Turkey: Police detain protesters as thousands gather at Taksim Square

Hurriyet, ISTANBUL, Saturday,June 29 2013

Protestors are detained by the plainclothes police officers during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul. REUTERS photo

[Protestors are detained by the plainclothes police officers during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in Istanbul. REUTERS photo]

Thousands of protesters have gathered at the Taksim square June 29 to denounce the government’s response to the Gezi Park protests, a week after another demonstration was quelled with water cannons and tear gas. The demonstration has been carried out peacefully without tension and most of the protesters dispersed after a couple of hours following police’s warning to end the gathering.

Riot police pushed them away from the square with shields and slow moving water cannon trucks although no water was fired. Announcements were made for protesters to return to their homes.

However, part of the protesters remained in the surroundings of the Taksim area as police entered the side streets chasing the protesters who were gathering back. More than ten protestors were detained, according to Hürriyet. Live footages showed officer in plainclothes taking the protesters into custody. Continue reading

Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped 292 Palestinians In October

November 01, 2012

by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News

The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 292 Palestinians in October from different parts of the West Bank, including 26 children.

Fuad al-Khuffash, head of the Ahrar Center, stated that nine of the kidnapped Palestinian are from the Gaza Strip, while the rest (283) were kidnapped from their homes, and on roadblocks, in different parts of the West Bank.

The Center said that Jerusalem witnessed the highest leveled of arrests as the army kidnapped 103 Palestinians, including seven children, five women, and five journalists.

Hebron comes next in the highest number of arrests, as the soldiers kidnapped 70 residents, including 9 children and three women, including the Noura Al-Ja’bary, the wife of detainee Mohammad Abu Warda.

Al-Khuffash stated that, compared to September, October witnessed an increase in the number of arrests carried out by the Israeli army, as the soldiers kidnapped 292 Palestinians compared to 246 in September.

Israeli soldiers conduct invasions and arrests on a daily basis in the occupied Palestinian territory, number of arrests vary from day to day.

These arrests include breaking into Palestinian homes causing extensive damage, harassing and assaulting family members of the detainees.

It is worth mentioning that the army killed fifteen Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in October, in repeated Israeli air strikes and bombardments.

Link: The Ahrar Center

Source: http://www.imemc.org/article/64488

India: Thousands of protestors detained while laying siege to Tamil Nadu assembly

By Tariq Abdul Muhaimin, Kracktivist,  10/29/12  NEWZFIRST

CHENNAI, TN – Thousands of protestors including leaders of different political parties were detained by the police on Monday, when they were en route to lay siege outside the Tamil Nadu assembly demanding the closure of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNP).

More than 5000 protesters from across the state had gathered at Egmore, Chennai and started moving towards the assembly to lay siege to it until the KKNP is not shut down completely.

“We do not have permission for the rally or the protest; however we will march towards the assembly. The police is ready to arrest us when we reach there, but this will not stop us,” said Rajkumar, an activist from Tamils Cultural Centre, while speaking to Newzfirst before the rally began.

Amidst intense police deployment, the protesters including several political party leaders, Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and two Members of Parliament (MP) started their march towards the TN assembly at around 1:15 PM, where thousands of police personnel were waiting to stop the protestors and detain them. Continue reading

Arrests of Hamas Officials Cloud Palestinian Unity Talks

June 5, 2011

As the Hamas and Fatah movements work to put together a national unity cabinet, ending four years of acrimony, talks are being clouded by what Hamas says is an unremitting campaign by the Palestinian Authority (PA) of arrests and harassment in the West Bank.

clearpxlOfficials of the Islamic movement that controls the Gaza Strip accuse the Fatah-dominated PA, which rules in the West Bank, of breeching the reconciliation agreement signed between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo one month ago.

“Not only have no political prisoners been released until now, but more are being arrested and summoned for questioning all the time,” Hamed Al-Betawi, a Hamas member of parliament from the West Bank city of Nablus, told The Media Line. Continue reading

US: Arrests At WikiLeaks Suspect Base Protest

Monday March 21, 2011

Daniel Ellsberg arrested at Bradley Manning protest Virginia

Daniel Ellsberg arrested at Bradley Manning protest

More than 30 people have been arrested outside a US marine base during a protest against the treatment of a detained army private accused of giving classified information to Wikileaks.

Bradley Manning is being held in solitary confinement at the Quantico base in Virginia awaiting trial on nearly two dozen charges, including aiding the enemy.The 23-year-old former intelligence analyst is accused of handing over confidential US military and government documents to the whistleblowing website.

He is suspected of leaking a military video showing an attack on unarmed men in Iraq, war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 250,000 state department cables. Continue reading

Tamils Protest Killings In Kashmir, 100 arrested

Those arrested include PDK president, Kolathur Mani, who was leading the protest demonstration

Kashmir Ho Ya Kanyakumari; Hum Kya Chahte? Bharat Se Azadi!

Chennai, Aug 13: Over 100 activists from Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (PDK) and other like minded political parties were arrested Friday for holding a protest demonstration against the atrocities on the people of Kashmir and in support of the Kashmiri struggle for Azadi.

Those arrested include, PDK president, Kolathur Mani, who was leading the protest demonstration,Those arrested include, PDK president, Kolathur Mani, who was leading the protest demonstration, a statement from the Delhi Tamil Students Union said today.

All the detainees have been put under remand for 15 days, the statement said.

According to the statement the demonstrators placed the following four demands to the Indian govt:

1) India should stop its war on the Kashmiri people

2) AFSPA should be scrapped immediately

3) The Indian army should be withdrawn from Kashmir

4) Talks should be initiated on the rights of the Kashmiris to self-determination. Continue reading