On 3 September 1984, the Vaal Triangle, which is located southeast of Johannesburg and was part of the industrial heartland of South Africa, exploded into unrest. A general stay-away from work was called, schools were closed, buses and taxis stood idle and militant protest spread across the country. It was the most significant and large-scale rebellion of the black working class since the Soweto Uprising of June, 1976, and signified one of the final nails in the coffin of apartheid and white minority rule.
For the black working class living in the townships across the Vaal Triangle, such as Sharpeville, Sebokeng, Evaton, Bophelong, Boiketlong, Zamdela and others the conditions were very similar to those of today. A slump in the steel industry had led to many workers being retrenched, there were evictions of rent defaulters and bribery, corruption and self-enrichment of local councillors was rife. Councillors’ election promises went unfulfilled and township residents demanded their resignation; allegedly threatening that they would set fire to their houses should they fail to do so.
Thirty-one years later, on 21 April 2015, the Sebokeng Magistrate’s Court in the Vaal sentenced four community activists from Boiketlong to sixteen years in prison each for allegedly setting fire to the local ward councillor’s house and cars during a protest action.
In the last couple of weeks, the Black community in Baltimore has mobilized protests in response to the brutal murder of Freddie Gray by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).
The news footage of Baltimore’s Black youth resisting riot cops is reminiscent of images from the Ferguson protests last summer. Yet, they are also reminiscent of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising, as well as the many eruptions of popular unrest across the U.S. in 1968 against racist police violence. And we can go farther and farther back into history. The stories are many. The death toll to racist state violence is vast. And many are wondering: Is this our moment to bring down the racist capitalist system?
The weekly Friday demonstration in Bil'in
The villagers of the Palestinian vilage of Bil'in have been struggling now for 10 years against the construction of the separation barrier and consequent expropriation of their lands. This struggle has been a non-violent one, carried out together with Jewish activists from Israel and international activists and has inspired dozens of other similar struggles in villages throughout the West Bank. Here, Israeli anarchist Ilan Shalif explains the significance of Bil'in and recounts his experiences there.
The struggle in Bil'in is only one part of the fabric of struggle of more than 120 years between the indigenous people of Palestine and the Zionist settler colonialist and transfer project. The struggle in Bil'in is also the culmination of the joint popular struggle of Palestinians and young Jewish community members who "betray" their local Jewish community, which is harnessed to the Zionist project of settlement building and transfer. As partners second in importance only to the local activists, between us we have forged an unusual alliance, one that has hardly ever been seen during the half millennium of struggle between European colonialism and the other inhabitants of the world.
Anarkismo.net presenta esta entrevista realizada por el periódico anarquista chileno Solidaridad a Abelardo Mariña Flores, activista político, profesor de Economía Política y, actualmente, Jefe del Departamento de Economía de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco. En ella se analiza la profunda crisis por la que atraviesa el Estado mexicano y sus políticas represivas que, de la mano de la llamada guerra contra las drogas, se están traduciendo en masivas violaciones a los derechos humanos en contra deu na población que resiste. Dentro de estas violaciones, la desaparición de 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa es un hecho escandaloso, pero ni es excepcional ni puede abstraerse de la historia de brutalidades del Estado mexicano.
Public Tev-Dem meeting in Qamishli to discuss attacks by al-Nusra
What you read below is the experience of my visit, for a couple of weeks in May this year, 2014, to North East of Syria or Syrian Kurdistan (West of Kurdistan) with a close friend of mine. Throughout the visit we had the total freedom and opportunity to see and speak to whoever we wanted to. This includes women, men, youth, and the political parties.
There are over 20 parties from Kurdish to Christian, of which some are in the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) or Democratic Self Management (DSM) of the region of Al Jazera. Al Jazera is one of three regions, (cantons) of West Kurdistan. We also met the Kurdish and Christian political parties who are not in the DSA or DSM. In addition, we met the top people from the Democratic Self Administration (DSM), members of the different committees, local groups and communes as well as businesspeople, shopkeepers, workers, people in the market and people who were just walking in the street.
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Remember and Revive the Militant Tradition of September 3, 1984! Sep 03 18:24 0 comments
Asylum seeker, homeless - We Rebel! We support decent housing for all! Sep 02 23:56 0 comments
Stiamo vincendo la battaglia sull'acqua Sep 02 16:47 0 comments
Palestina-Israele, la lotta unitaria non armata ha perso il suo carattere entusiastico di ... Sep 02 15:42 0 comments
Brasil- La nueva derecha y el objetivo estratégico imposible de tumbar la pres Sep 01 04:34 0 comments
The reality of homelessness, the fight for decent housing and lessons from The Bolt hostel Aug 27 07:51 0 comments
Για τα γεγονότα σ ... Aug 26 20:41 0 comments
We are winning the water war Aug 21 19:20 0 comments
Περί «κοινωνικοπ_... Aug 11 17:50 0 comments
Italia: No allo smantellamento della sanità pubblica! Aug 11 10:45 0 comments
Another World is Possible - But How Can We Get There? Aug 11 05:50 0 comments
Palestina-Israele, gli attivisti della lotta unitaria invecchiano... ma la lotta è sempre ... Aug 06 15:49 0 comments
The Housing Crisis is Really a Capitalist Crisis - Resist, Repopulate, Reclaim! Aug 06 06:31 0 comments
Κοινοτική οικονο... Aug 05 20:38 0 comments
Thinking about Anarchism - Anarchism and the State Aug 05 03:15 0 comments
Palestine-Israel, The activists participating in the joint struggle get old... but the str... Jul 28 15:10 0 comments
Ο νέος μεταπολιτ^... Jul 25 20:27 0 comments
Palestina-Israele, il mondo in subbuglio; il vecchio ordine mondiale non sarà più lo stess... Jul 24 15:42 0 comments
Η λύπη μας θα γίνε... Jul 21 21:42 0 comments
Το μακελειό στην Sur... Jul 21 20:40 0 comments
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Ελευθεριακό προσ... Jul 18 20:00 0 comments
Direito à Cidade e Municipalismo Libertário Jul 14 20:27 0 comments
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Ο Βασιλιάς είναι ... Jul 13 20:21 0 comments
Για το "αριστερό" Μ&... Jul 12 19:30 0 comments
Αφέντες και Δούλ_... Jul 08 18:56 0 comments
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