CPN-M refuses to exchange 26 seats for CA berth
Update: The CPN-Maoist has refused proposal of the major three political parties to participate in the CA. In a meeting, the dissident Maoist also rubbished the 26 seats of the CA it was offered in exchange of its participation in the CA. “We forwarded out demands from our side also reiterating our earlier stance on setting up a multiparty roundtable conference,” CPN-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal told THT Online.
Big three starts dialogue with dissenter CPN-M
KATHMANDU: Top leaders of the major three political parties—CPN-UML, Nepali Congress (NC) and the UCPN-Maoist—and CPN-Maoist are holding talks at Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar in the Capital. The meeting that started at around 8:30 am is said to focus on how to ensure CPN-Maoist’s participation in the Constituent Assembly. The meeting is also discussing the disputed issues in the constitution writing process, nomination of 26 lawmakers and ways to take forward the peace process and statute-drafting process, according to the PM’s personal secretariat. The CPN-Maoist and its 33-party alliance had boycotted the November 19 elections to the second CA, and has already declared to boycott the CA’s by-elections scheduled for June 22.
Police, protesters clash in Turkey after two Kurds killed
Police and demonstrators clashed in Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey on Sunday as tensions mounted the day after two Kurdish men were killed in protests that turned violent. Police fired tear gas and water cannon at demonstrators who threw stones and burnt barricades following the funeral of one of the victims killed Saturday in the Lice district of Kurdish majority Diyarbakir province, an AFP reporter on the scene said. Sunday’s confrontation came after the two Kurdish protesters, aged 24 and 50, died of gunshot wounds sustained during fierce clashes between soldiers and demonstrators angry at government plans to build military barracks in Lice. “War, war, war! No to peace!” chanted thousands of mourners, including lawmakers, who marched behind a placard reading “Revenge”.
Police also briefly clashed with Kurdish protesters in Bagcilar, a working-class district of Istanbul and in Hakkari, another Kurdish-majority southeastern city, Dogan news agency reported. In a statement on Sunday, the Turkish army said Saturday’s fighting erupted after security forces were attacked with live ammunition, homemade grenades and petrol bombs, which left one soldier wounded. The army called one of the men killed a “militant”. Diyarbakir governor’s office also said the unrest resulted from an “armed attack on security forces ensuring security on the Diyarbakir-Bingol road”. Witnesses told AFP Turkish soldiers also fired live bullets in the clashes.
20 detained during protest in Kocaeli as tension escalates in Diyarbakır
As tension builds up in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır’s Lice district where two people were shot dead during protest in a clash between security forces and supporters of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a clash broke out in the western province of Kocaeli during a protest during which 20 students were detained by the police. The students attempted to occupy Communication Faculty of Kocaeli University during the protest. Due to the protest, students could not take final exams and a clash broke out. Arriving at the scene, riot police detained 20 students. The tense situation has not died away yet and three police officers were injured during intervention.
Woodworkers arrested on march to Mandalay
Twelve people were arrested on Saturday for their involvement in a workers’ rights demonstration in Mandalay. Among those arrested were ten protest leaders and two negotiators. Several hundred employees of the Chinese-owned Lucky Treasure woodcutting factory in Sinkkaing Township, accompanied by hundreds of supporters, were intercepted by about 500 police officers as they tried to march to Mandalay, according to the Federation of Trade Unions of Burma (FTUB).
The demonstration was the latest of four strikes at the factory, beginning in June 2012. Aung Linn, chairman of the FTUB, said that workers at the factory have had ongoing disagreements with management over problematic contracts. “There were about four strikes,” he said. “The first one lasted half a day on 17 June, 2012, when the workers were asking to have a holiday on Sundays. The second time, Khine Min, a labour union leader, was arrested for two weeks.”
13 arrested over Nakuru town protest
THIRTEEN people were arrested by police in Nakuru at the weekend for taking part in protests following the demolition of illegal structures by the county government. Riots started after bulldozers demolished more than 15 stalls adjacent to Afraha Stadium on Saturday morning. A source at the county headquarters blamed a local leader for being behind the building of the stalls on public land. Angry youths from Flamingo, Freehold and Pangani estates flocked the scene and threatened to attack officers leading the demolition.
Anti-riot police were called after the youths started stoning motorists, lighting bonfires on the Kanu street and looting businesses. The area was a no-go-zone for most of Saturday as businesses were hurriedly closed down as public service vehicles avoided the route. Nakuru division police boss Kioko Muinde said the youths engaged police officers in running battles for the better part of the day. “They were throwing stones at police officers who repulsed them using teargas,” he said. Kioko said among those arrested were three women.
Subway Strikers, Police Clash in Sao Paulo Days Before World Cup
Brazilian police and striking subway workers clashed Monday in a central commuter station, with union officials threatening to maintain the work stoppage through the World Cup opening match here this week. Authorities are deeply worried about the strike because the subway is the main means of transportation for World Cup fans who will attend Thursday’s opening match when Brazil takes on Croatia.
The stadium is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of central Sao Paulo, where most tourists stay. Riot police firing tear gas forced about 100 striking workers out of the station as the strike threw Sao Paulo’s normally congested traffic into chaos for a fifth day. About half of the city’s subway stations were operating, but with greatly diminished service. “This is the way they negotiate, with tear gas and repression,” said Alexandre Roland, a union leader, as he and others regrouped outside the station after confronting riot police.
One person killed in Khartoum demonstrations protesting water outage
June 8, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – One person was killed on Sunday as a result of suffocation after the Sudanese riot police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the southern neighborhoods of Khartoum who demonstrated against continuous interruptions in water service. The neighborhoods of al-Salma, al-Azhari, Ad al-Hussein and Kababich witnessed all day Sunday protests and a local official told Sudan Tribune that several people were arrested but released later after the intervention of the mayor.
A member of the Popular Committee announced that the mayor of Jabal Awliya promised to resolve the water crisis in three days, and reported that the engineers working to repair faults told them that their region is fueled by Soba station at about 40% of water consumption which requires drilling of a well in every two blocks to cover the remaining 60%. The press office of the Khartoum police said in a statement released on Sunday evening that a “number of citizens in Mayo area south of Khartoum assembled to protest the interruption of drinking water in the region and shut down the main street which lead to the intervention of the police to disperse the gathering and re-open the street. One citizen has suffocated and later died in hospital”.
Police Raid in Southern China Sparks Clash
A raid by officers on small bathhouses and other businesses associated with prostitution sparked clashes lasting hours in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, police said Monday. The riot Sunday in the city’s Sanyuanli district was started by people who were resisting inspections, according to a statement on the Guangzhou police’s microblog. It said crowds gathered and roads were blocked, but additional officers dispatched to the scene were able to restore order at about 8 p.m. There was no mention of injuries or arrests, although photos on popular social media sites showed several police vehicles lying on their sides after having been flipped.
Hundreds of people, mostly young men, were seen standing in the street in the industrial suburb on the outskirts of one of China’s most prosperous cities, which includes a large population of migrant factory workers. Calls to the Guangzhou police headquarters and spokesman’s office rang unanswered. The police statement said officers were targeting what is known as the “five small venues,” namely small bathhouses, small cyber cafes, small inns, small Karaoke bars and small beauty salons. Such businesses are largely run and patronized by migrants, who enjoy fewer social and legal protections than native residents.