Friday, April 30, 2004
San Salvador, El Salvador: Masked labor advocates and anti-war protesters occupied the San Salvador Cathedral for about 24 hours starting on Wednesday, while outside another group of demonstrators battled police and torched a city bus and a television vehicle. El Salvador has 350 soldiers in Iraq, and will not withdraw them until August. The occupation ended peacefully Thursday, without any more arrests, after negotiations with a deputy bishop.
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Thousands of miners, anti-war protesters, anarchists and other anti-capitalists are marching in Warsaw, Poland today. Warsaw is hosting the European Union's economic summit marking the reunification of Europe. The march will pass the Finance Ministry, the American Embassy and Polish government headquarters, where it is scheduled to end this evening.
U.S. Soldiers have been caught torturing Iraqi prisoners with electricity, dogs, and by forcing them to commit humiliating sexual acts.
Indigenous unrest, and a similar situation to that of Aymara, has been taking shape in Canada since January, when the Grand Chief James Gabriel brought in an outside force of aboriginal officers to seize control of the police department. Opponents responded by burning down his house, then barricaded the police force within their station for at least 24 hours. Gabriel fled the community, with eight of the 12 Kanesatake officers who remained loyal to him. But the ousted Chief was back yesterday with 35 officers adorned in full riot gear. After a brief standoff the police decided not to try and force their way in. The Community has said that the Kanehsatake Mohawk Police station will remain closed until the Band Council elections in June.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Peru: A force of 220 police officers have regained control of the the town of Ilave, where after at least a week of futile peaceful protests thousands of Aymara Indians beat and lynched a mayor, who refused to step down amid a corruption scandal. They then surrounded the police station and burned it down, with at least initially 50 police still in it. President Alejandro Toledo has promised to punish those responsible for the uprising. Three government employees were taken hostage and are still missing.
If alleged Earth Liberation Front arsonist Bill Cottrell's lawyer's accusations are true, the FBI must not have a sufficiently strong case to convict him. A month ago the U.S. Attorney's Office requested DNA samples of blood or saliva and now they may be responsible for a government informant attempting to get a confession from Cottrell, during a two- week stay at San Bernardino County jail. Cottrell, who has been held without bail since early March, is accused of vandalizing or setting fire to more than 125 Hummers and SUVs at a dealerships northeast of Los Angeles, last summer.
A new protest website shadowprotest.org is calling for protesters to infiltrate the volunteer corps which are the backbone to both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly responded to day saying that authorities would be screening volunteers. Kelly also said that the NYPD will be searching each and every train, which pulls into Penn Station, during the four day Republican National Convention, with bomb sniffing dogs.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Iraq: 40% of the U.S. trained Iraqi military is refusing to fight an increasingly popular insurgency. 200 hundred are now in prison for refusing while 10% have actually joined the insurgents.
Algerians welcome cheap Chinese laborers but when they refuse to work for free they send back the "ring leaders" accusing them of "acts of anarchy".
A New York University student was caught squatting the school library after more than seven months. An embarrassed administration gives him free housing for the last few weeks of the semester.
Peruvian Indians learn how ineffective peaceful protests can be. After a week of protests calling on the corrupt mayor, of the highland town of Ilave, to resign failed to accomplish its goal, demonstrators accomplish their objectives there a more efficient, if not brutal, method. The 10,000 or so Aymara Indians stormed the mayors house, dragged him into the street and beat him to death. After that a group of about 1,000 attacked the local police station, with Molotov coktails, surrounding it and the 50 officer inside, who had run out of tear gas grenades.
Last summer California based animal rights activists vandalized the restaurant of the only producer of foie gras in the Western United States, making the little known French "delicacy" big news. Foie gras is made by shoving large metal pipes down the throats of ducks four times a day for 3-4 weeks and pumping them full of massive quantities of food to enlarge their livers to 8-10 times their natural size. Today a California Senate panel approved a bill that would ban the production and sale of foie gras. The bill if passed will not go into effect for 7 1/2 years! Author of the bill Senator John Burton, D-San Francisco, said that supporting the bill should not be seen "in any way as validating or acquiescing to this illegal activity". Similar legislation is also pending in New York state the only other producer of foie gras in the U.S.
