The announcement of the anarchist collective “Circle of Fire” about the G20 summit that took place in Hamburg, Germany.

The G20 summit in Germany and the city of Hamburg turned into an international event for grassroots resistance, due to the presence of thousands of protesters in the city’s streets. The choice of organizing this meeting at a major city in Germany was from the beginning a display of power from the side of the dominants. According to the German Councellor: “We cannot say that there are certain places that we are not able to do this”. Those who are responsible for the impoverishment and oppression of billions of people gathered near a place filled with historical symbolisms for the struggle and close to the squat Rote Flora, in order to validate and plan the intensification of their attack but also to declare that they have won the war against the plebeian. Through the location of the summit and their declared will for an undisturbed presence there, they attempted to present the resistance there as trivial and without central political importance.  

They were miserably disproved, as the central political event of these days was not the meetings and the luxurious dinners of the global political elite under the protection of an oppressive army of 20,000 cops. It was the battles and the barricades, the demonstrations and the clashes, which proved that the state and capitalist dictatorship reigns but does not rule. They proved that the orders of the global dominance can be imposed only due to the violence exercised by their armies. The gun shootings in the air, the harsh attacks on the blocks of resistance, the arrests and injuries infuriate us, while, at the same time, they consist a huge political loss for the global dominants, as they have cracked the fake image of consent to their commands and ridiculed their democratic facade. Read the rest of this entry »

In this post we publish a text of the Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza about an a political action that took place in the Acropolis of Athens and the center of the town against against the racist anti-refugee policy of the European Union.

Political Action against the racist anti-refugee policy of the European Union

Today the 5th of September a group of activists made an intervention in the Acropolis and later in Ermou Street (main shopping street in Athens) to demand the end of the murder in the Mediterranean sea and all other borders.

The action was organized by the squatted refugee accommodation and solidarity space City Plaza and was happening in the frame of an broader, transnational campaign “Welcome united”. Due to the policy of the European Union and their partners, the official number of death in the Mediterranean sea only in this year is around 2365 innocents, and the black number is way higher. We demand all the ones who are in charge to immediately stop this policy, which kills people and is discriminating those who make their way here spite the humiliating conditions. Instead of that we demand to open the borders and create safe passage for people. Read the rest of this entry »

In this post we publish the program of a two days festival for anarchy and libertarian communism that will take place in Patras. The festival has been organized by the anarchist group “Disinios Ippos”.

Friday, April 28

-7 p.m. Event-discussion: The destruction and looting of nature and society by the state and capital. Centralization and commercialization of water resources.

Prologues from:

a. Anarchist group “Cumulonimbus”: The value of water and its (indirect) privatization in Corfu.

b. Anarchist group “Disinios Ippos”: Wars for water. The dam of Piros-Parapiros and the exploitation of the water resources in northwestern Achaia.

c. Initiative of Struggle for Land and Freedom: The on-going operation of the hydroelectric dam of Mesochora and the struggle for the defense of Acheloos river and of the local communities against the disaster plans and the annihilation.

-Screenings of short films: Abuela Grillo (animation for the struggle against the privatization of water in Bolivia) Felony (science fiction from a dystopic future). Read the rest of this entry »

The Libertarian Syndicalist Union (ESE Athens) sends support and solidarity greeting to the employees of the printing of AGR-Clarin newspaper in Argentina that are in multi-day struggle (occupation of the workplace), asking to revoke their colleagues layoffs.

We denounce the strikebreaking tactic of the employer, which in order to break the mobilization, he prints the Sunday edition of the newspaper in the neighboring country of Chile. The business committee of the AGR-Clarin workers sent a letter to the Chilean unions and in the union of Argentine truckers, asking for their solidarity: not to print or transfer the scabs form.

