JUNE GLOBAL ROUND-UP
July 06, 2012
To look back at the first time we covered student protests in Quebec a few months ago and to see where the movement is now is astonishing. Movements across South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America are continuing to develop and accelerate at a rate we can hardly keep up with. Simultaneously, more and more people are becoming aware of the magnitude of these social movements, and that is only fueling the solidarity between these massive international social movements.
June has not led to any conclusions, only more possibilities. The People’s Record is excited to continue to track global social movements with our bi-monthly global round-ups and our daily reporting of protest news.
So far the month of June has been the busiest month in 2012 yet for global protest-movement news. Here’s a list of some of the protests and movements that shook the global capitalist system in the month of June:
- Thousands of Jordanian protesters stormed in the streets in Amman demanding the government lowers prices for everyday necessities, such as food & oil, as well as rallying for political reforms.
- 43 activists were arrested during a rally against education cuts in Auckland.
- In Syria, a rally was held to condemn the massacre of more than 100 people in the town of Houla.
- The FBI labeled the Occupy Movement a “domestic terrorrist” organization.
- A mock organization of “billionaires” protested outside of a Romney fundraiser in Newport Beach, California.
- Another surge of protests on Tahrir Square ignited and gained momentum.
- Ex-President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in jail for failing to stop the killing of protesters during last year’s massive revolution.
- Occupy Buffalo convinces the city of Buffalo to withdraw $45 million from JP Morgan.
- A heated demonstration is held against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel near the West Bank city of Nablus.
- Hundreds of Japanese anti-nuclear protesters gathered outside the prime minister’s office on Friday, beating drums and chanting slogans against the planned restart of reactors a year after the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.
- Thousands of people took to the streets of Istanbul to protest against plans by Turkey’s prime minister to bring in a new law on abortion, a practice he called “murder”. Women of all ages held banners with slogans including “My body, my choice” and “I am a woman not a mother, don’t touch my body” as they marched to the city’s Kadikoy Square.
- Thousands continue to rally in Montreal after failed tuition talks.
- Tahrir Square erupted as thousands of pro-democracy protesters called for another revolution. This came immediately after the verdict that Hosni Mubarak’s two sons would be acquitted of all charges and set free.
- Also, check out this day in Wikileaks.
- Hundreds of young settlers began marching from a West Bank outpost to Jerusalem to protest plans to raze five homes built on private Palestinian land.
- More than 500 environmental activist groups in Canada shut down their websites for a day to protest Canadian government policies that will make it easier to build pipelines to transport oil from Alberta’s vast tar sands.
- Police detained some 20 brave activists who were protesting outside Russia’s parliament where deputies debated a Kremlin-backed bill to hike fines for violations during rallies, a proposal the opposition says is aimed at smothering dissent.
- The “Dream Walkers,” undocumented youth who are walking from California to Washington, D.C. began a sit-in at Obama’s Colorado campaign headquarters that would continue for days with the students implementing a hunger strike into their protest two days later.
- A march protesting unpopular Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was attacked by violent police officers on horseback, ready to silence opposition and violate human rights.
- A hunger strike that had been taking place by Algerian union leaders reaches one month.
- HIV-positive Occupy Wall Street protester Jack Boyle went on hunger/medicine strike to protest trespassing charges against activists who were arrested at New York’s Trinity Church on December 17, 2011. The strike included his withholding from eating and taking medicine that is vital to his health.
- Thousands of protesters spilled into downtown Montreal, many of them naked or barely clothed, as police used stun grenades and truncheons to prevent them from confronting Montreal Grand Prix Formula One parties.
- In a protest, pro-Palestinian protesters burned an effigy of Premier Ted Baillieu opposing Israeli apartheid.
- China forbids international tourism to Tibet indefinitely amidst a long series of self-immolating activist-monks.
Occupy Wall Street activists and members of New York’s 99% delivered giant bags of cash to Governor Cuomo, hoping that a two million-dollar bribe will secure a long-awaited increase in New York State’s minimum wage.
- Taiwanese activists staged a protest in Taipei against US beef containing the feed additive ractopamine ahead of a parliamentary vote on a controversial bill to allow such imports.
