Posts tagged ‘People power’

The American People vs John McCain (Video)………

Gezi Park is now a utopic ‘Freetown’ (Turkish Protests aftermath) ………….

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News

 

Istanbul’s city center is now a timeless place after the police withdrawal. Closed with barricades, Gezi Park and Taksim now solely belong to the people and ideologies previously deemed closed to the mainstream

 

Two people walk beside a wrecked police car left on Taksim Square. Istanbul’s city center is now a surreal, timeless place after being completely occupied by people following the police withdrawal. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

Two people walk beside a wrecked police car left on Taksim Square. Istanbul’s city center is now a surreal, timeless place after being completely occupied by people following the police withdrawal. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

 

Çetin Cem Yılmaz Çetin Cem Yılmaz cetincem.yilmaz@hdn.com.tr

At the entrance of Copenhagen’s famous Freetown Christiania, visitors are greeted with a hand-painted sign reading “You are now leaving the EU.” Right now, something similar can be said for the Gezi Park – it’s no longer Istanbul as you know it.

Since the police withdrawal from the city center on June 1 as a result of clashes with protesters, the Taksim district has been occupied as could never have been predicted. Closed with barricades, the central district now solely belongs to the people, and to ideologies that were previously deemed completely closed to the mainstream.

Bright lights and loud music coming from İstiklal Avenue are not there. Shops are closed, and graffiti fills their windows. On the Taksim Square, it feels like the post-apocalypse has met the day after revolution. A wrecked NTV van and a crashed police car were left like the Berlin Wall remnants – open for photographing. The iconic Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) has been covered with flags: Legendary 1970’s revolutionary Deniz Gezmiş looks down on the area, while next to him are posters of left-wing groups and a “shut up” call to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Just a week ago, even the thought of such a scene was impossible. Now, with the occupation, it has become the reality.

Forty-nine percent

Make no mistake, even though it has a passing resemblance to the “Occupy” movement, this is not a “We are the 99 percent” action. It is more like, “We are the 49 percent.” It is the mobilization of thousands who do not find themselves represented in the Parliament. The protests were more about people, mostly youths, making themselves heard by a government that enjoys too much comfort from its majority and forgets to hear the concerns of the minority.

As a crowd that was complaining of discrimination, the Gezi people are embracing their differences beautifully. On June 1, slogans were silenced when a prayer call was heard. “From now on, respect for every belief will prevail,” one said. That approach was again used yesterday, when they asked people not to drink alcohol out of respect to the sacred night of Lailat al–Mi’raj.

Inside the Gezi Park, the utopian feeling is multiplied. There are open buffets for people feeding themselves, yoga sessions in the morning and now, a library. Every morning, after the police withdrawal, protesters got the area squeaky clean. People have fun in their own way and nobody intervenes: Kurds dance their halays, Laz people do their horon dance, and a group with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk flags chant their slogans – All this happens within a few meters’ distance.

There are lots of differences, but no conflict. There’s no police, but it’s safe. No hierarchy, but a humane order.
For a country where the democratic tradition is about rights being given from the top to bottom, it is about reversing the order.

It is about sharing, kindness, and reasoning. So romantic, for sure; but it is there.

We know that it won’t be forever. Enjoy it while it lasts. k HDN

June/06/2013

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‘Nobel Peace Prize To Europe Is A Bad Joke’ …………

Love is Hate

War is Peace

No is Yes

and we are free…….. ( from the Tracy Chapman song  “Why”)

This is even worst than the Nobel Peace Price for Warpresident Obama .

After the Wars in Yugoslavia,Libia,Afghanistan and lately supporting Terrorists in Syria, this is really a bad Joke .

The EU stands for War not for peace and the Nobel Peace price in should be given to a person not an Institution .(like written in the Will of A.Nobel)

Hypocracy and Wars are the new politics of the so called western democracies so let’s hope the revolution will gain power and drive this madman and women out of office soon. ( Note by mylogicoftruth admin.)

Post by http://dailybail.com starts here :

Jimmy Rogers reacts to the announcement that the Nobel Academy has decided that 2012′s best example of delivering global peace and harmony is – the EU.

Nobel Peace Prize Farce

No word yet whether Angela Merkel has commandeered the $10 million in prize money or if it has already been added to the ESM bailout fund and leveraged 100X to $1 billion.

