Brazil Creates Special Riot Force for World Cup
Brazil has created a special riot force to help police control demonstrations expected during the World Cup later this year. Col. Alexandre Augusto Aragon, who heads the elite National Security Force, was quoted in local news on Friday as saying that 10,000 riot troops selected from state police forces throughout Brazil will be deployed in the 12 cities hosting World Cup games June 12-July 13.
At least 3 dead after Cambodian security forces open fire on protesters
Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CNN) — Cambodian security forces fired on garment workers protesting in the country’s capital Friday, killing at least three people. The workers, who have been demonstrating since last week to demand higher wages, clashed with riot and military police outside the Canadia industrial park in southwestern Phnom Penh, where many garment factories are located. Protesters threw rocks, used slingshots and made improvised barricades by amassing scrap in the middle of the road and lighting it on fire. Security forces responded with live ammunition rounds, witnesses said.
Second Day of Protests in Said Sadiq Following One Dead, Many Injured
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Demonstrations spilled into a second day in the Kurdish town of Said Sadiq on Friday, after one protester was killed and several dozen were injured in clashes with security forces the previous day. A Rudaw reporter on the scene said that the demonstrators are demanding the release of 27 people who were detained on Thursday, when protesters faced off against security forces, attacking government buildings, burning tires and exchanging volleys of stones with the police. Peshmarga units have been rushed in to control the situation and anti-riot police are reportedly using tear gas as they chase protesters into back alleys. Friday’s protests started after the dead protester, 24-year-old Bryar Hassan, was buried at the town’s main cemetery. Mourners took to the streets following the funeral.
Tensions high in Western Sahara despite new plan
LAAYOUNE, Western Sahara Helmeted Moroccan riot police waded into the small crowds of women in brightly colored shawls who chanted slogans for independence on the streets of Laayoune, the capital of the disputed territories of the Western Sahara. Every time one group of the mostly women and children protesters was dispersed, another would appear farther down the street, attracting phalanxes of police. The confrontations continued long after dark and degenerated into stone-throwing contests.
The harsh police response against the Sahrawis, as the region’s native inhabitants are known, contrasted with the conciliatory gestures the Moroccan government have been extending to the restive desert territory that it annexed 38 years ago. Just weeks before the demonstrations, the government announced a potentially groundbreaking, 10-year economic plan to boost the standard of living and increase respect for human rights — but that has done little to defuse tensions.
Year in review 2013 – Workers hold 2,486 protests
Egyptian workers held 2,486 protests in 2013, 2,243 of which took place during the reign of ousted former President Mohamed Morsi. A total of 243 protests were held under the military-backed interim government. An average of 6.1 worker protests took place each day during the year. This was down from the total in 2012 when the number of demonstrations reached 3,300. The overall number of protests in 2013 topped that of 2011 when 1,300 protests took place.
Balochistan unrest: VBMP claims 161 extra-judicial killings in 2013
QUETTA: Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), a non-profit rights group on Tuesday alleged that 161 Baloch political workers were subjected to extra-judicial killings in different parts of Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province in land mass, during the year 2013. VBMP chairman Nasrullah Baloch claimed that the gross human rights violations were being committed throughout the year in various parts of the province and ethnic Baloch political workers were picked up in violation of law and constitution. “Secret services picked up 510 Baloch political workers,” Baloch claimed.
Mining Russia – thousands join the protests
On Saturday August 10th 2013, deep in the fertile region around the city of Voronezh, ten local Cossack residents were painting a cross under the watchful eyes of a couple of hundred police officers. This ‘protective cross’ was erected here a year ago as a sign that the local population would not allow the mining of nickel and copper deposits at nearby Yelanskoye, known for centuries in this area as Russia’s ‘bread basket.’
Since a rally in June attended by 4000 people ended in clashes with the law, any anti-nickel activity now attracts this kind of police attention. Protesters broke down the perimeter fence at the proposed mining site, and set fire to drilling rigs, causing an estimated two million dollars-worth of damage.
Police fear spike in terror after hit on envoy’s home
Government officials are bracing for a resurgence in domestic terrorism following Monday’s attack on the residence of the German ambassador in Athens, Kathimerini understands, but Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias insisted Wednesday that the authorities would not give in to urban guerrillas seeking to destabilize the country.
Three gas canister bombs found by police in Göttingen. Claimed as response to attack on Rote Flora demo in Hamburg.