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Issue No. 2434

Hong Kong police clear last camps

Police in Hong Kong have cleared protesters from the last remaining protest sites. 

Hong Kong leader CY Leung declared this marked an end to “illegal occupation activities”.

Protesters have marched and occupied sites for two months demanding free elections. 

They want an end to the Chinese state vetting candidates. Protester Otto Ng said, “This is just the beginning, it’s not the end. It’s awakened the Hong Kong people.”

Palestinian minister killed

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian Authority cabinet minister on Thursday of last week.

Ziad Abu Ein was planting olive trees in a peaceful protest outside an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

Border police attacked with tear gas and sound grenades. 

An autopsy revealed Ziad died after a blood vessel in his heart became blocked. Israeli doctors claim Ziad suffered from a heart condition. 

But Palestinians say he was struck on the chest. 

Footage shows police shoving Ziad and grabbing his throat.

 Ziad’s killing follows a violent crackdown on protests in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Numsa union to challenge ANC

South Africa’s biggest union, Numsa, held a people’s assembly last weekend. 

It’s preparing to launch a new political United Front to challenge the ruling ANC next year.

Numsa president Andrew Chirwa said South Africa requires urgent change. 

He said, “The working class can’t be patient waiting for Jesus Christ to come.”

Veteran radical Ronnie Kasrils was one of the 340 attendees. 

A weekend of sometimes heated debate began the process of deciding what the new organisation will stand for.

Nigerian oil workers walk out

Oil workers in Nigeria, west Africa, began a three-day strike on Monday of this week. The two oil unions Nupeng and Pengassan are behind the action.

Workers have walked out in support of the sacking of union rep Mrs Elo.

Nupang president Achese Igwe said the three day warning strike could expand to an all out, indefinite strike.

Achese said, “The workers elected her; she is representing the workers, not representing you as an institution or as a management.”

Workers are also angry at the failure of the Nigerian government to invest in oil infrastructure and the rise in domestic gas prices. 

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