COMMON STATEMENT OF APO and DAF AGAINST WAR, FASCISM AND RACISM, SOLIDARITY WITH THE REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS!

Anarsist Faaliyet    English version reproduced in full.

War and fascism are the only “response” the system can give to its own deep and total crisis, to its own contradictions that result from its basic principle – the oppression and exploitation of one human being by another.

At a global level, the political and economic bosses are attempting an unconditional attack against the people of the capitalist periphery through war, military operations, subversion of regimes and enforcement of new ones, aiming to control whole areas, sources of wealth, even whole populations. This is a condition in which millions of people are condemned to poverty, sickness and forced immigration as a prerequisite for ensuring the over-accumulation of wealth in the hands of global financial elites and for the rearrangement of geopolitical balance of power in the context of international competitions between global, regional and local powers.

The thousands of refugees and immigrants arriving the last few days in the Greek-Turkish borders with the hope of escaping war and misery, in search of a better life, are coming against the murderous and racist politics of the EU and the Greek State. Military and police forces and parastatal groups have blocked their way. They do not hesitate to use even live ammunition to prevent their passage to the interior of Fortress-Europe.

For the Greek State, adopting the role of the border guard and imposing a modern apartheid in its interior with thousands of refugees and immigrants being trapped in concentration camps, is another statement of its commitment to the policies of European Union and NATO’s war machine, being an integral part of it, participating actively in the war conflicts by sending military forces, warships and missile systems.

For the state of Turkey that continues the war operations, aiming to the extermination of the Kurdish people, and escalates the military intervention and occupation of Northern Syria with the support of Islamist groups, the entrapment of millions of refugees and immigrants in its territory – as a result of the Turkey-EU agreement- and the promotion of thousands of them in the borders of Evros is another tool to serve its political agenda in the wider region of the Middle East.

Both the states of Greece and Turkey are promoting nationalism, intolerance and the rhetoric of hatred within the context of their increasing rivalry. Their target is to spread fear within society, to convince the social majority, which is plundered and brutally exploited by the state and the bosses, that they share common interests with the political and economic ruling elites.

Fascists in Greece are causing the massacre of the immigrants who manage to reach the islands on the Aegean Sea, by preventing them from stepping off the boats on the shore; with the support of the Greek police they are torturing the immigrants at the border line along the Evros river and are sending the immigrants who crossed the river back to the Turkish side of the border. In the same manner, fascists in Turkey are attacking immigrants from Syria who have taken refuge to Turkey, in the neighborhoods, torturing them and threatening to send them to Europe by destroying their homes and shops.

As anarchists from both sides of the Aegean Sea, we believe that the prospect of war societies, of poverty and impoverishment, the resurgence of nationalism and social fascistization will have devastating results to humanity. We are convinced that class and internationalist solidarity between the people, the organized counterattack of the exploited and the overturn of the world of state and capitalism at a global level can set the terms for the creation of a society of prosperity, equality, peace and justice without exploitation, wars and disorienting rivalries.

FREE MOVEMENT AND DECENT LIVING CONDITIONS FOR IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

THE STATES THAT FIGHT AGAINST THE PEOPLE WILL BE DEFEATED

SOLIDARITY WITHOUT BORDERS!

Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF) / Turkey

Anarchist Political Organization-Federation of Collectives (ΑPO) / Greece

DAF statement on the war in Syria and the refugee crisis.

The War in Syria is Growing

The long-awaited developments began to happen In Idlib where is the last point of the war and also the last point of the djihadist gangs supported by TAF were stucked. The troops of the TAF were attacked by aerial strike on the night of 27 February to 28 -shortly before the “ultimatum” that T.C gave to the Syrian Army to withdraw from the places it took in Idlip- According to official figures, 34 soldiers died as a result of this airstrike, It was carried out by Syria according to T.C sources.

