Lovin’ Malta: Got Photos From Malta’s 2019 Protests? This Project Needs Your Help To Preserve History

Lovin’ Malta: Got Photos From Malta’s 2019 Protests? This Project Needs Your Help To Preserve History. “A publication and online archive aimed at preserving iconic moments that capture protestors’ fury during the 2019 political reckoning in Malta is being curated – and the organisers need your help to make it come to life. ‘Our Island III’ is an incredible art project organised by aditus with the support and sponsorship of the Malta Arts Council Creative Communities, the Embassy of France in Malta and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Malta.”

Commentary: Social media worsens growing anti-China sentiments in Southeast Asia (Channel News Asia)

Channel News Asia: Commentary: Social media worsens growing anti-China sentiments in Southeast Asia. “It might be easy to dismiss the Milk Tea Alliance as a Gen-Z Internet joke. But the meme is successful in tapping into something deeper in the collective consciousness of a region that is famously diverse and defiant of collective action. It taps into discontent with the regional decline of democracy and fears about the rise of China as a hegemonic power. There is a bigger picture beyond the protests in Myanmar. The country fits a broader pattern of recent years in which disparate protests in Southeast Asia, triggered by different events, exhibit undercurrents of anxiety about the growing influence of China.”

Euronews: Myanmar has endured more than a month of nightly internet shutdowns

Euronews: Myanmar has endured more than a month of nightly internet shutdowns. “Myanmar has endured nightly internet shutdowns for more than a month as anti-coup demonstrations continue. Since the military seized power and detained elected leaders on February 1, at least 149 people have been killed, according to the UN. On Tuesday night, internet access in Myanmar was shut down for the 31st consecutive night, according to internet monitoring service Netblocks.”

University of Missouri System: A New Online Exhibit Brings Insight Into The 1968 Kansas City Uprising

University of Missouri System: A New Online Exhibit Brings Insight Into The 1968 Kansas City Uprising. “Eight Days in April recalls the events of the 1968 Uprising in Kansas City through photos, audio, and video found directly on the online exhibit and through links to additional sources. This most recent iteration of the exhibit paints a picture by highlighting Kansas City’s past policies on segregation, and builds a timeline depicting the events leading up to and during the Uprising.” I didn’t know anything about this part of Kansas City’s history. KSHB has an extensive article.

BBC: Covid-19: Dutch police break up anti-lockdown protest

BBC: Covid-19: Dutch police break up anti-lockdown protest. “Police in the Netherlands have used water cannon to clear anti-government demonstrators from a park in The Hague. Some 2,000 demonstrators rallied in the centre of the city to protest against Covid-19 restrictions and other government policies. Mounted officers as well as riot police with batons and dogs moved in after some of the protesters refused to leave at the end of the demonstration.”

Reuters: Russia sues Google, Facebook, Twitter for not deleting protest content – Ifax

Reuters: Russia sues Google, Facebook, Twitter for not deleting protest content – Ifax. “Russian authorities are suing five social media platforms for allegedly failing to delete posts urging children to take part in illegal protests, the Interfax news agency cited a Moscow court as saying on Tuesday. Twitter, Google, Facebook each have three cases against them, with each violation punishable by a fine of up to 4 million roubles (around $54,000), and cases have also been filed against Tiktok and Telegram, the report said.”

TMZ: IDAHO’S #BURNTHEMASK RALLY SEES KIDS TOSSING ‘EM INTO FLAMES … As State Moves Toward Banning Mask Mandates

TMZ: IDAHO’S #BURNTHEMASK RALLY SEES KIDS TOSSING ‘EM INTO FLAMES … As State Moves Toward Banning Mask Mandates. “Idaho is attempting to pass legislation that would make it illegal for government entities to enforce mask mandates — something folks there are celebrating by rolling out burn barrels and having their children fan the flames with actual face coverings. The supposed state-wide protest happening Saturday is being dubbed #FreeIdaho or #BurnTheMask — and it was organized, in part, by Idaho State Representatives Dorothy Moon and Heather Scott … who plugged the event earlier this week in a joint video they filmed.”

BlogTO: Anti-maskers grab and detain woman trying to walk through Toronto protest

BlogTO: Anti-maskers grab and detain woman trying to walk through Toronto protest. “Things got ugly (or rather, uglier than usual) this past weekend during a regularly-scheduled anti-masker march through downtown Toronto when a passerby clashed with over-zealous protesters on Queen Street. The incident, which involved several men swarming a lone woman, pushing her, grabbing her and shouting insults, took place in the afternoon on Saturday, February 27.”

Mainer: Anti-Maskers Waging “Spiritual War” Statewide

Mainer: Anti-Maskers Waging “Spiritual War” Statewide. “A network of far-right activists organized on social media, including anti-maskers and anti-vaxx conspiracists, has been raising hell in communities all over Maine, staging armed protests and becoming increasingly aggressive on the streets. Convinced that public health measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 are part of a vast, yet vague plot involving Marxists, fascists, corporations and Satan, group members have discussed disrupting a new vaccination site at a racetrack in Scarborough.”

GlobalVoices: Myanmar illustrators unite to distribute protest art for free

GlobalVoices: Myanmar illustrators unite to distribute protest art for free. “A group of 30 artists from Myanmar uploaded more than a hundred protest posters… for free print and use by those rallying against the military coup….The collective noticed that protesters were bringing placards with the illustrators’ art to demonstrations, and indeed many artists had shared their poster designs online for free.”