Sunday, 9 April 2017

Stop the War on Syria: Derry Protests!

Despite the weather and short notice, anti war activists from several groups, political parties and none took part in today's Stop the War Rally at Derry's cenotaph. This is not for the first time have the people of Derry have come out in opposition to atrocities carried out by and pending wars instigated by imperialist forces or their allies around the world. The aerial attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, apparently carried out by the Syrian regime, which appears to have involved chemical weapons, is another terrible outrage in the war which has devastated Syria since 2011. More than 72 people are now reported dead, 20 of these children, and over 200 horribly wounded. 

In calling todays rally following the sickening developments carried out in Syria this week, in a statement issued by the Derry Anti War Coalition a spokesperson said: "Like with so much reportage from Syria it is difficult to untangle the truth of who is responsible for the carnage. This latest atrocity, whether it is a direct chemical attack by the Syrian regime or a conventional attack on a rebel weapons compound holding chemicals as the Russian Government is claiming, only exposes the games of the outside forces involved in Syria's proxy war. While condemning this attack the DAWC contends that any further military intervention by outside forces such as the missile strikes launched by the Trump regime will only prolong the horror of this war for the Syrian people and must be resisted by anti-war and peace activists. This appalling attack therefore must not be used as a justification for yet further Western escalation This latest atrocity only adds to the litany of recent carnage in the region. Not so avidly reported by the Western media however is the Western backed assault on Mosul across the border in Iraq which is also causing a huge number of casualties. It is estimated that the US-led coalition bombing raids have killed around 1,500 civilians in March alone and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. On 28 March one US strike alone caused the deaths of 112 civilians in Mosul, according to a CNN report. The IAWM condemns all these attacks and calls for the withdrawal of all foreign militaries from the middle east and for peace negotiations to ensue. The attacks in Mosul and this recent horrific attack in Syria show the true horror of war for civilians and only underlines the urgency to stop these wars and achieve political solutions." 

From the build up to this current situation, both Russian and US forces propaganda war has already been in full swing. Assisted again by their 'neutral media' machines of the CNN, BBC, RT, FOX, SKY and RTE. Their media spin used to do just that, mass confusion and manipulation of viewers by relentless images of death and war which can also affect antiwar mobilisation against them at home. As the tension heightens both in Syria and now on the Korean peninsula, it is vital that we also to highlight issues locally such as US military refuelling at Shannon as well as engagement of Irish Troops involvement with NATO forces. For anarchists, we call on all workers to reject all forms of nationalism and further continuing imperialist wars on the streets. Although todays rally was small, it's important to continue the call for more protests and to demand NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

International Prisoner Solidarity in Derry with Palestine

Many trade union, political activists and community activists took to the streets of Derry earlier this afternoon in a show of solidarity Derry political prisoners in Palestine as part of an international day of solidarity with Political Prisoners. 
The event was organised by the Derry Branch of Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign who have to date carried out a number of successful solidarity actions with Palestinian Political Prisoners as well as the local BDS campaign. 
A number of speakers during todays event spoke of the recent arrests of 4 Human Rights Defenders from Hebron and Palestinian student Kifah Quzmar ordered imprisoned for six months without charge or trial on Monday 3rd April highlighting the brutal oppression that Palestinians are living under every day of their lives. For more images please visit our Facebook page at Derry Anarchists.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Barricade Bulletin No.3 OUT NOW!

Barricade Bulletin No.3 of Derry Anarchists free bi-monthly info sheet is now available in various bookshops and libraries around Derry.  If you can't wait or live outside Derry then here's a PDF Version Don't forget its good to share!


Over the past few weeks the PSNI has engaged in a campaign of harassment against pro-choice activists and the general public for allegedly obtaining the abortion pills from Women Help Women/Women on Web websites. This is a continuation of previous criminalisation attempts by the courts in order to inflict fear amongst people who have to resort to the abortion pills as their only available means to have  control over their reproductive choices and life.
While the archaic laws in Ireland criminalise women or sends them to England, abortion pills from and serve as a lifeline for women accessing abortion across Ireland. The pills are on the World Health Organisation's Essential Medicines list and are used all across the world for safe, early medical abortions.While abortion remains illegal and the trip to England expensive, the very safe abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, are a rescue from a nightmare for many people who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy.
The use of these pills is well-known practice, with a few mainstream media outlets covering the story and an open letter in June 2015 by 200 activists admitting to breaking the law by providing or procuring an abortion through the use of these pills.
It had appeared that while the authorities were aware of this practice they were indeed turning a blind eye to it with a few exceptions, namely the scapegoating of a 19-year-old student and a mother who procured pills for her teenage daughter.
The State are scared of the pills because they make an absolute mockery and joke of our laws. How much longer can they sit around pontificating about when women will be ready when safe abortions with pills are happening so regularly?
While the majority in society think that abortion should be decriminalised, this is not reflected by the politicians at Stormont who have allowed this intolerable situation to happen by presiding over the draconian law.
As it stands, 67,000 women a year die from unsafe abortions throughout the world. If we lose the choice, albeit the illegal choice, of the pills here we could see women returning to unsafe methods. The state is creating fertile land for pregnancy related deaths.
Earlier today, Monday 20th March, pro-choice activists and supporters of Alliance for Choice held several noisy protests outside PSNI headquaters in both Derry and Belfast in a respond to this new wave of attacks against women's rights in the six counties.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Successful First public meeting in Derry for IWW

Today in Derry, the Ireland Section of the Industrial Workers of the World held the first in what's to be a series of public talks on the history and current activity of the militant workers union. Organised by local members and supporters, the meeting was addressed by IWW Ireland regional organiser who began this afternoons event with a rendition of Joe Hill. The historical folk song tells the story of how a fellow Wobblie organiser was first imprisoned then executed of his workplace agitation in North America. 

A spokesperson for today's event stated "Today's gathering in Derry was to give people a general insight into the ideas and politics behind the Industrial Workers of the World. The speaker covered the history of IWW as an international labor union that was founded in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois touching on critical periods for our class since then, the different prominent figures involved of which, many of whom would have been from these shores. 

"Likewise todays event looked closely at the different guiding principles and achievements of the IWW to date, but more importantly the need for our class both within the workplace and at community level to take a stand against the corruption and arrogance of the bosses and capitalism alike. For us there is little difference as to what our class face here today, north and south and what it has had to face at the beginning of the last century when the IWW first emerged. The remedy for the challenges that we face today undoubtedly needs to be workplace and community self defence, agitation and organisation. The motto of Industrial Workers of the World is 'an injury to one - is an injury to all' that is why meetings like this today are taking place with branches forming across the country. Today's gathering was an important first step"
The Industrial Workers of the World are currently organising in Ireland and at present have members and supporters in towns and cities such Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Derry, Newry, Armagh, Monaghan, Galway amongst other areas. If you would like to get involved in your area then please use the following link.