January 19, 2020
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January 19, 2020
January 17, 2020
Comments Off on Athens, Greece : Obsidian: Against Nations, all out on the 18th January against the state
Anarchy if anything is total opposition to the nation state. Anarchists don’t just critique or hold a strong suspicion of states, our movement was founded on their negation. This new decade is a new era for nations, one that will likely break them from their historical model. Within this vaccuum our ideals will be increasingly relevant and thrive if able to adapt. The opposite is true for the left wing of capital, those Marxists and liberals who already look like caricatures from the past. For this reason we must vigorously oppose any compromise with old ideas. Our world is moving too fast to look back.
Our current moment is a train crash of climate emergency, forced migration, mass information, war and growing population. To say the old system is only breaking is an understatement. It broke long ago and is now collapsing under it’s own weight like the many empires before it. Unfortunately the same common history still applies, new beginnings come after violent, unpredictable ends.
Kos: the “island of Hippocrates” but also of extreme tourism and refugee humiliation, the island of cycling but also of disgusting sexual harassement.
As a cyclist and especially as a nature lover, I consciously choose to ride my fixed gear as far as I can, all around the island. My bicycle is my passion and my therapy, a way of training and meditation, my partner and my coach. I feel an indescribable freedom, self- reliance and autonomy. Cycling gives me strength, desire, joy, and for the most part I feel that the fear of travelling alone disappears over time. Safety is unfortunately not on that list because of lack of general manners, driver education, but also sexist behavior.
A few days ago, I was systematically harassed in a central but remote part of the highway (Villa Tartaruga turns), in broad daylight, by a passing driver who decided to overtake me 4 times, making dangerous u-turns and flanking me, on a steep uphill road, where I decided to dismount and walk. I get horns beeped at me on all of my cycling routes, for one reason or another, but this time included shouting sexual obscenities repeatedly, making me wonder if that piece of trash driver was waiting for me at the top of the hill. Not to mention the danger he posed to other drivers with his repeated u-turns up a steep hill with zero visibility. In this case, the driver decided to continue his course, since I did not grant him a ‘provocative’ reaction, for various reasons at that time.
January 17, 2020
Comments Off on New anarchist publication RUMOER #1 out now. EN/NL
We want more uproar, which is why we give you RUMOER! A publication which will hopefully provoke discussion, irritation, inspiration, agitation, and attack. Because we do not want a raise in wages, but the destruction of work. Because we do not want to shout ‘boo!’ but want to hear BOOM! We want a confrontation without compromise with the system that is destroying our lives and the planet.
In this first issue you will fi nd texts about the increasingly
disgusting expanding technologisation
of the world. Another one outlines why it is really not necessary to
have your phone with you at all times. Furthermore, we will talk about
police violence and the worldwide revolts against it, from Chile to
Iraq. Incisive texts concerning leftist misery, affi nity and
‘professional’ activism in a triptych of translations also appear in
this edition; after these, there is a critical text about the current
discourse of a large activist group dealing with the climate. And last
but not least, a primarily happy end — a chronicle of attacks and
anarchist interventions, by way of entertainment and necessary
January 16, 2020
Comments Off on Toronto,Canada: Explorations in rail disruption in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en
This weekend in Toronto, inspired by the actions of Wet’suwet’en land defenders and a recent callout for rail disruptions, some anarchists took to the rails to add our contribution to the building momentum of demonstrations, blockades, and acts of sabotage taking place across Turtle Island.
We debated writing this because, due to a lack of experience and the location we picked, we really couldn’t be sure that our attempt at sabotage succeeded. Ultimately, we wanted to share our message of solidarity and commitment to this struggle, and our own reflections and knowledge gained in this first attempt.
Previous posts on this site provide a great starting point for the how-to’s of this kind of mission. We picked a site in proximity to a rail junction and used copper wire to mimic a train on the tracks, (hopefully!) halting any rail traffic until the disruption was cleared away. Since we didn’t have any jumper cables, which provide a more dependable connection, we quickly scrubbed our connection points with steel wool to make sure there was no rust impeding the connection.
