Monthly Archives: February 2014

GREECE: Letter from comrade Kostas Sakkas, 17.02.2014


The current state of -permanent- exception, that constitutes an attempt to pave the way to yet another developmental invasion by the capital, unleashes an onslaught against almost all working people, confirming that class war is not only raging but is also becoming more extreme. States have always been instruments of class rule; the state is a system of social organisation that aims to reconcile the historically irreconcilable contradictions between exploiters and the exploited.
The unpopular government policy, perfectly aligned with their bosses’ (EU, IMF) orders, aims at the unconditional surrender of the contemporary working class and its decommissioning of each conquest of the past in order to make it even more exploitable, even more profitable for capital. More than any other period, the political system is acting on behalf of the transnational economic elite serving its interests. It’s acting on behalf of bank colossus, loan-shark states, serving, and facilitating, the economy of the markets and global capital.

The capitalist system, which is in the midst of one of the most severe structural crises in its history, both in terms of its depth as well as its multiple manifestations (banks, real estate, trade), has also launched a crisis of equivalent weight in the political system.

It is self-evident for the capitalist system that the accumulation of capital will always be the norm as well as a point of crisis, not only for the system itself but also for the political establishment. The flow of capital and its profitable growth, that is, a basic principle on which the whole system is built , will always determine the political alignments of nations. Wealthier states implement policies that transfer their debts either to the European or to the global periphery, in order to ensure a powerful geographic concentration of capital. Poorer countries, on the other hand, impose exhausting austerity policies, regardless of the economic conditions of poverty and misery which they cause. They destroy the lives and dreams of entire peoples, jeopardize their future, and remove all hope, in order to secure the interests of particular economic elites and to safeguard a system that maintains their dominant privileges.

“Propaganda is to a democracy what a bludgeon is to a totalitarian state” suggests N. Chomsky.
Today, unpopular and extreme political imperatives that the rulers are called to impose require both a bludgeon and the fabrication of consensus through media. During the first memorandum between the greek state and the so-called troika, major media owners were called to a meeting with the prime minister to negotiate how onerous economic measures would be promoted as necessary in order to minimise the risk of social uprising. Instructions were sent to well-known journalists through usb memory sticks about how they should align their positions with the government’s policy, while it is a fact that a number of journalists were removed from their posts because they were not as effective as the political circumstances required.

Today, objectivity and the reliable character of the mainstream media floats somewhere between governmental “blackmail” of media owners through the auctioning of channel frequencies and the liberalization of the broadcast licences market – a term in the memorandum -, halts in bank loans to media owners without guarantees and, of course, common media and government interests in dismantling workers’ rights. It is no coincidence that all three memorandum governments have outrageously exempted major media owners from their tax obligations while the people are suffering from high taxes and austerity in general.

The unofficial propaganda ministry of the government, with the help of mainstream media, is struggling to convince us either by propaganda or suppression that any kind of resistance to the present unequal economic and political distribution is futile and doomed, since it will always be confronted with all the mechanisms, institutions and functions of the current totalitarian regime. They want a confused society, passive towards developments and perceptively decommissioned that will accept without protest the government’s extreme anti-popular policies. They construct an artificial climate of precarity so that memorandums and measures of new impoverishment can be applied unquestioningly.

They characterise militant anarchists as terrorists and employ rhetorical mudslinging in an attempt to persuade the public that it is threatened by their actions.
But how effective can this propaganda be in the context of the current situation?
If more than 4 million people living below the poverty line are asked who is responsible for the poverty they experience…
If 1.5 million unemployed are asked who is responsible for their exclusion from modern wage slavery…
If 20,000 homeless are asked who is responsible for their impoverishment…
If they asked themselves who is responsible for over three thousand suicides recorded in the years of memoranda…
If you ask yourself who is responsible for the huge increase of psychiatric drugs use – an effect closely connected to the current economic and existential poverty – and a host of other examples of social decline, will the answer be “Sakkas” or any of those that the regime’s media call “terrorists”?
I don´t think so…

