Czaravirus…situation in Russia

What is happening in Russia?

Putin disappeared for almost two weeks. Then he started appearing on the TV screen and said something unintelligible. For the Russian regime, this is bad news, because Putin, even when he appears on the screen, shows weakness and behaves uncertainly. When the Russian Czar behaves like this, it causes rejection from everyone, including from the highest officialdom. The whole situation, with the unconvincing and occasionally disappearing Czar Putin, reminded me of the situation after June 22, 1941. On this day, the Wehrmacht attacked the Soviet Union and pinned down the Red Army, having killed or captured 3 million soldiers in a few months. At that time, Stalin disappeared until July 3 i.

Real assistance to the population is hardly provided ii. Putin said that people should stay at home, and at the same time they will receive a wage. But he has not centrally imposed any ban on going to work. And in addition, he did not introduce a system that obliges businesses to pay wages. What he said was just words. So businessmen said that they don’t care what Putin says – either you work, or we dismiss you. Millions of people continue to work in Moscow and other cities.

Putin left a number of important decisions on quarantine to the discretion of the regions. This is also a bad sign for the Kremlin. The weakening of the center is accompanied by the strengthening of regions that have received special powers for anti-crisis measures. In principle, both processes are correlated and both indicate developing cracks in the foundation of the system and the threat of “feudalization”. However, now there is no request for the collapse of the state.

So regional governors have taken up the task. In some regions, quarantine is only introduced. Slightly. In the North Caucasus Republic of Ingushetia, the population have massively refused to comply with the quarantine due to the fact that people do not have money. People move freely in cities and towns, they work, buy food at markets, and celebrate weddings. This has led to an increase in diseases, now in Ingushetia every day dozens of people are admitted to hospitals with a diagnosis of pneumonia iii. The problem is that people have no choice, they have to go to work to survive.

In Moscow, the situation is strange. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has introduced special electronic passwords for those who want to take the metro to work (you must get such a password at the city municipality or a from your boss at the workplace). It is being suggested that in the future people will have to enter special passwords if you want to leave the house for food, but this is still being discussed. However, the introduction of electronic passes immediately led to disaster. Since no one is paying wages to most Muscovites, millions of people have to continue to work. Cafes, restaurants and non-grocery stores are closed, but many businesses are open. Early on Wednesday (April 15th) morning, about 1 million Muscovites came to 330 metro stations. At each station police officers were waiting for them, checking their passwords. Immediately, there were traffic jams. Thousands of people were squeezed into crowds at the narrow entrances to metro stations. People stood close together for a long time in 330 crowds. There is little doubt that many were infected at this point…

As far as I can see, there is growing public anger against the regime on the one hand, and fear of illness on the other. This is also a negative scenario for the government.

Thus in Russia we can see

А) Some weakening of the Central power of the Kremlin

B) Strengthening of the power of regional governments

C) Growth of public irritation and anger.

On April 20th, there was a riot in the North Caucasus Republic of Ossetia (a subject of the Russian Federation inhabited by a people called Ossetians; they are mainly Christians and speak a language close to Farsi). The authorities in Ossetia kept silent about the real number of Coronavirus cases, and poorly organized the process of hospitalization and treatment. As a result, masses of people began to flock to the center of Vladikavkaz (the capital of Ossetia) and put forward demands to the government to fix the situation. https://www.facebook.com/100000508025633/videos/3605409226152643/

As expected, the month of “self-isolation”, which left thousands, if not millions of people without means of livelihood, provoked mass discontent. The day of April 20 seeems to have become a turning point. Residents of Vladikavkaz in Ossetia went to the rally, some of the police refused to disperse the protesters. Demonstrators began throwing stones at the remaining guards. However, Police in Vladikavkaz track the cars of protesters, and then arrest people on the road.

Meanwhile, in other cities protests took place on the internet. In Rostov-on-Don, a self-isolated “rally” was held in YandexMaps. People wrote demands for an emergency declaration (in this case, demanding the government be obliged to pay money for those who lost their jobs and businesses), some demanding the overthrow of the dictatorship. Individual users in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk and other cities joined the “rally”.

However, the Russian monarchy can be very stable in spite of everything, in conditions of fear and the passivity of the population. But clearly some people are starting to not be so passive.

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Italy – Updates about the Scripta Manent trial

For the date of July 1, 2020, the first appeal hearing of “Scripta Manent” trial has been established at the bunker hall of “Le Vallette” prison in Turin. The dates set for the appeal hearings are as follows: 1, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 July; 9, 11, 16 September.

In spite of the pandemic, the Court of Turin is among those that have guaranteed the holding of “important” trials, and with inmates, already scheduled for this summer. So presumably this date remains confirmed.

The comrades are accused of article 270 bis (subversive association with the purpose of terrorism or subversion of the democratic order) and for various anti-militarist actions, against the CPRs (Centri di permanenza per il rimpatrio, “Repatriation detention centres”, formerly known as CIEs, i.e. prisons for migrants), in solidarity with imprisoned anarchists, against barracks, headquarters and men of the institutions claimed by FAI and FAI/FRI (Federazione Anarchica Informale/Fronte Rivoluzionario Internazionale), from 2003 to date. The accused currently imprisoned will be in videoconference, as in all the last hearings of the first degree.

In fact, during the period of the preliminary hearings, there was still no law requiring videoconferencing. Subsequently, at the beginning of the first degree, the law that provided for it was passed, which granted a year of time to prisons and courts to adapt, imposing, in that year, videoconferencing only on the defendants accused of being at the top of the “associations”. After one year, videoconferencing was applied to everyone as planned.

During the hearing on February 11, 2019, in the bunker hall of the Turin prison, a large group of comrades expressed their warm solidarity with the anarchists on trial. The prosecutor, Roberto Sparagna, was unable to take the floor to present his indictment. After several slogans and the reading of the text below, the Court interrupted the hearing. The courtroom was evicted through the intervention of the riot police.

Consistent with the strategy employed by the investigators to date, aimed at isolating the prisoners and undermining the support expressed to them, pursuing the various manifestations of closeness and solidarity, following the presence in the courtroom in February 2019 the Turin police headquarters issued about sixty “fogli di via” (prohibition to reside or to go to a specific municipality or area) from the city and seven accusations for interruption of public office and outrage.

It remains important to continue to show our solidarity with the defendants.

«Twenty years of the history of anarchism are being accused here.
We are not accused, but this is our history and our revolutionary path.
And it is precisely to this path that the practices on trial today belong.
We are all involved and the executioners of the State cannot define or understand our ideas and our lives.
Solidarity with anarchist and revolutionary prisoners!
Not a step backwards, Always Heads Up.
“Firmly and uncompromisingly towards our goal”.
For Anarchy!».

SOLIDARITY AND STRENGTH TO THE COMRADES PRISONERS OF SOCIAL WAR!
FREEDOM FOR ANNA, MARCO, ALFREDO, NICOLA AND SANDRO!

