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Baltimore protesters disrupt police chief meeting with overnight city hall sit-in

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As many as 50 protesters, some of them teenagers, disrupted a meeting where officials were recommending the interim police chief be permanently hired

The overnight sit-in at Baltimore City Hall by young, mainly black activists exposed the deep divide between the government in this troubled city and a population that has been feeling increasingly marginalized and under siege.

As many as 50 protesters, some of them teenagers, disrupted a meeting on Wednesday night where city officials were recommending the interim police chief be permanently hired. The activists said they were upset at their lack of input into the appointment, six months after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who sustained mortal injuries while being transported in the back of a police van.

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5 principles for a responsible internationalist policy on Syria

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Our response to events in Syria must be built on an understanding of the lessons of history.

Azaz, Syrian, Voice of America News: Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria. Public Domain photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Azaz_Syria_during_the_Syrian_Civil_War_Missing_front_of_House.jpg

Finally, after half of Syria’s population has been displaced and a quarter of a million people have been killed – and probably several years too late – civilian protection has become a focus for the British parliament.

A debate brought on Monday by new Labour MP and former Oxfam policy chief Jo Cox, focussed attention on the urgent need to find a solution to the Syrian crisis. A serious debate over whether the UK should deepen its engagement in Syria is beginning to take place and while more detail is needed before any of the proposals can be properly assessed, here are five core principles that any policy should abide by.

1. Though it sounds simple, the responsibility to protect civilians must be the guiding force of any foreign engagement strategy in Syria. Government policy so far has preferred options that contain the crisis, rather than proactively seeking to protect communities at risk. Thus while the UK has been a leading donor to refugee camps in the Middle East, the same government axed its support for the Mediterranean rescue missions and, until late this summer, continued to frame the Syrian exodus to Europe as economic migration. In 2005, the UK together with all other member states of the United Nations committed to protect civilians at risk of mass atrocity crimes – crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and genocide. This commitment, made in response to the failures of Rwanda and Bosnia, has not yet been met in Syria.

2. Legitimacy is key. While the UN Security Council may be in deadlock, with Russia and China using their veto power to stymie international action against the Assad regime, any international engagement in Syria must have the support from the UN General Assembly and from the affected region. The failure of the international community has exposed the limits of the Security Council but until its limits can be addressed, it is crucial that problem solving remains an international process. A Security Council resolution should be sought against against ISIL and if one cannot be found for the protection of civilians from Assad’s forces, legitimacy must come from the people of Syria and the wider international community. The Iraq invasion of 2003, and to an extent the military action in Libya in 2010, have made plain that a broad coalition of military actors are always needed and that unilateral western military decision-making alone cannot be legitimate.

3. Dialogue. Increased rhetoric from Philip Hammond and Tony Blair about countering Russian aggression through western alliances undermines the fact that any meaningful peace deal in Syria will involve Russia. Dialogue with all stakeholders in the Syrian crisis is essential if any agreement is to be found. Whatever military decision is taken, diplomatic and political efforts must continue and an open dialogue must be pursued.

4. Reconciliation. Communities in Syria have become deeply divided according to pro-regime or rebel identities, even if the citizens themselves do not participate in the violence. More broadly, the deep crises in Syria and Iraq have become, if they were not always, part of a wider Shiite/ Sunni divide that threatens to split the entire region. The fanning of identity-based divisions has exacerbated cleavages in community relations, creating patterns of prejudice and fear. Planning for a post-conflict development strategy should begin now, and include massive investment in community-building and inter-faith reconciliation.

5. The final principle must be accountability. Plans must be must be made to ensure that all those suspected of breaching international humanitarian law in the region face justice, either through the referral of Syria to the International Criminal Court or local prosecution. International decision makers and international structures such as the UN Security Council must also be accountable for their actions: In the UK, policy making must be transparent and votes carried out free from party politics and whips. Furthermore, the limitations of the UN Security Council to protect the people of Syria must be assessed, addressed, and rectified if the United Nations is to continue to be a relevant instrument of peace and security.

 

5 principles for a responsible internationalist policy on Syria | openDemocracy.

Paint remover: Mexico activists attempt to drone out beleaguered president | Sam Jones

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The Rexiste collective, a Mexican anti-government movement, is using a graffiti-spraying drone to challenge the state over the disappearance of 43 students

Although opponents of Enrique Peña Nieto are lacking in neither number nor novel protest strategies, his latest critic has her own special way of expressing disdain for Mexico’s embattled president.