Whoever wishes to identify the real terrorists, they can look at the ministry of finance and the ministry of labour which are responsible for people’s impoverishment.
They can look at the state’s account department and the social security funds that gambled taxpayer’s money in the stock market.
They can look at the SRADF [T/N: State Republic Asset Development Fund] and all these committees responsible for the selling-out of public property.
They can look at political parties and their accounting departments that indebt people with huge loans for their election campaigns.
They can look at the ministry of public order and the maritime ministry which are executing assassination contracts in the name of “immigration policy”.
Actions of terrorism for the people are the sell-out of shipyards, airports, ports, the Hellenic Railways, the Thessaloniki Water supply and sewage disposal, the country’s resources.
Terrorist actions are the olympic games and the corruption,
the tax exemptions and loans for media owners,
the disintegration of health and education,
the mortgaging of the lives and dreams of future generations…

Mass media with their dirty propaganda are trying to undermine social activists’ struggles and to convince people that their actions are directed against society. They seek to portray tension between the ministry of public order and the ministry of justice within the government, but in fact these are working together to lay the grounds for intensifying repression against political prisoners. The intensification of repression aimed against today’s anarchists and communists is obviously aiming to intimidate and deter tomorrow’s rebels and resisters. It’s an act of preventive repression.
The way mass media reported the “news” of me fleeing from trial is telling.

Although I haven’t been convicted by any court to date, according to the media crows the fact that the counter-terrorism police have found me guilty is sufficient. They have promoted the counter-terrorism administration [T/N: “ΔΑΕΕΒ” stands for Administration Dealing with Special Crimes of Violence] into a higher constitutional authority which judges and decides while the rest of the “misbehaving society” refuses to align with its outcomes (“the counter-terrorism police gets them and the judges are letting them go…”). There’s a series of despicable news reports alleging favourable treatment of my case by the judicial mechanisms, purposeful indifference, even a left-wing para-state (!), that opened the prison doors and let me go…

Absurdity and feasibility are in conflict with common sense.

Let’s recall that I am the person who in 2010 was held in preventive custody for participating in an “unknown terrorist organisation”.
I am the person who six months later was remanded again for participating in the CCF [T/N: Conspiray Cells of Fire is a radical anarchist organisation based in Greece], even though both I and the organisation have denied my participation from the very first moment.
I am the person who after my 18 month remand had ended and I had to be released, was in remand again for actions of the same organisation (!).
I am the person who after my second 12 month remand had come to an end, had my imprisonment extended for another six months illegally.
I am the person who was on hunger strike for 38 days in order to be released with the decision of the second council after I announced to the officials that I was ready to start a thirst strike if they rejected my demand for the second time.
I’m the person who had the pleasure of feeling what solidarity and having comrades means… I am the person who experienced the political satisfaction of a genuine solidarity movement occasioned by my case which determined the victory of this struggle, a fact that the judges and political superiors know very well.
I’m the person who, five months after my release, I was arrested again by the counter-terrorism police because I didn’t sleep at my house(!), regardless of the restrictive terms which didn’t require that I stayed overnight at my residence.

Nonetheless, although the court ruled that I shouldn’t be convicted, the media crows had a different opinion…
Fortunately, people like Pretenderis, Kosioni, Mina Karamitrou and other mealy-mouthed, shufflebutt holdovers of the media don’t have the right – yet – to appeal court decisions..
For them, the magistrate’s court should send me to prison since this was the decision of the counter-terrorism administration, since this was Dendias’ [T/N: minister of public order and citizen protection] decision, since, to call things by their name, the previous day Ch. Xiros had violated his permit and they decided I should be re-arrested in revenge.

