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Police in Bristol take down the local Indymedia website while supposedly searching for suspects involved in string of politicized acts of arson, also compromising sources.

The Indymedia network has reported today that its Bristol site is no more, after police forced access to its users’ IP records as part of a search for the individual or group behind a string of politicised arsons in the area.

So this is the background to the situation. A humiliated police force under pressure from an influential paper is looking for a way to get itself out of a hole. And to do so it’s making it impossible for an independent news site that has regularly criticised it to keep going.

I considered putting this up as a news article, but I think it’s important that the broader issues at hand be spelled out. This is a case of the police force using its radically-extended online powers to deny a media organisation the right to protect its sources and contributors.

The equivalent in newspaper terms would be a raid seizing the contacts of every journalist on staff - something that would have every media organisation on the planet decrying what would rightly be called a State attack on free speech. Some of the most important journalism ever undertaken has involved protecting sources (journalists have gone to jail to protest this principle), and while there the police have the legal right to demand specific sources in the cause of national security or preventing crime, this is step change from seizing every single contact and potentially the names of every critic of the force.


http://www.libcom.org/blog/sources-police-raid-bristol-indymedia-29082014 (photo credit)

More info…

Police have arrested a man in connection with arson attacks on four mobile phone and local radio transmission masts last week – the latest in a wave of attacks apparently perpetrated by a group or individual dubbed the ‘Bristol Unabomber’.

The Mail on Sunday revealed two weeks ago that an ‘eco-terrorist’ anarchist group calling itself the Earth Liberation Front/Informal Anarchist Federation has claimed responsibility for about 50 attacks in the Bristol area over the past four years.

They include earlier burnings of phone masts and vehicles belonging to local politicians and government agencies, the disabling of signal cables on two railway lines and the complete destruction by fire ten months ago of the Avon and Somerset Police firearms training centre, at a cost of £18million.

Each time those responsible have struck, they have issued statements on the ‘Indymedia’ and ‘325.nostate’ websites, justifying their actions as part of a war on the British state and capitalist society.


http://anarchistnews.org/content/%E2%80%98bristol-bomber%E2%80%99-police-arrest-man-over-arson-attacks-four-mobile-phone-and-radio

In France, the first report of the use of a black flag as a sign of protest is dated from the beginning of 1831: road workers raised the black flag in Reims (Champagne) as a sign of misery and distress.

On 21 November 1831, the silk workers from the borough of La Croix-Rousse in Lyon broke out in revolt. After the National Guard had killed some workers, the city broke out in insurrection, barricades were set up in the streets and the insurgents raised the black flag with the writing Vivre en travaillant ou mourir en combattant (To live at work or to die at fight). The insurrection was suppressed a few days later, as was a second insurrection in 1834. The revolt remained known as the révolte des canuts, from the local name of the silk workers. The songwriter Aristide Bruant (1851-1925) wrote a famous protest song called Les Canuts.

On 18 March 1882, Louise Michel called for the adoption of the black flags by the anarchists during a meeting hold salle Favie in Paris. She wanted to dissociate the anarchists from the parliamentary and authoritarianist Socialists:

Plus de drapeau rouge, mouillé du sang de nos soldats. J’arborerai le drapeau noir, portant le deuil de nos morts et de nos illusions.
(No more red flag, shed with the blood of our soldiers. I will hoist the black flag, going in mourning for our dead and our illusions.)

One year later, on 9 March 1883, a demonstration of sans-travail (unemployed) took place near Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. The demonstrators were dispersed by police but could march, however. Louise Michel marched with a black underskirt fixed on the top of a broomstick. Several bakeries were looted. Louise Michel was arrested and sentenced to six years of jail for excitation au pillage (incitement to looting).

On 12 August 1883, the first issue of the newspaper Le Drapeau Noir (The Black Flag) was published in Lyon. The newspaper was repressed and disappeared after 17 issues. The first issue said:

[…] c’est sur les hauteurs de la ville de la Croix-Rousse et à Vaise que les travailleurs, poussés par la faim, arborèrent pour la première fois ce signe de deuil et de vengeance, et en firent ainsi l’emblème des revendications sociales […]
([…] On the heights of the city [of Lyon] in la Croix-Rousse and Vaise, workers, pushed by hunger, raised for the first time this sign of mourning and revenge [the black flag], and made therefore of it the emblem of workers’ demands […])

Robert Belleret, The Origin of the Black Flag (via zahgurim)Anarchist Black Flag

"In states with a medical marijuana law, overdose deaths from opioids like morphine, oxycodone and heroin decreased by an average of 20 percent after one year, 25 percent by two years and up to 33 percent by years five and six compared to what would have been expected, according to results in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Meanwhile, opioid overdose deaths across the country increased dramatically, from 4,030 in 1999 to 16,651 in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three of every four of those deaths involved prescription pain medications.

