Counter-arguments for those who no longer want to contribute to the spectacle of the end of the world, but to the end of the world of the spectacle
Translator note: translated from a pamphlet found in Paris and available online. There have been several texts circulating in the past month critiquing cameras in demonstrations, some online and some distributed as leaflets in the street. This one is perhaps the fullest articulation of the anarchist (but not just) argument against filming revolt.
Me: Stop filming or I smash your camera.
“But pictures are just raw information. They only show facts.”
The photographic re-transmission of facts depends on the point of view in which the person taking the picture situates themselves, which makes it subjective even though it claims objectivity. Proof through pictures is a lie, not so much because it speaks falsely but because it claims to be true. To try to be a spectator, neutral and exempt from the power relations at play can only be an illusion, because it is in itself a way of taking sides, though indirectly. In this way, no one taking pictures can be considered outside the action, they are in it, but on the wrong side: the one that fixes what’s in motion, virtualizes what’s living, spectacularizes rage and passion, and generally participates in neutralizing the subversive potential of attack. Among those taking pictures, some are clearly our enemies, because they declare themselves as such (cops, official journalists, video surveillance cameras…). Others claim neutrality and participate in “pro” and “anti” propaganda, like the more or less independent news agencies (Taranis, RT, Linepress, Street Politics, Remy Buisine) (1). And finally, there are others claiming to be friends or activists involved in documenting struggle, and even some people doing illegal stuff themselves and filming it for a few minutes of virtual glory and many hours of very real hardship. To be clear, ALL of these cameras deserved to be smashed, but especially those that pretend or claim to be on my side. I say this not because I want to engage in dialogue, but to make my reasons clear.
He has been sentenced to 36 years imprisonment in total. The court did not accept the defendant’s lawyer’s request to get a penalty suspension until the second degree court nor did it accept any attenuating circumstances for Marios Seisidis. Once again the vengeful tactics of the judicial system against our comrade were more than obvious.
It was encouraging that lots of comrades were present in the courthouse where they protested the court’s decision with slogans against the judges.
What is the crime of robbing a bank compared with the crime of founding one.
– Bertolt Brecht
BANKS ARE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, THOSE WHO MAKE THEM FUNCTION ARE TERRORISTS IN THE TRUE SENSE OF THE WORD
FOR THE SABOTAGE OF THE EXISTENT BY ALL THOSE WHO ARE NOT AFRAID TO REJECT DOOM-STRICKEN SECURITY AND VENTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN.
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK ON THE HOUSE AND CAR OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT COMPANY
“Nice Mr Tasos” has been for years with the movement. With the “from below”. The people’s assemblies. The “I won’t pay” movement.
Mr Tasos is a fighter. Mr Tasos is with SYRIZA.
Our eyes have seen enough over the past two years. We’ve seen PASOK members re-baptise themselves under a SYRIZA guise and take up administration again from where they had left it. No surprises here.
Following this trend, a whole caste of “nice Mr Tasos” jumps on the administration bandwagon. Bewitched by the boss’s chair. They become the political personnel of the wildest attack that the most shameless government of the last decade is staging. An attack against the class of those who, day by day always more, have nothing left to lose.
Lukáš B., an anarchist imprisoned in remand since September 2016 was released on bail today. That means that he will wait for the court outside of the prison walls. It is the first time since the beginning of the operation Fenix when no anarchist is in so called Czech republic held in prison.
If reason is a compass, passions are the winds
Today marks one year since our comrade was arrested, when she was kidnapped by the Mossos d’Esquadra on the 13th of April 2016 in an joint operation with the German police. At the moment she is held in preventive arrest in the prison of Cologne, while the court case against her and another comrade (in the prison of Aachen) is in full course. They are accused of having robbed a branch of the Pax-Bank in Aachen in November 2014.
Furthermore, the comrade from Amsterdam that was acquitted last December from having expropriated a branch of the Aachener Bank in 2013 is still awaiting the decision of whether the revision requested by the prosecutor will be accepted or not.
Reporting by Giant and Sylvia for OmniaTV, translated into English by BlackCat for Insurrection News.
The hearing held on the 13th of March consisted mainly of the examination of defence witnesses.
Mrs Fytrou, a geneticist-biologist with a PhD in genetics was the first witness called to testify. Mrs Fytrou explained the unprofessionalism and lack of scientific validity that characterize the forensic procedures, as well as the fact that the secondary transfer of DNA is a scientific fact and is considered very common.
