The guerrilla organization Group of Popular Fighters has claimed responsibility for a shooting attack on the Israeli Embassy in Athens in December, the police said on Wednesday after collecting a memory stick with the group’s proclamation from a trash bin in Nea Smyrni.
The police were tipped off to the location of the memory stick by staff at Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper who received an anonymous call late on Tuesday. A newspaper employee visited the location indicated by the caller but found nothing and alerted police who discovered the device and were examining it on Wednesday.
Ballistics tests on bullet casings found outside the embassy in Psychico in December showed they were fired from two Kalashnikov assault rifles used in a similar attack on the German ambassador’s residence in Halandri in December 2013. Group of Popular Fighters claimed responsibility for that hit and for a shooting at the Athens offices of the New Democracy party in January 2013.
“Mom, are these police human?”
The following is an almost word for word interview with three people engaged in the uprising in Istanbul: Nina, 34, is a teacher, dreamer and activist. Yaren, 30, is a leftist and atheist, but grew up Muslim. Mehmet, 34, is a left-leaning Islamist and father of two, currently an unemployed architect. While the three were holed up in a French school, seeking refuge from attacks of riot police, red clouds of tear gas and ceaseless fatigue, they sketched out for us a multifaceted political horizon: the violence of the state, the actors in the streets, requests for global solidarity, the ridiculous rumors, their concerns on where things will go, and the role of Islam. By no means will this conversation answer everyone’s questions, but it will offer a candid and brutally honest look into the Turkish uprising. Continue reading
Oakland, Co-produced by WeCopwatch and Bay Area Intifada
This past May Day, autonomous/anarchist people of color held a contingent of about 75 people within the Sin Fronteras’ Immigrant Solidarity march. Although the contingent had a clear non-reformist and unapologetic stance about immigration, they spent the day in solidarity with those struggling against unjust labor and immigration policies.
The mood of the march was joyous and celebratory. During the march, two Muslim anarchists spotted large men who seemed out of place and were paying too much attention to the group. One cop was snapping photos of the Muslims within the contingent.
The Muslim anarchists confronted the men who were clearly undercover police, stopped them from taking photos, and with the support of the rest of the autonomous/anarchist contingent sent them on their way with chants of “Pigs Out!” and “Pigs are Haraam!” Embarrassed and exposed, the two undercover officers slipped away through the crowds watching the spectacle.
From Oakland to Istanbul, pigs are haram!
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REUTERS/Murad Sezer A protester in Turkey braves tear gas.
Update as of 6 am (PST)
Due to a media blackout, the following updates are hard to confirm, but come directly from comrades on the ground in an undisclosed major city.
Vicious attacks from state security
- Police chased protesters towards military barracks. The military opened their gates to allow protesters in and pointed their guns at the police. No shots were reported to have been fired.
Four people are said to have died so far. Other reports from the ground say this is not at all confirmed.
Internet and satellite services are scheduled to be be shut down by the State. Mobile communications were down the entire day yesterday, as well as throughout the night.
Anyone seen filming (with exception of mainstream media) targeted with violence by police.
Street lighting shutdown.
Helicopters are shooting plastic bullets indiscriminately into crowds of protestors and pedestrians.
The massive amounts of tear gas being used has caused many injuries and is said to be the biggest obstacle.
From a source on the ground, the numbers of injuries are in the thousands. Continue reading