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35 years of the Anarchist Federation

is this is what anarchy after 30 looks like?

From Organise Magazine

reflections on 1986 and now

It’s 35 years since the AF was first formed as the Anarchist Communist Federation in 1986. We’ve published retrospectives on several occasions before in the 10, 20, 25 and 30 year specials of Organise! This time we look back at what was happening in and around 1986 and its relationship to the emergence of the new anarchist organisations.

Traps smashed during a day for mass trespass

The banner reads: "BLATANT ANARCHISM" - Tim Bonner

from Unoffensive Animal

24th April, Norkolk UK.

received anonymosuly via email:

“24th April was a day for mass trespass. Countryside Alliance goon Tim Bonner described the call-out as “blatant anarchism” and he wasn’t wrong. We did away with two ladder traps, a larsen trap, nine tully traps and a stink pit. Seven crows were released from the cages.

An international May Day greeting for 2021

greeting comrades, now get back to the factory floor! we have stuff to build

From Anarchist Federation

AF note: The following is from the IFA Secretariat who are currently the FAI in Italy (this role rotates amongst the Federations making up the membership of IFA). We previously published a nice read about the anarchist origins of Mayday including the Haymarket Affair in Chicago mentioned below. Also, our 25th anniversary issue of Organise!  magazine 77 from a decade ago has articles we have previously published about the Paris Commune which was especially influential on the development of anarchist communism. Earlier in the year we also celebrated and remembered the bravery of the Kronstadt rebellion of 1921.

Communique from 325 Collective on the Repressive Attack upon International Counter-Information

"There must be a re-energization of the international counter-information network, to once again become a threat internationally, after the repressive reaction that seeks to isolate anarchists from each other, not just around the world but even locally."

From Act for Freedom Now, UK

On 29.03.21 the Dutch police raided the data center that holds the nostate.net server, seizing the server itself as part of a criminal investigation into ‘terrorism’. Nostate.net is a collective that provided a platform for international movement websites from prisoner solidarity groups, multiple campaign collectives, anti-summit pages and international counter-information. Significant sites that used nostate.net as a platform that have been targeted by this repressive attack by the Dutch police are Anarchist Black Cross Berlin, Montreal Counter-Info, Northshore Counter-Info, Act For Freedom Now! (now re-activated on noblogs.org https://actforfree.noblogs.org/) and 325.

Burn Baby Burn!

“Burn Baby Burn!”

The chant goes up into the air as the flames of the cop van rise higher and higher, burning away a pressure that has been building for far too long.

The cop station’s windows are kicked in to the roaring joy of the crowd, its raining rocks from above on the riot cops from youths who’ve occupied part of its roof. Repeated attacks on the cop lines are visibly putting the fear into them. Bottles rain down on the cop dog unit’s failed attempt to assault the mob from behind. Riot shields and batons liberated from the cops are used to fight back, a piece of their own medicine. Others are caring for people sprayed with mace, while sound systems ring out. Another cop car is burning round the corner, this is like nothing we have seen before…

What actually Happened in Bristol – and How a Narrative is Built

from Anarchist Federation UK

It’s easy to get a sense of deja-vu when you get home and start reading press reports and twitter accounts from a demonstration. For that reason, whilst I’ll be writing about the events in Bristol this Sunday, I’m also writing about dozens of other demonstrations over the years. I hope you’ll join me on a ramble about how a protest went down, and how press, police, politicians, and their cheerleaders, constructed a narrative around it.

Return Fire vol.6 chap.2 out

 Return Fire vol.6 chap.2 out as PDF, chap.1 toner-friendly version, new website features & fixes

From Return Fire

Return Fire vol.6 chap.2 out as PDF, chap.1 toner-friendly version, new website features & fixes

We present the second chapter of our sixth volume of Return Fire, here. Following on from our revised layout for this volume, this chapter should be (slightly) more toner-friendly for those doing the usual autonomous print-runs (and we’ve re-posted chap.1 with the same alterations as requested). The contents follow, then more updates below.

The Difference Between “Just Coping” & “Not Coping At All”

The Difference Between “Just Coping” & “Not Coping At All”

From The Anarchist Library, by Anonymous (via Return Fire)

[ed. – Come the capacity, come the crisis. Whatever else can be said about the world-wide restrictions that a huge part of the global population has been subject to for as much as a year now, it seems clear that such restrictions can only be viable due to the extensive system of cybernetics (see the supplement to Return Fire vol.3; Caught in the Net) that the current form of capitalism has been shifting its weight upon.

Obituary: Ken Weller (1935-2021)

January 29, 2021
By Nick Heath, Anarchist Communist Group
https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/2021/01/29/obituary-ken-weller-1935-2...

Ken Weller, a former leading light in the libertarian socialist organisation Solidarity, which dissolved in 1992, has died at the age of 85 on January 25th 2021. Born in Islington on June 30th, 1935, to a working class family, Ken joined the youth wing of the Communist Party, the Young Communist League (YCL) in 1951. He was an active member in its Islington branch, the second-largest in the YCL. He was at the large demonstration in Whitehall in 1956, protesting British involvement with Israel and the USA in Egypt, the so-called Suez Crisis. He witnessed mounted police exiting Downing Street to attack the crowd without provocation.

After Landlords

from Liverpool Anarchist

Featured in Issue X – December 2020

Resisting evictions, rent strikes and squatting are all means of improving our lives in the present, building solidarity and exposing the injustice of the class divide. But these struggles can only bring partial and temporary victories until they escalate to the point of overturning the root cause: capitalism. Problems we face around housing are not simply due to callous landlords but are a product of an economic system based on private property and competition.

(A-Radio) B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world – Episode 41 (12/2020)

You can find episode number 41 (12/2020) of international news show "B(A)D NEWS - Angry voices from around the world" at A-Radio Berlin's new website or on the website of the International Network of Anarchist and Antiauthoritarian Radio Projects. „B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world“ is a monthly news program from the international network, consisting of short news segments from different parts of the world.

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