occupations

Hotpot, Gods, and "Leftist Pricks": Political Tensions in the Mong Kok Occupation

MK New Estate hotpot

Analysis of events in the Mong Kok occupation (part of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Movement") from October 9 to 11, related to a split between what could roughly be called "left" and "right" factions, regarding "leftist" efforts to expand the movement from a single-issue protest for liberal democracy to a broader movement for the transformation of everyday life.

Never retreat, a Mong Kok state of mind

Mong Kok barricade

"Gritty district has its own breed of protester. Tough, streetwise, and kowtowing to no-one." Introduction to some differences between Mong Kok's more militant occupation from other sites of Hong Kong's predominantly pacifist and liberal "umbrella movement." Also includes a report on MK occupiers chasing police away yesterday morning.

Black vs yellow: class antagonism and Hong Kong’s umbrella movement

Translation: "Civil Disobedience"

Best English article so far on Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" and its background, limitations, and prospects from a Marxist perspective, based on first-hand research.

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo comrade has just been assassinated in Durban

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo have just announced that Thuli Ndlovu, their Chairperson in KwaNdengezi has been assassinated. As the statement below indicates there had been serious threats against another comrade, Ndabo Mzimela, but the hammer of oppression fell elsewhere. The Marikana Land Occupation has been attacked by the ANC since this statement was issued. It seems that the Land Invasions Unit stood back and let the party members do the work. A women who tried to resist was attacked and injured with a spade.

They are using Facebook for live updates.

Focus E15 Mothers: fighting London's 'regeneration'

Focus E15 Mothers, a group of young women who met each other at the Focus E15 shelter in Newham, have occupied a group of flats on the Carpenters Estate in East London to protest their situation and solve the problems which Newham Council won't.

Land occupations continue in Durban

Martha Chofe & her son with the remains of her home, Cato Crest

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo report on the illegal eviction of shacks in an occupied settlement by municipal authorities.

The occupation of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, 1979 - Steven Johns

A short account of a sit in at the Swedish health board by LGBT activists in 1979 which successfully pressured the government to remove the designation of homosexuality as a mental illness. It also sparked myths of a widespread "phoning in gay" protest.

The Northwood and Pinner hospital occupation, 1983

The Northwood and Pinner hospital, occupied

A very short history of the occupation of the small Northwood and Pinner hospital in London, which successfully prevented its proposed closure.

The Hayes Cottage hospital occupation, 1983

Hayes Cottage hospital, occupied by the workers

Historical information about and images from the occupation of Hayes Cottage hospital by its workers, who took over the establishment and ran it collectively when it was faced with closure in 1983.

The occupation of the factories: Italy 1920 - Paolo Spriano

Fiat plant occupied by the workers, 1920

The story of the mass wave of strikes and factory occupations which swept Italy 1920-21 told from the documents and accounts of the time. Written in 1964 and translated into English in 1975 by Gwyn A Williams, who also wrote the introduction. We don't agree with all of the political perspective of the author but reproduce this text for its historical factual information.