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zaterdag 17 maart 2018

Anarchic update news all over the world - 17.03.2018

Today's Topics:


1.  France, Alternative Libertaire AL #280 - ideas, On the
      borders of Marxism and anarchism, councilism (fr, it, pt)
      [machine translation] (

2. Save8Rally - 6 points that prove that 9k and not 100k
      marched by Andrew N Flood (

3. The call of the anarchists of Chelyabinsk to
      solidarity (

4.  London Anarchist Communists: If we stop the world stops

5. Demonstration against torture in Helsinki

6.  fau, deliver-union: Black Friday -- Which of these companies
      deserves the most trouble? (

7.  Greece, liberta salonica Microphone solidarity in the 3
      squats discharged in Athens Monday 12/3, 17:30 in Kamara (gr)
      [machine translation] (

8.  [Spain] Strike 8M: Strenuous success of the feminist general
      strike of March 8 By ANA (ca, pt) [machine translation]


Message: 1

Appeared a century ago, this stream of ideas advocates a form of direct democracy quite 
similar to that of libertarian communism. ---- Councilism refers to a conception of the 
revolutionary process explicitly opposed to Lenin's authoritarian and stateist. The " 
council " is considered the privileged political and social organ of the revolution, 
instead of the state. This form is directly inspired by the Russian " soviets " which 
corresponded in town to assemblies of workers' delegates (and soldiers) and, in the 
countryside, to peasant assemblies. ---- Counselors are of the opinion that council is not 
a panacea, since it can be dominated by political-social-democratic (1918 German 
Revolution) or authoritarian (Russian Revolution 1917) forces - which uphold organization 
based on the delegation of power and formally challenging direct democracy.

Beyond the form of advice, direct democracy is a decisive mark of councilism. The currents 
having claimed this filiation were rather Marxist but they counted number of anarchists by 
their side during various combats. For example, Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutch trade 
unionist and alleged perpetrator of the Reichstag fire after Hitler's appointment in 1933, 
frequented anarchist and councilist circles.

For the record, in France, before the official PCF, a " first Communist Party " was 
created in May 1919 by revolutionary syndicalists, anarchists and left-wing socialists who 
converged on councilist-type positions. The principle of direct democracy naturally 
explains this proximity, and moreover, even at that time, the anarchists were not 
unanimously anti-Marxists.

Sailors and red soldiers during the revolutionary days of November 1918 in Berlin.
The most famous organizations claiming this communism of advice were, at the dawn of the 
1920s, the Workers 'Communist Party of Germany (KAPD) and the Workers' Communist Party of 
the Netherlands (KAPN). The KAPD, founded in April 1920, brought together up to 50,000 
members. He came from an anti-Leninist and anti-electionist split of the German Communist 
Party. The main theorists of councilism, however, are Dutch, with Anton Pannekoek and 
Herman Gorter. Paul Mattick is a great theoretical reference of this current and of 
Marxism in general, especially as regards questions of economic theory. Karl Korsch could 
also be mentioned for a more philosophical angle.

Conseillism appeared vigorously in the wake of the revolutionary crisis that shook Europe 
between 1917 and 1921. It broke up almost immediately the past revolutionary situation, 
its opposition to both parliamentarism and trade unionism having deprived it of an action 
adapted to a non-revolutionary period. The councilist idea nevertheless survived in 
journals and intellectual circles such as, in the years 1950-1960, the Situationist 
International, with Guy Debord, or the journal Socialisme ou Barbarie, with Cornelius 

The idea of advice, it is not outdated. Do not we find it in the principle of local 
assemblies uniting different sectors of struggle, which can return to the taste of the day 
in periods of recovery of the class struggle ? The present day lends itself to it, while 
the economic crisis is acute, that the struggles of the trade unions, put in difficulty, 
must avoid isolation, and that other forms of contestation of the commercial society take 
an increasing place. So strongly that come back the time of the councils !

