Ongoing Power Shortages in Ghana: VICE News Capsule, February 20

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Muslim rebels in the Philippines make a goodwill gesture to preserve peace process, thousands protest against power cuts in Ghana’s capital Accra, Poland’s air pollution is some of the worst in the EU, and former captives of Nigerian militant group Boko Haram reunite with their families.

PHILIPPINES
MILF Rebels Return Assault Rifles Taken Following Recent Clashes
The group’s leader says the gesture is proof that peace is still a priority.

GHANA
Crippling Power Cuts Spark Anger in Accra
Opposition activists, residents and business owners took to the streets of the capital on Wednesday to protest against the ongoing shortages.

POLAND
Coping With Some of the Worst Air Pollution in the European Union
The EU’s highest court may fine the country more than $1 billion.

NIGERIA
Boko Haram Hostages Reunite With Families
The militants released nearly 200 captives, mostly women and children, reportedly because they refused to follow their strict interpretation of Islam.

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Italy’s Mediterranean Mass Grave: Europe or Die (Episode 4/4)

Since 2000, more than 27,000 migrants and refugees have died attempting the perilous journey to Europe. With an unprecedented number of people breaking through its heavily barricaded borders in 2014, the EU continues to fortify its frontiers.

In the fourth and final episode of Europe or Die, VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson arrives in Italy as the only extensive search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean is replaced with a border surveillance mission, effectively leaving thousands of desperate migrants adrift in the sea.

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Watch Part 1 of Episode 2: “Death Boats to Greece (Part 1)” – http://bit.ly/1MptYFO

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Myanmar Backtracks on Rohingya Voting Rights: VICE News Capsule, February 13

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Twelve Taliban militants arrested in connection to Pakistan school massacre, Myanmar’s government heeds Buddhist calls to withdraw Rohingya voting rights, watchdogs concerned over Bulgaria’s press freedom, and nearly 500 million people travel to China for New Year festivities.

PAKISTAN
Army Announces Arrests Linked to Peshawar School Attack
Six were detained in Pakistan and six others across the border with the help of Afghan authorities.

MYANMAR
Government Revokes Minority Voting Rights
Rohingya Muslims and other groups were granted temporary rights for an upcoming referendum, but the government quickly withdrew them following protests by members of the Buddhist majority.

BULGARIA
Concerns Over Crumbling Press Freedom
Media outlets have been fined for running stories on the banking sector and companies’ financial activities. The country ranks lowest in the EU for media rights.

CHINA
Nearly Half a Billion People Travel to Observe New Year Festivities
The world’s largest human migration is under way ahead of the Spring Festival, which begins next Thursday.

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Trapped In Bulgaria: Europe Or Die (Episode 3/4)

Since 2000, more than 27,000 migrants and refugees have died attempting the perilous journey to Europe. With an unprecedented number of people breaking through its heavily barricaded borders in 2014, the EU continues to fortify its frontiers.

In episode three of Europe or Die, VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson visits Bulgaria to see Europe’s newest border fence and speaks to Syrians who, because of the EU’s Dublin Regulation, are trapped in one of Europe’s poorest countries.

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Death Boats to Greece (Part 2/2): Europe Or Die (Episode 2/4)

Since 2000, more than 27,000 migrants and refugees have died attempting the perilous journey to Europe. With an unprecedented number of people breaking through its heavily barricaded borders in 2014, the EU continues to fortify its frontiers.

VICE News presents Europe or Die, a new four-part series that documents the efforts of those risking their lives to reach Europe, and the forces tasked to keep them out.

In part two of our second episode, VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson continues her visit to the border between Greece and Turkey to find out what happens to the many migrants who perish while attempting to cross Greece’s dangerous Evros river.

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Death Boats to Greece (Part 1/2): Europe Or Die (Episode 2/4)

Since 2000, more than 27,000 migrants and refugees have died attempting the perilous journey to Europe. With an unprecedented number of people breaking through its heavily barricaded borders in 2014, the EU continues to fortify its frontiers.

VICE News presents Europe or Die, a new four-part series that documents the efforts of those risking their lives to reach Europe, and the forces tasked to keep them out.

In episode two of our series, VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson travels to the border between Greece and Turkey, where Syrian and Afghan refugees are paying large sums of money to take “death boats” to Greece.

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Storming Spain’s Razor-Wire Fence: Europe Or Die (Episode 1/4)

Since 2000, more than 27,000 migrants and refugees have died attempting the perilous journey to Europe. With an unprecedented number of people breaking through its heavily barricaded borders in 2014, the EU continues to fortify its frontiers.

