Gajurel against Indian firm to develop Upper Karnali hydel project
MYAGDI, April, 4: CPN-Maoist Vice-Chairman CP Gajurel on Friday said that the Upper Karnali Hydropower Project will not be allowed to hand over to India at any cost. Speaking at a press conference organized by Myagdi chapter of the party, Gajurel vowed to chase away the Indian construction company GMR from the construction site. “Indian interference is growing in Nepal,” Gajurel argued, adding, “We are ready to retaliate against it”.
On the occasion, leader Gajurel opined that the Upper Karnali Hydropower Project should be constructed with Nepali capital like in the Chilime and Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Projects. “India is trying to colonize Nepal through the medium of water and land resources,” Gajurel remarked.
Brussels: Police disperse protesters with tear gas, water cannon
Brussels police used tear gas and water cannon in clashes with protesters, as thousands gathered at a trade union rally against austerity. Violence in the area where many government offices are situated caused a lockdown at the US embassy. Around 25,000 people, according to Brussels police spokeswoman, Ilse Van de Keere, marched against austerity and unemployment. They were faced with a heavy-handed police response.
Palestinians riot near West Bank’s Ofer Prison
Some 200 Palestinians held a violent protest in the village of Beitunia, near the Ofer Prison, on Friday. The demonstrators threw stones and rolled burning tires toward nearby Israeli security forces, who responded with crowd dispersal measures. Five Palestinians were injured, according to Israeli sources. Palestinians reported 13 injured.
Kyrgyzstan: Police and Protestors Clash over Gold Exploration
Protestors in Kyrgyzstan’s northwest have clashed with police and blocked a major road, alleging a Kazakh project to survey for gold is polluting the local environment. It’s the latest in a string of violent, mining-related clashes in the Central Asian state. Once again, mining experts in Bishkek are skeptical about the protestors’ motivations. Early on April 3, several hundred protestors blocked the road leading from Talas, the largest town in Kyrgyzstan’s northwestern Talas Province, to Taraz, in Kazakhstan.
By evening, the number had swollen to 500 and some reports circulated that two officials had been kidnapped. At least 19 police were wounded in a confrontation with stone-throwing residents, 24.kg reported, citing an Interior Ministry official. Up to 500 people blocked the road until late on April 4. The protestors are demanding Kazakh mining concern Altyn Kumushtak, which has been exploring the Shiraldjin gold deposit since 2005, stop. In an interview with Radio Liberty’s Kyrgyz Service, a self-identified participant in the riots, Nurlan Muzurov, said he and others “don’t want deformed children, pollution of the water and the air.”
18 wounded in clash over wildcat mining in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Doctors in Peru say at least 15 wildcat gold miners and three police officers suffered gunshot wounds when police moved to reopen the highway that connects Brazil with the Pacific coast. Dr. Marcia Calderon at the health clinic in the Madre de Dios state town of Mazuko says it’s not clear how many of the wounds suffered Thursday were caused by bullets and how many by shotgun pellets.
Three Killed in Paraguayan Army Clash with Armed Group
Asunción, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Three people were reported killed in an armed clash between a military patrol and members of an armed group operating in the northern part of the country, called the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). The shootout between the insurgents and troops traveling in a military van took place in the zone of Paso Tuya, in the department of Concepcion, on Wednesday night. A sergeant and two EPP members died in the clash.
The military troops, members of the Joint Task Force deployed in the militarized department, arrived in that area after a warning about the presence of EPP members. Sergeant Hugo Andres Monges died when the shootout started. Subsequently, soldiers firing from the top of the van shot down insurgent Bernardo Bernal and Claudelino Silva, considered by the Army as the third in command and member of the EPP highest level, respectively.