Saturday the 6th of December 2014, a group of individuals attacked the existing order. In Rågsved and Hagsätra, in the south of Stockholm, the dogs of the State were attacked with molotovs, stones and firecrackers. Following this event, the local cop station got smashed and several cars were burned. Of the present troublemakers ten were unfortunately arrested the same night and one only shortly thereafter.*
The cops are eagerly searching for the rest of the participants. The cops are also making their greatest efforts into understanding why someone planned such a deed; for planned it was, according to everybody who so far allowed themselves to make a statement about the occurrences.
Why shouldn’t be so hard to understand, even for a bigoted constable. As soon as someone tries to take back their freedom, which belongs to every living being, the uniforms are building lines, ready to harm, lock up and even kill, just to keep us all enslaved.
If we take a look back at our normality, we see that direct violence from the State and its institutions is not the most freedom-killing one, but rather carries with it a catalytic potential for revolt. No, the worst of all, and what could make the most freedom-committed of individuals rot away in a concrete landscape, is the bureaucratically administrated power: the Job centre, the Tax office, the Social insurance authority, the Social security administration, the Migration authority, the Prison institution, the Juvenile office, the Bailiffs and all of their capitalist collaborators (career coaching firms, asylum entrepreneurs, debt collectors, “children entrepreneurs”, etc.). Together with the morals enforced by society, telling us how to act and what our obligations are as slaves; religious and patriarchal structures in families and local communities… You should want to work, but no one wants to hire you. You get a job, but you’re not paid any money. You are promised asylum, but in the end you still have to go underground. You are supposed to be eager to learn, but your intelligence is defamed. It should come as no surprise that, because of all this, a hatred towards the existent is formulated, and conscious steps are taken to attack it. Rather it is worrying that so many keep submitting to these social relations.
They who chose to act in conflict with society this Saturday did so with still unknown intentions. It is also not of great importance. The important thing is to state that they attacked power relations which keep us all in place, and that eleven people are currently locked up accused of these events.
So many of us carry these committed actions in our visions and on a small scale in our everyday lives, but so often let convenience keep us away from carrying them out… No matter their motives, they did not choose convenience…
We don’t care whether they’re guilty or not; eleven individuals are locked up accused of attacking authorities. The least we can do is show our solidarity as anti-authoritarian freedom fighters. And solidarity is best expressed through actions…
The following letter by Farid El Yamni – brother of Wissam, who was killed by police in 2012 – is addressed to the mother of Rémi Fraisse (21), murdered by police in the early hours of October 26th, 2014. Wissam El Yamni (30) was brutally assaulted by cops in Clermont-Ferrand on New Year’s Eve, before being taken into custody. He fell into a coma and died in hospital Monday, January 9th, 2012. His death sparked rioting and car-burnings. Farid wanted his text to be made public, but it will also be sent to Rémi’s parents.
November 3rd, 2014
I am writing this letter to you at a time when violent protests are condemned and peaceful sit-ins are praised in Paris.
I lost my brother in conditions quite similar to those in which you lost your son. My brother, who once took so much care of my mother, left us and will not return. The loss of my brother has caused me immense pain that I feel every time the State kills again. “Where the danger grows, grows also that which saves,” someone said. Each time the State kills it’s also an opportunity to put a halt to it, force it to change, and render the lost dignity to all the others.
Rémi’s death is tied to much more than the story of a life; it is tied to the lives of all of us, individually and collectively. The criminalization which occurred is terrible; it was the same thing for us. I realized later that it was deliberate. I only wanted one thing: that the Justice gets to the truth and renders the dignity that my brother deserved, in quiet, and that this story benefits everyone, us the governed in order to love each other better, as well as the police in order to reconcile itself with the nation. I thought the police could not accept murderers into its ranks, I didn’t know it enough at the time. I was wrong. Neighbourhoods were burned; we appealed for calm: every burned car or trash bin was perceived as an insult, like a thorn in the heart, a thorn pushed deeper into us.
Then time passed, we were promised the truth, but we were provided with nothing except lies, nothing except false promises, like many others before us. People warned us, but we did not believe them. François Hollande, himself, took my mother into his arms and promised he would help us shed light on the death of her son. Without justice and truth, we lived the passing time as a prison sentence. All this time we were in prison suffocating and appealing to the Justice for help.
And then we realized that our case was not isolated; so many other families experienced and are still experiencing the same thing. There are so many humiliations and mutilations committed consciously by the police and covered up by the Justice, so many of them!
We also discovered how the police think, it’s spine-chilling. Here’s an example: last Wednesday, following the demonstration in Paris, one of the police officers told me “1–0” in front of his colleagues at the police station, who giggled when they saw me wearing the t-shirt “Emergency Our Police Assassinate”. No one told him anything, no one… With examples of this kind, so many people in everyday life in France can no longer stand this police, nor see the end of it.
I understand the appeal for calm; we also did the same back then. You also have to understand that many people no longer believe in this system that gives de facto impunity to the police. You have to understand that nonviolence is conceivable only if you suppose that the opposite camp is capable of questioning itself: they are humanly incapable of it, because they consider that calling the police into question would mean to call the State into question. For 40 years, the police kill with impunity, repeatedly. For 40 years, we are witnessing the same method of whitewashing the murders of the State, despite the videos, the testimonies, the evidences. For 40 years, there are sit-ins, demonstrations, books, official statements by politicians, declarations addressed to the interior minister. For 40 years, it does not work.
Here’s how it goes: the AFP news agency delivers the breaking story, the prosecutor lies, a shoddy investigation is opened and summarized to result in a ridiculous conviction, or even a lack of conviction, after many years. The worst thing is that those who will bury the affair will be promoted and those who killed our brothers, our sons or friends will be treated as champions by their colleagues. This is the reality that you’re also about to experience.
