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Berlin: Vehicle belonging to ThyssenKrupp torched by Informal Pyromaniac Conspiracy

Black December burns in Berlin’s ThyssenKrupp

«We are in the process of a qualitative upgrade of the “civilised warfare,” where one’s happiness coexists with the torment of another . . . Within this environment, anarchy acquires a strategic possibility to set fire to all forms of political representation, to become a front of open unorthodox war with domination, which will turn the diversity and pluralism of viewpoints within the anarchist community into an advantage and bring the oppressed – those who decide to break the chains of their submission – together at centres of struggle created. . . .
A month of coordinated actions in order to know one another, take to the streets and smash the displays of department stores, occupy schools, universities and city halls, distribute texts that will spread the message of rebellion, place incendiary devices against fascists and bosses, hang banners on air-bridges and main avenues, flood the cities with posters and flyers, blow up houses of politicians, throw Molotov cocktails at cops, tag the walls with slogans, sabotage the smooth flow of merchandise amid Christmas, loot the displays of abundance, carry out public activities, and exchange experiences and rationales around various topics of struggle.
To meet one another in narrow urban streets, and paint on the ugly buildings of banks, police stations, multinationals, military camps, television studios, courts, churches, charitable corporate groups with ashes. . . .
B l a c k  D e c e m b e r  does not seek merely to become some days of rioting; instead, what we want is to create – through multiform and multilevel anarchist action – an informal coordination platform on the basis of which the subversive impulse will be brought together; a primary attempt for an informal coordination of anarchy, beyond the predetermined frameworks, which aspires to build on this particular experience of struggle so as to set both subversive proposals and fighting strategies in motion. . . .»

wrote Nikos Romanos and Panagiotis Argirou weeks ago from the prisons where they are being held.

The balance sheets of 2015 look shiny for the big armaments corporations; a win-win situation has arisen for the industry, with the participation of the German Federal Navy in the EUNAVFOR Med and the entry into the war in Syria. They will get earnings from military goods wear and tear and consumption in a civil war, and simultaneously profit from combating refugees.

To restrain the unhindered expansion of these (armaments) corporations may constitute a strategic component of calls such as that of Black December; this is why, in the early hours of December 29th, we destroyed a ThyssenKrupp vehicle by fire in Berlin’s neighbourhood of Friedrichshain.

This action, framed in the context of Black December, is dedicated to fighters of words whose texts may contribute to arsons all over the world, solidarity circles who are fighting for the survival of prisoners, and refugees with whom we’ll jointly smoke out the minions of the European Union in the Mediterranean Sea, along the fences of Calais or the Spanish enclaves, and in their air-conditioned offices in metropolises.

Informal pyromaniac conspiracy

German | Greek

Basel, Switzerland: Call for a “NoBorder – NoNation – NoConex” demonstration

Friday, 18th of September 2015
19:00, Claraplatz / Basel, Switzerland

Neither borders, nor nations. Sabotage Conex15.

More information on NoConex15!

From the 16th-25th of September 2015, a Swiss military training called “CONEX15” will take place in Northwestern Switzerland and formulates the threat scenario as follows: “In a fictional Europe of the future, with new countries and borders, there is an economic crisis. The following consequences also have an impact on Switzerland: supply shortages, a black market, and criminal organizations. Big oil, gas and grain stocks are the target of sabotage and looting. Moreover, ethnic tensions lead to larger refugee flows to Switzerland.

In today’s Europe, the economic crisis is driving more and more people into poverty and in part, the most basic necessities of life can not be satisfied. For millions of people there’s only one reality: an empty wallet and daily struggles to somehow keep afloat.

In presentday Europe, as well as in Switzerland, the borders are already militarized. Migrants fleeing war, repression and misery to search for a better life in Europe, are met with fortified border protection systems, are hindered from crossing the borders with aircraft, drones, ships and monitoring satellites. This is even more grotesque when you look at how European countries are involved in the exploitation and “destabilization” of other countries.

