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War diary from Ukraine [Part 2]: “Just before we left, we were reminded of where we were – Bang! Bang! Bang!”

Last month we published Part 1 of Riot Turtle‘s war diary from Ukraine. This month he was in Ukraine again. Below we publish part 2.

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Sudan: “Our plans are to end the military coup and remove the armed forces from power” – An Interview

Sudan. Riot Turtle interviewed Karari Resistance Committees Coordination spokesperson Sajida El Mubarak about the ongoing revolt in Sudan.

Image above: Protests in Sudan on January 9, 2022. Image by Wikimomsd. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

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The first forest walk after the eviction and uprooting of a part of the Osterholz forest: A rollercoaster of emotions. [Wuppertal, Germany]

Yesterday the first forest walk after the eviction and the uprooting of a part of the Osterholz forest in Wuppertal, Germany, took place. A rollercoaster of emotions. A short report.

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Amsterdam: Hotel Mokum evicted

Amsterdam. Netherlands. November 28. 2021. Yesterday morning Hotel Mokum was evicted by riot cops. On October 16, 2021, squatters announced the former Hotel Marnix on Marnixstraat 382 was squatted a few days earlier.

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Wuppertal: Giorgos Zantiotis and his death are dragged through the mud [Germany]

Wuppertal. Germany. On November 1, 2021 Giorgos Zantiotis died in a cell in the district court of Wuppertal. It was not until November 7 that the Wuppertal public prosecutor’s office and the Wuppertal police confirmed his death. Not on their own initiative, but when asked by journalists. Since then, Giorgios Zantiotis and his death have been dragged through the mud.

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Welcome to dystopia

Wuppertal. Germany. In the night of July 14th to 15th, the alarm sirens howled over Wuppertal. Howling sirens, a memory of the monthly exercises during the Cold War in the Netherlands. But this time it was not an exercise. A few fragmented thoughts written down during a night of emergency in Wuppertal.

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Police violence during demo against new state assembly law in Düsseldorf: Business as usual [Germany]

On Saturday german cops once again showed their ugly face. Riot cops, flood lights, a helicopter in the air. In a park in Hamburg. For months now cops are attacking youths in parks and neighbourhoods, major parts of the left react with a deafening silence. In this scenario nobody should be surprised that the cops went after people after one of the most innocent demos that I ever went to: the Osterhoplz Bleibt demo in Wuppertal on June 12. The state doesn’t need actions in self-defense to protect a demo as justification for repression. The fact that the forest occupation in Osterholz and other actions for the forest are putting more and more pressure on municipal and state authorities is reason enough for the state to react with repression. On Saturday the cops didn’t only went after youths in Hamburg. In Düsseldorf the cops attacked a demonstration against the new state (anti) assembly law. The outrage was huge after the police attacks in Düsseldorf, that was perhaps the real surprise for me. Police violence is nothing unusual, the repressive state forces are structurally violent. Ask the surplus proletarian youths in your city. They know violent police practices like racial profiling, deportations and general harassment too well. People get beaten up by cops regurlarly. Düsseldorf was not an exception, it was business as usual.

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Housing struggle in the Netherlands: The battle for Lucky Luyk [Amsterdam 1981 – 1982]

Amsterdam Nethelands. After the Pierson eviction in Nijmegen (part 4 in this series) in February 1981, I will return to the developments in Amsterdam. The first 3 parts on the housing struggle in Amsterdam can be found here: 123.

The experience of the deployment of the army during the Pierson Street eviction had changed everything for me. I had seen the ugly face of so-called parliamentary democracy in front of my own eyes. Standing right in front of a Leopard tank and seeing the snipers on the roof is something you never forget. I was beginning to realize that we have to change everything…. At the age of 15.

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Housing struggle in the Netherlands: Tanks in Pierson Street

The first three parts (1,2,3) of our series “Housing Struggle in the Netherlands” dealt with the struggle for housing in Amsterdam. But at the end of 1980, a conflict over a parking garage in Nijmegen heated up. There, 14 houses were squatted that the city wanted to demolish for a parking garage. Usable housing in a city with a severe housing shortage. Once again, the army was deployed. For this article Riot Turtle also translated subtitles for the Dutch documentary film ‘Pierson Unknown’ (47 minutes, Eng subs)). You can find the film below this article.

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