US, Missouri: chief cops car set alight outside police station…. Los Angeles: a strange evening Not really sure what to make of this. Although there is no explicit social contestation in this event, and though it’s dominated by a certain aesthetic mentality, it shows how scared the US cops are of even essentially pacifist phenomena getting out of hand…A friend called this event, and events like this, “a multiplicity of bizarre, sometimes interesting, but usually autistic subcultures.” Which, admittedly from a long distance outside, seems spot-on.
Eire, Dublin: anti-water meter movement making progress “ANTI-WATER CHARGES protests took place across the country, with the largest in Dublin. The Right2Water group — the umbrella group supported by trade unions, left politicians and others — did not have any role in organising today’s actions. Today’s protests were organised by grass root campaigners around the country, with Dublin’s march organised by the Dublin Says No campaign. There were major disruptions in Dublin, but roads have since re-opened.”
Reflections on this movement from South Africa:
A while ago I wrote you about the increasing importance of blockades as a current form of social contestation in SA and elsewhere. The situation in Malamulele, a town of 13 000 people (also the name of the wider area of around half a million people in which the town is situated) in Limpopo province, furnishes support for this thesis in abundance. Since 2014 proletarians of this district have joined their fellows elsewhere around the country in their demand to dissolve the local government, which has failed utterly in its task to administer the basic municipal utilities essential to survival in the modern world, and reconstitute it according to their own desires. When the ANC had an electioneering rally the people booed President Zuma and burned the party flags after their demands were addressed in the usual language of bureacratic-democratic procedure. Shops at the local mall were looted and burnt, causing millions of rands in damage. At the beginning of 2015 they took things further and imposed a general strike which has, at the time of writing, been 100 percent effective for four weeks. All schools and businesses have been shut down, all major roads leading into and out of the area have been barricaded from 6am to 6pm. The local mall has been closed, Police have according to their own account maintained a heavy presence in the area but remained powerless to break the strike. Appeals by state officials for residents to return to work and school have fallen on deaf ears. In response to a finding by the Municipal Demarcation Board that their demands do not qualify to be met, they shut down an entrance to the famous Kruger National park. Two days later two schools were damaged by arson attacks; a day later another school was burnt out. It is claimed that school children themselves are leading the struggle, and talking about a 'new June 16'. These claims are lent credence by the fact that school pupils were among those arrested for attacks on the shopping mall in 2014 (doubtless this would have been called 'xenophobic' had these shops not been owned by South African citizens). Due to its exceptional efficiency and ferocity, which has far exceeded anything previously achieved in recent years (eg. the one-day social-strike in Langa late last year); the struggle in Malamulele expresses in an unusually clear way the contradictions inherent everywhere the new tactics of modern revolution make their appearance. To phrase the question in the language of the bourgeois: “Why do these people destroy their 'own' businesses and services?” Whereas trade unionists, racists and state bureacrats can only answer: 'ignorance'; liberals and leftists can do no better with their own half-arsed apology of 'desperation', which implies such actions, while unfortunate and generally harmful, are excusable as the only means to get the attention of government fat-cats. This justification represents only one part of the picture, but the reality is that the destruction unleashed by proletarian struggle only involves an appeal to the state, a reformist demand, and a servile relationship of political patronage inasmuch as *all* working-class struggle has to do with *both* the 'bread and butter' fight for a few more crumbs from the table of capital *as well as* the fight to destroy capital and the working-class itself which always necessarily *begins* with bread and butter issues, always lies *beyond* them, and is always implicitly *contained within *them. That implication starts to become* explicit* the moment that struggle over bread and butter issues* itself *destabilises the normal hustle for daily bread; traditionally this took place in the form of the strike, where workers confronted capital by withdrawing their labour, bringing capitalist production to a standstill only to confront starvation themselves, unless they restarted production under their own control. As the strike in Malamulele demonstrates, the basic process today remains the same now as it has always been. For proletarians to act as a class is to have as a horizon only capital and the categories of its reproduction, and, on the other hand it is, for the same reason, to be in contradiction with one's own class reproduction, to call it into question. It is only the technical aspects of this process that have