National demo against privatisation on 25th March 2013 - University of Sussex - updates
See libcom.org for news and comments with photos and video of the action: http://libcom.org/news/national-demo-against-privatisation-university-sussex-updates-25032013#comments
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The people want the fall of the system!
Revolutionaries of the world,
On the occasion of the World Social Forum which will be held in Tunisia during March 2013, we believe that the liberal reformist approach opted for by the organizing bureaucracy of the Forum will in no way lead to a revolutionary project for the people of the world. Even though the event is presented as an opportunity for the revolutionaries coming from all corners of the globe to meet, we deem that the ultimate objective, namely the collapse of the capitalist system, will not be taken into consideration.
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Call-out by Instances of revolutionary action / Disobedience Movement
Anti-Capitalist Block. Ljubljana. March 1, 2013.
GOTOVI SO! They are all finished!
Three months ago people in Slovenia rose up in a decentralized massive revolt. It marked the start of an intense and largely self-organized resistance to the crisis. This uprising started in Maribor against the corrupt major and city council, but was borne out of more than 20 years of transition politics and capital accumulation that further increased inequality and powerlessness. The slow privatization of society never meant to give us a good life and now it is being rejected all over. It is in the common daily and exceptional practices that challenge the relationships of power that we see our uprising. Like the resistance taking place all around Europe, this is a process with many diferent forms of struggle and expression. All are equally important and none should be ignored, pushed aside or criminalized. It is in this multitude that we engage in a process that re-orientates power towards control over our own lives and that cannot be captured, branded or instrumentalised by any partcular interests, groups or partes. In this way, it opens a process of reclaiming space for people to intervene in the discourse of the crisis politics being applied across Europe.
This is why we say the uprising belongs to everyone and all of us!
The systematic call from the start to throw out the political elite has made it clear that this process is about more than any single politician or particular clique. The corruption of individuals in power is just the extreme example of the actual corruption we are fighting: the system itself. This is why we need continue the fight beyond the fall of the current government and beyond the borders of our cites and our states. We are demanding a different process, a constituent process based on the fulfilment of our needs. No-one in power will benevolently offer us alternatives so we will impose them from the bottom up!
This is why we say no-one represents us and we won't discriminate: they are all finished!
In the months since the uprising started we have seen increasingly draconian attacks from the police. We are being intmidated in our homes and common spaces; we are being sprayed with tear gas and pepper spray; we are being beaten and detained for fictitious reasons and for long periods without charges; we are being persecuted and tried. The uprising itself has been criminalized! The rising police state is a clear indication that the resistance going on here and around Europe has shaken those in positons of economic and state power. The process is happening without any question of the systemic violence we face every day, which has a hugely negatve impact on our lives. The financial markets and banks attack our means of social reproduction, take our homes and threaten us with debts; the state does the dirty work of keeping us quiet during this robbery.
That is why we say there are police everywhere and justice nowhere!
This is an uprising that goes beyond the specific, local processes in Slovenia. It goes to the heart of the great lie: that a market economy and privatized industry, services and property will eventually lead to the prosperity of all people. The project of a neo-liberal Europe, a consttuent process from above, is the main poster selling us this lie, while it socializes the cost on us for a crisis we didn't create. The system gets accumulaton, we get austerity. We cannot struggle against a transnatonal system of capital if we are locked in our naton-states. Indeed, we are transcending parochial identities, historical myths and politcal borders in this struggle.
This is why we say transnationalize the uprising! We extend a call to join the common process to all.
See also: Federation of Anarchist Organising, Slovenia: http://www.a-federacija.org/english/
Balkans Anarchist Bookfair 24-26 May 2013, Ljubljana – Slovenia: http://www.a-federacija.org/2013/01/26/balkan-anarchist-bookfair-2013/
The first of the Belarus ABC info-tour and solidarity events took place at Freedom bookshop in London yesterday evening with 24 people attending, which is a great start. The evening included a presentation with videos.
The tour continues in Brighton tomorrow night (Sunday) before returning for a second London meeting on Tuesday, then the tour will continue around England, Wales and Scotland for 13 dates in all until March 7th. Follow this link to find a meeting venue near you and to read background information about the tour: http://www.afed.org.uk/component/content/article/334.html
This is a major speaking tour about prisoners in Belarus by a visiting activist - a rare chance to find out about what is going on and to see how you can support them. Anarchists and political activists in general are facing intense repression from the Belarus government. Details about prisoners in English: http://abc-belarus.org/?cat=3&lang=en
The Info-tour is supported by the Anarchist Federation and the International of Anarchist Federations. Local anarchist and ABC groups have put in a fantastic effort to arrange and host these events.
Message from Freedom Press: While we do repairs and renovations downstairs after the firebomb attack, we’ve opened a substitute bookshop upstairs. It’s been designed by ‘Isla’™ and is known as the rainbow bookshop because all the books are sorted by colour. This isn’t as silly as it might sound. Firstly everything will have to be moved downstairs again in a week or two so sorting them out by subject would be a waste of time, and secondly it’s amazing how many people ask for books by colour. Check out the latest firebomb benefit events.
Following Friday’s firebomb attack we’ve had an amazing response from people worldwide.
So much so that we will be able to open the shop on Monday 4th February for business… not quite as usual, but reasonably close.
Our stock is somewhat reduced, but now features some interesting fire-damaged memorabilia.
As so much of our stock was damaged, we would appreciate any book donations you can make.
Please drop off books at the bookshop during our normal opening hours: Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 6pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4pm.
Demanding the Impossible by Skribbo, download 21-track album in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire. A special album released to raise funds for Freedom Press Bookshop.
A report by Brian Whelan asks Who firebombed London’s oldest anarchist bookshop?
A report by Donnacha DeLong on the mainstream media silence over the Freedom firebombing.
Check out the benefit events for Freedom Press coming up.
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