Social movements

Athens, Nea Philadelphia: Centauro Social Center demolishedCentauro Social Center demolished. The repression of the various occupied social centers that was begun a few years ago by the rightist government continues with the leftist government. Yesterday, Wednesday August 5, 2015 the bulldozers of the municipality of Nea Philadelphia demolished the building of the Centauri occupied social, located in the neighborhood park.

The decision to demolish the building was taken in March 2015 . In April 2015 the Centauro Assembly issued a statement entitled “A few words about the occupation of Centaur and the dirty war of the municipal authorities” . The statement was issued by the CSO in the face of the danger of demolition by the municipal authorities. A few months later the mechanisms of state and municipal repression proceeded to demolish the CSO building that had been set up by several people who call themselves anti-authoritarians. Lately Centauro has carried out ​​several solidarity actions with the immigrants who have taken refuge in the Champ de Mars, in the center of Athens. Among them we mention a pickup of food and basic necessities.

In the afternoon of the day of the demolition an assembly was held in the demolished CSO space. Also, an event of information and solidarity took place in the center of Thessaloniki.

The text in Spanish, Portuguese.

This is a first report as of late July 2015… To be continued – hopefully-.

After a 35 year existence of a political/social movement (current), loosely referred to as an anarchist /antiauthoritarian movement, which in many cases it included organizational branches and individuals of the radical Marxist left, Marxist and anarchist autonomy, pacifist libertarians, and after several attempts to create an anarchist organization to link and unite all those independent collective entities and individuals (who couldn’t find themselves within a political collective) had failed, on December 2012 a more serious call appeared to reattempt to form such an organization. The initial call dated Dec.19 2012 came from 4 influential and long standing collectives after a lengthy discussion between them on how to address the need for further organization. Apparently this created a wide interest by several other collectives from Athens and the rest of Greece which became a complex process on how to develop commonly announced proposals towards organization and of political positions on the most important issues that anarchists frequently have positions on. The detailed content is yet unknown.

Outside the sphere of those collectives that participated in the effort for nearly two years there was silence and anticipation that something serious was baking in the oven. Some could smell and speculate but increasingly there was curiosity on what could possibly take so long. Eventually the silence broke from a dissatisfied collective called ASMPA (Anarchist Collective towards the Militant Proletarian Reconstitution) who apparently left the effort after a fierce disagreement with the rest on whether a collective (Kathodon) should and could be amongst the rest. This was a reminder and evidence that this effort was ongoing and it was widely supported by nearly 20 collectives from all around Greece. Read the rest of this entry »

Elections 2015: How could the electoral struggle of the parliamentary left strangle any healthy community organizing and horizontal self-organizing due to their lack of any other potential proposal.

When the traditional welfare state in Europe became obvious that it was not going to survive the onslaught of neo-liberal budgetary/fiscal crisis (an artificial economic crisis according to some or an inevitable fiscal crisis according to others) the consequences on the population were not too far from materializing. The social control and management mechanisms of the state had to fabricate a tool to manage a crisis, in this case we are dealing with is health. Instead of addressing the health needs of the population with some form of health-care within the economic realities caused by the economic crisis it chose to continue privatizing health care and leaving the rest for charity. Unlike the US society, where the welfare state itself was minimal and primitively crude, charity networks have for long take a load of the state’s responsibilities, in Europe there is a very high expectation that all such needs are rights protected by the state for all its citizens. Even when natural disasters hit Southern European states, the public is trained to expect and demand the impossible from the state. In the case of health care needs the state has finally devised a social control mechanism to relieve any resulting political pressure due to this neo-liberal transition.

This mechanism, or shall we say weapon from the armory, is in the form of a left wing party able to orchestrate a “movement” of charity and volunteerism in the form of a new-world alternativism participatory masquerade. What they could not be creative enough to devise on their own that had to borrow from the anarchist/anti-authoritarian/libertarian movement, redefine its anti-state rhetoric to some meaningless (to them) propaganda terminology, incorporate and assimilate what they could, torpedo anything they could not, and vois la: An alternative health care system, run and controlled by the state, with volunteers as employees, and a product of left-wing social democratic ingenuity. Read the rest of this entry »

Alfonso Fernandez Ortega is a young man of 22, citizen of the working class neighborhood of Vagieka, Madrid, who was arrested as he was getting out of his house on 14/11/2012. On that date a general European strike was to take place. He was arrested as he was heading to a strike protection group in his neighborhood. As with all the rest, he was participating in the strike to demand no more unemployment, no more anti-labor reforms, no more cutbacks to social welfare, no privatization of health care or education.

The police accused him of carrying a rucksack with Molotov bombs and charge him with possession of explosives. It seems that in Spain as is the case in Greece, this is a popular police practice for framing demonstrators. Although no fingerprints of Alfonso or other any other evidence was found on the rucksack, he was kept in custody.

