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Thai protester sentenced to 2 years in prison for mocking queen with fashion show

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  • A court in Thailand finalized the sentencing for Jatuporn “New” Saeoueng, a pro-democracy protester, on Monday.
  • Jatuporn was charged with violation of the lese majeste law, which addresses the defaming of the monarchy a punishable crime, and the Public Safety Act.
  • The demonstration — which took place in downtown Bangkok on Oct. 29, 2020 — called for the monarchy’s reform and mimicked the princess’ fashion show.
  • Although Jatuporn was initially sentenced to three years of imprisonment, the sentence was reduced to two years and a fine of 1,000 baht (approximately $27.55).
  • Jatuporn still faces six additional charges, which she is prepared to appeal up to the country’s Supreme Court.

Pro-democracy protestor Jatuporn “New” Saeoueng was sentenced to two years in prison for insulting Thailand’s queen through her attire.

A court in Thailand finalized the sentencing for Jatuporn on Monday. The activist was accused of insulting the country’s queen after she wore traditional Thai attire at a pro-democracy demonstration. She was charged with violating the lese majeste law, which addresses the defaming of the monarchy a punishable crime, and the Public Safety Act.

Indian women protest release of Hindu men who sexually assaulted pregnant Muslim woman

  • Dozens of women protested in New Delhi, India, on Thursday after a court ordered the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman and killed seven of her family members in 2002.
  • Activists at the protest held signs that read “Protecting rapists and penalizing victims” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” as they directed their outrage toward the state government.
  • “How can justice for any woman end like this?” the rape victim reportedly wrote in a statement released on Wednesday. “Give me back my right to live without fear and in peace.”

Dozens of women have spoken up against the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in India in 2002.

Activists gathered in New Delhi to protest on Thursday after a court on Monday ordered the release of the Hindu men who sexually assaulted Bilkis Bano, a then-21-year-old pregnant Muslim woman, and killed seven of her family members.

Protestors gather outside Yuh-Line Niou’s office, accuse her of siding with ‘sweatshop bosses’

  • Chinatown worker groups protested outside the office of New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D-Lower Manhattan) on Wednesday, urging her to drop her congressional office and help them with their cause.
  • Participants in the rally organized by the Youth Against Sweatshops and Chinese Staff & Workers Association chanted “Yuh-Line Niou, Shame On You!” and claimed that she sides with “sweatshop bosses” over community members.
  • Some of the protesters lost their jobs when the Joy Luck Palace eatery closed in 2019. A court later awarded them $1 million in back pay, but they have yet to receive any pay from their bosses, who reportedly have a close relationship with Niou.
  • “Yuh-Line has always stood with workers — on the picket lines, in the legislature, and now as a candidate for Congress,” said the campaign in response to the protest.
  • The protest comes as a Daily Beast article dug into the 2016 Panama Papers leak to highlight that Niou’s family had a company formed by Mossack Fonseca, the notorious law firm that provided offshore financial services to politicians and personalities involved in money laundering schemes.

Around 100 restaurant and home-aid workers from New York’s Chinatown assembled outside the office of New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D-Lower Manhattan) on Wednesday to stop her bid for congressional office. 

The 39-year-old Taiwanese American congressional candidate, who is currently serving the state assembly’s 65th district, was accused of being a “fake progressive” by the protesters. 

Chinese authorities violently stop peaceful protestors demanding their life savings back from banks

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  • More than 1,000 bank depositors in China gathered in front of the People’s Bank of China building in the city of Zhengzhou in Henan province to protest as early as 4 a.m. on Sunday.
  • Chinese authorities violently stopped the peaceful protest. Security officers reportedly threw bottles and small objects at the protesters, causing the scene to result in chaos.
  • The protesters are among the customers who opened accounts at six rural banks in Henan and are demanding their life savings back from banks that are experiencing a worsening cash crisis.
  • The customers were left fighting for their money back after the the CEO of the bank’s parent firm was reported wanted for financial crimes in April.
  • The protesters were taken to detention sites across the city.
  • The Henan banking regulators posted a statement on their website, claiming that authorities are speeding up efforts to verify information on customer funds at the four rural banks.

Chinese authorities violently stopped a peaceful protest by bank depositors who were demanding their life savings back from banks that are experiencing a worsening cash crisis.

More than 1,000 depositors in China gathered in front of the People’s Bank of China building in the city of Zhengzhou in Henan province as early as 4 a.m. on Sunday.

Democratic Rep. Judy Chu among 181 arrested during peaceful abortion rights protest at Capitol

  • Rep. Judy Chu (D, CA-27) was arrested and issued a citation during a peaceful abortion rights demonstration at an intersection between the Russell Senate Office Building and the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
  • Chu's spokesperson Lacy Nelson said the 68-year-old Southern California legislator was sitting with 180 other demonstrators when the U.S. Capitol Police arrested them at around 1 p.m.
  • Chu, the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress in 2009, was released around two hours after her arrest.
  • The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24; as a result, access to abortion is no longer considered a constitutional right, and individual states now dictate reproductive healthcare.
  • Chu, the principal sponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act, has repeatedly spoken out about the ruling, saying it will severely impact AAPIs and communities of color who encounter various types of barriers to abortion care, from economic and language to legal.

