News of Opposition: January and February 2017
“You have such a February face, so full of frost“
– William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
Myanmar, Yangon: 100s of striking workers storm factory & damage facilities “The month-old dispute…also saw managers attacked…Production at Hangzhou Hundred-Tex Garment (Myanmar) Company, which was one of H&M’s 40 suppliers in Myanmar, has been halted since Feb. 9.…Labour activists say the protest in the commercial hub Yangon – in which equipment, buildings and vehicles were damaged – shows the lack of protection for workers in the labour-intensive textile industry. It turned violent on Feb. 9, prompting the factory’s closure. Video footage seen by Reuters shows dozens of female workers surrounding and beating a Chinese manager who was struggling to escape. The dispute started with a strike in late January following the sacking of a local labour union leader, according to workers and managers. Workers demanded a better performance review system and healthcare coverage….In late February hundreds of workers stormed the factory and damaged facilities including textile machinery, computers and surveillance cameras.…No one was arrested in the late February violence, police said. Workers’ representatives are still negotiating with management over conditions once the factory is able to re-open”
Bangladesh, Dhaka: heavy clashes as transport workers launch nationwide strike against life sentences for 2 drivers causing lethal accidents “Police fired teargas in response to arson attacks by the workers, who have also been pelting brickbats at them.Three constables and a passerby were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 11:30pm after sustaining injuries during the clashes….the demonstrators later torched a truck near the entrance to Mazar Road…. a microbus was vandalised ….a police wrecker and a temporary police box were torched …The angry workers blocked the street at one stage and police tried to stop them, which led to a pitched battle…”
Togo, Lomé: barricades erected in various parts of city as petrol prices rise over 20% in 2 months “Barricades were erected in various parts of the capital, with scenes of violence at certain crossroads. …A bus from the Lomé Transport Company (SOTRAL) crossing the area was immobilized, stoned and then burned in front of a detachment of law enforcement officers dispatched to the scene…. At midday the demonstrations spread to almost all the districts of the capital. Many vehicles were damaged, dozens of bus shelters wrecked….The government announced Tuesday evening a report of a demonstrator killed and several wounded, including on the side of the security forces.“
France: 15 schools in & around Paris blockaded …deputy head slightly injured…Montpellier: windows smashed, lots of tags, cops hurt, bins burnt during peasants’ carnival
US, Florida: vigil for guy killed by cops for shooting at pipeline construction equipment
South Africa, Gauteng: amidst spate of xenophobic attacks on foreign-owned shops, cops say this looting is not specifically targetted at foreigners “…a group of hostel dwellers in the area were dispersed with rubber bullets and stun grenades …”We believe it’s just criminal acts by these members of the public,” Dlamini said. The looting of shops in the area started on Sunday night. One person was arrested when some shops and a preschool were looted and vandalised.”
France, Hauts-de-Seine: various clashes over rapist cops at different high schools
France, Nantes: 2 buses full of supporters of Front National attacked by 100 hooded individuals as anti-fascists put up burning barricade and do “operation snails-pace” on motorway
burning barricade just outside Nantes
Tunisia, Bradaa: cops force end to 3rd day of sit-in on motorway following general strike protesting unemployment Unfortunately these protesters seem to have illusions in NGOs helping their movement (see here).
Germany, Staufen: refugees attack security guards in refugee “shelter”
Greece, Athens: clashes between anarchists and cops
France, Nantes: 11 cops injured, windows etc. smashed, on anti-Marine Le Pen demo “…windows were broken along the route of the demonstration. Amongst the damage, the main entrance to the city hall of Nantes was tagged, street furniture was broken, including many tram shelters. Storefronts were also attacked by various projectiles and paint pots.“
…Nantes: part of city officially declared no-go area for municipal cops (i.e. local cops with limited powers) “The order was sent out yesterday morning: Nantes municipal policemen no longer have to patrol in a part of the Bottière district in Nantes, “until further notice.” …Shots fired on Monday night in the rue de la Rivetterie at the Bottière prompted the city to take action. …”not to expose police when risks are known”.“…Yvelines: cops use tear gas to break out of being kettled by 20 youths
Chad, Toukra: Minister of Higher Education’s car attacked during protest against deterioration of university conditions (including lack of electricity & 6 months’ non-payment of grants)
Togo, Lomé: heavy confrontations as protest against state broadcasting authority’s ban on 2 broadcasting stations restricted to several hundred metres from authority’s building
Switzerland, Bern: 3rd night of protests against squat eviction banned – 50 masked protesters erect barricades, attack cops with fireworks, etc.
Bern Baby Bern
France, Calais: between 20 & 50 migrants chuck cans at cops preventing them getting on lorries to UK
Mexico, Mexico City: small riot in youth prison
Tunisia, Bradaa: general strike against unemployment
UK, London: anarchists squat building next to Queen’s garden; re-name it “Rogue Embasssy” See also here.
Colombia, Cali: hooded university students chucking potato bombs close down traffic for 2 hours
France: at least 6 high schools in Paris blockaded, and several others elsewhere, in solidarity with Theo…this says over a dozen schools round Paris blockaded. “Authorities said nine students were arrested in the suburb of Clichy after about 100 youths set two cars and a motorbike alight, threw stones and shattered a shop window .” and this, mentioning injury of deputy head of one school says 16 schools were blockaded. Final count is that 16 schools round Paris were totally blockaded, & 12 more partially blockaded.Videos here & here & here…Montpellier: at least 300 high school students walk out, demonstrate, block tramways…Seine-St.Denis: cops from BST brigade that raped Theo, attacked with concrete blocks; 1 hospitalised
France, Loire: cop car stoned, 3 cars burnt, linked to anti-rapist cops movement
US, Arizona: highly repressive law against right to protest “Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad — even before anything happens.”
Guinea, Conakry: 3rd day of deadly riots as teachers & supporters continue protests despite unions signing deal on 20th Feb; private radio station attacked by people with clubs; barricades erected; cops attacked with stones
Switzerland, Geneva: report on arrests of youths constantly attacking cops and cop cars with stones…Berne: cops evicting squatters attacked with heavy duty fireworks and smoke bombs “Several shop windows were broken, cars damaged, tires stolen and facades tagged….earlier in the day, the officers were again attacked. This time, the demonstrators launched firecrackers, paint-filled glasses, stones and pyrotechnics.According to the “Berner Zeitung”, the police were also attacked with iron bars and tables. “
Italy, Rome: taxi-drivers demonstrating against Uber throw bottles etc. at cops, block traffic circulation for hours
Australia, Melbourne: arms and security company site occupied by anti-militarists
Guinea, Conakry: despite union – government deal suspending teachers’ strike, riots flare up; shops looted; barricades of burning tyres; stones thrown at cops
France, Essonne: 2 cops badly injured by about 15 youths in ambush …Seine-et-Marne: cop car stoned after being blocked by barricade of burning bins …Val-de-Marne: cops get tear-gassed for once, by about a dozen youths…Yvelines: 20 or so youths attack cops with molotovs, stones, heavy duty fireworks…Hauts-de-France: bins burnt, cops attacked with and injured by concrete blocks…Nice: firefighters stoned trying to extinguish burning CCTV camera Elsewhere in the past, cameras have been destroyed to stop surveillance of drug dealers, but another article (no link) said the cameras were destroyed after someone was identified after escaping from the cops in the centre, so it’s probably not drugs-related. This mentions 60 attacks on cameras in Nice in 6 years…Nice being, I think, the French city with the most CCTV cameras (at least, proportionate to the population).
