Deadly riot in Rio’s Copacabana district with World Cup weeks away
One person was shot and killed as violent protests erupted in Rio’s Copacabana beach district less than two months before soccer’s World Cup begins in Brazil. The riots followed the death of a dancer, allegedly at the hands of police. Brazilian media said he was fatally beaten after officers mistook him for a drug trafficker. Two main roads were closed on Tuesday after demonstrators from a slum set alight barricades of tyres and hurled bottles and other missiles at police.
A 30-year-old man died after being shot in the head in the slum, which is just a stone’s throw from Copacabana beach. He was taken to hospital but was dead on arrival, health officials said. It was not immediately clear who shot him. Demonstrators are furious that billions of dollars have been spent on World Cup infrastructure instead of public housing, roads, more aid for the poor and ending violent crime. The trouble began in the early evening in the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela – which nestles above the well-heeled tourist centres of Copacabana and Ipanema – before quickly spreading, witnesses said.
“It started about 5.30 pm. There was smoke everywhere, gunshots in the street and people racing for home,” said a young man who lives next to the favela, or slum. “A number of police special unit trucks have just gone up into the favela. We are stuck at home – we can’t go out,” he added, as helicopters flew over. Another resident said electricity supplies had been cut in the area and reported that the situation remained tense. Media reported that the violence had spilled over into Ipanema as some youngsters went on the rampage there, pursued by police.
40 injured as street vendors‚ police clash
KATHMANDU: At least 40 street vendors and four police personnel were injured in a clash between vendors and riot police at Shanti Batika today. The clash ensued after police rained lathis to foil the one-hour chakkajam that street vendors had enforced as part of their protest against the government’s decision to drive them away from the Capital’s streets.
A police official said cops lathi-charged the demonstrators after they tried to manhandle security personnel, who were convincing them not to obstruct the traffic. According to police, around 40 demonstrators got injured in their action. Of them, Devaki Kharel, 45, of Kavre, has sustained injuries in various parts of his body. Four police personnel, including Constable Krishna Nepal, were also injured.
Anti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila
MANILA, Philippines — Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines. Riot policemen blocked the flag-waving activists near the heavily fortified embassy compound but the protesters slipped past them, sparking a brief scuffle in view of motorists stuck in traffic.
Strikes still on in some provinces
Unrest in the garment sector spread yesterday, as hundreds of workers from Kandal province demonstrated outside their factory. The 700 workers at Unity Fashion factory walked off the job after managers said they would dock wages of workers who did not show up on April 17, the first day after Khmer New Year, said Ry Sithinet, a Free Trade Union officer. Striking that began on Saturday continued yesterday at three factories in Svay Rieng province’s Tai Seng Special Economic Zone, said Meas Sokna, the local Collective Union of Movement of Workers officer.
1000s of Peruvian teachers rally over pay
Thousands of striking Peruvian teachers rally in the capital, Lima, demanding better pay and working conditions. Members of the United Trade Union Education Workers of Peru (SUTEP) and the National Federation of Education Administrative Workers (FENTASE), who were on a 24-hour strike on Tuesday, marched through the streets of the city that were surrounded by security forces. Scuffles broke out when Peruvian police tried to stop the protesters from completely blocking roads and disrupting traffic.
Chairman of Baloch student Organisation abducted, comrades announce hunger strike till death
Karachi : Senior Chairperson of the Baloch Student Organisation (Azad), Banuk Karima Baloch, revealed on Tuesday that the chairman of BSO-Azad, Zahid Kurd Baloch, has been abducted from Quetta on 18 March 2014. She said Zahid Baloch was abducted during a raid on a political meeting of the Organisation. She expressed these during a press conference outside Karachi Press Club where they set up a hunger strike on to death protest camp for the release of their chairman.
She said, “We expect you [media/journalists] to make our voices heard in the right mediums around the world.” She added, “Baloch Students Organization – Azad (BSO-A) is a progressive democratic student organization that believes in peaceful struggle and has been striving for the Baloch rights including the right for freedom. In the struggle for these aims, BSO-Azad has been clear and open on its strategy since day one; which is, not only believing and advocating peaceful democratic struggle but also becoming an exemplary lead in it.
“Although BSO-Azad has been strictly committed to its democratic struggle, powerful Pakistani state elements could never tolerate our mere existence. From past 5 years, there has been an unannounced deadly crackdown against BSO-Azad that has left hundreds of our peaceful activists being abducted and dozens extra judicially murdered. In addition, BSO-Azad has also been unlawfully banned to carry out any political activity. Despite all of these brutalities, BSO-Azad has not compromised on its principal of peaceful democratic struggle.
“On March 18, 2014 at 5pm, Pakistani secret agencies and security forces abducted BSO-Azad Chairman Zahid Baloch also known as Baloch Khan from Quetta. I, along three other senior members of BSO-Azad are eyewitnesses to this incident of forced disappearance. Zahid Baloch was abducted in presence of dozens of other independent eye-witnesses. We did not disclose about his abduction because we hoped that they would bring him to surface at some point.”
Barapukuria mine workers protest
Workers of Barpukuria Coal Mining Company Limited in Dinajpur have confined about 50 officials to the administrative building to press for retention of existing manpower. The workers encircled the administrative building on Wednesday morning to prevent the officials from coming out. Coal Mine Workers-Employees Union President Wazed Ali said the authorities had recently finalised a new manpower structure that would employ only 738 people instead of the previous roster strength of 2,674.
On Apr 20, the workers had given the managing director (MD) an ultimatum to go back to the previous strength. Ali said they were compelled to protest due to the inaction of the management. A large number of police, Border Guard Bangladesh and RAB personnel have been deployed at the company premises to avert any trouble.