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<nettime> Aaron’s murder by 1% is to trigger global intifada
Orsan Senalp on Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:17:36 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Aaron’s murder by 1% is to trigger global intifada

Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi (29 March 1984 â 4 January 2011;
Arabic: ÙØÙØ ØÙØÙØØÙØÙâ) was a Tunisian street vendor who set himself
on fire on 17 December 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his
wares and the harassment and humiliation that he reported was
inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides. His act became
a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution[2] and the wider Arab Spring,
inciting demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of
social and political issues in the country. The publicâs anger and
violence intensified following Bouaziziâs death, leading
then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down on 14 January
2011, after 23 years in power.

Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 â January 11, 2013) was an American
computer programmer, writer, archivist, political organizer, and
Internet activist.

Swartz was a member of the RSS-DEV Working Group that co-authored the
âRSS 1.0â specification of RSS,[2] and built the website framework
web.py and the architecture for the Open Library. He also built
Infogami, a company that merged with Reddit in its early days, through
which he became an equal owner of the merged company.[i] Swartz also
focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010 he was a
member of the Harvard University Center for Ethics. He cofounded the
online group Demand Progress (known for its campaign against the Stop
Online Piracy Act) and later worked with U.S. and international
activist groups Rootstrikers and Avaaz.

On January 6, 2011, as a result of a federal investigation, Swartz was
arrested in connection with systematic downloading of academic journal
articles from JSTOR.[3][4] Swartz opposed JSTORâs practice of
compensating publishers, rather than authors, out of the fees it
charges for access to articles. Swartz contended that JSTORâs fees
limited access to academic work produced at American colleges and

On the morning of January 11, 2013, Swartz was found dead in his Crown
Heights,Brooklyn apartment, where he had hanged himself.[7][8][9]
Following his death, federal prosecutors in Boston dismissed the
charges against him.[10][11]

Tarek and Aaron had many differences. One was coming from a poor
Muslim working class family and the other from a Jewish middle class
one. One had a good education, lived in the USA and had a chance to
travel other countries, while Tarek was earning his life as a street
vendor in Tunis. But they also had many in common. They were both
standing against the injustice and the rule of 1%. They have both
fought back in their own way. And they ended their very young lives
when they were both 26 as result of their fight. They both did this in
January; one in 2011 and the other in 2013.

Tarekâs death on January 4 2011, has triggered the still unfolding
global uprising. May be the most important event so far for our
civilization, not since the Russian Revolution alone but may be for
all times. It has started in North Africa, spread to Europe and the
USA and from there spread all over the world.

What has been connecting the acts and destinies of Tarek and Aaron
lies in the commonality of their fights against the same enemy.
Geopolitical and systemic struggle of the ruling elite, capitalist
class, 1% what ever you call it, toward ordinary people, the poor, was
connecting Aaron and Tarek in their fights back against the source of
injustice. The ruthless offensive of the elite has brought more and
more oppression on the factories, homes and streets on informal
workers and vendors, as it did on the cyberspace on hackers and free
information activists.

It was not coincidence that the Wikileaks cables was the ones sparking
the protests in Tunis in one of which we have lost Tarek. Since than
Julian Assange and Bradley Manning has been illegally prisoned,
tortured mentally and physically. The unprecedented state terror and
criminality was manifesting itself in massacres delivered by drones,
controlled cowardly from miles away,  in order to guarantee power and
profit for the state and corporate elite.

Aaronâs murder is one of the last example of such state and corporate terror.

Although we are extremely sad and angry for the memory of Tarek and
Aaron, which came on top of the murder of the millions of civilians in
last years, we are not mourning.

Anonymous is growing enormous in number and in its capacity.
Horizontal movements, like Occupy and 15M are morphing,  expanding and
linking with others like yo Soy 132, Via 22 and  indigenous movement
like Idle No More, as well as self-organizing Wal-Mart workers.
Grass-roots activists, movements, the precariat, the proleteriat,
indignados and indigenous is holding hand in hand to get back the
planet and guarantee a better world.

We are getting ready to hammer down the elite in the years ahead.

As Tarekâs act sparked the massive uprising in global terms, Aaronâs
act will trigger a qualitative leap in the growing of the global
intifada. As Aaronâs practice indicated, not only academic, medical,
scientific information and public records must be re-covered and
released, but all the data originally created by and belonging to the
people but hold by governmental agencies, corporates, military and
intelligence services should be reclaimed and hacked for the good.

Anonymous Project Meyhem 2012 has laid down the idea.

Now for Aaron, for Tarek and for those hundreds of millions innocent
lives who murdered in cold blood, those billions of children who left
to death in careless and hunger throughout the human history by the
1%â the time has come to make them pay back!

Today it is the day to revolt, the day to expand the intifada on every
bit of our lives, spaces and relations we have on Earth. It is time to
leak it all and it is time to bring about the global revolution on the
Net and on the Streets!


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