January 14, 2020
Comments Off on Athens,Greece: Following the events in Koukaki area on Saturday and the new attack of cops on solidarity people outside the courts of Evelpidon
Short update, some comments and a call for an assembly.
After the events in Koukaki on 11/1/20 , and the cops’ attacks on Sunday in Evelpidon, all of the arrestees were brought back to court today. Although their trials had been set for 11. 00 am (for the arrestees of 12/1) and 1:00 pm (for the arrestees of 11/1) there was a wait until roughly 7:30 in the evening in an outrageous attempt to exhaust the accused, their lawyers, and the about 150 solidarians who remained tirelessly outside the building until about 9 pm. It goes without saying that the MAT guards never stopped provoking the comrades throughout it all. The charges, despite the prosecutors’ insistence on the contrary, are all small and include disobedience, resisting authority and serious bodily harm. The arrestees finally had their trials postponed for January 22, 23, and 24, and were all released. The solidarians—who had been shouting slogans this entire time—welcomed them with celebration and cries of joy.
In this atmosphere, and parallel to the court cases, we were not surprised by the unprecedented slander of our comrades, the media war that targeted them, and the plain lies about the events that were thrown around by the gutter press of the left and right wing, taken straight from GADA headquarters. The usual recipe was complete on the channels with the stereotypical statements of some “frustrated residents” of Koukaki, the lament of syndicalist cops about the “anarchists’ murderous desires” and their destroyed equipment, and plenty of the famous terror–hysteria sauce—aimed clearly at convincing that the charges need to be “upgraded” to felonies.
January 14, 2020
Comments Off on Athens,Greece: Recapture of Matrosou 45 and Panetoliou 21 Squats in koukaki area
We are tearing down walls for freedom
The recapture of Matrozou 45 and Panetoliou 21 is an act against the fear imposed by state repression. It is a signal of resistance and a rallying cry for escalation. Let us not leave our neighborhoods and nature in the heat of development plunder. Do not accept the displacement of our lives. Keep the parks, squares and hills free. Let us oppose the mercenaries of the state. Let us intensify the struggles against the exploitation of labor. Let us completely take up the struggle for survival and freedom. The struggle is neither legal nor illegal.
Together with dozens of anarchist / antisocial companions, we are taking back the community’s homes in order to meet housing needs that would not have been possible without this occupation, to re-open solidarity structures and re-establish free-living relationships without hierarchy, reopen homes in the neighborhood and in the movement with events, celebrations and organization.
We occupy buildings and connect illegal electricity and water. We are working to make them sustainable and we are taking on the cost of repression. It is a conscious choice to blackmail with rent and bills. Meeting the basic needs must be a given to all people and not a tool in the hands of the bosses to give us the dilemma of submission or misery.
Housing seizures are a logical response to the irrationality of a financial system that forcefully keeps people in huts, roads and concentration camps at the same time as there are thousands of vacant buildings. In a suffocating metropolis drowned in cement and drinking places, occupations are places of socialization without institutional and financial control, places where people can redefine their relationships on the basis of solidarity and respect, outside the dominant standards.
And for those who are complaining about the unpaid occupation accounts, it would be good to dig a little deeper into all that has been stolen by state and international economic policies, all those unpaid party accounts, factories and, of course, the millions in euros. In a forest-burning state with the collapse of the health system and bleeding education system, the state chooses to hire 1,500 cops with extra money for equipment. Because all they care about is protecting their friends and their friends’ investments from an uprising.
On the other hand, the Greek police and media, the urban propaganda system, are on the verge of collapse after the last operation in Koukaki. They still do not want to admit that high-profile journalists and politicians and the anti-terrorism unit itself condemned without any evidence an “innocent Greek family.” Because this will undermine social trust in the foundations of the urban system and give us space to say once again that THIS IS NOT ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL CASE. They prepare and construct the next culprits… All this is done to instill fear and terror into people’s minds about squatters and anarchist / antisocial sites.
