This morning a group of autonomous dissidents went to the heart of Meanjin’s (Brisbane) capital and political district, close to the plush offices of politicians who make decisions about who gets to live freely and safely, and who remains indefinitely imprisoned and tortured in Australia’s detention regime.
The fountain runs red today, representing the blood of the dozen or more refugees who died at the hands of Australia’s detention industry, and the thousands of others who have been mentally and physically tortured by it.
2: Margo was then at Campaign Against Homophobia. Even before the police came to Solec, there were dozens of people under the foundation’s windows. Margo and her lovedmones were waiting inside, talking to the gathered, playing songs. We chanted, chanted about solidarity and that they would stop one, thousands will appear.
3: Around 18:30 Margo decided to let the police take her to her jail. She went out on ul. Solec among the cheer and approached the commander. And that’s where the problem began, because the officers didn’t want to drive her to jail. For several minutes, Margo in a crowd of gathered people approached all officers and asked if it was enough for them to arrest that she had a jersey with Christ and holds the rainbow flag in her hand.
4: The situation was curious, the police claimed that it was only there for the spontaneous assembly. The whole group decided to go to the famous monument in Krakow’s suburbs. More than 200 people passed Solce and Tamka singing and chanting. Margo shouted to the megaphone that this is the unofficial Equality Parade 2020.
Liebig 34 is being threatened by eviction. When state, cops and the owner want to evict, they will only have a disaster on their hands.
As an anarcha-queer-feminist self-organized house-project without cis-men, directly at the square „Dorfplatz“ in Friedrichshain, Liebig 34 is a place where resistive actions and collective moments are decided and organized. A place where self-organization becomes a dangerous word, where a project is becoming a starting point of struggles and not just a space of self-reference and alternative entertainment. The project itself has taken part in the planning of many of demonstrations, published numerous calls and texts and carried out various radical actions. But it is also a symbol of radicalization and empowerment for the antagonistic scene in Berlin and in Germany, as it shows how to fight various forms of resistance.
Liebig34 consists of a collective which is working with a focus to overcome more and more internalized structures of capitalism and patriarchy. In a world where patriarchy makes up one of the main pillars of the capitalist system, militant feminist groups and collectives, which make clear that the resistance and the fighting back is not a cis-men privilege, are more than necessary. In a patriarchal world, in which patriarchy and capitalism are intervoven, it is more than necessary to actually fight patriarchy and not have it be a side note in a text. Let us not be divided by oppression and let’s fight together in this for a liberated society.
The following text is a translation by Anarchists Worldwide of an article from Estallido Antisocial / Antisocial Outburst, a new anarchist publication from Chile. You can download a copy of the publication HERE.
The Quarantine of Fascism in Peru
The presence of the military and the police is normalized and applauded by a large part of the population.
The repression of the Peruvian state against the population or “the disobedient” as they say, is the same as what they do in protests or during any curfew in a territory in conflict with an extractive industry, with a company that exploits its workers or that pollutes us like Monsanto on our tables, like the mining companies in the mountains, the oil companies in the jungle, and so on.
This repression of “the disobedient” comes with humiliations such as doing exercises as if it were a barracks or a military or police drill. There are also beatings and haircuts with the approval and mockery of people who inhabit the neighborhoods and they start recording the situations when the same agents who exercise the repression in Peru and other countries such as Ecuador or the Dominican Republic carry it out.
Another situation that has been seen is the applause, celebration and cheering by citizens in the face of the curfew and the arrival in the streets of the military, police and municipal police, forgetting what this decree has historically meant as an instrument of repression that has also reappeared in countries like Chile.
Some reflections from a town under curfew, as further authoritarian measures are imposed.
Today The Guardian – which has taken an unapologetic deep-dive into asserting liberal obedience as its M.O. – runs a headline that ‘Tighter restrictions bring relief to Melbourne locals’ , with the tagline that “the sense of structure provided by the new lockdown plan has comforted many”. A comforting sense of structure!? Who are these people? I guess i’m not that surprised, liberals have always been the likeliest bootlickers, the ones preparing the confetti at the sound of imminently approaching goose-steps.
Down here there’s a strange Stepford Wives-esque, idyllic suburban calm hiding the darker scenes. An implicit consent to creeping authoritarianism. An attempt to flatten social contradictions as the comfortable, but always anxious and fearful meditate on their mantra of “we’re all in this together”. Ohm.
The liberal, middle classes so in awe of ordered goodness at the expense of messiness and loitering that they’re quite content confined to their comfortable houses, only leaving for paired runs along the Merri Creek trail and for trips to the organic supermarket for vegan ice-cream, at home by 8pm for netflix and sleep by 10.
What happens if our desires or our afflictions can’t be contained by such a proscribed life?
I’ve been thinking about the differences between the USA and here in regards to (anti-)authoritarianism and resistance. I recognise that in terms of COVID, in terms of any expectation of a social safety net, in terms of increasing fascism, shit is much scarier there. But on the flipside there are also much more diverse, organised and active cultures of resistance. And basically, at least people are having a go.
We send solidarity greetings from Freiburg to all people who are fighting for the places in Berlin that are threatened by eviction.
