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IFA-IAF Congress Francfort (Germany), 4-7 August 2016. Statement on terrorism.

Their wars, our dead ! Against terrorism and for freedom of all people !

The federations of the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF) and the organizations participating in the Tenth Congress of the IAF, Frankfurt (Germany), 4-7 August 2016, stand against war. We stand against the terrorism which is used by states, with the help of the police and the army. We stand against the violence applied by nationalist and/or religious groups or by isolated acts from racist, homophobic, and/or fundamentalist individuals.

We oppose the murderous activities of these governments, groups, or individuals.

The media and states may use the word terrorism to condemn social movements, but this is not how we understand it. What we oppose is the use of violence and terror against civilians to create fear in the population and impose authority. This terrorism goes hand in hand with the strengthening of state security and authoritarian state policies.

In many countries a state of emergency has been declared, reinforcing the powers of the police and army, which serves mostly to repress social opposition. Walls are built to prevent the movement of people, detention camps are built, and governments, capitalists and smugglers take the opportunity to get rich at the expense of migrants.

Terrorism by religious and/or nationalist groups and state terrorism feed each other. For example, the arms deals by regional and world powers have skyrocketed since their involvement in foreign wars. These interventionist policies help to maintain the terrorism of religious and/or nationalist groups.

Meanwhile, capitalism continues its devastating work and those affected are always the same: the people.

We live in an era of global terrorist threat, of generalized war, and reactionary politics in which race, religion and terrorism are conflated. We fight to keep racism from spreading. We support the migrants who seek the freedom to move and to settle down. We stand in solidarity with those targeted on the ground of their ethnicity and beliefs.

That said, we stand by all those around the world who seek to shake off the influence of religion in their lives, actions, and thoughts.

Our struggle for freedom is directed against state, capitalism, and religion.

IFA-IAF Congress Francfort (Germany), 4-7 August 2016. Letter to the Anarchist Gathering in Hiroshima

Against the nuclear power industry and everything that it entails.

Against state imperialism and against war.

The federations making up the International of Anarchist Federations (IFA) and the organisations present in the 10th congress of the IFA, in Frankfurt (Germany) on the 4th-7th of August 2016, salute the initiative of the Anarchist Gathering at Hiroshima (Japan).

This event marks the anniversary of the nuclear bomb attack in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, and in Nagasaki on August 9th. It helps us remember the double threat that lingers on to affect human populations: war and nuclear power.

Nuclear power is dangerous. It contaminates natural resources, and is the cause of all kinds of conflicts. Japan’s population is particularly knowledgeable about its potential risks, due to the recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

Nuclear power is an integral part of the war industry.

During these times of global terrorist threats and continuous war, it is important to reaffirm our position against the military industrial complex.

The murderous and imperialist policies of states are to the detriment of populations who are the first victims of war. They suffer directly in these conflicts, and are often forced to migrate.

Imperialist countries take advantage of these conflicts by selling arms and waging war in different parts of the world, such as the military interventions in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere for resources. This situation cannot be tolerated.

It is up to us to initiate, pursue and intensify actions against militarism and its related industries, but also against nuclear power that entails. In the spirit of international solidarity, we send revolutionary anarchist greetings to our friends and comrades gathered in Hiroshima. We look forward to working together to fight for a future society of mutual aid and solidarity, without war.

International of Anarchist Federations (IFA-IAF)

6th August 2016