Israeli forces open fire on protests across West Bank, injuring dozens
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday as protesters clashed with Israeli military forces in villages across the West Bank. Demonstrations against the Israeli occupation took place in Kafr Qaddum, Beit Ummar, al-Jalazun, and Silwad on Friday afternoon. Israeli forces responded with force injuring more than 30 protesters with live and rubber-coated steel bullets as well as dozens more with excessive firing of tear gas. Five Israeli soldiers were also reported injured in the clashes after being struck by rocks.
More than 70 injured during protest in Kosovo capital
Pristina. 71 people, 31 of whom police officers have been injured during the protest staged in front of the Pristina University in Kosovo on Friday, the local police announced. Police spokesperson, Brahim Sadrija, said that for the first time the protesters attacked the police and started throwing different hard objects at the law-enforcement officers. 33 people were arrested for 48 hours, including the director of the Kosovo Institute for Political Studies and Development, Ilir Deda, and MP Il Hodza.
Sarajevo tense after week of violent political protests
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Feb. 8 (UPI) — The Bosnian capital of Sarajevo remained largely paralyzed Saturday following an eruption of violent protests of the economy, officials said. Businesses were closed in the wake of the rioting, which also hit other Bosnian cities, including Mostar and Tuzla, Euronews said. Government buildings were sacked and cars were set on fire during the week. Security forces responded with water cannon and tear gas, contributing to more than 200 injuries.
South Africa: Miner killed in clash with police
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Striking miners in South Africa clashed with police after using rocks and burning tires to block a road leading to a platinum mine, and one protester was killed, a mining company said Saturday. The miner was fatally injured Friday as police sought to disperse protesters near Anglo American Platinum’s Union mine near Northam town, the company said. An investigation is underway. Anglo American said the slain protester was an official with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, a labor group that is leading the stoppage by tens of thousands of workers. The strike for higher wages started Jan. 23, and there have been increasing reports of violence around platinum mines.
Protesters hurl petrol bombs in ‘tense’ Bekkersdal
JOHANNESBURG – Petrol bombs were thrown at two voter registration stations in Bekkersdal on the West Rand on Saturday, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said. “The most serious incident of protest action is reported in Bekkersdal… where two voting stations had to be closed after opening on schedule today when petrol bombs were thrown at them and registration staff were threatened,” the IEC said in a statement.
Violent marches lead Durham to change protest rules
DURHAM, N.C. — Following three violent marches over the death of a teen in police custody, the Durham City Council on Friday adopted new rules for demonstrations in the city. “We wanted to make sure that, for future activities such as we’ve had before, that everybody has a clear understanding of what is expected of them,” Mayor Bill Bell said. “There shouldn’t be any question about what’s expected of a person that marches, and we expect them to follow that.”
The rules bar protesters from Durham Police Department property, including parking lots and grass around buildings. They also prohibit people from wearing masks, hoods or otherwise concealing their identities during a demonstration and from using fireworks or other pyrotechnics during a march. Future protests also must be held during daylight hours and only after organizers have obtained a city permit.
Greek Teachers, Workers Protest, Clash With Police
Thousands of Greek teachers and municipal workers have scuffled with police during a protest at job layoffs as police respond with pepper spray. The state teachers and municipal workers held a demonstration in the capital Athens outside the country’s Council of State on Friday.