Archiv für August 2009

Tonight 02:00, Racing vs Colon…It Wont Be about Futbol

The attentive visitor of this blog may have noticed that while there was a preview to Racing vs Rosario, after that nothing more was said about the game. Why? Because Racing lost 1-0, and there isnt much more to say (except that, as predicted, cars of Racing fans got smashed during the game).

Tonight, first home game against Colon, and the prediction is that futbol will again take a very much secondary position to other scandals around. On the one hand, both „members“ (socios) and simple „fans“ are (rightly) very outraged at a new hike in the price of tickets to see Racing. Apparently, our elected representatives have come under the illusion that Messi, Kaka, and Rooney are all playing for Racing and not, as is reality, players of the calibre of Cahais, Mercado, and Santillo. Who?! Yeah, exactly…who indeed.

Much more worrying and bringing with it a great potential for violence, the rumor that a disgraced so-called faction of our „hinchada“ will tonight begin an attempt to strong arm their way back into our tribuna (terrace). „Los del Morro“ were finally ousted from Racing about three or four years ago, after a long period of internal conflicts, fights in the tribuna, and even one game where the police set up two different „visitors“ section, one for the „El Morro“ fraction and supporters (few) and another for „Dock Sud“ fraction and supporters (significantly more). The rumor has it that „El Morro,“ together with the support of barras from a couple of lower division teams has about 100 people together and plans to make their return tonight.

For those uninformed: „Dock Sud“ are „real“ fans who are mainly from the club, actually defend Racing and its fans, and make an effort to collaborate with the „party“ in the tribuna. „El Morro“ are mainly just petty (and less petty) criminals who see our terrace as a possibly profitable business. During their (short) rule it was for example not uncommon to see their younger members running around threatening people in the tribuna, stealing from them, and even trying to charge people for hanging up banners. They are however led by an ousted ex-member of the Guardia Imperial (the name of our barrabrava), best known for his role in the shooting of several Independiente fans a few years ago, one of which was killed. One final important reason why this person is not much loved, while awaiting trial for the murder of the Independiente fan he and some of his „collaborators“ went to a police station and handed over the giant banner pictured here below as a sign of their „good will.“ Needless to say, those many of us Racing fans who worked hard to make such a banner possible were little amused.

Lets hope its just a rumor, but if they do show up, lets hope the good side wins (and no innocents get hurt).

Anyways, as usual,, and since Colon is of little particular significance, a random video, accompanied by Roxette! :-)

Theres No News Like Good News: Theodoros is Free!

Theodoros Iliopoulos is free after 49 days of hunger strike. He was arrested in December and detained with fabricated molotov-throwing charges. His innocence was defended by witnesses, but the only witness reports considered by the “justice” authorities were those of two police officers. He went on hunger strike on 10 July and for more than a month the authorities refused to provide him with proper medical support at a public hospital and instead kept him in the under-funded and under-equipped prison’s medical room. He was hospitalized into Sotiria Hospital only a few days ago.

Anarchist comrades in Greece and abroad quickly mobilized in solidarity, and later leftist and communist political parties also made announcements in his support. The voices demanding his release were becoming more and more, and as his case was being picked up by progressive media the government couldn’t ignore the protests anymore and set him free at last.

Free, but with a few conditions: he isn’t allowed to disembark from the country and every bi-weekly period he should report to the local police station. He was set free without the need for bail payment.

Comrades in Greece had planned a solidarity march, which will go on as planned.

It should be made clear that Theodoros Iliopoulos won thanks to his determination and to the Greek and international solidarity movement in his support.

Meanwhile, in Naxos, a small island in Greece, immigrants went on hunger strike today to protest about the denial of their human rights. The social war continues…

Thanks to everyone in Greece and elsewhere who supported Theodoros Iliopoulos. Solidarity is our weapon!

Source: Indymedia Athens

Mauricio Morales: Vive en la Lucha!

The 22nd of August marked three months since Mauricio Morales died in Santiago, Chile, as the explosive device which he was carrying in his backpack unexpectedly exploded. This device was intented for a nearby prison and the „gendarmes“ guarding it.

A few days ago, his comrades made a propaganda action in his memory, and to send a message to their enemies in the social war. A documentation in pictures:

The text of a pamphlet given out during the action:

“Ármate y se violento, hermosamente violento, hasta que todo reviente. Porque recuerda que cualquier acción violenta contra estos promotores de desigualdad, esta plenamente justificada por los siglos de infinita violencia a la que nos han sometido.
…Ármate y combate el terrorismo, quema, conspira, sabotea y se violento, hermosamente violento, naturalmente violento, libremente violento”

„Antes de morir en el fango de la calle, imitaremos a Mauricio Morales!“

Some People Really Need to Calm Down: Violence Terribly Out of Context…

A whole lot of anger and violence, in some really unimportant sporting scenarios…

First, an incredible karate kick from Oriente Petrolero vs Blooming in Bolivia. Watch at 00:30 seconds!!!

Spectacular as that was, it is nothing compared to the fight at the end of a *friendly* basketball (!) game between Mexico and Uruguay. Please note the Mexican players trying to hit their rivals with chairs!!!

In related news, the Argentine courts have apparently taken steps to „take the edge“ off of life in Argentina…in that they have legalized the posession of marijuana for private use! You still cant smoke in public, but cops can no longer take you in (although they probably will anyways) just for having small quantities on your person.

Where to go, what to do….

Some suggestions…

Right here…

Same day as Dortmund, but everybody know about that one already, so no big need to repeat ourselves…

Also suggestible…

And btw…in Strasbourg, another comrade has been freed! :-)

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