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Burton Trapped in Car, Generations Trapped in Banking Debt

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 09:00

We have had months of outrage from media & politicians over the last months about the 2 hours Joan Burton spent stuck in a luxury car. This morning we saw a wave of Garda raids at dawn on political activists involved in that protest, one of whom faced 8 Garda barging into his house to arrest him while he tried to get his two young kids ready for school.

That's the nature of policing in this country, one law for the rich and powerful, and another for anyone who dares to stand up to the powerful.  The laws are written to protect those with wealth and power, to allow them to keep the rest of us down and desperate. It fast it turned out almost none of their scams that caused the crisis were even illegal (under the laws they paid politicians to draft).

The French proto anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon wrote over 150 years ago that
“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.
 

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Jobstown 4 Police Squadron: This is What the State is for

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00

The Garda raids against the Jobstown 4 at dawn are an illustration of how the state works to protect the interests of the rich and powerful. Nothing illustrates the repressive role the state plays better than having a squad of strange men turn up at your door at dawn to take you away against your will. It’s an exercise in power that it meant to scare, to frighten others into staying quiet.

Whenever people refuse to be bought off or diverted into ineffective action or electoralism the state deploys the stick. For months Gardaí have been attacking people in communities across the country for continuing to resist water meter installations. And over the last decade we saw state repression being directed again and again against the community around Rossport because they refused to give in to Shell. There is huge and growing outrage directed at the Garda, it's at moments like this that the old anarchist slogan 'Smash the State' comes into focus.
 

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Right to Plunder the Economy, Not Right to Protest

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 07:00

This morning squads of Garda around Dublin mounted dawn raids on the houses of water charges protesters over a sit in 3 months ago in Jobstown. At the same time across the city bankers and other speculators named in the HSBC Geneva Private Bank leaks slept soundly in their beds knowing no one was going to be knocking down their door. If you want to understand the nature of power the contrast provides an excellent example.

The raids this morning were all about what the politicians' spin doctors like to call optics. Politicians, media and the Gardaí are on a drive to criminalise and marginalise those resisting the imposition of water charges. Sit ins and blockades have been part of political protest in Ireland for decades, the IFA routinely has far more militant protests.

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Do not be intimidated, do not demobilise! All our solidarity with comrade Vicente!

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:39
Comrade Vicente, like other militants and fighters from other organisations, collectives and ideologies was not the first and will not be the last black and anarchist youth to be sentenced in this racist Brazil. Thousands of black and poor men and women are exterminated and condemned daily by the military police and the racist and bourgeois justice system.


It is to them that our militant solidarity is and will be directed alongside every worker with whom we raise our fists. We will not be intimidated and in every street march, picket, strike and occupation we will be shoulder to shoulder with all those who struggle!


[http://anarkismo.net/article/27860] [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27862]

Do not be intimidated, do not demobilise! All our solidarity with comrade Vicente!

Anarkismo - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:39
Comrade Vicente, like other militants and fighters from other organisations, collectives and ideologies was not the first and will not be the last black and anarchist youth to be sentenced in this racist Brazil. Thousands of black and poor men and women are exterminated and condemned daily by the military police and the racist and bourgeois justice system.


It is to them that our militant solidarity is and will be directed alongside every worker with whom we raise our fists. We will not be intimidated and in every street march, picket, strike and occupation we will be shoulder to shoulder with all those who struggle!


