FOAA News Roundup: June 3, 2014

Jun 03 2014

Logo sidebar2 Indian police use water cannon to end gang-rape protest in Lucknow. (The Guardian)

As King Juan Carlos abdicates, anti-monarchy demonstrators take to the streets in Spain to demand a referendum on abolishing the monarchy. (

Bring Back Our Girls demonstrations banned for “security reasons” in Abuja, Nigeria. Ban is “insane,” says protest group’s lawyer. (The Telegraph)

13 demonstrators arrested in protest against Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, police (four days autopsy report revealed police had shot a homeless man in the back in March). “All we asked is to talk to the mayor,” said one protester, just before being handcuffed. (Albuquerque Journal)

British Colombia (Canada) students plan walkout to protests labor dispute between teachers and government. “We’re not taking sides,” says Grade 12 student leader. (Globe and Mail)

EU Neighborhood survey finds most of Europe’s neighbors don’t know what the term “civil society” means – but still think it can make a difference. (EU Neighborhood Info Centre)

Hungarian government raids three NGOs with ties to Norway. (Reuters)

And over the weekend, big clashes in Turkey over the one-year anniversary of the Gezi Park protests (Haaretz). Even a CNN reporter got roughed up a bit: “we’re being detained right now,” correspondent Ivan Watson tells viewers during live report. (CNN – with video)

Plus, big protests to mark the Tiananmen Square anniversary in Hong Kong (CNN), an alleged ban on visitors for jailed Venezuelan protest leader Leopoldo Lopez (Al Jazeera), and an ultimatum for unregistered NGOs in Zambia (Lusaka Times).

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