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Brief Report about Revolutionary May 1st (Germany)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The weekend of the 1st of May 2011 has seen several moments of refusal of the existent igniting into flames of rage.

In the city of Hamburg, a demonstration was called against the gentrification of some former popular districts (such as around the former squatted houses in the Hafenstraße, St. Pauli district), the commercialization of the city and the threatening eviction of the squatted social center „Rote Flora“, existing outside legality since 1989. (more…)

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War, Catastrophe, Democracy, Prison – We Want Revolution

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Translated from www.finimondo.org

Text of a leaflet distributed in Brussels (Belgium) in April 2011.

In a time when words seem to lose their meaning, when the language of power tries to penetrate all our conversations, we think it is even more indispensable to make an effort in order to speak clearly. Let’s stop parroting what the newspapers say, television shows and the powerful want us to believe. The point is neither to agree at all costs nor to convert everything, but it is to try to speak with our mouth, our words, our pains and our hopes.

War… or revolution

The beginning of NATO bombardments against the forces loyal to Gaddafi in Libya marked a fatal step. At the beginning, what was undoubtedly an armed insurrection of a significant part of the population against the regime, is slowly transforming into a military war. Apart from some self-organized forms of resistance, which all kinds of authority define as ‘irregular’, the insurrection in Libya seems to have degenerated in a conflict between opposing armies. And it is not by chance that the ‘irregulars’ down there have always been very suspicious towards the ‘official opposition’, which has copied the hierarchies, grades and structures of command of the Gaddafi’s army. (more…)

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A tiny update from an anarchist in Osaka (Japan)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Received from an anarchist comrade of the Free Workers Federation / ABC Osaka :

Comrades and Affinities;

Saluton from Osaka, an western part of Japanese islands, far-east. 14:32 on 11 March 2011, a heavy earthquake (M9.0) hit to the areas of east-north (Touhoku), Ainu-moshiri (Hokkaidou), and metropolitan area. Even in Osaka, I felt the earthquake. Also heavy Tsunami like previously seen in the Indian sea hit to the whole of the Japanese islands, especially to Iwate prefecture, Miyagi prefecture, and Fukushima prefecture. (more…)

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Remembering Dalal al-Mughrabi, symbol of the struggle for liberation (Palestine)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Dalal al-Mughrabi, a Palestinian fighter who became a legend for many years, led a group of 12 fighters in one of the most talked about attacks against Israeli forces 33 years ago.

Dalal is still seen by Palestinians and Arabs as a hero and an outstanding fighter. “Dalal will never be forgotten as she will remain an admirable symbol of the Palestinian women’s struggle and an example to be emulated by young Palestinian men and women who will pursue the armed struggle until the liberation of Palestine” says her mother.

Dalal al-Mughrabi, a Palestinian fighter who became a legend for many years, led a group of 12 fighters in one of the most talked about attacks against Israeli forces 33 years ago.

On March 11, 1978, Dalal along with her group of fighters managed to infiltrate the Lebanese-Israeli border to the coastal plain near Tel Aviv using rubber dinghy boats. She and her comrades destroyed the boats the moment they reached the coast. It was a one-way trip, as they had returned home to stay. They hijacked an Israeli military bus and took its passengers, some three dozen soldiers, as hostages after driving the bus along the coastal highway to the colony of Herzliya, where a nine-hour battle took place between them and Israeli forces. The group was killed in the fighting, so were the majority of the Israeli soldiers on the bus.

After killing Dalal al-Mughrabi, Israeli commander Ehud Barak (now Deputy Prime Minister of Israel) unclothed her in front of the cameras, fondled her breasts, stuck the bayonet of his rifle into her body and performed other atrocities on intimate parts of her body.

Dalal al-Mughrabi, the 20-year old woman, who had never seen her homeland until the moment of her death, was born in the refugee camp of Sabra in Lebanon in 1958. After Dalal’s death, her mother said that she preferred that her daughter’s body be buried in Palestine.

Three decades after her death, Dalal is still seen by Palestinians and Arabs as a hero and an outstanding fighter. In a message she sent shortly before she died, Dalal appealed during the last gasp of her life to Palestinian factions to point their guns to their enemy – Israel, and not to get involved in internal fighting. She inspired thousands of young Palestinian and Lebanese women to follow in her footsteps, such as Sana Muhaidaly, Yvonne Abboud, Wafa Edris, Ayat Al Akhras and Hanadi Jaradat among others.

According to her mother, who was speaking to an Arabic TV channel “Dalal will never be forgotten as she will remain an admirable symbol of the Palestinian women’s struggle and an example to be emulated by young Palestinian men and women who will pursue the armed struggle until the liberation of Palestine.”

