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[Hambach Forest] A forest friend fell from a tree and died during a police attempt to evict the tree house village

19.09.18

“A friend who has accompanied us as a journalist for a long time in the forest, fell today from a suspension bridge over 20 meters high in Beechtown and died. At that time police and RWE tried to evict the tree house village. The SEK was in the process of arresting an activist near the suspension bridge. Our friend was apparently on the way there when he fell.

We are deeply shaken. All our thoughts and desires are with him. Our compassion goes to all the relatives, friends and people who feel concerned.

We urge the police and RWE to leave the forest immediately and stop this dangerous operation. No further lives may be endangered.

What is needed now is a moment of rest.

Even if this is difficult for you at the moment, just as it is difficult for us to give such a factual hint: We recommend, in order to protect all activists, do not give any statements, nor even make any testimonies at the police. The accident must and will be reappraised, but the police are not the place to do that. Their interest is to blame activists.”

Update: The deceased was a photographer and longtime friend of the occupants ande he was doing a report on the eviction of tree houses. He fell on his back from a height of about 20 meters, not having resisted his injuries. The police invasion is over for now.

More information: https://hambacherforst.org

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Athens: Banner drop against DAPL in Exarchia Square

“From Standing Rock to Greece: throw back the tear gas, choke the police – Against the pipeline in Dakota”

In the afternoon of November 24th 2016, we dropped a banner in Exarchia Square against the Dakota Access Pipeline, currently under construction in the US. This oil pipeline runs a distance of nearly 1,172 miles, from North Dakota to Illinois, and its cost is estimated to be around 3.7 billion dollars. In its destructive path, this mega-project is causing irreversible damage to territories, rivers and surrounding communities.

Among the affected areas is also Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, where residents alongside people in solidarity resist the police, forces of the US army, and security guards of the groups assigned to construct the pipeline (Energy Transfer Partners being the main contractor). Repression has been so harsh over the last days, that among the hundreds who were injured there’s also an activist whose hand was amputated because of a concussion grenade fired by cops.

At the same time, there have been many actions of resistance in various cities across the US and beyond, with rail-track and train blockades, direct actions and symbolic gestures of solidarity.

We send strength to anarchist comrades and all others who fight in an anti-institutional, anti-hierarchical manner and without mediators against the construction of the pipeline, showing what it really is: one among the tentacles of domination draining the Earth.

Our opposition to this and any other mega-project of the techno-industrial civilization stems from the conviction that the Earth belongs to no one; from our need to defend by all means necessary everything that has remained untamed and wild in this artificialized world. Beyond any rhetoric of “ancestral” or “sacred” lands, we support the particular struggle until the liberation of the entire planet.

AGAINST THE OIL PIPELINE IN DAKOTA
ANATIONAL STRUGGLE AGAINST STATES, CAPITAL AND DOMINATION

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Philadelphia, USA: Attack on a construction site as part of the month for the Earth and against Capital

Everywhere the wild is pushing back against civilization. Even in the cities, wildness flourishes in forgotten places, slowly widening the cracks in this civilized order.

On a warm spring night, we went to a construction site where there was once a wild and abandoned place. We did what we could to hinder the progress that has befallen that area: removing survey stakes and dividers, stealing and destroying pieces of what was being built, and smashing the machines that homogenize and commodify the land.

We don’t know what they intend to build on the site and we don’t care. Any domestication of wild places infuriates us.

We took this action as a contribution to the month for the earth and against capital.

Philadelphia
Spring 2016

in Greek

Bristol, UK: Direct action by Avon Gorge sabotage group “Sand In The Gears”

Received March 21st 2016:

Attacking UK’s coal transport system – Severing the lines that feed the machine

Severing the lines that feed the machine is not impossible. When people take up civil uprising in the UK, if people are able to shove their obligations to one side to open up an avenue, they mainly have the ability and possibility to be able to grasp their will for something new. The war is not over when those moments stop, it sparks up in little raptures here and there, showing that we are not crushed, things can be brought to a grinding halt again, even for a split second.

It just takes a few bright spirits and we see it clear, when the smug confidence of authorities is knocked, a few pins get hit out and things can be seen in a different light. Out of synch and off balance, everything no longer appears structurally sound, life feels more up for grabs.

The new horizon peaked through our cloudy day, Sunday 6th March, and we hope this uncomplicated act of sabotage we have undertaken exposes the vulnerability of their complex matrix.

