NEWS OF OPPOSITION: March and April 2017
“April is the cruellest month… mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.”
– T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, “to open”, in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open”, which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of άνοιξη (ánixi) (opening) for spring. Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to the goddess Venus, her Veneralia being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru.
France, Seine-St.Denis: Vinci (involved in prison construction, etc.) utility burnt, tyres of Sodexo (prison food supplier), Engie (main gas supplier) & JCDecaux (involved in prisoners’ exploitation) punctured in solidarity with anarchist prisoners
pdf in French of text in solidarity with these prisoners here
Brazil: banks trashed, roads barricaded, etc. in Rio & Sao Paulo, as teachers, bus drivers, healthcare providers, oil industry workers & public sector workers join general strike against austerity “The shutdown was not total. In Rio, bus and metro companies ran a reduced service. Most shops and banks remained open. But students were told to remain at home and there were skirmishes between protesters and police at Santos Dumont airport and the main bus terminal. São Paulo was hit harder, with a shutdown of many bus lines and fierce clashes on the road to the Congonhas airport.” More here “Friday night a group of protesters advanced on the Sao Paulo neighborhood where Temer owns a house. They broke up sidewalks and lobbed chunks of concrete at police trying to disperse the crowd with tear gas and flash grenades. Protesters also set some buses on fire…A congressional bill that would weaken labor laws passed this week in the lower house of Congress. Among the items on the bill, which will now be voted on in the Senate, are an end to paid overtime, the possibility of working under a temporary contract permanently, and the ability to lay off an entire staff and replace them with lower-salaried workers without any penalty to the company. “A controversial pension reform, which would set minimum retirement ages for men and women at 65 and 62, respectively, is also expected to be voted on next week.”
Above: Sao Paulo – trashed bank
Below: Rio – after hours of clashes with police in front of the legislative building, several buses were torched
Zambia, Lusaka: government shuts down university after student riots over tuition fee hikes
China, Guangxi: clashes with cops as local state tries to demolish homes to make way for haughty-culture exhibition “…the police were using pepper spray, police dogs and batons to attack protesters…the government had tried sending in demolition teams to raze village homes in Yongning on Thursday, running into determined opposition when they got to Liang village. The government sent in an estimated 1,000 riot police and other security personnel to deal with the protests, which brought around 6,000 protesters out onto the street…Villagers were also shown trying to hold off the police with rocks and flagpoles, while women and children were among those beaten. Liang village is now encircled by police checkpoints, and no vehicles are allowed to move through freely, local residents said.” Video of cops being beaten back and more here “One villager posted on Weibo along with photos of bloody villagers: “The voice of the whole village says: first settle then demolish! First settle then demolish! First settle then demolish! But they ignored it, sent eight public buses and [a number of] police cars without license plates to the village to make trouble – they won’t even let children and elderly people go! Many children were beaten by electric batons…”
France, Paris: clashes as 4 high schools are blockaded in protest against election “Four high schools were blocked this Thursday morning in Paris and six others partially. Blockade put in place by high school students mobilized against the candidates present in the second round of the presidential election. …barricades were erected with rubbish bins and electoral panels. A banner saying “Neither Marine [Le Pen], nor Macron, neither country, nor boss” was hoisted on the barricade.…Several hundred people then gathered in the Place de la Republique, at the start of a demonstration that was to head towards the Place de la Nation. A part of the procession finally turned towards the Place de la Bastille. Clashes took place in the square and near Boulevard Beaumarchais, in the middle of the traffic that had not been cut. Protesters then threw bottles or stones at the police, who responded with tear gas. On the way to the procession, several bank branches were vandalized and tagged with the same anti Marine Le Pen and anti Emmanuel Macron slogans.” More here in English. “Mobs of angry protesters also smashed the windows of local businesses, while one business shop window was emblazoned with the message “neither banker, nor racist” in apparent reference to both candidates.”…Rennes: cops teargas high school students“Teenagers in Rennes and other French cities have held rallies or blocked schools in a protest against both presidential candidates…about 1,000 people came out in the western city to chant “neither Le Pen nor Macron”.Riot police used tear gas to stop them reaching the historic city centre.”
Guinea, Boke: 4th day of anti-mining riots; 1 killed““Shooting broke out again today because the police were patrolling and there were clashes. Young people have begun to erect barricades again,” said Mamadou Diallo, a resident of Boke.He said he had seen several people with gunshot wounds being treated in a local hospital….Demonstrators burned three vehicles belonging to SMB but mining operations picked up again by Thursday”
Guinea, Boke: 17 wounded by cops as resistance to mining and protest over lack of electricity continues “In the TP neighbourhood this morning, the Coumbassa family was attacked. His crime: to give lodging to a gendarme who serves in the city. A crowd stormed the Coumbassa family’s concession and destroyed “the big house and the annex”. “A member of the family was wounded there and the same people promised to return at night with gasoline to set it on fire,” a source of the family, inconsolable. The population of Boké demand electricity supplies in their homes. Yesterday Tuesday, several buildings and gear belonging to the EDG mining company were ransacked.”
South Korea: locals clash with cops over US missile installation “Clashes with local villagers, who have been protesting against THAAD deployment for months, erupted when six trailers carrying the radar and other hardware equipment for the American missile defense system entered the installation site at the golf course in South Korea early Wednesday,…Scuffles erupted when police tried to stop some 200 residents at the entrance to the golf course. Police had to mobilize additional forces to control some 8,000 people in the area and the traffic on the 905 provincial roads leading to the Seongju Golf Course. Local activists have been very vocal about the deployment of the US system, saying the presence of THAAD would make them a prime target for Pyongyang and Beijing. The protesters also said the system poses health and environmental problems.”
France, Dijon: various arson attacks on cars and bins
Iran, Behshar: protesters set fire to state-owned company that had stolen their money
South Africa, Cape Town: students protesting lack of service delivery burn down wooden security hut
Brazil, Brasilia: tear gas & rubber bullets v. spears & arrows “Brazilian military police in front of Congress fired tear gas and rubber bullets at indigenous protesters, who responded with arrows and spears to end what started as a peaceful protest by indigenous peoples…“The agricultural and evangelical lobby want to destroy our rights and turn Brazil into the world’s breadbasket, ending biodiversity,” ..The indigenous protesters have said they plan to camp out all week in front of Congress, claiming the government of President Michel Temer is working to roll back protections in various parts of the Amazon.”
Vietnam, Dong Tam: report on how the standoff with the state ended (see reports below for 17th & 18th April)
France, Paris: CFDT union office windows smashed and tagged with “Death to collaborators!” after union endorses neoliberal Macron
South Africa, North West: armoured cop vehicle burnt out during heavy clashes potesting lousy service delivery“…roads to and from surrounding areas such as Ottosdal, Coligny and Sannieshof were re-opened on Monday afternoon after being barricaded by dissatisfied Lichtenburg protesters protesting over housing and better service delivery. Four trucks were set alight in the area,”
Lichtenburg: cop nyala on fire
Philippines, Tarlac (Lusita): farmers and peasants occupy oligarch’s land in growing occupation movement “…farm workers and peasants in the Philippines have directly seized and occupied property claimed by one of the archipelago’s largest banks and main oligarch families, the Aquino clan. The move is an escalation of a long campaign to dismantle the unjust system of feudalism and landlord rule inherited from the period of Spanish colonialism. Gathered in the hundreds and carrying signs with slogans such as, “Land to the Tillers, Not to Their Killers,” members and supporters of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas — a militant mass movement of small farmers, landless peasants, farm workers, rural youth and women — converged on a walled-off section of Hacienda Luisita, a massive sugar plantation in the Tarlac province controlled by the Cojuangco-Aquino political dynasty. As hundreds of police and private security guards looked on, 700 farmers took turns destroying a concrete wall enclosing large tracts of land that were illegally sold to the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation. Eventually, a farm tractor was brought in to pull sections of the wall down.” For more info see this.
Guinea, Boke: city rises up against mining pollution and power cuts “Riots have paralysed a major bauxite mining hub in Guinea, Africa’s top producer, as residents erected barricades and burned tyres to protest against high pollution levels and power cuts…The unrest broke out on Monday night in the city of Boke, home to mining companies Societe Miniere de Boke (SMB) and Companie Bauxite de Guinee (CBG) which each export around 15 million tonnes of the aluminium ore annually….”It’s nearly the whole city that has risen up against the pollution and power cuts”
Australia, Victoria: anarchists graffiti war memorial just before Anzac day
France, Paris: clashes with cops, some attacks on cop vehicles, banks, bus shelters etc., during anti-election rally…It has to be pointed out that most of those involved in these anti-election riots are the “Appelistes” or their followers, whose ideology included a disgusting apology for ISIS following the mass murder at Bataclan in November 2015, an attack which was deemed “anti-economic” by Coupat, the Appelistes/Tiquunist leader/ideologist. For what it’s worth turnout in the election was 77.77 percent, the lowest in a French presidential election for 15 years.
Paris: key to the ignition
“Ballot boxes for the dead, the street for the living”
…Nantes: bins burnt etc. during anti-election street party “…a call for students and high school students to gather in front of the faculty of Letters this Monday, April 24 at midday: “In order not to give the ruling classes the right to govern us”… Essonne: town hall, where voting takes place – window broken, bins burnt, wall paint-bombed and graffitied with anarchist slogans…Var: Front National offices attacked, organiser hit with bottle This is in an area where Le pen came 1st, the scandal-ridden crudely neoloiberal Fillon came 2nd and the more subtly neoliberal frontrunner Macron came 3rd.
