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international / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Thursday January 08, 2015 14:43 by Jonathan P   image 1 image
As working class activists, we should share experiences with – and learn from – working class struggles in other places. The ruling class organises worldwide to exploit and dominate our class. So we need to organise resistance to defend our interests everywhere. And we can only benefit from arming ourselves with lessons from different working class movements.
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netherlands / germany / austria / history / opinion / analysis Friday November 07, 2014 20:40 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
A "revolutionary alternative from below" that was not quite to be but holds pertinent lessons for movements today. Our latest issue of Workers World News continues our educational series on "united fronts" with a focus on the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923. Part 1: NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’
Part 2: Anti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914
Part 3: The 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front read full story / add a comment
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netherlands / germany / austria / history / opinion / analysis Thursday October 16, 2014 15:40 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
In the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik Party, together with other revolutionaries, overthrew the Provisional Government established in February and – together, initially, with left Social Revolutionaries – seized power. How did the Bolsheviks – a minority just eight months earlier, when the February Revolution overthrew the Tsar and established the Provisional Government – come to power so quickly? How did this small force emerge from relative obscurity to win large sections of the working class to its programme and take power? Herein lies the root and essence of United Front policy in a traditional Marxist sense. First published in issue 88 of Workers World News Part 1: NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’
Part 2: Anti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914
Part 4: United Working Class Action and the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923 read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / history / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 03, 2014 15:34 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
The United Front tactic – aimed at uniting masses of workers in action and winning Communist leadership for the working class – was adopted as policy by the Communist International (Comintern) in 1921 and will be discussed later in this series. However, there are important examples of working class unity in action which predate Comintern policy and bear relevance to the united fronts discussion. One often-cited example is the united front to defend the gains of the February Revolution from a military coup in Russia in 1917, which will be discussed in the next article in this series.

Before looking at this, however, there is another example of proletarian unity in action – that didn’t seek to win Communist leadership – which warrants attention; that of a revolutionary worker-peasant alliance. This conception of united front action found expression in Italy’s anti-militarist “red blocs” and it is to these that we now turn.

First published in issue 87 of Workers World News Part 1: NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’
Part 3: The 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front
Part 4: United Working Class Action and the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923 read full story / add a comment
NUMSA: The United Front is a weapon for uniting the working class.
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 03, 2014 15:26 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
The resolution adopted by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to form a ‘United Front against neoliberalism’ – as well as its decision not to endorse the ANC in the elections – represents an interesting development in the political landscape, one which activists should look at carefully and engage.

Due to the language used by the media, the Left, NUMSA’s critics and even NUMSA itself much confusion surrounds the debate – leaving many questions: Is the ‘United Front’ an organisation or attempt to build a new labour federation or political party? Is it an attempt to revive the 1980s United Democratic Front (UDF)? Why NUMSA’s sudden interest in community struggles?