Manuel Valls said that violence is insulting to the memory of Rémi, but know that Manuel Valls, through his inaction in combating police impunity, is the prime murderer of your son. He is not simply criminal, but recidivist. He came to Clermont-Ferrand one week prior to the bogus counter-autopsy report, of which he knew the wherefores, and he spoke of the case with intent to condemn the violence of those who revolted against the killing of my brother.
Madam, people are fighting for Rémi, for their dignity and for their ideals. They fight for you, for all of us, for the brotherliness to be effective. Those who fight are familiar enough with the malevolence of our governors to understand they’re trying to make us believe that we are living in a State based on law, whereas we are living in a State based on duty. The State does not respect the law it demands that we respect. It plays with our bodies, our confidence, our money and our dignity. It demands that we are on our knees, and this one is a categorical imperative.
I wrote this letter to you, and to all those who read my words, to let you know that today, more than ever, I understand how much nonviolence in affairs of state crimes has its limits. Because of its powerlessness, nonviolence at times is more condemnable, more deadly than violence itself. Those who govern us are malicious, arrivistes, sadists and recidivists. They have to be thrown out by any means necessary.
Farid El Yamni, brother of Wissam El Yamni, murdered by police on January 1st, 2012 in Clermont-Ferrand.
The police state has no limits in the town of Messolonghi. In their attempt to hang a banner near the central square, two comrades were physically assaulted by two plainclothes cops. The comrades strongly resisted the brutal assault and were taken to the Messolonghi police station. Shortly afterwards there was a double attack on the police station, and cop cars were smashed. There will be more updates soon.
Solidarity with the arrested comrades.
The coming winter will fall heavily upon you, scumbags.
On the morning of October 23rd, 2014, comrades paid a visit to the medical practice of Nazi Athena Mataraga, located on 16, Kasomouli Street in Neos Kosmos. Mataraga, an active member of the Golden Dawn, was also a candidate listed on the ballot of the Nazi organization in recent elections of the Athens Medical Association.
What was returned to the colleague of Dr. Mengele was a small percent of the violence that the scumbags of her gang exert on migrants, workers and fighters.
The worms will be dug one by one out of their holes. Nothing will remain unanswered.
On Monday afternoon, October 20th, a fascist was spotted and crushed in the area of Exarchia. The spineless thug that goes by the name Ioannis Kaptsis (originally from Syros Island) was wearing a ‘Pit Bull Hellas’ t-shirt, which he lost along with his handbag. Receipts of purchases from the area of Exarchia (he’s probably a resident) were found on him, as well as contacts with infamous fascists (Lagos of the Golden Dawn, for example) and other like-minded scum (e.g. Giorgos Golden, Maria Golden) in his mobile phone.
Neither in Exarchia, nor anywhere; bash the fash in every hood.
PS. We thank him for the generous donation of his money that will enable us to renew the residence permit of a migrant comrade.
A big unauthorized demonstration with up to 1,000 participants started by 8pm at Neue Pferdemarkt and went over Schanzenviertel’s main street, the Schulterblatt. Slogans against the State and borders have been sprayed on walls of houses, banks and shops, there was firework and it was loud.
After the cops stopped the demonstration the crowd dispersed and came together again at different times and places. Partly, there were several demonstrations at the same time.
The local office of the social-democratic party (SPD) in St. Pauli got attacked; furthermore, the entrance of the residential building of Hamburg’s senator of justice in the Brigittenstraße was destroyed. People erected many barricades, which the cops partly attacked. These are only a few impressions of this night. The cops didn’t manage to control the situation. It was pleasant to see that many took own initiative and were well prepared.
No borders! No states! For many uncontrolled summer nights!
As could be read tonight on a freshly painted wall in St. Pauli: “For social revolt!”
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.”
On Saturday morning, January 25th, in the district of Keratsini in Piraeus (port of Athens), a large assault militia of neo-Nazis desecrated the entire place where Pavlos Fyssas was murdered by Golden Dawn member in September 2013. Shorty after that, nearly 80 Golden Dawn members attacked the Resalto self-organized space. The neo-Nazis were repelled by some 15 comrades, who were inside the Resalto. According to first estimates, the fascists showed up at the neighbourhood in threes, and attacked the outside of the Resalto with stones, bricks and paints under the supervision of police officers. All this lasted a few minutes. The nationalist thugs went away as soon as a cop from DIAS motorcycle team was heard saying to them “you’re done here”… Then the police helped the fascists flee the scene of the attack from Lambraki street. During the fascist attack on the Resalto, windows of the house next door were smashed, and even bricks were thrown into a kid’s bedroom. Some of the fascists were recognized; their force came from the areas of Piraeus, Perama, Nikaia and Athens. The great majority of them were young men, and some had helmets with them. All comrades are in good health, while several fascists were probably hit in the head with various objects. The incident lasted for ten minutes at most, in the presence of DIAS cops who offered protection to the Golden Dawn neo-Nazis the whole time. In the meantime, groups of anarchist comrades and other antifascists from Piraeus and Athens were informed of what happened, and arrived in Keratsini enraged and prepared to chase away the neo-Nazis, but the thugs had already vanished from the area. A half hour after the fascists left, more of DIAS motorcycle units as well as MAT anti-riot squadrons were deployed to the district. The Resalto collective called for a local spontaneous demonstration at Laou square, in response to the attack. The demo, with more than 400 protesters, began after 2pm and moved through the streets of Keratsini, also passing from the place where antifascist Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death.
