Chand warns of announcing ‘people’s govt’
KHAGENDRA GHIMIRE “The armed struggle cannot be denied yet unless the state ensures all people’s rights.” DHANKUTA: CPN-Maoist Secretary Netra Bikram Chand has threatened to announce an alternative “people’s government” if the parties in the Constituent Assembly (CA) refused to dissolve the CA and hold a round table conference. Speaking at a press conference in the district, the Maoist leader argued that the alternative government is called for as the parliamentary parties have largely ignored other political forces including CPN-Maoist.
Parties in the parliament would be accountable for potential harm that the alternative state power and people’s revolution would bring forth, according to him. Chand went on to say that an armed struggle cannot be denied yet, unless the state ensures all people’s rights. The Maoist leader also dubbed the second CA elections as an “unconstitutional drama”. During the decade-long insurgency, the Maoists had run “people’s government” parallely to challenge the state.
Bomb explodes near AR camp
Imphal, January 12 2014 : An explosive of medium intensity exploded near the Assam Rifles transit camp at Minuthong this morning. The bomb exploded just 30 metres away from the eastern gate of the transit camp behind the western compound wall of Khuman Lampak Sports complex at around 7.45 am. According to information culled from the spot, the explosive was an IED containing splinters. Although there was no casualty, police and Assam Rifles searched the area.
Two protesters killed in clash with South African police
(Reuters) – Two people were killed during a clash with South African police on Monday when residents of a village marched to a nearby town in North West province to protest about water shortages, police said. The incident is the latest in a series of confrontations between police and protesters angry at poor public services in Africa’s biggest economy, adding to pressure on President Jacob Zuma’s government ahead of elections in about four months. Monday’s protest took place near the town of Brits, which lies 80 kms (50 miles) north of Johannesburg and near the country’s platinum belt, the scene of often violent labor unrest the past two years.
Tunis Streets Fill With Trash As Workers Strike
Garbage has begun piling up on the streets of Tunis, the country’s capital, since municipal trash collectors began an unexpected strike on Friday. In a statement Sunday, Tunis Governor Abderazzak Ben Khalifa called on the citizens and civil society members of Tunis to step up and take part in street cleaning campaigns until the trash collectors return to work. He also called on the trash collectors to resume their duties while the government attempts to understand their demands. The strike was not organized under the auspices of the major UGTT labor union, UGTT member Sami Tahri told Tunisia Live. “This is a wild strike, a spontaneous strike,” Tahri said. “The workers are striking because they had made an indemnity agreement with the municipality to ensure fair compensation and the agreement has yet to be enforced.”
Protesters and Police Clash in Tunis Neighborhood
Protesters clashed with security forces in the Ettadhamen neighborhood of Tunis Sunday night. The Ministry of Interior reported that protesters injured a police officer, attacked a bank, and vandalized a row of shops, according to ministry spokesperson Mohamed Ali Aroui. Radio station Mosaique FM reported that police forces used teargas and fired birdshot to disperse the protesters after they set fire to tires and blocked the roads running through the neighborhood Sunday evening. Aroui confirmed the use of teargas but denied that police forces had used birdshot on the protesters.
Police officer Houcem Bouhalli had to be transported to the La Marsa police hospital Sunday night after being hit in the head with a bottle by a protester, Mosaique reported. Police forces arrested six protesters Sunday evening, Aroui said. Sunday marked the third straight day of violent demonstrations in the northern suburb of Tunis. They began Friday when protesters attacked the police headquarters in the region and looted the Tunisiana and Orange cell phone stores, according to Mosaique FM. Police forces arrested over fifty protesters Friday and Saturday, Aroui said.
Vidarbha farm widows threaten hunger strike
As many as 300 widows of farmers who committed suicide in the killing fields of Vidarbha will go on an indefinite hunger strike in Nagpur next month to protest against the “mega agriculture expo” planned in the city. This was immediately after leaders of the ruling political allies in Maharashtra–Prithviraj Chavan of the Congress and Sharad Pawar of Nationalist Congress Party–on Sunday jointly announced the event and said that it would have over 50 lakh farmers connected across the country.
Five lakh are expected to participate in the expo. Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti leader Kishore Tiwari told Deccan Herald over phone from Nagpur that the government plans to spend over Rs 45 crore on this exposition, which only talks of superficial technology, soil-erosion and crop practices that disturb the environment. However, it allegedly “avoids holding discussions on cost-credit and sustainable agrarian economics”.