Arrest of Benito Tiamzon, Wilma Austria, 5 others, violates immunity pact, says NDFP
The chief peace negotiator of the revolutionary umbrella group National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) decried the arrest of alleged Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Chair Benito Tiamzon, his wife and alleged CPP Secretary-General Wilma Austria, and five others in Brgy. Zaragosa, Aluginsan, Cebu as a violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Jasig).
Luis Jalandoni, head of the NDFP negotiating panel in the peace negotiations, said Tiamzon and Austria have been fulfilling “highly significant tasks in the peace negotiations” when they were arrested 3:15 PM on Saturday, March 22. “The NDFP vigorously demands that Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria be immediately and unconditionally released,” stated Jalandoni. “This latest flagrant violation of the Jasig by the Aquino regime, in addition to so many other gross violations of the Jasig, most seriously prejudices the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations.”
SPAIN: 101 INJURED, 29 ARRESTED IN MADRID AS ANTI-AUSTERITY MARCH TURNS VIOLENT
Protesters clashed with police in Madrid as thousands of people trekked across Spain to protest austerity which they claim is destroying their country. Under the banner “no more cuts!” the protesters called for an end to the government’s “empty promises.” Police arrested at least 29 protesters following the clashes which took place after the march. According to emergency service, 101 people were injured – 67 of them police, El Mundo newspaper reports. Protesters were seen throwing stones and firecrackers at police. According to witnesses, officers used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Clashes broke out during a final speech at the demonstration when protesters tried to break through a police barrier. Riot police took charge by beating protesters with batons, AP reported.
Mexico: Students riot in education protest in Oaxaca
Students in the Mexican city of Oaxaca have rioted, demanding better schools and education services. Riot police fired tear gas and detained some protesters, prompting students to block a road later calling for their released.
Mass march for political reform in Chile ends in clashes
A mass protest was cut short in Santiago, Chile, after police dispersed activists with tear gas and water cannon. Over 150,000 people had gathered in the city center to urge newly-elected President Michelle Bachelet to push ahead with her reform program.
Brazilians clash on 50th anniversary of coup
Demonstrators from both ends of Brazil’s political spectrum briefly clashed in Rio, where left-wing protesters came to blows with a group commemorating 50 years since the military coup. Right-wing elements in Rio on Saturday called for a re-enactment of the 1964 “March of Families for God and Freedom”, which came just days before a military coup that lasted until democracy’s restoration in 1985. Left-wing groups arranged a counter-demonstration and, despite a heavy police presence, several people broke through police lines and clashed in the city centre.
Hundreds of Tibetans Protest Land Seizure Over Gold Mining
Activities Hundreds of Tibetans in a county in China’s Gansu province staged protests this week over the seizure of farm land for the construction of highways catering to state-linked gold mining and industrial activities that are polluting the environment and destroying livestock, according to sources in the area. Unfurling huge banners criticizing what they called Chinese encroachment of local Tibetan land, the Tibetans gathered on March 16 and 17 to voice their opposition to the highway projects in Sangchu (in Chinese, Xiahe) county in the Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the sources said.
In photos: East Jerusalem protests against Jenin killings
At least six were detained as dozens of protesters took to the streets of Jerusalem on Saturday in anger at the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in Jenin earlier in the day. Israeli forces beat and detained six Palestinians from Jerusalem while dispersing the protest, and they threw stun grenades and fired rubber bullets “indiscriminately” at demonstrators, witnesses said.
Anti-Police Protesters Vandalize Police Cars
A group of about 50 people protesting police brutality Friday night vandalized police cars near the Hall of Justice, police said. Although they headed toward the Mission District, businesses in the area said they appeared to disperse. At around 10:30 p.m. Friday a group marched from Bryant and Division streets to the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St., said police spokesperson Danielle Newman. Once there, police blocked off Bryant Street, between 6th and 7th Streets. Earlier on Friday, police fatally shot a man at Bernal Heights Park after he allegedly aimed a gun at officers, according to press reports. It is unclear if the incident prompted the protest.
Police clash with striking wildcat miners in Peru, 11 reported injured
LIMA, Peru – Thousands of police have used tear gas to open a section of the Pan-American Highway in Peru that had been blocked by striking wildcat miners. Police issued a statement that nine officers and two miners were injured in Saturday’s clash, and a 71-year-old woman travelling on a bus trapped by the demonstration died of a heart attack. While police managed to open the highway in the Arequipa region, protesters blocked it again hours later. The protests target new laws that give some 70,000 small-scale miners a deadline to register with the government and meet legal standards or face possible imprisonment.