33 injured in Gazipur garment workers unrest
At least 33 people, including three members of the police, were injured in a clash between police and garment workers in the Masterbari area of sadar upazila in Gazipur yesterday. The clash erupted when police attempted to disperse the demonstration of Stylo Fashion Garments workers on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway around 10am. The workers demonstrated to press home their demand for payment of wages and Eid bonuses.
The blockade lasting for half-an-hour long caused a huge traffic tailback. Police lobbed several rounds of tear-shells and also charged batons to disperse the workers. The workers, in reply, threw bricks, leaving three policemen injured. Locals also alleged that the police attacked the houses of the local people. The agitated workers claimed that they still had not been paid for the month of July, though they were assured of payment before Eid vacation starts.
The factory’s Eid vacation was scheduled to begin on Tuesday [today]. Prior to laying siege to the street, the workers smashed windows of the factory by throwing bricks. On information, police went to the spot and tried to bring the situation under control. Helaluzzaman, inspector of Gazipur industrial police, said although the demands of workers’ were rational, they had no right to cause suffering to the home-bound people by setting up blockades on the street. He said a discussion was being held between factory officials and representatives of the workers to settle the issue.
Kazakhstan: Injuries Reported in Rare Riot
At least 16 people were injured during a rare riot in normally supine Almaty after a pop concert was abruptly cancelled late on August 31. Popular singer Kairat Nurtas, who was making a guest appearance at the concert in the parking lot of one of Almaty’s major shopping malls, left the stage after performing one song when fans became unruly, a video posted on YouTube shows. The unrest, where people threw stones and set at least one car alight, caused kilometers-long traffic jams on a main highway into town and adjacent thoroughfares as armed riot police blocked off the area.
“Kazakh youth are fighting police and the OMON [Interior Ministry special forces],” a young witness running away from the area told EurasiaNet.org. Emcee Daniyar Batyrbayev said Nurtas’s performance was cancelled after people had broken through security cordons and stormed the stage. “The singer’s performance was cancelled in the interests of Kairat’s security,” Batyrbayev tweeted. Police have detained over 100 people and at least 16 were injured, Tengrinews reported.
Tengrinews also said that two criminal cases have been opened. While Nurtas’s mother and producer Gulzira Aydarbekova says that the riot was a pre-planned “provocation” by her son’s detractors, Almaty Mayor Akhmetzhan Yesimov believes the disorder was “spontaneous.” The turbulence happened to coincide with the wedding of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson, Aisultan Nazarbayev, also in Almaty. Aisultan – a Sandhurst graduate who is sometimes mooted as a potential successor – and his grandfather reportedly enjoyed a private performance by American rapper Kanye West.
Protesters in Stockton block traffic, burn flag
STOCKTON – At least one man was arrested after flag-burning demonstrators hurled rocks, bottles and insults at police officers about 6 p.m. Saturday on Kentfield Road near East March Lane, authorities said. About 75 people protesting the 2010 death of 16-year-old James Rivera and other officer-involved shootings assembled at Weberstown Park on Kentfield Road about 2 p.m. and later marched on East March Lane, police said.
The demonstrators obstructed traffic and at one point surrounded a vehicle, forcing officers to intervene and shut down a section of the road, said Sgt. Rodney Rego of the Stockton Police Department. Demonstrators later moved back to Kentfield Road, where officers in riot gear formed a line to keep protesters from returning to East March Lane. Protestors burned an American flag, shouted derogatory comments at police and threw rocks and bottles at officers, authorities said.
Iraqi Police Break up Protest Against Lawmaker Privileges
NASSIRIYA, IRAQ — Iraqi security forces used batons, teargas and water canon to break up a gathering in the southern city of Nassiriya, on Saturday as hundreds of protesters rallied around the country against generous pension payments to lawmakers and corruption. Riot police armed with batons wounded 11 people and detained ten, security sources and witnesses said. “This is the bomb that was used to attack us, we are peaceful protesters, this is the bomb,” said one protester, holding up an object which he claims is a bomb.
The protests marked widespread anger at the monthly payments of thousands of dollars and other benefits to government and parliamentary officials, in a county where many are still struggling to get jobs and basic services. Distracted by sectarian attacks and political feuding, the government has done little to improve education, housing and other infrastructure. In the capital Baghdad crowds chanted “oil is for the people, not the thieves”, and “no to squandering the wealth” in a square in the east of the capital.
Police Kills Innocent Girl
A teenager, Suzana Alamagani, 18, of Zakwa Area, Kafanchan, Kaduna State, was on Friday killed by a stray bullet when the police attempted to disperse protesters at the Kafanchan High Court. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Aminu Lawal, who confirmed the incident that the girl’s death was “a case of accidental discharge’’. Lawal said that the police were deployed to the premises of the court to control over 100 youth who threatened to mob a lawyer.
He said the lawyer, was the counsel for a company which the youth claimed, swindled some of them. “We were out to calm the situation and in the process the unfortunate incident happened,’’ he said. The PPRO said that a corporal, who was part of the rescue team, was hit on the head by a stone thrown by the mob who tried to prevent the police from escaping with the lawyer. He said that the corporal, who was injured, fell from the police van holding his rifle.
“In a situation like this, anything could have happened when the corporal fell with his rifle. “There may have been an accidental discharge in the process which led to the unfortunate incident,’’ he said. Lawal said that the victim was rushed to the General Hospital, Kafanchan, where she was confirmed dead and that the corporal was hospitalised. He urged the residents to remain calm as investigation into the matter had commenced.