Street vendors fight police in Rio de Janeiro
Resistance to eviction in Sao Paulo
Police Hold 21 After Waste Plant Protest in China’s Guangdong
Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are calling on the organizers of a mass protest against a planned garbage incinerator to “turn themselves in,” amid widespread public anger after more than 20 protesters were detained at the weekend. Police in Boluo county near Huizhou city detained 24 people for “disturbing social order” and “causing heavy traffic jams”, the newspaper quoted police as saying following a protest by around 1,000 local residents on Saturday, the state-run English-language China Daily newspaper reported. Photos posted on popular social media sites showed protesters carrying banners which read: “I love Boluo: down with the incinerator!” and “No incinerator on the banks of the Dongjiang river!” Others held homemade placards saying: “Boluo is my home,” and “The future depends on us all.”
A Boluo county resident surnamed Hou said the protest had started peacefully, but then escalated into violence as riot police moved in to clear the area. “The armed police from the local police station blocked our path as we were marching, and there were some army personnel there too,” Hou said. “We, as citizens, were just expressing our opinions, but once they had kettled us, they started detaining people, even children and the elderly,” he said. “The armed police were chasing people and beating them; they weren’t even detaining them, but just beating them up.”
Second Kazakh Penitentiary Picketed By Inmates’ Relatives
Dozens of relatives of inmates have picketed a prison in the Kazakh city of Pavlodar, demanding to see their loved ones in the second such incident in the Central Asian nation this month. Relatives told RFE/RL that riot police forces had been brought to AP-162/4 penal colony in the northern city early in the morning on September 15 to quash the inmates’ protest. An official at AP-162/4 declined to confirm or deny the relatives’ statement, saying that a commission was working in the penitentiary. A similar situation was reported earlier this month at a prison in the southern town of Zarechnoye, where relatives said police quashed a protest by inmates.
Sudan: Protests Erupt in Khartoum Over Electricity, Water Outages
Khartoum — Sudanese police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people who were protesting against power cuts and water outages in al-Daim neighborhood in the center of the capital Khartoum. The same area has been the scene of some of the bloodiest confrontations between demonstrators and police during last year’s protests. Protests erupted in September 2013 following the government’s decision to lift fuel subsidies. Rights groups said that at least 200 people were killed but the government put the death toll at 85.
Activists have called for commemorating these protests this month. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that 300 young people gathered and blocked the main street with burned tires after which riot police vehicles arrived and fired tear gas while demonstrators cast stones in their direction. It added that police chased protesters in the side streets for several hours and noted that plain clothed elements carrying whips were also involved in the chase.
Kenya: Kisumu Traders Protest
TRADERS at the Kisumu Oile market yesterday engaged protested against their relocation. They barricaded the Kisumu-Busia road and other routes in the city after they found their shops destroyed by county bulldozers. They lit bonfires on the main streets and demanded that the county government allow them to go on selling their wares at the market. The trades pelted stones at anti-riot police officers who threw tear gas to disperse them.
Several shops and a supermarket were damaged during the five-hour incident. The traders broke shop windows and destroyed dust bins. Acting city manager Doris Ombara yesterday said they were acting on a court order that was issued on Friday by principal magistrate Thomas Obutu.
200 Social Conflicts in Peru Every Month
Most of the unrest is protests due to socio-environmental factors, pushing mining issues to the fore. Peru experiences almost 200 social conflicts on average every month, according to a report released by the Public Ombudsman’s Office Thursday. Socio-environmental issues are behind 69 percent of these conflicts. While the overall trend from August 2013-August 2014 has shown a decrease in social unrest, there are still some 205-223 conflicts recorded by authorities every month, with 205 in August alone. The number of socio-environmental conflicts over the same period, however, has remained relatively static at between 132-148 instances every month. Despite the slight downward trend for episodes of conflict, organized protests are on the rise, increasing from 62 in December 2013 to 140 in August – down slightly from a peak of 170 in June this year.
