World Popular Resistance Clippings 21/7/2014

Youth killed in firing during protest against Israel in Kashmir

A youth was on Saturday killed in alleged CRPF firing in Kulgam district of Kashmir during protests against Israeli aggression in Gaza Strip. “One youth was killed while another was injured in a firing incident in Qaimoh area of Kulgam,” an official at district Police Control Room said. The deceased youth has been identified as Suhail Ahmad Mir, a resident of Mishripora in Kulgam. He said the situation in the area was tense as the incident has led to more protests which have spread to some adjoining areas.

Police said a group of youth were protesting against the latest Israeli ground offensive in Gaza at Qaimoh. The protests turned violent when CRPF personnel used batons to chase away the protesters. The youth started pelting stones after which CRPF personnel allegedly opened firing, resulting in death of one person and injuries to another, the police said.



Pictures: 15 farm invaders arrested

CLOSE to 15 farm invaders were yesterday arrested at Mashonaland East Tobacco Graders in Bromley when the dreaded Police Support Unit members popularly known as “Black Boots” swooped on the property which has been at the centre of an ownership wrangle.


Protesters arrested over Rome violence

Three of the men have been put under house arrest, two from Rome and one living in Marghera, north-east Italy, while another is currently in a district prison in Ferrara. One of the protesters, named only by the initials MC, 22, is believed to have used a slingshot to hurl objects at riot police during the April 12th protest. He was wearing ski goggles and a gas mask at the time, La Repubblica reported. The anti-government march descended into chaos outside the Ministry for Industry, on Rome’s Via Veneto, with protesters clashing with riot police.

Anti-riot police disperse touts protesting along Haile Sellasie

Nairobi, Kenya: A tout died after a vehicle ran over him in a confrontation with police at Railways bus stop, Nairobi. Police had tried to arrest the deceased on Friday afternoon prompting a confrontation that led to his death. Witnesses and police said the officer had tried to drag the tout from the matatu after he allegedly committed an offense when the driver drove.

Central OCPD Paul Wanjama said the driver drove off, the tout slipped off before the same vehicle ran over him killing him instantly in the 3pm incident. The death sparked violent protests at the scene spreading to Haile Sellassie Avenue for hours in which other motorists were attacked and robbed. Police used teargas to disperse the group of touts and drivers who were protesting the death of their colleague demanding the arrest of the officer who allegedly caused the death.

Six suspects remanded over Anomabo Police Station riot

Six persons arrested during last Tuesday’s clash between the police and some residents of Anomabo in the Mfantseman District leading to the destruction of the district police station were on Thursday remanded into prison custody by a Cape Coast circuit court. The suspects, including a woman, are Kwame Afful, 19 years, fisherman, Kodwo Nkrumah, 25, driver, Ekow Amoah, 26, carpenter, Richard Quansah, 20, driver, Obed Obo Mensah, 20, mason and Victoria Dodoo, 31, trader.

They were charged with agreeing to act together with common purpose to commit crime, assault of police officer and damage to police property but their plea was not taken. They will be re-arraigned on Monday, July 21. Police Inspector Samuel Amoako, who prosecuted, told the court presided over by Mr Kofi Seshie Ametewee that on Tuesday, July 15, at about 1318 hours, the Central Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ransford Moses Ninson, received information that a group of people had attacked the police at the Anomabo Police Station and were vandalizing the place.

He said the Regional Commander, together with his Second in Command and some men, proceeded to the station and found a large crowd of people out of which the six suspects were arrested. He said the suspects, together with the many others who bolted, destroyed everything in the police station and assaulted the policemen on duty. Inspector Amoako said police investigations were still ongoing. It would be recalled that on Tuesday irate residents of Anomabo went on rampage and vandalized the Anomabo Police Station over the death of a resident who jumped into the sea and got drowned in an attempt to bolt during a police swoop on Monday near Forte Williams.

The angry mob, armed with dangerous implements, carried the dead body which was washed ashore on Tuesday to the station and destroyed furniture, television set, documents, some vehicles and other items worth thousands of cedis in and around the station. But for the intervention of police reinforcement team from the Central Regional Police Command, policemen on duty would have been beaten to pulp.

Contract Workers at Britannia’s Delhi Factory Go On Strike

Contract workers at Delhi factory of biscuits major Britannia Industries have gone on strike, partially affecting production. The company has declared the strike illegal and said availability of its products in the market will not be impacted by workers’ stir. In a filing to the BSE, the company said the contract workers at its factory located in Delhi have gone on an illegal strike. “The said illegal strike has had a partial impact on the production/operation at the said factory,” it said.

Cameroon unions call for national strike over fuel subsidies cut

YAOUNDE, July 16 (Reuters) – Twelve trade union groups in Cameroon have called for a national strike from July 28 to protest cuts in fuel subsidies that have pushed up pump prices and transport costs. Oil and cocoa-producing Cameroon removed some subsidies on petrol, diesel and cooking gas on July 1. Petrol prices rose 14 percent, diesel prices 15 percent and gas 8 percent. The government took measures to soften the impact of the cuts, such as increasing base salaries for government workers and the military. But the groups, representing Cameroon’s main unions, said those were not enough and demanded the government revoke the cuts. The workers union confederation said it had not received a response from the government to a July 2 strike notice.