Wil (AL Paris North East)

In summary:
Editorial: The Marxian dimension of anarchism
Alain Bihr (sociologist): " Even insufficient, Marx remains necessary ! "
Political economy: The usefulness of Marxian criticism for libertarians
Basics: Capitalist logic in eight basic notions
the value
the work force
domestic work
the capital gain
the trend decline in the rate of profit
Marx or Keynes ? The development of capitalism is no longer epoch
On the borders of Marxism and anarchism, councilism
Proudhon, the instigator denied
Bakunin, the critic heard
Daniel Guérin, returned from " libertarian marxism "
The " other communism " remains relevant


Message: 2

"We will be providing an accurate count of todays anti-choice march through Dublin" ---- A 
large anti-choice march will pass through Dublin today and the organisers will attempt to 
massively exagerate the number taking part as part of their campaign to keep the hated 
anti-women 8th amendment.  WSM will be there providing a count of the real numbers of 
people marching and we would strongly encourage our supporters to retweet and share the 
results as well as challenging any false exaggerated reporting of the numbers you may see. 
  Along with the rest of the pro-choice movement we are not mounting a counter-protest 
this year, we will simply be there to observe and to count.  From 14.00 track @wsmireland 
on twitter and keep an eye on our Facebook pages, in particular Solidarity Times which 
will carry a livestream from around...."

Saturday March 10th saw an anti-choice march pass through Dublin, part of their campaign 
to try and maintain the status quo where pregnant people and
doctors can be jailed for 14 years for taking abortion pills in this country while others 
are denied control of their own maternity care.  Polls show that few people support this 
position and its ‘let women die' implications so the anti-choice campaign is trying to 
create the fiction of mass support in the hope that people will be more inclined to vote No.

Aware of this WSM decided to put together a team to go out and document the march for 
ourselves including physically counting everyone who marched and using other techniques 
that give a good estimate of the numbers marching.  Below we will bring you through the 
results of each of these counts and estimates but the headline item is that when the 
organisers claimed 100k had marched this was a blatant lie that we will show is even 
physically impossible.  We counted 8930 marchers. All of the other methods we used also 
limited the maximum size of the march to less than 15,000.

1. The count

The most reliable method we used was to physically count the march at two different 
locations.  Each of those counting teams had two counters, one of them also live-streamed 
their count.  You can view that livestream.

The first team at the O'Brien statue where the Luas crosses O'Connell st counted 7,800 as 
the march passed.
The second team at the new Luas bridge named after Rosie Hackett counted 10,060
The average count was 8,930 which we can call 9000 to be generous.
Both teams counted blocs of 10, marked down a stroke on paper for each bloc of 10 people 
and then totalled these strokes after the march passed their location. There could be be 
an error of +/- 20% with that method but there is no possibility of an error of 100% to 
get 20k  never mind the 1000% plus error that the 100k figure claimed by the organisers 
would require.

2. Area occupied at start

A crude way of estimating crowd size is to map out the area a crowd occupies and then 
calculate how many people could fit into that space at the crowd density.  We used this 
technique to give a maximum limit to the size of the crowd at both the start rally and the 
end rally.  In both cases we used the maximum possible crowd density, one equivalent to a 
rock concert or a football stadium.  Because of this these figures give the absolute 
maximum number of people that could fit in, the reality, particularly at the end was that 
the crowd was not packed tight and the number would have been smaller that this maximum. 
In both cases it was physically impossible for the organisers claimed 100k to fit into the 
space by enormous margins, a factor of 10 at the start and a factor of 6 at the end.  In 
other words to fit that number into the space people would have had to stand on each 
others shoulders in piles 10 people high.

The was a short rally with speakers before the march started.  The official start time was 
14.00 so we waited 15 minutes until 14.15 and at that point in time one person 
photographed and reported on the location of the front of the march as it spilled onto 
Parnell Square East (including a lot of people on the large grass verge) while the other 
did the same for Parnell square west where the back of the rally came around on one side 
of the road to the entrance to the Rotunda staff car park.  We had also surveyed the site 
an hour beforehand so we knew where objects that occupied large areas of space like the 
stage were and could make allowance for them.  This information was fed into the Crowdsize 
app, we told it the crowd was at maximum density and it returned a calculation that at 
most 10,400 could fit into this space.  This figure is comparable with the 9000 people 
count we performed later but not al all with the organisers claimed 100,000 attendance.

