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Al Jazeera 6 Mar 2020

Congo protests against unpaid pensions as gov't debt balloons


Former telecoms and postal workers in the Republic of Congo say the government is unable to pay them what they are owed.
Money they paid into their pension funds each month has disappeared.
The country has nearly gone bankrupt three times in the past 20 years and has been repeatedly bailed out by the International Monetary Fund, despite being Africa's third-largest oil producer.

Al Jazeera's Malcolm Webb reports from Brazzaville.

Hundreds of protesters in several states, some driven by disproven conspiracy theories, have been gathering to decry stay-at-home orders and business closures as violations of their freedom. Watchdog group Media Matters for America found a direct link between a change in rhetoric on Fox News about social distancing restrictions, and the date the protests started popping up. Aired on 4/20/2020.
Protesters in Lebanon have been defying a lockdown and curfew to continue anti-government protests.
Demonstrators blocked roads and fought with police while denouncing the worsening economic crisis.
Last week, Lebanon's currency reached new lows against the dollar - sparking calls for the central bank governor to resign.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut, Lebanon.
Protests in Minneapolis intensified Thursday night after the FBI and Minnesota authorities announced that they would not yet be charging four police officers involved in the fatal arrest of George Floyd. But the reasons for the community's anger and frustration extend far beyond Floyd's death - high rates of police violence against African Americans in Minneapolis, structural inequality, and the disparities in how Black people are treated by police are all factors. Aired on 5/28/2020.
The autopsy found he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression. Meanwhile, police struggle to bring the protests under control as Trump calls on local authorities to "dominate the streets".

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