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Pentagon: US Trained Syrian ‘Rebels’ Gave Gear to Al-Qaeda

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The best way to describe U.S. foreign policy is “too little too late,” or even better, “shouldn’t have happened in the first place.” This is probably the worst result of the Pentagon’s poor decision making since the disaster in Mosul, Iraq when ISIS took 2,300 Humvees along with large amounts of weapons and ammunition from the US backed Iraqi army. A $500 Read More

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Mexican Massacres: Retrospective on 50 Years of Murder and Impunity

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At the one year anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 normalista students from Ayotzinapa and the murder of 6 others in Iguala, we are publishing a retrospective of massacres in Mexico to understand why the Ayotzinapa protests are still raging. Why are protesters still smashing government offices? Why are families still demanding answers? Why Read More

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Slovenia: Pro and Anti Refugee protests in Ljubljana

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Two gatherings took place on Friday in Ljubljana, Slovenia – both pro and anti-refugees. Protesters participating in far right protests demanded from their government to close borders completely and “defend the country from Muslim immigrants as they could change the identity of Slovenia”, while participants of the pro-refugee protest asked for the opening of borders and showing more understanding for Read More

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California Lake Dries Overnight Killing Thousands of Fish

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Thousands of fish lay dead in what used to be Mountain Meadows reservoir also known as Walker Lake, a popular fishing hole just west of Susanville, California. Residents of Lassen County, California, are baffled after an artificial lake dried up, seemingly overnight, leaving thousands of dead fish across 5,800 acres of mud. “Something went haywire,” Read More

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Evidence Indicates West Bank Killing was Extrajudicial Execution – Amnesty

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Evidence obtained by Amnesty International indicates that the killing of Hadeel alHashlamoun by Israeli forces in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, on 22 September 2015 was an extrajudicial execution.  Amnesty – Israeli soldiers shot and mortally wounded 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamoun after they stopped her at a checkpoint in the Old City in Hebron. Pictures Read More

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Delaware Officers Kill Jeremy McDole in His Wheelchair

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Deleware – On Wednesday afternoon, Wilmington police received a 911 call about Jeremy “Bam” McDole, a paralyzed man in a wheelchair with a self-inflicted wound. A witness on the scene shot a cellphone video showing one officer pointing a shotgun or a rifle at McDole in the wheelchair, screaming at him “drop the gun” and Read More

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Radicalisation is too crucial for experts' work to be hijacked for a headline

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Outrage about the anti-radicalisation kit has centred on the story of ‘Karen’, but the bigger problem is the tendency to play politics with national security

The release of the federal government’s anti-radicalisation awareness kit was first trumpeted on the front page of the Daily Telegraph on Monday.

The Sydney tabloid reported that Michael Keenan, the justice minister, had briefed state education ministers on the kit, which would be made available to teachers “amid growing concerns about the rise in the number of home-grown teen terrorists”.

Related: Radicalisation kit links green activism and 'alternative music' to extremism

Related: Anti-radicalisation kit never meant for use in schools, says key author

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Jailed for a Traffic Ticket – Watched as He Died in Cell

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Detroit – 32-year-old David Stojcevski was jailed 30 days for failing to pay a $772 traffic fine. David suffered 17 of those days with drug withdrawal and died on suicide watch in full view of a surveillance camera and guards who made no apparent effort to help or treat him until he stopped moving after Read More

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Burned Alive: The Dawabsheh Family’s Struggle for Justice

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Guest post and images by Sedina Sabanovic Imagine if headlines came in reporting an 18-month-old American boy by the name of James Smith has been a victim of an arson attack after terrorists set fire to his family home. Immediately burning him to death and later killing both parents due to injuries sustained, while four-year-old brother Read More

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Watch CitizenFour – Oscar Winning Documentary on Edward Snowden

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CITIZENFOUR not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance it makes you feel them. After seeing the film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again. CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Read More

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An anti-street harassment group confronts an epidemic in Egypt

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by Mariam Elba

Volunteers of Alexandria: As Safe As Before pose for a photo in Saad Zaghloul Square in Alexandr. (Facebook / Alexandria: As Safe As Before)

“It was the first time in my life I underwent such an experience,” said Abdullah Adel, recalling the time he stopped a group of young men from harassing a young woman walking the downtown streets of Alexandria, Egypt by himself.

