IT: Capitalism is even worse than terrorism. Two million workers
die each year due to accidents and illness caused by workplace-related
hazards including chemicals, accidents and stress, the International
Labor Organization reports.
The annual toll includes 12 000 children, according to the report
issued for the annual World Congress on Occupational Safety &
Health at Work. Agriculture, which employs more than half of the
worlds workers, claims more than 50% of occupational fatalities,
injuries and diseases, the report said. Construction, logging, fishing
and mining are also among the most hazardous industries. The overall
toll has clearly risen since 1990. The biggest killer in the workplace
is cancer, causing about 640,000 or 32% of deaths. It is followed
by circulatory diseases (23%), accidents (19%), communicable diseases
(17%) and respiratory diseases (7%). Hazardous substances kill 340,000
workers each year, with asbestos alone claiming about 100,000 lives.
This ongoing massacre of working class people by the quest for profit
of the boss class makes work a much greater threat to your life
than anything a terrorist could do.
Not that we have to chose between the two of course! There is another
option. A world free of capitalism, politicians, dictators and religious
zealots all together. A world where everyone is values as human
beings rather than fodder for these people an anarchist world.
HOT SUMMER IN
On June 20,
2002, Spain was hit with a one-day general strike coinciding with
the EU Summit in Seville (see www.indymedia.org.uk). The strike
call has been massively followed in practically all the regions
of Spain. Over 100 000 demonstrated in Seville, 50 000 in Granada,
and 30 000 in Malaga. In some areas the strike was almost total
with even the bars and shops shut. It was supported in both town
and country, as so-called reforms of the government
will deprive agricultural workers of unemployment benefits, forcing
them off the land altogether.
The anger that has been smouldering in Spain for years burst to
the surface. The riot police were treated to mass contempt and derision
by the demonstrations. Here they are, here they are - the
pickets of the bosses! was one of the chants as the demonstrators
passed the massed ranks of these State thugs. Even three of the
police unions stated that they were not prepared to protect strikebreakers
but only the right to strike! This indicates the levels of discontent
within Spanish society.
The strike was spread by flying pickets of up to 100 people who
at dawn filtered through neighbourhoods announcing the general strike
and calling upon everyone to join it.
The general strike was forced on the UGT and CCOO unions by the
simmering anger of the working class. For the last six years they
have agreed to swingeing cuts in wages, conditions and living standards.
They hoped a symbolic one-day strike would calm things down. But
the strike shows both the fear of the union bureaucrats and the
rising militancy of the Spanish working class. Now the struggle
needs to go beyond the control of the UGT and CCOO bureaucrats.
told there were no friendly forces...We were told specifically that
if there were women and children to kill them. This open admission
from a U.S. solider serving in Afghanistan, was published, without
comment, in a small local newspaper in the States.
Massacre in Mazar, a new documentary from an Irish film maker, records
the slaughter of POWs by American forces last winter. Those that
survived being transported in sealed containers, were taken out
in the desert, shot, and dumped in mass graves. The film also documents
tortures such as the pouring of acid over the bodies of captives.
The U.S. Government is considering a law authorising the invasion
of that well known rogue state the Netherlands. Satire? The war
on drugs taken to further extremes? No the U.S. Government
is committed to invading the Netherlands if the newly formed international
criminal court in the Hague ever prosecutes any one from the American
Then we have the American and British states newly revealed nuclear
first strike policy, on non-nuclear rouge states. Of
course these will be aimed at military targets just
as the then U.S. President Truman said in 1945: the world
will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a
military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to
avoid, in so far as possible, the killing of civilians
Anti-War stickers and posters are available for a donation from
ON THE FRONTLINE
In last months
resistance we reported on the encouraging signs of the rebirth of
mass class struggle across Europe this past month has brought
further evidence of this and also of an expansion of this struggle
into wider areas.
Most notable was the first Spanish General Strike for eight years
- see full report on the front page.
