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#Οccupywallstreet, Reports from New York

Reports: 21 – 09 – 2011: According to Occupy Wall St: Four people have been arrested so far (as of 1:28 PM EST) on day 5 of the Occupy Wall Street protest. The first arrest took place this morning during Opening Bell March. At 10:10 AM, Isaac Wilder was taken into police custody and is being held at W. 154 St. New York, NY. One firsthand witness has informed us

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48-hour general strike in Chile. One dead!!!

Major clashes and sporadic looting was reported during the two-day strike declared by the Central Union of Workers (CUT). The protesters demand constitutional changes, immediate reduction of taxation and free public education. This was the first 48-hour national strike in Chile’s history while the student struggles keep on for more than three months. These are the largest mobilisations in the country after the end of the dictatorship in 1990. During

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Chile: Massive protests in several cities

Thursday 4-8: Two student demonstrations were scheduled for this day in Santiago, starting from Plaza Italia, one at 10:30 and the other would be at 18:30. The students demanded changes in the education system such as the end of profit-making at schools and universities (in Chile most of the schools and universities require payment of monthly fees) and reform of its unequal policies. Students, teachers and other public sector workers

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Three dead in Argentina, after police raids against indigenous squat

A week ago, approximately 500 indigenous families occupied a land that officially belongs to the company Ledesma. Ledesma is owned by the Blaquier family, an ally of the Jorge Rafael Videla’s murderous regime (the dictator of Argentina from 1976 to 1981). The occupiers demanded the landowners to give them back their lands. The police under the orders of the company owners and the government attacked the families during their sleep,

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UK: London, 30 of June march

Αcross the capital most schools, colleges, local authority staff and civil servants join an one day strike to warn the government and capital, to stay away from their pensions and wages. Pickets were established early this morning in every corner of London being fed with home made food by UK Uncut’s ‘Big Society breakfast. Across the UK over 12,000 state schools were closed. Approximately, around 750.000 UK workers were on

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International Cry: Underreported Struggles #48, (3 important documentaries)

In this month’s Underreported Struggles: Barriere Lake Algonquins discover a Canadian mining company working on their land; Indigenous leaders blast the Bangladesh government for not recognizing the Jumma as “Indigenous Peoples”; UK mining giant Vedanta Resources reportedly brands the Dongria Kondh “terrorists”. The Kayan community of Long Teran finally gained recognition for their native customary rights over their ancestral lands in Sarawak. In a recent ruling, the Miri High Court

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Honduras: Police kills teacher in demonstration

[portfolio_slideshow id=20827] .On Friday, March 18, during a protest in the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, the 59-year-old teacher Ilse Ivana Velasquez died after being attacked by police officers and thugs of the right-wing paramilitary group “Cobra”. The security forces did not hesitate to fire straight against the protestors with tear gas, grenades and other chemical gases. After the shooting, the body of the teacher was dragged to the ground and

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An Interview With A Participant From Milwaukee

What follows is an interview with a comrade from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the recent events in the state’s Capitol, Madison, over a few hours away. Class war, don’t cha know? Let’s get to it.

USA: Wisconsin believes in workers rights

Update: Wisconsin Police Have Joined Protest Inside State Capitol (The understory). From inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, RAN ally Ryan Harvey reports: Hundreds of cops have just marched into the Wisconsin state capitol building to protest the anti-Union bill, to massive applause. They now join up to 600 people who are inside. Ryan reported on his Facebook page earlier today: Police have just announced to the crowds inside the occupied

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Factory Occupation Brings Results

An account of the December 2008 occupation of Republic Windows & Doors in Chicago. Labor battles are most often measured in months. Some, like the Congress Hotel strike in Chicago or the recently successful effort to win union recognition at Smithfield Foods in North Carolina, have stretched on for years. Both have been extraordinary models of corporate campaigns and have successfully mobilized community allies, but this alone was not enough

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