News of Opposition -- October 2017


“October is the month for painted leaves…. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year nears its setting. October is its sunset sky”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup.”
~ Rainbow Rowell


South Africa, Pretoria: informal traders storm into Town Hall demanding promised education payments “Some children claimed they had been booted out of institutions of higher learning for failing to pay their tuition fees.”…Durban: rubber bullets & stun grenades used as barricades burn, cops pelted, in protest about lack of housing


South Africa, Gauteng: mass squat by about 100 described as “hijacking“

Spain Murcia: whilst everyone’s eyes are on Catalonia – railway & security systems damaged in massive movement against high-speed train & railtrack that’ll divide city in 2

Algeria, Oum El Bouaghi: young woman killed in heavy clashes between cops & youths after 19-year-old man dies following cop torture Algeria is still under a state of emergency, prohibiting all demonstrations

Denmark, Copenhagen: wildcat strike by airport baggage handlers (no details)

Ukraine, Kiev: clashes with cops during protest against gas station construction “After police forces arrived at the scene, clashes ensued. The protesters inflicted damage to the gas station property, smashing newly-installed gas pumps with hammers…The police used tear gas against the protesters and attempted to cordon off the gas station property. After police tactical force stormed at the crowd, stones were thrown at officers. At least three policemen sustained injuries… one protester was seriously injured as a result of the clashes.”


South Africa, KwaZulu Natal: informal settlers and cops clash after squatters’ shacks are demolished “…several shacks‚ built on the banks of a river that runs through the settlement‚ had been flooded due to recent rains. The eThekwini Municipality’s Disaster Management authority had given approval for the shacks to be rebuilt – but when they were erected in a different location‚ the City’s Land Invasion Unit responded with haste‚ destroying the newly erected shacks and peppering residents with paintball bullets.Residents then responded by setting up burning barricades and blocking the roads‚ as the officials from the Land Invasion Unit fled.”

Kenya, Nairobi: university closed indefinitely after students block roads in protest against cop violence & student expulsions

Dominican Republic, San Domingo: university closed after burning barricade protests following arrests of student leader & 4 others


South Africa, North West: 4 Tribal Authority vehicles and bus torched during demo by unemployed

Eire, Laois: confrontations in Portlaoise prison Unfortunately, and typically, these Republican prisoners want to be treated like an elite: although “they were protesting over their living conditions” they also “demanded that they be treated as political and not criminal prisoners“, thus setting up (or reinforcing) a hierarchy between themselves and the rest of the prisoners.

Venezuela, Paraguana: report of sabotage of electricity grid system


Spain, Catalonia: several wounded in shooting at polling station…as the anarcho-nationalist opportunists of the CNT find themselves to the right of… class-conscious workers … “…All four dismiss the independence movement as a distraction from more pressing social issues, claiming it has proved a useful smokescreen for the Catalan government’s spending cuts. “What’s happening now is that everyone has been told that Spain is the origin of our problems,” says Salas. “They are being fed a version of Catalan history that has nothing to do with reality and this has radicalised young people around independence.” “There’s been a sort of mantra, that Spain is robbing us, and there’s a lot of confusion, as though the Spanish government and the Spanish people were one and the same,”…“All of us here are immigrants but we’re all Catalans, too,” says Martínez, who is dismissive of the case for Catalan independence. “It’s about class. I don’t have a problem with the person standing next to me, it’s the one above me who’s the problem.””

Morroco, Rabat: 150 bins burnt, cops stoned etc.; cops retreat Videos here & here. The report says this was done by “30 hooded youths”, but the videos show a lot more people than that and most of them seemed to have their heads bare. Presumably the idea of “hooded youths” seems more sinister for those spectators open to easy manipulation than just “youths”, though obviously hiding your face is often necessary, and it’s a bit of a surprise that they seem to not care that they could be recognised.

France, Seine-St.Denis: several cars burnt as family and friends of dead man contest cop version of events See also entry for 25/9/17

Aulnay-sous-Bois: Justice for Yacine

South Africa, Durban (KZN): cops get heavy again with land squatters

Iran: refinery workers go on strike & warn that they’ll destroy refinery “Unfortunately, during the first six months of this year, the situation has been catastrophic for the poor strata of the society, which, like most non-oil companies and factories, most of the oil section force have received only one-and-a-half percent of their salaries in the past six months. Given the hardship and life-threatening dangers of this type of activity in the southern regions, with unbearable heat and sultry weather in the outskirts of the city, in a closed camp environment with very limited facilities, is our share of daily oil and gas production one month salary for every six months of work? …Most companies of the Refinery have closed down or half-closed due to the lack of funding.” “We, the workers of the Persian Gulf Star Oil Refinery, announce that in order to end the situation and endure this horrible summer without a salary, we will continue our protests peacefully only a week before October 5, and if our objections are not fulfilled, with apology to the honorable nation of Iran, we will break down and destroy the sites in the refinery.””