Europe has been gripped by a common problem: the crisis. The crisis has proletarianized a huge part of the southern European working class with the political support or tolerance of the European Union and the IMF. Unemployment has reached severe levels, particularly for youngsters, a fact that is true both in Sweden and in the rest of the EU. Public services have been cut down which has affected the social security of millions of people. As a result, thousands of Europeans had to take refuge in the nuclear family which also serves to reproduce traditional gender roles. At the same time, wage increases have in many places slowed to a halt or been cut. The crisis has also incubated and gave birth to a new racist offspring while it created space for old fascist subjects. The whole European continent is for one more time contaminated by the plague of fascism against immigrants, homosexuals, Muslims, disabled people, and all those who ‘interrupt’ and struggle against the racist European normalcy.
A wide range of organisations have called for a common European action week 15-25th of may 2014 just before the coming EU elections. We, autonomous activists who are now part of the 365-campaign believe that it is an important arena for the Swedish movement as a whole and the 365-campaign in particular.
The call is coming from the German ‘blockupy’ network which is a transeuropean collaboration which also has contacts, for example, in North Africa. Blockupy has previously organised demonstrations before the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. It attempts to move the struggle against the troika (EU, ECB and IMF) from the Mediterranean nations into the ‘heart of the beast.’ We share the ambition to struggle together against politics of austerity and to organise internationally.
So, today the verdict will fall. The question is if it will be in proportion to what happened in the Stockholm suburb of Kärrtorp? Will it be in proportion to the verdicts that were delivered to the nazis? Probably not. The prosecutor have called for a 7 year punishment. This is the very same prosecutor who was happy with a few months of jail-time for the Nazis who attacked the peaceful manifestation. The same prosecutor who, in the closing argument, said that it was enough to ask people to go to a peaceful manifestation to be judged as a leader. Continue reading Letter from the convicted antifascist #freejoel
“Ibland är det snabba svängar. Från att ena stunden vara glad för att det är min vecka med min son och vara på väg till fritids. Till att man sitter i en kall cell i Västberga anklagad till försök till dråp. Nu lite drygt två månader senare har dom snabba svängarna bytts ut till att mot en oändlig raksträcka på väg bort från min familj.
Action against deportations in malmö, sweden.
It was only a few months ago that we were reading about “welcoming” sweden. The “organised”, “multicultural” and “tolerant” country of nothern europe which is embracing under her wings the “persecuted refugees from syria” offering equal “rights” of survival, directly promising a safe living. A country that for years “hosts” the earth’s wretched from the middle east, the former yugoslavia, kosovo, africa. Yes, we’re talking about sweden with the years of supposedly-liberal immigration tradition but also the millions of immigrants who have supported the so-called “swedish model” with their work. Let’s talk a little bit about sweden seriously, removing the cloaking image of sweden as a saintly hospitable country. Let’s see that – as in every state – repression and systemic racism is swept under the carpet. Continue reading The swedish state is deporting regufees to certain death in afghanistan
“Antifacsism is always self-defence”, according to the participants in the solidarity campaign with the antifascist who was detained in Stockholm after the nazi attack on December 15, 2013”.
sweden 2013: The police have created records of Romani nomads based on their ethnicity. The swedish migration board takes decision after decision for deporting people to countries which are at war. Cops behave in a pure racist way during police controls in the subway (the REVA project). At the same time in Europe fascism is rising again and nazi pogroms against Romani villages take place in Eastern Europe.
We see all these developments and we hear a tramp of boots. Within this context, a few brave citizens in Stockholm’s southern suburbs showed moral courage by organizing a manifestation to state that “this shall not happen again”. A few hundred locals joined the demonstration against the unidentified nazi activity in Kärrtorp on December 15. Students were fed up with painted swastikas on their school. Families with children were tired of being afraid of the fact that black dressed nazis carried out military-like exercises in the local sport hall.
During this demonstration, the nazis from the organization Svenska Motståndsrörelsen [swedish resistance movement] made the decision to attack a totally peaceful manifestation of baby carriages with knifes, bludgeons, glass bottles, fire-crackers and sparklers. The antifascists that were there managed to push back the attack. Probably many of them went down the memory lane to their youth during the 1990s when several refugee camps were set on fire in sweden, they remembered the tortured face of John Hron before he was drowned in a lake, the fear for the serial killer of immigrants Laser-man because they also had dark hair. They probably saw these memories turning into reality in front of them again before they decided to take action and defend the demonstration using necessary violence to protect themselves and several families with children from not being assaulted by sweden’s most militant nazi group. That day no tramp of boots was heard from far away. The nazis were standing in front of them.