Rather than taking to the streets, she hovers over them; rather than bellowing her grievances, she levels a canister of spray-paint at a portrait of Peña Nieto and disgorges its contents until his head is lost in a blood-red blur.

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China: Four Days of Violent Resistance to Waste Incinerator in Guangdong

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Guangdong China – Four days of violent resistance to a proposed Waste Incinerator project have left dozens arrested and several injured, both police and villagers. The pollution in the area is so bad that residents fear they and their children will not survive another major source of pollution nearby as the new privately owned waste Read More

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London: Noise demo in solidarity with the Sweets Way prisoners this Saturday

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Let’s make some noise for our friends and defenders of the Sweets Way Estate!

During the evictions on the Sweets Way Estate 19 people were arrested. 16 of those were in defence of Mostafa, the last remaining tenant. Despite being a passive resistance, they were arrested for obstructing the high court enforcers. We all believe these arrests were unjust, and 2 of the arrestees have asserted their right to remain anonymous. As a result, the state has incarcerated them, holding them on remand while the police take their time investigating their identities.

To remain anonymous is a bold move, and we need to show our support for our friends. So we call for a salute to them and other political prisoners inside HMP Wormwood Scrubs at 1pm next Saturday.

Bring pots, pans, anything you can think of to make noise and let them know that we are doing this for them! Banners as well for those who will get to see us outside.

We will be attempting to organise some transport there, hopefully we will have a couple of vans going. Please contact us if you would like to come and need a lift, or if you have a van/can drive.

Greysweatshirt and Blackhood (their assumed names for court registers) will be back in court on Thursday the 15th at 10am. Should they be granted bail we will use this event (Saturday 1pm) to hold a celebration action at one of our protest sites, so please keep the time free and we will update people as the time draws nearer

Please spread this far and wide, let’s really show these guys the same support that they showed Sweets Way!

Details: 1pm, Saturday 17th October, Wormwood Scrubs, Du Cane Road, W12 0AE

[Callout via Rabble Ldn from Sweets Way Resists]

Stop the Stigma, Break the Silence – United To Face Addiction in Wash DC

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‘Stop the Stigma, Break the Silence’ was one of many messages families brought to Washington DC. People from all across the Nation united at The National Mall in DC on Oct. 4th to remember loved ones lost and to raise awareness of the new opiate epidemic that is facing America and many other parts of Read More

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Collecting the art of protest at Brooklyn's Interference Archive

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Prompted by the Occupy movement, a gallery in Brooklyn gathers art produced by revolutionary movements around the world to inspire activists of the future

Locating a spirit of resistance and revolution in established art and cultural institutions can often be a dispiriting undertaking. But not so at Interference Archive, a cooperative, volunteer-supported institution in the Gowanus neighbourhood of Brooklyn which, in a season of political and religious challenge to mainstream institutional thinking, has a finger on the pulse.

The two-room space is the brainchild of graphic artist Josh MacPhee and his late partner, activist Dara Greenwald. Recent exhibitions include If a Song Could be Freedom … Organised Sounds of Resistance, a survey of the sounds and images of music that accompanies social struggle. It is currently showing Armed by Design, a comprehensive survey of the graphic art produced for Tricontinental magazine by the Havana-based Organisation of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America (Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina, abbrieviated as Ospaal) in support of the global south liberation movements of the 60s and 70s.

Related: Is there anything more patriotic than the left’s tradition of protest? | Owen Jones

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Fantastic News: Nestlé To Be Sued For California Drought Crimes!

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Their permit to extract water expired 27 YEARS AGO, but the corporation just kept on going. Finally, activists hope justice will be served… TrueActivist – Campaign group The Story Of Stuff Project have just announced they will be pursuing legal action against Nestlé for illegally extracting groundwater in California for its Arrowhead brand, which has been Read More

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Washington police forcefully restrain black teen, prompting protest – video

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Mobile phone video shows Washington DC police aggressively restraining an 18-year-old scholarship student and musician on Monday evening. Jason Goolsby, who is African American, was apprehended by city officers who were responding to a call alleging suspicious activity outside a bank. Lt Sean Conboy said the call claimed that ‘three subjects may be trying to rob people at the ATM’.

