We want to financially support activists with different opinions who fight against injustice in the world. We also need your support for this! Feel free to donate 1 euro, 2 euros or another amount of your choice. The activists really need the support to continue their activities.

Wij willen activisten met verschillende opinies die vechten tegen onrecht in de wereld financieel steunen. Hiervoor hebben wij ook uw steun nodig! Doneer vrijblijvend 1 euro, 2 euro of een ander bedrag naar keuze. Deze activisten hebben de steun hard nodig om hun activiteiten te blijven uitoefenen.

Nous voulons soutenir financièrement des militants aux opinions différentes qui luttent contre l'injustice dans le monde. Nous avons également besoin de votre soutien pour cela! N'hésitez pas à faire un don de 1 euro, 2 euros ou un autre montant de votre choix. Les militants ont vraiment besoin de soutien pour poursuivre leurs activités.

Wir wollen Aktivisten mit unterschiedlichen Meinungen, die gegen die Ungerechtigkeit in der Welt kämpfen, finanziell unterstützen. Dafür brauchen wir auch Ihre Unterstützung! Sie können gerne 1 Euro, 2 Euro oder einen anderen Betrag Ihrer Wahl spenden. Die Aktivisten brauchen wirklich die Unterstützung, um ihre Aktivitäten fortzusetzen.

Queremos apoyar económicamente a activistas con opiniones diferentes que luchan contra la injusticia en el mundo. ¡También necesitamos su apoyo para esto! No dude en donar 1 euro, 2 euros u otra cantidad de su elección. Los activistas realmente necesitan el apoyo para continuar con sus actividades.

Queremos apoiar financeiramente ativistas com diferentes opiniões que lutam contra as injustiças no mundo. Também precisamos do seu apoio para isso! Fique à vontade para doar 1 euro, 2 euros ou outra quantia à sua escolha. Os ativistas realmente precisam de apoio para continuar suas atividades.


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Today's Topics:

1.  awsm.nz: It is not because the State dissolves Generation
      Identity that the fascist gangs will stop their atrocities.
2.  Czech, AFED: Kopi wagenplatz under threat of eviction --
      Commentary on the tense situation from Berlin squatters and
      squatters [machine translation] (a-infos-en@ainfos.ca)
 3.  anarkismo.net: Support statement after the attack on the
      house in Mesopotamia by UCL Lyon (ca, de, fr, it, pt)[machine
      translation] (a-infos-en@ainfos.ca)
4.  UK, AFED, organise magazine: Nazi Cop Convicted | In Brief
5.  Poland, ozzip: Webinar: Coronavirus - Global Capitalism
      Before and After the Pandemic [machine translation]
6.  Poland, ozzip: Journalists between the hammer and the anvil
      - Klara Wysocka [machine translation] (a-infos-en@ainfos.ca)
 7.  London Anarchist Communist Group: London bus drivers have
      had enough! (a-infos-en@ainfos.ca)
8.  Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - Nevada, United States:
      Encampment against a proposed lithium mine (ca, de, it, fr,
      pt)[machine translation] (a-infos-en@ainfos.ca)
9.  France, UCL - Press release after the ban on the
      anti-fascist demonstration on April 3 (ca, de, it, fr,
      pt)[machine translation] (a-infos-en@ainfos.ca)
10.  For an Internationalist Workers' Day ( May the first) of
      solidarity (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]
11.  Greece, Thessaloniki, APO - Political event: ANARCHISM ?
      BARBARITY [machine translation] (a-infos-en@ainfos.ca)
12.  France, UCL AL #314 - Interview, Armenia: "Replace
      nationalism with lucid anti-militarism" (ca, de, it, fr,
      pt)[machine translation] (a-infos-en@ainfos.ca)
13.  palencia.cnt.es: What health do we want? Sanitary
      anarcho-syndicalism (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]


Message: 1

On March 20, they attacked the UCL bookstore, La Plume noire, in Lyon . On April
3, it was the turn of the House of Mesopotamia, the Mecca of the Kurdish left in
Lyon, to be targeted. On April 10 in Paris, with other organizations, UCL will
demonstrate in solidarity, and to affirm the need for a broad and united
anti-fascist response. ---- The fight against the extreme right is not limited to
the dissolution of Génération Identitaire (GI) and it is a safe bet that this
group will continue its street and propaganda activities, possibly under another
name. ---- The fight against the extreme right is not limited to the dissolution
of Génération Identitaire (GI) and it is a safe bet that this group will continue
its street and propaganda activities, possibly under another name.

Alongside GI, there are a multitude of other groups, such as the Zouaves Paris,
responsible for multiple attacks on racialized people, or militant places and
processions, the Action Française, the racist and identity-based feminine
collective Némésis or the Student cockade, more and more active in universities
and who tries to invite himself in student demonstrations.

The National Rally (RN) is today represented in institutions with seats in the
assembly and several town halls, and consolidates its position as France's "
second party " in the polls. The upcoming regional elections continue to show it:
the RN is now present in the mainstream media with significant airtime, treated
as a " classic " party , and all the electoral deadlines now seem within its reach.