In a statement made by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the fine message to Ankara stated that the TAF elements should not leave the observation points established in accordance with the Sochi Accord. The “striking” message in the statement made by the ministry was that “the Syrian air force is operating against the HTS (Hayʼat Taḥrīr al-Shām, Levant Liberation Committee ) targets and the TAF troops should not be in this particular region”. With these statements that Russia insistently emphasized the partnership of T.C with Al-Qaeda derivative HTS, which is accepted as the terrorist organization by the whole world.

The war is growing rapidly, the heroism speech used by the state has risen, and the speed of the media as it equips its war uniforms and the fact that almost all of the opposition quickly adapt to this situation. The last air strike is one of the historical turns of the war in Syria since 2011. We experienced one of these historical turns on May 13, 2013 after the bomb attack in Reyhanlı, which cost the lives of 53 people. Although it is not said who and why “TC was at war” in Syria, we felt other shocking reflections of this war in our geography very close at the massacres of Suruç, Ankara, Reina, İstanbul Yeşilköy Airport in the coming years.

State’s War Opportunism

The “usefulness” of the Syrian War, which caused such devastating outcomes for the peoples, on the other hand, in terms of regional and global states especially by T.C, is extremely obvious. T.C, instrumentalized the civil war in Syria for the increasing nationalism in domestic politics and the pression applications such as state of emergencyagainst the street opposition. Likewise, with its military and administrative presence in regions such as Afrin, Euphrates Shield and Serekaniye, it effectively filled the “Neo Ottomanist” promises towards its nationalist-conservative base.

We know that wars are the processes for the states to suppress opposition within their borders, to silence voices against power, to stop manifestations, and to accustom the society to “state of emergency” practices. The “democratic” practices of the state are put on the shelf with the war process,. Social pressure and passivation increase.

The ongoing war process will be used to further mobilize the increasing pressure mechanisms towards society. Violent words and actions against the current functioning will be punished, and state violence will become the most evident. On the one hand, the state will shape these processes as it wishes, while on the other hand it will use the war for its economic purposes.

War as a Solution to the Economic Crisis

The economic crisis is destroying the lives of the oppressed; the economic crisis is being hushed up by the war!
The minimum wage was announced in December: 2,324 TL! According to the statements of the unions, the monthly food expenditure (hunger threshold) required for a family of four to be healthy, balanced and adequate is 2 thousand 219,45 TL. Only 105 TL more than the hunger limit was deemed proper for the worker. Moreover, 43% of workers in Turkey are working for the minimum wage. In the same year, the budget spent by the T.C state for the TAF is 19 billion dollars. According to data of 2019 the wealth of 25 billionaire boss of Turkey’s is 43.1 billion $. The number of workers who committed suicide because of they could not maintain themselves and their family in the last 6 years is 351!

The worker who sets himself up fire as he cry out “I can’t survive” in front of the parliament while the bosses add their wealth, lathe worker who committed suicide because he could not buy pants for his son, young worker who burned himself in front of the mayor because he could not find a job, The industrial worker who eventually threw himself into a 1600 degree iron melting boiler because he could not bring the end of the month with the wage he received.

Some of them who works, the amount in the hand was not enough to make a living; some of them who are looking for a job and c’ant find so they become dependent to a bite of bread. While the economic crisis brought the oppressed to the point that they could take away their life, the wealthy added money to their money by turning the crisis into an opportunity and creating new wars, let alone lose anything from their wealth. New wars meant new tenders for them. It was the time of making war speeches on TVs and decorating, tearing and giving “martyred soldier” news and growing their shares from the cake with unquestionable auctions.

Details of War: Immigrants

It was reported that after the air attack on the TAF in the Idlib region of Syria, the state decided not to prevent migrants from passing to Europe by land or sea. AKP Spokesperson Ömer Çelik said “Our refugee policy is the same, but there is a situation, we are no longer in a position to hold refugees.” . Many immigrants in Izmir, Canakkale and Istanbul were directed to the beaches and Thrace. Europe was being threatened by the acceleration of the movement of migrants to the West from Turkey, for a long time in case of worsening of the situation in Idlib .

