July 15, 2020

Review Category : People

Toppled slave trader's statue replaced by one of Black protester in English city

Toppled slave trader's statue replaced by one of Black protester in English cityA sculpture of a Black protester with her fist raised in the air has been erected in place of a 17th Century English slave trader whose statue was toppled by anti-racism demonstrators last month in Britain's port city of Bristol. Edward Colston, who made a fortune from trading in West African slaves, was pulled down and thrown in the harbour last month by protesters demonstrating in the wake of the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. The death of Floyd led to protests for racial equality and police reforms across the United States and around the world.


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Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader

Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave traderAn artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol formerly occupied by a statue of a slave trader. Marc Quinn created the life-size resin and steel likeness of Jen Reid, a protester photographed standing on the plinth after demonstrators pulled down the statue of Edward Colston and dumped it in Bristol’s harbor on June 7. The statue, titled “A Surge of Power (Jen Reid)” was erected before dawn on Wednesday without approval from city officials.


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Philippine police deployed as virus cases forced into quarantine

Philippine police deployed as virus cases forced into quarantinePhilippine police are being deployed to ensure people who test positive for the coronavirus and cannot self-isolate at home are taken to state-run quarantine centres, sparking warnings Wednesday of potential rights violations. The move comes as authorities step up efforts to slow the rapid spread of the disease by increasing testing, reimposing lockdowns, and building dozens of quarantine centres to isolate patients with mild symptoms. To clamp down on local transmission, police are accompanying health workers to the homes of people who have tested positive and taking them to government facilities if their homes are considered inadequate for self-isolation or if they live with "vulnerable" people, officials said.


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Cambodian Russia Today translator's 'fake news' case sent to appeal court

Cambodian Russia Today translator's 'fake news' case sent to appeal courtCambodia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the case of a translator jailed for involvement in a Russia Today documentary about sex trafficking be heard by an appeal court, due to what his lawyer said was a "factual problem" during his trial. A lower court last year sentenced Rath Rott Mony, 49, to two years in prison for incitement to cause discrimination, after he assisted a Russian news crew in the making of a film that the government said contained "fake news" about Cambodia. Supreme Court spokesman Ouk Kimsith confirmed Wednesday's referral decision.


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Cambodian Russia Today translator's 'fake news' case sent to appeal court

Cambodian Russia Today translator's 'fake news' case sent to appeal courtCambodia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the case of a translator jailed for involvement in a Russia Today documentary about sex trafficking be heard by an appeal court, due to what his lawyer said was a "factual problem" during his trial. A lower court last year sentenced Rath Rott Mony, 49, to two years in prison for incitement to cause discrimination, after he assisted a Russian news crew in the making of a film that the government said contained "fake news" about Cambodia. Supreme Court spokesman Ouk Kimsith confirmed Wednesday's referral decision.


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Chaotic protests prompt soul-searching in Portland, Oregon

Chaotic protests prompt soul-searching in Portland, OregonNearly two months of nightly protests that have devolved into violent clashes with police have prompted soul-searching in Portland, Oregon, a city that prides itself on its progressive reputation but is increasingly polarized over how to handle the unrest. President Donald Trump recently deployed federal agents to “quell” the demonstrations in Portland that began after George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police, shining an unwelcome spotlight as the city struggles to find a way forward. The national attention comes as divisions deepen among elected officials about the legitimacy of the more violent protests — striking at the heart of Portland's identity as an ultraliberal haven where protest is seen as a badge of honor.


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