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Lebanon: Statement Issued by the Anarchist KAFEH! (Struggle) Movement About the Ongoing Protests

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Everyone has become aware of the revolutionary events taking place in Lebanon. This movement has gone global, and the international media is reporting on it and lauding it for its uniqueness and success.

The KAFEH movement is proud of its participation in the events of this revolution, and of being at the center of the movements. Whether in calls and invites, sit-in, setting tents, confrontations, statements, or permanent presence and full readiness, KAFEH has been at the forefront.

These protests represent KAFEH ideologically in every way :

First and foremost, this revolution is without a leader or hierarchy to control it, and automatically rejects whoever tries to lay claim on it and speak and take decisions on its behalf. This represents the philosophy of the anarchist and non-authoritarian KAFEH movement; enforcing direct decision by the people. (more…)

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ES/EN/DE – International Agitation Week for the Prisoners of the Revolt in Chile 13 to 19 January

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

WEEK OF INTERNATIONAL AGITATION IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONERS OF THE REVOLT IN CHILE. FROM JANUARY 13-19.

“THOSE WHO FORGET THE POLITICAL PRISONERS FORGET THE STRUGGLE”

More than 80 days after the social outbreak in Chile, the struggle and social organization persists in the unwavering conviction of confronting and breaking with the model of power and economy that has perpetuated inequalities, injustices and abuses for decades.

Undoubtedly the revolt that still breathes in Chile means this is a turning point with no return, it is within a long journey of struggle that has also brought with it a hard cost: hundreds and hundreds of prisoners of the revolt that are today in the different prisons in this territory. Each week this number increases and in an obvious phenomenon of mass incarceration the State seeks to intimidate and criminalize social protest. We speak of political prisoners of the revolt because of the fact of the mass imprisonment of social fighters after the outbreak of the 18th [October], responding to a political decision of the State and not to technical/legal criteria, understanding the complicity between the different powers of the State in order to perpetuate the existing model of control. That is why we make this call for international solidarity with the prisoners of the revolt in order to reveal the political condition of their imprisonment and demand their immediate freedom. We extend this call appealing to the multiple initiatives and solidarity actions that arise in each territory.

THOSE WHO FORGET THE POLITICAL PRISONERS FORGET THE STRUGGLE!

IMMEDIATE FREEDOM TO THE PRISONERS OF THE REVOLT!

CO-ORDINATION FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE OCTOBER 18th POLITICAL PRISONERS

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Más de dos meses de revuelta contra el Estado de Chile: Raudos balances, instintivas proyecciones y permanentes negaciones

Friday, January 10th, 2020

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“La pasión por la destrucción es también la pasión creadora”
Mijail Bakunin
“La insurrección es una fiesta. El ruido de su derrota nos divierte”
Fuerzas Autónomas y Destructivas León Czolgosz

El avance de la revuelta: Días y meses en el combate

La revuelta que sacude a la región chilena sigue sin interlocutores válidos ni una dirección que la guíe. Continúa acéfala, autoconvocada, caótica y destructiva… imparable, a pesar de lxs muertxs, heridxs, mutiladxs y lxs casi 2.000 mil presxs que repletan aún más las cárceles de todo Chile. La chispa comenzada por una estrategia de evasión masiva al tren subterraneo en respuesta a una nueva alza del pasaje, cristalizó la continuidad de luchas y métodos contra el poder, desatándose con toda la fuerza y vitalidad un 18 de octubre.

Las constantes réplicas del terremoto que significó los primeros días de la revuelta se repiten diariamente en mayor o menor intensidad, expresadas en audaces ataques a comisarías, símbolos del capitalismo y en los duros enfrentamientos con carabineros. Aunque se perciba un cierto desgaste (normal y entendible después de más de 80 jornadas de combate), la violencia contra el poder goza de buena salud, legitimándose como la principal herramienta para quebrar con todo lo impuesto en sectores que hasta hace poco la condenaban. Esto último junto con la inexistencia de una conducción definida, creemos que representan, de una u otra forma, los ingredientes principales que han llevado a que la revuelta permanezca incontrolable.
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PDF: “Sobre Fantasmas Insurreccionales y Banderas Falsas” – Núcleos Antagónicos de la Nueva Guerrilla Urbana (Chile)

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

“Sobre Fantasmas Insurreccionales y Banderas Falsas” – Núcleos Antagónicos de la Nueva Guerrilla Urbana (Lectura)

“Sobre Fantasmas Insurreccionales y Banderas Falsas” – Núcleos Antagónicos de la Nueva Guerrilla Urbana (Impresion)

In Favor of Revolutionary Violence: Introduction of Analysis of the Revolt in Chile

Introduction translated by AMW.

