October 15, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>‘Beneath the Acropolis we go on strike…’


Approximately 100 ministry contractual employees barricaded themselves inside the Acropolis site overnight on Wednesday, 13 October, demanding two years of back pay and permanent contracts. They padlocked the entrance gates and refused to allow in tourists. Guardians of the Acropolis site (Athens, Greece) work in behalf of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism either as civil servants (with permanent contracts) or as contractual employees (with temporal contracts). More than 400 contract-workers of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism have been working unpaid for up to 22 months. These are workers who have up to 20 years of service. The Greek government shows them the door of unemployment. Most of them will be laid off after years of flexible and underpaid work.
The following morning, Thursday, 14 October, the director of the First Inspectorate of Prehistoric Classical Antiquities filled a lawsuit, thus giving excuse to police squads to storm the site. Approximately 80 employees refused to open the gate against police squads, even when cops entered from a side door tear-gassing and beating with fury protesters, passers-by, even (so-called) journalists. There were people injured (unconfirmed number) and at least one witnessed arrest.

Workers remained in the archaeological site, which was shut down throughout the day. The same afternoon, under heavy rain, a solidarity gathering had been called in the presence of police and security force. The assemblers were beaten by police. Two of the slogans were ‘Beneath the Acropolis we go on strike; we think of the slaves rather than Phidias,’ and ‘Solidarity is peoples’ weapon – War against the bosses’ war.’undefined

Mass media mocked the strikers, with hysterical scaremongering for ‘tourists who have traveled from far-flung countries, and will not see the Parthenon’ and comments such as ‘authorities often are sensitive [!] to protests at the emblematic ancient site, particularly as the country largely relies on tourism for revenue’… With the most famous recipe, that of brainwashing, international and Greek media prepares public opinion to accept the brutal repression at all levels.

Contrainfo will publish a special report about the dirty coverage of this issue by the state media.

Blogger Julia Riber Pitt said…

SOLID(A)RITY FOREVER!The struggle never ends until the injustice does!

October 15, 2010 9:09 PM

October 14, 2010
by actforfreedomnow




During the night of the 13th october, in the city center of Bern, Switzerland, the icelandic embassy has been attacked.The lock was glued and “free rvk9″ was spraypainted on the maindoor of the building.

October 14, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Trento, Italy, raid on Benetton in solidarity with the Mapuche people



Source: Stampa trentina, 13:10:10 Yesterday morning, when they arrived to start work shortly before nine the shop attendants of Benetton in via Oriola found two surprises: the first, written and drawn with black paint “Mapuche free” on the window and the other, the lock ‘blocked with “Attak”, the quick-setting glue. Unable to open the shop, the store manager of the great Venetian textile group called for the intervention of the Fire Brigade who had to work hard to unlock the gate.
Also black writing on the window of Sisley who is almost opposite. A few yards away, in Via Del Simonino the same scene. Four girls set to work with a lot of turpentine and large pieces of “Scottex “to clean, not without difficulty, the large showcase of the other Benetton store 0-12, that of children’s clothes. Here, too, writings in praise of freedom for these people far away, the Mapuche.
The reason for the damage? Apparently to draw attention to the indigenous people who live in Patagonia and have lost part of land aquired by a company of the Benetton to raise sheep for wool. A story that has become the symbol of the struggle of indigenous people against corporations or other large industrial groups in the West.

October 14, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>County Hall attacked in Nottinghamshire (UK)


13 October 2010
“The Nottinghamshire County Hall was attacked last night with hammers and graffiti. Messages of “Fight the Cuts” and “Fuck Austerity” were left on the walls of the entrance facing the trent, whilst several windows were smashed.
This was a small gesture, it exists alongside all other gestures large and small, which refuse to accept “the way things are”.
We are members of the insubordinate masses, we won’t attend your marches or listen to your speeches. We know the government will keep cutting in order to pay for the banks mistake. We know that capitalism is the crisis, and that it will continue to be.
We will continue to attack wherever we see possibilities. We will continue to attack in solidarity with all those who are abused by governments and banks in the name of capitalism. We will continue to attack in solidarity with anyone who has fought back before us and with anyone who will fight back after us.
The system is killing us and we must fight back.”


