Are disasters “natural” under the capitalist system?

Regarding the famous Lisbon earthquake of 1755, which struck the South of Western Europe and North West Africa that killed thousands of People, Rousseau notes in reply to Voltaire “nature did not construct twenty thousand houses of six to seven stories there, and  if the inhabitants of this great city had been more equally spread out and more lightly lodged, the damage would have been much less and perhaps of no account”

Compared to the damage caused by this earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the strong earthquakes in Japan caused very little casualties, even much less material damage, so that both human and material damage cannot be compared to the earthquakes in our region.

As we have seen, the town of Erzin, near the epicentre, was not damaged and has become a shelter for 20,000 victims of other areas of the disaster. According to the Mayor and the construction contractor, this is due to the construction of low-rise buildings, efficient and complying with earthquake-resistant construction standards.

As a result, it is clear to us that under the class system, destructions and damages are not produced only by the impacts of natural disasters on the oppressed classes and deprived populations, but also and mainly by the negligence of construction quality standards and the disregard for earthquake resistance standards by the state for the sake of making greater profits.

Scientific research has also confirmed that some of the natural disasters

such as floods, hurricanes, droughts and environmental pollution that cause death of thousands of people every year are the result of the ill planned objectives of the capitalists and their selfish monster companies. They, through total disregard of people’s health and well beings, has turned the planet into a mean for their unique goal of making more profit by sacrificing the lives of the oppressed and the deprived majority.

The profiteers of those companies and the authorities of the state once

again target all these victims.

10 countries in the world have more earthquakes than any other: Japan,

Turkey, Iran, Peru, the United States, Italy, the Philippines, Mexico, China and Indonesia. There are many causes of earthquakes, but the most important are plate collisions, magma movement in volcanoes, changes in temperature or water pressure, and strong winds.

Unfortunately, what is fixed in the minds of the majority is seeing only one side of disasters, which is the narrative of God's work or God's wrath or that of the “natural” disasters and regarding the destructions and the losses as normal.

If we look at the history of the world’s regions, we see that before the modern industrial development, the expansion of giant manufacturing companies with their arrogant competitive pursuits and ill-intentioned activities, these natural disasters were not as frequently happening as nowadays.

What is clear is that, as the result of the egoistic capitalist system, natural disasters have a class trait and content. Whenever a natural disaster occurs, the majority of victims are the poor and the deprived majority, due to the density of the inhabitants’ in a small area and to the high-rise buildings, as well as the low quality of construction materials that cause flood, humidity and other risk producing elements.

Furthermore, the earthquake protection engineering standards were in the construction plans of the buildings. 

If we look at the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, the above facts will become clear to us that the victims were mostly in the poor residential areas, in the places where houses and large buildings that profiteering companies and authorities for the aim of making more profits, they obviously ignored all interest in taking preventive measures against any expected natural incidents in the construction of the housing units.

We have seen how the newest buildings, some of which were given to the people during the election campaign, “cheap accommodation for voting” have been destroyed worse than the old ones. This was like throwing cereals at birds to catch and then kill them. Sadly!, for the cheap optimism of the poor and working people who, by selling their votes for Erdogan and his party, those poor-quality buildings that were built for them became theirs mass graves for them.

  We see hundreds of obvious evidences and statements in social media and even in the Turkish media about the corruption of the authorities that

has spread to small officials, contractors and real estate companies within an interconnected network. Therefore, the health guidelines and safety requirements for the residents were not taken into account in the construction of the houses, but the profit and capital accumulation were the most fundamental goals!

 Despite the advancement of technology, the availability of more information for prevention, for setting conditions and quality of construction for contractors, but, unfortunately, we see the number of earthquake victims are increasing time after time. For example, the 1999 earthquake killed more than 17,000 people, but this year’s death toll has risen to more than 45,000. Recent figures tell us that the death toll may reach over 50,000. More than 150,000 people were injured and thousands of families were displaced. According to the reports and documents that have been revealed, so far, all the early warnings of earthquakes by experts and scientists in the field of geology, climate and natural sciences to the Turkish state and senior officials have been ignored. Considering the fact that the warnings were issued two years ago with a much worse disaster prediction instructions by a scientist and an expert who provided a video warnings and information about the occurrence of such a disaster, but the Turkish regime has not taken any steps to protect people’s lives.

In light of the above, the Turkish and Syrian governments are directly responsible for the deaths of all these people, of hundreds of thousands

of injured and millions more displaced and of the devastated impacts on the surviving populations.

 According to reports, Aid and rescue teams have arrived only after the

third day to some people from poor and remote areas which is considered a waste of time to rescue those who were stuck under the rubble and the debris of the collapsed buildings and houses. Naturally, even if a person is in good health, he or she will die if he/she is trapped in a blocked space without food, drink, clean air or without possibilities to move for two weeks.

Worst of all is that of neglecting victims who were trapped under the stones and the debris in the Syrian earthquake. Until recently, the heads

of state in Europe and the United States have been talking about Turkey

and sympathising with Turkey rather than Syria, as if nothing had happened in Syria.

The occupied city of Afrin, which the Turkish regime occupied in 2018

after 58 days of heavy shelling, has now closed its gates to volunteers

and aid workers.

We express our sympathy to the families of the victims. However, despite the nature of the tragedy, we accuse the inhuman global capitalist state, the Turkish and the Syrian authorities for the deaths, for the injured and for the million displaced victims. This is a targeted genocidal crime committed by this brutal class system of capital, by the Turkish and Syrian authorities themselves and their profiteering and bloodthirsty companies. We see this deliberate disregard by the state and its criminal officials before the earthquake and their negligence to rescue the victims under the collapsed buildings as their direct war of the capitalist class and their system that is waged against billions of workers.

