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north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Sunday March 17, 2013 23:35 byS. Nappalos
The terrain is changing beneath our feet. Since the collapse of the majority of the “official communist” regimes, the world has witnessed both events and ideas that have undermined the former dominant thinking within the left. The Zapatistas, Argentina in 2001, South Korean workers movements, Oaxaca in 2006, the struggles around anti-globalization, and Greece’s series of insurrectionary moments have increasingly presented challenges to traditional left answers to movements and organization. In previous eras Marxist-Leninism was the nexus which all currents by default had to respond to either in agreement or critique. Today, increasingly anarchist practices and theory have come to play this role.

As a member of an anarchist political organization, a friend once told me I in fact was practicing democratic centralism. This was perplexing, because the group had no resembling structures, practices, or the associated behaviors of democratic centralism. However, I was told that since we debated, came to common decisions, and acted on that collective democracy, we were in fact democratic centralist. This kind of productive confusion led to questions about the concept, and why the target of democratic centralism has shifted. This move, the shifting conceptual territory of core concepts of a certain orthodoxy, comes up repeatedly not only with democratic centralism, but also surrounding ideas like crisis, dialectics, the State, and class. The resulting cognitive dissonance caused me to investigate attempts at reinvigorating the concept of democratic centralism (democratic centralist revisionism), and understand truly what it is, where it came from, and how it has been practiced. read full story / add a comment
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bolivie / pérou / Équateur / chili / mouvement anarchiste / opinion / analyse Tuesday October 30, 2012 10:58 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Le Chili est un pays avec une riche histoire de lutte, et de profondes connections avec d’un côté, la domination, et de l’autre, la solidarité, de l’Amérique du Nord et de l’Europe. Peut-être encore plus que les autres pays d’Amérique du sud, le Chili porte un modèle néolibéral partagé avec les pays impérialistes, et particulièrement les États-Unis, qui ont saigné le Chili pour des siècles. Mais encore, la distance physique comme le paysage politique ont gardé les mouvements de l’État chilien obscurcis pour beaucoup de révolutionnaires dans le Nord. [English] read full story / add a comment
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bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / education / entrevista Thursday October 25, 2012 08:05 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Entrevista realizada por Scott Nappalos, de Miami Autonomía y Solidaridad, a Felipe Ramírez, del Frente de Estudiantes Libertarios de Chile.
Transcrita por Mónica Kostas.
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bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / education / interview Thursday October 25, 2012 08:02 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Interview by Scott Nappalos with Felipe Ramirez from FEL-Chile.
Translated by Mónica Kostas.
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bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Wednesday October 24, 2012 08:53 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Chile is a country with a rich history of struggle, and of deep connections to both the domination by and solidarity from North America and Europe. Perhaps more than other Latin American countries, Chile bears a shared neoliberal model with the imperialist countries, and particularly the US, that have been bleeding Chile for centuries. Yet both physical distance and the political landscape have kept the state of Chilean movements obscured from many revolutionaries in the North. [Français] read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 07, 2011 01:00 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
When a revolutionary begins organizing in a shop, the first step is typically to agitate one's coworkers. In our minds we see a step-by-step process wherein our agitation leads to other opportunities, recruitment, committee building, until we have power and an organization. The problem is that for most workplaces, this way of thinking gives the wrong impression. In some workplaces, particularly in production, there's a state of constant agitation and actions burst out before committees ever get built. In other workplaces agitation just never seems to take hold. What do we do in these situations? What do we do when agitation takes years without much visible result, or in places where workers are clearly in the retreat or a passive state? read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / education / news report Wednesday August 10, 2011 08:27 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Students and activists in Miami held a protest outside the Chilean consulate in downtown Miami Monday August 8th. The rally was organized by Students Working for Equal Rights, a student organization at campuses throughout Florida that organizes around student and immigrant issues. read full story / add a comment
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nord america / messico / movimento anarchico / opinione / analisi Friday January 28, 2011 17:30 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
In tempi recenti un certo numero di correnti ideologiche della tradizione comunista libertaria ha ispirato tutta una generazione ad organizzarsi per costruire e riprodurre organizzazioni e lotte intorno ad una riflessione sulla tradizione in proiezione futura. Gran parte di questa teoria ci giunge dal periodo delle più grandi ondate di lotte proletarie e contadine del 20° secolo. Quel periodo ha prodotto una teoria dell'organizzazione basata su una posizione da protagonista all'interno dei punti più alti delle lotte, dei loro successi e delle sconfitte. [English] read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday January 25, 2011 00:08 byS. Nappalos   text 3 comments (last - saturday january 29, 2011 07:40)   image 1 image
