March 31, 2020
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Greece: A first statement on 2/3/20, from anarchist comrades D.Valavani, K.Athanasopoulou and Michailidis G.

A first statement from comrades Valavani, Athanasopoulou and Michailidis

Difficult is the moment when freedom is lost. Especially when it had been won in adverse conditions. The situation gets worse if we consider that the blow we received on a material level has even stronger symbolic implications. Our cinematic arrest was followed by similar media propaganda, our graphic tour with bulletproof vests and the usual judicial management to find ourselves once again with an overblown set of charges, elements that form an extension of the handcuffs and weapons of the uniformed assassins.

A look at the wider social situation around us which is changing at a rapid pace so that we can slip away from our own microcosm a little.
From the magnitude of the workers’ exploitation and abolishing of labour rights to the stranglehold of animals in meat production units. From the intensive repression against protests and the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment from anti-terrorist services around the world, to deforestation and the disappearance of wildlife. From the financial exclusion of a growing social segment to the violent marginalization of most of the earth’s population. To the murders of the poor, the excluded, of all who are leftovers in the world of the mighty. From the provocative economic and business elite to the peoples being bombed, shot and uprooted. Where the interests of the powerful mean death, danger or a life drowned in submission. Nature, animals and humans mean nothing more than units generating profits and wealth. These and many others led us to choose the anarchist struggle, a choice that challenges the existing social order.
Our initial focus is on creating authentic and sincere relations, while at the same time there is the lasting need of our participation in the multiform struggle. After all, the anarchist struggle does not differentiate its means or support a hierarchy of forms of struggle. It is imperative and adjusts according to the conditions of each era, placing its bet on collectivization and diffusion on the social fabric.

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March 31, 2020
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Leipzig, Germany: Arson Attack Against Prison Profiteers PKE

22.03.2020: Last night we set fire to a PKE vehicle. The group produces security technology for prisons.
It is important that we do not forget those who are hit hardest by the current situation than we are. Besides the at risk groups, there are the people who are locked up in mass accommodation, crammed into camps at the borders or forgotten behind bars.

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March 31, 2020
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Santiago, Chile: Solidarity is the Virus that Capitalism Fears

A day of robberies in big chain stores to distribute to homeless people. Audio-visual material recorded in the streets of Santiago, $hile in times of quarantine and militarized curfew under the pretext of the Covid-19 virus.
Background music: Golpebalabeso/Niña Debacle/Paniko. Recorded in Chauri Chaura Studio.
All sanitary measures were taken to avoid harming the street people in terms of hygiene and viruses, but the use of white overalls is a gesture of rebellion and action against the power here in the territory governed by the $hilean state. Many high school students resist and attack the police in their jails-schools while wearing these clothes that the police hate and fear. Here is a video for those who didn’t know and to give some context.

Long live the violent war against authority and power!
As long as misery exists there will be rebellion!
Prisoners of war to the streets!
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via Vegan Straight wAr, AWW.

March 30, 2020
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Publication : Avis de Tempêtes n° 27 – Mars 2020

Avis de tempêtes – bulletin anarchiste pour la guerre sociale n°27 (mars 2020) vient de sortir.
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.
« Du côté du pouvoir, la plupart des plans de crise mis en œuvre dans différents pays (en Italie et en Espagne, mais l’Allemagne ou la France encore bloquée par les municipales y viennent) font jusqu’à présent émerger quelques constantes qu’il serait également dommage d’ignorer.

