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3 Anarchists Accused of Attempt to burn Cop Car in Poland.. Land Occupier Collective Raided

Warsav, Poland: Open letter in connection with the arrest of three anarchists [ENG-PL]p1

On the night of May 23rd, the police in Warsaw arrested three anarchists on charges of an alleged arson attempt of a police vehicle. The three were transferred to a remand prison where they are to be held in custody for three months, awaiting trial. They face up to 8 years in prison. Media frenzy broke out over the arrest in the past few days, with high-ranking politicians and experts on terrorism discussing the matter on TV. Photos and video reruns of the arrested walking with chains around their feet and hands are broadcast on public transportation. The text below is a translation of the statement that was sent out by various groups from the anarchist and wider social justice community in Poland, in response to these arrests.
Open letter in connection with the arrest of three anarchists in Warsaw

The mass media in Poland are releasing increasingly more absurd, one-sided reports about the arrest of three anarchists on Monday, May 23rd. We interpret this as an attempt to intimidate and criminalize social justice movements in Poland….

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Land Occupier Collective Raided   (ROD)

Faces of urban gardening society or the ROD
Faces of urban gardening society or the ROD

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Expropriated Bank: resistance Continues: Action day Video 1

500 people demonstrate all day, even covering police chief in flour, see video below..amid heavy police charhges and various events….bank

Meanwhile in Gràcia, cops have finally left, and there’s a  sit-in at the door of the ex-occupied bank p/v

day 2: brief Re-Occupation of Bank before Police Attack

Ephemeral re-squat before heavy police charges in a second night of protestscops stop reoccupation

On Tuesday evening a new series of demos converged on the evicted autonomous social center, the ‘Expropriated Bank’ in Barcelona’s Gracia barrio. A group of protesters opened the welded steel plates and re-occupied amid wild cheering, just before the Riot Police  commenced a series of brutal charges, that resulted in 19 injured. Fresh demonstrations are called for tonight, Day 3.
Mossos d’esquadra custodiant un accés a travessera de Gràcia a tocar del Banc Expropiat, aquest dimarts

On the evening of Tuesday, May 24, there were demonstrations and rallies in several districts of Barcelona, in a second day of fighting the eviction from the freed space in Gràcia. Among others, there have been meet-ups in Sarrià, Sants, Raval and Manresa. A concentration in Sants of 200 people joined the group of protesters and  continued towards the Gracia district.

In several streets of Gracia there were spontaneous pot and pan banging sessions by neighbours amid cries of rejection against the performance of the Catalan riot police
At Gracia, about 400 people concentrated in the Plaza of the Revolution and moved down the Torrent de l’Olla towards the ex Expropriated Bank anarchist social center.

Once there, when the march had grown considerably in number, a small group of protesters managed to open the iron plated facade with hammer blows, while the rest protected them and visibly celebrated the opening.

At this moment by total surprise the Riot Police attacked, which resulted in a large number of wounded and bruised by truncheon blows. In particular, several participants have suffered injuries to fingers, arms and legs. Late at night, the balance was, of at least 19 people with varying wounds.

The riot cops cordoned off the building to prevent entrance and the protesters dispersed to various streets and squares of the neighborhood amid continuing police charges.  There was tension back at the Revolution Square, where some of the participants in the protest re-gathered. And again they were able to overturn and barricade with rubbish containers near the Expropriated Bank, heavily guarded by agents of the ‘Brim’, riot Squads.

From balconies could be heard cries of condemnation and insults against the Catalan police and in several streets there has been more pot and pan drumming as a spontaneous rejection of the police. Among many others, they chanted the slogan “they are not officials, they are mercenaries.” in Torrijos street a person has been detained by the police for a while. (But as on Day 1 the cops apparently had orders not to make mass arrests)

Then there was a strange incident, the subinspector Jordi Arasa appealed to the people to disperse due to the presence of an abandoned suitcase described as suspicious. Shortly after the bag disappeared and the bulk of the police presence left the area.

The protesters approached the front of the premises in dispute, where workers completed welding tasks with new armor preventing access. Today Wednesday at eight in the evening the brave occupiers will again hold a demonstration in the heart of Gràcia

 

original in Catalan

Reobertura efímera del banc i càrregues policials molt contundents en una segona nit de protestes

El vespre d’aquest dimarts s’han produït noves concentracions de rebuig al desallotjament de l’espai alliberat de Gràcia. Un grup de manifestants ha obert la tanca de l’immoble, moments abans d’una actuació dels mossos que s’ha saldat amb 19 ferits
Gorka Leiza

24/05/2016

Al vespre d’aquest dimarts, 24 de maig, s’han convocat manifestacions i concentracions en diversos barris de Barcelona, en una segona jornada de lluita contra el desallotjament de l’espai alliberat gracienc. Entre altres, hi ha hagut convocatòries a Sarrià, Sants, el Raval i també a Manresa. A la concentració de Sants unes 200 persones han marxat pel carrer de Sants i al barri d’Hostafrancs s’han unit amb el grup de manifestants que pujava des de la Facultat de Geografia i Història de la Universitat de Barcelona, al Raval i des d’allà ha prosseguit en direcció al barri de Gràcia.

