Great placard from yesterday’s pickets, couldn’t resist reposting… Hold fast junior doctors, the new Labour leadership is with you, the People’s Assembly is with you, the NUT and other Unions are with you and the public are with you Never have I seen the public more supportive of a strike action. Strength and resolve to you all.
“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” (Albert Camus 1913-1960.)
On 1st May 2003, George W. Bush stood in a dinky little flying suit on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and in a super stage managed appearance told the lie of the century: “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.” (1)
The illegal occupation and decimation of Iraq continued until December 2011. In June 2014 they returned to bomb again in the guise of combating ISIS. As the thirteenth anniversary of Bush’s ridiculous appearance with a vast “Mission Accomplished” banner behind him, Iraq is largely in ruins, Iraqis have fled the murderous “liberation” and it’s aftermath…
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War has been declared. But it’s not the tax increasing, lie and slavery inducing wars like President Johnson’s war on poverty, Nixon’s war on drugs or Bush/Obama’s war on terror. No, this is a war that you may already be fighting; a war that exposes the underbelly of Big Pharma and the governmental agencies that promote them. The group Anonymous is now gearing up for this battle with a new video announcement, as reported by Natural News:
“An ‘Anonymous’ YouTube user named ‘TheAnonMessage’ has just announced #Op_Pharma, a coordinated effort to expose the ‘lies and corruption of the medical system’ and Big Pharma… The video introduction uses clips from a documentary that includes the voice of the Health Ranger and other outspoken critics of the pharmaceutical cartels. From there, the video shows a ‘V for Vendetta’ video while a computer generated voice speaks the following:
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A pattern is developing: refugee centres in Greece organised by anarchists are being raided by police and/or set on fire by fascists – probably Golden Dawn. The latest attack has been on Cafe Soli, on the island of Chios. The centre was set alight and later the police arrested the occupants. Collusion between police and Golden Dawn is well known. Below are stories from several sources.
Some of the many grassroots migrant solidarity initiatives that have sprung up in Greece over the past year are in the process of being attacked by the country’s socialist government. In particular, the past week has seen the pressure ratcheted up against activists on two of the island ‘hotspots’ (refugee ‘processing’ sites with overcrowded detention camps). In Lesvos, the No Borders kitchen – an autonomous camp which has been running for five months – was evicted last…
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Some 7,000 people protest against neo-Nazi appearance in Sabadell, a town/suburb of Barcelona
from Cèlia Castellano, La Directa The demonstration was convened following the aggression and threats of neo-Nazi groups against the self-run Occupied Social Center Obrera.
People of all ages, backgrounds and political allegiances of the left took part. Around 6,700 people, according to the Sabadell local police (who always under estimate), demonstrated under the banner: “Sabadell for all”.
The demonstration was called by the Obrera (the Worker) social center , against the aggression of neo-Nazis at dawn on April 9 and against Nazi meetings. The event was policed by a large deployment of riot units ARRO.
“If they touch just one of us, they hurt us all”, ..”Sabadell will be the tomb of fascism”, ..”Native or foreign, the same working class .” ..These were some of the chants heard during the event, . During the march, a dozen anti-fascist protesters put stickers on the gym Therien Jiu Jitsu Kick Boxing, where the Workers Collective say some of the neo-Nazis in the neighborhood meet.
Reading a manifesto from the balcony of the occupied Workers center, members of the collective stated that “the increase in xenophobic ideologies throughout Europe is, today a reality with parties that promote racist, sexist and classist attitudes.”
Also, they said that “we have to make the fight against fascism and racism every day from schools, work and on the streets, leaving no free space to disseminate their exclusive approaches”. While reading they also reminded us of the antifascist Guillen Agulló, who was killed 23 years ago in Montanejos, as well as those presently indicted in the Oct. 12 and the Pandora anti-anarchist cases, and the brigadiers from Vallès county arrested in Idomeni in Greece.
Attending the mobiliziation were the Collective Unity Against Racisme and Fascism, the Platform of People Affected by Mortgages and the Crisis, Crida per Sabadell, Arran and Youths of Esquerra Republicana, among many others.
The call to demonstrate had adhesions of many organisations (60) and examples of solidarity with the workers by different groups throughout Catalonia. According to David Moya, a member of the community center, “it was an inclusive event, with the assistance of many groups and people of different ages. That’s what bothers the Nazis, we are not only young and militants. ”
On Friday 22 April, a group of neo-Nazis from the Western Vallès county made an appearance at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, coinciding with an act of Youth Civil Society Catalana (SCC), prompting a student demonstration of rejection. Some of them are the same neo-Nazis who berated the members of the Workers center in early April.
Unas 7.000 personas protestan contra las agresiones neonazis en Sabadell
La manifestación ha sido convocada a raíz de la agresión y las amenazas de grupos neonazis contra el centro social la Obrera.
“Si tocan a una nos tocan a todas”, “Sabadell será la tumba del fascismo”,”Nativa o extranjera, la misma clase obrera”. Estos son algunos de los cánticos que se escucharon durante el recorrido de la manifestación, desde la plaza Imperial, pasando por la Gran Via, la calle de Sol i Padrís y la calle Brutau hasta el local de la Obrera, en la avenida Barberà. Durante el trayecto, una decena de manifestantes pusieron pegatinas antifascistas en el gimnasio Therien Jiu Jitsu Kick Boxing, de la calle de Sol i Padrís, donde aseguran desde la Obrera que se reúnen algunos de los neonazis que han increpado en el barrio.
Mediante la lectura de un manifiesto desde el balcón de la Obrera, los integrantes del CSA afirmaron que “el aumento de ideologías xenófobas en toda Europa es, hoy día, una realidad con partidos que promueven actitudes racistas, sexistas y clasistas”. Así mismo, aseguraron que “la lucha contra el fascismo y el racismo la tenemos que realizar día a día desde los centros educativos, el trabajo, en la calle, no dejando ni un espacio libre donde difundan sus planteamientos excluyentes”. Durante la lectura también recordaron al antifascista Guillén Agulló, asesinado hace 23 años en Montanejos, a las encausadas del 12 de octubre y del caso Pandora, y a las brigadistas del Vallès detenidas en Idomeni.
En la movilización asistieron colectivos como Unitat Contra el Feixisme i el Racisme, la Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca y la Crisis, Crida per Sabadell, Arran y las Juventudes de Esquerra Republicana, entre muchos otros. La convocatoria contó con tantas adhesiones (más de 60) y muestras de solidaridad con la Obrera por parte de diferentes colectivos de toda Catalunya, que se convirtió en un acto sin firma, popular. Según David Moya, miembro del centro social, “ha sido una manifestación inclusiva, con la asistencia de muchos colectivos y personas de distintas edades y procedencias varias. Eso es lo que más les molesta a los nazis, que no somos únicamente jóvenes y militantes”……….
…El pasado viernes 22 de abril, un grupo de neonazis procedente del Vallès Occidental hizo acto de presencia en la Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, coincidiendo con un acto de las Juventudes de Societat Civil Catalana (SCC), lo que provocó una manifestación estudiantil de rechazo. Algunos de ellos son los mismos neonazis que increparon a las integrantes de la Obrera a principios de abril.