This series, of which this article is the first, aims to clarify these and other questions by looking at the proposal and history of united fronts locally and internationally to clarify key issues and draw lessons that activists can use when engaging the pros and cons of NUMSA’s United Front proposal and if and how they think it should be developed. First published in issue 86 of Workers World News Part 2: Anti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914
Part 3: The 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front
Part 4: United Working Class Action and the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923 read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / the left / feature Wednesday May 07, 2014 19:28 by Shawn Hattingh & Jonathan Payn   text 2 comments (last - tuesday may 13, 2014 19:37)   image 1 image
There has been much hype, amongst the media and sections of the public, in the run up to this year’s provincial and national elections in South Africa and, for some, the arrival of new parties to the electoral arena has renewed their faith in the possibility of an electoral solution to the myriad of problems facing South Africa. Politicians from across all parties have been using this hype and a seemingly renewed faith in the ballot box to their advantage. The question, therefore, is: can equality, socialism, national liberation or ‘economic freedom’ – or even a respite from state violence – for a majority be brought about through parties and activists entering into the state or through voting for parties that promise not to use the state for violent or oppressive means; or will this only lead to a dead-end for the working class yet again? read full story / add a comment
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international / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 12, 2013 03:07 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
From 25th to 27th January 2013, ELAOPA returned to the city of its birth to commemorate ten years of the difficult but necessary journey to building people’s power in Latin America. It seeks to “maintain its independence in the face of political parties, the state and its governments, NGOs, companies and all those that, with authoritarian structures distant from our realities, come to tell us what we have to do.” read full story / add a comment
Fédération anarchiste de Rio de Janeiro (FARJ)
brésil/guyane/suriname/guinée française / mouvement anarchiste / entrevue Sunday March 18, 2012 17:19 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
Dans cette interview, réalisée entre août et octobre de 2010, la Fédération Anarchiste de Rio de Janeiro (Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro – FARJ) évoque son interprétation de concepts tels que le spécifisme (especifismo), le dualisme organisationnel, l’insertion sociale et le rôle de l'organisation politique anarchiste par rapport aux mouvements sociaux et à la lutte de classe. Il s’agit aussi de parler de l'entrée récente de la FARJ dans le Forum de l'Anarchisme Organisé (Fórum do Anarquismo Organisado – FAO) et des conséquences sociales du choix de Rio de Janeiro comme une Ville Hôte de la FIFA 2014, aussi bien que des questions quelquefois difficiles, telles que la nécessité de trouver un équilibre entre les niveaux d'unité théorique et stratégique et du besoin de croître comme organisation. La Fédération Anarchiste de Rio de Janeiro (Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro (FARJ) est une organisation anarchiste spécifique de la ville de Rio de Janeiro, le Brésil. [Português] [English] read full story / add a comment
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / anarchist movement / review Wednesday February 08, 2012 21:03 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
This document, first published in Portuguese under the title Anarquismo Social e Organização and adopted at the first Congress of the Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro in August 2008, seeks to map out the FARJ’s theoretical conception of an organised, class struggle anarchism and, “More than a purely theoretical document, [...] reflects the conclusions realised after five years of practical application of anarchism in the social struggles of our people”. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 27, 2011 13:32 by Jonathan Payn   text 1 comment (last - monday january 02, 2012 17:03)   image 1 image
Failures of democracy have been a big part of the history of the DLF. We in the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) have had to raise such challenges several times (see “DLF structure: concerns and proposals” by ZACF). We have long been troubled by the lack of proper democratic structures, by a leadership that consists far more of middle-class intellectuals than of grassroots militants, and by a programme that seems to be determined in advance by the academic and NGO interests of these intellectuals instead of by the immediate needs of the workers and the poor. read full story / add a comment
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machrek / arabie / irak / luttes dans la communauté / nouvelles Monday December 26, 2011 01:52 by Jonathan Pollak   image 1 image
Le porte-parole militaire avait raison - Mustafa est mort parce qu'il jetait des pierres, il est mort parce qu'il avait osé parler d'une vérité, avec ses mains, dans un endroit où elle est interdite. [Hebrew] [English] [Italiano] [Castellano] read full story / add a comment
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mashrek / arabia / irak / lotte sul territorio / cronaca Thursday December 15, 2011 23:34 by Jonathan Pollak   image 1 image
Il portavoce dell'esercito ha ragione... Mustafa è morto perché lanciava sassi; è morto perché osava dire una verità - con le sue mani - in un luogo dove la verità è vietata. [English] read full story / add a comment
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mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialismo / guerra / opinión / análisis Wednesday December 14, 2011 01:46 by Jonathan Pollak   image 1 image
El portavoz del ejército tenía razón - Mustafá murió porque tiraba piedras; murió porque se atrevió a expresar una verdad, con sus manos, en un lugar donde la verdad está prohibida. read full story / add a comment
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mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles / news report Tuesday December 13, 2011 13:41 by Jonathan Pollak   image 1 image
The army spokesman was right - Mustafa died because he threw stones; he died because he dared to speak a truth, with his hands, in a place where the truth is forbidden. [Italiano] [Castellano] read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 23, 2011 20:19 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
It was recently reported by various newspapers that ‘a “notorious gang of anarchists” with links to cash heists is attempting to destabilise the Gauteng ANC’. Newspaper articles [*] quoted ANC provincial secretary David Makhura as saying that an ANC investigation would ‘expose the hidden hand of business people who are fuelling and financing activities that seek to disrupt the functioning of the ANC’. The claims came after a group of disgruntled party members allegedly held an unofficial parallel election to decide the party’s Tshwane leader. According to Makhura the parallel gathering ‘was organised by a notorious gang of anarchists, most of whom have disciplinary cases’. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Sunday November 06, 2011 12:19 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front, or ZACF – Zabalaza meaning ‘struggle’ in isiZulu and isiXhosa – is a specific anarchist political organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a unitary organisation – or federation of individuals, as opposed to a federation of collectives – whereby membership is on an individual basis, by invitation only. This is because we have seen – through our own experience, as well as that of global anarchism historically – that we can accomplish more as an organisation, and be more effective, when our members share a certain level of theoretical and strategic unity, and collective responsibility.
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international / environment / opinion / analysis Monday July 11, 2011 20:04 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
Across South America there is a growing movement – assuming different forms and characteristics, but with similar origins, demands and objectives – that, despite it being located at a strategically important intersection between two critical social issues – class struggle and ecology – seems to me to have received little attention in South African academic and activist circles. And this is true despite the fact that the social and economic conditions that gave rise to this movement prevail in South Africa, as they did – and continue to – in many South American countries. Perhaps this is due to the fact that this movement concerns people largely marginalised by industrial society and so-called ‘brown’ ecological issues – such as the pollution and contamination of rivers and dams surrounding poor communities, most acutely effecting the workers and poor – as opposed to the much more sanitary ‘green’ ecological issues – such as conservation and animal welfare – often associated, in South Africa at least, with liberal white activists from the middle and upper classes [1]. This is the movement of the catadores, as they are known in Brazil, and clasificadores in Uruguay; the recyclable waste pickers and sorters who, similarly to South Africa, constitute a growing informal sector in the industrial production cycle. This includes all people – not formally employed by public or private waste management services – who collect, transport, classify and sell recyclable waste for a living – or ‘work with scrap’ – thus “reducing demand for natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions” [2]. A category of work which, according to the World Bank, is performed by 15 million people globally – or one percent of the world population [3] – and has become increasingly common in South Africa in recent years. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Thursday September 09, 2010 19:57 by Jonathan Payn   image 2 images
The promise of safe, reliable and affordable public transport comes as welcome news for the majority of working class and poor South Africans and immigrants to the country. The segregated town planning left behind by the system of racialised capitalism known as apartheid has meant that the majority of the population – also those who can least afford it – are often the ones who have the furthest to travel to work, schools, hospitals and so on.