For the people who manage the dangerous entry, a life in the camps and prisons of the democracies of Europe is waiting for them: a life under surveillance and control, at the mercy of the mills of asylum laws and subjected to the constant threat of being deported again. At the same time, a profit is again reaped from the people, either while they are exploited as cheap labor or by their administration, which makes an independent life an inpossibility. This is how Switzerland and many companies also benefit, such as ORS (a Swiss asylum company), Securitas etc., in the management of the administration of the camp, the control of migrants, etc.
The questions, the scenarios, which seek to be answered in the scope of this military exercise, are for us the questions of the rulers and those who have power in this capitalist system and/or adhere to its continued existence: it is the question of how the worldwide social and political positions of power are maintained and how capital profits can be secured; how the people are brought to let themselves be exploited more and more; how the “unwanted” migrants are prevented from coming to Europe, or to come to Switzerland, resp. And finally, how one silences those that fight against it or simply strive for self-empowerment.
Their answers are always the same: strengthening of the laws, expansion of the repressive apparatus with its cops and prisons and when it appears necessary, the use of the military.
The military exercise, Conex 15, is an example of what such an answer looks like and only a visualization of the strategies and goals of the rulers.

In addition, the psychological effect that the military exercise should have on the population: a threatening scenario from the “outside” is evoked while insisting that one must “protect stable democracy and economy.” Militarization and repression should be legitimized, whereby people should get used to the presence of soldiers on the streets, as well as the fact that people are imprisoned in camps.
We do not ask for more democracy or a fairer capitalism. Even democracy is just a form of government that is used in a capitalist system to control, manage, and prevent people from thinking for themselves in which they’re deluded into thinking they have a say in things. Democracy, the nation-state and capitalism serve the same logic: The usability and control of the people. In this logic, borders, prisons, deportations, etc. will always exist.

We have no answer to these questions within this order and this system. Our only answer is the anger over this world with its borders and walls, and solidarity with all those who disappear in the camps and prisons of this system, because they allegedly do not belong here.

For a world without borders and nations! For a world without camps and prisons!

This is a call to disrupt and sabotage Conex15 and the entire migration system!

[Greece] ‘War Against War’ by Xipolito Tagma – English edition 04/2015

War Against War’, an antimilitarist brochure by the collective of total objectors to military service Xipolito Tagma (‘Barefoot Battalion’ in Ioannina, Greece), is now available in English.

Click image to read / download / distribute the pdf.

All texts were translated from the 1st Greek edition (03/2011), without any chronological adaptation of the facts and dates displayed. Only footnotes and the chapter “Declaring Our Objection” were added.

Xipolito Tagma would like to thank L. for the English translation, and plan to translate the brochure also in Spanish.

Zurich: Attack against two Swiss arms companies

In the night of the 19th to 20th January 2015, we attacked with fireworks RUA Defence (located in the building of Tiergarten 7, Zurich) and NEOSOFT AG (at Üetlibergstrasse 132, Zurich) as part of the campaign against the World Economic Forum (WEF). The attack is directed against two representatives of the Swiss arms industry, of which RUAG is a state enterprise. The arms contracts and the military agreements reached at the summit of the WEF in Davos emphasis here the importance of this annual meeting for this economic sector.

On the 19th September 2014, the mandate on war material that regulates the exports of Swiss arms was eased by the Federal Council, after parliament promoted this move in March 2014. The context of this derestriction was due to complaints from large arms companies (like UAG or MOWAG), that their sales were collapsing due to severe export restrictions. Since 2008, exports of war material were prohibited to countries where human rights are “systemically and seriously” neglected. This excerpt was then removed in Autumn last year, so now the export of arms is legal again, as long as there is only a small risk that the weapons will be used for “serious and systematic” violations of human rights.

Porto Alegre, Brazil: Responsibility claim for explosion in the Military Tribunal of the Union, and arson on vehicles of the Military Police

May 22nd, 2014
You get what you give.

We are sure that we did not come too late for the commemorations of April 1st, 1964. So here goes our simple gift to all the militarists and supporters (keeping silence is consent) of the ’64 coup which changes name, or form, but is not over. We brought our contribution to combative memory which does not make peace with either the militarists or democracy.

May these blazes illuminate and bring a sense of solidarity to the people of Haiti, who suffer an occupation by the Brazilian army, the businesspeople, the United Nations for more than a decade.

