The following news items, when viewed individually, may appear at first glance to be irrational actions, or simply isolated events. When viewed as a whole, they point to large areas of discontent and general patterns of activity. Some indicate the variety of easily-reproduced ways of attacking the current social order, whether that be vandalizing development sites, destroying government buildings and so on. Others demonstrate the widespread appeal of massive direct action and social conflict outside of the representation of parties and unions and against institutional reform. We don't think that these activities simply need to grow in quantity; but rather what is ultimately necessary is a qualitative challenge to the current system, not only through direct physical attacks on institutions, but also through the transformation of current social relations.
May 1 Jakarta, Indonesia- About 200 anarchists loosely networked as "Jaringan Anti-Otoritarian" (Anti-Authoritarian Network) marched through the city for May Day, some spray-painting and stenciling as they went along.
REPRESSION: May 1 Oslo, Norway- Police raided the space of a radical youth organization "Blitz" on the pretext that they were storing explosives for use against an ongoing NATO meeting in the city. "We have found over 70 crates of firecrackers and projectiles in the house," said a police spokesperson. The projectiles were primarily crates of stones and bricks.
May 1 Istanbul, Turkey- Riot police charged into crowds of demonstrators marking the 30th anniversary of a deadly May Day rally, spraying tear gas and kicking and clubbing fleeing demonstrators. Police, armed with truncheons, also used a water cannon to clear crowds heading toward Taksim Square. At least one officer was seen firing his pistol at demonstrators resisting police in a back street. Some 580 demonstrators — some carrying pistols, firebombs and knives — were detained.
It was the first time the government had allowed May Day protesters onto Taksim Square since a 1980 military coup. Authorities declared the area around Taksim Square off limits. The square is the site where unidentified gunmen opened fire on tens of thousands of demonstrators during the May Day gathering in 1977. The incident left 34 people dead, most killed in a stampede.
Anticipating clashes, officials had shut down 41 schools for the day and briefly barred live broadcasts from the square. Several Police main roads were blocked as part of security measures, causing a traffic jam that forced the Istanbul stock market to start trading later than usual. Around 3,000 riot police were deployed, and snipers took up position on rooftops. A police helicopter circled overhead, and police deployed several armored vehicles in the square.
A firebomb hit an armored police vehicle. But police chasing a group on affluent Istiklal Street, which is lined with bars, cafes and shops, fired tear gas and water canons to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing protesters. Along one narrow street, protesters — their faces covered with red scarves — were setting up barricades with armchairs they had taken from a store and throwing roof tiles at officers. Several anarchist black flags were seen flying in the crowds of people.
May 1 Ramallah, West Bank- Hundreds of angry Palestinian teachers demanded full pay after more than a year of partial salaries and tried to storm the Palestinian government headquarters in the West Bank. The teachers attempted to force their way past a barrier guarding the entrance to a government offices' building but were repelled by security forces. Teachers in the occupied West Bank went on strike a day earlier to demand full salaries and the payment of several months' outstanding back pay.
May 1 Berlin, Germany- More than 110 people were arrested in May Day clashes between demonstrators and police, while neo-Nazis and anti-fascists clashed across the country. Bottles and stones were thrown at police in the Friedrichshain district in the east of the capital after an anti-globalization parade ended with a street festival that drew about 1,000 people.
Fifteen police officers were slightly injured and four cars in various districts were set ablaze. The clashes and violence are common during May Day in Berlin.
REPRESSION: May 1 EUROPE- Thirty-two people have been arrested for alleged animal rights activism after raids across the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe. About 700 police officers and support staff were involved in the early morning operation at addresses in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. Police say the raids were one of the largest operations against animal rights activists in the UK.
The 15 men and 17 women arrested are being questioned at several undisclosed police stations. Eight people were arrested in raids at seven addresses in Hampshire. There were 21 other addresses raided in Berkshire, Kent, Lancashire, London, Merseyside, Northumbria, Oxford, Surrey, Sussex, Worcestershire, Yorkshire, Glasgow and Aberdare, South Wales. Two unnamed locations in the Netherlands and one in Belgium were also raided but no arrests were made. Police say the "substantial operation" targeted burglary, conspiracy to blackmail, and charges against animal research operations. It is suspected that the raids and arrests are directly related to the ongoing radical animal liberationist campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences.
April 30 Oslo, Norway- Several hundred people broke through police barriers in downtown Oslo to demonstrate against NATO's warfare in Afghanistan. Some 260 demonstrators were being held after they broke off from a legal demonstration and tried to breach the barriers. After tearing down police barriers in Oslo's City Hall square, they began throwing stones and eggs after police fired tear gas.
April 30 Oaxaca, Mexico- Students and others, including members of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO), have again occupied Radio Universidad in preparation for a May 1st general strike in Mexico. Radio Universidad is the site of the November 2, 2006, battle between striking teachers and their sympathizers and federal police during an attempted eviction of the barricades protecting the occupied radio. The barricadistas and radio supporters were able to force thousands of Federal Preventive Police to retreat and continued to defend the occupied radio and its surrounding barricades for nearly a month despite severe paramilitary repression.
April 30 Athens, Greece- Two gunmen approached the Nea Ionia police station at 1:30 am and riddled it with machine gun bullets and then hurled a grenade, which went off, damaging nearby vehicles. The police guard positioned outside the police station sustained no injuries, while the attackers escaped on a motorbike. Police experts collected cartridges and other evidence that could help them track down the gunmen. Public Order Minister Byron Polidoras visited the police station and then held talks with delegation of the Police Officers Federation.
April 28 Athens, Greece- The consecutive arson attacks against police stations by groups of anarchist youths in the last days have caused concern. Additionally, riots were recorded at the Athens University of Economics and Business when a group of about 50 masked individuals, who were in the university, hurled petrol bombs, stones and pieces of wood, causing damage to three police cars. They also erected a barricade outside the university and faced off with riot police. Patissia district remained cut-off for about three hours, as it had been turned to a battlefield.
Out of the 14 individuals, who were taken to the police headquarters at dawn, 13 were released and one will be brought before the prosecutor on charges of civil disobedience and breach of discipline. At the same time, rioters used gas canisters to set fire to a car in Ampelokipoi, causing damage to two more cars.
Meanwhile, Prosecutor Panagiotis Poulios ordered an investigation on the attack launched against the Exarcheia police station and the riot police headquarters in Goudi by hooded youths. The PASOK (Socialist Party) party criticized the ruling party for failed to quell anarchist attacks. Public Order Minister Byron Polidoras told PASOK not to blame the ruling party for the incidents in Exarcheia, which had been a common phenomenon for 30 years.
April 26 Athens, Greece- Greece's public order minister took responsibility for failing to stop a spate of arson attacks by anarchist groups that have rattled the country's conservative government and renewed opposition party calls for his resignation.
Early Friday, youths attacked a suburban police station with petrol bombs, destroying a parked car. The attack came hours after firebombs exploded outside two other police stations in central Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki — capping a month of violent incidents for which there have been no arrests.
Other attacks included the firebombing of diplomatic cars, burning 15 traffic surveillance cameras and several banks, snatching weapons from a police guard outside the home of Greece's Supreme Court chief judge, attacking the offices of three government ministers, and provoking a four-day revolt at Greek prisons.
Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras blamed the attacks on a climate of tolerance toward violent political activism during decades following the collapse of a seven-year military dictatorship in 1974, which had received American support. "I take responsibility as far as the policing goes, but there is an issue of moral condemnation and a need to isolate these people," he said. Opposition parties said Polydoras should step down after failing to provide basic levels of policing.
April 20 Deseronto, Ontario, Canada- Via Rail service between Kingston and Toronto has been blocked by a native protest over disputed land near Deseronto. Aboriginal protesters set up barricades outside a quarry there more than a month ago. The rail blockade prompted Via to use buses to shuttle passengers between Montreal and Toronto, and between Ottawa and Toronto. "Protest leader" Shawn Brant, of the Bay of Quinte Mohawks, said the blockade will last 48 hours.
April 19 Manitoba, Canada- Members of a Northern Manitoba First Nation have occupied a hydroelectric generating station and say they will not leave until provincial officials agree to meet with them. The Pimicikamak Cree Nation from Cross Lake has had band members camped out at the nearby Jenpeg generating station for several days. They are demonstrating against a long delay in implementing the Northern Flood Agreement, an agreement among the federal and provincial governments, Manitoba Hydro and five First Nations affected by flooding caused by hydroelectric projects on the Nelson and Churchill rivers. Four of the five First Nations have settled their compensation under the agreement, but the process is still ongoing with the Pimicikamak Cree Nation. The band says it will block Highway 6 if progress is not made soon. That highway is the main link between southern Manitoba and the city of Thompson and other points north.
April 18 Lymbia village, Cyprus- Nine people were injured and cars were set on fire by angry residents who are fighting the government’s decision to construct a waste disposal plant in their area. Around 500 men, women and even children joined the demonstrations, blocking the construction site and the Nicosia – Larnaca motorway in both directions, threw rocks onto the motorway and set fire to tires and cars which they dropped onto the highway from a bridge. Residents don’t want the plant to be constructed because of environmental hazards.
A government official involved in the planning of the project said, "when motorways are blocked and vehicles are prevented from reaching the construction site and when there are actions which go beyond law and order, then surely we cannot be pleased". Self-proclaimed Lymbia community leader Sofoklis Savas added: "The Community Council did not ask for such thing. They did this themselves, because they were frustrated after tear gas was thrown at them. They are out of control. I have appealed to them many times to stop such actions because they do not help our effort. We do not want such actions which undermine our struggle and I appeal to them to stop. We want a solution to solve our problem with all legal means, through talks and not extremist actions". Politicians and their parties have condemned the escalation of measures taken against this development. They clamor for peace in hopes that those struggling will submit themselves to recuperating political processes. Evidently, direct action has served their purposes much better.
