Nicaragua: Tillsammans är vi en vulkan

Den nationella marschen #JuntosSomosUnVolcán (Tillsammans är vi en vulkan), den 12 juli, inledde tre dagar av protestaktiviteter mot regimen Daniel Ortega och Rosario Murillo i Nicaragua.
Marschen genomfördes i flera städer i Nicaragua, på den 86 dagen av protester mot regeringen, efter att över 350 personer har dödats.
Videoklipp och bilder från Managua, Masaya, Chinandega, León, Esteli och Nueva Guinea.


Avgå för våldtäkt! Bild: La Prensa

Tusentals Nicaraguaner översvärmade huvudstadens gator återigen, denna torsdag, den 12 juli, under den så kallade nationella marchen #JuntosSomosUnVolcán. Här detaljerna #SOSNicaragua

Managua: #JuntosSomosUnVolcán!

Masaya: #JuntosSomosUnVolcán!

Chinandega: #JuntosSomosUnVolcán!

León: #JuntosSomosUnVolcán!

Esteli: #JuntosSomosUnVolcán!

Nueva Guinea: #JuntosSomosUnVolcán!


Syrien, östra Ghouta: I Douma kräver de att få stanna kvar

Staden Douma är det enda som nu återstår av den rebellkontrollerade enklaven östra Ghouta. Staden kontrolleras av rebellgruppen Jaish al-Islam. En civil kommitté och/eller Jaish al-Islam förhandlar med Ryssland. De kräver är att de ska få stanna i Douma. I onsdags, den 28 mars, fick de emellertid ett ultimatum på 3 dagar för att lämna staden.

Civilian protest in Douma to support the Civilian Committee participating in ongoing negotiations with Russia. Protesters hold banners rejecting leaving their homes and land, endorsing ceasefire and protection civilians away from displacement policy.
Protest i Douma den 28 mars.

Protester i Douma som stödjer den civila kommittén som deltar i de pågående förhandlingarna med Ryssland. De protesterande håller up banderoller som avvisar att de ska lämna sina hem och land, och som stöder eldupphör och skydd för civila mot förflyttningspolitiken.

Eastern Ghouta: Syrian regime gives Jaish al-Islam rebels final ultimatum

The rebel group currently holds Douma, the only town the Syrian regime has not seized since beginning its Ghouta offensive last month.
The Syrian regime has given the Jaish al-Islam group a final, three-day ultimatum to leave the last remaining rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta.
The 72-hour deadline began on Wednesday night, according to Syrian state TV.
Jaish al-Islam, which controls Douma, the largest town in Eastern Ghouta, has been in talks for days with Russian mediators.

Everyone wants a solution Frustrated Douma residents await results of closed-door negotiations

”We discussed the situation of the residents of the shelters and the violations that took place, the establishment of the ceasefire throughout the negotiations, to progress in the talks and reaching consensus on common points as the basis for the discussions in the coming rounds,”
The spokesman of Jaish al-Islam staff, ”Hamza Birqdar,” said earlier that the process of negotiation is based on staying in the city and not leave.

I will remember everything, down to the stones: Five residents on leaving East Ghouta

More than 16,000 people left their homes in East Ghouta over the past five days alone, boarding buses bound for opposition-held northwestern Syria as part of a surrender and evacuation deal between rebels and the government of Bashar al-Assad.

The ongoing evacuation of East Ghouta’s central sector—a collection of towns primarily known for their agriculture and furniture production—will return nearly all of the eastern suburbs of Damascus to state control after five years of siege. Only Douma city, the de facto capital of East Ghouta, remains.

Residents of the East Ghouta suburbs were among the first to protest in 2011 against the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As protests transformed into armed conflict, East Ghouta then became a stronghold of rebel groups who hoped to take Damascus.

But the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied militias repelled rebel attempts to take the capital and, by mid-2013, encircled the eastern suburbs. Over the following years, rebels and civilians endured strangling siege, indiscriminate bombardment and a sarin gas attack.

Finally, in a large-scale offensive over the past month, pro-government forces broke rebel defensive lines and swiftly captured the majority of Ghouta’s central sector as airstrikes and artillery fire across the suburbs claimed the lives of more than 1,700 civilians.

Failaq a-Rahman, the central sector’s dominant rebel faction, agreed to a surrender agreement to hand over the small pocket of territory they still controlled and evacuate to the north.

