Georgian workers campaign for rights and Iranians urge respect for national flags

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A group of Georgian workers are using social media to campaign for better rights and Iranians are calling for respect towards foreign flags ahead of nationwide anti-US demonstrations.

Georgian workers demand solidarity

A wave of protests against labour conditions in Georgia is making the rounds on social media. While there is precedence for demonstrations against the country's strict labour code, this is the first time the issue has inspired wide reaction on social networks.

The protests began after a video by a group of six workers from the book retailer Biblusi complaining about low wages, long shifts and poor conditions in the workplace was shared on Facebook and viewed over 100,000 times.

The video was uploaded on a profile page owned by a group named "Auditorium #115". Called after an auditorium in Tbilisi State University, the group mainly campaigns for student rights but has also backed workers' rights in the past.

"We need solidarity and unity against this unfair practice. We call on all employees to join us. The fight is for a common cause. Express solidarity and be courageous to stand with us," said a man in the video.

A statement by the employees of Fresco, a chain of supermarkets, focusing on similar issues was also posted on a Facebook page.

Georgia amended its labour code in 2013 after the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) called on the government to improve workers' rights.

Commenting on Facebook, one user said: "The labour code is unfair and tailored for everyone except the people."

Responding to the campaign, Biblusi said it cares about its employees. The statement read out in the video does not reflect the truth, it said.


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Iranians want respect for flags

A group of Iranians has launched a Twitter storm urging fellow citizens to respect the flags of other nations.

The campaign comes on the eve of the 38th anniversary of Iran's 1979 revolution, when anti-US rallies are staged across the country.

Burning the US and Israeli flags features prominently during demonstrations where a pro-establishment crowd chants slogans against the West.

#LoveBeyondFlags was shared over 40,000 times yesterday. In an attempt to attract global attention, many users posted their comments in English.

One user said: "The flag of a country belongs to its people, not the government."

Another tweeted: "Burning the flags of other countries is an insult to humanity."

However, some used the hashtag to voice their criticism of the US and those who endorsed the campaign.

"We have been scarred by the US. Burning their flag is the least we can do," said one.


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The fight starts now

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is getting prepared for a two-year Brexit "fight", but Twitter users are already sceptical about his chances.

After MPs voted by a majority of 372 to allow the government to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and commence the process of Britain's departure from the EU, Mr Corbyn said on Twitter that the "real fight starts now", promising to protect the economy and jobs.

But some people thought with the triggering of the UK's exit now almost inevitable, it might be too late to begin the fight. So a flurry of comments and memes found their way on the internet.

"'The real fight starts now' - me after the bouncer kicks us out," tweeted one.

Another said the call for fight resembled a football manager whose side had gone "12-0 down".


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Pizza lovers unite

This is your chance to share your passion for the most popular fast food of them all.

Today, is national pizza day in the US but people in the UK are also taking part in the festivities.

#NationalPizzaDay has been a trend all day and appeared over 60,000 times on social media.

Even Manchester United FC is offering a choice of Hawaiian Giggs or pepperooney

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Some people hate sharing pizza, and some can't live without it.

But for some, pizza day is every day, literally.

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