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Political apathy as a symptom

Political apathy is a phenomenon that preoccupied and preoccupies many intellectuals and social scientists. It is a pathological symptom of a society that loses its creativity and digs deep the foundations of its decay. If we attempt to give a definition of political apathy, we would say that it is the condition where human beings cease to function as active political animals, they cease to consider themselves able to take responsibility for making decisions that determine their lives, finally cease to become exponents of a different social institution, ignoring any sense of autonomy [1].

Briefings from Greece: 5/3 – 22/3

Holargos, Athens: Hundreds of people prevented the auction of the house of an unemployed woman due to debts to Piraeus Bank. The gathering was called by the Citizens’ Committee of Holargos “Resistance and Solidarity”, and many collectivities responded such as the Coordination of Collectivities of Attica, the Initiative Αuctions-Stop, Solidarity for All, assemblies from various neighbourhoods of Athens and other citizens. Athens: A Motorcycle demo of solidarity to the redundant employees of courier company ACS of Alimos & Glifada took place, called by the social centre Ypostego.

#M22, standing up to racism and fascism

Trade unionists, immigrant and refugees organizations, Roma support groups, left-wing parties and other activists assembled in front of the Parliament and then marched towards Trafalgar square, where speakers (mainly trade unionists, immigrant activists and representatives of anti-racist institutions) denounced racial police profiling and criticized the policies of David Cameron’s government that has openly targeted the Roma communities in Britain.
Similar protests took place as well in many other cities across the globe.

A message for unity and friendship: nothing to divide us anymore…

It is undeniable that hysterical nationalistic populism and geopolitical rivalry between us has fed hatred and tensions for centuries. We know that speculative arms dealers motivated by self-interest will continue to cultivate and breed hatred between the two peoples (Turks and Greeks) that have so much in common. But in
In order to counter this bleak situation we must engage in collective action, through a joint internationalist revolutionary network. It’s time to hold decisive actions together. In the squares and streets real democracy, human creation, and communication may be reborn.

Manifesto 2014 (English version)

To counter the current political challenges, we declare that the time to rise up and act collectively through a joint new network of revolutionary agenda is here. Through open assemblies, councils and open political bodies in every square, where communication and interaction will become possible, we aim to liberate ourselves. Not as lenders and borrowers, not as rich and poor, not as prosecutors and defendants, but as equal and free citizens, if we do not wish concepts such as democracy and freedom to become forgotten entries in encyclopedic dictionaries and history books.

Solidarity brochure about the persecuted anarchists of the Velvento case

On Friday February 1, 2013, a double robbery took place at the local branch of the Agricultural Bank of Greece and the Hellenic Post office in Velvento, Kozani, Greece. Following a mass police mobilization in the whole area, one person was detained in the surroundings of Ptolemaida, and three more were arrested later on during a police chase operation. From the outset of their arrest the four detainees – G. Mihailidis, D. Politis, N. Romanos and A.D Βourzoukos – declared themselves to be anarchists. The comrades were forced to stop a passing vehicle in their attempt to escape during the police chase. They avoided armed confrontation with their pursuers so as not to jeopardise the driver’s life.

Briefings from Greece: 22/2 – 1/3

Athens: Three Korydallos residents were arrested as they were heading to the demonstration outside Korydallos prison (the main prison of the country) to protest against the conditions under which prisoners are held at the prison hospital. The arrested were released two and a half hours later. Recent news reports have brought attention to the appalling conditions of the hospital where over 200 patients with cancer, heart disease, HIV, TB, hepatitis, scabies and renal insufficiency are housed next to each other in a space made for 60 patients. The following Facebook page has been promoting the issue

Statement on the situation in Ukraine – Autonomous Workers Union

Civil war began in Ukraine yesterday. A less than peaceful demonstration clashed with state defense forces and divisions formed by the adherents of the current government near the Vekhovna Rada (Parliament). On February 18, police, together with the paramilitaries, arranged a bloodbath in the governmental quarters during which numerous demonstrators were killed. Butchers from the special divisions finished off arrestees. Deputies of the ruling Party of Regions and their bourgeois lackeys from the “Communist” Party of Ukraine fled from the Parliament through an underground tunnel. The vote for constitutional amendments, intended to limit presidential power, did not take place after all.

Letter from comrade Kostas Sakkas, 17.02.2014

The current state of -permanent- exception, that constitutes an attempt to pave the way to yet another developmental invasion by the capital, unleashes an onslaught against almost all working people, confirming that class war is not only raging but is also becoming more extreme. States have always been instruments of class rule; the state is a system of social organisation that aims to reconcile the historically irreconcilable contradictions between exploiters and the exploited.

Bosnia on fire: a rebellion on Europe’s periphery

On Friday, February 7, government buildings were on fire all over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its people, silent for a long time, finally decided to speak their mind. And when they did, what came out was not just words — it was a roar. It was fire, stones and heavy fighting with the police. The most impressive and symbolic picture of the first few days of the rebellion was the one depicting a burning government building in Tuzla, the city where it all began, with the graffiti “death to nationalism” written on it. Since nationalism has long been a favorite refuge of the country’s political elites, who used it to justify their political and economic oppression, this was indeed a powerful message.