Econoticiasbolivia.com (La Paz, 16th of august 2004) - In the early morning of 16th of august hundreds of farmers and communards of El Chore in the northeast of Bolivia occupied the facilities of the multinational company British Petroleum and paralyzed the oil production. The occupation of the oil field marks the beginning of a new wave of protests, which develop in the rural area of Bolivia: further actions are carried out in the south of the country, where the gas export to Argentina is threatened to get interrrupted, while marches to La Paz are prepared by landless farmers from different regions . after La Paz.
The National Front are planning a march down Union St. for St Andrews Day
New attacks by judiciary and local government against the workers of the tile factory Zanon in NeuquÃ©n/Patagonia.
Jerry Vlasak, a trauma surgeon and former vivisectionist, is being prevented from coming to this country to speak to volunteers at a training camp in Kent organised by the campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences, the Cambridge-based laboratory, because Mr Blunkett believes his views could incite violence.
Reacting to Mr Blunkett's decision, Greg Avery, a Shac organiser, said: "When you get people like Robert Mugabe and Pinochet being allowed into Britain, I think it is pretty disgusting. Dr Vlasak is a surgeon, he has spent his life saving people, he was coming here to talk about the science - or rather the non-science - of vivisection and he is being prevented from doing that."
He said he had never encouraged anyone to take part in violence as part of the struggle to end animal testing.
But he refused to condemn violence, adding: "I am simply saying that it [violence] is a morally acceptable tactic and it may be useful in the struggle for animal liberation."
Transcripts show former secretary of state urged violent crackdown on opposition
Henry Kissinger gave Argentina's military junta the green light to suppress political opposition at the start of the "dirty war" in 1976, telling the country's foreign minister: "If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly," according to newly-declassified documents published yesterday.
It is likely to be seized on by Mr Kissinger's critics who have been calling for him to face charges for abetting war crimes and human rights abuses in Cambodia, Chile and Argentina.
The Argentine junta formed a secret pact in 1976 known as the Condor Plan with other South American dictatorships in Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay and Brazil for the eradication of "terrorists". According to official figures, nearly 9,000 people disappeared in Argentina alone but human rights organisations put the figure nearer to 30,000.
Mr Kissinger remains an influential voice on foreign affairs in Washington. His office at his lobbying firm, Kissinger Associates, did not return calls seeking comment yesterday.
Two weeks past his 17th birthday, the Louisiana teenager fitted every stereotype for those most likely to be sentenced to death: he was black, a child and had severe learning difficulties. More importantly, he was innocent.
But Mr Matthews, now 24, is free after being exonerated thanks largely to British money and the efforts of British lawyers.
"All these people who didn't know me but they cared about me and they cared about my case - they could see the wrong that was done. I want to thank them for believing in me and bringing me this far and giving me back my life."
He was convicted of the 1997 shooting of a grocery store owner, in spite of there being nothing to connect him to the scene of the crime.
His friend, though, had confessed to police that he had been the accomplice and getaway driver. The friend, Travis Hayes, was also a juvenile and suffered from severe learning difficulties.
He says the police bullied him into making his confession and refused to testify against Mr Matthews in court.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has cancelled plans to attend the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games this weekend, citing a busy work schedule.
The announcement came only hours after clashes erupted in Athens as protesters rallied to condemn the planned visit.
Marchers shouted angry slogans against the Bush administration and its operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The protest movement has hailed the US decision as a "huge victory".
Friday's march through the centre of Athens attracted members of the anti-war movement, anti-globalisation activists and anarchists.
Protests continued into Saturday with an anti-Powell banner appearing on the city's most famous monument, the Parthenon.
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