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Protests in Bosnia against concert of Croatian neo nazi band Thompson

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From Bosnia News:

SARAJEVO CANTON WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATIONS FIERCELY OBJECT THE CONCERT OF FASCIST MARKO PERKOVIC THOMPSON IN SARAJEVO

SARAJEVO, Bosnia – Coordinating Board of the Sarajevo Canton War Veterans Associations is fully supportive of marking the 10th anniversary of Pope Joan Paul’s visit to Bosnia, but is, however, fiercely objecting the concert of Marko Perkovic “Thompson”, announced at the occasion.

”The reason for our objection lies in the fact that a certain number of his songs is of a nationalistic and fascist content, and that some of his songs are encouraging hatred between the peoples and stay in the way of reconciliation and life in Bosnia”, the Coordinating Board of the Sarajevo Canton War Veterans Associations announced.

Marko Perkovic “Thompson” from Croatia has links to the Ustaše movement, allies of Adolf Hitler during World War II.

Vlaams Belang and Croatian paramilitaries: here.

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Bosnia in revolt!

Bosnia is bursting into revolution. But unlike the current situation in Ukraine this movement is NOT being led by fascists and Neo-Nazis. Anarchist have taken to the forefront of this movement, which has resulted in the burning of government buildings and formation of popular assemblies similar to those seen during the Occupy movement. This is something bright for social movements in Eastern Europe where so much is dominated by the extreme right. Links and photos on the Bosnian revolt at the bottom.

This movement is focusing on the broad class conflict in the region. It all started on Wednesday February 5th after when workers organized a protest in front of a Government building located in Tuzla. Workers in Bosnia have been active for the past decade; sense the fall of socialism, hunger strikes, protest, and the like have been very common. But on February 5th the movement went to the next level. When workers demanded the resignation of the Prim Minister, he of course refused, this resulted in workers forcing their way straight through the police lines and into the building, where they then light that mother fucker up! This was the spark that light the fire; solidarity protest broke out throughout the country, which resulted in the burning of even more government buildings, the Presidency building, the municipality of Sarajevo Center, the parliament building, two nationalists party headquarters, the City Hall, and tons of police cars, vans, and other state property across the country were successfully destroyed in the wake of the protests.

People from all walks of life were taking part in the actions, students, activists, workers, young, and old. The people in Bosnia are some of the most disenfranchised in Europe, with unemployment above 50% and even as high as 70% for young people. As in most other Eastern European countries political corruption is wide spread and the authorities have been reportedly taking bigger and bigger loans from the IMF, driving the country deeper and deeper into debt.

These protest ARE NOT OVER they are still continuing now. These polititions and government crooks are scared to death! This has unfortunately resulted in a backlash by the government against it’s own people, people have been threaten with imprisonment and even having their jobs taken away. During one of the protest it is reported that red Hummer, almost certainly connected with the state, literally drove through a crowd of people. This is the kind of violence comrades in Bosnia are up against. Please try and show your support however you can. Below are some links to videos, a great podcast with an interview with 2 protestors, and some other relevant articles and photos. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINKS AND PICTURES FROM THE BOSNIAN REVOLT! 

English translation of the text from Bosnia Herzegovina
citizens and workers communiqué and proclamation of
independence from the state of Tuzla Canton

A statement from the Belgrade Police Union

Podcast from Crimethinc

Listen to the Bosnian protest anthem

Riot porn video! (from Bosnia)

More Riot Porn!! (from Bosnia)

Even More Riot Porn! (from Bosnia)

 

 

 

 

 

SOLIDARITY WITH BOSNIA!

UNTIL ALL ARE FREE!

UNITL VICTORY!

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“revolutionary unionism” in Portland

An article from libcom discussing “revolutionary unionism” among other things. 

S.nappalos talks about is time spent workin’, unions, and revolution.You can check out his blog here.

Heres some nice moments from the article,

I arrived at my union job in one such bargaining period. Initially, there were two stewards for a shop of 100, and perhaps five activists of which maybe two or three would actually come through on their work. During the year I was there before bargaining, workers were seriously injured, two people were fired arbitrarily, two union supporters were wrongly denied jobs, my department was cut in half, and the workload was doubled. The work was traumatic for all involved, terrible for the children, and devastating for workers. There was about sixty percent turnover per year due to the nature of working with such children in a poorly run facility where workers were treated like disposable lenses.

The business union’s main goal in campaigns is generally to get the contract. Today’s contracts are what I call comprehensive contracts. (This is to distinguish them from the earlier notion of contracts that were partial; those were short in duration and were centered on specific grievances and workplace issues.) Current contracts, both for the bosses and unions, seek to specify as much as possible about the working conditions. Contracts are used, interpreted, and utilized like law. The process of expanding contracts to include huge swaths of policy, however, has had other effects for workers.

– s.nappalos

Lessons from a social service worker’s strike
Feb 27 2014

 

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2 Responses to an article on anarchistnews.org

Anarchists: We need to talk about Facebook (original article below) 

http://anarchistnews.org/content/anarchists-we-need-talk-about-facebook 

First is Ab Irato’s response on Facebook. here it is “We have always thought that the left wants something else: to continue our struggles on the internet and to use the internet for our political struggles. This is what it’s about for us – even today. That is why we see Facebook users as a real danger for our struggles. In particular, activists who publish important information on Facebook (often without knowing what they are doing), which is increasingly used by law enforcement agencies. We could almost go as far as accusing those activists of collaborating. But we’re not quite there yet. We still have hope that people will realise that Facebook is a political enemy and that those who use Facebook make it more and more powerful. Activist Facebook users feed the machine and thereby reveal our structures – without any need, without any court orders, without any pressure.” 

Heres my response to that. 

To Abrato and fellow Anarchist –

I Disagree I don’t think we should see activist facebook users as collaborators. I think we should see, and use, digital communication as an equally important front of resistance. Not only is the Internet the biggest media outlet but Its also a place thats dominated by capitalist with proprietary software, operating systems, everything really is fucked. The state is going to repress the movement no matter what we shouldn’t give into their shit by giving up our presence on the Internet because it’s probably the largest media outlet we have. I think the Internet is crucial for building this worldwide movement” 

 

I don’t think anarchist should be scared of the internet. I think we need to take advantage of it, and use it. It it our biggest media outlet, perhaps are biggest voice. We need to use it, and definitely not alienate those who do.