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I'd have placed anarchist movements more in Germany and Denmark (see the recent episodes around the G8 and of cleansing of Copenhagen).  Obviously we have our own 'rioters' in France.

But police abuse is certainly on an upwards trend - not surprising as our societies seem to crave "security" after being scared off by our politicians.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue May 22nd, 2007 at 02:46:56 AM EST
Our men (and women) from Barcelona have told about squatters in Barcelona, but as a blossoming community left to live.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue May 22nd, 2007 at 09:34:33 AM EST
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For use of the term Mediterranean Triangle for anarchist terrorism, read this [pdf!]. This is a 2005 report to the EP from Europol, based on member state reports. (Thus it is not by a monolythic European Union, nor are any states 'directed' to do anything.)

Here is the section on anarcho-terrorism in Spain in full:

Anarchist insurgence groups in Spain maintain close relationships - not only on an ideological level, but also as regards strategic support and co-operation - with groups of similar character in various European countries, mainly in Italy and Greece and, to a lesser extent, in France. Activists of these groups have carried out attacks on these countries' interests, almost in all cases from within their own national territory, as an act of solidarity with the demands of their ideological counterparts in the rest of the states affected.

In Spain, the last twelve months have seen the following acts of terrorism perpetrated by these groups - apart from other minor incidents-(in chronological order):
* Three attacks with Molotov cocktails against the DNI office at the
Granada city centre police station, the Guardia Civil headquarters and a "Burger King" restaurant in the same city;

  • Explosion of a device in a high-voltage pylon in San Quintín de Mediona (Barcelona);
  • Attack with two Molotov cocktails against a building of the Generalitat de Cataluña in Barcelona.

December 2004:
  • Explosion of two devices in the offices of real estate agencies in Barcelona;
  • Explosion of a device in a real estate agency in Barcelona.

January 2005:
* Explosion of a device in the Centro de Iniciativas para la Reinserción (Centre for Initiatives for Social Rehabilitation) of the Justice Department of the Generalitat in Barcelona.

April 2005:

  • Deactivation of an explosive device at a courier and urgent delivery service in Barcelona;
  • Explosion of a device near a real estate agency in Barcelona on two
separate occasions.

June 2005:
* Attack with three Molotov cocktails against two vehicles of the National Police Corps (CNP) and one of the Barcelona Local Police which at the time were entering a car park in Condal city.

July 2005:

  • Explosion of a device at the door of the Italian Cultural Institute in Barcelona;
  • Explosion of a device at an authorised "Fiat" car dealer located at el Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona).

As in former incidents, the attacks were carried out by placing explosive devices and throwing Molotov cocktails, as well as sending parcel bombs. The similarities, which have become evident in the technical reports on the composition of the explosive devices, substantiate the hypothesis that the individuals who built them had received very similar training, which may be the result of connections and interactions between them or the access to common sources (manuals, pamphlets, web pages, etc.). They even point to the possibility that the attacks on real estate agencies in Catalonia were perpetrated by the same individuals.

The majority of anarchist terrorist acts continue to obey motivations and objectives which are shared by all members of these groups, such as:

  • The continued detention of ORAI members in Spanish prisons;
  • The application of the Ficheros de Internos de Especial Seguimento- Control Directo (FIES-CD) penitentiary system;
  • Acts demonstrating "solidarity" with anarchists imprisoned in Spainand abroad;
  • Specific campaigns against the holding of international events (G-8 or IMF meetings, etc.).

The explosion that took place at the Italian Cultural Institute in Barcelona in June 2005, as well as the one that occurred at the door of an Italian authorised car dealer in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona) in July 2005, could fit perfectly well into the particular context of

* the detention of a suspect;
Europol #174172

  • the latest law enforcement operations targeting anarchist groups in Italy (more particularly those of May 2005);
  • the protests of people arrested at a demonstration in Barcelona on 25 June (the demonstration had been organised to protest against the law enforcement operations by the Italian police, referred to  above).

Controls on foreign nationals present at various acts of protest or demand, such as conferences, demonstrations or other actions taking place in Spain, as well as exchange of information with foreign agencies have shed light on the existence of close contacts between activists and members of anarchist groups mainly in Spain, Greece and Italy.

These connections lead them to carry out coinciding plans and operations, relying on permanent and smooth communication channels. In this context, it is important to emphasise the use of the Internet, since there are Internet addresses and web pages used systematically by the groups in question to call for meetings, publish demands, organise campaigns and spread the postulates of their ideology.

It has equally been noticed that communication between activists
usually takes place via e-mail accounts.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue May 22nd, 2007 at 10:07:53 AM EST
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