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The strange case of the Huddersfield Two

A belated report regarding the arrest and trial of two Huddersfield anarchists at a bedroom tax protest last year.

THE BATTLE FOR BARCLAYS & the HUDDERSFIELD 2 exonerated.

On a clear spring morning on the 6th of April 2013 sixty or so people gathered in Market Cross to poorest against the Bedroom Tax, the Tory governments latest attempt to pauperise further poor people on benefits.

The guillotine at work - Gregori Maximov

Originally published in 1940 in two parts, this is the (partly eyewitness) account of the Leninist terror inflicted upon Russia during the revolution after 1917. Maximov, a life-long anarchist, fought in the Russian Revolution, organized with the metal-workers, and was imprisoned by Lenin's secret police in 1920 when he refused to join the Red Army: he was happy to fight the Whites, but not put down workers' and peasants' uprisings.

The guillotine at work, part 2: data and documents

Prisoners arrive at the Solovetsky Camp (1927)

This is part 2 of the The Guillotine at Work, containing documentation of the Bolshevik "Red Terror" in the wake of the Russian revolution, edited by Russian anarchist Gregori Maximov.

1917 Raids on the Socialist Party and the IWW

An article in the International Socialist Review from October 1917 about the federal raids on the Socialist Party and the Industrial Workers of the World the month before.

The IWW and the Socialist Party
[events of Sept. 5, 1917]

Published in International Socialist Review, vol. 17, no. 4 (Oct. 1917), pp. 205-209.

Police arrest Alexandria workers as strikes continue nationwide

Striking postal workers arrested as more than 50,000 employees of the state-owned postal services have been on strike across the country since Sunday, and have begun to be joined by other groups of workers.

Despite official attempts to bring an end to a wave of labor unrest that contributed to the downfall of Hazem al-Beblawi's government, a broad range of Egypt's labor workforce embarked on nationwide strikes on Tuesday.

Solidarity with oil workers in Las Heras, Argentina!

As the Argentine state makes a grab for oil, a class war burns...

A lot has happened since 2006 and the death of a policeman during a strike of oil workers in the remote Argentinian town of Las Heras. As the court case against the arrested workers rumbled imperceptibly on, leaving the men and their families in stasis, the world around them moved at breakneck speed.

We are the heirs to the Tulsa Outrage

An article by a member of the restablished Tulsa IWW about the Tulsa Outrage, an incident in 1917 in which Wobblies were tarred and feathered by pro-war vigilantes.

On 9 November 1917, the day after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia, 16 IWW men sat in a jail cell in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On paper, they were convicted of vagrancy. In reality, the charge was defiance of the capitalist class.

Russian anti-war activists kidnapped and seriously injured

Organisers of a demonstration against the war in Ukraine in Petrozavodsk, Russia were kidnapped and seriously injured by unknown people in masks according to the Food Not Bombs group in the city.

On 9th of March, along with the traditional Food Not Bombs action, demonstration "Against the war in Ukraine" supposed to happen in Petrozavodsk, for a peaceful solution of tense situation there and prevention of bloodshed continuation.

Protests in Turkey following the death of teenager wounded during Occupy protests

Huge protests have erupted across Turkey, as Berkin Elvan, a 14-year-old boy wounded by police during the Occupy Gezi protests last year, has died. Clashes with police have occurred across the country and many workers are due to strike tomorrow in protest. One libcom poster reports from the streets.

Leo wrote:
(Noon)

Berkin Elvan, a boy who was shot by the police in the head with tear gas when he was 14 years old, died today, 269 days later, at the age of 15. Berkin had left his house to buy bread when he was shot by the police.

Bologna activists banished from the city

Police and protesters clash in Piazza Verdi, Bologna.

It sounds like news from a distant time, way back in Italian history, but it actually happened in 2014. On 6 March, 12 activists were forced to leave Bologna – their own city, where they live and have jobs and partners – as a “precautionary measure“ during investigations into an event more than 9 months ago.

This is possible under Law 1423 (27 December 1956) which lays out prevention measures against persons threatening security and public morality, and Article 283 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.