3. Area occupied at final rally
We had also visited the site of the final rally an hour before the march was to start and 
in fact posted a short video ahead of the march starting explaining why the space on 
Merrion square south as laid out could not fit more than 15,000 people.  This took into 
account the placement of the stage, the other areas barricaded of around giant screens and 
the rather odd decision to take up a lot of space by parking two large truck in the space 
rather than somewhere nearby.

We followed the back of the Save8Rally up to and then into Merrion square recording 
photographs and video that demonstrate that the street was not full and that there were in 
fact substantial gaps for over 1/3rd of the way down the street, beyond where the lorries 
were parked.  As such although we had calculated that the space could hold as many as 
15,000 people if it was packed in the visible gaps made it clear that the crowd was 
significantly smaller.  Again this is fully compatible with our 9,000 people count but not 
at all with the 100,000 claimed by the organisers.  For 100,000 to fit into the available 
space you would have had to have had six people standing on each others shoulders.

Merrion Square south had also been the end point for the September March for Choice rally, 
the Save8Rally had configured the street so less space was available and the September 
rally had filled the street from pavement to pavement.  In other words the March for 
Choice rally was bigger than the Save8Rally but the same people who claimed there were 
100k there on Saturday had declared that the March for Choice rally - filling the exact 
same space - was ‘small, only a few thousand' Were they lying then, lying now or as seems 
likely lying both times.

4. Video of entire march passing on O'Connell street

We also videoed the entire march passing the small counter protest near the GPO on 
O'Connell street.  The unedited video is available and as you can see it is 60 minutes 
(and 2 seconds) in length.  Anyone who marched from the Garden of Remembrance to Parnell 
square had to pass this point and because the video is an hour long we can calculate how 
many people would have to pass per minute in order for the various claims as to thesis of 
the march to be true.

If the organisers claim of 100,000 people marching was true then 1667 people would have to 
pass this point per minute.  This is very very obviously not the case in the video.

Some media including RTE reported a vague ‘tens of thousands'. If we take the lower limit 
of that to mean 30,000 people marched then 500 people would have to pass on the video for 
each and every minute.  The very front of the march was packed in and moving fast so you 
might get near 500 for just that segment but its very clear that this is not the case at 
any other point in the march.

We counted the march with two teams and their average count was that 8930 people marched, 
so let's round up to 9,000.  For 9,000 people to have marched then 150 people would pass 
the camera on average per minute.

As this point we'd invite any doubters to select 3 one minute segments of the video and 
count how many people pass in each of those segments.  You will find that the number 
counted will only be comparable with our 150 per minute figure.  It will be well below 500 
a minute and nothing even slightly close to 1677 a minute.  We suspect a well drilled army 
would have a problem marching 1677 fit young soldiers past a point per minute at walking pace.

5. The route length and march length

Google maps has a handy tool that enables you to measure distance.  If you go to the 
google map of the area, right click on Parnell square north and then trace the route of 
the march to Merrion square south you will see its slightly under 3km in length.  This 
length also imposes maximum limits on the number who could have marched, limits that are 
very much short of 100,000.

Again let's think of a very well drilled army where the soldiers are capable of 
maintaining a formation that is ten abreast and with each rank only 1 meter behind the one 
in front.  They are so good at marching that there are no other gaps in their entire 
formation from start to finish, even going around corners and crossing bridges.  100,000 
such soldiers would form a column that was 10km long - this column would not fit in the 
3km from the start point to the end point.  If the march had been formed of such well 
trained soldiers than the RTE ‘tens of thousands' interpreted as 30,000 figure would be 
just about possible, then the route would be entirely filled.

As far as we can tell from tweets from the organisers the front of the march arrived at 
the Customs house on the quays while the back was still at Parnell square.  Although that 
sounds impressive this is a distance of a little over 1km and when you do the calculations 
it again imposes a maximum number marching of around 10,000 for well trained soldiers.

