Protester shot by police, trail of destruction across Hong Kong, while Beijing celebrates National Day

KONFRONTASI -   China’s grand celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of communist rule was marred by violent protests in Hong Kong
on Tuesday, with a police officer opening fire at a protester for the first time, injuring him in the chest.

Protester killed in Peru during rally against Southern Copper project

KONFRONTASI-Clashes between police and opponents of Southern Copper Corp's Tia Maria project in Peru left one protester dead on Wednesday as rallies calling for its cancellation spread in the region.

Protesters, mainly farmers who grow crops for export, say they fear the proposed $1.4 billion mine will pollute nearby agricultural valleys in Peru's southern region of Arequipa. Tia Maria has been stalled since 2011 after three protesters died in similar rallies.

Cuban police detain protesters outside prison

KONFRONTASI-Cuban police detained up to a dozen dissidents who had gone to a Havana prison to demand that fellow opponents of the government be released, dissidents said on Thursday.

The detentions follow a series of others since Tuesday in a crackdown against activists who have attempted to test the communist government's tolerance for free speech and assembly in the wake of Cuba's thaw in relations with the United States.