At first, the group of four young men, aged between 13 and 19, tried to walk past him, but Adel got in front of them before they were able to reach the young woman. “They tried to grab me by my T-shirt,” he said. But after introducing himself, asking their names, and striking up a conversation, they calmed down. Adel then tried to make them realize the gravity of what they were about to do, asking “What if that woman was one of your friends? What if she was one of your family?” But the question that affected them most was “What if you were the victim? How would you feel if you were afraid to go out even just to have fun?”

The group listened as Adel tried to put them in that woman’s shoes. Then, one of them asked, “Don’t you see the way that girl was dressed? You’re not turned on by that?” He responded by saying, “Do you think they wear tight pants because they want to be harassed?” The group was silent.

Adel told them about the legal consequences — a minimum six-month jail sentence and fine (about $638) would have been very possible if they continued pursuing and harassing the woman.

Eventually, they were convinced. “They wanted to take a picture with me,” Adel said, smiling at his success.

This is the kind of work that anti-street harassment group Alexandria: As Safe As Before has been doing since it first began patrolling the highly-trafficked public spaces in Alexandria last July, while the Eid al-Fitr holiday was in full swing.

Sexual harassment in Egypt continues to plague public spaces throughout the country. Women and girls have reported being harassed everywhere from public transportation to universities to streets within their own neighborhoods. According to the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights, 83 percent of women have reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment. Meanwhile, the U.N. states that as much as 99 percent have experienced harassment. The issue is typically at its worst during public and national holidays, especially during Eid, when youth typically go out with friends and public spaces become more crowded than usual.

Alexandria: As Safe As Before is run by Karim Mahrous, an activist who has been working with initiatives to eliminate street harassment in Alexandria since 2007. He began his efforts when he founded a multi-city initiative called Welad el Balad, or “Children of the Country.” The name is a reference to a film released that year, which portrayed harassment favorably — as something one of the main female characters enjoyed. The men who participated in the act were seen as doing something cool, and masculine.

This was the precise cultural perception that Mahrous wanted to target. “We have a very strange culture,” he said. When harassment happens, victim blaming is common. So he decided to take the name and make it their own. “You must treat the victim as a victim, not anything else,” Mahrous said. “This name means it’s something originally in our principles, it’s something originally in our society.”

When the January 25 revolution started in 2011, the street harassment epidemic became even more visible with police having no presence on the streets. It was that summer that Welad el Balad had first launched an initiative in Alexandria to patrol the streets, and stop as many incidents of harassment as possible. This was when things took off for the group, and branches in several other cities throughout Egypt developed. They essentially replaced the police in their efforts to prevent as much street harassment as possible.

Mahrous’ method of dealing with street harassment differs greatly from tactics other groups have used. Another prominent group called “Harass the Harasser,” has volunteers that catch harassers in the act and publicly shame them by spray-painting “I’m a harasser” on their clothes. “We cannot use violence against violence,” Mahrous said.

However, since July 2013 — when then-General, now-President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi became the de facto ruler of Egypt — there have been more serious efforts from the government to eliminate sexual harassment, as the sexual harassment epidemic drew international attention. The sexual harassment law, which was passed in June 2014, instituted the jail sentence and fine. Recently, more female police officers have been deployed in the busiest areas across the country in order to address the problem.

Welad el Balad dispersed, but was reborn as Alexandria: As Safe As Before — except this time, they partnered with the local government in Alexandria to carry out their work. Dozens of volunteers were recruited with the help of the governor’s office, and now the volunteers are accompanied by police officers when carrying out their work.

The group’s emphasis on nonviolence appealed to many of the volunteers. “Our motto is: nonviolence, nonviolence, nonviolence. It is essential,” said Bahgat Osama, a college student who volunteers with the organization.

All volunteers undergo screening and an intensive four-day training program, which includes how to observe a potential instance of harassment, role-playing and memorizing the legal rights of a harassment victim, as well as the minimum and maximum punishments for a harasser.

