Monday, May 31, 2010

Peaceful Alternative To Armed Intifada Shot Off The Water

I am sure no one in Hamas is surprised to learn that Israeli thugs have shot and killed non-violent peace activists, ending the Freedom Flotilla, which was trying to bring humanitarian aid to besieged Palestinians.

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Shows Awesome Power of Nonviolent Resistance

Sometimes the Israeli occupation authorities and their allies try to project a "mad dog" image to their opponents: don't bother trying to resist our power, because we are ready to crush you by any means necessary, and no-one who matters to us will care what means we use.

But as the Israeli government reaction to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla shows, it ain't necessarily so.

Al Jazeera reports:


Some Israeli officials see the situation as potentially disastrous in terms of public relations.

"We can't win on this one in terms of PR," Yigal Palmor, a foreign ministry spokesman, said.

"If we let them throw egg at us, we appear stupid with egg on our face. If we try to prevent them by force, we appear as brutes."

You can read every word ever penned or spoken by Gandhi, King, or Thoreau, and you will never find such an eloquent expression of the power of nonviolence as the statement of the spokesman of the Israeli foreign ministry.

In the face of an effective act of nonviolent resistance, the oppressor faces two unappetizing choices: concede ground, thereby undermining the image of absolute power the oppressor wants to project, and therefore encouraging further resistance; or resist with force, thereby projecting the image of "brutes," and therefore encouraging further resistance.

You can see why the Israeli government spokesman would be irritated.

Another great power of an effective mass nonviolent resistance action is when it gives "bystanders" a choice of taking sides - whether they want the opportunity provided by that choice or not.

The government of Cyprus had the opportunity to take a side, and it decided to try to obstruct the flotilla.

This video documents how the government of Cyprus told one of the flotilla boats it wasn't welcome in the territorial waters of Cyprus. Shane Dillon, an Irishman on the Challenger 1, reports of the boat's contact with a police helicopter: "He asked us the nature of our trip, and I told him that it was part of humanitarian aid for Gaza, and he said because of this we are precluded from entering Cypriot waters...refusing us entry to the 12-mile limit of Cypriot waters is kind of strange for a European skipper ... with European parliamentarians and a lot of European people on board. It's not normal."

While the video shows how the Cyprus government kept flotilla boats from entering territorial waters, this AP story documents that the Cyprus government kept would-be flotilla passengers from reaching the boats:

In Cyprus, organizers were trying to find a way to have two dozen would-be passengers, including 19 European legislators and an elderly Holocaust survivor, join the ships anchored in international waters off the island. The Cypriot government did not allow smaller boats to carry the group to the flotilla, [organizer Greta] Berlin said.

Authorities in Cyprus said the decision was made to protect the island's "vital interests" - including economic ties with Israel.

Organizers then appealed to the Turkish government to get the group out via a Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus port. Turkish Cypriot officials have said they want to help the group as much as they can.

Given the modern political history of Cyprus, the forgoing passage is breathtakingly and bitterly ironic. Cyprus, while maintaining good relations with the Israeli government, has historically also maintained good and supportive relations with the Palestinian national independence movement. Many Greek Cypriots - the majority community on the island - have seen a parallel between the US-backed Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and the US-backed Turkish invasion and occupation of northern Cyprus in 1974, which resulted in the establishment of the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," recognized only by Turkey.

It's a bitter irony for these Greek Cypriots if the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" is helpful to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla while the Republic of Cyprus government bows to pressure from the Israeli government and obstructs the Flotilla. I would expect the government of Cyprus to pay some political price among Greek Cypriots for this betrayal of the Palestinians.

And that's an indication of the power of effective nonviolent resistance. Not only the oppressor, but also the "bystanders," are confronted with a choice: whether to help or allow the resisters to prevail, at least in the short-run, or whether to stand publicly on the side of brutality.

All this -- and the main confrontation between the Israeli occupation authorities and the Gaza Freedom Flotilla has not yet begun.


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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Nobody Likes A Loser: Few Attend Denver's Memorial Day Parade

Lack of attendance at Denver's Memorial Day parade rivals its Columbus Day parade. Nobody likes bigoted baby killers who commit/celebrate genocide.