France, Paris: stones v tear gas…Aulnay (banlieu of Paris): 50 youths surround cop van trying to release young guy arrested for targeting cops with laser beam; cops fire live rounds in the air
German, Cologne: clashes between anti-fascists and cops
Argentina, Santa Cruz: clashes as unpaid public sector workers try to enter governor’s official residence
Peru, Lima: small riot as cops crack down on fly pitchers
Senegal, Louga: clashes between cops and motorbike taxis over intensified controls
France, Paris: 100 high school students blockade schools and then demonstrate against the “presidential masquerade” of the election, smash and tag Socialist Party offices
Venezuela, Caracas: 8 people electrocuted during looting of bakery in working class district…More about looting elsewhere here “A woman whose butcher’s shop was ransacked in violence overnight in Venezuela says the attack was like “a war.” Liliana Altuna says looters armed with guns and knives attacked about 30 businesses in the community of El Valle over the course of five hours. An officer tried to help but Altuna says police were unable to stop looters from breaking the windows of her business and violently grabbing refrigerators, lamps, security cameras and anything else they could seize.”…More here
El Valle, Caracas: the remains of the day
Colombia, Cali: masked students chuck potato bombs at cops, block roads for 2 hours
Taiwan, Taipei: public sector workers clash with cops outside legislature over pension reductions “… seven police officers were injured in the clashes, and several lawmakers, mayors and magistrates were pushed, shoved and beaten by angry protesters. A satellite news gathering vehicle was also damaged during the clashes”
France, Marseille: another clash at Le Pen rally“Some ultra-left demonstrators hurled projectiles and firecrackers at police, prompting them to respond by firing tear gas canisters and to arrest at least four protesters.“
Greece, Athens: more clashes with cops around Exarchia
UK, N.Yorkshire: 2 cop vehicles vandalised during the day…Brighton: 100m. development project squatted for homeless
Vietnam, Dong Tam: 15 out of 38 cops & state officials taken hostage released after 4 villagers are released by cops “On April 15, 2017, the Hanoi police arrested four violators to serve the investigations into the “causing public disorder” case, but their vehicles were held and damaged, and 38 city policemen and officials of My Duc were illegally apprehended. Municipal leaders came to the locality, explained the illegal actions to the locals and requested them to release the captured officials and police. At the same time, the city also sent two working groups to the commune to work with the locals, who, however, did not cooperate and even threw sand and rocks to the officials, injuring some of them. On April 18, four citizens arrested on April 15 were released as they showed signs of repentance. Meanwhile, 15 of the apprehended officials and policemen were released by the locals and three officials managed to escape earlier. ” More here “20 police officers and government officials of My Duc District are still being held illegally, they said. Bach Thanh Dinh, deputy chief of Hanoi police, said the city is trying to do everything it can to solve the problem, and the top priority is to rescue everyone. “We will solve this using the laws,” Dinh said, pledging to impose strict punishment on those responsible for the crime. On Saturday, Hanoi police detained four people from My Duc’s Dong Tam Commune, around 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city center, for breaking land use regulations. The violations have not been specified. Disgruntled villagers then took hostage 38 police officers and government officials at a communal house. Hanoi authorities had called for their release and also discharged the villagers arrested.”
More here “…authorities had made no compromises with the farmers and those responsible for detaining the police officers and local officials would be dealt with according to the law. …The Hanoi government has gradually increased a security presence around Dong Tam, while electricity and wireless phone networks have been cut off in the area, leaving residents unable to communicate with the outside world. State media had cited the farmers as saying they are treating the detainees well, though rights group Defend the Defenders said in a statement Sunday that the farmers were keeping them in a closed room and were prepared to “burn them with petrol” if authorities attack the village. The farmers have demanded that the government give up its plan to take their farmland without compensation….”
Australia, Perth: cops attacked with bottles etc. after trying to break up party
UK, Aberdeen: Lord Provost gets upset by graffitied war memorials to mass murder…Birkenhead: former brainwashing centre squatted to provide shelter for homeless
US, Baton Rouge: schoolkids critique their conditioning
Vietnam, Dong Tam: 38 cops & government officials taken hostage by angry villagers resisting land grab; villagers block roads in & out of village “At least a dozen policemen were held hostage on Sunday (April 16th) by angry villagers protesting against the confiscation of their land by the army. The authorities have called for calm, but it seems that the hostage-taking is still ongoing…Police officers forced to retreat in front of the stone-throwing of the inhabitants, scenes of riots … These images, very rare in this communist country that is Vietnam, have been widely diffused and commented about on social networks. But what has most marked the spirits is undoubtedly these policemen, a dozen, held hostage in a gymnasium. In a photo, they are seen resting – obviously they are not mistreated – they can even use their phones to call their family….the villagers offered to exchange their hostages for about fifteen farmers arrested by the police.…At the source of their anger, the decision taken by the authorities to confiscate their land for the benefit of a telecommunications company, Viettel, owned by the army. In Vietnam, all land belongs to the State and the authorities often confiscate land and then carry out juicy land transactions. The peasants are then entitled to compensation but they are far from covering the real value of their land and they lose their means of subsistence. In a country that closely controls freedom of expression, revolts are rare but driven to despair, some inhabitants are ready to do anything to defend their land. In 2012, in a case that’s remained famous, a fisherman wounded 7 policemen before being sentenced to five years in prison.” – report in French; report in English here ““Local residents said they have no intention of releasing the hostages unless the central government intervenes…People have closed off their villages. No one can come in or out. The police are surrounding the area also, preventing media access. The situation is tense,” …A My Duc resident told AFP Sunday police had fired in the air during Saturday’s clashes. “Some residents were also taken into custody by police for unknown reasons””
A barricaded road to Dong Tam commune with a banner that reads ‘The people of Dong Tam have absolute faith in the policies and the way of the party and state’. This attempt to assuage the hostility of the party and state towards the hostage-taking of the party’s and state’s defenders with a “correct” image of submissive “good intentions” will almost certainly not work.
Jamaica: report that vandalism is costing bus company millions a year “It is …this desperately felt need to see their own action, to do something that is really theirs, which causes masses of people to take up crafts or vandalism; and still others to try and suppress the split by attacking the separation in a unified way, by taking up coherent vandalism: the craft of the negative.” – from here
France, Paris: anti-Le Pen demonstrators clash with cops, attack journocops “RT’s correspondent at the scene, Charlotte Dubenskij, reports that the protest has turned violent with journalists being attacked with tears gas and bricks. “We have been caught in tear gas, we have had bricks thrown in the direction of us, one member of the press had his camera taken off of him and thrown on the floor,” Dubenskij, adding that fires erupted as well.”
Bangladesh, Rajshahi: sculptors off their heads – a critique of art…? See also this
Peru, Cuajone: report of illegal strike by miners blocking industrial railway bridge “Striking mine workers are standing strong despite the Peru Ministry of Labor declaring their strike illegal during a second appeal process yesterday and company threats to fire all the workers if they do not return to work by Wednesday. Construction workers, members of the Peruvian General Workers Confederation (CGTP), announced that they will join the strike in solidarity. On Sunday, police fired tear gas at strikers as they walked a picket line near an industrial railroad bridge above the Osmore River. The striking workers now control both sides of the bridge, preventing rail passage of the minerals from the mines to the nearby town of Ilo, where there is the refinery and the port. On Tuesday, the SUT-SPCC union is conducting worker assemblies in Ilo to make decisions for next steps.”
Mexico, Hidalgo: town hall taken over “indefintely” by local population following confrontations with extortionists
Greece, Athens: claim of responsibility for attack on house & car of president of public transport company
UK, Cleethorpe: build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put the teachers on the top, put the prefects in the middle, and burn the bloody lot….
South Africa, Eastern Cape: 100s of villagers squat land
US, Berkeley: heavy clashes between Trumpo-fascists and anti-fascists…video here …a critique of the event here…see also this, for a wider critique of anarchist & leftist alliances against fascism…and for an eyewitness account of the defeat of the anti-fascists, see the first comment below this article….and read this serious practical suggestion (of course, there are plenty of others, many in private; but it’s certainly not for someone as far away from this specific battle as me to recommend anything innovative other than what those living it are seriously reflecting on in public; such practical relevance of the situation in the US to combating the sense of impotence many feel towards the looming horror, starting with my own, and in the country I live in, has to be adapted to the situation of each person who reads this…but this give a general outline for the USA). Also this, though it simplistically claims that it was only because of police help that the ultra-ultra-right did so well. A contact writes: “…a failure to plan for these things was reflected in the lack of a defense in depth by the antifa which could have a) provided a more flexible reserve (or reserves) to deploy at crucial hot spots b) kept people with weapons available from the front where the cops were confiscating them, so they could be used when needed later, and c) so that counterattacks could be mobilized on the flanks and to the rear of the fascists, offsetting the advantages that the fascists had that day. Obviously some kind of coordination and overview must be necessary to do this work …”
“Although bullies can appear to be powerful, everything they do to wield power only disempowers them….Lacking any sense of self-worth, having given up on accomplishing anything meaningful to enrich others’ lives or their own, the only form of pride that remains to fascists is membership in an abstract category. They do not consider themselves valuable as individuals, but only as citizens, white people, “Western chauvinists,” members of a gang. This is the consolation prize of identity, reserved for weak individuals who feel that they have no value on their own merits.This consolation prize does not come cheaply. To obtain it, they have to crush everything beautiful in themselves, everything that renders them capable of empathy or creativity. They must contort their sexuality. They have to memorize mantras of entitlement—for those who benefit from unfair advantages, however slightly, are always nagged by the sneaking suspicion that they do not deserve what they have. They have to work hard not to identify with others, not to recognize themselves in those who are different from them, not to stand out as unique.This sort of self-policing is a full-time job. Rendering themselves helpless and weak before their overlords, they imagine they are rooting out weakness. Destroying everything in themselves that could render them capable of freedom, they imagine they are defending their freedom. Rendering relations of mutual trust impossible, they tell themselves they are protecting their communities.At the bottom of all their sadism, we find a fundamental masochism. To justify their behavior, they need to be on the receiving end of violence. They must be at once master race and underdog, torturer and victim. Carrying out genocides, they protest that they are the ones targeted for genocide. Wracked with self-loathing, on some level they must genuinely desire to be exterminated for the exterminations they hope to carry out….These goons are of great use to the authorities. They can carry out attacks that the state is not yet able to, intimidating those who might otherwise rebel. They distract from the institutionalized violence of the state, which is still the cause of most of the oppression that takes place in our society. Above all, they enable the authorities to portray themselves as neutral keepers of the peace.”
