Nepal: Both Maoists parties may unite if brazenly ignored, says Biplav
Both the Maoist parties may have to reunite to declare a revolt if the parliamentary parities continue to ignore both the parties, so said Secretary Netra Bikram Chand Biplav. He made these remarks while addressing a program in Tamghas of Gulmi district, May 7, 2014. “The parliamentary parties are hell bent on breaking all the past agreements including the broader peace agreement,” he said and added, “If they continue in the same manner both the Maoist parties may have to decide to unit and declare another revolt.”
Further targeting the parliamentary parties he said “If they plan to totally ignore us let it be clear that we will not surrender.” “We are ready to fight until death but will not surrender until peasants and marginalized communities take control over the state,” he also said.
Over 120 injured in agrarian strikes: Interior Ministry
Colombia’s Ministry of Interior announced that more than 120 people have been injured as a result of recent confrontations between protesters and riot police during the ongoing nationwide agrarian strikes. According to the Interior Minister Aurelio Iragorri, 61 policemen and 66 farmers have been injured amid clashes between farmers and authorities since the protests began on April 28, a statement by the ministry released on Tuesday stated.
“We reject these violent actions and the road blockages from the Huila state,” Irragori said in the statement, referring to violent altercations in the central Colombian state. The continuing agrarian protests turned violent over the weekend in some areas of the country, particularly in the state of Huila, prompting government officials to call for international observers. Colombian farmers and small-scale miners have been protesting in a number of states across the country to highlight promises they claim the government has not delivered since the previous agrarian strikes last fall. The talks between the Colombian government and Agrarian Dignity leaders to stop the protests were suspended on Tuesday after both the parties were unable to finalize the issue of refinancing the debts of small farmers.
Weapons found amid protests
According to Colombia’s vice Ombudsman Manuel Sanchez, the authorities have found several home made weapons in Huila state, where confrontations between farmers and riot police have been heavily reported, Caracol Radio announced. “Public servants of the Ombudsman Office have been able to verify that there were found rifles and glass beads with lead inside, in places where demonstrations and protests are being generated” Sanchez told Caracol Radio.
However, the vice Ombudsman did not specify who the owners of home made weapons were and stated that ”We do not know who is using these kind of weapons and explosives, we do not know if they are members of the security forces, or protesters or people who have infiltrated the protests.” Before the strikes began, the Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon claimed that illegal armed groups were planning to infiltrate the demonstrations and that it was crucial that protesters be conscious of these armed group and keep the protests orderly and peaceful.
Protesters claim weapons do not belong to them
Wilian Gonzales, leader of striking farmers in Huila, told Colombia Reports that under no circumstances would farmers utilize any kind of the weapons during the protests. Gonzales said that, due to the amount of people present at the protests, it was unknown weather there are illegal groups infiltrated in the protests or not, including members of the riot police in order to justify violent responses to the strikes. However, the agrarian leaders dismissed any possibility of farmers carrying weapons during the protests.
“The only weapon we carry with us is a coffee stick. That is what we defend ourselves with against the riot police, which more than anything is a symbol of our identity,” Gonzales told Colombia Reports. Gonzales also said that near the town of Bruselas, in Huila, there has been a large concentration of striking farmers and due to tear gas released by the police riots many old people and children had to be taken away from the area and a few presented injuries. In addition, Gonzalez reported that there have been 25 farmers injured in the municipality of Suaza in Huila.
Anti-detention protests spread to four removal centres
A protest which started on Friday at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre has spread to three other institutions, amid signs of nationwide unrest at the deportation process. Fifty detainees at Campsfield in Oxfordshire joined the wave of protests yesterday morning and started a hunger-strike. There are also actions taking place in Brook House, near Gatwick Airport, and Colnbrook, near Heathrow. “We want our freedom. We want our life with dignity,” a detainee at Campsfield said. “We do not want to be treated in an inhuman way. That’s why we are demanding the closure of all detention centres for immigrants in the UK.”
Six Unionists Charged With Incitement After Roadblock
The Kompong Speu Provincial Court on Tuesday charged six union representatives with incitement over a protest near the Wing Star Shoes factory earlier that day, in a move unions say was unjustified and meant to intimidate. Court prosecutor Keo Sothea said all six were charged with threatening to commit a crime and inciting a felony for allegedly encouraging the factory workers to block a road during their protest for back pay and more benefits.
“There were seven people but they have arrested six; another is at large,” he said. The prosecutor did not name the men, who were arrested early Tuesday morning while setting up loudspeakers for the protest. The provincial and district police chiefs both declined to comment.
Haitian students protest over canceled classes
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Hundreds of high school students protested Wednesday in the Haitian capital, angry that a strike by teachers over wages forced the cancellation of classes for a third straight day. Boys and girls, many of them in their school uniforms, marched near the National Palace and blocked traffic while some hurled rocks at police. Officers eventually dispersed demonstrators with volleys of tear gas.
Ethnic Oromos protest in Cairo over violence in Ethiopia
Members of the Oromo community organised a protest in front of the Arab League in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday to denounce the killing of Oromo protesters in Ethiopia last week. Dozens of the Oromo protesters demanded the Arab League, African Union and the United Nations intervene in the situation in Ethiopia’s Oromo state, where tens of ethnic Oromos were killed last week in protests over the expansion of the capital Addis Ababa. Ethnic Oromo students have been protesting since April against the Ethiopian, who they accuse of intending to displace farmers from their territories in the capital of Addis Ababa through plans to develop and urbanise the city.
Police behind Buol clash: Activists
Human rights activists claim police officers are behind the recent two-day clash in Buol, Central Sulawesi, on April 19 and 20, saying the incident was not merely caused by aggrieved soccer supporters. Human rights activists at the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) Sulawesi and the Center for the Development of Law and Human Rights Studies (LPS-HAM) Central Sulawesi branch reported local residents were angry after they discovered 11 police officers had attacked some residents.
Kontras Sulawesi coordinator Asman Sahaluddin said eight more officers had attacked a resident in a different location. The alleged incidents angered residents, who later damaged the Biau and Momunu police stations, six police motorcycles and an ambulance. The clash also injured several residents and officers.