This article looks at the Bus Rapid Transit system, what BRT really is, how our so-called leaders plan to implement it – since, as usual, there has been very little popular involvement – and whether our leaders, or BRT, can serve the needs of the poor and working class read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Monday December 01, 2008 14:52 by Jonathan P & James Pendlebury
This article argues that active abstention is the only strategic and tactical approach to the 2009 South African elections which is consistent with revolutionary anti-capitalist politics. It was written for a forthcoming issue of Khanya: A Journal for Activists, which will present a range of different approaches that social movements may take in response to the 2009 elections. read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / migrazione / razzismo / opinione / analisi Thursday October 02, 2008 15:57 by Steffi, Jonathan Payn e James Pendlebury
A solo 14 anni dalla fine dell'apartheid qualcuno sostiene che siamo in presenza di una nuova apartheid. A solo 14 anni dal genocidio in Rwanda c'è chi dice che in Sud Africa si stia verificando un genocidio particolare. Niente a che vedere con il gap economico tuttora esistente tra sudafricani con diverso colore della pelle e nemmeno con una guerra tra diversi gruppi etnici come in Rwanda. [English] read full story / add a comment
Issue #4 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

Front page

After the election of Syriza in Greece - Power is not in Parliament

[Chile] Movimiento Estudiantil: ¿En dónde debemos enfocar nuestros esfuerzos?

Je ne suis pas Charlie

México en llamas: raíces y perspectivas de una lucha que avanza y la crisis de un sistema político

Sobre la liberación de prisioneros y el restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas, por los gobiernos de Cuba y EE.UU.

No to Golden Dawn in Australia!

Abusos y arbitrariedad - retención de JOSÉ A. GUTIÉRREZ, en el bajo Caguán, Caquetá

Could a Revolution Happen in the US?

An Anarchist Communist Reply to ‘Rojava: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspective’

Lutar e vencer fora das urnas

In the Rubble of US Imperialism

Elementos da Conjuntura Eleitoral 2014

The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes

[Chile] EL FTEM promueve una serie de “jornadas de debate sindical”

Ukraine: Interview with a Donetsk anarchist

The present confrontation between the Zionist settler colonialist project in Palestine and the indigenous working people

Prisões e mais criminalização marcam o final da Copa do Mundo no Brasil

An Anarchist Response to a Trotskyist Attack: Review of “An Introduction to Marxism and Anarchism” by Alan Woods (2011)

هەڵوێستی سەربەخۆی جەماوەر لە نێوان داعش و &

Contra a Copa e a Repressão: Somente a Luta e Organização!