The state, which uses immigrants as a trump card at every opportunity, enthusiastically embraced his trump card after February 27. Those who cannot give their message openly to the EU and the West, seek supporters in Syria with threats over their lives. The state, which does not hesitate to use immigrants for its strategic position and serves it to the world through its media, tries to open space for itself and trying to be the “playing” state, instead of the state where “games are played”.

Strategic Position Between States

The state’s war strategy, which became public after the war, is not only focused on political and economic gains in the current region. The target is also to be one of the states which has “influence” in the inter-state political arena. The state, which aims to take a position in this arena through actions such as being a party to the wars that continue from Libya to Cyprus, from Egypt to Syria, to support one of the parties, and to be directly involved in the war, also trying to expand it’s “self-ordained” domestic politics beyond it’s borders. This self-ordainism has evolved to “conquest policies” with nationalist intentions, and support is provided in all circumstances from the nationalist conservative mindset within the borders. Legitimacy is tried to be achieved by drawing the image of the state who has influence in foreign policy and trying to achieve this status through aggressive policies.

For those who express their long-term goals (such as 2023, 2071) with epic rhetoric at every opportunity, neither the events experienced on February 27 nor the loss of lives any other time are important. While every megaloman project, which is kneaded in accordance with the statist discourses, is marketed with nationalist intentions and holiness, the account of the lives lost in the war is not questioned and melts in the ambiguity of the martyrdom of the state. Those who are regarded as “details” for the sake of the interests of the states will not be remembered the next week, month or year.

The ones with Power do not hesitate to plunder the lives of millions of people for the sake of their own interests, and, as in every war, it tries to crush those who are oppressed in this war. What we need to do as oppressed is not to be a pawn in the war of Power. What we have to do is to defend our lives that are trying to be plundered, to continue our fight against all war propaganda and to build a free world.

Revolutionary Anarchist Action

Turkish and French language versions

The Case for Building New Unions

Ideas and Action

By Tom Wetzel

The British writer R. H. Tawney once described capitalist management of the workplace as “autocracy checked by insurgency.” And, indeed, a kind of insurgency takes place when workers band together to form unions. Worker unions are a key working class organization because of the potential power workers gain from collective resistance but also because of the potential role of unions in social transformation. However, unionism in the private sector in the USA has been on a long decline — from roughly one third of workers in the early 1950s to only 6.2 percent today. To build unionism into a larger, more effective and worker controlled movement, I think we need to build new unions, independent of the bureaucratized AFL-CIO-type unions.

Two Episodes of New Unionism

History is instructive here. Unionism in USA has not grown in a gradual way but in cycles that are tied to working class insurgency. The two greatest periods of union growth came in large strike waves — in the World War 1 era and again in the early 1930s. From 1909 to 1921 union membership doubled through a vast insurgency that saw thousands of strikes every year. Nearly a million workers organized themselves into industrial unions outside the AFL. The hardest edge of the new unionism was the Industrial Workers of the World. But the IWW was just the tip of the iceberg.

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The ACG’s Rebel Education Worker issue 1 is out!

ACG

As UCU takes part in 14 days of strike action, stepping up from eight days towards the end of 2019, ACG members of UCU have published the first issue of their bulletin, to be distributed on a picket line near you!

It’s A5 double sided, so just download a copy from this page, print however many you want back to back, then chop it into two flyers.

To contact ACG Rebel Education Worker, email education@anarchistcommunism.org

DOWNLOAD Rebel Education Worker 1

Upcoming solidarity events with Russian antifascist prisoners and Kevan Thakrar

Cautiously pessimistic

Two important anti-repression events coming up in London in the near future:

On Thursday 27 February, there’s a solidarity demo with the Russian anarchist and antifascist prisoners at 6:30pm outside the Russian Embassy, 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QP. This event is part of the international week of action called by Crimethinc and the Rupression network.

