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Göttingen, October Events at Flaming Star: G20 and Repression in Canada (Test Their Logic Concert!), Anarchism in Quebec, Soccer vs The State!

Flaming Star has quite a few interesting events planned for the course of the next few weeks, which we would like to share with you…

Samstag, 8. Oktober 2011 – Vortrag 19 Uhr, Konzert 21 uhr

Vortrag und Performance von “Test Their Logik” (Hip-Hop) –
Der G20 Gipfel in Toronto – Mobilisierung, Aktionen, Repression

„Test Their Logik sind Musiker und Basisaktivisten aus Toronto. Auf Grund ihrer Musik und antiautoritaeren Politik sahen sich Test Their Logik während des G20 Gipfel 2010 in Toronto verschiedenen Angriffen ausgesetzt, unter anderem “conspiracy charges”, die in etwa den deutschen §129 entsprechen.

In ihrem Vortrag werden sie eine kurze Einführung in radikale Politik in Kanada geben. Sie werden berichten, was letztes Jahr im Vorfeld und während des G20 passiert ist und die Nachwirkungen für sie und alle BasisaktivistInnen aufzeigen, die immer noch mit Anklagen wegen Bildung krimineller Vereinigungen durch die Gerichte geschleift werden.“

After the presentation, they will be playing live. It should sound something like this…


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Samstag, 15. Oktober 2011 – 19 Uhr

Lesung mit dem Autor Mathieu Houle-Courcelles
Auf den Spuren des Anarchismus in Quebec (1860-1960)

„Die Forschungsarbeit “Auf den Spuren des Anarchismus in Quebec (1860-1960)” vermittelt ein lebendiges und ergiebiges Bild vom Einfluss anarchistischer Ideen in der Geschichte Quebecs. Zum Vorschein tritt eine Denkströmung, die bereits lange vor den politischen und kulturellen Umwälzungen von 1968 im Umlauf war. Mathieu Houle-Coucelles lässt exilierte Kommunarden, Maler und Dichter der Künstlergruppe “Les Automatistes”, Antiklerikale der Arbeiter-Universität und jüdische Aktivisten aus Montreals “Jiddland” vorbeiziehen. Dabei schildert er die Ereignisse plastisch und haucht den verschiedenen Protagonisten neues Leben ein. All das ist ein wichtiger Beitrag zur fortdauernden Debatte über das kollektive Gedächtnis von Französisch-Kanada.

Zur Zeit engagiert der Autor sich im Comite populaire Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Quebec City. Diese Bürgerinitiative steht in Opposition zur Gentrifizierung des genannten Stadtteils, bekämpft dort Armut und plädiert dabei u.a. für den Bau von mehr Sozialwohnungen.“
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Mittwoch, 19. Oktober 2011 – 20 Uhr

Buchvorstellung: Gabriel Kuhn
Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics

„Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics“ beschäftigt sich mit der politischen Geschichte des Fußballs, progressiver Fußballfankultur und dem nicht-kommerziellen DIY-Fußballnetzwerk, das sich heute mit eigenen Vereinen, Turnieren und Ligen von Sydney bis San Francisco erstreckt. Dabei werden die Schattenseiten des Sports – Kommerzialisierung, Machtpolitik, Nationalismus – ebenso in Betracht gezogen wie die libertären und egalitären Potentiale. Der Autor/Herausgeber Gabriel Kuhn spielte in seiner Jugend im Leistungszentrum Tirol und in der zweiten österreichischen Liga. Diavortrag mit anschließender Diskussion.“

„Fire and Flames! A Militant Report on G20 Resistance“

How can we possibly resist the urge to share something with such a charming name with you? Click to download the PDF Fire and Flames!
A Militant Report on Toronto Anti-G20 Resistance

Thirty two pages filled with background, political context, participant reports, tactical tips, and for the shallow ones amongst us…dont worry, more than enough pictures.

Of course, we explicitly wish to distance ourselves from any positive references to scandalously illegal actions or blatant breaking of laws. We post this simply for informational purposes.

