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Athens Saturday Update: Polling, Rioting, Rallying, Repression, International Attention & Meddling

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Might end up being a longer update. Thanks for the kind words and thanks on the last one. These past few days have been intense and busy as you can imagine.

1. International meddling in the crisis and referendum is at a fever pitch. I can’t even begin to detail the obvious propaganda aimed at Greece right now. The idea that we are having food shortages is a lie. ATM’s are all functioning with a limit for citizens with local banks. The ‘YES’ vote clearly has an international media company managing their campaign. The Youtube videos are ridiculous and look like something a USA media yuppie firm would create. What will happen next week is of course an open question but I will get to that in a moment.

2. Some truths. The air is thick with extreme tension everywhere. Even on the streets you see patience snap with fighting and pensioners upset at the money situation. There was a very depressing picture posted the other day that showed an older man crying outside an ATM. This isn’t hyperbole, people are afraid of what is coming.

3. So many foreign journalists are here. I keep running into them over and over and most are of course total idiots. Some are OK but even my friends who are journalists foreign and local are losing patience with some of them. A known holier than thou USA anarchist from USA showed up in Exarchia over the past few days and has almost gotten beaten up twice for different idiocy. This shit makes me and other internationals look bad and I beg anyone coming here to screw your fucking head on straight. Which knowing most USA radicals is near impossible.

4. The police have basically fanned out all through Athens. Acting how they did prior to Syriza being elected. Following alongside demonstrations, harassing people, checking papers, standing outside the Polytechnic gates, coming far into Exarchia in order to provoke clashes. It’s been bizarre though, the feared and hated DELTA squads are seemingly not around at night. Although yesterday a motorcycle demonstration was straight up attacked for no reason. It’s been nonsense and confusing as the police have mostly stood down the past few months. Life is scary and the air is thick. Rioting has been breaking out nightly in Exarchia and lasted till almost 6 AM this morning. There was clashes earlier yesterday on the edge of Syntagma when the motorbike demonstration was attacked.

5. On Wednesday there was a larger demonstration for YES than the previous NO demonstration. Last night there was a final NO demonstration which I guess could be thought of as a response to that YES demonstration. There were so many people, thousands and thousands.

6. The polling for the referendum is incredibly close. At this point it is too close too call but most people think the NO vote still has it. Check here for polling: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_bailout_referendum,_2015

Here is the link for the Greek elections site, if you are a nerd like me you will be able to watch them all roll in and it will be pretty clear by 9 or so Greek time what the result is
http://ekloges.ypes.gr/current/e/public/index.html?lang=en#{“cls”:”main”,”params”:{}}

Lastly, I am not going to lie. People fear what would happen if YES wins. Anarchists are somewhat split on whether to vote or not. I can personally see both sides and to be honest, my personal feeling is that most people can see both as well. What will happen after is really the question and I am not sure if anyone can answer it. Something feels different, it is in the air and to deny it is impossible. The past year in Greece has been a struggle and this may be part of the culmination. But there is a big question as to what it really means, what it signifies and how it will fit into a bigger picture.

Lastly let me wish my Greek friends luck, this isn’t “my fight” as much as it is theirs and there is no other position other than support, solidarity and risk. Fuck the international capitalists, the state apparatus and all of their supporters.

Thanks.

The Surprise is that People Still Ask Why. A Short Essay on Extreme Actions & 2014

I don’t expect and do not want people to be desensitized to murder. And of course with the police, it’s easy to point out the double standards. But, what gets me is the disbelief that throwing people in prison for decades, using solitary confinement as punishment, and the general promotion of this idea that “crime” in and of itself can and should result in death will somehow never have extreme consequences.

You see the people everywhere leaving comments about criminals. Editorializing petty crime as worth death. Property crime, “throw them away and lock the key for decades.” As a society, many of us are used to and tacitly accept this commentary. Just right wing conservative racists etc. This idea though, represents something that is far more serious.