April 18 Egypt- Waves of worker strikes have been going on throughout the country. Here are some recent highlights of the workers' struggles there:
Abul Makarem textile workers ended their ten-day sit-in two days ago after they achieved concessions. The workers took action after non-payment of salaries, bonuses and raises.
Two hundred workers at the Arabiya brick-making factory are continuing their sit-in for the sixth day on the row, protesting the liquidation of the company.
One hundred fifty workers at the yeast-making factory in Salam City have been on a sit-in for three days now demanding their annual bonuses.
Around 2050 garbage collectors went on strike April 16 in the working class area, Shubra el-Kheima, Cairo.
April 18 West Papua, Indonesia- Workers at a Freeport gold and copper mine walked off of their jobs, demanding a better pay and conditions for Papuan workers and the traditional landowners at the mine. Freeport is said to have 9,000 employees directly under its management in Indonesia, a third of these are Papuans. Some 3-4,000 employees of the Freeport project were demonstrating. Workers are demanding increases in wages to ensure that Papuan people derive a greater share of the benefits from the mine. They argue that Papuans are being sidelined and are not given enough opportunities within the mining project. Unfortunately this represents a meager response to the dispossession of land that West Papuans are increasingly facing. Brought into the work economy and without a base (land) in which to survive, these demands represent a push for integration into the economy of exploitation. There is, however, much anti-political resistance amongst Papuans elsewhere.
April 16 Montevideo, Uruguay- Two molotov cocktails exploded at the Montevideo Circuit Police Headquarters. One firebomb blew up outside the headquarters building and the other one was denoted inside, shattering the windows of an office and causing a fire that burned some facilities around the office, said a police spokesperson. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 14 Vietnam- In March there were 35 strikes in Vietnam, of which 33 were at FDIs (Foreign Direct Investment companies). Most were at Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces, both with high concentrations of FDIs. Many of the strikes are in response to low wages, delayed payments of wages, too much overtime, and the non-payment of back pay. Some strikes were made over bosses abusing workers. For example, officials at a Canon factory tied female workers' legs to sewing machine tables.
Now, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs is drafting a law to prevent strikes. Workers taking part in illegal strikes will be responsible for compensating employers for economic losses arising, or for employers' costs of preventing or dealing with the strikes.
Under current IR law, nearly no strike is legal, because none is organised by state-run unions. Also, the law requires strikers to first comply with a complex process of negotiations, notification, and adjudication by the state.
April 14 Karmei Tzur, West Bank- Thirty people cut about 15 meters of the “illegal fence” around Karme Tzur, next to Beit Ommar. Two groups used cutters, ropes and hammers to tear down parts of the fence that was built this last summer. The activists wore reflective vests and carried banners in Hebrew to try to ensure that the settlers, who are notoriously violent, would not shoot at the activists. After about 15 minutes, two settler security guards arrived and demanded that the activists leave immediately. One told one group that he would shoot them if they did not leave. An Israeli Occupation Forces Humvee then arrived with 3 soldiers. One of the security guards told the soldiers that they should shoot at the activists; that if it were Arabs cutting open the fence, the soldiers would shoot. The soldiers confirmed that if the activists had been Arab they would shoot immediately, but they could not shoot Israelis. Afterward, they went to a second fence that Palestinians have attempted to open a number of times before, along Route 60. In an act of defiance they cut holes in this fence as well.
April 14 Athens, Greece- Anarchists are suspected in the firebombing of the entrance of the office of Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis. The fire caused minor damage. The action occurred in the central Exarchia district. Police said the door was doused with petrol and set alight. Pamphlets with anarchist content were found near the office building. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. "These actions are no help to citizens and society at large," Kassimis said. That's because you'd prefer docile citizens and the maintenance of the social order "at large", Kassimis.
April 13 Milan, Italy- Riot police broke up a violent protest in Milan's Chinatown by scores of Chinese immigrants. The conflict was sparked when a Chinese woman was fined for illegally transporting goods in a private vehicle. More than 100 people amassed, claiming racial discrimination. A car was overturned and clashes made with police. Police charged with batons. About 10 police officers were injured and a similar number of demonstrators received hospital treatment. The woman was arrested and later admitted to hospital.
April 12 Santiago, Chile- The Youth Socialist Party Headquarters were firebombed by anarchists. They delivered a statement, reading, in part:
"These incendiary flames are an immediate response to the declaration of endorsement given by the Socialist Party to the brutal police repression against anti-authoritarian youths that took place on March 29th, which demonstrated, once again, that the police are no more than assassins paid by the state that is today administered and led by this corrupt party.
From the start of this "democratic" and capitalist dictatorship, the socialist party has been responsible for betraying, coercing, imprisoning and assassinating the youths who struggled in the ‘90s and on, becoming heirs of the military dictatorship...
We make a call to all those that resist, from direct confrontation against capitalism and those who protect it. To continue extending and diversifying the struggle and propaganda to destroy bourgeois society; and to obtain self-determination over our lives.
Last night a youth was killed by the bullets of a cop... Now the cover-up operation: to blame any other young person; to hide police terrorism with declarations, reports and stories by the liars of the press. This they do. But the police and their bosses will pay for this new cowardly murder. For each act of aggression, our transgressive action...
We will never conform for the crumbs of the state. All who participate or want to participate in the feast of the state are our declared enemies. To them we send our active hatred.
The Insurrectionary Youth Will Put an End to the Reformist Youth
Fuerza Autónomas y Destructivas León Czolgosz (Autonomous and Destructive Force León Czolgosz)"
April 10 Guelph, Ontario, Canada- Twenty police cars had slogans like "Pigs" and "Fuck You Cops" written on some of them, while others had their insignias blotted out with spray paint.
They left a statement in a cop car windshield that read:
"The same Cops who left a man bloodied and bruised in a snowbank this winter in Guelph, are the cops who invaded Six Nations land on April 20th last year to brutalize the community, are the same cops who invaded squats in Copenhagen, beating, arresting hundreds and illegally raiding peoples homes while putting the city in a state of Marshal Law, Are the same cops who have killed a couple dozen farmers and peasants in India for industrial land grabs in the last few weeks, are the same cops who killed, tortured and imprisoned many people struggling for autonomy in Oaxaca, are the same cops who get away with sexually assaulting over twenty women in Quebec while their superiors look the other way, are the same heads of the police union, who along with eight others tied a homeless man to a tree and beat him half to death a few years back in Toronto, Are the same police who kill people with their tazers and guns almost every single day in North America, Are the same that stand watch in the courts, at development sites, in rich neighborhoods, at our rallies and demonstrations, and at attention for all corporate and political interest, Are the same Are the Same Are the same… Its more than just a few bad apples its systematic abuse of power and its everywhere we look
We are Watching You and we are everywhere
If YOU help fight corrupt power at its roots The untouchables wont be untouchable much longer".
April 9 Zaandam, Netherlands- Just before the official opening of the new detention boats in Zaandam, around 90 people cut apart 150 meters of fencing, as well as barbed wire, using bolt cutters, spanners, and wire cutters. The Ministry of Justice plans to use boats equipped with a total of 300 two-person cells for detention of undocumented people. The Netherlands leads in per capita immigrant detention in Europe. No one was arrested.
Unfortunately, after the fences were taken down, one group held a banner stating: "For Global Freedom of Movement and Equal Rights for All". Rights are given and taken away. Rights are the state's permission for living. It is within the framework of rights, democracy, and equality that domination is concealed by politics, and class conflict is obscured and deformed.
November 20 Vancouver, BC, Canada- The Anti-Poverty Committee group and others shut down a city-sponsored public meeting over a proposal to put another $20 million of city funds into an Olympic slush fund. Clashes with police occurred resulting in several people being pepper-sprayed by them. Vancouver is set to hold the 2007 Winter Olympics, the preparation for which is causing the destruction of low-income housing and the allocation of tax money away from social services and into infrastructure projects for the Olympics.
November 20 Oaxaca, Mexico- Masked people armed with sticks, rocks and homemade gasoline bombs clashed with police and raided a downtown hotel after breaking off of a march held by the reformist APPO, which condemns violence and seeks, as one of its main demands, merely the resignation of the state governor. The demonstrators began attacking police as they marched to the city's main central plaza, barricading it and prompting the police to fire tear gas and pepper spray. They were then seen taking vehicles away from motorists in the center of town, including a passenger bus, which they later set on fire. They also raided a hotel, breaking the windows and spraying graffiti on its walls. Demonstrators attacked police for hours with slings, fireworks, homemade bazookas, and constructed barricades.
In Mexico's southernmost state of Chiapas, meanwhile, thousands of Indian sympathizers blocked highways throughout the state in support of the Oaxacan rebellion. Also, many solidarity demonstrations were held today throughout the U.S., some of which are reported in the "national news" section.
November 19 Thessaloniki, Greece- Police report that 15 suspsected anarchists, nearly all men, threw rocks and molotovs at a Piraeus Bank branch and the entrance of the Thessaloniki International Fair before escaping into the nearby Aristotle University campus.
