In this edition: protests in China over a waste incinerator plan; US wrestlers pay tribute to a young cancer patient; and a stuntman in a spot of car Parkour.
PROTESTS IN CHINA OVER WASTE INCINERATOR PLAN
Police flee as angry protesters punch them and pelt them with bottles, police vans pushed over… as we can see from these pieces of amateur video footage doing the rounds online, when demonstrators took to the streets of Yuhang near to the city of Hangzhou to protest against plans to for a waste incinerator project, things turned nasty.
Residents in this eastern Chinese region have been protesting for some days now, opposing the proposed construction of a waste incineration plant near their homes. Many locals have taken to social networks, voicing their concerns over the impact it will have on their health and the environment. They are also condemning the fact there had been no public consultation over the plans.
So the protests took a violent turn on Saturday when clashes erupted between police and the thousands of demonstrators that had gathered on the motorway that leads to Shanghai to block traffic at this major intersection. According to China`s official news agency, 39 people were injured, including 29 police officers.
Several similar projects have been abandoned in recent years following opposition from locals fearing they will bring pollution and disease. And in view of the backlash from residents of Yuhang, the authorities have announced they will not pursue construction of the waste incinerator plant without the support of the people.
But as these “wanted” style posters posted to social networks would suggest, the police seem determined to quell the opposition, and are actively looking for fifteen or so protesters believed to be responsible for the violence.
US WRESTLERS PAY TRIBUTE TO YOUNG CANCER PATIENT
America`s professional wrestling federation has paid a moving tribute to a 9 year old fan who died last month. In this video posted to YouTube last week, the WWE recalls the memorable moment the cancer stricken boy met wrestler Daniel Bryan at the Wrestlemania competition in December 2012.
And so little Connor, who had been battling pediatric brain cancer since the age of three, met his idol and his dream came true. A few months earlier he had uploaded a video to YouTube reaching out to the famous wrestler, asking to meet him.
His appeal set off a chain of solidarity online, with web users taking to social networks in their droves, using the hashtag #helpconnor, until the online campaigning paid off.
Connor`s story has touched the hearts of many. Several Facebook pages have been set up in his honour. One of them suggests the WWE should induct him into the Hall of Fame, to keep his spirit alive and well and serve as a symbolic induction for all children facing life-threatening challenges.
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Maria Dolores de Cospedal, Secretary General of Spain`s right-wing People's Party, has been turned into a meme after she tweeted an image of herself holding a #BringBackOurGirls sign in support of the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram. Spanish web users have been doctoring the photo and using it as an opportunity to protest against the new economic and immigration policies introduced by the authorities, and are even focusing on corruption allegations involving the Spanish politician.
GLOBAL INTERNET USERS TO REACH 3 BILLION
New statistics released by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, the ITU, announce that by the end of the year there will be nearly 3 billion Internet users, that`s 40 % of the world`s population. The organization states that in Africa one fifth of the population will have access to the Internet by the end of 2014, while in Asia-Pacific, this figure will stand at one third. In the Americas nearly two thirds of the population will be online by the end of the year, and Europe has the highest Internet penetration rate of 75 %.
ROMAIN LAURENT’S ANIMATED PORTRAITS
New York based French photographer and film maker Romain Laurent creates looping animated portraits where just one part of the image is moving. He uses his friends as subjects, the collection is called “One Loop Portrait a Week”, and its available to view on his Tumblr blog.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
An empty car park, a car, and a whole lot of talent… here`s American stuntman Ronnie Shalvis in his latest video. Watch him perform one spectacular move after another in this YouTube clip entitled “Car Parkour”.