In the context of nationalism and fear engulfing the continent, on 17th November “RAID” paramilitary anti-terrorist units raided squats in the French town of Lille. With the Paris attacks has come a sharp spike in the rate of evictions and police raids on particularly political squats and those housing migrants.
Solidarity with all squatters feeling the brunt of French state power in these racialised and classist raids.
From Nantes Revoltee:
“Des nouvelles de France
Comme on l’annonçait, l’État d’Urgence ne sert qu’à renforcer l’Etat policier
Alors que les services de renseignement ont brillé par leur incroyable nullité, qu’un djihadiste a pu prendre la fuite sans être arrêté, le gouvernement continue la surenchère sécuritaire.
– Des centaines de perquisitions ont lieu ces dernières nuits dans toute la France. 128 rien que pour cette nuit. A Nantes, 3 personnes sont donc en Garde à Vue pour … du deal de cannabis !
– Dans le même temps, le RAID – cette unité d’élite antiterroriste, avec des policiers cagoulés et armés – a donné l’assaut contre … un squat de militants lillois ! “Armés et cagoulés, les hommes sont montés sur une échelle et ont cassé la fenêtre du premier étage afin d’entrer dans l’habitation” raconte un témoin. La presse explique finalement que “l’objectif était d’assister un huissier afin d’évacuer des squats”.
– Un petit caprice de Président, une petite vengeance en dehors de tout cadre légal. Hollande est parti en vrille hier, en décidant de modifier la Constitution et d’aller lâcher quelques bombes au hasard sur Racca, en Syrie. Alors que les proches des victimes des attentats parisiens sont d’une dignité incroyable, ce sont les gouvernants qui ont perdu tout sang froid ! Des dizaines de civils auraient été tués par les missiles français.
Les socialistes ont définitivement perdu toute dignité, et essaient d’imiter Poutine et Bush quand ils vomissent à la télé qu’ils veulent “exterminer les ennemis de la République”.
– Amadou Koumé, père de famille, était mort en mars 2015 après avoir été tabassé par des policiers dans le 10e arrondissement. La police avait caché le décès, et le corps du défunt, pendant un mois ! La justice vient de profiter de l’élan national pour prononcer un “non-lieu” sur cette affaire très gênante. C’est toute une famille subit une nouvelle humiliation, et une terrible injustice.”
FIGHTBACK Nottingham, Nottingham Anti-Fascists, Midlands Anti-Fascists and Class War Midlands have announced a counter event against the EDL and Notts Casual Infidels for 28th November:
“Counter event for the ‘stop mass immigration’ event being supported by groups such as the English defence League and Notts Casual Infidels. This is the same group who organised the last demo to which a pathetic 18 turned up and we outnumbered them 6 to 1, theyr’e so ashamed of that defeat that they’ve decided to try again under a different name. They say they are againt ‘uncontroled immigration’ but carry such banners as “homes for heros, NOT refugees”. Their pages are littered with ‘say no to refugees’ images and comments claiming that refugees are ISIS infiltraitors and that we should ‘leave them to drown in the sea’ The organisers of this event are disgusting, knuckle dragging, backward thinking racists and fascists from the EDL and other similarly vile groups.
Here at Fightback and antifa we firmly believe that nobody is illegal as we are all human, nor do we believe in borders. We support everyone’s right to a safe life in whichever country they choose.
We are the majority in this city and we must not allow people like this to enter the town sqare on a saturday afternoon. Last time out we humiliated these nazi’s with just 22 hours organising, there numbers will be greater than the previous 18 but this time we have the weeks, not hours to build a huge demo showing that we support the refugees and these racists are just a pathetic minority in Nottingham. They didn’t pass last time, they wont this time. Simple.
Please invite all your friends, share this event and help us build a huge vibrant demo in support of refugees.
NO PASARAN! Nottingham – Always anti-fascist”
Facebook event here.
“Today saw the AFN come together to oppose the racist EDL in Bradford (all 80/90 of ’em). Whilst the coppers were out in full force, as was the rain, we organised around the city to show the EDL that Bradford doesn’t welcome their hateful rhetoric. After an hour of looking a bit glum in the drizzle balancing oversized flags above their heads, they were eventually shoved onto a coach by their copper chums and driven out of the city .
