August 20, 2015
ISSUE | POPE FRANCIS This is a test The coming papal visit will subject Philadelphians to martial law without its declaration and without warrant ("Nutter outlines papal security," Friday). The city is being cordoned off into different high-security districts, and interstate travel is being restricted, disturbing millions of lives for the supposed benefit of a few. We were not asked whether we should be so inconvenienced. Mayor Nutter seems to have unilaterally decided he wants it and that everyone who disagrees should either submit to his desire or leave town for three days.
June 27, 2012 |
CAIRO - A move by Egypt's ruling generals to revive martial law was blunted Tuesday by a court that struck down a government decree that had allowed soldiers and military intelligence services to arrest civilians during the nation's political turmoil. The decision by an administrative court, which followed an outcry from human-rights groups, was a rebuke to the ruling generals, who have tightened their hold on the country to prevent newly elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from accumulating power.
May 19, 1989 |
Premier Li Peng declared martial law in Beijing today as Chinese troops approached central Beijing in a move to end a mass protest by students in the capital's Tiananmen square. The troops were mobilized after students ended a seven-day hunger strike but vowed to continue their protest in the face of a warning of a crackdown by Li. Sources said Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, who has opposed cracking down on the protesters, offered to resign. The State Council, China's Cabinet, banned demonstrations as of midnight (11 a.m. EDT)
January 15, 1990
To listen to President Bush, you might think that his secret diplomacy with the despots of China has eased the lot of the Chinese people. The facts say otherwise. Last week China lifted the martial law imposed after the June 4 massacre at Tiananmen Square. "A very sound step," said Mr. Bush. A "vindication" for Mr. Bush's efforts, said Vice President Quayle, referring to the public and secret presidential missions to China last year. But what has changed? The Chinese authorities make no bones of their continued determination to crush any unrest.
October 14, 1987 |
A martial-law plan is ready whenever President Corazon Aquino wants to impose it, Defense Secretary Rafael Ileto said yesterday. "It is in our shelves," Ileto said. "When the time comes . . . we will just pick the plan from the shelf and say, 'This is the plan, Mrs. President,' " Ileto said. "Let us have no fear if martial law is declared. If it means (saving) the life of our democracy, why not?" Today, a powerful bomb exploded at a Japanese-managed hotel in suburban Manila, shattering windows in a nearby shopping complex and slightly injuring at least 10 people.
February 19, 2013 |
Think Martin McDonagh without the accents. Think Quentin Tarantino without the cars. Think, in other words, about stupid people with foul mouths, big guns, and big ideas. What you have is Jason Wells' The North Plan , a very scary and very funny political satire that just opened at Theatre Exile. The place is a jail in a tiny town in southern Missouri. In one cage is a self-justifying drunk named Tanya Shepke (Madi Distefano at her yeehah! motor-mouthed best). If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's do not mess with Tanya Shepke.
October 12, 1987 |
President Corazon Aquino today hinted for the first time that she could declare martial law in the strike-torn country. Meanwhile, police fired shots to disperse strikers pressing demands for an increase in the minimum wage. Aquino ruled out an immediate move to govern through emergency powers, but, in an apparent policy shift, stopped short for the first time of rejecting martial law outright. Martial law would not be introduced "unless it is absolutely necessary, unless it will be for the greater good of the country," she said in her weekly radio broadcast.
May 20, 1989 |
Chinese authorities imposed martial law today on parts of Beijing where students, joined at times by workers and even some military personnel, have ignored appeals and orders to end more than a month of pro-democracy protests. The announcement by the official news agency Xinhua - flashed on state-run television - came hours after crowds had blocked troop convoys moving toward Tiananmen Square, the central site where about 3,000 students staged a weeklong hunger strike whose status was unclear last night.
July 5, 1987 |
Lt. Col. Oliver L. North helped draft a plan in 1984 to impose martial law in the United States in the event of an emergency, provoking a sharp protest by then-Attorney General William French Smith, according to government officials. The secret plan called for suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the government over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments, and the declaration of martial law in the event of such a crisis as nuclear war, violent and widespread internal dissent or national opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad, the officials said.
August 1, 1994 |
It was a clear day, not particularly hot and sticky for the first of August. William Barber rose from bed, washed, and put on a clean white shirt and tie. He doesn't remember whether he ate. "A lot of times you lose your appetite when you're excited about things. " It was Barber's first day as a trolley operator for the Philadelphia Transportation Co., forerunner of SEPTA. He left the house by the screen door and walked to catch the No. 43 trolley, which ran on Haverford Avenue and would take him to the car barn at 59th and Callowhill Streets.