┐ Francis McKee went to Istanbul └

At the moment (11th June 2013; 1pm) in Istanbul, the police is trying to clear out Taksim square with water canons and tear gas. Protesters are putting up a fight, setting up more and more barricades and lightning some points on fire. “30 lawyers protesting against handling of Gezi protests detained in front of courtroom in Istanbul” One of the lawyers tweeted (Ismail Demirci): “We’re kept under custody in a lawless way right now. Nothing written, no order, no written proceedings, not even water until our friends arrived.” Police tried to enter the park but had to withdraw. It seems … Continue reading ┐ Francis McKee went to Istanbul └

┐ A bridge is more than a metaphor, it is a path we can walk └

photos taken from the Occupy Gezi blog After 4 days of protesting… “Police and demonstrators in Istanbul and the country’s capital, Ankara, clashed early Saturday. In Ankara, protesters attempted to march on parliament whilst in Istanbul skirmishes broke out as thousands of demonstrators tried to cross a bridge that spans the Bosphorus River. This bridge links the two continents Turkey covers — Europe and Asia. The demonstrators’ destination was the main square, scene of Friday’s violence. As the cause of the sit-in is put to one side, protesters are now venting their anger against the Turkish government and its Justice … Continue reading ┐ A bridge is more than a metaphor, it is a path we can walk └

┐ Dominic Nahr └

© Dominic Nahr, EGYPT. Cairo. January 29, 2011. A protestor, using the Egyptian flag as a face mask, takes a break inside a building during protests against the government of Hosni Mubarak which pushed towards Tahir Square. © Dominic Nahr, EGYPT. Cairo. January 30, 2011. Protestors cover an Army tank while they chant and sing after another day of protests in Tahir Square. © Dominic Nahr, EGYPT. Cairo. January 30, 2011. The National Democratic Party building along the Nile can still be seen engulfed in flames a day after it was set on fire during clashes with police at protests … Continue reading ┐ Dominic Nahr └

┐ an unwelcome guest └

© REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis, A masked protester holds a metal bar during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens OPEN LETTER TO ANGELA MERKEL Dear chancellor Merkel, We start by saying we address you only as chancellor of Germany. We did not vote for you and do not acknowledge the existence of a chancellor of Europe. We, the subscribers of this open letter, write to you as free citizens. Citizens of a country you wish to visit on the next 12th of November, as well as citizens in solidarity with all the countries attacked by austerity. Due to the … Continue reading ┐ an unwelcome guest └

┐ don’t say a word, don’t tell a soul └

some of my photographs from monday’s concentration in front of the parliament to fight Portugal’s austerity plans. as can be seen, this film has been to hell and back, which actually seems to suit the scene. what follows is an excerpt of a text distributed amongst protesters on 15O. “If you’re photographing a demonstration, make sure not to take any images that might incriminate others. A photograph can fall into the hands of the police and help them chase someone. The police can easily have access to these photos by capturing people’s cameras. (…) In case you’re arrested, do not … Continue reading ┐ don’t say a word, don’t tell a soul └

┐ “a terra é de quem a trabalha, os fascistas comem palha” └

yesterday, in Portugal. some thoughts on what is changing amidst the sort of protests we create here (pt). Also, just for foreigners, a brief description of the events via BBC. I don’t feel like elaborating on what’s happened just now. I’ll come back once my film is processed to share some images. For now a glimpse through the eyes of another: © D.R. © Ângelo Lucas/Global Imagens © Patrícia de Melo Moreira/AFP Continue reading ┐ “a terra é de quem a trabalha, os fascistas comem palha” └

┐ The Aesthetics of Vandalism – the consequences of having no consequences └

the twenty mugshots of Black Bloc protesters arrested Saturday in San Francisco. The detained protesters are now facing charges of conspiracy, riot, refusing to obey a lawful order from a police officer and resisting, delaying and obstructing a police officer, and assault and battery on a police officer. The bail for each person is VERY high, from $36,000 to 51,000. more details here (…)Gentrification is all about private property and the primacy of property rights over human needs in a market society. Vandalism of the property of wealthy invaders is an organic automatic response to the threat of dispossession gentrification … Continue reading ┐ The Aesthetics of Vandalism – the consequences of having no consequences └