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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ACLED-Religion Overview
24-30 April 2021

7 May 2021

Last week, violations against religious minorities were reported in Iran, with a total of 25 Baha’is arrested during the month of April. In Yemen, the suppression of the largely Sunni practice of Tarawih — a prayer held specifically during Ramadan — by pro-Houthi forces continued for the second week of the holy month of Ramadan.…

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Regional Overview: South America
24-30 April 2021

6 May 2021

Last week in South America, violent clashes broke out in Colombia between demonstrators and state forces amid a nationwide strike against the government’s proposed tax reform. Meanwhile, demonstrations against the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and concerns over the workload of health workers continued in Argentina. In Chile, citizens demand access to their pension…

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Regional Overview: Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia
24-30 April 2021

6 May 2021

Last week, in Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, coronavirus-related demonstrations continued to an overall lesser extent, though some events attracted thousands. In Russia, the government continued a massive crackdown on the opposition. They declared a leading opposition party to be a “terrorist organization”, detained people for their involvement in previous protest actions, and arrested…

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Regional Overview: East Asia
24-30 April 2021

6 May 2021

Last week in East Asia, the Mongolian parliament adopted an amendment to the Presidential Election Law barring the current president from running for re-election. The amendment is seen as highly controversial. North Korean authorities announced that they have successfully tested a new type of “miniaturized unmanned drone,” which could be used to survey and attack…

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Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
24-30 April 2021

6 May 2021

Last week in Southeast Asia, anti-coup protesters in Myanmar demonstrated in opposition to the consensus reached by Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders and Myanmar’s military chief during a meeting on 24 April. Meanwhile, there was an increase in reports of explosives being used to attack government and military infrastructure in the country. Additionally,…

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Regional Overview: United States
24-30 April 2021

6 May 2021

Demonstrations in the United States declined by a fifth last week compared to the previous week. The total number of events recorded last week, however, remains higher than average for 2021 following two weeks of significantly increased activity. The downturn relative to the week prior is primarily driven by a 56% decrease in demonstrations associated…

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