- Following a wave of protests in Rome, hundreds of citizens protested adding landfills to their neighborhoods.
- Protesters from the Anonymous India group of hackers protested against laws they said gives the government control over censorship of internet usage in Mumbai.
- AT&T workers in California and Nevada walked off the job to protest a memo that impugned their work performance.
- More than 5,000 students marched in the streets of Chittagong, Bangladesh to protest education budget cuts & poorly funded universities.
- People in Pakistan once again took to the streets in protest against intensifying US assassination drone strikes.
- Filipino activists donned masks of US President Barak Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a burning of a mock American flag during a rally against USA’s presence in the country.
- Thousands participate in a march organized by Bahrain’s leading opposition society.
- In Athens, thousands of angry Greek citizens marched against the neo-Nazi leader of the Golden Dawn Party’s evasion of arrest.
- Man conducts hemp protest inside a cage on the sidewalk near the White House.
- Tens of thousands of Russians marched through Moscow amid a stream of banners demanding President Vladimir Putin step down and challenging new laws designed to curb protest against his strongly centralized rule.
- Protests against budget cuts in California saw 10 arrested.
- Spanish coal miners demonstrated with their headlamps by the thousands in a massive coordinated protest.
- Thousands of Australian workers rallied outside Parliament to protest against expected cuts to the state’s WorkCover scheme.
- Nine workers fanned out along the Lincoln Avenue overpass of the 57 freeway in Anaheim, California to bring attention to the crises of unemployment in America.
- Demonstrators flooded the Sacramento Capitol rotunda in California on June 13 to protest cuts to home care for the elderly and disabled. Police arrested 43 people.
- Massive protests break out across Bulgaria, and are met with severe police brutality.
- One of the most important developments of June has been the explosion of the Mexican Student Movement. We’ve posted several times in June already about massive, historically large protests in Mexico while the mainstream media continues to ignore the situation developing there.
- Chilean students called for two days of protest and reflection over the upcoming weeks, a sign of a new wave in their student movement.
- Parents in Oakland began sit-ins to save Oakland schools.
- Activists rally against Japanese decision to restart two reactors at Ohi nuclear power plant, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Bangkok, capital of Thailand.
- Thousands of Rohingya Muslims gathered in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to call for an end to the violence in the western Rakhine state (formerly known as Arakan).
- Diana Martinez, an 18-year-old undocumented student, was one of twelve arrested after refusing to leave their sit-in in the Hart Senate Office building.
- Egyptians gathered to protest ongoing military rule in Tahrir Square in Cairo.
- Prominent civil rights leaders joined protesters at a Harlem rally Saturday to voice objections to the Stop-and-Frisk police practice that has led to hundreds of thousands of innocent people being stopped and searched by officers. The next day on the 17th, the protests grew even larger and ended once again in police brutality.
- Teachers, wearing signs that read “I’m a teacher. Ask me what I’m doing,” sat grading papers on Saturday, June 16 at Yonge-Dundas Square as part of a “grade-in” to bring attention to education cuts.
- Hundreds in Japan continue to protest nuclear restart.
- The anti-austerity movement in Italy follows the lead of protesters in Greece as thousands take to the streets.
- Thousands in Portugal take to the streets against austerity measures on June 16 and 17.
- Syriza is tragically defeated in Greece elections but two parties have already announced their plans to form a new government.
- Authorities in the West African nation of Togo detained three protest leaders and 53 others over demonstrations in recent days that were dispersed with tear gas.
- Municipal IQ, a local government data and intelligence service institution, has warned that 2012 could be remembered as the year of service delivery protests if South Africans continue to take to the streets at their current rate.
- Sudanese riot police used tear gas and batons to disperse a student protest in Khartoum against the high cost of living and a government that allows the working poor to absorb all of the pressure of a strained economy.
- Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood wins Egypt’s election.
- A thousand anti-fracking activists stormed the Ohio statehouse calling for an end to fracking on their state.
- An Occupy-style protest camp emerges outside Euro 2012 fan zone in Kiev.
- French President Francois Hollande’s Socialists won an absolute parliamentary majority, strengthening his hand as he presses Germany to support debt-laden Euro Zone states hit by austerity cuts and ailing banks.
