Historically power has always been based on the creation of a common enemy to be fought, a concept to be fed to the “people” in order to continue to perpetrate exploitation, subjugation and blind obedience to authority.
Patriotism is a simple example of this, as is any kind of nationalism. And the fact is clear that in the face of any war, the modern State feels the need to create the image of an enemy to be fought, whether it be a wealthy Jew who rules the world, a dangerous communist, a capitalist enemy or the most recent terrorist fundamentalist. In other words… a common enemy creates common intents. A sort of united front between exploited and exploiters, those governed and those who govern, the oppressed and the oppressors.
But what is its real purpose? What dynamics of power are concealed behind this falsification of reality? It is enough to think about today’s topicality: the Italian who in the war against COVID 19 becomes “the people”. In the face of an invisible and dangerous enemy, power only had to create a visible enemy so as to push people to become “the people”, encouraging one another, and pushing them into submitting mind and body to the Government against a common enemy more easily : THE PLAGUE-SPREADER!
2º de “Madrid Cuarentena City”, mediados de abril, publicación por la guerra social en tiempos de estado de alarma.
En este número podéis encontrar:
-Todo va a ir bien.
-Trabajo, producción y consumo. La rueda de la explotación continúa.
-Crónica de la guerra social en estado de alarma.
-La solidaridad como arma.
-La ciudad: caldo de cultivo para enfermedades y control social
-De aquellos fangos estos lodos.
-Llamamiento a extender la okupación: “Okupa la cuarentena”
TODO VA A IR BIEN
Todo va a ir bien.
“Es la historia de un hombre que cae de un edificio de 50 pisos.
Para tranquilizarse mientras cae al vacío no para de decirse:
Hasta ahora todo va bien.
Hasta ahora todo va bien.
Hasta ahora todo va bien…
Pero lo importante no es la caída, es el aterrizaje.
Como en la metáfora de la película francesa de “La haine”, vivimos en un mundo que venía condenado al desastre. La destrucción continuada de los ecosistemas para extraer materias primas, la degradación sistemática de la corteza terrestre por los monocultivos y la agroindustria, la expulsión o aniquilación de especies, la transformación de los océanos en estercoleros, los daños irreversibles en la capa de ozono… han tenido un avance exponencial en los últimos años. Nos han encaminado hacia una más que evidente transformación, para mal, de la vida en la tierra.
The international community is in a state of emergency due to the pandemic. But the same is not true of capitalism, which, in the bleak times we are living, is finding the tools to reproduce and over-accumulate capital, usurping more intensively the collective labor force. Hundreds of businesses may have closed due to state of emergency prevention measures to prevent the spread of the virus, but this has not stopped the flow of their production. The bosses weapon against the intensity of the emergency is called e-shopping with employees being a consumable force to save profits.
At this juncture, the key role is played by couriers, an already degraded industry that faces constant risk (accidents at work, intensification of working conditions etc). The closing of the stores and the demand for their services via e-shopping, in fact imposes on the couriers to shoulder the entire burden of carrying the industry. Dozens of complaints indicate the increase in the profits of courier companies during this period, the intensity of class exploitation as the volume of work they are forced to cope with is multiplied as they are not provided with any individual measures of hygienic protection or care.
Employee couriers are now being blackmailed into rescuing their bosses. They are constantly exposed to the possibility of getting sick as they come in contact with hundreds of people every day, without being given any protective measures. They are called upon to increase work hours and delivery speed, resulting in the multiplication of exposure to possible work accidents. They are the sole structural factor contributing to the increase in their bosses’ profits, while their wages remain low and they are forced to pay for their own protective gear and maintenance of their vehicles.
In the afternoon of a particularly chaotic Friday, Piñera inaugurates the pandemic on the national TV channel. Fear of the virus has slowly been brought up in conversations since the beginning of March, increasingly becoming a main topic amidst the turbulent return to school that wants to be a replica (as with an earthquake) of the October revolt, the mass feminist demonstrations, the radicalization of reactionary sectors and the imminent referendum.
