Pictures from around Palestine in “day of Rage” against Prawer Plan, November 30.2013.(read: Another Nakba , the Prawer-Begin Bill : A plan that will lead to the uprooting and forcible eviction of dozens of villages and 30-40,000 Palestinian Bedouin residents)
(These protests showed that Palestinians are untied against occupation whenever they live or under which authorities )
(Ma’an) — A global “Day of Rage” against the Prawer Plan took place in nearly 30 cities worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 30., and dozens were detained as Israeli police attacked protests .
Large demonstrations in more than 14 countries united Palestinians, and citizens of many other countries in protest against the plan, which if implemented will displace tens of thousands of Bedouins from their homes in southern Israel.
Although the protests were largely peaceful worldwide, protestors were met with force within Israel, as Israeli police attacked the large demonstrations in the Negev, Haifa, Umm al-Fahm and Jerusalem, detaining dozens.
Protestors in the West Bank were also met with force, and three Palestinians were detained as they marched near Ramallah towards the Israeli settlement of Bet El.
Particularly striking about the protests inside Israel were that Israeli police used violent tactics of “riot dispersal” commonly used against Palestinians in the West Bank but rarely seen within Israel.
The majority of demonstrators in the Negev, Haifa, Jaffa, and Jerusalem were Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, a factor that activists said encouraged Israeli police to use levels of violence rarely witnessed by majority-Jewish protesters.(see videos)
Hundreds tear down fences, break into Chevron site in Romania
December 7, 2013
Hundreds of protesters have broken into a Chevron site after the US oil giant resumed its search for shale gas in northeast Romania. RT’s Lucy Kafanov reports from the scene, where clashes ensued as riot police started streaming in.
Some 400 people gathered on Saturday in the village of Pungesti, according to local media.
RT’s Lucy Kafanov reports that the demonstration kicked off quite peacefully with the protesters chanting “Chevron go home.”
“The situation then escalated. Some people had run across the road towards the Chevron property, there was a bit of a commotion, and we saw the protesters run into the property; the surrounding perimeter fences were taken down,” Kafanov reports. Local media said people were able to tear down fences to 20 acres of land owned by the company.
Riot police officers were called into the area, which made the situation “very heated” as clashes between the demonstrators and the police ensued.
“We did see some demonstrators injured, as well as police officers injured. They were taken away in medical vans. We also saw probably about four or five arrests, possibly more, we’re still not confirmed on the numbers,” Kafanov says.
Following the incident, the US company later announced it was suspending activities in the area. “Chevron confirms the suspension today…due to the activities of protesters,” Chevron said in a statement.
The US energy giant has been persistent in conducting its shale gas exploration activities, and less than a week ago, riot police brutally removed a horde of villagers who had been camping out at the site protesting the company’s plan.
The site in Pungesti has been the subject of ongoing controversy. The village is believed to be sitting upon vast reserves of the natural resource.
The demonstrators also demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, according to AFP. Ponta became a strong supporter of the energy source, despite apparent opposition prior to his election.
But protesters and environmentalists fear that the hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” would be disastrous for the local environment. They say that pumping water and chemicals at high pressure into deep rock formations to free oil or gas could contaminate groundwater.
In October, Chevron decided to suspend its drilling plans. To prevent Chevron from resuming the drilling, Pungesti villagers set up a camp in a privately-owned field next to the site where the well was planned to be installed.
The camp has been the scene of demonstrations for over a month and a half in total, with clashes taking place between police officers and protesters the previous week. Outraged participants were as old as 67, according to Kafanov. “There is this very tense climate, and people have a lot of anger…for what’s going on here,” said Kafanov.
Toshiaki Kanayama, Dotou / Years of Violent Change (Scream of Outrage/ Years of Violent Change), Self Published, Tokyo, 1970.
Yesterday in Thailand, riot cops yield to peaceful protesters by removing barricades AND their helmets in a shocking gesture of solidarity.
"We’re not beautiful, we’re not ugly, we’re angry"
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