Palestinians clash with Israeli troops across East Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians on Tuesday night clashed with Israeli forces across occupied East Jerusalem as protests in solidarity with Gaza erupted for another night across the region. Undercover Israeli forces detained seven young Palestinian men, including a paramedic, during clashes with Israeli forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of at-Tur late on Tuesday evening. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that a group of undercover agents ambushed the young men and managed to detain seven. They added that soldiers showered the protesters with rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades during the clashes.
Baidya rejects talks with CA dialogue panel
KATHMANDU, JUL 23 – CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has refused to hold talks with the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee under the Constituent Assembly (CA) . He said that there was no point in holding discussion with a committee under the CA which cannot give a people’s constitution. Speaking at a press conference organised in the Capital to make public the decisions made by the party’s Central Committee on Wednesday, Chairman Baidya said that his party was firm on its demand for a roundtable political conference featuring all the political parties.
The CPN-Maoist decision comes at a time when the CA dialogue panel led by UCPN (Maoist) leader Baburam Bhattarai is trying to hold discussions with the political parties outside the CA. The party’s CC meeting has also decided to hold its General Convention within a year, after holding discussions on the two proposals presented by Chairman Baidya and party Secretary Netra Bikram Chand.
Nepal will further suffer with BJP at the helm in India: CPN-Maoist
KATHMANDU, July 23CPN-Maoist has said that the Bharatiya Janta party’s (BJP) rise to power in India would further embolden southern neighbor’s big brotherly attitude on Nepal’s internal affairs. In a press conference organized on Wednesday to make public the decisions of Central Committee (CC) meetings of the party held between July 2-21, the break-away Maoist faction came up with its formal stance on the BJP’s coming to power in India.
According to the information provided in the press meet, the political paper presented by the party chief Mohan Baidya states that BJP’s rise to power will further reassert India’s clout in Nepal. “Indian expansionist oppression is ever increasing in Nepal. The communal party like BJP coming to power in India will have negative effect on Nepal’s internal affair. It is likely to help American colonialism to gain further ground in our country,” Baidhya’s political paper, which was approved by CC, reads. The party’s central body demanded government to control ever rising prices of the essential goods and protested the Israel’s continued attack on Palestine as well as Indian proposal of energy sector cooperation to Nepal.
CPN-Maoist to oppose Nepal government’s power pact with India
KATHMANDU, July 23 (Xinhua) — Amidst government’s preparation to sign a major power trading agreement (PTA) with India shortly, Nepal’s hardliner CPN-Maoist party decided on Tuesday to protest against it, a party official said Wednesday. A group of five parties headed by CPN-Maoist holding a meeting in Kathmandu concluded that the planned PTA is an utter intervention in Nepal’s sovereignty by the India government as well as anti-nationalist.
The meeting also has decided to launch protest if the plan to sign the agreement is not canceled. The group of the parties announced its decision on the eve of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s three-day official visit to Kathmandu from July 25. She is scheduled to lead the Indian delegation at the 3rd Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting to be held on July 26-27. The Nepalese government has been planning to sign the PTA during the meeting.
The Himalayan country has long pled India to sign the PTA, which will allow hydro-electricity powered Nepal to export its surplus energy to its southern neighbor during the wet season and import power during the dry season. “This contract in the name of PTA will hurt Nepal’s sovereignty, ” Dev Gurung, secretary of CPN-Maoist, told Xinhua, “This is an attempt of the current government to hand over controversial projects like Upper Karnali and Upper Arun to India one-sidedly.” Upper Karnali and Arun-3, both having 900 MW capacity and being developed by Indian power developers, are two of the most controversial hydropower projects in Nepal since 1990.
Protest Meet Against Development Injustice in Mapithel Dam at Riha Village in Ukhrul
A protest against continuing injustice by the ongoing construction of Mapithel dam was held today at Riha Village in Ukhrul District, Manipur. The protest meet as organized by the Mapithel Dam Affected Villagers Organization with Citizens Concern for Dams and Development and Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur. The participants from several villages also protested to stop Mapithel dam construction till a review of Mapithel dam construction is conducted and till the Expert Review Committee formed in 2008 is resumed.
The protest meet held as part of the Global Days of Action for Development Justice to demand a just sustainable development in a post 2015. The meet calls for protect survival sources of communities, adhere to due process of development and indigenous peoples human rights standards and to ensure due accountability of corporate bodies destroying peoples’ land and resources in Mapithel valley and to end all forms of militarization.
Police fire tear gas at protesting students
Police and students clashed during which they pelted stones at each other in Imphal on Tuesday. Some students who sustained injuries were hospitalised. Police are patrolling the trouble prone areas to maintain law and order. Students of three schools, Modern Academy, Pioneer School and City higher secondary took out a procession demanding reimplementation of the Inner Line Permit in Manipur. Police in riot gears intercepted them near the Palace ground. Police fired tear gas canisters and resorted to baton charging. One student, Praven, sustained injuries. Police also whisked away several other students only to be released far away.
