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Posts Tagged ‘Riots’

Spain: Riots against the curfew – Dozens of arrests and injured cops in many cities

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

October 31, 2020

”The mass pickets and protests against the curfew and the increase in restrictive measures to stop the coronavirus pandemic have resulted yesterday night with dozens of people arrested and police officers injured in cities such as Barcelona, ​​Burgos , Sevilla, Bilbao, Santander. etc.

The most serious incidents took place in Barcelona, ​​where 14 people were arrested -two of them minors- and 30 were injured -20 Mossos d’Esquadra agents, three urban guards and seven citizens-, in the clashes that took place in the center of Barcelona at the end of a demonstration against the new restrictions of the Generalitat. (more…)

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An article about the recent situation and the revolt in Naples (Italy)

Friday, October 30th, 2020

The general crisis – health, economic, institutional–continues to tighten its grip. We are just at the start. And the stench of the spectre of semi-lockdown, which will be worse than the first, is starting to be felt ».

WHY A HALF LOCKDOWN IS WORSE THAN A WHOLE ONE

The newspapers are now saying it for certain: maximum 7-10 days. It should be noted that every prediction, in recent weeks, has been “revised” in advance of the facts. But what will semi-lockdown be? It will still be the old mass quarantine, like last spring, with the difference that we will keep going to work.
In this permanent dystopia reality will continue to surpass the most perverse fantasy of science fiction writers: not just a virus that reduces humanity to house arrest, we are now facing a society in which people only leave their domestic cells to go to be exploited. As written in the latest issue of “Vetriolo”, just out, “the energies of the exploited in our time are frozen, in many senses, only to be thawed at the moment of production” (Cf. “Vetriolo”, n. 5 , Stato di pandemia [Pandemic state]). A post-consumerist capitalism, in which the old produce-consume-drop-dead, has been reduced to the binary process: produce-drop-dead. In this system women and men of flesh and blood are only useful if they are able to work.

Will the exploited allow themselves to be locked in the freezer? (more…)

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Anonymous revindication for numerous incendiary actions during the Jakarta uprising (Indonesia)

Friday, October 30th, 2020

“Forward everyone! And with arms and heart, word and pen, dagger and gun, irony and curse, theft, poisoning and arson, let’s make… war on society!” -Dejaque.

We claim the bus station destruction, BCA Bank Destruction, Roxy mall looting, burning of car and police posts and the burning of the luxury car during the Jakarta insurrection. It’s not just about our refusal of the Omnibus law, it’s also an accumulation of numbness, and anger against the imbalance that is produced by the dominant system nowadays. This direct action is not only a sort of confrontation against the ruling class, but this is also a solidarity to the street combatants. We’re sure that peaceful protest doesn’t give us anything and every state is an oppressor.

Solidarity to all combatants and anti-authoritarian prisoners around the world. Solidarity to all anarchist comrades in Belarus, Malaysia, Chile, Greece, Hong Kong, Rojava, and every autonomous liberationist in the world.

Solidarity to all combatants that were captured in October 8, there is no verdict until freedom.

We want to see the world burn, dancing around all the burning cities as they turn into dust. Because we are holding a new world in our hearts.

We are no one, but we are angry!

–Anonymous, Jakarta, Indonesia

Komunike Aksi Jakarta

“Melangkahlah kalian semua! Bersama dengan senjata senjata dan hati, kata dan pena, pisau belati dan senapan, ironi dan kutukan, pencurian, meracuni dan pembakaran rumah, mari wujudkan, perang di tengah masyarakat” -Dejaque

Kami menyatakan bahwa pembakaran halte di beberapa titik aksi, penghancuran Bank BCA, penjarahan Mall Roxy, pembakaran pos dan mobil polisi, serta pembakaran mobil mewah saat aksi di Jakarta pada tanggal 8 Oktober. Dan ini bukan hanya menyoal penolakan terhadap Omnibus Law, melainkan akumulasi kemuakan dan kemarahan atas segala bentuk ketimpangan yang diproduksi oleh sistem dominan hari ini. Aksi ini juga tidak terbatas sebagai konfrontasi terhadap penguasa, namun juga solidaritas untuk setiap kombatan di jalanan. Kami menyakini bahwa aksi damai tak menghasilkan apapun dan setiap produk negara adalah bentuk penindasan.