Kurdish Speaking-Anarchist Forum



Manifesto of Basic Demands by Independent Trade and Civil Organizations of Iran

Manifesto of Basic Demands by Independent Trade and Civil Organizations of Iran
February 15, 2023
Honorable and free people of Iran!
On the 44th anniversary of the revolution of 1979 in Iran, the economic, political, and social foundations of the country have plunged into a vortex of crisis and disintegration. Yet no clear and attainable vision to end this crisis within the framework of the existing political system seems at reach. It is for this reason that the oppressed people of Iran, including women and youth who seek freedom and equality, have turned the streets all over the country into the center of a historic and decisive struggle to end the inhumane conditions of the status-quo. Despite the regime’s bloody suppression, they have not rested for a moment since five months ago.
Today women, students, teachers, workers, those seeking justice, artists, queers, writers, and all oppressed people of Iran in every part of the country from Kurdistan to Sistan and Baluchistan and with unprecedented international support – have raised the flag of these fundamental protests. It represents a protest against misogyny, gender discrimination, endless economic insecurity, labor slavery, poverty, misery, class oppression, as well as oppression based on nationality and religion. It is a revolution against all forms of religious or non-religious tyranny that has been imposed on the Iranian people throughout the last century.
These rummaging protests arise in the context of large and modern social movements and the emergence of an invincible generation. They are determined to put an end to a century-long history of backwardness and being at the margins and to fight for a modern, prosperous, and free society in Iran.
After the two great revolutions in Iran’s contemporary history, the leading social movements – including the labor, teachers’, pensioners’, women’s, students’, and the movement of the youth for equality and freedom, the movement against the death penalty, etc. – have now gained a historical and decisive influence in shaping the political, economic, and social structures of the country from the bottom-up and in mass dimensions.
Thus, this movement aims to permanently end the formation of any power from above and be the beginning of a modern, humane social revolution that frees people from all forms of oppression, discrimination, exploitation, tyranny and dictatorship.
While focusing on the unity and interconnectedness of social movements as well as on struggling against the current inhumane and destructive situation, we the unions, civil organizations and institutions that have signed this charter  see the following basic demands as the first orders and as a result of the Iranian people’s massive protests and also as the foundation for building a new, modern, and humane society in the country. We call upon all those who value freedom, equality, and emancipation to raise the call for these basic demands in factories, universities, schools, neighborhoods, and the streets as well as on the global scene. Together, we can achieve the lofty goal of freedom.
1. The immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, an end to the prosecution of political, union, and civil activities, and the public trial of those responsible for suppressing mass protests.
2. Unconditional freedom of opinion, expression, and thought, press, political parties, local and national unions and mass organizations, gatherings, strikes, rallies, social networks, and audio and video media.
3. The immediate abolition of all types of the death penalty, execution, and other death retributions, as well as prohibition of any type of mental and physical torture.
4. Immediate declaration of equal rights for men and women on all political, economic, social, cultural, and family levels; unconditional abolition of laws and forms leading to discrimination against sexual and gender identities and tendencies, recognition of the rainbow society of “LGBTQIA+”, decriminalization of all gender-based subscriptions and tendencies and unconditional adherence to women’s right over their bodies and destiny and preventing patriarchal control.
5. Religion be recognized as a private matter of individuals and should not be involved in the political, economic, social, and cultural decrees and laws of the country.
6. The guarantee of safety at work, job security, and an immediate increase in the salaries of workers, teachers, employees, and all working and retired individuals, which should be determined through involvement and agreement of the elected representatives of their independent and national organizations.
7. The laws and attitudes based on national and religious discrimination and oppression must be abolished. The government should create proper support infrastructures and ensure fair and equal distribution of its facilities and resources to promote culture and art in all regions of the country. Furthermore, it should provide necessary and equal facilities for learning and teaching all common languages spoken in society.
8. Dismantling the organs of repression, limiting the powers of the government, and direct and permanent involvement of the people in the administration of the country’s affairs through local and national councils. The dismissal of any government and non-government official by the voters at any time should be among the fundamental rights of the voters.
9. Confiscation of the property of all individuals, legal entities, government, semi-government and private institutions that have obtained the property and social wealth belonging to the Iranian people through direct looting or government contracts. The wealth obtained from these confiscations should be immediately used for modernizing and reconstructing education, pension funds, the environment, and meeting the needs of those regions and segments of the Iranian people who were deprived of equal opportunities and facilities during the two regimes of the Islamic Republic and the monarchy.
10. Ending environmental destruction, implementing fundamental policies to restore the environmental infrastructure that has been destroyed over the past hundred years, and preventing the privatization of public resources (such as pastures, beaches, forests, and foothills), which denies the people their rights to access and use them.
11. Prohibit child labor and ensure that all children have access to education and a life free from economic or social hardship, regardless of their family’s status. Establish public welfare programs that provide unemployment insurance and strong social security for all working-age people, as well as free education and healthcare for everyone.
12. Normalization of foreign relations at the highest levels with all countries of the world based on fair relations and mutual respect, banning the acquisition of nuclear weapons and striving for world peace.
From our point of view, the basic demands mentioned above could be realized immediately, considering the existence of potential and actual underground wealth in the country and the existence of an informed and capable people and a generation of young people who have a lot of motivation to enjoy a happy, free and prosperous life.
The demands outlined in this charter include the general axes of the needs of the signatories, and obviously, we will work them out in more detail through our struggle and solidarity.
– Coordinating Council of Trade Union Organizations of Iranian Teachers
– Free Union of Iranian Workers
– United Students Union of Student Organizations
– Center for Human Rights Defenders
– Syndicate of Workers of Haft Tappeh Cane Sugar Company
– Council for Organizing Protests
– The Council for Organization of Contractual Oil Workers Protests
– Iran Cultural House (Khafa)
– The Voice of Iranian Women
– The Independent Voice of The Workers of Ahvaz National Steel Group
– Labor Rights Defenders Center
– Kermanshah Electrical and Metal Trade Institution
– Coordinating Committee to Help Found Labor Organizations
– Pensioners United
– Council of Pensioners of Iran
– Progressive Students Organization
– Council of Freethinking Students of Iran
– Painters Syndicate of Alborz Province
– Committee to Follow Up on the Establishment of Labor Organizations in Iran
– Council of Pensioners of Social Security Organization (BASTA)

Against oppression – For resistance

Against oppression – For resistance

Since the Jinnah uprising, more than 520 people have been killed (including 70 minors) and more than 20,000 people have been arrested. The Iranian regime is highly equipped technically and has a great deal of expertise.

There have been numerous, overly general reports published about the repression and resistance in Iran. What is lacking is access to summarized, accurate, and concise information about the specific forms of repression and especially resistance. This booklet is intended to provide you with that information. Here we list in very concise form the methods and forms of repression by the Iranian regime, especially during the recent uprising. And more importantly, we also show some forms and methods of popular resistance. Because we believe that wherever there is oppression and repression, there is also resistance.

