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KCTU raid South Korea Outrage mounts after Korean Confederation of Trade Unions is raided by intelligence and police

In a major escalation of the ongoing anti-trade union persecution in South Korea, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) was raided by the National Intelligence Service on charges of violating a Cold War-era national security law 

Protests in Morocco Thousands march in Morocco to protest worsening economic conditions and oppression

Thousands marched on December 4 in Rabat against soaring prices of basic goods including food and fuel. The protest also drew attention to the attacks on freedom of expression, public services, and labor rights

Pro-Democratic Way protesters assaulted Morocco Morocco’s Democratic Way blocked from holding national conference, supporters attacked by police

Morocco’s Ministry of Interior has been delaying granting permission for the conference of the marxist Democratic Way (Al-Nahj Al-Democratic) party for several months now  

Philippines red tagging Filipino movements fear greater repression as ruling class debates red-tagging

Despite critical statements by officials in the current and incoming presidencies on red-tagging, land defenders and activists have raised concerns about the possibility of greater state repression in the coming days

Prayut government takes a beating in first Bangkok governor election since 2014 coup

Independent candidate Chadchart Sittipunt won the governor’s election, hinting at a decline in the popularity of the incumbent prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Thanathorn persecuted in Thailand Thai opposition leader Thanathorn indicted of royal defamation for questioning vaccine management

The charges leveled against opposition leader Thanathorn were based on statements he made in January 2021 in a livestream that questioned the vaccine procurement contract and subsidies granted to a pharmaceutical company owned privately by the monarch

Russia-Ukraine talks face crisis, Thai dissident indicted and other stories

Today we look at the latest on the talks amid the war in Ukraine, the indictment of a dissident in Thailand, and more

Red tagging Philippines Questions raised on Filipino activist’s arrest as authorities continue red-tagging of movements

The country’s rights watchdog as well as lawyers representing activist Naty Castro have raised questions about the serious procedural lapses and irregularities in her arrest

Sweeping top court judgment endangers Thailand’s pro-democracy protests

In a ruling during a treason trial of three activists, the Constitutional Court found that demands for monarchy reforms are akin to overthrowing the monarchy. Activists fear the Chan-o-cha government will use the ruling to crackdown on opposition and the ongoing protests

Thailand protest Thai protesters call for better COVID relief, met with repression

Movements and groups pushing for democracy in Thailand have recently been calling for better COVID-19 relief measures and more vaccines

Birzeit University students targets of latest Israeli arrest campaign

Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian students has intensified in recent months and is part of a broader effort to depolitize the universities and break the strong link they have with the struggle for national liberation

Algerian leftist party leader Fethi Ghares arrested on trumped up charges

He has been arrested on multiple charges, including for allegedly allegedly insulting president Abdelmadjid Tebboune