The following is the introduction to “On Insurrectional Ghosts and False Flags,” a text by Antagonistic Nuclei of the New Urban Guerrilla that analyzes the revolt that has taken place in Chile during the fourth quarter of 2019.

The use of revolutionary violence has been vilified, and unimaginable amounts of blasphemies, myths and false rumors have arisen around it. We have heard that it is useless, that it contributes nothing, that it is only functional to repress, that it is used by infiltrators and/or immature elements, that it has short political projectivity, that it does not represent the people, etc., etc., etc…

In this text we will not attempt to make a detailed analysis of its use at the historical level. To do this, just look for examples in any history book. Its contributions to the struggle that dignifies the lives of people, regardless of where it is used, the regime it fights, or the idiosyncrasies of those who employ it, has contributed significantly to its development. It is not necessary to mention that neither slavery, nor feudalism, nor monarchies, nor abusive working hours, nor colonialism, nor the most basic civil rights, nor the number of dictatorships have been defeated with only peaceful methods. Therefore, we consider that discarding this tool is nonsense in relation to the revolutionary cause. (more…)

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Chile: Una mirada anárquica al contexto de revuelta y represión (Parte II)

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Parte I | ES / EN

Parte II

Ya ha pasado más de un mes desde que difundimos la primera parte de este texto compartiendo información y reflexiones anárquicas sobre el contexto chileno desde el inicio del llamado “estallido social” desatado el día 18 de octubre. El anterior abordaba hasta la víspera de la gran manifestación en el centro de la ciudad anunciada para el día viernes 25 de octubre.

Desde ese día hasta ahora han ocurrido muchos sucesos que podrían ser expuestos de manera detallada, sin embargo hemos seleccionado ciertos elementos y reflexiones que nos parecen relevantes para difundir, sabiendo que otrxs compañerxs han estado también aportando a al registro y la circulación de información sobre lo que está ocurriendo en estas tierras en revuelta.

Esperamos que estas palabras que lanzamos hacia nuestrxs compañerxs de todas partes puedan nuevamente contribuir a propagar una vez más experiencias y reflexiones que puedan ser esparcidas en los más diversos idiomas y latitudes donde se expresa la anarquía:

1. EL INTENTO FALLIDO DE PACIFICAR LA REVUELTA

Con más de 1,5 millones de personas en el centro de la ciudad de Santiago, la autoconvocada “marcha más grande de la historia” concentró el día viernes 25 de octubre a toda la diversidad de personas en lucha.

Con una prácticamente inexistente participación de partidos políticos de izquierda y sin ningún tipo de capacidad de amenaza desde grupos fascistas, todas las formas de manifestación se desarrollaron hasta altas horas de la noche a pesar de la restricción del toque de queda, incluyendo una vez más intensos disturbios y enfrentamientos con la represión en el centro y las periferias de Santiago y otras ciudades.

Mientras la represión hacía su trabajo propagando e intensificando sus formas de violencia, desde el gobierno y los medios de comunicación se intentó imponer la idea que esta marcha sería la culminación de un proceso en el que la gente instaló sus demandas y que ya era hora de “volver a la paz”. Los canales de televisón culminaron esa noche las transmisiones conjuntas iniciadas el 18 de octubre y, luego de la campaña de lavado de imagen sobre los militares, los días posteriores el gobierno retiró a las tropas de las calles. Luego, los días sábado 26 y domingo 27 de octubre, se decretó el fin del toque de queda en Santiago otras ciudades del país.
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Report by Anarchists on the Revolt in Chile: November 29-December 6

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

November 29th
42nd Social Revolt Day

LONG LIVE IRREDUCTIBLE ENEMIES OF POWER!

“We are facing a powerful and implacable enemy, who does not respect anything or anyone. He doesn’t respect the lives of human beings, he doesn’t respect our heroes.” The phrase is repeated again and again by the President of the Republic, this time at an early graduation of police.

FEAR is one of the most powerful weapons of power, so it continues to encourage a climate of paranoia to demobilize and divide the oppressed.

The State redoubled its efforts to approve its “Anti-hooded Law.” Piñera points to Anarchists, Barras Bravas [organized supporters of football teams] and drug traffickers as a coordinated trident that unleash violence.

