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Message from anarchists in Turkey

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Our sentimental brother Mr. Arinc (islamist Turkish politician, Vice-Prime Minister) has said that «some anarchist groups were coming to cause destruction by using May 1st as an excuse; they were planning to use these celebrations in order to cause destruction against our government, our state. Our police and security forces were aware of their plans and that is why we forbade them to enter Taksim».

We guess when the «there are construction works going on, nails might be stuck on your feet» excuse did not work, he tried to use the «there are anarchists» option. Well, finally the era of perceiving anarchists as entertainment objects while talking about May 1st has come to an end.

Our friends’ second appearance at the court will take place in a few days. If you remember last year they were detained with the allegation of «1st May conspiracy» ; their first court hearing was on 25th January. 40 people who will appear in court include anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and animal rights activists. Their second hearing was adjourned to May.

We know that this case will be ignored by the left-socialist press, once again. When it comes to the anarchists, left-socialist groups and the press do not see, hear or talk about us.

Anyway, let’s go back to our subject.

First of all, from left to right, above to below, everyone should learn this fact that May 1st is not a celebration, it’s a day of resistance!

On 1st May 1886, the US state sentenced 5 anarchists to death by hanging. Anarchist workers led the strike in Haymarket square. The starting point of 1 May is mass resistance and defiance against exploitation. Until this exploitation is eradicated, workers would only be fooling themselves with celebrations. If the state, aided by capitalism and fascism, tells the trade unions and left-socialist parties «ok, take this as a holiday once a year, get together, shout and scream, shout slogans, dance, wave flags, march with your child on a sunny May day, then go back home and continue living your reality», then May 1st has lost its meaning. If the left-socialist parties and trade unions are colluding with this discourse knowingly or unknowingly, then they are betraying themselves.

Was there anyone in that square, especially among the trade union members and civil servants, who has not been exploited by the banks, which make them dependent on credit cards, mortgage system, car loans, confiscating their salaries, and using the protective shield of the state while doing that?

Mr. Arinc mentions a group of anarchists’ action last year, which the press referred to as «anarchists attacking the bank branches»; it was not an attack but a defence. A group of anarchists wanted to attract attention to the attack of the banking system, which is the spine of capitalism and exploitation. They acted with the principle of an individual’s right to self-defence.

Yes, anarchists changed the discourse. Yes, anarchists in Turkey went to the square in such a manner for the first time. And yes, just like in other parts of the world, anarchism put its roots in this soil and the state noticed that.

Anarchists do not create chaos and disorder. The current system itself is chaos and disorder. All the systems created from above are systems of chaos. The history of mankind is the history of chaos. Anarchists with their words articulate the denouncement and end of this chaotic system, which the elites show as ‘orderly’. Your salary My Ardinc is 17.000TL. But your laws determine the minimum wages for other people to 700TL. This is what chaos is Mr. Ardinc, created by your people. The system, which you approve and help to perpetuate, itself is disorder. This is why you are right to be scared.

Anarchists do not destroy. They try to correct the already attacked and ruined. The first whisper that went out to the world was Proudhon’s statement of 150 years ago: «theft is not to rob a bank, but to establish it». Today these whispers bring the storm. Broken bank windows, cash machines, exploitation centres, shopping centres, broken corporate offices are not destructive actions. Those banks, shopping centres, multinational companies are the ones which attack and destroy human lives. You have installed slavery through the banking system; installed more and more consumerism via shopping centres, ultimate exploitation via multinational companies; these are the destructive forces. The system you support is destroyng human lives. You are destroying the whole world either with an Islamic state, liberal or socialist state.

But you know all these very well Mr. Ardinc! Anarchists know these very well, too.

PS: Governor Avni said «look, the Turkish Communist Party held celebrations in Kadikoy very nicely. You should have done the same». His words formally prove that the TKP has finished.

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Anti-rape protesters brutalised in India

via: Libcom.org

Violence against women in India has reached epidemic proportions. This year there have been 256,000 violent crimes, of which 228,000 have been against women. There is a woman raped in India every 20 minutes, and the rate is rising. Last week saw the brutal rape of a young student on a Delhi bus by 6 drunken men. Indians decided to peacefully protest and demand justice. The state had other ideas….

The victim of the rape is still critically ill in hospital. She is a 23 year old Physiotherapy student who, after her male companion was beaten unconscious, was grabbed on a bus by six men, gang raped and beaten with an iron bar for more than half an hour before being thrown naked and bleeding from the moving vehicle onto the side of the road.

She has managed to provide a statement re her attack and several people have subsequently been arrested in connection with the attack.

This latest rape is one of many, but has captured the public mood amid dismay about the ever increasing number of sex attacks. In Delhi alone, the number of ‘reported’ rapes has risen by 17% this year – and 875% across India over the last 40 years.

Indians sick of attacks on women, and of lack of justice, have staged a series of peaceful protests across the country. The state have responded by ‘banning’ gatherings of more than 5 people, created ‘no go zones’, set up barricades, and have closed down public transport in key areas.

