US sanctions two more Myanmar generals after protest crackdown

US move follows military’s use of force against peaceful protests over the weekend that left two dead. The United States has imposed sanctions on two more generals involved in the February 1 military coup in Myanmar and said it did not rule out additional action after hundreds of thousands took to the streets on Monday […]

Myanmar female protester dies as military crackdown hardens

A young woman protester in Myanmar who was shot in the head last week as police dispersed a crowd has died, her brother said, marking the first death among opponents of the February 1 military coup since they began demonstrating two weeks ago. News of her death on Friday came as police and soldiers arrested […]

US hits Belarusian officials with travel bans for crackdown

US secretary of state announces sanctions on 43 Belarusian nationals hours after two journalists are sentenced. The United States on Thursday imposed travel restrictions on 43 Belarusian nationals identified as taking part in President Alexander Lukashenko’s “crackdown” on protesters and journalists. The US action was announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement […]

Military Imposes Full Grip on Myanmar in Overnight Crackdown

With the night in Myanmar came the terror. In cities across the country on Sunday evening, armored vehicles moved in, along with trucks filled with soldiers in camouflage. Security forces fired rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas at a crowd. Troops surrounded the houses of government workers who had dared to join a nationwide […]

Myanmar: Fear of crackdown as military deploys tanks, shots fired

Armoured vehicles have rolled into Myanmar cities amid fears of a crackdown on anti-coup protesters after nine days of mass demonstrations demanding a return to civilian rule. Western embassies – from the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and 11 other nations – issued a statement late on Sunday calling on security forces to “refrain […]

In Pictures: Myanmar ant-coup protesters defy crackdown

Myanmar police fired into the air and used water cannon on Tuesday as protesters across the country defied bans on big gatherings to show their opposition to a military coup that halted a tentative transition to democracy. The February 1 coup and subsequent detention of democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi have brought the largest […]

Anti-trust crackdown: China issues new rules targeting tech firms

The rules are likely to pressure firms such as Alibaba,, Ant Group and Tencent which dominate e-commerce in China. China’s market regulator has released new anti-monopoly guidelines aimed at internet platforms, tightening existing restrictions faced by the country’s technology giants. The new rules, published on Sunday, formalise an earlier anti-monopoly draft law released in […]

Navalny allies plan fresh protests as Russia steps up crackdown

Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny are preparing for a fresh round of anti-government protests on Sunday, despite a police crackdown on the Russian opposition and strong warnings against participating in the demonstrations. Navalny aides called for the new nationwide rallies to demand the opposition leader’s release from jail where he is awaiting trial, […]

EU weighs response to Russian crackdown on pro-Navalny rallies

Tensions between the West and Russia have mounted after thousands were arrested at pro-Navalny rallies. The European Union will consider fresh sanctions on Russian individuals after more than 3,000 people were arrested across Russia on Saturday for protesting to demand the release of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny. As EU foreign ministers arrived for the meeting […]

China’s Jack Ma emerges for first time since Ant crackdown

Ma, the billionaire founder of tech giants Alibaba and Ant Group, had not been seen since regulators blocked Ant’s record public share offer in November. Alibaba and Ant co-founder Jack Ma has resurfaced after months out of public view, quashing intense speculation about the plight of the billionaire grappling with escalating scrutiny over his internet […]

‘Chilling’ crackdown on dissent in Vietnam ahead of key congress

As Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party gears up for its most important meeting in years, its leadership has presided over an intensified crackdown on dissent, according to rights groups, activists and data collated by Reuters news agency. A record number of political prisoners, longer jail terms, and increased harassment of activists in recent years have contributed […]

Hondurans remain hopeful despite Guatemala crackdown on caravan

Vado Hondo, Guatemala – Guatemalan military and police forces are blocking thousands of Honduran migrants and asylum seekers hoping to make their way north to Mexico and the United States. Thousands of Hondurans left San Pedro Sula as a group on Friday, making their way to the El Florido border crossing with Guatemala. Between 7,000 and […]