Dismissed Rangoon Workers Allege Police Beating
Laid off workers of the South Korean Master Sports footwear factory allege that they were beaten by police and that 20 workers were injured when they went to the closed down factory on Tuesday to pick up their unpaid salaries and severance pay. The factory closed abruptly in late June and workers were dismissed without receiving their salaries for that month. About 700 workers marched to protest in front of the South Korean Embassy on July 17 to demand the payments.
Private schools strike in Nawalparasi
NAWALPARASI, SEP 18 – All Nepal National Independent Students Union (Revolutionary), the student wing of CPN-Maoist, has called for private schools closure in the district for three days from Thursday. Chairman of the Union District Committee, Ashok Gyawali, issued a press release stating that they were compelled to call a school closure after their demands were not addressed. The union had put forth different five demands including fee adjustment among others, it is learnt.
Return to sender as Post Office staff strike
AS ONE strike ended another started at the beleaguered Post Office this week, threatening to finally drown one of South Africa’s oldest institutions in ever-growing piles of undelivered mail. The South African Post Office has been plagued by five long strikes over the past three years, with the biggest strike costing the organisation more than R100-million. The breakdown in employee relations is placing a heavy burden on a business that is rapidly losing customers and posted a loss of R359-million in its latest financial year.
“This organisation is dead in the water,” a senior manager said on the basis of anonymity. The complete breakdown in employee relations was again demonstrated on Friday when workers took to burning a Post Office depot in Soweto. This followed the burning of delivery vans and other violence the week before related to another strike. “There has been a strike at the Post Office almost every month since 2012,” said Tutu Serame, union leader at the Democratic Postal and Communications Union. At the heart of the unhappiness is the inability of management to honour agreements to convert part-time workers into permanent staff.
MORE SCHOOLS BURNED DOWN IN PROTEST AT CLOSURE OF KURDISH SCHOOLS
HAKKARİ — Four schools were burned down Wednesday night in Turkey’s southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Şırnak in protest at the closure of self-proclaimed schools that had planned to teach in the Kurdish language. A masked group of people came out onto the streets of Yüksekova district in the southeastern Hakkari province Wednesday night to protest against the “sealing” of schools that had planned to provide education in the Kurdish language – an attempt unrecognized by the country’s national education authorities so far. The group threw stones and fireworks at police vehicles, which were there to provide security, witnesses said.
The demonstrators then broke down the doors of two secondary schools and threw Molotov cocktails in teachers’ rooms and classrooms, said witnesses. Another masked group attacked a high school and a grade school in Cizre, a district of Şırnak, on Wednesday night. The attacks came one day after rioters set seven schools on fire in three provinces in the southeastern Turkey. The assailants include members of the Patriotic Youth Revolutionary Movement (YDG-H), the youth wing of the terrorist organization PKK.
Cambodia deploys troops to foil labour protest
About 500 textile workers rallied in an industrial suburb of Phnom Penh, demanding a sharp hike in the monthly minimum wage to $177 from $100, as dozens of soldiers armed with assault rifles watched. Witnesses said army helicopters flew over the factories earlier. About 100 police were also deployed at economic zones in Svay Rieng province, bordering Vietnam, where garment workers also gathered, Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union Movement of Workers, told Reuters.
“Why is our government so afraid of its own people, especially people who are only protesting to earn a basic salary?” said Naly Pilorge, director of rights group Licadho. He said that two union leaders were arrested by police. But no incidents of violence were reported.
Egypt: Almost One Protest Per Hour in August – Democracy Index
…Thirty-five percent of the protests held in August called for economic and social rights. Residents held 70 protests, while activists organised seven protests. The month saw 43 protests calling for financial rights, 34 demonstrations protesting power cuts and 10 protesting price hikes.
Traffic on southern highway restored after protest
San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.- Traffic on the southern highway has returned to normal after having been backed up for several hours by a protest staged by residents of the town of Doña Ana and other communities of San Cristobal, to demand street repairs and other grievances. After a tense confrontation Police fired tear gas and fired rounds into the air to disperse the demonstrators, snarling traffic to and from Santo Domingo and the south region. Residents hurled stones at police and also set tires on fire, to demand repairs on the roads that link the villages of Nizao, Doña Ana, Ingenio Nuevo, Najayo, Las Cabirmas, La Manigua and Los Leones.