changed; the *meaning* of 'strike' – the *means* of a potentially revolutionary strike – is different today than the traditional definition. Although workers participate in this strike through the withdrawal of labour as before, the principal site of struggle is no longer the workplace but the street. The principal actors are not proletarians as *workers* but as *the dispossessed *(now including housewives, the unemployed, and school kids) as *proletarians* in the precise definition of those who have nothing* (niether jobs, nor 'education', nor 'services') *to lose *and know it*, those who own nothing and are therefore tied to nothing. So it is that proletarian self-activity primarily has to do with the organisation of destruction, and moreover the destruction of their 'own' equipment and buildings on the job, their 'own' schools and state services, their 'own' businesses, precisely because all of these things, presented to them as their 'own' and 'for their own benefit' by the spectacle, are produced and reproduced without them and against them. *Organisation of destruction* is precisely the correct term here, since it is exactly in the realm of organisation that the positive aspect of proletarian self-activity develops hand in hand with the negative aspect; to organise a force capable of sweeping aside the poverty of everything that exists is simultaneously to organise a force capable of transforming everything that exists, and vice versa. To recognise that one does not build socialism, one only destroys the obstacles that prevent its development is precisely to recognise that under capitalism the passion for destruction is the only creative passion. We live today in the era of the *social strike, *which primarily targets the circuits of commodity circulation rather than the points of production*. The effect, however, is almost identical. Just as a normal strike either collapses or moves further in a revolutionary because its disorganisation of production soon threatens the ability of the strikers themselves to survive, the disorganisation of reproduction caused by a social strike involves the same dynamic. This is clearly illustrated by the desperate measures taken by residents of Malamulele to circumvent the blockade they themselves imposed. According to one newspaper report, around 50 people a day are forced to undertake an arduous journey on foot through thick bush, during which they must cross a crocodile infested river, in order to buy basic necessities. One of these people stated in an interview: "It's not that we don't support the strike. We want our own municipality but desperate times call for desperate measures. We have to eat”. Clearly, strikes like these must either move further in a radical direction, communicating and co-ordinating with neighboring areas to prevent such desperate strike-breaking evasions, organising the production and circulation of basic necessities on their own terms – and the self-defense necessary to resist the inevitable repression that will result from such steps – or it will continue to be undermined by more and more of its own participants until it collapses. Considering the consciously imposed self-limitations of the current struggle, and the unfortunate attitude of its most combattive participants towards its internal contradictions (one person who braved the crocodiles to evade the strike blockades said "Going through the access point with plastic grocery bags is risky. The people who patrol there will confiscate your food and spill it on the ground as punishment for defying the shutdown") such a development seems unlikely in this particular case. What is certain, however, is that the Malamulele strike has been an exemplary moment in that arduous process which remains 'the task of the world and of us... the self-clarification (critical philosophy) of the struggles and wishes of the age'. Meanwhile, an area supposedly involved in the so-called Xenophobic violence has been occupied by riot police after four trucks and two cars -- none of which were reportedly owned by 'foreigners' -- were torched last night. The actions of Majakaneng residents, who on Monday looted 'foreign owned' shops (when last year residents of Langa looted the local supermarket, which is owned by Wallmart, it was not reported as an attack on a 'foreign owned' shop) in addition to burning a bus, can in no way be catagorically separated from those of proletarians in revolt around the country, such as the residents of Mohlakeng who yesterday torched the house of 'their' mayor, as well as 'their' library and municipal hall, but were not reported to have attacked any 'foreign owned' shops. It should be noted, lastly, that the victims in the current so-called Xenophobic violence were overwhelmingly* private property*; there have been more South African citizens killed (whether by petty-bourgeois defending their property from looting, or police doing the same, or unknown causes) in the unrest this year than foreign nationals. This is in stark contrast to the unequivocally Xenophobic pogroms of 2008 where scores of *human beings*, most of whom did not hold the priveledge of SA citizenship, were attacked and killed simply for speaking the wrong language in the wrong place at the wrong time. As usual, the bourgeois press has an active interest in a definition of violence which conflates attacks on commodities with attacks on people.