En diversos carrers de Gràcia s’ha sentit cassolades espontànies i crits de rebuig a l’actuació dels mossos d’esquadra

A Gràcia, unes 400 persones s’han concentrat a la plaça de la Revolució i han avançat pel carrer del Torrent de l’Olla en direcció al Banc Expropiat. Un cop allí, quan la marxa havia crescut notablement en nombre, un petit grup de manifestants ha aconseguit obrir la tanca de ferro a cops de mall, mentre la resta de concentrades els envoltaven i han celebrat visiblement l’obertura. En aquest moment s’ha produït una càrrega molt contundent, per sorpresa i sense avís previ, d’antiavalots dels mossos, que s’ha saldat amb un nombre molt elevat de contusionats i ferits per cops de porra. En concret, diversos assistents han patit ferides als dits de les mans, braços i cames. A última hora de la nit, el balanç era, pel cap baix, de 19 persones que presentaven fractures de diversa consideració a les extremitats.

Aspecte del Banc Expropiat, reobert / Gorka Leiza

Els mossos han acordonat l’immoble per impedir-ne l’entrada i les manifestants s’han dispersat per diversos carrers i places del barri on han prosseguit les càrregues i corredisses. Hi ha hagut moments de tensió de nou a la plaça de la Revolució, on s’havien reagrupat algunes de les participants a la protesta. I de nou contenidors bolcats i càrregues a travessera de Gràcia, al voltant del Banc Expropiat, fortament custodiat per agents de la Brimo. Des d’algunes balconades s’han sentit crits de reprovació i insults del veïnat cap als mossos d’esquadra i en diversos carrers s’han produït cassolades espontànies de rebuig a l’actuació. Entre molts altres, s’ha corejat l’eslògan “no sou funcionaris, sou mercenaris”. Al carrer Torrijos una persona ha estat retinguda pels mossos durant una bona estona.

Davant del Banc Expropiat, en una estranya situació, el sotsinspector Jordi Arasa ha fet una crida a la dispersió de la gent per la presència d’una maleta abandonada que ha qualificat de sospitosa. Poc després la maleta ha desaparegut i el gruix del dispositiu policial ha abandonat la zona. Les manifestants s’han apropat a la façana del local en litigi, on uns operaris finalitzaven les tasques de soldadura per a blindar de nou els accessos. Aquest dimecres a les vuit de la tarda han tornat a convocar manifestació al cor de la vila de Gràcia.

Defensa del Banc Expropiat amb caputxa i sense

Fifteen people injured in riots in protest against the eviction of the Expropriated Bank

UPDATE HERE  cops stop reoccupationday 2: brief Re-Occupation of Bank before Police Attack..

UPDATE Day 3. Instead of declining many more, up to 3000  hit the streets but couldn’t pass the 600 State bullies guarding the evicted bank.

seeding mutual aid

 The ‘Expropriated Bank’, a self-managed occupied social center occupied in the beautiful Gracia barrio, has finally fallen. Symbol of resistance to repression and austerity , colleagues called for the occupation of 1000 more banks.

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Seeding Mutual Aid against Capitalism

The eviction was not an easy task, it took police more than eight hours, using metal cutters, etc., to extricate the last heroes. The police struggled all day to get them out of a barrel of cement, itself inside a safe, inside the basement with metal barricades. See video and report. Continue reading Fifteen people injured in riots in protest against the eviction of the Expropriated Bank

EVICTION ::Banc Expropiat, convocatòria urgent! – #ElBancResisteix

23 mai 2016
Estan intentant desallotjar el Banc! Les companyes estan resistint a dins, tancades a la caixaforta ens confirmen que estan bé , donem-li suport! totes a plaça Revolució! (Vila de Gràcia) Metro diagonal o fontana.  Convoquem ara mateix davant del banc expropiat
They are still trying to evict the expropriated Bank Occupied Social Center, it seems ome comrades are locked in a safe and the police are using blowtorches. Hot demo now in the barrio….
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I avui tambè, dilluns 23 de Maig, a les 20h, manifestació Plaça Revolució

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Mira també:
https://twitter.com/banc_expropiat

Miles de personas en la manifestación antifascista: #MadridParaTodas

from La Haine – Madrid with thanks

La manifestación partió a las 19:00 de Atocha y recorrió la zona centro hasta Sol al grito de “Hogar social, hogar criminal”


 

Esta tarde estamos presentes en la manifestación convocada por la plataforma unitaria “Madrid para todas” ante el avance de los mensajes racistas y fascistas.

Recordamos que otra manifestación, de corte neo-nazi recorrerá también las calles de Madrid tras haber sido autorizada por la delegada del gobierno de Madrid. La misma delegada que intentó prohibir las esteladas en el partido de fútbol que también tendrá lugar hoy en Madrid por considerar que “incitaban a la violencia”.

Numerosos colectivos han apoyado esta iniciativa que ya ha estado durante estas semanas realizando distintas actividades en varios barrios de Madrid.

Texto completo en: http://www.lahaine.org/21mayonazisno-manifestacion-madrid-para-todas

EMMA GOLDMAN A * G R A P H I C * N O V E L * I N * P R O G R E S S

from Emma: graphic novel by David Lester

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This graphic novel about Emma Goldman tells the stories of two women – anarchist and feminist Emma Goldman, one of history’s greatest orators and Dorothy Rogers, an obscure younger radical lost to history, but a key figure in Emma’s last turbulent year in Canada. Despite a shared melancholy, they fight to save a man’s life from certain death in the final poignant act of Emma’s 50 years as a revolutionary.

This true-life, epic story is interwoven in the fictional context of Helen, the writer, and Henry, the artist, as they create this graphic novel on the lives of Emma and Dorothy.

 Below is an excerpt from my graphic novel about Emma Goldman.
Drawings were created using a combination of watercolour pencil, pen and acrylics.
from Emma: graphic novel by David Lester

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