On August 27, the MCG-generated Initiative for a Central Brooklyn Struggle Committee held an educational discussion in Bed-Stuy titled, “Against the Pigs in Ferguson, Against the Pigs in NYC.” Approximately 20 people who live in the neighborhood came together to discuss the recent uprising in Ferguson, MO, systemic racism, police violence and the need for a struggle committee.
After a spirited open discussion that lasted over an hour, there were two inspiring performances by Street Poets NYC, followed by informative presentations by the Initiative for a Central Brooklyn Struggle Committee, Organization for Black Leftist Unity, Maoist Communist Group and New Yorkers Against Bratton. After the speakers, a second open group discussion elaborated on the topics from each presentation. People in attendance contributed valuable insights on how we can struggle together against the white-supremacist, capitalist state.
We would like to share a few of the comments and testimonies from the event:
• A woman, who has lived in the neighborhood since the 1940s, stood up and testified to the difficulties of single motherhood, struggling to find work and putting her children through school. She left the group with a powerful message: the neighborhood has changed over the years and meetings like these are what we really need in order to build unity and strength among the people.
• One mother said she was so worried for her son being attacked by the cops in Brooklyn that she sent him to a rural town. But, she added, Ferguson has demonstrated that there is no place where Black people are safe from the racist police in the USA. She also said that she would walk behind boys in the neighborhood and look out for cops in order to observe the police in their interactions with young Black males.
• The images of Mike Brown lying dead in the street for several hours reminded one participant of the images of lynched bodies hanging from trees in the South. Violence against Blacks in America may have changed in form, but is the same in essence …
• One presenter talked about ‘respectability politics’ that blame Black youth culture for oppression at the hands of the white-supremacist state. In response, one participant said that when elders in the community judge the youth for the culture they adopt, such as sagging pants or listening to hip-hop, they are actually justifying racist police violence.
• Another presenter talked about the forging of the Black nation in the Black Belt South based on the history of slavery through semi-feudalism and capitalism, the relationship today between the national question and capitalist exploitation, and the non-correspondence between the rise in the incarceration of Blacks and the crime rate since the mid-1970s.
• A third presenter told a story from his childhood, when he lived in a building with a strong proletarian community. He remembered that one day the cops were beating up a kid in the street outside of his building. People from the building could see the violent scene unfolding from their windows. The entire building quickly emptied into the street, surrounded the cops and rescued the kid. He cited this as an example of what can be achieved when the people unite against the institutions that oppress us.
• One participant shared a harrowing story of a violent interaction with the police. He stressed that we need to take the group to the streets in order to mobilize the broad masses to self-organize and defend themselves against the armed detachments of the state.
The meeting concluded with the discussion of plans to continue holding more group conversations, with a view to developing and reinforcing the process of building a struggle committee.
Government announces cash reward of Rs 1 crore on top Naxal leaders
Government has decided to announce a cash reward of Rs one crore on the head of top Naxal leaders and for informers who provide information about their whereabouts. CRPF cheif Dilip Trivedi today said undertaking such a policy decision makes “financial prudence” as it takes crores of rupees to deploy and sustain troops in anti-Naxal operations as compared to a sum of Rs one crore for nailing down a Maoist leader. “We had proposed hiking of reward money on top Naxal leaders to the Union Home Ministry. I am happy that the Ministry and the government have agreed to it. We had a positive meeting with the Home Secretary in this regard,” Trivedi said.
A Maoist was killed during a heavy gun-battle between security personnel and ultras in insurgency hit Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, police said today. The deceased cadre, identified as Dodi Soma (28) belonged to the outlawed CPI (Maoist), a senior police official said. The face-off took place between a joint squad of district force, STF and CRPF and the ultras in the restive forest of Gaganpalli and Murkumpar forests while they were crossing a river last evening, the official said.
The joint squads of security personnel was mobilised on an intense anti-Naxal operation on August 21 in Basaguda,Awapalli and Usoor police station area, located around 500 km away from the state capital. When the security personnel were returning to their camp last evening, a group of 40-45 armed Naxals triggered a landmine blast and opened indiscriminate firing on them near Lotwagu river, following which they retaliated. After the gunfight that lasted for around an hour, the Naxals fled to the core forests finding the jawans zeroing in on them, he said. The body of a rebel, three crude bombs, three detonators, wire and Naxal uniform were recovered from the site, he said.
NEW DELHI: A confidential report on Left-wing extremism (LWE) has suggested that development activities in Maoist-affected areas have slowed down due to attacks by insurgents who consistently target roads, electricity lines, power plants, railway tracks, Panchayat Bhavans, school buildings, and mobile towers. Maoist-affected states such as Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha are mineral-rich, and the report has mentioned targeted attacks on the state-owned National Mineral Development Corporation in Chhattisgarh. Maoists attacked a power plant in Bihar in 2013 while railway tracks were targeted in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar in 2013 and 2014.