We took a risk assessment and as night just started to close in we entered the 1st railway tunnel, we cut both lines with a portable disc cutter, we didn’t imagine de-railing a locomotive but wrecking disruption and economic damage (time is money). We entered a 2nd and did a further two cuts, marking them all with pink paint, and leaving a banner as a warning.

The line in question runs through the Avon Gorge from Royal Portbury Dock over from Avonmouth, it’s freight only (no passengers), 70% of the UK’s imported coal for power generation comes through these docks. This line is a bottle-neck to the country’s dispersal. Most of it from USA where they blow apart mountains to get it out and Russia from the Shor and Teleut ancestral lands laid waste in Siberia, also places like Indonesia which drive back the forests for sprawling mines and plantations. That’s to keep factories running and city lights on, when we’ve got a feeling for escaping the work prisons and regaining the stars. Other loads carried on the line include construction aggregate and new built vehicles on their way to the show room. More high-speed trainlines are coming to the UK, more roads, more ancient woodland and wildlife wiped out in the frenzy of progress.

After seeing the firey activities against the coal flow in the Hambach forest of Germany since New Years – don’t give up the fight!, or the cutting of the coal belt in Scotland some years back by persons unknown when the battles against coal mining raged, we realise we’re not original. It’s not even the first time for eco-sabotage ambushes on that line from Portbury or the troublesome cargo, over the years. We see attacks following attacks on trainlines in different countries, it’s within reach to hinder the circuits powering the giant, we just have to harness our courage, keep an eye peeled for soft spots, maybe starting small but always dreaming big. Right now we’re reading about economic damage this month from trainline saboteurs in the north of Spain, we affirm our solidarity and respect too for the anarchists there with showcase court cases or police attention otherwise, we laugh to hear about the rowdy spirits that keep up when repressed for the fight to reject dominion. Maybe the sparks kicked up in the train tunnels even reflected over the Alps and beyond to light the sky for those in dark cells for trying to stop high-speed capitalism and also its nano-world technologies.

Joining our strength with the near and distant tribes, refusal and attack! Block the flows, up the fighters!

Toward a life that’s wild and free from coal, quarries, cars or cops. Avon Gorge sabotage group “Sand In The Gears”, signing out…..

France: Protester killed in clashes with police at the ZAD of Testet

Background info on the struggle against the dam in Testet: 1, 2

According to a statement from squatters in the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, during the night between Saturday and Sunday the 26th of October 2014 a protester named Remi was killed in clashes that broke out after a rally against the construction of a dam along the Sivens forest in the wetland of Testet in the Tarn department (southern France).

Around 7000 people gathered in the ZAD (zone to be defended) of Testet, after months of police attacks and destruction of the wetland and habitations of those who defend the area. In the late evening and overnight, dozens of people attacked the forces of order that were protecting the dam construction site. Activists expressed their anger trying to delay the resumption of works, originally scheduled for Monday the 27th of October.

The cops fired rubber bullets (known as flash-balls), distraction devices such as stun hand grenades and fragmentation grenades, and tear gases. According to testimonies of protesters from the Testet wetland area, Remi must have collapsed after being hit with a grenade; then his body was reportedly taken by the repressive forces.

Prefectural authorities stated they did not want to comment on the matter before the official autopsy was made public on Monday. The government has already begun to stigmatize the protesters, in addition to trying to divide them in order to cover up what happened. But they know very well that, whatever they do, this death will have explosive consequences.

Footage from protest in the evening of October 26th in the town of Gaillac in the Tarn department:

Calls against state violence and updates on planned actions in Nantes and elsewhere at: zad.nadir.org & nantes.indymedia.org

Germany: Hambach Forest occupation evicted a third time – Reoccupation scheduled for April 26th

After the crackdown on the third occupation in the Hambach Forest, activists are determined to reoccupy the Hambach Forest on April 26th, 2014. On that day, a demonstration will start at 2pm at the train station in Buir (near Cologne).

New courage despite eviction and repression

The Hambach Forest occupation was evicted. Using numerous squadrons, climbing teams and attempts to intimidate the public (“we do not advice anyone to come here”), the police finally did what was anyways expected long ago: the RWE energy company, the federal state, the city and the police wanted to prove who dominates, who sets the tone. But it is not all so simple. In no way do raids, evictions and all fucking repressive operations show their superiority, but their fear! Furthermore, several media representatives once again showed themselves to be compliant assistants of the interests of industry and politics. For instance, during the eviction of the forest occupation in November 2012, specialists of the mine rescue team were admiring the “professionally constructed” tunnel in the Hambach Forest [built as refuge from police raids], but ultimately the media copied the police statement alone, reporting it was all about a rescue operation because one single person was endangering one’s own life and the lives of others. Absurd.

