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Berlusconi gets away with it

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Riot in Rome as Silvio Berlusconi survives as Italian premier by just THREE votes:

Incredulity quickly turned to fury today after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi survived not one but two no-confidence votes in parliament.

The multi-millionaire premier has been dogged by sex scandals and fraud allegations during his highly controversial stint in office but somehow managed to hang on to his position.

Riots erupted on the streets of Rome as protesters failed to come to terms with the fact that Teflon-coated Berlusconi, 74, had scraped through by just three votes.

Inside the parliament chamber, ushers had to pull apart brawling MPs and members of the opposition claimed crucial votes had been ‘bought’ by his party’.

An investigation has been already launched into the allegations.

Silvio Berlusconi vote sparks violence in Rome

The margin of victory was so razor-thin that Mr Berlusconi remains the leader of a lame-duck government which was declared “clinically dead” by the opposition. After months of political crisis, the prime minister scraped through by just three votes in the lower house of parliament, where his once-guaranteed majority was shattered by a split with his one-time ally, Gianfranco Fini, during the summer. Mr Berlusconi’s government defeated the no confidence motion by just 314 votes to 311. It won a similar vote in the upper house of parliament with a more comfortable majority.

Anarchy in the UK!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

TUITION FEES VOTE PROTEST: Charles and Camilla’s car attacked as thousands of students descend on Parliament 

Anarchists protesting against the student tuition fees rises attacked Prince Charles and Camilla’s car outside the London Palladium tonight.

The couple were due to attend the Royal Variety Performance, which was taking place close to the epicentre of a day of violent protest in Parliament Square.

Clarence House said that the couple were unharmed even though they were inside the car when the mob struck in the Regent Street attack.

 White paint exploded across the rear of the passenger side of the car and a window was broken.

Onlookers said Camilla looked extremely shaken after the incident.

Black Bloc Rocks Toronto

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Thousands protest summit in Canada; vandals smash windows, torch police cars.

Black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful protesters at the World Summit, torching police cruisers and smashing windows with baseball bats and hammers.

Police with shields and clubs earlier pushed back another small group of demonstrators who tried to head south toward the security fence surrounding the perimeter of the Group of Twenty global economic summit site. Some demonstrators hurled bottles at police.

“This isn’t our Toronto and my response is anger,” Toronto Mayor David Miller told CP24 television. “Every Torontonian should be outraged by this.”

The roving band of protesters in black balaclavas shattered shop windows for blocks, including at police headquarters, then shed some of their black clothes, revealing other garments, and continued to rampage through downtown Toronto.

Protesters torched at least two police cruisers in different parts of the city.

Police in riot gear and riding bikes formed a blockade, keeping protesters from approaching the security fence a few blocks south of the march route. Police closed a stretch of Toronto’s subway system along the protest route and the largest shopping mall downtown closed after the protest took a turn for the worse.

Anti-Nazis riot in Los Angeles

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

White supremacist rally ends with five arrests and two assaults, police say

A white supremacist rally on the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall ended with a handful of arrests Saturday afternoon as counter-protesters showered police and white supremacists with rocks, bottles and other debris.

[Update, 4:50 p.m.: All five people arrested were counter-protesters, police say.] A rally by 40 members of a group calling itself the National Socialist Movement drew hundreds of counter-protesters from throughout the region.

In the hours leading up to the rally, where members called for the removal of all nonwhites from America’s southwest, counter-protesters scuffled with people perceived to be sympathizing with the white supremacists’ message.

One man, who sported Nazi tattoos, was severely beaten near City Hall while another man, who carried a confusing sign about religion with a scribbled swastika, was pummeled by a mob of people on Spring Street between 1st and 2nd.

The Los Angeles Police Department went on tactical alert during the event and took responsibility for escorting the white supremacists to and from the demonstration site.

Earlier in the week the group had obtained a permit for the demonstration.

Cartman in Afghanistan!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Blackwater in Kabul, or Eric Cartman Gets an AK-47:

The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding a hearing today on Paravant, a previously little-known subsidiary of Xe Services (aka Blackwater). It caps a six-month investigation by the committee, and it promises to be a doozy.

Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the Democratic chair of the committee, met with reporters yesterday to give a sneak preview. According to a statement released last night by Levin, the investigation revealed “failures in U.S. government oversight” that allowed employees of Blackwater — sorry, Paravant (Levin said he saw “no meaningful distinction between the two”) — to go buck wild in Afghanistan.

Paravant employees were supposed to be helping train Afghan security forces. But according to the committee investigation, Paravant employees were also indulging in extracurricular activities like joyriding with automatic weapons, and treating an Afghan National Police arsenal like their own personal weapons stash.

The company first garnered headlines after two former Paravant contractors were arrested on murder charges in the shootings of two Afghans in a May 2009 traffic accident in Kabul. They were charged under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act. According to the Senate investigation, Paravant employees were involved in a second, previously undisclosed shooting that happened in December 2008.

Paravant program manager Johnnie Walker told committee staff the incident happened after an employee decided to get on the back of a moving car with a loaded AK-47 and “ride it like a stagecoach.” The employee accidentally discharged the rifle when the vehicle hit a bump. The round struck another Paravant team member, who was seriously injured.

Hat tip to Larvae!

Olympics-hating anarchists trash downtown Vancouver

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Thugs from Central Canada behind Olympic protests:

A loosely organized group of “thugs” from central Canada promoting anarchy were among 200 anti-Olympic protesters who marched through downtown Vancouver Saturday, smashing plate glass windows at Hudson’s Bay and TD bank, overturning newspaper boxes and assaulting bystanders, police say.

They used spray paint on cars and transit buses, tore down signs and threw about road construction barricades as they marched down the street.

The protest through the heart of downtown Vancouver marked the second consecutive day of anti-Olympic protests that organizers say will continue until the Winter Games end on Feb. 28.

The protests have drawn a wide array of groups who are trying to use the Olympics to attract media attention to their causes that range from stopping the tar sands to increasing health-care spending.

A march in memory of missing and murdered aboriginal women, slated for Sunday is expected to once again draw many anti-Olympic protesters.

Seven people were arrested Saturday and could face charges of assault, damage to property and possession of a dangerous weapon, Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu told reporters. Police recovered a bag with a hammer.

One protester had a bicycle chain wrapped around his fist when he was arrested. Vinegar-soaked rags were found in bags of some protesters.

The Olympic Resistance Network, an umbrella group that speaks for some of the protesters, said 13 people were arrested. ORN organizer Alissa Westergard-Thorpev refused to apologize for the vandalism, arguing that protesters have merely damaged property while police were armed with guns, batons and canisters of pepper spray. “Property damage is not the same as physical violence,” said Ms. Westergard-Thorpe.

