Latest Protests and demonstrations News

FILE - A woman wearing a mask walks her dog past the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  Stocks are drifting in early trading on Wall Street Thursday, Aug. 6,  after a report suggested that the number of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street's rally stalls; indexes hold near record highs

Aug. 6, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting in early trading on Wall Street Thursday after a report suggested that the number of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. The S&P 500 was little changed after the first 30 minutes of trading. It’s cooling off following a...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, shakes hand with Ukrainian journalist Dmitro Gordon prior to his interview in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA, Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus' leader of 26 years warns against election protests

Aug. 6, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus warned political opponents Thursday that authorities won't allow any unsanctioned demonstrations following the weekend election in which he is seeking a sixth consecutive term. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation with...

Protesters gather at Peninsula Park in north Portland, Ore., on their way to the Portland Police Association building  late Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.   A riot was declared early Wednesday during demonstrations in Portland after authorities said people set fires and barricaded public roadways.(Dave Killen /The Oregonian via AP)

Chief: Violent Portland protests detract from message

Aug. 6, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building — but the turmoil is far from over. For the past...

In this Feb. 12, 2019 image made from video and released by the Forsyth County, (N.C). Jail, authorities restrain John Neville in his cell as a nurse speaks with him, in Winston-Salem, N.C. The body-cam video from the jail shows Neville struggling with jail guards to get up from the floor where he was lying on his back, shouting that he couldn't breathe and calling out

Calls for justice in Black suspect's death in North Carolina

Aug. 6, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Demonstrators held a vigil in North Carolina to demand justice for a Black man who died days after his arrest following the release of body camera videos that showed the man struggling with guards and yelling he couldn’t breathe as they restrained him. More than 70...

Protest set after Nevada sheriff's Black Lives Matter clash

Aug. 6, 2020 1:24 AM EDT

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — A northern Nevada sheriff widely criticized for mishandling a conflict with the county library over the Black Lives Matter movement is encouraging all sides to peacefully express their views at a weekend demonstration planned outside his office. Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley came...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 1999, file photo, Seattle police use tear gas to push back World Trade Organization protesters in downtown Seattle. The Associated Press found that there is no government oversight of the manufacture and use of tear gas. Instead, the industry is left to regulate itself. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

Aug. 6, 2020 1:16 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks...

FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, federal officers launch tear gas at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. The Associated Press found that there is no government oversight of the manufacture and use of tear gas. Instead, the industry is left to regulate itself. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

Aug. 6, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks...

Seattle City Council takes steps to cut police officers

Aug. 5, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council in a preliminary vote decided unanimously Wednesday to reduce the police department by up to 100 officers through layoffs and attrition — a move pushed by demonstrators who have marched in the city following George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis. The Seattle...

Charges filed in deadly shooting at Seattle protest zone

Aug. 5, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges Wednesday for a suspect accused of killing a man in a fatal June 20 shooting at Seattle’s occupied protest area. KOMO reports Marcel Levon Long faces murder charges with a firearm enhancement for the death of 19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson....

This photo shows a general view of the scene of an explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Negligence probed in deadly Beirut blast amid public anger

Aug. 5, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Investigators probing the deadly blast that ripped across Beirut focused Wednesday on possible negligence in the storage of tons of a highly explosive fertilizer in a waterfront warehouse, while the government ordered the house arrest of several port officials. International aid flights began...