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March 30, 2020
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Aviso al Congreso Nacional y al gobierno federal de Brasil

AVISO AL CONGRESO NACIONAL BRASILEÑO Y AL “GOBIERNO” FEDERAL BRASILEÑO
En vista de la calamidad pública que se instala en el territorio de la República Federativa de Brasil debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 (coronavirus), nuestrx colectivx presenta cuatro (4) requisitos al Congreso Nacional de Brasil y al supuesto “gobierno” federal brasileño:
1 – renuncia del psicópata Jair Messias Bolsonaro y General Hamilton Mourão, que ocupan los cargos de presidente y vicepresidente del espacio ocupado por la República Federativa de Brasil;
2 – derogación de la enmienda constitucional 95, mejor conocida como “PEC del techo”, aprobada por el Congreso en 2016 durante el gobierno criminal de Michel Temer para beneficiar al gran capital financiero, y que impide tener fondos de emergencia para combatir la pandemia; Continue Reading →

March 30, 2020
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[Región chilena] PALABRAS DESDE LA PRISIÓN POR EL DÍA DEL JOVEN COMBATIENTE

PALABRAS DESDE LA PRISIÓN POR EL DÍA DEL JOVEN COMBATIENTE
Estas palabras de amor y guerra van para el Jhonny Cariqueo y su
incombustible padre.
Yo jamás te conocí en persona Jhonny, supe que eras un compañero
poblador de Pudahuel que como muchos jóvenes y no tanto salieron una
noche a conmemorar otro año más del Día del Joven Combatiente allá por
el 2008.
Los esbirros no soportan la insolencia de desafiarlos, ni con palabras
ni con armas caseras y se tiran a la salvaje carga de encomendados por
el Estado. Te toman luego de un acto en una plaza de tu comuna. Imagino
esos momentos, gritos, armas a la cabeza, inmovilidad, miradas de odio
entre ambos bandos. Tú reducido y trasladado junto a otrxs valientes a
las mazmorras de la sádica 26ª Comisaría golpeado y humillado por los
que solo son corajudos para el abuso pero no para el combate. Te siguen
golpeando, tu corazón aprieta, se lo comunicas a tus captores, ellos en
su crueldad solo te ignoran y se burlan. Mi espíritu arde en rabia al
imaginar esto. Te sueltan. Te imagino llegando a tu casa, con los tuyos
preocupados, el cansancio, las ganas de dormir, el cariño de tu padre.
Pasa la noche e imagino que te sentías mal, tu pecho aprieta, sin
saberlo si quiera, la mano de la muerta te toma el hombro. Falleces a
causa de la golpiza en la comisaría y la falta de atención donde tu gran
corazón dejó de funcionar. Compañero a tí te ASESINÓ la policía y eso
caminará junto a nosotrxs por el resto de la vida.
Yo asistí a tu funeral, abrazos entre compas, caras de rabia y dolor,
hicimos una cucha y compramos una corona de flores. Se dibujaba una
bandera rojinegra en diagonal de la Anarquía, como tu grito, como tu
rap, como tus ideas.

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March 30, 2020
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Chile : Periódico Confrontación: nuevo número y cómo apoyar para difundir.

Desde agosto de 2019, la revista CONFRONTACIÓN ha estado en las calles pasándose de mano en mano, de compañerx a compañerx, propagándose en varias regiones de Chile gracias a voluntades solidarias que hacen posible que las ideas anárquicas/anti-autoritarias circulen y aporten a los procesos de liberación individual y colectiva.

Con un primer número en agosto y una edición especial en noviembre
pasado, este 2020 comenzó para nosotrxs con la creación, impresión y
distribución del segundo número (tercera entrega en la práctica) con dos mil ejemplares, el cual ha tenido una muy buena acogida entre lxs
compañerxs, por lo que iremos subiendo de a poco a internet los
artículos las ediciones en formato digital.

Porque la reproducción del orden de opresión y privilegios se ha
impuesto a través de la historia por medio de la represión y la
intoxicación de las mentes y de lxs cuerpxs por todo tipo de gobiernos,
estamos por la CONFRONTACIÓN contra los enemigos de la libertad luchando por una vida sin Estados, leyes, constituciones ni autoridad.

Invitamos a todxs quienes deseen obtener y/o aportar a la distribución
de la publicación impresa a que nos escriban a nuestro correo:
CONFRONTACION@RISEUP.NET
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March 30, 2020
by actforfreedom
Comments Off on (Chile) El combate no se detiene

(Chile) El combate no se detiene

COMBATIENDO EL AISLAMIENTO DENTRO Y FUERA DE LAS PRISIONES
CONTRA LA COMODIDAD Y EL ESTANCAMIENTO
NADA HA ACABADO
TODO CONTINÚA
SOLIDARIDAD CON GABRIEL POMBO DA SILVA
Y CON LXS COMPAÑERXS PRESXS EN CHILE, ITALIA, GRECIA Y TODO EL MUNDO.

