170 Palestinians injured in East Jerusalem clashes
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Over 170 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday following the kidnapping and killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian from the Shufat neighborhood, medics said. Red Crescent medics said 170 Palestinians were injured in the clashes, including three with live bullets. At least 35 people were injured by rubber bullets, including six journalists, and three people suffered fractures after being assaulted by Israeli police officers.
7 COPS INJURED IN UBOMBO PROTESTS
BIG BEND – The ongoing demonstrations at Ubombo Sugar Limited took another ugly turn as employees clashed with police officers. Seven police officers were injured and subsequently rushed to hospital following the clash between the demonstrating employees and the officers. The officers reportedly sustained head and body injuries after allegedly being stoned by the demonstrators. Over 2 000 Ubombo Sugar Limited workers were demonstrating outside the company administration offices, demanding salary increments.
The three-week old strike turned violent when the demonstrating workers became rowdy, prompting the police to fire tear gas and further sprayed them with water, in an attempt to disperse the crowd. The workers retaliated by throwing stones and makeshift missiles towards the police, hence the scuffle. Big Bend Station Commander Assistant Superintendent Aaron Themba Zwane confirmed that seven police officers were injured during the altercation. “They were rushed to Ubombo Sugar Clinic for treatment, but most of them have been discharged as we speak,” Zwane said in an interview moments after the scuffle. He condemned the violence, blaming the workers for provoking the police.
Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Workers Deported After Riot at Strategic Refinery
Chinese workers in Kyrgyzstan are known for their stoicism amid rising xenophobia and appalling labor conditions. But something seems to have snapped this week for a crew of migrants toiling to build an oil refinery in the northern city of Tokmak. According to Kyrgyz and Russian press reports, 39 Chinese migrants downed tools, blocked entry to the facility and took several Kyrgyz employees hostage on June 30.
Police fired shots into the air to break up the protest, according to a police source. Twenty-five of the migrants were working illegally, police say, and have been deported. The rest have been fined. The riot coincided with payday and the Chinese appear to have felt shortchanged. According to Kyrgyz media outlet Knews, citing local police in contact with the refinery’s Chinese director, the migrants were angered that pay was being withheld to cover the cost of their transport from China. The Chinese Embassy in Bishkek has not commented on the incident.
Twenty-six people have been arrested in Gauteng for intimidation, public violence and malicious damage to property as police monitor the metals and engineering strike, police said on Friday. The 26 were arrested in connection with crimes committed over the past three days, Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said. Of these, 19 people were arrested in Elandsfontein on the East Rand after protesters, believed to be strikers in the metals and engineering industries, broke the gate of a business.
When police arrived, the crowd stoned their vehicles. Police used rubber bullets to disperse them. In a separate incident in Benoni on Thursday, around 2000 striking workers forced their way into a company and damaged equipment and computers. The damage was estimated at several million rand. In Wadeville, also on the East Rand, nine people were arrested for allegedly breaking windows at a business premises. “Although it is a protected strike and employees are allowed to picket, acts of violence will not be tolerated and police are ready to take action,” Dlamini said.
Power cuts hit parts of Greece as electricity workers strike
(Reuters) – Parts of Greece were hit by power cuts on Thursday evening after electricity workers began one of a series of 48-hour strikes against government plans to sell off part of the country’s biggest power producer. Some Athens districts, remote villages in the island of Crete and areas in the north and south had their power cut for up to an hour during peak evening demand times, after 13 power stations were taken off line late on Wednesday, an official at power distribution agency DEDDIE said. Earlier, the grid operator declared a state of emergency, citing a significant reduction of power output.
Cameroon transport workers to strike over fuel hikes
Transport workers in Cameroon threatened on Wednesday to strike next week over a government decision to cut some fuel subsidies, raising the spectre of unrest as the country tries to please international donors. The government announced on Monday that it was cancelling petrol, diesel and cooking gas subsidies, which would make the price of petrol rise by 14 percent and diesel by 15 percent. But transport fares remain unchanged, leading unions representing drivers of buses, taxis and trucks to complain the higher operating costs would cut into their earnings. “It is not normal that they should raise the price of petrol and not also the transport fares,” said Pierre Nyemeck, head of the CGSTC, one of Cameroon’s main transportation unions.
“If the government wants to prevent the strike, it should also increase transport fares,” he said. Cameroon has long produced both oil and cocoa, but analysts say a lack of reform and political stagnation under President Paul Biya, who has been in power since 1982, have stymied economic growth and development. The International Monetary Fund has for years called for subsidies, which cost around $600 million a year, to be cut. But Cameroon has repeatedly delayed the move following a violent 2008 taxi strike over fuel prices that left over 100 dead and a failed bid to cut similar subsidies in neighbouring Nigeria in 2012.