Among a lot of shit, the process of military dictatorship managed to turn its generations of young people into half-witted assholes through censorship, school, tv, fashions, football, poverty. We are sad to see that they have turned themselves into reactionary or better yet good citizens, who have made their choices. The critics of yesterday have adhered to the system of domination, that is to say totally.

Today, through democracy, it is possible to maintain domination over people with consent, where each person feels like s/he participates in the political game, like s/he decides, no matter if the vote decides nothing, and those who really decide are laughing and having fun.

Modern civilization has reached a huge level of devastation of the earth, waters, and all life that inhabits this planet. It’s the result of this sick logic of understanding that everything exists to serve some human being and be transformed into money: the depths of the earth, each m², the water, the trees and the life of every animal (including yourself). This failure to understand that human beings are just another grain of the complex ecosystem in which they dwell, instead of being the centre, is the root from which an encyclopedia of imbalances derives. So stupid we’ve become, that we crap in our drinking water.

Technology is developed to better serve the interests of this logic. To believe in the neutrality of technology is like believing in the neutrality of a police officer or a judge. Technologies blatantly favor domination, control, profit-making. Hydroelectric plants, industries, agribusinesses, microchips, surveillance cameras, transgenics, biometrics, virtual world of social networks. Will the new generations be even more obedient and manipulable?

The future of technology reeks of science fiction. It would be better, perhaps, if these words did not make sense, but unfortunately they do.

We decided not to stay silent sitting in front of the tv or surfing the social networks, appeased with the miseries of life, tamed by consumption, cowering behind slogans or appearances.

We decided to wage war against those who destroy the earth, those who destroys us.

Attack, torch, sabotage, vandalize, expropriate, do not give up, we all have capabilities, contribute yours.

A salute to some ten hooded ones who stoned the Brazilian consulate in Berlin, as well as to the thousands who have given war on the World Cup, the FIFA, since last year in the streets of Brazil. It was cool to watch an escrache protest against the torturer Pedro Seelig, police agent and head of the DOPS (Department of Political and Social Order, during Operation Condor), at his residence in the ground floor of the building on Barbedo street in the Menino Deus neighbourhood in Porto Alegre.

The arson on ten vehicles in the courtyard of the military police headquarters (on February 24th, 2014) was not “friendly fire”. It was simply laughable to see the military police arresting their own soldiers for 48 hours, accusing them of such an act, and furthermore declaring with arrogance that only a military member could have committed such an act of audacity. We declare that we are not friends of the police. The mysterious arson targeted what the police stand for, and what and whom the police serve.

It’s a flaming taste of revenge for Fabrício Proteus (shot by cops during anti-Cup demonstration in São Paulo on January 25th, 2014); for Rafael Vieira (a homeless man from Rio de Janeiro, incarcerated since June 2013, and convicted at first instance to 5 years and 10 days in prison); for the three activists who were kidnapped by the civil police DRACO (Division of Repression of Organized Criminal Actions) in the state of Goiás in “operation 2.80 reais” (on May 23rd, 2014, in Goiânia, suspected of inciting violent activities); for Amarildo Dias de Souza (resident of a favela in Rio de Janeiro who, in July 2013, was literally kidnapped and murdered by cops, his case being just one among the numerous “disappearances” at the hands of police); for all the anonymous youths from Cruzeiro, Bonja, Maré assassinated or kidnapped yesterday and today.

For our part, there will be no Cup, there will be revolt.

And as said in an anonymous communiqué from March 2014 titled War is War : “This war did not begin in June 2013, and will not end in the World Cup.”

Strength to the struggle of the Kaingang, who defend their ancestral lands.

Savage Vandal Anti-authoritarians

The dawn of May 22nd be kept alive in our revolt.

Few aspects of the ongoing struggle on the streets of Brazil

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.

This year’s protests confronted police repression from the beginning and, little by little, month by month, they multiplied and intensified, up to the explosion of the last few weeks. Continue reading Few aspects of the ongoing struggle on the streets of Brazil

Berlin: Incendiary attack against the Deutsche Bahn in solidarity with anarchist prisoners in Greece

The DB burns as a solidarity token for imprisoned anarchists in Greece!