October 14, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Coal trucks locked out at Mainshill Open Cast Site (UK)


13 October 2010
“This morning people locked the haulage gate of Mainshill Open Cast Site on the B7078 with a d-lock preventing coal trucks entering the site and transporting coal to the Ravenstruther Rail Head.
This action was taken in solidarity with The Happendon Wood Action Camp and the people living in the Douglas Valley who are facing an onslaught of coal mines from Scottish Coal. Our actions will not stop until Scottish Coal stops ripping apart the Douglas Valley for profit. “
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October 14, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>National Eviction Team & Scottish Coal Visit Happendon Wood Action Camp For Nose Around


As day 15 of the Happendon Wood Action Camp dawned, two members of the National Eviction Team and three Scottish Coal employees came for a snoop around.
At around 9.00am they came onto site and started taking pictures of people and structures. Martin Leyshon, head of the National Eviction Team seemed rather disappointed when he wasn’t recognised. “Obviously new on the block, are you?” he said.
After being followed by inhabitants of the camp and an unsuccessful attempt to break into the communal living space, they branded it a “pissy little camp”, jumped into the same security van and drove off.
So far there has been no sign of eviction papers, but Scottish Coal’s intentions are clear.
Just one mile away from Mainshill Open-cast Site, The Happendon Wood Action Camp (THWAC) is a base for community engagement and direct action in the Douglas Valley, South Lanarkshire. Come and help us defend the wood from destruction by Scottish Coal, and fight the devastation caused by their relentless exploitation of this beautiful place.
Our first Action Gathering is this weekend – 1st – 4th of October. Hope to see you there!

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October 14, 2010
by actforfreedomnow



A police station has been squatted in London in retaliation against police oppression.

What follows is a communique’ from the occupied to the occupiers:


‘This is for everyone who has suffered injustice at the hands of the police.

This is for everyone who has been robbed by a banker,

This is for every soldier who was sent to war on lies.

This is for every refugee who is hounded for having there homes destroyed.

This is for the people who sleep on the streets on the outside of empty buildings.



cood luck from act for freedom now!! tell us were you are to come!!!

October 14, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Prisoners transferred after jail protest

>13 October

In the wake of a prison protest at a jail in the western Dutch city of Harlem, a large number of inmates have been transferred to other jails. The prisoners were protesting at a newly-introduced stricter regime.
The prison service confirmed the large-scale transfers in response to local press reports. Prisoners refused to return to their cells on Sunday evening in protest at a new national prison timetable, which temporarily prevents visits during weekends.
The prison governors saw the protest as unacceptable, and therefore decided to transfer a number of the protestors away from the Haarlem jail.

October 14, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Guerilla Warfare Against Cops


