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9 Aug
It's election day in #Belarus and long lines are present outside voting boots throughout the country.

Internet has been disrupted all the day, there is a fear of voter fraud in the air
#Belarus: countless young Belarusians standing in line for hours waiting to vote.

Such a big difference with previous elections when voting boots were largely empty throughout the day
#Belarus: Sviatlana #Tsikhanouskaya has cast her vote.

Within a matter of weeks she went from being a English teacher and mother of two, to being #Lukashenko's biggest challenger
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30 Jun
Today is a very sad day for #HongKong and the broader free world. In the early morning #Beijing passed the National Security Law, so early that not even Carrie Lam has been able to read it yet.

HK is in the process of becoming another normal Chinese city apnews.com/b50a256d97b719…
#HongKong: following the passing of the Security Law the pro-democracy @demosisto party, which was founded following the 2014 Umbrella Revolution has been disbanded.

faces like Joshua Wong and Nathan Law will run in the next elections as independents
This cartoon is being shared a lot on #HongKong forums
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11 Mar
The Assad regime was responsible for 60% of all attacks on churches and other Christian places of worship in the period of 2011-2019.

www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/…
In the thread below I will outline all the different cases of regime attacks on churches in #Syria as recorded by the @snhr. This is to counter the belief still existing out there that #Assad actively tried to protect Christians during the war.

Source: sn4hr.org/wp-content/pdf…
1. Syriac Orthodox church of Lady of the Holy Belt, Hamidiyah neighborhood - #Homs city.

Shelled several times by the regime in 2012, most notably on 01/09 when it was hit by a helicopter barrel bomb raid, which caused severe damage.
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10 Jan
#Iraq 🇮🇶: thousands are gathering on Tahrir Square for the mass protest.

People are expected to rally all over the country today against foreign interference and the Iraqi government
#Iraq 🇮🇶: Iraqis marching against foreign interference in the southern city #Basra
From #Iraq 🇮🇶 to the United Nations
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17 Nov 19
Jesus! An armoured vehicle of the #HongKong police tries to break into the Poly University gets literally bombarded with molotov cocktails
#HongKong: police forces have completely besieged the PolyU campus. Protesters are trying to distract the police outside of campus, hoping to relief the siege
#HongKong: everyone trying to leave PolyU is being rounded up by HK police for interrogation.
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23 Jun 19
#Sudan 🇸🇩: Sudanese opposition groups are calling for a "march of millions" on June 30, hoping to retake the streets from the #TMC regime and #RSF militants.
#مليونيه30يونيو
#Sudan 🇸🇩: tomorrow (30-06) is the day...

#مليونية_30يونيو
#Sudan 🇸🇩: thousands of protesters have gathered in #Khartoum to protest agains the #TMC regime.

The streets of the capital are screaming for freedom.
#مليونية_30يونيو
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30 Apr 19
#Venezuela 🇻🇪 BREAKING: the armed forces at LA Carlota airbase in #Caracas appear to have switched sides to @jguaido.

Jailed opposition leader @leopoldolopez has been freed as well!
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: @leopoldolopez was arrested in 2014 after leading the first anti-#Maduro uprising.

Today he has been released by soldiers who defected from the regime.
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: livestream of the situation at LA Carlota airbase in #Caracas.

Some pro-#Maduro forces showed up and started firing tear gas at the defected soldiers
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4 Mar 19
NEW THREAD FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY:

Major protests are expected all over #Venezuela 🇻🇪 for today and tomorrow as @jguaido is expected to return to #Caracas. There is a high chance he will be arrested by the regime which will greatly escalate the ongoing crisis
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: Venezuelans gathering in Las Mercedes (#Caracas) to protest against #Maduro and show their support to @jguaido. #4marzo
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: Students came together in the border village of Urena (#Tachira) this morning to call for the re-opening of the border with #Colombia.
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1 Mar 19
Mass protests have erupted all over #Algeria 🇩🇿 this Friday as the Algerian people reject the intentions of President #Bouteflika to seek a 5th term in office.
#لا_للعهدة_الخامسة
#Algeria 🇩🇿: mass protests across the country.
#لا_للعهدة_الخامسة
#Algeria 🇩🇿: protesters are handing out flowers to riot police.
#لا_للعهدة_الخامسة
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23 Feb 19
It is D-day in #Venezuela 🇻🇪. Thousands of Venezuelan volunteers will try to get humanitarian aid across the border as #Maduro has closed all border crossings with 🇨🇴🇧🇷🇳🇱-🇨🇼.

Protesters at the Simon Bolivar bridge near #Cúcuta are trying to cross over from the Colombian side.
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: At least 3 National Guards soldiers have already defected from the #Maduro regime this morning, heading into #Colombia
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: National Guard blocking the border with #Brazil in Gran Sabana (#Bolivar state). The mayor of municipality calls on the soldiers to open the border and let the humanitarian aid come in.
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22 Feb 19
#Sudan: Sudanese dictator Omar al-#Bashir is expected to give a very important speech any moment now.

According to some reports he will announce not to run again in the 2020 elections and to step down as President of the ruling #NCP.
#مدن_السودان_تنتفض
#تسقط_بس
#Sudan: the SPA is calling on the Sudanese people to head into thr streets NOW, stating the regime is in a "state of collapse".
#مدن_السودان_تنتفض
#تسقط_بس
#الشارع_بس
#Sudan: livestream of the press conference in #Khartoum where #Bashir has finally arrived over 90 later then expected
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22 Feb 19
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: #VenezuelaAidLive is about to kick off in #Cúcuta (#Colombia) as thousands of people are gathering at the main stage.