1. methods and forms of repression of the iranian regime

1.1) Repression in the streets and public spaces

-Shooting at demonstrators with live ammunition, including sniper rifles.

-deliberately running over demonstrators with vehicles

-Shooting demonstrators at close range with shotguns, resulting in blindness or death (in many cases, more than 100 small metal bullets were found in the bodies of the victims).

-Shooting with shotguns at genitals, especially women.

-Military incursion into Kurdistan and imposition of state of siege in cities (attack with heavy weapons on houses in Izeh, Kurdistan and Baluchistan).

-The shelling of cars, especially cars honking their horns during street protests. These actions resulted in the death of the drivers* or passengers* in several cases (including a 10-year-old child in the city of Izeh).

-Smashing the windows of stores and the doors of the houses of those who gave refuge to the protesters.

-Violent destruction of cars, stores, banks and buildings with the intention of attributing them to the demonstrators.

-Encirclement, segregation and sexual harassment of women demonstrating in the streets.

-Use of ambulances to transport repression forces or to transport those arrested.

-Attacks by the armed forces on schools

-Attacks by the armed forces on universities and student dormitories, as well as beating and arresting students, effectively preventing them from continuing their studies or using the dormitories in question.

1.2) Pressure on the families of the victims (dead and injured).

-The transfer of the body of the deceased is made on the strict condition that the family declares that their child died of natural causes, suicide, accident, narcotic overdose, etc.

-Prohibiting families from publicly reporting the killing of their children or risking the arrest and killing of additional children or family members.

-Pressuring families of those killed to give television interviews and spread false information about their child’s death – e.g., claiming that the child was a member of the police or government militia and was killed by protesters.

-attacks on funerals of the dead, especially with tear gas and shots from war weapons and shotguns.

-Beating and arresting participants in funerals and memorial services for the dead (including family members) to put pressure on families and prevent people from participating in similar ceremonies.

-The transfer of the body of the deceased is done in exchange for the payment of a large sum of money by the families.

-Kidnapping of injured people during their treatment in hospitals, usually to take them to prison. As a result, the injured no longer come to hospitals for fear of going to jail, so the treatment of their injuries (a series of batons, a bullet wound or several bullets in the body) is carried out unprofessionally at home, resulting in death in many cases.

-Pressure on medical staff in hospitals to hand over the injured to the intelligence services, as well as persecution, arrest and torture of doctors* and nurses who voluntarily and secretly treat the injured at home (there have also been reports of the murder of medical staff).

-Detention and torture of family members of the victims.

1.3) Repression in the prisons and pressure on the families of the imprisoned.

-Identification and kidnapping of activists* at their homes, workplaces or universities. Detention in unofficial facilities.

-Severe physical and psychological torture (white torture) of detainees: including long-term isolation, cruel physical torture, and threats of rape or execution or arrest and murder of family members.

-Pressuring detainees to make forced confessions, for example, of aiding and abetting the murder of repressive forces or of membership in opposition organizations or hostile intelligence services.

-Not disclosing the whereabouts of a detainee or missing person to his or her family or lawyer.

-Rape and sexual harassment of people of all genders in prison.

-Inventing flimsy excuses (e.g., riot) to justify massive repression (beatings, live ammunition) against prisoners. Specific examples include deliberate arson in Evin Lacan Rasht Prison and gunshot wounds in Qazal Hesar Prison, which sometimes lead to the death of many prisoners.

-Torturing injured prisoners (both arrested protesters and prisoners injured due to targeted repression against prisoners) by not taking them to the hospital or even to the prison infirmary, or by withholding essential medication from them.

Intentionally making prisoners sick: During the Corona virus outbreak, patients* were housed next to political prisoners and seriously ill prisoners were denied access to medical care.

-Missing medical care for prisoners suffering from chronic diseases or diseases caused by prison conditions.

Forced administration of psychoactive medications to prisoners, particularly demonstrators arrested during the Jinnah uprising. There are numerous reports of detained demonstrators (mostly juveniles) who died one or two days after their release.

-Attack by law enforcement and plainclothes forces on the gathering of families and supportive individuals outside the prisons.

-Instigating ordinary prisoners to exert additional pressure on political prisoners, including death threats.

-Failure to provide access to defense lawyers* for detained individuals.

-Execution of demonstrators.

-Threat of execution to force a confession from the prisoner, and carrying out artificial executions aimed at the psychological breakdown of the person.

-Promises by the authorities to release the prisoners if the families do not make the arrest or death sentence public. When the families did comply, the prisoners were executed suddenly and without the public’s knowledge.

-Intimidating the family members of the prisoners and threatening to arrest or execute them if their child did not cooperate.

2) Methods of resistance against oppression and expression of solidarity

2.1) Resistance in the streets and public spaces.

Many people at funerals and burials or commemorations of the dead to show solidarity with the families and the Jinnah uprising and to make these ceremonies a venue for struggle against the regime.

-Small stores close in solidarity with the strikes and the people refrain from shopping.

-Spontaneous protest by students* in the streets, singing hymns and slogans or taking off headscarves and spray-painting slogans.

-Information campaigns and symbolic protest in schools and universities to fight against the strict structural framework of these institutions.

-Student strikes and non-attendance at classes.

-Strikes in the workplace

-Massive participation in non-wearing of hijabs on the streets in Iran.

-attacks on repressive forces at demonstrations

-attacks on barracks, police stations and hawza schools with Molotov cocktails

-(Burning) barricades in the streets to protect protesters

– Destruction of portraits of the icons of the regime in public spaces

-Massive participation in not wearing hijabs on the streets in Iran.

-In foreign countries, non-wearing of hijab by women representing the country (e.g., at a chess tournament).

-Abroad demonstrations and protests in front of institutions of the Iranian regime.

2.2) Resistance in the prisons.

-Noncooperation of prisoners and refusal to accept the regime’s conditions of freedom, despite all pressure, torture and threats. Refusing interrogations and forced confessions.

Declarations of solidarity with the struggles taking place outside by prisoners in prison by signing protest ads, publishing solidarity audio files, etc.

-hunger strikes and dry hunger strikes (without water).

