Thursday, 25 May 2017

Comrades arrested and under custody in Turkey went on a hunger strike as of today (May 24,2017)


https://historysshadow.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/403x296_229630_pro-and-anti-erdogan-protests-in-austria.jpg?w=553&h=406 Yesterday an anarchist-comrade along with several others were arrested violently by the police during a solidarity demonstration with Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca*. Comrades in question are held arbitrarily by the police in custody and in protest of their treatment, yesterday they went on an indefinite hunger strike until they are released. As the anniversary of the Gezi Revolt approaches (the end of May) fascist Erdogan government fears another revolt against its violent dictatorial regime. It is keeping every protester it can arrest as hostage. I will update this as more information arrives. As always, but as it becomes more and more clear everyday, our only weapon against the state and sectarian violence directed everywhere against the working class is international solidarity!

*Nuriye Gulmen, a university professor, and Semih Ozakca, a high school teacher, were sacked by the government for no reason except being leftists and participated in the Gezi demonstrations after the military coup last year. The government officials and prosecutors clearly know that Nuriye&Semih have no ties with the islamist/Gulenist coup plotters who were until yesterday partners of Erdogan in repressing the working class and the Kurds. Unsurprisingly though state officials fear the militant working class people more than they fear coupist Gulenist army generals. Hence, Nuriye and Semih were sacked together with thousands of other teachers, professors and civil servants without any real evidence. Nuriye and Semih are on hunger strike for 76 days. Their only demand is to be reinstated at their jobs. Two days ago they were arrested at their home after a night raid by the police. These people are already under surveillance, their passports have probably been cancelled and they never attempted to hide. The prosecutors asked them if "any radical left wing group promised them any material benefit in exchange of their hunger strikes and if they are trying to overthrow the government by triggering a revolt, similar to the Gezi revolt". These outrageous questions constituted the basis for their imprisonment. Clearly this naked state terror is only aimed to intimidate the workers not to oppose the government, whose self-confidence is daily eroding and, in fear, using the only weapon it knows best: violence.

Source: Libcom

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Upcoming events in Leicester...

MAY DAY EVENTS in LEICESTER
International Workers' Day
Monday May 1st 2017

11.30am
Assemble in Jubilee Square at the top of High Street.

12.00 noon
The march sets off towards the Clock Tower. From there it goes up Gallowtree Gate for a rally at the Plaza outside the Tourist Information Office.

Leicester AF will be marching with comrades from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) so look out for red and black flags and IWW flags.



1.30pm
May Day Social Event at
Duffy's Bar on Pocklington Walk
Free entry. Seven bands on.


*March and social organised by Leicestershire & District Trades Union Council

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Leicester IWW 
PUBLIC MEETING
"Why join the IWW?"
10am on Saturday 6th May 
at the Secular Hall
75 Humberstone gate
Leicester LE1 1WB 
 
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Leicester AF 
PUBLIC MEETING
"No to electoralism, yes to class struggle!"
7.30pm, Wednesday 24th May

Upstairs at the Regent Sports & Social Club 


102 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 7DA  
NB: this meeting replaces the previously advertised Libertarian Socialist Discussion Meeting on the Barcelona May Days

Monday, 17 April 2017

What is council communism and is it still relevant today?


Libertarian Socialist Discussion Meeting

7pm on Tuesday 25th April 2017
102 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 7DA  



Council communism was an influential, historic left-communist current which developed mostly in Germany (where it became a significant force within the working class movement) and the Netherlands, with notable theorists and supporters such as Anton Pannekoek, Herman Gorter, Otto Rühle, Sylvia Pankhurst, Paul Mattick and Reichstag fire starter, Marinus van der Lubbe. Lenin dismissed it as an “infantile disorder” but council communist ideas have since influenced a range of more libertarian left-marxists as well as non-marxist groups such as the Anarchist Federation. So what is it exactly and what can we learn from it today?


This meeting is organised by Leicester group of the Anarchist Federation

Thursday, 23 March 2017

How could a libertarian communist society meet people’s needs and desires?



Libertarian Socialist Discussion Meeting 7.00pm, Wednesday 29th March


at the Regent Sports & Social Club
102 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 7DA



What are the objections to a communist/anarchist/socialist society and how can they be responded to? 

While not wanting to be all misty-eyed and utopian about things, especially given the current low level of class consciousness, it’s still worth looking at what we would ultimately like to see in place of the barbaric system we live under now.

So given that such a society has never existed, what might communism look like?  Could it possibly work? If so, how would it work?  What kind of problems might a stateless, society based on the principle of “from each according to their ability to each according to their needs” face? 


Organised by Leicester group of the Anarchist Federation