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Protests in Kosovo over Detainment of Opposition Party Leader

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Kosovo – Dozens of protesters were on the streets of Pristina, Kosovo, on Thursday night, throwing stones and smashing windows after Albin Kurti, a leading opposition MP was taken in for questioning. Police fired tear gas after protesters started throwing stones and several police cars were set ablaze during the clashes. Protesters also attacked the headquarter Read More

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Howard Univ. Students Racially Profiled and Violently Detained Sparks Outrage

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Washington DC – A video was posted to social media yesterday showing police violently detaining 18yr-old Jason Goolsby a Howard University student who was using the ATM at the bank just moments before he was racially profiled. The two Howard University students were arrested at an ATM because as they describe “We were approached because a Read More

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Dashcam Shows Officer Taser Man for Parking Ticket & Falsify Report

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Kansas City, MO — After getting arrested and tased over a possible parking ticket, a store clerk has filed a lawsuit against the officer who used excessive force against him. Although the officer claimed that the clerk stood in a threatening position before he was forced to deploy his Taser, recently released dashcam video reveals Read More

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Turkish Unions Protest the Government over Ankara Massacre

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Anti-government protests continue after the bomb attacks in the Ankara peace rally on Saturday, which left at least 128 killed and hundreds wounded. Labor unions and trade chambers declared a two-day nationwide strike to protest the AKP government, whom they find guilty of the massacre. KESK (Confederation of Public Laborers’ Unions) organized a march and Read More

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Debunking Russia’s fake popular struggle in Ukraine

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by Anastasia Vladimirova

A pro-Russian demonstrator replaces the Ukrainian flag with a Russian flag atop the Kharkiv city council building. (Instagram / Vonoru)

A large animated crowd of pro-Russian demonstrators gathered outside the Kharkiv city council building in eastern Ukraine, watching and cheering as a young man in his mid-20’s, wearing a green military-style jacket, took down the Ukrainian flag at the top of the building and replaced it with a Russian flag. The startling action took place on March 1, 2014, just months after massive protests against President Victor Yanukovych’s decision to abandon an agreement on closer ties with the European Union — in favor of greater cooperation with Russia — had filled Independence Square in Kiev.

Yet, when news about the citizen of Kharkiv raising the Russian flag over the city council building appeared on the Internet later that day, ordinary Ukrainians had many reasons to doubt the demonstration was real. After all, the Kremlin had been waging a hybrid war against Ukraine to discredit the wave of pro-Europe protests, known as Euromaidan, since they began in November 2013.

A week later, StopFake.org, a website run by Ukrainian journalists aiming to refute distorted information about the events in Ukraine, discovered that Kharkiv’s pro-Russian demonstration was likely staged. The Ukrainian activist holding the Russian flag on top of the city council building turned out to be a young Russian man from Saint Petersburg named Michael Ronkainen. StopFake reported that the Russian activist outed himself in a picture he posted to his Vkontakte page (a Russian analogue of Facebook).

According to Tetiana Matychak, the editor-in-chief of StopFake, it was readers who brought the story to the journalists’ attention — specifically those from Eastern Ukraine, who were aware of Russia’s efforts at deception. “We were surprised, but we checked the information very carefully and concluded that our readers were right,” Matychak said.

After the “Kharkiv activist” was exposed, more readers began sending tips to StopFake, including one about a Russian flag being raised in Donetsk at a pro-Russian rally, where participants seized the regional council building. StopFake, with help from its readers, soon discovered that the activist holding the flag, Rostislav Zhuravlev, came from the Russian city of Ekaterinburg and was a friend of the self-proclaimed governor of the Donetsk region.

Zhuravlev’s social media was also filled with anti-Ukrainian propaganda, with many of his posts calling on readers to liberate Novorossiya, the Eastern Ukraine region that fell into the hands of pro-Russian rebels and separatists shortly after the Euromaidan protests. These rebels seek to recruit young men to voluntarily join the fight in Eastern Ukraine. Ronkainen, for instance, posted a photo on Instagram with a police officer he met at Los Angeles International Airport, accompanied by the comment: “I met a cool guy [named] John. After his shift is over, John promised to go to Donetsk to fight for Novorossiya.”

