“August stared at her, aghast. “Did I know that kissing you would bring your soul to surface? That – THAT – would have the same effect as pain or music?…”
― Victoria Schwab
Guinea, Conakry: barricades of burning tyres, road blockades, in protests against electricity cuts “Several districts of the Guinean capital Conakry, notably the commune of Ratoma, have woken up to a series of demonstrations against the relaying of power to households. In Koloma-market, very early in the morning, young people erected barricades on the roadway and burned tires in some places in protest against the lack of electricity. The “Le Prince” motorway is blocked from the market-Koloma until the roundabout of Bambéto…. A journalist from Africaguinee.com …observed clashes between youths who threw stones and CMIS policemen backed up with tear gas. On the tarmac the traces of the clashes are still visible. Until we left, the police were struggling to restore traffic. Farther north, on Transversal Number 2, women and youth blocked the road to Kaporo rail, again with the same demands, preventing motorists from passing.“
Jordan: riots in various parts of country against manipulated election “The rioters blocked with burning tires the al-Tayba roundabout in the Irbid province in northern Jordan before the security forces intervened to disperse them using tear gas. Similar unrest was seen in the al-Karak province. Two power plants in the al-Hashemiya and Rawdat al-Amir Rashed were also shut down by rioters, but electricity was soon restored to the affected areas.”
Colombia, Segovia: striking miner killed by riot cops (see entries for 15/8/17, 3/8/17, 1/8/17 & 31/7/17 for more information on this struggle)
Peru: government declares teachers strike illegal (see entries for 16, 10 & 3 this month, below)
France, Val d’Oise: cops attacked by youths as they arrest people trying to break into supermarket in middle of night…Seine-St.Denis: firearm and taser stolen from cops as they get surrounded by about 20 youths whilst trying to pursue suspected drug dealer
US, New Hampshire: Republican Party HQ attacked “The headquarters of the Republican Party in New Hampshire was branded with the word “Nazi”…Vandals spray painted a heart around the scrawled message, and are believed to have also thrown several rocks through the windows of the building….“The New Hampshire Democratic Party wholly condemns this criminal action and hopes the perpetrator is held accountable. “There is no place for that in our politics.” …San Francisco: dockers announce anti-fascist strike and march for 26th August …Virginia: 2 confederate monuments improved “No hero,” in black spray paint written on the base of Confederate General Robert E Lee’s statue. Also on the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis….Arizona: 2 more monuments to confederate leaders improved
South Africa, Pretoria: striking taxi-drivers bring parts of city to a halt “…taxi drivers blocked all major intersections in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, in a bid to prevent people from getting to work…. train services have halted…..some entrances to Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, were blocked….Metro police said there was no application made for the protest action and no permission was given for the strike. Metrorail train services operating from Mabopane to Soshanguve were meanwhile temporarily suspended due to violent taxi protesters who blocked the railway lines with foreign objects under the Ruth First bridge. Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said trains are turning around at Kopanong Station. In Pienaarspoort trains are turning around at Mamelodi Gardens station due to taxi drivers burning objects at Pienaarspoort level crossing.”
“Donald is a believer in the big-lie theory,” his lawyer had told me. “If you say something again and again, people will believe you.”….Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed.” – from here
Colombia, Nariño: part of mayor’s office and archives burnt during riot against cop shooting of minor …Segovia: riot of striking miners refusing to submit to multinational mining company as teenage son of a miner is killed by cops …Bogota: riot during 10-hour blockade by 300 against rat-infested landfill “…three bulldozers immobilized, a destroyed electrical plant, two light reflectors damaged and a dismantled dump.“
Egypt, Mahalla al-Kubra : textile workers organise sit-ins in shifts “The workers leave company property by the end of their shift, leaving the strike in the hands of the succeeding shift workers, instead of continuously and simultaneously occupying the premises as they had in previous strikes. One of the striking workers, who spoke to Mada Masr on Monday under the condition of anonymity, said that the strike is being implemented at all of the company’s several factories, which include eight spinning factories, seven cloth factories, one wool factory, one grille workshop, 11 textile factories, as well as the garage, electricity and water departments.”
