An awakening by a new lucid generation willing to break the alienation and anaesthesia of the citizen. Cultivated by power for decades. A capitalist project founded on dictatorship sustained with the coating of democracy, democracy with the stench of teargas and fascist politics. Thus fear continued to seep into lives, being an unequivocal extension of a military police state. Power’s instruments of dominion are embellished with shop windows and consumption (90s). The dominant axis oil the media providing them with bread and circuses, promise with speeches and harangues selling life improvements and offers of supposed equality and justice. With the political casing of their democracy and the mixture of individualism, consumerism, cocaine and teargas they ensured control and their social peace, and for generations a few have enriched themselves in passing at the expense of the misery of many. The above is just to locate the detonator ignited by this new generation in Revolt that has left fear behind, distancing itself from the citizen plague, passing over the arrogance of power and attacking it with the rebel vitality that flows and connects in complicity to subvert.
The bottom line is not to make this or that claim. The rot has already set it and is the system, the way of life and those who support it. The Revolt is conquering everything that has been silenced by power and its governments on the job, it is lucid action unmasking the plague of capitalism imposed on lives. October 18, 2019 marks a different explosion, a revolt we are not extraneous to.
On 25.11 we visited the local offices of ND (New Democraty – right/far right ruling party in greece) in Keratsini as a minimal response to the recent repressive wave launched by the state against the occupiers, the immigrants and all who are fighting. We wrote slogans on the walls, we threw leaflets and built the office entrance, as they seize the squats and emptying the building, they build doors and windows.
AGAINST THE «LAW AND CLASS» DOCTRINE
SOLIDARITY IN MIGRANTS AND SQUATS
NO ULTIMATUM WILL TERRORIZE US
OUT ON THE STREETS TO CRASH THE (STATE) REPRESSION
[ENG] The open assembly of squats, collectives, internationalists, migrants and solidarians supports the demonstration in solidarity with Vancouver Apartman squat and calls for participation on Sunday 1-12-2019 at 12:00 in Kipseli square.
– Solidarity to the squats
– Against the devaluation of our lives and the displacement of our bodies
[FR] L’assemblée ouverte des squats, collectifs, internationalistes, migrant.e.s et solidaires soutient la manifestation en solidarité avec le squat Vancouver Apartman et appelle à y participer ce dimanche 1-12-2019 à 12:00 place Kipseli
– Solidarité avec les squats
– Contre la dévaluation de nos vies et le déplacement de nos corps
[GR] Η Ανοιχτή συνέλευση καταλήψεων, συλλογικοτήτων, διεθνιστών/ριών, μεταναστών/ριών, αλληλέγγυων στηρίζει την πορεία αλληλεγγύης στην κατάληψη Βανκούβερ Απαρτμάν και καλεί για συμμετοχή την Κυριακή 1-12-2019 12:00 στην πλατεία Κυψέλης.
– Αλληλεγγύη στις καταλήψεις
– Ενάντια στην υποτίμηση των ζωών μας και τον εκτοπισμό των σωμάτων μας
The New Democracy party, in the wake of SYRIZA’s social-democratic strategy, has placed its bets on pointing out an internal enemy so that it can proceed seamlessly with management adjustments of domestic capital that go unnoticed and without reaction. Thus, the issue of Exarchia,”confronting lawlessness in neighbourhoods and universities”, the imposition of the “law and order” doctrine, is high on the right-wing agenda, investing in the most cannibalistic and conservative characteristics of the local population and by building a cover-up strategy for the ever-increasing degradation of the labour force. A strategy of making the dead, tortured and excluded at the borders, on the sea, at workplaces, on metropolitan roads, detention centres and prisons, invisible. A strategy that would turn the public eye to the antiauthoritarians’ conflicts with the cops and the attacks on the symbols, structures and people of power, characterizing it as the dominant, structured form of violence, and therefore the most prominent threat that lies over mainstream citizens’ heads.
