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British and Irish anarchists on London bombings

category ireland / britain | imperialism / war | news report author Friday July 08, 2005 07:27author by Andrew - Anarkismo

Statements issued by anarchist and libertarian communist organisations in Britain in response to this mornings bombings.

British and Irish anarchist statement on bombing

As social anarchists and libertarian communists, we deplore the horrific attacks on innocent people this morning in London. We express our deepest sympathy to anyone affected by the blasts. We condemn the use of violence against ordinary people and the perpetrators of the bombings whether they be Islamists or anyone else.

Terrorist actions are completely at odds with any struggle for a freer, fairer society and never help oppressed people in any part of the globe. Instead violence against civilians is a tool of states and proto-states every bit as brutal as the ones they profess to oppose.

The British Government, by sending British soldiers to kill and die in Iraq and Afghanistan has made all of us a target for terrorists in their pursuit of increased profit and power at the expense of ordinary working people.

We stand for a world in which human solidarity and co-operation replace the quest for profit as society's driving force, and stand in solidarity with all people fighting exploitation and oppression in all its forms, from opponents to the occupation of Iraq here, to those in Iraq who are opposing both the occupying forces and the ultra-reactionary Islamists the Occupation helps strengthen.

Our thoughts today are with the victims of this atrocity, and their loved ones.

Statement Signed by (so far):
Libcom.org Group
Anarchist Federation
IAF-IFA Secretariat
Class War
Colchester Solidarity Group
West Midlands Anarchists
Burnley Voice
Ipswich Anarchists
Norwich Anarchists
Freedom Newspaper
Preston Solidarity Federation
Red Party
Organise!
Just Books

Statement in Dutch

Statement in Italian


London Bomb Attacks

Our thoughts are with everyone effected by the heinous bomb attacks in London today. The suffering that has been inflicted on people going about there lives is something that will never be forgotten, or forgiven.

London Class War


Libcom.org statement on London bombings


As libertarian communists, we at libcom.org deplore the attacks on innocent people this morning in London. We express our deepest sympathy to anyone affected by the blasts. We condemn the use of violence against ordinary people and the perpetrators of the violence whether they be Islamists or anyone else. We believe their ideology and actions are at total odds with our aims and beliefs and will never help oppressed people in any part of the globe. Instead, terrorist attacks and violence used against civilians go hand in hand with the policies of the state at war and only help to further the strengthen capitalism and states around the world.

Libcom.org Admins

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author by ppublication date Fri Jul 08, 2005 01:25author address author phone

This Class War statement is hilarious. Hey Class War, maybe there were rich people on those tubes and on the tourist buses. Have you developed a barometer yet for measuring who's allowed to die in your "good" (ie. "class") war?

author by neopublication date Fri Jul 08, 2005 05:01author address author phone

rich people are found in SUVs and in mansions and in luxury cars. rich people can also be found in areas highly protected.

author by ppublication date Fri Jul 08, 2005 05:20author address author phone

You can get a used SUV for a couple grand. Those are the "rich" people you're advocating killing (?!) -- and as part of an anarchist politics?! Gimme a break!
Actually, it's not just your *poor judgment* of *who* "the rich" *actually are* that nauseats me. It's the "Kill Rich People" line altogether (put forth by Class War) because it's genocidal, and all anarchists should proudly oppose it, if not, they/we become apologists for authoritarianism and mass violence. Please leave that out of anarchism.

author by oliver - capital terminuspublication date Fri Jul 08, 2005 13:17author address author phone

class enemies are not in their position because of identity, they are there because of actions - ongoing actions which they could stop at any time. but so long as they have not stopped, they are actively contributing to the oppression and exploitation of people around the world.

author by Andrew - Anarkismopublication date Fri Jul 08, 2005 19:02author address author phone

As social anarchists and libertarian communists, we deplore the horrific attacks on innocent people this morning in London. We express our deepest sympathy to anyone affected by the blasts. We condemn the use of violence against ordinary people and the perpetrators of the bombings whether they be Islamists or anyone else.

