CPN-Maoist lashes out at Home Minister
KATHMANDU, MAR 07 – The Mohan Baidya -led CPN-Maoist has taken exception to the House statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam on Fujel incident. Addressing the Legislature-Parliament on Thursday, Minister Gautam had urged the agitating Nanda Prasad Adhikari and his wife Ganga Maya—who have been staging hunger strike for months demanding action against the murderer of their son, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, of Fujel in Gorkha district—to end their strike, assuring the duo of providing justice.
Cadres of former rebel Maoists had allegedly abducted their son Krishna in June, 2004, and subsequently murdered him on charge of spying against them. In a press statement on Friday, the CPN-Maoist demanded that Home Minister Gautam immediately correct his irresponsible statement. The party also demanded the government make public the situation of those disappeared during conflict and find solution to the war-era cases through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
The CPN-Maoist claimed the Home Minister’s statement was against the past accords, including the 12-point pact and Comprehensive Peace Agreement, that the cases of human rights violations occurred during the conflict should be dealt by the proposed Commission on Disappearances and Truth and Reconciliation Commission so as to create an environment of social harmony. “Our party strongly condemns and reproaches the irresponsible statement aimed at fulfilling vested interests. The declaration of investigation, compensation and action procedure to the war time case is an attempt to avoid the government’s duty of conflict management and reconciliation,” the CPN-Maoist said in the statement.
Four gardai injured at People’s Party protest
Three peopl have been charged in relation to public order offences at last night’s protest outside the Convention Centre in Dublin. Four gardai sustained minor injuries and at least three men were arrested last night after a peaceful anti-austerity protest outside a meeting of the European People’s Party in Dublin turned violent. Two men (one of whom is 42) and a woman (22) are due to appear before District Court No.2, Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin today at 10.30am.
Last night, a small number of youths wearing black masks, who had been watching the protest, attacked a garda cordon and verbally abused other peaceful demonstrators outside the Convention Centre. The gardai were hurt when the hooded youths grabbed metal barriers near the Centre and pulled the barriers into the middle of the road.
Farmers, police clash at Meja thermal power plant
ALLAHABAD: Tension mounted at Salaiya Kalan village of Meja Tehsil here on Thursday noon when agitated villagers came face to face with the district administration and started throwing stones on the police while opposing the work for constructing ash dyke by the authorities of Meja Urja Nigam Private Limited (MUNPL). MUNPL is a joint venture of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Vidhut Nigam Limited (UPRVNL) which has been given the responsibility of constructing a 1320 mega watt thermal power plant at Meja tehsil in 2008. The villages which are affected by the power plant, located around 50 kilometres from district headquarters, include Patai, Mai Khurd, Laltara, Salaiya Khurd, Salaiyan Kalan and Jhadiyahi Sirhir.
Clash with palm oil company leaves one indigenous community member dead in Sumatra
A member of the Suku Anak Dalam indigenous community was killed and five others were injured during a clash with security forces on an oil palm concession owned by PT Asiatic Persada in Sumatra, reports Mongabay-Indonesia. The incident occurred Wednesday evening in Bungku, Jambi. According to eyewitness accounts, security forces raided the village and arrested Titus, a 26-year old resident, who was forcibly taken into custody. It is unclear why he was arrested.
As word of the arrest spread, a large number of residents approached the Asiatic Persada office where Titus was taken. Security responded with force, firing guns and beating the protesters, six of whom were seriously injured and taken to local hospitals. One of the victims, Pujiono, aged 40, succumbed to his injuries at 11 pm.
Guatemalans Protest Property Seizures to Build Power Lines
GUATEMALA CITY – Thousands of peasants gathered in this capital on Thursday to protest what they see as violations of their property rights in a plan to expand Guatemala’s electric grid. The National Coordinator of Peasant Organizations called the demonstration to persuade the Constitutional Court to nullify a 2013 government order declaring the Electric Transmission Expansion Plan, or PET, a matter of “public necessity.” With the public necessity designation, people along the route of the wires can be compelled to cede land for the project.
Greek protesters, riot police scuffle in Athens
ATHENS, Greece — Greek riot police used tear gas, pepper spray and batons in scuffles Thursday with anti-austerity protesters who took to the streets despite a partial ban on demonstrations in the capital during a visit by German President Joachim Gauck. The scuffles in central Athens broke out when a group of several dozen demonstrators attempted to break through a police cordon set up on a major avenue as they headed toward the Finance Ministry.