The wording used by the dominant authoritarian narrative is not chosen by chance, depicting occupations (outlaw dens), social centres in universities (hideouts), people fighting on the street with cops (vandals), people who capitalism’s violence turned away from their homelands to try to find a better fate here (illegal immigrants), armed guerrillas and radical expropriators (terrorists, robbers and murderers). And linking all these expressions with the “Exarchia” abstraction. We will not go into the history of Exarchia, the struggles, the relationships, the roots that have developed within them. All of this has, for a long time, been analyzed much more delicately and thoroughly. We only want to say that, in the “Exarchia” abstraction, the intended figure of the enemy within, the subject who must be crushed, destroyed, imprisoned, exiled, excluded from the normality of bourgeois democracy, takes a specific form and substance. The subject who must firmly and unambiguously confirm who holds sovereign power, who defines the basis on which relations between people are built, but also with their environment, resources, the goods they produce, time and space.
Exarchia is, after all, the urban space and anthropologically defined point that highlights what modern capitalism fears, what modern western States fear. Places of self-organization, the expropriation of resources, space and time, anarchist propaganda and the diffusion of anti-authoritarian theories on a social basis, direct action and guerrilla-type attacks in the metropolitan field, the realization that we are two parallel worlds on a collision course, the conclusion that capitalism is not the end of history: this is what they are afraid of. And that’s what they want to strangle. Exarchia is the visible and embodied symbolism of what they want to stifle. That is the reason for all the manic repression against the structures, the means and the subjects of the antiauthoritarian struggle.
We saw this repressive rampage explode on the bodies of those arrested on November 17th 2019 and those gathered in solidarity at the courts the following day, pouring out on the pavements and streets of Exarchia together with the blood of people tormented by the uniformed trash lingering on the TV channels in an atmosphere of “victory for democracy” and “sweep of the anarchists”. Against this state-endorsed rampage, we believe that our answers must be prudent, taking into account more and more factors, in order to be as dangerous and effective as possible in our actions. Completing the mosaic of the anarchist presence on the street that day and following the logic of hitting where they are not expecting us and gathering their forces, early in the evening of November 17th, we smashed the windows and the ATM of Eurobank on Mihalakopoulou street in Ambelokipoi. We thus wanted to remind them that they can’t have eyes and ears all the time everywhere, and that when we define the place and time of the conflict, it turns out that their metropolitan grid, their repressive structure, and their political fame & status are fragile and vulnerable.
The present action was a signal of solidarity and complicity with the rebels of Chile. It was also a cry of solidarity and strength to our fugitive, persecuted and incarcerated comrades.
PS. Dimitris Armakolas, always present in revolutionary memory.
Friends of assymetric violence
Actforfree notes: Dimitris Armakolas [comrade who died after falling and receiving an electroshock while climbing to hang a banner in solidarity with an anarchist imprisoned in Athens on November 10, 2018. t/n.] He is always present in revolutionary memory.
November 29, 2019
by actforfreedom Comments Off on The Future of ‘Return Fire’ (& vol.5 chapterised along with old volumes, vol.6 and vol.7 themes announced, submissions and collaboration invited, website launched) – U.K./international
Welcome to our latest update of workings in the world of Return Fire, where we are still determined to bring you our thoughts and selections of theory, actions, reviews, poems, conversations, history, interviews, criticism, announcements and repression news – feeling our way towards anarchisms that indigenise. We will proceed in a fairly unorthodox (to anarchists) way, and one that despite the cynicism of our days we will try not to be embarrassed by, however trite it may seem (to those same anarchists).
1. Acknowledgments and Gratitude
We thank and acknowledge the various powers, processes and entities with which we find affinity, that house us in this world. At this turning of the wheel, we contemplate the boundaries stretching and flexing between the known and the unknown, the familiar and the strange, the imaginal and the dream. We thank everything we feed from (whatever toxicities it has been through to end up in the form it often reaches us in), and everything we will sooner-or-later go on to feed. From the seas to the cliffs, from the lichens to the wildflowers, from the heron to the bat, to our human families and collaborators, and the ancestors (also of our path and our place) for their various lessons, protections and warnings – we even acknowledge our enemies for the advice we find within the hostility provoked between us. We also acknowledge that we are here and writing from within a dense meshwork of energy exchanges, relations of care and support, and enablement that comes from people (of all species and forms) near and far to us in our everyday lives. Whether or not they share (all) our goals or tensions, this project is (also) in a state of becoming because of them.
