“The Junes were free and full…impending thunder…Now there comes catharsis, the cleansing downpour Breaking the blossoms of our overdated fancies Our old sentimentality and whimsicality… If only you would come and dare … If only now you would come…Now if now only”
– Louis Macneice, June Thunder
“June – croon to a tune, backed bright by bassoon by the light of the moon, at the night of noon…too trite, too soon”
– Joe Quing
“June cackled with delight, muttering, “Whoops!” as a car almost killed them.”
― Rick Riordan
South Africa, Eastern Cape: protesters against electricity cuts blockade roads with burning tyres, etc. “…about 100 residents barricaded the Addo Road in various locations up to the intersection of the R335 and R334 in Motherwell….four municipal vehicles including a truck, a VW Caddy and two bakkies were damaged by an unknown amount of suspects at the Municipal Depot in R335, Motherwell. Damages ranges from broken windows to batteries being stolen. Value undetermined…protest action also erupted on Wednesday morning on the Malabar back road towards Gelvandale.”…KwaZulu Natal: striking water & sanitation workers use bulldozers to dig up road in front of their department’s offices…Western Cape: 2 trucks torched in service delivery protest
US: report on man who refused to collaborate in the US state’s child abuse policies …as Homeland Security Secretary gets her Mexican meal ruined (video here)…and in Oregon ICE building is blockaded by activists
Nicaragua, Masaya: at least 5 dead as state begins to re-take the town “Shooting at will, riot police and paramilitary forces took control of part of the City of Masaya, to the east of Nicaragua’s capital on Tuesday, after they broke down roadblocks, which had been set up by civilian protesters…Government’s forces also rescued the city’s Police Chief, Ramon Avellan, held up at the police station, which protesters had surrounded for nearly a month. Masaya, a city located 25 km to the east of Managua, had been under residents’ control, protesting against President Daniel Ortega and demanding his resignation ever since April 18th…The latest violence comes two months after a civic rebellion against Ortega broke out on April 18th, which has left an estimated 215 fatalities and over 1400 people injured” More here “The city of Masaya, 30 km southeast of Managua and 100,000 inhabitants, declared itself in rebellion on Monday to demand that the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo abandon their power.…As a result of the state attack, the police delegation of Masaya managed to be resupplied with arms and food, after a month of being isolated, because the population kept it under siege.” It seems, from this distance, naively tolerant to have kept the police under siege and then declare a kind of independence from the official state without seizing the police station and getting rid of the cops inside, or locking them up.
South Africa, Gauteng: service delivery protests block highway with burning tyres…local residents hijack construction vehicles to create speed bumps after hit and run accident…KwaZulu Natal: 2 lorries torched…2 others looted, during protests “the protest is a result an industrial action by workers in the area. It was unclear what the protests were about “
Gambia, Faraba Banta: fury after at least 2 protesters against sand mining are shot dead by cops “…some youths gathered on the highway in order to stop ‘Julakay’ Company’s trucks from entering and leaving the village, loaded with sand. PIU Officers stationed in the village, approached them to calm their nerves, only to see reinforcement of more PIU Officers who arrived and started shooting at them. The youth who spoke to our reporters indicate that they were armed with only sticks and stones to defend themselves from the live bullets of PIU Officers, who shot at point blank range and killed two of their own. According to the youth protesters, this is what broke the camel’s back; that the fighting ensued for several hours amid chasing, stone throwing and firing of live bullets, leaving two people dead, one in a critical condition and three others seriously injured….These reporters saw the charred remains of three trucks and two mechanised shovels commonly referred to as bull dozers. The newly constructed house for PIU personnel was razed to the ground by the rampaging youth of the village. Several compounds of alleged collaborators were all burnt to ashes, by the rampaging youth.”
Nicaragua, Managua: phoney truce shattered as cops set fire to house, killing 8, following refusal of occupants to allow state snipers on their roof “Local television showed images of firemen carrying two soot-streaked toddlers in diapers from the burning building. “This is a massacre. A barbarity. These police surrounded the house and burned it after my nephew refused to let them put snipers on the roof,” Jose Maria Hernandez, 63, uncle of the building’s owner who died in the blaze, told Reuters outside the smoking wreckage.” …President of Agricultural Workers Union participates in talks with these mass murderers… State propaganda here “Nicaragua is calling for peace, said Nicarguan Vice President, Rosario Murillo, condemning the acts of terrorism and violence that caused eight deaths in this capital. ‘We had never seen so much monstrosity, so much profanation of our faith and Christian practices,’ referred Murillo, while she was lamenting the death of six people, including two children, in a fire, and the murder of two citizens by criminal groups. According to Murillo, these terrorist practices, of disrespect for the human condition, are intended to intimidate, hit, panicize the population, and in this case in particular, the Sandinistas. ‘A disaster caused according to those sinister, malevolent, perverse plans that not only provoke tragedies, pains, crimes, suffering, pains, tragedies, crimes and the suffering that they have caused,’ she said. It is totally perverse, abominable, causing pain, crime, aberration, and then, accusing. ‘How much impudence and how much evil,’ she denounced.” – vice-president Murillo looking in the mirror.