Anachists Stir Up Chaos in Copenhagen

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Violence breaks out at climate protests:

Some 300 youths shrouded in black have thrown bricks and smashed windows as at least 30,000 people demonstrated in central Copenhagen to turn up the heat on world leaders debating global warming.

The rioters, whose faces were also covered, went on the rampage in the heart of the city, prompting swift arrests as some 50 policemen in riot gear intervened.

Demonstrators were forced to the ground and then bundled into vans. The rest of the march – the centrepiece of protests planned in 130 cities across the world – remained peaceful although tension was building as protesters condemned the violence.

The heart of the Danish capital was taken over by environmentalists and anti-capitalist demonstrators on a six-kilometre march that would take them to the venue of the ongoing UN conference.

Yet another reason to avoid Bulgaria

Monday, October 26th, 2009

‘Russian road roulette’ plagues streets of Sofia

A new game, known as “Russian road roulette”, is played every night at intersections throughout the Bulgarian capital. As many as five people have been killed and many injured since the craze took hold in the summer.

According to the rules, participants must drive at top speed and not apply their brakes.  The 50 or so drivers, most of them in their twenties and driving sports utility vehicles, gather at midnight at designated meeting points in the north of the city.

While lookouts watch for the police, the participants decide on the venue for the night. Other gang members are informed via texts and the gambling starts.

To win at Russian road roulette, the driver must jump red lights at busy crossroads at full speed and not collide with another vehicle, pedestrian or leave the road. If he hits an object, he loses the bet. Onlookers also take part by gambling on the outcome.

Chaos at Burlington Coat Factory

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Lottery hoax causes riot at Ohio coat store:

A woman being driven around in a rented limousine pulled up at a coat store and announced she’d won the lottery and would pay for everyone’s purchases, police said, but she ended up causing a riot when customers realized it was a hoax.

Angry customers threw merchandise around and looted, leaving the store looking as though a hurricane had passed through it, police said.

Linda Brown was arrested Tuesday after an hours-long shopping spree that began when she hired a stretch Hummer limousine to drop her off at a Burlington Coat Factory store, police Sgt. Lt. Michael Deakins said.

Brown walked to a cash register and loudly announced she had won the lottery and would pay for each person’s merchandise up to $500, he said.

Anti-Islam riots in London

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Rightwing and anti-fascist protesters riot in London

Riot police were struggling to contain protests by anti-fascist demonstrators and rightwing organisations outside a mosque in north-west London tonight.

Officers were hit by bricks and bottles as they tried to keep about 1,000 rival demonstrators apart outside the partially completed mosque near the tube station in Harrow.

Seven people had been arrested and weapons, including bottles of bleach, a hammer and a chisel, were seized, a Metropolitan police spokeswoman said.

Police were braced for trouble after the rightwing English Defence League (EDL) and a group called Stop the Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) said they would converge on the area at 5pm for a rally to mark the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Unite Against Facism called on its supporters to meet for a counter-demonstration.

At around 5pm demonstrators, some armed with weapons, broke through police ranks and ran through the streets.

The stand-off was still going at around 7pm, with groups of youths seperated by riot police.

Chinese Race Riot Anarchy

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Han Chinese groups demand blood in revenge for deadly riots

State police and paramilitaries deploy by the thousands in a bid to contain escalating tensions in Urumqi, in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence China has seen in years.

Thousands of Chinese, many wielding sticks, clubs and knives, marched today through Uighur neighborhoods of the northwestern city of Urumqi chanting “blood for blood” and singing the Chinese national anthem.

Chinese police and paramilitaries deployed by the thousands struggled to contain escalating tensions in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence the country has seen in years.

The marchers, who appeared to be ethnic Han, the majority in China, were demanding revenge for rioting by the Turkic-speaking Uighurs on Sunday in which 156 died.

“Let the government take care of this,” pleaded a local Communist official, Li Zhi, who stood on top of a van, shouting through a bullhorn.

When he continued, “Han and Uighurs need to live in harmony,” the crowd jeered him. Loud booms, which some witnesses said were tear-gas canisters, could be heard in the distance although it was unclear who they were directed against. Earlier in the day, Uighur women and children had marched in protest against the arrests of about 1,400 Uighur men.

Traditional Euro-Anarchy on May-Day

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

May Day turns violent in Turkey, Germany, Greece:

May Day protesters clashed with riot police in Germany, Turkey and Greece on Friday while thousands angry at the government’s responses to the global financial crisis took to the streets in France.

Rising unemployment across Europe and beyond has added intensity to May Day marches as last year’s market crash and banking meltdown rolls into the real economy.

There were early morning clashes in Germany and protests in Istanbul swiftly turned violent. Greek police clashed with self-styled anarchists.

Turkish riot police fired water cannon and tear gas, firing shots and pepper spray to disperse masked protesters.

Young men hurled stones and Molotov cocktails, smashing bank and shop windows in side streets.

An Istanbul police spokesman said 68 demonstrators were detained and 11 police wounded. Leftists and Kurdish separatists regularly clash with police at demonstrations in Turkey and the May Day protest last year also turned violent.

Vigilante chaos in Kenya

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

At least 24 stoned and hacked to death in Kenya violence

Residents of a central Kenyan town took up arms against a violent gang, sparking fierce battles in which at least 24 people were stoned and hacked to death, police said on Tuesday.

The clashes started late on Monday when residents organised in small groups armed with crude weapons decided to fight back against the Mungiki, a violent mafia-like extortionist group famous for beheading and skinning its victims.

“A total of 24 people are dead as we speak but we are not able to tell who is Mungiki and who is not,” a police spokesman, Eric Kiraithe, said. “It’s a very bad scene.”

“At night, the groups of locals started attacking some of the youths they suspected to be Mungiki members and slashed some of them to death,” he said. Police sources said at least three people were wounded and 37 suspected were arrested.

“People were screaming ‘fire,’ people were screaming ‘guns’. Somebody screamed ‘bomb’ “

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Bedlam Erupts At NYC ‘Top Model’ Auditions

Three people were arrested and six others were hurt on Saturday after bedlam broke out while contestants were waiting to audition for “America’s Next Top Model” in Manhattan.

“It was scary,” aspiring model Sofia Tancredi said. “The girls were crying.”

Officials said the chaos Saturday afternoon, involving hundreds of people outside the Park Central New York hotel, was prompted by smoke coming from an overheated car nearby that caused someone to yell “fire,” sparking a model stampede at the Midtown hotel.

