Unprecedented anti-government protests rock Egypt PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 January 2011


CAIRO, Jan 27 — Police fought with thousands of Egyptians who defied a government ban yesterday to protest against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old rule, firing rubber bullets and tear gas and dragging away demonstrators.

A protester and a police officer were killed in central Cairo, where protesters burnt tyres and hurled stones at police. Clashes continued in other cities around Egypt. In Suez, east of Cairo, protesters torched a government building.


The scenes were unprecedented in the country, one of the United States’ closest Middle East allies, and follow the overthrow two weeks ago of another long-serving Arab strongman, Tunisian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, in a popular revolt.

Activists had called on people to rally again after a “Day of Wrath” on Tuesday of anti-government rallies across Egypt in which three protesters and one policeman were killed.

Demonstrators complain of poverty, unemployment, corruption and repression and, inspired by the Tunisian revolt, demand that Mubarak step down.

“The people want the regime to fall,” protesters chanted.


Security forces have arrested about 500 demonstrators over the two days, an Interior Ministry source said. Witnesses said officers, some in civilian clothes, hauled away people and bundled them into unmarked vans. Some were beaten with batons.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 January 2011 )
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S. Africa cops gas disgruntled stadium workers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 June 2010

DURBAN, June 14 — South African police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of workers protesting over pay in the early hours of today outside the stadium where Germany had just trounced Australia in their World Cup opener. Riot police sporting body armour, helmets and guns chased stewards who had earlier been responsible for the security of 62,660 fans from the new Moses Mabhida stadium.


One woman was hit by a rubber bullet. She lay outside the stadium for nearly an hour before an ambulance took her away. “We were mounting a peaceful protest because they were not paying us what we expected and we were surprised that the police started charging at us. They fired teargas at us,” said one of the workers, Sydney Nzoli.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 June 2010 )
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13th Foxconn worker reportedly attempts suicide PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 May 2010
By WILLIAM FOREMAN (AP) – 1 hour ago

GUANGZHOU, China — A Foxconn Technology worker tried to kill himself Thursday, becoming the 13th person to commit suicide or attempt to do so this year at the company, which makes high-tech products for industry giants such as Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, state media said.

Police said the man survived after cutting himself in his dormitory room at the factory, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. It said the 25-year-old man, surnamed Chen, migrated from central Hunan province and began working at Foxconn two months ago.

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University student strike engrosses Puerto Rico PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 May 2010

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The University of Puerto Rico remains paralyzed by a student strike that has lasted more than five weeks, engrossing the entire island. Students shut down the campus on April 21 over austerity measures that university officials sought in order close a massive budget shortfall. The strike at the university, which serves 62,000 students, reflects wider economic troubles in Puerto Rico. The U.S. commonwealth is in the midst of a deep recession.


Students are reportedly barricaded behind campus gates under heavy police watch at 10 of the university's 11 campuses. Supporters have been hurling food and water over campus fences to reach the students, resulting in violent confrontations with police. In one widely reported incident, police beat and arrested a man who was attempting to deliver food to his son, a striking student.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 May 2010 )
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Unite union says BA strike to go ahead PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010

The Unite union has told the BBC that cabin crew will strike from Monday as planned, after talks at resolving the dispute with British Airways collapsed.

Unite joint secretary Tony Woodley said there had been a "catastrophic breakdown" during Saturday's talks.

BA boss Willie Walsh earlier said he hoped the walkout could be averted.

But he was angered by the Unite union's joint leader Derek Simpson using Twitter to detail the talks as they were ongoing on Saturday.

The talks ended following an impromptu demonstration by protesters.

'Serious issue'

Mr Walsh, BA's chief executive, accused Mr Simpson of sending out tweets from the negotiating table.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 May 2010 )
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