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Activists across the globe are developing creative and increasingly effective strategies to challenge rules that grant corporations the right to sue governments. by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh | January 14, 2014 This article appeared in the February 3, 2014 edition of The Nation.
DEAR USERS OF THE INTERNET: In January 2012 we defeated SOPA and PIPA with the largest Internet protest in history. Today we face another critical threat: mass surveillance. February 11th is THE DAY WE FIGHT BACK. In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.
In their first US appearance, members of Russian punk band also speak out on alleged rights abuses at Winter Olympics by Lisa De Bode | February 4, 2014 Now that the band is an icon for the struggle against human rights abuses in Putin's Russia, the two women said it will also act for the rights of prisoners in the United States. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina said they plan to visit prisons and meet with nonprofit organizations to learn about the issue of solitary confinement in the U.S.
Planning for this year's Worldwide Wave of Action has begun to take off in cities across the globe, as shown on the above map from WaveOfAction.org. The action will begin on April 4th, and will run until July 4th. Throughout the international activist community, dedicated affinity groups are forming and preparations are now being made. New WorldWideWave Videos
By International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations | 10/10/2013
Anti-government protesters clashed with police in Istanbul on Friday amid public anger at the corruption scandal gripping the country. by Lewis Smith | Friday 27 December 2013 Rocks and firecrackers were hurled at police who unleashed water cannon, tear gas and plastic bullets as they attempted to quell the demonstrations. At least 31 people, including three lawyers, were arrested, according to the Istanbul Bar Association.
The Movement of Mortgage Victims is one of Spain’s strongest movements. Carlos Delclós talks to PAH organizer Elvi Mármol about the key to their success. 20 Dec 2013
15 Dec 2013 12:57 PM PST The banning of peaceful protest from Egypt to Spain is increasingly leaving citizens with no other way to express their opposition but through violence.
by Joe Wright | Activist Post | Thursday, December 12, 2013 It is often easy to forget that the battles we face against corporate invasion on American soil are playing out across the planet. It is a global agenda after all. But we rarely see the faces and hear the stories of people similarly affected by the same monstrosity that aims to eliminate national sovereignty and individual rights, while completely disregarding the health of people and the environment.
by Mosireen Collective on December 7, 2013 The anti-protest law is an attempt by al-Sisi’s military regime to break the Revolution’s power. Instead, it is bringing Egyptians back into the streets.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who served 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities and led his continent into a new era, has died at age 95. World leader, civil rights icon, South African hero, Nelson Mandela will be remembered not only through the millions of lives he touched throughout his long life, but also through the words of wisdom he has shared in speeches all across the world.
Campaigners criticise legislation as attempt to muzzle protests against government's handling of economic crisis - Associated Press in Madrid | theguardian.com, Sunday 1 December 2013 [Above: Demonstrators protest against the new Spanish anti-protest law in Madrid. Photograph: Paul White/AP] Spain has approved draft legislation for fines of up to €30,000 (£25,000) for offences such as burning the national flag, insulting the state or causing serious disturbances outside parliament.
Rights groups and lawyers say legislation requiring permission to gather will make legal demonstrations almost impossible by Patrick Kingsley in Cairo | theguardian.com, Sunday 24 November 2013 11.27 EST
Protesters in Argentina continue to block construction of what is planned to be the biggest Monsanto plant in Latin America. Monsanto has resorted to intimidation tactics to try and remove them. They have been camped at the construction site in Malvinas, Argentina for 56 days. As of today they have established five blockades, one at each entrance to the construction site.
Editor’s note: This new Anonymous call to action was originally posted to the EvolveSociety social network in binary code and is quickly spreading around the internet. We are featuring it here to show our support for the proposed campaign. com1 The modern paradigm may still seem insurmountable “because it possesses an outward front, the work of a long past, but is in reality an edifice crumbling to ruin and destined to fall in at the first storm.”
By CAROL J. WILLIAMS | Los Angeles Times More than 1 million flag-draped and face-painted Catalans held hands and formed a 250-mile human chain across the northeastern Spanish region Wednesday in a demonstration of their desires for independence. It was the second Catalonian National Day in as many years marked by a massive turnout to show support for breaking free of recession-beset Spain and its proliferation of internal disputes, corruption scandals and debt woes.
by Grecu Cristian-Dan on September 10, 2013 For over a week now, the people of Romania have been out in the streets to protest against the construction of an open-pit gold mine and gas fracking. Via our comrades at the Centrul de Cultură Anarhistă.
Occupier and anarchist writer David DeGraw has announced a new social networking site for activists, which is a direct blow against the privacy-violating policies of Facebook etc. This just in... Occupy LV ~ We are beginning a gradual rollout of an organizing platform / social network that is a direct hit on Facebook selling user info and the surveillance state. This has evolved into the most badass project we have ever been involved in! You can be one of the first people on it, sign up / check it out here: http://EvolveSociety.org/network/
The Associated Press | Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 | 12:35 a.m. A group of indigenous people and their supporters have re-occupied Rio de Janeiro's Indian Museum complex months after police ousted the group in a violent clash. Several dozen people occupied the museum complex late Monday and have pledged to remain there until it's turned into an Indian-managed indigenous cultural center.
Posted: 06 Aug 2013 02:33 AM PDT The Zapatistas invite 1.500 activists from all over the world to a ‘Little School of Liberty’ in Chiapas to learn from their experiment with autonomy.
In their latest documentary, Global Uprisings tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park, its violent eviction, and the mass uprising it sparked. Since the end of May 2013, political unrest has swept across Turkey. In Istanbul, a large part of the central Beyoğlu district became a battle zone for three consecutive weeks with conflicts continuing afterward. So far five people have died and thousands have been injured.
by Alex Lantier | 27 July 2013 | WSW 'Deadly clashes have erupted across Egypt, as tens of thousands protested in dozens of marches supporting either deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi or the military junta that ousted him in a July 3 coup. Security forces attacked pro-Mursi rallies early this morning, firing live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas. The move came after Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim—installed by the army—vowed that the coup regime would disperse the protests organized by Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB) “soon and in a legal manner.”
By Christoph Dreier | 19 July 2013 The Greek government has used the visit on Thursday by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to impose a blanket ban on demonstrations in central Athens.
Thousands converged with the aim of entering nearby Gezi Park, whose redevelopment plans sparked anger and morphed into nationwide anti-government protests in June. By The Associated Press | Jul.06, 2013 | 9:59 PM
President responds to military's ultimatum by meeting with general; 5 cabinet ministers resign. Millions of Egyptians protest demanding Morsi's removal; 'January 25 revolution is definitely coming back,' protester tells Ynet by Roi Kais | 07.01.13, 21:28 / Israel News
Thousands gather in streets to demand removal of country's president, a year after he took office by Peter Walker and Ben Quinn | guardian.co.uk | Sunday 30 June 2013 14.20 EDT
Andrew D. Pochter (Photo: Pochter Family, via Associated Press) By RAVI SOMAIYA and ERIN BANCO | June 29, 2013 The American student who was killed in Egypt on Friday during street protests in Alexandria was an idealist, an Arabist and a linguist, drawn to the Middle East despite — or perhaps even because of — its political unrest, friends said.
Students clash with riot police during a protest to demand Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's government to improve the public education quality, in Santiago, on June 26, 2013. PHOTO BY: MARTIN BERNETTI More than 100,000 Chileans protesters took to Santiago's streets on Wednesday to demand fair distribution of wealth and education reform. While the majority of the protesters were students, they were joined by union members, port workers and miners as well.
By Anthony Boadle and Tatiana Ramil | BRASILIA/BELO HORIZONTE | Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:55pm EDT (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Wednesday in new demonstrations calling for a crackdown on corruption and better public services, just a day after Congress ceded to some of the key demands galvanizing protests across the country.
Photo: EPA Tens of thousands of people took part in demonstrations in support of President Morsi over the weekend. The president’s opponents, who also began rallying, now say they plan to stage mass protests on 30 June, the first anniversary of Morsi`s election. Army in Egypt said it would intervene if the rallies grow violent. Dr. Said Sadek, political sociologist at American University in Cairo, shares his opinion on the highly volatile situation in Egypt with the Voice of Russia.
