Nine policemen injured in anti-government protests in Montenegro
(Reuters) – Nine policemen were injured in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica on Saturday when rocks were thrown from a crowd of several hundred people demanding the resignation of the government, a police spokeswoman said. “We want to live, we want to work!” protesters angry about high unemployment and the slow pace of economic reform chanted in front of the government headquarters before being dispersed with teargas. “We want them to resign!”
The demonstrators had no political backing but were responding to a call on a Facebook profile entitled “Revolution in Montenegro – everyone on the streets”. The profile disappeared during the course of the day.
Botleng protesters go on rampage
Less than 24 hours after Botleng residents torched ANC offices near Delmas, Mpumalanga police say community members have once again gone on the rampage. During unrest on Wednesday, a 17-year-old was shot and wounded during clashes between foreign nationals and locals. It’s understood frustrations first arose due to a lack of employment in the area, with residents complaining that local mining companies were hiring outsiders at the expense of locals. But demonstrators are now reportedly venting their anger at the local mayor.
Israeli forces open fire on Gaza protesters, 17 injured
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, injuring 17 people, medics said. Emergency services chief Ashraf al-Qidra told AFP 13 protesters were wounded by gunfire and four hit by tear gas. Earlier he said one of the men shot was in critical condition. The wounded were taken to Kamal Adwan hospital for treatment. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the shooting but did not say if anyone was injured.
“Hundreds of Palestinians were throwing stones to try to damage the security fence between Gaza and Israel,” said the spokeswoman. “Our soldiers tried to keep the crowd at bay by using anti-riot methods and by firing live bullets towards the legs of the main instigators,” she added.
8 injured in clashes across West Bank
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians were injured, and others suffered from excessive tear-gas inhalation in clashes that broke out with Israeli forces throughout the West Bank. Six young Palestinians were shot with live bullets at the entrance of al-Jalazun refugee camp northeast of Ramallah.
Jordanians March against Israel, US-Brokered Deal
People took to streets of the capital Amman on Friday to voice their opposition to the deal brokered by the United States. The protesters burned the Israeli flag and chanted anti-US slogans as Jordanian King Abdullah II was about to meet US President Barack Obama. The demonstrators called on the Jordanian king to “revoke the peace treaty with the Zionists” signed in 1994. The rally also slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been pushing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA chief Mahmoud Abbas to accept the deal, Press TV reported.
Turkey police fire tear gas at Kurdish protesters
DIYARBAKIR (Turkey): Turkish anti-riot police on Saturday fired tear gas and water cannon at Kurdish protesters calling for the release of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan as the demonstration turned violent. Some 100 Kurdish protesters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at the police in the southeastern, Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir, after a major demo marking the anniversary of Ocalan’s 1999 capture by Turkish agents. Police responded with tear gas and water cannon. Similar protests took place in other cities in Turkey’s southeast, with police often intervening to disperse the groups.
Six Injured As Police, Borei Keila Villagers Clash
At least six people were injured on Friday when a small group of Borei Keila villagers were evicted from the grounds of an unfinished building in Phnom Penh that they began occupying this week in a bid to draw attention to a years-long fight for proper replacement housing.
Kazakhstan: Almaty Police Arrest Anti-Devaluation Protesters
Up to several dozen protesters demonstrating against Kazakhstan’s recent devaluation of the national currency were arrested on February 15 in the commercial capital, Almaty. Riot police swooped down on as many as 200 protesters as they marched to city hall from their original venue nearby, where they had held a small unsanctioned rally against this week’s 19-percent devaluation of the tenge. Demonstrators urged government action over mounting socioeconomic problems and inflation.
Pegu farmers injured in police crackdown
Three farmers were injured in Pegu on Friday when police broke up a protest site where about 100 locals from the town of Thegon had been demanding the return of their farmland which they say was confiscated by the army. More than 100 farmers from Thegon’s Aungon village had been occupying a vacant lot in the centre of the town since 10 February, calling for the return of over 1,100 acres of farmland they claim was confiscated by the Burmese armed forces in 2000.