Contra Info interview with Claudio Lavazza, a compa who has been imprisoned in the cells of the Spanish State since 1996; the interview was presented in the event in solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners that took place on January 11, 2014, at La Gatonera, a squatted social centre in Madrid.
In your quest for total freedom, you opted to attack the world of Power with all means available to you. What were the primary motives that pushed you to follow this path of armed rebellion?
The motives that led me to undertake a path of rebellion were a collection of circumstances beginning with the attempted coup d’état in Italy; the strategy of tension (terrorist attacks with explosives in public spaces) that was employed by the extreme right with the assistance of the secret services; attacks on the part of political parties of the constitutional arc, and predominantly the Christian Democracy party, who were particularly active in pointing to the revolutionary left and the anarchists as being responsible for the grave attacks. Finally, I was pushed by the injustices and maltreatment of the working class by the authorities — the same ones who applauded the fascist government of Benito Mussolini and Italy’s entry into the second world war on the side of the German Nazis.
In your book “Autobiography of an Implacable” (original title: “Autobiografía de un irreductible”; Italian title: “Pestifera la mia vita”), you tell of how in 1981 you participated in the assault on the Frosinone prison (in Italy’s Lazio region), with the goal of freeing a compa who was imprisoned there. Today, more than thirty years afterwards, de facto solidarity with prisoners of the social war rarely reaches this point. How can the prospect of immediate liberation of our brothers and sisters be put on the table again?
Starting to think about the immediate liberation of our imprisoned brothers and sisters is just as much a fundamental objective in today’s social war as it was in the past… But here, while the system has made progress in infrastructure and means of repression, we have stayed in prehistory, without advancing our military and technological preparation to confront the imposing super-prisons. These constructions, far away from towns and cities, are nearly impossible to attack in the way that we did in 1981 in Italy, when we eventually freed two prisoners. When we speak of attacks on the system, although we don’t fancy terms like military and technological preparation, it’s evident that we are talking about war and confrontation. To succeed, it’s necessary to be up to speed with the technological advances imposed by the system of repression. I don’t mean that it’s impossible to attack structures like the super-prisons, but as we are today, it’s an unrealizable dream to free the men and women prisoners within them.
In your long trajectory of polymorphous struggle, we assume that you were involved in various types of organization that waged counterattacks against the establishment. What experiences did you take with you in terms of real self-organization in combat, without leaders or followers?
My experiences with self-organization in combat, without leaders or followers, matured little by little during 16 years underground. No one is born a master, and we all have to learn from others — from those who are more prepared and experienced. Among anarchists, we have a few simple principles that allow us to advance rapidly with self-organization in combat: Once the group is formed, everyone has tasks which everyone must respect. For example, if I’m an expert in attack tactics, the others will have to listen to me, but without seeing me as a leader and without feeling like they are being directed. Obviously everyone has things to say about the situation, but if those words are the fruit of a lack of capacity or experience, they will have to listen to me in order for us to pull off the mission. Just the same, I have to listen to the experts in any other task, if they show that they are more able than I am. This is to say, I will be a teacher according to the circumstances of a given moment, and a student when someone more prepared than myself takes responsibility for the group. This, in my experience, is the way to create self-organization.
Is anarchy illegalist per se? If it is, how can insurrectionary individualities converge in rivers to drown the laws and norms that keep us tied to misery?
Anarchy is illegalist by its very nature, because it exists in the margins of legalities imposed by the system. We the anarchists have our laws and ways of being, which are always condemned by state laws and ways of being. The simple fact of rejecting the rules imposed by wage labor, looking for a way to live by robbing the rich, is considered illegal by the system, but for us it is just and necessary, and thus legal from our point of view. In the same way, any attitude that does not participate in the maintenance of capitalist power may be considered part of this river of rebellion you refer to, which will one day extinguish the laws and norms that keep us tied to misery.
If the date for the revolution is every day, it becomes necessary to take direct action toward the destruction of all that oppresses us, just as much as acting for the creation of a new world. How can these two subversive tasks be married without falling into dry and alienating militancy or defeatist reformism?
The creation of a new world, and the necessity of everyday revolutionary work by carrying out subversive tasks, cannot fall into dry, alienating militarization or into defeatist reformism. We must be careful with this in order to avoid running the risk of burnout, which causes comrades to abandon the cause. This is where our creativity is manifested in the new stimuli and ideas. The revolution and our path toward it must not fall to alienation… we have to give space to breathe, to avoid falling into a routine. The timing and standards of our actions belong to us, and neither Power nor the sad social state are more important than our needs as free persons.