325 takes a clear class struggle position in regard to the question of national liberation and advocates a non-state solution to the question of Israeli aggression and domination of the region. Long live the memory of all insurgent fighters against oppression – Victory to those who still continue. For global intifada and social war.

Fawda – On the Struggle in Palestine (Venomous Butterfly)

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To Rediscover our own History is to Unearth Hope (Indonesia)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

People on the left consider the anti-authoritarian movement, and especially the anarchists, as something that is childish or just imitating the west, the creation of people that do not yet understand their own identity. Their reasoning is straightforward, because there is no anti-authoritarian history in Indonesia. Indonesian society, we are told, is a feudal society that is not capable of acting without a command structure and an elite leadership; the actions that are glorified by adherents of anti-authoritarianism always refer to Western states. That’s because, they say, anti-authoritarianism and anarchism are absolutely irrelevant in the Indonesian context.

But let’s take a look just how these people on the left have only one talent: to lie. (more…)

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Beautiful like the smile of the insurgents

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

There is nothing as beautiful as the faces of insurgents. Nothing in this world is so attractive, is so full of hope. No journalist, no politician, no religious leader or other will ever be able to erase the beauty of rebellion or bury it in words devoid of joy and desire.

It is primarily this beauty that strikes us when we learn of revolts taking place in North Africa. From Tunisia to Yemen, Egypt to Algeria, despite the dozens of dead and thousands injured and arrested, fear is giving way to courage, sadness is overcome by hope, the misery of being reduced to survival turns into the scream of life.

One might question the economic conditions in these countries, the rising food prices, unemployment, the authoritarian regimes and their police. One might ask why, given such conditions, revolt always takes so long to break out; how do our contemporaries manage to suffer poverty and oppression for years and years without taking up arms and shooting the politicians, the bankers and the bosses. Furthermore, we could demonstrate how also here in Belgium, more and more people are thrown overboard, condemned to languish in detention centres and prisons, and exploited in ever harsher conditions, putting up daily with authority in all its forms. One might ask …

But it is time to stop complaining. Many of us, here and elsewhere, find ourselves stuck in this world where only money counts, where our homes resemble slums more and more, where industrial pollution is poisoning us slowly. Now it is clear to everyone that they (that is, those at the top of society) will push their exploitation and domination even further, they are talking about “economic crisis “and calling on us all to accept the harshening of life at every level. But them, they are not in crisis, on the contrary, their profits are just getting higher. And who is being called upon to pay the price, here as elsewhere?

Obviously there are differences between here and there, even if the rule of money knows no borders, even if a regime, all regimes, whether democratic or authoritarian, will always mean oppression, confinement and exploitation. But the revolt, in all its beauty, explodes the differences. Burning a bank in Tunisia and Egypt calls for a bank burned in Brussels; just as the release of prisoners by the insurgents in Tunisia calls for razing the prison walls here; just as men and women, side by side behind the barricade, call to put an end to submission and patriarchy.

What fuels the revolt are not only, and it looks almost not that much, sweatshop conditions. No, the oxygen of the fire of revolt in all languages, is a beginning of freedom, this stranger who is so absent in this world, but who rises proudly in the act of rebelling. And then, everything can start to change.

Let’s leave aside any analysis of political scientists, journalists knights-of-the-democracy, or those who are already preparing to take the place of the Ben Ali and Mubaraks of this world. We are simply alongside those who, in Tunisia and Egypt and elsewhere know that freedom is neither the law nor the sharia, who want neither boss nor government, who want to try to live as free people, because, during the rebellion, they have already tasted it’s possible – and it’s sweet.

Love and courage to insurgents around the world.

Let’s set fire to the powder keg, us too.

Some insurgents from here..

Leaflet published in Bruxelles Indymedia, 30 January 2001

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International Call to Action for Solidarity Demonstrations at German Embassies (Global)

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Liebig 14 is one of Berlin longest running autonomous housing projects, serving as a space for collective living as well as community and political organising for over 20 years. After a 4 year legal process the owners of the building have finally been given legal permission to evict the house on the 2nd of February 2011. Squatted shortly after the fall of the wall in what was a derelict area of east Berlin, Liebig 14’s attempted eviction is just one symptom of a rampaging processes of gentrification which is rapidly forcing poorer residents out of the city centre and tearing apart the city’s radical infrastructure. Liebig 14 is proud to be a part of a long history of autonomous spaces in Berlin and around the world. In working against capitalism, social hierarchy and discrimination, autonomous spaces take small but concrete steps towards wider political emancipation and self-determined living. The eviction of Liebig 14 will be a loss not only to Berlin’s alternative project infrastructure but also a wider attack on projects everywhere attempting to build alternative, more socially just, and more sustainable modes of social organization. Solidarity with free spaces under threat in Berlin, Amsterdam, London and worldwide is key if we are to sustain these vital resources.

