June 15, 2013 : Children paint in Taksim Square on Saturday before thousands of riot police raided the park, firing tear gas and water cannons infused with skin irritant. Protesters brought the injured and children to the Divan Hotel, whereupon the police gassed the hotel and arrested everyone who exited.
In 1963, everyone begged William Lewis Moore not to go to Mississippi. His family worried about where he would sleep & eat. He reminded them that he had been a Marine & that Marines could handle anything. He insisted on hand-delivering a letter to the governor, urging the staunch segregationist to change. But he never made it to Miss. He was shot to death April 23, 1963, after crossing into Alabama. Although police quickly identified a suspect, no one was ever charged.
Oct. 17, 1961: atrocities committed by the French police against Algerian protesters (under chief of Police Maurice Papon)
Soweto school strike and uprising 1976. The walkout by pupils at Orlando West Junior School in Soweto on 30 April 1976 in protest at being taught in Afrikaans was the fuse of the movement that came to be led by Nelson Mandela and which overthrew apartheid in South Africa. By June, Soweto was in revolt and some 600 people had been killed by the police and army. But the uprising established the jailed Mandela’s ANC as a guiding force for liberation and was immediately heeded in Britain.
FREEDOM RIDER: see some of the diversity among people who risked their personal safety for tolerance, justice, and equality.
Over 10,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters have shut down the port of Oakland in California. It follows a violent police crackdown there when police stormed the demonstrators' staging ground last week. A former US Marine suffered a fractured skull when he was hit by a projectile when police tried to clear a protest camp in central Oakland. News that a veteran had allegedly been injured by police brought even more protesters onto the street.