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Catalonia: Anarchists call for general Strike / Defense Committees against State Repression

note: there is a huge amount of Catalan news right now, with the referendum 6 days away. This is a sample only. Today the University was occupied and there was a mass postering around the city, etc.

see very latest  Catalan Referendum Wins.  Main Unions and ANC join anarchist led General Strike Tuesday    90% YES despite Spanish Police attacks.    844 injured by 10pm

see also 28/09 Catalans begin Occupying 2702 Polling Stations./ Google ordered to Delete Voting App

Alternative trade unions in Catalonia call for general strike for October 3

A van of the occupying paramilitary police , swamped by the multitude and trapped for half a day.

The General Confederation of Workers (CGT) of Catalonia has presented a notice of call for general strike. The protest must be ratified by union members’ assemblies, sources from the organization’s secretariat said.

‘Unite the Struggles.. Towards the General Strike’


According to the union secretary general, Ermengol Gassiot, the general strike has been set for October 3 “because of the legal deadlines to be followed.” This call is made, for two reasons: “on the one hand, to claim the social and labor rights violated by the labor reforms since 2010 and, on the other, to fight against the cuts of fundamental rights and against the presence of armed forces in our places of work “.

see also/    ‘Spain’ accuses 100,000 Catalans of Sedition.. Schools on Strike.. Universities Occupied

Manifestació CGT. 27 i més
Manifestació CGT. 27 i més… anarcho syndicalist solidarity demo

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CARNIVAL AGAINST FASCISM Bristol UK, Sunday 10th September

CARNIVAL AGAINST FASCISM

Bristol, Sunday 10th September

A day of partying, resistance and PRIDE!

On the 10th September a group calling itself ‘Gays against Sharia’ is coming to Bristol to try to spread their Islamophobic and racist agenda. This is a blatant attempt by the far-right to tokenise LGBTQIA+ communities and use us for their own ends.Image result for carnival against Fascism bristol

This has been tried before in Bristol: in 2012, the EDL marched on the same day as Pride. While their PR insisted they weren’t homophobic, their violent attacks on gay men on the day told another story.[0]

Let’s not be fooled by their latest clumsy attempt to wrap fascism in a rainbow flag.

We will not be used to spread oppression that would inevitably turn straight back on us. History shows that wherever these bigots gain momentum by scapegoating one group (Muslims and migrants today, Jews in the 30s) they target us soon after.

So we are planning to stop them with a large, spectacular and fabulous carnival – dust off your heels, shine up your boots and join us!Exact details about when and where to meet will be released nearer the time via:
angryqueerantifascists.wordpress.com
facebook.com/bristolqueercaf
facebook.com/bristolantifascists
And here’s the facebook event.

Remember:

Cops and far-right thugs can be unpredictable, so to keep each other as safe as we can, it’s recommended to come with friends and stick together.

This event is queer-led but anyone who wants to stop fascism, racism and homophobia is very welcome.


So who are ‘Gays against Sharia’?

On their last outing (Manchester, June 2017) they yelled racist and homophobic abuse and attacked people. A homeless man was hospitalised while protecting a mum and young daughter from them.[1] Sikh volunteers giving away food were threatened and ‘had to scarper for our own safety’.[2]

All the key figures are far-right and most have no genuine interest in queer communities:

‘Annie Greek‘ (Ioanna Photiou): The main organiser of their Bristol demo, hilariously spotted on twitter[3] saying:
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‘Tommy English‘ (Tommy Cook): used to be the (mostly one-man) ‘LGBT division’ of the EDL.

Jack Buckby: ex-BNP who stood as a candidate MP in Jo Cox’s area after she was murdered by the far-right.

Ann Marie Waters: so toxic that even UKIP deselected her as a candidate. Writes for Breitbart.

‘Tommy Robinson‘ (Stephen Yaxley-Lennon): former EDL leader. What a lovely guy. Not.

B+W Leaflet and poster for cheap printing.

Colour versions (nicer): Leaflet and poster

Contact: angryqueerantifascists(at)riseup(dot)net

Free G20 Prisoners! Demo Sept 3 at Billwerder Prison. …G20 hostage’s Letter…

#UnitedWeStand: Free All #NoG20 Prisoners! Demo on September 3 at Jail…

  On Sunday September 3 there will be a demonstration to the JVA Billwerder prison in Hamburg. Today we publish the call for the demonstration …

On Sunday 3rd of Sept we want to march to the prison JVA Billwerder in Hamburg again to visit our friends who are hostaged by the City of Hamburg behind high walls. Our friends inside could hear us last time, even the yard time was changed to hold them back from our solidarity. Thats one more reason to visit our NO G20 brothers with a huge crowd and a lot of noise in front of the Billwerder Prison

Come with us, bring muffins and cup cakes, have coffee, music and speeches on Sunday the 3rd of September at the JVA Billwerder.

Please let us know any music wishes of the prisoners beforehand so if you write letters to them or make visits just ask what they would love to listen to, we will arange it.

United we stand!

via  Enough is Enough. You will find all our No G20 stories HERE.

the letter

HAMBURG SUMMER 2017: I AM THERE, I STAY THERE!

