Oil union unrest continues over unmet demands
Oil workers in Basra are threatening to stage a fresh round of demonstrations to protest unpaid bonuses and the Oil Ministry’s continued persecution of labor organizers.The most recent grievance is the renewed legal prosecution of a prominent oil union leader.
Protests against Rosia Montana gold mine continue in Romania’s capital as company behind “welcomes autumn”
As protesters against the Rosia Montana gold mining project clash with riot police and use social media to organize a fifth night of demonstrations, the company behind the proposal has taken to Facebook to “welcome autumn”. Around 2,000 protestors, mainly young people, gathered again downtown Bucharest on Wednesday evening (September 4) for the fourth consecutive night of demonstrations against the project, which awaits final approval from the Parliament.
Some of the group clashed with gendarmes supervising the demonstration; with unsubstantiated messages posted on the demonstrators’ Facebook page saying tear gas was used. However, no serious injuries were reported. It was the first time since the protests started in Bucharest on Sunday that protesters have clashed with police.
Acid, bombs thrown in rubber protest
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN ― Clashes broke out between riot police and rubber farmers who tried to block Petchkasem Road in Ban Sang district late on Thursday evening, leaving many injured from acid and ping-pong bomb attacks, including the chief of the provincial police. The first clash, which lasted about 40 minutes, began at 6pm when 1,000 angry protesters tried to close both inbound and outbound lanes of Petchkasem Road at the 412–413 kilometre markers with 50 tractor and car tyres.
Police appealed to the demonstrators not to block the traffic, tell them it was illegal. The farmers ignored the appeal, forcing riot police to disperse them. The clash, which involved pushing and jostling, lasted about 40 minutes before the farmers retreated to one side of the road. Acid used in rubber production was reportedly thrown at the police, injuring many, including Pol Maj Gen Thanes Soonthornsook, chief of Prachuap Khiri Khan, who sustained abdominal injuries.
Confrontations and chaos continued intermittently into the night, with the sound of giant firecrackers being heard occasionally. Some teenage protesters hurled ping pong bombs and fired slingshots at police. Some reports said five farmers and 12 police were hurt. At least 11 protesters were arrested, including two farm leaders Chamrong Srithongkorn and Kasem Boonchana. They were charged with hurling giant firecrackers and glass bottles at officers.
Cambodians demanding release of Yorm Bopha
More than 300 Cambodians have been protesting in the capital Phnom Penh, to demand the release of land rights activists Yorm Bopha. Her supporters gathered outside the supreme court, marking one year since her arrest. Many of those protesting were Boeung Kak Lake residents, angry at forced evictions in the area to make way for commercial development. . Protestor Sok Srey Leap says “the problem of Boeung Kak has gone on for 7 years and people have been beaten and jailed. The police come here only to threaten us, never to help us.”
Cambodian workers protest against mass dismissal
Phnom Penh: About 4,000 Cambodian garment workers protested on Thursday after a factory supplying global brands including Gap and H&M fired hundreds of their colleagues for striking over conditions. Union leaders said the Singapore-owned SL Garment Processing factory fired 720 workers on Wednesday while more than 5,000 others were suspended after a two-week long strike. Workers had walked out claiming intimidation over regular factory inspections carried out by an official flanked by military police.
The workers on Thursday marched some 10 kilometres from the factory to Phnom Penh’s City Hall to urge the government to intervene in the dispute. “We want the factory to allow the workers to go back to work,” union leader Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, told reporters. “But if they want to close they factory they must pay compensation to workers according to the law,” he said.
Dempshire Pen residents protest police killing of pregnant woman
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Residents of the community of Dempshire Pen in Spanish Town, St Catherine are staging a peaceful but angry protest against what they described as a case of police brutality resulting in the death of 21-year-old Felicia Henry. Henry was killed last Thursday in the community of Central Village also in St Catherine.
The angry residents claim that Henry who lived in Dempshire Pen left last Thursday to visit a friend in Central Village. The police were reportedly in an operation in the Central Village area and went to premises where Henry was visiting. What happened next is unclear but irate protesters claim that Henry was shot 17 times. She was six months pregnant. Police officers from the Spanish Town station are now on the scene maintaining order.