Bolivia, La Paz: small farmers growing coca violently protest restrictions on growth “Anti-riot police were active for at least four hours in a fight against hundreds of coca growers, …Upset farmers hurled dynamite, fireworks and rocks at police forces…protesters threatened to blow up a gas station after they “burned police installations,” in addition to “a firefighting unit.””
Sweden, Stockholm: migrants riot for 4 hours “Police in Sweden were forced to fire warning shots after a group of unidentified persons ran riots in the Rinkeby district of Stockholm late on Monday, setting cars on fire, throwing stones at police and looting local stores.A police officer was injured during the clashes, forcing law enforcers to fire several warning shots at the crowd…At least seven or eight cars were burned in the area during the evening…A photographer from the Dagens Nyheter newspaper said he had been assaulted by a group of some 15 people in Rinkeby when he attempted to report on the unrest.”
France, Montpellier: 2 high schools in spontaneous revolt in solidarity with the “Justice for Theo” movement; bins burnt, trams temporarily stop
Spanish-Moroccan border: several hundred youths climb over 6 metre high fencing and enter Spain
Iran, Ahvaz: illegal demonstration demanding clean air, water and electricity “It is noteworthy that over the past week every day, protests over dust storms, power failures and government mismanagement in one of Iran’s most oil-rich cities have been continuing. Residents of Ahvaz, a city near the border with Iraq, has been protesting for Seven days in increasingly large gatherings, shown in cellphone video clips shared on social media….It is also remarkable that, frightened of these protest rallies expanding, the Iranian regime has dispatched anti-riot and the Revolutionary Guards’ Basij militia groups from neighboring Fars Province to Ahvaz, and meaningfully lowered the internet speeds in Ahvaz to prevent the uploading of any video clips showing people’s demonstrations and protests.”
France, Pontoise: 4 cars and 2 CCTV cameras burnt
France, Paris: clashes with cops on “Justice for Theo” demo …wildcat demo – bank smashed, tags etc…Hauts-de-Seine (Paris banlieu): cop car smashed, bins burnt, etc…Compiegne (Oise): mayor’s car completely burnt out, 2nd time one of his cars has been set fire to…Bescancon: bins burnt, projectiles chucked at cops …Bure: clashes with cops at camp against nuclear waste site project…Vannes: 10 businesses (ATMs of banks, posh shops, etc.) attacked
France, Morestel: cop’s car burnt out just outside his home…Creil: fire engine attacked with stones…Rouen: bins burnt, skips overturned, bus shelters smashed
France, Houilles: 4 cars and 6 bins burnt, projectiles thrown cops…Bobigny: cops attacked with fireworks, buses & trams disrupted, shopping centre closed, as 450 cops are deployed “It’s not a demonstration – it’s a revolution” declares one girl interviewed…One girl warns: “It’s going to be worse than 2005. And I’m telling you that 9/3 is going to be a war.” “Our justice, if we do not have it, we’ll just return, that’s all,” she continues.”
France, Yvelines: 28 bins and 18 cars set fire to in 10 different areas of department…Rouen: anti-cop demonstrators set fire to bins, chuck projectiles at cops, smash bus shelters…similar in the north of Paris “Youths set trash cans on fire and hurled bottles at police, who used tear gas to disperse them. The Barbes metro station was temporarily closed, before calm returned later in the evening.”
Anarchist report here: “A new gathering for Théo and all the victims of the police, in solidarity with Aulnay and all the defendants, took place this Wednesday, February 15 at 6pm, in Barbès, in the eighteenth arrondissement, unsurprisingly under high Police surveillance.
A few hundred people were present, but all attempts to start a “wildcat demonstration” [unauthorised, unsurveilled demo] failed. All the streets leaving the intersection of the Barbès-Rochechouart metro were blocked by various kinds of anti-riot cops, supported here and there by thew BAC, as despicable as they are hateful.
After a first attempt on the Boulevard Barbès (quickly blocked by the CRS protected by fences), the gathering went several times onto the Boulevard de la Chapelle and Boulevard de Magenta, in vain. Clashes took place with the police, and if the cops ate a few projectiles, they succeeded in brutally repelling us each time using a lot of tear gas sprays and grenades. As is often the case, the tear-gas was an inconvenience to demonstrators, passers-by and neighborhood residents, with no distinction between them.
During this there were a few anti-ad actions and tags, and many shouting slogans: “Cops, rapists, murderers”, “Everyone hates the police”, “The police is racist”, “Siamo tutti antifascisti “,” Justice for Theo “or” No justice, no peace “. A fire was also lit on the Boulevard de la Chapelle, later extinguished by the cops.
Not succeeding in getting out of the huge police trap, most protesters gradually tried to get out. The cops let people pass by in a dribble, often by means of a body pat-down and a search of the bags. The BAC sometimes tried to grab people, but to my knowledge they always failed, thanks to the solidarity of the demonstrators and some of the inhabitants of the neighborhood.
Word got round that another get-together was going to be at Ménilmontant, around 8 pm, to consider something more exciting.
There, around 8 pm, there must have been about 200 people, just over half of whom decided to “go wild”, taking a path similar to one of the “wildcat demonstrations” on Tuesday 7 February. Then towards the posh areas. We take Rue Oberkampf, and the excitement of the atmosphere is gradually rising. Trash cans are spilled, street furniture of all kinds is placed across the road to prevent cops from following us easily.
Roughly the same slogans as Barbès are shouted (with some others like “One cop, one bullet, social justice” [TN: it rhymes in French] demonstrating a certain anger). Tags appear on the walls (“Revolt for Theo”, “Death to capitalism”, “Fuck the police”). On a bus, an ad for a prison guard job is detourned with paint, as it should be (with markers and paint bombs, it continues to recruit for one of the worst jobs that exists on this planet …). CCTV cameras are repainted, journalists and their various cameras kept as far away as possible.
The more we advance, the more collective determination is felt. From the material of a construction site strewn along the road, a lot of windows are attacked: banks, real estate agencies, luxury stores, all this on Oberkampf street then rue des Commines [and it is with pleasure that we saw, passing after the demo, the broken windows of the hipster shop “The Paris Commune” NdAtt.] … A self-reduction [ie looting] of the clothing store Melchior takes place to the cheers of the protesters! Shirts fly around in the middle of the wildcat demo.
A little before 9 pm, police sirens are heard and the first vehicles of cops appear. There’s a bit of a panic on the protest side, it scatters in all directions, and the cops arrive in numbers everywhere, by scooter, car or van. It is really hot, several arrests …. The cops chased us to the quays of the Seine and the island of Saint-Louis!
