World Popular Resistance Clippings 19/2/2014

Pipeline Workers Attacked in Remote Area of Peru

LIMA, Peru—Gas-transportation company Transportadora de Gas del Peru SA said Tuesday that unknown individuals attacked workers that were building a compressor plant in a remote area of southern Peru that is rife with remnants of leftist guerrillas.

Strikes and political divisions plague Tunisia phosphate industry

A cold wind blows fine phosphate dust into the eyes and clothes of a dozen people staging a sit-in at a bleak industrial site in Redeyef, central Tunisia, where the protesters vow to remain until they are given permanent jobs. “We are asking for rights,” said Hassan Nasr. “I have been doing a job planting trees for the agriculture ministry for 15 years without a contract or any security. I am 63 and I have six children.” Mr Nasr is part of a group of 60 agricultural workers who have been preventing phosphate – a crucial Tunisian export – from leaving the processing site in Redeyef in order to exert pressure on the authorities.


Protests ‘degrading security’

High-ranking government officials expounded on the detrimental effect political and labour demonstrations are having on Cambodia’s security during an annual meeting of police officials yesterday. In a speech to about 500 police in leadership positions, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said demonstrations, which have exploded since July’s national election, are breeding opportunistic extremists who incite violence, destroy property and create situations that lead to deaths and injuries.

Kheng listed striking garment workers as well as land and human rights activists as complicit in degrading security in Cambodia last year. After Kheng’s speech, Ministry of Interior spokesman Khieu Sopheak noted six deaths as a result of clashes between police and “anarchists”. “Regrettably, six people were killed in clashes,” Sopheak said, noting one man who was killed in a clash at the Kbal Thnal overpass in September, one woman killed during a demonstration-turned-riot near the Stung Meanchey bridge in November and four people killed during a demonstration supporting a national garment worker strike on Veng Sreng Boulevard last month.

At least two killed in Guinea protests over power cuts

CONAKRY, Feb 18 (Reuters) – At least two people were killed and 30 others injured in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Tuesday when protests against frequent power cuts turned violent and the offices of a Brazilian construction firm were attacked. The protests reflect Guineans’ growing frustration with their government over the lack of development in their West African state, which despite its wealth in minerals remains mired in poverty after decades of misrule. Guinea government spokesman Damatang Albert Camara, told Reuters two people including a gendarme officer were killed, but did not give details. He added that Guinea’s prime minister will address the nation later on Tuesday.

Dozens Protest Tustin Police Shooting

A crowd of demonstrators showed up to tonight’s Tustin City Council meeting to protest the recent police shooting death of Robert Villa. Villa was shot by Tustin officers responding to a disturbance call on Feb. 10, interim Police Chief Charles Celano told council members. Celano said Villa confronted officers with a knife, something disputed by an attorney representing his family.


Macedonian police on Tuesday detained some ex-workers in bankrupt state companies who were protesting in front of the government building. A protest in Skopje by several hundred ex-workers in state firms that went bankrupt during the transition to a free market economy escalated after they received word that no one from the government was willing to talk to them. In what had been a peaceful rally until then, the police grabbed several of the ex-workers and arrested their leader, Liljana Georgievska, after some of them tried to break through the police cordon.

Georgievska was let out of the police van shortly after a representative of the Macedonian Helsinki Committee intervened with the police. “I say to the government: do not mess with our grey hair anymore because Bosnia and Ukraine will not be enough to describe what will happen to them,” Georgievska said before arrest.

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