Conservative smears British Labour for Barcelona terrorism


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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saturday 19th August 2018

TORY MP Zac Goldsmith was accused of a “shameful” political smear yesterday after he shared a social media post linking the Barcelona terrorist attack with left-wing Labour group Momentum. …

The comment was retweeted by the MP for Richmond, who was accused of running one of the most racist campaigns in recent history in the run-up to the 2015 London mayoral election, in which he was defeated by Labour’s Sadiq Khan.

Momentum national spokeswoman Emma Rees said: “On behalf of Momentum, I offer our solidarity and condolences to all of those affected and urge Zac Goldsmith to retract his comments, apologise and show some respect for those who died in this tragic attack.”

Mr Goldmsith had not responded when the Star went to press.

Bloody attack in Barcelona abused for militarism, racism


This video says about itself:

Mass demonstrations and vigils in Barcelona following terror attack

18 August 2017

At least 14 people have died in the attack in Las Ramblas and attempted attack in Cambrils. Vigils and solidarity marches have been seen across Barcelona on 18 August, the day after the incidents.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 18 August 2017:

Spanish riot police has stopped a group of demonstrators at Plaza de Catalunya [in Barcelona]. A group of 20 to 30 right-wing extremists held up signs and banners which said: stop the Islamization of Europe. Hundreds of counter-demonstrators shouted “idiots” at them and raised their middle fingers at them.

The police drove the right-wing protesters from the square after which the counter-demonstrators applauded and calm returned.

So, obvious neo-fascists try to abuse the grief about the horrible bloody crime in Barcelona for stoking up racism.

Then, there is the Spanish minority government in Madrid. It is a government of Prime Minister Rajoy‘s Partido Popular. That party was founded by a minister of the late fascist dictator Francisco Franco. The Partido Popular abuse the criminal attack as well.

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López:

Rajoy threatens to deploy army inside Spain after Barcelona attack

19 August 2017

Well before the facts of Thursday’s horrific terror attack in Barcelona are clearly established, Spain’s right wing Popular Party (PP) government is pressing to deploy the army inside the country. This would be the first time that the army was deployed inside Spain since the country was ruled by the fascist regime of Francisco Franco, which took power via a 1936 military rebellion and a bloody three-year civil war.

Yesterday, Interior Minister Ignacio Zoido announced that he would for now keep the terror alert at level four on Spain’s five-point scale. However, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s PP government is summoning a defense council to discuss raising the terror alert to five, indicating a “very high and immediate danger of terrorist attack” and allowing for the domestic deployment of the army.

The Spanish army is already preparing for the move to alert level five. El Confidencial reported yesterday that Defense Minister Dolores Maria Cospedal had given the general staff “concrete orders” to “be ready” to deploy troops inside Spain within days. Cospedal had previously said in an interview with COPE radio that if the terror alert level were raised to five, “the army would intervene and it would be totally normal.”

The deployment of the army in Spain would not be aimed at preventing future attacks like the latest atrocity in Barcelona. Rather, the PP aims to impose martial law and shift political life in Spain far to the right. It aims to strangle workers struggles and settle its disputes with the pro-austerity Catalan regional government in Barcelona, which erupted in June after Barcelona scheduled a referendum on Catalan independence from Spain for October 1, along right-wing lines.

Less than two full days since the Barcelona attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) [ISIS], with many details of how they unfolded still unknown, the most serious questions are already raised about how the attacks were allowed to proceed. The CIA had sent warnings two months ago to the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan regional police, reporting that La Rambla was a terrorist target. On July 30, an IS-linked Twitter account announced an “imminent attack” in Spain.

Nonetheless, security was not apparently raised on La Rambla, even though Catalonia is known to be a center of jihadist activity in Spain. Spain’s state-linked think-tank Real Instituto Elcano noted, in a report published last year titled “The Islamic State in Spain,” that Spain’s National Court and Spanish security forces have an “extremely preventive strategy” involving mass surveillance of the Muslim population in Catalonia. Nonetheless, a large IS terror cell was allowed to prepare a major attack undisturbed.

It now appears that the attack was a botched attempt to prepare an even larger atrocity. Police suspect that a gas explosion late Wednesday at a house in Alcanar, a small town 224km from Barcelona, was in fact an accident during the preparation of bombs that were to be loaded into two vans rented in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda. This forced the terror cell to go into action immediately, before they were discovered. They drove one van into the crowd on La Rambla avenue in Barcelona Thursday at 4:50 p.m., killing 14 and wounding 126, with 17 still in critical condition.

