The real land expropriation movement in South Africa


There has been a massive international reaction to the vote in South Africa to begin the process of land reform, but the ANC is not interested in real land redistribution and persecutes the shack dwellers who are carrying it out.

The Hebridean Land Revolt

An 1884 London Illustrated News portrayal of a crofters' rally

The Hebridean land revolt was a major uprising by the rural peasantry in 19th-century Scotland. Rents went unpaid. Fences were cut in the night. Land was illegally occupied. Telegraph poles were cut down. Roads were blocked with boulders. And government officials were attacked and beaten by mobs of women and men and children. Finally, in November 1884, the British government authorised a military invasion, dispatching gunboats and hundreds of marines.

Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers Struggle, Iran, 2016-17

Workers' meeting at Haft Tappeh Sugar Company, 2017.

Collection of reports and statements from the struggles of workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane complex in Iran from the end of 2016 until the end of 2017. More recently, the workers of Haft Tappeh made a call for demonstrations against the regime during the 2017-18 revolt against the Islamic Republic.

Iran: Call for demonstrations from the striking workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Co.

Striking workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Co. on Friday called for demonstrations across Iran tomorrow under the slogan "Bread. Jobs. Freedom." We have translated their statement from Persian and present it in both languages here.

Mass protests expected as Brazil rules on the fate of indigenous territories

2000 indigenous people protested in Brasilia in April of this year. Gregg Newton

Following a year of attacks on indigenous peoples in Brazil, protests are expected in Brasilia as the Supreme Court decides on the future of indigenous land rights.

Beyond the Peasant International - Wildcat

Wildcat article assessing the "New Peasant Movements".

Sicilian Fasci movement, 1893-4

Leaders of the Fasci, on trial, 1894

A short overview of the radical, socialistic Fasci movement of peasants and agricultural labourers in Sicily in the late 19th century.

A short history of enclosure in Britain

Countryside illustration by Clifford Harper

Simon Fairlie describes how the progressive enclosure of commons over several centuries has deprived most of the British people of access to agricultural land. The historical process bears little relationship to the “Tragedy of the Commons”, the theory which ideologues in the neoliberal era adopted as part of a smear campaign against common property institutions.

A journey into libertarian historical memory; Casas Viejas, January 1933

The aftermath of the massacre at Casas Viejas

A short history of the tragically unsuccessful uprising of anarchist peasants in the small town of Casas Viejas which ended in a brutal massacre of the participants by the Republican government.

Coalition representing 350,000 announces May 1st strike

Picture from the May 1st 2006 "Day Without Immigrants" strike

Workers will strike on International Worker's Day to protest worsening conditions across the country