November 18 Melbourne, Australia- The Group of 20 (G-20) Summit took place this weekend in a downtown hotel. Police struck out with batons as protesters rushed the barrier in at least two places, and at one site overturned fences and broke through the initial cordon. A number of officers were injured, but only one seriously. There were no reports of injured protesters but several were arrested. Over 100 demonstrators used bins, bottles, witches hats and other objects to smash all the windows of a large police vehicle. Protesters threw brown and red smoke grenades, shrouding the front line area in a pall, and in one place hit police with small stones, large plastic garbage bins and, occasionally, glass bottles. Police stood their ground, sometimes lashing out with batons.
Formed in 1999, the G-20 includes finance ministers and central bank officials from the Group of Seven advanced industrial countries and the European Union as well as China, Brazil, India, Russia, South Korea and other major economies.
Novemeber 12 Sichuan Province, China-Xiong Hongwei, age 3, died after mistakenly drinking pesticide. His grandfather was told by the hospital to fetch more money before taking emergency procedures, though the hospital officially denied this. In response, 2,000 people attacked the Guangan No.2 People's Hospital, smashing windows and equipment, forcing the six-storey hospital to close. At least 10 people were injured in clashes with police.
"This morning, I saw many armed policemen on the streets," one person said. "They were using loudspeakers to tell the people not to believe rumours and to trust the government." China is facing a growing healthcare crisis as medical fees continue to rise beyond the means of many of the nation's rural poor. Likewise, industrial pollution is causing China to have the highest rates of lung cancer. The increasing wealth of a small minority is causing many of the rural poor to resent this disparity and attack the institiutions directly contributing to it.
November 10 Sanzhou village, Guangdong Province, China- Thousands of villagers clashed with police after blockading a warehouse built on illegaly seized land. They blockaded the entrance with debris, stones and wooden boards as local officials and foreign businessmen gathered for the official opening of the warehouse. An estimated 5,000 villagers refused to leave until they had a promise that corrupt officials would be investigated. The state refused and brought in riot police and tear gas to disperse them.
Among the more massive confrontations happening in recent times over land disputes in China: November 6, 2004- Paramilitary troops put down an uprising of 100,000 farmers in Sichuan province. April 10, 2005- 20,000 peasants drive off more than 1,000 riot police in Huaxi, Zhejiang province.
There are thought to be thousands of protests a year, with farmers in villages whose land has been taken often directing their anger at corrupt local officials who skim off the profits of its sale to developers.
October 12 Athens, Greece- The car of a diplomatic employee of the Turkish embassy was set on fire. Attacks on foreign diplomat cars in Athens is a common occurence by anarchists and anti-state groups though this one has not yet been claimed.
October 11 Oaxaca, Mexico- Masked protesters hijacked buses and forced government workers from offices in Mexico's strife-torn city of Oaxaca as violence reignited. Striking teachers and leftist activists occupied much of the colonial city four months ago, storming Congress and blocking hundreds of streets in an effort to oust state Gov. Ulises Ruiz. Fears of violence before Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon takes office in December had eased after protesters tentatively agreed this week to loosen their grip while a Senate commission studies whether Ruiz has lost control.
But a group of about 100 masked protesters was shot at as it roamed Oaxaca in hijacked public buses demanding government workers who were going back to their offices to go home. Several government offices in Oaxaca had reopened in recent days and protest graffiti was painted over as Ruiz tried to show he was in control. "They were wiping away our slogans, so we came out to prove that this city is ungovernable right now," said teacher Ruben Villavicencio, clutching a can of spray paint. Police have not entered the city center since being beaten back when they tried to break the strike in its early days.
Protest leaders tentatively agreed on Monday to scale back blockades, but many supporters say they will not leave Oaxaca unless Ruiz resigns. Some roadblocks were reinforced as protesters threatened to shut the highway between Oaxaca and Mexico City.
It is uncertain at this point how many in Oaxaca are merely calling for institutional reform and how many, if any, will use their radical direct action and autonomous organization to supercede demands for new rulers and move into revolutionary aims against the politicians and their states.
October 11 Uruma, Okinawa, Japan- U.S. missile interceptor equipment was moved to an American military base in southern Japan after being delayed for three days in port because of protests by locals. Riot police carried shouting protesters away to allow a convoy of trucks that local media said probably contained 24 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles.
October 10 Niger Delta, Nigeria- Armed attackers seized a Shell oil facility, taking 60 workers and several soldiers hostage. The attack, on a Shell field logistics base attached to the company's Nun river flow station, was carried out by youths from the Oporoma community in the delta's southern Bayelsa state. The station was shut down as a result of the action, resulting in a production loss of about 12,000 barrels a day.
October 10 Iraq- A new study funded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston contends that nearly 655,000 Iraqis have died because of the war, mostly by gunfire. They also found a small increase in deaths from other causes like heart disease and cancer. The study, assessed by surveying thousands of Iraqi households, attributed about 31 percent of violent deaths to coalition forces. However it is clear that, directly or indirectly, all the civilian deaths in Iraq can be attributed to the U.S. making war in the first place. Sectarian violence is merely a consequence of this. The continued and worsening violence in Iraq is the sole responsibility of the U.S. military's involvement there.
October 9 Bangladesh- Thousands of garment workers clashed with policemen in Dhaka and Gazipur. Others barricaded major thoroughfares in Mirpur and Uttara for around four hours and sabotaged around 100 apparel-manufacturing units and looted shopping complexes. Law-enforcers were very late to show up in the site of destruction, allowing the workers to run amok practically without any resistance.
They beat up the officer-in-charge (OC) of Uttara Police Station and snatched his pistol and walkie-talkie. Another group started vandalising vehicles at Abdullahpur. They also pelted brickbats and attacked with sticks as around 30 policemen tried to disperse them. The policemen took shelter at a filling station in the area, but the workers smashed it and beat up the policemen. As several severely injured policemen were being taken to the hospital in an ambulance, the workers attacked the ambulance and beat up the policemen again. Over 100 people including 15 policemen were injured.
A group of workers set fire to apparel at the Woodland garment factory in Mirpur while another group burned four vehicles at Azampur bus stand in Uttara. Around 100 vehicles were set on fire in different areas of Mirpur and Uttara. Thousands of workers damaged barbed wires and uprooted the fences of Mirpur's road divider beautification scheme and took over streets and highways. A group of striking workers also attacked a double-decker bus depot following information that the depot employees injured one of their fellow workers. Reports of demonstrations also came from Hatirpool, Shyamoli and Mohammadpur in the city and Abdullahpur and Tongi industrial area in Gazipur. All of this occured during a half-day strike called by Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad, an alliance of 11 garment workers' associations, demanding minimum wages and back pay.
October 9 London, England- Police arrested 38 people outside Parliament. The demonstrators planned to stop politicians from entering the Palace of Westminster. But only about 50 people, mostly teenagers, turned out for the event dubbed State of Emergency - Sack the Parliament. About 300 police outnumbered the protesters by at least six-to-one. Earlier, officers linked arms in a massive circle in the middle of Parliament Square to stop the protesters from getting close to the gates of Westminster.
October 7 Hebron, West Bank- Israeli, Palestinian and others dismantled several roadblocks set up by the Israeli military. Israeli forces eventually attacked them, beating them and firing concussion grenades and rubber-coated bullets.
October 6 Barcelona, Spain- A protest march in Barcelona's Ciutat Vella district ended in violence last night with one police officer injured, and damage to Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum and several other nearby public buildings. Tins of paint were thrown at the museum, and three rockets were fired at police. The march was organised to protest at the installation of a pneumatic garbage collection system.
October 6 Beirut, Lebanon- Police clashed with hundreds of rioters angry at attempts to demolish housing deemed illegal in a southern suburb of Beirut. One person was killed and at least 16 were wounded. Residents hurled stones and blocked the streets with burning tires and trash when officers arrived to enforce a government order to remove illegal shacks in the southern districts. Armed men in the crowd began shooting, prompting officers to return fire. Rioters damaged three police vehicles.
October 5 Concepcion, Chile- On the outskirts of the University of Concepción in Chile, members of the indigenous Mapuche Nation group "Coordinadora Arauco Malleco" (CAM) and supporters of the Mapuche struggle took over streets and battled police. Repression and persecution against the Mapuche people has been increasing and so some people decided to react with a the street blockade while a bank was attacked, clearly making a connection between the struggle of the Mapuche and the capitalists who want to take their land.
Police responded by attacking with a water cannon and tear gas and then entering the university in search of the masked blockade participants. After close to an hour of combat, with various tires set on fire and a large quanitity of Molotov firebombs thrown, the police retreated, and no one was arrested.
CAM distributed a communiqué, saying in part:
October 5 Athens, Greece- A group of youths and anarchists broke in and is occupying the main building of the University of Athens demanding Savvas Xiros’ release from prison. Xiros has been held by the Greek state for alleged involvement in the "17th of Novemeber" group which is known for anti-U.S. and anti-state actions. Before the occupancy of the building, an event for the rights of the imprisoned in Korydallos had taken place in Propylaia. The issue was touched upon by Minister of Education Marietta Giannakou who spoke of a violation of university immunity. In an announcement, the University Senate stated that the occupation of the university hinders its operation and afflicts the notion of immunity and called on the occupants to leave the building. The Senate will be constantly convening until the occupancy ends. In Greece the police are barred from entering university campuses.
October 3 South Korea- The Korean Government Employees’ Union (KGEU) Chuncheon Chapter’s office was taken over by the riot police. More than 60 members from KGEU and solidarity organizations strongly resisted the crack down, but were unable to fend off riot police armed with fire-fighting dust, hammers, claw hammers and steel pipes as they swept into the union office from all directions. Windows and doors to the office were all broken.
