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Statement Against Repression of Resistance in Greece

After being identified following the attack of the Parliment on May 21st – An action in support of Dimitris Koufontinas, a comrade imprisoned for life on a hunger strike – two activists must collect 60,000 euros before 14 June, otherwise they will spend 10 years in jail.

Link to the financial support1:- https://www.lepotcommun.fr/pot/mjj83sy2

The Prime Minister and Ministry of Justice are once and for all trying to put away Giorgos Kalaïtzidis, co-founder of ROUVIKONAS** and Niko, both members of the same group and famous Greek resistance fighters. In fact, both are prosecuted not for a civil offense, but this time for a crime. By utilising an old law on the protection of historic monuments of great value – a law almost never used, intended for the likes of the Acropolis or Delphi – the state has found a way to trap our comrades who until now were always careful not to cross this legal boundary into commiting criminal offenses.

As a result, Giorgos and Nikos face 10-years in prison and are being asked to pay a gigantic security deposit of 30,000 euros each (60,000 euros in total) by the 14th of June2, that is, three weeks before the legislative elections. The will to use the law to quickly to lock up several well-known members of the group and to offer a resounding media show is clear.

The hardening of the repression against the group (whose last sentence in April amounted to 3,000 euros or ten times less) is one of the aspects of the state manipulating public opinion right now. As a part of the European and local elections, Tsipras,- the Greek Prime Minister – has just initiated early parliamentary elections and will play his role on the 7th of July as an outsider facing the right. The right center of the electoral spectrum hates Exarchaia (a district of Athens well known for art and resistance), the Anarchists and other revolutionaries, and is preparing to enable Mitsotakis -the leader of the right – to “evacuate Exarcheia in a month” and to “imprison the red and black bandits”

For the past two months, Tsipras has been striking with all the horrors on the right and flexing his position of authority: six refugee squats have been evacuated, the Exarcheia district daily harassed by the police, a TV show about the district which announces its near end, the political prisoner Koufontinas brutally deprived of his supervised exit permits to see his son, and now members of Rouvikonas about to go to jail.

This attack on the resistance movement in Greece is probably the hardest since Tsipras came to power. No group has resisted so much in recent years as Rouvikonas: daily, like a elixir the against resignation that Tsipras is trying to provoked.

Almost every day, we have heard about Anarchy and resistance in the news and in the press. Almost every day, more and more people said that nothing is finished.

Because our solidarity is as unbreakable as is our will to fight.
We will stand and support our comrades everywhere, by all means, as we struggle.

Support to Giorgos, Nikos and all members of ROUVIKONAS!

Call for solidarity actions everywhere outside Greece!

– as just happened two nights ago in front of the Greek Embassy in Paris.

Call for financial support!
– if you are unable to donate, please share.

Even if we do not succeed in preventing the imprisonment of Giorgos and Nikos, other members of the group will at least be able to escape other less severe sanctions and continue the struggle. ■

– Rouvikonas

1. To participate in the call for financial support (before June 14th), the Pot Commun with all the information is here: www.lepotcommun.fr/pot/mjj83sy2

To send cash directly, ROUVIKONAS will soon be on tour in Italy, Switzerland, France and Belgium, from 1 to 9 June. Σπύρος will take care of it with us. All details of the tour here: www. lamouretlarevolution.net/spip.php?rubrique34

To proceed by transfer or paypal (or cheque, but it is a bit long and complicated compared to the other possible forms), contact in French: rouvikonasfrancophone@riseup.net or only for a transfer, by communicating in English: rouvikonas@espiv.net
If you come to Athens before June 14th:
See you at K*Vox every day, starting at 16:00, place Exarcheia.

2. Presentation of Rouvikonas (10 minutes):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=342ZzVVCm70

(Original translation edited by Organise!)

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Communiqué from the Popular Indigenous Council of Guerrero-Emiliano Zapata (CIPOG-EZ) on the recent murder of its members Bartolo Hilario Morales and Isaías Xanteco Ahuejote.

Twenty days after the cowardly murder of our brothers Lucio Bartolo Faustino and Modesto Verales Sebastián, a crime that remains in complete impunity on the part of the three levels of government. With the pain and rage that invade the hearts of the Nahua peoples of the low mountains of the state of Guerrero, we make public the artful murder of our brothers Bartolo Hilario Morales and Isaías Xanteco Ahuejote. Both were indigenous Nahua and local promoters of the Indigenous and Popular Council of Guerrero–Emiliano Zapata (CIPOG-EZ). Those who consummated this atrocious murder are professionals of para-militarism and extrajudicial murder who are agreeable to taking lives. They denigrated and enraged them, dismembered and bagged the compañeros’ bodies, and with this vile act they thought that they could also denigrate their history, and denigrate their life. They were wrong.

Not only were they wrong, but also the dignity of their lives contrasts more and more with the cowardice of their murders. The peoples of the CIPOG-EZ and the CNI of Guerrero, Mexico have guarded the memory if the men and women who have given their lives in the struggle for the reconstitution of collective rights. So, we ask the dignified peoples of Mexico and the world to protect and grow the names, the history and the struggle of our brothers murdered for defending life; Bartolo Hilario Morales and Isaías Xanteco Ahuejote. Lucio Bartolo Faustino and Modesto Verales Sebastián.

