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Porto Alegre, Brasil: Our Country is the World

The World is My Country!

received 10/8/17

Today we stretch a strip in a busy avenue of Porto Alegre with the words “O Mundo é Meu País!” (The World is My Country!). We want to remind all people that no country, new or old, will solve our problems or give us the freedom we want! On the contrary, more borders further restrict people’s freedom. Mainly in a country based on regionalism and eurocentric notions.

Separatists argue that is not possible to indentify what in fact unites
people born in Brasil. We can not but agree. But that’s because all
nations are abstractions! Borders are nothing more than arbitrary
separations, based on superficial or invented similarities that ignore
the original people, such as the Guarani people wo inhabit the region of three states, but also others parts of Brasil and also Paraguay and
Argentina. Nations are born motivated by forced migration, genocides and ethnic cleansing. A nation, however small, is an abstraction that serve us nothing. And inthis case, even worse, because it is racist when it is based on a european ancestry.

These newly invented borders allow us to paint as an enemy who is on the other side of the line, and thus control us all even more (and send us to unfounded wars). In the case of the movement “O Sul é Meu País” (The South is My Country) this enemy is created by placing the southern states as exploited by the northern states. They go so far as to say that the southern states are like a colony from the rest of the country. This myopic view generates a scapegoat and obfuscates the real responsible for scarcity and crisis.

Capitalizing on the growing rejection of partisan politics, the movement balances on a tightrope by declaring itself no-partisan, seeking to appear neutral. Despite this, their laderships can not hide their neoliberal and right-wing tendencies, bordering on fascism. In fact, the independence of the south is even a pattern of neo-nazi movements.

Defenders of the separation of the three southern states say that
“Brasília does not represent us”, but wants to replace it with another
government that, like every government, is a tool to control and oppress the people.
Yes, Brasília (capital of Brasil) does not represent us, but Piratini (capital of this new country) does not represent us either. No one represent us. We are ungovernable!

No more countries! For the end of ALL borders!

in Portuguese, Spanish

USA: Graffiti for Anti-Fascists – For a Black July

Received July 12th along with the image:

In response to the call for a day of solidarity with the Sacramento anti-fascists, and the call for solidarity with anti-fascist prisoners in Russia, some graffiti was painted in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

This solidarity however does not exist separately from the current reality of struggle. The connections between a dozen neo-nazis being militantly run out of the California state capital and groups of black youth ferociously confronting the brutal St. Paul police department as happened on July 9th should be as clear as day.

All forms of domination must be attacked and destroyed.

Death to white supremacy
Death to the state
For a Black July
For Anarchy

USA: Call for Day of Solidarity with Sacramento, Sunday July 10th

[Received July 5th / Call originally put out on PSA]

What was supposed to happen Sunday June 26th 2016 was a mega-march of white supremacists groups against what they deemed to be the anitifa threat to their “faith, family and folk”. The Traditionalist Workers Party, Golden State Skins and KKK were set to rally on the West Capitol steps in Downtown Sacramento.

They never made it onto those steps. within seconds of stepping onto the capitol they were chased away by a large crowd of anti-fascists. Over 300 anti-fascists and anti-racists had converged hours before the planned march in an attempt to shut it down. When 20 or so white supremacists armed with shields and adorned with TWP imagery attempted to take those steps they were attacked with rocks, bottles, knives, bats, fists, pepper spray and anything that those antifa could get their hands on. They were chased for blocks and when they attempted to escape in a waiting car, all of its windows were smashed out.

In the end it wasn’t only white supremacist blood that splattered the ground. Several antifa comrades had also been stabbed, received knife wounds and suffered serious injuries. Later, the leader of the TWP would call the blood pouring from the chests of our friends a “victory” for him and his bonehead brethren.

Boneheads like the TWP ad GSS are only the most obvious and explicit manifestations of white-supremacy. The police, the media and countless other institutions uphold white-supremacy in our everyday lives. On the 26th, anti-fascists fought against the police and the media as well as the more explicit racist in the streets. As more and more events occur disrupting specific groups of white supremacists we think it is important to remember that the fight against white-supremacy is not only about a specific group or political candidate. The fight against organized white supremacist groups cannot be separated from larger struggles against the ways that white supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia structure the everyday reality of domination in which we live. We want to celebrate all those who attack these structures and extend these spaces of revolt beyond moments like Sundays rally.

This is a call for a day of solidarity with all those who put their lives and bodies on the line to confront white supremacists in the streets of Sacramento on the 26th. Solidarity means many things, and can articulate itself in many ways. Demos, attacks, letter writings, benefits for medical fee, banner drops and more are welcome on this day. Just make sure to securely take photos or write reportbacks and post them itsgoingdown.org, anarchistnews.org or your local anarchist news source.

As our comrades recover in the hospital, let’s show them that we are thinking about them and keep fighting white supremacy wherever it exists.

Information about donating money and other ways to support can be found at rally.org/June26th

in German

Exarchia: Info event with a comrade from London – Athens Polytechnic School 07/07

London: Resistance against Immigration Raids
& Perspectives of Rebellion

DISCUSSION | Thursday July 7th at 20:00, Gini building
Athens Polytechnic School (entrance from Stournari St.), Exarchia

Themistokleous 58 squat
& anarchist counter-info sites Rabble LDN and Contra info

[UK] Women and Trans* Week of Action Against the Prison Industrial Complex / Aduniad Menywod a Phobl Trans* yn erbyn y cyd-berthynas diwydiannol carchar

Prisons destroy lives. The British Government intend to build 9 new mega prisons by 2020, while more & more women and trans* folk are caged and brutalised in our prison system. The enormous weight of supporting loved ones in prisons is carried by us who emotionally, financially and practically labour to support people in prison while caring for those left behind. The prison industrial complex has been built on white supremacy. It is a racist institution with people of colour vastly over represented with growing racist border controls, raids & more. The prison system is part of the continuous state assault & long history of patriarchy & gender-conformity that we contend with every day.

This week is an attempt to reclaim our lives.

Click here to continue reading the call-out (also in Welsh).

