Posts Tagged ‘Protests’

Defence industry forum faces faith-based backlash

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

After dramatic scenes outside Wellington’s stadium last year, the New Zealand Defence Industry Association’s annual forum has been moved to Palmerston North’s main stadium and will occur there on the 31st of October and 1st of November. Dubbed by protesters as a “weapons expo” for companies that profit from war and killing, the event will Read more

Islamist protests in Jakarta not really about religion

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The protests against the christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, are not really about religion. Analysts believe the Islamists organised the protest at the behest of opposition parties hoping to derail Busaki’s re-election in February. There have been calls for Basuki to be imprisoned, or even executed for blasphemy and hate speech. 10,000 demonstrators Read more

Protests erupt in Naples over saint’s treasures

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Protests erupted in the city of Naples in an attempt to prevent the Catholic Church from gaining control over the jewels of its patron saint, San Gennaro or Saint Januarius. “We’re protecting a centuries-old institution, we will not stand for interference from either the church or the government,” said Paolo Jorio, director of the San Read more

Anti-Catholic protesters disrupt Las Vegas Masses

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Protesters shouting slogans like “Pope is a Satan” have disrupted several Masses in churches in Las Vegas. The group behind the action, Koosha Las Vegas, have been entering churches during services, shouting at Catholics that they need to repent now or else. The group has filmed the acts and posting them on the Internet. This Read more

Italian priest bars racists from entering church

Friday, July 24th, 2015

An Italian priest has posted a notice on the door of his church telling racists they are banned from the premises. “Racists are not allowed in this church,” read the notice posted by Fr Gianfranco Formenton of Sant’Angelo parish in Mercole, Umbria. The notice adds: “For I was a stranger and you did not take Read more

Fundamentalists protest in US Catholic churches before Masses

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Catholic parishes in Washington have been subject to noisy protests from fundamentalist Christians, who, in two cases, charged into churches before Mass. Washington archdiocese said protestors using megaphones were shouting at ordinary Catholics going in and out of churches. Fundamentalist literature was being distributed. The protestors attacked the Catholic Church’s dogmas, teachings, practices and leaders, Read more

Christian fears help fuel Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The massive pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are partly motivated by a desire to stop China’s communist government from clamping down on Christianity. The protesters are calling for democratic elections in Hong Kong, demanding the right to vote for a leader of their choice in 2017, without restrictions from Beijing. But some commentators see a Read more

World Youth Day faces shortfall in funding

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

A shortfall in registrations for World Youth Day in Brazil this month has led organisers to ask government officials for an extra $NZ50 million to cover costs. Recent mass protests across Brazil — against the lack of investment in public services compared with the 2014 World Cup, the 2016 Olympics and the WYD — may Read more

Parish protests – withdraws $3m from Bank of America

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Spanish economy benefits from multi-million dollar WYD profit

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Spain’s capital, Madrid, netted a NZ$280 million WYD profit, reports Arturo Fernandez, the president of Madrid’s House of Commerce. The surplus was generated by accommodation, transport services and business such as food providers. The director of the Hotel Industry Business Association in Madrid, Juan Jose Blardony, said three million meal tickets were distributed to young people Read more