Written by Jinny Cho MYP5
November 15th, there was an earthquake in South Korea. The Richter
magnitude scale was 5.4 which was quite significant and robust. Even
though the earthquake was only happening in one area which is
called Pohang. Seoul, the capital city of South Korea which is far
from Pohang, could also feel that the land was shaking as well since
the magnitude was quite high. This event affected not only the local
people there but also the whole country.
The most significant effect that this earthquake brought about was toward candidates who were about to have an examination. According to the scheme from the government, the following day was the day of taking College Scholastic Ability Test which is highly significant to high school students. Students already visited the schools they are going to take the test and prepared for it. However, at the same day in the afternoon, the government announced that this test would be canceled, and it postponed to next weekday. Since this test is taken by the senior students of the whole country, the parents of them complained for delaying this exam. There are still remaining after shocks and people are concerned if they still have it even after one week.
Written by Yolanda Erika Brückner DP1
Violent protests that have resulted in 13 deaths over the government’s decision to increase bread prices by 30 percent followed after the police in Mozambique arrested nearly 150 people.
Burnt-out truck on a road in Maputo
A little sign of a reoccurrence of the protests in the capital Maputo, mainly by young men assembled in part by anonymous text messages calling for action.
Whether due to a judicious technical malfunction or deliberate jamming by the authorities, mobile telephone users in Mozambique reported being unable to send texts.
The Police are now trying to find out who were the protest ringleaders. So far, the opposition parties have denied any involvement.
Police spokesman Joaquin Selemane told a local broadcaster that six people had been arrested over the weekend on suspicion of sending the rally text messages.
Until now, three more were arrested a few days ago, accused of trying to spread the protests to the northern province of Nampula.
Mr. Selemane said another 142 people have been arrested on suspicion of vandalism and theft over the burning of tires and attacking of cars.
The Police numbers were increased in Maputo, and there are rumors of more unrest to come.
But according to America Ubisse, who heads the Red Cross operation in the country, the situation has remained calm.
Moreover, Opposition parties and human rights groups have criticised the government, saying it failed to gauge the anger that would be unleashed by a 30 percent bread price rise and increases in water and electricity tariffs.
Furthermore, Around 450 people were injured in addition to those killed following clashes with police using rubber bullets from Wednesday until Friday last week.
Mozambique’s health minister Ivo Garrido said that the numbers of dead had risen.