PDFs

Michel, Louise, 1830-1905

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A short biography of French anarchist, Paris Communard, and national hero at the time, Louise Michel.

We want to riot, not to work: The 1981 Brixton uprisings

Pamphlet reflecting on the 1981 anti-police riots in Brixton by the Riot Not To Work Collective. Gratefully taken from the fabulous Red Notes.

The Gwangju uprising, 1980

The history of the week-long uprising of the South Korean town of Kwangju against the regime of the West-backed dictator General Chun Doo-Hwan. Though it was bloodily suppressed it helped ignite a chain of similar rebellions across Asia, winning people many democratic rights.

1977: The Bologna uprising

Students and workers fight together on the streets of Bologna

A very brief outline of the seizure of Bologna by workers and students in 1977, and the run-up to it following the shooting of a demonstrator.

1976: The Soweto riots

The Soweto uprising

A short history of the riots against new education laws that turned into a mass collective rejection of apartheid South Africa by thousands of working class black youths.

Siege at Wounded Knee, 1973

American Indian activists at Wounded Knee, 1973

A short history of the 71-day uprising of Native Americans at Wounded Knee. Armed American Indians occupied the territory, which they legally owned, with several demands, including an investigation into the 371 treaties signed between the Native Nations and the Federal Government, all of which had been broken by the United States.

Ortega, Margarita, ?-1914

Margarita Ortega

A short biography of Mexican anarchist school teacher and sharpshooter Margarita Ortega, who was executed in 1914.

1905-today: The Industrial Workers of the World in the US

A short history of the US branch of the most revolutionary mass organisation in American history, the Industrial Workers of the World union, the IWW.

1958-1990: Operation Gladio, Italy

Operation Gladio

The history of the secret neo-fascist army in Italy set up ostensibly to resist Soviet invasion, but in reality to be used in the event of the working class growing too strong once again.

1969-?: The strategy of tension in Italy

August 2 1980 Bologna Central Station attack

Information about the Italian state's "Strategy of Tension" policy in which it carried out terrorist attacks against its own people in order to blame the left and anarchists.