- On September 24th, during the local festivities, 250 people demonstrated
in Valladolid against bullfights.
- On November 5th tens of young people gathered in front of Mostoles
(Madrid) City Hall to protest against an increase in the staff of the
Municipal Police. There was graffitti and broken glass. Finally the police
charged and two people were arrested.
- October 21st and 22nd took place in Galapagar the XXV Syndical Encounter
with the participation of 51 leftist union organizations among them CSI,
ESK-CUIS, CUT, TIB, Solidaridad Obrera, CGT, Sindicato Unitario, LAB,
Plataforma Sindical ... Note that the CGT left the encounters when it was
accused by other organizations of arriving at anti-worker deals with the
resulting firings and elimination of jobs. The next encounter will take
place in April in Zaragoza organized by TIB and CUT.
- The Somport Tunnel works are about halfway and still there's no solution
to the important problems such as the environmental impact and the disposal
EL FUEGO Y LA PIEDRA (FIRE AND STONE)
This is the name of a recent publication from Madrid, in monthly newspaper
format. Very interesting articles, analysis, international information, etc.
We recommend it. Price 50 ptas. They're looking for distributors. For
information :"El Fuego y la piedra" (do not include any names) Apdo. 52.104
An Alternative Forum took place coinciding with the Conferencia
Euromediterranea in Barcelona. On November 26th about 15,000 people
demonstrated in the streets of Barcelona against capitalist Europe. In
answer to the Summit of Chiefs of State of the European Union in Madrid on
December 15 and 16. There were different activities within the campaing
against capitalist Europe.
social exclusion. Three columns departing from Vitoria, Sevilla and Valencia
joined in Madrid after walking hundreds of kilometers, putting up with harsh
weather. There were demonstrations in different cities. On the 11th hundreds
of people took part in a gathering in Madrid. In Zaragoza on december 19th
300 people did the same.
On December 17th several thousand people demonstrated against the United
Europe project being pushed by the heads of state summit.
Coinciding with the presence of Jacques Chirac at the Heads of State Summit
in Madrid there was a human chain against nuclear tests in Mururoa on
December 16. In Zaragoza 300 people demonstrated on December 17.
CANARY ISLANDS CONTAMINATED
(El Baifo) UNELCO, an electric company subsidiary of Endesa, plans the
opening in 1996 of two thermal stations, hurriedly built . The project
stirred great controversy and actions against it by Greenpeace. An uneven
courtroom battle between ecologists and the company is pending.
The highway enlargement works in the island of Tenerife will cost 1,000
million ptas. per kilometer, sacrificing fertile agricultural soil and
expropiating open spaces in neighborhoods. People from an affected
neighborhood occupied a soccer filed where the big machinery was trying to
enter. An old man was arrested when he fired shots in the direction of the
In San Juan de la Rambla (Tenerife) the neighbors are opposed to the
installation of a construction rubbish dump.
Members of the Coordinadora por la Defensa Lagunera have been camping for
six months protesting the construction of a highway that would link the city
of Tenerife with the island's northwest. Neighbors, ecologists, farmers and
ranchers are opposed to it and are camped impeding the works, that were
started illegally without the environmental impact report. The Autonomous
Government gave them until November 15th to vacate the grounds. For the
moment they're holding fast.
After a lengthy proccess, a Madrid Court has ruled a disproportionate
sentence against two okupas from Madrid. Pedro Luis Perez has been sentenced
to 1 year in prison for assault to authority and Luis Moles has been
sentenced to 3 years and four months for assault to authority and injuries.
Their crime: to be arrested and beaten by municipal cops and then being
accused of attacking the agents. The events occurred in the summer of 1991
at the door of the then occupied Centro Social Minuesa.
Hours earlier the okupas that were doing a campaign against the threat of
eviction tried to put a placard in a nearby monument. The police prevented
them with swinging clubs. Some of the people beaten tried to press charges.
When the cops found out, they went to Centro Social Minuesa to arrest
somebody, thus being able to charge them and justify the demands against
them. This practice is a habit with the police when they are accused.
The cops arrested a young man whom they recognized "for belonging to the
black race". Amidst protests from onlookers, a beating started. The okupas
took refuge in Minuesa, except one that received a beating and was arrested.
Months later the misdeaminor trial against Luis and Pedro is suspended as
one of the cops was absent. Four policemen were sentenced to five days of
inhabilitation and a fine of 100,000 ptas for injuries (they took a year to
pay it and as of yet they haven't been rehabilitated).
Two and a half years later a new hearing date against Luis and Pedro is set,
which is suspended a second time because a municipal cop, new to the case,
arrives with a medical report that tells of the loss of ten teeth. He
accuses Luis of having thrown a wooden street bench at him, when there have
never been benches in that street. The judge reconsiders and from
misdemeanor the case becomes a felony.
The trial, after being suspended in July, takes place on September 28, 1995.
The accusation is based on the medical report and the declaration of three
cops (all of whom were sentenced for assaulting Luis). The defense presents
a writ from City Hall that says that there have never been any benches in
that street besides numerous witnesses, among them neighbors and a newsman.
The sentence reflects the D.A.'s petition. Previously the female judge
refused the defense's petition of damaged right to a speedy trial being that
more than four years had passed and that the injured cop had not shown up
until after two and a half years after the events, after the sentencing of
four of his companions. In conjunction with the trial there was a campaign
of solidarity with the accused, denouncing the attempt to criminalize
squatting. The day of the trial there was a gathering in support. The
antiriots impeded many people's access to the courthouse and the courtroom,
among them the parents of one of the defendants. They also frisked and ID'd
all present. The sentence has been appealed. To finance the legal proccess
you may make a contribution to: c/c 45 00 05 57 CAJAMADRID branch no. 2.441.
