Κυριακή, 29 Ιουλίου 2012

Workers of the Greek Steelworks (Elliniki Halivourgia) decided to suspend their strike

-the factory is located in Aspropyrgos, near Athens On July 28th the workers of the Greek Steelworks (Elliniki Halivourgia) decided to suspend their strike. During today’s strike assembly, out of 150 factory workers present, 107 voted in favor of the suspension, 14 voted against, and the rest did not vote.

Τετάρτη, 25 Ιουλίου 2012

Tens of thousands protest in Mexico against new president

Published: 23 July, 2012, 13:43
Protesters take part in a march organized by student movement Yo Soy 132 against Mexico's president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto in Monterrey July 22, 2012. (Reuters/Daniel Becerri)


At least 32,000 protesters marched through Mexico City on Sunday to protest the “imposition” of the new president. They accuse president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, a member of the old ruling party, of electoral fraud.
Protesters have dubbed the country’s TV giant Televisa a “factory of lies.” Demonstrators marching through to capital claimed that Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won the election by vote-buying and an aggressive PR campaign through major media outlets such as Televisa, which they claim was well paid for positive coverage of Nieto’s presidential campaign.
Enrique Pena Nieto, 46, won the election with 38.2 per cent of the vote against 31.6 per cent for the leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Nieto’s victory brought the Institutional Revolutionary Party back to power after being in the opposition for 12 years.
The ruling President Felipe Calderon of the conservative National Action Party came in third.
Opponents of the victorious candidate demanded urgent domestic reforms.
The PRI in turn accuses the losing leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of "disqualifying the entire electoral process with lies." Televisa has also denied all allegations.
The last presidential election in Mexico in 2006 also ended with the defeat of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who narrowly lost to the ruling conservative president. In 2006 Obrador organized hundreds of thousands of his supporters to rally in downtown Mexico City for weeks. This time, however, Obrador announced that his victory is evident and he has no intention of calling his supporters to the streets.
According to local authorities, the demonstration on Sunday gathered 32,000 people whereas the protesters claim their number was twice as large. The latest demonstration is the second of it since the July 1 elections. The first rally on July 7 gathered 50,000 protesters.
The final results of the elections are left to be certified in September by the Federal Electoral Tribunal. Some political movements have urged its supporters to disregard the inauguration of the new Mexican president set for December 1.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party at one time ruled Mexico for a 71-year stretch. Those years, party critics say, were marked with corruption, nepotism and multiple cases of voter fraud.
Image from Twitter/@olmedopato
Image from Twitter/@olmedopato
Reuters/Daniel Becerri
Reuters/Daniel Becerri
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Image from Twitter/@omar_velazquez
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Image from Twitter/@marcdelaguila
Reuters/Francisco Martin
Reuters/Francisco Martin

China in talks to build UK nuclear power plants

China is poised to make a dramatic intervention in Britain's energy future by offering to invest billions of pounds in building a series of new nuclear power stations. Officials from China's nuclear industry have been in high-level talks with ministers and officials at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) this week about a plan that could eventually involve up to five different reactors being built at a total cost of £35bn....

Τρίτη, 24 Ιουλίου 2012

STEEL WORKERS NEEDS SOLIDARITY

Our main blog in Greece


Police protecting the factory from the workers, who were on strike for 9 months. 
Politicians, Media and Police attack steel strikers with brutal violence, lies and disinformation. 
Except of messages of solidarity, strikers need our presence by their side. 
Solidarity in action!