Spain calling one line 1…

P.S. see how the Germans like A. Merkel here

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Hey Zionists, you can’t win against the People who are united (Spain revolution)……………

  Posted by – October 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm – Permalink Source via Alexander Higgins Blog

Spain Protestors Evict Police Amid Wave Of Brutality

el pueblo unido hamas sera vencido !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spain Protestors Expel Police
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In a rare scene during days of unchecked police brutality a crowd of protestors force Spain police to leave a protest against the banker bailout in front of Congress.

If you haven’t been following the Spain protests online it is unlikely that you are aware that the police in Spain have gone on an unchecked spree of violence literally beating everyone that crosses their paths.

Spain Police Beating Everyone: A Warning To America

Spain Police Beating Everyone

This is a much watch video showing clip after clip of an out of control police state running through the streets beating both men and woman old and young.

Read more…

This video shows a crowd surrounding the police and walking them out of a protest at the 26s rally.

Live Free or Die writes on Before It’s News:

I do not approve of violence of any kind what so ever unless my life is put in danger, in which case I will use my training to defend myself. Still, isn’t it time that the police understand who they are here to protect and to serve? It certainly isn’t the corrupt bankers, politicians and corporate criminals, is it? My message to ALL police, remember who you are here to protect and serve!

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Updated: Oakland Policeman Throws Flash Grenade Into Crowd Trying To Help Injured Protester …….

Aerial Footage Shows Tear Gas Canister Hitting Scott Olsen and Flashbang Grenade Breaking Up Rescue Attempt

The following aerial footage of the Oakland protests shows Marine veteran Scott Olsen being hit in the head with what appears to be a tear gas canister (approximately 1:40), and a group of protesters trying to rescue him being dispersed by a flashbang grenade (around 1:52):

I am showing this photograph to several video experts, to determine whether the low trajectory of the tear gas canister fired at Olsen shows that the attack was intentional.

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http://dailybail.com

here a related video :

VIDEO – Marine Scott Olsen Moments Before He Was Shot By The Oakland Police, Olsen Now In ‘Critical’ Condition

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“Something Has Started”: Michael Moore on the Occupy Wall Street Protests That Could Spark a Movement …….

http://www.truth-out.org

Wednesday 28 September 2011
by: Amy Goodman, Democracy NOW!
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Oscar-winning filmmaker, best-selling author,and provocateur laureate Michael Moore joins us for the hour. One of the world’s most acclaimed — and notorious — independent filmmakers and rabble-rousers, his documentary films include Roger and Me; Bowling for Columbine for which he won the Academy Award, Fahrenheit 9/11, SICKO; and Capitalism: A Love Story. In the first part of our interview, Moore talks about the growing “Occupy Wall Street” protests in Lower Manhattan, which he visited on Monday night. “This is literally an uprising of people who have had it,” Moore says. “It has already started to spread across the country in other cities. It will continue to spread. … It will be tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of people … Their work ahead is not as difficult as other movements in the past … The majority of Americans are really upset at Wall Street … So you have already got an army of Americans who are just waiting for somebody to do something, and something has started.”

 

AMY GOODMAN: Today we spend the hour with one of the most famous independent filmmakers in the world, Michael Moore. For more than two decades, Michael’s been one of the most politically active, provocative and successful documentary filmmakers in the business. His films include Roger and me, Bowling for Columbine, for which he won the Academy Award, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Capitalism: A Love Story.” Today, we speak with Michael Moore about his new book that just came out, it’s called, Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life. It comprises 20 vignettes from his life that illustrate how his political and sociological view points developed. As far back as 20 years ago, when Michael Moore made his award winning debut documentary, Roger and Me, he knew he was anything but an average child.

MICHAEL MOORE: I was kind of a strange child. My parents knew early on something must be wrong with me. I crawled backwards until I was years old, but I had Kennedy’s inaugural address memorized by the time I was six. It all began when my mother didn’t show up with my first birthday party because she was having my sister. My dad tried to cheer me up by letting me eat the whole cake. I knew then there had been warned to life than this.

AMY GOODMAN: That was Michael Moore in his award winning 1989 documentary, Roger & Me. Well, today he’s one of the world’s most acclaimed and notorious independant film-makers and rabble-rousers. On Monday night, Michael visited the Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan. Police have barred the protesters from using any form of public address system at the encampment, so the crowd amplified Michael’s comments by repeating them in unison.

