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Nantes, Vinci: an hourly account of the Battle for the ZAD of February 22

Posted in Actions, Reportages with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2014/02/25 by anabraxas

Here’s a translation -and reformatting- of a summary published by Paris-luttes.info on the Feb. 22nd protest in Nantes

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Following the call for a protest on February 22 in Nantes, the Parisian collective agaisnt the Airport has organized a group transport from Paris. 

The State and its pro-airport are threatening to go back in force. They claim they will be starting, over the upcoming months, the destruction of protected species and the construction of the airport. A new wave of evictions may take place.

We won’t let them do this! Their operations will not start!

In the area, the movement is more alive than it was in the fall of 2012, the ties are stronger, the fields more cultivated and there are many more homes… Beyond this 200 local committees have been created, in solidarity with the struggle and to make it swarm back home.
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« Death to nationalism »! Workers revolt against EUconomics in Bosnia

Posted in Actions, Reportages with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2014/02/09 by anabraxas

Protests Across Bosnia Are A “Collective Nervous Breakdown”

UPDATES:

Anarchists in the Bosninan Uprising, an excellent, in-depth coverage by CrimethInc

Malatesta’s blog coverage of the events, and other articles

from Balkanist

“He who sows hunger reaps anger” warned the red graffiti on a Sarajevo government building this week. The message hinted at the depth of poverty and disillusionment in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that has driven people to join demonstrations across the divided country, where the unemployment rate is about 40 percent. Protesters have since stormed and ransacked government buildings in Tuzla, Zenica, Mostar, and in the capital city of Sarajevo, where the headquarters of the presidency was also set ablaze. Some protesters allegedly threw firecrackers and stones at police, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. Hundreds have been injured. On Friday, activist Darko Brkan called the protests “a collective nervous breakdown”.

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March 15th: the vengeance… « Fight the Police! »

Posted in Actions, Reportages with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2012/03/20 by anabraxas

A compilation of three texts published on Sabotagemedia about last week’s riot against Police violence and the events that led to it…

Part 1: A Day of Struggle in Montreal: Innu solidarity, citizen-cops, wild protest and the pigs revenge

On Monday, March 12th, a chain of events has spanned for the whole day until late in the night.

It all began early in the day with a protest in solidarity with the Innu  people who recently suffered repression from the SQ (provincial police) in their blockade of road 138 against the Hydro-Québec projects on their land. The protest of about 150 people started at Square Phillips at around 12:30 to go in front of the offices of Hydro-Quebec (where cops obviously were blocking the doors) by chanting slogans like « North Plan, Death Plan », « No Quebec, No Canada, Death to all States » while distributing leaflets on the North Plan to pedestrians. After a few speeches the people then moved to the administrative offices of the UQAM and from this point the street in front of the building was occupied with a crowd that kept growing in numbers -as a reaction to the news of a lock-out of UQAM- all up until the night where a « Creation Night » event had been planned.

In Montreal, white walls are a common denominator to fascist landlords and the wider bureaucratic patriarchy... but from another angle, blank canvases waiting to be painted

During this Creation Night, some were painting on the street, others played music, among others local band « Mise en Demeure » have played a full set of songs making fun at pacifists and cops. Many were drinking beer sitting on a part of the furniture from the UQAM building ended up in the street; chairs, desks, tables and sofas.

Around 11 PM, tension has started to rise as the citizen-cops started to attempt a clean up and enforcing the law to « put back things at their place » as others kept taking the furniture out in the street. A person ripped chairs from the hands of a hooded comrade and attempted to rip his mask off, which got him a well-deserved punch in the face. It’s simple : if you act like cops you are joining the enemy so you will be treated as such. Wanna play cops? Face the consequences.

After a short confrontation between the citizen-cops and the masked men, a crowd of about 200 people detached itself and went strolling in the street shouting anti-pacifist slogans and leaving on their tracks many walls and one cop car covered with anti-police and circled A graffiti. When the crowd arrived near the building of La Presse -the most mainstream bourgeois, reactionary newspaper in Quebec, one of Quebec’s « Fourth Branch » of the State- its windows we shattered to bits (the news outlet itself was forced to report on it… downplaying it as a mere « isolated » act… of +200 protesters!) and once more the citizen-cops or undercovers -the only difference being their paycheck- showed up and attacked a masked comrade, but this time the masked people fought back collectively and, defending their comrades, pushed back the attack. The crowd then dispersed not long after with any arrests, even though there are rumors that one was arrested during the protest.

A bit later at around 1 AM, about fifteen people who were chilling out drinking beer in a collective space received a visit from an entire cops squad. The situation quickly escalated seemingly after a bottle of beer was seen outside (???). Many people were sprayed, about twenty cops rushed in aggressively as if it was a raid, with batons in their hands, some in riot gear and with a dog. There has been five arrests. Outside the riot squad was deployed for dispersing the people who gathered at the street corner.

