Tuesday, 5 May 2015


A quick look at five years of Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government to help you decide.

All pictures by Arbolioto Blog. We were there every inch of the way.

Introduction to the Buller Boys

(some say Men)

Students: first target.

EMA march

Disabled: second target.

Shoulder to shoulder against cuts.

Politics of eviction: bedroom tax.

Flashmob targets architect of Bedroom Tax

Communities for sale.

Brixton community decimated

Soho destruction.

Protecting the NHS

Flashmob targets Policy Exchange

Birth of UK Uncut

Birth of Anonymous

Anonymous outside Ecuador Embassy

"No ifs not buts no NHS cuts"

Austerity fuelled England's riots



Libya War provoked destruction and migration

Even British police marching.


Occupy London Stock Exchange

The witch is dead.

The 99%


Anti Monsanto march

2010-15 in short: the politics of the bankster

Occuppy London Stock Exchange

Note: all pictures by Arbolioto Blog.

Occupy Trafalgar Square, 2011.

Make it happen.

Novermber 30 march for jobs.
Nuff said.

Monday, 19 January 2015

UNPRECEDENTED: 100 British press editors urge their govt to protect them from spy agency #GCHQ.

Every national newspaper editor has backed the Press Gazette Save Our Sources campaign and signed a joint letter of protest to Prime Minister David Cameron over police spying on journalists' phone records.
More than 100 editors have signed a letter co-ordinated by Press Gazette and the Society of Editors to warn that the draft code of practice on use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act puts journalists' sources at risk.
Politicians promised new controls in the code, but instead the new draft guidance states that police can continue to secretly view journalists' phone records provided they give “special consideration” to the “proportionality” of doing so.
The joint letter (full text below), submitted as part of the RIPA code consulation, states that the draft code “provides wholly inadequate protection for journalists’ sources”.
The signatories:
  • Stig Abell, Managing Editor, The Sun
  • Perry Austin-Clarke, Group Editor, Newsquest Yorkshire
  • Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times
  • Sam Barcroft, Owner, Barcroft Media
  • Neil Benson, Editorial Director Regionals, Trinity Mirror
  • Bob Bounds, Editor, Medway Messenger
  • David Bourn, Editorial Director, Scottish Provincial Press
  • Martin Breen, Editor, Sunday Life
  • Christine Buckley, Editor, The Journalist
  • Simon Bucks, Associate Editor, Sky News
  • Tony Carlin, Editor, Evening Times
  • Ian Carter, Editorial Director, the KM Group
  • Denis Cassidy, President, National Association of Press Agencies
  • Martin Clarke, Publisher, Mail Online
  • Pete Clifton, Editor-in-Chief, Press Association
  • Paul Connolly, Readers Editor, Belfast Telegraph
  • Nick Constable, Director, West Coast News
  • Jason Cowley, Editor, New Statesman
  • Allan Crow, Editor, Fife Free Press
  • Paul Dacre, Editor, Daily Mail and Associated Group Editor in Chief
  • Bart Dickson, Editor, Pressteam Scotland
  • David Dinsmore, Editor, The Sun
  • Ted Ditchburn, Managing Director, North News and Pictures
  • Noel Doran, Editor, The Irish News
  • Oliver Duff, Editor, The i Paper
  • Denise Eaton, Editor, Kent Messenger
  • Chris Elliott, Readers Editor, The Guardian
  • Lloyd Embley, Editor-in-Chief, Trinity Mirror
  • Robin Esser, Executive Managing Editor, Daily Mail
  • Chris Evans, Director of Content and Editor, The Daily Telegraph
  • Kate Farrington, Director, West Coast News
  • Lynne Fernquest, Editor, Bath News & Media
  • Charles Garside, Assistant Editor, Daily Mail
  • Liz Gerard, Editor, SubScribe
  • Mike Gilson, Editor, Belfast Telegraph
  • Sarah Goldthorpe, Editor, Soldier magazine
  • Alison Gow, Digital Innovations Editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals
  • Toby Granville, Group Editor, Daily Echo & Dorset Echo
  • Geordie Greig, Editor, The Mail On Sunday
  • Jonathan Grun, Emeritus Editor, Press Association
  • David Helliwell, Editor, News & Star/The Cumberland News
  • Ian Hislop, Editor, Private Eye
  • Neil Hodgkinson, Editor, Hull Daily Mail
  • David Holdsworth, Controller, BBC English Regions
  • Michael Jermey, Director of News and Current Affairs, ITV
  • Peter John, Group Editor, Newsquest Worcester/Stourbridge
  • Rachael Jolley, Editor, Index on Censorship
  • Mark Jones, Editor, Gazette Newspapers
  • David Jordan, Director of Editorial Policy and Standards, BBC
  • Gary Lawrence, Group Editor, Swindon Advertiser
  • Mark Leech, Offside Sports Photography
  • Michael Leidig, Editor, Central European News
  • Luke Lewis, Editor, Buzzfeed UK
  • Lisa Markwell, Editor, Independent on Sunday
  • Leigh Marles, Editor, Wirral Globe
  • Donald Martin, Editor-in-Chief, DC Thomson Newspapers
  • John Mulholland, Editor, The Observer
  • Ian Murray, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Daily Echo
  • Dawn Neesom, Editor, Daily Star
  • Victoria Newton, Editor, The Sun on Sunday
  • Rachel Oldroyd, Managing Editor, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Barrie Phillips-Jones, Editorial Director, NWN Media
  • Dominic Ponsford, Editor, Press Gazette
  • Amol Rajan, Editor, The Independent
  • Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian News & Media
  • John Ryley, Head of Sky News
  • Gerry Sammon, Editor, Rochdale Observer, Middleton Guardian, Heywood Advertiser
  • Sarah Sands, Editor, Evening Standard
  • Mike Sassi, Editor, Nottingham Post
  • Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, Society of Editors
  • Jason Seiken, Editor-in-Chief, Telegraph Media Group
  • Moira Sleight, Editor, Methodist Recorder
  • Chris Smith, UK Editor, Digiday
  • Shailesh Solanki, Editor, Eastern Eye
  • Paul Staines, Editor, Guido Fawkes’ Blog
  • Jon Steafel, Deputy Editor, Daily Mail
  • Ian Stewart, Editor, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday
  • Beverly Thomas, Managing Editor, Cambrian News Ltd
  • Darren Thwaites, Editor-in-Chief, Trinity Mirror North East
  • Martin Townsend, Editor, Sunday Express
  • Richard Trinder, Managing Editor, The Yorkshire Times
  • Catherine Turnbull, Editor, Haverhill Echo
  • Nick Turner, Head of digital content development, Cumbrian Newspapers
  • Fran Unsworth, Director, BBC World Service Group
  • Kevin Ward, Editor, South Wales Argus
  • John Wellington, Managing Editor, Mail on Sunday
  • Neil White, Editor in Chief, Local World Derbyshire & East Staffordshire
  • Hugh Whittow, Editor, Daily Express
  • Doug Wills, Managing Editor, Evening Standard and Independent titles
  • Giles Winn, Editor, The Murnaghan Programme, Sky News
  • Richard Wintle, Editor, Calyx News Agency
  • John Witherow, Editor, The Times
  • Peter Wright, Editor Emeritus, Associated Newspapers
  • Ted Young, Editor, Metro

