Repression

G20: A comrade writes from a Hamburg Prison

In the below passage, one of the people detained in Hamburg during July’s G20 Protests talks about his imprisonment, the incarceration system and other arenas where anarchists are facing State repression.

It’s been almost a month-and-a-half since I was imprisoned during the 12th G20 summit in Hamburg, in a city that was besieged and taken in hostage by the security forces, but which also saw an important local and popular… Continue reading

Durban: 67 years after Apartheid evictions, ANC violently attacks Cato Manor occupation

Two people have been blinded this week in violent reprisals from State and local ANC-linked thugs as they try to push land occupiers out of Cato Manor in Durban, South Africa.

The relatively new occupation, organised with shackdwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), has been shaken by the extreme violence, which saw Smiso Maphumulo shot in the eye on Tuesday and Noluthando Masikiza blinded on Thursday. In… Continue reading

Argentina: Anarchist still missing after police raid against Mapuche activists

People were beaten, houses were burned, antique furniture burned, books were lost forever. Hurricane Gendarmerie went through the town of Cushamen last Monday causing devastation in the name of the Benetton fashion corporation, and one person is still missing — anarchist solidarity activist Santiago Maldonado.

Santiago, who lives in El Bolson, is more usually seen in Rio Library but has friends in Cushamen and had been… Continue reading

Greek anarchists hit out at Syriza crackdown and Irianna jailing

Last month a PhD student named only as “Irianna” by the press was jailed for 13 years for being a member of Greek insurrectionist group Conspiracy of Fire Cells. The case has caused uproar across the country as the 29-year-old language student, who says she has no connection to the group and is not an anarchist, was convicted on the basis of a single, partial fingerprint on… Continue reading

After G20, the repression: Tips and solidarity for the chased

Linksunten Indymedia issued a summary piece yesterday in support of people facing the upcoming crackdown against participants in the G20 protests in Hamburg earlier this month. We reproduce it in English here for broader uptake. Please note that legally this advice is aimed at people in Germany, but the security tips are applicable worldwide. Separately, Enough is Enough has updated with current solidarity activities in Germany here. Pic above… Continue reading

Gallery: Yarl’s Wood protests

This gallery contains 14 photos.

Peter Marshall was at Yarl’s Wood this weekend and has kindly let us share his excellent photos of the day, which saw hundreds of people gathered as part of the campaign to shut the infamous migrant detention centre down.

Over 400 women are detained in the facility, some of whom shouted “freedom” through the windows and can be seen in the photos waving, holding signs out for … Continue reading

Brazil’s criminalised social movements: 2013 never ended

Organisations across Brazil have hit out over the last few weeks over the ongoing criminalisation of social movements, in particular the long-running campaign of demonisation and legal gagging against activists from transport campaign Bloco de Luta and the MST landless movement.

Based in Porto Alegre, Bloco del Luta has been facing heavy repression since its members helped organise a massive series of protests and occupations in 2013  against… Continue reading

South Africa: Durban and the rule of lies

Shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo reports on the Bhambayi protests which have hit north Durban as the city’s new administration reverses solemn promises it made on the electoral trail to make reparations for the intense repression inflicted on Abahlali members.

The anger of the poor can go in many directions.

In local government elections [last year] those who have led the war against… Continue reading

Repression in Russia and Spain spikes against anarchists

Two major reports from branches of the Anarchist Black Cross have provided insights into the impact of repressive measures being taken against anarchists in Russia and Spain under the guise of “anti-terror” strategies.

In Russia, ABC Moscow has collated an overview of repressions from over the last year.

Here in the prison I have started to feel a deep hate for the modern state apparatus and class society.… Continue reading

Peru: Homophobic rally confronted by LGBTI and anarchist groups

Tensions have been rising in Peru between an increasingly bold LGBTI movement and conservative groups in recent months, with the latest clashes happening on March 4th in the capital of Lima.

The homophobic “Con Mis Hijos No Te Metas” march was primarily called by a number of reactionary Christian groups, including CONAPFAM, Water of Life, the World Missionary Movement, Christian and Missionary Alliance and Assemblies… Continue reading