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Παρασκευή, 13 Ιουλίου 2012

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

I edited this small video in homage to those who fight against the tyranny worldwide. A radical, viral video. I am shocked by the violent and systematic repressions of the authorities on the protesters defending our rights, indignant by irresponsible and not democratic political decisions. While trying to be optimistic, I cannot refrain from thinking that we arrive at a point of no return, catastrophic if the reason and the justice do not take it on this macabre system. Let us unite against the tyranny! All the footages and the sounds result from youtube ... J'ai monté cette petite vidéo en hommage à ceux et celles qui luttent contre la tyrannie à travers le monde. Une vidéo radicale, virale. Je suis choqué par les répressions violentes et systématiques des autorités sur les manifestants défendant nos droits, exaspérés par des décisions politiques irresponsables et non démocratiques. Tout en essayant d'être optimiste, je ne peux m'empêcher de penser que nous arrivons à un point de non retour, catastrophique si la raison et la justice ne l'emportent pas sur ce système macabre. Unissons-nous contre la tyrannie! Toutes les vidéos et sons proviennent de youtube... Ένα video με αποσπάσματα απ’ όλο τον κόσμο. Πόσα κοινά μπορεί να εντοπίσει κανείς σε όλες τις χώρες. Μια παγκόσμια τυραννία που στρέφεται εναντίον του Ανθρώπου, ανεξαρτήτως χρώματος, φυλής και θρησκείας. Η βία του Συστήματος, η νομιμοποίηση των πρακτικών του, οι Αρχές που ποδοπατούν τις δημοκρατικές ελευθερίες και τα πολιτικά δικαιώματα. Η ελευθερία της έκφρασης κινδυνεύει. Χιλιάδες διαδηλωτές σε κάθε γωνιά της Γης, έχουν μόνο κοινά. Αυτό το απαίσιο σύστημα πρέπει να καταρρεύσει. Δεν θέλω να πιστέψω πως η φράση του Orwell στο “1984″ θα υπερισχύσει του δίκαιου και της ζωής. Οι κυβερνήσεις και οι αγορές, τα golden boys και οι τραπεζίτες, δεν πρόκειται να νοιαστούν για την Δημοκρατία. Είναι χρέος μας να την επαναφέρουμε. Αλλιώς θα είμαστε υπεύθυνοι για την απώλειά της.

ATHENS, GREECE- SPANISH EMBASSY: SOLIDARITY TO THE SPANISH PEOPLE






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video: Spanish Miners Battle Police Over Austerity

VIDEO ESSAY: Spanish miners in the northwestern provinces of Asturias and Leon, armed with homemade rockets and slingshots, have been battling police in protest against government cuts, including a slashing of subsidies in their industry. (July 9)

Τετάρτη, 11 Ιουλίου 2012

Over 70 injured as protesters clash with police in Madrid (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Blood flows down the face of an injured protester who was injured during clashes between supporters of Spanish coal miners and riot police as they ended a "Marcha Negra" (Black March) near the Industry Ministry in Madrid July 11, 2012 (Reuters/Paul Hanna) At least 76 people have been injured in Madrid as clashes flared up between protesters and police, the latter using rubber bullets. Thousands of Spaniards turned out against new cuts introduced by the government. Those injured include 33 police officers and 43 protesters – miners and their supporters. Minor arrests have been made so far, with seven people being detained. Three of those arrested reportedly threw bricks at police, local El Pais newspaper reported. Protesters panicked and sought shelter as police began to disperse the crowd, Olvidio Gonzalez, 67, a retired miner from the northern Asturias region told AP. “We were walking peacefully to get to where the union leaders were speaking and they started to fire indiscriminately. There was no warning,” said Gonzalez, who was also struck by a rubber bullet. About 200 people remain surrounded by dozens of police in front of parliament, Twitter user Danips posted on his microblog. Some media reports suggest a spontaneous demonstration flared up in front of parliament. Protesters are calling on Spaniards via Twitter to join bigger protests at 19:30 local time. Protesters disagree with a 63 per cent cut in subsidies to coal mining companies, major contributors to the Spanish energy market. Unions say the plan threatens 30,000 jobs and could destroy their livelihoods. Miners, who were hiking from the north of the country for the past two weeks, have been joined by tens of thousands of Spaniards also protesting against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s tax hike. RT photo
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Riot policemen fire tear gas in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Riot policemen fire tear gas in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Dani Pozo)
Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Dani Pozo)
AFP Photo/Dominique Faget
AFP Photo/Dominique Faget
AFP Photo/Dominique Faget
AFP Photo/Dominique Faget
AFP Photo/Dominique Faget
AFP Photo/Dominique Faget
AFP Photo/Dominique Faget
AFP Photo/Dominique Faget
AFP Photo/Doni Pozo
AFP Photo/Doni Pozo
A demonstrator raises his fist in front of riot policemen during a demonstration by Spanish coal miners in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
A demonstrator raises his fist in front of riot policemen during a demonstration by Spanish coal miners in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Cesar Manso)
Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Cesar Manso)
RT photo
RT photo