The end of the twentieth century was a time of transition. The regime of low-intensity warfare, the dismantling of the welfare state, and neo-liberal privatization schemes ultimately was running its course[1]. The final defeats were to be dolled out across the world in the eventual collapse of finance bubbles, widespread resistance to austerity, and the implosive of the economies of Latin America[2]. Before this was all but said and done, there was the gradual and later meteoric rise and fall of social movements against neo-liberal reforms and the militarism leading to the afghan and Iraq wars. Revolutionaries played an active and disproportionate role in mobilizing the social actors in what would become the largest mobilizations of their kind. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Tuesday January 25, 2011 00:04 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
In recent times a number of ideological currents from the libertarian communist tradition have inspired a generation to organize, build and reproduce organizations, and struggle around a rethinking of their traditions and future. Much of this theory comes from the period of the greatest waves of proletarian and peasant struggles in the 20th century. That period produced theory of organization based on the protagonists’ position within high points of struggle, its successes and failures. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Monday January 17, 2011 01:44 byS. Nappalos   text 10 comments (last - monday january 24, 2011 08:41)   image 1 image
Political organization is a collective answer to common problems. People organize based on a collective sense of need, and the perspectives and problems encountered in social groups crystallize into organizational forms and moments. This is a general historical trend; even without a theory, organization emerges to meet concrete needs that cannot be solved except by building social forms to address them. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / miscellaneous / news report Saturday May 01, 2010 19:40 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
This article is commentary on a proposed trauma center at Kendall Regional Medical Center in South Florida, USA. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Saturday April 17, 2010 01:05 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
This article is about levels of organization, and a strategic thesis that the intermediate level is the strategic point of intervention for the libertarian left in our time. The intermediate level is where groupings of conscious workers unify around some basic unity for coordination and struggle in the mass organization. read full story / add a comment
western asia / miscellaneous / link to audio Thursday December 10, 2009 20:13 byS. Nappalos
This is a talk and discussion on Iran hosted by Miami Autonomy and Solidarity. read full story / add a comment
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venezuela / colombia / anarchist movement / other libertarian press Tuesday November 17, 2009 23:25 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image   audio 2 audio files
This is the audio recording of a Miami Autonomy and Solidarity event with Nelson Mendez of the El Libertario editorial collective discussing Venezuelan social movements and anarchism. read full story / add a comment
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américa central / caribe / workplace struggles / news report Thursday August 13, 2009 22:31 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
Más de 10.000 trabajadores, incluyendo a miembros de Batay Ouvrije, en la zona industrial (es decir, en el distrito de las enormes maquilas) de Puerto Príncipe, ocuparon sus fábricas el martes en apoyo a la petición de una legislación de salario mínimo aprobada por el parlamento, pero bloqueada por el presidente. read full story / add a comment
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central america / caribbean / workplace struggles / news report Monday August 10, 2009 14:08 byS. Nappalos   image 1 image
This is an update on struggles from July read full story / add a comment
américa del norte / méxico / movimiento anarquista / policy statement Sunday August 09, 2009 22:43 byS. Nappalos
Miami Autonomía y Solidaridad (MAS), es un grupo de individuos quienes se han juntado con el propósito de desarrollar una organización revolucionaria, que conviva con los demás movimientos sociales, teniendo como meta final contribuir al desarrollo de un movimiento popular autónomo, creado por los oprimidos, para derrocar el capitalismo, el estado, y toda forma de opresión. read full story / add a comment
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central america / caribbean / workplace struggles / news report Sunday August 09, 2009 22:20 byS. Nappalos   text 1 comment (last - thursday august 13, 2009 20:44)   image 1 image
Over 10,000 workers including Batay Ouvriye members at the industrial parks (i.e. mass sweatshop district) of Port au Prince occupied their factories Tuesday in support of the demand for the enactment of the minimum wage legislation passed by Parliament, but stalled by the President. read full story / add a comment
américa del norte / méxico / luchas indígenas / news report Thursday July 09, 2009 10:14 byS. Nappalos
Aproximadamente veinte personas se reunieron en la embajada peruana para protestar el masacre de personas indígenas que están defendiendo sus comunidades y tierra contra los intereses capitalistas y el gobierno peruano. read full story / add a comment
Issue #3 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