Leipzig (Germany) – Spontaneous demonstration: Nazis kill, the EU joins in – down with the cop state

Leipzig. Germany. On April 27, 2020 we marched in the western part of Leipzig from Jahrtausendfeld to Westwerk and back with a small autonomous spontaneous demo, in which 40 people participated. Fortunately, the cops didn’t show up.

Originally published by Indymedia DE. Translated by Enough 14.

With the spontaneous demo, we wanted to remind of the still catastrophic situation of refugees in the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesvos and the continuing danger of the fascist threat, as well as to express our reluctance to the expansion of state power under the cover of the Corona pandemic and the related advancing destruction of our freedoms.

In Moria, conditions have recently deteriorated even more: the 20,000 people living there have hardly any access to medical care and food. For the latter, there is a single shop throughout the camp, and when food is handed out, some people simply throw food into the waiting crowd. Medical care outside the camp is no longer allowed. Apart from the lack of care by the state, the people in Moria are also threatened by parts of the population on Lesvos. Most recently, a lawyer known as a racist shot four people living in the camp with a shotgun. Fortunately, they were only slightly injured. The perpetrator was caught; fascist demonstrations have already taken place in the city to support him, and more are announced for the coming days.

But it is not only in the fight against refugees in the camps on the external border of the EU that we see the overlap between the inhuman EU policies and the actions of fascist murderers. In Germany, too, refugees in camps are isolated and excluded from extensive health care in the context of the Corona pandemic. In addition, the hygienic conditions there are often poor anyway. In addition, since the murders in Hanau, there have been repeated fascist and racist attacks and even murders: in Celle, the only 15-year-old Arcan Hussein was stabbed to death, another racist murder, which the investigating public prosecutor wants to belittle as the act of a confused person despite evidence of the racist motivation of the perpetrator. It is quite possible that the general mood of panic in the Corona crisis has additionally incited the perpetrator. Recently, the number of right-wing and fascist demonstrations in Germany increased again and here in Leipzig, too, there have been more and more Nazi attacks.

All this is happening against the background of authoritarian state measures of a kind never seen before since the Federal Republic of Germany was founded, all of which are justified by the all-important health protection of people in society. We do not believe that the governments of Europe will voluntarily dismantle their once-extended power apparatuses; on the contrary, we believe it is more likely that they will try to exploit people’s habituation to the changed conditions and maintain as many social control mechanisms as possible, as well as the restriction of non-digital contacts. China and its authoritarian measures were the model for containing the difficult-to-assess threat from the coronavirus, and it is quite possible that China is also a model for controlling the population through technology and smartphone apps, such as the app to monitor the spread of the virus. In this context, the EU-China Summit in Leipzig next September is also of particular importance.

We do not accept state control for us, no matter on what motivation it is presented to us! We do not want a healthy Germany, but good health care for all!

The EU kills in Moria!

The fascists down to the ground!

Down with the cop state!

Brussels (Belgium) – 100 arrests on anti-police weekend after killing of Adil

Engie’s utility vehicle in flames at night from Saturday to Sunday

100 arrests for the anti-keuf* weekend [+ A few notes on the inflammatory evening of Saturday 11.04]

Originally from Sans Attendre Demain:

Following the riots that broke out in various areas of Brussels between the evening of Friday 10th and the dawn of Sunday 12th April, there were a total of 100 arrests, according to the authorities. These attacks and fires that broke the normality of confinement started from yet another deadly control of the cops on Friday evening.

In the nights from Saturday to Sunday, in addition to the mass attack on a police station with stones, “street furniture was destroyed and five passenger cars were set on fire,” the media told us. But on closer inspection, notably by checking a video of the journa-cops, we notice that among these famous “burned cars”, one of them is indeed very special. On its white bodywork, we can see the Engie company logo, known to be in particular as a cog in confinement (in addition to supplying energy to this world of oppression). Since domination has every interest in minimizing or concealing fires that target a clearly identified enemy, it would not be surprising if among these four others (perhaps more, who knows?) “Burnt down private cars”, there are also other similar garbage, all as harmful to our lives as each other…

In addition, we learn that that night, it was not only the cops and the firefighters to [try to put out] the flames of the revolt in the streets of Brussels. but also street educators in orange vests, like Brahim (see photo above, who talks to both the cops and the residents of the neighborhood and says at the microphone of RTL: “We are really there to try to calm the situation, appease the hearts. He ended his intervention by recalling the family’s call for calm, which so far has not been followed up. In addition to this other side of policing, imams post videos on youtube to tell young people to stay at home and respect the police, with their endless refrains in favor of divine justice (“replace justice of men by that of God”). As in riots in “normal” times, the peacemakers – secular republican as well as the religious – are out, in the streets as on the screens …

Regarding the riot against the police on Saturday afternoon, there were 65 arrests (and not 57, as said before). We do not know the exact number of police custody (the day before we announced 43). During an attack on a cop’s vehicle, a weapon had been stolen inside and has still not been found.

We also learn that there was an attempt to assemble Sunday early in the afternoon, following a call broadcast on social networks (as for the day before). On this occasion, around thirty more people were arrested.

“Adil assassinated by the police – Neither forgotten nor forgiveness – ACAB”

[Reformulated from 7sur7.be (Belga), 12.04.20]

Translated by The Uncivilized

*Keufs – French slang for cops/pigs

Brussels, Belgium: 100 arrests on anti-police weekend after killing of Adil

What if People Rise Up Against Coronavirus Lockdowns? – mainstream Israeli article

Also included by the authors is a list of possible solutions for moving
toward a resumption of routine life as a way to confront the threat of
revolt. Among the proposals is a call to recruit thousands of young
people from a cross-section of the population to work at hospitals in
jobs that don’t require any complex training or to the police’s
volunteer Civil Guard for “community safety” work, such as visiting the
elderly on a daily basis, conducting nightly patrols, distributing food,
doing infrastructure work, and preserving public parks….In addition,
the document recommends that Home Front Command officers reinforce
efforts in underserved areas to reduce disparities. Another idea
proposed is using associations and aid organizations to help handle
people with “greater suspicion of the authorities.”

The document floats a demand to change the police’s approach toward
citizens, under the heading of “changing the consciousness level of law
enforcement.” It recommends changing the attitudes of the police and the
Public Security Ministry, under the slogan of “less ammunition, greater
compassion.” The writers cite a need “to break out of the enforcement
framework. For example, unarmed police can do house visits to elderly
people and see to the distribution of food and so forth., and entering a
framework of common work, with thousands of police handing out food
during Ramadan.”

Full article (the Haaretz website has a paywall):

What if People Rise Up Against Coronavirus Lockdowns? Israel Has a Plan

In document obtained by Haaretz, Israel’s National Security Council
charts a course of action if coronavirus restrictions lead to civil
unrest. They even propose a toast
Yaniv Kubovich
Apr 22, 2020 7:03 PM

A National Security Council committee handling the coronavirus pandemic
has debated the possibility of a popular revolt over growing economic,
psychological, and health problems.