The people making these comments are not disparate people in basements who find themselves only in dark corners of cyberspace. They are the people who vote for tyrants, who support torture and spying and what unites them in complete solidarity is a belief that “law” is pure, religious in nature. This pole is represented and accepted in American society, promoted through mass media.

There is no way to mistake the growing gulf in society, no matter your side. Consider that the growing opposition truly wants to dismantle prisons, borders, policing and at the very least change the entirety of the justice system. Middle ground between these two competing worldviews is not existent because it is impossible. This extreme divergence tearing at the fabric of society worldwide is where extreme acts are born.

The Iron is Hot: Phoenix 12/5 First Friday Self Organization Against Police Occupation

Where law exists justice is absent. The answer is self organization of events and neighborhoods without police. Oppose the police and their tacit supporters in the business, arts and cultural communities. Lead by example in order to drown out the “moderate liberals” who wish to funnel anger into politics. It’s time.

 

Ferguson Police Documents Reveal Orchestrated Media Repression, Let’s Be Real Though

Just released documents confirm what many suspected all along. During the course of events in Ferguson the police created a no fly zone that was only meant to restrict media coverage from the air. This created a scenario where the full picture of events was difficult to gauge as on the ground cameras only reveal bits and pieces. During these sorts of uprisings news helicopter footage many times creates some of the most striking and obvious pictures as to the real situation on the ground. So, restricting it essentially stops a large portion of the population, even those already in support from grasping the overall strategic situation. From the Associated Press;

Such images would have offered an unvarnished view of one of the most serious episodes of civil violence in recent memory. The recordings also offer a rare look into government operations, especially as local public-records requests to Ferguson officials by the AP and other news organizations were denied or met with high processing fees

Along with this direct evidence, we need to step back and realize what this also means. It can be assumed with very little doubt that when photographers and other media were arrested for seemingly doing nothing that this, was also orchestrated. Of course it may never be possible to prove this directly, but it really doesn’t matter. When the worst is proven, we should assume the worst for all related questions. And, it is essential not to forget that for the past few years restricting news helicopters has been an unconfirmed but well recognized tactic during insurrection and protest. It is a national strategy, not a “hair brained local one.”

The media in Ferguson was restricted, managed and repressed in total

 

Why did the Ferguson police restrict the media? 

Well, we know the typical safe opposition response that simply, the police do not want to be recorded violating the law and beating citizens. Sure, this may partially be true but camera phones can record police brutality quite well, many times much better than news footage. The main reason though isn’t any more complicated than the safe one. Restricting certain types of media is designed to fuel an ongoing counter-insurgency operation. It is a tactic, not used to cover up the “crimes of the police,” but a tactic used to defeat insurgency.

So why is the real answer uncomfortable? Well, it requires the believer to really, in all actuality understand that the organized justice system is working to defeat you. They want you to stop protesting and are willing to arrest and restrict the media to meet that goal. When it’s just “police brutality” it seems manageable. Even when it’s bad you can work with the cops and fix the problem. But you can’t work with the cops, this is not Mayberry 1950, this is USA 2014 where millions of people are in prison. Where cops shoot people all the damn time. I mean hell, do you really think the cops care about a news chopper catching “brutality?” They are the ones shooting people. What they care about is more citizens joining an ongoing rebellion. Let’s be clear and real about it.

Over the past few months I have talked a lot about police strategy in Ferguson and elsewhere. Many other pieces have been written about it that detail specific examples of this. Remember that, the police restricting media is just a tactic. A tactic that allows their strategic purpose of controlling information to move forth in a less turbulent fashion. And propaganda by design is meant for the masses, which will influence the situation on the ground. It’s up to us to directly counter their propaganda with our own. In order to do this we need to drop the moderate pretense of “they want to beat us,” and move directly to

they want to stop us.

