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(en) Holland, WHAT IS AGA? ANARCHIST GROUP OF AMSTERDAM (AGA)* [nl]

Date Sat, 16 Dec 2006 16:35:23 +0200



The AGA is a group of people which cooperates for creating solutions and alternatives for the problems which they encounter at the workplace, at school or somewhere else in the society. The main point is anarchism. The AGA fights for self-management and a world without exploitation or oppression in which the production is according to need and not for profit. Organisation The AGA is a collective without hierarchy. In every meeting, once in two weeks, all matters with which the group occupies itself are discussed. This concerns making action plans in case of problems at work, but also organising meetings and making and spreading of propaganda material. All decisions must be taken in this meeting, in which consensus is strived for. Decisions that are taken outside this meeting of members must at first be discussed and

adopted. This can be the case when AGA cooperates with other groups in a federative link. The AGA maintains contacts with similar base groups in other places and cooperates regularly with several anti-authoritarian organisations. The AGA has been dovetailed to Buiten de Orde (http://www.buitendeorde.nl <http://www.buitendeorde.nl/>). Direct action The resources which the AGA applies are diverse forms of direct action and information.


The emphasis lies on self-organisation and there is therefore no mediation of representatives, or mediators. All action is undertaken directly by the members themselves. Therefore direct action is based on solidarity and mutual aid. Examples of action topics are (illegalised) work, squatting/living, people without papers, anti-repression, anti-detention. In the previous years some employers of inns have been put under pressure with actions to pay remunerations still due. Tenants and squatters have been assisted with their conflicts with landlord or municipality, which wanted the occupants from the house to leave because of reasons of speculation. The AGA has cooperated with initiatives of people without papers and has organised solidarity actions. Individual freedoms and collective achievements are damaged by the government and

repressive measures increase. Also more and more and longer prison sentences are imposed. The prison system is a destructive protuberance of the state. For this reason everything is being done to weaken this pillar of the regime.


Anarcho-syndicalism The central topic of the AGA is the fight between labour and capital. Boycott, sabotage and

strike are forms of direct action in this fight. Boycott against a certain company exists of paralysing the activity of that company by not using the products or services of it. Punctuality action, slow working, blockades and occupations are forms of action with which the production process is sabotaged. Strike is meant to stop the production process. The strike must be unlimited and only ends when the requirements are granted. In this the AGA tries to play a stimulating and organising role to realise self-management. Information To inform people about the actions and ideas of the AGA and others, the free booklet Directe Actie is published irregularly in association with Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) Amsterdam, a solidarity group (anarchist and left-radical) prisoners. One can get or look at Directe Actie at several places in the Netherlands. The AGA holds consulting-hour and anarchist library in Infokafee Bollox, 1st Schinkelstraat 14-16, every

Saturday from 14 hours till 18 hours (phone: 020 6790712). In the anarchist library one can lend books against a small guarantor. Also there lies a large quantity of independent information for inspection in the form of magazines. Other applied forms of propaganda are leaflets, stickers, information - and discussion meetings. The mail

address of the AGA is PO Box 16521.,1001 RA Amsterdam or aga@squat.com.

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* From their web page (in Duch) http://agamsterdam.wordpress.com/2006/09/25/wat-is-aga/
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