Switzerland, Zurich: Gay Pride organisers collaborate with cops in violently arresting more radical gays “8 people were violently arrested during a protest against Pride’s commercialization at Zurich Pride. The action was directed against the omnipresent sponsors and the unreflected participation of the police. With the ruthless action of the Zurich police it became clear that the big annual Pride Party has nothing in common with the political origins of …the Christopher Street Days (CSD), which were originally designed to commemorate New York’s Stonewall riots……Pride visitors were given various leaflets to draw attention to the commercialization, the presence of the police and the involvement of bourgeois political parties in Pride. The head of the Pride organization intervened unexpectedly fast in the action and tried to take away the banner with the inscription “Stonewall was a Riot!”. This response underscored Zurich Pride’s strategy of eliminating critical voices as much as possible. Shortly after this confrontation, several police officers stepped in, in uniform as well as in civilian clothes. Violently and without hesitation, they arrested 8 activists with unexpected severity. Some people expressed their solidarity and shouted slogans to draw the attention of Pride visitors to the arrests and demand further solidarity. A large part of the “demonstrators” of the official parade ran past them indifferently and continued to celebrate their party. The protesters condemn the brutal intervention of the police and the silence on criticism of existing conditions….The participation of the Pink Cops in Pride is particularly absurd …Especially for queer and trans people as well as people of color, police checks and arrests are very threatening situations. After the eight people were handcuffed away, critical queer people distributed leaflets to the participants in the procession. The arrested persons are now all free again. The activists want a queer movement that fights discrimination of all kinds, both outside and within the movement. A movement that clearly and loudly …must question its own privileges and fight in solidarity instead of celebrating individualism.” See also this from 1979: “…the role of playing with sexual roles is so pedestrian that it is highly consumable even for the most hungup midwest tourists. While the participants in the annual gay parade may harbor illusions as to the social-political import of their regalia, the tourists go to the heart of the matter: they come quite correctly to see America’s biggest yearly fashion show”
Papua New Guinea, Southern Highlands: 9-month state of emergency declared after airplane burnt during riots against regional Governor “Armed crowds angered over the failure of a court challenge to a regional governor’s election burned an airplane, looted a warehouse and torched buildings in Mendi” More here “Between 100 and 200 furious men armed with sticks and guns arrived from surrounding villages in flatbed trucks when they heard of the failure of the court challenge to last September’s election of a political opponent as governor, Bongi said. They set fire to the plane before moving into the township, setting ablaze houses and two court buildings, he said. Nobody was hurt or killed and the men left by nightfall.” Undoubtedly when it concerns elections one can imagine that these men were supporting an opposing party, but maybe there were other factors behind this also.
China: report on truckdrivers “strike” See also entries for 11/6 & 8/6.
South Africa, Pretoria: 2nd day of clashes between service delivery protesters & cops “Hundreds of residents held protests from 5am in the morning that saw all entrances from Stormvoël Road blocked, stones hurled and rubber bullets fired by police.”…protests continue after death of man due to teargas asphyxiation…Mpumalanga: sabotage during electricity workers strike “Eskom…the power utility warned that the generation and distribution of electricity across its network was constrained on Thursday due to acts of alleged sabotage and intimidation that have characterized the current industrial action by members of the trade unions. “There have been several incidents of road blockades, attacks on staff, and wilful damage of electricity infrastructure. As a result, all road coal deliveries have been stopped for security reasons….”…Workers are demanding salary increments of up to 15 percent while Eskom is offering none.”…unions show what angels they are…North-West: roads barricaded to demand release of 5 people arrested for looting chickens…Western Cape: massive housing riots “…residents have described housing riots in the area as a “war zone” or a “hostage situation” as reports started filtering through that more access and entrance points in the coastal holiday town would soon be blocked by protestors. Residents entering or exiting Plett towards Knysna have been redirected via Airport Road as the N2, from the footbridge, had been blocked by rioters. Although unconfirmed at this stage, reports have suggested that Airport Road would also be blocked today. Several schools have been closed as a precautionary measure, and motorists have been warned to careful….The seaside town of Plettenberg Bay, which comes alive during the December holidays, is a place where – like many others on the Western Cape’s picturesque “garden route”, the contrast between rich and poor is stark, and lack of housing and service delivery for the poor has come to a head in the chaotic protests this week. The protests seem to mirror similar actions across the Western Cape in recent weeks. Disgruntled residents living in an area called Esterhof took to the streets over a lack of housing and service delivery. A number of shops were looted and there was a heavy police presence in the community. Calm has since been restored in the area. Demonstrations have also taken place in Vrygrond, Parkwood, the Siqalo informal settlement, Hermanus and Gansbaai”