The report prepared by Central intelligence agencies said that Maoists had targeted pipelines of Essar Group in Chhattisgarh twice this year. “There were around 50 attacks on various infrastructure development projects in Naxal-affected states till June 2014, including the attacks on 19 forest roads, while 112 targeted attacks were reported in 2013,” said the report. The report stated that Maoists had been systematically targeting the “Gramin Sadak Yojna” envisaged for linking the remote villages in Jharkhand and Odisha.
At least three such incidents each were reported from these two states in 2014. Maoists also targeted a telephone exchange and mobile towers in Bihar and Chhattisgarh, and at least eight incidents were reported till June. The Centre recently gave approval for providing mobile services in the 2,199 areas affected by LWE. The services will augment public communication facilities in these backward regions and also provide a platform for mobile services such as m-commerce and mobile-based information dissemination and easy access to governance and policing. According to the report, at least 630 incidents of Maoist violence were reported till July 15, 2014 across these states.
The report suggested that Maoists’ finances were still strong, and that they had been collecting money from all levels, from individuals to businesses. The main sources of funding to Maoists come from government contractors, timber contractors, bamboo and tendu leaf contractors as well as mining contractors.
Tribal undertrials: Don’t be a mute spectator, SC tells govt
Regretting that the “system has gone from bad to worse”, the Supreme Court Friday censured the apathy being shown towards more than 36,000 tribal undertrials and called for a meeting of the Centre and all state governments to resolve the issue. “This is a very serious matter. It cannot be left to the court. This is the obligation of states and every state has to take care of undertrial prisoners. The system has gone from bad to worse but it cannot be allowed to go on any further,” said a bench led by Chief Justice of India R M Lodha.
The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton F Nariman, said such a dismal state of affairs could not be defended by an increase in jails and that the matter required comprehensive look from all the stakeholders. On being nudged, the counsel for the Centre said it would convene a meeting of home secretaries of all states to find a solution to the problem. The bench asked the Centre not to remain a “mute spectator” and act as a nodal agency.
The court said the meeting would be convened within six weeks and a report shall be filed thereafter. It further asked the Centre to also adduce before the bench the status of all undertrial prisoners as on March 31, 2014 It was hearing a PIL filed by Jinendra Jain on behalf of society ‘Fight For Human Rights’, alleging that thousands of tribals were languishing in various central jails without any trial in Naxal-affected states like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
Motihari: A wanted Maoist ‘Area Commander’ was arrested in a joint operation of Bihar Police and CRPF from Bajaria in East Champaran district on Friday. Dinesh Pandit was arrested with a sophisticated 7.62 mm pistol, 35 cartridges and several pieces of Naxal literature, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) (Operations) Rajeev Kumar said. “The arrested Maoist leader is the Area Commander of the Naxal groups active in Sheohar district in the state.
He was involved in blasting the railway tracks in Muzaffarpur district along with several other incidents of violence. Police had been looking for him for the past several years,” Kumar said, adding, Pandit was being interrogated to find out about his links. The ASP said Kumar was a key player in the supply of arms and ammunition to the Maoist outfits active in north Bihar districts.
Bihar: AK-47 and ammunition seized from Maoist training camp
In a joint operation, the police and CRPF raided a Maoist training camp in Jamui district of Bihar and seized arms and ammunition, police said on Sunday. An AK-47, 212 cartridges, wireless sets, electronic detonators and a huge quantity of ration was seized from the camp, Jamui Superintendent of Police Upendra Prasad Singh said. “When our men reached the place, the camp was found abandoned. It seems the Maoists fled after noticing the movement of forces.
Apart from AK-47, ammunition and ration, Rs 66,000 has also been recovered from the spot,” the SP said. Singh said the three-day operation was based on intelligence inputs about a training camp being run by the Maoists in the hilly and forested areas under Khaira police station of the district. Jamui bordering Jharkhand is a stronghold of ultra-left cadre.
Swedish riot police clash with anti-neo-Nazi protesters in Stockholm; at least 2 arrested
STOCKHOLM – Swedish riot police have clashed with thousands of people protesting against a neo-Nazi political party’s election rally in Stockholm about two weeks before a parliamentary vote. Canine units and mounted police also were used Saturday to keep the large crowd from approaching about 100 members of the far-right Party of the Swedes who marched along Stockholm’s waterfront. Protesters hurled fireworks, bottles and fences at police.