The prime minister announced his decision to raise VAT by 3 per cent as part of the plan to trim the public budget by 65 billion euro over the next two-and-a-half years. Rajoy also declared a 3.5-billion-euro cut to local government spending. Many protesters marched more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) from mines in northern Spain. A demonstrator raises his fist in front of riot policemen during a demonstration by Spanish coal miners in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget) A demonstrator raises his fist in front of riot policemen during a demonstration by Spanish coal miners in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget) Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Cesar Manso) Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Cesar Manso) RT photo RT photo

'Spain is rising up!' Raging miners invade Madrid (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Coal miners shout slogans in Madrid's Puerta del Sol at the end of their "Marcha Negra" (Black March) early July 11, 2012 (Reuters/Juan Medina)

 

Thousands of Spanish miners and their supporters flooded the streets of Madrid in a second day of mass protests, just hours after the country’s leader announced a nationwide tax hike.
Workers marched up the city’s main avenue, wearing hardhats and carrying walking sticks, to protest outside the Industry Ministry.
Many walked for nearly three weeks in the blazing sun before finally reaching Madrid.
The crowd chanted, “Miners, stick it out, Spain is rising up!” as they made their way toward Madrid’s central square on Tuesday.
"We didn't expect such a big welcome. The fact that people are coming into the street and mobilizing is a good sign,” Roberto Quintas, a miner of 22 years, told AFP.
Workers set off fireworks, generating large puffs of smoke along the streets.
Some came from the north of Spain, where protests outside coal mines resulted in clashes with police just three weeks ago.
The miners were joined by relatives and supporters, also angry at cuts made in response to the economic crisis.
Wednesday’s protest came as the country’s leader announced a nationwide tax hike.
Spanish coal miners demonstrate in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 in protest at industry subsidy cuts that they say threaten their communities (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Spanish coal miners demonstrate in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 in protest at industry subsidy cuts that they say threaten their communities (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he will raise VAT by 3 per cent as part of the plan to trim the public budget by 65 billion euro over the next two-and-a-half years. He also announced a 3.5-billion-euro cut to local government spending.
The fourth austerity package in seven months will raise the sales tax to 21 per cent and do away with tax rebates for home buyers. Unemployment benefits for workers will also be scaled back.
PM Rajoy asked public workers to make an “exceptional effort,” as the government takes away their end-of-year bonuses. MPs are included in the cuts, and will have their budgets slashed by 600 million euro.
He told parliament that the measures he was announcing should be adopted without delay.
Spanish coal miners march through Madrid on July 10, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dani Pozo)
Spanish coal miners march through Madrid on July 10, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dani Pozo)
Miners arrived in the Spanish capital overnight, wearing hard hats with lights turned on. The protesters were joined by ordinary citizens, also angered by cuts made in response to the economic crisis.
Spain’s working class has been hit with increased pressure in recent months, faced with higher taxes and new regulations, which make it cheaper to fire employees. The country has also seen recent funding cuts to education and national healthcare.
The measures are in return for a eurozone bank bailout and a one-year extension for Madrid to decrease its budget deficit to 3 per cent.
The workers marched hundreds of miles from the north of Spain, where demonstrations outside coal mines have resulted in clashes with police.
Protesters are fighting against the government’s decision to slash coal industry subsidies by 63 per cent. Unions say the plan threatens 30,000 jobs and could destroy their livelihoods.
Workers are also unhappy with cuts against funding for miners to learn new professions and for school grants for their children.
The Spanish government argues that it currently pays disproportionately high subsidies to the industry, which it claims is a small and unprofitable part of the economy.
Sympathizers welcome Spanish coal miners during a march through Madrid on July 10, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Sympathizers welcome Spanish coal miners during a march through Madrid on July 10, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Spanish coal miners march through Madrid on July 10, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dani Pozo)
Spanish coal miners march through Madrid on July 10, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dani Pozo)

Τρίτη, 10 Ιουλίου 2012

“You can’t? We can!” Workers at Mining Industry factory in Northern Greece vote for and prepare for self-management of their factory – victory to the workers!