Another car forced a police checkpoint on Diagonal Avenue in Barcelona around 8 p.m., hitting three policemen, and was shot at by police. A man was found dead in the back seat of the car, but with stab wounds, not bullet wounds, according to the Mossos d’Esquadra. It remains unclear whether this was related to the La Rambla attack.

After midnight on Friday morning, police shot and killed five suspected terrorists in Cambrils, as they tried to drive their Audi A3 through a police checkpoint and then assaulted civilians with knives and axes. A woman has since died of injuries sustained during this assault.

The five men killed by police in Cambrils were identified as Moussa Oukabir, 17, believed to be the driver of the van in Barcelona; El Houssaine Abbouyaaqoub, 19; Omar and Mohamed Hychami, 21 and 24; and Said Aallaa, 19. All were Moroccans living in Spain. There are reports that Younes Abbouyaaqoub, 22, El Houssaine’s brother, may have escaped and crossed the border into France, driving a Renault Kangoo van.

It is astonishing that, despite mass state surveillance, such a massive undertaking as the Barcelona-Cambrils attack could be prepared under the noses of Spanish police and the Mossos d’Esquadra. It is still unclear how this was possible. However, it appears that a major factor was the growing conflict between Madrid and Barcelona. Amid fears that the Catalan referendum might lead to conflict between the Mossos and Spain’s Guardia Civil, anti-terror collaboration between Catalan and central-Spanish law enforcement largely collapsed.

Catalan police unions are now sharply criticizing Madrid, accusing it of undermining the Mossos. Zoido denied them the right to hire 500 new agents, in what union official Imma Viudes told Público yesterday she believed was a “clear act of reprisal” for the scheduling of the Catalan independence referendum. Perhaps more significantly, according to police union official Sergi Miquel, Madrid also denies the Mossos access to Europol and other international police databases.

These points underscore the fraudulence of the PP’s drive now to impose martial law on the pretext that it is waging an all-out “war on terror.” Islamist networks in Europe are in fact trusted tools of European foreign policy, dispatching thousands of fighters to NATO wars for regime change in Syria and across the Middle East under the protection and the watchful eyes of the intelligence services. The so-called “war on terror” overwhelmingly is used as a pretext for the ruling elites to impose unpopular wars and austerity policies despite mass opposition.

Powerful factions of the Spanish ruling elite are seeking to use the attack to settle accounts with the Catalan bourgeois separatists in Barcelona. The pro-social-democratic daily El País, in its editorial titled “Attack in Barcelona,” bluntly demanded that the separatists drop the referendum: “An attack of this magnitude should be a wake-up call that brings back to reality the Catalan political forces that, from the Govern, the Parlement, or the Catalan independence movements have made the secessionist illusion the sole activity of Catalan political life in recent years.”

Officials in Madrid are doubtless asking themselves whether it would be easier to block the secession of Catalonia if not only the Guardia Civil, but also the Spanish army itself could be deployed to Barcelona.

Above all, however, the deployment of the army inside Spain would be aimed at the working class. Amid explosive social tensions in Spain, with unemployment at 18 percent and 40 percent among youth, it would only be a matter of time before the army was turned against the workers, as it was in the 1930s.

The Barcelona attack itself has already been used against workers struggles. … due to the terror attack, a security workers’ strike for better pay and conditions at Barcelona’s El Prat airport would be called off. Should the army be deployed amid a hysterical law-and-order atmosphere, it will no doubt play a similar function as the security forces in the French state of emergency, which were used to assault and intimidate protesters against last year’s pro-business labor law reform.

Bloody attack in Barcelona


People commemorate victims of attack in Barcelona

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier:

18 August 2017

At least 13 people have been killed and over 80 injured, 15 seriously, after a van ploughed through crowds of people on La Rambla, Barcelona’s busiest pedestrian street, Thursday afternoon. According to the Catalan regional interior minister, Joaquim Forn, it “is very possible” that the death toll will rise. …

Thursday’s attack in Barcelona is the sixth such attack in Europe in the last 13 months. Attacks where a person driving a vehicle ploughs through crowds in high-density areas have also taken place in Nice (France), Stockholm, Berlin, Paris and London. In several of these previous attacks, the terrorists were well known to the intelligence agencies. They were part of a broader milieu that has operated as a proxy force for the US and European powers’ regime-change operations in Libya and Syria.

The identity of the attackers in Spain remains unclear, however, though it appears that a coordinated attack has taken place. As of this writing, large-scale operations by police special forces are unfolding across Catalonia.

Just after the attack took place, the attacker was alleged to be Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan born in Aghbala, legally residing in Spain. He has a police record but was released from Figueres prison, which he left in 2012. However, Oukabir, after seeing his photographs in the media, came to the police station in the town of Ripoll, where he lives, to report the theft of his documents.

