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CHINA: Medieval Scenes As Tibetan Monks Stage Ultimate Protest

Posted: February 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on CHINA: Medieval Scenes As Tibetan Monks Stage Ultimate Protest

CHINA-NEWSThe ABC’s China Correspondent Stephen McDonell is reporting that tensions are rising in China’s Tibetan regions, with a wave of self-immolations that are showing no sign of ending.

UPDATED: The Chinese government had hoped that the country’s Tibetan regions would have calmed down by now following the rebellion in 2008, but it has not turned out that way. According to exile groups, as many as 18 people, mostly monks, have killed themselves in protest against Beijing’s rule over the past six months.

Monks are again gathering to protest in large crowds calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and the release of what they say are Tibetan political prisoners. The self-immolations have occurred in no-go zones for foreign reporters, but a British newspaper journalist has reached one of the most sensitive areas. Read the full article »»»»


China: Occupy Wukan

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: China, Revolute, Socially Engineered | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on China: Occupy Wukan

CHINA-NEWSProtesters in a southern Chinese village are defying authorities in the latest outburst of simmering rural discontent eroding the ruling Communist Party’s grip at the grassroots.

The latest protests were sparked by last weekend’s death in custody of Xue Jinbo, 42, who was detained on suspicion of helping organise protests against land seizures.

Hundreds of residents in Wukan Village in Guangdong province held an angry march and rally despite moves by authorities to halt the project at the centre of the months-long unrest and detain local officials involved.

Police and Communist Party officials have reportedly been forced out of the village, and have formed a blockade to prevent supplies from entering the town.

Rural land in China is mostly owned in name by village collectives, but in fact officials can mandate its seizure for development in return for compensation, which residents often say is inadequate and does not reflect the profits reaped :: Read the full article »»»»


Occupy Wall Street: Global Day of Action Update

Posted: November 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Revolute, Socially Engineered, Standout | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Occupy Wall Street: Global Day of Action Update

Thousands of demonstrators marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York after a day of protest and confrontation marking two months since the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Their movement on the bridge was carefully corralled by a web of barricades and a huge deployment of riot police. Police said marchers would be allowed to cross the bridge if they remained on the walkway. A crowd that disappointed organisers throughout the day grew to several thousand after the standard workday ended and labour union activists joined the march across the bridge, where last month more than 700 people were arrested during a similar march. The protests were part of a “Global Day of Action” with hundreds of demonstrations planned across the United States.

In London, protesters refused to budge as a deadline to leave their camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral passed, with the City of London Corporation now expected to start legal action to remove them. Thousands of people also marched in Spain and Greece to protest austerity measures and public spending cuts, although the demonstrations were not directly linked to the OWS movement. In New York earlier a heavy police presence had thwarted protesters’ plans to shut down Wall Street, with more than 200 people arrested as they tried to blockade the city’s financial district. In places scuffles broke out and officers in riot gear dragged away protesters who had sat down in an attempt to block one intersection. Read the full article »»»»


Revolute! OWS Citibank Protesters Arrested

Posted: October 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Kiss My . . ., M.Aaron.Silverman, News, News Update, Revolute, Social Media, Socially Engineered, Standout, That Human Condition, They Said What | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Revolute! OWS Citibank Protesters Arrested

Police arrested 24 protesters for trespassing at a Citibank branch, a New York Police Department spokesman said.

Citibank has always been a bit of a fumbling behemoth, barely – with bailout assistance from U.S. tax payers – scraping through the global financial crisis in tact, it now face an entirely new wave of trouble. Days after Citibank CEO Vikram Pandit talked about his sympathies with Occupy Wall Street and his willingness to engage with protesters. A Citibank branch in New York has locked the doors of their branch and arrested a group of Citibank account holders who wished to to close their accounts. It’s clear that Citibank are terrified that a few accounts closing will escalate to a run on the bank. “It would only take a small percentage of account holders to prove that Citibank is an economic hologram and like much of the financial sector, is desperately hiding how weak it is. The 99% are waking up and realise they’ve been duped, fleeced,conned and bullied for far too long” said Jeremy Bloom.  “NOT even in the dark dark days of the 1930s great depression – when there was actual panic – did we see anything this stupid” Here’s how it went down at the Citibank branch at 555 La Guardia Place in New York. The demonstrators – all Citibank customers –  were asked to leave, and when they tried to comply Citibank’s security locked them in and wouldn’t let them leave! 24 were arrested. Clearly nothing is ever this simple!? Read the full article »»»»


Occupy Wall Street Roundup

Posted: October 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bailout, Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Revolute, Social Media, Socially Engineered | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Occupy Wall Street Roundup

A quick roundup via words and pictures of the wonderfilled world of passive revolution . . .