Rep. Judy Chu (D, CA-27) was among the 181 protesters arrested during a peaceful abortion rights demonstration in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

The 68-year-old Southern California legislator was sitting with 180 other protesters in an intersection between the Russell Senate Office Building and the Supreme Court building when the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) arrested them at around 1 p.m. on Thursday, according to Chu’s spokesperson Lacy Nelson.

Hundreds gather in NYC Chinatown to protest the development of a new 24-hour homeless shelter

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Hundreds gathered in New York City’s Chinatown last Thursday to protest the development of a new 24-hour homeless shelter. Four shelters have reportedly been proposed in the neighborhood, which would raise the total number of shelters in Chinatown to 10 if completed.

Protestors on Thursday took particular issue with the planned seventh shelter, which would replace the shuttered Bowery Hanbee Hotel at 231 Grand St. and house 94 beds.

GuiYing Ma: Protestors rally over death of fourth Asian in New York City due to violence in two months

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  • The New York Asian American community recently held a rally in the city’s Chinatown in protest of the latest incident of violent crimes targeting Asian Americans.
  • On Tuesday, the demonstrators took to the streets following the widely publicized death of 62-year-old GuiYing Ma, the fourth Asian American in New York to die to violence in the last two months.
  • Ma was sweeping the sidewalk across her apartment in November when a man bashed her head with a rock. She fell into a coma, before finally succumbing to her injuries on Feb. 22.
  • Protesters highlighted the connection between the attacks and the pervasive homelessness in the neighborhood, with some calling for better crime prevention efforts.

On Tuesday, members and allies of the New York City Asian American community staged a rally in Chinatown to condemn the recent surge of violent crimes targeting Asians.

Local residents and activists took to the streets following the death of 62-year-old GuiYing Ma, the fourth Asian person to die to violence in the city in the last two months.

Protester interrupts Boston press conference by heckling Asian American woman he mistook for Mayor Wu

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  • An unidentified protester interrupted Monday’s Boston Common press conference by heckling executive director of the Massachusetts Voter Table, Beth Huang, who he mistook for Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.
  • “You’re a political puppet… Why don’t you look into it, Mayor Wu?” the protester taunted. “Look into that — you’ll find the truth, Mayor Wu.”
  • The conference was held to boost support for election-day voter registration as a way to help raise turnout among Black and Latino communities in Massachusetts.
  • “If only being a 5'4" Asian woman imbued in me the powers of being mayor of Boston,” Huang lightheartedly tweeted. “I am not @wutrain, but we both support voting rights!”

A protester interrupted a Boston Common press conference to heckle an Asian American woman he mistook for the city’s mayor, Michelle Wu.

The unidentified protester attended Monday’s Boston Common press conference that was held to boost support for election-day voter registration as a way to help raise turnout among Black and Latino communities in Massachusetts, reported MassLive.  

Tibetans protest ‘Beijing Olympics: genocide Games’ outside IOC headquarters and Dalai Llama exile home

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  • Tibetans in different parts of the world held protests against the Beijing Winter Olympics ahead of its commencement on Friday.
  • The largest event took place on Thursday in the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Switzerland, involving some 500 demonstrators.
  • Protesters condemned the Chinese government for its alleged human rights abuses and demanded a boycott of the Games.

Tibetans in different parts of the world marched in protest against the Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday, calling it a “shame” that the Games would take place in China despite its human rights abuses.

One of the protests involved 500 demonstrators chanting “No rights, no Games” and “Beijing Olympics: genocide Games” and took place outside the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Loten Namling, an artist, led a procession of skis that were painted with the word “freedom,” according to AFP.

‘Asian Lives Matter’: Protest against anti-Asian attacks erupts in NYC Chinatown after Michelle Go vigil

  • More than 100 protesters reportedly gathered in Chinatown to denounce the rise in anti-Asian attacks.
  • While Michelle Go’s death is currently not being investigated as a hate crime, it has nonetheless worsened fears of violence throughout Asian American communities.
  • Protesters pleaded for help from Mayor Eric Adams, who insisted that subways are safe before admitting that he himself felt unsafe during a ride.
  • Republican radio host Curtis Sliwa, who lost to Adams in the mayoral election — but won big among Asian American voters — attended the protest and is now criticizing the mayor on Twitter.

Two days after hundreds came together to honor Michelle Go’s memory in Times Square, protesters took to Chinatown to call for help combatting the surge in anti-Asian attacks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Go, 40, was shoved to her death in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square-42nd Street subway station on Jan. 15. The homeless advocate of over 10 years was allegedly killed by 61-year-old Simon Martial, a mentally ill, homeless man with a decades-long rap sheet.

AAPI group warns against California’s plan to redistrict San Gabriel Valley, splitting of Asian vote

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The Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is calling upon AAPI communities to join them in protest of California’s redistricting draft maps.

Press release: On Tuesday, CAUSE released a statement in which they expressed their concerns over the California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s draft maps of the San Gabriel Valley (SGV).