The letter in full:
We, the undersigned, believe that the Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data Code of Practice as drafted provides wholly inadequate protection for journalists’ sources.
The revelation that the Metropolitan Police and other forces have used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to view the phone records of The Sun and its political editor and other journalists in order to identify and punish lawful police sources has caused widespread alarm across the journalism industry.
The new code appears to do very little which would stop a repeat of such abuse of RIPA.
The Act was intended for tackling serious crime such as terrorism but it is clearly being used by police in relation to relatively minor crimes.
The new code states: “Communications data is not subject to any form of professional privilege – the fact a communication took place does not disclose what was discussed, considered or advised.”
The mere fact a public official has contacted a newspaper is highly privileged information.
That an individual has contacted a lawyer or doctor tells us little. But the fact they have contacted a journalist identifies them as a source and exposes them to recrimination.
It is in everyone’s interest that the state recognises the over-arching importance of protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.
Public sector whistleblowers will not come forward to journalists in future if law enforcement agencies have the power to view journalists’ phone records at will The new guidelines merely state that the degree of interference with privacy “may be higher where the communications data being sought relates to a person who is a member of a profession that handles privileged or otherwise confidential information (such as a medical doctor, lawyer, journalist, Member of Parliament, or minister of religion).
“Such situations do not preclude an application being made. However applicants, giving special consideration to necessity and proportionality, must draw attention to any such circumstances that might lead to an unusual degree of intrusion or infringement of privacy, and clearly note when an application is made for the communications data of a medical doctor, lawyer, journalist, Member of Parliament, or minister of religion.”
The new guidelines also state that RIPA requests involving journalists can continue to be signed off internally at the agency concerned.
RIPA requests for journalists’ phone records should carry the same safeguards as already exist under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act when it comes to police requests for journalistic material and should be extremely rare.
RIPA requests involving the telecoms records of journalists (and so, also their sources) must require the approval of a judge who is best placed to balance the public interest in disclosure of the information versus the over-arching public interest in respecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.
The new Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data Code of Practice must explicitly prevent law enforcement officials viewing the phone records of journalists who are not themselves under suspicion of committing any crime.
The draft code only makes reference to “the degree of interference with privacy” and says nothing about the issue of state interference with press freedom. This is why a judge must consider the case for overriding source protection.
The code needs to balance the seriousness of the alleged crime against the public interest in protecting the confidentiality of all journalistic sources and potential whistleblowers.
The guidance needs to make it clear that a public official communicating information to a journalist without official approval (ie. a leak) cannot be sufficient justification for a RIPA telecoms request.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Updated November 2014.

