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Protest against Merkel in US Free the vaccine: Protests greet German chancellor Angela Merkel on US visit

Demonstrations calling for Germany to stop blocking patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines were held in the US capital, Washington DC, among other places, as German chancellor Angela Merkel made an official visit to the US to meet president Joe Biden

Water referendum-Slovenia Slovenians reject dilution of water protection law in historic referendum

The amendments to the water protection law which could have promoted uncontrolled construction in coastal areas were rejected by the Slovenian people in a national referendum on July 11

Take The Knee and Stand Up to Racism; solidarity with English footballers

Three English footballers, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, were racially abused by sections of English football fans widely on social media following England’s defeat to Italy in the UEFA Euro Cup final

Pro-European party wins Moldovan elections, communists re-enter parliament

After two years of political instability and crisis, Moldovans voted in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday, July 11, where the pro-European Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) led by Igor Grosu won a majority and is set to form the new government

German communists resist attempt at ‘cold ban’

German authorities are seeking to prevent the German Communist Party (DKP) from contesting election on bureaucratic pretexts. The party says it is a bid to drive it into financial ruin

UK court allows US appeal on Assange’s extradition on limited grounds

Prosecutors said judge Vanessa Baraitser erred in determining what could be “oppressive conditions” in case Assange is extradited. They claimed she did not give the US enough opportunity to give “assurances” over her concerns about harsh prison conditions

Far-right mob attack LGBT activists and journalists ahead of Tbilisi pride March

Following violent attacks by far-right groups against LGBT activists and journalists, the organizers called off the March of Dignity scheduled on July 5. Activists have alleged that the state is supporting the attackers

Communists slam EU sanctions against Belarus

The European Union has imposed sanctions on Belarus in retaliation to the forced landing of a Ryanair passenger plane in Minsk and the arrest of a dissident journalist. Communists in the country have termed it an instance of hybrid war

Amid protests, Tories pass the draconian police bill in the UK House of Commons 

Provisions in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill proposed in the UK parliament will give the police more discretionary powers to control protests and public gatherings. The bill will now be considered by the House of Lords 

People mobilize against controversial police bill in the UK

The Bill brings about a number of changes to the penal and policing systems and has been heavily criticized by progressive sections. It was passed by the House of Commons

Conservative government in the UK set to remove all COVID-19 restrictions despite warnings 

The UK is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases with around 24,000 cases recorded on Sunday. However, the country proposes to end of all restrictions on July 19

Lawyers Protest-Serbia Protests surge in Serbia over amendments to law on civil procedure

Provisions in the Draft on Amendments to the Law on Civil Procedure in Serbia are likely to affect ordinary citizens’ right to access courts as well as hamper activists’ and independent media’s right to respond to lawsuits

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