It’s something to think about for the next time. Last week it had already been complicated to dodge the cops in this bourgeois neighborhood with its half-deserted streets. This time it was even more stressful. These neighborhoods are not known…It’s great to attack them, they deserve only our class hatred and the expression of our anger“
Senegal, Saraya: villagers burn bulldozer, bus and truck belonging to gold mining company as clashes continue (see entry for 13/2/17)
UK, Blackpool: Valentine Sports Day – say it with fires…
Report on strikes against Uber in 3 different countries, particularly Delhi in India (see comment in box at bottom of page)
Italy, Milan: anti-fascists clash with cops
Vietnam: fishermen clash with cops over lack of compensation for toxic waste destruction of fishing area
US, Delaware: 8 screws resign, 7 more file for retirement, after riot in which 1 screw was killed (see entry for 1/2/17)
France, Haut-de-Seine & Seine-St.Denis: several clashes in different banlieus just outside Paris – Bondy, Epinay sur Seine, Elancourt, Deuil la Barre, Nanterre, Chanteloup-les-Vignes, Clichy-sous-Bois et Asnières…More on Nanterre (post-riot video) “Street furniture was badly damaged and several cars burnt out” …similar in Sarcelles and Goudainville…also Yvelines “Six garbage cans and nine cars burnt at Sartrouville, Mantes-la-Jolie and Chanteloup-les-Vignes, but also projectiles and ambushes of the police. In Sartrouville…a group of about forty men approached the police and threw projectiles at them. Officials responded by firing grenades and flashballs. The evening continued with a series of garbage fires in the HLM du Plateau sector. In Chanteloup-les-Vignes, at 2:25 am Place des Quatre-Vents, a stranger called to warn that a group of thirty people armed with stones and iron bars had attacked the Job Centre and the Leisure Centre. When the policemen arrive, they get stones and Molotov cocktails and heavy duty fireworks thrown at them. They retaliate, retreat and call for reinforcements. Fifty-three policemen arrive from neighboring estates. Several burnt-out cars blocked the road in order to prevent the progress of the police. They finally got the better of the troublemakers. There were no injuries. Multiple impacts were noted on the windows of the two municipal buildings… The gate of the police station was dented, probably with the aid of a car used for ramming that was not found. The police left the scene at 4 am and the estate had regained its composure during the night. The police also were the target of projectiles at Poissy, Maurepas and Versailles.” [all these are the night of 13th to 14th]
…France, Hauts-de-France: 3 cops attacked, 1 hospitalised, during attempt to arrest migrants organising smuggling routes at refugee camp
Senegal, Saraya: gendarmes set fire to parts of village with tear gas grenades after villagers burn and ransack gendarmerie & customs house following killing of young man by customs officer
Australia, Victoria: teenagers riot in adult maximum security prison
France: various riots in different areas of Yvelines……Maine-et-Loire (Angers): 3 vehicles burnt, projectiles thrown at cops and tramway…Essonne: police attacked “A police car was the target of projectiles, before returning to the police station to change vehicles. Near the police station, some 20 people then set fire to two vehicles in the middle of the roadway, throwing cobblestones and Molotov cocktails in the direction of the building...Chambery…Clichy-sous-Bois, Ulis & Drancy…Haute Savoie (Scionzier): firemen stoned by about 20 youths setting fire to wooden doors…Venissieux: cops attacked with stones
UK: horror shock terror madness
France, Paris (Argenteuil): riots against rapist cops continue Video here
France, Paris: cars burnt, shopping centre occupied, etc. as “protesters effectively shut down central Paris” ….Interesting eyewitness report
US, Washington: communique from people who’d sabotaged train line in solidarity with the resistance to the Dakota pipeline
South Africa, Johannesburg: armoured cop vehicle vandalised at university
Turkey, Ankara: protests at University against dismissals
Brazil, Rio: demonstrators against water privatisation throw molotovs at cops, smash bank windows, burn street furniture
US, Los Angeles: protesters against mass raids on immigrants shut down entrance to motorway
France, Noisy-le-Grand (Seine-Saint-Denis): home-made heavy fireworks chucked at cops, several fires, in clashes over cop rapists …Paris (Menilmontant): 2nd night of anti-cop protests involving bank windows smashed, small fires (video) (in fact, 8th – 9th Feb)
Israel: haredim orthodox jews clash with cops in different parts of country on 3rd night of protests supporting fellow haredim refusing IDF conscription “… protesters danced in the middle of the road, even while being blasted by the water cannons, and sang songs about their devotion to God and the Torah. According to the police, some 200 protesters arrived at Shilat junction by bus, where they attempted to stop traffic, and Route 1 was temporarily blocked” More here. See the entry for 21/8/16 here for a critical discussion about the strange contradictions of this Jewish sect. In fact, despite their admirable resistance to the draft, their leaders, amongst other things, are prepared to make alliances with obnoxious anti-semites like the French comedian Dieudonné. Like having a friendly chat with your future torturers. The enemies’ apparent enemy is rarely our friend.
France, Seine-St.Denis: more cars burn as riots against rapist cops continue in 4 different suburbs of Paris…Rennes: bins burnt, missiles thrown at cops, during demo in solidarity with Theo, guy raped by cops See also this in English “Rioters burned dozens of cars and set fire to a nursery school….Theo appeared on TV saying an officer rammed his baton “into my buttocks on purpose”. Police argue that his injuries are consistent with an accident, in which his tracksuit bottoms fell down and the baton penetrated him…As well as damaging the nursery school and a car salesroom, youths also used a shopping trolley full of petrol bombs in their attacks”. People are usually shocked by the fact that nursery schools get targeted in some of these riots, most notably in 20050, but a lot of nursery schools in France can be quite racist and authoritarian in their attitudes to young kids….Yvelines: 3 separate attacks on cops on estates and suburbs in different areas of department “There is no connection with the recent events that have taken place in Seine-Saint-Denis,” said one police official.”
Greece, Athens: 1000 firefighters temporarily occupy Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance demanding extension of their work contract
Malawi, Karonga: 1 killed as cops attack protesters blocking roads with big stones & trees…Blantyre: students block roads with stones and branches in protest against lack of electricity in hostels
US: interesting take on Trump’s policies, entitled “Trump’s tweets are a sideshow: His executive orders are building a corporate state”
France, Seine-St.Denis: riots spread to different parts of suburb, 11 cars and several bins burnt, police station vandalised, attempt to burn school…Paris: bins burnt, clashes with cops on demonstration in support of Theo (youth raped up arse with cops’ truncheon) “Some brandished placards saying “cops=rapists” and “Protect and serve…my ass!” [the latter in English]
South Africa, Limpopo: mayor’s car burnt out in protests against electricity hikes
Dominica, Roseau: looting and fires in anti-government protest More here
US, California: prison riot; no details
France, Seine-St.Denis: KFC burnt along with 3 cars and some bins on 3rd night of riots against rapist cops in Paris suburb …See also this in English
Morocco, Rif: 27 cops injured after cops break up sit-in and roads blockade
France, Seine-St.Denis: several cars and bins burnt, cops attacked with heavy duty fireworks for 2nd night after cop rape of youth; youth still in hospital
India, Karnataka: police station attacked, cop vehicle burnt, after death in custody
France, Seine-St.Denis: car burnt, bus shelters smashed, street lights fused, after cops rape youth up the arse with truncheon and are filmed doing it
Video of interview with rape victim’s sister with English subtitles
South Africa, North West: 6 shops looted over days of protest over lack of water This claims that it was foreign-owned shops that were looted, but the media almost invariably say this even when it’s not exclusively the case. We don’t know if this xenophobic-targetting took place in this instance.