In 1996, you fell prisoner in Siete Puertas, after failing to flee after expropriating from the central office of Banco Santander in Córdoba. What were the reactions of anarchist circles (with and without quotes) at the time, in the Spanish State as well as elsewhere?
The town where I fell prisoner is called Bujalance. Sietepuertas is the name of the cafe where the civil guards caught me. That cafe doesn’t exist anymore; a bank branch took its place. Within anarchist circles in Spain, there were some harsh critiques, as well as others in favor of the expropriation from Santander bank in Córdoba (one of the richest banks in the city). From outside of the Spanish State, we received moving solidarity and support from Italy. I remember that when I was in solitary in the Córdoba prison, beaten and wounded, a telegram from my country of origin arrived that made me cry from the warmth and comradeship it brought. Later, with time, letters and postcards arrived, from Spain and other countries in the European and international community, many of which brought with them the same intensity and care.
You went on the offensive beyond state borders, slipping by the authorities of several countries for years. How do you view the anti-patriotic and internationalist struggle of anarchists around the world in this present moment?
The anti-patriotic and internationalist struggles of anarchists around the world are present and constant, resulting in harsh responses from the police and courts, which have a terrible fear of them. You all outside will have more information that testify to the intensity of these struggles. What I would like to see, before I disappear, is some other triumph. For me as well as you all, this would be the most beautiful present we could receive… Let’s hope it comes soon.
Finding yourself in the dungeons of the Spanish democracy, you have carried out difficult struggles to end solitary confinement and abolish the special FIES regime (an internal segregation regime within Spanish prisons). How would you evaluate those moments today?
Being held in the dungeons of the Spanish democracy, I have fought hard for the abolition of the FIES regime and solitary confinement, as well as the abolition of long sentences and hidden life sentences. Now I’m fighting for the abolition of torture and ill-treatment in prisons, a struggle which started in October 2011 with common actions and symbolic hunger strikes on the first day of each month, thus resulting in a support network of lawyers in solidarity, who assist legally the comrades in struggle that face retaliation by the prison system. I do not evaluate these moments of struggle as a past… but as something present, perhaps with less intensity and participation of the prisoners’ community than before. For me, being imprisoned means to be in a constant struggle. Being a prisoner is to be in struggle; prison is not a place where one can relax and forget about the reality that surrounds them.
Your case is one among anarchists convicted to long sentences worldwide. After so many years in prison, have there been changes in the environment of prison society and its population?
Many changes have taken place within prison society and its population since I entered for the first time, in 1980. The population has changed with the entrance of legal drugs administered daily by the administration, such as methadone and psychotropics. They have succeeded in isolating a good part of the imprisoned population, turning them into individualists. There is no longer that combative solidarity that used to exist, when if they touched one of us we would all rise up. Nowadays, and since many years ago, there exists a control over prisoners that is not just physical, but mental, which prevents one from finding a path adapted to their own personality. The drugs taken every day take the best out of you, leaving you with nothing but concern to keep taking them… the rest is secondary, and of lesser importance… this is their miserable struggle, and to try to convince them otherwise is a waste of time and energy in most cases. The ones who drug themselves are twice slaves to the system, once as a prisoner, and once as an addict. Luckily, in the prisons there is also a part — a small part — of the imprisoned population that is not part of this group, and it is with them that we can struggle to obtain changes here inside.
Following up on the theme of long sentences, how has your long stay in captivity influenced solidarity expressed toward you, as well as your friendships and personal relationships?
Solidarity expressed towards me has always made me proud, especially now that my autobiography has been published.
What is the current state of the legal proceedings against you, and what are your perspectives on the future, both near and further off?
Currently, my legal situation is still complicated. I have been imprisoned for 17 years, and my sentence in Spain is for 25 years. Once I finish it, I await a sentence in Italy of 27 years and 6 months, and another in France for 30 years (with one judgement still not complete, and that with a bit of luck could stop at 15 years). My goal is to rework the pending sentences into a total of 30 years, but it will be very hard to make a court recognize that. There is currently no article of penal legislation that says that after 30 uninterrupted years in prison they will have to let me go. I’ll have to fight it out all the way to the Human Rights Court for them to admit a limitation, or chains will be permanent for me.
What message would you like to send to those who struggle day and night, inside and outside of prison walls?
To those who struggle day and night, inside and outside of prison walls, I send this message… Stay strong and free, because the best way to struggle against the system and the prisons is to never go inside.
A big hug for everyone.
