AAfG Statement – April 2016

We are living through interesting times, where politics and the community have begun to acquire ‘meaning’ again, where people are re-establishing their philosophy of life, and where what was perceived as reality for many years, is now slowly evaporating. It is a state of affairs in which nobody knows in what type of world we shall wake up next.

Those of us who have spent the last 3 years actively participating in AAfG have seen these changes affecting us, our friends, and the society around us. But through these times when everything was rapidly changing and we were debating the best way forward, we knew that the only real answer was to stop navel-gazing and keep acting, keep moving, and keep fighting for a free world, emancipated from any source of fascism, totalitarianism, and authoritarianism – not just in Greece but everywhere.

That is why we have been involved in many acts of solidarity, and we have organised anything from rallies, to film screenings, to an exhibition of drawings from migrant children in detention centres, to music events – and we are actively working on more actions. But this has not been in a ‘straight line’. We are a group of persons without a hierarchy, we do not have a ‘party line’, and we do not subscribe to any regimented political position. We are a broad front of individuals who collectively work together for what we believe, and each one of us brings something different and new. And this has been our greatest strength these last three years.

And at a time where the refugee crisis, the austerity agenda, and the rise of racism and neo-fascism in Europe are reaching their peak, at a time when ‘civilised’ Europe is asked to prove whether it has ever had a Renaissance or it never left the Dark Ages, we remain adamant to our ideals and founding statement, and mobilise in whatever way we can to continue our struggle, from our side of history.

And to this fight we aim to be true, credible, and independent, following our pathway as set by our own judgment and collective consciousness, and without hesitating to re-evaluate our position according to ‘now’ and to adjust our direction accordingly – instead of persisting on an imaginary predefined path.

If you agree with our aims and modus operandi, then join our struggle for a world where nobody feels it is necessary to tread on others in order to survive. A world emancipated from any source of fascism, totalitarianism, and authoritarianism.

 

In Solidarity,

Anti-Fascist Action for Greece
https://aafguk.wordpress.com/

 

AAfG Statement about the second anniversary of Pavlos Fyssas’ murder

Pavlos Fyssas, an antifascist rapper also known as Killah P, was murdered by Golden Dawn member Giorgos Roupakias on the 18th September 2013. It was a coordinated action directed by members high in the hierarchy of Golden Dawn, and ultimately decided by Golden Dawn’s leader Nikos Michaloliakos. Michaloliakos has cynically admitted yesterday (16/09/2015) that he accepts the political responsibility for Fyssas’ murder, most likely in order to be treated more leniently in the ongoing trial of Golden Dawn, but one thing is for sure: Golden Dawn is a murderous neo-Nazi gang with a paramilitary structure. The spread of hatred, violence, and murder, is their dogma, normal practice, and ultimate goal, as with any fascist/neo-Nazi gang. The statement by Golden Dawn’s leader one day before the anniversary of Fyssas’ murder is an insult to every forward thinking person. This was no isolated incident, this was one of the many murders and violent attacks by Golden Dawn.

Fyssas’ murder sparked numerous mass protests in Greece and across Europe, which forced the then far-right PM of Greece Antonis Samaras to end his conspicuous love affair with the neo-Nazi organisation and initiate an investigation into the criminal gang. This led to the imprisonment of the Golden Dawn’s leader and high profile members. AAfG was formed in the UK on the 21st of September 2013 by a wide spectrum of mainly leftist activists, as a response to Fyssas’ murder and the numerous criminal attacks on immigrants, refugees, trade unionists, LGBT people, communists and leftists in Greece by Golden Dawn thugs. AAfG members have taken part in numerous actions against fascists and neo-Nazis in the UK, and have organised many well attended events such as public discussions about the threat of fascism, fundraisers for refugees, film screenings, an exhibition of drawings by refugee children, and a music event.