-strikes and sit-in blockades by women in prisons

-Coordination of prisoners for joint singing of prisoners and people outside the prison.

-denouncing crimes committed in prisons by released prisoners despite the risk of re-incarceration or retaliation.

2.3) Resistance by the families of those killed or imprisoned.

-Public denunciation, detailed presentation of facts and protest despite pressure and threats.

-Gathering of families and their relatives in front of prisons to free prisoners or prevent the execution of those sentenced to death.

-Public greeting of released prisoners at the front door of prisons.

-Continuation and strength of the organized group “Iranian Mothers who denounce”.

2.3) Protesting art

-Crystallization of revolutionary art in the form of drawings, hymns and performances inside and outside Iran.

International solidarity of the progressive artists of the world with the Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (Woman, Life, Freedom) movement.

First call to the international anarchist movement for participation on Balkan Anarchist Bookfair 2023


20 years of Balkan Anarchist Bookfair: Over the walls of nationalism and war!

We are excited to announce that next Balkan Anarchist Bookfair (BAB) will take place from 7th to 9th of July 2023 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This decision was made by the general assembly of the last BAB that took place between 24th and 26th of June 2022 in Cluj, Romania (you can read the full statement of the assembly here).

This will be the 15th edition of BAB but will also mark 20 years of its inception as the first BAB took place in Ljubljana in 2003. After that it had traveled all around the Balkans (in geographies of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Greece, Romania) and is now again returning to our city after 2013 when we hosted it last time.

We want to use this anniversary as an opportunity to organize a strong international anarchist gathering – one where we can address important questions of our time in a collective manner and with a perspective of future organizing and struggle. The concept of BAB was never only about the books for us. We always understood it as a tool for strengthening our groups, organizations, relations and networks on local, regional and international level. We understand it as a space where we exchange our ideas, analysis, perspectives and confront our practices, models of organizing and experiences of struggle, of our participations in social movements and of inserting our ideas in them. All with the intention to form meaningful proposals for future steps that can help us tackle the challenges our movements and societies are facing in the context of political, economical and social realities as well as that of revolutionary potential.

The current state of affairs on the global level is confirming our analysis from the past and is giving our political agenda of radical social change even more urgency for the future. It is clear that the capitalist system – based on enslavement, exploitation, domination and in a coherence with other oppressions such as racism and nationalisms, patriarchy and sexism – is destroying our lives, our societies and the environment. All the recent crises, constant intensification of attack of capital against popular classes, radicalization of police repression and state violence, and finally militarization and war are confirming our statement that capitalism is crisis. It is clear that the privileges of the ruling classes, coercive distribution of common wealth, existing hierarchies and the system itself can survive and be reproduced only through the rule of brute force and violence. From this we can easy extend our previous statement to capitalism is war.

Balkans with its specific history is no different in this aspects. It experienced all the brutality of war, nationalism and transition to capitalist economy in former Yugoslavia, was forced to become a laboratory of neoliberal politics (as experienced most obviously in the time of economic crisis from 2008 to 2012 in Greece), is witnessing deathly results of the European border regimes and its migration politics and is living disintegration of society with alienation and individualisation most extremely expressed in the practices of social cannibalism.

We can see different popular reactions to this realities: from reactionary rise of populist, nationalist, fascist extreme-right, the constant outbursts of riots in all corners of the world, unarticulated and diffusive street movements that are fueled through total distrust in political representation and state institutions to progressive revolutionary moments such as those of ongoing revolt in Iran or social revolutionary process in Kurdistan. The anarchist movement is trying to intervene not only in above-mentioned popular reactions to capitalist crises but also in social reality generally. Our own analysis and articulations are the foundations of our political mobilisations and activity in spaces where we are exploited and oppressed – in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. We participate in social movements where we try to implement our anti-authoritarian principles and revolutionary perspectives but we are also building new movements, fighting and solidarity structures as well as communal and autonomous spaces where we are developing alternative practices of organizing and living. But are we doing enough and are we succesfull in building counter-power needed for real change? We believe that anarchism as a political expression of the interests of the exploited and oppressed can offer many answers to the questions of our time but we can also see that the movement is lacking fundamental influence on the mechanisms of history. We would like to use BAB gathering for reflection on this and other topics, to develop strategies that can bring our agendas forward and give us new energy for our future organizing and mobilisations.

With all this in mind we are inviting all parts of the international anarchist and anti-authoritarian movement from the geographies of the Balkans, Europe and other continents to join us in the process of organizing this event on all levels and to start planning its participation. Since there will be another big international anarchist gathering in St. Immier in July 2023 we want to create an organic connection between the two. We would especially like to invite comrades from other continents that are planning to join the meeting in St. Immier to consider our invitation and also take part at the BAB gathering in Ljubljana.

We will continue to inform you about the process and give details on the programme framework of the event in the future months. We ask you to translate this call in your languages, publish it in you media and share it through your communication channels.

For further information, questions and proposals you can contact us via e-mail bab2023(at)riseup(dot)net or visit website

Over the walls of nationalism and war!*

Building solidarity and resistance!

Organizational Assembly of Balkan Anarchist Bookfair 2023

In Ljubljana, 27th of November 2022

*slogan of the anarchist movement of former Yugoslavia that was used in anti-war and anti-nationalist mobilisations against the wars of the 1990’s and which was also the name of the anarchist paper that was published at the time by comrades from different countries of former Yugoslavia.

Not all British labor sectors have the same efficiency and pressure on the state

Zaher Baher


There are many buyers working in different sectors including the industrial sector, which is factories and companies, the hospitality sector, which is many aspects such as tourism, bars, bars, restaurants, hotels, hostels and restaurants. Others work in shops and supermarkets. Others are those who work mostly in the service departments: health, education, fire brigade, telephone and communications, water, electricity and gas buyers and those who maintain highways and all transportation departments, insurance departments, departments Tax collection, garbage collection workers. Today’s reality in Britain shows that the part that puts the most efficiency and pressure on the state is the services sector, ie the latter part of the above paragraph.

