QC shanties’ demolition turns violent
Several strings of violence throughout the day were not enough to stop the demolition of shanties along Agham Road at Barangay North Triangle San Roque in Quezon City. Squatters and informal settlers led by the militant group Anakpawis and Kadamay formed their barricade as early as 6 o’clock in the morning. It did not take long before demolition teams backed by anti-riot police marched closer to the demolition site, and that’s when things got out of hand.
The militant-backed squatters, not allowing their homes to be torn down. threw improvised explosives, broken glass bottles, rocks and pieces of wood at the police. But with an overwhelming number of Quezon City police who resorted to firing tear-gas on the protesters a number of times, the demolition teams gained ground. As the violence continued, several of the protesters were rushed to hospital suffering from physical injuries and suffocation due to tear gas inhalation. Police did not divulge information on how many persons were injured, but Kadamay’s record is 23 including seven children rushed to nearby hospitals.
Beetham residents protest over shooting
Police moved quickly yesterday to quell protests by residents of Beetham Estate after they attempted to block a portion of the Beetham Highway, then the Priority Bus Route in the vicinity of Pashley Street, Laventille. The residents took to the streets after Randy Williams, 25, a father of three, of Phase Five, Beetham Estate, was shot during an encounter with the police outside the Beetham Landfill. Williams remains warded at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. Police said Williams was at the landfill when he allegedly confronted an officer who had charged him with using obscene language and resisting arrest last December.
They claimed Williams threw stones at the officer, who fired a warning shot in the air. When he did not stop, the officer shot him in the foot. Residents who saw Williams being taken away to hospital protested but were subdued by the police. Around midday, the residents attempted to move their protest to the highway but were blocked by officers of the Inter Agency Task Force, Guard and Emergency Branch, Transit police officers and members of the Defence Force. They were also stopped from protesting on the Priority Bus Route. One angry resident shouted: “Them only shooting people on the Beetham like we is criminal. They suppose to see a gun before they shoot.”
Police break up protest by former Hualon employees
Nearly 100 former Hualon Group employees and their supporters staged a surprise demonstration outside the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday morning then blocked traffic for half an hour while they called on the government to assist them with their demand that their former employer issue retirement payouts.
BHRO holds protest against Panjgur military action
QUETTA – Activists of Baloch Human Rights Organisation (BHRO) on Sunday held a protest demonstration outside Quetta Press Club to condemn the alleged military action in Panjgur district and recovery of 15 bodies from a mass grave in Khuzdar which are believed to be of missing persons…Meanwhile, a complete shutter down strike was observed in different towns of Balochistan on Sunday to condemn the alleged military action in various parts of the province, including Panjgour.
Protest against harassment of students in UoP
Insaf Students Federation activists staged a rally on Monday in protest of alleged harassment of students by teachers of University of Peshawar (UoP).Several female students of UoP had complained of alleged sexual harassment by a lecturer and other senior professors.
Nigeria: Students Protest – Damage to LASU Properties Unquantifiable
The crisis rocking Lagos State University (LASU) over the blocking of 1,292 students from the institution’s portal that would have enabled them to register their 2012/2013 second semester courses took a twist, on Friday, as the university management insisted that the school remained shut down, noting that the damage of the students Thursday protest was unquantifiable. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Obafunwa, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard, after a meeting with members of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), on Friday, disclosed that the management was uncertain when the school will re-open as an assessment of the damages caused by the students’ protest needed to be carried out and measures taken to clean up the university.
Under a matter of urgency in its plenary session, on Thursday, the House had summoned the VC and his management team, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Mr. Bode Agusto, the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, and members of the Students’ Union Government to appear before it in order to ascertain the root causes of the chaos, while proffering solutions.
When Sunday Vanguard visited the Ojo main campus and other external campuses of the university, yesterday, they remained under lock and key, with fierce looking policemen manning the gates. At the Ojo main campus, the police stationed no fewer than 10 vans and two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) at the gates.
Cops shoot Limpopo teen
JOHANNESBURG – Limpopo police allegedly shot dead a teenage boy during a protest in Bolobedu at the weekend — the sixth person reported to be killed by police this year, a spokesman said on Monday.
Brazil: anti-World Cup protesters clash with police after Sao Paulo rally
Violence flared on the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday after more than a 1,000 demonstrators protested in against Brazil’s hosting of the football World Cup later this year. Waving flags, carrying banners and chanting “there will be no Cup”, the demonstrators took to the streets in what the Anonymous Rio protest group billed as the first act in its “Operation Stop the World Cup” campaign. The event was largely peaceful but police later clashed with some protesters.
The demonstrators gathered in front of the Sao Paulo Art Museum for about an hour before heading out to another part of the city chanting slogans against the tournament. As they approached the downtown area, some “Black Block” anarchist demonstrators attacked an empty police car and tried to overturn it, while others torched a small car and smashed the windows of banks, as they have in previous protests since last year. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, dispersing the crowd. More than 100 demonstrators were detained.
Saharawi political prisoner Abdeslam Loumadi on unlimited hunger strike
El Aaiun (Occupied Territories), January 26, 2014 (SPS) – Saharawi political prisoner Abdeslam Loumadi started Saturday an unlimited hunger strike at the Carcel Negra jail in El Aaiun (occupied territories of Western Sahara), in protest of the mistreatment he underwent in police stations. Abdeslam Loumadi demands the opening of an inquiry into the torture he has been subjected to and the rape threats he has received.
Germany Nabs Alleged Chile Guerrilla Group Member
A French woman suspected of being a member of a now-defunct left-wing guerrilla group in Chile has been arrested in Germany. Marie Emmanuelle Verhoeven was captured while trying to board a flight from Hamburg to Dubai late Saturday. A police statement says the 54-year-old has been wanted since 1996 on an international arrest warrant for murder, forming a terrorist organization and grievous bodily harm resulting in death.Verhoeven allegedly was a member of the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front set up in the 1980s to fight the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.