Below is a text (featured in the following video) about the fascist provocations in Keratsini:
Four months after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas in Amfiali by an assault battalion of the Golden Dawn party, approximately 100 bullying fascists made their appearance once again in Keratsini, at the neighbourhoods of Amfiali and Tabouria. Walking down the Tsaldari street, the fascists desecrated the place where Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death—a murder which they themselves committed—erasing painted slogans, poems and dedications of dozens of people in his remembrance, and destroying the banner of the ‘Ploumpidis’ local association of school teachers. This was a clear ‘assumption of responsibility’ for the murder on their part, an assassination they had not confessed publicly before, having their ripper Roupakias ‘disavowed’.
In their wake, they torn down several other banners of the teachers local association, they smeared antifascist graffiti and sprayed walls with vomiting fascist-nationalist slogans, and when they reached the Laou square (‘People’s square’) in Tabouria they moved aggressively toward the Resalto self-organized space of solidarity and rupture (situated 100m from that square). Apparently, in their attempt to reemerge in districts of Piraeus over the past few weeks and rerun their offices in Nikaia, they were deeply annoyed by the forceful resistance they encountered from people in struggle (hence they launched their provocations already since the previous week, by painting a slogan on the wall of the Pasamontaña self-managed social space in Koridallos, showing up their faces again in the areas of Nikaia and Koridallos during one of their usual pathetic parades).
Nearly half of the fascists went up Ermou street and attacked the hangout, simultaneously causing damages to homes, cars and motorbikes of dwellers, while the rest of them had blocked the Konstantinoupoleos road, preventing vehicles from passing, and thus securing their assault group. The 15 comrades, both women and men who were inside the Resalto at the time, defended themselves and the project, and after a five minute clash they managed to repel the fascists. They demonstrated that collective comradely fight, without classifications of one’s ‘capacity’ or sex, is able to cope with the Nazi assault battalions when the forces of repression do not actively lend them a hand. Needless to say that the many DIAS police motorcycles, that escorted the fascists after their attack until their withdrawal from Keratsini, made no detention whatsoever, despite the fact that the first police forces arrived at the spot while the assault-clash was underway, and even though many fascists (those who were at the forefront) retreated with paint on their clothes. It is important to note that the principal fact which confirms the antisocial, thuggish and murderous nature of fascists was the destruction of glass windows and facade of the house next door with stones, although the owner was yelling that this is a home and there’s a small child inside. Most of the dozens of stones that were thrown on this residence fell into the kid’s room, so if the small girl had not been quickly moved by her parents, she would have been seriously or fatally injured.
An antifascist concentration was immediately called in Laou square, and more than 400 antifascists held a spontaneous demonstration in Tabouria and Amfiali (taking to the streets where the fascists had made their appearance earlier), wiping out also the fascist slogans from the walls. Many people from the area participated in the march, which was also supported by people in solidarity and struggle from the surrounding districts of Piraeus and various neighbourhoods of Athens.
The fascists are the loyal dogs of the State and Capital—no matter if they continue to play the ‘antisystemic’—who fell into disfavor with their bosses (which is likely a temporary phase) due to standalone tendencies and a series of uncontrollable moves-choices of their own, such as the murder attempt on trade unionists of PAME [Stalinist syndicalist organ] in Perama and the murder of Pavlos Fyssas in Keratsini. We’ll say it once again: in the hoods of refugee population, of resistance, dignity and solidarity, the fascists, their assault battalions and their supporters are not just undesirable but enemies. Fascist murderers, there’s no place for you in our hoods. And we will confirm this every moment, in every way.
Saturday 25.1.2014 Resalto self-organized space of solidarity and rupture
Keratsini autonomous antifascist assembly
Keratsini-Drapetsona square assembly
Below is footage from a neighbour (the neo-Nazis are shouting “blood-honour-golden dawn” and “anarchists, sons of a whore”), footage from inside the Resalto, and moments of the spontaneous demonstration in Keratsini:
Video link: dai.ly/x1abj6v. More photos, showing demonstrators from the anarchist/antiauthoritarian milieu but also from the left-wing spectrum, alongside several neighbours: Social-Revolution
UPCOMING ACTION: Antifascist march in Keratsini — Friday, January 31st, 2014, at 6pm Gathering in Nikis square, on Tsaldari street, Amfiali
Thousands of people came to Hamburg on the 21st of December to participate in the protest against the eviction of the Rote Flora squat, for a right to stay for refugees, and to show solidarity to the evicted residents of the Esso houses. Everybody knew that it would be a chaotic day, with thousands of autonomous activists and thousands of riotcops standing against each other in Hamburg. Still, everything went differently than we first thought it would go.
The pre-gathering in front of the Rote Flora squat was scheduled to begin at 2pm, and the big international demonstration was due for 3pm. Thousands of people gathered there already at noon. The atmosphere was great; people were full of enthusiasm and wanted to take the protest to the street. So, finally shortly after 3pm, the march started. Not only was it one of the biggest demonstrations of the year but also the shortest. The police stopped the march under a bridge after 20 meters. Cops immediately used pepper spray and batons to force the activists to stop. A few seconds later, two water cannons also came to push back the demo to where it started.
Then activists responded with stones, bottles and fireworks against the police. People were being pushed back, because more and more cops stormed against the crowd, hitting almost everyone in their way. In the end it seemed like, even though there were hundreds of protesters fighting the cops, they had no chance because there were hundreds if not thousands of cops in full body armor attacking them again and again. Another problem was that there was very little material to throw at the police. Many people had prepared themselves for street fights with the cops that day, but were initially paralyzed because of how fast the police escalated violence. Activists built barricades out of trashcans, benches and tables from restaurants nearby. After 30 minutes of clashes, the police managed to gain control of most of the place in front of the Rote Flora. By then everybody had accepted the fact that there would not be a large demonstration in Hamburg that day. So people just used a different strategy to take the protest to the streets.
