Union members and riot police clash in Istanbul
In Turkey, union members have clashed with riot police in Istanbul, as they tried to enter a park to hold a press conference. Around 100 union members tried to enter Gezi Park, which is next to Taksim Square, but they were pushed back by security forces. Union leaders were trying to issue a public press statement calling for official permission to hold rallies in the square on May 1st, to observe International Workers’ Day. The Turkish government has banned May Day events at Taksim Square for over three decades, after 34 people were killed there in 1977 by unknown assailants during May Day celebrations.
Strike spreads at Chinese supplier to Adidas and Nike
A strike at a Chinese factory that manufactures shoes for Adidas and Nike has spread to a sister factory in a neighbouring province, as thousands of workers gathered to protest against what they said were unfair pay and benefits. About 2,000 workers clocked in on Monday, but did not work, at the Yue Yuen factory complex in Jiangxi province, southern China, joining at least 10,000 employees at another Yue Yuen factory complex in Dongguan, Guangdong province, who have been on strike since 14 April. Up to 30,000 employees have stopped working in the strike – China’s largest in recent memory, according to the New York-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) China Labour Watch.
20 People arrested for beating police in east China
Twenty people were arrested around midnight in the eastern Chinese town of Lingxi following a violent incident in which hundreds of people surrounded a group of five police officers and gave them a beating, leaving two of them in a coma, the state-run Global Times said Monday.
China to Deploy Armed Police After Attacks, China Daily Says
China will deploy more armed police across the country to respond to emergencies and combat violent crime, the China Daily newspaper reported. Police with handguns will patrol city streets as well as railway stations, airports, shopping malls, schools and hospitals, the paper said today, citing Yan Zhengbin, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s management bureau.
Protests flare in Sudan, citizens arrested
Dozens of residents of residents of Aljiraif East were injured and arrested in a massive demonstration on Friday in protest against the government selling their lands and changing the name of the district into Mansheya East. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the security forces used batons and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, wounding and arresting of dozens of protesters including the engineer Mutassim Algham, Badr Al-Din Alhat, Mohammed Abul Gasim, Ali Abdullah Zein, and Abdu Mukhtar Badroddin.
Several citizens of El Salam and Azhari areas south of Khartoum demonstrated on Friday in protest against the lack of drinking water. They complain that the water crisis has lasted for more than a year without a solution, noting that the price of a barrel of water has risen to SDG 22 ($3.90).
The staff, workers and storekeepers of the railway in Atbara in River Nile state have ceased work in protest against repeated thefts from the railway stores. They accused the government authorities of stealing the contents of six stores belonging to the railway on Wednesday the evening of Wednesday.
Henan Teachers Vow to Keep Marching Over Pay Demands
Thousands of schoolteachers in the southern Chinese province of Henan continued a sit-in and demonstration outside the gates of government offices on Monday, as their strike over pay and conditions entered its 14th day. Around 2,000 teachers from Henan’s Wuyang county marched on Monday to government buildings in Luohe city, following mass protests of more than 5,000 teachers at the weekend, participants told RFA.
“The teachers are still going out there [to join the protest],” a striking teacher surnamed Wang said on Monday. “There are still teachers outside the north gate of the Luohe municipal government, and at the train station,” he said. “There are still about 2,000 of them there right now,” Wang said, adding that the authorities had responded by sending groups of officials to schools in the county to persuade the teachers to call off their strike.
ALGERIAN FORCES CLASH WITH AMAZIGH ACTIVISTS IN WAKE OF ELECTIONS
Algerian security forces clashed with Amazigh rights activists in the northern city of Tizi Ouzou on Monday, days after an election marked by a historically low turnout garnered a fourth term for ailing 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Analysts and activists say that authorities provoked the violence toward Amazighs, often pejoratively referred to as Berbers, after years of relative calm to distract from concerns that kept Algerians — of all stripes — away from the polls. The clashes started Sunday during a march to commemorate the April 20, 1980 launch of an Amazigh rights movement, dubbed retrospectively the Amazigh Spring. Activists who participated to push for political and socioeconomic parity with Arabs were met with a violent crackdown, demonstrators told Al Jazeera.
In Algeria, as in neighboring Tunisia and Morocco, Amazighs are legally barred from starting their own political parties, even though many Amazighs say ruling administrations act exclusively on the behalf of Arabs. On Sunday “women and children were running for safety in every direction,” according to Amazigh rights activist Kamira Nait Sid who participated in the protest. Demonstrators said over 60 injured protesters were admitted to one local hospital, and another 50 were arrested.