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rojava_1.png imageInternational Libertarian-Socialist Statement in Solidarity with the Kurdish Resistance 05:36 Sun 19 Oct by Anarchist Organisations and Militants 0 comments

For some years now the Kurdish movement has been moving in the direction of libertarian ideas. While not an anarchist movement, this move is a sign that anarchist ideas of freedom and equality through solidarity, our ideas of horizontality and radical direct democracy and our radical critique against the State are not only valid and strong, but are also necessary for movements in order to break away from the authoritarian legacy within the left. It is our duty to express our solidarity with Rojava and the Kurdish movement, because they represent hope in this region and because they are the oppressed fighting the oppressors. Real struggles are never perfect but they carry diverse degrees of potential to being about a free society. Expressing our solidarity with the revolutionary movement in Rojava means we understand our role is to continue developing the core tenets of our ideas in order to inspire revolutions and revolutionaries all over the world. - Anarkismo Editorial Group

10696316_525133070956380_7931529301277717834_n.jpg imageAλληλεγγύη στους έν&... 04:47 Sun 19 Oct by Σύμπραξη για τον Αναρχικό Κομμουνισμό 0 comments

Εδώ και ένα μήνα, στην πόλη Κομπανί, κοντά στα σύνορα της Συρίας με την Τουρκία, κουρδικές ένοπλες αντάρτικες ομάδες δίνουν έναν αγώνα ενάντια στους φονταμενταλιστές και επεκτατιστές του ISIS. Η επίθεση ξεκίνησε στις 15/9 όταν χιλιάδες μαχητές του ISIS, υποστηριζόμενοι από δεκάδες άρματα μάχης και βαρύ πυροβολικό επιτέθηκαν στην πόλη σε τρία μέτωπα. Μέχρι αυτή την στιγμή, 2000 κούρδοι πολιτοφύλακες δίνουν ηρωικές μάχες ενάντια στους 10000 μαχητές του ισλαμικού κράτους και έχουν καταφέρει να ανακτήσουν εδάφη μέσα και έξω από την πόλη. Οι απώλειες για τον εχθρό είναι μεγάλες τόσο σε έμψυχο δυναμικό αλλά και όσον αφορά βαρύ οπλισμό και οχήματα που πέφτουν στα χέρια των ανταρτών.

10496017_1558551564379531_3839427405373818498_o.jpg imageΑλληλεγγύη στον αγ&#... 18:57 Fri 17 Oct by Ελευθεριακή Πρωτοβουλία Θεσσαλονίκης 0 comments

Η κρίση κι ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία άνοιξε μια ακόμη πληγή στην πολύπαθη Μ. Ανατολή που δοκιμάζεται εδώ και δεκαετίες από τις ενδοκαπιταλιστικές συγκρούσεις, τις ιμπεριαλιστικές επεμβάσεις αλλά και τα αυταρχικά και διεφθαρμένα καθεστώτα που υπάρχουν στην περιοχή. Με το πρόσχημα της ανατροπή του Άσαντ οι ΗΠΑ χρηματοδότησαν, εξόπλισαν και εκπαίδευσαν τμήματα της συριακής αντιπολίτευσης, ανάμεσα σε αυτούς και τοπικές ομάδες της Αλ Κάιντα (που υποτίθεται πολεμούν τα τελευταία 15 χρόνια) και ομάδες που συγκρότησαν μετέπειτα το Ισλαμικό Κράτος (IS).

daf_in_koban_10.jpg imageLa rivoluzione vincerà a Kobanê! 15:58 Fri 17 Oct by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet - DAF 0 comments

Siamo giunti al 24° giorno di attacchi dell'ISIS su Kobanê. Mentre le forze di difesa popolare in tutti i villaggi di confine fanno da scudo umano e da sentinelle per gli attacchi contro Kobanê, tutti ed ovunque nella regione in cui ci troviamo sono insorti per evitare la caduta di Kobanê. [English]

anarchist_womendafkobane.jpg image4 ottobre: Ultime da Kobane 15:26 Fri 17 Oct by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet - DAF 0 comments

Lo Stato turco che si sta preparando ad intervenire per evitare il pericolo ISIS è al tempo stesso infingardo verso l'offensiva portata dai sostenitori di ISIS attraverso i confini turchi, dimostrando così l'ipocrisia della politica di Istanbul. [English]

textBrief report from the WSM conference in Ireland 22:04 Thu 16 Oct by Andrew 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement had out conference last weekend at which many of the conclusions from the collections education and discussion process we have had over the last 2-3 years were formalised as policies.