*

Mae carchardai yn dinistrio bywydau. Bwriad Llywodraeth Prydain yw adeiladu 9 mega garchar newydd erbyn 2020, tra bod mwy o fenywod a phobl thrans yn cael eu caethiwo a’u trin yn giaidd yn ein system garchar. Mae’r pwysau enfawr o gefnogi’r sawl ydym yn eu caru yn y carchar yn disgyn arnom ni sydd yn llafurio’n emosiynol, ariannol ac yn ymarferol i gefnogi pobl sydd wedi eu carcharu tra yn ogystal â hyn rydym yn gofalu am y gweddill sydd wedi eu gadael ar y tu allan. Mae’r cyd-berthynnas diwydiannol carchar yn dwyn ein bywydau gennym. Mae hefyd yn sefydliad hiliol ble mae pobl nad ŷnt yn wyn eu croen yn sicr wedi eu gorgynrychioli. Mae’n rhan o ymosodiad parhaol a hanes hir o batriarchaeth a chydymffurfiaeth-rhywedd yr ydym yn ei frwydro pob dydd.

Mae’r wythnos hon yn ymgais at adennill ein bywydau.

in German

Greece: Anarchist walk in central Athens

On November 7th 2015 at noon, amid Saturday crowds, a handful of us carried out an intervention from Exarchia neighbourhood and streets in the city centre, to Monastiraki and Thissio, wanting to express our solidarity with comrades who are under repression in different corners of the world, and specifically the territories of Brazil, Uruguay and the Spanish State.

“Solidarity with «La Solidaria» squat, Montevideo – From Uruguay to Greece, we are a same resistance”
“Strength to the repressed comrades – Always with the head held high”
“Not a step back in the feminist struggle – Solidarity with comrades in Porto Alegre, Brazil”
“No misogynistic attack without a response – Solidarity with comrades in Porto Alegre, Brazil”
“No misogynistic and racist attack left unanswered – Death to the State – Long live anarchy”

We placed banners in Portuguese, English, Spanish and Greek at the gates of the Athens Polytechnic School on the streets of Patission and Stournari, in Exarchia Square, and opposite the metro station in Thissio.

“Beware, patriarch, beware, sexist… feminisms are shaking the whole wide earth”
“We experience violence every day here, with every machismo, with every racism”
“I was a young girl, and there was unemployment… I became a rufiana [female snitch] who joined the police”
“Neither sexism nor transphobia, shit on every uniformed thug and patriarchy”
“International and libertarian struggle, let’s break misogyny in the streets”
“Liberation will be total, slaps and kicks for every rapist”
“We are many and we are everywhere, we’re going to storm the cities-prisons”
“From Greece to Brazil, down with statism, long live anarchy”

On our way, we also threw flyers (1, 2) in solidarity with the libertarian feminists in Brazil who responded with dignity and continuity of their action in the face of the brutal attack they suffered from cops during the 1st Autonomous and Feminist Book Fair in Porto Alegre.

We hung three banners for the same case; in Patission Street: “Not a step back in the feminist struggle – Solidarity with comrades in Porto Alegre, Brazil”; in Exarchia Square: “No misogynistic attack without a response – Solidarity with comrades in Porto Alegre, Brazil”; and in Thissio: “No misogynistic and racist attack left unanswered – Death to the State – Long live anarchy.”

The other banner in Patission Street was placed in solidarity with those raided, arrested or sent to pretrial detention in the recent prosecutorial operations of the Spanish State: “Strength to the repressed comrades – Always with the head held high.”

At the entrance gate in Stournari Street we hung a banner in solidarity with the autonomous social centre La Solidaria in Montevideo, Uruguay, currently threatened with eviction by the new owner because, according to the eviction notice, the building is “precariously occupied by an anarchist group.” The space, which is liberated since February 2012, has once again been targeted by repression, as the project – among others – resists urbanisation plans and real estate speculation in the district. The banner reads: “Solidarity with «La Solidaria» squat, Montevideo – From Uruguay to Greece, we are a same resistance.”

In Greek, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

Brazil: Aftermath of the 1st Autonomous and Feminist Book Fair in Porto Alegre

Originally received November 2nd:

Since the beginning of FLIFEA [the 1st Autonomous and Feminist Book Fair in Porto Alegre], we suffered machist and fascist persecutions and aggressions, with threats, provocations and hostile presences, which were noticed and addressed at all time. But what happened this Sunday night (November 1st 2015) deserves a specific denunciation to point to the state violence that expresses the institutional misogyny, which violates women systematically.

On Sunday night an artistic workshop was taking place, attended by around 20 women, when a vehicle arrived with two policemen who supposedly came due to noise. They filmed and intimidated the women present who were talking to them, which generated protective reactions among the women, who tried to walk away and film the situation. Shortly afterwards, more vehicles arrived with more cops, who were extremely aggressive and markedly racist from the beginning, and tried to deter one of us in a violent manner, what triggered a series of physical assaults by the police, in which nine women were injured, four of them seriously and requiring medical attention.

Many aggressions occurred simultaneously, there were cops who even drew firearms – one of them pulled out a gun and threatened several of us saying “I’ll burn you.” Among the threatened in this situation, one of the women warned that she is pregnant, but this was not relevant to cops. Two [male] residents who were in the square at the time of the incident were also beaten with batons by the police. Women who were holding cell phones were particularly attacked, and two cell phones were stolen by the cops. Some of the women who attempted to flee were chased and knocked down, and could not escape the police aggressions, beaten with batons and kicks on the ground, while other women rushed to use their bodies as shields, trying to protect them and take them away. This scene was successively repeated, and amid beatings with batons the women made it to the vicinity of the nearest hospital, when the cops finally dispersed.

At no time were comrades left behind; we got safely together to write this report and call for solidarity from all people who are able to support us at this time. The fair is scheduled to continue its activities on Monday (November 2nd 2015), at the same place where these attacks occurred. Considering that women may arrive unaware of what happened, we have to be present and we’ll need all possible support. We’ll start the day with a round of conversation about this situation. We need the presence of as many people as possible to ensure the continuity of the fair this last day.* This is how people fight back, we will not keep silent and we’ll jointly resist not only in the dispute for the street and public space, but also against a system that does not accept the self-organisation of women and feels threatened by our unsubmissive existence. This incident has revealed a maximum of hatred that lies behind misogyny, and we feel that we need to confront all of this for the sake of our survival, for all of us who live the war of this world against women.

* Translation note: The last day of the event turned into a large protest march.