Now it is said that the city of Kerpen was responsible for the eviction order on March 27th, 2014. According to allegations, there was a danger to “life and limb”, building regulations were violated, and therefore ramblers ran the permanent risk of falling treehouses. Actually, we are really not in the mood to remark on arguments which try to legitimize the brutal crackdown of resistance, and thereby provide legitimization for environmental destruction, climate change, forced evictions of entire villages as well as the killing of human and non-human beings. And yes, we talk about murder, for what other word should we use regarding the increased nuclear radiation through mining, fine dust pollution, CO2 emissions, the streams of refugees, starving and dying people caused by climate change and capitalism, the splitting of families and local communities through the displacement of entire localities, the destruction of habitat, and the direct killing of animals by logging and pit mining? As previously written, it is not all so simple. Continue reading Germany: Hambach Forest occupation evicted a third time – Reoccupation scheduled for April 26th

Atlanta, GA: Tractors sabotaged for the ZAD, No TAV, Hambach Forest

On the night of February 22nd, we poured a mixture of sand and water into the fuel tanks of two tractors used in the construction of a new Atlanta streetcar. The streetcar is one of many major development projects the city has initiated in the past few years as a part of a general plan to revitalize downtown. We know that this plan only means more police and unaffordable housing.

We offer this small gesture of solidarity to the ZAD, the No TAV movement, and the occupation of the Hambach Forest. We would also like to send strength to those affected by increased surveillance or repression the new developments have brought to Atlanta.

Our action was very simple to perform. It did not take long to plan or to enact and we found all of the materials on the side of the road. We do not believe that an accumulation of “actions” makes a revolution, but we wanted to give encouragment to the current and future participants of revolutionary struggles.

Onward, strong hearts!

Athens, Greece: A text handed out during anarchist gathering in solidarity with the NO TAV struggle

On February 22, 2014, day of action in solidarity with NO TAV, a PA’s gathering took place in Monastiraki, central Athens (photos here). Below is a leaflet that was distributed, in Greek and English, to passersby.

Porto Alegre, Brazil: Incendiary attack in solidarity with Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar

Solidarity is a living force! Light it up!

On Monday, December 16th, 2013, as a hot sun of 34°C was setting and the full moon was rising against the sky that covers us, we paid a visit to a Santander bank branch located on Osvaldo Aranha Avenue, right in front of a police station. We entered the banking establishment, leaving them a Christmas incendiary gift next to the ATMs in clear intent to destroy the property. After that, time and fire did their part. We did not go there to steal their filthy money; rather, to destroy it. We fulfilled our intentions:

We attacked, caused destruction, left unharmed and demonstrated with this action that solidarity is not just an empty slogan, nor does it live only in word in all its greatness. This small gesture shows us that the increased surveillance measures in the city cannot stop our desire to constantly defy Power; we can always find a way to escape the “great beast”, deconstructing our own fears to begin with.

Let this be a fire starter for all rebellious hearts to take action in the struggle against the “growth acceleration projects” as well as the 2014 World Cup, which comes trampling at high speed. It is obvious that the struggle is not just limited against this sporting event that has violated many people. Furthermore, we signal with the heat of this fire our solidarity with Rafael Vieria and Jair Seixas Rodrigues “Baiano” (imprisoned in Rio de Janeiro for riots over the past months), with those who resist the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, with all those who face trials or persecutions as a result of the winter’s protests in Brazil (from June to September), and of course we don’t feel distant from all those who struggle against Power in every corner of the world and clash with the weight of the penitentiary system in Argentina, Greece, Indonesia, Chile, Italy, the US, Bulgaria, Mexico, Germany, Spain.

With this small attack on Spanish interests, we send our strength and solidarity to Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, imprisoned behind the morbid bars of the Spanish State, isolated in FIES maximum security regime.

In front of repression, active solidarity by all possible methods!

Strength and solidarity to Mónica and Francisco!