Mere moments later, someone yelled about a man with a gun, leading to more running and screaming chaos. The panic left the street outside the hotel littered with the would-be models’ shoes and clothing, according to news reports.

Dragons riot in China

Monday, February 9th, 2009

China dragon dancers riot: police:

At least three police officers and 10 civilians were hurt in China in a riot sparked by dozens of traditional dragon dancers angered over being banned from performing, police and state media said Monday.

The disturbance occurred Sunday in rural Guizhou province in southwestern China after police banned the dance, part of traditional Lunar New Year celebrations, out of safety concerns, Xinhua news agency said.

The dancers then went to the local government headquarters in Dejiang county to stage a protest dance but were stopped by police. Clashes ensued that drew in crowds of more than 2,000 people, it said.

Anti-Israel Anarchy in London

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Protesters clash with police as 100,000 strong London Gaza demo descends into violence

Violent clashes occurred between police and around 20,000 protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London – with an estimated 100,000 protesters airing their views around the city.

Windows were smashed and policemen were injured – with one officer knocked unconscious in the running battles and two requiring treatment for facial injuries.

The protesters – mainly young men – knocked down barriers threw missiles including eggs, red paint, sticks and shoes as 300 officers in full riot gear tried to maintain the peace.

There were reports that some protesters had tried to set fire to police vans.

The violence, which broke out in front of the Israeli Embassy, appeared to be led by a hard-core of masked and hooded youths.

Ungovernable Greece ready for collaps

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Is Greece an ‘ungovernable’ democracy?:

The riots and sit-ins continued for a second week across Greece yesterday as protesters kept up pressure on the government to step aside and commentators described the country as being on the verge of “societal collapse.”

Universities and 400 high schools are occupied by student activists as a leaked police report revealed official fears that the current crisis will fuel a recruitment drive for Greece’s anarchist movement.

“Changing governments is not enough,” wrote commentator Giannis Pretenderis in the Athens daily newspaper Kathimerini, “because whichever government replaces the current one – whether a better or worse one – the country will remain ungovernable.”

Even more fun and games in Greece

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Greek youths break into state TV center, take over:

Protesters forced their way into Greece’s state NET television news studio Tuesday and interrupted a news broadcast featuring the prime minister so they could urge viewers to join mass anti-government demonstrations.

For more than a minute, about 10 youths blocked a broadcast showing a speech by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. Instead, they displayed banners reading: “Stop watching, get out onto the streets,” and “Free everyone who has been arrested.” No one was hurt, and no arrests were reported.

NET chairman Christos Panagopoulos claimed the protesters violently forced their way into the studio. “This goes beyond any limit,” he said.

It was the latest twist in 11 days of riots and protests after a policeman shot and killed a 15-year-old boy on Dec. 6. The violent protests have evolved from being just aimed at Greek police to being highly critical of Karamanlis’ conservative government.

“One of the guys half-way through the flight stood up and started smashing the overhead compartments”

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Holiday flight is diverted after mid-air brawl breaks out

A holiday flight between to Crete had to be diverted after a brawl erupted among drunken passengers, it has been revealed.

An eye-witness told how one man began smashing overhead luggage bins before the captain decided to land the plane in Venice.

Aoife O’Reilly, 18, a student from Dublin, said the men involved were all over 30 years of age and had obviously been drinking.
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She said: ‘We were up in the air and two guys – who were surprisingly a lot older than us – started fights.

‘Then we had to be redirected to Venice for a couple of hours. The police came on and had to get them off.

‘They had a couple of drinks on them, they were extremely aggressive.

Was Obama’s Birth Certificate Photoshopped?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Faked birth certificate suggests Obama may not be US citizen

It is now a virtual certainty that the “birth certificate” claimed by the Barack Obama campaign as authentic is a photoshopped fake.

The image, purporting to come from the Hawaii Department of Health, has been the subject of intense skepticism in the blogosphere in the past two weeks.

It has become even more suspect with the revelation that variations of the certificate image were posted on the Photobucket image aggregation website — including one listing the location of Obama’s birth as Antarctica, one with the certificate supposedly issued by the government of North Korea, and another including a purported photo of baby Barack — one of which has a “photo taken” time-stamp just two minutes before the article and accompanying image was posted on the left-wing Daily Kos blog.

That strongly suggests that Daily Kos obtained the image from Photobucket, not the State of Hawaii, the Obama family, or the Obama campaign. Photobucket is not known as a credible supplier of official vital records for any of the fifty states, and the liberties that other Photoshoppers took with the certificates confirms this.

Money falling from the sky in Indonesia

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Businessman Drops $10,600 From Plane

An Indonesain businessman sparked a scramble for cash when he dropped $10,600 (100 million rupiah) in banknotes from an aircraft to promote a book he has written.

A 13-year-old girl lost consciousness running after the notes and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital, the Detikcom online news service said.

Anarchists getting ready to trash the Democratic National Convention

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

ReCreate 68 Starting to Look Like a Threat to Peaceful Activist Groups

Denver could face a “dangerous situation” on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, war protesters said Thursday, after losing a coveted permit for Civic Center to the convention host committee.

“When things blow up because the police have to enforce a permit that the Democrats got, don’t blame us for that,” said Glenn Spagnuolo.

“Blame the Democrats for trying to silence dissent in the city of Denver.”

The lottery for permits to protest, pray or hold other events in city parks during the DNC Aug. 24 through 28 resumed Thursday after the city bungled the drawing Tuesday by accidentally leaving out some of the applicants’ names.

But when Jenny Anderson, event planner for the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee, won the permit for Civic Center for a kick-off Aug. 24, Spagnuolo accused the committee of creating a “very serious, dangerous situation . . . for everybody.”

More pirate fun off Somalia

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Weekly Pirate Report

04.04.2008: 0948 UTC: 13:12.84N – 050:14.63E, Gulf of Aden.
Ten pirates armed with AK47 guns and RPG in two speedboats attacked a sailing cruise vessel underway. They took hostage 30 crewmembers and hijacked the vessel to Somali coast. SSAS activated. Yemen maritime authorities and coalition forces informed.

01.04.2008: 1440 LT: Posn: 13:45.81N – 049:18.79E: Gulf of Aden.
Three speedboats chased and attacked the tanker underway with automatic weapons and rocket launchers. Master took evasive manoeuvres and increased speed. Later, boats moved away. Ship’s funnel and lifeboat were damaged by gunfire/RPG. An hour later, five speedboats chased the ship again from various directions. Ship took evasive manoeuvres and prevented the boats from closing in. Later the boats moved away. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre communicated with the coalition Navy, the owners and Master of ship to provide assistance as required. One coalition warship was in the vicinity monitoring the five speedboats.