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”
South Africa, Atteridgeville: teenager shot dead during non-xenophobic looting “…residents protested over land occupations on Wednesday. This continued into the early hours of Thursday, when they damaged a councillor’s house. “After that they went on a rampage looting spaza shops throughout Atteridgeville township.” Makgale said the looting was indiscriminate and not necessarily aimed at foreign shop owners. It was during the looting that the teenager was killed, bringing the death toll in violence between foreigners and locals over the past two weeks to seven, by the police’s count. “There are allegations that it was one of the foreign nationals that did it…”
Colombia, Valledupar: riots flare up again as Mayor sticks to restricted use of mototaxis More here “Whilst …[a]… cameraman was filming public disorder for RCN TV news and CM, five men stole his camcorder. The incident occurred when two of them approached him to discuss the riots and three surrounded him…Caracol TV cameraman, Jaime tortello, reported that during the riots there were no guarantees for covering the news. A stone hit him in his throat….”
Algeria, Laghouat: 2nd night of clashes between cops and mainly unemployed youths, with cops firing tear gas and rubber bullets (this, in an area of very highly carcenogenic chemicals; see here )
India, Manipur: locals blockade road for 2 days in protest against state acquisition of fields “Three women sustained injuries when police fired tear gas canisters and mock bombs to disperse the villagers who blocked the road by burning old tyres and logs. Seven others were taken into custody.”
Mexico, Oaxaca state: protesters mounting barricades across entrance to town demanding public transport and electric connections shot at by armed gunmen; gunmen repelled, cop module monitoring situation burnt “After the violence, protesters determined to extend the blockade of the federal highway to prevent passage on the Panamerican Highway…González accuses the mayor of taking orders from several unions of taxi drivers and motorcycle taxis for a road system that benefits them, and that prevents ATSA trucks passing through the city center. He said that although they have the federal permits to provide a service the City authorities of Oaxaca-Tlacolula Yagul have not respected them, intending to create a monopoly and remove low transport costs for citizens.” (very rough translation)
Venezuela, Merida: 18 people arrested (including 10 year-old) on 4th day of student protests after gym building is burnt (for what seems to be more credible analysis of what’s going on in Venezuela than the usual leftist dross, see El Libertario in Spanish)…and student movement continues in Maracaibo as well
Nigeria, Owerri: students riot “The students who felt angered that no government official showed interest in agitation, went berserk at about 7p.m., prompting the destruction of the governor’s campaign billboards and posters at the popular Government House roundabout. As if that was not enough, the rampaging students who were in their thousands, blocked the major roads of Wetheral/Okigwe/Bank roundabout, smashing streets lights and chanting anti-Okorocha songs until the police were drafted to disperse the rioters.”
Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby: 5 day blockade against cops shooting 2 betel nut vendors comes to an end “Port Moresby city almost came to a standstill with the fuel for the city running short because tankers were blocked, and at the same time the power station that supports supply to city, the expatriates that operate that power plant had to be evacuated, so the power plant was shut down.”
UK, Nottinghamshire: 500 strangers stop bailiffs evicting cancer-sufferer by forming a human blockade round his bungalow “Supporters travelled from across the country to support the family after viewing Mr Crawford’s latest video outlining his situation on YouTube. Luke Smith, 25, a chef from Leicester, said: “The recession has crippled so many people and they are taking it out on everyone.”
South Africa, Soweto: mass looting after shopkeeper kills 14-year-old shoplifter This is being portrayed as xenophobic because it’s mainly foreign shops that are getting looted. But there have been South African-owned shops also looted and often the vast majority of shops there are foreign-owned – so inevitably if there’s looting it’s going to be of mainly foreign-owned shops. The description of this as xenophobic in fact merely adds to the ideological racist forms of divide and rule, since the basis of this looting is class, not race. This is not to say that there may be racial elements to this but in portraying this in such a simplistic unnuanced way it encourages a racist false consciousness that it claims to oppose…report here says cops encouraged people to loot foreign-owned stores (not hard to guess why they might do this)….Paarl, near Cape Town: prisoners stab 10 guards in retaliation for killing of prisoner
Equatorial Guinea: football fans clash with cops (more here ) “Some fans allegedly did not have tickets for the game and they reportedly threw stones and bottles at the police, who responded by using smoke grenades. Hundreds of supporters were involved as they tried to access the stadium in Bata through a single entrance. It is the second time during the competition where there have been confrontations between supporters and the authorities following similar problems before the opening two matches. The previous scuffles came after fans were delayed by authorities testing each supporter for ebola before they were granted access to the stadium.”