In the early hours of February 27th, in search of a suitable target for a solidarity action with Nikos Romanos, Dimitris Politis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Yannis Michailidis, we spotted a vehicle belonging to the Deutsche Bahn in the neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg, in Berlin, which we wrapped up in the flames of international solidarity.

At the Deutsche Bahn AG (German railway corporation), ten managers of its subsidiary DB International have bribed public officials for engineering services contracts in several African States and in Greece, as the Frankfurt judiciary confirmed (according to a report of the ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ in April 2010).

Since 2008, in a number of legal battles, it has been documented that the German companies Siemens, MAN Ferrostaal and Deutsche Bahn have bought off politicians in Greece on a large scale, and thus ‘financed’ political decisions in their favour. So, the Siemens Group alone ‘invested’ since the mid-1990s and for about a decade 15 million euros per year in Greece, in order to propitiate in this way politicians of both major parties, Nea Dimokratia and PASOK.

While another Deutsche Bahn subsidiary, the Schenker logistics company, transports war supplies for the Bundeswehr (German armed forces), the Deutsche Bahn and the Defense Ministry are running a symbiotic cooperation: “The BwFuhrparkService GmbH has developed and implemented an economical and customer-oriented mobility concept for the German military. […] The company is a joint venture of the Ministry of Defense as well as the Deutsche Bahn AG. The BwFuhrparkService guarantees customized logistic concepts, reduction of costs and an increase of the utilization and provision of secure vehicles. As a mobility services provider of the German military, the company offers comprehensive experience in the management of more complex fleet vehicles and the production of individual fleet solutions” (excerpts from dbfuhrpark.de/index.php?id=131).

In January 2013, Dr. Rüdiger Grube spoke on the topic ‘The Deutsche Bahn AG – Current Challenges and Perspectives’ at the military academy of the German armed forces, while 61-year-old Moorburger—chairman of the board of the Deutsche Bahn in Berlin since May 2009—explained to over 200 guests the DB AG corporate strategy and processes.

On the 16th of April, the DB Mobility Logistics and the Berlin’s BFD (‘Vocational Advancement Service’ for the education and training of military personnel) will hold a Soldiers Day under the motto ‘No job like any other.’ The event is aimed at men and women soldiers who are interested in being trained and employed by the Deutsche Bahn.

Therefore, we classify the Deutsche Bahn as a de facto belligerent power and component of the German military/NATO, that will not allow any social changes in Greece but will rather go to any lengths in order to assist the suppression of a revolt. The Deutsche Bahn is one of the German enterprises that profit from the crisis in Greece, as was its predecessor, the Reichsbahn during German fascism.

Last night’s fire was meant to show to the prisoners Nikos Romanos, Dimitris Politis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Yannis Michailidis that we are aware of their arrest and torture on the 1st of February after the double robbery in Kozani, and here, in the heart of the beast, we will try everything possible for the downfall of capitalism and its helpers.

Long live Anarchy! Death to all States!

Chaotics of the Night

The prisoners’ communiqué


Germany: Responsibility claim for incendiary attack on vehicles of the Berlin municipal police

On the night of January 29th, 2013, during a spontaneous warm-up party for the campaign against the 16th International Police Congress (in February), five cars of Berlin’s Order Office in the district of Mitte were torched, and the building on Berolinastraße was paint-bombed.

If we would only see the police congress as a security industry exhibition, we would not have gifted this small present to the municipal police, a force that invites us to take a closer look at its operation.

For sure, most of the times, the so-called district patrols stir up anger because of the imposition of fines and their ruthless procedures even for trivial infringements. However, their most important task seems to be the ubiquitous presence of a state control function in everyday life.

Throughout Europe, the deployment of the military has been discussed after urban riots — in 2005 in the French banlieues, during the Greek December 2008, after the 2011 riots in London. There are various reasons that stopped this military intervention from happening; the respective governments are certainly aware of the fact that order is not symbolized through the massive presence of heavily armed forces, but can rather be achieved by an intensive interaction of police functions with normal everyday life. The participation of citizens in a public order force must thus be smooth, and reciprocal control must only be improved in constant fear of drawing attention through deviant behaviour.