Nota Pública de soldariedade e denúncia

Üzüntümüz Öfkemizin Tohumudur

Uruguay, ante la represión y el abuso policial

To vote or not to vote: Should it be a question?

Wed 28 Jan, 08:25

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b8tr1udiaaanghv.jpg imageLas fuerzas kurdas liberan la ciudad de Kobane: celebraciones en la frontera siria 21:29 Tue 27 Jan by Sandra Segall 0 comments

Durante el lunes las fuerzas kurdas expulsaron al grupo armado Daesh de la ciudad de Kobane tras más de cuatro meses de combates por la localidad fronteriza. La victoria se celebró tanto en Kobane como en otras partes del mundo, sin embargo, EEUU señaló al mismo tiempo que la disputa de la ciudad continua.

lemebel.jpg imagePedro Lemebel: “No necesito disfraz, aquí está mi cara, hablo por mi diferencia, defiendo lo que soy... 18:36 Tue 27 Jan by Meribel González 0 comments

Un agresivo cáncer te llevó muy temprano. Demasiado incorrecto para recibir un Premio Nacional. Demasiado rebelde para la cultura de los Fondart. No fuiste un escritor embobado por la extravagancia del mundo de las letras, fuiste un hombre pobre, homosexual y creador inigualable: “Hay tantos niños que van a nacer con una alita rota y yo quiero que vuelen compañero. Que su revolución les dé un pedazo de cielo rojo para que puedan volar”.

1378325_795285173893636_5297279479773835095_n1.jpg imageWe are winning in Kobanê Today, and in All Kurdistan Tomorrow! 02:53 Tue 27 Jan by DAF 0 comments

Today, the gangs that the states created for their interests are running away though the ruins they are leaving behind in Kobanê. While the victory of resistance is echoing in the free streets of Kobanê, the

conviction of freedom is rising above the same ruins in the streets. Like comrade Durutti says, "We are not in the least afraid of ruins". Today and tomorrow, in Kobanê and many other places, we know that a new life is being created among the ruins.

textRazzisti e basta 04:14 Sun 25 Jan by Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA 0 comments

Volantino diffuso sabato 24 gennaio a Fano in contrasto con sit-in razzista della Lega Nord contro i richiedenti asilo

1.jpg imageΈνα πολύ καλό βιβλί&... 12:18 Sat 24 Jan by Dmitri 0 comments

Πέτρος Πέτκας, "Δικτατορία του προλεταριάτου" και "Εργατικά συμβούλια": Ασύμβατες έννοιες Τιμή : 6 ευρώ - Σελ. 85

10934267_759882237438957_1607557655_n.jpg imageΠολιτική Ανακοίνω ... 16:19 Thu 22 Jan by "Μαύρο & Κόκκινο" 0 comments

Ότι υπόσχονται οι εκλογές το πετυχαίνει ο καθημερινός αγώνας.~ Δεν ψηφίζουμε, προετοιμάζουμε την Κοινωνική Επανάσταση.

«Αυτός που ψηφίζει και δεν κάνει τίποτε για την Κοινωνική Επανάσταση κι αυτός που δεν ψηφίζει κι ομοίως δεν κάνει τίποτε για την Κοινωνική Επανάσταση είναι το ίδιο άχρηστοι για την υπόθεσή μας.» -Β. Durruti-

renaico_2.jpg image[Chile] Evento cultural: ¡Salvemos Renaico! ¡No al peaje! 00:38 Thu 22 Jan by N. Fuentes 0 comments

El “Colectivo social ¡Salvemos el río Renaico!” es una organización que funciona en base a autogestión y mantiene autonomía política, está conformada por jóvenes y adultos de la comuna de Renaico y surge por la crítica situación por la que atraviesa el río de dicha comuna a raíz de la intervención de la empresa “CMPC”, canales de regadío irregulares, la introducción de bosques de árboles exóticos y la actual instalación de una central hidroeléctrica de paso por parte de la empresa “Agua Viva S.A.”, pero además este colectivo ha adoptado nuevas problemáticas a sus actividades de agitación, como la construcción de la llamada “Ruta Nahuelbuta” que traerá consigo la instalación de un peaje en Coihue (entrada norte) y otro en Tijeral (entrada sur) afectando directamente al bolsillo de los renaiquinos.

textSolidarietà al Dordoni 00:42 Wed 21 Jan by Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA 0 comments

COL FASCISMO NON SI DISCUTE, IL FASCISMO SI ABBATTE " (Buenaventura Durruti).

