Indefinite strike in RMG factories called after police evict Tuba protestors
Protesting workers of Tuba Group have called for an indefinite strike across garment factories in Bangladesh after police evicted them from the factory where they have been on a hunger-strike on Thursday. Law enforcers entered the factory premises around 1.15 pm. They lobbed tear gas canisters and charged batons on the workers, who were protesting demanding payment of their salaries and festival allowances due since July 28.
Police have also detained labour activists, including Garments Sramik Oikya Forum President Moshrefa Mishu and Bangladesh Trade Union Centre’s Assistant General Secretary Jolly Talukder, who were with the workers at the factory. Mishu’ also the convener of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee, announced the programme just before the police detained her, according to Taslima Akter, Coordinator of a labour body, Garments Sramik Shanghati.
Gazipur garments workers protest to get overtime
Hachong BD workers blocked the Nabinagar-Kaliakoir road on Thursday morning. They gathered at the factory square at 8am, said Industrial Police Gazipur-2 ASP Md Moniruzzaman. They set fire to some car tyres around 9am. “The workers started throwing bricks and stones at the police when they tried to control the situation. Police fired a round of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the gathering. At least 15 workers were injured in the confrontation. The injured were treated in the local hospital”, said ASP Monir. Traffic returned to normal after half an hour, he said.
ILP agitation: Policeman misfires smoke bomb, injures self
IMPHAL, August 6: A policeman was seriously injured when a smoke bomb targeted at a student’s rally demanding Inner Line Permit misfired and exploded near his face this afternoon. Athokpam Herojit, 27, son of A Raghu, a personnel of the Wangoi Police officer in charge’s team was hit on the face by a smoke bomb misfired by another personnel at Yumnam Leikai, while trying to control students of Manipur College. Herojit, who is from Samurou Naorem Chakprou Leikai, was rushed to the hospital immediately.
Students continue to take out rallies demanding implementation of the Inner Line Permit in the State today, even as an all-political party meeting to discuss the issue was underway at the Chief Minister’s office chamber this evening. A large number of Manipur College students took out a rally trying to proceed towards the Chief Minister’s bungalow, but were stopped by the police at Yumnam Leikai. Students were heard shouting slogans demanding ILP implementation in the State. Police fired several rounds of smoke bombs and tear gas shells in their effort to control the demonstrating students.
ISTANBUL NEIGHBORHOOD KNOWN FOR ANTI-GOVERNMENT UNREST SLATED FOR DEMOLITION
Local authorities in Istanbul have announced plans to demolish tens of thousands of homes in a neighborhood that is a hotbed of anti-government unrest. Authorities say the structures are unsafe. The area is home to many Alevis, a progressive Islamic sect whose followers traditionally support liberal and secular politics. In a year of anti-government unrest in Turkey, all those killed by security forces were Alevis. That has contributed to a widening social divide between Alevis and orthodox Muslims, including many supporters of Turkey’s Islamist-rooted ruling party. And as Dorian Jones now reports, with the Prime Minister running in presidential elections this weekend, sectarian tensions are rising and threatening to reopen historical wounds.
BUS DRIVERS IN SANA’A ON PARTIAL STRIKE
SANA’A, Aug. 6—Dozens of bus drivers in Sana’a began a partial strike on Tuesday in protest of the new transportation fees set by the Ministry of Transport. After the fuel subsidies were lifted, the ministry set the transportation fees at YR60 ($0.28) per passenger, a 20 percent increase from the original fare of YR50 ($0.23). Bus drivers are calling this amount unjust and demand that the Ministry of Transport set the fees at YR70 ($0.33).
FISHERMEN GO ON STRIKE TO PROTEST FUEL SUBSIDY CUTS
SANA’A, Aug. 6—Fishermen in Hadramout governorate announced they will continue their strike until Sunday in protest of the government’s decision to cut fuel subsidies. According to Ali Hainsh, a fisherman in Hodeida city, fishermen started to strike last Monday to protest the government’s cut of fuel subsidies. He said the cuts had a tremendous financial impact on the fishermen, as they depend on gas and diesel to run their boats.
CALVALLEY PETROLEUM EMPLOYEES IN HADRAMOUT THREATEN TO GO ON STRIKE
SANA’A, Aug. 6—Employees of Calvalley Petroleum Inc., which operates in Block 9 of Hadramout, threatened on Wednesday to go on strike if the company fails to respond to their demand of a pay increase.