Iran: Protest by thousands of miners enters 12th day
NCRI – For the 12th day, thousands of miners and members of their families continued their protest in the central city of Bafgh demanding the release of detained workers. The protest by the workers at Bafgh Iron Ore began on August 19 following the arrest of a number of workers for their role in a protest in May that lasted for 40 days. The mine is located in the city of Bafgh in province of Yazd. The workers and their families form half of the population of the city. In May protest, the worker wanted the plans for transferring 28.5 percent of the mine’s share to private sector be cancelled and the profit from the shares be spent on improving the living conditions in the city.
Buoyed by a significant spurt in the surrender of Maoist cadres, particularly in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, the Union Home Ministry has advised all Naxal-hit States to ensure proper rehabilitation measures and implementation of welfare schemes to encourage others to shun violence. The latest government figures reveal that over 260 Naxals, including key military company commanders, have surrendered this year as against a total of 283 in 2013. Under the MHA’s rehabilitation policy, grants for surrender of a senior politburo member have been increased to Rs.20 lakh, Rs.18 lakh for the central committee member and Rs.16 lakh to a regional bureau member.
Centre wants Chhattisgarh police to take lead role in anti-Maoist operations
NEW DELHI: As the government works on a revised counter-Naxal doctrine, union Home Secretary Anil Goswami has convened a meeting with Chhattisgarh government brass and its DGP here on Thursday to discuss tightening of the state’s response against Left-wing extremism. Sources indicated that a dedicated action plan for fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh will be discussed at the meeting, which will also see Goswami asking the state police to focus on taking the lead in planning pro-active counter-operations, particularly in Bastar region, while involving CRPF in their execution.
According to the union home ministry’s assessment, Chhattisgarh is second only to Jharkhand in the list of states worst affected by left-wing extremism (LWE). However, the operations initiated by the state police have been on the lower side this year. In fact, the slightly improved LWE indices of the state are largely attributed to operations planned and executed by the CRPF, with the state police playing a poor second fiddle and, in some cases, even declining to come on board. The home secretary, said ministry sources, is likely to impress upon the Chhattisgarh government to improve its counter-Naxal response by getting the ground level policing in order, stepping up intelligence gathering on Maoist activities and movement and taking the lead in planning counter-operations with the CRPF troops providing the boots on the ground.
“The police stations in the Naxal-infested Bastar region must be made fully functional and the local policemen should be involved more in the surgical strikes against Maoists….The operations must be planned by the police and the CRPF brought on board for their execution,” said a senior home ministry official. Chhattisgarh had witnessed 195 incidents of Naxal violence until July 31 this year, resulting in the deaths of 36 civilians and 37 security personnel. This is against 201 incidents, 46 civilian killings and 28 security personnel killings recorded in the corresponding period of 2013. While attacks on the police, including landmine blasts, were higher at 74 as compared to 57 in the first seven months of last year, as many as 302 Naxalites were arrested and 54 surrendered this year as against 223 arrests and 22 surrenders last year. A home ministry official claimed that most of these surrenders had been before the CRPF.
VISAKHAPATNAM: As the bauxite mining issue heats up, the Reds are reportedly planning to use the Manyam Pituri Sena (MPS) as a weapon to take on the cops and connect with tribals to fan the flames of the anti-bauxite struggle. According to sources, the Reds have chalked out plans to revive the MPS, which was initially set up in 2005-06 but has been dormant since, and use it to spearhead the tribal struggle against bauxite mining in the Visakha agency and expand operations in the entire Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) area. The top AOB Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) leadership and the central committee has decided to seize the opportunity that the anti-bauxite struggle has offered the Maoists to stage a comeback in the AOB area, where they had been virtually wiped out thanks to the aggressive domination of the security forces over the past few years, sources said.
According to sources, the game plan is to set up one committee for members of every four to five villages, which translates into four or five committees for every gram panchayat and so on. These sena groups will be guided by the militia network and sympathisers of the banned outfit. The Reds are now busy recruiting tribal youth in the sena. While the initial target is to recruit around 500-800 youth, they are hopeful of the sena numbers swelling to thousands as the anti-bauxite struggles gathers pace. The Naxalites are hoping to use MPS to create awareness among tribal communities not only on bauxite mining but also on various other issues, galvanise mass participation against the state and intensify armed attacks, sources explained. While a senior cop involved in anti-naxal operations admitted to TOI on condition of anonymity that the MPS would be successful in infiltrating the tribals, he said it would not be possible to recruit them in thousands.
“There will an impact of the Maoists’ MPS as tribals are seeking support in their struggle against the government. MPS will definitely become a headache for the security forces. But I don’t think it will be possible for them to expand in a big way by recruiting thousands of youth into their rank and file,” he opined. Though the concept of Manyam Pituri Sena, which loosely translates into Agency rebellion army, was discussed at the division level and AOB Special Zonal Committee meetings of the Reds, it was officially announced during the 10 year celebrations of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) in 2010. In fact, discussions held six years ago in the AOBSZC meeting chaired by Ramakrishna alias RK, the then secretary of AOBSZC, it was decided that the MPS members would carry traditional weapons like sickles, swords, bows and arrows and would also be given training in rifle shooting.
