(SCOTLAND) Rental SCAM Report: Students have lost thousands of pounds falling for a scam which preys on the huge demand for rented accommodation in the city #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.18: During our investigation we met Tony who helped carry out the scam and did not even know he was doing it: He had just moved to Scotland with his pregnant wife and child and was looking for work.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Scotland News Report: The students losing thousands in an Edinburgh rental scam: By Chris Clements of Social affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

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The flat was in Old Fishmarket Close, near to Edinburgh city centre

He said: “Police Scotland is acutely aware that criminals will take any opportunity to exploit any situation for their own gain. We would ask the public to continue to be mindful and to call 101 if they have any concerns that you may be the victim of a scam.”The spokesman said advice was available on its website.

Trawling through job adverts online, the 40-year-old found one for a viewing agent in Edinburgh’s frantic rental market.

Within days, Tony was on a trial shift for a boss he had never met, showing potential tenants around an immaculate but affordable flat next to the Royal Mile.

However, what he didn’t know was that his new boss didn’t exist, the property was owned by someone else and he was playing an unwitting role in a scam fleecing students out of thousands.

BBC Scotland is giving full details of the scam so people can avoid falling prey to similar cons.

‘Too good to be true’

Hamish Drain had been looking for a flat in the city for months

On Saturday 2 October, Hamish Drain and his friend Erik were invited to a 21:00 viewing at a flat in Old Fishmarket Close.

Hamish, a mechanical engineering student at Heriot-Watt University, had been looking for a flat in the city since August.

The 21-year-old told BBC Scotland’s The Nine that his friend had spotted this property on Facebook Marketplace, where flats for rent in the city are advertised.

The advert told them they would pay £950 per month for rent and bills. It was an attractive price in a city where average rent alone for two-bedroom flats is £1,041.

Hamish had arranged the viewing with the flat’s apparent landlord, who called himself “William Wilson”.

“He sent us a landlord registration number, a limited company – all the things that made us think it was a legitimate property,” Hamish said.

After being shown around the flat by Tony, Hamish and his friend paid £2,300 to Wilson by bank transfer to secure it.

But when the landlord stopped replying to his emails, he realised he’d been duped.

“It did seem too good to be true,” Hamish said. 

“We were really quite angry about it because it was a lot of money for us. A fair chunk of our savings each, so it was quite upsetting.”

‘William Wilson’

The fake passport used by William Wilson (redactions by BBC)

The fraudster was able to take advantage of Edinburgh’s abundance of short-term lets made available via online booking platforms. In 2019, one in eight homes in the city centre were listed on Airbnb, according to the Scottish government.

The flat used in this scam is owned by a private company providing accommodation for tourists. Photos of the furnished property are used in online advertising.

It was these photos that the scammer calling himself Wilson harvested before reposting them with his own advert on Facebook Marketplace.

He lured potential tenants with low prices and promises of a home “at the heart of the Royal Mile within a short walk from all local amenities”.

To make it more convincing, he sent those rushing to secure the property a list of documents, including Registers of Scotland paperwork and a fake passport for a William Wilson.

But the ownership papers and bank statements didn’t match. His landlord number was linked to a different business in Orkney.

The passport was also suspect – its unique number wasn’t visible and it had what looked like an electronic signature.

However, those who fell for his trick didn’t notice until it was too late.

In some variations of this scam, a fraudster may ask for money upfront before a viewing. Some unsuspecting customers may send money only to find out later they had been scammed.

However, in this case, Wilson played it differently.

He gained access to the property on 2 and 3 October – BBC Scotland could not confirm whether he legitimately booked the property – before casting his net for someone looking for quick work.

‘It was a very easy sell’

Photos of the furnished property are used in online advertising

After responding to the job ad, Tony was to meet Wilson’s assistant “Abigail” at the flat to pick up the keys and start his trial shift.

He told BBC Scotland there was a lot of “back and forth” by text.

He said: “We didn’t speak on the phone which was quite unusual, but I thought maybe this is just how things are now with the gig economy – you turn up, you do the job.

“There was no reason to think anything was dodgy at that point.”

Before he arrived, however, Tony received a text from Wilson telling him Abigail wasn’t going to make it. Instead, he was left with a code for a lock box where he found the keys to the flat.

He said: “I texted all the people who were going to come and view the place. I started doing the viewings and it was all pretty straightforward, showing them round this nice two-bedroom flat near the Royal Mile. It was a very easy sell.

