riots

1965 Watts riots photo gallery

Watts riots, Los Angeles, 1965.

Images from the 1965 Watts riots, which took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from 11th-17th August 1965, resulting in over $40 million in property damage. The most severe riot in the city's history until the 1992 riots, it is considered by many to be one of the key turning points in the civil rights movement.

Ferguson: over one week in

An article from St. Louis anarchists about the unrest in Ferguson.

1967 Detroit riots photo gallery

Images from the 1967 Detroit riots, which started after a police raid on an unlicensed bar and happened within the context of a nationwide civil rights movement that was met by white and government resistance and seen by many blacks as moving too slow.

Can Vies: violent protest as the only answer – Antonio Maestre

In this short article about the recent (May 2014) riots in Barcelona in the neighborhood of Sants in response to the attempt to close down and demolish a popular cultural center known as “Can Vies”, the author argues that the “arrogant” and “irresponsible” attitude and behavior of the City Government forced the “citizens” to resort to violence as a sort of last resort to defend their “social conquests”.

Can Vies: the reason of force in Barcelona under police rule - Argelaga

A short article about the recent riots in Barcelona after the city attempted to enforce an eviction order and demolish a popular social center in the neighborhood of Sants known as “Can Vies”, in which the authors observe that, “The total domination of Capital demands a kind of urban space that is managed like a business and pacified like a prison. Within this space there is no room for neighborhood assemblies, or ways of life at the margins of the market economy. In this space, the framework cannot be more authoritarian, and politics is not distinguished from social control. In a world that is heading towards totalitarianism, political management is repression.”

Dynamite: the story of class violence in America - Louis Adamic

Complete PDF of Louis Adamic's superb history of class violence in the US. It traces the origins of gangsterism and racketeering in unions in the 1930s to its roots in workers needing to defend themselves from the armed violence of the state and bosses' thugs.

Second person dies after Istanbul protest violence

A second person has died from his injuries after being hit by a grenade explosion during clashes between police and protesters yesterday,

Fires that have burned for as long as we can remember

A look at, and a critique of, both Blaumachen and Alain Badiou's theories on riots.

Darkness in May: a socialist eye-witness in Odessa

Tragedy came to Odessa on Friday 2 May, when clashes between Ukrainian nationalists and pro-Russian separatists led to the deaths of at least 38 people. Report by Sergei from Odessa

Mayday 2014: reports from around the world

Turkey, May 1st 2014.

With International Workers' Day taking place in a world riven by economic crisis, we're sharing short reports, pictures and videos on May Day protests and celebrations around the world.