Solidaritas untuk semua kombatan di jalanan dan seluruh tahanan anti-otoritarian di seluruh dunia. Soidaritas kepada kaum anarkis di Belarusia, Malaysia, Chile, Yunani, Hongkong, Rojava, dan seluruh upaya upaya pembebasan— demi terbentuk daerah otonom.

Solidaritas untuk kombatan yang tertangkap di tanggal 8 Oktober di setiap titik penghancuran, tak ada vonis yang pantas kecuali vonis bebas.

Kami ingin melihat dunia terbakar, menari bersama menyaksikan kota menjadi puing dan debu. Karena kami menggenggam dunia baru di hati kami.

Kami bukanlah siapa siapa, kami hanya ingin menegaskan bahwa kami marah!


-Anonymous. Jakarta, Indonesia.

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‘The Rebellions of Misery’ by Gustavo Rodriguez

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

The rebellions of misery

“All control systems are based on the punishment/award binomial. When punishments are disproportionate to rewards and when employers no longer have any rewards left, uprisings occur.”
Burroughs(1)

In the second decade of this century, urban revolts are becoming more frequent throughout the global geography, with subtle variations in duration and intensity. Hong Kong, France, Algeria, Iraq, Haiti, Lebanon, Catalonia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Sudan, Chile, Belarus, and now the United States of America, have been the sites of massive protests widely reported in the means of mass domestication. As I have pointed out on other occasions, these demonstrations have very particular motivations that explain them; however, it is indisputable that they all possess an intangible link that serves as a common denominator of most of these mobilizations: the weariness and rage of despair.

Far from the leftist rhetoric that insists against all evidence that “as long as there is misery there will be rebellion”, what has really motivated the recent rebellions has not been “misery” but the conjunction of weariness and despair. These two factors – which drive the nostalgia for the “devil you know” and yearn for the return to the welfare state, to industrial capitalism and to the society of labour – are the causes of the widespread unrest that has led to the global revolt of our days.

It is increasingly axiomatic that “misery” only produces “misery”. That is to say, servitude, begging and even the loss of all dignity. As the proverb goes, “hunger is a bad counsellor”. She is the mother of all those specimens that hang a sign around their neck that says “I will do any work” (even for the SS, as George Steiner reminds us). Therefore, instead of creating rebels and refusers, misery breeds disease, malnutrition, mortality, fear, sexual exploitation, corruption, soldiers, police, informants and voters: human misery. (more…)

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Weapons and Ethics

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

The ethical question is not about weapons, but about which ones.

by Adrian Wohlleben

There is no such thing as a peaceful insurrection. This is America; there is no imaginable scenario in which social conflicts will continue and people will not be armed, on all sides. Whether weapons are necessary is an open question, but in any case, they are inevitable. However, as friends noted some time ago, there is an important distinction to be made between “being armed and the use of arms”. If guns are an inevitable feature of any American insurrection, it is a question of doing every­thing possible to make their use unnecessary.

For participants and observers of this summer’s uprisings, the clashes in Kenosha following Jacob Blake’s shooting have dragged the question of armed violence to the forefront of debates. Does the presence of guns on ‘our side’ offer any sense of relief from danger? Do they make anything possible that isn’t otherwise? Can we imagine them being used in a way that would open the situation up, and made people feel more powerful?

In his “Critique of Violence” (1921), penned in the immediate aftermath of a defeated communist insurrection in Germany, Walter Benjamin attempts to bypass sterile oppositions between violence and ‘nonviolence’, legitimate and illegitimate force, instead directing our attention to the more decisive difference between modes and manners of violence. By suspending the question of the ‘aims’ or goals of violence—which, on Benjamin’s view, quickly devolves into myth and metaphysics—and instead differentiating between its means and uses, we shift the problem from an instrumental or technical register to an ethical one. Instead of asking, “for the sake of what end does this act occur?”, we should ask, What is this act like from the inside? What does it do to us, and those around us? How does it activate, or deactivate, our capacity to fully participate in existence? In this way, Benjamin is able to reframe the problem of revolutionary violence: its difference from state violence resides not in the ‘tasks’ or agenda it claims to serve, but first and foremost in the relation to the world, to oneself, and to others that it engenders. (more…)

