Egypt: Luxor residents set fire, hurl stones at police cars

Saturday 14-05-2016 10:48 AM
CAIRO, May 14 (Aswat Masriya) –  A number of residents of the Luxor district of Tiba have set two police cars on fire and hurled stones at the officers, the interior ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry added in statements to state-run news agency MENA, that additional security forces were sent to the site of the incident to “control and disperse” the angry crowd.

According to the ministry’s narrative, security forces were investigating a report in the Tiba, Luxor police station, when they noticed a motorcycle passing by without license plates and arrested the two men riding the vehicle.

Angered by the arrest, the residents gathered and began throwing stones at the officers and setting fire to the police cars.

The ministry denied media reports that residents of one of the Tiba villages detained two of the officers.

The ministry said that it will take the necessary legal procedures, and notify public prosecution to begin investigating the incident.

Several incidents of police brutality have sparked anger among different sects of people over the past few months.

In April, a low-ranking policeman shot dead a tea vendor and injured two more people, in the upscale suburban neighbourhood of Rehab, after a quarrel over his refusal to pay for a cup of tea.

The incident was preceded by another in February when a policeman shot dead a driver in the Downtown neighbourhood of al-Darb al-Ahmar over the cost of loading goods.

Police brutality was one of the triggers of the Jan. 25, 2011 uprising, sparked by protests on Police Day in Egypt aimed to draw attention to the police’s use of excessive, at times fatal, violence.


Philippines: Anniversary of Battle of Mactan

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Filipino battle of Mactan 1 Battle of Mactan mural in Cebu, Fort San Pedro painting, Philippines;  scene depicts the leader of the Mactan warriors, Lapu-Lapu killing Magellan, commander of the Spanish forces.

On this day in 1521 Indigenous peoples on the island of Mactan in present-day Philippines defeated a heavily armed Spanish force and killed their commander, Magellan.  This was the first Spanish attempt at colonizing what would eventually become the Philippines.

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Call: Worldwide Day of Action For Refugees at May 14, 2016

Call: Worldwide Day of Action For Refugees at May 14, 2016

Open Borders!

For human rights and the freedom of movement for all people!

Against a misanthropical Europe!

Freedom, equality and humanity for all people! Against sealing-off Europe!

At May 14 people around the world will take the streets for the rights of refugees. Also in Wuppertal, Germany.

Its not long ago that refugees where welcomed enthousiatstic at railway stations in Germany. Thousands of people welcomed people who had to flee as they arrived at the railway stations of Dortmund, Munich, Frankfurt and many other cities. Many of these people are still active and now involved in local and supraregional initiatives like for instance Welcome to Wuppertal, Cars of Hope or directly in refugee shelters.

Although the drownings at the Mediterranean sea and sealing off Europe is nothing new, the hope of many people was growing after the Balkan route was opened. Angela Merkel said “We manage that!” and even a rightwing populist…

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Labrador dam could expose hundreds of Inuit people to toxic mercury: study

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Muskrat Falls dam The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on July 14, 2015. (Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press)

by Michael Shulman, CTV News, April 18, 2016

A new study says a hydroelectric dam currently in the works in Newfoundland and Labrador could expose more than 200 Inuit people to excessive levels of methylmercury, the most toxic form of mercury.

The report was commissioned by the Nunatsiavut Government, which governs an autonomous Inuit area in the province, to look at the downstream impacts of Nalcor Energy’s 824 megawatt, Muskrat Falls’ hydroelectric dam on the lower Churchill River in Labrador.

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Registrations open for term 3!

Babel's Blessing Language School

We are very excited to announce that registrations are now open for term 3!

You can sign up for one (or more) of these fabulous classes:

Term 3 will run from 11th April to 7th July. Registration will be open until the beginning of term. However we keep our classes quite small and it’s first come first served, so book your place quick!

The money you pay to attend the evening classes allows us to run our free English classes for migrants & refugees. Since we started teaching last September, we have been inundated with requests for English classes and we have been expanding our provision: at the Praxis Centre for migrants & refugees we have opened a second (and already oversubscribed) class, and next term we are planning to open a second class in an initial accommodation…

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