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Cape Town taxis protest for ‘right to break law’


The taxis of Cape Town went on strike Monday after they said that City Hall was clamping down too harshly on traffic infractions. The strikes quickly descended into violence: one man died and many local buses were burned. Our Observer explains why the taxis are so angry and so powerful. Read more...
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What's behind the rioting and looting in the US state of Missouri?


For two days, angry mobs have gone on the rampage in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after police shot and killed a black teenager. According to our Observer, racial tensions that have been simmering away for years are now starting to boil over. Read more...
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Bosnia protesters: "People are unemployed and hungry"

Protests against government corruption and unemployment have continued in Bosnia-Herzegovina for more than a week now. After last weekend’s violent unrest – the worst since Bosnia's civil war ended in 1995 – activists are demanding that the entire government step down. Read more...

One year after riots, London neighbourhood turns ruins into art

 
One year after the London riots, some neighbourhoods in the city still bare the scars. One such neighbourhood is Lavender Hill, located near the southwestern Clapham Junction railway station. To commemorate the riots, a number of Lavender Hill residents got together to paint a mural over the boarded up remains of a business destroyed during the mayhem. See the images…
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Youth educator defends London rioters: “It’s their pain speaking”

 
The soul searching as to why people started fires, destroyed property, looted stores, and generally caused chaos in the UK has begun. Our Observer, a youth educator, tells us the rioters' side of the story…
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Four days of UK riots in 10 amateur images

 
For four days now, London and several other cities throughout the United Kingdom have been rocked by violent riots. Scores of amateur photographers and videographers have captured the events. Watch videos and read more…

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Fighting back with brooms: London citizens clean up after the riots

 
After a third night of violent riots, London residents armed with gloves, brooms and plastic bags are literally picking up the pieces. Read more…
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Chinese street vendors lash out against police tyranny

 
In early June, police abuse against a poor street vendor sparked a popular uprising…Sound familiar? The scenario is oddly reminiscent of that of the story of Mohammed Bouazizi, the young man whose death kick-started the Tunisian revolution. Only this time, the revolts took place in Southern China. Read more...
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Five years after the riots, housing estate residents share their experiences

In October 2005, the death of two young people in Clichy-sous-Bois sparked violence in French banlieues [housing estates on the outskirts of large cities]. The residents of the most volatile neighbourhoods of French towns explain what has changed - or not - since the riots. Read more...

Car accident sparks Congolese timebomb

In the volatile south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the smallest incident can spark violent, even fatal riots. Last week, the entire city of Likasi, in the province of Katanga, was up in arms over a minor car accident. Read our Observers’ account…

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