In a document obtained by Haaretz, the panel describes a list of
possible triggers for unrest against law enforcement, and methods to
confront such unrest.

Representatives from the NSC and the military participated in the
discussion held two weeks ago that resulted in the document, as well as
a group of 30 figures from academic, defense, law enforcement, and
government circles.

The document they produced lays out two scenarios, a “popular revolt” or
“large-scale civil unrest,” and “a sense of distress that could lead to
public resentment or anger.”

The first scenario “bears potential to inflict long-range damage to
democracy and Israeli society,” according to the document. As for the
second option, it states that distress and anger alone “won’t cause
sweeping social effects, at least in the near term.”

The document lays out a list of possible causes for a revolt, based on
research conducted by the military’s Home Front Command in March,
including an online survey. In this poll, 88 percent of respondents said
the coronavirus crisis had affected their lives to a great extent or a
very great extent. Seventy-five percent said they leave their homes only
if they must, while 19 percent said they don’t leave their homes at all.

Other potential triggers for unrest include a sense that authorities
have lost control, a loss of confidence in the political system and a
loss of trust in those issuing orders on behalf of the authorities. The
authors also give great weight to economic hardship as a central factor,
especially people’s inability to pay rent, mortgages, and bills, or to
buy food – as well as fears, justified or not, of a food shortage.

They also cite a possible trend toward focusing on a “scapegoat” for the
crisis, such as the ultra-Orthodox, Arabs or foreigners; a feeling
within a specific population group that they’ve been neglected by the
authorities, such as those in protected housing; a drop in personal
security; and the potential for groups or individuals to take law into
their own hands.

For all these reasons, the document says, the public could act out
against state institutions in a way that could put “democracy and
Israeli society” at a long-term risk.
Food distribution in Deir al-Asad, April 2020. Food distribution in Deir
al-Asad, April 2020.Rami Shllush

“The entirety of living routines such as work, leisure, [and] social
life, have been broken off at once for the vast majority of the public,”
the document says.

It further states that the fact that “the end of the period of
uncertainty is unknown, and the public is exposed to assessments ranging
from a few weeks to many months to come” may affect the degree to which
the public adheres to instructions and the law.

The document acknowledges how at the first stage of the closure,
“consideration of the population’s comfort was sidestepped due to a need
to curb the outbreak.” Now, it says, “with the extension of time spent
in social isolation, attention and resources must be drawn to handle the
public’s distress.” It cautions that unless resources are budgeted for
citizens’ welfare, they may reach a point of popular revolt or uproar.

‘Less ammunition, greater compassion’

Also included by the authors is a list of possible solutions for moving
toward a resumption of routine life as a way to confront the threat of
revolt. Among the proposals is a call to recruit thousands of young
people from a cross-section of the population to work at hospitals in
jobs that don’t require any complex training or to the police’s
volunteer Civil Guard for “community safety” work, such as visiting the
elderly on a daily basis, conducting nightly patrols, distributing food,
doing infrastructure work, and preserving public parks.

Another suggestion is setting up “community emergency squads,” groups of
volunteers with basic emergency training, based on the format used in
communities along the Gaza border. The same kinds of groups could
operate in cities, where they would be assigned a building or a street,
says the document.. The authors also propose that the military work on
an awareness campaign to reduce public unrest. Also put forward is the
possibility of government ministries establishing a panel responsible
for public awareness and measuring public opinion, with the goal of
spreading a message of a shared responsibility among all segments of the
population.
Security forces enforcing regulations in Jerusalem, April 2020. Security
forces enforcing regulations in Jerusalem, April 2020.Ohad Zwigenberg

In addition, the document recommends that Home Front Command officers
reinforce efforts in underserved areas to reduce disparities. Another
ideat proposed is using associations and aid organizations to help
handle people with “greater suspicion of the authorities.”

The document floats a demand to change the police’s approach toward
citizens, under the heading of “changing the consciousness level of law
enforcement.” It recommends changing the attitudes of the police and the
Public Security Ministry, under the slogan of “less ammunition, greater
compassion.” The writers cite a need “to break out of the enforcement
framework. For example, unarmed police can do house visits to elderly
people and see to the distribution of food and so forth., and entering a
framework of common work, with thousands of police handing out food
during Ramadan.”

Holidays are cited as particularly sensitive, and the authors recommend
encouraging residents to mark these days symbolically within the limits
of instructions: “For example, all the neighbors going out onto the
balconies and toasting to the holiday; recruitment of artists and
celebrities to raise a feeling of community, like performances that can
be experienced from balconies (in the style of military troupes that
perform before soldiers in wartime); preserving morale among medical
teams and their families with packages sent by the public or the state;
performances at hospitals; and a YouTube channel like the one made by
firefighters during this year’s great blazes in Australia, on which
medical teams describe their experiences.

The ‘how are you’ program

With regard to a situation in which the public does not engage in a
popular revolt but rather shows “resentment,” as described by the
document, the authors recommend handling things on an individual basis.
The factors likely to create such a problem, the document says, are
“loneliness, especially among the elderly and isolated; families and
individuals at risk who have lost their permanent frameworks – boarding
school pupils sent back to dysfunctional homes, women at risk, pupils in
special education programs, the disabled, trauma victims and victims of
other psychological disorders; a loss of emotional support resources
such as a religious or secular community, religious framework or
meetings with friends.”

The document points to other factors as well, such as “gaps between
local/city authorities working well and those that are weaker, which
worsen in time of crisis; personal health concerns that have nothing to
do with corona[virus]; families, especially in urban settings, deprived
of the ability to breathe in a little air, to enjoy some quiet and some
private space; the loss of sources of leisure – nature walks,
entertainment, sports,” and the lack of access to information.

Among the ideas suggested to overcome these are increasing leisure time
as one of the plans for exiting the closure, access to psychological
counseling by video via the health maintenance organizations, and
short-term couples and family therapy. The authors also mention a
program called “How Are You?:” “The main focus of this program is about
establishing a framework for Zoom meetings with diverse population and
geographic groups.”

In addition, the document recommends operating preschool frameworks once
a week and organizing hikes with parents and teachers in a nature
reserve with clear instructions and supervision.

The council’s team also said during their discussion that since the
crisis is neither specifically “Jewish” nor “Zionist,” it creates a
sense of common identity for “all segments of Israeli society,” and that
they saw this as an opportunity for these groups to grow closer.

“The required tasks are civilian ones in principle and this permits
active participation and belonging on the part of all segments of
Israeli society,” the document says.

The NSC said of the document that “this is an appendix to part of a
document containing recommendations presented to the National Security
Council by a team of experts headed by Prof. Eli Waxman. During the
discussions, several programs drawn up by a number of expert teams were
presented.”