13 October 2010

A video titled “Primorye Partisan” has been making the rounds on the Internet. It was made by a gang of self-proclaimed guerrillas in the Primorye region that led an armed attack against policemen. They are suspected of killing two policemen and wounding six others between February and June.
One of their slogans is “Grab a weapon and save your soul” — something that is close to what guerrilla fighters in the Caucasus have said and done. Imagine that these guerrillas surfaced in the United States and started shooting at cops. I think the public would call them the new Manson family.
The reaction in Russia has been mixed. According to a public survey conducted a couple of years ago, only 1 percent of the population trusts the police. In a recent Moscow poll, the figure was even less than 1 percent.
Most of the remaining 99 percent consider the police and other siloviki as an occupation force of sorts  — absolute scum who abuse citizens with impunity.
Any encounter with a cop in uniform is like running into a hardened criminal on the street. This is particularly true for the traffic police, who have a license to extort money from drivers. But it also applies to the drunken street cops who openly collect protection money from street vendors.
Each time a traffic officer extorts a bribe, even the most nonviolent citizens drive away muttering, “Those bastards should be taken out and shot.”
They don’t do it, of course. Extorting money from drivers is reprehensible, but does it justify killing traffic policemen? Hardly. Even if we believe that the police as a whole are nothing more than a nationwide crime syndicate, this is no justification for citizens taking matters into their own hands by opening fire at policemen. Regardless of how abusive cops are, due process of the law must be observed. Society cannot be ruled by vigilantism.
Violence against policemen, of course, is not limited to Primorye. Cops are shot in Dagestan and other parts of the North Caucasus on a regular basis. Will this trend lead to a larger guerrilla war against cops in other parts of the country? No, and one reason is that there is a lack of young people in the European parts of Russia and in the regions east of the Urals. The only exception is the North Caucasus, where the birth rates — and unemployment — are high. These regions have a particularly high proportion of youth aged 16 to 20, many of whom will never be able to find work. Religious fundamentalism is the spark that can start the fire. The combustibles are already in place.
If 40 percent of the Russian population were also under 25, then the policies of the current regime would trigger serious social unrest. I don’t know which specific ideology would guide the angry youth — perhaps neo-Nazism, some fringe version of Orthodox Old Believers or an exotic blend of paganism.
In any case, after watching the video of the Primorye guerrillas, three things are clear. First, if Russia had an excess of young males, they would wage a guerrilla war against the cops.
Second, that war would enjoy the support of most people — even educated Russians who don’t share the guerrillas’ radical views.
Last, it would not be a war for democracy.

October 13, 2010
by actforfreedomnow



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Early this morning police officers arrested a comrade which they accuse for arson of a vehicle of the national electrical company in Thessaloniki.
It is already confirmed that besides his house they have proceeded to raid various houses of individuals of the a/a movement in athens and thessaloniki. They are looking for two more comrades they say were with him.
There is a call to meet at the polytechnic of thessaloniki tonight at 8.30 pm for information. 

October 13, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Screws in Malandrino prison (high security Greek prisons) are applying new methods of extermination

>Fascist methods in the general penitentiary of Malandrinou are being followed by the director Vassilios Gortzias and his agents, who are not delivering letters to the prisoners, sending them back without notifying them, using safety as a pretext when the prisoner is considered ‘dangerous’.

They allege that the prisoner himself should make an application a number of days earlier with full information about the sender, even his phone number, to the Prison Council and receive the appropriate authorisation, which means that he is obliged to know when, who and what precisely is being sent to him.

All this delirium places prohibitory restrictions on the sending of telegrams or letters, deprives communication with comrades, friends and relatives, leads to the perpetration of disciplinary offences, restricts the natural propensity to satisfy elementary needs, the contact with the rest of the world and the obvious right of free configuration of personality, free correspondence, the free communication that is in any case overshadowed  by  codes and conditions. The inviolability and facilitation of free communication and secrecy are the counterweight and  weapons that we have against the moral extermination of the prisoners.



October 13, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Mapuche Hunger Strikers in Angol End Strike


An agreement was reached today between the 10 Mapuche political prisoners in Angol (several of whom are actually at Victoria Hospital) and the Chilean government, resulting in the end of a hunger strike for these individuals which began more than 80 days ago.
The agreement was reached after hours of intense negotiations between the Secretary General of the President, Cristián Larroulet, the prisoners, and their spokespersons.  According to Larroulet, the details of the agreement will be released on Monday, October 11th.
Jorge Huenchullán, a spokesperson for the Mapuche, said that negotiations will continue between the Chilean government and the Mapuche representatives over several issues, including land, but that the government was willing to take steps that allowed for the strike to cease. Huenchullán also stated that the human lives at stake were also a factor in the agreement, as presumably neither side wanted to see a loss of life.
There is no word yet whether the remaining four prisoners — one from Chol Chol, and three from Temuco — have also given up their strike.
All of this comes exactly one week after the majority of the Mapuche hunger strikers reached an agreement with the Chilean government and discontinued their strike. Since that time, the Chilean government has further altered the Military Justice Code, and reassigned certain cases so that they are no longer being tried under the Antiterrorism Law, both of which were parts of that first agreement (which can be found in English, here).