The current waves of refugees from Syria, and other ravaged by war states in the Middle East and North Africa, require the solidarity and support of all anti-racist and anti-fascist organisations and groups as well as progressive political organisations. Sadly, the response of the leaders of Fortress Europe has been discouraging. While thousands of refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean and more are still drowning on a daily basis, European countries raise walls and barbed-wire fences to keep them out, while security forces abuse them, and in many cases loot their belongings and even murder them. The concern of European leaders is not how to help the suffering refugees but how to minimise the numbers that their respective countries will allow in. Fascists and neo-Nazis are seizing the opportunity again to promote their racist agendas and blame the economic problems our countries are facing on immigrants, refugees, and the most vulnerable.

AAfG is calling all anti-racists and anti-fascists, as well as anyone who is concerned for social justice and democratic values, to keep up the fight against racism and fascism, and promote solidarity for refugees and those hard hit by austerity and the neoliberal capitalist agenda in Europe. Another future is possible, a future of mutual respect and co-operation amongst the peoples of the world, a future where the human rights of all people will be respected and inequalities will be extinct. Please join AAfG and help with our actions and the organisation of our future events. Let’s stop fascists from promoting their murderous ideology any further and smash them in their tracks.

NO PASARAN!

AAfG 18/09/2015

In this photo dated June 21, 2011, Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas performs on stage. Fyssas, a hip-hop singer with the stage name Killah P and described as an anti-fascist activist, died early Wednesday Sept 18 from two stab wounds to the chest after leaving a cafe in the western area of Keratsini, Greece. Police arrested a suspect at the scene, who they say admitted to the killing and identified himself as a member of Golden Dawn. (AP Photo/John D. Carnessiotis)

AAfG announcement for the Golden Dawn trial

On the 20th of April begins the trial of the neo-Nazi gang “Golden Dawn. According to recorded incidents, more than 2,000 individuals have been victims of racist murderous attacks during the last few years in Greece, and these attacks are continuing. It is time the criminals who murdered Pavlos Fyssas and Sachzat Loukman by means of their assault battalions, and those who armed the neo-Nazis, are convicted for these crimes. After the outbreak of the economic crisis and the austerity policies against working people enforced by the memorandum governments in Greece, the neo-Nazis managed to propel themselves to third place in the Greek Parliament. “Golden Dawn” is a criminal organisation which hails Adolf Hitler as its idol, and enforces street violence and pogroms as methods of “national uplift” in the hope that the door to power will open for them. The racist and xenophobic rhetoric of the previous New Democracy led coalition government, as well as the cooperation and cover provided by the Police and the Judiciary, armed the hands of the neo-Nazis and allowed them to attack immigrants, refugees, solidarity groups, the Roma community, communists, LGBT people, and anyone they labeled as an “internal enemy”.

The crisis of the capitalist system, the European economic policies of extreme austerity, the racist speech and scapegoating of immigrants propagated via mass media, as well as the much touted supposed connection of immigration with criminality promoted by right-wing leaders such as Antonis Samaras in Greece, assisted in the explosion of racist far-right groups in most EU countries. At the same time this xenophobic and anti-immigration propaganda was used, by those who ultimately serve the interests of banks and big capital, as a means of justifying social problems such as unemployment, poverty, inaccessibility to health services and education, effectively hiding the real reasons for the economic crisis and the austerity imposed on the majority of their countries’ citizens. During this capitalist crisis we have seen walls of shame raised at the eastern borders of Europe, the reinforcement of FRONTEX which makes a profit out of the misery of refugees and immigrants as well as the lucrative contracts agreed with the corrupt European elite, the resurrection of concentration camps, the day to day downplaying of refugee deaths in the Mediterranean sea and Europe’s borders as something unavoidable or a necessary evil.

The antifascist-antiracist movement and its supporters in Greece managed to isolate “Golden Dawn” in neighbourhoods and urban centres. They also managed to pressure the previous government and the Judiciary into imprisoning the leadership and members high up in the hierarchy of the criminal organisation. The new government will have to ensure that the trial of the neo-Nazi thugs is widely publicised and that all victims are heard and protected. “Anti-Fascist Action for Greece” calls everyone who believes in human rights, social justice, and freedom, to unite our struggle in the streets and never let fascism pass again. Antifascist and antiracist action concerns everyone. The enemies of every notion of democracy and freedom must be isolated and punished for their crimes.

