riots

The Aba Women's War

Aba Station, 1920s

The “Women’s War” is seen as the first major challenge to British authority in Nigeria and West Africa during the colonial period, and took months for the government to suppress.

Rent strike: St Pancras 1960

A crowd defends Kennistoun House, 1960

A detailed history and analysis of the militant St Pancras rent strike of 1960 against council rent increases written in 1972.

Construction workers riot at Samsung, Vietnam

On Tuesday, a riot involving hundreds of construction workers broke out at a Samsung display plant in Bắc Ninh Province, not far from the capital, Hanoi.

On fire: the battle of Genoa and the anti-capitalist movement

Police van on fire, Genoa

Anarchist collection of writings on the 2001 anti-G8 riots in Genoa. We don't think it's particularly good but reproduce it for reference, and would recommend reading it alongside Aufheben's critique of the anti-capitalist movement.

Slovakia's unemployed riots of 2004

In February and March 2004, the Roma unemployed in Slovakia responded to cuts in welfare provisions with demonstrations and looting. The state's response involved the greatest mobilization of police forces since the fall of Stalinism. Although the unrest was crushed, it managed to secure better conditions for all unemployed in Slovakia.

The San Francisco “White Night” Riots of 1979: Bruce Martinez

An essay on the causes of the 1979 "White Night Riots" and the role of harassment by the San Francisco Police in contributing the violent self defence by the large LGBTQ community in the city.

1979: The White Night Riot

Brief history of what became known as the White Night Riots in the aftermath of the murder of openly gay supervisor Harvey Milk and progressive mayor George Muscone.

Japan: a history of the workers' struggles in Kamagasaki

The article below was sent to the ICC by a comrade in Japan: it describes the emergence and decline of the squatters' and day-workers' movements which have marked the life of several Japanese cities - more particularly Osaka in this case - since the collapse of the Japanese economic "bubble" at the beginning of the 1990s, to the present day.

Chronicle of days of looting & revolt. Or, what comes next?

translated from the Spanish. Originally published on Jan. 8th, 2017 in Antagonismo – Por el communismo y anarquia: https://antagonismorp.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/cronica-de-estos-dias-de-saqueo-y-revuelta-o-que-sigue/

1927: Austrian General Strike

In the Summer of 1927 the Austrian Social Democrats remained powerful despite their history of collaboration with the government. In response to the acquittal of the murderers of a worker and his 8 year old son Viennese workers came out in force, in a series of riots. Fearing a revolution the Social Democratic party called a general strike and used its powerful Socialist Republican Guard to police the workers and keep them off the streets.

This history of the event has been written by a pacifist and so views this betrayal as a positive development.