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Fight Back, CNT Paris Fest, Maloka Fest Dijon, and and and…

Too much this weekend, and little time to write about it.

In Nürnberg, and yes as usual with Fire and Flames stand…

In Paris, and also with presence of Fire and Flames (only on Sunday though):

In Dijon, and, you guessed it, also with Fire and Flames table:

Maloka présente :
20H / 7 euros par soir ou 12 euros les 2 soirs
+ cuisines vegan + débats/vidéos sur le G8 + camping gratos

ANTIDOTUM ( AnarchoPunk / Poland )
MOPISH MOMENT ( Reggae Dub Punk / France )
HAYMARKET ( Anarcho Punk / France )
CHICKEN‘S CALL ( HxC Punk / France )
TRASHCAT ( Punk / London )
CARTOUCHE ( Punk Rock / France )

Samedi 28 Mai 2011 – Dijon – Espace Autogéré des Tanneries

Maloka présente :
18H / 7 euros par soir ou 12 euros les 2 soirs
+ cuisines vegan + débats/vidéos sur le G8 + camping gratos

GASMASK TERROR ( D-beat Punk / Bordeaux )
LE PRINCE RINGARD ( Punk songs / France )
K-LISTO ( Hip Hop / France )
AOS 3 ( Dub Punk / UK )
CZOZNEK ( Anarcho Punk / Poland )
HELLO BASTARDS ( Trashcore Punk / UK )
CERVELLI STANKI ( Street Punk Oi / Italy )
BRANLARIANS ( Ska / France )
BURNING LADY ( Punk Rock and Roll / France )

1st of May: The Streets Are Ours

This year, Fire and Flames is going the more cultural route and attending „May Day“ festival in Prague:

As is customary for this date, options abound.



Buenos Aires

In Germany…

Finally, in the more classically red category of the political spectrum, yet still presenting a good overview of revolutionary and class struggle oriented demonstrations on the first of May:

While May day is our day and not one to run around behind Nazis, its still important to be supportive of those unfortunate to have Nazi demonstrations in their city on this date.

Wherever you are, take care, stay safe, and give State and Nazis a day to remember!



Catarrhini Restock: Anarchism, Cat at Night, Try It Krauts, Pony, and more…

Earlier this week we recieved our re-order of Catarrhini shirts, meaning they are once again (mostly) all available in all sizes. Should you like the shirts, we suggest you hurry, as we have only a few of each size and Catarrhini has informed us that because they will soon be presenting their 2011 designs, the current ones will no longer be repressed. So, once they are gone, they are gone forever.

Further designs can be seen in the „Clothing“ section of our website, just search by „Brand“ and select „Catarrhini Clothing.“

For those of you still unfamiliar with Catarrhini, heres what they have to say about themselves:

„Anfang 2010 haben wir mit dem Aufbau eines eigenen Labels begonnen, um einen neuen Wind in den Markt für korrekte Klamotten zu bringen. Das Ziel war es, alltagstaugliche Streetwear mit einer politischen Message in frischen und ausgefeilten Designs zu entwickeln.

Dabei ermöglicht uns die Verwendung der Textilien von Herstellern wie „Continental Clothing“ und „Nueva Vida Fair Trade Zone“, sowie unsere hauseigene Produktion eine überzeugende Qualität zu einem fairen Preis.

Und was bedeutet Catarrhini? Catarrhini ist der wissenschaftliche Ausdruck für Schmalnasenaffen. Dazu gehören unter anderem Gorillas, Schimpans_innen und Menschen. Und wenn wir ehrlich sind, können wir unsere Wurzeln oft genug nicht verstecken. „

Centenary of the CNT: 100 Years of Anarcho-Syndicalism (1910-2010)

On November 1, 1910, the CNT ( Confederación Nacional del Trabajo, or National Confederation of Labour) was established at the premises of the Circle of Fine Arts in Barcelona. This organization, heir to the First International in the region of Spain (1870), was born of the labor movement itself as the first independent trade union organization in this country.