Public announcement about the police violence that occurred during the 1st Autonomous and Feminist Book Fair of Porto Alegre; originally published November 6th:

We are a collective of people formed through affections, friendships, affinities and moments and life experiences before, during and after the 1st Autonomous and Feminist Book Fair of Porto Alegre (I FLIFEA POA). The Fair had as its principal objective to exchange materials, life instances and experiences that could collectively incite discussion about feminisms and women’s autonomy in the face of institutions and in relation to their bodies. This objective was concretisised over the two days of activities, in which we were empowered among one another, we discussed, learned, laughed, and new ideas were able to emerge from the gathering. Then, together, many of us suffered police violence on the first night of November 2015. Among the battered were some of those who made up the organisative crew of FLIFEA, but not only. After the latest developments, we have lived a new form of self-management of shared experience where “the fair’s organisers” dissolved into the new collective writing this text, composed of those who were directly affected by the repression experienced on Sunday night.

That said, we express ourselves through this public announcement on the I FLIFEA POA blog, in a manner agreed between us as the only public expression of the group mentioned above. In accordance with this, none of us has granted nor will grant interviews to any communication vehicle [media outlet] and, although we receive legal assistance from feminist lawyers who work on a voluntary basis, they also do not represent us in the media. It is also important to note that we did not organise or marched alone during the act of November 2nd 2015, but instead we had the spontaneous support of many people who were sensitised by our situation, and that we have no relation whatsoever with the act the following day, November 3rd 2015. It gave us much strength and we’re very grateful for the support of people and organisations that have mobilised autonomously in relation to what occurred, and for us the large network of solidarity created is touching; however, it seems important to us that this network goes beyond our organisational dimension and, therefore, it is impossible that we be responsible for all the events triggered by the incident. We ask those who stand in solidarity with us not to speak in our name, and also, we ask respect in not making use of this fact for appropriation related to partisan political agendas, or individual ones.

We understand that the situation of police aggression we went through falls into a social context of mobilisation in the face of setbacks that have happened in policies for women and the growth of patriarchal conservatism in the public debate about the rights already conquered and yet to conquer by women and other minority groups. Both in discussions of institutional policies and in spaces of opinion formation, such as social networks [social media], various feminist agendas are being mobilised at this time, like the daily harassments we experience since childhood, our autonomy to decide on our bodies, the violence experienced in domestic spaces, and the possibility that women speak for themselves. At the same time, we realise that the repression we lived last Sunday generates commotion for different reasons, which we want to point out. First, the brutal violence exercised against women by cops, men, making abuse of authority through apparatuses of force (batons were used and guns were aimed right at our unarmed bodies), highlights the militarised and misogynistic logic that drives the action of this corporation. What happened to us also contributed to the recognition of everyday violence that women suffer, mobilising those already working to combat the causes of such violence, and also sensitising those who live or have lived this reality in their lives. Finally, we consider that what was also remarkable is the fact we were proposing to build a debate about feminisms in a cultural event in which our weapon was the construction of political ideas and complicity, and this process was brutally trampled by police aggression.

However, we want to stress important issues that contributed to the commotion generated by this incident. We realised it was mainly the fact that the assault occurred in a central neighbourhood of the city, against mostly white women, feminist activists, many of them university students. These labels of our social position were what made it possible for a police aggression to turn into a political fact of this size, and reflect the privilege we have in relation to many other cases invisible to the media, as the struggle of those who mobilise against police violence in the country (black people, trans, peripheral, peasants, indigenous, in a street situation, in a situation of prostitution). So, we have a responsibility to remember that, while for many of us this is an eventual fact in our lives, for many others it is part of a daily routine marked by police violence – among many others forms of violence – in which the death threats are actually fulfilled. We know that this happens because, in our society, there is a differentiated valorisation of the lives and dignity of persons, where there are lives that are worth more than others, lives that deserve to be lived, while others are understood as disposable, mainly by the State that uses its armed wing to act violently in various different ways. This police conduct that happens daily in peripheral contexts, and promotes the genocide of the black population, could be observed during the incident on Sunday night, since it was clear that the target chosen for the first physical assault was one of the few black women who were present at the time, confirming the practices and the racist character of the institution.

The repercussion of police violence we suffered has affected us in various different ways. We have felt coerced to proceed in a specific way within the legal system to establish publicly the legitimacy of our report. We see some legal procedures within all this as violent to us, but we also understand the necessity to make use of these channels of denunciation, even though we are aware of their limitations. We claim, once again, that our temporality and our liberty to decide how we will conduct the situation be respected. We want to emphasise, however, that what makes a fact publicly legitimate need not only be the procedures of the law provided by the State (that often vulnerabilise and expose the victims rather than protect them), but also the strength of our story, the marks we recognize on one another’s bodies and our capability of articulating with an extensive network of solidarity that has given us so much support. Those who experience such kind of violence in their daily lives know the truth of facts, know that pictures of the bruises do not sufficiently illustrate what it means to suffer such violence in all spaces, which is what was being tested in the square when the cops arrived, a matter we wanted to address in the theatrical intervention that day. This intervention was, furthermore, meant to denounce and visualise the systematic and constant murder of women that occurs at the hands of men – feminicide – both in the domestic-family sphere and the institutional, statist and military context. The discussion of this concept – feminicide – is very recent and is the result of exhaustive work of denunciation by women who strive to demonstrate the violence that is often masked. However, we deny the institution of the State and its laws as the only legitimising source of facts. We believe that the construction of legitimacy can occur from other ethical consensuses based on mutual identification and life experiences shared among people.

We also inform that we do not draw satisfaction from our motions in the juridical/institutional framework. We remind ourselves that even legally this case goes beyond our individual action, and that other instances can mobilise to denounce aspects of (in)justice independently of our volition. Still, in relation to the Press and the media, we deny the urgency of being in accordance with a temporality imposed by social networks and other media of communication. We cannot trample internal processes to meet external demands, we have a responsibility to one another and, especially, by no means do we let ourselves be guided by opportunistic and tendentious media. The fact that we delayed in presenting information became an argument for questioning the truth of our story. We recognize this as a way to manipulate facts and individuals within an alienating logic and a dehumanizing pace belonging to a mode of life hooked on immediatism. That’s not the life we want to share with one another and we will not have it imposed on us. This supposed delay in responding to such requests is directly related to the need we have to listen to each other and shelter one another, now that we find ourselves bruised, in the face of the real situation of aggression that we went through. We believe that this mediatic time is cruel, transforming the wounds of people into products and audience, and thus violates them once more. We are mainly motivated to reach an outcome that does not go through these paths, and organise ourselves horizontally so as to consolidate this fact as political, and factually transform the wounds into struggle.