– from here
Germany, Cologne: clashes with cops as cops protect 10 fascists
UK, Dorset: much of stately home destroyed in arson attack Of course, there’s no way of knowing if this was done for the insurance or what, and of course, it would have been nice if it had been permanently squatted, but…
Zambia, Southern Province: riots break out in several towns following re-election of president
Venezuela, Miranda: 15 shops looted, as government and official opposition blame each other for this subversion of commodity relations “The latest in more than a week of violent clashes erupted overnight Thursday to Friday in the town of Los Teques near the capital. Protesters mounted barricades and hurled Molotov cocktails, and police fired tear gas,…Capriles, governor of the surrounding Miranda state, said 15 shops were looted, including several bakeries. Speaking at a news conference, he alleged that “all the acts of vandalism” were ordered by the government. The pro-government mayor of Los Teques, Francisco Garces, on Twitter blamed the looting on “violent opposition factions.”” This claims 26 businesses were looted after 4 slip roads to the main motorway were blocked, barricades erected on 11 other roads and the HQ of the People’s Guard was attacked.
Guatemala, Guatemala City: prison riot over lack of conjugal visits and lack of stoves
Morocco, Fes: about 60 cops injured as students clash with cops following repression of attempt to have sit-in in support of students on trial
Senegal, Cherif-Lo: confrontations with cops in resistance to local state’s land theft
Venezuela, Guarenas: looting of stores as resistance to state goes beyond official opposition “At least 14 businesses were affected after a group of people entered and looted establishments by force …According to Efe, a shoe store, a jewelery, hairdressers and a lottery agency of the Miranda Shopping Center, located in the sector of Trapichito, were some of the most affected shops, while a bakery and a supermarket… were attacked by looters. The people stormed the place in the early morning hours,”attacked” the guards and damaged the main entrances…Although it was an isolated event in relation to the rest of the country, this coincided with the culmination of an opposition protest, which took place in the same area and ended with the closure of a nearby street. …the demonstration culminated around 1 am and …after the withdrawal of the security forces, “the looting began” ….the guards came to the site as the looting was in full swing, but…they withdrew because other nearby shopping areas also had problems. Losses at the jewelry are estimated at about 50 million bolivars…Dao pointed out that in the jewelry he worked with gold pieces and repaired watches and assured that “they took everything”. He complained that if looting was supposed to be because people are “hungry,” he does not understand why they steal jewelry.” See also this. “While demonstrations are often held in middle-class neighbourhoods, this most recent wave of unrest for the first time has prompted protests in the slums that have historically been bastions of support for the socialist revolution launched nearly two decades ago by Hugo Chavez, the late president.” Undoubtedly this is because of the general worldwide crisis, partly involving the international drop in the value of oil here causing a massive inflation rate (about 800%), and the resulting misery of poverty and endless queues to buy stuff from stores where prices are fixed by the state or from the black market rackets where businesses are able to sell stuff at far higher prices than the ordinary stores to those who can afford to avoid spending hours and hours queuing.
Lithuania: the devil attacks hill of crosses; ideology of sacrifice put in doubt Apparently schoolkids are often forced to go to this hill, covered with as many as 500,000 crosses (located over 220 kilometers from the capital in a country of under 3 million people), in order to learn the joys of Christian duty – e.g.self-flagellation. Schoolkids used to subvert this by stealing a cross and chucking it in the bin. See also this.
Niger, Niamey: cops force 23,000 students out of university after clashes in capital and elsewhere “…pupils and students very quickly occupied a few crossroads in the vicinity of their establishments, erecting barricades and setting fire to tires.“
France: top cop complains that cops are no longer respected/feared “There is no respect for those wearing uniforms. Part of the population, certainly a minority, seeks confrontation with authority at all costs and often refuses ID controls” explained Philippe Capon, the boss of Unsa-police. In the neighborhoods, “work is becoming infernal”. Should be pointed out that this in response to only an increase of 1.2% in such attacks. In the 70s and 80s there was considerably less respect for/fear of uniforms than there is now. Far too many people seem to think that France is permanently in a state of insurrection when it’s very very far from the case (for the moment, at least).
Mexico, Puebla: villagers protest against new commercial use of communal water pipe, fight cops, expel them from construction site (video) According to this article in Spanish a cop was also taken hostage as an exchange against various detained individuals.
Sweden , Gothenburg: 2nd night of riots “Police say the rioting originally started on Saturday evening when they were attacked by several “youths” who threw rocks at them. The officers decided to increase their presence the following day but were attacked once again in the evening by more young men, this time armed with Molotov cocktails…Hammarkullen is considered one of 55 no-go zones where police are not welcome and are often attacked. In December last year, police had to use a helicopter and special police forces to return order to the area after multiple cars were set on fire.”
“The fire destroyed several apparatuses and structural parts of the lower floors of the laboratory. …The amount of damage is around half a million euros. Cryptolab is a laboratory of industrial mathematics and cryptography created in 2010 that conducts cutting-edge research in the field of data and information security, in particular banking (electronic payments) or computer science. It works in close collaboration with national partners, such as the Ministry of Defence, which appeared on one of the lab’s promotional brochures in 2015, or internationally, such as the State of Israel through the Bruno Kessler Foundation, to create armaments intended for the “management of urban security” …”
France, Corsica (Ajaccio): clashes at Le Pen rally It seems that most of this attack comes from Corsican nationalists, though below the photo showing criticism of Le Pen for being pro-nuclear is an unusual stance for those who want an independent Corsica.
“Certified pro-nuclear” – in fact, almost all the candidates, including the “far Left” candidate Melenchon, are pro-nuclear. Officially, Melenchon is against nuclear power, but he fully supports military nuclear arms and research (including depleted uranium) , which is over 50% of the State’s nuclear investment. And even for civil use, his position is hardly different from Hollande’s was before the last election – ie a very slow programme of closing them down (so slow, in fact, that Hollande in his 5 years as president has not even begun disinvestment, let alone making progress in shutting down any nuclear reactors ).
US: anti-war demos in at least 12 cities following intervention in Syria…Florida: anti-war demonstration clashes There’s a list of links to English language reports here on this French language site. It seems that this demo largely involved various types of maoists, including those of the RCP. A contact writes: “The minimal number of hand-made signs versus the sea of identitcal paper slogans cranked out by the Organization, and the banner “Refuse Fascism”, with its apeal “In the Name of Humanity…” – a humanity from which the Maoists have done a better job of subtracting than anyone else – confirms the growing power of this best and most well-financed …of the bureaucratic left, an archaism brought back to life by the return to archaic conditions in society. One notices the complete absence of anarchist signs or those of the other tendencies as well…downright monolithic; positively stone-age….I just found the same Maoist signs masquerading, or being taken as the new normal for protest, on the NYT Charles Blow editorial page. This is what the RCP is succeeding at now, becoming the face of modern protest for an amnesiac America.” Later, the same contact wrote: “I just got a much better screen-grab of the demo in Jacksonville (FL) and it is now clear that the sea of yellow signs are not those of the RCP (whose banner nonetheless leads the demo), but those of Workers’ World – the /other/ Stalinists, whose nationwide presence has so far been less prominent. Also curious (sanctioned by whom?) are the numerous Syrian flags. An article I saw after typing-in ‘anti war demonstrations in Florida’ gave me another story, that there were counter demonstrators with whom the anti-war demonstrators had been fighting. That notwithstanding, what I have seen so far (there is more to be seen that I haven’t yet) shows cops attacking the demonstrators, and not counter-demonstrators….A third group, featured in the RT version of events in Florida. Ramsey Clark has long been a fixture of pro-ML politics here, but this is the first time in a long while I’ve seen his outfit featured prominently in the news. The graveyard of leftism is coming back to life.” And this affirms that the “International League of Peoples’ Struggle”, a Maoist front behind the International Action Committees, are significantly involved in these demos against the bombing of Syria. For a critique of Maoism in practice see this…. For a good comparison of intervention in Syria and in Libya, see this….For a statement from Syrian and Iranian “Socialists” see this (which is not in any way to endorse the political perspectives of this group)… For a reminder that every idiot’s “favourite UK Prime Minister” was in favour of chemical weapons, see this….
New York: parents occupy part of school to try to get principal removed
France, Guyana (Cayenne): commissioner of police seriously injured during violent confrontations as strike leaders are refused an audience with the prefecture, the first expression of anti-state violence since General Strike began 3 weeks ago “A commissioner was injured, tear gas was used by the gendarmes. …”… The commissioner is seriously injured, “said a policeman at the megaphone from the front door of the prefecture, barricaded. “Heavily wounded at the collarbone”, this man remained “unconscious on the ground for about ten minutes” and “we were forced to use tear gas to extricate him”…Several other policemen, as well as another commissioner, are “slightly injured” after being beaten, according to Laurent Lenoble, who described the violence as “unacceptable.” The collective has “taken a turn” which is “far from respecting republican values” and it “is discredited”, he regretted. According to a member of the collective “Pou La Gwiyann dékolé” (for Guiana to take off), which had organized a rally in front of the prefecture since mid-afternoon to demand that its demands be taken into account, the “500 Brothers against delinquency “, a group whose hooded members supervise the demonstrations, made a cordon in front of the policemen. But the crowd managed to beat them up. “
Check out the entry for 4/4/17 for some nuanced comments.
