Political activism

Activists dressed as security guards hang a banner over an Education Ministry building in Poland, Warsaw, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, to protest the appointment of new government education minister Przemyslaw Czarnek. Protesters consider the new minister to be a religious fundamentalist, who has said LGBT people are not equal to "normal people," that women were created to produce children and who has voiced support for corporal punishment.(AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)
October 21, 2020 - 3:59 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists dressed as security guards climbed onto a balcony of a Polish Education Ministry building early Wednesday and hung a banner protesting the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth and...
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Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes during a rally outside Siam Paragon, one of the largest shopping malls, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
October 20, 2020 - 7:02 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. The...
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Pro-democracy demonstrators hold posters of protest leaders who have been arrested, during an anti-government protest at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Pro-democracy activists in Thailand launched their fifth straight days of protests on Sunday, scheduling demonstrations not just in the capital but also at several other locations around the country. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
October 18, 2020 - 9:58 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of mainly young Thais were back on the streets of Bangkok on Sunday for a fifth straight day of protests demanding sweeping political change, with demonstrations also taking place at several other locations around the country. The demonstrators, who are protesting despite a...
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Medics transport a supporter of President Donald Trump to an ambulance after he was attacked by counter-protesters in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. About a dozen pro-Trump demonstrators were met by several hundred counter-protesters as they tried to rally. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
October 17, 2020 - 8:52 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A free speech demonstration staged by conservative activists quickly fell apart in downtown San Francisco on Saturday after several hundred counterprotesters surged the area, outnumbering and attacking those gathered, including knocking one in the mouth. A photographer working...
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Women walk past a graffiti "Hope" painted on metals barrier that closed the entrance of a hotel that was damaged by Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. A year ago, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese took to the streets in protests nationwide that raised hopes among many for a change in a political elite that over that decades has run the country into the ground. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
October 17, 2020 - 12:30 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — A year ago, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese took to the streets protesting taxes and a rapidly deteriorating economic crisis. A spontaneous and hopeful nationwide movement was born, denouncing an entire political establishment that had for decades pushed Lebanon toward collapse...
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Pro-democracy protesters march during a protest in Udom Suk, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The authorities in Bangkok shut down mass transit systems and set up roadblocks Saturday as Thailand’s capital faced a fourth straight day of determined anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
October 17, 2020 - 9:34 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Thailand staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in the capital on Saturday, thwarting efforts by the authorities to stop them, including a shutdown of the city's mass transit systems. Unlike protests a day earlier, in which police used a...
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Pro-democracy activists Jimmy Lai, left, and Leung Kwok-hung, right, arrive at a court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Lai on Thursday, according to Lai's aide. The raid comes ahead of Lai’s scheduled court appearance Thursday on charges of joining an unauthorized assembly on June 4. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
October 15, 2020 - 6:03 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, according to Lai’s aide. Lai’s aide Mark Simon wrote in a post on Twitter that 14 police officers visited Lai's office and confiscated documents. Lai, 71, is an outspoken...
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The youngest nephew of Azime Ali Topchu, 48, a Bulgarian Roma woman, peers from behind a curtain in a village on the outskirts of Burgas, Bulgaria, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Human rights activists and experts say local officials in several countries with significant Roma populations have used the pandemic to unlawfully target the minority group, which is Europe's largest and has faced centuries of severe discrimination. In Bulgaria, Roma communities were sprayed with disinfectant from crop dusters this spring as coronavirus cases surged in the country. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
October 15, 2020 - 1:51 am
BURGAS, Bulgaria (AP) — In Bulgaria, Roma communities were sprayed with disinfectant from crop dusters this spring as coronavirus cases surged in the country. In Slovakia, their villages were the only ones where the army conducted testing. And across Central and Eastern Europe, reports of police...
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Anti-government protesters preparing to march from Democracy Monument to government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Anti-government protesters began gathering Wednesday for a planned rally at Bangkok's Democracy Monument being held on the anniversary of a 1973 popular uprising that led to the ousting of a military dictatorship, amid a heavy police presence and fear of clashes with political opponents. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
October 14, 2020 - 5:32 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai activists hoping to keep up the momentum in their campaign for democratic change launched a third major rally in Bangkok on Wednesday, amid concerns about a possible confrontation with police or rival groups supporting the government. Despite a massive security presence and...
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Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza arrives at the Palais de Justice courthouse, in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The controversial Congolese activist and four others are going on trial Wednesday on aggravated theft charges for trying to remove a 19th century African funeral pole from a Paris museum, in a protest against colonial-era plundering of African art. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 14, 2020 - 4:20 am
PARIS (AP) — A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online. The Paris court convicted Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and two other activists of...
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