Communiqué from the Occupied Social Center, La Gatonera (Madrid, Spain)

Reproduced in full from Voices in Movement

This communiqué comes from the occupied anarchist social center in Madrid, La Gatonera, which was recently evicted resulting in the arrest of six comrades. The original in Spanish was published by Contramadriz and can be found here.

June 30th, 2019

In the first place, we want to thank all of the people that have shown their support and solidarity; in particular the collectives, spaces and individuals of the neighborhood. Thanks to this support, we managed to resist more than 24 hours at the door of the building, to carry out a gathering and to hold a rally that we hope has made clear that we will continue here and we will continue struggling.

It has already been at least a year since the threats and coercion began on part of the new landowners and their hitmen (private security companies). There were threats to send companies to deoccupy us after we refused to accept their money (15,000 euros) to abandon the building. Seeing that they couldn’t’ make us bend, they began with the legal route seeking to evict us. The decision of the usurpation trial has not ended in their favor, as it is still in the appeal process.

Today, the space is no longer in our hands, but we can hold our heads high to think that this only happened after a year of struggle, and they having spent more than 15,000 euros that they initially offered us. Only the police and private companies acting together have been able to take the space from us. The latter are those that forcefully entered La Gatonera in the early hours of June 27th breaking and changing the lock with the complicity of the police who escorted them. Six compañeros were detained in attempting to defend the space. Just another example of the capital-state nexus.

With this, we don’t seek to act as victims, nor vindicate legality, but rather to expose the acts and make clear that without the state and its dogs, these companies are nothing. Ours is just another case of a systematic campaign of harassment against squatting that has intensified in recent years. The attack on a squat is an attack on the practices and ideas that sustain it.

These are not our last words.

Death to the state, long live anarchy!

Never surrender, nor give up.

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Calais: after the Jungle – an interview with Calais Migrant Solidarity, June 2019

Corporate Watch

In 2016, the northern French port town of Calais was all over the TV screens, as an army of Gendarmes and CRS riot police evicted the “Jungle” – a largely self-built refugee camp where about 6,000 exiles from the world’s war zones lived in sight of the razor wire border fences. But Calais’ refugee story goes back much further, and it’s not over yet. Hundreds of refugees are still gathered around the main channel crossing point, living in even more miserable and precarious conditions now the big jungle is gone. To get a snapshot of the current situation Corporate Watch talked to friends from Calais Migrant Solidarity, a network that has been active alongside migrants in Calais since 2009.

See also: Calais border profiteers update June 2019

How many people are still trying to cross the border at Calais? Where do they come from?

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Transphobia and the Bookfair – a clarification.

Dorset Radical Bookfair.

It should be blindingly obvious to everyone by now that we are a trans-inclusive event. The collective has many transgender and non-binary comrades and they are welcome at the Bookfair.

We are mostly class-struggle anarchists and libertarian socialists, therefore anyone campaigning for the state to constrain transgender – or any other – people against their will, or to coerce them into prescribed paths and patterns of behaviour, would not be welcome.

We don’t see any need of exclusive facilities for cis-people, precisely because cis-people are the hegemonic group. For the same reason we don’t need white history month, straight pride month, international men’s day or exclusive clubs for gentiles. If attendees advocated for such things you would expect us to show them the door.

We should all beware of imposing our pet theories on other people’s lived experiences. You’re welcome to your ‘nuances’ (whatever that means) but don’t come around telling anyone they’re deluded or faking it. Please do not bring ‘gender-critical’ or ‘sex-essentialist’ propaganda to the Bookfair.

Enjoy the Bookfair, we’re going to!

Anarchy Camp 2019 – Rebooting Anarchism in Aotearoa

In March 2019, 50 anarchists from across Aotearoa and even further afield, gathered for the first time in a decade for discussions, strategising and building networks and relationships. Back in April 2009, the Wildcat Anarchist Collective organised a two-day conference at the Newtown Community Centre in Wellington. An anarchist bookfair was held in Wellington in 2014, but no attempt of bringing the movement together has been made for ten years.

The newly founded group Tāmaki Makaurau Anarchists has brought new energy and among its members a desire to network and collaborate with others. Together with the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement, Wellington’s Freedom Shop and Black Star Books in Dunedin, they are the only functioning explicit anarchist group on these islands at the moment (although there are others that are lingering around like Rebel Press, Communalism Aotearoa and Beyond Resistance)

The gathering was held at a marae in Parihaka, in coastal Taranaki. Parihaka has a long history of resistance to colonialism, sustainable living and community gardening. You can read more about Parihaka’s past, present and future on their website.

Between sunrise and sunset each day (with both being accompanied by karakia) we had sessions on indigenisation, feminism, environmentalism and the future of anarchism in Aotearoa.

In between these sessions, we had workshops on mental health and feminist self-defence, a tour of Parihaka, a trip to the food forest and gardening with the sun beaming down on us and mounga Taranaki looming over us.

