Student unrest at Yei health training institute
Calm has returned to the National Health Training Institute in Yei, South Sudan, after an outbreak of unrest among medical students. A local radio station reported that some students “held a rampage” demanding improvement of the facilities and increment of their transport fees. Damian Lemeri Frezer, an administrator at the health institute, said that the administration managed to calm the situation with the students after they held a demonstration.
Running battles rage across Cape’s Marikana
Cape Town – Rioters ran through the smoke carrying cases of Coca-Cola after looting a wholesaler in Marikana, Philippi, on Friday morning as the area once again flared into violence while evictions were under way. At the time of publication, running battles raged across several square kilometres as police clashed with angry residents. Small armies of rioters, carrying rocks and makeshift shields, kept police under constant attack. The police, who had a helicopter circling, retaliated with tear gas and thunderflashes.
At about 10.30am the crowd broke into a Cash&Carry building and raided a stack of crates of Coca-Cola, screaming: “Free drinks!” Police riot control vehicles raced to the site as looters sought new targets. A vehicle fleeing the violent mob at the wholesalers smashed into a metro police car. Shortly after 11am a lone police vehicle came under heavy attack, surrounded by hundreds of residents, some searching for petrol to make bombs. Sources said on Friday’s evictions would see more than 600 shacks demolished by teams. It will be the largest number taken down by authorities since evictions in the area began, with an average of 100 dwellings toppled daily during previous operations.
The current round of evictions are taking place on land bordering on contested property which over the past two weeks has been a hotbed of conflict as law enforcement officers, the City of Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit and police have battled to remove squatters from private land in the Marikana township. Previous skirmishes have seen both residents and police injured as rubber bullets, stun grenades and rocks flew. Numerous rounds of evictions have been unsuccessful as defiant residents rebuilt their dwellings overnight. In the past, police have been recalled after the situation was deemed to be too dangerous.
Egypt: Misr-Iran Textile Workers Go On Strike
Cairo — Around 2,000 workers of the Misr-Iran textiles company went on strike on Thursday, halting production at the company’s six plants. “Workers were supposed to receive profits and delayed raises in June, but it was postponed by the manager who promised payment in September,” a labour leader told Aswat Masriya. The leader, who requested anonymity, said that although the company has experienced soaring profits due to its high exports, it is indebted to banks and insurance companies.
Mexican police arrest 13 activists at Maya Indian protest against water rate increase
MEXICO CITY – Police on Mexico’s Caribbean coast arrested 13 activists during a demonstration by Maya Indians against water rate hikes. The Mayas were the original inhabitants of the area, south of the resort city of Cancun. But they have been pushed into poor, dry farmland inland as resorts pop up along the coast. Households in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, the most important remaining Indian-majority town, had long paid a flat $5.20 monthly fee for water.
But the state water authority began installing water meters last year and started charging households more for water use of over 10 cubic meters (2,640 gallons) per month per family. The Quintana Roo prosecutors’ office said Thursday that activists took over the local water authority office Aug. 11 and held it for more than a week. It said state and local police forcibly removed the protesters Wednesday and arrested 13 activists. The water authority later said only nine were arrested and some of were not from Felipe Carrillo Puerto.