The media plan is to exacerbate the coverage of looting of small stores. The capitalist press launches a powerful emotional charge to delegitimize the Social Revolt.

There is an obvious complicity (by action or omission) between the police, home owners and traffickers, individuals without codes who are not interested in those who are harmed by their actions.

Undoubtedly, private property is part of what we want to destroy, but today our objectives are full of strategic symbolism. If the attack on any premises needs explanation, it is not symbolic enough.

A provisional solution would be “self-defense committees,” but our inexperience and ineffectiveness in these practices allow the “yellow vests” to begin to arm themselves with an undeniable fascist affinity. Let the militia return to the street! It is the speech repeated by the lovers of the neoliberal system, although in their pockets the bills have always shone by their absence. (more…)

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Who are the Hong Kong Frontliners? Part 1 & 2 (China)

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

via Popular Front.

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Summer in Smoke: Report from the World’s Biggest Black Block – Hong Kong (China)

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

The following article was submitted to Chuang by Vitalist International. It is an account of events in Hong Kong over the summer and early fall of 2019, much of it from a firsthand perspective. We provided minor edits and designed the layout, but otherwise reproduce the piece here in more or less its original form. While the main thrust of the article is in agreement with our own views of events in Hong Kong, the piece is an intake and the opinions expressed here belong to its authors. At the bottom, we’ve included a gallery (provided by the authors) of 70+ posters, memes, graffiti and other graphics used in the movement.

für Sandra in liebendem Angedenken

by Vitalist International

It was only a matter of time before it happened. The protesters and the cops both knew it. On October 1st, a teenager was shot point-blank in the chest by police. The bullet missed his heart by approximately three centimeters.

Thousands of Hong Kongers gathered the next evening at a playground to fold paper cranes and wish the young protester a speedy recovery. They held banners saying “stop shooting our children!” and used the flashlights on their smartphones as torches to light up the night. In the center of the playground, a thousand origami cranes spelled out “Hong Kongers, Add oil!”, a Chinese expression which has come to define the movement, meaning roughly: don’t stop, keep going, add fuel to the fire. Within an hour, the protesters were setting up barricades in the streets and throwing molotovs at the nearest police headquarters.

The movement that began as a protest against a proposed extradition agreement with China has now entered its fourth month of unrest, with no end in sight. The bill — now withdrawn — would have granted the Chinese State unprecedented authority to extradite dissidents, criminals, and refugees to be processed in the shadowy court system of the mainland. Coming on the heels of 2012’s Moral and National Education Law and 2014’s Electoral Reform Bill,[i] this amendment was only the latest attempt at slowly dismantling the region’s tenuous political arrangement of “One Country, Two Systems.” With the movement rapidly evolving into widespread resistance against Chinese control, and the Hong Kong government declaring a State of Emergency, the situation has reached a political stalemate, with violence escalating on both sides. (more…)

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‘Letter to a Chilean about the current situation (II)’ by Gustavo Rodriguez

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

—To Joaquín García Chanks and Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda, comrades and co-conspirators.

“For I am the sworn poet of all the intrepid rebels of the entire world,
And whoever comes with me leaves peace and routine behind,
And you play to lose your life every moment.”

Walt Whitman, To a frustrated European revolutionary (1856), Leaves of Grass.

“… where there is danger, what grows saves us.”
Friedrich Hölderlin, Patmos.

A month and six days after the insurrection began, Anarchy is still alive in the Chilean region. It is an unprecedented event in Chile and Latin America. It has been the kairos of Anarchy: the emancipatory moment that occurs in the relevant time and place, the bold incarnation of a pronounced denial of the State and of all authority.

The echo of the old anarchic slogan “Neither God nor State nor Patriarchy” rumbled throughout the southern geography and has made hearts vibrate from Cape Horn to the banks of the Sama and Camarones rivers.

It is evident that in their daily subversive work, the insurrectionary anarchism of the informalist tendency, maximized their potentialities and also explored their difficulties and their own limits, using ephemeral junctions – mutating from one place to another – that allowed them (via conflict and various contingencies) to sketch out the chromatic possibilities of their theoretical-practical background and, encourage unmanageable disobedience, concentrating specifically on individual actions and / or small affinity groups aimed at attack and expropriation.

