International

Solidarity actions with anarchists from Russia

  • Posted on: 20 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Pramen

Since October 2017 and until today, Russian authorities have launched a massive crackdown on an anarchist movement. Arrests and searches took place in Moscow, Saint-Petersurg, Penza, occupied Sevastopol and Evpatoria. By now more then 10 people are behind bars. Most of them evidenced about torturing. Read more here: [1]

Rest in Power Anna

  • Posted on: 20 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

Our hearts are heavy with sadness today as this weekend we learned of the death of our friend and comrade, Anna Campbell.

Anna was killed in a missile strike in Afrin while fighting with the YPG.

Anna was a core member of the Empty Cages Collective and an active organiser in many anti-prison projects and campaigns, including Community Action on Prison Expansion, Smash IPP as well as Bristol Anarchist Black Cross. She made organising a joy.

She was a dedicated anarchist deeply committed to fighting for liberation. Her list of engagement in social struggles is long, from hunt sabotage to student occupations. She was a passionate feminist and proudly queer.

Several tortured anarchists flee Russia

  • Posted on: 20 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

While international media and liberal politicians delight in the spectacle of the Russian presidential election, Russian and Belarusian anarchists and antifascist continue to struggle with massive repressions by the intelligence service, the police and the judiciary. There are several reports from activists who have fled Russia as a result of arrest and torture

Brazil: Interview on the Assassination of Marielle Franco

  • Posted on: 20 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

We conducted this interview with our Brazilian comrades with the Rio de Janerio based political organization Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro (Anarchist Federation of Rio de Janeiro or FARJ), which is a member of a alliance of similar organizations across Brazil, the Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira (Brazilian Anarchist Coordination or CAB). We discuss Marielle Franco’s legacy, Black struggles in Brazil, and the political context of her assassination.

Mexico: Letter and Call for Support to Free Anarchist Prisoner Luis Fernando Sotelo

  • Posted on: 20 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

Below is a translation of a call from the Free Luis Fernando Sotelo Campaign regarding an organizing meeting in Mexico City and actions that those from afar can take to support his release. Fernando is an anarchist political prisoner jailed since 2014. Following the call is a new letter from Fernando.

French anarchist sabotage trial turns to farce

  • Posted on: 19 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

Ten years after being rounded up in a well-publicised raid by anti-terror police, defendants in a trial for the alleged sabotage of a rail line did their best to ridicule the prosecution and show their lack of respect for the court this week. The case, which started out as an accusation of a terrorist plot, appears to have been sparked in part by reports from a British undercover cop who has since been exposed by environmental activists.

Santiago, Chile: Anarchist Compañero Juan Flores Sentenced to 23 Years

  • Posted on: 19 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

On March 15, 2018, the sixth oral criminal court again decided on the life of a person. Imbued with their supposed moral superiority and with the penal code in hand, they performed their mathematical calculations to decide the time in which an individual should remain kidnapped in prison.

[Bogotá, Colombia] Riots around Universidad Pedagogica blockade the financial district for four hours

  • Posted on: 14 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

On Tuesday, March 6th, in Bogotá, Colombia, two explosions burst during the quiet of the lessons. In between the fully painted walls of this eternally leftist university, located in the middle of a financial district, the students playing on the sports field turn their heads in all directions. The sound of chattering suddenly vanishes. It is 10:30 AM and the gatekeepers put their backpacks on and immediately leave the scene. Rapidly, a small group of hooded people meets the crowd, without talking. In a kind of dancing manner, without much useless noises, the students peacefully leave the playground and the encapuchadxs progressively take their place. It is quickly possible to count as many as 50 of them, now facing the stone benches.

Anarchists from across the Balkans clash with Greek police

  • Posted on: 14 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Anarchists and riot police have clashed in Greece after some 2,000 protesters from across the Balkans marched in the northern city of Thessaloniki against nationalism.

Police used tear gas and threw stun grenades at the anarchists, who also barricaded themselves at the University of Thessaloniki. Police are prohibited by law from entering the campus to make arrests.

Brazil 2016-17: The Political Crisis and Coup d’État

  • Posted on: 12 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc.
An Anarchist Analysis

After a groundswell of anarchist and autonomous protest in 2013, Brazil experienced a right-wing reaction that culminated with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party (PT). The events in Brazil offer an instructive case study of phenomena that are prevalent elsewhere around the world—indeed, the United States might have experienced something similar had Hillary Clinton been elected. Looking at Brazil, we can identify the dangers of premising social movements on presenting demands to the authorities; we can see how the discourse of “fighting corruption” serves right-wing forces jockeying with left parties to hold state power, while legitimizing the function of the government itself; we can study how right-wing groups appropriate the tactical innovations of anarchist movements, and explore ways to defend ourselves against this. Above all, in a time when left and right parties are engaged in increasingly pitched struggles for control of the state, we have to carve out space for social movements that reject the state itself, resisting the attempts of all parties to manipulate or subordinate us. The Brazilian example offers an important reference point for the challenges and opportunities that face us today.

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