Shortly after the police attacked the demo, some activists already tried to get away; people realized that the demonstration would not go on, so they wanted to leave the location and start their own actions in the city. Even though almost every street was blocked by hundreds of riotcops, many activists managed to leave the scenery. Then they formed spontaneous demonstrations in the entire city. Sometimes demos with only 50 people and sometimes demos with over 1,000 people walking through the streets, attacking cops, banks, shops (big corporations like McDonalds and Vodafone) while building barricades. Long into the night you could hear fireworks and people shouting slogans in all of Hamburg. People didn’t wait for someone to start the action; they started it themselves again and again. The police mostly just tried to chase us away and stop direct actions, because as it seems they didn’t have enough capacities to make a lot more than twenty arrests with charges that day.
It is hard to say whether this was a ‘victory’ or a ‘loss’ for the protest. We did not manage to demonstrate like we first wanted. The police clearly wanted to stop the process of combining three main struggles in Hamburg: Rote Flora squat, refugee struggle and Esso houses. On the other hand, Hamburg has seen the biggest riots in recent years, and after decentralizing the protest the police lost control of the situation.
I personally think it was a good day. Activists showed that an eviction of the Rote Flora squat would not be tolerated and it would end in absolute chaos for the Hamburg’s government, the police and the Capital. It is always nice to experience situations where the cops have to turn around and just run…
In Hamburg, the 8th Wednesday Lampedusa-demonstration had about 600 participants and started at dusk from the information tent at the central train station. The march went across the Mönckebergstraße to Jungfernstieg and then back. In the evening, 30 people took part in a spontaneous demonstration in the Schanzenviertel.
In Bremen, at noon, about 25 activists occupied the office of the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) for one hour in order to call attention to the situation of the refugees in Hamburg. In front of the office, passersby could see a banner giving information about the action and its reasons. November 2nd
In Bremen, nearly 200 people attended a solidarity demonstration in the downtown area of the city.
In Hamburg, at least 15,000 (organizers spoke of 25,000) people took part in a large demonstration under the slogan “Recognition for the Lampedusa group in Hamburg – now!” Additionally, “War, escape, deprivation of rights – enough is enough! Residence permits following Paragraph 23” (the German law that provides for residency to be granted to refugees) and “We are here to stay!” were written on the banners which the Lampedusa-refugees held in the first row of the demonstration. A wide variety of protesters (from refugees, anti-racist and antifascist groups, neighbourhood initiatives, autonomous and anarchist blocs, trade unionists, members of left-wing parties, and many others who are in solidarity with the refugees) took part in this strident demonstration, showing their indignation at racial profiling and deportations. Some of the affected refugees gave speeches from the sound-truck about the roots of their movement, their current situation and struggle. They underlined that they would not be separated, and that they would keep on struggling together, demanding a right to stay for the entire group; there cannot be any trust given to the responsible politicians, when the mayor and interior minister announce “you have no future here…” Continue reading Ongoing refugee struggle across Germany – “Still loving the right to stay”→
At around 3.45pm, participants of the ‘Independence March’ attacked Przychodnia social centre. It owes only to our own determination and calmness that we managed to resist the nationalist aggression. A few people were injured but nobody’s life is in danger.
Neo-fascists were prepared to comment on the matter in the media, and immediately informed that it was people from the squat who attacked their march from the roof throwing stones in their direction. It is obvious that this was impossible because the end of Skorupki Street, where the building is located, is around 200 meters from Marszałkowska Street, along which nationalists were marching.
As we can see on a few videos [e.g. i, ii], a paramilitary formation called ‘the Guard of the Independence March,’ whose role was to protect the march, made it possible for the group of a few hundred people to pass, armed and ready to fight. Participants of the Independence March, with flares, bottles and stones in their hands, rushed into Przychodnia.
The nationalists set one car on fire and devastated another one, damaged the building trying to get inside, but fortunately we managed to resist the attack. It was possible only because we had kept watch on the roof (we had been threatened for some time already), and reacted fast to put out flares which fell inside the building.
We want to stress that, despite the fact that the police squads were stationed a few hundred meters from us, it took them 20 minutes to intervene. If we had listened to the police and ignored the danger, the squat would have been burnt down.
The Goebbelsian propaganda of the National Movement is trying to make it appear like an act of hooliganism – despite the fact that it was the officially appointed guard of the march who let the attackers leave the march and helped them evacuate afterwards. At the moment we are getting prepared for another raid; stay alert!
Nearly 50 activists gathered in front of Hamburg’s city hall to show their solidarity with refugees, while the Senate had a meeting inside. The activists displayed a banner reading “No one is illegal” and shouted slogans. After a short time police arrived and pushed the activists out of the so-called “no protest zone,” then gave them a restraining order for the location.
Later, the regular occurring Wednesday demonstration, which is self-organized by the refugees, had over 1,200 participants.
In Berlin, a demonstration of around 80 people for the right of refugees to remain was attacked by the police. The result was many injured people, one of whom was so severely injured that had to be brought to the hospital. As a response to this repression about 150 people assembled in the evening hours for a spontaneous demonstration, however the demonstration was quickly kettled by the cops. Outside of the kettle hundreds of people in numerous groups, both small and large, demonstrated on the nearby streets, some of them blocking a roundabout with building material from a nearby construction site. After the first demonstration was officially registered, and therefore authorized, police ended the kettle and the demonstration went on. More and more people joined the demonstration until there were more than a thousand people. During the march, small barricades were constructed and one Commerzbank was attacked. The second attempt of the police to stop short the demonstration failed, because the protesters were able to break away. At the police headquarters in Tempelhofer Damm the demonstration ended, however several hundred people remained until 2.30am to demand the release of the people who were detained earlier that day. There the police, once again, detained several demonstrators.