South Africa, Limpopo: looting during protest “…residents blocked roads leading to Polokwane…The violence then escalated to the township itself where people started looting shops, including a KFC outlet at the Seshego mall. A truck belonging to a businessman was torched…The suspects then later took advantage of the nightfall and broke into the Total Sport store at the Seshego mall and looted some items. An attempt was made to break into Foschini store” .No explanation of what the protest was about in this article.
South Africa, Johannesburg: wildcat strike in gold mine ends after over 2 weeks See also entry for 24/3/17
France, Essonne: 6 screws injured in youth section of prison This attack at Fleury follows demonstrations by screws in front of prisons in Fresnes (Val-de-Marne) and Bois-d’Arcy (Yvelines) to protest against the assault of two of them in front of their home or on their way to work, poor things. The one at Val-de-Marne was recognised by former prisoners and ended up in hospital.
Overpopulation at Fleury is 148.8% on average, which implies several people per cell with beds on the ground. The situation is more critical in the men’s quarters (171%) than in the women’s sector with an average of 246 inmates. Prison overcrowding is constantly increasing as the rate of occupancy among men was 150% in 2013 and 156% in 2014. The state is planning to build well over 30 prisons, though inevitably these too will become overcrowded as, for obvious reasons, capital is forced to lock up increasing amounts of those they need to crush and/or to put to slave labour.
The screws have decided to go on strike against the counter-violence of those on the receiving end of state brutality. We should support such a strike as long as it continues for a minimum of 100 years.
Argentina, Buenos Aires: clashes with cops during general strike as demonstrators block main motorway “The one day strike action over cuts to government spending and rising prices saw transport services grind to a halt. Teachers, factory workers and other important public sector employees also took part in the walkout.” More here (includes videos)“…national and international flights were canceled as well as public transportation during the 24-hour general strike, bringing a halt to activities in health, education, manufacturing, banking, garbage collection, and even some government offices...They are protesting double-digit inflation, rising basic commodity products, cuts to services, and mass layoffs. The protests took place on the same day that Macri hosts the first World Economic Forum, in the high-class neighborhood of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires. The event brings together politicians, bankers, businessmen, think tanks, NGOs, and representatives of other governments.”
France, Guyana: strike leaders occupy space station during general strike The reasons for this strike are multiple: unemployment, health conditions, judicial questions and, above all, lack of “security” (ie the high murder rate, which is largely being attributed to lack of border controls). So – for the moment – not essentially a radical strike at all even if virtually nobody is working…More here – which says that the state is offering an injection of 5 billion euros spread over 10 years (the strike leaders want 2.5 billion now), part of which will be used to finance a new prison and a squadron of mobile gendarmes! Pi writes: “It is interesting to see how a very difficult social situation in a very unusual territory (developing from colonial France, which served for a long time as a penal colony, and which was sparsely populated: especially communities of “marrons”, former escaped slaves who established isolated villages, and Native Americans) can also generate very restrained and “moderate” dynamics, where recourse to the centralist state, institutional funding, “security” etc. are directly demanded.” (most of this is reproduced from our entry for 28/3/17)…Yvelines: 20 or so youths attack cops with stones
Philippines, Bulacan: Duterte, full of demagogic populist rhetoric, backs off from threats to evict thousands of squatting families “Thousands of homeless families who faced eviction for occupying idle units in six government housing projects in Bulacan province last month are going to keep the houses after all. President Duterte on Tuesday said he would give members of the urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Maralita (Kadamay) the government houses in Bulacan, and asked military and police personnel, supposed to be the original beneficiaries, to let go of the units. In turn, Mr. Dutere promised to build better houses for members of the police and the military by December, as he sought understanding for the poor. As of March 20, 5,262 houses had been occupied by Kadamay members…“Let’s not trouble the people there because they’re fighting back. Their only sin is really, they are poor like us,” Mr. Duterte said at the 120th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio on Tuesday. “I will give you better houses, more expensive, more comfortable and more spacious,” he added. The President said he would supervise the new housing project for the police and soldiers himself and make sure these had running water and electricity. The tone of the President’s statements on Tuesday was a departure from that of his statements last month, when he said the homeless families that occupied the Bulacan houses must follow the law or he would be forced to remove them from the area. “That’s good. But it should be written down. They have to issue that document because that statement could be taken back anytime,” Kadamay chair Gloria Arellano said. “We will not celebrate yet. We will not yet offer our gratitude …”
Venezuela, Caracas: clashes with cops as Maduro becomes increasingly dictatorial
This is largely dominated by the right-wing opposition parties, which does NOT, of course, mean, like most of the Left, that we shouldn’t oppose Chavismo or Murdurismo. But then the Left have never opposed anything fundamentally. About the only site from Venezuela with more or less an acceptable class perspective is “El Libertario”, which Leftist worshippers of Chavez and his heir have (in the past) denounced as “false anarchists” merely because they’ve supported certain elements of opposition.
Rwanda, Kigali: prisoners riot just 3 days after previous riot “Inmates protesting living conditions at Gasabo prison in the Rwandan capital of Kigali hurled stones over the prison’s walls on Monday, damaging nearby houses and disrupting traffic, residents and officials said. Rioting began on Friday when the prison, which houses at least 5,000 inmates, caught fire, according to residents living near the prison. Police used tear gas to stop the protest….Riots are rare in Rwanda. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association has in the past described Rwanda as a nation where protests are not allowed.”It was like 200 people throwing stones at the same time and when the riot police arrived, they kept throwing stones…They were hurling stones over there and it looked like hundreds of stones being thrown. You can see it, the window and door glasses have been smashed”
France, Paris: cops stoned on margins of demo of 6000 against cop murderers Video here…Alencon: cops stoned, a dozen cars burnt, during clashes lasting several hours…Bordeaux: windows, ATMs smashed, tags, cops stoned on anti-Le Pen march (includes video)
“Down with politics!”
France: Director General of Internal Security claims demonstrations for Chinese guy murdered by cops have been infiltrated by the Chinese mafia and agents from Beijing (you might think this is an April Fool’s joke, but it’s not).
The word ‘March’ comes from the Roman ‘Martius’. This was originally the first month of the Roman calendar, perhaps because of the Spring equinox on March 21st. In ancient Rome several festivals of Mars took place in March, presumably in preparation for the campaigning season, since Mars was a god of war. March remained the beginning of the calendar year until the start of the ‘Gregorian’ calendar in 1752, and it is only since then that the year began on 1st January. The Anglo-Saxons called the month Hlyd monath which means Stormy month, or Hraed monath which means Rugged month.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
– Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Eire, Dublin: wildcat transport strike bring city to a standstill “…the extension of the dispute to Irish Rail and Dublin Bus last Friday was strongly condemned by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “I condemn the wildcat strike which took place unofficially last week which brought this city and so many other places, hundreds of thousands of people, to a standstill,’’ he said. “
Greece, Athens: anarchists molotov cops, 2 cars burnt out…Golden Dawn fascists’ HQ attacked
Paraguay, Asuncion: Congress building set ablaze, entire ground floor burnt down, during protest against president’s decision to re-run for election Much of this involves support for the opposition parties, but I’d guess that burning Congress would be something outside of their remit. Video here
Colombia, Bogota: clashes outside University with riot cops after fare increases
Philippines, Manila: report about homeless occupying 6000 empty housing units for almost a month “Led by the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), an urban poor organization, and supported by various activist groups, those who taking part in the occupation have put up barricades and held their ground for almost a month already in the face of harassment and threats of eviction by housing authorities and police forces. Early into the occupation, President Rodrigo Duterte accused the movement of sowing “anarchy” and vowed to use force to evict them from the mass housing units. “If you want to ignore the law, you cannot do that. I will force the issue with eviction,” he said….After a dialogue by housing officials with Kadamay, the Duterte government backed off from the planned forced eviction of the families, which was scheduled to begin last March 27. Kadamay called this an important victory of the collective struggle of the poor.” Given Duterte’s crudely brutal fascist policies, I suspect that calling this a victory is premature, but we shall see…But for the moment, just see this brief leaflet from Indonesia calling for “Death to Duterte” “Many drug users are terrified for their safety and are attempting to escape the slaughter by voluntarily reporting themselves to State authorities in an attempt to preempt visits from the death squads. Subsequently, thousands of people been detained in overcrowded disease infested disused Filipino military camps deemed “rehabilitation centers”. There are no release dates for people detained in these barbaric “rehabilitation” centers which function as ad-hoc prisons, complete with screws who subject drug users to torturous “character building” practices” to “atone for their sins” and activities designed to instill (by force) nationalist pride as a “rehabilitation” strategy.”)
India, Uttar Pradesh: clashes with cops as brother of leading Islamic politician is accused of rape
South Africa, Cape Town: housing activists occupy empty nursing home
France, Paris: 4th night of clashes over murder of Chinese man by BAC cops…Rouen: a dozen youths attack cops with stones during control of scooter driver
Congo, Lubumbashi: national insurance office burnt down, street barricades, clashes with cops, after official opposition calls for protests “Young protesters carried tree branches and burned tires in the streets while shouting and chanting…Rioters burned down the offices of the national insurance company before they were dispersed by police…In the city of Lubumbashi in Upper Katanga, hundreds of young men took over the streets and stopped vehicles from moving.” Normally would not put up this report about political opposition, but I suspect that many of those involved have used the protest as a pretext for expressing genuine anger.