textAggressione fascista al CSA Dordoni di Cremona 00:38 Wed 21 Jan by Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA 0 comments

Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA - sezione Nino Malara di Genova esprime tutta la propria solidarietà e vicinanza ai compagni del Centro Sociale Dordoni per la vile aggressione subita da parte dei fascisti di Casa Pound.

textAttacco fascista al CSA Dordoni di Cremona 00:33 Wed 21 Jan by Giuseppe Moncada 0 comments

Emilio viene colpito in faccia e alla testa da diverse sprangate, e cade al suolo privo di sensi.
I vigliacchi continuano a picchiarlo con calci in testa e sul viso, fino a quando i compagni riescono a sollevarlo e portarlo all'interno del centro sociale e a barricarsi dentro.

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imageMovimiento popular y expectativas electorales Jan 27 by Procés Embat 0 comments

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imageMoviment popular i expectatives electorals Jan 27 by Procés Embat 0 comments

El paper del moviment llibertari davant les conjuntures electorals i la recuperació institucional dels moviments socials i populars

imageSyriza: Terremoto en Europa Jan 27 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

La arrolladora victoria electoral de Syriza en los comicios de ayer domingo en Grecia, expresa ante todo el sentimiento mayoritario de rechazo del pueblo griego en contra del traspaso de las deudas de los ricos al pueblo. Pero también expresa un deseo de renovación de la política, en sintonía con esa “indignación” que recorre a la juventud en gran parte del mundo, cansada de la política elitista en beneficio exclusivo del 1% de los súper-ricos, pero que tampoco se siente representada en una izquierda anquilosada, cuyas prácticas, al final de cuentas, no difieren tanto de la politiquería tradicional.

imageNonguén-Concepción: elementos para la construcción de plataformas territoriales Jan 25 by Colectivo El Estero 0 comments

Junto al intenso proceso de urbanización que se está desarrollando en gran parte de Sudamérica, se presentan una serie de procesos políticos que no entregan ninguna garantía en términos de planificación regional. Esto ha convertido a los territorios en zonas localmente vulnerables, propiciando las bases para una globalización que golpea hasta nuestros últimos eslabones de patrimonio natural, cultural, arquitectónico, y sus diferentes expresiones.

imageείδα ένα όνειρο Jan 24 by Γιώργος Μεριζιώτης 0 comments

Χθες είδα ένα όνειρο – ένα καλό όνειρο, είδα ότι ο ΣYΡΙΖΑ έχει κρυφή ατζέντα και στην πραγματικότητα πρόκειται να εφαρμόσει το παρακάτω πρόγραμμα, (επειδή τα όνειρα δεν τα συγκρατούμε όλα γράφω όσα μπόρεσα να θυμηθώ).

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textRazzisti e basta Jan 25 sezione "Silvia Francolini" di Fano-Pesaro 0 comments

Volantino diffuso sabato 24 gennaio a Fano in contrasto con sit-in razzista della Lega Nord contro i richiedenti asilo

imageΠολιτική Ανακοίνω ... Jan 22 0 comments

Ότι υπόσχονται οι εκλογές το πετυχαίνει ο καθημερινός αγώνας.~ Δεν ψηφίζουμε, προετοιμάζουμε την Κοινωνική Επανάσταση.

«Αυτός που ψηφίζει και δεν κάνει τίποτε για την Κοινωνική Επανάσταση κι αυτός που δεν ψηφίζει κι ομοίως δεν κάνει τίποτε για την Κοινωνική Επανάσταση είναι το ίδιο άχρηστοι για την υπόθεσή μας.» -Β. Durruti-

textSolidarietà al Dordoni Jan 21 sezione di Correggio 0 comments

COL FASCISMO NON SI DISCUTE, IL FASCISMO SI ABBATTE " (Buenaventura Durruti).

textAggressione fascista al CSA Dordoni di Cremona Jan 21 Sezione "Nino Malara" di Genova 0 comments

Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA - sezione Nino Malara di Genova esprime tutta la propria solidarietà e vicinanza ai compagni del Centro Sociale Dordoni per la vile aggressione subita da parte dei fascisti di Casa Pound.

textDi nuovo vile aggressione fascista a Cremona Jan 21 Federazione cremonese 0 comments

Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA cremonese esprime tutta la propria solidarietà ai compagni del Centro Sociale Dordoni per l'ennesima aggressione subita da Casa Pound e al compagno Emilio vittima del brutale pestaggio che versa ancora in gravissime condizioni in ospedale.

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