Tag: Protests

China protests Japanese visit to disputed islands

BEIJING: China on Saturday denounced a visit by two Japanese local lawmakers to disputed islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row between the two Asian powers.
The chain of isles, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan, has been an integral part of China since ancient times, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a statement. "The misdeed by the two local Japanese representatives violates China's territorial integrity," she said in the

Protests in Haiti capital contest election results

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Hundreds of protesters blocked streets with burning barricades in parts of the Haitian capital on Wednesday to contest results of troubled elections that are also being questioned by the United States.
The protesters, some carrying sticks, shouted slogans in support of Michel Martelly, a popular musician and presidential candidate who failed to go through to a second round of voting. Preliminary results from the Nov. 28 first-round elections were announced by

Burned woman dies – family protests with body

LAHORE: Jameela (23), who was allegedly burned alive by her husband and in-laws on October 9, died in Mayo Hospital on Friday and her family staged a protest in front of the Lahore Press Club.
According to the police, Kamran married Jameela five years ago and had been living with her in a rented house in Millat Park. Police said Kamran wanted to marry a second time and had been trying to persuade Jameela, but she would have none of it.
On October 9, Kamran took Jameela to

Protests for and against blasphemy law

LAHORE: Protests for and against blasphemy laws were held in the provincial capital of Punjab, on Sunday.
A protest against blasphemy laws and persecution of minorities was organised by the Institute for Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS) on Sunday at Mall Road opposite Punjab Assembly.
The protesters raised slogans for the repealing of section 295-C and other discriminatory laws from Pakistan Panel Code. The participants demanded that the state to stop the persecution of

Protests and clashes as Egyptians head to polls

CAIRO: Egyptians headed to the polls Sunday in a legislative vote marred by violence and protests that is expected to see the ruling party emerge stronger at the expense of the harried Islamist opposition.
Violent clashes took place at several centres, with witnesses saying police fired tear gas at voters in the Nile Delta and in Qena, about 475 kilometres (300 miles) south of Cairo.
Egyptian monitors said election irregularities were rife and evident from the start of

Opp protests after NA speaker denies permission to table resolution

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi on Thursday belied the myth that the speaker was impartial, as he became a party against the opposition by again stopping it from moving a resolution to reject spiraling prices of the petroleum products as well as other commodities.
As opposition parties protested with bench-thumping and sloganeering against what they called anti-people policies of the government, the deputy speaker ignored their protest and hurriedly

German nuclear waste arrives after mass protests

GORLEBEN: A convoy of 123 tonnes of highly radioactive nuclear waste arrived at its storage site in Germany Tuesday, following days of furious protests that massively delayed the shipment.
Accompanied by swarms of riot police and dozens of armoured police cars, the convoy of 11 white containers on lorries crawled slowly into its storage site at Gorleben, northern Germany, after a 20-kilometre (12-mile) road trip.
The shipment left France on Friday and endured a tortuous

Another day without CNG

LAHORE: With commuting problems continuing on the second day of the government-announced CNG holiday on Wednesday, citizens received marginal relief from the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) who announced they will not observe a CNG strike today (Thursday).
Adding another day to the CNG closure schedule, the government had announced Wednesday as a day-off for CNG. Citizens using CNG for travel faced tremendous trouble as the second day of the closure passed by.

Kashmiris plan new protests for Obama visit

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri leaders called on Saturday for fresh demonstrations to coincide with the upcomming visit of US President Barack Obama to India. The region has been hit by rolling protests since June 11 when a 17-year-old student was killed by a police teargas shell.
Since then, security forces have been accused of killing a total of 111 people, mostly teenagers and students. Obama arrives in India next Saturday on a three-day trip. Senior Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali

Mother protests kidnapping of son by the police

KARACHI: A protest was staged outside the press club by a grieved 17-year-old boy's mother with the assistance of civil society organizations to condemn the kidnapping of her son by the police five months ago.
On May 20, Imran Jokhio was on his way to his village in a rickshaw when Head Constable Ilyas Sehto and Constable Ghulam Rasool Marri 'abducted' him at Mafi Faqir Bridge in Naushehro Feroze district, Shahina, his mother, said.
"My son worked at a tailor's shop in

France faces more protests as pension vote looms

PARIS: President Nicolas Sarkozy sent in police on Wednesday to clear blockades at France's fuel depots that have caused petrol shortages as unions kept up resistance to an unpopular pension reform due for a final vote this week.
Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said three major depots were unblocked overnight and Sarkozy said it would not let the country be paralysed by protests against a bill that seeks to raise the minimum retirement age to 62 from 60.
"If this disorder

China-Japan row simmers as protests enter third day

TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged Beijing on Monday to guarantee the safety of Japanese companies and citizens, as a wave of rowdy protests in China sparked by a territorial row entered a third day.
As many as 1,000 anti-Japanese demonstrators took to the streets of Wuhan, the capital of China's central Hubei province, on Monday, chanting slogans to vent their anger at Tokyo amid a heavy police presence, witnesses said.
Armed police with riot shields also guarded

French truckers block roads as anti-reform protests escalate

PARIS: French high school students clashed with riot police Monday, truckers blocked roads and filling stations ran out of fuel as protests escalated against plans to raise the retirement age to 62.
Police fired tear gas at youths who set a car on fire, smashed bus stops and hurled rocks outside a school in a Paris suburb blocked by students protesting against a move that is central to President Nicolas Sarkozy's reform agenda.
Youths threw petrol bombs at police outside a

Unfazed by protests, UET VC gets fourth extension

Varsity faculty members, FAPUASA were demanding Akram's removal
Punjab CM, who had earlier appointed him, approved his fourth extension
Despite the protests of Federation of All Pakistan University's Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) seeking removal of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lieutenant General (r) Muhammad Akram, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, in his capacity as the varsity's chancellor, extended his contract for the fourth time under

MSF protests against Musharraf’s rule

Muslim Student's Federation (MSF) held a protest rally against Musharraf's military coup. The protestors marched from Regal Square to Assembly hall and blocked Mall road for 2 hours.
MSF activists chanted slogans against the former dictator and demanded the initiation of a judicial trial against his unconstitutional rule. The protestors stated that the dissolution of Nawaz Sharif's government and the proceeding imposition of emergency were acts of treason. President

Doctors step up protests, Lady Reading Hospital shut down, more to...

Following the 24-hour ultimatum issued to the government earlier for the recovery of Dr. Intikhab Alam, a announcement of a complete strike at the Lady Reading Hospital and a two hour token strike at all other teaching hospitals was made at a general body meeting held by Provincial Doctors Association (PDA) Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. Professors and assistant professors from all over the province attended the meeting and condemned the carelessness of the government.
All private and VIP

ASWJ protests against Ghazi shrine blast

The Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) staged a protest against the suicide attacks at the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi last night in which 10 innocent people died and 50 were injured.
ASWJ District President Maulana Ismail Darvesh said such incidents of terrorism would fan sectarianism in the country. He added that terrorists were not patriotic and want to tarnish the name of Islam through such activities. He said the government should take action against