Category Archives: rebellious

Former Soldier Spearheads Anti-War Protest to Pentagon

Anti-war protests hit Washington

Time for a Tea Party?

Rick Santelli and the “Rant of the Year

Ohio Representative Advocates Squatter Rebellion

Rep Marcy Kapture: SQUAT your own homes!

To Make a Point, Throw a Shoe

Who Throws a Shoe?

Global Financial Crisis Gives Rise to Riots/Rebellion

In the United States 2.6 million jobs were lost last year. Tens of thousands more have vanished less than one month into 2009. America is not alone in this financial collapse. Iceland’s economy went bankrupt late last year. Angry Icelanders have been storming the streets in protest of their collapsed economy, as are citizens of Bulgaria and Latvia who are also experiencing financial meltdowns. Much of the anger is over the reckless handling of the economy.

World Agenda: riots in Iceland, Latvia and Bulgaria are a sign of things to come

Icelanders all but stormed their Parliament last night. It was the first session of the chamber after what might appear to be an unusually long Christmas break.

Ordinary islanders were determined to vent their fury at the way that the political class had allowed the country to slip towards bankruptcy. The building was splattered with paint and yoghurt, the crowd yelled and banged pans, fired rockets at the windows and lit a bonfire in front of the main door. Riot police moved in.

Now in the grand sweep of the current crisis, a riot on a piece of volcanic rock in the north Atlantic may not seem to add up to much. But it is a sign of things to come: a new age of rebellion.

The financial meltdown has become part of the real economy and is now beginning to shape real politics. More and more citizens on the edge of the global crisis are taking to the streets. Bulgaria has been gripped this month by its worst riots since 1997 when street power helped to topple a Socialist government. Now Socialists are at the helm again and are having to fend off popular protests about government incompetence and corruption.

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Worldwide Demonstrations Against Israel

Protesters Worldwide Keep up Pressure Over Gaza

PARIS – Protesters denouncing Israel’s deadly bombardment of the Gaza Strip returned to the streets in demonstrations around the world to keep up the pressure for an end to the violence.

Protesters take part in a rally against Israel’s air offensive in Gaza Strip, in front of the Israel embassy in Tokyo December 30, 2008. About 200 protesters participated in the rally criticizing Israel. The banner reads, “Stop air assault on Gaza.”(Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Japan)As Israel, under increasing diplomatic pressure, mulled a proposed 48-hour truce and the death toll from its onslaught rose to at least 373 Palestinians, the protesters made their voices heard again.

In France, more than 7,000 protesters marched in a dozen cities across the country to denounce the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip , which continued for the fourth day running Tuesday.

In Paris, around 3,500 people according to police — 5,000 according to the organisers — marched towards the French foreign ministry on the Quai D’Orsay by the River Seine, shouting slogans and carrying banners denouncing Israel.

Police said another 700 marched in the western city of Nantes, while demonstrations in at least a dozen cities and towns across the country each attracted hundreds of protesters.

In London, between 200 and 300 demonstrators protested peacefully outside the Israeli embassy, after the two previous days’ rallies had descended into violence.

This demonstration was smaller than on Sunday and Monday, when scuffles erupted between police and protesters against Israel’s air raids, leading to a total of 17 arrests over the two days.

Iranian demonstrators stormed the British diplomatic compound in Tehran Tuesday evening to protest London’s stance towards the Israeli onslaught, state news agency IRNA reported.

“A large group of people and students entered the Gholhak gardens, which are occupied by the British embassy to protest at Britain’s policies in supporting the Zionist regime and put up the Palestinian flag there,” IRNA said.

A media officer at the British embassy in Tehran confirmed the report.

In Washington, between 2,500 and 5,000 people protested outside the US State Department chanting slogans like “Stop the Killing, Stop the War, Stop the Genocide of Palestinians” and with some carrying banners saying “Stop US Aid to Israel”.