The responsibility of los three levels of government, the federal government in charge of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the State government of Héctor Astudillo Flores and the municipal government of Jesús Parra García, is complete. Each level of government has done nothing more than give continuity to impunity, passing the ball to one another, by saying that the problems are inherited from past governments, that is the PRI attitude that has submerged us in the blood bath that our country has become and doesn’t see any transformation that wants to change things. It seems that important changes only occur in the spheres above, below our lives continue without mattering to the powerful.

Different narco-paramilitary groups have operated in complicity with the Mexican State for more than 25 years in the Chilapa region and today is no exception. The state regime has attempted the disarticulation of our peoples again and again, and we have resisted the war of extermination for more than 500 years. Our crime has been defending our territory from the extraction of what they call natural resources and for us are sacred hills or springs of water and life. We fight to maintain the principle that our grandparents left us, called by us uses and customs, a world very different from the one the Mexican State has constituted and that doesn’t match our way of community government.

Our peoples are suffering a systemic violence in which they disappear or murder our women, children and men, and it would seem like nothing is happening. Everything remains in complete impunity because of this bad government, in which one of the state’s strategies is generating terror in the heart of our people. Using torture, psychological warfare, death threats and persecution against all the members that serve as promoters of community development.

As indigenous people we ask ourselves again and again: Why is there so much dehumanization? Why is human life no longer worth more? Why are some lives worth less than others? And it rather seems that they see those below as merchandise. We ask ourselves again and again: How would they, the powerful, the governments with more than 30 million votes, react if this violence happened to one of their relatives? Or perhaps disappearance, torture and vile murder are only reserved for us?

As a national indigenous movement we fight to reconstitute the social fabric of our peoples, we fight to re-establish our communities in peace, and we seek the recognition and reconstitution as indigenous peoples of our languages, our culture and the thinking of our peoples that is interwoven with Mother Earth.

On May 23, 2019 around 1:30 pm, our brothers Bartolo Hilario Morales and Isaías Xanteco Ahuejote disappeared near Chilapa de Álvarez. On May 24 in the morning we knew the terrible news, their dead bodies were found. Today we denounce it publicly and we ask the honest and dignified compañeros and compañeras of Mexico and the world: no matter how much they wanted to destroy their bodies, let’s embrace today their history of struggle, which is the history of struggle of the indigenous peoples of Mexico and the world.

We demand justice for our murdered brothers: Bartolo Hilario Morales and Isaías Xanteco Ahuejote, Lucio Bartolo Faustino and Modesto Verales Sebastián. That the pain that today besets the family members, friends and compañer@s of struggle, does not remain unpunished, or in oblivion!

FRATERNALLY:

Justice for Bartolo Hilario Morales and Isaías Xanteco Ahuejote, members of the CNI!
Justice for Lucio Bartolo Faustino and Modesto Verales Sebastián del CIPOG-EZ, ex member of the CIG and the CNI!
Justice for Gustavo Cruz Mendoza, murdered indigenous communicator of the CIPO-RFM!
Justicia para Samir Flores Soberanes, murdered indigenous communicator!
Stop the counterinsurgency war against the EZLN!
Freedom for Fidencio Aldama of the Yaqui tribe!
Never more a Mexico without us!
Indigenous and Popular Council of Guerrero – Emiliano Zapata (CIPOG-EZ)
Regions: Costa Chica, Coastal Mountains, High Mountains and Low Mountains of Guerrero
Congreso Nacional Indígena, Saturday, May 25, 2019 ■

Originally published by Congreso Nacional Indígena. Translated by Chiapas Support.
Image above: Members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Peoples Founders (CRAC-PF) in a November 2018 assembly, in Rincón de Chautla, municipality of Chilapa de Álvarez, Guerrero.

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Public statement from the High Security Prison in Santiago, Chile; Against prison and law 321

This is a public communication from the High security prison in Santiago and extends to a mobilization of all the prisons of the territory in Chile.

“We start an indefinite liquid and hunger strike in rejection to Law 321 which modifies all the postulation times for benefits, as well as keeping us behind the bars for a lot more time.”

On the 16th of May, 23 inmates of 3H North unit of the High Security Prison began an indefinite liquid and hunger strike as part of the national resistance movement in prisons across Chile.

A further 24 inmates of the 2H North unit joined them with a cessation of activities in solidarioty with the growing movement in the different prisons of the country.

This is to be the first in a series of hunger strikes that at being used as a tool in the fight for fair treatment and freedom for all people deprived of their liberty.

SOLIDARITY IS NOT ONLY WRITTEN WORD!!!

To read more about the mobilizations against the Law 321, read in the blog of Lxs Compas of Refractory Publication: I, II, III, IV, V.

