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Protesting Ten Years of US Occupation

Samad Enayat, 10.10.2011 10:13

Yesterday in Kabul the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan held a protest against the 10th anniversary of occupation of Afghanistan by USA. Below is a Statement and some pictures. Please publish them in Independent Media Center so peace loving and anti-war activists around the world know that people of Afghanistan also fight against occupation their county and for peace and democracy.

Report on the Situation in Santiago Xanica, Oaxaca, México

02.04.2011 20:11

The European Collectives Nodo Solidale (Italy), Zapatista “Marisol” Collective of Lugano (Switzerland), and Nomads of XM24 (Italy), which make up the Internationalist Platform for Resistance and Self-Initiative Weaving Autonomies (PIRATA), organized a brigade for the observation of the violation of the rights of native peoples in the municipality of Santiago Xanica, Oaxaca, México, in which activists from France and the Spanish State also participated. The brigade traveled through the municipality from March 14 to March 21, 2011.

The task that the International Brigade set for itself has been to listen, understand, relate, and make public what is happening in the community of Santiago Xanica. In recent months the townspeople of Xanica have been denouncing outrageous violations and abuses by PRI party members and power groups against the local Committee in Defense of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI Xanica), Adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, and against the general population.

Report on the Situation in Santiago Xanica, Oaxaca | Español: Informe sobre la situación en Santiago Xanica, Oaxaca

Right-wing vigilantes take over Roma neighbourhood

22.03.2011 00:03

On March 1st, uniformed members of the vigilante group Civil Guard (Szebb Jövőért Polgárőr Egyesület), an offshoot of the dreaded Magyar Garda, took control of a Romani neighbourhood in the village of Gyöngyöspata. They set up two checkpoints at the entrance to the neighbourhood and formed a human chain around the houses of Romani residents. The Civil Guard are supported by the right-wing Jobbik party, and now intend to set up chapters in other towns in Hungary, to expand their patrols.

Japanese disaster: Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Catastrophe

Global Features, 17.03.2011 10:44

Sendai - Rescue Workers in Snow A gigantic earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan on 11 March. Thousands of people were buried under buildings or died in the flooding. In many of Japan's more than 50 nuclear reactors cooling systems broke down. This caused several hydrogen explosions and at least partial fuel rod meltdowns in the reactor blocks one to three of the Fukushima Daiichi nuke. Around the globe the high-risk technology and its future are being protested against and debated . Switzerland is putting a moratorium on construction of new nuclear power plants. In neighbouring Germany the Neckarwestheim nuke will be closed down permanently and seven other old ones temporarily. On Monday 14 March more than 110,000 people demonstrated against nuclear power in more than 450 towns across Germany. Update 15.03. 14:30: In the cooling basin of Block IV fire broke out, radioactivity got into the atmosphere. High radiation levels are measured, personnel were evacuated from the control room. Cooling in Blocks V and VI is not working properly.

Up-to-date special at IMC linksunten | German

Xayakalan, Santa María Ostula: “Nobody’s going to move us out of here”

Carolina, 01.02.2011 05:01

This article goes into the process that led up to the historic recovery of indigenous lands in the Sierra nahua of the state of Michocán, Mexico on June 29, 2009 and describes the current situation in the new community of Xayakalan. Written after a recent trip to Xayakalan, the article contains an interview with one of the driving forces behind the land recovery.

Tens of thousands on the streets say down with the regime

www-features, 28.01.2011 22:02

Cairo protesters suffer water cannon during afternoon prayer In a day of anger at the Mubarak regime hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Port Said and in many Egyptian towns and cities in one of the biggest protests seen so far in the country and with intense confrontations with state security forces. Major protests started on January 25. Hundreds were wounded during street battles with the police with fifty three confirmed deaths from Friday's protests.

The protests came after the protests that led to the fall of the Tunisian government and the ousting of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, driven by poverty, high food prices, autocratic governments, high levels of corruption for many years, and the absence of political freedom.

Ramy Raoof Cairo photos | Youtube videos of Intense street confrontations 1, 2 with security forces.

