Security stepped up ahead of CA inauguration
KATHMANDU: Security forces are preparing to step up security in and around the New Baneshwor-based International Conference Centre, in view of the first meeting of the second Constituent Assembly, which will begin on January 22. Nepal Police will put in place necessary security measures around the CA complex on the day, taking into account possible threats resulting from rallies and protests. The CPN-Maoist-led 33-party-alliance has said it will disrupt the first meeting of the constitution-making body.
Greece: firebombs thrown outside party HQ
ATHENS, Greece (AP) Police say a group of attackers threw firebombs at riot police officers guarding the headquarters of Greece’s socialist Pasok party in central Athens, in an incident that resulted in no injuries.
Police Raid home of Released Hunger Striking Prisoner
JERUSALEM, January 21, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli police raided Tuesday the East Jerusalem residence of Samer Issawi, the Palestinian prisoner released last month from Israeli jails after going on hunger strike for nine months, according to his sister Shireen Issawi.
Employees in one of Iran’s largest plants hold protest
Over 400 workers of the Iran Tire plant, located near the city of Karaj and engaged in the production of tires, held a protest outside the enterprise, Iranian ILNA agency reported on Jan.21. According to the information, the plant workers went on strike due to the dismissal of 80 employees.
Police Hold Seven After Clashes at Chinese Fishing Village
Authorities in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian are holding seven people following violent clashes at the weekend over a controversial land reclamation project, local residents said on Monday. More than a dozen residents of Aoshan village near Putian city were injured in the clashes with police amid widespread opposition to the forcible reclamation of local coastal waters and the imminent destruction of their seafood farms.
“Villagers here can easily make 10,000 yuan[ U.S. $1,652] [out of a seafood business],” a resident of Sanjiangkou township, which administers Aoshan, said after the clashes. “This village is like one big family, according to law, and they are coming to our home to cause trouble,” said the resident, who gave only his surname, Gong.
Nicaragua promises to meet sugar workers’ demands after farmer dies in clash with police
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – The Nicaraguan government said Monday it has assigned a high-ranking official to mediate between sugar workers and their employers after police killed a farmer over the weekend during a protest at a sugar mill. Deputy Interior Minister Carlos Najar will present possible solution to the workers’ demands by next week, the government said in a statement.
Sugar workers have been protesting the last two weeks to demand employers pay for medical care for those who have chronic kidney disease that they say is caused by working in cane fields. They also want compensation paid to the families of workers who have died from kidney problems.