Some people don't seem to realize this a joke. Mostly
And this guy: "I have taken literally the only cool thing about crypto currency, that it is in theory bottom up instead of top-down and turned it into a Wall Street pyramid scheme please let me help you make this brain rot idea more hedge fund friendly"
THREAD: I've been covering big protests movements in Latin America a little over three years, and there are a few things that ALWAYS happen in regards to State claims about what's going on. I'd like to break down a few because it's timely to current Colombian protests:
1) THIS IS FUNDED BY [insert external enemy]!!!
States do not like the idea that movements against them can arise organically or ppl have agency. Even more than just PR (though it's that too) those in power prefer to blame their failings on invisible nefarious outsiders
I saw this in Venezuela (CIA)
Ecuador in 2019 (People couldn't believe indigenous were capable enough to shut down the country, so...Maduro and Correa)
Colombia in 2019 (Also Maduro)
Somehow in each of these events a faraway power convinced 100s of 1000s to take to the streets?
Details still emerging, but if counter protesters take away from this incident the idea that shooting Minga members has the tacit support of police, this could get very ugly very fast
A video gained high circulation yesterday that some people said was evidence the Minga were armed. The only evidence the video presented was a woman screaming "They're armed." All investigations have to this point, reported that was not the case
The Indigenous guard from the Minga, a communal indigenous movement composed of various communities from Cauca, have given an armed plainclothes polieman who they caught trying to infiltrate protests, back to authorities
All the politicos jockeying while loosely playing w the truth ahead of an upcoming election is normal- but when the carelessness involves COVID it's a lot less harmless
Just to be clear- the Duquee administrations rollout (or non rollout rather) has been been HORRIFIC and even included lies to the public, but the claims Petro is making here are not even supported by the article he is tweeting
With everyone talking about Wall Street, it seems like a good moment to talk about the Occupy Wall Street movement, which happened 10 years ago this year! I spent weeks there, and it was incredibly instructive both in State violence in the US and how movements fall apart 🧵
First, quick refresher. In 2011, securities traders nearly burned down the global economy. The response of the US gov to the crisis was the "too big to fail" bailouts. This pissed off a lot of ppl who felt they were being rewarded for predatory behavior while the poor suffered
I lived in Brooklyn and was interested in protests generally (always have been!). So when Adbusters (love that org) and some other groups announced a protest in Zuccoti Park, I went down to check it out and brought along a case of water to donate
I'm at Parque Nacional where student and union groups are gathering for a march downtown. This is just one of four rally points. The Minga, meanwhile are organizing their own march. This is shaping up to be big
Drummers warming up the crowd. People pouring in. Duque choosing to ignore the Minga, many of whom travelled for as much as ten days seems to have energized protests here
Holy moly. Without a doubt biggest concentrated protest I've seen since last November, and this is just one part...
We re marching south to Plaza Bolivar to meet 3 other manefestations
Latest: I travelled with indigenous protests in Colombia for four days to the capital Bogotá. This is what they want, why they're on the streets and an explainer on why their homelands have become so deadly. For the @newhumanitarian
1000's of Indigenous came to Bogotá to demand solutions for killings in their communities, unkept promises, and decades of neglect that have resulted in their regions becoming the deadliest areas of Colombia
A lot of these issues are deeply tied to the 2017 Peace Deal, which some critics say is failing due to an administration that wants to dismantle the accord. You can find more here
A thread for people who say "Racism isn't a problem in the US justice system"
A personal story of systemic discrimination: A long time ago I sold marijuana in New York City. A LOT of it. Like when I say a lot, I mean LOT. Probably supplied half of Bushwick. I was young and dumb
But most importantly, I was white. Now, I lived right across the street from the projects (Bushwick and Flushing) in BK. For four years I was selling about 20lbs of marijuana a week (back when it was more illegal). I regularly walked down the street with a felony on my person
BK cops regularly ran sting operations on kids in the projects who sold dimebags for pocket money- $10 bags of crappy weed. They ran surveillance as well. I regularly saw them cuffing teens for having about 20$ of weed
Sometimes I saw this while carrying 10lbs in a backpack
Jake is spot-on here: absurd accusations from Grayzone have gotten journos and local activists added to kill lists before (receipts below). It's a shame that they can never respond to credible criticism with anything but hysterical claims
I want to say something that will probably piss off some mutuals. Please bear with me to the end. I want to explain what "Antifa" really means but I want to start with how I misunderstood the phrase when I encountered the idea. I think its useful for clearing up misinformation 1/
2/ I was doing my thing on Venezuela a few years ago when some guys with Antifa imagery in their bios started contacting me, calling me an Imperialist and CIA and yada yada yada. I get it alot. I looked into their bios and found their activities consisted mostly of..
3/ Dressing up in silly costumes in Portland and play-fighting people for television cameras. Which, is patently stupid. I am also extremely allergic to the idea of silencing people's voices with violence. So I just classified them as oppressive little brats and moved on (cont'd)
JUST IN: first person report from a trusted friend and journo in Cucuta who wishes to remain nameless (thread)
"Violence against the "undesirable" returns to the neighborhoods of Cucuta. For some weeks now, in the largest neighborhoods of this city on the border with VZ..
the threat of "social cleansing" in being threatened by unidentified armed groups, 'delf-defense' forces, which they justify with an increase in insecurity in the area and the proliferation of micro-trafficking in drugs
This dynamic harkens back to paramilitary groups from the 80's and 90's and the beginning of the demobilization in the 2000's, consists in the selective killing of people who are allegedly related to crime
3) Buenaventura, which has the biggest Maritime port in Colombia brought the nation to it's knees in 2017 in exactly this manner. If Guajira joins the effort, much of the Northern Coast will be brought to a screeching halt as well
Unions and indigenous communities matter here
4) Meanwhile Protesters are set to march in most major cities. Bogota has a long history of activism, especially among student groups who regularly clash w police, but usually their protests don't have much staying power.
5) They have support from Unions, transportation workers, the Catholic church and a wide coalition of political parties. Police response will be a huge factor. If protesters are seen as being suppressed, that is likely to ignite their passions, and their staying power