And we begin today's broadcast with increasing political tension in Thailand. In Bangkok today protesters clashed with police as they tried to get to Government House. Here's the latest.
The People's Alliance for Democracy or PAD, is a party of businessmen, academics and royalists called for hundreds of thousands to join their "D-Day" rally today. But they were met by thousands of police, backed with water cannons and tear gas were out to stop them. Authorities pushed and shoved demonstrators as they marched towards Government House.
PAD's aim is to force the five-month old government from power.
Police expected only 14,000 demonstrators to turn up. They say they are prepared to use force if necessary.
Fears of clashes last month stoked rumors of another military coup. But the Chief of Police says "PAD" leaders should abandon their aim to lay siege to Government House.
Police were brought in from all over the country. At least eight barricades of crash barriers and prison trucks are set up around the government compound.
Tensions continue in the Thai capital between police and protesters around the government compound. Police are now telling activists that they must leave immediately. Here's more.
This compound is occupied by the People's Alliance for Democracy or PAD, which is a group seeking to oust the government. They've been protesting here for several days.
But today police delivered their eviction orders, telling PAD members to leave. Armed with batons and shields they posted the court order on lampposts and iron gates.
At least 15 protesters were briefly held but nothing more was done to move out the other 4,000-strong crowd. Witnesses say teargas was fired but police are denying the charge.
The PAD is urging its supporters to stay at the compound.
[Sondhi Limthongkui, PAD Member]:
"Every time we find out about the information, that the police will be here and disperse us, it is genuine information. But for the fact that we are well prepared. And the police have planted their own people in here too. They have their own sources in our mass movement. So once they know that we are ready for them, they normally cancel plan."
Nine PAD leaders have been charged with insurrection, a crime that can carry the death penalty.
The four-day stand off has rattled investors as Thailand's stock market dropped when the riot police moved in. Analysts say the standoff is likely to drag on as long as the government avoids a violent confrontation.
And in Thailand riot police fired several rounds of tear gas at protesters today. They were trying to disperse a crowd of campaigners who are escalating their bid to unseat the government. The country's deputy prime minister has subsequently stepped down... taking responsibility for the clashes.
The demonstrators were seated outside parliament since late yesterday. They were there to stop the country's prime minister from delivering his first ever policy speech.
When police moved in against the protesters this morning they retaliated with firecrackers. Some protesters were badly hurt in the clash and two men lost part of their leg from exploding tear gas canisters.
The 5,000 protesters then regrouped in front of parliament.
Most are members of the People's Alliance for Democracy, a group of businessmen, academics and activists who say they are acting to defend the monarchy.
This group has occupied government house since late August forcing the prime minister to run the country from the Bangkok airport.
The prime minister has tried to negotiate with the protesters but no real talks have started yet.
Anti-government protests left at least one dead and hundreds injured as months of political turmoil boiled over, with troops deployed across Bangkok to quell the demonstrations.
Opposition protestors have besieged Thailand's main government compound to demand the resignation of Prime Mininster Samak Sundaravej. The protests against the government, which they believe acts on behalf of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, have been ongoing since May. Authorities are scrambling to find a peaceful end to the stand-off.
NY police arrest anti-war protesters for violating public order.
Yesterday there was a protest march in Reykjavik - Iceland.
They where protesting the central bank and the goverment in Iceland.
a few made speaches - and one of them - was the former Foreign Secretary and ambassador to USA ,mr: Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson.
When the protest was ending - some burned a flag - the flag of one of the banks - Landsbanki.
You can see in the end of the video - the burning of the flag
They're there because Raytheon produce some of the most hideous military hardware imaginable (they claim to be world leaders in "smart" hidware). Bunker busters and cluster bombs being just two examples of their lethal hardware.
Their hardware wasn't smart enough to avoid 62 civilians in Iraq:
As CAAT reports, "Raytheon is the prime contractor for the Tomahawk cruise missile and the JSOW AGM-154, both of which deliver BLU/97B submunitions." (that's cluster bombs to you and me). They've got a regular stall at DSEi:
And do you remember Israel's little bombing frenzy in the summer of 2006? When they blasted Lebanon to smithereens? Well Raytheon's hardware played its part:
All that seems reason enough to protest Raytheon's presence in Bristol. In fact plenty of people have been protesting against Raytheon. Nine fine folk from Northern Ireland were recently (June 2008) "acquitted in Belfast for their action in decommissioning the Raytheon offices in Derry in August 2006. The prosecution could produce not a shred of evidence to counter our case that we had acted to prevent the commission of war crimes during the Lebanon war by the Israeli armed forces using weapons supplied by Raytheon."
The rooftop protesters want Raytheon, and the rest of the world to know, that there'll be protests every Thursday at Raytheon's offices in Bristol. Let's give 'em hell!
Bristol IndyMedia has regular updates on their front page:
Disability Organization Unite To Protest
Tropic Thunder due to it's portrayal of stigmatizing individuals with Intellectual Disabilities which has the potential of opening the flood-gates for others to target those with Disabilities as a result of this portrayal.
There's bravery, and then there's really hungry bravery. Our own Eugene Mirman risked his life, his liberty, and his pants to journey in to the thick of RNC protest and down some grub. We have nothing but respect for Eugene's service to his appetite. If only a little bit more of America was like Eugene.
Watch more at http://236.com/video
~ 200 students stayed over night
against police brutality, police brutality against people who weren't armed,most of these are college students,China's national flag is allowed to show, but not Taiwan's own national flag. By the way, those people on the ground aren't dead, they were sleeping. record store was closed down by police with force, because that store broadcast a Taiwan song. This will be Obamas first test. This protest is a reaction to police brutality at an earlier protest.
China's national flag is allowed to show, but not Taiwan's own national flag
Today , a few thousand people protested downtown in Reykjavik ,Iceland.
People nearly surrounded the Parliement bulding.
Mototcycles where the in force - and when they where asked to leave the are,the showed the power of the motorbikes ,and filled the area with smoke.
Aggresive protesters ,put a flag on the building ,marked - BONUS - that is the flag of cheap food stores in ICeland owned by Jon More.. Asgeir Johannesson ,the owner of the other media in Iceland, Channel 2 ( www.stod2.is )
People are getting very angry at the goverment and the Icelandic central bank .
Eggs and tomatos where where used to hit the paeliement building.
According to local news ,no arrests where made.
In the end of the video ,people can be heard shouting- Where is Geir - who is the Icelandic Prime Minister.
Protests will be on still next saturda
I was going to post a clip of any number of countries where protesters are getting water cannoned and pepper sprayed to illustrate how well "democracy" is marching on, but I need not look father than Los Angeles today.
We're in the same boat as the rest of the world under this administration, and here is yet another example... Is this the "freedom" of which we speak?
What kind of mentality do these "defenders of the people" have ?
The lady is not the enemy !
The other protesters are not the enemy !
Funny that the ones they protect are the real enemy.
The Protest against Proposition 8 in Chicago, IL at Federal Plaza on November 15 2008. Thousands of LGBT citizens and their supports showed and marched on the streets of Chicago.
The Protest on Proposition 8 in Federal Plaza in Downtown Chicago.