While we didn’t solve the world’s problems, the feedback on the last day and in a subsequent questionnaire was largely positive with people keen to meet again next summer and even making it a day or so longer.

An anarchist housing network (similar to couchsurfing) was re-started at the hui and a call was made for further collaboration between existing groups. It was also clear that anti-racism, anti-fascism and working on constitutional reform is key focal point for many.

Two comrades from Collective Action, a Melbourne based anarchist group, participated in the discussions and it was great to share ideas and views on what’s happening in Australia.

All in all, the hui was a success, with old friendships being renewed and new relationships being created through kōrero and whakawhanaungatanga.

It is envisaged that these hui will take place annually from now on, as through these and other forms of anarchist gatherings and coordination, we can now safely say: anarchy has returned to Aotearoa!

Te Kaupapa Pāpori – Communalism Aotearoa

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International May Day roundup

Anarchist Communist Group

In France there were many large demonstrations in cities and towns, In Paris, there was a march of some 2,000 anarchists on the morning of May 1st. This was followed by the main march with a turnout from the usual unions and left parties, but with also the turnout of both feminists and Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) who are increasingly radicalising. This was met with a massive police presence, who attacked demonstrators with batons and gas.

 Two thousand demonstrated in the centre of Rennes. Several thousands demonstrated at Toulouse, where again demonstrators were attacked with many tear gas grenades by police. There were two thousand demonstrators at Orleans, and between nine to eleven thousand demonstrators at Lyon, with a large anarchist bloc. There was a very large anarchist contingent on the demonstration at Dijon, where two thousand turned out for May Day. A few gas canisters fired by the cops. Two thousand at Cherbourg with an anarchist bloc, ten thousand at Bordeaux and a thousand at Aubenas. On all of these demonstrations, there were turnouts from feminists, climate change campaigners and Gilets Jaunes.

In Colombia, there was a large anarchist presence on the May Day demo in Bogota.

In Chile there were brutal attacks by the police on demonstrators.

In El Salvador, there was a large anarchist bloc on the demo in San Salvador.

There was an anarchist presence on the demonstration in Helsinki, Finland.

In Bangladesh the Anarchosyndicalist Federation organised a large event.

In Sweden twenty anarchists protesting against the government’s plans to clamp down on strikes were brutally arrested.

In Turkey, despite the severe repression there, large numbers of anarchists under red and black flags turned out.

In Bandung in Indonesia, police arrested six hundred anarchists, out of an anarchist bloc of one thousand, stripped them to their underwear and shaved their heads. Elsewhere in Indonesia, police tried to block a large anarchist bloc marching to join the main demonstration, leading to clashes.

In Germany in Berlin, police attacked a demonstration of twenty thousand, who chanted “The streets are ours” and “anticapitalism”.

In Italy, police attacked a demonstration against a transalpine high speed train tunnel.

In Greece there was a 24 hour strike of transport workers, including ferry, tram, train and bus workers.

Interview with a member of the Union of Anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan

Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

We are used to seeing anarchism as a purely Western phenomenon. Rebellions, riots and uprisings further east are more associated with Islamists than anti-authoritarian ideas. All this generates a number of stereotypes about the inhabitants of these regions. However, it turns out that groups of anarchists exist even where American bombs fall and that people are executed for Facebook posts. Pramen interviewed the Union of Anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan.

Your group is called the Union of Anarchists of Iran and Afghanistan. What motivated you to join forces in both countries? Geographic proximity ? No language barrier? Transparency of borders? Common history?

Since anarchism leads to positions against borders and states, in the case of Iran and Afghanistan, it is important to remember that these are only names, the names of two regions. We do not justify the existence of borders and states, and we want our revolutionary demands to be universal and not related to any particular area. In general, the main reason is that comrades speak the same language and cooperate within both regions.

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Short call for May Day from Athens.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia.

May 1 for Anarchy.

Against Bosses & Politicians, for Unrestrained Freedom.

On the course and in the neighborhoods against gentrification, its presence and symbols.

Athens: Patision 11am / Πολυτεχνείο (Πατησίων) 11 πμ pic.twitter.com/NfPuRNKCW9

— Exarcheia Tourism #airbnburn (@ExarcheiaT) 29. April 2019

ON MAY 1ST WE WILL BE IN THE STREETS – POLYTECHNIO (Patission Street) 11.00 / Την 1η ΜΑΗ θα είμαστε στους δρόμους – Πολυτεχνείο (Πατησίων) 11 πμ

MIGRANTS & PROLETARIANS SQUAT THE RICH

THE COMMON STRUGGLE OF THE OPPRESSED IS A THREAT TO AUTHORITY

ON MAY 1ST WE WILL BE IN THE STREETS

POLYTECHNIO (Patission Street) – 11.00

Squatted Gini

Μετανάστες και προλετάριοι, να καταλάβουμε τον πλούτο

Ο κοινός αγώνας των καταπιεσμένων είναι απειλή για την εξουσία

Την 1η ΜΑΗ θα είμαστε στους δρόμους

Πολυτεχνείο (Πατησίων) 11 πμ

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