Act for freedom now!
On Friday 21 April afternoon various individuals, pushed by a desire to express solidarity with our anarchist comrades on hungerstrike in Greek prisons, took banners and fliers into some streets of London to celebrate the rebel values of dignity and the struggle for freedom. The area, Peckham, south London, was the scene of strong rebellion in the August 2011 riots, a struggle which we and many of the people we encountered valorise and wish to extend.Police and the media have been working assiduously to extinguish rebellious passions and create a climate of submission and suspicion, condemning the rebels and rewarding snitching, leading to thousands of arrests and centuries of prison, under a manufactured public veneer of citizenist approval.By coming out on that rainy afternoon we found confirmation of what we are already convinced – that a conspiracy of rebel hearts exists whose infinite aspirations for freedom go beyond all prisons and control structures.At times momentary encounters pierced the shroud of urban isolation, upturned the earth of the graveyard of habit to reveal glimpses of the possibility of a future collusion of defiant spirits. We don’t need to wait for the next cop murder to arm our rage and aim at the enemy.
Complicity with the hungerstrikers!For the destruction of the existent.
WHERE THERE IS DIGNITY THERE IS REVOLT
SOLIDARITY WITH THE HUNGER STRIKERS IN GREEK PRISONS
Life has been reduced to little more than a question of statistics. Every day the talking heads of the media roll out percentages, mortgage rates, numbers of unemployed, casualty figures of dead and wounded in the great massacre of daily life. Faithful guardians of the rich’s lockdown, they say our choice is sacrifice and sheeplike obedience or isolation and criminalisation as enemies of society. We are ‘the bad ones’, ‘the scum’, the enemy within… They focus attention on isolated acts that come from personal dramas or the ghettoes of boredom in order to justify the Police State that is stregthening itself day by day. They promote a snitch culture, glorifying the scum who grass up their neighbours, even family members, to the police. We all know who our real enemies are: the rich, the police, the politicians, the lying journalists, all the oppressors of the people.
What the media don’t tell us is that all over the planet young people, and also the not so young, are coming out into the streets to rebel. Against the unrestrained greed of those who dominate and oppress in the name of profit. To bring the flame of life into our grey existence and turn our rage against the oppressors rather than each other. Across all borders.
FROM LONDON TO GREECE – FIGHT THE POLICE!When we want anything – particularly freedom and dignity – we have to fight hard for it, with our people, against the “Law and Order” of the system. No politicians deserve anything other than our contempt, definitely no trust. Last year in this country alone we saw thousands of young people in the streets rebelling against university fees on at least two occasions. In August the whole country was ignited by the police murder of Mark Duggan in a rebellion that started from anger against the police and soon developed into a widespread social revolt that lit up the drab city centres with fire. Piles of rubbish were expropriated from high street stores, rubbish that masses of people slave to produce, and other masses slave to buy. Here the media did not fail to do their job of criminalising the revolt and showed their true colours by publishing CCTV photos of rioters supplied by police.
In Greece, which has been in the headlines for months, because in spite of viscious cuts and ‘austerity measures’ against the Greek people, the State economy has gone bust, and, being a part of the great bankers mafia, the Eurozone, the other European State economies have rushed to ‘bail out’ Greece. The effect has been an almost total collapse of social and economic life there, always under the world media spotlight, resulting in the Greek people being presented as receivers of charity who ‘belong to us’.
LET’S SELF-ORGANISE & ATTACK TO FREE OURSELVES
What is not said is that there is a situation of constant rebellion, attack and solidarity among many of the Greek people, including thousands of anarchists. Demonstrations in the streets, which have now gone as far as attacking the parliament. Neighbourhood assemblies to fight back when people have their electricity cut off because they cannot pay the bill – the people come together and help each other to reconnect the power. Groups of anarchists fill up trolleys with food in supermarkets and walk out with them to distribute it free at the local market along with leaflets urging others to do the same. Other groups came out in broad daylight to attack CCTV cameras in the main streets to the extent that there are practically none left standing.
We are living through the militarisation of London in preparation for the Olympics, something that the people of Athens went through in 2004. Many acts of sabotage took place, demos, etc. expressing anger at the absurd expense of the huge security operation that left so many debts that affect everybody’s lives today. The London Olympics are being passed off as great event that unites everyone and will improve peoples lives with its example of ‘excellence’, whereas we know that all the corporations behind the Olympics are the real terrorists of the planet. We can all see that it’s just another excuse for a more
of a lockdown prison society, moving people of out their homes in London to make room for businesses and yuppies.
Solidarity means sticking up for each other and not letting the powerful and their servants (politicians, cops, media, etc.) use their ‘divide and rule’ techniques. Our solidarity has nothing to do with the false national community celebrated by the UK flag-waving around the Olympics, carrying on the dirty history of imperialist racism in another form. It means staying solid in our all our many diverse fights for freedom. Dignity and self-respect in the place of arse-kissing and snitching. It means finding out who our real enemies are and organising ourselves, with those we know and trust, in small groups without leaders, finding joy in our attacks, big or small, on the oppressors and the structures of the present prison society, for a world without bosses or slaves.
Revolutionary solidarity is not just words. We have come out into the streets today to bring to the fore the hungerstrike of some anarchist prisoners in Greece because their struggle is also our struggle.
Nine anarchist revolutionaries are currently on hunger strike in Greece, fighting for dignity and freedom.
There are countless insurgents imprisoned the world over for not having bowed down their heads to this system of death.
LET’S MAKE IT SO THAT NO FREEDOM FIGHTER REMAINS ALONE!