“November — with uncanny witchery in its changed trees. With murky red sunsets flaming in smoky crimson…days full of a fine, pale sunshine that sifted through the late, leafless gold of the juniper-trees and glimmered among the grey beeches, lighting up evergreen banks of moss and washing the colonnades of the pines…Days when an exquisite melancholy seemed to hang over the landscape and dream….”
– L.M. Montgomery
New Zealand, Aukland: activists occupy Labour PM’s offices demanding immediate help for abandoned Manus Island refugees “This week Papua New Guinea government officials have been destroying the water supplies, and the refugees are reaching their 17th day without water, power, food and essential medication.”…Labour Party offices occupied throughout country
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal: informal settlers clash with cops as they block roads in protest at mayor’s broken promises following lethal fire “Hundreds of displaced shack-dwellers, left homeless after a fire swept through their settlement at the weekend, barricaded Clare Road in protest as a wave of cold and rain hit the province. Protestors dragged rubbish and trees on to the busy arterial road, obstructing traffic. Riot police forced the mob to disperse using teargas and stun grenades. The protest, the shack dwellers claim, comes after eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede reneged on a promise to provide building materials to those affected by the fire.”
Belgium, Brussels: 100s clash with cops during encounter with famous rapper “The youths threw projectiles at police and damaged stores and cars…. The gathering started throwing projectiles at the officers and even forced them to retreat”
Nigeria, Lagos: evicted residents occupy Governor’s offices on anniversary of eviction-cum-massacre “Residents of the waterfront community stormed the governor’s office to demand that they be permitted to return to their homes. The aggrieved evictees were met with hostility from police officers guarding the office of the governor, but showed resilience in pressing home their demand to resettle in their land. During the eviction process that happened on six different occasions, millions of naira worth of property was destroyed, with around 500 houses demolished or burned down. The forced eviction in Otodo-Gbame began in November 2016 and was officially condemned by Amnesty International on Wednesday….No fewer than 11 residents drowned during one of the evictions and many were shot, including Elijah Avonda and Daniel Aya, who died as a result of their injuries.”
Colombia, Cartagena: free beer for all the workers, free beer for all the workers, free beer for all the workers when the red revolution comes (as sung here) “In the southeastern zone of Cartagena there were riots due to a traffic accident that overturned a truck carrying beer. …the driver was imprisoned inside the vehicle, while hundreds of people looted the cargo of beer. In videos that were made viral through social networks we can see the way in which people arrived with buckets and bags to collect the bottles of beers that had not been broken in the accident. Even several children are observed among the crowd of people.” Video here.
France, Montreuil (Parisian banlieu): report on demo against toxic factory (from an email; no link): “…demonstration yesterday, Sunday, November 12, 2017, in Montreuil to demand the closure of the SNEM trash factory, outsourcing of Airbus and Safran, located at the heart of housing, schools, colleges, care centers for the disabled, etc.
As I’ve already said [see entry for 27/9/17 and this in French ] the SNEM stirs up more and more concern, outrage and even anger in the area of Bas Montreuil. Even though chromium 6, which is necessary for the surfacing of aircraft parts, has been blacklisted by the European Commission since the summer, as a “carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic” product, SNEM continues to use it because it benefits from the derogation, without precise time limit, granted by the prefecture of Seine-Saint-Denis: trash no doubt, but strategic trash!
Despite the illusions that many people share, to varying degrees, in the possibility of pressure on the mayor to negotiate with the prefecture, etc., it is nonetheless true that small groups of intransigents do not place any trust in the local authorities, any more than in the trade union leaders who, including those in SUD, beyond shedding a few crocodile tears, go as far as to practice a code of silence about very dangerous phenomena.