Colombia, Bogota: students throw potato bombs at the state’s armed bureaucrats
Greece, Athens: cops molotoved during strike (photos only)
Zimbabwe, Lupane: students riot against crap food, electricity cuts and “insecurity” “Students at Lupane State University (LSU) in Lupane stoned Vice Chancellor Professor Pardon Kuipa’s car during protests against poor diet, power cuts and poor security at the university. The students allegedly stormed management offices, demanding to meet Prof Kuipa and Dean of Students, Mr Honest Ncube before looting cooked and uncooked food from service providers. Students said the university mainly relies on a generator for electricity, which they said is switched off at 10PM when they want to study or write assignments. They also stated that there is no security at the hostels and that outsiders come in as they please with no proper checking. They fear their valuables will be stolen.”
South Africa, Gauteng: burning barricades in protest against electricity cuts Video here
Chile, Santiago: molotovs thrown at insecurity forces on day of remembrance for victims of Pinochet “At least three people were injured, including a security guard who was shot, during clashes between police and protesters…Protesters in Villa Francia, where the 21-year-old guard was shot in the hand, started fires and hurled various objects at police vehicles. In the municipality of San Bernardo, a police officer reportedly suffered a broken jaw after being stoned. Local press reported that another policeman was hit in the face by around 16 pellets.” Video here
France, Paris: 3rd night of anti-cop riots (videos)…Toulouse: high school students clash with cops, set fire to part of school This happened – in a “difficult” area – after a blockade of the school, with the gate being chained up, in solidarity with an employee at the school who’d been disciplined or dismissed (not made clear in this report). The admin had broken the chain after which some students set fire to plants at the school, the fire spreading, and the school forced to evacuate. No-one was hurt. The cops came and launched teargas and flashballs at the students and they responded with stones, smoke bombs and fireworks. No arrests.…Rennes: 15 people at a meeting of The Republicans (presidential candidate Fillon’s party), including 2 local Republican deputies, get sprayed with piss and fish soup; Socialists condemn this attack on demockrazy
UK, Stansted: activists blockade runway, stop mass deportations
Brazil, Campinas: barricades put up against state forces evicting squatters “Protesters in the Brazilian city of Campinas set up barricades of wood and tires Tuesday as they battled military police trying to evict hundreds of people from squatter settlements where they had been living since July…Video images posted online showed fires burning in the southern city of 1.1 million people as government officials moved into the area to remove squatters. Informal settlements set up by Brazilians who say they have nowhere else to live are not uncommon in Latin America’s largest country, which is suffering from its worst recession on record and a lack of affordable housing. Residents said they were taken aback by the scale of the police operation that destroyed their shacks made of scrap wood and corrugated iron.”
Mexico, Nuevo Leon: 2 prisoners die on 2nd day of riot “…at least two inmates died and 13 people sustained injuries, including two guards, at the Cadereyta prison near the city of Monterrey….A riot on Monday, in which at least nine people were injured, began as inmates protested the use of X-ray machines to screen visiting relatives, while the one on Tuesday began after inmates set fires and attacked the prison’s pharmacy in what they said was a response to a lack of food and water caused by Monday’s riot. Aldo Fasci Zuazua, the public security secretariat for Nuevo León state, said the riot at the prison on Tuesday began after 56 inmates from the group known as The Renegades broke into the pharmacy to steal medication. Fasci Zuazua said the inmates stole the medication to use them recreationally and burned mattresses in two areas of the prison to distract authorities. He said one inmate died in a hospital after inhaling smoke and injecting or taking drugs, while the other burned to death.”
France, French Guyana (South American area which is part of France): total general strike – 2nd day The reasons for this strike are multiple: unemployment, health conditions, judicial questions and, above all, lack of “security” (ie the high murder rate, which is largely being attributed to lack of border controls). So – for the moment – not essentially a radical strike at all even if virtually nobody is working…More here – which says that the state is offering an injection of 5 billion euros spread over 10 years, part of which will be used to finance a new prison and a squadron of mobile gendarmes! Pi writes: “It is interesting to see how a very difficult social situation in a very unusual territory (developing from colonial France, which served for a long time as a penal colony, and which was sparsely populated: especially communities of “marrons”, former escaped slaves who established isolated villages, and Native Americans) can also generate very restrained and “moderate” dynamics, where recourse to the centralist state, institutional funding, “security” etc. are directly demanded.”
…Paris: 2nd night of clashes with cops over their murder of Chinese guy “Ten people were arrested in a second night of protests in Paris over the killing by police of a Chinese father of five, an incident that has caused tensions with Beijing. Around 400 members of the Asian community and supporters of anti-racism groups gathered outside a police station in the northeast of the capital to again denounce the fatal shooting of Shaoyo Liu, 56, in his home two days earlier. Those who were arrested had thrown projectiles, the police said”.…More here This Breitbart report tries to link these riots to anti-Chinese riots globally, when it’s clear that these were anti-cop riots, and in fact, not just Chinese people were involved in attacking the cops. It’s typical of much of racism today which superficially condemns racism whilst in fact encouraging it, including encouraging the miserable conditions that spawn racial scapegoats. In saying, “These attitudes cannot be stopped. They come from masses of people, not from the leaders, whose job becomes to deal with these populist attitudes in a way that does the least amount of damage” such scummy journalism uses an event in which institutionalised racism on the part of the cops intentionally hides the role of these leaders in covertly encouraging such divisions.
…Montpellier: local offices of Socialist Party and National Front vandalised and tagged
Italy, Lecce: clashes with cops in resistance to olive tree removal to make way for gas pipeline “Police charged twice in order to move protestors away from gates to the work site and a number of people were injured. Some of the protestors suffered bruising and others felt ill after the clashes, union sources said. The removal of the olive trees was suspended, but later resumed. Tension remained high later in the day and demonstrators threw stones at police was trucks entered the site, hurting two officers. The police baton-charged the protesters again to stop them getting into the site.”
France, Paris: riots after cops murder Chinese man More here “Clashes erupted late Monday in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, on the sidelines of the gathering of about 150 people in tribute to Shaoyo Liu, who died the day before. […] The demonstration degenerated when individuals broke the window of a police car. The rear of the vehicle was burned altogether because of “probably an incendiary object,”…Policemen and protesters then faced off. Several clashes erupted, as shown by photos and videos broadcast on social networks. The situation subsided shortly before midnight. Three policemen from the security and intervention company (CSI 75) were “slightly wounded by projectiles”…more here in English…video
According to the daughter of the murdered man, at round about 7.30 pm her father was cleaning a fish with scissors. The neighbour above was very noisy and he went upstairs and asked for silence. He then returned downstairs to continue doing the cooking. There was then a very loud and persistent knocking on the door, and the father didn’t dare open it as the cops were in plain clothes and he suspected the people, whom he didn’t know were cops, had some malicious intent (which clearly proved to be correct). There was some confusion as the cops continued knocking violently and then they smashed open the door, there was a shot and her father collapsed onto the floor in front of her and her sister. According to the media, it was a case of legitimate defence even though, according to one of his daughters, the cops had not revealed their identity and the father was merely carrying the scissors for cleaning the fish. After the murder, the cops isolated the children in their bedroom and cut them off from all outside communication. The wife of the victim was fetched back from her work and held at the bottom of the building for more than 2 hours.
Mexico, Nuevo Leon: 4 screws taken hostage during prison riot…video & report here “Four prison guards were taken hostage after a riot broke out at Cadereyta state prison, Monday, with hundreds of inmates reportedly setting fire to mattresses, sending smoke billowing into the sky over the facility. Some 600 members of the prison’s 2,000-strong population allegedly began burning the mattresses in retaliation to strict security controls. The four prison guards were taken hostage during the uprising and at least 45 people, both guards and prisoners, were wounded.”
UK, Birmingham: arson attack on luxury Mercedes
Morocco, Al Hoceima: cop residence attacked, cops’ cars and cop bus burnt by high school students after march is forbidden
Chile, Araucania: Mapuche indians burn out forestry machinery
US, Nebraska: sacked worker causes millions of dollars worth of damage to small-time capitalists
France, Rouen: parts of primary school ransacked “Three to four classrooms, the director’s office and the teachers’ room were devastated. The authors broke the cabinets and drawers and scattered their contents on the floors, while liquid and powdered coffee was spilled in the teacher’s room. Surprisingly, few tables were overturned. The canteen, located outside, suffered the same fate. The door was broken, and chocolate yoghurt thrown over the floor and on the furniture while the water fountain was opened….The computer equipment remained in tact and according to initial findings, little has disappeared”…Val-de-Marne: cops in car ambushed, attacked with stones…Seine-St.Denis: cops shot at 7 times whilst intervening in brawl; no arrests
Belarus, Minsk: clashes continue over tax on the unemployed…over 400 out of about 700 demonstrators arrested…internet shut down Unfortunately there are, as usual, far too many people looking to the official opposition to save them…but not all “We, the partisan-anarchists, take responsibility for the symbolic attack on March 24, 2017 on the building of the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Belarus for the Gomel region. We threw two Molotov cocktails into the window one of cabinet. At the time of the attack hundreds of thousands of people were spiritually with us throughout the country and beyond. This energy gave us great strength and right.