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March 30, 2020
by actforfreedom
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Portugal – Spain ES/EN – Update on anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva

(27/03/2020)
We recall that our anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo Da Silva was arrested in Portugal on January 25th, after a year and half of clandestinity.
During his confinement in the cells of the Porto judicial police station the defense has worked for his immediate release as the law “provides”. But, as we already know, that right is inversely proportional to power and Portugal has clearly demonstrated to be under the power of the Spanish State that wants to completely annihilate our comrade. They haven’t done it after 32 years behind bars, nor with isolation, torture and humiliation of all kinds, how can they think they will do it now!?
Mrs. Mercedes Alcázar Navarro (judge of court number 2 of Girona), in any case, is working hard on it and, for now, thanks to the close and subordinate collaboration of her Portuguese colleagues, has managed to convince the Lisbon Supreme Court to give in to her reasoning.
Today, March 27, we have learned that the aforementioned court has pronounced in favor of Gabriel’s extradition to the Spanish State. In fact that has finally been confirmed to us that this final judgment has been the fruit of the close collaboration of these two countries, and the issuance of the judgment took only 3 days (an appeal was presented by the defense on March 5th, received the following day, then was in the hands of the competent judges on March 23rd, and the sentence signed on March 26th!!!).

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March 29, 2020
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UPRISING IN THE IRANIAN PRISONS/شورش در زندان های ایران by Anarchists in Iran

On March 26, 2019 [yesterday], after the protests by hunger strike of the prisoners in some Iranian prisons, due to the poor prison conditions and the spread of the corona virus and even the deaths of several prisoners, the prisoners in some wards of Tabriz Central Prison, a city in the northwestern of Iran have rebelled.
According to the official reporting from the state news agencies, the cops forces have besieged areas all around and heard gunshotings.
The hypocritical and oppressive totaliter regime of Iran has attacked the defenseless prisoners with tear gas and direct gunfire and has also injured several of the prisoners.
به دنبال اعتراضات زندانیان از راه اعتصاب غذا بخاطر شرائط بد زندان و شیوع ویروس کورونا و مرگ چند زندانی در برخی از زندانهای شهرهای گوناگون، دیروز هفتم فروردین ماه ۱۳۹۹ تعدادی از زندانیان چند بند در شهر تبریز در شمال غربی ایران، دست به شورش زده اند
بر پایه ی گزارش رسمی خبرگزاریهای دولتی، این شورش با محاصره مناطق اطراف توسط نیروهای انتظامی و شنیدن صدای تیراندازی همراه بوده است
نیروهای سرکوبگر رژیم توتالیتر ایران با حملات وحشیانه بوسیله ی گاز اشک آور و تیر اندازی مستقیم به طرف
atthensindymedia       زندانیان بی دفاع، چندین تن از آنها را نیز زخمی کرده اند

March 29, 2020
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Cuarentena City , Madrid : nueva publicación anarquista desde Madrid