Nicaragua: official opposition try to recuperate movement with general strike supported by businesses & the church, amongst others More here “New deadly violence erupted Thursday in Nicaragua, paralyzed throughout the day by a general strike, bringing to more than 160 the number of dead since the beginning of the wave of protest against the president Daniel Ortega, harshly repressed by the regime. At least four people – including a 15-year-old – have been shot dead in recent hours by riot police and paramilitary pro-government militias against barricades erected by protesters…”For me, what is happening is a civil war,” said a student leader dubbed “El Gato” (The Cat)” More here in English “Despite the 24-hour work stoppage that gave the capital Managua the air of a ghost town, fierce unrest in other areas persisted, leaving at least four dead during pro-government attacks on activists guarding barricades. Managua’s auxiliary bishop Silvio Jose Baez reported that a 15-year-old altar boy from the country’s second largest city Leon died after a paramilitary’s bullet struck him in the chest. “God welcomes (him) to the altar of heaven,” the bishop tweeted. He also warned of riot police indiscriminately shooting in the streets of Nindiri, a city 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Managua. The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) raised to 162 the death toll from two months of sociopolitical upheaval…Amid the confrontations that saw a bus set alight, hundreds of women took to the streets banging on “cazuela” clay pots, waving handkerchiefs and shouting at aggressors to “go away” — a tactic that ultimately worked, according to local footage…The country was otherwise closed for the strike slated to end at midnight, the streets desolate and shops, banks and eateries locked shut….Activists have erected blockades on more than two-thirds of the country’s roads in a bid to fend off Ortega-backed forces.” The Church up till recently has consistently supported Ortega, especially when abortion for whatever reason was outlawed in 2006 (a law which was also supported by the opposition parties now vying for control over the management of misery). After all, what does it matter if a woman gives birth to a child despite her desire not to have one? – such a child may well eventually be welcomed by God, the Supreme Justification for the State, to “the altars of heaven” having been forcibly sacrificed despite the fact that God’s son had already died for his sins. The duty of womankind is to provide God and the State with its army of cannon-fodder. And the meek shall inherit the earth under which they’re buried. The Church, having initially broken off talks with Ortega, has returned to them – after all, challenging one form of hierarchical Order could end up with other forms, such as that of the Church, being threatened. What’s sad is that those who are now taking enormous risks against the State still seem to think that merely changing the personnel of the State, is going to somehow allow them to determine their lives, despite the fact that 40 years ago or so changing from a right-wing state to a left-wing one hasn’t helped them determine their lives at all. As is well-known, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
France, Bouches-du-Rhône: blockade and occupation of university costs state €400,000 “The list of damage is long: audio-visual material stolen, classes and amphitheaters tagged, detritus in the courts or broken locks.“
El Salvador, San Salvador: demonstrators demanding withdrawal of threat to privatise water invade legislative assembly and smash things up a bit…university postpones exams to allow students & teachers to attend demo “…the group of protesters threw stones, broke doors and windows in the legislative building. The splinters of the glass caused people to get injured, including cameraman Walter Aparicio, who was covering the event.“
Palestine, Ramallah: Palestinian Authority shows its collaboration with the Israeli state “…on Wednesday the PA’s response was severe: police arrested 69 activists, some of whom were arrested after the protest while they were receiving treatment for their wounds in the hospital. Security forces attacked journalists, women, the elderly, and bystanders, confiscating and breaking cameras and phones. Meanwhile, groups of Fatah youth dressed in civilian clothes infiltrated the protest and meted out their own violence.” Report on previous demo and the reasons for these demos here “…since April of last year the Palestinian Authority has placed severe sanctions on the Gaza Strip, including by refusing to pay for the electricity supply from Israel; refusing to pay the tax on diesel intended for Gaza’s power plants, leading to a major electricity crisis; cutting salaries of the PA staff in the Strip, as well as a plan to force PA officials into early retirement; refusing to guarantee medical treatment for seriously ill patients who asked to leave the Strip in order reach hospitals in Israel or the West Bank….The Palestinian Authority has been able to break the popular resistance inside Ramallah, and people are feeling desperate.”
Bolivia, La Paz: students & teachers demanding increases in education financing in heavy clashes with the state (video) More here ““They have used a series of explosives, such as firecrackers folded in a very exaggerated form, sticks, stones and other things that have been used as projectiles,” denounced the Departmental Commander of the Police, Departmental Commander of La Paz, Joaquín Rivera, to Network One “But what I want to draw attention to is the use of Molotov cocktails that have physically damaged our police – we have five injured who have been evacuated to hospitals”.
