Redundant Bosnian Workers Protest in Tuzla
The protesters rallied on Wednesday in front of the cantonal government building in the north-eastern Bosnian town, calling for compensation and repayments of healthcare and pensions payments after the companies for which they worked failed. “We will block the Tuzla Canton government and we will not let them go out [of the building]. They should do their jobs or resign,” one of the protesters told local media. “We are not to blame that the companies are not working,” another said.
Protesters also demanded that the authorities ensure that 1,000 jobs are kept open at detergent company Dita and furniture company Konjuh, two of the failed firms. Also at the rally were workers from Polihem, which produced salt for industrial use, chemical company Poliochem and gum company Resod Guming, as well a local association for the unemployed, students and others. Local media reports said that protesters at one point broke into the cantonal government building before police got the situation under control, and one cameraman was injured.
Dozens to appear in court for Bronkhorstspruit unrest
RETHABISENG – 31 residents of townships in and around Bronkhorstspruit expected to appear in court this morning. They were arrested during protests over electricity costs yesterday. Protests started last week, and saw several public buildings, including a police station and library being burnt down. Residents are unhappy about a new prepaid electricity system and claim the City of Tswhane is refusing to hear them out. Dozens of tyres were set alight and roads were blockaded in different parts of Zithobeni.
Sebokeng protester shot dead
Johannesburg – A protester was killed on Wednesday and five others arrested for public violence in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg, Gauteng police said. “Five people were arrested for public violence on Wednesday afternoon during the service delivery protests in Sebokeng,” Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said.
Israeli forces raid protest village in Jordan valley
JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday raided the protest village of Ein Hijleh and fired live bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at protesters there, a Palestinian lawmaker said.
Mapuche activist faces life as notorious arson and murder trial begins
Oral hearings began Monday in the Luchsinger-Mackay murder trial that could see Mapuche activist Celestino Córdova face life imprisonment under the anti-terrorism law in one of the most emblematic cases to employ the controversial legislation. Seventeen people were apprehended as blood ran high among the members of the Mapuche community gathered outside the Araucanía Region’s public prosecutor’s office in support of Córdova — a man charged with burning the home and causing the death of Werner Luchsinger Lemp (75) and Vivian Mackay González (69) on Jan 4. 2013.
The home stood on property owned by the Luchsingers since 1906, however some members of the Mapuche community claimed ancestral rights over the land. While a group of activists is implicated in the attack, Córdova is the sole individual charged in the case, after being found injured by a gunshot wound allegedly on the couple’s land.