Railway workers’ strike in Buenos Aires ends in riots
Eighteen people have been arrested following a strike by railway workers in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on Wednesday. Shops were attacked and stalls burned around one of the city’s main train stations, amid anger over train lines being brought to a standstill. Local media reported the strike was called by train drivers who were not paid their annual bonus, however government sources claimed the strike was in protest at security cameras being installed in their cabs.
Western Sahara: Four Saharawi Political Prisoners On Hunger Strike in Prison in Occupied El Aaiun
El Aaiun — Four Saharawi political prisoners began on Monday an indefinite hunger strike at the local prison of the occupied city of El Aaiun to protest against their situation and demand their release or to be granted a fair trial, according to a Sahrawi judicial source. Sahrawi prisoners Mahmud Hanun, Ajwad Farah, Sidi Mohamed Malah and Asluh Almailes were arbitrarily arrested by the Moroccan occupation authorities since last May because of their participation in demonstrations demanding the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence.
The same source added that the director of the prison in occupied El Aaiun, Mohamed al-Mansouri and his deputy “Abdul Rahim Aharoshi, had threatened the Saharawi political prisoner Mahjoub Aoulad Sheikh, abusively sentenced to three years imprisonment, and prevented contact with other Sahrawi prisoners.
Peru police fire tear gas on protesting students, civil servants
(Reuters) – Peruvian police fired tear gas at hundreds of students and civil servants in Lima on Thursday as they marched towards Congress to protest reforms that would impose tougher standards on universities and bureaucrats. Protesters lashed out at President Ollanta Humala for proposing the laws, which he says would improve the quality of sluggish government services and a lagging higher-education system. Critics say they would force thousands from their jobs and compromise the autonomy of Peru’s universities.
Though the protests lacked the large size of recent demonstrations in Chile and Brazil that have defied political leaders, they could expose Humala to renewed criticism after several months of relative calm. Humala, a former military officer, was elected in 2011 as a moderate leftist but critics say he has since drifted to the right. Civil servants clashed with riot police as they tried to protest in front of the presidential palace – normally off-limits to rallies – a day after Humala signed a law that requires public employees to undergo annual performance evaluations. A separate bill to reform universities and tighten standards for professors is pending in Congress. Local television showed police firing tear gas and water cannons against protesters, some of whom wielded sticks and were throwing rocks. Several injuries were reported in Lima and at similar protests in several provincial capitals.
PKK claims killed Turkish soldier in Diyarbakır, governor denies
The People’s Defense Forces (HPG), an armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has said that it killed a Turkish soldier in an attack on a gendarmerie outpost in Diyarbakir province in retaliation for the death of a Kurdish man recently killed during clashes with Turkish police in the same province, with the governor denying the claim Today`s Zaman reported. One person died and nine others were wounded on Friday when clashes broke out between security forces and protesters opposing the construction of a new gendarmerie outpost in the village of Kayacik in Diyarbakir’s Lice district.
The outpost would be a high-security one, called a “kalekol” in Turkish, which locals say has been associated with the torture of area residents for many years. There were also claims by wounded protesters that they were shot from behind by gendarmerie officials. Shortly after the event, a special sergeant was abducted and later released, with authorities blaming the PKK. The HPG reportedly said in a statement that it killed a Turkish soldier on July 3 in Diyarbakir’s Hani district in an attack on the Hegasor outpost. The Turkish General Staff has not released any statement concerning such an incident, but Diyarbakir Governor Cahit Kirac denied the HPG’s claim.
“The allegation that an attack has been staged on an outpost and a soldier has been killed is a lie,” Kirac said in comments on the issue. The incident in Lice marked the most violent clash in the region since a cease-fire declaration by the imprisoned leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, in March that led to a virtual standstill in the conflict between the PKK and the Turkish state.