Note: The 3H North module is the comrade Marcelo Villarroel Sepulveda, a subversive prisoner, who has been on hunger strike since Thursday the 16th of May and is an active part of the fight against prison and the nefarious law 321. ■



Originally shared on ES-CONTRAINFO.ESPIV.NET
Comunicado público desde la Cárcel de Alta Seguridad; Contra la prisión y la ley 321

COMUNICADO PÚBLICO DESDE LA CÁRCEL DE ALTA SEGURIDAD, CONTEXTO DE MOVILIZACIÓN DE TODAS LAS CÁRCELES DEL TERRITORIO EN CHILE.

«INICIO HUELGA DE HAMBRE LÍQUIDA E INDEFINIDA EN RECHAZO AL DECRETO LEY 321 QUE MODIFICA TODOS LOS TIEMPOS DE POSTULACIÓN A BENEFICIOS, ASÍ COMO NOS MANTIENE MUCHÍSIMO TIEMPO MÁS TRAS LAS REJAS».


Hoy Jueves 23 internos del 3H Norte de la C.A.S. comenzaron una huelga de hambre líquida e indefinida como parte del movimiento de rechazo nacional en las prisiones.

Al decreto ley 321 que modifica todos los tiempos de postulación a beneficios así como nos mantiene por muchísimo tiempo más tras las rejas.

A demás 24 internos del 2H Norte se sumaron con una paralización de actividades al movimiento creciente en los diferentes penales del país.

Sería la primera de una serie de huelgas de hambre que se vienen como una herramienta más en la lucha por la libertad justa para todas las personas privadas de libertad.

QUE LA SOLIDARIDAD NO SEA SOLO PALABRA ESCRITA!!!

Para ver más sobre las movilizaciones contra la Ley 321, leer en el blog de lxs compas de Publicación Refractario: I, II, III, IV, V.

Nota: Recordemos que en el módulo 3H Norte se encuentra el compañero Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda -prisionero subversivo- que se encuentra en huelga de hambre desde el Jueves 16 de Mayo, siendo de esta forma parte activa de la lucha contra la prisión y la nefasta ley 321.


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The Anarchist Union Of Afganistan & Iran – United Front


(فارس زیر)

The most beautiful news to the ears of Internationalists is the stirrings of revolution and Anarchism around the globe. Other the past few years we’ve several groups become more visible and active, from union organising Bangladeshi Garment workers to mayday marches revolution minded Indonesians. Recently we’ve seen folk come together to form “the Anarchist Union Of Afganistan & Iran” who along with other groups and individuals are urging all blocks of Socialist, Communist and Anarchist to join a “United Front for Freedom, Fairness and Equality” against the fascistic Islamic Regime of Iran.

STATEMENT ON THE FOUNDATION OF A UNITED FRONT FOR FREEDOM, FAIRNESS AND EQUALITY (Original here)

Invitation to Co-ordination and Cooperation to Overthrow the Islamic State of Iran. In view of the fact that:

•The Islamic fascist regime in Iran quite correctly considers the progressive/Libertarian and left wings movements as one of its most active enemies, and did/do execute, imprison and torture our comrades.

•On the other hand, right-wing ringleaders from all sides, and with the racist propaganda and the prospect of the continuation of the tyranny cycle, suppress any voice of freedom, equality and fairness, through their mass media.

•This common pain will never be healed without organization, coalition, synergy and harmony. We should learn from the Spanish Civil War experience where Left blocs and the Republicans formed alliance as a campaign plan, in accordance with the specific circumstances of Iran and its political forces, to coordinate the fight for freedom, Fairness and Equality. Another example that can be mentioned is the community of Rojava’s popular democratic autonomy, which has been able to coordinate various political from all over the world to combat the tyranny regimes of the region. Thus, it is possible to create a network of pioneers of variety of political with libertarian, equality and fairness tendencies, including women movements, farmers, workers, students and other progressive radical that aims to overthrow The Islamic Regime of Iran under the umbrella of the United Front for Freedom, Fair and Equity.

Hereby by publishing this statement, as a group of individuals and political groups, take the first step in founding this “United Front”, and we invite you to join us in this battle against the “Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Long live: Freedom Fairness Equality Solidarity


This stirring of revolution isn’t coming out of thin air either, back in 2009 there was a movement called “The Anarchist Network” which was growing in popularity amongst workers and students before is was “destroyed due to the betrayal of a member”. The organisers however bounced back in by establishing “The Anarchist Era”, who place focus on the struggle for freedom for the working class with members in Iran and Afghanistan.

This new network has been active ever since, starting small with secretive meetings and sharing their ideas in a clandestine manner, utilising what little power they had to share information with like minded comrades. They have slowly become a more public presence on the Anarchist scene in Iran and international. These slow steps are no mistake, Iran is a very dangerous place to be an Anarchist. In 2013 Soheil Arabi an Anarcho Syndicalist was arrested and sent to Tehran Prison where he has been since reportedly held in solitary confinement and faces regular torture with the soldiers who act as screws beating him and other prisoners up and then refusing medicinal attention.

There is also the case of Abtin Parsa who was arrested in 2014 at the age of 16 and sent to “the IRGC secret prison of Zarghan city” for 18 months, during which time he was tortured by a man named Seyed Jaáfari and was left in horrific conditions in a cell which often rang with the appalling sound of The Revolutionary Guards officials raping inmates. Thankfully he was released on condition that he stopped political activity. He however fled from Iran to Greece on 2016.

