Afghan protesters hold massive anti-US rally in Herat
Province Hundreds of angry protesters have staged a massive rally to protest against the killing of a student by US forces in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat. Afghan demonstrators gathered in the town of Shindand to voice their anger at the death of a medical student and the presence of foreign forces.
Eyewitnesses and local residents said a large number of protestors poured onto streets of the town, chanting anti-American slogans and torching American flags and effigies of US President Barack Obama. They also urged officials to stop military operations in the area. According to provincial officials, the Afghan student was killed during a joint military operation launched on Zirkouh village of Shindand district by the Afghan army and US forces.
Police clash with pillaging anarchists in Nantes
PARIS (AP) — Riot police moved into the western French city of Nantes on Saturday, clashing with hundreds of anarchists who broke shop windows, destroyed bus stops and pillaged the city center. At least eight police officers were hospitalized after violent confrontations with up to 1,000 “radicals,” the prefecture of the Loire-Atlantique region said. Fourteen people were detained.
CPN-Maoist demand release of its cadre
KATHMANDU, FEB 23 – The CPN-Maoist had demanded immediate release of its State Committee member Satya Narayan Mahato arrested by police in Mahottari. Issuing a press statement in the Capital on Sunday, the party argued that the arrest of Mahato was against the comprehensive peace accord that provides for formation of truth and reconciliation commission to deal with such cases.
Mahato was arrested regarding cases that took place during the conflict period on Saturday and is now under custody at the Mahottari police office, according to the statement issued by the CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal. Condemning the arrest, the party has urged the Government not to repeat such incidents which could annul the peace accord and push the country towards conflict again.
Unity possible if UCPN-M corrects course: Baidhya
KATHMANDU: Chairman of CPN-Maoist Mohan Baidhya today said his party could unite with UCPN-Maoist if the latter adopted the line of the erstwhile Maoist party’s Palungtar convention and rejected the line of the Hetauda convention. Speaking at a function in Belgium, Baidhya revealed that the two parties have been discussing unification. He also said CPN-M was discussing unity with fringe revolutionary parties. However, CPN-M Vice-chairman C P Gajurel said adoption of the Palungtar line — people’s revolt on the base of people’s war — was only a pre-condition for talks.
Several issues had to be sorted out before unification. “Pushpa Kamal Dahal has taken control of several of our party offices, including the central headquarters in Paris Danda. Besides, there are corrupt leaders. We cannot take all those charges upon us.” Asked whether UCPN-M Chairman Dahal’s statement saying the party split was the main reason behind defeat in polls was because the realisation had dawned on him, Gajurel said Dahal’s call for party unity was an attempt to deceive people.
“He kicked us away from the party by raising internal disputes intentionally. He further said even a working alliance with UCPN-M was unthinkable because the two parties moved in two parallel lines. “Day-to-day politics must be identical if the two parties are to forge a working alliance,” he said adding that UCPN-M was for drafting the constitution from the CA while CPN-M has been struggling for a separate roundtable conference to draft the constitution.
World Cup Protest in Sao Paulo Leads to Vandalized Banks, ATMs
Sao Paulo police surrounded demonstrators protesting Brazil’s spending on the World Cup today after bank branches and automated teller machines were vandalized in the city’s downtown district. The protest in central Sao Paulo’s Republica square started peacefully with demands for increased spending on education and accusations the soccer tournament is an elitist event, images broadcast by the Globo News TV channel showed.
By nightfall hundreds of police had surrounded protesters after groups broke windows and damaged public telephones, the broadcast showed. About 1,000 people joined the protest, and 120 suspected of vandalism were detained for questioning, Folha de S.Paulo newspaper said on its website, citing the military police.