From occupied Hambacher Forest, from its treehouses, barrios and villages and camps we send you openhearted and warm expressions of love and rage. Of Love and Rage in the face of State after State creating and deepening and then exploiting crisis after crisis, be it post-colonialist ultra liberalism with its austerity & social and climate/ecological collapsing or be it the waves of opportunistic militarization of repression that follow, one crisis blending and fusing with the next. As each part of the remaining social and community fabrics is collapsed and destroyed it is subjected to this dynamic like You who rose and continued to rise to the occasion and become an inspiration for us all.
So from the largest “ZAD” autonomous enclave on the edge of the largest coal mine in the EU territory we send an acknowledgment honoring the tradition, history and the present of those fighting the anticapitalist liberation struggles in the italian region. With great debt felt be anarchist communities worldwide to which you and your predecessors contributed so much. In the face of the breakdown of last remaining illusions of social and ecological safety nets, being replaced by quarantines, infectious hospitals and prisons we reflect and communicate that it does not matter either if we are here for a week, month or years more, what matters is that this and many other struggles have stood in the face of overwhelming forces persevered, from the villages, cities, barrios and treehouses and from behinds bars and communicated the message of resistance around the planet. It was those messages and actions from you that inspired so many here and countless other places, it is that same message from us to you that we can only hope will reverberate as a slow ‘back to normal’, becomes the new norm against which all resistant people fought and warned across the historical spectrum.
History never exactly repeats itself but it does rhyme, with all too many always ready to hum and sing the tune of blind obedience, of destruction of all that is beautiful, communitarian, solidaric and free, and as that tune is reinforced through the paranoia and profiteering of the corporate media with state following with its authoritarian anti social anti health state of emergency,with its too little to late, “solutions”. And as drones fly above cities worldwide keeping people from getting too close to each other,as this distopian scifi bullsh*t becomes the new normal as this happens it is also the notes and voices of “Bella Ciao” that continue to reverberate, after more than 80 years ago echoing through apenine mountains and forest on both sides of the Adriatic, reverberating still from countless instruments, mouths and hearts at camps, collectives actions and demos. The historical strength of resistance. perseverance and inspiration reminding that even in the darkest times not only has hope and the eternal spirit of liberation and universal equality not dissapeared but has sustained itself and exploded time after time in a celebration of liberation. This is one of those times again when your message of standing shoulder to shoulder with those that not just have the least, but have also been singled out as targets of exclusion and persecution, like the prisoners, refugees and all that dare to look at the new face of authoritarian state and say No and Basta, like the Zapatistas, Zadists, NoTav, Anticapitalists from Chile, Spain, Bielorus and in every place where there is injustice and repression. Thank you for your actions manifestos/updates on the refugee, prisoner, medical sector and gig economy exploitation and profiteering!
It is becoming once gain crucial to reach out, to communicate and inspire. As one state after another does away with any pretensions of “liberties” and “rights” and replaces them with more privilege and power for fewer and fewer power hungry idiots self isolated from the effects of their actions on the masses, the spirit of rebellion and hope germinates in the least expected and most forgotten locales. Lets keep that message strong, feed it maintain it together and spread it and share it with all those whom even we might have forgotten.
Occupying and squatting on top of the European pyramid of exploitation, privilege and force, it is all of those remaining privileges that have to be questioned, and uprooted as the message is taken to those in the global south in the back alleys and the havelas with the understanding that it is not us but them who are our mentors and our teachers: The homeless person who left a reality of exploitation based employment behind 4 lifetimes ago, a refugee traumatized by war who might not have even picked a side, a prisoner of a war on the poor, they are us and we are them.
Rapid social and ecological degradation path taken by The State actors worldwide means that LockDowns, Red Zones and Stay at Homes of Corona are just a rehearsal towards a state of permanent emergency and ever progressing break down, break down that is not just removing the primacy of the west on the international scene(to which nationalists elements respond as a rallying cry) but also destroying the life bearing capacity of the planet itself by destabilizing the stable climate itself, while groundwork is laid for future pandemics by destroying healtcare, social sectors and feeding tons of antibiotic to factory farms captives breeding an ever increasing number of antibiotics resistant bacterial strains, while farma and military continues to stockpile and experiment on an ever increasing list of biowarfare agents for “defensive purposes”.
IT is crucial for so many among us to expand and maintain the concepts of equality and liberation to all other species. What is done to them is done to all of us. In case of corona quite literary with the habitat destruction and animal trade leading to one of the deadliest outbreaks of last 50 years, presently with a death toll of 1/200 of HIV and 1/2 swine flue. Yet these last two pandemics the System was capable of normalizing and weathering when just 10 years later the break down is advancing to the point where that is no longer possible. That is why no matter how isolated, overwhealmed and depressed this might make many of us feel lets not forget that it is in moments like this that a new opportunity for utopian and anarchist conceps presents itself.
Those drunk with new/old powers seldom realize how unstable their creations become when their piramid of hirarchical destruction and opression rests on the shoulders of so many whose communities and habitats have been cratered, bombed, evicted and wiped out time after time. Covid 19 pandemic errupted during the warmest winter on record, with not just subsaharan Africa and Ethiopia experiencing unprecedented crop failure but the global norths food supplies and their own food production becoming more and more affected & unstable. This is not just a beggining of ever increasing State Power but also its end and true exposure of its weakness and limitations. We will all join each other in the streets and occupied villages and cities be it under the spectre of State opression or be it in the voids that the State leaves that so many collectives, groups and networks have sprung up to fill.
Hambacher Forst struggle and occupation has for last 8 years filled such a void, an ancient forest being destroyed by largest movable machines on the face of the earth: RWE diggers and as 10s, 100s and then 1000s faced and blocked the police forces of climate and social chaos we created a community based on utopian principles of antisexism, antispecism, antiracism, antifashism, antihomophobia and anticapitalism. It has been the autonomy and seemingly temporary nature of the occupation that have made it so special. Now the forest, its last 10% is “saved” as the diggers continue to dig all around and continue to destroy any hope of stable future with their gigatons of extracted carbon and until that stops the fight continues. With this being just one of the many global & interconnected front-lines of the planetary struggle joing us! As we reach out and join you in projects, actions and occupations. Stay in touch, keep spreading your message and see you in the streets in the forests and in the mountains!
BELLA CIA! SOLIDARISCHE GRÜSSE