Argentina: looting across at least 14 out of the country’s 23 provinces as cops down tools (batons, tasers, tear gas grenades, rubber bullets, the usual…)….(at least 19 provinces according to here)…..video here….more here 9/12/13
Argentina: looting continues as the dominant spectacle emphasises the deaths, ignoring the assertion of life “Once it is no longer bought, the commodity lies open to criticism and alteration, whatever particular form it may take. Only when it is paid for with money is it respected as an admirable fetish, as a symbol of status within the world of survival. Looting is a natural response to the unnatural and inhuman society of commodity abundance. It instantly undermines the commodity as such, and it also exposes what the commodity ultimately implies: the army, the police and the other specialized detachments of the state’s monopoly of armed violence. What is a policeman? He is the active servant of the commodity, the man in complete submission to the commodity, whose job is to ensure that a given product of human labor remains a commodity, with the magical property of having to be paid for, instead of becoming a mere refrigerator or rifle — a passive, inanimate object, subject to anyone who comes along to make use of it. In rejecting the humiliation of being subject to police, the blacks are at the same time rejecting the humiliation of being subject to commodities.” – here (about Watts, 1965). Mind you, the couple of people killed in a brawl over the spoils is indicative of at least of one of the differences between 1965 and 2013: greater crazy desperation enhanced by intensified reification. 10/12/13
Argentina, Oran: 1500 residents burn tyres, attack cops etc. in protest against lack of electricity “A resident and 10 wounded policemen was the toll of victims after the riots in Oran, according to the Salta police. 1500 citizens…were present to complain about the lack of energy, burning tires and what police described as violent attempts to break into the electricity company. “The glazed front and access gate machinery were completely broken…” the police reported…The neighbors then took heavy objects such as rocks, sticks and bricks with which they attacked the police, resulting in an injured resident and more than 10 police officers with different cuts….”
Argentina, Tupungato: workers work-to-rule in struggle for bosses to honour 2012 contract forces closure of all but one lane of motorway as they are meant to sweep clean the roadway Why put this here? Because work-to-rules seem to have largely disappeared as a tactic mainly because the rules have been re-written to favour what bosses like to think of as “flexibility” – ie workers must become as pliant as plastocene, and with the same lack of backbone. And yet, it seems worthwhile for workers to look more carefully at any aspect of the rules that, if very pedanticly and rigidly applied, might favour their interests. In the post-war period in the UK – up until the triumph of Thatcherite neoliberal brutality – work-to-rules (eg. demarcation disputes, where if the task – say, changing a light bulb – wasn’t part of the contract workers refused to do it) were very successful in helping workers avoid work and putting pressure on the bosses for improved pay or ameliorated work conditions.
Australia, Sydney: cops pepper spray fans in cop-fan clash “Pepper spray was used in the grandstand, with a 13-year-old reportedly one of those affected. A number of the team’s Red and Black Bloc supporter group walked from the ground at half-time, apparently in protest to the perceived overreaction from police….The stand-off between around 150 fans and police continued outside the ground before officers were forced to use pepper spray after tensions escalated. No fans were taken to hospital. Two male officers treated for minor injuries, one of whom had a coin hurled into his face.”
Australia, New South Wales: small riot at detention centre “Thursday’s resolution to the disruption inside the centre came after several days of rising tension. TVs were ripped from wall mountings and at least one fire lit in a rubbish bin.”
31/12/14 – 1/1/15:
Austria, Vienna: anti-fascists confront racist “Academics Ball” “Following criticism against previous crackdowns, Viennese police this year decided to allow people to cover their faces in the city center, and imposed a smaller prohibited zone around the palace. A number of Viennese taxi drivers also organized on Facebook to boycott the event, and refuse to take participants there”