Whilst the EDL have dwindled to the point of embarrassment, we must be careful to not be complacent in the face of fascism, which is only taking other forms-organise and get on the streets! Get in touch to get going! Here’s a glum photo of the tiny crew complete with sepia tone.”
Today, on Armistice Day, No Fixed Abode Anti-Fascists took the steps of Euston War Memorial against patriotism and for solidarity with anti-fascist and anti-militarist struggle.
Two years ago on this day, the Przychodnia squat in Warsaw successfully resisted an attack by neo-fascists on the ‘March for Independence’. Refusing to intervene, police blocked people from reaching the nationalists, who set two cars alight and threw molotovs at the squat. Two squatters were injured while repelling the fascists from the roof.
The wars of the rich and street battles of their nationalist lackeys have a history of resistance by people of no fixed abode. On 20th September 2014, squatters in Calais Bleriot Avenue defended against a fascist attack after a demonstration in the city. During Franco’s rule in Spain, underground squats in Catalonia provided spaces for political refugees, organising and urban resistance. On one occasion in Auschwitz, hundreds of Romani people refused to be taken away and so resisted with knives and bricks. The black poppy remembers those on any or no side who resisted, rebelled and mutinied against the First World War and all wars after.
The anti-fascist resistance at Przychodnia contrasts with the patriotism of today’s Remembrance. A hub of far-right activity on the ground, Remembrance Day phrases British patriotism and anti-German xenophobia as anti-fascist struggle. As the British Legion and Lockheed Martin clap for money and the crowd claps for “national identity”, everywhere people struggle against fascism, patriotism and militarism.
You might have heard about the upsurge in xenophobic attacks on migrants & refugee hostels across Germany. Perhaps less well known is that people have been out every night fighting back. This summary of recent hits on fascist targets provides a heartwarming counternarrative to the tide of xenophobia.
This summary was gathered & translated into French from German by Le Chat Noir Emeutier, and translated from French into English by Rabble.
On the night of Thursday-Friday 6th November, the local office of the (racist) AfD ‘Alternative für Deutschland’ party (Alternative for Germany) lost its windows and had its locks clogged up. This attack was a warning for the fascist demo the following weekend.
On saturday 7th November, four masked individuals attacked an AfD stall, destroying the materials and calling party members “dirty Nazi pigs”, before doing a runner.
During the night of 4-5 November, a car belonging to the company Wisag was torched in Wedding. Wisag is a services provider known for supplying security – whether it be the security pigs for the BVG (Berlin public transport), or security for airports.
“In a period where every night there have been racist attacks, it’s a case of not just of fighting neo-nazi groups, but of identifying and attacking the profiteers of institutional racism, whether during the deportation of migrants, or the inspection of tickets”. The communique can be read here.
Night of 31st October-1st November: the offices of ‘Pro-Deutschland’ nationalists in Marzahn-Hellersdorfwere covered in paint. This is a “necessary response to those who sow and spread hatred against refugees, as well as all those who are not considered ‘german’. ‘Pro Deutschland’, AfD, PEGIDA – just as established parties, the CDU and SPD – use the current atmosphere to adapt their policies of contempt to the logic of capitalism. Stone by stone, piece by piece. We’ll come back. No-one is illegal.”
Magdeburg: ‘Demo for All’ hit in the wallet
1st November: a minibus belonging to the scaffolding firm ‘Bever’ was set on fire overnight. This company belongs to the ‘von Beverfoerde’ family, of which their most famous member is Baronness Hedwig von Beverfoerde – the key organiser of the reactionary, homophobic mass movement, ‘Demo for All’. Along with the anti-migrant movement PEGIDA, the ‘Demo for All’ are appearing in greater numbers on the streets all over Germany. After more or less failed attempts to establish itself in Hannover and Munich, it appears that this movement has succeeded in making its nest in Stuttgart. According to the cops, the damage from this act of sabotage cost over 80,000 euros.
(From the German media & the communique claiming the sabotage).
31st October: at 4pm the racist & populist AfD party had planned to hold a stall in front of the Roten Rathaus (red town hall) in Kreuzberg, where they would distribute racist and anti-migrant texts. Anti-racists stormed into the square and destroyed their stall of nauseating propaganda. The communique ends with “Keep your eyes open and attack them! No place for the AfD!”
Leipzig: CDU offices get some ventilation
In the night of 30-31st October, the offices of the CDU (a governing party) MPs, Thomas Feist and Andreas Nowak were attacked. Every window was smashed, leaving the glass pockmarked with large holes. It brought a breath of fresh air to politics!
