Death penalty for alleged Purba Bangla militants in cop killing case
A Bagerhat court sentenced three alleged Purba Bangla Communist Party militants to death in absentia Sunday for the 2004 killing of a village police officer.
We are preparing for a movement: Gajurel
CHITWAN, Feb. 16: Vice-Chairman of the CPN–Maoist, CP Gajurel, has said that his party was making preparations for a movement for constitution, national sovereignty and livelihood. At a news conference organised by the CPN-Maoist Chitwan at Bharatpur today, Gajurel said that campaign has already been launched at the village-level for the same.
Clashes in Kurdistan yesterday
Nine policemen injured at Montenegro protests
Police in Montenegro have fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing protesters who were blaming the government for high unemployment, economic mismanagement and alleged corruption. Nine policemen were injured in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica on Saturday during the clashes with the protesters, many of them wearing masks to conceal their identities, the AP news agency reported.
Aceh Prison Inmates Riot After Officials Refuse Hospital Visit
Banda Aceh/Jakarta. Hundreds of inmates serving time in the Lhokseumawe prison in Aceh rioted at the weekend, clashing with officials, setting fire to parts of the prison and injuring one fireman. “The riot started on Saturday when an inmate fell sick and members of the family wanted to take him to the hospital but were not given permission by prison officials,” Fathlurachman, chairman of the Justice and Human Rights Ministry’s Aceh branch, said on Sunday. Fatlurachman said some inmates had been angered by the action and started throwing stones at officials. The situation eventually got out of control when hundreds more soon joined.
Riot breaks out in Pyinmana police station
Inmates set fire to four cells following an outbreak of violence at Pyinmana police station on Saturday as riot police responded with live rounds, according to official sources. The disturbances erupted in the morning after one inmate had been hospitalised for smashing his head against the bars and managed to escape jail wardens when they attempted to sedate him. “We gave him an injection to calm his mind but he tried to run away before the medicine took effect.
When the policemen tried to catch him, other inmates who want to create violence set fire the cells,” said Deputy Police Major Win Sein. Prisoners used piles of clothes and journals to set fire to their cells forcing the authorities to call in 100 riot police and four fire engines to control the situation. There have been no reported casualties.
Workers strike at Egypt’s biggest public textile hits day 7
The strike at Egypt’s largest public textile company in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla entered its seventh day on Sunday, with around 20,000 workers demanding a minimum wage, back pay in yearly bonuses and the removal of the company’s head. Negotiations between employees and representatives of Mahalla Weaving and Textile Company failed to end the strike on Saturday.
Second day of protests over currency value in Kazakhstan
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Feb. 16 (UPI) — Three people were detained Sunday in Kazakhstan during a rally to protest the devaluation of the nation’s currency, officials said. Two of the detainees were described as journalists who were among the dozens of protesters who took part in the unsanctioned rally at the Monument of Independence in central Almaty.
Chilean police clash with protesting fishermen
Chilean police have clashed with fishermen in the southern city of Lebu during a demonstration against the government’s new fishing quotas. The police fired tear gas against the protesters to disperse the crowd, who had blocked a highway leading into the port city of Lebu. The protesters also threw stones at the offices of local government officials. Several people including five police officers were injured in the scuffles and nearly two dozen protesters were arrested. The protest came after the Chilean government imposed a new law, called the Fisheries Act, which limits the amount of fish they are allowed to harvest every year.