In the Uk, watching activists gleefully line up to do a few hours in the cells before sleeping “the sleep of the just”, it’s often easy to be complacent with the struggles of our comrades in distant lands suffer under an authority with no need of a liberal mask.The formation of a union of Anarchists present unparalleled danger to our comrades and yet here they are sharing seditious material and fighting against the state and fanatically religious authorities which seek to suppress freedom.

The “United Front” is a call to action from individuals from across the left wing and “The Anarchist Union of Afghanistan & Iran” which itself formed in 2018 out of three revolutionary groups;

1-The Anarchist Era Collective (a community of anarchists from Iran and Afghanistan operating both inside and outside their countries)
2-The Anarchist group “Aleyh” (based in Afghanistan)
3-The Revolutionary Radical Anarchist Front (based in Iran)

They are expanding and building links with Anarchists around the world. If you are Iranian, Afghani or from any of the numerous communities who call the region home, get in contact. Comrades and allies globally step up and share solidarity and together we can work towards a truly global revolution of the working classes.

Learn more here:-
gozareshgar.com

asranarshism.com
twitter.com/asranarshism
twitter.com/UnitedFront11

اتحادیه ی آنارشیست های افغانستان و ایران – جبهه ی متحد

خوشایندترین اخبار به گوش انترناسیونالیست ها، جوش و خروش انقلاب و آنارشیسم در سرتاسر کره ی خاکی است. طی چند سال اخیر ما شاهد ظهور و تشدید فعالیت های چندین گروه بوده ایم، از اتحادیه ی سازماندهی کارگران پوشاک بنگلادش گرفته تا راهپیمایی های روز کارگر که از سوی اندونزیایی های انقلابی برگزار شد. اخیرا هم شاهد گرد هم آمدن شماری از رفقا برای تشکیل “اتحادیه ی آنارشیست های افغانستان و ایران” بودیم که در کنار سایر گروه ها و افراد، خواستار پیوستن تمامی گروه های سوسیالیست، کمونیست، آنارشیست و جمهوریخواه به یک “جبهه ی متحد برای آزادی، عدالت و برابری” در برابر رژیم فاشیست و اسلامگر خواستار پیوستن تمامی گروه های سوسیالیست، کمونیست و آنارشیست به یک “جبهه ی متحد برای آزادی، عدالت و برابری” در برابر رژیم فاشیست و اسلامگرای ایران هستند


· رژیم فاشیست و اسلامگرای ایران به درستی جنبش های پیشرو/آزادیخواه و چپ گرا را به عنوان یکی از فعال ترین دشمنان خود به حساب می آورد و رفقای ما را اعدام، زندانی و شکنجه کرده و میکند.
· از سوی دیگر، رهبران راست گرا از تمامی جناح ها، با بهره گیری از تبلیغات نژادپرستانه و با چشمداشت به استمرار چرخه ی استبداد،از طریق رسانه های جمعیِ خود مشغول سرکوب هرگونه ندای آزادی، برابری و عدالت می باشند.
· این درد مشترک هرگز بدون سازماندهی، ائتلاف، اشتراک مساعی و هماهنگی درمان نمیشود. باید از تجربه ی جنگ داخلی اسپانیا درس بگیریم که طی آن گروه های چپ و جمهوریخواهان در راستای یک برنامه ی عملیاتی با یکدیگر متحد شدند. باید از آن تجربه بیاموزیم و متناسب با شرایط ویژه ی ایران و نیروهای سیاسی آن، مبارزه ای برای آزادی، عدالت و برابری سازمان دهیم. یک مثال قابل ذکر دیگر، خودگردانیِ دموکراتیک و مردمی روژاواست که توانسته نیروهای سیاسی مختلفی را از سرتاسر جهان به منظور نبرد با رژیم های مستبد در منطقه سازمان دهد. بنابراین این امکان وجود دارد که شبکه ای از پیشگامانِ گروه های سیاسی متنوع با گرایش به آزادی، عدالت و برابری تشکیل داد. این شبکه میتواند در بر گیرنده ی جنبش های زنان، کشاورزان، کارگران، دانشجویان و سایر گروههای پیشروی رادیکال بوده و تحت لوای جبهه ی متحد برای آزادی، عدالت و برابری، معطوف به براندازی رژیم اسلامی ایران باشد.

ما، به عنوان مجموعه ای از افراد و گروه های سیاسی، بدین وسیله و با انتشار این بیانیه گام نخست را در مسیر برپایی این “جبهه ی متحد” بر میداریم و از شما نیز دعوت میکنیم تا در این نبرد علیه “جمهوری اسلامی ایران” به ما بپیوندید. زنده باد آزادی، عدالت، برابری، همبستگی این جوش و خروش انقلابی از هیچ پدید نیامده است. در سال 2009 جنبشی به نام “شبکه ی آنارشیستی” وجود داشت که تا پیش ازآنکه “به سبب خیانت یکی از اعضا”از هم بپاشد، محبوبیتش در میان کارگران و دانشجویان رو به فزونی بود. البته سازماندهان جنبش با تأسیس “عصر آنارشیسم”واکنش نشان دادند، جنبشی که تمرکز خود را بر نبرد برای آزادی طبقه کارگر با کمک اعضای ایرانی و افغانستانی خود گذاشته است.

