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Experiments with truth: 9/30/09

  • More than 100 D.C. teenagers from four public high schools walked out of class Monday because they’re angry about impending teacher layoffs recently announced by D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
  • Residents living in the Somali police ground at Hamar Jajab district in Mogadishu staged a mass demonstration on Sunday against a statement from the Somali Police department which told them to evacuate the grounds as soon as possible or their makeshifts houses will be destroyed with bulldozers.
  • Zimbabwe police on Friday opened fire on hundreds of striking workers in the southwestern mining town of Zvishavane, injuring four workers including a councillor from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party.
  • Workers at Al-Aqsa University in Gaza City, The Khoudhouri College in Tulkarem, Aroub College in Hebron and the Palestinian Technical Institute in Ramallah held a sit-in strike Tuesday, in protest of a failure of the government to respond to requests for improved working conditions.