Assuming the internationalist slogan „the emancipation of the workers shall be the task of the workers themselves or it won‘t be at all“, the CNT became the repository of popular rebellion, which, like an undercurrent, opposed to power throught history to emerge triumphant at specific times from the Middle Kingdom of Egypt to the French Revolution, was the origin of the unique historical processes that humanity advanced along the path of freedom, justice, equality, dignity and progress.

The CNT began its anarchosyndicalist activity on the simple agreement to create a workers‘ organization independent of the politcial, religious and economic powers as a prerequisite to improve the living conditions of the workers until exploitation is ended. In a few years it had brought the majority of the labour movement together, achieving significant social and economic victories which are an invaluable legacy to society. The eight-hour work day, the 36-hour working week, the eradication of child labour, women’s equality and the incorporation into daily life of values which are in vogue today such as solidarity, federalism, ecology, feminism, free love, antimilitarism and ateism … this is part of a legacy which reached its peak during the Social Revolution of 1936 when utopia – libertarian communism – became a way of life in all the liberated territories.

The reaction of international capitalism allowed Franco’s fascist army to turn this revolutionary dream into a nightmare of hundreds of thousands of people persecuted, assassinated and disappeared after the victory of the coup in 1939. But not one of the culprits – all of them known, some active politicians – from this regime of terror, one of the most criminal regimes in history, was even publically condemned, due to the shameless impunity pact that the national democatic left (the PSOE, PCE, UGT and CCOO) made with Francism, sealed in their agreements of capitulation to capital, known as „the Spanish Transition“ (1977).

Nevertheless, the people continued to defend, often with their lives, the simple principles of anarchosyndicalism: independence, autonomy, federalism, self-management, assembly, solidarity and direct action – that is self-organization to reject any interference on the part of political parties or other economic or religious institions in labour matters. Strikes, demonstrations, repression and torture were the daily chronicles of the dictatorship (1939-1976), until it disappeared and the workers‘ movement returned to enthusiastically reconstruct the CNT it had longed for (1977). We lived through years of constant labour victories. The mass events of Montjuich and San Sebastián de los Reyes, marked the powerful rebirth of the Confederation in the 70s.

The progress of the labour movement, again self-organized by the CNT, through such exemplary struggles such as the gas station strike in 1978, prompted the reaction of capitalism, this time supported by the democratic state and its instutional apparati (governments, parties, judges, trade union bureaucracies…). The success of the CNT as a union was repressed by the police (the Scala Case in 1978) and together with campaigns of silence and defamatory proganda in the media, this has had distastrous consequences for the workers‘ movement in this country.

The weakening of the anarchosyndicalist presence in the labour movement made possible the loss of rights acquired though a long and hard union struggle, through the deregulation and casualization of labour imposed with the worst of the corruption plaguing the country: trade union corruption. This is a silent, official corruption which perverts unionism in general in the eyes of the workers, but which is carried out fundamentally by the institionalized unions – the CC.OO and the UGT, whose union „yuppies“ receive subsidies and millions from the governments and companies that pay for their treason, pay so that they accept measures adopted in defense of capital and its increased accumulation of benefits (labour force adjustment plans, labour reforms, the right to fire at will…)

Despite all this, thousands of workers continue today in this genuine workers organization that we call the CNT, maintained exclusively by our own means, thus making it the only living example of class unionism, capable of confronting oppression and social control, the ecological destruction of the planet, all aspects inherent in capitalism.

2010 has a special connotation for us: it marks a century of the existence of the CNT. It is the centenary of the people and the invaluable struggle of thousands, who over these 100 years have been endowed with an exemplary tool, which the working class around the world may follow, with its own culture, self-organizing capacity, radical struggle popular extension and revolutionary achievements in order to build and anti-authority and solidary society. These ideals form the noble cause which we invite you to join here and now.


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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