Indonesia: The Continual Anarchist Witch Hunt & the Scenario of State Incompetence

The Continual Anarchist Witch Hunt & the Scenario of State Incompetence

Only a few weeks ago comrades in Tangerang were arrested for graffiti and the media sensationalized the arrests followed by false information from police declaring that on the 18th of April the Indonesian anarchists had planned mass looting nation wide. This was proven false. Moreover police were trying to make a ridiculous scenario in which a petit criminal they caught was forced to do a live video declaring himself as “The sole leader of the anarchists”, fortunately this  video has become a national joke. Even before, many of the activists and journalists criticized police evidence concerning books. Police confiscated books and showed them off to the media and it was mostly non-political books, many of these books were fiction or non-fiction reports that were published legally. Hence, it is concluded that this evidence — books —are not court materials. But the Indonesian police are more than ready to exaggerate their own stupidity. Mass looting, prison riots, and even people dying of hunger has already happened throughout Indonesia. 

The Absurd Arrests and the Isolation of the Defendants

Most of the defendants concerning the case were mostly doing graffiti. While it is clear that the graffiti was to incite riots, the state and the police seem so myopic or they’re consciously doing it to divert from the real issues as part of their strategy to veil the whole incompetency of the state in dealing with the crisis. Young anarchists were arrested in West Java and more recently in the city of Malang, East Java. This case is different to that of the Tangerang anarchists, the anarchists in Malang were arrested just because they were directly involved in social struggles against land grabbing, state corporations, and other grassroots struggles, one media report went as far as saying that the prosecution of these anarchists is just because, or as the police statement to the media said: “they are anti-capitalist.” These state scenarios smell like rotten eggs coming from idiotic bureaucrats. 

 

One of the more outrageous arrests that occurred just a few days before was of a journalist who is very critical of government policy. Ravio Patra wrote about the state’s falsification of information about COVID-19 and published a comprehensive article on an independent news portal. Afterwards, his Whatsapp account was hacked — Whatsapp officials stated that it was true, his Whatsapp account was breached — and that all of a sudden he received messages via his account saying that “its already crisis, its time to burn, lets loot on 30th of April”.  Before this Ravio already contacted some experts about why he couldn’t seem to control his own account. Not many hours after, he was out of contact. Until most of his friends and advocacy groups confirmed that he had already been arrested. 

We can say that the bureaucrats and police acted recklessly but in this time of pandemic it seems they can do whatever they want to prosecute anyone, especially people connected to the anarchists. In this latest scenario, we can see how the Indonesian state acted in a totalitarian manner. We will not go down in silence. This anarchist witch hunt has got to stop and we cannot beg the state to do it for us. Their absolute incompetency and their rotting infrastructures will go down.  Down with surveillance and the society of control, decompose the state right now! 

PS: The funny thing is that most anarchists in Indonesia are and were involved in countless public kitchens in a form of mutual aid and the state are and were always trying to criminalize everything. 

We are the criminals, we don’t fucking value your laws. We’re going to help you die soon.

– Circle of Marvelous Individualists

Indonesia: The Continual Anarchist Witch Hunt & the Scenario of State Incompetence

What is happening in Russia?

We receive and publish from Dialectical Delinquents

by R.Shinov

Putin disappeared for almost two weeks. Then he started appearing on the TV screen and said something unintelligible. For the Russian regime, this is bad news, because Putin, even when he appears on the screen, is showing weakness and behaving uncertainly. When the Russian Tsar behaves like this, it causes rejection from everyone, including the highest officialdom. The whole situation, with the unconvincing and occasionally disappearing Tsar Putin, reminded me of the situation after June 22, 1941. On this day, the Wehrmacht attacked the Soviet Union and pinned down the Red Army, having killed or captured 3 million soldiers in a few months. At that time, Stalin disappeared until July 3*.

Real assistance to the population is almost not provided. Putin said that people should stay at home, and at the same time they will receive a wage. But he has not centrally imposed any ban on going to work. And in addition, he did not introduce a system that obliges businesses to pay wages. What he said was just words. So businessmen said that they don’t care what Putin says – either you work, or we dismiss you. Millions of people continue to work in Moscow and other cities.

Putin left a number of important decisions on quarantine to the discretion of the regions. This is also a bad sign for the Kremlin. The weakening of the center is accompanied by the strengthening of regions that have received special powers for anti-crisis measures. In principle, both processes are correlated and both indicate developing cracks in the Foundation of the system and the threat of “feudalization”. However, now there is no request for the collapse of the state.

So regional governors have taken up the task. In some regions, the quarantine is almost not introduced. In the North Caucasus Republic of Ingushetia, the population have massively refused to comply with the quarantine due to the fact that people do not have money. People move freely in cities and towns, work, buy food at markets, and celebrate weddings. This has led to an increase in diseases, now in Ingushetia every day dozens of people are admitted to hospitals with a diagnosis of pneumonia. The problem is that people have no choice, they have to go to work to survive.

In Moscow, the situation is strange. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has introduced special electronic passwords for those who want to take the metro to work (you must get such a password at the city municipality or a from your boss at the workplace). It is being suggested that in the future people will have to enter special passwords if you want to leave the house for food, but this is still being discussed. However, the introduction of electronic passes immediately led to disaster. Since no one is paying wages to most Muscovites, millions of people have to continue to work. Cafes, restaurants and non-grocery stores are closed, but many businesses are open. Early on Wednesday (April 15th) morning, about 1 million Muscovites came to 330 metro stations. At each station police officers were waiting for them, checking their passwords. Immediately, there were traffic jams. Thousands of people were squeezed into crowds at the narrow entrances to metro stations. People stood close together for a long time in 330 crowds. There is little doubt that many were infected at this point…

As far as I can see, there is growing public anger against the regime on the one hand, and fear of illness on the other. This is also a negative scenario for the government.

Thus in Russia we can see

А) Some weakening of the Central power of the Kremlin

B) Strengthening of the power of regional governments

C) Growth of public irritation and anger.

Today (April 20th), there was a riot in the North Caucasus Republic of Ossetia (a subject of the Russian Federation inhabited by a people called Ossetians; they are mainly Christians and speak a language close to Farsi). The authorities in Ossetia kept silent about the real number of Coronavirus cases, and poorly organized the process of hospitalization and treatment. As a result, masses of people began to flock to the center of Vladikavkaz (the capital of Ossetia) and put forward demands to the government to fix the situation. https://www.facebook.com/100000508025633/videos/3605409226152643/

Ого как в Осетии

Julkaissut Alexey Shichkov Maanantaina 20. huhtikuuta 2020

As expected, the month of “self-isolation”, which left thousands, if not millions of people without means of livelihood, provoked mass discontent. The day of April 20 seeems to have become a turning point. Residents of Vladikavkaz in Ossetia went to the rally, some of the police refused to disperse the protesters. Demonstrators began throwing stones at the remaining guards. However, Police in Vladikavkaz track the cars of protesters, and then arrest people on the road.