…Florida: Confederate statue splattered with paint, as another one is pulled down officially…photo of Maoist red fascists trying to stamp their “refusefascism.org” logo onto woman murdered in Charlottesville A contact writes: “The Party is once again achieving an appearance of near ubiquity, and, considering the article in Al Jazeera recently, heightened respectability. There is another front page spread in the Guardian with rotating photos today, with a photo of a crowd with very little more than the “No!…” poster (presumably the butt of Naomi Klein’s new No is not Enough – allowing her as a kind of super-trendy leftist to stay to the left of militant Maoist social democracy) the Party uses everywhere, supposedly symbolising the mass reaction to the killing and maiming in Charlottesville.”
South Africa, Cape Town: clashes as tenants resist eviction “Water cannon were used to disperse protesters who burnt tyres and rubbish in an anti-eviction protest in Cape Town on Monday. People being evicted from a low-cost apartment complex in Steenberg also started a fire in a building used to store bins. Residents of Steen Villa said they were being evicted for failing to pay rent which had become unaffordable.”
US, Virginia (Charlottesville): fascists forced to flee “After a few minutes, a crowd of anti-far-right protestors rushed the improvised podium. Kessler fled and made his escape with the protection of waiting state police in riot gear. Behind the line of police, the crowd resumed chanting, “Nazis go home” and “we are unstoppable another world is possible”. Video of this here… more demos angry about implications of Charlottesville…more here…hackers take over nazi website…Seattle: minor skirmishes as anti-fascists protest fascist fuck-ups…worth remembering that as far back as February, in Tennessee a bill was put forward making drivers who hit protesters immune from prosecution Apparently there are other states considering this “right to kill” law (North Dakota, Florida, Rhodes Island, Texas and North Carolina), and other states proposing other forms of anti-protest bills…see also this
US, Virginia (Charlottesville): woman killed by fascist…anti-fascist demos organised throughout US…Oakland motorway shut down “As a small gesture of solidarity, of pause and remembrance, the march stormed onto the 580 freeway blocking all traffic in both directions and lit smoke bombs and fireworks. Cars honked in support, rolled down windows and fists raised. “…and Switzerland
Nigeria, Ogoniland: 100s occupy Shell petrol facility Unfortunately, this did not express a critique of the polluting effects of oil extraction, but rather a demand that the facility be run by a local petrol company.
Spain, Basque country: train stopped in anti-tourist protest See comments for 1/8/17 on this subject.
Egypt, Mahalla Al-Kubra: 6000 workers strike and sit in in textile factory “…five years after the 25 January Revolution, strikes in Egypt are usually dispersed by force or by threats of suspension and have acted as a main source of opposition to different governments. Also, a Cairo High Court ruled in May 2015 that any employee proven to have participated in a strike will be forced into retirement for “delaying the interests of the public”.
South Africa, Gauteng: protests with burning tyres etc. throughout province against President “Areas reportedly affected include Soweto, Turrfontein, Hillbrow, Braamfontein as well as numerous communities in Pretoria. Johannesburg Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar explained that protests began as early as 4am. “Soweto and Turffontein residents burnt tyres and blockaded streets from at around 4am on Tuesday morning,” he said. “Routes affected include the Soweto Highway, Chris Hani road, N12, Impala road R55 and Beyers Naude.” …Meanwhile, Tuesday’s protests also led to the closure of numerous schools in Meadowlands, Gauteng police said. “
Nepal, Dolakha: full-scale riot follows aggressive exam invigilator’s accusation of cheating “Irate students pelted stones.Police fired tear gas and baton-charged at examinees contain the situation….Students resorted to vandalism of the school administration and examination hall.”
Italy, Bologna: clashes with cops evicting 5-year old occupation More here More here “Police initially attempted to drag protesters away from the entrance but, when that failed, began beating people with truncheons. Protesters fought back, creating barricades from bales of hay that had been set on fire. The entire area was shut down with police closing off streets to all traffic for hours. Fighting then spilled over into nearby streets with protesters denouncing the injuries of around a dozen people, two seriously injured by police. Police, meanwhile, claim six officers were injured during the fighting. La Repubblica reports numerous local residents coming out of their houses angered by police actions. “What problems were they causing?” one asked police.”
