Saturday, June 5, 2010

About activism in Bulgaria - May 2010

We received an e-mail asking about the situation in Bulgaria. So we will use a recent protest as an example for it.

First Bulgaria is not Greece although they are neighbours. It is sad to say but no matter how hard situation is most people in Bulgaria do not take to the streets. There are different explanations about this. Some claim the bolshevik regime is to blame. Bolsheviks ruled Bulgaria between 1944 and 1989 and they rule it with iron fist. A lot of older bulgarians still remember it and are afraid to protest. Young people are not afraid as most of them were still not born in that time but they are brainwashed by capitalist propaganda. A lot of young people believe that all left movements are bad and hypocritical like bolsheviks and the only solution is market economy and western-type of "democracy". Also most of nowadays politicians, policemen and businessmen are the same that ruled before 1989 and they surely know how to break any dangerous social movement from the inside.

The global economic crisis hit Bulgaria almost as hard as Greece. The government started to cut social fundings, fundings for health care and education. They announced that they are going to cut fundings for Bulgarian Academy of Science and University of Sofia with 25%. So a protest against this was organized on 11 May 2010. Some hundreds people gathered in front of the University. A small group of anarchist students were also present with their own banner. But organizers of the protest send university guards tried to push them out of the protest. And who were the organizers ? They were persons close to the government, the university administration and official student organizations. This is not the first cut for the education - before some months government reduced education budget. No one from the organizers protested then. But we have already seen this trick. Government tell them to protest now so the government may say something like this "Ok, we will not cut 25% of the money, we will cut only 10%". And the "organizers" will declare victory - "We prevent the big cut of 25%, they will only cut 10%". That is why they hate anarchists and everyone who can think independently - because we can see their dirty tricks.

It is not a big deal that the fuckers tried to push anarchists out of the protest (they actually failed). Much more big treat is the behaviour of some other activists. Most of the student organizations are "official", they are approved by the power. There are only one informal grass-root organization. It is small and there are a lot of young communists in it but still it is an anternative. But after the protest of 11 may they blamed anarchists too. They said "this is not the right way anarchists should protest" (sic). Why do they act like this ? Maybe they are so ideologically blind that they believe a big protest with brainwashed people is better than a small protest with independently thinking people. Or...they are used by someone else ? As we say cops and politicians know very well how to break any social movement from inside.

It seems for now that the only things that the power cannot cope with are small individual acts of rage against the system. That is why stealing from work, vandalizing buildings, small sabotages and "madman acts" are so popular in Bulgaria. If you act alone or with some trusted friends there are no one who can betray you. At that moment in Bulgaria this is the only form of resistance that matters.

Policemen attacked Greece 04/5

A group of policemen were set upon by around 45 villagers in Anogeia, Crete, yesterday when they burst into a house in the area to investigate the source of gunshots heard. The villagers beat the policemen, using sticks and iron bars, leaving some of the officers with significant injuries. The assailants fled after the scuffles but police said that at least six of them are known offenders and would be traced.

News update for comrade Simos Seisidis

Those who attended the gathering in solidarity to comrade Simos Seisidis found themselves faced with all departments of the Police yesterday afternoon as "Evaggelismos hospital" became more of a police show rather than a hospital.
Comrades shouting slogans of solidarity are surrounded by many squads of MAT riot police before they even reached the main gate of the hospital, and their demand to speak with the director of the hospital or a representative is not satisfied
According to media reports, before and during a solidarity demonstration for S. Seisidis more arrests and controls were made.
Meanwhile, the Initiative for Prisoners' Rights, in a statement entitled "The rights of Simos Seisidis are no less than others", calls the doctors responsible for his life to do this properly and to do what is required by medical ethics, unaffected, as required, by police terrorist scenarios and suggestions.
Notes that Seisidis still needs blood and in the three hospitals where they looking for it (Hippocrates, CAT and Evangelism) every sort of police force (blue, green, black, unmarked but still) is paraded, making difficult or canceling all medical and psychological support for our comrade.
Finally, it states that the 33 year old man is "under permanent police terrorism, and close relatives who are constantly visiting undergo humiliating inspections and violations.
Permanent cops guard the room, prohibiting even radio and television and other forms of communication. At the same time, with impunity, they send pictures via sms of Simon during intimate moments of his physical needs and medical care. ".......................... A.K.M.

