Ombudsman’s Office orders investigation of anti-riot police behavior during coastal protest
A peaceful protest over land rights in Costa Rica’s maritime zone sparked a violent backlash from police on the Pacific coast last Monday, as anti-riot officers used tear gas to remove dozens of protesters from the Inter-American Highway in Puntarenas. Following the incident, protesters armed with video clips taken on their cellphones and by local journalists accused police of using excessive force, and the group behind the demonstration is now demanding an investigation.
Mob damage PLN building in Deli Serdang
Dozens of residents have attacked premises belonging to state-owned electricity firm PT PLN in Pancur Batu, Deli Serdang Regency, North Sumatra. The locals were furious because they could not get an answer as to why they were experiencing almost day-long blackouts. There were no injuries reported in the incident but the attackers broke several windows and damaged items of office equipment. According to a PLN official, the PLN facility had resumed operations on Friday under the guard of dozens of riot policemen. Deputy legal manager of North Sumatra PLN office Raidir Sigalingging said he regretted the attack even though he could fully understand the people’s anger.
“They are upset because they must experience frequent blackouts. But our hands are tied because the blackouts are due to an electricity deficit. We are now in the middle of handling it,” he said. He said if everything went as planned then the electricity would return to full capacity next week. Regarding the attack, he said that PLN had requested the police to conduct an investigation to bring to justice whoever was responsible.
Will Protesting Become Illegal In Brazil?
..Last week, the Congress tried to speed up the vote of a law that criminalizes acts of terrorism and establishes the punishments for those involved. The law is a key issue for the US agenda, as the WikiLeaks cables revealed, and is seen as a way to grant some protection for foreign delegations in the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The bill considers terrorism to be any act that causes terror or panic in society and would be punishable without bail by 15 to 30 years in prison…
Bomber gets 15 years for terrorism
Political activist Zonke Tradewell Dlamini was yesterday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after being convicted by the High Court of contravening Section 5 (1) of The Suppression of Terrorism Act of 2008. Political activist Zonke Tradewell Dlamini was yesterday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after being convicted by the High Court of contravening Section 5 (1) of The Suppression of Terrorism Act of 2008. Dlamini had been co-charged with Bhekumusa Bheki Dlamini, the President of Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), a proscribed political entity.
On Tuesday, Bhekumusa was acquitted and discharged on all three counts of terrorism, alternatively arson. Dlamini (Zonke) was convicted on two counts of petro-bombing and doing extensive damage to homesteads belonging to Police College Commandant Senior Superintendent Vusi Masuku and that of the late Parliamentarian Bheki ‘No Problem’ Mkhonta. Both homesteads are situated at Ebenezer area in the Shiselweni region. The offences were committed on May 25, 2010 and June 7, 2010, respectively.
Protest held in Banja Luka
Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Banja Luka on Friday to express dissatisfaction with the government of the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska (RS) and demand a better status for citizens, notably war veterans. The rally, which included a protest walk during which traffic in the city’s main street was blocked, was organised by former members of the Bosnian Serb army who are dissatisfied with the leadership of their association (BORS), notably its president Pantelija Curguz whose resignation they demanded.