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‘Amid massive protests demanding the ouster of Brazilian President Michel Temer, local riot police used tear gas and concussion grenades against groups of violent protesters in the Brazilian capital, where according to GloboNews protesters set fire to several ministry buildings on Wednesday afternoon, as tens of thousands gathered outside Congress.

Protesters chanting “Out with Temer!” marched to the presidential palace to demand an end to austerity reforms, AFP reports adding that police stopped their advance by using tear gas, while the protesters retaliated by throwing stones at the officers.

“It’s the end of this putchist government. That’s why the people have taken to the streets,” said Francisca Gomes, 59, who came from Sao Paulo for the protest and carried a funeral ribbon carrying the image of the president and the words: “RIP Temer.”‘

Read more: Brazil Deploys Troops To Protect Government Buildings As Protesters Set Ministries On Fire

‘Thousands of Japanese protesters flooded the streets of Tokyo to condemn Japan’s lower house’s approval of a so-called “anti-conspiracy” bill designed to crack down on organized crime and punish those planning to commit “serious crimes” against the state.

On Tuesday, Japan’s House of Representatives, approved the so-called “conspiracy bill,” which lists 277 new types of offenses which lawmakers say threaten Japanese national security.

Tokyo argues the legislation needs to be adopted ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 to fight terrorism and organized crime. The Japanese government also says that the bill is necessary to ratify United Nations’ Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.’

Read more: Thousands protest Japan’s controversial ‘anti-conspiracy bill’ 

‘UK rights activists have gathered outside Bahrain’s embassy in London to call on the British government and the rest of the international community to stand up to the Bahraini regime and stop its brutal treatment of ant-government protesters.

During the Wednesday event, activists held placards and signs that condemned Bahrain’s ruling Al Khalifah family’s bloody crackdown in the town of Diraz and its surroundings, which began on Tuesday and has so far led to the death of at least six protesters.

Bahraini regime forces stormed the residence of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the country’s Shia majority in the village, arresting everyone inside the house.

“We have gathered here to express our fierce anger of the bloody crackdown by the Al Khalifah regime of the peaceful protesters in Diraz,” said former Bahraini MP Jalal Fairooz, who attended the event.’

Read more: UK activists call for international action against Al Khalifah regime

‘At least 60 Palestinians, who have gone on hunger strike in Israeli jails in protest at the Tel Aviv regime’s administrative detention policy and harsh prison conditions, have been moved to hospital after a significant deterioration in their health conditions.

Palestinian Prisoners’ Society lawyers, who visited some of the hunger strikers in Ohalei Kedar prison, said many of them were in serious condition and had to be hospitalized after refusing to eat for 38 days.

They added that some of the hunger strikers were not able to change their clothes, including underwear, since May 16, which further worsens their health condition.

Hanan al-Khatib, an attorney with the Detainees’ Affairs Commission, also said Israeli authorities had imposed a blackout in Hadarim prison.

Since April 17, more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners have joined the protest action, dubbed the Freedom and Dignity Strike.’

Read more: Dozens hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners moved to hospital

‘Bahraini protesters have defied Manama’s warning against holding more public gatherings and stayed on the streets in a show of anger against the regime’s bloody crackdown on Diraz, the home village of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim.

Several videos, released late Wednesday, show hundreds of Bahraini protesters, including women and children, holding peaceful protests against the ruling Al Khalifa regime.

Other footage shows protests turn violent after regime forces fired tear gas at the demonstrators.

The escalation comes despite a Wednesday statement by the Bahraini Interior Ministry, which warned against “any gathering or incitement” to protest.

The ministry issued the warning a day after police stormed into the home of Sheikh Qassim, prompting clashes with the cleric’s supporters. During the raid, regime forces shot dead at least six demonstrators, wounded dozens and arrested over 280 people.’

Read more: Bahrainis continue protests in defiance of regime warning

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‘Mass protests calling for the ouster of President Michel Temer over bribery allegations have gripped Brazilian cities. Hundreds of people took to the streets in at least 16 regions on Sunday, as more groups joined the calls for impeachment.

In San Paolo, several hundred people poured onto the streets despite the torrential rain. The protesters, mobilized by major labor unions and Brazil’s Communist Party, carried party banners emblazoned with slogans such as “Temer Out” and “Direct Elections.”

“We’re here to get Temer out of government because he is a coup leader, because he is against teachers,” a participant of the march, Tatiana Camargos, said, as cited by AP, referring to the impeachment of former Brazilian President Dilma Rouseeff that her supporters considered a coup.’

Read more: Thousands rally across Brazil as pressure builds on Temer to step down

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‘In an interview with Sputnik, Russian political analyst Anatoly Petrenko commented on the fact that more than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for Slovakia’s withdrawal from NATO; he said that it may set a precedent for other countries to follow.

More than 150,000 Slovak citizens from the necessary 350,000 have already signed up the petition demanding a referendum on their country’s withdrawal from NATO, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia. The referendum is expected to be held in the next two years.

The petition was initiated by the Eurosceptic right-wing People’s Party – Our Slovakia, which was renamed Kotleba in November 2015, Izvestia reported. It is led by Marian Kotleba, the governor of the largest of Slovakia’s eight regions.’

Read more: Slovaks’ Drive to Leave NATO Could ‘Set a Precedent for Other Countries’

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‘Nearly 20,000 people have staged anti-abortion protests in two major cities of Croatia, following a landmark ruling by the country’s constitutional court which rejects calls to ban the procedure.

According to the police and local media, the “March for Life” on Saturday drew some 15,000 people in the capital Zagreb and up to 5,000 participants in the country’s second largest city of Split.

The protesters carried banners reading “Chose Life” and “Life is always a Gift,” sang religious songs and waved Croatian flags.

The aim of the demonstrations was to “draw attention to respect of every human life from conception to natural death,” the organizers said.’

Read more: Croatians hold anti-abortion protests in major cities

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‘New pension cuts and severe tax hikes have been approved by the Greek parliament as thousands of demonstrators protested new austerity measures amid clashes with police, Molotov cocktails and tear gas in central Athens.

The latest batch of austerity measures was passed late on Thursday with 153 votes secured by the ruling coalition government of PM Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party and the Independent Greeks (ANEL), while 128 opposition deputies voted against the measures in the 300-seat parliament.

People took to the streets of Greece’s capital for the second consecutive day to protest new pension and tax-break cuts. The protest turned violent at some point as a small group of masked demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at the police, who fired tear gas and pepper spray.

The protest was staged by the country’s major trade unions.’

Read more: Greek parliament passes austerity cuts as Molotov-throwing protesters clash with police in Athens

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