Residents clash with police, hijack buses in Mexico's Tepito barrio

la plaza, June 2, 2010

Scores of residents in the tough Tepito neighborhood of downtown Mexico City clashed with riot police Tuesday night in a chaotic brawl sparked by unconfirmed reports of child kidnappings. The crowds, mostly young men and boys, many with their faces covered, threw stones and crude Molotov cocktails at police in several sections of the infamous barrio, at El Universal.
Elsewhere in the area, a crowd of young people identified as being from Tepito stopped and carjacked an empty city tour bus. The bright red Turibus double-deckers, decorated with images of major landmarks in Mexico City, are fixtures in traveler-friendly districts of the capital. The hijacking mob rode around downtown, packed inside the double-decker, which was not carrying paid passengers, before police were able to take control of the vehicle and make dozens of arrests.
Two other municipal buses were also reported being taken over by crowds in Tepito. A total of 77 people -- 31 of them under 18 years of age -- were detained and still being processed on Wednesday, authorities said in a statement. As many as 700 police officers participated in the operations Tuesday night.
The confrontations began after Tepito residents blocked a major intersection in protest over what they say is a rash of kidnappings of toddlers and small children that is spreading fear through their neighborhood's choked streets. But the police say the initial case was based on a false report, and are now seeking to detain a father for possibly lying to authorities. On Wednesday afternoon, the daily Reforma reported that the mother of the supposedly abducted children confessed the story is untrue. The two toddlers are safe, police told the paper.
The residents of Tepito, however, remain convinced that kids are being snatched.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Police hold man suspected of shooting dead judge in courthouse

june 04/6

The shooting took place yesterday in a Brussels courthouse and the gunman fled on foot, setting off a manhunt in the Belgian capital.

Police said today that they had detained a man in a park after the shooting and recovered a weapon. They did not release details about his identity.

The victims in Thursday's shooting were identified as Judge Isabelle Brandon and her clerk Andre Bellemans.

They were shot at the end of a hearing and the gunman then fled from the courthouse.

UK Border Agency offices in Derby D-Locked (UK)

2 June 2010

“The UK Border Agency offices in Derby were d-locked last night. And a written message was left.

This action was carried out in solidarity with the European wide week of actions against the deportation machine,

We believe that acts of resistance -both large and small- against those who profit from and those who facilitate the

deportation machine should be carried out whenever and wherever possible.

Fuck the Deportation Machine”

Greek anger against Zionist murders

Corrie family 'heart-sick and outraged' by flotilla raid

Ma'an News

June 2, 2010

Bethlehem - Ma'an - The parents of an American activist killed in Gaza say they are devastated over Israel's deadly raid on an international aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip.

"We are heart-sick and outraged about the brutal attack launched by the Israeli Military on the Free Gaza Movement's flotilla of boats," Cindy and Craig Corrie said in a statement.

"The boats were carrying civilian passengers and humanitarian aid into the besieged Gaza Strip, and were clearly in international waters when this illegal attack occurred, in violation of international law," they said.

The number of dead and injured are still unconfirmed, but lowest figures reported are nine killed and 34 injured. Israel has not released their names. Over 700 citizens from nearly 40 countries were on board.

A woman is hit by a fragment of a tear gas canister shot by French   anti-riot policemen near the Israeli embassy in Paris on May 31, 2010   during a demonstration against Israel's deadly raid on an aid  flotilla  bound for Gaza Strip.
A woman is hit by a fragment of a tear gas canister shot by French anti-riot policemen near the Israeli embassy in Paris on May 31, 2010 during a demonstration against Israel's deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza Strip.
31 May 2010 — - "Israelis Gone Wild" Racist, Zionist Scum [NOT All Israelis & NOT All Jews] have a block party outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv celebrating yet ANOTHER War Crime committed by the Nuclear Armed, International

EMERGENCY demonstrations were called in at least fourteen Greek cities last night, after the atrocious attack by Israeli commandos on the Free Gaza ships, reports From The Greek Streets.

In Athens, the Greek government, otherwise “quick to condemn” the attacks, had no hesitation in preempting an attack on those who gathered outside the Israeli embassy in Athens.

Riot police guarding the embassy, according to eye-witnesses, were in full gear and fully masked up before the demonstration had started: the attack on the demonstration that followed was planned.

Most of the Greek activists who were on board have landed in Athens this morning. Michalis Grigoropoulos, a sailor on the ship “Free Mediterranean” stated the following at Athens airport:

“You know, of course, that we had a pirate attack against us. What I want to tell you, is that comrades from our Incentive have been tortured. I refused to sign any document and was deported against my will. I was put in isolation.

"I denounce the Zionist state for yet another crime against humanity. We saw from afar the onslaught by the commandos of the Zionist army on the Turkish ship of the Freedom Flotilla.

"I denounce the Greek government, which left the Greek ships and the Greek citizens unprotected. A huge popular movement must now be formed, which will demand the release of all hostages and the return of our ships. Solidarity to the Palestinian People must grow. Palestinian Resistance must win, and it shall win.