A series of regional general strikes are also taking place in Italy,
following on from the nationwide strike in April. Rome was shut
down on 4th June, whilst Milan (Italys financial capital)
is targeted for July 4th these actions are in protest at
Premier Silvio Berlusconis plans to make it easier to fire
workers. Italy was also the scene of a transport strike that shut
down public transport in Milan, Naples, Turin and Florence
all important tourist sites
Another encouraging sign was that the first internationally co-ordinated
strike since protests in support of the Liverpool dockers, took
place on the 18th-20th June when air traffic controllers struck
in Portugal, Italy, France, Spain and most other European countries
struck in protest at plans to bring all air traffic controllers
under unified supervision a plan which would be used as an
excuse to introduce redundancies and lower safety standards. Flights
were cancelled from Finland to the Czech republic, with flights
in and out of France being the worst affected, with nearly 90% of
flights being cancelled. This one has the potential to develop into
a large-scale battle.
The struggle is also spreading in Germany, where the recent successful
mass strikes by engineers have inspired a growth of confidence in
other workers to try and impose their demands over the summer months
of pay bargaining. Thousands of construction workers have struck
for the first time since WW2. The plan being to expand the strike
to a new town every day until they receive the rise they want. Postal
and telecom workers have also walked out, demanding a wage rise
over 5% above the rate of inflation.
As noted in previous resistances, the sharp rise in wage demands
over the last 6 months is a result of the working class gaining
confidence in its power through collective action, this confidence
must be used to build up links between workers in different industries,
who can operate outside of official channels this is the
only way we can really impose our demands.
OF THE MONTH
themselves to be called Sir has his head so far up the
establishments arse it must be pitch black. Bob Geldoff, in particular
in promoting the police as friendly and caring is either
privileged, a liar, or out of touch with reality.
That the police are indelibly anti-working class is exposed time
and again by their shameless fitting up of people like Ray Gilbert
and Mark Barnsley (to name just two) who fall prey to cop class
prejudice. And in the few (but there should be many) cases where
guilty verdicts are overturned, when do we hear these hugely
compassionate and understanding officers say theyre
Consistently, cops are proven to have lied or falsified evidence
to secure convictions against less well-connected members of the
public (thats us lot!) yet are never heard to utter a single
word of regret, an apology, or are they held to account. Working
class people the world over bear the brunt of police aggression
and dirty tricks. Geldoff mewls: Having to make a decision
which may disrupt families forever is a huge personal responsibility.
Damn right it is! Mark Barnsleys family life was disrupted
for eight long years and Ray Gilbert has endured loss of liberty
for 21 years (continuing) as a consequence of dodgy decisions taken
by deceitful coppers and a class biased judicial system.
Old yes sir, yes sir, three bags full sir may feel the
pigs are OK but their many working class victims know different.
We reckon Harry Roberts had a much better take on the filth that
coppers nark Geldoff and his fawning admiration for some of the
nastiest people on the planet. Go get em Harry!
Opposition, and large sections of the media shriek ever more hysterically
about the bogus asylum seeker crisis. The truth is that there is
no crisis, although there are social problems (poverty, homelessness
etc.) which only ordinary people can solve, through working and
There are NO bogus asylum seekers - they are all fleeing poverty-political
persecution (including torture and death) - war. Who wants to leave
the country where they were born, where their family, friends and
culture are, for somewhere where they know no-one, may not speak
the language, and may not find a home or half decent job? 150 000
British people emigrate every year, outnumbering the people who
enter the country. Where they are employed, refugees often do the
worst jobs that no-one else will do because of the crap pay and
conditions. Governments create refugees by maintaining artificial
barriers (borders) artificial labels such as national, legal, and
illegal. Money is allowed to move without restriction so that capitalists
can maximise their profit at the expense of the rest of us; people
are not allowed such free movement.