To write to the comrade:
C.P. Teixeiro (módulo 11)
Carretera Paradela s/n
15310 Teixeiro-Curtis (A Coruña)
“This year NATO will have their next summit at Celtic Manor Resort, in Newport, south Wales. In early September 2014, “world leaders” – all directly responsible for untold death, illegal torture flights, and wars fought purely to protect Western business interests and resource supply routes – will gather on the edge of this historic Welsh city. Many people from Newport, Cardiff, Bristol and beyond, will oppose the summit and use a diversity of tactics against it. We, an anti-capitalist, anti-militarist network in South Wales, plan to facilitate mobilisations and provide space for workshops, skill-shares and social events. We are organising without leaders as we do not agree with bosses or bombs. . . .”
Read the full text here.
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Text in Portuguese (December 2013). Archive material here.
Your vengeance is our vengeance. Freedom for Sol Vergara.
Sol, your impulse is our breath.
Strength, solidarity and action. For a combative memory. Sol, you are not alone.
Sol’s action is part of our war.
Sol, your vengeance bonds us together in struggle.
While citizens are preparing themselves for the carnival festivities, our thoughts are crossing the distance, breaking the borders that separate us…
With this small night walk, we want to value your courage and impulse, an impulse that marks the history of our struggle, nourishes and strengthens us. For, with only a single cry of vengeance, you proved that no warrior will ever be forgotten; because it is impossible to keep silent before your courage, so with this small gesture of solidarity we let the walls do the talking…
Keeping the memory of comrade Sebastián Oversluij alive, because dead is the one who is forgotten. We know that a life in combat is still nourishing and will keep nourishing our struggle!
For a combative memory, for anarchy!
Long live Sol Vergara! Long live Sebastián Oversluij!
In the night of 19th to 20th of February 2014, the houses of justice and law (MJD) located in rue de Boucheries (Saint-Denis suburb), Bernard et Mazoyer street (Aubervilliers suburb) and Buisson Saint-Louis street (10th arrondissement of Paris) were attacked. Glass windows were shattered in all three. The slogan “fuck justice” was painted on the office facade in Buisson Saint-Louis street. Because, generally, justice is destroying our life on a daily basis, and also because a rebellion in the Vincennes migrants detention centre was put down on the 14th of February (two detainees were incarcerated),* and later that day two comrades were sent to prison** for expressing their solidarity with the revolted outside the detention camp walls. Because we believe that no attack of the justice system should go unanswered.
* After the mutiny in Vincennes, two of the detained migrants were sentenced to 2 months incarceration (one of them got 2 additional months suspended sentence for refusing to give DNA).
** The two comrades were released on Tuesday, February 25th after spending 10 days in custody at Fleury-Mérogis prison. Both are under judicial supervision, just like three other comrades who were detained on the same occasion. Their trial is set for March 24th, 2014.
February 28, 2014
We are a group of people from different countries and different political backgrounds who are fighting for the right to housing for everyone, whatever their origin. We announce that we have occupied (now for more than 48 hours) empty and abandoned public buildings in different parts of the town of Calais, and intend to continue these occupations and maintain them as squats for as long as possible.
Why here and why now? There are more than 4,000 buildings empty in Calais, which represents 9% of homes (500 of them are in fact the property of a single large housing association, the OPH/Public Office of Housing, the town’s major ‘social’ landlord…), and yet against this backdrop more than 500 people are on the streets, out of sight of any dignified solution, and used only as sound bites by politicians who purport to offer assistance and in reality offer nothing. To address this situation, the authorities have turned Calais into a ghost town.
Who can claim to have walked in the streets of this town and not passed at least one house with windows bricked up, doors barricaded, and cellars sealed? Why leave places empty and people outside in the cold? Why spend money to condemn access to buildings rather than using them to help a precarious population?
To answer these questions that the public authorities have chosen to avoid (for several years now), a group of individuals have set out to find collective solutions by giving life to abandoned buildings and the homeless a roof over their heads. Until now, the authorities have responded with repressive tactics that have resulted in multiple illegal evictions based on the perversion of legal procedures, manipulation of witnesses during neighbourhood investigations, and alteration of evidence…
In Calais, the discourse on the right to housing is taken hostage by the various levels of Power that have continued to use the migration situation to stir up fears and fantasies about the issue of squats. In recent months this political manipulation has been incarnated in the call for the denunciation and exposure of squats; spearheaded by UMP mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart (who in reality has no real political prospects for this town), a racist attitude has been established, which suggests that squats and their alleged inhabitants are the origin of all the ills of Calaisians. This poisonous atmosphere has allowed the xenophobic collective ‘Save Calais’ (whose founder is a neo-Nazi with a swastika tattoo) to germinate —their establishment occurring, somewhat coincidentally, just two days after Bouchart’s call for action on ‘the problem of migrant squats’.
