Police, Jobless Protesters Clash in Tunisia’s Gabes
Hundreds of unemployed Tunisians clashed with police Friday in the industrial city of Gabes after trying to break into a government building, amid simmering social unrest across the country, an Agence France Presse journalist reported. The protesters hurled rocks at the police who responded by firing tear gas and chasing them through the streets surrounding the regional governor’s headquarters. The demonstrators, for the most part unemployed youths, were demanding jobs with a company affiliated to the Tunisian Chemical Group, following rumors it had launched a recruitment campaign.
Worker at Newmont Peru joint venture kidnapped then freed-spokesman
Jan 17 (Reuters) – Protesters in northern Peru abducted a contract security worker at Newmont Mining Corp’s Conga project on Thursday and held him until the early hours of Friday morning, a spokesman for the U.S. miner’s Peruvian joint venture said on Friday.
Kuruman protesters hijack truck
KURUMAN – Protesters hijacked a truck and used it as a barricade during a service delivery and unemployment protest in Kuruman on Thursday night. DA MP Juanita Terblanche said the truck was hijacked in a suburb of Kuruman. “The protesters pushed the truck on its side and used it as a barricade,” she said. “We can’t yet confirm how many people are dead. However, we were informed that some arrests have been made.”
Leader of Guatemalan indigenous people shot dead
A prominent leader of Guatemala’s indigenous people was shot and killed on Thursday by unknown assailants. Juan de Leon Tuyuc Velasquez was killed in the Solola Department, radio broadcaster Emisoras Unidas reported, citing police. The former guerilla commander had led social projects in the region. “My brother has died after he was attacked deceitfully,” wrote his sister and human rights activist Rosalina Tuyuc on Facebook.
Western Sahara: Saharawi Political Prisoner Starts Open Hunger Strike
Sale — The Saharawi political prisoner and student, Cheick Banga, will start as from today, Friday, an open hunger strike to protest Sale prison administration’s refusal to give him a room to study, reported a Saharawi media source.
Greek police said Friday they are investigating a threat to Yorgos Provopoulos, the country’s central bank governor, after an envelope containing two bullets was sent to his office.
Paraguayan military officer dies of wounds suffered in guerrilla attack
ASUNCION, Paraguay – A Paraguayan military officer has died of wounds suffered in a clash with a guerrilla group last month. Officials at the military hospital in the capital Asuncion confirmed the death of 29-year-old Lt. Mario Avalos on Friday after a 39-day coma. Government forces clashed with the members of the small, left-wing Paraguayan People’s Army on Dec. 8 in the Concepcion region some 440 kilometres (about 270 miles) north of Asuncion.