NEW YORK – Anatolia News Agency | June/23/2013 Protesters from Turkey, Greece, Brazil and Mexico jointly demonstrated in New York in support of the ongoing protests in their countries. (Photo: DHA) Around 300 people, mostly Brazilians, gathered at Zucotti Park in New York’s Manhattan neighborhood to chant slogans, shouting, “We are the public, we are strong, we will not be defeated,” and “This is just the beginning, resistance goes on.”
by Peter Storm on June 24, 2013 The protests against fuel price hikes in Indonesia are merely the latest outburst of resistance to corporate destruction in both city and countryside.
by Jerome Roos on June 19, 2013 The protesters are starting to counter-pose their own direct democracy to the sham of a democracy proposed by Erdogan’s authoritarian neoliberal state.
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By BRADLEY BROOKS 06/14/13 04:30 PM ET EDT AP SAO PAULO — Protesters on Friday promised more organized action across Brazil in the days to come, following clashes in which police in Sao Paulo set upon thousands of young demonstrators angered by hikes in bus and subway fares.
Posted: 14 Jun 2013 11:27 AM PDT Greece’s neoliberal government may have shut down public television to please its creditors, but stay tuned: the revolution may still be live-streamed.
Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:50am IST * Anti-capitalists protest in central London * Scuffles in heart of capital; 32 people arrested * Riot police break into building, tackle man on roof * Protests at offices of BP and Lockheed Martin By Michael Holden and Maria Golovnina
by Josh Peterson | 9:39 AM 06/10/2013 A White House petition requesting that President Obama pardon admitted National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is quickly amassing signatures as the 29-year-old former government contractor looks abroad for political asylum. Snowden came forward on Sunday to reveal his identity as the source behind the most recent NSA leaks, which were reported by The Guardian and The Washington Post last week.
May 31, 2013 17:28 The march against Monsanto, Germany. (Image from twitter user@@HarvestPM) Monsanto plans to halt lobbying for its genetically modified plant varieties in Europe due to low demand from local farmers, a representative from the US agricultural giant told a German daily.
May 31, 2013 10:33 Thousands of anti-austerity protesters have flooded the streets leading to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt in a so-called ‘Blockupy’ protest. They are demonstrating the bank’s role in enforcing crippling spending cuts across the Eurozone.
Occupy Istanbul Takes Off (News)
Protesters occupied Taksim Gezi Park in the center of Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday to protest its imminent destruction. The public park is reportedly slated to be replaced by a shopping mall. After setting up tents and sleeping in the park, protesters were attacked with tear gas on Wednesday morning, prompting them to manufacture homemade gas masks and physically block police and demolition vehicles in their attempt to prevent the clearing of trees.
By Ingrid Melander and Nicholas Vinocur | PARIS | Tue May 28, 2013 4:40pm EDT (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, and dropping the continent's welfare model in favor of tougher U.S. standards would spark a revolution.
by Per Nyberg, CNN | May 24, 2013 (CNN) -- Sweden's capital endured a fourth consecutive night of rioting Wednesday, with fires and clashes with authorities decreasing in the original flashpoint in the northern suburbs but increasing to the south, police said. Rioters continued to set fires to vehicles and other structures in Stockholm and suburbs, and they pelted responding firefighters and police with rocks and other objects, Stockholm police press officer Kjell Lindgren said Thursday.
By emma On May 20, 2013 The 14th of May will probably be remembered as the day that a pig was slaughtered in front of the Parliament building in Kenya. Civil society activists – led by Boniface Mwangi – held a demonstration dubbed OCCUPY PARLIAMENT, in protestation of Members of Parliament. In what is deemed a greedy act, Parliamentarians are demanding an unreasonable, unconstitutional amount as perks for holding office. Kenyan MPs are among the highest paid in the world.
Blockupy 2013 Frankfurt (News)
Blockupy 2013 in Frankfurt, May 30th to June 1st 2013 Blockupy is back: In May 2012, activists gathered in the banking area of Frankfurt to protest against the austerity politics of the German government and the Troika (EU, ECB, IMF). From May 30th to June 1st 2013 we will return for European action days in the heart of the European authoritarian crisis regime in Frankfurt/Main.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 :: infoZine Washington, D.C. -- The Syracuse Post-Standard reports (video link): "About 30 people were arrested outside the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base [Sunday] afternoon during a protest against the use of unmanned aerial drones. "The arrests came at the end of a series of workshops and rallies held in Syracuse this weekend and organized by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.
by Margaret Griffis, April 23, 2013 Security personnel fought demonstrators at sit-in camps in at least two predominantly Sunni cities. The highest number of casualties occurred in Hawija. The clashes led to several curfews and road closures across the country. They also encouraged two ministers to quit their posts. Overall, at least 111 people were killed and 233 more were wounded in those clashes and other violence.
Unite and Unison back mass action for the first time since 1926 by Nigel Morris | Thursday 04 April 2013 Plans for the first general strike in modern British history have been backed by the country’s two biggest unions.
By Paul Mitchell | 13 March 2013 The announcement that Portugal may be given an additional year to pay back the €78 billion (US$102 billion) bailout to the troika—the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund—comes amid fears of economic meltdown and growing concern at the depth of public opposition.
By Barry Grey | 2 March 2013 Economic statistics released this week reflect a further weakening of the world economy and a further fall in the living standards of the international working class. Reports on unemployment, manufacturing activity, economic growth and personal income in Europe, China and the United States point to an overall slowdown in economic growth and a rise in unemployment and poverty. They coincide with new moves by the European Union and the Obama administration in the US to slash social spending and public-sector jobs and wages. These measures mark an escalation of the class-war policies that have fueled the economic slump and already brought untold suffering to hundreds of millions of workers.
By Robert Stevens | 2 March 2013 Former high-level Greek diplomat Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos told the UK’s New Statesman last week that discussions had taken place between senior Greek politicians and the armed forces on the military’s response to what Chrysanthopoulos described as an “explosion of social unrest” expected to occur “quite soon.” Chrysanthopoulos said that in the coming months, “There will be further increases in armed actions. There will be bloody demonstrations.” Without giving details, he said, “There are contacts by certain politicians with elements in the armed forces to guarantee that in the event of major social unrest, the army will not intervene.”
23 Feb 2013 06:15 PM PST Hundreds of thousands take to the streets to denounce austerity and defend democracy as corruption scandals shake Spanish royal house and government. Europe’s 2013 protest season finally kicked off this week. On Saturday, three days after the umpteenth general strike paralyzed Greece, a “citizens’ wave” of indignation washed over Spain with hundreds of thousands of protesters swarming onto the streets of Madrid and over 80 cities in yet another major popular outcry against the ongoing financial coup d’étât. In Madrid, clashes broke out and at least 40 were arrested after police sought to disperse protesters who had once more encircled Parliament.
LobbyPlag shows bill language copied from models by Amazon, eBay, and more. by Cyrus Farivar - Feb 11 2013, 12:26pm PST Ars recently reported on intense efforts by American tech firms and lobbying groups to influence data protection reforms being debated in Brussels. Now, a new European activist group has published evidence illustrating that significant proposed revisions have been introduced, nearly wholesale, via model legislation written by American and European corporate interests.
Posted: 11 Feb 2013 04:06 AM PST Fighting for a world without unemployment or bosses, the Vio.Me. factory in crisis-ridden Greece starts production under democratic workers’ control. Via Viome.org We are the ones who knead and yet we have no bread, we are the ones who dig for coal and yet we are cold. We are the ones who have nothing, and we are coming to take the world. ~ Tassos Livaditis (Greek poet, 1922-1988) In the heart of the crisis, the workers of Vio.Me. are aiming for the heart of exploitation and property
Occupy The Economy Begins this May Day - taking place at the following Corporations headquarters on the following dates. Join us and participate in an Occupation and General Assembly near you! WORLD MAY 1st @ 9am EXXON MOBILE HQ: 5959 Las Colinas Blvd, Irving TX WAL-MART HQ: 702 SW 8th St Bentonville, Arkansas
by Lawrence JC Baron | January 26th, 2013 The Eurovegas No platform organized a demonstration against the Las Vegas style casino project agreed between Madrid and Las Vegas Sands company. The demonstrators shouted for more nurses, more hospitals and schools and fewer casinos. [source & photogallery]
By Tom Perry and Abdel Rahman Youssef | 01/25/2013 3:29 am EST CAIRO/ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Protesters clashed with police across Egypt on Friday on the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, taking to the streets against the elected Islamist president who they accuse of betraying the revolution. At least 91 civilians and 42 security personnel were hurt in violence across the country, officials said. Street battles erupted in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Port Said, where the Muslim Brotherhood's political party offices were torched.