The concept of pituri sena is well entrenched among tribals with well-known revolutionary Alluri Seetharama Raju too forming a pituri sena to fight the British in the pre-independence era. Even before Seetharama Raju, there was a pituri sena led by Bhupathi in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam agency areas prior to the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. “Pituri sena is the last hope for Maoists to regain their lost glory as many tribals are openly coming out against the government. This is the right time for Naxals to induct people into various committees and nurture them before including them in their main squads. So, they will not let go of this chance to strike back at the security forces and will make the most of it,” said an IPS officer with years of experience in anti-naxal operations.
Malaysia police arrest 42 foreigners after riot at export factory
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian police have arrested 42 men after a riot by up to 1,000 mostly Nepalese workers sparked fires and destroyed parts of an electronics export factory, highlighting accusations of poor conditions for many of the estimated four million foreign workers in the Southeast Asian country. The riot broke out in the southern industrial hub of Johor state on Tuesday at a factory run by JCY International , a Malaysian firm that makes parts for electronic giants including Samsung, Hitachi and Western Digital. Workers had accused the firm of negligence after an employee at a nearby JCY factory died last Thursday after complaining of chest pains, according to local news reports.
The unrest spilled over to the firm’s other factory in Kulaijaya, police said, culminating in a stand-off between riot police and protesters. The factory suspended operations on Wednesday. “This was caused by a misunderstanding between the employer and employees over the terms of their work,” the district’s deputy police chief, Mohad Idris Samsuri, told Reuters. Those arrested would be charged under the anti-rioting law, he said.
Namibia rocked as protester shot dead in rare political unrest
Windhoek (AFP) – A young woman was shot dead in Namibia on Wednesday in clashes between police and the children of fallen independence fighters, a rare incidence of political violence in the country. Frieda Ndatipo, 26, was killed during a demonstration calling for jobs in front of headquarters of the country’s ruling party, the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO). Two police officers were also seriously injured. Ndatipo was one of the so-called “struggle kids” — a group of young Namibians who are calling on the government to employ them. Most of the group have parents who died in the guerrilla war for independence from South Africa, which ended in 1990.
Addressing parliament, Prime Minister Hage Geingob described Ndatipo’s death as “a highly tragic and regrettable event.” An AFP reporter saw Ndatipo’s body laying by the side of the road, as police cordoned off the area. Wearing pink jeans and a blood-soaked blue tee-shirt she appeared to have suffered a bullet wound to the upper left torso. Officers claimed that demonstrators had been armed with sticks and stones as well as firearms, but demonstrators denied the accusation.
Arab East Jerusalem seethes with protests and raids
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Violent protests in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem have been raging nightly beyond the spotlight on the Gaza war, leading to a crackdown by Israeli police in which hundreds of Palestinians have been detained. Street clashes with police in riot gear, military-style raids on homes late at night and stone-throwing at Israeli vehicles have marked the most serious outbreak of violence in Jerusalem since a Palestinian uprising a decade ago. The protests erupted in July after the murder of a Palestinian teen in an alleged revenge attack by three Jews, who are standing trial. That followed the killing of three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank by Hamas Islamist militants.
The seething tensions have underscored deepening divisions in a city that Israel claims as its “indivisible capital”. Damage caused by Palestinians to a Jerusalem light railway, which links Arab and Jewish neighborhoods and was once hailed by Israeli authorities as a symbol of coexistence, put a third of its carriages out of commission. Security sweeps across East Jerusalem have arrested more than 600 Palestinians, including 150 minors, according to the Israeli police. Most have since been released on bail or put under some form of restriction. Lawyers and family members say the raids resemble the military tactics of Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, including doors being blown off hinges, rather than urban law enforcement.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A labor organization opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez caused traffic jams and disrupted life for many in the capital Wednesday at the start of a 36-hour strike. Members of the Central Workers Union, which includes many public-sector employees, joined demonstrations that blocked major thoroughfares in Buenos Aires in a protest over taxes, wages and the overall cost of living in the country. Union members also called on the government to halt a wave of private-sector layoffs.
Farmers protest for third day in southeastern Turkey
Fire and barricades blocked the roads in the third day of farmers protesting their electricity and water being cut off in the southeastern districts of Derik and Kızıltepe, Mardin province, on Thursday. Residents of these districts were angered by the lack of water and electricity, taking to the streets in response. They have created large barricades of stones and tires, halting traffic and causing long queues of cars. Farmers from 170 villages in these districts have been blocking two sections of highway since Monday. Security forces have failed to negotiate the dismantling of these barricades with the protestors.
