South Africa: The Phumula Mqashi Land Occupation in Tembisa on the East Rand was founded on 13 February 2018. It has been coming under sustained, illegal and often violent attack from the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD).
Our correspondent Riot Turtle from Enough is Enough and Subversion 1312 was in a camp near the Bosnia/Croatia border, with Cars of Hope and SOS Team Kladuša building facilities for the camp and helping in whatever way they can. He is also doing interviews and reports and sent me this interview with an Iranian mother, who with her family is trying to reach Europe.
Statement about police violence against Sherzad Rozhman in Athens, Greece and another statement by Abtin Parsa about a violent police attack in Athens. Both attacks took place at July 27, 2018. August 1, 2018: Updated with a video interview with Sherzad Rozhman.
As everyone now knows, on June 19th East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld murdered Antwon Rose Jr. by shooting him in the back three times as he ran from a traffic stop. When a video of the shooting went viral on social media, Pittsburgh exploded in protest. Explosions are relative of course, and the riots, looting, and torched convenience stores that characterized analogous uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore have here translated to peaceful marches to block traffic. Nonetheless the current situation is a major departure from the usual activist routine that anarchists in Pittsburgh suffer through. We offer the following points for consideration.
Report from the front-lines of Chicago, after police murdered Harith Augustus, a father and local barber. Imminently crowds began to grow and soon clashes broke out. Currently, more protests are planned.
A memorial demonstration for Halim Dener took place in Hannover, Germany yesterday. The Kurdish teenager had been killed 24 years ago by German police.
We publish a letter to a German friend by philosophy professor Yitzhak Melamed from Baltimore about the events at the Bonner Hofgarten in Bonn, Germany. After an anti-semite attack Yitzhak Melamed got beaten up by cops. From the article: There the interrogator was much more courteous. As he approached me, he asked: “this is what this bandit did to you?” and I answered: “No sir. I have to tell you the truth. This is what the German police did to me.”
While the number of people that drown in the Mediterranean sea continues to increase, state violence and illegal push-backs at the land borders also increased. People who rescue migrants at sea are criminalized and Hungary adopted a new law which makes it illegal to support (in general) refugees. At the same time several German states introduced new police laws, the formation of the authoritarian state(s) in Europe is on it’s way. Enough is Enough will continue to support those who are fighting against these far right policies and those who are suffering from these policies. In two weeks, 2 members of the Enough is Enough team will join the Cars of Hope collective again to support refugees in Velika Kladuša (Bosnia), at the Bosnian/Croatian border.
On 13 February 2018 a large tract of empty land was occupied in Tembisa, on the East Rand. During apartheid the land was used by the army. Since then it has remained unused. There were more than 700 occupiers and they were members of various organisations and came from a number of areas including Jiyane, Vusimuzi, Sivana, Welamulambo, Mgantsa and Thafani Section. Some had been renting shacks and others were living with their parents or grandparents in four room township houses. Sometimes there are ten or even fourteen people living in these four room houses. Young people need a place of their own to raise their children.
On the night of July 3, 22 year old Aboubakar was killed by cops in the Breil district in Nantes. Heavy clashes broke out after the police murder. Here is a communiqué by the assembly of those injured by the police.