Fragments from the streets: May 23
FEMEN is planning a topless protest for a European soccer tournament. Credit: Joseph Paris
Fragments from the streets: May 23

The NATO summit has been big news for activists this week, but there have been many other actions around the world. “Fragments from the Streets” is our weekly roundup of news from the fight for liberation. Here are some of the events you may have missed:


NATO wrap-up


Protests of the NATO summit in Chicago this week were largely peaceful, although police have accused some activists of terrorism. At least five men were charged with plotting to use Molotov cocktails during the summit. Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, was arrested on Thursday because police accused him of telling other people he had explosives stashed in a hollowed out Harry Potter book. Despite the accusations, no explosives were found when Senakiewicz's home was searched. Mark Neiweem, 28, is accused of telling another person his shopping list for making explosives. Three other men were accused of trying to plant an incendiary device.,0,100601.story


In better news for protesters, activists were able to use online social media to spread pictures of two suspected undercover police, nicknamed Mo and Gloves. The pair is suspected in helping police get information to arrest the above-mentioned bombing suspects.


Exxon targeted in banner drop


Washington state Occupy and environmental activists on Sunday dropped banners from an Interstate 95 overpass chiding energy companies shipping equipment to extract carbon fuel from the Alberta tar sands. Trucks headed to the ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil site were carrying heavy equipment that weighs as much as 400,000 pounds. The banners read “Climate Killers,” “No Dirty Energy” and “Highway to Hell.” No one was arrested in the action and it did not block the convoy.


Frack no


On Saturday, 200 North Carolinian marched with puppets and other props to show their opposition to legalizing hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – in their state. The North Carolina legislature plans to legalize the mining practice in the coming months.


Rodeo equipment destroyed


According to the Animal Liberation Press Office, a suspected arson on May 10 destroyed a barn and equipment used by a southern Illinois rodeo. The “Optimist Rodeo” was scheduled to be held in June. It is unknown how the fire will affect the event.


Student protests continue


Despite a ban on protests, tens of thousands of people marched in Montreal, to mark the 100th day of protests against tuition hikes in Quebec on Tuesday. Students in that province oppose a recently passed tuition increase of 82 percent.


Mining law limits indigenous rights


New mining laws in India will strip land rights from indigenous people, opponents say. The new laws would privatize and deregulate much of the mining industry, without giving indigenous people the chance to OK the use of their lands.


Banda to roll back anti-gay laws


Joyce Banda, the much heralded new president of Malawi, announced on Friday she would repeal that nation's anti-gay laws, pending a parliamentary vote. In 2010, two Malawian men were sentenced to 14 years in prison for celebrating their anniversary.


Hey, who turned out the lights?


Residents of Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, have been protesting in the streets this week, amid ongoing power outages. Approximately 100 people marched with candles on Wednesday, while other people watched.


FEMEN calls for sex-trade free soccer


The topless Ukrainian protest group, FEMEN, has announced it plans to protest at the 2012 Euro Soccer Tournament. The group accuses European soccer's governing body of ignoring players' and officials' use of the sex trade. The tournament begins in Kiev in June.



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Leslie Wilber is a journalist who has covered police misconduct, courts, high school sports and other disasterous things. She lives in Denver and is an editor at The Precarious.

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