We are autonomous and organise on the basis of libertarian practices. We know that practices which challenge the institutions and the State were and are historically persecuted. Because of this, we fear that what happened may have been part of actions politically motivated by hate speech, and not just the result of an approach that went bad. Faced with this, we hope the expressions of solidarity, that have helped us so much until now, are maintained.

We must also remind that since even before the Fair’s date, our security measures were violated with the creation of the Autonomous and Feminist Book Fair event on Facebook by the Porto Alegre Cultura page; even though they had been advised that we did not want to expose the Fair and the women involved in FLIFEA at this network, they ignored our protests. We believe that the creator of that page bears responsibility for the threats we received during the Fair and for the police aggression, and therefore has our blood on their hands. We were overly exposed against our own will by this event, which had almost 6,000 people confirmed and more than 11,000 guests.

Finally, we thank everyone who came to show solidarity at this time, regardless of their political alignment. The space of I FLIFEA POA has established itself as a moment of rupture with the logics of segregation and estrangement between feminisms that were being experienced in our city. The moment lived has reinforced this rupture; we have trusted and experienced the welcoming of each other, we have strengthened both our personal and political relations. We value the commitment of those who choose to struggle from different fronts and all those who rebel fighting not to be crushed by this system, which oppresses initiatives and (r)existences in freedom and self-organisation. A set of strategies are more efficient than either one by itself. We know very well what drives us.

We thank those more experienced in their paths of struggle and resistance for the support they have shown. Women who share their knowledge and insight, enabling us to depart from an accumulation so that each generation of women do not have to start from scratch in every battle waged in this constant war against us all. Maximum respect to the old witches who came to look after us.

We will keep making art on the streets, occupying spaces, communicating our positions and continuing the fight, because our blow force has the same intensity with the one we’ve experienced. Witches resist!

Hamburg, Germany: 12.9. – United against Racism. Stop Nazis and their marchings!

Call out in Polish, Spanish, French, Czech, Russian, Italian, German (original)

On the 12th of September 2015 Nazis, right-wing hooligans and right-wing populists want to carry out a “Day of German patriots” in Hamburg, Germany; with which they want to resume and connect on the racist marchings of Hogesa (right-wing alliance of hooligans against salafists) and Pegida (right-wing alliance of „patriotic Europeans against the islamization of the Occident”).

Last winter ten-thousands of Pegida supporters showed their long existing racist potential openly on the streets. Furthermore, with the AfD (“Alternative for Germany”-party) the right-wing spectrum found an parliamentarian representation that – contrary to the NPD (“Nationalistic Party of Germany”) – is not (directly) associated with the NS.
Following the presence of AfD, Pegida and Hogesa there is a drastically increase in attacks against Refugees in Germany. According to ProAsyl there were 35 arson attacks and 118 cases of vandalism against Refugee-accomodations as well as 256 manifestations against Refugees and their accomodations.

Just as well in Hamburg and the neighboring states these tendencies can not be left out of attention. Since 2014 there is a racist mobilization against a Refugee-accomodation in Farmsen (neighborhood in Hamburg), while at the same time “upright citizens” in Harvestehude (another neighborhood in Hamburg) try to prevent the built of a Refugee-accomodation with juristic measures. In Escheburg and Lübeck (both towns in Schleswig-Holstein) in February & June 2015 arson attacks against Refugee-accomodations were commited.

The German and European governments failed in dealing with Refugees. In 2014 worldwide 60 Million people were trying to escape from miserability and missing perspectives – on which the Industry nations of the West also have an account for. Increasing european-”shield” and a harder deportation-regime are used as answers against masses of deaths during the escapes across the Mediterranean Sea.
Instead of a welcoming culture, politics of deterrence are being used.
Pegida, ‬HoGeSa, „‬Nein zum Heim“‬-initiatives (“no to HEIM”) and racist attacks can be seen as consequences of a political discourse that is reaching far into a middle-class camp or even arise from it.

Together with the HbgR (Hamburgs alliance against the right-wing) we are calling for protest against the marching of the Nazi-Hooligans.

Stop Nazis and their marchings!

Lets travel together to the HbgR-demonstration against the “Tag der deutschen Patrioten” from Pinneberg on the 12.09.2015.

Wuppertal: Call for 1st May demonstration (poster)

The poster reads:

Out in the streets for an autonomous 1st May 2015!

Refugees welcome! Autonomous Centre at Gathe stays!

Whether Pegida (“patriotic europeans against islamisation of the occident”), HoGeSa (“hooligans against salafists”), Nazis, or a mob of citizens – confront racist agitation! Get involved in the social question and develop autonomous perspectives! For the social revolution!

2pm at Gathe, Wuppertal, near the Autonomous Centre (AZ)
afterwards, street festival in Schusterplatz

and elsewhere: from 6pm
– Stop the Nazi march in Essen
– Anarchist 1st May demonstration in Dortmund

Solidarity and health to the friend of the Autonomous Centre fighting for his life after fascist knife attack. Read more (in German) on the webpage of the AZ Wuppertal. Our comrade will be on our mind on the 1st May march.

More info in German: autonomer1mai.noblogs.org

Athens: Antiracist-antipatriotic action in Plaka

received in english, greek, portuguese and french

In the early hours of Monday 20th of April we went to the district of Plaka to paint over a disgusting mural of racist and nationalist drawings and slogans made by a supposed artist that calls himself Tom, who has been using for some years that wall located at Sotiros Street. The shitty mural that was transmitting, among other things, also messages against people coming from Africa, targeting them as carriers of diseases, was there for at least 3 months so we thought we should do something about it. We threw colors, we tagged the walls with anarcofeminist symbols and we wrote the following messages in various languages:

Without fatherlands, without bosses. Self-management (in Portuguese)

No borders, no masters (in English)

Shit to the fatherland (in Greek)

Lets erase the fash from the map (in French)

Black lives matter (in English)

Ps. The day after our action the wall was painted over again in blue. In case racist slogans appear again, other actions will be taken.
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in spanish and italian

Athens: First action within ‘We Break the Fear, We Go out in the Streets’ campaign

On Saturday, March 7th 2015, in the context of We Break the Fear, We Go out in the Streets campaign in Athens, the ‘Assembly of immigrants and solidarians of ASOEE’ organised a mikrofoniki in Amerikis Square. The PA’s gathering was well attended, mostly by immigrants who live in the area. A spontaneous demo of about 100 people followed in the neighbourhood with loud slogans in French, Bengali and English.