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_curdistao_1.jpg imageΑλληλεγγύη με τις γ&... 13:13 Thu 16 Oct by FARJ 0 comments

Ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία έχει φέρει νέα στοιχεία στην όλη κατάσταση που επικρατεί στις κουρδικές περιοχές. Παίρνοντας έμπνευση από διάφορες λαϊκές παραδόσεις της αντίστασης, μια σημαντική περιοχή των Κούρδων συμμετέχει σε μια εμπειρία που πρέπει να τύχει μεγάλης προσοχής από κάθε επαναστατικό κίνημα.

blog_logocopycopy.png imageΥποστήριξη "Μαύρου-&... 11:52 Thu 16 Oct by Συλλογικότητα για τον Κοινωνικό Αναρχισμό
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Η Βιομηχανική Μεταλλευτική πριν από περίπου 3 χρόνια εγκαταλείφθηκε στη μοίρα της από τη διοίκηση Φιλίππου που έβαλε λουκέτο στο εργοστάσιο αφήνοντας τους εργαζόμενους σ' επίσχεση, εκατομμύρια ευρώ σε χρέη προς τους εργαζόμενους, την επιχείρηση και το δημόσιο. Οι εργαζόμενοι σε πείσμα των καιρών και της διοίκησης αποφάσισαν να πάρουν τη διαχείριση του εργοστασίου στα χέρια τους.

Chaîne humaine au village de Boydê imageUn message des anarchistes sur place : « La révolution l’emportera à Kobanê ! » 04:36 Tue 14 Oct by DAF - Action anarchiste révolutionnaire 0 comments

Des camarades de l’Action anarchiste révolutionnaire (DAF) se sont portés au secours de la ville de Kobanê, assiégée par l’État islamique (Daech). Une partie a pénétré dans la ville. D’autres sont restés dans un village sur le territoire turc, Boydê. Ils et elles nous envoient ce message. [English]

daf_in_kobane_3.jpg imageAnarchici turchi in Siria a sostegno del popolo curdo 15:56 Mon 13 Oct by Workers Solidarity Movement 0 comments

Anarchici di Istanbul insieme ad altri attivisti di sinistra, femministe e "gente del Gezi Park" sono riusciti ad attraversare il confine con la Siria ed a raggiungere la città di Kobani attualmente minacciata dall'ISIS. [English]

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textRojava: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspective Oct 19 by KB 0 comments

Anarcho-syndicalists should should hold no illusions about the Rojava Revolution. Since the turn of the millenium there have been reports of a libertarian municipalist turn in the Kurdish national liberation struggle inspired by Murray Bookchin. This change in politics has been lead by jailed founder and ideological leader Abdullah Öcalan of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) who discovered Bookchin while in prison. The PKK a former Maoist/Stalinist organization had turned to ethnic nationalism after the fall of the Soviet Union and discreditation of “really existing socialism” and so such a turn has been welcomed by many on the revolutionary left. However such processes of political transformation do not automatically translate to full adoption within a populace nevermind their official representation in leading parties.

imagePor un día donde realmente se valoren los profesores Oct 17 by Ángel 0 comments

Hoy 16 de Octubre se celebra a nivel nacional “el día del profesor”, celebración que nace en 1943 y que hasta hace unas décadas se celebraba el día 11 de septiembre; para el año 1974 el día se cambió por el 10 de diciembre, hasta que en 1977 se estableció la actual fecha que va de la mano con la creación del colegio de profesores durante la dictadura.

imagePerché il mondo ignora i Curdi rivoluzionari in Siria? Oct 17 by David Graeber 0 comments

Nel bel mezzo della zona di guerra siriana, un esperimento democratico sta venendo seriamente minacciato dall’ISIS. Che il mondo intero ne sia all’oscuro è uno scandalo! [English]

imageThe 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front Oct 16 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

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

imageSolidarity with the Kurdish women's and popular resistance Oct 15 by Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro 0 comments