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‘Las rebeliones de la miseria’ de Gustavo Rodriguez

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Las rebeliones de la miseria

«Todos los sistemas de control se basan en el binomio castigo-premio. Cuando los castigos son desproporcionados a los premios y cuando a los patrones ya no les quedan premios, se producen las sublevacionesi

Burroughs

En esta segunda década del siglo cada vez son más frecuentes las revueltas urbanas a lo largo y ancho de la geografía global, con sutiles variaciones en cuanto a su duración e intensidad. Hong Kong, Francia, Argelia, Irak, Haití, Líbano, Cataluña, Ecuador, Bolivia, Sudán, Chile, Bielorusia y, ahora, Estados Unidos de Amérikkka, han sido sede de multitudinarias protestas ampliamente reseñadas en los medios de domesticación masiva. Como he señalado en otras ocasiones, éstas manifestaciones tienen motivaciones muy particulares que las explican; sin embargo, es indiscutible que todas poseen un vínculo intangible que funge como denominador común de la mayoría de estas movilizaciones: el hartazgo y la rabia de la desesperanza.

Lejos de la retórica izquierdista que insiste contra toda evidencia que «mientras haya miseria habrá rebelión», lo que en verdad ha motivado las rebeliones recientes no ha sido la «miseria» sino la conjunción del hartazgo y la desesperanza. Estos dos factores –que impulsan la añoranza por lo «malo conocido» y anhelan el retorno al Estado benefector, al capitalismo industrial y a la sociedad del trabajo–, son los causantes del malestar generalizado que ha desembocado en la revuelta global de nuestros días.

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U$A: RIP Anti-Fascist Revolutionary Michael Reinoehl

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020



Anti-fascist revolutionary Michael Reinoehl was assassinated by pigs near Lacey, Washington on September 3 in retaliation for the shooting of a member of the fascist group Patriot Prayer.

Reinoehl claimed responsibility for the shooting as an act of self-defense against the fascist who threatened Reinoehl and a friend with mace and a knife. Reinoehl went to downtown Portland on Saturday night to provide security for revolutionaries who were threatened by a caravan of fascist Trump supporters who paraded through the city center.

“Had I stepped forward, he would have Maced or stabbed me,” Reinoehl said in an interview. “I was confident that I did not hit anyone innocent and I made my exit… I feel it’s important that the world at least gets a little bit of what’s really going on. I had no choice. I mean, I, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. But I wasn’t going to do that.” (more…)

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Tensions with Reformism & the Constituent Process in the Midst of Fire & Rioting in Chile

Sunday, August 16th, 2020

The following text is a translation by Anarchists Worldwide of an article from Estallido Antisocial / Antisocial Outburst, a new anarchist publication from Chile. You can download a copy of the publication HERE.



TENSIONS WITH REFORMISM AND THE CONSTITUENT PROCESS IN THE MIDST OF FIRE AND RIOTING IN CHILE

The idea and practice of anarchic insurrection in the Chilean region and the world is enough to make us forget who we are and to uncritically join social revolts in which diverse and sometimes contradictory interests are involved.

For us, insurrectionists and antisocial anarchists, it has been a great joy to share moments of generalised rebellion between like-minded people and sometimes with circumstantial accomplices united by the desire to bring out the rage against what oppresses us.

However, when we go deeper into the visions about the struggle and what we want to destroy and build, the differences usually come out and we are not interested in this going unnoticed just to be socially accepted. On the contrary, the fire of our indomitable hearts calls us to propagate the idea and practice of confrontation against all forms of social order. (more…)

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Uprising in Belarus against the dictatorship of Lukashenko

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Elephant in the room – Bringing down the dictatorship. Interview on protests in Belarus

 

Since Sunday streets in Belarus are filled with rage of protesters trying to bring down the dictatorship. People from all parts of the society have been clashing in the night of August 9 in 33 different cities around the country. They are fighting against president Lukashenko who is ruling the country for the last 26 years.