The international situation is just as complex. Last year a new world-wide wave of revolts against capitalist normality began, and the very worn-out “institutionality” seems to be collapsing from wherever you look at it, leaving space not only to insurrectional creativity but also to (never easily distinguishable) populisms and fascisms of all sorts.
The economy has been losing speed for a while, but the commercial war between two declining powers, the manipulated increase in fuel prices and the paralysis caused by the coronavirus have created the perfect tempest for the stock exchange and its web of speculative fictions to free-fall.
Sunday, April 5 in the late afternoon, an unknown person launched two Molotov cocktails at the Lisbon parliament. The two incendiary devices shattered on the steps in front of the parliament, causing no damage and injuring no one. Fortunately, the cops failed to get them in their clutches.
However, politicians could realize that, despite the repression, they are by no means inaccessible and that, at times, it is enough for an individual full of audacity, to go and declare their flaming feelings for them…
They say that the health of a democracy can be found in the health of its prisons. So we can say that Italy is a patient in a deep coma. Only in 2019, 143 people died [in prison] of whom 53 committed suicide, and in 2020 we’ve already 41 deaths of which 13 suicides. So much for prisoners’ rehabilitation!
Far be it for us to think that prisons are places of recovery and rehabilitation; as far as we’re concerned, these structures are to be destroyed. A death in prison, whatever its causes, is to be attributed to the state of imprisonment, to those who institute and run these concrete hells: the State! The prisoners’ protests at the beginning of March gave us courage and strength, so we thought it right to let them know that there are people outside who support them with small gestures of solidarity. At the beginning of the month we went outside the abominable walls of the Marassi prison several times, making our complicity heard with firecrackers, smoke bombs and unfurling banners.
Enraged youth from the Anderlecht area of the capital city Brussels, Belgium rioted 11/4/20, yesterday, attacking cop vehicles and hurled missiles at the cops, injuring one and beating up another. The riot was triggered when a cop patrol pursued a 19 year old on a scooter because he refused to stop for a curfew check. He hit an oncoming cop vehicle head on and died on the spot. Hundreds of angry youth from the local area instantly took to the street after a callout on social media attacking the cops who had arrived to reinforce those involved in the killing. Several cop vehicles were set on fire, one youth liberated a gun from a vehicle, shooting it in the air as he ran off.
The local youth has been named as Adil and already the media is doing the state’s dirty work by sending out its appeal for calm, using his family as a weapon to suppress the anger of a local youth’s murder and against the curfew. The cops have further reinforced the area today (Sunday), even with water cannon because they fear that the area will breakout in further rioting. Belgium has been in a four-week curfew in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
This is a clear sign of the riots and insurrection to come that has now arrived in fortress Europe, after other outbreaks of rebellion in other parts of the world, we are even aware of scum media clearly attempting along with the authorities to suppress any outbreaks of rebellion against the coronavirus curfews*. It is only a moment of time before the global backlash erupts.
First Wuhan, Now Brussels, Insurrection Everywhere!
*Riots have erupted in Bristol, China & Palestine, even telephone towers burnt around prison island UK, along with reported raids on supermarkets in the South of Italy in response to ‘lockdown measures’ (curfew!)
April 13, 2020
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Spain: Solidarity with the accused in Operation Arca
On May 13, 2019, two comrades were arrested in Madrid; their houses and the squatted anarchist space La Emboscada were searched by the police. Since then, they have been awaiting trial under the accusation of terrorism, being investigated in relation to different actions against repressive bodies, banks, political parties and real estate.
We do not care if they are innocent or guilty, if they are criminals or terrorists. We do not want to legitimize their spectacle, nor a judicial and political system that the State has created for it’s own interests. The only definition that we recognize, and in which we recognize ourselves in complicity, is that of being anarchists. Because we fight to recover our life and our autonomy against this authoritarian system.
For us, the best way to show solidarity is to continue with the struggles we share, that is why so many companions, beaten daily by the system, are present in them and inspire them. A wink of complicity, be they criminals, terrorists or simply anarchists.
