Brazil: 300,000 protest in Rio
Hundreds of thousands demonstrate across the country despite U-turn over transport fare increases which sparked the unrest
Brazil’s biggest protests in two decades intensified on Thursday as 300,000 people took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro and hundreds of thousands more flooded other cities. The demonstrations came despite the government’s U-turn over public transport fare hikes which sparked the protests over a week ago. Continue Reading »
OTTAWA – A new change to the Criminal Code that makes it illegal to wear a mask at a protest or riot is likely to be challenged in the courts as limiting freedom of expression, experts say.
The clause makes it a crime for a person to attend an unlawful protest “while wearing a mask or other disguise to conceal their identity without lawful excuse.” Supporters say it is one more tool to help the police maintain order, while civil liberties advocates say it tramples constitutional freedoms. Continue Reading »