The squatters are attacked by the entire state apparatus and not only by the “right government.” The disagreement between SYRIZA and ND is about what is the most effective way to suppress the movement. Police democracy throughout the area with the involvement of anti-terrorism also existed under SYRIZA with thirty examples. One example of extreme repression was when they sent two MAT squads to Philopappou Hill to prevent tree planting. Whether left or right, such an unjust and contradictory system cannot survive without repression, and repression is something that will always exist and we will have to go through it to get what we need.
The occupation of all the necessary resources, productive forces, spaces, and ultimately our own lives, is the one-way street for the struggles of the oppressed and exploited, and our small occupations foreshadow this happy future.
Occupation Community of Koukaki
Original publication January 11, 2020
January 14, 2020
Comments Off on Athens,Greece :Debriefing text of counterculture events at Exarchia square (22/12/19)
On Sunday, December 22nd, we organised a day-long event at Exarchia square, in answer to the preannounced municipal event–front for oppression that was to take place at noon of the same day.
The municipality of Athens under Bakoyannis plays a central part in selling out our neighbourhoods and answers every attempt of resistance with more and more repression. In Exarchia, it tries to camouflage the repression and gentrification of the neighbourhood that translates into shops, the metro, raises in rent, a sterilised and controlled environment, with superficial events and actions accompanied by the media twisting the story and armed goons.
It wants to impose its superiority by cleaning the square, where it removes our posters and our speech from the neighbourhood and as a symbol of its domination it pins down a tree, like in a conquered space. We view this event as one more aggressive act of political and cultural distortion of the ground of Exarchia, one that we had to answer by cancelling it through our active presence throughout the day. We couldn’t allow this fiesta of hypocrisy, where there wouldn’t have been space for us, anyway.
January 14, 2020
Comments Off on International Week of Solidarity with the prisoners of the revolt in Chile: January 13th to 19th 2020
Text of the call:
After more than 80 days since the popular revolt started in Chile, the
struggle and social organising persists, with an unyielding conviction
to confront and break with this economic and power model which has
perpetuated inequalities, injustices and abuses for decades. Without a
doubt, the revolt that is still in the air in Chile has meant an
inflection point, a point of no return in a long road of struggles, but
it has also brought heavy costs with it: Hundreds and hundreds of
prisoners of this territory. Every week this number increases. In a
clear phenomenon of massive arrests, the state looks to scare and
criminalise social protests. We talk about political prisoners of the
revolt because the massive arrests of those fighting after the explosion
of the revolt on the 18th of October responds to a political decision of
the state and not to technical or judiciary criteria, putting in
evidence the complicities of the different powers of the state, all with
the purpose of perpetuating the existing control model.
That is why we make this International call of solidarity with the
prisoners of the revolt, to expose the political condition of their
imprisonment and demand their immediate freedom. We extend this call and
appeal to the many initiatives and solidarity actions that may appear in
International Week of Solidarity with the prisoners of the revolt in
Chile: January 13th to 19th 2020
Those who forget political prisoners forget the struggle!
Immediate freedom for the prisoners of the revolt!
Coordinating Committee for the Freedom of the Political Prisoners of
As A-Radio Berlin we have recorded a call by the Coordinating Committee
for the Freedom of the Political Prisoners of October 18th.
You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes)
Length: 2:43 min
You can find other English and Spanish language audios here:
January 14, 2020
Comments Off on Brazil : Explosive Attack Against Military Police of São Paulo, by NOS – Cells of Opposition to the System
Anarchist guerrilla group Cells of Opposition to the System (NOS) claimed responsibility for the bomb in the headquarters of the 2nd Company of the 45th Battalion of the brutal Military Police of the State of São Paulo on December 18, 2019.