Why all the hysteria about a crisis? Governments create
refugees through creating and maintaining poverty, repression and
war. The main sources of refugees are Afghanistan, Palestine, Eastern
Europe, Somalia and Sri Lanka. Refugees are convenient scapegoats
for the social problems that governments create - its the old tactic
of divide and rule. Refugees are a good source of cheap labour due
to their desperation and marginal status. The government prefers
to exclude unskilled refugees, and to try to force poor
British workers into the crummiest jobs through the minimum wage
and slave labour schemes of the New Deal. The latest bizarre proposals
include using warships to intercept refugees and RAF transport planes
for bulk deportation. As a result of widespread opposition, Blair
has already been forced to drop plans to withdraw aid from countries
which refuse to take back failed asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers need our support because they are fellow workers
and are at the bottom of the heap, and because allowing the government
and bosses to pay below poverty level wages and benefits undermines
all of us. Measures such as the introduction of identity cards will
also be used by the police to control and attack people who are
fighting their bosses, landlords, councils etc.
Refugees resist through hunger strikes, escapes and general non
co-operation with the prison regime. Such opposition has forced
the government to shut the Landmark and Inn in the Park in Liverpool
which were slum estate accommodation for refugees. Community groups,
schoolchildren and teachers have waged successful campaigns to prevent
people being deported. Contact: National Coalition of Anti-
Deportation Campaigns, Tel: 0121 554 6947 Email: email@example.com
need any more parasites!
Aberdeen - On 28th May Aberdeen Anarchist Resistance (http://geocities.com/resistanceab)
protested at the Queens visit to Aberdeen. A leaflet highlighting
the parasitism of the royal family, was produced and distributed
along part of the route the Queen would be taking. But it seems
as the coppers didnt agree much...we were stopped 15 minutes
later in another part of the city by two cops in a police car, and
later another two came in a van. Told that someone had found our
leaflet offensive, we were asked to turn out our pockets. But when
they searched our bag they found a hundred or so leaflets and confiscated
them, as well as a Greek newspaper! They took our names, addresses
etc., having them checked, and said that they will examine the material...
and that if we want it back we should contact them.
So saying in public our opinion about monarchy is offensive, but
its not offensive to give a free day to very young schoolchildren
so as to attend the Queens visit and give em flags to wave...children
not old enough to make up their own minds about such things. Brainwashing
anyone? The newspapers said that there were 15 000 people to welcome
the queen, but there werent more than 1 000 (600 of them schoolchildren)!!!
Thats how the ruling class is rewriting history...
Solidarity to all anti-monarchy and anti-state actions! For a stateless
A planned anti-jubilee benefit punk gig in Hereford was banned by
the police early on in June, although the local filth wouldnt
give a reason as to why. Organisers viewed this as part of a wider
state clampdown on anti-jubilee actions, making sure it all went
smoothly for that disgrace they call Queen. Nevertheless, local
anarchists hastily organised an alternative anti-jubilee action
for June 3rd - walking through the centre of town with a bollocks
to the monarchy banner! Organisers of the cancelled gig are
now thinking about legal action against the police. Meanwhile, Hereford
Anarchists now have a website under construction. Visit it at www.herefordanarchists.cjb.net
A new community based anarchist group has recently been established
in the Camden Borough Area of North London. It mainly concentrates
on gentrification/housing issues. For more info Email: Camdensolidarity@hotmail.com
National gathering July 12th14th, North London. This is the
first national conference/gathering of the Anarchist Youth Network
so if you are interested in getting involved please come along.
If you are planning on coming please contact the AYN in advance.
More details will be released shortly. Contact: AYN c/o 84b, Whitechapel
High Street, London, E1 7QX Tel: 07814 629 780 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayday in Scotland...
Aberdeen Anarchist Resistance travelled to Glasgow on May 1st to
meet and march with other folks from the AF. There were folks from
Class War, GAIA and the Black Flag collective there too. With around
600-700 people in attendance, we marched through Glasgow city centre.
While some confusion followed, eventually made it to Kelvingrove
Park, where a party ensued. Scottish AF leaflets and copies of resistance
and Mayday fliers were distributed throughout the march.
Scottish AF now have a new website at: http://flag.blackened.net/af/alba
There was a good turnout for the annual MayDay parade in Belfast.
There was a good atmosphere all round probably helped by the fine
weather, and music which ranged from the drum beat to the bagpipe.
