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Experiments with truth: 3/10/11

  • After Wisconsin Republicans pushed through Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union bill in the State Senate yesterday, an estimated 7,000 people entered the Capitol building. Many remain inside after staying overnight. The Wisconsin State Assembly is expected to vote on the measure today.
  • On Wednesday, tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators were outside Sanaa University in Yemen. In Taiz, tens of thousands of protesters continued their sit-in protest, calling for Saleh’s ouster. Thousands were also in the streets of Ibb, Aden, Hodeidah, and Dhamar.
  • Nearly 300 illegal immigrants have ended a six-week hunger strike after the Greek government, fearing the death of one or more protesters, agreed not to begin deportation proceedings against them.
  • Workers in Bulgaria’s ailing state railways staged a one-hour warning strike on Thursday to protest against job cuts planned as part of a restructuring programme to secure a 300 million-euro World Bank loan.
  • Hundreds of protesters on Tuesday gathered at a parking lot in Kuwait City to demand for reforms and swift changes in the oil-rich emirate.
  • Hundreds of employees and laborers of the Jordanian Electricity company protested on Wednesday in front of the company headquarters in Amman demanding increased wages.
  • About 3,000 employees from the Yamaha Motor plant in Hanoi walked off the job on Monday. Workers are seeking an increase in the basic monthly salary from 1.65 million dong ($78.57) to 2.03 million dong along with a rise in their housing and other social allowances.
  • Nine members of the Earth Quaker Action Team were escorted out of the Philadelphia Flower Show by Convention Center Security today after staging a protest at the PNC Bank Exhibit inside.
  • In Iran, more than seventy political prisoners in Oroumieh prison have launched a hunger strike in protest to the restrictions and pressures implemented by the regime’s agents, including a ban on family visits.
  • In Costa Rica, various union organizations have banded together to call for a general strike today and a protest march to demand better pay for the public and private sectors.