Meanwhile, in his blog The Cutting Edge, author Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed writes: "Many of those activists being shot at while they slept, didn't wake up.

"Many of those that did wake up, woke up bleeding and wounded. Many tried to defend themselves in whatever way they could, obviously terrorising their commando-attacks even more, unleashing further bloodshed.

"Under Netanyahu, the IDF has become increasingly unhinged. Utterly incapable of grasping that its war crimes and crimes against humanity can no longer simply be dressed up as a fight against terrorists, when terror itself is a primary instrument of statecraft.

"Completely incapable of self-reflection or self-critique. Pathetically incapable of putting to rest the 'final solution' of the knee-jerk trigger-finger. It is a sign of things to come."

freegaza by !@! 09:53pm, Tuesday June 1 2010


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Greek officials say they are offering a reward of $887,000 for information leading to the arrest of the "robbers in black."

Michalis Chrysochoidis, the newly appointed citizens' protection minister, told reporters Tuesday the robbers, identified as brothers Simeon and Marios Seisidis and Grigoris Tsironis, are wanted not only for a 2006 bank robbery but for possible links to anarchist groups accused of domestic terrorism, the Athens newspaper Kathimerini reported.

The reward offer comes days after Chrysochoidis called for the reopening of the investigation of the November 17 anarchist group, some of whose suspected have been serving long jail sentences since it was broken up in 2002, the newspaper said. The government says domestic terror groups in Greece are making a comeback.

Sources told Kathimerini forensic evidence has linked one of the "robbers in black" with a 2007 attack on a former judge's private guard and to a later shooting at an Athens police station claimed by the group Revolutionary Struggle.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Israeli Soldier Shoots American Art Student in Face


US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister, she was protesting the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

US citizen Emily Henochowicz was shot directly in the face with a  tear gas canister as she non-violently demonstrated against the Flotilla  massacre
US citizen Emily Henochowicz was shot directly in the face with a tear gas canister as she non-violently demonstrated against the Flotilla massacre

(JERUSALEM ISM) - An American solidarity activist was shot in the face with a tear gas canister during a demonstration in Qalandiya, today. Emily Henochowicz is currently in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem undergoing surgery to remove her left eye, following the demonstration that was held in protest to Israel’s murder of at least 10 civilians aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters this morning.

21-year old Emily Henochowicz was hit in the face with a tear gas projectile fired directly at her by an Israeli soldier during the demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint today. Israeli occupation forces fired volleys of tear gas at unarmed Palestinian and international protesters, causing mass panic amongst the demonstrators and those queuing at the largest checkpoint separating the West Bank and Israel.

“They clearly saw us,” said Sören Johanssen, a Swedish ISM volunteer standing with Henochowicz. “They clearly saw that we were internationals and it really looked as though they were trying to hit us. They fired many canisters at us in rapid succession. One landed on either side of Emily, then the third one hit her in the face.”

Henochowicz is an art student at the prestigious Cooper Union, located in East Village, Manhattan.

Henochowicz lost her left eye after being shot directly in the face with a
tear gas canister. Israeli soldiers are allowed to do this, even encouraged.

The demonstration was one of many that took place across the West Bank today in outrage over the Israeli military’s attack on the Gaza freedom flotilla and blatant violation of international law. Demonstrations also took place in inside Israel, Gaza and Jerusalem, with clashes occurring in East Jerusalem and Palestinian shopkeepers in the occupied Old City closing their businesses for the day in protest.

Tear gas canisters are commonly used against demonstrators in the occupied West Bank. In May 2009, the Israeli State Attorney’s Office ordered Israeli Police to review its guidelines for dispersing demonstrators, following the death of a demonstrator, Bassem Abu Rahmah from Bil’in village, caused by a high velocity tear-gas projectile. Tear-gas canisters are meant to be used as a means of crowd dispersal, to be shot indirectly at demonstrators and from a distance. However, Israeli forces frequently shoot canisters directly at protesters and are not bound by a particular distance from which they can shoot.

Israeli occupation forces boarded the Mavi Marmara, one of six ships on the Freedom Flotilla at 5 a.m. this morning, opening fire on the hundreds of unarmed civilians aboard. No-one aboard the ships were carrying weapons of any kind, including for defense against a feared Israeli attack in international waters. At least 9 aid workers aboard the ship have been confirmed dead, with dozens more injured. The assault took place 70 miles off the Gaza coast in international waters, after the flotilla was surrounded by three Israeli warships. The Freedom Flotilla, carrying 700 human rights activists from over 40 countries and 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid, was headed for the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli blockade on Gaza, combined with the illegal buffer zone, has put a stranglehold on the territory. 42% of Gazans are unemployed, and food insecurity hovers around 60% according to figures from the Palestine Centre for Human Rights.