From outside agitators, to pushing racial strife, to good cop/bad cop, to mass arrests, empowering moderate community leaders and as discussed, restricting specific media….they are trying their hardest.

 

New Data Shows Police At War with Citizens, Arizona Ranks #1 for “Arrest Related Deaths”

In one of the more frightening articles on police violence as of recent, this piece ranks states by the amount of “arrest related deaths” as a percentage of population. While reading this my mind kept looking for some answer. An explanation as to why this map looks how it does. The south seems to have a much lower amount of deaths at the hands of the cops. Places you would expect, with lower populations do as well. What could explain police from the southern states killing less people? Significantly less people. Whereas in the Southwest and West cops are seemingly at war with people they patrol.

The police seem to have a complicated relationship with citizens

Could it be that the data is so bad in some states that this map is way off? What about yearly, if you took a 10 year span would these results stay the same? Could this data be so fickle that Nevada an outlier, can be explained just by the fact that cops in Las Vegas handle citizens much differently due to tourism?

This map, one of the first of its kind brings up so many, contradictory questions. It seems to challenge or speak to certain points regarding race, class and immigration. And just maybe, it begins to confirm a different sort of pattern. One that you rarely hear from anyone, including radicals on the left.

Sure, maybe if you over lay this map with one regarding ex military members who are now cops, overall crime rates and other miscellaneous statistics it could paint a picture with greater clarity. Maybe it would.

The point that many refuse to acknowledge though is that the police, more and more everywhere are simply not like us. Let that sink in. Police live in different neighborhoods. They go to different churches. They hang out at different bars, eat at different restaurants, probably hang out on different websites. Who do you think represents the mega pieces of shit on mainstream news articles calling for police to arrest everyone. To deport everyone. To kill criminals on site. These are the supporters of the police, and they are also where the police come from. They too, come from different families.

How many cops do you know? How many military members do you know?

Likely, almost assuredly if you are reading this article the first answer is very, very few or none. And for the second you more than likely know at least a handful. Ask yourself how this is possible. It’s cause the cops more and more are a completely separate social caste. This isn’t unique to America either and it’s getting worse everywhere. Most likely you have heard personal stories told second hand from an older generation cop. These almost always revolve around the new younger recruits being completely different than them, in a bad way.

So my question, until a later date, what if this map speaks to a larger problem that is ideological in nature? A war that is being fought between different populations. Those who seek to impose a right wing, reactionary law and order in a highly divided area? Against a population that is changing in ways in which the normalcy of society cannot handle in an age of economic despair. Remember that a low intensity war against non white communities has been fought for decades now. It seems that, this war might just be expanding. Ask yourself why.

“Solidarity With the Ferguson Rebellion” Posters Hanging in Athens, Exarchia Greece

English:

Solidarity With the Ferguson Rebellion

Popular sustained rebellion has continued in an American suburb for the past week. Sparked by police killing an unarmed black teenager, Mike Brown. Unlike other uprisings against the police, state propaganda and repression has not stopped resistance. Anarchists have shown solidarity in different ways including on the ground support. The state has brought in national guard troops and imposed a curfew. Resistance continues in ways that have not been experienced for decades.

Ferguson will be remembered as a turning point, the moment that the state offered martial law and the people fought back. The moment which acceptable leaders could not contain. A point in which the battle against the police, state and capital could happen and spread in any town, USA.