UK, Scotland, Faslane: Anti-Nuclear Activists Blockade Naval Base…meanwhile in Fuckyoushima
Mexico, Mexico City : camp workers’ union members from 2 States come to Mexico City, block roads, try to set up camp on main square, & fight 500 riot cops sent to repress them – 17 pigs injured
US, Berkeley: black block forces cancellation of fascist scumbag Milo Yiannopoulos’s non-event (includes mainstream video)…Starbucks looted, Bank of America ATMs smashed (repulsive shitty site)…info about this Milo sicko…More here “They smashed ATMs at a Bank of America branch and set several trash fires on Telegraph Avenue. After marching west on Durant Avenue, the group moved north on Shattuck Avenue, smashing windows and vandalizing a Mechanics Bank branch near the corner of Bancroft Way. Chase and Wells Fargo branches were also vandalized. A Starbucks location near campus was vandalized and looted. Police also received reports that banks were set on fire in the area of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue.”
According to a contact, there were a lot of gay and trans people in the front rank as well as a much greater presence of the so-called “Revolutionary Communist” Party (‘America was never great’ is one of their slogans, and the ubiquitous ‘No…’ sign as well), masked up as were the anarchists and the LGBT contingent. Previously the Party had stayed away from such illegal actions and had legalistically kept its people from fighting – it must not have gone down well with the Lebensborn who must have been itching to compete with the anarchists who had upstaged them time after time in the past. Interestingly, the Party for Socialism and Liberation operatives are altogether absent. The commentator on this Huff Post video is an old reactionary turd who has previously railed against the Black Bloc and long before that against the bicycle pressure group Critical Mass (associated in its early days with the group of Marxist bureaucrats connected with Processed World). The commentator’s a long time friend of political insiders in the Bay Area. “The use of pyrotechnics, both as smoke screens and as a means of setting off the exceedingly noisey fire alarms (>85 decibels, which over more than half an hour can cause lasting damage to one’s ability to hear), is a noteworthy tactic. It must have made it virtually impossible for the vermin inside to heard their precious Milo.” Another account here
….Trump threatens to cut off state funding for Uni…critique of so-called “free” speech…
…mainstream liberal media give voice to anti-authoritarian/anarchist milieu here – and also here
There’s a danger in giving credibility to these mainstream liberals and watering down the critique of their more general support for the system in the hope of being reported and/or interviewed. One should never speak to the press, at least knowingly, and certainly not politely, unless one has a contract that says what one says will not at all be censored and one also critiques, within the interview, the paper that gives this interview. They’re part of the enemy and the whole image of “liberty of expression” (a very constrained “expression”) they promote undermines what, for example, Crimethinc has to say about “free” speech, and gives them a credibility they in no way deserve. They give the image that this liberal media is open to all critiques and that all critiques are being made in this mainstream, from fascist to revolutionary. Moreover, professional reporters of “things radical” make their risk-free careers on the backs of those who take risks. Note added 5/2/17: Apparently, though the New York Times gave the impression that they’d interviewed someone from Crimethinc, this was not the case, but simply a quote from their site. …Ohio: part of University occupied against Muslim ban…Delaware: prisoners take over part of prison and hold screws hostage “…the prisoners are against improper sentencing orders. Status sheets being wrong. Oppression towards the inmates. We’re trying to explain the reasons for doing what we’re doing…Donald Trump. Everything that he did. All the things that he’s doing now. We know that the institution is going to change for the worse. We know the institution is going to change for the worse. We got demands that you need to pay attention to, that you need to listen to and you need to let them know. Education, we want education first and foremost. We want a rehabilitation program that works for everybody. We want the money to be allocated so we can know exactly what is going on in the prison, the budget.”…Screw killed Apparently the standoff ended after 18 hours, when guards used construction equipment to smash through a wall, surprising and overwhelming the prisoners.
…community radio stations hacked with “profanity-ridden” “Fuck Donald Trump” rap
Australia, Melbourne: clashes with cops as homeless people are removed; TV camera smashed
Venezuela, Los Teques: students block major highway with burning barricades demanding application of already nationally agreed reduction of transport fares for students
Romania: clashes during massive national demonstrations in sub-zero temperatures against law making certain level of government corruption legal
France, Lyon (Venissieux): cops stoned, bins burned, during filming of rap clip
UK, London: evicted anarchists occupy another expensive Belgravia building in order to house the homeless
” ‘January’, is derived from the ancient Roman name ‘Janus’ who presided over the gate to the new year. He was revered as the ‘God of Gateways’, ‘of Doorways’ and ‘of the Journey.’ Janus protected the ‘Gate of Heaven’, known as the ‘Lord of Beginnings’, is associated with the ‘Goddess Juno-Janus’, and often symbolized by an image of a face that looks forwards and backwards at the same time. This symbolism can easily be associated with the month known by many as the start of a new year which brings new opportunities. We cast out the old and welcome in the new. It is the time when many reflect on events of the previous year and often resolve to redress or improve some aspect of daily life or personal philosophy.”
– Mystical World Wide Web
US: brief sabotage of new Attorney General’s Wikipedia page
France, Essonne: arson attack on Socialist Party deputy’s local offices
South Africa, Cape Town: burning barricades and clashes with cops following eviction from squatted land
Greece, Athens: labour ministry occupied by about 30 anarchists protesting pension cuts and security contribution hikes …Syriza offices occupied “The incident followed attacks with Molotov cocktails against riot police units in the Exarchia district of the capital by self-styled anarchists at the weekend.”
US: list of some continuing protests against Muslim ban Includes: Los Angeles: 15 flights delayed …Republican party offices vandalised (Spokane), big demos in Seattle, Kansas, San Francisco, Portland, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, etc.
Interesting take on these protests here ” The protests themselves did exactly what they were intended to: dominate the news cycle and channel opposition anger towards a relatively insignificant piece of the puzzle. I’m not saying that green card holders should be stuck in airports — far from it. I’m saying there might be a much larger picture here, and the immigration ban is a distraction…..Protests galvanize groups and display strong opposition, but they’re not sufficient. Not only are they relatively ineffective at changing policy, they’re also falsely cathartic to those protesting. Protestors get all kinds of feel-good that they’re among fellow believers and standing up for what’s right, and they go home feeling like they’ve done their part. Even if protestors gain mild, symbolic concessions, the fact that their anger has an outlet is useful to the other side.”
See also this.
