Translated from Greek by Act for Freedom Now!
On the night of Wednesday March 2nd, we attacked the French Institute in Athens with Molotovs.
With this act we send a message of class solidarity to the persecuted militants who fight against the terrorism of the French state. The French Institute expresses the hypocrisy of the French Democracy, which hides the viciousness of the capitalist dominance behind the unfulfilled revolutionary slogan Freedom-Equality-Brotherhood.
In Calais, next to the sea border of Britain and France, immigrants who get there with the hope of going into Britain or evicted because of the evacuation of other refugee camps, have set up a self-organized shantytown. The history of the Jungle, as is the name of the favela of the persecuted, begins in 2002. Having been kicked out because of poverty or because of wars in their lands, the persecution of immigrants continues inside the European borders. Chased by border patrols, cops and fascists, and many having already been through prisons and concentration camps, the new residents of Calais take a part of their life back into their hands. Despite the many attempts of the state in the years that have passed to destroy it, this large community of immigrants resists and self-organizes life with persistence in some of the most adverse conditions of absolute poverty and continuous oppression. In the Jungle there are self-organized restaurants, schools, playgrounds, arts such as a theatre, mosques and churches, all operated by the residents themselves together with solidarians.
The Jungle on one side reflects the viciousness of the regime which traps the oppressed in urban ghettos and concentration camps, condemning them to live indefinitely on the borderline. The imposing of complete control is the answer of the dominants against those who counter-attack and attempt to self-organize. Whatever does not align based on capitalist “development” is baptized as an offense and is oppressed. The Gendarmerie and the police often make raids striking with chemical weapons and torturing, destroying houses and common structures, displacing and imprisoning immigrants. On the other, the Jungle states the struggle of the oppressed for survival against the plans of state dominance. Its existence and vigorous resistance to the evacuation operations are a characteristic example of struggle against persecution and incarceration.
Last month the French state announced a plan of evacuating the south part of the Jungle where about 3000 immigrants live, with the pretext of a hygienic danger for the area. The state, in order to break the resistance of the migrant residents, attempted initially to dress up the evacuation with humanitarian motives, saying that the people will be transferred to heated shipping containers, while those who do not fit will be transferred to concentration camps and other spots in France, not with violence but with “persuasion”. In the end the new attempt to evacuate began this week and has the known face of state violence and terrorism. Those who will be imprisoned in concentration camps will be separated from the people with whom they have built a community, will be filed (photos, prints etc) and will descend into a totalitarian regime of control, dependence and exploitation by the state. The evacuation of the Jungle is clearly an attack on the self-determination of the immigrants. It is thus an attempt to strike a project of self-organization of the oppressed. The strategy of the French state is a part of the common European “management of the refugee crisis”, which either comes with an extreme-right wing resonance or with a humanitarian pretext, aims at the control of the oppressed and the creation of new reservoirs of miserable exploited human work force for capital.
The resistance to the attempted leveling of the Jungle is a struggle against the worst conditions of class enslavement. In the clashes in Calais the colonial tradition of France as well as its imperialistic interventions, just like today in North Africa, the inherent fascism of urban democracy and its hypocritical humanism is revealed, we again remember Remi Fraisse who was murdered in October 2014, fighting for the forest of Shiwen, by the same uniformed scum who now attack the Jungle.
RESISTANCE AND SELF-ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ALL OVER THE GLOBE
COPS OUT OF THE COMMUNITIES OF THE PERSECUTED
LETS TEAR DOWN THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND THE PRISONS
VICTORY TO THE STRUGGLE OF THE JUNGLE
SABOTAGE THE FRENCH STATE AND THE EUROPEAN FORTRESS
From the neighborhoods of Athens
Council of Anarchist Action “Gracchus Babeuf”