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(en) liberta salonica: Anarchist Federation Announcement on the 1st Regular Congress of the Anarchist Federation (gr) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:34:28 +0300

On 19 & 20 May 2018, the 1st Regular Congress of the Anarchist Federation will be held at the Eleftherios Self-Governing Theater, Embros, in Athens. ---- But before we go into the details of the conference and its themes, we will make a brief reference to the political figure of the Anarchist Federation. ---- The Anarchist Federation is a horizontally organized federalist organization of anarchist collectivities. It was established in October 2015 as a result of a long process of discussions and anchorages between anarchist societies that had begun in March 2013. We choose to operate with a non-centralized model offering to the collectives of the AO. a substantial autonomy of action and reason - an autonomy that builds the Federation from bottom to top. In this way, it releases itself and its cells from the inhibiting-action-element of the "stamp" in every single move and initiative. The Federation operates primarily as a coordinating, fermenting and strategic design body. Wanting its growth with the entry of existing collectives or the targeted creation of new ones,

So far it has the following collectives:


Anarchist college of N. Philadelphia
Anarchist collectivity of Rubikon
Eleftherias Assembly Empty Circle


Anarchist college Octana


Eleftherial Initiative of Thessaloniki


Assembly of anarchist-antiauthoritarians of Lamia

We are anarchists, part of the wider social, class and revolutionary movement, the exploited and the oppressed, and we strive for social and individual liberation through the social revolution. We recognize the necessity of another model of anarchist organization, taking into account the organizational deficits and problems so far. The aim of this organizational effort is to create a structure that will strengthen and strengthen the struggle for social self-management based on commonly agreed political and strategic goals.

We consider that the precondition for the social revolution is the development, massification and organization of both the wider collective and horizontal social and class struggles of the exploited as well as the anarchist movement. Therefore, our main goal is to promote and maximize the diffusion and influence of revolutionary, anti-authoritarian and libertarian ideas, practices and values within these struggles. We are looking for the A.O. to play a catalytic and promotional, but not hegemonic, role in the birth and development of these struggles. The means we use to achieve the goals are in inseparable agreement with them.

In January 2018, believing that time had come for us, the Anarchist Federation published a public presentation of the assessment of its creation and operation. The reason he suggested this was double. On the one hand, it was a necessity based on the political ethos and libertarian culture that we are trying to have as anarchists. On the other hand, the ownership, both by us and by the rest of the movement, of the experience that has been painfully conquered by the course of the organizational struggle so far is an essential necessity. We therefore have, after years of procedures, to define successes and failures, denials and victories, inevitably as well as reckless mistakes. This valuation text signaled for us the completion of what we defined in our founding conference in 2015 as the "experimental period" of the Anarchist Federation, a period, that is, de facto each and every movement, our every structure, our every initiative would be experimental, just because neither and none of us had done it again, none and none of us had a ready recipe. With this text, we have announced the results of this "experiment" and based on the new reality we are now proceeding to the 1st regular conference of the AO. which will determine its definitive physiognomy. With this text, we have announced the results of this "experiment" and based on the new reality we are now proceeding to the 1st regular conference of the AO. which will determine its definitive physiognomy. With this text, we have announced the results of this "experiment" and based on the new reality we are now proceeding to the 1st regular conference of the AO. which will determine its definitive physiognomy.

(the text of the report is here )

The two-day 19 & 20 May 2018, therefore, will be the 1st regular meeting of the Anarchist Federation. This will complete and validate the changes in the statutes regarding the structure, internal functioning as well as the positions to be filled in with the synthetic texts for the topics of the pre-congress dialogue to be discussed. These themes are: Tax Issue, Epilogue Issue, Imperialism, Substance Issues. Pre-conferences are under way. Here, let's make clear that there is no single model of dialogue for all the themes, nor does each group commit themselves to a specific way of expressing its position. Thus, for some thematic issues, the Federation's final position is the result of a dialogue that took place on comprehensive contributions, written positions in bullet form and / or oral placements in the various pan-Hellenic meetings of the AO. Therefore, it is not technically possible to make all pre-conferences dialogue public. What is feasible to file publicly is the comprehensive collections texts for some of the themes. For the question of the structure there were no written positions, as the proposals for change of the way of operation were made in the living procedures of ?.?. based on the shortcomings we all encountered and for which we were looking for ways to improve together.

In the same context have been announced events under the responsibility of the clubs of ?.?. with the aim of public debate on the positions under discussion in Athens, Thiva and Lamia.

Following is the agenda of the weekend:

1st Day:

The first days of the dialogue will be the collectives of the Anarchist Federation, as well as specific invited collectives and individuals. The final modifications will be made to the synthetic texts for the themes and the changes and additions will be validated. Collectives will be placed on each of the first day thematic. The invited collectives and individuals will be able to position themselves on a topic-by-theme basis and their views will be taken into account in the composition of the Federation's final position, which will be recorded in its statutes.

The themes are:


Changes in the structure and operation of AO


B1. Position on the class question,

B 2. Position on the giant question,

B3. Position for imperialism,

B4. Position on the issue of substances

Day 2:

a. Presentation of the new political / information portal members and not just the anarchist federation

b. Open public debate on the theme " The current conjuncture at the time of the decline of social struggles over the SYRIZA-ANEL government, the political reconstruction and the response of the anarchist movement ".

The subject is deliberately wide. Its possible but not exclusive or necessary spikes, as it has been shown by its own collectives, can be:

- The new conjuncture as formulated after the 4th Memorandum.

- The tactics of the movement on new measures, first-time auctions, abolition of Sunday holidays, local-community struggles (eg Squires), base clubs, student trade unions, class self-defense structures.

- Organizational dualism. The need for the simultaneous organization of anarchists in political collectives and classifications. The distinction between these two organizational forms. What the federal organization of anarchists has to offer and why it is considered imperative.

- The rise of nationalism in the Balkans and the anarchist response.

- The Macedonian issue.

- Social welfare in Greece.

- The rise of far-right in Europe.

- The immigration issue.

- The anarchist attitude in the event of a war of local or more enlarged dimensions


The 2nd day of the conference is open to anyone who wants to attend collectively or individually. This is a public debate in which everyone and everyone will be able to position themselves, while the Anarchist Federation's collectives will do their own positions without any common suggestion from the federation.

The goal of this conversation, and dedicating this second day of our conference, is the up-dated enrichment of our ongoing collective reflection and movement, on the development of a capable revolutionary strategy at the juncture. The Anarchist Federation will endeavor to capitalize on the debate and political considerations that will be put to it as a starting point, as a raw material and a driving force for defining its political priorities in its post-conference political agenda and its presence.

The aim is also to meet and fertilize with collectives and individuals who choose to place themselves, hoping that any process of dialogue, regardless of wider political agreements and disagreements, will bring us closer to creating a background of co-modality, co-existence and mutual respect.

Anarchist Federation

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