Bangladesh, Dhaka: 100s of garment workers block streets, damage vehicles, etc., demanding payment of unpaid wages More here “Two police officials and several others were injured on Monday during a clash between garment workers and police in Mirpur. … the injured police officers were hurt when bricks were thrown at them….workers of Meridian Fashions Limited in Mirpur 1 start agitating in front of the Mollick Tower in Mirpur demanding due salaries and bonuses. The clash ensued when police tried to disperse the protesting garment works away from the road. Protesting workers also blocked the road at Mirpur 2 and damaged several vehicles on the Chiriakhana (Zoo) Road. They also vandalised the glass exteriors of some of the nearby garment factories in the area…Terming workers’ protest illegal, the authorities of Meridian Fashions Limited shut their installation up to Wednesday.”
India, Darjeeling: report on workers’ sabotage of English breakfast “Since June, Darjeeling has been hit by violent protests and prolonged strikes in support of a campaign by a local party demanding a separate state for the area’s majority Nepali-speaking Gorkha community. …The upshot: some 100,000 workers – permanent and temporary – working in the gardens have halted work. Production has been severely hit. Only a third of last year’s crop of 8.32 million kg had been harvested when work stopped in June. If the trouble continues, garden owners say they are staring at losses amounting to nearly $40m. “This is the worst crisis we have ever faced. Future orders are being cancelled, and there is no fresh supply. Connoisseurs of Darjeeling may have to soon switch to other teas until the situation improves”. Obviously this site does not support any political party or any state, but there’s more to this struggle than meets the eye of the journalist reporting it.
France, St.Denis: 4 cop cars torched “The mayor (PCF – French Communist Party) Laurent Russier, who “strongly condemns these degradations”, decided to file a complaint this Friday afternoon. “I support the municipal police officers. The local public security and prevention service they carry out and which they embody is essential for the city of Saint-Denis“
Dominican Republic: 48-hour strike against corruption, riots etc. in both Santo Domingo & San Francisco de Macoris “New riots were registered today in the city of San Francisco de Macorís, in the Dominican Northeast, and had repercussions in the capital city of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD). In San Francisco de Macoris this Wednesday was the second day of a strike that kept most of the commercial establishments closed and traffic halted by the throwing and burning of rubbish in the streets. The strikers demand punishment for the corrupt, prosecution of the perpetrators of the millionaire embezzlement detected in the municipal council during the administration of Félix Manuel Rodríguez, and the construction of various infrastructures. Demonstrators burned tyres in front of the provincial governor’s house, Juan Antigua Javier, and also broke glass from the front of the Palace of Justice…In the capital city the university faced groups of hooded people and police. The young men threw stones from inside … and the uniformed men fired tear gas at the facility.“
Peru, Lima: massive march of striking teachers as strike reaches its 8th week “An estimated 10,000 teachers reached the capital city of Lima…The strikes have continued to escalate, with the teachers taking an airport in Jauja, and closed off numerous roads in Cuzco and Ayacucho. On July 21 the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the area where the teachers organized the strikes, effectively suspending constitutional rights of individual liberty, security, free travel and assembly for a duration of 30 days, which include the districts of Cusco, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, San Sebastian and Wanchaq. The government is anxious to reach an agreement, as the strikes have exerted a strong impact on traffic in the area. Flights have been blocked to the region, tourist travel to Machu Picchu has been interrupted, and main roads have been blocked by protesters “
South Africa, Soweto: roads blocked with burning tyres, rocks and burning bus in protest against racial distraction “The residents say government has continuously marginalised the coloured community and has made the Klipspruit saga a racial issue to deviate attention from important national issues.”
Colombia, Segovia (Antioquia): 1 dead as miners’ struggle hots up; destruction of drill valued at over $1m., school wrecked (see entries for 1/8/17 & 31/7/17)
UK, Lincoln: knight of the living dead “Art, like Dracula, may be dead, but it flies very well nonetheless.” (Chris Shutes)…Gloucestershire: free parking horror shock scandal disgrace!!!