Kenya: Meru University Students Set Cars Ablaze During Strike
Meru University students have burnt two vehicles belonging to the institution while five other cars had their windows smashed and were overturned at the school’s parking lot. The student’s went on a 30 minute rampage after the administration refused to grant their request for a meeting with Vice Chancellor Japhet Magambo. According to a letter addressed to the administration, the students wanted to speak to the VC on June 30 about matters concerning the university’s hospital, emergency operation unit as well as issues to do with water shortages, and security. A staff member said the strike was planned on Wednesday evening and was supported by the students’ council.
Police were called to the scene after the administration got wind of the planned strike. “Despite the presence of security the students managed to storm the administration block where they destroyed computers, stole hard discs and burnt cars before the police could respond”, said a staff member.
Chilean Fishermen Clash With Police After Protest
Small-scale fishermen in Chile have clashed with police after a protest in the port of Valparaiso. Fishermen marched to the Congress on Wednesday to demand improved working conditions and an increase in the amount of cuttlefish they’re allowed to catch. Police broke up the march using water cannons and tear gas. The protesters responded by hurling stones. Local Radio Bio Bio reports that at least two police officers were injured. Valparaiso’s provincial governor says the protest was not authorized by officials. Small-scale fishermen have also protested a law that they say endangers their livelihood by setting fishing quotas and giving preferential treatment to big fishing companies.
Liberia: Tension, Protest in Nimba Over Mittal’s Operations in Liberia
Monrovia — A protest has been staged in the town of Zolowee in Nimba County over the operations of world Steel giant Arcelor Mittal, a local county official has confirmed to FrontPageAfrica. Assistant Superintendent for Development of Nimba County, Teeko T. Yorlay told FrontPageAfrica via mobile Thursday night that protestors blocked main roads and caused tension in Zolowee town demanding recounting of crops as a means of receiving compensation from Mittal for stopping them from farming in certain localities. The local official explained that compensation has been paid over the years to locals for use of their land for roads and other mining activities by Mittal with over US$4.2 million already paid to the locals.
Four Tibetans Held as ‘Ringleaders’ in Chinese Mine Protest
Authorities in northwestern China’s Qinghai province have released all but four of 27 Tibetans detained for opposing a Chinese mining operation that had run beyond its leasing contract and had begun to encroach on sacred sites, sources said. The 27 residents of Karsel village in Chabcha (in Chinese, Gonghe) county in the Tsolho (Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture were taken into custody on June 6 and 7 after vowing to block the mining of white marble in their area. Four were quickly released, with 23 held in custody for investigation, local sources said. Of those 23, 19 were later freed “in different groups and at different times,” a Tibetan living in Europe told RFA’s Tibetan Service on Thursday, citing sources in the region. “Now, four Tibetans are still in custody and are accused of being ringleaders in the protest,” the source, named Dorje, said.
Soweto protesters torch 15 cars at Eskom building
ORLANDO WEST, Johannesburg – Protesters in Orland West in Soweto torched 15 cars at an Eskom office in what is suspected to be protest action over electricity supply. Protesters went to the Eskom offices, near Nancefield Hostel and burned 15 cars. Authorities told eNCA.com on Thursday morning that close to a 100 people protested in the area on Wednesday night. Residents placed tyres and rocks on Sofasonke Street and Klipspuirt Valley Road said Johannesburg metro police spokesman Wayne Minaar.
200 Workers Protest Against Forced Overtime
About 200 workers from the Chinese-owned Pollysa (Cambodia) Home Textile factory in Sihanoukville protested Wednesday against the overtime they were being forced to work and the firing of 20 employees earlier this week who refused the extra hours, workers and a union representative said. Starting at about 11 a.m., some 100 workers protested outside the special economic zone that hosts the factory, while another 100 protested inside and were prevented from leaving the building until 5 p.m., said Pao Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers. “The factory is abusing labor rights by firing 20 workers when they refused to work overtime and demanded their labor rights.
They keep threatening the workers from the factory again and again, forcing them to work,” he said. Non Thary, 26, who joined Wednesday’s protest, said the factory’s actions were unacceptable. “The employers are exploiting us,” she said. “They order us to work after our full time but will not pay us compensation. They called us to work for two hours, but we were not paid. When we request a day off when we are sick, they fire us. Do they want the workers to die in the factory?”