Police State Fails to Reign in Anarchy in Hamburg


from dw.de

Batons, fireworks and black face masks – so far, that’s all the Hamburg police has to show after checking more than 400 people on the approaches to the city’s Sternschanze area. Since, Saturday, they’ve been acting under powers to stop, search and check papers in so-called danger zones given them by a 2005 order.

The police have so far stopped around 100 people from remaining in the area. There’s been one arrest and 45 people were detained – most of them were on a “stroll through the danger zone” organized by activists on the Internet.

The trigger for the current unrest was the clashes during a December 21 demonstration by left-wing radicalsagainst the eviction of the Rote Flora cultural center. The center, in an anarchist squat, had existed for almost 25 years. Hundreds were injured in street violence following the demonstration.

The following weekend, a group of masked attackers severely injured three policemen at a local police station. According to media reports there were also attacks on the private homes of several politicians.

Activists plot how to block new pipelines in B.C.

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by Carlito Pablo, The Georgia Straight, Jan 8, 2014

At night, around campfires under a New Brunswick sky, Ambrose Williams thought about imminent battles back home.   Last November, the young Vancouver man and nine others travelled more than 5,000 kilometres east to the town of Rexton.  Their mission was to reinforce the Mi’kmaq of the Elsipogtog First Nation who had clashed the month before with the RCMP. The confrontation happened on October 17, 2013, when heavily armed police dismantled a highway blockade by Natives opposing a gas-exploration project.

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Court Dates: NATO3 Announcement & Malik Rahim on Angola3

From AFM

This week there are two political court dates going on in the United States we wanted to bring attention to, followed by about 30 minutes of METAL!!!!!!!! WOAH!!!!

First: on Monday, January 13th (date changed from broadcast time) the NATO3 will be facing trial, starting with the jury selection. There’s a callout for solidarity and support for the NATO3. The call out can be found at http://nato5support/wordpress.com . A past episode of the Final Straw talking about the basics of the case can be found at The Final Straw Website.

Second: on Tuesday, January 7th Shaka Cinque, known by the state as Albert Woodfox, will be facing a court date to determine if the earlier overturning of his conviction will be upheld in Louisiana or if he’ll continue his indefinite time in imprisonment in Solitary Confinement at the Angola Prison in Louisiana which has thus far lasted 42 YEARS. Shaka Cinque is the only remaining imprisoned member of the Angola 3, three prisoners imprisoned Black Panthers accused of participation in the murder of a prison guard in the early 1970’s. Robert Hillary King was released from prison when his case was overturned in 2001 and has written and spoken about the case of the Angola3 since. Herman Wallace served 41.5 years in solitary confinement for the case and died 3 days after his release near the end of 2013. More about the case can be found at http://angola3news.blogspot.com

The playlist from this episode can be found here: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/8355

This show will stream at http://www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw through 1/12/14, will podcast at radio4all and will later be archived at thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org and you can contact us via thefinalstrawradio (a t) riseup (d ot) net