However, dynamite was missing. Diesel and gasoline failed. The attack was spared. There was a lack of expropriations. The headquarters of ALL political parties were not demolished. No prisons or madhouses were assaulted. We lashed out at the symbols but missed the target. A gigantic bonfire is still pending for the hundreds of flags that are seen on the marches (including the red and black ones, because ALL the flags are full of blood and shit). This shortage has allowed the power of denial to divert to be “triumphant”, instead of injecting the conflict with life and going beyond the institutional songs that already threaten to impose the peace of the grave. (more…)

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‘Letter to a Chilean about the current situation’ by Gustavo Rodriguez

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

To Joaquín García Chanks and Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda, comrades and co-conspirators.

“… every revolutionary opinion draws its strength from the secret conviction that nothing can be changed.”

George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier.

“Alicia: How long does it last, forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes just for a moment.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.

The discontent are the new starting point of the impetuous popular protests that run through the geography of the globe. Hong Kong, France, Algeria, Iraq, Haiti, Lebanon, Catalonia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile, are the lavish protagonists of the wave of massive urban revolts that shakes the world.

While it is true that these profuse protests have very particular triggers that explain them (specifically Hong Kong and Catalonia, with their independentist rallies), it would be naive to think that this accumulated rage is disconnected. The increase in the costs of goods and services, coupled with austerity – with its consequent loss of jobs and unequal economic survival as global growth slows down – are the common denominator of most of these mobilizations.

However, it is undeniable that these protests also share another great backdrop that far exceeds the economic analysis and that very conveniently is not addressed in the means of mass domestication and intentionally escapes the analysis of political scientists and apologists of domination: anti-government convulsion, a tiredness against those who govern and, against all political parties, whatever their ideological color. A feature that withholds the absence of leadership and / or leaders and facilitates the ephemeral realization of Anarchy. (more…)

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Flyposter: Prison State China – Long live Anarchy!

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

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Madrid, Spain: [NO COP25] All the bullets will be returned

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

December 2nd, the rulers of the world are coming to Madrid. Some of the biggest murderers of this planet, of the biggest responsible of its devastation. They come to fill their mouths and calendars with the next plans of “fight against climate change”. While global capitalism continues intact and most of the CO2 emissions emanate from industrial production, while their companies keep devastating forests and mountains to extract its natural resources.

And if that wasn’t enough, at the same time, Chile burns and their streets are still covered by the ammunition caps from the security forces. But Piñera couldn’t see his political planning disturbed by the revolt, he couldn’t admit the mediatic focus questioning his dictation before such a social explosion. And thanks to the kindness of Spanish government, now he will be able to continue with his plans without getting disheveled.

But in Chile, normality couldn’t be held anymore, and we neither want to hold it here. We won’t allow the world leaders meet to design the destruction under the look of sustainability and respect, as if everything continues to go normally. As if they haven’t been destroying all this time, as if they wouldn’t carry thousands of corpses in their backs. We won’t give them such legitimacy. Also, because we know, that the best way to show solidarity with the rebels is nothing but extend the revolt. Like in Hamburg, we want this summit to become hell.

Therefore, we encourage the system enemies to meet in Madrid, in the dates when the world owners have their appointment in this city. Stay aware to the next calls and infos. There will be enabled spaces to host those coming from other places.

On the other hand, neither do we trust that politics gestated in parliaments and offices will stop the destruction or stop the way to the collapse, that is increasingly inevitable. But we trust in the ability of every one to act, individually or in groups. That’s why we want to make a call for decentralized action to point the responsible of environmental destruction. Politicians won’t act against the Capitalism interests, but we do. Against climate change; direct action.

Attack those who destroy the Earth.

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Athens, Greece: Attacks and clashes with the riot cops, in solidarity with the revolt in Chile (October 30, 2019)

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

IT/EN/FR/EL

For nearly two weeks the oppressed in Chile have seized the streets of the country, carrying out a variety of attacks on repressive units, government structures and businesses. The State’s response to their insurgency, though it has caused dozens of deaths and rape, thousands injured and arrested, cannot stop the fury of the insurgents.

Today, October 30, at 1:00 pm, as part of the International Week of Solidarity for the Chilean Insurrection, we broke the front windows of an Elta post office, a Piraeus bank and the “showcase” of forced prostitution of women, “Xoriatiko Bakery”. We blocked traffic with rubbish bins in flames as barricades in the two directions of Patision – filling the road with hundreds of fliers – seeking confrontation with the cops. The clash with the State-run garbage lasted for quite some time during which the mat riot cops made their appearance and became some of the fastest runners. Pink is one of our favourite colours. We also hope that the pigs like it as they will be forced to return to the police headquarters like pink prawns.