I’m the person who one week later was rearrested because the counter-terrorism police supposedly matched my fingerprints with those found in the house of 25th Martiou street in Chalandri [T/N: the apartment in Athens that cops in 2009 labelled a ‘terrorist base’] which were collected in 2009, with the ridiculous pretext that they hadn’t properly entered my fingerprints into their system when I was arrested back in 2010, although there’s a -published- report from the counter-terrorism police confirming the opposite.
I was set free after testifying to the investigating judge and public prosecutor.
Once again media crows had a different view.
Once again the judicial authorities “didn’t act as they should have”…
According to the regime’s journalists, the judges act properly only when they set corrupted state officials free. When they release tycoons. When they release the media owners and the publishers…
Once again, they conscripted their dirty propaganda to construct an atmosphere of terror and hysteria and to disorientate public opinion.
This is what their job was, is and always be: the system’s crutch…
Especially today, when the need to “rescue” the economic and political system of power requires its operation as what it really is, namely a modern totalitarian regime, the rulers need the dominant media and their propaganda more than ever. Cultivating a climate of fear, terror and hysteria, they aim at the social disorientation and ultimately to alienate the people from the real fields of struggle.
There can be no doubt, today, that the struggle against the regime’s media is an integral part of social liberation.
We have to oppose the mentality that considers any real resistance as pointless. That considers unnecessary any real struggle, that wants all prospects of social liberation from the state and capital’s shackles to be nonexistent.

Especially today, when the leaders can only provide poverty, misery and repression for modern slaves, we can and must put all our efforts into realising our imperatives. We need to intervene in real time and space, in order to shape events towards a revolutionary direction. We should withstand those mentalities that doom to defeat and failure any attempt to take our lives into our own hands. To resist the dominant morality that wants humans subservient and with a bending head towards the oppressors. To resist the reality presenting today’s humans as unconcerned, passive, helpless and doomed to tomorrow. To resist the mentality of delegating and waiving those things that we must do on our own. In opposition to the legality of submission, we should engage in resistance, in an insurrectionary transgression.

Consciousness bears the burden of historical responsibility.


Kostas Sakkas

SOURCE: Free Sakkas,   Tahrir-ICN

Seattle solidarity demo at Mexican consulate for the arrested comrades accused of molotov attack


From 325:


This afternoon, February 11th, there was a demonstration at the Mexican consulate in Seattle, in solidarity with Carlos Lopez and other prisoners of the Mexican state.

A group of about 20 people chanted Carlos’ name as well as anti-border and anti-prison slogans, and a synopsis of the case and a statement by Carlos were read over a megaphone. There were two banners that said “Solidarity to all captured comrades” and “Solidaridad es mas fuerte que los carceles! Presxs a la calle!” We stood around and handed out leaflets to passers-by for about 15 minutes, then went inside the consulate and read Carlos’ statement again, and left and dispersed on our own accord.

Carlos is one of three people arrested on January 5th in Mexico City in relation to a firebomb attack on a Nissan Dealership and the Ministry of Communication and Transportation. Collectively known as the 5E3, they are being held on a special 40-day extension and are being investigated for sabotage, organized crime, and terrorism.

Capitalism, domination, and control are global, therefore anarchist solidarity is international as well. All prisons and borders must be destroyed, whether Mexican, Canadian, US, or any other. We feel particularly inspired by the 5E3′s resilience in the face of state repression because we have also faced intense state repression in the last year and a half in the Pacific Northwest. Much like civil contempt in the United States is used in an attempt to break us, the 40-day arraigo is a similar attempt by the Mexican state to force compliance on the part of those physically locked up as well as those who might be inspired by attacks on the state and capitalism.

Compxs, we wish you continued strength in the battles to come. With solidarity, non-cooperation with the state, and care for each other, you will get through this.

Seattle Free Press

Protesto de solidariedade no consulado Mexicano pelos camaradas presos e acusados de ataque molotov