In the evening, a spontaneous demonstration around Hamburg’s Barmbecker station consisting of around 150 people was stopped and kettled by a large number of cops only a few minutes after it started. However a later demonstration in Schanzenviertel, which started at 9.30pm, was able to make it all the way to its endpoint and the cops only started their usual militaristic activity when the demonstration was already over.
In Dortmund, antifascists hung eight banners from bridges to express their solidarity with the refugees and their supporters.
In Hamburg at 8.30pm, directly after the FC St.Pauli home game, a demonstration organized by groups of FC St.Pauli supporters and other groups from the same district took place. During the football match many banners and a choreography in solidarity with refugees were displayed, and the fans invited the refugees to the football match. At the nearby Bunker, flares were lit up right after the game and 10,000 people marched from the stadium to the St.Pauli church, where the refugees currently live. Because of the fact that some of the refugees also participated in the demonstration, the demonstrators did not attack the police or make direct actions. The police were on the defensive, perhaps surprised to be confronted with many more people than they had expected. They only made laughable threats over loudspeakers that they would stop the demonstration because of the flares being lit up. At the same time activists occupied a big chimney in the Bleichstraße and unfurled a giant banner reading “No one is illegal.” Supporters of the action were attacked by the police with pepper-spray and batons, and two were detained. After the police twice cleared the street in front of the tower, they retreated until morning. Continue reading Refugee struggle in Hamburg and other parts of Germany→
Since the winter of 2012/2013, approximately 300 African refugees live in Hamburg. They managed to escape from Libya, migrated to Italy and then reached the German border. In May 2013 fighters of the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg,” recognized in Italy as refugees from the NATO-war in Libya, publicly stepped into action for the first time in Germany, in their struggle for free access to the labour market, housing, medical and social care, education and free choice of their residence within the European Union—legal rights which can always be granted, in contrast to the claims made by the Hamburg state minister of the Interior and the mayor. The Senate is only eager to provide temporary accommodation ahead of the cold winter if the refugees hand over their documents and agree to be deported. Recently, mayor Olaf Scholz of the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) even stated that Hamburg have the most modern refugee-politics in the country… In this very moment—while the agony for the latest deaths of migrants on Italy’s southernmost island Lampedusa is still fresh—the Hamburg government has unleashed a large-scale police operation also against these refugees, who survived the war and the flight to Lampedusa some time ago.
As reported earlier, in mid-October 2013 activists gave an ultimatum to the Senate of Hamburg to stop the racial profiling, but naturally there was no positive sign from the side of authorities. However, the city of Hamburg has not seen one quiet day ever since. The local forces were unable to cope with all of the actions over the past few days, thus police deployments have moved to Hamburg from other regions to their aid. There have been numerous activities and demonstrations in Hamburg and several other cities across Germany, and beyond. Below are some updates.
The group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” held their weekly march in the city, this time counting with the presence of 1,000 participants (next demo scheduled for Wednesday the 23rd of October). Another open letter of the refugees was addressed to the Senate of Hamburg —you may read it here.
– Small groups of activists blocked traffic along streets in the port area of Hamburg, while hundreds of cops conducted anti-refugee checks, mainly on the Reeperbahn; people in solidarity tried to resist and shouted slogans. A demonstration from Gänsemarkt square started at 7pm with 600 people (video). In addition, 300 other protesters took part in several demonstrations in Hamburg that night through Mönckebergstraße or the Karstadt mall. A few hundred people took to the streets also at Millerntor square, Schanze area and Eimsbüttel, where clashes with the police occurred. At 8pm, nearly 100 people blocked the Kennedy bridge. Repression forces were over-challenged by activities throughout the day.
– An anti-nationalist action was claimed in Frankfurt in solidarity with the “Lampedusa in Hamburg.”
– In Bielefeld almost 20 activists attacked several capitalist targets, such as profiteers from Europe war politics. Cops were unable to stop the action.
– An unauthorized demonstration of nearly 50 people took place in Vienna, Austria.
– Nearly 1,200 people participated in a demonstration that started from the Hamburg university. Several spontaneous demonstrations were held in the Schanze neighbourhood and around the Altona railway station. Members of the “Gezi Park Fiction” group, in St. Pauli, expressed their solidarity with the message: “Love real boat people – Hate maritime marketing” connecting the refugee protest with the anti-gentrification struggle. They also stated: “People from Lampedusa have enriched our lives for a few months now. They gave back to St. Pauli a sense of community and a sense of knowing that our right to the city doesn’t know nations or property; and surely no skin colour.”
– Some 10th grade pupils from a school in St. Pauli released an open petition to make their gym available for the refugees in winter.
– In the evening, around 80 people participated in an uncontrolled stroll from St. Pauli to the Schanze neighbourhood, passing out fliers to pedestrians, spraying graffiti and attacking banks and shops with stones and hammers. The stroll dispersed when cops arrived on the scene.
– A night dance-demonstration for affordable housing also showed solidarity with the refugees’ struggle (video).
– Racial profiling and migration controls were significantly reduced due to the fact that the police did not have enough forces to conduct those. Yet another round of small, spontaneous demonstrations took place allover Hamburg.