Needless to say the march was not in the tight formation of a well trained army.  By the 
time it had reached our second counting point at the new Luas bridge it was strung out 
with large gaps and was almost nowhere more than 8 a breast, often less.  When we followed 
the end of the march we recorded a video segment on Pearse street that shows a 80m gap 
with almost no marchers in it and many such gaps are recorded on the livestream. And there 
were the buses, trucks and huge horizontal banners that took up much space in the march.

6. Where's Wally

Our experience is that when people look at a large crowd they always over estimate how 
many people are there.  We count most demonstrations and the organisers claimed figures 
will always be twice what we count, in most cases this isn't attempted deception but 
simply down to guess work based on hearing past over guesses.  So a visual guess is 
terrible for getting an accurate crowd size.  But Merrion square does have the major 
advantage for crowd size calculations that back in 2011 there was a Guinness book of 
records attempt to get the most amount of people dressed as the cartoon character Wally in 
the one spot.  Being a record attempt the number present were counted precisely and a 
cherry picker was used to get overhead photographs.  So if all you are going to do is make 
a visual guess from the stage you can at least first look at that image of 3657 people and 
base your guess on how much greater or smaller the crowd in front of you then appears. 
Needless to say there is no way you could look at the image of 3657 wallies and then look 
at Saturdays crowd and decide it was the required 27 times larger.

Why we did it

This may seem like a lot of effort on our part, and it did take a team of 8 of us a few 
hours to do all the things described here.  However we believe it was worthwhile to 
uncover the deception that the rally organisers tried to pull on their own supporters and 
through the media on the general public.  To an extent they succeeded despite us, the 
Sunday Independent which is the largest circulation newspaper in Ireland published with a 
headline that claimed 100,000 attended, as we have shown this was physically impossible. 
Newstalk and RTE radio both reported that tens of thousands had attended, again this was 
physically impossible even if they only meant 30,000. An Irish Times journalist who was on 
the stage said she thought the crowd looked like 70,000 or about 19 times the size of that 
find wally crowd.

The Irish Times itself was mixed in the messages it put out in headlines, the same 
journalists write up being subheaded ‘Thousands turn out to march through capital in show 
of commitment to status quo' but what we guess to be her video report repeats the 
impossible tens of thousands.  This is indicative of the power the anti-choice side have 
in the media, a power that entirely comes from elite influence and does not reflect the 
support for their ideas in the general population. Literal Fakenews that is being 
furiously contested online gets reported as fact.   Which meant that to an extent we 
succeeded in a second objective, to demonstrate that whatever it claims the media is not 
bias free, that even the most respectable newspapers and state media play a role in 
amplifying and spreading ‘fake news' due to the influence of the rich and powerful.

On social media its very different, all over Facebook and Twitter attempts to claim 100k 
or even tens of thousands are inviting ridicule from commentators who are using the 
figures and video we provided as well as some of the methods described above. Our Tweet 
thread has been Retweeted 200 times so far and in the period since the march we've had 
200,000 or so impression on Twitter.  Our Facebook reports have hundreds of people 
commenting - lots of them are not very happy about the information we've provided but no 
one has seriously challeneged one of the six points above, never mind all of them.

It's going to be a long campaign

The anti-choice campaign won a short term battle in getting its fake news reported but the 
social media response suggests it's going to contribute to their long term defeat as the 
cost is the loss of any remaining credibility.  This lack of credibility is part of the 
story of why urban voters, young voters and voters with good internet access are all 
polling strongly yes despite all the smears and false claims of the No campaign, spread by 
their incredible amounts of cash & media access.  The No campaign is only polling 
reasonably amongst groups that lack access to such corrections and who may well have no 
choice but to believe the reporting in the Sunday Independent, the Irish Times and RTE as 
a result.

If you are young, urban and active on social media it probably looks like we are 
guaranteed an overwhelming win.  Not only are No voters thin on the ground but the No 
campaign is a laughable farce that lumpers from one false claim to a poorly executed smear 
to the transparent lying we saw in relation to Saturdays numbers.