October 12, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Lisbon – Solidarity action with the comrades in Belgium




12/10/2010 – Lisbon cathedral woke up in the 12th of October with paintbombs and spraypainted. “The S.E.F and the church go hand in hand. That both go up in flames!” (S.E.F. is the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) “Solidarity with comrades in Belgium. Fire to the detention centres!”

Despite Everything (Belgium)

To the rebels over here and over there
It’s not easy to catch reality into words, as feelings and desires always go beyond what is offered by vocabulary. It is however a vital thing to speak, trying to give expression to our thoughts and feeling. Certainly at times when the terror of the state and her troops of order try to silence everything.
For years we’ve been saying that we need space and time to enable us to think and speak freely. This space and time will never be given to us, we can only conquer them ourselves, eradicate them from the reality of thou shall and thou must. That’s why we’ve been speaking and we speak about revolt, about deeds which create space to live, to express our desires for freedom which no longer accept the sickening misery and ugliness of this world.
During the past week, the State chose to fill up all potential space with uniforms, riot vans, undercover police, detention and abuse. The state barely tolerates anarchists that encourage revolt by words and deeds, but during this week it was put all on all to prevent all encounters between the different rebellions which are heating up the social conflictuality in Brussels. And authority expressed itself by its easiest language: terror, that is to say, a systematic and indiscriminate violence.
The manifestation announced for the 1st of October against all closed centres, prisons, borders and against the state was not allowed to take place, no matter what. A prohibition to gather was declared in four of Brussels districts, while an imposing force of order arrested everyone who gathered around the meeting point. At the same time, other squadrons were controlling the neighbourhoods and metro stations with an iron grip. Both the prisons of Saint-Gilles and Forest were hermetically closed of by a squadron of riot police, while in the heart of rebellious Anderlecht the police were patrolling with balaclavas on their face and machine guns in their hands. Hundreds of people were preventively arrested, tens of them were humiliated, abused and beaten at the police stations.
Lets be clear: the state is not afraid of a hand full of anarchists, but fears the potential social infection which revolutionaries try to effect day by day. Since long Brussels seems to be a social powder barrel in which the social tensions are tried to be suppressed by more police and more wounded and dead persons on the side of those who try to confront in one way or another. The social tensions however continue to express themselves in a radical way: ranging from frequently recurring riots in the neighbourhoods to revolts in the closed centres and prisons, from well aimed attacks against the structures of state and capital to a spreading hostility against everything wearing a repressive uniform. The manifestation announced for the 1st of October was probably about to become one of the possibilities for encounter between the different rebelliousness and anti-authoritarian ideas- and this encounter got squashed.
Despite the militarised pacification of those last days, we will continue to focus on this social powder barrel, knowing that each opportunity can set fire to the powder. The proposal for demonstrating was blocked by many obstacles almost impossible to overcome, but other activities will make their way.
Despite the police walls trying to keep us separated, we continue to consider the encounter between different rebelliousness’s as a desirable and necessary possibility. No repressive state blackmail can soften our enthusiasm for this.
Despite the fact that our initiative got snatched from our hands, we are determined, in our hearths and heads, to snatch it back. Despite all, we continue. Nothing is over… the possibilities are still there to be grabbed.
For the moment, four comrades are staying behind the bars of the prison of Forest, charged with complicity to the attack on a police station in Brussels on the night of the 1st of October. Let’s make them feel our affection and solidarity.
Anarchists who won’t leave anything behind
Brussels, October 5th 2010

October 11, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Important update: Marco Camenisch has been transferred


Dear comrades,
Marco Camenisch has been transferred from Zurich to a high  security prison in Orbe, without even giving him the time to get ready or tell anyone! This happens after 8 years in Zurich, out of the blue and without any warning!
We don’t know the reasons for this, but can make our own conclusions. We think this is due to his recent hunger strike together with Silvia, Billy and Costa; to the international mobilisations around long-term revolutionary prisoners; to his long-term committment and his contacts with the international movement. Once again the system is trying to isolate him, by transferring him to a high security prison far away.
Solidarity is our weapon: let’s use this weapon by sending cards and greetings to Marco.

