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Eco-Struggle in Kulon Progo – Solidarity Needed (Indonesia)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

For more background on the community of Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia and their resistance to the planned Iron Mine on their land see: 325 #7

We hope that comrades from abroad can make a solidarity action for the farmers of Kulon Progo and make a presence to the nearest Indonesian Embassy regarding this case. Our dear comrades of Kulon Progo are in one spirit with us. They are our friends in struggle and daily lives. A recent statement from the Sultan of Yogyakarta dictates that they will continue this megaproject and so the consequences are more repression to come. But for sure, from recent gathering and since the beginning of resistance, the Kulon Progo’s peasants remained determined in their resistance and ready for the next social war. This is just a beginning.

For a video from the news media, see this video

Thousands of Kulon Progo Farmers Resist Corporate Evil, Fighting the Police.

This morning (Monday, 20th October 2009), around 2000 coastal farmers connected to PPLP (Paguyuban Petani Lahan Pantai = Shoreline Farmers’ Association), took to the street in front of the office of the mayor of Kulon Progo, in the town of Wates. Twenty-eight trucks full of farmers, who wanted to convey their wholehearted rejection of the planned project to mine iron sands, arrived to demonstrate at the public consultation event. They were in the mood for action, just as they had already carried out many times before. (more…)

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Shipyard workers and Anarchists clash with police in Poznan (Poland)

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Clashes in Poznan over fired workers

Clashes in Poznan over fired workers

On 23rd October almost 4,000 workers from different trade unions took part in a demonstration in defence of their workplaces. About 500 people are going to be fired from the Cegielski factory due to the so-called economic crisis. Anarchists and members of anarcho-syndicalist trade union Wokers’ Initiative also took part in the protest.

The demonstrtors first gathered on the premises of the factory and then moved towards the Provincial Office. The bloc of Workers’ Initiative and Sierpien ’80 together with the anarchists was chanting slogans such as “Government out to the pavement, paving stones on the government”, “One, two, three, four, stop those damn dismissals”, “A worker dismissed, a boss hanged”, “Capitalism isn’t working! factories under the control of workers” etc. Rhythms of Resistance samba group from Poznan supported the demo with their rhythms. A banner saying “A worker dismissed, a boss hanged” was dropped from one building on the route of the demo.

When the demonstration reached the Provincial Office, the leaders of Solidarnosc trade union (which organized the demonstration) were declaring a radical fight in defence of the workplaces and even “burning the office”, at the same time they were buring car tyres. When the anarchists joined the shipyard workers in the back of the office building clashes with the police broke out, then the shipyard workers retreated as they were told to by their leaders.

After the demonstration had finished, the cops on horses surrounded a group of anarchists and WI activists, also those from Cegielski factory and took their I.D.s. At the same time one of the WI activists interrupted a live TV interview given by the boss of Solidarnosc and said “The members of our union are being nicked over there, and people from Solidarnosc are doing nothing about it, where is your solidarity??!!”. This event was trasmitted live to the public TV news. None of the demonstrators was arrested. Three cops and one unionist got injured and hospitalized.

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Autonomous centre in Philippines appeals for solidarity

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

KINAIYAHAN / UNAHON!

COLLECTIVELY-RUN ALTERNATIVE RESOURCE AND LEARNING CENTER
Davao City, Philippines

Homepage of Kinaiyahan Unahon (Nature First)

We, the Kinaiyahan Unahon Collective in Davao City, Philippines are now on the track collectively running a small community library and an info center project which is quiet very useful to our collective as a resource base for mobility and especially to people and friends to come around, meet up, work on and do something politically while opening and encouraging an autonomous atmosphere of learning and doing things. (more…)

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On Revolutionary Solidarity

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

We would like to put forward the discussion on revolutionary solidarity because we feel it is not always clear what it is understood or taken for, what people mean with their solidarity expressions, since we see the importance to recognize ourselves in struggles, what it is surrounded with and what it is mistaken for. Because often we see people immediately use this form of activity for the necessary responding to revolt, attack and insurrection elsewhere at that moment, far away from daily imposed social surroundings, thus we wonder if that is what solidarity should imply, and would even question what is the purpose for it, considering it to be completely isolated and disconnected from both imported struggle as local reality. (more…)

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Squats & Autonomous Spaces Action Days – 18/19 Sept 2009 (UK)

Monday, May 18th, 2009

This is a call out to people involved in squats and autonomous spaces for
2 days of direct action on the 18th & 19th of September 2009 around
housing and the creation of more autonomous spaces at this time of crisis.

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