Protests in U.S.A, Turkey and Pakistan commemorated the New Zealand shooting victims while those in Serbia and Algeria criticized respective governmentsDEVIKA DESAI Updated: March 25, 2019
Yellow vest demonstrators gathered for a 19th round of protests in Paris on Saturday, accompanied by enhanced security and authority-issues bans to protest in certain areas, to avoid a repeat of last week’s riots in the capital. The protests began in November to oppose fuel tax hikes, but over the last four months have evolved into a broader criticism of Macron’s economic policies, which protesters say favour the wealthy over the workers.
Tibetan protesters also took to the streets in Paris on Saturday to protest against the visit of Chinese President to France, marking long-held tensions between China and its hold on parts of Tibet.
Demonstrators from the around the world marched against growing Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments after a shooting at a New Zealand mosque left 50 dead and several injured.
New Zealand held a mass vigil on Sunday to commemorate the victims of the mosque shooting, in lieu of plans to hold a national remembrance service later this week, as announced by the government.
Ever since Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his intention on February 22 to run for a fifth term in the April elections, the country has been gripped by demonstrations, out of public concerns about his ability to rule. According to Reuters, the march has largely been peaceful, apart from isolated cases involving some who try to approach the presidential palace.
The Philippine communist movement held a Lightning protest in Manila, asking for resumption of peace talks with the government.
Thousands rallied in Serbia on Saturday against populist president Aleksander Vucic, following soaring political tensions from the weekend before after protesters burst into the state TV building angry over the station’s reporting, that they view as biased.
Serbians also gathered for a protest in different parts of the country to mark the 20th anniversary of the NATO led bombing campaign against Serbia in 1999, which ended the country’s historic 78-day rule over Kosovo.
Women in Mexico took to the streets to protest against the rising level of feminicides and overall violence against women in the country. An average of nine women were killed every day in Mexico in 2018, according to the National Commission of Human Rights.