Today at 23:00 we placed burning tires at the south entrance of the venue for the OSCE and G20 summits, the ‘Messe Hamburg’. The glass facade on Karolinenstraße was subject to intensive attack with hammers, paint and stones. We decided on this demolition initiative since we reject the summits which are summits for a world that we reject just as much as the planned meetings.
The summits are a symbol of the never-ending cycle of production and consumption for this commodity society which excludes people from social life and includes others. We want to destroy this cycle as well as the summits.
The exhibition halls are practically in the living room of the Schanzen and Karolinen district as the state chairperson of the Greens, Gallina stated and for a long time have been a wrecking ball over the heads of the residents. In the 1950s and 60s the city of Hamburg bought up large areas and many buildings in the Karolinen district and issued a competition which was a premise for the total destruction of the Karos for an expansion of the venue for the ‘Justice Forum’. Along the Feldstraße the construction of a gigantic sports and multi-purpose hall was planned for a long time. When the Hamburg senate gradually moved away from demolition plans in the 1970s, Messe AG tried to continue the demolition and finally the ‘Messe Hamburg’ got new spaces and halls on the edge of the Karolinen district. The new building was flanked by hotel buildings in the Schanzen Park, Schröderstiftstraße and Feldstraße.
In the 1980s, 90s and 2000s the area was 1/4 occupied by residents (for example the LaMa houses) and there were battles around the Bambule construction site. The Hamburg government created a city renewal company to modernize the stock of dilapidated buildings as a way to manage and pacify the creeping path of gentrification. The result was a trendy shopping zone for Hamburg tourists. After the expiry of rental rate commitments many poor residents had to move away because the rent was too expensive for them. Continue Reading →
In the night from Thursday to Friday, we torched the drill-excavator on the Cuvry-fallow with four liters of gasoline.
In less than a year, many clowns will gather, new and old ones, in Hamburg to organize the G20-Summit. This will produce pictures from smilling presidents, they will praise themselves mutually for acting at last against war, refuge or change in climate – simultaneously some managers of the movement will shake the fences and malinge resistance – but in the end, it is all part of the same racket.
No counter-summit with its own pictures can be an answer to this game, no marathon of themes with the programm of a party and similar answers, no vacuum in terms of content …
One possibility – not an answer – is the escalation and development of our conflicts in the districts and neighbourhoods. Everywhere in Europe are existing places of resistance where matters of a global level are reflected in our daily struggels, where people resist and create new spots of solidarity.
In Hamburg and on the way (to the G20), we want to come into exchange and discussion exactly about this questions and conflicts on a global level. As gentrification does not stop at a border of countries, our resistance must not end in one spot. Rather it should flow in many places and conflicts. That we find a commun rythem and create a staccato of attacks …
Connect conflicts, carry neighbourhood-struggels to the G20-Summit in Hamburg – today local, tomorrow global!
On 7th and 8th July and above this …
PS: to make it clear: if construction continous – we will return! And may be the investor in Munich will be attacked directly …
We take responsibility for the participation in the conflicts of November 17th, 2016 in Athens at the Polytechnic. We are delighted for their scope, and for the 6 cops in the hospital. We are pleased that we were actively part of an anarchist insurrectionary act which showed a sufficient force for the measures and the possibilities it offers.
We were not part of the conflict in order to “celebrate the anniversary” of November 17. We were not part of the conflict to do social constituencies. We were not part of the conflict to “revive the glory” of the Polytechnic uprising. We were not part of the conflict in the hope of provoking some serious property damage. And neither were we part of the conflict to show that the so-called anarchist space has a compact dynamic and combative presence, creating the illusion of a mass “that breaks” and “sows chaos” in pre-arranged meetings with considerable operational force .
We were part of the conflict to create moments of attack and familiarity with the immediate anarchic violence, to test our reflexes to coexist with individualities we value theoretically and practically, and finally get away from experiential inaction and inertia. We were part of an insurrectionary moment, with some elementary (in terms of material costs towards the authoritative carriers) effectiveness.
22/11 Last night, in keeping with our first communique, we destroyed the front of another Chicago Citibank in retaliation for the atrocities committed against the water protectors in North Dakota two days ago.