A volunteer of Alexandria: As Safe As Before speaks with a group of young men on street harassment. (WNV / Abdullah Abdel)

Volunteers are split up based on gender, with the men dispersed to spot potential cases of harassment, and the women distributing information to girls and families about victims’ rights and encouraging them to report any case of assault to the police.

Their efforts in patrolling public areas this past July in Alexandria was widely covered by the press — even the local government took notice, something unheard of in the country. The governor of Alexandria, Hany El Mesiry, invited members of the group to city hall and commended their work, promising to help them in their future endeavors. It is not yet clear whether that promise will materialize.

Mahrous claims that during the three-day holiday, when they were patrolling the streets, only five incidents of harassment took place, a number far lower than what may typically happen during Eid. “There was no group harassment at all,” he said, calling it the most dangerous kind of harassment, as it encourages bystanders to join in harassing the victim.

At the same time, it has been increasingly difficult for grassroots initiatives to form and carry out work in public. Since the enactment of the protest law in November 2013, which forbids any kind of political gathering in public unless a group has government permission, political and social public gatherings have been largely avoided.

In spite of these restrictions, initiatives to eliminate or raise awareness on sexual harassment have continued to pop-up and make a presence in public spaces. Artistic initiatives such as ‘ard el shara,’ have established the first student-led informative conference on the harassment epidemic. Another project called BuSSy, or “Look Here,” holds regular performances in formal venues, as well as the Cairo metro, in which actors relay real stories of victims who suffered sexual harassment and perpetrators who admitted to harassing other women, showing how their families are impacted.

Despite Eid al-Adha celebrations beginning on Thursday, Alexandria: As Safe As Before has yet to receive a permit to continue its work in public, even though it has a partnership with the government of Alexandria. “We took more than three months to start a new event license,” Mahrous said. “I don’t know why they are not cooperating.”

Nevertheless, Mahrous has a much larger vision for the organization. “We hope to work every Friday, and we hope to start a program in schools and universities,” that educate students on sexism and harassment.

Since he began working on anti-street harassment activism, Mahrous has noticed a gradual change in the public discourse on the issue. “People realize there are consequences now,” he said. The harasser realizes “it’s not an easy game” and “more victims now think to take action against their abuser” by reporting their cases to the police.

As of now, however, even as they wait for a permit, volunteers are ready to continue their work in the streets. Mahrous believes that in order for street harassment to truly be eliminated, we have to make it an integral part of public discourse. Talking about the epidemic needs to happen in the media. “Our social discourse shapes social behavior,” he explained. “How can we make these views go from macro to micro? We can’t give chances for any abuser to get away with his crime. Victims need to be treated as victims, not anything else.”

Ukraine May Face Civil War in the West as Government Crumbles

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It seems the tolerance of far right and neo-nazi elements has backfired on the EU/US backed Ukrainian government. This could be the beginning of the end, and things seem to be playing out just the way our journalists said they would. A German publication is claiming that a new civil war is coming to western Ukraine. Following Read More

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Cincinnati Police Tase Protester in Anonymous Mask for ‘Middle Finger’ Gesture

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Video by Taylor Dorrell The United March for Justice brought in families who lost loved ones in officer-involved shootings from around the Midwest on Saturday to mark the two-month anniversary of the death of Sam DeBose. The families of Sam DeBose, John Crawford III, Samantha Ramsey, and Tamir Rice were met with an outpouring of Read More

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London: Sweets Way facing estate-wide eviction

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Support needed at Mostafa’s at 6am Wednesday [24th] for 2nd round of evictions!

After a brutal day, Sweetstopia was evicted, as was the People’s Regeneration Show Home, but Mostafa and the Sweets Way Resists community house remain. We expect bailiffs and police to return tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and need support. Please come to 46 Sweets Way at 6am if you can, to help keep Mostafa in his home!

This is the Sweets Way Resists statement on the current mass eviction happening across the estate:

After more than six months of occupation to prevent the demolition of 142 family homes, Barnet Council, Annington Properties, the London Metropolitan Police and other emergency services are colluding to carry out a violent eviction of the entire Sweets Way estate.