– Rostock saw the largest demonstration since the anti-G8 protest in 2007. More than 1,500 people hit the streets in solidarity with refugee fights.
– Nearly 200 people marched through the Rheinhausen area in Duisburg, where racial tensions against Roma accommodated in a shelter have existed for months.
– Approximately 500 people participated in a demonstration in Büren against the biggest German migrant prison. It’s been a long time since this annual demonstration had attracted so many participants.
– Some 50 people in solidarity with refugees held a spontaneous demonstration in Bamberg.
– A solidarity demonstration took place in Flensburg, too, with a total of 80 activists.
Repression practices increased rapidly in Hamburg on Sunday. A spontaneous demonstration of 200 people at Dammtor was kettled on different points of the route, and the crowd was forcibly evicted from the area. Cops detained demonstrators, and several participants were singled out and filmed by the police.
– People in solidarity with the refugees in Hamburg gathered in downtown Wuppertal. Approximately 70 participants carried out a spontaneous demonstration to the local office of the SPD. An open letter from this solidarity initiative was read and given to the SPD. Cops didn’t attempt to attack the demo.
– In the south of Leipzig nearly 60 people held an unauthorized march using fireworks and building barricades. Comrades tried to destroy an infamous surveillance camera at the Connewitzer Kreuz by placing burning trash bins underneath it.
– Spontaneous demonstrations took place in Hamburg once again, counting with a large presence of people. Streets were blocked by protesters, and oftentimes cops were too slow to intervene.
– There was an evening critical mass ride of 500 bicyclists in solidarity with Lampedusa refugees in Hamburg (video). Police vehicles drove after the bike demo. Shortly afterwards, Hamburg’s mayor Olaf Scholz (primarily responsible for the escalation of repression) gave a public speech to his loyal voters. Anti-racists mobilized to effectively disrupt the meeting. People inside the hall started to chant “No human being is illegal – A right to stay for everyone.” Few activists were reportedly detained during the action. Outside, their 500 supporters were blocking the traffic.
– Nearly 100 people held an evening solidarity demonstration at Frankfurt airport area.
Sadly fascist scum have been busy for the last few weeks, too. There have been arson attacks on houses for refugees in Gemünden and Wehr, while similar attacks occurred in Luckenwalde, Premnitz, Güstrow and Duisburg. Recently, the neo-Nazi party NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany) initiated a march with torches in Schneeberg with 1,500 participants. This presence also demonstrates the fact that parts of the middle class engage in openly racist activity. The situation brings back horrifying memories of pogroms against migrants in various parts of Germany in the early 90s.
Meanwhile, on the 20th of October, “activists against racism and deportations” released a call to action, stating among others that the right to stay for refugees will be decided in the streets, from all the people who practice their own forms of resistance, those who are blocking the deportation operation and disturb the repressive controls, those who open up new spaces for protest, all those who publicly declare their resistance again or for the first time…
Friday, 25.10: Call for demonstration in Hamburg (after the football match St. Pauli vs Sandhausen) by fans of the FC St. Pauli and district initiatives in solidarity with Lampedusa refugees
Saturday, 26.10: Demonstration from Rote Flora against police arbitrariness and racist controls in Hamburg / Demonstration against Frontex on the same day in Munich, under the slogan “Learn from Lampedusa – open migration routes!”
Saturday, 2.11: Solidarity demonstration for Lampedusa refugees in Hamburg —see flyer
Saturday, 21.12: Nationwide demonstration in Hamburg in solidarity with the Rote Flora squat, the Esso houses initiative, and for the right to permanence for refugees and everyone
The Hamburg Senate is responsible for racial profiling as part of a manhunt against Libyan refugees. It affects people who managed to get from Italy’s southernmost island Lampedusa to Hamburg, and are now facing state persecution. Governors have pushed the escalation to a higher level, and forced refugees to report themselves at authorities until Wednesday, October 16th. This step is in fact a preparation for their deportation, because the German law and the “Fortress Europe” treaty (the Dublin II Regulation, which the local authorities are able to put into place) do not allow them to stay in Germany.
After an ultimatum from the Senate to refugees, “activists for the right to stay, instead of repression and racial profiling” responded with their own ultimatum to the Senate to stop the manhunt against refugees. The plan was to hit the streets and gather in the Achidi-John-Square (near the Rote Flora squat) when the ultimatum would end on Tuesday the 15th at 8pm.
The sacrifice of resistance which doesn’t include militant forms of action has become obsolete in view of the latest developments. The activist proclamation reads that “a point is reached where, in the future, every kind of protest needs to take to the streets… Every protest is fair and useful to stop the power politics of the Senate.” People in solidarity with migrants reassured the Senate that “there won’t be quiet days,” in the hope that more people would get active. Furthermore, they have urged people to make spontaneous demonstrations and take own initiatives.
Let’s show solidarity! No more quiet days for racism and repression. Stop the racial profiling. Right to stay for everyone!
Due to further control checks by authorities, a demonstration was called from different sides for the 15th of October to begin by 8pm from the Rote Flora squat. Already the previous day, it was confirmed that the position of the Senate is to hold onto racist controls and maintain the line that refugees from Lampedusa stand no chance of getting any help or roof over their head. The checks will continue to take place with the aim to deport as many refugees as soon as possible… Meanwhile, some months ago, the Church provided one single local “church asylum” for 80 refugees.
Footage from October 15th, 2013 at circa 18.25 (local time):
– The Senate of Hamburg doesn’t move back. A “political solution” for refugees seems impossible.
– Cops raided a safe-place of refugees in the St. Georg district of Hamburg. The refugees weren’t allowed to have access to their belongings.