VICE News presents Europe or Die, a new four-part series that documents the efforts of those risking their lives to reach Europe, and the forces tasked to keep them out.

In episode one of our series, VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson travels to the border between Morocco and Spain, where West Africans in their thousands storm the razor-wire-clad fences. Many are beaten back by border police or illegally returned.

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Read “Guards Break Barricades and Jail Dozens as Refugees Continue Mass Hunger Strike Against Australia” – http://bit.ly/1Jq1f1b

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The European Union vs. Russia: Talking Heads

VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review’s distinguished contributors.

In this episode of Talking Heads, George Soros discusses his essay “A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine.” Soros wrote the essay this month, calling on members of the European Union to behave as countries indirectly at war with Russia and to provide Ukraine with $50 billion to defend itself and kick-start political reforms. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambition has unintentionally brought into being a new Ukraine that is adamantly opposed to endemic corruption and inefficient government. By offering assistance, Europe can foster an open society in Ukraine and protect itself from Russian aggression.

VICE News sat down with Soros to discuss why it is imperative that the EU wakes up and recognizes that the principles on which it was founded are at stake in Ukraine.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 04, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: Human Rights Watch finds many Indian women and girls with psychosocial disorders or intellectual disabilities are forced into mental institutions and mistreated, Pakistan’s ‘disco mullah’ accused of blasphemy, mental ward patients in eastern Ukraine left to their own devices, and the EU’s top court bans invasive tests for gay asylum seekers.

INDIA
Report Warns Some Women and Girls Forced Into Mental Institutions
Human Rights Watch details cases of verbal, physical and sexual abuse at overcrowded and unsanitary facilities across the country.

PAKISTAN
‘Disco Mullah’ Accused of Blasphemy
Police are investigating whether Junaid Jamshed insulted a wife of the Prophet Muhammad by using her as an example to illustrate the shortcomings of a woman.

UKRAINE
Mental Ward Patients Outside Luhansk Left With Little to Survive
Very few hospital workers stayed to care for the nearly 350 patients. They are low on medication and the hospital has no heat, electricity, or running water.

EUROPEAN UNION
Top Court Bans Invasive Sexuality Tests for Asylum Seekers
Many EU member states have faced criticism for using intrusive questioning and pornographic material to corroborate sexual orientation claims.

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Abandoned and Exploited on the Mainland: Fortress Italia (Part 3/4)

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In the first half of 2014, more than 63,000 migrants ventured to Italy by sea from North Africa. Due to current European Union immigration laws, those who successfully reach Italy — about 3,000 have drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean — often end up stuck there.

If their asylum claims are accepted, the first stop for African migrants is often the cash-strapped Calabria region in the south of Italy. Residency permits can be subject to interminable delays, leaving migrants stuck in limbo. Unable to provide for themselves and without official documentation, their best option is irregular agricultural labor, which exposes them to financial exploitation. The situation became so dire in 2010 that the small agricultural town of Rosarno in Calabria saw some of the worst race riots in Italy’s history.

VICE News traveled to Rosarno alongside busloads of newly arrived — and heavily guarded — migrants. Tensions in the town were still running high, with migrants living in Third World conditions despite being in an EU member state.

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Catalan Parliament Approves November Independence Vote

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The Catalan parliament has passed a law giving its regional president the power to carry out a non-binding consultation vote on secession from Spain. Catalan nationalists believe this law enables them to hold the long-awaited independence referendum.

On Friday, the Catalan parliament voted in favor of the new law, with 106 MPs supporting it and 28 voting against.

The MPs hope it will bring Catalan President Artur Mas a step closer to the planned independence referendum on November 9.

However, while the nationalist block thinks the bill directly paves the way for a referendum on independence, the Catalan socialists who allied with them for the vote do not share this opinion.

The Spanish government called the Catalan consultation vote illegal and said it will be taking the matter up at the Constitutional Court. The court has the power to suspend the vote after it hears the case on Tuesday.

Madrid maintains that any kind of secession vote has to be decided by the whole country, citing Spain’s 1978 constitution.

Catalonia’s new law comes right after Scotland voted “No” to independence, but Mas said that the people should not see it as a discouraging sign.

Mas stressed that the fact Scotland had a referendum to decide on this issue was “key.”

“This is a powerful and strong message that the UK is sending to the entire world – that if there is such a conflict elsewhere in the world you have the right way to try to resolve these differences,” he said.