MICHAEL MOORE: Whatever you do, don’t despair because this is the hard part. You are in the hard part right now.

CROWD: Whatever you do, don’t despair because this is the hard part. You are in the hard part right now.

MICHAEL MOORE: But, everyone will remember,

CROWD: But, everyone will remember,

MICHAEL MOORE: three months from now,

CROWD: three months from now,

MICHAEL MOORE: six months from now,

CROWD: six months from now,

MICHAEL MOORE: 100 years from now,

CROWD: 100 years from now,

MICHAEL MOORE: that you came down to this Plaza,

CROWD: that you came down to this Plaza,

MICHAEL MOORE: and you started this movement.

CROWD: and you started this movement.

AMY GOODMAN: That was Michael Moore addressing the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Lower Manhattan. Well, for the remainder of the hour, we’re delighted to have him here in studio and we won’t be repeating everything you say, Michael, although it is ingenious when you’re not allowed to use a microphone.

MICHAEL MOORE: It’s a little weird at first because it sounds either like your reciting the Rosary and church or that seen in, Life of Brian, where the whole crowd just repeats everything that Brian says. But, the reason they do it is because the police have not allowed them to have an amplification. So, in order for the people to hear in the back, everyone around you just shouts out what you just said so everybody can hear it. I thought it was, actually, kind of an interesting and a workable idea.

AMY GOODMAN: Well we’ve put out to the world that you’re coming in today. Of course, the questions came in on Facebook. We tweeted this and people can tweet back right now. But, when we posted the question on Facebook, “What you want to ask Michael Moore?”, Tausif Khan wrote, “What do you think is the next step the protesters need to take to get Washington and Wall Street to listen and to make real change?”

MICHAEL MOORE: They don’t need to worry about a next step. It’s already happening. This is something that has, sort of, sprung up. There’s no group, organized group, no dues-paying, members only organization behind this. This is literally an uprising of people who have had it. And It has already started to spread across the country in other cities. It will continue to spread. It has to start somewhere. It started here with a few hundred. It will grow, and really already has grown here to a few thousand. And will be tens of thousands and then hundreds of thousands of people because, what I was in them other night, the great thing about what they are doing, and great in the sense that their work ahead is not as difficult as other movements in the past; when the Women’s Liberation Movement began, when people began protesting against the Vietnam War, civil-rights movement. At the beginning of those movements, the majority of the country was not with them, did not believe the basic principles of any of those philosophies. That’s not true right now. The majority of Americans are really upset at Wall Street. Millions of Americans have lost their homes or are facing foreclosure right now. Fifty Million do not have health insurance. Fourteen Million officially are unemployed, and it’s probably well up into the 20 million-plus people that are actually unemployed. So you’ve already got an army of Americans who are just waiting for somebody to do something, and the something has started.

AMY GOODMAN: And it is so interesting, if you had 2000 people, as the first weekend, whatever, 12 days ago, 2000 Tea Party activists down on Wall Street, you probably have double the number of reporters there. But, at the beginning of this, very little coverage. This is day 12. And, I wanted to talk about what happened this past weekend; the New York Police Department’s handling of the arrest of 80 protesters over the weekend that’s come under fire as a number of videos have emerged showing officers using heavy handed tactics to say the least. Protesters captured some of the attacks on video, including the arrest of a 21-year-old Bronx resident named, Hero Vincent. He was trying to calm the crowd and organize people to leave. This is a clip from after he was released from jail.

HERO VINCENT: That’s when the police charged at me, and just started, you know, swinging at me, and another policeman pushed me, and I’m backing up, and as I’m backing up I hit the barricade. And then I look at them and they come at me. I go over and then four policeman just started beating on me, yelling at me, “Stop resisting arrest,” while I’m just laying there, I’m not fighting back. They kick me in my stomach, knock the breath out me. Hit me with their baton. They put their knees into my face, not into my head, into my face, into the ground, and just laughing.

AMY GOODMAN: While other demonstrators were charged with blocking traffic and resisting arrest, Vincent faces the most serious charge of assaulting a police officer. The NYPD says they acted appropriately, but Vincent said he’s confident the videos of the attack will exonerate him and has vowed to continue to participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest.

