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Policing the Chartists

Policing the Chartist disturbances in Birmingham, 1838. Engraving from 1886 book

In response to the growing Charist movement the government turned to the army and the police to maintain control of the northern districts. As a result modern policing developed and the practice of loaning out Metropolitan Police to hot spots began.

Brazil: Anarchist murdered

A Brazilian anarchist student, Guilherme Irish, was this week murdered by his father due to his political views.

The May 18 Gwangju democratic uprising

Demonstrators gather in central Gwangju

A detailed account of the May 18 popular uprising in Gwangju, South Korea, against the dictatorship's declaration of martial law and for workers' rights in 1980.

Secrets and bombs: The Piazza Fontana bombing and the Strategy of Tension

The Italicus Express bombing by fascists, 1974

Extremely informative set of writings on the Italian secret state counter-subversion program during the mass struggles of the 1960s and 70s.

Socialism, Cooperative and Republican: Bernard Moss

At the time of the 1848 Revolution in France the dominant form of Socialism was a loose coalition connected with French Republicanism and the Cooperative movement. This article covers there role within the French 19th century workers movement.

June Days: Paris 1848

Account of the events in June 1848 when the workers of Paris rose up against the conservative republican government and its plans to abolish government supported workshops.

Papon and the killing of 200 Algerians in Paris during 1961

Paris massacre of Algerians, 1961

A short history of the massacre of scores of Algerians in Paris on 17 October 1961 under the command of a Nazi-collaborating chief of police.

Orange Tree Conspiracy: 1848

The page recounts how some London Chartists tried to organise an armed rebellion – known as the Orange Tree conspiracy – following the rejection of the third national petition for the Charter.

Modern day slavery in the USA

US prison labourers

Since the 45th Anniversary of the Attica prison riots – September 9th, 2016 – an estimated 24,000 people have been on strike in the USA. If you haven’t heard of the strike you are not alone. It has mostly been ignored by the mainstream media and even much of the Left. This is because the strikers are made up of a group who usually don’t feature in strikes: prison workers.

Bloodshed in Bayonne

October 8, 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the strike at Standard Oil’s Bayonne, N.J., refineries. In the course of the ten-day strike, 4 people were killed and 86 wounded. The free press demonstrated collusion between the corporation and the city authorities in what John Reed described as a police riot. Yet, not a word of this is mentioned in the Rockefeller biographies.