An unlikely alliance has been forged to save an adventure playground from council cuts by Kevin Rawlinson | 7 January 2013 One group has faced the riot police; the other is more used to the strongly worded letter. While Occupy London and a group of concerned residents of Wandsworth, south-west London, may not make obvious bedfellows, they have joined forces in an attempt to save an adventure playground from planned council cuts. While insults and accusations of anti-social behaviour were hurled at Occupy London’s first home outside St Paul’s Cathedral, cartons of orange juice and packets of bacon are what their new hosts in one of London’s more desirable boroughs throw over the fences.
Published: 17 November, 2012, 22:09 Eurozone crisis: Spanish police officers hold banners of the Unified Police Union (SUP) as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget) Around 5,000 Spanish police officers marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday to protest government austerity measures, including frozen pensions and the elimination of their Christmas bonuses. Officers travelled from across Spain to take part in the demonstration which was called by the nation’s main policing union.
A group of campaigners linked to the Occupy Wall Street movement is buying-up distressed loans for pennies in the pound and cancelling them to "liberate debtors at random". As a test run the group spent $500 on distressed debt, buying $14,000 worth of outstanding loans Photo: Reuters By Matthew Sparkes | The Telegraph UK | 1:24PM GMT 09 Nov 2012 The Rolling Jubilee project is seeking donations to help it buy-up distressed debts, including student loans and outstanding medical bills, and then wipe the slate clean by writing them off.
Published Monday, Nov 5 2012, 5:41am EST | By Mayer Nissim Alan Moore (photo © Rex Features) Alan Moore has released his debut single, in support of the Occupy movement and Anonymous. 'The Decline of English Murder' has been written and sung by Moore with music by Joe Brown and is released today. The track is available to download now via Occupation Records and comes as thousands of people plan to protest at Parliament in a re-enactment of the final scene of V for Vendetta in what is being called Operation Vendetta.
Cathedral authorities accused of colluding with big banks during evensong protest on eve of anniversary of start of Occupy camp by Alexandra Topping | The Guardian, Sunday 14 October 2012 Four women from the Occupy London movement chain themselves to the base of the pulpitin St Paul's Cathedral The traditional solemnity of St Paul's Sunday evensong was disrupted when four members of the Occupy London movement, which camped outside the cathedral for four months, chained themselves to the base of the pulpit.
No shooting at protest? Police may block mobile devices via Apple RT.com | 5 September, 2012, 14:12 Onlookers take photographs with their phones as members of the Occupy Boston movement are joined by students from local colleges and universities demonstrating against the cost of education in downtown Boston (Reuters/Brian Snyder)
By Kevin Gosztola | Saturday October 6, 2012 | Photo by @NaveedPTI Over thirty American activists traveled to Pakistan to draw attention to US drone strike policy. The delegation has joined a historic two-day peace march from the nation’s capital Islamabad to the village of Kotkai in South Waziristan, where a major rally is to be held. It left on Friday, October 6.
By Josh Peterson | 09/14/2012 Numerous protesters seen scaling the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt were wearing Guy Fawkes masks, the signature symbol of the hacktivist collective Anonymous. The mask, a symbol of dissidence and the rejection of tyranny, is also worn by protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement and by many protesters associated with the Arab Spring. Anonymous claims credit for the early support of operations during the Arab Spring in Tunisia by hacking government websites. The group’s signature usage of the Guy Fawkes mask, first popularized by the Hollywood film “V for Vendetta”, has its origins in Anonymous’ ongoing war against the Church of Scientology.
HONG KONG, Aug 13 (Reuters) - HSBC won a legal bid on Monday to have members of the Occupy Hong Kong movement evicted from the open-air plaza beneath the bank's Asian headquarters, bringing an end to one of the longest-running Occupy demonstrations. The Hong Kong protests, sparked by the Occupy Wall Street movement that targeted U.S. financial policies blamed for the income gap between rich and poor, spanned a period of growing resentment in this city of 7 million people against perceived cosy ties between the government and big business. The movement's aim to draw worldwide attention to income inequality also touched a nerve in this former British colony, which has one of the biggest income gaps in Asia and property prices among the highest in the world.
08/07/2012 12:20 PM A Commentary by Stefan Schultz The Occupy camp in Frankfurt has finally been cleared after a court rejected an appeal by activists. The attempt to set up a utopia in Germany's financial capital may have failed, but the movement will continue to play an important role in the debate about a better society. The Occupy camp in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt was supposed to be a parable of society. The settlement with its colorfully decorated tents featured the so-called "Mountain of Problems," a small hill where an artist staged a hunger strike to draw attention to the plight of the Earth. There was also the "Bank Hygiene Department," a makeshift structure which acted as a symbolic prison for supposedly evil bank bosses.
"When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free!" via Occupy Los Angeles: On July 12th, participants in OccupyLA met to raise awareness for unlawful arrests of activists that had been targeting a lobby group with a stranglehold on power over local and state politics. The activists handed out chalk and shared the story of unlawful arrests and police repression. The LAPD responded by amassing in riot gear and issuing a tactical alert effectively shutting down the Downtown LA art walk and trapping many patrons inside of local businesses as a response to chalk art being drawn on the sidewalk. The mainstream media misrepresented the sequence of events, blaming occupiers for the near riot in Downtown LA even though the police were responsible for escalation.
Spanish government employees protest against the government's latest austerity measures in the centre of Madrid on July 19. Spanish protesters have planned the latest in a series of angry demonstrations against the government's economic crisis cuts, as fears rose for the country's financial stability. AFPAFP – Sat, Jul 21, 2012 9:28 AM AEST Spanish protesters on Saturday planned the latest in a series of angry demonstrations against the government's economic crisis cuts, as fears rose for the country's financial stability.
Occupy Tel Aviv: Thousands Rally on Anniversary of Social Injustice Protests as Man Sets Himself On Fire (News)
By Diane Sweet | July 15, 2012 05:27 PM
Comic-Con attendees stoked on comics, rather than comics-based films, are in luck: V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd is en route. By Scott Thill | July 11, 2012 Image courtesy Black Mask Studios Break out your Guy Fawkes masks! David Lloyd, the British artist whose work on groundbreaking comic V for Vendetta spawned a visual calling card for Anonymous and the Occupy movement, is crossing the pond for this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. Lloyd’s primary reason for deplaning in San Diego is a previously unannounced appearance on Saturday night’s “Occupy Comics: Activism, Kickstarter, and Comics” panel.
Fears are growing among police and security agencies that the London Olympics will be targeted by an alliance of European and British anarchist groups. By Nicholas Edmondson | June 21, 2012 1:35 PM GMT Officials believe that anti-austerity protest groups will focus on disrupting the games, which will provide a major platform for any protest message. Italian protest group, the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) has made a clear threat to the games.
Protestors taking part in Tuesday's March of Millions with a sign that reads: "For just authority. Russia without Putin." Photo by Evgeniy Isaev, via Flickr. by Anna Derinova | June 14, 2012 Moscow’s second March of Millions took place on Tuesday despite two severe storms that struck the capital — one was of meteorological origin, while the other came directly from the Kremlin, in the form of a new and unconstitutional law promising huge fines and penalties for participation in street protests.
