Ukraine: Nationalists hold protest over alleged defence sector corruption



Members of Ukraine's right-wing National Corps party gathered for a protest in Kiev on Saturday, to demand the arrests of officials for their alleged involvement in a Ukrainian defence sector corruption scandal.

Demonstrators protested the perceived impunity of former national Defence Council deputy secretary Oleg Gladkovsky, his son Igor Gladkovsky, as well as other defendants in the Ukroboronprom scandal. The alleged perpetrators are accused of involvement in embezzlement schemes in which Russian military components were allegedly smuggled into Ukraine and sold to Ukrainian firms at extortionate prices.

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UK: Number of People's Vote protesters climbs to 1 million - organisers



The number of protesters calling for a second referendum to have hit the streets of London on Saturday has climbed to one million, according to a tweet by the People's Vote UK organisers.

The protesters marched from Park Lane to Parliament Square, chanting slogans and holding banners calling for a second referendum on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union after a tumultuous week that saw the EU agree to an extension of the Brexit deadline.

“I think we'll get either a Peoples' Vote or she'll revoke Article 50. She's [UK Prime Minister Theresa May] got no choice now,” one pro-EU protester remarked.

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Germany: Duesseldorf march commemorates Christchurch terror victims



Hundreds of people took to the streets of Duesseldorf on Saturday to show their solidarity with the victims of the Christchurch mosque terror attack in New Zealand and to take a stance against Islamophobia.

The commemorative march was held silently and without any reported incidents from Burgplatz in the old city to Johannes-Rau-Platz, walking along the waterside of the Rhine River.

Nurhan Soyhan, vice chairwoman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, warned against rising islamophobia and called on mosques to be better protected, declaring that in Germany there is also a risk of attacks on Muslim places of worship.

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France: Policeman receives CPR during 'Yellow Vests' demo in Paris



Police and medical personnel were seen administering CPR to a police officer laying on the ground in paris' Place de la Republique on Saturday, during 'Yellow Vests' demonstrations in the French capital.

Footage shows at least one ambulance and a fire engine being deployed to the scene.

According to Paris police, the police officer's condition was "very serious" after he suffered a heart problem.

During the 18th round of nationwide 'Yellow Vest' demonstrations on March 16, 60 people, including 17 police officers, were injured in the French capital when protesters smashed up and burned shops on the Champs-Elysees.

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France: Metal fencing protects Paris restaurant amid Champs Elysees lockdown



French authorities prohibited protests from taking place on the famous Champs Elysees in Paris, Saturday. The military was also put on stand-by while the Le Fouquet's restaurant was protected by metal fencing after it was set alight last week during protests.

The announcement came after violence erupted during the anti-Marcon "gilets jaunes" ("yellow vest") protests last week. During the 18th round of nationwide demonstrations on March 16, 60 people, including 17 police officers, were injured in the French capital when protesters smashed up and burned shops and businesses on the Champs Elysees.

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LIVE: The People’s Vote March Part 2



Protesters flood the streets of London as the People’s Vote march takes place on Saturday, March 23.

Organisers say the march to Parliament, demanding the public is given a final say on Brexit, could exceed the size of last October’s rally, where up to 700,000 turned up. Protesters will march from Park Lane to Parliament Square.

The rally was initially scheduled to take place just six days before the UK’s scheduled departure date from the EU on March 29. The date has since been pushed back to April 12 at the earliest, after the EU Council agreed to give the UK more time to come up with a Brexit solution.

While the People’s Vote march was primarily organised by pro-EU groups, its campaign spokesperson Adrien McMenamin stated: "It is open to absolutely everybody. We are not a campaign against Brexit. We are a campaign for a vote on Brexit.”

Pro-Brexit protesters have also called for a demonstration in the city.

Note to subscribers: Due to the size of the march, transmission quality might be affected depending on the stability of the mobile network in the surroundings.

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UK: Hundreds of thousands march for second Brexit referendum



Hundreds of thousands of protesters descended on London on Saturday to demand a second Brexit referendum, after a tumultuous week resulting in an extension of the withdrawal deadline.