این شبکه ی جدید که از آن زمان تاکنون فعال بوده است، کار خود را با برگزاری جلسات کوچک و مخفیانه و به اشتراک گذاری عقاید به شکل مخفی آغاز نمود و از همان اندک قدرتی که داشت بهره گرفت تا اطلاعات و اخبار را با رفقای همفکر در میان بگذارد. حضور آنان در صحنه ی آنارشیستی ایران و جهان، به آهستگی علنی تر شده است. این آهسته گام برداشتن کار نادرستی نیست، چراکه ایران برای آنارشیست ها جای بسیار خطرناکی است. در سال 2013، سهیل اعرابی که یک آنارکوسندیکالیست است دستگیر و به زندان تهران فرستاده شد، جایی که بنا بر گزارش ها از آن زمان تاکنون در حبس انفرادی به سر می برد و بطور منظم تحت شکنجه ی سربازانی است که به عنوان زندانبان گمارده شده اند و او و دیگر زندانیان را مورد ضرب و شتم قرار میدهند و از ارائه ی مراقبت های دارویی به آنان سر باز میزنند.

همچنین مورد آبتین پارسا را داریم که در سال 2014 در سن 16 سالگی دستگیر شد و به “زندان مخفی سپاه پاسداران شهر زرقان” فرستاده شدو هجده ماه را در آنجا گذراند. او طی این مدت توسط مردی به نام سید جعفری شکنجه شد و در وضعیتی ناگوار در سلولی محبوس بود که دیوارهایش اغلب با صداهای مخوف تجاوز مقامات سپاه پاسداران به زندانیان به لرزه در می آمد. او خوشبختانه به شرط پایان دادن به فعالیت های سیاسی آزاد شد و در سال 2016 از ایران به یونان گریخت.

وقتی در انگلستان می بینیم که فعالان چگونه شادمانانه صف میکشند تا چند ساعتی را – پیش از آنکه “به خوابی درستکارانه” فرو روند – در زندان سپری کنند، اغلب ساده است که مبارزات رفقایمان که در سرزمینهای دوردست از استبدادی که از نقابی لیبرال بی نیاز است در عذاب اند را وقعی ننهیم. شکل دهی به یک اتحادیه ی آنارشیستی، خطری بی مانند بر سر راه رفقایمان قرار میدهد و با این وجود آنها هنوز در حال به اشتراک گذاری محتواهای شورشگرانه و نبرد علیه حکومت و مقامات مذهبی متعصبی اند که در پی سرکوب آزادی هستند.

“جبهه ی متحد” فراخوانی است برای عمل از سوی افرادی از درون جناح چپ و نیز “اتحادیه ی آنارشیستی افغانستان و ایران” که خود در سال 2018 و از به هم پیوستن سه گروه انقلابی زیر تشکیل شد: 1- جمعیت عصر آنارشیسم (اجتماعی از آنارشیست ها از ایران و افغانستان که درون و بیرون از کشورهایشان فعالیت دارند) 2- گروه آنارشیستی “عالیه” (مستقر در افغانستان) 3- جبهه ی آنارشیستی رادیکال انقلابی (مستقر در ایران) آنها در حال توسعه و شکل دادن ارتباط با آنارشیست های سرتاسر جهان هستند. اگر ایرانی، افغانستانی، یا اهل هر یک از اجتماعات متعددی هستید که در این منطقه مأوا دارند، با ما در تماس باشید. رفقا و متحدان از سراسر جهان، برخیزید و همبستگی خود را به نمایش بگذارید تا با کمک یکدیگر به سوی یک انقلاب حقیقتا جهانیِ طبقه کارگر گام برداریم.

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Chase The Arms Dealers – Join The Anarchist Federation on March 28th

The DPRTE arms fair pulls together the UK military, weapon manufacturers, and arms dealers and exporters. Not only does it support our own military industrial complex, but it involves companies like BAE systems who supply some of the worlds most repressive regimes, such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

On March 28th, we’ll be joining with a host of other people, from members of faith groups to trade unionists, to confront those who profit from death and abuse. If you want to take a stand, scroll down for the practical info, if you’d like to know more first, read on for our DPRTE FAQ!

What is DPRTE?

DPRTE, stands for Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability. I know, catchy right? It brings together multinational arms companies, smaller companies involved in research or production, and organisations that want to buy or help export weapons. It first took place in 2012, and has happened almost every year since. The organisers often like to claim ‘it isn’t technically an arms fair!’ as contracts aren’t signed at the event itself. No one really buys that though, even the police just call it an arms fair!

Every bomb that is dropped, every bullet that is fired, has to be made somewhere. Wherever that is, it can be resisted.

Why oppose it?