After a court acts out of jurisdiction to dissolve the constitution-writing Assembly, and another acquits Mubarak’s top aides and police commanders of all murder and corruption charges, on Thursday another court acquits 5 police officers of murder, and yet another throws out disenfranchisement law, and aims to dissolve the first freely, democratically elected parliament, just as the PM grants state-of-emergency powers to military police. Friday, June 15,2012 16:31 | IkhwanWeb
For the fourth consecutive day, Egyptians protesting the exoneration of key regime figures have settled into sit-ins. More at The Real News
As protests against the final verdict in Mubarak's trial continue in Tahrir and all around Egypt, one city jumps in with their set of demands as revolutionary forces in Cairo crystalise theirs Dina Samak, Sunday 3 Jun 2012 For the second day demonstrators are still occupying Tahrir Square in Cairo to protest against what they consider a disappointing verdict announced on Saturday against Mubarak, his sons, his minister of interior and six of his senior aides. Numbers have started to build up in Tahrir Square's sit-in by the early hours of Sunday evening, reaching few thousands at press time as opposed to a few hundreds in the morning. A number of a marches from across Cairo set off at 5pm and were all scheduled to wind up at the Square.
By Drew Wilson | June 4, 2012 It may be one of the latest examples of how we live in an age of internet activism. Using the power of the Internet to get the message across, hundreds of organizations in Canada have blacked out their websites to protest the Canadian governments budget bill which many say would gut environmental regulations in favor of big oil companies.
Feminist scholar Judith Butler foresees rising repression against protests in the western world (News)
By Charlie Smith, May 23, 2012 http://www.straight.com/article-692066/vancouver/prof-foresees-rising-brutality A high-profile U.S. academic says that western governments are ramping up the use of police power against people who are trying to exercise their right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Judith Butler, a renowned feminist thinker and professor in the rhetoric department at the University of California at Berkeley, told the Georgia Straight by phone that this is evident in recent police responses to anti-NATO protests in Chicago and student demonstrations in Montreal. She cited it as the fallout of the intensification of neoliberal capitalism.
Several India cities, including Hyderabad, are likely to witness Occupy protests, albeit on a smaller scale, on June 9 by K. Srinivas Reddy | in HYDERABAD | May 28, 2012 We have read about the ‘Occupy protests' taking place across the world. Now several cities in India, including Hyderabad, are likely to witness Occupy protests, albeit on a smaller scale, on June 9 where protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks will assemble at a place. They will register their opposition to the moves of the Centre to curtail Internet freedom and oppose blocking of websites or social media accounts. The protests are called by Anonymous, a group of ‘hacktivists'.
PRESENTING THIS ARTICLE, I ASK; HOW DO WE GET CORPORATIZED MAIN STREAM MEDIA TO STOP IGNORING OCCUPY? Occupy Wall Street was at the pinnacle of its power in October 2011, when thousands of people converged at Zuccotti Park and successfully foiled the plans of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg to sweep away the occupation on grounds of public health. From that vantage point, the Occupy movement appears to have tumbled off a cliff, having failed to organise anything like a general strike on May Day - despite months of rumblings of mass walkouts, blockades and shutdowns.
Thousands of protesters on foot, bicycle, skateboard or rollerblades, crossed Montreal late on Saturday to the deafening din of pots, fog horns and whistles in protest at new rules limiting their right to demonstrate. Some carried Quebec flags, others red flags and placards denouncing the special law, hastily passed a week ago, intended to clamp down on a wave of student protests against rising tuition fees. The emergency law requires protest organisers to give police at least eight hours advance warning of times and locations of demonstrations, with big fines for failure to do so. Authorities had used the law to declare protests illegal, clearing the way for police to disperse protesters.
Another 176 arrested in Quebec City Police in Montreal moved in on student protesters again Wednesday night, kettling them and making 518 arrests — the largest number in one night since the demonstrations began weeks ago. There were also mass arrests at student protests in Quebec City and Sherbrooke. The majority of those arrested in Montreal will face fines, police said. Some will be charged under the Criminal Code. In Quebec City, police arrested 176 people under the provisions of Quebec's controversial new protest law, known as Bill 78. The demonstration was declared illegal because protesters refused to give police their route in advance, one of the provisions of the new law.
By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2012, 7:23 p.m. MOSCOW — Russian riot police cleared a Moscow park early Wednesday of a weeklong encampment considered a local version of the Occupy movement, and hours later clashed with antigovernment protesters outside a Stalinist skyscraper in a different part of downtown. The dispersal of several dozen protesters at the park encampment, called Occupy Abai, preceded a nighttime confrontation at Kudrinskaya Square, where several hundred protesters had gathered to oppose President Vladimir Putin. At the square, officers forced some protesters into police vans while others yelled angrily, saying they had the right to assemble freely.
Photos by assorted twitterers Hundreds of Occupy London activists have gathered outside St. Paul’s Cathedral to hold a new protest, two and a half months after their camp was destroyed by police. Similar actions are taking place in cities all over the world. Protesters are marching through the British capital “visiting the 1%” at the offices of some of the largest firms”. The first stop on their way was announced to be Goldman Sachs – one of the largest investment banks. It is reported that the Goldman Sachs building is surrounded by police, called out to prevent any illegal activity. On their Twitter account, the Occupy London movement reported that officers raised their batons to provoke demonstrators.
12 May 2012 Last updated at 17:41 ET Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in Spanish cities to mark the first anniversary of the "Indignants" protest movement. In Madrid, protesters headed to the main rally in the Puerta del Sol square in the centre of the city. The movement was formed out of anger at the impact of Spain's deepest economic crisis in decades. Unemployment hit a record high in April and the government has recently announced fresh austerity measures. The turnout in Madrid was huge and would certainly have met organisers' expectations, says Guy Hedgecoe, reporting for the BBC from Madrid.
by Fintan Dunne | breakfornews.com | 11 May, 2012 Post-election Greek public opinion has shifted further against 'bailout' debt. As I expected would happen, the Greeks --having taken a look at the result of their election votes-- have begun to rally even more behind the coalition of radicals in the Syriza party. In consternation, the pro-bailout parties New Democracy(17%) and Pasok(11%) are trying to persuade tiny Democratic Left(4%) to abandon their anti-bailout stance and join them in a defensive government.
Indignado protest camps sprung up last May in Madrid's Puerta del Sol and elsewhere in Spain. Mariano Rajoy’s government vowed to prevent a repeat. Spanish riot police will be out in force to prevent repeat of last year's camps as leadership battle inside movement breaks outby Giles Tremlett in Madrid | guardian.co.uk | Friday 11 May 2012 | Photograph: Arturo Rodriguez/AP Spanish indignado demonstrators who take to the streets to mark their first anniversary this weekend face potential clashes with police as a new conservative government launches a crackdown on public protest.
The Occupy movement got off to a great start last fall, but living in a tent camp seemed less attractive during the Northern European winter. Now that spring is back, activists are hoping for a protest renaissance. But the loose-knit group still needs to figure out what it actually stands for. When Erik Buhn arrives at the tent camp in Frankfurt in the afternoon to resume his efforts to make the world a better place and to foster a more open and friendly society, one in which people are considerate of each another and act responsibly, a man is just unzipping his trousers on the mound behind the euro symbol sculpture.
Labour activists have been holding marches and rallies in Europe and around the world to mark May Day, at a time of austerity and social unrest. Politics coloured events in France - one of the eurozone's dominant states - which elects a new president on Sunday. In Greece, which elects a new parliament the same day, a march through Athens passed off peacefully. Thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of Madrid and Barcelona to protest against cuts and unemployment. Scuffles broke out at a rally in the Italian city of Turin and there was some friction in the Greek capital, Athens but, in general, the demonstrations appeared to pass off peacefully in Europe.
SimCity Is Back — With Shades of Instagram and Occupy Wall Street [PREVIEW] by Chris Taylor | Mashable.com | March 28, 2012 “And here, at City Hall, you can see we’ve got a little Occupy movement going on.” Kip Katsarelis gestures at the giant flatscreen, where a rowdy bunch of Sims have gathered to wave signs in front of his mayoral office. Their main beef? Unemployment under Katsarelis has hit a whopping 66%. While some of the protesters want him to build more parks, that’s not going to help hiring. But the offer from a coal executive to build his corporate HQ over one of those parks — for a mere 1,000 simoleons — just might.
