Refugees demonstrating after the burning of Moria. “Azadi!” Freedom!
In the following report from Greece, anarchists describe the burning of the refugee camp, Moria, and the response countrywide, as well as the latest chapter in other struggles against state repression on a variety of fronts.
A report by Radio Fragmata.
Another month, another report on the situation here in Greece. There has been no pause in the repression of the state, nor any peace for the marginalized and excluded. Another historic squat has been evicted, the economic despair many already face is becoming generalized, society drifts towards the right at the guidance of state and corporate media, and the largest concentration camp housing migrants in all of Europe has been engulfed in flames, displacing thousands.
As in the rest of the world, each morning brings new concerns, new disasters, new forms of precarity. We share the following information in the pursuit of a relentless and borderless solidarity.
-Radio Fragmata, September 2020
Moria Burns—The Greek State Plays Victim
The refugee camp Moria on the island of Lesvos has burned down.
The state claims this was the result of demonstrations by desperate people inside the camp reacting to new measures the police had opportunistically declared in response to an inevitable and now unavoidable outbreak of COVID-19 inside the camp. Some 35 cases have been made public as of early September; considering the intense overcrowding of the camp, the number should be assumed to be much higher. Some wonder whether nearby fascists took the opportunity to set fires under the cover of the refugees’ protests. It is certain that some of the villagers wanted those fleeing the flames to burn alive, as they pushed those who tried to flee to the nearby village of Mytilene back towards the blaze. Read the rest of this entry »
«From 2019 to today the Italian State has carried out many repressive operations and inflicted a series of restrictive measures on anarchist comrades, limiting their freedom of movement and forcing them to remain within the limits of their city or to move away from the city or region where they reside.
As recipients of these kind of minor measures, together we want to relaunch our solidarity with the more than 200 comrades involved in the various trials in Italy that are starting this September and that shall continue throughout the autumn.
In particular, the appeal trial of the Scripta Manent Operation will resume at the beginning of September: this trial involves 5 comrades who have been in prison for 4 years (two of them for 8 years) and which has resulted in 20+ years of sentence in the first grade. Read the rest of this entry »
Technological domination is a giant with feet of clay. All it takes is a little bit of determination and caution to make it wobble. On the night of August 31st we set fire to a mobile phone antenna in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona).
Solidarity and complicity with all those who walk with their heads held high, both inside and outside the prisons. And long live anarchy!
On 11th September a maxi-trial will begin in Lecce against almost a hundred demonstrators accused of having opposed the realization of the TAP gas pipeline in various ways. A sort of spectacular event with big numbers set up mainly to impress and leave a sign of repression that can also be a warning to others in some way. Besides the place, a bunker courtroom, chosen for the trial, officially for reasons linked to anti-Covid regulations, unofficially to create an atmosphere suitable for the criminalization of the TAP opposition, the obstinate and law-dependent clerks of Order and the Economy do not have much in their hands. In fact, we have nothing to defend. On the contrary: this trial should be an accusation that rebounds against those who are devastating the earth in the name of a progress that has been revealing its rotten face for centuries. Infrastructures with a strong impact such as a gas pipeline are feeding an energy-consuming system that only produces devastation, control, repression. It’s enough to just take a look around. There is not one thing that is not connected and linked to everything else. That is why we can’t see the realization of a gas pipeline as that alone. On the contrary, this is an operation that is colonizing places and minds. It is the expression of an economic system that is pushing the planet to the brink, to the slavery and death of millions of individuals. Read the rest of this entry »
We are midway through Black August and I’ve been doing lots of thinking, fasting, and trying to grow as a person and as a radical anarchist. Lots of fitness, reading, mentally taking stock.
This is my third Black August in SHU. I was thrown into segregation two years ago on August 17th and was kept within for a year pending prosecution; then, after they brought these new charges, we’ve done another year pretrial. It’s been a rough two years filled with restrictions, violence, abuse, but also love strength and friendship. Resistance is strong.
Last year’s Black August was spent partially at USP Lee, where I met Thomas Smith (aka Mad Dog) a blood leader and revolutionary who was also participating. He had been in SHU at that point for 18 months pending an ADX transfer. We fasted together, had long conversations on resistant strength and what it means to be a revolutionary today. I still think of Mad Dog often and encourage everyone to write and send reading material into him. Read the rest of this entry »
Desde los inicios de lo que hoy conocemos como dominio y civilización, la cosificación y explotación de lo salvaje ha reducido la vida a simples productos y servicios, y por lo tanto, necesita que estos sean movilizados y dirigidos hacia y dentro de las grandes urbes, siguiendo con esto las trayectorias trazadas por los artífices del modelo económico imperante en los distintos períodos de la historia conocida.
El transporte de la mercancía ha resultado ser desde entonces un órgano vital para el Poder y sus propósitos de control sobre los territorios que hoy denominan ciudades. La organización y la forma en que se rige el ritmo de la vida en estos lugares, responde solo a los intereses y el beneficio de unos pocos orquestadores de este sistema de consumo y muerte.