France, Nanterre: cops molotoved in ambush on estate…Champagne-sur-Seine: Civial Protection offices vandalised and burgled for 2nd time in 18 months “… the damage is very significant. The thief or thieves stole two video projectors, two computer monitors, a satellite phone, four portable radios, two blue flashing lights, uniforms branded Civil Protection rescuers, first aid equipment and € 860.”
Israel: Arabs stage general strike against cop brutality after 2 Bedouin are killed “Tensions between Israel’s police and the Arab community, which at 1.7 million people accounts for 20 percent of the population, have surged since a 22-year-old Arab man was shot dead in the Galilee last November moments after banging on the window of a police vehicle. Tuesday’s strike is a relatively rare occurrence and represents a show of unity among the Arab population” (more here) “Bedouin protesters and Israeli police clashed again in the southern Israeli town of Rahat on Tuesday night, after a day-long strike by Arabs across Israel in protest of the death of two Bedouins that involved Israeli police. An Israeli police spokesperson said that dozens of youths hurled stones and burned tires in front of the town’s police station and that three suspects were arrested…About 192,000 Bedouins, indigenous Arabs dwelling in the southern Israeli Negev Desert, are now living in Israel, half of whom in more than 40 unrecognized villages. The Israeli authorities do not provide services to these villages, including electricity, running water, health services or education.” (mainstream radio report)
US, Indiana: cop’s body camera liberated on demo against cop brutality (see also this) “A tire on a squad car also got slashed Monday evening. “
demo in Bloomington, Indiana
Mexico, Guerrero: as part of the movement ignited by the probable murders of 43 students, about 60 people burn part of the Electoral Institute for Citizen Participation “…electoral stationery was burned and furniture, a laptop and a printer were stolen.”… parents of the 43 march to demand the trial of the mayor and his wife for their part in the horrible events, then burn a patrol car
Congo, Kinshasa: 2 looters and 1 cop killed, as protesters against new electoral law start looting shops More here “In several neighborhoods, including Bandalungwa, youths ignited tires and mounted roadblocks at certain intersections, witnesses said. An AFP reporter saw several clashes between groups of young people throwing stones against the police, who fired tear gas.”
South Africa, Limpopo: protest against discriminatory service delivery between different sections of municipality gets furious “several vehicles and offices were set alight, roads blockaded and shops looted.” More here “Protesters demanding their own municipality have brought the area to a standstill and barred pupils from attending school. They forced shops in the local mall to close two days before inland schools were due to open for the new academic year. …only health workers were allowed in and out of the area. Roads in the area were monitored to make sure no business took place. “All shops are closed… we do not even have bread. We are prepared to continue like this until our demands are met.”
Kenya, Nairobi: 8 – 13 year-old schoolkids are teargassed as they demonstrate against the destruction of their playground “Kenyan police yesterday fired teargas at children as young as eight when they protested against the seizure of their school playground by a property developer. About 100 primary school children and a small group of activists pushed over a newly built wall that separated playing fields and the school buildings, in the capital, Nairobi. Most of the children were aged between eight and 13. About 40 armed police accompanied by dogs dispersed the protesters by firing teargas…Dozens of children were caught in choking clouds of teargas before being forced to take shelter on a pedestrian bridge over the main road to escape the fumes. Children screamed as police officers in riot gear and waving truncheons pushed them back, some children panicking as they sought water with which to rinse their burning eyes. At least five children received medical treatment and one policeman was seen with blood pouring from beneath his riot helmet. A senior police officer at the demonstration, Mwangi Kuria, told Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper that officers had been deployed to “safeguard the property”, and that rocks had been thrown at his men. …Some of the children carried placards protesting against the “land grab”. The incident sparked angry reactions on social media, including Twitter with the hashtag “#OccupyPlayGround”….Yesterday was the first school day since the wall was built, during the holidays. Nairobi, a city of more than 3 million, is growing rapidly and land prices are rising at some of the fastest rates on the continent, according to real estate experts.” (video here)
Brazil, Recife: prisoner and prison guard killed during riot “The violence erupted in a Recife jail when an orderly protest broke down, and was brought under control only after police arrived. One officer died of a bullet wound in hospital, while details surrounding the inmate’s death were not released. ….Gunfire and explosions were heard coming from inside the prison, and G1 Globo newsportal showed a helicopter with an armed official flying overhead. Brazilian jails have faced a string of riots in recent months. The system’s 563,000 inmates make Brazil’s prison population the fourth-largest after the United States, China and Russia, according Amnesty International….”