Denver's Memorial Day Parade draws small but dedicated crowd
By Annette Espinoza
The Denver Post
Posted: 05/30/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT

Shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, eight members of the American Legion Paul C. Beck Post 23 in Aurora bowed their heads inside Fort Logan National Cemetery and prayed.

Then they put on comfortable walking shoes and carried two flags, one an American flag and the other representing American prisoners of war.

The veterans walked the distance from the cemetery to downtown, nearly 12 miles, so they could make it in time to participate in the Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m. then participate in a flag ceremony afterward.

The veterans in the past have had a flag relay in which they would run, but many are now elderly, so they walk. They have been honoring veterans in this particular way for 15 years.

"We honor fallen heroes now and then and those who lost their lives on Sept. 11," said Richard Humphrey, 63. "We'll do this until we can't do it anymore."

Few people lined the downtown Denver streets for Saturday's annual Memorial Day Parade but many who were there would not miss it.

"It's frustrating," said Robyn Hill, whose son, Aaron Hill, 20, recently left for boot camp. "There are more people in the parade then at the parade."

Several tributes and remembrance ceremonies were held for veterans who participated in the parade, watched from the sidelines or to families who have lost loved ones.

One of those was Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Haupt, a Phoenix native who had been assigned to Fort Carson and whose last day of a tour of duty in Iraq was scheduled to be Oct. 17, 2006.

Haupt was killed that day by a roadside blast in Baqubah, Iraq.

For the past three years, his wife, Nannette Byrne-Haupt, has come to watch the Memorial Day Parade in Denver.

They had been married for only four months and the young widow was not quite sure what she was going to do after his death.

Nannette became a University of Denver graduate, then went on to earn a master's degree in sociology. She was recently hired by the Fort Carson Survivor Outreach Services to counsel other families who have gone what she's been through.

"He was my best friend in the world," Byrne-Haupt said. "We had a lot of plans. This is my way of honoring Ryan and continuing his legacy."

Annette Espinoza: 303-954-1655 or aespinoza@denverpost.com

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Illegal European Immigrants Busted

Hat Tip to an anonymous viewer, who left the link in a previous post titled "Propaganda Ad for Pro-Apartheid Arizona."



From the website joshonthestreet.com:
I already have some ideas percolating as to a follow-up video. Please stay tuned, and thanks for joining me on this journey.

In the meantime, here are a couple of my favorite comments posted on the Immigration Check Point video on Youtube:

“It’s to show us that no one is entitled to this land mass except Native Americans.

It is to remind us that this country was founded by illegal immigrants, and built by immigrants who were legal, under the laws made by the anchor babies of the illegal immigrants.

It’s really to show us how we are children on the playground, trying to kick other kids out of the sandbox that we don’t fucking own in the first place, and how weak and pathetic that is.”

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Review: Abramoff film can't make 'pond scum' interesting

Indianz.Com. In Print.
http://www.indianz.com/News/2010/019664.asp

Review: Abramoff film can't make 'pond scum' interesting

Friday, May 7, 2010
Filed Under: Abramoff Scandal | Arts & Entertainment


"Convicted super lobbyist Jack Abramoff was so corrupt, there's no easy summary of his crimes. He and his cronies were masters of "astroturfing" -- creating phony grass-roots campaigns to hide big corporate money -- and the old-fashioned flimflam, playing one client against another. They persuaded Christian activists to fund anti-gambling campaigns against Indian tribes, who then paid Abramoff to muster congressional support in defense of their casinos. His crimes were ideally adapted to the age of complex derivatives: The web was so complicated and opaque that only when it began to collapse did its true extent become apparent.

Alex Gibney, who took home an Oscar for the 2007 documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side," struggles to get his arms around the amorphous, appalling and yet shockingly banal schemes of Abramoff in "Casino Jack and the United States of Money." Not to be confused with George Hickenlooper's fictional treatment of the same scandals (starring Kevin Spacey) scheduled for release later this year, Gibney's documentary strains to make sense of the minutiae without losing the audience's attention over its formidable, two-hour length.