A scope which also seems desired by a presidential majority which, with a view to
2022, gives pride of place to its ideal " best enemy ". Best enemy, which he
describes as " too soft " on his own historical themes on the one hand, while on
the other, being offended that part of the electorate is tired of playing the
game of a democracy without choice .

More worrying still, the ideas of the extreme right are taken up by parties known
as " liberal " or " social democrats ", often for electoral reasons, but
sometimes of ideological proximity.

With a government that violently represses social movements and tries to protect
its police at all costs with a law called " comprehensive security ". Which
further demonizes the Muslim community with a law called " against separatism ".
A minister of education and a minister of higher education who use the term "
Islamo-leftism " popularized by the far right and demand an investigation into
the content taught at the university.

Let us take note of this situation, and rebuild a broad anti-fascist front,
including specific collectives, trade unions and politicians. Let us no longer
leave to the far right neither the street nor the media space.

Against the far right, let's take to the streets on Saturday April 10!

Saturday, April 10, 14 hours
metro Château d'Eau in Paris 10 th
event FB
This mobilization must be a first step towards a broad and long-term anti-fascist
response. We will take to the streets as soon as necessary in the event of the
mobilization of the far right, we will organize social anti-fascist meetings, we
will demonstrate on June 5 at the end of the trial of Clément Méric's assassins.

Signatories: Student solidarity, Comité pour Clément, Solidaires-Paris, Jeune
Garde Paris, CNT ETPRECI75, Solidaires Lycéen, Paris Queer Antifa, La Horde,
Union communiste mibertaire (groups Grand-Paris sud, Saint-Denis, Montreuil)





Message: 2

On February 4, 2021, we received from the landowner Startezia GmbH an official
court order to clear the "parking lot" next to the Kopi squat, known as
Kopiplatz. The eviction was to take place by 28 February. After almost twenty
years, Startezia thinks he will force us to leave the place. Of course, we did
not do so and we do not want to give up our home. The date of the first trial has
not yet been set, but it will certainly come sooner rather than later. We have
been under the threat of eviction and auctioning in the past, but this time, as
new construction and gentrification continue to approach us, we believe the risk
is higher than ever before.
Facts about the owner Kopi
Startezia GmbH acquired Kopi in an insolvency auction in 2013 from Novum
Koepenicker Strasse 133-138 under the leadership of Besnik Fichtner.[1]Besnik
Fichtner and Siegfried Nehls formerly owned a company called Plutonium 114 GmbH ,
the same company was formerly called Vitales Altbauten and Nehls was also the
owner. Plutonium 114 was subsequently renamed Novum Koepenicker Strasse 133-138 .

In 2013, Novum Grundbesitz und Beteiligung AG was founded and Yervand Chuckhajyan
was appointed to lead it. The same person is managed as the owner of Stratezia
GmbH . Startezia therefore appears to have "auctioned" Kopi and Kopiplatz from
its own company, Novum Grundbesitz und Beteiligung AG , formerly known as Novum
Koepenicker Strasse 133-138 . All these "companies" are always associated with
the same people, who in most cases are registered as owners. The non-HL "flag
company" is Sanus AGand all of the companies mentioned above are likely to be
subsidiaries. Nehls and its ten companies currently owe 3.2 million euros in
taxes in the town of Zossen, which is known to have the lowest corporate tax in

As Startezia GmbH appears only as a box company based in Cologne, we believe that
it has no plans to build in the near future, only Kopiplatz wants to vacate it in
the interest of further speculation. In fact, the owner has had a building permit
since 2015, and things have started to move because this permit expires in
November 2021.

Why is this important?

In the last few years, we have witnessed dramatic changes in Berlin.
Self-governing spaces are cleared one by one. The Drugstore youth home in
Schöneberg, which has been in operation since the 1970s, was forced to hand over
the keys in January 2019. The icon of the left-wing scene The Syndikat bar in
Neukölln was cleared in August 2020 after 35 years of existence. Another victim
of brutal gentrification was the queer-feminist house project Liebig 34. In
October 2020, 2,680 children were called in to forcibly evict this autonomist
icon, and the operation cost the city an estimated 1 million euros. Does the
municipality really want to spend so much money on evacuation, instead of looking
for ways to get used to the alternative and self-governing spaces that give the
city unprecedented cultural diversity?

The list of recently vacated spaces includes Sabot Garden, Diesel A, G17A,
Friedel 54 and Rummelsbucht, Berlin's largest homeless tent city. Its evacuation
was publicized as "humanitarian", but in fact paved the way for the construction
of a gigantic aquarium.

There are other places at risk of eviction: the Rigaer 94 house project, the
Meuterei autonomous left-wing bar and the Potse youth home. It may just be a
coincidence that these places are to be vacated so soon in a row, but similar
"carpet" tactics have been used in other world capitals. Similar strategies aim
to exhaust and overwhelm people and make mutual support more difficult. An attack
on one of us is an attack on everyone, we are in solidarity with each other and
with every project at risk.