Thus, many States have established a ‘soft’ police apparatus in addition to the usual forces. The Guàrdia Urbana in Barcelona next to the Mossos d’Esquadra and the Policía Nacional, municipal police forces across the hot zones of France next to the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité, and also citizen-friendly constables in London who are more likely to find access to the population. A counterpart of the German Ordnungsamt exists in Athens, with the unarmed municipal cops. Only Italy has embarked here on an exceptional path, with army patrols in the cities.

The Berlin municipal police departments take action where police intervention is not deemed necessary, and still report back to the district managers, with whom the regular police and the municipal cops work closely together. The annual MyFest street party in Kreuzberg can be seen as a typical example of current counterinsurgency.

District managers and private security companies, together with the police, have penetrated youth institutions as well as schools. There is security cooperation of the police with housing construction corporations, schools, public transport services and private security providers. All this results into ‘Henkel’s little helpers’ (headline from the German tabloid ‘D.Z.’ in relation to Berlin Interior Senator Frank Henkel and 12-year-old security guards at MyFest) and a widespread acceptance towards punishment of norm violations. Then any officer of the municipal police, who checks with a ruler the correct positioning of chairs in outdoor gastronomy feasts or the order of tables at flea markets, appears to be an image in some caricature.

This German thoroughness is frightening when we think of today’s date 80 years ago. The quiet transition from the Weimar Republic’s police to the Nazis’ security organs caused moral issues only to the fewest cops; they had only helped to enforce an existing law. After that, they just slid themselves smoothly into the People’s Police (in East Germany) or into the West German police, always on the side of ‘law and order.’

Regardless whether these cops were involved in genocides at occupied territories under the name ‘Order Police’ (the uniformed regular force in Nazi Germany), or they barge into you as ‘Order Office’ because your dog is not on a leash, the same conviction is always hidden behind all this: that the individual freedom of one person is worth nothing compared to the construct of a statist common good, which unfortunately can only be achieved with violence.

With our warm-up party we wanted to point out that this belief of a necessity and justification of state presence in your very own life can only be broken if their vulnerability is proven. And vulnerable is the Power of Berlin’s district forces, that deal with the treatment of refugees, the displacement of drinkers and Roma from parks and squares, and a repressive youth policy, in many places.


Autonomous Groups, 30.1.2013

Greece: On antifascism

These thoughts were submitted by an egoist-nihilist anarchist on Athens IMC.

“I would not even bother to participate in the ongoing debate, but some of the latest comments from an ‘antifascist comrade’ intrigued me.

First, to be able to get the features of antifascist action indexed, I believe one should determine the content of the very concept of fascism.

Fascism is primarily a loud and violent slap in the face of the ‘revolutionary’ who is recognizing revolutionary subjects in the face of phantoms such as the society and the class, and is longing for uprisings and revolutions. And how hypocritical indeed is the fact that social anarchists shriek about antifascism! Because, essentially, their war is nothing but a pauseless chase with shadows… They do not realize, of course, how hypocritical their proclamations on social antifascism are, since in fact this is a war on their very own substance. Because what else is the generative cause of fascism other than the mass? Continue reading Greece: On antifascism

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Street party against police curfew

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 the residents of the Borel favela (Morro do Borel, occupied since 1921 in Rio de Janeiro) went out in the streets in a collective effort to break the curfew that the cops of the local UPP (‘Police Pacification Unit’) have imposed in the area since November 28th. This particular repressive unit, which was first established in November 2008, has as official target the recovery of state control over communities that used to be under the control of druglords. It’s obvious that this supposed war on drugs is nothing but a pretext, while the aim is the permanent presence of heavily armed uniformed gangs that plunder the favelas and push forward the urban gentrification and sanitation of the occupied zones, all these for the benefit of the big construction companies, also in view of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil (see here).

