Peruvian army seizes statements on ILA in Leoncio Prado
Tension erupts into violence in East Salinas near the site of yesterday’s officer-involved shooting.
East Salinas felt like a powder keg, ready to bust, since the second officer-involved shooting in less than two weeks claimed a life Tuesday afternoon. And barely 24 hours later, it did, with a shooting Wednesday night near the scene of Tuesday’s shooting on North Sanborn Road and Del Monte Avenue in East Salinas. Early reports indicate a police officer attending to the gunshot victim was hit on the head with an object, probably a bottle, by a protestor. That’s when things got really heated, and police responded in riot gear and called in to neighboring cities for mutual aid.
200 war vets arrested for invading a sugarcane estate
ABOUT 200 war veterans were arrested for invading Tongaat Hullets’ sugarcane estates in Chiredzi between the last weekend and yesterday. The arrested war veterans are largely from the Tshangani tribe that feels side-lined and neglected by the government. They allege that they were ignored when some sugarcane plots were parcelled out at the height of the chaotic land reform programme. The war vets invaded the Siringa section and parts of Hippo Valley Estate, but their luck ran out when anti-riot police swooped on them. Anti-riot police maintained a heavy presence at the estate to quell any further disturbances. According to sources, 50 of the former freedom fighters were nabbed in the Hippo Valley Estates in Chiredzi while 23 were arrested in Triangle over the weekend. About 100 others were rounded up yesterday.
Farmers Blocked From Petitioning Red Cross
Municipal and military police on Wednesday blocked a group of about 100 displaced farmers from Kratie province who were attempting to deliver a petition to the Cambodian Red Cross’ Phnom Penh headquarters calling on the group to help them in their land dispute with a Vietnamese rubber firm. About 50 police and military police officers, wielding riot shields and electric batons, met the group of villagers at about 8:30 a.m. near the Samakki Raingsey pagoda, where they have been temporarily taking shelter, and ordered them to return to the pagoda.
Chilean forces use tear gas and water cannons to quell student protesters
VALPARAISO, May 22 — Chilean authorities used tear gas and water cannon today to disperse crowds of students who protested as President Michelle Bachelet promoted her education reform bid to lawmakers. Bachelet, who took office for a second non-consecutive term in March, made revamping the education system a key campaign promise in last year’s presidential election. The system strongly favours for-profit private schools.
But many students in the South American country aren’t convinced her efforts will fully satisfy their demands for free and quality education. Soldiers let loose tear gas and water cannon to disperse some 2,500 often hooded students and others who came within a few meters of Congress located in the port city of Valparaiso. Valparaiso Police Chief Julio Pineda told local media that 33 people were arrested for disorderly conduct during the clashes. In the capital, Santiago, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) inland, students occupied a school overnight and blocked parts of the main street downtown.
Politicians attacked on Euro campaign trail
Around 50 people attacked a car transporting Spain’s Minister of Finance and the leader of the Popular Party in Catalonia while they were on the European elections campaign trail near Barcelona on Wednesday.
Teen injured in Nablus clashes with Israeli forces
NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager was injured on Thursday during clashes with Israeli forces in Nablus, Palestinian security officials said. Local youths threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli forces after they raided Balata refugee camp. Israeli soldiers responded with riot dispersal means, hitting Issa Hashash, 17, in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet.
Police, protesters clash in İstanbul, one person wounded
A photo showing a man with a large pool of blood around his head was published by Turkish news websites and on social media. Video footage showed police firing water cannon at protesters and one policeman firing a pistol into the air beside a police armoured vehicle. The incident occurred when a group of some 10-15 people began chanting slogans about a youth who had died in previous clashes with police and about a mine disaster last week in which 301 people died.
A funeral ceremony was being held nearby at the time of the clash and that one person in that area had fallen to the ground in a pool of blood. İstanbul police could not confirm details of the incident. A police armored vehicle was also burnt when groups threw Molotov cocktails at riot police. A camera footage shows police firing warning shots to air after burning of the armored vehicle.
‘Land grab’ tensions could trigger uprising, warns ruling party MP
Tensions over unresolved land ownership disputes could spark a nationwide uprising if the issue was not dealt with soon, a senior member of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party has warned. The increasing frequency of protests over the time being taken to resolve the disputes could lead to tension throughout the nation and escalate into a full scale uprising, U Aung Thein Lin, the party’s Pyithu Hluttaw MP for South Okkalapa in Yangon Region, told Mizzima on May 21.
“These protests are everywhere and I fear they may result in a national uprising and if this happens it will reverse our democratic transition,” said U Aung Thein Lin, a member of the USDP’s central executive committee and of the Farmland Investigation Committee. Concern about the potential of the issue to create unrest was echoed by U Tint Zaw Oo, secretary of the Farmers’ Union at Myaungmya Township in Ayeyarwady Region. “If farmers feel that the government is being negligent on these issues, then I could foresee a second Saya San Rebellion,” U Tint Zaw Oo told Mizzima on May 21.
Garment factory workers protest better wages
Over 300 workers have protested in front of the Asia Rose garment factory in Hlaingthayar industrial zone, after being expelled for demanding better wages. The workers started their protest on May 7 and have demanded for respect of their rights including better in salary, which is curretly Ks 400 per day. “At first, we didn’t intend to protest but the owner of the factory insisted in signing us not to participate in the protest. When the workers came to work on May 7, the factory was closed. Later the owner said that we broke the employees-employers contract and they expelled all the demonstrators,” said Thanda Moe on behalf of the demonstrators.
20 people arrested at strike in Dalian
Nearly 1,000 Chinese workers from Konica Minolta Opto Company in Dalian in China’s northeastern Liaoning province launched a strike on May 19 which lasted three days and resulted in 20 protesters being arrested by local authorities, reports Boxun, a Chinese-language citizen journalism site that is sourced mostly by anonymous users and frequently makes claims that are difficult to prove.
Police Officer Dies in Guerrilla Ambush in Northeast Colombia
BOGOTA – A police officer was killed on Wednesday in a town in northeastern Colombia apparently by members of the Popular Liberation Army (EPL), which is not participating in the unilateral cease-fire begun this week by two other guerrilla groups, authorities said. The attack occurred on the outskirts of Teorama, in Norte de Santander province, and took the life of Seider Ivan Osorio Pantoja, 30, municipal spokesperson Ever Pallares told Efe. Police said that the officer was on duty early Wednesday morning when he received an anonymous phone call saying that a truck carrying contraband gasoline from Venezuela would pass through town at a certain spot, and when he went to the site to investigate he was ambushed and shot to death.