Source: International Solidarity Movement

Flag vandalism on Memorial Day -- USA

From Oregon to Minnesota to Ohio, vandals trampled on Old Glory over the Memorial Day weekend. In one Ohio town alone, approximately 25 American flags were found set ablaze on Monday.

At least one national veterans group called for those responsible for the "shocking and reprehensible" acts of vandalism to be quickly arrested and prosecuted.

Police in Wooster, Ohio, were going door-to-door early Tuesday in search of the people who torched roughly 25 flags and flagpoles along Saunders Drive and Morgan Street, Capt. John Quicci said.

"They were set on fire," Quicci told, adding that an investigation is ongoing.

No suspects or motives had been identified, according to Quicci, who was unable to estimate damages to the 3-by-5-foot flags and the 10-foot metal poles placed outside of residents' homes by the annual Wooster Rotary Parade of Flags project.

The people who torched the flags face charges of criminal damaging and arson, Quicci said.

"We're treating this very seriously," he said.

In Minneapolis, a fire was set late last week to an American flag hanging outside a Marine veteran's home. The residence was spared and no injuries were reported, but the flag was destroyed.

Elizabeth Hawley said she found the ashes Thursday morning and called the act "very disturbing." She said her husband is keeping his feelings reserved, but she knows he's upset.

Hawley told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that she thinks the flag-burning was a random act of vandalism.

In Portland, Ore., Christian Ashby and his wife awoke Sunday to find their American flag torn down, covered in obscenities and burned outside their home, reported. Flying the flag has special meaning to his family, Ashby said.

"Well, we have some close relatives, especially my wife, who had a cousin who suffered from [post-traumatic stress disorder] and took his own life," Ashby told the website. "So, we have some very dedicated family to veterans of the United States services. So, it means a lot to us to fly the flag."

Ashby said a local man who served two tours in Vietnam loaned him another flag after posting news of the vandalism online.

Ryan Gallucci, a spokesman for AMVETS, a national organization representing 200,000 veterans, said he found the acts of vandalism "shocking and reprehensible," particularly on Memorial Day weekend.

"We absolutely condemn it," Gallucci told "Memorial Day is one of our country's most significant holidays and a chance to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. For someone to desecrate the American flag on Memorial Day, it's unconscionable, it's unforgivable."

Gallucci called for quick closure to the ongoing investigations in at least three states.

"The people who are responsible for this need to be apprehended and held accountable for their actions," he said. "We shouldn't tolerate it, regardless of what the excuse is. We need to get to the bottom of it."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Brazilian police killing at `alarming rates,’ U.N. expert says

June 2nd, 2010

GENEVA Brazil’s police continue to kill too many people, while citizens in poor areas live in the shadow of gang violence, a United Nations human rights expert said Tuesday.

“Daily life for too many Brazilians, especially those living in favelas, is still lived in the shadow of killings and violence by gangs, militias, death squads and the police,” according to Philip Alston, the U.N.’s independent expert on extrajudicial executions.

Alston said this was taking place “despite important reforms by the government” and praised Brasilia for “its cooperation and openness to external scrutiny.”

The expert was conducting a follow-up report to a 2007 investigation into killings in Brazil.

He said that since his visit about three years ago, “the situation on the ground has not changed dramatically.”

Between 2003 and 2009, some 11,000 people were killed by police in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in so-called “resistance killings,” a term used by law enforcement officials when referring to acts of self defence.

“The evidence clearly shows that many of these killings were actually executions. But the police at the scene label them resistance killings, and they are almost never seriously investigated,” Alston charged.

Marcelo Villarroel: In the face of reformalized charges for the Security Bank robbery, on the current state of the social war

30 05 2010

From Hommodolars Contrainformación:

May 29, 2010

To all who struggle.

Against the state, prison, capital.

For a new life, for total liberation.

On May 24, there was a new hearing in the Seventh Court of Warrants. Its purpose was the reformalization of our charges in light of the lengthy investigation into the Security Bank robbery and subsequent confrontation in which a uniformed police officer died.

During the hearing, prosecutor Andrés Montes (son of former Popular Unitary Action Movement and now Socialist Party deputy Carlos Montes) gave a brief presentation specifying—according to his “detailed investigation”—the exact roles we played in two armed robberies: the Banco Santander robbery in Valparaíso and the aforementioned Security Bank robbery, which occurred in September and October 2007 respectively.

