Ayotzinapa: 100 Days of Rage, Sorrow and Struggle in Guerrero

Posted in Upside Down World

By Andalusia Knoll

Mexico has not been the same since the forced disappearance in Iguala, Guerrero of 43 Normalista students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College on September 26, 2014.  Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand that the students be returned alive and also to denounce political corruption and the “Narco-Government.” The Southern state of Guerrero has been the epicenter of these protests and a wide range of actions including citizen searches, takeovers of tollbooths, a statewide caravan, the burning of government buildings, and more.

Since the disappearance of 43 students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Ayotzinapa School and the extrajudicial killing of 3 students, Julio Cesar Ramirez Nava, Daniel Solis Gallardo and Julio Cesar Mondragon at the hands of the police, students have suspended classes.

Ayotzinapa

With photos of their missing children in hand, family members of the Ayotzinapa students marched in Acapulco a little over one month after the disappearance of their children. The involvement of municipal police in the attack has led the phrases “It was the state” and “narco-state” to become popular vernacular. Continue reading

Today: Call in to Support Chicago Prison Hunger Strikers

From Facebook page

From Facebook page

From comrades in Illinois

“The conditions here are inhumane & repressive. So much that we are forced to make a stand as men in righteous indignation.”–anonymous letter from Menard prisoner on hunger strike

A group of prisoners in a high security unit at Menard, a prison in southwestern Illinois, went on hunger strike on January 15. They put their lives on the line to protest inhumane conditions and placement in severe isolation, without reason or ability to challenge that placement. The conditions at Menard are intolerable; prisoners have described a lack of adequate heat and hot water, filthy, vermin-infested cells, a lack of access to basic cleaning and sanitation supplies, insufficient food and clothing, and a lack of access to legal resources and educational programming.

As of yesterday, several prisoners have been on strike for four weeks. The Department of Corrections has said they will not negotiate with prisoners while they are on hunger strike. In retaliation, one prisoner was beaten and another transferred. On February 7, several prisoners escalated the strike and began refusing liquids. Guards have threatened protestors with force-feeding if they do not end their strike. Continue reading

From Oakland to Greece! Anarchists are F***ing Up! Golden Dawn and Next Level Fascism

Survivor of Vicious Golden Dawn Attack

Survivor of Vicious Golden Dawn Attack

[BAI NOTE]: The following is a conversation between a Bay Area Intifada admin and a comrade engaged in the anti-authoritarian scene on the ground in Athens, Greece. Anna, whose name was changed to protect her identity, is an unemployed geologist in her early 30’s. The primary focus of Anna’s political work is around migrant justice. 

The BAI admin is a refugee in his early 30’s who has been living in the Bay Area off and on since the early 1980’s. He has been active in many struggles in the Bay Area over the past decade.

The following conversation took place on September 13th in Oakland, CA/ September 14th in Athens, Greece, following a brazen Golden Dawn attack against KKE (Communists Party) members in Athens. BAI has made very few edits in the text below and aspires to keep things raw, human and unapologetic.

BAI does not see itself as separate, neutral or sitting-on-the-sidelines in regards to liberation struggles. On the contrary, those who contribute are long-time participants in these struggles themselves.

Golden Dawn Nazis

Golden Dawn Nazis

Athens, Greece / Oakland, California 

[BAI]: Hey Anna! Hows it going??? Wtf is going on over there??? I’ve been reading that Golden Dawn beat the shit out of the commies last night?! What happened? I had a really poor translation…

[ANNA]: This is a total confusion! Actually, now well few minutes before I find you! A friend from the anti-authoritarian scene was saying how happy he is the communist people were beaten up by the nazis!!!! Continue reading

[Video] UPDATE : 10 Escape in Migrant Rebellion In Notorious Greek Detention Center

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Migrants and Refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria, among others, burnt down container-like holding cells and fought prison guards in one of the world’s most notorious immigrant detention centers.

10 police officers are said to have sustained injuries in clashes with stone throwing refugees. There have been frequent reports of deplorable conditions with beatings and torture being wide spread in what many describe as a concentration camp in Amygdaleza, near Athens.

BAI NOTE: The following are unconfirmed unedited updates from anonymous sources on the ground:

-10 migrant detainees managed to escape the camp during the riot (two people from Afghanistan and eight from Pakistan) and there is a huge police operation at the surrounding area and Athens at the moment for their arrest

– 41 migrants are being prosecuted and face deportation (17 from Pakistan – 9 Afghanistan – 14 Bangladesh – 1 Morocco).

– There are still no confirmations of injuries or the shooting (Many suspect a cover up is taking place)… as this was reported by the people inside the camp and there is no report or contact with people inside the camp once police blocked all phones and forbid all communications

The police have released a video showing the aftermath the riot torn detention center with burnt out holding containers and heavily damaged barbed wire gates.

Bai Note: Instead of the video’s intended purpose of demonizing the rebelling refugees, Greek security forces instead released footage of a concentration camp-style detention center with containers, which were used to hold inmates. The conditions shown give obvious reasons to why a riot would erupt. Many of the prison guards (along with police and other security forces) belong to the rapidly growing Golden Dawn, a far right political organization gaining strength in parliament, as well as on the ground through social programs and political outreach. On a daily basis, Golden Dawn members target immigrants all over Greece, using harassment and brutal violence, which oftentimes, leads to death. The group does this with impunity, due to its close relations with police and security forces–the majority of who are Golden Dawn party members.

The situation in Greece looks increasingly dire and headed toward fascism. Sources on the ground say that Golden Dawn has a chance of taking over many political positions in Athens, which would effectively give them control over implementing laws that their party members (police & security forces) can then enforce.

Read BAI original post on this situation here

For Mainstream Meida Reports on the Migrant Rebellion see here & here

For more information on the plight of migrants in Greece watch “Into the Fire” .

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BREAKING [Video]: Migrant Detention Center in Greece Set Ablaze During Riots

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(For the latest on the situation in Amygdaleza: ” 10 escape in Migrant Rebellion in Notorious Greek Detention Center ” )

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Riots have broken out in a migrant detention center in Amygdaleza, near Athens.  The conditions in these facilities are known as some of the worst in the world with regular stories of beatings, torture and deplorable conditions. There are several reports of badly injured refugees and one dead, but none is yet confirmed. 10 police are said be injured. The police allegedly regained control at around 02.00.

From Mainstream media reports: 

“Last week, leftist rights group KEERFA said Muslim detainees had been beaten by guards during prayers.”

“In July, the same group reported the death of an Afghan detainee died from a pulmonary infection which prison guards had allegedly ignored for months.”

The Migrants, most of which are unspecified “Asians”, Pakistani, Afghan and Syrian burned containers and mattresses protesting against the police brutality inside the camp, the inhumane conditions and the arbitrary extending of their detentions from 12 months to 18 months simply for being in the country.. Continue reading