– The police increased their presence at several points in Hamburg all day long, controlling people who looked “suspicious.”
– The large evening demonstration was massively attacked after five minutes by the cops (with water cannons, tear gases, cavalry division, brutal kicking and beatings). A lot of people were encircled. Protesters had to move into back-streets, where they were attacked by even more repression forces. The demo was split in two parts. As a result, many smaller activities developed.
– It was estimated that 2,000 people participated in street protests. Until late hours of October 15th, several spontaneous demonstrations took place throughout Hamburg. A march of few hundred people at Weidenallee was later formed; cops unleashed attack with batons and pepper spray. Water cannons and cops on horses appeared in the back of the protest. At the same time, the German Press did not miss out on the chance to portray demonstrators as “criminals,” and reported nothing about police violence.
– While some of the spontaneous marches were also blocked and kettled by the police after few meters, the heavy police presence did not manage to stop protest everywhere in the city. Plenty of activists confronted cops directly in the streets; fireworks were used; during clashes on a crossroad, materials of a construction site were placed all over the street, etc.
– Nearly 250 people moved successfully in Altona neighbourhood for several hours; this protest ended by 11pm in front of Rote Flora. While demonstrators walked through the Schanzenviertel and Altona, solidarity was also expressed at the opening of the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, where participants stated that fighting for lesbian-gay-transgender-queer rights always requires solidarity with other victims of repression. Additionally, a banner was unfurled there, which read: “Lampedusa in Hamburg – They are here to stay – No human being is illegal!”
On the 16th of October:
– In the early hours of Wednesday, the district court in Flensburg was attacked with paint, and the slogan “Stop racial profiling” was sprayed on the building.
– An evening demonstration of the Lampedusa group in Hamburg was planned for the 16th; more than a thousand joined this call. Meanwhile, more racist controls were conducted in St. Pauli and St. Georg districts and at least one refugee got arrested on Reeperbahn (in the red light district of Hamburg).
– Unauthorized evening demonstration of nearly 500 people in Berlin was held in solidarity with refugees in Hamburg. Two police cars were smashed and several roads blocked with construction materials.
– Around 40 people participated in a spontaneous evening march in the streets of Hannover. Flyers reading “Lampedusa is everywhere!” were shared out to passers-by with information about the struggle in Hamburg. The demonstration dispersed shortly after repression forces arrived.
– During the night of Wednesday to Thursday, activists attacked a local office of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in Frankfurt am Main, in solidarity with sans papiers in Hamburg and everywhere. Windows and doors were destroyed. In the responsibility claim it is also mentioned that party officials like the Hamburg SPD mayor Olaf Scholz are responsible for the current policy against refugees, a policy that segregates and incriminates people because of their background, history or skin colour. As far as these matters are concerned, the SPD in Hamburg is no different than the Frankfurt SPD; hence their attack was directed against the entire party and anyone who supports this racist policy.
Friday, 18.10: Supporters of the war refugees from Libya call for an afternoon rally in Bielefeld, “for borderless solidarity instead of confined nationalism”
Saturday, 19.10: Demonstrations in solidarity with refugees, and against deportation prisons, in the cities of Rostock (“Refugees Welcome!”) and Büren, and across Germany – Antiracist protest on the same day in Duisburg, against mental burning and exclusion
Saturday, 26.10: Demonstration from Rote Flora against police arbitrariness and racist controls in Hamburg
Saturday, 2.11: Nationwide solidarity demonstration for Lampedusa refugees in Hamburg
Here is an article from the anarchist newssheet “Wut im Bauch” (distributed only in paper form) about recent events in Hamburg. Additionally, there is a short report-back from a further “wild stroll” against control, which occurred recently. The texts in German here.
Out of Control
For the last few months, in Hamburg, there has been a broad based campaign of state repression and control. Some of these events deserve a closer examination. The few examples provided here are only a small selection of everyday repression, but they provide a precise picture of recent developments, and should be understood as experiments by the guardians of order. They want to create an environment of permanent fear and unbroken respect for their order, so as to assure its smooth functioning.
Unmasking and compromising the “danger zones” What is for a long time already the reality in St. Georg around the Hansaplatz, and in St. Pauli (around the Reeperbahn, the red light district of Hamburg) has, since the first of June 2013, reached the Schanzenviertel. A “permanent danger zone” has been established, and the cops have been authorized to carry out controls at any time at any place. The related scenarios and their effects can be clearly seen in the St. Georg district. Large groups of cops are specifically controlling and harassing those who are undesirables, for example those not able to pay for things or those who are excluded on the basis of racist thinking. What is taking place here, under the guise of security, is easy to reveal.
In St. Georg the sex workers should be disposed of, and socially, which is to say financially weaker people should be displaced in order to develop the area and make it more profitable. In the case of the Schanzenviertel the goals are the same, however the “danger zone” here is primarily directed at the drug scene, and against those who are “migrant looking” and therefore, on racist grounds, automatically associated with it. Let us be clear: the cops do not need any special justification for controls. If there is any doubt, their law is on their side. Danger zones are auxiliary to larger demonstrations of power and targeted campaigns of repression through permanent bullying and control. Continue reading Germany: Recent events in Hamburg→
For those who do not understand why black bloc activists use militant tactics to destroy the property of corporations: black bloc activists are not protesters! They are not out there to protest! They are out there to carry out direct action against symbols and mechanisms of oppression. Their actions are aimed at causing material damage against oppressive institutions.
However, even more importantly, they act with performative intent so as to illustrate dramatically that people have the power even when they’re faced with the overwhelming force of a police state; that corporations and institutions are not as powerful as they would like to convince us, and when they try to deter us it’s really in our hands to resist.
