For the past two years, ever since a group of Roman school pupils and university students started an occupation aimed at reclaiming abandoned buildings in the city centre and fighting property speculation, that battle took place from within the building next door: the Cinema America, a gem of 1950s Italian architecture which, in its heyday, would open its doors to streams of filmgoers and wow them with a roof that could be pulled aside to make way for the sky in the intermission.
Barcelona city hall has called off plans to demolish and redevelop a squatted building in one of the city’s poorest districts after four nights of violent protests. Authorities said on Friday that they would halt demolition plans and attempt to reach a peaceful solution after widespread outrage at the forced eviction of Can Vies, a public building that has been occupied by leftist groups for 17 years. Confrontations between protesters and police continued on Thursday after crowds gathered to demonstrate in the Sants district for a fourth consecutive night.
An activist in Chile has burnt documents representing $500 million (£300 million) worth of student debt during a protest at Universidad del Mar. Francisco Tapia, who is also known as “Papas Fritas”, claimed that he had “freed” the students by setting fire to the debt papers or “pagarés”.
A group of workers in the northeastern French town Beine-Nauroy have threatened to set fire to the factory where they were employed, unhappy with the severance package they received after the automotive supplier they worked for went under. A group of 58 workers have occupied the now defunct factory Bosal-le-Rapide demanding that the parent company, Bosal, pay them 40,000 euros ($54,944) each in addition to the 8,000 euro ($10,988) severance package they have already been offered.
While we lightened a cold dark night by torching a pile of iron, the rising flames could be seen far from the site, and aside from the pleasure that has given us, the action was taken in the service of eco-vandalism lobbying whose name has never been heard before.
Workers at a French newspaper group were holding two senior executives hostage in the latest in a wave of "bossnapping" protests by employees facing lay-offs. About 25 workers at the Centre France/La Montagne media group were holding company head Gilles Cremillieux and human resources chief Jerome Riviere at the headquarters of the La Republique du Centre newspaper in the town of Saran in central France.
Portland Rising Tide is joining with other friends, allies, and activists in the Pacific Northwest to shut down the Port of Vancouver, Washington, right now in solidarity with the ILWU. The ILWU has been locked out of a grain shipment terminal by United Grain, part of the Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co.“United Grain and its Japanese owners at Mitsui have failed to negotiate in good faith with the men and women of the ILWU for months and instead chose to aggressively prepare for a lockout, spending enormous resources on an out-of-state security firm,” according to ILWU spokeswoman Jennifer Sargent.
The Occupy Movement recently celebrated its second anniversary with very little fanfare leaving many to wonder where all the activists went. It seems they, and many anti-establishment activists, are vacating the system rather than occupying it.
Up to 200,000 garment factory workers sustained a third day of protests in Bangladesh on Monday, forcing hundreds of factories to close as the workers’ call for a better minimum wage was met with teargas and rubber bullets from police. Protests were held in the capital of Dhaka and surrounding areas, home to hundreds of factories that produce clothing that ends up stores like Walmart and H&M. At least two factories were set ablaze by protesters, Reaz-Bin-Mahmood, vice-president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, told Agence France-Presse. The protesting workers also blocked roads and confiscated and destroyed rifles from security officials.
Radicals from two groups - the Angry Foxes Cell and the ACAB (All Coppers Are Bastards) - said they started the fire to coincide with the start of the cull. They claim they poured accelerants on electrics at the half-built centre on Monday night and "left it with flames licking high". Their strike was part of a "night of action" against the authorities, which included attacking two vehicles used by prison security services.