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Madrid Quarantine City No. 2 – Anarchist pamphlet from #Madrid

Madrid Quarantine City. No. 2 (Mid-April) of the anarchist pamphlet from Madrid, at the peak of the coronavirus crisis and the state of emergency.

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#Madrid Quarantine City: Labour, production and consumption: the wheel of labour exploitation continues.

Madrid. These are new times. We have never before experienced a state of emergency that controlled our movements with police and military on the streets in Spain. But, although this reality is new, many of us feel a familiar siren song, a song that if followed will lead us to perdition: the call to work. And it is capitalism that sings that song.

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#Madrid Quarantine City: From the slime of these muds

Madrid. Faces of panic, helplessness or disbelief. Screaming and shouting. Moving cameras. Home movies. Uniformed henchmen humiliating, insulting, abusing, hitting… A quick glance at social media, youtube and even the “serious” media leave us a good sample of the circus of horrors with which the armed forces of power are delighting us. With special attention to the most impoverished neighborhoods and to the most unprotected bodies.

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Madrid Quarantine City – New anarchist pamphlet from #Madrid

Madrid Quarantine City. A new anarchist pamphlet from Madrid, at the peak of the coronavirus crisis and the state of emergency.

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Second Wave: Another Lockdown, Another Rebellion – What the Riots around Southern Europe Tell Us about the Pandemic and the State

In the United States, liberal opposition to Donald Trump’s bid for reelection crystalized around his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with millions charging that his government has not done enough to contain the spread of the virus. Yet in Europe, where governments have taken a more hands-on approach, their efforts have also provoked popular unrest, as the vast majority of their interventions have focused on expanding the power of the police, not extending resources to those struggling to survive the virus and the economic crisis. On the eve of a Biden presidency, we should revisit the question of whether we can trust any government to prioritize human life over capitalism and how we can respond when the government uses the pretext of protecting our lives to intensify social control.

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Dealing with the #coronacrisis: ICL mobilizes worldwide

With the corona crisis, the world has suddenly entered a new phase of intense class struggle. This is impressively documented by a map of (for the most part) wildcat strikes related to corona. The ICL, as a young and very radical trade union international, has responded to the crisis according to the best of its capabilities. At the same time, we see that there are still many gaps in its organization and that very large strikes are taking place far away from its structures and without trade union backing. We send solidarity greetings to all these determined colleagues now. Your struggles show that we must become even faster in supporting them and that there is a lot of work waiting for all syndicalist trade unionists worldwide in the coming months. In the following article, we will take stock of the activities in the ICL sections in the last weeks and now and then lose a few words about the situation in the respective countries.

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End Notes: Onward barbarians

The revolts that shook the world in 2011-2013, and the uprisings of 2019 and 2020, are not anomalies. They are part of a growing planetary accumulation of struggles that began with the economic crisis of 2008.

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