250,000 students pack the streets in largest demo in Quebec history by Marc Bousquet | April 23, 2012, 5:32 am
By QMI Agency | April 24, 2012 11:30am Forget taking city parks away from dog walkers; the Occupy movement has a new strategy: staying home and doing nothing. The Occupy protesters, whose tents and campfires turned public urban areas into outdoor homeless shelters last fall, now want you to join them May 1 by not working. Do not go shopping. Do not go to school. Do not go to the bank. The call for a "general strike" was made by Occupy LA in December and efforts are now ramping up to recruit as many volunteer lazies as the group can muster.
by Petr Matějček | 02.04.2012 Czech activist Jan Cemper wants democracy — “real democracy” — and he wants it now. That is why the former electrotechnician, who now works for a small Prague travel agency, established the Real Democracy Now(STD) group together with a few sympathizers. The main objective of the group, which draw its inspiration from foreign protest movements such as the Indignados and Occupy Wall Street, is to organize tent protests in Prague and other cities starting from April 28.
7.35am: Good morning, and welcome to another day of rolling coverage of the eurozone debt crisis. Today the focus is on Spain, where a general strike has begun. Unions have called the industrial action in protest against the economic reforms, and austerity measures, being introduced by its new centre-right government. The general strike is seen as a big test for prime minister Mariano Rajoy. Three months after sweeping to power, does he still command the support of the public?
by Sandra Laville | guardian.co.uk | Sunday 25 March 2012 Left: Alfie Meadows in hospital after being hit during the tuition fees protest. Photograph: Guardian A philosophy student who claimed he suffered head injuries from a police baton during the anti-fees protest in London faces trial on Monday for violent disorder at the demonstration. Supporters of Alfie Meadows, 21, who underwent emergency surgery for his injuries, have vowed to demonstrate outside Kingston crown court, in Surrey, against what they say is an attempt to silence legitimate protest by pursuing the victim of an assault rather than investigating any police who allegedly carried it out.
Russian police have arrested dozens of people picketing Moscow's TV tower over footage that accused the opposition of paying anti-government protesters. The film, The Anatomy of Protest, was aired this week on NTV - a channel owned by state-run firm Gazprom. It said protesters against Vladimir Putin's election as president in March had received "money and cookies". The documentary has caused a backlash on social media and angered some journalists, who accused NTV of lying. Despite mass protests against what the opposition says were fraudulent presidential elections on 4 March, Mr Putin says he won fairly. 'Popular demand'
By Jeff Johnston | The Brock Press | Tuesday, March 20, 2012 On Feb. 18, I joined five Anonymous online activists on Skype. They were discussing their plans and methods to opposing Bill C-30, Canada’s intended online surveillance bill. After a few hours of discussion, they adopted a plan: #OpKillBillz. They started writing and sharing information on the negative impacts of this Bill, raising awareness on the issue of online privacy, scrutinizing political leaders and protesting the federal government.
by Andrew Yoon, Mar 19, 2012 3:00pm PDT Hundreds of participants of the Occupy Oakland movement gathered for their "Move-In Day," an event that proposed to transform an abandoned building into a social center and makeshift headquarters for the Occupy movement. They would have to bring furniture, office equipment, food, lighting, etc. But Anna Anthropy, Alex Kerfoot, and Mars Jokela had another idea: the movement needed a video game. That's what led to the creation of Keep Me Occupied, a co-op arcade game designed to show off the value of working together.
- thejournal.ie | March 17 2012, 3:44 PM A GROUP OF artists have taken over what was to have been the headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank in Dublin and staged a guerilla exhibition on the site. The exhibition by twenty-eight artists on Dublin’s North Wall Quay had been planned for some time before the paintings were put in place today on the boards around the shell of the building. The artists say that the exhibition entitled Romantic Ireland is part of an artistic response to NAMA. [full story]
A peace coalition known as the European Antimilitarist Network is planning a nonviolent humanitarian intervention at the NATO headquarters in Brussels this April 1st, 2012. This network of antimilitarist groups is fed up with NATO using the "humanitarian" excuses to justify aggressive military intervention in sovereign nations. Their website http://WarStartsHere.eu states "The increasingly transnational structure of military interventions requires activists to coordinate resistance activities better." [source]
Gardaí cleared out the largely abandoned Occupy Waterford camp in the city this morning. The camp had been in place since last October as part of the global anti-capitalist Occupy movement and up to 40 people were living there at its height. However, protesters taking part in the campaign had fallen out and the camp beside the Clock Tower on the quays was mostly unoccupied in recent weeks. According to gardaí, the only people found on site when council officials came to clear the area at 5.30am were two teenagers and a homeless man. The clearance operation was observed by gardaí.
The longest running Occupy camp in the world at the Central Bank in Dame St. Dublin, Ireland is now at 4:00am Thursday 8th March being dismantled by police - who are also removing all protesters. The "Occupy Dame Street" protest camp site outside the Central Bank in Dublin has been dismantled by gardaí. The encampment was established last October as part of the global anti-capitalist "Occupy" movement. Gardaí moved in on the camp at 3.30am and dismantled and removed a number of structures and tents on the site as protesters were held back. As many as 100 gardaí were involved in the operation, and Dame Street was cordoned off from Trinity College to George's Street. The area was cleared and then cleaned by council workers.
Wed Mar 7 2012 Police officers shout slogans as they protest against their pension fund's participation in the Greek bond swap in Athens on Wednesday (Reuters) [source]
Thousands have taken to the streets of Moscow for two major rallies – for and against the outcome of the presidential vote. People on Manezhnaya Square celebrated Putin’s victory while those on Pushkin Square protested the result. About 14,000 people took part in an opposition rally “For Fair Elections” on Pushkinskaya Square, according to police estimates. Organizers, however, say between 20,000 and 40,000 gathered for the demonstration. The opposition claims the presidential poll was rigged with various techniques to ensure Putin’s landslide victory.
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/21/2012 By Elizabeth Flock If you thought Occupy was over, you may want to think again.
By Omar R. Valdimarsson - Feb 19, 2012 4:01 PM PT Icelanders who pelted parliament with rocks in 2009 demanding their leaders and bankers answer for the country’s economic and financial collapse are reaping the benefits of their anger. Since the end of 2008, the island’s banks have forgiven loans equivalent to 13 percent of gross domestic product, easing the debt burdens of more than a quarter of the population, according to a report published this month by the Icelandic Financial Services Association.
Four months since we set up camp at St Paul's, the court of appeal has delivered its verdict, but Occupy 2.0 is just beginning Naomi Colvin | guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 22 February 2012 13.19 EST It's not the first time people have tried to call time on Occupy London. Some of us can reel off the charges against the movement in all their contradictory glory: part-time homeless protesters, lightweights who didn't mean it, anonymous wearers of masks who never stop giving interviews, irrelevant domestic extremists staying after their point is made.
(Reuters) - Workers at an idled ArcelorMittal (ISPA.AS) steel plant in northeast France occupied the site Monday, seeking to put their plight on the political map ahead of a presidential election where industrial decline is a central theme. Some 200 workers invaded management offices at the factory in Florange, in the Moselle region close to Belgium and Germany, after ArcelorMittal announced last week it was prolonging the temporary shutdown of its two blast furnaces. Unions had announced at the weekend their intention to take action and workers found the offices empty. They plan to install a tent village at the site, imitating the "Occupy" anti-capitalist movement which swept Western nations in the wake of the global financial crisis.
Campaign activists that forced a central London Tesco store to close on Saturday have vowed more action until the supermarket withdraws from a work experience scheme which they claim equates to "slave labour". Right to Work, a left-wing campaign group backed by unions including PCS, Unite and Unison, said it would join forces with other anti-workfare groups to shut more Tesco stores following a row over unpaid work experience which errupted last week. Mark Dunk, an unemployed activist at Right to Work, said the group was planning a day of action on Wednesday which included a sit-in protest at a Tesco store in Bishopsgate, central London.