Strike in Retail Sector Planned this Sunday in Greece

The Federation of Private Employees (OIYE) has called for a nationwide strike in the retail sector on Sunday, July 20, in protest against the opening of stores on Sundays. The Federation called on associations, labor unions and sector employees to participate in the strike.

Port workers strike in Argentina threatens national economy

Argentina’s main exports are halted due to a strike by port workers and grain inspectors. Unions say export companies are not meeting the bargain agreements signed months ago, and also demand salary increases and better working conditions.



Iran: East Alborz Coal Mine workers go on strike again

More than 1,000 coal miners went on strike in the Iranian province of Semnan for the third time on Wednesday in protest at sudden changes in the company ownership that means they are being denied property promised to them in exchange for unpaid profit shares.

Operations stop at Pan American’s Bolivian mine as workers go on strike

Around 600 union workers at Pan American Silver’s San Vicente silver-zinc mine in the Potosí department of Bolivia have gone on strike, demanding changes in the senior management. The workers are demanding the removal of general manager Eusterio Huerta León, reported Business News Americas citing union leader Hugo Arratia’s update given to Página Siete newspaper. Mining workers allege that Huerta León ordered increase of ore extraction by 50% to 1,200t a day and also banned the chewing of coca leaf at the mine. The San Vicente mine is operated by Pan American’s subsidiary Pan American Silver Bolivia in a joint venture with state-owned mining company Comibol.

Seven People Attempt Suicide Protest in Beijing Over Illegal Land Seizures

On Wednesday morning at about 8:10 a.m., seven people who had traveled together to Beijing from southeastern Jiangsu province met outside the offices of the China Youth Daily newspaper. They carried with them black bottles containing pesticides, which they opened and quickly drank. In rural China, consuming pesticides is one of the most common methods of suicide; the seven chose this as an act of desperate protest.

Petition papers that lay askew, near where the five men and two women fell unconscious on the pavement, indicate that the group had come to Beijing to petition national authorities to intervene over land seizures and forced demolitions in their hometown.


MDG uranium in Niger

Niger activists arrested over Areva protest before François Hollande visit

Transparency campaigners in Niger have been arrested shortly before the French president’s visit to Niamey. François Hollande arrived in the Nigerien capital on Friday to discuss the deployment of French troops as part of a strategy for securing the wider Sahelian region. Approximately 10 activists, including Ali Idrissa, the national co-ordinator of the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition, were arrested at their homes that morning.

The group had held a joint press conference on Thursday calling for peaceful demonstrations during Hollande’s visit. They are calling for Areva, the French state-owned nuclear company, and the Nigerien government to publish the details of a new uranium extraction contract. “This goes to show that we’re living in a dictatorship,” Idrissa said from his office in Niamey after being released. “We wanted to exercise our democratic right to protest. This is really serious.”

700 Protest Factory Closure In Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — More than 700 workers protested Thursday in front of the South Korean Embassy in Myanmar to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages. The workers from the Master Sports Footwear Factory in Yangon said the owner closed the plant illegally and without notice in May and has left the country. They are demanding that the Korean ambassador help them. They said they were having trouble paying their rent and wanted assistance in finding new jobs.

Road blocked to protest youth’s killing

Dozens of people staged a protest demonstration on Thursday in Faisalabad against the murder of a young man. The demonstrators gathered at Jhang-Faisalabad Road and blocked it for traffic for hours. They placed Shakeel Anwar’s body on the road and brought the traffic to a standstill. Naseer Akram, one of the protesters, told reporters that the victim had been a labourer, who had gone to collect his wages, but did not return.

“Anwar went to receive his payment from a house owner in Officers Colony on Wednesday where he had worked for two days. He never returned,” Akram said. He said Anwar’s family found his body at the Allied Hospital mortuary. “When they asked the hospital staff about who had brought the body, they were given no information,” Akram said. He said Anwar’s body bore signs of torture. “We suspect that the house owner tortured him instead of paying him his money. When he died, the body was sent to the hospital,” Akram said.

Violence grips Gangtok as government college students protest over fee hike

Sikkim: The city of Gangtok in Sikkim has been gripped in violence as the students of a government college in Tadong has been protesting over four-fold increase in the fee. Violence was reported from various parts of the city and even from the main hospital. Even as the college has rolled back the decision, the peace has not been restored. Protesters who were angry due to the lathi charge and the fee hike, reportedly vandalised many government vehicles.

The Inspector General of Sikkim who had arrived from Delhi was attacked by the protesters and damaged his vehicle. The protesters are now demanding his resignation. The police has been accused of not handling the situation promptly.


Three farmers sentenced to three years for plough protest in Sagaing

Three farmers in Sagaing Division were sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for “trespassing” and about 300 more face charges for staging a plough protest in Kanbalu on farmland that was confiscated by the Burmese military. In March, the farmers demonstrated for the return of their land in the town of Kanbalu by ploughing the farmland, a common last resort for farmers who had their land confiscated by the Burmese Army during the military regime. The Burmese Army’s 2nd Logistics Battalion confiscated the Kanbalu land in 1997, and is currently operating it as a sugar cane plantation project.

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