Monthly Archives: December 2008

THE SOUND OF THE HARD-ASS

That’s the new sound which is already breaking the neck of the headbangers.

A mix of hip-hop, favela funk, electronic sounds, and African beats. It´s called Kuduro (hard ass) and comes from Angola. Also it’s got a special break dance mixed with African aboriginal dancing.

The band it’s called Buraka Som Sistema and they’re from Portugal, Angola, Brazil and the UK.

Pay attention to it. “This is for the people of the sun, and it’s comming back again.”

RECLAIM THE STREETS

Though violent protests in Greece are almost over, students are still showing their anger through other means.

Yesterday they interrupted the news bulletin in TV to send a message and to denounce publicly Alexander’s Grigoropoulos death.

Also they have put a banner in Athens Acropolis signalling a worldwide demonstration for tomorrow.

The banner in the Athens Acropolis

The banner in the Athens Acropolis

It seems that civil protests are starting now to have more importance rather than violent acts.

It’s not only the death of a youth in a policeman hands what have taken all these problems out at that time. Also there’s the right of the people to demonstrate, and the necessity of breathing and feeling free in a oppressive world.

REBEL MUSIC

Let’s remember the always-healing Bob Marley’s words:

“Why can’t we roam this open country?

Oh, why can’t we be what we wanna be?

We want to be free.”

If you’re reading that, I’ll meet you tomorrow at 3 o’clock, at the roadblock, with the forces of victory.

And, again, like Bob says, if the policeman asks you for it… “Hey, Mr. Cop! Ain’t got no birth certificate on me now.”

UPDATE TO ‘NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE’

Today the jury of the De Menezes case have decided not to allow the two firearm officers to carry weapons anymore.

Although they are not going to jail for murderer, if they come back to frontline duties, they’ll never be allowed to have a gun with them.

A little bit of justice, but maybe not enough.

Justice 4 Jean.

TERRORIST SHOES?

Last press conference of US President George W. Bush in Bagdad, Iraq, has been unusually interrupted by a Iraqi journalist.

The journalist has thrown both of his shoes to Bush while he shouted: “Get your goodbye kiss, you dog!” Calling someone ‘dog’ is seen a really bad insult in the Arabic world.

Bush was talking to the journalists behind Nuri al Maliki, Iraq’s Prime Minister when everything happened.

The aggressor, a TV reporter stand up suddenly during the conference and thrown one of his shoe towards President Bush, who avoided the impact with a fast dodge.

Immediately after, the reporter has thrown the second shoe, which also hasn’t impacted against any of the politicians.

Mr Bush has smiled quickly and has explained that he never felt threatened at anytime. He also said that the incident hasn’t bothered him.

Other Iraqi journalists and colleagues of the shoe thrower have said sorry in name of his partner.

Bush is in Iraq doing his last official visit, as in January will be replaced by President-Elect Barack Obama.

THE QUESTIONS THAT EVERYBODY ARE ASKING TO THEMSELVES RIGHT NOW

Will now President Bush include in the evil list and bomb the shoes factories?

Will the brand of the shoes increase their sales in the Arabic world?

It seems that Iraq is not going to be a place to go on holidays for Mr Bush. The shoes, the plastic turkey…oh! …almost forgot! And a war with hundreds of thousands deaths.

LEADERS

Yesterday night football classic derby between F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid finished with 2-0 for the Catalan team.

Despite Schuster, Madrid’s coach, was fired last Tuesday and replaced by Juande Ramos (well known to Sevilla’s and Tottenham’s supporters), he couldn’t do nothing to avoid the defeat.

The match was controlled by Barcelona but they couldn’t score until the last ten minutes. Samuel Eto’o missed one penalty but he could get over his mistake by scoring the first goal of the night.

Only two minutes over the 90th minute Henry did a great pass to Leo Messi who scored with an intelligent shot.

The eternal enemies did a great job, and although Real Madrid played better than they have been playing lastly, it wasn’t enough to win.

BREAKING RECORDS

Now Barça is 12 points over Madrid and they seem confident enough to keep that winning rhythm. Time will tell.

However, numbers don’t lie: Barcelona has scored 3’06 goals per match, and Eto’o has scored 15 goals out to 15 games.

If they carry on with that, they’ll probably win La Liga, and will have serious chances to achieve La Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

After a couple of years with no tittles, Barça is back.

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE

Today Scotland Yard have said that the two firearms officers who shot to death Jean Charles de Menezes will return to frontline duties. Even though an inquest jury fundamentally rejected their account of the shooting and criticised almost every aspect of the police operation.

It is definitely unacceptable for the European and worldwide society that Scotland Yard readmit this two officers. They’re dangerous for the population. They assassinated one innocent man and they have to pay for it.

Justice 4 Jean

We are living in a Police State (Dead Prez videoclip)

I’VE SEEN THE STREETS BURNING AGAIN

Killed Alexander Grigoropoulos

The killing of a 15 year-old student in Greece by a policeman has raised important question marks in a debate where violence and authorities are on the centre of the topic.

It’s been now almost a week since Alexander Grigoropoulos died and the riots haven’t stopped so far.

In addition, a general strike was happened yesterday to protest against the government economic policies. More violent acts were produced all around the nation while the strike specially disrupted the transport and the public sector.

It is becoming common to see broken glass in the ground of every street, burned cars, roadblocks, ruined shops and other blueprints of people’s rage. In cities like Athens, Salonica, Rhodes or Patras violent demonstrations have immersed Greece in a chaos.

A YOUNG DEAD

Despite the ballistics tests have not yet been published, policemen defence lawyer says a ricochet killed the youth.

Police officer Epaminondas Korkoneas, 37, was charged with murder and police officer Vassilios Saraliotis, 31, was charged as an accomplice. The Athens court ordered both men to be held in jail pending their trial. No date for the trial was set.

However, the fact is that a teenager was killed and the bullet came from a policeman weapon. A weapon of the State.

The debate has open important questions again. Should police officers carry lethal weapons such pistols or machine guns?

THE RIGHT TO USE VIOLENCE

Some may say that the right to use the violence shouldn’t be monopoly of the State. And that’s why some violent groups of citizens demonstrate on the streets. That’s why they show their anger. They reclaim the streets and the right to use violence as self-defense when the State uses it against them.

Rioters use paving stones, petrol bombs and other handmade weapons. Police are armed with several lethal weapons and they carry shields, helmets and other padding protection.

Violence is a negative aspect of the human being, but reality is that it is in our nature. Considering that, we should learn about how to use it in a proper way rather than fighting until the strongest survives.

Confrontation in the streets doesn’t solve anything, and the worst of it is that it’s never going to take Alexander back to life.

A SOLUTION…?

In any case, people’s outrage is justified. It’s understandable that some citizens and groups or associations manifest violently their feelings against the State and the police.

If police is there to protect the citizens, who is going to protect them when police abuses of them, or when shooting a 15 year-old student, or when facing them in a demonstration?

Perhaps it’s too complicated to answer, but one thing is for sure; as long as police abuses exist, riots will exist as a response.

As long as human being exist, violence will exist. And State authorities can’t be the exclusive controllers of violence, because otherwise situations like Greek will happen again.

It happened something similar in France a few years ago, and if things continue in the same way, it could happen again anywhere. There’s a big problem to solve. Some say it’s the system and maybe they’re right.