Another attack on a KGEU local office took place in Samcheok. In the morning, riot police began to be deployed around the union office. About an hour later the first barricade set up by union members was broken through by the police and 20 minutes later the union office was taken over. The riot police and officials mobilized axes, claw hammers, hammers, fire hoses, a ladder truck and a fire engine to break into the union office. 2 KGEU members were arrested. One of them was directly struck with water cannons and hospitalized.
Also, the government shut down about 140 offices of the Korean Government Employees’ Union (KGEU) on September 22, under a law stating that the union must register as a legal entity. The law went into effect in January, but the union has refused to do register itself officially, saying that the law would limit its freedom of assembly and freedom to strike. This union is known for striking often and attacking riot police during work blockades and marches. Obviously it is becoming an impediment to the development of a smooth-running business atmosphere in South Korea.
October 2 Les Mureaux, France (suburb of Paris)- Police northwest of Paris used tear gas, rubber pellets and fired a warning shot to disperse a crowd that surrounded their vehicle. Six officers and a civilian were reported slightly injured. The clash broke out after police tried to stop a driver in for not wearing a seat belt. The driver refused to stop, and later crashed into another police car that tried to block his path.
A crowd gathered, growing to about 250 people. Some carried homemade shields, pick handles, stones and threatened the police officers, saying: "You won't get out of the car alive,'" he added. The crowd set a police car, and the car that was initially stopped, on fire, before dispersing when more police officers arrived. Recurrent anti-police actions like this are threatening the imposed calm following the massive riots earlier this year in the Parisian suburbs. The resentment and anger has obviously not subsided even if less widespread.
October 1 Oaxaca, Mexico- The Mexican Navy carried out a reconnaissance operation over the buildings and public spaces occupied by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO in its Spanish initials). Two MI-17 helicopters and one CASA C212 Navy airplane flew over the streets of the city –where opponents of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz have maintained several encampments and occupations over the past 130 days. Ulisses Ruiz Ortiz, the state’s embattled governor, has been using police force to try to isolate and defeat the APPO, a broadbased social movement that emerged this summer out of the government's failed attempt to crush a striking teachers union. See http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=3838 for more history on the situation.
In several different city neighborhoods, residents and APPO sympathizers began building barricades hours earlier than what has become a nightly custom, and also unleashed a thundering chorus of fireworks to alert the general population to the situation. At night, a convoy of 30 military vehicles mobilized on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. At 10:00, Section 22 reinforced its barricades and warned over the radio that it will block people from entering or leaving the city.
Flavio Sosa, a member of the provisional leadership committee of the APPO, warned assistant interior secretary Francisco Yáñez Centeno via telephone: “Fox is going to stain his hands with blood if he allows this to happen.” The insurgents of Oaxaca are preparing for an imminent military attack as the situation is becoming a direct threat to government rule in the area.
Also, another street abduction took place here today. Pedro Garcia Garcia, identified as a student activist and law student, as well as supporter to the popular teachers social movement, was snatched at 2:20 in the afternoon, in full view of observers. The group who took him were driving in a black Ford Lobo.
September 29 Santiago, Chile- Chilean police launched a new offensive against the various “anarchist groups” operating in Santiago this week in response to the Molotov cocktail launched at the La Moneda Presidential Palace during a September 10 protest march.
The order to monitor the groups was issued by Judge Leonardo de la Prida, and the Special Investigations Brigade of the Chilean Civil Police (Bipe) is now actively creating a “register” of all anarchist groups operating in the country, documenting the groups’ leaders, members, ideology, financing, operating areas, and possible connections to foreign anarchist movements.
The new crackdown on Chile’s anarchist movement lead to a raid Tuesday in the San Ignacio borough of Santiago. Six young anarchists were arrested in a squatter settlement, and police said the group had Molotov cocktails in their possession. One of the arrested included a Spanish citizen, Miquel Balaguer, identified as being a leader in the Barcelona-based “okupa” movement.
Police Chief José Bernales said that police found evidence the group had participated in the violent marches that occurred on September 10 and 11 commemorating the September 11, 1973 military coup lead by Gen. Augusto Pinochet (ST, Sept. 11). The police suspect the group has connections with other anarchist groups, and evidence was found indicating the group had been planning violent actions for an upcoming October 9 protest march in support of Chile’s native Mapuche population.
September 29 Athens, Greece- A car belonging to the Spanish embassy in Athens was firebombed. Police said the vehicle with diplomatic license plates was doused with gasoline and set on fire in the downtown Exarchia district of the capital.
September 29 Dhaka, Bangladesh- A few hundred workers of Syntax Sweater Factory first gathered in front of the factory in the morning when they learnt that goons hired by the factory authorities beat up three of their colleagues for agitating for higher wage, bonus and arrears. Joined soon by their other colleagues, they took to the highway and pelted Syntax factory with stones. As police rushed there to disperse the demonstrators, hundreds of workers from adjacent garment factories -- Hachong, SKS Fashion, Pallab, Boutique, Naz, Kating, Laxma, SD, Bengal and STR -- joined them to block the highway at Azampur and Jasimuddin Road.
The demonstrators attacked different shops on the ground, first and second floors of a mall, also trying to loot Islami Bank and Gharoa Restaurant. They also broke out windows of the building. Another group tried to break into Social Investment Bank and a restaurant. After many more garment workers appeared there, policemen charged batons to clear the highway. The workers hurled brickbats and stones at the police.
A couple of hours later, a few thousand people chased the policemen towards Uttara Police Station and broke the windowpanes of the police station building with stones. They also vandalised seven police vans and five other vehicles parked inside the police station. Policemen in riot gear fired about 35 tear gas canisters and rubber bullets to scare away them away. Many demonstrators as well as pedestrians were seen bleeding form police action and stone throwing. At least 50 people including 10 policemen and three journalists were injured.
September 28 Kladno, Czech Republic- An authorised demonstration of the nationalist Patriotic Front was followed by clahses between anarchists and fascist skinheads. A group of about 15 anarchists clashed with 20 nationalists. The police stopped the brawl, but remained alert. Thank you, keepers of the peace.
September 27 Kuwait City, Kuwait- A temporary police station soon to be inaugurated was set on fire, destroying most of the building.
September 24 Ireland- Persons acting under the name Animal Liberation Front destroyed over 70 advertising signs for the Courtney Vegas, a circus that forces animals to perform degrading stunts. The action was claimed in solidarity with the SHAC 7, who were recently sentenced to several years for their campaign against Huntington Life Sciences, a major pharmaceutical company that uses animals for tests.
September 24 Copenhagen, Denmark- A youth rally in Copenhagen turned violent when people hurled cobblestones, bottles and eggs at officers in riot gear. The riots were in reaction to a court ruling last month ordering a group of young squatters to leave a downtown building and hand it over to a Christian congregation that bought it five years ago. About 800 people had rallied peacefully for two days, but clashes broke out when police tried to remove protesters staging a sit-down protest on a main Copenhagen boulevard.
About 220 people were detained and face various charges. Among those detained were German and Swedish nationals who were in Copenhagen for the weekend protest. City authorities gave a group of young squatters the right to use the four-story building in 1982, but sold it in 2001 to the Father House community, a small Christian congregation that since has tried to evict the youth. The squatters have refused to leave, saying the city had no right to sell the building while it was still in use. The Eastern High Court turned town their appeal on Aug. 28 and ordered them out. The building was used as a starting point for numerous demonstrations that turned violent in the 1980s and early 1990s.
September 22 Umgransele, Sweden- The Swedish Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for bypassing alarms and fences to release 2,500 mink from a fur farm.
September 20 Nigeria- Oil pipeline vandalism is on the rise in Nigeria, following a report that only a quarter of the petroleum depots in the country are working. An investigation conducted by The Guardian of Nigeria, reported that 17 out of the 21 depots operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are out of order. Nigeria is famous for protecting the operations of the oil industry as they destroy the environment, leading to toxic sickness in many communities in the Niger Delta as well as military killings of opponents. No wonder that sabotage of oil fields and kidnappings of oil workers are so popular.
September 19 Lucknow, India- Angry over the death of their colleague in an accident, students of Lucknow Polytechnic College went on a rampage, damaging a number of trucks and vehicles after blocking off the road that their friend was killed on. They blame police apathy for the death.
September 18 Budapest, Hungary- Hungarian mounted police charged bottle-hurling protesters outside Socialist Party headquarters early today, in renewed unrest sparked by the prime minister's leaked admission that his government had repeatedly lied about the economy. Up to 50 people were reported injured, including one policeman. The unrest involved splinter groups separate from a larger demonstration massing about 10,000 people. Total police at the scene numbered around 1,000. It reported several police cars burning and said demonstrators were also were tearing chunks of plaster from nearby buildings to throw at police.
The latest violence came just a day after hundreds of demonstrators stormed and vandalised part of the state television building, in clashes that left more than 100 people hurt. Today's confrontation erupted after the demonstrators apparently threatened to move in on the party building and ignored police orders shouted through bullhorns to disperse. Police succeeded in scattering the protesters, then scuffled with small groups in side roads. Wailing sirens signalled the approach of police reinforcements, who blocked access to the area to the media.
People then regrouped, blocking a main thoroughfare with rubbish containers and park benches. A bus, its windscreen broken, was caught in the swirling mass of police and demonstrators. As the confrontation neared its third hour, police split the crowd into three groups and deployed water cannons to push them into different directions in a new attempt to disperse them. Police were caught off guard the previous night by the fury of a few thousand people who broke away from the main demonstration and stormed the state TV building. Pushing past officers with protective helmets, clubs and shields, about 400 got inside, breaking glass and causing other damage.