“A lot of the people who were viewing were very keen on the property. I would say over 50% were students. They were all very interested because it was just a nice flat and it was a very good price as well.”

After 11 viewings on the Saturday, Tony was paid £75 and invited back for a second shift on Sunday. Ten more people turned up.

He added: “I was quite enjoying the job, meeting these people and showing them around.”

‘Everything looked legit – until it wasn’t’

The two-bedroom flat was just of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile

Mary – who asked to use a pseudonym – is from the United States and is a recent business graduate at Heriot-Watt University.

She viewed the flat on the Sunday afternoon in the hope of moving in with her undergraduate friend, who is currently studying at the same university remotely from England.

“Everything looked really nice,” the 22-year-old said.

“It was in great shape and very modern as well. And for the price it was being offered for, for us, we thought it was quite a steal.”

She quickly paid Wilson the £2,300 to secure the property and signed a tenancy agreement but admitted skimming over the finer details in the documents.

“Back then, we had no right to believe it was remotely a scam, or anything that could resemble one, because we saw the flat, we were in contact with the person who showed us the flat,” she said.

“Everything looked legit, until all of a sudden it wasn’t.”

Wilson went quiet for days after receiving the cash and stopped responding to emails. Mary and her friend soon discovered the inconsistencies in the paperwork and understood they had been scammed.

She said: “I don’t have the most amount of money in my account. And the money that I did have, I got from working really hard as a waitress over the summer before my graduate job started.

“For me, it felt like a bit of an attack on my progress so far, and also my choice to be in this country.

“I’ve spent so much time and energy to try and stay here and it kind of felt like someone was telling me not to stay here for whatever reason.”

‘I felt sick’

Tony received thanks for helping people secure the flat

In the days after his shifts, Tony received a message of thanks from someone who thought they’d secured the property.

“The person who contacted me was staying in a hotel because they had nowhere to live basically,” he said. “So I was quite pleased they got the place.”

Then a few days later he got a text from someone else who’d viewed the property saying they had also been offered a contract for the place.

“I thought that was a bit strange but that maybe the other one fell through,” Tony said.

“And then, a few days after that, someone else called me and said they had some questions and said that things didn’t quite add up.

“That was when the alarm bells started to ring.”

After failing to reach Wilson, Tony realised that he’d been an unwitting participant in a fraud.

He was in a tricky situation.

He said: “On one side, this criminal has my information, and then on the other side, all these people who viewed would think I’m potentially a criminal as well.

“I felt sick for a while. I had basically shown all these people around and I’d been complicit in a scam without realising it.

“I’d build rapport with these people and I was all very friendly and nice with them and some of them lost thousands. It was over two grand for the deposit and the month’s rent.

“I felt like I’d sleepwalked into this. I just saw the advert, he’d lured me in with the promise of more work and I helped him rip off all these people.”

Hamish, Tony and Mary have all reported the incident to the police.

BBC Scotland has attempted to contact the real owners of the short-term let in Old Fishmarket Close for comment. We were unable to reach the owner of the landlord registration number.

There is no suggestion either had any involvement in Wilson’s scheme.

‘Sofa-surfing to access education’

Edinburgh has experienced a growth in short term lets but also has shortage of affordable housing

Edinburgh has a set of conditions that allowed a scam like Wilson’s to work so effectively.

While it has experienced a growth in short-term lets, it also has a shortage of affordable housing.

Rents have risen faster there than in any other part of Scotland – a one-bedroom flat in the city now averages at £799 a month.

The City of Edinburgh Council is gathering evidence to introduce a rent pressure zone in the city centre. It is also consulting on new planning rules for short-term lets but Scotland-wide legislation has been delayed.

Campaigners say the high rental prices mean students looking to live in the city while studying are “vulnerable to scams, profiteering landlords and unsafe accommodation”.

Matt Crilly, president of NUS Scotland, called on the Scottish government to introduce a new strategy for student housing.

He said: “The current housing crisis in parts of Scotland has left many students homeless with students pushed to look on unregulated websites for accommodation and others staying in hostels and sofa-surfing just to access their education.

“With new students due to arrive at many universities in January, there is a risk the crisis will be exacerbated. We urgently need the Scottish government to deliver on their promise of a student housing strategy for Scotland and ensure every student has access to safe, affordable housing.”

‘Real struggle for property’

Thomas managed to spot Wilson’s scheme before he handed over any money

While Hamish managed to get his money back from his bank, Mary is so far still out of pocket.

Meanwhile, law student Thomas Rofe managed to spot Wilson’s scheme before he handed over any money.

