At the beginning of the year everybody were shocked by “Network case” in Russia where anarchists were tortured and detained. According to the FSB, a chapter of the “Network” also operated in Belarus. The KGB hasn’t publicly reacted to this statement, however, we noticed increased efforts to recruit youth associated with the anarchist movement in different parts of Belarus.
Around 9 o’clock in the morning in FSB building of Arkhangelsk a self made bomb was exploded by 17 year old anarchist Mikhail Globitski. As a result of attack 3 FSB officers were injured, attacker himself died at the spot. Read More
A friend who has accompanied us as a journalist for a long time in the forest, fell today from a suspension bridge over 20 meters high in Beechtown and died. At that time police and RWE tried to evict the tree house village. The SEK was in the process of arresting an activist near the suspension bridge. Our friend was apparently on the way there when he fell. Read More
The Anarchist Black Cross is an international network of anarchist groups and individuals engaged in practical solidarity with prisoners and broader anti-repression struggles that started over 100 years ago. Read More
On June 20th, in order to gather data on a Riseup user, our fiscal sponsor in the EU was raided by the Bavarian police. This extreme overreach included raids on several homes, a hackerspace, a social center, and a lawyer’s office. The police took all the computers, cell phones, disks, and records that they could. Several people were arrested and are now out and safe. However, as a consequence of these raids, the police have filed a number of unrelated charges. Read More
We are coming back with global week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners. Since last year, a lot has changed in our countries, but the general tendency is going in the worse direction with more repressions applied against anarchists not only in Europe but worldwide. With this in mind, we are calling for sixth annual week of solidarity! Read More
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