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Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 9, 2011

Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 9, 2011

United Kingdom: Making Sense of the London Riots
London awoke to a wave of destruction on Tuesday morning, following another night of anarchic rioting and looting. As communities clear the damage and brace themselves for more unrest, the country is trying to make sense of events. Was it racial tension, or something else? Read>>

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Guatemala: Police Kill Peasant With Tear Gas Canister
Indigenous peasants living on lands claimed by landowners are often violently evicted from their homes by policemen and soldiers. Last week, 31-year-old Sergio de León was killed when a policeman fired a tear gas canister at his chest during an eviction. Independent journalist and blogger Alberto Arce covered the story. Read>>

Brazil: Hetero Pride or Homo Intolerance?
On August 2, 2011, the city council of Sao Paulo, Brazil, established Heterosexual Pride Day, an event to be celebrated on the third Sunday in December. Indignant netizens are asking: does it make sense to dedicate a day to a majority social group that does not suffer prejudice? Read >>

Togo: Journalists Rally to Protect Free Press
On August 6, journalists in Togo rallied in the streets of Lomé to protest against threats to their colleagues. The protest was launched by the association 'SOS Journalists in Danger', who believe that the threats originate from the national intelligence agency. Read >>

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