World Popular Resistance Clippings 26/6/2014





Chilean Riot Police Clash With Education Protesters

RIOT police clashed with tens of thousands of protesters on the streets of the Chilean capital Santiago on Wednesday. Students and teachers were seeking to put pressure on President Michelle Bachelet to reform Chile’s education system faster and more thoroughly than she has managed so far. Police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters in the streets as the demonstration ended outside the Universidad de Santiago. The demonstrators responded by throwing objects at the police and a number of arrests were reported. Organisers said there were 80,000 protesters involved in the march, but police estimated the crowd at 20,000.

Police fire live rounds to disperse demonstrators

Police in Tarime/Rorya Special Zone earlier this week are reported to have fired live bullets to disperse angry villagers at the border town of Sirari who were protesting over the death of one of the villager who died in police custody. Holding up signs baring anti-police slogans and armed with sticks and stones, the villagers matched along the busy Tarime-Mwanza Road close to the Kenyan border. As the demonstration turned from peaceful to violent, business were brought to a standstill for hours as anti-riot police engaged the irate villagers first with tear gas and then, allegedly with live rounds. Detailing, the Zonal Police Commander Justus Kamugisha said that at least 18 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The arrested suspects include a primary school teacher and school’s director all were from a owned Makima Academy whom they are accused of masterminding the public disorder. According to Kamugisha the teacher, one Julius Makima (42) a Sirari resident, was arrested following the outcome of preliminary investigations which revealed that he was allegedly organised and mobilised villagers to take to the streets. The villagers blocked the highway burning tires and barring pedestrians and commuter buses from crossing to either side of the Kenyan-Tanzanian border. They were protesting the death of one Tandika Muserega (23) a Sirari resident who they claim died while in police custody implicating police involvement.

Clashes erupt after Palestinian shot by IDF succumbs to wounds

A Palestinian man who was critically hurt by Israel Defense Forces gunfire during a riot in the West Bank late last week died on Wednesday. Mustafa Aslan, 22, a resident of the Shoafat refugee camp, was shot in the head at the Qalandiyah checkpoint on Friday. He was taken to the Hadassah Medical Center at Ein Kerem, where he succumbed to his wounds. Conflicting reports about his condition came out at the time, some saying then that he had passed away.

Rioting at Qalandiyah renewed following the news of Aslan’s death. According to the Israel Defense Forces, some 250 Palestinians gathered in the area on Wednesday. The military initially used tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse the riot but eventually resorted to firing rubber bullets. One Palestinian was hurt.


15 arrested in Macassar riot

MACASSAR, Cape Town – Police arrested fifteen protesters during a housing protest in Macassar on Tuesday. They will appear in court on charges of public violence, said Western Cape police spokesperson André Traut. Riot police shot rubber bullets into a crowd of protesters on Tuesday afternoon. During the riot, two armoured vehicles drove through the area and later a helicopter circled overhead. Backyard dwellers in Macassar are furious at Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s plan to move Lwandle residents to a major housing development nearby.

Bangladesh: Apparel factory shut down after workers’ protest

A factory belonging to apparel firm Hop Lun (Bangladesh) Ltd. in Gazipur, Bangladesh, has been shut down after workers protested in front of the industrial unit, reports A police officer in the area told the news website that “around 3,000 workers stopped working, demanding incentive bonus, lunch, safe drinking water and other facilities” and “authorities closed down the factory following the protest.”


Inmates in jammed Greek prisons go on hunger strike to protest plans for maximum security jail

ATHENS, Greece – Inmates at prisons across Greece have gone on hunger strike to protest government plans to build a new maximum security jail, and to demand better detention conditions. A prisoners’ rights group said Tuesday that more than 3,800 people in 13 prisons are taking part in the hunger strike, which started on Monday.

Villagers Protest, Two Arrested in Land Dispute

Two villagers were arrested in Kampot province’s Kompong Trach district Wednesday as they attempted to prevent excavators from clearing what they say are their ancestral lands. Kampot provincial deputy police chief Mao Chan Makthurith said that 40 police were sent to the dispute, where about 40 villagers were blocking machinery belonging to the Van Vanna construction company. According to Mr. Chan Makthurith, a court injunction gives Van Vanna the right to clear and develop the land.

“We arrested two people because they tried to stop excavators clearing the land,” Mr. Chan Makthurith said. “We have sent the pair to the provincial police headquarters and they will be sent to court to face the law after police build the case against them.” The remainder of the crowd protesting the development company fled, according to police and villagers.

Economic Policies in Oman Cause Rare Protest

Rulers in Oman decided to lift the controls on priceson a number of products, which has a led to a social media outcry by residents. In Oman, users of social media are protesting a decision made by the government that removes the priceprotection for close to 70 products. The protesters said this would deepen a wealth divide in the Gulf Sultanate that is already very severe. Two hashtags have provoked over 10,000 tweets over the past two days, with a social media monitorfrom the government describing the tweet action as being exceptional. The Council of Ministers from Oman decided on June 15 to lift the price controls of dozens of different products, with 23 different staple items remaining under the Public Authority for Consumer Protectionauspices.

IDPs from N Waziristan protest the mismanagement of food distribution in Bannu.

PESHAWAR (Dunya News) – Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) stoned the food point and blocked Kohat-Bannu road, demanding establishment of more such points for early delivery of food. The security personnel kept on firing aerial rounds to keep the protesting IDPs at bay. The people in the area also faced difficulties owing to the blockade of Bannu-Kohat road. IDPs have demanded establishment of more food points to facilitate the people. On the other hand, the ISPR has reported that Army Engineers Division has been tasked to assist the civil administration at Bannu and DI Khan for better management of IDPs at Bannu. Troops of the Engineers Division have already reached Bannu.


Pandemonium in Gwarimpa as villagers protest demolition of homes

Residents of Lungu Village in Adkan Estate, Gwarimpa, Abuja on Thursday went on a protest on the Kubwa Expressway, setting bonfires on the road as unsuspecting road users got stranded. Some residents of the area who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria said they were protesting because of the demolition carried out by the Department of Development Control in the village.

Clash at Tata Steel plant, 18 injured

KENDRAPADA: A person sustained bullet injuries and 17 others were hurt in a clash between workers and security personnel at the Tata Steel project site at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district on Monday. Police said trouble started when hundreds of workers held a demonstration, demanding overtime dues of the last two months. When the company rejected their pleas, they ransacked the office. “Security personnel initially tried to stop them, but when situation aggravated they opened fire,” additional superintendent of police, Kalinganagar, Pradipta Kumar Sahani. Police said Maheswar Patra, 22, of Jaleswar in Balasore district was injured in the firing. He was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

2nd guerrilla attack on oil pipeline in northeast Colombia in 5 days

Authorities from Colombia’s northeastern state of Arauca confirmed a new attack allegedly by Colombia’s second largest rebel group ELN against the infrastructure of the Caño Limon-Coveñas oil pipeline, local media reported on Wednesday. The attack occurred within a stretch of the pipeline located in the municipality of Tame, where unidentified persons activated various explosive caches that stopped the production and pumping of crude oil, according to Colombia’s El Espectador newspaper.

Authorities hold the guerrillas of the ELN responsible for the attack and announced the temporary halt of oil pumping due to low pressure inside the disabled pipes. Wednesday’s attack comes on the heels of a separate assault five days ago on the same oil pipeline, which occurred in a section of the pipeline located in the village of El Paso, Catatumbo in the state of Norte de Santander, El Espectador reported.

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