South Africa, Pretoria: area on lock-down as service delivery protesters clash with cops “Eersterust was put on “lockdown”. Upset with what they said was slow service delivery in their community, residents barricaded roads to vent long-standing grievances, which they said continued to fall on deaf ears.Constant electricity cut-offs, high rates and taxes, water restrictions and flawed RDP processes count among the issues residents are angry about. Hundreds of residents held protests from 5am, which saw all entrances on Stormvoël Road blocked, stones hurled by residents and rubber bullets fired by police.Residents who tried to get to work were turned back, but schoolchildren were given a free pass in and out the township. The City suspended its morning Mamelodi Bus Service operations in Eersterust because of the violence. Protests intensified throughout the day. Police retaliated with rubber bullets and tear gas when protesters hurled rocks, smashing the windows of police vehicles, and also striking some journalists. Law enforcement was forced to beef up numbers and a massive contingent was brought in, which included members of the SAPS and metro police….The police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. Youths burnt rubble and tyres along Stormvoël Road. Some residents claimed that corruption had infiltrated the municipality, accompanied by nepotism and the flouting of procurement processes. Others complained about the lack of job opportunities. They said it was a failure to recognise coloureds as a legitimate community. …“We refuse to be harassed. We won’t back down until our demands are met” “
Vietnam: ultra-left report “…a few in the crowds carry signs demanding things like “freedom of religion” and “freedom of expression.” In part this may be in response to a proposed cyber-security law set to pass this week that would give the state authorization to censor posts on social media and force companies like Facebook to hand over their data. Beyond that it is not unheard of for people to join nationalist rallies with various other demands and interests as the Vietnamese government is (or at least historically was) perceived as being more permissive of these sorts of protests since its legitimacy is based on its history as a “national liberation movement.”…So far, protests have included the following:
- wildcat strikes in factories not far from Ho Chi Minh City (e.g., Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces) and possibly at some smaller workplaces;
- “mass protests” in (at least) Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and some provinces;
- blockading roads, including a 10-hour blockade of National Highway 1, the main north-south route that ties Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City;
- attacking police squads and stations, including surrounding a squad of heavily equipped riot police and making them surrender (and strip!) before they were allowed to beat a hasty retreat;
- attempting to seize government buildings, prevented in Bình Thuận only by the use of water canons and, in Phan Thiet, apparently successful, as a crowd took the local People’s Committee building.”
and the disarming of the cops – video from last 2 days:
South Africa, Gauteng: local mayor and leading political party leader chased out by service delivery protesters… North West: service delivery protesters barricade roads…Western Cape: truck torched, motorways blockaded during protests No indication of what these protests were about.
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine (near Paris): clashes with riot cops as train-drivers try to storm TV station after transmission of bullshit propaganda “…a group of striking railway workers tried to force their way through the entrance of the headquarters of the M6 channel to protest against a report on the show Capital they thought was lying. The CRS posted there in anticipation of clashes firmly pushed them back. Protesters responded with projectiles and smoke. The railway workers present expressed their anger at the broadcast of an issue of the show devoted to the privatization of transport in various European countries, broadcast by M6 on the evening of June 10 and described it as “propaganda” …They denounced as manipulations and lies the edition about working time, the age of retirement, their status and accuse it of presenting the reform in a particularly positive light….The unions will meet on the 13th to prepare for a round table organized on June 15th by Elisabeth Borne, the Minister of Transport, where they will meet employers and government.“
South Africa, Western Cape: looting during housing protests “Olivier said some protestors broke into Diamond Liquors where they started looting the liquor store.“Police, Bitou law enforcement and the PBCPA responded to stop the looting. The looters however retaliated by throwing stones.” He added that the situation was eventually brought under control, but it was then discovered that several businesses and factories had been burgled.”
China: ruling class issues censorship instructions about nationwide truckdrivers’ strike “All websites in all regions, immediately delete upon discovery all news on multi-province freight truck drivers, leave no stone unturned. Increase oversight, and strictly guard against related overseas media reports and provocative commentary.”
Vietnam: demonstrations were also against laws on “cyber security”… More here “…one prominent complaint, expressed by many protestors, was against the planned cyber security law, which the National Assembly is also expected to vote on this week. It is not clear if this vote will now also be delayed, though observers say it seems unlikely. The government has worked on this draft legislation for months, which if passed could censor almost all critical comments expressed online. One article of the draft legislation rules it a crime to post material online that “offends the nation, the national flag, the national emblem, the national anthem, great people, leaders, notable people, and national heroes.” Another requires companies that host websites where such content is posted, including Facebook, to regulate material. Controversially for foreign-based firms, they will also be required to store data domestically. “The goal of Vietnam’s proposed cyber security law appears as much to protect the party’s monopoly on power as to protect network security,” Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a press statement.”