The civil war in Syria has brought new elements to the situation of the Kurdish region. Inspired by various popular traditions of resistance, a significant sector of Kurds participate in an experience that should be looked at carefully by all revolutionary sectors.
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imageInternational Libertarian-Socialist Statement in Solidarity with the Kurdish Resistance Oct 19 0 comments

For some years now the Kurdish movement has been moving in the direction of libertarian ideas. While not an anarchist movement, this move is a sign that anarchist ideas of freedom and equality through solidarity, our ideas of horizontality and radical direct democracy and our radical critique against the State are not only valid and strong, but are also necessary for movements in order to break away from the authoritarian legacy within the left. It is our duty to express our solidarity with Rojava and the Kurdish movement, because they represent hope in this region and because they are the oppressed fighting the oppressors. Real struggles are never perfect but they carry diverse degrees of potential to being about a free society. Expressing our solidarity with the revolutionary movement in Rojava means we understand our role is to continue developing the core tenets of our ideas in order to inspire revolutions and revolutionaries all over the world. - Anarkismo Editorial Group

imageAλληλεγγύη στους έν&... Oct 19 0 comments

Εδώ και ένα μήνα, στην πόλη Κομπανί, κοντά στα σύνορα της Συρίας με την Τουρκία, κουρδικές ένοπλες αντάρτικες ομάδες δίνουν έναν αγώνα ενάντια στους φονταμενταλιστές και επεκτατιστές του ISIS. Η επίθεση ξεκίνησε στις 15/9 όταν χιλιάδες μαχητές του ISIS, υποστηριζόμενοι από δεκάδες άρματα μάχης και βαρύ πυροβολικό επιτέθηκαν στην πόλη σε τρία μέτωπα. Μέχρι αυτή την στιγμή, 2000 κούρδοι πολιτοφύλακες δίνουν ηρωικές μάχες ενάντια στους 10000 μαχητές του ισλαμικού κράτους και έχουν καταφέρει να ανακτήσουν εδάφη μέσα και έξω από την πόλη. Οι απώλειες για τον εχθρό είναι μεγάλες τόσο σε έμψυχο δυναμικό αλλά και όσον αφορά βαρύ οπλισμό και οχήματα που πέφτουν στα χέρια των ανταρτών.

imageΑλληλεγγύη στον αγ&#... Oct 17 0 comments

Η κρίση κι ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία άνοιξε μια ακόμη πληγή στην πολύπαθη Μ. Ανατολή που δοκιμάζεται εδώ και δεκαετίες από τις ενδοκαπιταλιστικές συγκρούσεις, τις ιμπεριαλιστικές επεμβάσεις αλλά και τα αυταρχικά και διεφθαρμένα καθεστώτα που υπάρχουν στην περιοχή. Με το πρόσχημα της ανατροπή του Άσαντ οι ΗΠΑ χρηματοδότησαν, εξόπλισαν και εκπαίδευσαν τμήματα της συριακής αντιπολίτευσης, ανάμεσα σε αυτούς και τοπικές ομάδες της Αλ Κάιντα (που υποτίθεται πολεμούν τα τελευταία 15 χρόνια) και ομάδες που συγκρότησαν μετέπειτα το Ισλαμικό Κράτος (IS).

imageΑλληλεγγύη με τις γ&... Oct 16 Anarkismo 0 comments

Ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία έχει φέρει νέα στοιχεία στην όλη κατάσταση που επικρατεί στις κουρδικές περιοχές. Παίρνοντας έμπνευση από διάφορες λαϊκές παραδόσεις της αντίστασης, μια σημαντική περιοχή των Κούρδων συμμετέχει σε μια εμπειρία που πρέπει να τύχει μεγάλης προσοχής από κάθε επαναστατικό κίνημα.

imageΥποστήριξη "Μαύρου-&... Oct 16 0 comments

Η Βιομηχανική Μεταλλευτική πριν από περίπου 3 χρόνια εγκαταλείφθηκε στη μοίρα της από τη διοίκηση Φιλίππου που έβαλε λουκέτο στο εργοστάσιο αφήνοντας τους εργαζόμενους σ' επίσχεση, εκατομμύρια ευρώ σε χρέη προς τους εργαζόμενους, την επιχείρηση και το δημόσιο. Οι εργαζόμενοι σε πείσμα των καιρών και της διοίκησης αποφάσισαν να πάρουν τη διαχείριση του εργοστασίου στα χέρια τους.

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