Social war and complicity!

Citizen-cops fuck off!

Part 2: Kidnapping, pre-emptive arrests and Hollywood-style fascism

This is related to events that happened on March 15th, a few hours before the anti-police protest that became famous in the media these last few days.

On March 15h, around Noon, a comrade was kidnapped by policemen in plain clothes as she was doing her morning jugging run near her place, in the Hochelaga neighborhood. As she was exiting a backstreet, her run was interrupted par the arrival of a grey family minivan. A tall and muscular man came out of the minivan. At the same time, another car rushed in diagonally, and a third one, from behind in the backstreet. Our comrade was cornered. The tall and muscular man addressed her by saying : « Hi ***, I am an agent of the Montrea Police departement. You’re under arrest, we have a warrant against you. You must follow us. »

Our comrade then answer : Who are you? What is your warrant? Why are you arresting me? Where are you taking me? » as the undercover cop was putting her handcuffs, right in the street. Our comrade screamed in the hope of being heard by pedestrians. Two minutes later, she was in the mini-van, on its way to the East Operations Center escorted by two undercover cops who refused to explain the motives of her arrest warrant. In fact, they completely ignored what these were.

Arrived at the Est Operations Center, cops seem confused on the motives of the arrest warrant. Our friend called her lawyer, who tries to set the records straight. Her and the lawyer are bot amazed, since her judicial file was up to date.

At last, the cops reveal the motives of this warrant. It was about a warrant related to her absence at the court during an order that was to happen a month and a half back, on January 31st 2012, over a bullshit breach of condition that happened on September 12th 2011. Our friend and her lawyer both ignored the existence of this alleged court appointment. Hence why she did not show up. Following her absence at this alleged date of court, an arrest warrant was emitted against her, on February 2012. (We are sorry for the ambiguity of details… our friend desires to not expose her criminal record too openly).

A month and a half has passed and now it’s March 15th, international day against police brutality, that this warrant has been used.

It’s by meeting with the chief in(ve)stigator for the operations of repression planned for controlling the protest on March 15th that our comrade was confirmed that her arrest was linked to the March 15th demo.

The man in question was named inspector D’Amour (or L’Amour). Bragging to have 28 years of experience in the police, this bastard said to be in charge for the case of the March 15th protest and confirmed to our friend that the targeted arrests would be part of this years repression of this year’s protest. So, these morons waited for March 15th to use their warrant against our friend (a legally obtained warrant, but that was completely unnecessary in this context and was openly used to intimidate her). The next morning, on March 16th, our friend was brought to municipal court, where a judge released her under the promise that she would be present at every upcoming court orders.

According to our comprehension, the undercover cop cars were parked in front of our friend’s residence waiting for her to get out, for a period of time we don’t know, so they’d then be stalking her.

We also know that there are other places/persons who are being followed, watched, taken pictures of. We’re not intent to feed paranoia, but want to share this experience so each and everyone stays vigilant. These morons have nothing better to do in their lives than stalk us in our everyday life. Fuck them.

This scene was worthy of a Hollywood movie. As far as we know, there has been other targeted arrests, but none of this kind. So it’s very important to make this info spread because the situation is very worrying. These filthy cops must know that their intimidation tactics does not impress us and that, together, our though hearts are stronger than everything.

Part3: March 15th, a Night of Reckoning

On the evening of March 15 (international day against police brutality) in Montreal, although riot pigs were all over, they clearly lost control of the city center for several hours.

Already in the afternoon, the Berri-UQAM station was filled with riot cops inside and outside, the sky with helicopters, patrols of pigs in the streets and later riot squads and horsemen. Even with this display of force they weren’t up to the task. Proof that here as elsewhere revolt is more than possible. We can even thank in part the cops on Thursday for the riot, they fed it and gave it strength.

They gave it strength when they charged the demo of a few thousand people on Sherbrooke after twenty minutes of sloganeering and anti-cop graffiti, which resulted in several pacifist hippie parasites and the self-described students with the bourgeois leftist mentality to go home. The ones who wanted more than to take a walk wondering what the fuck they were doing in another pathetic ritual of slogans, divided into smaller mobile groups that dispersed and reformed to fucked shit up all night long.

