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Message from a Belarusian Anarchist fighting in Ukraine

Ukraine. A message from a Belarusian anarchist refugee who was living in Poland and is now a volunteer fighter in Ukraine.


Originally published by A Las Barricadas. Machine-assisted translation from Raddle.

Good evening to all but Putin’s soldiers.

After all the trips to clearly failed and dangerous actions, the flight from Belarus and what I experienced during my 29 years, it was not so difficult to travel to war-torn Ukraine, although it was terrifying.

It was not entirely clear where I was going, what awaited me, whether I would be allowed to cross the border. I was not sure whether I would reach my destination, as my passport was attracting attention at checkpoints and there was also an attack by enemy planes.

Plus the fear that the first battle would also be the last. But the biggest fear was disappointing my comrades-in-arms.

I am convinced that today’s events in Ukraine are deciding the fate not only of Ukraine itself, but of the whole of Europe.

European democracy is terrible, but what is much more terrible is what the so-called ‘Russian world’ is bringing from the East. The remnants of freedoms and rights that the working class won in Europe, after a long struggle, will be completely destroyed by the Russian dystopia, transforming everything around it into a concentration camp, as they have already done in Belarus, Russia, and partly, in Kazakhstan.

Mikhail Bakunin in his work “Federalism, Socialism and Anti-Theology” wrote: “We are firmly convinced that the most imperfect republic is a thousand times better than the most enlightened monarchy, for in a republic there are moments when the people, though eternally exploited, are at least not oppressed, whereas in monarchies they are constantly oppressed”.

So, Russia today is this incredibly aggressive monarchy.

I often read that this is an imperialist war, although it is not clear what the second empire is, and that anarchists can do nothing there.

That Nazis, who fight in any army, fight for Ukraine. That the soldiers on both sides must turn their weapons against the governments, etc., but I have not yet heard that this is also happening on the side of the troops of the “liberators”.

And there are many other criticisms, some of which I may even agree with, but the problem is that standing aside and taking a correct class position means becoming a silent witness to the bombings of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernigov and Mariupol. And my conscience does not allow me to stand aside.

That is why I am here today in Ukraine, which will face all these difficulties and finally free itself from Moscow’s influence, and with it Belarus will be free, and let us hope that after that, Russia itself will finally become a real federation of free nations.


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Cuba: The end of the “revolution’s” social enchantment

The repressive social enchantment that kept the greater part of the outmoded international left pacified has vanished. Beneath the “Cuban Revolution”, and against the grain of its benign image, the “Cuban State” has emerged publicly, in all its crudeness and repressive grandiloquence. The same Cuban state that created – in order to confront Yankee imperialism – an omnipresent political police that fights the society kept under its control. The same Cuban state that destroyed – in the name of socialism – all popular and workers organizations that, with their histories of struggle, made the declared socialist conquests a daily reality. That same Cuban state that has turned solidarity into an internationally renown branding, at the cost of keeping us sunk in mistrust and fear among neighbors. The same Cuban state that – in the midst of the intensified Yankee blockade – builds more hotels for foreign tourists than infrastructures to produce food, fruits and milk. The same Cuban state that has produced the only vaccines in Latin America against covid-19, but maintains its health personnel in a condition of salaried employees of the political police.

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Embat: The King has no clothes. The authoritarian drift of the state – A statement on the Pablo Hasél case and beyond

A statement by Embat, a Libertarian Organization from Catalonia, on the Pablo Hasél case and the authoritarian drift of the state in general.

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#Madrid: First attempt to evict the #AteneoLibertario in #Vallekas stopped. The struggle continues

Madrid. On September 16, it was again made clear that solidarity and direct action are the best weapon we have as a means of defense against the state and repression. About 150 people from Vallekas and other neighborhoods of the city gathered at the door of the Ateneo Libertario de Vallekas to prevent the eviction of the space. This is not just the eviction of a space, it is the defense of squatting as a tool of struggle in the social war, as a tool to create with our own hands, outside of parties and institutions, spaces of struggle, meeting and learning.

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Gustavo Rodríguez: Letter to a chilean on the current situation (II)

Part 2. To Joaquín García Chanks and Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda, comrades and co-conspirators.

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A Las Barricadas interview with the Anarchist Union of #Afghanistan & #Iran

The comrades of A Las Barricadas spoke with the comrades of the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan & Iran.

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#Barcelona: Another Critique of Insurrectionalism

We don’t agree on many points in this piece, but still think it can be an important read and can contribute to an important discussion. 

Unlike other critiques of insurrectionalism, this one doesn’t come from the left. It doesn’t seek to pacify resistance or manage struggle, nor do its authors believe in the preservation of productive work with a self-managed face, nor do its authors believe in the preservation of productive work with a self-managed face. It doesn’t pretend to be universal.

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