Our way of life

We firmly believe that non-hierarchical self-governing spaces have a huge
influence on how people think, provide an irreplaceable alternative to lifestyle,
cultural activities and do not look at the world through the lens of money, but
solidarity. We have created a community that not only offers a living space, but
where people can test their ideals, express themselves artistically, share
skills, learn and grow. We do not want everyone to adapt to the way we live, but
to respect our choice to live like this. We believe that we have something
valuable that contributes to the cultural structure of the city, and without us
and other diverse places, the city becomes a homogeneous wall of anonymous glass

However, we are not the only ones suffering through gentrification. Similarly,
there are small business owners, low-income people, as well as seniors who are
being pushed to the outskirts of the city. Out of sight, out of mind. This must
end. We fight not only for our homes, but for an inclusive society in which we
firmly believe.

Kopi & Kopiplatz - autonomous living space and cultural center

Kopi has been working for 31 years. At first, the place was uninhabitable, but a
small group of enthusiastic squatters built something that eventually became the
home of activists, artists, musicians and enthusiasts living in a barracks or
outside on Kopiplatz. We also provide autonomous space for many groups. There are
concerts, solidarity events, a theater, a cinema, info shop, food not bombs
kitchen, rehearsal room, recording studio, gym, bicycle repair shop, screen
printing workshop and other practical uses. We have spent years building our home
in Kopi and Kopiplatz. We have decided to live in a way that defies common
standards of life in the city, but we believe that this way of life is justified.
We kept all this on our own without asking for a single cent from the government
or institutions. It took some time and effort and we continue and devote all our
efforts to maintenance and daily operation. We simply will not give up our way of
life, built over the years, because of the interests of speculators. We have
occupied an uninhabitable space and made it a bustling place, and we refuse to
watch them liquidate it and leave it empty for years.

Kopi and Kopiplatz will remain united and the fight for our home continues!

How you can support us:

Watch how the situation develops. Don't plan anything for May 15th and 16th.

Our website: https://koepi137.net/welcome.html
Blog: https://kopibleibt.noblogs.org
Twitter: @Kbleibt
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeQgYFEokS9ddbM9TnQ1ksw
Email: presse @ koepi137.net





Message: 3

Saturday afternoon, April 3, the Maison de la Mésopotamie located in the 7th
arrondissement of Lyon, was violently attacked by a group of fascists belonging
to the Gray Wolves (Turkish far-right). ---- The House of Mesopotamia is a
cultural place for the Kurdish community, a strong emancipatory force that has
been fighting for many years against Daesh on one side and Erdogan on the other.
---- This is the second attack our comrades have suffered in less than a month.
The last one took place simultaneously with the one we ourselves suffered on
March 20, during the attack on our local La Plume Noire. ---- This attack of
March 20 did not cause any injuries, that of April 3, even more violent, left two
seriously injured and two lightly injured among the Kurds. This time, the Gray
Wolves attacked heavily armed with iron bars, bats and brass knuckles.

How can we not see the fascist rise to power which is now expressed every week in
our lives, more and more violently, and with complete impunity?

The inaction of the state structures vis-à-vis the far-right here and elsewhere,
and its relentlessness against the anti-fascist camp (ban on the April 3
demonstration and large-scale police deployment against a press conference in
moment of the attack) leaves the field open to all follies.

Taking advantage of this omnipotence, the fascists strike more and more often and
harder and harder.

We are alerting the Prefecture directly to this danger: by your complacency, you
will soon have blood on your hands!

We express all our support and solidarity with our Kurdish comrades. We will be
with you in the anti-fascist struggle, and like you, we are not giving up any
inch of ground in the face of fascists in any country.

In the face of fascism, solidarity is our weapon!



Message: 4

A Met police officer, Benjamin Hannam, has been found guilty of membership of the
banned right wing terrorist group National Action (NA), lying on his application,
and possession of a bomb making guide. He also plead guilty to possessing child
pornography. Hannam was caught thanks to user data from the online far right
forum Iron March, which was leaked by anti-fascist activists. ---- National
Action was banned in 2016, although its members have tried to get around the ban
by working under a variety of different group names. Several members of National
Action were convicted in 2018, with the most serious charge being a plot to kill
Rosie Cooper, a member of parliament.
While Hannam is the first British police officer to be convicted on terrorism
charges, he is unlikely to be the last. The extreme right has attempted to
infiltrate or recruit from police forces in America, Germany, and Greece. Getting
members into the police force provide far right groups with the potential to
subvert the organisation that is supposed to investigate their activities, as
well as giving their members the ability to abuse police powers to their own ends.

The far right has also attempted to infiltrate and recruit from the armed forces,
which gives them access to training and weaponry as well as positions of power.
Nation Action itself had previously recruited from the British Army, with Lance
Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen of the Royal Anglian Regiment being convicted of being
a member in 2017. Vehvilainen was actively attempting to recruit other soldiers
into National Action.