The cops also fueled it when they attacked with their arsenal the people downtown, on St Catherine. From then on the rage was unleashed on the streets. There were probably also many bored young people who are regularly targets of profiling and saw there a great opportunity for their turn to piss on the cops and it wasn’t to long for it to come. As this same line of cops was advancing they took a volley of stones, bottles and a molotov and in an attempt to block the road further, the riot pigs fled from the crowd coming on each side. Moments later, while bins were flying down the street and into a few shop windows, the crowd fell on a brand new cop car, pigs included. The car was attacked with projectiles and you could see the terror and panic in the face of the two cops as they fled the crowd charging on the car. Later a vandalized cop car was flipped over.

By late evening a crowd gathered again at the Berri Square, where it had all begun, to leave once again. It’s when the crowd dispersed to Maisonneuve and Ontario that the cops surrounded people on the sidewalk to make a mass arrest. They held the crowd of about 200 people surrounded for several hours and then filled some buses and took them to a police station in Langelier, far from downtown, where they proceeded to identify people and give them tickets for “gathering endangering peace” and release them, but not before having photographed them one-by-one. There was also during the day and evening several random arrests and others targeted.

March 15th is everyday!

The hatred for this rotten world and its cops, we carry it every single day!

Translated by Anabraxas  (« To the victor goes the spoils of war, fuckers! »)

and Sabotagemedia

Articles originaux en Français ici, ici et ici

Riot in Hollywood: the spectacle turned up against itself?

Posted in Actions, Reportages with tags , , , , , , , on 2011/07/28 by anabraxas

From their media:

27.07.11

What started as a normal movie premiere for « Electric Daisy Carnival Experience » at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre ended with riot police on Hollywood Boulevard.

From his bird’s-eye view Trailer Park office across the street, social media strategist Nick Walsh has seen plenty of them.

But Wednesday was different: The crowd just kept coming.

“I kept on looking out and the crowd kept on getting bigger…. And they just started pouring into the street, stopping traffic,” Walsh said.

He began snapping photos just as hundreds of people gathered in front of the theater for an impromptu  concert by electronic musician Kaskade, who sent out a tweet earlier in the day, promising that at 6 p.m. he would provide “ME+BIG SPEAKERS+MUSIC=BLOCK PARTY!!!”

Kaskade was among the performers featured in the « Electric Daisy » movie premiering at the theater, a documentary featuring electronic music popular at raves. The crowd start getting unruly about 6:30 p.m., he said, and filled up the entire boulevard.

About 15 minutes later, he noticed one police car trying to direct people off the street, telling the fans through a loudspeaker that they had five minutes to leave. “All of a sudden, these dancers showed up. They got the crowd all riled up. The crowd pretty much smothered the cop car, and it ended up driving away,” Walsh said.

Walsh’s photos of the crowd included a man dressed in Spider-Man costume and scantily clad women in black boots wearing frilly white miniskirts holding black-framed umbrellas. “The tone of the crowd was chill, and it really just felt like, ‘We can do this because you can’t do anything about it,’” Walsh said.

As the chaos unfolded, workers started rolling up the red carpet.

Paris Hilton, who was on her way to attend the premiere, tweeted, “Omg! What’s going on on Hollywood Blvd?” Insomniac Inc. Chief Executive Pasquale Rotella, who founded the Electric Daisy Carnival, expressed anger at the unauthorized, aborted musical act, tweeting that he could not attend his own premiere because of the street closures. “What genius organized the street party!” tweeted Rotella. “I’m pretty bummed.”

Meanwhile, several hundred people had descended on Hollywood Boulevard, LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said. Although Kaskade was spotted by one LAPD officer driving by in a flatbed truck, he didn’t stop — and didn’t spin music.

Many in the crowd surged into the street, some pelting police and bystanders with glass beer bottles, rocks and other debris. Others were unknowingly caught up in the sea of humanity — including some tourists from Iowa who were looking at stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one minute and in the next were detained along with dozens of other people for failure to disperse.

« They were just regular wide-eyed folks, » Smith said.

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At some point after 7, a line of about 15 police officers approached from the east, Walsh said, and began to walk toward the crowd, pushing them to them to the west. Later, more officers were added to the line. “But people weren’t leaving. All they were doing, they were forming a horseshoe around the police,” Walsh said.

And from here:

Riot police fired rubber bullets at a huge crowd of young ravers after the rioting youths sparked mayhem on Hollywood Boulevard.

Authorities were called after the youngsters threw bottles and set fire to cars after being denied entry to a Hollywood film première.

The unruly crowd began partying on the streets in protest and when they refused to disperse, officers took drastic action.

Local DJ Kaskade then sparked a huge ‘block party’ in protest, according to reports, and when the crowd refused to disperse riot police intervened.

As they tried to control the crowd, the LAPD was forced to shut down a large section of Hollywood Boulevard, causing massive traffic problems.

Ravers refused to leave the area and started fighting and throwing bottles. A police car was also set on fire, it was reported.