Thursday, March 19, 2009

Our Riot History: The Poll Tax Riots

The riots and demonstrations against the introduction of the poll tax by Margret Thatcher is considered one of the most important historical moments in British history.

The Poll tax taxed individuals equally regardless of their income, and in 1990 the gap between rich and poor was past obscene. The rebellion against the poll tax immediately spread across the country.

The scale and
intensity of the riot and sustained protests garnered great rewards:
  • They contributed to the fall of Prime Minister Thatcher
  • They highlighted the huge divide between rich and poor in England
  • Immediately led to the repeal of the Poll Tax
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First Hand Accounts of the Riots

Anarchist Analysis

Monday, March 16, 2009

Riots Against the Commodification of Water

"water is people, it's life, it's not for sale"

"we want to crush this forum which wants to take our water"

Protesters shook up the World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey by demanding answers to the quickly dwindling world supply of fresh/free water.

also this weekend:

Riots Force Change In Pakistan

Irish Nationalist Riot

Montreal Against Police Brutality

The Collective Opposed to Police Brutality had their annual march in Montreal. It was soon broken up by the cops which ignited a riot. 220 arrests where made and scores of police vehicles and store windows smashed.