Upcoming actions:
Rally 14/3/2015 | Syntagma Sq. | 17:00
Demonstration 4/4/2015 | Victoria Sq. | 17:30

Bern, Switzerland: Attack of anarchists against state authority

In the night to Saturday, February 21st, we attacked the cop station at the Waisenhausplatz, the Bern’s regional prison office and the police cars that were parked there. With paints, sprays and smashed windows we expressed our rage against this sick system.

– Due to racial prejudice the puppets of state authority arrest and humiliate people of color day after day.

– Time and again people are dying under ‘unexplained’ circumstances in prisons. This occurred also last Wednesday in the regional prison of Bern.

These are just two of a thousand reasons why we organize ourselves and attack these structures of domination.

We will not stop fighting until these sick conditions are overcome and everyone can live together free from hierarchies. Freedom cannot be bought, just as fights cannot be prevented.

Resistance against all structures of Power!

No Justice No Peace Fight the Police

for Anarchy

From Greece to Pakistan, struggle in memory of Shehzad Luqman

SHEHZAD LUQMAN PRESENT: IN OUR HEARTS, IN OUR STREETS, IN OUR WEAPONS. NEITHER FORGET NOR FORGIVE.
Combat and memory for the dead migrants // Not even an inch of land for the fascists // The revolted have no fatherland // From Greece to France, we smash racism and xenophobia
To demolish the concentration camps // Fire to the borders // Shehzad Luqman present // Cops – TV – neo-Nazis, the scumbags all work together

“The one who shot was not alone
he had other unknown executioners with him
He had the virtuous with him
He had the honest with him
He had the moral with him
He had the righteous with him
He had the peaceful with him”

On Saturday at midday, January 17th, 2015, a demo was carried out in the Athens district of Ano Petralona, two years since the racist assassination of Shehzad Luqman, a migrant worker from Pakistan who was stabbed to death by two Golden Dawn thugs on Trion Ierarchon Street, while he was heading to his daily work. Around 400 people marched with strong slogans, starting from Merkouri Square, moving through the narrow streets of Ano Petralona and Thissio, to make a short stop at the assassination spot, before returning to the same square.

Comrades from the area met once again on the streets, joining the call for a mobilisation with a distinct bloc at the tail end of the demonstration. As anarchist individuals, we might come from different starting points, nevertheless we share a common conviction: We have no illusions of democracy, nor do we wait for any bourgeois justice or electoral system to solve the problems of the oppressed. The institutions of the States and Capital are the main perpetrators responsible for the murders en mass of migrants and refugees at the borders of the continents and oceans; for the State and para-State pogroms and deportations, for the concentration camps, for spreading xenophobia and racism, for the production and reproduction of nationalisms, and finally for the complete fascistisation of our neighborhoods and societies.

For struggle in memory of Shehzad Luqman and every migrant fallen into the hands of Nazis (with or without uniform) means for us a struggle against borders and nations. A daily international and insurrectionist struggle, until we make this muthafucka ungovernable.

DEMOCRACY IS THE MIDWIFE OF FASCISM.
THE ONLY JUSTICE IS THE ARMS OF THE PEOPLE.

Anarchists

Attica: Noise demo at Amygdaleza detention centre, 30/11/2014

On Sunday, November 30th, 2014, nearly 70 comrades gathered outside the barbed wires of the Amygdaleza concentration camp. Detained migrants, outside the containers, stood on the other side. We saw them and they saw us, we shouted and they shouted back, at some moments we joined our voices: “FREEDOM”. Then we were able to return to the city; they remained there.

We found ourselves there because we owed it. We owed it to the imprisoned migrants who, though they’re pushed toward their physical and psychological limits due to the “hospitality” conditions, though they count dead, continue to struggle by all means at their disposal (uprisings, hunger strikes, escapes, or self-injury). We owed it to our enemies (the racist State and its employees, the bosses and their fascists, the racists everywhere) as yet another reminder that they don’t play without an opponent. We owed it to ourselves, because we neither want nor bear a life in a place where there are concentration camps.

Freedom to all incarcerated migrants

Solidarity with those tried this period for the Amygdaleza rebellion in August ’13

No concentration camp, never and nowhere

Solidarity gathering at the courthouse of Athens, entrance from 4, Degleri Street
Monday, December 22nd, at 9am
Day of the court’s ruling on the case of migrants prosecuted for participation in 2013 Amygdaleza detention centre riot

No Lager Assembly

Cyprus: Refugees staged a rooftop protest at the Mennogeia detention centre

After consecutive incidents of suicide and self-harm of detainees in Cyprus prisons, five inmates of Iranian origin and another from Afghanistan, locked up in the Mennogeia detention centre in Larnaca, staged a protest on the roof of the prison building on the morning of August 25th, 2014 to demand the end of their detention. In Cyprus, as elsewhere, asylum seekers and other migrants are held for months on end. The migrant protesters informed supporters on the outside that there are people without criminal conviction who have been inside the same hellhole for 4.5 years.

A group of people in solidarity held a gathering in the proximity of the detention centre, shouting “Freedom” and slogans such as “The passion for freedom is stronger than all prison cells.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaszu6P9CuE

After a 48-hour stay on the rooftop of the detention centre and negotiations with authorities, the migrant protesters were conditionally released.

Berlin: Some impressions from anti-eviction protest in Kreuzberg

previous updates here

Below is a brief update from street protest against the besiege of the refugee squat in Ohlauer Street, in Kreuzberg, threatened with complete eviction since the 24th of June. We write this down to share what we experienced on July 1st, hoping that it can somehow help comrades to form a view of the situation.

We reached the district at around 16:00 and after moving around to check where the cops had set their blockades, we headed to Ohlauer Street, where the squatted school is located, surrounded by massive police forces. On the roof of the former school building you could see 2 or 3 people, while in the junction of Ohlauer with Reichenberger Street there was a crowd of about 500 protesters. The anti-riot cops had moved their metal barriers forward, gaining some meters of ground, and were set in line with full-body armor and tens of police vans on the back. There was no way for people to get close to the entrance of the building, apart from breaking violently through police lines, something that was out of the question at the moment, given that we were outnumbered by the pigs, but mainly due to the character of the gathering that was all but combative.

