may 2017

we are not your slavesdis                                   hem

The month May was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for “elders”


“All things seem possible in May.”
–  Edwin Way Teale


Tunisia, Tataouine: 2 police stations and several state vehicles set on fire after cops run down & kill protester in movement against unemployment  More here


Eire, Dublin:  water warriors attack water meters . See also  this from 2 years agoGroups of anti-water meter activists are offering to remove people’s meters and have set up Facebook pages advertising their alleged illegal activities. Branding themselves the ‘Anti-Water Meter Fairies’, the group have posted pictures of dozens of removed meters across the Dublin area.’Dublin South Water Meter Fairies’ and another group reporting to be from Balbriggan, Lusk and Skerries, have actively been posting images and videos depicting the removal and destruction of meters.Individuals wearing balaclavas or masks are seen in some pictures with tools used to remove meters.In a video posted on the ‘Balbriggan, Lusk, Rush and Skerries Meter Fairies’ page, a masked man is standing in front of two removed meters as part of “a message to Minister Alan Kelly“.He then proceeds to pick up a sledgehammer and smashes the meters to pieces.”After all that hardship and after all of the struggle, we’re just going to take the meters out and do this to them,” he says.In another video, a masked man claims that the fairies have “a network of people” and have “the tools and the know how to remove every meter”.The Dublin South Group claims to be actively involved in Rathfarnham, Ballinteer, Churchtown, Dundrum and Sandyford, where they say they will remove meters on request.The pages were described as “disgraceful” by Fine Gael councillor Neale Richmond, who reported them to gardai.”Advertising online, this is clearly a subversive organisation seeking to willingly break the law and destroy public property,” Mr Richmond said.He called the groups “sinister” and claimed that the removal of water meters “is attacking the very fabric of the State“.

France, Seine-et-Marne: cars burnt, cop car damaged after arrests following attempt to cut down pole supporting CCTV camera

Greece, Athens: riot cops attacked with stones


Colombia, Buenaventura: curfew declared following riots, looting and barricades after several days of general strike demanding public services & drinkable water, in which mayor’s house and car were stoned

South Africa, Soweto: burning barricades in housing protestBloemfontein: looting during council workers’ strike


Brazil, Rio: projectiles thrown at cops during anti-government protests “”We are protesting against all the law reforms. It is not enough to overthrow the current representative of capital,” said protester Maria de Souza.”

Greece, Athens: further clashes with cops on anti-austerity demo (includes video & photos)

UK, Coventry: grass moan


Venezuela, Tachira: troops sent in after mass looting and torching of police stations “We are the new Jews of the 21st century that Hitler pursued,” Maduro said during the cabinet meeting. “We don’t carry the yellow Star of David … we carry red hearts that are filled with desire to fight for human dignity. ..Social media has for weeks buzzed with videos of Venezuelan emigrés in countries from Australia to the United States shouting insults at public officials and in some cases family members in public places. Maduro’s critics say it is outrageous for officials to spend money on foreign travel when people are struggling to obtain food and children are dying for lack of basic medicines. But some opposition sympathizers say such mob-like harassment is the wrong way to confront the government.” More here. The government and the opposition have blamed each other of sending armed groups to sow violence in the protests….In Tachira, some 20 shops, restaurants and a school were looted on Wednesday, according to authorities. Two police stations were also set on fire and a military outpost attacked with firebombs during the previous night.”
For those Leftists who think the uprising there is simplistically for the right-wing opposition, it should be pointed out that  the official opposition has condemned looting and even said that looting has been the work of the government  (see entries on this site for 10/5/17 and 14/4/17, for instance).

Brazil: riots & demonstrations throughout country after tapes reveal President collusion with diseased meat company

Greece, Athens: clashes with cops on anti-austerity demo More here & here “…hooded youths smashed the windows of a TV van and threw a firebomb at police, who responded with bursts of tear gas.”