Fact may be stranger than fiction, but Gibney's account comes to life only when Abramoff's bankrupt soul is revealed in strokes bold enough for satire. His e-mails, bursting with contempt for his own clients, are some of the best material in the film. And there are other golden moments, though many of them are already familiar: When we learn he committed to Orthodox Judaism after seeing "Fiddler on the Roof," that his Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant Signatures offered "liberal portions in a conservative setting," that one of his large and important-sounding front organizations was headed by a Rehoboth Beach lifeguard who charmingly confesses, "I'm not qualified to run a Baskin-Robbins."

But it's hard to assume Gibney's ironic tone and still expect to scandalize your audience into outrage. It's hard to make these dull, hollow, scheming men, who live in the perpetual testosterone-soaked locker room of adolescence, who seem to have no intellectual or spiritual depth, who take sophomoric pleasure in golf trips, sky boxes and private planes, into cinematic villains. They are pond scum -- they are Washington -- yet not quite interesting enough to be characters in a film.

So Gibney expands his focus, going for breadth when depth, at least in terms of character, is elusive. The film swells with Russian oil execs, Chinese sweatshop owners and Miami hit men. It swells in length, too, taxing the patience of even the most committed student of corruption. Ultimately, it becomes a Rorschach test of the viewer's cynicism: Does it shock you? You must not live in Washington, read the newspaper or follow politics. Are you horrified? Congratulations, and now wise up. "

Get the Story:
Movie review: 'Casino Jack' documentary centers on lobbyist Abramoff (The Washington Post 5/7)

Another Review:
Casino Jack & The United States of Money (The New York Times 5/7)

Related Stories:
Bradford: 'Casino Jack' an inaccurate account of Abramoff (5/6)
Coushatta vice chairman to attend 'Casino Jack' screening (5/4)
Indian lobbyist takes credit for taking down Abramoff (01/26)



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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Propaganda Ad For Pro-Apartheid Arizona



Yes, Virginia. White women enable genocide, too.

Ad is from Iowapresidentialwatch.com

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Bloated Ego Breaks Bono's Back: Tour Dates Postponed

But just between you and me, I think what did the trick were the pins I've been sticking in an effigy of Bono since the day I heard U2 was coming to Denver.

Here's hoping the injury permanently sidelines this washed up, sold out, self-absorbed wanker, who really needs to give Robin Williams his face back.



Bono's Back Surgery Postpones U2 Tour
New leg of the 360 Tour was set to kick off in Salt Lake City on June 3.

By Kelley L. Carter

U2 frontman Bono has undergone emergency back surgery at a hospital in Germany, a manager for the group said. Due to the hospitalization, the first date of their tour has been postponed.

The 50-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Hewson, was injured while preparing for the group's tour. According to a statement on U2's website, Bono is being treated by neurosurgeon Dr. Joerg Tonn and Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt.

"Bono will spend the next few days there, before returning home to recuperate,'' the statement read. "Once his condition has been assessed further, a statement will be made regarding the impact on forthcoming tour dates.''

Paul McGuinness, the band's manager, said in an MP3 posted on the website on Friday (May 21) that because of the injury, U2's 360 Tour stop on June 3 in Salt Lake City has been postponed. After that date, the band was scheduled to play in Anaheim, California, on June 6 and 7, followed by Denver on June 12 and Oakland, California, on June 16. There's no word whether other dates have been canceled.

Bono had recently told The Associated Press that sales of the group's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, have been somewhat soft, which made for U2's lowest-selling CD in more than a decade. The band also has said that the massive tour has yet to break even due to the enormous production costs of setting up and designing the 170-ton, $40 million stage.

"We hope to get things resolved as soon as possible," McGuinness said.

Update May 25, 2010:

U2 postpones US tour, including Denver stop, until 2011
By The Associated Press
Posted: 05/25/2010 08:43:02 AM MDT
Updated: 05/25/2010 08:47:36 AM MDT

Bono, of the musical group U2, performs at the opening act of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP | Mark J. Terrill)

LONDON — Concert promoters Live Nation said Tuesday that the North American leg of U2's 2010 tour will be postponed until 2011 because of lead singer Bono's back injury.