In the long list of everyday state violence and assassinations against people of rundown areas, the cold blooded murder of 18-years-old Mário Lucas Souza Vianna Pereira was recently added. He was shot dead in his home by cops who barged in at dawn of November 26th. They were identified as members of the 4th military police company operating at the Fazendinha neighbourhood, who invaded the Complexo do Alemão —a group of favelas in northern Rio de Janeiro where the UPPs are prevailing as well.

Under these highly militarized circumstances, where the total curfew after 21.00pm means that no one is allowed to go out of their doorsteps, where street parties with funk music have been prohibited since June 2010—the same time when the local UPP was established in the Borel favela—the residents decided to resist and openly defy the state of emergency. Under the slogan ‘Occupy Borel’ (inspired by the Occupy movement worldwide), people gathered at first on São Miguel street and then marched and danced through the favela. Their final destination was the Terreirão, a location where traditionally the community meets and celebrates its festivals.

The cops were clearly pissed off by this reappropriation of public space that the favela people and solidarians from other parts of the city had organized, but they avoided any violent confrontation. The tradition of mobilization prominent in the Morro do Borel community goes back to 2003, when after the execution of four youths by the uniformed assassins of the Brazilian military police a series of actions were held, the culmination being a big demo through the main streets of Rio’s northern zone Tijuca.

This article is a summary from communiqués (1, 2) of the Network of Communities and Movements against Violence via Indymedia Brazil.

Strasbourg, France: Action in solidarity with the prosecuted in the ZAD

Compost and dung against tear gas and stun grenades

In the morning of November 30th, an action was carried out against the Strasbourg gendarmerie recruitment branch (these are in fact cops, who are also deployed across the ZAD with their helicopters, their tear gas and stun grenades).

Individuals screwed the place up by throwing manure (bocage, compost and dung), in solidarity with the prosecuted of Notre-Dame-des-Landes.

We saw in the eyes of this police force the same fear that those who defend the ZAD experience every time they’re assaulted by cops.

The poor frightened cops could not escape this, because the exit door had been blocked.

Make manure everywhere; let cops be nowhere!

Blockade your closest recruitment branch;
vandalize your local gendarmerie!

Translators’ note: The responsibility claim contains plays on words that refer to common slogans in French: foutu le bocage brings to mind the expression foutre le bordel (which can be understood as ‘making mess’, ‘causing great disorder’); Bocage partout which can also be understood as ‘Let bocage spread everywhere’ makes a reference to the slogan ZAD PARTOUT, while Bocage partout, gendarmes nulle part is a variation of the French chant Police partout; justice nulle part (‘Cops everywhere; justice nowhere’); lastly, Saccage ta gendarmerie is connected to the anarchist slogan Saccage ta cage (‘Trash your cage’), or Saccage ta ville, annihile ta cage (‘Trash your city, destroy your cage’).

Brazil: Direct actions against the onslaught of Coca-Cola and the 2014 FIFA World Cup

The true spirit of tatu-bolacomrades’ account from the streets

On the 4th of October, Porto Alegre was the first city in Brazil where the huge inflatable ‘Tatu-Bola’, mascot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was pierced by angry protesters that were gathered to manifest their desire for free public spaces.

Previous to the event, Coca-Cola had bought rights to the Glênio Peres square and erected the ‘Tatu-Bola’ in the centre of this square. This didn’t go together with the locals and they made a protest in front of the town hall, where around 1,000 people gathered to support public spaces, which should be free for all and not rented to big corporations. As the night progressed, out of these 1,000 protesters around 300 headed to the Glênio Peres square, which is right next to the town hall, to take down the ‘Tatu-Bola’.

The police oppression during the event was brutal. Many people got injured, and according to information from the injured protesters, the police had ordered the ambulances to wait until getting the wounded from the scene. Taxis drivers were also hesitant on helping the injured claiming, that if the police catch them helping ‘criminals’ they would get in trouble.

Between the night of the 8th and 9th of October another ‘Tatu-Bola’ was taken down in Brasilia, the capital of the country. The action was carried out quietly, and in the morning the inflatable mascot was noted pierced and on the ground.

In São Paulo on the 13th of October the local ‘Tatu-Bola’ was also pierced and deflated to the ground after a demonstration.