The UK arms trade exists for two reasons. To make a bunch of already rich people richer, and to allow our government to act tough in front of their international rivals. The cost of this is immense. Perpetual war, something any rational person would want to avoid, is quietly pushed for in order to drive up stock prices. The fires of conflict are kept burning with the supply of British made weapons, regardless of the human cost. Brutal regimes are kept in power by British missiles and aircraft. Business as usual for the arms trade can be disrupted, if its profiteers are exposed and it’s political supporters challenged.

What about the economic benefits?

Whenever the UK’s role in the international arms trade is brought up, there is talk about the ‘job creation’. For most of us the human cost of these jobs is simply too high, even those whose lively hood depend on them have in the past fought against the arming of authoritarian regimes! Even if you only cared about income, once you factor in tax payer funded subsidies, the government research handed over, and the free assistance and promotion given by the civil service we pay more than £18,000 a year for every single one of those jobs. Any sector would be successful with that backing, and the support could be given to anything from education to environmental protection.

A History of Resistance to DPRTE – In Which They Run Away A Lot

In 2013 students at the University of the West of England (UWE) discovered an ‘exhibition’ being hosted on their Frenchay campus was in fact an arms fair. Anarchist Federation members studying at UWE were amongst those who disrupted the set up, marched through campus, blockaded the gates, and got inside the event itself. The day was a shambles, with most of the arms dealers stuck in traffic. At this point DPRTE ran away to Cardiff.

A further four DPRTE events took place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint arena. From the start they encountered resistance, organised by Stop the Cardiff Arms Fair, South Wales Anarchists, The Anarchist Action Network, Campaign Against the Arms Trade and more! Cardiff’s DPRTE events saw an occupied roof, red paint on their expensive suits, marches, communications blockades and increasing numbers of protesters surrounding the venue for the entire day. The police attempted to intimidate and arrest protesters at random, but this just led to dropped charges, payouts for wrongful arrest, and an even more determined resistance. By 2018 the protest had grown much larger, aided by groups such as the Kurdish Solidarity Network, and members of AFed from as far away as Cornwall. The arms fair was even being condemned in the Welsh Assembly. At this point DPRTE ran away to Birmingham.

Putting some distance extra between DPRTE and the committed anti-arms activists of South Wales and Bristol probably seemed like a good idea to the organisers. However a coalition of people in Birmingham soon made it clear that there would be just as much trouble for the event near their city. By the start of 2019 pressure was mounting on the venue and local government, and packed out meetings representing unions, faith groups, anarchists and others were putting plans in place for a number of demonstrations. At this point DPRTE ran away to Farnborough.

Changing venue with little time to spare couldn’t have been an easy (or cheap) decision for the DPRTE organisers. In Farnborough perhaps they think they have made themselves ‘un protestable’, with a secure venue owned by the industry itself, nestled in between an air field and the premises of arms companies. The creative, resourceful and committed movement against them begs to differ. Do they have anywhere left to run?

What you need to know!

The loose coalition of groups that has formed to confront DPRTE, is planning a static protest near the entrances of the event. There will be a diverse mix of folks present, and at these events it is common for small groups to launch their own actions throughout proceedings. Keep an eye out if you want to support these, or of course plan your own.

The Arms Fair takes places for one day, Thursday the 28th of March. Most of the set up is completed the night before, so delegates begin to arrive before 9am. This makes early morning the key time for any protest that wants to make its presence known, and we’ll be kicking things off from 8.30am.

The venue itself – Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre – has multiple entrances, and prior experience tells us that if there is a protest at one, organisers may attempt to hide this from attendees by instructing them to enter by a different entrance. As such the location of the main bulk of the protest may vary, so make sure to check

back here just before the day, or keep in touch with Campaign Against the Arms Trade or Birmingham Stop the Arms Fair. For now, aim to get to Queens Roundabout, Farnborough GU14 6AZ.

There are groups travelling to Farnborough from Bristol and Birmingham. If you would like to join them contact Bristol Anarchist Federation or Birmingham Stop the Arms Fair. There are several train stations near the venue, (Farnborough Main, Farnborough North, Aldershot) with regular services from London Waterloo, Guilford and Reading. If you are coming by car, you’ll need the A325 which is off the M3 and A31. More travel details can be found on the venues website, or by studying your online map of choice!

Unfortunately we can’t control what the police do. Whilst it is completely legal to take part in a static protest, the police will possibly see fit to give you trouble anyway. This is a risk at any and all public protest, and we highly recommend you read up on your legal rights, make sure you stick with a group of fellow protesters, and keep a look out for each other.

We’ll finish off by letting you know what you should bring. Beyond the basics for any day outside (an extra layer of clothing, water, snacks), we want to be seen and heard. So bring placards, banners, megaphones, loud voices, or quiet plans! ■

When: Thursday 28th March 8.30am onwards

Where: Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre farnboroughinternational.org

For updates check Social Media of:-
Campaign Against the ArmsTrade
Birmingham Stop the Arms Fair
Stop the Cardiff Arms Fair / Na i Ffair Arfau Caerdydd
Anarchist federation

For transport from Bristol via coach buy tickets at eventbright or contact them at bristol@afed.org.uk
if you require a solidarity ticket or want to donate further to costs.

tinyurl.com/briztoarms

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Statement On the “Yellow Vests” From The Federation Anarchiste (09/12/18)

Several weeks ago, a movement of anger as we have not seen in a longtime appeared in France, totally disorienting the state power. It is understandable and legitimate in regard to the suffered social violence; the diversity of its participants is an indication of how much people are fed up with the successive, more or less hidden, austerity politics. Even if impressive, this revolt is only adding to the recent social movements taking place throughout France in the hospitals, the rail company, universities, high-schools etc.