Organisations like the police and army provide a fertile recruiting ground for
the far right. Both these jobs place a high emphasis on obedience and service to
the nation while also granting opportunities to do violence to those the
government considers it's enemies. This is an environment that is attractive to
existing members of the far right and encourages views that align with far right

The increase in far right attacks across Europe and America, combined with the
far right groups' attempts to infiltrate the government organisations supposed to
protect their targets, highlight the need for grass roots anti-fascist action.
Without such action Hannam would never have been exposed in the first place.



Message: 5

On March 23, a webinar "Koronakrys - global capitalism before and after the
pandemic" was held on the Facebook profile of Inicjatywa Pracowniczej. Below we
present a video of the discussion and an introductory text to the meeting. ---- A
year has passed since the outbreak of the global coronavirus epidemic, which not
only changed our daily lives but also caused a deep economic and social crisis.
The crisis has called into question many of the economic dogmas that have existed
until now: it has forced public authorities to finance wages and income lost by
people employed in industries affected by the lockdown; questioned the assumption
that the private sector is the best guarantor of the production and distribution
of medicines and vaccines; opened a discussion about what works and what
industries are of key character (necessary for the survival of society); revealed
a contradiction between the requirements of public health and the requirements of
economic growth.

On the other hand, the course of the "coronavirus" and the anti-crisis policies
adopted around the world are in many respects similar to previous economic
slumps: mass layoffs, wage cuts, announcements of budget austerity and cuts in
public spending sound disturbingly familiar to all who remember the global
slumps. economic from 2001-2003 and 2008-2011.

It is clear today that the coronavirus epidemic and its effects will continue to
have an impact on the economy and the world of work for a long time to come.
During the webinar, we analyzed these problems from the union perspective,
combining the conclusions and experiences from our activities over the last year
with economic reflection. The aim of the meeting was to try to answer the
following questions:
- how did the coronavirus crisis affect the world of work and employment conditions?
- How did the pandemic change the global economy and how long will these changes
be permanent?
- how should the anti-crisis policies undertaken by public authorities be
assessed and what conclusions can be drawn from this assessment for the economy?

The webinar was attended by:
Anna Zachorowska-Mazurkiewicz - habilitated doctor in economic sciences at the
Department of Economics and Innovation WZiKS Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
The author of the monograph: "Women's work in economic theory - the perspective
of mainstream economics and feminist economics." A specialist in, among others,
the labor market and social and economic inequalities.

Hanna Szymborska - PhD in economics, currently working at the British Birmingham
City University. In her research, she looks for relationships between macro- and
microeconomic dimensions of inequality, analyzing the impact of financial systems
and economic policies on class, gender and race inequalities.

Maciej Grodzicki - assistant professor at the Department of Mathematical
Economics at the Institute of Economics, Finance and Management of the
Jagiellonian University, member of the Employee Initiative Works Committee at the
Jagiellonian University

Michal Sobol - member of the National Committee and the Working Group for Legal
Affairs of OZZ Employee Initiative

Moderator: Jakub Grzegorczyk , National Committee of OZZ Employee Initiative



Message: 6

Today, free media is attacked from two sides: by great capital and by
authoritarian power. Both threats are deadly to freedom of speech, but liberal
public opinion seems to perceive only one of them. ---- The media has recently
become news themselves. First, Orlen bought Polska Press, the largest publisher
of local newspapers in Poland, the owner of 120 weeklies, 20 dailies and 23
regional news services. Less than two months have passed, the government camp
surprises with another idea - a special tax on advertising, which will mainly hit
media corporations. ---- The media attacked by the government focused on the
message: here is an authoritarian government attacking freedom of speech. But the
government's actions cannot be considered in isolation from the labor rights that
have been broken in editorial offices for years. I put forward the thesis that
the free media are attacked today from two sides: by large capital and by
authoritarian power. Both of these forces are a deadly threat to freedom of
speech. A sea of ink has been poured over the latter threat, we will focus on the

The management board does not spare itself

Money has been leaking from the media world like from a leaky screen since the
early 2000s. First, newspapers got a August from radio stations and news
channels, which were ahead of them by 24 hours in terms of news coverage. All
traditional media soon fell victim to the Internet. At its inception, editorial
offices set a trap for themselves - they began publishing their content for free.
Once the reader has learned that news on the web is free, today he is reluctant
to pay for articles.

Big Tech has finished the media industry. Advertisers prefer to pay for
advertising on FB or Google, because thanks to this they will reach specific
groups of recipients. Worse, the giants of Silicon Valley publish content from
traditional media, but they don't pay them for it. Not to mention the fact that
they pay trace taxes at all, for example Google in Poland for 2019 paid only PLN
13.6 million CIT.