Frankfurt, Germany The cold snap gripped much of Europe, freezing rivers, interrupting barges, and threatening heating sources. But it seemed to invigorate the anti-inequality activists in Germany’s financial capital of Frankfurt. The stalwart protesters there are one Europe’s main surviving – and thriving – Occupy Movement encampments. Since October, hundreds of residents have been bivouacking in tents in a quaint park directly across from the European Central Bank. Last week, as temperatures plunged to this winter’s low of -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit), a core group of 38 held their ground and slept in their tents – a survival challenge that was both physical and ideological.
By Gergo Racz | February 13, 2012, 6:07 PM CET A crowd of about 1,000 people took to the streets as the Hungarian installment of a global protest effort, objecting to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA. Thousands around the world have protested against the agreement supposed to better protect intellectual property against copyright infringement. The Hungarian event was organized by the local cell of the Anonymous international hacker group, the “Pirate” party, and the Occupy Budapest movement, which was set up last autumn mirroring the Occupy movements in the United States.
Volunteers for InterOccupy.org meet at the Occupied Office in New York City. Photo by the author. by Joan Donovan | February 6, 2012, 9:30 am As Occupy camps spread around Southern California in early October, a small group of occupiers located at City Hall in Los Angeles reflected on our experiences setting up a camp and our first assemblies. “It’d be awesome to see what they do in San Diego,” I remember saying, sitting in the comfort of Occupy LA’s People’s Library. “Do you think the cops will even let them put down tents?”
by Ryan Berry | February 10, 2012, 7:38 am Bahraini protesters were attacked by government forces on Thursday amidst their 10-day sit-in in Moqsha. At least a thousand Peruvian activists and provincial politicians marched into Lima on Thursday to protest billions of dollars in government-backed mining projects proposed by foreign firms.
by Jeffrey Fleishman and Asmaa Al Zohairy | Los Angeles Times | February 2, 2012 | 8:35 am REPORTING FROM CAIRO -- Thousands of protesters marched on the Interior Ministry in Cairo as Egypt began three days of mourning Thursday for 74 people killed in a soccer riot that renewed anger against the nation’s police and ruling military council. The protesters, many of them die-hard fans from Cairo’s Ahly soccer club, swelled across a bridge over the Nile, marching through Tahrir Square toward the barricaded Interior Ministry. The military-backed interim government attempted to stem growing rage by announcing a criminal investigation and forcing the resignation of several officials.
by BARRY ROCHE | The Irish Times - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 A GROUP occupying an unfinished office block in Cork city centre and who wanted to turn it into a community resource centre yesterday agreed to vacate the premises after a court granted an injunction to the owners of the building ordering them to leave. [...] Occupy Cork spokesman Liam Mullaney yesterday expressed hope that the group’s occupation of Stapleton House in Cork city centre would help stimulate public debate in relation to what social dividend was ensuing from vacant buildings.
By Katie Linsell and Chris Spillane - Bloomberg.com | Jan 27, 2012 9:14 AM PT Occupy London protesters took over a branch of the Iraqi Rafidain Bank in London’s main financial district days after being peacefully evicted from a vacant building across from UBS AG’s (UBS) London headquarters. More than 50 squatters moved into the Iraqi bank building before 6 a.m. today, Occupy spokesman Ronan McNern said by phone. The 8-story stone building on the corner of Leadenhall Street and Whittington Avenue is blackened with grime and an Occupy London banner is hanging outside the fourth floor. Iraqi Rafidain’s U.K. unit is in liquidation, according to a posting on the bank’s British website dated Aug. 11.
By Katie Linsell and Chris Spillane | Bloomberg | Jan 27, 2012 9:14 AM PT Occupy London protesters took over a branch of the Iraqi Rafidain Bank in London’s main financial district days after being peacefully evicted from a vacant building across from UBS AG’s (UBS) London headquarters. More than 50 squatters moved into the Iraqi bank building before 6 a.m. today, Occupy spokesman Ronan McNern said by phone. The 8-story stone building on the corner of Leadenhall Street and Whittington Avenue is blackened with grime and an Occupy London banner is hanging outside the fourth floor. Iraqi Rafidain’s U.K. unit is in liquidation, according to a posting on the bank’s British website dated Aug. 11.
by Lyndsey Telford | Independent.ie | Wednesday January 25 2012 OCCUPY Dame Street activists locked down the Department of Finance today in protest against the Government paying €1.25 billion to unsecured bondholders. Up to a dozen protesters have changed themselves together with special locking devices around the entrance of the department at Government Buildings. Steven Bennett, spokesman for the movement, warned that it could take the Government and Gardai hours to cut through the locks. He said the building could be shut down all day. "We have been here since 6.30am this morning and we have a crowd of about 40 protesters," said Mr Bennett.
Uploaded to YouTube by IWitnessIslamChannel on Jan 19, 2012 This year has seen waves of strikes and demonstrations across Nigeria in response to the government's plan to remove fuel subsidies. However this is just the tip of the iceberg. Nigerians are fed up of decades of corruption and bad governance. So is #Occupy Nigeria the start of an African Awakening? John Rees is joined by Citizen Journalist Kayode Odamisi, Roddy Barclay - Africa Analyist at Control Risks and Yemi Adamolekun - Executive Director of the Enough is Enough Coalition.
By Emma Thomasson DAVOS, Switzerland | Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:15am EST (Reuters) - Occupy protesters with their sights set on the World Economic Forum, the annual gathering next week of the rich and powerful in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, unveiled their igloo accommodation on Monday. When fully erected, Camp Igloo will include two heated teepees and a field kitchen alongside the ice houses to sleep about 50 people in sub-zero temperatures, activists said. Davos, which brings together politicians, central bankers and business leaders, has become a byword for globalisation. [full story]
The Guardian UK | 18 Jan 2012 10.58am: Occupy London activists camped outside St Paul's Cathedral are due to find out today whether they will be evicted from the site they have occupied since October. Mr Justice Lindblom is due to hand down judgment in the high court at 2pm, following a five-day hearing before Christmas on the legal status of the camp in the lee of St Paul's in the City of London.
Interview with Occupy Belfast and situation on Royal Avenue by Gerry Lynch - Mon 16 January 2012, 8:25pm ...On Saturday, Occupy activists entered the disused Bank of Ireland branch on the corner of Royal Avenue and North Street, which was the home of the Belfast Stock Exchange in the days when we still had one… at least until the late 1990s, if my memory is correct. They did not make their presence public until just before noon today, when they unfurled a number of banners from the top floor of the building, quickly attracting a crowd of curious onlookers, along with the PSNI and, for a brief period, keyholders and the Fire Brigade.
Occupy Melbourne has decentralised following the endorsement of a synthesised proposal to adopt a strategy of decentralisation by the 34th General Assembly, on Wednesday January 11, 2012. The proposal was synthesised from an array of suggestions and ideas raised during the course of the assembly, following the mutual decision to vacate St. Peter & St. Paul’s Parish in South Melbourne and offers of several spaces on private land for various uses. Each individual has the autonomy to start a working group and each working group has the autonomy to operate from any spaces they can secure. The proposal empowers working groups to actively seek indoor space from within which they can work towards future liberation and reclamation of public spaces.
Posted on January 14, 2012 by occupylsx The Occupy London Stock Exchange occupation by St Paul’s was delighted to welcome Ani DiFranco to the camp on 12 January when she was town. Big thanks to Occupation Records for organising, plus Inka and James for shooting and editing this video. Ani Di Franco visits Occupy LSX from inka stafrace on Vimeo.
Published on Monday 9 January 2012 12:13 BUSINESS leaders and politicians today demanded that protesters at the Occupy Edinburgh camp go now to avoid the costly eviction process. The anti-capitalist demonstrators were urged to leave the St Andrew Square site they have occupied for nearly three months over claims their presence has impacted on local businesses and footfall in the area. The call came after the Evening News learned that protesters have told the city council they would leave the square in return for being allowed to settle in an empty building. Retailers in the area said police had been called to the square almost every day in recent weeks but were told by officers that in many cases their “hands are tied”.
Press TV | Mon Jan 9, 2012 10:23AM GMT The British police have arrested four occupy protesters during an operation to remove them from a disused hotel in Lancaster while the activists were trying to legally occupy the building under squatting laws. The occupy protesters said they had visibly provided notices that announced they are using the squatting law to occupy the Railton hotel's abandoned building. However, the police broke into the hotel using force, evicted the protesters affiliated with the Occupy London Stock Exchange movement and arrested four of them for alleged criminal damage.