[http://anarkismo.net/article/27860] [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27862]

Categories: Anarchists

L’hypothèse grecque

Anarkismo - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:25
Sur les luttes, les alternatives et le dégouvernement
La victoire de SYRIZA est un événement politique, non seulement pour la Grèce, mais pour l’Europe. Il s’agit d’une avancée importante dans la période que nous traversons. Le positionnement politique d’une fraction importante du salariat et du peuple, fût-il à travers le vote et la politique de délégation, n’est pas rien. Il y a un engagement des classes populaires dans ce processus politique. Ne pas sous-estimer cette expression, ne pas la mépriser est nécessaire. Cela n’enlève rien à la fermeté et à la clarté d’une politique qui opte pour l’autonomie populaire. L’action directe de masse, la prééminence du rapport de force sont premières. La question centrale est de viser toujours le déploiement du contre-pouvoir, de la contre-hégémonie, avec à la clef la construction du pouvoir populaire.
Categories: Anarchists

Thomas Sankara and Burkina Faso's “Black Spring”

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:08
A press report in 1983 that a popular uprising in Upper Volta, a small and poor land-locked country in Western Africa had led to an obscure, but charismatic army officer becoming head of state was truly inspiring news for all those looking for some kind of breakthrough against imperialism in that part of the world. It had come after the depressing news that Margaret Thatcher's Britain had defeated Argentina in the Malvinas and Ronald Reagan's America had crushed Grenada, a clear message to the world that, on a moment's notice, imperialism would brutally crush anything that threatened its power. But because the American empire had been taken by surprise by the Cuban revolution twenty-four years earlier, many of us were then hopeful that maybe we were witnessing such a possibility again, in Africa.

Thomas Sankara and Burkina Faso's “Black Spring”

Anarkismo - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 05:08
A press report in 1983 that a popular uprising in Upper Volta, a small and poor land-locked country in Western Africa had led to an obscure, but charismatic army officer becoming head of state was truly inspiring news for all those looking for some kind of breakthrough against imperialism in that part of the world. It had come after the depressing news that Margaret Thatcher's Britain had defeated Argentina in the Malvinas and Ronald Reagan's America had crushed Grenada, a clear message to the world that, on a moment's notice, imperialism would brutally crush anything that threatened its power. But because the American empire had been taken by surprise by the Cuban revolution twenty-four years earlier, many of us were then hopeful that maybe we were witnessing such a possibility again, in Africa.
Categories: Anarchists

State Repression of Anti-Water Charges Movement as Jobstown 4 Arrested

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 04:30

Photo: State repression in action - Anti water charge protests Paul Murphy being arrested by 6 Garda at 7am this morning

Shocking news this morning as we hear that Garda have arrested four anti-water tax protesters this morning in connection with the sit down protest three months ago that kept Joan Burton in her car for a couple of hours. The Jobstown 4 are Paul Murphy, Scott Matherson, Mick Murphy and Kieran Mahon.

The arrests were made just before 7am this morning when teams of Garda arrived at the homes of those targeted. Eirigi have described the arrest of Scott as follows
"‘At around 7am this morning up to a dozen Gardaí in five vehicles arrived at Scott Masterson’s home. Scott was the only adult in the house getting his two young daughters ready for primary school and pre-school. When Scott’s partner returned to the house, having earlier gone to work, there were eight Gardaí in the house along with Scott and the two children. Scott was then arrested and made to stand in handcuffs on a public road for a number of minutes before being transported to Tallaght Garda barracks.’
 

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São Paulo: ongoing demonstrations against transit fare hikes

Libcom.org News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 03:22
Sao Paulo Feb 6 2015.jpg

Statement of the Brazilian Workers’ Confederation (COB, a section of the IWA-AIT) opposing the raising of public transit bus fares.

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Categories: Anarchists

Global: Uber: the selfish face of the sharing economy?