Having initially protested for several hours, the farmers went to the Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEİAŞ) building and entered by force. After the farmers and TEİAŞ officials had debated for some time, the farmers took to the Mardin-Kızıltepe highway that runs in front of the building, creating barricades of burning tires and stones. The farmers also removed the protective plates from the median strips and added these to the barricades. After a further seven hours of protests, gendarmerie forces and riot police were ordered to intervene. During the intervention, controversial footage was taken of a masked police officer cursing and shouting at the farmers. The security forces used tear gas and pressurized water cannons to disperse the protestors. This allowed traffic to pass through for a few hours, but protestors later returned and cut off the roads again.
Hundreds Block Kyrgyz Highway To Protest Mining Operations
Hundreds of residents of a village in northern Kyrgyzstan have blocked a highway to the capital, Bishkek, to demand an end to iron-ore mining in the area. A local official, Omur Nogoev, told RFE/RL that the protesters say mining by the RedMet Company could damage the environment. He put the number of protesters at 300, while activists said there were 800 people protesting near the village of Voznesenovka village in the Chui region. Dozens of vehicles have reportedly been stranded on the highway by the protest.
Two Naxals Involved in Jiram Valley Attack Arrested
Two dreaded Maoists allegedly involved in last year’s ghastly Jiram valley attack which killed 31 people including some Congress leaders, were today arrested in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district. A cache of explosives was also recovered from the ultras, police said. Acting on specific inputs, the cadres were apprehended by a joint team of district force and Central Reserve Police Force from a mobile check post under Darbha police station limits this evening, Bastar Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav told PTI.
During the interrogation, the arrested rebels, identified as Sukhdev Naag (31) and Manjhiram Kashyap (32), natives of Tongpal police station limits in bordering Sukma district, revealed that they were among the cadres who targeted Congress convoy in Jiram valley, Yadav said. As per their statements, Sukhdev was in the group of armed rebels, who gunned down senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma and other Congressmen, while Manjhiram passed on crucial information regarding the movement of Congress convoy and security forces in the region ahead of executing the attack to military platoon of CPI (Maoist), the SP said.
Manjhiram also acted as an informer in dispensing key details about the movement of security personnel ahead of Tahakwada attack under Tongpal police station limits killing 15 security personnel and a civilian in March this year, he said. Notably, based on the statements of three ultras, including two women, who surrendered yesterday in Jagdalpur, the security personnel intensified its combing in the region to catch those local cadres who were involved in attack on Congress convoy in Jiram valley of Darbha. Meanwhile, Sukhdev and Manjhiram were nabbed while they were riding on a bike along with explosives between Darbha and Jiram camp of security personnel during checking of the vehicles, he said.
A two-kg IED (improvised explosives device) and Maoist pamphlets were seized from their bike. Apart from that, another 2-kg IED and pamphlets were also recovered from Sukhdev’s Tahakwada village, the SP said. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is probing the Jiram valley incident has been informed about the arrest of the cadres, the SP said, adding that, their interrogation may reveal crucial details in connection with other major Naxal incidents in Bastar region. In a separate search operation in Maoist-hit Kanker district today, a rebel was nabbed by a joint squad of Border Security Force and District Force from Rowghat police station limits.
The arrested jan militia member was involved in various criminal offences, including arson, brawl and torching vehicles. Moreover, he was allegedly helping Naxals in supply of commodities of daily use, installing posters and banners and others in the remote packets, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash said.
Centre grants Rs 15 crore for STF training centre at Bodh Gaya
PATNA: The state has recently received Rs 15 crore from the Centre to construct an specialized training centre for the special task force (STF) at Bodh Gaya. The Union cabinet recently gave its approval to the home ministry’s plan to raise anti-Naxalite special forces in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh on the lines of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh and sanctioned additional funds for the purpose. The state wing of the STF will train around 200 personnel in guerrilla warfare on the lines of the Greyhounds, a special police unit in Andhra Pradesh to fight the Left wing extremists and organized crime in the state. IG (operations) Sushil M Khopde said the central government would bear 75% of the total establishment cost of the Bodh Gaya centre while state government will contribute the rest 25%. Around 60 acre of land has been earmarked at Bodh Gaya for the centre. The tender process for purchasing all necessary items will start soon, he said.