Freedom for Baiano and Rafael Vieira, prisoners in Rio de Janeiro!*

Note: We never found any report in the corporate Press about the attack last night (16/12), nevertheless the destruction was effective, the ATMs were damaged, and the bank remains closed to date.

in Portuguese

* According to FIST, Baiano was released, and they threw a welcome party for him on the 22nd of December.

Girona, Catalonia: Statement of woman activist arrested in the vicinity of Mas Castelló squat

Everyday repression in the context of “No M.A.T.” struggle (against the construction of the very high tension power line)

I was stopped by the police on the path to the gas station. What started as what I thought was a random ID check turned into me being arrested due to false allegations by the police, a night in custody and me now facing trial. The fact that I was not from this area played a big role throughout the confrontation, and resulted in fascist remarks and police violence.

I can only assume that the reason behind this repression is to divide us and to keep the protest local. But it is not local, it is a global struggle that affects us all and therefore shouldn’t be left to address by a small group of people that feels responsible, but by anyone with a social and environmental conscience.

The answer to massive police intimidation and repression cannot be to back down, but to organize and support more strongly on any possible level.

Thank you for all the support and solidarity I have received; I will continue to give mine.

The facts:

On the 16.9.2013 at around 7pm I took the road to the gas station to buy drinks. There was a control by the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalonian cops), and they asked for my ID. I gave them my passport and they told me to put all my stuff on the front of the car; then the only female officer wanted to search me. I asked why and they said: “because we are police”. I said that’s no reason. They searched me and asked me what I was doing there, and I replied: “I gave my ID. I will not answer your questions”. From this moment on they were very aggressive. At some point one cop said: “take your things and go.” I felt that he didn’t want to let me go, but had to. I said in an ironic way: “Thank you! That’s so nice of you!” Then he spat in my face and I spat right back. He then immediately punched me in the head. I fell down and three cops sat on my back, handcuffed and punched me, and the cop who spat in my face said: “now you understand Catalan” and they took me to the station.

There I told the officer who did the bureaucracy procedure that her colleague had hit me and that I wanted his identification number, but she ignored me. Then they locked me up without telling me what’s going on. The next day they took my fingerprints, they photographed me, questioned me but I refused to say anything. Around noon they took me to the court and following my state-appointed lawyer’s “instructions” I answered the judges’ questions. I was let go until my trial – apparently the cops told the judge I had kicked and punched them, etc. Later, I got in contact with the lawyer who supports the struggle against the M.A.T., who will take care of the future court proceedings.

More information and updates: Torres más altas han caído

Barcelona: Endesa electric company sabotaged

Against the M.A.T. and the world which needs it

On the night of September 16th, we sealed off the locks of the Endesa office in the Gran Via district of Barcelona. Endesa is involved in the construction of the very high tension power line (M.A.T. in Spanish) and other high-voltage power lines that devastate the territory, fortify progress and civilization, and reinforce the domination of the State and capitalism.

Against the M.A.T., the progress, and the world that needs them.
Death to the State and civilization.

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Girona, Catalonia: Mas Castelló squatters resisted eviction attempt

related articles: i, ii

In the context of a late-summer camp against the M.A.T. (very high tension power line) in Fellines, close to the city of Girona, activists squatted an abandoned masía (farmhouse) near Orriols, in order to hold activities related to the resistance camp. The building was occupied in late August, and was finally opened to the public on September 1st, 2013.

That same afternoon, anti-riot cops of the Catalan police arrived on the scene and began to remove barricades erected in the surroundings of the farmhouse. Cops threw rocks at people resisting behind the barricades. At the same time others were resisting from the rooftop of the squat. Solidarians and neighbours started to gather in the area, and eleven people (at first believed to be arrested) had their identities checked by police but later released. During the evening, cops managed to reach the squat once again, and ran another identity check. However, the farmhouse wasn’t evicted.

Resisters have made a call for immediate support, by physical presence or solidarity actions in other places, warning of a possible new eviction attempt. Squatters are determined to continue refurbishment works in the Mas Castelló farmhouse, and their open assembly has planned further action over the next days. Read some more here.

Barcelona: Endesa electric company paint-bombed

Against the M.A.T. and the world which needs it

On Thursday night, August 29th the headquarters of Fecsa–Endesa in Barcelona were paint-bombed. This electricity company is linked to the technological-industrial development, all sorts of harmfulness, and more concretely to high voltage and the very high tension power line (M.A.T. in Spanish).

