World Popular Resistance Clippings 17/9/2013

Outlaw jailed for life, another held

Member of an outlawed party was sentenced to life term imprisonment in an arms case here yesterday. Convict Md. Hares Sardar, 40, is son of Badu Sardar of Dhanuaghata village in Pabna. According to the case, acting on a tip off, law enforcers caught Hares Sardar, an operative of now defunct Naxal Bahini, at Joydebpur intersection of Gazipur district on March 16 in 2008. Following the statement of Hares, they seized six firearms, including four shutter guns of the outlaws from a field in the village on March 17.

A case was filed with Faridpur police station accusing him of possessing illegal arms. In Satkhira, police arrested leader of an outlawed party from Islamkathi village in Tala upazila on Sunday afternoon. The arrestee was identified as Khairul Sarder, second-in-command of Biddyut Bahini of the outlawed East Bengal Communist Party of the upazila and son of Abul Sarder of the village, reports UNB. Officer in-charge of Tala police station Enamul Haque said, on secret information, a team of police conducted a drive in the area at about 4.00pm and arrested Khairul.


Inmates riot in Adamawa prison over colleague’s death

A deadly riot broke out Monday in Numan prison in Adamawa state over an allegation that prison officials killed one inmate who attempted to escape. Scores of inmates were injured in the unrest that involved over 250 prisoners. Residents of the area say the inmates went wild when the prison warders beat one of the inmates to stupor on allegation he was attempting escape. He died early Monday. The inmates then went on rampage and pounced on the prison officials which resulting to a serious fracas within the facility.

‘’In the process one of the prison warders has sustained grievous bodily injuries and was rushed to Numan General Hospital,” Pwapwadi Ngurigon, a resident said. ‘’Immediately a team of anti-riot police and soldiers were hurriedly deploy to comb the prison vicinity. We heard the inmates shouting on the top of their voices, smashing prison utensils.” A prison source said the dead prisoner had on Sunday night attempted to jump-out but was later recaptured. The prison authorities denied the allegation.


China Steel Plant Halts as Workforce Protests Over Unpaid Wages

More than 1,000 employees from a steel company in the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang marched on local government offices Monday in protest at what they said were several months’ worth of unpaid wages, according to striking workers. “They are all over there now, nearly 2,000 people,” a worker at the Beigang Group’s steel plant in Heilongjiang’s Jixi city told RFA’s Mandarin Service, speaking on condition of anonymity. He said the workers had marched on the Jixi municipal government offices, holding banners and demanding to be paid.


Report points to local opposition to Beijing’s land reform efforts

The Communist Party is unlikely to introduce breakthrough land reform measures at a key party conference in November which would make more rural land available to feed China’s voracious urbanisation needs, according to a report by China Real Estate News. Quoting unidentified sources at the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Beijing-based newspaper said that documents about a pilot scheme had been distributed to local governments in 18 provinces and municipalities.

However, it said the documents would remain “in the consultation stage,” and that the scheme was unlikely to be introduced as a formal policy at the Third Plenum of the Communist Party’s 18th Congress, expected to open in November. Specifically, the scheme aims at making more non-farming land in rural areas tradeable and thus available for building apartment blocks, shopping malls, roads and airports.

The Chinese government has enacted strict laws banning the encroachment on farming land for urbanisation purposes, but policy makers and developers have for years eyed other types of rural land less protected by existing laws as the answer to China’s exploding urbanisation needs. This includes land on which farmers’ own houses stand as well as land reserves for “rural collective constructions.” “The central leadership is concerned that the transfer of collective construction land could lead to a large number of farmers losing their land [and this could] become a factor of social instability. This is why the State Council has always refrained from taking a clear stand on the issue,” the paper quoted the source as saying.



Nairobi hawkers injure traffic cop in Grogan riot

Hawkers grabbed a traffic policeman at Grogan in Nairobi town and beat him up. The hawkers had earlier protested at the Central Police Station and later dispersed. They had stormed the police station demanding that the officers explain how their colleague died last Wednesday. They said one hawker was shot dead by police. “We want the police to tell us what happened. We cannot just be killed like flies,” they said.

Our efforts to get details about the hawker who was shot dead were not successful as the hawkers chanted anti-police slogans and shouted. Police lodged teargas at the hawkers who dispersed and ran towards Grogan. They then grabbed a traffic officer Geoffrey Murumba and injured him. They set his police motorcycle on fire and dragged him on the ground for 50 meters before other officers rescued him.





Thai rubber protests injure dozens of police

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand — The Thai government said Tuesday it could declare a security emergency in a district of southern Thailand to stamp out violent protests over low rubber prices, a day after dozens of police and demonstrators were injured in rioting. Protesters demanding higher subsidies for rubber farmers hurled rocks, bricks and other objects at riot police and set fire to several police vehicles on Monday in the Cha-uat district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Some 77 policemen and at least 10 protesters were injured.