pdf

Sale a la luz el primer número de una nueva publicación anarquista en
Madrid, en tiempos de Estado de Alarma, por la extensión de la guerra
social.
Contenido:
-Hacia aguas desconocidas
-Que vuelvan las huelasgas. Que proliferen las okupaciones. Que lleguen los saqueos
-Sobre el ataque a nuestros lazos
-Crónica de motines, fugas y sucesos en las cárceles y CIES a causa de
la crisis del coronavirus
-¿Volver a dónde? ¿Volver a qué?
Hacia aguas desconocidas
Llevamos más de una semana en estado de emergencia. La capacidad
destructiva del virus no es algo ya cuestionable. Pero nos gustaría
hacer unos apuntes sobre sus consecuencias no clínicas y sobres sus
orígenes.
Si el COVID-19 surgió por un murciélago o por un intento estadounidense, que se ha ido de las manos, de deshabilitar la economía china, nos parece poco relevante ahora. Este virus, como otros anteriores en la historia que masacraron poblaciones enteras en la Amazonía, Mesoamérica, África y Oceanía, es un fenómeno biológico. Pero el contexto donde nace, la forma en que se propaga y la gestión de este son cuestiones sociales.
Este virus es el resultado de un sistema que mercantiliza cada proceso,
objeto, relación o ser vivo en la tierra. Extendido rápidamente por la
macroconcentración de mano de obra y corpus consumista de las ciudades, que se alimenta de la agroindustria y la ganadería intensiva. Un flujo constante de bienes humanos (5.000 millones de personas vuelan anualmente alrededor del planeta) a velocidades frenéticas, reflejados en 200 caracteres y 5000 likes.

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March 29, 2020
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UK : Letter from John Bowden: ‘I Leave Prison Unbroken, My Political Integrity Uncompromised And Unyielding’

On the 20th February, the Parole Board finally agreed to my release after forty years of my imprisonment and four previous parole hearings when my release was denied not because I represented a risk or danger to the public but because I was labelled an “anti-authoritarian” prisoner with links to anarchist and communist groups on the outside, specifically Anarchist Black Cross and the Revolutionary Communist Group.
Following a parole knockback of my release last year, I instigated a Judicial Review of the decision. Which although it did not succeed fired a judicial shot across the bows of the Parole Board and Ministry of Justice. And persuade them that future decisions on my release or not would have to be based on proper legal criteria. Specifically, whether my continued imprisonment could be justified in the Interests of public protection and-not just because I was labelled a “difficult prisoner” by the – prison authorities.
So, the parole panel considering my case in February of this year had to admit there was no real lawful justification for my continued imprisonment and so reluctantly agreed to my release. However, in its written decision, the Parole Board claimed that my “current risk factors” included “anti-authority views” and “attitudes supportive of the use of violence.” It also wrote: “During your sentence, you have evidenced that you have a mistrust of those in authority and professionals have previously reported that if you felt unfairly treated or discriminated against, coupled with any engagement with anti-social peers, then this could increase your risk of violence. Your attitude towards authority and your personality characteristics have also been considered by professionals to present a potential challenge in your future risk management.”

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March 29, 2020
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Italia: Quale internazionale? Intervista e dialogo con Alfredo Cospito dal carcere di Ferrara. Terza parte (Vetriolo, giornale anarchico, n. 4, inverno 2020)

Il testo che riportiamo qui è la terza e ultima parte di “Quale internazionale? Intervista e dialogo con Alfredo Cospito dal carcere di Ferrara”, pubblicata nel mese di marzo 2020 nel numero 4 del giornale anarchico “Vetriolo”.
Le parti prima e seconda sono state pubblicate rispettivamente nel numero 2 (autunno 2018) e 3 (inverno 2019). Data la complessità e la vastità degli argomenti trattati e del testo stesso, non è stato possibile pubblicarlo integralmente in un solo numero del giornale e si è scelto di suddividerlo in tre parti. Tutto lo scritto verrà stampato in un volume di prossima pubblicazione.

Con l’occasione, segnaliamo e correggiamo un errore presente nella terza parte (invitiamo a fare attenzione a questo passaggio durante la lettura del giornale). L’errore si trova nella quarta colonna di pagina 11, righe 4 – 11. Per una maggiore comprensione riportiamo l’intera frase: «Questo concetto può riacquistare un senso, una sua concretezza, una sua attualità solo se accompagnato dalla «rivolta», dalla violenza. La «rivoluzione» si accontenta del “pathos” (sentimenti, passioni, fascinazione) e della “praxis” (azione distruttiva, la propaganda del fatto, la violenza)».

