Globalization of counterrevolutionary tactics: Russia prepares to defeat any potential ‘central asian spring’

22.09.2011 § Leave a comment

Last week General Nikolai Makarov, head of the Russian army, told a newspaper that training to deal with social uprisings similar to those seen in North Africa and the Middle East and the increasing threat from militant Islamists would be the focus of the military exercises.

“According to him, the exercises would be especially aimed at defeating negative developments shown from the examples of Libya and Syria and the export of destabilisation after NATO leaves Afghanistan in 2014,” Russian newspaper Vedemosti reported on Sept 13.

What globalizes faster, revolutionary tactics or counterrevolutionary tactics? Does it matter? Maybe its just a confirmation, again of the thesis that the revolution will require the defection of the military from the states and the capitalists (like it seemed like was happening/almost happened in the spring…).

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ROUNDUP: Chile student riots; solidarity sabotage in the Bronx; Nigerian militant resistance; riot and repression in China; UK police station firebombed

10.08.2011 § 2 Comments

the signalfire is ablaze…

A ROUNDUP:

CHILE STUDENT TEACHER UPRISING

Violence erupted on the streets of Chile’s capital and other cities as tens of thousands of students staged another protest demanding changes in public education.

Masked demonstrators burned cars and barricades, looted shops and threw furniture at police in Santiago on Tuesday. Some attacked an apartment building, throwing rocks and breaking windows. Riot police used tear gas and tanks with water cannons to push them back.

As in previous demonstrations, protesters danced, sang, wore costumes and waved signs. But then groups of masked protesters split off and tried to break through police barricades blocking the way to the presidential palace.

NEW YORK SABOTAGE OF VERIZON COINCIDING WITH STRIKE

As 45,000 Verizon (NYSE: VZ) employees remain on strike, the company reported that it has seen at least 12 acts of sabotage to communications facilities in four states. Some of the damage to its network has resulted in outages for its FiOS TV, Internet and phone services.

Verizon said it has seen 10 incidents of fiber-optic lines being cut in the Bronx, Pomona, Farmingdale and Guilderland in New York, in addition to incidents in Tewksbury, Mass., Bel Air, Md., and East Dover, Oakland, and Plainfield, N.J. The company blamed one outage on electronic equipment that was stolen from a Cedar Grove, N.J. facility, and it said the heating system at its central office in Manhattan was tampered with.

MILITANT PROTEST IN NIGERIA AGAINST POWER OUTAGES

NO fewer than 20 youths were Tuesday arrested by  Ondo State Police flowing a violent protest over power outages in  Oke Aro area of Akure, the State capital.

As early as 6am some miscreants said to be protesting lack of power supply in the area of  barricaded major streets and allegedly manhandled innocent people and vandalized several vehicles.

The protesters were said to have also stormed the office of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, in Oke Aro, during the protest that lasted for over four hours.

Road users were held hostage for hours as the miscreants barricaded the roads and threatened to set vehicles and other government property ablaze.

RIOT AGAINST TOXIC PLANT IN CHINA

About ten thousand people in China’s Hunan province took to the streets on Aug. 4 to protest the construction of a toxic waste incinerator near their town’s water supply. Several protesters were beaten bloody by police, while irate villagers beat up the vice mayor.

POLICE STATION ATTACKED IN NOTTINGHAM

A police station in Nottingham was firebombed on Tuesday night as violence also hit Liverpool, Leicester, Bristol and Leeds.

Canning Circus police station in Nottingham was attacked by a gang of 30 to 40 men but no injuries were reported, according to Nottinghamshire police. The force said at least eight people were arrested in connection with the attack.

Around the same time, a number of cars were firebombed at a car lot in Carlton Road in the city.

The violence followed the arrest of 10 youths earlier in the evening after a small group of people got on to the roof of one of the buildings at Nottingham High School. In another incident two men, aged 17 and 18, were arrested after rocks were thrown at Bulwell Police Station in the city.