2. The Project So Far
We completed the first volume of Return Fire in early 2013 (followed by its online version by the end of that year, which has continued to accompany each release it its own timeframe). Return Fire started as fanzine of comprehensive non-leftist (and non-rightist) anarchism as it stands in this decade; with heavy anti-civilisation leanings, but with an awareness of its origins beyond this.
On Friday 15 November anarchists marched in Athens city center following the recent events of riot police invasions and attacks on students of Athens University of Economics.
The chain of events was set in motion by the police when on Saturday 9 November 2019 scores of policemen invaded the university grounds of Athens University of Economics to evict an anarchist student place, as a publicity stunt that went sour, because they found nothing of criminal importance.
Notes: On November 12, 2019, Amma, Uzzo and Patrick were transferred from the “Le Vallette” prison (in Turin) to house arrest, with no other special restrictions
A letter written in mid-October
A CALL FOR ANARCHIST SOLIDARITY
I’d like to make a few preliminary remarks to explain what I mean by the word “solidarity”, distinguishing it from how I see the concept of “closeness”. This preamble, which serves as an introduction to my text, doesn’t wish to undermine any anarchist comrade’s way of acting, but rather to raise a critique as a contribution to the discussion between individualities who find themselves struggling against our enemy, so as to refine and sharpen our ideas and the practices that ensue.
I often see anarchist comrades, some of whom I consider very solid because of reasoning and struggles shared throughout time, being trapped in the logic of representation intrinsic to moments – such as “demonstrations” called “communicative” (1) or certain gatherings outside the prison walls.
In the first case, from my point of view (my calling it “point of view” doesn’t mean reducing it to an opinion, but disclosing the will to question the idea that derives from it, even for those who want to silence this discordant voice by calling me a priest, holder of the truth, dogmatic and so on), and I am giving of points of view as I consider myself an individualist and consequently unique and at the same time refuse objectivity and absolute reality because what happens or simply is, is elaborated by each one in a different way, even if imperceptibly (2), these “demonstrations” are the result of a political logic, which doesn’t belong to me as an anarchist, a logic which aims to gain consensus concerning for example the harmfulness of nuclear power instead of sharing a reasoning that leads to identifying a problem as such.
We learn that on the morning of November 26th anarchist comrade Giuseppe Sciacca was arrested by the DIGOS (“political police” of the Italian police forces) of Turin, in the province of Verona.At the same time as the arrest, the house where he resides was searched.It is not currently known whether other searches have taken place.
The accusation is of “manufacture, possession and transport of explosive material”, for the sending, in 2016, of an explosive envelope to Ladisa, the company that managed the canteen in the CPR (“temporary stay center”, prison for migrants) of Turin.An episode already disputed, together with others, to those arrested last February 7th within the repressive operation “Scintilla”;in fact, a note from the Turin police headquarters defines arrest as a sort of extension of this operation.
Below is Giuseppe’s address:
Casa Circondariale Montorio
via S. Michele 15
Italia – Italy
condo developer skale was attacked last night.
their ‘project’ at queen and gladstone “a provocative and innovative symphony
of metals, glass and brick”
is another attack on the community of parkdale.
these streets this neighbourhood
is not a “world-famous centre of cool and creativity”
it is (was) our home our community
that we are being (were already) pushed out of by developers
yuppie businesses and scumbag landlords.
is tearing apart communities
so that the rich can steal our homes
a playground for capital
while we are left to die.
grassroots artists created
another symphony of brick and glass.
rocks were thrown through several windows of the sales office.
this was done to send a message.
gentrifiers not welcome
yuppies not welcome
no more condos
stay the fuck out of our neighbourhood.
Early one snowy November morning, we visited the office of DPL, the company subcontracted to put in place the concrete formwork for the new migrant prison in Laval. We are lucky: the headquarters of DPL (situated at 370 rang Rivière Bayonne Nord in Berthierville) is also the home of Pierre-Luc Désy, president of DPL, his wife Christiane Désy, who is DPL’s administrative staff, and their children.
