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(en) Re: (en) europol persecutes anarchists and radicals: what to do?

From "Lorenzo Ervin" <komboa@hotmail.com>
Date Wed, 7 Mar 2001 16:33:06 -0500 (EST)


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Hello everyone, sisters and bothers:
It's over now, and I am not sure that anyone even protested the meeting
of secret police thugs. Amazing! This meeting by Europol is an attempt to 
suppress the anti-globalization movement, in which Anarchists and anti-
authoritarian radicals play an important part. Surely, you know similar hig
h-level meetings by the heads of security agencies in North America have 
also been held. The repression was expected, now the question becomes 
what do we do about it? Seems the movement had better learn the lessons of 
history about being isolated, labelled as a criminal and terrorist element
, and then crushed. Look at the IWW, Black Panther Party, Left Autonomous
 movement of Germany and Italy during the 1970's  It has happened over 
and over again, that the governments of the world get together and conspire
 how to crush the latest insurgent movement. In fact, after the 1960's, 
the Trilateral Commission held its first meeting(s) to figure out how to 
deal with the wreckage of Liberal capitalism, and to make sure that nothin
g like the world youth protests of the 1960's ever took place again.  The
 Black Power revolts in the metropole, the anti-colonial protests, and 
the Vietnam anti-war movement had shaken them to the core.0

The leading countries of Europe, Japan, Canada, and the USA met in 1973 
to form the Trilateral Commission, and this was the first major international 
capitalist criminal cartel, which birthed all the groups we are fight
ing now: WTO, IMF, and others. It still exists, of course, but has lost 
most of its power to these other bodies, which actually exercise adminstra
tive and world capitalist power. We need to understand that all this didn
't happen last year, and we just heard about it. 

IMHO, to throw off this repression, it is necessary to counter the united
 capitalist governments' lies and propaganda, to sink roots into the 
neighborhoods where we live, to educate masses of people who have not been to
uched by this movement or been excluded (i.e. communities of color, Black
 working class youth, poor people, and others with existing grievances 
against capitalism), and to have a defense policy against police brutality 
and political repression already in place. In my opinion, a paramilitary 
"Black Bloc" [which just shows up organized at a public event] alone cannot 
defeat this kind of repression, nor can any pacifist tactics be effect
ive. It requires mass support from the working class and poor folks,  and
 a new direction to not only disrupt these events in the immediate sense,
 but to build towards a permanent opposition movement of millions to not 
only defeat repression, but also go forward to destabiize the capitalist 
system, and build a new society. In other words, we have got to organize 
locally, while we network globally, not chase around after each meeting 
of the capitalists, no matter how effective that has been in the short ter
m. Keep doing it, but understand that we have got to get to the people to
 be our reinforcements. Hell, we need to start building the new society, 
in the body of the old! 

I absolutely reject pacifism, so called-nonviolence *by our side*,  which
 has captured the North American white Left. IMHO, even better organized 
street fighting continues to be an tactic to disrupt these events, but no
 longer can white radicals just come into a majority Black city like Wash
ington , D.C. and use it as a backdrop to a political show. They must 
sink roots into the community, and obtain their support. Like the Left gener
ally, the Anarchists and anti-globalization activists have sought the easy 
way out of just staging a protest, while the people around them are not
 sympathetic, organized to support it, or take active part. We need an in
surrectionary movement, willing to kick off even deeper conflict with cops 
and the state, from folks who have even more reasons to fight than midd
le class white kids, don't cut us out of our place and role in the moveme
nt. This is a serious problem with the anti-globalization movement, and 
concerns race and class issues, which if not corrected will doom it to 
obsolence, either killed off by the capitalist coaliton of nation-states or 
just fall into a hole when it has no more forward energy. It is now a 
dangerous threat to capitalism, but seems not to realize how to go forward 
or deflect the obvious threat of even more repression than cops assembled 
at events like the FTAA. 

