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A week in review 06/24/20
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By Joseph Rios


Unemployment protests
- In Tataouine, a city in Tunisia, the unemployment rate is 30 percent, causing days of protests. Residents have been demonstrating demanding that the country’s government carries out its promise of creating jobs in the area. The protests have also called for Tarek Haddad, an activist, to be released after being detained by security forces.

Taxi strike in South Africa - The taxi industry in South Africa rejected the government’s offer of $63 million in a relief package that was intended to help the industry as it was impacted by COVID-19. The country’s taxi association said the money is not enough as South Africa affirms the amount will not increase. Taxi drivers began striking on Monday as they called for more relief.


Second wave of COVID-19 in South Korea
- New cases of COVID-19 have been growing in South Korea where outbreaks have occurred at nightclubs in Seoul. The country has had a small amount of cases compared to other areas of the world like the United States. Health officials estimate that the first wave of COVID-19 ended last April as the amount of new cases in May have grown.

Women and COVID-19 in India - Studies in India show that men make up the majority of COVID-19 cases. However, women have a higher risk of dying from the virus than men in the country. Researchers said women in India do not have any specific survival advantage. Other areas of the world like China have seen a higher number of men who have died from the virus.


Anti-lockdown protest in the Netherlands
- Officials in The Hauge in the Netherlands estimate that they arrested hundreds of people in anti-lockdown protests. The protests turned violent amongst some of the groups who threw stones and smoke bombs at police. The demonstrations were originally banned by government officials due to concerns about not practicing social distancing.

Musical festival goes on in France - Fete de la Musique, or Music Day, went on with thousands of people gathering in France. Photos of the gatherings showed residents close to each other, not wearing masks. France has the fifth highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world with 29,640 people dying from the virus. There have been over 160,000 confirmed cases in the country.

Latin America

Large earthquake hits central Mexico
- A 7.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in southern and central Mexico, striking the southern state of Oaxaca on Tuesday morning. The quake was felt 400 miles away in Mexico City. Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, “So far no damage has been reported to us. We don’t have communications with Oaxaca.”

Indigenous chief dies from COVID-19 - Paulinho Paiakan, chief of the Kayapo people in the Amazon rainforest, died from COVID-19 in Brazil. Paiakan was 65 and served as a voice to create large indigenous reserves in the Amazon. Paiakan was previously convicted in a rape case against an 18-year-old.

North America

Theodore Roosevelt statue to be removed in New York
- A statue of former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt will be removed from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The statue shows Roosevelt flanked by a Native American man and an African man. One of Roosevelt’s great-grandsons agreed with the removal saying it did not reflect the former president’s legacy, while President Trump tweeted it was ridiculous.

Noose found in black racecar driver’s garage - NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace advocated for NASCAR to ban Confederate flags at races — a move the organization carried out. Now, the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department are investigating the discovery of a noose that was found outside Wallace’s garage stall. NASCAR called it a “heinous” act while Wallace said the incident was a “despicable act of racism.”





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