Spray and affray as Paris police spark riot with fire hydrant arrest

The police version of events is as follows: at 6.20pm on Camille Groult street in the south-eastern Paris suburb of Vitry cops want to collar a person they suspect of illegally opening a fire hydrant. The person runs away and is caught up, but an officer is wounded in the subsequent scuffle. The cops detain and question the suspect, his mother and two other youngsters.

Later a gathering takes place… Continue reading

Do not vote, it only encourages them

Cartoonist and longtime Freedom contributor Donald Rooum has seen more “radical” governments than today’s offerings come and go, and has a little reminder for people who get too excited by Statist “democracy.”

Do not believe the media which exhort you to vote for Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. Only a very small minority, of about 100,000 adults, will have the opportunity to vote for either.  Only voters in… Continue reading

Inquiry into Druridge Bay opencast mine opens with a protest

Campaigners have been protesting today at the opening of a three-week public inquiry into whether to dig a massive open-cast coal mine at Highthorn, near the nature reserve and beauty spot of Druridge Bay.

The rally at inquiry venue Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club follows a giant-scale protest yesterday against mining firm Banks Group, which saw campaigners climb controversial “public sculpture” Northlandia near Cramlington  to… Continue reading

South Africa: Shack dwellers besiege police station after cops kill baby in assault on settlement

A furious, mourning community marched on Sydenham police station in Durban today after a police assault on the city’s Foreman Road shack settlement led to the death of two-week-old baby Jayden Khoza.

Shack dwellers crossed the short distance to the suburban station, sited next to a school, with the body of the baby who was present along with many other children when police started firing rubber bullets and tear gas… Continue reading

Sisters Uncut have “fully secured” Holloway prison

After a ten-hour standoff with police last night, women’s rights campaign Sisters Uncut announced this morning that they are in control of the recently closed women’s prison in London.

Sisters let themselves into the building through an open window yesterday afternoon, draping banners outside reading “this is public land, our land” before being surrounded by a large contingent of Met police. After a brief siege, during which police… Continue reading

Mexico: General strike hitting retail transnationals today

Retail giant Walmart cut its “profit sharing” bonus for already low-paid staff by up to 80% this year despite record and growing profits — so today it and linked firms are facing a rebellion that’s gone nationwide.

What has been described by local radicals as the “beginning of a new movement” first picked up on Sunday, when workers from Walmart, Sam’s Club, Suburbia, Bodega Aurrera and FEMSA… Continue reading

Anarchists analyse Brazil’s political earthquake

In the following essay members of Coordinación Anarquista Brasileña, a member group of the Anarkismo network, analyses the series of mass protests, riots and rebellions which have rocked the State and its elites in recent months.

Brazil is experiencing a political earthquake, exposing the rottenness of the country’s elite and further weakening the bonds that hold them in power. The orchestrated operation that led to a recording between… Continue reading

Towards a timeline of anarchism in Britain

In his 1978 book Slow Burning Fuse, which Freedom republished in 2014 and will be reprinting at this year’s London Anarchist Bookfair with full index, historian John Quail put together a unique timeline covering the period 1880-1930, picking out some of the key moments in the history of the British anarchist movement. A similar timeline covering the 87 years since then however hasn’t been produced — until now.… Continue reading

Call COBRA, that’ll sort it

The reaction to any terror bombing in any Western nation is as predictable as the tides and, with its own eccentricities, Britain is no exception.

First, a selection of political worthies mouth the Standardised Incident Phrase “my thoughts are with the victims” — whose names they will mostly not know or care to remember a week after the fact. The leader of the opposition scrambles to offer a pantomime of… Continue reading

Italy: A personal experience of enforced DNA sampling

For more than a year now forcibly collected DNA sampling has been used by Italian police in the ritual of identification for anybody they arrest or detain, and comrades imprisoned after the last repressive operation in Turin did not escape. If you want to resist the harvest then cops take your DNA by force, and succeeding in getting the upper hand against the guardians of… Continue reading