Nepal: PM Sushil meets Baidya, says open for resolving issues
Chairman Mohan Baidya Kiran of Nepal Communist Party-Maoist has out rightly rejected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s appeal to join the Constituent Assembly. Accompanied by party secretary Dev Gurung, Chairman Baidya had met with the Prime Minister, May 6, 2014. After meeting the Prime Minister said Gurung, “We firmly believe that the Constituent Assembly provides no outlet to the country’s problems. We insist in an all party convention to resolve the issues.” Gurung quoted PM Koirala as saying, “I am open to resolve all the issues through a dialogue. We are open to all the avenues but I still insist on resolving the issues through the CA.”
CPN-Maoist to hold mass demos to mark day of CA dissolution
KATHMANDU, May 6: Demanding an all-party political convention, the CPN-Maoist on Tuesday announced to hold a mass demonstrations in capital on May 28, to mark the day of dissolution of first Constituent Assembly (CA). According to a press statement issued today to make public the decisions of its politburo meeting held on May 4 to 5 in capital, the party has also decided to submit memorandum to the political parties and government on May 19 in demand of such convention.
Gajurel rules out unification with UCPN (M)
KATHMANDU, MAY 07 – CPN-Maoist Vice Chairman CP Gajurel has ruled out the possibility of his party’s unification with the UCPN (Maoist) at present. He went on to say that UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa spread the rumour of unification only to intimidate leader Baburam Bhatttarai. Speaking at a programme organised by Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Wednesday, leader Gajurel said, “There has been no talks or agreement about unification between the two parties that split over sharp ideological differences.”
He made it clear that there could be unification between the two parties if the UCPN (Maoist) becomes ready accept the six-point proposal including adoption of Marxism, Leninism and Maoism as party’s principle. Leader Gajurel further rubbished the chances of unification between the two parties as the recent Biratnagar national convention of UCPN (Maoist) failed to make any changes in the party’s policy.
Nepal: Baidya favors unity, but conditions apply
Chairman Mohan Baidya Kiran of Nepal Communist Party-Maoist has once again ruled out possibility of unity with the Unified Maoists. He said that party unity cannot take place on sentiments only. Talking to media persons at the party headquarters in the party headquarters, Kathmandu, May 6, 2014 he said, “Indeed we want unity with the Unified Maoists but it must be based on the six point proposal presented by our party.” The six point proposal forward by the party are:
· Accept Marxist-Leninist-Maoist as key ideology.
· Accept Peoples’ Revolution as the party’s working procedure
· Reject the parliamentary system.
· Use of force for transformation of the revolution
· Correct past political aberrations
· Organization based on the central theme of peoples’ revolution.
Jump in left-wing violence in Germany ‘alarming’
BERLIN – Black-clad crowds stormed past closed and boarded banks, businesses and stores, shouting anti-fascist and anti-capitalist slogans in Berlin’s trendy Kreuzberg district. But leftist protests like this one on May Day have for many years ended not in song but riots, car burnings and broken shop windows. Right-wing incidents are still more prevalent: The German Interior Ministry reported recently that the far-right accounted for most politically motivated crimes with 17,042 acts in 2013, down 3.3% from 2012. The vast majority of those crimes were not of violence but of “propaganda,” such as displaying the swastika or other banned symbols. Violent crimes by these groups dropped less than 1% to 837. Yet, leftist crimes rose 40% to 8,673 acts in 2013, nearly half of which were property damage.
46 hurt as cops, landless clash
BIRATNAGAR, MAY 07 – Police and landless people clashed at Pathari in Morang on Tuesday leaving at least 46 injured including 16 police personnel. The incident took place during a protest rally organised by landless people of Shanischare, Pathari, Bayarban and Hasanda VDCs in Morang district, demanding land ownership certificates of areas they have been living off for years. The protesters torched four and vandalised about a dozen vehicles in a bid to block the East-West Highway, police said.
The clash ensued when the agitators hurled stones at the police mobilised at the scene. Bishworaj Pokharel, chief of the District Police Office, said two of the seriously injured officers were taken taken to Neuro Hospital in Biratnagar . Sixty agitators were held while seven rounds of tear gas shells were fired to take the situation under control, police officials said. Traffic resumed after additional police and Armed Police Force (APF) cleared the road, with the situation coming to normalcy at around 3 pm. Around 300 personnel of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force were mobilised in Pathari area to avert any untoward incidents. Police said the protesters vandalised two of their vehicles.
Chief District Officer Ganeshraj Karki said police are searching protesters involved in arson and vandalism. Meanwhile, issuing a statement, the Landless Struggle Committee condemned police’s intervention. The local administration should own up the responsibility of the incident, read the statement, demanding unconditional release of their arrested colleagues. The committee threatened to continue their protest if their demands were not met.
Police, farmers clash after man denied bail for coffin-burning land dispute protest
A clash between police and protesters outside a prison soon after a farmer was jailed in connection with a land ownership dispute has left three people hospitalised at Paungde, eastern Bago Region, witnesses said. The clash erupted between about eight farmers and 30 police outside Paungde Prison at about 5pm on May 6, the witnesses said. They said the jailed farmer was one of five who had appeared in court earlier that day to answer charges under Article 505(b) of the Penal Code, which relates to harming the national interest. The court, at Thae Kone, granted bail to four of the farmers and the fifth, Ko Pauk Sa, was taken to the prison at nearby Paungde.
The melee began after farmers gathered outside the prison to demand Ko Pauk Sa’s release, said the witnesses. An activist who helps farmers, Ma Zin Mar Win, told Mizzima that a man and two women were seriously hurt in the clash and were admitted to Paungde Hospital. One of the women suffered a head injury and was breathing with the assistance of oxygen, she said. The charges against the five defendants arose from a protest near a shrine in Thae Kone Township on April 11 by about 50 farmers who claim their land was seized for a fish farm.
Kenya: Ruiru Flower Farm Workers Go on Strike
CLOSE to six hundred employees of Red Land Roses in Ruiru yesterday protested against poor working conditions and bad pay. The workers want their employer to honour an earlier agreement that demanded that the employer provides transport allowances to the workers. The employees have been on strike since Monday. A worker said majority of them are paid Sh 6300 a month. “We are already tired by the time of reporting to work because we walk for long distances,” said a worker.
The staff accused the management of high handedness. They said supervisors and managers are inhumane. Christopher Makokha said he was hit with a metal bar by one of the supervisors and sustained head injuries. The employees are also demanding lunch breaks. “Most of us carry packed lunch and we are only allowed to eat at 4 pm since we are overworked,” said another worker who sought anonymity for fear of victimisation. The workers accused Ruiru police officers of harassing them on Monday yet their protest was peaceful. “Some of our colleagues were injured on Monday when the police hurled teargas canisters at us. Some were pregnant women,” said one worker.