HERO VINCENT: If there’s anything called the epitome of a struggle, me and my family lived it. We were foreclosed on. My father had trouble finding a job, still hasn’t found one. I had trouble finding a job, still haven’t found one. My sister is in college, the tuition is doubling. They’re trying to fight for her financial aid. We struggle with food. I even slept on a bench for a few nights before this occasion. So, I’m here for everybody in my family, not just myself, and everybody who goes through the same struggles, that I can empathize with.

AMY GOODMAN: Michael, your comments on Hero Vincent and all that are down there?

MICHAEL MOORE: Well, it’s highly ironic that now over 100 of the protesters have been arrested and not a single banker, a CEO from Wall Street, anyone from corporate America — nobody, not one arrest of any of these people who brought down the economy in 2008. Who created schemes, financial schemes that not only destroyed the economy, but took away the future of this generation, of this young man and his children in the future. They have completely ruined it for people while they have become filthy rich. Not one of them arrested, but 100 of these people who have stood up non-violently against this madness, and they’re arrested? This just boggles the mind. I want to say something, too, because, Amy, you’ve lived here, in this area, in the city for probably most of your life. I have been here for many years. By and large, the New York City cops are actually pretty good as police forces go. I can tell you from filming around the country, you know…

AMY GOODMAN: I think it depends where we live.

MICHAEL MOORE: Well, this is what I was going to say; yes, what’s rough here, is that when you have the bad apples, they are really bad here, and it’s not just one or two. I think it’s very important, also, when you look at this videotape and the other video that was shot that day of the people—-especially the one individual who was pepper spraying women in their eyes when they were standing there doing nothing—-those were the white-shirted management types. They were not just the street officers. These were the guys that were supposed to be in charge of them. They were the ones going up there. It’s one thing if you’ve got a rogue cop behaving violently, but when you have management, when have the white shirts there of the NYPD doing this, that’s not rogue, that’s policy. That’s coming from somewhere else. They’ve been told by those in charge to corral this thing, end this thing, stop this thing. Somebody should inform them that everybody is a filmmaker now. Everybody has a camera. You cannot just treat people like this and get away with it, and I hope they don’t get away with it.

AMY GOODMAN: We’re talking to Michael Moore, and when we come back, we’ve got an interesting Twitter question that has to do with comparing protests here to, well, what was happening around GM a while ago. Michael Moore is our guest for the hour. He has a new book called, Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life, Stay with us.

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US protesters rally to #OccupyWallStreet …….

http://stream.aljazeera.com

Protesters gather in New York’s financial hub for demonstration against what organisers call corporate dominance.

What started as an online campaign has translated into action on the ground, with protest organisers calling for thousands of people to “occupy Wall Street” on Saturday.

“On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months,” organisers wrote on the www.occupywallst.org website.

“Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.”

The leaderless movement includes hacktivist group Anonymous among the protesters. The group released a video online calling on people to take to the streets on September 17.

Similar to the structure of the hacktivist group itself there is no defined central authority, but Twitter accounts like @AnonOps are hubs of information for those attending the protests in person and virtually.

The Stream is following events in New York City and around the globe via social media and will update the elements below as the story progresses.

These are some of the social media elements featured in this episode of The Stream.

[View the story "Social media elements from #OccupyWallStreet" on Storify]

Thumbnail image: NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: A tour bus passes the Wall Street bull in the financial district January 22, 2007 in New York City. In a study commissioned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), it was determined that New York could lose its place as the financial capital of the world in as little as 10 years. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Athens Chaos: Video of riots, flames & violence in Greece ………………………….

French people back nuclear exodus

http://www.presstv.ir

Mon Jun 6, 2011 6:31PM

Protesters in France demand the shutdown of the country’s nuclear plants (file photo).
Over three quarters of the French population support a gradual shutdown of all of France’s nuclear power plants, a recent survey has shown.

The IFOP poll of 1,005 adults commissioned by the Journal du Dimanche found that 77 percent of the French people believe the country should follow Germany and abandon nuclear energy over a 30-year period.

About 25 percent of the participants believed the transition should take place sooner.

Last month, the German government announced plans to phase out all nuclear power plants in the country. On Monday, the German cabinet formally approved a bill to abolish nuclear power by 2022.

It made Germany the single largest industrialized nation to plan to give up nuclear energy altogether.

The seven oldest of Germany’s 17 reactors as well as the reactor in Kruemmel, which were taken off the grid after the nuclear disaster in Japan, were shut down immediately.

The decision to phase out Germany’s nuclear power plants came in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan.

