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Issue No. 2319

Loyalists behind Northern Ireland riots

Loyalist paramilitaries were at the heart of organising sectarian riots in Northern Ireland this week.

There are hundreds of sectarian parades each summer. They remind Catholics that they are traditionally second class citizens in the Northern Irish state.

On 12 July a Loyalist band stopped to play anti-Catholic tunes outside a church. The poverty and division fostered from the state and politicians have again produced sectarian violence on the streets.

Teachers’ strike looms in Chicago

More than 26,000 teachers and support staff in Chicago’s schools could walk out on Monday of next week over attacks on their contracts.

Workers fear that mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce performance-related pay. He has already cancelled a pay rise and lengthened the school day without union agreement. School workers have won support from other trade unionists and parents.

Police raids on Roma in France

French President Francois Hollande has shown he intends to continue the anti-Roma policies of former leader Nicolas Sarkozy.

Nearly 1,000 Roma have been deported from France after several high-profile raids over the past month.

The largest raid occurred in Saint-Priest, Lyon, on Monday of last week. Yann Lafolie of Atelier Solidaire, a group which has helped build safer camps for Roma, said, “This Socialist president was elected for change but there is no change here.”

Don’t deport US war resisters

Canada’s Tory government is trying to deport Kimberly Rivera, the first female US army war resister to come to Canada in opposition to the war in Iraq. Rivera arrived in Toronto in 2007 after serving in Iraq. She is among an estimated 200 US war resisters in Canada.

Immigration minister Jason Kenney has called war resisters “bogus” refugees. Yet he recently gave a residence permit to corporate criminal Conrad Black.

March to defend the poor in Spain

Spain’s answer to Robin Hood is making the state nervous. Riot police met the march of mayor Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo and his 500 followers in the small Andalucian town of Albolote this week.

The march is highlighting the impact of cuts. It is growing as it makes its way to Madrid. So far marchers have raided two supermarkets and given food to the poor. Gordillo described the cuts as “the biggest rip-off in the history of capitalism”.

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Tue 4 Sep 2012, 17:52 BST
Issue No. 2319
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