The Real Enemy

Anarchist Communist Group

Regents Park in London contains probably the richest street in the city. Many of the mansions here are said to be ‘worth’ £165 million. Many of these large properties are empty, while just a mile away people are left to sleep in doorways. This is the situation created by capitalism and perpetuated by conservatives and nationalists when they point their fingers at vulnerable refugees fleeing British made bombs. These properties at Regents Park should be seized and put to practical use – but you will never find conservatives or nationalists demanding or proposing that – because they are on the side of the ruling class parasites and their failing capitalist system.

The real enemy is not desperate refugees risking their lives to get to safety. The real enemy is people like the 7th Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, who the capitalist system is set up for. His Dad left him £10 billion! He managed, due to trickery, to avoid paying £4 billion of this money in inheritance tax. £4 billion is enough money to pay the entire unemployment budget for the year, or the wages of 120,000 fire fighters, nurses and police officers- not that we as anarchists think the money should go to the police, but it gives you an idea of the sort of money we’re talking about. What does Hugh Grosvenor like to spend this money on? He likes to spend it on parties. These are the real parasites whose side all nationalists and fascists are on. There’s a very good reason they want to distract you from the real problem.

Don’t believe the lies and propaganda of the bourgeois establishment media who scapegoat working class people – whether it’s refugees, immigrants, single mums, the unemployed, the disabled or whoever it is.

Stuart Christie 1946-2020: anarchist, antifascist, publisher and educator

Stuart Christie passed away on the 15th August 2020, the anniversary of the day in 1964 that the Spanish state announced the capture of two ‘terrorists’ in an attempt (one of many) on the life of the fascist dictator Francisco Franco. He will be sorely missed.

Short biography by John Patten here.

Bella Caledonia

If you would like to share your own memories of Stuart for a more comprehensive biography contact KSL, BM Hurricane, London  WC1N 3XX. or e -mail:

info@katesharpleylibrary.net

His work on the historiography of the anarchist movement and the Spanish Civil War can be sampled here:

https://christiebooks.co.uk

his anarchist film archive:

https://christiebooks.co.uk/anarchist-film-archive

If you would like to help carry on Stuart’s work paypal to:

christie@btclick.com

Philippines – the continuing crackdown on anarchists

Anarchist Communist Group.

We have been contacted by comrades in the Philippines to let us know the situation that is happening there as we speak.

CNN reported on April 24th 2020 that President Rodrigo Duterte warned anew that he may declare martial law due to the alleged lawlessness of communist rebels.

“I am warning everybody and putting notice sa [to the] armed forces and the police, I might declare martial law,” Duterte said in a taped address aired on Friday.

The President also vowed to ‘finish’ all of the communist group members before his terms ends in 2022.

According to comrades, who wish to remain anonymous for their own protection and safety, this has happened quietly, and that a “Second Martial is implemented silently” and that the independent media, what there was of it, has been clamped down on with only state-controlled media allowed to operate.

Our comrades go on to say, “There is no means to let this out what is happening in our community. No mainstream media that have documented what’s really going here. It’s an alarming fact!”

The “Community” is made up of anarchists, punks and other “non-mainstream left” and in the past few months they have been harassed, arrested, shot and had their homes and meetings raided with everything from literature to electrical items such as computers either confiscated or destroyed.

The DDS (DUTERTES DEATH SQUAD) a “secret” paramilitary group working “beneath the rule of law” has been “committing mass inhumane violence on the community” our comrade continues, “they go suspected house (identified) by their informer and conduct raids without warrant, they call it silent raids and it usually happens at dawn”.

“The DDS is made up of many ex-police, soldiers wear ski masks has teams in all of the police stations and have one personal calling the shots”. The “DDS will visit your place and say warning and second time you will be on their hit list”.

“Some of our crew and friends are in fear of them and we move a lot staying at different houses because staying in our info shop was not safe anymore and that is why we don’t sleep and widely awake at night here”.

As on 3rd of May our comrades reported that there were many police and soldiers patrolling the streets and a lot of checkpoints.

Using the coronavirus as an excuse to increase its control and carry out more attacks on anyone “who doesn’t support our president or who talks about the bad things he is doing; it is hard to live in this regime”.

“People here are scared to talk about these issues or won’t talk for fear of being picked up, and some people where jailed for trying to carry out activities on Labour Day (May Day)”.

On the evening of the 3rd May 2020 we received the following message from our comrades:

“One of our comrades was gun down yesterday May 2nd at 7:00 pm on the street. He and her wife and 6 years old son where going to their home and at the checkpoint he was shot in point blank. He was shot 5 times in the head and his wife was also shot dead with bullets to the head two times while his son was hit by a stray bullet.

“The question in our minds is what is really happening to our country, with more and more killings every day.

“And the question is what happened in on barangay (an inner-city area, slum or suburb) checkpoint because each barangay is total lockdown and the checkpoint was guarded by two police men and 4 barangay police.

“The crime scene investigators (SOCO) only questioned the two cops and 4 barangay police who said they only see two guys riding motorcycle which we called riding in tandem, wearing ski masks. Everyone here knows this refers to the “Death Squads” and that he was targeted.”