China plans further Hong Kong crackdown after mass arrest: report

The arrest of more than 50 Democrats in Hong Kong last week intensifies a drive by Beijing to stifle any return of a populist challenge to Chinese rule and more measures are likely, two individuals with direct knowledge of China’s plans told the Reuters news agency. While stressing that plans had not been finalised, the […]

Dozens of Hong Kong democracy activists arrested as crackdown intensifies

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1609913871510553800 Wed, 2021-01-06 05:56 HONG KONG: Hong Kong police arrested dozens of democracy activists on Wednesday on suspicion of violating a new security law by planning to “paralyze” and “overthrow” the city government, Secretary for Security John Lee said. The arrests represent the biggest crackdown on the opposition camp […]

Dozens arrested in sweeping Hong Kong crackdown

BREAKING Politicians and activists detained in early morning sweep in biggest crackdown yet under national security law. Dozens of Hong Kong opposition politicians and activists were arrested on Wednesday morning under the territory’s national security law, according to political parties and a police source, in the city’s largest crackdown yet on pro-democracy groups. Opposition figures […]

Alibaba crackdown spurs global concerns, $200bn China tech rout

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd led a second day of frenetic selling among China’s largest tech firms, driven by fears that antitrust scrutiny will spread beyond Jack Ma’s internet empire and engulf the country’s most powerful corporations. Alibaba and its three largest rivals — Tencent Holdings Ltd., food delivery giant Meituan and Inc. — have […]

Greece: Activists, journalists decry crackdown on protests

Athens, Greece – Concerns have been growing in recent months about the restrictions and bans placed on protests in Greece, as well as the treatment of protesters, journalists, and lawyers at the hands of the police. In July, as the coronavirus pandemic remained a threat, the Greek parliament passed a bill restricting protests – including […]

Migrant caravan sets off for US from Honduras amid new crackdown

The caravan comes after hurricanes Eta and Iota hammered Central America, killing dozens and destroying hundreds of homes. A few hundred Hondurans formed a caravan bound for the United States on Wednesday after hurricanes battered the country, posing a fresh challenge to efforts to stem immigration from Central America on the cusp of a new […]

Global activists slam Nigeria for crackdown on protesters

In an open letter, activists condemn the government for ‘unwarranted force against its own unarmed citizens’. Global activists and celebrities have hit out at the Nigerian government over a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters demonstrating against police brutality two months ago. In an open letter addressed to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and made public in […]

Amid a crackdown on ‘separatism’, how do French Muslims feel?

Paris, France – France’s 5.7 million-strong Muslim community, the largest in Europe, is under a glaring spotlight. Following two attacks in October, President Emmanuel Macron announced a crackdown on “radical Islamists”, which led to the closure of several mosques, Muslim associations and schools. On Wednesday, details were revealed about a bill which Macron has said […]

Zimbabwe police warn of crackdown on ‘cyberbullying’ of officials

Threat of arrests by police decried as an attempt to muzzle freedom of expression in crisis-hit country. Harare, Zimbabwe – Rights campaigners in Zimbabwe have decried a police statement warning social media users against engaging in what it described as “cyberbullying” of government officials, calling it an attempt to muzzle freedom of expression in the […]

Crackdown in Hong Kong continues; eight more arrested

Arrests of pro-democracy activists are latest since China imposed the National Security Law earlier this year. Hong Kong police arrested eight more activists on Tuesday, as the Chinese territory expanded a crackdown on the territory’s beleaguered opposition forces. The police did not identify the people, saying only that they were aged between 24 and 64. […]

Hong Kong crackdown: 14 officials face US sanctions, travel ban

The financial sanctions and travel ban are seen as part of an effort by outgoing US President Donald Trump to cement his tough-on-China legacy. The United States on Monday imposed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials over their alleged role in Beijing’s disqualification last month of elected opposition legislators in Hong […]