Regional Overviews

Our weekly analysis briefs break down the latest data on political violence and protest trends, highlighting potential early warning signs for closer monitoring.

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Regional Overview: United States
1-7 May 2021

13 May 2021

Demonstrations in the United States decreased last week for the second consecutive week, declining by approximately 11% compared to the week prior. The downturn is primarily driven by an over 50% decrease in demonstration events associated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Demonstrations were held across the country for tribal communities last week, marking…

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Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
1-7 May 2021

13 May 2021

Last week in Southeast Asia, people in Myanmar continued to demonstrate against the military junta, which seized power three months ago. Demonstrators stepped up calls for a boycott of the education system ahead of the reopening of higher education institutions on 5 May. Meanwhile, fighting between the Myanmar military and local resistance groups intensified as…

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ACLED-Religion Overview
1-7 May 2021

13 May 2021

Religious celebrations and events of important religious significance last week were met with repression, leading to violence across the Middle East and North Africa. In Egypt and Palestine, celebrations of Christian Orthodox Easter were limited, and at times suppressed due to coronavirus restrictions. In East Jerusalem, Palestinian Muslim worshippers were denied access to Al Aqsa…

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Regional Overview: Middle East
1-7 May 2021

13 May 2021

Last week in the Middle East, protests were held in several countries in support of Palestinians as tensions escalated in East Jerusalem. Clashes were reported at the Al Aqsa mosque and in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. In Yemen, fighting between pro-Hadi and Houthi forces decreased across the country, particularly in Marib, although pro-Hadi and Southern…

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Regional Overview: Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia
1-7 May 2021

13 May 2021

Last week, in Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, demonstrations were reported across the region around International Labor Day, coronavirus-related measures, and in solidarity with demonstrators in Colombia. In Russia and Belarus, demonstrations against state repression and in support of political prisoners continued. Demonstrations related to the handling of the coronavirus and its economic and…

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Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
1-7 May 2021

12 May 2021

Last week in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, demonstrations increased. Workers in different sectors demonstrated in several countries across the region on International Workers’ Day, demanding better working conditions and access to coronavirus vaccines. As part of these demonstrations, in Mexico, teachers organized several protests in the state of Hidalgo. In El Salvador, Congress…

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