Projects like Liebig34, Rigaer94, Potse/Drugstore, Meuterei and Syndikat are an important part of a city worth living in and must be preserved. We demand: Stop the repression, stop the profits! One struggle – One fight!
(via Barrikade, translated into English by Anarchists Worldwide)
LUIS FLÁVIO ACCIOLY CAVALCANTI es apoyador fanático del fascista Jair Bolsonaro y miembro de la vasta red de fascistas que divulgan fake news en la Internet en apoyo al gobierno del psicópata genocida. LUIS FLÁVIO ACCIOLY CAVALCANTI también es un destructor de la naturaleza selvaje, en 1998 recibió una multa del órgano fiscalizador del medio ambiente en Pernambuco por derribar bosque nativo para hacer un empreendimiento hotelero.
Press release of the Interkiezionale
Berlin, August 3, 2020
On Saturday august 1st, an angry and powerful demonstration took place under the motto “Get out of the defensive”. The demonstration was directed against the announced evictions of left-wing projects, such as Syndikat, Meuterei, Potse and Liebig34. It also wanted to send a signal against the shift to the right and the increasingly authoritarian state . The demonstration of 3,000 people (count from 20:18) was attacked and dissolved by the police after a quarter of the demonstration route. Later, an angry spontaneous demonstration moved through Prenzlauer Berg, showing that the police could not stop the protests.
The Interkiezionale coalition of threatened projects and supporters considers the demonstration a success. True to the motto “Get out of the defensive”, the active participation of many soldiers made it possible to give the demonstration a resistant expression and not to let the police attacks take away the street. Instead, the demonstration drew attention to places of repression and brought their anger against the everyday structural violence by police and capital to the streets. Places such as the job centre, the SPD office or the luxury new building on Flughafenstraße were targeted.
The projects that were protested on Saturday are also spaces of antifascist resistance . The defence of these projects is connected with the fight against right-wing agitation and ideology, as they were spread by fascists and conspiracy ideologists on Saturday morning. Robyn Schmiz says: “As antifascists we concentrated too much on our demonstration on Saturday, and thus probably weakened the counter protest against the right-wing parties in the morning. The brutal dissolution of our demonstration, in contrast to the treatment of the fascists with kid gloves, however, once again illustrates the political motivation of the police”.
HELP US SUPPORT NOSOTROS FREE SOCIAL SPACE IN ATHENS – COVID-19 EMERGENCY FINANCIAL SUPPORT!
We are an international group of friends of Nosotros and we urgently want to raise 5,000 EURO towards the cost of rent and electricity accrued during the time the space was unable to operate normally, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Their landlord has gone back on a previous agreement and is demanding this money to be paid within 15 days! Your solidarity is urgently needed now to help us save this vital community hub! Please take action today to save this space from being lost!
For 15 years Nosotros Free Social Space has been a self-organized community center in the heart of Athens . During this time, it has served as a vital meeting place for the local community and over the years Nosotros has hosted hundreds of political and cultural events, including discussions, fundraisers, screenings, theatrical performances, gigs, and book launches. Initiatives inside the building have also included a free school, community kitchens, a library, photography studio, music practice room and many more, all in keeping with its ethos of self-organization, solidarity and resistance.
During the night of 03-04 August 2020 we visited the offices of News Corp publication The Cairns Post and the local offices of the Seven Network, broadcaster of 7 News.
On the entrance to the offices of The Cairns Post we spray painted the words “News Corpse” and “Racist Scum”. On a prominent wall of the Seven Network building we spray painted the words “Racist Scum COPaganda Network”.
The Cairns Post is one of several Murdoch-owned News Corp print and online media outlets that dominate the news media landscape in so-called Australia and aggressively promote a far-right, ultra-conservative, anti-Indigenous, anti-refugee, pro-military and pro-law and order agenda. These newspapers are also the home of far-right “commentators” such as Andrew Bolt and Rita Panahi. The Seven Network promotes the same agenda via their news and current affairs programming. We haven’t forgotten the despicable “Inside Reclaim Australia” special aired on 7’s Sunday Night program back in 2015 – a supposed “investigation” that gave far-right activists a platform to present themselves as “concerned parents” and “ordinary Australians” and increase their social media following. Nor have we forgotten the disgusting racist comments by panelists on 7’s breakfast show Sunrise in 2018 during a “hot topics” segment about the Stolen Generations or the fact that Sunrise gave regular airtime to far-right Senator Pauline Hanson, including paid appearances during the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election.
On the night of August 1st we took a walk to the deportation prison Bässlergut.
We greeted the people imprisoned in there with slogans, which they answered loudly from the windows. At the same time we painted the ugly concrete block that many walkers pass by every day.
We find it absolutely disgusting and ironic that people are celebrating the oh-so-great nation of Switzerland this night, despite the fact that this nation-state, defined by borders, is murdering through a rigid policy of isolation and migration. The Bässlergut is a place where this failure and inhumanity become visible. That is why we are attacking this prison and will continue to do so!
Solidarity with all prisoners of the Bässlergut! Colour and fire to the deportation prisons!
(via Barrikade, translated into English by Anarchists Worldwide)