Citibank: you too are responsible for the loss of our comrade’s arm. You have always numbered among the forces organized to preserve and profit from a violent and intolerable world, but today we shall be more specific : you are financing the black snake, you are the shadowy, respectable double of the police, and you mutilated the body of a peaceful water protector–the body of one of our friends. You bank against indigenous people, against women, against the earth, against us. You are therefore our enemy.
The door locks and ATMS of 3 Wells Fargos and one US Bank in Minneapolis, MN were glued shut in solidarity with the Standing Rock pipeline resistance movement this Black Friday weekend. Wells Fargo and US Bank directly fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and are thus complicit in perpetuating over 500 years of genocide and oppression against Native Americans.
Business as usual cannot continue while banks and oil corporations destroy indigenous peoples’ lands and cultures. We demand that Wells Fargo, US Bank and all other funders divest from Energy Transfer Partners, DAPL and all fossil fuel interests.
Bulgaria Hundreds of migrants clashed intensely with police today (24.11.2016.) in
the detention centre of Harmanli, close to the Turkish-Bulgarian border.
The riots lasted for hours and the pigs needed rubber bullets, water
cannon and tear gas to break it.
After entering the camp the cops indiscriminately beat up migrants in their own rooms (photos – in the
comment under the post). The migrants were put under a quarantine some
days ago after local people, stirred up by nationalist and fascist
parties and organisations, protested against the centre, claiming it was
a source of diseases. Although an inspection proved this wrong, the camp
was literally besieged by police and people were forbidden from leaving
it (it is not a close centre, so people are normally allowed a limited
mobility). The treatment of migrants in Bulgaria is and has been
specifically brutal. Migrants have been killed on the border with
Turkey, where a massive fence was recently built, the cases of beatings,
degrading treatment and brutality are an everyday reality. All this
happens in an atmosphere where the media with no exceptions is a source
extremely racist and anti-migrant discourse.
The fascists and nationalists have been gathering strength and carry out daily attacks on
migrants, apart from their regular “refugees out” marches. The
opposition on any level is becoming more and more difficult as people
who express anti-fascist and anti-racist ideas are targeted by violent
gangs of fascists who enjoy almost complete impunity.
17th of November is the day where the student revolt against the dictatorship in Athens, Greece in 1973 is being commemorated. The 3days commemoration leads to a march at the streets of almost every city in Greece, but mainly in central Athens, where a usually a massive march is organized towards the American embassy, that is being accused of co-operating and imposing the junta regime at the time.
Like every other year the police measures are suppressive to an extreme length, while this year almost 7.000 cops or more were guarding the demo, focusing particularly at the black block.
One day before things got aggravated by Obama’s visit in Athens that was felt as a direct provocation, due to the US support of the dictatorship in Greece (1967-1974), and even more aggravated by the fact that due to his visit a 2 days ban of gatherings and demonstrations was imposed by the self-proclaimed left government of SYRIZA, that seemed to copy and imitate the prohibitions of gatherings and protests imposed by the junta regime at the time.
On the day the center of Athens reminded of a city under siege by the police whether in uniform or undercover performing continuous searches on passers by and blocking all the subway exits. Athens was looking like being under a military dictatorship regime once again.
Throughout the whole protest the hundreds of riot police cops encircled the block tightly, which in turn fueled the passion of anarchists shouting solidarity and anti-police slogans. After the black bloc reached the Exarchia district of Athens, riots that lasted all night broke out around the Polytechnic School of Athens, which happens to be the place that had been squatted by the students during the revolt of 1973.
It is getting warmer, concerning the preparations for a hot July against the G20-Summit. In the night from 11th to 12th November property of the Thales Company was destroyed.
Thales is one of the eleven biggest armaments companys with an annual sales of 14 billion Euros and above this part of some technology programms, like the satelite range Galileo:
Initally conceived only for civil use, like smartphones, navigation systems, etc. decided the European Parliament in July 2008, that this technic should be available to the European Security- and Defense Politics (ESVP). Thales developed the project „Watchkeeper“, too. On commission for the British Forces an unmaned drone (Thales Watchkeeper WK450) was produced. They got ready in 2012 and flew until 2014 some 140 times over Afghanistan and were consistently upgraded in 2016. Since this year it is possible to load the drone with a 2-kg-warhead and laser- and GPS-control. At last the technology from Thales can kill directly.
