Government forces fire on protesters in capital N’Djamena and second-largest city Moundou, leaving at least 60 people dead and some 300 wounded, officials say.
Hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers and police swoop in on unarmed activists blocking Presidential Secretariat in capital Colombo, a sign new President Ranil Wickremesinghe is cracking down a day after his swearing-in.
The lockdown will go into effect at dusk on Saturday and be lifted on Monday morning — a period that covers planned mass anti-government protests against worsening shortages of fuel, food and medicines.
Protesters march in cities across the country against Macron government's health pass that is now required to access restaurants, cafes, cultural venues, sports arenas and long-distance travel.
Drivers honked horns and motorcyclists raised three-finger salutes as they headed along a 20-kilometre route, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Havana has blamed the US sanctions for perpetuating an economic crisis that has forced people to come out in protest.
Thousands of Cubans took part in demonstrations, chanting: "Down with the dictatorship," as President Miguel Diaz-Canel blamed the uprising on the US pursuing a "policy of economic suffocation to provoke social unrest in the country."
Chow was released from prison after serving nearly seven months for her role in an unauthorised assembly during anti-government protests in the city in 2019.
Anti-government protests have raged for nearly a month across Colombia, and nowhere more fiercely than in Cali, a western city of more than 2 million people normally famed more for its tropical music than for social unrest.
Colombian unions, student groups and civil society members say they will continue their demonstrations, seeking social change amid intermittent talks between the government and strike organisers.
Since April 28, hundreds of thousands of Colombians have taken to the streets to show their frustrations against the government after poverty and violence soared during the pandemic.
Bogota’s tax proposal has triggered anger as ordinary people feel the government has burdened them, and not the rich, with fixing the pandemic-hit economy.
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