An Italian partisan in Florence on August 14, 1944
Squat demolition called off after four nights of rioting in Barcelona
May 31, 2014
Barcelona city hall has called off plans to demolish and redevelop a squatted building in one of the city’s poorest districts after four nights of violent protests.
Authorities said on Friday that they would halt demolition plans and attempt to reach a peaceful solution after widespread outrage at the forced eviction of Can Vies, a public building that has been occupied by leftist groups for 17 years.
Confrontations between protesters and police continued on Thursday after crowds gathered to demonstrate in the Sants district for a fourth consecutive night.
Police said they had arrested a total of 59 people in four nights of violent clashes after squatters were evicted and demolition began on the building, which is owned by Barcelona city transport authorities, but has been used as an unofficial civic centre since 1997.
The streets of the working-class district of Barcelona have seen pitched battles between protesters and riot police after thousands gathered to stage night time demonstrations against the closure of Can Vies.
Rioters hurled bottles and stones at police barricades, burnt bins and broke windows during the protests. Banks have also been attacked and the excavator used to demolish the Can Vies building set on fire.
Baton-wielding riot police charged protesters, fired foam bullets across the barricades and attempted to disperse the crowd using a high-pitched horn.
The violent disturbances were blamed on a small group of troublemakers but the protest has won support from across Spain and peaceful demonstrations to show solidarity have been planned in other cities this weekend.
"These protests are not just about the eviction. The eviction was just one more blow after the crisis," a Can Vies representative said.
"The people are fed up of taking blows and in the end they explode."
The abandoned property was occupied in 1997 by left-wing activists who used it to host concerts, training courses and other community activities in the rundown area of the Catalan capital.
But the transport authority which owns the property wants to redevelop the area and turn it into a park.
Police forcibly cleared the house on Monday following a court order issued after negotiations broke down between the city and the squatters.
After an emergency meeting Barcelona city council said it would “attempt new dialogue” with neighbourhood leaders to reach a peaceful accord.
Why can’t this happen here in the US when our community centers are demolished? When our neighborhoods are gentrified? When our tent cities are evacuated?
^^ Because we’re led to believe that if we cause any property destruction during protests, or if we resist violence with counter-violence, the corporate media will condemn us (as if they don’t already) and we’ll loose support from the public. Pacifists have managed to keep us more docile than the government has.
Once again, Spaniard leftists have shown us how to challenge state repression and subdue government forces.
Fucking yes to the above. The US left doesn’t challenge the monopoly of force of the Oligarchy, and isn’t willing to take the risks of the successful nonviolent movements of the past
Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked. Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.
Tell me again why Black people should be okay with police when they have, since the history of our being kidnapped to this fucking country, have not EVER been about protecting us, but about terrorizing us?
Police are NOT for Black people’s safety. They are about torturing us, terrorizing us and killing us. Period. There is no safety with police. There is no peace keeping with police. They have ALWAYS been a terror to the Black community and I am tired of this fact being pushed to the wayside.
And Ray Kelly, when he was Commissioner in NYC said the same thing.
Arpaio has said the same thing.
This is a ROUTINE assertion that the point of the police is to be an agent of state terror. And that such terror should be all but exclusively focused on Black and Brown bodies.
A night scene in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro on July 8, 2014. Rocinha is the largest favela in Brazil. (Lorenzo Moscia/Redux)
In the past week, Israeli military forces have escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes have increasingly targeted houses, civilian-populated areas and civilian facilities in the Gaza strip. Israeli warplanes have destroyed a number of houses while their residents were inside, without any prior warnings, killing and wounding many Palestinian civilians.
The Israeli government has cynically exploited the killing of three Israeli youth and used this to whip up a racist hysteria against Palestinians and the Hamas government in Gaza. It has done this without producing any evidence about who was responsible for those killings. A campaign of indiscriminate violence against Palestinians has been incited and one Palestinian boy has been tortured and burnt to death. Now even more indiscriminate retribution has been inflicted on the civilian residents of Gaza. Collective punishment is a violation of international humanitarian law.
The ruthless military offensive conducted by Israeli forces has nothing to do with “self-defence”, but a genocidal aggression on Gaza and intensification of bloody repression against Palestinians who had been constantly denied their right to self-determination by the Zionist regime.
The undersigned organisations:
- Strongly condemn Israel’s latest attack on Gaza, Palestine and demand that it stop its attacks on Gaza and respect international law including the UN resolution 242 which demands Israel withdraw from the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories which Israel has illegally occupied since 1967.
- Call upon all governments to immediately withdraw their ambassadors from Israel, cut diplomatic ties and end all military and defence ties with Israel.
- Call for the intensification of the economic boycott, disinvestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.
Socialist Alliance, Australia
Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM), Malaysia
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), Philippines
Socialist Aotearoa, New Zealand
Welcome to day 7, people
Day 6: Israel widens offensive & deploys ground troops as PALESTINIAN death toll passes 160, Israel’s remaing at Zero, more than 15,000 flee homes in northern Gaza, UN estimates 77% of victims are civilians | July 13, 2014
1. Palestinian children take shelter at a UN school after evacuating their home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
2. Palestinians stand amongst the rubble of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
3. Palestinians travel to a shelter at a UN school after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
4. Palestinian children stand next to graves ahead of the funeral of 18 members of al-Batsh family who were killed the previous night in Israeli strikes that hit their house as they were targeting Hamas police chief Tayseer al-Batsh. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
5. A Palestinian boy draws on a chalk board at a UN school after evacuating his home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
6. A blood-stained mattress rests on top of the rubble of a house following an Israeli air strike, that killed 18 people of the same family in Gaza City. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)
7. Palestinian families travel to a UN school to seek shelter after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
8. The son (L) of one of the Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
9. A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands behind a missile which was fired by Israeli aircraft at a shack belonging to Bedouins in Rafah. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)
10. Palestinian children sleep on the floor at a UN school after evacuating their home near the border in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
Upside Down World
The Brazillian State has cracked down on shows of dissent during the world cup. This photo report does a good job of representing a bit of the other side.
Dhaka, Bangladesh: Garment workers demanding their pay are brutally attacked by police, July 10, 2014.
“Women workers of the apparel factories in Bangladesh are inhumanely beaten by the police at Dhaka today. They only wanted the due salary including overtime and festival bonus for upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. And that’s why police beat them ‘to save’ the owners and their profit. Neither police nor the government is for people. They are there to serve the garment factory owners.”
Via Maruf Barkat
Al Jazeera compiles the responses of world leaders, governments and international organisations as violence continues.
The US and UK are disgusting, Germany’s not so hot… Ireland… eh. But Seriously. Israel has Iron dome. Those rockets from Gaza barely do damage. 88 dead and 600 injured, on the other hand, in people kept trapped under seige by a genocidal government, the US and UK don’t care about.
Congress is now made up mostly of millionaires (over 50%) ..(more here)