Despite the Arab spring, many governments are brutalising their populations into submission for regime survival, says report Reuters in London | guardian.co.uk, Monday 9 January 2012 04.13 EST Most Middle Eastern governments are failing to recognise the significance of the Arab spring and are responding with repression or merely cosmetic change, Amnesty has said.
The usually placid people in the Irish hamlet of Ballyhea have been so enraged by the government's austerity measures that they have taken to marching in the streets every Sunday. But has anyone noticed? by Homa Khaleeli | guardian.co.uk | Thursday 5 January 2012 15.30 EST [...] The day I join them a cold rain is beginning to fall. Some weeks ago as numbers dropped, the Ballyhea marchers decided to join with the demonstration they sparked in neighbouring Charleville and alternate their protest location. There are only around 30 marchers when I meet them outside Charleville church, but it's a cheerful, determined group.
By Adam Martin | The Atlantic Wire – 4:28PM ET Occupy Wall Street is in the middle of one of its day-long marches in New York Tuesday, protesting the National Defense Authorization Act, but for those following along on the Global Revolution livestream, the real action is happening in the broadcast studio itself. That's because police have apparently just raided the Brooklyn studio of Globalrevolution.tv and taken some of the project's key volunteers into custody.
By Robin Broad and John Cavanagh · December 29, 2011 · Originally published in YES! Magazine A protest at the World Bank supported El Salvador's attempts to say no to gold mining and yes to democracy. By early 2012, a little-known tribunal representing the interests of the 1 percent will likely make a ruling with significant implications for the 99 percent. The tribunal is called the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). And, it is located in the giant concrete complex of the World Bank headquarters, which occupies an entire city block in downtown Washington, DC.
Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:15pm GMT CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian justice officials and police raided offices of 17 non-government organisations on Thursday, including two prominent U.S.-based pro-democracy groups that run programmes training political parties. The official MENA news agency said 17 "civil society organisations" had been targeted as part of an investigation into foreign funding of such groups. "The public prosecutor has searched 17 civil society organisations, local and foreign, as part of the foreign funding case," official news agency MENA cited the prosecutor's office as saying. "The search is based on evidence showing violation of Egyptian laws including not having permits."
Dec 21, 2011 Occupy Melbourne has moved into a new phase of the movement after agreeing unanimously at the 28th General Assembly to adopt a short/medium-term strategy involving an expansion to multiple occupation sites and targeted occupations. The strategy involves both maintaining a Base Occupation & Forward/Mobile Occupations, and co-ordinating an ongoing series of Targeted Occupations (such as Occupy Ports in the US). Occupy Melbourne is waiting on confirmation on a potential site for the Base Occupation on private land, where infrastructure to build and support the movement can be established.
Anger in the Arab World - AP | Last Updated 10:13 p.m. ET CAIRO - Soldiers stormed an anti-military protest camp outside Egypt's Cabinet building Friday, beating women with sticks and hurling chunks of concrete and glass onto protesters from the roof of the parliament in a resurgence of turmoil only a day after millions voted in parliamentary elections. At least seven protesters were shot to death in the clashes, including a prominent Muslim cleric, activists said. The heavy-handed assault was apparently an attempt to clear out protesters who have been camped out in front of the building for three weeks demanding the ruling military leave power.
By Nick Timiraos | The Wall Street Journal | December 14, 2011, 10:28 AM ET Anti-bank demonstrators this month launched an “Occupy Our Homes” campaign, using a handful of highly publicized foreclosure cases to force banks to drop their efforts to evict homeowners nationwide. But does the Occupy movement have it backwards? Civil disobedience that aims to force lenders to the bargaining table over toxic mortgages might be better served by a “De-Occupy Your House” movement, writes James Surowiecki in this week’s New Yorker. Mr. Surowiecki offers a cutting polemic in favor of strategic default, contrasting American Airlines corporate bankruptcy filing with banks attitudes towards the morality of making mortgage payments:
by CJ Park and Jo Ik-jin Hundreds of protesters gathered to occupy Seoul in front of the Deoksu Palacein the capital on Monday. They came to express solidarity with the second global day of action called by the Occupy movement. The international movement of the 99 percent was born a little less than two months ago, on 15 October. Occupy Seoul was one of many occupations on that day. It carried slogans such as “The angry 99 percent against the rich 1 percent!” and “Free education and healthcare for the 99 percent!” It helped to revitalise the campaign against the neoliberal Korea-US Free Trade Agreement that was railroaded into force by the ruling party and the Lee Myung-bak government.
By Indo Asian News Service | Dec 14 2011 @ 12:55 AM Moscow, Dec 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) - Russia has accused the US of using 'unjustified cruelty' against Occupy Wall Street protesters. The Russian foreign ministry's human rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov, said most of the Occupy movement's actions were 'peaceful' and criticised the authorities for using undue violence against the protestors. 'As for the reaction of the authorities to these protest actions, including in the United States, we can point to the presence in it of elements of unjustified cruelty and in some cases of the disproportionate use of force,' Dolgov said in a statement Tuesday.
by Michelle Stein | irishtimes.com | Thursday, December 8, 2011, 10:54 The Occupy Dame Street movement said the recently announced Budget will not tackle income inequality and pledged to remain camped at the Central Bank. Months after the Occupy Dame Street movement set up in front of the Central Bank, the area has gone from a tent town to a fenced-off enclosure complete with sleeping arrangements - still including tents – and a kitchen. Members are split into teams that handle different tasks. Some come down only for the days, while others have slept outside for weeks. Liam Mac an Bháird, who has been living at the camp for five weeks, said the occupiers are getting their quarters set up for winter as they are in for the long haul.
by John Crudele | NYPost Last Updated: 4:26 AM, December 8, 2011 So, now do you believe me? The stock market was rigged. It has been a little lonely telling this story over the past few years. But now that another news organization has finally gotten off its lazy butt, I’ll tell it again: Under former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, confidential government information was regularly leaked to select people on Wall Street.
Occupy London: video interview with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert ’3D’ Del Naja (News)
Posted on December 9, 2011 by occupylsx Occupy London invites people to get involved in global movement for social and economic justice Calls people to get involved and submit witness statements in support of legal case for St Paul’s occupation – deadline 3pm today Following the surprise thank you gig by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Massive Attack’s 3D & Tim Goldsworthy of UNKLE for Occupy London – part of the global movement for social and economic justice – is delighted to be able to share an exclusive frank interview with Massive Attack’s Robert ’3D’ Del Naja and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke about why they support Occupy and why they did the gig. More details about the gig here.
Protesters vow to push through with occupy Mendiola protests despite being violently dispersed (News)
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL | Bulatlat.com | Published on December 7, 2011 MANILA – Youth, students, government employees and other sectors were violently prevented from setting foot on Chino Roces Bridge (former Mendiola Bridge) in what was planned to be Day One of Occupy Mendiola on Dec. 6, Tuesday. Different groups that support the camp-out condemned the violent dispersal. After marching from España, the groups were blocked by the Manila Police at Claro M. Recto avenue. When the protesters attempted to go through the police barricade, the police used water cannons and truncheons to push them back. [...]
By Simon Shuster |Time.com | Moscow Monday, Dec. 05, 2011
by Nile Bowie | nilebowie.blogspot.com | December 4, 2011 There seems to be little debate among the masses of both nations that the KORUS FTA is anything but a race to the bottom for the majority of society. Demonstrations have erupted on the streets of the South Korean capital of Seoul calling for the resignation of President Lee Myun-Bak. Thousands of demonstrators rallied against the publicly loathed free trade agreement with the United States, which is widely perceived by the public to be a catalyst for the stagnation of local businesses and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises in both South Korea and the United States.
