“On the evening of today, Sunday 18 January, about sixty fascists attacked the headquarters of the CSA Dordoni in Cremona with iron bars and other instruments of offense. Many of these were from out of town.”
the rest of the original post is below, but here’s a much better post in english, from struggles in italy:
On Sunday 28 January, around 6pm, a group of about 50 fascists (mostly from CasaPound) attacked activists from Cremona’s Dordoni social centre. The attack on seven or eight activists was launched by around ten people, and very soon bolstered by 40 more. Emilio, one of the activists and someone very well known in Cremona, was beaten with a bar and then kicked in the face and head as he was lying on the ground.
The attack appears to have been prepared in advance, taking advantage of a football match to bring together fascists from Parma, Brescia and other towns with those from Cremona. Emilio is now in a very serious condition and his life is in danger. Dordoni’s activists have made a complaint that the fascists were merely identified by the police and then released but that the activists who were defending Dordoni were charged.
Anti-fascists from Cremona and from all over Italy have called for a national anti-fascist demonstration in Cremona on 24 January, and for solidarity demonstrations in many different cities.
This episode is not isolated: there have been many different attacks led by CasaPound or other far-right movements over the last few months. In September, in Naples, for example, a high school student was beaten by some far-right individuals because he was wearing an anti-fascist t-shirt. In Rome, in November, a group of far-right militants used bars and sticks to attack supporters of Ardita San Paolo football team.
The incident happened after the Cremonese-Mantova match, yesterday afternoon at Zini stadium.The fascists were present at the stadium, as well as fans of both teams, even people of the extreme right from Brescia and Parma. The fascists of Brescia had found a place in the stadium where they were fans of Mantua, in which a portion of the curve north of Brescia is twinned. Reconstructions of yesterday’s events that are emerging suggest it was at this time very likely that the attack were planned, and to achieve it, the fascists gathered within the supporters of the Cremonese, of Mantua, Brescia, Parma and area Casapound, which were gathered after the game. As a trap against 7-8 comrades working at the social center, ten fascists with straps and bars occurred at the front door. The companions chased them away from the center, and from around the corner of the road, another 40 -50 Nazis emerged, who attacked the militants from Dordoni. One of them was hit in the head with a board and fainted. Fascists continued to beat him – with kicks to the head – while he was on the ground, until with the help of some extinguishers, his companions managed to drag him back inside the Dordoni. They then barricaded the door the fascists had tried to break down (without success) in order to enter the social center.
Compa Emilio appeared to be in bad condition. He suffered severely, and was immediately taken to a hospital. As reported on 1/18, he is in a coma and, unfortunately, his injuries are life threatening because of extensive cerebral hemorrhages. Other people were injured the clashes as well.
Immediately after the event, there was a protest held outside a community center located in Mantua 7 (red doors) at the stadium (ex-hole Boario).
This vile episode follows another assault which took place on November 29 against four militants of Dordoni, by approximately twenty fascists.
Updates from Cremona will follow. We shake strong around Emilio and express utmost sympathy to the entire CSA Dordoni.
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.
The colonies are collapsing – it's a scorched earth policy, a war of attrition, so the survivors are left with NOTHING!