greek original
Concerning the struggle at VIOMIHANIKI METALLEYTIKI (Mining Industry) in Thessaloniki
The administration of VIOMIHANIKI METALLEYTIKI, a subsidiary of Filkeram-Johnson, has abandoned the factory since May 2011, along with its workers. In response, the workers of the factory abstain from work (epishesi ergasias: the legal right of workers to abstain from work should their employer delay their payment) since September 2011. The Workers Union at Viomihaniki Metalleutiki has organised 40 workers all of which are, to date (one year after the closure of the factory) active, taking shifts at the factory to ensure that no equipment is removed by the administration or stolen. All the workers also participate in the General Assemblies.
The proposal of the Union in order to escape this dead end – as the Administration has stated the factory will not reopen, due to the lack of funds – is for the factory to go into workers control, a proposal voted by 98% of the workers at the General Assembly. More specifically they ask for the factory to be passed on to the workers and for all the members of the Administration and workers sitting in the administrative council to resign, with no claims from the future workers’ self-management of the factory.
In regard to the initial capital, which is necessary for the operation of the factory, the proposal of the workers is for the Greek Manpower Employment Organization (OAED) to pay them in advance the sums they are already entitled to after becoming redundant.
Finally, the workers at Viomihaniki Metalleutiki demand the introduction of legal status for co-operative enterprises, in order for their own and for future initiatives to be legally covered.
In the struggle of the workers of Viomihaniki Metalleutiki, apart from the self-evident value that we see in every workers’ struggle and every workers’ demand, we also recognise an additional value, which comprises exactly of this proposal of self-management. We believe that the occupation and the re-operation of factories and corporations by their workers is the only realistic alternative proposal in face of the ever-increasing exploitation of the working class. The self-organisation of factories that close down is the only proposal that has the force to mobilise the working class – which, living under the constant threat of unemployment, cannot see ways in which it can resist.
We know that the difficulties we shall face in the struggle for the self-management of the factory are many, since state and capital will fiercely stand against it – as a possible victory shall create a precedent and and example for any other struggle in the country. Yet the question of whose hands the production lies in becomes a question of life and death for a working class pushed into degradation. For this reason, the workers’ struggles orientated in this direction and the forces standing in solidarity to these struggles should be prepared to clash with state and the administration in order to materialise the occupation of the means of production and the workers’ self-management.
We call for every union, organisation and worker to stand in solidarity to the struggle of the workers of VIOMIHANIKI METALLEYTIKI and to actively support the workers both financially and politically.
OPEN ASSEMBLY:
Wednesday 11/7/2012,
6pm at the Labour Centre of Thessaloniki.
Movement for Workers’ Emancipation and Self-Organisation
http://federacion-salonica.blogspot.gr/
You Can't? We Can! Poster by the Workers' Union of Viomihaniki Metalleytiki announcing their plan for the factory's self-management

 http://blog.occupiedlondon.org/2012/07/10/you-cant-we-can-workers-at-mining-industry-factory-in-northern-greece-vote-for-and-prepare-for-self-management-of-their-factory-victory-to-the-workers/

Δευτέρα, 9 Ιουλίου 2012

Occupy Rotterdam - Dit begrijpen we dan weer wel !!!

Gratis ijsjes werden weggeven en de mensen stonden in de rij alsof we stonden te kijken naar hongerige Afrikanen die brood kregen uitgedeeld. Het is tegenwoordig doodnormaal dat we onszelf letterlijk laten bombarderen met commerciële prullen , alleen voor je mening uitkomen en er tegen in gaan dat begrijpen we niet Wat de boer niet kent dat eet hij niet , als het om een nieuwe ijs soort gaat blijkbaar wel. Occupy Rotterdam Music: Ongeordend - Sluit ze op

Σάββατο, 7 Ιουλίου 2012

Deutsche Bank boosts rainforest logging

 
The Deutsche Bank is looking for investors for further deforestation. Instead of species-rich rainforest more palm oil monocultures are planned in Indonesia and Africa „The Deutsche Bank is helping FELDA to take away our land and to cut down the rainforest“, says Mazlan Aliman. The courageous farmer is the spokesman of the Malaysian opposition. His cooperative disapproves of palm oil giant FELDA's stock market flotation that is planned for 28 June 2012. The money pouring in is going to be used for the large-scale clearance of rainforest. 
The Malaysian company FELDA Global Ventures Holding wants to raise three billion dollars for new palm oil plantation on the stock market. One of Germany's largest banks, the Deutsche Bank, is helping to search for investors. FELDA is the world's largest palm oil trader, the third largest owner of palm oil plantations and a leading sugar producer.