L’errore è nella parola «rivoluzione», cui bisogna sostituire «rivolta». Quindi la frase corretta è: «Questo concetto può riacquistare un senso, una sua concretezza, una sua attualità solo se accompagnato dalla «rivolta», dalla violenza. La «rivolta» si accontenta del “pathos” (sentimenti, passioni, fascinazione) e della “praxis” (azione distruttiva, la propaganda del fatto, la violenza)».

Per richieste di copie: vetriolo[at]autistici.org

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March 26, 2020
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Italy : Updates on Manu, Stecco, Juan and Sasha

roundrobin.info/  9th March 2020
Translated by act for freedom now!
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We receive and spread:
Stecco has been under house arrest since 11th February, with the main restriction that he is forbidden to see anyone with previous convictions. Manu has been under house arrest since 5th March, he has full restrictions and can only see the family members living in the house. Sasha is free, she was released from all the measures of compulsory residence and night curfew!
Always alongside burning hearts! All free!
Juan was arrested in May 2019 after about two years on the run and is currently locked up in the AS2 unit of the prison of Terni for a total sentence of a dozen years. In a recent appeal trial  he was sentenced to 2 years 6 months for carrying fake documents and a knife, is also being investigated for an attack on the League premises in Treviso, which took place in August 2018. Given that the evidence against him in relation to the action is allegedly a “partial DNA trace”, the prosecutor had demanded that the comrade be subjected to “mucus sample taking from the oral cavity”. As Juan refused to give his DNA, the prosecutor demanded and obtained authorization from the investigating judge for coercive sample taking, “through physical restraint for the time strictly necessary for the coercive sample taking”. This is due to take place in the presence of a lawyer on 4th March. Juan tells us he will oppose resistance (“a pacific one, given the disproportion of forces”) as a question of principle, and that he’ll tell us how it goes in a communique, so that it can also be useful to others.
Between his refusal of sample taking and the authorization to proceed with a coercive one, something happened that Juan wants to make public. On 27th February 2020 at 9am the guards searched the unit. A comb was secretly taken from Juan’s cell and replaced with an identical one, except for a few details (no residue of hair in it and a brighter colour), which the comrade noted and is absolutely sure about. Juan threw the comb on the guard’s desk so that the latter will have to write the usual report on the matter.

March 26, 2020
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Comments Off on Italy : Communique in solidarity with the antispecist prisoners in France 

Italy : Communique in solidarity with the antispecist prisoners in France 

Posted on 2020/02/14 by Quaglia – Suggestions, Ideas and Action for Animal Liberation
Translated by act for freedom now!
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In the night between 27th and 28th September [2018] a group of people attacked a slaughterhouse in Hotonnes (Ain), France, as several vehicles and the building were set on fire, causing their destruction and the interruption of all work activities for 80 employees. Following investigations, 6 people were arrested in November 2019, 2 were later released and another 4 were subjected to custodial and restrictive measures. According to what the press reported, the arrested people are active in the eco and animal liberation struggle. They deny their involvement in the action they are accused of.
We are not interested in whether they carried out the action or not: we express our full solidarity with the arrested people because they are activists for animal and earth liberation and because they are undergoing State repression, which makes use of the various institutions of detention at its disposal to try to subdue the human beings and animals who rebel against the violent laws of the economic and social system.

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March 26, 2020
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Greece: Anti-Covid19: Network for Mutual aid and Struggle by Assembly of anarchists, migrants, squats, internationalists and solidarians

Anti-Covid19: Network for Mutual aid and Struggle

In the unprecedented social conditions we are living in, the spread of coronavirus has taken critical dimensions for the national healthcare systems and the capitalist mode of production as well as social organisation in general. For the system to survive, state and bosses implement totalitarian politics and a further devaluation of our lives.
– Lack of health facilities for the big majority of the population
– Militarisation of our everyday life, with a ban on transportation enforced through economic, surveilled and penal repression
– Mass layoffs, intensification and dire conditions for those working in hospitals, super markets, fast food restaurants, telecommunications
– Creation of concentration camps for migrants and mass incarceration in prisons without any health provision
– No meaningful measure for the homeless, drug users, sex workers
– Increase of domestic and gender violence cases as well as psychological breakdowns due to the prolonged confinement of people in their homes
All of the above make up a dystopia to which we deem necessary to respond to in a direct and collective way, self-organised and in solidarity with every subject that is experiencing the physical, psychical and mental consequences of totalitarianism; and at the same time to fight to break the unproductive and totalitarian management of the present crisis by the state. For these reasons we want to communicate and create a network for solidarity and struggle, with initial aims the following:

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March 26, 2020
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Greece:The news program of STAR channel tried to identify anarchist refugee A.Parsa as an terrorist in the TV

On 14/3/2020, the news program of STAR channel, which is a part of the general greek media mafia, controlled by known cocaine smuggler “Marinakis”, did show a propaganda video clip in reference to my public statement.

The news program of STAR channel, obviously tried to identify me publicly in the TV, as an terrorist. In the beginning of the video clip, two pictures of me(with cover faces) have been showed, which one of the pictures has anarchy symbol in the background. During the video clip, there is a clear manipulation on my words in the statement and in the same time, focus on my identity as an immigrant. Finally in the end, a journalist show up only to mention that I have been under research about terrorism.

The news program of STAR channel, connected three items in the video clip: Anarchism, Immigrants and Terrorism, which these items are exactly what greek oligarchy regime used them as propaganda to act about sociel security.

Why social security is a important point fot the state?

Because social security is the basic tool for the state to control the society. For us who have been lived in the middle east, it is very clear: If you need to control the society, you need to create a enemy, so you create a need for the society to have your protection from the enemy. Clearly what greek media mafia have showed until now as enemy are: Anarchists and Immigrants. Continue Reading →

March 26, 2020
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Athens,Report from Greece on the corona-virus dystopian reality

Report from Greece on the corona-virus dystopian reality

While in Greece “states of exception” have not been uncommon –on the contrary, more or less we have been in an extraordinary, emergency regime of extreme austerity and repression due to the “debt crisis” since 2010– the recent biopolitical management of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic by the government seems to be increasingly authoritarian.

Initially, in late February and early March, when the first cases of infected people were reported –ironically, most of them were pilgrims returning from Israel and Jerusalem bringing not only Holy Grace back home– the only measures taken were the cancellation of carnival events and the closures of schools, universities, theatres and cinemas in some affected regions where most cases were detected.

As more were to follow, all educational institutions closed down for 14 days on March 11th, then followed cafes, bars, malls, restaurants, gyms, museums, archaeological sites, excluding supermarkets, pharmacies and food outlets for delivery and take-aways only. News reports became more and more terrifying starting with the number of deaths in the country and nearby countries and the government slogan “We remain indoors” began overwhelming the public sphere. A cell broadcast message was sent to all smartphones on 11, March by a government agency supposedly to inform people on the virus but causing more anxiety and confusion and another one followed a week later stressing again the necessity to “remain indoors”. Continue Reading →

March 26, 2020
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Ask a Different Question: Reclaiming autonomy of action during the virus (Canada)

via: north-shore.info

Anonymous submission to North Shore
The situation changes quickly. Along with everyone else, I follow it avidly and share updates, watch our lives change from day to day, get bogged down in uncertainty. It can feel like there is only a single crisis whose facts are objective, allowing only one single path, one that involves separation, enclosure, obedience, control. The state and its appendages become the only ones legitimate to act, and the mainstream media narrative with the mass fear it produces swamps our ability for independent action.
Some anarchists though have pointed out that there are two crises playing out in parallel — one is a pandemic that is spreading rapdily and causing serious harm and even death for thousands. The other is crisis management strategy imposed by the the state. The state claims to be acting in the interest of everyone’s health — it wants us to see its response as objective and inevitable.
But its crisis management is also a way of determining what conditions will be like when the crisis resolves, letting it pick winners and losers along predictable lines. Recognizing the inequality baked into these supposedly neutral measures means acknowledging that certain people being asked to pay a much higher cost than others for what the powerful are claiming as a collective good. I want to recover some autonomy and freedom of action in this moment, and to do this, we need to break free of the narrative we are given. 

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