Strike capital in cyberspace, where is it structured
Panic surrounding Covid-19 has created ghost towns, empty streets, military law, stopped industries, slowed down production and reproduction of capital… more than any strike ever managed to do.
With workers/consumers being stuck between 4 walls most of capital flows are moved to cyberspace. Cyberspace is not parallel or outside of this world, it is an extension of this world. Capital which is circulating and accumulated in cyberspace is an extension of afk capital.
Expropriations are made very difficult during lockdown.
Most of the shops are closed, most of the cash registers are empty, cops everywhere, everyone who is walking outside is automatically suspicious, there is not enough people to run and blend in into the masses…
The Covid-19 crisis has once again highlighted that this world belongs to them because they took it from us. The rich and powerful will emerge from it stronger, supported by the State. And we, poorer than we were before. And if we are, it is because there are rich people. The crisis only intensifies these processes.
They take everything away from us because there is private property, property of land, of housing, of space…And on the basis of this property right, regulated by the State, they force us to pay for the most basic things: (food, housing…) and they force us to work for them if we want money to survive. Why else are there millions of workers going to work during full confinement? And meanwhile, while trying to balance things, listening to politicians and journalists talk about moderation, unity and responsibility with a looming horizon of evictions, layoffs and uncertainty, because the health crisis will end, but the conditions of exploitation and misery to which we are subjected to will prevail and increase exponentially. A health crisis that raises another question: Does anyone believe that Amancio Ortega or Esperanza Aguirre will be denied an ICU bed if they catch the virus? Exactly.
From Future To Present Tense
COVID-19: A Fork In The Road
What Went Down
Earth’s Destruction Deemed “Essential”
Black Socialists In America Approached By The FBI
COVID In Prisons
The Last Assembly: A Report Back
Mutual Aid Toward Freedom
April 13, 2020
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Italy: Proposal for a Day of Liberation on April 25th
For a few weeks now, almost three billion people have been forced into home detention.
In Italy, as in other parts of the world, the first people who rebelled against the worsening conditions of their survival, the prisoners, have been repressed with dead and wounded.
While science proposes conflicting theses, part of the scientific community states that the quarantine period, although in alternating phases, will last at least until next year.
The state, however, has already chosen which truth to propagate to justify the measures taken. Forced isolation at home is being prolonged, the only proposal-constriction made to the population is to obey and wait by watching and self-surveillance…but for how long?
For now the end of the measures has been postponed until April 13th, but most likely there will be further extensions…
April 25th is the feast of liberation. Liberation not only from Nazi-Fascism, but from all forms of oppression.
The oppression of living in a world where movements are continuously controlled and monitored, with checkpoints, soldiers everywhere, drones, cameras, electronic bracelets.
The oppression of being individually considered as infected if we do not respect the laws and think that socializing and the possibility of going out are not transferable in exchange for the security of survival.
The oppression of living in terror of the invisible, because the problem is not the virus, but the ecological and social conditions in which it spreads.
Issue II of our ongoing Journal ‘Its the end of the world as we know it….: (Go Outside, Light fires etc) is released today. In this volume of the journal we decided to focus on the varied attacks, rebellions, riots and battles across the world between the state and free wild individuals. We have actively made the choice to not include updates on repression or violence, since we have the impression, these reports are everywhere and all around us and at times become a very stagnating force.
We want this second issue to be a provocation to everyone, get out from behind the screen, go out of your home (even if for no reason other than personal satisfaction), and LIGHT. IT. THE. FUCK. UP. This time around, we have been inundated with submissions and nods of things to include and we are happy to say we have many new and original texts, and the first translation into English of a text from the Greek anarchist formation ‘anarchist groups of Night Visits’ who in the last weeks committed a series of arson’s against the personal properties/homes of a number cops, politicians, and journalists.