Marco Camenisch
Penitencier de Bochuz
Case Postale 150
1350 Orbe

Original article: International Red Aid

October 11, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Korkoneas receives life sentence plus 15 months; Saraliotis receives 10 years and asks for suspension to his sentence


History has, time and time again, shown us that people suffer from lack of memory. History repeats its self tragically and I am sure that history it self is sick of repeating. We stand by incapable of relieving it of its martyrdom .
Now more than ever, we must lift it from its miserable stagnancy. It is impossible to forget. We cannot forget. We have no right to forget. We have a duty to move here, there, anywhere but not return to our couches as mere viewers of the fate of the above-mentioned “lady” (history). We can show history round the world we trust. A world devoid of inequality. A world where our sweat will at last matter. A world where our life will not depend on meaningless conflict and negotiations nor of course depend on any sort of ostracism or any metaphysical phenomenon.
So, I am afraid we’ll forget and we’ll go back home to the warmth that freezes our conscience. I fear we’ll end up watching the news once again without our action in it. We‘ve started something which we have a duty to bring to a conclusion not to an end. It’s time to awaken history and even on crutches. Lead it under our banner to the country, so much talked-about, the country to which we suddenly got tickets for. Let’s make the journey and let’s leave our entire luggage behind. Let us create everything from a beginning whose thread will look stable and inelastic. What we need is within us. It would be pathetic to let it remain within. It would be to egoistical to digest it. It would be destructive not to share it.

Repeating doesn’t make it perfect, it destroys evolution. I entreat you then not to forget to go out in the streets. History has always slept in the streets anyway.

As it has just been announced: Korkoneas, the murderer of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, has received a life sentence for the murder, plus 15 months for illegal weapon possession. His co-defendant and accomplice to the murder, Saraliotis, has received 10 years. Saraliotis has asked for his sentence to be suspended until the court of appeals; his demand is being considered now (14.30 GMT+2) by the court – this caused a reaction by Alexandros’ grandmother and the atmosphere in the courtroom is now tense.

Film footage of the incident in which 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot dead by police in the Exarchia area of Athens.

o, so u wanna no what happened in greece ??
A cop killed a 15 year old boy in a 50 meters distance. not enough… the country has to pay back like 500 Billions to the EU or I guess we’re fucked. Still want more. The politicians and the prime minister, do not attempt to save the country, but steal as much money as they can ! they’re ripping us apart.. the financial problem is all over us. So what is going on in greece ? We just do not stand here silent. We only desire a better future…

October 11, 2010
by actforfreedomnow



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Text from a solidarity gathering by the self-organized steki of the philosophical school and the Open assembly of the western neighbourhoods at the french consultant in thessaloniki, protesting the deportations of the Roma in france and in solidarity to every persecuted person:
For roughly one year now we have become spectators of a vicious repressive tactic of the french state against the populations of Roma. From June 2010 until today there have been 8000 deportations and more are expected, as has been pre-announced by the french government. Already many destructions of settlements have preceded in the frames of a generalized and racist pogrom against the gipsy populations, as it also happened 2 years ago in Italy. In each system of sovereignty, from feudalism until today, the Roma constitute the first and easier target, while history has shown that the predicaments were and remain a permanent piece of their life. Because of their nomadic way of life and lack of desire or even difficulty of adaptation to the way of life of the majority of the rest of the residents, the Roma often have fallen victims of discriminations. Their resistance toward the individualistic neoliberalism leads to the growth of solidarity bonds between them to cover their daily needs and substantially gives them a form of autonomy towards the law and political-economic frames of the state. They are not under the organization of power and in the laws of the market, and structure their own self-organized communities.
With the “repatriation” of gipsy populations, Sarkozy tries initially to bring up his popularity attracting super-conservative parts of society and arousing french nationalism. His additional target is to disorientate society from the scandals in which he has fallen lately, but also the workers from the abolishment of basic social security, working and social rights that the future holds for them, a fact that happens already all over Europe. Sarkozy invests in the feeling of safety and power of the state, precisely in order to remove the question of crisis (political, economic, social, cultural) from the limelight. In this way he seeks the generalized terrorizing of the week classes in contradiction to the safety and the social prosperity that he offers to the privileged classes.
This policy, if indeed is proved effective for authority, it is very likely to be also applied from other governments, (as already leaked by the media that is “silently” and indirectly happening) that investing in conservatism, they will try they resolve the problems of their internal policy. On the other side, Romania and Bulgaria receive pressures for the repatriation of the Roma in return for the support of France at an economic and European level. The system and the power use their repressive mechanisms towards the weakest parts of society with a purpose to perpetuate their supremacy. It is something that is basically turned against each one of us and concerns us all.
And because we do not believe in the good intention of the European mechanisms, we demand no one gets kicked out of anywhere.
We stand in solidarity to all excluded and displaced.
We affix and claim a world without borders
Bertolt Brecht
Open Assembly of Western Neighbourhoods

