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(en) DAMN INDEX 21-FEB-2000 to 29-FEB-2000

From DAMN <damn@tao.ca>
Date Wed, 1 Mar 2000 16:01:14 -0500

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Update on DAMN: 
Within a week or so DAMN will be splitting our news list into two lists.
Damn@tao.ca will be exclusively for independently written articles,
damn-all@tao.ca will include both those and articles we repost from
mainstream sources.  This is in response to inquiries from people who
wanted to see DAMN  focus more directly on independently reported news.
This change shouldn't effect damn-index@tao.ca, but we thought we'd keep
you informed.

DAMN INDEX 21-FEB-2000 to 29-FEB-2000

Title: Urgent Alert From El Salvador
Date: 26-FEB-00
Author: Staff Reporter
Source: CISPES National Office
Style: Action Alert

Workers in El Salvador are preparing for upcoming turmoil. The Union of
Working Doctors of the Social Security Institute (SIMETRISSS) and the Union
of Social Security Workers (STISSS) have been on strike since November 15
of last year to protest the privatization of health care.  President
Francisco Flores' has announced a state of emergency and health care unions
are mobilizing to protest the government's actions. 


Title: Strike Hits Power Supply In Pune, India
Date: 25-FEB-00
Author: Staff Reporter
Source: Times Of India
Style: News Article
Reference: http://www.timesofindia.com/today/25mpun1.htm

Power supply to various parts of the city and Pimpri Chinchwad was severely
affected on Monday as employees of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board
(MSEB) went on a token strike to extend support to the striking employees of
the Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Board. 


Title: Charleston Dockworkers Picket Danish Ship
Date: 25-FEB-00
Author: Staff Reporter
Source: The Associated Press
Style: News Article

Twenty dockworkers in Charleston, South Carolina, protested at a terminal
where a freighter owned by a Danish company was being unloaded by nonunion
workers.  A hundred police wearing riot gear watched as the protesters
circled the terminal.  About 400 members of the International
Longshoremen's Association clashed with police last month.  


Title: Update On UNAM Struggle 
Date: 24-FEB-00
Author: Staff Reporter
Source: Movement 2000
Style: Action Update
Reference: None

More than 100,000 parents and supporters of arrested National Autonomous
University of Mexico (UNAM) students marched recently to protest the
government's handling of the student strike.  More than 270 of the 1,000
students arrested during the recent government raids are still in prison.
Parents accused the government of treating the students as they have the
Zapatistas, allowing the lengthy dispute to fester, refusing to negotiate
then overwhelming the protests with military force.


Title: Pine Ridge Occupation Continues
Date: 24-FEB-00
Author: Steven Barrett
Source: Associated Press/Rapid City Journal
Style: News Article
Reference: None

The 5-week-old occupation of Oglala Sioux tribal headquarters continued
Wednesday, a day after some Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux took control of the
tribal council building in the opposite corner of the state.  Those
protesting say they will stay until suspended tribal Treasurer Wesley "
Chuck" Jacobs is
officially removed from office and steps are taken to return the reservation
to a more traditional Lakota form of government.


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Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 19:15:08 -0800
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Subject: DAMN: 23-FEB-2000: Update On Workers Struggles In Iran
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Title: Update On Workers Struggles In Iran
Date: 23-FEB-00
Author: Staff Writer
Source: Iranian Workers News
Style: Action Update
Reference: http://www.etehadchap.com/worker/feb.htm
Labor updates from Iran: Water and sewage workers in Iran are protesting
the Tehran Water Company's evicting them from company houses in the Zamzam
borough of Tehran.  Workers from the Bahman Plastic Company in Tehran have
gone on strike to protest their low wages.  Workers in the leather
manufacture Khar Khez in Tonokabon (northern Iran) protested at lack of
payment of salaries in mid December and refused to allow the transfer of
equipment from this plant to Italian business men who were supposed to take
over this machinery. Workers in Mobilran factory, producers of furniture
and decorations situated on the Karaj-Tehran road, gathered outside the
ministry of Labour and Social Security in Tehran, protesting at lack of
payment of their salaries. Workers in this factory, which was privatised in
1993, have not been paid for more than a year and a half. Workers from
Abadan oil refinery (in
Southern Iran) gathered outside the offices of the operational and transport
section of the refinery protesting that refinery authorities have refused to
deal with workers demands regarding wages and conditions of employment.
150 workers from Farassa construction material factory, in Savjehbolagh
(near Tehran) demonstrated outside the central branch of the state owned
bank of Industry and Mines who owns this factory.  These workers who have
not been paid for the last three months demand payment of their salaries. 


Title: Palestinian Students Protest Alongside Striking Teachers
Date: 22-FEB-00
Author: Nasser Shiyoukhi
Source: The Associated Press
Style: News Article

In a show of solidarity with striking teachers, more than 1,000 students
marched on the Palestinian Education Ministry on Tuesday. Some
demonstrators hurled empty bottles and stones, smashing windows;
Palestinian police wielded clubs while trying to keep the students in check.  

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Title: Environmental Activists Attacked By Loggers In Goolengook Forest
Date: 22-FEB-00
Author: None
Source: http://www.etehadchap.com/worker/feb.htm
Style: First Hand Account
Reference: http://www.geco.org.au/attack.html

A mob of up to 50 loggers converged on the longstanding peaceful protest
camp in Goolengook forest, East Gippsland, Australia.  This attack follows
yesterday's historic call by local Aboriginal leaders and their 40
supporters for an immediate end to old growth logging.  Residents of the
nearby town of Goongerah were also threatened by the loggers. A roadblock
was then setup by police to protect those  living in the area. Police
called for reinforcements and are maintaining a presence to mitigate any
further outbreaks of violence.


Title: Police Raid Anti-Sweatshop Occupation, 54 Arrested
Date: 21-FEB-00
Source: United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS)
Style: Action Update

Police arrested more than 50 students and workers at the University of
Wisconsin who have been involved in the peaceful occupation of Bascom Hall
to call attention to and change UW's ties to sweatshop labor.  Students and
employees are being charged with unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.  


Date: 21-FEB-00
Author: Brian Ballou
Source: None
Style: News Article
Reference: None

A handful of University of Michigan minority students who have waged a
two-week sit-in protesting a secret society on campus said they're prepared
to spend next week's spring break in the society's office. Students say
that Michigamua uses American Indian artifacts and rituals during
meetings, in violation of a 1989 agreement to end the practices. The
protesters are demanding that the university sever ties with Michigamua and
two other societies, the Vulcans and Phoenix, because of their association
with Michigamua.


Title: Puerto Ricans March Against U.S. Pact, Oppose Plans For Vieques Training
Date: 21-FEB-00
Author: John Marino
Source: The Washington Post
Style: News Article
Reference: None

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans marched silently through the center of
the capital city, waving white flags of peace against U.S. Navy military
maneuvers on the island of Vieques.  The two-mile march was organized to
show popular discontent over the accord reached last month between
President Clinton and Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Rossello on the future of Navy
training activities on the island.

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