De 325

Esta tarde, 11 de Fevereiro, houve uma manifestação no consulado

Mexicano em Seattle, em solidariedade para com Carlos Lopez e outros
prisioneiros do estado Mexicano.
Um grupo de cerca de 20 pessoas entoou o nome de Carlos bem como slogans
anti-fronteira e anti-prisão, e foram lidas ao megafone uma sinopse do
caso e uma declaração de Carlos. Haviam dois banners com os dizeres
“Solidariedade para com todos os camaradas capturados” e “Solidaridad es
mas fuerte que los carceles! Presxs a la calle!” (“Solidariedade é mais
forte que as prisões! Presxs para a rua!”) Ali estivemos e distribuímos
panfletos aos passantes por cerca de 15 minutos, depois entrámos no
consulado e lemos a declaração de Carlos novamente, fomos embora e
dispersámos-nos à nossa vontade.
Carlos é uma das três pessoas presas a 5 de Janeiro na Cidade do México
em relação a um ataque com cocktail molotov a um concessionário da
Nissan e ao Ministério das Comunicações e Transportes. Colectivamente
conhecidos como the 5E3, eles estão a ser mantidos presos ao abrigo de
uma extensão especial de 40 dias e estão a ser investigaos por
sabotagem, crime organizado e terrorismo.
O Capitalismo, a dominação e o controlo são globais, por isso a
solidariedade anarquista é também internacional. Todas as prisões e
fronteiras devem ser destruídas, sejam elas mexicanas, canadianas,
estadunidenses, ou quaisquer outras. Sentimo-nos particularmente
inspirados pela tenacidade do 5E3 face à repressão do estado, porque
também enfrentámos uma intensa repressão do estado no último ano e meio
no Noroeste Pacífico. Muito à semelhança da forma como o desrespeito
civil nos Estados Unidos é usado na tentativa de nos quebrar, o
“arraigo” de 40 dias é uma tentativa similar, por parte do estado
Mexicano, para forçar a conformação daqueles que estão fisicamente
presos bem como daqueles que poderiam sentir-se inspirados por ataques
ao estado e ao capitalismo.
Companheiros, desejamo-vos força continuada nas batalhas que estão por
vir. Com solidariedade, não-cooperação com o estado e amizade uns pelos
outros, ultrapassaram isto.

NATO Protesters Stand with the NATO3, Respond to The Chicago Tribune’s War on Dissent



It is simply factually dead wrong for the Tribune to assert that “city officials went to great lengths to facilitate [protesters’] right to assemble” during the May 2012 NATO protests. In fact, protesters had to battle for months for the right to protest — including against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s infamous “sit down and shut up” ordinance. And hundreds of protesters who were kettled and assaulted by police on May 20, 2012 would flatly dispute the Tribune’s characterization of that calculated police violence as ‘turning the other cheek.’


Activists also learned more during the NATO 3 trial about what many had suspected — that Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy have stewarded the full-bore reinstatement of the city’s infamous Red Squad. Under Emanuel’s and McCarthy’s watch, police squandered untold public dollars to spy on constitutionally protected activity and position undercover cops as agent provocateurs to entrap protesters in ‘crimes’ wholly incited and manufactured by those undercover cops. And that spying has not ended. One of those officers involved in surveilling and infiltrating NATO protest efforts joined a volunteer health care project as a volunteer street medic — and was still spying on activists a year later.


It also bears noting that among the ‘masked agitators, dressed in black’ in the run-up to the NATO meeting were the two undercover officers at the heart of the NATO 3 entrapment: Nadia Chikko and Mehmet Uygun. One would have to be asleep at the switch — or an apologist for state repression — to assume there was not the same sort of police endeavor underway during the protests themselves.


But Judge Thaddeus Wilson adamantly insisted that issues related to First Amendment concerns would not be aired in this trial — in effect, guaranteeing that the police overreach and abuse at the heart of this manufactured case would never be disclosed to the jury and the public.


The Tribune has never asked Emanuel, McCarthy or States Attorney Anita Alvarez how much the investigation, incarceration and trial of the NATO 3 has cost the taxpayers. More broadly, the Tribune has never asked the City of Chicago for an honest accounting of what it cost taxpayers to police the NATO summit in real dollars. That’s a remarkable lapse by a newspaper known for its persistent drumbeat to account for — and cut where possible — public dollars for vital front-line public services that range from public health to public education.


The Tribune’s shrill call to lock up the NATO 3 and throw away the key mirrors a longstanding tradition of the paper’s editorial board. The Tribune invoked the same cry for blood more than 125 years ago in the Haymarket 8 case, when its editors at one point offered to pay jurors for a guilty verdict against those defendants. Four were executed on November 11, 1886.