Tear Gas Party in Michigan

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Police Tear Gas Crowd at College Party

Police early Sunday used tear gas to disperse a crowd at a large party near the campus of Michigan State University after fights broke out and officers were pelted with bottles and cans.

Police said in a statement that 3,000 to 4,000 people had gathered for the Cedar Fest party in East Lansing on Saturday night. Police said 52 people were arrested and 48 others ticketed for various offenses.

It wasn’t immediately whether there were any injuries.

Police said the crowd became increasingly unruly about 1 a.m., the Lansing State Journal and The State News reported.

Tear gas was fired about 2 a.m. after repeated loudspeaker warnings to leave were ignored, and the crowd had dispersed about an hour later. Police said about 80 officers from area jurisdictions worked to contain the crowd.

If Borat can do it, so can you

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

New York `Borat’ Lawsuit Is Dismissed

A judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit brought by a businessman shown in the movie “Borat” as he is chased down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

The 2006 hit, starring Cohen as a crass Kazakhstan journalist, can be deemed “newsworthy,” defined in its most liberal and far-reaching terms, U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said.

New York civil rights law provides limited protection for any person whose image is used for advertising or trade purposes without his written consent, she said, and the nonconsensual use of a person’s image to depict newsworthy events or matters of public interest is exempt from the law.

The lawsuit had sought unspecified damages from the movie’s producer, Twentieth Century Fox, for Jeffrey Lemerond, who claimed he was humiliated when the Borat character tried to catch him.

In the movie, Lemerond, a Dartmouth College graduate and financial analyst, is shown running and yelling “Go away!” as Borat chases him in an attempt to hug strangers.

Emo Riots in Mexico

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Anti-Emo Riots Break Out Across Mexico

Riot police have taken to the streets of several cities in Mexico to … defend emo kids?

A series of attacks on dyed-hair, eye-makeup-wearing emo kids began in early March when several hundred people went on an emo-beating rampage in Querétaro, a town of 1.5 million about 160 miles north of Mexico City.

The next week, shaggy-haired emo teenagers were harassed again by punks and rockabillys in the capital, prompting police protection and a segment on the TV news. Most recently, a Mexican newspaper reported that metal heads and gangsters have warned Tijuana’s emo kids to stay away from the town’s fair next month.

But the so-called emos are organizing, too. Last week, they demonstrated against the violence, pictured above, and Wednesday some met with police in Mexico City.

“They’re organizing to defend their right to be emo,” wrote Daniel Hernandez of LA Weekly on his personal blog, which has provided stellar coverage of the whole affair.

Pooty-Poot strikes again

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

KGB plot fears as London oligarch vanishes and traces of blood are found in his mansion

An international manhunt was launched last night for a Russian-born British media magnate whose mysterious disappearance has possible links to the murder of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Jet-setting billionaire Leonid Rozhetskin, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, vanished from his £1 million home just outside the Latvian capital Riga a week ago.

Last night, Latvian authorities expressed fears that Mr Rozhetskin, one of the co-founders and major shareholders in British business newspaper City AM, may have been murdered.

Drug Gang Charnel House Body Count Up To 33

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Backyard Body Count Up To 33 In Mexico

Mexican investigators found 19 more bodies buried in the backyard of a house in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, increasing the tally of corpses found there to 33, officials said Thursday.

Federal agents began digging in the yard in the La Cuesta neighborhood on March 1, initially finding six dismembered bodies, Mexico’s federal attorney general’s office said in a statement.

The remains date back about five years and all but three apparently are males, the statement said.
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The attorney general’s office did not say how the victims died or who may have buried the bodies. In the initial raid, authorities found 3,740 pounds of marijuana in the house.

Ciudad Juarez has been plagued by violence as Mexico’s crackdown on powerful drug cartels stokes turf wars among traffickers that have been linked to hundreds of killings in the past two years.

Hat tip to Kara!

Yet Another Soccer Riot in Columbia

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Soccer Riot Injures At Least 78

Violence among soccer fans in Colombia injured at least 78 people Saturday.

Emergency officials said 18 of those hurt in Saturday night’s brawl at the Cali stadium were stabbed.

The fights involved both fans and players from fiercely rival teams, and spread quickly on the field and in the stands.

The violence was sparked by a referee’s decision to not call a penalty kick against one of the teams. Players and the two coaches got into it, elbowing and punching each other. Fans set off firecrackers and tried to tear down the fencing. Riot police fired tear gas to try to calm things down.

“Yeahh it [the party] went wrong but it was well good. . . I mean it was f****** good.”

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

The world of real party animals: The internet gatecrashers who drug dogs, have group sex and trash homes

The tour of Julia Anscomb’s once beautiful home on the Sussex coast began in the kitchen.

“This is where we found Bailey,” she explained. Bailey is a lovable, shaggy-haired mongrel puppy and much loved family pet.

When Mrs Anscomb and her husband returned from a weekend away recently, Bailey was lying unconscious on the floor.

He’d been drugged. The incriminating evidence was left at the scene: discarded ecstasy tablets.

“He did eventually wake up, but for days he was very quiet, hardly moved and wouldn’t eat his food,” revealed a visibly distressed Mrs Anscomb yesterday.

Near the spot where the “comatose” canine was spreadeagled – and where Mrs Anscomb was now speaking – is a brand new luxury fridge. At least it used to be. Someone has vandalised it with a knife.

“It cost £600 and, as you can see, it is now covered in scratches,” said Mrs Anscomb. “It’s ruined.”

As for what happened to the washing machine (or, to be more accurate, on top of it), Mrs Anscomb, 37, could barely bring herself to say; she has been told it was where “group sex” had taken place.

The Anarchist’s Cookbook strikes again

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Toxin mystery at Las Vegas motel deepens

As police tried to piece together how a rare, deadly poison ended up in a motel for transients, the 57-year-old man who could hold the key lay unconscious in a hospital.

Adding to the mystery, police said firearms and an “anarchist type textbook” were found in the same room where the ricin was discovered two days later.

Capt. Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference late Friday that the book was tabbed at a spot with information about ricin. Police found the firearms and books on Tuesday after a manager at the Extended Stay America motel called police upon discovering weapons, he said, without elaborating.

EU and America cut and run from Kosovo, leaving giant mess

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

EU withdraws from Kosovo as Serbia protests

Hopes for a peaceful conclusion to the declaration of Kosovo’s independence were fading as the European Union announced it had withdrawn its staff from the north of the fledgling country in the face of increasingly angry Serb protests.

The civilian staff were meant to be preparing for the EU to take over responsibility for security in Kosovo from the United Nations.

