CPN-Maoist captures 5 bighas of land in Nawalparasi
NAWALPARASI: CPN-Maoist affiliated All Nepal Farmers’ Association (ANFA) has captured 5 Bigha land in Tilakpur-56 here, belonging to one Devilal Dhakal. A team led by CPN-Maoist District Secretary Chhabilal Kharel hoisted party flag on Dhakal’s land today. Secretary Kharel said the land was captured as per the ANFA’s central policy. He alleged land owner Dhakal of planning to plot the arable land and sell it to make easy money. According to him, the party would distribute the land to the landless farmers.
Liberia: Protest Mars Legislative Session
A group of young men believed to be students of the state run University of Liberia or UL setup road blocks early Monday morning with burning tires before the entrance of the university campus and the Capitol Building housing members of the Legislature. Both the University and Capitol building are opposite each other. The incident occurred just hours before members of the 53rd Legislature could resume sitting for the 3rd time on Monday.
A similar demonstration has been planned ahead of the President’s state of the Nation’s address due later this month. The students protest is part of their demand for the reopening of the University, which doors have been shut since November 2013. Armed Police Officers of the Emergency Response Unit or ERU were immediately deployed yesterday morning to backup the Police Support Unit or PSU, which is the riot control unit of the Liberia National Police to prevent further escalation of violence.
Police said they made no arrest, but they have called in three of UL’s securities to give an account of the situation. The suspects, yet to be identified, drove on the UL main campus early Monday morning, erected and poured gas on tires before setting them ablaze.
6 Police injured in clash with striking Chilean port workers
Santiago, Jan 13 (EFE).- Six police officers were injured and the offices of the Ultraport company were wrecked during a march by about 100 striking port workers in the northern Chilean city of Antofagasta, local Bio Bio radio reported. The incident occurred Monday afternoon when the port workers, including Ultraport union leaders, began throwing rocks and intimidating the firm’s administrative employees, the radio station said. The injured police officers were guarding the site, Bio Bio said. Ultraport said in a communique that the incident was part of “a string of acts of violence that have been registered since the start of the strike by Union 2 last December.”
EDL Contract Workers Reopen Dora Highway after Promises by Jreissati
Electricite du Liban contract workers decided on Tuesday to reopen Dora highway as a goodwill gesture after promises by Caretaker Labor Minister Salim Jreissati to follow up the case of KVA service provider company’s decision to sack 62 workers. Jreissati described after talks with a delegation from the contract workers committee the company’s decision as “arbitrary dismissal.” He called on the KVA company to return the 62 sacked employees back to their posts immediately, saying that Wednesday’s meeting with KVA management will be decisive.
The EDL committee warned after the meeting that it will force the closure of all EDL branches across Lebanon if Wednesday’s meeting didn’t reach any fruitful results. A scuffle that erupted on Tuesday between EDL contract workers and security forces as the employees were trying to block the road near KVA company in Dora, north of Beirut, with burning tires, prompted the employees to sit in the middle of the highway.
Moroccan police, Sahrawis clash in pro-independence protest in Laayoune
Young protestors in Western Sahara’s main city of Laayoune clashed with Moroccan security forces, according to Agence France-Presse Tuesday. The demonstrators allegedly torched a police vehicle and “hurled petrol bombs” at security forces Monday evening, said Hamoud Iguilid from the Moroccan Association for Human Rights.
The police also threw rocks and chased the protestors in return, he added. Moroccan government sources said the police car was completely destroyed in the clash leaving the policeman hospitalized, but Iguilid told AFP that the no one was injured in the clash in the disputed annexed territory. The protest was held in the Porco district of Laayoune with youths calling for independence from Morocco.