A world wide trend.
Cyprus - United Kingdom - United States - Canada - Spain - Egypt - Bahrain - Ukraine - Greece - France - Germany - Russia - Chile - Poland - Israel - Thailand - Colombia - China - Philippines - Holand - Panama - India - Uganda - Borneo - South Korea - South Africa - Turkey.


 Ferguson, Missouri, US.

The story is familiar enough.

A young black unarmed teenager is gunned down by U.S. police with and eight-bullet volley.

He didn't stand a chance.

Civilised request for answers meet the regular response these days: snipers on top of war trucks.

The same tear gas exported by US to Egypt and Turkey, now in use in Ferguson, Missouri.

He was returning from college to check his exam results. They were good. He was looking into the future. So was his family.

Now they are all looking down a pit where his body was buried. Witnesses say he had his hands up. The policeman said he attacked him. Who do you believe? Just look at the pattern of repression to find the answer.

The name of the officer who fired the bullets was finally released but a Grand Jury did not find him guilty of any offence. It took several weeks to find out who had committed the crime. 

The whole event is shrouded in secrecy and silence from the authorities.

Life immitates art. The fog of tear gas envelopes proceedings and clouds solutions.

A predominantly black community (67%) has had enough from the overwhelmingly white police and local authorities. 

They want answers.

What they are getting is more overwhelming force used against them with snipers and telescopic sights trained against the crowd.

What they are getting is Humvees and MRAPS galore and quasi-military state of seige every day in many cities.

What they are getting is rubber bullets and tear. 

It will follow the same pattern of similar cases in Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, Chile, UK, France, Germany and other places where economic and social policies are implemented behind closed doors.

It is the result of years of war and profligacy by international banksters who now have their bonuses protected by law while the people suffer and want answers.

President Obama appeals for calm. He wants the crowd to forgive and forget. They will not. The grassroots is now taking over American cities and it will not stop until change from Washington is implemented.

Police wants the crowd dispersed and to go home.  

"That's martial law. We are not leaving. We will stay here until dawn comes", somebody in the crowd answers.
The situation is ongoing. 

Michael Brown, the murdered student.

But the situation is not new. It's part of a spiral of violence against the people. 

A pattern of violence that is designed to keep a failed system in place.

The system is called banksterism. It consists in printing incredible amounts of currency that doesn't even have  the value of the paper it's printed on.

The only worth of that paper money is that you are paying the cost with your labour while others spirit away the profits.

The money has to be parked (banked) somewhere and it has to provide some benefit. 

So the carpet baggers buy everything that belonged to the people at knocked down prices. 

There are more cases worldwide. 

Here are a few.

They all leave a trail of devastation and in many cases, of death. 

England, JULY 2013.

Sussex, July 2013.

On the weekend of 27-28th a group of concerned citizens in the area of Balcombe, Sussex, Southern England, staged a peaceful protest against a plan to 'frack' the area by big energy company Cuadrilla.

Police descended in the hundreds to break up the protest and protect Cuadrilla. The protest is ongoing.

Energy company Cuadrilla truck awaits the police to clear the road of local people.

'Fracking' is a highly controversial method of extracting gas and oil from the land. Its detractors believe that it pollutes the water bed and destroys the environment. 

They also claim that sufficient discussion has not taken place in the UK and that the government is bullodozing through permissions to 'frack'.

The government is justifying the speed and the violence as a vital need of UK finances.

London, July 2013.

A number of flats occupied by a community of artists was evicted at the beginning of July in Brixton, South London.

The UK Government has imposed severe financial austerity on Councils all over England, at the same time it pays trillions of pounds to bankers. 

By imposing austerity on neighborhood councils the government is able to remain in the background of the violent imposition of austerity.

Police are called in big numbers to assist the eviction of people for profit.

Flats will be sold to the rich at hundreds of thousands of pounds. Affordable housing for locals will be a thing of the past.

Some people call it 'ethnic cleansing' for profit.

Operation to enter a property.

Locals count the cost of police, council and government violence.

Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013. 

A simple dispute about the construction of a shopping center in central Istanbul unleashed some of the most brutal police repression seen in decades. A few occupy protesters had staged a camp in the square. That was enough for the Turkish government to lose their patience. As in other cities, the people are supposed to fall on their knees at any order from government. The square in this case was Taksim Square. But it could've been Zuccotti Park in New York, St Paul's in London or City Hall in Los Angeles.

How it all began. A peaceful demonstration against property developers and corrupt government intent in destroying the last remaining green space in the center of Istanbul.

Taksim Gezi Square. Around Thursday May 30th, morning.

A few hours later....

Many protesters were struck by tear gas canisers or rubber bullets in the face and body.  Live ammo also used. Many injured, possibly dead.

Indiscriminate use of tear gas Made in USA and rubber bullets.

Makeshift face protection against lethal tear gas canisters and rubber bullets used indiscriminately by police against protesters.

Frankfurt, Germany. June 2013. 

A similar story in Germany on the same day, Saturday 1st June. A group of occupy protesters decided to highlight the take-over of their government by the financial elite that is imposing undemocratic austerity and regulations to protect their interests.  

The fiat currencies have to be protected against any threats. Even unarmed civilians. A simple push can destroy the currencies with no value other than the authority of government.  An authority quickly eroding away, as these pictures show.

That's why so much repression and brutality against the people. Power has to be protected. The 1% depends on it.

As the eyes of the world were in Turkey, German police moved in heavy armour against their own people. 

The actions of authoritarian states answering to banksters and not to people.


Heavy protection for the € sign. A sign of our times. A simple push can send all fiat currencies crashing down.

This is now a very dangerous placard for governments anywhere in Europe. It just happens to be Frankfurt.

Cyprus, March 2013.  

This small country is the latest one added to the string of bailouts by governments desperate to maintain the status-quo of a fraudulent banking industry.

At first, the European Community wanted to make an example of Cyprus, despite their national debt being a fraction of that of Spain, Ireland or Greece.

They tried to steal up to 10% of deposits directly from the bank accounts of the population. But the middle classes went out into the streets to protest against their government.  

The European Central bankers and the Cyprus state started blaming each other and had to postpone the decision.

The latest round of talks left the poor and the middle classes theoretically out of the of the steal and instead targeted the rich, which now stand to lose 40%. These are the same types of rich that were left untouched in other EU countries. 

Why the different approach?

Stealing from the rich put the EU and Cyprus government in confrontation with Russia, which has called the EU "thieves".

There are no rules any more.  Governments are 
changing them as they go along.

The bottom line is that that the system is not just broken but rotten to the core. As for the poor and the middle classes, it is certain the EU financial elite will find ways of making them pay.

On the same day IMF top chief Christine Legarde was negotiating the bank theft of Cyprus, French authorities were raiding her home in Paris as she is a major suspect in an embezzlement and defrauding case in France involving the former president Sarkozy.

There is a name for all these people: banksters.  

Legarde is only one of many dotted around banks, international banking institutions and government authorities.

It could be called and conspiracy  A conspiracy against the people.

Christine Legarde, head of the International Monetary Fund.

Madrid, July 2012. 

 A woman is arrested by four anti-protest police. Her crime? To complain about being made victim of bankers and politicos who now want her to pay for their mistakes.

According to authorities, capital requires whole cities to operate, let alone roads, avenues, squares and even steps.

The way ahead will be cleared of obstacles not matter what, even if those obstacles are people.

Madrid: September 25 2012. Anti-austerity mass protest.

London again, February 2012. 

Seen at the steps of St Paul's Cathedral at the heart of London's financial district: praying Christians are being forcibly removed from a place of worship.

A warning to the world.  

Nothing is stopping capital.

What would you do if you were a member of a democratic government enforcing unpopular economic models and theories on a population that does not want them?

Do you change your policies? Do you engage in constructive discussion about what exactly the population wants in a democracy?

No. You would get more armoured protection for your police with longer batons and see-through shields so you can hit harder and more accurately.

You may even provide the police with a stockpile of rubber bullets and an extra 3,500 Tasers. You may even talk about live ammo.

Then you spy on your own people from every conceivable angle. You eavesdrop on their private conversations. You act in the night while everybody sane is asleep.

This seems to be the message from governments in many parts of the world, despite the fact that Police States have been using this kind of tactics for years and are now falling like flies.

The new policy in democracies is imposition by force.

Take a good look at this paraphernalia from hell. Because it might come to a city near you.

Or worse, to your front door.

This picture may have been taken in Brazil about two years ago. New protests have broken out there again.

