IFA-IAF Congress Francfort (Germany), 4-7 August 2016. Letter to the Anarchist Gathering in Hiroshima
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Against the nuclear power industry and everything that it entails.
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
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July 17, 2016
The coup, which has been an inevitable reality of the state presence in this geography since the military coup of 1980, arose after 36 years, on the night of July 15. Many state buildings were blocked for a few hours during the military mobilisation based in Istanbul and Ankara. The coup started with flypast of fighter jets in Ankara and blocking of bridges in Istanbul by soldiers, and continued with taking hostage of chief of general staff and tank noise and gun shots in the streets. Many state buildings were shot by F16s and helicopters including the parliament building and the headquarters of National Intelligence Organisation; There were clash of arms in many places between soldiers and police. Following the events, national state television broadcast was cut and the coup declaration signed 'Peace at Home Council'' was read. When the ''5 Hour Coup'' ended, more than one hundred soldiers, more than eighty police officers and more than eighty anti-coup protesters died. 2839 soldiers, among them many high ranked ones, were taken into custody.
During this 36 years period, the coup as a tool of political oppression, violence and suppression, has been used as a threat by the army over and over again. No doubt, for us, the oppressed, the coup means torture, suppression and massacre of the peoples in this geography in these periods. It's evident that a structure which takes its power from the massacres it makes, would continue making massacres in the name of "protect the indivisible unity of the country". The recent coup is a result of power groups fighting for power inside the state. Perhaps, the hidden existence of power groups outside the state pushes its definition to a wider scale. However, there is no doubt that the ones who reinforced their power as a result of this 5 hour coup are the current government and the head of state.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016, the Mexican Federal police fired live bullets at demonstrators blocking the highway near the village of Nochixtlan in Oaxaca State. This state repression of extreme violence resulted in numerous injuries and a dozen deaths.
That roadblock was set up by the Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE), students and parents, many of whom belong to indigenous peoples. For several months, particularly in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero and Michoacan, large-scale movements against the "educational reform" that the government aims at imposing is fiercely attacked with batons, tear gas, flashballs. Teachers are threatened, dismissed from their work, jailed.
The road blockades were decided in early June following the arrest of several leaders of the CNTE of Oaxaca section. A real media war is waged against the rebels accused of being "terrorists", "lazy", "opponents to progress." The "progress" of the "Quality and Education Law" consists in making education a commodity and handing it over to the private sector for the benefit of the most favored. As recalls a banner. "Educational reform is not just about teachers, but also against the population," many families, especially indigenous communities, provide assistance to teachers, participate in demonstrations.
Already in June 2006, teachers had occupied the center of Oaxaca City, before being brutally evicted. The population – parents, students, young working class neighborhoods, indigenous peoples – had joined the organized resistance and self-management of the city: the "Commune of Oaxaca" was defeated only in November by a military and police repression of extreme violence.
Our companions of the Mexican Anarchist Federation, the Magonista Zapatista Alliance, the Anarchist Black Cross are fully involved in this struggle and regularly update us on the situation. In response to the statement of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Zapatistas of the EZLN addressed on June 20 "to the people of Mexico and the peoples of the world", the Anarchist Federation expresses its total solidarity to the teachers4 struggle and the popular revolt. It demands an immediate end to the repression and the release of all prisoners.
If the "state of emergency" allows the French government to further restrict the freedoms so as to to try and impose a "Labour Law" ofwich the had been dreaming of for a long time, it is a real "state of siege" that is established by the Mexican State. In a period where some people preach resignation and submission, where others advocate a nationalist reaction and the illusion of a change through the ballot box, the Anarchist Federation practices more than ever an internationalism based on practical solidarity, the exchange experiences with all those who do not yield to the offensive of the state at the service of capitalism.
As recalls the CNI and the EZLN: "A storm, in addition to the tempest and chaosm also makes fertile ground from which hatches a new world"
French Anarchist Federation