Monday, April 26, 2004
Hundreds of thousands of abortion rights supporters marched and rally in Washington DC today. The large number of demonstrators exceeded even the organizers expectations. Account and pictures from the Radical Cheerleader / Anti-Fascist Bloc, More Photos
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Iraqi insurgents coordinated a three boat attack on an offshore oil export terminal killing three U.S. service men and shutting down the installation.
Brazil's Landless Workers Movement (MST) has been occupying hundreds of neglected tracts of land in recent months. On March 20th more than 200 workers cut the locks to an abandoned banana plantation and built themselves shelters, which they still inhabit. Less than 3% of the population of Brazil control an excess of half the arable land.
Saturday, April 24, 2004
Dublin, Ireland: Authorities are on high alert for next weekends European Union summit. Although the possibility of an al-Qaeda terrorist attack is a concern politicians are demanding that anti-globalization protesters from other EU countries be stopped at the border. The summit is planned for April 30th-May 3rd. May 1st is an international workers holiday. The traditional London May Day Celebration has been cancelled and many participants are planning to attend the demonstrations in Dublin. Previous EU summits in Greece and Sweden have been subject to massive protests and violent clashes with police. In Sweden demonstrators were shot with live ammunition.
Friday, April 23, 2004
Two off duty Danish police officers were fined for wearing masks to a 2002 EU summit protest in Copenhagen. One of the officers said that they wore kaffiyehs (a traditional Arab scarf) to avoid being recognised. The fine is $160.
Brazilian prison uprising ends after authorities concede to inmates demands, giving prisoners the right to receive visits from their children, more recreation space and more frequent dental care. The prison was built to hold 350 prisoners but holds an excess of 1,000.
Thursday, April 22, 2004
The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) is being credited with an attack on the home of an employee of the Sumitomo Corporation for it's ties to vivisection giant Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Sumitomo is a Japanese based pharmaceutical company, although they deny any connection to HLS, which was listed on a 2000-2003 list of HLS customers. The document was leaked to activists in March of 2003. The ALF is also claiming responsibility for a raid on a Long Island laboratory earlier in the week in which blueprints were recovered.
The death toll has now possibly risen to twelve in the Brazilian prison rebellion which began last Sunday.
The upcoming Republican National Convention protests are in the news again. The Guardian compiles the online forces looking to have their say during the convention and protests this coming August, from radical anarchists anarcho-nyc.net and rncnotwelcome to the more mainstream United for Peace and Justice.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
It seems that the Earth Liberation Front has struck again, burning newly built homes in Snohomish, Washington. The group has claimed responsibility, on behalf of the earth and animals, which are threatened by urban sprawl, in the past. Activist Tre Arrow who has been arrested in Canada and is considered a member of the group by the FBI. He is accused of burning logging trucks in a publicly owned forest, which was being logged in Oregon. He is now seeking refugee status in Canada.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Australia: Landlord would rather demolish building than alow squatters to continue to get a "free" ride.
A prison uprising in Brazil which has yet to be resolved may have already resulted in six deaths. The inmates are demanding better living conditions and have no leader to negotiate which has stalled any diplomatic attempts to end the revolt.
Hundreds of squatters attempted to occupy abandoned buildings in Sao Palo Brazil Monday. They were attacked by riot police using tear gas and other "non-lethal" weapons. The squatters are part of the Workers Without a Roof Movement, which is the urban equivalent of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST). This is the largest and most encouraging squatting movement in the world today.
Monday, April 19, 2004
Some less creatively minded people than us may consider Jose Montaner to be homeless because he doesn't have a lease, deed, rental agreement, etc. He does however live on what you might call a tropical island paradise and it's in the city of Miami. However as the cliché goes there's trouble in paradise. The "upscale" Miami Waterfront Advisory Board wants to see him evicted so that his island home can revert to its former use as an eyesore of washed up garbage. login required
Developer Gregg Singer reveals new scheme to profit off NYC community center Charas el Bohio's former building. The eviction sparked violent police confrontations with supporters long after the actual event. In the end Charas supporters settled out of court for injuries received while expressing their views on the matter. The building however has continued to remain vacant and un-used, save for a private security guard, for the past two years.
Newly unearthed secret police documents reveal that Pablo Picasso was under surveillance during the 40 years he lived in France. The police reported that he should be considered an anarchist by association and were wary of his roustabout lifestyle.