This issue is comprised of 3 main parts: first Scattered Chronology of attacks and Rebellion which is a day by day rough calendar of different things that have happened between 11th march and 1st of April especially where the writers specifically mention making a connection to Covid 19 or the specific necessity/newness of breaking quarantine. Drawn from counter info sites in four different langues and 3 different continents we hope to put forward the broadest and widest range of rebellions with which to warm our hearts, 2nd In depth Communiques- which is a section dedicated to longer texts which mix up action and analysis, and finally analysis- In this section we take texts from before and during the outbreak of corona which critique the notion of safety, offer an alternative to the version of the ‘We Are At War’ narrative perpetrated by countless states, and argue the need for an increase in insurrectional activity in the coming days/weeks/months.
“Freedom can only be the whole of freedom; a piece of freedom is not freedom.”
Max Stirner, The Unique and It’s Property.
With the spread of the pandemic, the wing of death passes over each and every one of us, at the same time as we all find ourselves under a state management as authoritarian as it is disorderly. In the generalized alienation of everything on which we had until now the capacity, even if it were illusory, to decide what happens to ourselves (but is taking the metro to work really a decision we make ourselves?), these are now functions that appear to us as the obvious exercise of a fundamental individual freedom that find themselves prevented, controlled, criminalized (going out of the house, buying bread, going to see one’s relatives, meeting, kissing, loving each other, etc) and the “barrier gestures” regulate even the daily and intimate behavior of the confined ones.
This common situation is dangerously redoubled for all those who are held in confinement, prisoners in jails or detention centres, homeless people parked in despicable conditions, patients in psychiatric hospitals and EPHADs (Residential Institutions for Dependent Elderly People), locked up by and with the authority of the State, at its total mercy, without visits, without outside eyes, but also those who find themselves confined in forms of daily authority of proximity, at the mercy of an abusive spouse or abusive parents who currently have no other outlet than the family unit.
It is not yet clear what will remain of this deadly period of “health emergency”, neither in terms of legislative provisions, nor in terms of social imaginations and behaviour.
BRUTAL BEATINGS OF THE FEMALE PRISONERS DURING THE RIOT SQUAD RAID IN THIVA PRISONS (9/4)
As soon as the prisoners in Thiva prisons announced their decision to continue their mobilization, they received the special treatment by powerful police forces, which had been supposedly hauled after yesterday’s uprising. And, as was made known, the cops sent many injured women to hospital.
However, last night’s mass and relentless beatings by the MAT (riot squad) who raided the prison, invaded the cells dragging and beating savagely the women, are unprecedented. Even an epileptic woman was hit fiercely on the head. It is obvious what is the answer of the ministry and of the prison management to the just demands of the prisoners. Even institutional agents* have made reports, few days prior to these events, about the appalling conditions in the prisons in Greece, about arbitrary detention, terrible incarceration conditions, overpopulation in prisons, police station and migrant detention centers, psychiatric wards etc. (* the Committee of the European Council for human rights, during their 10 day visit to Greece, report of the UN representative, Amnesty International about the death of the prisoner).
This morning the women who resisted and mobilized are going to be indited to the prosecutor. First in line is the political prisoner Pola Roupa.
10/4/2020 Eleonas, Thiva Prisons
9/4/20, The uprising continues in the Women’s Prisons of Eleonas, Thebes. It broke out in the morning, after the death of a 38-year-old prisoner, who developed fever and shortness of breath and died in the ward of the E΄ wing, in front of 20 prisoners. The prisoner died of coronavirus. The other prisoners set fire to mattresses and clothes, while damaging the prison’s refrigerators. A prosecutor has now arrived at the jail and a medical examiner has gone to perform an autopsy. Strong police forces – MAT – who rushed to the prison to prevent the spread of the women’s uprising to all the wings of the prison, carried out extensive beatings and – despite the repression that took place – the uprising spread throughout the prison.
Announcement of women prisoners
9/4/2020 “Today, April 9, prisoner Azizel Deniroglou died in her ward, helpless, as she also had heart problems and a high fever. She had been begging for help all night as she had chest pains and could not breathe.