Scotland “has shown the way to others – the Catalan process continues,” Mas added.

The Catalan independence movement has grown from strength to strength over the last few years, gathering momentum against a backdrop of EU financial crisis. The autonomous region of Catalonia has a population of 7.5 million and accounts for almost one-quarter of Spain’s GDP.

On September 12, Europe saw one of the largest demonstrations in recent years: at least 1.8 million people formed an 11km red-yellow line to show their support for the upcoming independence referendum.

US Envoy to Ukraine Caught Posting Fake Images on Twitter

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US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has been caught posting unverified images on his Twitter feed Monday, as he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine.

Ambassador Pyatt first uploaded a picture of US and Ukrainian troops, which he said was taken in the morning at the military exercises in western Ukraine. Internet users quickly pointed out that the photo had already been published as early as July 31.

The ambassador then posted a picture of a German tank allegedly taking part in the drills. His tweet said that the Leopard 2 tank is taking part in Rapid Trident exercises near Lvov.

However, Twitter users found out that the posted image was actually taken from a YouTube video uploaded nearly one year ago – in October 2013.

UK journalist and RT contributor Graham Phillips called Pyatt out on Twitter, calling the ambassador a “liar” for posting old photographs.

This is not the first time ambassador Pyatt has been caught in a controversy over Ukraine’s internal affairs.

Earlier this year, a leaked conversation between Pyatt and US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland revealed the two of them discussing Ukrainian opposition leaders’ roles in the country’s future government.

“F**k the EU,” Nuland allegedly said in the phone call with Pyatt, which was taped and posted on YouTube in February.

The four-minute video – titled ‘Maidan puppets,’ referring to Independence Square in Ukraine’s capital – was uploaded by an anonymous user. The origin of the recording has remained unclear.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 9, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Human Rights Watch accuses African Union troops of raping Somali women and girls, Israeli court convicts cult leader and polygamist of sex crimes, Italian navy rescues more than 1,600 migrants over the weekend, and Japanese fishermen set off for seasonal whaling hunt.

SOMALIA
AU Troops Accused of Raping Vulnerable Women and Girls
Soldiers from Burundi and Uganda allegedly coerced displaced Somalis into sexual activity in exchange for food, water and medical aid.

ISRAEL
Court Finds Cult Leader Guilty of Sex Crimes
Goel Ratzon kept 21 wives and 38 children in a number of homes across Tel Aviv.

ITALY
Navy Rescues More than a Thousand Migrants
The EU has finally decided to take over rescue operations this November, as a growing number of refugees attempt the dangerous trip across the Mediterranean.

JAPAN
Whalers Kick off Seasonal Hunt in the Pacific Ocean
Government’s official reason is to observe contents of whales’ stomachs, but activists say it’s a front to feed a growing appetite for whale meat.

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Killer iNdustries – Promomix [Koalition Festival 2014]

Special treat for you today as Killer iNdustries is coming for a EU tour this fall and he’ll be part of the next Enter The Grid event in France !

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Tracklist :
1 – Killer iNdustries – Hurt Me Plenty (dub)
2 – Noisia – Deception
3 – killer industries – Knuckle Sandwich (dub)
4 – Flosstradamus ft. Casino – Moshpit (Evol intent Remix)
5 – Noisia and Prolix – Asteroids
6 – Network – Mutilate (Dub)
7 – Killer iNdustries – Whiplash (Dub)
8 – Killer Industries – Armour Ft. Riddums Nation
9 – Teddy killerz – New Drums
10 – Noisia – Stigma
11 – Shy Fx and UK Apache – Original Nuttah
12 – Killer industries – SideKick (Forbidden Society)
13 – Rip Slyme – SharpShooter
14 – Black Sun Empire And Noisia – Hideous (The Clamps & Redject Remix)
15 – Killer Industries – Reflect (ENzyme Audio)

NeurofunkGrid and Kosen Production teamed up in february to bring you the massive “Enter The Grid” event, we’re back in November as part of the Koalition Festival for a special “The Evil Grid” room with a crazy line-up :

→ OPTIV & BTK ▪ [Virus Recordings – Renegade Hardware] ▪ UK


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→ MEFJUS ▪ [Critical Music – Neosignal] ▪ AUT

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→ RAWTEKK ▪ [Med School – Citrus Recordings] ▪ DE