Today, the Tribune has embraced that same unprincipled extremism — by endorsing police policies that create crimes where none exist and derail the fundamental right to dissent unmolested by police agent provocateurs and law enforcement spies. Totalitarianism is informed by a state strategy to dirty up and derail public opposition to government policy. Anita Alvarez, Rahm Emanual and Garry McCarthy have been happy to embrace this sort of despotism. And the Tribune has cosigned it.


Individual signatories:


Bill Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education & Senior University Scholar (retired), University of Illinois at Chicago


Babur Balos, Occupy Chicago/Rogers Park, Overpass Light Brigade/Chicago


Brian Bean, Occupy Chicago Direct Action Committee, Summit Working Group, CANG8


Father Bob Bossie, SCJ: The Priests of the Sacred Heart


Tom Burke, Committee to Stop FBI Repression


James Cox, Radicals Against Discrimination


Sister Kathleen Desautels, SP, NATO Mobilization Peace Guide


Mike N. Durschmid, Rising Tide Chicago, NATO-Green Bloc Alliance, Organic Consumers Association


Vince Emanuele, IVAW – Iraq Veterans Against The War


Frank T. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, College of St. Rose


Chris Geovanis, NATO Independent Media Center


Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, Mental Health Movement/Chicago


Donald Goldhamer, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights


Eldon Grossman, Veterans For Peace


Dylan Hayworth-Weste, Food Not Bombs/Pilsen


Pat Hunt, CANG8 — Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda


Joe Iosbaker, CANG8


Mike Kalas, Multikulti


Terry Keenan, Occupy Chicago


Marilyn Levin, UNAC — United National Antiwar Coalition


Joe Lombardo, UNAC


Gregory Malandrucco, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression


Andy Manos, NATO protest organizer


Kait McIntyre, Anti-War Committee – Chicago


Matthew McLoughlin, Occupy Chicago


Alan Mills, Legal Director, Uptown People’s Law Center


Jason Page, Multikulti


Sister Dorothy Pagosa


Ray Parrish, Vietnam veteran, veterans’ rights activist


Rachael Perrotta, NATO Protest Press Team Coordinator


Micah Philbrook, Occupy Chicago Press Committee


Barry Romo, Vietnam Veterans Against The War


Dick Reilly, CAM — Chicago Action Medical


Zoe Sigman, NATO protester


Arny Stieber, on behalf of the Chicago Chapter of Veterans For Peace,


Jess Sundin, Committee to Stop FBI Repression


Andy Thayer, co-founder, GLN — Gay Liberation Network, CANG8


Danielle Villarreal, NATO protest logistics coordinator


Rachel Unterman, NATO protest press liaison


Natalie Wahlberg, labor organizer, NATO protest spokesperson
Bosnia Hit by Third Day of Protest Unrest

Clashes erupted as protesters took to the streets across Bosnia for a third day and set fire to a government building amid demonstrations sparked by anger over economic hardship.

Vedran Jahic, Elvira M. Jukic

Tuzla, Sarajevo

Around 7,000 people rallied for a third day on Friday in the Bosnian town of Tuzla, seizing and setting fire to the cantonal government building, while clashes with police also erupted in the capital Sarajevo as protests spread around the country.

Clouds of dark smoke rose over the burning building after protesters forced back hundreds of riot police in the northern industrial town which has become the focus of public unrest over Bosnia’s dire economic situation and high unemployment.

“I have been on the unemployment register for seven or eight years now. I want to work but cannot get a job because I am not politically connected. That is why I want to see changes,” a 30-year-old protester in Tuzla, who gave his name as Nusret, told BIRN.

Clashes also broke out in Sarajevo when around 3,000 demonstrators confronted riot police outside the cantonal government building, chanting: “We want change!”

Some of them threw stones and firecrackers at police while others held up pictures of demonstrators allegedly attacked by officers in Tuzla.

