Dozens hurt as anti-government protest in Rome turns violent
ROME: Police fired tear gas and made a number of arrests in Rome on Saturday as an anti-government protest turned violent, leaving several injured, according to medics and an AFP photographer. Hooded protesters hurled rocks and firecrackers at police, causing some 20 injuries to officers, according to authorities. One protester was seriously hurt – losing a number of fingers – after a firecracker apparently exploded prematurely in his hand. According to the interior ministry, six people were taken into custody. Protest organisers said 15,000 people had taken part in the rally but police could not confirm that number.
Greek Police Clash With Retail Employee Protesters
(ATHENS, Greece) — Hundreds of protesters battled with riot police in one of the Greek capital’s main shopping districts. No injuries or damage have been reported. About 500 protesters, which included retail employees but also several anarchists, closed access to shops on a central Athens street and handed leaflets protesting the extension of Sunday shopping and longer opening hours for the shops.
Protest breaks out in North West
JOHANNESBURG – Violence has broken out in a village near Zeerust in the North West Province over water shortages. Police say residents burnt down a tribal office and a ward councillor’s house on Friday evening. The trouble started after residents marched to their local municipal headquarters to demand the delivery of water to their villages. The province has been plagued by water shortages in remote areas. In March the community of Mothutlung said the “ANC doesn’t have a good story to tell” in the area which saw violent water protests and cases of police brutality take centre stage in January.
Mob attacks cops, officials’ houses in Vietnam protest
Nine police officers were injured and several officials’ property was destroyed by an angry mob of hundreds of people protesting a cemetery project in the north-central province of Ha Tinh for two days. A group of six officers came to the house of Truong Van Truong, 30, in Bac Son Commune, Thach Ha District, to take him into custody on charges of “disturbing public security” on Thursday. Truong was suspected of stoning many local officials’ houses in recent months in protest of a project to build a cemetery in Bac Son, which has also faced widespread public criticism. However, local people rushed to the site to protest the arrest. Four of the officers were abducted and beaten.
More than 100 officers were mobilized to the site to rescue the kidnapped officers, but continued to face the mob. Tran Quoc Toan, chief of Ha Tinh Police’s mobile force, told Thanh Nien that five other officers were injured by rocks thrown by people during the rescue mission.
PA forces assault journalists, arrest protesters in Ramallah
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces late Saturday assaulted journalists and arrested four youths in Ramallah during a protest against normalization with the Israeli occupation, witnesses said.
Romanian villagers battle Chevron over shale gas project
US energy company Chevron Corp, shielded by barbed wire, under Romanian police protection and under assault from egg-throwers, is in trouble in Romania with villagers angry at its drive to drill for shale gas. Opposition is fierce in the tiny remote village of Pungesti near the border with Moldova, which has become a symbol of hostility to the environmentally controversial techniques of extracting shale gas.
“In other countries, I have not experienced this type of protest,” Chevron drill-site manager Greg Murphy said. His words were almost drowned out by cries of “Stop Chevron,” “Thieves” and “Please leave,” from dozens of demonstrators at the wire barriers as he showed journalists the site in the northeast of Romania.