The struggle of the workers in the printing facilities of Clarin is part of the general struggle of the Argentine labor movement against the government’s austerity measures Macri, as well as against the anti-working-class choices of the bosses. The Macri government attacks on workers’ achievements and tries to remove rights and freedoms conquered through struggle. The attempt to repress and dismantle the self-managed Bauen Hotel in Buenos Aires, it’s one more example of the anti-labor aggression. Read the rest of this entry »

Text of the Libertarian Syndicalist Union of Athens, sent to our email.

Τhe Bauen Hotel in Argentina is about to close down, after 14 years of operation by workers self-management. Through a law passed by the Congress of Argentina on November 30 of 2016, the property was expropriated for the benefit of the worker’s cooperative. Nevertheless, the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri decided to exercise his veto right against expropriation law.

Apart from the fact that the workers and their families will find themselves in a difficult financial situation, it is important that the Argentine state decided to hit one of the most emblematic companies recuperated by workers. Through the blow to the Bauen cooperative, the state attempts to hit all of the recuperated businesses and the horizontal-management movement that was developed in the country.

This very minute, inside and outside Argentina a pressure movement has being developed , a movement that invites members of the House of Representatives and Senate to reject the presidential veto and ratify the law expropriates the Bauen Hotel for the benefit of its employees, therefore to prevent eviction them from the hotel. The Libertarian Union of Athens (ESE) invites every workers’ collective, every base union, every trade union, labor collectives and every individual worker or employee, both women and men, to support the self-organized Bauen hotel, and to join their voice to the international pressure of the working class and social movement, so that the workers in Bauen emerge victorious. Read the rest of this entry »

Text of the Anarchist Political Organization, calling for solidarity gatherings to the anarchists, members of DAF (Anarchist Revolutionary Action), imprisoned by the fascist regime of Turkey.

Anarchist prisoner Umut Firat Suvariogullari, writer of the newspaper Meydan, who has been confined for the last 23 years, is on hunger strike since the 13th of December 2016 in the prison type T in Yenisakran of Smyrna, denouncing the State of Emergency declared by the Turkish state and the inhuman conditions of imprisonment imposed to all political prisoners. A prison within prison through debarment of visitation, deprivation of all their rights as prisoners and continuous torture.

In the 23rd of December 2016, the court of Istanbul convicted Hüseyin Civan, editor-in-chief of the anarchist newspaper Meydan, of “terrorist propaganda” and in particular “of propaganda for the methods of a terrorist organization constituting coercion, violence or threats through legitimizing or praising or encouraging the use of these methods” and sentenced him to one year and three months in prison. The Chief Public Prosecutor’s office had ordered an investigation on the newspaper since December 2015, related to articles published in its 30th issue with the caption “Banning Everything”.

The imprisonment of Hüseyin Civan is part of the oppressive campaign of the Turkish state, which, during the last years, manifested itself through war in the Kurdish regions, mass persecutions and murderous attacks against movements of resistance and revolutionary organizations. This campaign has been further intensified after the unsuccessful coup d’état of last July and the extension of the state of emergency. Read the rest of this entry »

No Border Camp: Thessaloniki 15-24 July 2016The calling for the No Border Camp events, celebrated at the University Campus of Thessaloniki, in the centre of the town.

Today, with neoliberalism established across the planet, it is clear that capitalist relations are being intensified, together with nationalism and patriarchy. Fences and borders are being built not only in the physical space, but also across social relationships. However, the movements and transnational struggles of migrants are constantly producing new cracks in the system, new thresholds and pathways into an unexplored world.

More specifically, transnational and global agreements further liberalize “free” markets and the lifting of tariff restrictions further ensure property rights for the wealthy. At the same time the former social contract of the welfare state is breaking down and the neoliberal state is claiming the role of manager-partner of companies, keeping for itself solely the army and the police in order to retain some of its administrative and legislative power. Gender oppression, racism and fascism are being movilized for the control of populations.