The powerful in Paraguay are masters of everything, including social and political conflicts. They have many tentacles. They let people take part in these conflicts but only as spectators or pawns. Forced to participate in this way, the people sometimes awaken and reinvent the conflict according to their own interests and demands, breaking with what the elites expect of them, overcoming their assigned roles and dramatically changing the situation.
This is what we saw on March 31. The burning of the Congress was not part of the plans of the elite to handle its internal conflict, however it was the desire of the people to set fire to an institution that symbolizes decades of political oppression. The people decided to act on their own desires and experience the joyfulness of burning the Congress, by destroying all the pre-established plans and escaping the control of power and becoming one with the fire.
[Vienna] Solidarity event of “Anarchist Black Cross – Solidarity Cell” with imprisoned comrades of Koridallos prison (Athens) @ ABC FESTIVAL VIENNA (20. – 23. April 2017)
“As anarchists, we perceive the need of a multiform anarchist struggle, posing the issue of attack against state and vassalage that is imposed, with every means possible, here and now.” (from the self presentation text of the ABC Group)
In this event the comrades from “ABC – Solidarity Cell” will talk about the importance of solidarity with anarchist prisoners and the connection of struggles inside and outside the walls.
Further, the talk will contain a deconstruction of the meaning of the ‘anarchist movement’ and the myth of the district of Exarchia.
“(…) we do not consider that the action of our anarchist comrades is finished after imprisonment or repression.” (from the self presentation text of the ABC Group)
During the event there will be the presence of three anarchist prisoners, via Live-Connection, from Koridallos prison:
– Nikos Romanos
– Panagiotis Argyrou – CCF-Metropolitan Violence Cell/FAI-IRF
– Olga Oikonomidou – CCF-Urban Guerrilla Cell/FAI-IRF
They will talk about the following topics:
– The conditions in prisons and the situation of anarchist prisoners in Greece.
– The importance of solidarity assemblies for the anarchist prisoners and the connection of struggles inside and outside the walls.
– The choice and the importance of the armed struggle, the claim of responsibility for direct actions and the particulars of participation in armed organisations, and the importance and consignment of those choices. Continue Reading →
At dawn last Monday (27th March 2017) a vehicle ended up carbonized in the university quarter of Madrid. Five litres of petrol were more than enough to put an end to its life. Then we just hope that the heat reached at the comrades kidnapped in the jails of the German State so as to give them strength, and that many other vehicles used by repressive forces, be they public or private, will have the same fate.
We despise this existent and all its structures and the people who protect it, and we’d like this attack to be seen as a small warming up and a warning. One of the many attacks that have taken place and will take place in anticipation of this summer’s G20 in Hamburg.
Thousands of people are seeking safety as they flee wars, devastation, the destruction of their lives. They are looking for better conditions in order to be able to survive on the margins of the rich world. The rich world’s answer is the erecting of insurmountable borders and reinforcing border control; it manifests itself by stirring racist ignorance and giving migrants the role of scapegoat. And also by waving the threat of imaginary barbaric invasions of ‘our civilization’. Finally by using the threat of terrorism. The State tricks the ‘good citizens’ and offers to protect them. In this way more conservative, reactionary super-nationalist and fascist spectres are being revived. Ugly police squads and the military are being let loose to watch over the cities: in stations, on trains, in the streets and at the borders.
Severity and integration: these are the key words on the topic of immigration reiterated by Minister of Interior Minniti. Severity, against economic migrants not entitled to remain in Italy, integration for those fleeing wars.
Repeating these two principles, the PD party mayor of Bologna has expressed that he is in favour of the new plan for the management of migratory flows.
This plan is drafted with a bill that sees the conversion of the old concentration camps, CIEs, into CPRs, ‘Repatriation Centres’. The new structures will be spread over the whole country with a total of 1,600 places, and be smaller in order to be better controlled and run far from the urban centres out of sight of calm subservient citizens. As a matter of fact, they will be no different to the old CIEs, other than in name.
From what we know, at the last town hall meeting in Modena, the PD council reiterated the need for a migration management model capable of enforcing repatriation through detention in the new centres and the certainty of expulsion without taking energy and staff from the police force engaged in everyday repression in the region.
… Some have a uniform with a red cross, whose task it is to provide logistical and material means to the cops during round-ups, to sort and confine the undesirables in retention camps in Italy and Spain. .