Jenin man killed in ‘cold blood’, family says

JENIN (Ma’an) — A man killed by Israeli forces in Jenin on Tuesday was executed in cold blood after confirming his identity to soldiers, family members said. Islam al-Tubasi, 22, died from gunshot wounds during an Israeli raid on Jenin refugee camp, sources said. Al-Tubasi’s brother, Ibrahim, told Ma’an that there was an explosion at the family home at around 6 a.m. “I was sleeping on the second floor. Our house is a three-story building. I was surprised when I saw Israeli undercover forces, dressed in black, raiding the second floor. They assaulted me, and asked me my first name. When I told them my name is Ibrahim, they held me inside the bathroom on the second floor. They assaulted my mother who was also on the second floor,” Ibrahim told Ma’an.

Another brother, Mustafa, said that after Israeli forces shot Islam in the leg they forced him to go to the roof to identity him. The soldiers then dragged Islam’s body downstairs and Mustafa says he heard several more gunshots. “I am sure that Islam was shot dead before he was transferred to hospital via military ambulance,” he added.



Taxi drivers protest over the death a colleague who was beaten and died in custody

IRATE taxi drivers in Kitwe yesterday protested over the death of their colleague who died after he was allegedly beaten by the police while in custody. The taxi drivers who were angered by police action to go to the funeral house of their deceased colleague, Baron Mubanga in Kwacha Township and fire teargas canister, mobilized soon after leaving Kitwe Central Hospital mortuary around 12:00 hours and blocked Kwacha Road with logs disturbing flow of traffic.

Some taxi drivers who sought anonymity accused the police of being behind the death of their colleague who they claimed was arrested and beaten for failing to produce a driving license. Uncle to the deceased driver, Martin Mulenga confirmed that Mr Mubanga died on Saturday morning, days after being beating by the police. Mr Mulenga said that the deceased was arrested by traffic police officers for failing to produce an original driver’s license.



Violent confrontation between “invaders” and police in northern Lima

El Comercio reported this weekend that police clashed with settlers who had taken possession of a hill in an area of Puente Piedra called El Taro. The police had arrived in El Taro to try to remove the settlers from their lots, which had allegedly been sold to them illegally by land traffickers for S/. 30 – S./ 100 apiece. More than 100 riot police arrived at El Taro in the early morning on Friday as part of an effort to force the settlers out of their lots.

The confrontation turned violent as police threw tear gas canisters and the settlers attacked with rocks and sticks. El Comercio reports that the confrontation left two people wounded: a small child who was affected by the tear gas, and a policeman who was struck by a rock and sustained head and neck injuries. Esteban Fernandez, the director of the neighborhood council of El Taro, told El Comercio that the area taken by the settlers belonged to the neighborhood government.

Fernandez explained that the currently unoccupied land was being kept for future development of common areas, including green spaces, a church, and recreation areas. Canal N noticias reports that more than 500 “invaders” had claimed lots on the hill. According to El Comercio, by the end of the confrontation, 13 people had been arrested, including three minors. They will be charged with illegally occupying private property and resisting authority.

Cases of “land invasions” such as these are rarely clear-cut, especially from the settlers’ perspective. Frequently, the settlers, many of whom live in extreme poverty, bought lots from illegal land traffickers who had no right to sell the land. The settlers, or “invaders” as they are often called, feel that they are therefore entitled to occupy the land that they’ve purchased. However, if the land actually belongs to a third party, they may face legal claims to the land.


Dozens injured as police clash with taxi drivers

Attempts by Central Regional Police command to prevent a group of taxi drivers from demonstrating on Monday, proved futile, leading to lots of injuries. The taxi drivers who are from the Home Town of former President John Evans Atta Mills; Ekumfi Essuehyia and Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region, were said to have mounted a road block in protest of the deteriorating condition of the road. According to Fiifi Koomson, our Central Regional correspondent, the police after hearing of the road block decided to storm the area and avoid any confusion.

However, this did not go down well with the taxi drivers as they started throwing stones at the police officers. The police officers in response, started firing rubber bullets to disperse the group; leading to over 50 getting injured.




FARC Proposes Banning the Criminalization of Political Movements

Havana, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) The delegation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People”s Army (FARC-EP) at talks with the Colombian government proposed today to prohibit the criminalization of political, social or popular movements. According to the FARC, the right to subversion, to question the capitalist order and to express opposition to policies of the State and government, and to propose alternatives, should be ensured.

Movements that practice these rights should not be stigmatized and their criminalization should be prohibited, the FARC representatives said. The actions of high-ranking public officials and the media will deserve special attention, and will be subject to social control and citizen oversight, without endangering any legal actions that arise, the FARC said. This initiative is one of a set of proposals the FARC presented on political culture for participation, peace, and national reconciliation, as well as the right to protest and mobilize.

Guerrilla member Marcos Leon Calarca, who read the FARC statement, also proposed a ban on military responses to social and popular protests, and the dismantling of the Mobile Anti-Riot Squads (ESMAD). Calarca reiterated the FARC’s demand that guerrilla member Simon Trinidad join the negotiating table. Trinidad has been serving a 60-year prison sentence in the United States since 2004, and was appointed by the FARC as a member of the peace delegation. Colombian government representatives had no comment after arriving at Havana’s international conference center, the Palacio de Convenciones, venue for the peace talks since November 2012.


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