We got together with one of comrades from Belarus who is living in emigration and clarified some things that are happening in Belarus right now.

Music:
Lyapis Trubetskoy
Zdrada Pałki

How did the Belarusians come to rebellion against the dictatorship

[German], [Russian]
https://pramen.io/en/2020/08/how-did-the-belarusians-come-to-rebellion-against-the-dictatorship/”>Pramen:

If you had asked people in Belarus how long the dictatorship of Lukashenko was left in early 2020, they would have looked at you like a fool. In a respected dictatorship, such questions are not asked, because you know what can happen. And in general, it so happens that the reign of the great leader is timeless. But the situation has changed so radically over the last 8 months that Belarusians took to the streets and for the first time in the new history of Belarus they fought back the police in at least 33 different cities of the country.

Today Belarusians have woken up in a new country. In it, people openly talk about hatred for the government and prepare for a violent confrontation with the police and state. They discuss online and live effective methods of struggle. Several factories went on strike the day after the elections. (more…)

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Touch the Sky: Stories, Subversions & Complexities of Ferguson (U$A)

Sunday, August 9th, 2020

A video collage reflecting on the raw moments of the 2014 Ferguson riots.
A film for the wild ones, the anarchists, and the dreamers…

Trailer: https://archive.org/details/touch-the-sky-trailer
Full movie: https://archive.org/details/touch-the-sky

If you’re interested in setting up a screening in your area, contact: touchthesky [at} riseup {dot) net

112 minutes // 2019 // St. Louis, MO (USA) // English // English & French subtitles

Touch the Sky

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Athens: Protest turns to riot against the new draconian law of banning protests (Greece)

Saturday, July 11th, 2020

Athens, Greece: We call for a solidarity gathering with those arrested at the demo on 9/7/20 against the new law for the prohibition of demonstrations

Ashes to Aspiring Oligarchies, Tuesday 8 /7 & Thursday 9/7

9 July 2020, Athens, Greece: Proposed by a self-proclaimed socialist Minister of Public Order (Michalis Chrisohoidis), taking part in a right wing government (New Democracy), assisted by the votes of the self-proclaimed socialist party (KINAL), the Greek Parliament approved a junta-inspired bill on Thursday imposing new restrictions to quash and destroy the right to protest, a right integral to the so-called democracies, eg. under the provisions of the new law you will be arrested for joining a protest that hasn’t been authorized by the police. For dozens of years across the world, this has been called a Police State or a Dictatorship but then again the Greek governing party’s name is “New Democracy”, which probably means the same, when someone feels the need to affix the word “New” to the political theory of “Democracy” that has been solidified for more than 2.500 years.

As a result, thousands of people marched through central Athens denouncing the new law, and managed to approach in great numbers the Greek parliament at Syntagma Square, during the discussion of the bill. The sight of hundreds of policemen that flooded the area around the parliament, during such a sensitive topic of protest, aggravated things and soon the protest turned in to a riot, making the atmosphere unbearable to breath, while the riot police “bombarded” the area with asphyxiating gas grenades.

After a decade long financial crisis, Greece is expected to suffer a new major recession this year due to the impact of the pandemic. The new law that was passed yesterday seems to aim exactly towards what’s coming. The strong reaction of the greek society, for all the money that were thrown away by the Greek government and Athens mayor (Kostas Mpakogiannis) during the quarantine and what followed. It’s no wonder that the Greek government chose to hire thousands of new policemen, rather than nurses and doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, then again, as it was aforementioned the governing party’s name is “New Democracy”…

+ Nea Demokratia – Greece’s Right Wing Political Party in the UK: A Profile

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[Koukaki] Solidarity action for Dervenion 56 squat and an international call for solidarity (Greece)

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

EL | [Κουκάκι] Δράση αλληλεγγύης για Δερβενίων 56 // Διεθνές κάλεσμα αλληλεγγύης // Συγκεντρωτικό δράσεων

We are calling for international actions in solidarity with the Squats. Make the Greek state, the Greek capital and its partners regret the choice they made to attack the movement and its spaces in Greece. To defend Dervenion 56 and all squats,to prepare the ground for the coming social uprising.