Remember, further, that two of the town hall’s main representatives, Philippe Mignonnet and Emmanuel Agius (who both work under Bouchart), came out to welcome ‘Save Calais’ and to support the group’s ‘sit-in’ on Thursday, November 7, 2013 outside the town hall, despite the fact that organizers and participants did not hide their racism (including, for example, some discriminatory remarks that migrants ‘are harmful, three quarters of them are potential aggressors’), and displayed clear affiliation with the Front National.
‘Save Calais’ has since extended their ‘stigmatization of squats’ campaign with a sickening xenophobic discourse and hard-line violence against people trying to find shelter. This group has become the operational arm of the mayor’s call to denounce squats in Calais, and has set up a system for tracking down migrants and others living in squats, identifying buildings being used for shelter, and organizing actions against these people and their homes. It was almost impossible to stay in Calais when you were homeless (particularly homeless and undocumented) without becoming a victim of abuses by the authorities before, but now it’s also a struggle to avoid being the victim of Nazi attacks.
Fascist extremists, members of ‘Save Calais’, and manipulated residents have effectively been besieging a small farmhouse on the outskirts of Calais (which was squatted by a couple of people in need of a home) issuing death threats, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, stalking and attempting to violently attack individuals going about their daily business, and consistently attempting to burn the house down, making life impossible for residents of the house trying to carve out a semblance of a normal life. Today in Calais (and the surrounding area) being a squatter means taking the risk of being lynched under the impassive eyes of police inaction and the defiant ignorance of the sub-prefect and the prefect.
We cannot let the arbitrary violence of a minority—hitherto unpunished—prevent us from having access to shelter and defending the need of decent housing for everyone regardless of their origins. We refuse the trivialization of these methods, and oppose the inaction of state officials; we will not sit back and do nothing, or see these events become an entrenched norm.
It would be great to have more people coming to Calais to help support and sustain our occupations, especially since the police are likely to ignore our strong evidence of legal right to stay, as they have consistently done in the past.
Stop the Rot, Squat the Lot.
 In France, the role of the prefect and the sub-prefect is somewhat similar to the one of a district judge combined with the powers of a council official and the crown prosecution service (in England and Wales) in that they can take decisions on police action, whether to intervene in certain political matters, etc.
While we lightened a cold dark night by torching a pile of iron, the rising flames could be seen far from the site, and aside from the pleasure that has given us, the action was taken in the service of eco-vandalism lobbying whose name has never been heard before.
On Thursday, February 20th, in Poyraz rural regions of Anatolian part of Istanbul, we attacked an excavator which was left to sleep on the verge of excavating nature, and we spray-painted several locations around the site with the signs of ‘ELF-FAI/IRF’. While this nature killer became unusable with a simple, time-set, handmade incendiary device, the message we wanted to give was clear: ‘If you build it, we will burn and destroy it!’
Our major motivations for this action:
We wanted to emphasize that the definitive attack against the dictatorship, which legitimizes itself by conducting ecocide projects such as the ‘Third Bosphorus Bridge’ and the ‘Kanal İstanbul’, has to be manifested no more relying on liberal-pacifist stereotypes such as ‘consciousness raising campaigns’ and ‘judicial process’. These kinds of organizations are just trying to delay what is unavoidable, and to hinder the reasonable eco-defense ground against current ecological destruction. By trying to get a positive decision from the State’s justice system, which is actually the contractor of ecocides, they help to weaken the anger by channeling it to polls or social media shares.
The industrial capitalist civilization is spreading with bridges and double highways on Earth, is securing itself inside concrete forests which it builds, considering nature as only a source, it is spreading by narrowing the wildlife borders everyday in the name of meeting the deficit of energy, and it is making itself dominant. For that reason, taking ourselves against a society which believes that building, development and expansion is virtue, we assume some kind of responsibility for eliminating everything involving this automation process, and as a part of the global total liberation struggle we choose to realize this by putting into practice simple incendiary methods, sabotage and direct action techniques by ourselves.
We dedicate this night, in which we lightened the domination castles with flames, to the comrades who are fallen, imprisoned or on the run.
To Sebastián Oversluij Seguel, murdered by a security guard while organizing a bank robbery in Santiago, the capital of Chile, on the 11th of December 2013; to Alfonso Alvial and Hermes González, who were arrested; and to Tamara Sol Farías Vergara, arrested and accused of shooting a security guard on the 21st of January 2014 by the Republic of Chile.