Meanwhile, in other cities protests took place on the internet. In Rostov-on-Don, a self-isolated “rally” was held in YandexMaps. People wrote demands for an emergency declaration (in this case, demanding the government be obliged to pay money for those who lost their jobs and businesses), some demanding the overthrow of the dictatorship. Individual users in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk and other cities joined the “rally”.

However, the Russian monarchy can be very stable in spite of everything, in conditions of fear and the passivity of the population. But clearly some people are starting to not be so passive.

More information here:

https://berthoalain.com/2020/04/21/coronavirus-confinement-affrontements-a-vladikavkaz-ossetie-du-nord-20-avril-2020/

https://www.pravdareport.com/world/144505-north_ossetia_isolation/

https://www.rt.com/russia/486351-vladikavkaz-russia-coronavirus-lockdown-protest/

Police clash with anti-stay-at-home protesters in North Ossetia 

PS Putin has given only the equivalent of $2bn to the 86 regions, with a population of about 145 million people – ie a bit over $13 per person. Officially, there’ve been 47,121 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 405 deaths, but some say the true figure is possibly closer to 4000 .

Article that manages to contradict itself very blatantly (usually such self-contradictory statements are made with a day’s gap; after all even a goldfish might remember something contradictory said just a moment before): https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/20/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-april-19-a69117 “There have been 47,121 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 405 deaths…. …Three hundred and sixty-one people have been killed by the virus.”

*SamFanto note: not quite clear what is meant by this comparison.

Contestavirus 12th – 21st of April

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21/4/20

Argentina, Corrientes: prisoner killed, several hospitalised, including 2 screws, after screws stop a]prisoners’ attempts to climb wall

Iraq, Baghdad: political gangs brutally attack remaining protesters who are defying quarantine

France: clashes with cops in 4 separate regions

Hauts-de-Seine: 3rd night of “disturbances” of prevailing thoroughly disturbed world – school torched
Toulouse:

 

“After 24 hours of calm, new incidents broke out this Tuesday evening in the Mirail district, in Toulouse. Around 10 p.m., around thirty people sowed trouble between the La Reynerie and Bellefontaine sectors. About ten trash fires and at least five vehicles, mainly near the rue de Kiev and the place André-Abbal, were recorded. Some have been extinguished by the fire brigade. Barricades have also been erected in Louise-Michel and Erik-Satie streets. Chemin Tintoret, among other things, projectile jets were fired and the police were clearly taken to task. Again. Mortars[heavy-duty fireworks], certainly defused by the persistent rain, were launched and everything necessary to make Molotov cocktails was discovered in a passageway of the building called Petit-d’Indy. On the opposing side, tear gas and flashballs were used. Dozens of police were deployed to restore calm. Around 11:30 p.m., it was done. Last Sunday, explosive devices were prepared to set an obvious trap for the police. … Calls for “mobilization” in the cities continue to flood social networks, sometimes with a lot of fake news….e the incidents recorded in recent days also to be put into perspective with the drug shortage, which is inevitable during periods of confinement? Chances are, indeed.However, according to the Snapchat accounts kept by the owners of certain Toulouse deal points, business is doing relatively well. Even if prices, too, soar.

20/4/20

Peru, Lima: cops teargas 100s fleeing capital

“Poorer Peruvians have been trying to leave Lima since last week, the paper adds, with many saying they had to “choose between hunger or homelessness in the city or risking exposure to Covid-19 as they attempt to return home”. Maricela de la Cruz, who was trying to return to Huancayo, in Peru’s central Andes, told Associated Press: “Here in Lima there are no longer any jobs, there is no longer any way to pay for food, we do not have any more savings”….Men can leave home only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, … while women can do so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Sundays, no one is allowed out.”

Argentina, Corrientes: clashes with cops after neighbours grass up neighbours for non-respect of quarantine rules

Colombia: disturbances throughout country against Capitalismavirus but especially in Fundacion, where there was looting and blockades of roads in various parts of state, including Medellin, as population demand food

Colombia, Magdalena: cops attacked with stones, supermarket looted, tires burnt, railway bridge blocked – all by group of youths

“The coronavirus quarantine has uncovered the hidden problem of hunger in Colombia where millions of people protest daily about the inability to access food, which has led to looting of aid in various parts of the country.
Harassed by the shortage, the poorest Colombians fail to comply with the mandatory isolation in force since March 25 to search the streets for the daily sustenance with which they used to feed their families before the arrival of the pandemic that so far leaves 3,977 infected and 189 dead.
This is what happened today in the Bogota neighborhood of Ciudad Bolívar, in the south of the city, where dozens of people “took over” the local mayor’s office to demand that the authorities expedite the delivery of the promised aid to the most disadvantaged. The despair of having nothing to bring to the table has triggered riots and looting of aid from the government and shops in some parts. From Aracataca, the birthplace of Literature Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, to the agro-industrial department of Valle del Cauca, the authorities have redoubled the security of the vehicles that transport aid, while some supermarkets have closed their doors to shield themselves from the riots and assaults. On Monday, for example, in the municipality of Fundación, in the Caribbean department of Magdalena, there were looting and riots in some businesses. Disorders also occurred in Medellín, where nearly a hundred people blocked a highway in the northwest of the city to claim humanitarian aid. The national government started this month the delivery of a million markets throughout the country, but the figure will be short considering that President Iván Duque extended the mandatory isolation until next May 11. More than five million Colombians depend on the informal economy and survive without monthly fixed incomes, money that has gradually disappeared because with the compulsory quarantine, most of them cannot do their business at home anymore. “We look like skinny cows, we no longer have breath to walk. We are dying not from viruses but from hunger. We have not seen anything that they promised us, we are enduring hunger,” Sandra Patricia Hurtado, a resident of Ciudad Bolívar, told Efe . Thousands of displaced people live in this sector, fleeing their lands, dispossessed by the violent ones of the armed conflict, or expelled due to the poverty in which they lived. Meanwhile, others queue in the streets to receive markets, hygiene items or to collect a government subsidy, the delivery of which was temporarily suspended after complaints from citizens who found inconsistencies in the registration of the beneficiaries. Like Hurtado, there are Colombians in every corner of the country whose hunger has become a matter of life and death, a situation that has even forced them to order door-to-door food in the most prosperous neighborhoods.”

https://adncuba.com/actualidad-internacional/colombia/saqueos-en-colombia-ante-dificultad-de-obtener-alimentos-en

More here: https://berthoalain.com/2020/04/22/coronavirus-aide-alimentaire-affrontements-a-medellin-21-avril-2020/

Greece, Thessalonica: football fans clash with cops over breaking quarantine

“More than 200 PAOK fans got together outside the club’s Toumba Stadium, defying the government ban on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
Riot police used tear gas to disperse the fans and at least one supporter was arrested and a number of others were fined following the clashes. Government officials announced on Monday that 2,245 cases of the coronavirus have been detected so far in Greece with 116 deaths, and a ban on sporting activities is in force until at least April 27.”

