Omanis Urge Reform While Saudis Denounce Bahrain Crackdown

(Mosaic Video Alert: April 22, 2011) Massive anti-government demonstrations took place in Oman and Saudi Arabia today. In Oman’s southern port city of Salalah, thousands of demonstrators demanded better wages and jobs, saying the government’s promised reforms are not enough. In Saudi Arabia’s eastern city of Qatif, hundreds protested in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Bahrain, despite the ban on protests. They condemned the burning and destruction of Bahraini mosques by Saudi and Bahraini troops. Press TV reports:

 

 

 
 

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UK: Massive Protests Against Spending Cuts

(Democracy Now! 0821 PST, March 28, 2011) As many as 500,000 protesters marched in London on Saturday to protest Britain's deepest cuts to public spending since World War II. The protests come after UK officials estimated corporate taxes would be reduced even as it tackles a $235-billion deficit and plans to cut more than 300,000 public sector jobs.

 

 

Democracy Now! interviews British journalist Johann Hari who writes for The Independent of London and Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio in New York.

 

 

Spending Cuts Demo: Police and Protesters Clash in London

(Channel 4 News: 1408 PST, March 26, 2011) As hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated against government spending cuts in London on Saturday, clashes broke out between police and protesters.

 

 

 
 

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Yemeni Police Violently Suppress Anti-Saleh Demonstrations

(Mosaic Video Alert: March 16, 2011) The BBC reports on violent clashes between anti-government protestors and security forces in the western Yemeni city of Hodeidah. Forces tried to disperse the crowd by using live ammunition, rubber bullets, and tear gas. Demonstrations and rallies are also being held in a number of the country's provinces such as Sana'a, Aden, and Ta'iz to demand that Ali Abdullah Saleh step down. Reports from the eastern provinces of al-Jawf and Ma'rib indicate that the ruling party is planning to organize its supporters to carry out similar protests in several provinces. This will be done in an attempt to counter the regime's opponents and show support for Saleh's decision to stay in power until the end of his mandate in 2013.

 


 

 
 

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Gaddafi Supporters Claim Control of Zawiyah

(ITN News: 1630 PST, March 9, 2011) Forces loyal to Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi claim they have taken the western city of Zawiyah back from rebels.

 

 

 
 

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Gaddafi Forces Hit Central Libya Oil Facilities

(Associated Press: 0937 PST, March 9, 2011) Forces backing challenged leader Muammar Gaddafi have hit oil facilities along the coast in central Libya. But rebel forces to the east remain defiant.

 

 

 
 

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Yemeni Anti-Government Protester Dies

(Euronews: 0625 PST, March 9, 2011) A demonstrator shot in anti-government protests in Yemen has died from his wounds according to a hospital spokesman in the capital Sanaa.

 

Doctors said 80 people were wounded when police opened fire on crowds demanding the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Witnesses claim the police were trying to prevent people joining thousands of demonstrators. The state news agency blamed the shooting on tribal gunmen.

 

 

Anger Grows Against Yemen's Ruler

(Al Jazeera English: 0559 PST, March 9, 2011) A police raid on an anti-government protest at a university campus in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, has left at least one person dead, and several others seriously injured.

 

In a separate clash between pro- and anti-government protesters in the country's south, one supporter of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, was killed. Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra in Sanaa has more on the brewing political crisis in Yemen.

 

 

 
 

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Yemeni Jail Joins Anti-Government Uprising

(Mosaic Video Alert: February 8, 2011) Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis continued to stage protest rallies and sit-ins in Sana'a and several other cities, demanding the ousting of the regime. Another "day of rage" was triggered by the death of a young man, who was killed by supporters of the General People's Congress ruling party a few days ago. Meanwhile in Sana'a's central prison, two prisoners were killed and several others were wounded in clashes between prisoners and anti-riot police. Hundreds of prisoners refused to return to their prison cells after the daily rest period, and some eyewitnesses say that some prisoners even climbed up to the prison's roof in a show of rebellion against the regime.

 

 
 

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Four Killed in Ivory Coast After Hundreds Protest

(Associated Press: 1221 PST, March 8, 2011) oldiers backing Ivory Coast's rogue leader opened fire on civilians again, killing at least four people hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest the deaths of seven women gunned last week.

 

 

 
 

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U.S. Supports the Rights of Saudi Protestors

(Mosaic Video Alert: March 8, 2011) Press TV reports on the demonstrations in Saudi Arabia. The U.S. has backed the Saudi's people right to peaceful protests, despite government ban on all forms of demonstrations and public gatherings. Saudi clerics, however, have condemned the demonstrations as being "un-Islamic."

 

 
 

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Algeria: The Next Revolution?

(France 24: 0910 PST, March 8, 2011) In Algeria, the authorities are managing to keep a lid on social unrest for now, despite uprisings in neighboring countries. Yet strikes, sit-ins, and attempted protest marches are organized regularly, with young people, who make up the majority of the population, taking center stage. Among their demands: jobs, housing, higher salaries, and political reform.

 

 

 
 

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