On March 9th, Kevan Thakrar’s birthday, the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee have organised a protest at the Royal College of Psychiatrists to demand that they stop providing humanitarian cover to a system that’s held Kevan in solitary for ten years. In their words:

“Demonstrate to mark Kevan Thakrar’s 10th year in Close Supervision Centres within the British prison system. Close Supervisions Centres (CSCs) are the most extreme form of imprisonment in the UK, modelled on the ‘supermax’ prisons in the United States. People held in CSCs are often kept apart from others, allowed out of their cells for only a short time each day and denied basic human contact.

Kevan is regularly held in his cell for 23 hours per day and is prevented from speaking with other prisoners. Numerous studies and papers have pointed out the severe damage solitary confinement can cause for those placed in it. As a 2006 paper in Washington University Journal of Law & Policy put it, it has ‘long been known that severe restriction of environmental and social stimulation has a profoundly deleterious effect on mental functioning’. To quote from a paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, ‘psychological stressors such as isolation can be as clinically distressing as physical torture’.

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ACTION ALERT: KEVAN THAKRAR

IWOC

Urgent support needed!

Our member Kevan Thakrar is currently being held in the Close Supervision Centre (CSC) at HMP Full Sutton. He is being moved to a cell next to a prisoner who recently attacked Kevan with a metal flask. The cell is in a blind spot with no CCTV, and Kevan and his family are worried he’s being set up for another attack. Kevan has repeatedly been the victim of racist attacks by other prisoners and guards during his time in prison, most recently when he was stabbed with a shank on 23 December 2019. Prison guards have previously ignored assaults, and Kevan has not been allowed to access appropriate healthcare.

We need everyone to get in touch with HMP Full Sutton to demand that Kevan is NOT MOVED TO THIS CELL. Phone calls, emails, letters all help keep Kevan safe and shows the prison governor that we are aware of what’s happening. Numbers matter! We need as many people to write and call as possible.
Write to

Prison Governor Gareth Sands
HMP Full Sutton
York
YO41 1PS
Gareth.Sands@hmps.gsi.gov.uk
Or phone the prison on 01759 475100
Fax 01759 371206
Cite Kevan’s prisoner number, A4907AE.

Call script:

Hello, I am calling on behalf of Kevan Thakrar who is currently in the CSC at HMP Full Sutton. Kevan has been informed that he is being moved to a cell next to a prisoner who has previously attacked him. I am extremely concerned for Kevan’s safety and demand that he is not moved to this cell, but rather is moved out of the CSC and to a safer location immediately.

You can also email the following:

Executive Director for High Security & Long Term Estate for HM Prison and Probation Service, Richard Vince, demanding Kevan be moved from the CSC to a safer location: Richard.Vince02@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Email Sir Greg Knight, MP for East Riding: sothcottt@parliament.uk

Keep Kevan updated with all your actions by email through emailaprisoner.com or letter to:

Kevan Thakrar, A4907AE
HMP Full Sutton
York
YO41 1PS

Request for support from Bristol Defendant Solidarity

Hello friends and comrades.

Please circulate and share this with anyone who may be interested to get involved with anti repression and solidarity work in the new year.

Thanks and see you on the streets!

Bristol Defendant Solidarity has been working since 2011 to support defendants facing charges from demonstrations and actions in Bristol and beyond. We provide active solidarity and unconditional support to anyone going through the courts as a result of involvement in social movements and struggle.

This support includes help with case and court preparation, finding witnesses, help with travel costs and fines and organising solidarity demos. We organise know your rights sessions and skillshares to prepare for demos and actions as well as providing police station support for arrestees.

We understand that if people feel supported they are more likely to stay involved despite the hassle from the authorities and their punitive processes designed to keep us off the streets. BDS maintains a radical perspective and is opposed to the state “justice” system and its enforcers.

We need more people to be involved and share the vital work of standing together in the face of repression. Antirepression and solidarity work is everyone’s responsibility. There are lots of tasks and roles. Anyone interested can contact us; we’ll arrange to meet and chat about our work in more detail. Get in touch and get involved! Contact us at:

bristoldefendantsolidarity@riseup.net

In solidarity,
BDS.