Jobless youths attack Tunisia police post
Gafsa — Unemployed Tunisian youths ransacked an empty police post in the impoverished central region of Gafsa overnight and torched its contents, witnesses told AFP on Monday. Tunisia remains prey to sometimes violent social unrest, especially in the neglected centre of the country, three years after an impoverished street vendor set himself on fire in a desperate act of protest that sparked the first Arab Spring uprising. The latest incident took place during a protest by a group of young Tunisians in the town of El Guettar against the results of a recruitment process by a public company. They took advantage of the absence of security forces at the police post to attack it and burn the equipment they found in the street.
Cambodian police break up garment worker camp
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Jan. 6 (UPI) — Cambodian police removed about 1,000 anti-government protesters, including garment workers, from an industrial park in Phnom Penh after deadly clashes with security authorities. Demonstrating workers were demanding the employers’ organization Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia double their monthly wages to $160 this year.
Cambodia detains land activists
Five Cambodian land activists were arrested in the latest move by authorities to suppress street protests against the government of strongman premier Hun Sen, a rights group said.
Restive staff seize bosses at French Goodyear site
PARIS (AP) — Farm tires filled the doorway, and the two Goodyear managers were trapped in the conference room with angry workers demanding more money in exchange for the inevitable loss of their jobs. Monday’s meeting was not going well. Goodyear has tried to shutter the plant in the northern city of Amiens for five years without success. Their latest attempt was met with a “boss-napping,” a French tactic that had largely faded away after the height of the economic crisis in 2009.
Flare ‘fired at police helicopter’ near Salford protest camp
Police believe a flare was fired at the force helicopter from an anti-fracking protest camp in Salford. The flare was aimed at the helicopter as it was coming in to land at Barton Airfield at about 00:15 on Saturday, Greater Manchester Police said, calling it an “unbelievably stupid act”. The Barton Moss protest camp is being searched by officers. Frack Free Greater Manchester and Barton Moss Community Protection Camp said no flare was fired from the camp.
Cops and protesters in running battles
Johannesburg – Blocked roads, burning tyres and residents pitched against police have been the order of the past three days in Kagiso, on the West Rand, as residents protest against opencast mining in the area. The community are furious at gold-mining activity taking place on empty land close to Kagiso Drive, claiming that blasting is cracking walls, shattering windows and shaking TV sets off their stands.
China Sentences 6 Mongol Herders in Land Grab Case
BEIJING — Six herders in China who tried to defend grazing land from expropriation by a forestry firm have been sentenced in the resource-rich Inner Mongolia region, a lawyer and family members said on Monday, in a case that has sparked protests.