We have heard the tramp of boots before. But for once again, we realize that the oppressed need to answer the question regarding violence and not the oppressor. Is it right to protect yourself by using violence? We claim that self-defense against nazi assaults can only be defined as self-defense. The nazis attempt through attacks to scare and silence us. We have seen it before.
Probably, Joel came to Kärrtorp that day, on December 15, because he was tired of this sort of violence. Because he was tired of explaining to his children that one shall be afraid and aware of the nazis, especially if this person bears a dark skin. Tired of explaining why people in sweden are separated. Joel was arrested some days after the events in Kärrtorp. He is detained in isolation for more than six weeks now. Joel is a father, a colleague, a friend and a comrade. He was forced that day to use violence for defending himself. Because he had heard the tramp of boots during the whole of his life and he did not want that his children will need to grow up in a country where refugees’ camps are set on fire. He did not want to see this happening again.
We know that you have also heard the tramp of boots and together we will show that our solidarity is greater than their hatred. Release Joel! Antifascism is always self-defense. We should never let it happen again.
Amine and Alexander, both committed to support the campaign freejoel. Their article was published by the Free Magazine
20 refugees at the Märsta prison, wing one, in Stockholm, Sweden, have started hunger strike since February 6. They demand their release from prison until they have a decision on their asylum applications. The hunger strike also is for showing solidarity with another inmate who has been in Sweden for a longer time and who has now been separated from family members. S/he is in a bad condition due to this separation. The hungerstrikers of Märsta have signed a manifesto for the release of their comrade. A young person (18 years old) collapsed on February 9 and according to information from inside the prison, the person was carried away by an ambulance on February 10. Six persons were moved from the refugee prison. A buss without registration plates took them to unknown place. There is no way to contact them. It is very obvious that the hunger strike was the reason why they were moved. Inside the bus, a special construction was installed to prevent people from the outside to see the condition of the refugees. There is strong evidence that those hunger strikers will be deported to Afghanistan.
See previous video about this case here
Source: Action against Deportation
On Monday, January 27, the cultural center Glassfabriken was attacked at the same time as the entrance of the municipal library was painted with swastika symbols, on the same day a memorial was planned in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
The last two days, the offices of local anarchosyndicalists SAC were also attacked. Early in the morning of January 27 and 28, the windows of the offices were smashed. It was the sixth time SAC’s venue was under attack the last five weeks. During this time, anarchist and autonomous venues as well as minority groups have been subject to fascist assaults not only in Malmö but in many places in Sweden.
Μάλμε, Σουηδία: Επίθεση στα γραφεία των αναρχοσυνδικαλιστών της SAC
Την Δευτέρα 27 Ιουανουαρίου, επίθεση δέχτηκε το αυτόνομο πολιτιστικό κέντρο Glassfabriken ενώ έξω από την δημοτική βιβλιοθήκη σχεδιάστηκαν αγκυλωτοί σταυροί, κατά την ημέρα μνήμης και εκδηλώσεων για το Ολοκαύτωμα.
Το τελευταίο διήμερο και τα γραφεία της τοπικής οργάνωσης των αναρχοσυνδικαλιστών της SAC δέχτηκαν επίθεση. Ξημερώματα 27 και ξημερώματα 28 Γενάρη άγνωστοι έσπασαν τα τζάμια των γραφείων. Ο βανδαλισμός των γραφείων των αναρχοσυνδικαλιστών στο Μάλμε ήταν ο έκτος, σε μια περίοδο πέντε εβδομάδων όπου α/α χώροι και μειονότητες γίνονται αντικείμενο συνεχών επιθέσεων τόσο στο Μάλμε όσο και στην υπόλοιπη Σουηδία.