After years of siege and bombings, residents faced a choice: leave with the rebels or reconcile with the government. Five East Ghoutans who left their homes this week spoke to Syria Direct’s Bahira al-Zarier as they made final preparations or sat on buses.

The residents—a doctor, two nurses, a civil defense member and a rebel fighter—describe making last visits to the graves of loved ones, taking final strolls through familiar streets and digging through the rubble of destroyed houses for family pictures.

They speak about memory and what they must leave behind in East Ghouta. All reflect on how difficult it is to say goodbye.

As thousands flee Douma for government-controlled Damascus, one father faces a difficult choice

Alone in Douma, Hassan Abdelrahman is weighing his options. The 37-year-old grocery store owner’s wife and three children left the rebel-held East Ghouta city for government-held Damascus this week, and he is struggling to decide whether or not to follow them.

“I am afraid to stay in Douma and face a new massacre,” Abdelrahman tells Syria Direct’sAmmar Hamou, “but I am afraid to leave for government areas and face the security risks.”

Abdelrahman is not alone in his decision. For Douma residents like him, deciding whether or not to take advantage of a Russian-established humanitarian corridor north of the city means choosing between airstrikes in East Ghouta and an uncertain future in government territory.

More than 25,000 civilians, including Abdelrahman’s family, have left Douma through the nearby al-Wafideen crossing over the past month, the Russian Ministry of Reconciliation reported on Monday.

Pictures that circulated on pro-government social media in recent days appear to show hundreds of Syrians—mostly women and children—inside government-established shelters outside the rebel enclave.

But after spending seven years in opposition-held Douma, Abdelrahman worries he could be arrested by government forces or taken for military reserve duty if he goes to Damascus. Conflicting rumors about the fates of men who left Douma in recent days leave him “struggling” to decide what to do.

Sweden: 7th anniversary of Syrian Revolution against Assad

Rallies in Stockholm and Gothenburg (Göteborg) during the 7th anniversary of the Syrian Revolution against Assad.

March 17, 2018: Syria wants freedom! Rally in Stockholm for freedom and dignity on the 7th anniversary of the Syrian revolution against Assad.
March 17, 2018: Syria wants freedom! Rally in Stockholm for freedom and dignity on the 7th anniversary of the Syrian revolution against Assad.

March 16 in Stockholm

March 17 in Stockholm

March 17 in Gothenburg

#GhoutaIsBleeding 23/2 2018: #Act4GhoutaNow! #SaveGhouta!

Malmö den 23 februari: Manifestation till stöd för civilbefolkningen i den belägrade enklaven östra Ghouta som är är utsatta för intensiva bombningar.

Nowhere To Go
The Assad regime traps 400,000 civilians in east #Ghouta, as the world continues to look away.
© Mary Zins
#SaveGhouta From #AssadWarCrimes

Karel van Oosterom, @KvanOosterom, Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Your Partner for Peace, Justice and Development

#Syria: “Stop the targeting of civilians, stop the attacks on hospitals, facilitate immediate access for humanitarian organizations to deliver much needed aid.”
My statement in the Security Council on eastern Ghouta.

Nour and Alaa the two little girls from eastern Ghouta are injured

For God’s sake help us #SaveGhouta #Ghouta

Emergency session for security council started about E-Ghota , And a draft resolution for a ceasefire in the presence of the terrorist countries that are committing now the genocide in E-Ghota.
By the way, this genocide started while a ceasefire was taking place!

Sweden: Rallies in support of the Iranian people

Rallies in support of the Iranian people in the Swedish cities of Göteborg, Malmö, and Stockholm. Will be updated…

Rally in support of the Iranian people in the Swdish city Malmö.

Rally in support of the Iranian people in the Swdish city Malmö. ”We hope that this is the start of several demonstrations to support the people of Iran.”, Says Hasan Salehi. Photo: Patrick Persson, Sydsvenskan, 2018-01-02.

Stockholm, January 3, 2018

Malmö, January 2, 2018

Sydsvenskan, Malmö, 2 januari

Under tisdagskvällen samlas man i Malmö för en demonstration med syfte att visa stöd till folket i Iran.– Vi har en stor förhoppning inför framtiden och protesterna kommer bara bli starkare. Om det förstärks genom att vi visar solidaritet så är det bra, säger Hasan Salehi, språkrör för Internationella Kommittén mot Avrättningar som är med och arrangerar demonstrationen.