Protesters that have refused to disperse have been brutalised with bamboo sticks, steel poles, batons, rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons. As soon as the protesters responded to being attacked by state forces, a police spokesman has labelled them as ‘hooligans’ and ‘trouble makers’, who had taken over peaceful protests.

TV footage and countless photographs taken across India clearly shows that the protests have been hijacked by hooligans – but the hooligans in question are all wearing police uniforms.

Pitched battles have been raging across the country for the last two days. There are reports that at least 65 protesters have been injured, along with 75 police officers. One journalist has been shot and killed by police as the opened fire on a large crowd.

A student at a Delhi University has said that:

“Until and unless the government understands the pulse of the people and imposes strict action against these criminals, we will not relent.»

Delhi has been labelled as the ‘rape capital of India’, yet rather than focusing of the rapists, the attitude of the state is to blame the victims:

“All six of the alleged assailants from last Saturdays attack have been arrested, but Delhi’s police are viewed by many as lazy, corrupt, and incompetent, and of routinely dismissing sex assault complaints. Senior officers are regularly quoted as saying that women who are sexually assaulted have themselves to blame – for wearing jeans, for being out at night, for talking to boys, or getting into cars with them. Even senior female politicians have blamed women for attacks.” The Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit said that she hated the ‘rape capital’ tag and supported the death penalty for rapists, but last year, after a woman was raped and murdered on the city’s outskirts, her response was – “All by herself at 3am…..you should not be so adventurous”.

An investigative magazine, ‘Tehelka’, recently interviewed scores of senior police officers from around Delhi about the rise of rapes. Their responses overwhelmingly accused women of inviting attacks on them.

The protests are now into a seventh day, and are showing no signs of rescinding.

Solidarity with all those protesting in India!

Student protests continue in Turkey

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Hundreds of students demonstrated on the 18th December 2012 in front of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara (Turkey) against the visit of the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been pushing an agenda of privatisation across higher education in Turkey for the last couple of years.

The reason for the visit was the launch of Gokturk2, Turkey’s first indigenous intelligence satellite. Since 2001 Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party has hardened its stand against Middle Eastern countries such as Syria.

The 1000 strong demonstration started at 15:50. Around 16:15 the demonstration was attacked without warning by the 3000 riot police officers who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas while 8 water-canon vehicles have been deployed.

According to Libcom.org, witness to the brutality reports that:

“Police were casting tear gas bombs at students every 30 seconds. They were even attacking harshly as students were retreating. Police might be seeking revenge from previous student protests”.

Two students were severely injured and 12 students have been arrested. One of them, Barış Barışık is still in a critical condition, as he suffered brain hemorrhage after hit by a gas grenade in the head.

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Authorities said detained students who have been charged with assault on police and violation on protest and gathering regulations, were not allowed to meet their lawyers due to on going operation.

Many university students (METU, Hacettepe, Ankara University) marched to the Prime Minister’s office in Ankara on Friday to protest a police crackdown on university students , in Ankara.

A group of METU academics boycotted classes Thursday to protest police violence and detentions, which were also criticized by the mainstream media and a rights group.

“Police was casting tear gas bombs at students every 30 seconds. They were even attacking harshly as students were retreating. Police might be seeking revenge from previous student protests,” METU Professor Ferdan Ergut told bianet. “Professor gathered on the steps of University President’s Office until police left campus at 7:30 pm.”

The human rights group Amnesty International called on Turkish officials to launch a “speedy, comprehensive and neutral investigation into the incident, as the police used excessive force against peaceful protesters at the METU campus.”

Libcom.org reports:

Solidarity protests have taken place across Turkey. In Adana students were subjected to attacks with rubber bullets and gas, leaving dozens injured. In Mershin students protested on the steps of the University management offices. In Eskieshir police set up barricades and fired gas canisters at hundreds of students, and were attacked by private security guards. Similar protests occurred at campuses in Izmir, Trabzon, and Kocaeli.

Prime Minister got angry to university professors, scientist, students

Speaking in a televised program aired in the NTV channel later on Friday, Erdoğan dismissed criticism in the media leveled against him about violence in METU campuse,he said ”The children of this country, engineers have done such a design, you need to follow.(He mention about Gokturk 2 satellite) But they protesting (He thinks that people protesting satellite,but they were not) What rector, what’s academics. Thats what they say without shame, ‘we do not want police in our the university ” They are not entering classes (He means boycott)I don’t care.If you become scientist or not become scientist.Your student is protestors ,these students are educated by you .If these college students are educated by you,our country failed”

A list of detained students included Mert Atmaca, Mustafa Bozkurt, Hasan Koç, Hüseyin Koç (readers of Kaldırac magazine), İlhan Aslan (Socialist Democracy Youth), Can Kaya (Hacettepe University,Students Collective), Cem Dursun, Batuhan Demirci (Youth Federation), Güven Kazım Altunkaya, İlhan Şen, Sercan Çınar (METU Mountain and Winter Sports Club,Greens and Left Future Party) and Bedirhan Şen.

