Red And Black Telly: ELECTION COMMENTARY (4)

London: Fascist Attack At Pie ‘n’ Mash Squat in Deptford

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Last night, Saturday the 9th of November, two bonehead hooligans kicked in the front windows of the Pie ‘n’ Mash squatted community cafe in Deptford, London.

After stomping around the streets of Deptford in the last weeks, and even entering the squat twice previously, the two hooligans demanded to be let in, in order to beat up the squatters, and then proceeded to put their steel-toes through the front door before scarpering as support arrived from upstairs.

The boneheads had been seen the night before in the off-licence (liquor store) abusing the owners, calling them taliban and making homophobic jibes, and seem to think they have a free reign of an area that has for many years been a stronghold of multiculturalism and antifascist community. We have since spoken to the shop owners who are excited to be part of organising against these wannabe-nazis, and we will be coordinating with anarchists, antifascists, and neighbourhood groups to keep these scum off our streets.

Get in touch with the Pie ‘n’ Mash squat at squatcafe [at] riseup [dot] net to help with the neighbourhood outreach.

Fuck the fash. We are antifash pie ‘n’ mash.

Pie ‘n’ Mash Squat
203 Deptford High St
London
SE8 3NT
United Kingdom
https://squ.at/r/7fnf

Eyewitnesses to the Rojava revolution: women empowerment

ROAR Magazine

Protest against Turkish invasion in Serekaniye, Rojava. July, 2019 Photo: Olmo Couto / Shutterstock.com

The Rojava revolution is under attack. Debbie Bookchin and Emre Şahin share their thoughts on this unique revolutionary process after recently visiting the region.

Authors: Debbie Bookchin, Emre Şahin, Marina Sitrin

What has been taking place in Rojava is easily one of the most inspiring and exciting experiments in autonomous self-government to ever exist. It is also one of the most massive, and gender inclusive, often compared to the Spanish Revolution of 1936, as well as the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico. And yet, people outside the region know little about the different dimensions of the revolution taking place in Rojava. And now, this revolutionary territory is under military and political attack — its very existence at risk.

What follows is the first of a three part interview series with people who have had ongoing relationship to Rojava, and who have spent time in the revolutionary territory. The first two parts of the series are with Debbie Bookchin and Emre Şahin. Debbie, a journalist, author, public speaker and organizer is Murray Bookchin’s daughter and spent a part of the spring of 2019 in Rojava. Emre, a Kurdish PhD student and translator, spent most of the summer of 2019, traveling to 14 different towns and cities in Rojava, conducting research and in-depth interviews.

The third part is an interview with Carne Ross, Executive Director of Independent Diplomat and author. Carne left his career as a British diplomat, having served in numerous embassies and was Head of the Middle East section and Deputy Head of Political Section at the UK Mission to the United Nations. Carne made the film, Accidental Anarchist, based on his time in Rojava.

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The life and death of Ivan Khutorskoy, antifascist. #memory161

Ivan ‘Vanya Kostolom’ Khutorskoy, was a skinhead, a lawyer, a talented martial artist and a fearless antifascist. As we approach the tenth anniversary of his assassination in Moscow on the 16th November 2009, here is some biographical material from his friends and comrades.

Libcom article: A gentle bonecrusher – The life and death of Ivan Khutorskoy

Violent Attacks Carried out Against Indigenous Communal Authorities in San Lorenzo Azqueltán, Jalisco

Voices in Movement

To the People of Mexico

To the National Indigenous Congress

To the Human Rights Organizations

To the Media

With pain and rage we denounce the events that took place today, November 3, 2019. At approximately 12:00 pm, the cacique (local political boss), Fabio Flores, together with armed men, kidnapped our compañero, Ricardo de la Cruz. Ricardo is the elected president of the council of security of the autonomous commission of communal lands, here in our community of San Lorenzo de Azqueltán, in the municipality of Villa Guerrero, Jaliso. He was beaten and left in serious condition. The compañero Ricardo was abandoned on the highway that goes from Villa Guerrero to Azqueltán, where he was rescued by members of the community and taken to the clinic. There, they refused to treat him. After several efforts, the compañero was taken to Zacatecas to receive medical attention.

Later on, three vehicles chased and caught up with the vehicle where Indigenous communal authorities from our community were traveling. There, our compañero, Rafael Reyes Márquez, was beaten and put in serious condition.`After being treated in the community, he was taken to the city of Zacatecas. The whereabouts of another compañero, Noé Aguilar Rojas, is unknown, after he was beaten unconscious and apparently kidnapped, and taken to an unknown destination.

At these moments, the harassment persists against the community members, many of them are in hiding.

We hold responsible Fabio Flores (alias La Polla) and the municipal government that allows complete impunity for Flores and those who accompany him, permitting them to sow violence against the community and to foment the dispossession of our ancestral lands. We hold them responsible for the life and well-being of our compañero, Noé Aguilar Rojas, and the compañeros that are hospitalized.

We demand the immediate return of the president of the autonomous commission of communal lands, Noé Aguilar Rojas. We furthermore demand the dismantlement and punishment of the criminal groups affiliated with the cacique, Fabio Flores.

Return of the Compañero Noé Aguilar Rojas!

Punishment for Fabio Flores and his accomplices in the government!

Sincerely,

November 3, 2019

Autonomous Wixárika and Tepehuana Community of San Lorenzo de Azqueltán

#memory161 – International Campaign in Memory of Antifascists Murdered by Neo-Nazis Nov 10 – Dec 20, 2019

Anarchists Worldwide

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November 16, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Ivan “Kostolom” Khutorskoi- a comrade, friend and elder brother.

He was a significant member of the anti-fascist movement in the beginning of the millennium, one of the leaders of RASH-Moscow. Ivan not only inspired people for the struggle against neo-Nazis who created a lawless environment on the streets of Russian cities, he was an example for us, thanks to his personal qualities: moral courage, devotion to friends, responsibility and kindness. It is impossible to overestimate his contribution to the anti-fascist scene in the Eastern Europe countries.

We launch a campaign in memory of Ivan and other anti-fascists who died at the hands of right-wing radicals in 21st century.

We ask you to join the solidarity actions in your city from November 10 to December 10: draw a graffiti, place a banner during football match, make a campaign or an commemoration event. All ideas are welcome. A movie about Ivan is available with the subtitles in different languages https://youtu.be/P_pfgPf3PG0

Post the photo and text for the campaign with the hashtag #memory161 or/and send it to memory161(at)riseup(dot)net. We also collect information about anti-fascists from all over the world murdered by neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists during last 20 years. Please send photos and texts as well as clarifying questions to memory161(at)riseup(dot)net

Distribute this text, information about solidarity actions and campaigns among your comrades and on the anti-fascist resources of your cities and countries.

No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.

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Fuck the LGB Alliance

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Photography via kthtrnr / Flickr

Last week saw the launch of a new, concerning organisation called the LGB Alliance – a group claiming to advocate for gay people, lesbians and bisexuals in the fight against “gender extremism”. This is the latest in a series of relentless and increasing attacks facing the trans community in a climate of transphobia which is affecting us both online and IRL. In a way, the start of this new trans-exclusionary group is not surprising – anti-trans sentiment is on the rise in the British media – but when the hatred

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