Outside the Tempest Library there were 2 info-points, meaning 2 tables with a bunch of people sitting behind them and organizing stuff (we failed to understand what exactly these matters were). At the same time, in the middle of the street there was a small van with a sound system, from where people (mainly hip-hopper refugees and migrants) were spitting out rhymes and singing. Most of the protesters were sitting on the ground, having their back at the cops and watching the improvised gig. We find that moments of free expression on the streets are really important on a daily basis, but we consider that joyful festivities in crucial occasions like this one are at least naive, if not reactionary. The general feeling was that of a pacified civil-rights protest or a street party, stripped by any notion of rage against the militarization of the zone by police forces. Additionally, music and announcements through the microphone were continuous, leaving no room for slogans to be shouted, practically obliging people to the role of spectators.

Nevertheless, what we find completely irresponsible on the part of those that call and/or organize these protests is the fact of accepting (if not inviting) the Press on the spot. TV vans, cameras, photo-reporters and journalists were mingled with protesters, filming, taking photos and generally recording and monitoring everything. It is not to our knowledge if there were comrades among the crowd that had the same opinion with us, but preferred to keep a low profile. However, there was no visible reaction from anyone against this de facto presence of mass-media fuckers. First we addressed to an info-point, explaining it did not feel like a safe environment for demonstrators, since all of our moves were under surveillance not just by cops but also by the Press, only to receive the answer that there were people that wanted the media to be present (among them also refugees). We tried to shout slogans (‘The Press is working for the State; journalists get the fuck out now!’) but in vain, since our voices were covered by the sound system.

After a while we moved on the corner of Lausitzer and Reichenberger streets, a block away from the refugee school, where cops had kettled a group of nearly one hundred demonstrators who were carrying out a sit-in in order to block more police vans that were directed towards Ohlauer Street. The spirit was slightly better there, as people were shouting slogans clear and loud, but the action did not exceed the limits of civil disobedience. Under circumstances, sit-ins can in fact be effective in terms of blocking the cops from moving forward, but there is no guarantee for the activists that police boots won’t step on their heads whenever they feel like it. The cops exercised violence against protesters, but did not manage to storm the sit-in; then they made sure to spread more terror by bringing onwards police squads wearing black uniforms and balaclavas covering their facial characteristics. There’s no doubt; the State is the only terrorist.

We stayed in the area until about 20:00, moving from one sit-in to another (they were at least 2 more in the district). Before deciding to leave the place, we briefly intervened in the festivities in Ohlauer Street when the music stopped, stating out loud that the mass media is the voice of the enemy and so they should be kicked out immediately. The Press is to a large extent responsible for preparing this eviction in terms of propaganda, and it is really sad to see that some people don’t recognize the obvious. This struggle, as any other partial fight, will either be radicalized and assumed by both refugees and people in solidarity as an episode in an ongoing social war, or it will end up being mediated and assimilated by Power.

Here is a document dated on the 1st of July with various demands (signed by a different number of people), in an attempt of some refugees to reach an “agreement” with the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district officials, and prevent their judicial prosecution and violent eviction from the Gerhart Hauptmann Schule.

Meanwhile, the federal minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, urgently applied for a vote on the tightening of asylum legislation, which will practically make it impossible for people (it aims against Roma in particular) coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia or Serbia, among others, to get asylum in Germany since the law will change the status of such regions into “safe countries of origin”. The German parliament is expected to decide about this racist bill in an accelerated proceeding.

Hamburg: Wild demonstrations and riots against borders and their watchdogs

On Friday evening, June 6th — after the brutal attacks by cops on a protest held by refugees from Lampedusa and their supporters, which took place on Thursday, June 5th at the Hamburger Rathausmarkt — hundreds of people took to the streets of St. Pauli.

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!”

Leipzig: ((Re: Berlin: (Re: Leipzig)) Arsons in Connewitz

Greeting back to the comrades in Berlin!

‘On the night to Thursday [May 15th, 2014] two cars were struck within a few minutes in the south of Leipzig almost the same way… An Opel Combo of the “Wisag” firm was set ablaze… Only two kilometers away, in the Probstheidaer Street, a Ford Transit of the janitorial services company “ISS Facility Services” went up in flames’ (already reported in the Press).

ISS sucks because:
‘The company carries out an offensive publicity in this field [building cleaning, graffiti removal, security services, etc.]; in Belgium, the company has been targeted by militant opponents of deportation for several years. The company has been put on a blacklist there, because of its involvement in the deportation centres of Merksplas and Vottem’ (already explained in an article from 2012).

Wisag sucks because:
‘Additionally the Wisag protects military facilities, places of national esprit de corps and state-violence instruments… We are particularly furious about the “passenger service” of the Wisag! On behalf of the BVG transport provider in Berlin, the Wisag denies people without a ticket any access to means of urban public transit, harasses them, and exercises physical violence against them. WISAG’s employees throw homeless people out of trains and rail stations, and carry out racist controls” (already stated in a communiqué for an attack on Wisag’s offices in Berlin in March 2014).

Solidarity with those affected by repression in Berlin and everywhere!

Against surveillance and for freedom
(A)

source: linksunten

Athens: Police crackdown on migrant street vendors and people in solidarity at ASOEE faculty on April 8th, 2014

Antifa banner in Thissio (Athens, 12/4): “Solidarity with the migrant street vendors of ASOEE”

In the last month, the police have unleashed a show of force at the Athens University of Economics and Business, more commonly known as ASOEE (on Patission Street). Every day, all kinds of cops are deployed around the faculty aiming to intimidate us and make us stop selling items on the pavement in front of ASOEE. With the municipal elections approaching, the various candidates are trying to prove who among them will be the most effective in “restoring the order in the city centre” of Athens, who will be tougher against us, the immigrants, who will be harsher against the students and those who struggle everyday standing next to us.

On the 8th of April, the police once again encircled ASOEE’s building. At approximately 11am, a group of twenty with identical appearance and objects in their hands assaulted street vendors, and unsuccessfully attempted to block the entrance to the faculty. A few minutes later, cops stormed the area. At 3.30pm the scene was repeated. This time nearly 40 guys (plainclothes cops and some of the previous group) unleashed another attack, and 2-3 of them blocked the entrance gate to the building. Simultaneously, alongside anti-riots squadrons, DELTA motorcycle police teams drove down surrounding alleys and started to chase, beat and arrest people at random. One male student and twelve immigrants were thus brought to police station. The same afternoon the students association called for an assembly, in which a lot of other people in solidarity participated, and decided to march toward the Kypseli police department where the arrestees were being held. The demonstration was halted by the police; shortly afterwards, a protest gathering took place in Amerikis Square. The next day the arrestees were brought to court on charges of resisting authority, simple assault causing bodily harm, and illegal trade. At the same time, cops invaded houses of the arrested persons without the presence of public prosecutor, but they didn’t find anything of interest. The trial was postponed for the 23rd of April; the student was released, but the twelve immigrants are still being held by decision of the police.

