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Amid rising death tolls in eastern
Ukraine, the head of a pro-Russian rebel
group expressed disappointment
yesterday that Russian President
Vladimir Putin hadn't sent in more
"The only possible help for us would
be if the Russian forces came," said
Dmitry Boitsov of the Russian Orthodox
Army from Slaviansk, Ukraine---where
fighting has been raging for two straight
"If he doesn't bring in forces, there will
be people here who would want to
destroy him, because he gave us false
The Russian Orthodox Army is a
newly formed militia group that is one
of several armed rebel groups fighting in
Ukraine's chaotic east. They are in dire
need of help, Boitsov said.
Slaviansk is considered a town with
strategic value because of its location at
the crossroads of eastern Ukraine's
three major regions. It's about 55 miles
north of Donetsk, the largest city in the
east. ---NBC News
Pro-Russia rebels say Putin 'gave us false hope'
MAIDUGURI---Boko Haram militants are
taking over villages in northeastern Nige-
ria, killing and terrorising civilians and
political leaders, witnesses say, as the
Islamic fighters make a comeback from
a year-long military offensive aimed at
Nigeria s military has insisted that the
big influx of troops and a year-old state
of emergency in three states which gives
them the power to detain suspects, take
over buildings and lock down any area has
the extremists on the run.
But while Boko Haram has in large
part been pushed out of cities in the
northeast, they have been seizing villages
with thatched-roof huts in the semi-
arid region where they once held sway,
boldly staking their claim by hoisting
their black flags with white Arabic let-
tering, and making large swaths of Nigeria
no-go regions for the military.
Nglamuda Ibrahim, a local government
official, says the militants hoisted their
flags in Ashigashiya, which borders
Cameroon, several weeks ago without
interference from the security forces.
Muhammed Gavva, a member of one
of the vigilante groups formed last year,
named another dozen villages that also
fell to Boko Haram, also close to the
Cameroonian border, with no action taken
by Nigerian security forces. He said one
road to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno
state where the military joint task force
has its headquarters, is so dangerous that
even soldiers don t dare to travel it.
"We have long informed the military
officials about this. They are aware but
we don t know what they are doing about
that," Gavva said. The seized villages are
near Gwoza, a regional political centre
whose emir was killed in a Boko Haram
ambush on his convoy last week. Emirs
are religious and traditional rulers who
have been targeted for speaking out against
Boko Haram s extremism.
Gavva said the Islamic rebels exert iron
control over the villages seized in Borno,
one of the three states under the state of
emergency declared by President Goodluck
Jonathan which cover about one-sixth of
Civilians frustrated by the military s
apparent inability to combat Boko Haram
have formed vigilante groups like Gavva s.
They detain Boko Haram suspects and
hand them over to the authorities. The
move was supported and encouraged by
the authorities. Hundreds of detainees
have died in military custody, Amnesty
International found in its investigations.
Boko Haram seizing
villages in Nigeria
Tens of thousands gathered yesterday in Hong Kong
for the only major commemoration in China of the 25th
anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Bei-
The organisers said some 180,000 attended the vigil,
but the police put the crowd size at just under 100,000.
The city retains civil liberties not permitted to mainland
The 1989 protesters wanted political reform, but the
crackdown was ordered after hardliners won a power
struggle within the ruling Communist Party.
In Beijing, the authorities imposed blanket security,
particularly on Tiananmen Square, to prevent any attempts
to mark the anniversary.
Dozens of activists were detained in the run-up to the
anniversary, with foreign journalists ushered away from
the square yesterday.
The Chinese authorities classify the 1989 protests as
counter-revolutionary riots and hold no memorial.
But in Hong Kong a large crowd joined the Tiananmen
remembrance rally, which has been held every year since
Hong Kong is a special Chinese city with a high level
of autonomy, where civil liberties like freedom of speech
and assembly are guaranteed. Here, people from all walks
of life were allowed to gather openly to mourn the violent
suppression of a peaceful protest in Beijing in 1989.
It was a solemn, emotional evening filled with music
and video appearances from well-known Chinese dissidents.
They called on the Chinese government to apologise for
the crackdown, to come clean on exactly what happened
and on how many people were killed, and to commit
themselves to democratic reforms.
marked at huge
Hong Kong vigil
A woman closes her eyes as she joins tens of thousands
of people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in
Hong Kong yesterday to mark the 25th anniversary of the
June 4 Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy
movement in Beijing. AP PHOTO
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Oxfam activists wearing masks of the G7 leaders play ABBA's Money, money, money near the European Council building in
Brussels yesterday. Oxfam says G7 leaders must stop playing to the tune of the wealthy elites who have captured political
power to drive policies that promote their interests at the expense of everyone else, which has led to a widening gap between
the richest and the poorest. AP PHOTO
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