But lots of people who will vote are not seeing any of this, they are only seeing the 
media reporting of what is often anti-choice fake news and not the refutations that 
quickly follow on social media.  Even on social media these refutations are only visible 
to those who are somewhat active and, when they share posts, to their mates.  There are a 
lot of people not being reached by us but who are being reached by the huge US backed 
advertising spend of the anti-choice campaign. A spend that even one year ago was at the 
level of ten thousand plus euro to promote a single ambush video to everyone following the 
National Ploughing Championship page.  They literally have money to burn.

Pro-choice organisations don't have the money to compete with that.  In terms of our 
effort here we are entirely dependent on your shares and retweets to reach people outside 
the bubble of people fighting for a better world. The sheer power, influence and wealth of 
the No campaign mean its essential to have that Vote Yes conversation with everyone you 
know, particularly older people and the folks back home where the broadband is non 
existent to dodgy.  It's very essential that come polling day you get out and vote yes and 
make sure everyone you know does likewise.  A defeat in May would be a disaster and its up 
to you to make sure that's not what happens.

Author: Andrew N Flood


Message: 3

"We, the anarchists of Chelyabinsk, need international support and solidarity. ---- On the 
night of 19-20 February in Chelyabinsk, there were detentions and searches in the case of 
a campaign to post a banner on the FSB building in the Chelyabinsk region. Five people 
were arrested, three of them were searched, three became suspected under Article 213 of 
the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. During the investigation, FSB officers widely 
used torture, including torture. and to witnesses. ---- Our position in this matter is the 
refusal to cooperate with the investigation and the open recognition of our convictions. 
We will seek to bring to justice the people who tortured us. We ask the anarchist 
community for material assistance and a solidarity campaign. " ---- The required amount of 
the fee to pay lawyers is 30 thousand rubles. ---- Sberbank 4817 7600 5164 0567 (Semenova 

Yandex money 410015036599830

Kiwi Purse +79021463485

Information about what happened from the media


Message: 4

Millions of women around the world participated in events for International Women's Day 
(IWD) on March the 8th. The most militant action was in the growth of the ‘Women's 
Strike', with 5.3 million people on strike in Spain. In Britain, the interest in the 
tactics of the strike on IWD is relatively new, yet still 7,000 women pledged to strike. 
In addition, links were made to grass roots unions such as the Cleaners and Allied 
Independent Workers Union (CAIUW) with support for their pickets for a Living Wage. Sex 
workers also co-ordinated their own actions for decriminalisation and trans women held an 
action over the problems of access to NHS services. ---- The organisers in Britain made it 
clear that the strike should focus on demands for working class women, including those who 
often face the most exploitation and discrimination, like migrants, sex workers, trans 
women. It is not just a strike about traditional work but also about ‘invisible labour', 
such as care, domestic and emotional labour, and against male violence. The historical 
origins of the day make it clear that the purpose is not to have more women politicians or 
company directors (see box). Instead it is focused on the majority of women who are at the 
bottom of the pile, both in the workplace and in the home. According to one organiser of 
the Women's Strike in Britain: "We are instead taking action - action against our 
exploitation under capitalism, where the domestic and emotional work we do for little or 
no pay is made invisible, while austerity measures force us into a more and more 
vulnerable position. This is feminism for the 99%".

It was in Spain, however, that the strike was the most successful. This was partially 
because of the support it got from the mainstream unions. However, it is clear that they 
were forced into support as a result of the massive upsurge from the grass roots 
organisations. According to one source ( "An important 
feature of this strike is that it has been promoted and organised from the bottom up, and 
not the other way around. That is to say, the initiative of the strike has been born first 
in the streets, in the neighbourhoods and districts and has developed in open assemblies. 
It has not been a proposal of the unions, but of the feminist movement." The mainstream 
unions only called for a 2 hour strike whereas unions such as the CGT and the anarchist 
CNT called for 24 hour stoppages.