Nicaragua, Managua: at least 4 barricaded popular areas invaded by heavily armed cops “The assault began at dawn with a simultaneous operation in El Edén, Larreynaga, Costa Rica and Ducualí, where police and civilians armed with AK-47 rifles raided homes, shooting people. “The police entered in vans and on foot firing at those who were in the barricades on the El Paraisito bridge and behind them came the ‘mobs’ (paramilitaries) smashing the barricades,” a neighbor told a dpa agency. “People had erected barricades with paving stones to stop the nightly harassment by the paramilitaries who move in trucks,” … hours earlier, in Las Maderas, some 50 kilometers north of Managua, the National Police and the “para-police” forces attacked peasants who were blocking the road in protest against Ortega. In that place at least two dead and five wounded were reported,…Violence in Managua preceded violent riots on Sunday night around Chinandega (northwest), Boaco (center) and Sébaco (north), where police and paramilitaries attacked demonstrators who had placed “barricades” (roadblocks). ). In Boaco, protesters reported skin burns when sprayed with an unknown acid by government-affiliated groups on Sunday night.” …Milukuku: 2 cops killed, 1 kidnapped in assault on cop station More here “The blockade of almost 70% of the roads seeks to protect the cities from attacks by paramilitary groups and to pressure the government to agree to negotiate an agenda to democratize the country…Some 6,000 cargo vans from Central American countries that were in transit through Nicaragua were trapped with merchandise on the country’s roads…The operation against the blockades began early Monday morning in the capital, where villagers placed barricades of paving stones to protect themselves from paramilitaries who move in trucks and fire at night at everything that moves….The American airline American Airlines canceled its flights to Nicaragua scheduled for Monday and Tuesday for security reasons due to “civil unrest”…In Leon, 90 km northwest of Managua, civic groups called for a work and school stoppage for 24 hours in response to the government’s repressive escalation….Between Thursday and Sunday, six people were reported dead in Managua, Masaya, Sébaco, Jinotega and Mulukuku (northern Caribbean region) during attacks by irregulars and anti-riot forces on positions of entrenched settlers“…map of major roads barricaded
Vietnam: clashes during protests (rare in Vietnam) throughout country over proposal to grant companies lengthy land leases to Chinese ruling class as well as a new Big Brother Cyber-law More here (semi-Maoist site) “..this insurgent popular nationalism is increasingly an obstacle, rather than an asset, to the ruling Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) and its development schemes. In this post, Đã Thành Đồ Sơn digs below the surface to contextualize recent events in terms of widespread Vietnamese Sinophobia….rallies were held all over the country. A collection of videos can be viewed here. From chants of “99-year SEZ, object, object!” protestors moved into more militant language as the day progressed, such as “Overthrow China!”(đả đảo Trung Quốc) and “Overthrow the Cyber Security Law,” a new measure that will suppress anti-regime speech and greatly restricts the de facto freedoms afforded by Facebook….Significant resistance to police repression took place in the seaside province of Bình Thuận. Home to Chinese-invested coal plants that have polluted the ocean and destroyed the fishing economy, ethnic hatred has been further compounded by the fact that many of the impoverished local families have been forced into peddling services, including sex work, for the Chinese plant administrators and engineers. This local situation has no doubt added fuel to the fire there….The protestors subsequently besieged numerous government buildings throughout the town, forcing the local government to flee….a proletarian movement that is both anti-regime and anti-nationalist seems to have become nearly unthinkable in present-day Vietnam.” …and here “… police in Bình Thuận used tear gas and water cannons but failed to prevent protesters from entering a government building they later vandalised” and here “… protesters in Bình Thuận province on the south-central coast had blocked traffic and thrown rocks at police.” (videos here, here, here & here)…Cops uniforms and equipment burnt en masse after they surrender to the protesters. “On Friday a small march took place in Bình Thuận. And on Saturday, the workers at the Pouchen textile factory on the outskirts of Saigon went on strike and blocked State Highway 1, the country’s largest highway….Some iteration of the China conspiracy haunts them all. From the failing Hanoi metro project, to theTaiwanese Formosa Plastics invested steel plant.. all are framed as the latest move in a millenia-long chess match wherein Viet independence faces off with timeless expansionism…. Opposition to the planned project first arose in late 2008 on the grounds that the projects would devastate the environment and further marginalize the area’s already oppressed ethnic minority communities. … Vietnam. Bin Thuan. After surrendering to the opponents of the special economic zones, the riot police units had to put down their shields and all their equipment. The rioters then set them on fire.”