Greek:

Αλληλεγγύη στη εξέγερση στο Ferguson Μια λαϊκή εξέγερση κρατά εδώ και μια βδομάδα σ’ ένα αμερικάνικο προάστιο. Πυροδοτήθηκε από την αστυνομική δολοφονία ενός άοπλου μαύρου εφήβου, του Mike Brown. Αντίθετα με άλλες εξεγέρσεις ενάντια στην αστυνομία, η κρατική προπαγάνδα και η καταστολή δεν έπνιξαν την αντίσταση. Οι αναρχικοί έδειξαν την αλληλεγγύη τους με διαφορους τρόπους, περιλαμβανομένης και της ενεργούς στήριξης στους δρόμους. Το κράτος έφερε στρατεύματα της εθνοφρουράς και επέβαλε απαγόρευση κυκλοφορίας. Η αντίσταση όμως συνεχίζεται με τρόπους που δεν είχαμε δει εδώ και δεκαετίες. Το Ferguson θα μείνει στην μνήμη μας ως σημείο τομής, ως η στιγμή που το κράτος πέρασε σε κατάσταση έκτακτης ανάγκης και ο λαός αντιστάθηκε. Ως η στιγμή που οι ως τότε αποδεκτοί ηγέτες δεν μπόρεσαν να χειραγωγήσουν. Το σημείο απ’ όπου ο πόλεμος ενάντια στην αστυνομία, το κράτος και το κεφάλαιο, μπορεί να διαδοθεί σε κάθε πόλη των ΗΠΑ.

Unmediated Solidarity; Just Do It! Uncovering and Disrupting Police Disinfo in Ferguson and Other Flashpoints

Over the course of a few years, local police in a seemingly coordinated effort have put forth narratives designed to stop radicals from lending unmediated support to impacted communities during times of crisis. The pattern of this counterinsurgency strategy is simplistic yet fairly effective. A decade of intense militarization, economic decline and an overall breaking system has created a need for the state to stop uprisings before they take hold. Their strategy is two fold, divide the impacted community into good and bad protesters while concurrently attacking the anarchist movement.

Taking a look at Ferguson should reveal a pattern that follows along a fairly specific and similar national trajectory. This narrative is usually something like;

The police mention anarchists as the main provocateurs

This information is picked up by well meaning moderates within impacted communities

Disinformation spreads and does the damage it is intended to do

During a daytime news conference on August 11th the Ferguson sheriff issues the first statement blaming anarchists for starting trouble

Fairly amusing that a local sheriff would be privy to information detailing an organized plot by local anarchists to rile people up. Of course with statements like these the questions are never asked and the damage is done. The disinformation spreads and works to discredit anyone “causing trouble” and prevent radicals from continuing on the ground support. If you think this is some sort of conspiracy theory I suggest you take into consideration that the entire global community right now is experiencing serious social and political upheaval. If you think the USA is immune, I will buy all of your gold for a good price and teach you how to make 1000’s a week online.

My intention isn’t to shame or call out anybody who ends up using this disinformation for their own gain. As radicals we should understand that moderates, well meaning liberals and wannabe politicians will always be willing to exploit this disinformation. They do it in black, white, latino poor and middle class communities. That said, my intention is to explain that an effort by the state exists to isolate radicals and prevent them from participating in unmediated solidarity. What is mediated solidarity? Staged rallies put on by Democrats with a safe message for white people. Marches in circles around empty buildings on a Sunday guaranteed to be “non-confrontational.” Letter writing campaigns and unity rallies in high school gymnasiums. Unmediated solidarity?

Unmediated solidarity means support that is direct without the watchful eye of the state and lap dogs. Direct support financial and political to people arrested. Showing up in impacted areas, telling the real story on the ground. White people showing uncritical, uncompromising support during times of rebellion is crucial. We don’t need to wait for politicians or leftist social managers. They are irrelevant and should be ignored and shut down when possible. In Ferguson, anarchists have been reporting events on the ground since day one while also setting up a jail support fund. Where are the leftists? Mostly complaining about anarchists and sharing Al Sharpton quotes on social media.

Of course Ferguson isn’t the only example of this disinformation, in NYC last year police shot and killed Kimani Gray. Within hours there was a response from the community that was sustained for days. The interesting point about these events and the blame put on anarchists was that very little disruption ever took place. Small incidents here and there, for whatever reason necessitated police blaming anarchists for what boils down to, any and all non sanctioned behavior. Here is an article detailing small acts of disruption that took place and outside agitators blamed by the NYPD from the beginning. Much of this information and disinfo is chronicled on Twitter, it is worth noting that the platform has been under intense scrutiny by states looking to stop and disrupt unrest.