This image above could have been taken anywhere, anytime in the world.  An Italian viewer said "immagini tremende ...molto doloroso vederli ...è il mondo in cui viviamo". 

It means "hurtful image....painful to look at....the world we live in".

It doesn't need to be like this.

South Africa, August 2012.

Lonmin Mine, Marikana.

The massacre that shocked to the world. 

Look at the vehicle protecting the police. It was made by a British company. 

Miners were protesting against working conditions of a mine based in London but extracting platinum in South Africa.

Very little is known about Lonmin, the mining company. Only that its share price was collapsing due to workforce unrest that demanded higher wages in the weeks prior to the massacre.

Heavily armed anti-protest police opened fire indiscriminately into the crowd with live ammo. 

Police claimed they were being attacked with sticks and stones.

Capital has to be protected. At any cost.  Lives of the poor are cheap, profits of the ultra-wealthy, very expensive.

In the days following the massacre Lonmin sent a message to the workforce: return to work or consider yourselves dismissed.

An international outcry followed. Lonmin postponed the decision of dismissal. 

But the connection was made: capital requires an obedient, docile workforce. 

The massacre claimed 34 lives that day. We are back to the 19th century where workers had to put their lives on the line for improvement in working conditions.

United Kingdom
London, August 2011.

Several cities burn as the dispossessed take stand.
Photo by Arbolioto from TV

Despite its riches, Britain has vast swathes of underprivileged young in many cities.  

Fifty per cent of black youth in the UK is unemployed according to latest figures.

The entire edifice of the democratic State is designed to ignore them politically and socially.  A few hand-outs to ease their condition is bitterly resented by the ruling elites.

If you dare to resist, the fist of an armed State will hit you hard. Or Taser you hard. Or kill you hard.

The same as in many other countries were finance rules the cities.

United Kingdom, 2011: anti protest police attacks UK Dale Farm occupants with mass of Taser guns.

The existence of white low income families is defined as "scroungers" by government ministers and "white trash" by upper class circles.  

In the United Kingdom 500,000 families "bump along the bottom" ignored by society. It came as a surprise after a report. This is not suppose to happen in a democracy. But it does.

The top 10% of British families are 500 times wealthier than the bottom 10%. It's not in the interest of governments to remind us of these kind of statistics.

Fines, bailiffs, police, anti-protest tactics, CCTVs, 'stop & search' and 'snatch squads' are all ways of applying unfair laws and limiting dissent.  

The government stance is about making the people pay. They call it 'austerity'.

But it's austerity only on you. Not on them. They still have money to pay £10 billion for Olympics and foreign wars.

Between August 6-10 2011 the underclass of Britain discovered they could be heard. 

They had to use their own language because society doesn't listen carefully. It's the language of the riot, the looting, the fire and the stone. As old as time itself.

 2011 Tottenham riots. Allied Carpets building.

As English cities were disintegrating one by one into a generalised civilian uprising police in London advised shops, cinemas and restaurants to close at 8pm.

It happened on Tuesday 9th August 2011.  England's social order had achieved boiling point and was about to breakdown completely.

August 2011, Looting in London.

This is what happens when you push too many people to the margins of society. And it happened in a democracy.

The people of England are ready to make sacrifices. But they want the rich to take the knock first. They took the lion's share of the fraud.

After the riots of England in August 2011, a new dissidence emerged in the two countries that were employing the harshest neo-liberal policies: United States and United Kingdom.

The Occupy Movement resonds.

One of two occupy camps in London 2011-2012.

Given government inaction to arrest bankers, citizens decided to camp outside the sources of their grief: Wall Street in New York and the London Stock Exchange.

They were protesting against capital.  They were spontaneously reacting against the 'financialisation' of countries.  

It happens when proper work has ceased to exist because it has been 'outsourced' by owners of manufacturing businesses to cheaper countries with no social legislation, like China or India. 

In the meantime, in the United States and United Kingdom everybody lives in a dream that capital can be replicated with the miracle solution of banking derivatives.

Banksters create the instruments that make them money, you pay the debt that replaces manufacturing.

For decades the buzz word in financial institutions was 'securitisation'.  It involved the repackaging of bad debt into good debt. It allows a nugget of gold (worth US$1,500) to be sold as thousands of tons of gold (millions of dollars). But don't ask for the metal itself. All you'll get is a piece of paper to the value of whatever the gold price is at the time, signed by some bureaucrat, like a Queen or the head of a bank. 

Because gold has been 'securitised'.

September (in New York) and October (in London) of 2011 saw the emergence of the Occupy movement. 

Their form of protest was the occupation of squares in the areas that harboured the bankers, industrialists and politicians and were causing the world misery.