“No smoking” signs are everywhere in this wooded area near Masaya, a town in western Nicaragua that has become the epicenter of violence in recent days. But it is not tobacco that is problematic: the area contains all the explosives needed to make homemade mortars. The demand for these shells tinkered on an improvised bench corner has increased sharply in recent weeks. They are now the favorite weapon of demonstrators fighting the riot police of President Daniel Ortega’s regime…In a small clandestine workshop in the open air, a man wearing sunglasses, his face covered with a blue cloth not to be identified, mixes by hand the necessary ingredients: potassium chlorate associated with carbon, sulfur , aluminum and some sand to give weight. He pours the mixture into a tube of artisinal paper, adds a stiff wick and knots the whole thing with a red cord…From his small factory that he nicknamed “The artisans of Monimbo” – the name of the Masaya district at the forefront of the rebellion against the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, which in 1979 brought Daniel Ortega to power and whose inhabitants have risen against this Sandinista leader – he explains that these weapons are used for protest and self-defense, adding that they “do not cause lethal wounds. It’s a way to protect ourselves during this fight,” he argues.…Alvaro Torres, a mechanic in Masaya, makes the launchers with tubes and military equipment, assisted by his neighbors. The whole district is mobilized “to prevent the massacre of people,” he says. “This is obviously artisanal – but it works to repel the enemy,” said the 47-year-old, saying that making these mortars – which takes him about an hour each – is vital “to be prepared.” These weapons aim above all to frighten; once fired, the shells explode almost instantly, causing a loud explosion and an impressive cloud of smoke. A mortar shell that reaches its target can hurt, recognizes a 20-year-old activist nicknamed “The Fox”, but the goal is mostly to push government forces away from the barricades in the streets by the protesters. A mortar wound will cause “just a burn or sore but it’s not deadly,” he says. For this resident of Masaya, protesters are in any case engaged in an asymmetrical battle because “the police are armed with Kalashnikovs” and “they are the only ones to have access to weapons. People repel them with stones, Molotov cocktails or mortars, these are the only things we can use to beat them.” …The dozen mortar shells are trading between 400 and 450 cordobas (12 to 14 dollars), but prices are on the rise because the government has imposed restrictions on the sale of powder. As for the companies that market the chemicals necessary for the preparation of ammunition, they are now closed, complicating the task of manufacturers, says the founder of “Artisans de Monimbo”. But it will continue, he says, because mortars help keep security forces at bay and help protesters achieve their goal: “peace in Nicaragua, not war.” The mechanic Alvaro Torres is of the same opinion. “In the end, I think everyone will have to arm themselves,” he says. To achieve a simple goal: To keep defending ourselves until everything stops.” – here
Below: facilities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor) in Jinotega torched
Below: other side of monument – “The police kill”
China: truckdrivers block roads as they go on strike against high fuel prices in different parts of country “…the Hong Kong-based China Labor Bulletin, which monitors labor unrest, counted strikes in at least a dozen places. Touching off the protests was an unsigned message that circulated widely on social media. “We can’t take it anymore, we have no choice but to stand together!” it read. “We definitely won’t survive with the ridiculously low transport fees we’re being paid.” That message was deleted by censors, as were photos and video footage of striking drivers and traffic at a standstill” …More here “Threats of retaliation were also issued against drivers who did not join the strike “anyone still hauling cargo be warned: we will smash your vehicle,” the message said.”
Nicaragua, Jinotega: 12-year-old shot dead by Sandinistas as barricades continue to spread “The calm experienced in Jinotega broke down at eight o’clock on Friday night, minutes after the bishop Monsignor Carlos Enrique Herrera managed to get the leaders of the barricades in the city to commit themselves to not continue building more barricades and to maintain the peace….When Monsignor Herrera returned to the episcopal palace of the cathedral jinotegana, paramilitary groups opened fire on those who were on the barricades and merchants taking care of their businesses…Archbishop Herrera said that before the calls for help he communicated by telephone with the Sandinista mayor Leonidas Centeno and with the police chief…to help the wounded, and to deliver the body of the 12-year-old boy Abraham Antonio Castro Jarquín, who died of a bullet impact, to his parents”
Belgium, Liege: wildcat train strike “Train traffic of the SNCB is experiencing disturbances this Friday morning, with several cancelations of convoys, due to a movement of spontaneous discontent by several drivers who were to start work at the Welkenraedt depot.… the socialist trade union has “nothing to do with this action”. The discontent is linked… to a file “passed on Wednesday by the joint sub-commission” for a revaluation of the position of train drivers within the company. If this revaluation goes hand in hand with an upward wage review, an increase in productivity is also expected, which would be the source of discontent on the part of some drivers.” More here “The wildcat strike at Welkenraedt may be spreading, but the CGSP trade unionist says “it’s very hard to say … it could start up anytime, anywhere.”