But just a week later, he was scammed out of £450 after a fake landlord asked for money upfront to view another property. His mum sent the money but no viewing was ever arranged.

The 23-year-old is now renting a small two-bedroom tenement flat in Marchmont, where the kitchen is in the living room. It costs Thomas and his flatmate £1,350 a month.

“The more and more you look into, the more you hear of people falling victim to these things recently,” he said.

“It does seem that people have noticed there is a real struggle for property, not just in Edinburgh but all over Scotland, and there are people who are willing to take advantage of that to gain as much money as they can.”

Meta, the company that runs Facebook, said it was sorry to hear that Hamish was misled and that it encouraged people to report sophisticated scams to the police. 

A spokeswoman said: “We’ve dedicated significant resources to tackle the industry-wide issue of online scams by working to detect and remove scam ads and fraudulent behaviour. 

“We continue to invest in new technologies and methods to protect people, and have donated £3m to Citizens Advice to deliver a UK Scam Action Programme which raises awareness of online scams and helps victims.”

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed that an investigation was under way after officers received reports of potentially fraudulent activity involving flats on Old Fishmarket Close and elsewhere in Edinburgh.

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#EU Presidency Calls For Massive Internet Filtering, Leaked Document Shows: Call to member states to implement ‘ Internet Surveillance ‘ similar to the type implemented recently by China #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.06: A Council of the European Union document leaked by Statewatch on 30 August reveals that during the summer months, that Estonia (current EU Presidency) has been pushing the other Member States to strengthen indiscriminate internet surveillance, and to follow in the footsteps of China regarding online censorship #AceNewsDesk reports

Published on September 06, 2017 at 06:40AM: Standing firmly behind its belief that filtering the uploads is the way to go, the Presidency has worked hard in order to make the proposal for the new copyright Directive even more harmful than the Commission’s original proposal, and pushing it further into the realms of illegality………. According to the leaked document, the text suggests two options for each of the two most controversial proposals: the so-called “link tax” or ancillary copyright and the upload filter….#AceNewsDesk reports are provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News

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VIDEO: YEMEN: ‘ MASSIVE BOMB BLAST OUTSIDE POLICE COLLEGE MAIMS & KILLS STUDENTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – YEMEN:Jan.07:About 30 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a car blast outside a police college in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, police say.

30 killed, 50 injured in car bomb blast at Yemen police academy

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The victims of the attack are mostly college students and people who came to enroll with the police, witnesses and law enforcers say. They add the blast was heard across the city and a plume of smoke could be seen from a distance.
What happened is we were all gathering and … (the bomber) exploded right next to all of the police college classmates,” eyewitness Jamil al-Khaleedi told AP. “It went off among all of them, and they flew through the air.

Photographs of the aftermath of the blast have quickly been posted on social media. They show the burning wreckage of the vehicle, another car burning and bloodied bodies lying on the pavement.

A car was passing when the bomb went off and was set on fire along with everyone inside, according to police.

The situation is catastrophic. We arrived to find bodies piled on top of each other,” a paramedic at the scene told Reuters as ambulances took casualties away.

We found the top part of one person screaming, while his bottom half was completely severed.”

The Interior Ministry said it was suspending enrollment at the police college.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Yemen has seen an increase in instability since the 2011 popular uprising that ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been increasingly active, staging a growing number of terror attacks. Neighboring nations are fearing of AQAP gaining enough power to carry out attacks outside Yemen.

At least 33 people were killed in a suicide attack near a cultural centre in southwest Yemen a week ago. The attack targeted the Houthi Shiite Muslim militias, who have managed to drive AQAP from many areas they used to control.

In November, the AQAP military chief vowed to carry out fierce attacks against Houthi rebels.

#ANS2015

#bomb-blast, #college, #police, #saana, #students

VIDEO: ‘ REPORTS FROM PESHAWAR WHERE TALIBAN SEIZED MILITARY SCHOOL ‘

#AceSeaNews – Featured Post:PAKISTAN: Dec 16 – In an earlier post we reported on source reports from local media of military school and a 100 plus dead my report from the frontline says it is still going on and confirmed is now 126 Dead latest Reuters report says. 

The Army Public School is located on Warsak Road near Army Housing Colony and a medical school, in turbulent city of Peshawar.

The Pakistani militants have justified their act of cowardice and evil and in a statement to Reuters say they targeted the school because the army targets their families. Its common for Armies to tackle and fight offensives against militants and state enemies. But militants say they attacked the school because in this way, “We want them to feel our pain,” the Taliban said.

