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News related to domestic unrest in the United States

 
Belarus court sentences critic’s girlfriend
Activist and journalist Roman Protasevich's girlfriend Sofia Sapega was sentenced to six years in prison by a Belarusian court. Russian state-run news agency TASS said the Grodnensky District Court found Sapega guilty on charges of "deliberate acts aimed at inciting social enmity and discord on the basis of social affiliation committed by a group of persons, which had grave consequences."
 
Former New York police officer convicted for Jan 6 riot assault
On Monday, a former New York police officer was convicted of assaulting an officer during the Jan 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. During the struggle, Thomas Webster, 56, also attempted to grab the officer's mask.
 
FINA bans Russian swimmer for nine months
Russian Olympic swimmer Evgeny Rylov has been banned from the sport for nine months for appearing at an event in support of Putin. The Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) decided to suspend "Evgeny Rylov (RUS) from all competitions and activities organized or sanctioned by FINA, including any International Competition on the FINA World Aquatic Calendar, for a period of nine months, following Mr. Rylov’s attendance and conduct at an event held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 18 March 2022."
 
Widespread protests in Sri Lanka after police shooting
On Wednesday, thousands of people took to the streets in Sri Lanka after police opened fire on demonstrators, killing one and injuring 13 others. The island country has been facing its worst economic crisis in decades.
 
Myanmar’s government grants amnesty to 1,600 prisoners to mark new year
The rulers of Myanmar have released around 1,600 prisoners, marking the Buddhist new year. Political prisoners and protesters were not included among the released; instead, the authorities have elected to free only petty criminals and those arrested on minor drugs charges.
 
Sri Lankans protest over economic crisis
Sri Lanka is facing a major economic crisis, believed to be caused partly by a lack of foreign reserves - The foreign currency is needed to pay for importing fuel. Faced with shortages of fuel, essential food items, and medicines, the public protested outside President Rajapaksa's house on Thursday.
 
Protesters demand that Taliban should reopen schools for girls in Afghanistan
Dozens of women and girls in Kabul, Afghanistan protested on Saturday against the Taliban's decision not to allow girls to return to secondary schools. The Taliban decided to shut the schools just hours after reopening them.
 
Denver police to pay $14M to victims of excessive police force
On Friday, jurors in Colorado ordered the city and county of Denver to pay $14 million in damages to 12 plaintiffs after finding police officers used excessive force during demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd in 2020. The jury of eight determined Friday that the Denver Police Department failed to properly train its officers, leading to brutality against the protesters.
 
Russia continues shelling in Ukrainian cities
Ukrainian officials reported that a mosque in Mariupol has been shelled by the invading Russians. The Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey tweeted, "The mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Roxolana (Hurrem Sultan) in Mariupol was shelled by Russian invaders."
 
Minneapolis teachers strike after failing to reach agreement over various issues
Teachers in Minneapolis embarked on their first strike in over 50 years on Tuesday after negotiations with Minneapolis Public Schools proved fruitless. The strikes mean that classes have been canceled for approximately 30,000 students in Minneapolis.