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After Hong Kong police allegedly shot a woman medic in the eye with a beanbag round during ongoing pro-democracy protests on Sunday, demonstrators are wearing bandages and patches over their right eyes to protest against police brutality and as a symbol of the resistance. Viral photos showed the woman lying on the ground with blood streaming from her right eye and what looked like a beanbag round lodged in a set of goggles in front of her. On Monday, the victim’s sister posted online that she had spent the night receiving emergency surgery to reconstruct her eye, which was ruptured, and that the bones around her eye sockets had also been shattered, the Guardian reported. The South China Morning Post reported she could lose her eye. However, at a press conference Monday, Hong Kong police said there was no evidence the incident was related to police action. Protesters, who have been occupying Hong Kong International Airport since last Friday, also held signs reading “an eye for an eye” and graffitied the phrase on walls. The airport, one of the world’s busiest, was forced to shut down on Tuesday, when demonstrators blocked travelers from departure gates and some protesters attacked two men from China, a reporter for a Communist Party-owned newspaper and another man who they suspected of being an undercover officer. Viral videos in previous days showed officers dressed as protesters violently arresting demonstrators. As flights resumed on Wednesday, protesters apologized publicly for causing chaos at the airport, posting messages online and holding signs saying they had acted out of fear of the government and police and vowed to learn from their mistakes. The protests broke out 10 weeks ago in response to a proposed extradition bill but have since morphed into a wider pro-democracy movement. (📸: Reuters, EPA, Getty, AP, Rosalind Adams / BuzzFeed News, 📝: @kassy) - #antiElab #police #policeviolence #policebrutality #nochinaextradition #noextraditiontochina #noextradition #protest #demonstration #democracy #injury #carrielam #homekong #hongkong🇭🇰 #hongkong #hk #hongkonger #hongkongairport #china #chinese #香港 #香港🇭🇰 #香港加油 #香港人 #反送中 #逃犯條例 #中國 #警察 #暴力 #香港國際機場


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Olga Misik, a 17-year-old from Voskresensk, Russia, has gone viral after she was filmed reading the Russian Constitution to riot police during a violent crackdown on protesters demanding fair elections in Moscow earlier last month. Russian police arrested more than 1,300 protesters on July 27 in one of the biggest crackdowns in years. Protesters were demonstrating for fair elections after authorities banned opposition candidates from running for Moscow’s City Council, saying that the candidates had falsified signatures on their petitions to run, which the candidates have denied. Misik told independent Russian-language outlet Meduza that she began reading out the section of the Russian Constitution that says Russian citizens “shall have the right to assemble peacefully, without weapons, hold rallies, meetings and demonstrations, marches and pickets” after she found herself close to the first row of riot police when she was separated from her friends. “People suddenly fell silent and then began to clap and ask to read more; immediately the journalists came running with cameras,” she said. “Then, after the riot police pushed aside all the protesters, I sat on the ground and again began to read our constitutional rights, specifying that what was happening here was illegal,” she said. Misik was allowed to leave after her impromptu reading but was later detained for 12 hours as she approached a subway station. “There were a lot of journalists — everybody wanted from her to say something on camera, but she was really tired and couldn’t speak without hesitation. And I liked that moment: a lot of cops, protestors went to another street, so she’s just one tired girl against the police,” Alexei Abanin, the photographer who captured the video of Misik told BuzzFeed News. (📹: @aban_in, 📝: @kassy) - #olgamisik #woman #women #girl #girls #humanrights #constitution #election #elections #democracy #corruption #government #antigovernment #protest #police #policeofficer #policeofficers #policebrutality #policeviolence #freedom #violence #crackdown #putin #moscow #russia #russian #путин #москва #протест #Россия


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Happy #WCW! @kassy is here with all the badass women you should know about this week, including a Russian teen who read the Russian Constitution to riot police during a violent protester crackdown, the first ever elected Japanese politician with severe disabilities, and New Zealand Maori activist @panianewton 👩💕🙌 - #olgamisik #elections #democracy #protest #police #putin #cerebralpalsy #politician #disability #disabled #disabilitypride #disabilityrights #disabilityawareness #maori #Ihumtao #indigenious #indigenouspeople #indigeniousrights #woman #women #girl #girls #feminism #equalrights #equality #womensrights #russia #japan #newzealand