BBC UK: “riot girls ‘brag’ about violence” : “Showing the police and the rich we can do what we want

10.08.2011 § Leave a comment

‘ Two girls who took part in Monday night’s riots in Croydon have boasted that they were showing police and “the rich” that “we can do what we want”.

The pair who were drinking wine looted from a local shop at 09:30 BST on Tuesday morning, spoke to the BBC’s Leana Hosea.”

Quick Nothing Transcript

Everyone was just goin riot like madness
Chucking things, chucking bottles, breaking into stuff…
It was madness!
It was good though, good fun
Of course it is!
So… you’re drinking a bottle of rose wine
at half nine in the mornin!
yea, free alcohol!
And you been drinkin all night?
Yea
Is it the government’s fault?
I dunno…
Conservatives…
Yea, whatever it is i dunno…
Its not even a riot, its about showing the police we can do what we want,
Yea, its about showing the police we can do what we want, and now we have.
So do you reckon it will go on tonight?
Hopefully, hopefully.
But its like local people, why is it targeting local people? Your own people?
Its the RICH people.
Its the rich people who got businesses, thats why all this is happening, cuz of the rich people, so we’re just showing the rich people that we can do what we want.

Tottenham UK: eyewitness reports emerge that trouble erupted after a 16-year-old girl threw a rock at police.

09.08.2011 § Leave a comment

nice photo collection here “Did rock-throwing teenage girl’s ‘beating’ by police spark London riots? Pictures that show how Tottenham turned into a war zone”

A nothing fave: burning double decker bus.

Bahrain medics on trial for treating protesters

13.06.2011 § Leave a comment

Video HERE.

Bahrain has begun the trials of 48 medical professionals accused of attempting to topple the monarchy.

Those on trial include some of the country’s top surgeons, accused of supporting weeks of pro-democracy protests in the country.

It is the latest trial at a special security tribunal set up by Bahrain’s rulers amid a far-reaching crackdown in the kingdom, which is home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Human rights organisations have condemned the trials, saying the staff are being hounded for treating hundreds of wounded protesters.

YEMEN: Friday, presidential palace hammered with rockets, escalating unrest

04.06.2011 § Leave a comment

Washington Post:

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when opposition tribesmen determined to topple him hammered his palace with rockets Friday in a major escalation of nearly two weeks of fighting with government forces. (June 3) (The Associated Press)

Al Jazeera Yemen Live Blog

Vid of shelling

Also

In Taiz, the reporter said that government troops fired heavy fire on tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators, having gathered in the courtyard of an alternative close to Freedom Square, which government forces stormed and burned tents in full on Tuesday.

And the two gunmen from the tribes that has vowed to protect peaceful demonstrators clashes with government troops, witnesses said the gunmen were able to destroy three military vehicles…

He said participants in the sit that two shells landed in front of wall of the university, as it was reported that snipers peppered the change in Sanaa yard shot from the direction of the neighborhood streets of Rabat and Cairo, which led to the downfall of a number of wounded.

Echoed the tens of thousands of protestors chanting opposition inside the tents and drew an urgent distress call to all organizations and international humanitarian quickly intervene to prevent the Yemeni regime of “killing like what happened in Freedom Square in Taiz.”

He also called on young people know what a revolution of peaceful change in Yemen, all Yemenis to participate in the largest crowds of the country is witnessing today in the framework of what they called “Fri fulfill.”

In the south of Sanaa, Taiz, fought gunmen on Thursday afternoon the streets of war with government forces and militants of the ruling party in the streets of the city.

Eyewitnesses said that the authorities shut down the entire city and prevent access to them for fear of the arrival of thousands of protesters from secondary towns in Taiz.

The clashes broke out between government forces and protesters tried to regroup near the Liberty Square in Taiz, but were held off by government forces fired live bullets are heavy as eyewitness accounts of what led to the injury of two of them.

