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South Korea sees thousandth weekly protest, a ‘human oil spill’ in D.C.

  • South Korean protesters calling attention to the women forced into sexual slavery during WWII reached their thousandth weekly demonstration on Wednesday. Marking the occasion, a statue honoring the victims was erected in front of the Japanese embassy.
  • Demonstrators opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline staged a ‘human oil spill’ in front of Speaker John Boehner’s office in Washington D.C. Wednesday.
  • Portugal’s top trade union confederation CGTP on Monday launched a week of protests against the government’s austerity policies.
  • Employees of the Lahore College for Women University in Pakistan held a boycott of classes for the second day on Tuesday, demanding better terms for school workers.
  • Thousands of taxi drivers in Guinea Bissau went on strike Tuesday to call for an end to police extortion.
  • Disabled persons in Athens held a rally on Tuesday to oppose further austerity measures being considered by the Greek government.
  • Inmates at seven Kyrgyzstan prisons coordinated a hunger strike on Tuesday to agitate for better living conditions and meals.
  • Around 200 Los Angeles high school students walked out of classes on Tuesday and marched several miles to stage a sit-in at district board meeting, decrying cuts to school budgets.
  • Thousands of public sector workers in Cyprus staged a three-hour stoppage Tuesday in protest over government moves to freeze salaries for two years as part of an austerity drive to avoid an EU bailout.
  • A network of progressive South Korean Christian groups began a four day hunger strike on Monday to protest vote buying and corruption in the country’s largest Protestant association.