Let’s note that it was not principally for us to attack specifically this building. Any other inspection would also suit: regional, city, district – it does not matter. Each of them deserved the people’s revenge. The tax authorities regularly called and sent out “letters of happiness” about levying a tax on the unemployed. At the very moment when the people in Belarus were crushed by economic extortion from the state and firmly said: “Basta! to tax and regime”; when protesters claim to state policy and are outraged by the work of tax inspections, the officials, sitting in the offices, continue to indulge the authorities in stealing money of workers and temporarily unemployed people. They do
not think that they are in complicity with state racket, i.e. Crime, which includes a whole list of punitive measures against common people: blackmail, extortion, threats, repression, enforcement to social and economic slavery.…”
Australia, New South Wales: clashes with cops as protesters trying to stop deportation, camp outside detention centre
France, Val-de-Marne: 2 molotovs thrown at police station in rue Jacques Prevert
“A great barfly plumber
Dressed for Sunday even though it’s Monday
Sings for himself all alone
Sings that it’s Friday
That he won’t go to class
That the war is over
And work as well
That life is so beautiful…” – Jacques Prevert, ‘And the Party Continues’
Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby: buildings on fire, looting, as riots break out
looting in Boroko area of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
More here “…a supermarket, medical centre, dentist and chemist were burnt to the ground…“Almost the entire business block across the road has been destroyed, unnecessarily by raging fires, rampant looting and out of control crowds,”…”
Mexico, Tamaulipas: mass prison tunnel escape and riot precedes fatal clash between prisoners
The interior of the 40-metre tunnel, through which 29 inmates escaped; 13 have since been re-captured
New terrifying anti-riot vehicle demoralises people with terrifying music…More here
UK, Doncaster: wildcat postal workers strike
South Africa, Cape Town: housing activists occupy empty rooms in state buildings …Gauteng: school burnt down after resistance to eviction of land squatters…Johannesburg: wildcat strike begins in gold mine
Eire: report of 18 people facing potential life imprisonment for holding up deputy P.M.’s car during anti-water charge demos back in November 2015
“…a car carrying the Tánaiste (Deputy PM) was held up for two and a half hours by a community protest. The state’s now trying to take its revenge – one 17-year-old has already been found guilty of “false imprisonment”, and starting in April, 18 adults will face trials for the same incident, looking at charges which carry a potential life sentence.”
Mexico, Chiapas: part of town hall set fire to in protest against water shortages “…residents from neighborhoods in the town of Coita held a peaceful march demanding water and presenting various popular requests about the security of the municipality. The protest traveled to the offices of SAPAM (Municipal Water and Drinking Water System). Upon not receiving a response at that office nor from the corresponding authorities, the protesters occupied the town hall, set fire to the entrance, several offices, and a car they found parked outside. Similarly, the protesters captured some of the SAPAM bureaucrats in the Central Plaza, demanding immediate dialogue to resolve the situation.”
US, Missouri: prison riot
UK, London: this was written by Past Tense following the terrorist mowing down of 4 people and stabbing of a cop (put up on their site on 26/3/17) Excerpts:
“Seems like a good week to talk about Parliament…
So here’s some thoughts (not comprehensive, or even maybe coherent) :
1. As a project trying to link past present and future, we are generally opposed to random acts of terror involving passers-by; it would be hard to deny Parliament has made itself a target by a number of its actions.
2. An attack on Parliament is not an attack on OUR democracy – our is of a different more direct kind (if it is democracy at all. Jury’s out).
3. We’re broadly opposed to organised religion and specifically to religious fundamentalism of all kinds, and attempts to impose it by force.
4. We’re also opposed to attempts to impose the aims of the US/UK capital-political-military complex on other people around the world by force. Which has killed a few more people, though its not a competition.
5. Religious fundamentalists are leeches, particularly adept fastening onto vulnerable people with mental health problems, grooming them and pointing them at supposed enemies. This dynamic is present in some forms of Islam. And Christianity. And Judaism. And Hinduism. And Buddhism (Other whacko faiths are available).
6. We think religion is something we have dispense with as a species, but we’re unlikely to convince everyone soon; however, we don’t think it’s racist to say ‘religion is possibly not sensible’ because some people who are religious are Black or Asian. Some people use attacks on one or more religions as a human shield for basic racism. Some others use the defence of ‘don’t oppress me for my beliefs’ to cloak their misogyny, social control and hierarchical position within a given community. This makes saying what you think about things complex and fraught with pitfalls. Is this why we’re writing in this simplistic way? Or is it that we’re hung over? Who knows. Some leftist ‘anti-racists’ and even some ‘feminists’ have attacked ex-muslims for speaking openly about the abuses in Islam, deciding that if there’s a ‘hierarchy of oppression’, people resisting the religion they grew up in should remain somewhere near the bottom. Now I know why we got so drunk last night in the first place.
7. Nationalists, like fundamentalists, justify people mowed down in your path as you attack the perceived enemy as collateral damage. Or lump them in with the enemy because they’re non-believers, come from the same part of the world as the people ruling them, etc. Are you complicit in the crimes of your bosses, monarchs, parliaments, because of the borders you ‘share’? Is it your responsibility to differentiate yourself, and (whether you do or don’t), is it your lookout when the bombers (etc) come? On the other hand I heard a well-informed caller on the radio saying we should bar any Syrian refugees from Britain on the grounds that they were ‘all cowards’ who had failed to stay and fight Assad. Genuinely. “What would have happened if WE had done that with Hitler”? (NB, this person was not alive in WW2 so the ‘we’ must have been channelling a Blitz Spirit.)
8.And irrational fear and hate can be secular too…
But there’s also rational fear and hate. We prefer that kind. We are, we think, rationally afraid of what people can be persuaded to do in the name of this god or that, just as we are quite reasonably opposed to using these acts to justify locking up refugees, racism, xenophobia, sometimes downed with lashings of secular Western superiority (paid for in the blood of millions sacrificed on the altar of slavery and imperialism over the centuries). We are afraid of what nationalist dickwaving can unleash (more than one former resident of Yugoslavia has compared the post-Brexit vote atmosphere to 1990 in that ex-progressive state, just before the war); as we are opposed to swivel-brained little Englanders who have to pretend they wouldn’t like to re-introduce the birch, abolish abortion, ban women from going out to work, jail gays and reduce the minimum wage to £2.13, so as to have a swipe at ‘darkies’ who ‘won’t accept our values’. Integrate on this, you halfwits.
9.London is differently composed to much of the ‘UK”; there has been an element of ‘Keep Calm and Carry on, Londoners Won’t Be Cowed, etc. in the wake of this week’s attack. Appeals for a sort of cosmopolitan unity; which has a kernel worth discussing, but would be debateable, if not ridiculous in the face of the massive class cleansing taking place in this city. A process not devoid of the notable dynamics, that it is increasingly migrants doing the shit work that keeps the fabulous wealth of the capital comfy, and that they and older working class communities are in danger of being shifted out en masse to the midlands to make room for more wealthy muckyfucks. No obvious sign of ‘Keep Calm and introduce Rent Controls’ posters on the tube. Fake News? Fake Unity!
To stand against religious insanity AND racist foreigner bashing AND lefty fear of calling religion daft is strangely hard for many folk at the moment, and at the risk of being labelled liberal bleaters, the times they are a wee bit grim. Maybe all we can do is continue to oppose both where we can, avoid being hustled into kneejerk bollocks, try to talk and work out alternatives in as many arenas as we can, live in a way that is open and welcoming but not afraid to ask awkward questions. And bring up our kids to think for themselves, not take any faiths on wholesale.
And punch Nazis and Nigel Farage when you can.
Police and parliament are likely to seize on the atmosphere generated by the attacks to introduce measures that will help them with surveillance and control, to an even greater extent than they do already. Bearing in mind the revelation in recent days that the Met employed Indian hackers to break into the email accounts of a number of activists – mainly revealed to be from the environmental movement, so far, though who knows what’s more to come? This kind of info often drips into the public arena, if it ever emerges at all. Support your local Netpol, COPS, Spies Out of Lives, and so on…
Another likely upshot could be further extension to powers to block, prevent and exclude protests from the immediate neighbourhood of Parliament (one glaring oversight in the security ring around the building being the lack of bollards that prevent drivers veering onto the pavement on Westminster Bridge, though some in the press also gleefully called for an end to cycle lanes as the attacker drove along the one on the bridge. Mysterious, the lack of calls for banning of 4x4s because he was driving one. Weird, that.)
Of course restrictions can be got around… The exclusion zone around Parliament was brought in in 2003, as we have previously discussed, as MPs cheerfully voting for mass murder of Iraqis pretended to be concerned that terrorists could infiltrate protests with the aim of an attack on Parliament. In reality this was aimed specifically at Brian Haw’s famous permanent picket protesting sanctions and war against Iraq, in Parliament Square. Iraq war, state violence, individual violence, Islamism – told you it was all connected….”
US, Dakota: pipeline bosses moan about sabotage
Canada, Montreal: 6 youths show their humanity against inhuman conditions
France, Grenoble: local offices of Republicans redecorated by expert interior decorators Part of their communiqué: “…Whereas you call on people to vote to dispossess us once again of our capacity to act, we reply that we will refuse to delegate a part of our freedom, to submit to your masquerade. Rather, we call for a reversal of the balance of power in order to stop suffering the state of things. Tonight, we attacked a party, but it is the whole political apparatus that is targeted. We call for the multiplication of other forms of organization and of these gestures so that fear will change sides.
Shit to all forms of government.
No elections without revolt .”
obviously inspired by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
Northern hemisphere: Spring – sap rises up everywhere
US, Pittsburgh: county jail attacked by about 25 masked protesters “… a group of 20-25 protesters had become disorderly. They were throwing rocks at the building and setting off fireworks. Windows and glass panels were broken but the jail remained secure. Two Bike Officers were first to arrive on the scene. They encountered a group of people all dressed in black or dark clothing. Their faces were covered with masks or bandannas. Large-scale fireworks were being launched…As members of the group fled, some ran outbound along Second Avenue and others ran down the bike trail toward Downtown and cut through the parking lot. They damaged several vehicles by breaking their side mirrors and broke the mechanical arm of a gate that opens and closes the driveway. An Allegheny County Sheriffs vehicle and a civilian’s vehicle had shattered rear windows. A side door to the Municipal Court Building was graffitied. “ Anarchist report here
Bulgaria: wildcat strike demanding unpaid wages at country’s largest retail store company
Afghanistan, Maimana: cops set excellent example to cops worldwide
South Africa, Cape Town: main road closed due to clashes as cops stop land take-over
Guatemala, San Jose Pinula: 2 “jail monitors” killed in prison riot “…inmates also started a fire in one part of the prison. Police threw tear gas canisters to control the violent outbreak.”…2 more screws die “Guatemala’s National Civil Police, or PNC, is under high alert following several separate attacks nationwide in which three officers have been killed. Guatemalan officials do not believe the attacks are connected to the riot at the youth detention center….In the riot, the detained juveniles set fire to mattresses and attempted to escape the detention center through the roof of buildings after taking guards hostage. The Barrio 18 gang demanded improved conditions, including better food”
Australia, Sydney: 7 arrested during “riot” against cops “The group of men and women ignored police orders to move on when officers arrived at the Leichhardt street early Sunday.A riot soon broke out after some of the members tried to stop police attempting to arrest a man who allegedly tried to grab an officer’s gun.The group was pepper-sprayed but started throwing beer bottles towards police and their cars.”
