Political activism

Pro-democracy protesters gather for a march in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 17, 2019 - 8:17 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong's famous harbor on Saturday to demand the government heed their demands. Across the water, a pro-government rally called for an end to the often violent protests. The dueling demonstrations highlighted the political divide...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol gets up after her interview with The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Every movement is difficult for the exhausted and frail 31-year-old political activist, who on Wednesday ended a month-long hunger strike. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
August 16, 2019 - 3:09 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — After a monthlong hunger strike, it's a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands. Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist. This summer's wave of anti-government protests in Moscow propelled her to the forefront of Russia's opposition movement...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, Russian opposition activist Lyubov Sobol gets up after her interview with The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Every movement is difficult for the exhausted and frail 31-year-old political activist, who on Wednesday ended a month-long hunger strike. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
August 16, 2019 - 1:44 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A wave of demonstrations in Moscow this summer has pushed a 31-year-old activist to the forefront of the Russian political opposition. Lawyer and activist Lyubov Sobol went on a hunger strike for a month to protest the refusal by officials to put her and other independent candidates...
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In this image made from video, armed police vehicles are parked outside Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Satellite photos show what appear to be armored personnel carriers and other vehicles belonging to the China's paramilitary People's Armed Police parked in a sports complex in the city of Shenzhen, in what some have interpreted as a threat from Beijing to use increased force against pro-democracy protesters across the border in Hong Kong.(AP Photo/Dake Kang)
August 16, 2019 - 4:29 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Members of China's paramilitary People's Armed Police have been seen marching and practicing crowd-control tactics at a sports complex across from Hong Kong, in what some have interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters. Hong Kong's government has refused to talk with...
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Armed Riot Police block a main road during a patrol on the streets in Harare, Thursday, Aug, 15, 2019. In a show of force to discourage anti government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents, "you will rot in jail" if they participated in the demonstrations planned for Friday. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 15, 2019 - 9:35 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a show of force to discourage anti-government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents "you will rot in jail" if they participate in the demonstrations planned for Friday. Six anti-government activists have been...
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A Kashmiri man walks as Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard during security lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. India has maintained an unprecedented security lockdown to try to stave off a violent reaction to Kashmir's downgraded status. Protests and clashes have occurred daily, thought the curfew and communications blackout have meant the reaction is largely subdued. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
August 14, 2019 - 10:51 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — On the eve of India's Independence Day, a team of activists and scholars released a report that paints a bleak picture of Indian-administered Kashmir, challenging official government accounts that life is returning to normal amid an indefinite curfew and communications blackout...
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Jatuporn Phromphan, center, one of the leaders of Red Shirt, arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. The court has dismissed charges of terrorism and other offenses against 24 leaders of an extended street protest in 2010 that saw key parts of central Bangkok closed off and random violence that was ended by armed military force. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
August 14, 2019 - 4:46 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Wednesday dismissed terrorism and other charges against 24 leaders of an extended street protest in 2010 that saw key areas of central Bangkok closed off and random violence that was ended by military force. The Bangkok Criminal Court ruled that the two-month...
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file - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, an electric power pole leans over the road in the Piedra Blanca area of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, a town still mostly without power since it was struck by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20. Puerto Rico’s new governor announced on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 that she is suspending an upcoming $450,000 contract to rebuild and strengthen the island’s power grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)
August 12, 2019 - 6:17 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's political turmoil seemed to be at least temporarily easing on Monday with attention shifting from protests to policy following the replacement governor's move to suspend a hurricane recovery contract. In one of her first moves as governor, Wanda Vázquez...
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Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas, chair of the House General Investigating Committee, speaks at the Texas State Capitol on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Austin, Texas. A Texas House committee on Monday holds an investigation hearing into allegations Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered a hardline conservative activist media credentials in a exchange for supporting primary challenges against several Republican incumbents. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
August 12, 2019 - 3:18 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A panel of Texas lawmakers on Monday asked state police to investigate allegations that Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen offered media credentials for the chamber to a hardline conservative activist in exchange for campaigning against a group of GOP incumbents in the 2020...
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A couple sit in a boulevard as police walk to prevent protesters during a rally in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Tens of thousands of people rallied in central Moscow for the third consecutive weekend to protest the exclusion of opposition and independent candidates from the Russian capital's city council ballot. (AP Photo)
August 10, 2019 - 2:15 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Tens of thousands of people rallied Saturday against the exclusion of some city council candidates from Moscow's upcoming election, turning out for one of the Russian capital's biggest political protests in years. After the rally, which was officially sanctioned, hundreds of...
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