The iconic Irish band was scheduled to play a Denver show at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium on June 12.

U2's debut gig at Britain's Glastonbury festival has also been canceled.

Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, underwent emergency spine surgery Friday in Munich. He has been released from hospital but doctors recommend at least two months rest.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

An Interview with Ofelia Rivas of "O'odham Voice Against The Wall"

From solidarity-project.org. Ofelia Rivas and the Tohono O'odham people are on the front lines of the United States' and Arizona's apartheid laws and borders.
An Interview with Ofelia Rivas of "O'odham Voice Against The Wall"
Interviewed By Jeff Hendricks

Imperialism – lately this word has been re-entering debate and speech around the country. For the most part these days, the word imperialism is being used to describe the actions of the United States Government as it seeks to gain control over Middle Eastern governments and economies. The continuing occupation of Iraq by the United States is the best example of this neo-imperialism.

But imperialism is not limited to lands across the oceans, and the United States Government is currently engaged in the occupation of lands much closer to home. We must never forget that the very lands claimed by the Government of the United States in North America are claimed by nothing other than the right of conquest. The United States Government is a Government of occupation here in North America and the lands that it continues to claim and occupy are in spirit still the autonomous territories of the indigenous tribes that existed here before the first European colonists stepped foot on the continent.

Since 9-11 the United States government has ratcheted up its attacks against the indigenous residents of the United States. In southern Arizona, these attacks have come in the guise of borderland defense. The traditional O’odham residents of southern Arizona have become the victims of a joint program carried out by the Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol to build a border wall
across the entire 330 mile U.S / Mexico border, a 65 mile section of which will run along the southern edge of the Tohono O’odham reservation. This wall will effectively cut in half the traditional territory of the O’odham and serve to isolate O’odham villages that exist on opposite sides of the international border. To justify the building of this wall the government has once again used the fear of terrorism, as has become common since 9/11, to advance its fascistic imperialist interests.

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Was the Gulf Oil Spill an Act of War? You Betcha

Kill, Baby, Kill.

Was the Gulf Oil Spill an Act of War? You Betcha
The Huffington Post May 2, 2010

Randall Amster
Peace educator, author, and activist

Speculation has been running rampant among certain sectors of the web-world lately about the true origins of the massive oil spill that has engulfed the Gulf and threatens marine, plant, animal, and human health in a region already beset by natural disasters and toxic industries. Unwilling to accept the mainstream media version of the story (namely that it was the result of off-shore drilling activities) and suspicious of the timing of the calamity (namely that it occurred right on the cusp of Earth Day and during a period of political contentiousness over drilling), this faction has surmised that the "trigger event" in this instance may have been (choose your favorite) either: an attack by the North Koreans; an act of homegrown eco-terrorism by leftwing environmentalists; or something to do with Venezuela, China, and/or other Communist (machi)nations. With little more than a hint from an online Russian source, the theory of a North Korean attack in particular has been gaining virulence among certain fox-trotters.

Here's a great overview of the argument from the self-avowedly conservative Dakota Voice:

"Rush Limbaugh pointed out that the explosion occurred on April 21st, the day before 'Earth Day.' He also reminded us that Al Gore had previously encouraged environmental nutjobs to engage in civil disobedience against the construction of coal plants that don't have carbon capture technology. 'Eco-terrorists' exist and have done millions of dollars worth of criminal damage. Fire is one of the main tools of their evil trade. I'm not claiming the Deep Horizon was bombed by eco-terrorists, although I don't believe it's out of the realm of possibility. But, it would take some serious money and ability to pull off an attack like that, so I would tend to think much bigger than college hippie eco-wackos with some money-backing -- a foreign government, perhaps. Of course, before I could finish writing my thoughts here, I just heard Michael Savage posing the same questions. He also said there is a theory on a Russian website that claims North Korea is behind this. The article claims that North Korea torpedoed the Deepwater Horizon, which was apparently built and financed by South Korea. Torpedoes would make sense for the results we see.... There are a number of international 'suspects' who might want to do something like this. They range from Muslim terrorists to the Red Chinese, Venezuela and beyond. Remember that China and Russia are drilling out there, as well, and they would benefit from America cutting back on our own drilling."


