Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 24th 2016 Contents At least 85 people were arrested in Paris
as thousands took part in a protest against
France's labour reforms, police said.
Many were carrying objects that could be
used as projectiles, according to police, who
searched protesters as they arrived at the
Place de la Bastille.
The march was initially banned but minis-
ters reversed their decision after a public
The last protest in Paris earlier this month
ended in violence.
Hundreds of masked protesters on 14
June threw paving stones and a children's
hospital in central Paris was badly damaged.
The protesters object to government re-
forms that make it easier for employers to
hire and fire workers and relax the limit on
But French President Francois Hollande
said the government would not retreat from
"We will take this bill to the finish line," he
told reporters as demonstrators were gath-
ering in central Paris, where more than
2,000 police officers have been deployed.
The law eases conditions for laying off
workers, which is strongly regulated in
France. It is hoped companies will take on
more people if they know they can shed
jobs in case of a downturn.
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Dozens arrested in Paris ahead of protest
JAPAN---A Japanese porn industry associa-
tion has apologised and promised reform,
amid allegations women are being forced to
perform sex acts on film.
The Intellectual Property Promotion Associa-
tion said it was "deeply sorry not to have taken
any active action of our own volition."
It comes after an activist group warned
women were being sexually mistreated in the
Japan's adult sex industry has long been ac-
cused of human rights abuses.
Doubts about the criminal justice system are
said to cause victims to hesitate coming for-
Earlier this month police arrested a former
president of talent agency Marks Japan and two
other men after a young woman said she was
raped repeatedly on camera for adult videos.
She said she was threatened with financial
penalties if she refused to perform sexual acts
because it would be a "breach of contract."
A tornado has killed 51 people in eastern
China and injured dozens more, state media
Official news agency Xinhua reports that the
tornado---accompanied by torrential rain and hail-
storms---hit the province of Jiangsu yesterday af-
Many parts of China have been hit by torrential
rains this week.
The floods in southern China displaced nearly
200,000 people, state media said.
China's vice premier Wang Yang has said that
China faces volatile.
China's Ministry of Education has said it will
tear up running tracks at schools that have been
blamed for making students ill.
Children across China have reported suffering
nosebleeds, headaches and coughing after using
On Tuesday, state broadcaster CCTV released
a rare undercover report revealing the use of in-
dustrial waste in their manufacture.
Incidents of children falling sick after using the
tracks have been reported in Jiangsu, Guangdong
and other provinces, in at least 15 cities across
When children in Beijing began to experience
problems, the authorities there ordered the in-
spection of all sports tracks and fields in the
In many cases, they revealed high levels of po-
tentially poisonous chemicals in new synthetic
running tracks, including formaldehyde.
The Chinese television investigation into sev-
eral track manufacturers revealed the use of sub-
standard waste, including discarded tyres, to
reduce production costs.
claims of forced porn
Dozens die in China tornado
Authorities to tear up
'toxic' school running tracks
LONDON---After months of divisive
campaigning, British voters headed to
the polls yesterday in an historic ref-
erendum on whether the United King-
dom should leave the European Union.
A record number of people---almost
46.5 million---were registered to take
part in the once-in-a generation vote.
Britons lined up to vote under drizzly
skies in London following heavy rains
and thunderstorms overnight that
caused flash flooding in parts of the
capital and southeastern England.
The downpour caused two polling
stations in southwest London to close
and relocate after they were inundated
with floodwaters, while others across
the capital opened late due to the weath-
er.Transport links were also disrupted
by the flooding, and social media users
complained that they had to brave
flooded streets to cast ballots.
Britain s Electoral Commission tweet-
ed that those delayed on the way to
polling stations as a result of the weather
should not be overly concerned, as any-
one standing in line to vote at 10 pm
would be able to do so.
Britain enters the referendum day a
nation divided, ahead of a decision that
will shape its place in the world for
Polls have consistently shown voters
split down the middle, with the outcome
too close to call, and wavering voters
likely to determine the result.
Leading political parties and news-
papers are similarly divided on the so-
called Brexit, or British exit, from the
European Union---an outcome that
would be a huge blow to the 28-member
With many of the fundamental ques-
tions of the debate in dispute by the
opposing "Leave" and "Remain" camps,
the outcome may come down to a ques-
tion of gut instinct for voters.
The rival camps have clashed on such
core issues as whether a Brexit would
help or hurt Britain s economy, through-
out a rancorous campaign that has
repeatedly returned to themes of secu-
rity, sovereignty and immigration.
A man leaves after voting in the EU referendum, at a polling station in Biggin Hill,
yesterday. Reuters photo
UK votes in
BALTIMORE---A judge acquitted a police
driver of all charges yesterday in the death
of 25-year-old arrestee Freddie Gray, whose
broken neck on the way to the station set
off Baltimore s worst riots in decades.
Six officers were charged in Gray s death,
but only Officer Caesar Goodson was accused
of "depraved heart" murder. Gray was fatally
injured after officers bound his hands and feet
and Goodson left him unprotected by a seat
belt that prosecutors say would have kept him
from slamming into the van s metal walls.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams also
found Goodson not guilty of manslaughter,
assault, misconduct in office, and reckless
endangerment after five days of testimony in
the non-jury trial.
Williams said the state failed to show that
Goodson knew he d harm Gray by leaving him
unbuckled, or that he was aware of the injury.
"The state failed to prove the defendant
knew or should have known that Mr Gray
needed medical care," the judge said.
Outside the courthouse, a small group of
protesters chanted: "We can t stop. We won t
stop, till killer cops are in cell blocks." (AP)
Nearly 200 refugees fleeing Boko Haram
militants have starved to death over the past
month in Bama, Nigeria, the medical charity
A "catastrophic humanitarian emergency" is
unfolding at a camp it visited where 24,000
people have taken refuge.
Many inhabitants are traumatised and one in
five children is suffering from acute malnutrition,
The Islamist group s seven-year rebellion has
left 20,000 people dead and more than two mil-
Nigeria s military has carried out a large-scale
offensive against them but Boko Haram still
attacks villages in the north-east, destroying
homes and burning down wells.
Displaced people in Bama say new graves are
appearing on a daily basis, according to a state-
ment from MSF.
It quoted inhabitants as saying about 30 people
died every day due to hunger or illness.
"We are treating malnourished children in
medical facilities in Maiduguri and see the trauma
on the faces of our patients who have witnessed
and survived many horrors," said Ghada Hatim,
MSF head of mission in Nigeria.
starve to death
Freddie Gray death
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