Thousands of Albanians took to the streets in Tirana after 25-year-old Klodian Rasha was murdered by police for violating quarantine orders by buying cigarettes past curfew. Protesters gathered outside of the ministers’ homes, burning down a Christmas tree in front of the house of PM Edi Rama and Interior Minister Sander Lleshaj, as well as one in Skanderbeg Square. At least 8 police officers and 3 protesters were injured on the first day.
Protesters commemorated the Beirut explosion that killed hundreds of people in the city and began the anti-government protests. Thousands of demonstrators took part in the march to the Port where the blast occurred, condemning the government for its failure to handle the explosion and its aftermath.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Portland as part of a demonstration on International Workers’ Day, demanding the abolition of ICE, an agency dedicated to the deportation of undocumented migrants. Demonstrators reassembled in the night, breaking several windows of large corporate stores and other buildings.
The Notimex Workers’ Union in Mexico City entered the 307th day of the strike that began with allegations of labor terrorism, human rights violations, contempt of workers’ rights laws, and, eventually, exposures of workers to COVID-19. Strikers stated their willingness to negotiate with the corporation, but have not received any word back.