Teenage Deaths Trigger Riots in Guinea
Mobs rioted in the Guinean capital Conakry and in a mining town further north over the deaths of two teenagers in separate incidents, police and witnesses told Agence France Presse on Thursday. A policeman in Fria, around 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the capital, said hundreds of youths “armed with sticks, clubs and even knives looted, ransacked and set fire to the police station” and two local government buildings on Wednesday.
He told AFP they were protesting against the killing by police of a teenager accused of possessing drugs. Witnesses said the crowd ransacked the mayor’s office and managed to break open the gates of the town’s prison, allowing at least 20 inmates to escape. Military and police reinforcements were deployed on the streets overnight. In Conakry secondary school pupils took to the streets on Wednesday after the death of one of their classmates in a hospital, accusing doctors of “negligence”. Moussa Mara was hospitalized on Tuesday after being kicked in the stomach during a football match in his neighborhood.
According to a protester, the doctors demanded 300 euros ($410) from his family to treat the boy, but they were unable to pay. His classmates stumped up the cash but Mara died on the operating table. The students began throwing stones at the hospital, breaking windows and damaging cars, wounding several people including three doctors. They gathered again on Thursday to demonstrate on the main roads of Conakry but were dispersed by riot police using tear gas and batons, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
13 suspects arrested over riots at police stations
The police have arrested thirteen suspects who were involved in riots at the Nima and Kotobabi Police Stations last night. According to DSP Freeman Tettey of the Public Relations Unit of the Ghana Police Service, suspects are part of some irate Nima Youth who marched on the two Police Stations in Accra to cause harm to police personnel and their property. He said the riot was premised on the alleged killing of one of the youth at Asylum Down.
Palestinian killed in Israel West Bank raid
Birzeit (Palestinian Territories) — A Palestinian died during an Israeli army raid on his home in the West Bank town of Birzeit on Thursday, the military and a Palestinian security source said. The death came as human rights group Amnesty International slammed Israel’s killing of dozens of Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank over the past three years. “After the army left the house and the town, the body of Motazz Washaha, 22, was found,” the Palestinian source said.
The army confirmed the death of a “Palestinian suspected of terror activity.” “After the suspect was called to turn himself in, he barricaded himself inside his house,” it said. Soldiers responded with “live fire” and recovered an assault rifle, it added. Neighbours said the dead man was a member of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The army entered Birzeit, north of the West Bank administrative centre of Ramallah, on Thursday morning and used “riot dispersal means” to clear stone-throwing Palestinians from their path to the house.
As Garment Sector Strikes Loom, Soldiers Watch Over Factories
Armed soldiers will continue to patrol Veng Sreng Street, the garment factory-lined thoroughfare in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district where military police shot dead five workers during a nationwide strike last month, until labor unrest in the garment sector subsides, the deputy commander of the military’s Brigade 70 said on Tuesday. Soldiers from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Brigade 70 and Brigade 99, who openly carry AK-47 assault rifles and were first deployed to the area after last month’s lethal strike suppressions, have maintained an ominous presence along the street since a union-led boycott of overtime hours began Monday.
Protesters Block Highways in Southern Peru
LIMA – People taking part in a 48-hour general strike to protest the policies of Peruvian President Ollanta Humala are blocking the main roadways in the southern region of Cuzco, an official with the public ombudsman’s office told Efe on Wednesday. “It’s a rather strong paralysis. There is little traffic, there is no public transportation. Interprovincial transportation has also been paralyzed,” said Silvio Campana. On the second day of the protests, demonstrators are continuing to block the highways linking Cuzco with Lima and the southern cities of Puno and Arequipa.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Clashes between Peruvian police and hundreds of protesters in the tourist region of Cuzco have left at least five people injured. Cuzco union official Wilfredo Alvarez says organizers called the protest to demand that the government of President Ollanta Humala fulfill its promises to build infrastructure projects such as a gas pipeline and an international airport. Police fired tear gas at demonstrators armed with sticks and rocks on Wednesday, the second day of protests that have left a total of five injured.
Pickets disturb BA traffic, activists protest Las Heras workers imprisonment
Left-wing activists were staging a wave of protests across Buenos Aires City in a show of solidarity with a group of oil workers who have been sentenced to life for the murder of a police agent back in 2006 in the southern locality of Las Heras. Gendarmes have been deployed to the picket zones while chaos disturbs traffic. Most affected areas are the intersection of Rivadavia and General Paz Avenues, the Puente Pueyrredón brigde and the La Plata-Buenos Aires highway. Earlier this morning, military police stormed a first group of protesters blocking the Panamericana highway. The picket started at around 7 am today with the gendarmes arriving soon to disperse the demonstrators who resisted the action using sticks, some of them even fire extinguishers and throwing stones at the security officers, media reported.
At least, one agent resulted injured and had to be assisted. Workers’ Socialist Movement (MST) leader Vilma Rippoll, however, granted a radio interview right after the violent clashes and accused gendarmes of “beating” protesters. Ripoll also questioned a court decision that sentenced three oil workers to life imprisonment for the murder of a police officer in 2006 in the southern city of Las Heras in the province of Santa Cruz which became the scenario of continuing protests by unionized workers by that time. Other workers received a 5-year-term.