While the media is focused mainly on the accusations of the governing coalition lying to win the April elections, many were also upset over tax increases and other economic austerity measures ordered over the last three months.
About 150 people were injured in yesterday's violence, including 102 police officers.
September 18 Gatineau, Ottawa- A small explosion at the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs office caused minor damage. The explosion was caused by a blasting cap, which is used as a detonator for more powerful explosives. This is one of many recent incidents of sabotage at their offices.
September 11 Bavaria, Germany- The birth home of Pope Benedict XVI was paint-bombed a couple of days before his scheduled visit.
September 3 Luzhsky district, Leningradskaya region, Russia- Some people tore down fences around a mink farm and opened the cages of an estimated 30,000 mink, causing some $375,000 in damages. This is the largest raid on a mink farm ever.
July 20 Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada- The front windows of New Brunswick’s Right to Life office were smashed.
July 18 Guelph, Ontario, Canada- A fire was set in a house under construction in the city's south end and was part of the Pineridge subdivision. The house was nearing completion. The fire caused approximately $80,000 damage.
July 15 Rome, Italy- Wildcat strikes by taxi drivers in the capital and other cities disrupted travel yesterday, a day after talks between unions and the government over deregulating taxi licences broke down. About 4,000 taxi drivers occupied Piazza Venezia, and travellers landing at Leonardo da Vinci airport had to use trains and buses to get into the capital. Wildcat strikes of taxi drivers also occured in Turin, Genoa and Naples.
July 5 Alberta, Canada- Police have charged three men with mischief following a rampage of destruction at an Alberta oil site near Alder Flats last month. Employees of Kana Oilfield Services visited the site on June 9th and discovered much of their construction equipment had been damaged or destroyed. Two backhoes and a bulldozer belonging to Kana Oilfield Services were badly damaged, and a Chevrolet Suburban and an oilfield trailer were ripped apart and buried. In total, 800-thousand dollars damage was done to the equipment.
June 14 Oaxaca City, Mexico- At roughly 3 a.m. a police helicopter flew low over the tent city where striking teachers have been camped for the past 23 days and shot canisters of tear gas. Meanwhile, 3,000 state police armed with riot shields and clubs entered and tore apart the makeshift shelters where the teachers had been staying. Radio Plantón, the teachers’ pirate radio station, was destroyed by police and four journalists from the station have been arrested. Some reports say 20 people were hospitalized and three police taken hostage. There are are unconfirmed reports of three deaths at the hands of police. Some 70,000 teachers who have been on strike since May 22nd, seeking better conditions for teachers and more money for education.
June 10 Athens, Greece- A group called Revolutionary Brigades claimed responsibility for an explosion outside Korydallos Prison in western Athens. The homemade bomb went off at the outer fence of the women’s prison, causing minor damage. Ten minutes before the bomb went off, a warning call was made to several television stations by an anonymous caller.
June 10 Dubai, United Arab Emirates- The manager and deputy manager of a construction company were taken hostage at a labour camp by more than 319 Chinese workers. They were protesting the company’s move to deport some workers after they stopped work because of non-payment of their wages.
June 7 Brasilia, Brazil- Hundreds of landless Brazilian farm workers stormed a congressional building in this capital city. Carrying sticks and farm tools, they smashed windows, tables and doors, overturned a car and clashed with police and security guards. They managed to force their way into an annexe of the lower house of Brazil's Congress, reaching a room next to one of the main debating chambers where a parliamentary session was taking place. A car was destroyed that was being displayed as part of a prize draw for congressional staff. In a statement, the president condemned the unrest as an act of vandalism against democracy. One can only hope to do something labelled as such.
June 7 Ntotroso, Ghana- Youth in the Ahafo Project Area of the Newmont Gold Ghana Limited mine disrupted a company ceremony celebrating worker training before the intervention by soldiers and police. The youth blocked all access routes to the company's project site where the ceremony was to take place and burnt tyres in the middle of the road. A member of the parliament, expressed the government's gratitude to the mining company for its continued collaboration with the government and other stakeholders, exposing the collusion between the state and capitalists in destroying the area's ecology and bringing some local residents into dangerous, underpaid jobs with no future. The youth understood this and acted.
June 5 Toronto, Canada- A one-day wildcat transit strike forced 800,000 commuters to find alternative means of transportation. A picket by maintenance workers angered at being forced into permanent overnight shifts was quickly joined early Monday by drivers harbouring safety concerns about confrontations with irate customers. The result was a shutdown that paralyzed the city's massive transit system. The unions instructed workers to end the strike the next day, thus recuperating its potential and pushing it into dialogue with the government.
June 4 Gazipur, Savar and Ashulia, India- As factories remained closed, garment workers continued sabotage and demonstrations in support of their 11-point demand for better working conditions and pay. They engaged in battles with the police, leaving around 100 people injured at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ). Production in many factories at DEPZ remained suspended after workers and police clashed. The disruptions forced foreign and local investors to close their factories even in the adjacent areas of DEPZ as well.
The workers set up barricades on roads of Ashulia, Kaliakoir, Gazipur and on the Nabinagar-Kaliakoir highway, creating huge gridlocks that lasted for more than four hours. Around 3,000 workers demonstrated inside the DEPZ since yesterday morning and brought out processions asking their colleagues to join in. The workers ransacked many water jars left in front of a factory and violently smashed gates of several factories, trying to break in. The recent clashes ensued after the Commerce Minister and State Minister for Labour and Employment visited factories damaged in previous attacks.
While the government's labor relations officials contemplate how to defuse further destruction and continue production, the Commerce Minister insulted workers by saying he would institute a complaint box for them to lodge their complaints. Some groups of workers under the pay of the factory owners attacked the striking workers with sticks, prompting chases and counter chases that left more than 30 people injured. Police joined the counter-revolutionary workers and severely injured another 13.
Yeserday, more than 2,000 workers of Dorin Garments in Gazipur went on the rampage, ransacking windowpanes, doors and furniture of the factory. Riot police rushed to the spot and their attempt to calm things down led to chases and counter chases that left around 25 workers injured. As the clashes spread to the Kaliakoir-Nabinagar highway, traffic movement was halted. Police lobbed three canisters of teargas to disperse the angry workers who threw bricks in return.
June 1 Santiago, Chile- Police for a second day used water cannons to scatter demonstrations by high school students that turned violent when masked protesters started throwing rocks near downtown Santiago. Nearly 600,000 public high school students are on a nationwide strike demanding reforms in Chile's education law, including a reduction of inequality between rich and poor schools.
The clashes came a day after police violently suppressed student protests in the capital, with television images showing police beating at least three reporters. Police said at least 12 people were injured and more that 700 demonstrators arrested. The strike was supposed to last only one day, but the students decided to extend it through Wednesday. Police and students leaders blamed the second day of violence on masked individuals, who hurled stones at police and passing cars. Not suprisingly the cops and the small-time politicians would like to vilify anyone who acts outside of their authority and permission.
June 1 Burrup Peninsula, Australia- Hundreds of thousands of ancient engravings etched into boulders and cliffs on this remote desert peninsula are being threatened with destruction by more industrial expansion projects. Woodside Energy, which has a stake in the peninsula, wants to develop a gas processing plant on the west coast, where there is significant rock art. It has even admitted that some carvings will be destroyed. The rock engravings were carved in granite more than 20,000 years ago by generations of Aboriginal hunter-gatherers and form the world's largest collection of prehistoric rock art.
Industrial development first started in the mineral-rich area in the 1970s. Ten thousand petroglyphs have been destroyed since then. About 10 percent of the peninsula has been built on and the state plans to allow development of a further 30 percent. Capitalist expansion, once again, sacrifices anything for profit.
June 1 Mexico- Miners at Grupo Mexico's giant Cananea copper mine started a four-day work stoppage, joining other miners on strike for more than two months at Grupo Mexico's La Caridad copper mine.
May 30 Buenos Aires, Argentina- About 40-50 Anarchists, Mapuche activists and students, and Zapatista solidarity activists, blockaded the entrance to the trendy Chilean department store, Falabella, in downtown. Some chained themselves to the entrance of the store, unfurling banners proclaiming their solidarity with the prisoners in Chile and those brutalized by the Mexican state in Atenco. They chanted "Against FTAA and Capital, against the state and all authority" Where is it? it can't be seen, the socialism of Bachelet." The police attempted to arrest one but this attempt was thwarted as the crowd surrounded the police and unarrested their comrade.
May 29 Moscow, Russia- A gay pride demonstration went ahead illegally despite a ban by the city government, upheld by a Moscow district court. The ban on the parade was supported by all major religious groups in the city. Violence erupted when homophobes confronted the parade along its route. Over 120 arrests were made in the city center. Apparently, basic recognition for gays and lesbians is still obstructed by conservative religious parties as well as those in government. However, this gay pride parade waited for no authorization and went ahead anyway.
May 27 near St. Petersburg, Russia- The Animal Liberation Front broke into a animal breeding lab run by the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. They spraypainted messages inside and liberated 500 rats. There have been many actions in recent years in Russia against the commodification and confinement of animals.
May 25 Caledonia, Ontario, Canada- A Hydro One fenced substation as attacked when someone drove inside, placed the vehicle under the switch gears, and lit it on fire. Then they broke into the brick structure of the station and started a second fire. The sabotage caused a power outage in Haldimand and Norfolk and forced 17 schools to close. Total damages were set at 1.5 million Canadian dollars.
Currently Six Nations natives are blockading highways in the area to halt plans for the Douglas Creek Estates housing development on a 40 acre piece of land that was part of a land grant back in 1784, but the Canadian government insists the land was surrendered in 1841 to help build a major highway. The state's manipulation of native people continues.
