Vendée. France. April 8, 2020. Helicopter, military and cabin fires during the “health emergency”! The authorities will stop at nothing. For several months now, a mobilization has been organized against the destruction of a beach in Brétignolles, to build a useless “marina” for the privileged in the Vendée region. Several demonstrations have brought together hundreds of people, and people have been occupying the site for months.Continue reading #Vendée, #France: Cops evict “ZAD de la Dune” during full #lockdown
Image above: March 24, 2020. Shaheen Bagh India.
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March 25, 2020 Hambacher Forest: Only 1 day after the first protest site in the world: Shaheen Bagh (taking a stand against nationalist Modi CAA Citizenship Law in New Delphi) was surrounded by riot cops and bulldozed citing the Corona outbreak, only one day after, the wheels seem to be in motion to go in the same direction in NRW as Hambi was visited by a pro-RWE-Climate-Killing-Coal Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger journalist working on an article titled “Hambach Forest and Corona”. At the time there are no cases of Corona in the Forest and there were only 400 recorded cases in India when Shaheen Bagh was evicted.Continue reading #HambacherForest: Resist Weaponization of #Pandemic for #Racism and #Repression
The widespread spread of the Coronavirus, which started in one city in China and spread rapidly throughout the planet, had at least the merit of making everyone understand what climate change had made few people understand. And that is that we all live on the same planet. The problems can in no way be circumscribed by borders that only exist for politics. Nor can they be militarized. Not even by building walls. The world is one and humanity, beyond any nationalist rhetoric, is also one. All the peoples of the world are interconnected. And so is the economy, culture, thought, migration, problems and emergencies such as this pandemic that has spread rapidly from China to the whole world. But not only all humanity is interconnected. We are also interconnected with the environment around us. As Ferdinand de Saussure said, “Tout se tient”, everything is connected. This is the first commandment of modern ecology.Continue reading #Coronavirus and Climate Change. Or, in simpler words, #Capitalism
Edmonton. Alberta. In the early morning of Friday, March 13th, 2020, we took part in an act of defiance and solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. Inspired by recent actions in the GTA, we setup a ghost blockade along the railway tracks just outside of Edmonton. It was cold, so we gave the ghosts a fire to keep them warm. CN was alerted. We burned the injunction that had been served to Indigenous land and water defenders and their settler allies on February 19th, 2020, for blocking this very same section of rail.Continue reading #ShutDownCanada: Ghost Blockade – “#Edmonton”
Germany. March 13, 2020. A message by the Ende Gelaende coalition.Continue reading #EndeGelaende, #Germany: Change of plan: sorry for that!
Toronto. So-called Canada. On Wednesday March 11, hours before the student walkout for Wet’suwet’en, fellow supporters continued to disrupt the Canadian economy by holding “Ghost Blockades” at the time of the morning commute. Activists in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and other Indigenous Land Defenders have planted harmless signals on train tracks in various parts of the GTA, forcing rail traffic to halt while officials investigate. Trains were stopped, but this time there were no visible activists on the tracks for the police to arrest and intimidate. As police forces escalate their responses to peaceful demonstrations on rails, land defenders and allies are finding ways to send their message without risking police aggression. Railway police and other workers will need to investigate each blockade to deem the tracks safe for further traffic. In the mean time, the message is clear: RCMP and CGL must leave Wet’suwet’en territory.Continue reading #ShutDownCanada: Solidarity Ghost Blockades in Greater #Toronto Area (GTA)
Montreal. Quebec. March 8, 2020. A group of around 100 protesters blocked the Viau entrance of the Port of Montreal Saturday afternoon for about 30 minutes. The group arrived at the port at around 2:15pm today and erected a barricade and several banners in front of the port entrance, blocking incoming and outgoing traffic. The group then held a demo through the streets of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.Continue reading Solidarity Action with Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders Blocked Access to Port of #Montreal
The disastrous bushfires in eastern Australia are now out, but not before over 18.7 million hectares were burnt and 34 people killed. Sydney, Australia’s largest city, was blanketed in smoke for over a month, while numerous other cities and towns suffered similar conditions.Wuppertal
Hamilton. Ontario. March 5, 2020. Sometime on Friday March 6th, 2020 in a secret courtroom on University Ave in Toronto, CP Rail will make a motion to have their interim injunction be extended to an interlocutory one. Didn’t know CP had an injunction just like CN Rail’s? Neither did anyone but CP Rail & Justice Myers – until they decided to serve recent Hamilton arrestees at their homes after 9pm last night.Continue reading #ShutDownCanada: CP Rail’s Secret Injunction – and what it tells us
On Thursday February 27th, Kingston locals – settler, immigrant, and Indigenous alike – gathered on the CN mainline in Kingston at the Gardiners Road overpass to continue to pressure the Canadian state in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.Continue reading #Kingston, #Ontario: Report from CN Rail Occupation