Turkey, Istanbul: leftist killed by drug gang “Gülsuyu, known to be one of the most politicized neighborhoods in Turkey, has been witnessing attacks by drug gangs on locals for months.” Coincidence? Provocateurs? Why would a “drugs gang” move from outside to a very politicised (therefore organised) neighbourhood, unless they are simply attack-dogs of the YDD (New Deep State)? Expect the same in Gazi Mahallesi very soon.”
“Gold…will make black, white; foul, fair; wrong, right; base, noble; old, young; coward, valiant”
(Shakespeare,Timon of Athens).
India, Kerala: protest against road conditions takes interesting form“The Road Vikasana Janakeeya Munnani on Thursday staged a novel protest against the poor condition of the Badiadukka-Mullaria road by turning it into a playground of sorts and cooking delicacies….Volunteers of the Munnani blocked vehicular traffic on the road by placing huge logs and stones”…Walajah – road blocked in ptrotest against lack of water….. Interesting (despite its obvious liberalism) take on the recent ethnic riots in Muzaffarnaga – “People of diverse faiths who live together do not spontaneously turn against each other. There are three requisites for mass communal violence to occur. The first is the deliberate manufacture of hatred. The second is the manufacture of a ‘riot’. The third is a complicit State: no riot can continue beyond a few hours unless the state actively wishes that it does so….I visited Muzaffarnagar as part of a Centre for Policy Analysis fact-finding team…We were deeply dismayed to find striking evidence of each of these elements combining to violently divide communities that have lived and worked together peacefully through generations….Communal organisations have perfected the art of manufacturing hatred against the ‘other’ community by cynically deploying rumour, innuendo and falsehood. The issue chosen to demonise the ‘other’ varies based on what would resonate and enrage most. In Partition, pork was thrown into mosques and beef into temples; later riots are spurred by rumours of cow slaughter, support to terror, and violence perpetrated by the ‘other’ community (the falsehood of the slaughter of Hindu students in hostels by Muslims led to the massacre of more than a thousand people in Bhagalpur)….In Muzaffarnagar, in the patriarchal Jat community, the issue chosen to foment hatred was women’s ‘honour’. The claim was that ‘love jihad’ was being waged, by which Muslim boys were equipped with smart clothes, deodorants and sweet talk to entice Jat girls into ‘love’ traps….”
Sudan: 3rd day of fuel subsidy riots – cars, petrol stations, university building torched, cops stoned – “Internet access was cut off all over Sudan after activists began sharing images of the unrest on social media.”…at least 29 dead…police station set alight
Iraq, Sadr City: riot attacks government institutions after bombing ”A security source stated to Iraqi News (IraqiNews.com) “Some protesters attacked some governmental institutions including the Local Council of Mudhafar square on the background of the bombing that took place in Sadr city and targeted a solace.” “The protesters called to close the governemtal institutions in Sadr city,” the source concluded.
Mexico, Mexico City: riot pigs take back square from teachers and others “Friday’s massive raid by thousands of police against the teachers was a dramatic reassertion of state authority after weeks of near-constant disruption in the centre of one of the world’s largest cities. The teachers have marched through the capital at least 15 times over the last two months….. The confrontation erupted after the teachers armed themselves with metal pipes and blocked off the Zocalo with steel grates and plastic traffic dividers, threatening to scuttle the Independence Day gathering. The teachers, many veterans of similar battles with police in poor southern states, vowed to not move from the square where they have camped out since last month. Some fixed knives and nails to wooden planks and declared themselves ready to fight. Others set up sewage-filled portable toilets in the path of police vehicles. Shortly after 4 pm, the police swarmed in, firing tear gas canisters and spraying water from armored trucks. Protesters hurled sticks and chunks of pavement broken from the streets around world-famous tourist attractions including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Templo Mayor and the National Palace. But within a half hour, police had cleared the Zocalo and much of the surrounding historic center of virtually all demonstrators. Union organisers said they would reassemble away from the main plaza at the nearby Monument to the Revolution. Small knots of teachers, self-described local anarchists and other supporters hurled bottles and rocks at police on some of the main downtown avenues. “We’re going to reorganise and go back,” said a masked teacher who gave only his first name, Juan Carlos, as he waited in an alley with about 10 other demonstrators. “It’s not going to stay like this. The government isn’t going to repress us.” – from here
Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, head of the federal police…. warned that aggressive protesters would be detained. The police were not carrying firearms or truncheons, he said.
