PARIS: High-visibility yellow vests that drivers must have in their cars in case of emergency are the chosen symbol of an ongoing protest movement in France that began six months ago.As the anti-government "yellow vest" protests that kicked off in November continue with the 27th consecutive demonstration due Saturday on (May 18), here is a look at other accessories of protest in France and elsewhere.FRENCH STYLEThe Phrygian cap - a soft cone-shaped red hat with a bent tip - became a symbol of the first French republic after the 1789 revolution.Dating back to the ancient kingdom of Phrygia in Anatolia, it has endured to this day as a traditional marker of revolutionary values.The cap is often worn by the symbolic Marianne, a female figure who represents the French republic and values of freedom, and features in countless statues, sculptures and paintings.A group of bare-breasted women wearing red hoodies to represent the Marianne made an appearance at one of the early "yellow vest" … [Read more...] about Yellow vests, red shirts and other protest outfits
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Prisoners also protested in Kalay Mawlaik Prison in Hpa-an township, Kayin State, Myitkyina Jail in Kachin State, Thayawady Jail in Bago Region, and in Pathein Jail in Ayeyarwady Region, over the same issue. Except in Shwebo, there were no reports of violence during the protests in other prisons. Shwebo Prison official U Kyaw Htut Aung, said the trouble erupted when protesting prisoners did not follow the order of prison authorities to go to sleep after power to their cells had been cut. “Police and staff from the Prisons Department tried to enter the cells, but the prisoners wouldn’t allow them in and began damaging electric wires. A riot then erupted,” U Kyaw Htut Aung said. The prison security personnel fired tear gas and some police officers allegedly fired their guns at the prisoners. Security has been beefed up at the prison to prevent more violence, according to U Kyaw Htut Aung. The inmates told Sagaing Chief Minister Dr Myint Naing that all … [Read more...] about Four die in protest in Sagaing Region’s Shwebo Prison
In 1868, after more than two centuries of isolationism, the opening of the port of Kobe brought a wave of international influences to this sunny city on the main Japanese island of Honshu. These days visitors will find Western-style mansions built by foreign diplomats, music influenced by the United States, and dim sum in the city's Chinatown district. But the main attractions remain rooted in the region. Kobe is the western neighbour of more well-trafficked tourist destinations – Kyoto is less than a half-hour away on the Shinkansen bullet train; Osaka is just 15 minutes. Although the city is best known for its beef, those who linger in this welcoming, walkable metropolis will also discover a singular music scene, memorable museums, eclectic shopping, little-known regional specialties and an easygoing atmosphere tinged with the foreign flavours that continue to flow through the city’s glittering harbour.3PM: TOOLS OF THE TRADEDon’t let the name of … [Read more...] about Your fix of Japan: Kobe beef and all that jazz in one weekend
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
WASHINGTON: Russia is holding 236 political prisoners, a significant increase over the past few years as President Vladimir Putin goes on the offensive against perceived threats, a study backed by human rights advocates said Monday (Apr 29).The number compares with 46 political prisoners on a February 2015 list by Memorial, the veteran Russian civil society movement that supported the latest study.The report, led by Perseus Strategies, a Washington-based law firm focused on human rights, listed 236 people it identified as political prisoners, although it said the number was likely "much higher" when including cases that could not be rigorously researched.The study said Russia has been able to jail opponents through its "notoriously vague" prohibitions, such as bans on hooliganism and insulting religious feeling.Canada's former justice minister Irwin Cotler - now chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, one of the groups that commissioned the study - said Russia has seen a … [Read more...] about Study says Russia holding 236 political prisoners