Guinea, Conakry: burning barricades by high school students protesting lack of petrol and of electricity
US, Portland: pro-Trump bible basher bashed
France, Seine-et-Marne: cops attacked with projectiles, local councillor beaten up during illegal rodeo…Lorraine: youths burn bins after rap film clip is cancelled
US, San Francisco: protesters block traffic, swarm into airport terminal, against Trump’s fascistic policies…similarly in New York “…at JFK on Saturday, about 5,000 protesters swarmed terminal four after an estimated 17 passengers, including green-card holders, were detained for hours”.…More here on Trump’s generally scary project “…while the vast majority of the US did not vote for Trump and disapproves of his policies and his rule, at the same time, the position presented in the media is that people should “give Trump a chance” to “govern correctly.” In short, in just over a week, the established power structure from the mass media to the Democratic Party has all sought to normalize the Trump regime in the hopes of keeping a lid on the social peace. “...North Carolina: Black Lives Matter clash with cops at airport…Seattle airport occupation accounts of cop brutality and leftist reformist sabotage of protest
Steve Bannon: “Darkness is good…Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they…get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing….It will be as exciting as the 1930s“– here…Curious report about Trump’s use of manipulative data “From July 2016, Trump’s canvassers were provided with an app with which they could identify the political views and personality types of the inhabitants of a house. It was the same app provider used by Brexit campaigners. Trump’s people only rang at the doors of houses that the app rated as receptive to his messages. The canvassers came prepared with guidelines for conversations tailored to the personality type of the resident. In turn, the canvassers fed the reactions into the app, and the new data flowed back to the dashboards of the Trump campaign.”
France, Pamiers (near Toulouse): a dozen or so youths attack cops with metal missiles
South Africa, North West: ANC politician’s parents’ house torched after his bodyguard kills a service delivery protester
US, Arizona: indigenous tribe vows resistance to Trump’s Mexico wall on their land
France, Yvelines: 11 masked people attack police station; gate forced open, cop car burnt
Bangladesh, Dhaka: clashes with cops during protest against power plant “A pitched battle began as police fired tear shells, rubber bullets and used water canon to disband the groups. The protesters threw brickbats at police….a protester climbed on to a water canon truck and began clinging to metal grill protecting the vehicle’s windshield.”
Zimbabwe, Harare: fly pitchers clash with cops
Tunisia, Sfax: roads blocked, clashes with cops after youth dies fleeing from cops
UK, London: oligarch’s £15m. mansion occupied by anarchists to provide shelter for homeless
Ivory Coast, Man: high school students smash banks and other businesses in support of public sector strikes and their own demands
Colombia, Bogota: 1200 cops & soldiers police 1st bullfight for 5 years; protesters teargassed (in Spanish) More here in English “Riot police fired tear gas as protesters threw rocks and pushed down barricades. “. Listen also to this.
Bizarrely (and insanely), pro-bullfight demos in Chennai India have erupted at about the same time, involving massive attacks on the cops: see here
US, Los Angeles: report on breakaway demo from mainstream women’s march… Washington DC: 200+ people arrested on J20 face up to 10 years imprisonment “Those picked up in the sweep — including legal observers and journalists — had their phones, cameras and other personal belongings confiscated as evidence…Those arrested in Washington, D.C. faced an outpouring of public support. …hundreds gathered outside the jail on Saturday to show their support for those being released. “Every time people came out, the crowd would cheer and chant,” with the term “anticapitalista” an oft-repeated refrain. “For many, it was like a surprise birthday party, and their faces lit up. Street medics were on-scene, and many supporters brought food, clothes, coffee, tea and water.””
Italy, Vicence: over 1000 in town of 120,000 demonstrate against construction of high-speed train line, motorway and US military bases
Israel, Wadi Ara: 1000s block highway in protest of cop killing of Bedouin More here
Kenya, Mombasa: heavy clashes between land squatters and cops “A man was on Saturday shot in the waist while a woman was beaten senseless after police clashed with squatters on a disputed land in Nguu Tatu, Kisauni constituency in Mombasa county. Police arrived at the scene at about 9.30am and found the squatters had blocked the road, denying them access to the land. The squatters had lit bonfires on the road. Police had to lob teargas canisters to disperse the squatters from the 60-acre parcel of land. The rowdy squatters retaliated by hurling stones and shooting arrows at the police who were accompanied by hired youths. The hired youth, armed with hoes, metal rods and clubs, demolished the structures amid the hail of stones hurled at them.”
US, Washington DC: windows smashed, etc., in anti-Trump protests “About 500 people, some wearing masks and kerchiefs over their faces, marched through the city’s downtown, breaking the windows of a Bank of America branch, a McDonald’s outlet and a Starbucks shop, all symbols of the American capitalist system.” More here “Black-clad demonstrators smashed windows of buildings, cars and bus stops in central Washington, as well as launching dustbins and rocks “
limo burning, Washington DC
Interesting report of dockers in Oakland effectively going on strike today as well as walk-outs by high school and college students there
Portland: windows of Starbucks, banks etc. smashed – anarchist report here
Extensive report on the day throughout the USA here
Alt. right racist (Richard Spencer) punched in the face
Mainstream report of protests throughout US and a bit internationally
Mexico, Juarez: politically organised symbolic burning of car in front of gas station The movement has largely been recuperated through large marches full of Mexican flags by leftist parties and organizations. Not so surprising, considering “national” gasoline is the populist issue par excellence. The oil industry was nationalized decades ago to reinforce State control on oil workers (and complying with their demands), through the same kind of anti-imperialist ideology expressed right now. A comrade confirmed that no larger critique of society, social relations and present conditions of life in Mexico emerged from the marches, which was in my opinion the only way the movement could continue and extend. [Pi]
France, Essonne: cop hospitalised after youth throws paving stone through patrol car windscreen
US, Washington DC: clashes with cops ahead of Trump’s inauguration
Chile, Santiago: clashes with cops as Mapuche Indians demonstrate
Cambodia, Preah Vihear: report about village conflict over land expropriation by Chines sugar plantation company
Guatemala: activist killed Protesting hydroelectric project
India, West Bengal: farmers protesting power station construction burn cop cars and cop bus “Irate villagers have damaged as many as seven police vehicles and threw them into a road-side pond. A bus used by police has also been torched. The confrontation between police and the agitating villagers started after the police yesterday detained Kalu Sheikh, the man leading the agitation against the construction of 440/220KV substation of Centre’s Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, and demanding the return of near 13 acre farmland that was acquired from the villagers to erect high-tension electric poles. As soon as the news of Sheikh’s detention spread, villagers came out on the streets at Khamarhait, Machhi Bhanga and other villages yesterday evening. They blocked the Haroa Road and tried to lay siege to the substation that has been constructed at Khamarhait. On getting to know of this, a large posse of police from Kashipur police station went to the troubled zone. They were met with stones and bricks pelted by the agitating villagers. Police initially backed out but later raided the villages with additional force and allegedly vandalised several households all through the night. Even women were allegedly not spared. This added fuel to the fire and since this morning, a huge number of villagers took to the streets and blocked all roads passing through Bhangar. They damaged one police vehicles after another and pushed them into ponds. The agitators also tried to march into the yet to be commissioned power station, leaving some 50-60 personnel of the police’s Rapid Action Force (RAF) confined. The RAF personnel were posted there to guard the power station. Throughout the day, police tried to remove the blockades, resulting in intermittent clashes with police. Both the warning parties threw stones / bricks at each other, and police also fired tear gas shells but to no avail. Towards afternoon, police decided to back out and leave the troubled villages. The 50-60 RAF personnel came out of the power station around 04 pm and tried to walkout. But the agitators declined to allow them a passage demanding that those policemen who had raided their houses last night must be identified and booked first. As the RAF personnel tried to force their way, the agitators started pelting stones / bricks and crude bombs at them. On the apprehension of getting overpowered by the violent agitators, police opened fire, injuring four villagers.”…at least 2 killed
Finland: insane government video encouraging kids to denounce their parents for insulting politicians on Facebook
US, Dakota: further clashes over pipeline construction (video) In fact the stopping of the construction of the pipeline on December 4th specifically at this point is largely temporary and was designed to give Obama an image of reform. The Tribal Authority has collaborated with the state in providing the movement with an image of victory, whereas in fact the whole decision could and probably will be reversed by Trump, and besides, even if carried out, merely means the pipeline will pollute somewhere else. See this, from December 23rd 2016.
