Below is copied from a site that doesn’t distinguish between independent and other forms of contestation (inter-ethnic/religious/political etc.). I have had no time to sort out the chaff from the wheat, but it’s still useful as a reference.


Argentina, Buenos Aires: 1000s camp in centre of city over food crisis“Clashes broke out with police as demonstrators tried to block public transport networks.”video of clashes


Argentina, Soledad: riot with burning tyres due to 36-hour electricity cut


Argentina, Cordoba: rubber bullets and teargas v. stones and “pyrotechnics” as union demo by electricians demanding improved conditions and salary increase, attack electricity company and vehicles


Argentina, Buenos Aires: attack on the town hall of La Plata due to non-payment of public sector workers “…a group of protesters broke paving stones and used them as projectiles against the security forces that were in the building….At this point the intensity of the attack increased as troops participating in the security operation had to respond using tear gas…. the immediate eviction of the building was ordered to “safeguard the safety of employees.”…Left-wing groups … began throwing stones against the facade of the Town Hall. “




Argentina: 700 teachers block the Panamerican highway to get unpaid salaries


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)… 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