Street protest inevitable for pro-people constitution: Baidya
CHITWAN, Jan 23: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya on Thursday made it clear that the newly elected Constituent Assembly (CA) would not promulgate a new constitution in the country. Speaking at a press conference organized by Revolutionary Journalists´ Association here in Narayangadh this morning, Baidya opined that street struggle is inevitable for writing a pro-people constitution.
“People’s expectation of drafting people’s constitution cannot be fulfilled through the existing CA,” said Baidya, adding, “We have demanded for holding an all-side political meeting for writing the new constitution after dissolving the CA.” He further warned of launching a stern street protest if political parties failed to heed to their proposal. Baidya also said that his party would announce fresh struggle program after the completion of three-month long internal party organization formation and consolidation campaign.
Statute already ready‚ says Gajurel
KATHMANDU: Vice-chairman of CPN-Maoist CP Gajurel today claimed that Nepal’s constitution has already been drafted somewhere in a foreign land and the country is just waiting for its translation in the Nepali language. Addressing an interaction at Reporters Club here today Gajurel said a readymade constitution would be issued before the new Constituent Assembly is one year old. “I have received information that the new constitution will be issued when the Nepali people are celebrating their greatest festival Dashain,” he said.
Gajurel said the CA comprising a majority of regressive forces can never draft a pro-people constitution. He termed the CA a white elephant, which in his words, was very expensive to keep. Alleging that UCPN-M had become like Nepali Congress and UML, Gajurel said unification with UCPN-M was impossible. He, however, said his party has been discussing unification with CPN-United and Revolutionary Communist Party.
Man killed in Roodepoort protests
Another person has allegedly been shot dead by police in a violent protest. A 28-year-old man was killed during a protest over evictions at Durban Deep in Roodepoort on Gauteng’s West Rand. Authorities allege the man, Tshepo Babuseng, was part of a group of protestors who charged at an officer during the unrest. Babuseng died after allegedly being shot in the chest by a police officer. Twenty four people were arrested for public violence.
26 labour protests during the first half of January: ECESR
The Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) reported that at least 26 labour protests took place during the first half of the month. The ECESR released a report on Wednesday chronologically detailing different forms of labour protests that took place between 1 and 13 January. The different types of protests ECESR reported included eight demonstrations, nine strikes and seven sit-ins. At least eight of the 26 protests were organised in relation to the doctors’ strike, which started on 1 January.
Sudan: Protesting Central Darfur Students Beaten
Zalingei — Protesting students at the University of Zalingei in Central Darfur on Tuesday were subjected to beating by the security forces. One of the students told Radio Dabanga that security forces attacked a group of students at the Zalingei market. The students were distributing leaflets denouncing the “military fees” imposed by the government on traders and shop owners last week in support of military operations.
LASU Students Disrupt Exams, Stone Vice Chancellor
PM NEWS LAGOS – students went on the rampage Thursday, disrupting the university’s second semester examination and destroying properties in the process. The protest which started Wednesday over the closure of the university’s registration portal, led to stoning of the University Vice Chancellor Prof. John Obafunwa, as he tried to evade the riotous students who had blocked the main gate and made bonfires on the Lagos-Badagry expressway. An eye witness told P.M.NEWS Thursday that students threw sticks and stones at the Vice Chancellor’s convoy as he made to escape through an alternative route beside Connoil Filling station.
Greece fears terrorist attack as it hosts EU meeting
Athens — Greece boosted security similar to that implemented during the Athens 2004 Olympics yesterday amid rising fears of a possible terrorist attacks on a high-level target. More than 2,000 riot and special forces police as well as dozens of helicopters were patrolling the area around the historic site of Zappeion Hall in central Athens as an informal meeting of the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs Council was scheduled to take place.
Man hurt in clash with Paraguayan police loses his eye
A man who took a rubber bullet in the eye when he and other peasants clashed with Paraguayan police deployed to protect a tractor spraying toxic pesticides near their homes will lose his eye, a hospital director told Efe Thursday. Anibal Alegre, 67, is undergoing surgery at the Emergency Medical Center, Dr. Anibal Filartiga said. Alegre was among a group of around 100 peasants who sought on Wednesday to stop the fumigation of a soy plantation just 20 meters (66 feet) from their homes in Cresencio Gonzalez, a settlement in the General Resquin municipality of northern Paraguay. Brandishing sticks, the peasants tried to get past the 250 police officers guarding a plantation belonging to a Brazilian national who holds more than 40,000 hectares (98,800 acres) in General Resquin, Mayor Eugenio Rodas Riquelme told Efe.