“Violence” at Blockupy: Enough with the Hypocrisy!

AntiNote: We encountered this article in German at Eisbrecher Wuppertal (via Linksunten Indymedia) shortly after the clashes around the grand opening of the new European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt last Wednesday. True to form, the dominant German-language media (and even much of the ‘alternative’ media) has been apoplectically clutching its pearls about the targeted property damage that the first phase of #M18 protests included in their largely successful blockade of the ribbon-cutting—while the dominant English-language media has been mostly silent.

This is a crying shame, considering that Blockupy 2015 represented a significant expansion and escalation of the continent-wide anti-austerity movement and should be considered in this context. This article provides some background on Blockupy (which grew out of the global Occupy movement and has learned and grown in the face of violent state repression—where nearly every other Occupy site faltered), and proposes applying similar levels of targeted militancy more broadly.

“Violence” at Blockupy Frankfurt: Enough with the Hypocrisy!
by some activists from Wuppertal, Germany
20 March 2015

In the country which is the world’s fourth-largest arms exporter, there were hours-long street clashes last Wednesday [18 March 2015]. After the massive repression faced by Blockupy activists in 2012 and 2013, state power lost control—at least for a short time—of entire sections of the city of Frankfurt.

Of course, the discourse over “violence” has dominated media reports. We should gladly engage in these discussions, so that conditions might change and we can finally put an end to the real structural violence all around us every day under capitalism.

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An Appeal to the Young

By Peter Kropotkin

AntiNote: This text was first published in 1880 in ‘La Revolte’ and was later issued as a pamphlet. The texts presented on AntiDote has been left consciously unedited.

It is to the young that I wish to address myself today. Let the old – I mean of course the old in heart and mind – lay the pamphlet down therefore without tiring their eyes in reading what will tell them nothing.

I assume that you are about eighteen or twenty years of age; that you have finished your apprenticeship or your studies; that you are just entering into life. I take it for granted that you have a mind free from the superstition which your teachers have sought to force upon you; that you don’t fear the devil, and that you do not go to hear parsons and ministers rant. More, that you are not one of the fops, sad products of a society in decay, who display their well-cut trousers and their monkey faces in the park, and who even at their early age have only an insatiable longing for pleasure at any price…I assume on the contrary that you have a warm heart, and for this reason I talk to you.

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Offener Brief an die Mutter von Rémi Fraisse

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3. November 2014

Ich schreibe Ihnen diesen Brief zu einer Zeit, in der gewaltsame Proteste in Paris verdammt und friedliche Sit-ins gepriesen werden.

Ich habe meinen Bruder verloren unter Bedingungen, die denen ähnlich sind, in denen Sie Ihren Sohn verloren haben. Mein Bruder, der sich so sehr um meine Mutter gekümmert hatte, hat uns verlassen und wird nicht wiederkommen. Der Verlust meines Bruders hat mir einen immensen Schmerz zugefügt, den ich jedes Mal wieder spüre, wenn der Staat tötet. „Wo die Gefahr wächst, wächst das Rettende auch“, hat jemand gesagt. Jedes Mal wenn der Staat tötet, ist auch eine Gelegenheit, ihn zu stoppen, ihn zu zwingen, sich zu ändern, und allen anderen die verlorene Würde wiederzugeben.Continue Reading

RSB Statement on Torture of Refugees in North Rhein-Westphalia

Deutsche originalversion kann hier gelesen werden / Original German (and further articles in many languages) at the excellent Refugee Strike Berlin blog

Refugee Strike Berlin’s Statement on Torture of Refugees in North Rhein-Westphalia

On Sunday, 28 September 2014, several cases of abuse of refugees by private security personnel in German refugee centers were made public.

We are outraged. We are furious. We are not, however, surprised. It was not without reason that we left the camps ourselves.

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Alexei Gaskarov’s Sentencing Statement

Russian anti-fascist Alexei Gaskarov’s statement in court

translated into English by the Russian Reader with an afterword by Gabriel Levy.

The verdicts for the second group of defendants in the Bolotnaya Square case – brought against participants in the Russian protest movement of 2011-12 – will be announced on 18 August in Zamoskvoretsky Court in Moscow. The prosecutor has asked the court to sentence Alexander Margolin and Alexei Gaskarov to four years in prison; Ilya Gushchin to three years and three months in prison; and Elena Kokhtareva to three years and three months suspended, with four years of probation. All four defendants have been charged under Article 212 Part 2 (involvement in riots) and Article 318 Part 1 (use of non-threatening violence against a public official) of the Russian Federal Criminal Code. On 4 August, 28-year-old Alexei Gaskarov made his closing statement in court. This is the complete text of his speech.

Alexei Gaskarov in court. Source: gaskarov.info

Alexei Gaskarov in court. Source: gaskarov.info via LeftEast

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Iranian Refugees Begin Hunger Strike

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AntiNote:  In keeping with our goal of amplifying the voices of those struggling against political repression and social domination, we have reprinted below an English translation of the manifesto issued today by 18 hungerstriking Iranian asylum-seekers in Bern,  reacting in part to Switzerland’s easing of sanctions against the country they fled.

The original German can be found here.

Their focus, understandably, is on human rights violations in Iran.  We wish to call attention, however, to the refugees’ plight here in Switzerland, which they humbly relegate to point 2 of their demands.

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Prison Protests Against the World Economic Forum

Text published on  January 15th, 2012 in the Regensdorf prison by ecoanarchist Luca ‘Billy’ Bernasconi

Prison separates us physically from the struggles. It isolates us from our loved ones and from the daily complicity of our paths of struggle, denying us our own desires. However it doesn’t manage to take them away from our head, nor the fight from our spirit. On the contrary, the rage and hate we feel against these walls and our jailers roots them further on into our soul, into our flesh.Continue Reading