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Assorted Nr. 33: Banner Riddles, Hardcore is More than Music, Greek Elections, a Mining Town Resists, Roter Buchladen Soli, etc…

*You win some you lose some…Is what comes to mind when seeing this picture of some ARAB banners at a recent demonstration…

On the one hand, definite demo style and content points for
a. the fabric of the upper banner
b. the old school but not for that any less accurate slogan reading „In the Belly of the Beast“ (or in German, the heart, but same idea)
c. the graphic they used, of which we are clearly also fans…

On the other hand, somebody needs to please, please explain to us what on Earth „Anti-capitalista Real Ya“ is supposed to mean, because as a native Spanish speaker…I dont have the slightest idea. :-)

*As an anarchist, I find myself surprisingly obsessed with the Greek elections. In all honesty…I even stayed up all night following the vote tally being updated during last months elections. As far as the coming elections, so many questions…

Will SYRIZA really win the elections? If so, is this good or bad? Will they be able to form a government? Will SYRIZA move sharply to the right and simply become a renewed PASOK? Will the KKE continue its sectarian position and refuse to even meet with SYRIZA to discuss possible coalition prospects? What would a SYRIZA/KKE government look like? Is this something we want to see? Will Golden Dawns increased post election campaign of anti-immigrant terror (the latest example…) lead to their percentage of the vote significantly shrinking? Are they really so thuggish and stupid that they couldnt control themselves, or was this calculated strategy to show themselves as a real fighting force separate from the „political class“?

Questions upon questions…

*Speaking of crisis, in the Spanish state, a minin town and its youth resist the effects of the crisis:

*More than a few of you were not fast enough to order the „Hardcore is More than Music“ DVDs from the Czech Antifas before they sold out. Here is the full video on the web….

*Finally, this weekend, you can find us at the Stockholm anarchist bookfair!

Should this be a little too far North for you, Goettingen offers the Antifee festival this weekend, with the particular highlight of the Roter Buchladen soliparty…

„Der seit 1972 bestehende Rote Buchladen, von einem unabhängigen Kollektiv betrieben, ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Göttinger linken
Szene. Lange Jahre in der Roten Straße ansässig, befindet er sich mittlerweile am Nikolaikirchhof und lädt zum Stöbern in einem kleinen, aber feinen Sortiment linker Literatur, Belletristik, Sachbüchern, etc. ein. Außerdem bietet der Rote Buchladen die Werke der „Büchergilde Gutenberg“ an und kann alles – vom Lehrbuch bis zum Comic – meist in 24h bestellen.

Neben dem Offensichtlichen, nämlich dem Verkauf von Büchern, bietet der Rote Buchladen vielen Gruppen Postfächer und ermöglicht es dadurch anonym politischer Arbeit nachzugehen und so das Risiko von Repression zu verringern. Durch merkwürdige Gesetzgebung unverschuldet in eine finanzielle Schieflage geraten, benötigt der Rote Buchladen Unterstützung in Form von Geld. Wenn wir in Zukunft nicht nur die Wahl zwischen Buchhandlungskonzernen und Internetversand haben und einen wichtigen Teil linker Strukturen in Göttingen unterstützen wollen, muss jetzt gehandelt werden. Es gilt einer der wichtigsten Institutionen linker Politik in Göttingen unter die Arme zu greifen! Deswegen heißt es:

Solidarisch feiern! Linke Strukturen unterstützen und erhalten!

Daher laden wir euch ein, am Samstag den 16.06., nach einer wundervollen Zeit auf dem Antifee, mit uns gemeinsam im Stilbrvch für einen guten Zweck zu feiern!

Musikalisch wird das ganze begleitet von Maria Terror (BREAKBEAT UNIVERSE), Djane Tralala und anderen.

Special bis 1 Uhr: Bring 5 Deutschlandfahnen zur Theke und erhalte ein Getränk (außer Cocktail) gratis!

Unterstützt von:
Antifaschistische Linke International – FEMKO – Gruppe Gegenstrom – Grüne Hochschulgruppe – Grüne Jugend Göttingen – Jugend Antifa Göttingen – Rote Hilfe Ortsgruppe Göttingen – Schöner Leben Göttingen – YXK“

France: Third Day of General Strike and Actions, Conflicts in Several Cities, Oil Workers on Strike, Students enter the Mix…

Yesterday marked the third day (not consecutive) of general strike actions and protests against the French governments planned changes to the current retirement system. Many sectors had already showed signs of wanted to take the step towards an unlimited general strike as of this day, and there was also much expectation (or fear, depending on which side you are on) as to what role the high school and university students would begin playing in the movement.

While the massive unlimited general strike with the power to paralyze the country and force the government to retreat does not seem to have erupted, the movement again yesterday showed that it constantly grows and seems to be prepared for a drawn out struggle with the government. What follows is a, very arbitrary and incomplete, round up of the different demonstrations, actions, strikes, and acts of repression noted across France.

A blockaded Paris high school

In general, high adhesion to the strike can be seen in transport sectors, and currently 10 of Frances 12 oil refineries are on indefinite strike. Over 300 high schools were on strike (most of them blockaded, as can be seen below) on Tuesday, and still today over 100 are reporting „disturbances.“ The teachers unions are calling for further strike actions as of Thursday, and a further day of demonstrations is planned for Saturday. While the movement seems to continue growing, so does frustration amongst many who see the isolated one day strike actions as a waste of their time, energy, and money, preferring instead a one week or longer strike action that would have more economic consequences for the French economy.

*Paris: Reports of several hundred thousand people at the mass demonstration, including libertarian blocs from the CNT and Anarchist Federation reaching a combined total of over 3.000 people. After the end of the main demonstration, approximately 1000 people continued on a more action oriented demonstration, engaging in some conflicts with the police before dispersing.

A good first hand report is again available (in German) at Je ne Comprends Pas, and in French (with pictures) at Beton Arme, a Parisian Anarchist Federation group.

Ive never even heard of this place, but apparently 100 demonstrators invaded the offices of the Mayor and ransacked them. No reports of arrests.

*Caen: After the main demonstration, almost 1.000 people continued on to the offices of the Medef (boss „union“). Confrontations ensued with the cops guarding the building, one demonstrator was unfortunately seriously injured after being shot with a tear gas canister in the head.

*Toulouse: Police attempted to arrest people who they accused of spraypainting slogans during the demonstration. The solidarity of other demonstrators leads to successful unarrests. In response to this, police raid the homes of the accused activists in the morning hours.

Meanwhile, in Germany hope dies last. At least some people still try to create their own hope. In that regard, the ARAB has released a nice mobilization video, to the tune of „Which Side Are You On?“ from US Latino hip-hop band Rebel Dias.

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