Göteborg, January 2, 2018

#SyrianDayOfRage in Sweden

October 14, worldwide Syrian day of rage: #SyrianDayOfRage rallies were held in the two biggest cities of Sweden, in the Swedish capital Stockholm and Gothenburg (Göteborg).

Stockholm, Sweden, October 14, 2017: worldwide #SyrianDayOfRage
Stockholm, Sweden, October 14, 2017: worldwide #SyrianDayOfRage

A day of rage to share our expressions of rage and discontent at the current situation in Syria, at the destruction of villages, the forced displacement of peoples, as carried out by Assad crime, the criminal Russian regime, and the militias of Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Badr Iraqi brigade, along with other Iranian militias.



¡Ya Basta! Esqueda Castro became the 11th journalist killed this year in Mexico

Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro became the 11th journalist killed this year in Mexico.

The murder of Esqueda Castro has prompted calls from concerned international bodies such as the delegation of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), The Director-General of UNESCO, The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

At least 38 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992 for motives confirmed as related to their work, according the Committee to Protect Journalists. And 33 of those cases the killer have so far escaped justice. Impunity for killers remains the norm, and the murders of journalists continue in Mexico
The New York-based media advocacy group says 50 more were slain during the same period for reasons that remain unclear.

Reuters, Mexico City, October 7, 2017

The bullet-riddled body of a news photographer was found in central Mexico on Friday, state officials, putting 2017 on track to become the deadliest year yet for journalists in the notoriously violent country.
Edgar Daniel Esqueda, 23, who worked with Metropoli San Luis and Vox Populi SLP in the state of San Luis Potosi, was found in the state capital with at least three bullet wounds in the back of his neck, authorities said.
The news outlets where Esqueda worked reported had reported his abduction from his home by gunmen on Thursday morning.

The Guardian, October 6

His family said he had been dragged from their home on Thursday morning by gunmen wearing police uniforms. The San Luis Potosí state attorney general’s office tweeted a statement saying its officers were not involved in any abduction.

Vox Populi SLP reported on its Facebook page that Esqueda’s hands had been bound and his body showed signs of torture.

Jan-Albert Hootsen, representative in Mexico for the Committee to protect journalists, said Esqueda had said he had been threatened by investigators over photos he had taken of a shootout.

State officials told the Associated Press no lines of investigation were being ruled out.

News outlets in San Luis Potosí reported that the photojournalist had reported the threats to the authorities.

“He was approached by five detectives [on 4 July] who threatened to take his camera and beat him up if continued taking photos,” according to a statement by a federal agency responsible for providing journalists with protection. “They made him erase material and ran him off.”

Esqueda was later confronted by state investigative police while covering another event 13 July and was asked to show his ID – which was photographed – and told by the officers that they would be watching him and his home, Mexican media reported.

The officers also suggested – without presenting proof – that Esqueda might be using his work to pass along information to criminals, the Associated Press reported.

On Octobre 6 around 100 people, most of them journalists, joined a protest in San Miguel Potosí. Some waved signs reading: “No more dead journalists” and “Am I next?”

With Esqueda’s killing, 2017 could become the bloodiest year yet for reporters in Mexico, according to press freedom and journalists’ advocacy group Articulo 19.

The photo journalist was the 11th reporter killed so far this year, the group said. That matched the total in 2016, which was the highest number on record in a country torn by runaway levels of criminal and drug-related bloodletting.

Over the past 17 years, 111 journalists have been killed in Mexico, 38 of them under the current government of President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Committee to Protect Journalists writes:

Mexican authorities must swiftly investigate the abduction and murder of Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro, and bring all of those responsible to justice,” said Alexandra Ellerbeck, CPJ’s program coordinator for North America, from New York. ”Criminals, sometimes connected with state actors, know that they can get away with killing journalists in Mexico because of chronic impunity for these crimes. Until that changes, the violence will continue.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the murder of freelance journalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro, who was found dead in San Luis Potosí, in Mexico, on 6 October.

Statement by The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

Local statement by the European Union, Norway and Switzerland, on the murder of the journalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro

The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns murder of journalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro in Mexico and urges to investigate the relation to his journalistic activity.