Fragments from the streets: May 30
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Fragments from the streets: May 30

Fragments from the Streets is our weekly roundup of actions, protest and other news of liberation. Here is some recent news you may have missed:


Free bird


Four chickens were freed from an Oregon egg farm earlier this month, according to a communique from the Animal Liberation Front. In January, activists took six other chickens from the farm. The name and location of the farm have not been released, in hopes that small numbers of birds can be liberated in the future without the farmers' noticing.


Fir under fire


ALF activists painted four Vancouver fur stores red, along with a truck belonging to a fur-store owner on May 21. The paint was meant to serve as a reminder of the animals killed in order to produce fur.


Indigenous groups ask banks to stop support of hydroelectric dam


Indigenous people around the world have begun a campaign asking banks to divest from the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam in Panama. The dam would flood rainforest and land that is being farmed by local people. The group Rainforest Rescue has created a sample letter that people opposing the dam can send to the banks.


Moroccans demand attention to social justice issues


Moroccans marched in the streets of Casablanca on Sunday to protest the nation's high unemployment rates. According to protesters, the country's new administration has failed to address the social justice issues it campaigned on in the fall.


Mexican students want fair media


Thousands of students in Mexico City marched on Wednesday to protest a media bias they say favors presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto. Nieto is a member of the PRI, the former ruling party in that country. Nieto is leading in national polls with 46 percent of Mexicans supporting him.


Russian protesters arrested


A total of approximately 40 people from opposing gay rights and Christian Orthodox groups were arrested during protests in Moscow on Sunday. Gay activists initially protested outside a government building where they had sought permits for a pride parade, but an orthodox group interfered with the protest. Most of the people arrested were gay rights activists, although a few Christians were also detained.


Long hunger strike ends


After 110 days of starvation, a Bahraini activist serving life in prison has ended his hunger strike. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is serving the jail term because he is accused of seeking to overthrown that country's monarchy. He ended the hunger strike because it succeeded in bringing international attention to political prisoners in Bahrain.


Israeli actors halted by pro-Palestinian protesters


Supporters of Palestine waved Palestinian flags and anti-Israeli banners during an Israeli theater troupe's performance of “The Merchant of Venice” in London's Globe Theater on Monday. The protesters were ejected from the theater.


Protesters decry South African nuclear power talks


South African Greenpeace activists barricaded entry to a pro-nuclear power conference. Activists say that politicians are moving ahead with nuclear power talks as if the energy source has been approved in that country, although it has not.


Government uses heavy hand to silence deadly mining protests in Peru


Two people protesting a copper mine in Peru were killed on Monday and 50 more people were injured. In response, the government has suspended residents' freedom of assembly to prevent protesters from blocking access to the mine. This is the second time this administration has imposed emergency rules to quell anti-mining protests.


Tibetans die after self-immolation protest


Two more Tibetans died of self-immolation while protesting in Lhasa on Sunday. The men were protesting against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.


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Leslie Wilber is a journalist who has covered police misconduct, courts, high school sports and other disasterous things. She lives in Denver and is an editor at The Precarious.

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