The announcement of the withdrawal came as the United States – which backed Kosovo’s drive for independence – began to evacuate its American staff and their families from Serbia, offering US citizens the chance to join a convoy of 40 cars leaving Belgrade for Croatia.

“We are not sufficiently confident that they are safe here,” said US ambassador Cameron Munter. On Thursday protesters stormed and burned the US embassy in Belgrade. A week after tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the Kosovan capital Pristina to celebrate the country’s unilateral declaration of independence, Kosovo is already effectively partitioned.

Kosovo War Update

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Protesters Storm U.S. Embassy in Serbia and Set Fire Over Kosovo Independence

Rioters stormed the U.S. embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, on Thursday and started a fire in protest of Kosovo’s declaration of independence earlier this week.

Serbian media said a charred body was found inside the embassy.

U.S. officials told FOX News that the embassy building was secured and the fire was extinguished, but angry demonstrators were still rioting well into the night. The mayhem came after a large organized protest against the situation in Kosovo.

Sources have provided conflicting reports on how extensive the breach of the U.S. Embassy was. Some told FOX News that no protesters made it into the building, which has been closed this week.

Other reports from The Associated Press noted masked attackers had gained entry and tried to throw furniture from an office. The reports also said a blaze had broken out inside one of the offices.

Yet another narco-singer killing in Mexico

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Mexican drug hitmen kill singer near U.S. border

Drug hitmen have killed a popular Mexican singer along with his manager and assistant near the U.S. border, authorities said on Wednesday, the latest murder among musicians who sing “narcocorrido” ballads glorifying drug traffickers.

The body of Jesus Rey David Alfaro, known as “The Little Rooster,” was one of six that turned up tortured, murdered and pinned with threatening messages for Mexico’s army last week in the border town of Tijuana near San Diego.

“We believe Alfaro had links to the Arellano Felix cartel,” said an official with the Baja California state attorney general’s office who declined to be named.

War Warning Update

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

A week or two ago, I issued you all a war warning about Kosovo. Well, it has finally come to pass.

Enjoy the bloody mess! Hat tip to the USA (especially Condi Rice) and the EU…

Kosovo Declares Independence From Serbia

Kosovo’s parliament declared the disputed territory a nation on Sunday, mounting a historic bid to become an “independent and democratic state” backed by the U.S. and European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia.

Fireworks lit up the night sky over Kosovo’s capital Pristina, where thousands of giddy ethnic Albanians braved subfreezing temperatures to ride on the roofs of their cars, singing patriotic songs and chanting: “KLA! KLA!” the acronym for the now-disbanded rebel Kosovo Liberation Army.

“Kosovo is a republic _ an independent, democratic and sovereign state,” Kosovo’s parliament speaker Jakup Krasniqi said as the chamber burst into applause.

Serbia immediately denounced the declaration as illegal, and Russia also rejected it, demanding an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

President Bush said the U.S. would work to prevent violence after the declaration and the European Union appealed for calm, mindful of the risk that the declaration could plunge the turbulent Balkans back into instability.

Hours after the declaration, an explosion apparently caused by a hand-grenade rocked a U.N. courthouse in the Serb-controlled north of Kosovo, but no one was injured.

Update @ 16:45 – More here: Protestors riot at US embassy and here: Troops on standby for Kosovo duty

Update @ 18:45 – War fears as Kosovo declares ‘freedom’

Islam vs. Denmark, Day 7

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Arrests on 7th night of unrest across Denmark

Angry youths who have been setting fires in immigrant neighborhoods across Denmark for seven consecutive nights should expect no sympathy from society, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday.

“I think it will be the opposite, that a lot of people will turn their backs on them,” the prime minister said in interview with Denmark’s TV2 news channel.

It was the first time he had commented publicly on the weeklong youth violence that has kept police and firefighters busy in cities across Denmark.

It’s not clear what triggered the unrest but some observers say youths from Denmark’s immigrant communities were protesting against perceived police harassment, and suggested Wednesday’s reprinting of a cartoon lampooning the Prophet Muhammad may have aggravated the situation.

Islam vs. Denmark, Day 6

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Danish youths riot for sixth night

Gangs of rioters set fire to cars and garbage trucks in northern Copenhagen on Friday, the sixth night of rioting and vandalism that has spread from the capital to other Danish cities, police said on Saturday.

Five youths were arrested in the capital on Friday after 28 cars and 35 garbage trucks were burned, Copenhagen police duty officer Jakob Kristensen told Reuters.

Danish media said arrests in other towns brought to 29 the number of people police were holding.

Scores of cars and several schools have been vandalized or burned in the past week. Police could give no reason, but said that unusually mild weather and the closure of schools for a winter break might have contributed.

Islam vs. Denmark, Day 5

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Copenhagen police arrest six in fifth night of riots

Six youths were arrested in Copenhagen for setting cars and dumpsters ablaze and throwing stones at police in a fifth night of riots in a predominantly immigrant area of the Danish capital, police said Friday.

“We’ve had six arrests so far. They’ve been charged with throwing stones at police and setting fires to cars and waste containers,” Chief Inspector Henrik Olesen of the Copenhagen police told AFP.

At least 11 cars were torched in various neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, and 10 others in the nearby town of Kokkedal.

On Thursday, 17 youths were arrested for rioting the previous night.

“We don’t know why they’re rioting. I think it’s because they’re bored. Some people say it’s because of the cartoons but that’s not my opinion,” Olesen said.

Consider this Your War Warning

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

“Independence date: February 17″

The government has information suggesting that Hashim Thaci will declare Kosovo independence on February 17.

In talks with EU High Representative Javier Solana’s adviser Stefan Lene, Kosovo Minister Slobodan Samardžić said that the EU could not expect Serbia to sign off Kosovo’s independence, right before a unilateral declaration of Kosovo independence, said the Kosovo Ministry.

At this moment in time, by signing any sort of agreement with the EU, Serbia would be giving its consent and justification to creating a fake state on its territory, Samardžić reiterated, adding that Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica “will not sign such an act.”

The EU is attempting to get Serbia to sign any sort of agreement before February 17, since, by doing so, Serbia’s signature would be a signature for Kosovo independence, said the minister, adding that such a signature would justify the loss of 15 percent of its territory, and a violent breach of the UN Charter and Resolution 1244.

Kenya Implosion Update

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Kenyan opposition lawmaker killed

Gunmen killed an opposition lawmaker in Nairobi early Tuesday, an attack likely to stoke the ethnic fighting that has gripped Kenya since last month’s disputed presidential election.