Of those who die from prescription opioid overdoses, 60 percent have a legitimate prescription from a single doctor, the CDC also reports.”
[emphasis/bold added]

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/25/us-medical-marijuana-deaths-idUSKBN0GP1UJ20140825

peoplesdefense:

Support our Call In Campaign to pressure Murrieta City Officials to drop the charges against people unlawfully arrested by police with excessive force and now charged with felonies. Especially support us by calling Monday August 25th, Wednesday August 27th, September 1st and September 2nd since these are key dates before arraignment.

Petition can be found here: 
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/223/100/522/drop-the-charges/

More call-in/write-in info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1509308179305833/ 

Key emails for tomorrow include pzellerbach@rivcoda.org (DA),
 slafferty@RivCoDA.org (Murrieta-based Assistant DA), and
along@murrieta.org (Murrieta mayor).The arrestees invite you to BCC our email, peoplesdefense5@gmail.com, on any correspondence with Murrieta authorities (by no means mandatory, but we’d like to document your support :) ) Also, feel free to forward any responses you get to that address.

Fundrazr for legal fees can be found here: 
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/3qax2/ab/63u6Zb

HELP US GET THE WORD OUT

A teenage Irish citizen imprisoned in Cairo for nearly a year now (Aug 2013), has been tortured and has yet to even be charged with anything -same with many others in his prison.

[excerpt]
“He was arrested and detained by the military government in Egypt – to date no formal charges have been served on him,” he said. “The teenager is expected to appear before one of Egypt’s notorious mass trials on July 16th.”

Ibrahim is the son of Sheikh Hussein Halawa, Imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland at Clonskeagh in Dublin.

The Halawas arrived in Cairo with their mother for an annual family holiday several weeks before president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the army in July last year.

Ibrahim was arrested with his sisters Soumaia (28), Fatima (23) and Omaima (21) during the clashes between supporters of Morsi and [Sisi] security forces last August .

The three sisters were released three months later, following sustained pressure by the Irish Government.
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/call-for-release-of-irish-teenager-ibrahim-halawa-from-cairo-jail-1.1858663

Video request of Ibrahim’s release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9aSIHIn2OQ

This page has more info: https://www.facebook.com/FreeTheHalawas & it suggests signing this petition for release: http://www.change.org/petitions/free-the-halawa-s

Photo info (Irish Times):
“Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa (18), who is in prison in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley”

#PrisonerSolidarity #FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners

Temporary Ceasefire Agreement Reached

The UN put forth a ceasefire proposal that Israel and Hamas were resorted to agree to; while Obama and Blair seem to be fixated on the proposal by Egypt, as that’s where they declare support. Perhaps it’s just the way it’s reported in this particular article, but it caught our attention because since the coup took place in Egypt, the regime has been Israel’s bestest new buddy in oppressing Palestinians and it’s suspected to be the primary reason why military aid from the US to Egypt resumed so quickly.

Just moments ago and minutes before the ceasefire was top begin, we retweeted (via @PRUradio) several reports of bombing in Gaza and resulting deaths. So after all Israel’s hyperbole about how Hamas has supposedly caused more bombs to rain down on Gaza by not accepting the Egyptian proposal, Israel is at it again just moments before the ceasefire officially begins, AFTER Hamas agreed to it. Eight people are reported to have been killed: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=713792

In other disgusting, related news, the US State Department had the audacity to blame Palestinians for their own children’s death: http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/07/16/state-department-responds-to-israels-bombing-of-children-playing-on-gaza-beach-by-blaming-hamas So what kind of propaganda BS are they going to offer up now, in response to Israel continuing its reign of terror after agreeing to this temporary truce?

Of course, the hope is that the temporary ceasefire can be made long-term. So far, there are reported to be these 10 conditions offered by Palestinian factions for a 10 year ceasefire/truce agreement: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/palestinian-factions-reportedly-set-10-conditions-10-year-truce-israel

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