Last Thursday, around 1 million people in France took part in nationwide demonstrations against the government’s plans to “reform” the pension system, i.e. raising the age of entry and cut pensions. (1) Only members of the police are to be excluded, as the government stated just before the 5th of December, after trade union representatives of the cops had declared that they also wanted to take part in the protests. Work stoppages occurred mainly in the public sector, train cancellations of the state railways were high, metros were rare in the Paris metropolitan area and many bus lines were also cancelled. Flight operations were also disrupted. There were also extensive work stoppages among teachers and health workers, who have been fighting for months for better working conditions and better pay. In the private sector, there were hardly any strike actions, but since Thursday, work has been suspended in the majority of the major oil refineries, here the majority of the workers are organized in the CGT and the workforces are one of the last bastions of the classic, militant working class. At the same time, roads and roundabouts have been blocked nationwide, although to a much lesser extent compared to the beginnings of the Gilets Jaunes movement.
A review of the first big day of action and the attack on the new “pension reform” from the point of view of a participant.
This is a translation of the German version which was translated by Sebastian Lotzer. The original report was published by Paris-Luttes.
Continue reading “An impressive day” – review of the strike and demonstration in #Paris on December 5
The following report on the siege and battle of the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, written by the “Cafardnaüm Collective”, describes the events of November 14-19, 2019 and is as impressive as it is poetic, testifying to the ingenuity and determination of the occupiers. In other words, it may do justice to the dimensions of the event. A German version appeared on Non Copy Riot, from which this analogous translation was made.
Continue reading Hong Kong: Water, fire and the wind – The battle for #PolyU
For the coming weekend, the Gilets Jaunes are mobilizing nationwide to Paris to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of their movement. The Gilets Jaunes have announced actions on the Champs Elysees, occupations, spontaneous demos,…
In Nov/Dec last year, the state apparatus was repeatedly surprised, the most noble districts of the city centre were devastated, luxury shops and jewellery shops were looted (jewellery worth 2 million was stolen from Dior alone), and police units were forced to flee in many places. Here now the translation of the considerations of some Gilets Jaunes, which were originally published on Paris Luttes Infos and translated in German by Sebastian Lotzer. We translated his translation into English.
Continue reading #GiletsJaunes: A strategic essay on the weekend of November 16/17 in #Paris
Chile has experienced an unprecedented uprising in recent days. Starting with the increase in ticket prices for the metro, the uprising spread rapidly and targeted the entire system in a country that has been a laboratory for the toughest neoliberalism since the Pinochet coup in 1973 and where inequalities are among the most massive in the world. While the right-wing government declared a state of emergency and introduced a curfew, while the military patrolled the streets for the first time since the end of the dictatorship in 1990, we held a meeting with one of our companions in Chile to discuss the situation. He explains the challenges of the current social explosion, its composition, its fighting methods and its response to the parallel uprisings in South America.
Continue reading #Chile: “They stole so much from us, they even stole our fear”
The Gilets Jaunes, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Haiti, Egypt, Algeria, Guinea, Lebanon, Catalonia, and now Chile, these events mark the beginning of a new sequence of revolts.
We (Lundi Matin*) have received this written communiqué jointly from Santiago and Paris and hereby forwarded it.
Continue reading A New Approach: The Autumn of the Uprising
The new government in Greece is launching an unprecedented offensive against the libertarian and self-governing movement. The newly elected right-wing prime minister Kyrikas Mitsotakis has publicly promised to “clean up” Exarchia this summer and smash the anarchist group ‘Rouvikonas’ (1). Beyond the “notorious” neighborhood and the elusive group, the entire left-wing scene is also being targeted with various repressive measures.
Continue reading Greek territory: The hunt for anarchists has begun
A piece by Sebastian Lotzer about the repressive attack against comrades on the Greek territory and the inability (on a transnational level) to establish tactical and strategic alliances with each other.
Continue reading New, old men in Greece Part 1 – The repressive attack
Saturday night in Paris. It’s cold, not freezing cold, but cold. Passers-by do their last shopping, friends meet in the bistro, eat a snack, afterwards they go to the cinema or to the bar. The usual life in the neighbourhood. From a small side street a stream flows, no rather a trickle of people. Some of them have put on yellow vests.
Continue reading #GiletsJaunes: #Paris, a winter fairy tale