Terrorist actions are completely at odds with any struggle for a freer, fairer society and never help oppressed people in any part of the globe. Instead violence against civilians is a tool of states and proto-states every bit as brutal as the ones they profess to oppose.

The British Government, by sending British soldiers to kill and die in Iraq and Afghanistan has made all of us a target for terrorists in their pursuit of increased profit and power at the expense of ordinary working people.

We stand for a world in which human solidarity and co-operation replace the quest for profit as society's driving force, and stand in solidarity with all people fighting exploitation and oppression in all its forms, from opponents to the occupation of Iraq here, to those in Iraq who are opposing both the occupying forces and the ultra-reactionary Islamists the Occupation helps strengthen.

Our thoughts today are with the victims of this atrocity, and their loved ones.

Statement Signed by (so far):
Libcom.org Group
Anarchist Federation
IAF-IFA Secretariat
Class War
Colchester Solidarity Group
West Midlands Anarchists
Burnley Voice
Ipswich Anarchists
Norwich Anarchists
Freedom Newspaper
Preston Solidarity Federation
Red Party

author by ppublication date Fri Jul 08, 2005 19:44author address author phone

Yes, class is a structure, in which particular groups play roles within -- often different roles even within the same "class" (of which, venture capitalists play very different roles than inheritors -- who are both "rich people"). Not sure that it's so easy to be a class trader, to just drop out of a class. And if one can, does that make on revolutionary? I don't think so. The attempt to figure "who" is of the capitalist class is only a bad justification for groups like Class War to figure out who is a justifiable target of violence. THAT is NOT revolutionary action, unless one is a Stalinist.

author by Nestor - Anarkismopublication date Fri Jul 08, 2005 23:27author address author phone

This statement in Italian:

Related Link: http://www.anarkismo.net/newswire.php?story_id=900
author by Manuel Baptista - Luta socialpublication date Sat Jul 09, 2005 00:29author email luta_social at sapo dot ptauthor address author phone

Some 'leftists' (not anarchists) are always saying that the terrorist bombings in Irak or in other countries are the expression of anger from the oppressed people in these countries.
This position is not only wrong, it is also counter-revolutionary!

author by Jason Brannigan - Organise!publication date Sun Jul 10, 2005 01:19author email organiseireland at yahoo dot ieauthor address PO Box 505, Belfast, BT12 6BQauthor phone

Organise! and the Just Books Collective in Belfast are also signatories to this statement.

Related Link: http://www.orgaqniseireland.org
author by revol68publication date Sun Jul 10, 2005 22:26author address author phone

Have Organise and Just Books been cut off the list of signatures cos that would imply a rejection of republican teology? Organise has signed Irish and UK statements in the past and I would imagine continue to do so.

author by john - libcom.orgpublication date Sun Jul 10, 2005 22:41author address author phone

no they weren't cut off - anarkismo put up the statement before organise and just books were added to it by libcom

author by jason brannigan - Organise!publication date Mon Jul 11, 2005 01:42author email organiseireland at yahoo dot ieauthor address author phone

Thats a bit paranoid revol68 isn't it?

You can't really blame people for rushing off and posting something as this before the list was complete can you? Ask libcom how come it took so long to add the names of Organise! and Just Books to the list when an Organise! member suggested getting the statement endorsed and issued publicly by anarchist groups and organisations. But then I doubt there's a conspiracy there either mate.

Could the Britsh Anarchists bit be changed to British and Irish Anarchists in the title though? As the statement has been endorsed by both British and Irish Anarchists. Indymedia Ireland have already made this correction.

In solidarity;

Jason Brannigan
for Organise!

Related Link: http://www.organiseireland.org
author by Andrew - Anarkismopublication date Mon Jul 11, 2005 18:55author address author phone

OK I updated the statements in the main article. I left it unchanged in the comment version so people can understand what the comment discussion is about.

author by Jason Brannigan - Organise!publication date Mon Jul 11, 2005 23:20author email organiseireland at yahoo dot ieauthor address PO Box 505, Belfast, BT12 6BQauthor phone

Thank you.

In Solidarity;

Jason

Related Link: http://www.organiseireland.org
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