Sources: Βanoosh.com, Αktifhaber.com

South Africa: the story behind a brutal police massacre

Via: CounterFire

We have seen shocking images of the South African police opening fire on striking miners in the north west of the country. It has been described as the ‘worst day of violence since the end of Apartheid’. 34 people have died and 78 people injured.

The ANC government declared the strike – over a pay dispute at the Lonmin platinum mine – illegal and ordered the police to disperse the strikers after the weeklong violent protest. The violence over the last seven days has already killed 10 people as police have used water cannons, teargas and stun grenades in their attempts to break up the strike, called by the National Union of Miners (NUM) for a pay rise of $1000 a month (£636).

The police opened fire using automatic rifles and pistols, in ‘an attempt to protect themselves’, as described by the South African Police Chief in her statement to the international media,  after striking miners ran towards the police line with their pangas and knobkerries (traditional machetes used for cutting thick bush and traditional weapons for stunning livestock).

The South African National Police Commissioner, Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega, went on to claim that ‘this is not a time for finger pointing or for blame, but rather a time for mourning and a time for calm’ in order to keep the country safe.

This is by no means the only incidence of state violence against the working people of South Africa.

In March this year, in the same region of South Africa, Aurora mine workers were denied the court ordered payment of R4.3 million for unpaid wages after the mine, owned by Nelson Mandela’s grandson and Jacob Zuma’s nephew, was declared bankrupt. The bankrupt gold mine continues to be stripped of all its assets, by the directors of the Aurora Mine, with all the proceeds going directly into the directors’ trust accounts while the hundreds of miners are left starving to death.

The miners affected are form Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa, with five miners having committed suicide immediately after the closure of the mine.

On 13 April 2011, 4000 protesters took to the streets and marched to the municipal offices in Ficksberg. The police attempted to disperse the demonstrators with water cannons. A protester, Andries Tatane, tried to intervene to reassure the police that the protest was peaceful and that their dispute was with the municipality over service delivery to the residents of Setsoto, Ficksberg.

Andries Tatane was pulled away from the crowd by the police, repeatedly beaten, kicked and finally shot in the chest twice and left to die 20 minutes later. Andries Tatane has been hailed the new Steve Biko and Hector Pitersen.

In 2010 alone, there were 1769 cases of people who died at the hands of the South African police that were investigated by the Independent Complaints Directorate. This followed the then National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele’s call for the law to be changed in August 2009 that police officers should be allowed to ‘shoot to kill without worrying about what happens next’.

The call to ‘shoot to kill’ has never been discounted or dismissed by the current National Police Commissioner Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega. Figures relating to the number of deaths by the South African police for 2011 have not been released.

Today at 3pm demonstrations of solidarity have been called around the country, calling for the resignation of Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s Police Minister, and the end to police brutality.


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Historic protest in Israel: over 300,000 demand social justice

by Jérôme E. Roos (posted on Roarmag)

Largest rally in Israeli history sees four percent of the population out in the streets — that would be 12 million people in the streets of the US!

The Israeli social justice movement has just gone into orbit and exploded into previously unchartered territories. According to police estimates (which tend to be conservative), 300,000 protesters took to the streets across the country in what constitutes the largest-ever protest in the country’s history. And still no coverage in the mainstream media!

The stellar growth of the J14 movement, which was sparked when a young Israeli woman named Daphni Leef pitched a tent in Tel Aviv three weeks ago to protest against the unaffordable cost of housing in the country, has put immense pressure on the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu. In just three weeks, the Prime Minister has seen his approval rating tumble nearly 20 percent, to a dismal 32 percent.

The protests, while feeding on the widespread anger in the middle class about the unbearable cost of living, have since matured to take up a number of other progressive issues — and have now morphed into a full-blown social justice movement, contesting the free-market zealotry of Benjamin Netanyahu and the crony capitalist system that lurks behind the neoliberal edifice his government is trying to keep intact.

According to Haaretz, Netanyahu immediately tried to play down the protests, saying the media had inflated the numbers. But the only numbers that are being inflated appear to be the economic data from Netanyahu’s government, according to which Israel is doing great. In reality, the country experienced home prices jumping some 35 percent between 2008 and 2010. Because wages remained stagnant, many families have simply been priced out of their homes.

Years ago, current President Shimon Peres warned that Netanyahu’s economic polices would lead to “6,000 millionaires and 6 million beggars.” In recent years, his gloomy predictions appear to have materialized. Israel is now the second most unequal country in the developed world — behind only the United States. And with many middle class families spending half their income on their rent or mortgage, it was just a matter of time for the outrage to surface.

After three weeks, there are signs that the internal cohesion of the protest movement (which is broadly representative of the Israeli middle class) might be fracturing into progressive and nationalistic cores. In the protest camps, Jewish supremacists increasingly clash with left-wing protesters demanding more attention for the Palestinian question. Some progressives are demanding the removal of racist and fascist elements from within the movement.

The swelling of the protests comes at the same time as anti-neoliberal protests in Spain and Chile have reached new heights. From Latin America to Europe and the Middle East, there is something in the air. 2011 is still in full swing.

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