On December 16th, a 23 year old woman in Delhi India had gone to see a film with her male friend. At 8:30pm, the two boarded an off-duty bus with six other men on board, five of which were adults and one a juvenile. The male friend was beaten viciously by the men and the woman was raped individually by each man before they assaulted her with an iron pipe. She later passed awa from internal organ injuries and failure.

The bus driver, Mukesh Singh, described the details of the event of how each man took turns violently raping her while he, apparently, stayed at the whee, taking no part in the rape.

Mukesh Singh and three of the other attackers are now appealing against the death scentence. Although Singh showed no remore and kept expressing bewilderment over the fuss on the rape, when everyone was at it. 

"A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape that a boy." He stated. "Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20% of girls are good."

He later stated that he “had a right to teach them a lesson.” and that women should just put up with it. ”When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit the boy,” he said.

He went on, ”The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, they won’t leave the girl like we did. They will kill her. Before, they would rape and say, ‘Leave her, she won’t tell anyone.’ Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death.”

Government officials are now ordering television stations to not air the documentary about this event and other gang rape stories, seeming to follow along the lines of what Singh had said that if the women would not struggle or fought back, they would have not been killed. 

With this order, the rapists were given a nationwide platform to express repugnant views about this horrific crime that had shocked Indians and had promoted thousands to take the streets of Dehli in protest for more protection for the women of India. 


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Today, the pro-life group on my university campus set up a large and graphic display of aborted fetuses in the middle of Quad, a public and unavoidable area.

It also happened to be in the middle of pride week and during the time of the pride parade. About 150 protesters showed up to wave banners and signs to cover the graphic images with pro-choice and safe space messages.

I took this video during the busiest time, as the parade was going by. I’m so proud of my peers and the staff members that came out to support us in our protest of shock education and advocacy of making campus a safe and comfortable space for everyone.

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Athens: Mass rally of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) against the new anti-people agreement

Thousands of the people participated in the KKE’s demonstration, on the evening of February 27, outside parliament against the new anti-people agreement of the SYRIZA-ANEL government with the EU, ECB and IMF.

The large rally had as its central message: “No toleration of the new agreement between the government and the EU to extend the memorandum-Immediate abolition of the memoranda and application laws. Recovery of the losses-rupture with the European Union, capital and their power.”

[News] Thousands Of Haitians March In Haiti Over Dominican Racism

[News] Thousands Of Haitians March In Haiti Over Dominican Racism

If you haven’t been following this story, Haitian Times website is a great site to keep up with the news. According to [ProtestNewsne] February 25th, 2015:

Two weeks after a Haitian man was lynched in the Dominican Republic, thousands marched through the streets of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, demanding justice and denouncing rising anti-Haitian sentiment in the neighboring Spanish-speaking…

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South Korea Celebrates 96th Anniversary of the March First Movement

by REERA YOO

South Koreans on Sunday celebrated the 96th anniversary of the March First Movement, also known as the Sam-il Movement, a series of demonstrations for Korean national independence from Japanese colonial rule.

Origin

In 1910, the Korean peninsula was officially annexed by the Japanese Empire, marking the end of the Joseon Dynasty. Under Japanese rule, Koreans were required to speak Japanese and adopt Japanese names. As a result, Korean culture and traditions began to diminish.

About a month after the sudden death of former Korean Emperor Kojong on Jan 21, 1919, a group of Korean students studying in Tokyo published a statement demanding Korea’s independence, which was inspired by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s “Fourteen Points” speech at the Paris Peace Conference. Many Koreans believed that Kojong was poisoned as there had been previous assassination attempts, such as the “coffee plot.”

The Movement

On March 1, 1919 at 2 p.m., 33 leaders of the independence movement convened at the Taehwagan Restaurant in Seoul and read the Korean Declaration of Independence, launching a series of nonviolent protests across the country.

The leaders initially wanted to meet at Tapgol Park, also known as Pagoda Park, but chose to meet at a more private location in order to prevent a riot. However, massive crowds appeared at the park to hear a student named Chung Jae-yong read the declaration and held a peaceful procession. Caught off guard, the Japanese authorities could not control the growing crowd and were forced to call military forces to quell the protest on March 1.

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All out for union rallies on 4 March

It’s long overdue. On Wednesday, 4 March, we have a chance to use our most powerful weapon. Around the country, organised workers will be marching against the Liberals’ attacks – past, present and future. Attacks on our health care, our education, our social welfare and our rights at work.

The government is frustrated with its inability to get its way in the Senate. Ministers are demoralised by the series of idiotic “captain’s calls” from their dickhead in chief. They feel besieged by rising public hostility – seen in the popularity of last year’s student protests, in the booing by football crowds and in the sag in opinion poll numbers that not even a terror scare can reverse.

Confronted with this, the Liberals have done a decent job of ripping themselves apart over the past few weeks. Blood sport is never more fun than when it’s Liberals knifing each other.

But it’s not enough. It is our side’s actions, especially those of the organised working class, that can turn the Liberals’ current crisis into a full-blown rout. It’s vital that the 4 March rallies be huge.

The bigger the rallies, and the more stop work action involved, the bigger the impact will be on our rulers’ “business as usual” and – even more important – on their precious profits, which stop flowing when we stop work.

The bigger the rallies, the greater the boost in confidence for our side. Most of the time, we can hate what’s going on – in our workplace and in our society – while feeling that there is no chance of making a change. A huge demonstration can impact on this, potentially letting loose some of the qualities most feared by our rulers – hope for a better tomorrow and confidence in our ability to fight for it.

Big rallies on 4 March will strengthen the hand of everyone in the union movement who wants to see more strikes to blunt the ruling class agenda.

The ACTU, which has initiated the protests, sees them playing a very specific role: the opening salvo in an electoral campaign, modelled on the anti-WorkChoices campaign and the recent Victorian election, which will return Labor to federal government.

Socialists aim higher than this. We want a movement that can challenge the anti-working class agenda of any party and any boss.

The work that we do to build 4 March among our fellow workers – leafleting, signing workmates up to delegations, pushing our unions to build seriously for the rallies and organising other unionists to do the same – can give a crucial long term boost to our organising ability where it matters most: in our workplaces.

Everyone who’s serious about kicking out the Liberals, and keeping on kicking, needs to go all out to build 4 March.  

Odessa: A year ago, there was a chance to change everything

By Alexey Albu, Odessa Regional Council Deputy

On March 3, 2014, I introduced the question of holding a referendum “On Creation of the Odessa Autonomous Republic within Ukraine” to the Odessa Regional Council. At that time, the majority of Odessa citizens still had no desire to separate, but wanted autonomy and more freedom – nobody wanted to obey the ultra-nationalists who illegally seized power in Kiev. …

Only 14 deputies out of 132 voted for the draft decision, including Vyacheslav Markin, who was brutally killed on May 2.

The abstention painfully outraged the citizens of Odessa and I called upon the protesters to come inside the Regional Council and express their views to the deputies face-to-face. 

Then the Administration began its assault. 

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The first sign translates to: "It is a child’s right to be adopted into the best possible environment for him."

The second: "Je suis a child."

And the last one (it is the moto of the protest) roughly translates to: "This is for the children!"

These signs are being used at a protest (in Slovenia) AGAINST the draft amendment to the Law on Marriage and Family Relations Act, which would register same-sex partnerships in all elements as equal to marriage. 

I do not know which sign is more offensive and I am going to restrain myself of a comment because the photos speak for themselves.

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