CPN-Maoist leader hauls CA over coal
PHIDIM: CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung today came down heavily on the political parties represented in the Constitution Assembly. Speaking at a press conference organised by CPN-M’s District Organisation Committee, Panchthar in Phidim today, Gurung blamed that Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Unified CPN-Maoist for trying to revive a constitution of yesteryears. “Therefore, the present CA exists in name only and its members are like employees,” he said. Gurung claimed that the CA will not be able to promulgate a constitution. Gurung said some of the political parties and the government have been trying to lure his party by offering 26 seats in the CA.
“My party leaders and cadres do not need jobs in the CA,” he reasoned. The Maoist leader said his party does not have the capacity to bear with throngs of employees in the CA. He reiterated that leaders and cadres of his party are not interested in looking for jobs in the CA. “We do not have temptation for such jobs,” he said. Secretary Gurung criticized on the recent issue of Commission of Inquiry on Disappearances and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill. “It was only the show teeth of the government,” he said. He said that all the cases during the insurgency era have to be solved through politics.
Anti-mine protesters near Guatemala’s capital face down national police, army
SAN JOSÉ DEL GOLFO, Guatemala – An uncomfortable tension filled the air in the village of San José del Golfo, 28 kilometers northeast of Guatemala City, last Thursday. Driving through the streets, pairs of armed Civil National Police (PNC) could be seen standing “guard” at a fried chicken restaurant, in front of the public health center, and near a block of well-kept homes with flower gardens.
The police arrived in the village last Wednesday morning, along with the army, to try and break the La Puya protest, which for two years has prevented the construction of Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ (KCA) massive El Tambor gold and silver mine. The protesters say the mining project would dangerously contaminate their water with arsenic, and a 2013 study found that the mine’s environmental impact report failed to adequately address the risk of contamination by arsenic and other toxic waste created by the mining process.
‘Thousands’ of protesters halt construction of South China city crematorium
Construction of a crematorium has been halted after 500 residents protested in the city of Huazhou, South China’s Guangdong Province on Saturday, the government announced in a statement late on Sunday.
“Thousands of people” took to the streets in Ligang township on Saturday demanding the crematorium be cancelled, protesters told the Global Times. They were met by “many” police officers, the Guangzhou-based newspaper reported on its Sina Weibo on Sunday. The Huazhou vice-mayor tried to “communicate” with protesters on Saturday but failed to satisfy their demands, Nandu Daily reported, without naming the official who reportedly ended up hiding in a nearby bank.