UK Police Agent Provocateurs Exposed

www-features, 26.01.2011 10:55

PC Mark Kennedy (AKA &quot;Mark Stone&quot;), &quot;Lyn Watson&quot; and &quot;Mark Jacobs&quot;

Four deep undercover police infiltrators operating in the UK and Europe between 1995 and 2009 have been exposed. PC Mark Kennedy (AKA "Mark Stone"), an undercover police officer from 2000 to at least the end of 2009 who was based in Nottingham. Officer A, "Lyn Watson" who was undercover in Leeds from 2004 till 2008, Officer B, "Mark (Marco) Jacobs", who appeared in Brighton in 2004 and then moved to Cardiff in 2005 and was active there till 2009 and PC Jim Boyling, "Jim Sutton" who was based in London between 1995 and 2000. A summary of the activities of the first 3 agent provocateurs has been put together and activists are asked to publish any better photos or information about their political activity to this thread.

At the same time, information about postings on the UK Indymedia site from UK governmental gateways, gateway-303.energis.gsi.gov.uk and gateway-202.energis.gsi.gov.uk (which were flagged up by spam filters, using a filtering system not available on some other Indymedia sites) have been leaked by Schnews. These gateways are the main entry points between the goverment secure intranet and the internet (see link below). A full list of posts is available online. Following publication of the Schnews article, Birmingham and Sheffield IMCs both published features - one about the posts from the government gateway and one relating the suspicious posts with the recently uncovered agent provocateurs.

Articles: Three undercover political Police unmasked as infiltrators into UK Anarchist, Anti-Fascist and Climate Justice movements | Undercover police officer back in the spotlight | Guilty verdict in Ratcliffe trial | Mark Kennedy/Stone exposed as undercover cop | Full list of Gateway 303 and 202 posts to IMC UK | Advocating Domestic Extremism - Cops on Indymedia - An Exposé | State infiltration and attempted disruption of activist websites | Gateway 303: Police Disinformation on UK Indymedia

UK Govt secure network explanation: Warning - this link goes to a UK govt site!

Other Press Coverage: SchNews: INTER-NETCU | SchNews: Gateway Gate: Straight from the Pig's Mouth | Slashdot: UK Authorities Accused of Inciting Illegal Protest

Uprising in Tunisia: People Power topples Ben Ali regime

16.01.2011 14:37

Demonstration in Tunis January 14

Tunisian President Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali has been overthrown by a people's power uprising that has built momentum over the last 4 weeks, culminating in a large rally and protest on January 14 that was attacked by riot police. Ben Ali attempted major concessions, but they were too little and too late. After 23 years in power, Ben Ali and family fled the country to Saudi Arabia, joining former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin who was also given refuge in this middle eastern state.

Tunisia's constitutional council has now declared elections should be held within 60 days under section 57 of the Tunisian constitution, with the chairman of parliament as acting President. The Tunisian Revolution can inspire the world as people power toppled the dictator but the ruling RCD party remains in power for the moment.

The revolution in Tunisia may have been influenced by Wikileaks through the publication of US diplomatic cables which added to the public perception of the corrupt nature of the Ben Ali regime. You can read What the US state cables on Tunisia said which also provides an indictment of USA, France and other nations that bolstered the corruption and human rights abuses of the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia.

January 14 Uprising: jasminrevolt Video Feed from Tunisia | Videos and photos - Athens IMC | Photos - A day of revolution in Tunis | AjJazeera Timeline: Tunisia's civil unrest
More reports: Jura Libertaire Blog(Fr) | Maniftunis blog

Background: Linksunten IMC: Tunisian Revolt | NYC IMC: Tunisia: The Strength of Disobedience | Videos: Freedom for Tunisia / Liberté pour la Tunisie / الحرية لتون | Angry Arab News Service Blog

Floods threaten Brisbane, one third of Queensland declared a disaster area

12.01.2011 05:24

Toowoomba Woman rescued from car during flash flooding

Over a third of the Australian state of Queensland has been declared a disaster area with the capital Brisbane on flood alert expected to experience it's worst flooding in living memory. Early report: Brisbane flood, from an island in suburbia There have been 9 flood related deaths since Monday with 60 people missing feared dead. This flood event follows widespead flooding across northern and central Queensland over the christmas holiday period that affected over 200,000 people, closing major highways and airports, closing most of the mines in the state, damaging crops, and causing billions of dollars worth of damage.

