Germany: Update on the trial of the anarchist comrade from Amsterdam accused of bank robbery in Aachen

Today, 1/12 was the final day of trial for the presentation of the evidence for or against the comrade from Amsterdam accused by the prosecution of Aachen of a bank robbery that took place in July …

Source: Germany: Update on the trial of the anarchist comrade from Amsterdam accused of bank robbery in Aachen

You’re Never Going To Keep Him Down

The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund


Ukrainian anti-fascists are, well, very tough.  Kharkiv’s Artem is a prime example.  Artem was attacked by a gang of at least ten neo-nazi shits, who stabbed him in the back several times in a clear attempt to murder him.

Most of us would probably be dead after that.  But Artem has rebounded wonderfully and is on his way to a full recovery.  The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund is happy to send some money his way to help him with his medical and rehab bills.  Pretty soon, he’s going to be back on the streets like nothing happened.  That’s Kharkiv hardcore!

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2,000 Veterans To Form ‘Human Shields’ To Protect Standing Rock Protesters Their support comes after state officials issued a deadline for protesters to vacate.

The protestors of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota are about to get some major support.

More than 2,000 veterans have agreed to act as “human shields” to protect protesters from December 4 to 7, according to a Facebook event. They launched the effort, called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock on Tuesday and after months of protesters clashing with the police over the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

The same day the group announced its initiative, state officials threatened toimpose fines and block supplies from reaching a nearby camp where protesters reside. Though officials backed away from the threat, Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s mandatory, immediate order for evacuation due to “anticipated harsh weather conditions,” announced Monday, still stands.

Protesters told CBS, however, that they won’t be moved. Community members are concerned that the $3.78 billion pipeline, which would carry at least about 470,000 barrels of oil across four states daily, would pollute a major water source and destroy ancestral burial and sacred prayer sites (The Guardian reports that construct workers have already destroyed some of these cultural sites). Protester Amos Cook told the outlet that they’re “not planning on going nowhere until we accomplish what we came here to do.”

The veterans will protest through the December 5 deadline the Army Corps placed on the Sioux tribe to vacate. On their Facebook event page, the group says its aim is to “support our country” and “stop this savage injustice being committed right here at home.” Though their protest will be nonviolent, they urge participants to bring body armor, gas masks, earplugs and shooting mufflers since protesters have been injured by police force. No drugs, alcohol or weapons will be allowed.

Veterans Stand for Standing Rock also launched a GoFundMe in early November to raise money to provide food, transportation and supplies for protesters.

To learn more about their fundraising efforts, click here.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that the pipeline cost $3.8 million to construct; that figure is actually $3.78 billion. It also misstated how many barrels of oil the pipeline would transport daily.

Language has been updated to note that The Guardian has reported that damage has already been done to other sacred tribal sites.


Keith Lamont Scott killing: No charges against officer, DA says

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN)The officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott won’t face charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, closing a two-month investigation into the killing that led to heated protests and divided the city of Charlotte.

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said he didn’t reach the decision alone; a total of 15 prosecutors unanimously agreed that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in shooting Scott on September 20 in an apartment complex parking lot.
In his hour-long announcement, Murray refuted a series of “erroneous claims” made shortly after the shooting. He said those narratives fueled widespread misconceptions about what actually happened.
Among them:
— Scott’s relatives said he didn’t have a gun, but “all the credible evidence” led to the conclusion that Scott was armed, Murray said. He said Scott’s DNA was on the grip of a gun found at the scene.
Murray also said at least three officers reported seeing Scott holding a gun before he was shot, though dashcam video did not show that detail.
— Shortly before the shooting, Scott visited a local convenience store. There, surveillance video showed a bulge around Scott’s ankle that was consistent with the holster and gun later described by officers, Murray said.
— One woman initially said a white officer killed Scott at the apartment complex — a narrative later echoed by protesters. But that woman later told investigators she didn’t actually see the shooting, Murray said.
Murray said Vinson, who is black, was the only officer who shot Scott. He said an analysis of the other officers’ guns showed those guns were fully loaded, while Vinson’s gun was missing several bullets.
— After the shooting, Scott’s daughter posted a video on Facebook Live saying her father was in his car reading a book. But the daughter also did not witness the shooting. And no book was found at the scene, Murray said.
Murray said that while criminal charges are not appropriate, “I know some are going to be frustrated.”
He said he met with Scott’s family Wednesday morning to tell them about his decision and said the family was “extremely gracious.”
Keith Lamont Scott and his wife, Rakeyia.
The district attorney’s announcement that no charges would be filed “doesn’t end our inquiry,” Scott family attorney Charles Monnett said Wednesday.
“We still have concerns,” Monnett said. “We still have real questions about what decisions were made that day,” such as whether police could have used better de-escalation techniques that may have prevented Scott’s death.
Another Scott family attorney, Justin Bamberg, acknowledged Wednesday that “it’s safe to say he did have a gun on his person” — but there was no definitive proof that he had the gun in his hand.
The district attorney said while police reported seeing Scott with both marijuana and a gun, there was no evidence to show Scott raised the gun. Regardless, Murray said, Scott “could have raised his gun at any point” to shoot officers.

Two months of tensions

Scott’s death sparked massive protests — sometimes violent — and fueled the national debate about whether police are too quick to use deadly force, particularly against black men.
The fact that the officer is also black doesn’t matter, some Charlotte residents said.
The deadly encounter started when police said they were looking for a person with an outstanding warrant at an apartment complex. That’s when Scott, 43, exited a vehicle with a gun.
After widespread demands for the release of dashcam video, officials released the footage in October. But it didn’t tell the complete story, such as whether Scott was holding or raising a gun.
The police footage shows an officer in plain clothes with his weapon drawn on Scott as Scott exits an SUV and begins walking backward. Vinson then shoots Scott four times.
Video taken by Scott’s widow shows a different perspective of what happened — but also doesn’t tell the complete story.
In that video, a man repeatedly yells for someone — apparently Scott — to “drop the gun.”
“He doesn’t have a gun. He has a TBI (traumatic brain injury),” Rakeyia Scott says, referencing an injury Scott sustained in a motorcycle accident. “He’s not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine.”
Tests of Scott’s blood indicated the presence of diazepam, amantadine, babapentin, nicotine, nordiazepam and promethazine. Scott’s family attorney said the drugs were being used to treat Scott’s traumatic brain injury.