SPAIN: The plaza is creating good citizens, that is, problematic citizens.

28.05.2011 § Leave a comment

This conversation is one of the thousands that occur every day in the Plaza, except for the details of what can be shared in Public.

Trans.  Maxine Holz.
Interview between Stepahine Grueso and Amador Fernande-Savatar.

S. I’m not big on demonstrations, but the 15-M seemed necessary. Like so many others, I am fed up with a half-rotten social, economic and political system that has no consideration for people or for the world. Despite this, the feeling at the demo was not sorrowful or hostile.  To the contrary: it was like a party, with a lot of joy circulating.

Am. The call for the demo anticipated the spirit of the [Plaza del ] Sol: it was radical, but open and inclusive. So much energy was liberated that some people just couldn’t  go back home and they decided to occupy the plaza that  very night. This gesture was very surprising and very moving to me. It might never have resulted from the discussions or political calculations of a more organized assembly, and can only be the product of the improvisation of a group of people who decide to do what they want to do and act against all predictions.

S. The occupation (acampada) grew a lot after the eviction, which we all felt was intolerable. Now it’s impressive. Today there is a child care center, solar panels, a library, a clinic, cleaning teams that leave everything impeccable, plenty of food. It’s like a small city. There is an enormous collective effort to care for the space to create a small habitable world where we all fit, even for just a few days. It’s the same as what we saw months ago in Tahrir Square.

Am. We have gone from taking the street to creating the plaza. The democracy we want looks a lot like the organization of these plazas: egalitarian, active, cooperative, up to the people. It’s completely the opposite of the politics of the politicians. That is why they don’t represent us. This movement radically questions that consensual culture, the deproblematizing, depoliticizing culture called The Transition Culture. The two most popular slogans you hear are “they don’t represent us” and “they call it democracy but it isn’t”.

S. We are enjoying the beauty and we are also learning, educating ourselves. During these days I have met many very young people. I have been overwhelmed by their warmth, their intelligence, their organizational abilities, their commitment, their love for the commons . (amor por lo comun).  This is totally opposite to the stereotype of an egoistic and brainless youth we hear about.  The plaza is creating good citizens, that is, problematic citizens.

Am. These labels are a technique of the government: the separate the protestor from the rest of the population, as though they had nothing in commmon. But in the plazas, a huge collective intelligence has destroyed all these divisive stereotypes. As they say in one of the thousands of awesome posters that are everywhere: “ we are not anti-system, the system is anti-us’

S. The people are now the most powerful means of communication. We are   connected individuals producing our own choral story of what is going on and the conventional media have fallen behind.  I bought a cell phone for personal communications, leisure and the internet, but now I see it more as a weapon of self-defense.

Am. I ask myself where this self-organizing knowledge that has spread  in the plaza comes  from, and I find a possible source in the net culture.  In the free culture scene there is a deep-seated idea of community as a group that creates collectively, where there is cooperation amongst equals, the possibility of touching and modifying what another person does. We aren’t just protesting against something, we are now a rare species of community.

S. Election day hasn’t meant much for us. Sure, many of us have voted but we’re already into something else. We understand that what we have going us much more important and ambitious than some election, and we are working on that. I think we should agree on some basic points in common, get the maximum support for them and fight for them forcefully (con fuerza). I am left with two things: changes in the voting laws and regular access to public information. From that we can begin to build the future.

A. The experience of collective power (protagonismo colectivo), speaking out and cooperating with people you don’t know ,is already an irreversible victory. So many people have been transformed: their demeanor,  their dispositions and their relation with the world . [La mirada, la disposición y la relación con el mundo de muchísima gente se ha transformado- literally: the looks, the disposition and the relation with the world of many, many people have been transformed]  Right now there is an impulse to take charge of life in common (la vida comun) which seems to me unstoppable. Besides, from now on, as they said in Egypt: “we know the way back to Tahrir Square. “

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