UK, Bristol: disused factory occupied


Venezuela, Socopo de Barinas: cops fire live rounds as 10 businesses are looted Miranda: bakery and automobile store looted

Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo: university closed after riotous clashes with cops


France: letter from anarchist imprisoned for burning cop car

Colombia, Cesar: attack on major petrol production site in attempt to close it down; truck burned, helicopter attacked

US, Washington DC: Trump hotel has anti-Trump  slogans projected onto facade Should be said that these slogans are very consititution-minded.


South Africa, Western Cape: students continue occupation of admin building

Australia, Victoria: riot at youth detention centre


Bulgaria, Sofia: prison workers strike over slave labour

France, Mayotte (French department in Indian Ocean): lieutenant-colonel hospitalised by rock thrown at his carMarseille: shop run by Eiffage, company involved in CCTV and other surveillance apparatuses, has its windows smashed and is tagged with “Smart-sell, cameras, bourgeois park…smash your sterile world” and “Better a vandal than resigned!”

Nigeria, Ondo: roads blocked, attempt to burn down polices station in attempt to prevent arrest of suspect


South Africa, Western Cape: land occupied en masse in movement against lack of housing

New Zealand, Dunedin: bank occupied by climate change activists


Ukraine, Kryvyi Rih: mass strikes and occupations of mines; access roads blocked

China, Guangdong: incinerator project scrapped after demonstrations, mass strikes and closures of schools (video)… 2 reports on increased state controls and surveillance in China. This one includes surveillance of those living outside China. “The proposal states intelligence agencies could “collect and process” information on foreigners and Chinese citizens and conduct work outside the country’s borders. …In April, authorities in Beijing began offering cash rewards of up to 500,000 yuan ($72,500) for citizens who turn in foreign spies. The proposed law allows for rewards for “major contributions” to intelligence activities to be offered nationwide.” Whereas this one is specifically about the Xinjiang region: China Expected to Expand DNA Collection in Xinjiang… public security authorities are laying groundwork for the mass collection of biometric data in the Xinjiang region…The purchases of DNA testing equipment in Xinjiang were confirmed by an official at the regional Public Security Bureau. … In Xinjiang’s Sheche County, suppliers were being sought for voiceprint collection systems and 3-D portrait systems…If used at full capacity, the new equipment could be used to profile up to 10,000 DNA samples a day and several million a year…The scale of the purchases raises “a legitimate concern that Chinese authorities could be planning to DNA profile a large fraction, or even all” of the Uighur people in Xinjiang…Since it started collecting DNA profiles in 1989, China has amassed the unique genetic information on more than 40 million people, constituting the world’s largest DNA database”. For an analysis of the myths surrounding DNA see this.

South Africa, Ennerdale (near Johannesburg):  4th day of clashes with cops over housing Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds in Ennerdale township, south of the economic capital, after residents blocked roads with rocks and burnt tyres. Some schools and businesses were closed due to the protests. The government urged residents to stop violence, intimidation and looting while pushing their demands.”More hereMarikana: workers disrupt mine output and damage property  “Platinum producer Lonmin said on Thursday community protesters demanding 1 000 jobs were disrupting output, damaging property and intimidating employees around its Marikana and other operations in South Africa. The Lonmin ructions are the latest flare-up on South Africa’s restless platinum belt between impoverished communities seeking a bigger slice of the mineral pie and companies grappling with depressed prices and rising costs. Lonmin said production at two shafts had stopped because of the protests and its output losses amounted to around R40 million ($3 million) over seven days, but it could not meet the protesters’ demands for jobs. “These demands are not realistic in the current economic climate and cannot be acceded to without threatening the sustainability of the business,” Lonmin said in a statement.”Port Elizabeth: unemployment protesters shoot at cops


Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras: indefinite student strike against cuts deemed illegal

