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French protesters briefly block Marseille airport

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

MARSEILLE, France, Oct 21, 2010 (AFP) – Activists blocked access to Marseille airport Thursday as part of the increasingly bitter protest against the French government’s pension reforms, unions and airport officials said.

Travellers walk with their luggages next to French anti riot policemen as stikers block access to Marseille’s airport on October 21, 2010. AFP

Around 200 demonstrators carrying armbands from the CGT and FSU unions had occupied a key roundabout leading to the airport in the early hours of the morning, but had ended their action by 8:00 am.

The action had caused tailbacks of several kilometres early Thursday, with some travellers having to abandon their cars to reach the terminals, an airport spokesman said.

But at 8:30 am, the traffic was beginning to clear.

Staff from the airport and other industries — such as refineries, steelworks and ports — took part in the action, according to a union spokesman.

The airport spokesman said the blockade had only a partial one, although it had caused large traffic queues.

Source: SGGP

UFO-obsessed Briton loses bid to block US extradition

In World on November 27, 2009 at 6:13 am

A Briton accused of hacking into US military and NASA computers faces extradition to the United States after the British government rejected last-ditch requests to block the move.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson concluded that sending Gary McKinnon to the United States would not breach his human rights, and said he has no general discretionary powers to stop the extradition.

“If Mr McKinnon’s human rights would be breached, I must stop the extradition. If they would not be breached, the extradition must go ahead,” Johnson said in a statement.

“As the courts have affirmed, I have no general discretion,” he said.

Briton Gary McKinnon leaves the High Court in central London in January 2009.

McKinnon, who suffers from a form of autism, could spend life in prison if convicted by a US court of gaining access to 97 computers in 2001 and 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

His family and lawyers have warned throughout the long-running case that McKinnon, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, could commit suicide or suffer psychosis if the extradition went ahead.

McKinnon’s mother, Janis Sharp, slammed the decision as “devastating” and “barbaric,” adding that her son was terrified of extradition.

“To force a peaceful, vulnerable, misguided UFO fanatic like Gary thousands of miles away from his much-needed support network is barbaric,” she said.

“This is a cruel and miserable decision,” she told the BBC, adding that the government, should “hang their heads in shame.”

“If the severity of Gary’s medical condition isn’t sufficient to prevent his extradition, I can’t imagine what is. God help others facing a similar fate.”

McKinnon, 43, says he was only looking for evidence of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) when he hacked into the US Navy and NASA space agency computers.

US authorities allege he stole passwords and deleted files, leading to the shutdown of computer systems, with repairs costing around 800,000 dollars (486,000 pounds, 534,000 euros).

His cause has drawn high-profile support, including from Trudie Styler, wife of rock star Sting, who urged mothers to write to the Home Secretary.

Last month, the High Court in London refused McKinnon leave to appeal to Britain’s new Supreme Court against his extradition.

The Home Office agreed to study new medical evidence about McKinnon before deciding on his extradition.

But Johnson told McKinnon’s family in a letter that he could not block the move on medical grounds.

He said he had received guarantees from US authorities that McKinnon’s medical needs would be met once extradited, and if convicted he would not serve any time in a “supermax” prison.

“Due to legitimate concerns over Mr McKinnon’s health, we have sought and received assurances from the United States authorities that his needs will be met,” Johnson said.

“Finally, should Mr McKinnon be extradited, charged and convicted in the US and seek repatriation to the UK to serve a custodial sentence, the government will, of course, progress his application at the very earliest opportunity.”

McKinnon’s solicitor said she would seek a judicial review of Johnson’s decision, and lodge an application before the High Court within seven days.

“We are certainly coming to the end of the road, but we are just hoping that at some point, someone sees sense and steps in,” Karen Todner told the BBC.

“In some ways it’s like dealing with a death row case, we genuinely believe Gary’s life is at stake here.”

His lawyers say he could easily be prosecuted in Britain, where he would face a less severe sentence. But the Crown Prosecution Service ruled in February that the case was best brought in the United States.

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Thai anti-gov’t protesters block road to int’l airport

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The anti-government PAD’s latest protests has turned violent as thousands of protesters blocked the entrance to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport in preparations for a protest of the returning home of Thai PM Somchai Wongsawat from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Peru.

People’s Alliance for Democracy protesters were expected to spend the night as PM Somchai’s plane has been delayed and would not arrive until night of November 26, according to Thailand news agency (TNA).

The flight, which PM Somchai is on, will land at another airport outside Bangkok instead of Suvarnabhumi to avoid confrontation with protesters, government spokesman Nattawut Saikua was cited by TNA as saying.

On November 25 night, civil aviation authorities in the Thai capital closed Suvarnabhumi Airport after hundreds of anti-government protesters broke through police lines and flowed into the busy terminal, disrupting airport operations, in an attempt to stop PM Somchai from returning to the country.

Acting Airports of Thailand (AoT) president and Acting Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Serirat Prasutanont announced shortly after 9pm that the airport cancelled all departing flights.

For the time being incoming flights are still arriving, but airport operations have been greatly disrupted.

The airport chief said in a statement that airport authorities had tried to negotiate with the protesters.

Flights out of the airport have to be cancelled temporarily for the safety of passengers, until the situation returned to normal, said Director Serirat.-