World Popular Resistance Clippings 29/7/2013


Hydroelectric Plant Regulator Bombed in Dersim

The control building of a hydroelectric power plant regulator has been bombed in the countryside of Dersim province. According to Radikal newspaper, the incident took place late last night with 7 armed individuals from TKP/ML TIKKO organization held two security guards ineffective and installed remote control bomb mechanism at the control building near Dinar river. The explosion reportedly wiped out the entire technical system in the building.

Following the explosion, 7 organization members explained two security guards that hydroelectric power plants harmed the environment and they wouldn’t let that happen. They added that they bombed the building because they wanted the power plant to be deactivated. Authorities dispatched crime scene teams to the area for further investigation.





In Peru capital, 15 arrested in anti-government protest

LIMA, Peru — Peruvian riot police wielding tear gas and batons have halted a march on Congress by several thousand protesters upset with President Ollanta Humala and a political class they consider inept and corrupt. Lima police chief Gen. Luis Praeli said 15 people were arrested during Saturday’s unrest.

Demonstrators claim Humala has not delivered on his promise to reduce crime and say the political system does not represent them. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) It was the fourth popular demonstration this month in Lima — none have been especially large — and comes a day before Peru’s independence day, when Humala is to give a state-of-the-union address. Discontent with Humala’s two-year-old rule includes repudiation of Congress’ voting to name 10 officials to bodies including Peru’s high court that lawmakers later revoked. Doctors and nurses at public hospitals have also been on strike.

Squatters riot

A GROUP of illegal squatters on Mungwi Road in Lusaka West yesterday went on rampage beating innocent people following the recent demolition of their structures by Lusaka City Council (LCC). The angry mob also vented their anger on the nearest boundary fence belonging to a Chinese investor they accused of reporting them to the council over their trespassing. A couple guarding the Chinese investor’s property was driven out of its home as the mob collected blocks from the broken boundary fence.

The local authority raided the area and demolished illegal structures during the week but the squatters have mobilised themselves and are threatening to burn motor vehicles passing in the area. Eyewitnesses said the squatters had been harassing people passing through the area from the time the council carried out a night demolition exercise. A check by the Sunday Times yesterday found the uncompromising squatters refusing to be addressed by officers before hurling insults and stones as officers drove off.

Evelyn Hone student leaders face arrest over riots

THE entire Evelyn Hone College Students’ Union executive committee faces arrest after it was established that union leaders were behind the riots that rocked the institution a fortnight ago, according to a management report. The report revealed that although no student had been officially charged by the police for riotous behaviour, there was overwhelming evidence that the unrest was orchestrated by the students’ union executive.

It further revealed that when the riots started, none of the union leaders made an effort to alert either management or the police. “This was evidenced by statements issued to various media houses by some members of the students’ union executive. Attempts to contact students leaders on their mobile phones during the riots failed as their phones went unanswered. Clearly, the students leadership showed no remorse at the extent of the destruction caused,” the report stated.

Naivasha housing protest ends in riots

A prayer meeting in Naivasha Sunday (July 28th) for people evicted from their homes on Friday erupted into a riot when government officials arrived, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported. On Friday, hired young people forcefully evicted more than 30 Maasai families from their houses on a private farm in Naivasha’s Maeilla area in a manner that villagers called abusive. Naivasha District Commissioner Michael Kioni, denied that the youths acted improperly, saying they were merely enforcing a court order.

The evictees and their supporters at the prayer meeting threw stones and lifted clubs against visiting Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner Osman Warfa and his security team, accusing them of standing by as the families were forced from their residences illegally. Windscreens of some of the officials’ vehicles were shattered.

Crowd protests officer-involved shooting

AUSTIN — There’s public outcry following an officer-involved fatal shooting on Friday. Dozens called for justice and asked for answers concerning the death of Larry Eugene Jackson. Sunday afternoon people gathered in front of the Austin police headquarters. They lined the I-35 access road holding signs, demanding that the officer who shot and killed a black man on Friday be held accountable.


Violent protest against load shedding in Bannu

BANNU: A protest against load shedding took place in Bannu where the agitated crowd stormed the Wapda Colony and burnt the record of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) Monday morning, Geo News reported. According to sources, the crowd infuriated over the incessant load shedding in Bannu surrounded the Wapda Colony on Bannu-Dera Ismail Khan Road and pelted stones on the houses and damaged properties.

Some armed men who were also part of the protest continued aerial firing during the demonstration. Police force seemed helpless at the hands of the protesters and could not disperse the violent crowd. The demonstrators also attacked the Pesco circle office in the colony and set the record on fire.



Santiago cathedral closed after Chile abortion protest

The Catholic cathedral in the Chilean capital Santiago is to remain closed for five days after it was vandalised by pro-abortion activists on Thursday. About 5,000 protesters marched through Santiago in support of an 11-year-old girl who was raped, fell pregnant and is not allowed to have an abortion. Some 100 demonstrators entered the cathedral, wrecking confessional booths and shouting insults at worshippers. Abortion, even for medical reasons or in cases of rape, is illegal in Chile.

It was banned during the rule of Gen Augusto Pinochet, the military dictator who governed Chile from 1973 to 1990. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said his government “rejected” the protesters’ actions, calling them “intolerant”.




Unpaid Dodoni Dairy Farmers Protest

Hundreds of breeders from Epirus, a Region northwestern of Greece, gathered July 26 outside the Dodoni dairy factory, demanding to be paid for the milk they had delivered and for which they said they had bot been compensated. Reports said they broke the company’s main gate and tried to invade in the company’s building but were stopped by riot police amid clashes, stone-throwing and tear gas.

Palm oil company guards injure four villagers in Indonesian Borneo clash

Four villagers were injured and several vehicles destroyed in a clash between local residents and palm oil company guards in Indonesian Borneo last week. The clash is the latest incident in a long-running conflict between Wilmar subsidiary PT Bumi Sawit Kencana and villagers in Kotawaringin Timur district, Central Kalimantan. The fighting broke out on Tuesday last week after PT BSK security guards allegedly hit several residents of Pantap village and damaged their motorbikes.

The villagers were protesting the construction of a ditch by the company on land they claimed to belong to the village, Mongabay-Indonesia reported on Sunday. After the initial incident, protesters fled to their village, notifying other residents before returning to the site where they found the guards arming themselves with homemade guns and pistols. The villagers burned two company security posts and damaged two trucks and one car belonging to the company. Four people were injured in the clash, and one motorbike belonging to a villager was destroyed.

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