*** LAST MINUTE ***
(A-INFOS INTERNET) At 6:30 AM on December 19th a large contingent of masked
policemen and carabinieri carried out two different court orders against
Centro Social LEONCAVALLO (Milano, Italy).
The first one is concerned with the sequestering of the necessary structures
for the performance of music concerts inside the center whereas the second
deals with the identification and arrest of an indetermined number of
people. The action was characterized by violent attacks with clubs and
chains on the comrades that had remained inside the S.C. to sleep at night,
taping their mouths shut and destroying cars parked in the courtyard of the
In addition, all the Centro's belongings were destroyed: books,
videocassettes, they cut electrical cables, broken lamps and glass, doors
broken down, broken tiles, etc. The so-called "forces of order" and judicial
higher ups want to whitewash, by means of a judicial maneuver, the total
devastation of the Social Center which had taken an openly
antiprohibitionist stance, being criminalized today for their position,
evidence being 4 little plants and 20 liters of aromatized liquor. That same
afternoon a campaign to rebuild the center started, there is a permanent
meeting and demonstrations have been called.
*** INTERNATIONAL ***
DISTURBANCES IN ATHENS
The Athens Polytechnic was occupied again on November 17th by 500 anarchist
and autonomous students in memory of the student uprising in that very same
place in 1973 that started the fall of the military dictatorship.
This year police repression was at a maximum and 520 youths were arrested,
all of those that had taken part in the occupation, since the police siege
was very tight. One hundred of them were set free for being under age and
the rest remained arrested for several days until they went to court accused
of damages to the Polytechnic and resisting authority. At the police station
they suffered ill-treatment and torture. The students had solidarized with
the uprising of Koridalos prison's inmates. There were likewise
confrontations in Salonica.
The Athens Polytechnic has been occupied in numerous occassions and is an
important reference to the strong alternative movement of Greece, one of the
most active libertarian moves in the world.
GUNS OF BRIXTON
On December 13th the streets of London's Brixton neighborhood lived a long
night of disturbances due to racial problems. At the district's police
station, populated mainly by colored people, a young black man died. Wayne
Douglas is the second person of color to die in this police station during
the last six months. Another prisoner saw at least 15 cops beating Douglas.
One hundred young people, black and white, from 12 to 16 years old gathered
in front of the police station and the cops charged in an out of proportion
fashion. The response from the neighborhood did not wait long and police
violence was answered with barricades and fire bombs. The balance was 22
arrested, 12 wounded and damages to urban real estate valued in millions of
These disturbances remind us of the bloody confrontations during the late
70's and early 80's. "They may step on you, they may beat you, they may even
shoot you, but one day they'll have to answer to the guns of Brixton" (Guns
of Brixton. THE CLASH).
On December 18th antinuclear militants cut the electric lines to several
trains near Frankfurt. Germany's railroad traffic had to be suspended. They
protested against nuclear tests at Mururoa and against nuclear energy.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland there is a long tradition of campaigns of
opposition to unfair laws and taxes (remember the poll tax). Right now in
Scotland there's a campaign, promoted by the H.O.W. movement, refusing to
pay for the rise in water prices. The campaign started in Dublin a few
According to H.O.W. the cost of water, in an area where it's superabundant,
is totally abusive and besides it's a common resource, which regular users
should not have to pay for, since drinking and eating is a common and
inalienable right for everybody.
For the moment they have got 60% of Dublin's population (tens of thousands
of people) refusing to pay for the increases that should begin to be assesed
in Scotland in April.
In Brasil 368 indigenous areas are in danger. The government, giving in to
pressure from landowners and wood harvesters, wants to change the procedure
for marking indigenous lands. These sectors throw the slogan: "Too much land
for too few indians". In the last months various indian areas have been
invaded by armed people and some indians have been murdered. Suicide cases
have also increased among the Guarani Kaiowa (32 during the first half of
the year). The government has repeatedly not kept its promises to improve
socioeconomic conditions to avoid more suicides.
In Occidental Papua the indigenous peoples of Irian Jaya have seen a
spectacular increase in military repression (murders, villages attacked,
torture etc) coinciding with the concession of new indigenous areas for
exploitation by multinational Freeport McMoran. Due to complaints from human
rights organizations many people have written letters of protest to Freeport
McMoran. The multinational's president has personally answered each
complaint alleging that his company helps the economic development of
indigenous peoples and counts with the support from these people. This is
all false, as Jayapura's bishop and Amigos de los Indios have announced. The
company's security personnel directly participates in the repression and
murder of the local indians.
In Honduras the government wants to expel the Garifunas from the areas where
they live. The pretext is a plan to make two national parks with ecoturistic
aims in the Garifuna's areas.
During the last few years 11 Xicaque people well known for the defense of
their lands have been murdered. Note the complicity of the authorities that
to date haven't found the perpetrators.
Amigos de los Indios Apdo. 20.174 28.080 Madrid
BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS DAY
In Brasil November 20th is Black Consciousness Day. Thousands of
afro-brasilians demonstrated against racism and for equal rights. This year
celebrates the 300th anniversary of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares. Zumbi
was born in a village where fleeing slaves hid and was the leader of a black
slave's insurrection against portuguese royal authority.
SUPPORT THE INMIGRANT
Thousans of people demonstrated in Turin against racism on November 19, a
day after a decree against illegal inmigration took effect. 12,000 people
took part in the demonstration by parties and "official" unions. 8,000 did
so called by autonomous, libertarian and alternative left groups.
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