The main characteristic of this movement is the rejection of representation by politicians and of self-proclaimed leaders. On the occupied roundabouts, new modes of social interaction are being invented. Anarchists approve of this attitude which has always been theirs. However, the revolt will be in vain if it is not followed by proposals. They exist, for example in Saint-Nazaire or Commercy, and even if they don’t fully satisfy the anarchists, they deserve to be supported as long as they are moving toward emancipation.

We are condemning and denouncing the many cases of violent State repression (arbitrary arrests, flash trials, mutilations from police ‘non-lethal’ rounds and other offensive police weapons) as the only answer to the protests.

The victory of this movement will not be the dissolution of the Assemblée nationale (editor’s note: French Parliament) in order to fill it with demagogues/populists and/or nationalists who themselves would not tolerate such demonstrations, but in its disruption through the establishment of self-organising and anarchist federalism.

Fédération Anarchiste

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Statement From Brazilian Women Against Fascism UK

The presidential elections in Brazil ended with the victory of the neo-fascist candidate Jair Bolsonaro of the far-right party Social Liberal Party (PSL), with just over 55% of the valid votes. After a necessary period of recovery and reflection, we as the Brazilian Women Against Fascism UK group would like to outline what we believe are the next stages of resistance and forms of mobilization that will need to be articulated before the government begins in 2019, but whose weight we already felt in that transition period.

We would like to thank everyone who joined us on October 28 in front of the embassy. Our demonstration was very moving and filled us with strength and affection. The solidarity of all those present, the work done collectively, the Brazilian food, the music, the drums, the dances, the hugs, the hail rain and the occupation of the streets … Our immense gratitude to all those involved!

Our victory is knowing that we are fighting on the right side of history. Despite the electoral defeat, the campaign against fascism gained a lot of momentum in the last week of the campaign, especially among women. Even though the elected candidate had the broad support of companies and the financial market, as well as much of the mainstream media, the repercussion of the #EleNao (#NotHim) campaign showed that the path of resistance is possible and will become a reality.

Since then, we have received many messages of support and solidarity from other activist movements, unions and academic groups, offering support and solidarity, and invitations to participate in activities and demonstrations to debate and protest against the advances of fascism in Brazil and in the world. We understand the rise of the far-right as a global corporate phenomenon, based on privileges for the few and the suppression of the rights of the people. Because of this, we believe in the importance of forming a global opposition.

Our movement is a part of and helps build the wider front of resistance of all who oppose Bolsonaro. We are a non-partisan group of women with diverse ideological leanings, but we all have something in common: the strength and the will to fight against the growth of fascism in Brazil. We will not be answerable to the politics of any party, personality or leadership, and we will point out the limitations and responsibilities of each of these. Our main objective is to add and contribute to the resistance, especially of women, in Brazil and internationally.

We are very sorry that Brazilians living in London have also mostly chosen to elect Bolsonaro. It will be necessary to confront this, as we cannot allow his hate speech to be normalized. After the first round of the presidential elections, we saw a wave of violence and attacks on women, blacks, indigenous peoples, the LGBTQ+ community, teachers and people in general demonstrating against the elected candidate. Such a wave did not cease, nor has it diminished with his election. On the contrary, it has increased. Teachers and students were exposed and threatened in various university settings within Brazil, Quilombola communities and Social Movements are being attacked, as well as the entire LGBTQ+ community, among many other attacks. The dangers that Bolsonaro presents are not limited to minorities and human rights, but they cover a wide range of issues, including the environmental issue and the old colonial social structures. His policy proposals are aimed at keeping the lower social classes ever lower, so that upper classes maintain their exorbitant profits and absurd privileges, dramatically increasing the giant social abyss in which Brazil has been for so long, with direct attacks on those who oppose and denounce the government.

We understand that it is the task of all social movements in Brazil to form a united front of resistance against the Bolsonaro government. For this to happen, the connection with the international press and social movements is of crucial importance, to denounce the government and to exert pressure against the path of authoritarianism. This is the role that the collective Brazilian Women Against Fascism UK will seek to play. We have a long and arduous road ahead of us and we will need the help of all who are willing and able to build a grassroots base to disseminate information and a support for our fellow Brazilians.

Please get in touch if you want to get more involved and/or have some idea to offer – we need reinforcements as we plan to schedule an open meeting in January in London to work closely with groups and individuals interested in organising an international boycott campaign against Bolsonaro’s government.

No one will stop our fight for equal rights for all. We will not be silenced. ■

Não Passarão! EleNão!

BWAF UK (Brazilian Women against Fascism UK) is a non-partisan group of Brazilian women living in the UK, organised in reaction to the rising fascist threat to the democratic ideals of freedom, equality and social justice in Brazil and in the world. We are always open to the arrival of new comrades.

