1980: The Kwangju uprising

The history of the week-long uprising of the South Korean town of Kwangju against the regime of the West-backed dictator General Chun Doo-Hwan. Though it was bloodily suppressed it helped ignite a chain of similar rebellions across Asia, winning people many democratic rights.

1977: The Bologna uprising

Students and workers fight together on the streets of Bologna

A very brief outline of the seizure of Bologna by workers and students in 1977, and the run-up to it following the shooting of a demonstrator.

1976: The Notting Hill Carnival riots


An account of the riots at the popular West London carnival which were sparked by the arbitrary harassment and arrests of young black attendees by police. Taken together with similar anti-police riots such as those in Broadwater Farm and Brixton in 1981 they forced a dramatic change in policing methods in the the capital.

1976: The Soweto riots

The Soweto uprising

A short history of the riots against new education laws that turned into a mass collective rejection of apartheid South Africa by thousands of working class black youths.

1973: Siege at Wounded Knee

Native Americans rise up at Wounded Knee

A short history of the 71-day uprising of Native Americans at Wounded Knee. Armed American Indians occupied the territory, which they legally owned, with several demands, including an investigation into the 371 treaties signed between the Native Nations and the Federal Government, all of which had been broken by the United States.

1971: The Attica prison uprising

Prisoners take over

Against the background of the mass revolutionary, black power and prisoners' movements in the US, a four day revolt began on September 13, 1971 at the Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, NY in the United States. Its repression left 39 people killed.

1991: The South Iraq and Kurdistan uprisings

Kurdish fighters in 1991

The history of the uprisings in Southern Iraq and Kurdistan in 1990-91 which involved large numbers of mutinous troops who had deserted during the Kuwait Gulf War.

1968 : - a chronology of events in France and internationally

A short chronology of the events which swept France in May and June 1968. Starting as a student revolt, the events culminated in mass workplace occupations and a general strike of 10 million workers.

Followed by a short international chronology.

The East German uprising, 1953

A brief history of a rebellion against the Soviet government in the GDR.

1945: The Saigon commune

The Vietminh

A brief account of a workers' and peasants' uprising in Vietnam following the end of World War II by Ngo Van Xuyet, one of the participants.