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The Greenland ice sheet experienced its greatest single day volume loss event on record on Thursday, shedding 12.5 billion tons of ice into the ocean after the record-breaking heat wave that hit Europe in July moved north and pushed temperatures 15 to 30 degrees above normal, the Washington Post reported. The massive melt event has replaced the surface’s fresh snow with ash-colored ice that was left behind nearly 20,000 years ago, according to the Post. A day prior, melting occurred on 60% of the ice sheet in the biggest single-day melt event since July 2012, when 97% of the ice sheet saw melting. With more than 10 billion tons of ice lost on Wednesday, the ice sheet lost 197 billion tons of ice to the oceans this July alone, the AP reported. A researcher with the Danish Meteorological Institute told the Post that amount is enough to raise sea levels by 0.02 inches (0.5 mm) in the span of a month. The Greenland ice sheet melts every summer, but it experienced an early record summer melting this year, when 45% of the surface melted in June, the earliest date this amount of melting had occurred since 1979. Although the Greenland ice sheet, the second largest ice body in the world, gains mass over the winter from snow, the ice sheet’s mass has begun to decline as warmer temperatures have led to increased melting outpacing the accumulation of snow in winter. Climate models project that local warming in Greenland will be 5°F (3°C) to 16°F (9°C) during this century, which would initiate the long-term melting of the ice sheet, leading to a complete melting of the ice sheet over centuries that would result in a global sea level rise of about 23 feet (7 meters). A rise of this level would inundate almost every major coastal city in the world, according to studies. (📹: Caspar Haarløv “Into The Ice” / AP, 📝: @kassy) - #globalwarming #climatechange #climate #environment #ice #icesheet #meltwater #water #melting #melt #snow #glacier #temperature #temperatures #sea #sealevel #sealevels #sea #ocean #weather #stopclimatechange #climatechangeisreal #savetheenvironment #environmentalism #savetheearth #savourplanet #sustainability #earth #greenlandicesheet #greenland


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Alexandra Macesanu, a 15-year-old in Romania, was hitchhiking back to her home in Caracal from a nearby town when the driver abducted her Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, she made three calls to the police emergency hotline, giving officers details of her kidnapping and whereabouts. “Please stay with me on the line, I’m really scared,” she said in her final call, according to transcripts shared by her family. The officer said she could not stay on the line as she had other calls but assured Macesanu a police car would come “without fail” within minutes, the BBC reported. The call then cut off after Macesanu said, “He’s coming, he’s coming.” It took another 19 hours for police to enter the property where they suspected she was being held. There, they found fragments of human bones and pieces of clothing and jewelry. On Saturday, Gheorghe Dinca, a 66-year-old mechanic, was arrested as a suspect. He has confessed to killing Macesanu and another teen, 18-year-old Luiza Melencu, who has been missing since April, Reuters reported. The case sparked outrage in Romania, with thousands of people taking to the streets on Sunday to protest the police’s handling of the case. Authorities said they initially struggled to trace the location of her call and searched three building before identifying the correct house more than 12 hours later. They then applied for a search warrant – which is not required in emergencies – and waited until dawn on Friday to enter the house, according to the Guardian. Romania’s interior minister has fired the police chief and two senior officers. The president and prime minister have also called for an investigation into the police response and punishment for those responsible. A preliminary forensic report of the human remains is expected today. (📷: EPA, AP, Getty, 📝: @kassy) - #alexandramacesanu #credetine #niunamenos #cadeunacademtoate #woman #women #girl #girls #femicide #violenceagainstwomen #genderviolence #feminism #womensrights #equality #violence #victim #victims #murder #kidnap #kidnapping #hostage #police #policeofficer #gender #genderequality #equalrights #protest #caracal #romania #romanian


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For the first time in history, the Olympics medals will be made out of precious metals from recycled electronic devices 📱♻️🥇 (Footage courtesy of the Tokyo 2020 Committee, 🎥 by @kassy) - #tokyo2020 #東京2020 #olympics #olympicgames #olympic #medal #medals #metal #gold #silver #bronze #savetheplanet #environment #environmentalism #environmentalist #savetheearth #saveourplanet #sustainability #recycling #recycle #recycled #electronics #waste #phone #phones #mobilephones #mobiles #tokyo #japan #japanese