Papua New Guinea: Manus Island barricades broken by goon squad “One detainee said: “They attack on Delta compound and beat us very harshly. Tied our hands and bring all of us in different jails.” Another said: “We are not safe … they beat us like dog.””
Israel, Rahut: rocks thrown at cops at funeral of Bedouin killed by cops More here “One dead, 22 hurt as police clash with Rahat residents at funeral…. A police patrol car erroneously reached the funeral procession, which numbered in the thousands, and sparked unrest which resulted in the squad car being pelted with rocks, shots fired in the air and the officers surrounded.”
Tanzania: judge declares rail strike illegal “The ruling was made on Friday by Judge I.D. Abdul who also ordered that the Tazara employees are permanently restrained from conducting illegal strikes in future. The workers have been on strike demanding payment of their past five-months salaries”
Spain, Madrid: clashes with cops as cops protect Coca Cola bosses’ squad dismantling factory “Decommissioning a Coca Cola factory in the town of Fuenlabrada, Madrid, ended Thursday in clashes that left four injured to varying degrees as well as arrests, according to the Spanish police. A group of workers who spent nearly a year camped outside the plant, were preventing a group of people entering the factory with the intention of dismantling the company and force its closure. A strong police contingent prevented…employees …coming near the factory by charging them”.
Peru: 1000s clash with cops over new wage slavery laws in 11 cities “…In Lima, some of the more than 5,000 marchers clashed with tear gas-hurling police, pelting them with sticks and stones and setting fire to trash in street bins.Sixteen police officers were injured, one seriously…Under the law, workers ages 18 to 24 who are dismissed will not get severance pay. Workers in the age group also will now be entitled to only half the vacation time given to older employees. And young workers won’t be paid the twice yearly bonuses of one month’s wages standard for others. “
Mexico, Guerrero: education workers confront cops with stones, bottles and pipes whilst in Acapulco, masked youths and teachers try to sabotage the processing of photos for the National Electoral Institute
Algeria, Mostaganem: daïra of Sidi Lakhdar burned and ransacked on 4th day of “uprising” “… clashes between demonstrators and the police resulted in 10 injured, including three in serious condition, 25 arrests and the ransacking of the headquarters of Daira and the adjoining housing function, as well as the destruction of furniture and documents and other computer equipment. On the fourth day of the uprising of the people of Sidi Lakhdar, the event that was meant to be peaceful degenerated into clashes between protesters and security forces. According to corroborating testimonies, long before sunrise, members of the riot squad intervened to dislodge the people camped outside the gates of the daïra….shortly before noon, when the fighting reached its peak, ten were reported injured, including three seriously. Parents report … a young demonstrator…had to have his leg amputated. According to several witnesses, he was crushed by a vehicle of the security forces. While thousands of protesters of all ages continued to flock to the site of clashes, police managed to arrest 25 demonstrators….The headquarters of the daïra facing the police station was soon taken over by the demonstrators, who burnt two cars, and unceremoniously sacked the administrative offices. Another group then attacked the head of daïra housing who miraculously managed to evacuate his family. The latter had remained locked in during the first three days of rioting….On the main street that leads to the Daira, the protesters decided to ostentatiously sit a few meters from the riot squads. Others have settled on waiting room chairs taken onto, and blocking, the street. The night promises to not bode well. …All speak of provocation on the part of law enforcement. All maintain their main demand is the departure of head of daïra and the establishment of a ministerial inquiry. On the way back, we passed no fewer than 12 riot squad vehicles who have returned from Sidi Bel Abbes to lend a hand to those already there. The night could be very agitated in this charming seaside city, whose streets are littered with cobbles and stones brought by tractors from the countryside” [SamFanto note: I’m having internet problems; when they’re sorted I’ll be able to do a bit of research into exactly what this uprising is about.]