US: water protectors across Amerikkka Resist 4 pipelines (Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Dakota)s…and also in Louisiana
Canada, Alberta: heavy machinery used to rip out section of oilfield pipeline, causing $500-$700,000 worth of Damage
Malta: home of sergeant major with prison connections in arson attack
Tunisia: protesters block president’s route as demonstrations against unemployment spread throughout country on 6th anniversary of ousting of Ben Ali “In Gafsa, angry youths protested against Mr Essebsi’s visit, throwing stones and blocking the road. Local media and residents said the president’s convoy was forced to change its route before he left by air. In Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the Tunisian revolution which was sparked by the death of a street vendor protesting against official corruption and abuses, hundreds demonstrated in front of the local governorate, making the same demands as six years ago. “We raised the same slogans as 2011 … work is our right … no fear, and the street belongs to the people,” said local resident Attia Athmouni. In Meknassi, police arrested some protesters late on Friday. But the protests continued in Meknassi and Manzel Bouziane on Saturday.”…Métlaoui: freight train wagon burnt out by protesters…Menzel Jemil: police station attacked with molotovs
Brazil, Recife: barricade of burning tyres in middle of main avenue during movement against fare hikes
Canada, Labrador:Land Protectors shut down Aboriginal Affairs office
US, California: alt. right creep gets shit chucked at his face
Tunisia: clashes with cops, burning barricades and roads blocked in 3 cities (Sidi Bouzid, Ben Guerdène and Médenine) as general strike develops against unemployment whilst poverty gets a lot worse than under Ben Ali More here (in English)…Sbeïtla: protestors confiscate governor’s car & attack governorate’s HQ
Brazil, Sao Paulo: banks and luxury shops attacked on demo against increased fare prices
Palestine (Gaza strip): clashes with Hamas’ cops as thousands protest electricity cuts “Hamas’s police spokesman in the Gaza Strip, Ayman Al-Batniji, said that security forces were preventing protesters from “attacking the power company.”…Thursday’s demonstration began in the Jabaliya refugee camp, and as it grew in size, the crowd began marching toward a nearby electricity distribution center, chanting: “Raise your voice, electricity cuts mean death.”…Palestinians have complained that these cuts are especially brutal due to the especially frigid weather the Strip is currently experiencing.” More here “People are trying to light and heat their homes with candles or by burning scrap wood. Families wake in the middle of the night, when the power sometimes comes on, to take showers or wash clothes. “We live like rats,” said Mazen Abu Reyala, an unemployed fisherman and father of five, sitting around a primitive stove that he uses to warm his house. “Should I wait until we get burned? Or should I wait to return home and see that my children burned themselves because they lit candles.” On Thursday clashes with police erupted in the Jabalya refugee camp after thousands of people gathered to protest the power shortage. Demonstrators hurled stones and sounds of gun shots were heard…With temperatures dropping to four or five degrees centigrade at night, people are trying to run electric heaters and radiators, driving up power demand….The local power plant, which was heavily damaged by Israeli bombing during a war in 2006 and remains only at about half of potential capacity, could produce slightly more, but there are not enough funds to buy fuel to boost output. With unpaid consumer bills of around $1 billion, the power company is not in a position to seek more credit. Officials say they need $500 million to rehabilitate the power network. But with Israel and Egypt maintaining a tight blockade on Gaza, getting replacement parts is not even that straight forward.” More here
Peru, Lima: clashes as road tolls are imposed
Australia, Victoria: another mini-riot in a youth injustice centre…Sydney: struggle against road construction/tree destruction continues
Tunisia, Sidi Bouzid: riots over unemployment continue after a series of self-immolations…Ben Guerdane: clashes with cops over closure of border crossing with Lybia in town dependent on cross-border trade
Colombia, Atlantico: “leader”denounces riot by motorbike taxi drivers protesting his arrest; town hall stoned
Tunisia, Sidi Bouzid: governor’s HQ smashed up in city that sparked Arab Spring
Australia, Sydney: resistance to tree destruction for road construction leads to clashes with cops…Northern Territory (Wulagi): another critique of dominant forms of conditoning
US, Texas: indigenous Americans fight pipeline
Mexico, Veracruz: cops arrest cops for looting
Brazil, Teresina: bus burnt in movement against fare increases “…several streets and intersections were blocked by barricades. The procession also opted for collective fraud by forcibly blocking the front door of a bus, causing people not to pay. The initiative was supported by many of the travellers. Later,…a couple, who passed close to the gathering, were shoot with a flash-ball by the cops, which required a transfer to the hospital. As an immediate response to the police intervention, a new bus, with air conditioning and which had just been delivered to the transport company, was burned out”
France, Mantes-la-Jolie: heavy-duty firework thrown at cop car
Argentina, Buenos Aires: clashes between illegal traders and cops as state confiscates products and removes stands despite cops being paid bribes
Mexico: struggle spreads to at least 25 out of the 31 (or 32 if you count Mexico City) states ”Because of the protests, that are blocking highways throughout Mexico, freeways in California are being affected and some are again being closed Sunday night.”...this says “at least 28 states“...border traffic halted in Arizona as over 300 prevent crossing of cars & trains between Mexico & the US...cops use live rounds…Nogales; cops use live rounds against occupation of government building This is from a short but very interesting article in French. More from this article here:
‘‘Workers (bus drivers and truck drivers) participated in the blocking of roads, workers demonstrated, such as those in the port of Lázaro Cárdenas (State of Michoacán, center) and bus drivers from Guadalajara (State of Jalisco), the second city in the country, went on strike, like drivers and truckers in the state of Veracruz who declared an unlimited strike in their state.
