NYC Protests Overpolicing and Police Brutality on Subway + More News

by Debra Brown

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Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.

 

NYC Subway Protests 

Hundreds of protesters rallied against the New York City MTA in Downtown Brooklyn, in response to a recent city initiative to increase police presence and surveillance to prevent fare evasion in New York City’s often criticized public transportation system.

The initial demonstration was organized by the activist movement Decolonize This Place. The protest comes after multiple instances in which the NYPD cracked down on alleged turnstile jumpers by using what some perceive as drastic measures. A teenager that was punched by a New York City police officer during a fight in the subway filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city. 

More Than One Million Protest Inequality in Chile

Protests against the cost of train travel last month are gathering more momentum as anger turns towards Chile’s billionaire president, Sebastian Pinera. People are upset about low incomes, poor public health care, and an increasing gap between the rich and the poor.

In the south, indigenous Mapuche protesters launch attacks on symbols of Spanish colonial rule and distant government in the capital Santiago. 

Many protesters are demanding a new constitution to replace the 1980 charter written under Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-1990 military dictatorship. It allows many social services and natural resources, including water, to be wholly or partially privatized.

 

Iran Steps Further From Nuclear Deal With Move on Centrifuges

To counter American sanctions, Iran will pull further away from a landmark nuclear accord signed four years ago, President Hassan Rouhani said, announcing that the country would inject uranium gas into more than 1,000 centrifuges.

Injecting the gas is a step toward uranium enrichment, which in turn moves Iran closer to being able to build a nuclear weapon. 

Iran has made clear that it will only step back if the European signatories to the deal find a way to relieve the economic pressure caused by the American sanctions.

 

The U.S. Formally Begins to Leave the Paris Climate Agreement

The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. The withdrawal will be completed this time next year after a one-year waiting period has elapsed. 

Nearly 200 countries signed on to the agreement in 2015 and made national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each country set its own goals, and many wealthy countries, including the U.S., also agreed to help poorer countries pay for the costs associated with climate change.

The U.S. had pledged to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by about a quarter by 2025, compared with 2005 levels. The country is not on track to achieve that goal.

The U.S. is now the only country to pull out of the pact. A formal withdrawal is reversible, however, if a future administration chooses to rejoin the Paris Agreement and pick up where the U.S. left off with its emissions reduction promises.

 

Indigenous Leaders Killed in Colombia and Brazil

Five indigenous leaders have been killed in Colombia. A group of U.N. experts have denounced the massacre and demanded the Colombian government to take urgent measures in cooperation with Indigenous authorities to investigate the murders. Police have made no arrests and no suspects have been named in the massacre. Since the signing of the Peace Accords in 2016, at least 700 social leaders, mostly Afro-Colombian and Indigenous activists, have been murdered in Colombia, according to the Institute for Development and Peace Studies.

In Brazil, an indigenous forest protector named Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot dead in the Amazon by illegal loggers. It is the latest incident in a wave of violence targeting indigenous land protectors since the election of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. His administration has worked to open the Amazon even further to logging, mining and agribusiness companies while violating the land rights of indigenous peoples. 

 

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