military and law enforcement

Bloody Sunday (Film)

This week marks the 40th anniversary of 'bloody sunday', when during a civil rights march in Derry, British soldiers opened fire on demonstrators killing thirteen people. Here is the acclaimed 2002 dramatisation of events, starring James Nesbitt. I have not attempted to discuss the events of the day as I could not possibly do them justice. However, if anyone knows of any good texts, please post them.

Battle of Trafalgar: The UK Poll Tax Riot (Documentary)

A chronological account of the anti-poll tax demonstration on 31st March 1990, one that contrasts disturbingly with the version presented by television news. Eyewitnesses tell their stories against a backdrop of the day's events as they unfold. Demonstrators' testimonies raise some questions about public order policing, the independence and accountability of the media and the right to demonstrate. Evidence clearly shows elements within the police provoking the riot.

Romanian anti-austerity demonstrations now in eighth day

Romanian anti-austerity demonstrations have now spread across sixty cities, and are now in their eighth day.

The policeman's new clothes - new styles of repression in the Bangladeshi garment industry

How new policing methods have, for the moment, dampened workers' struggles.

Attica Prison Liberation Faction, Manifesto of Demands 1971

“WE are MEN! We are not beasts and do not intend to be beaten or driven as such. The entire prison populace has set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States.”

Venezuelan prison occupation

1000 friends and family members of inmates are currently occupying a prison in Venezuela. This in protest against the judicial system, and prison conditions and brutality. The Venezuelan government believes the occupation to be part of a CIA backed plot to destabilise the country.

Degrading, de-humanising, and discredited: The UK prison pressure cooker on the boil

The UK prison population has reached yet another record high, and many of the issues that led to the Strangeway's riot of 1990 are back on the rise. The prison system is a thoroughly discredited institution that brutalises people, and makes them career criminals, and social outcasts. If you are under 25, an ethnic minority, and poor, you had better watch out, or you may find yourself in the 'big house'.

The Black Sea Mutiny: the Marty Myth and the Role of the Anarchists

Marty

A look at the French Communist Party's mystification of the 1919 Black Sea Mutiny.

Gamekeepers turned poachers; villagers cop the robbers

Villagers burn cop van

A late night burglary in a Bangladeshi village sparks off a day of rioting as the law'n'order situation is turned upside down...

Theses on the Paris Commune - Situationist International

Parisian barricade - 1871

The Situationists reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of a great revolutionary moment; "the biggest festival of the nineteenth century".

"...it is time we examine the Commune not just as an outmoded example of revolutionary primitivism, all of whose mistakes can easily be overcome, but as a positive experiment whose whole truth has yet to be rediscovered and fulfilled."