Great Moments in Anarchism: From Toronto Actions Against G20

Sometimes, you just have to laugh. What else can you do, when reading something like this:

The meeting ended with a consensus on having no plan, which was met with cheers and applause.

Productive use of ones time huh?

Its from the otherwise interesting eyewitness report from Toronto, published on Crimethinc.

Militant Resistance to the G20 in Toronto

Even though we may have been on vacation, in the largest sense of the word since we went from freezing cold wooden shack in Johannesburg to ultra-luxurious guest house in the most upscale area of Cape Town (and then sadly, very suddenly back to Germany…), we still dont forget about the comrades fighting!

In Toronto, hundreds went on an hours long militant demonstration destroying shop windows and setting fire to several police vehicles, again showing that not even a multi million dollar security operation can silence dissent. As a response, the Toronto police proceeded to arrest over 900 people on the streets the following day, in a police operation on a scale never before seen in Canada.

A good article about the events from Crimethinc.
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On June 26, 2010, thousands of anarchists and other protesters gathered outside the G20 summit in Toronto, facing off against more than 19,000 security officials with a budget of nearly one billion dollars. The riots that followed have provoked outrage from public officials and commentators in the corporate media. We salute the courage of those who put themselves at tremendous risk to shatter the illusion of social consensus and reveal the depth of outrage against the G20 leaders and the capitalist system they defend. If you put your freedom on the line in Toronto—thank you..

CrimethInc. Statement on the G20: Shut Doors = Broken Windows

“Anarchists essentially outsmarted the extensive security plan by taking advantage of vulnerable parts of the city while police officers were focused on the large demonstration and the summit perimeter.” –AP News Report

On June 26, 2010, thousands of anarchists and other protesters gathered outside the G20 summit in Toronto, facing off against more than 19,000 security officials with a budget of nearly one billion dollars. The riots that followed have provoked outrage from public officials and commentators in the corporate media. We salute the courage of those who put themselves at tremendous risk to shatter the illusion of social consensus and reveal the depth of outrage against the G20 leaders and the capitalist system they defend. If you put your freedom on the line in Toronto—thank you.

Shut Doors . . .

As anarchists, we do not simply oppose specific policies of the G20—though the program drafted at the Toronto summit looks dire indeed—but also its basic structure. Be it G7, G8, G20, or G1000, any structure that empowers heads of state to decide the fates of millions is fundamentally exclusive and coercive. We oppose the G20 summits because we believe that only horizontal initiatives can solve the problems facing us today.

Financial crisis, ecological catastrophe, and repression of dissent are the necessary consequences of capitalist economics and hierarchical political systems that concentrate power in the hands of the most ruthless few. When all are forced to compete for resources and power at any cost rather than being free to develop ways of life based on sharing and peaceful coexistence, neither oil spills nor wars based on false pretexts should surprise us.

The kind of world our rulers are trying to build was reflected in the security apparatus set up to protect the summit from the populace that has to deal with its consequences. A part of downtown Toronto was fenced off, with “secret laws” giving police additional powers in the area. The preemptive raids directed at protest organizers were not an anomaly—similar raids took place before the Republican National Convention in 2008, for example. In making over 900 arrests of largely law-abiding citizens over the course of the weekend, security personnel were not overreacting but utilizing the criminal justice system for its implicit purpose: the containment of possible threats to the status quo.

If this is the first time police have used tear gas in Toronto, it only shows how tight their control has been over Toronto’s poor and dispossessed until now. Likewise, the petulant reactions of politicians and corporate media reveal that, for once, protests went beyond anything they could co-opt into their own agendas.

“Traditionally, crowds gathered to defend
the community against outsiders who might
otherwise impose their interests.” –Al Sandine, The Taming of the American Crowd

. . . Broken Windows

Although initial reports implied smaller numbers, Toronto police chief Bill Blair eventually acknowledged that “as many as a thousand people” participated in militant actions on Saturday—what Premier Dalton McGuinty called “mindless destruction and violence.”

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