A short history of the “Shay’s rebellion” in Massachusetts in the wake of the American Revolution, in which many poor farmers and war veterans attempt to shut down the state’s courts in protest at the debt burden on veterans and high taxes on farmers.

"Shays’ Rebellion is but one incident in a historic current. In the western regions of the coastal states, on the frontier, lived farmers who were in great debt and burdened by distant and unresponsive governments during the depressions preceding and following the War of the Revolution. Under British or American government there was little relief for those suffering under heavy taxes and excessive rents. There was a period of about fifty years of economic exploitation and discrimination by East Coast rulers. The farmers participated in many disorders and upheavals from the 1740’s, when the Jerseyites refused to pay rents and Massachusetts men marched in Boston in support of a land bank law, until the 1790’s, when the Fries Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion were fomented by Pennsylvania mountain men. In 1781 there was a mutiny of the Pennsylvania line of the Continental Army against exploiting "gentry" officers, some of whom were executed by their own men. These revolutionary soldiers elected officers from the ranks and continued to fight for the revolution. There were other mutinies at this time.

There were waves of revolts ‘known by such names as The Wars of the Carolina Regulators in North and South Carolina, The Wars of the New Hampshire Grants in New York and Vermont, Shays’ Rebellion in Massachusetts, and the Fries and Whiskey Rebellions in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. In many states the western counties were in rebel hands for a number of years. No taxes could be collected and the courts were closed to prevent mortgage foreclosures. In reading the following account, we ask that you see it not as an isolated incident or an aberration, but as a small part of a continuous stream of action by people to wrest control of their lives from the state.”
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Be sure to ask nicely…

Be sure to ask nicely…

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Ladies and Gentlemen, these pictures are not of the Middle East. These are pictures of what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri. The local government had basically shut that city down. Police are in full riot gear telling the media members to leave and any one who does not obey the orders will be tear gassed or shot at. The Police state is trying to intimidate the residents of Ferguson, but THEY WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED!… And remember peeps… this is the inevitable outcome whenH/t: Onyx Love with more.
Ladies and Gentlemen, these pictures are not of the Middle East. These are pictures of what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri. The local government had basically shut that city down. Police are in full riot gear telling the media members to leave and any one who does not obey the orders will be tear gassed or shot at. The Police state is trying to intimidate the residents of Ferguson, but THEY WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED!
And remember peeps… this is the inevitable outcome when
H/t: Onyx Love with more.
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They don’t want you to know that violence in the streets works… It’s the ONLY thing the plutocrats and oligarchs fear

Barcelona City Hall Halts Demolition Of Can Vies Squat Centre As 60 Arrested For Protest Violence

The government in Madrid has announced it is locking down the capital’s central Puerta Del Sol square with riot police tonight over fears sympathy riots might spread to the Spanish capital.

Following four nights of riots and violence, in which 60 protestors have been arrested and €170,000 of damage done, Barcelona City Hall has today announced it is halting the demolition of the rest of the Can Vies building for the moment, in an effort to return to peaceful dialogue with civic groups, saying that: “it is possible to find solutions if everyone makes an effort”.

The squatters have rejected any agreement with City Hall and demanded the mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, resign. They have called on citizens to begin rebuilding the centre themselves tomorrow at 10 a.m.. A new protest is set to take place in Barcelona this evening (May 30).
One US report from a day ago and one from two days ago (NYTimes and WSJ [paywall] respectively)

Guardian UK… 2 days ago
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