Mostafa and his family remain in their home, but will be in court today at 3pm challenging the use of high court bailiffs for their eviction. If they lose, it seems inevitable that the eviction will extend to 46 Sweets Way immediately, while they are still in at the courthouse.

What we are facing right now is the hard edge of social cleansing; when we dig in and fight to stay in our homes and our communities in London, we are met with violence. This is the brutal truth of ‘regeneration’ and ‘gentrification.’

The use of public resources to carry out this eviction is especially disturbing, and the Met and Council have a lot to answer for. Public money should not be spent protecting Annington’s private investment, particularly as its returns will end up in Guernsey and the Cayman Islands, robbing the British public of any benefits from this twisted arrangement, once again.

With or without the occupation, we will continue to fight Annington and Barnet at every juncture. We will not stand by and accept the social cleansing of our community, or our city.

We have impeded development for more than six months; many families have been rehoused in better situations, and we have shone a bright light on the vile processes through which poor and working people are being cleansed from the capital.

We remind everyone in London and beyond who are facing other battles in the fight for homes and community, that we need to stand together to keep our communities intact, especially as so few politicians are willing to stand with us.

We may lose the estate, but we have joined Focus E15, New Era, Our West Hendon, Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth, the Aylesbury resistance and others in making it clear that social cleansing will come at an immense price for Councils and developers alike.

It is no longer business as usual for the architects of social cleansing.

The fight is not over! Come to Mostafa’s house at 46 Sweets Way for 6am Wednesday to help stop the eviction of the final original Sweets Way resident!

[Published via Sweets Way Resists, September 23rd]

Phoenix AZ: Jessie Burlew, 16 Year Old Held in Confinement

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Jessica Burlew has been charged for the accidental death of a 43 yr old sexual predator who took advantage of her as a 16 year old runaway from a DCS group home. She has been charged as an adult with 2nd degree murder, and offered a plea to 10 years in prison with no hope Read More

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Cameron urged to apologise to student protesters in £50,000 Met settlement

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Christopher and Andrew Hilliard exonerated after suing over arrest in 2010 tuition fees protest

David Cameron is being urged to issue an apology to two brothers caught up in student protests in Westminster in 2010 who are to receive £25,000 each in compensation from the Metropolitan police.

The settlement came after Christopher and Andrew Hilliard sued the police force for malicious prosecution, assault and battery. Christopher, 27, and Andrew, 22, will be completely exonerated, with their custody photographs erased from police files.

Related: Students are rising again, and police crackdowns will only embolden them | Owen Jones

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Pope Francis and the nonviolent shift

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by Ken Butigan

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It’s synchronistic that, the same week Pope Francis brought his message of peace, people and the planet to the United States, thousands of activists were dramatizing many of these same themes by taking to the streets in hundreds of cities for a culture of peace and nonviolence.

It was a coincidence that Campaign Nonviolence’s second annual week of nonviolent actions took place during the pope’s visit. But the fact that both happened at the same time underscores the importance of two critical elements of nonviolent change: vision and action. Tackling the monumental catastrophes facing our suffering world will take a clear-sighted prophetic stance — especially one delivered with the compassionate and down-to-earth exuberance of the current pontiff — but it will also require a growing movement to generate the people power sufficient to translate even the most pointed declarations into gritty change.

And that’s where Campaign Nonviolence — and many other initiatives for monumental transformation — comes in.

Campaign Nonviolence, or CNV, is a long-term movement taking action for a world free from war, poverty, racism, environmental destruction and, for good measure, the epidemic of violence. Launched a year ago with events coast to coast, CNV this week mobilized again in all 50 states and nine countries, from Pakistan to Portugal. Its strategic, multi-generational job description is to foster a culture that works for all of us by mainstreaming active nonviolence, by connecting the dots between issues and between movements, and by taking action for a nonviolent shift.

Hence this week’s 363 — and counting — CNV marches, rallies, demonstrations, interfaith services and vigils held since last Sunday and running through this weekend.

