Each Wednesday, All the Pretty Birds recaps the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. This week we’ve included coverage of Indigenous Brazilians protests against the Copa America sports event despite Covid-19 cases and deaths, along with updates about the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and the global vaccine rollout.
Indigenous Brazilians complained the event is taking place despite the high number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in the country. About 120 indigenous people took part in the march, which left from the Levante Camp, located next to the National Theatre.
The Indigenous Brazilians also demonstrated in defense of their rights. They demanded the demarcation of their lands and vaccines for everyone, in addition to denouncing the government of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and his anti-indigenous policies.
Bolsonaro has announced that four states including Rio de Janeiro will host the matches however fans will not be able to attend. At least six states said they would not be hosting matches due to the pandemic.
In Brazil, the country with the second-biggest Covid-19 death toll worldwide after the United States, 26,000 indigenous people have been infected and 690 have died in the pandemic, according to the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Association (APIB).
Covid-19: Vaccination Rollout Around the Globe
The United States had administered 309,322,545 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and distributed 374,398,105 doses in the country, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
More than 2.33 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, equal to 30 doses for every 100 people.
Less wealthy countries are relying on a vaccine-sharing arrangement called Covax, which aims to provide two billion doses by the end of the year.
Enough doses have now been administered to fully vaccinate 15.4% of the global population—but the distribution has been lopsided. Countries and regions with the highest incomes are getting vaccinated more than 30 times faster than those with the lowest.
85 percent of shots that have gone into arms worldwide have been administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries. Only 0.3 percent of doses have been administered in low-income countries.
President Biden and other leaders of the G7 nations are pledging to donate a billion doses of COVID vaccines to poorer countries as part of an effort to end the pandemic by the end of 2022. The World Health Organization estimates 11 billion doses are needed in order to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population.
A court in India has granted bail to three young activists arrested under a stringent terror law in connection with the deadly anti-Muslim riots that erupted in the capital New Delhi last year.
The bail granted to them relates to a case in which the police alleged they were part of a “larger conspiracy” in the Delhi violence that followed protests against a controversial citizenship law passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in 2019.
Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, members of a feminist collective, and university student Asif Iqbal Tanha were arrested in May last year under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The three activists were among dozens arrested for protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which fast-tracks Indian naturalisation for religious minorities – Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians – from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, but makes no reference to Muslims.
The passage of the law, which the United Nations called “fundamentally discriminatory”, saw tens of thousands of Indians taking to the streets, with a sit-in organised by women in a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood in New Delhi turning into the epicentre of the protests.
In the police crackdown that followed the anti-Muslim riots, dozens of activists – a large number of them Muslims, some victims of the violence – were accused of instigating the riots and arrested under UAPA and other charges.
Hundreds of demonstrators marched through West Virginia’s capital city protesting Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to a sweeping overhaul of U.S. election law.
Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, denounced the influential moderate Democratic senator and called for a diverse coalition of working people to apply pressure on Manchin, who recently opposed a $15 minimum wage and the price tag of President Joe Biden’s initial $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
The protest was spurred by Manchin’s decision to oppose a landmark reform of U.S. election law, a proposal known as For the People Act. Manchin said passing reform on a party-line vote risked further stoking partisan divides.
Many people from neighboring states, including Kentucky and Maryland, drove and rode on buses to make it to the protest. They held signs and charged Manchin with enabling voter suppression.
Israeli aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes at militant sites in the Gaza Strip, the first such raids since a shaky cease-fire ended the war with Hamas last month.
The airstrikes targeted facilities used by Hamas militants for meetings to plan attacks, the Israeli military said, blaming the group for any act of violence emanating from Gaza. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Hundreds of Israeli ultranationalists held a March. Some chanting “Death to Arabs,” as they marched in east Jerusalem in a show of force that threatened to spark renewed violence. Palestinians in Gaza responded by launching incendiary balloons that caused at least 10 fires in southern Israel.
Palestinians consider the march, meant to celebrate Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem in 1967, to be a provocation. Hamas called on Palestinians to “resist” the parade, a version of which helped ignite last month’s 11-day Gaza war.
Ahead of the march, Israeli police cleared the area in front of Damascus Gate, shut down roads to traffic, ordered shops to close and sent away young Palestinian protesters. Police said that officers arrested 17 people suspected of involvement in violence, some of whom threw rocks and attacked police, and that two police officers needed medical treatment. Palestinians said five people were hurt in clashes with police.
(Leading Image via AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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