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Protesters at the Nigerian High Commission in London

Protesters at the Nigerian High Commission in London (Pic: Tom Kay)


Nigeria kills five at Gaza demo

Security forces in Nigeria shot and killed at least five Palestinian solidarity protesters who had marched in the city of Zaria on al-Quds day last Friday.

The soldiers opened fire on the end of the march and killed three people, including 18 year old Syed Mahmud Ibrahim al-Zakzaky. 

His father Sheikh Ibrahim is the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic Movement which called the protest. Later the military reportedly shot dead protesters they had arrested on the march.

These included two other sons of the Muslim leader.


Fresh clashes in eastern Ukraine 

Heavy fighting continued in the pro-Russian separatist stronghold Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, as Socialist Worker went to press.  

The Ukrainian military has managed to drive a wedge through held territory held by the separatists.  

This brings further blows to the separatists, who have lost control of towns in recent weeks. 

Russia is also under pressure. Its central bank was forced to raise the interest rate for a third time this year amid fears US and EU sanctions will cause inflation. 

EU ambassadors provisionally agreed on a package of sanctions on Friday of last week.


Libya descends further in chaos

Over 60 people died in Libya last week as the country descends further into violence and instability among battles between rival militias. 

The Western intervention that helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi has left chaos for ordinary people.

Foreign diplomats are fleeing. The US has pulled out its representatives and British diplomats were shot at as they tried to escape. 

The Western countries who promised freedom and democracy have created a country that they are no longer willing to remain in. 

 


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International
Tue 29 Jul 2014, 18:12 BST
Issue No. 2414
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