The heads of media savings companies start with the employees, because not from
each other. In 2019, the 12-person TVN management board earned over PLN 20
million, compared to PLN 13.61 million a year earlier. In the same year, the
five-person management board of Agora collected PLN 4.77 million. President
Bartosz Hojka received PLN 1.39 million per year for his hard work (data from

First of all, it clicks

At the bottom of the ladder, the situation is not so happy. Let's take Polska
Press, a company purchased by Orlen from the German concern Verlagsgruppe Passau.
It is a fascinating story, by the way, how one company became a monopoly on the
local dailies market. I described it in the text for "Tygodnik Powszechny", here
in short: in 1990 the Seym dissolved the "Prasa-Ksiaz-Ruch" Workers' Publishing
Cooperative. 105 newspapers were sold through tenders, 71 went into the hands of
journalistic cooperatives. The rulers (including later PiS politicians, such as
Krzysztof Czabanski) did not put any barriers on foreign concerns in buying media
companies. Concerns swelled and swelled, buying up Polish titles for next to
nothing, and finally the entire competition was absorbed by the German company.
The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection did not react, and if it did,

I worked at Polska Press for three years. I was a journalist in the city
department in Wroclaw. I have never faced any political pressure. But all the
time with an emphasis on "clicks", that is, producing texts that will conquer the
Internet. We had 2 or 3 of them to prepare each day. At the beginning, I could
still do some serious journalism, but with time the emphasis on the number of
texts was increasing. At the same time, the editorial office dismissed older,
experienced journalists. The departments of culture and proofreading disappeared,
the photo editing department was closed. From a dozen or so people in the city
department, our team was reduced to a few in three years.

Earnings? About PLN 2,500 on hand in the case of an employment contract.
Experienced colleagues complained that after 20 years in journalism, they had not
reached four thousand. Many went to PR. How many scandals have not been detected
because the journalist did not have time to deal with them? How many great
authors have stopped writing forever? This example shows that economic pressure
also threatens freedom of speech.

In the case of Polska Press, there is a chance that Orlen can help the company if
the new owner adds money to the editorial offices. But the journalists I speak to
don't really count on that. Fear of political pressure prevails. We will see.

Forget about the job

In defense of Polska Press, it should be mentioned that the entire team was
employed under employment contracts. And this is a rarity in the media today.

After leaving Wroclaw, I became a freelancer. I wrote for many editors: local
"Zycie Pabianic", expert "Cyberdefence24", I also started to create reports for
"Gazeta Wyborcza" or opinion weeklies. Everywhere I was offered a specific work
contract, i.e. payment for the written texts. The commission contract was a
luxury, which I signed only once for 5 years. Editorial offices rarely hire
full-time reporters, even on a commission contract. If you have a whim to write
longer, insightful texts or reportages, expect a contract for a specific work.

Contracts of mandate are standard in Warsaw editorial offices. Even if you come
to work every day (and currently - you connect online), write 3 texts, you have
editorial duties and your immediate supervisor, in a word - you exhaust the rules
of the employment contract - you have nothing to dream about a full-time job.
There are also employment contracts, for example in Agora, but usually they are
preceded by many months of "internship" in the garbage can. Let us add that the
salaries of editorial offices are from 3,000 to 5,000 per hand (there are
exceptions - both ways).

Camera operators from TVN have spoken in recent days. - "By blackmail (like
everyone in the implementation department) I was forced by the director to
terminate the contract by mutual agreement of the parties and from 1 January 2013
I became a collaborator with the employee. From that moment on, I, my colleagues
and colleagues were treated as second-class people. victims of mobbing, modern
slavery, professional exclusion, blackmail, retaliation. We were forced by the
employer to work 16-17 hours a day, as a result of which we lost our health " -
writes one of them. It is common knowledge in the media world that TV stations
employ mostly junk contracts. The situation in the public media is not any better.

Since journalists' earnings often depend on how much material they write (film /
record), they focus on the quantity rather than the quality of their works. As
their employment is unstable, they feel no connection with the employer and the
industry. This is precisely the enormous threat to freedom of speech that the
liberal public seems to be overlooking.

Nevertheless, as the Journalists and Journalists Committee, we have supported the
media's protest over the advertising tax. Why??? - many trade unionists will
shout after everything I wrote above. I am happy to tell you. However, this is a
topic for another article.

Bartosz Józefiak / Commission of Journalists and Journalists



Message: 7

Bus drivers working for London United, owned by the French firm RATP, went out on
a 48 hour strike on March 31st through to end of April 1st after talks broke down
over pay and conditions. RATP are attempting to use the pandemic to attack
workers' pay and conditions, despite continuing to make large profits. Further
strikes are planned for April 7th and 14th. London United is attempting to
downgrade drivers, which means a loss of as much as £2,000 a year for some
drivers. They would no longer get paid during breaks or time spent waiting for
their bus to arrive after clocking in. Five bus depots came out, Fulwell,
Hounslow, Park Royal, Shepherd's Bush and Tolworth. In the meantime, drivers at
the Stamford Brook and Hounslow Heath garages have also voted to come out on
strike. This means that all seven depots will be out on strike on the 14th.

Meanwhile, at other London bus companies, London Sovereign and Quality Line, also
owned by RATP, the Unite union demobilised the struggle. Many workers, up to a
third of the workforce, voted against accepting a pay increase of 1.25 per cent
and a one-off payment of £500, only 0.5% greater than what was originally
offered. They had been involved in a series of rolling strikes since February.
But the planned strikes were suspended by Unite in March.

