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Greece / Chile: The Best News Possible!

In Greece, Simos Seisidis was found innocent of all charges against him, and has been freed from prison last week! Simos was accused of being a member of the group „Robbers in Black,“ and in 2010 lost his leg after being shot by a police officer during his arrest.

Meanwhile, last Friday in Chile, the six anarchists accused in the „Caso Bombas“ („Bombs Case“) of „financing terrorism“ and „placing explosive devices,“ long ago already convicted by the mass media, and facing penalties of up to 15 years in prison…were also found not guilty!

(Clearly this was something of a surprise, since for example the website „Sabotage Media“ announced a rally for Friday at „the sentencing of the comrades.“)

The following video shows the media lynching which followed the arrests, and ends with the emotional moments of the not guilty verdict in court…

Moments to rejoice in, and gather strength to continue the struggle in solidarity with so many others still held prisoner by the state. While the list is long, some very current examples which immediately spring to mind would be the Turkish anarchists imprisoned following the militant black bloc actions if this years 1st of May, 19 year old Deniz, prisoner in a Nuernberg jail for his antifascist engagement, Smily who was sentenced to 10 months in Stuttgarts infamous Stammheim prison, and Olga Ekonomidou, recently handed 30 days solitary confinement for defending her dignity and refusing a strip search.

Until All Are Free!

Chile: Mauricio Morales Unforgotten!

Today marks three years since the death in combat of Mauricio Morales. He will remain forever unforgotten, and lives in the struggle.

“My good friend, if getting away from this war meant that we would remain ageless and immortal I would also stay behind. But a thousand deaths are hanging over our heads; we cannot avoid them or run away. So Lets Go Then….”

„Honor Always to Anarchist Revolutionary Mauricio Morales“

„The Chicago Conspiracy: Chile, Dictatorship, Pinochet, Legacy, Today, Social War“ DVD

We have just recieved this absolutely excellent documentary DVD titled „The Chicago Conspiracy“, which we can only highly, highly suggest to you (and we also suggest you hurry, since we have only 5!). If you must, buy one shirt less and get this DVD. Below is a trailer, as well as the infos about it. The DVD is in Spanish with English subtitles.

„The Chicago Conspiracy is a documentary three years in the making. The project was filmed in Chile, and the story extends into the Mapuche indigenous lands of Wallmapu. The concept for the film was born with the death of a former military dictator. We celebrated in the streets of Santiago with thousands of people after hearing the news: General Augusto Pinochet was dead. His regime murdered thousands and tortured tens of thousands after the military coup on September 11, 1973. We celebrated both his death and the implication that the political and economic system which put him in power might itself be mortal. We began this documentary with the death of a dictator, but we continue with the legacy of a dictatorship.

Mapuche conflictThe Chicago Conspiracy takes its name from the approximately 25 Chilean economists who attended the University of Chicago and other prestigious universities beginning in the 1960s to study under the neoliberal economists Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger. After embracing Friedman’s neoliberal ideas, these economists returned to assist Pinochet’s military regime in imposing free market policies. They privatized nearly every aspect of society, and Chile soon became a classic example of free market capitalism under the barrel of a gun.

The military coup was a conspiracy initiated by the upper classes in Chile and assisted by their international counterparts. The military’s action and its support from the CIA was executed on the pretext that the president at the time, Salvador Allende, a reformist and supporter of the democratic state, was actually a militant Marxist revolutionary. They claimed his government included a secret Plan Z that would establish a system similar to communist Cuba. The military has never successfully proven the existence of this plan.

Student conflictThe Chicago Conspiracy is a new vision of the military coup that does not focus on the story of the Allende government. Even before Allende’s election, there were armed revolutionary organizations throughout Chile, such as the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR). During the course of Allende’s rule, some factions believed that a reformist government would never bring an end to the capitalist system. This was the main group to lead an armed defense against the military once the coup was initiated. As the dictatorship took hold, the number of nationwide armed organizations grew to include MAPU-Lautaro and the communist Patriotic Front of Manuel Rodriguez (FPMR) in addition to the MIR.

