About the current uprising in Ukraine.

'Mainstream media is never accurate.

http://avtonomia.net/2014/01/23/awu-statement-current-political-situation/

The laws which were passed on January 16th showed that the faction of the ruling class which now controls the government is ready to install a reactionary bourgeois dictatorship on the model of the Latin American regimes of the 1970s. The “dictatorship laws” criminalize any protest and limit the freedom of speech; also, they establish responsibility for “extremism”. Parliamentary mouthpieces of the class dictatorship of corrupted bureaucracy and monopolist bourgeoisie are the Party of Regions and the so called “Communist” Party of Ukraine which has long ago become a political force serving interests of capital.

The Ukrainian repressive system leans on the police apparatus and street gangs of pro-government stormtroopers. Sometimes such paramilitary structures are commanded by retired police officers. Death squads are also in action. According to confirmed information, two people were kidnapped from a hospital and tortured. One of them died in a forest. Special forces use pinpoint firing against protesters, and not only from traumatic guns. One of the killed, according to a photo of his body, was shot in his heart. According to all indications he was a victim of a sniper. In the morning of January 23 the number of the killed constituted from 5 to 7 persons. And we don’t know the real scale of violence.

The ideology of the ruling regime is a mixture of Putin-style nationalism, conspiracy theories and conviction in their right, as elite, to rule over stupid populace. Groups of support to Berkut (the main riot police force) in social networks are full of anti-Semitic articles which claim that the opposition leaders are Jews and want to vitiate the people by legalizing same-sex marriages. This hardly differs from the rhetoric of Ukrainian right radicals.

Over the last days not only the far right confront the government, but also people of more moderate views. And they constitute the majority of the protesters. Many of them are indifferent to nationalism or negatively predisposed to it. Many of them don’t support integration into the EU. People go into the streets to protest against police violence. And a significant part of them is unenthusiastic or even skeptical about the clashes in the Grushevskogo street. Often one can hear that right radicals are a “Trojan horse” of Yanukovych and special services, designed to discredit the protest. Certainly there would be many more Kievites participating in the protests if there was a way to take those idiots useful to the government out of the streets. Top of their demands is to give them jobs in the Security Service of Ukraine after the “victorious revolution”.

Anarchists ought to participate in demonstrations and pickets which are dedicated to defense of the rights and freedoms usurped by the laws of January 16th. It makes sense to take action at one’s workplace or neighborhood and to help sabotage the dictatorship’s decisions. There’s not much sense in participating in the activities in Grushevskogo street, which were meaningless from the very beginning. These activities only give the government pretty picture for television and enable it to identify radical elements by locating mobile phones and videotaping.

In the case of the opposition’s victory, as well as in the case of the government’s victory we’ll have to wage long and hard war against any of those regimes. This should be understood. We need to gather forces in order to start propagating our own libertarian and proletarian agenda in Ukrainian politics.

No gods, no masters! No nations, no borders!

Autonomous Workers’ Union, Kiev local’

— (via anarchicpandas)
youranonnews:

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Ps. It already has!

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Welcome To The Post-Net-Neutrality Future

Graphic created by a Reddit user to show a scenario illustrating what happens if net neutrality disappears.

Ps. It already has!

anarcho-queer:

NYC Anarchist Imprisoned Without Charge Makes Freedom Bid
An anarchist jailed since May on civil contempt for refusing to answer grand jury questions has asked a federal judge to free him, arguing that he has proved he will not cooperate.
Lawyers for Gerald Koch asked U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan in a motion filed Friday to release the 24-year-old college philosophy student from New York. Koch’s silence shows he has no intention of testifying in the future, the motion said. Koch’s lawyers said they believe the grand jury is investigating a 2008 bombing in Times Square, which targeted an armed forces recruiting center and caused no injuries. Koch is not a target of the investigation.

“Jerry’s spending Christmas in jail," said one of his lawyers, Moira Meltzer-Cohen. "He just has no value" to the bombing investigation. … "Hopefully the judge will acknowledge that. I see no reason he would doubt it. It seems abundantly clear, but the judge has virtually unreviewable discretion.”

Koch can be held on civil contempt for 18 months. But confinement is supposed to coerce testimony, not serve as punishment. His supporters have pointed to a similar case in Seattle, where two activists were freed after five months when a judge determined that they would never speak to a grand jury that was believed to be investigating property damage during a May Day demonstration.

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court upheld a civil contempt finding against Koch, ruling that the government “has made a convincing showing of its need to ask the questions at issue.” Meltzer-Cohen said Friday’s motion was the next step in lifting the contempt finding.
Koch has denied having “meaningful knowledge” of the crime. But he has refused to testify, claiming that grand juries such as the one in Manhattan are used to silence and surveil activist communities.

Many activists have rallied around Koch, with hundreds demonstrating outside the court during his contempt hearing.

In a declaration accompanying Friday’s motion, Koch wrote, “I can assert without any hesitation that there is nothing that will convince me to testify before this or any grand jury.”