Quality Line drivers are the lowest paid in London. The paltry pay offer means an
increase of 14p extra an hour. The workers there are paid £2.50 less than at
RATP's other firms.

The New Starter contracts proposed by RATP will still go ahead. This means new
drivers will get lower pay and conditions than established drivers. Neither will
RATP back down on zero hour contracts for drivers on lines lost to competing bus
companies, who were then transferred to other bus routes.

Bus workers are in crying need of developing rank and file committees to organise
action against union sell-outs.



Message: 8

Since January 15, opponents have held a camp on the site where the mining company
Lithium Americas Corp. wish to start digging its lithium mine. The mining company
is very close to starting its destruction work since it has received all permits
and authorizations from the government. It should be remembered that this company
with multiple subsidiaries is registered on the Toronto Stock Exchange and at its
head office in Vancouver. Like the GNL Quebec project, Lithium Americas Corp.
tries to make believe that his project is green and that it will allow the
development of green energies to the detriment of coal. The latter promotes,
among other things, the use of lithium in electric car batteries. However, as the
opponents of the project remind, the electrification of cars is not the solution,
the goal is to reduce as much as possible the number of cars on the roads and to
increase public transport. Making cars, even if they are electric, requires a lot
of resources and destructive infrastructure such as highways, huge boulevards,
endless parking lots, etc. In addition to this, the project would destroy several
hectares of ecosystems where there are breeding sites for the golden eagle.

We have to learn from this resistance. In Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean on the Nitassinan,
the BlackRock Metals and Ariane Phosphate projects have all the government
approvals to go ahead. Sure, they've got a grip on their difficulty raising
funding, but they're not dead and buried so we need to be ready and prepared for
any eventuality. The government's yes does not in any way mean the victory of the
destroyers of life. We must organize ourselves to occupy the territory and block
these projects at all costs; put our bodies into play to prevent the destruction
of our living environments and the continuation of this neo-colonialism which
appropriates the territories of the First Nations and destroys all possibilities
of ancestral practices.

by Collectif Emma Goldman



Message: 9

Following the attack on March 21 by the extreme right against the Black Plume
bookstore in Lyon, a large and democratic demonstration was called this Saturday
April 3 by a large number of progressive organizations. We just learned it was
banned by the prefecture on Wednesday, 1 stof April. ---- The day before,
Wednesday March 31, UCL Lyon, in a meeting with the Prefecture, had accepted at
the latter's request to modify the route of the event. ---- The state therefore
leaves a commando group of about fifty fascists to assemble in order to attack
the militants, then lets them set out again together and cross the city but
prevents unitary gatherings legally deposited in the prefecture. The violation of
the right to demonstrate is characterized.

But even more, by this ban, the message of the State is clear: it protects the
fascists and legitimizes their violence ! If we are delighted with the
dissolution of Génération Identitaire, we are not fooled by the hypocrisy of this
government which by its actions and its policies only reinforces the reaction camp.

Our only response, perhaps unified, in the face of an extreme right ever more
present in the media, in the polls and in the streets. In the face of fascism,
let's organize our solidarity !

Libertarian Communist Union, April 2, 2020

Press release from UCL Lyon



Message: 10

Dear comrades ---- Winning capitalism and imperialism, using regime press and
mass media try, in all ways, to cancel from the "collective imaginary" the
existence in itself of the International Workers' Day (May day or May the first).
---- The collapse of the regimes of eastern Europe countries, the loss of
political identity of a great socialist country as China, have taken out from May
day the character of an official and regime holiday. ---- In the same time
nationalisms and racisms become even stronger while conflicts and wars grow,
exploitation of man by man rule everywhere Millions of women and men, against
every adversity, winning over distrust that creeps stronger at every defeat,
struggle for a better life, the pessimism of the intellect will be substituted by
the optimism of will, of needs, of hope, of the looking for one's own dignity.
And so for these, for all these in essential remember, read again the message
that history sends to all the people that still believe they can be realize a
more fair and more human society, a society of people free and equal
New technologies offer us the possibility of join together to cast, as
libertarian, a message of solidarity to all
whom that, even with different shades and from different point of views, still
walk to another possible world.
For this reason we ask you to record and send us a your short greeting.
All footages received will be utilized in a video assembly that will be
broadcasted on the 1 May from 4 p.m.
(Italian time zone) in a software-based room system of "il Venerdì Libertario"
(the libertarian Friday )
st For a better translation of your participation (both in English and Italian
language) we ask you to send, if
possible, besides the oral record the written text of your message as well.
The report of this political event will be later avaible. Of course advices and
suggestions will be welcomed to
create an International Workers' Day of solidarity