Nicaragua, Masaya: youth killed on 4th day of total blockading of town by insurgent youth “Entering Masaya is practically impossible. All the streets of Masaya have barriers, which are being surveilled by the inhabitants of the neighborhoods – they are well organized. These have been made since last Sunday, since people became tired of these (of the mobs) coming to kill people, looting businesses and setting fire to businesses and houses… until yesterday there was no shortage of basic grains or perishables in the shopping center, since the small producers of districts near the center of Masaya continued to take their products to the municipal market” More here and here in English “Dozens of barricades, cobbled together with tree trunks, concrete paving stones, metal signs and nail-studded planks, block the path into the heart of what was once a bustling tourist town famed for its artisan market. Mortar-wielding combatientes stop, question and search passersby. Stencil artists have set upon homes and businesses with spray cans to pour more scorn on their president. “Go to hell Daniel, you murderer,” is one recurring motif. Meanwhile, perhaps 50 police officers are said to be pinned down inside a local station. “We have no more law,” said Father Edwin Román, a local priest”
Ivory Coast, Abidjan: students clash with cops over lack of medical facilities and housing “Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing students in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan on Wednesday after they blocked a key bridge to protest at living conditions. Students from the National Institute of Youth and Sports blocked traffic for nearly an hour on the 1.5km Henri Konan Bedie Bridge – one of three vital arteries that span the city’s lagoon. The demonstration broke out after students tried to get treatment for an classmate who had been injured while playing sport. “The (institute’s medical) centre was deserted… and there were no ambulances either. He was transported to hospital, where he died,” student Henri Kao told AFP, saying the death was a symbol of official indifference. The students also complain over the fate of 4 000 housing units built for the 2017 International Francophone Games. “We were promised housing but we are still waiting”
France, Calais: clashes between riot cops and migrants – cop knocked out “The police and the riot cops are stoned almost every night”
Mexico, Jalisco: indigenous Indians take 15 federal, state & municipal officials hostage for 9 hours in land dispute “The incident took place early yesterday morning after the officials arrived in the Wixárika town of San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán. But when they failed to deliver documentation regarding the allocation of funds to a social program intended to help solve the territorial conflict, Wixárika representatives suspended the meeting…The meeting was a follow-up to agreements that were reached last month after blockades cut off access to 35 communities and closed schools and health clinics.”
France, Valence: 2 screws’ cars torched outside prison Morehere“Photos of the private life of a guard were left behind and an inscription was tagged on a wall saying “first warning “.”
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal: parents close down school over health hazards, etc. “Pupils and teachers at Wentworth’s Austerville Primary School arrived at the school on Monday to find they had been locked out. Concerned parents and community members have vowed to keep the school closed until the KZN Department of Education addresses urgent matters of mismanagement at the school. These include toilets that have been labelled a health hazard to pupils and a “crisis” with the school’s financial management.”…Western Cape: service delivery protesters burn tyres, chuck molotovs
Uganda, Mbale: truckdrivers block streets and council gates in fight against awarding of offloading and loading contract to large company “Over 300 truck drivers and owners stormed the streets with their trucks and blocked republic street and gates leading to the Mbale Municipal Council main building. They staged a demonstration and held a procession into town. They were chanting songs and sending insults to Mbale municipal council deputy town clerk, Kenneth Khatuli, they accused of being corrupt. They blocked the streets, leaving other stranded and paralysed. This forced the Police to heavily deploy in order to calm the situation. Most Mbale Municipal Council employees who had already entered the council premises locked themselves inside their offices. A group of truck drivers launched a hunt for the deputy town clerk and councillors in town, but fortunately, they had been informed and fled to safety…. “We are not going to pay taxes until Mbale Municipal Council aAuthorities resolve the matter. Equator company belongs to UPDF senior officer Kayanja who has now deployed his juniors to collect the loading and offloading fees,” he said….Mbale Municipality Mayor Mutwalibi Zandya said …“The rules are clear that the contract cannot be given to people who are not organised.”
India, Tamil Nadu: cops impose reign of permanent fear on Tuticorin See entries for 25/5, 23/5 & 22/5 here
UK, Fife: youths torch monument celebrating ruling class massacre horror shock!!! “Cowdenbeath Conservative councillor Darren Watt has condemned the thoughtless act and is urging parents to make sure their children are aware of the history behind such monuments. He said: “The residents of the town are absolutely furious and disgusted at the latest vandalism of the memorial…. to target a memorial for fallen war heroes is simply unacceptable….I hope… [parents] try educate them about remembering those men and women who sacrificed their lives so they can enjoy the freedoms they do today.”The memorial was previously targeted in March this year when vandals drew on it with marker pens. The Ancre Somme Association of Scotland also condemned the latest attack….“War memorials are not political or religious symbols, they are part of who we are as a nation. Whoever did this needs to be educated. They also need to be exposed to Police Scotland as soon as possible. Our brave men and women are respected by the vast majority of tolerant and decent Scots.” War memorials are undoubtedly part of what individuals who identify with a nation have been reduced to: hypocritical representations of respectable “decency” – the “lest we forget” mentality that forgets that war memorials are generally a way of justifying capitalist war, wars that have the pretension to be ones fighting for our freedom, when we know full well that any margin of freedom we have, a “freedom” that is “enjoyed” less and less, is one that was fought by our side in the class war. In this upside-down world, an attack on these monuments to sacrifice is considered “thoughtless’, the knee-jerk cliché of those who accept dominant thoughtlessness. Of course, religion and politics are not simply symbolic – they’re invariably used to inculcate the ideology of sacrifice to the rulers’ nation; and these twins are part of the conditioning that demands people who attack these monuments to atrocities be “exposed” to the police as part of their “education”, which undoubtedly shows us what dominant “education” is all about. Whilst war atrocities continue and those who lead them are in power, fortunately some people show how “decent” they are by refusing to “tolerate” the memorials put up by murdering scum who justify them. [see entry for 9/6/18 – France, Gard – above]