We assume the authorship of the bomb in the headquarters of the 2nd Company of the 45th Battalion of the brutal Military Police of the State of São Paulo – PMESP in General Carneiro Street, the night of December 18, 2019, in the center of the city of São Paulo, near the Pateo do Collegio (the foundation site of the city), a Christmas installation of the Santander bank and a post of the also brutal Metropolitan Civil Guard – GCM that we also wanted to attack. We used a noise pump made from a small soda bottle containing 11 pointed pieces of glass to damage nearby police.
It was a reprisal for the Paraisópolis massacre, planned and coldly executed on December 12, 2019 by the PMESP and its chief João Doria, the fascist governor of São Paulo, as part of the war against the black and poor promoted by the state Brazilian. Instead of confronting armed and violent drug traffickers who pay them bribes, the PMESP murdered 9 defenseless youth at a street party under the approval of the far right. Their representatives in bourgeois politics, such as fascist deputies Captain Conte Lopes and Sergeant Fahur, provincial and federal deputies of the states of Sao Paulo and Paraná, respectively, celebrated the massacre and said there will be others. Doria promised in December 2018 that under his command the police would “kill” and make the people comply.
January 14, 2020
Comments Off on Greece : Information from the solidarity demo for anarchist Vangelis Stathopoulos at the prisons of Larissa
On Sunday, December 15th a solidarity demo was held outside the prison of Larissa for anarchist Vangelis Stathopoulos, where our comrade is being held. During the gathering of dozens of comrades various texts were read out through the microphone sound system through which our comrade Vangelis also spoke [via phone] to those present.
Banners were hung, fireworks and smoke bombs were lit outside.
Words of anarchist comrade Vangelis Stathopoulos during the solidarity gathering outside the prisons of Larissa:
“In the full-scale attack by the regime, no matter what our position we must turn it into a point of struggle. Against the beatings by the cops, the evictions of the squatters, the cop State in the streets and the imprisonment of fighters, in everything that is done in the name of regularity we must pass to the counterattack and continue fighting for a better world. No matter how often we fall, we must rise again with greater anger and passion. Solidarity is our weapon. ”
Translated by Act for freedom now!
January 14, 2020
Comments Off on Athens, Greece: About the New Trial Against R.O – Revolutionary Struggle
The new trial against Revolutionary Struggle [Επαναστατικού Αγώνα, ‘Epanastatikòs Agonas’] will continue at the special court in Korydallso Prison (Athens) on Friday, January 10th, 2020, at 9:00AM. This ongoing legal proceeding against the organization and its members is part of the wider series of trials that continue to involve and be directed against the comrades, in particular Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis. The charges in this trial relate to a car bomb abandoned and discovered by the police in the summer of 2017, seven months after Pola Roupa’s arrest on January the 5th of the same year. Nikos Maziotis, however, has been in prison since July 16th, 2014. In this trial the comrades are accused of “supplying, possessing and manufacturing explosives”. [The date of the hearing for this new trial was announced on Athens Indymedia here].
Revolutionary Struggle is a revolutionary anarchist organization that – since the night of December 5th, 2003, with a double explosive attack against the 1st degree court in Athens – has carried out countless actions against the state and capital in Greece. The group’s actions and analyses were directed against structures, apparatuses and institutional and repressive representatives of the Greek State (IE: 1st degree court, police stations, riot police, Korydallos prison, ministries of labour and economy, former Minister of Public Order G. Voulgarakis), international capital structures, representatives of Greek and international economic power, multinational companies and structures of other states (IE: Ministry of the Economy, Citibank, Royal Dutch Shell, Eurobank, Athens Stock Exchange, National Bank of Greece, Embassy of the United States of America).
January 11, 2020
Comments Off on Iran and Afghanistan: The Anarchist Era Collective’s Statement on the Assassination of an Iranian State Terrorist
January 3rd, 2020
Qasem Soleimani has long tormented the people and we congratulate the survivors of his crimes in the Middle East, particularly Syria, Iraq and Yemen. And while we are glad for the death of this war criminal, we declare our strong opposition to the possibility of a state war (between US state terrorism and Iranian state terrorism).
