Clashes over mining in Peru lead to 23 arrests
Lima — Police clashed with independent miners in the Peruvian capital Wednesday, spraying them with tear gas and arresting 23 after marchers who want in to a government mining plan hurled stones. Peru, where mining is the biggest growth industry, has an estimated 70,000 informal or wildcat miners. They work for no company and, bucket and pick in hand, try their luck on their own.
Riots break out in Mazabuka
Riots have broken out in Mazabuka following the death of a street vendor who was beaten by a police officer in Mazabuka and died this (wednesday) morning. By 19 hours local time, police were fighting running battles with residents especially in Nakambala area. Residents are stoning vehicles indiscriminatetly and others are taking advantage top break into homes to steal. The riots started in town around 17 hours but had by 19 hours been restricted to Nakambala.
The police were firing teargas canisters from Nakambala bridge while residents fired stones and other weapons they could find. The riots erupted after A 37 year old man of Mulonga extension in Mazabuka District died after he was allegedly beaten by a named police officer. According to sources, Rabison Chitalu a street vender of house No 493 was beaten by a police officer yesterday around 11:00 hours in town for allegedly insulting him and died last night.
Chitalu, a businessman sustained was complaining of internal body pains especially the lower abdomen. Accortding to Radio Mazabuka, when contacted for confirmation, Mazabuka District police officer Commanding Sera Mubanga Muyoba could not give details but quickly said police have instituted investigations into the cause of death. By the time the news crew arrived at the hospital, the Chitalu’s remains were already deposited in Mazabuka District Hospital mortuary. Barely a month ago, police officers tortured 35 year old Emily Manyoni, of Ndeke compound in Mazabuka District for allegedly buying a stolen radio set.
Moroccan police stop protesters setting themselves on fire
Moroccan police spraying water cannon have stopped 13 unemployed blind university graduates from setting themselves on fire in Rabat in protest against a public sector hiring freeze. The graduates had tied themselves together with ropes around their necks to block a main Rabat street, poured fuel over their clothes and threatened to set themselves on fire, a Reuters journalist at the scene said. Morocco, which brought in the austerity measures in January, faces demands from international lenders to reduce deficits and cut public spending, which has risen as Rabat sought to calm the kind of popular discontent seen in the Arab Spring revolts.
Probe under way after 10-year-old hit by gas canister in Diyarbakır
The Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation after a 10-year-old child was hit on the head by a tear gas canister shot by riot police in Silvan, a town in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, during a protest on Tuesday. A clash erupted when participants of a pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) rally in Silvan attacked police officers with stones. The police responded by using pressurized water and tear gas.
Ten-year-old Mehmet Ezer was seriously injured after a tear gas canister hit his head during the police intervention. The injured boy was rushed to Silvan State Hospital and was then transferred to the Dicle University Faculty of Medicine Hospital in the city of Diyarbakır. Ezer remains in critical condition, doctors told local media.
Madrid Policeman Draws Gun Amid Protest Death Threat, Mundo Says
About 50 protesters shouting death threats surrounded two Madrid policemen during a demonstration against tuition fees at Complutense University, El Mundo reported. “Let’s kill them, there aren’t many,” the demonstrators shouted, according to the newspaper’s account. Police arrested 54 during protests that saw professors attacked as demonstrators built barricades and lit bonfires in the street, the newspaper said. One of the two threatened officers fired a warning shot at the ground to disperse the assailants, it said.
Himachal villagers protest over hydel project, want it shifted
Hundreds of villagers on Wednesday staged a protest in Himachal Pradesh against the arrest of woman activists who were demanding shifting of a hydropower project. The 180 MW Bajoli Holi hydropower project, located some 70 km from Chamba, has been facing a public outcry since 2010 as the locals say it could not only displace them but also affect the local ecology. Twenty-five villagers were arrested on Tuesday evening on charges of forcibly stopping the project authorities to carry out construction activity, a police official told IANS.He said they have been booked under various sections including 332 (causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 153-A (promoting enmity).