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Thousands of people took to the streets across cities in Poland on Saturday in demonstrations against intolerance and in support of LGBTQ rights after far-right mobs attacked the first ever pride march in a conservative city the weekend prior. Attendees of the first ever pride parade in the eastern city of Bialystok on Jul. 20 had been met with mobs of counter-demonstrators, who blocked the march, hurling bricks, stones, and fireworks at marchers and kicking and beating them. Dozens were injured, and police have identified more than 100 people and accused them of attacking the marchers, according to the New York Times. The violence was the result of months of anti-LGBTQ propaganda in the lead up to a general election in October. In recent months, several politicians, including the leader of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, have urged people to vote for them by arguing that LGBTQ rights are a threat to traditional Polish values. A conservative newspaper, which supports the PiS party, also distributed an issue that included a sticker showing a black cross over a rainbow flag for people to designate “LGBT-free zones.” The stickers were later banned by a Polish court. In response, people across Poland have been showing their solidarity for the LGBTQ community by holding demonstrations and using the hashtag #jestemLGBT (#IAmLGBT) to show the people they are behind the labels, from students, waiters, to neighbors. The hashtag quickly became the number one trending topic in Poland. Acceptance of same-sex couples has grown in Poland’s larger cities, the Wall Street Journal reported, and the capital Warsaw has an openly gay deputy mayor. However, attitudes remain less tolerant in smaller towns. (📷: Getty, AP, Reuters, 📝: @kassy) - Sign translations: 2. LGBT is me 3. I fear fascism - #lgbt #lgbtq #lgbtqia #samesex #lesbian #gay #bisexual #transgender #trans #queer #loveislove #lovewins #pride #lgbtpride #equality #equalrights #humanrights #discrimination #homophobia #homophobic #farright #conservative #protest #bialystok #warsaw #poland #polish #polska


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Police in Moscow, Russia, arrested more than 1,300 protesters on Saturday in one of the biggest crackdowns in years. Protesters were demonstrating for fair elections after authorities banned opposition candidates from running for Moscow’s City Council, saying that the candidates had falsified signatures on their petitions to run, which the candidates have denied. Saturday’s protest, which was not authorized by the government, was called by opposition politicians. In the days leading up to the protest, opposition leader and prominent critic of Russian president Vladmir Putin, Alexei Navalny, was arrested outside his house when he went out for a jog and buy his wife flowers on her birthday and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Other opposition politicians were also rounded up and had their properties searched for being suspects in the crime of “hindering the work of the electoral commission.” The Guardian reported that Navalny was taken from jail to the hospital on Sunday morning with symptoms that appeared to be “the result of harmful effects of undefined chemical substances,” according to his doctors. Navalny’s spokeswoman said he had suffered a “severe allergic reaction” and added that he had never complained of allergies before. Just a weekend earlier, more than 20,000 people held the largest anti-government protest for years over the same issue. (📷 : AP, Getty, Reuters, 📝: @kassy) - #election #elections #democracy #corruption #government #antigovernment #politician #politicians #protest #demonstration #rally #police #policeofficer #policeofficers #policebrutality #policeviolence #freedom #violence #crackdown #alexinavalny #vladmirputin #putin #moscow #russia #russian #путин #навальный #москва #протест #Россия


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Millions of people in Ethiopia took part in a nationwide initiative to fight deforestation and climate change by planting more than 350 million trees in a single day on Monday. Many schools and government offices were closed for the day as people were urged to take part in the program, which is part of prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s “Green Legacy” initiative to grow 4 billion trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings. In the early 20th century, about one-third of Ethiopia was covered in forests, but that number had dropped to just 4% by 2000, according to the United Nations. The country lost 2.6 million hectares of forest, or more than 10,000 square miles, from 1990 to 2015, according to UN figures. Officials say Monday was the largest one-day tree-planting effort in history. The previous Guinness World Record was held by India, which planted more than 50 million trees in one day in 2016 🇪🇹🌳👏 (📷: @pmabiyahmed, 📝: @kassy) - #greenlegacyethiopia #greenlegacy #አረንጓዴአሻራ #tree #trees #forest #forests #forestlovers #plant #plants #planttrees #deforestation #nature #naturelovers #naturelover #instanature #environment #environmentalism #environmental #environmentalist #savetheearth #savetheplanet #saveourplanet #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #stopclimatechange #abiyahmed #ethiopia #ethiopian #africa