“The project, known as Scheme for Special Infrastructure (SSI), will help the STF beef up the forces to combat against the Left wing extremism as well as organized crime in various parts of the state,” said the IG, adding, “We will train around 50 police personnel at a time. The personnel will be chosen from Bihar police and applications of self-nominees will also be considered.” Khopde said those in the special task force take basic training at the Patna STF centre which is not up to the mark. “We send personnel to Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to get upgraded trainings,” he said. The Bodh Gaya centre should be self-sufficient in all respects, operationally and tactically. The STF should be capable of reaching inaccessible, remote forest areas in the shortest possible time and conduct swift operations. Funds to the tune of Rs 280 crore will be disbursed to these four states by the home ministry under its ongoing SSI. Part of the sum will also be used to upgrade infrastructure of Andhra Pradesh police and its Greyhounds.
Jharkhand’s ‘most-wanted’ Maoist arrested in Kutch
AHMEDABAD: A ‘most-wanted’ Maoist, who was involved in 2012 Bhandariya thana attack case in Jharkhand, was arrested in Mundra Port area in Kutch district on Wednesday, police said. “A member of insurgent group Communist Party of India (Maoist) Devendra alias Vishalji Ambika Paswan, a resident of Bauliya village in Garhwah district of Jharkhand, was arrested today,” superintendent of police, Kutch West, D N Patel said. Paswan was nabbed from his brother’s place in Mundra port area in a joint operation of special operation group (SOG), local crime branch and Mundra police, said Patel.
The ultra, a sub-zonal commander in the Maoist group, was involved in the January 2012 land-mine blast case, which had claimed lives of 14 policemen in Bhandariya police station area of Garwah district of Jharkhand, Patel said. During the attack, a group led by Paswan also looted weapons of police and used them in anti-national operations, the SP said, adding, later in February they again attacked a police patrolling party and looted arms.
Bengal, Jharkhand police launch anti-Maoist op in Ghatshila
Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum and West Bengal police have jointly launched an inter-state combing operation in the Maoist den of Ghatshila subdivision following intelligence reports about presence of hardcore rebels in the forest areas along the border between the two states. Launching off the operation on Tuesday, the home district police informed that intelligence reports about the presence of Sachin Ji and Rahul Ji, the two Maoist squad leaders identified by their aides, have prompted the police to launch inter-state operation.
“Along with Sachin and Rahul, movement of some other Maoist rebels in some suspected areas bordering Bengal have been reported and a joint combing operation with Bengal police has been launched,” said Rural SP Shailendra Kumar. Kumar made it a point to mention that there have been no reports of Fogra Munda’s presence in the Ghatshila subdivision. Munda, accused of over dozen criminal cases, including murder of Jamua Gram Pradhan Lakhan Murmu, escaped from the Ghatshila subdivisional court in March, when he was about to board the police van after a hearing related to one of the murder cases.
Police sources said the joint operation will include a manhunt in Midnapore and Purulia districts of West Bengal and Chakulia, Ghorabandha, Shyamsunderpur and Dhalbhumgarh police station areas in Jharkhand. “The porous border between Chakulia (in Jharkhand) and Belpahari (in Midnapore) has often been used by Maoists, We are concentrating largely on this area that has a dense forest cover,” they said. Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, which that shares its border with Jharkhand, is also under the watchful eyes of the district police. “Joint operations with Bengal have been carried out in the past whenever the situation warranted,” said Kumar, adding that the operation will continue for the next couple of days.
‘Government Waging War Against Maoists at the Behest of Corporates’
President of the Viplava Rachayitala Sangham and convenor of the Forum for Alternative Politics Varavara Rao, in an interview with Anil Kumar, speaks about the ‘Janata Sarkar’ being implemented in the Dandakaranya region and the Maoist movement in the country.
Q: What was the reason for floating the Forum for Alternative Politics?
A: The Forum for Alternative Politics was formed to unite all forces revolting against the global development model and to solve long-standing problems being faced by various sections of society. The forum will provide an alternative to existing politics.
Q: Is transition from the present political scenario to your proposal possible?
A: Certainly. In fact it is not transition but a revolution. We want to replicate the ‘Janata Sarkar’ concept which had been executed successfully in parts of the Dandakaranya region. The Peoples’ War Group (PWG) are constructing cement and concrete roads, setting up schools and providing medical facilities to tribals in the interior pockets of Bastar district of Chattisgarh. They are promoting ‘self-rule’ in these hamlets.
Q: At a time when the Communist movement is losing its sheen and has become weak in the country, will your proposed alternative gain acceptance?
A: Definitely. Communists have become weak not the revolutionists. In fact, they have emerged stronger in the last ten years. Maoist leadership is approaching the situation with a three-pronged strategy of creating awareness among suppressed sections in tribal belts, enhancing mass participation against the state and intensifying armed attacks. The party is already working towards liberating Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, parts of Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal. We believe that the Communists have been implementing neo-liberal policies. The CPM government in West Bengal had been implementing new economic policies for 30 years. We fought against them too.