The stories of these two Russian activists are just a few of the fakes among a broader range of false information and propaganda about the situation in Ukraine produced mostly by the Russian mainstream media. For more than a year now, journalists and activists from StopFake have tried to debunk distorted information and identify made-up reports and commentary through careful verification and fact checking.

“If we find 100 percent proof that the news is a fake, we write an article about it,” Matychak explained. “We discuss all the topics together, but I make the final decision if this news is worth debunking or not, and if the story is worth being published.”

When Matychak and her colleagues started StopFake, they only intended to run the website for two or three months, but the propaganda quickly increased and spread out of control, such that they could not let it go unanswered.

“We see the statistics,” she said. “A lot of fakes come from Russian media seeking to create propaganda about the enemies of the Russian Federation – Ukraine, Georgia, NATO, the United States. These countries and organizations are not the real enemies of Russia, but the Kremlin propaganda calls them ‘enemies’ in order to persuade the Russian people. I can say for sure that Ukraine was not going to attack Russia and Ukraine only fights back now.”

Matychak is convinced that the Kremlin-sponsored propaganda inspires pro-Russian activists to take part in staged protests pretending to be Ukrainian citizens. “Many people who came from Russia, came to Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk,” Matychak said. “That is the difference between Kiev protests and Eastern Ukraine protests. In Eastern Ukraine there were a lot of Russian protesters. Those people watched Russian TV channels and heard stories about Ukrainians and Junta.”

The ‘mirror image’ of Maidan

According to Nataliya Gumenyuk, a Ukrainian journalist and co-founder of online news station Hromadske TV, pro-Russian activists have used a number of nonviolent tactics, including occupations and barricades, to create the perception that they are engaged in popular struggle similar to that of the protesters in Maidan, the central square in Kiev. Even though pro-Russian activists were occasionally able to make their protests appear peaceful and resemble the nonviolent atmosphere of Maidan, some of the most important aspects of nonviolent struggle were missing — namely spontaneity and authenticity, as Gumenyuk explained.

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In a 2014 webinar about the Maidan Revolution produced by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, Gumenyuk elaborated on several other ways pro-Russian activists have mirrored the actions of their Maidan counterparts. “There have been reports of protesters who came from the villages and stayed in the tent city in Luhansk — for publicity purposes — only to return home in the evening after the cameras were gone,” she said. Meanwhile, the barricades in Donetsk are “poorly constructed and serve no practical purpose, especially considering they are guarded by armed men.” This is in contrast to the ones at Maidan, which were created to stop the crackdown on protesters by police.

In one particularly ridiculous incident, according to Gumenyuk, some people in Donetsk donated warm winter clothes to the so-called protesters — just as Maidan supporters had done for people protesting in Kiev during the winter months. The difference, however, was that the pro-Russian donations “took place in April, when the weather was much warmer and winter clothes were not needed.”

Such actions led to the creation of what Gumenyuk referred to as  “the ‘mirror image’ of Maidan, an attempt to give legitimacy to the pro-Russian resistance movement. Unlike the staged protests in Eastern Ukraine, however, Maidan was an authentic grassroots movement. According to Gumenyuk, people followed the genuine spirit of the protest present at Maidan, which the staged pro-Russian protests always lacked.

Nevertheless, the Russian propaganda machine is learning lessons from its public outing. “After publishing those and other stories,” Matychak explained, “Russian activists in Ukraine became more careful and wise. Many of them stopped publishing selfies in social networks, for example.”

Misappropriation of nonviolent tactics

According to Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution, a Boston-based non-profit devoted to advancing the study of nonviolent action, “Governments and others have, historically, tried to undermine nonviolent movements by accusing them of being created and funded by foreign governments.” Kremlin-sponsored media outlets, in particular, have played a leading role in such efforts, routinely crediting Western powers with the string of popular uprisings that took place in the early 2000s in Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine. Some outlets have focused on Albert Einstein Institution founder Gene Sharp, often considered the leading theorist on nonviolent conflict.

In a 2012 segment on the Kremlin-sponsored cable news network Russia Today, Polish political activist Mateusz Piskorski called Sharp “an ideologue,” and “the man who invented the whole technology of the contemporary color revolutions,” adding, “Of course, the United States is the leading power when it comes to these technologies.”

In another 2012 interview, this time with Sharp himself, the Russian tabloid newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, asked the 87-year-old Nobel Peace Price nominee to discuss how his work was “used to disintegrate the Soviet Union.” Sharp responded by saying, “If the problem of the Soviet society was that an old man could suppress it, then it means this society had very big problems.”

