Demonstrations against Viennese right-wing ball turn violent
Police in the Austrian capital, Vienna, say they arrested about a dozen people on Friday evening after initially peaceful protests, involving some 6,000 demonstrators, against the so-called Academics Ball (Akademikerball) in the city’s Hofburg palace turned violent. “We have several arrests and also injured police officers,” a police spokeswoman said. Police also reported damage to storefronts and at least one police vehicle.
Police: $5,000 damage caused in protest march over Durham teen’s death
DURHAM, N.C. — Police said Friday that people protesting the death of a Durham teen in police custody caused $5,000 in damage to patrol cars and a substation last weekend.
Nigeria: Students of Federal University, Otuoke, Protest Hike in Fees
Students of the newly established Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, on Thursday paralysed the activities at the institution following a protest against alleged increase in school fees. The students, who barricaded roads leading to the Otuoke Community and the institution, described the increase in the school fees from N55, 000 to N85, 000 as unacceptable. The protest also led to the closure of some business outlets in the area. One of the students, Christy Asuen, said the increase in the tuition fees was not commensurate with the facilities available. “We are studying under very tedious conditions. We don’t have power and water, most of us buy water and contribute money to buy power generating set,” she said.
Families: UNRWA responsible for hunger striking employees
HEBRON (Ma’an) — The families of hunger striking employees of the UN agency for Palestine refugees said Saturday that UNRWA would be held responsible for any harm to the strikers’ health. Family dignitaries told Ma’an that they would “sue the UNRWA administration at all international levels” if necessary. The hunger strikers’ demands are “just,” and they are supported by their families, the dignitaries said.
They urged the Palestinian Authority to pressure UNRWA to comply with the demands of the strikers. A group of former UNRWA employees who were laid off at the end of 2013 have been on hunger strike for as many as 28 days, demanding their jobs back and a raise in salaries for Palestinian UNRWA workers. In addition to the hunger strikers, Palestinian UNRWA employees have been on strike for nearly two months in protest of low salaries and UNRWA policies regarding employees who are detained by the Israeli military.