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Experiments with truth: 11/22/10

  • Thousands of Red Shirt protesters blocked a major intersection Bangkok on Friday to mark six months since Thai security forces crushed a 10-week-long protest in the same area, resulting in more than 90 deaths.
  • In Georgia, thousands of people protested Saturday outside the gates of Fort Benning to call for the closure of the military training center formerly known as the School of the Americas. 26 people were arrested including a news team from the international TV network Russia Today.
  • In Sri Lanka, more than 8,000 fishermen, with their wives and children, protested for ten hours on Thursday against the Sea Plane project, a plan to attract tourist to hard-to-reach places. At the end of the day, the government backed off, and halted dredging work.
  • Approximately 100 people gathered on Friday at the square in Lumpkin, Georgia to make the 1.7 mile walk to the Stewart Detention Center (SDC) where 2,000 immigrants are held. The demand of the demonstrators was to bring Pedro Guzman, who has been housed at Stewart for one year without bond, home and shut the detention center down.
  • Workers at Empresa Nacional de Petroleo’s Bio Bio unit, the largest Chilean oil refinery, went on a 24-hour strike on Friday to protest layoffs.