Demonstrations and assemblies were organized by various unions, political groups and social organizations from Sunday 8, which raises fears of recuperation around the populist argument that the oil belongs to all Mexicans, in one of the main oil-producing countries, where a worker must work more than ten days to pay for a full tank.
We have already seen good citizens demonstrating peacefully, playing the cops and handing over to the police protesters who came to express their rage against the National Palace of the city of Monterrey.
Mexico is currently experiencing high inflation, its currency, the peso, is at historically low rates.
Gasolinazos (increases in the price of gasoline) have been frequent since 2000, but have not caused such reactions before.
Oil has officially ceased to be a state monopoly since 2013. The exploitation rate of workers is constantly on the rise, as is the exploitation of natural resources.
While Mexico has experienced social struggles throughout the country, particularly in Indian communities, a movement of this magnitude, largely spontaneous, is rather surprising, as national movements are rather rare.
The large cities of the northern states have been shaken by extensive looting, whereas those states where the presence and control of narco-traffic are the strongest, are calmer from the point of view of the class struggle.”
Chile, La Araucanía: incendiary attack on real estate company
Australia, Melbourne: further riots at youth injustice centre
Brazil, Rio and Sao Paulo: riots against fares increases
UK, Devon: estate agents windows smashed
Mexico, Baja California: heavy clashes as state forces try to destroy blockade of Pemex (Mexican Petrleum) on 5th day of blockade “In addition to the clashes, looting was also reported in Guanajuato and Guerrero, while in Veracruz, the state government reported that more than 500 people were arrested for the attacks on shopping centres….The fifth day of blockade at the Pemex facility in Rosarito ended with a clash between federal, municipal and state police against civilians. The balance was of at least 40 detainees and 15 wounded, including 7 policemen – 2 of them very seriously. Violent acts began after police detained a dozen demonstrators, half of them senior citizens and after a group of young men with their faces covered, threw stones at the police…. the police … arrested about 30 people. Minutes after that confrontation, a car of the company “Refaccionara del Valle” rammed the federal police, knocking down seven of them…
…It should be noted that during these events, three journalists were beaten by police while trying to document the eviction… rumors caused more than a thousand businesses to suspend their operations. In Irapuato, Guanajuato, rumors of possible looting became a reality, after a group of gunmen attacked a Walmart branch, a pharmacy and other establishments….store shelves were empty after vandalism….In Guerrero, looting affected a shop from the company Elektra and two Oxxo establishments, as well as a gas station…At least 135 of the 532 arrested for looting of businesses and vandalism in Veracruz are…charged with the crimes of terrorism and aggravated robbery”...vehicles waved through checkpoint, preventing inspections & collection of taxes…Yucatan: christmas tree torched & nativity scene trashed during attempt to loot store…Chiapas: at least 37 stores looted, and 10 others vandalised” Altogether, clashes and looting have been reported in Rosarito, Tijuana, Veracruz, Boca del Río, Medellín, Tierra Blanca, Tres Valles, Isla, Minatitlán, Agua Dulce, Nanchital, Misantla Huixtla, Tapachula, Tuxtla, Misantla, Uman, Campeche et Paso del Macho.
soldier patrols looted toy shop, Veracruz
Australia, Melbourne: riot pigs crush “disturbance” at youth injustice centre…also Melbourne: hipster burger joint vandalised for 2nd time in a week…Perth: anti-educational institution gutted by fire
France, Yvelines: filming of rap music clip ends in youths on estate stoning cops
India, Chhattisgarh: several cop vehicles torched during clashes
Sri Lanka, Hambantota: clashes between protesters against Chinese company’s takeover of land and government-manipulated counter-demonstrators
Mexico: clashes in Mexico City, Ixmiquilpan, Chetumal, Veracruz, Uman, Cancun, Hermosillo, Minatitlan, Ixtapaluca, Oxxo de Tecamachalco, Saltillo, Monterrey, Tapachula, La Cuenca…Tapachula; mass looting continues “Supermarket stores and services from the main chains in Mexico woke up Friday with their shelves empty…transport drivers started the suspension of collective transport service against the price increase of fuels”…over 1500 arrested for looting…Nogales: railroad blockaded by 250 protesters…at least 350 stores looted, 6 dead…anarchist site resumé of events…Veracruz: 14000 bus, truck and taxi drivers announce statewide strike of indefinite length, whilst unions try to put a brake on the movement “El Financiero warned that there are “signs of a total strike of transport” in Michoacan. In Acapulco, Guerrero, taxi drivers are encircling Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) oil trucks, forcing them to stop and taking turns siphoning the gas from their tankers. When a group of soldiers attempted to stop one group of taxi drivers yesterday, the drivers said that if the soldiers intervened they would light the tanker on fire. The soldiers backed down. The trade unions are stepping in to prevent the demonstrations from coalescing into a nationwide strike. Trade union bureaucrats who announced the recent strikes stated explicitly that they were forced to do so by workers, who in the words of one trade union official, are becoming “violent.” Castelan Cruvelli, president of the Veracruz transport workers union ASTRAVER, denounced striking workers for threatening scab drivers and appealed to the government for help”…Chiapas: town hall and mayor’s house torched, along with gas station, sparked by death of 2 youths. Not explicitly to do with the gas price hike.
Brazil, Teresina: barricades of burning tyres on several crossroads in movement against fare hikes “During the demonstration, a group of masked people detached from the procession to attack the headquarters of the Social Democrats of the PSDB… Result: tags on the facade and several windows destroyed.“
France, Bobigny: 3 cops beaten up during ID control; one gets serious eye injury
Mexico, Tapachula: mass looting thoughout city in response to gas hikes…Hidalgo: cops kill several people as they clear blocked highway of protesters…though cops are repulsed in Ixmiquilpán (video)
France, Valence: 10 kindergarten, primary, middle and high schools have their locks blocked by action in solidarity with revolt in prison (the trial of the “mutineers” starts this day) “Tags left on their walls, as well as a tract …Various messages appeared, such as: “Prison is death. Life is in revolt. Solidarity with the mutineers of Valence and elsewhere “,” In prison the bad guys are above all the screws “,” Tired of homework, long live freedom “, “Every age wrecks their cage “,” Long live the mutineers of the prison of Valencia – trial today, 6/01 to 14h “, “Neither prison nor religion, long live mutiny and insubordination” (on a private catholic school).…
Tract left at schools:
Allow us to waste a little of your time to speak of those from whom the state steals all their time, when it is not their life. It’s happening here very close to you, but also everywhere in France and elsewhere. Yet we do not often talk about these places where the government puts aside those that it considers detrimental to the smooth running of the system. The recalcitrants who no longer accept being crushed, those who initiate a violence which the powerful ones would like to monopolise, or simply the undesirables that can easily be removed in order to perpetuate the established order.
We do not often talk about prison, yet it is part of our lives. When one passes between its walls, when one goes to see a relative in the visiting area, when one submits to its threats. Like the cops and the legal system, it is one of the gears of a machine whose aim is to make us accept without complaint a world based on exploitation and domination.