To Ali İsmail Korkmaz, Ethem Sarısülük, Abdullah Cömert, Medeni Yıldırım, Mehmet Ayvalıtaş and Ahmet Atakan, who were murdered by the Turkish State, and to Berkin Elvan (a 16-year-old boy), who got piped to his head and injured by a gas canister, and is in intensive care unit since the 15th of June 2013, during Gezi Park riots, which broke out in the summer of 2013.
To Hans Niemeyer, who is behind bars since the 30th of November 2011 accused of bombing attack on a bank in Chile.
To all protesters in the ‘NO TAV’ fight, on the mountains in northwest Italy for about 20 years, and to Nicco, Claudio, Chiara and Mattia, who were arrested for fighting against the high-speed rail line (TAV).
To Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, who were arrested for incendiary attack on El Pilar cathedral in Zaragoza, and to all direct action movement against the rising Church in Spain.
To Fallon Poisson, Amelie Pillierst and Carlos López Marín, who got arrested for an attack on the Ministry of Communication and Transportation and a dealership of Nissan motor company in Mexico on the 5th of January.
To Ilya Romanov, who was injured as a result of a hand grenade when it exploded in his hands, and arrested as suspect of attack to policemen on the 26th of October 2013.
To the imprisoned anarchists and rebels for the cases of Conspiracy Cells of Fire, Revolutionary Struggle, Kozani in Greece, and other prisoners all over the world.
To the rebels, anarchists and black blocs who participate actively in social explosions (in Egypt, Brazil, Ukraine, Bosnia and other parts of the world), and those who raise the slogans ‘insurrection, subversion, anarchy’, fight against cops and attack the exploitation institutions on the streets of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara.
To eco-warrior Marco Camenisch, imprisoned in Switzerland for more than 21 years.
We send our solidarity, love and rage to all cells of Informal Anarchist Federation who have organized informal attacks and plots all around the world, International Revolutionary Front, ITS, all cells of Phoenix Project, all cells of ELF and ALF and all lone wolves who walk around in the darkness of the night, and all comrades, rebels whose names we forget while we are writing these words.
ELF-FAI/IRF (Earth Liberation Front-Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front)
‘With class solidarity and organization, we make war on the bosses and the fascists —Base union of waiters, cooks, and other workers in the food services sector’
A migrant was working for 5 months, for more than 12 hours a day, 30 days a month, at the ‘SCHERZO’ bar restaurant, located on 8, Vorea Street in Maroussi (northern suburb of Athens). His day’s wage was only 10 euros. In addition to washing dishes and doing general cleaning, he was also sent out on various errands for the sake of the business but also for personal affairs of his employer. As if that were not enough, the boss Dimitris Tyrologos owed him money. One day, as the dishwasher/utility worker was waiting to get some of his unpaid wages, the boss brutally beat him and even stole his backpack, with personal documents and money inside. The migrant worker had to be admitted to hospital, where he remained for three days. Despite a daily exploitation and intimidation at work, he promptly denounced his boss to the Labour Inspectorate after the beating, claiming his dignity as a worker, and contacted social spaces and his base union for immediate solidarity.
On Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 a first intervention was carried out by collectives and base trade unions outside the ‘SCHERZO’ bar restaurant in Maroussi. The protest was organized by the Athens base union of waiters, cooks, and other workers in the food services sector, in solidarity with their fellow worker, member of the same base union, who was employed by this business, and recently beaten up by the boss for asking to be paid overdue wages… For almost two hours, more than 200 people shouted slogans, distributed texts and pamphlets and informed passersby and nearby stores about the incident. Shortly after the gathering, protesters held a demonstration in the neighbourhood.
Any boss’ hand raised against workers should be cut off.
On the night of February 22nd, we poured a mixture of sand and water into the fuel tanks of two tractors used in the construction of a new Atlanta streetcar. The streetcar is one of many major development projects the city has initiated in the past few years as a part of a general plan to revitalize downtown. We know that this plan only means more police and unaffordable housing.
We offer this small gesture of solidarity to the ZAD, the No TAV movement, and the occupation of the Hambach Forest. We would also like to send strength to those affected by increased surveillance or repression the new developments have brought to Atlanta.
Our action was very simple to perform. It did not take long to plan or to enact and we found all of the materials on the side of the road. We do not believe that an accumulation of “actions” makes a revolution, but we wanted to give encouragment to the current and future participants of revolutionary struggles.
Onward, strong hearts!