In the flu season 2018-2019 there were 150 deaths in Greece, admittedly over a longer period of time.

France, Hauts-de-Seine: riot in Parisian banlieu after cops deliberately make motorbike crash, breaking leg of rider and putting him in intensive care

https://www.nicematin.com/faits-divers/nouveaux-incidents-avec-la-police-en-banlieu-parisienne-quatre-interpellations-a-aulnay-498800

“fifteen cars and fifty garbage cans were burnt and a total of seven people were arrested by the police for urban violence.”

6 areas of riots

Bavure policière : affrontements à Aulnay-sous-Bois, Saint-Denis, Asnières, Nanterre, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, Rillieux la Pape –20 avril 2020

Niger, Niamey: clashes as cops prevent people going to mosque during virus curfew.

Niger has had 20 deaths from the virus. In 2019 there were 54 deaths from flu.

Canada, Ontario: prisoners speak out about conditions and support

prisoner support caravan

19/4/20

France: riots against heavy policing in 16 areas, towns and cities

Colombia, Choco: prison riot; 1 dead

“The advance of COVID-19 is being made by leaps and bounds in the Villavicencio prison. This afternoon, the Governor of Meta, Juan Guillermo Zuluaga, indicated that six new cases of contagion were confirmed, of which five correspond to people related to that prison. “More reasons to stay home, more reasons to maintain quarantine and isolation,” said the regional president. (From Villavicencio prison they ask for help on COVID-19 “before it is too late”) . Thus, in the prison in the capital of Meta, 28 people have already been infected, of whom seven are guardians of Inpec and three, all inmates and older adults, have died in the last two weeks. General Norberto Mujica, director of Inpec, held a virtual press conference last Friday to expose the measures being taken, such as isolating older adults in the women’s pavilion, which was empty.”

Israel, Jerusalem: ultra-orthodox sit-down in road, clash with cops following previous hitting by cops of 9-year-old with stun grenade

Ecuador, Ambato: prison mutiny lasting 5 hours, as prisoners try to climb walls, hoping to escape virus; 2 cops badly injured (no info about prisoners’ injuries, surprise surprise)

18/4/20

India, W. Bengal: about 60 prisoners demand bail due to virus fears, throw stones

Greece, Chios: asylum-seekers torch housing container as 47-year-old Iraqi woman dies

 

Romania: clashes in 2 towns

“Violent incidents have opposed this Saturday many people and the police in particular in a district of the city of Hunedoara and in a village of the department of Braşov; videos of this violence circulate on social networks. In the Micro 6 North district of Hunedoara, the incidents broke out on Saturday afternoon while the police were controlling a drunk who had no certificate to justify his presence on the public highway as part of the containment and the state of emergency in force in Romania and extended until mid-May by President Iohannis. An outbreak of violence ensued in which two police vehicles were damaged while the police force retreated, as seen in the video published on the site of the local daily Hunedoara Liberă. The police had to fire warning shots. Nine of those involved in the incidents were arrested. In the second video, probably shot in a village in the municipality of Săcele (Braşov department), a visibly angry crowd speaking in Romanian, armed with sticks and shovels, violently attacks a car (possibly being a police vehicle) arriving at their speed and stopping abruptly against a fence while mowing someone. The rioters then destroy the windshield with shovels while one of the police officers present brandishes a rifle. Finally, other incidents of the same style broke out last night in a district of Ploieşti (70 km north of Bucharest) as well as in the Rahova district of Bucharest where 37 people were arrested.

These riot scenes follow several factors of tension. The establishment of a police system that contravenes the Constitution, as well as the bans on Orthodox Easter in this still religious country have generated significant dissatisfaction. But among the people most affected by the disruption of the economy due to health measures, anger is raging for another reason: hunger. Some black and precarious workers are starting to face a very difficult daily life where hunger becomes a more pressing danger than the epidemic. This had already pushed thousands of seasonal workers to defy sanitary measures to return to work in the West. Romania is one of the countries most likely to suffer economically from the coronavirus crisis in the medium term. Indeed, a large part of its population emigrates to Western Europe to work there (especially in Italy), and the country lives a lot from the economy of the mandate (that is to say, Romanians who send back home a part of their salary). The epidemic precipitated the return of many Romanians, who do not necessarily have unemployment cover in the countries where they worked, and replaced the import of western wages by an import of unemployed returnees.

To date, there have been 8,746 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Romania where 434 people have died while 1,892 people have recovered from the disease.”

17/4/20

France, Essonne: stones & heavy-duty fireworks thrown at cops during control
Jeunes/police : affrontements à Grigny – 17 avril 2020

Colombia, Bogota: riot following 3 days of protests about lack of food aid; man shot by cops, 2 cops hospitalised

France, Meurthe-et-Moselle: prison riot – about 30 prisoners smash surveillance cameras, burn mattresses, causing roof to burn

Ecuador, Tulcan: prison rebellion – burnin’ n a-lootin’

“A violent incident occurred on the afternoon of the last Friday inside the Tulcán Center for the Deprivation of Adult Liberty. The inmates, after looting the store and part of the bakery that operate in the center, staged a mutiny that was controlled by members of the National Police who entered the site. The inmates argue that in the center there would be an alleged case of a prisoner with coronavirus, however there are no official reports from the corresponding entities that said statement is supported. The PPLs assure that they are afraid of catching the virus, since they have not received masks and protective supplies, which allow them to avoid direct contact with their cellmates. Those deprived of liberty warned the president of the republic, Lenín Moreno, through videos, that they need to take immediate action, or the prisons are going to be pronounced and it is not going to be on good terms. “If you do not contact us, we will retaliate and we will do the things we can. If you do not want to let us out, we will do it by force, if you do not want to give us protection and health, we will do it at our convenience. This is the last communication that we are going to have with you, but if you do not communicate with us, we will take actions as we can, ”said a Colombian spokesperson in a timely manner. Inmates at the site also burned some mattresses in the hallways during the protest violence, however no injuries were reported. The police members had to use progressive force to mitigate the mutiny, using tear gas to calm the spirits of those deprived of their liberty and control the incident. One of the alleged irregularities reported is that a bakery operates in the center, where prepared food is marketed to the inmates and that the donations that arrive at the center would be destined to this site. According to one of the “economato” [Establishment organized in the form of a cooperative or supported by some companies, where certain groups can purchase products at a cheaper price than in other shops] workers, from whom we will protect his identity for security reasons, the inmates were conducting a peaceful protest, hoping to echo the authorities to grant them prison releases and benefits. The “economato” attended until approximately 13:00, however they waited for the staff to leave to enter violently. The PPLs forced the securities and took most of the products. The “economato” official said that they recently supplied the place with the aim of providing the best care to the prisoners, however now the place is practically empty, which would harm those who urgently need some basic necessities or toiletries. The man who works at this site added that he is not authorized to disclose the economic damage that this incident has caused them.”