Cops have activated a series of racist administrative laws (presidential decree 113/2013, law 3386/2005), and deemed the arrested immigrants as “dangerous to public order and security.” These are legal provisions under which the police, regardless of the formal decision made by a court, have the power to decide upon detention of any immigrant, even those who have papers. In practice this enables the police to confiscate documents of detained immigrants, to incarcerate them for eighteen months in a concentration camp, and to order their deportation. In other words, the police have the authority to capture immigrants, charge them with anything they want (besides, it’s what they do best…), and thus decide that their arrest makes them “a danger to public order or security of the country,” and allege that there are grounds for their detention and deportation. In case of appeal in the first instance against this decision, the competent authority to issue a decision is once again the police. The last legal option available to detained immigrants is to appeal to an administrative court, where the chances of vindication are virtually non-existent — the judges examine the files by a fast-track procedure (literally a 5-minute proceeding), simply ratifying any prior decision of the police. These provisions were recently used in the case of four immigrants that were arrested in police operation at ASOEE on the 22nd of October 2013, and in the case of one of the eleven arrestees in Victoria Square (downtown Athens) during flyposting against detention centres on the 28th of December 2013.

When we left different countries behind, we believed that we would at least continue to live in freedom. But we have lost our freedom ever since we arrived in Greece, even if migrating to Greece meant that we had to risk losing our lives at sea — like those who drowned off the coast of Farmakonisi Island or, more recently, off the coast of Lesvos island. So when we came here, we found ourselves in a type of prison, a prison without walls. They slander us using racist campaigns of misinformation. According to the media, we are nothing but thieves, murderers, and carriers of diseases. By implementing racist and outdated laws they don’t allow us to work. Cops, fascists and racists hunt us in the streets. And this doesn’t happen only around ASOEE; same is the situation in Monastiraki, Thissio, Omonoia, in all of our neighbourhoods. We live everyday under the threat of imprisonment, either in a police station or in a detention centre. And the detention term is ever growing: in the beginning the period of incarceration was three months, then six, nine, currently eighteen months, and from now on detention can be indefinite (if one refuses cooperation for “voluntary departure from the country”).

And now, by constantly unleashing police operations outside the faculty, they forbid us to sell things on the street, which has been the only way for us to survive. It has been the only way to earn some money, to pay our rent, the water and electricity bills, and to buy some food. What we really wish is to be able to live with dignity by the sweat of our face.

Without papers, we can’t work, we can’t even go outside of our homes, we can’t integrate into society, and we have no access to medical care — why don’t they just burn us alive, then?

We are not thieves, murderers, or rapists. We hear everywhere that the Third World countries are un-civilized. However, in those countries there’s no such hate-frenzy against foreigners, or so many detention centers, or so many border fences, or so many drown by the coast guard police. Greece doesn’t seem to understand that we, the immigrants, are not a problem. We want a world without discriminations, without injustice, without racism, without rich or poor. Every day, we face survival anxiety, police brutality, and the violence of bosses — we are not a problem; but we can become one.

Everyone to Evelpidon courts on Wednesday the 23rd of April 2014 at 12pm
Freedom for the arrestees
Not a single immigrant in detention camps

Communities of struggle by locals and immigrants in ASOEE and everywhere

Assembly of immigrants and solidarians of ASOEE
Every Thursday at 20:00

Bern, Switzerland: Antifascists on alert

No space for Nazis and nationalists
No space for Nazis and nationalists

The increasing trend toward the right wing in Switzerland is unbearable: xenophobic and racist ideologies get the upper hand. After the admission of the “initiative against mass immigration”, professed neo-Nazis took to the streets in Solothurn, and on the 29th of March a horror compound consisting of supporters of the SVP/UDC far-right party, patriots and neo-Nazis planned to demonstrate in Bern against the alleged “soft justice” and “for a harsher punishment of aliens.” Those who organized this racist rally are the “Stopp Kuscheljustiz” (“Stop soft justice”), an alliance of racists, nationalists, right-wing conservatives and neo-Nazis. In 2013, a mobilization of them in Bern had been blocked by antifascists.

Antifascists announced an occupation of the Federal Square (Bundesplatz) on the 29th, before the professed patriots could spread their propaganda there. They invited every resister to join this blockade and prevent these regressive xenophobes from having a public platform in Bern.

The announced antifascist resistance reached an important goal: the “Stopp Kuscheljustiz” scum finally cancelled their event. The occupation of the Federal Square is therefore no longer necessary and will not take place. However antifascists will be on alert throughout the day.

Sources: Bern remains Nazi-free, RAGE-Antifascist Network Geneva, Antifa Bern

France: Communiqué on buildings occupied in Calais

February 28, 2014

We are a group of people from different countries and different political backgrounds who are fighting for the right to housing for everyone, whatever their origin. We announce that we have occupied (now for more than 48 hours) empty and abandoned public buildings in different parts of the town of Calais, and intend to continue these occupations and maintain them as squats for as long as possible.

Why here and why now? There are more than 4,000 buildings empty in Calais, which represents 9% of homes (500 of them are in fact the property of a single large housing association, the OPH/Public Office of Housing, the town’s major ‘social’ landlord…), and yet against this backdrop more than 500 people are on the streets, out of sight of any dignified solution, and used only as sound bites by politicians who purport to offer assistance and in reality offer nothing. To address this situation, the authorities have turned Calais into a ghost town.

Who can claim to have walked in the streets of this town and not passed at least one house with windows bricked up, doors barricaded, and cellars sealed? Why leave places empty and people outside in the cold? Why spend money to condemn access to buildings rather than using them to help a precarious population?