For example, there are dozens of incidents every day that the fire brigade must reach. What will happen if doctors, nurses, those working in the nursing home, ambulance teams, other employees and IT departments go on strike for a week? . . . . What about teachers, school cleaners, cooks, kindergarten judges and nurseries if they go on strike? What about the workers in the transport department? If they stop working, every other sector will suffer a huge failure because not only the workers in shops, supermarkets and other places, they are on strike and will not get to work? This not only stops workers in other departments from working, but also customers, tourists and guests of bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels cannot reach their destinations. If they are not the nerves of production and industry of the country, they are the nerves of blood and oxygen circulation throughout the individuals of society and government, whose efficiency can never be compared to that of other sections of the workers.

“Neither the king nor the leadership, down with the authoritarian system”

The uprising of the oppressed in Iran is one uprising, dividing it into ethnic groups is a counter-revolutionary action!

In order to prevent the uprising of the oppressed in Iran to turn into a religious and ethnic militia war, like the uprising of the oppressed in Syria ( 2012 ), we must draw lessons from the history and the experience of the past class conflicts.

Now that ten years have passed since the resurgence of the Oppressed in Syria, history has proved that turning the mass and the social uprising into a militia warfare and into a political circus for political parties, will create the conditions for the renforcement of the counter-revolution. It will turn the uprising into a political game for various super power’s intelligence agencies and multinational companies to create a bloodbath through militia warfare with the support of regional stooge states.

Unfortunately, the counter-revolution has managed to turn the uprisings of the oppressed from Tunisia to Syria and Yemen, into tools to implement the plans of the super powers and the multinational companies. The living example of this reality is the internal conflicts in Syria and in Yemen that have created a market for gun trades.
Although Iran is made up of a number of different ethnic and religious regions, the previous demonstrations and protests were somehow divided among these political and cultural entities, but this time, unlike before, but like the 1979 uprising, the oppressed of Iran rose as one body . This is the most positive and encouraging turning point of the re-emergence of the struggle of the Iranian oppressed. It is a sign of learning lessons from the past struggles and the rising of self-consciousness of the Iranian oppressed .

But despite all the joy at this level of self-consciousness of the oppressed, we must not forget for a second the danger of the counter-revolutionary manœuvres ( from the government to the monarchists, nationalists and Sunni Salafis ). If we look closely at the reactions and attitudes inside and outside Iran, unfortunately, there are counter-revolutionary movements here and there, although they are preliminary, but everything goes with a beginning. Turning the uprising in Syria into a bloodbath through ten years of militia wars began with a single shot and a banal incident, which was a shooting during a peaceful demonstration after Friday prayers .

In recent weeks, monarchists outside Iran under the state’s banner have constantly tried to change the nature of the protests, while at home the government has attacked armed opposition bases outside Iran (in the Kurdistan Region / Iraq) and pursued two levels of repression in Balochistan and Kurdistan rather harshly in comparison to the Persian speaking regions to create confusions, suspicions and divisions among the protesters. The state has tried also to drag Kurdish armed party militias to an armed response and to create suspicion and division between the uprisings in Balochistan, Kurdistan, Azerbaijan and Khuzestan with the Persian-speaking center. Of course, along with the Iranian government’s efforts, the governments of Pakistan, Turkey and the Gulf have in the past decades hands in flaring religious and ethnic discrimination in those regions and are now trying to provoke divisions . More effective and worse than all these are two phenomena that have emerged in recent days : First, gun fires and arming the uprising, especially in the regions outside the center. Second, ethnicization of demonstrations of solidarity outside Iran, especially in Europe, which are only in solidarity with the uprising of one region, which is the beginning of fragmenting the uprising and creating divisions by encouraging nationalism and religious Salafism .

We oppose and condemn those attempts and try to prevent any counter-revolutionary attempts, opinions and statements. According to our experience of the history of uprisings, especially the 1979 uprising of the oppressed in Iran and the 1991 uprising of the oppressed in Iraq, we present our views, suggestions and support to our friends and comrades in all regions of Iran. Our only goal is to prevent the efforts of those groups and parties that are trying to turn this united uprising of Iran’s oppressed into fragmented nationalistic and into a militia warfare .

Fortunately, as far as we know, the activities inside Iranian cities and regions, the level of consciousness of the insurgents is at the level of their revolutionary historical responsibility and the risks of divisions have been less dominant so far . However, we ( as supporters of our fellow insurgents in Iran ) must not sit back and ignore the movements and efforts of the authoritarian movements and militia (from nationalists, Salafis, Shakhaists to the leftists) to control and mislead all protests or uprisings. Anti–revolution has always been able to overcome and defeat the waves of social revolution by taking advantage of the optimism of the unconscious oppressed through the authoritarian movements, parties and armed groups.

In the face of these counter-revolutionary efforts , the support of freedom fighters and anti-authoritarian movements at a global level and in all regions of the world for the uprising of the oppressed in Iran can strengthen the balance of powers to the benefit of the revolutionary pole against the capitalists, who are already preparing their scenario to control the Iranian society after the fall of the current government .

No to the state and government, no to militia, no to partisanship, no to nationalism, no to Salafism
Yes to global solidarity, yes to social uprising, yes to local social autogestion of all Iranian regions, yes to non-state federalism

Kurdish-speaking Anarchist forum
October 14, 2022

Support of the Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum for the mass uprisings in Iran

Support of the Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum for the mass uprisings in Iran

Anarchists have always supported and will support spontaneous mass movement and uprisings. Spontaneous mass uprisings are a sign of rising level of discontent, resistance and self-consciousness of the oppressed against the dominant system and the authorities. Although the protests, riots and uprisings may take different names and colours, in the content they are resistance to oppression, resistance to the brutality of the authorities and rejection of the oppressive system.

It is true that the reason for the uprising of the oppressed in Iranian cities was the murder of Mahsa Amini (a 22-year-old Kurdish girl) who had traveled to Tehran with her family and was arrested by the authorities who allegedly accused her of improper behavior in regards to the compulsory hijab law and later died as the result of the beating. This tragic death has shown again the brutality of the authorities and it shook the world. However, the message of this uprising was both a protest against Mahsa’s killing and a very radical border breaking message to Iran and the world that the oppressed, regardless of their language, ethnicity, race, colour and personal characteristics, are oppressed by one class enemy and one system.

