An article on the 1980 uprising in St. Pauls, Bristol and the music scene which flourished there after with excerpts from contemporary literature.
[i]The current ConDem government has faced riotous opposition six months after coming into office. The last time a new Conservative government came in in 1979 it took almost a year for this state of affairs to arise, but the riots were much more ferocious than anything seen in recent years. In the St Paul's area of Bristol in April 1980 the riot saw police cars and a Lloyds Bank set on fire.
A text written some days after the conflict between the rioters and the stalinists on 20 October (the second day of a 48 hour general strike) in front of the greek parliament .
“The way things are today, only when people are frightened will they take to the streets; and they will come out abruptly, all at once… Then, the KKE 1 will be enlisted to stop them.” This impressively precise prediction was made by an old Trotskyist in a chat over a coffee in 2007.
- 1. Κομμουνιστικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας, the Communist Party of Greece.
Thessaloniki, Greece 17-11-11 During protests commemorating the 1973 fall of the military Junta, riots broke out near the Polytechnic University in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Fighting lasted for hours with police using excessive tear gas to clear the area and going into the University, an event which hasn’t occurred for 38 years, given its asylum status.
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An article from Aufheben's Intakes series providing detailed analysis of the August 2011 UK riots.
The following article was written in the immediate wake of the August ‘riots’ of 2011 in Britain and is an attempt to provide an empirical base to an analysis of the unrest. Commentators across the political spectrum have spewed out speculative explanations for the disturbances.
An analysis of the August riots by the Workers' Solidarity Movement, an Irish anarchist organisation.
The police killing of Mark Duggan resulted in four nights of rioting across England. The immediate trigger was the killing itself, and the disrespect shown by the police to Mark’s family and friends. But the riots rapidly broadened to expressions of a more general anger and alienation; an anger that was all too often unfocused and striking out at the nearest target of opportunity.
A summary of yesterday’s events would be useless, as I’m pretty sure by now you’ve all read the big headlines about riots and clashes with the police at the “Occupy Rome” demonstration. If you haven’t, a good starting point is this video (in Italian). For some info in English, check Al Jazeera’s reports. (Neither reports are completely unbiased, don’t ask too much…).
Just like on December 14 2010, the protests got “violent”. The huge issue on which the Italian movements seem to be particularly stuck on, especially since the G8 in Genoa, is the eternal debate “Violence vs Non-violence”. I’m not going to go deep into this here cos it’s not the right place.
This is an introduction and update to the text "The transitional phase of crisis: The era of riots" by Greek communist group Blaumachen.