→ KILLER INDUSTRIES ▪ [Kosenprod – Close2Death] ▪ AUS

→ K12 ▪ [Kosenprod – Funkatech – Burn The Fire] ▪ FR

→ OPSEN & PRIMAL THERAPY ▪ [Kosenprod – Meltin Pot – Upgrade] ▪ FR

→ CLOZEE & SCARFINGER-Live MPC ▪ [Gravitas – Hzh – Freebass] ▪ FR

→ DAVE.LXR aka DEXIDE ▪ [Lxr System] ▪ CZ

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The New Gezi Park Protesters: Istanbul’s Gentrification Wars

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This weekend’s presidential election in Turkey is as good as decided. The mass protests surrounding Gezi Park, the corruption scandals, the Soma mining accident — none of these incidents will stop the majority of Turks from electing Recep Tayyip Erdogan as president. Among other things, this means that ambitious development projects will likely multiply — and with them, the controversies Erdogan’s AKP party aggressive policies routinely provoke.
 
The Gezi uprising that rocked Turkey in June 2013 was sparked by a government project to transform the park in central Istanbul into a gigantic mall. And while a relentless police crackdown has led many of last year’s protesters to abandon hope, the problems at the heart of Erdogan’s vision for Turkey’s urban development have not gone away. Those directly affected by the aggressive development of their neighborhoods are often left with only one of two options: to despair, or to fight.
 
One group that has decided to take the fight to the government is the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front, or DKHP/C. This extreme-left party, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU, is entrenched in many of the disenfranchised neighborhoods that have become targets for ruthless urban development. To stave off the forced relocation of inhabitants, the DKHP/C militants are prepared to combat not only the police, but also violent drug gangs that terrorize their neighborhoods, which they believe are collaborating with the state.
 
VICE News travelled to Istanbul to meet the DKHP/C on its home turf, document its fierce clashes with the police on May Day, and understand what motivates these violent, self-proclaimed champions of the poor.

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The Struggle for Survival of the Roma People: Europe’s Most Hated

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In January, European Union restrictions on Romania and Bulgaria were lifted, meaning citizens of those countries were free to travel and work throughout the EU. This inspired anger in wealthier countries like the UK, where people anticipated a flood of migrants looking to take advantage of relatively generous welfare systems. This anger was directed most fiercely at the Roma.

Europe’s largest ethnic minority — also known as gypsies — has long endured bigotry and abuse. This year, they’ve been a boon to rightwing politicians who’ve used them to garner support for anti-immigration policies and achieve significant electoral victories.

VICE News examines the so-called “Roma influx” by visiting a Roma community in northern England, then traveling to Romania to meet a group of Roma who have just been evicted from their homes and don’t have the money to leave the country to seek out better lives.

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Nazi Hipsters? ‘Nipster’ Movement Spreading Across Germany

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The neo-Nazi movement has collided with the hipster subculture in Germany to form a group of youths wearing beards, trendy tote bags, and bandanas stitched with Nazi slogans. Media has dubbed the fiery mix of Nazi-hipsters “nipsters.”

The new recruits of the far-right movement have taken to YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, and other social media, as the ‘hipsterfication’ of the neo-Nazi movement has gained more support among youths in Germany. However, they don’t own the term “nipster” on the web — there they have to share the name with Asian hipsters, fans of masculine breasts, and less prominent groups that identify with it.

However, the term in its revised meaning was offered in a fresh report by Rolling Stone magazine, which interviewed Patrick Schroeder from northeastern Bavaria, one of the faces of the Nazi hipster movement who hopes to give it a friendlier social and political face.

Schroeder conducts seminars showing neo-Nazis how they can dress less threateningly, saying that people from other subcultures, including hip-hop, should be able to join the Nazi movement.

“If the definition of the nipster is someone who can live in the mainstream,” Schroeder explained to Rolling Stone, “then I see it as the future of the movement.”

The ‘Nazi fashionistas’ want to be in style by wearing trendy Converses, skinny jeans, tote bags, and brightly colored glasses together with beards.

“There were a lot of jokes about the Nazi hipsters. They had a bag saying ‘Please don’t shove, I’ve got a yogurt in my bag” journalist John Riceburg told RT.

They also filmed a Harlem shake video with people in black balaclavas and Anonymous masks dancing on junked cars with signs reading “Have more sex with Nazis, unprotected.”

There is even a vegan Nazi cooking show where two chatty men wearing balaclavas show how to make various vegan dishes.

Riceburg explained that the Nazis have always tried to copy youth subcultures, giving the examples of skinheads who were originally “a kind of proletarian youth subculture” and eco-Nazis, or hippy-Nazis.