In Los Angeles, around 500 protesters and pro-Israel activists faced off peacefully near the Israeli Consulate.

At a separate demonstration attended by around 100 protesters in Westwood, actor Mike Farrell, a star of the hit 1970s television series “MASH”, said he was “one of those people horrified by Israel’s over-response.”

“Not that I’m in favor of Hamas by any means, because firing rockets into Israel is not the way these things get resolved in a productive way,” he said.

In Tunis, hundreds of lawyers and trade unionists joined opposition activists to defy a police ban and protest the bombing of Gaza, several sources reported.

As some protesters shouted slogans denouncing the lack of response from Arab countries in general and Egypt in particular, police headed off the demonstration as it headed towards the courthouse, said witnesses.

Tunisia’s government has already condemned the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry denied a report by Shiite news website Rasid.com that hundreds had demonstrated Monday afternoon in heavily Shiite Al Qatif, just west of Dammam, leading to several arrests.

Shiite news website Rasid.com reported that police had fired rubber bullets to break up the demonstrations Monday afternoon, which were attended by hundreds of people. But an interior ministry spokesman told AFP there had been no such demonstration.

Demonstrators in the Yemeni port city of Aden briefly broke into the Egyptian consulate to protest Cairo’s response to the Israeli offensive, a security official said.

The protesters, mostly students from the university of Aden, “vandalized furniture before they were removed peacefully from the building,” the official said, asking not to be identified.

Egypt has come in for strong criticism from Islamists and their sympathizers around the Muslim world for not fully opening its border with Gaza in the face of Israel’s devastating air blitz.

In Algeria, about 100 people staged a protest in the capital Algiers after a call from politicians and editors of writers’ and artists’ magazines. They observed a minute’s silence in memory of the dead.

In Panama City, around 200 people protested outside the Israeli embassy to condemn Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip.

In the Bulgarian capital Sofia, about 200 protesters called on the Bulgarian government to support the peace efforts. Demonstrators carried pro-Palestinian banners and others denouncing Israel.

Earlier Tuesday, about 200 people carrying flowers and candles offered a one-minute prayer in front of the Israeli embassy, with a Buddhist monk ringing a bell for the souls of the victims.

“This is nothing but a bloodbath,” organiser Hiroshi Taniyama told demonstrators, who included Arabs living in Japan.

Update on Republic Windows And Doors – “We Aren’t Goin’ Anywhere”

Laid-Off Chicago Workers Occupy Plant

Illinois Workers Continue Sit-In Protest

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has ordered all state agencies to stop doing business with Bank of America to pressure the company to help workers who are staging a sit-in at a shuttered Chicago plant.

The move is leverage to convince the North Carolina-based bank to use some of its federal bailout money to resolve the situation at Republic Windows and Doors.

The company closed last week with just a few days’ notice.

Blagojevich says banks got bailout money and should provide lines of credit to businesses that need it so workers can keep working.

Laid-Off Workers’ Sit-in Starts Movement

Chicago workers in the third day of a sit-in on the floor of their former workplace peered through the windows of a door, amazed by a mix of supporters, politicians and journalists who packed a foyer outside.

“We never expected this,” said Melvin Maclin, a factory employee and vice president of the local union that represents the workers. “We expected to go to jail.”

The 200 workers demanding severance and vacation pay have become a national symbol for thousands of employees laid off nationwide as the economy continues to sour. They occupied the plant of their former employer, Republic Windows and Doors, after the company abruptly fired them last week.

“There is one thing that is absolutely clear,” U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a Chicago Democrat, told CBS Station WBBM. “They’re owed 75 days of pay. They’re owed their vacation time, and they’re owed their fringe benefits – including healthcare benefits – during those 75 days.”

Gutierrez added that Republic’s abrupt decision to shut down is suspicious. He said he has a “very strong belief” that Republic is simply “recapitalizing and reorganizing its production in another state,” and called on the Illinois Department of Labor to investigate, according to WBBM.