Thanks to international solidarity and coordinated protests on 28/12/2012 the media were forced to report the incident and Alfon was released (after 56 days in jail) on 9/01/2013. On the 18/9/2014 , he went on trial, charged with possesion of explosives. If he is found guilty he will face a five and a half year imprisonment. 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 »

History and critique is the fuel of all revolutionary struggle

In this post we publish a response to the post “A comment on the event in solidarity with the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities” published in our web site a few days ago.

To whom this may concern, if I was part of the editorial team I would have advised to refrain from publishing your comment before some matters can be addressed in a personal communication and with the good will to reconsider.  Even though your frustration with how things appear to the outsider may seem reasonable, they reflect a form of elitism of how things may and should be handled ideally.  I will try to explain on what basis this may seem as elitism but I will also try to avoid any excuses for any perceived side.  The other reason I feel obliged to respond is that I too have been periodically involved with the assembly that organized the event but by no means do I wish to represent the collective.  I wouldn’t even advise any assembly to respond to personal criticism as this practice may short-wire the process of any collective entity sending it in endless loops of developing counter arguments on a dialog with an individual.

If you undertake a more precise search on literature published in Greek you may find various collectives that have either specialized or referred to the Zapatistas and their development.  AKA for example is an anarchist group that has published an article appealing to the general movement about the subject. There have been other entities recently that have also published documents about the struggle of the Zapatistas.  There are others and have been more in the past that were “assembled” as collectives based on the subject and then dissolved only to form yet new groupings.   These seem as healthy signs of a movement under constant reconsideration and evolution. 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 »

Text-call of the Libertarian European Collectives Assembly about the circus of the next European elections.

Globalization has led to a radical transformation of the needs of capitalism, which means moving the productions to countries where the benefits are much greater due to a system quasi -slavery exploitation. On the other hand, the wild financial system of the economy has transformed debt and its feelings of guilt into the real engine of capitalist accumulation and into a ruling device of oppression. During the last decades, the European working class has been immersed in a process of downgrading towards an imaginary space of “middle class”, that allowed the access to consumption levels and social benefits (health, education…) something unthinkable years ago. All this at the expenses of the secular exploitation of third world countries and of the working class most precarious section.

In this context, Europe is moving towards the dismantling and privatization of social protection systems with a brutal drop in salaries and an endless increase the excluded and unemployed masses. Meanwhile inequality grows even more in Eastern and Southern Europe.

In this new restructuring process and capital accumulation, politics occupies a subordinate place facing the economy. The state, which has always been ruling element in the oppression, is now playing the same role under the multinational direct orders. Read the rest of this entry »

Seventy years after World War II and the defeat of fascism, Europe is facing the challenge of a Nazi, racist far-right on the rise. Racists and Nazis however definitely have an opponent who keeps growing stronger: the massive and pluralistic movement fighting in the streets all over Europe, not only against fascist terrorism but also against those who sustain and protect it: anti-grassroots policies, arbitrary police behaviour, neoliberal totalitarianism itself and the system trying to impose it.

On April 11th, 12th and 13th 2014, resistance met in Athens and through assemblies, political events, workshops and discussions we shared our experiences and made a significant step to organizing our cross-border solidarity and a concerted struggle against fascism all across Europe. We sent out a strong message against fascism, sexism, racism, state totalitarianism and the deadlock of capitalism.

The Assembly concluded the following:

– To designate Saturday November 8th, 2014 as common day of action across Europe, considering that Sunday, November 9th is the black anniversary of the “night of pogroms”;

– International days of commemoration and solidarity on the dates of assassinations of antifascists by fascists by organizing symbolic mobilizations in cities or embassies; Read the rest of this entry »

European Anti-fascist Meeting in Athens, 11, 12 & 13 April 2014For a Europe free of fascism, racism and sexism in a world of freedom and social solidarity

Seventy years after World War II and the defeat of fascism, Europe is facing the challenge of a nazi, racist far-right on the rise. In times of economic crisis and of harsh attack against workers’ and peoples’ rights, especially the rights of southern European peoples, from France to Ukraine (with the nazis in power) and from Norway to Greece, xenophobic and intolerant parties and groups start having influence on the society, even on poor and excluded popular classes all over Europe. They have begun to play a part in formulating political developments and getting involved in societies, schools, the streets, working-class neighborhoods, as well as national parliaments and state devices, most of all the police.

The rise of the Nazi, racist far-right did not come out of the blue. This was triggered by European governments’ anti-immigration policies, by the rise of islamophobia, by the concept of a Europe-fortress, by the mainstream media’s terror-hysteria and xenophobia; it is fueled by the development of various nationalisms, as a misguided answer to capitalist globalization, to the unaccountability of imperialism and the demonization of cultural differences; it is accelerated by the upsurge in state repression, the cancellation of the rights of large parts of the working class and the outbreak of unemployment; it is encouraged by the social fragmentation and identity crisis of large parts of the population, by the backdrop to traditional values (homeland, faith, family etc), the strengthening of sexist and patriarchal patterns, militarist and macho social models and behaviors; it is legitimated by the corruption and unreliability of the political system in power, by the lack of radical anti-systemic political action in the past few decades and by the ideological confusion of large parts of the working class. Read the rest of this entry »