Tag Archives: manifestation

Black Blocs – “The Black Peril”?

It may be very difficult to not notice them during rallies. Hooded, dressed in black, they are hundreds, sometimes more, to parade during important local or more international political events.

A black bloc is a name given to groups of protesters who wear black clothing, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, motorcycle helmets with padding, or other face-concealing and face-protecting items. The clothing is used to conceal marchers’ identities, and hinder criminal prosecution, by making it difficult to distinguish between participants. It is also used to protect their faces and eyes from items, such as pepper-spray, which are often used by law enforcement during protests or civil unrest. The tactic allows the group to appear as one large unified mass.

Black bloc has become a generic term for ultraradical, highly mobilised leftwing groups often associated with anti-capitalism, anti-globalisation, anti-fascism and anarchism.

The black bloc is not a group or organisation, it’s something that happens on marches or actions. It’s not pre-planned: it relies on people turning up with the same ideas and clothes. That is why there is a “uniform”: people who want to take direct action and resist containment arrive on the day in black and identify people with the same ideas this way.

In the legal sense, those who damage property or fight the police have committed crimes, so yes they are criminals. But in everyday language, a criminal is someone who lives by criminal means…

The tactic was developed in the 1980s in the European autonomist movement’s protests against squatter evictions, nuclear power and restrictions on abortion, as well as other influences. Black blocs gained broader media attention outside Europe during the 1999 Seattle WTO protests, when a black bloc damaged property of Gap, Starbucks, Old Navy, and other multinational retail locations in downtown Seattle.

Continue reading Black Blocs – “The Black Peril”?


Unite Cyprus Now: It’s Now or Never

Both  sides of the political divide in Cyprus (Greek and Turkish) have renewed efforts to reunite the island more than 40 years after the island was divided along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkish troops invaded after supporters of union with Greece led a failed coup d’état.  THE FANATICS won and lot of people died from both sides. A lot of bodies have not been identified yet.

buffer zone cyprus
Credit: Eyes on Europe and the Middle East

Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met in the Swiss Alpine resort of Crans-Montana, joined by senior UN and European Union officials and the foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey.

“We came here for a solution. This problem, which has been continuing for 50 years, should now be resolved,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at the closed meeting, according to Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey)

Meanwhile, a big number of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots sent a message of reunification in Cyprus on Wednesday night. Members of 100 or more parties, unions and ordinary Cypriots as well assembled in the buffer zone cutting through Ledra Street in Nicosia, the divided capital of the island, as the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, Greece, Turkey and the UK, were holding a conference in Geneva in a bid to settle the decades-old problem.

The demonstrators held flags that read ‘Peace’ and placards saying ’50 years of failed negotiations. Solve it now’ and ‘#unitecyprusnow.

Credit : Dayanişma Facebook/caption


Dans la station alpine suisse de Crans-Montana, les négociations pour la réunification de l’île méditerranéenne de Chypre ont été relancées. Chypriotes grecs et turcs ont repris mercredi leurs négociations en Suisse dans une atmosphère “constructive”, a constaté le médiateur de l’ONU, qui juge qu’une réunification de l’île divisée depuis plus de 40 ans “n’est pas hors de portée”. Chypre est actuellement divisée par une ‘ligne verte’, contrôlée par les Casques bleus de l’ONU.

Entre-temps, un grand nombre de Chypriotes grecs et des Chypriotes turcs a envoyé un message de réunification à Chypre dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi. Les membres de 100 voire plus de partis , unions-syndicats et des citoyens Chypriotes ordinaires se sont aussi réunis autour de la zone tampon sur la Rue Ledras à Nicosie, la capitale de l’île toujours divisé. En même temps, les leaders chypriotes grecs et turcs, la Grèce, la Turquie et le Royaume-Uni, tenaient une conférence à Genève en vue de régler ce problème qui date déjà des plusieurs décennies.

Actuellement, les trois «garants» de la sécurité de l’île – Turquie, Grèce et Grande-Bretagne, ex-puissance coloniale – conservent le droit d’intervenir militairement. Mais Nicosie, soutenue par Athènes, réclame le retrait de tous les soldats turcs, ce que refusent les Chypriotes turcs.

Selon Libération qui évoque une source diplomatique, la Turquie serait prête à réduire de 80% sa présence militaire.

Les manifestants tenaient  des drapeaux et des banderoles sur lesquels on pouvait lire #unitecyprusnow #Peace ou encore “50 ans des négociations ratées. Trouvez-nous une solution maintenant!”