33-party alliance to enforce strike on June 20
KATHMANDU, May 26: The CPN (Maoist)-led alliance of 33 fringe parties that has announced to boycott the June 22 Constituent Assembly (CA) by-elections, on Monday declared to enforce strike in all four constituencies on June 20. A meeting of the alliance that boycotted the CA polls last year, held today also decided to organize protest assemblies and publicity campaigns against the by-elections.
Istanbul: Police detain 38 people in anti-terror raids
ISTANBUL – At least 38 people have been taken into custody after police conducted anti-terror raids in Istanbul’s Okmeydani district. The operation on Monday morning targeted people accused of being members of the leftist militant group Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front and participating in illegal demonstrations in Okmeydani on 22 May, during which two people died and many others were injured.
Three hunting rifles, three pistols, 46 Molotov cocktails, unidentified explosive materials, gas masks, two blank firing guns and computer files were seized during searches in 18 different areas. A total of 26 people were alleged to be members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s youth structure, the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement, and another 12 of being members of leftist militant group DHKP/C.
Five of those taken into custody were reportedly under the age of 18. Several riot police and special operations teams took part in the operations which were coordinated by police helicopters flying overhead. The seized Molotov cocktails and home-made explosives were allegedly prepared to be deployed against police during demonstrations. TOMA vehicles with water canons were kept on standby and security measures were tightened around Okmeydani.
Greek police investigate signs of gun attack on co-ruling party HQ
Greece’s anti-terrorism squad was investigating on Sunday an apparent attack at the headquarters of the co-ruling Socialist PASOK party after two bullets pierced its windows, police said. Greeks began voting in a second round of local and European Parliament elections on Sunday, seen as a litmus test for support for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s shaky government.
The attack on PASOK’s offices, in a bustling central Athens neighbourhood packed with bars and cafes, was likely carried out overnight, said a police official who declined to be named. Its offices are guarded around the clock by police in riot gear. “Two office windows on the second and third floor have been hit by a firearm. The anti-terrorism unit has taken over the investigation,” Greek police said in text message to journalists, without giving further details. Police cordoned off the area and more than two dozen riot policemen were at the scene on Sunday afternoon.
Mandalay miners sentenced to jail
Ten miners from Mandalay’s Yamethin Township have been sentenced to one and a half years in prison following months of protest against privatisation of the Moehti Moemi gold mines. Protests over the Moehti Moemi mines have been relentless since June 2013, shortly after a private company, Myanmar National Prosperity Co Ltd (NPPCL), reneged on a five-year agreement for joint-venture with local operators. When NPPCL won a government tender for a 6,015-acre site, the company vowed to work with small-scale miners who had been working the mines independently for years.
Locals say that the company neglected the agreement and left them severely disadvantaged among incoming large operators. Making matters worse, a nationwide ban on small-scale mining left thousands of miners abruptly jobless. After being evicted from the mines in 2013, they found refuge in a nearby monastery, which also served as a protest site.