A history of the mutiny of 70% of the Belfast police force during a dockers’ strike which brought together Catholic and Protestant workers in struggle.
This article is just an extract from a longer work on the 1907 Dock Strike in Belfast. This unearthing of the Labour history of Northern Ireland is not a purely academic exercise. History, or rather mythologies of history, remain a potent force in Irish politics, and yet the real traditions, the real record of class struggle particularly in the North has been ignored or conveniently buried by bourgeois historians. In published works the 1907 Dock Strike, the first attempt by the unskilled industrial workers of Ireland to organise and fight, rates a few paragraphs, the police mutiny a few sentences. No published work covers the 1919 General Strike, and the unemployment riots of 1934 again rate no more than a few paragraphs. Continue reading The Belfast police mutiny of 1907 – John Gray→
The eleventh issue of the Irish Anarchist Review goes to press in the middle of the biggest battle in the war against austerity in Ireland to date. Tens of thousands of people have taken part in mass demonstrations against the water charges, up and down the country thousands have taken part in acts of physical resistance against water meter installation and hundreds of thousands, at the very least, are getting ready to participate in a mass boycott of the charge. Continue reading Irish Anarchist Review Issue 11→
Nella giornata di ieri, domenica 9 agosto, nel centro di Belfast ha siflato un’imponente marcia repubblicana organizzata dalla “Anti-Internment League” per ribadire l’opposizione alle pratiche di internamento e di tortura dei militanti indipendentisti nordirlandesi. La parata è nata alcuni anni fa con l’intento di ricordare l’introduzione della pratica dell’internamento senza processo nell’agosto del 1971: questa prevedeva infatti che si potessero fermare e arrestare presunti terroristi senza stabilire un processo, ma venne ufficialmente messa al bando nel 1975. Continue reading Belfast, scontri alla marcia repubblicana contro l’internamento dei prigionieri politici→
Ours is a society in which, in every field, one group of people makes decisions, exercise control, limits choices, while the great majority have to accept these decisions, submit to this control and act within the limits of these externally imposed choices. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of housing: one of those basic human needs which throughout history and all over the world people have satisfied as well as they could for themselves, using the materials what were at hand and their own, and their neighbors labor. Continue reading Ireland: What Housing Crisis? This is a capitalist crisis→