As with the gangs that have killed rivals and torched homes in western Kenya, groups of armed youths began gathering after the shooting in the capital’s Mathare and Kibera slums. Since the Dec. 27 election, the death toll has soared over 800.

Two gunmen shot opposition lawmaker Mugabe Were as he drove to his house in suburban Nairobi, police said, adding they did not yet know if the political turmoil had motivated the slaying.

Radio heckler nearly triggers war with Iran

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

‘Filipino Monkey’ behind threats?

The threatening radio transmission heard at the end of a video showing harassing maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz may have come from a locally famous heckler known among ship drivers as the “Filipino Monkey.”

Since the Jan. 6 incident was announced to the public a day later, the U.S. Navy has said it’s unclear where the voice came from. In the videotape released by the Pentagon on Jan. 8, the screen goes black at the very end and the voice can be heard, distancing it from the scenes on the water.

“We don’t know for sure where they came from,” said Cmdr. Lydia Robertson, spokeswoman for 5th Fleet in Bahrain. “It could have been a shore station.”

While the threat — “I am coming to you. You will explode in a few minutes” — was picked up during the incident, further jacking up the tension, there’s no proof yet of its origin. And several Navy officials have said it’s difficult to figure out who’s talking.

Democracy, Kenyan-style

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Mob Torches Kenyan Church; 270 Killed in Election Riots

A mob torched a church sheltering hundreds of Kenyans fleeing election violence Tuesday, killing up to 50 people as four days of rioting and ethnic clashes marked some of the darkest times in this country’s history.

President Mwai Kibaki — sworn in Sunday in a vote that opponents say was rigged — said political parties should meet immediately and publicly call for calm. The opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, refused the offer.

“If he announces that he was not elected, then I will talk to him,” Odinga told The Associated Press. He accused the government of stoking the chaos, saying Kibaki’s administration “is guilty, directly, of genocide.”

Quiet French New Year’s: only 372 cars torched

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

372 French cars torched over “calm” New Year

Vandals torched 372 cars as France celebrated the New Year, down on the figure last year after a night the police described as “relatively calm”.

Cars are burned fairly regularly in France and the image of vehicles in flames in poor suburbs became symbolic of riots in 2005 when angry youths set fire to thousands of cars.

There is usually an increase in the number of cars torched on New Year’s Eve compared to other days of the year.

“The night was relatively calm, without notable incident, there were very few direct clashes with the security forces,” said a spokesman for the national police.

Parents brawl at School Christmas Program

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Chairs Thrown During Parents’ Fight at School Christmas Program

An apparent ongoing dispute between three parents erupted into a physical fight at an elementary school’s Christmas program Tuesday night.

Children in the first through third grades at Oak Hill Elementary School had just completed about three-quarters of the program when three parents began fighting.

Witnesses said the fight lasted about 10 minutes, and, according to an account by principal Sara Roberts, started when a father approached a student about pushing his daughter while on stage

Bolivia’s Implosion Begins

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Four Bolivian regions declare autonomy from government

Tensions were rising in Bolivia on Saturday as members of the country’s four highest natural gas-producing regions declared autonomy from the central government.

Ruben Costas, center, governor of Santa Cruz, celebrates as the Bolivian region declares autonomy Saturday.

Thousands waved the Santa Cruz region’s green-and-white flags in the streets as council members of the Santa Cruz, Tarija, Beni and Pando districts made the public announcement.

The officials displayed a green-bound document containing a set of statutes paving the way to a permanent separation from the Bolivian government.

Council representatives vowed to legitimize the so-called autonomy statutes through a referendum that would legally separate the natural-gas rich districts from President Evo Morales’ government.

Sudanese Riot Over Teddy Bear Named Mohammed

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Mob bay for teacher’s death

TERRIFIED teddy bear row teacher Gillian Gibbons was being held in a secret jail last night — after a 10,000-strong armed mob took to Sudan’s streets screaming: “Kill her, kill her.”

The Liverpool mum of two — convicted of insulting Islam by calling the bear Mohammed — was sneaked out of the capital Khartoum hours after being jailed for 15 days.

Software bug triggers Kmart riot

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Computer Glitch Leads To Brawl At Wauwatosa Kmart

A melee at a Kmart store in Wauwatosa Saturday morning was started by a computer glitch.

The store was running a promotion in which it would give away $10 to anyone applying for its credit card, but the computer glitch led to everyone’s application being granted — bestowing up to $4,000 in instant credit to anyone who applied even if they shouldn’t have qualified.

Once word started to spread about the so-called “free money” Saturday, witnesses said things got pretty nuts inside the Wauwatosa store.

Islam vs. France II: Day 2 Roundup

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Dozens injured in Paris rampage

Nearly 80 French police officers have been injured, six seriously, during a second night of riots by youths in the suburbs of Paris, police unions say.

The police say some officers suffered bullet wounds, while others were hurt by stones, fireworks and petrol bombs thrown at them in Villiers-le-Bel.

The youths said they were avenging the two teenagers killed when their motorcycle hit a police car on Sunday.

Scorecard To-Date:

Sunday: 30 buildings burnt, including 1 police station. 26 police and firefighters wounded. 9 Arrests, 2 teenagers killed (trigger for riots).

Monday: 70 buildings burnt, including 1 library, 2 schools. 77 officers wounded.

2005 High Score: 10,000 cars, 300 buildings burnt

Islam vs. France: Round 2, Day 2

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Further rioting in Paris suburb

French youths have been battling police for a second night in a suburb of Paris where two teenagers died after their motorcycle collided with a police car.

Up to 30 police officers are said to have been injured in the clashes.

Earlier in the day, a state prosecutor ordered a manslaughter inquiry into the deaths of the two teenagers in Villiers-le-Bel.

Local youths blame police for the deaths but police say the two teenagers were speeding and not wearing helmets.

The clashes come despite numerous appeals for calm, including one by President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is visiting China.

Several vehicles, including a police car, have been set on fire and there are reports that shots have been fired at police.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to keep rioters at bay.

Islam vs. France Riots: Round 2 begins

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Boys’ moped deaths ignite riot in Paris suburb

Rioting broke in one of Paris’s tinder box suburban housing estates last night after two young boys were killed when their moped collided with a police car.

Firefighters extinguish a vehicle left in flames after riots in a suburb of Paris
The scenes are reminiscent of the disturbances in 2005 which led to two months of serious rioting across much of France

Molotov cocktails were thrown, and cars and plastic bins set on fire following the tragedy in Tolinette, a notoriously crime-ridden district of Villiers-le-Bel, some 20 miles north of the centre of the French capital.

One police station was set alight and another, in a neighbouring suburb, was ransacked after youths threw cocktails, and set bins alight and upturned cars.