However, social struggles in the form of riots, rebellions, campaigns and movements both before and during the process of this recent “crisis”, seriously challenge all this. Prime examples are the riots in the French banlieues in November and December 2005, the Oaxaca Commune in 2006, the riots in December 2008 in Greece, the magnificently widespread Arab Spring in 2011, the Indignados Citizens Movements in Spain in 2011, the London riots in 2011, the “Occupy” movement in the USA in 2011 and 2012, the uprising at the Gezi park in Istanbul in June 2013, the Brazilian Spring in 2013, the uprisings in Bosnia and other Balkan States during 2013-2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Denouncement-declaration by the Libertarian Syndicalist Union (ESE Athens) about the beating of Kostas Paloukis.

The Libertarian Syndicalist Union (ESE Athens) denounces the unprovoked, unnecessary and paramilitary attack of Kostas Paloukis by a team of members of refugee housing squat of Gini building at the National Technical University of Athens – Historical Polytechnic School of the November 17th 1973 uprising.

in the afternoon of June 10th 2016 Kostas Paloukis found himself inside the Gini building trying to locate the area within the campus where an open event under the name “Initiative for an Anticapitalist and Revolutionary ANTARSYA” (Antarsya is a small extra-parliamentary left party) would take place. In his attempt to communicate by cellphone with the organizers of the event, he was surrounded by people who were members of the squat and who demanded his phone to check for photographs. He replied that he is a member of NAR and ANTARSYA and he was heading to the event. After refusing to surrender his phone, these people started to call him an undercover agent and begun hitting him repeatedly on his body and face inflicting injuries.

The historian Kostas Paloukis is well known within the wider anti-capitalist movement. He is known as a fighter of the extra-parliamentary left. The logic which is described by “anyone that we don’t know, is an informer or agent” and the practice of gangster violence (lynch-mob), similar to that of fascist hordes, has no place within the revolutionary and antagonistic movement. It can not have any relation to the anti-authoritarian and libertarian movement. So, as ESE we condemn this practice without a second thought. Such practices are also opposed to the fundamentals and principles of the refugee solidarity movement. If it could ever be possible, in the name of immigrants/refugees to act as lynch-mob warriors! Read the rest of this entry »

The Balkan Anarchist Bookfair was first organized in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2003. Since then, it has been taking place almost every year in different cities across the Balkans. After Ljubljana in 2003, the locations that followed include Zagreb (Croatia) in 2005, Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2008, Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2009, Zrenjanin (Serbia) in 2010, Skopje (Macedonia) in 2011, Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2013, Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina ) in 2014 and Zadar (Croatia) in 2015. This year, the 10th consecutive festival will take place in in Ioannina (Greece) from the 23th until the 25th of June 2016.

Beyond the disposal and exchange of printed material, the aim of the festival is to bring together people and groups from different countries who are active within structures of the anarchist/anti-authoritarian/autonomous movement, and provide them the opportunity to discuss over subjects related to social- and class struggles, to exchange ideas/practices/methods, with the final goal to establish/ tighten solidarity bonds among participants.

Lately, the Balkan states, in as much as the East European ones, have started getting increasingly militarized, under the pretext of the urgency of controlling migrant- and refugee “flows” towards Europe. In the meantime, a fertile ground is paved for nationalism to thrive. It is in those times that the need for communication and coordination of structures that promote internationalist solidarity becomes stronger than ever. It is in that direction that we desire this year’s B.A.B to contribute.

The a/a/a movement has had a strong presence in the town of Ioannina for over a decade now, with participation in antifascist, antimilitarist, working class, student and social struggles. Downtown, but also at the university campus, various groups are active and there are a lot of squats and social centers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Soli Café is a self-organized collective created on January 2016 in order to support and act in solidarity with all refugees and migrants. It is situated in a squat at the capital of the island of Chios. Yesterday, April 7, after a fascist demonstration that took place at the main square of the capital, the squat received an arson attack. In this post we publish the video of the attack and the communiqué of the squat. Read the rest of this entry »

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