More than one million South African state workers have gone on strike to press for an increase in pay, a move that threatens to paralyse Africa's biggest economy. Schools were closed early on Wednesday as teachers left for meetings to discuss the walkout, while workers dressed in red T-shirts gathered outside hospitals and government offices.
A Chinese court jailed three people on Friday (16th) who posted material on the Internet to help a woman pressure authorities which she accused of covering up her daughter's death, in a trial that attracted scores of supporters.
Police reportedly fired live ammunition into a crowd of young people on April 3rd, killing two — at a protest against the force's killing of another man two days previously.
Supporters of 90 anti-war protesters arrested at demonstrations and actions against the Gaza war over 2008/9 are calling for solidarity as the number of people jailed reaches double figures and 62 more face heavy sentences.