Labour Start - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Equal Times
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Global: Shame on Sheraton! Brutal rights abuses at upscale hotels

Labour Start - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IUF
Categories: Workplace Struggle

China: Strikes on The Rise in China Ahead of Lunar New Year Holiday

Labour Start - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Radio Free Asia
Categories: Workplace Struggle

UE: timeo Danaos et dona ferentes

Anarkismo - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 15:22
L'UE e le sue istituzioni temono forse un effetto da cavallo di Troia all'interno dell'Unione?
Cogliere l'opportunità e l'utilità di una crepa, di uno spazio politico e sociale che potrebbe aprirsi nel monolite del fiscal compact e dell'economia del debito, per rilanciare le difficili lotte sindacali ed ampliare e sostenere le lotte urbane in tutta Europa, al fine di ricostruire la coscienza di classe necessaria ad una rottura democratica.
Categories: Anarchists

Palestina-Israele, il 20 febbraio compie 10 anni la lotta di Bil'in che ha ispirato la lotta popolare organizzata e non armata

Anarkismo - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 12:59
Report del 02.02.15
Gli attivisti di Bil'in non furono i primi ad aderire alla lotta popolare non armata contro il muro della separazione, contro l'occupazione e contro l'insediamento dei coloni. Tuttavia, gli attivisti di Bil'in insieme agli Anarchici Contro il Muro furono i primi a dare inizio ad una lotta persistente settimana dopo settimana. Gli attivisti dei villaggi più vicini e quelli più lontani sono venuti a Bil'in per portare il loro sostegno, per trarne ispirazione ed iniziare insieme la lotta anche nei loro villaggi. Ni'lin, Ma'sara, Beit Ummar per alcuni anni... e poi ancora altri villaggi che lottano contro l'invasione dei coloni e contro i posti di blocco degli occupanti come Nabi Saleh and Qaddum. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27855]
Categories: Anarchists

Procés Embat: The desire for anarchist organisation

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 12:38
… we must cease descending to the masses. Indeed, we must precede them.

Gustav Landauer

Procés Embat: The desire for anarchist organisation

Anarkismo - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 12:38
… we must cease descending to the masses. Indeed, we must precede them.

Gustav Landauer
Categories: Anarchists

Uma entrevista com um militante do DAF sobre a solidariedade pelo processo social em Rojava

Anarkismo - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:14
Introdução, por Bruno Lima Rocha:

Desde que começou o cerco à Kobanê tenho dedicado várias horas por semana a entender e divulgar o máximo possível sobre essa revolução social iniciada numa combinação de Confederalismo Democrático e a Guerra Civil Síria. Enquanto militante, eu sempre estive envolvido com solidariedade internacional. Enquanto descendente árabe, eu sempre tentei procurar uma força de esquerda que combinasse ação direta e democracia interna. Enquanto acadêmico e professor de Geopolítica estudando a região por mais de 25 anos, Rojava é um sonho que se tornou realidade. Aqui eu começo a primeira de algumas entrevistas com organizações com real experiência nesse processo e na região. Nesta estou conversando com o Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF, ou Ação Revolucionária Anarquista). Eles têm sido bem ativos nessa ação e entendem em detalhes todo o processo Curdo, tanto em Rojava quanto no interior das fronteiras do Estado Turco.
Categories: Anarchists

Stiamo vincendo a Kobanê oggi e vinceremo in tutto il Kurdistan domani!

Anarkismo - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 06:13
Oggi, le bande criminali che gli Stati avevano creato per i loro interessi si stanno ritirando da Kobanê lasciandosi alle spalle le rovine che hanno provocato. Mentre l'eco della vittoria della resistenza sale per le vie di Kobanê, si rafforza la convinzione della libertà al di sopra delle stesse rovine. Come ebbe a dire il compagno Durruti:"Non abbiamo paura delle rovine". Oggi e domani, a Kobanê ed in molti altri posti, sappiamo che una nuova vita nascerà tra quelle stesse rovine. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27834]
Categories: Anarchists

Rebellion Against Police Violence

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 13:12
Toward Community Defense, Dual Power and Revolution
The murder of Mike Brown at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, MO evoked rage among the people, both in his neighborhood and across the country. The militant protests that followed were an understandable and appropriate response . . . To deal with the problem of police violence we must rebel against police occupation, build the capacity to defend ourselves as well as our neighbors, and create alternative institutions where people can turn to solve problems within our communities in a fair and healthy way.
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