Additionally, the investigation period was extended for another 45 days due to the lack of expert witnesses regarding DNA samples.

In short, more of the same, obviously focused on justifying an endless, flimsy investigation to which—as we have already pointed out—we have nothing to say, nothing to declare, nothing to contribute other than our boundless, conscious hatred of one of the most spurious expressions of capital: its juridical-penitentiary framework, its rudiments of justice, its shitty democracy.

Although they have attempted to hide the political nature of our criminalization, it’s clear that said criminalization will be expressed in a verdict that is a mere formality. The moment this witch-hunt began, the decision was made to end it with our bodies in the cemetery, not in prison.

As a proletarian in revolt, I feel it has been essential to confront the daily process of imprisonment and its incarnations with that vital, indestructible connection to those who keep the subversive flame burning in a constant struggle to destroy everything that oppresses us.

While some sustain neverending discussions about methods of action, interpreting and understanding revolutionary violence, concepts and terminology, or the genuine representation of such-and-such idea, tendency, or position, the reality of the social war speaks for itself day after day in prisons and towns, in the fields and the hills, among the persecuted and exploited around the world. That’s why I now want to salute, with special affection and an intimate, brotherly, and complicit embrace:

  • The comrades arrested at the end of April in Buenos Aires while participating in an international solidarity demonstration outside the Greek embassy. I have first-hand knowledge of these dear brothers and sisters’ generous solidarity. At times like these, the strength of one’s convictions becomes the fundamental support in resisting the complex, difficult Buenos Aires prison experience. In any case, know that you are not alone, ever! Never alone!!
  • Comrade Estela Cortez, also arrested at the end of April in Antofagasta, in the extreme north of Chile. Almost one month after a repressive attack launched against The Spider Occupied Social Center on the eve of the Day of the Young Combatant, our comrade was arrested and charged with several attacks on military installations and right-wing party offices. Clearly, the authorities’ accusations can in no way interfere when it comes to building complicit solidarity with our class brothers and sisters, with our comrades in struggle. Be strong, Estela!!
  • Waikalaf Cadin Calfunao, arrested two weeks ago near Temuco in southern Chile, charged with possession of high-powered explosive material. This peñi is already familiar with the Chilean state’s prisons. Added to his long service in the war, that constitutes the potent, accumulated experience needed to resist the day-to-day behind the state/prison/capital’s walls. Whether it’s persecution, a set-up, or the fleeting circumstances of a conscious decision: Peñi, Kiñe Newen Tüin!!

I also salute each comrade who has returned to the streets over these past few months after being imprisoned for different reasons, all of them linked to the search for total liberation. To Keny, Elena, Flora, Cristian, Pablo, Matías. To the gifted Sergio and Marcelo. Let’s hope you don’t forget your days “on the inside,” and that they are a motivation to continue, not a justification to renounce the desire and the need to be free.

Memory is perhaps one of the most subversive weapons when it comes to constructing identity, creating a community of ideas, building class consciousness, and deciding on proletarian struggle. That’s why the constant challenge is to keep it alive. We are not the first to confront power, nor will we be the last, and along the road lie generous, dedicated human beings and indomitable heroes whom we can’t forget. Wherever you are, Mauricio Morales, Maury the punk: a wild, rebellious embrace, and my subversive respects.

We are trying to be masters of our own lives. While there is misery, there will be rebellion!!

For the strengthening and spread of Autonomous Anticapitalist Nuclei!!

Down with the prison walls!!

—Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda, Anarchist Prisoner
May 27, 2010
Maximum Security Wing, Maximum Security Prison
Santiago, Chile

Travels of Prometheus About the Social War in Greece and the end of one here and one there. text published on nantes indymedia in french t

Travels of Prometheus

About the Social War in Greece and the end of one here and one there

THE MIRROR OF SOCIAL PEACE begins to crack. The expiry date of the welfare state in Europe seems to be over and one after the other, the national political classes acknowledge it. While in some countries the legal basis for this shift have already been raised in parliament in relative peace, the war in Greece took an unexpected width. Although this conflictual could be placed in the continuity of social movements against the dismantling of the welfare state that we are used, it tends to take a significantly different character. An agreement with the state in the logic of the old social pact seems increasingly unlikely, because there is more economic foundations, political and social for that. We are therefore facing a new situation. Accustomed to conduct struggles to break the social peace and consensus, we could soon be facing a new form of management which tends to create a climate of war. It is therefore all the more necessary to develop new perspectives, we venture to formulate some new hypothesis for social war.

Other horizons ...