“They are trying to mainstream the Nazi and fascist ideas as being something which is acceptable,” Weyman Bennett, secretary of Unite Against Fascism, told RT. “We saw this in the 70s — the part of early punks wearing swastikas.”

From the early 70s to the 90s, the fascism movement has tried to “plug into the youth culture,” he added.

The Nazi movement has been gaining political support in Europe, Bennett said, pointing to the alarming trend and adding that for the first time since WWII, a Nazi organization has been elected to the EU parliament — referring to the French far-right party Front National headed by Marine Le Pen.

Dream Job in Bristol: doing what you love, Drum & Bass, Neurofunk, Sound Design

Job Opportunity – Radium Audio are looking for a new producer: http://bit.ly/1iqRAbz
we have a Full Time In house Mix Producer/Sound Designer (Bristol, UK Based)

Radium Audio are offering the opportunity for you to work as an audio creative, focusing on sound design, mix engineering and music production.
The right person is very likely to come from a Neurofunk / D&B / Dubstep / GitchHop / IDM / EDM background / skill set or similar.

!! You have to be within EU, and legally entitled to work in the EU !!

As you can imagine, opportunities this unique are extremely rare – imagine transforming your music production skills in an underground genre like neurofunk or dubstep into a full time career…

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Europe’s Anti-Fascists Clash with Police in Vienna

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Right-wing nationalists of the Identitarian Movement held a rally in Vienna on May 17. Organizing themselves across social media, members of factions across Europe flooded in from France, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland to join the Austrian faction to demonstrate against the EU.

To combat the protest, an anti-fascist group known as Offense Against the Right also gathered in the Austrian capital. As crowds became increasingly angry, police moved in to arrest protesters and separate the two opposing factions. VICE News was there to witness the clash of Europe’s new generation of extreme political movements.

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The Fight for Ukraine: Last Days of the Revolution

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February 2014, Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution against the government of Viktor Yanukovych had reached another stalemate after the violence in late January. But on the 18th, massive and fatal clashes broke out between police and protesters outside the Ukrainian parliament building, the Rada.

After hours of fierce fighting, the protesters were pushed back onto their last lines of defense in Independence square and just about forced the police back after an attempt to clear the square. Once the dust had settled almost 30 police and protesters had been killed, on a day where firearms were used openly by both sides for the first time.

Vice News arrived a day later to a city on lockdown and Independence square resembling a dystopian protest nightmare, fires burning, everything covered in black ash and the protesters themselves looked tired and desperate as a fragile truce held throughout the night.

The next day however set of a chain of events that would leave dozens of protesters dead, Yanukovych fleeing the country and the protesters firmly in control of parliament. This film tracks the last days of the Euromaidan revolution, from the mass killings of protesters by the police on 20th February, to the day Yanukovych fled his private estate, leaving behind a wealth of incriminating documents linking him to fraud, corruption and possibly even attempted murder.

Within days an interim government, made up of protest figures and opposition MPs was in power and presidential elections were set for the 25th May. However, since the end of the revolution the new government has had to face a nosediving economy, the Russian annexation of Crimea and now a violent bid for independence by pro-Russian separatists in the east. After a violent and chaotic 6 months, the election gives the country a chance to look towards a future of closer links to the EU and a chance to end the corruption that dominates Ukrainian society.

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UK Police State? ‘New law would ban protests, even imply thought crime’

In this episode of Going Underground, Afshin Rattansi talks to blogger Scriptonite on the new ASBO bill which could restrict protests around the country. The new law grants local authorities, police and even private security firms sweeping powers to bar citizens from assembling lawfully in public spaces. Afshin also looks at Britain’s plans to train Myanmar’s army on human rights and fact that not all UK citizens know Britain’s already in the the EU

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Greeks Mark 40th Anniversary of Student Uprising, Protest Against Austerity

More than 16,000 Greeks marched through the streets of Athens on Sunday to protest against austerity and mark the 40th anniversary of the student uprising against the former ruling military junta.

The annual march comes as Greece reels from its sixth year of recession. European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF) lenders are set to begin a new round of talks to decide whether to throw more money at the southern European nation.

The crowd gathered in front of parliament in Syntagma Square, waving banners which read, “IMF, EU out!,” in reference to the bailouts that Greece has received from both bodies in return for harsh austerity measures.

The crowd shouted, “Don’t bow your heads” and “Never again fascism,” in reference to the military rule which took place between 1967 and 1974.

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