Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK) was the armed wing of the African National Congress, which fought against the South African apartheid government. MK was co-founded by Nelson Mandela. It launched its first guerrilla attacks against the racist regime December 16, 1961.
Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa: Township residents march to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in the street outside his old house, December 6, 2013.
Mandela’s body was moved early this morning from Johannesburg to Pretoria’s One Military Hospital. Mandela’s coffin was draped in South Africa’s flag. The black SUV-type vehicle containing Mandela’s coffin was escorted by the military.
There will now be 10 days of national mourning throughout the country. A memorial service will be held Dec. 10 at a stadium in Johannesburg. His body will lie in state in Pretoria from Dec. 11-13 so that South Africans can pay their final respects. He will then be taken to his ancestral village of Qunu on Dec.15 where he’ll be buried alongside three of his children who are deceased.
Durham, North Carolina: “Fast food workers repeat 1957 march to segregated lunch counter at Royal Ice Cream, which was site of the first sit-in during Civil Rights movement. Now fast food workers carry the torch and struggle for justice on the job! Burger King worker Willetta Dukes speaks to crowd.”
Photo and report by Dante Strobino
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NABLUS (Ma’an) — Thousands of mourners on Monday followed the funeral procession of Antar al-Aqraa from the northern West Bank village of Qabalan near Nablus who was shot dead Saturday by a volunteer in the Israeli border guard police.
Al-Aqraa was shot dead near a cemetery in Petah Tikva, and his body was taken to Israel’s Abu Kabir Forensic Institute. The Israelis delivered the body to the Palestinian side earlier Monday.
“When he left home in the morning he took with him wedding invitation cards he wanted to hand to his fellow workers and to his Israeli bosses,” Antar’s father Shibli al-Aqraa told Ma’an. He highlighted that the Israeli claims that Antar tried to stab an Israeli officer were “completely false.”
“Why would a young man scheduled to be wedded in two weeks, and carrying invitations, attempt to attack an Israeli soldier?” the bereaved father wondered. “These are pure lies and fabrications.”
The bereaved mother wept as she showed reporters the clothes her son had planned to wear on his wedding day.
These were a few of the many slogans that around 150 students and youth under the banner of the Indonesian People’s Alliance were chanting when they trooped to the United States Consulate in Bali, Indonesia today.
Various youth organizations affiliated with the Front Mahasiswa Nasional (FMN), the leading youth organization in Indonesia, gathered at Renon and marched towards the US Consulate calling for the upholding of people’s interests over corporate greed.
The protest action was the first in a series of activities and events against the World Trade Organization (WTO) that will hold its 9th Ministerial Meeting at Nusa Dua, Bali on December 3-6.
“We are joining the growing people’s resistance against the WTO as we demand that the youth and the people’s interests, not neoliberal policies, be made priority by national governments like the Indonesian government,” said Sandy Ame, general secretary of the FMN.
According to Ame, education in Indonesia is slowly being privatized and corporatized at the expense of the school-age youth. School fees continue to increase and more students are dropping out of schools because their families cannot afford the high price of education in the country.
“The youth deserve the right to a free and people-centered education that will contribute to genuine nation-building and not to imperialist interests. Because of the WTO, education has become commercialized and youth and students have become commodities for the so-called “free market”,” Ame said.
FMN is part of the IPA, an alliance of national and international organizations in and outside Indonesia calling for the junking of the WTO. It will organize a youth solidarity festival as part of the week-long People’s Global Camp organized by the IPA at the Ngurah Rai Sports Center, Denpasar, Bali on December 3-6, 2013.
Photos by Boy Bagwis