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An elderly woman in Hong Kong has gone viral after she put herself between pro-democracy protesters and police, who have been firing tear gas and rubber bullets in clashes with protesters for the third consecutive week amid Hong Kong’s worst political crisis since the region was returned to Chinese rule in 1997. Viral social media photos and videos from Friday show the woman begging a group of young pro-democracy protesters to go home. When the protesters refused, the woman insisted that if they wouldn’t leave, then she wouldn’t either, according to local outlet HK01. Videos and photos show the woman placing herself between protesters and police, approaching the police and yelling at them to leave. Laurel Chor, the photographer who shot the Getty Images photo of the woman, tweeted that the woman was “furious and fearless.” The protests first broke out nearly two months ago in response to a bill that would allow Chinese authorities to extradite anyone in Hong Kong they suspect of crimes – including dissidents, activists, and foreign visitors – to China, where courts are controlled by the ruling Communist Party. Although the bill has since been shelved, the demonstrations have evolved into wider demonstrations against the police, Hong Kong’s leaders, and the government in Beijing. (📸: @laurelchor / Getty, 📝: @kassy) - #antiElab #woman #women #grandma #grandmother #grandparent #police #nochinaextradition #noextraditiontochinan #noextradition #反送中 #protest #demonstration #democracy #carrielam #homekong #hongkong #hk #hongkonger #china #chinese #government #dissident #dissidents #cpc #香港 #香港人加油 #香港人 #逃犯條例 #中國


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The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has been announced as the first ever guest editor of British Vogue, curating its coveted September issue. The issue, titled “Forces For Change,” aims to highlight “a cast of brilliant female changemakers who are set to re-shape society in radical and positive ways,” according to Buckingham Palace. Markle turned down an opportunity to appear on the cover because she felt it would be “boastful,” the Guardian reported. She worked on the issue for seven months, selecting 15 women for the cover: British model Adwoa Aboah, South Sudanese-British model Adut Akech Bior, Somali-British boxer Ramla Ali, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Irish writer, academic and activist Sinéad Burke, English actress Gemma Chan, American actor Laverne Cox, American actor Jane Fonda, Mexican and American actor Salma Hayek Pinault, English ballerina Francesca Hayward, British actress Jameela Jamil, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, American actor Yara Shahidi, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, and American model Christy Turlington Burns. There is also a 16th box on the cover which, in print, will be a mirror and represents how the reader can also be a force for change. “Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light. I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages,” Markle said 👩❤️🙌 For more, click the link in bio 👆 (📸: @sussexroyal / AFP / Getty Images, 📝: @kassy) - #forcesforchange #meghanmarkle #duchessofsussex #woman #women #girl #girls #womenempowerment #feminism #equality #activism #royalfamily #vogue #britishvogue #magazine #adwoaaboah #adutakechbior #ramlaali #jacindaardern #sineadburke #gemmachan #lavernecox #janefonda #salmahayek #francescahayward #jameelajamil #chimamandangoziadichi #yarashahidi #gretathunberg #christyturlington


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Thousands of people marched in Myanmar earlier this month to demand justice for the alleged rape of a two-year-old girl, who has been given the pseudonym “Victoria,” at a private nursery school in the country’s administrative capital, Naypyitaw, on May 16. A driver at the nursery, Aung Kyaw Myo, was first arrested on May 30 as a suspect but was released due to insufficient evidence. The case then picked up widespread attention after the news was shared in Facebook groups, which prompted the government to instruct police to “investigate the case until the truth comes out,” according to the BBC. On July 3, police announced that they had rearrested Aung Kyaw Myo. However, many feel that the man had been wrongly accused by the police, a force that is widely perceived as corrupt or incompetent, according to Reuters. Protesters are not only demanding justice for Victoria but also calling for the government to create a safe environment for children. Government figures show that the number of reported rape cases had increased by 50% in the past two years, and that the victim was a child in nearly two-thirds of all 1,528 reported cases in 2018, according to the BBC. The case is ongoing, with another court hearing on Wednesday. (📷: Getty, Reuters, AP, 📝: @kassy) - #justiceforvictoria #girl #girls #woman #women #daughter #daughters #child #children #kid #kids #rape #victim #sexualassault #genderviolence #sexualviolence #feminism #consent #metoo #timesup #rapeculture #endrapeculture #equality #equalrights #gender #violenceagainstwomen #Naypyitaw #myanmar #burma #burmese


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