The article at the root of this savagery appears on the site WhatDoesItMean.com, and is titled "US Orders Media Blackout Over North Korean Torpedoing of Gulf of Mexico Oil Rig" -- which pretty much eliminates any suspense about the gist of it. The piece is attributed to one "Sorcha Faal," who either exists or does not depending upon whether you believe the link arguing a bit too strenuously that she in fact does. The article cites as its source, without further attribution, "a grim report circulating in the Kremlin today written by Russia's Northern Fleet," and argues that "the reason for North Korea attacking the Deepwater Horizon, these reports say, was to present US President Obama with an 'impossible dilemma' prior to the opening of the United Nations Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons set to begin May 3rd in New York. This 'impossible dilemma' facing Obama is indeed real as the decision he is faced with is either to allow the continuation of this massive oil leak catastrophe to continue for months, or immediately stop it by the only known and proven means possible, the detonation of a thermonuclear device."

In other words, all of this was designed to force Obama to use a nuclear device to seal the leak ahead of an upcoming conference on nonproliferation. Ingenious! James Bond is alive and well, apparently. Missing from the calculus (along with good sense, credibility, and verifiability) is any explanation of why the logic of this scenario will automatically result in Obama deploying a nuke, and what exactly would be gained by him doing so except (by implication) making the U.S. look like hypocrites at the negotiating table. Those dastardly cowards! Everyone knows that we don't need any help from foreign entities to hypocritically attempt to force others to hold to international standards that we will ourselves proceed to flagrantly ignore. I mean, duh.

Hey, I'm all for a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy/gal. We certainly ought to question the "consensus reality" version of any major event communicated back to us by the corporate media. And we can logically surmise that the government keeps us on a "need to know" basis under the rubric of a closely-held "national security" ethos. So there's always reason to dig deeper, ask hard questions, check with non-U.S sources, and formulate one's opinion independent of the herd. But in this case, the impetus for the tale is so vague and thinly rendered that it strains the limits of credulity, yet it still seems to be gaining traction each day. In fact, there are even more solid reasons to suspect that this miserable episode -- which will inflict more suffering on an already-battered region -- was contributed to by the activities of a certain homegrown corporation and not any eco-nuts or commies. While the premise is thus wholly wrong, the conclusion that this was a putative act of war might actually hold water. To wit:

Oil and War: Are there any two concepts in the realm of geopolitics more closely associated than resources and warfare? Oil in particular, as the primary lubricant of the global economy, earns special status as a sine qua non of our profligate lifestyles and simultaneously as an overt security interest that triggers our military mobilizations. We know about Iraq of course, and Afghanistan to a lesser extent for its strategic pipelining location, but don't overlook places such as Venezuela, Central Africa, and the Caribbean shelf around countries like Haiti as potential sites of future conflict over Black Gold. Indeed, it might be said that wherever there's oil, there's war -- or at least the seeds of conflict over a dwindling commodity that draws the interest of governments and corporations alike. The past decade has shown, and our national security documents reflect, that the U.S. will essentially do anything in its power to control as much of the world's remaining oil supplies as it possibly can, either through direct intervention or by proxy. There's nothing light or sweet about any of this; it is almost wholly crude.