Stop gentrification from tearing apart our cities!

Support autonomous spaces!

Save Liebig 14!

liebig14.blogsport.de

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Tunisia & Algeria – No excuses for our lack of support!

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Algeria and Tunisia have been going through an insurrection of epic dimensions for more than one week due to the worsening of the economical situation and its impact in the live of millions of people from the lower social strata. (more…)

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For Riotous Assemblies not Reasonable Dissent (UK)

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The atmosphere of UK State repression and ‘queen’s peace’ was definitively broken on the 10th November 2010, when the Millbank Tower, Conservative Party HQ, was stormed by a mob of malcontents, during a demonstration against student fees.

The roof-top scenes of occupation and property destruction dispelled the long-held belief that the cops have the upper hand on the streets of the United Kingdom, and especially in the open-CCTV-prison of London. Something much more occurred that day than the complete trashing of the ruling political party’s headquarters in the capital city – an aching festive class violence was openly expressed and transmitted everywhere via global media, to all others in resistance around the world. (more…)

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Repressive aftermath of Student Riots, London (UK)

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

London Riot: Tory HQ smashed by British students

From mainstream media (Russia Today):

UPDATE: An 18 year old student charged with ‘violent disorder’ and granted bail for throwing fire extinguisher from roof of Tory HQ at cops. This carries 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine on indictment; six months imprisonment and/or a fine summarily.

See also: November 10th Defence Campaign
(more…)

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Hanjin Heavy Industries Workers in Terrible Conditions (Philippines)

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Hanjin Heavy Industries, is a South Korean shipbuilding company which is a notorious abuser of workers and the environment. The company has refused to address the terrible conditions that the employees toil under. Hanjin Heavy Industries has a shipyard in the Philippines inside the Subic Bay Freeport zone, northwest of Manila. The South Korean firm is responsible for exploiting locals under dangerous working environments, but Hanjin officials have been trying to dodge the blame as they are ruthless, and rebuke the allegations, claiming that the accidents and deaths resulted from the workers’ not having taken safety precautions. (more…)

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Call-out for financial solidarity with Infoshop-InstitutA (Indonesia)

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Institut-A is a one year running anarchist infoshop in Jakarta, Indonesia. The space is an open space for anarchists and the like, plus also general public. Institut-a have been the main motor and the only infoshop in Jakarta that survived. Through times the space have been a place for d.i.y hc/punk/and even indiepop gigs in order to gain benefit for the existence of the space. Institut-a provide materials such as books concerning anarchism and other anti-authoritarian publications.

Unfortunately, since Institut-a is a rented place, the time for contract is almost over.
Therefore we need solidarity by anarchists and the like whom share the same concern for this sort of project. You can contact the email below for further details.

And to see more of their activities with pics, please visit:

http://www.instituta.webs.com

Pics: http://instituta.webs.com/apps/photos/

Mailing address:

Jl. Arteri Permata Hijau No. 14. dekat dengan Gedung ITC Permata Hijau,
Jakarta Selatan, atau Beleza
Jakarta, Indonesia

Contacts: instituta(at)gmail.com

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At Two Thousand Kilometres Distance… (Greece)

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Written by some anarchists in Belgium

Athens. Greece. At two thousand kilometres distance. A nearly bankrupted Greek state and an economy that doesn’t function anymore. On the advice of the European Union, the ruling socialist party calls for a series of economic measures and restructurings. The ministers swear it will take “blood, sweat and tears”, but “it’s the only option”. Roads, harbours, airports, borders, factories, railroads,… have frequently been blocked since January, blocked by those who know they’re the ones who’ll pay the price. Manifestations follow each other up and not a single politician seems capable of calming down and canalising the protest. (more…)

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Request for help from Dandelion Collective (Indonesia)

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

We are Dandelion Collective from Bandung, Indonesia and we are trying to build a community-space a.k.a infoshop here in Bandung. We really feel the need to have a safe public space where we can share thoughts, have discussion, free library, really-really free market and other activities that will empower our surroundings. And we are asking for your help, any kind of help. (more…)

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Global call for action against squat prohibition (Holland)

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

We are squatters from the Netherlands. We are asking you to organize a protest (for example at the Dutch embassy) in your country against squatting prohibition in the Netherlands. We suggest to organize your protests between 26 and 28 of November, because Eerste Kamer (First Chamber of Dutch parliament) will vote about squatting prohibition beginning of December. (more…)

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