All over Brazil, activists are worried about how the authorities are treating the local population before the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Poor people are evicted from their homes in favelas, so that stadiums and luxury hotels get built or any other kind of gentrification plan is implemented. The cost for public transportation increases every year and locals cannot afford to pay the costs anymore. Public squares are privatized and local street art performers are not allowed to take action in these places anymore; and the list goes on…

Fire to the symbols of domination!
Fuck the Cups and the Olympics!

‘Beyond borders,’ a 98FM & Contra Info radio broadcast – Monday, November 5th

Contra Info radio broadcast ‘Beyond borders’ makes a comeback on Monday, November 5th at 15.00 (GMT+2), in collaboration with comrades of the Athens free radio station 98FM.

This time, we will have an opportunity to discuss (in French/Greek) with comrades currently fighting on the site of the ZAD near the French city of Nantes, about the ongoing struggle against the airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, the forms that this resistance takes and the questions that it raises.

You may listen to the live radio stream here and send us your instant messages to the studio.

Nantes, France: Call for reoccupation demonstration on 17/11 in the ZAD, where the fight against repressive forces is still raging

To the developers, the ZAD is merely a ‘deferred development zone’ since decades. To fighters, this is a zone to be defended (Zone À Défendre). Either way, the space is located in the countryside north of Nantes, in France. According to the Power, it should make way for industrialist plans, and particularly an international airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. The particular mega-project is in the hands of the multinational corporation Vinci, which also provides other ‘services’ worldwide, such as prison facilities, toll highways, nuclear power stations, and so forth.

Many activists in the ZAD are not only in struggle against the airport construction, but resist the Capital, the State and any control over their everyday lives in general. Since mid-October, more than 1,200 cops were deployed in the area. Ever since that moment, the police have been evicting squatters from various different locations across the ZAD, using tear gases, violently assaulting resisters and destroying houses and cabins.

Nevertheless, the struggle is far from over; this is just the beginning. People fight back and organize events and protests for the upcoming days. The poster propagates a reoccupation demonstration, which is called for the morning of Saturday, November 17th, 2012. Read the call here.

Get details, in more languages, from Zone À Défendre.
Also, follow this tag: Squat!net.

All inquiries for the November 17th reoccupation demo must be sent to: reclaimthezad[at]riseup.net / Access maps / Contact mail: zad[at]riseup.net

Join this fight! Spread the word as wider as you can!

Germany: Greek diplomatic car torched in Berlin

We torched the vehicle of Colonel Grympiris in the parliamentary, government and diplomatic district of Tiergarten in Berlin. Grympiris is Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Greece in Germany, and holds responsibility for:

+ the ostensible hostilities on the border with Turkey, where refugees are tattered and maimed,

+ Greece’s arms deals with Germany, that pays no attention to cuts in the health care sector, to pensions and wages, which drive the population of Greece in a social disaster,

+ the austerity policy of the Greek government, which works like a puppet of the IMF/ECB/EU Troika to ensure only the elites’ wealth,

+ the cooperation of the Greek police with fascists of the Golden Dawn (Chrissi Avgi),

+ the violence against demonstrators in Athens and other cities.

As a military representative of the Greek embassy, Colonel Grympiris is a legitimate target of militant attacks.

In our action, we attacked the goal in the knowledge that the car will be burned down in a garage under a residential house. We thus made sure to rule out the possibility of a ‘blasting’ in the apartments.

We stand in solidarity with the prisoners of the social war in Greece, the striking men and women workers there, the different groups of urban guerrilla warfare, the immigrant men and women who fight together with antifascists against the terror of the junta, and the many desperate people, who hopefully someday will celebrate the collapse of the Greek State and the building of a free world.

Viva la Anarchia
Long live Anarchy

international arsonist union — 15-10/2012

London, UK: Fuck the 2012 Olympics

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games is scheduled to take place in London on July 27th.

A group of anarchists are organizing a mass anti-Olympics protest:

Callout for anti-Olympics protest on Friday, July 27th: Meet at 6pm on the South Bank under Waterloo Bridge, London. We will then set off at 7pm to blockade roads and cause chaos around the West End. Please spread the word of this far and wide. Let’s make it really huge! Fuck the 2012 Olympics.”


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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