We popped the tires of one of the family’s vehicles and two of the company’s trailers which were parked in the yard. We also painted messages against the prison on the vehicles, notably: “Nique les prisons” and “Fuck prisons”.
Pour lire, imprimer et diffuser ce petit bulletin autour de soi (il est
en format A5, et celui-ci fait 20 pages), on pourra retrouver chaque
nouveau numéro tous les 15 du mois, ainsi que les précédents, sur le
blog : https://avisdetempetes.noblogs.org
“Pour que la révolte explose, il a certes fallu qu’une petite minorité
aussi joyeuse qu’enragée lance une étincelle, mais aussi qu’un petit
ingrédient supplémentaire vienne se rajouter : l’action directe diffuse
qui renverse la table au bon moment.
Quoi donc, des milliers de jeunes s’affrontent jour après jour avec la police pour frauder en rendant le métro gratuit de fait, et voilà que des inconnus entreprennent de supprimer la question elle-même en saccageant et détruisant les stations, avec leur lot de boutiques, de composteurs, de distributeurs de billets, leurs systèmes électriques et même leurs rames ! En un week-end, du 18 au 20 octobre, la moitié des stations du système de transport sous-terrain chilien a été mise hors service (25 stations incendiées et 93 endommagées), et plus de 2800 bus ont été attaqués jusqu’à ce jour.
Ce signal a été très bien compris malgré le couvre-feu
militaire, puisque l’ensemble du Grand Santiago s’est immédiatement
embrasé, ainsi que toutes les grandes villes du nord au sud, et ce
depuis quatre semaines déjà.”
November 26, 2019
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Athens,Greece : Anti-propaganda intervention at the pan -Hellenic educational demonstration in solidarity with the insurrection in Chile
Athens 21/11/19 Anti-propaganda intervention at the pan -Hellenic educational demonstration in solidarity with the insurrection in Chile.
An intervention in solidarity with the insurgents in Chile took place this morning at the gathering before the demonstration in Athens at the Propylaia area. The comrades entered the Rector’s Office (pritania) where a banner was hung from its roof. While texts were given out to those assembled, fliers were thrown and slogans were written.
Let’s give appropriate answers to the State’s ultimatums.
Let’s transmit Chile’s rebellious climate to our own territories.
Solidarity March for the insurrection in Chile – Thursday 28 November at 18:00 in Monastiraki square in Athens.
Assembly of Solidarity with the insurrection in Chile
Today, at noon, about 20 comrades from Larissa and Thessaloniki came to intervene outside Larissa’s prison, where Vaggelis Stathopoulos was recently transferred. With the police catching up on sleep and despite the rain, we stayed at the rear wings for some time shouting slogans of solidarity and strength for those behind the walls.
NO ONE ALONE AGAINST THE STATE AND ITS DOGS
AS LONG AS HATRED EXISTS THERE WILL BE LIFE, FIRE TO ALL PRISONS
On 11/11/19 at 8:40 pm, on the corner of Polytechneio and 3rd September street, and while I was waiting for a friend of mine to help me transfer with his car a couple of bags of personal things, I was immobilized, suddenly surrounded by at least 15 persons of the counter-terrorist unit, with vehicles and motorbikes, leading me in complete silence and handcuffed to GADA (Police HQ). The operation was so speedy and meticulous that another friend who had escorted me to that corner, did not realize what had happened. On the 12th floor of GADA, they made me wait for two hours on a chair facing the wall, and despite my protests that if my case is an arrest they must uncuff me so I can contact a lawyer, they continued their hooded silence.