Q: With the Modi government at the Centre, are you expecting any change in the Maoist policy?
A: Not at all. In fact, the Modi government is planning to launch a full-scale war against Maoist rebels and the people led by them in different parts of the country. The Centre has deployed large contingents of security personnel in parts of Central and Eastern India, including Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand. The Modi government is building a war-hysteria against Maoist rebels regardless of the fact that the attack would be directed against some of the most deprived people of the country. Indeed, this is turning into a war of the state against its own people.
The government’s impending war to evict tribal people from their villages is actually being fought at the behest of some big corporate bodies who want to control and plunder our resources. It is high time that we recognize this pattern of waging war in which poor fight on both sides and the benefits only reach capitalists and their supporters in the government. We can expect violent conflicts in the coming days between government forces and the Maoists.
Q: The TRS government recently announced that it would allot three acres of land and other benefits to the landless poor. Are these measures sufficient to alleviate poverty?
A: Our perspective is entirely different from what the TRS government is planning to do. They are planning to buy lands from landlords and distribute them among the landless. Whereas, our concept is to take back those lands which were illegally occupied by landlords and corporate bodies and distribute them free of cost to the landless poor. If one buys land and distributes it among the poor, only the landlords will stand to benefit and not the poor. Telanagana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao claims that his government had spent `142 crore to acquire 10,000 acres of land. The government should disclose from where and whom it had purchased the land.
Q: Your opinion on handing over of law and order of Hyderabad to the Governor and Polavaram?
A: We strongly oppose according special powers to the Governor on revenue and law and order of Hyderabad as it would indirectly empower to the Centre to control the common capital. KCR, by inviting big corporate bodies to invest in Telangana, was implementing the World Bank’s agenda. Telangana is a agrarian society and KCR is trying to convert it into Singapore which is neither possible nor advisable. KCR has sacrificed the interest of tribals for the sake of Telangana by allowing the merger of seven mandals of Bhadrachalam division of Khammam district into Andhra Pradesh. We are not in favour of projects which allow large-scale submergence of tribal areas.
Q: Are you expecting support from the general public for your new initiative?
A: Certainly. The people are with us. They will definitely welcome our initiative as we are promoting self-rule and more powers to landless and oppressed sections of society.
Myanmar Workers Burn Car, Damage Factory During JB Riot
KULAIJAYA – A group of Myanmar foreign workers set ablaze a Proton Iswara Aeroback and damaged a factory in a riot at Desa Perindustrian Kulai 2, Kelapa Sawit here this morning. It is learnt that the group of foreign workers had a misunderstanding with the management and went on a riot at 11.20am. In the incident, the factory’s front facade was damaged, while a Proton Iswara Aeroback was set ablaze and turned upside down. The Fire and Rescue Services Department was immediately despatched to the scene and the fire was under control at 11.38am.
Addressing a press meet in Tansen of Palpa district organized by Revolutionary Journalists’ Association, August 25, 2014, Chairman Mohan Baidya Kiran of Nepal Communist Party-Maoist claimed that his party will take on to the revolt path if the parties represented in the CA promulgate the constitution by ignoring political forces not represented in the present constituent assembly.
“We will take on the revolt if the parties promulgate the constitution by ignoring parties outside the CA,” he said and added, “We may decide to use force in our movement. It all depends on the government now.” “Our revolt will thus liberate the countrymen,” he said. He said, “An all party conference is the only solution to resolve issues confronting the nation.”
KATHMANDU, AUG 26 – The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (Taan) on Monday condemned the All Nepal Revolutionary Tourism Workers’ Union (ANRTWU) for threatening to send back tourists handled by four particular travel agencies. The ANRTWU, which is affiliated with the CPN-Maoist, had written to the Indian, Danish, American and German embassies in Kathmandu on August 15 that it would prevent tourists handled by Explore Himalaya Travel Adventure, Himalaya Expedition, Peak Promotion and Himalaya Guide Nepal from touring in Nepal. The threat has come right before the start of Nepal’s peak tourist season that begins in September.
The period September-November accounts for more than 35 percent of the tourist arrivals to Nepal, and most of them go trekking in the Himalayan foothills. Taan told a press meet on Monday that its serious attention had been drawn to the warning saying that the act would have dire consequences on the country’s tourism. “We have written to the embassies not to take the issue seriously as it would be settled through a discussion,” said Taan’s President Ramesh Dhamala.
The ANRTWU issued the warning to press its demand for a raise and reinstatement of their cadres removed from their jobs. Dhamala said that on October 1, 2012, Taan and the workers unions had reached an agreement to hike the daily wages of guides and other workers. The agreement was implemented from January 1, 2013. Besides hiking the daily wages, Taan has also set up a workers welfare trust and fully implemented the Labour Act.