By BISWAJEET BANERJEE | AP – Wed, Nov 30, 2011 LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Two farmers fed up with alleged bribery demands emptied three bags filled with slithering snakes in a busy tax office in northern India, an official said Wednesday. The 40 or so snakes of different sizes and species — including at least four deadly cobras — sent clerks and villagers climbing atop tables and scurrying out the door to escape the office in Basti, about 186 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Lucknow, said Uttar Pradesh state official Ramsukh Sharma. "Snakes started climbing up the tables and chairs," he said. "There was total chaos. Hundreds of people gathered outside the room, some of them with sticks in their hands, shouting that the snakes should be killed."
by Riazat Butt and Shiv Malik guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 December 2011 17.21 EST Enforcement notices have been served on the Occupy camp outside St Paul's Cathedral in the latest attempt to remove hundreds of tents that have been pitched in the heart of London's financial district since mid-October. The notices, which were served during Wednesday's strike, took camp members by surprise, as many were out protesting cuts to public sector pensions. The notice forms part of the Corporation of London's legal proceedings against the tented village after St Paul's pulled out of similar action a month ago.
Occupy activists have staged a protest over "fat cat pay" on the roof of a central London building. After meeting in Piccadilly Circus at around 3pm on Wednesday afternoon after the end of the main TUC-organised march to protest against public sector pension reforms, around 200 activists including a steel band made their way through London's theatre district towards an undisclosed location. Guided by a red flare, the head of the march suddenly entered Panton House, the headquarters of mining giant Xstrata, which occupies the third and fourth floors of the five-storey building. Activists beckoned the crowd forward into the building, which was not guarded.
30 November 2011 | BBC News UK | Last updated at 04:57 ET Public sector workers from the PCS Union on a picket line outside the Port of Dover in Kent Unions say the strike is set to be the biggest single day of industrial unrest since the Winter of Discontent Public sector workers are staging a strike over pensions in what unions say is set to be the biggest walkout for a generation. Schools, hospitals, airports, ports and government offices around the UK are among sites being disrupted, as more than 1,000 demonstrations take place. The chancellor urged more talks, saying strikes would not achieve anything. Unions object to government plans to make their members pay more and work longer to earn their pensions.
from occupymelbourne.org | Nov 29 2011 Occupy Melbourne moves around Melbourne, now at Flagstaff Gardens, catch us if you can MCC. Here is some background for the move: MCC and police were on our back, we decided to move and regroup for a couple of days before the next General Assembly on Wednesday. We will decide then as a group what our actions might be for the next phase. We decided not to move back to Treasury and go to Flagstaff for a number of reasons: Flagstaff is more visible, it has trams, Federal Court nearby, cafes, the Vic Market, backpacker thoroughfare and it has bbq’s.
11/26/2011 | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press Protesters hail it as a life-changing experience while pundits acknowledge it as a driving force in the national conversation, but the man who helped launch the Canadian incarnation of the "Occupy" movement says his adopted home country didn't execute his vision the way he hoped. Kalle Lasn, co-founder of the Vancouver-based magazine that touched off the international campaign, said the protest against fiscal imbalance and corporate influence suffered from media misrepresentation and a comparative lack of energy during its first month on Canadian soil.
by Firas Al-Atraqchi | Huffington Post | 11/25/11 05:05 PM ET There are four stories to be told in Tahrir: tear gas suffocation and death; extreme police brutality; incredible acts of sacrifice, and the foundation of a new social contract. To some, the scenes broadcast through Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr or local networks might at first appear apocalyptic, but I think that is a bit too morose an analysis. There are those who have told me in recent days that the country is being destroyed bit by bit. I disagree. What I have seen emerge from Tahrir and beyond is evidence that the country is being slowly reconstructed. Bit by bit. [full article]
occupythenation.com | Nov 19 2011 As cities across America evict encampments of the Occupy Wall Street movement, similarities of timing, talking points and tactics among major metropolitan mayors and police chiefs have led critics to wonder: Is some sort of national coordination going on? The White House says there’s no federal oversight. Speaking November 15 aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said “The president’s position is that obviously every municipality has to make its own decisions about how to handle these issues.”
Video of General Strike On November 24, Portugal had a major General Strike that involve the unions, political parties, Occupy and others. Transportation and services came to a halt, except for emergency services. Both public and private sectors were involve. While the video is in Portuguese, the video also shows some images of the General Strike. Video of General Strike
by Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan | Los Angeles Times | November 25, 2011 | 9:48 am Egypt REPORTING FROM CAIRO -- They came by the tens of thousands, swelling through neighborhoods, marching over bridges and pouring into Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest protest yet against Egypt’s beleaguered military rulers. The demonstration in Cairo erupted days ahead of Monday’s parliamentary elections, heightening this frayed nation’s political turmoil and intensifying the standoff between protesters who succeeded in ousting longtime President Hosni Mubarak and generals who have yet to solidify their once-unquestioned legitimacy.
ATHENS | Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:45am EST Nov 24 (Reuters) - Riot police clashed with workers at Greece's biggest power producer PPC on Thursday as they staged a protest against a new property tax imposed as part of austerity measures to avert the country's bankruptcy. Some 80 police scuffled with members of the company's labour union GENOP outside the entrance to the building in an Athens suburb. Police detained 15 people, a police spokesman said. The union is trying to boycott the property tax that PPC has been charged with collecting via Greeks' electricity bills.
From: Global Assemblies <email@example.com> Subject: [Interocc] National & Global Meetings & Call Links Below are the links to the Schedule Documents for Meetings and Conference Calls, along with a Summary of the Meetings. Jay Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera (415) 323-5833 http://GeneralAssemblies.info ------------------------------------------ National Schedule of Meetings: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1To_fs5q_z3-k66bKSOV9Y_mKwOvu8sSjMmALoy_eLPc/edit TitanPad(for non-cookies):http://titanpad.com/occupyusa-schedule
Posted by Paul Owen and Peter Walker Friday 18 November 2011 12.32 EST guardian.co.uk 5.09pm: My colleague John Domokos was down at the UBS building too today and has produced this great video report. Here is the footage.
12 November, 2011, 18:37 | rt.com The pro-equality Occupy movement is rapidly gathering pace in Germany, with fresh protests starting in the capital Berlin and the country's financial heartland of Frankfurt. Thousands are set to join the demonstrations on Saturday, seeking to draw attention to rampant corporate greed and the increasing poverty of the masses. The German Occupy movement has also made significant steps in legitimizing itself, having earned the support of two major political factions. According to police, more than 10,000 people took to the streets of two major German cities, protesting against the banks' dominance. In Berlin, demonstrators have formed a human chain surrounding parts of the government district to call for an end to excesses of financial speculation and urge the authorities to dismantle big banks, AP reports. Frankfurt police said some 9,000 people were peacefully protesting in the city center near the European Central Bank's office block.
BY ROBERT NEUWIRTH | FOREIGNPOLICY.COM | OCTOBER 28, 2011 You probably have never heard of System D. Neither had I until I started visiting street markets and unlicensed bazaars around the globe. System D is a slang phrase pirated from French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean. The French have a word that they often use to describe particularly effective and motivated people. They call them débrouillards. To say a man is a débrouillard is to tell people how resourceful and ingenious he is. The former French colonies have sculpted this word to their own social and economic reality. They say that inventive, self-starting, entrepreneurial merchants who are doing business on their own, without registering or being regulated by the bureaucracy and, for the most part, without paying taxes, are part of “l’economie de la débrouillardise.” Or, sweetened for street use, “Systeme D.” This essentially translates as the ingenuity economy, the economy of improvisation and self-reliance, the do-it-yourself, or DIY, economy.
October 31st, 2011 - by "ella" @ occupytogether.org We’ve recently seen this report posted and shared through social media, but we thought it might be helpful to have another place on the web it can be published and accessed daily. We’ll be posting the archives of this report soon. This Occupation Report is compiled by Rebuild the Dream. This report includes updates from Occupy sites and related efforts across the country and the globe. It includes big wins, local organizing efforts, protests/events and calls to action where additional support from allies/general public may be needed. Where applicable, I have included reports on police activity and legal battles which have been separated into two categories: Category 1 [police crackdowns including city code violations] and Category 2 [civil disobedience arrests] For more updates from occupations around the country, listen to the Occupation America podcast at http://soundcloud.com/occupation-america