Idaho Press: Group protests Boise coronavirus restrictions at Mayor McLean’s home. “Roughly 30 people, some bearing Tiki torches, protested outside Boise Mayor Lauren McLean’s home Monday night, upset about the city’s new health order issued last week in an effort to curb the coronavirus’s rampant spread. The protest was organized via text by the group People’s Rights, an organization formed this year by Ammon Bundy of Emmett.”
The Intercept: Israelis Take On Netanyahu And Coronavirus Restrictions In Wave Of Civil Disobedience. “Protests that historically bring out large numbers of Jewish Israelis have long been dominated by Israel’s left-leaning peace camp, and a decade ago, others drawing attention to the high cost of living. What is happening now is different: With over a million people unemployed in a country of 9 million, culture and nightlife all but dead amid the pandemic, and people’s ability to travel outside the country severely restricted, a nationwide movement of disgruntled Israelis, spanning ages and to an extent sociocultural backgrounds, is practicing civil disobedience.”
Al Jazeera: How social media regulations are silencing dissent in Africa. “Through social media platforms, the #EndSARS activists not only managed to call thousands of Nigerians to action and hold Nigerian authorities to account, but also garnered unprecedented international attention and support for their cause. The fact that a burgeoning human rights movement has been contemplated, created and sustained online did not go unnoticed in the overwhelmingly conservative halls of power in Nigeria. Shaken to the core by this new media phenomenon and its astounding proclivity to galvanise a traditionally silenced and disregarded youthful majority, some Nigerian state governors and public officials started to demand that social media be regulated.”
Reuters: K-pop’s social media power spurs Thailand’s youth protests. “From raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Thai protesters to inspiring the youths who join demonstrations through dances and social media, K-pop fans have emerged as a potent political force in Thailand’s anti-government movement.”
WPTV: ‘Reopen South Florida’ holds mask-burning ceremony in response to re-extended mask mandate. “The re-extension of Palm Beach County’s facial covering directive is being called ‘medical tyranny’ by some opponents who took to the streets [October 24] in Delray Beach to display their frustrations and demand their reinstated freedoms.”
Calvert Journal: A photography archive preserves Polish protests as they unfold in real time. “As the Polish government further restricted the country’s already draconian abortion laws on 22 October, @app_app has been documenting the drastic change in the most recent protests sweeping the country.” A Web site for the archives is also available.
BBC: Nigeria Sars protest: The misinformation circulating online. “Protests began earlier this month in Nigeria calling on the authorities to abolish a controversial police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars). The story has started trending globally, with thousands of posts on social media, but not all of them factual. We have looked at some of the misinformation that has spread online.”
Kansas Reflector: ‘Manufactured crisis’: Mask hater enlists followers to defy mandates at Topeka, Manhattan businesses. “The facemask-despising owner of a martial arts school in St. Marys is enlisting like-minded science deniers to participate in mandate-defying flash mobs at Topeka and Manhattan businesses. Jason Harpe claims COVID-19 is a ‘manufactured crisis’ and mask mandates are a plot to test the public’s willingness to comply with government demands.”
BBC: Covid: How to protest during a global pandemic. “In many places, large gatherings, including protests, have been banned and people have been arrested, accused of breaking lockdown rules at demonstrations. Meanwhile, others have opted not to take part in protests because of fears they could catch or spread coronavirus. We spoke to activists about the ways they have tried to protest responsibly and the difficulties they have faced.”
Chiang Rai Times: Posting a Protest Selfie on Facebook in Thailand Could Land You in Jail. “Social media in Thailand is playing an important role in anti-government protests, now the government warns over selfies at rallies. The Thai Government has announced plans to take legal action against those using social media accounts to publicize the anti-government protests, which includes posting selfies on Facebook from rallies.”
GBH: Preserving The Present: Efforts To Archive Ongoing BLM Protests . “Historians call it ephemera: the ticket stubs and posters that often are just thrown away or put in scrapbooks. But there are times when the humble handmade sign becomes more than a personal memory — it becomes documentary evidence of a special moment in time. That’s why Smithsonian archivists started collecting the handmade posters and other materials especially created for the street protests following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Why is it important to collect this protest art? And what is its historic meaning?” Video; I do not see a transcript link.
Associated Press: Activist fined for dislodging African art from Paris museum. “A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online.”
Gothamist: Orthodox Borough Park Residents Burn Masks, Beat Dissenters Over COVID Lockdown. “Hundreds of members of Brooklyn’s Orthodox community stormed the streets and synagogues of Borough Park on [October 6] to protest new coronavirus restrictions imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.”
Techdirt: FBI Sent A Special Task Force To Portland To ‘Exploit’ Phones Taken From Protesters . “The Fly Teams have been in existence since shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. But until now, they’ve mainly been foreign-focused — either operating in other countries or targeting foreign terrorists. This breaks some new ground in a disturbing way: counterterrorist activity targeting US citizens, some of which have engaged in nothing more than exercising their First Amendment rights.”
BBC: Covid-19: Protests as Argentina’s cases pass 900,000. “Thousands have joined anti-government protests in Argentina as confirmed coronavirus infections continue to rise, passing 900,000 on Monday. Many Argentines are angry at the government’s handling of the crisis and the economic effect of lockdowns, as well as issues such as corruption.”