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Regional Overview: United States
22-28 November 2020

2 December 2020

Last week in the United States, demonstrations decreased by half compared to the week prior. Demonstrations have declined overall in the weeks since the general election. With President Donald Trump officially authorizing the transition process for President-elect Joe Biden as legal efforts to overturn the election results in key states repeatedly failed in court (Reuters, 23…

Regional Overview: Europe
22-28 November 2020

Last week, demonstration activity in Eastern Europe continued at very low levels. In Belarus, demonstrations against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko continued throughout the week and were met with violent state response. Lukashenko indicated a potential willingness to step down from office after constitutional reforms are made. This seems, however, to be in an effort…

Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
22-28 November 2020

Last week in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, demonstrations remained high. In Cuba, repression by state forces of a hunger strike organized by the San Isidro Movement following the arrest of an activist triggered demonstrations of unprecedented scale in recent history. In Guatemala, demonstrations against the 2021 national budget continued amid allegations of state…

Regional Overview: South America
22-28 November 2020

Last week in South America, demonstrations slightly decreased across the region. Demonstrations over women’s rights were held in several countries, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while anti-abortion protests were held in Argentina. In Chile, Brazil, and Peru, citizens demonstrated over government policies and called for institutional changes. Violence levels…

Regional Overview: Middle East
22-28 November 2020

Last week in the Middle East, fighting intensified between pro-Hadi and pro-Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces along Yemen’s At Tariyah front, while Houthi shelling reportedly killed Saudi soldiers in Marib. Houthis also targeted Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure in Jeddah. In Syria, Israeli warplanes continued to target the positions of pro-Iran militia forces, while Islamic State…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
22-28 November 2020

Last week in Southeast Asia, clashes between the Myanmar military and Ta’ang rebels increased in Mandalay region, Myanmar, while no clashes were reported between the military and Rakhine rebels in Rakhine state. The lull in fighting in Rakhine state has allowed thousands of IDPs to return home. Meanwhile, mass anti-government rallies continue to be held…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
22-28 November 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, fighting continued between Afghan forces and the Taliban, with violence reaching one of the safest cities of Afghanistan, Bamyan. Azerbaijan continued to take over territories in the de facto Republic of Artsakh as part of the 9 November ceasefire agreement. Meanwhile, the relatives and parents of missing…

Regional Overview: South Asia
22-28 November 2020

Last week in South Asia, intelligence-based operations in Pakistan led to encounters with the Islamic State (IS) and unidentified militants. A slight decrease in cross-border violence between India and Pakistan was observed in the Jammu and Kashmir region (J&K). Militant activity in J&K also declined, despite concerns around the ongoing local elections in the state.…

Regional Overview: East Asia
22-28 November 2020

Last week in East Asia, three prominent pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong pleaded guilty to charges for their role in organizing an anti-extradition bill demonstration last year. There has been an increase in the number of arrests of pro-democracy figures in November. In Taiwan, a mass rally was held in Taipei and a brawl broke…

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