South Africa, Western Cape: wages strike deemed illegal…More here …more than 200 workers on Wednesday staged a protest at the university in Grahamstown, trashing rubbish bins and littering inside and around the main administration building where they had assembled. This happened despite an agreement the university signed with trade unions “to maintain peace and harmony within the employment relationship””Tshwane: bins burnt, etc, as locals riot for electricity, water and housing More herePort Elizabeth: clashes during protest against end of school busing …chaos erupted as people began jumping over the fence and damaged property. “When problems erupted, members of the Public Order Policing Unit used stun grenades, rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the protesters” Coligny: bus set alight in protest over jobsFinetown: clashes during housing protests  The game of cat and mouse continued in Finetown, in the south of Johannesburg, on Wednesday as protesters slung stones, and police responded with rubber bullets and teargas.It has become a game as residents use cardboard shields to sneak up on cops to pelt them with stones.Police then jump into their Nyalas and charge down the road, ignoring and crushing rocks and debris dumped by the community.Protesters have learned to extinguish 40mm teargas grenades by either pouring water on them or starving them of oxygen by placing a bucket over it.Now police follow up the teargas with a volley of rubber bullets. Each time a Nyala charges down the road it is met with a hail of rocks and stones from the community” Video here

Tunisia, Tebourba: 100s riots after fruit seller sets himself alight following cops preventing him from selling

Venezuela, Merida: kids’ clothes store and cheese truck looted; official opposition denounce lootingcall from El Libertario to support uprising


France, Besancon: high school blockaded against the electoral circusEssonne: riots continue, cars burn, for  3rd night  following death of youth in cop car chase

Spain/Morocco: 300 migrants break through border 

Chile, Santiago: water cannon used as 250,000 students demand cancellation of debts Video here

UK, Anfield: football celebrity’s car attacked

South Africa, Johannesburg: clashes as protesters demand land and housing for 3rd day runningLimpopo: police station gutted, 2 cop vehicles burnt, as 700 locals demonstrate over disappearance of woman

UK, Aberdeen: your art is what you eat


South Africa, Johannesburg: shops looted, roads barricade, in housing protests More here...Cologny: houses burnt, etc. after judge free 2 white killers of black teenager on low bailWestern Cape: students occupy offices in protest against accommodation shortage

Chile, Santiago: more student clashes with the state (video)

France: demonstrations in several cities against Macron on day or day after he’s elected More here and here and here

China, Guandong: massive movement against incinerator More here & here


South Africa: attacks on journocops during protests in Limpopo and North-West

Iran, Golestan Province: miners attack President Rouhani’s car following deadly disaster

France, Paris: post election clashesEssonne: riots continue following death of teenager in cop car chaseNantes: arrests following anti-election attacks on Town Hall etc.Strasbourg: heavy clashes between ultra-left/anarchists and extreme right


France, Essonne: riots after teenager dies being chased by cops


Australia, Perth: riot in juvenile detention centre

Taiwan, Taipei: aborigines occupation of/sit -in on part of road smashed up by cops

Indonesia, Pekanbaru: over 200 prisoners still at large after over 400 escape


Argentina, Buenos Aires: women occupy downtown with tent city in movement against femicide


South Africa, North-West: truck torched in unemployment riot

Honduras, La Lima: 2000 farm workers take over 10 farms demanding better working conditions and health care

New Zealand, Otago: wind farm data collection mast wrecked


Various May Day riots…More here

Germany, Berlin: cars burnt More here and here…videos hereThuringen: more clashes

France, Paris: cops hurt in clashes More hereBesancon: ATMs & banks windows smashed, lots of anti-election slogans, including many against Melenchon as well as the usual slogans against Macron & Le PenBrittany: containers, boat attachments and car burnt in anti-election attackMaine-et-Loire: bottles and stones against Front National HQ

Italy, Turin: clashes with cops Video here

Turkey, Istanbul: more clashes

Gabon, Libreville: roundabout occupied as cops ban Mayday demo

Spain, Barcelona: shop windows etc. smashed

Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras: several business windows smashed, TV bus attacked  …Video here

Honduras, Tegucigalpa: brief clashes on Mayday march

US, Texas: governor’s office occupied against immigration crackdownPortland, Oregon: riot against cops etc. after cops ban march More here and here….Olympia, Washington: another riotNew York: clashesPhiladelphia: 20 cars and several builidings damaged in anti-gentrification demo…More here …More here and here

Italy, Turin: eggs & flagpoles v. truncheons & pepper spray

Iran: a look at workers’ opposition over the last year (traditional reformist site)