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Archive for July 6th, 2009

Never Noticed It Before.

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I like LabourStart, it has good coverage of international events, but it also has a bookshop, think Amazon but for trade unionists.

Well worth a visit.

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06/07/2009 at 23:44

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China’s People Are Revolting.

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Repressive regimes will use any measure against their own people to stay in power.

The State induced violence in Iran showed that, and another example is the revolt in Xinjiang. Jim at the Daily (Maybe) has more.

AP has more:

“BEIJING (AP) — Witnesses say an ethnic protest has spread to a second city in China’s western Xinjiang province after riots rocked the region’s capital, killing at least 140 and injuring more than 800.

A Uighur man in Kashgar city said he was among more than 300 protesters who demonstrated outside the Id Kah Mosque in the late afternoon. He said they police surrounded them. “We were yelling at each other, but there were no clashes, no physical contact,” said the man, who gave his name as Yagupu.

Maimaiti, a man who said he worked at the mosque, said he could hear could hear the protesters and police shouting outside.

A protest in the provincial capital, Urumqi, on Sunday night turned into the deadliest ethnic unrest to hit Xinjiang region in decades.”

Please bear in mind that all media in China is censored and the State maintains a firm grip on what news is published and by whom. It also seriously restricts the movement of journalists in the country. So anything reported might well understate the seriousness of the situation.

From entdinglichung:

“Groups of ethnic Han Chinese have marched through the city of Urumqi carrying clubs and machetes, as tension grows between ethnic groups and police.

Security forces imposed a curfew and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds, who said they were angry at violence carried out by ethnic Muslim Uighurs.

Earlier, Uighur women had rallied against the arrest of more than 1,400 people over deadly clashes on Sunday.

The two sides blame each other for the outbreak of violence. “


“Most recent reports indicate that the violent conflicts between the Han Chinese majority and the Uighur ethnic minority in the city of Urumqi are not yet under control. The city is now under the tight supervision of Chinese police and paramilitaries. But while foreign journalists were being given a tour of the city to see the results of rioting, a group of several hundred Uighur women demonstrated nearby, demanding to know where their arrested husbands and sons had been taken. Also seen on the streets of Urumqi have been groups of angry Han Chinese carrying clubs and home made weapons — so far, most of the dead appear to have been Han Chinese.”

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06/07/2009 at 17:31

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Basic Rights Taken For Granted.

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I am indebted to AVPS for reminding me about the Justice for the Shrewsbury Pickets campaign.

For far too long have we taken for granted those limited rights that we have to picket and take part in industrial action, and the case of the Shrewsbury 24 just shows what lengths a Tory government will go to in its battle to defeat trade unionism.

Britain might well have another Tory government within the space of a year, and if not, be left with a weak anti-Union set of New Labour flunkies, either way, not good for trade unionism.

AVPS explains the issue:

“Ricky Tomlinson talked about the recent attempts made to clear his name and described his correspondence with Jack Straw, the so-called justice minister. After much wrangling and petitions for the relevant files to be released under the 30 year rule (requests denied by Straw on grounds of ‘national security’!) Ricky was finally allowed to see some pertaining to the case. He sat down in a room with a keeper of the records and began turning the pages … only to find huge junks of the reports redacted. If these don’t suggest a cover up, he didn’t know what does. He also described the appalling treatment he and especially Dessie received inside, a treatment that saw Dessie serve his three years in no less than 17 prisons.”

Human Rights TV has coverage with Ricky Tomlinson.

They are available as downloads too.

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06/07/2009 at 01:17

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