INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, BRASÍLIA POLICE CLASH
Indigenous people clashed with police in the capital of Brazil Tuesday, resulting in one officer being shot in the leg with an arrow and the cancellation of a ceremony to open the exhibition of the World Cup trophy. Indigenous activists were upset about legislation before congress that threatens to shrink the size of some reserves for indigenous groups. They were joined by demonstrators rallying against Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup.
Many Brazilians are angered about the billions being spent on the tournament, saying the money should have gone to improving Brazil’s public services. In clashes, broadcast live on television, riot police fired tear gas into small pockets of protesters as they approached Brasilia’s new stadium that will host Cup matches. The cost of building Brasilia’s World Cup stadium has nearly tripled to $900 million in public funds, largely due to allegedly fraudulent billing, government auditors have said. Protesters were seen picking up the gas canisters and tossing them back at officers, along with stones and pieces of wood. Violent protests have marked the run-up to the World Cup which begins June 12.
Angry protests hit Spain’s Barcelona
RIOTS and arson attacks throughout the night in protest over a block of flats being cleared of squatters have blighted the Sants area of Barcelona, near the main train station. The house, known as Can Vies, is said to have been occupied by squatters for up to 17 years. Six people have been arrested over the uprising, which led to windows being smashed in high-street banks, shops and political party headquarters, as well as wheelie-bins and park benches overturned and set on fire and barricades set up in the streets being thrown down.
A van carrying reporters from the regional television station TV3 was set alight by masked rioters Police patrolled the city by helicopter so they could home in on the worst-hit districts, which were mainly the Sant Martí and Sant Andreu neighbourhoods. The worst of the damage was to a crane and an excavator near the Can Vies block which were set up ahead of the demolition proceedings – protesters set them on fire at around 21.30hrs. Graffiti and large, heavy objects were thrown at buildings, including the head office of independent regional political party CDC on the C/ Córcega near the Passeig de Gràcia.
New Caledonia Vale damage tops US$34m
The damage caused by vandalism at the Vale nickel plant in New Caledonia is now estimated to be more than 34 million US dollars. The violence, which began at the weekend, has seen days of confrontations at St Louis near Noumea where about 150 riot police have been battling young Kanaks using firearms. Three security personnel have been shot and injured. The unrest has led to repeated road closures and angered residents unable to travel between Noumea and Mont Dore.
Dozens of people have expressed their frustration outside the French High Commission while hundreds blocked the access to the SLN plant in Noumea in protest at some workers risking losing their pay because they cannot get to work. The protest by the young Kanaks was accompanied by calls for the Vale plant to be closed for good after another acid spill three weeks ago led to operations being suspended.
Activists close Red Cross office on 35th day of hunger strike
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists on Wednesday closed the Red Cross’ al-Bireh office in protest against the organization’s “silence” regarding an ongoing prisoners’ hunger strike, the organizers said. “Today we are shutting down the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross because it has failed to play the role it should to protect Palestinian prisoners, especially hunger strikers,” the organizers said.
Protesters blocked the doors of the office and denied entry to employees. “Silence is complicity,” the activists said in a statement. The Red Cross and other international organizations “who are responsible for ensuring human dignity and rights of Palestinian prisoners as prescribed by their mandate” have failed to speak out in support of hundreds of hunger striking prisoners, the statement said.
Angolan police detain, beat protesters: activist
(Reuters) – Angolan police have beaten and detained 20 people protesting against the killing of three activists by security forces, demonstrators said on Wednesday. Neither police and nor Interior Ministry officials responded to several requests for comment about Tuesday’s incident. Security forces have in the past denied using violence on protesters, saying detentions are made to maintain public order. The youth-driven Angolan Revolutionary Movement has staged several protests since 2011, accusing security forces of murder and President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of restricting political freedom during his 34 years at the helm of Africa’s No. 2 oil producer.
“Police detained 20 of us as soon as we arrived at Independence Square for the protest,” activist Manuel Nito Alves told Reuters. “Inside the police van they beat us with sticks, drove us to Catete, 60 km away from Luanda, and released us there several hours later.” The demonstration was organized through social media to demand justice for the killings of three opposition activists by security forces in the last two years. Two activists involved in protests to demand payment of state wage arrears were killed by security forces in May 2012, prosecutors said in November. At least four security officials have been investigated but no trial date has been set.
Kayah farmers plough grabbed land in protest
Over 300 Kayah farmers have started ploughing 438 acres of paddy fields May 27, on land which has been seized by the military. The farmers from Solharku village, Pruso, used 11 mini-tractors and say this action has been permitted by the rural Farmers Committee. “We do not need to ask for their permission as the paddy fields are from our forefathers. This is our land and we take the duty to look after our village. So we send notices to the authorities that we are going to hold the ploughing battle. We will hold the battle from sowing to reaping,” said by Tuyal, a villager of Solharku and leader of the battle.