On March 11, a powerful 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima power plant, causing the release of radioactive material.

The incident is believed to be the world’s most devastating nuclear accident after the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1989.

MSD/AKM

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Media Ignores #SpanishRevolution As It Turns To #WorldRevolution

http://dprogram.net

(HigginsBlog) – I previously wrote that the revolution has began in Spain.

The Revolution Has Started In Spain (Update 5)

Revolution Has Started In Spain The revolution has started in Spain as tens of thousands take to the streets in protest of high unemployment and draconian austerity measures.Read more…

While that post has received the attention it has deserved by making it to the front page of social networking sites like reddit I am shocked the media – both the Mainstream media and the alternative media – has been quiet on this issue.

Regardless of the lack of coverage, check out this map of protests sites that have popped up around the world in the name of protest against the corrupt bankers and goverments (details on the map below).

Camp Sites Around The World That Have Popped Up In The Name Of Revolution Calling For Real DemocracyCamp Sites Around The World That Have Popped Up In The Name Of Revolution Calling For Real Democracy

To be fair, as I pointed out in the post above, there has been coverage on this story –  which has been buried –  in several corporate media publications but none that reveal that there is a worldwide call for revolution breaking out around the world.

Indeed the #SpanishRevolution has quickly grown beyond just being Spanish. First it grew into the #EuropeanRevolution with revolution protest sites being set up throughout Europe. Then with in a matter of days it has  become the #WorldRevolution as protests sites spread across the US. (More on these #hash tags below) (Yes.. the media hasn’t ran any stories but there are plenty of YouTube videos confirming #WorldRevolution protests through the United States… Come on Wake UP! Of course the media is going to bury this story)

In fact 676 different camp sites – were revolutionary protestors have set up camps, including tents, in public owned areas – have been set up worldwide including dozens of places here in the United States.

The media can ignore the revolution all they want but the fact is citizens around the world are fed up and the are coming out in full force saying the revolution against corrupt governments and bankers has began. Media coverage or not, over 22 million people hitting the streets saying this is a revolution, and those numbers growing daily… well I call it a revolution.

With or without media coverage, people are organizing and spreading the world through online social networking tools. Here is a map that that has been set up to track revolution camp sites around the world and the number of revolution sites has grown to over 676 around the world with several sites here in the United States alone.

You can put the revolution camp map on your website with this code…

<iframe style=”width: 600px; height: 350px; border: 0;” src=”http://www.thetechnoant.info/campmap/frame.php”>

Again word is being spread via social networking using hashtags including #SpanishRevolution, #EuropeRevolution and #WorldRevolution. The media is not covering this but be assured the movement is in fact real with millions of people hitting the streets around the world.

The question is America, are you ready to hit the street yet in protest of our own government? Several sites have already sprung up across the nation. Will you join in the protests?

To see this is real, you can visit the following revolution facebook pages which are popping up daily around the world.e:

The following twitter has tags are being used to discuss via twitter.

So we have the Dutch, the French, the Portugese, the Italian, The Spanish, The English, The Irish, people all over the world coming out in revolutionary protest…

Is it time to add #AmericanRevolution to the #GlobalRevolution?

Regardless, this is a story that should be getting lots of attention from both the Alternative and the Corporate media.

Source: Alexander Higgins Blog

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France Riots Over Pension Reforms While Americans Lose Their Homes in Record Numbers With Hardly any Protest

http://www.alternet.org

Retirement age is not really the issue at all. This is about union busting and “putting people in their place.” It’s about in whose interests will society be run.
October 27, 2010 |
Thank God for France. While American liberals tremble at the idea of sending an angry email to congress for fear that their name will appear on the State Department’s list of terrorists, French workers are on the front lines choking on tear gas and fending off billyclubs in hand-to-hand combat with Sarkozy’s Gendarmerie. That’s because the French haven’t forgotten their class roots. When the government gets too big for its britches, people pour out onto to the streets and Paris becomes a war zone replete with overturned Mercedes Benzes, smashed storefront windows, and stacks of smoldering tires issuing pillars of black smoke. This is what democracy looks like when it hasn’t been emasculated by decades of propaganda and consumerism. Here’s a blurb from the trenches:

Headline: “French Energy Sector Crippled by Nationwide Strike… French energy facilities are close to total disruption in the wake of nationwide strike against the raise of the retirement age…..France has been hit by numerous protests across the country against a controversial pension reform that would rise the retirement age to 62 from 60….On October 22 morning 80 protesters blockaded Grandpuits oil refinery outside Paris, key supplier for Charles de Gaulle and Orly international airport.” (The Financial)

Shut ‘em down.

