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west africa / community struggles Thursday November 12, 2020 17:33 byShawn Hattingh
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#EndSARS

A video went viral on social media platforms on October 3, outlining how the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian police force shot a young man, dumped him at the side of the road and stole his car. What followed was three weeks of protests by young people against such police brutality and the corruption that defines the state; initially via social media, #EndSARS, and later in towns and cities across Nigeria.

During these protests the Nigerian state used various tactics to either suppress the protests or to try and demobilise them through insincere “concessions”. To begin with, the ruling class, the state it controls and its head, President Muhammadu Buhari, attempted to quell the protests through window dressing. Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu promised on October 11 that the SARS unit would be disbanded and supposedly replaced with a new unit called SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics). This was an obvious lie, as the same personnel that formed part of SARS would form part of SWAT. Over the last several years the government has made similar announcements resulting in no actual change.

Needless to say, the protests continued and grew into the largest in the history of Nigeria. As the protests grew, the state changed tactics and responded to the escalation with outright violence. Part of this involved the state deploying thugs to attack protestors in order to try and intimidate people off the streets. When this failed to produce the state’s desired result, it deployed the military and implemented a curfew in a number of cities. By October 20, however, the protests had spread across Nigeria. Some of the assets of the Nigerian ruling class were also targeted during these protests and the largest and most lucrative toll road in country, Lekki, in Lagos, was blockaded. On that day the military attempted to brutally end the protests and shot dead 12 people at the Lekki tollgate.

bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / community struggles Wednesday November 20, 2019 22:28 byTrempülkalwe
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Tensión en el territorio chileno, las movilizaciones más masivas desde el retorno a la democracia, y tal vez de la historia desafían al supuesto oasis del neoliberalismo construidos en estos 46 años posterior al golpe de Estado, con una dictadura que derrocó el proyecto de la Unidad Popular y maduró un modelo económico neoliberal, sin duda un oasis para el empresariado transnacional. La crisis fundante que hace eco en cada demanda levantada por el pueblo chileno, es ese modelo construido en dictadura donde la extrema codicia de la clase dominante, que bajo el amparo de una constitución fundada para implementar “El saqueo de Chile”, no tuvo escrúpulos en robar absolutamente todo.

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mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles Thursday July 19, 2018 01:11 byZaher Baher
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The below is a report about the current situation in central and southern Iraq. It is over a week there has been a massive demos and protests against the central and local government and also against the oil companies . The report below briefly explains the situation .

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Read also: Update report : The mass protests in Baghdad and Southern Iraq continue

argentina/uruguay/paraguay / community struggles Sunday October 22, 2017 00:41 byFederación Anarquista de Rosário
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Nota de la Federación Anarquista de Rosário sobre la reaparición sin vida del compañero Santiago Maldonado

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¡SANTIAGO MALDONADO PRESENTE!

En estos últimos días se cumplieron 3 años de la aparición del cuerpo de Luciano Arruga, 7 años del asesinato de Mariano Ferreira y hoy 20 de octubre se confirma lo que todos/as intuíamos el cuerpo encontrado, río arriba, es de Santiago Maldonado.
Un joven de barrio desaparece por no querer robar para la policía, uno muere a manos de una patota por luchar contra la precarización laboral, y otro es desaparecido por luchar por la autonomía del pueblo mapuche. En todos ellos hay elementos en común, la represión del estado apunta a aquellos que resultan peligrosos por ser parte de una juventud que no se somete, que no agacha la cabeza y que no asume los mandatos del sistema. Contra la represión en los barrios, contra la precarización laboral y por la autodeterminación de los pueblos, por todas esas reivindicaciones tan urgentes seguiremos luchando.

El estado mostró su cara más terrible y voraz, el mecanismo de la desaparición forzada es una metodología que las clases dominantes sostienen, con sus particularidades, en las distintas coyunturas. Y aparecen también las operaciones mediáticas, desesperadas por instalar en la sociedad un discurso que desmovilice, y busque en los de abajo la responsabilidad de lo que viene sucediendo.
Aun así, no han podido frenar las gigantescas movilizaciones populares de variados sectores en todo este tiempo, y temen por la magnitud del hastío y la indignación de nuestro pueblo, que ante semejante ofensa a su dignidad, se manifestará más temprano que tarde en las calles de todo el país.

¡EL QUE MURIÓ PELEANDO VIVE EN CADA COMPAÑERO!
¡SANTIAGO MALDONADO PRESENTE!
southern africa / community struggles Thursday June 08, 2017 02:20 byJonathan Payn
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Women erecting a makeshift shelter at Bush Koppies. Photo: Lekhetho Mtetwa (ZACF)

The struggle of the black working class majority of Freedom Park, South Africa, is not just for land on which to build housing – although that is obviously a central issue and key demand; nor is it just against the accompanying political and police violence and intimidation. It is a struggle against the injustice, violence and corruption of a system that puts the power, privileges and profits of a few before the lives and wellbeing of the majority.

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