Friends of the Earth have warned about heavy metals released in flood waters and a Wiradjuri elder has warned of the risk of groundwater poisoning from gold mine at Lake Cowal if floodwaters breach the open cut mine owned by Canadian company Barrick Gold. The Great Barrier Reef is under threat from toxic pollution from floods according to the WWF.

The question that few people are publicly discussing is to what extent is climate change contributing to this disaster presently unfolding in Australia.

Australia Indymedia | Climate IMC

Sea Shepherd intercepts whaling fleet in Southern Ocean

02.01.2011 15:13

Chasing the whalers

The first clashes have occurred between Sea Shepherd volunteer activists and Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary bordering the Antarctic continent. Dodging and dancing perilously through the ice flows (Watch video), Sea Shepherd activists in small inflatable zodiacs and their larger three vessels harassed the three Japanese harpoon vessels while in pursuit of the Nisshin Maru whaling factory ship in the first days of 2011. For the first time in seven years of campaigning in the southern ocean Sea Shepherd have been able to locate the whaling fleet before whaling was able to begin.

The legality of whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is being challenged by the Australian Government in a case filed in July 2010 (PDF) before the International Court of Justice, although success is by no means certain. Whaling was found to be illegal under Australian law in a 2008 Federal court ruling. Whaling by Japan is done through a scientific research loophole under the International Whaling Commission (IWC) convention. The whale meat is commercially sold (or stockpiled) in Japan. Under the IWC there is an international moratorium on commercial whaling since 1985.

Cables released by wikileaks on January 1st, 2011 reveal Japan was pressuring the US Government to remove Sea Shepherd's US tax exemption status as a sweetener to negotiating a compromise deal in the International Whaling Commission during 2010 that would have reduced whale quotas but legitimized commercial whaling. Australia remained opposed to the deal, although the cables indicate Australia may have considered conditional commercial whaling outside the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary.

Australia Indymedia | San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Governments and Corporations Attempt to Repress Wikileaks: Holding Up Mirrors

08.12.2010 17:29

WikiLeaks has struggled to stay online after initiating the slow release of over 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables on 28th November 2010. The releases, dubbed "Cablegate" have been carried in newspapers around the world. The four-year-old WikiLeaks organistaion has been under constant political attack, especially from the conservative side of politics, whilst it's website has been subjected to a series of sophisticated cyber attacks. Reporters Without Borders condemned this hounding of Wikileaks.

Spokesperson for Wikileaks, Julian Assange, was put on Interpol's most wanted list for detention and extradition to Sweden in relation to two allegations of sexual abuse against him which had previously been dropped. The Swedish prosecutor is described as “overzealous” in the mainstream German weekly, Die Zeit. Assange surrendered his passport to British police and offered sureties of £180,000, but a Westminster Court denied his bail application. (Court protest)

Global resistance in support of Wikileaks and Assange is taking the form of over 1,200 websites mirroring Wikileaks and street protests such as in Australia. The Indymedia Network is hosting one of these Mirrors. Noam Chomsky, Professor Peter Singer and other prominent people in Australia have released an open letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard calling for Julian Assange to be given full support as an Australian citizen and urged a statement of Australia’s commitment to freedom of political communication.

In retaliation against corporate censorship action against Wikileaks anonymous hackers working as Operation Payback have taken down a bank website that froze Julian Assange’s defence fund and the Mastercard site was subject to a DDOS attack after wikileaks donations were banned.

US constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald said on Democarcy Now that the freedom of the whole internet is now at stake.