“Every one of you has their own problem with these authorities,” one protester shouted through a megaphone.

Smaller demonstrations were also held in Banja Luka and Bihac, while further protests have been announced in a series of other towns across Bosnia and Herzegovina.

More than 200 people have already been injured in the unrest since the protests began in Tuzla on Wednesday.

The rallies were initially led by workers angry about factories that closed after failed privatisations, but demonstrators in Tuzla on Friday also called for the government to resign.

Bosnian Federation Prime Minister Nermin Niksic held an emergency government meeting late Thursday and called for an end to the violence.

“Everyone has the right to gather publicly and peacefully express their dissatisfaction, but no one has the right to violent behaviour, endangering security and destroying property,” Niksic said.

Tuzla hospital said that 140 policemen and 40 civilians were injured in Thursday’s second day of unrest in the town, where protesters clashed with police who fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse demonstrators throwing stones and eggs at the cantonal government building.

Adis Nisic, spokesperson for Tuzla hospital, said that the total number of injured had exceeded 200 in the two days of protests, after 30 were injured on Wednesday.

Tuzla Canton interior ministry said that a total of 20 people were arrested on Thursday but all were released after being questioned.

The first day of protests on Wednesday was led by several hundred redundant workers from large industrial companies in Tuzla which collapsed after they were privatised, who are demanding compensation and the reimbursement of healthcare and pensions payments.

But the protests have since turned into a more general expression of discontent about tough economic conditions across the country, where the official unemployment rate is 27.5 per cent.

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Occupation of Minvest Deva headquarters in Romania

Today, the 3rd of February 2014, we, citizens of Romania and Germany have occupied Minvest Deva headquarters in order to draw attention at the illegal and illegitimate favoring of mining companies by the Romanian state authorities.

We denounce the cyanide based mining projects from Certej, Deva-Muncel, Băiţa Crăciunești, Brad, Rovina și Roșia Montană, projects that have destructive effects towards nature and humans and can only start with no regard of legal procedures. Only at Certej, in 16 years of operation 26.448 tons of sodium cyanide and 15.280 tons of copper sulphate would be used. Large-scale cyanide use does not bring prosperity to a community, only death and the impossibility to develop other economic activities. We denounce deeds that reek of corruption, conflict of interests and abuses of Nicolae Stanca, current director at Deva Gold. He has signed, in the name of the Romanian state, the associating documents between Minvest Deva and Gabriel Resources in 1997, then being employed by the controverted businessman Frank Timis.

We condemn the government’s intention to bring forward to the parliament a new mining law, we condemn the irresponsible and undignified attitude of the Minister of Environment, Rovana Plumb, and ask for her resignation. We warn prime-minister Victor Ponta that a new attempt to pass the mining law with absurd stipulations that only serve the interests of the mining industry will not remain without consequences. In his urgency and pressure on the parliamentarians to make forced expropriation of citizens by private companies legal he is doing exactly the opposite of what the public opinion wants. As the events of last year have demonstrated, illegitimate support of mining companies is not backed up by parliament (two legislative attempts have failed last year), nor by the tens of thousands of people that have gone to the streets in 2013.

Last but not least, we wish to draw attention to the total abandon of morality by political people such as Dan Șova or Rovana Plumb. Dan Șova, from the government table proposes legal solutions for mining projects of his mother’s law clients. Cyanide-based projects are then passed to be evaluated to his colleague minister, Rovana Plumb, who will do anything to see them approved, including dropping charges in court.

We ask the citizens of Romania to inform themselves correctly about the many drawbacks of mining projects and remember the horrible ecological accidents at Certej in 1971 and Baia Mare in 2000. We do not want such tragedies to be repeated! We show our solidarity with movements around the world that struggle against such destructive mining projects: Kremnica (Slovakia), Halkidiki (Greece), Corcoesto (Spain), Salave Asturias (Spain), Bergama (Turkey), Kumtor (Kyrgyzstan), Talvivaara (Finland).

Respect existence or expect resistance!
Romania without cyanide!

Foto credit: Denisa Nistor și Alex Lupea

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