Risking too mimic the reality, but in order to draw some analytical clues to the incision more precisely in this reality, one could say that since the late 70s, a profound restructuring of the economy - but not only - began. A considerable part of the industrial complex in Europe was dismantled and distributed with the transformation of the manufacturing process and relocation. The class relations that went in were seriously disrupted and fragmented. According to his logic ever deeper penetration of the good in all aspects of life, capital has continued to explore "new" markets, particularly related to new technologies and strongly connoted by the appearance of "services".

Restructuring befallen the end of the Second World War and after phases of dictatorship have played for years on a welfare state that can accompany the reorganization of capitalism and to manage tensions. However, since the 80s, the so-called "social gains" have been widely attacked, and during their 90 years of deconstruction and fragmentation have accelerated at a pace determined by the international context and local power relations. The flexible labor market, the dismantling of social welfare as the pension system, liberalization and privatization of sectors such as energy, communications and transport have meant so much challenged what many saw as certainties.

The "financial crisis" of last year, is in fact not a crisis, but a consequence of the new restructuring. Beyond the vast sums provisionally identified by a number of State for the "rescue" of a few banks have mainly sales of businesses and industries as "public" to be continued. However, states remain massive deficit and have already exhausted some of the revenue that can replenish their coffers. They must therefore continue to carve out. The current situation in Greece gives us a foretaste of what awaits us in other countries.

The austerity plans that are already in place in England as in Spain, Italy, Greece or in many other European countries are diametrically opposed to what has been for decades the One of the paradigms of the "social state": the increase in consumption on the domestic market. On the one hand, the Greek state has reduced access to consumption (cuts in wages and pensions) and the other, it increases drastically the direct or indirect taxes to recover more money. The stated objective is no longer the "inclusion of the poor, it is assumed that a proportion of the population exposed to poverty must submit to an enhanced exploitation and estimate them happy. For years, this direction has been taken in the European immigration policy. Faced with growing immigration, the so-called Fortress Europe manages the human, still shots and regularization reinforcement of the capacity of expulsion, but in close connection with contracts of employment more precarious. The existence of a sub-layer of the population is clearly accepted and appreciated by the market needs.

Some conflicts of recent years have already shown signs (Argentina in 2001 and Bangladesh in particular in 2006) an exacerbation of the economic war. What is happening in Greece confirms it in Europe. Although always darkest times ahead, certainly given the current weakness of social criticism and revolutionary, we have the intuition that for us too could announce new times, times which create opportunities lost sight - and next step of reasoning "worse is better". It is true that the surprise is a rather pleasant feeling, but we should make every effort not to experience the challenges of today commentators helpless, lost in the passivity rule that tries to make us swallow.

In the land of Prometheus

We must go back far enough in history to find a time and place where the revolutionary movement - more largely anti-authoritarian - has been able to approach the development and the social struggle as is the case today Greece. It's the preliminary result of years of cross-pollination between the Greek anarchist movement in all its diversity, and some social combativeness. The Greek anarchists were often found side by side with the oppressed who would rise, while being able to conduct struggles when everybody looked the other side. In this, our enemies are aware, at least as much as us. Not only Greece was the first country in the euro area have to take drastic measures against the exploited, not only has it been and remains a base for military operations to include the Balkan countries, along with a door Europe to immigration from the East, but it is also a country facing social tensions and a fierce revolutionary activity.

Now that the institutional left is in power in Greece, it can hardly play the same role as a recycler and brake the social struggle. This map, it has already played at his election on a "progressive agenda" following the explosion of revolt in December 2008. The margin of the Greek political class has reduced considerably and in case of extension and escalation of the conflict two ways - historically conventional-alternatives: either the hard right, meeting the requirements of national and international capital and whether pressing a latent patriotism, succeeded in restoring order to the technical assistance from a government and an iron fist, is looming on the horizon the possibility of an insurgency. There is much at stake

During almost the whole of 2009, Greece has been rocked by a long series of strikes, blockades, demonstrations and attacks against the power structures. Faced with rising speculation in government debt (note that most of the Greek debt is in the hands of the banks 'Greek') and exploding budget deficit, beginning of 2010 the Socialist government passed in fifth gear also causing an acceleration of protests. It is no exaggeration to speak of a "climate of war, both economically and socially and politically. From early 2009 until now, the government has decided to ax in wages and pensions (with discounts ranging from 10-30%), increased direct and indirect taxes, restructured education and virtually abolished the health. To maintain the structures of the state, the Greek political and economic elite must quickly turn Greece into a breeding operation, a spearhead in the euro area. The Greek state has openly declared war on the lower classes and his "concern for the people" clearly takes the form of patriotism and the staging of a "revolutionary terrorism that threatens society."