Drilling and the 'War on Terra': Without overly editorializing the point, since at least the advent of industrialization it appears that humanity has made a Faustian bargain that renders us the enemies of the earth in order to survive. Notions of complementarity and sustainability have been supplanted by consumption and separation instead. The cruel joke is that our willingness to continually flout nature's laws leaves us in a perpetual state of scarcity and requires a regular doubling-down on the very same logic that made things scarce in the first place. Thus, in order to extend the life of the petroleum economy and provide the massive energy inputs that we rely upon, we have to drill deeper and deeper to procure the substance at ever-increasing energy costs in the process. This literal sense of "diminishing returns" is compounded by the attendant toll exacted on our collective health via fossil fuels, as well as the concomitant stratification of wealth and power that subverts any pretense we still hold of democracy. Massive spills and other calamities are part and parcel of this normalization of a warlike attitude toward nature (and thus ourselves), and are blithely considered little more than business as usual by the ruling elites, as intimated in an article on care2.com: "All this is the result of dangerous and unnecessary offshore drilling, yet in a statement Friday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the explosion was no reason to give up plans to expand offshore drilling. 'In all honesty I doubt this is the first accident that has happened and I doubt it will be the last,' Gibbs told reporters."

Halliburton IS the War Machine: Finally, we come to the most likely culprit in all of this, and a sure sign that indeed this is an act of war. Wherever Halliburton goes, so goes the war machine, and vice versa. From no-bid and no-account contracts in Iraq (and post-Katrina New Orleans, by the way) to a massive corporate presence in the Gulf region, these folks seem to have an acute capacity for making a buck on cataclysms of all sorts. Perhaps more to the point, they appear to be at the nexus of most disaster zones, including the erstwhile Bush Presidency and now the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. As a recent article in the Huffington Post notes:

"Giant oil-services provider Halliburton may be a primary suspect in the investigation into the oil rig explosion that has devastated the Gulf Coast, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though the investigation into the explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon site is still in its early stages, drilling experts agree that blame probably lies with flaws in the 'cementing' process -- that is, plugging holes in the pipeline seal by pumping cement into it from the rig. Halliburton was in charge of cementing for Deepwater Horizon."


The Los Angeles Times subsequently reported that members of Congress have called on Halliburton "to provide all documents relating to 'the possibility or risk of an explosion or blowout at the Deepwater Horizon rig and the status, adequacy, quality, monitoring, and inspection of the cementing work' by May 7." A YouTube video (which is actually mostly audio) more bluntly asserts that "Halliburton Caused Oil Spill," and notes the fact -- confirmed by Halliburton's own press release -- that its employees had worked on the final cementing "approximately 20 hours prior to the incident." Interestingly, one commenter on the YouTube video notes how "that would conveniently explain the North Korean story; [Halliburton] may have leaked this story to the press to divert attention away from alleged negligence." Wouldn't that just be the ultimate? Halliburton spawns the calamity but pins it on North Korea, and then the nation goes to war whereby Halliburton "cleans up" through billions in war-servicing contracts. It's almost too perfect, and might be funny if it didn't seem so plausible. (The only thing funnier is picturing Dick Cheney in the role of Exxon Valdez fall guy Joseph Hazelwood.)

But hey, there's no need to get conspiratorial about all of this. And what's happening in the Gulf -- now spreading into the Atlantic -- isn't funny at all. Indeed, war hardly ever is, and that's what we've got on our collective hands here, in one form or another. As Isaac Asimov once said, "It is not only the living who are killed in war." Cherished ideals, future generations, hopefulness, the earth itself -- all are among war's many casualties. The sooner we recognize the sense of pervasive warfare in our midst, embedded in the flow of our everyday lives, the sooner we can intentionally turn that essential corner toward peace, as Martin Luther King, Jr. alluded to in his Nobel speech:

"I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality."


Waking up to war may in fact be the first genuine step toward peace, both among ourselves and with the environment.

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Day Fires In Greece

Happy May Day, Comrades! Resistance is Fertile.



Greek police and protesters clash as fury over economic chaos spills on to streets
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:59 PM on 1st May 2010

Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets of Athens today over proposed austerity measures for cash-strapped Greece.

Clashes broke out between anarchists, who threw petrol bombs towards riot police, who used tear gas to control the crowds at the May Day rallies.

Foreign Office officials were "monitoring" the situation in Greece, a popular destination for British holidaymakers. An estimated three million visited the Mediterranean country last year.

Visitors were warned they face further disruption on Wednesday, when flights in and out of Greek airports will be cancelled during a 24-hour strike.

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