Gaza, Ramallah: unpaid workers stage mass sit-in in front of Palestinian Authority’s HQ More here: “The Palestinian unity government condemned a break-in of former Hamas government officials to its offices in Gaza on Tuesday and criticized them for damage done to vehicles and equipment. The protestors broke into the government offices in protest of salaries that had not been paid in over seven months”
Haiti, Port-au-Prince: clashes between cops and demonstrators demanding president’s resignation “The protest turned ugly after riot police used tear gas and batons against the demonstrators. Angry protesters set tires on fire and threw rocks at security forces in retaliation for police brutality.”
India, Calcutta: construction workers and cops clash violently after worker is killed in work “accident” “A mob torched at least four vehicles and damaged several others, including an ambulance. … other labourers asked for compensation from the construction company and staged a sit-in outside the main gate …”… Kavaratti: 2 cop bikes burnt as students clash with cops
France, Paris (no link for this – taken from a friend in Paris): demonstrations (including many of those working for the Press) take place throughout Paris over the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the main one being in Place de la République. There were many Muslims (including many women, veiled and unveiled), disgusted by what had happened (the massacre also included at least one ordinary proletarian – a proof reader), and obviously fearful of Islamophobic reprisals. Journalists tended to be in favour of intensifying “security measures” (ie repressive laws), as if such things could or would have prevented such a massacre (it’s the typical unthinking knee-jerk response of those who can only see hierarchical “solutions” which merely make things worse). Those lower down in the hierarchy of the Press (eg copy editors and proof readers) were apparently more sceptical about the use by the state of such events as a pretext for intensified “security” measures. The Front National turned up with the French national tricolour flag, were met with immediate hostility from most of the crowd and were given 2 minutes to leave, which they did. The local 11th arrondisement section of the governing Socialist Party turned up in an official capacity and were told to stay outside the demonstration (which they also did), the crowd telling them to leave because they were using the events to make political capital out of it. The former minister under Sarkozy – Borloo – was there but made it clear that he was there as a “citizen”, and just milled around like anybody else. A clever move – he was not threatened, and was allowed to stay. In Montreuil, however, the Greens and the Front De Gauche (leftists, including the Communist Party) were allowed to display their party colours and though some were hostile to them, this had no practical consequence, unlike what had happened in the Place de la Republique. This, despite the fact that the Front de Gauche had voted for the intensification of anti-terrorist measures back in November (the Greens had abstained).
Added 9/1/15: apparently not only a proof reader was killed but also a male cleaner. For some obscure reason, the media do not talk about these invisible people, perhaps because they weren’t professional ideologists and are therefore considered by the media who justify nearly every state-run massacre (the Gulf War of ’91, the current killings organised by the French state in Mali, Ivory Coast and Afghanistan, etc.) as nonentities, rather like the jihadists who executed them. For the dominant discourse the choice is never between “socialism or barbarism” but “civilised barbarism or jihadist barbarism” – i.e. “frying pan or fire”.
Nigeria, Benin: students riot in response to beatings of lecturers and destruction of ex-VC’s house “students are rioting, blocking roads, burning cars, buses, and lorries ” More explanatory detail here
Mexico, Michoacan: cops kill at least 9 people in crackdown on armed residents Not clear whether these people armed themselves against the narcotic gangs or the state or both.