May 24 Tehran, Iran- Stone-throwing students fought police and Islamic vigilantes in response to restrictions imposed by the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Students covered their faces with scarves and lit fires outside dormitories. By dawn the streets were littered with hundreds of stones they had thrown. Forty policemen and four students were injured. Some twenty students were taken by Islamic vigilantes after they broke into dormitories.
May 22 Managua, Nicaragua- A group of high school students began their own demonstrations bus fare increases outside their high school “Miguel de Cervantes” in the neighbourhood of El Zumen. After leaving school at midday a group of students starting throwing stones and mortar bombs at passing buses. Nearby police officers reacted by hitting the students with batons and shooting into the air. Many people were severely injured again.
May 17 Managua, Nicaragua- In response to a government hike in bus fares students clashed with police on the grounds of the Avenida Universitaria and nearby streets. Students used mortar bombs and stones while police responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and batons. The nearby Mercado Oriental (East Market) and other nearby businesses were deserted as a result of the excessive amounts of tear gas used by police. Five students were arrested and subsequently accused of possessing illegal arms.
May 11 Bougainville, Papua New Guinea- People armed with high powered rifles and home-made weapons burned three police stations and ransacked a Government district office near the defunct Panguna gold and copper mine. One policeman was seriously injured. Bougainville is an island with partial autonomy yet the struggle against capitalist developments and ecological preservation has been an ongoing process.
May 1 Boorely Green, England- Anonymous persons liberated 41 chickens from a farm and smashed hundreds of eggs. Their communique read, in part, "our 41 little friends are now living the lives they deserve, with people who won't treat them like money-making machines or disposable possessions. Until all are free."
April 27 Milan, Italy-Some 20 people invaded the Pharmacology Department of Milano University during the day. In just a few minutes they proceeded to the animal laboratory and, in front of students and researchers, rescued 12 beagles, some rabbits and many mice. This collective action was a response to the normalized cruelty subjected to animals for the benefit of the medical industry.
April 21 KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa- The disruptions of an ongoing worker's strike of the telecommunications company, Telkom, has increased due to widespread sabotage of the company's infrastructure. The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which rejected earlier negotiations with the company, is continuing the national strike. Now, reports of disruptions to services have multiplied due to damage made to landlines, cables, and distribution boxes.
During the week, vandalism to at least 65 street distribution cabinets (SDCs), which are points of connection usually located on street corners to enable a service to customers, countrywide was also detected. Since Sunday 65 SDCs had been damaged, mainly through deliberate cutting off of connection points and incineration of entire units. Of the damaged SDCs 46 were located in KwaZulu-Natal, mainly in the Greater Durban area, but also scattered throughout the province. Another 12 SDCs were damaged in Pretoria, Witbank and Nelspruit areas, four in Gauteng and three in the Cape. Large scale theft of cables has been reported in Durban.
Damage to three cables between the Germiston and New Doornfontein areas disrupted service between the directly affected areas as well as between Germiston and the rest of the country. Two cables - one in Ladysmith (KwaZulu-Natal) and the other in Mthatha (Eastern Cape) - were also damaged.
An executive of the company stated that only persons with access to and knowledge of Telkom's network infrastructure would have been in a position to carry out the vandalism to the cables. A Telkom chief technical officer said that the nature of the damage pointed to "deliberate vandalism on an orchestrated basis."
April 26 Ramstein Air Base, Germany- German police and U.S. Air Force special agents are trying to determine who vandalized 200 rooms at a military hotel. Sabotage at the 350-room hotel being built at Ramstein Air Base could delay its opening. A paint roller was used to mark up recently finished walls and windows with dark paint. The vandalism was discovered April 17.
The hotel is part of a $200 million lodge and hotel complex near the base's airfield. The hotel and mall, officially known as the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, is the U.S. military’s largest single construction project under way worldwide.
April 21 Michoacan State, Mexico- Hundreds of police stormed the Sicartsa steel plant, shooting dead two workers as running battles with stone-throwing strikers spilled out onto the streets. Also, dozens of workers were injured when the 600 police moved into the plant early in the morning firing tear gas canisters. The strikers later fought running battles with uniformed riot police outside the plant, hurling rocks and molotov cocktails, and torching cars. Police have failed to regain control of the plant and workers continue to hold the wildcat strike, now in its third week, and a blockade of the plant. The strike is in response to governemnt repression of a union official.
April 21 Belleville, Ontario- About 50 Mohawks from the Tyendinaga reserve near the town of Maryville, about 200 kilometres east of Toronto, were blocking a CN (Canadian National) rail road track to show their support for the Six Nations members in Caledonia. They halted at least a dozen CN freight trains and disrupted Via Rail's passenger service in one of Canada's busiest travel corridors.
April 20 Caledonia, Ontario- Since Feb. 28, dozens of Six Nations protesters have occupied the Douglas Creek Estates housing project in Caledonia. After a seven week occupation of territory, the Ontario Provincial Police carried out an unsuccesful predawn raid on the site. They were pushed back and hundreds of people from the Six Nations reserve (reservation) came out to support the occupation.
April 20 Mosul, Iraq- Mosul University students went on strike after U.S. forces arrested the head of their student union. Eighty percent of the students have boycotted attending the university.
April 20 Nepal- Tens of thousands of people have filled the streets of Nepalï¿½s capital, Kathmandu, and cities and towns throughout the country this week despite brutal government repressive measures, including a daytime curfew and orders to shoot on sight. The mass rallies are part of the long-running general strike against the government. Attacks by government forces have killed some 15 people and injured hundreds of others. Thousands of people have been arrested. The general strike that began in the beginning of April throughout the country's factories has spread to the banking and telecommunications industry and remote villages in the Himalayan mountains. The strike was initiated by the Seven Party Alliance, a group of seven major parliamentary parties seeking the reimplementation of democractic versions of rule. While currently the strike is being channeled into demands for democractic rule, it is unclear how many of the people on strike share the demands of the democratic parties and how many are merely enjoying the collective subversion of the old world and all its humiliations, democratic or autocratic.
April 19 Tasmania, Australia- Wire fencing was cut down around the entire perimeter of a rodeo arena near Westbury just days before it hosts a national rodeo championship. Not only was the heavy gauge mesh fencing cut from each post around the arena, fencing was pulled from where it was buried in the ground and left it in the arena. This came a day after a power box was smashed inside a kiosk hut not far from the arena. People against animal exploitation are suspected.
April 17 Stockholm, Sweden- The Swedish Animal Liberation Front visited the animal lab at Stockholm University by drilling through the walls. 126 animals - 99 mice, 14 hamsters and 13 rat - were removed and rehomed. Slogans were also sprayed and red paint splashed everywhere. For years Sweden has had an energetic direct action movement against animal exploitation.
April 16 Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada- One of several homes under construction on South Harbour Road was set alight by someone, causing $200,000 in damages. Once again, new developments go unappreciated by the surrounding community.
April 8 Australia- Two hundred and fifty freight delivery workers, working for the major freight company TNT Express, went on a wildcat strike in the first major industrial action since the government's new workplace laws took effect. The company is refusing to guarantee preservation of current pay and conditions under the new work regime.
April 7 New Caledonia, South Pacific Islands- Inco Ltd., one of the biggest nickel miners in the world, suspended construction of the $1.9 billion Goro nickel mine after recent sabotage damaged water lines and a radio communications tower in the estimated amount of $10 million. This comes after earlier attacks damaged trucks and excavators and blocked a number of access roads. Inco Ltd. said there has been a new round of attacks at the site as a group of locals stepped up its opposition to the massive construction project.
"While the police had cleared the access roads to the site, groups of people have remained in the area and have continued to engage in sporadic vandalism," a company spokesman said. Inco, which is developing the big Voisey's Bay project in Labrador, Canada, planned to bring major stakeholders of the mine and a local opposition group together for talks in hopes of defusing expensive autonomous and illegal activity against the construction. Local people are worried about the negative social and ecological impacts of mining operations. The company says construction will not resume until the local government can ensure the area is secure for exploitation.
April 7 Nepal- People smashed vehicles, burned tires and clashed with police on the second day of a four-day general strike called by Nepalese political parties in Nepal, hinting towards an uncontainable social element of a strike aimed at making power democratic. Dozens of people and policemen were injured in clashes across the country. Two students were hurt when police opened fire at protestors in Patan and Kirtipur, cities adjoining capital Kathmandu. People smashed four taxi cabs, three private vehicles and a trolley bus in the capital, while a passenger bus was smashed for running in defiance of the strike order in the western resort town Pokhara. Students fought pitched battles with baton-wielding and tear gas-firing police at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, and scores of policemen and students were injured. In the ancient town of Bhaktapur, protesters broke into a government revenue building and vandalized papers and documents, police said. In Biratnagar in eastern Nepal, protesters smashed the vehicle of an ex-police official and burned tires at road intersections.
April 3 Netherlands- Workers at the Mitsubishi Motor Corp's Nedcar automobile plant launched a wildcat strike over concerns that the company will be shutting down the factory once production of DaimlerChrysler's Smart ForFour car model is ended there.
March 30 Modena, Italy- A group calling itself "Friends of the Pig" placed 25 litres of gas + 6 sticks of dynamite at the Beccastecca Experimental Institute, which is managed by the Agriculture Ministry. Part of their communique stated: "The only precautionary approach we can accept is to destroy the GMO's breeds as soon as they start, attack the structures where research is done, to build a determinate and daily opposition to the engineering of life."