In recent months rumors have come to us from inside the French prisons. These are the cries of some of the forgotten who try to break through the walls and barbed wire. Vandalism, revolts and uprisings have rapidly exploded since last summer. It seems that some have decided to return some of the violence back to the people who imprison them.
On 25 September at the central building (for those destined to long sentences) of the penitentiary center of Valence, a mutiny broke out. A keychain was stolen from a screw under threat, the doors of the cells were opened by mutineers, furniture and cameras destroyed, fires lit.
Friday, January 6, three people will go to trial at the criminal court of Valence, accused of being the leaders of this revolt. By designating the guilty ones, the law seeks both to punish heavily by example (they risk up to 20 years in prison) and to minimize the collective character of the revolt. Reducing what happened to individual deviations helps to hide the reasons for revolting against imprisonment. This was when the mutiny occurred in a context of general tension within the prison and a second mutiny occurred on 27 November despite the transfers that followed that of September.
To designate leaders is also to satisfy the screws who will be able to generously round up their monthly wages with damages and appease their thirst for revenge. Flatter them a little so that for a moment they stop whining about the conditions of a job they choose to do knowing it is akin to that of a hangman.
Maybe it’s time to listen attentively to what’s happening inside prisons. Not to turn your eyes away again just hoping not to be the next one. To bring our solidarity to the mutineers and those accused of being so. For example by coming to support them during their trial, but also by fighting daily against the disgusting shit that is prison.
SOLIDARITY WITH THE MUTINEERS OF THE PRISON OF VALENCE AND ELSEWHERE”
…Toulouse: cops teargas estate after they’re attacked Possibly they were attacked by drug dealers, though this is what they always say; teargas enters people’s flats.
Zambia, Chililabombwe : miners go on wildcat strike
Algeria, Tazmalt: clashes with cops as demonstrators demand release of those arrested
Mexico, Mexico City: report on looting of at least 2 department stores during rising movement against rising petrol prices as blockades create “critical situation” in at least 3 states…looting in 4 different towns in Hidalgo & Edomex states…79 shops reported looting throughout country..“We should set the gas stations on fire.”
People liberating fuel from a gas station in Veracruz state
The price of oil rose on 1/1/17 by as high as 20.1% to 88 cents per litre, with diesel at 83 cents — the equivalent of 12 days of a minimum wage to fill a tank of gas – compared to the U.S.’s 7 hours — and the price ceiling will be adjusted daily starting Feb. 18, before letting “supply and demand” determine them in March.
Algeria, Kabylie: Bejaia – 2nd day of uprising – roads barricaded, government buildings burnt, shops looted…part of Directorate of National Education wrecked & burnt…various small towns, regions and communes that previously abstained from striking join strike; major roads blocked by burning tyres, tree trunks etc.; gendarmes attacked in 3 major areas…Akbou: demonstrators set fire to premises of the Tax Inspectorate; in Tazmalt, HQ of national insurance office, of Sonelgaz (national gas company) & sales outlet of mobile operator Ooredoo smashed up and set fire to; Seddouk – young demonstrators set fire to Ooredoo outlet…Salafists declare demonstrations, strikes etc. “Haram” – ie sinful and forbidden, whilst one of the Salafist leaders says the movement is “blasphemous” and declares a Fatwa against the demonstrators and strikers “The strikes and demonstrations are the intrigues of unpious people who are dragging Muslims into anarchy”
Tunisia: in Kasserine, clashes as building workers’ demo burn tyres, block main roads, whilst youths break open municipal depot & retrieve impounded smuggler’s luxury car & several motorbikes; in Jendouba, similar tyre-burning etc. following shipyard workers’ demo; access to Algerian border in Kef region closed as state fears connection with Kabylie uprising
UK, Bradford: rocks thrown at cops after they shoot man dead
Italy, Cona (near Venice): migrants riot after death of woman caused by delay in arrival of medical services“Migrants and asylum seekers at a refugee center in Cona near Venice, Italy set fires inside the facility and blocked the gates, forcing social workers to barricade themselves inside their offices, after a protest broke out over living conditions following the death of a young woman…A 25-year-old woman, later identified as Sandrine Bakayoko from the Ivory Coast, was found unconscious in the bathroom and was believed to have died because of an alleged delay in medical assistance. The town mayor, however, told La Repubblica TV that she had of natural causes on Monday afternoon. Her fellow migrants reacted angrily, and started rioting, cutting off the electricity supply to the centre, setting fires and barring the exit, leaving 25 staff members barricaded inside”
Algeria, Kabylie: in Bejaia, clashes, cars and fronts of buildings attacked, as small shopkeepers and market holders go on general strike against increased taxes and state control…several buses burnt, roads blocked…new HQ of Academy and a BNP bank wrecked and looted; burning barricades, mini-buses burnt, cop riot van overturned; transport workers belatedly join strike…local offices of National Society of Tobacconists & Matches and electrical goods store looted…Chorfa: police station stoned…in Tichy, another police station stoned; in Amizour, major road barricaded; in Bouira, cops stoned…Sidi Aich: yet another police station stoned …Ain Benian: burning barricades…Superficially, if one is dominated by outdated concepts, one could dismiss the catalyst for this as just a trivial petit-bourgeois protest, but obviously it’s gone way beyond this. Moreover, it should be clear that increasingly proletarians have been forced into what was traditionally petit-bourgeois work or now work in previously obviously proletarian work now classified as “self-employed” (and thus, technically “petit-bourgeois”). Whilst this development takes different forms in different parts of the world and in different periods of time, it might be useful to look at these 2 texts, dealing in part with this in the UK, on this site: “true confessions of a market trader” & “uk fuel protests: looks as though we’ve got ourselves a convoy (2000)” [SF]
Australia, New South Wales: 70 prisoners teargassed in riot
Mexico : Mexicans block roads, stations to protest petrol price hikes “One group blockaded a privately owned gasoline station on Mexico City’s main boulevard, shouting: “The people, united, will never be defeated!”. “This will increase the cost of living for all Mexicans. It will make more expensive transportation, basic food stuffs, food, and it will ultimately hit Mexican families,” said Rafael Sotocruz, a nurse who was protesting at the station. On a busy highway leading into the capital from the west, another group blocked traffic and held up a banner reading “Enough already!”. Reports on social media and local newspaper sites suggested small, intermittent protests popped up at a half dozen other sites across the country.”
Iran, Yazd: villagers close road & clash with cops over polluting mining
Argentina, Buenos Aires: clashes between cops and partying youths on beach
Australia, Adelaide: “Fuck the police!” mini-riot
Afghanistan, Baghlan: 1 killed in protest against chief cop
Spain/Morocco: 1000 migrants try to get into Spain by climbing 20-foot high fence “Five Spanish and 50 Moroccan officers were hurt engaging with the migrants, who tried “to force open some of the doors in the external fence, using iron bars, wire cutters and large stones with which they assaulted Moroccan forces and [Spanish police],” the Ceuta authorities said. Ten of the Moroccan officers suffered serious injuries, the country’s Interior Ministry reported. Dozens reached the top of the barbed-wire fence that separates Africa from Europe before they were lifted down by cranes”