Chand’s paper to be made supplementary document
KATHMANDU: Senior party leaders addressing today’s central committee meeting of the CPN-Maoist said the political document presented by Chand’s paper to be made supplementary document Secretary Netra Bikram Chand should be taken as the supplementary of chairman’s document. Today all the politburo members concluded delivering their opinions on the two political documents presented by Chairman Mohan Baidhya and Secretary Chand. Yesterday, Vice-chairman CP Gajurel, General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, Secretary Dev Gurung and politburo members Indra Mohan Sigdel, Dharmendra Bastola and Narayan Sharma had aired their views on the two documents.
“All the senior leaders speaking today opined that Chand’s document should be included in Chairman Baidhya’s political document as a supplementary document,” said a central committee member. He said there was not much difference between the two political documents. In his document, Chand has focused on the path of revolution claiming that the pro-people constitution was impossible with the derailing of the past agreements while Baidhya has been urging to seek alternatives from the existing setting as the ‘enemies’ are also in crises. Chand has also focused on a holistic approach of movement unlike all the struggles the country witnessed in the past. With Chand’s document in place, the central committee meeting is getting delayed. The full central committee with 43 members will go till July 9 and the central committee with alternative central members having 151 members will begin from July 10.
July 4: East Jerusalem clashes
Rockets and mortar shells fired from within the Gaza Strip continued to batter Israel’s south on Friday, hours after the BBC reported that an Egypt-mediated ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas was to be announced shortly. Some 18 Palestinians were wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli forces following the funeral of Muhammed Abu-Khdeir, the 16-year-old Palestinian whose body was found early Tuesday in a West Jerusalem forest.
According to Palestinian officials, one was seriously hurt. Thousands of Palestinians took part in the funeral procession. Israeli security forces blocked the crossings between East Jerusalem and the rest of the city ahead of the event. Palestinian officials claimed that the road blocks prevented tens of thousands from attending the funeral. The violence between hundreds of masked youths and the security forces broke out shortly before the funeral, which began at the mosque in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shoafat. Clashes also broke out in Ramallah. Palestinian rioters threw stones and Molotov cocktails toward Israeli troops in three different sites. The troops responded with live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas. According to the Israel Defense Forces, eight Palestinians were wounded.
Thirty one people were arrested overnight Friday-Saturday following clashes between rioters in several central and northern Arab-Israeli cities protesting the death of an Arab teenager killed this week and police forces who used tear gas and other non-lethal means to disperse the demonstrations. Seven people were treated for tear gas inhalation. Police said Saturday that more arrests were expected and that reinforcements were called up should additional rioting take place later in the day, according to Army Radio.
On Friday night, Arab Israelis burned tires and clashed with security forces in protest of the death of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, in the Arab-Israeli towns of Taibe, Tira, Kalanswa and Baqa al-Gharbiya. Protesters hurled rocks at police while holding a demonstration at the entrance to Taibe, in central Israel, leading police to close off Route 444. In Shuafat, Abu Khdeir’s home neighborhood, several men reportedly attempted to cut down an electric pole powering Jerusalem’s light rail with a circular saw, and posted a photo of the act to Facebook, before being chased off by police. Dozens of people threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police forces in East Jerusalem, who responded with non-lethal weapons to quell the unrest. Near the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim, some 40 Palestinians also hurled rocks and rolled burning tires at police forces, Channel 10 reported.
Zimbabwe: Mutambara High School Closes As Students Riot
IRATE Mutambara High School students in Chimanimani took matters into their own hands, destroying school property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in protest over corruption and poor administration by school authorities. The United Methodist Church-run boarding school, it is said, has been forced into abrupt closure as authorities agonise on how to handle the unrest. Trouble started Sunday evening when the scholars staged demonstrations within the school yard accusing the authorities of corruption and serving substandard meals.
Shots fired as Liberia police quell ArcelorMittal mine protest
MONROVIA (Reuters) – Liberia’s security forces fired shots in the air to break up a protest at an ArcelorMittal SA iron ore plant northeast of the capital on Friday, authorities and witnesses said. The protestors, who also fired shots, blocked entries to the mine, the company’s railroad and offices. The company said in a statement they also entered the mines and looted equipment and building materials near the mine entrance, causing significant damage. One demonstrator, who declined to be named, said ArcelorMittal had not fulfilled the terms of its concession agreement with the Liberian governmenOt.
The person added that the company had not compensated local people for crops, nor had it paid wages or renovated houses. The Indian steel and mining conglomerate operates the plant in Nimba County under a 25-year deal with the government. “Ringleaders, including those who shot at the police, have been arrested and are being brought to Monrovia for further investigation and prosecution,” the presidency said in a statement.
Gasping for air: Protest against pollution by fertiliser factories
Nearly 2,000 residents in Multan closed a key road for over four hours in protest against pollution that they blamed on 10 fertilisers factories in the area. The protesters broke the gate of a fertiliser factory and agreed to end their protest only after the administration sealed the factory and agreed to consider other demands. The protesters gathered at Multan-Bahawalpur National Highway early in the morning and stopped all traffic from Multan to Bahawalpur division and onwards to Sindh.
They said that the fertiliser factories on the outskirts of Multan had been degrading the environment for almost a million citizens in the nearby areas who had suffered on account of various diseases. They were upset that the district and provincial governments had not put any check on the release of toxic smoke and chemicals from these factories. They chanted slogans against the fertiliser factories’ owners and the provincial government.
Protest rocks Onitsha
Human and vehicular movements were disrupted for hours at the ever busy Denis Memorial Grammar School, (DMGS) roundabout, Onitsha as members of the Keke Drivers Association took over the streets to protest alleged police extortion, harassments and illegal detention of members. The protesters, dressed in mourning cloths and mouth guards sang anti-police songs and brandished placards with several inscriptions including “IGP please overhaul Police in Onitsha”, “Police in Onitsha are the most corrupt in the country”, among others. According to the Chairman of the Campaign for Democracy, (CD), South East zone, Dede Uzor, the protest was in collaboration with CD against the police in the city whom he accused of resorting to intimidation, corrupt practices and illegal arrest and detention of tricycle drivers since the ban on checkpoints across the country.
He said that corrupt practices among policemen were more apparent in the commercial city of Onitsha, adding that policemen attached to the Central Police Station, Inland Town and Awada stations have been at the forefront for the alleged illegal detention and extortion. “We are protesting against the illegal and corrupt activities of policemen in this city, they have made Keke drivers to remain perpetually in agony because of massive extortion, illegal detention and other inhuman treatments. It is also pertinent to note that majority of these drivers are driving these tricycles on hire purchase basis and when police kept on extorting them of the money, most of them have had no option than to drop the keke because they couldn’t meet up with the agreement they reached with the owners”