World Popular Resistance Clippings 16/10/2013


Kirinyaga University Students Riot

Students of Kirinyaga University College took to the streets protesting against mismanagement of the institution on Tuesday. They were demanding the sacking of the current Academic Registrar Njagi Munyi over allegations of corruption and incompetence. Anti riot police were forced to shoot in the air to disperse the rioting students who had threatened to hold a demo to the office of the Governor Joseph Ndathi. The student leader Isaac Kamau, said they do not understand why Munyi is still around after the institution was elevated to a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

He claimed the management had completely compromised the standards of learning by employing diploma holders. The students who occupied the Kutus-Kerugoya road, urged the government to intervene by deploying qualified lecturers. They said accommodation, tuition and recreation facilities are lacking in the institution, which is essential for smooth learning. The students said that they will not resume lectures until the Governor Ndathi or his deputy Julius Njiiri addresses them. Attempts to reach the Principal Professor Mary Wambui or Registrar Munyi to comment on the allegations ran futile, as they were unreachable.



China sends riot police to block new protests by flood victims

(Reuters) – Authorities in eastern China dispatched riot police on Wednesday to guard against a resumption of anti-government protests after a day of clashes pitting security forces against thousands of victims of the worst floods in a century. On Tuesday, residents of Yuyao city massed in front of the local government headquarters, denouncing what they decried as inadequate relief efforts and demanding the local Communist Party secretary and mayor step down.

Accounts on microblogs, supported by photographs posted on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, said they vandalized the government building, using metal tools to pry loose and remove the party slogan “Serve the people” mounted at the entrance. Photographs showed several residents bleeding from the head. “We strongly condemn the shameless acts by the police and riot police for using any pretext to beat people,” said a microblogger from the city. But some Internet users said new legal rulings aimed at cracking down on rumors have deterred many from expressing opinions online.


1,300 Days of Protest for Missing Balochs in Pakistan

In Balochistan, the largest and poorest province of Pakistan, separatists are fighting a bloody battle for independence. Separatist sentiment in the province is nothing new – after Pakistan’s independence at the end of British colonial rule, many Baloch tribal chiefs did not accept the country as their own, and various uprisings over the years have struggled against Pakistani rule.

But the last nine years have seen a revival of the decades-old conflict. Baloch separatists occupy many areas of Balochistan, and Pakistani forces carry out regular operations against them. The toll has been great – more than 2,000 civilians have been killed in the latest round of violence as well as about 700 security forces and 500 fighters. Apart from the killings, thousands of Baloch have disappeared without explanation. According to the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (IVBMP), at least 18,000 Balochs have been abducted between 2001 and 2013 and their whereabouts remain unknown.

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