(from the German media)
29th October: During the night, the ‘Stumpfe Ecke’ in Naugarder Str.15 was attacked with stones. On Saturday 7th January, the bar had hosted neonazis from the ‘HoGeSa’ (Hooligans against Salafists) network, who benefited from police protection and the support of the bar manager.
29th October: Ahead of the racist AfD march in Hamburg on 31st October, the AfD office in Kiel lost several of its windows overnight and a call was left to disrupt the Hamburg demo.
Dresden: fascists forced to walk home
26th October: At around 7.30pm, three cars belonging to protestors on the PEGIDA march were torched (an Audi, a VW and an Opel). The cars were parked in Marienbrücke, near the racists’ rally. Four cars parked in close proximity to these were damaged as well. The cops are increasingly concerned about arson cases; a similar attack took place the previous week, aimed at vehicles belonging to PEGIDA demonstrators.
(from the German press)
Berlin: racist MEP loses official car
On the night of 25-26th October, the luxury car of European Member of Parliament Beatrix von Storch (of the AfD party), was set aflame. According to the cops, the incendiary attack occurred around 2.30am in Swinemünder Straße, Mitte. Two other cars parked nearby were also damaged by the flames. Investigators are looking at the possibility ‘far-left’ activists were behind the attack. This 44-year old racist politico has held a seat in the European parliament since 2014.
(from police reports)
24th October: Five cop cars were damaged after being attacked with stones whilst they were being used to protect the nationalist ‘Offensive für Deutschland’ demo.
23rd October: While neonazis & fascists responded to ‘MV Patrioten’s call to march against migrants, ten of their vehicles left in a supermarket car park went up in flames.
22nd October: The ‘Zum Igel’ pub on the corner of Gürtelstrasse and Scharnweberstr had all its windows put through. This pub is known for regularly serving neonazis. During the refugee struggle last year at the Gürtelstraße hostel, the landlord and his fascist friends used his bar to launch attacks against people acting in solidarity with the migrants. This is a small act of vengeance against a backdrop of arson attacks and racist assaults across the country.
Halle: Attacks against the AfD
21st October: the AfD demo in the evening didn’t go without a hitch. At around 8.30pm, an AfD activist was attacked and was pelted with eggs on Wilhelm-Külz-Straße. At around 7.20pm in Salzgrafenstraße, unknown individuals attacked the car of a party activist. Fascists were also assaulted. An AfD van transporting equipment (PA, megaphone etc…) had its wing mirrors and a number of windows destroyed. The police have launched an investigation for each of these incidents.
(from the German press)
Göttingen: leader of AfD youth takes a few punches
21st October: at around 10.15pm, the head of the youth wing of the AfD, Lars Steinke, was given a beating whilst walking along Groner Straße: he took some blows to the back of the neck and head. The attackers told him: “Lars Steinke, if you show up again on campus, you know what it’ll cost you”.
(from the media)
In the night of 20th October, several neonazis (at least 3) had their homes attacks with stones and paint. Graffiti highlighting their sick activities was left at the scene.
19th October: During the night, a metal club was the target of an arson attack. ‘Blackland’ is a rock metal bar in Ernst-Thälmann Park that tries to appear apolitical. Yet this is far from the case – the place has a long history of organising nazi gigs.
19th October: Fascists in Heidenau, who were in Dresden to demonstrate their hatred of migrants got an unwelcome surprise when they returned to their cars to go home. Three of their vehicles (two cars and one minibus) had been torched in their absence. The 10 racists who were stuck there had go on Facebook & plead with their comrades to take them home.
Property owners have time and again ignored peaceful protests against the spikes, which force homeless people to sleep in areas where police intimidation and freezing temperatures are commonplace.
In response, No Fixed Abode Anti-Fascists have dismantled spikes in the local area and will continue to do so until property owners cease to violate homeless people. NFAAF members provided homeless people in the area with ‘No Comment’ and ‘Stop and Search’ information to prevent police using imagined legislation to further their criminalisation.
In other news, NFAAF sends solidarity to those at the ZAD who are preparing to resist an upcoming eviction attempt, autonomous student groups preparing for the free education march at Malet Street in London on 4th November, and to Bradford Anti-Fascist Network who have announced their demonstration against the EDL in Bradford on 14th November.