The manner of these revelations has been described as "holding a mirror" to the mainstream press and their friends in governments. The governments clearly don't like to see the ugliness of their own depravity, which is ususally hidden from view by the press. Will we allow Wikileaks and Julian Assange to be destroyed for daring to tell the world the truth about wars and the criminal deeds of governments around the world? Or will we support the upholding of mirrors - both technical and journalistic - in the struggle for openness?

San Fransisco Bay Area IMC | Australia IMC | IMC Brazil | Indymedia Sucre, Bolivia

Hands-on action needed more than ever to stop nuclear power in Germany

IMC linksunten, 01.11.2010 10:05

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Despite massive protests  [1|2|3|4]  and against the declared will of the population, the German government in September rammed through parliament an extension of the operating periods of German nuclear power stations.


On 5 November the next consignment of processed nuclear waste is due in Gorleben, a village of 600 people located roughly equidistant between the northern cities of Hanover and Hamburg. Despite the annual general police ban on protests along rail and road routes to be used by the waste shipment, activist groups are calling for rallies, blockades [1 2 3] and removal of ballast stones from the local railway line that weekend.


| Castor Guide | Ticker | Bündnis: Castor2010 | BI Lü-Da | Videos | Audios | linksunten.indy | de.indy |

UPR: Students lower the imperialist flag from the UPR Tower

Luis Oyola, 29.09.2010 03:10

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The struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico continues.

Around noon of Wednesday Sept. 22nd of 2010, a group of around 30 hooded students occupied the UPR tower with the intention of lowering the imperialist flag of the US, cut down the mast, hang a banner in homage to Juan Mari Brás, Lolita Lebrón and Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, and then take the flag to burn it in Lares the next day.

The group that calls itself the Black Hooded Commando managed to mock the campus security and carry out the majority of the objectives without there being any violent incident nor sanctions against the participants.

The Puerto Rico Indymedia news center presents the following photo article from the perspective of the demonstrators and the communique from Comando Capa Prieto for the action:

Smash ECOFIN, fight for freedom of movement

(i), 25.09.2010 16:43

On September 29-30, Brussels, the EU capital, will be in the eye of the storm. The No Border camp will already be in full action. It's attracting activists from all over Europe fighting against the detention and persecution of immigrants in Europe and the deportation of Roma people out of France and Italy, which the Vice-President of the Commission has said it reminded her of WWII ethnic cleansing. The Great Recession is leading to the scapegoating of migrants, in order to bolster élites whose legitimacy is fast decreasing.

[ No Border Camp | Precarious United | Enjoy Brussels | IMC Brussels ]

Fighting Erupts Between Workers, Federal Police and Scabs at the Cananea Mine

18.09.2010 11:47

Miners attacked, 3 seriously injured in latest round of aggression against 3-year strike

Cananea, Sonora - At least three people suffered serious injuries and 26 were arrested when fighting broke out between striking miners and others at the giant Cananea copper mine in the northern Mexican state of Sonora (less than an hour south of the Arizona border). One of the injured, apparently a strikebreaker, was shot in the head but survived, despite initial reports that he had died.

Cananea is the site of a historic 1906 strike that many argue led to the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Since 2008 members of Section 65 of the National Union of Mine and Metal Workers and the Like of the Mexican Republic (SNTMMSRM) have been on strike at the mine.

Date Set for Appeal in German Union-Naming Ban

Anarchosyndikalistische Mediengruppe, 18.05.2010 18:36

FAU Demonstrator in front of Babylon Cineman (photo: O. Wolters) On June 10th, 2010, Berlin's Higher Regional Court will decide if the Free Workers' Union (FAU) Berlin may once more call itself a union. The circumstances under which this ban came about are both absurd and indicative of the state of labor rights in Germany.

Oaxaca: Paramilitaries Ambush International Aid Caravan, Two Dead

30.04.2010 21:15

San Juan Copala, Oaxaca - On April 27th at about 2:50pm, people believed to be paramilitaries affiliated with the ruling party of Oaxaca ambushed an international aid caravan en route to San Juan Copala. Two people were killed in the armed attack.

