Protesters and riot police clashed in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, in another protest over 43 missing normalistas in Ayotzinapa.
Families of missing students, along with Masters of the State Coordinator of Education Workers of Guerrero (CETEG), and their normalista studenst torched a police patrol vehicle outside the state and federal courts Seventh First Judiciary of Chilpancingo.
The protesters sought to talk to the judges to express themselves about the denial of an arrest warrant against Mary de la Angels Pineda, wife of former mayor of Iguala – José Luis Abarca – for the crimes of homicide, and forced disappearance.
However, after being refused, teachers’ and normalistas attacked the building, broke windows, and burned a state police patrol vehicle which had been previously been accompanied by more than 200 riot police.
How U.S. Intervention in Colombia Paved the Way for Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis
Colombia’s military is a top recipient of U.S. funding and training, even as it has committed human rights abuses and collaborated with paramilitary groups–themselves descendants of U.S.-designed Plan Laso. With U.S. encouragement, Colombia is now a major security exporter to Mexico, where similar patterns of extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances have developed.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has provided over $8 billion in aid to Colombia, making it one of the top recipients of U.S. military aid in the world. Yet Colombia is still a top supplier of heroin and cocaine to the U.S. The number of victims in Colombia’s conflict now tops 7 million , including 6 million internally displaced persons, more than 150,000 forced disappearances and more than 930,000 homicides. But a staggering 5.9 million of these human rights violations have occurred just since 2000, when U.S. funding began to bolster public security forces already known for human rights atrocities. Then in 2006 the “false positives” scandal broke, in which it was revealed that Colombian security forces— some trained on U.S. soil at the polemic Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation/School of the Americas (WHINSEC/SOA)—systematically murdered at least 5,000 innocent civilians and then dressed them up in guerrilla fatigues, presenting them as enemy kills in order to gain rewards like bonuses and extra vacation time. This practice was developed as part of the “body count” mentality promoted in U.S. training and occurred on the watch of then-Defense Minister and current President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos. Later that year, the “parapolitics” scandal broke, implicating politicians at all levels in narco-paramilitary structures. These groups, now referred to by the Colombian government as criminal bands (BACRIM), continue to enjoy close relationships with both licit and illicit business interests and politicians in Colombia, and pose the greatest threat to citizen expression and social movements: Plan Laso’s legacy continuing to pay dividends.
This analysis extends up to the current administration of Juan Manuel Santos. Less hardline than his predecessor, Santos has staked his presidency on a negotiated peace accord with the FARC and made the Victims and Land Restitution Law one of the first priorities of his presidency. Like his counterpart Barack Obama in the U.S., he is a technocrat friendly to big business; like Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico, he favors extractive industries as the engine of the economy. Indeed, the peace process serves those interests by making Colombia more attractive to direct foreign investment, about which the Santos administration has been very forthright. But the continued collusion between private business interests and the new and shifting forms of paramilitarism suggests that even if the Colombian government negotiates an end to the conflict with the FARC, little will change for rural Colombians whose daily reality are threats, insecurity and violence.
Indeed, Colombians need only look to Mexico, where there is no armed insurgency, to see what the future might hold. Over this past year Pena Nieto’s administration successfully passed a series of reforms (labor, telecommunications, education, fiscal and energy) whose common thread is privatization. “Mexico is open for business” was the message, and the U.S. government and multinationals ate it up. The passing of these reforms may not have been possible had it not been for the exhausting distraction of six years of violence leading up to it, as Mexicans were displaced, terrorized and killed by cartels, Mexican security forces, or, all too often, by the collusion of both.
there’s more to this article, from Upside Down World,
One of Colombia’s largest indigenous groups, the Nasa, have had to struggle for decades against interference from both guerrilla and military forces. Their territory has been a strategic battlefield in Colombia’s long-running civil war.
When Farc guerrillas killed two Nasa tribe members for removing banners commemorating the death of Farc leader Alfonso Cano, some 300 tribesman armed only with sticks pursued the guerrillas. “They were surrounded and forced to surrender,” said Gabriel Padi, a senior member of the indigenous council.
As a nonviolent society, the only arms the culture uses are sticks that their “indigenous guards” carry as mere symbols of power.
