French Riot Police Swoop on Nantes Airport Site Protesters
About 500 French riot police swooped on anti-airport demonstrators in an early-morning raid. Gendarmes fired teargas and scuffled with some of the hundreds of protesters who have been occupying the area earmarked for the new Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport, near the city of Nantes in western France, for a week. “The most radical opponents are resolute [in carrying] on guerrilla [tactics] to stop work at the airport,” a spokesperson for the French Interior Minister told Le Figaro. “We were taken by surprise, but many protesters are still [hiding] in the trees,” an occupier who gave his name only as Jerome said.
Between 13,000 and 40,000 people have been demonstrating against the new €580 (£470) airport project. Opposition to the construction of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, planned to replace Nantes-Atlantique airport, dates back to the 1970s when the project was first mooted. It has been formented by environmentalists and farmers, whose land has been expropriated to make way for construction. It was not until 2008 when the green light was given. Work is due to be completed by 2017. Some farmers went on a 28-day hunger strike against eviction earlier in 2012, leading to a temporary suspension of works by construction companies.
Greece: Revolt at migrant detention center
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northeastern Greece say they have intervened to try to end a revolt at a detention center for illegal immigrants. Riot police were called in after inmates at the center outside the city of Komotini, 820 kilometers (510 miles) northeast of Athens, set fires and apparently refused to return to their living quarters. About 550 suspected illegal immigrants are being held at the site, most facing deportation.
The detention center at Komotini is one of several facilities opened by the government this year following a campaign to round up suspected illegal immigrants using police patrols in Athens and other Greek cities.
Two killed in clash at Harmony Gold S. Africa mine
Nov 22 (Reuters) – Two miners were killed in clashes between rival unions in South Africa on Thursday at a mine run by Harmony Gold, in a fresh flare-up of labour violence in Africa’s largest economy days after a wave of wildcat strikes ended, police said. A third miner was in hospital after being shot in the leg during the confrontation at Kusasalethu mine, 65 km (40 miles) west of Johannesburg, police spokeswoman Katlego Mogale said.
“Now its quiet. Police are here to monitor the situation,’ she told Reuters, adding that between 500 and 1,000 miners were gathered at the mine operated by South Africa’s third largest bullion producer. The clashes at the site resulted from a dispute between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the smaller Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), whose membership turf war has been at the root of much of the recent violence in the South African mining sector. The last of a wave of illegal strikes that have swept South Africa’s gold and platinum mines this year ended a week ago after workers accepted an offer from Anglo American Platinum Ltd , the world’s top producer of the precious metal.