“The sudden agitation launched by the ANRTWU has terrorized the industry,” he said. “As most of the trekking agencies are not able to employ workers on a permanent basis, we are working to sort out the issue through a dialogue.” The Labour Act says that workers who have been working regularly at an organization for 240 days have a right to obtain permanent status. Suman Pandey, president of Explore Himalaya and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Nepal Chapter, said he was issued an ultimatum by the ANRTWU to reinstate one of the workers who had quit three years ago to a permanent position. “The way the ANRTWU has announced the agitation targeting particular firms with unreasonable demands has created fear and disharmonized the working environment in the industry,” Pandey added.
BEIRUT: Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian Monday called on striking contract workers to end the “riots” and “militia activities,” warning of further electricity cuts due to the labor action and a possible clash with Electricite du Liban employees. “What is happening today at Electricite du Liban is a clear assault on the law, the institution and the sovereignty of the Lebanese state,” Nazarian said in a news conference held at the ministry. “Closing EDL and preventing employees and executives from entering their place of work and doing their jobs is a penal offense prohibited by the law,” he added. Nazarian urged some 2,000 people employed by private service providers to “give up the riots because they do not bring any good, and they represent an occupation of EDL by affecting the company’s ability to function.”
Kurdish Militants Kidnap 3 Chinese Engineers In Southeastern Turkey
Three Chinese engineers working in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak were kidnapped by militants of the outlawed Kurdish Worker’s Party, or PKK, on Saturday, China’s state-run Xinhua reported Monday, citing Turkish news agency Dogan. The engineers were reportedly kidnapped from a shop in the town of Silopi, which lies on the Turkish border between Iraq and Syria, by PKK militants armed with long-barreled weapons. The militants then went on to attack a power plant construction site operated by China Machinery Engineering Corporation at the foot of Mount Cudi in Silopi district, Xinhua reported.
The Chinese embassy has reportedly “asked the Turkish government to go all out to rescue the missing Chinese workers while enhancing security measures for Chinese enterprises and employees in the country,” Reuters reported, citing a Xinhua report, adding that the Turkish military has launched an operation to locate and rescue the kidnapped engineers. In recent months, protests have erupted against the second planned power station in Silopi, which is being constructed by privately-owned Silopi Park Electricity, Reuters reported, citing local news agency Firat, adding that there has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the kidnappings or the attack.
Iran: Bafgh Iron Ore Mine workers protest continues
NCRI- Miners at Bafgh Iron Ore mine in Iran and their members of families continue to protest arrest of co-workers by gathering outside governor’s office in city of Bafgh in Yazd province. Some 5,000 Iranian mine workers went on strike on Tuesday in central province of Yazd demanding the release of nine of workers who had been arrested by the State Security Forces. The forces had planned to arrest other workers who also had been involved in a 40 day strike in May.
May strike ended after the authorities pledged to meet their demand. The worker wanted the plans for transferring 28.5 percent of the mine’s share to private sector be cancelled. The workers and their families, who form the half of the population of Bafgh, demanded that the profit from the shares be spent on improving the living conditions in the city. Striking workers also had demanded the resignations of the mine’s director and that workers receive job security guarantees. The strike ended when the governor of the province promised their demands would be met within 2 month. The deadline is reaching in few day while none of the workers demands have been met.
Thousands Protest ‘Man-Made Disaster’ in City in Eastern China
Thousands in Lishui City of eastern China protested a “man-made disaster” on Aug. 21, demanding compensation. So far, the authorities suppressed the protests and have not responded to the demands. Heavy rains from Aug. 18-20 caused the water level of the Ou River in Lishui City in the coastal province of Zhejiang to rise drastically. On Aug. 20, water was unexpectedly released from the Jinshuitan Reservoir, resulting in heavy flooding. Lishui City and nearby counties were flooded with water as deep as 4 meters (approximately 13 feet). On the morning of Aug. 21, thousands of residents showed up in front of the local government building demanding compensation. In the afternoon, residents were holding up banners that read:
“The Government Cared Nothing about the People and Their Properties—Releasing Water before Announcement—Should be Responsible”; “It Wasn’t a Torrential Flood. It Wasn’t a Tsunami. Lishui City Is Submerged in Water Because of Negligence for Human Life and Property. It Was a Man-made Disaster.” In the evening, thousands of residents blocked roads leading to Shuidong Bridge. They were met with special and military police forces. “My friends went to the protest. They told me that there were 20 thousand people at most,” said Mr. Wang, a resident in Liandu District, Lishui City. “Later, police moved in and started suppressing the protestors. Many people were injured.”