Ethnic Cleansing, LA Style

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Feds: Latino Gang Targeted Blacks

A south Los Angeles Latino street gang targeted African-American gang rivals and other blacks in a campaign of neighborhood “cleansing,” federal prosecutors say. Alleged leaders and foot soldiers in the Hispanic gang Florencia 13, also called F13, are being arraigned this week on charges stemming from a pair of federal indictments that allege that the gang kept a tight grip on its turf by shooting members of a rival gang—and sometimes random black civilians. The “most disturbing aspect” of the federal charges was that “innocent citizens … ended up being shot simply because of the color of their skin,” U.S. Attorney Thomas O’Brien told reporters in announcing the indictments.

Islam vs. Amsterdam – Day 6

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Violence flares again in Amsterdam

Disturbances broke out for a sixth successive night in an immigrant quarter of Amsterdam when four cars were set on fire, police said.

The unrest started after police shot dead a man of Moroccan origin last weekend who had stabbed and injured two officers.

The fires brought the total number of burnt cars to 11, a police spokesman said.

Anarchists on the attack in Copenhagen

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Danish clash sparks mass arrests

Police in Denmark say they expect to bring charges against many of the 437 people detained overnight following clashes in the capital, Copenhagen.

Police used tear gas against thousands of young demonstrators who were protesting against the closure of a youth centre earlier in the year.

The protesters had tried unsuccessfully to occupy a different building.

Burmese military slaughters the monks

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Burma: Thousands dead in massacre of the monks dumped in the jungle

Thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle, a former intelligence officer for Burma’s ruling junta has revealed.

The most senior official to defect so far, Hla Win, said: “Many more people have been killed in recent days than you’ve heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand.”

Mr Win, who spoke out as a Swedish diplomat predicted that the revolt has failed, said he fled when he was ordered to take part in a massacre of holy men. He has now reached the border with Thailand.

“I’ve actually heard callers on talk radio say that this guy deserved what he got for wearing a Texas T-shirt into a bar in the middle of Sooner country”

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Texas Football Fan Nearly Castrated in Bar Fight in Oklahoma Bar

To some Oklahoma football fans, there are things that just aren’t done in the heart of Sooner Nation, and one of them is to walk into a bar wearing a Texas Longhorns T-shirt.

That’s exactly what touched off a bloody skirmish that left a Texas-shirt-wearing fan nearly castrated and an Oklahoma fan facing aggravated assault charges that could put him in prison for up to five years.

The shocking case has set off a raging debate in this football-crazed region about the extreme passions behind a bitter rivalry. Some legal observers have even questioned whether this case could ever truly have an impartial jury.

Anarchists on the attack in Denmark

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Danish police clash with youths

Danish police have clashed with hundreds of rioting youths in the capital, Copenhagen.

Protesters threw stones and set cars ablaze. About 25 people were detained as police used tear gas to disperse the rioters in the Noerrebro district.

The unrest came as youths demonstrated to mark the six-month anniversary of the closure of a local youth centre.

Anarchy in the U.K.!

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Mob attacks English police station

A 100-STRONG mob attacked a police station in eastern England overnight hurling beer and wine bottles at the building after three people were arrested as they headed towards a nearby illegal music event, officers said.

The “major incident” broke out at the building in the coastal resort of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk shortly after midnight after police detained three people on suspicion of driving a vehicle carrying sound equipment.

Soon afterwards officers said they were called to an unlicensed music party taking place at a warehouse in the town’s Harfreys industrial estate.

Skateboarders preparing to terrorize San Francisco

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Skateboarders to go ‘wild’ in S.F. –

“Wild in the street” has city officials scrambling for details as more than 500 skateboarders are expected to descend onto the streets of San Francisco on the Fourth of July.

As of Monday, no route for the five-mile skateboard ride had been announced, the Police Department had few details and permits had not been secured with the Recreation and Park Department.

Organized by Emerica, a Southern California-based skateboarding shoe company, the free event is being promoted as inspired by Critical Mass, the London-born “Reclaim the Streets” movement and other grass-roots happenings.

The first “Wild in the Streets” event took place in New York City in 2002, drawing more than 1,000 participants. Subsequent events were held in Philadelphia in 2005 and Chicago in 2006.

Anarchists on the attack in Germany

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Violence as 30,000 join G-8 demos

Masked demonstrators hurled stones and flagpoles at police during a demonstration Saturday by tens of thousands of people against the upcoming Group of Eight summit in Germany, creating chaotic scenes near the harbor of the northern port of Rostock.

Officers in helmets and full body armor at one point had to back off before a hail of stones, while other officers chased down fleeing protesters.

Police marched in a line through a harborside street to scatter demonstrators, and were pelted with stones from behind. One of the organizers pleaded for calm from a loudspeaker.

The ultimate hippie tracking technology

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

German authorities use scent tracking to keep tabs on G-8 protesters

German authorities are using scent tracking to keep tabs on possibly violent protesters against next month’s Group of Eight summit – a tactic that is drawing comparisons with the methods of former East Germany’s secret police.

Scent samples have been taken from an undisclosed number of people believed to be a possible danger to the upcoming summit so that police dogs can pick out the perpetrators if there is violence, the Hamburger Morgenpost reported Tuesday.

Andreas Christeleit, a spokesman for federal prosecutors, confirmed the report but would give no further details.

Sarko vs. Socialist Racaille, Day 3

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Arrests, arson mark third-straight night of anti-Sarkozy protests

Arrests were made for the third night in a row in France as violent protests broke out in Paris, Toulouse and Lyon over the election of conservative Nicolas Sarkozy as president, police said late Tuesday.

The local office of Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement in the central city of Villeurbanne also caught fire in what police called arson.

In Paris, clashes between police and mainly leftist protesters occurred after about 150 demonstrators blocked access to Bastille Square. They chanted slogans such as ‘Sarko, fascist’ and ‘Police everywhere, justice nowhere.’ As police moved in to disperse the protesters, violence broke out.

One demonstrator was hurt and a number were arrested, mainly to identify the people involved in the violence, which has occurred each night since Sarkozy’s win in Sunday’s election, police said.

Sarko Riots Day 1 Update – Rioters: 28 + 730 vehicles, Police: 592

Monday, May 7th, 2007

French police arrest nearly 600 people in post-election violence+:

French police have arrested a total of 592 people across the country as bands of rioters protested conservative Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential election victory Sunday, French media reported.The police said a total of 730 vehicles were torched and 28 police officers were injured in violent incidents from Sunday night to Monday morning. Police fought stone-throwing rioters with tear gas, but it was not clear how many rioters were injured, according to Radio France.

