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Statement from Greek Anarchists in Solidarity with Linksunten Indymedia
The battle for freedom of speech, inside and outside the internet, is entering a new phase.
Solidarity to linksunten.indymedia.org
It seems that nothing of what is going on in Europe lately is accidental. The Black conference in Estonia, the laundry machine of the most aggressive form of capitalist dictatorship in history, in which Germany participated, appears to be part of a much wider agenda. The humiliation of Germany’s oppressive mechanisms during the protests against the G20 meeting in Hamburg was probably the last straw for the ambitious imperialism that dominates in the EU financially. Radicals who gathered at the German city from all over the world gave a bitter lesson to the bombastic declarations of the repression. Τhey gave a warning: the people of the struggle are here, militant and uncompromising, they pick up the gauntlet against the dystopian schemes of the new totalitarianism. It’s not the nation-states that resist, but forces arising directly from the social base of all states. Forces that are perhaps minorities for the moment, but which have no intention to remain minorities.
The new capitalist totalitarianism responded by doing what it always does when facing an opponent: getting rid of the mantle of democracy without any shame whatsoever. The bourgeois fairy-tales about freedom of speech, the myth of the “open society” are nothing more than the forefront of a propaganda displayed only when they do not pose any kind of danger to the power. But now they do. The linksunten.indymedia.org, a hub of information and radical critique underwent the assault of the German state. For the time being, the website is offline, those that were operating it are characterized as terrorists, and even the site’s logo has been forbidden. At the same time, “purely by chance”, the German state digs up (or creates) new stories from the era of the armed organization of R.A.F., 40 years ago.
The narrative of the “extremist danger from the left” is formalized by specific repressive actions, and they try to legitimize it by regurgitating the "shock of terror” of the 1970’s. Hardly original at all, as the far-right infection is the same whether it speaks German or Estonian or Greek.
Not at all by chance, AFD’s fascists in Germany hailed the shutdown of linksunten.indymedia.org. Not at all by chance, various extreme-right trash all across Europe (and in Greece) did the same. The theory of the two extremes has also proved to be a lie. The regime, from social-democrats up to Nazis, is forming its own front. The right is being united, just like the American Nazis demanded in Charlottesville. And by all appearances, the German state intends to lead that front in Europe.
The battle against the silencing of linksunten.indymedia.org is continuing, nothing has yet been decided. The battle for freedom of speech, inside and outside the internet, is entering a new phase.
The oppressed must realize that, in reality, we don’t have any kind of rights in the bourgeois society. Everything is contingent on whether state and capital feel certain for their absolute dominance. The only rights we have are those we win with our fists. The sooner we realize that the better our position will be in the coming battles against the new totalitarianism that is already paving its way.
Solidarity to linksunten.indymedia.org
Anarchist Federation (Greece), September 8, 2017.
Statement in Greek
Statement in English
4. September 2017
On the 25th of August the well known, German language open posting news website linksunten.indymedia.org was declared illegal by the German state. On the same day raids took place in Freiburg to seize computers, money and various technical equipment. The events were covered by a media disinformation campaign calling linksunten a "means of organization of militant criminals“, quoting unlawful posts by anonymous users and presenting weapons found in the raids, which in reality turned out to be a bunch of kitchen and construction equipment.
We feel the need to emphasize our solidarity with the autonomous media collective linksunten and the indymedia network as a whole, as well as all unrelated projects and individuals harmed by the raids.
There is a lot of talk about so called “spaces without law”, where the state presents itself as angel of salvation spilling their law like medicine in every corner of society and by doing so solving all of its problems. But the problems of society – injustice, repression and violence – are central results of this law. While it is e.g. unlawful to gather in the streets without permission, it is lawful to exploit employees and renters, it is lawful to speculate on food, it is lawful for the cops to beat down citizens, it is lawful to trade weapons, it is lawful to fund foreign militias, it is lawful to invade remote territory.
This is why we support spaces without the law of the state in cyberspace and on the streets. Lawless spaces are seldom spaces of violence and survival of the fittest. They are organized by communities forming their own norms, perspectives, and discourse. Social change will never be achieved through legal institutions, but by organizing free and open spaces to challenge national rule.