Christian Council urges gov’t, labour to fix differences quickly
The Christian Council of Ghana says it is “very much concerned and worried about the recent rampant industrial agitations across the country” and wants the government and labour to resolve the differences quickly. “This industrial unrest, coupled with demonstrations, which have become rife, are as a result of the high cost of living which does not correlate with the income levels of most workers.
The recent hikes in fuel and utility prices, and the continuous depreciation of the cedi against major trading currencies such as the United States Dollar and the British Pound Sterling have further deepened the economic challenges of most Ghanaians,” a statement issued by the Council on Tuesday explained.
Riot police begin evicting thousands of squatters from half-finished Venezuelan skyscraper that became the world’s tallest slum
CARACAS, Venezuela — The beginning of the end came for the world’s tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David. Police in riot gear and soldiers with Kalashnikov assault rifles stood on side streets as dozens of residents boarded buses for their new government-provided apartments in the town of Cua, 37 kilometers south of Caracas. Ernesto Villegas, the government minister overseeing Caracas’ redevelopment, told reporters the residents could not be allowed to stay indefinitely because the 45-story building in the heart of the capital is unsafe.
Child’s Death After Violent Protest Brings Calls to Repeal Mexico’s ‘Bullet Law’
The death of a 13-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a projectile during a protest that turned violent in the Mexican state of Puebla has led the state governor to seek a repeal of a short-lived law that allows the use of deadly force during public demonstrations. The boy, José Luis Tehuatlie Tamayo, died from his injuries on Saturday after receiving a direct shot to his head from what activists described as a rubber-coated projectile during a community blockade of a highway leading to the state capital, also named Puebla, located about 60 miles southeast of Mexico City.
The teenager’s death, 10 days after the July 9 confrontation between state police and campesinos near the town of Chalchihuapan, sparked a flurry of condemnation and anger directed at Puebla Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle.
Service station workers’ strike spreads north
OSHAKATI/WINDHOEK – The strike in the petrol retail industry continued into its second day yesterday after talks collapsed on Monday evening. Petrol attendants in Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Omusati regions have joined the strike that commenced on Monday in Windhoek. “The talks collapsed last night. The strike is continuing,” Namibian Fuel and Allied Workers Union (Nafawu) Secretary General, David Frans, told New Era yesterday.
Service station workers are demanding a wage increase from the current range of between N$250 and N$800 per month to a minimum of N$4 500. Yesterday demonstrations in the northern regions was a tad tense with workers citing threatening and derogatory statements from some of their employers, who reportedly threatened to fire those taking part in the strike and demonstrations – as “there are a lot of hungry Wambo’s in the streets.”
New port workers strike cuts shipping at Argentine grains hub
BUENOS AIRES, July 22 (Reuters) – A new strike by port workers in Argentina’s biggest grains hub prevented shipping in the terminals of major exporters Bunge, Toepfer and Nidera on Tuesday, a local business group said. The strike is the latest in a flood of protests at the facility in Rosario, which, if prolonged, could have global market implications, as Argentina is a leading exporter of soybeans and corn.
A strike last week paralyzed exports for several days at a busy time in the harvest cycle. Labor unrest is common in Argentina, where one of the world’s highest inflation rates is eating into wages, but the number of strikes and threatened protests in Rosario over the past two weeks has been unusual.
Odisha rights body to hold protest against state repression on July 27
Odisha rights body Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC) will hold a street protest against state repression on dissenting voices and fllow it up with a state level convention on the issue in Bhubaneswar on July 27, the CAFC convenor Narendra Mohanty said in a press release today. The street protest will be staged at the Master Canteen Square at-10 am on July 27 and will be followed by the convention at Nagbhusan Bhawan, Bhubaneswar the same day at 11 am, during which the victims of state repression and their family members will be sharing their agony with the participants, the release informed.
The release said hundreds of innocent tribal, dalits and poor people are languishing within the four walls of different jails in Odisha for years after being accused “under false charges framed on fictitious grounds. These peersons include leaders of mass movements, workers of different political parties, social and human rights activists and their supporters. ” With an intention to facilitate the appropriation of our natural resources by the corporates, the state is targeting its own citizens.
Oppression, deception, threat, fabricating false cases are some of the vicious tricks being used by the state to put down any kind of dissent by people. With such an approach, the Odisha government has let loose a reign of fear among the common people especially those who express their discontent and dissent, thus squeezing whatever space was there for freedom of expression and exercise of democratic rights,” the release alleged.
PIA employees protest proposed privatisation
The Employees of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) held a protest demonstration against the proposed privatisation of the national flag carrier. Protesting at the PIA headquarters in Karachi, the employees called on the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of the privatisation. The protest was attended by engineers, pilots and other employee unions.