To answer these questions that the public authorities have chosen to avoid (for several years now), a group of individuals have set out to find collective solutions by giving life to abandoned buildings and the homeless a roof over their heads. Until now, the authorities have responded with repressive tactics that have resulted in multiple illegal evictions based on the perversion of legal procedures, manipulation of witnesses during neighbourhood investigations, and alteration of evidence…

In Calais, the discourse on the right to housing is taken hostage by the various levels of Power that have continued to use the migration situation to stir up fears and fantasies about the issue of squats. In recent months this political manipulation has been incarnated in the call for the denunciation and exposure of squats; spearheaded by UMP mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart (who in reality has no real political prospects for this town), a racist attitude has been established, which suggests that squats and their alleged inhabitants are the origin of all the ills of Calaisians. This poisonous atmosphere has allowed the xenophobic collective ‘Save Calais’ (whose founder is a neo-Nazi with a swastika tattoo) to germinate —their establishment occurring, somewhat coincidentally, just two days after Bouchart’s call for action on ‘the problem of migrant squats’.

Remember, further, that two of the town hall’s main representatives, Philippe Mignonnet and Emmanuel Agius (who both work under Bouchart), came out to welcome ‘Save Calais’ and to support the group’s ‘sit-in’ on Thursday, November 7, 2013 outside the town hall, despite the fact that organizers and participants did not hide their racism (including, for example, some discriminatory remarks that migrants ‘are harmful, three quarters of them are potential aggressors’), and displayed clear affiliation with the Front National.

‘Save Calais’ has since extended their ‘stigmatization of squats’ campaign with a sickening xenophobic discourse and hard-line violence against people trying to find shelter. This group has become the operational arm of the mayor’s call to denounce squats in Calais, and has set up a system for tracking down migrants and others living in squats, identifying buildings being used for shelter, and organizing actions against these people and their homes. It was almost impossible to stay in Calais when you were homeless (particularly homeless and undocumented) without becoming a victim of abuses by the authorities before, but now it’s also a struggle to avoid being the victim of Nazi attacks.

Fascist extremists, members of ‘Save Calais’, and manipulated residents have effectively been besieging a small farmhouse on the outskirts of Calais (which was squatted by a couple of people in need of a home) issuing death threats, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, stalking and attempting to violently attack individuals going about their daily business, and consistently attempting to burn the house down, making life impossible for residents of the house trying to carve out a semblance of a normal life. Today in Calais (and the surrounding area) being a squatter means taking the risk of being lynched under the impassive eyes of police inaction and the defiant ignorance of the sub-prefect and the prefect.[1]

We cannot let the arbitrary violence of a minority—hitherto unpunished—prevent us from having access to shelter and defending the need of decent housing for everyone regardless of their origins. We refuse the trivialization of these methods, and oppose the inaction of state officials; we will not sit back and do nothing, or see these events become an entrenched norm.

It would be great to have more people coming to Calais to help support and sustain our occupations, especially since the police are likely to ignore our strong evidence of legal right to stay, as they have consistently done in the past.

Stop the Rot, Squat the Lot.

[1] In France, the role of the prefect and the sub-prefect is somewhat similar to the one of a district judge combined with the powers of a council official and the crown prosecution service (in England and Wales) in that they can take decisions on police action, whether to intervene in certain political matters, etc.

Switzerland: Communiqué about the spontaneous demonstration in Bern

Tonight, February 9th, 2014, around 600 people gathered in the city of Bern to protest the anti-immigration ballot results in Switzerland.

As a racist initiative was once again accepted by the majority of eligible voters, numerous people took to the streets to demonstrate against this racist policy. Fear propaganda has agitated against foreigners for years. Racism and xenophobia are widespread in society. Xenophobia is only covering up the true causes of housing shortage, competition at the workplace, etc. The capitalist economic system—and not foreigners—is responsible for the fact that people compete with each other. Neither are foreigners to blame for the fact that houses are renovated and rented at higher prices; the profit-oriented system is responsible for all this. The parliamentary left has little to nothing to out-argue the right-wing populists, and they were so pathetic that they went along with business representatives and their arguments in the voting campaign.

After a gathering at the Church of the Holy Ghost, the noise demo moved through the main streets of Spitalgasse and Marktgasse. After a brief detour to the Waisenhaus Square, the march paused in front of the Federal Palace, where a speaker over megaphone pointed out the xenophobic climate in Switzerland and throughout Europe. The protest against the tightening of regulations for the right of asylum is, however, just one step in the struggle against dominant capitalist relations, and should be seen as part of a general resistance.

With antifascist slogans and several stop-and-go’s the protesters left the Federal Square, and headed to the train station. At the train station we made more noise, before the demonstration dispersed at the Schützenmatte stadium. Then it was reminded that we need to take a stand against racists on March 29th, 2014: On this day, in Bern, a right-wing nationalist alliance is planning to protest against “Kuscheljustiz” (“soft justice”).

NO BORDER, NO NATION – STOP DEPORTATION!

source: bern bleibt nazifrei via switzerland indymedia

Switzerland: Communiqué about the spontaneous demonstration in Zurich

Translators’ Note: On February 9th, 2014, following an initiative of the far-right populist party SVP/UDC (Swiss People’s Party/Democratic Union of the Centre, the largest party in Switzerland’s federal parliament), a referendum was held “for or against mass immigration”. The majority of citizens who went to the polls voted in favor of the xenophobic SVP/UDC proposal. As the results were being announced, spontaneous anti-racist demonstrations took place in different Swiss cities. In Zurich, people took to the streets carrying a banner which read “Against racism and repression – international solidarity!” Below is a reportback from that protest.
In the evening of February 9th, 2014 some 1,600 people demonstrated for international solidarity in Zurich. This was in response to the adoption of the racist SVP initiative.

Between 7.30 and 8pm, participants of the spontaneous demo gathered at Helvetia square and then marched through Langstrasse and Lagerstrasse towards the city centre. At the Gessner Bridge the police used water cannon to prevent the demo from moving further downtown. As a result, the demonstration continued through the district 4. At the same time, several storefronts were damaged and police vehicles attacked. At about 9.30pm we ended the demo in Helvetia square in self-determination.

We thus brought our rage on the streets.
Our rage over a further tightening of Switzerland’s migration regime.
Our rage over the condensed right-wing populism that has instrumentalized foreign infiltration fears and fueled xenophobia.
Our rage over an attempt of class separation hidden in racism.
Our rage over a capitalist system.

Our solidarity goes out to all people who are forced to migrate by the capitalist system; no matter where from, no matter where to.

As long as this economy deprives people of their means of existence all over the world, we will continue to protest against capitalism and for the right of residence; everywhere.

Whether peaceful or militant, resistance is what matters.

The organizers