Blaming White People for Black Anger is Fucked Up

Here’s the thing. Were white anarchists at these uprisings? Sure, probably. Do white people always act perfect? No. Do white anarchists look to control or “lead” black anger? No. Do white anarchists seek to incite people? No. Anyone who tells you different is lying because they have their own agenda.

Anarchists want to support people in struggle, on the ground. It is that simple. Police, Leftist managers and capitalists would rather that not happen. Ferguson at least to me shows, we can do it.

 

Sheriff Joe to Invade Tempe this Weekend Amid Rebellion at Hub on ASU, Disruption of City Meeting and General Anger Over Police Crackdown

On Thursday night, after an ASU football game, Tempe police officers and firefighters found themselves pelted by beer cans as they responded to a disturbance at the Hub On Campus, a high-rise apartment complex for students.

In an e-mail to the Tempe City Council, Ryff cited the Hub incident as an example of the ongoing problem with rowdyism. He said that 13 minors were arrested on suspicion of consuming alcohol and that other minors fled the building as police arrived. A fire extinguisher also was discharged.

Rowdyism, or in a more honest world, students pushed to the limit. This limit is not only being hit on campus. On Monday night, community anger from long time residents boiled over at a city meeting in regards to “public safety.” This meeting was meant to be celebratory with “community leaders,” cops and politicians congratulating themselves on a job well done.

It did not turn out that way. Groups of long time Downtown Tempe residents came, stood up to the police, got threatened with removal and generally turned the meeting upside down.

Consistent acts of rebellion in response to the situation downtown. The City of Tempe is now taking the initiative in furthering the crackdown;

Ryff said he asked the Sheriff’s Office to participate because of his desire to sustain the Safe and Sober campaign, especially after the two recent incidents. Sheriff’s deputies have jurisdiction throughout the county, and the agency also has specialized units.

Sheriff Joe will be invading the Downtown Tempe Community this weekend. Our neighborhoods will be swarming with MCSO harassing anyone on the streets….

Disobedience is the only response, this is our neighborhood not theirs.

A special message to the frats on and off campus: The City of Tempe likes to make this about you. They want to claim that your behavior is the problem, that without you none of this would be needed. The residents of Downtown Tempe that enjoy living in a college town know that this is a lie. We know the city is employing this strategic crackdown in order to pacify and make our neighborhood a boring suburban wasteland.

Although, some practical advice to the ASU fraternities and students. Make an honest attempt to solve problems even while drunk without violence. Trust me, I understand that many times the dude who is getting a beating probably deserves it. Which leads to my last piece of advice – encourage men to stop raping, molesting, bothering, harassing and generally being rude to women. Imagine how many fights would be prevented if your friends employed this strategy.

We need to fight for our right to party, quite literally. They want you to stay on campus and shut up, they want us to leave Downtown Tempe and shut up. They are now bringing in truly horrid individuals with the MCSO this weekend to push us to an even greater extent. We have won this battle before, never forget that they wanted to blow up ‘A’ Mountain and the Flour Mill. This time though, they mean business.

What will our future acts of rebellion look like? Will we make it out of this with the last sliver of character Tempe has, or will it be lost?

For a wilder and more free Tempe.

Collaboration with tyranny anywhere demands rebellion and solidarity

As life has been moving at light speed over the past few years it would be a lie to claim that the current revelation is any different.  During times of upheaval and tension it takes  a long time to shake out the truth.  In ten or maybe twenty years some of us might be able to talk about this latest twist with some certainty.  How do you face down the prospect that the entirety of the state apparatus of your city worked against you?  Worked to destroy you, methodically under the orders of both their immediate superiors and others.  I suppose the obvious answer is you learn what you can, move on and keep fighting.