15 October 2011: Hundreds of protesters are celebrating after New York City postponed the evacuation of the park at the epicentre of weeks of anti-Wall Street demonstrations.

The owners of the private square suspended their request for the city to evacuate it for routine cleaning on Friday (local time) and said they believed they could reach an agreement with the protesters. No reason was given for the delay, but it averted what many feared could have sparked a showdown between authorities and protesters. Protesters celebrated the postponement at the publicly accessible park, where the mood was festive :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED: 700 Arrested In Occupy Wall Street Protest

Posted: October 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bailout, Blip, Blipvert, Celebrity News, Get Out of the House, Kiss My . . ., News Update, Revolute, Standout, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED: 700 Arrested In Occupy Wall Street Protest

UPDATE OCTOBER 5: At least 5,000 protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement took to the streets of New York’s financial district, angry that their taxes were used to prop up banks in the 2008 financial crisis. They heard speeches decrying that wealth is concentrated in the hands of some, while others lose their jobs or have their houses repossessed. After their march, the protesters returned to the downtown park where they have been camped out for more than two weeks, but what had been a festive atmosphere turned sour. Scuffles broke out when some of the activists tried to move outside the permitted protest zone.A dozen people were arrested in New York, including one who was charged with assault on a police officer who was knocked from his scooter, according to police spokesman Paul Browne. Others who were arrested had tried to break through a police barricade, Mr Browne said.

One police officer fired pepper spray as a “group of demonstrators charged a line of officers” standing at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway, he said. The movement has surged in a matter of weeks from a ragged group in downtown Manhattan to protesters of all ages demonstrating from Seattle to Tampa. Filmmaker Michael Moore was among the crowd in New York, shaking hands and posing for pictures.

“Everywhere you go in this country, you see the Occupy Wall Street movement,” said Moore. “In the first days, people were putting it down, saying these are a bunch of hippies.

“But the average American who has lost health care, who is going to lose his job, whose home is in foreclosure can relate to this,” he said.

OCTOBER 3: Around 400 700 anti-Wall Street protesters have been arrested after blocking traffic lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge and attempting an unauthorised march across the span, police and witnesses said. On the second week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement, a large group of marchers broke off from others on the bridge’s pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.

“Approximately 400 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge late this afternoon after multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway,” a police spokesman said.

“Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested.

“Others locked arms and proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway. The latter were arrested.”

Both the walkway and Brooklyn-bound car lanes were shut to traffic, snarling traffic, but it was later re-opened by police. Witnesses described a chaotic scene on the famous suspension bridge as a sea of police officers surrounded the protesters using orange mesh netting. Some protesters tried to get away as officers started handcuffing members of the group. Dozens of protesters were seen handcuffed and sitting on the span as three buses were called in to take them away, witnesses and organisers said.

The march started about 3:30pm on Saturday (local time) from the protesters’ camp in Zuccotti Park, in downtown Manhattan near the former World Trade Centre. Members of the group have vowed to stay at the park through the winter. In addition to what they view as excessive force and unfair treatment of minorities, including Muslims, the movement is also protesting against home foreclosures, high unemployment and the 2008 bailouts.

Celebrity support

Filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon have stopped by the protesters’ camp, which is plastered with posters with anti-Wall Street slogans and has a kitchen and library, to offer their support. On Friday evening, more than 1,000 demonstrators, including representatives of labour organisations, held a peaceful march to police headquarters a few blocks north of City Hall to protest what they said was a heavy-handed police response the previous week. No arrests were reported.

A week ago, police arrested about 80 members of Occupy Wall Street near the Union Square shopping district as the marchers swarmed onto oncoming traffic.

A police commander doused a handful of women with pepper spray in an incident captured on video and spread via the internet, galvanising the loosely-organised protest movement.

The group has gained support among some union members. The United Federation of Teachers and the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which has 38,000 members, are among those pledging solidarity.

The unions could provide important organisational and financial support for the largely leaderless movement.

Similar protests are sprouting in other cities, including Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

source: reuters