Against the M.A.T., the progress, and the world that needs them.
Death to the State and capitalism!

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Girona, Spain: Call for a camping against the M.A.T. very high tension power line

ACTIVE RESISTANCE CAMP IN DEFENSE OF THE LAND
AGAINST THE M.A.T. AND THE WORLD WHICH NEEDS IT

WHAT IS THE M.A.T.?
The very high tension power line (M.A.T.) is an electric motorway which transports at least 400,000 volts. It is being constructed in order to connect European States to each other and also Europe with Africa. It is necessary in order to sell and distribute excess energy produced by nuclear power plants and the so-called alternative sources of energy. At the same time, it is the network which capitalism needs in order to supply the electricity necessary for other projects and infrastructures of death and destruction, such as high-speed railway lines (TAV). Those responsible for all this are always the same ones and the construction companies in question are directly involved in other projects which are destroying lands around the world; companies like Vinci standing out in Europe and Endesa in South America.

WHY THIS CAMP?
So that the last decisive section for the connection between France and Catalonia can not be constructed. So that the energy coming from 6 French nuclear power plants does not cross this land or any other. So as to treat the struggle against the M.A.T. as a starting point for questioning our way of living, which is mainly imposed by the domination of Progress. So as to create on the affected land a space for meeting, information, agitation and action.

WHY HERE AND WHY NOW?
After more than 10 years of struggle, we are at a decisive moment. In September expropriations are expected to begin, directed against owners who have refused to sign the sale of land needed for the construction of the M.A.T.’s last pylons in Girona.

It is because of all of this that we are inviting you to participate actively in the camp, in order to share, struggle and resist in a self-run space, without leaders and representatives. We want to create moments of exchange and connection between various struggles, because the M.A.T. affects us all and is not an isolated struggle.

AGAINST PROGRESS, ITS INFRASTRUCTURES AND ITS DEFENDERS:
LET’S TAKE OUR LIVES BACK!

SEE YOU ON THE 23rd OF AUGUST, 2013 ON THE LANDS AROUND GIRONA

Bring everything that you need for camping.
More information and updates: Torres más altas han caído

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Setúbal, Portugal: Reportback from MayDay

Nearly 120 persons participated in the anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist demonstration in the city of Setúbal. This was the 4th year in a row that comrades from various libertarian tendencies marched in the streets of Setúbal, in order to vindicate MayDay and promote the fight against the State/Capital.

In 2011, comrades actively resisted the detention of a demonstrator, what triggered a repression blow. Thugs in uniform went mad and started to shoot people with plastic pellets after the end of the demo. Cops also used their firearms, and shot bullets into the air. People continued to resist, even after the police shooting.

The 2012 demonstration was focused on showing that anarchists are not afraid to step forward and claim their beliefs in public, regardless of the police repression. It was also the first time that the Nazis of PNR were calling for a demo in the city. This is why self-defense was a priority issue that year. Comrades were ready to fight back, well-equipped with helmets, sticks-flags and improvised shields, while many protesters coming from other Portuguese cities attended that demo as well, in order to stand in solidarity with the anarchist space in Setúbal.

This year things were a bit different. Combative spirit was definitely present, but organization of self-defense groups was certainly missing. Nearly 25 comrades were carrying sticks-flags, so there was not enough force to defend the protest march in case the cops would attack, or to go first on the attack against the pigs and the symbols of Power.

Recall that on March 16th, 2013 Rúben Marques was assassinated by the police in the neibourhood of Bela Vista in Setúbal, after a motorcycle chase on traffic regulation violation. The cops that shot the 18-year-old youth with rubber bullets claim he was wearing no helmet. Clashes broke out after this police murder. Continue reading Setúbal, Portugal: Reportback from MayDay

Greece: Being a member of the parliament and an anarchist is not ever possible

Alexis Tsipras, the head of Syriza parliamentary group, working closely with the Greek army high command (pre-election period, May 2012)

Below is a communiqué that was published in early February 2013 by the Assembly for the Antispeciesist Action in response to statements by an MP of the main opposition party Syriza (so-called ‘Coalition of the Radical Left’).

About the role of the Left – parliamentary or not – and our struggles for freedom

Over the past few days, a lot is being said in the mainstream media about a recent statement of the Syriza party’s MP in Kastoria, Vaggelis Diamantopoulos, who in his attempt to ‘stand beside the squats under attack’ had the audacity to declare he is an anarchist because, in his own words, ‘anarchy is identical to direct democracy’.

