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Italy: Scripta Manent trial (started on 16/11/2017) — Statement to the court by anarchist Alfredo Cospito

  • Posted on: 30 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

I want to be as clear as possible, so that my words sound like an admission of guilt. As far as it is possible to belong to an instrument, a technique, I claim my belonging to FAI-FRI with pride. With pride I recognize myself in its entire history. I am a fully-fledged part of it and my contribution carries the signature of ‘Olga Nucleus’. If this farce had been limited to myself and Nicola, I’d have remained silent. But you have involved a significant part of all those who have been giving solidarity to us over these years, among them those I love dearly. At this point I cannot refrain from speaking my mind, to remain silent would make me an accomplice of your shameful attempt to strike an important part of the anarchist movement indiscriminately.

Azadi no. 4 (December 2017): “India and Anarchism: Past, Present, and Future”

  • Posted on: 29 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

We are pleased to share the fourth issue of Azadi (December 2017), a special issue on “India and Anarchism: Past, Present, and Future.”

“Azadi, meaning freedom and liberty, is a 4 page newsletter by Indian Anarchist Federation, published and distributed primarily in city of Bhopal. It began in 2017.”

UK transgender rights row intensifies as book fair is cancelled

  • Posted on: 27 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

via The Guardian

An annual book fair that has served for more than three decades as the most important meeting point for the British anarchist movement has become the latest casualty of widening splits over the issue of transgender rights.

Organisers say that they no longer have “the appetite or the energy” to stage next year’s London Anarchist Bookfair, following fraught scenes at the event last month. A group of feminists were confronted by other activists who accused them of distributing “transphobic” leaflets that promoted prejudice against transgender people

Freedom Collective Statement on the London Anarchist Bookfair

  • Posted on: 21 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

via Freedom News

Regarding the announcement by the London Bookfair collective that, following events at this year’s gathering, they will not be organising another one in 2018, the Freedom Collective has drafted the following statement:

Start of the "Scripta Manent" Trial 16/11/2017 – Italy

  • Posted on: 21 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

via act for freedom now!, original source in Italian here

STATEMENT OF ANARCHIST GIOACCHINO SUMA

To the Court of Turin

Today, as well as for all the future hearings of this trial that sees me accused along with my brothers, sisters, but above all anarchist comrades, I will not give you the satisfaction of seeing my face in a courtroom of this tribunal.

I have never gone to the courtrooms where my funeral was being prepared in the past and I will not do so now!

Italy: Declaration of Anarchists Claudia and Stefano facing Trial as a result of Operation ”Scripta Manent”

  • Posted on: 19 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Act for Freedom now!

We find ourselves facing you in order to be judged. Guilty or innocent? But what are we accused of? In the thousands of pages produced by the prosecutor, over twenty years’ history of anarchist struggle in Italy are covered and not only, specific facts are mentioned to back up suppositions and conjecture, but in fact what do you want to convince yourselves of with all that mountain of paper? You want to convince yourselves that we are anarchists. That we don’t passively accept the system that governs us, the inevitability of man’s domination over man and nature. They are asking you to condemn the love that unites the human beings who share the unstoppable desire for freedom bound by their common contempt for authority. If that’s why we are here let’s put an end to this farce before it begins. We are guilty.

Bra$il – “Operation Érebo” the earth moves. Agitations and anarchic reflections the wind blows.”

  • Posted on: 19 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Tormentas de Fogo

At dawn on October 25, 2017 the weather darkened for the anarchists of Porto Alegre. The Civil Police with the so called “Operation Érebo [Erebus]” launched raids and assaults televised by the local media and transmitted by the speakers of the system in maximum volume.

From this police reaction, from the show and media scrape, and from the agitation in the anarchist orbit a thousand and one needs, urgencies, ideas, impulses and feelings have crossed us. From this reflection was born this will to communicate. We point our determination against the enemy and we strengthen our pace with those who live anarchy in its positions and practices.

Ferrara Prison, Italy: New Text from Anarchist Comrade Alfredo Cospito

  • Posted on: 19 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Insurrection News

Alfredo wrote this text of salutation for the number zero edition of Vetriolo, in November-December 2016. This letter, as is well known, was blocked by the prisoncensorship. Now we can publish it. We recall that in recent months the censorship has increased a lot, a tightening vise obviously ordered by the Prosecutor Sparagna, and not just the simple zeal of the prison guards. Apparently there are definite orders about what can and cannot be sent or received (Vetriolo, for example, was not received by anybody) [comrades imprisoned for Operation Scripta Manent]. To protest the censorship,Alfredo went on a hunger strike from May 3 to 13.

Chile: Update on the Bombs Case 2 Trial and a New Letter from Nataly, Juan and Enrique

  • Posted on: 18 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Insurrection News

The End of the Bombs Case 2 Trial is Approaching

During the last fortnight of November it is expected that the huge trial initiated under the anti-terrorist law for the attacks against the Subcentro shopping centre, Los Dominicos metro station and two police stations in Santiago will come to an end.

An Anarchist Defense of National Self-Determination and Liberation

  • Posted on: 14 November 2017
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

by Wayne Price

Some anarchists and libertarian Marxists oppose the concepts of national self-determination and national liberation. They argue that these slogans deny class struggle, endorse nationalism, is contrary to anarchist principles, and lead to Leninism. I respond to these arguments, saying that anarchists should be in solidarity with the people of oppressed nations without endorsing their nationalist leaders.

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