Anarchists from the Anarchist Federation Ireland and the Anarcho-Syndicalist
Federation distributed copies of their respective bulletins - Irish
resistance and Solidarity - both before and after the march, on
which the ASF unveiled an impressive new MayDay banner. At St. Georges
market afterwards, there was food, drink, music and stalls. All
in all, a fine day out. Visit the AF Ireland website at: www.afireland.cjb.net
No let up for
Local campaigning group People Not Profit, will celebrate
the Queens Jubilee visit to Liverpool on July 25th and 26th
by putting the Queen on trial for war crimes committed by the British
Army during her 50 years reign, indicting her as Head of State
and Head of the British Armed Forces for war crimes committed in
Malaya, Aden, Cyprus, Kenya and the Falklands. If convicted, the
evidence and indictment will be sent to the International War Crimes
Tribunal in The Hague with a request an international warrant for
her arrest be issued. Contact: Merseyside AF, PO Box 350, Liverpool,
that now remains in Vietnam is in a state approaching collapse,
with individual units avoiding or having refused combat, murdering
their officers and non-commissioned officers....
- a U.S. Marine
Colonel in 1971.
during the later stages of the Vietnam war took a number of Forms:
Firstly, combat refusal - straight forward mutiny, usually
achieved by secretive means. Secondly, fragging
the assassination of glory hunting officers, which reached the stage
where bounties were put on the heads of the most unpopular officers.
Most famously on the Lieutenant Colonel who ordered the bloody attack
on Hamburger Hill in mid-69, and had a bounty of $10,000
placed on him in response. The money was collected through whip
Thirdly, the growth of anti-war, anti-brass, newspapers, over 300
by 1972, with names like Harass the Brass, All Hands Abandon Ship,
and the Star Spangled Bummer. These were produced by discontented
rank and file soldiers.
by 1970 the U.S. Army had over 60,000 deserters. Finally, back on
the home front veterans organized themselves into groups
such as Vietnam Veterans Against the War and exposed
war crimes through the Winter Soldier Investigation.
The air wars strategy of the last 30 years was developed
not with the official enemy in mind, but to avoid the situation
where Americas rulers are again faced with a mutinous army.
reservist Guy Rozin, was sentenced on June 16 to 28 days for refusing
to serve in the occupied Palestinian territories. He was tried and
found guilty of desertion and has appealed his sentence. Guys
address: First Sgt. (res.) Guy Rozin, (Military ID 3777618) Military
Prison 4 Military Postal No. 02507, IDF, Israel. Guy can also be
contacted via: email@example.com
Objectors Yair Khilou, an anarchist on whom we have reported in
previous issues of resistance, and Igal Rosenberg who have been
successively imprisoned five times have been released from prison
and were finally exempted from military service altogether, on grounds
of incompatibility. Objector Daniel Weinbach has been sent to prison
on 16 June for the 4th time.
In the Polish city of Bialystok anarchists and anti-fascists have
waged bloody and hard, uncompromising war against nazi scum for
years. During these hard times many of them were injured or suffered
legal trouble. But on the other hand they managed to limit nazi
activity in their city and stopped them controlling the streets.
Now four people are on trial, with serious charges, for different
actions. One of them has already spent four months in prison. They
have spent tons of money on lawyers and need a lot more to defend
themselves successfully and also to increase their activity. They
would like to appeal to all concerned anti-fascists around the world
to help them in whatever way possible. If you can also send some
financial support, organise benefit parties or whatever will help
them, get in touch.
Radical Anti-Fascist Action, PO Box 43, 15-662 Bialystok 26, Poland.
Wayne Heaton, an anti-fascist activist, has been sentenced to 18
months for violent disorder during the Burnley riots last summer.
Wayne, who grew up in Burnley, was none too happy seeing the growth
of support for the BNP in his home town. So when the police defended
the BNP, Wayne like many locals stood up and fought. Hed love
letters of support. Write to: Wayne Heaton - GK 7292, Wing G1 8,
H.M. Prison, 2 Ribblestone Lane, Preston PR1 5AB.