Germany, Hesse: 100 music festival-goers attack cops with stones & bottles “The clashes injured 15 law enforcement officers, more than 80 of the attackers were detained. Most of the detainees are young men, although among them were women. Among the protesters were the Germans and the foreigners. Many detainees were in a state of strong alcoholic intoxication….The police suggest that many small groups have joined the attack “for the company”. Investigators didn’t find any “strategy” in the actions of the attackers, in particular, the political background.” More here “The interior minister of the state of Hesse, Peter Beuth, condemned the attacks, calling for the minimum sentence for such offenses to be raised from three months to six months. Such attacks did not just represent an offense against police, but also “against our constitutional state and our society”
France, St.Etienne: fires & anti-cop graffiti follow near-death at motorbike cops’ hands (same thing on 2nd June) In press releases, the cops “justified” their deliberate driving into the side of the 4-wheeler bike (the favourite method of the French filth, often causing death) because the guy had no helmet and the bike had no registration plates. Result: multiple fractures and severe head injuries. Witnesses said that the cops also tampered with the scene. On the Friday, there were 18 fires, on Saturday something similar. On Sunday a gathering of 200 people took place at the location of the “accident”, demanding justice.…Drôme: 2 industrial wind turbines torched
Jordan: anti-austerity protests in several cities “Protests hit in several other cities, including Irbid and Jarash in the north, Zarqa in the east, and the southern city of Maan, which was rocked by deadly riots in the late 1980s over rising food prices. Police said some demonstrators overnight “attacked” law enforcement agents and “tried to attack public and private property”. They warned they would resort to force if necessary. “ More here “…protesters called for the fall of the government while blocking roads with cars and blazing tires. “…Riots and protests reported in almost every corner of the country…report by an apparently anarchist architect & academic …right- wing report on aspects of Jordan “Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates …pledged to provide Jordan with a cash infusion of $2.5 billion to help the arid kingdom prop up its free-falling economy. Separately, the European Union announced that it would provide Jordan with $23.5 million. The hefty Gulf State bailout is testament to how seriously they view the problem. Jordan has recently experienced a spasm of popular unrest and widespread demonstrations, sparked by tax increases and painful austerity measures implemented by King Abdullah II’s prime minister, Hani Mulki, to deal with growing debt. In 2016, cash-strapped Jordan secured a $723-million loan from the International Monetary Fund. The economic reforms instituted by PM Mulki were tied to this loan but proved to be widely unpopular. Jordanians watched as subsidies on basic food items were eliminated and standards of living declined while taxes increased. Paychecks got smaller while everything became more expensive. This was enough to push Jordanians over the edge. As the riots spread to every province and major town, Abdullah moved quickly to quell the unrest by firing his prime minister and reversing previously implemented tax hikes and austerity measures. The move has ameliorated tensions and demonstrations have tapered off for now…the monarchy’s years may be numbered. The Gulf States are cognizant of this, hence their willingness to dig deep into their coffers to sustain a fellow Sunni ally.”
Mali, Bougoudalen: on 12th day of protests against mine company’s expropriation of free-for-all gold panning site, 4 protesters are killed “A demonstration of the people of the village of Bougoudalen in the circle of Yanfolila against the restrictions of the general management of the Komana Mines Corporation (SMK-SA) degenerated into a clash with the police. The provisional report mentions four civilians killed by gunshot and about thirty wounded, four of them serious. … a gold panning site called “Dola” …, several decades old, is a place where the inhabitants of the village came looking for gold to meet their daily needs. Unfortunately, since the installation of the new Komana Gold Mine, the miners have been ordered to leave the site on the grounds that the site is in the exploitable area …… the people demonstrated on Sunday, May 20, by attacking the facilities of the SMK. According to our sources, a white worker in the company was even held hostage by angry protesters for a long time. Faced with the anger of local people, the mine management sought and obtained reinforcements from the security forces to maintain order. The closure of the gold panning site of Dola in Bougoudalen by SMK on May 28, 2018 set fire to the powder. After hearing the news, some 100 angry people made their way to the mine’s facilities on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. During the clashes between the police and the demonstrators, live ammunition was fired. The toll is heavy: four civilians killed and thirty wounded including four serious. …On the mine side, several materials were ransacked. Several demonstrators were also arrested….among the demonstrators were several foreigners including Burkinabe, Guinean and Senegalese….At the time of going to press, the situation was still tense and the populations intended to continue their demonstrations until the stop of all the activities of the mine….”