July 19th, 2019.
Dozens are arrested in a protest by Catholics against US president Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Islamic organization Hezbollah has been declared a terrorist organization by the Argentinian government, which decreed the freezing of all its assets in the country; Hezbollah is accused of being responsible for a terrorist attack which killed 85 people in Buenos Aires. Thousands took to the streets in San Juan, Puerto Rico, led by singer Ricky Martin, demanding the resignation of the island’s governor, after accusations of corruption and inappropriate behavior were revealed in private conversations leaked to the press. Brazilian Woman, Family and Human Rights minister Damares Alves said she will create a special department in her ministry to deal specifically with African-derived religions. Finally, a South Korean man set himself on fire outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul, explicating the ongoing tension between both countries.
Take a look at our highlights.
Dozens are arrested in Catholic protest against Trump immigration policies
During a collective movement called “Catholic Day of Action”, hundreds of Catholics gathered around the Capitolium, in the capital of the United States, Washington D.C., to protest against US president Donald Trump’s immigration policies and the treatment his government has been giving to immigrants. A group of protesters held pictures of children who died under federal custody one building away from the US Senate. All 70 activists, including nuns and priests, were arrested for allegedly “unlawfully demonstrating” in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building.
Hezbollah enters Argentina’s terrorist list
Argentinian authorities have decreed the freezing of assets in that country belonging to members of radical Islamic organization Hezbollah and the organization itself, officially calling it a “terrorist organization”. The announcement was made on the 25th anniversary of the bombing attack against the Argentinian-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), which killed 85 people and left 300 injured. The Argentinian government blames Hezbollah and Iran (which have denied any responsibility for the incident) along with another attack against Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires, which left 29 people dead and around 200 wounded.
Puerto Ricans take to the streets along with Ricky Martin asking for governor’s resignation
Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans took to the streets in the capital of the United States-administered island, San Juan, in order to demand the resignation of governor Ricardo Rosselló, due to accusations of corruption and leaked conversations between him and other politicians in a Telegram group. The scandal, which earned the nickname “Ricky Leaks” after the presence of the popular singer, is the biggest spontaneous demonstration in the history of the island. Years of economic stagnation and a recent hurricane which devastated the local infrastructure have collaborated to the general dissatisfaction; it is estimated that 4 percent of the population left the island in 2018.
Damares says government will pay special attention to African-based religions
Woman, Family, and Human Rights minister Damares Alves has said that she will create a specific cabinet to coordinate the defense and promotion of religious freedom. The announcement was made during an event on the subject at the United States State Department, in Washington, D.C. Damares claimed that the Brazilian government is seriously concerned about “relentless acts of intolerance and violence based on religion or belief” all around the world, especially against Christians, and that, in Brazil, she will pay special attention to members of African-based religions.
South Korean sets himself on fire outside Japanese embassy
The dispute between Japan and South Korea took a tragic turn on this Friday when a 78-year-old South Korean named Kim set himself on fire in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. According to the local press, he drove in his own car, and did not survive the injuries. Authorities claim there was no evidence that the self-immolation was motivated by the conflict between both nations, but sources confirmed that the man had called a friend on Thursday venting against Japan, claiming his father-in-law had been subjected to forced labor during the Japanese colonial period, from 1910 to 1945 (a period of ordeal for lots of Koreans).