Posts Tagged ‘International Solidarity’
Saturday, September 18th, 2010
Responding to the Call for International Solidarity by the persecuted and rebellious comrades in Chile, we call on people around the world to express their solidarity and in Athens we invite a:
Gathering of Solidarity
on Friday, September 24th at 5pm,
outside of the Chilean Embassy (Bas. Sofias 25- Athens, Greece)
THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM HAS NO BORDERS
THE SAME FOR SOLIDARITY
On August 14th 2010 the Chilean State, under orders of special district attorney Alejandro Pena, began a campaign of oppression against Chilean antagonists, code-named “Salamander.” With invasions into social spaces, occupations and dozens of homes throughout the country, 14 people were arrested and taken to the Nunoa police station. The next day they were led to the courts of Santiago and charged with over 100 bomb attacks made over the past years in all of Chile. The assembly which gathered outside of the courthouse in a display of solidarity was violently suppressed and 40 people were detained.
With the unanimous aid of the mass media in creating a negative climate against the arrestees and without real evidence against them, the court of Santiago ordered that 8 of the 14 be kept in custody until trial. The other 6 were released with restrictive measures, forbidden to leave the country, to communicate with each other, to visit the imprisoned or the social centers and occupations the police had invaded, and that they must present themselves to local authorities every week. The men were taken to C.A.S. maximum security prison and the women to Centro de Orientation Femenina, all in solitary confinement. On Monday September 6th another 2 people were arrested in the context of the “bomb case” spectacle.
Over the past years the democratic facade of the Chilean State, under the guise of financial development, has circumvented most social and union rights and sold off huge portions of land to multinational companies (Benetton) and the logging, livestock and tourism industries, primarily in the south, violently evicting the indigenous Mapuche peoples from their ancestral land. In the Mapuche territories right-wing paramilitary groups guided by rich landowners have become active and terrorize and murder people who choose to resist the plans of the dominant. Conflicts erupt and dozens of indigenous antagonists and arrested and imprisoned. Over 400 people are awaiting trial, most of whom are farmers struggling to regain the land which in the past was stolen by the Chilean army and is now in the hands of multinational logging and energy companies.
Also, since 2009 a special “anti-terrorist” law from the days of the Pinochet dictatorship has been reactivated so as to crack down on the recent upsurge of attacks and unrest in the south of the country, for which the indigenous Mapuche are accused. The controversial law triples the penalties for arson and land occupations and has been used 16 times in the past 10 years. This past summer Mapuche political prisoners began a hunger strike (shortly after by means of court order they were forced into compulsory sustenance) and in September they were followed by imprisoned minors, struggling for the liberation of the political prisoners and the ending of their prosecution.
As social inequalities intensify, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, in all of Chile social resistance strengthens and every demonstration breaks out into conflict while in parallel there are bomb attacks against state and corporate targets. In the context of this social unrest, the pogrom against anarchist/ libertarian comrades is carried out, who by no evidence other than being active in social struggles are considered responsible for the conflicts and the bombings.
From the joint announcement of the Autonomous Social Space and Libertarian Library Jonny Cariqueo and the occupied Social Space and Library Vanzetti, La Crota bikepunk:
“We are the target chosen to cover up the tragedy of the 33 miners and their families, victims of the exploitation of the powerful, and the hunger strike of the Mapuche comrades who are struggling for their land.” “The political and legal fabrication is obvious, the construction of an illegal ‘terrorist’ organization with leaders is schizophrenic. We, as anti authoritarians and anarchists do not believe in, nor do we obey hierarchies, much less orders. That which district attorney Pena calls funding terrorism is called international solidarity. That which the police call “centers of power” are houses in which libraries are built and the people are called upon to face the current reality of exploitation and nonsense, places were social relationships are built far from commercialization, based on values such as solidarity, horizontal relationships, mutual support and self-management.”
Responding to the Call for International Solidarity by the persecuted and rebellious comrades in Chile, we call on people around the world to express their solidarity and in Athens we invite a Gathering of Solidarity on Friday, September 24th at 5pm, outside of the Chilean Embassy (Bas. Sofias 25)
NOTHING IS FINISHED EVERYTHING CONTINUES
SOLIDARITY IS A POWERFUL WEAPON
FREEDOM TO THE CHILEAN ANTAGONISTS AND ALL THE PRISONERS OF CLASS SOCIAL WAR
Assembly for Solidarity
Open Assembly of Anarchists for a United Polymorphic Movement
Friday, September 17th, 2010
Released now for September 2010, the free yearly PDF of the international anarchist magazine, 325. 76 pages packed full of revolutionary anti-capitalist social war.
Amongst other things, this issue features a major section about the Greek social war “Fire on the Breeze : Letters and Communiques from Greece”, this is written by the anarchists involved in the movement, not outsiders, but by the fighters and hostages of power themselves. The communiques from the prisoners of armed group Revolutionary Struggle, including the important text “The only answer to modern totalitarianism is social revolution”; a tribute to Lambros Foundas; Sect of Revolutionaries communique; Conspiracy of Cells of Fire communique about the ‘Marfin Bank’ incident; and more.