As if the state, parastatal and media propaganda which is targeted against anarchists was not enough, now comes the party of Syriza that is seeking to play Robin Hood and guardian of ‘the weak’, and rushes to defend squats and anarchists – naturally, only in words. This is a regular tactic of the aforementioned parliamentary party, a practice which was also applied during the rebellion of December 2008. Continue reading Greece: Being a member of the parliament and an anarchist is not ever possible

Northern Greece: Struggle against the gold-mining projects in the Halkidiki Peninsula

OUR SILENCE… THEIR GOLD: Video of the Open Coordinative of Thessaloniki against the goldmines that was first screened in an event of counter-information at Aristotelous Square in the city of Thessaloniki (April 26, 2012) —press cc button to enable English subtitles (trans. by Contra Info)

November 24th – December 2nd: Week of action against the gold-mining projects in the Halkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece

The poster reads:

Saturday, November 24th, Thessaloniki: Demo against the golden death

Gathering location: White Tower of Thessaloniki (Lefkos Pyrgos), by 11am

After the demo, there will be an open discussion/assembly
for upcoming actions at the Ciné ‘Alexandros’

Counter-information events:

Thursday, November 29th, 7pm:
Ioannina, in Antiviosi squat

Friday, November 30th, 7pm:
Athens/Keratsini, in Resalto – Corfu, in Elaia squat

Saturday, December 1st, 7pm:
Athens/Exarchia, in Autonomo Steki – Agrinio, in Apertus squat

Sunday, December 2nd, 4pm:
Athens/Ilion, in Agros

Open Coordinative of Thessaloniki
against the goldmines

Here follows the callout for a demonstration and open assembly against the goldmines on the 24.11.2012 in the city of Thessaloniki:

‘The mines of Halkidiki are a golden opportunity that should not go wasted’

11.000.000 euro: The price that Hellas Gold paid to obtain the mining rights of an area of 317.000 acres in northern Halkidiki (also Chalkidike). The contract was signed with the Greek State after the intervention of Mr. Pachtas, the then under-secretary of Finance and now mayor of Aristoteles municipality. There was no competition prior to the contract. There was a direct commission instead to a company that had only been established two days before (a company with a stock capital of 60.000 euro!). Moreover, according to the terms of the contract, the company was exempt from any obligation regarding the reparations that were due because of the ecological damage that the Canadian TVX Gold had caused in the area (the latter company disappeared one night into thin air leaving 472 workers without pay; in total the company’s debt towards workers was 17 million euro).

95.700.000 euro: The profit that Leonidas Bobolas, Dimitrios Koutras and Frank Timiş (the main stockholders of Hellas Gold) made after they gradually broke the company in fragments and then sold them to the mother multinational European Goldfields.

408.000.000 euro: The market value of the mines according to the estimate that a global financial services firm gave six months after their signing over by the Greek State, which means that the value grew 37 times higher than the price paid. This did not stop the then government to subsidize Hellas Gold with 15.000.000 euro.

2.300.000.000 euro: Today’s value of the mines in the Toronto Stock Exchange, after the takeover of European Goldfields by Eldorado Gold Corporation, which now controls 95% of Hellas Gold shares. Eldorado Gold is a Canada-based multinational corporation and its main investors are funds and banks like J.P.Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

15.436.000.000 (!) euro: The value of the minerals that lie in the mines of Halkidiki.

0 euro: The profit of the Greek State. According to the Mining Code, the ore resources and deposits of mines belong exclusively to the companies that exploit them, and there is no clause of rendering any mining rights to the State due to their exploitation. This is reason why the IMF/ECB/EU Troika refused to accept the proposal of the Greek government, which offered the Halkidiki mines as a guaranty during negotiations for the loan agreement. Continue reading November 24th – December 2nd: Week of action against the gold-mining projects in the Halkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece

Halkidiki, Northern Greece: Our struggles have no fatherland

OUR STRUGGLES HAVE NO FATHERLAND

As long as we are part of this struggle, we stand not only against the environmental destruction but also against the State and the Bosses, both local and foreign. Their country of origin is of no importance, since their intention is profit and not “development of the region” or “national interest”.

In a period that everyday survival becomes a struggle and ever larger parts of society are being impoverished, the interests of the powerful are christened national, destruction is named development and the threat of society’s fascistization is becoming a reality.