AAfG

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Statement On The Greek Elections

The Greek ruling class has failed to have its anointed candidate elected to the Greek presidency, and this has currently brought its ‘democratic’ process to an impasse that is threatening to derail the austerity it has imposed on the people of Greece. Its system is predicated on social and economic inequality, and at times of crisis, austerity (for the overwhelming majority of society) is the only option of the Greek ruling class while it continues to accumulate wealth through privatisations of public property, and through the further exploitation of human needs (cf., the de-regulation of labour, foreclosure on mortgages, and so on).

Naturally, this is not the sort of explanation that the Greek ruling class would encourage. It is in its interests to allow for odious narratives to gain appeal; narratives that pin the blame of this systemic crisis on members of our society who are different or somehow ‘undeserving’, be they religious or ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, the aged, the unemployed, communists, anarchists and so on. At different periods in Greece’s history, it has been Greece’s partisans, ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities, or its refugees that have been accused for all of Greece’s woes. The Greek ruling class and its state apparatus have a long history of resorting to such scape-goating. The recent tragedy at Charlie Hebdo has been cynically exploited by Samaras, the outgoing Greek Prime Minister, to somehow justify the Greek state’s criminal treatment of its refugees, and to call for more anti-immigration measures. A whole cast of conservative bigots in Greece have jumped on the anti-immigration bandwagon to denigrate refugees and migrants as threats to security and public health. Greeks know only too well how these high-level political declarations lead to more deaths (cf., the Farmakonissi disaster, and the many other migrant deaths) at the borders of ‘Fortress Europe’!

The current deadlock has forced the Greek ruling class’s political servants to call for a snap election on 25 January. In keeping with its reactionary nature, the ‘New Democracy’ party – the main component in the current coalition austerity government – continues with its anti-migrant rhetoric. At the present juncture, AAfG calls for the support of all progressive anti-austerity forces, and for the opposition to all pro-austerity efforts, given that, as the case of Greece illustrates, austerity and economic want breeds racism and fascism in society. After all, the bitter experience of Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries has made this abundantly clear. For these reasons, AAfG calls for:

AN END TO AUSTERITY!

THE SUPPORT OF PROGRESSIVE ANTI-AUSTERITY FORCES IN THE FORTHCOMING GREEK ELECTIONS!

NO VOTES TO NEO-NAZIS, RACISTS OF ANY SORT, AND TO THOSE WHO DEMONISE OUR MIGRANT FELLOW BEINGS!

SOLIDARITY BETWEEN THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD!

DOWN WITH ALL KINDS OF DISCRIMINATION!

SOLIDARITY BETWEEN THE WORKERS AND THE YOUTH

THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!

The AAfG Coordinating Committee

5th of May event statement

On the Friday before AAfG’s fundraising music event, we were notified by the venue management of communication sent to them which was targeting and attempting to defame our event and one of the artists participating to it.

The communication, in the form of a flyer, was calling for far-right groups to disrupt the event, while branding it as ‘Anti-British’ and that it was to be ‘attended by both IRA and Muslim extremists’, in an attempt to stir up as much enmity as possible amongst those groups. The venue’s management informed us that they had contacted the police, and on Saturday night we were told that they had been advised to remain closed on the day.

While at present the identity of the fascists behind this is not clear, or that important to us, we take stock of the fact that AAfG was left with no other option but to issue a preliminary statement to inform those likely to attend that we were unable to go ahead with the event as scheduled.

We are disappointed about this outcome but at the same time we are more than ever determined to reschedule this event within the next few weeks, for which we shall have details with you in due course. We are neither intimidated by fascists nor discouraged from carrying out our antifascist and antiracist actions.

¡No pasarán!

AAfG

european antifascist manifesto

NB. this is not AAfG content – the content has been extracted from links at the bottom of this post

English (en)

European Antifascist Manifesto 

Sixty eight years after the end of World War Two and the defeat of Fascism and Nazism we are witnessing almost everywhere in Europe the rise of extreme right. But, and this is an even more distressing phenomenon, we see the emergence and growth to the right of this extreme right, plainly neo-Nazi forces which, in some cases (Greece, Hungary,…) are putting down roots in society building popular, radical, racist, ultra-violent, and pogromist mass movements. Their declared objective is to destroy all working class trade-union, political and cultural organizations, to crush any citizens’ resistance, to deny the right to difference and to exterminate –even physically- those who are “different” and those who are most vulnerable.