Israel, Haifa: chemical workers threatened with redundancies block roads, set fires “…enraged workers block roads, light fires outside factory premises, call on Environmental Protection Min. Elkin to intervene; workers explain fear of inability to support families. Workers from the Haifa Chemicals company erected a protest tent Wednesday evening both inside and outside its plant after it was announced earlier in the day that the company was closing shop and letting go of its 800 employees.”
UK, Hertfordshire: 2nd day of “disturbances” at prison “Personnel from the Tornado team were called in again less than 24 hours after spearheading efforts to restore order at the Category C adult male training jail. On Monday multiple prisoners were involved in a lengthy disturbance across two wings at the jail, which holds a total of just over 1,000 men. The first episode was resolved shortly after 10pm. No staff or inmates were injured, but dozens of cells are reported to have been damaged.” More here “A prison that has been hit by two days of unrest and disorder has been keeping inmates locked up in their cells for entire weekends for as long as three months… around 50 cells were damaged. Prisoners in the category C jail, which holds about 1,000, had been locked up for the third consecutive weekend, with food being served cold through the cell door. … on Tuesday, trouble began again after prisoners took over a wing of the prison and smashed some windows ……prisoners at The Mount are routinely locked in the cells – known as being “banged up” – from Friday afternoon until Monday afternoon because of staff shortages. Gloria Morrison, campaign coordinator for the Jengba group, which campaigns against joint enterprise sentences, said prisoners were becoming desperate. “Prisoners only want to organise meetings at weekends, because it’s the only time they get out of their cell,” said Morrison, who spoke to an inmate serving a life sentence on Sunday, and his mother on Monday. “It’s not just three weekends that this has been happening, it’s been at least three months. They are not getting fed until the late evening and they are just getting a sandwich, a biscuit and a drink in their cell, there’s no hot food. “I don’t like prisons but The Mount has always been a fairly good nick in the past.” Morrison said visitors were caught up in the disturbance on Monday and weren’t allowed to leave, which was corroborated by one eyewitness”….Wiltshire: 5 screws hospitalised…London: cops pelted with fireworks in mini-riot
Spain, Barcelona: youth group of nationalist party recuperate critique of tourism See also this and this. “…masked activists set off flares outside the restaurant full of tourists on the island of Palma de Majorca. They also set off smoke flares over luxury yachts before running through the restaurant throwing confetti over diners.” I say “recuperate” but I’d guess this is on the border of recuperation and genuine subversion. Though one wanders what kind of “anarchists” belong to a political party which believes in the nation-state. Catalan independence weakens the Spanish working class as a whole, and, besides, will depend as much on tourism as it does today, within the existing uncontested misery of economics. Seems like these “anarchists” have simplistically repressed such contradictions because it all seems too difficult to think about: it’s simply enough to belong to a self-styled “anti-capitalist” party and kid oneself that such politicians mean what they say. If everybody who claimed to be “anti-capitalist” was genuinely so, the revolution would be just around the corner. Moreover, unless an attack on tourism is expressed as part of an attack on the economy as a whole, it comes over as xenophobic, especially within the context of localist (here, Catalan) nationalism. Note added 12/8/17: apparently these people in Barcelona do not, by any means, call themselves anarchists: see comment in comment box below.
“Tourism — human circulation packaged for consumption, a by-product of the circulation of commodities — is the opportunity to go and see what has been banalized. The economic organization of travel to different places already guarantees their equivalence. The modernization that has eliminated the time involved in travel has simultaneously eliminated any real space from it. ” – Debord, Society of the Spectacle
France, Rennes: fires started in retaliation for cops shooting guy dead “Between 10.30pm [Monday]and 3.00 am, several groups of individuals wandered round a large area of the Blosne district, on the far southern part of Rennes. Individuals attacked vehicles and garbage cans using molotov cocktails, baseball bats and petrol cans. In total, six vehicles were completely destroyed by fire, and six others were degraded by flame spread. Several garbage containers were also burned. Police in Rennes said that “the father of the victim had threatened the police with reprisals”.“