October 10, 2010
by actforfreedomnow


Attacks against police targets in Bristol

Anti-police actions on the nights of the 8th and 9th October.

1. Avonmouth police garage was a soft target with 30 rocks thrown over the fence at vehicles.

2. CID regional HQ, Kenneth Steele House, Feeder rd. Plainclothes vehicles, including one sports car, smashed with rocks.

3. Fishing line strung up at 9ft for the mounted police of Bower Ashton mounted police and dog section.

Pick your moment, your terrain. Ambush.

Some angry people are not content to stagnate in silence. We recognise our brains as weapons. Wouldn’t it be nice if more people broke away from the British tradition of sitting back and taking shit from cops in the U.K and actually fought back for a change?

Solidarity with all those inside and outside the prison who fight the system.

This is for all those beaten, abused and murdered by police.



Protesters clash with British police

October 10th, 2010

The EDL are living in a dream

“According to the BBC there were 2500 EDL supporters and a few hundred UAF.”
Let’s have a look shall we:
“Seventeen people were arrested on Saturday after about 1,000 English Defence League (EDL) supporters held a rally in the city”
EDL bullshitting again.
Not too interested in the number of people on the UAF protest. Most of the anti-EDL crowd weren’t anywhere near it.
“The general public are actually concerned about islamic extremism which is why the uaf has such little public support”
The UAF has so little support because they are a front group for the Socialist Workers Party, because they cosy up to all the political parties and because they have a history of shopping anti-fascists to the police. Jog on troll.
The general public don’t subscribe to the same paranoid loony fantasies that the EDL do and most recognise a racist mob when they see one. That’s why Leicester rejected you.
Out of interest, how exactly did the Leicester demo fight “islamic extremism”?


I was stood at the point they broke out of. It was shitly guarded, but there were waaay over a hundred broke out easily. I’d say quite a few hundred. They chased about 30 local Asians and the first lot were followed by about another 60 but then there were tonnes more EDL. They were like a tsunami of signs and traffic cones up in the air. They started trying to pick off the locals that weren’t trying to engage with them. They tried to hit my mate who was taking photos coz he is Asian as they ran but I butted the edl guy out the way. Luckily he carried on running. I say “luckily” because there were certainly no UAF around. Only about 20 anti fascists dotted around. The ones I was with were not really fighters and of a certain age. As I saw one of them hit a black/Asian man who was on the phone on his own, they ran and shouted “kill the nigger”. There were about 20 chasing him. I started to run but all the locals were way ahead, and looking behind me noone was following but the EDL so I stopped. It wasn’t till about 5 minutes on that the police moved from the spot and a good ten before the vehicles followed them. I honestly thought it would riot into the night. It’s a shame in a way that they didn’t get to highfields because if they had then they would have been outnumbered. Perhaps not entirely by people willing to fight but they don’t have to know that!

