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Sunday
Oct102010

Serbian Police, Protesters Clash at Gay Pride March

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(BELGRADE, Serbia) -- Riot police fought off hundreds of right-wing protesters in a clash that left dozens injured and more than 100 arrested at a gay pride parade in downtown Belgrade.

Police in heavy riot gear used tear gas and armored vehicles on Sunday to block the protesters from breaking through security cordons.

Rioters came armed with bricks, flares, bottles and Molotov cocktails, or petrol bombs.

Part of the Democratic Party headquarters was set ablaze and the entrance to the Serbian state television building was also attacked.

The clashes left broken street signs, smashed windows, and destroyed vehicles. Lost shoes were strewn across sidewalks.

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Thursday
Sep302010

Ecuador Unrest: President Correa In Danger?

Photo Courtesy -- Getty ImagesUPDATE:  1 Casualty Reported In Ecuador Protests

(QUITO, Ecuador) -- One person has been reported dead and several more injured following protests in the Ecuadorian capital Quito.

The security minister said the casualties followed an all-out riot near a hospital where President Rafael Correa is now holed up after being shoved and tear-gassed by police officers – angry at proposed pay and benefits cuts.

The airport has since re-opened and there is reported looting.

(QUITO, Ecuador) -- According to a message released from the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador on Thursday, "a large nationwide strike by all levels of police, including military police, is developing at this time." 

The message, addressing U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Ecuador, warned that airports and possibly major highways may be closed as a result of the unrest and that "the security situation has degraded significantly."  The message further urged American citizens to stay inside their homes as "even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence." 

According to officials, the U.S. remains supportive of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, as well as the institutions of Ecuador's democratic government. 

Ecuadorian police and a number of military personnel began protesting against attempts by President Correa to cut their pay and benefits as part of austerity measures.

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