The next meeting of the international capitalist community set for Quebec
 City, Canada in April at the Free Trade Area of the Americas Summit offers 
us yet another opportunity for new ground, if indeed the anti-globaliz
ation movement is even listening to us. Recently, I was in  Montreal, the
 guest of a group of people of color (Asians, Africans, Afro-Carribbeans,
 Canadian and American native indigeous and others) who were trying to 
create an autonomous tendency ("Colours of Resistance")to function within 
the anti-globalization movement, and getting ready for the protests around
 the FTAA event. They ran into all kinds of barriers, which I think is 
typical of dealing with movements of predominately white radicals generally
.

 One of the first and most severe ideological fights was around this 
question of "nonviolence". One group of middle class white radicals, who were
 clearly a pro-government reformist organization, argued for non-violent 
"resistance" to police repression and brutality, against another coalition 
tendency within which Colours of Resistance functioned called CLAC, which 
called for a diversity of tactic, dependent upon the circumstances and
 demands of the struggle. I heard an argument for "disciplined nonviolence", 
which it was clear to me that this was the same old dead "we must protect 
our white asses while the people of color worldwide must suffer and 
die" argument that the North American white left has put forward for the 
last 30 years or more. They don't want to risk anything, certainly not 
arrests or prosecution. It is worst than reformism, it is a sellout.  

Even though, I think many of the so-called "Anarchist Black Blocs" [as 
currently organized] are too macho, vanguardist, and disconnected from the
community, I feel that they *must exist*, or there would be a total 
sellout to pacifism. We must use a variety of tactics: Sabotage, street 
fighting, and demonstrations are legitimately part of any social revolution, an
d regardless of what the white middle class believes, the people in power
, who we all agree are mass murderers, thieves, and criminals are not 
going to give up power without a bloody fight. As the Zapitistas have told 
us all: This anti-capitalist resistance did not start in Seattle on Novemb
er 30th in the West, and will not end here in the USA. This is truly a 
worldwide campaign, but we must make room for all the others of our class, 
especially those poor folks and people of color who, after all, are the 
majority of humanity. We need unity and authony here, class unity of all 
the poor and oppressed, but autonmy for peoples of color as well. Don't 
fight in our name, fight along with us, we don't need any condescending 
saviors! "Only thorugh our diversity will we bring forth actual revolutionary 
change" (quote by political prisoner Ali Khallid Abdullah).

The fact is that in the 3rd world, and in the ghettoes of the United States, 
Canada, and Europe, Black people and other peoples of color are already 
being killed, starved to death, forced into hunger and poverty, dying 
of preventable diseases, and all of that. There is already a desperate 
struggle to survive in the face of the greatest repression and structures of 
racism, and they will not be stopped from fighting for their freedom by
 the entreaties of middle class white radicals/liberals, who really want 
to see the system continue, but with just a few reforms to the World Trade 
Organization, International Monetary Fund,  including using any means of 
struggle at their command, including armed self-defense/offense against
 cop or fascist attack by corrupt, oppressive regimes propped up by inter
national capitalism. Ultimately, the isssue here is that all of the forces 
in the so-called "anti-capitalist' movement clearly are not all anti-
capitalists, certainly not revolutionary Socialist or Anarchists. There are
 all kinds of middle class forces in that movement: labor bureaucrats, 
enviromental reformists, and countless NGO's. I am not sure that they will 
really straight up fight capitalism, or if they can even break away from 
the international system that feeds them. I Doubt that.

It is also clear that the government of Canada is going to make sure that
 I am not able to come to Quebec City for the protests there. I have been
 banned from entering the country by Canadian immigration authorities, or
 I would be thrown into jail *indefinitely*, without even a hearing.  So 
I will not be there with you, even though I had planned to be there. It is 
clear that I am becoming more and more a target of not just the US 
government, but that of governments all over the world to silence me. I ain't
 no celebrity, leader of a mass movement, or media-created hero, and am 
just one man, but they are starting to see me as a threat nevertheless. 
Banned from Canada today, Austrailia yesterday, and who knows where else to
morrow?  Clearly, we have got to bring down the whole system of capitalism, 
and there is no such thing as reforming this system. Give them hell!

 Lorenzo Komboa Ervin


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