On Thursday, February 20th we took advantage of street traffic, and attacked two bank branches (the Hellenic Postbank, and the National Bank) at the junction of Tsimiski and Pavlou Mela streets, smashing their glass facades and ATMs.
This action is dedicated to: Tasos Theofilou, who was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment; Alexandros Mitroussias and Giorgos Karagiannidis, who await court decision in yet another terror trial; and the participants in the Network of Anarchist Prisoners [in Greece].
Comradely greetings to Kostas Sakkas [who has gone on the run from cops]…
Let’s organize ourselves, and attack the State and capitalism by any means necessary.
On February 22, 2014, day of action in solidarity with NO TAV, a PA’s gathering took place in Monastiraki, central Athens (photos here). Below is a leaflet that was distributed, in Greek and English, to passersby.
On January 26th, the fascist organizers of the “Day of Anger” march gathered many of their militants in Paris.
They paraded with clearly anti-Semitic slogans and Nazi salutes. Neo-Nazi groups (such as the Petainists youth) were alongside the National Front (FN) politicians, as well as many representatives of clearly fascist movements: royalists, religious extremists, negationists, anti-Semitists, homophobes…
Almost the entirety of antifa militants were taken off guard, since this event and its organizers had not shown their real face before D-Day.
These same fascists renewed their call, and organize demonstrations on April 5th, 2014 in the major cities of France.
We plainly call for organizing counter-protests on the same day, to block fascism.
Fascist groups are armed, organized and extremely violent, and they have proven this on numerous occasions; the recent best-known example in France is the assassination of comrade Clément Méric, who unfortunately has not been the only victim.
Here’s a list of antifascist comrades who were assassinated over the past several years:
Silvio Meier: November 1992, Germany
Lin Newborn / Daniel Shersty: July 1998, USA
Carlo Giuliani: July 2001, Italy
Davide Cesare: March 2003, Italy
Nikolai Girenko: June 2004, Russia
Timur Kacharava: November 2005, Russia
Alexander Ryukhin: April 2006, Russia
Ian Kucira: January 2007, Poland
Ilya Bondarenko: July 2007, Russia
Carlos Palomino: November 2007, Spain
Jan Kucera: January 2008, Czech Republic
Aleksey Krylov: March 2008, Russia
Fyodor Filatov: October 2008, Russia
Ivan Khutorskoi: November 2009, Russia
Ilya Dzhaparidze: June 2009, Russia
Kostja Lunkin: May 2010, Russia
Clément Méric: June 2013, France
Pavlos Fyssas: September 2013, Greece
Furthermore, fascist groups have links to police and military services, and evident backing from them. In most cases when a few arrests take place they’re nothing but a theatre scene for the good people’s amusement through the means of mass communication. The reality is quite different: while our anarchist comrades are subjected to extreme repression at the hands of the capitalist States, the fascists are speedily released with no worries. For example, the neo-Nazi Martial Roudier, president of the CEPE (support committee for Esteban Morillo, assassin of Clément Méric), was sentenced to 4 years in prison for stabbing comrade Thomas in the city of Nîmes in 2008. Do the same standards for conviction apply to comrades Mónica and Francisco, who are facing prison time?
It goes without saying that fascism is a degenerative extension of capitalism, that’s always inclined to protect its best buddies.
This fascist degeneration in France, as well as in all of Europe, began long ago. In France, while the liberal Right of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) clearly manifests extreme right-wing opinions and forges alliances, more or less hidden, with the National Front far-right party, the liberal Left of the Socialist Party (PS) in power, which no longer has anything socialist, combats the National Front with words alone, insofar as it encourages them with deeds for pitiful electoral purposes.
Under these conditions and for all these reasons, we affirm that a pacifist struggle against fascist groups would not only be doomed to fail but would also be completely nonproductive since it is politically recuperable by the parties in power.
Let us add to this that Marine Le Pen, president of the National Front, has asked the French Interior minister Manuel Valls to dissolute antifascist groups. This reinforces our belief that only direct action groups can truly frighten fascists, and that they represent the only possible and credible resistance.
The history of the 30s has already shown us that pacifism is nothing but a sign of weakness, and that electioneering leads to worse. It’s high time we responded in an organized and radical manner.
More than ever before, Durruti’s voice must make itself heard:
“There are only two roads, victory for the working class, Freedom, or victory for the fascists, which means Tyranny. Both combatants know what’s in store for the loser. We are ready to end fascism once and for all, even in spite of the Republican government.”
GADI. International Direct Action Group.