Important figures like OAS Secretary General @Almagro_OEA2015, Colombian President @IvanDuque & billionaire @richardbranson are at the border
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: The #VenezuelaAidLive concert can be watched live here on YouTube
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: the #VenezuelaAidLive concert is taking place just meteres from the 🇻🇪-🇨🇴 border bridge which the #Maduro regime blocked with trucks
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19 Feb 19
#Sudan: Sudanese opposition groups are calling for another mass protest on 21 February to call for the departure of dictator #Bashir.
#مدن_السودان_تنتفض
#موكب21فبراير
#تسقط_بس
#Sudan: anti-regime protesters marching through the streets of the capital city #Khartoum this afternoon.
#مدن_السودان_تنتفض
#موكب21فبراير
#تسقط_بس
#Sudan: anti-#Bashir protest in the town of Kerma in Northern state.
#مدن_السودان_تنتفض
#موكب21فبراير
#تسقط_بس
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2 Feb 19
Today (#2Feb) is once again a huge day in #Venezuela 🇻🇪 as thousands will once again go out in cities across the country to demand the downfall of #Maduro and the full restoration of democracy.
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: these are the streets of #Vzla this morning. Across the country thousands are going out to reject #Maduro. #2Feb #VenezuelaEnLaCalle
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: anti-#Maduro protest on the crossing between Turmero and Cagua (east of #Maracay) today. #2Feb #VenezuelaEnLaCalle
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10 Jan 19
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: today #Maduro is being inaugurated for a second term following "elections" which were internationally condemned for being unfair.

Leaders of other authoritarian or leftist Latin-American states such as #Cuba, #Nicaragua and #Bolivia are present at the event
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: as #Maduro is being inaugurated pro-regime collectivos are touring the center of #Caracas, passing by the National Assembly in order to intimidate the opposition
#Venezuela 🇻🇪: #Maduro is becoming increasingly isolated as #Peru and #Paraguay have broken all diplomatic ties with his regime in protest of last year's "elections".

The #OAS has also voted not to recognize his presidency as it enters a second term.
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2 Jan 19
#Syria: another round of fighting has erupted in the greater #Idlib region as #HTS jihadists have captured the town of Darat Izza.

National Liberation Front (#FSA) rebels are mobilizing across the region for a counter attack
#Syria: the National Liberation Front (#FSA) has announced the start of military operations against #HTS jihadists in response to the capture of Darat Izza.

War in the greater #Idlib region is a fact.
#Syria: after several days of fighting Nour al-Din al-Zinki rebels have been crushed in western #Aleppo with #HTS jihadists seizing Darat al-Izzah, Anjarah, Khan al-Assal and Deir Simeon
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20 Dec 18
Protests against the #Bashir regime are spreading all over #Sudan as people are outraged over a shortage of bread.

Several protesters have already been killed by police in the streets.

#مدن_السودان_تنتفض
#Sudan: footage shows protesters dispersing in #Gadarif as they're being fired upon by regime forces.

#مدن_السودان_تنتفض
#Sudan: students of #Khartoum University marching through the streets of the capital, demanding the fall of the #Bashir regime (📷 @SudanMotion).

#مدن_السودان_تنتفض
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14 Sep 18
Once again protests against the #Assad regime have erupted all over rebel-held #Idlib and nortern #Aleppo.

Syrians in the town of #Kafranbel sing "we want freedom!"
#Syria: anti-#Assad protest in the village of al-Ibizmu in western #Aleppo
#Syria: anti-#Assad protest in the town of Darat Izza in western #Aleppo.
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10 Sep 18
OK Nederland. Laten we het hebben over Jabhat al-Shamiya, de Syrische rebellengroep die in het verleden gesteunt is door het kabinet en nu world omschreven als "terroristisch"

Als iemand die de beweging al vanaf het begin volgt kajbik vertellen wat JaS wel is en wat niet
Is Jabhat al-Shamiya een militante rebellengroep die zich schuldig heeft gemaakt aan martelpraktijken, corruptie, wapensmokkel, afpersing, willekeurige beschietingen van burgerdoelen en de ethnische zuivering van Koerden in Afrin - JA
Is Jabhat al-Shamiya "de vijand" (zoals Ron Fresen het omschreef) van het Westen. Een jihadistische terreurbeweging die heeft verklaart te strijden voor een kaliphaat, gelieerd is aan IS en aanslagen plant in Europa - NEE
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22 Apr 18
This is #Armenia 🇦🇲 this afternoon. Thousands of people fill the streets to protest the government
#Armenia's repressive police busy at work in #Yerevan today,
#Armenia 🇦🇲: for 10 days thousands of Armenians have been marching against the government in #Yerevan and other cities throughout the country.

More and more people are joining the crowds every day.
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9 Apr 18
BREAKING: multiple sources from #Lebanon are reporting loud sounds of fighter jets flying low over the country in the middle of the night. Possibly going to #Syria for a military strike
Reports of unidentified fighters flying low over #Lebanon being reported all over.

Something is definitely happening (in #Syria?) tonight
Snapchat story from Jounieh, just north of #Beirut. Fighter jets are clearly flying over #Lebanon. #Syria
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