Police are now deploying against them the latest anti-protest methods and techniques.

If you resist, anti-terror legislation might be used against you. Intimidation, harassment and forcible eviction are their tactics.

Occupation against banking fraud ends up with mass attack by bailiffs and riot police against the people.

But the protesters haven't done anything wrong, apart from exercising their democratic right.  

Surveillance techniques such as undercover infiltrators and 'snatch & grab' goons are being used against the Occupy Movement, Anonymous and others such as anti-war or environmental groups.

Police wants to be one step ahead. They have forgotten that the priority is the people and not bankers.

Photo by Arbolioto

England's urban unrest is heralding a new era in anti-protest control.  New theories in the administration justice are being applied.

From now on you will are presumed guilty, you will be hit hard. Minor offences will be punishable by long prison terms. In the meantime, newspaper moguls that bribed police and phone-hacked politicians, and banksters who stole millions walk free.

You will not be allowed to dissent openly in the streets against unfair austerity, political corruption or banking kleptocracy.

Police will take you out of action with exclusion zones and house arrest.

The new system is fail-safe for the merchants of greed. The profits of business have been privatised, the losses have been socialised: they are paid by the majority of the people, especially the underprivileged.

This has produced an underclass which has little to do with politics and is underrepresented in government. 

Their only option is to riot. Riot big.  Because there's a lot of them. In England in August 2011, anti-riot police vans were deployed into London from every corner of the country. 

Hundreds of them.

In London not even religion is spared from riot police: r
eviction of OccupyLSX.

Photo by Arbolioto. Piccadilly Circus, March 26 2011.

Notice to users of anti-protest tactics.

As the police deploys anti-protest equipment in the streets of a capital city, politicians refer to the targets as 'thugs', 'mindless anti socials', 'anti-capitalists', ' unruly protesters', 'looters', 'anarchists', 'criminals' and 'gangs'. 

This well help them to communicate the notion that neo-liberal peddlers and theorists are now in charge. 

Police and politicians are talking about 'people' or 'citizens' but they will never mention that word.

Mainstream media would then expect the police to go in hard to protect their privileges. Because, like it or not, they represent the ruler's financial insanity.

Repression does not come cheap. But austerity measures can be accommodated according to the urgent needs of the rich.

As a bonus, it has a good export market with friendly neo-liberal regimes eager to use it on their own people, like Bahrain  Libya, Saudi Arabia and now even South Africa.

Photo by Arbolioto, Piccadilly, Central London, 2011.

Eviction of Occupy London Stock Exchange, 2012.

Ecuador Embassy. Thurs Sept 16 2012. Peaceful Assange supporters are evicted from pavement next to embassy. Photo by Arbolioto Blog.

In America, only two entities are free to kill and defraud without fear of prosecution. They are the Pentagon and Wall Street.

America needs to maintain supremacy now that outsourcing of jobs has depleted the country of manufacturing and replication of money is the only income.

New legislation like National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is designed to use the free hand of U.S. security authorities abroad, into American civilian life.  

Now even Americans in their own soil will be targets.

As people lose confidence in their leaders, operatives become whistleblowers and citizens become dissenters.

Already prosecutors in New York have asked Twitter to disclose  messages written by an Occupy activist. This is against the law but the law doesn't count, as it doesn't count in the 1,000 days of detention without trial of Bradley Manning, a whistleblower.

The Soviet Union used to be like that and it was defeated. Why do we try to replicate the same losing formula?

United Kingdom


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United States.
New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Oakland.

Technology tested in the flattening of Fallujah, now in use in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Occupy Movement responds despite intimidating tactics that will resurface in Ferguson couple of years later.
May 2012 , Chicago. #NoNato protest

Eviction of Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park
United States is, effectively, where it all started.  It was Wall Street between 1990 and 2007 that engaged in the biggest financial swindle the world has ever seen. 

But the seeds were sown in the 80s with theories of privatisation, destruction of work associations, movement of capitals around the world.  

Minimal work regulations and financial restrictions were instigated by United States and United Kindgom.

Unlimited creation of dollars fuelled the fraudulent practices through junk mortgages and derivatives.  Current world debt is estimated at 200 trillion US dollars. It will never be paid. You will slave forever.

The glut of dollars and the laissez-faire polices provided the playground so bankers could score their goals unopposed.

At the beginning, world finance used the country's own armies to topple foreign governments that opposed diktats from Washington, FMI or World Bank. 

Governments that protected the people were deposed or had their credit cut off.

With new neo-liberal governments in place, internal repression is required to maintain the financial status quo. 

Your local police has been given the task of keeping you in your assigned station.

Don't complain. Don't oppose. Take it on the chin. You belong to them.