Till evening updates, the KP province Minister of Information said that approximately 80-100 unconfirmed dead. Also some students are still hostages to the militants that are inside the building and the Pakistani Army with its tanks and ground troops are busy fighting the militants that are heavily armed.

Is this Islam? Is this what Islam teaches?

Tonight there will be cries in countless homes, where some unfortunate mothers will prepare the funeral services of the very children, they had sent to school after morning breakfast.

I have no more words truly.

My homeland is burning and my heart is once again broken. My stand is with humanity.I say no more religious  fundamentalism, no more.

Ace South East Asia Report  

#SEAN2014

#al-qaeda, #military, #students

PAKISTAN: ‘ TALIBAN SEIZE MILITARY SCHOOL IN PESHAWAR KILLING OVER A HUNDRED ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN:Dec.16 – More than 100 people, including 84 students, have been killed in a Taliban seizure of a military-run school in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, according to provincial authorities.

“In CMH (Combined Military Hospital) there are around 60 and there are 24 dead in Lady Reading (hospital),” Pervaiz Khattak, chief minister of the province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told local media.

The numbers of dead and injured may still rise as the casualties of the assault are counted.

Some 500 students and teachers were in the Army Public School on Warsak Road at the time of the attack. Pakistan’s military said most of the civilians escaped, but some had been taken hostage by the assailants.

According to media reports, as many as 10 militants dressed in Pakistani military uniforms entered the school compound on Tuesday at around noon. They torched a car at the site and proceeded with a raid on the facility.

The Pakistani Army responded to the emergency, dispatching security forces to cordon off the area and sending military helicopters for surveillance. A commando force arrived at the site.

In the ensuing battle with Pakistani security forces, three militants reportedly were killed. One of them is said to have detonated a suicide vest he was wearing.

At least one Pakistani soldier was reported killed in the gun battle, which seriously damaged the school building.

As clashes inside the school continued, some of the hostages were still believed to be held by the militants, Inayatullah Khan, the provincial minister for local government, said, citing the military.

A soldier escorts schoolchildren after they were rescued from the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Khuram Parvez)

‘A soldier escorts schoolchildren after they were rescued from the Army Public School that is under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Khuram Parvez)

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called the attack on the school a national tragedy and said he would personally supervise the army operation in Peshawar.

“I can’t stay back in Islamabad. This is a national tragedy unleashed by savages. These were my kids,” he said in a statement.

The provincial government declared three days of mourning over the tragedy.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, but claimed it was not targeting the pupils.“Our suicide bombers have entered the school, they have instructions not to harm the children, but to target army personnel,” Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani told Reuters.

The militants, however, see older students at the school as legitimate targets for their attack.

The Taliban said it staged the attack in retaliation for the Pakistani Army’s ongoing operations in the North Waziristan tribal area. It said it had targeted the school because “because the government is targeting our families and females” in the military operations.

“We want them to feel the pain,” Khorasani said.

#ANS2014 

#killed, #school, #students, #suicide-bombers

MEXICO: ‘ MISSING STUDENTS BODY FOUND AND IDENTIFIED WHILE FORTY TWO OTHERS REMAIN MISSING ‘

AceNewsServices – Update: MEXICO – Dec.07 – This is a story l have followed for some time and finally, one of the bodies found in Mexico near a rubbish plant was positively identified as Alexander Mora Venancio, local sources said on Saturday. 

He was one of 43 trainee teachers, who were allegedly captured by police in Guerrero on September 26 and handed over to drug gang members and massacred.

The students’ disappearance sparked outrage throughout Mexico and triggered the worst political crisis the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto faced.

Let us just hope and pray others are identified soon, and the perpetrator’s are brought to justice.  

#ANS2014 

#bodies, #identified, #justice, #students, #teachers

HONG KONG: ‘ PROTEST LEADERS IN MOK KOK ARRESTED AS POLICE CLEAR AREA ‘

#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – Nov.26 – Student protest organizers were reportedly arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday, as police cleared out a protest site in Mong Kok district, according to student groups’ Facebook pages.

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‘ PROTESTER LEADERS IN MOK KOK ARRESTED ‘

Protest leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were taken into custody.

The news came as Hong Kong police cleared out barricades and tents from Mong Kok district – the site of pro-democracy rallies – Reuters cited witnesses as saying.

After three hours, police were able to get traffic flowing along Nathan Road, which had been blocked since September.

