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El Salvador Parliament Attempted Coup
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
09 Feb 2020

Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Creating a very tense situation and can be a dangerous one, so far the budget still is halted because the assembly representative did not showed up to the special session ordered by president Bukele, now he has given them an a week to approve it. Bukele?s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Presiden Nayib Bukele (center) from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party enters the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Soldiers guarding the streets around the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building, behind the soldiers a mural with dead white dove as a representation of war.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Anti-Riot police at the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building at a rally in support of Presiden Nayib Bukele from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Supporters of Presiden Nayib Bukele from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party at the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building in order to show support for him as the political tension rises.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: A soldier patrolling the streets around the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building as presidente

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Supporters of Presiden Nayib Bukele from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party rally in his support at the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) building.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Soldiers inside the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber during a special assembly session ordered by the president.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: A soldier on guard inside the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber during a special assembly session ordered by the president.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Political graffiti claiming that President Nayib Bukele, the right wing political parities Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) and Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional GANA) are privatizing the public services and other government institutions.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Military School cadets on guard at entrance of the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber as they await for Presiden Nayib Bukele from the Nuevas Ideas/GANA political party to arrive.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: Soldiers on guard inside the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber during a special assembly session ordered by the president.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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El Salvador
San Salvador
By Juan Carlos
08 Feb 2020

Central America - El Salvador, capital city San Salvador: A soldier on guard inside the Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly or Congress) chamber during a special assembly session ordered by the president.

The Salvadoran assembly representatives from the opposition specially from the FMLN (left wing) and ARENA (extreme right wing) political parties is halting the approval of a budget which is need to begin with the third phase of his plan to tackle the violence, in particular from gangs, named Plan Control Territorial (Territorial control plan), the funds would be used to buy police vehicles, uniforms, surveillance equipment and a helicopter, among other things. Presiden Bukele is trying to force the politicians to approve it and has called for the insurrection or rise of the peoples to put pressure on them and thousands showed up at the building of the Legislative Assembly to rally in support for the president. Bukele’s political opponents feel threatened and many Salvadorans accuse Nayib Bukele of wanting top run an authoritarian government.

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Inside the 969 Movement - The Myanmar...
Mandalay
By Ruom
04 Jul 2014

There is renewed tension between Buddhists and Muslims in parts of Burma. In March 2014 targeted violence, towards the Muslim minority in Myanmar, claimed the 45 lives and led to many homes being burnt to the ground.

In the Burmese streets, stickers sporting the numbers “969” are seen on taxis, shop windows, betel nut carts. These three ominous numbers are the symbol of a fast-rising Buddhist pride movement, presenting itself as a return to Buddhist roots and the teachings of the Lord.

But, in the new Myanmar, 969 is actually a vehicle of anti-Muslim hatred and Buddhist brainwashing.

“Muslims are fundamentally bad. Mohammed allows them to kill any creature. Islam is a religion of thieves, they do not want peace”, declares Ashin Wirathu the saffron-robed monk nicknamed the “Burmese Bin Laden.”

Far from the iconic images of the 2007 “Saffron Revolution”, popular Buddhist monks like Wirathu are travelling the country, preaching in front of thousands, urging Buddhists to boycott Muslim businesses, to avoid marrying them, hiring them or to sell property to them. The 969 movement is appealing to a deep anti­‐Muslim resentment implanted in Buddhist minds by fifty years of military propaganda. Burmese activist Maung Zarni recently confessed in a blog post: “Like millions of my fellow Burmese Buddhists, I grew up as a proud racist. For much of my life growing in the heartland of Burma, Mandalay, I mistook what I came to understand years later as racism to be the patriotism of Burmese Buddhists”.

By depicting a Myanmar on the verge of an Islamist invasion, the 969 movement is creating a framework for the wave of Islamophobic violence that has swept through Myanmar in the last months. In March, the bloodiest clashes to-date claimed the lives of forty-five people in the town of Meiktila. “At night, we sleep terribly. We are wondering when they will be coming. It is dark, it is scary. Our ears pay attention to every little noise”, said a Muslim resident of the city. Throughout the country the Muslim communities are living in the constant fear of new attacks.

Currently, 969 has seen little resistance from local or international governments. The movement is currently drafting a law proposal that would ban interfaith marriage, and four 969 monks have been working on a curriculum aimed at educating lay people and children about the ins and outs of protecting Buddhism from Islam. Set to take place in a Sunday school manner, the monks hope this new form of education will save their faith in this majority Buddhist nation but what implications will this have on cross-religious relationships? And will it instigate more religious violence?

Afraid of alienating the Buddhist vote for the 2015 elections, the democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is staying silent on this subject. Many see, behind 969 and the religious riots, the hand of hardliners from the army trying to destroy the fragile change Myanmar is going through as the country stumbles towards democracy.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

With the Cambodian election campaigns now in full swing ruling party CPP leader prime minister Hun Sen makes a highly guarded visit to Siem Reap to attend various meetings. Hun Sen is the second longest serving leader in Southeast Asia and is one of the longest serving prime ministers in the world, having been in power through various coalitions since 1985. In 1987, Amnesty International accused Hun Sen's government of torture of thousands of political prisoners using "electric shocks, hot irons and near-suffocation with plastic bags. Hun Sen's government has been responsible for the sale of vast amounts of land to foreign investors resulting in the forced eviction of thousands upon thousands of residents from their homes throughout the country.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

With the elections approaching on the 28th of July Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen shows considerable force whilst visiting Siem Reap.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

2nd lieutenent Vorn Ratha loads a clip into his chinese made pistol. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's body guards have a joke with each other before starting their next watch. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

Prime minister Hun Sen's body guards stand proud for a photograph underneath a large sign commemorating the late king Norodom Sihanouk who died on the 15th October 2012. Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen's bo...
Siem Reap, Cambodia
By George Nickels
05 Jul 2013

One of the Prime ministers many body guards stands proudly underneath a large sign commemorating the late king Norodom Sihanouk.