Bari, march 1 2021 Anarchist communist of Apulia (Italy) / Alternativa


Message: 11

The social liberation movement against the imposition of modern state & capital
totalitarianism | Social - class struggles and the position of the anarchist
movement ---- ORGANIZATION & STRUGGLE at work, in schools, in schools in our
neighborhoods ---- The intention of this event is to give the opportunity as much
as possible to the exploited and oppressed from the whole spectrum of the social
body (workers, unemployed, students, pupils, students, immigrants) to come in
contact with the anarchist and through him with anarchist action. ---- The event
aims to highlight the peaks of the universal attack unleashed by the
state-capitalist grid in all areas of the lives of the oppressed, as well as to
highlight the dynamic social and class-based resistance that hinders the
imposition of modern totalitarianism. paving the way for the justification of the
case of total social liberation.
* before and during the event there will be a book bazaar, posters and benches
with political material to support cinematic needs.
collectivity for social anarchism BLACK & RED member of the Anarchist Political
Organization (APO)



Message: 12

Vicken Cheterian, teacher and journalist for the Armenian weekly Agos, was in
Yerevan in January. He answers questions from Alternative Libertaire on the
current political crisis, and discusses the prospects for a peace process and a
political solution between Armenia and Azerbaijan. ---- Since its defeat to
Azerbaijan in November, after six weeks of a war that left more than 3,000 dead
on each side, Armenia has plunged into a violent political crisis. Prime Minister
Nikol Pachinian, brought to power in 2018 by an anti-corruption social movement,
is accused of "treason" by the nationalists for having signed the armistice. The
army staff, which since November affected neutrality, recently demanded his
resignation. In the streets, pro and anti-Pachinians demonstrate by the thousands.

Libertarian alternative: Accused of having lost the war, threatened with a
military coup, will Nikol Pachinian remain Prime Minister ? Who is calling for
his dismissal, and who is supporting him ?

Vicken Cheterian: Since the armistice of November 9, Nikol Pachinian's situation
has been precarious. Public opinion, mobilized by the war effort and failing to
appreciate the extent of the setbacks due to propaganda, was shocked by the
armistice. Several territories previously under Armenian control have been
returned to Azerbaijan, such as Kelbadjar and Agdam. At the time, to protest
against the armistice, Parliament was stormed by militants linked to the "old
regime" and to the ruling circles jostled by the popular uprising of 2018. The
same who, today ' hui, are in favor of the army overthrowing the prime minister.

In fact, Pachinian failed to pull the country out of the deep crisis caused by
the defeat. He had almost three months to sketch out a roadmap, instead of which
he procrastinated, one step forward, two steps back. After evoking early
legislative elections, he abandoned the idea that since the opposition did not
want them, there was no point in calling them. He and his supporters also
categorically rejected the idea of a resignation - even to pass power to a member
of his team - which arguably would have calmed the situation. The problem is that
after having ruled out these different scenarios for exiting the crisis,
Pachinian was unable to propose anything else. It must be added to this that in
recent months, it has strongly irritated various circles of power, including the
army staff.

That said, Pachinian still enjoys strong support. Active support from groups
loyal to him, but also passive, broader support from a part of the population
that does not want the return of the "old guard". As for the left and
anti-militarist groups that I know, they are calling for early legislative
elections, in order to have a parliament that reflects the post-war situation.

On February 26, Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian marched with 20,000 of his
supporters in Yerevan, against the threat of a coup.
cc Stepan Poghosyan
How do the left and pacifist groups position themselves vis-à-vis Pachinian ?

Vicken Cheterian: They supported him when he was a symbol of the struggle against
the oligarchy. After his accession to power in 2018, they distanced themselves
for two reasons. The Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan dossier to begin with.
Initially, Pachinian held a pacifist and democratic discourse, evoking peace not
only between states, but between peoples. Then, without explanation, he endorsed
a hard nationalist line, saying there would be no compromise with Baku. Going
even further, he called into question the framework of the negotiations on
Karabakh, carried out for decades under the aegis of the Minsk group [1]. This
about-face is quite difficult to explain. It was certainly made under the
pressure of the ruling circles driven out by the uprising of 2018, who kept
accusing Pachinian of being "anti-national", of wanting to restore the occupied
territories and of abandoning Nagorno-Karabakh. . However, he was not obliged to
adopt this nationalist posture: very popular, so at the start of his mandate, he
did not need to prove that he was not "weak". Yet he did.

The second reason for the disenchantment of leftist and pacifist groups vis-à-vis
Pachinian is the abortion of the promised political and economic reforms. For
lack of a clear agenda, the Prime Minister was content with big populist
speeches, strongly tinged with neoliberalism. However, to say the least is that
repeating these old-fashioned antiphons after three decades of neoliberal reforms
and savage capitalism, it was not, for a team brought to power by a popular
mobilization, not really convincing ...

Nationalist demonstration, in favor of the dismissal of the Prime Minister by the
cc Hrant Khachatryan
When the crisis is over, will a peace process be possible between Armenia and
Azerbaijan, or will the region leave for twenty years of "armed truce" ?