#ANS2014 

#activists, #mok-kok, #police, #pro-democracy, #protest, #students

NIGERIA: ‘ SUICIDE BOMBER DETONATES EXPLOSION AT SCHOOL DRESSED IN SCHOOL UNIFORM – REPORTS ‘

#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – Nov.10 – Several dozen students were killed Monday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosion at a school in north-east Nigeria, according to media reports.

The Associated Press reported the bomber was disguised in a school uniform.

The suicide bomb attack killed 47 students and injured 79 others on Monday in north-east Nigeria, AFP said.“There was an explosion detonated by a suicide bomber” when students gathered for morning assembly at their school in Potiskum, Yobe state, according to national police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu.

However, the Associated Press said soldiers who rushed to the scene were chased away by a crowd throwing stones and shouting that they are angry at the military’s inability to halt a 5-year-old insurgency by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

The attack so far has nobody claiming responsibility but was likely carried out by Islamist extremists from the Boko Haram group, he added, who have been more active lately. 

#ANS2014 

#explosion, #injured, #killed, #militants, #school, #students

MEXICO: ‘ 43 STUDENTS MISSING LIKELY ABDUCTED BY POLICE HANDED TO MAFIA & MURDERED’

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO – Nov.08 – This is the story l have been following since the first discovery of these missing students. The latest information is that the  Forty-three Mexican students who went missing six weeks ago were likely abducted by police and handed over to a local gang who murdered them and burned their bodies, Mexico’s attorney general said Friday.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said three members of the Guerreros Unidos gang were apprehended last week and confessed to burning a number of bodies near Iguala in the Guerrero state in an effort to remove evidence of the killings.

READ MORE: Mexico’s missing students: New mass grave uncovered

“They didn’t just burn the bodies with their clothes, they also burned the clothes of those who participated,” Karam told a news conference. “They tried to erase every possible trace.”

“I know the huge pain this information gives the families, a pain that we all share in solidarity,” he added.

The victims were young male students from an all-male liberal college in rural Ayotzinapa. On September 26, the students arrived in the city of Iguala where they planned to stage a protest over a lack of government education spending. Following a clash with police, 43 members of the group disappeared.

Karam presented videotaped confessions by the murder suspects that included a segment showing charred bits of bone and teeth dragged from the San Juan River in Cocula, a town near Iguala.

Authorities announced Friday they had discovered six bags of unidentified human remains along the river’s bank.

In a telling testament to the violence now proliferating in Mexico, the district attorney noted that human remains found in hidden graves after the students went missing were not those of the 43 young men.

Karam said the abductors questioned the students about their alleged membership in other gangs, adding there was no evidence to support the claim the missing students were involved in gang activity.

The attorney general said the government was carrying out DNA tests to confirm the identity of the bodies, a process that he said “will be a challenge” due to the badly burned fragments available to forensic experts. The remains would be delivered to the University of Innsbruck in Austria for concluding DNA identification, he added.

“I have to identify, to do everything in my power, to identify, to know if these were the students,” Murillo said.

Student teachers hand out merchandise from a truck, which they blocked on a highway, during a protest in support of 43 missing students, in Chilpancingo, November 7, 2014 (Reuters / Daniel Becerril)

Student teachers hand out merchandise from a truck, which they blocked on a highway, during a protest in support of 43 missing students, in Chilpancingo, November 7, 2014 (Reuters / Daniel Becerril)

Meanwhile, more details are emerging in the shocking story that has stunned Mexico, a country that is no stranger to violence, much of it drug-related.

This week, authorities arrested Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca, who is believed to have ordered the abduction of the students, and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda. Investigators say the mayor ordered his police chief Felipe Flores Velasquez, who remains a fugitive, to prevent the student protest in the city.

To date, 74 people have been arrested in connection to the case, authorities said.

Meanwhile, the parents of the 43 students have been highly critical of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who they say didn’t do enough to track down their missing children. The lingering frustration after weeks of failed efforts to find the students has fueled protests and even violence across the country. This week, thousands of demonstrators marched on the capital, Mexico City, to protest the government’s response to the incident.

READ MORE: Furious students burn Mexican govt. building in protest over police corruption

Peña Nieto, who was elected two years ago after pledging to tackle gang-related violence, promised that justice would be served.

“The investigations will be carried out to the full, all those responsible will be punished under the law,” he said.

“The capture of those who ordered it isn’t enough; we will arrest everyone who participated in these abominable crimes.”

