25 petrol bombs thrown during riot in Fountain, Derry
About 25 petrol bombs were thrown during rioting in the Fountain area of Londonderry on Friday night, police have said. The trouble broke out at about 19:30 BST with nationalist youths throwing stones in the area. When police arrived, petrol bombs were thrown towards their vehicles and the Fountain estate. Bins and rubbish were pulled onto Leckey Road flyover and set alight.
About 40 youths were involved. There were no reports of any injuries or arrests and the area was reported calm by midnight. PSNI area commander, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows, said: “I would urge all parents to know the whereabouts of their children and to ensure they are safe and not involved in incidents like we saw in the Fountain area last night. “The possibility of serious injury or death is very real when lethal weapons such as petrol bombs are thrown.
“The disorder in the area also put members of the community at risk as emergency services vehicles were unable to access certain areas of the city for a time last night.”
Nine inmates charged in riot at regional jail
Nine inmates at the Rappahannock Regional Jail have been charged with gang participation and other charges in connection with two recent disturbances at the jail in Stafford County, police said. Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the incidents occurred during routine cell checks on March 28 and 30. Correctional officers were making their daily rounds when the inmates deliberately attempted to stop them from doing so.
Kennedy said that after the jail’s Special Response Team was called to remove the inmates from the cells, the inmates resisted by creating shields using their mattresses, wrapping their bodies in towels and covering their faces with shirts. Four of them actively fought with correctional officers during the incidents. They also yelled at the officers and to other inmates in an apparent attempt to encourage them to act up, Kennedy said.
The inmates were all in single or double cells, Jail Superintendent Joe Higgs said. Officers removed them one at a time and the inmates remained under the control of correctional officers, Kennedy said. Charged with gang participation, rioting and conspiracy to entice a riot are: Robert Roque, 27, Colton Bragg, 19, and Jaquan Nettingham, 20, all of Stafford, Shawn Gatewood, 28, of Charlottesville, Warren Williams, 30, of Midland, Lorenzo Wheeler, 23, of Crewe, Justin Carey, 24, of Oceanside, Calif. and William Grimes, 20, and George Jackson, 23, both of Fredericksburg.
Condemnations hail on regime over Irbid protest crackdown
AMMONNEWS – Various political, populist, and rights watchdog groups on Friday voiced concern and condemnation over the violent crackdown on pro-reform protesters in the northern city of Irbid on Friday. Police and gendarmerie forces used tear gas and metal batons to disperse thousands of protesters yesterday during a demonstration renewing calls for tangible reforms and combatting corruption. 11 people were reported injured, including 5 police personnel during clashes between security forces and reform protesters.
Youth and popular pro-reform movements issued a statement on Friday denouncing the security forces’ attack on protesters, accusing the Jordanian regime of “delving into a project against the aspirations of Jordanians for freedom and dignity,” adding that the regime “revealed its official patronage of corruption, protecting corrupt officials, and patronage of thuggery against peaceful protesters.”
More than 100,000 Chileans demand free university education
More than 100,000 Chileans have staged nationwide protest to demand free university education. Authorities estimated 150,000 Chileans protested on Thursday calling for an end to for-profit education in a country where most universities are supplied by private firms. Protesters said that the education system is deeply unfair, as middle-class students have access to the best schooling in Latin American, while the less privileged are delegated to under-funded state schools. “Making the changes the country needs really depends on all of us Chileans who are demonstrating today,” said Diego Vela, president of the Student Federation of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
In the capital Santiago, the massive turnout was among the largest in the past two decades, with about 80,000 participants according to authorities, while student leaders said 150,000 joined the protest. The first peaceful march in the capital came to a sudden end when riot police fired tear gas and water cannon onto the protesters to break up the gathering, following clashes between hooded protesters and law authorities. Santiago police reported that eight officers were injured and 109 protesters arrested, including 24 minors.
Protest in Greece against Canadian goldmine project
Thousands of Greek protesters on Saturday rallied against a Canadian gold mining project under way in the northeastern region of Halkidiki, which locals say will cause irreversible damage to the environment. About 2,000 people took part in the march in Athens and another 1,500 in Greece’s second-largest city Thessaloniki, according to AFP journalists. Carrying banners against the project run by Hellenic Gold, a subsidiary of Canadian firm Eldorado Gold, the demonstrators chanted: “We want forests, land and water, not a grave made out of gold.”
