CPN-M preparing for “peoples’ revolution”: Thapa
MAHENDRANAGAR: CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa said that his party is gearing up for historical revolution against status-quo and regression, that, according to him, came to rise after the second Constituent Assembly. Speaking at a press conference organised in Mahendranagar on Thursday, he said that the party has been organising district conferences in all the districts of the country, for the same.
He was of the opinion that the protest would intensify prior to the promulgation of the constitution. “Country is lurking through political crisis. The crisis will come to an end after the revolution of the CPN-Maoist,” he said. According to him, the longstanding political standoff should be resolved through all party political assembly.
Mass squatter eviction in Rome causes riots
Riot police have dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid violent clashes which are the latest to come in a rising tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by the economic crisis. Several people were injured on Wednesday as police used truncheons to break through a large group of protesters outside the building, where squatters had barricaded themselves in. An AFP photographer saw between 100 and 150 officers then entering the building – a former state-owned insurance agency – and escorting the residents out, nine days after the occupation began. The families were loaded into around 10 waiting police vans in the area south of the city centre, which was entirely closed off to traffic for the operation. “They clubbed us wildly, it was brutal,” Cristiano Armati, a member of the Co-ordinamento association which had helped occupy the building, told AFP by telephone from hospital.
Rights groups, leftists blast protest bill
Kirchnerites propose measure to differentiate between ‘legitimate,’ ‘illegitimate’ demonstrations
Government allies are trying to make good on President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s vow to issue “guidelines for urban co-existence” with a bill to regulate street protests that is likely to become the latest move that deepens divisions between Kirchnerism and left-wing groups that have long been part of its base of support. Staunch Kirchnerite lawmakers Carlos Kunkel and Diana Conti have presented the draft bill that, among other things, establishes procedures to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate protests.
Sent to the Lower House of Congress on Tuesday but coming to light yesterday, the bill’s authors present the bill as not seeking to limit the right to protest by criminalizing it but rather as an effort to find ways for protests to continue as part of urban life. The bill specifies that protests will be considered legitimate as long as they do not affect public services — particularly those relating to health, education and public safety — do not totally obstruct traffic of persons and vehicles in any given direction and that authorities are duly notified of the protest at least 48 hours in advance. Public protests that do not meet these criteria would thus be considered “illegitimate.”
The bill was met with strong opposition from several groups, including the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) and members of the Socialist Workers’ Party (PTS), who criticized the fact that the draft appears to limit the right to public assembly and protest. The bill specifies when a protest can be forcefully broken up by security forces. “An illegitimate protest that also affects the rights of third parties may be dispersed by security forces in order to guarantee those rights,” according to the procedures set out by the bill. These establish protocols for mediation and limits the use of force that the security forces can employ.
Anti-vote youths, police clash in Algeria’s Kabylie
ALGIERS: Clashes erupted in Algeria’s restive Kabylie region between security forces and youths opposed to Thursday’s presidential election, leaving around 40 people wounded, local sources said. Separate groups of youths seeking to disrupt voting in the Bouria region, southeast of Algiers, ransacked polling stations in three localities shortly after they opened at 0700 GMT, with the police firing to disperse them. Forty-one people were injured in the unrest, including 28 policemen, with voting temporarily suspended in the affected voting centres, the sources said. In the capital, where security forces have been heavily deployed, police arrested five protesters shouting anti-regime slogans, an AFP journalist reported.
54 detained in anti-World Cup protest in Brazil
SAO PAULO — Police say that 54 people protesting against the World Cup have been arrested in Brazil’s largest city. The police department says on its Twitter page that they were taken into custody during Tuesday night’s demonstration in Sao Paulo, which will host of the first game of the World Cup on June 12. Police said Wednesday that at least 1,500 people participated in the protest, which saw the windows of three banks smashed and one subway station damaged.