Category Archives: Civil rights

180 Detroit high school students suspended after protesting closures | The Detroit News

Detroit — Between 100 and 180 students were suspended Thursday for walking out of Western International High School to protest school closures and school conditions .

“Their cellphones were taken from them and messages and numbers were gone through by security. The police deleted numbers and messages from the students’ phones,” Detroit Board of Education member Elena Herrada said in an email. Continue reading…

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Spain’s 15M movement responds to a wave of repression / Waging Nonviolence – People-Powered News and Analysis

The 15M movement in Spain has faced repression from the very beginning: 24 young people were arrested and beaten by police in the demonstrations organized by Democracia Real Ya on May 15 last year, which is a large part of why several dozen people decided to camp that night in Sol square, turning the demonstration into an encampment. That first night, the Legal Committee of Sol was created by lawyers and laypeople; similar groups emerged in other camps around the country in order to give legal support to the movement. This has never been an easy job, but it has only been getting harder. Continue reading…

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Italy revolts over sneak return of ‘blog killer’ law | European technology news

Italian bloggers are up in arms after ministers secretly resurrected their attempts to introduce a new law dubbed the “blog killer” by critics.

The proposed legislation would force online publications, whether large or small, to amend information on their sites within 48 hours of a complaint — or face fines of €12,000 ($15,700). Continue reading…

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Save the Internet from the US | Avaaz

Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. Continue reading…

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Announcement – Indictment by the Greek photojournalist Union | REinFORM.nl

The Union of Greek Photojournalists denounces the new brutal and unprovoked attack by the special police forces of MAT against colleagues who were covering yesterday’s rally in Syntagma square, as well as today’s demonstration. This time victim was the President of our Union, Marios Lolos, who is already hospitalized “for traumatic brain injury caused by strike with a police baton (skull fracture impressed) requiring surgical intervention” Continue reading…

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Protesters Beware: U.S. Supreme Court Expands Invasive Strip-Searches | AlterNet

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday held that local police can strip-search anyone who is arrested for minor offenses if they are to be held within the jail’s general population before being released.

The 5-4 decision, with the Court’s conservative majority overruling its four moderates, is a further erosion of the Fourth Amendment’s protection from unlawful search and seizure. It overturns laws in 10 states that place limits on suspicionless strip-searches and upholds a technique used by some local police forces against Occupy protesters last fall, prompting protesters to sue. Continue reading…

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30 Pepper-Sprayed Outside Santa Monica College Board of Trustees Meeting | NBC Los Angeles

At least one campus police officer pepper-sprayed a crowd protesting outside a board of trustees meeting at Santa Monica College Tuesday night after demonstrators attempted to enter the meeting room, according to witnesses. Continue reading…

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