World Popular Resistance Clippings 19/6/2013



Nine people detained during latest protest in Sofia

Nine people were detained on June 18 during the anti-government protest in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia. Some of them carried knives and other objects banned at mass gatherings, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The nine were detained following tip-offs from protesters, the ministry said; the police also identified groups that were preparing to instigate unrest during the protests.

“The police is taking all the necessary measures to ensure a calm and secure protest. The Interior Ministry calls on all citizens to maintain the peaceful nature of the protest and disassociate themselves from any instance of violence, provocation attempts and breach of public peace,” the statement said. The ministry said that police also identified and detained one of the people who threw projectiles at the headquarters of ultra-nationalist party Ataka on the evening of June 17.

Several people were injured by stones and bottles thrown from both sides of the police lines on the evening of June 17. On June 18, the rally avoided Ataka’s headquarters, heeding the calls made on social media; nevertheless, riot police and gendarmes once again formed a cordon around the Ataka building. Even before the rally left its starting point at the Cabinet building, television crews zoomed in on the addition of several dozen people in the midst of the rally, identifying them as likely agents provocateurs. Other protesters appeared to give the group a wide berth as well.

Gunmen attack police station south Jordan

(ANSAmed) – AMMAN, JUNE 19 – A group of armed men with automatic weapons attacked a police station in the southern Jordanian city of Maan late Tuesday, clashing with police forces inside the compound, but no injury was reported, said security sources and witnesses. The unknown group of men are said to be angry about the heavy handed policy of authorities to bring down wanted men in connection with recent unrest in the town, said a security source. Police forces inside the station fired in the air, and shot tear gas bombs at the assailants to disturb them, the police source told ANSA.

He said the building was damaged heavily from the attack, which ended after a strong force of anti-riot arrived in the scene. The government said it transferred the police station from town centre to a security building outside the troubled town after recent waives of attacks. Conservative residents are angered by heavy handed security forces that have been carrying out a campaign to arrest several men wanted in connection with recent disturbances.

Residents accuse authorities of using aggressive policy fore with locals, leading to the killing of several town residents during the past few days. The attack on the police station and the police campaign came two days after king Abdullah vowed to implement rule of the law in the town, vowing to bring to justice those responsible for creating unrest in the town. But residents insist the issue with authority runs deeper than a waive of arrest as they suffer from record unemployment, poor infrastructure and lack of projects to stimulate an army of unemployed young men.

Workers protest Bidi factory closure

Around 15,000 workers of the Jessore-based Akij Bidi Limited started protests on Wednesday after the factory management closed down the factory, saying the high tax on the bidis had made it untenable. The workers blocked the road near the factory demanding withdrawal of the tax slapped on bidis in the 2013-14 budget. Witnesses said a stretch of road in Jhikargacha Upazila’s Navaran Puratan Bazar area was blocked, disrupting traffic on Jessore-Satkhira and Jessore-Benapole roads. Factory Manager Siddiqur Rahman told that the price of a bidi would now be as much as that of a low-cost cigarette due to higher taxes. “That is why we have been forced to shut down our company.We are no more competitive,” he said. The factory in Jhikargacha was closed on Wednesday morning.

4 students shot during school protest

ABOUT four students of Michael Otedola College of Primary Education were on Monday afternoon reportedly shot as police tried to disperse protesting students. There are, however, conflicting reports on the state of health of the injured students with some students alleging three of them had died, while others said only one died. The Nigerian Tribune gathered that some students, who were prevented from writing the institution first semester examination were protesting when the incident happened. The provost of the institution had allegedly invited policemen after the protesting students started destroying school facilities.

A student of the institution, who spoke with the Nigerian Tribune under the condition of anonymity said he was not aware if any of the student died. “We started our first semester exam on Monday and those, who had not completed the payment of their school fees were prevented from entering the hall,” the student said. He also added that the angry students, who were initially begging mobilised and started to protest. “They were initially begging but later they mobilised and started singing in protest against the school authority, “he said.

Police arrest 10 mechanics in Nairobi’s eviction protest

At least ten mechanics have been arrested in a violent clash with police over a piece of land they were being evicted from in Nairobi’s Grogan area. On Tuesday, the more than 900 jua kali artisans who have been operating from the site were shocked to find police surrounding it who informed them of eviction orders. This prompted the artisans to protest as they could not access the field because a group of youths hired by an auctioneer was busy constructing a fence around the field. The mechanics engaged police in running battles for the better part of the morning lighting bonfires and barricading roads in the streets. They said they had been rendered jobless.

Uganda: Police Detain Eleven Lango College Students Over Strike

The Police have arrested 11 students in connection with the Sunday strike at Lango College in Lira district. By press time, the students were still being held at Lira Central Police Station. The students are said to have thrown stones onto the roofs of classrooms and dormitories, while chanting.

“We need good hygiene. Give us a good toilet!” The one-hour strike, which was quelled by the Police, left two pit-latrines, which the students claimed were in a bad state, destroyed. The Lira district Police commander, Robert Ssemata, said the detained students are in Senior Four and Three. “We arrived here on Sunday evening and took control of the situation. We withdrew on Tuesday morning,” Ssemata said. He said the Police will prefer charges of inciting violence against the suspects.

Garment workers charged over violent strike in Cambodia

Sixteen Cambodian garment workers and union representatives have been charged with inciting violence and damaging property during a strike for higher pay at a factory making clothes for US sportswear company Nike, a lawyer said yesterday.

Low-cost labour has attracted Western brands to Cambodia and garments now account for around 75% of exports from the Southeast Asian country, but strikes over pay and working conditions have become common. Up to 4,000 workers at Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing Co, which employs more than 5,000 people, went on strike on May 21. Police intervened to end protests on May 27 and on June 3, when some strikers rampaged through the factory. Lawyer Kuch Ratha said that eight workers were in custody and the other people charged were in hiding. “The court has denied our request for bail for the eight,” he said.

Striking banana workers await word from U.S. on their demands

Hundreds of striking workers for the Banana Development Company, or Bandeco, a Costa Rican subsidiary of the U.S. multinational company Del Monte, waited for news on Monday if the company would meet their demands, the Costa Rican newspaper El País reported. The 650 Bandeco workers began their strike on June 5 to protest the firing of 59 employees who participated in a 2011 strike that a judge recently ruled illegal, the daily La Nación added. The Public and Private Workers’ Union, Sitepp in Spanish, demanded the workers be reinstated and no action be taken against them or the union, Sitepp negotiator Luis Serrano told El País.

Some of those fired were members of the banana workers union, added Diario Extra. Luis Gómez, Del Monte’s legal representative, told La Nación that the company stands by its decision to fire the workers. The strike has paralyzed the operations of three Bandeco farms in Daytonia de Sixaola. Frustrated by the lack of progress from the negotiations in San José, some 200 banana workers blocked the main streets of Sixaola, near the border with Panama, last Thursday and Friday, Diario Extra reported.

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