The interrogation that followed focused on emotional questions-dilemmas towards me and their concern about the health and life of wanted anarchist D.X., as well as my relations with the comrade M.S. who is facing charges, my co-accused G.V. in the case of squat GARE’s eviction on 26/8, and with a person who is accused as a robber and member of Revolutionary Self-defense. In reality the surveillance operation for me, as they confirmed, had began a long time ago and followed me across the country. Of course the result, proved to be hot air, and their fantasies were left at the bottom of my rucksacks. I was let free around 12 midnight.Continue Reading →
November 26, 2019
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Greece: Public Statement of Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis 21/11/2019
Since Saturday 9th of November, following the police raid at a man’s home, which has been his declared residence for many years, this man and one more, a persecuted fighter and political prisoner in the past, have been incarcerated in the cells of the greek state, facing heavy charges. The regime’s propaganda media, which take on the job of spreading the scenarios of the repression mechanisms, portray the two arrested as well as myself as members of the armed organization Revolutionary Self Defense, who have been preparing, according to the suspicions of the “counter”-terrorist agency, new attacks. Starting from these arrests and with the added excuse of the search for me, the state has unleashed a mass operation of terrorism against anarchists and the wider social movement. Such efforts, which are pillars of the timeless counter-revolutionary strategy of the rulers, have been dealt with several times by the movement, by its stamina, its broad solidarity and by continuing and intensifying the struggle. Being at the epicenter of this operation I ought to make a public statement about my political stance and the characteristics of the regime’s current aggression that is directed against society and the movement.
In addition, the condition of the two imprisoned persons (who are now political prisoners since they are persecuted in the framework of such an operation), my personal responsibilities, and justice urge me to speak publicly about the real background of the facts.
By definition, an organization of armed resistance needs arms. However, the weapons by themselves do not constitute an organization. Even a weapon that has been identified as a tool of a specific organization and which, as such, carries a symbolic value on top of the practical capacity of every weapon, is not sufficient, by itself, to maintain an organization of political activity. Rather, what is necessary is a collective body that carries on the public presence of the organization through its deeds.Continue Reading →
November 26, 2019
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Athens,Greece: Statement by anarchist refugee Abtin Parsa (EN/GR
Days after being followed and days after my home in ano patissia was being watched by the anti-terrorist unit, I published a political statement that also includes a report about the events on 27/10/2019. https://athens.indymedia.org/post/1600684/
Later, 09/11/2019, the anti-terrorist cops that were near my house started acting differently. At the same time, anti-terrorist unit repression against the movement became more severe, like arresting comrades with the accusation of being involved in the revolutionary organization “Revolutionary self-defense”.
10/11/2019, 22:00 to 22:30, while I was going home, I saw many undercover cops around my home, more than usual in the past few weeks. I decided to not go home and publish immediately the information in indymedia athens about this event. https://athens.indymedia.org/post/1601003/
11/11/2019, in the evening, while my flatmate and his friend were coming out of the building, 15 to 20 anti-terrorist cops stopped them. First, anti-terrorist cops handcuffed them, put them in the car and probably 30 minutes later the anti-terrorist cops entered my home with the key that they took from my flatmate. Anti-terrorist cops started searching the house. After that, they arrested my flatmate with the accusation of having a military knife that was found in our home.
I was going to leave the Bulletin for another couple of weeks but then fascists happened. It’s always fascist innit, they got a thing about social spaces. Kicking off and trying to spoil everyone’s nice time.
On the 9th Nov, down in Deptford in London, a couple of hooligans tried to smash their way into Pie ‘n’ Mash squatted community cafe with the intention of attacking the people inside. Obviously not appreciating the re-appropriation of their bit of rhyming slang (it’s “Antifash Pie ‘n’ Mash” now see :p) nor the signs of any community organising it seems. They’d been seen lurking around the streets of Deptford for a few weeks (even visiting the squat a few times) and had been caught being typical racist trash in the local offy spewing homophobic and racist slurs as the fella behind the counter in the run up to their assault.
On the 17th of November, a car of prison profiteer KONE was set on fire. Combative solidarity with those persecuted and arrested by the Greek state! Flaming greetings to Thunfisch (https://freethunfisch.blackblogs.org/), who was arrested on 10th November in Berlin! Fire to the prisons, freedom for all prisoners!
The principle of punishment of bourgeois society is one that never forgets. All possible means are at the disposal of the state persecution. The press, which willingly serves as the mouthpiece of the pigs to publish accusations, photos and calls for denunciation, thereby reaching a broad public. The drooling after a good story, which should increase the sales figures of the smear sheet, not important on whose back this is carried out.