A CNV march against gun violence in Wilmington, Delaware. (CNV Wilmington)

A raft of cities organized multiple events, including Memphis, Tennessee, Raleigh, North Carolina, Boise, Idaho, San Francisco, and Little Rock, Arkansas. The latter hosted a peace vigil, an Equality Summit for LGBTQ rights, a panel on peace in the Middle East, a food drive for the poor of Arkansas, and a public dialogue on the pope’s encyclical on the environment. Elsewhere activists mobilized at drone bases north of Las Vegas and Horsham, Pennsylvania. Wilmington, Delaware saw a march against gun violence, while a rally was held at Calumet Refinery in Great Falls, Montana opposing tar sands extraction. With an eye on a long-term strategy for change, the city of Ashland, Oregon launched the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission. From Anchorage to Tampa Bay, from Kabul to Guam, and in hundreds of other places, Campaign Nonviolence went public for a better world.

The day before the pope’s meeting with President Obama on Wednesday, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance staged a CNV action at Rep. Paul Ryan’s Congressional office on Capitol Hill, followed by a rally and civil disobedience action at the White House, where 16 advocates for change were arrested.

“As Pope Francis visits the United States this week, and challenges us to end poverty, war, executions, racism, nuclear weapons and environmental destruction, many of us are taking to the streets with the same message,” said Rev. John Dear, who spoke at the gates of the White House on Tuesday, emphasizing the importance of CNV’s wave of actions at the moment of the papal visit. “The message is simple: We want a new culture of nonviolence. We want to live in peace with justice for one another. We want to take care of the earth, stop killing others, and start rebuilding the world so that everyone has food, housing, healthcare, education, employment and dignity.”

A CNV march to protect Idadho from nuclear waste. (CNV Boise)

As Rev. Dear stressed, this growing movement echoes the relentless preoccupation of Pope Francis: an end to poverty, the abolition of war, and a dramatic new and healing relationship with the earth. Nowhere is this more evident than in his ground-breaking encyclical “Laudato Si’ — On Care for Our Common Home,” which illuminates the interrelationship between climate change, our economic order, and the impact on people everywhere, especially the most marginalized.

“I will point to the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet, the conviction that everything is connected, the critique of new paradigms and forms of power derived from technology, the call to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, the value proper to each creature,” he writes in the encyclical’s opening chapter.

As organizer Mary Ellen Quinn has clearly illuminated in a trenchant analysis of this ground-breaking papal document, Pope Francis, like CNV, is connecting the dots between war, poverty, the climate crisis and all violence — a point underscored by a new published report that the pope is planning to call for a ban on the possession of nuclear weapons. Also like CNV, Pope Francis not only is calling out the problem, he is pointing to the solution: the need for a new culture of peace.

For the pope, this means a clear stand against violence, rooted in a recovery of the nonviolence of his own religious tradition, as he indicated in a statement at St. Peter’s in August 2013: “The true strength of the Christian is the power of truth and love, which leads to the renunciation of all violence. Faith and violence are incompatible.” This is a remarkable statement, coming from the leader of an institution that, for 1,500 years, has often given a pass to violence in the world — codified in Just War theology — and in the church itself. He is spelling out that, for those standing in that tradition, faith cannot justify violence, legitimate violence, or give power to violence. This simple declaration has far-reaching implications, as the pope reclaims the originating vision and practice of his tradition, which is rooted in the power of an inclusive, transformative love, including the love of self, love of neighbor, and, most revolutionary of all, love of enemies.

If a culture of comprehensive peace is the goal, then nonviolence — active and creative love in action — is the method. What if, therefore, this already audacious pope were to even more audaciously mainstream nonviolence? What if he were to even more explicitly spread the centrality of active nonviolence throughout the church and the world? What if this papacy were to strenuously highlight the power of nonviolence as a force for good and as a key to the survival and flourishing of the planet?

What if Pope Francis were to write a new encyclical on nonviolence directed to the church — which would be invited to confess and transform its own violence — but also addressed to the world, in the way “Laudato Si’” was?

It would likely have a dramatic, tumultuous and potentially transformative impact.

CNV would welcome and applaud such a clarion call. And, until then, CNV — and many other movements, institutions, organizations and people around the world — will continue making such a call itself, and take small and large steps to foster an emerging culture of peace and nonviolence, piece by piece and action by action.

