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Masked Russian Police Raid Opposition Leader Navalny’s Office

Masked Russian Police Raid Opposition Leader Navalny’s Office(Bloomberg) — Police dragged away Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny on Thursday during a raid on the Moscow offices of his Anti-Corruption Foundation in a continuing crackdown on critics of President Vladimir Putin, later releasing him.“They took Alexey away by force,” Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter. The police action, involving masked officers in helmets, appeared to be aimed at preventing Navalny’s organization from airing a regular evening program Thursday that got 1.4 million views the previous week, said Leonid Volkov, an aide to the opposition leader.“They chose this day, obviously, because I was due to be appearing live on a broadcast,” Navalny said, adding that there were no arrests. He broadcast the raid live on Twitter.Another Navalny ally, Ruslan Shaveddinov, 23, was conscripted for compulsory military service in a remote Arctic base earlier this week. Authorities flew him to Novaya Zemlya after breaking into his Moscow apartment on Monday, in what supporters denounced as a state abduction reminiscent of Soviet times.Putin in mid-2019 faced the biggest protests since his return to the presidency in 2012 over the refusal to register opposition candidates for local elections in Moscow. In addition to sweeping arrests and jail sentences for protest participants, Russia targeted Navalny’s foundation with a money-laundering investigation and listed it as a “foreign agent.”To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory L. White at gwhite64@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Henry MeyerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Bolivian Mayor Has Hair Forcibly Cut by Masked Protesters as Post-Election Violence Continues

Bolivian Mayor Has Hair Forcibly Cut by Masked Protesters as Post-Election Violence ContinuesVinto Mayor Patricia Arce was covered in red paint and had her hair cut in violence after President Evo Morales's contested election.



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Key Hong Kong Protest Organizer Attacked by Armed Masked Men

Key Hong Kong Protest Organizer Attacked by Armed Masked Men(Bloomberg) — The leader of a Hong Kong group that has organized record-breaking mass marches over weeks of protests was attacked by two unidentified armed masked men, as the city braces for a 13th straight weekend of demonstrations.Civil Human Rights Front convener Jimmy Sham said the attack took place inside a restaurant in the Jordan area of Kowloon around midday local time Thursday. The men were wielding at least one baseball bat and one long knife, according to Sham. He was not hurt as his friend shielded him from the beatings, he said in a CHRF WhatsApp media group.Hong Kong police officials confirmed the attack on Sham at an afternoon news briefing. They said officers had arrived on scene shortly after and had tried “in vain” to locate any suspects, and that the case would be followed up by a criminal investigations team.“This vile attack against Jimmy Sham appears to be a deliberate attempt to target a well-known pro-democracy activist," Amnesty International said in an e-mailed statement Thursday evening. "It is vital that the authorities send a clear message that those who target peaceful activists with such violence, irrespective of their political views, will face justice.”Max Chung, the organizer of the Yuen Long march last month, separately said he was attacked by four men near the Tai Po police station Thursday. They wielded metal rods and umbrellas, he told reporters outside the hospital where he is receiving treatment.Chung suffered bruises on his arms, lower back and the back of his neck, as he said he was crouching and shielding his head with his arms when one of the men was beating him. Hong Kong police confirmed receipt of a report matching the incident Thursday.The Yuen Long march that Chung organized was in response to attacks on July 21st in which several dozen protesters and passersby were injured in attacks by white-shirted mobs. There have been sporadic reports of similar attacks on protesters in the weeks since.The CHRF’s latest mass march, planned for Saturday, was banned by the city’s police force on Thursday, with the group saying it planned to appeal. The ban could anger protesters ahead of a planned 13th straight week of pro-democracy demonstrations. Protests that began in early June over a bill that would allow extraditions to China have since become a wider call for more democracy, including calls for Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation.“How would banning peaceful marches stop clashes? Carrie Lam is pushing Hong Kong to the point of destruction,” Sham told reporters before the attack.(Adds quote from Amnesty International in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Sheryl Tian Tong Lee in Hong Kong at slee1905@bloomberg.net;Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Fion Li at fli59@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Ryan LovdahlFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Former 'Real Housewife' Robbed by 2 Masked Home Intruders in Her New Jersey Home

Former 'Real Housewife' Robbed by 2 Masked Home Intruders in Her New Jersey HomeDina Manzo was coming home from the communion of her goddaughter, the child of her 'Real Housewife' co-star Teresa Giudice.



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