A far-right group known for staging violent protests against what it calls the spread of Islam in Britain clashed with police on Saturday in a northern English city.
Four people were arrested and a police officer had to be hospitalised.
Nearly 1400 police officers, including some in riot gear and on horseback, were called to contain about 1000 activists from the English Defence League who gathered in Leicester for a demonstration.
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Police said missiles were thrown at them and one officer was taken to hospital. Some protesters – many of them young men – broke away from the designated protest area at one point to confront gangs of local youths.
Supporters of the English Defence League, a right-wing group set up last year, began travelling around the country demonstrating against what they call the spread of sharia, or Islamic law, in England last summer.
The group insists it is peaceful, but critics say it is racist and tends to stir up unrest. On Saturday, about 700 members of a leftist group called Unite Against Fascism called a counter-demonstration nearby.
The two opposing groups had clashed during similar rallies last year in northern English cities such as Leeds and Manchester.




Gay rights march in Belgrade triggers riots


Protesters clash with police protecting Gay Pride march

Serbian police have clashed with protesters trying to disrupt a Gay Pride parade in the capital, Belgrade.
Police used tear gas against the rioters, who threw petrol bombs and stones at armed officers and tried to break through a security cordon.
A garage attached to the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Party was briefly set on fire, and at least one shot was fired at the building.
Around 40 people were injured, including at least two police officers.


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BELGRADE (Reuters) – A gay rights parade in Belgrade descended into violence Sunday as thousands of police deployed to protect marchers clashed with gangs of anti-gay protesters, sparking riots, injuries and dozens of arrests.One official said that 90 police officers required medical attention and two had been seriously wounded in the violence, which spread to other parts of the capital as nationalists and skinheads lashed out at targets unrelated to the parade.
Firefighters extinguished a blaze at the headquarters of the Democratic Party of President Boris Tadic, and witnesses said some in the building were wounded. A Reuters witness said others had tried to climb up scaffolding into the parliament building, but were chased away.
“It’s a really sad day for Serbia,” Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac told reporters.
The violence highlighted the intolerance that still pervades Serbian society a decade after the country ousted strongman Slobodan Milosevic, ending its pariah status.
The parade, the first of its kind in Belgrade in nearly a decade, had been seen as a test of Serbia’s readiness to become a more modern, open society after years of war in the 1990s fueled by ethnic hatred.
The clashes occurred two days ahead of a planned visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who wants to highlight Washington’s support for Belgrade’s EU aspirations.
Gangs of tough-looking youths threw stones at police sporting riot gear, smashed windows of cars and buses and looted kiosks. Others sang nationalist songs.
Bloodied police could be seen leaving the scene and witnesses heard gunshots fired toward security forces. Police said at least one gay rights activist had been beaten unconscious and more than 100 people had been detained.
Debris lay scattered across the main streets in central Belgrade and clouds of white tear gas rose from the ground.
“It is a shame for me to march, to stand for what I am, and to have thousands of cops protect me from hysterical nationalists,” said Milena, 36, a lesbian activist.
Susanne Simon-Paunovic, a German married to a Serb who attended the rally said: “It was more like death march. The atmosphere was terrible.”
In addition to the headquarters of the Democratic Party, a police officer said rioters had also attacked the premises of the Socialist Party, a coalition partner.
Sutanovac described the violence against his party’s headquarters as an attack on “Serbia’s European path and democratic values.”

October 9, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Experimental GM corn field sabotaged in Badajoz