Las máquinas que día a día recorren las innumerables carreteras y calles transportando mercancía humana, son igualmente incinerables que las que transportan mercancías extraídas de la tierra. Ambos tipos cotidianamente mueven a través de las innumerables carreteras y calles, tanto en el Wallmapu como en $antiago, lo que llaman “recursos”; unos producto de la explotación de la tierra, otras para la explotación humana. Así es como se mantiene el flujo de la devastación de la tierra, y así se mantiene el flujo de la devastación de nuestras vidas. Read the rest of this entry »
Since last July 19, the date on which the municipal police evicted us from the Tirso de Molina square with the threat of sanctions and seizure of the stands, we have been gathering every Sunday to protest against this arbitrary decision by the City Council. We maintain that it is a political decision rather than a health one, since that day we were complying with the measures imposed by the Community; masks, distance between the stalls, hand disinfection gels, if we add to this that the space in the plaza is wide and the number of stalls that we set up that morning was small, it was not possible that there would be crowds.
In fact, the only official justification we received from the agents was not having a license and the assertion that “El Rastro was closed by municipal order.” The reality is that El Rastro continues to be closed as of today since the stalls do not accept the City Council’s reform plans that seek to end the emblematic market as we know it and also know that for more than three decades political stands lack licenses. For this reason, we are convinced that the Pandemic is only an excuse to eliminate political positions that spread ideas and free culture, and it is clear that Tirso de Molina and El Rastro are also part of the gentrification plans that we have been suffering in the area in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »
Women and fishermen from Kondingareng Island, Makassar City and NGO activists from ASP and KIARA blockaded the Boskalis ship Queen of the Netherlands in Galesong-Makassar waters. The action was carried out to stop the marine sand mining activities by the Boskalis ship which is damaging the environment and reducing the income of fishermen. The impact of mining activity has also created social conflict among the traditional fishermen.
Boskalis, the Indonesian state and its officials have been waging a campaign of terror against fishermen who oppose mining. Last August, Indonesian police sank 3 of the fishermen’s boats and criminalized 3 of them for fighting against the mining.
The fishermen struggle autonomously and use direct action on many occasions such as intercepting mining boats and forcibly stopping mining activities.
Solidarity with the fishermen of Kondingareng Island!
The long shadow of white supremacy reaches all the way to the archipelago known as the Philippines. Joseph Scott Pemberton — the transphobe who was convicted for the murder of transwoman Jennifer Laude — has been pardoned by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Pemberton committed a heinous hate crime by brutally murdering Jennifer Laude on October 11, 2014. Jennifer was murdered precisely because she was transgender, with Pemberton’s legal team even trying the so-called “trans panic” defense as a justification for her murder. The state appears to have sided with Pemberton’s excuse that Jennifer’s identity was a provocation in itself, inducing Pemberton to kill her. This defense frames Pemberton as the victim and sets a dangerous precedent for trans women in the archipelago and beyond.
Jennifer Laude is fondly remembered by her friends and family fondly as a beautiful person who was confident in her identity and sexuality. However, Pemberton did not care for Jennifer Laude as a human being. He was unrepentant at his trial, even going so far to dehumanize Jennifer Laude by referring to her as “it.” Read the rest of this entry »
Desde que comenzó la primera Revolución Industrial en la década de 1700, las sucesivas revoluciones industriales han afectado profundamente a los trabajadores, a los propios trabajadores, creando incluso el concepto de ‘clase trabajadora’, cómo vivían, su integración en los agujeros del infierno urbano que avanzaban, las prisiones de las fábricas, molinos y pozos mineros, incluso sus hijos no se libraron de la indignidad, ni siquiera de la muerte de la esclavitud moderna de la época. La industrialización, el resultado de la mecanización en la industria, alimentó la esclavitud moderna y la domesticación de los seres humanos en todos los rincones de los imperios y colonias en expansión, no solo en el resto del planeta vivo. Ahora estamos en la cúspide del comienzo de una 4ta Revolución Industrial (4IR) e incluso una 5ta (5IR) que afectará tan radicalmente nuestro encarcelamiento dentro de la sociedad tecnológica como las hizo en las anteriores. El concepto mismo de trabajo, incluso el trabajo mismo, cambiará más allá del reconocimiento una vez más. Ya en la consiguiente ‘pandemia del coronavirus’ y en los controles de toque de queda que se han aplicado a miles de millones en todo el mundo, las señales de las próximas revoluciones industriales ya están apareciendo, y se informa que millones perdieron sus empleos en muchos países. Read the rest of this entry »
Since the first Industrial Revolution began in the 1700’s, successive industrial revolutions have profoundly affected labour, the workers themselves, creating even the concept of the ‘working class’, how they lived, their integration into the advancing urban hell holes, the prisons of the factories, mills and mining pits, even their children were not spared the indignity, even death of modern slavery of the time. Industrialization, the result of mechanisation in industry, fed modern enslavement and domestication of human beings in every corner of the spreading empires and colonies not just the rest of the living planet.
We are now on the cusp of the beginning of a 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and even a 5th (5IR) that will affect just as radically our imprisonment within the technological society as it did in the previous ones. The very concept of labour, even work itself will change beyond recognition once again. Already in the ensuing ‘coronavirus pandemic’ and curfew controls that have been enforced on billions worldwide, the signals of the coming industrial revolutions are already appearing, with millions being reported to lose their jobs in many countries. Read the rest of this entry »