March 6 Seoul, South Korea- Some 1,100 riot police clashed violently with people occupying land outside the U.S. Army's Camp Humphreys. Riot police were on hand as about 60 officials served a mandatory eviction notice. The government took control of about 2,000 acres of farmland outside Camp Humphreys in 2005 so the U.S. military eventually could transform the post into its main installation in South Korea. Under an agreement between the U.S. and South Korea, the camp will triple in size by 2008; its population is projected to grow from more than 11,000 to about 45,000. Obviously many people are not pleased with U.S. military dominance and South Korean state collusion.
March 5 Ashdod Port, Israel- Operations workers initiated a wildcat strike against management on the workers' financial demands. Ships cannot be loaded or unloaded as a consequence.
March 4 Dulais Valley, South Wales, UK- Around 60 coal workers from Celtic Energy are staging a wildcat strike over the firing of a fellow worker.
March 3 Palestine- Violent confrontations erupted between Israeli security forces and people against the construction of the security fence near the towns of Beit Sira and Abud. Two Border Policemen were lightly wounded when they were pelted with rocks. Four others were wounded as well.
March 3 Torbay, Newfoundland- Holy Trinity school had 50 panes of glass broken out with rocks, forcing it's temporary closure. While a school seems like an easy target for anyone and any purpose, it is not uncommon for people to despise their schooling and lash out -especially at those schools that integrate christian discipline.
March 1-3 Mexico- More than a quarter of a million miners and steelworkers went on wildcat strikes at 70 companies in at least eight states from central to northern Mexico, virtually paralysing the mining industry. The strike resulted from an attempt by the government to remove the Mexican Miners Unionï¿½s top officer, general secretary Napleï¿½n Gï¿½mez Urrutia, and replace him with Elï¿½as Morales Hernï¿½ndez, a union dissident who is reportedly backed by the Grupo Mexico mining company. The wildcat strike erupted little more than a week after a mining accident on February 19 in San Juan de las Sabinas left 65 workers dead.
March 2 Botswana- The Botswana government is questioning their investment in an electric fence along the 500 km long Botswana/Zimbabwe border after frequent sabotage on it.
February 27 Leicester, England- Arson is suspected in a fire at a Swann Systems UK factory. The smoke and fire caused extensive damage in the tens of thousands of pounds to most of the factory's stock. Swann Systems UK is the largest Australia-based home security company, manufacturing surveillance hardware and information technology including CCTV systems. Swann has reported that sales of their security cameras and other devices has increased ten fold over the last year. Obviously not everyone is happy with that.
February 27 Central Punjab Province, Pakistan- Tribal rebels blew up two key gas pipelines in Pakistan, cutting the supply to four power plants and sparking a blaze that melted a main railway track. This region has a history of tribal insurgency with repeated attacks on gas pipes, railway lines and government targets.
February 21 Napo Province, Ecuador- Hundreds of people stormed the Sardina pumping station, 55 miles east of Quito, forcing the closure of the OCP pipeline. They are demanding the release of millions of dollars by the government to the surrounding communities of the impovershed Napo region. Some 24 pipeline workers were kidnapped but later managed to slip away while soldiers tried to negotiate with the people barricading themselves inside the station. Since protests began on Monday at least five people have been wounded, including two policemen, after the insurgents tossed rocks and dynamite at military forces who responded with gunfire and tear gas.
In an attempt to restrict further disruptions, authorities have declared a state of emergency in Napo, detaining several people they claim are leaders. Government officials were also pushing for an end to the general strike in the province in hopes of settling the conflict with negotiation. Also, another pumping station owned by Petroecuador, the state oil company, was damaged, forcing it to shut its main pipeline and suspend exports for several hours.
February 20 Nantes, France- A group of several dozen people is currently occupying the trees which are on the future site of the E.P.M. (a prison for minors) d'Orvault, near the city of Nantes (France), in an attempt to stop the construction.
February 18 Athens, Greece- Five banks in central Athens and the suburbs of Argyroupolis, Halandri, Peristeri and Nea Smyrni were damaged by homemade devices made with cooking gas canisters. The attacks appear to be carefully coordinated. The explosions occured at branches of National Bank, Bank of Cyprus, Emporiki Bank and American Bank of Albania, damaging ATM machines, windows and sparking fires.
February 17 Shropshire, Wales, UK- Ten thousand pounds of damage was caused to cars at a Shropshire Royal Air Force base after unknown persons set them on fire. There have been up to eight arson attacks at the RAF base at Cosford during the past few months. One of these fires was set near a gas main though it did not explode. Two months ago three other vehicles were attacked.
February 8 Guadalcanal Plains, Solomon Islands- The newly established head office of Guadalcanal Plantation Palm Oil was burnt to the ground. The office was established at the request of a palm oil company from Papua New Guinea and local landowners.
February 8 Maranhao State, Brazil- Indians from the Guajajara tribe in the northeastern state of Maranhao took hostage four workers from the world's leading iron ore miner to press demands for better public health care. This came after they blocked the Carajas to Sao Luis railway earlier that day. The line carries iron ore, manganese, pig iron, soybeans and 1,000 passengers daily to the port of Ponta da Madeira. Last November, Indians invaded a town near the important Carajas iron ore mines threatening to paralyze production, and in early December they blocked an iron ore export railway line in central Minas Gerais.
February 7 Quito, Ecuador- Ecuador's state oil company Petroecuador stopped pumping oil through the Sote Trans-Ecuadorean pipeline after hundreds of people occupied a pumping station demanding the company be kicked out of the country as well as an end to free trade agreements. The company said it will keep this 380,000 barrels-per-day pipeline shut until the occupation ends.
February 7 Las Heras, Argentina- Two hundred oil workers armed with sticks, fire bombs and guns broke into a police station, killing an officer and injuring 14 others in an attempt to free a union leader. Five policemen were shot with bullets. Over the past two weeks they have put up roadblocks in demand for higher wages.
February 5 Susa, Italy- The Olympic torch relay met again with resistance in the Susa valley. A police car was kicked by demonstrators, who tried to put out the flame by throwing a banner on it. At the end of January anarchists stole the torch from a runner before being tackled and arrested. Many people in the Susa valley have been attacking plans to build a high-speed rail link between Turin and Lyon, France.
February 4 Chanteloup-les-Vingnes, France- Sixty youths armed with pick-handles attacked a police station and steered a blazing car into its courtyard in this western Paris suburb. They were reacting to the police killing a man from Chanteloup during a robbery in Paris last week. Firemen who came to the station to put out the blazing car were pelted with stones. Eventually, more police arrived and three youths were arrested.
February 3 Dongshigu, China-Policemen beat and arrested a man who helped villagers file a lawsuit accusing local officials of forcing them to undergo abortions or sterilization. Four hundred villagers reacted by overturning three government cars and fighting hired thugs.
January 30 Rustavi, Georgia- Prisoners tried to stage a riot after the police unit of the Penitentiary Department of the Justice Ministry, started carrying out a search in the prison cells. One prisoner and one guard were wounded.
January 27 Tehran, Iran- Thousands of security forces in plainclothes, in addition to police and militias backed by the Revolutionary Guard's anti-riot units attacked drivers, workers and personnel of the Bus Company of Tehran. Workers have been engaging in strikes over the last month in response to previous repression of workers. Wives and children of strike leaders were dragged out of their beds and beaten. Workers reporting to the bus depots on Saturday morning were beaten, threatened and then forced to drive the buses. The arrested strikers were confined into the high-security Evin Prison, notorious for its torture chambers and being the scene of thousands of executions of political prisoners.
January 27 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam-Workers in the city's southern industrial parks and export processing zones have been engaging in spontaneous, illegal strikes without authorization from trade unions. The government has been trying hard to attract foreign investment by offering a cheap and secure labor environment. But increasing inflation and a rise in the cost of living has caused tens of thousands of workers to walk off the job over the past month. The strikes are reported to be spreading quickly.
January 24 Brasilia, Brazil- Six people died in a prison riot in northwestern Brazil and inmates took the penitentiary's director and head of security hostage. The riot in the Agenor Martins de Carvalho prison in the state of Rondonia, which borders Bolivia, started on Monday evening after an armed breakout attempt from the prison's infirmary. One guard and two inmates were killed in a shootout. Anti-riot police units have circled the prison to prevent escape attempts but said storming the prison was out of the question due to the hostage situation.
January 24 Athens, Greece- An anarchist group, Anti-State Justice, claimed responsibility for two homemade devices exploding at one of the ruling New Democracy Party's branch offices and at a post office. This was the group's their third attack this year. In a phone call to the media they stated that these most recent bombings were in solidarity with three anarchists in jail accused of attacking policemen and stealing their equipment and in support of suspected anarchists involved in a bank robbery in Athens last week.
January 23 Dalkeith, Scotland- The police operation to remove encampments of people from the route of a $70,000,000 bypass under construction has entered its final phase. Twelve people are still in treetop hammocks and tents, one of which has been suspended above a river. The road will destroy a large part of Dalkeith Park - an area of more than 1,000 acres of farmland and woodland just outside Edinburgh. The cost of the police operation has been estimated at $175,000 a day.
January 23 Turin, Italy- Workers from Italy's state airline Alitalia are on wildcat strike after their union called off an official 24-hour strike. Hundreds of cancellations of national and international flights have already been made. Workers are against the company's restructuring plan.
January 23 Jayapura, West Papua, Indonesia- Two hundred people stormed the parliament building in this capital city. They pushed past police guarding the building, shouting "Indonesian troops get out of West Papua!" Two policemen were injured in the melee. Security forces fired on a group of protesters outside a police station in Paniai in the central Highlands of Papua last week, killing one.