Documents, thousands of pages detailing official police, politician and DHS correspondence in regards to the opposition movement locally have been released.  Much of it is not so surprising, at least to myself.  Most importantly you have the state, which lays out the plan and reasoning for destroying initiatives that threaten the status quo.  There are the expected collaborators, working against political organizations that threaten their goals.  There are those unexpected twists, the seemingly oblivious nature to how organizing works, confusion, lies and obfuscation even between departments.   At one point the Police claim that kids under 10 using finger paint on a sign were “teenagers with washable spray paint.” If that wasn’t enough, it was revealed that they have been sending undercover police officers into bars radicals frequent.

Of greater importance there are those spots, in the correspondence where the truth seeps through.  The piece that gets stuck in the throat of your average American who would rather hit the ignore button.  The liberal who has outrage only so far as their comfort.  The liberty minded patriot, willing to fight against government intrusion only when the opposing team is intruding.  The place in the American political landscape that is a caricature of itself.  The helpful realization that the people who struggle for change are always the outsiders, the radicals, the risk takers and the hated.  When society is swimming against you, keep moving in that direction.

” I am glad we are taking these folks seriously, when we do that, we win and they go home saddened ” 

Says Mr. Renwick, Homeland Defense Unit.  And why wouldn’t he feel this way?  Everyone who upholds the law believes the same as anyone who fights against it feels outrage.  The vast majority of people who make up the systems of control all over the world are similar in kind.  They come from similar backgrounds, they believe similar ideas and have similar goals.  These individuals make up a massive, overarching violent institution managed by the entire ruling class.  Does that bother you to hear?  If your inclination is to run away while cupping your ears and screaming, this is for you specifically.

” Which side are you on? “

There are two sides, those who fight the system is in its entirety and those who are willing accomplices.  You can choose to be silent in the face of tyranny, that is of greater respectability than those who would sell you out.  Such as the liberal activists on a quest for
“unity” intended to protect their privilege in the face of tyranny.  Always at the expense of those who struggle against it.  Unity now can only be defined as that principle in which we never compromise with those that want to destroy us.  The people who disagree are the people who condone violence, harassment, intrusion and disruption from the most violent institution in the world.  Non-violence means never working with the state, its politicians or institutions in any capacity.

Assumption, Reaction, Solidarity

The state, capital and institutions of control are taking us seriously because the future of their project demands our obedience.  And it is more pressing, the global uprising radicalized thousands in the United States.  Many people, when the time comes will be willing to stand up and confront this sick machine openly, without begging politicians or marching in circles.  The state knows this, they know that it is different now.  That time is coming very soon, war and austerity are coming.  We all know it.

Our reaction to the state revealing its intention does not have to be a loss.  We need to use this as a jumping point in any way we can.  Support your friends, challenge your community, participate and propagandize and be ready for what is coming.  Just last night, I sat down with many people and surprisingly heard collectively that this attack if anything demands solidarity.  It demands that we show our strength in the face of empire, without fear.  And that is no joke, the people I know are not afraid, they are energized.

Five thousand or so pages of documents detailing the states suppression of opposition movements here: Source Documents

 

 

When Penzone Wins

We will still have:

  • Mass Deportations
  • Institutionalized Racism
  • Consistent Attacks on Arizona Workers
  • Tent City
  • Consistent Attacks on the Arizona Education Curriculum
  • Arrests of Opponents
  • Intimidation of Opponents

When Penzone Loses

We will still have:

  • Mass Deportations
  • Institutionalized Racism
  • Consistent Attacks on Arizona Workers
  • Tent City
  • Consistent Attacks on the Arizona Education Curriculum
  • Arrests of Opponents
  • Intimidation of Opponents

Even worse, either way, we will still have the Arizona AFL-CIO/UNITE Front groups and Arizona MoveOn seriously believing they are on the right track.