“We only have our traditional stick, our hearts, and our words”, Jorgelise Ucue, a Nasa leader said.
Today, the Mediterranean region continues to be one of the regions in the world beset by popular uprisings and protests. These range from north to south of the Mediterranean, following the global economic and financial crisis, causing an increase in insecurity and poverty and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.
i have to confess that making a repost from the website of anarcho-syndicalist CNT gives me tingles all over! good times! the video is in spanish, and translation below aided by google.
Again the system starts its mechanisms of repression and media manipulation! Economic and political elites in this our Spain have an ingrained tradition, obsessively trying to scare society with the “anarchist peril”.
To do this, they always have resorted to lies, deception, and false labels for the assemblies. Are funds being used to create a “public enemy number one” that threatens social peace? Although we are really a threat because we question their privileges and benefits as the dominant social class, and intend to eradicate as a matter of social justice.
Surely this is a crime for them, and is the real reason to criminalize, suppress, and try to isolate the ideas and values of anarchism.
Organized and institutional Terrorism is the gag law; labor reform, unemployment, evictions, the dismantling and privatization of health, education and public services in general. A new attempt to justify the violation of liberties with this newly passed law of public safety, and we are not meant to notice the parade of corrupt politicians on their way to court.
The criminalization of social movements will have little impact on a society tired of media manipulation in the service of governments and economic interests, and identifies the real culprits of the situation.
Enough of media manipulation.
No criminalization of Social Movements,
Stop the Gag Law.
Permanete Secretariat of the Confederal Committee
from the website of National Confederation of Labour,
There were times in Ukraine’s recent history when even the country’s military brass were kneeling before the U.S. Literally. In June 2013, then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft received the saber of the Ukrainian Cossack in the city of Kherson from a kneeling Ukrainian high-rank military official. Mr. Tefft nowadays is serving the country as an Ambassador to Russia where no such honors are even imaginable.
On the surface, today’s Ukraine is much more favorably disposed toward everything Western and everything American because of the exciting wind of transformations that swept through the Ukrainian political landscape last year. Its political culture looks modern, attractive, refined and European. For example, at the end of last year a new law was passed that allowed former citizens of other countries to participate in Ukrainian politics and even the government, in case they denounce their former citizenships. The reason given was the fight with notorious Ukrainian corruption. Apparently, in a country of more than 40 million people, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk (called “Rabbit” by his citizens) couldn’t find a dozen or so native-born yet not corrupt professionals for his government.
In a strange twist of fate, the Ukrainian ministers during their meetings now have to speak hated Russian—former foreigners do not speak Ukrainian well enough and locals do not speak English at the level necessary for complicated discussions on how to save a Ukraine economy that is disappearing before their eyes.
The problems they are facing are overwhelming. The new minister for economy, Mr. Abromavičius, knows that the country is in fact bankrupt. “To expect that we are going to produce real as opposed to declarative incentive programs is unrealistic,” he declared. In other words, the new Ukrainian budget is nothing but a piece of paper. But without this piece of paper there will be no new money from the European Bank and the IMF.
The new minister for economy appointed former Estonian Jaanika Merilo as his advisor on foreign investments and improving the business climate in Ukraine. Directly after her appointment, Ms. Merilo posted a series of candid images that display her long legs, plump lips and prominent cleavage, including some shots in which she emulates movie scenes.
As exhilarating winds of change swept through the Ukrainian government, Western newspapers giddily reported the fact that after the last elections for the first time in decades there would be no Communists in the Ukrainian Parliament. But that means all possible organized opposition to the current president and prime minister is gone.
Instead, the new Rada has a big group of parliamentarians of very uncertain political loyalties and even dubious mental state—former warlords and street activists who distinguished themselves during street fights and tire burnings.
other posts from around the web, about fascists in ukraine:
One new face in the Rada—leader of the Right Sector ultra-nationalist party and former warlord Dmytro Yarosh—admitted in a January interview with Ukrainian TV that he caresses a real hand grenade in his pocket while inside the Rada. Because he is MP, the security personnel has no right to check his pockets. They just ask if he has anything dangerous on his person and he says no. The reason to have a hand grenade on his body is that there are too many enemies of Ukraine within the MP crowding him during the voting process. He is not afraid, of course. But when the time comes, he will use this grenade and with a bit of luck he will take a lot of them with him if he dies.
