World Popular Resistance Clippings 21/4/2014



Rioting crowd severely beats 5 chengguan for killing civilian

A riot involving around 1,000 people broke out last Saturday in Cangnan county of Wenzhou city, Zhejiang province, resulting in the hospitalization of five chengguan, China’s notoriously abusive and under-regulated urban enforcement officials. The alleged cause for the riots was the five’s brutally killing a civilian. According to reports, the chengguan “hit the man with a hammer until he started to vomit blood, because he was trying to take pictures of their violence towards a woman, a street vendor.” This man later died while being rushed to the hospital.

Baidya threatens to bring constitution from streets

RAUTAHAT, April 21: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has claimed that the new Constituent Assembly (CA) will also fail to produce a new constitution ensuring people´s rights and that his party will announce a pro-people statute from the street. “We will keep on fighting for the people´s rights until the rights of workers, peasants and underprivileged communities is ensured by a pro-people constitution,” said Baidya, whose party boycotted the CA election last November. He accused the non-Maoist parties of trying to derail the peace process by reopening cases related to the insurgency time.

“Though the Comprehensive Peace Accord envisioned entrusting the to-be-formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission with the responsibility of investigating into all the conflict-era cases, conspiracies are being hatched to harass Maoist cadres on cue from foreign elements,” he said. He accused some international institutions of showing unnecessary interests about the TRC and conflict-time cases. He claimed that the insurgency-era cases should be settled by Nepal´s political parties on their own and that the foreigners needn´t worry about that. “It is condemnable to try to file cases in court even as there has already been an agreement in writing that the TRC should be mandated to take up all the conflict-era cases,” he explained.

Time Runs Out For Illegal Gold Miners

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government’s vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations. The miners already have been clashing with police while intermittently blocking traffic on the commercially vital interoceanic highway that links the Pacific coast with Brazil, protesting government attempts to squeeze them out by drastically restricting shipments of the gasoline they use for their machinery.

One miner has been killed and more than 50 wounded. But officials insist this time they’re serious about combatting the multi-billion-dollar illegal mining trade that accounts for about 20 percent of Peru’s gold exports. “We’re not backing down even one inch,” said Daniel Urresti, the former army officer leading the task for President Ollanta Humala. The unrest already has left the region’s cities short of food, inflating prices, and local authorities who support the miners have traveled to the capital to press for more time. They were denied an audience with Urresti and other officials. “I don’t know what’s going to happen after the government deadline lapses. I think the violence will begin,” said Jorge Aldazabal, the governor of the Madre de Dios region who has spent more than a week camped out on a mattress in front of a 17th-century church to protest the crackdown and demand a solution.

Israeli forces detain man, clash with locals in Jenin district

JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces overnight detained two Palestinians in the Jenin district overnight, security sources and an army spokesman said. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Muhammad Tariq al-Saadi was detained after Israeli soldiers raided his house in Jenin refugee camp. Locals added that Israeli forces ransacked their houses in Jenin and the nearby village of Yaabad. An Israeli army spokesman said the army conducted “routine activity” in Yaabad, without elaborating.

In Jenin refugee camp, he said Israeli forces arrested two Palestinians overnight. Soldiers arrived at the camp to make an overnight arrest, and “a riot erupted,” the spokesman said. He said Palestinians hurled stones and “improvised explosive devices,” in addition to firing live bullets at Israeli soldiers.


Workers protest in Tejgaon

Workers of a garments factory in Tejgaon in the capital have demonstrated demanding payment of their pending salaries. Workers of All Weather Fashion blocked the Mohakhali-Tejgaon road from Nabisco intersection to Mohakhali bus-stand from 9:30 to 10:30 on Monday morning. The blockade caused long tailback on both sides of the road. Police later fired teargas shells to disperse the protesting workers.

Workers death triggers violent protest

MAILSI-Six workers died of suffocation while cleaning a disposal well and three others were rescued here in suburban village Jallah Jeem on Sunday. The incident sparked a violent protest while the police resorted to baton charge and shelling to control the situation. According to details, the TMA Mailsi workers along with six labourers were de-silting a disposal well in Union Council Jallah Jeem area. During the work three workers including the TMA employees went into the well to fix motor fan but they fell unconscious and drowned. Meanwhile, six other labourers rushed into the well for their rescue but they also fainted due to poisonous gas in the well.

Resultantly six of the workers including the TMA employees identified as Muhammad Naseer, Muhammad Ikram, Tahir Mateen, Muhammad Fiaz, Muhammad Shah Nawaz and Muhammad Iqbal died while three others including Muhammad Aslam, Ghulam Qadir and Ghulam Nabi were rescued by Rescue 1122. Meanwhile, scores of locals who were gathered at the scene ran amuck in protest against the TMA and poor management of the Rural Health Centre Jallah Jeem. The enraged people attacked the BHU and the adjacent house of its MO Dr Mian Fazil and ransacked and set ablaze furniture, household items and a vehicle.

The protesters also attacked BHC MS Dr Atta Zafar and thrashed him. Meanwhile, Vehari DCO Jawad Akram and DPO Sadiq Ali Dogar also reached the spot but the protesters locked them in the building. The protesters accused Dr Fazli of refusing to treat the fainted workers due to stink.

11 Anti-ecotax demonstrators to appear in court for vandalism

Eleven protesters against France’s ecotax will appear in a court in Brittany on Tuesday. The men are charged with setting fire to an ecotax control portal in protest against a new levy on road freight. Eight other men are currently in custody pending their hearing. The eleven men were arrested on Friday prior to a demonstration in Nantes calling for the reunification of Britanny. The coastal town has been at the centre of anti-government protests for several months. The protestors are being prosecuted for belonging to a criminal organization with the aim of “destroying public property through violent means”. This, according to the General Prosecutor of Rennes, Thierry Pocquet du Haut-Jussé.

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