Hours ago, Qasem Soleimani, one of the top military officials of the Iranian government who was responsible for the Middle East, was killed on the direct order of Donald Trump in Baghdad.
Qasem Soleimani was a genocidal man that has killed thousands of men, women, and children in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. He lead sieges for Assad and recruited Afghan refugees in Iran, many of them children, to die in the Syrian civil war. This state assassination was carried out by the United States in the obvious interest of Donald Trump’s election and what was done has not been and will not be in the interests of the people in the Middle East.
January 10, 2020
Comments Off on Greece – Revolt in the hotspot of Samos, demonstration in the streets of the island next day
At the moment 7,497 people are being held in a centre built for 648.
Many are unaccompanied minors. Protests against the dramatic living conditions are frequent: yesterday, Thursday, a revolt was suppressed by riot police, a fire had destroyed about one hundred tents and shacks on October 14 leaving thousands of people without shelter and forced to sleep outdoors.
A protest was held on October 18 to claim freedom of movement and the possibility to finally leave the island concentration camp and for two days between October 24 and 25 a group of people held a permanent sit-in in piazza Pitagora, in the centre of Vathy. A riot had previously been severely repressed in the month of May. Also this morning, Friday December 20, the people being held in the Samos concentration camp continued their struggle without letting themselves be intimidated by the repression, and came out into the streets again reaching the city of Vathy in a determined and noisy demonstration. Translation to Italian by: Athens Indymedia
About 300 immigrants began to protest on Thursday December 19 against the segregation and detention on the island, outside the main entrance to the detention centre, shouting slogans. They then headed for the minor entrance (which links the hotspot with the city of Vathy) and blocked the road. The police prevented them from carrying on the protest towards the city, which was only 500 metres away.
The immigrants responded by overturning the chemical toilets, putting up barricades and throwing stones at the police, who reacted with a shower of teargas. The municipality of eastern Samos decided to suspend lessons in the nearby primary and nursery schools because of the strong smell of teargas present in the air.
Solidarity with the rebel immigrants!
“They will never admit in their news that the act of rebelling was our extreme attempt to remain human” – from “Lotta contro l’oblio”, [Struggle against oblivion], the latest text of Apatris
Translated by Act for freedom now!
January 10, 2020
Comments Off on Sardinia,Italy – SUBVERSIVE PUBLICATIONS FAIR, CAGLIARI 24/25/26 JANUARY 2020
Subversive Publications Fair, Cagliari, January 24/25/26, with a discussion on publishing and propaganda
Magazines, papers and other forms of propaganda of the struggle and subversive ideas have always been persecuted by all sorts of regimes. Rendered clandestine, outlawed or banned, seized by police, they have never ceased to exist.
If this seems like an old story to you, one that stinks of the fascist regime, you are wrong!
In 2019 three repressive operations followed one after the other against different situations of struggle around the Italian State, “Scintilla” in Turin, “Renata” in Trento and “Lince” in Sardinia, which although in different ways, all have a similar character: the attack on instruments of publishing and propaganda which these realities use, attributing a central role to them in the investigation. Charges and arrests have been made against editors, but this certainly isn’t anything new.
This attention and consequent repression by the State demonstrates that propaganda still plays a potentially “subversive” role: to build up a narrative and spread news which is different from the mainstream is something that scares power, more engaged than ever in covering the obscenities perpetrated every day in the form of wars, environmental devastation, deportations and so on. To resist these attacks, aimed at taking away some of the last instruments for those who struggle, seems more imperative to us than ever.
Besides, it seems clear to us how in recent times independent publishing (on paper as well as online) is also in trouble for other reasons, and publishing linked to movements and the struggle is no exception. Various projects have had to be stopped, those that still exist struggle to come out regularly as they are crushed by the uncontrolled invasion of news and tweets that flood our lives characterizing them with banalities, falsities and superficialities giving an obsolete semblance to paper periodicals, including those of analysis.
