Singapore charges 24 over Little India riot
Police in Singapore have charged 24 Indian nationals with rioting after violent protests on Sunday night over the death of a migrant worker. Police cars and other vehicles were set alight during the unrest in Little India. It was Singapore’s first riot in more than 30 years, police said. The hour-long disturbance broke out after an Indian migrant worker was knocked down and killed by a bus.
Fresh violence rattles Turkey-Kurd peace process
Turkish riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Kurdish protesters armed with rocks and Molotov cocktails yesterday in a new upsurge of violence that has rattled the fragile peace process. Two demonstrators have been killed and four soldiers briefly kidnapped by guerrillas in the southeast of the country in the worst unrest since a ceasefire adopted by the outlawed Kurdish rebels nine months ago. Fierce clashes erupted for a fourth day yesterday in the far southeastern town of Yuksekova, where the trouble first broke out on Friday night over the alleged destruction of the graves of Kurdish fighters. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse about 3,000 Kurds who pelted them with rocks and Molotov cocktails and attacked police security cameras and street lights, an AFP correspondent said.
Iron and steel workers’ strike escalates
Egyptian Iron and Steel Company’s (HADISOLB) workers announced on Tuesday that they would continue striking until their demands are fully met. Approximately 5,000 workers at the company’s Helwan factory began their 14th day of strikes on Tuesday. Mohamed Omar, alleged leader of the strike, said last Wednesday that their demands include payment of their profit share, an improvement of working standards, the removal of the company’s board members and the return of dismissed workers. According to the demonstrators, 13,000 workers are owed a total of EGP 192m for 16 months’ worth of production bonuses.
Italian police fire tear gas as thousands stage “Pitchfork Protest”
Dec 9 (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas as thousands of farmers, truckers and unemployed people disrupted road and rail traffic in cities across Italy on Monday in protests aimed against targets ranging from banks to the tax collection agency, Equitalia. Protesters stopped trains at Turin’s main station by walking on the tracks and gathered in front of the Piedmonte regional council. Smaller protests caused disruption in the northern regions of Veneto and Emilia Romagna and in Sicily in the south.
Guerrilla leader captured in Peru
Lima, Dec 10 (EFE).- A leader of one of the remnants of Peru’s Shining Path guerrilla group has been captured, President Ollanta Humala said. Fabian Huaman was in charge of the “organic and military reconstruction” of the illegal armed group in the coca-growing Huallaga River Valley, Humala said. The arrest of Huaman, who went by the alias “Hector,” foiled the rebel group’s plan to reorganize its forces, the president said. Huaman was captured as a result of a joint National Police and army intelligence operation, the Defense Ministry and Interior Ministry said in a joint statement.
Radical Teachers Union CNTE Gives Mexico a Harsh Lesson
SAN LUCAS QUIAVINI, Mexico—During a recent teachers strike in this Zapotec Indian town in the poor southern state of Oaxaca, parents who brought in replacement instructors discovered that the children hadn’t been taught the words to Mexico’s national anthem. Instead, they had been trained to sing a popular leftist song which acts as an unofficial anthem to a local chapter of the teachers union. “We don’t know the words to the Mexican anthem,” said Leticia Diego, a student, apologizing to a visitor one recent morning. About a dozen seventh-graders then shyly sang the leftist anthem, “The People United Will Never Be Defeated.”
The union here is the National Coordinator of Educational Workers, or CNTE, a radical and powerful wing of the country’s national teachers union. Analysts say it has long maintained an iron grip over some of Mexico’s poorest states—one that goes beyond what children are taught, and extends to lengthy strikes, disruptive protests and violent clashes. Now, as Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto begins to implement an overhaul of Mexico’s troubled public school system, the CNTE has stepped up its efforts to fight the government.