But with their drone programm, they were noticed in the Jungle of Calais, where their products were flying around. (a list in german with companys involved in the eviction you can find here)
Our real reason was to take the word of antique greek philosopher Thales: Ἀνιαρὸν ἀργία. (Idleness is a pain). Thats why we had to a burn down a van of this armament company in Berlin-Weißensee.
So we were happy about the last weeks news about the burning excavator on the Cuvry fallow in Berlin, too. And we want to go along with the words of the comradxs:
„In Hamburg and on the way (to the G20), we want to come into exchange and discussion exactly about this questions and conflicts on a global level. As gentrification does not stop at a border of countries, our resistance must not end in one spot. Rather it should flow in many places and conflicts. That we find a commun rythem and create a staccato of attacks.“
We are everywhere. Connect struggles. Turn the G20-Summit into desaster.
„ … to that it results in confusion in the enemy lines, because more hotspots of conflict break out and not only there where the enemy expected it and is prepared. But in other places, which were unpredictable in the strategic plans of cops operations.“
From letters that arrived yesterday 9th October, some of the comrades tell us that their mail is being received and sent out frequently enough, but letters, leaflets and books with news and press reviews posted by comrades are being seized, including letters by editors of CroceNeraAnarchica.
We call for everybody to frequently keep on sending news, publications and press reviews to the comrades inside.
Anarchist comrade Carlo from Genoa tells us that this morning the sentence against him was read out. The comrade was sentenced to 14 months, but remains in liberty, on charges of ‘incitement’ while the aggravating circumstance of terrorism was dropped along with that of recidivism.
During the almost three years that we have been confined by different prisons of the Spanish State, there is one aspect that particularly calls attention to its determinant importance in prison life; we refer to the dispersion.
The dispersion corresponds to a policy of Penitentiary Institutions implemented by the socialist government in the mid-1980s, which consists of transferring determined prisoners to distant prisons many kilometers from their place of residence. In many cases these transfers are incessant and see the prisoners forced to go through various prisons in a short period of time preventing them from establishing themselves and establishing lasting relationships with others.
The purpose of this policy was to curb the riots and protests inside the prisons that had been occurring during those years by drastically removing prisoners considered hostile to the prison system. On the other hand the dispersion was applied to all political prisoners as an exceptional measure to aggravate their punishment, the transfers also affected their close ones who were forced to travel hundreds of miles to be able to visit a family member or friend in prison. Therefore, from its inception, the policy of dispersion affected both social and political prisoners, and continues to do so, contrary to many who think and express that it is only applied to ‘politicos’.
The difference lies, as we stated, in that for the latter it is an exceptional measure that affects everyone only for the reason that led to their imprisonment, while it is applied against social prisoners for certain behaviors within the prison that are seen as disturbing to the ‘penitentiary order’. It is important to note that the difference between social and political prisoners is not used by us, however it is the making of this categorization that enables the structuring and functioning of the measure in question.
We understand okupation (squatting) as a tool of struggle whose main
purpose is far from the idea of shaping recreational places. It is a
strategy to fight, theoretically and practically, against property as a
key pillar of capitalist democracy. Okupation (squatting) is beyond
merely logistic. It brings partnership among comrades, builds affinity
networks and solidarity, as well as creates meeting points to discuss,
share experiences or to make some self criticism. Okupation is not
an end but a mean that allows us to organize ourselves and conspire. It
is a tangible expression of the notion of “Do it yourself”.
The power has done everything to erase any self-management projects
since they prove our capacity to organize ourselves outside the system.
For that purpose, many strategies have been deployed. From harsh
repression; raids, arrests, police farce, to “kinder” strategies based
on negotiation. Despite superficial differences, the final end of these
strategies is the control and domestication (of our ideas and practices)
of social movements.
For some time now, Madrid City Council, a so-called council “of change”,
has deployed a warfare of harassment, threat and burnout against
squatted social centrers. They disguise their real purposes through a
deceptive maneuver of fake dialogue, using blackmail to achieve the
assimilation of these collectives. What is being sold as an exercise of
tolerance and understanding, as an effort to strengthen social networks,
is nevertheless an attempt of demobilization to devitalize those who
don´t accept their imperatives. Throughout bureaucratic mechanisms such
as buildings maintenance checkups or inspections of the developed
activities, the City Council offers two options: comply with regulations or
eviction. They offer to allow keeping on with the activities in social
centers as long as they are supervised by a competent authority. It
could be done in the actual location provided that they are established as
legally constituted associations or making a request for a ceded public
place. Administrative sanctions, seals, identifications and city police
regular visits are used as a tool of pressure. City´s regulatory
framework whereby the guidelines concerning the transfer of public
places to collectives, approved by the city council in February 2016,
provides the basis to polarize once again the squatting movement between
legal or illegal projects.
