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Welcome to dystopia

Wuppertal. Germany. In the night of July 14th to 15th, the alarm sirens howled over Wuppertal. Howling sirens, a memory of the monthly exercises during the Cold War in the Netherlands. But this time it was not an exercise. A few fragmented thoughts written down during a night of emergency in Wuppertal.

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Cesare Battisti on hunger strike

Italy. June 7. 2021. According to his family members, Cesare is on hunger strike for several days now. For months he has been held in total isolation in a wing in Calabria prison because the other prisoners there are Islamist terrorists. Cesare has repeatedly demanded his transfer because he has received multiple death threats from Islamists and he is virtually unable to see his relatives. Imprisoned 40 years after acts for which he has self-critically accepted political responsibility, authorities have accused him of being particularly dangerous in order to execute the state’s revenge.

Cesare must get out of this situation, which aims to destroy him.

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On the death of Bernd Heidbreder

And always the same image. One has two eyes too many. Sometimes, only at night, you think you know the way. Maybe we always return the path which we have laboriously won in the alien sun at night. It could be. The sun is heavy, as with us in the deep summer. But we said goodbye during the summer. The women’s dresses shine for a long time from the green. And now we ride along. So it must be autumn. At least there, where sad women know about us.

Rainer Maria Rilke

How is it possible to write about someone you last saw more than a quarter of a century ago and whom you didn’t really know back then, even though you had experienced so much together? How to explain it, those crazy times when we all had one foot in prison every day and still went to bed every night with peace of mind. I recently met an old companion by chance right in front of my apartment building in Kreuzberg, and we talked about “the three” from K.O.M.I.T.E.E., about old connections that were cut off because of the escape, about the twisted paths that some of the old companions used to keep in touch with the comrades over the years. There is still much that cannot be told publicly, even if it seems that the efforts of the German judiciary to get hold of the three do not seem to be crowned with success at the moment. A few months ago, the initiative “Bring The Boys Back Home” was even born, with the aim of enabling the three to return to Germany legally.

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Nightshift [2] – What color has the night

Sebastian Lotzer wrote three novels that were published by Bahoe Books. Unfortunately his books were not translated (yet?) in English. Sebatian also writes regularly for Sunzi Bingfa. Here is Nightshift [2] – What color has the night, a piece from the latest edition (#15, February 8, 2021) of Sunzi Bingfa. You will find Nightshift [1] here (English).

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2021 – Nightshift [1]

Sebastian Lotzer wrote three novels that were published by Bahoe Books. Unfortunately his books were not translated (yet?) in English. Sebatian also writes regularly for Sunzi Bingfa. Here is a piece from the latest edition (#14, January 25, 2021) of Sunzi Bingfa.

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Germany: Corona and the (radical) left – An input for discussion

The following text was sent to Sunzi Bingfa and we are happy because this expresses exactly what Sunzi Bingfa is also supposed to be, a place of exchange and finding each other for those edges of the (radical) left who sincerely want something different beyond the prevailing (leftist) narratives in precisely the historical situation we are currently facing.

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Authoritarianism is a symptom of panic, not a guarantee of efficiency

This interview appeared in the Belgian L’Echo on December 19, 2020. Alain Bertho is a professor of anthropology at the University of Paris, he has been studying social unrest and uprisings for decades. On his recommendable blog he meticulously documents worldwide riots day by day. We don’t agree with all of his (sometimes liberal) views, but still think its an interesting read.

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“This obsessive persecution is always an honor for a political prisoner” – On the transfer of Dimitris Koufontinas

The following lines reached Sunzi Bingfa from Athens. An introduction, followed by a statement of Dimitris Koufontinas on his transfer.

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Lockdown in France: Let’s blow up the containment vessel

In this issue of Sunzi Bingfa you will find have several articles on New Year’s Eve 2020, it is quite obvious that the attempts to stop all public gatherings that night are primarily about counterinsurgency and not about protecting health.

The fear that the pressure in the boiler has become so high after almost a year of worldwide state of emergency that it will discharge with all its power is too deep-seated. In France, the ban on public gatherings after 8 p.m. has now been officially extended to New Year’s Eve. For years, New Year’s Eve has belonged to the youth of the suburbs and working-class neighborhoods; year after year, around 1,000 cars are torched during this night, and the French authorities have not published exact figures for several years for reasons. Just as the recent militant demonstrations against the New Security Law, which among other things prohibits the documentation of police violence, were also a revolt against the permanence of the state of emergency, the frustration and anger will also be unleashed at New Year’s Eve. A translation of a piece by companions from Nantes to break the night curfews, not only on New Year’s Eve. Sunzi Bingfa

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