What is at stake for our struggle against the gold mines, is not whether they will be under a Greek or a Canadian company’s control or if they’re under the state’s control, but that they should not even exist. In this scope defending “the forest, the water and our lives” is not related with any sense of “patriotic duty”. Because, just as the bosses’ profits, the dignity of those who resist knows no borders.

What is more we never thought of putting our hopes in the Council of State, its role as a part of the State is not to block but to facilitate the functions of the capitalist system. Besides, even the Constitution is clear. When it comes to national economy and hence profitability, the environment and our lives come second.

This struggle just like any other fight should rely on our own forces, and not wait for a deus ex machina to save us. We perceive ourselves as part of the struggles that are currently given worldwide against the oppression of our lives and environment.

 FROM PERU TO INDONESIA AND FROM CANADA TO CHILE
THE STRUGGLE IS ONE

Open Coordinative of Thessaloniki against the goldmines

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Huehuetenango, Guatemala: Struggle against the hydroelectric power plant in Santa Cruz Barillas and against the terrorism of Power (May 2012)

As our ‘disobedient’ comrades (desobedientes) report, the military government of Otto Pérez Molina imposed a state of siege in the city of Santa Cruz Barillas, northwestern department of Huehuetenango in Guatemala. The objective of this repressive measure was to crush the popular resistance against the advance of CAMBALAM project and construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the area. This destructive project is being carried out by the Econer-Hidralia, a firm of Spanish interests, which is building the Hidro Santa Cruz dam.

The exploitation of the river that circles the urban area will result in the destruction of the three existing waterfalls, which have great cultural and social significance for the inhabitants of the areas around them. Through a number of legal and illegal actions and threats the multinational took over properties on the banks of the river and promptly fenced off the area, blocking access to the waterfalls. These actions have been enforced by armed mercenaries backed up by judicial persecutions of those who resisted this unjust expropriation of land for commercial purposes.

At least 12 people were arrested after the last operation in early May 2012 while the whole area was occupied by the army and the police who flattened neighbours’ homes, asking people to get off buses and arresting those whose documents matched up with the lists drawn up by the company’s spies and snitches to identify leaders of the popular resistance.

Apart from the arrests and militarization, the construction work of the dam is carried out through ambushes and deadly traps by the private security agency employed by the hydroelectric power company. On the 1st of May Andrés Francisco Miguel, an activist against the dam, was shot dead by hitmen hired by Hidro Santa Cruz as he went from the city centre to the Santa Rosa community. Pablo Antonio Pablo and Esteban Bernabé, who were accompanying Andrés, were also injured in the ambush. This attack came after Pablo Antonio Pablo opted not to sell his land to the multinational and along with others has been constantly threatened since 2010.

Some days earlier a dog that was walking beside the fenced area on the riverbank accidentally tripped a homemade bomb that had been placed there to kill whoever would get close to the fence. Residents believe the bomb was planted there after the local population threw out private security guards of the firm and destroyed part of the fence in November 2011.

This summary is based on information released by the Departmental Assembly for the Defense of the Territory in Huehuetenango that can be read in its entirety in Spanish here.

Solidarity with the struggle in Santa Cruz Barillas!
Set fire to the machinery of the State and Capital!

Trieste, Italy: On the devastation of the Rosandra valley

This is a poster pasted on the walls of the city and seaport of Trieste, after the intervention of the civil protection department (Protezione Civile) in the Rosandra valley, located in the Karst Plateau —or Carso, a limestone borderline plateau region extending in southwestern Slovenia and northeastern Italy.

On March 24th, 2012, the civil protection volunteers, following their superiors’ orders, cut off the trees on the Rosandra stream and completely flattened the area, without any kind of respect for nature and animals.

The population of the nearby villages has favoured this destruction, due to the fact that they obtained the timber for free. On the contrary, on the Sunday following the operation an estimated 1,600 people expressed their discontent protesting in the same valley, claiming that more than anything else the zone ought to be ‘protected’.

Although the authorities want to construct a new highway to connect Italy with Slovenia and implement the dreadful idea of a TAV passage, nobody has yet proposed a meeting to discuss on how to truly defend the Karst Plateau.

The protests are focusing on signing petitions and appeals to courts and prosecutors, since many still delude themselves while the damage has already been done, and now is the time for action!

Anarchists from Trieste

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