This uprising has broken the boundaries of previous uprisings in terms of consciousness, activities and goal, rejecting the myth of nationalism, a strong response to the political parties that each paints the oppression by their respective ideologies and each directs the protests according to their particular interests. This uprising was not only a message to the oppressors in Iran, but also to all the oppressors in the world. It was mainly a message to all the oppressed that the oppression has not got a nation, a race, a gender or a nationality They have one enemy: their own class existence, the class society and the class domination; They have one basic and common goal: it’s to liberate life and existence from oppression and threats of destruction, to liberate the world from the oppression of capitalists and the tyranny of politicians.

We, as the Kurdish-Speaking anarchist forum, consider ourselves part of the protests of all the oppressed people of the world everywhere and we support and participate as much as possible in all protests, resistance, self-organization and uprising against this class society and its system at all levels.

The present general protests and uprisings have been a sudden and effective step towards a global unity of the oppressed, while rejecting the attempts of politicians and parties to divide and fragment the protests and turn them into canon fodders through competitions for authority building.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mahsa Amini and the victims of the demonstrations.

Long live the struggle and the uprisings of the oppressed in Iranian cities

Long live the unity of the exploited class struggles

Defeat to the efforts of the ruling party and to those in the opposition

Death to Class sovereignty in all its names and its colors

The Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum

23 September 2022



The Iranian women are better off on their own, without the mainstream “solidarity” from the West

The Iranian women are better off on their own, without the mainstream “solidarity” from the West
Want to help Iranian women gain their freedom? Push your governments and mainstream media to leave them alone!
[Article from Umanità Nova, anarchist weekly, n. 23 of 16th October 2022]

It’s been two weeks that I haven’t been able to take my eyes from my laptop and mobile screens — the only means connecting me to Iran right now. I’ve spent countless hours watching videos of protests happening in my hometown and cities I have lived in, recognizing some of the streets, shops and places – familiar scenes, vivid reminders of big or small riots in the past.
I find it increasingly harder to get any work done or sleep without waking up with fast heartbeat. It’s nerve-wrecking to watch your sisters getting beaten up by the police and plain cloths thugs, from the safety of your home here in Europe. You don’t get to be a part of their struggle; guilt and solitude is all you get.
However, joining the rallies organized by the exiled groups in Europe would make me feel even more guilty, guilty of standing in line with those who have constantly worked to strengthen oppression on Iranians and intensify their pain. The very same groups are now organizing rallies pretending to support the protests, but in fact are highjacking an original struggle to use it to receive more funding from their masters.
Among the prominent opposition group organizing rallies in exile is the MEK or (People’s Mojahedeen), a cult like organization, funded by both Saudis, Israel and US Neo-Cons and trained by Mossad ( Over the past years they have constantly lobbied with EU and US politicians for imposing more sanctions on Iran. Along with their bosses they have tried to hammer down the claim that sanctions only target the ruling elites, but in fact, the sanctions have wrecked millions of Iranian lives. In contrast to their claim, the country hasn’t been able to buy vital medicine such as chemotherapy drugs for cancer and blood clotting agents for haemophiliacs ( COVID-19 vaccine deliveries were delayed for months due to embargoes, costing tens of thousands of lives.
In a speech at a MEK convention, Trump’s ex-lawyer Rudi Giuliani, who also has represented this sect for years, described the effect of sanctions as such (
“The sanctions are working…we see signs of young men and women saying, give me some food, we see signs of men trying to sell their internal organs for 500 American dollars… these are the kind of conditions that lead to revolution, god willing, a nonviolent one!”
And indeed, the sanctions have made the riots more frequent, but less likely to succeed. Workers are no longer able to join the strikes, for fear of starving to death. Millions of people are simply too poor to organize themselves. Most Iranians cannot afford to mobilize for weeks or months. Those who impose sanctions on Iran don’t want progressive revolutions to succeed, they’re seeking civil war and periodic clashes of attrition.
In the rallies all over Europe and the US, monarchists who aim to bring back the son of Shah, are visibly active. Together with MEK, they have called for more sanctions and even military intervention in Iran, with their leaders frequently appearing in right-wing Israeli media. These pan-Iranist fascists call themselves Aryans and praise the ousted king, Mohammadreza Pahlavi for cracking down on Kurds and other peoples in Iran.
And there is also the much-celebrated “feminist” icon, Masih Alinejad. She is seen these days on almost every Western TV channel calling for the world’s right-wing and left-wing
feminists to support Iranian women. She laments about how people who protested George Floyd death, are now neglecting Iranians’ struggle and then she claims that Iranians are happy about the sanction and are asking for more.
The reporters who interview this self-proclaimed leader, do not bother to google her name to see her photo shaking hands with Mike Pompeo and find about that she publicly received about 500.000 mon ( dollars in funds to legitimatize sanctions, that’s in addition to prizes she receives, and the money she makes by sticking her online “campaign’s” logo to the videos of protests and selling them to news agencies and media.
Each one of these groups have an army of trolls who are quick to harass anyone who calls on their lies or has a slightly different opinion with the most sexist slurs and death threats. For them, whoever dares to disagree is a regime apologist, a traitor and deserves to be hanged. Leftists are their favourite pray. But they target pretty much everyone, from artists and film makers who dare to work under Islamic republic and the Hijabi girls who recently kicked off a campaign against the compulsory Hijab.
Iranian women do not need solidarity from these gangs. They have autonomously been fighting against the humiliating morality police for years. They have been thrown in jail, risked their lives and gave up their safety. They have even created their own symbols and actions. Their entire life is resistance, they have managed to push the religious hardliners back one step at a time.
On a busy street in Tehran, Vida Movahedi (, became a symbol of defying compulsory Hijab for quietly standing on a metal utilities box and quietly waving her white scarf from a stick. She refused to align herself, or even speak to fake activist like Massih Alinejad. Fahrad Meysami, a teacher imprisoned for protesting against Hijab law went on a long, life-threatening hunger strike in prison in 2019, demanding for the dissolution of morality police. But after foreign politicians and the so-called human rights organizations began to use his struggle to legitimize themselves, he sent out an open letter, denouncing all of them, including the US president (
These scenes of activism never get any attention from the mainstream western media, which in end, doesn’t do any good rather than giving the regime more excuses to clamp down on the truthful struggles. The exiled “freedom fighters” know that very well, this why every time a bottom-up movement unfolds in Iran this is the scenario they try to implement: They rush to claim the movement for their own: MEK says they have sent their clandestine members to organize the protests, the son of Pahlavi issues an statement in support of them, and people like Massih Alinejad film themselves crying while urging the protesters to keep fighting. In return, the regime violently stifles the movement, linking it to foreign agents who seek to destabilize the country. As a result, people get hurt, killed and imprisoned. Islamic Republic and the exiled opposition are both happy, their points are proven.
I refuse to join people who represent a spitting image of the Islamic republic in fascism, corruption and totalitarianism. They work hand in hand with the government in Iran to polarize the country along religious lines and create another Syria there. They, and the Islamic Republic regime are trying to destroy any chance of a progressive, collective action to take momentum.
I rather feel guilty for having abandoned my sisters, than to stand in line with those who want to starve Iranians to death or bomb them.
Frankly, none of these forms of exiled solidarity has any significant impact on Iranians on the ground anyway.
Social Media celebrities can try to build a concerned, woke, activist face of themselves by posting tweets and videos in support of Iran’s protests and claim “the world stands by you,” but the inspiration comes from sources elsewhere than mainstream media and celebrities.
The progressive slogan “women, life, freedom,” which is now echoing in Iranian cities streets, comes from Rojava, none of the so-called activists, opposition groups, and celebrities “supporting” the protests mention that. Only progressive movements can give real solidarity to one another, and that’s a fact these fake warriors hate to acknowledge.