Thus, the day before the event, hydrocarbons were mixed with chromic acid and then placed very dangerously in plastic drums, which are always stored in the factory. The mixture is very toxic in the presence of oxygen and even unstable enough to become explosive. Anyway, there were several hundred people at the height of the event, demanding the immediate closure of SNEM, the reclassification of employees and the decontamination of the area. The anger was all the stronger because, apart from some trade unionists from SUD-SOLIDAIRES who had come individually to the demonstration, trade unionists have since September de facto boycotted the slightest demonstrations of resistance, and so call for a demonstration in Montreuil for the defense of employment, of course. The local CGT union, as always the most advance when it comes to ignominies, is hostile to the closure and declares that it is just necessary “to invest so that the SNEM is rendered more secure”. From the first blockade of September, Richard Delumbee, secretary of the CGT local union of Montreuil, dared to declare: “For the moment, nothing has been proved and yet today, the employees cannot work because of this collective psychosis . They are very worried and have begun to be afraid of the aggressiveness of some local residents” – crude trade union shitheads! The CGT does not even call for support for the two isolated “residents”, arrested by cops in plain clothes in the streets of Montreuil, then put in custody a few hours after one of the blockades, released but charged with “aggression and rebellion against the depositories of the public force” by the prosecutor of Bobigny. They have go to trial within two months.“ Apparently not one ultra-leftist, including those who live very close by, went along to this demo. One even dismissed it as a demo of bourgeois bohemian ecologists, as if the majority of those demonstrating weren’t just “ordinary” proletarians concerned about their and their children’s health. Clearly a discussion on Bordiga’s collected texts from 1951 to 1955 is far more relevant.
South Africa, Johannesburg: city’s IT bureaucracy sabotaged “A break-in and the theft of copper cable worth about R2 million at the City of Johannesburg’s data centre in Braamfontein on Saturday is intended to sabotage the initiative of building and securing the city’s data and infrastructure environment, mayor Herman Mashaba said. The city was currently in the process of building its data centre and disaster recovery centre”…revolution on the cards?
Belgium, Brussels: 22 cops injured during riot in celebration of Morocco qualifying for World Cup “…overturned, burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city centre as well as police trucks firing water cannons “. More here “ Around 300 people were involved. Police officers had objects thrown at them, cars were burned and commercial property and some of the preparations for the Plaisirs d’Hiver [temporary structures being built for the city’s Christmas market] were damaged.”
France, Hauts-de-France: bins & scooter burnt, firefighters stoned This article refers to the firefighters as “soldiers of fire”, because they’re part of the military in France, subject to military law.
Chile, Aracunia: bus torched in Mapuche territory in protest against Pope’s visit “Hooded activists in Chile have burned a bus and scattered pamphlets in protest of an upcoming visit by Pope Francis to a southern region claimed by the Mapuche indigenous group as its ancestral territory. …The pamphlets read: “Fire to the churches. Pope Francis: You’re not welcome to Araucania.””
Brazil: protests against new labour law in 24 out of 27 states This article says that Brazil was “rocked” by these protests, but so far no rocks have been involved in what on the surface seems like a mass of passive demos submissive to Trade Unionist leadership.
Guinea, Boké: police station & gendarmerie torched and looted, cars & motorbikes burnt, banks attacked in riots against electricity cuts… roads barricaded “…all neighborhoods and even the estate where the experts reside are plunged into darkness. Demonstrations against power shedding became common practices in Bokė. In September, several riots broke out in Kamsar, Kolaboui and Bokė to demand the current. These riots caused extensive material damage and loss of life.“
Nigeria, Ado Ekiti: collective punishment of poorer students after arson attack “For carrying out attacks on some structures belonging to Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, authorities of the institution on Thursday has
announced the imposition of N20,000 reparation fee on each of the students to pay for the damages done to the Polytechnic. The institution, which announced the reopening of the school, which was closed on October 7 following a violent protest caused by the death of a student at the school’s health centre, Taiwo Oluwafemi, said only the students who pay the money will be allowed entry into
the campus.” See entry for 7/10/17
Spain, Catalonia: workers’ strike co-opted by independentist circus “Although the strike was originally to demand an increase in minimal wage levels in the region, it was quickly adopted by pro-independence associations and parties to protest against the imposition of direct rule and the incarceration of various former top nationalist ministers”