The Chicago Conspiracy begins on March 29, 1985. On this day, two young brothers and militants of the MIR, Rafael and Eduardo Vergara, were gunned down by police as they walked through the politically active community Villa Francia. Recent investigations by the Chilean government have proven that the brothers were targeted by police; like so many young people before them, they were murdered by politically motivated assassins. Their community responded by creating a day of memory and protest, the Day of the Youth Combatant. Their older brother Pablo Vergara was later blown up in the southern Chilean city of Temuco in 1988.

The Chicago Conspiracy is about today. Following a national plebiscite in 1988, Pinochet ended his rule in 1990. The political classes in Chile only allowed the country to vote an end to the dictatorship out of growing fear of armed insurrection. 1990 brought a democratic government to Chile that continues to further the same neoliberal economic policies that were put into place by the dictatorship. Throughout the film, we follow the social discontent that exists to this day. We explore the legacy of a dictatorship.

Luisa Toledo and Manuel VergaraThe Chicago Conspiracy is about the students who fight a dictatorship-era educational law put into place on the last day of military rule. Over 700,000 students went on strike in 2006 to protest the privatized educational system. Police brutally repressed student marches and occupations.

The Chicago Conspiracy is about the Day of the Youth Combatant. March 29 is not only about the Vergara brothers–it is a day to remember all youth combatants who have died under the dictatorship and current democratic regime.

The Chicago Conspiracy is about the neighborhoods lining the outskirts of Santiago. They were originally land occupations, and later became centers of armed resistance against the military dictatorship. A number of them, such as la Victoria and Villa Francia, continue as areas of confrontational discontent to this day.

The Chicago Conspiracy is about the Mapuche conflict. The Mapuche people valiantly resisted Spanish occupation, and continue to resist the Chilean state and the multinational corporations who strip Mapuche territory for forestry plantations, mines, dams, and farming plantations. The government has utilized the dictatorship-era anti-terrorism law to jail Mapuche community members in struggle. Two young weichafes (Mapuche warriors), Alex Lemún and Matías Catrileo, were recently killed by Chilean police-one in 2002, the other in 2008.

The Chicago Conspiracy is a response to a global conspiracy of neoliberalism, militarism, and authoritarianism.“

Nazi Attack Against Russian Antifascists, State Repression Against Anarchists in Chile

*The following scenes are from an attack on antifascist football fans from FC Karelien carried out by right wing and fascist hooligans in Russia last weekend. Its really difficult to watch „your side“ get beaten so badly, and the footage really left us all here with a very tight knot in our stomach. In all honesty, we can be thankful that, for some reason, the Nazis seem to be perfectly happy still hitting people with the chairs, even though a lot more damage could have been done.
The other question we all had to ask ourselves watching the footage…it isnt precisely news that fascists in Russia are dangerous. Why do the antifascist fans seem so terribly unprepared for a possible confrontation?

You can read an account of the incident (in German), as well as of another similar if not worse attack in the Ukraine on the same weekend here. Images of the attack as well.

In order to not end on such a bad note, here is some nice footage from the „nostalgia vault.“ This is from 2001 or 2002 in Peoria, IL. It was primarily the work of the very effective Chicago area ARA, and from the time when US cops still hadnt really understood that they should separate Nazis and antifascists *before* we fought each other. This allowed for some glorious victories, such as this one, Wallingford on the east coast, and finally the near historic routing of the Nazis in York, PA in 2002. After that, it started getting much more difficult to get to them.
And while we are on the subject, here is a rough cut of a coming documentary on the Minnesota antiracist skinhead „gang“ The Baldies. One of the first left wing skinhead groups in the US, and also the impulse behind the creation of the continental Anti Racist Action.*The Chilean police carried out a broad wave of raids against anarchist militants, raiding 17 houses and arresting 14 people. The raids and arrests are in connection with a series of bomb attacks against state institutions. Proceedings against the arrested comrades have already begun, and the details of the situation can be read here in English and a very summarized account here in German.

There is apparently even a German connection to this wave of repression, as the Chilean security forces have asked the BND for information on possible German fundraisers of the alleged group.

And finally, for the weekend: Didnt make it in time, and apparently the demonstration was cancelled because the Nazi who registered it was too drunk to be accepted as a liason by the cops.

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