Like in the 20’s and 30’s, the ultimate cause of this extreme right and neo-fascist threat is the deep economic, social, political and even moral and ecological crisis of capitalism which, giving the debt crisis as a pretext, is leading to an unprecedented attack on the standard of living, the freedoms and rights of workers, of all those from below! By exploiting the fears of the well to do of the risks of a social explosion, the radicalization of middle classes destroyed by the crisis and sweeping austerity measures as well as the despair of marginalized and impoverished unemployed people, extreme right and most of all neo-Nazi and neo-fascist forces are growing everywhere in Europe. They are gaining mass influence in the poorer layers of society turning this influence systematically against traditional and newer scapegoats (immigrants, Muslims, Jews, LGBT, disabled people,…) as well as against left wing organizations and trade unions.

The influence and radicalism of this extreme right is not the same throughout Europe. However, the general implementation of sweeping austerity measures is already making the rise of the extreme right an almost general phenomenon.  The conclusion is clear: The fact that the spontaneous rise of the extreme right and the emergence of an ultra-violent mass neofascism are no longer an exception to the European rule now impels the antifascists of this continent to confront this problem in its real dimensions, that is as problem of European dimensions!

However, saying all that is not enough if we do not add that the fight against extreme right and neo-Nazism is extremely urgent. In fact, the neo-fascist threat in many European countries is already so direct and immediate it has transformed the antifascist struggle into the first priority, a battle of life and death, in which the left and the workers’ organizations, freedom and democratic rights, solidarity and tolerance and the right to difference are all at stake. Saying that we are engaged in a race against racist barbarism and neo-fascism corresponds to a reality verified every day in the streets of our European cities…

Considering the depth of the crisis and the enormity of the social damage it produces, the intensity of political polarization, the determination and aggressiveness of dominant classes, the historic importance of what is at stake in the current confrontation and the extent of the rise of the extreme right it is clear that the antifascist struggle constitutes a strategic choice requiring an organizational plan and a long term political and militant investment.  Therefore, antifascist struggle has to be closely linked to everyday struggle against the austerity measures and the system which generate them.

In order to be efficient and meet the expectations of the population, antifascist struggle has to be unitary, democratic and be conducted by the popular masses themselves. To this end, citizens have to organize their antifascist struggle and their self-defense themselves. At the same time, and in order to be effective, this struggle must be global, confronting the extreme right and neofascism everywhere, the poison of racism and xenophobia, chauvinism and militarism, of the cult of blind violence and the denial of gas chambers and Auschwitz itself. In short, in order to be effective in the long run, the antifascist fight has to propose in actions an alternative vision of society, diametrically opposite to the one proposed by the extreme right. That is a society founded on solidarity, tolerance and fraternity, rejection of machismo, rejection of women’s oppression and respect for the right to difference, internationalism and scrupulous protection of Nature, defense of democratic and humanistic values.  

This European antifascist movement has to be the heir of the great antifascist traditions of our continent! To that end it should lay the foundations of a social movement with stable structures and everyday activities, penetrating the whole society, organizing antifascist citizens in networks according to their profession, residence and sensibility, carrying out the fight in all fields of human activities and  assuming completely the task of the –even physical- protection of the most vulnerable citizens, the immigrants, the Roma, the national, black and ethnic minorities, the Muslims, the Jews and LGBT people, of all those who are systematically victims of State racism and the fascist mob.

It is therefore because the need for antifascist mobilization on a European scale is becoming day after day more pressing that we who sign this manifesto, are calling for the establishment of a mass unitary, democratic European Antifascist Movement, able to confront and defeat the brown plague which is raising its head on our continent. We will do our utmost to have the founding congress of this European Antifascist Movement, that we need so badly, to take place in Athens in the spring 2013 and to combine it with a big European antifascist demonstration in the streets of the Greek capital.

This time, history must not be repeated!

NO PASARAN!

Those organizations and groups that want to join, please send an email to antifascism.europa@gmail.com. Thank you

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