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November 18, 2018

One person was accidentally killed and more than 200 injured in large-scale protests against higher fuel taxes in France on Saturday.

An estimated 250,000 people, many wearing yellow safety vests, turned out in about 2,000 locations around the country to block roads and highways. The new tax was supported by French President Emmanuel Macron, and demonstrators called for his resignation. Macron's approval rating was at a dismal 21 percent as of October.

"We are not political people; we do not belong to a union; we are citizens," said one protester near Paris, Didier Lacombe. "The taxes are rising on everything. They put taxes on top of taxes. It is not the tax on gas; it's everything. The injustice is greater and greater."

"The price of fuel is as politically and sociologically sensitive as the price of wheat in the ancient regime," French public opinion researcher Jerome Fourquet told The New York Times. High wheat prices were among the factors leading to the French Revolution. Bonnie Kristian

November 8, 2018

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in 900 cities across the United States on Thursday night, showing their support for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In New York City, more than 6,000 people marched from Times Square to Union Square, holding signs that said "Nobody is above the law" and chanting "Hands off Mueller!" Organizers quickly mobilized after the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, saying on the Nobody is Above the Law website: "Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice."

President Trump named Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, as the acting attorney general, and he will now oversee the Mueller probe, taking over for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whitaker has said he believes the Department of Justice should withhold funding from the special counsel and questioned its scope. Catherine Garcia

September 25, 2018

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his wife, Heidi, were heckled out of a restaurant in Washington, D.C., on Monday night by a group of protesters chanting, "We believe survivors."

Footage posted by the activist group on Twitter shows that one protester initially questioned Cruz about how he plans to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Cruz declined to answer, saying, "God bless you, ma'am." Then, as chanting continued — mostly on-message, aside from one assertion that Cruz's election challenger, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), is "way hotter" than the sitting senator — Cruz decided to leave:

This is not the first time a prominent Republican has been thus protested. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled in a Mexican restaurant in June, as was senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant by its owner. Bonnie Kristian

August 12, 2018

Organizers of the white supremacist Unite the Right 2 rally expected hundreds of supporters to attend the event Sunday in Washington, D.C., but just 24 or so showed up, CNN reports.

Jason Kessler, the organizer of the event, said more people would have shown up but many were confused about transportation. There were at least 1,000 counterprotesters, who shouted, "Nazis go home!" and "Shame! Shame! Shame!" The first Unite the Right rally one year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, was violent and ended in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer.

During Sunday's rally, participants listened to a few impromptu speakers, and not long after left in several white vans. One white nationalist told CNN there weren't very many supporters at the rally because "people are scared to come out after what happened last year." Catherine Garcia

August 12, 2018

More people are likely heading to Washington to fight racism than to support it.

Organizers of last year's "Unite the Right" rally, the white nationalist march that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, are holding a second demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Only a few hundred participants are expected at the "white civil rights" protest, and they will probably be well outnumbered by anti-racist counter-protesters.

"[These neo-Nazi groups] are pretty famous for overestimating their turnout and backing down when it turns out that there's a really massive response to what they're doing," a Georgetown professor of justice and peace studies, Mark Lance, told The Hill. In addition to the main event permit, the National Parks Service has granted permits to groups including D.C. United Against Hate and New York Black Lives Matter.

"We have people coming to our city for the sole purpose of spewing hate," Mayor Muriel Bowser said of Unite the Right. "We denounce hate, we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric we expect to hear this Sunday." Bonnie Kristian

May 5, 2018

Thousands of demonstrators turned out to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming inauguration in Moscow on Saturday. Gathering in Pushkin Square at the city center, they were met by police in riot gear who promptly arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

An estimated 1,000 protesters have been arrested in Moscow and other cities with about 90 anti-Putin rallies, including Saint Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk, a city in Siberia. In Moscow, demonstrators chanted slogans including, "Down with the tsar!" and "Russia without Putin!"

The Russian president faced seven challengers in his March re-election campaign; he won his fourth term with 77 percent of the vote. Navalny, widely considered Putin's most viable electoral challenger, was banned from the ballot. Bonnie Kristian

April 21, 2018

A neo-Nazi march is scheduled for Saturday in the small Georgia city of Newnan, about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta. Anti-fascist counter-protesters are expected as well, and a local church will hold an interfaith service to promote "peace and unity" during the rally.

To prepare for the event, local shopkeepers have removed anything that could be moved or thrown in public spaces, and many will not open for business to decrease opportunities for conflict. Many Newnan residents went shopping the night before to help make up the missing revenue.

And a community nonprofit invited children to make chalk drawings in the local park to undermine the neo-Nazis' message: "It will be hard for the hate group to take serious video footage when a rainbow-colored unicorn is in the shot." Bonnie Kristian

January 22, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence's address before the Israeli parliament Monday was interrupted by protests, The Times of Israel reports. As Pence took his place in front of the Knesset, ministers from Israel's Joint Arab List — a coalition of Israeli-Arab lawmakers — held up signs that read "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine," protesting the Trump administration's decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's rightful capital. Security scrambled to remove the protesting ministers from the chamber as most of the other lawmakers in the Knesset applauded loudly:

After the commotion died down, Pence reportedly made note of Israel's "vibrant democracy." Later in the speech, the vice president reaffirmed the decision to recognize Jerusalem and announced that the U.S. would relocate its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv by the end of next year.

Palestinians want Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state, and some experts believe the Trump administration's policies are a barrier to peace efforts between Israel and Palestine. Read more about the Joint Arab List protests at Haaretz. Kelly O'Meara Morales

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