“With each passing day, my sorrow at confinement deepens, but so does my conviction that I am doing the right thing.”
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Although the Bill of Rights grant every American citizen the right to a fair trial and the right to remain silent, a Grand Jury Trial is specifically designed to erode a targets (in this case; Anarchists) civil rights in order to coerce them to comply.
A Grand Jury Trail differs from a normal trial because not only is it immensely secretive (sometimes victims don’t know why they are being prosecuted and aren’t given a charge), but it can legally suspend certain rights guaranteed by the Constitution. For example, if a Grand Jury grants a person immunity, their 5th amendment right to remain silent is non-existent. Meaning, if you refuse to speak, you will be imprisoned against your will. 
In other words, a victim of the Grand Jury MUST speak at trial or face imprisonment. If the person granted immunity genuinely does not have any knowledge of the crime committed, their options are to either lie to avoid imprisonment, or stay silent and face jail time.
In a similar case in the Pacific NorthWest, Anarchists were targeted by the state for causing property damage during a May Day protests. But a Freedom of Information request confirmed that the secret Grand Jury trail begun on March 2nd.
That’s right, the trial begun two months before the crime was committed. If you’re not following, that is because the time of events doesn’t make any sense. How can a trial begin before the crime is committed? This obviously proves that the entire trial is just a political witch hunt.
But that didn’t stop the court from imprisoning three anarchists for refusing to speak. Fortunately, all the victims were eventually released.
Let’s hope the same happens for Gerald, to insure this, please spread the news by reblogging!

anarcho-queer:

NYC Anarchist Imprisoned Without Charge Makes Freedom Bid

An anarchist jailed since May on civil contempt for refusing to answer grand jury questions has asked a federal judge to free him, arguing that he has proved he will not cooperate.

Lawyers for Gerald Koch asked U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan in a motion filed Friday to release the 24-year-old college philosophy student from New York. Koch’s silence shows he has no intention of testifying in the future, the motion said. Koch’s lawyers said they believe the grand jury is investigating a 2008 bombing in Times Square, which targeted an armed forces recruiting center and caused no injuries. Koch is not a target of the investigation.

Jerry’s spending Christmas in jail," said one of his lawyers, Moira Meltzer-Cohen. "He just has no value" to the bombing investigation. … "Hopefully the judge will acknowledge that. I see no reason he would doubt it. It seems abundantly clear, but the judge has virtually unreviewable discretion.

Koch can be held on civil contempt for 18 months. But confinement is supposed to coerce testimony, not serve as punishment. His supporters have pointed to a similar case in Seattle, where two activists were freed after five months when a judge determined that they would never speak to a grand jury that was believed to be investigating property damage during a May Day demonstration.

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court upheld a civil contempt finding against Koch, ruling that the government “has made a convincing showing of its need to ask the questions at issue.” Meltzer-Cohen said Friday’s motion was the next step in lifting the contempt finding.

Koch has denied having “meaningful knowledge” of the crime. But he has refused to testify, claiming that grand juries such as the one in Manhattan are used to silence and surveil activist communities.

Many activists have rallied around Koch, with hundreds demonstrating outside the court during his contempt hearing.

In a declaration accompanying Friday’s motion, Koch wrote, “I can assert without any hesitation that there is nothing that will convince me to testify before this or any grand jury.

With each passing day, my sorrow at confinement deepens, but so does my conviction that I am doing the right thing.

—————-

Although the Bill of Rights grant every American citizen the right to a fair trial and the right to remain silent, a Grand Jury Trial is specifically designed to erode a targets (in this case; Anarchists) civil rights in order to coerce them to comply.

A Grand Jury Trail differs from a normal trial because not only is it immensely secretive (sometimes victims don’t know why they are being prosecuted and aren’t given a charge), but it can legally suspend certain rights guaranteed by the Constitution. For example, if a Grand Jury grants a person immunity, their 5th amendment right to remain silent is non-existent. Meaning, if you refuse to speak, you will be imprisoned against your will.

In other words, a victim of the Grand Jury MUST speak at trial or face imprisonment. If the person granted immunity genuinely does not have any knowledge of the crime committed, their options are to either lie to avoid imprisonment, or stay silent and face jail time.

In a similar case in the Pacific NorthWest, Anarchists were targeted by the state for causing property damage during a May Day protests. But a Freedom of Information request confirmed that the secret Grand Jury trail begun on March 2nd.

That’s right, the trial begun two months before the crime was committed. If you’re not following, that is because the time of events doesn’t make any sense. How can a trial begin before the crime is committed? This obviously proves that the entire trial is just a political witch hunt.

But that didn’t stop the court from imprisoning three anarchists for refusing to speak. Fortunately, all the victims were eventually released.

Let’s hope the same happens for Gerald, to insure this, please spread the news by reblogging!

workingclassnemo:

It happened, it finally happened…
I post a story about a new guerrilla movement in Mexico and I got white people accusing them of being a conspiracy plot by the US.
Sorry to say this, Americans, but you can’t just yell US CONSPIRACY every time people go out and try to make shit happen. Also, “destabilizing” or “getting rid of a leader” doesn’t work when the leader is working with US interests, m’kay?

anarcho-queer:

Submitted by: ihatepeacocks

Back on this shit yet again.

dangerrevolt:

HAHAHA