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(en) Greece, APO, land & freedom: March 8th - day of resistance and struggle against the rotten world of power (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 16 Mar 2023 08:41:43 +0200

Despite the attempts of the rulers to give meaning to the competitive and political character of March 8 and to distort the cause of women's emancipation by presenting it as a demand for "equality" in the management of power, March 8 is a day of commemoration of bloody women's struggles, strikes and mobilizations of the most brutally exploited segment of society, the immigrant women workers, who burst into the US textile industry in the early 20th century. It is a day of struggle and resistance to today, in a period when patriarchal violence against women, especially of the plebeian strata, is sharpened and manifested against them and on their bodies in even more savage terms, as an integral part of the state and capitalist brutality of the rotten world of power. Of a world that leads the great social majority to impoverishment and impoverishment, that murders on the land and water borders of Europe - fortress and concentration camps, in police stations and roadblocks, that sharpens state repressive violence against those who struggle with arrests , persecution and torture of protesters, with evictions of squatters and with the targeting of the anarchist movement more broadly, which promotes gender violence and covers up trafficking rings, (child)rapes and femicides, which rewards fascist gangs and their reappearance in the public space and which increases war equipment and war preparations. A world that has nothing to promise but exploitation, poverty, violence, war, uprooting and death.

In recent years, dozens of femicides, rapes, sexual harassment and a multitude of incidents of gender-based violence, trafficking rings and child rapes have come to light. The increase in incidents of gender-based violence is directly linked to the modern totalitarian regime and its management by the institutions, which attempt to cover up and justify murderers, rapists and abusers. There are not a few times that with various vulgar tricks such as the reversal of roles by victimizing the perpetrators and blaming those who have suffered violence, the discrediting of the victims based on their sexual orientation, their lifestyle and their social status, attempts are being made, on the one hand, to wash away and make the perpetrators look soft, and on the other hand, to exhaust and humiliate those who find the courage to report incidents of gender-based violence. The "ring" that rapes, abuses, traffics in trafficking networks, covers up its crimes and threatens the victims to remain silent, the same system that suffocates people at the border, is none other than the state itself and its mechanisms. Mechanisms of a class and patriarchal "justice", which punishes and imprisons those who resist state-capitalist brutality, condemns and imprisons thousands of the poor and marginalized, while at the same time promoting social cannibalism, patriarchy and in general authoritarian violence, protecting the powerful and washing away their crimes.

At the same time, gender segregation in the workplace is intensifying, as well as cases of sexual harassment or rape that are rarely reported or even buried by the employer. A condition that manifests itself through wage inequality or higher rates of unemployment for women, from employer coercion into resignation due to pregnancy or the refusal to grant pregnancy leave, while in terms of incidents of gender-based violence there are not a few times that those who make a complaint receive threats or fired.

The class dimension of gender violence and the institutional management of such incidents and gender divisions is a key component of the imposition of sovereignty over the body of the plebeian strata. From the threats and inequalities in the workplace, from the sexual harassment and abuse in the police stations and blocks with a typical example being the rape of the 19-year-old woman at the Omonia police station, the laundering of child rapists and rapists who belong to the political and economic elite or enjoy protection as in the cases of Lignadis and the Leventis and the cover-up of trafficking rings in which politicians, policemen, priests and big businessmen are involved, as in the case of Colonos, it is clear that the world of power is attempting to exploit and subjugate those from below, while simultaneously nurturing and arming the hands of rapists, abusers and murderers within the social body itself for the division of the exploited.

At the same time, the attack of the state-capitalist patriarchal system on women at the global level is becoming more and more acute. From the ban on abortion in Poland & the overturning of the universal legalization law in the USA, to the hundreds of femicides and their state cover-up in Mexico, rape to subjugate, terrorize and degrade women as means of enforcement in war zones such as Ukraine. In Iran, the Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini was murdered in September due to the violation of the dress code imposed on the country by the theocratic regime, while during the social uprising that broke out, thousands of insurgents were arrested and hundreds of protesters were murdered, including the 20-year-old Hadis Najafi who was executed by the police with 6 bullets during the conflict protests and 16-year-olds Sarina Esmailzabeh and Nika Shakarami, who were beaten to death.

However, on the opposite side of this systemic attack, women's struggles are constantly breaking out from below. From the sit-ins and clashes of women with the repression forces in Mexico, the protests in the USA to the outbreak of social anger in Iran that led to the generalized social revolt both against a patriarchal system built on gender discrimination and in which women are considered second-class citizens but also overall against a regime of exploitation and oppression of those from below.

Against the institutions' hypocritical interest in eliminating gender-based violence and discrimination, stand the thousands of women who break the silence, who deny the role of the victim, who stand next to each other, who build through their individual and collective rebellion the prospect of a world of real equality and freedom. As anarchists and women fighters, we stand in solidarity with women fighters and salute their struggles across the land. From the rebel women in Iran, to the struggling women in Rojava and the women in the Zapatista communities fighting for their dignity and autonomy against the Mexican state.

In the face of the all-out attack that we receive from the rulers all over the planet, we put forward the collectivization, the organization of those from below and the claim of what belongs to us, for the class and social counter-attack of the exploited until the overthrow of the world of patriarchy, the state and of capitalism. For the creation of a society without exploitation and oppression, a society of freedom, equality and justice. For anarchy and libertarian communism.

Freedom is neither granted nor bestowed
but it is conquered through struggle

Against the state, capitalism and patriarchy
for emancipation and anarchy

Wednesday, March 8
Athens: 13.00, Klathmonos, gathering and march
18.30, Formation, assembly and march
Thessaloniki: 18.00, Kamara, demonstration

Group Against Patriarchy | Anarchist Political Organization

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