We used the ASOEE University as a base, just as the Chilean comrades have repeatedly chosen to launch their attacks on police forces. We see academic institutions not as academic asylums but as shelters for all kinds of oppressed, rebellious organisation and a base of aggression. The best way to express solidarity is to take aggressive action. We do not want to go into lengthy analysis upon analysis. Anyway we hear our comrades from afar get organized and attack. We won’t say any more. We let them and their fires talk to us.

For every insurgent soul, dozens of stones on the heads of the cops
FROM GREECE TO CHILE SEND EVERY COP TO INTENSIVE CARE

Anarchists

[Text taken from actforfree.nostate.net].

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Debrief of the solidarity actions from the assembly in solidarity with the insurrection in Chile (Athens, Greece)

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Wednesday 30/10 we did an intervention to the central offices of METKA EGN to show solidarity in the insurrection in Chile. We choose to intervene in this company with a banner texts and flyers to give emphasis to the role that this Greek company has also in South America with a plan to impose a cruel neoliberal agenda and degrade the lives of the people in Chile with the investments in energy and exploitation of the land.

Thursday 31/10 we wanted to do a microphonic in Propylaia but because of the rain it was cancelled but we manage 40 comrades to make an intervention and open the bars of the subway so everybody can pass freely while we were sharing texts and flyers.

Friday 1/11 we did a gathering at the embassy of Chile and after a demo back to Exarchia.The pre gathering was in the subway station of Evaggelismos were we shared texts after a while 100 comrades moved with order to Vasilisis Sofia street to approach as close as we can to the embassy that was full of cops. We stand there for one hour and in the way back the riot police was following us and they were provocative trying to find reason to attack us.We manage to finish the demo in Exarchia shouting slogans in the way. In the demo participated also comrades from the popular front of Turkey that they had gathering in the embassy of Turkey.

From the 19th of October, the Chilean state has been overrun by thousands of insurrectionary peoples who have occupied the streets and squares of the country. The mass demonstrations, originally due to the raising of ticket prices for public transport, developed into a generalised insurrection which sweeps everything in its path. (more…)

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Un Llamado a la Solidaridad Anarquista Internacional con la Insurreccion: Revuelta y Accion Directa Frente a la Nueva Arrmetida del Asesino Estado Militar de $hile

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Desde el territorio dominado por el Estado de $hile:

UN LLAMADO A LA SOLIDARIDAD ANARQUISTA INTERNACIONAL CON LA INSURRECCION: REVUELTA Y ACCION DIRECTA FRENTE A LA NUEVA ARREMETIDA DEL ASESINO ESTADO MILITAR DE $HILE

El Viernes 18 de octubre del presente año, hemos presenciado y sido parte de como por medio de la acción directa y el sabotaje a los distintos estandartes del capitalismo moderno, los cánones de la normalidad fueron sobrepasados por el actuar insurrecto; una normalidad impuesta desde hace siglos en este territorio y consolidada por medio de una dictadura civico y militar que implanta el brutal modelo neoliberal vigente. El estallido de la revuelta se desarrolló en toda la extensión de la capital exhibiendo acciones de sabotaje hacia las estaciones del metro de Santiago, el edificio de ENEL (empresa multinacional italiana “distribuidora” de luz), los buses de la línea red (Transantiago), cadenas de bancos, cafeterías y restaurantes de comida rápida, concesionarias de autos, supermercados y farmacias, cada símbolo del capital fue atacado.

El desborde y descontento de miles de hordas e individuxs que sin líderes ni dirigentes, rebasó la ciudad con una extensa batalla contra lxs eternxs protectorxs de la propiedad privada y la paz social de lxs poderosxs fueron parte de una extensa jornada de protesta y rebeldía que culminó con el fascista presidente de derecha Sebastián Piñera, decretando Estado de Emergencia y poniendo a cargo de las tropas de los asesinxs militares al asqueroso general Javier Iturriaga. El avance de los dias siguientes no fue distinto, continuaron las acciones de sabotaje acompañadas de multitudinarias expropiaciones masivas a los grandes centros comerciales, el ataque a edificios gubernamentales y los incesables enfrentamientos contra la policia, argumentos perfectos para imponer Toque de queda en casi todo el territorio y con esto dando completa libertad y legitimidad al actuar de las policias y fuerzas militares que han asesinado y torturado históricamente en nombre de la autoridad. (more…)

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