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Protest in Egypt over Mursi trial

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi’s trial began on Monday, but was immediately postponed after protests. Muslim Brotherhood supporters disrupted the court, chanting, “Down with military rule”—despite the presence of 20,000 police.

Mursi was elected president after the overthrow of military dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He rapidly lost support with  cuts and a crackdown on protest. After mass protests the military tried to regain control with a coup in July.

Rapists cut grass for cops in Kenya

A 16 year old woman in rural Kenya was attacked by six men, beaten and gang raped last June. She was left for dead. She survived, though she is now wheelchair-bound. 

Police sentenced three men identified as among her attackers to cut the grass around the local police station. They were then released. 

Outrage has spread across the east African country. Hundreds protested in Nairobi last week. More than 1.2 million people have signed a petition against the sentence.

Tragedy in the Sahara desert

At least 92 migrants died after the lorries transporting them broke down in the Sahara desert in the north of Niger and they ran out of water. Many make the hazardous journey to escape extreme poverty and then risk overcrowded boats across the Mediterranean to look for work in Europe. 

Niger’s government responded by arresting another 127 desperate migrants, and saying it will close migrant camps. 

Protest against French road tax

Up to 30,000 people marched in Quimper, Brittany, on Saturday of last week, against unemployment in the region. They opposed government plans for an “ecotax” on road transport that will deepen a crisis in Brittany’s agriculture.

Many laid off workers marched, and the far left New Anticapitalist Party took part. But so did bosses’ organisations and sections of the far right. Trade union leaders and other left organisations—including the Front de Gauche—held a much smaller rival rally in Carhaix.

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Tue 5 Nov 2013, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2378
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