Germany: counter-demonstrators against fascistic anti-Islam demos attack cops and demonstrators ” …in Dresden, Saxony, the leftist counter- demonstrators attacked the demonstrators. In Berlin, leftists attacked the police with stones and bottles. The police made arrests. Five policemen were injured. Leftists chased demonstrators who took the train after the event at the Alexanderplatz station. In Cologne, the police had to face leftists who wanted to attack the demonstration. The leftists threw bottles at the police. The leftists were stopped. …In Munich [where no event was announced] 1500 counter-demonstrators blocked 100 PEGIDA protesters . Police were stoned by the leftists. Two policemen were injured. At the end of the event, leftists clashed with police” This is a right-wing report, so it inevitably defines all the counter-demonstrators as “leftists”.
Colombia, Valledupar: local state’s intensification of rules for motorcyclists – mainly for motorcycle taxis – provokes riots My Spanish is pretty crap, but from what I’ve understood, this is a rule allowing only the owner of a motorcycle the right to ride it, which clearly prevents people earning money as motorcycle taxis. This is purely speculation, but I’d guess this local rule is maybe a testing ground for the extension of such rules nationally. It fits in logically with the dominant tendency to make life worse for those at the margins who are excluded from the the means of exploitation by “normal” forms of capital accumulation, those who are not directly exploitable.
US: Oakland and New York: anti-cop protests move into restaurants… right-wing report on how illegal immigrants are joining anti-cop movement “Some illegal alien activists… are threatening to kill U.S. police officers if their demands are not met. Threats are nothing new, but what is new is the audacity displayed by protesters who have no fear of retribution by police or federal law enforcement agents and no fear of public outrage.”
Haiti, Anse-a-Pitre: Haitian and Dominican Republic cops join forces to “restore calm” after fishermen attack Dominican Embassy, seize 3 soldiers and 2 citizens, over Dominican’s destruction of their boats and arrest of 4 Haitian fishermen for fishing in Dominican Republic’s territorial waters Not sure how much this expresses an “opposition” to the crazy contradictions of territorial conflict – but….
India, Mumbai: commuters riot at railway stations “Violent crowds ran amok on Central Railway’s suburban network on Friday morning following train delays…The situation … led to a flash motormen’s strike … While some sat on a rail roko [a form of protest where people lie down on the tracks, or sleep on the sleepers], some miscreants vandalized three booking counters and seven ATVMs at Diva and Diva level crossing gate, and two booking counters and six ATVMs at Dombivli. The machines were thrown on the tracks to block rail movement. Irate commuters also went on to vandalize five police vehicles of which three were torched, and damaged ten suburban trains along Diva, Dombivli and Kalyan…At 10.45am, after a motorman, R K Chawda, was seriously injured in the head during pelting at Diva, the motormen’s union went on a flash strike. This brought the entire rail network on the Main, Harbour and Trans-Harbour lines to a complete standstill. It was a day of high drama as the strike continued for nearly two hours and motormen resumed operations only after being assured of protection by the RPF top brass. By then, commuters, including senior citizens, women and children, had jumped off the coaches in frustration and walked on tracks to the nearest stations. ….Railway police lathi-charged protesters who were throwing stones; it took them nearly an hour to clear the tracks by noon….A group of people started pelting stones and another mob charged at the station manager’s office on platform one, smashing windows and ransacking all equipment. A group also vandalized the booking window and destroyed the computers and seven ATVMs before fleeing with Rs 1 lakh in cash and coupons worth Rs 50,000, said a railway official. The situation turned uglier after some miscreants torched three vehicles, a bike and two police jeeps, belonging to Mumbra police and railway protection force and went on a rampage stoning other police vehicles that had arrived…. the attackers did not seem like regular commuters but were likely to be anti-social elements who took advantage of the situation. ” (video here)
31/12/14 – 1/1/15:
France: part 3 – cars burnt in Strasbourg, Selestat, Colmar, Macon, Toulouse and Trappes…but this says car burnings are down 12% due to heavy policing after mad attacks…La Rochelle: as youths try to stop arrest of guy for burning car, bowling balls, stones and concrete blocks thrown at tow-away vehicle
US, Oakland: Part 4 – bricks and bottles thrown at cops on New Year’s eve….Part 5 – Pennsylvania: teenage prisoners riot in “adolescent treatment centre”…Part 6: Santa Cruz: anti-cop protesters smash up County Jail vehicles