World Popular Resistance Clippings 16/7/2013

Corrections unions want New Caledonia inmates sent to France

Unions at New Caledonia’s prison have asked for the most dangerous inmates to be transferred to France. This comes after a weekend riot at the Camp Est prison which was quelled by 100 police using rubber bullets and tear gas. The unrest was triggered amid a protest by dozens of inmates against the poor conditions at the jail, with some of them setting fire to the library and wrecking the canteen.

An initial assessment has put the damage at more than 300,000 US dollars. The unions say for security reasons, they want the most violent inmates to be sent to France. They say in the past six months there has been an increase in the number of attacks on personnel, recording at least 15 such assaults. Last year, there were two mutinies at the prison which local politicians have described as the worst French-run prison anywhere.

Agitation in a Gazipur gament factory

Workers of a garment factory in Gazipur set up a road blockade on Tuesday morning demanding payment of their outstanding wages. To quell the unrest management of Givency Garments in Hatapara area promised to clear the pending dues and closed the factory for the day. Gazipur Industrial Police Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Md Mosharraf Hossain informed reporters that the employees of the factory had refused to work and set up a road blockade on July 10 claiming that their wages for June were not yet paid. Some of the workers received payment on July 12 and July 13 following the incident. Management had also assured that the salaries of remaining workers would be cleared within Sunday, July 14.

However, instead of fulfilling its promise, the management kept the factory closed on Sunday and Monday. When the factory reopened on Tuesday, workers started protesting demanding the pending wages. Agitated workers tried to set up a blockade on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway but were prevented by police. Then the workers resumed the blockade in front of the factory. The situation was brought under control after the management assured that the dues would be cleared by Wednesday and closed the factory for the day.

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Police shooting in Arkansas sparks protests

A fatal police shooting in Little Rock, Ark. sparked local protests Monday, in the midst of national controversy over the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. FOX16 reported that Little Rock police officer Terry McDaniel killed 26-year-old Deon Williams by firing at least two shots from his service weapon at around 11:30 a.m. Monday. The department said in a statement that Williams was fleeing on foot from McDaniel when a handgun dropped out of his waistband. The statement said that Williams looked toward the police officer, picked up the handgun, and started to get to his feet. At that point, McDaniel fired his weapon. Williams was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The pursuit had begun when Williams fled the Chevrolet Suburban he was driving as McDaniel and another officer approached the car. According to the statement from police, the officers thought the vehicle matched a description of a stolen car that had been reported, and also had an expired license plate. Shemedia Shelton, a friend of Williams, told FOX16 that the vehicle belonged to her and had not been stolen. Little Rock police said that McDaniel, who is black, and his partner had been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated to determine whether a crime was committed and whether departmental policies were followed.

An impromptu protest formed near the investigation scene, and many participants called the shooting unjust and cited their frustration about Zimmerman’s acquittal Saturday in Florida in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin. “It was an outrage what they just did in Florida with Trayvon Martin,” said Dominique Neal, 25. “I’m still mad about that. Then … this right here in our city, it’s an outrage.” One protester carried a sign that called for justice for a teen killed by Little Rock police last year.

Sudan: Sporadic Protest in Khartoum Over Water Pollution

Khartoum — The Sudanese capital, Khartoum has witnessed on Monday sporadic protests against the backdrop of a severe shortage in drinking water and water pollution. Hundreds of residents in Soba neighbourhood, east of Khartoum have staged a protest on Monday against lack of drinking water, setting fire on old tires in a main highway street and chanting anti- Khartoum state government slogans. Dozens of protesters in Al-Kalakla suburb, south of Khartoum had also protested on Sunday including women who held empty water containers indicating lack of drinking water in their homes. The Sudanese capital suffers from poor water services particularly in the summer.

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