Mona Omidi

Campaign for Financial Support of the Libertarian Festival of OccupiedSpaces and Collectives

Campaign for Financial Support of the Libertarian Festival of Occupied
Spaces and Collectives

Short information about the campaign:
Short title description: “This crowdfunding is a campaign to
financially support the 3rd Libertarian Festival of Occupied Spaces and
Collectivities 2022, which failed to complete Due to the events on 16
and 17 September at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the event
of 2022, which was not completed due to the events of 16 and 17
September at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The 3° libertarian festival was a decision of struggle against the
state, the police, fascism and totalitarianism. It was held n favour of
squats, free neighborhoods, liberated universities, solidarity and
anarchy. The decision to hold it may be taken by a few anarchist groups
and squats of the movement in Thessaloniki, but since the beginning we
have been of the opinion that it involved many more people. The whole
country was a witness of the inconceivable police atrocity that took
place during the main live of the event on Friday night.
In addition to all the other problems created by this criminal attack,
which was answered with thousands of complaints and a huge march of
indignation and solidarity, was and the financial burden of the
organization. The proceeds of the festival were to be distributed to
imprisoned and persecuted fighters, in support of the reconstruction of
the squat Libertatia, to fund subsequent libertarian publications, to
support the libertarian student movement and many of our other actions.
However, the violent dissolution of the concert did not allowed us to
financially support the organization and its goals. For this reason we
turn to all our comrades and friends from all over Greece and the world
in order to contribute to this very big effort that we called the “3rd
Libertarian festival of occupied spaces and collectives” and by
extension to help the libertarian/anarchist movement.
Purpose of crowdfunding:
So with solidarity between the exploited in mind, we are creating this
demand that aims to pay for the remaining costs of our festival, which
has not been completed.
All possible movements of financial support will be published on the
blogs of the associations and squats that are the organizers of the
T-shirts for financial support of the festival:
From today, we will be able to fulfill orders in other cities outside
of the city of Thessaloniki.

Available in various sizes, at the price of 10€.

In Thessaloniki you will find it at the Mundo Nuevo and Libertatia
squats, as well as at the collaborative cafeteria Belleville Sin Patron
Filippou 80, Rotonda area.
For orders send us a message on the page of the Libertarian Festival of
Occupied Spaces and Collections on FB and we will contact you directly.

_In the following link you will find the political statement of the 3rd
Libertarian Festival of Occupied Spaces & Collectives on the events that
took place during the concert of September 16th at the Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki._

Libertarian Festival of Occupied Spaces and Collectives

Καμπάνια Οικονομικής ενίσχυσης του
Ελευθεριακού Φεστιβάλ [1]
Το παρόν crowfunding αποτελεί μια καμπάνια
οικονομικής ενίσχυ



Λίγα λόγια για το Ελευθεριακό Φεστιβάλ Κατειλημμένων Χώρων και Συλλογικοτήτων:

Το 3° ελευθεριακό φεστιβάλ ήταν μια απόφαση πάλης ενάντια στο κράτος, την αστυνομία, το φασισμό και τον ολοκληρωτισμό. Υπέρ των καταλήψεων, των ελεύθερων γειτονιών, των απελευθερωμένων πανεπιστημίων, της αλληλεγγύης και της αναρχίας. Η απόφαση για τη διεξαγωγή του μπορεί να πάρθηκε από μερικές ομάδες και καταλήψεις του αναρχικού κινήματος της Θεσσαλονίκης, όμως εξαρχής πιστεύαμε και πιστεύουμε ότι αφορούσε πολύ περισσότερους ανθρώπους. Όλη η χώρα υπήρξε μάρτυρας της ασύλληπτης αστυνομικής θηριωδίας που έλαβε χώρα κατά τη διάρκεια του κεντρικού live της διοργάνωσης το βράδυ της Παρασκευής.

Εκτός όλων των άλλων προβλημάτων που δημιούργησε η εγκληματική αυτή επίθεση, η οποία απαντήθηκε με χιλιάδες καταγγελίες αλλά και μια τεράστια πορεία αγανάκτησης και αλληλεγγύης, ήταν και η οικονομική επιβάρυνση της διοργάνωσης. Τα έσοδα του φεστιβάλ θα διατίθονταν σε φυλακισμένους και διωκόμενους αγωνιστές, στην υποστήριξη της ανοικοδόμησης της κατάληψης Libertatia, στη χρηματοδότηση επόμενων ελευθεριακών εκδόσεων, στην υποστήριξη του ελευθεριακού φοιτητικού κινήματος και σε πολλές άλλες δράσεις μας. Ωστόσο η βίαιη διάλυση της συναυλίας δεν επέτρεψε την οικονομική ενίσχυση της διοργάνωσης και των σκοπών της. Για αυτόν τον λόγο στρεφόμαστε σε όλους τους συντρόφους, συντρόφισσες, φίλους και φίλες από όλη την Ελλάδα και τον κόσμο, ώστε να συνεισφέρουν σε αυτήν την πολύ μεγάλη προσπάθεια που ονομάσαμε «3ο ελευθεριακό φεστιβάλ κατειλημμένων χώρων και συλλογικοτήτων» και κατά επέκταση να βοηθήσει το ίδιο το ελευθεριακό/αναρχικό κίνημα.

