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MayDay Pirate Attack Photos
by Pir@te
Thursday May 7th, 2009 12:24 PM
Some photos from the Mayday Mayhem.
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I was lucky enough to be in the neighborhood with my camera when it kicked off and was able to catch a few photos of the action. Note how the group moved together, and set up strategic barricades to block vehicular traffic and ensure a safe escape.
§Trashbins and nwspape stands are pulled into the street.
by Pir@te Thursday May 7th, 2009 12:24 PM
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§The main barricade is set up.
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§Main barricade, constructed.
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§Throwing rocks at the Wells Fargo.
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by orly
Thursday May 7th, 2009 4:32 PM
wtf is wrong with you. get these the fuck off
by Frisk
Thursday May 7th, 2009 11:35 PM
The cops aren't going to get shit from this that they haven't gotten from security cameras. You can barely make out shapes of people, much less identify them.
by Frisk
Thursday May 7th, 2009 11:54 PM
Also, it's nice to see an actual barricade as opposed to a single newspaper box in the middle of the road.
by ::
Friday May 8th, 2009 12:07 AM
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May Day demonstrations turned violent in Germany and Turkey, as protesters clashed with police after riots erupted.

In Turkey, masked protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the police in central Istanbul, smashing banks and supermarket windows. Police responded with water cannon fire and made several arrests.

Unemployment in the country has reached 15.5 per cent with almost one in three young people without a job.

In all, several thousand union and Left-wing activists took part in the annual protest, chanting "long live the revolution and socialism".

This year protesters were angry that the police had cordoned off Istanbul's central Taksim Square to all but a few unionists, citing security concerns.

In Germany, 30 riot police were hurt and 49 people arrested in Berlin when about 200 anti-capitalist protesters threw bottles and stones at officers.

Several glass windows at bus stops were destroyed in the eastern district of Friedrichshain after an otherwise peaceful street party ended.

In Hamburg, authorities said three riot police were injured in clashes with demonstrators.

Police are bracing for further violence - in what has become an annual battle - when members of far-Right parties, union members and Leftists march.

May Day is traditionally marked by union rallies in many European countries and the global economic downturn is expected to bring record crowds this year. Several countries, including Germany, are facing their worst recession since the Second World War.

Unions in France are joining forces for the first time since the Liberation. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out to join almost 300 marches around France in the third major demonstration this year against President Nicolas Sarkozy's handling of the economic crisis.

Some politicians have warned of a threat of "revolution", following radical action such as "bossnapping" factory executives and an ongoing strike that has crippled dozens of French universities.

Two previous demonstrations, in January and March, saw millions take to the streets.

Unions want the government to do more to boost consumption, such as raising the minimum wage and to backtrack on public sector, education and hospital reforms. They also accuse bosses of exploiting the financial crisis to step up lay offs while continuing to pocket bonuses and dividends.
by ___
Friday May 8th, 2009 12:24 AM
To indybay editors: please remove these photos.

To the author: please delete these and any other photos you may have concerning the night of may 1st. Then burn your hard drive, as well as the camera you took this shit on, and the memory cards, and any and all backup copies. You are putting others at risk. You're lucky to be anonymous. You are hindering everyone else's efforts at the same.
by Anarcho Punx
Friday May 8th, 2009 1:33 AM
Pictures are too Blurred to worry.
there are other ways people can be indentified other than their face in the pics. For example, people's clothing or apparell can be documented and tried to be matched up to other pics on file from protests and marches. The police have the technology as well to enhance and sharpen up photos to get a better glance. It probably would be a good idea to get these pics off of indybay

Not to smart of a move to post these. Pir@te was thinking with his/her ego and not their brain, if you ask me.
by logic
Friday May 8th, 2009 9:02 AM
if people think these photos could be used in court against people, they're delusional and paranoid. It looks like whomever posted the photos sufficiently blurred out anything which could have been incriminating. Also, if people are so concerned that photos like these could incriminate people, did they forget about the swath of surveillance camera throughout all of the San Francisco and most other urban centers which are much higher quality than these photos? It's good that photos of the action came out - it can inspire people to resist. Anyways, enough arguing about this one action, people need to get busy with future projects!

P.S. - The myth that the state can 'enhance' digital photos to get peoples faces, etc. is a complete myth. It's not how digital images work.
by PF$
Friday May 8th, 2009 2:04 PM
"For example, people's clothing or apparell can be documented and tried to be matched up to other pics on file from protests and marches. The police have the technology as well to enhance and sharpen up photos to get a better glance. It probably would be a good idea to get these pics off of indybay"

HAAAAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAAAAAA. Sorry. I'm a photographer and have been working in digital for about seven years. No, this "technology" in the form you speak of does not exist, especially not for the quality of photos posted here.

That aside, it really gets me what little knowledge the general public has about technology. Perhaps I'm just jaded because I grew up a total techno geek, but man, if you stay up to date on technology you'll realize you have a lot less to fear than you think you do - or you're fearing the wrong things.
by not paranoid
Friday May 8th, 2009 3:30 PM
i can tell what those people are wearing. they wearing black. get these pics off indybay b4 its too late!! ahahahaa
to continue the dialogue...

"Digitally blurred images from protests or other actions which can incriminate people involved are not safe to post publicly. Police now can unscramble the encryption behind this security device."

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/10/383513.html?c=on
by ::
Friday May 8th, 2009 5:41 PM
try and uncrypt

13.10.2007 15:37
a mask

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-- personally I believe it is doubtful that if people hand-blur using a variety of techniques that any computer program can rebuilt a visually useful image when all it has to go by is a single color blob for a face or whatever. and the old-timey black bar over faces can't be unscrambled, that's for sure
by (A)
Friday May 8th, 2009 8:08 PM
I think i saw that story on MSNBC. if this is what i am thinking of, the guy used a swirl effect on his face that, and it was like a patterned swirl, even all around and shit, so all the cops had to do was reverse the swirling and it went back to a perfect photo of the guy's face. in this instance, there was no blur effect used. read the comments on that article.
by ki hope
Saturday May 9th, 2009 2:27 PM
as far as police ID's go, read this: On April 5, the arrested activist attended a protest at GMU and wore a mask. After the GMU Police Department identified the activist, a warrant was issued for his arrest. When he appeared at a protest one week later, he was identified and subsequently tackled and arrested. http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/mask-felon/417/
by sdyfhhh
Saturday May 9th, 2009 3:35 PM
More than one person have asked for these photos to be removed.

More than one person have decided that for whatever reasons, these photos should not be here.

More than one person have cited security issues.

People think they are in danger. Please comply. If not, you're actively betraying the trust of your comrades.