 17, 2017
Queen Elizabeth visited survivors Friday. The U.K. "has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies," she said in a statement calling for prayer and courage. "Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss." Bonnie Kristian
"March for Truth" rallies were organized in about 130 cities on Saturday in support of additional independent investigation into alleged ties between Moscow and President Trump or his associates. Thousands of protesters turned out in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and elsewhere, including several cities in Europe, carrying signs with slogans like, "Alternative Facts Are Lies," "Facts Matter," and "Save Our Country."
— Jordan Jackson (@NeoKremlinology) June 3, 2017
"[T]here are crucial unanswered questions about the relationship between the Russian state and Donald Trump, his associates, and his campaign," says the organizers' website. "The legitimacy of the United States government hinges on the answers to these questions." Marchers are not satisfied by the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Meanwhile, in Washington, a smaller group estimated between several dozen and several hundred Trump supporters gathered for a "Pittsburgh not Paris" event to applaud the president's Thursday decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement climate pact.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 3, 2017
The name of their rally references Trump's comment that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," which Press Secretary Sean Spicer rendered on Twitter as, "I was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris." Critics quickly noted the voters of Pittsburgh supported Trump's rival, Hillary Clinton, by a large margin.