The situation is rather critical for existing institutions in Greece and there is a European state had long felt his neck again in the hot breath of a possible uprising. But do not go too fast. Despite skirmishes significant but circumscribed (at the demonstration in Athens on May 5, the GSEE trade union leader could not say two words before being chased by hundreds of protesters), a large part of the protest with the directions of Social Democratic Union, the Stalinist party KKE and left few structures such as MEAP, especially because they are still the basis of a few formal initiatives such as general strikes. Despite many practical experiences of self-organization in the street (during the protests, occupations and riots), the protests still neglect the necessary confirmation of their autonomy. Combined with a rather brutal police repression and terror the media, the danger exists of being dragged into a war of attrition. Without claiming that the general strike (as opposed to "action days" of 24) would be the harbinger of an insurrectionary moment, it is probably necessary to cripple economic activity and the movement of goods. For this, it should push towards decentralization initiatives, or, in other words, to self-organization assumed the fight. To wrest the initiative from the unions and create a space that resists calls to order and is fertile for the seeds of self-organization. One possibility seems to be moving towards a more decentralized and diffused to the paralysis of economic infrastructure (communications, energy, transport ...). This issue is not that revolutionary minority as some might believe, rather it is a practical proposal which is aimed at everyone who eats a lot of experience and in which creativity and dissemination outweigh Economist on any design or militaristic.

The insurgency is not the work of revolutionaries and anarchists alone. It is social not only in the sense that it involves a considerable part of the exploited, but because it upsets the existing social roles in destroying the structures that support them. Just as it does not exploited to put an end to exploitation, but structures and men who make the operation possible, it can not be pinned down in a defense of "people" or "exploited" whose resignation or consent, are ultimately the forces that drive the machine.

The assumption that insurgency appears to be emerging in Greece, actually follows a different logic than the paradigm of the urban guerrilla. The State's interest in times of rising social conflict as to portray the conflict as a single combat as a duel between two "factions" (in this case, the state against the followers of the urban guerrilla with the population bystander). Of course, it is quite capable of using the anarchist movement as a whole for this purpose and to be swallowed in a great show, but it does not seem very smart to facilitate his task by applying ourselves - more or less explicitly - hierarchies of the various forms of attack against the structures of the State and Capital. The insurgency does not need pre-guards or protectors, it asks nothing other than that, the enemy of all fetishes, the determination to blow through the subversion of society. Even now, even if the insurgency is still hypothetical, the issue of arms must be put in the perspective of arming everyone, the spread of offensive weapons, not by repressing the fact to armed any group, faction or acronym.

The Greek government began to insist on a rapid militarization of the conflict and he hoped that the anarchists take the initiative. The government is intensifying repression and terror against the specific and the anarchist movement, he asked that it continue to be dead, he will torment now in front of everyone, he does not hesitate to push increasing militarization of such a neighborhood as Exarchia, it will use openly fascist squads and parastatals. The state does not only isolate the anarchists of the social struggle, to break their dynamics but also to lead them into a spiral where the law of retaliation with retaliation and certainly true courage on the part of the anarchists, but whose the price could be the decline of subversion in ample strata of society. The state knowingly uses the media in a purely cons-insurgency trying to spread terror, terrorize the population (with the specter of "hordes of immigrants pouring into Greece," "anarchist terrorists," "robbers bloodthirsty, ...). The state continues longer buying social peace and reconciliation, but still more openly declaring war on all those who struggle. It is difficult not to fall into the trap of not being caught in the nets of a military conflict that would probably be the one to kill any project subversion. Do we understand, because the current request to speak clearly: this is not a plea to lower the weapon, not a discourse that posits that "insurgent violence frightens the proletariat and must therefore limit" . Instead, it is precisely the time for everyone, each working to provide the weapons he or she wants to use, share as much as possible the need to attack with all those who refuse to bow the altars of the Nation and Economy, to give the attack the place it should always be handled: an act of willful destruction of an enemy structure, not a vehicle for self-promotion. Subversion eroded as companions speak after shot.

One here and one there

Now opportunities in Greece long put in the closet trying to invade existing with all their violence, are forcing companions outside Greece, questions that do not tolerate delivery. Not only because what is at stake in Greece will probably have an impact on all anarchists and revolutionaries in Europe and elsewhere, but mainly because the possibility of contamination is becoming increasingly conceivable. We do not want to resurrect a kind of domino theory, but it seems clear that given the increasingly close and nesting deep economic structures and state on the old continent (the European Union project is one of its formal structures), it would be blind as to integrate the frontiers of territories where we live, national states where we have our struggles, as horizons impassable. The day before the issue of internationalism is needed today and requires new responses.