16/4/20

Israel, Jerusalem: Riot in Jerusalem Haredi area over virus regulations; girl hit by police grenade

Colombia, Bogota: hunger demonstration demanding food met by riot cops who clash with locals

“”they threw gas at us, here are children, older adults, some are pregnant, the children are drowning (…) no help… the riot police was the only thing that came to address the claims and complaints of Ciudad Bolívar. ” Another of the residents of the area added that, although the Police contained the few vandals, elderly people were also affected. “The grandparents here … have respiratory problems and with those gases they gave them everything, it is not fair that others pay for those of us who have nothing to do with this, we are only asking for help, nothing more,” he complained. Christian Robayo, one of the town councilors, denounced abuses of authority and excesses of force by the Police, while indicating that it is urgent to attend to the humanitarian situation of the hundreds of families who do not have food to pass the quarantine. “People have been protesting directly for food, for health care, for solidarity support to be able to live through this quarantine, and there is excessive force used against citizens,” said Robayo.”

15/4/20

Senegal, Kedougou: 1 dies in clashes with cops after they chase youth during virus curfew into river where he drowned, and then refused to hand over body

Canada, Hamilton: report on car demo in support of prisoners

India, Kolkata: cops clash with would-be alcohol buyers during quarantine-provoked prohibition

Chile, Rancagua: screws stabbed in prison riot, some burning

Nigeria, Delta State: 3 killed or possibly wounded by cops or vigilante groups (report repeatedly contradicts itself) during women-initiated protests against confinement-induced hunger; council chariman stoned; some looting

“The women, who were protesting the two weeks lockdown and the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa decried what they regarded as insensitivity of the state government in addressing the compelling hunger induced by the lockdown and now with curfew in the state.
The protesters had defied the stay-at-home order, lamenting the economic hardship induced by the lockdown and the worsening absence of palliatives from the state government to cushion the effect of the lockdown….the women had stormed the popular Olypia Roundabout in Sapele to vent their anger over the extension, when rampaging youth protesters, mixed with hoodlums hijacked the protest, just when the Sapele Council Chairman, Hon Eugene Inoaghan, was addressing the protesting women. The hoodlums who hijacked the protest were alleged to have pelted the council chairman and other members of his entourage with stones, creating a tensed atmosphere and compelled the Police escort in the Council boss’s entourage to teargas the protesting mob. The situation turned violent and to disperse the rampaging youths, some vigilante members reportedly shot into the crowd and hit the victims. The hoodlums subsequently took advantage of the situation to invade shops where they allegedly carted away goods belonging to traders who were observing the lockdown.”

Colombia, Bogota: clashes as people block roads demanding food delivery

https://caracol.com.co/emisora/2020/04/15/bogota/1586947765_417687.html

“In recent days, various areas of Bogotá have registered demonstrations and sit-ins by people in vulnerable conditions and extreme poverty due to the delay in the delivery of humanitarian aid from the Mayor’s Office and the National Government …On the night of this Tuesday, April 14, in the Arborizadora Alta neighborhood, in Ciudad Bolívar, citizens blocked the roads demanding the delivery of food for the dozens of pregnant women, mothers, children and grandparents who are starving. …The Metropolitan Police arrived at the scene to control the situation and contain these protests. However, the inhabitants of the area denounced violent repressions by the uniformed personnel. The authorities’ preliminary report indicates that the protesters vandalized a SITP public service bus and attacked the policemen with sticks and stones, leaving 10 of them with minor injuries. In contrast, the peaceful protest, in which even children and older adults participated with their saucepans, spread to towns such as Usme, Rafael Uribe Uribe and Bosa….”We ask the government not to abandon us. There are many families who are enduring hunger, even though we are serving quarantine. Aid is not coming, ”said one of the victims with a megaphone in hand and surrounded by dozens of protesters.”

Argentina, Tucuman: clashes with cops as they try to impose quarantine restricitions

“”It really is disgraceful; people when they are discovered not only get angry, but insult or threaten force personnel,” said Mayor Najar….The San Lorenzo de Las Talitas neighborhood was the scene of a pitched battle between neighbors and police officers who carried out an operation to comply with the mandatory preventive isolation. There were no injuries recorded in the incidents, but some police mobiles ended up being damaged by the stones thrown at them. “We carried out this operation on Monday at noon because we had observed many people circulating on the streets. Police officers kindly asked neighbors to enter their homes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But far from complying with the police request, they began to throw forceful elements at the uniformed officers, ”explained the head of the Las Talitas Motorized Patrol division, Rufino Medina. Before the violent reaction of the neighbors, Rufino said that the troops asked for support from their colleagues and from the 911 service. “They had to shoot with their shotguns, which were loaded with rubber bullets, while they were withdrawing from the scene to avoid breaking the glass of the police mobile phones and other damage. “There were no injuries to the police or civilians and no arrests,” said the commissioner…Lastly, Rufino clarified that this is not the first time that this type of episode has happened, since it is a conflictive neighborhood that responds in this way every time the staff makes tours…”This is becoming a serious problem. People have to understand that this is not a whim, but a measure that seeks to care for all the citizens of Las Talitas, “said Mayor Carlos Najar. “As long as everything is within the law, we will support all the procedures that the Police do. We want them to be inflexible against all those who violate the isolation measures, “he added. The official was concerned about what is happening on the streets of that municipality. “Since quarantine began, we have an average of 19 arrests per day. It is a very high figure …”

14/4/20

India: report on workers’ protests in different parts of country

US: sabotage of Billboard/ Hollywood Reporter website by IT workers laid off under pretext of virus

Colombia, Cartagena: clashes with cops enforcing confinement rules (includes previous incidents on 10th and 12th April)

“The respect of the mandatory isolation decree by many people in Cartagena and in neighboring municipalities generates confrontations with the national police that, in order to preserve and respect these health standards, met with resistance from certain citizens. However, on the other hand, there are those who point out that although there are people who violate the decree and that the law is necessary for them to obey it, the authorities should not hide behind this situation. hide behind an abuse of power. Two situations occurred on Good Friday, during which the community requested uniforms to bring order to places where there were riots of people who violated the national quarantine. The first reported case was that in the canton of La Boquilla, in Cartagena, where around 7 p.m., several people probably drank alcoholic beverages and played on a street and a softball field. After the community called, the quadrant police responded to this request and upon arrival at the site, they were asked to return to their homes. Witnesses said the request had caused riots among the criminals, which had led to a confrontation between members of the security forces and those present. “After ordering them to go home, several people attacked the men in uniform and threw blunt weapons at them: bottles, sticks, stones.” Similarly, the institutional motorcycle on which they arrived was stolen, damaged by the attackers and later recovered by the national police, “explained the commander of the Cartagena Metropolitan Police, General Henry Sanabria. The general explained that when several people attacked his troops and after hearing several detonations, he forced an intervention with the Special Operations Group -GOES- and Esmad [very heavy riot cops] to control the riots. From social media, Turbaco residents have been calling for more vigorous action by local authorities for days to comply with restrictive measures for the movement of people on the streets and in certain places that sell alcohol without proper authorization. Specifically, some people who obey the quarantine decree are those who inform the police of the multitude of people in certain areas of Turbaco. As also happened on Good Friday, when the policemen of the quadrant arrived in the Buenos Aires sector, in the district of Paraíso…Some residents of this area reported the situation to the police, and uniformed men immediately arrived on the scene. ..“The police came one by one and did not ask for favors or anything. But they immediately expelled the people, beat them one by one…. They also fired everywhere, there were houses where evidence of the shooting was found, ”said a witness. When the uniformed men arrived on the scene, apparently from the Command, they found the crowd and after asking them to return home, they began to be attacked by people who saw the fight. Participants also included minors, women, and even older adults. Some people were also reported to have thrown stones, sticks and other blunt objects at the police. Others reportedly shot and used sharp weapons to attack uniformed personnel handling the case. Community members, who had nothing to do with the fighting, ask the police to help them repair the damage caused by bullets to their doors, windows and roofs. In La Boquilla, two policemen were reportedly wounded with forceful weapons, one in the lower extremities and the other who was hit with a shovel to the head.”