About 100,000 people in Mexico have lost their lives in violence related to organized crime since 2007.

#ANS2014

#burned, #corrupt, #murdered, #police, #students

MEXICO: ‘ Mass Grave Contained 28 Bodies but Immediate Identification not Possible due to State of Remains ‘

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO (Iguala) – October 06 – A clandestine grave on the outskirts of a Mexican city where police clashed with student protesters a week ago contained 28 bodies but the remains are too damaged for immediate identification, state officials said AP reported.

Guerrero State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said he could not say whether any of the dead could be some of the 43 college students reported missing after the violent confrontation in Iguala, located about 120 miles (200 kilometres) south of Mexico City.

#ANS2014 

#iguala, #mass-grave, #mexico, #protesters, #students

HONG KONG: ‘ Student-Led Protests for Democratic Reform Subsides with Just a Few Hard-Liners Camped Out on Streets ‘

#AceWorldNews – HONG KONG – October 06  – Student-led protests for democratic reforms in Hong Kong subsided Monday but a few hundred demonstrators remained camped out in the streets, vowing to keep up the pressure until the government responds to their demands.

Schools reopened and civil servants returned to work Monday morning after protesters cleared the area outside the city’s government headquarters, a focal point of the demonstrations that started the previous weekend.

Crowds also thinned markedly at the two other protest sites, and traffic flowed again through many road that had been blocked.

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#ANS2014 

#hong-kong, #protesters, #students

MEXICO: ‘ Mass Grave May Contain 43 Students Missing After Recent Clashes With Local Police ‘

#AceNewsServices – MEXICO – October 05  – A mass-grave has been unearthed in in southern Mexico by security forces investigating the role of local police in clashes with students, raising fears the pits might hold 43 students missing since the confrontations.

Guerrero State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco did not say Saturday night how many bodies were in six burial pits uncovered on a hillside on the outskirts of the southern town of Iguala, and he declined to speculate about whether the dead were the missing students.

The students were protesting against what they claimed are discriminatory hiring practices for teachers that favour urban students over rural ones.

“It would be irresponsible” to jump to conclusions before tests to identify the bodies, Blanco said. Officials said the federal Attorney General’s Office and the National Human Rights Commission had sent teams of experts to aid state authorities in identifying the remains.

Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre said the victims had been “savagely slaughtered.”

About 100 soldiers, marines and federal and state police cordoned off the area where the grave site was found in the poor Pueblo Viejo district of Iguala, which is about 120 miles (200 kilometres) south of Mexico City.

“The Mexican state cannot permit such an outrageous incident to go unpunished,” said Mexican Federal Chief of Investigations Tomas Zeron.

Source:

#ANS2014

#mass-grave, #mexico, #police, #students

‘ HK Riot Police Arrest Scores of Students Protesting ‘

#AceWorldNews HONG KONG – September 27 – Riot police in Hong Kong on Saturday arrested scores of students who stormed the government headquarters compound during a night of scuffles to protest China’s refusal to allow genuine democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous city.

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‘ HK POLICE ARREST PROTESTERS AT GOVERNMENT COMPLEX ‘ 

More than 100 other protesters, however, showed no sign of leaving the area surrounding the square where the government complex is located, and chanted at police to stop arresting their colleagues.

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#ANS2014

#china, #hong-kong, #police, #protesters, #students

South Korea : “10 People Killed and 23 Injured following collapse of `University Building’ during Welcoming Party”

#AceWorldNews says that according to latest reports ten people were killed and 23 injured when a building collapsed in South Korea’s south-eastern city of Gyeongju,

Reuters quoted emergency officials as saying.

During the collapse the building was hosting a welcoming party for new university students, with a total of 560 students in attendance at the auditorium of the golf resort.

Heavy snow on top of the roof is cited as the cause for the collapse, according to fire department officials. Nine of the dead were students.

Dozens of others were trapped inside, but all of the victims were successfully rescued several hours later.

#collapse, #fire, #gyeongiu, #killed, #reuters, #snow, #south-korea, #students, #university

“At least 3 killed, 50 trapped after `Building Collapses’ in `South Korea’s Gyeongju Region”

#AceBreakingNews says that at least three college students were killed and scores of others were injured and 20 others hospitalized after a resort building collapsed in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province on Monday, the Korea Herald reports.

Around 50 are feared trapped under the rubble, according to witnesses.

Half of the ceiling of the two-story makeshift building, used as an auditorium, caved in at 9:16pm due to heavy snow.

There were some 700 students in the building when it crumbled.

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