US, Pennsylvania: 80 prisoners go on 24-hour strike Anarchist report of outside solidarity here
India, Manesar: after 13 workers get life imprisonment union calls just a 1 hour strike in solidarity with these fellow workers imprisoned for life without any real evidence linking precisely them to this death
France, Alençon: arson attack on Front National offices …Paris: about 1000 attack cops with flares & molotovs, 5 banks’ windows smashed, on “march for dignity” The organisers had explicitly stated that they were against any so-called “violence”. It should be pointed out that this march was a horribly eclectic mix of explicit anti-semites (eg the Partie des Indigènes de la Republique – PIR) and anarchists and whoeverists (see this in French).
Tunisia, Bouhajla: cop station attacked by friends and family of desperate man who killed himself by self-immolation
Papua New Guinea, Manus Island: refugees riot over food distribution system at so-called “closed” refugee centre
UK, London: tedious traditionalist painting (“The Morning Wank”) by classic conservative representative of banal British art attacked…Bristol: 6 cash machines smashed
Mexico, Mexico City : Peñon de los Baños neighborhood locals block Airport Boulevard due to lack of water and clash with cops, throw molotovs (photos)
Germany, Hamburg: 2 cop vehicles destroyed in arson attack “Extreme-left activists have claimed responsibility for an arson attack on two police vehicles overnight in Hamburg. Unidentified perpetrators set fire to a police Mercedes Sprinter that was parked outside Mayor Olaf Scholz’s residence for his protection. Ten minutes later a Mercedes Viano that belonged to the police union and was in sight of a police station was also torched.”
“Burnout is nature’s way of telling you, you’ve been going through the motions, your soul has departed; you’re a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker.”
– Sam Keen, Fire in the Belly
France, Val-de-Marne: 11 arrests as high school students chuck stones, heavy duty fireworks and a molotov at rapist cops …Toulouse: cops stoned yet again on estate that’s had several attacks on cops already this week…Creteil: cops attacked with projectiles
US, Texas: Walmart – arson attack
Nigeria, Lagos: insecurity forces use live rounds and tear gas to force demolition of homes of 4700 people despite court order “preventing” them doing this
Greece, Athens: 2 molotov cocktail attacks on riot cops by anarchists in Exarchia
Brazil: 2nd day of major protests against pension plans “On Thursday, thousands of Brazilian workers took to the streets of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, following a day of protests against the government’s reform plan to cap pension benefits and raise the retirement age…The protesters – mostly rural workers and members of labor unions – broke into the Finance Ministry in Sao Paulo Wednesday, throwing rocks and sticks at the building and lighting flares. Major avenues of Brazil’s biggest cities were virtually shut down….Wednesday’s protests ended in violence, with police firing canisters of tear gas and throwing stun grenades at demonstrators….“Life is difficult, and the government is deceiving us,” Pamela Lopes, a commuter in Sao Paulo, told AP. “Everyone should be on strike.” (includes video)
Rio: banner-shield says “We make war because it’s the only language they understand”
US, Hollywood: shop belonging to vacuous representatives of a vacuous society vandalised, shortly after some of their status symbols were stolen
South Africa, Mpumalanga: school burnt down in service delivery protest
Brazil, Brasilia: over 1500 occupy Finance Ministry over pension cuts
France, Seine-St.Denis: over 50 high school students attack cops with molotovs, stones, etc., cops attack with blows, flashballs, teargas, etc.; “Communist” Party politicians condemn casseurs, call for “appeasement”…Toulouse: 50 youths attack cops with stones
Canada, Montreal: cop car windscreen , shop windows smashed, no arrests on anti-cop demo See also this video and this
US, California: several screws injured in prison riot
…Nebraska: 4 prison staff attacked by prisoners
…Los Angeles, CA: Eco-activists Vandalize Trump Golf Course “…a group of anonymous individuals snuck onto the $250 million course and carved the message, “No More Tigers, No More Woods” in giant letters. They even took video of the whole thing for your viewing pleasure….“Repurposing what was once a beautiful stretch of land into a playground for the privileged is an environmental crime in its own right. We hope this sends a message to Trump and his corrupt administration that their actions will be met with action.””
Greece, Athens: healthcare workers scuffle with cops during national strike
Bangladesh, Dhaka: clashes with cops over at least 23% gas price hike “Additional Deputy Commissioner …said police had been trying to control the protesters when they started breaking through the barricades and throwing brickbats at law enforcers.”
Iran: various expressions of anti-regime anger during the Fire Festivals in different parts of country “… In Tehran… youth threw firecrackers in front of police vehicle that damaged the front part of the vehicle, causing fear of the suppressive forces. In Tehranpars, youth also burned a large portrait of Khomeini and Khamenei. In Mashhad youth threw Molotov cocktails at the headquarters of the repressive Bassij organ at Vakil Abad Boulevard. The youth of Shahr-e Kurd set up fire all across the city, threw Molotov cocktails at police forces and clashed with them. In Isfahan, the sound of explosions can be heard all over the city. In Baneh, people celebrated using grenades and firecrackers and fireworks. Repressive police forces do not get out of their vehicles in fear of the wrath of the youth. …Fire Feast was celebrated while repressive forces had a dense presence with motorized patrols in the streets seeking to intensify the atmosphere of intimidation in the society. During recent days, the state-run media continually broadcast the ridiculous fatwa of Khomeini and his affiliated mullahs on disapprobation of Fire Feast and calling it sinful. Police chief Hossein Ashtary threatened to seriously deal with the aggressors and violators of the people’s rights. Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia said: “In case those who disturb the order cause inconvenience, the police will confront seriously.” (Tasnim, March 14th ).However, the regime’s officials failed to hide the main cause of their fear of this national celebration. Saad, a member of the regime’s parliament said, “The Fire Feast in recent years has turned from a traditional one to a dangerous ceremony.””
More here: “…in the Iranian capital, Tehran, a number of local youth who had gathered on the Air Force Fifth Street to celebrate the annual Festival of Fire of the ancient Iranians clashed with the security police who were out in force to prevent the public to carry out their festivities. The youth used fire crackers, sound bombs, squibs and spitdevils to scare off the suppressive security forces….According to reports from the notorious Gohardasht prison, the suppressive prison warden has, as his usual in every year, prevented the prisoners from going outside their cells to take a breath of fresh air on the eve of the Fire Festival celebrations. The warden fears that the prisoners might light up fire and celebrate the Fire Festival. But the political prisoners defied these suppressive measures and lit fire inside the hallways and jumped over the fire in celebration of Feast of Fire. The prisoners chanted ‘death to the dictators’, and ‘Death to Khamenei.'”
“…a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you burn through the skies and ignite the night like a phoenix; the kind that cuts you loose like a wildfire and you can’t stop running simply because you keep on burning everything that you touch!” – C. JoyBell C.
French version of this here
Chile, Concepcion: environmental protesters against gas extraction and pipeline set up barricades in 3 different parts of city … Vina: protesters clash with cops in protest against Pacific Alliance Ministers’ Summit
France, Hauts-de-France: refugees refused entry to camp set fire to entrance security office
Italy, Rome: students clash with cops over education reforms (see this for further explanation of aspects of these reforms)
South Africa, Cape Town: school principal & inspector, locked in unhealthy toilets by parents and pupils protesting lack of sanitary conditions, become “severely traumatised”
Zambia, Southern Province: schoolboys riot after cellphones confiscated
Georgia, Batumi: cop cars burnt &/or overturned, police station attacked, cops retreat under hail of rocks as anti-cop riots erupt following car parking fines & arrests
not so much riot porn more erioticism
Greece, Athens: riot cops attacked with stones etc. See also this
Argentina, Indio Solari: bins burnt, some looting after transport problems following concert
France, Moselle: stones and burning bin thrown at town hall, cops and firemen stoned, 5 or 6 bins burnt on popular estate
UK, London: Millwall fan reverses perspective…as fans of both sides clash with cops
Italy, Naples: anti-racist riots against Northern League politician (includes video)
France, Avignon: cops attacked with stones during arrest attempt
Guatemala, Guatemala City: 1000s protest so-called “care” for orphans etc, following 40 deaths in fire (see entry for 7/3/17 below)
France, Val-de-Marne (Parisian banlieu): 5 arrests as 2 high schools demonstrate against “the violence of the state”; parked cars and street furniture damaged A radio report recorded young people shouting “Down with the state!” and “Down with school!”, though I’m not sure if it was on this date or this area or not.
