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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 »

Patras, May 28-30: Second Anarchist Book Fair In this post we publish a brief presentation of the upcoming Anarchist Book fair in Patras, organized by the self-organised social centre “Epi ta proso”.

2nd Anarchist bookfair in Patras

To be held on May 28, 29 & 30 in “Esperos” (atrium by Georgiou Square, the central square of the city)

Organizing the first Anarchist bookfair in Patras, Greece, last May was an idea with which comrades participating in the self-organised social centre “Epi ta proso” had been flirting for quite some time. The success of last year’s event and the positive feedback encouraged us to hold the bookfair this year too, hoping that it will be established as an annual 3-day event featuring book presentations, discussions, exhibitions, cultural events and, first and foremost, the abundance and quality of titles from anarchist and radical publishers and distributors.

The aim of this festival is to bring out the wealth of anarchist, antiauthoritarian and libertarian concepts and diffuse anarchist ideas into society, especially young people across the city. This is particularly important at a time when state propaganda against those who opt for self-organization and grass-roots inititatives as a means to fight prevails, and racism, social cannibalism and turning to fascism are presented as the sole options to overcome the unfolding crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

concert in Halkidiki against gold miningText of the Committees of the struggle against gold mining of Halkidiki & Thessaloniki, about the concert of September 27th in Halkidiki against gold mining.

And so the time has come for us to join together once again. All of us who dream of a better world. All of us who believe in solidarity and common struggles.

In our longtime struggle against catastrophic mining activities we have met with so many people, collectives, and social movements. Each with their own problems and struggles. Each with their own ideology and viewpoint. We have realized, however, that –in its essence – the problem is a common one. A brutal exploitation of people and nature, by few whose only interest lies in money and power.

Our struggle is a struggle for survival. We are contesting the right of existence and self determination. We are struggling for a healthy natural and social environment. We refuse to be a cog in a machine which manufactures money for few and destruction for the rest. We are here so that there may be a tomorrow for the children of all of nature’s species.

“There is no other way”, they tell us. “It is we who pave the way”, we answer. With struggles, words, music, images. Read the rest of this entry »

Athens, July 12: Solidarity Event to the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities Saturday, July 12th, at 6pm, in the small theater of May Day (Protomaghia) Square

Informational event, discussion, video projection, concert

For the economic support of the Zapatista autonomous structures in the community of La Realidad that were destroyed during the attack by paramilitaries , where comrade Galeano was killed.

“In the earliest hours of the morning on the first day of the first month of the year 1994, an army of giants, that is to say, of indigenous rebels, descended on the cities to shake the world with their step…

For us … What began in 1994 was one of many moments of war of those from below against those from above, against their world…

This war of resistance is fought day in and day out in the streets of any corner of the five continents, in their countrysides and in their mountains.

Against death, we demand life.  Against silence, we demand the word and respect. Against oblivion, memory. Against humiliation and contempt, dignity. Against oppression, rebellion. Against slavery, freedom. Against imposition, democracy. Against crime, justice.

All this in the midst of a war that was no less lethal because it was silent. Kill or die as the only destiny? Or should we reconstruct the path of life, that which those from above had broken and continue breaking? Read the rest of this entry »

Patras, May 29-31: First Anarchist Book Fair Brief presentation of the upcoming anarchist book fair in Patras, Greece.

“Anarchist books are a weapon against modern totalitarianism”

Organizing the first Anarchist book fair in Patras, Greece has been an idea with which comrades currently participating in the self-organized social center “Epi ta proso”1 have been flirting for quite some time.

The aim of this festival is to bring out the wealth of anarchist, anti-authoritarian and libertarian concepts and diffuse anarchist ideas into society, especially young people across the city. This is particularly important at a time when state propaganda against those who opt for self-organization and grass-roots initiatives as a means to fight prevails, and racism, social cannibalism and turning to fascism are presented as the sole options to overcome the unfolding crisis.

At the same time, even within the resistance movement, political discussion and exchange of ideas to achieve a more in-depth analysis is treated with contempt; we thus believe that promoting self-education, political and theoretical investigation, preserving social and working-class memory against lifestyle anarchism and political hooliganism are of prime importance in the direction of a wider reconstruction of the radical and revolutionary movement. Read the rest of this entry »

For the second year running the media group MAD media will be in charge of the organization of the Greek final of the song selection for Eurovision. Its owner, Andreas Kouris, had been also the owner of Metropolis, a chain of thirteen music stores. When all those stores were closed two years ago, 180 workers were laid out. Since then the owner of MAD, of those music stores and of more companies, owe the laid off employees about 600 thousand euros and the Greek State about 1.4 million euros.

For the second year running the laid-off of Metropolis, with the support of several trade unions, base assemblies and people who have shown solidarity with their struggle, are organizing today a street protest outside the place where the Greek selection for Eurovision Song Contest will be held. The text that follows is the communiqué of the laid-off workers of Metropolis music stores, published in English on their web page.

During the last two years, we have been waging a hard, tiring and relentless struggle to take the money, wages and compensations, owed to us by big-shot entrepreneur Andreas Kouris, owner of MAD Entertainment group and former owner of the once-mighty Metropolis chain of music stores, which he took over and destroyed within three years, laying off 180 workers and closing down 13 stores. Read the rest of this entry »

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