Oukabir is still under interrogation to clarify why he did not report the robbery earlier, but his brother Moussa, 18, has now been named as a suspect in the theft of his documents.

British Theresa May Trump’s poodle, even after Charlottesville


This 24 May 2017 video from Brussels, Belgium says about itself:

Interview with Maz Saleem, Stop the War Coalition UK at the Trump not Welcome demonstration in Brussels.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

May refuses to rule out state visit despite latest bigotry

Thursday 17th August 2017

THERESA MAY came under fire yesterday for failing to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit following his failure to condemn Nazis at Saturday’s deadly march in Charlottesville.

The PM joined condemnation of Mr Trump’s comments on Tuesday in which he partly blamed antifascists for violent clashes at a white nationalist march.

Ms May said: “I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them.”

However, despite growing pressure she stopped short of cancelling Mr Trump’s state visit.

Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith tweeted: “A state visit by Donald Trump would shame this country and betray all we stand for. Theresa May should revoke the invitation immediately.”

A Downing Street spokeswoman told the Star that there was “nothing to add” when asked whether Ms May would cancel Mr Trump’s invite.

Meanwhile, a demonstration against the US President’s “politics of warmongering, fear, hate and division” has been called by the Stand Up to Trump coalition and will take place this Saturday.

Novelist and poet Michael Rosen said that the “high-risk games that Trump is playing” could destroy the lives of millions.

Stand up to Trump spokeswoman Maz Saleem said: “Donald Trump has threatened to unleash a nuclear war in North Korea and military action against Venezuela.

“Meanwhile, the appalling events in Charlottesville show that his bigoted rhetoric is encouraging far-right extremism.”

The demonstration will take place from 12pm-1pm at the US embassy, Grosvenor Square, London.

See also here.

Charlotesville confrontation

The caption of the British Stand up to Trump coalition to this photo from the violent racist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA says:

On the Left is what courage looks like.

On the Right are coward Nazis hiding their faces. Ku Klux Klan.

Here’s why Heather Heyer was the worst nightmare of the so-called “alt-right.” And Charlottesville was illuminated by a different kind of light Wednesday, when thousands gathered at UVA for a candlelit vigil. [HuffPost]

MERRIAM-WEBSTER: SEARCHES FOR ‘FASCISM’ AND ‘BIGOT’ SPIKED Following the weekend’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. [HuffPost]

HOWARD FINEMAN: A DIVIDED COUNTRY IS WHAT TRUMP WANTS “Donald Trump seems perfectly willing to destroy the country to maintain his own power.” [HuffPost]

Trump’s attorney forwarded an email rant defending Robert E. Lee that reportedly said Black Lives Matter was infiltrated by terrorists.

President Donald Trump said he’s “sad to see” Confederate statues and monuments being taken down around the United States: here.

United States right-wingers advocate Charlottesville-style murder


This video from the USA says about itself:

Conservatives Caught Sharing ‘How-To Run Over People’ Video (GRAPHIC)

15 August 2017

[Rupert Murdoch‘s Fox News employee] Tucker Carlson’s website the Daily Caller posted a video demonstrating how you should run over liberal protesters. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

The Daily Caller in January posted a video compilation of “cars plowing through protesters,” instructing readers to “Study the technique” as “it may prove useful in the next four years.”

The video was compiled by Mike Raust, the Daily Caller’s video editor. It features a number of clips of people in cars and trucks driving through protestors blocking roads.

“If you are easily triggered, stop watching now,” a text at the start of the video reads. “Too late,” the next text says, as a truck drives through a protester. The compilation is set to a terrible acoustic rendition of Ludacris’ 2002 hit “Move Bitch.”

In an accompanying caption, Raust wrote: “Here’s a compilation of liberal protesters getting pushed out of the way by cars and trucks. Study the technique; it may prove useful in the next four years” — ostensibly a reference to protests in response to Donald Trump’s presidency.

“None of these clips are new, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still fresh,” Raust concluded.” …

As of writing the Raust video remains up on the Daily Caller and Fox Nation websites.

Read more here.

Black Lives Splatter racist decal from nazi site Daily Stormer

This variation on the United States racist “All Lives Splatter” decal which encourages drivers to wound or kill protesters against police brutality is specifically a call to kill or injure supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is from the nazi Internet site Daily Stormer, one of the organisers of the Charlottesville violent fascist rally. The murderer of Heather Heyer got his inspiration from this.

