From the CrimethInc collective, a reflection on the pitfalls of electoral politics for radical challenges to Capital and the State
Could there be any better illustration of the shortcomings of representative democracy than this year’s Presidential campaign? For months upon tiresome months, the whole world has cringed as US voters struggled to identify the second worst of all possible evils.
But the 2016 election is practically over. What’s coming next is worse.
TRAP NEWS…THE FARCE AWAKENS submedia TV
History has shown us that voting on elections accomplishes next to nothing, and that real lasting revolutionary change is won through hard work, by real people self organizing, and not by elected politicians. Yet every four years, the spectacle of the Democrats VS Republicans entices millions and makes them forget these proven facts. Trap News is our friendly (and funny, we hope) reminder of this.
Today this city reawakens its antifascista memory, stronger than ever, sending another statue to its place: the dustbin of history!
Twitter hosted a lot of laughs on Friday on account of the beheading, painting, smashing, overturning and trashing of the mass murdering dictator Francisco Franco. Anti fascists, gays and feminists competed to attack the statue day and night.
The controversial statue, which was erected as part of an ‘exhibition’ the Born cultural center in the city of Barcelona was retired last night by the rubbish department. , Daubed with of red paint, yellow and white, rotten eggs, with Catalan nationalist stickers and the LGBT flags rainbow flag, with ‘dedications’ scrawled on the hindquarters of the horse.
Imagine the scandal if the USA were to fire 11,285 black teachers on suspicion of supporting ‘Black Lives Matter’. Would that be news?The all powerful Turkish leader Erdogan just dismissed 11,285 Kurdish teachers for maybe not supporting a military crackdown, mass state murders and prohibition of their own language. But you won’t read this in the NY Times, or see it on the BBC or CNN.
Imagine the British Tories sacking 11,285 muslim teachers on suspicion of supporting Islam. Would that be news?
Yesterday some of the fired Kurdish teachers from the KESK union came out to protest in Diyarbakir (Amed in Turkish), but were attacked, arrested or beaten by police. ( see photos). But you won’t read about that anywhere but in tiny blogs like this or the banned Kurdish media.
Imagine if the Russians or Chinese or Mexicans were to fire 11,285 indigenous teachers for ‘membership of a subversive Trade Union’. Would that be news?
The transparent pretext for sacking some of the Kurdish teachers was that many belonged to a left wing teachers union, the KESK. But you won’t see any western trade unions or teachers coming out in sympathy with their Kurdish colleagues.
Catalonia starts DNA project to identify some of the 114,000 who disappeared during Spain’s civil war and dictatorship.
Spain’s Catalonia region has launched the country’s first public DNA profiling project in a bid to identify some of the 114,000 people who disappeared during the nation’s civil war and subsequent dictatorship.
The issue is hugely sensitive in Spain, where rights abuses during the 1936-1939 conflict and the ensuing 36-year rule of dictator Francisco Franco remain uninvestigated for fear of reviving divisions.
The ex justice minister Gallardón’s father in law has threatened to prosecute the ‘Victims of Franco Association’.
José Utrera Molina, an ex Franco minister who is wanted by the Argentinean judge María Servini and Interpol for the crimes he committed during the dictatorship, placed his attack on the webpage of the Francisco Franco Foundation.
He said, ‘In defence of my honour, if I exercised my responsibilities as a minister during the Franco regime it does not consist of any crime and the ‘supposed’ judicial action in Argentina against me and other Francoists is a political initiative. He assured the action in Argentina is being carried out in the shadows, and those in Spain cannot carry out a criminal investigation against Franco’s ministers as ‘it lacks any legal foundation’.
He said he ‘did not rule out’ exercising his legal rights which he considers necessary for his defence.
He’s wanted in Argentina for co-validating the signature for death by garrotte against the anarchist Salvador Puig Antich, who was murdered in March 1974 and the last of over 150,000 summarily executed for resisting the 40 year long fascist military takeover.
These first cases against Spanish Fascism, 40 years later, are being held by an Argentinian judge as the criminal Spanish State has always blocked any reparation or investigation
First gag cases ..A fine of 600 euros for wearing a shirt that cops don’t like
On the shirt read: “ACAB” The girl was arrested and fined in Alicante under art.37 of the Public Safety Act (Gagging Law)that took effect last July 1 throughout the Spanish State. The cases in which this has happened are still very few ..Three known cases in Madrid, one in Valencia …
Its the moment oftruth for the9N Catalan ‘referendum’, now called the ‘consultation’.
The far-right Spanish government are playing the ”fascist card”, whipping up a dangerous frenzy of false nationalism to escape the avalanche of corruption cases being revealed daily against their top members.
The right-wing ”SpanishConstitutionalCourt” is about to ban it for the 2nd time (on orders from their political paymasters).
Will theCatalangovernment obey and order their own Catalan police, the Mossos, to attack the 40,000 volunteers who are all organized down to the the last detail and ready to go next Sunday?
If not will the corrupt and inept far Spanish PP government carry out its threat to arrest and jail the Catalan leaders, as happened so many times under the fascist dictatorship? Their direct predecessors even executed one legally elected Catalan president, LluisCompanys, along with tens of thousands of Catalan republicans, and banned the Catalan language from schools for 40 years, etc.
comment: When will the Spanish govt finally allow a search for the hundreds of thousands ‘stolen’ under their fascist dictatorship.
DNA test solves Argentina ‘dirty war’ riddle
Symbol of struggle for victims of the 1976-83 dictatorship finds her grandson after 36 years.
The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo believe around 500 children are still missing [AP]
The founder of Argentina’s leading human rights group has said that she has found a grandson taken from her daughter while a prisoner of the military dictatorship in the 1970s, one of the long-unsolved mysteries from the “dirty war” era.Surrounded by her large extended family, an emotional Estela Barnes de Carlotto, founder of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, announced on Monday that her long hunt for her grandchild had ended, while acknowledging other families are still searching for hundreds of children taken under similar circumstances.
Anti Fascist Alarm against the imminent celebration of the fascist rally Oct. 12 at Plaza de Sants called by the coordinating group España en Marcha .
About 200 people have gathered in Sants barrio today in an open Assembly and we have agreed the following calls in the coming days. We need to be many, many people disseminating , hanging posters and handing out leaflets , encouraging our friends, colleagues and family to show our opposition to the views of this mob ! Continue reading “Barcelona: Anti Fascist Alarm, 12th Oct.”
Nuestras familias tienen el dolor físico y psíquico anclado en la memoria: el aceite de ricino, las cabezas rapadas , los paseos denigrantes por los pueblos, los insultos, la discriminación por ser madre, padre, hijo, hija o mujer de un “rojo”, la miseria alimenticia, la expropiación de bienes personales, el llevar una comida o enseres a un padre en la cárcel y la respuesta... “...the shot still alive a well, spraying gasoline, beaten with numerous fractures and then the "coup de grace", the belly of a woman burst expecting a baby, the outcasts of his people, the stolen children, building a new road passes over the mass grave without anyone ... prevent violation of graves and take bodies to Cuelgamuros. The absurdity of a country under the repression of a dictatorship......
Un amplio abanico de informaciones y fotografías llenan las páginas de los periódicos y los reportajes de muchas cadenas de televisión. El eco que llega a un público de gran audiencia es notable. Los testimonios aportados por los familiares de las víctimas del franquismo en defensa del Juez Garzón son relatos que ponen los pelos como escarpias y sin ninguna duda ocurrirá hasta que testifiquen todos.