For this reason we have decided to organize a subversive publications fair focusing on propaganda and publishing. In order to be on the side of those who write and publish to give voice to their ideas and not sell them to the patron of the moment, even if in so doing they run the risk of being accused, denounced and arrested.
Therefore the Fair will be a place where not only the experience of various publishing projects of the past and present are told, it will also be an occasion to discuss various topics linked to the importance of publications, new forms of propaganda and communication. We’d like to be able to create moments where experiences are contrasted and criticized and where collectively – not just among editors – we can lay the foundations for relaunching a defence and wider spreading of propaganda and subversive publishing.
Some comrades in Cagliari
Friday 24th January:
Opening of the Fair, presentation of the program
January 10, 2020
Comments Off on Hamilton,Canada: Simultaneous Rail Sabotage at Bottlenecks in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders
Anonymous submission to North Shore. Callout for rail disruption is here.
A decade ago in a move that has inspired many, Wet’suwet’en people reoccupied their unceded territories as a way to begun healing and ensuring the land is protected in the ways she needs to sustain Wet’suwet’en people’s lives, practices, and continued existence in their traditional territories.
A year ago the RCMP violently invaded those territories to provide access for industry.
One week ago, the canadian state criminalized Anuk’ nu’at’en – Wet’suwet’en hereditary law – by granting an injunction which criminalizes Indigenous people and their allies should they protect the Yintah from the destructive forces of industry. Continue Reading →
January 10, 2020
Comments Off on Hamilton,Canada: For the eleventh year, New Year’s Noise Demo at the Barton Jail
For the 11th year in a row, anarchists and other rebels gathered on New Year’s eve to march on the Barton Jail. This is an international tradition, rooted in showing our disgust for prisons and their world and our solidarity with all prisoners, and especially to remember anarchists facing repression.
So we circulated a text by the Operation Renata defendants in Trento, Italy that contains some important reminders: “We have seen the suffering of families, friends, and those who have lost their own children to the hands of the state, and we have also seen most people’s silence and indifference, in spite of how much closer these tragedies are to us than we’d like to believe.”
January 8, 2020
Comments Off on Italy : Solidarity poster for anarchist comrade Pierloreto Fallanca (Paska) EN/FR/ES
NOT ROTTEN APPLES
September 17 saw the start of the trial against our comrade Paska, accused of resistance and grievous bodily harm towards some of his jailers during a transfer.
A couple of pushes against a few of the escort screws was the least he could do after the treatment they had reserved for him on various occasions: the latest being the rally driving of the paddy wagon that caused him a strong blow to his head and ribs during the transfer of October 18, 2018.
On the other hand, since his arrival at La Spezia the prison management had decided to arbitrarily reserve even more restrictive measures for him such as delaying mail, bans on meeting others, isolation up to the 14bis isolation regime level as well as being forbidden to go to the yard with the other prisoners.
January 8, 2020
Comments Off on Berlin,Germany : Solidarity means attack – Action for squats in Greece
On the 6th of January, we chose to open a banner amidst the crossroad of Liebig and Rigaer Strasse and attack a police car in order to show our solidarity with the threatened house projects in Berlin and the evicted squats in Athens.
The banner says: „Solidarity with Squats in Greece – Revenge 4 Koukaki Eviction“.
When it was installed across the street, a patrol car arrived and was attacked and forced to flee with stones by the backup team.
There are some similar conditions for the anarchist movement in Berlin and Athens, for example the aim of the government to eliminate us and take our neighborhoods and occupied spaces. Despite the differences between the movement in Germany and Greece, the enememy is the same. The smell of garbage in uniforms is the same, the barriers of the prison is the same. Ultimately, the goal of these two states are the same,to eliminate the resistance of the fighting anarchist movements.
It is not easy to fight against a police force, which acts like an army with counterinsurgency and desinformation tactics. We agree very much with the quote of Sun Tzu, which we found in the claim of comrades in Athens, when they attacked targets on 6th December:
January 7, 2020
Comments Off on UK : Sabotage, Subvertising and Solidarity in Bristol