Ukrainian MPs Yuri Beryoza and Andrei Levus, also former warlords and members of radical parties, became notorious last December after publicly applauding the terrorist attack in the Russian city of Grozny—an attack in which 14 policemen were killed. “On our eastern borders our brothers are coming out from under Russia’s power. It’s normal. These are the allies of Ukraine,” said Mr. Beryoza. This is the same fellow who had earlier promised that the Ukrainian army would soon take Moscow. Andrei Levus proposed Russia withdraw all of her “punishers” from the “People’s Republic of Ichkeria” (i.e. Chechnya) immediately.
Another former warlord, former member of social-national party and today’s Ukrainian MP Igor Mosiychuk said to the journalists that Ukraine, “being in the state of war, must stimulate the opening of the second front in the Caucuses, in Middle Asia” against Russia. In the scandalous video, which has been viewed 2.5 million times, he unloaded an assault rifle into the portrait of the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ranting, “Ramzan, you have sent your dogs, traitors into our land. We have been killing them here and we will come after you. We will come after you to Grozny. We will help our brothers to free Ichkeria from such dogs like you. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the free Ichkeria!”
Despite this bravado, the personal security for all three MPs had to be increased—at high cost to the cash-starved country—after the Chechen leader promised to bring them to justice in Russia for incitement of terrorism.
there’s much more on the political landscape of ukraine, from the NEW YORK OBSERVER,
Some members of the battalion “death” report that they had previously only been fighting in the city, in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya against Russia, but then joined the pro-Kremlin forces.
Military exercise in Donetsk:Chechen fighters in Ukraine
from der spiegel, with the aid of google translate:
Through the snowy landscape echoes the cry of “Allahu Akbar!”
Donetsk – The Chechens yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is great), while they train in camouflage uniforms in the eastern Ukrainian separatists area in the snow. The men use an old resort outside the rebel stronghold of Donetsk as a base. “This is the volunteer battalion ‘death,'” says the deputy commander of the troops, who introduces himself as “Stinger”. “About 300 of our men are in the Donetsk region. We have ten to 20 years of experience on the battlefield.”
Stinger is around 40 years old, his hat is embroidered with a small Chechen flag in green, white and red. One leg he has strapped a pistol. He speaks Russian with a strong accent of the inhabitants of the Caucasus. In stock several cars parked with Chechen license plates.
The Chechens say Stingers battalion consisted mainly of former soldiers who were deployed in the predominantly Muslim region. Russia led there in the nineties two wars against Muslim insurgents. Meanwhile, Chechnya, Russia dominated with the help of Ramzan Kadyrov, the critics accused of serious human rights violations.
In the Ukraine grab old Chechen fighters on both sides: Some support the separatists, while others are on the side of the government in Kiev, which makes the conflict more obscure. Stingers people consider the Chechens who are fighting for the government forces, as archenemies. Some of the proukrainischen Chechens had fled to the two wars from Russia and now have passports from Western countries. They say that Russia is the common enemy of them and the leadership in Kiev. Chechnya was occupied by Russia.
NATO’s Nazis: Ethnic Cleansing Their Opposition in East Ukraine
What began with pro-EU colour mobs and far right-wing neo-Nazi gangs in Kiev, has escalated to ethnic cleansing in the eastern half of the country. The horrors are unspeakable, as detailed in the report below (with video). NATO, led by the US and Britain, are actively backing Kiev’s military brutal campaign of collective punishment and ethnic cleansing against Russian-speaking people in the east of that country.
Ironically (and rather disingenuously), US talking heads, media parrots and politicians in Washington – are still recycling their worn-out sound bites: “Russia is invading the Ukraine”, “Moscow is responsible for the destabilization of the Ukraine”, and it goes on.
Military industrial lobbyists like US State Dept. Euro Secretary Victoria Nuland, and US Senator John McCain have played a key role in the Kiev’s Nazi renaissance from the beginning – a new low point in international racketeering…
Brutal represión en la cuarta marcha contra el nuevo régimen laboral juvenil.
