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Greek police torture anti-fascist protestors while held in capitivity
Fifteen anti-fascist protesters arrested in Athens during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have said they were tortured in the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) – the Athens equivalent of Scotland Yard – and subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation…
Several of the protesters arrested after the first demonstration on Sunday 30 September told the Guardian they were slapped and hit by a police officer while five or six others watched, were spat on and “used as ashtrays” because they “stank”, and were kept awake all night with torches and lasers being shone in their eyes…
Chicago’s teachers could strike a blow for organised labour globally
Not only is this the heart of Obama country, where unions are expected to play ball with the Democrats in an election year. It is also a city where, thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, teachers are not allowed to strike unless more than 75% of union members vote for it.
Yet it is not just the local establishment that will be unsettled here. This is getting national attention in the US, and a strike could be an embarrassment to President Obama. Moreover, it could re-ignite the American labour movement at a time of global unrest.
In Egypt: Mahalla textile workers strike to remove CEO
Thousands of textile workers at the state-owned Mahalla Misr Spinning and Weaving company began a strike on Sunday morning demanding the removal of the company’s chairman and upper management.
As I was writing yesterday, the working class in Egypt has played and continues to play a leading role in the revolutionary process in Egypt. It is significant that the Mahalla workers are striking, as they’ve played one of the most significant roles. The significance of the Mahalla factory is outlined in the excellent documentary by Al Jazeera, The Factory. Workers at Mahalla have been central to Egyptian social movements for decades, including in recent events, as some of the first protestors to raise the demand for the fall of the Mubarak regime.
Hutaree militia members acquitted and freed
Prosecutors agree that a man who was a member of a southern Michigan militia shouldn’t be sent to prison when he returns to court for his sentence next month.
Joshua Clough of Blissfield served two years in jail before his release in April when he pleaded guilty to possessing machine guns. Federal prosecutors in Detroit say that’s plenty, but they still want him to be placed on supervised release, or probation, for at least two years.
That’s eight of nine member of the Hutaree militia that have been let off for planning a right wing putsch against the US government.
If these guys were Muslim they would’ve been sent straight to gitmo as “enemy combatants” and it would’ve been declared a triumph of national security. If they were black, they’d be sent to prison on gang charges and face decades in prison for owning automatic weapons. If they were Occupy activists they would’ve been beaten, maced, sent to prison, etc. But they’re not. They’re proto-fascist scum who planned to murder police officers in hopes of starting a war with the federal government and bringing about the end of days, and so they get let off because of “free speech” (yet, when Occupy activists get beaten it’s because the cops are protecting property, or something).