Finnish anti-militarist Janne Kuusisto is a total objector, he was
imprisoned for refusing from both military and alternative service.
His current address is: Janne Kuusisto Kayran avovankilaosasto Jarvenojantie
36 21370 Aura, Finland. But since he might be moved soon, its
best to write to Anarchist Black Cross (Anarkistinen Musta Risti)
of Turku, AMR-Turku PL 994 20101 Turku, Finland. Janne will be released
on the 23rd of November.
prisoners I am proud to say I am an anarchist...I refuse to
give in to the prisoncrats. Sometime ago a group of prisoners and
myself founded the Missouri Prisoners Labor Union and our
goals and objectives are to promote social justice, human rights,
prisoner rights, workers rights and prisoners right
to vote...Fellow anarchists since the time we organize ourselves
as the MPLU I have been through hell and back, Ive been harassed
beyond ones belief...
We are fighting to obtain our civil and human rights, and I am in
need of your aid in our struggle here. The abolition of prisons,
the systems of laws, and the capitalist state is the ultimate objective
of every true Anarchist. So IF YOU ARE NOT AFRAID OF A REAL LIVE
FIGHT WITH THE PRISONCRATS I can be contacted at: Jerome White-Bey
#37479, Jefferson City Correctional Center, PO Box 900, Jefferson
City, MO 65102, USA.
For more info, contact:
Break The Chains Northwest Political Prisoners Support Group, PO
Box 11331, Eugene, OR 97440. USA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
when going on demonstrations and dont take cameras, booze
or drugs. If youre nicked give your name and address then
say no comment to any other questions.
8th Protest at the Manchester Military Tattoo at the M.E.N.
Arena. The event glorifies war. Meet on Friday 7th 6.30pm at the
Post Office by Victoria Station. Tel: 0161 273 8283 for details
of possible pickets on the Saturday shows
10 14th Earth First Summer Gathering, West Country.
An opportunity for anyone interested in non-hierarchical environmental
direct action to get together... Email: email@example.com
12 14th Anarchist Youth Network first national conference/gathering.
Somewhere in North London: See article inside..
11th Nought for Conduct film night. Matewan - true story
of a West Virginia mining town that formed an unlikely union between
striking hillbilly miners and black and Italian scabs in the 1920s.
7.30pm at Marchmont St Community Centre, Marchmont St, London WC1.
Wheelchair access. (Nearest tubes Russell Square & Kings Cross)
£2 Waged, £1 Unwaged. Organised by the Anarchist Federation.
Tel: 07946 214 590 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
19th - Benefit gig for Walthamstow Anarchist Group. Playing are
Thatchers Children and others. The Chestnut Tree, Lea Bridge
Road (Near Whipps Cross) Leytonstone, London. £3 entrance.
8pm. For more info Tel: 07867 806 450 or Email: email@example.com
Join the resistance
Federation is an organisation of class struggle anarchists aiming
to abolish capitalism and all oppression to create a free and equal
society. This is Anarchist Communism.
We see todays society as being divided into two main opposing
classes: the ruling class which controls all the power and wealth,
and the working class which the rulers exploit to maintain this.
By racism, sexism and other forms of oppression, as well as war
and environmental destruction the rulers weaken and divide us. Only
the direct action of working class people can defeat these attacks
and ultimately overthrow capitalism.
As the capitalist system rules the whole world, its destruction
must be complete and world wide. We reject attempts to reform it,
such as working through parliament and national liberation movements,
as they fail to challenge capitalism itself. Unions also work as
a part of the capitalist system, so although workers struggle within
them they will be unable to bring about capitalisms destruction
unless they go beyond these limits. Organisation is vital if were
to beat the bosses, so we work for a united anarchist movement and
are affiliated to the International of Anarchist Federations.
The Anarchist Federation has members across Britain and Ireland
fighting for the kind of world outlined above. To get involved contact
84B, Whitechapel High Street,
London, E1 7QX. Tel: 07946 214 590