9 10 2010 From Culmine (October 8, 2010):
We claim responsibility for the sabotage of an experimental field of genetically modified corn in Badajoz province. On Sunday, September 19, several people sabotaged a crop of genetically modified corn—designated type SF1035T and related to another variety already being sold by Monsanto—owned by Fitto Seeds in Guareña municipality, Bajadoz.
This action is a small response to the imposition of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by biotechnology corporations and the Spanish state.
Ever since massive GMO experimentation, approval, and marketing began, the creators and developers of GMOs have been declaring that they would be capable of ending hunger and safeguarding the health of humanity, possibly ushering in a cleaner, more efficient agriculture. Nothing could be further from reality.
The imposition of GMOs is taking place in the context of enormous transnational corporations fighting for monopolistic control of seeds and chemical fertilizers, monoculture, genetic contamination, the elimination of the small and medium-sized farmer, the liquidation of local economies, the disappearance of indigenous seed varieties, huge distribution networks, the pollution of water supplies with toxic waste, and the disintegration of rural communities. In short, the context of the capitalist model.
GMOs are incompatible with other forms of production and social organization based on restoring a more traditional agriculture that satisfies the needs of populations instead of markets, doesn’t exceed the limits of ecosystems, and aims to rid itself of the illusion of associating happiness with consumption.
Such models are particularly needed in a world gripped by starvation and global warming caused by the planet’s submission to the market and state totalitarianism.
Therefore, GMOs have not managed to fulfill the goodness they were said to be capable of. Instead, they represent another turn of the screw in the agroindustrial model, which envisions the total expropriation of people’s capacity to feed themselves.
For final decisions regarding the approval and subsequent marketing of GMOs, the Spanish state created the National Biosecurity Commission (CNB), leaving regulation in its hands.
Within the CNB there are seven scientific representatives, many of whom have ties to the biotechnology industry and the pro-GMO lobby. This scientific bloc calls the shots within the CNB, whose duty is to industry, not biosecurity. Proof of this can be found in the growing number of cases of genetic contamination in wheat and corn crops. In entire regions of the Spanish state, the genetic contamination of crops like these has been ensured.
Beyond our frontiers, GMOs have been responsible for all kinds of disasters, like famines, deforestations, poisonings, allergies, and other pathologies stemming from their consumption, as well countless instances of coercion against rural farming communities by biotechnology corporations. And let’s not forget the genuine massacres that have arisen from the manufacture and use of the chemical fertilizers needed by the agroindustrial model, of which GMOs are the latest expression.
Saying no to GMOs means saying no to the aforementioned evils and injustices, saying no to imposition, saying no to the artificialization of life, and saying no to a fool’s progress.
Taking action against GMOs is a legitimate people’s struggle, as well as a sign of common sense and the need for profound social change. It is the fruit of being conscious of how dangerous it is (and how much is at stake) when the Earth is in the hands of capitalism. Whoever sows and promotes GMOs will reap resistance.

October 9, 2010
by actforfreedomnow


Riot police violently attack migrants after tonight’s anti-fascist demonstration – photos athens

Photos from Athens IMC. The attack happened a bit after the main anti-fascist demonstration tonight, launched by the riot police against a group of migrants who went on marching after the main demonstration had ended.


Today, we’ve won a huge bet. Responding to a call for an antifascist demo in Attikis square, more than 1,000 migrants and locals marched together through the streets of an area often marked by fascist attacks, pogroms on the squares, police violence and so much more. Today was a very important day; the first, most probably, where local anti-fascists and (many undocumented) migrants march together, side-by-side. The people in today’s demonstration sensed this; the atmosphere as we were passing through the streets of neighbourhood is difficult to describe.
It is important to keep this momentum, to make sure that the fascist gangs (which didn’t dare make an appearance today) stay well hidden off the streets. Attica square, and the entire area just north of the Athenian centre, is a very volatile area in the past few months and years.


The Battle For Attica square – athens Greece


Posted by clandestinenglish on 6 October 2010

It’s the first time that an EU country has seen its treatment of refugees described as a humanitarian crisis by the UNHCR. This report gets to the heart of the escalating tensions in Greece.
“I’ve seen too many. They cross the river like bees”, sighs a local fisherman. With as many as 400 people crossing the Evros river each day, arrests of illegal immigrants in Greece have exploded from 3,500 to 20,000 in a year. Most choose to turn themselves in, but they have no idea what awaits them. Infested with rats, Greece’s detention centres are now critically overcrowded. Those who try to avoid this fate end up on the streets, such as in Attica Square, home to hundreds of Afghan refugees. With no government support, crime is rife here, and as frustration builds, racial attacks by local vigilantes are escalating beyond control. Ghulam’s family sleep on a bench in the square – his four-year-old son was recently attacked in the middle of the night. “If I’d stayed in Afghanistan I might have been beaten, but they would have at least spared my children. I cannot believe this is Europe.”