January 20 Zurich, Switzerland- A bomb went off at the home of a management consultant and a building belonging to a technology company, an action linked to opposition to the upcoming World Economic Forum set to begin in Davos next week. Demonstrations have been taking place in cities all across Switzerland.
January 20 Quito, Ecuador- Students destroyed property and attacked police with sticks, stones and homemade bombs due to a proposed hike in bus fares. The students also wanted the government to cancel its contract with the Occidental Petroleum Corporation and for it to refuse to join the proposed Free Trade Agreement of the Americas. About 100 students were detained.
January 19 Athens, Greece- Revolutionary Liberation Action claimed responsibility for three explosions across the city, with police suspecting a link to a recent bank robbery that left three people injured and one of the robbers in custody. The bombings occured at a branch of the National Bank in central Athens, a district office of the ruling New Democracy party in Zografou and under a municipal car in Nea Ionia, northern Athens. Before the blasts, anarchists had sprayed slogans reading: "Banks are the true robbers" outside the bank that had been targeted in the robbery a few days before. No one was injured in the attacks, though they caused extensive damage.
January 18 Santiago, Chile- Bomb explodes at the National Intelliegence Agency. The group Leon Czolgosz Autonomous and Destructive Forces claimed the action and wrote in a statement, "...The elections are a cycle of ignorance; they only perpetuate the system of the rich. To combat them, we do not register, nor do we vote. With this action, we greet the pseudo-socialist president and her refuge of salary criminals. Against them, we confront them. Our attack will be incessant and every time more violent."
January 15 Bayelsa State, Nigeria- Twenty people, including 13 soldiers, were feared killed as suspected militant youths blew up the Shell Petroleum Development Company's Benisede platform using dynamite, leading to a fire that consumed the boat house and platform. In the previous week four of the company's expatriate staff were kidnapped and taken hostage aboard an oil vessel off the Atlantic Ocean. Recent violence and sabotage in Nigeria has cut that nation`s crude oil production by 10 percent. A unit of the Royal Dutch Shell Group pulled hundreds of workers from the Benisede and neighbouring flowstations (Opukushi, Ogbotobo and Tunu) after continued kidnappings and sabotage resulted in a loss of about 220,000 barrels per day of oil production.
January 9 Cagliari, Italy- In the night a bomb exploded at the carabinieri station of Vallemorsa in the province of Cagliari. The building was damaged, but did not catch fire.
January 6 Athens, Greece- A petrol bomb was thrown at a branch office of the ruling New Democracy party in Exarchia in central Athens, a few blocks away from the local Police Department, causing minor damage. An hour later, a bomb made of gas canisters went off outside a branch of Aspis Bank in the city center, damaging the front entrance and the ATM. Responsibility has been claimed by a group called "Insurrection Flame" in solidarity with three jailed anarchists accused under the anti-terrorist law for an attack against the Greek riot police and the taking of their riot gear.
January 7 Edingburgh, Scotland- A closed-circuit television surveillance van monitoring the area around a government housing complex in the Pilton area was attacked by a group of youths. They smashed the windows and threw a molotov cockatail at it while two city employees were inside. Two 15 year-olds were arrested in connection with the fire-bomb attack.
January 4 Istanbul, Turkey- Anarchists destroyed a bank ATM.
January 3 Athens, Greece- Three makeshift bombs went off targeting cars and the New Democracy Party's offices in three different Athenian neighbourhoods. The group "Antikratiki Dikeosini" (Anti-state justice) claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were in support of anarchists Kalaitzidis, Aspiotis and Karasaidis, who are held in prison charged with arson and other offences.
December 31 Paris, France- Members of the unemployed people associations and entertainment workers overpowered police officers to enter 'Le Bon Marche' shopping center where they held a demonstration called "the unemployed people's New Year's Eve supper."
December 31 Madrid, Spain- The ALF liberated 28 beagles from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Independent University of Madrid. The action was undertaken in memory of Bill Rodgers who was found dead in his jail cell in Flagstaff, Arizona on December 22, 2005.
December 31 Granada, Spain- An explosive device blew up in the sales lot of a FIAT car dealership. The attack was undertaken in solidarity with Italian comrades being prosecuted in the "Operation Cervantes" case. A communique also claimed solidarity with anarchist prisoners in Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany.
December 30 Tehran, Iran- Hundreds of workers from the Miral Glass factory protested 10 months unpaid wages by staging a demonstration at the company's factory site and setting automobile tires on fire, closing down the Tehran-Saveh road near Tehran.
December 30 Gualeguaychu, Argentina- Hundreds of protesters angry over Uruguay's plans to build two major paper mills on the river it shares with Argentina blocked three international bridges Friday. The protesters blocked bridges in Gualeguaychu, not far from the sites of the proposed plants, as well in Colon and Concordia. The bridges are heavily traveled routes for vacationers heading to Uruguay's Atlantic beaches in the southern hemisphere summer, and a key trade corridor for Argentina, Uruguay and nearby Brazil.
December 26 Molland, England- In a second attack on the same meat farm, the ALF liberated 100 wild boar by cutting down 500 meters of the farm's fence.
December 25 Tehran, Iran- Tehran's bus workers went on strike in response to the arrest last week of a dozen members of the Union of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company in armed police raids on their homes. Further arrests were made during the strike itself. Around 4,000 bus drivers spent the night at the depot in Tehran's transport Region 6 refusing to run bus lines.
December 23 Athens, Greece- A bomb went off at the Ministry of Development and Commerce, hours before Greece's parliament passed the budget for the upcoming year. The bombing, reported be be triggered by an alarm clock, was claimed by the group Revolutionary Struggle. It was the second bomb attack on a government building in six months. In June the same group bombed the Labour Ministry in the heart of the city.
December 22 Barcelona, Spain- Anarchists attacked a fur store with incendiary devices causing damage to the door. The action was claimed in solidarity with prisoners.
December 22 Lloydminster, Canada- A water spill at a lease site is the sixteenth and final incident in a year that was plagued by deliberate oil and water spills and other acts of sabotage throughout the Midwest oil patch.
December 17 Setubal, Portugal- On monday night at three in the morning, an uknown numbers of persons attacked the police station in the Bela Vista neighborhood in the city of Setubal. In the attack, molotov cocktails were thrown at the windows of the station and at cars parked outside.
December 16 Brockley, England- Animal Liberation Front cut out huge stretches of fencing at Manor Farm, which breeds and kills deer to produce venison. Some 80 to 100 deer were given the chance to run free.
December 16 Athens, Greece- Anarchists in Athens staged five arson attacks in two and a half hours. An automobile belonging to the Church of Greece was among the targets destroyed. They also attacked a pair of police officers and disarmed them. Acting on a tip, police raided an apartment, but it had been vacated prior to their arrival. They did recover a police officer's service revolver. At the same time, anarchists in Thessaloniki burned two Eurobank branches.
December 13 Hong Kong, China- For a second day, thousands of South Korean farmers clashed with police outside the harborfront conference center. Protesters punched, kicked and tried to break through a police line, and security forces fought back with pepper spray, clubs and shields. The farmers, dressed in matching red vests and chanting, "Down, down WTO," struck police with bamboo sticks and tried to ram through a police road block.
December 7 Santiago, Chile- At the Juan Gomez Millas campus of the University of Chile, masked demonstrators broke with tranquility and passivity and attacked police with firebombs and stones. Propaganda was spread (through shouting, leaflets, banners, and graffiti) indicating that the main reason for this direct action was the upcoming elections which perpetuate exploitation and domination by the rich. Some slogans and graffiti messages used in relation to this direct action: "Because we have nothing, we will destroy everything," "Because the vote only makes the rich powerful, we've chosen violence" and "Against the election of future exploiters".
December 6 Shanwei, China- Chinese police opened fire on protesters in the southern province of Guangdong, shooting dead at least two people. Police tried to disperse up to 1,000 demonstrators near Shanwei who were angry because they had not been compensated for land taken by the government to build a power plant. There have been an ever-growing number of riots in China, many of which are focused on industrial developments.
December 6 Val di Susa, Italy- An occupation camp in Italy's northern Susa Valley (Val di Susa) which was preventing the construction of a high-speed railway line between Italy and France was violently evicted by paramilitary police Tuesday. 20 people were reportedly hospitalized after clashes, including five police officers. Earlier in the day, residents had blockaded the major highway that runs through Val di Susa and barricaded streets in the valley town of Bussoleno.
December 6 Turin, Italy-A demonstration against the police repression in the Val di Susa held. A railway depot was blockaded, and anarchists attacked the car of the President of the Piedmonte region, two police cars, and an Olympics store. In addition, a bank was smashed-up, a bonfire was set in the streets, and graffiti messages were left on walls denouncing the Olympics and declaring solidarity with the resistance in Val di Susa. One cop was injured when he was hit in the head with a bottle.
December 2 Seoul, South Korea- Striking workers and angry farmers clashed with police in front of the National Assembly in Seoul. The workers recently began a nation-wide general strike calling for better conditions and more job security for temporary workers. The strike is being observed by only about 10% of the country's labor unions. The farmers have been demonstrating daily in opposition to new World Trade Organization (WTO) endorsed legislation that is expected to devastate small South Korean rice farmers.
December 1 Manama, Bahrain- Rioters burned cars and set off explosives improvised out of gas canisters in the third straight night of unrest since a committee for Bahrain's unemployed began protests against joblessness and to demand an official investigation into the case of Moussa Abdaali. Abdaali is a committee member who was beaten by unidentified men believed to be armed security officials. Rioters attacked police with stones and molotov cocktails before burning two police cars.
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