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Revolution 99 Updates: Philadelphia Freedom!

2012 July 2

Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia Underway; Expect Waves of Protest
Although conservative newspapers sneered “Goodbye, Occupy” months ago, the Occupy movement refuses to exit the scene, popping up to protest the role of big money in elections at Obama and Romney campaign events and summoning tens of thousands to Manhattan protests that the New York Times refuses to cover.
Now Occupy forces from across the country are exercising their constitutional rights, peaceably assembling at Independence Mall in Philadelphia. The purpose of their National Gathering from June 30 to July 4 is not only to petition for redress of grievance, but to coordinate the movement’s next moves.
Last night, occupiers projected a “99%” We The People message onto Independence Hall, the spot where the U.S. Constitution was drafted hundreds of years ago: More…

Anti-China Protesters Take to Streets of Hanoi
HANOI – Hundreds of people in Vietnam’s two major cities marched through the streets Sunday to protest China’s latest moves against Vietnamese sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.
Policemen outside the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi braced for the first anti-China protest in nearly a year. Just a few streets away, a large crowd was gathering, carrying banners and waving flags.
Videos of the marches were almost immediately uploaded to the Internet.
Le Hien Duc, 83, who was at the protest says about 500 people gathered to attend the protest. Some had travelled long distances to be there. Duc says she took part because she wanted to show solidarity with her country against aggressive tactics by China.
Videos of hundreds of protesters in Ho Chi Minh City shouting and holding posters with words like, “China, the World Hates Pirates, go home,” were also posted online.
Witnesses say no one at the protests was detained, but Phil Robertson from Human Rights Watch says prominent bloggers were prevented from attending.
“We have reports of a number of bloggers and others who were either prevented from going to the protests or who appear to have been detained,” he said. “I think what you have is a campaign of police harassment and intimidation to keep bloggers and others away from the protests.” More…

Mass protests in Hong Kong as new leader is sworn in
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators gathered to protest 15 years of Chinese rule as Hong Kong’s third chief executive was being sworn in.
A pro-democracy heckler interrupted a speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao at the swearing-in of Hong Kong’s new leader Sunday and tens of thousands of residents marched to protest Chinese rule on the 15th anniversary of the Asian financial hub’s return to Beijing’s control.
The outpouring of discontent underscored rising tensions between the Communist mainland and the vibrant city of 7 million that was returned to China in 1997 after more than a century of British colonial rule. While much of the discontent revolves around growing economic inequality and stunted democratic development, Hong Kongers are also upset over what they see as arrogant Chinese behavior – wealthy mainlanders taking over retail outlets during flashy Hong Kong shopping trips, for example, or even the choice of language during Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony, Beijing-accented Mandarin instead of the Cantonese dialect spoken locally.
In the ceremony, self-made millionaire Leung Chun-ying, 57, became Hong Kong’s third chief executive after Donald Tsang and Tung Chee-hwa. He has promised to address Hong Kongers’ economic needs, including skyrocketing housing prices, which many blame on deep-pocketed mainland apartment buyers. More…

Popular dissent on the rise in Sudan
Recent austerity measures in Sudan have caused widespread economic hardship, leading to protests across country.
Recent austerity measures have caused widespread economic hardship in Sudan, which has led to an increasing number of protests.
President Omar al-Bashir has always had opponents, but he is now facing what some are calling unprecedented popular dissent.
The National Forces Alliance, a grouping of political factions opposed to the government, are trying to capitalise
on that.
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Portugal clings to austerity on edge of abyss
LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal’s traditional fado music is taking on new meaning with the country’s economic crisis, as variants of the age-old melancholic songs offer an outlet for young people reeling from relentless austerity.

“I come from the generation with no income,” blare the powerful lyrics of ‘How silly I am’ by popular fado-inspired band Deolinda, pondering the increasingly hopeless outlook for the one-in-three people under 25 who are out of work.
The euro zone crisis has led Portugal into its deepest recession since the 1970s, with overall unemployment at a record 15 percent as the centre-right government slashes spending under a 78-billion-euro bailout deal with the European Union and IMF.
Still, strikes and protests against austerity, which has included wage cuts of up to 20 percent for civil servants, have been low-key compared with places like Greece and Spain. More…

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