(February 12th, 2014)
Friday the 14th of February 2014 a group named Muitelingen (Mutineers) placed a table loaded with stolen goods in the shopping street Ziekerstraat in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
A card with a text was attached to each product, saying that the goods were recently stolen. Also the people were encouraged in the text to take some goods and start stealing their selves. The table was empty within 15 minutes.
Here is a statement of the Muitelingen:
Once upon a time there was an idea. The idea to destroy the vile capitalism. “Oh, if only…” The story is like this: “Oh, if only we would be free to be happy! If we could just realize that all this problems are not real. That these fictive obstacles on the way to the life that everybody wishes for, can be deleted and rewritten.” The idea was big, the idea was divine, and that was the mistake. It was unreachable and untouchable like all divineness. To gather that much aspects to make the wish come true, on one exact location, at one exact time – impossible!
But there came the Muitelingen. “Step by step, day by day, everything counts, we keep the score… let’s play!” Here we are starting a process to take back our lives. Here we decide that not bravery, but motivation is necessary to choose consciously. Here we decide that fear and control are not part of the dreams of dreams. Obedience is the norm. We embrace the dedicated and stubborn child in ourselves, break with the norm, shake our heads and say; “No!” We are playing truth or dare, and we are enjoying it.
This episode started now, and should be written by many. This time you can participate! To be continued…
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The Spanish consulate in Porto was paint-bombed in solidarity with women in Spain.
As some of you already know, one day a couple of weeks ago a group of uniformed crap (see “Carabiniers of Chile”) detained me and stole (“seized”) about 20 books and 10 brochures while I was standing at the bookstall where I used to spread, publicly and openly, ideas of rebellion against the existent through publications, booklets and pamphlets.
Given this situation, those who used to pass by that place to talk, discuss, share, criticize, joke, insult, etc. will no longer find me there, for I have decided to leave this physical space in order to avoid similar situations, which can be prevented or dealt with better when we outnumber them.
I knew they would harass that annoying instance of propagation and tension in ideas around anarchy on any pretext—this time under the legal concept of “intellectual property breach.” In view of this fact, this anarchic project of agitation will stubbornly continue on its familiar course: publishing, translation, dissemination, exchange, tension.
“Even though we receive blows, they will not see us defeated!”
Sembrando Tormentas, February 2014.
Tonight, February 9th, 2014, around 600 people gathered in the city of Bern to protest the anti-immigration ballot results in Switzerland.
As a racist initiative was once again accepted by the majority of eligible voters, numerous people took to the streets to demonstrate against this racist policy. Fear propaganda has agitated against foreigners for years. Racism and xenophobia are widespread in society. Xenophobia is only covering up the true causes of housing shortage, competition at the workplace, etc. The capitalist economic system—and not foreigners—is responsible for the fact that people compete with each other. Neither are foreigners to blame for the fact that houses are renovated and rented at higher prices; the profit-oriented system is responsible for all this. The parliamentary left has little to nothing to out-argue the right-wing populists, and they were so pathetic that they went along with business representatives and their arguments in the voting campaign.
After a gathering at the Church of the Holy Ghost, the noise demo moved through the main streets of Spitalgasse and Marktgasse. After a brief detour to the Waisenhaus Square, the march paused in front of the Federal Palace, where a speaker over megaphone pointed out the xenophobic climate in Switzerland and throughout Europe. The protest against the tightening of regulations for the right of asylum is, however, just one step in the struggle against dominant capitalist relations, and should be seen as part of a general resistance.
With antifascist slogans and several stop-and-go’s the protesters left the Federal Square, and headed to the train station. At the train station we made more noise, before the demonstration dispersed at the Schützenmatte stadium. Then it was reminded that we need to take a stand against racists on March 29th, 2014: On this day, in Bern, a right-wing nationalist alliance is planning to protest against “Kuscheljustiz” (“soft justice”).
NO BORDER, NO NATION – STOP DEPORTATION!
source: bern bleibt nazifrei via switzerland indymedia
Mitsakos brothers sell glass panes at their glass shop, located in Dekaneos Nikolaou street in the Athens district of Aghios Dimitrios (near Panagouli square). But they also sell Golden Dawn bravado as members of the fascist gang.
On the next corner down that street, Zarras sells alcohol at his liquor store. But he also sells allegiance to Golden Dawn as a member of the villainous bunch of Nazis.
The days when they acted undisturbed and anonymously are over. Fascists have a name and address, and we ferret them out. On Wednesday night, February 12th, 2014 we torched the personal Mercedes car and the company van of Mitsakos brothers. We burned down Zarras’ van as well.
