US Minneapolis settles with 12 hurt in George Floyd protests
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So how does Iran suggest putting the genie of protests back in the bottle? Iran's former education minister doesn’t have a lot of good answers but his few insights are worth looking at. He notes that “teenagers born in the 80s have many differences with their previous generations in terms of needs and even lifestyle.”Indeed, those born in the generation prior to the 80s were involved in the Revolution of 1979. Those born in the 80s have lived their whole life under theocracy and are now in their 40s were never able to confront the regime.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis has reached a $600,000 settlement with 12 protesters who were injured during demonstrations after theof , the American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday.
The agreement, which also includes numerous reforms, was accepted the same day by a federal judge, making it official after the city approved it in October.
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BEIJING (AP) — The company that assembles Apple Inc.’s iPhones apologized Thursday for a pay dispute that triggered employee protests at a factory where anti-virus controls have slowed production. Employees complained Foxconn Technology Group changed the terms of wages offered to attract them to the factory in the central city of Zhengzhou. Foxconn is trying to rebuild the workforce after employees walked out last month over complaints about unsafe conditions.Videos on social media showed police in white protective suits kicking and clubbing workers during the protest that erupted Tuesday and lasted into the next day.
The settlement includes an injunction that bars the city from arresting, threatening to arrest or using physical force — including chemical sprays, flash bang or concussion grenades and foam tipped bullets — against people who are engaging in lawful protests. It also limits officers' use of chemical agents to disperse peaceful demonstrators. And it requires that officers have their body cameras recording and unobstructed while at protests, according to the ACLU.
The money will be split among the plaintiffs.
Floyd, a Black man, was killed on May 25, 2020, when, who is white, knelt on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes during an arrest. Video of the restraint was recorded by a bystander and viewed around the world, sparking global protests as part of a broader reckoning over racial injustice.
How China's Covid protests are being silenced
State media are going to great lengths to stop Chinese protests being seen - even overseas.Demonstrations erupted across the country at the weekend in response to strict anti-Covid measures that have been in place for three years.
In Minnesota, the protests lasted for days. While most demonstrators were peaceful, some damaged buildings and set fires, even burning a police station.
Two lawsuits filed in 2020 and later consolidated accused Minneapolis police of using unnecessary and excessive force against protesters. They alleged that police used tear gas as well as foam and rubber bullets to intimidate them and quash the demonstrations, and also that officers often fired without warning or giving orders to leave.
The plaintiffs' injuries included bruising from less-lethal munitions, lingering respiratory issues from tear gas and psychological trauma that has chilled their desire to protest in the future, the ACLU said.
“Tear gas, foam bullets and pepper spray became weapons for intimidating and hurting protesters, making it dangerous for people to exercise their First Amendment rights," ACLU-MN legal director Teresa Nelson said in a statement. "We hope this settlement sends a message to law enforcement across Minnesota that this violation of our constitutional rights will not be tolerated.”
City Attorney Kristyn Anderson said the City Council approved the settlement Oct. 20 and Mayor Jacob Frey approved it six days later. Anderson said her office filed necessary documents and an order reflecting portions of the settlement was made public Wednesday.
How not to retire: South Korean ex-president bedevilled by protests .
After five years running South Korea, former president Moon Jae-in moved to a peaceful village far away from Seoul, in search of a quiet retirement. "President Yoon will someday retire too. There should be a legal measure to ban such rallies for his sake," Cho added.- 'Kind of prison' -The constant protests have taken a toll on Moon's neighbours, who have pleaded with authorities to rein them in.