Occupy Wall St eviction 

Occupy LA

Occupy Oakand police charge
Occupy Oakland police attack

Occupy LA eviction 

Away from the eyes of the U.S. media. 

When the protests stop U.S. police resumes their normal duties. That's when most of the everyday brutality happens. 

It's the turn of inmates, down-and-outs or of anybody that challenges police authority without witnesses.

Government authorities seem sometimes more worried about who leaks the crimes than about who among their ranks commits them.


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Unsurprisingly, it was in Chile and London where students rose up in the hundreds of thousands against the economic philosophy that would make them pay for their education. 

It was not their right as a citizens anymore. 

You've gotta pay. Pay big.  Banks have plenty of junk dollars and euros they have to put somewhere.  Student loans is  a great idea - for the financiers.

As for the students, they will be indebted for the rest of their lives.

The president of Chile, Francisco Pinera is a fundamentalist neo-liberal.  His government killed the first student on August 25, 2011 with a shot to the chest by riot police.

Previously, it was the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, a staunch Friedman neo-liberal, who killed people to enforce economic policies.



Panama riots against unfair legislation on October 2012 despite 'boom' benefiting the rich.


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Despite having a huge Police State with all sorts of weapons, Mubarak fell to the power of the old fashioned stone.

But it took 30 years and thousands upon thousands of martyrs.  

State repression through secret police and torture is still very effective.

The political elite in Egypt was defeated but the financial elite was not. 

They will come back with a new set of ideas and financial institutions to prologue their domination.

Curiously, Western governments seek change only in autocratic countries not enforcing clear neo-liberal financial economies. 

And even more strangely, some democratic states are starting to behave like totalitarian regimes in their dogged determination to impose full neo-liberal policies.

New anti-protest technology & tactics.

United Kingdom.

Photo by Arbolioto

First ever 'Portable Berlin Wall' unveiled by UK police on November 30 2011 in London against a legitimate trade union march protesting against austerity measures. Depending on their affiliation, trade unionists can be treated as enemies of plutocracy. 

The metal cordon corrals people, impeding their democratic movement. But this is not a problem.  More info on Berlin Wall in London

The sudden appearance of this undemocratic contraption caused few ripples in mainstream media. They thought it wasn't planned for them. 

As with rubber bullets, it's always somebody else who gets it in the neck, literally.

London Met Police wants demonstrations to disappear from the streets as quickly as possible. If the citizens 'sit-in' it's taken as a challenge that police relishes. 

Stronger officers with full riot gear are brought-in to deal harshly with the protesters. They've got to be taught a lesson: you don't challenge authority without paying for it.

In London they are called Territorial Support Group. Or TSG for short. One of them killed innocent bystander Ian Tomlinson with a body check so powerful that it made him crash against the floor.

In other countries, where realities are about life and death on a daily basis, repression is more brutal also on a daily basis. 

They quickly resort to Tasers, rubber bullets, live ammo, tear gas or the old fashioned truncheon applied with extra force. All materials supplied by their neo-liberal masters, as it's the case of Egypt's tear gas or South Africa's anti-protest vehicles.

And all because the population cannot take it any more.

Photo by Arbolioto

Step out of line of the status quo and you'll be sorry.  

Bankers and other plutocrats must stay in control. Power, for the time being, is in their hands. 

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The RG12 Mk4 Armoured Personnel Carriers on display at IDEX is one of 10 vehicles which BAE Systems has built for Dubai’s elite police force. The Mk4 vehicle is BAE Systems’ latest version of the RG12, featuring a new engine with increased power and torque, and revised axles with disc brakes on all wheels for improved braking performance.

Have you seen the anti-protest vehicle above before? Yes, it was supporting the South African police as they committed the massacre against striking miners of the Lonmin mine.

Based on this original prototype.

Photo by Arbolioto from TV

This ominous-looking vehicle was hastily launched by London Metropolitan Police during the riots of August 9-12 2011 as the country was descending into chaos and looting due to austerity measures introduced months earlier.

The aim was to produce fear in the rioting population. Similar anti-protest vehicles were exported to Libya during the Gaddafi government and to Egypt during the rule of dictator Hosni Mubarak.

British police also invented the protest-control 'kettle' and the protest-dispersing rubber bullet. Both used extensively in the British Isles. 

The kettle is generally used against pro-democracy protesters in London. The rubber bullet against Republican protests in Northern Ireland.

The 'kettle' is a London Met Police tactic which Police States and dictatorships would love to use if they had the resources and the training. Protesters are corralled in the same place for long periods of time. Men, women and children are kept without food or sanitation. This prompted criticisms of 'police brutality' against protesters.

