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    • Protests in Poland against quasi-total abortion ban

      Protests in Poland against quasi-total abortion ban

      Several hundred demonstrators protested in Warsaw into the early hours of Friday against the quasi-total ban on legal abortions imposed in Poland with a ruling of its Constitutional Tribunal, dpa reported. On Thursday, the court ruled that performing abortions due to foetal defects is illegal under the constitution. Foetal defects accounted for almost all legal abortions performed in the country last year.

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    • Thousands protest against coronavirus restrictions in Germany, others back them

      Thousands protest against coronavirus restrictions in Germany, others back them

      Thousands of demonstrators in southern Germany protested against coronavirus restrictions over the weekend, although organisers failed to mobilise enough people for a planned human chain around Lake Constance, news wires reported. Thousands of counter-demonstrators in Constance also turned out to show support for the government’s measures to contain the coronavirus while also protesting against right-wing supporters in the other group, police said.

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    • Belarus police detain dozens of protesters at Saturday’s rally

      Belarus police detain dozens of protesters at Saturday’s rally

      Belarus police detained dozens of protesters on Saturday as thousands gathered in the capital Minsk demanding the release of a jailed opposition leader, news wires reported. Maria Kolesnikova has emerged as a key opposition figure after others were either jailed or forced out of the country, including Svetlana Tikhanovskaya who challenged President Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential election a month ago.

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    • Scores detained as mass protest in Belarus cracked down

      Scores detained as mass protest in Belarus cracked down

      Security forces in Belarus detained scores of protesters as the authorities launched a crackdown on mass demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko, news wires reported. Nearly a month after an election which Lukashenko’s opponents say he rigged, tens of thousands of people marched through Minsk, many decked out in red-and-white opposition colours and shouting “go away!” and “you’re a rat!”.

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    • Extinction Rebellion restarts protests

      Extinction Rebellion restarts protests

      Climate activists will target Britain's parliament and other institutions next week as Extinction Rebellion restarts large-scale protests for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak, organisers said on Thursday cited by Reuters. The group said small-scale, regional protests would take place over the coming weekend ahead of larger scale demonstrations in London, Cardiff and Manchester.

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    • Belarus bets on fresh arrests

      Belarus bets on fresh arrests

      Police arrested around twenty people protesting the disputed reelection of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday, hours after Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich recounted her meeting with investigators in a criminal probe to the opposition, news wires reported.

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    • Lukashenko systematically strangles protests

      Lukashenko systematically strangles protests

      Belarusian police have rounded up dozens of protesters heading home from peaceful demonstrations, rights groups said on Wednesday, after days in which the authorities exercised comparative restraint towards mass anti-government rallies. At the same time Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich, was to appear for questioning in a criminal investigation into an opposition council, two of whose leaders were jailed and sentenced this week, Reuters reported.

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    • Lukashenko orders police to step against protests

      Lukashenko orders police to step against protests

      Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered his police on Wednesday to put down protests in the capital Minsk, signalling an escalation after a week and a half of mass demonstrations against his rule. The order came as EU leaders were holding an emergency summit over the political crisis in Belarus, which has heavily militarised borders with the EU.

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