Theoritical issues

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 »

The second public announcement of the five students requested by the Italian authorities for their participation at the No Expo demo that took place in the context of the May Day strike in Milan. 

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In May 1st of 2015, a large demo took place in the context of the May Day strike in Milan. It wasn’t just a day of national general strike, but a day of a meeting of movements from all over Italy (grassroots unions, social centers, students’ groups, struggle committees about housing, immigration communities, the No Tav movement etc) against the austerity measures that were voted and applied by the Renzi government. It was also the peak of the NO EXPO movement, against the international exposition EXPO, with the participation of people from many European countries against the glamorous opening of EXPO the very same day. The mass participation and the dynamics of the protest was the peak of a 7-year-old movement which questioned the exposition and its political campaign, setting in crisis the political careers of government officials and local authorities.

Seven years ago, in 2008, the municipality of Milan undertook hosting of the exposition. For its sake, 1,100 acres of land were concreted and local populations were displaced and their houses were expropriated, so they would submit to the development plans and their commercialization. The bosses bet that Milan would be a city attractive to the capital, and were trying to showcase it as a business capital and promote it as the 8th Wonder of the Modern World for the local working class people, to whom they promise development and new jobs. The whole city was stylised with luxurious buildings, new highways and spectacular projects. Behind the showcases of development, the bribes fell like domino one behind the other, the banks lent, managed and laundered money for the rest, the contractors took care to delay the projects so they could overprice them and, of course, among the contractors were involved the mafia with its businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Neoliberalism has shown its teeth to the people of Greece and all Europeans. On January 25, 2015 the Social Democratic Party Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) won the parliamentary elections and the next day formed a coalition government with the right-wing Independent Greeks (Anel). Common denominator of both parties was opposing memoranda over the past five years that had led a big part of the population in poverty and destitution, and had laid the foundation of a totalitarian dominance of neoliberalism, perhaps unprecedented in the history of the Greek state.

A few days later the “negotiations” between the Greek government and representatives of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Union began, that is the so-called “Troika”, which the government euphemistically renamed “the institutions”, thinking that something will change if you change the name (a speculative explanation was that troika was treated as a single entity while in fact they were three representative entities which did not all serve the exact same interests and therefore during negotiations their contradictory interests can be manipulated by the Greek negotiating team to improve its position). From the outset it was clear that Europeans (and partly the IMF) had no intention of signing a “decent [honest] deal” as they referred to the government as being clumsy, having illusions about the role of these institutions and of corporatist capitalism. It was clear that the European neoliberalism wanted to humiliate and discredit the Social Democratic government, pushing for a more aggressive neoliberal transformation.

Each time the Greek government proposed something, the European blackmailers demanded even more painful measures, more privatization, more poverty for the Greek people. The mass disinformation is dedicated to a real orgy of terrorization, propaganda programs on TV and radio literally 24 hours a day. They did not stop the terrorist propaganda even after the referendum was lost to a majority NO to the proposed deal. (The referendum was for a YES/NO to the European proposal, which the media clearly portrayed as an unconditional YES to measures or “Total destruction of the nation and its economy”). It was clear that something important was at stake for the media owners. Read the rest of this entry »

These two texts have been sent to our email by the Libertarian Syndicalist Union (ESE). The first one is a description of the actions taken place by the Unión regarding the issue of the Syrian refugees who have arrived in Greece during the past months. The second is an analysis of the issue.

On Friday, December 19th, our members visited the Syrian refugees, which have resorted to a hotel located in the center of Athens, waiting for the fulfillment of Greek state’s commitments (granting asylum and travel documents).

We transported and delivered some clothing, food and medicine, contributing to the effort made to meet their needs. We also discussed with them about the civil war, their uprooting, their fight, listened carefully to their problems as well as their concerns and pledged to keep in constant touch and help them in every possible way.

Moreover, we visited some Syrian refugees that live in another hotel, whose accommodation costs are covered by a Solidarity Assembly. Like the previous ones, these refugees were «seeped» by the Greek police in Syntagma Square, with a violent and inhumane way, having lost their personal stuff (documents, mobile phones, money, clothes, shoes). Read the rest of this entry »

A few days ago early parliamentary elections were called due to the failure of the neoliberal government and its allies to elect a president, which took three rounds of voting in parliament. The party that appears to have benefited the most from this political development, and of resulting political games in handling the financial crisis among the capitalist managers, is the leftist Syriza. Syriza appears by polls to be slightly ahead of the New Democracy party which is the leading party within the ruling coalition.

For us, parliamentarism, representation, and delegation, are the main political aspects of the current sociopolitical system that is rotting and failing. This is an inhumane system of hierarchical and class organization of society, of human exploitation, and individualism. We propose the horizontal and communal organization of society, the elimination of social and economic stratification, collectivism, and participatory management of all public affairs.

The reason why we decided to devote some time to assess and describe these recent developments is on one hand to publicize our view about them, and on the other hand to send a message to one of the most disgusting servants of the system; Those who manipulate information, that is those who are in charge of public brainwashing, propaganda, and mass dissemination of domination (so far) rhetoric. As they are persons that have no voice of their own and act as mere puppets in the hands of their political and economic masters, and this may also be a message sent to the latter ones. 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 »

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 »

In this post we publish an email we received from a person who is not a permanent resident of Greece, and who attended the event “in solidarity with the rebel Zapatista autonomous communities”, held in the evening of July 12, 2014 in Athens. We neither adopt nor reject what is written in this email in its entirety. We publish it because we think it is interesting for both its content and the point of view which approximate the event.

After noting on your site the call for an event “solidarity to the Zapatista rebel communities” I decided to attend the event accompanied with a Greek friend who loosely belongs to the extra-parliamentary left. The reason I visit websites such as yours quite often is to discover what is happening in the wider (anti-authoritarian/anti-capitalist) movement in Greece, where I am living for a few years due to employment. Relatively few activities and political documents are translated from Greek to other languages. For those whose native language is not Greek, participating in activities and organization has proven not to be very hospitable. Generally the prevalent climate is that of personal relationships and acquaintances among comrades that make newcomers seem very self-conscious and perplexed (this may very well also apply to local newcomers as it is to foreigners).

The subject of Zapatismo, and more generally of social organization of the marginalized peoples of Latin America, has been a prime interest of mine for many years. Indirectly, I try to keep myself abreast on the developments there and at the influences of these movements on other parts of the world, primarily in North America and Europe. To be honest, I didn’t go to the event that you published to inform myself, but to see how Zapatismo is used as a mobilization tool, by what kind of political entities, why is this subject promoted, how is it adopted, and how it generally affects the local movement. 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 »

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