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An Intimate History of Antifa

  • Posted on: 23 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

The New Yorker By Daniel Penny, August 22, 2017

On October 4, 1936, tens of thousands of Zionists, Socialists, Irish dockworkers, Communists, anarchists, and various outraged residents of London’s East End gathered to prevent Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists from marching through their neighborhood. This clash would eventually be known as the Battle of Cable Street: protesters formed a blockade and beat back some three thousand Fascist Black Shirts and six thousand police officers. To stop the march, the protesters exploded homemade bombs, threw marbles at the feet of police horses, and turned over a burning lorry. They rained down a fusillade of projectiles on the marchers and the police attempting to protect them: rocks, brickbats, shaken-up lemonade bottles, and the contents of chamber pots. Mosley and his men were forced to retreat.

Anarchist group threatens new attacks on tourists in Spain after targeting Barcelona and Mallorca

  • Posted on: 15 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

From The Independent (UK) (5 August 2017)

British tourists on bus vandalised by group protesting mass tourism feared a terror attack was happening

An anarchist group protesting against mass tourism in Spain has threatened further attacks after targeting Barcelona and Mallorca.

What draws Americans to anarchy? It’s more than just smashing windows.

  • Posted on: 14 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Washington Post by Perry Stein August 10

By day, they are graphic designers, legal assistants, nonprofit workers and students. But outside their 9-to-5 jobs, they call themselves anarchists — bucking the system, shunning the government and sometimes even rioting and smashing windows to make a point.

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As neo-Nazis grow bolder, the 'antifa' has emerged to fight them

  • Posted on: 14 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Yahoo News

Deadly violence outside a rally in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend has raised concerns about white supremacists and neo-Nazis from across the country and the political spectrum.

But for many on the far right, conversations about Charlottesville seem focused on another term less familiar to many in the mainstream: “antifa.”

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The unsolved murder of famous anarchist Carlo Tresca

  • Posted on: 14 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

From NY Daily News by Jay Maeder (republished online 8/14/2017, originally June 12, 1998)

The thing about Carlo Tresca was that he looked exactly like what a crazy bomb-throwing radical foreigner was supposed to look like: wild-bearded, wild-eyed, always passionately shaking his fist and thundering away about the oppressed workers. Actually, he was quite a genial fellow, unfailingly polite to the cops who started visiting him regularly in the wake of the 1920 Wall St. explosion. "They are nice boys," he told reporters. "Whenever there is a bomb, they come to me. They ask me what I know, but I never know anything. So we have wine."

Who is behind the anti-gentrification violence in Saint-Henri?

  • Posted on: 30 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

From cbc news montreal
Police say attacks are 'quite organized', but a rift is developing among Montreal anarchists over their value

Organized anarchists are suspected of being behind a violent spate of vandalism in Saint-Henri that has rattled residents and left many wondering what's next.

But within the anarchist community divisions are emerging about the strategy behind the recent anti-gentrification attacks.

Let's learn from the past: Assassination attempt on Henry Clay Frick

  • Posted on: 6 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

by Brady Smith, Heinz History Center director of communication

During the late 19th century, an assassination attempt on the life of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick shocked the nation during one of the most notorious labor disputes in American history.

Why am I facing 75 years in prison?

  • Posted on: 3 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Al Jazeera by Carlo Piantini

On January 20th, during the inauguration of Donald Trump, the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) violently and indiscriminately attacked scores of protesters, journalists, legal observers, medics, and bystanders in the vicinity of an anti-fascist/anti-capitalist march. The MPD trapped, or "kettled", more than 200 people, arresting them on a single felony riot charge with a boilerplate affidavit.

‘Anarchism could help to save the world’

  • Posted on: 3 July 2017
  • By: thecollective

From The Guardian by David Priestland

Ed Miliband’s late-night pilgrimage to Russell Brand’s loft apartment, days before the last election, was seen by supporters as a canny bid for the youth vote, and by critics as a cringe-worthy attempt to harness the Shoreditch Messiah’s charisma. Yet neither view captures its real significance as a sign of the profound weakness of mainstream social democracy and its desperate efforts to co-opt the energies of the most dynamic element of today’s left: anarchism. In their eagerness to ridicule Brand’s “ramblings”, commentators have ignored his strong identification with the left-anarchist tradition. For among the works he has recommended to his followers is a collection of writings by another charismatic figure who sometimes lived in London, the father of anarchist communism: Prince Peter Kropotkin.

A Student Strike Becomes an Occupation, for 17 Years

  • Posted on: 20 June 2017
  • By: thecollective

From The New York Times
MEXICO CITY — Exams are over and classrooms have gone dark as summer comes to the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the pride of the country’s public education system.

But as students and professors melt away, there remains one strange and lively corner of the university’s main campus where nothing much will change, where tomorrow will be a lot like yesterday, and next month a lot like this one.

Since 2000, the university’s Justo Sierra Auditorium has been commandeered by political protesters, making it one of the longest-running occupations of a university building in history and putting more famous college takeovers to shame.

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