  • Stay in touch: bwaf@riseup.net
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A Letter To XR

As climate catastrophe draws near, we are impressed and encouraged by the movement that Extinction Rebellion is building. This mobilisation has reinvigorated environmental activism at a time when we most need it. XR has been bold in its aims when much of the established movement has been cynical, and has managed to tap into a broader sense of alarm over environmental degradation, and mobilised many people not previously involved. XR has grown at a speed that many people would have thought impossible before we saw it happen. XR has also been far more radical in this broad appeal than many people would have thought, pursuing a strategy built around both local direct action while maintaining an international orientation. We cannot overstate the overwhelmingly positive effect that XR is having on environmental politics.

Those of us already involved in various radical and green movements have been attending XR meetings and actions and found them deeply inspiring. However, at the same time we also have doubts about some of the tactics that XR has adopted in its pursuit of a green future, and we have discussed how we should bridge the differences between our views and those of XR. We do not want to undermine the important work that XR is doing, but we also feel that there is a conversation that needs to be had about some of XR’s tactics.

While we hope that these tactics do work, we are dubious that they will be enough. We fear that the government will be less willing to negotiate in good faith and more willing to use violent repression against a truly disruptive campaign than is assumed. Capitalism systematically incentivises environmental destruction, and we worry that the costs of any government initiative to combat climate change will fall on the poor and powerless unless a clear anti-capitalist stance is articulated. We will never be free from the spectre of environmental crisis while the profit of the few is put above the lives of everyone else.

Against the existential threat of human extinction hanging over us all, cooperation is our greatest strength. We feel that a separate organisation that works alongside XR while allowing for a greater diversity of tactics is the most honest way to do this. We want to support XR with a parallel mobilisation that has a greater focus on the capitalist roots of climate catastrophe.

We believe these actions can be mutually supportive and bring a zero emissions world closer to reality. See you on the streets.

MANIFESTO


We are encouraged by the ability of Extinction Rebellion to call people onto the streets and push their demands for zero emissions. However, we believe that meeting these demands will not be possible without abolishing capitalism, a system reliant on the total exploitation of nature; whether that be sacrificing our clean water to frack for hydrocarbons or sacrificing our children to the production line. We must develop our ideas of what a different future may look like outside the constraints of both capital and fossil fuels. We must also critique the false solutions offered by ‘green capitalism’ and increased state control. It is our contention that the world in fifty years will look radically different from what we see now. The question is whether we are moving towards a sustainable future for humanity, or one of catastrophe. We are calling for a broad anti-capitalist environmental movement based around the following points of unity.

  1. An existential threat – Human induced climate change and environmental destruction more broadly are a threat to global ecosystems. Action must be taken now to guarantee we not only survive, but flourish in the future.
  2. Capitalism is the crisis – Capitalism is part of the problem. A global economic system built on competing capitalists cannot be trusted to combat climate change when doing so threatens their profits. We must make the link between capitalism and environmental degradation explicit in our politics and critique the role of the state in facilitating this.
  3. International class solidarity – We must be internationalist in our scope and ensure victories for workers in MEDCs does not mean just pushing environmental problems onto workers in LEDCs who have done the least to contribute to climate change. We must push our trade unions to adopt an environmental as well as anti-capitalist stance which argues for a just but rapid transition for workers in extractive industries. We must take a hard stance against nationalism and aim instead for global unity.
  4. Building collective power – We should ensure the actions we take, and the struggles we link up for, leave us and others who take part stronger not weaker. We must avoid any so-called victory that relies on the ‘good will’ of a politician or the ‘expertise’ of an NGO. Win or lose, each action and campaign should leave us more aware of the world around us, more confident of our collective power, and more experienced in our ability to self-organise.
  5. Diversity of tactics – We must develop a diversity of tactics that is not dependent on the actions of politicians or corporations developing a conscience to achieve its goals. We plan to work alongside Extinction Rebellion while maintaining certain critiques of them.
  6. Horizontal, bottom-up structures- We cannot recreate the structures we know do not work within our own movement. Our movement must be horizontal and autonomous so that it truly represents the interests of those our current rulers treat as expendable. We must also take an intersectional approach to our solidarity and care for each other at all times.
  7. We need a new system – Ultimately, while the imminent threat of climate change may limit us to putting pressure on state and capital in the short term, in the longer term we need to replace these institutions to solve the systematic problems that have created this crisis.

We are entering uncharted territory, in terms of how the earth’s ecosystems may respond to the ever-increasing pressures capitalism places upon them. Left unchecked, the current fossil fuel economy will continue to wreck the climate with the burden on impacts falling on the working class and LEDCs. We do not have faith that capitalists – or their parliamentarian representatives – will act in time to limit climate change in a meaningful way. The crisis they perpetuate can only lead to an increase in state control of the economy, of our lives, of the borders, as the ruling class seeks to contain social unrest and keep out climate refugees. We must take back control of our energy and production systems to create a new model of equality between peoples and harmony with nature.

Yours in Solidarity
GREEN ANTI-CAPITALIST FRONT ■

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