Σκοπός του crowdfunding:

Με γνώμονα λοιπόν την αλληλεγγύη μεταξύ των εκμεταλλευόμενων δημιουργούμε αυτό το αίτημα το οποίο ως σκοπό έχει την αποπληρωμή των υπολοίπων εξόδων που προκύπτουν από το φεστιβάλ μας, το οποίο δεν κατάφερε να ολοκληρωθεί .

Όλες οι πιθανές κινήσεις οικονομικής ενίσχυσης θα δημοσιευτούν στα ιστολόγια των συλλογικοτήτων και καταλήψεων που αποτελούν τους διοργανωτές του φεστιβάλ.

Fb pages:

Μπλουζάκια οικονομικής ενίσχυσης του φεστιβάλ:

Μπλουζάκι οικονομικής ενίσχυσης του Ελευθεριακού Φεστιβάλ Κατειλημμένων Χώρων και Συλλογικοτήτων, από σήμερα θα μπορούμε να εκτελέσουμε και παραγγελίες σε άλλες πόλεις εκτός Θεσσαλονίκης.

Διατίθεται σε διάφορα μεγέθη, στην τιμή των 10€.

Στη Θεσσαλονίκη θα το βρείτε στις καταλήψεις Mundo Nuevo και Libertatia, όπως και στο συνεργατικό καφέ-μπαρ Belleville Sin Patron, Φιλίππου 80 περιοχή Ροτόντα .

Για παραγγελίες στείλτε μας μήνυμα στη σελίδα του Ελευθεριακού Φεστιβάλ Κατειλημμένων Χώρων και Συλλογικοτήτων στο FB και θα επικοινωνήσουμε άμεσα μαζί σας. {}

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες:

Στον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο θα βρείτε την πολιτική ανακοίνωση του 3ου Ελευθεριακού Φεστιβάλ κατειλημμένων χώρων & συλλογικοτήτων για τα γεγονότα που έλαβαν χώρα κατά τη διάρκεια της συναυλίας της 16ης Σεπτέμβρη στο Α.Π.Θ.

Φωτογραφίες από τις ημέρες του Φεστιβάλ:

1η ημέρα, Mundo Nuevo

2η ημέρα, Στέκι ΑΠΑΝ- Νεάπολη

3η ημέρα, ΑΠΘ

Φωτογραφίες από την ημέρα της διαδήλωσης στις 17 Σεπτεμβρίου:

Murder of Mahsa Amini and revolts in Iran

Murder of Mahsa Amini and revolts in Iran

28 September 2022

Mahsa Amini was a young Kurdish woman of 22 years old. On 13th September, on a family trip in Tehran, she was arrested in the street and taken away by the Islamic Republic’s morality police under the pretext that a wisp of hair was sticking out of her compulsory hijab. Two hours after her arrest, Mahsa was transfered unconscious to a hospital in Tehran : she had received blows on the head, probably in the police car or during the « educational meeting » inflicted upon women who do not abide strictly by the dress code imposed by the regime. She died on 16th September after three days in a coma. Mahsa’s death first shattered her native Kurdish city of Saghez. Her funeral gave rise to marches that spread over the next few days to more and more cities in Iran and then to the whole world.

To date, rebellions have taken place in over 80 Iranian cities, including some very religious cities such as Qom or Machhad. Women are taking off their hijabs and burning their headscarves in protest. The slogans are aimed at the whole regime: “We do not want the Islamic Republic” or “Kamenei (the supreme guide) is a murderer, his reign is illegitimate”…

Various police forces are savagely repressing those popular uprisings. On the morning of 24th September, some human rights organisations gave a death toll of at least 49 persons killed during the first days of the rebellion. The actual number could be much higher given that, as was observed in previous revolts, the authorities falsify the death certificates of those who are shot and they put pressure on their families to guarantee they remain silent by threatening not to return the bodies to the relatives. In spite of dozens of arrests these past few days, one first demonstration took place at the University of Tehran on that same 24th September, and the participants were even more numerous than the days before.

The repression is terrifying: tear gas, tonfa blows and live firing. The police apply the most dreadful tactics to take the protesters by surprise, for instance by using public transport and ambulances to move around. And the political police is more active than ever: dozens of students have been arrested in gatherings organised on the premises of universities throughout the country. Arrests are rife also among the political activists who simply criticise the regime without even calling for its overthrow, as young people and the population do. The Internet, and in particular the mobile Internet is, as usual, either slowed down or cut off in the areas where the protest movement is strongest. The regime does its utmost to ensure that the people cannot organise, or publish information, or broadcast the photographs and videos of the atrocities that are carried out at every street corner. Still, many documents evade the censorship: pictures of protesters covered in blood or shot dead, a video clip showing police officers hunting down protesters, breaking down the doors of houses whose inhabitants have offered them shelter…

In spite of the repression, the movement continues to gather momentum. The motto “Woman, Life, Liberty”, which comes from the Rojava and was chanted in Kurdish during Mahsa’s funeral, has become the rallying point of all protesters: first taken up in several Kurdish towns of Iran, it has spread to the entire country and been translated into various local languages (Persian, Turkish, Arabic, etc), and to the rest of the world during support marches at an international level, where the Iranian rebellion is met with unprecedented solidarity.

In effect, numerous senior politicians and many anonymous people have shown their support to the women’s movements in Iran. Several groups of hackers have taken down some Iranian government sites and media. The hashtag #Mahsa_Amini, in Latin as in Persian (#????-?????), has become the most used of all times on Twitter’s social network.

International solidarity is paramount.

For us, anarchists, this massive uprising against the oppression of women and against the religious tyranny of a totalitarian State is a breath of fresh air. It is a revolution that we are calling for. The Anarchist Federation naturally stands in solidarity with all the insurgents of Iran, and calls on each and every freedom-loving person to support the struggle of the women and of the Iranian people.

Long live solidarity with the struggle in Iran! Long live freedom!

French Anarchist Federation

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