NEW: Red and Black Flags: http://www.af-north.org/?q=flags NEW: Anarchist pamphlets for 2009, ‘In the tradition’ and ‘On the frontline’ – also online in French. PLUS: new…
Manchester AF have been busy this month.
Like the one before it, April’s budget has had the right-wing media seeing ‘socialism’ coming out of the walls. For the Economist (25/4/09), it’s “bash the rich” populism, with “soak the rich tax increases” punishing not just the 1-2% of the population affected by them, but everyone else who “aspires” to wealth (but will never see it).
In recent weeks, we have seen a series of demonstrations and protests carried out by a large amount of the Tamil population in Britain around Parliament. The protests were the result of the ongoing civil war between the ruling Sinhalese state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), more commonly known as the Tamil Tigers. On Sunday 5th April, the Sri Lankan Armed forces launched a chemical gas attack in a so-called “designated safe zone”, an area where more than 1500 civilians, including many children, were present in at the time. Recently, the Sri Lankan government accepted a two-day ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers, although rejected a call for a permanent ceasefire.
G20 Meltdown. 1st & 2nd April 2009. Links to Indymedia, Legal Monitoring Defence Group and other independent sources Indymedia UK: G20 reporting – April 1st,…
The Killing of 15 year old Alexis-Andreas Grigoropoulos in Athens, Greece was cold blooded, unprovoked murder. Alexis was murdered by someone working for the state, a policeman, who we are lead to believe are there to keep order and help the public. Of course, it is our rulers and their colleagues in the mainstream media who need us to believe that that is what the police are there to do. We Anarchists, however, are fully aware of the purpose of the state, we hear regularly of police and state corruption and abuse of power and it is the mainstream media who keep that information from the majority of the public. The mainstream media and those working for states and big corporations around the world claim that those who protest riot and mobilise autonomously are a minority of crazed anarchists who want to create chaos and destroy anything and everything. They want everyone to believe that we anarchists want chaos, insanity, everyman for himself, back to year zero, a mad nihilistic sect who want to create a society akin to fascism. They want us to believe this because they need us to believe that without them, without the state; the police, the military, the courts, the government and capitalism there would be chaos. That without our noble, powerful and bold leaders we would be helpless, vulnerable and in panic, back to the stone-age, our great civilisation crumbled to dust. However as events have shown us the total opposite is true.
In Leicester, tenants’ are rightly up in arms about being tied into domestic heating scheme whose prices are poised to almost double during this month, an increase that was announced last month by the city council.
On 21st February armed police invaded the zapatista community of Bolon Ajaw, firing their guns. Villagers, got hold of large sticks to try and defend…
David Venegas Reyes ‘El Alebrije’ has been released after 11 months in prison, where he was tortured and beaten. The state and federal authorities charged him with crimes against health (drug selling), sedition, burning of buildings and disobedience.
February and March in Armenia saw a disputed presidential election (19/2/2008) followed by eleven days of demonstrations in the capital Yerevan, broken up by tanks, police attacks and the imposition of a State of Emergency (1/3/2008). Eight people, including a child, were killed by police and around 100 were injured including 33 police. An apparently unrelated border fire-fight on 4/3/08 in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, disputed with neighbouring state of Azerbaijan with whom Armenia is still technically at war, broke a ceasefire agreed in 1994, killing 12 Armenian conscripts.