- In a spontaneous protest against the erratic power supply and the persistent problem of voltage fluctuations in their localities, a number of residents of Madipakkam and nearby areas, including Puzhuthivakkam and Ullagaram, squatted on the road on Saturday morning.
- More than 5,000 people showed up to watch the “Vagina Monologues” being performed on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol.
- Hundreds of teachers, families and students protested at Lakeview since another batch of school closures was announced.
- Hundreds of thousands in Egypt fill Tahrir Square again to demand an end to undemocratic military rule.
- Tens of thousands of students and citizens participated in a massive protest in Santiago, Chile.
- At around 6:30 a.m., a large balloon banner reading “Evictions Stop Here” was deployed above the embattled home of the Cruz family as 15 supporters of the Cruz family began an occupation of the rooftop in protest of the family’s unjust foreclosure.
- Wikileaks launches a fight-back campaign against illegal financial blockades.
- While presidents and prime ministers gather at the United Nations sustainability conference in Brazil to seek a balance between economic development and environmental protection, 200 non-government groups held their own alternative event.
- Palestinian land protests are held in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
- Sudan’s student movement threatened the regime in power as Sudan’s police force ordered its officers to put an end to the demonstrations “immediately”, after the protests spread throughout the capital expanding beyond the core of student activists initially involved.
- Around 100,000 participate in street protests in Quebec, as the student movement in Quebec continues to remain active and relevant.
- Brother Ali was among 13 protesters arrested in South Minneapolis as part of an ongoing occupation of a foreclosed home in South Minneapolis. More than 125 people rallied in support of a family fighting against a bank error to keep their home.
- Four climate change activists scaled gates at Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace home and locked themselves to railings in a protest demanding more urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
- During protests for the Israel Social Justice Movement, six police special unit officers – drag protest leader Daphne Leef out of a group of demonstrators on Rothschild Blvd. in Tel Aviv.
- Journalists in Burundhi begin organizing on behalf of Radio France Internationale reporter, Ruvakuki.
- Police officers on strike vandalize the police intelligence headquarters and burn documents in La Paz, Bolivia.
- Thousands in Arizona protested against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s tent city and and the state’s racist, immigrant-phobic police department.
- San Fransisco pride included contingents from the World Worker’s Party and a contingent in support of Breanna Manning,
- We launched our Wikileaks series.
- Around 20,000 people gathered in Tokyo to protest the Japanese government’s unilateral decision to restart two nuclear reactors.
- We posted our Wikileaks timeline and the first half of our interview with Julian Assange’s mother, Christine Assange.
- Six environmental activists were arrested at Oregon’s state capitol, two of them for climbing up flagpoles, while protesting a plan they said would sharply increase clear-cut logging of old-growth timber in a state forest.
- Nepalese police detained anti-government protesters who were demanding the resignation of Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai near the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- More than 1,000 Haitians marched through the Caribbean nation’s capital to protest a reported plan to destroy their hillside shanties for a flood-control project before they have found better, more permanent dwellings in the wake of a devastating earthquake.
- Florida activists groups protested Obama’s lack of action on LGBTQ discrimination at the work place.
- Spain’s indignados rumbled on with new movement tactics.
- We launched our new Facebook page!
- Tens of thousands of workers converged on the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires to protest government labor policies.
- Yet another Tibetan activist self-immolation, adding herself to the list of several dozens of others who have recently set themselves on fire in protest.
- Our post about why Breanna Manning deserves to be referred to as Breanna, not “Bradley” Manning.
- We posted the second part of our interview with Christine Assange.
- Ecuador renounced the human rights violations committed by members of the United States military.
- Protesters and police clash in protests in Greece.
- Anti-government rallies escalate in Santiago.
- Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched with the Chilean Student Movement in what is now becoming a more broad-based social movement in Chile.
- The movement against dangerous nuclear power in Japan grew, as hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Japanese protests.
- Police and protesters clashed in Bahrain.
- Teachers in Quebec publicly announced their plans to join up with the student movement.
- Hundreds of people marched Saturday through the streets of Chinatown in Los Angeles to protest against Wal-Mart’s plans to open a store in the neighborhood.