In a report published earlier this year, civil resistance scholar Maciej Bartkowki explained that the Kremlin’s preoccupation with the color revolutions stems from its fear of “a similar outburst of popular discontent in Russia.” Yet, despite its efforts to delegitimize nonviolent struggle, the Kremlin recognized, as Bartkowski noted in paper published earlier this year, that “a resemblance of popular grassroots support will be important for the ultimate success of the subversive operations that Russia planned in Ukraine.”

As a result, the Kremlin has relied on the political mobilization of a loyal and vocal minority in the targeted territories of Eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk and Luhansk. Bartkowski’s analysis suggests that such actions “provided an effective nonviolent cover for rebels and Russian special forces, bestowing on them and their actions a façade of grassroots legitimacy.”

Keeping the Russian population in the dark

During the recent conflict in Ukraine, Putin relied heavily on the information warfare conducted in social and mainstream media. According to Barkowski, his objective was to “deceive adversaries, blur the line between reality and fantasy, drive a wedge between Western allies, and keep the Russian population itself in the dark.” To that end, Putin’s strategy has been extremely effective. Russia’s information warfare has deceived large audiences. At the beginning of last fall, Putin’s approval rating was at 88 percent. Thereafter, the financial crisis notwithstanding, 70 percent of the Russian citizens expressed support for Putin’s policies in Ukraine.

In April 2014, David M. Herzenhorn, a Moscow based New York Times correspondent, described the Kremlin’s information warfare as “an extraordinary propaganda campaign that political analysts say reflects a new brazenness on the part of Russian officials. And in recent days, it has largely succeeded — at least for Russia’s domestic audience — in painting a picture of chaos and danger in Eastern Ukraine, although it was pro-Russian forces themselves who created it by seizing public buildings and setting up roadblocks.”

Raqib also thinks the protests organized by pro-Russian activists in Eastern Ukraine were effective and — perhaps more alarmingly — can be seen as part of a larger global trend. “Governments are studying this,” she explained. “They recognize that they need to use some elements of nonviolent struggle against nonviolent movements.” This is something Raqib feels the nonviolence community needs to better understand, if it’s going to find effective ways of counteracting a growing trend toward hybrid warfare.

While scholars and journalists like Gumenyuk and Bartkowski are making strides in that area, crowd-sourced media watchdog groups like StopFake are creating a noticeable impact on the frontline of the struggle. “We are fighting propaganda no matter where it comes from,” Matychak said. “Our main hope is to attract the attention of foreign media organizations and encourage them to not only verify all the information no matter the source, but to also learn from our experience and protect their countries from any sort of propaganda.”

Matychak believes that victory will come for the nonviolent movement in Ukraine because truth is on its side. “Ukrainians don’t attack. They only defend themselves, and they try to do it using truth because liars only win in the short-term. People who use truth always win in the long-term.”

Police Tasing a Bloody, Restrained Matthew Ajibade in the Testicles Before his Death

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by Shaun King – Daily Kos It is now abundantly clear that Matthew Ajibade was murdered by police in Savannah, Georgia. For over 10 months, police and prosecutors have concealed the video evidence of his murder not only from the public, but from Ajibade’s closest friends and family members. His death in police custody was Read More

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Des art-activistes préparent la plus grande action de désobéissance civile pour le sommet de Paris sur le climat

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Des milliers de personnes sont attendues pour participer à des blocages « lignes rouges » au cours de la conférence de Paris sur le climat, après deux semaines de manifestations baptisées « Jeux Climatiques »

Des milliers de militants ont annoncé qu’ils allaient bloquer la conférence internationale de Paris sur le climat en menant des actions directes non-violentes à une échelle sans précédent en Europe.

Des ONG allant de 350.org à Attac France pèsent de tout leur poids pour donner de l’importance aux « Jeux Climatiques » face à la conférence intergouvernementale qui se déroulera en décembre. Les manifestations consisteront en dix blocages, chacun lié à un thème et une « ligne rouge » dont ils ont peur que les négociateurs venus de presque 200 pays ne la franchissent.

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Münster: Social centre opens its doors

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We have squatted a house! What happened?