Italy, Naples: anti-racists occupy hall where racist politician was due to speak
France, Essonne: BAC cop car deliberately driven into …Gironde: building where presidential front-runner Macron was due to visit smashed up and tagged with “Revolution in process” & “Macron shouldn’t be invited”
India, Delhi (Manesar): 30,000 car workers boycott their meals as part of demand for justice for fellow workers found guilty of “culpable homicide’ following trial over senior manager being beaten to death in 2012 dispute…See this report on 2012 riot Added, 19/3/17: 13 workers get life imprisonment…union calls for just a 1 hour strike in solidarity with these fellow workers imprisoned for life without any real evidence linking precisely them to this death
Consequences of 2012 riot
South Africa, Roodepoort: truck set alight, another looted, as service delivery protesters block main roads with burning tyres
Australia, WA: clashes with cops as protesters disrupt meeting of racist politician
Mexico, Mexico state: violent attack on opponents of new airport construction “This violent group was armed and shot on various occasions at campesinos that were protesting with a road blockade in Tocuila. The campesinos stated that, “We are blocking the entries and freight trucks that transport material for the new airport because it passes through our lands and we are not allowed to plant alfalfa and corn that are appropriate for this season. This construction is happening in spite of the various legal challenges demonstrating that it is illegal.” Since Thursday morning, ejido members have organized to destroy the road that allows cargo trucks to pass, transporting construction material extracted from hills and natural reserves of the east of Mexico City—the road is almost two kilometers long and 20 meters wide on each side.”...See also here for background to the airport resistance.
Philippines, Manila: homeless occupy 6000 empty housing units
Mexico, Sonora: fishermen riot over restrictions of use of specific nets “About 10 official vehicles burned, officials beaten and roads blocked is the balance of violent riots unleashed by fishermen of Baja California and Sonora in the Upper Gulf of California, due to the ban imposed by federal authorities on the use of gillnets …for the capture of the curvina golfina, as a measure of protection of the vaquita by the illegal fishing of totoaba, both species in danger of extinction….the fishermen and their families overturned two trucks from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA), then set fire to several boats and six vehicles of the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fishing (CONAPESCA); Allegedly, they also hit at least three inspectors of the Federal Government and blocked the coastal road of the Gulf of Santa Clara,..Studies by authorities and environmental groups state that only 30 specimens of the Vaquita Marina survive” Clearly one cannot simplisticly support such a riot, but it’s inevitable that people whose livelihood within this society depends on relatively low-level environmental destruction are caught up in this society’s contradictions. Nevertheless, I would even support workers in the energy industries rioting to keep out of poverty by keeping their jobs, despite the far higher environmental destruction wrought by their work. Until there’s a revolution that abolishes the need for money to survive, it’s inevitable that this is a contradiction many proletarians are caught up in. However, it remains urgent, from an ecological point of view, for workers to explicitly express the contradictions of their situation and of their revolt if humanity is not to be destroyed by, amongst other things, the destruction of biodiversity, of increasing amounts of endangered species, including fauna, vital for humanity’s survival.
Argentina, Buenos Aires: on International Women’s Day, hooded women attack cathedral with bottles and sticks, light bonfires, paint tags…
Buenos Aires, Cathedral Metropolitana
Brazil: rural government offices occupied by 100s of women against austerity “In Recife, on Brazil’s northeastern coast, around 1,000 female land rights activists occupied the government’s social security office”
Internationally – women occupy farms, go on strikes at schools and child care centres
Greece, Athens: farmers smash windows of police bus, clash with cops, during protest over intensified austerity
US, California: 2 riots in same prison…Miami: lawyer lawyer pants on fawyer
Guatemala, San Jose Pinula: 15 hour rebellion by girls in orphanage over sexual abuse, poor food & rampant mistreatment turns into horrific nightmare
France, Seine-St.Denis: 55 youths, 44 of them under 16, arrested after riot against cops at and outside high school; school partly burnt More here “A pitched battle between dozens of hooded people and the police broke out in front of the establishment and in the surrounding streets. Paving stones flew, containers overturned. The forces of order retaliate with tear gas and flash-ball shots. The day before, the school had faced violence. Around 9:40 am, the teachers’ room, on the first floor, was the target of breeze blocks thrown, causing the double glazing to shatter….Beginning of an explanation: a video posted on social networks with hashtags “blockade for Theo” or “blockade against the police”
Egypt: bread protests in several cities as government cuts bread subsidies “Protesters clashed with police and blocked the main street in Imbaba as they demonstrated against the government decision. …Social reports said the rail link between Cairo and Minya in Upper Egypt had also been blocked by protesters. Protesters also blocked railway station in Desouk, 80km east of Alexandria in the Kafr el-Sheikh province. “
More here “State rations are a hot topic in Egypt, where over 70 million people receive them…Matters have been made worse for Egyptians since the floatation of the country’s pound in November, which caused inflation to soar above 30 percent. This move, coupled with several austerity measures, was implemented as Egypt secured a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to help salvage its crisis-stricken economy.” And here “…fast economic growth and rising poverty could explain the country’s spreading political unrest. Egypt’s economy is not stagnant. It continues to grow. But the benefits of such growth are not evenly distributed. Widespread inequality, poverty, unemployment, and corruption are fuelling the anger of millions of people who can see opportunity and economic growth from which they cannot benefit. What angers Egyptians is not that their country is getting poorer. On the contrary, they feel angry because they see a growing economy that is leaving millions behind. Recent economic developments in Egypt only seem to entrench such feelings of dissatisfaction and resent.”
Report from 1/4/17 asking “Will Egypt’s bread riots be met with tank barrels?” “Egypt’s crisis-ridden economy has been subject to progressive waves of government cut-backs since Egypt secured a 12 billion US dollar loan from the IMF to ostensibly help revive the economy. Yet Egypt’s economic unrest shows no sign of abating with inflation soaring to over 30 percent since November 2016 following a decision by the government to float the country’s pound. Questions are now being raised as to the extent to which Egypt’s entire austerity program is being manipulated by the administration to further cement the hold of the private sector and the military on Egypt’s economy. A Foreign Policy analysis has said the Egyptian government is using the IMF loan agreement to “punish the lower classes while maximising its commercial gains”. While it enthusiastically reduces subsidies to impoverished civilians, it has expanded its domination of many economic sectors and reaped huge profits at the expense of the private sector,” the author writes. The analysis further argues the military establishment had only selectively implemented loan conditions, which include a top-down strengthening of the private sector, to maximise its own profits. Reports of escalating dissent and public protest of the austerity measures comes against others that tell of Egypt’s military and security establishment reaping significant rewards as a result of the recent policies. While the overwhelming role of Egypt’s army in the country’s economy has long been documented, the army is now both ruling the country as well as managing a “business empire”.” See also this.
Nigeria, Lagos: students occupoy university to demand reinstatement of suspended students
Sweden, Hallsberg: youths throw rock at cops
Algeria, Bordj Bou Arréridj: 25 cops injured as main police station is attacked following funeral of guy who died in police custody
US, Berkeley: confrontations at small pro-Trump rally…Anarchist analysis of clashes throughout country here…eyewitness account here “On the Trump side, I only noticed a couple people of color. One was a tall, heavyset guy dressed in black with a black Oakland A’s baseball cap who appeared to be Latino. At times both sides met face-to-face with the most agitated screaming at each other, ringed by photographers and mainstream media holding cameras overhead. When pushing and shoving happened, it was a like a giant rugby scrum and then flying fists scattered everyone but the combatants. One time the Latino dude overran his cover while brawling and when it finished, he ran back to the Trump camp only to be met by a US flag-draped Trumpite who started hitting him with a large wood post — obviously reading his brown skin and black clothes as symbolizing the enemy — and he continued to whack him, with the Latino guy trying to block the blows with his arms. Eventually, one of the other Trump supporters persuaded the guy draped in the flag to stop, but not before the everyone nearby witnessed this beating. A black guy standing next to me broke down in a laughing fit, repeatedly yelling “the fascists are attacking each other!” I almost couldn’t stand up I was laughing so hard myself.”
Pakistan, Peshawar: grid station occupied against electricity cut-offs
Saudi Arabia, Qatif: 2nd arson attack on bank in 8 days “Arsons, rioting and vandalism are common in Qatif and other areas in eastern province by groups of youths“
UK, Birmingham: a critique of the spectacle of violence?
France, Paris: wildcat demo against rapist cops – tags, ATMs and bank windows smashed, bins burnt
Mexico, State of Chihuahua (north) : locals block train tracks and oppose pipeline construction (source in Spanish)…Tehuantepec isthmus, State of Oaxaca (south) : opposition to wind farm project continues, one injured by PRI gunmen during protest
Sweden, Stockholm: cops forced out of their car and car is stolen during mini-riot at hip-hop concert
US, Nebraska: 2 prisoners die in riot “…inmates revolted against staff members and started a fire in a courtyard. Prison officials offered few details about the deaths but said the disturbance at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in southeast Nebraska involved about 40 inmates in a unit with 128 prisoners. The prison was placed on lockdown for several hours after the inmates refused to return to their cells….inmates had taken mattresses out into the prison yard and threw them into the fire”…Vermont: right-wing eugenecist “libertarian”seriously scared so much he’s forced to close down his monologue…More here
Iran, Hamadan: fly pitchers clash with authorities
Denmark, Copenhagen: ATMs and shops attacked as youths clash with cops on 10th anniversary of squat eviction Video here
Vietnam, Bac Ninh: workers riot in Samsung factory Videos here and here.
Indonesia, Jambi: prison canteen and meeting hall burnt down during prison riot
Bangaldesh, Dhaka: man dies after clashes on 2nd day of nationwide wildcat transport strike “After vandalism, rage in Gabtoli Bus Terminal and surrounding areas the previous night, fresh clashes erupted between law enforcers and transport workers on Wednesday morning as the wildcat strike by the bus-truck workers entered the second day. The street from Aminbazar Bridge to the entrance of Mirpur Mazar Road became a battlefield as the clashes resumed early morning Wednesday.The injured man was seen being carried away in a police vehicle around 10:15am….A worker at Gabtoli said the man received bullet injuries when police fired from shotguns.“…strike apparently called off
Chile, Antofagasta: violent clashes with cops as copper miners barricade mine’s access roads in 3rd week of strike
Canada, Kugaaruk: 13-year-old critiques manipulation, manipulation, manipulation
remains of Nanavut anti-educational institution