The comrade who was shot and killed has been described as a “real (good) father and good working-class comrade who worked in our computer shop”. His son is now an orphan and we are “trying to do what is right by him, we are his family.”

“We live in a time when there is no justice no human rights and everything is under the control of our killer president and his hired “gang boy” killers who ride motorcycles and wear ski masks.

“The media news only publish drug related issues they are also afraid of our president.

“Even though by telling you this we fear for our lives, our families and our comrades and friends we continue to educate our community about anarchism, giving them ideas on how to resist this kind of injustice and show that there is another way. Our so-called democracy is all fucking lies.

“We have been imprisoned many times because of anarchism spreading, time is all we have that is expensive and we don’t know when we will be hit (by the DDS or Police/Military), we can only hope that we are not on the list”.

Viva Anarkista (Anarchist comrades – Philippines)

5th May Update

We received the following message today: “Another comrade was gun down today at 5:00pm by Death Squad hit his head five bullets by the ski mask people riding a motorcycle. He was a good man, work as a taxi driver and our fellow skinhead and he play in our old band as Bass-Player.

“Maybe our name is on the list, but this won’t stop us educate about Anarchism to our community.”

Red And Black Telly: CORONAVIRUS – POLICE POWERS + THE MIDDLE CLASS.

Update on the situation of our comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva

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One month after the arrest of our comrade Gabriel, who was detained on January 25 in Portugal, the Guimaraes court has ruled in favor of extradition to the Spanish state.

This news does not surprise us, considering the active revenge of the Judge Mercedes Navarro of court number 2 of Girona against Gabriel. This Judge is the same one who, in May 2016, ordered the then Dueñas prison director (of Palencia) to hide the order for Gabriel’s immediate release. Gabriel, after 3 weeks of being “kidnapped” finally tasted freedom on June 16 (for this reason Navarro was denounced for “prevarication”).

During this last month, Navarro has not stopped pressuring Portugal in order to consign “this very dangerous individual”.

We remember that the main objective of the defence is to obtain Gabriel’s freedom under the “special principle” (thanks to which he was released four years ago without it losing legal validity) and, in any case, avoid extradition, given the Portuguese nationality that Gabriel has recently obtained (Portugal should not extradite its own naturalised citizen).

Neither the principle of specialty nor the Portuguese nationality have been taken into consideration by the court of Guimaraes, which has been limited to giving us the reason to later conclude that it must proceed to the extradition (that is, it cannot resist indefinately the pressure of Mrs. Navarro).

The lawyer is presenting the appeal to the Supreme Court of Lisbon and until this is pronounced (around a week) Gabriel will remain detained by the judicial police of Porto.

We continue to express all our solidarity … And so that it is not left as an empty word!

FREE GABRIEL! * FREE EVERYONE! * LONG LIVE ANARCHY!

Bristol Radical History Festival Saturday 16th May, 2020

10.00 am to 4.30 pm

Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) have organised a full programme of events for our 2020 Radical History Festival, in collaboration with our hosts at M Shed.

Themes

The 2020 Festival has two main Themes, where once again we will reveal hidden histories, debate and agitate for a future of better pasts:

State and private surveillance of labour and social movements (1792 to now)

Hidden histories of post-war mainland Britain (1945-51)

Programme of events

Unquiet Graves Uncovering Britain’s Secret War in Ireland

Bristol Radical History Group

Unquiet Graves Poster

Between 1972 and 1978 more than 120 innocent civilians in Northern Ireland were murdered. Documentary director Sean Murray set out to investigate and found disturbing evidence of collusion between the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the Ulster Defence Regiment and loyalist death squads. Sean Murray will present the documentary.

“…outstanding documentary film-making combining in-depth research and personal testimony to expose the undeniable truth of state collusion and its fatal consequences.” Phil Scraton, author “Hillsborough: The Truth”.

More information:

Tickets here:

Kevan Thakrar moved again.

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HMP Full Sutton

Moor Lane

York

YO41 1PS

https://justiceforkevan.org

Kevan Thakrar- Important Update

FW Kevan Thakrar is the innocent victim of corruption and dishonesty at every level of the legal system, there being not a shred of evidence to place him anywhere near the scene of the crime for which he was convicted. Read more about the most spectacular miscarriage of justice since the Birmingham Six Here:

“… It is better that some innocent men remain in jail than that the integrity of the English judicial system be impugned.”

– Alfred ‘Lord’ Denning

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

IWW member Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement for over 8 years. You can read more about his case here. The majority has been inside the UK’s Close Supervision Centres– prisons within prisons. He has now been moved to a segregation unit at HMP Long Lartin that has even worse conditions.

Since being moved to HMP Long Lartin, with no explanation or justification, FW Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement in the segregation wing. He has been given no indication as to when he will be moved to general population, as segregation is not meant to be used indefinitely. All this, in spite of recommendations from a psychologist that he should be moved to general population.

As well as being deprived of human contact, FW Kevan’s visits have been unofficially restricted to a closed visit behind a screen. He has no hot water in his cell, and…

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