World Cup 2018 have started in Russia. Now everybody is stuck to the screens following their favorite national teams and hoping to win some money after betting. It seems like all the problems in the world have disappeared so that all of us can enjoy the game. After all it should be the game that unites. But behind the fireworks and rich football players there are things that are hidden from the eyes of audience. Those things pop up from time to time in oppositional news in Russia rarely making it to the world arena. And there is a lot happening to the people while the rest of the world enjoys the show. Read More
Soumaila Sacko, a farmhand from Mali, a USB union activist, was shot dead in the Gioia Tauro plain, two other workers who were with him were injured. The Italian Anarchist Federation is close to the wounded relatives, friends and comrades of Soumaila.
Carabinieri immediately tried to link this assassination to an alleged theft, but Soumaila is the latest victim of the violence with which the exploitation of the laborers has always been imposed. We know that Soumaila is one of us, a proletarian who was killed for his commitment to workers’ rights. The landowners always find those who defend their privileges with firearms. As once in Melissa and Avola, today in Castelvolturno and in Rosarno, the workers have paid and pay for their struggle for social justice, even if only for a more dignified life, or for not dying under the sun for two euros a hour. Read More
In the years since the end of the Cold War many new social movements have started peacefully, only to adopt a diversity of tactics as they grew in strength and collective experiences. The last ten years have revealed more clearly than ever the role of nonviolence. Propped up by the media, funded by the government, and managed by NGOs, nonviolent campaigns around the world have helped oppressive regimes change their masks, and have helped police to limit the growth of rebellious social movements. Repeatedly losing the debate within the movements themselves, proponents of nonviolence have increasingly turned to the mainstream media and to government and institutional funding to drown out critical voices. The Failure of Nonviolence examines most of the major social upheavals following the Cold War to reveal the limits of nonviolence and uncover what a diverse, unruly, non-pacified movement can accomplish. Critical of how a diversity of tactics has functioned so far, this book discusses how movements for social change can win ground and open the spaces necessary to plant the seeds of a new world. Read More
Our hearts are heavy with sadness today as this weekend we learned of the death of our friend and comrade, Anna Campbell.
Anna was killed in a missile strike in Afrin while fighting with the YPG. Read More
Several activists from Bielefed organized solidarity action with anarchists and antifascists tortured and prosecuted in Russia in last month. Since our last report on the situation – https://abcdd.org/2018/01/30/repression-in-russland-airsoft-der-pensaer-fall-des-terrorismus/ more and more people were detained all around the country with torture with electricity applied to them as well. Activist from Evgeniy Karakesh was as well kidnapped in Crimea under other charges connected with distribution of terrorist materials. Multiply anarchists and antifascists are leaving the country in fear for their health and health of their relatives (police and FSB have threatens many times consequences for those related with anarchists). And although elections ended up with Putin winning over 70% of votes repressions mass repressions against antifascists and anarchists are not expected to be over in foreseen future. Read More
On Sunday Februrary 25th Czech police arrested 67 years old citizen of Syria, Salih Muslim. On Tuesday 27th February the city court in Prague decided that Salih Moslim can wait for the possible extradition outside of the wall of custodial jail. Turkey has 40 days to give the full extradition request about which the Czech minster of Justice will decide. Read More
In October in Penza (Russia) several people associated with anarchist movement were arrested on charges of forming up terrorist organization to overthrow Putin’s regime. After tortures with electricity and other methods all but one admitted their guilt. This came to light only in January, when several people associated with anarchist and antifascist movement disappeared in Petersburg. It turned out later that they were kidnapped by the Russian secret police FSB and tortured as well. After that they admitted that they are part of so called “Network” – terrorist organization that exists in multiply cities of Russia including Penza and Petersburg. This “network” was established to perform terrorist attacks during next president elections and soccer championship. Read More
Worldwide the forces of repression are cracking down on anarchists. In the summer of 2017 a few activists discussed the idea of creating an International Anarchist Defence Fund (A-Fund) and today it’s finally in action. Read More
Since 1997 groups around the world are calling for actions on Day Against Police Brutality (15 march). And yearly the problem comes again and again. To focus on the issue and get people’s attention we are also joining the call for actions.
The international day against police brutality was initiated by C.O.B.P. (Montreal, Canada) and the anarchist „Black Flag“ (Switzerland) in 1997. Its date remembers the brutal assault against two children aged 11 and 12 years committed by Swiss police on 15th of marc h 1996. Ever since, the 15th of march marks the day that people around the world take to the street to fight against police brutality and to remember those, who lost their life and organize resistance against it. Read More