Den Haag: Vloek 5 court case report

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Today was the courtcase against the Vloek 5. The judge ordered the release of all the prisoners, and will read a verdict in two weeks. During his ‘last word’ Kwinted Keesmaat read a great text we’re publishing below.

Dear attendants

Today we are standing here before the judge because we are being suspected of using violence. According to the Public Prosecution during the eviction of free-space De Vloek cops and buses of the riot police have been smeared with paint and the police has been violated so much by this that we are being imprisoned spread over prisons in The Netherlands for already 15 days.
I have nothing to say about the accusations of squatting and violence and leave that to my lawyer.

However, I do want to say something.

For countless people free-space De Vloek in the harbor of Scheveningen was a place where they could catch a breath in a world where you are being suffocated by exploitation, racism, sexism and homophobia. A place where you can not only get away from the world-wide beast called capitalism but where people can also organize themselves against injustice in the world. A place where people could evolve and experiment in freedom. Where people can build a world that is not about money and power but about solidarity and mutual respect without bosses and politicians. A place where I could feel at home for 13 years and where I could learn. A place where we have partied, discussed, organized. Where romances started, where people died and where we buried the departed.

And now, today, one speaks of violence. But who were the people that assaulted a special place like De Vloek on the morning of September 9?

Who were the people that, armed with batons and guns, water-throwers and sharpshooters, attacked the free-space violently? Who were those people that violently rammed a bulldozer through the front of De Vloek? It was the police that evicted De Vloek using a lot of violence in order to break De Vloek down to the ground. The ones using violence are the police, the city council and the mayor that pushed through their plans with a lot of violence and gave free rein to the Big Money of project developers and to yuppiefication and capitalism. Their accomplices are the judges that shut their eyes for the matter and allowed for this eviction. It is the system that legitimizes itself with its monopoly on violence in the hand.

But this is what we agreed upon, I can hear (a hopefully small amount of) you think? That must be just like we agreed upon the racism that is rooted in politics, in the job market and in the police force. Like we agreed that no more refugee children were going to end up in a cell while in the meantime the state is building a family prison at Kamp Zeist in Soesterberg. And did we agree that cops could kill the 17 year old Rishi and get away with it? That the cops that strangled Mitch Henriquez could walk freely while so many people are raided after the uprising in the Schilderswijk? Not in my name!

Where injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty!

My time in detention will only make me more determined and militant. You can lock me up in a prison and reduce me to a registration number, but no prison, no police baton or gun will stop me in the struggle for a solidary world. Our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons.

My solidarity goes out to those that fight for autonomy in Chiapas Mexico and Kurdistan!

My solidarity goes out to Said and all other prisoners that have been arrested because of the uprising in the Schilderswijk.

My solidarity goes out to my brothers and sisters of free-space ADM in Amsterdam that are being threatened by eviction.

My solidarity goes out to everyone that fights for a different society where not money is central but solidarity and mutual respect.

And finally my love goes out to my brothers and sisters that are sitting here beside me, to all people who have supported us while we were jailed. To all people of De Vloek and all those that supported De Vloek. And of course to my parents, family and friends and to my dear little son.

Dear people, this different world is going to come. De Vloek has been taken away from us but nobody can take away our ideals.

Long live anarchy!

Kwinten Keesmaat, September 23 2015

http://devloek.nl/verslag-rechtszaak-vloek-5/

Sweets Way occupiers clash with high court officers – video

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Housing activists grapple with high court enforcers in Sweets Way, a housing estate waiting to be redeveloped in North London. Officers arrived at the estate with battering rams at 8am on Wednesday morning. A number of activists took to the roofs of the houses as doors were broken down and windows smashed to remove at least 100 people still living on the site

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Sweets Way occupiers report violent clashes during mass eviction

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Protesters take to roofs as enforcement officers use battering rams in operation to remove activists from north London estate

High court enforcement officers used sledgehammers and battering rams in a bid to evict more than 100 people from a north London housing estate awaiting redevelopment.

The confrontation began shortly before 8am on Wednesday and comes six months after the former Ministry of Defence housing estate, Sweets Way in Whetstone, was occupied by housing activists protesting against the eviction of families, many of whom were previously homeless.

Related: London housing: the evicted children of Sweets Way

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