Miles de jóvenes se reunieron el martes 15 de enero para manifestar su rechazo a la ley 30288 que recorta derechos laborales con el pretexto de “generar empleo formal entre los jóvenes de 18 a 24 años”. Lo que realmente hace esta ley es abaratar los costos a los empleadores, generando mano de obra barata para las grandes empresas.
La policía nacional reprimió salvajemente a los jóvenes manifestantes. Golpearon y amedrentaron a la prensa independiente para que no haga su trabajo. Nos insultaron, nos escupieron, nos dieron varazos, pero no pudieron callarnos. La policía nos tiene miedo.
Ante la violencia del estado nuestros corazones incendiados. Nunca seremos sus esclavos. A seguir luchando por lo que nos pertenece. Seguiremos en la calles.
by “soft” police state tactics i mean intimidation, harassment – targeting of loved ones, visits to employers, wide-net investigations that drag in dozens of innocents. all in the effort to find an effective saboteur in the area, but also to squash a thriving anarchist scene.
anarchists in bristol – and the UK in general – gave me a lot of support when i was in prison.
Since 2011, the Informal Anarchist Federation (IAF)—a local division of a much wider, global insurrectionary anarchist group: the Federazione Anarchia Informale—has been carrying out scores of attacks on private property across Bristol, England. Now the cops are out to get them and Bristol’s wider activist community is being caught up in the search.
Signaling cables of National Rail lines have been burned down in order to “paralyze” the local economy. Vehicles at a UK Border Agency crime team building have been torched. And a minibus belonging to local cadets has been set on fire as a protest against NATO. Together with two other insurrectionary groups—the Earth Liberation Front and the Angry Foxes Cell—over 60 different attacks have been carried out since the Bristol riots.
BDS has chronicled a string of even stranger incidents. I was told about three different people that have been arrested and accused of being the Badger, one on two separate occasions. I heard about members of a band that Huw Norfolk was once briefly in, being visited by the police. Even the bassist—who wasn’t in the band when Norfolk was—has, allegedly, been visited at his home and his work.
“The cops don’t have a clue just like 99.9 percent of the anarchist movement in Bristol,” Jim told me. “The people getting knocks on doors are all involved in public, open groups that do protests and campaigns. They aren’t the children of the night. The police just don’t understand the modus operandi of these people.”
Perhaps it’s understandable. Insurrectionary anarchism may have a rich history on the continent but the IAF seem oddly out of place in a relatively docile modern Britain. For a brief period of time in the early 1970s, the London-based Angry Brigade frightened Edward Heath’s government with a series of bomb attacks on embassies, politicians, and military barracks. But they remain the only homegrown insurrectionary group that has ever really existed in the UK and maybe the cops just aren’t prepared.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary, meanwhile, have been on the IAF’s case, desperately searching for the culprits. After no real success and mounting pressure from one particular MP, the local CID and special investigations team are stepping up their efforts.
A team of ten detectives working full-time under the name Operation Rhone has have been set up and the police are searching particularly hard to find a man they consider to be at the center of the network: Huw Norfolk, otherwise known as the Badger.
The trouble is, nobody seems to know anything about him, the IAF, or any of the recent attacks—not the police, not the media, not even local activist groups. The IAF is, after all, an informal network (the clue is in the title). It’s really little more than a banner for those that execute insurrectionary acts, or who think within a certain ideological framework to use and claim. And that makes them particularly difficult to find.
The vast majority of Bristol’s anarchist community aren’t like this. With their status as queen-and-country-hating tabloid pariahs, few people would be aware of any difference between different anarchist groups. But their methods, goals, and targets differ radically. Groups such as the Anarchist Federation (Afed) and Solidarity Federation (Solfed), which constitute a majority of the scene in the UK are involved in open, public-facing, class-based community work—handing out leaflets, helping workers who go on strike, that kind of thing—rather than acts of fly-by night vandalism.
But these distinctions don’t seem to count for much as far as the police are concerned. Over the past few months, activists from across the anarchist community say the police have been targeting them arbitrarily and indiscriminately. They say individual activists have been harassed, houses raided, workplaces visited, and arrests made without charges.