We, anti-fascists of Stockholm, call upon the international left-wing movement to show solidarity and support to one of our imprisoned comrades. He is in jail for defending a local community-organized anti-racist demonstration in the Kärrtorp area of Stockholm against a brutal nazi-attack on the 15th of December. Locals of all sorts, including parents with their children, elderly and youth, gathered in their neighbourhood to show strength against a nazi organisation that had been attacking local anti-racists and spreading nazi propaganda in schools in the area. They gathered in a peaceful protest when they were attacked by the most militant nazi group in Sweden with knives, sticks and glass bottles. Anti-fascists at the scene defended the local families from the attack and were injured themselves. One of the anti-fascists got arrested by the police a few days later altough the anti-fascists did nothing but defend themselves.
A week later, on the 22nd of December, the largest manifestation in modern history in Sweden against racism and nazism took place in the same area. Around 20.000 people gathered with a clear message: Nazis are not welcome in our society!
Altough the left-wing people of Stockholm showed strength we need your solidarity, your solidarity actions and your letters to our imprisoned comrade!
Εμείς, οι αντιφασίστες/ριες της Στοκχόλμης, καλούμε διεθνώς όλα τα αριστερά κινήματα να δείξουν αλληλεγγύη και στήριξη στον φυλακισμένο μας σύντροφο. Βρίσκεται στην φυλακή επειδή υπερασπίστηκε μια τοπική αντιρατσιστική συγκέντρωση στο Kärrtorp στην περιοχή της Στοκχόλμης από μια βίαιη ναζιστική επίθεση στις 15 Δεκεμβρίου. Ντόπιοι/ες, συμπεριλαμβανομένου γονείς με τα παιδιά τους, ηλικιωμένους και νέους, είχαν συγκεντρωθεί στην γειτονιά για να δείξουν την αντιθεσή τους σε μια ναζιστική οργάνωση η οποία είχε νωρίτερα επιτεθεί σε ντόπιους/ες αντιρατσιστές/ριες και προωθούσε ναζιστική προπαγάνδα στα σχολεία της περιοχής. Η ειρηνική διαδήλωση δέχθηκε επίθεση από την πιο βίαιη ναζιστική ομάδα της Σουηδίας με μαχαίρια, βεγγαλικά και γυάλινα μπουκάλια. Η αντιφασιστική περιφρούρηση υπερασπίστηκε οικογένειες από την επίθεση ενώ τραυματίστηκαν και οι ίδιοι οι αντιφασίστες. Ένας από τους αντιφασίστες συνελήφθη μερικές μέρες μετά την επίθεση παρά το γεγονός ότι οι αντιφασίστες δεν έκαναν τίποτε άλλο από το να υπερασπιστούν τους εαυτούς τους και την συγκέντρωση.
Ακόμη και μέσα στο ναζιστικό κίνημα της Σουηδίας, το Svenska Motståndsrörelsen (Σουηδικό κίνημα αντίστασης) θεωρείται το πιό βίαιο και σκληρό. Αντλούν την υπεροψία τους από τον κατασκευασμένο από τους ίδιους μύθο ότι αποτελούν τους πιο σκληρούς άριους υπερανθρώπους που δεν έχει ποτέ ξαναδεί ο βορράς. Την Κυριακή 15 Δεκεμβρίου, ο μύθος αυτός καταρρίφηκε για άλλη μια φορά. Οπλισμένοι μέχρι τα δόντια με μαχαίρια, ασπίδες και βεγγαλικά, 30 ναζί επιτέθηκαν σε μια ειρηνική διαδήλωση κατά του ρατσισμού όπου συμμετείχαν αρκετοί ηλικιωμένοι και μικρά παιδιά. Δυστυχώς όμως για αυτούς, εμείς [RF] και σύντροφοι/-ες από την AFA Στοκχόλμης [antifa] είμασταν επίσης εκεί. Μετά τον αρχικό αιφνιδιασμό και την προώθηση των ναζί, οι οποίοι πέταξαν προς την συγκέντρωση ότι είχαν πάνω τους, τους σπρώξαμε πίσω μάζι με τους ντόπιους. Οι ναζί διέφυγαν από την περιοχή ματωμένοι, αφήνοντας πίσω τους συντρόφους τους,τους οποίους περιποιηθήκαμε με τον τρόπο που αντιμετωπίζουμε τους ναζί. Το τελικό απότέλεσμα ήταν καθαρό: 28 συλληφθέντες ναζί, ένας μαχαιρωμένος, πολλοί αιμορραγούσαν – κανένας συλληφθέντας αντιφασίστας!