Daily Archive: April 18, 2017

Apr
18

Palestinian hunger strikers’ leader moved to solitary confinement

Marwan Barghouti relocated to another jail as Israeli officials say they will not negotiate with ‘terrorists and incarcerated murderers’

Marwan Barghouti, the leader of a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, has been moved to solitary confinement amid warnings by Israeli officials that they will not negotiate with the striking detainees.

As the strike involving more than 1,100 prisoners in eight prisons entered its second day, the Israeli authorities moved swiftly to contain the protest, dispersing key figures to different prisons and ordering searches to prevent inmates sending messages.

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Apr
18

Army declares loyalty to Maduro as Venezuela braces for giant demo

Army declares loyalty to Maduro as Venezuela braces for giant demoVenezuela’s defense minister on Monday declared the army’s loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him. Venezuela is bracing for what Maduro’s opponents vow will be the “mother of all protests” Wednesday, after two weeks of clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against moves by the leftist leader and his allies to tighten their grip on power. The center-right opposition has called on the military — a pillar of Maduro’s power — to turn on the president amid an economic and political crisis that has triggered severe food shortages, riots and looting.