Vicken Cheterian: After the thousands of victims of this war, public opinion is
not ready for peace. It will take a long time to replace nationalist propaganda
with lucid anti-militarist arguments. One of them is that after these two wars,
Yerevan and Baku are weaker, their sovereignty more limited. Armenia is
completely dependent on Russian military protection, while Azerbaijan now has
Russian and Turkish soldiers on its territory. Wouldn't it have been better to
negotiate rather than to fight and provoke the direct intervention of foreign
armies ?

With the help of his ally-godfather Erdogan, the Azerbaijani potentate Ilham
Aliyev reclaimed from Armenia the territories lost in 1994.
cc Muhammet Eraslan
What do the pacifists of the two countries advocate as a political solution ?

Vicken Cheterian: You have to realize that pacifist, anti-war and anti-militarist
groups have always been weak in Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Caucasus in general.
During the long status quo between the first (1991-1994) and the second Karabakh
war (2020), public opinion did not mobilize, on either side, to demand an end to
this conflict. low intensity, real peace and the reduction of mind-boggling
military spending. The impoverished post-Soviet states of the Caucasus have
wasted 5% of their GDP on defense, while this wealth could have been used for
health, education, pensions ...

Before the last war, pacifists - often individuals, more rarely groups - tried to
maintain contacts in the "other camp". Meetings took place, usually in Georgia.
Joint projects were carried out - reports, films, etc. - sometimes benefiting
from foreign funding (European, British, etc.) viewed with a negative eye by the
authorities in Yerevan and Baku. If they were not put in jail, this handful of
activists were readily labeled "traitors" by politicians and the media.

Now, the challenge is to once again cross the front line and relaunch the debate
to answer these questions: what is the next step ? What do we do after two wars ?
Is there space to resolve this conflict and normalize relationships ?

Interview by Guillaume Davranche (UCL Montreuil),
February 27, 2021

This interview was updated after the coup threats of February 25. A slightly
different version was printed in Alternative Libertaire from March 2021.


[1] Group of thirteen countries, chaired by Washington, Paris and Moscow,
mandated in 1992 by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe


Message: 13

CNT unions in Castilla y León have decided to share our vision on public health
through a brochure  . The  precariousness  and  privatization  continue to
deteriorate the right to health. The applause campaigns and good intentions
during the pandemic are shown as a  smokescreen , under which our health is used
as a commodity. We want to call for mobilization , at all levels and in all areas
affected by these policies. As an incentive for this, we have produced this
brochure: " What health do we want? Anarcho-syndicalism in health ". ---- The CNT
has claimed from its origins collective health care as a fundamental pillar for
the advancement and proper development of the working class and, therefore, of
society. Health and the right to health are achievements of the organized
struggle of the working class . We neither want nor should we allow them to
disappear. We will never abandon the path of struggle and demand in favor of a
health model that benefits all people without distinction.

We oppose that the institutions that manage health and the employers make a
distinction between "profitable" and "unprofitable" patients , instead of trying
to improve the health of each and everyone. Here  the only waste is that of
mutuals and private health , whose benefit depends on making workers and users
more precarious. While  public health is sinking due to cuts , health companies
multiply their advertising, dealing with the concern of people stuck on waiting

Health is the system that helps to preserve health, so it must have a double
character: to heal those who are ill, but also to prevent disease. It should not
only serve to write prescriptions to alleviate symptoms and  feed multinational
pharmaceutical companies; it has to influence the social causes of diseases and

In addition, it must accompany the gradual loss of health in the last stage of
life, it must improve the quality of life of chronic patients -rehabilitation and
follow-up-, it must avoid suffering and it must guarantee dignified death .

In the writing of this brochure we have participated health workers, in the broad
and logical sense of the term. Working  people in the health sector are not only
those who count as health personnel , as they want to show us from a corporatist
approach that only contributes to dividing the working class and worsening health
care. Workers in the health sector are all people who perform tasks necessary for
the proper functioning of health centers and hospitals.

By writing it, we respond to our local realities and to the management that is
imposed on us at the regional level, but we are clear that  many of the problems
we face -precariousness, privatization, discrimination- have general and
structural political causes .

The topics covered in the brochure are:

How do we understand healing? Who are the workers in the health sector?
Principles that should govern health: Universality, Free, 100% Public,
Socialized, Comprehensive, Humanized, Laborly dignified, Decentralized,
Guaranteed, Secular
What do we claim to have the health we want: Everything for the Public, Nothing
for the Private, Without external influences, Reinforcing Primary Care,
Reorganizing the Hospital System, Public model of nursing homes for the elderly.
Our claim table. What do we ask for health workers?
What we have to say in relation to residences for the elderly. Entering a
residence should be the last option.
Health and Rural Environment in Castilla y León.
And... About the Mutuals?
The CNT model to organize at work.
We don't just want to take all these contents to the street and to fair
neighborhood protests due to sanitary deficiencies. We think that the CNT union
model - without subsidies, without people who charge for unionism, without
corporatism - can do a lot to promote the health care that we need. In the health
union organization, the divide and conquer prevails between professional
categories, and they are doing well. But together we are stronger.

You can download the brochure here:




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