From Esquire:

[Tennessee] State Rep[ublican] Rep[resentative] Matthew Hill has filed a bill that says if a driver hits a protester who is blocking traffic in a public right-of-way, then that driver would be immune to civic liability if the demonstrator is hit and hurt, as long as it wasn’t intentional. “If you want to protest, fine, I am for peaceful protesting, not lawless rioters,” Hill said. “We don’t want anyone to be hurt, but people should not knowingly put themselves in harm’s way when you’ve got moms and dads trying to get their kids to school.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Klan Leader Celebrates Murder Of Heather Heyer

16 August 2017

This kind of behavior and rhetoric is par for the course among KKK members. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Brett Erlich, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“Leave it to a Klansman to disrespect a woman killed in a domestic terror attack mere days after her death.

According to the North Carolina-based news station WBTV, Justin Moore, a man who identified himself as the Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of Ku Klux Klan claimed Heather Heyer deserved to die in the attack on counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally.

“I’m sorta glad that them people got hit and I’m glad that girl died,” Moore said in a voicemail to WBTV. “They were a bunch of Communists out there protesting against somebody’s freedom of speech, so it doesn’t bother me that they got hurt at all.”

Moore went on to say that he thinks “we’re going to see more stuff like this happening at white nationalist events.””

Read more here.

08/16/2017 05:30 am ET. Sebastian Gorka, Who Has Downplayed Threat Of White Supremacists, Still Teaches Marines About Terrorism. After Charlottesville, Trump still employs an adviser who has described Islam as the key driver of violent extremism: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror

16 August 2017

Bree Newsome sparked a national debate in 2015 on Confederate monuments and symbols and their place in modern American society when she scaled a 30-foot flagpole in South Carolina and removed the Confederate flag from state Capitol grounds. Her action followed the massacre of nine African-American parishioners by a white supremacist at a Charleston church in South Carolina.

As police yelled for her to come down, she grabbed the Confederate flag and said, “You come against me with hatred … I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.” Footage of the event went viral and was seen around the world. The next month, state legislators voted to remove the Confederate flag permanently, following mounting pressure.

We speak with artist and activist Bree Newsome about renewed efforts around the country to remove Confederacy symbols following this weekend’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—where white nationalists and members of alt-right groups had gathered to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Backlash grows against Trump’s comments on Charlottesville violence

16 August 2017

Demonstrators near Donald Trump’s house have protested the US president’s response to Charlottesville violence.

Trump has moved back to his residence in Bedminster, New Jersey amid growing backlash.

Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett reports from Bedminster.

Against Charlottesville, USA nazi murder, Dutch Amsterdam solidarity tomorrow


This video from the USA says about itself:

Historian: Trump Defends White Supremacy to Maintain Elite Power Structure

16 August 2017

Gerald Horne says Trump‘s comments seek to disperse the culpability of white nationalists in the murder of Heather Heyer.

The anti-racist demonstration against the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the most frightening I have ever been to. Yes, I was in the crowd when a car—driven by a man who had been marching in uniform with a neo-Nazi group—slammed into the crowd, killing one and injuring at least 19. But that was only part of it: here.

Amsterdam Charlottesville solidarity demonstration

From Facebook in the Netherlands:

17-8-2017 DEMO AMSTERDAM: SOLIDARITY WITH THE ANTI-FASCISTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

Spui, 1012 XA Amsterdam

This Thursday there will be a demonstration in Amsterdam in solidarity with anti-fascists in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. Last Saturday, a neo-nazi drove his car into an anti-fascist protest against one of the biggest ever nazi demonstrations in the US, which took place on the same day. This resulted in multiple serious injuries. 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed. Solidarity with all anti-fascists in Charlottesville, Heather’s bereaved, and with everybody affected by extreme right violence.

Last Saturday, a large group of neo-nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, various Alt-Right groups and the National Socialist Movement wanted to come together in Charlottesville under the name “Unite the Right”, in order to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, Confederate general and a symbol of racism and segregation in the US. Already on Friday night, the day before the demonstration, a large group of extreme right activists gathered in Charlottesville. Armed with shields, bats, and torches, they shouted racist chants and attacked a small group of counter-demonstrators.

The following day, the extreme-right already flooded the city in the state of Virginia hours before their planned demonstration. There was a large amount of extreme-right militia members with automatic firearms in attendance. There were also massive counter demonstrations. The day resulted in many fights, and sometime after 12:30 PM, a neo-nazi drove his car into a crowd at an anti-fascist protest resulting in several serious injuries and the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

We would like to express our sympathy and our anger in the streets. Anti-fascism is and will always be necessary and is always legitimate. Come on Thursday to Amsterdam, 20:00, Spui!

AFA Nederland
AFA Amsterdam
AFA Den Haag
AFA Noordbrabant
Antifa Utrecht

See also here.