India, West Bengal: angry parents ransack school – classrooms, offices, the auditorium, furniture, computers, telephones and window panes after death of pupil …Telangana: national highway blocked …Kashmir: violent protests against cop killings continue
‘Kaminis, no wall will be left untouched,’
In Athens a strike (against massive public sector worker redundancies) of employees at the University (the University of Athens) and Polytechnic (National Technical College) has been going on since Friday the 6th, with an occupation of the Physics and Pharmaceutical departments of the University and the whole of the Polytechnic going since Tuesday 10th, with entrances being blockaded, though often not totally successfully. These occupations, however, are minority occupations – run by the more politicised (leftist/anarchist etc.) sections. The majority are mostly passive.
Mexico, Mexico City: clashes with cops over education reform (morehere) Chile: violent clashes continue (more here) (summary of cop injuries, stores attacked, etc. here)
South Africa, Randfontein: violent service delivery protests…simillar violent protest in Zuurbekom – 90 arrests (areas 28km apart, both in Gauteng)….“In mid-May, it was reported that Gauteng, South Africa’s smallest but wealthiest province which includes Johannesburg, had seen 650 protests over the previous five weeks, of which 40 had been violent.” – see here…3 diggers and an excavator torched during mineworkers’ strike
India, South Kashmir: strike and riot against cop killings of 4 civilians –“Soon after the death of the young man, protesters went on rampage and set ablaze the official residence of a senior officer in the town, a PTI report crediting sources said. A curfew had been imposed in the south Kashmir town on Sunday following widespread clashes between security forces and agitated residents after the killings. It was lifted this morning. However, a spontaneous strike was observed in the town with all shops and business establishments closed and transport off the roads.”…….Delhi: students and cops clash in struggle for hostel accomodation
….as for inter-communal strife – it’s not all totally depressing.
“The protest is being supported by bonded carrier associations causing a shutdown in supplies for western forces based in Afghanistan….Customs agents’ leaders claimed that goods carriers had also joined the protest and supplies of imported goods up country and similarly transportation of exports would soon be suspended….“All Pakistan Goods Carrier Association, United Goods Carriers Association and KPT Goods Carriers Association have joined the protest of customs agents,” said Saifullah Khan, president, Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA)…KCAA, APCAA and All Pakistan Customs Bonded Carrier Association are jointly protesting against the FBR against dragging the clearing agent into the ISAF missing containers scam.”
Nigeria: petrol stations strike in response to State Security Commander violence (commander almost lynched)
Turkey, Istanbul: demonstrators and cops clash over 14-year-old in coma “Police used tear gas and water cannons to attempt to disperse a crowd marching on Istanbul’s main court buildings shouting “We want justice for Berkin Elvan”. The demonstrators, mostly masked members of far-left groups, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails and erected barricades.”... man killed in anti-war protests in border town – Antakya
Chile, Santiago: clashes with cops on 40th anniversary of coup –“dozens of masked protesters have hurled stones, burned barricades and clashed with police” (more here) (the absurd illusions in Allende on this demo ignore simple facts like, for instance, the fact that on 23 August 1973, Pinochet was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army byAllende himself…see “Strange defeat“)
Santiago…..pants on fire
Brazil: clashes between anti-govt demonstrators and cops in several cities (this includes clashes near Mane Guarrincha stadium before the international friendly soccer match between Brazil and Australia in Brasilia and confrontations near Guanabara Palace in Rio; demonstrations also held in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, and several other cities)
Romania: anti-gold mining protests throughout country…mining project will “lead to the destruction of four mountains and require hundreds of families to be relocated”. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/08/thousands-protest-romania-gold-mine-plans/?#ixzz2eNQLCVj7throughout country ”
Journalists’ cars burn
Mexico City teachers demo
Chile, Valparaiso: tyre-burning to mark 40th anniversary of Pinochet’s coup (more here) See also “Strange Defeat” – a text written shortly after the predictable coup of 1973
Bulgaria, Sofia: protesters push back police barriers round National Assembly…….clashes continue(obviously some of this involves opposition parties, but it seems like there’s an independent element as well)