World Popular Resistance Clippings 21/5/2013



Stockholm braces for further rioting by young immigrants

Police in Stockholm were prepared for a third consecutive night of rioting by youths in a northwestern suburb as the disorder reopened the debate about how well immigrants are integrated in Sweden. Seven youths were arrested overnight from Monday to Tuesday after cars were set alight and riot police were involved in running clashes in Husby, a suburb with a high level of immigrants, predominantly Muslims. “It is very similar to what we have seen in London or Paris but not yet on that scale.

But it is a sign of a similar problem; it is a sign of failing integration,” said Per Adman, associate professor at Uppsala University. Sweden attracts one of the highest numbers of immigrants in the EU compared with the size of its population. That has led to a fierce debate about their integration, especially as youth unemployment is particularly high among immigrants.

Tensions With Police Flare Again in Anaheim Community

Tensions between police and community members are simmering again in Anaheim, with residents increasingly angry over the continued deployment of an officer in the same neighborhood where last summer he shot and killed convicted gang member Joel Mathew Acevedo. The latest flare-up occurred Saturday night, when Donna Castro, Acevedo’s mother, said the officer, Kelly Phillips, harassed her with an unjustified traffic stop on Guinida Lane after she confronted him about his presence in the area.

Witnesses also claim that police kicked over candles at Acevedo’s memorial and removed at least one poster following the encounter with his mother. “It’s like they vandalized and they stole from there. I mean they have no right to take anything from the memorial,” Castro said in an interview Monday. “It’s kind of like rubbing salt in the wound.”

Lanxess S Africa Mine Security Disperse Striking Employees With Rubber Bullets

A spokeswoman for Lanxess said between 200 and 400 employees out of its roughly 700 workforce embarked on a wildcat strike last Thursday over a bonus dispute at its Rustenburg mine, northwest of Johannesburg. On Tuesday, the company said employees became violent and mine security dispersed a crowd using rubber bullets. The spokeswoman said five employees and two security guards were injured.

The unrest comes as mine tensions remain high in the Rustenburg region after violent strikes last year left around 50 people dead. The revival of strikes this year comes ahead of what will likely be contentious wage talks across the mining sector. Last week, a wildcat strike at Lonmin PLC (LMI.LN) was resolved after two days and union bosses persuaded workers not to carry out a threatened strike at Anglo American Platinum Ltd. (AMS.JO). Lanxess Chrome Mining Ltd. that runs the South African mine is part of German-headquartered specialty chemical company Lanxess AG (LXS.XE).

Tea labourers strike

Labourers of the tea estates in Moulvibazar have started abstaining from work to press for a 20-point charter of demands which includes wage hike and annulling the law which allows eviction from their homestead land. Labour union leaders said the strike began from Tuesday morning. Bangladesh Tea Workers Union General Secretary Ram Bhajan Koiri told they were driven out from the union’s central office, Labour House, on Nov 5, 2009.

Then they had placed their 20 demands to the tea estate owners on Sept 1, 2011. But those are yet to be met and the owners were not even prepared to discuss it with them. “That’s why all tea garden labourers, regardless of political affiliations have agreed to join the strike,” Koiri said. He said all representatives of the tea workers platform have given their full support to the strike. Several leaders and workers of different tea estates in Moulvibazar have also come out in support. Demands of the workers include allowing the tea workers union central office to operate, hiking their wages to Tk 120 a day, annulling the law which allows evicting them from their homestead land and restarting the education scholarship for the children of tea estate workers.

Tea estate owners’ organisation, Bangladesh Tea Society’s Monu-Dhalai Valley unit President Mohammad Shamsul Islam told reporters that the striking workers had given enough advance notice but the owners had not responded. Now the tea estate owners fear that this strike might cause huge lose to the tea industry. According to Bangladesh Tea Board, there are 163 tea estates in the country, of which 90 were located in Moulvibazar.

Hunger Strike in Van Prison

12 inmates from Van High Security Prison have launched a hunger strike, demanding improvement in medical treatments and food service – a protest that reached its 8th day. Hunger striker inmates, all of them convicted of being a PKK and KCK member, said they were determined to continue their protest until their demands are met.

The names of the hunger striker inmates were as follows: Nazım Kaplan, Cihan Yaşar, Sürmeli Eşsiz, Necip Özdil, Caner Doğan, İbrahim Şen, Memduh Özdemir, Rıdvan Turan, Zeki Kurt, Furkan Aslan, Aziz Temel and Erdem Aktı. “The negotiations with the prison administration is still underway and we are hoping to get a positive outcome soon,” Ömer Işık from Human Rights Foundation, told bianet. He added that inmates complaint on insults, threats and arbitrary room searches which occurred several times during a day.

“They complain that [guardians] disturbed them during family visits and badly treated their visitors,” he said. Some of the demands that hunger striker inmates included the improvement of visiting hours, prevention of arbitrary room searches, edible quality food service, more regular hospital transfers, non-abuse of social activity rights and lifting of disciplinary penalties on 150 inmates who knocked on cell gates to protest right abuses.


Iran: Factory workers protest over nine months of unpaid wages

Workers at the Gilana tile factory have staged a protest at nine months of unpaid wages and broken promises by bosses. It is the latest in a catalogue of workplace demonstrations across Iran as the regime’s economy lurches into crisis. As the laborers blocked the main Rasht to Qazvin road on Saturday, one striker told a local media:

“We are gathering in front of the factory to protest at nine months of unpaid wages. “Our representative, the governor and city officials promised that two months after the New Year all unpaid wages would be paid, but until now they have not kept their promise “Our employer is not buying any raw materials for production, and is instead using up current supplies.” Another worker added: “The authorities have repeatedly promised to resolve the problem.

The workers of the Gilana tile factory are now not even able to afford bread. “There are 250 workers and retired workers facing this problems.” And a workers’ representative: “The problems started in the second half of 2010 with mismanagement followed by unpaid wages. “Unpaid salaries and due benefits and non-payment of insurance have created legal and economic problems for the workers. “The Gilana factory workers have gathered several times in front of the factory and governor’s office in the past few years to solve the problems they are still now facing. “Nine months of unpaid salaries has reduced workers’ living conditions to a critical situation. “The workers are gathering in front of the factory which is located on the main road, and burning tires in protest at this mismanagement and failure to resolve the problem.”

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