Sarko-victory riots in France

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Police battle anti-Sarkozy protesters

RIOT police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters gathered in central Paris today to demonstrate against the presidential election victory of right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy.

The clashes took place on the Place de la Bastille where about 5000 supporters of the defeated Socialist candidate Segolene Royal had gone to await the election results, an AFP journalist said.

Up to 300 rioters, some of whom were masked, made running attacks on riot police who took up positions at the entrance to boulevards leading onto the square.

Earlier a small crowd of protesters, brandishing black and red anarchist flags, set fire to an effigy of Mr Sarkozy in the square before tearing it limb from limb and then stamping on it.

Mob rule on!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Digg Surrenders to Mob:

To say what happened today on Digg was a “user revolt” is an understatement. The Digg team deleted a story that linked to the decryption key for HD DVDs after receiving a take down demand and all hell broke loose. More stories appeared and were deleted, and users posting the stories were suspended.

That just got the Digg community fired up, and soon the entire Digg home page was filled with stories containing the decryption key. The users had taken control of the site, and unless Digg went into wholesale deletion mode and suspended a large portion of their users, there was absolutely nothing they could do to stop it.

Russian riots in Estonia

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Estonia blames Russia for unrest:

Estonia has accused Russia of provoking two nights of rioting over the removal of a Soviet war memorial in the centre of the capital, Tallinn. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said Moscow had made provocative statements and meddled in Estonia’s internal affairs. Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced serious concern over the removal of the World War II monument. One Russian protester was killed during the violence and 153 people were injured and some 800 arrests made.

Anarchists on the attack in Athens

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Anarchists Burn Athens Police Vehicles:

Suspected anarchists threw gasoline bombs at cars parked outside a central Athens police station on Thursday, destroying 12 vehicles in the latest in a series of arson attacks, authorities said.

Police said two patrol cars, four unmarked police cars and a police motorcycle were among the burned vehicles. There were no injuries or arrests.

The attack reportedly was carried out by a group of 30 to 40 masked youths in the capital’s Exarcheia district, a traditional stronghold for anarchists. The youths escaped on foot.

China gets a taste of its glorious future

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Gunmen ‘kill Chinese in Ethiopia’:

Nine Chinese oil workers have been killed in Ethiopia’s remote Ogaden region, Chinese state media reports. A Chinese oil exploration firm manager told Xinhua news agency seven more Chinese workers had been kidnapped. Xu Shuang said their base had been attacked by about 200 gunmen. There are also unconfirmed reports that dozens of Ethiopian workers had been killed.

Skinhead Riots in Budapest

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Hungary police teargas extremists

Hungarian police used water cannon and tear gas to repel around 1,000 skinheads and extremists in Budapest as anti-government protests marred celebrations of the country’s 1848 revolution.

As night fell Thursday, rightwing protesters hurling cobblestones and bottles confronted hundreds of police in riot gear after authorities announced the detention of Gyorgy Budahazy, a man suspected of being a key figure in riots last year and who had been in hiding for months.

About 500-800 protesters tried to break through police lines to reach Budhazy, who was being held at the nearby National Investigations Office.

Police drove the protesters away from the national investigations office, where rioters initially gathered in the early evening, back into the capital’s Heroes Square.

Greece vs. Anarchists, Day 1

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Rioting Breaks Out in Athens During Student Protest

Anarchist rioters clashed with police for over three hours on Thursday, hurling petrol bombs and smashing banks and stores while rampaging through central Athens. At least 20 people were hurt and 40 detained after the violence erupted outside parliament, during a rally attended by more than 20,000 students and academic staff against education reforms.

Denmakr vs. Communists, Day 4 – The Bulldozers Arrive

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Denmark rioters’ squat demolished:

Bulldozers have begun the demolition of a building at the centre of rioting in the Danish capital Copenhagen, after the eviction of squatters last week. About 650 people have been arrested following three nights of clashes between protesters and police.

Denmark vs. Communists, Day 3

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Anarchists flock to join Denmark rioters

Anarchists from across northern Europe flocked to join protesters in the Danish capital on Saturday after two nights of riots sparked by the eviction of squatters from an abandoned building that had been a center for young leftists and punk rockers.

More than 500 people, including scores of foreigners, have been arrested since the riots started Thursday. Authorities said more than 200 were arrested early Saturday following overnight clashes in which demonstrators pelted police with cobblestones and set fire to cars.

A school was also vandalized and several buildings damaged by fire overnight Saturday. One protester was reportedly wounded in the violence, while 25 were injured the night before in what police have called Denmark’s worst riots in a decade.

Police said activists from Sweden, Norway and Germany had joined hundreds of Danish youth in the protests. Sympathy protests were held in Germany, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Denmark vs. Communists – Day 2

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Danish protests spark 100 arrests:

Police in Denmark have arrested about 100 people during a second night of protests over the eviction of squatters from a youth centre in the capital. Officers in riot gear used tear gas to disperse demonstrators, as cars were set alight and petrol bombs thrown. The clashes have centred on the Youth House (Ungdomshuset) building in the Noerrebro district of Copenhagen.

Squatters riot in Copenhagen

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Eviction Protesters Fight Danish Police

Dozens were arrested after angry protesters threw cobblestones at police Thursday when an anti-terror squad started a disputed eviction of squatters from a downtown building, police said.

A German citizen was hospitalized after being hit in the head with an object, according to a hospital spokeswoman. His condition was not serious.

The highly publicized eviction has drawn ire from the squatters and other youth, who have viewed the former theater as free public housing for years.

Anarchy in Lebanon

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

1 Dead, 17 Injured in Student Clashes at Beirut University

Students for and against the government hurled rocks and furniture at each other Thursday as Lebanon’s power struggle turned violent on a university campus and spilled onto nearby streets. Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television said one of the militant group’s supporters was killed, but security officials could not immediately confirm the death. Security officials said at least 17 people were injured. Other TV stations reported that about 25 people were hurt.

Anarchy in Greece

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Greek police clash with anarchists

GREEK riot police clashed with self-styled anarchist youths in Athens overnight, turning the city centre into a battleground of billowing smoke for hours. The youths hurled hundreds of petrol bombs at police, burning four cars and one shop. Police retaliated with several rounds of teargas that choked up the capital’s streets.

Squatter Riots in Copenhagen

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Danish police arrest hundreds

Police in Denmark have arrested some 300 demonstrators in the capital, after a protest against the closure of a youth centre turned violent. About 1,000 protesters in Copenhagen threw cobblestones, bottles and fireworks and erected barricades. Police used teargas to try to break up the protests, comparing the scene on the streets to that of a “war zone”.