Egypt: Hunger Strike in Qanater Women’s Prison

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Since the State Security Prosecution Department banned visits for Dr Basma, she started a hunger strike a week ago.

However, the Qanater prison administration, here, ignored her protest and pleas completely. Consequently, we – her mates in Qanater Prison – have decided to show solidarity by joining her hunger strike.

We are:

Mahinour Al-Masry

Rafidah Ibrahim

Alaa Alsayed

Asmaa Syed Salah

Esraa Khaled

Rana Abdullah

Sarah Abdullah

Despite differences in our ideological orientations and intellectual affiliations, we will not give up the right of any detainee.

Therefore, we decided to start a hunger strike, here in prison, until Dr Basma is given her most basic human right – to see her children.

We will continue our strike until the implementation of the court’s decision to allow her visiting rights. Although some of us already suffer ill health, and Dr Basma is undergoing important heart check-ups, the prison administration continues to refuse formal complaints and statements to prove the hunger strike action. This makes us wonder: “Is it carelessness? Or orders from National Security (State Police)?!”

We suspect National Security (State Police) intervention in the non-implementation of the court’s decision. Hence, we will continue our strike, insisting on our demand, until the end.

People of conscience and goodwill understand that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Dr Basma suddenly found both herself and her husband accused in a big sham lawsuit, deprived of seeing their two young children, who have no-one to look after them.

Let us hope the voice of conscience, humanity and justice will be louder than all voices of injustice and oppression.

Qanater Female Political Prisoners

Tonight In Oakland: Emergency Protest Against Mayor Libby Schaff And “Protest Curfew”

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TONIGHT AT 8PM I OSCAR GRANT PLAZA – (SUNDAY 24th 2015)

Information Below is from Saturday May 23rd

[ Join In Facebook: Call to Action: We Will Not Bow Down; We Will Not Stop Marching ]

BYP100: Bay Area , in collaboration with The BlackOut Collective , #BlackLivesMatter Bay Area, Anti Police-Terror Project, The Alan Blueford Center For Justice, and Onyx Organizing Committee are putting out a call to action on the behalf of all Black women and girls everywhere!

On the night of Thursday, May 21st, while marching and chanting, and standing up for the lives of all Black women everywhere, Oakland Police Department informed us that there was a new ordinance in place: not only were we told that we are not longer allowed to march at night, but we were not allowed to march in the streets. Who’s streets?! Our streets! They chose the national day of action for the rights of Black women against police violence to enforce aggressive policing of our right to peacefully convene and protest. Continue reading

South Africa: Colonial Statue Defaced With Excrement In “Poo Protests”

UKZN: Another statue, same revolution?

Originally Posted in Mail & Guardian

By Victoria John

The Rhodes Must Fall protests at UCT. (Facebook)

Defacing colonial-era statues in the name of transformation is not the revolution – it’s just a symbol of it. But don’t let critics of the student protests that are rocking South Africa persuade you that this part isn’t as crucial to revolutionising racial and cultural representation at universities as the other parts are – the debates, the policy changes and the employment of more black academics. Every protest needs a face. The face of this one is all about defacing those made of stone and as rock-hard as the white privilege belief system standing in the way of real change.

And now there is a new defaced face to add to the face of the movement. It belongs to the statue of King George V at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. On Thursday students discovered that someone had thrown white paint on it and attached a sign to it that reads: “end white privilege” on its statue of King George V. This was the ruler of the United Kingdom for more than twenty years until his death in 1936 – the empire that colonised South Africa.

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[Video] Police Violence Against Refugee ” Freedom March From Strasbourg to Brussels ” in Luxembourg

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From Freedom Not Frontex

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Today we were brutally attacked by police forces in Luxembourg during our peaceful blockade action against the summit of the European Council. While the Ministers of Interior Affairs of every EU member state were sitting inside behind closed doors speaking about the Mediterranean Task Force, the new Executive Director of Frontex as well as better ways to administrate the Schengen Area. As the agenda of the summit concerns us, the victims of their laws and policies, we wanted to send representatives of the Protest March for Freedom to read out our demands, since our voices – as a group that‘s fighting for the rights of the oppressed – should be the priority topic of such a summit. Our peaceful blockade got violently smashed by the police and security forces in and around the conference building. During their whole operation the police was not communicating with us in any way, even though most of the officers speak three languages (english, french and german). They ignored all our attempts to talk with them in order to explain to them that we want to talk in behalf of the refugees during the summit. Pepper spray attacks, beating with battons, kicks and bites of the police dogs were the only answer we received. The police also told us that in case we move further into the building where the summit took place, they have the authority to use their guns against us. Many of us got injured.

We pushed back and gathered in the middle of the square with our banners and loudspeakers. We held speeches in order to make ourselves be heard from the outside, as our demand to participate in the summit continued to go totally ignored. Once again we read out our demands, addressed the police burtality and asked the police over and over again to stop escalating the situation as we are a non-violent protest march well known in the public. CONTINUE READING/WATCH VIDEO

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Protest March against Fortress Europe! From Strasbourg to Brussels, May and June 2014

Coming up soon! Freedom March to Brussels kicks off!

Interconnected Refugee & Migrant Movements –
Protest March against Fortress Europe!
From Strasbourg to Brussels, May and June 2014

MARCH-POSTER-A2-Dates2Check out the latest version of the route as well as the main events !
Découvre la toute dernière version de la route ainsi que les événements principaux !
Hier findest Du die letzte Version unserer Route sowie die wichtigsten Events !
Descubre aquí la ultima versión de la ruta y los principales eventos !

If you know any solidarity groups and people in the villages or cities on the way, please connect us with them! We need local support! Please send an e-mail to: freedomnotfrontex[at]riseup[.]net

For Updates and Route information follow Freedom Not Frontex: http://freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org/route/

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Protest March against Fortress Europe! From Strasbourg to Brussels, May and June 2014

Protest March to Bruxelles: Mobi Video from claudio on Vimeo.

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Protest March against Fortress Europe! From Strasbourg to Brussels, May and June 2014

Different groups of refugee and Migrant movements in Europe plan a protest march
from Strasbourg to Brussels. This will begin shortly before the European
parliament elections at the end of May. The marching refugee and supporting
activists will walk about 450 km within one month. In an action week before
the council’s summit, we will raise our protest against the policies of
fortress Europe. Read more on: freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org