“Fields full of cyanide and arsenic, that is what remains from gold” was another slogan. They also called for the release of two people who were arrested earlier this week in connection with a sabotage attack carried out on the mining worksite two months ago. Citizens’ groups have been trying to halt the project since 2011, when the Greek government gave Hellenic Gold permission to dig in the region.
While the investment is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the recession-hit country — where the unemployment rate has topped 27 percent — opponents say it will drain and contaminate local water reserves and fill the air with hazardous chemicals including lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury.
Frequent marches have taken place in recent months, with protesters enjoying the backing of main opposition radical leftist party Syriza, the second-largest in parliament. In the February attack, dozens of hooded activists firebombed Hellenic Gold’s worksite, injuring a guard and damaging equipment. Earlier this week, angry locals trashed the police station of the nearby Ierissos village over claims that officers had used excessive force in the pre-dawn arrest of the pair suspected to be linked to the sabotage attack.
Braving heat, thousands protest in Aurangabad against illegal arrests
Aurangabad: Thousands of people including women and children on Friday braved the extremely hot weather to attend a protest march organised by the Kul Jamaati Muslim Numainda Council against the police atrocities especially the indiscriminate arrest of Muslim youths in the name of fighting terrorism.
According to a rough estimates, over 25,000 people including about 2000 women, participated in the protest march which was supported by over half a dozen NGOs including All India Backward (SC, ST, and OBC) and Minority Communities Employees’ Federation (BAMCEF), Bharat Mukti Morcha, Rashtriya Prem Samiti, Shivrajya Paksh, Aurangabad Samajik Manch and others.
The protest march against the police atrocities especially the arrests of Muslim youths in the name of fighting terrorism was called after a local youth Mirza Rizwan Baig, who was said to be a witness in the 2012 Pune blast case, committed suicide last Sunday allegedly because of the harassment by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). A replica showing youths in prison was also part of the “silent protest” march which began from The Jama Masjid after Friday prayers.
The protesters were carrying placards and slogans written on card sheets that said: ‘Beqasooron ki giraftari band karo, sarkari dehshat gardi band karo’ (Stop arresting the innocents, stop state terrorism). At around 03:30 in the afternoon the protesters led by Owais Ahmed, Col Durwesh Nehri, Mufti naeem, javed Quarishi, Mujahid Khan, Ajmal Khan, Salim Siddiqui and others handed over a memorandum to the Divisional Commissioner. In the memorandum addressed to the president of India, it was demanded that the arrest of the Muslim youths on dubious ground should be stopped. “It is a serious matter that the Muslims who are about 13% of the total population are continuously living under fear. Muslims are indiscriminately arrested, and at times are even killed in police custody”, Owais Ahmed said citing the examples of Dr Mateen and Khwaja Yunus. Recalling the suicide of Mirza Rizwan Baig, he said, “The fear is forcing Muslim youths to commit suicide.”
The state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) denied allegations that Mirza had committed suicide due to harassment by the agency. The suicide however prompted spontaneous response when hundreds of people participated in the funeral of the deceased, and a bandh was called on very next day in Beed, the neighboring town from where Mirza belonged
Groups Protest Barrick Gold Mine in Dominican, Diario Libre Says
Legislators, agricultural groups and farmers protested outside of Barrick Gold Corp.’s Pueblo Viejo mine in the Dominican Republic today, Diario Libre said. The groups were protesting alleged environmental damage caused by the mine, as well as the contract between Barrick and the Caribbean nation’s government, the Santo Domingo-based newspaper said. Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina said Feb. 27 that the existing contract between the government and Barrick is “unacceptable” and must be revised to provide more benefit to the country.
Tunisian sets self on fire to protest theft claim
TUNIS — A security official says a young Tunisian man has set himself on fire in a town near the Libyan border after being accused of theft. Samir Ben Tahar, 25, had denied any wrongdoing, maintaining he was in Libya at the time of the theft, said the official in the border town of Ben Guerdane.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said Ben Tahar was in the hospital in critical condition after suffering from third degree burns Thursday. According Interior Ministry figures, it is the 165th case of a self-immolation in Tunisia since that of an itinerant fruit-seller in the town of Sidi Bouzid.
Oil workers threaten Rumaila, Majnoon shutdown
Disgruntled oil workers in Basra have threatened to disrupt operations at the super-giant Rumaila and Majnoon oil fields.”We warn foreign companies operating in North and South Rumaila and Majnoon that there will be consequences for the continuing failure to respond to our demands,” said a protest organizer, speaking on the condition of anonymity