Despite calls for the strike to be based on working class women, it is uncertain to what 
extent many women could actually participate, given that they are the ones in the most 
precarious position. In Spain, headlines were given to women in media and other 
professional jobs. In Britain, the strike was most successful in the universities, with 61 
universities taking part.  However, the link to CAIWU and sex workers showed that there 
certainly was support outside the universities.

If women are to truly win all the demands put forward on the day then we must go beyond 
demands for equality in the system and call for both the end of capitalism and patriarchy. 
So how is this going to happen? The strike in Spain may have been very successful in terms 
of numbers on the streets but what will it achieve in terms of winning demands? 
Politicians and even bosses may pay lip service to the aims of IWD but they are unlikely 
to do anything about it. In the end, using the success of March the 8th, women and men 
must continue to organise at the grass roots level and build up a movement that lasts much 
longer than a day. The linking up of a number of groups on the 8th provides a good basis 
on which to move forward.

Origins of International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women's Day. This date commemorates March 8, 1909, when 129 
employees of a cotton textile factory in New York were killed when their own owner set 
fire to the factory while all of them were inside making a protest demanding labour 
rights. In addition, the colour of feminism is violet because, it is said, the smoke that 
came from that fire was violet, like the fabrics that were there that day. At an 
International Congress of Socialist Women in 1910, Clara Zetkin proposed this date as the 
International Women's Day in honour of the cotton workers.


Message: 5

During the last months, Russian secret services have arrested several anarchists and 
antifascists. They were accused of conspiring to organize a "terrorist organization". The 
arrested were tortured with electric cables and shockers for many hours, brutally beaten 
without consideration if serious wounds are caused and whether visible traces of beating 
are left. The officers humiliated our arrested comrades. They tried to force them to 
testify against themselves and against each other. ---- The FSB officers demanded that 
they stop participating in the campaign of resistance against tortures and repressions. 
---- Moreover, after solidarity actions took place in Russia, the police launched 
repressions against those who took these actions. ---- Our comrades were prosecuted in 
Moscow and Chelyabinsk.
Anarchists in Chelyabinsk were again tortured with electricity by the police, while being 
accused of "hooliganism". Simultaneously with the arrests in Saint-Petersburg, FSB raids 
and arrests against anarchists were made in the Crimea.

It is necessary to continue and strengthen the campaign of solidarity to force Russian 
authorities to end tortures and political repressions.
The best day for new actions is March 18: the day of presidential elections in Russia. In 
this day, the ruling regime is the most vulnerable and the eyes of the world will be 
turned to the situation in our country.

We invite you to join the protest against any kind against tortures and repressions in 
Russia: near embassy of Russian Federation in Helsinki. We will not be silent while our 
comrades are tortured!

See you 18.3. 1PM at Tehtaankatu 1!

ABC Helsinki


Message: 6

The group "work injustice, Germany" is holding a black Friday day of action on April 13. 
Three companies Deliveroo, Nord See and I-SEC Luftsicherheit, have been nominated for the 
worst employer award for their union busting activities and contempt for workers rights. 
---- We have a clear favourite for the award. ---- - Who uses bogus self employment to 
hire their workers? ---- - Who dismantles works councils (as they did with our colleagues 
in Koeln). ---- - Who blocks negotiations with their workers? Who doesn't even cover the 
costs of work equipment, while pretending to pay compensation that no one actually 
receives? ... ---- For more info follow this link and make sure you vote for who you think 
is the worst employer before April 13th! ----


Message: 7

The repressive struggles of the state will not be missed ---- Two days after the massive 
and dynamic pamvalkaniki internationalist rally in Thessaloniki, police forces surrounded 
and evacuated during the early morning hours of 12 th March occupations Gare -which had 
already emptied once in 26/11, but reoccupied 2 / 12- and Zaimis 11 in Exarchia, as well 
as the capture of Matrozos 45 in Koukaki, the evacuation of which was accompanied by 11 
adulteresses of companions and comrades, which were eventually turned into arrests. ---- 
The state is throwing its papers in the framework of a long-standing operation of 
repression and attacks on combat venues and anarchist militants, which is being shaped 
visibly during the last period after the extermination of Termita's occupation in Volos 
and the torturous crimes of five arrested in Thessaloniki, the duration of the solidarity 
course in the occupation of Libertatia on 22/1 but also of the six arrested / arrested in 
Patras during the conflicts that erupted as a sign of solidarity with the anarchist 
Constantine Yagg glutamic on 1/3 after anti-state-antinationalist beam end.