Greece, Athens: following previous day’s riot, state ideologists prepare justifications for an attack on Exarcheia in the name of “anti-terrorism”, as shots are fired at Socialist Party offices on edge of Exarcheia…claimed by “Revolutionary Self-Defense”
Morocco, Oujda: riots break out after funeral of motorcyclist killed by man protected by the elite “…it is not only Rif that is almost in a situation of civil disobedience. Bordering Algeria, the region of Oujda has also lived to the rhythm of protests and demonstrations for several months. Forgotten by the central government, its population regularly goes out on the streets to denounce unemployment, marginalization and misery…last Sunday, thousands of young people clashed with the police and beat the pavement to shout out their misery, express the hogra and denounce the murder of a motorcyclist by a notable of the region, that Rabat wants at all price to protect….In most cities in eastern Morocco, Makhzen security services still behave like a colonial police. It is against this state of affairs that the population of Oujda and the surrounding communities revolted this week. Hundreds of people organized on Sunday, November 5, after the funeral of the young deceased, a protest march from the center of Beni Drar to the headquarters of the “caidat” Beni Khaled, which they attacked with stones before blocking traffic on the national road linking Oujda to Nador, one of the poorest regions of Morocco. They also forced themselves into the communal store of Beni Khaled commune to try to occupy it. Morocco is on the brink of implosion. Depleted by economic predation and large-scale corruption, all regions of Morocco are indeed at boiling point.” More here “They also forced their way into the communal depot of Bni Khaled Commune, where they burned four privately owned cars and motorcycles and attacked several other commercial stores and smashed the windows of a school bus and an ambulance”
Greece, Athens (& Larissa): anarchists throw molotovs at cops etc., courthouse in Larissa graffitied “Hooded anarchists launched a barrage of petrol bomb attacks against police during extensive rioting in the notorious area of Exarcheia, Athens, on Sunday evening. The clashes continued until the early hours of Monday morning, resulting in vehicles being damaged. No injuries or arrests were reported….The opposition is accusing the government of turning a blind eye to the anarchists, who have created a no-go area in the centre of the Greek capital. Meanwhile, anarchists for the Rouvikonas group (Rubicon) vandalized the main courthouse in the central city of Larissa. In an attack, which was recorded on camera for propaganda purposes, a group of men threw paint at the entrance of the building in broad daylight in the centre of the city.”
France, Yvelines: cops get pissed during 6 hours of clashes “Around 3:30 am, several patrols were hit by stones and bottles of urine, thrown from the roof of a nine-storey building on Paul Brard Avenue, near the police station. While they want to question the perpetrators, the police realize they have blocked access to the roof with several breezeblocks. A surveillance device is then put in place and the security forces block access to the roof to prevent them from escaping. A game of patience is then played out. “We thought they would eventually leave,” says a source close to the case. It is finally at 9 am when the police go onto the roof and stop the six Conflanais at the origin of these projectiles. Aged 18-24, these young people of Conflan were placed in police custody“…Chambery: screws cars torched “In recent days, the jailers of the Chambery prison have been receiving a few paybacks for the violence they carry out daily on prisoners. On three occasions, they’ve found their personal vehicle in ashes parked just in front of the jail. On the night of Wednesday 2nd to Friday 3rd November, the car of a screw goes up in smoke. This same agent had already seen his first car destroyed by flames a few months ago. A few nights ago, between Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th October, it was the car of one of his fellow tormentors which was burned. The cops say that on the night of one of these attacks, surveillance cameras near the prison filmed two people on motorbikes wearing scream masks.”
Australia, Sydney: Immigration Department and MP’s offices occupied in protest against horrendous situation of refugees on Manus Island “Three women have been arrested after chaining themselves together as part of protests at the Immigration Department building in Sydney’s CBD. The protests come amid dire conditions at the recently closed Manus Island detention centre. The protesters briefly occupied the government department and then stormed the offices of Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek demanding authorities bring refugees stuck on Manus Island to Australia. The Australian-funded detention centre was officially closed on Tuesday but up to 600 refugees and asylum seekers remain on the site without food, water or electricity.”
