MASS PROTESTS CONTINUE IN WAKE OF MYANMAR COUP

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8 February saw continued pro-democracy protests in Myanmar in defiance of the military coup. On 1 February, Myanmar’s military (also called the Tatmadaw) detained the country’s recently elected leaders, including Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. Power was transferred to General Min Aung Hlaing, who imposed a year-long state of emergency. The military said it…

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RENEWED PROTESTS IN TUNISIA AFTER DEATH OF PROTESTER

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Protesters in Sbeitla, Tunisia, returned to the streets after it was reported that a young man injured during clashes last week had died in hospital. Haykel Rachdi had joined nationwide protests to mark the 10th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, which ushered in democracy and triggered the Arab Spring uprisings across the region. What Tunisia…

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PEACEFUL PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT IN NIGERIA

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Judicial panels have been established in several Nigerian states to investigate police brutality across the country and the shooting of unarmed protesters in the country’s financial hub of Lagos on 20 October. The establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reported cases of police misconduct and abuse has been…

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21 OCTOBER ’20 | PRAY FOR PAKISTAN

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Dear prayer partners, On Friday 16 October, thousands of protesters gathered in the central Pakistan city of Gujranwala in an anti-government demonstration. The protest was organised by a new alliance of 11 opposition political parties that declared that this was the “beginning of the end” for Prime Minister Imran Khan. Three-time former prime minister, Nawaz…

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KYRGYZSTAN’S PRESIDENT DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN POST-ELECTION CHAOS

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By Donnelly McCleland Kyrgyzstan’s president on Monday [12 October] ordered a new, week-long state of emergency in the country’s capital after parliament failed to consider and approve his previous order within the legally required three days. The confusion reflected the chaos that has engulfed the country after a disputed parliamentary election triggered mass protests. According…

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14 OCTOBER ’20 | PRAY FOR SOUTH AFRICA

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Dear prayer partners, On Saturday 10 October, hundreds of protesters gathered at South Africa’s Union Buildings, to raise awareness of farm killings – calling on the government and police to act against the perpetrators – and to pray. The demonstration follows the brutal death of 21-year-old Brendin Horner on a farm in Paul Roux, in…

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RIGHTS GROUP CLAIMS HUNDREDS ARRESTED IN ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS IN EGYPT

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According to Al Jazeera, Amnesty International has urged the Egyptian authorities to release hundreds of people it said were arrested during anti-government protests in September. Videos posted on social media since 20 September appeared to show several very small demonstrations involving up to several dozen people in different parts of the country. Reuters, however, has…

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2 SEPTEMBER ’20 | PRAY FOR BELARUS

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Dear prayer partners, On Sunday 30 August, thousands of protesters took to the streets in an opposition rally against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Independence Square in the capital city of Minsk was sealed off and guarded by security and police, however, protesters packed the city centre waving flags and shouting “leave”! Police detained…

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26 AUGUST ’20 | PRAY FOR MALI

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Dear prayer partners, On Sunday 23 August, leaders of Mali’s military junta led by Colonel Assimi Goita and mediators from West Africa’s regional bloc led by Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, met behind closed doors to discuss a resolution to the nation’s current leadership crisis. On Tuesday 18 August, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned and…

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PROTESTS CONTINUE IN BELARUS AFTER CONTENTIOUS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

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By Alex Pollock Alexander Lukashenko, the leader of Belarus, said on Monday (17 August) he would be ready to hold new elections and hand over power after a constitutional referendum, an attempt to pacify mass protests and strikes that pose the biggest challenge yet to his rule. (Reuters) The Election Belarus – an Eastern European…

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