The ‘Put it to the People’ march, organised by the Peoples’ Vote Campaign, saw hundreds of thousands of Remainers take to the streets to express their discontent with the Brexit negotiations and to demand a second referendum.

A group of Leavers held a counter-protest, demanding “Brexit now,” resulting in name-calling and yelling matches between the two sides.

An online petition to cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50 garnered a record-breaking 4.4 million signatures on Saturday - making it the largest to be submitted to the UK Parliament’s website.

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Pakistan: Military forces march in Islamabad to honour national day



Pakistan celebrated its 79th "Pakistan Day" with speeches by President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and a parade and fly-past by a wide variety of aircraft, helicopters, tanks, and other vehicles, as well as soldiers, in Islamabad on Saturday.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad attended the event as a guest of honour while contingents and officials from China, Turkey, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka also participated.

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LIVE: 'Yellow Vests’ hold fresh protest in Paris despite ban on key locations Part 2



The ‘Yellow Vests’ are calling for fresh demonstrations in Paris on Saturday, March 23, despite a ban on protesting along the Champs-Elysees, which was announced by French Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe after violence erupted last weekend.

On Saturday, March 16, 'Yellow Vest' protests hit their 18th week of nationwide demonstrations and 60 people, including 17 police officers, were injured when protesters smashed up and burned shops on the Champs-Elysees.

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Spain: Anti-separatists unload yellow ribbons at Catalan govt. building in Barcelona



Anti-independence group Segadors del Maresme turned over 10 bags with thousands of yellow ribbons in front of the Generalitat palace in Barcelona on Saturday, in protest against pro-Catalan independence movements.

The yellow ribbons were removed by Segadors del Maresme members from public places in different Catalan towns. The yellow ribbons represent support of Catalan leaders that have been jailed following the October 2017 referendum.

Segadors del Maresme president Gabriel Romero said this action was also done in repsonse to a tweet by catalan president Quim Torra in which he called on citizens to reduce plastic in their daily lives.

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Syria: IS camp near Baghouz lies in ruins after liberation



Footage filmed near Baghouz on Saturday, shows a self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) camp following the liberation of its territory by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Footage shows destroyed vehicles inside the former IS camp, which is now strewn with abandoned tents as well as ammunition and weapons.

Earlier on Saturday, the US-backed SDF announced the “total elimination of the so-called caliphate and 100 percent territorial defeat of ISIS” in Syria.

The SDF have battled IS fighters holed up in Baghouz for weeks.

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Syria: SDF announces 'new phase' in fight against IS



The General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the beginning of a new phase in the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) after the announcement of its total territorial defeat in Syria, speaking from the al-Omar oil field base in eastern Syria on Saturday.

"We announce to the international public opinion and our allies our need to provide more support in order to begin a new phase in the fight against terrorism," said SDF Commander-in-Chief Maslum Kobane.

"Through continuous precise military and security operations in coordination with the international coalition forces, with an aim to completely eliminate the hidden military presence of ISIS organisation sleeper cells."

"We honour the sacrifices and the valour of the Syrian Democratic Forces in achieving this victory and express condolences for the many lives lost in the campaign," said former US Ambassador to Bahrain and adviser for the US State Department in northern Syria William Robak.

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France: 'Yellow Vests' continue demos in Paris despite protest ban on Champs-Elysees



'Yellow Vest' activists continued their demonstrations in Paris on Saturday, despite a ban on protests along the Champs-Elysees, which was announced by French Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe after violence erupted last weekend.

Footage shows demonstrators peacefully rallying on Trocadero square, next to the Eiffel Tower. According to reports, hundreds of others gathered on the Denfert-Rochereau plaza located in southern Paris.

"Macron's regime is only held by repression and the media. The democracy is in danger, we are waiting for syndicates and the left wing to call for demonstration, to defend what remains of the social rights," said one of the activists from the Trocadero square.

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