On Friday 26/6, in Exarchia, the Greek state evacuated and sealed Dervenion 56 squat and the building at Dervenion 52. An immediate gathering of solidarity was held at Exarxia Square for several hours.In the evening of the same day, a solidarity march was held with the participation of 300 people. The march ended at Dervenion squat, barricades were set up around the perimeter and then comrades broke the concrete blocks of shame. (more…)

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Solidarity statement with the uprising from Ferguson prisoner Josh Williams (U$A)

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

#justice4georgefloyd Let’s get this trending once again. Another black man has been taken from us by white racist cops and once again they will see our power. I send my shout out to everybody out there fighting. I say to you: keep it going, the fight is going to get hard but stay in the fight. We are Michael Brown, we are Eric Garner, let’s fight. # I can’t breathe # HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT.

I want to address the nation again and those who are in power as I sit and watch the protest. I call out President Trump on his bullshit ass comment. I say to you: those people who you call thugs, those people who you call criminals, are my people. Those people who are out there and doing what they doing, they doing it out of anger, they acting out of emotion, so calling them thugs is out of the question.

You the thug, Mr. Trump, and if you got a problem with that, I’m at Pacific Missouri Eastern Correctional Center and you can come personally and talk to to me. But calling my people thugs and criminals, watch your fucking mouth when you speak on my people.

If you would do your fucking job and send these bitch ass cops to jail they wouldn’t be out there in the first place.

Second I want to call out the bitch ass cops in the streets of America. I see you and I see what the fuck y’all doing to my people and that shit not gonna fly. I’m telling you this now: KEEP YOUR FUCKING HANDS TO YOUR SELF. DON’T ABUSE ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE PROTESTERS, WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THE WORLD, BECAUSE I AM WATCHING.

To the people out there I say to you: keep up the good fight, y’all are standing y’all ground to the max and I love every bit of what y’all doing. I love everybody out there let me tell y’all: if the police try to hurt you, y’all have a right to defend yourself.

Third. I want to call out that bitch ass cop who push that young lady to the ground. Why don’t you come push me like that… Don’t touch another woman out there, and if you got a problem you can come talk to me. Just set up an interview I’ll be more than willing to accept it.

Send our brother some love and light: Joshua Williams, 1292002, Missouri Eastern Correctional Center, 18701 Old Highway 66, Pacific, MO 63069. Learn more about Josh at: https://www.freejoshwilliams.com/

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Anti-police riot and arsons in Bristol after state of emergency declared (UK)

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

23rd March – In the evening when (now infected) Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared the state of emergency and the new measures to deal with the coronavirus, cops in Southmead, Bristol, were harassing young people on the streets. The police were attacked with stones and bottles and two Iceland supermarket vans were torched outside their depo. Several cars were also smashed and set on fire across the city. Young people are already always under ‘special measures’ by the police -abuse, beatings, harassment, dispersal, special conditions – and rioting and fighting back is the only real solution, not staying in your house and being afraid.

The supermarkets and the other companies which are profiting massively from this ‘crisis’, -which is solely the responsibility of the structures of power and capital-, are valid and understandable targets for the nihilistic and anti-social rage against this situation.
The lies of the media tell us that we are ‘all in this together’ but it’s clear that we are not, and never will be.

It’s the fight of the young people and the irreducibles against this sick system and this is but one drop from the storm to come.

Death to the politicians, the police and those who have poisoned this world.

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Athens,Greece: Hands off Exarchia – New Democracy’s War on Anarchists

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

On July 8th, 2019, the New Democracy government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis assumed power in Greece, after campaigning on a promise to ‘clean up’ the central Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia, and ‘take it back’ from the anarchists.

Since then, the Greek state has launched a renewed attack against the anarchist and self-organized migrant movements, targeting squats and promising future raids. Against this threat, Greek anarchists have responded with characteristic resolve and determination.

Featuring interview with Pangiotis Varthalis of the squat Lelas Karagiannis 37

Translated by Boubouras (Act For Freedom Now)

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