World Popular Resistance Clippings 12/2/2014


5 Injured In Riots Over Power Blackout In Guinean Capital

Five people, including two security officers were injured in riots over lack of electricity in the Guinean capital Conakry, hospital sources disclosed on Tuesday. The protest-induced violence erupted on Monday in Dabompa district before spreading to Lansanaya, where protesters blocked roads, paralysing movement. Intervention by security forces degenerated into confrontations between protesters and security forces, leaving five people injured.

Chinese villagers attack polluting factory, police

BEIJING (AP) — Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest. Residents of Baha, a village in Yunnan province, said Wednesday that police were arresting people involved in Friday’s clash at the local police station. The official Xinhua News Agency said police had identified 16 suspects. Three villagers reached by phone said they had grown increasingly angry over a local metalwork factory that had been coughing up black smoke and discharging polluted wastewater into the rural area.

20 Injured, 10 Arrested During Argentine Protest

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 12 (BERNAMA-NNN-XINHUA) — At least 20 people were injured and 10 arrested on Tuesday during a protest held in Argentina’s northern province of Chaco to demand social benefits, local media reported. Local daily El Clarin said that the police used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters, organised by the Movement of Unemployed Workers “12 de Junio”. The police action began at 10:30 a.m. local time (1330 GMT), when people were protesting in the streets surrounding the 25 de Mayo Square to demand the government to fulfill the promises of social benefits and housing, El Clarin reported.

Kenya: Villagers Protest Mining of Iron Ore

Residents of Got Nyango village in Karachuonyo subcounty, Homa Bay county on Monday held a peaceful demonstration over iron ore mining in the area. They invaded God Nyango hill where the mining is being carried, forcing employees of Sky light company to run away. The residents said the company has not honoured the agreement they made before.

Police investigate bomb crater linked to terrorist attack

Police were investigating a bomb crater and other evidence discovered near the premises of Mercedes Benz in Varibombi, northern Athens, after a far-leftist guerilla organization Group of Popular Fighters claimed to have launched a rocket-propelled attack on the company on January 12, Skai reported late on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the guerilla group also claimed responsibiity for the attack on the residence of the German Ambassador in Athens on January 12, dedicating the hit to the memory of Dimitris Christoulas, a pensioner who shot himself on Syntagma Square in April 2012 in protest at the austerity measures.

According to reports, witnesses of the Varibombi attack said they heard a blast at 11 p.m. and had notified authorities and had subsequently observed police officers scouting the scene for evidence. Police at the time said no evidence had been found in relation to an attack. In the proclamation letter published on To Pontiki newspaper website on Tuesday, the group claimed to have carried out the attacks in a “campaign against the German capitalist matchine.” The group also claimed an attack on the headquarters of New Democracy on Syngrou Avenue, in southern Athens, in January last year.

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