According to testimonies, they did not even measure her temperature and we are unaware of the real causes of her death. The shift manager threatened her with a report, because it bothered her. The lifeless body of our fellow prisoner was dragged out with a sheet in front of the shocked eyes of the whole wing. This tragic incident took place in the E wing, where about 120 people are stacked.
The prisoners revolted and the uprising spread throughout the prison. Another prisoner died a month ago. The criminal indifference to the prisoners and their health has resulted in the death of many detainees, the government and the Ministry are responsible for sentencing them to death. The government and the Ministry are responsible for the death of this prisoner. We demand the immediate release of patients, mothers with their children and the elderly, who are considered vulnerable, a groups, a total of 1/3 of the prisoners. We will not return to our cells until the end! ”
Pola Roupa, a political prisoner and member of Revolutionary Struggle, also complained that another woman had died in prison about a month ago. She stressed that: “Despite promises of prison decongestion due to the coronavirus pandemic, nothing has been done yet. Hospitals do not accept inmates from prisons, there is no doctor in Thebes. The vulnerable groups should have been released. ” We are imprisoned. We were not sentenced to death.”
30/03/2020 Last night prisoners in the CPR of Gradisca, on hunger strike for some days, made their anger and desperation heard again by lighting fires in the cells.
Police with military back-ups intervened to repress the protest and the fire brigade rushed to extinguish the flames at 9pm, 10pm, midnight and 2am. Furniture, mattresses, and plastic skylights were burning and some cells were damaged. The day before yesterday a person who tested positive to coronavirus and had been taken to the centre from Cremona and put in isolation according to the authorities, suffered a deterioration of his condition, with a high temperature, and was taken to hospital in Cattinara.
According to what we know, some guards were also put in quarantine, but nothing has been done for the other prisoners of the CPR.
Translated by act for freedom now!
April 11, 2020
by actforfreedom Comments Off on Udine, Italy – Communique on the death of a prisoner in the prison of via Spalato
During the general information black-out due to the Codiv-19 emergency, and the subsequent block of all initiatives of mobilization and solidarity, news has finally filtered through of another bar-beating protest that broke out in the prison of via Spalato, Udine, on 15th March, following the news that a 21-YEAR OLD PRISONER DIED, apparently because of consequences due to administration of psychotropic drugs and methadone.
The State is responsible for whoever dies in jail, regardless of the cause of death! Unfortunately, for us it was almost impossible to be present outside the walls to show solidarity with those who, after the protest on Monday 9th March and simultaneously with the complete destruction of the prison of Modena, demonstrated how instead of complaining and begging the powerful, they can be active courageous individuals, destroying part of the structures in the prison of Udine.
Note: 10/4/20, Paranesti detention centre, police violently suppressed a hunger strike. Migrant prisoners in detention centers in Greece are imprisoned because of their status or nationality. They have committed no crime. Still, pre-removal detention centres have the same rules as prisons. The detained are allowed half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening to go out of their rooms, and are not allowed visits from family members.
Following our communication by phone with many migrant prisoners in the Paranesti Detention Center, we were informed of the following events that took place on Friday 3rd of April.
In the aforementioned camp there are 6 wings in which are places 7 to 8 containers, and in each one are cramped together 15 persons. The living conditions are terrible and the people are lacking basic resources for survival.
Under conditions of life threatening detention, the authorities on top of this, ceased to accept any asylum claims a month ago and they ordered confinement due to the corona virus. As a result the migrants were confined inside the containers without any hope of freedom. No information was given to them about the reasons they were quarantined, about what is going on outside or even what they should be doing to protect themselves from the virus.
What follows are preliminary thoughts; things are changing quickly and in unpredictable ways, and while we don’t claim to have anything particularly original to say, we feel it’s important to communicate some thoughts and connect some dots from an anti-racist, anti-fascist perspective, as the exercise might be useful, and to start thinking now about how we will move forward from this.
The COVID-19 pandemic has set off waves of repressive and authoritarian reaction, often along nationalist lines. While the virus will claim a heavy toll in lives lost, the social ramifications are likely to be at least as significant.Continue Reading →