See also this urgent message from the refugees on Manus Island
South Africa, Gauteng: roads barricaded by students in anti-fees protests…Western Cape: campus vandalised as student demands are rejected “Violent protests spread to UCT as chaos erupted after a group of students blocked entrances, slashed the tyres of buses and flung human faeces in a lecture hall….six people were arrested – their status as students was unconfirmed following the blocking of entrances on the campus and the vandalism of buses. Student activist Simone Cornelius said that students’ demands included a 0% fee”
India, Kerala: government and cop vehicles torched in protests against oil pipeline construction More here “Violence and arson were reported for the second day Thursday from Mukkam along the Kozhikode-Malappuram route, where people have been protesting against the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline of Gas Authority of India Ltd …The agitators blocked the road by setting tyres and logs on fire. When the police intervened to restore traffic, stones were hurled at them, forcing them to resort to lathicharge.”...Hyderabad: students vandalise college after teacher’s suicide following sexual harassment “After the college refused to take immediate action without any probe, the students then broke tables, smashed window panes and tore the photograph of the dean in his office.” Although carried out by a nationalist organisation, their nationalism wasn’t the primary aspect of this action (though it’s possible that one of the motivations for being very public about this issue may have been as publicity for their nationalist organisation).
France, Isere: report saying attack on gendarme’s vehicles (see entry for 26/10/17) has been claimed by feminist women close to libertarian circles “This group of women explains they acted out of a “desire for revenge”, asserting that they want to fight against sexism and gender definitions … “We do not want to remain in the position of victims in which society would like to place us by seeing us as girls” …The fire broke out around 3.30am, on the night of 25 to 26 October, in front of the houses of police officers. The evacuation of the inhabitants was done quickly, but several cars had been burnt out before the firemen could extinguish the flames. In their message, the arsonists say they had padlocked the access door to the police station car park “as a way of making a joke to firefighters” and had used 10 liters of gasoline to ensure the strength of the flames. “We targeted the private cars of the cops…because we wanted to attack [their] personal belongings” [translation by me, though you can now see the whole communiqué in English , not translated by myself].
South Africa, Western Cape: 3 arrested during student protests “Around 100 students marched on the universities premises, overturned furniture and dustbins and attempted to block roads. UCT staff and students gathered on Wednesday to discuss highly contentious issues, like free higher education and fee increases for 2018.”
France, Toulouse: Halloween car and bin burning continues till 4a.m. “25 incidents of urban violence (car, container or garbage fires) have been reported to firefighters. About fifteen cars were destroyed…Beyond Toulouse, other fires were reported in the department of Haute-Garonne, including Muret, Eaunes and Labastidette. “It’s a night where there have been more car fires than usual,” says one of the firefighters. The police speak of a “national phenomenon” with incidents of the same type in several other cities in France. ” [See also entry for 31/10/17]…Correze: several bins etc., car burnt, cops stoned by teenagers…Savoie: 25 skips & bins burnt…Lyon: cars and bins burnt in 70 different parts of Greater Lyon…Aube: 4 hours of cat & mouse games between youths and cops “Clashes took place in La Chapelle-Saint-Luc on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday between the police and many youths. Around 8 pm, firefighters were called to a trash fire … the firefighters faced loads of projectiles. Arriving shortly afterwards, the police suffered the same fate. The authors then fled. For four hours, the police – municipal police, national police, the BAC and the canine brigade – played cat and mouse in the commune with the youths.…A minivan was burned, two windows of a local association and barriers broken, a bus shelter and many bins destroyed” …And lots more Halloween night fires …and even more in the Paris banlieus
Colombia, Cucuta/Ocana: clashes with cops as peasant movement against state murders block 8 different parts of main motorway, burn tractors, etc “While the Police and the Army are moving to decongest the national stretch of Norte de Santander, the peasants say the demonstrators have been fired upon. Two tractors were incinerated….The Public Force began an operation on Wednesday in order to unblock the road between Cúcuta and Ocaña, where hundreds of peasants maintain a blockade at different points of the main road corridor of Norte de Santander….In the first attack to recover the road…riot police accompanied by the Army found fifteen heavy loaded cars across the road, trees that were felled with chainsaws, bridges obstructed with barbed wire and burning tires…From the Ye de Astilleros to Sardinata, the Police found eight obstructed points “ See entry for 25/10/17… Cauca: 3rd day of protests by indigenous population against government failure to act on 15-year-old agreement; roads blocked with trees & rocks, stones thrown, freight vehicles attacked, 1 burnt