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Iran’s Larijani slams ‘inhumane’ Israeli acts against Palestinians

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Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani strongly condemned the “criminal” and “inhumane” Israeli acts against peaceful Palestinian protesters on Land Day. “Such acts are the continuation of the Zionists’ repeated crimes (against Palestinians) under the support of the US administration”, Larijani added in his remarks on Sunday. He further described the Israeli regime’s policy of creating tension in the region as well as US President Donald Trump’s decision to move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as plots orchestrated by Tel Aviv and Washington to undermine the region’s security and stability. “The terrorists ruling Tel Aviv only understand the language of force”, the top Iranian official noted, adding that only resistance can stop the “power-mad” regime. Larijani further called on Muslim countries to take the necessary measures and back the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

Students arrested after Erdogan accused them of behaving as terrorist

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Police arrested seven students from Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused them of behaving like “terrorists” for staging a protest against Turkey’s military campaign in Syria. According to lawyer İnayet Aksu, police stormed a students’ dormitory and a house at the university around dawn on March 25 and detained three students. With the latest detentions, the number of students being held by the police rose to seven. Erdoğan on March 24 had called a group of students at Boğaziçi University “terrorists” because of views on Turkey’s military campaign in Syria. In a show of protest, a group of students unfurled anti-war banners. Aksu said that expression could disturb but it cannot be considered a crime under the Turkish penal code. Erdoğan had called the protesters “communists” and “terrorists” at a provincial congress of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Black Sea province of Samsun.

Drivers, students hold anti-jeepney phaseout protest in UP

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Several students and jeepney drivers on Thursday staged protest against the jeepney modernization program inside the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus. The protesters are denouncing the Land Transportation Office’s “Oplan Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” policy or the operation intended to remove dilapidated units for pollution reduction.The protest came as Department of Transportation sent representatives from the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) composed of the the LTO and the Metro Manila Development Authority, which conducted an operation in the jeepney terminals in the Diliman area. The DOTr deployed ten solar-powered jeepneys and offered free rides but the student council said these were not enough to satisfy the commuter demand. The student council also opposed the form of jeepney modernization  saying it “further handicaps jeepney driver”. The events today only manifest our concerns with the project, casting aside the welfare and the livelihood of current jeepney drivers without a proper means of transition or compensation”, the USC said in a statement. “We see that the swift and railroaded implementation of this measure stunts the ability of current jeepney drivers and operators to adapt, endangering their livelihoods”. The state university’s student council said the transport agency’s move would result in phasing out of jeepneys and shortage of it, which is “detrimental to commuters”.

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