At this time, the reactive reflexes of a significant portion of society are on the rise as 
a result of the Macedonian issue and the subsequent revival of nationalism. This 
conservative and reactionary wave seems to be trying to exploit as long as it is still on 
the surface, the proclaimed "progressive" government of the reformist left, in order to 
attack the rival awe, in the world of struggle, that is, trying to extract at the same 
time a piece of the voters traditionally in the target group of the right. But the state 
has continuity, either managed by right or left. The despotic director of society, the 
state, is not reformed, even though there are seemingly the best intentions. In 
capitalism, it is not the civilian staff of capital,

Constructing and then suppressing the internal enemy is an integral part of the survival 
of sovereignty, so he invests in this strand using the urban means of propagating the 
dominant ideology. Security parrots are compulsorily compiling articles of squatting lists 
and machinizing terrorism reports in an effort to decipher and socialize the anarchist / 
anti-authoritarian space and struggles, attempting to mop the ground for future repressive 
struggles that dominate the sovereignty.

The state strengthens its attack on the world of struggle, aiming at the disintegration 
and weakening of the anarchist / anti-authoritarian space. Anarchists, however, are not 
going to go to their homes, what hits they accept. Because, in response to the attacks of 
sovereignty, our answer is solidarity between the oppressed and those who struggle against 
state and capital. Squats are an organic part of the fight. They are places freed from the 
panoptic control of the state and capital. Areas where partnerships and solidarity are 
built, hosting self-organized processes and assemblies, reflecting the social 
self-direction for which we are struggling. But the fight does not begin or end in 
squatting. From workplaces and schools, to neighborhoods and streets,


Message: 8

Women from all over the state responded to the call of the feminist movement and massively 
took to the streets yesterday at the first general feminist strike convened on its labor 
axis by the CNT along with other trade union organizations. ---- After an intense morning 
of informational picketing in companies and workplaces, the afternoon demonstrations were 
attended by hundreds of thousands of people according to the most moderate estimates. The 
centers of the great cities of the country were small enough to receive so many people in 
demonstrations that had not been remembered since the 15M. In Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, 
Zaragoza or Bilbao, the urban centers were completely overcrowded. ---- The CNT, whose 
traditional red and black flag was replaced by lilac and black, accompanied the 
demonstrations of numerous cities together with combative syndicalism, making reality a 
unit of action that is already being adjusted in different sectors and companies.

 From the CNT, we consider it a conquest to convene the first 24-hour feminist general 
strike, despite the work of disinformation carried out by some media related to the 
government, the boycott of the UGT, CCOO, ELA and LAB["large" trade unions of Spain], as 
well as the obstacles placed by the administration in negotiating minimum services.

In the absence of accurate data on the follow-up of the strike, since the CNT we believe 
that the success of the first feminist strike was incontestable. We hoped to have 
contributed as an organization with the 24-hour strike call for the dissemination of 
feminist demands and the undeniable success of participation in the various feminist 
mobilizations held throughout the day yesterday and which ended with the historic 
demonstrations held in the afternoon in all cities.

On the other hand, the CNT has detected anti-union behavior and violations of the right to 
strike in many companies, against which the appropriate legal measures will be taken in 
the next few days.

The CNT congratulates the feminist movement on this day and invites all women workers to 
continue fighting against patriarchy and capitalism in all areas and at all levels. 
Because we, women and men, have to oppose exploitation in all its forms, as the only way 
to achieve other care, another sexuality and another economy that does not fit into this 
unjust, obsolete and agonizing patriarchal system that we suffer.

But nothing is over yesterday. Today, March 9, we will continue to work with renewed 
energies so that the struggle for feminism and equality transcend the proven success of 
this day and become the necessary daily reality that, since the foundation of our 
organization, we are constantly demanding.