This weekend we attacked the Red Cross office on Rivotte Street in Besançon. Words giving the reasons for our visit (“scavengers, expellers”) accompanied the impact on the two largest windows of this collaborators’ hole.
The hearing began with the reading of documents that are not relevant to this trial and concern people that in many cases have been acquitted. T. Theofilou’s name is not even mentioned.
The next document was Theofilou’s acquittal on the count of ‘resisting arrest”.
Then the prosecutor asked persistently to read aloud a list of objects collected from Theofilou’s house in Kalamaria, in order to show that Tasos was in possession of the official stamps of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Veterinary School. Although the presiding judge commented that the defendant is not facing any charges in relation to the stamps, the prosecutor, furious, kept insisting to have the documents read.
Strangely, the prosecutor said that a new document had been added to the case file in June 2016, which reveals that the finger prints of a man named Ioannis Chrysikos were found on one of the objects owned by Tasos and suggested that further investigation is now required to establish this man’s connection to the trial. Tasos’ lawyer questioned the validity of this document in terms of the way it relates to the case and the failure of the authorities to inform the defendant of its existence. Then the prosecutor replied with a speech that made no sense. The prosecutor asked for an investigation to establish the criminal responsibilities of this man, who is not even facing any charges and probably just came in contact with the object.
A short anarcho-nihilist zine from Bristol about personal approaches to class warfare, living on the margins and kicking it till it breaks. You know the score.
This zine asks the question – If you are one of the ‘comrades’ who are always going on about the class-struggle, why don’t you get off your ass and do something instead of standing there criticizing at the squat/gig/bar etc?
Dijon: the nine cameras of the “32-Lac” vandalized at Fontaine-d’Ouche
Bien Public, 27/03/2017 at 07:47
Villéo had equipped the 14-storey building at 32, avenue du Lac, in the Fontaine-d’Ouche district, with nine video-protection cameras as problems regularly occur there. Between March 15 and 22, they were all destroyed. The inhabitants are exasperated.
In July of 2012, Sven and Natasha were arrested for “conspiracy to blackmail,” a charge stemming from their efforts to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory and the target of the worldwide campaign known as Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). Since the police raid in Amersterdam that lead to their arrest, they have been awaiting extradition to the United Kingdom, where they face up to 14 years in prison.
Yesterday British Police came to extradite them from the Netherlands. After a night in the police station, they were released from court this morning. They now await their first court hearing in late March. Continue Reading →
(ENG) The 10th of june 2017 will see the Anarchist Bookfair return to Stockholm! The bookfair will be open from 10.00-18.00 and consist of seminars, panel discussions, workshops and film screenings. You’ll also find food, books and the company of radical politics from all over the world. This year the bookfair is held at Midsommargården, Telefonplan.
We learn from the correspondence with anarchist comrades in the AS2 [high security] of Ferrara prison, that with the renewal of censorship [March 6th] for another three months, the grip on their correspondence started again, and many letters are seized.
In addition, they tell us that comrade Nicola Gai could be in isolation. We are waiting to get all the facts, as soon as the prison visits will be done.
The trial against Davide, due on 9th March in the court of Cagliari, was postponed to 17th May. Davide is accused of attempted escape from the prison of Buoncamminno.
«… dreams are to be made true here in the present time and not in a hypothetical future, given that the future has always been sold by the priests of all religions and ideologies so that they could steal from us with impunity. We want a present time that is worth living and not simply sacrificed to a messianic wait for the future Eden. For this reason we wanted to talk concretely about anarchy to be realized now, not tomorrow. The “everything now” is a bet, a game we play and whose stake is our life, everyone’s life, our death, everyone’s death…»
Pierleone Mario Porcu
We know people… quiet and loquacious, shy and bold, humble and arrogant people…
People who live obedient like sheet, and others who don’t hide themselves in betrayal, they look into your eyes and stay always side by side no matter what. We know people who dream without imagination and live without dreaming, people whose eyes are used to stare below and whose ears are used to take orders such as “wake up”, “work”, “pay”, “buy”, “believe” , “respect”…
We know many people alone in the crowd, patiently waiting for an answer to their prayers till the end of their lives, for an eternal tomorrow, for better days, for a bright future.
But those who wait for a better life tomorrow are already dead today.
We know many individuals but only few of them are our comrades. Indomitable and unrepentant anarchists are shouting “a slow death or else the anarchist struggle here and now!”
And we are shouting with them, this is the only path of struggle we think worth the joy to take.