As anarchists, we believe squatting can´t be legalize since it´s purpose
is precisely to transgress every rule imposed by the political, social
and economical structure. To accept their rules would legitimize their
tutelage. We place ourselves against the creation of squatted places
under the cover of any governmental institution and we reject any
negotiation, agreement or dialogue that could mean to surrender
completely or partially to our perspectives of action and direct
We believe in conflict. We believe the State cannot be defeated from
inside. That is why, we call for solidarity with the squatted social
centers threatened by eviction in Madrid, and by extension, all
okupations that defy power standing up to its threats.
The way to express support depends on the means and possibilities that
each one of us has, but we encourage, this month or further, to
undertake actions and activities that bring attention to our positioning
and our determination not to give in to either the State or its threats.
Let us multiply the anti-authoritarian ideas and practices of solidarity
In the early hours of November 14th we torched a Citroen C5, a vehicle
belonging to the Diplomatic corps. The vehicle was completely destroyed
by the fire. As long as there is a state and capital, we will not
hesitate to attack their means and structures at any chance. With this
act of ours, we want to send a message of solidarity to those who resist
and revolt in all corners of the earth.
Freedom to all our anarchist comrades who are incarcerated in the
hellholes of the state.
Strength to the members of the R.S., C.C.F. and to anarchist-communist
Tasos Theofilou for the appellate trials taking place right now and to
those anarchists involved in them.
Solidarity to the arrestees of the clashes on the 15th and 17th of
We carried out a motorcycle demonstration of counter-information and solidarity to anarchist-communist Tasos Theofilou. Dozens of comrades from areas of the center, Kipseli, Gizi, Patissia and Galatsi.
The motorcycle demonstration went through central squares of our neighborhoods where banners were hung and texts were given out, while all along the route we shouted chants and filled the streets with thousands of flyers.
Campania, in the month of October three radio station bases were set on fire in solidarity with those arrested following operation:” scripta manent” and with all the imprisoned anarchists in the world.”
Ercolano, in the morning of 15 November, 6 militants of Gulf of Naples Casa Pound were involved in an anti-eviction initiative in corso Resina, where some families of Ercolano are living in a building owned by the Curia.
During their initiative, a car carrying six fascists tried to attack the nearby Vesuvius Anarchist Space. Some there, clubs in hand, split their heads open, sending them to hospital.
We are not interested in who they were, we stand alongside those who practice direct action and beat fascists into the ground.
Following the incident, numerous Carabinieri, Police, Digos, military and local police turn up outside the Vesuvius Anarchist Space where several Anarchist comrades were barricaded inside.
The guards were intent on identifying those inside the space, linking the anarchist comrades with the incident.
After several hours barricaded inside the Space the comrades, determined not to be identified, decided to open the doors and break through the cordon of guards outside. During the melee numerous comrades and local residents gave a hand during the escape, in which an officer was knocked to the ground injured and a resident of the area, a supporter, and two anarchist comrades were arrested.
One of them was tried this morning 16 November, and given a suspended sentence for resisting a public officer.
Momentarily the Vesuvius Anarchist Space has been ravaged by the police and placed under judicial seizure.
It seems more than obvious to us that the State and cops had concocted the plan long ago: they were looking for a pretext to close an Anarchist Space in a difficult territory like the province, considered inconvenient by the authorities. In fact, a deployment of security forces was no surprise, already last winter on two separate occasions they tried to enter to snoop in a space that we consider our home without, however, ever having succeeded because they were chased away with determination.
As anarchists they will never find us dominated, always practicing and proudly claiming our anarchism and the unmediated and irrecuperable practices that are ours.
We are alongside our comrades of the Vesuviano Anarchist Space.
We also send a strong embrace to Carlo, our Anarchist comrade of Genoa, who yesterday November 15 was sentenced to 14 months for advocating crime as a result of his written statement in solidarity with the action of comrades Alfredo and Nicola .