Police launch anti-terror operations in Istanbul
Anti-terror police have launched separate operations in Istanbul against the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) and the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C). Some 15 suspects were detained in the operations launched against the DHKP-C in Istanbul’s Gazi neighborhood on Sept. 12. A number of guns and documents were seized at the homes raided by the police. Tensions escalated in the area and clashes erupted between the security forces and protesters. Police used tear gas to disperse the groups while TOMAs (riot control vehicles) and armored vehicles were also dispatched to the area.
A group managed to escape the neighborhood and headed directly to the Mimar Sinan city forest. The protesters, who were said to have guns, set a security cabin alight at the entrance of the forest when security officers from the recreational area tried to disperse them. When the firefighters arrived at the scene the cabin at the entrance was already completely burnt. Meanwhile, some 20 suspects who were detained in another operation against the YDG-H on Sept. 12, a youth organization linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were transferred to court after undergoing medical examinations.
Turkey police fire gas at protests over worker lift deaths
Turkish riot police on Sunday fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters in Istanbul, a day after 10 workers were killed when a lift crashed to the ground from the 32nd storey of a building, AFP reports. Police stepped in when more than 1,000 people gathered near the construction site in Istanbul’s upscale Mecidiyekoy district to express their anger at Turkey’s lax workplace safety measures, an AFP photographer at the scene reported. “This is not an accident, this is not a destiny, this is murder!” the crowd shouted, at the first major confrontation between demonstrators and the authorities since Recep Tayyip Erdogan was inaugurated as president last month.
Authorities said an investigation had been launched into the incident at the Torunlar Centre, which is being built on the former site of Galatasaray football club’s Ali Sami Yen stadium. The exact cause of the accident remains unclear. There have been claims that the elevator broke down two weeks ago and that workers were awaiting funds to repair it. “I lost my two sons,” said father-of-six Mithat Kara, as he sat in tears at the side of the construction site. Among the dead was also 21-year old student Hidir Ali Genc, who used to work at construction sites to fund his university expenses. The incident created a storm on social media, with users criticising the government’s handling of the protest. “State, answer to industrial accidents. Workers respond by making barricades,” one Twitter user wrote.
Seven arrested for Mamelodi unrest
Seven people have been arrested for public violence during a protest in Mamelodi East, Tshwane, police said on Tuesday. They were arrested just after midnight on Monday after throwing stones and bottles, and burning tyres in Solomon Mahlangu drive and Hector Pieterson street during a protest, said Lt-Col Khensani Magoai.
Ashulia RMG unit suspends 46 workers for ‘creating unrest’
The authorities of Hollywood Garment at Zamgora in Ashulia outside the capital yesterday suspended 46 of its workers without any notice and the workers staged a demonstration outside their workplace protesting the move. The decision came as they were involved in beating up several management staff in the factory during a demonstration demanding salaries in the factory before Eid-ul-Fitr, Shahid Ullah, senior assistant director of Ashulia Industrial Police quoted the management as saying. Following the incidents, the factory authorities sued 61 workers. Since then, the workers have been demanding that the authorities withdraw the case filed with Ashulia Police Station.
Spar workers stage protest
WORKERS at Spar, an international retail chain and franchise in Lusaka, have staged a sit-in protest demanding a 100 percent salary increase across the board. But Minister of Labour and Social Security Fackson Shamenda said Government will not condone industrial unrest. The workers, who are also demanding permanent and pensionable jobs, have accused their employer of alleged nepotism. A check at Spar outlets in Lusaka yesterday revealed that the workers refused to open the supermarket, paralysing operations.
Twelve-hour riot after detainee dies at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Swinderby, Lincolnshire
A national tactical response group was called into Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre near Lincoln, to deal with a disturbance that broke out after a detainee died at the facility overnight on September 5. Disorder broke out at breakfast on September 6 and staff were forced to take refuge, being withdrawn to a “place of safety”. Around 30 detainees were thought to be involved in the incident. A Home Office spokesman said: “Specially trained staff have been deployed to bring the situation to a safe conclusion.
Tech factory workers strike in China over mooncakes, benefits
About 16,000 workers at two subsidiaries of Taiwanese touch-screen maker Wintek Corp went on strike over holiday benefits this week in southern China in one of the biggest work stoppages this year, the Xinhua news agency reported. A Wintek executive said the strikes started on Tuesday at subsidiary Dongguan Masstop Liquid Crystal Display Co Ltd and spread on Wednesday to Wintek (China) Technology Ltd. Each factory employs about 8,000 workers, said the executive who declined to be identified as he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the company.
Sudan Workers Union Supports Darfur Teachers’ Strike
El Fasher / Ed Daein / Khartoum — The strike of the 1,100 secondary school teachers in El Fasher locality, North Darfur, entered its fifth day on Wednesday. In East Darfur State, the comprehensive strike of basic and secondary school teachers continued without any signs indicating that the problem will be resolved soon. For four consecutive days, agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, summoned the eight members of the Teachers Committee.
“They kept the teachers from the morning until the evening, interrogating them on the reasons for the strike”, Mohamed Makki Saleh, former director of El Wihda Secondary School in El Fasher, told Radio Dabanga. “The security officers consider the strike an illegal act, suspecting it to be politically motivated. The eight committee members denied this claim, and said that they resorted to the strike after having exhausted all other means to obtain their financial dues.” “The strike of the teachers of the 39 secondary schools in El Fasher locality has nothing to do with politics”, Saleh stated.
Mining protest in La Oroya leads to tear gas
Hundreds of residents in northern Peru´s Yauli district were involved in a protest against the Chinalco minery. An approximated 500 participants took over the Central Highway, blocking vehicles from passing the area around kilometer 159. Residents of Pachachaca, a town within the Yauli district, were enraged that the mining company has not signed the Collective Agreement of the Yauli district. Another Chinalco project, the copper mine Toromocho, was also at risk as protesters attempted to block access to this plant as well. According to El Comercio “the villagers clash with security forces occurred at approximately 5 am,” whereby tear gas was launched. Reportedly, some participants were wounded and taken to a nearby hospital in La Oroya.
Thousands of Farmers Protest Mine Projects in Myanmar’s Shan State
Some 3,000 farmers in northeastern Myanmar’s Shan state gathered Friday to protest against commercial mining operations they say have permanently damaged local waterways and farmland, destroying their livelihoods. Protesters in Namhkam township near the border with China said that waste from the Ngwe Kabar Kyaw company’s large-scale silica mining projects over the past two years have contaminated a nearby stream and ruined some 100 acres (40 hectares) of land used to grow crops. “About 3,000 farmers took part in the protest, during which we marched along the stream and some leaders gave speeches,” a protester named Sai Kwam Khay told RFA’s Myanmar Service.