Fascists you can no longer hide, neither in your holes nor anywhere.
In this week’s autonomous actions against the outlawing of abortion (1–7 February 2014), we took to the streets to add our expression of rage. In the early hours of Thursday, February 6th, we attacked the offices of Radio Estel, broadcaster of Barcelona’s Archdiocese, and headquarters of the magazine “Catalunya Cristiana”, located on the corner of Puggarí and Comtes de Bell.lloc streets in the Sants neighbourhood of Barcelona. We decided to act against this radio station because it is a means of communication at the service of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, and as such, attempts to indoctrinate and manipulate by “catechisms” veiled as information, defending the patriarchal, misogynist and normative social model against which we fight. For these reasons, in defense of feminist struggle and as self-defense of our lives, ideas and own bodies, we cracked their glass windows and painted the slogan: “My body, my decision”.
We are disgusted by their rotten Catholic morality as much as we detest the State and its political and legalistic tricks. This new law on abortion makes evident, once again, that there’s a link between both institutions, the Church and the State, in order to maintain their authority, their patriarchal power. They want to take away our autonomy, our capacity to decide, to think for ourselves and act upon what we need or feel. By this anti-abortion law, choosing not to be a mother would become a luxury that only the rich may afford, or a risk to the health and life of those who cannot afford a safe clinic underground.
We are not willing to permit them to turn us into their possessions. We will never let them decide for us, and we’ll keep defending ourselves from those who want us to limit ourselves to being only reproductors of their system.
Neither God, nor State or husband. Death to patriarchy.
source: barcelona indymedia
I carry Anchises
on my back
to no place
Watching the sad faces
losing the ground
under my feet
But still, I roll
Translators’ Note: On February 9th, 2014, following an initiative of the far-right populist party SVP/UDC (Swiss People’s Party/Democratic Union of the Centre, the largest party in Switzerland’s federal parliament), a referendum was held “for or against mass immigration”. The majority of citizens who went to the polls voted in favor of the xenophobic SVP/UDC proposal. As the results were being announced, spontaneous anti-racist demonstrations took place in different Swiss cities. In Zurich, people took to the streets carrying a banner which read “Against racism and repression – international solidarity!” Below is a reportback from that protest.
In the evening of February 9th, 2014 some 1,600 people demonstrated for international solidarity in Zurich. This was in response to the adoption of the racist SVP initiative.
Between 7.30 and 8pm, participants of the spontaneous demo gathered at Helvetia square and then marched through Langstrasse and Lagerstrasse towards the city centre. At the Gessner Bridge the police used water cannon to prevent the demo from moving further downtown. As a result, the demonstration continued through the district 4. At the same time, several storefronts were damaged and police vehicles attacked. At about 9.30pm we ended the demo in Helvetia square in self-determination.
We thus brought our rage on the streets.
Our rage over a further tightening of Switzerland’s migration regime.
Our rage over the condensed right-wing populism that has instrumentalized foreign infiltration fears and fueled xenophobia.
Our rage over an attempt of class separation hidden in racism.
Our rage over a capitalist system.
Our solidarity goes out to all people who are forced to migrate by the capitalist system; no matter where from, no matter where to.
As long as this economy deprives people of their means of existence all over the world, we will continue to protest against capitalism and for the right of residence; everywhere.
Whether peaceful or militant, resistance is what matters.
Free Josef (antifascist who’s in custody since 24.1.2014)
In the night between January 31st and February 1st, 2014 we embellished the SEG building located in 10, Spittelauer Lände street with paint bombs.
The SEG-“Urban Renewal and Condominium Association” is just one of many companies that are actively involved in the revaluation of formerly cheaper districts.
The SEG has chosen the revaluation of the Danube Canal and the urban railway arches as current field of activity. In this case, they speak of “picking out a good location and corresponding architecture.”
We find that their concrete block persistently disrupts the view to the Danube Canal, which is known for its graffiti and murals. That’s why we decided to somewhat adapt their white walls to the appearance of the city rail arches’ walls.
Solidarity greetings to the Pizzeria Anarchia collective, acutely threatened with eviction, and also to the comrade who is currently held on remand after the NoWKR protests.*
Against gentrification! Our city remains dirty!
Autonomous Devaluation Association
* Translators’ note: A mass anti-Nazi demonstration on January 24th against the annual Vienna “academic ball”, organized by the FPÖ far right party and attended by hundreds of members of right-wing student fraternities from Austria and Germany. Josef was arrested that night, and his pretrial detention period was recently extended. More info and updates about his case on soli2401.blogsport.eu.