Protest in China scores a victory
Thousands of protesters in Ningbo, eastern China have forced the local government to back down on its plan to expand a nearby petrochemical factory. Despite being attacked by riot police, protestors blocked roads and refused to leave.
Hundreds protested over several days in Yinggehai on China’s Hainan Island the previous week. Local authorities had scrapped a plan for a new coal-fired power plant there earlier this year due to huge local protests. But they came back when an alternative site was also blocked by protests.
Israel won’t deny Sudan bombing
An Israeli airstrike destroyed the Yarmouk arms factory in Sudan’s capital Khartoum last week, according to the Sudanese government. Two people were killed in the attack.
Israel’s military refuses to confirm or deny its involvement, but claims that the factory produced arms for the Hamas government in Gaza. Israel has admitted that its jets carried out four air attacks on Gaza last weekend, targeting a house and a refugee camp.
Bahrain’s regime bans protests
The Bahraini regime has banned all demonstrations after renewed protests against the Western-backed dictatorship. The revolt has faced brutal repression by the Bahraini state. Trade unionists have been imprisoned and tortured for organising resistance.
Jalila al-Salman, the vice president of the teachers’ union, was recently sentenced to six months in prison. She told Socialist Worker, “They are putting me in prison for just practicing our legitimate rights.”