Money for rainforest destruction and votes 

FELDA has announced to use the money from the stock market to go on a shopping spree. Especially Indonesia and Africa are at the center of its focus. Rainforest areas are going to be bought, destroyed and turned into huge monocultures.
Moreover, there is reason for suspicion that the stock market money is about to be used to buy votes for the upcoming elections. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has promised each company's member 5000 Dollars from the flotation. The prime minister's party and the FELDA staff are heavily intertwined.

Deutsche Bank supports logging and land grabbing 

Deutsche Bank is calling its approach ecologically and socially harmless. Mazlan Aliman and his fellow protesters take a different point of view: In their opinion FELDA's stock market flotation infringes their rights and amounts to a forced conversion. 
Please ask the Deutsche Bank to dissociate itself from FELDA and to refrain from any more land grabbing or logging.
Start of campaign: Jun 26, 2012
 https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/

Παρασκευή, 6 Ιουλίου 2012

GOLFLAND?

From Nelly Psarrou - www.nellypsarrou.com The development of golfing complexes is usually shown to be manna from heaven for the tourist industry and the labour market. But is this actually the case? "Golfland?" sets out to answer this question by means of a multi-faceted scientific investigation. GOLFLAND? A documentary investigation into the subject of tourist golf development in Greece. Specifically, it examines the attempts being made to upgrade tourism through a variety of speculations involving the creation of golf courses, hotels and housing, the opposition to this by citizens and various organizations, the opinions of various specialists as well as the real objectives of the state. The film-makers travelled to five areas of Greece in order to show, through the examination of a varied sample, the attempts that are being made to develop golf resorts in Greece. These areas are: Atalanti (pending approval), Volos (where opposition by local organizations seem to have brought the project to a halt), Cassandra in Chalkidiki (also halted after a decision by the High Administrative Court in Athens), Hersonissos in Crete (where a golf course was built with no extra dwellings– as is usually the case.), Pylos ( the first mammoth golfing development to be realized in Greece). In order to ensure the reliability of the film a whole range of organizations and individuals were consulted, including ecologists, scientists (both for and against), the developers themselves and their representatives and political factors taken into consideration. Closely linked to the subject and keynotes to the film is an investigation into the objectives of "strategic investment" and the role of the state in the "fast-track"/omvest in Greece scheme. The documentary is the product of research carried out by author and former academic, Nelly Psarrou, in association with few collaborators, all of whom freely offered their services to this project aimed at giving independent information not just to those involved locally but to the wider community. The main motive for this was the lack of public awareness of such vital and pressing issues – especially in the light of recent political and economic developments which have brought to the forefront the burning issue of the "exploitation of public property." "Golfland?" is an independent production, depending entirely on voluntary, unpaid contributions and aimed at providing public information

Πέμπτη, 5 Ιουλίου 2012

Donate to I DON'T PAY movement! Help us become stronger!

DEN PLIRONO is a movement that transforms revolutionary theory into everyday actions of resistance and solidarity. Our actions have inspired the creation of corresponding movements in Spain (“Yo no Pago”) and in Sweden (“Planka.nu”).

 The DEN PLIRONO movement’s goals are to propagate ideas, ideals and ways of action throughout the Greek territory.

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WE WILL FIGHT AGAINST ALL THOSE WHO STEAL OUR LIVES UNTIL THE FINAL VICTORY!

Δευτέρα, 2 Ιουλίου 2012

Interview, one of our comrades, from the I Don't Pay Movement The Netherlands

Interview, one of our comrades, from the I Don't Pay Movement The Netherlands, explains the meaning and the positions of the movement, in independent media livestream (Imagine) during the protest against police violence in Rotterdam 30/6/2012. Also today JDTV independent television. The Interview provided when a protest against police violence organized by the Occupy Rotterdam in which participated members of I Don't Pay Movement The Netherlands and many city residents. Informed, shared and stuck stickers and I Don't Pay Movement The Netherlands, it is accepted very positively by people.