World Popular Resistance Clippings 3/3/2014

CPN-Maoist demands apology over PM’s Tanakpur remark

KATHMANDU, MAR 02 – Alleging the Prime Minister of mentioning ‘Tankapur lies on Indian territory’, the CPN-Maoist has demanded Sushil Koirala to apologise over his ‘irresponsible and anti-national’ remarks. According to reports, the party felt Koirala’s remarks undermined the fact that ´Tanakpur river’ is a common property of both the countries since it lies on the border. Addressing a function in Nepalgunj on Friday, PM Koirala reportedly said that ‘Tanakpur doesn’t belong to Nepal’.

“It’s an established fact that both the countries have equal rights over Tanakpur. We urge Prime Minister Koirala to withdraw his remarks and apologize to the nation,” read a statement issued by party spokesperson Pampha Bhusal on Saturday.

Nepal: New CA will surely fail to draft Charter, claims Thapa Badal

General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ of Nepal Communist Party Maoist talking to the media men in Gorkha District, March 2, 2014 disclosed that his party has come to the conclusion that the incumbent Constituent Assembly too will fail to draft the constitution. He thus proposed an all party political conference as an alternative to the CA to draft the constitution. “The party’s central committee has concluded that the incumbent constituent assembly too will fail to draft the constitution,” he said and added, “Our proposal is to convene an all party conference as an alternate to the CA.”

“We will request the political parties to accept our demand,” said Thapa and continued, “Else, we will push our demand forcefully through the street as well.” “We are totally aware that the puppet constituent assembly and the puppet government will fail to draft the peoples’ constitution.” “There already exists a high level political committee. If the parties agree to give it a broader shape it will be a political conference.” “We are not demanding for our representation in the CA. We have rather demanded immediate dissolution of the constituent assembly,” he concluded.


Illegal Migrant Dies in Saudi Detention Center Unrest

An illegal migrant has died and nine others were wounded when Saudi police intervened to quell “chaos” at a detention center in the west of the kingdom, police said Monday. The casualties fell during a “stampede” at Al-Shumaisi detention center, south of the holy city of Mecca, where migrants of various nationalities are held pending deportation. Detainees “tried to cause chaos… resulting in damages to the center,” Mecca police spokesman Commander Ati al-Qurashi told Agence France Presse. He did not elaborate on the nature of the disturbances but said that police “had to intervene” and that a migrant was killed and nine others wounded in a “stampede”.

Aboriginal protest shuts Belleville-area road

BELLEVILLE, Ont. – First Nations protesters forced the closure of a rural road east of Belleville on Monday as part of their call for a federal inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women. Provincial police shut down the road (Shannonville Road between Old Highway Two and Airport Parkway) after an unspecified number of demonstrators blocked a section of the roadway. Both OPP and Tyendinaga Territory police are monitoring the situation, and negotiations have been held with the protesters. It’s the second recent shutdown of a road in the area related to the protests. Another nearby road was closed for most of the weekend by provincial police after a bonfire was lit by about six demonstrators on Friday.


One Haitian dead, dozens hurt at Lake Enriquillo construction protest

Jimani, Dominican Republic.- One Haitian died and dozens were hurt Saturday when workers at the Boca de Cachón (west) housing project demanded payment. Local media report that Charles Rony, 28, died and his body taken to the morgue at Barahona’s hospital. The fatality occurred when some 400 undocumented Haitian construction workers confronted members of the military in charge of security at the Government housing project being built for the inhabitants displaced by Lake Enriquillo’s encroachment. The Haitian nationals were joined by Dominican workers from the area to protest, after they were informed of more delays on salaries owed as far back as November. During the protest, Haitian workers burned one of the campsites of the contractors, one of the houses being built and destroyed part of the outer fence.


Army chief of staff Rubén Dario Paulino and Police chief Manuel Castro said around 40 people are being held, mostly Haitians, who will be charged with attacking soldiers, agents and border guards.

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