These are largely the same issues that came knocking at the doors of companions in December 2008, only the stakes are now even more demanding. While traveling in Greece worth certainly worthwhile to exchange and share experiences, we prefer to ask how we can go further in our contexts express international solidarity, how do we do that goes beyond a pat encouraging and generous in the back of our fellow Greeks who lost so much today, but especially to win.

Consider that, given the extension of the Social War in Greece, all the struggles and acts of rebellion take a heavier weight. Not because they exercise a manner or another direct pressure on the Greek institutions, but precisely because they feared may be carriers of contamination. Partly objectively and in part it striving, it is possible to entangle the different struggles "local" with the Social War in Greece, and vice versa, because it is the logical consequence of a social bond, a similarity of the Greek situation which, as suggested by our intuition, could happen tomorrow in "our" countries. Although it is clear that the subversive forces are much lower in many countries as Greece and they face some consensus on the reaction (such as Italy, where racism and political management taking totalitarian manners through the horrible Consent of large sections of the population). There appears the need to go beyond solidarity and actually build relationships between the different struggles. Every fight is being conducted, may have a significance that goes beyond, and we must work hard in this direction. The logic of here and one there could finally be completed, as in our outlook.

Although economic restructuring seems to make a general instability of the field accumulation, another instability is possible that benefits not domination. We need to think seriously consider. Would it be impossible to arrive at some analysis and assumptions that bind the local context with what will probably affect the entire euro zone, and thus to develop a capability to assess ongoing struggles in terms of potentially destabilizing effects? This challenge seems in any case worth to be noted, to reinforce where a battle won in this war could exceed its social diluted first concrete result as trying to develop our business in light of their relation to the activities a few hundred miles away. Trying to go on these roads could help us develop hypotheses insurgency, to avoid being caught by surprise too, to discover opportunities to grow discontent and rage towards these emancipatory perspective, towards a social war against any form of exploitation and authority.


One hypothesis insurgency requires not only analysis and activities. It remains a dead letter or a shot in the water if she can not communicate her why. In these times, it can no longer rely on single utterance of a few concepts that are vague, even when they are discussed, such as liberation. The concepts rendered communicated through social struggle no longer exist. We must dare to ask how to revive a dream, not like a mirage, not a myth, but as intentions alive. The revolutionary contribution to the social struggle should not be limited to suggestions destructive to incite rebellion. His character becomes more tangible when insurgent she managed not only to identify the enemy and to implement a negativity which certainly gives courage to all the fanatics and those who would break the chains of resignation, but when it is able to keep alive, to communicate why it is fighting. In this sense, two decades of idealization of revolutionary ideas have caused much damage. We are orphans of ideas that seem to have lost their pensabilité. We must force their way out of the corner where we were forced to stop and make an apology pathetic. The conflict which could take up a character quite different from what we have known before, and it offers us real opportunities to experiment and break the ideological encirclement. The contradiction of subversion lies in the tension between reality and approach the break dance, communicate what is considered impossible.

Rather than a sketch of the exact situation we find ourselves, these words are intended as an invitation, one might say a call to open our heads and look straight into the eyes of challenges.

Much could be played, and the only certainty we have is that in the coming times, inertia will have consequences even heavier.

Some friends of Prometheus

original text in french here :

Solidarity Poster for Polykarpos Georgiadis and Vaggelis Chrisohoidis (greece)

did anyone speak of a
“…A handful of capitalists
have organized a criminal gang
and have kidnapped the proletarians,
demanding for ransom
their labor force,
merchandising their human activity,
their time (which is turned into money),
their own being itself…”
to vaggelis Chrisohoidis and Polykarpos Georgiadis
who the persecuting authorities, exactly because they denied to betray values and people,
accuse them as participators in the kidnapping of industrialist Milonas
anarchists from Serres from north-greece

Anarchists solidarity protest outside Korydallos prison, the main prison in Athens, at the time of the change of the year. This protest happens every New Year's Eve for the past six years. This year more than 400 people took part in the protest that interacted with the prisoners inside through shouting mutual slogans and fireworks. The main slogan was "The passion for freedom is stronger that your prisons".
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A society that punishes/the condition of incarceration/the prison of the mind/the prison as punishment/the rage of the damned will sound on the ruins of prisons/those denying obedience and misery of our era even within its hellholes/will dance together on the ruins of every last prison/with the flame of rebellion avenging whatever creates prisons.

To the prisoners struggle already counting one dead and thousands in hunger strike across greece, we stand in solidarity and anger until the destruction of every last prison.



Keny Arkana - La Rage English Subtitles

1976 - 2000 Greek Anarchists Fight for Freedom

(December Riots in Greece)