”It’s been almost a month and a half since I was imprisoned during the twelfth G20 summit in Hamburg, in a city that was besieged and taken in hostage by the security forces, but which also saw an important local and popular protest. Continue reading Free G20 Prisoners! Demo Sept 3 at Billwerder Prison. …G20 hostage’s Letter…

Secret Anarchist Punk History Of Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping’

“I GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT I GET UP AGAIN, YOU’RE NEVER GONNA KEEP ME DOWN”

It’s one of the most ubiquitous choruses of the nineties, a boozy chant of a song that, to this day, is instantly recognisable.Related image

Chumbawamba’s ‘Tubthumping’ is one of those freakish one-off singles — the sound of a band consolidating all their best ideas around one song so anthemic and infectious that it turned out to be undeniable, never to be repeated and doomed to “one hit wonder” status.

Both now and then, it’s often seen as a novelty single — and in many ways, that’s understandable. It’s a rowdy anthem, ubiquitous in pop culture and pub alike, pummelled by repetition to the point of cliché. On either side of its three week run at the top of the Australian charts were ‘Barbie Girl’ and ‘Dr. Jones’, two similarly ubiquitous hits. With all due respect to Aqua, 1997 was a pretty frivolous time for pop music.

But under the surface is one of the strangest and most fascinating stories in pop music — a working class anthem purpose-built for chart domination by a collective of British anarchists who, fifteen years into their career, decided to try and play the system — and ultimately won.

Tubthumping     Chumbawamba
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
He drinks a Whiskey drink, he drinks a Vodka drink
He drinks a Lager drink, he drinks a Cider drink
He sings the songs that remind him of the good times
He sings the songs that remind him of the best times
(Oh Danny Boy, Danny Boy, Danny Boy)
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get

Fuck The System

To understand the song, you need to understand the band’s history — all the way back to when they first formed in 1982. Continue reading Secret Anarchist Punk History Of Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping’

Interview and Gallery: Gord Hill, Indigenous Artist and Anarchist

By  CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective      Gord Hill is an anarchist artist and a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation who has been active in anticolonial and anticapitalist struggles for decades. Over the years, his art and criticism have been an inspiration and challenge to us.
Gord is the author of two comic books, The 500 Years of Resistance Comic BookThe Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book, as well as 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance, and runs the website Warrior Publications. He also draws and writes under the pseudonym Zig Zag.

 

Obviously, there have always been intersections between art and resistance, but we’d like to hear how you see those intersections for yourself, and how you see those intersections playing out in society today.

I believe art is an important part of resistance in that it contributes to an overall culture of resistance. Art inspires, educates, motivates, and helps to maintain a history of resistance as well.

Continue reading Interview and Gallery: Gord Hill, Indigenous Artist and Anarchist

Road to Revolution: The Barcelona Rent Strike of 1931.

A look at how the Barcelona rent strike of 1931 prepared the ground for the revolution of 1936. 

by Dermot Sreenan    The Barcelona Rent Strike of 1931 not only served to reduce rent costs for working class families but was also an education in self-organisation for thousands of workers. It, along with other struggles in those years, created an organised working class that in 1936 made the most successful attempt yet to overthrow capitalism and create libertarian communism.

“1931 mass arrests in Barcelona due to the Rent Strike  (Foto 👉 Ateneu Enciclopèdic Popular) …

The CNT was an illegal organisation during the 1920’s and thus many members had been reduced to the role of passive spectators as dedicated militants battled with the police and pistoleros. The dictator, Primo de Rivera, had fallen in 1930 and the new government (who declared a republic in ’31) let the CNT re-emerge.

As anarchists, the CNT wished to widen the union into a real participatory social movement. To do this they had to broaden its realm of influence. They knew that only via mass organisation, participation and struggle could the foundations be laid so that people would acquire the skills to construct a new society. Continue reading Road to Revolution: The Barcelona Rent Strike of 1931.

“A strong hug to all the comrades” letter from anarchist G20 Prisoner

Hamburg – A letter from anarchist prisoner Riccardo, arrested during the G20 (20/07/2017)

 by actforfreedom |        We are spreading news of the arrest of a comrade from Genoa, Riccardo, on Friday 7th July in Hamburg during the revolt against the G20. Riccardo has seen his lawyers, is doing well and his spirits are high. On18/07 a hearing confirmed that Riccardo and all those arrested be remanded in custody. In 15 days an appeal trial will be held to decide if imprisonment is to be continued until the trial. The charges haven’t been formulated yet.

We reconfirm our solidarity with all those arrested in Hamburg.       Freedom for all!


Letter from the comrade Riccardo from the prison of Billwerder, Hamburg

Image result for anarchist prisoner Riccardo Lupano , arrested during the G20

At the moment I am being detained in the prison of Billwerder in Hamburg. I was arrested on Friday 7th July at 7:30pm near Rote Flora.

I am accused of insulting the State, endangering public security, of having played an active part in a group of fifteen people who challenged the police, in particular attempting to harm a policeman of the Special Unit of Bloomberg intent on carrying out arrests and finding evidence.

I don’t recognize the dichotomy ‘guilty-not guilty’ proposed by the State’s judicial apparatus.Related image

What I want to say is that I’m proud and happy to have been there in Hamburg during the uprising against the G20. The joy of experiencing in person the determination of people of all ages from all over the world who haven’t yet given in to the temptation to submit to the logic of money and the capitalist world; this can never be quelled by any form of imprisonment. Continue reading “A strong hug to all the comrades” letter from anarchist G20 Prisoner