Since they insist on attacking us, let us challenge authority and subvert the order and the laws. This does not mean that we should abandon ethics, humanity, or quit supporting one another. These are vital lessons that people should remember now more than ever. The police blatantly disregard the rights of human beings. To them, people are only a docile mass, easily controlled and manipulated.
Most would agree that those in Power should fear the people, and apparently they have lost this healthy fear; thus militant activism is the effort to keep this threat alive—because conducting sit-ins and waving placards never will.
The more we forget we hold the power to rebel against anyone who tries to dominate us, the more they dominate us.
translation demon update: adapted from portuguese | english original text here
Eight hours standing in the perimeter of a police bus at the corner of Charilaou Trikoupi with Didotou street in Exarchia, wondering when you’re going to be attacked by “bottles” and stone-throwing. Recipients of hatred and rage that permeate our entire being. For what you are. For what we are. For those whom you serve. For what we’re fighting for.
Eight hours in a row, and now it’s time for the night shift, at 22.00, on September 19, 2013. Fresh pigs have come to replace you. After a chit chat, you enter the mobile pigsty all together.
But you are to confront us when you least expect it, when you sit your ass on a seat of the police bus, exhausted from this filth you call a job.
Two blocks away, at the junction of Charilaou Trikoupi and Dervenion streets, comrades wait for the police bus to get moving. They take positions, wait a bit longer, and then they push trash bins and block the street. The 10-liter jerrycans filled with gasoline are rolling underneath the vehicle. The cops make it just in time, and abandon the bus before watching the first Molotov light the flammable material. They have fear in their eyes.
Some other time, in another place, we’ll be waiting for you.
On September 21st, three days after the assassination of Pavlos Fyssas by a Nazi trash in Piraeus, an antifascist gathering took place outside the Golden Dawn offices in the town of Argostoli, on Cephalonia Island. Approximately 80 protesters (students, leftists, residents, and anarchists) attended the activity distributing texts, throwing fliers, and shouting slogans. At a certain moment, antifascists paint-bombed the facade of the Nazi offices. A Goldendawner then came out on the balcony of the first floor, and started to spray protesters with a water hose. In response, people who got angry threw stones and various objects at him and the building. The antifascist intervention ended with a small march in the town centre, where the crowd dispersed.
On Saturday, September 21st, neo-Nazi Kimonas Potsis—a minion of Christos Pappas, notorious MP of the Golden Dawn party—was spotted alongside two other right-wing fuckers in a café at the centre of Ioannina where many anti-authoritarians hang out. After a short verbal scuffle with antifascists who were on the spot, he got beaten up and kicked out of the store. Shortly afterwards, he and another one of his gang got trashed again on Anexartisias street and had to be transferred to the nearest hospital.
Listen up, you fascist scumbags: we’ll throw you straight into the Lake of Ali Pasha.
On 10th August under cover of darkness we targeted the construction contractors Van Omme & De Groot for their involvement in the building of Rotterdam detention centre. The slogan “Fuck Deportation!” was sprayed upon the shutters covering the windows and paint bombs filled with generous amounts of bright paint were thrown ruining the ever so posh wooden door of the arrogant planners of incarceration.
This action was an autonomous action taken upon ourselves separate from the planned No Borders camp during the same week. It is one thing to shout “no borders, no nations, stop deportation” but an entirely more effective act to physically attack those who make such a hell for migrants exist. We are also aware that our action alone will not bring an end to the detention/deportation profiteers, but it is a retaliation to those involved in such torturous places that think they can operate with impunity.
Our action is in solidarity with all those dwelling in detention centres in fortress Europe, be it Rotterdam, Calais, UK, Italy or Greece. You are never forgotten. To those who make such places of violence possible, you are not forgotten either, we know of you and what you do.
On the night of July 17th, in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro, thousands staged a protest across the street where the state governor Sérgio Cabral Filho lives in luxury. Riots and arrests followed in Leblon, the most affluent district in the city.
Finally the Brazilian metropolises are living the moments that they haven’t seen since long ago. Since the beginning of June 2013, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of dozens of cities in the context of a struggle against a fare hike for public transit, as well as the devastating consequences of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
The protests did not just emerge spontaneously, but are the fruit of a struggle that is nearly ten years old, from the massive demonstrations by the student movement against the fare hike in the bus system in the city of Salvador (in Bahia) in August and September of 2003 (also known as the Buzu Revolt) and the June 2004 protests, with the same goals, in the city of Florianópolis (known as the Tourniquet Revolt).
These 21st century revolts also have historical antecedents, assembled in the end of the 19th century with the popular revolt in Rio de Janeiro between 1879 and 1880 (the Vintém Revolt), when mules still powered the streetcars, or the Boats Revolt that took place on May 22nd, 1959, when the populace burned down buildings attached to the locks that allowed boats passage in the city of Niterói in Rio de Janeiro state, or the student strike of Fall 1979 in the city of São Luís (Maranhão state), which won a 50% reduction in tuition for the students.
Anarchist comrade Francesco ‘Jimmy’ Puglisi, who went on the run after being sentenced to 14 years in prison following a trial for ‘devastation and looting’ in regards to the 2001 Genoa revolt, was arrested on the 5th of June 2013 in Barcelona.
Comrades in Spain estimate that he may have been taken to a prison in Madrid, probably the Soto del Real, before being extradited to Italy.
You may send updates to Informa-azione at informa-a[at]autistici.org (preferably in Italian).
Solidarity to the prisoners Francesco Puglisi, Alberto Funaro and Marina Cugnaschi! Vincenzo, stay free!