Take note, Tea Party crybabies who moan about restoring “our freedoms” while stuffing the backyard bunker with seed corn and ammo. Glenn Beck won’t save you from the “mean old” gov’mint. Liberty isn’t free anymore. If you want it, get out of the barko-lounger and organize. The amount of freedom that any nation enjoys is directly proportionate to the amount of blood its people spilled fighting the state. No more, no less. The man who is willing to accept the blunt force of a cop’s truncheon on his back is infinitely more praiseworthy than the leftist/rightist scribe crooning from the bleachers. The state isn’t moved by lyrical editorials or prosaic manifestos. It responds to force alone, which is why it takes people who are willing to “throw themselves on the gears” of the apparatus and stop it from moving forward. Unfortunately, most of those people appear to live in France.

The resistance is steadily building in France. The budding rebellion is cropping up everywhere — “secondary schools, train stations, refineries and highways have been blockaded, there have been occupations of public buildings, workplaces, commercial centers, directed cuts of electricity, and ransacking of electoral institutions and town halls…” And the big unions are calling for more strikes, more agitation, more ferment.

For more than a week, transportation has been blocked across the France due to the protests by students and workers. Sarkozy’s popularity has plummeted. 65% of people surveyed don’t like the way the French president is handling the strikes. 79% of the people would like to see Sarkozy negotiate with the Union on terms and conditions, but he won’t budge. Thus, the cauldron continues to boil while the prospect of violence rises.

“STRIKE, BLOCKADE, SABOTAGE”

This is from an anonymous striker:

“In each city, these actions are intensifying the power struggle and demonstrate that many are no longer satisfied with the order imposed by the union leadership. In the Paris region, amongst the blockades of train stations and secondary schools, the strikes in the primary schools, the workers pickets in front of the factories, people create inter-professional meetings and collectives of struggle are founded to destroy categorical isolation and separation. Their starting point: self-organization to meet the need to take ownership over our struggles without the mediation of those who claim to speak for workers.

We decided Saturday to occupy the Opera Bastille. This was to disturb a presentation that was live on radio, to play the trouble makers in a place where the cultural merchandise circulates and to organize an assembly there. So we met with more than a thousand people at the “place de la nation”, with banners stating “the bosses understand only one language: Strike, blockade, sabotage.” (end of communique)

The action was met with predictable police violence and mass arrests.

The pension turmoil is not limited to France either. US pension funds are underfunded by nearly $3 trillion. Will US workers be as willing as their French counterparts to face the beatings (to defend “what’s theirs”) or will they throw up their hands and appeal to Obama for help?

There’s no question that Washington elites have joined with Wall Street to offload the massive debts from the financial meltdown onto workers and retirees. Nor is their any doubt that they will invoke (what Slavoj Zizek calls) a “permanent state of economic emergency” to justify their actions. That will allow them to move ahead with so-called “austerity measures” that are designed to impoverish workers and strip popular government programs of their funding. The trend towards “belt-tightening” merely masks the ongoing class war which is aimed at restoring a feudal system of royalty and serfs.

This is from an article by economist Mark Weisbrot:

“If the French want to keep the retirement age as is, there are plenty of ways to finance future pension costs without necessarily raising the retirement age. One of them, which has support among the French left — and which Sarkozy claims to support at the international level — would be a tax on financial transactions. Such a “speculation tax” could raise billions of dollars of revenue — as it currently does in the U.K. — while simultaneously discouraging speculative trading in financial assets and derivatives. The French unions and protesters are demanding that the government consider some of these more progressive alternatives.”

But the retirement age is not really the issue at all. This is about union busting and “putting people in their place.” It’s about “who will call-the-shots” and in whose interests will society be run.

The French are fighting back against this “oligarchy of racketeers” and the ripoff system they represent, while namby-pamby Americans are neutralized by signing their umpteenth petition or venting their spleen at a Palin rally.

Vive la France. Vive la Résistance.

Mike Whitney lives in Washington state and can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com

Germany : People power defending 25 trees and the democratic police brutality . 30/Sept/2010 ( filed under ; Democracy and modern fascism )

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