British police had to curb its use after the law ruled that it impeded freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of movement of protesters in a democracy.

Small Kettle
A dozen anti-war protesters are kept corralled outside Downing Street, London. Photo by Arbolioto
Large Kettle
Thousands of UK students protesting against financialisation of tuition by UK Governemnt.

The power now rests in the hands of a few financial institutions which critics say use fraudulent practices to achieve phenomenal profits for themselves and their shareholders. Not for the people. They pick up the losses.

Countries do not matter anymore for the financiers of the world. They move mountains of digital money from country to country according to the prevailing economic conditions. 

When banks fail, they suddenly become the problem of the countries where they are based.

They receive bonuses paid by the State and 'Quantitative Easing' (QE) injections of cash.

"Average increase in wealth of richest households  as a result of Bank of England 'QE' is £347,000".

"Average increase in wealth of poorest housholds after 'QE' is a paltry £1,400".

This, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, is what causes riots, protests, looting, strikes, unrest, revolutions.

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For the people in the receiving end of their financial profits it will all end up as a new form of slavery.  

Populations have no say in the way they are governed because the decisions that affect them are now taken beyond the borders of the countries they live.

The only option for the governments involved is enforcement. Enforcement hard.

Many government officials are former bankers from the financial institutions that dictate the new reality. 

Banks have been allowed to counterfeit digital currencies mainly euros and dollars in gigantic proportions. As they lined up the campaign pockets of politicians and lawmakers, regulators were pushed to the side.

's Top Donors : Goldman Sachs $676,080 JPMorgan Chase & Co, $520,299 Morgan Stanley $513,647 Bank of America $510,728

Bankers collected billions in bonuses for themselves as reward for the counterfeiting.

Political parties suddenly wanted their expertise. As a result, they have been penetrated lock, stock and barrel. Political parties belong to them and not to the people.

Success of their policies will all depend on the numbers of people affected and the levels of repression.

Ask the Greek, the English and the Americans. They are enforcing the harshest financial laws and the harshest authoritarian repression.

But it doesn't have to be this way.  Only social, political and economic democracy will stop unrest and revolutions.  Not police repression, anti-protest paraphernalia or spying on your own people.

  CCTV  and Video Technology.

Array of CCTVs in London
Photo by Arbolioto

Britain is already trying out new methods of control, like closed circuit television or CCTV.

A country-wide network involving tens of thousands of cameras is being monitored 24 hours-a-day by special teams of watchers. They have manual control over cameras that can pan and zoom on every detail, like a face.  

After every disturbance, they go frame by frame to catch protesters, demonstrators and rioters.

It's already admitted that UK is one of the most watched societies in the world. Studies show that an innocent man can be followed by hundreds of cameras as he goes about his business on a normal day.

London also has a vast network of character recognition CCTVs which are used to monitor the number plates of every single vehicle that enters or leaves the central area of the city.

UK is the only country in the world that has accepted such vast spying on its own population. 

The current government vowed to eliminate the CCTVs but quickly changed its mind once in office.  

Because the system is an excellent method of control to quash dissent against unwanted economic policies.

London cameras recognise number plates

A UK police chief said it would take two years to process the material filmed by the CCTVs in all the major cities where the August 6-10 riots took place.

Some say the CCTV network and its enforcers is the beginning of a UK Political Police. 

The first in the world, beyond the Police States of the past. 

Another British development. The photo-video combo to catch unruly protesters and rioters. Used extensively by Met Police in all London demonstrations. 
Photo by Arbolioto



Countries are sold lock, stock and barrel to the financial system that we have now.  The Soviet Empire has fallen for it.  China is in all but name a 19c capitalist country. 

The power of the United States of America has been dependent on it since World War II. 

As the power of the financial elite and the ultra-wealthy become established, the only option for poverty is to enter into long protracted negotiations for better standards of living.

It will take several generations for that to happen.

China is an example but so is the United Kingdom. The former says its a Communist State while the latter a Constitutional Monarchy.

The other option is to rise up and attack the established order.  

But the neo-liberal regimes are preparing themselves with sophisticated repression tactics and more effective legislation.  

In the UK, even human rights laws are being questioned by some in the ruling elite.

Slavery took 300 years to be eradicated in the world.  

Proletarians took about 100 years to be counted with a vote, a right to form associations and eight hour working days - at least in Western democracies. 

The underclass of the world is now numbered in billions but don't count, except as cheap labour.

Enforcement of the law created by an elite is a successful tool when aptly combined with a corrupt justice and an powerful economic credo.  It can make injustice last for generations. 

An air of inevitability takes hold of society. We learn to live with it.  The elite looks the other way while makes money in the process.