uprisings

A journey into libertarian historical memory; Casas Viejas, January 1933

The aftermath of the massacre at Casas Viejas

A short history of the tragically unsuccessful uprising of anarchist peasants in the small town of Casas Viejas which ended in a brutal massacre of the participants by the Republican government.

The Chinese democratic uprising, 1989

Chinese workers on motorbikes demonstrate

A detailed account of the national uprising for democracy which swept China in 1989 and was crushed after the Tiananmen Square massacre, written by George Katsiaficas.

Mexico: the insurrection of Ixmiquilpan

The stores remain closed until the workers have better salaries and that, in agreement with the managers and bosses, products of the campesinos of the municipality are bought and distributed in the stores. The banks only open every three days so that the people can collect or send money. The police aren’t welcome.

The Republic of Labin, 1921

Hammer and sickle from the Republic of Labin

A short history of a short-lived uprising of coal miners in Croatia following an attack by Italian fascists, by Steven Johns.

The Aba Women's War

Aba Station, 1920s

The “Women’s War” is seen as the first major challenge to British authority in Nigeria and West Africa during the colonial period, and took months for the government to suppress.

Aba Women’s War of 1929

Short history by Lorna Lueker Zukas of the Aba Women's War of 1929-1930 against social, political and economic grievances with British colonial rule.

The Chinese revolution 1925-1927

Strikers during the 1925 Hong Kong general strike

A short account of the mass struggles in China from 1925 up to the Shanghai insurrection of 1927 and its crushing by the nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek, who was supported by the Chinese Communist Party.

1733: The Slave Rebellion of St.John

The island of St.John was a Danish colony, in 1733 a group of Akwamu slaves rebelled and successfully captured the island and held it for several months. However their plan was to replace the Danish as masters of the island and to keep the non Akwamu Africans as slaves. As a result many slaves actively sided with the colonial powers that eventually defeated the Akwamu.

The German coast uprising of 1811

A modern painting of the 1811 revolt

A short history of possibly the largest slave uprising in the United States, in Louisiana in 1811, written by Rhae Lynn Barnes.

The May 18 Gwangju democratic uprising

Demonstrators gather in central Gwangju

A detailed account of the May 18 popular uprising in Gwangju, South Korea, against the dictatorship's declaration of martial law and for workers' rights in 1980.