Grinaker workers’ protest continues
WORKERS at Grinaker LTA, a company contracted by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), in Chililabombwe have vowed not to resume work untilchina they are paid completion bonus in full. The workers have refused the 50 per cent bonus demanding to be paid in full and gratuity as their project contract ends this month. More than 600 workers have been protesting for a week as the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and management failed to persuade them to return to work.
The workers were demanding bonus for sinking shaft four at KCM’s Konkola Deep Mining Project. MUZ deputy general secretary Leonard Phiri said in an interview that the workers had vowed not to resume work until management meets their demands.
Prisoners stage protest at Bolivian jail
Dozens of inmates at a Bolivian prison buried themselves up to their necks on Thursday, to put pressure on the government to pay a monthly meal payment they claim they have not received since October. The prisoners also wrote on posters with blood as part of the demonstration and aimed requests at the Governor in charge of the prison system. One poster read: “Dr. Llanos, where is the money for the prisoners.” The inmates also called for an increase in their daily pay, which is the equivalent of less than one US dollar.
China jails 8 Tibetan students for protest role, many others in detention
Chinese authorities in Chabcha (Chinese: Gonghe) County of Tsolho (Chinese: Hainan) Prefecture in Qinghai Province have jailed eight Tibetan students for five years each for their alleged involvement in organizing a mass student protest on Nov 26. The eight, all aged 18 to 23, were said to be school prefects or class monitors.
They were sentenced on Dec 5 without any semblance of a fair trial. The eight have been named as Rabten, Wangdu Tsering, Jampa Tsering, Choekyong Kyab, Sangye Dhondub, Dola Tsering, Tsering Tashi, and Kunsang Bum. The Nov 26 protest involved more than 1,000 students and was led by the students of Tsolho Sorig Lobling, a school for study of traditional Tibetan medicine. It was provoked by the authorities’ distribution of a patriotism education booklet which made disparaging remarks against the Tibetan language and ridiculed the Tibetan self-immolation protests as acts of “stupidity.” The eight are by no means the only group to be tried and sentenced, for other students from the same school were still being called to the local police station for interrogation in groups of seven or eight, reported Radio Free Asia (Washington) Dec 12.
Ndola shooting: residents take the opportunity to riot over mealie-meal shortages
What started as mini-riot by Ndola residents to retaliate the shooting of a domestic worker by a Somali national has turned into a fully-fledged riot over mealie-meal by some hungry Ndola residents. Police were this morning forced to move in and fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of hungry and angry residents, who looted mealie-meal and other groceries.
More than five shops were broken into and looted in Ndeke and Masala townships as well as Ndola town centre by residents, who have been frustrated by the shortages and high costs of mealie-meal. A crunch shortage of mealie-meal has hit most parts of the country, especially the copperbelt, forcing prices of the staple commodity to rise to between K80,000 and K100,000 which is beyond the reach of many struggling citizens. Yesterday, a Somalian based in Ndola shot dead his domestic worker for demanding a two month salary amounting to K400,000 (USD$75).
Holland Kabaso from Chipulukusu compound, who was a house servant, went to ask for his salary from his employer when the Somalian got angered. The Somalian who was staying in Zamtel Flats then pulled his gun and shot Kabaso in the head and died on the spot. The Somalian only identified as Omar is currently in detention at Ndola Central Police Station. But Ndola residents used the opportunity to riot over mealie-meal shortages.