The police maintain that they are searching for suspects linked to the IAF, but activists say they are targeting anyone that publicly identifies as an anarchist. And they say it’s getting worse by the day. For the last week I’ve been talking to different members of the anarchist scene in the West Country and the impression I’ve got is of a community under siege.
Two years ago, Jon—a Bristol-based activist with Solfed, who asked to be identified only by his first name—became one of the first targets of this police clampdown. One morning he arrived at his workplace to an email from his boss asking for a meeting. When he turned up, he was told the police had visited the office with a dossier of “evidence” citing him as a domestic extremist, and someone that “might not be suitable to work with children.” As a person whose job involves helping young people with emotional difficulties, the suggestion was that he should be fired.
“They said I was unsuited to my job because of my politics,” he told me over the phone. “The stuff they provided as evidence was articles I’d written anonymously, on whether prison was an effective form of rehabilitation and whether underachievement in working class communities was down to the education system. No connection between me and any group was alleged or mentioned. It really seemed that their main concern was that I held anarchist views.”
A year later Jon was targeted again. One afternoon he received a phone call out of the blue from a police officer asking about underground anarchist groups. He told the officer he had no idea and asked how his number had been found.
“The officer told me that my partner was being stalked and had put in a number of phone calls to the police,” he said. “They did nothing but saved the number because they knew who I was and thought it would be useful. I’d question a lot of the ways they’ve gone about finding information. I think they are using what’s been happening as a pretext to attack the wider anarchist community. A lot of this feels like an opportunity to drag the movement through the mud and see if they can push a few people out of activism.”
What Jon went through seems to have become much more widespread under Operation Rhone. At a ramshackle bookstore called Hydra in Old Market, the scene of a famous riot in the 1930s, law enforcers have been turning up at on a fortnightly basis, asking questions and grilling staff. It’s a strange situation. Volunteers at the store say they do little more than sell lefty literature. When I visited last week, a group of old locals were sat happily on old sofas in a dimly lit room sounding off about the 1970s oil crisis. It didn’t seem all that extreme.
One of the bookstore’s volunteers, who gave his name at Mat and identified as neither an anarchist nor an activist, told me he’s been the subject of extensive police surveillance. One day last year he received a phone call from administrators of Hydra Book’s server, notifying him that local police had been reading the content of his emails. The only reason given, he says, is that he had—a few years earlier—helped set up Bristol Indymedia, an open-source independent news website, which the IAF has, on occasion, used to publish communiques about its attacks.
“I’m not involved in any of this,” he told me, serving drinks to customers and sounding simultaneously baffled and irate. “I make coffee and occasionally I sell the odd book. I’ve got no links to international anarchist organizations and despite having no involvement with the website anymore either, the police have been reading my emails. It’s terrifying and I’ve spent a long time being very worried about it. I now don’t put personal thoughts in emails in case I get asked about it in an interview at a police station.”
One group that has been actively chronicling the police clampdown over the last few months is Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS), a defendant support group set up after the riots in 2011 to help those that had been arrested with a range of legal services. I went to meet two of their activists—Jim and Alan who both asked to be identified only by their first name—at Kebele Community Center, a well known anarchist hub in Easton.
As well as collecting information on Operation Rhone, and talking to those that have been arrested, Alan has himself been targeted by the police. Last July, at seven in the morning, his house was raided and a friend that was temporarily staying over arrested.
“I woke up and found my house full of police,” he told me from a small library room in the 20-year-old center. “And when I say full I mean literally—it was hard to move around. They took away a friend that was staying at my house and went through all the communal areas for hours. As well as taking electronic stuff like a hard drive and laptop, they seemed to be bagging anything that looked political. The arrested guy came back two hours later released without charge on police bail. They had no evidence at all. The whole point was to intimidate people and build up a sense that you are being watched the whole time.”
For the anarchist movement, which has been growing in Bristol since 2005, the crackdown won’t be putting them off. Two months ago, 20 local activists visited the CID and Special Investigations building in Bristol to protest. A few weeks earlier a number of the same groups clubbed together to publish a statement outlining their experiences.
“The message is we’re not going to be intimidated,” Jon from Solfed told me. “We’re still here for everyone to see, and we’re not going to driven underground.”
The colonies are collapsing – it's a scorched earth policy, a war of attrition, so the survivors are left with NOTHING!