Another large part in the zine is the section “Notes from the gathering against Prison Society”, an anti-prison, anti-state 2-day meeting which took place Oct/Nov 2009 in Brighton. The notes from this meeting begin with a presentation on the ‘Campaign against Prison Slavery’ and a description of the British prison system. A comrade from Athens explains the case of Giannis Dimitrakis, an anarchist imprisoned for expropriation, the comrade also talks about methods of ‘revolutionary solidarity’, which have formed a dynamic and powerful feature of the Greek anarchist movement.
Also featured is an interview with Jean Weir, known for her ‘Elephant Editions’ book imprint, translator and publisher of Italian anarchist, Alfredo Maria Bonanno. The interview forms a section which concludes with “Taking Back Our Lives”, the edited transcribed notes from a presentation in Berlin, Sept 2009.
Also included are the sections and articles: “International resistance news”, “Repression and reports”, “For mass struggle and subversion”, “Revolutionary solidarity, “Who are we talking to?”, “What are anarchists?”, “Declarations”, “Find yourself a revolver” and more.
325 #8 is available for free download here.
Paper versions, individual copies and bulk, can be requested directly from 325 online, via our contact form, or your local anarchist distro/group/infoshop may have copies, if not, consider producing a print run for your area.
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Dark Nights is an irregularly published anarchist & anti-prison freesheet of resistance reports and repression news.
Issue #8 has a feature on the 14 August anti-anarchist repression in Chile, with a letter from an imprisoned anarchist, communique from insurrectionalist groups about the state attacks against social centres and anarchist initiatives, and call for international solidarity.
On the 24th of September there is an international day of solidarity with the Chilean comrades, and we dedicate this issue to the situation. The repression is aimed at silencing the growing discontent and stopping the anarchist direct action against corporate, religious and state targets which has grown in recent years. Because the Chilean government has no way of stopping the attacks, it attempts to persecute and dismantle the broader anarchist movement with investigations, raids and beatings at gun point.
The international anarchist and radical social movements must answer this frame-up with our solidarity and resistance.
Dark Nights #8
– Call for international solidarity with the hostages of the Chilean ‘democracy’.
– List of hostages and those under conditional ‘freedom’.
– Communique from Mónica Caballero
– Communique from insurrectionalist groups in South America concerning the frame up.
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Eco-anarchist prisoners Marco Camenisch, Luca Bernasconi, Costantino Ragusa and Silvia Guerini started an hunger strike the past 10th September.
Translation by ABC Bristol
We – Billy, Costa, Silvia and Marco – eco-anarchist and revolutionary individuals hostages of the Swiss state have decided to start a hunger strike from 10th September 2010. (more…)
Monday, September 13th, 2010
30 August 2010
“On the evening of 30.08.2010 a group of anarchists have attacked by Molotov cocktails Russian embassy in Minsk. One of the diplomat cars was burnt. By this action we express our fury and protest to the arrests and repressions against defenders of Khimki forest in Moscow.
While our friends are beaten up by fascist mercenaries, riot police are pressing and arresting innocent people – treats and arrests became everyday routine. Our friends now have to suffer in jails or live in fear to be imprisoned just because they fight for freedom, people and environment.
But bureaucrats and capitalists care just for their bribes and profits, they don’t care what happens tomorrow, they are ready to abolish every protest or disagreement with cruelty. What comes next – the death squads?
We declare solidarity with our comrades and support only method of direct action, because government are afraid of power only and nothing else.
It is really funny to read some comments on Internet forums. Both clans, called “Government of Republic of Belarus” and “Government of Russian Federation” disgust us. Poor workers of both countries never take any benefit from this fighting for power. It is foolishly to imitate politicians. People, come to your senses! Is it really impossible to explain any act of protest by theories of conspiracy? We meet stealing and humiliation every day – but around there are only fear in the eyes and whisper in the kitchens. It is time to summon our forces and believe that we are worthy of a better life.
Free all imprisoned comrades! Stop political repressions! Down with officials, gangsters and policemen!
Human rights and social justice!”
Sunday, August 29th, 2010
Costa, Silvia and Billy continue their struggles from the Swiss prisons they’re locked up in. They’re accused of possession, transport and attempted use of explosive materials, and of planning to attack an IBM centre under construction. An IBM centre that will be among the focal ones in Europe’s nanotechnology research. (more…)
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WITH THE 14 HOSTAGES OF THE CHILEAN ‘DEMOCRACY’
Welcome to Chile, society of jails and jailers.
This past Saturday the 14th of August, in the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso, an action coordinated by police of all types (special task forces) violently raided three squatted social centers and many private homes in fives communes. The police intimidated people with weapons of war, broke windows and doors, and took many personal items with them from all of the houses. (more…)