Farming activists jailed for provoking riot
The Bandung District Court sentenced on Tuesday two board members of the Indramayu United Farmers (STI) to one-and-a-half years in prison each for instigating a riot after a demonstration opposing the development of a dam in the Loyang block, Bubur Gadung village, Indramayu regency, West Java. The defendants, Rojak and Khamsah, along with three other activists who will be tried separately, were arrested in August last year following the rally, which turned violent. During the demonstration, several farmers were beaten by a group of unidentified men. To avenge their attack, the farmers then burned an excavator and two other pieces of heavy equipment at the project site.
Chilean police arrest key port strike figure
Special forces from the Chilean police have arrested eight workers involved in the debilitating strikes in San Antonio, including Port Workers Front (FTP) spokesperson Sergio Vargas, website Soysanantonio.cl reported. The workers were detained in the port’s Espigón sector today while preparing a communal meal, arrested for what appear to be public order offences. FTP leader Julio Castillo told the publication the arrest was violent and unjustified. The website also reported there was a “giant fire” last night in Ultramar facilities at the port, which was extinguished by firefighters.
Six shot in violent protests in Ouanaminthe, Haiti
OUANAMINTHE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Six persons were shot during intense protesting in Ouanaminthe that began Sunday with residents of this town denouncing a black-out of electricity since January 2. Daily activities were paralyzed Monday and Tuesday, especially in the free trade zone administered by the Industrial Development Company (CODEVI), a subsidiary of the Dominican Grupo M, which employs six thousand workers. Armed civilians opened fire in the streets to demand authorities to return electricity which went totally private on January 2 in this town bordering the Dominican Republic.
Mombasa hawkers, cops in street clash
There were clashes yesterday morning in Mombasa town as hawkers fought police and county askaris. The hawkers were protesting at being ejected from the Central Business District by the county government despite an earlier agreement that they would be allocated stalls elsewhere including Buxton and Mwembe Tayari.
Business was disrupted as owners closed shop along the main Digo Road, Haile Selassie avenue, Jomo Kenyatta avenue and parts of Moi Avenue. Tuskys supermarket, No Maneno Bazar, and A-One supermarket along Digo Road were some of the business premises closed during the chaos. The hawkers claimed that last year Governor Hassan Joho agreed that they could operate in alleys until the county government found a suitable place to relocate them to and build stalls for them.
Greece to offer 4 million euro fugitive reward
ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities announced rewards totaling 4 million euros ($5.4 million) Wednesday for information leading to the capture of fugitives in four terrorism-related cases, days after an escaped convict posted a video statement on the Internet vowing to resume attacks.
Police search homes for link to fugitive Xeros
Police searched the homes of self-styled anarchists and relatives of fugitive November 17 member Christodoulos Xeros in Athens and Thessaloniki on Tuesday as the US State Department urged the Greek government to catch the terrorist group’s gunman as quickly as possible. Anti-terrorism squad officers searched eight houses in Athens, leading to the arrest of a man for illegally possessing a weapon. The suspect, identified just by his initials G.K., is known to police as he was arrested in 2005 when equipment was stolen from riot police in front of PASOK’s headquarters. Police said they found a handgun at his apartment.
Three police injured by homemade bomb in Paraguay
Asunción- Three policemen were injured Tuesday by the explosion of a homemade device on the outskirts of Asuncion, authorities said. Speaking to reporters, Interior Minister, Francisco de Vargas, said the victims suffered minor injuries.