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région sud de l'afrique / luttes dans la communauté / presse non anarchiste Monday February 15, 2010 - 18:30 by "Echanges" n°131
Le 26 septembre 2009, une bande de quarante hommes armés a attaqué le squat communautaire de Kennedy Road à Durban, la deuxième ville d’Afrique du Sud. Au cours de ces attaques, ils ont tué quatre personnes, déplacé plus d’un millier de résidents et mis le feu à des habitations. Menacés de mort, les membres dirigeants de l’organisation de squatters Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM, littéralement « mouvement des squatters ») de Kennedy Road vivent dorénavant dans la clandestinité. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday February 11, 2010 - 04:10 by Anti-Privatisation Forum   text 1 comment (last - thursday february 11, 2010 - 04:12)
After a mass meeting in the Siyathemba stadium earlier today (with the assistance of APF organisers), residents of the community – grouped together in an organisation called Dipaleseng – have decided to march on, and shut down, the local Benstone Mine early tomorrow (Monday). ... read full story / add a comment
argentina/uruguay/paraguay / community struggles / other libertarian press Friday January 29, 2010 - 18:07 by Comisión de Comedor y Merendero Popular   image 1 image
A pesar de las contingencias, a pesar del verano y los naturales recesos en las actividades, seguimos cucharón en mano, y si bien es poca la infraestructura y los recursos, es mucha la solidaridad y las ganas de trabajar por mejorar la calidad de vida de nuestra gente, siempre apuntando y bregando por un cambio social de fondo que realmente termine con las desigualdades y la pobreza. Y a la convicción y a la razón no le podrá nadie dar de baja. ... read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday January 28, 2010 - 19:09 by commentator   text 1 comment (last - thursday january 28, 2010 - 22:53)
After years of non-violent joint struggle of Palestinian local popular committees with Israeli leftists (with the prominence of the Anarchists Against the Wall initiative among them) a new stage is developing. Lately, the persistent struggles have expanded well beyond the struggle against the separation fence - Sheikh Jarrah and Nabi Saleh, and a general West Bank Coordination Committee was founded, with an AAtW member as internet spokesperson for it. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday January 21, 2010 - 15:14 by Blikkiesdorp AEC
At 4pm today, 48 law enforcement officers from the City of Cape Town invaded the city's Temporary Relocation Area, Blikkiesdorp, and removed about 60 people from the one roomed dwellings.

This was done completely unlawfully without any high court eviction order, without any explanation, and even more inexplicably by the same city officials who installed the people in the first place. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday January 18, 2010 - 15:42 by CoZop
This is a good analysis of the growing political crisis in South Africa.

There are some important corrections though:

1. In the initial confusion it was thought that four had been killed in the attacks on AbM on 26 September 2009 but two badly wounded comrades were later found alive in hospitals.

2. The attack started at 11:00 p.m. on 26 September. The mob attacked Phondo people and AbM members and set about systemically destroying and looting the homes of AbM members. They were also looking for AbM leaders S'bu Zikode & Mashumi Figlan and promising to kill them. The police refused all calls for help. At about 3 a.m. resistance to the attack was organised from within the community by a group of Phondo men. There were causalities on both sides.

3. The police arrived, stopped the resistance, and arrested AbM members. Then, in their presence and that of local ANC leaders, around 30 homes of AbM leaders were destroyed.

