Anti-racist demonstration in Poland


This video about Poland is called Legacy of Jedwabne.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Bialystok‘s walking anti-racism protest

Monday 05 September 2011

Hundreds of people participated in a “march of unity” in the Polish city of Bialystok on Sunday to express their opposition to a spate of racist and anti-Semitic attacks in the area.

Participants in the rally, which was organised by MPs from the governing centre-right Civic Platform party, walked in silence from the city centre to a monument of Ludwik Zamenhof, a Jewish doctor born in Bialystok who invented the Esperanto language.

The protesters gathered signatures under a manifesto calling for an end to a “wave of thoughtless hatred.”

A small counter-demonstration was staged by skinheads chanting neonazi slogans.

Last Wednesday, vandals desecrated a monument to hundreds of Jewish people who were burned alive by their Polish neighbours in Jedwabne village during World War II.

Other recent anti-Semitic or racist attacks in Poland have targeted a synagogue in the village of Orla, a Muslim centre in Bialystok and the Lithuanian minority in the Punsk region.

October 2011 election results in Poland: here.

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Lynching in ‘new’ Libya


This video is called What Happens To Black Libyan Soldiers When LIGF Captures Them.

Nigerian human rights groups condemned Libya‘s rebels at the weekend for singling out sub-Saharan Africans for arrest, torture and summary execution: here.

More than two months after The Wall Street Journal wrote about what amounted to ethnic cleansing of Black people in Misurata, The New York Times in today’s edition finally writes another piece about the racist attacks against Black people by the NATO-backed “rebels” from Benghazi, now installed in power. The article appears under the sanitized headline “Libyans Turn Wrath on Dark-Skinned Migrants”: here.

Libya: Rebels sent reinforcements to the outskirts of the besieged desert town of Bani Walid today after fighters there refused to surrender to the Nato-backed insurgents: here.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “Here we go again. The cheering crowds. The deposed dictator. The encomiums to freedom and liberty. The American military as savior. You would think we would have learned in Afghanistan or Iraq. But I guess not. I am waiting for a trucked-in crowd to rejoice as a Gadhafi statue is toppled and Barack Obama lands on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit to announce ‘Mission Accomplished.’ War, as long as you view it through the distorted lens of the corporate media, is not only entertaining, but allows us to confuse state power with personal power. It permits us to wallow in unchecked self-exaltation. We are a nation that loves to love itself”: here.

Campaigners demanded a transparent public inquiry today into allegations that Britain’s intelligence services were involved in illegal renditions and torture of terror suspects in Libya: here.

Bahrain keeps fighting for democracy


This is called DRAMATIC VIDEO Bahraini police attacking pro-democracy activists.

By Niall Green:

Protests continue against US-backed Bahraini dictatorship

5 September 2011

Six months after the US-backed regime in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain brutally suppressed a mass uprising of workers, the repression of the population continues.

Two activists went on hunger strike in a Bahraini prison last week to protest their politically motivated imprisonment and abuses they have endured in detention.

Human rights advocate Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and Abduljalil al-Singace, a member of the opposition Haq party, were sentenced to life in prison in June. They are among dozens of opposition figures imprisoned by the Bahraini regime since the outbreak of anti-monarchy protests in February.

Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of a hunger striker, claimed that her father was beaten while in custody. “His jaw was broken,” she told the AFP news agency on Saturday. “They also beat him repeatedly on his jaw in court. The doctor had told him to eat well for his health to improve but he has already lost too much weight in prison and yesterday he called me to say his blood sugar level has dropped.”

Meanwhile, there are signs of renewed opposition to Bahrain’s al-Khalifa monarchy.

An anti-regime protest of over 10,000 people broke out in the working class village of Sitra on the night on August 31. The demonstration, the largest in Bahrain since June, was in response to the killing of a 14-year-old boy by police during an earlier protest against the regime.

Ali Jawad Ahmed was apparently struck in the face by a teargas canister fired at close range by police into the crowd in Sitra. He died shortly afterward in nearby health center.

“They are supposed to lob the canisters of gas, not shoot them at people,” said Isa Hassan, the dead boy’s uncle. “Police use it as a weapon.”

Witnesses: Riot police clash with demonstrators in Bahrain: here.

This video is called Bahrain Centre for Human Rights on activists’ hunger strike.

200 Bahrain detainees on hunger strike: activist: here.

Irish-trained surgeons Ali Al-Ekri and Bassin Dahif have entered their second week of hunger strike prison in Bahrain along with 11 other doctors, nurses and paramedics. Already seven have collapsed and have required intravenous fluids. One is suicidal and prescribed anti-psychotic medication, another has diabetes. They all refuse to take their medication: here.

Irish-trained medics in Bahrain hunger strike: here.

Testimonies from Bahrain: Memories of a jailed activist’s wife: here.

Wikileaks : Bahrain king confided that he been exchanging messages with Iraqi ayatollah SISTANI: here.

Wikileaks: Hamad [King of Bahrain] asked the US if they could pull the plug of Arabsat & make Ajazeera disappear: here.