The Reynoso Task Force has released its findings (pdf)
on the UCDavis pepper spray incident: "There is little factual basis supporting Lt. Pike’s belief that he was trapped by the protesters or that his officers were prevented from leaving the Quad" ... "Further, there is little evidence that any protesters attempted to use violence against the police." [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia
on Apr 11, 2012 -
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune
- excellent 90-minute documentary of the trenchant folk performer who chronicled civil rights, politics, and the Viet Nam War until death by his own hand in 1976. Although he never achieved widespread popular acclaim, many found him to be the true voice of his generation - with themes that are sadly still relevant today. Just a musical taste to whet your appetite: Love Me, I'm a Liberal
. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive
on Feb 26, 2012 -
Lego figurines, Kinder surprises and other toys played the role of 'demonstrators'.
Police in Siberian city ask prosecutors to investigate legality of protest involving display of toy figures holding miniature placards. "Political opposition forces are using new technologies to carry out public events – using toys with placards at mini-protests," Andrei Mulintsev, the city's deputy police chief, said at a press conference this week, according to local media. "In our opinion, this is still an unsanctioned public event." [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu
on Jan 26, 2012 -
Yesterday, 1500 protesters denounced the Netanyahu government, carrying signs reading "Zionism is racism" and wearing yellow stars to emphasize comparison between the Israel and the Nazi state. “What’s happening is exactly like what happened in Germany,” said one man wearing a yellow star. “It started with incitement and continued to different types of oppression. Is it insulting that we wear these stars? Absolutely, and it hurts people to see this, but this is how we feel at the moment, we feel we are being prevented from observing the Torah in the manner in which we wish.”
Yep -- the protesters aren't Arabs or latte-sipping Berkeley radicals, but ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, angry about recent TV news coverage of incidents in which haredim threw rocks at handicapped Modern Orthodox children in Beit Shemesh who were using their wheelchairs on Shabbat.
The angry crowd was also protesting the jailing of Shmuel Weisfish, a member of the "Modesty Squad" who recently started a 2-year prison sentence for beating and threatening employees of a computer store for selling MP4 players which might expose customers to inappropriate content.
As always, Failed Messiah
is your (admittedly one-sided) source for bad behavior among the frum. [more inside]
posted by escabeche
on Jan 1, 2012 -
As the protests begun by Occupy Wall Street
begin to spread and gain a foothold in the public consciousness, many question the movement's apparent unwillingness to focus its outrage into a coherent platform of demands. Meanwhile, others question whether the demographics of the protesters themselves are truly representative of the so-called 99 percent (previously)
. Why the lack of focus, and what is to be done to keep the movement growing and moving forward? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Oct 9, 2011 -
God Hates Signs:
Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church band-of-bigots showed up in San Francisco the other day to protest at the headquarters of Twitter. (Why? "Twitter should be used to tell the punks of doomed America that God hates you!"). They were met by counter-protesters
, well versed in the dark arts of snark. Hilarity ensues.
posted by fourcheesemac
on Jan 31, 2010 -
June has been a good month for political upheaval and mass protest. Peru
, and Iran
were discussed here previously. But how many of the following were you aware of: Canada
, and India
? The latter four reflect a quite serious electricity shortage throughout the Indian subcontinent, during a record-breaking heat wave that has caused over 100 deaths
. But don't worry, not everyone is dealing with life-threatening problems. In Israel
30,000 turned out to protest a parking lot. Meanwhile, Indymedia
continues to cover all the bourgeois first-world protests you've never really wanted to know about.
posted by shii
on Jun 30, 2009 -
Protests have rocked Reykjavík since Tuesday: Envious of Obama, Icelanders hurl yogurt and stage riots for new leaders
, Global financial crisis overwhelms tiny Iceland
, Flickr set of pictures of Tuesday's protest in front of parliament
(complete with pepper spray on camera lens
), AFP photos from Tuesday's protest
, video from protests 1
, Icelandic protesters pelt PM's car
(includes short video). New age of rebellion and riot stalks Europe
, The Icelandic "Facebook Revolution"
, Iceland is Burning part 1
& part 2
and Reuters factbox on Iceland and its economic crisis
posted by Kattullus
on Jan 22, 2009 -
Since at least February, the St, Paul police and the FBI have been trying to infiltrate protest
groups planning to demonstrate and the RNC. Apparently they were successful because they have begun arresting
protestors before the convention actually starts. They even went after the press. I have to wonder if any MeFites
posted by Xurando
on Aug 30, 2008 -
The fight to free Burma
has been making noise lately. Protests
are picking up in Burma
, international activists are putting pressure on the UN
to step in, and Jim Carrey
has joined as yet another
celebrity to try to bring public attention to the effort. Burma is an amazing place and the Burmese people are some of the warmest, most hospitable, beautiful, and silliest people I have ever encountered. The people of Burma deserve a better world. Is the tide shifting? Will this be a turning point for Burma? I hope so.
posted by crawfishpopsicle
on Aug 29, 2007 -
Youtube user davebones goes to London demos, protests and gatherings. His videos
demonstrate the complexity of issues, calling into question the credibility of television news which tends to portray the same events in black and white terms. While his blog
sets a clear agenda, his commentary-free videos are accessible to people regardless of their viewpoint.
posted by nthdegx
on Mar 31, 2007 -
Peekskill Riots The Peekskill Riots
were anti-communist riots (with anti-black undertones) in the city of Peekskill, New York in 1949.
The catalyst for the rioting was an announced concert by black singer Paul Robeson, who was well known for his strong stand on civil rights and his communist sympathies. The concert, organized as a benefit for the Civil Rights Congress, was scheduled to take place on August 27. Before Robeson arrived, a mob of locals attacked concertgoers...many names you might recall were involved in this blot on American history, and Howard
Fast, the novelist, recalled his involvement
in his book Being Red (1990), Howard Fast's memoir of his life on the left. Additionally, some later writers recalled the involvement of relatives and/or friends.
Pete Seeger, present during the riot, wrote a song about it
Later, gathering some of the rocks tossed at the lefty participants of the concert, he used the "ammo" to build a chimney on the cabin where he lived. The Lefty -sympathizing wonderful actress Judy Holliday was summoned
before the congressional committe in charge of rooting out communists during the anti-communist days, and gave a lengthy testimony about herself and many others.
And though the riots were sparked in part by local newspapers, editoriallizing against the "visitors" to their serene area, they and the good citizens of Peekskill quickly tried to ignore, forget, or bury lthe disgraceful riots. But the memory lives on for some, and this sad event remains memorialized,
a reminder perhaps of what hate, aggression, and just plain nastiness can bring about.
posted by Postroad
on Oct 4, 2006 -