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.
Video Part 1: Ian Bone - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGzNV13tygI
Video Part 2: Ian Bone concludes, followed by Nick Heath - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acNTC6rtv3A
As part of a general campaign within SF (www.solfed.org.uk) to combat the effects of austerity upon unemployed workers, North London Solfed has created and launched a website dedicated to ensuring claimants know their rights regarding the government's "Universal Jobmatch" scheme for those claiming JSA and other forms of unemployment benefits:
Solidarity Federation launched a new website dedicated to Universal Jobmatch. Universal Jobmatch is a new online job search service, which benefit claimants are being forced on. The service is not mandatory at the moment and we provide information how to avoid being signed up to it. The website is available in English and Polish at the moment and work on further translations is in progress.
Solidarity Federation uruchomiła nową stronę internetową poświęconą Universal Jobmatch. Universal Jobmatch to nowy internetowy serwis pośrednictwa pracy, do używania którego zmuszane są osoby pobierające świadczenia socjalne. Usługa jak na raznie nie jest obowiązkowa i na stronie informujemy jak nie dać sie do niej zapisać.Strona jest dostępna w języku polskim i angielskim, praca nad kolejnymi tłumaczeniami jest w toku.
- Healthcare workers: where we stand-fighting on two fronts
- Support for Greek comrades from IFA sections in Italy and Slovenia
- Articles on the the Belfast Flag protests - Libcom.org
- Solidarity with the squatters of Villa Amalia! - reports from Athens
- Cardiff anarchists continue to resist the state [video link]
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