We have opened the doors to the old Hauptzollamt in the Sonnenstraße 85 in Münster, Germany on the second weekend of October [Oct 9] for us and everybody! The building has been empty for several years. It costs, according to Westfälische Nachrichten (local newspaper), „several million.“ This is too expensive for us. But we would not give a single Euro for it either. We want the Zollamt to be a non-commercial space, for meetings, discussions and workshops, for art and music, a place for neighbourhood community and joint organisation. In short, this space is going to be transformed into a social centre – a space where everyone feels welcome.

Why occupy buildings in the first place?

Münster has a shortage of affordable living space and community-organised spaces. Instead the value of certain districts in the city is raised with construction investments, for example at the central station and in the neighbourhood of the harbour. By increasing the value of these districts, people and their living space (Lebensraum) is pushed to the margins of the city. This problem is not unique to Münster, it is a process which takes place in many cities of Germany and worldwide. Buildings are left empty in order to speculate with them, at the same time there is a lack of affordable living space and self-organised spaces. This kind of city-planning strives to maximise profits and is based on a logic which favours competition before social needs. For example, people with less money are often excluded and pushed to the outskirts. Social infrastructure provided by the council are often too bureaucratic, hard to change and leave no space for people to take part in the decision-making process.

A squatted house provides possibilities to experiment with alternatives we’ve chosen, independently from council and landlords. A city should be governed by the people who live in it! – We feel connected to the struggle for housing which happened in the past in Münster, for example the occupation in 1972 of the Grevenerstr. 31 and the occupation in 2000 of the Uppenbergschule. We show solidarity with local and worldwide squatting movements, because everywhere people take back houses and spaces that are otherwise left to rot. Squat the lot!

Let’s open the doors to the mansions, palaces and sheds to create room for our dreams and wishes!

So what do we want to do in this house?

In order to build and sustain non-commercial structures we need space(s). The Zollamt should be a place for political, social and cultural organisation. Everybody should be able to take part – away from profit-oriented thinking, exploitation and authorities. We are reminded on a daily basis that we live in a world in which our ideas and wishes are hard to realise. This is why we need spaces for critical engagement, awareness of each other and continuous exchange. Only then we can figure out alternatives together and create a city, in which we like to live in.

Neighbourhood parties, bar, talks, bicycle workshop, self-defence courses, art exhibitions, samba-workshop, meetings, poetry-slam, discussion, Hartz IV consulting, food for everyone …. and many more! The programme needs YOU to exist!

We, who have opened the doors to the Zollamt on Friday October 9, invite the whole neighbourhood and everyone who wants to take part to make this house come alive!

We have squatted the former Hauptzollamt (custom office) in Münster!

Web: zollamt.blackblogs.org
E-mail: zollamt [at] riseup [dot] net
Twitter: Zollamt

Follow hashtags: #zollamt #squatms

Source – https://linksunten.indymedia.org/en/node/155320

Watch out Angola – repression only generates more dissent

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Outraged by the unlawful detention of a book group, Angolans are calling for an end to the injustice as the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence looms

Angola is about to mark the 40th anniversary of its independence, but residents are in no mood to celebrate. The MPLA, the party that has governed for more than three decades, is crushing any and all dissent in a political climate that has become increasingly paranoid.

In late June, 13 young men gathered to read Gene Sharp’s From Dictatorship to Democracy, a book about non-violent protest. But before they finished it, the police barged in and arrested them. Two days later, two more young men were detained.

Related: Reading the revolution: the book club that terrified the Angolan regime

Repression generates more dissent. The prisoners ought to be able to await trial in their homes, as the law permits

Related: Prison and intimidation: the price of being a journalist in Angola

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METU Boycott & Strike in Solidarity with Victims of Ankara Bombing

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Boycott and Strike at Ankara’s Middle East Technical University in Solidarity with the Victims of the Ankara Massacre Anti-government rallies continue in Turkey after the bomb attacks in the Ankara peace rally on Saturday, which left at least 128 killed and hundreds wounded. Labor unions and trade chambers declared a two-day nationwide strike to protest Read More

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Another Massive Blast Rocks Tianjin China

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A massive explosion has been reported in Tianjin, China, with multiple photos of the incident being spread on the Chinse social media website Weibo. This is the fourth major explosion since August. Beginning with the massive blast in Tainjin that happened on August 12th and claimed over 100 lives, injuring over 700 people. The second Read More

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