Colombia, Barrancabermeja: prison riot (includes video)

“Prisoners mutinied in Barrancabermeja asking for assistance in the face of the Covid-19 crisis…
A riot occurred on Tuesday afternoon in police cells, in the Las Granjas neighborhood of Barrancabermeja, where 53 detainees are staying. The inmates set fire to the facilities, asking for immediate attention in view of the imminent spread of the Coronavirus, assuring that there are prisoners with health problems. … the prisoners set fire to mats as a protest against the overcrowding they suffer. Little by little the fire spread, generating a large column of smoke that alerted the inhabitants of the neighborhood. Ambulances and firefighters, as well as members of the riot police, immediately arrived after one of the inmates took a gun from a patrolling policeman’s holster and began to shoot into the air causing panic …For several hours, the detainees took control of the police station, preventing the uniformed men from entering. Finally they let the fire brigade in to put out the flames that kept spreading and scorching everything in their path. After the mediation of different organizations for the defense of human rights, the inmates reached an agreement with the authorities and allowed themselves to be transferred to the citizen coexistence center located in the Primero de Mayo neighborhood until it is defined where they will be taken…”

Colombia, Sucre: riot as protesters against hunger burn tyres, loot supermarket

13/4/20

Cameroon, Yaoundé: prison disturbances as 3 prisoners die of virus; built for less than 800 prisoners, this prison holds at least 5,000 –

Peru, Ancon: prison riot over lack of food and medicine

“Inmates reportedly burned mattresses, as a means of claiming the alleged lack of food and medicine. In addition, residents of the penitentiary center indicated that shots were heard.
Relatives of some of the inmates also indicated through social networks that one of the demands is also for them to be tested for coronavirus.”

12/4/20

Indonesia, Manado: prison riot after screw contracts virus –

“A riot in a prison in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province where at least one guard is reportedly exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms has highlighted the risk posed by the coronavirus the Southeast Asian nation’s 524 overcrowded jails. On Saturday afternoon, the inmates of Tuminting Prison in the city of Manado went on a rampage and set fire to buildings. Hundreds of police and soldiers later stormed the jail with live rounds being fired and at least one inmate shot in the chest… the riot began after rumours spread among the inmates that a guard was suspected to have the coronavirus. When demands for mass testing by other inmates went unanswered by prison authorities, they became incensed and demanded to be released. There has been no confirmed case of COVID-19 inside Indonesia’s correctional facilities. But a source inside Tuminting Prison, who spoke on condition of anonymity over fears of reprisal, said officials were trying to hide the start of an outbreak. “There are other prisoners with symptoms but there are no testing kits so they can’t confirm a thing. They don’t want it to come out, but the jails are probably full of it,” the source said.”

31/3/20

South Africa

““The police minister says you could go to jail for being out here,” I said to one man, who was drinking a beer in the street. “I am staying in one room with five others, how can I stay in there all day? They must just come and arrest us,” he replied. The residents ebbed and flowed around the troops as they made their way down the township’s sodden tracks. Some took shelter in the alleyways and others perched on roofs. But when the soldiers had passed, the people retook the streets. Some members of the infantry unit began to lose their patience. A woman in uniform targeted a man in a deckchair with a well-aimed slap and a barrage of expletives. A few minutes later, a soldier walked up to a resident and aimed a punch at his head and swift kick at his legs. It looked like a show of strength but in reality, it was a telling sign of weakness. Alexandra Township, like many other impoverished communities, cannot be policed and its residents will not self-isolate.”

Turin (Italy) – Addresses of the arrested in Giulio Cesare street

The four comrades arrested yesterday [April 19, 2020] in Giulio Cesare street (Turin) are in “Le Vallette” prison on charges of aiding and abetting, resisting a public officer and causing injury. They are all fine and at the moment we still don’t know exactly when the hearing to validate the arrests will be scheduled. For those who would like to write or send them a telegram or a letter, here are the names and addresses.

Daniele Altoè, Giordana Laera, Maria Francesca Giordano, Samuele Cattini
C. C. “Lorusso e Cotugno”
via Maria Adelaide Aglietta 35
10151 Torino
Italy

FREEDOM FOR EVERYONE

(it-en) Torino, Italia: Indirizzi degli arrestati in corso Giulio Cesare (19/04/2020)

AGRO-CRUST X : info III (April 2020)

Hi comrades & friends!
We are in mid-April, deadline for confirmations for the Agro-Crust X…
The situation caused by global capital does not will stop us from fighting
for their ultimate downfall but it complicates the organization of the d.i.y.
meeting/festival in the sense that many people bands etc. do not know
whether they will be able to participate, whether the borders will closed etc.
Already many bands had to cancel or postpone their tours and the reaction
of the movement has not been coherent either but of wait “see what happens.”
Even, and this hurts quite a bit, it’s been the firsts who have suspended
planned activities, have paid attention to the orders of the state and are quiet
and confined to their homes.

Therefore we would like to propose a change of dates for the
Agro-Crust X; the new dates are: 9 to 12 JULY 2020.

The bands that had already confirmed their participation should assess
if they can come to play on those new dates. We put a new deadline to
confirm that it will be next May 15th.
Also we ask the entire libertarian/anarchist world for their support in
realizing this edition of the Agro-Crust, i.e. distributors, collectives and/or
prisoners support groups that can be organized to give speachs,
workshops etc. who should contact us a.s.a.p. to work out the details.

Let’s hope that this decision is understood as the only possible solution
right now. We’re conspiring for the place where we can to set up the
Agro-Crust this year… We need your support to get ready to preparate/
mount the event, especially the first week of July.

A big hug!
He(A)llth & Anarchy

Contacts: agrocrust@autistici.org
liberacionomuerte@yahoo.com