The caravan was carrying food, water, and other basic necessities to San Juan Copala, which has been subject to a paramilitary blockade that has prevented anyone from entering or leaving the community since January. In addition to carrying much-needed supplies, the caravan was meant to accompany teachers who were returning to classes after paramilitaries denied them access to the community nearly five months ago. The caravan included representatives from the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), Section 22 of the teachers union, the Center for Community Support Working Together (CACTUS), Oaxacan Voices Constructing Autonomy and Liberty (VOCAL), two reporters from the Mexican magazine Contralinea, and international observers from Belgium, Finland, Italy, and Germany.

Read more | Paramilitary Attack Leaves Two Dead and Three Disappeared in Oaxaca
Spanish: Indymedia México | CMI Chiapas | Kaos en la Red
English: El Enemigo Común | My Word is My Weapon
French : Indymedia Bruxelles | CSPCL

Indefinite Strike

Nicole, 19.07.2010 19:42

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The students from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, declared a 48 Hour shutdown from the 21-23 of April which ended in an indefinite strike until an agreement can be reached with the administration and the board of directors. In this video, we see the problems that the students are discussing and the solutions they offer. We also see how they are organizing themselves in a strong social and student-run movement.

Mothers Protest Family Separation, De-Valuing of Caring Work

02.04.2010 09:30

On Saturday, March 13, mothers and those who depend on them held simultaneous protests in ten cities around the world in honor of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. Called by the Global Women’s Strike, the events united under the call to “Invest in Caring, Not Killing,” beginning with payment for the first carers: mothers. Marchers also demanded resources for family reunification and protested the mistreatment of undocumented domestic laborers.

In Guyana, coastal women of African, Indian and Mixed descent travelled to the interior to join with their Indigenous sisters demanding clean potable water, electricity, housing, money for carers, protective rape law, and an end to racial and domestic violence. This historic unity was front page news in the national papers.

In India, Tribal and Dalit women from rural Chhattisgard assembled to demand equal rights to land and property; ration cards for mothers below the poverty line; higher pensions for single, widowed and divorced women; and compensation for mothers and children released from bonded labour.

In Los Angeles, about 150 people led by women and Aztec dancers marched to the Department of Children and Family Services to protest children being unjustly taken from their mothers because of racism, poverty and other discrimination. A similar protest was held in Philadelphia — due to heavy rains the group gathered inside the Arch Street United Methodist Church to dialogue and view a preview of the documentary, “DHS: Give Us Back Our Children!” produced in cooperation with the Scribe Video Center Community Visions Project.

Events also took place in Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Turkey and Venezuela, as well as in the Strike headquarters in London.

The Strike began working to revive International Women's Day in 2000. Their webpage explains: "We all know that the survival of the human race depends on the caring work of mothers. Mothers have the longest working day and the lowest incomes. On top of caring we’re expected to work for the lowest pay to feed our families. We get no recognition or support, only blame when things go wrong. And in times of wars or even ‘peace’, mothers are to the most dedicated campaigners for justice for our loved ones – an extension of our caring work."

Global Roundup from globalwomenstrike.net | | | Isata Denton Ceesay and Selma James speak on "Why a Mother's March?" | | | More IWD Coverage: Ashland, Oregon | Manila, Philippines | Northern UK | | | Past Coverage of IWD: Past Coverage of IWD: 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

European Day of Action to Ban Nuclear Weapons

02.03.2010 20:40

2010 is a crucial year for nuclear disarmament. On the military base of Kleine Brogel (Belgium), there are estimated to be around 20 NATO nuclear weapons. Belgian pilotes are trained to use them. If we ever want to get rid of those nuclear weapons, the Belgian government has to take initiatives now. It's now or never. We aren't a part of the negociations, but we can make sure that the illegal nuclear weapon strategy doesn't go on undisturbed.

April 3rd will be a European Day of Action to ban nuclear weapons. Mass actions will take place at every European NATO nuclear weapons base in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Belgium.

Recent actions by the bombspotters activists : Bomspotters defy militaries of air force base Kleine Brogel | Torturés par des soldats belges dans une base de l'OTAN au coeur de l'Europe[fr]

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