‘Anti-Islamisation’ group Pegida UK holds Newcastle march

Anti-Pegida rally

The anti-Pegida rally assembled at Gallowgate before marching to Newgate Street

More than 1,500 protesters have demonstrated against the first rally in Britain by a group opposed to what it calls the “Islamisation of Europe”

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Protesters storm Burkina Faso’s parliament

Smoke rises outside Burkina Faso's national assembley

Fires burn outside Burkina Faso’s national assembly in Ouagadougou after 1,500 protesters managed to break through the security cordon. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Offices ransacked as protests continue against amendment that would allow President Blaise Compaoré to extend 27-year rule

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2 Palestinians said killed in rioting outside Jerusalem

Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police (unseen) during clashes in East Jerusalem, on July 3, 2014. (photo credit: Sliman Khader/FLASH90)

Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police (unseen) during clashes in East Jerusalem, on July 3, 2014. (photo credit: Sliman Khader/FLASH90)

Thousands clash with police at Qalandiya checkpoint; violent protests also underway in East Jerusalem

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Tens of thousands march through Hong Kong to demand democracy

A child holds up a banner during a pro-democracy rally seeking greater democracy in Hong Kong

A child holds up a banner during a pro-democracy rally seeking greater democracy in Hong Kong         Photo: Getty

In what is likely to be Hong Kong’s largest protest since its return to Chinese control, huge crowds pour onto the streets of the former British colony to protest against Beijing and demand greater democratic rights

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Palestinians clash with IDF forces during Land Day demonstrations

Police disrupt Fayyad’s tree-planting effort in E1; 4-year-old lightly injured by rocks pelted at vehicle; thousands march in Sakhnin

Palestinian stone-throwers duck near burning tires during clashes with Israeli security forces, at the Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, last year (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Palestinian stone-throwers duck near burning tires during clashes with Israeli security forces, at the Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, last year (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

A group of 150 Palestinians clashed with IDF troops during a demonstration near the Qalandiya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, on Saturday. The Palestinians, protesting Israel’s land distribution policies as part of a series of scheduled demonstrations marking Land Day, threw rocks at the troops who responded by firing non-lethal crowd dispersal weapons.

Two Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and another person was hit in the face by a tear gas canister, according to Palestinian media sources. Army Radio reported that two soldiers were lightly injured and treated on the spot.

Palestinian media also reported that IDF soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters toward a Land Day procession east of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. One person was reportedly injured by the fire, though the severity of the injury was unclear.

In Sakhnin, thousands marched to mark the occasion, among them Arab Israeli MKs.

In Bethlehem, dozens of Palestinians marched toward a checkpoint near Rachel’s Tomb. Palestinian sources said troops used riot gear to clear them from the area and prevent them from reaching their destination.

Police said that a group of 20 Palestinian activists, led by PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, attempted to plant saplings in the strip of land known as E1, between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim. The group was ordered to leave and the officers later pulled out the plants.

A four-year-old boy was lightly injured when the car he was traveling in was pelted by rocks on Route 60 near the settlement of Efrat. After the incident, clashes broke out between Palestinians and soldiers on the scene.

A group of 80 Israelis and Palestinians marked Land Day by holding discussions on the future of the peace process in a tent in the Arava, in the south of Israel.

On Friday, some 2,000 Arab-Israelis participated in a Land Day march in Taibe. Additional protests took place in the West Bank, in Ramallah, Hebron and Bil’in, where an 80-year-old activist was reportedly lightly injured by a rubber bullet.

The Land Day rallies are an annual event marked by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to protest what they view as discriminatory Israeli land policies. It was instituted following the killing of six Arab citizens of Israel by soldiers and policemen during protests against government land seizures in 1976.

The commemoration day’s main rally was set to take place in Sakhnin, in northern Israel, Saturday afternoon, with other demonstrations scheduled for Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Gaza.

Last year, organizers ramped up the Land Day protest with the “Global March to Jerusalem,” when tens of thousands took part in Land Day demonstrations in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. Though organizers had threatened they would attempt to cross the borders into Israel, security forces on both sides kept them from getting too close.

“The trick is knowing where to put the troops on hold,” a senior IDF officer was quoted by Israeli Radio as saying at the time. “We learn how to navigate those days, based on what it looked like last year, and the year before that. The secret lies in mounting strong military presence in potential hot spots. The very existence of a military presence can suffice to stymie the rallying, and in the event it occurs, you have a head start over the other side.”

Hamas’s Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that his organization would never acknowledge the right of “the Zionist entity” to “a single grain of Palestinian land.”

“Occupiers have no future in the land of Palestine,” Haniyeh announced during a speech at the Shati refugee camp, criticizing the Ramallah-based government of the Palestinian Authority for clinging to “illusions of peace” and succumbing to American pressure.

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