These corrections and additions are taken from information on the AbM site, the Pambazuka site and emails from local activists who are concerned that some of the solidarity work has ignored the fact that there was (entirely appropriate) resistance to the fascist ANC mob. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday January 15, 2010 - 15:32 by Anti-Privatisation Forum
On Monday (11th January) over 1000 families in two sections of the Itireleng shack settlement, situated between Atteridgeville and Laudium in the Tshwane region, were brutally evicted by a combined force of Red Ants and the Tshwane Metro Police. During the eviction, the residents were attacked with batons, rubber bullets and some residents reported that live ammunition was also used. As a result, 49 people were injured, several seriously. All the evicted residents were left without any shelter and the majority have been camping by the side of the road for the last two days. ... read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / lotte sul territorio / stampa non anarchica Tuesday December 29, 2009 - 21:59 by .
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday December 18, 2009 - 20:15 by Raj Patel
Looking back on the September attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo members in Kennedy Road, Durban, Raj Patel profiles the views of key Abahlali activists including S’bu Zikode, Zodwa Nsibande and Mazwi Nzimande. Though strongly disrupted by the African National Congress-led (ANC) attack in September, Abahlali has continued to meet, while the absence of its leaders from the Kennedy Road settlement has illustrated the deficiencies of the ANC. ... read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / community struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday December 16, 2009 - 03:49 by Dana Gabriel   image 1 image
The giant security apparatus being assembled for the Games has translated into many police state measures which are being used to suppress free speech. There is no doubt that the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games must provide a safe and secure environment for athletes, spectators, officials, local residents and all others involved. This should not be at the expense of those who seek to engage in anti-Olympic protests or other forms of peaceful activism and they should be free to do so without intimidation and fear.
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southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday December 11, 2009 - 22:31 by Michael Neocosmos   image 1 image
A new essay by Michael Neocosmos on the political significance of the attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo and the state of democracy in South Africa. He also develops an interesting (and non-economistic) periodisation of the failures of post-apartheid democracy. ... read full story / add a comment
italia / svizzera / lotte sul territorio / altra stampa libertaria Thursday December 03, 2009 - 20:37 by movimenti per il diritto all'abitare   image 1 image
Centri sociali e movimenti per il diritto all'abitare dicono "Mo basta!" alle politiche capitoline sugli spazi, e convocano un corteo cittadino per venerdì 4 dicembre, giornata nazionale contro gli sfratti e la rendita. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday November 26, 2009 - 19:49 by Abahlali baseMpola
The eThekwini Municipality is currently illegally evicting families at gunpoint in Mpola. Thirty people already have been left homeless. The community requests all press to rush to the scene and to witness the rampant criminality of the eThekwini Municipality for themselves. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday November 23, 2009 - 21:35 by Abahlali baseMjondolo   image 1 image
The same mob that attacked Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Kennedy Road Development Committee on 26th September; that trashed the Abahlali office and systematically destroyed the homes of Abahlali leaders while police and politicians looked on on 27 September; and that followed the violent purge of Abahlali from the settlement by installing an ANC committee is, right now, demolishing Mondli Mbiko's home in the Kennedy Road settlement. A short while ago they demolished Mzwake Mdlalose's home. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Monday November 23, 2009 - 21:30 by Kennedy Road | The Kennedy Six Diakonia Council of Churches   image 1 image
Diakonia Council of Churches condemns the ongoing attacks and targeting of homes, property and lives of members of Abahlali baseMjondolo ... read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / community struggles / non-anarchist press Friday November 20, 2009 - 14:55 by Anti-Eviction Campaign   image 1 image
The eviction blockade was a big success, thanks to everyone who turned out. But the struggle is far from over for Lenise and the rest of the families facing eviction this holiday season. Though CHA had indicated on Tuesday that they would ask management to work out a payment plan, now they are denying this and we may have to set the blockade back up at a moment’s notice. ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday November 12, 2009 - 15:31 by Anti-Eviction Campaign   image 2 images
Yesterday morning, two Mandela Park residents were assaulted by four Chippa security guards at the instruction of the local SANCO chairperson. The two residents along with 7 witnesses went to the police station to lay a charge against the guards. As retribution, the local SANCO chairperson laid a counter charge of intimidation against one of the residents who he ordered to be assaulted - backyarder Khaya Xintolo. Khaya was then arrested and kept in police custody for more than 11 hours even though the detective himself admitted that there was no case against Khaya.
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southern africa / community struggles / other libertarian press Saturday October 24, 2009 - 23:37 by Various
On 28 September 2009 the Kennedy Road commune, one of 14 shack settlements in Durban governed autonomously and democratically by Abahlali baseMjondolo was attacked by a militia chanting fascist slogans against non-Zulus. Their stated aim was to kill Abahlali baseMjondolo leader S'bu Zikode.

There was spontaneous resistance to the militia and after a 23 hour battle they were decisively routed. The police then stepped in and arrested key AbM leaders while, under police protection, the militia systematically destroyed the homes of more than 30 Abahlali leaders. Local ANC leaders from outside of the settlement then took control of it with full backing of the police and senior politicians.

Attacks, death threats and have now spread to nearby settlements and it is crystal clear that there is a major state backed attack on the largest poor people's movement in Africa.

Attacks and threats have ... read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / community struggles / non-anarchist press Sunday October 18, 2009 - 11:50 by Coalición de Movimientos y Organizaciones Sociales de Colomb
*Democracia y paz en Colombia ... *
/*¡Para expresarnos sin que nos cueste la vida!*/
*JORNADAS DE MOVILIZACIÓN OCTUBRE DE 2009* ... read full story / add a comment
southern africa / community struggles / non-anarchist press Tuesday October 06, 2009 - 18:25 by Anti-Privatsation Forum
The first few months of the Zuma Presidency has not interrupted the war on the poor. What took place last week in Kennedy Road, Durban, is rather signalling that the violence deployed against organisations of the poor is being escalated. A meeting of the Abahlali baseMjondolo (ABM) affiliate, Kennedy Road Development Committee (KRDC), on Sunday September 27th , was attacked by a militia, killing comrades Mthokozisi Ndlovu and Ndumiso Mnguni. The office of Abahlali and fifteen homes belonging to leading members of the movement were demolished before the attack and several of the ABM’s leaders remain in hiding. Over a thousand, mostly Xhosa-speaking residents, were also forced to flee their homes. ... read full story / add a comment
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