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(en) Greeting the group against the patriarchy of the UN | OS at the second Zapatista international meeting of women fighters By APO [machine translation]

Date Wed, 1 Jan 2020 09:43:50 +0200


At the first international meeting of women, in the rebellious Zapatista Territories in March 2018, we made some promises. At first, to stay alive, which meant continuing to fight, not closing our eyes, not being silent. That's what we did. We made another promise: what we heard and learned at that meeting to move them as far as possible, not to keep them just for us, to share with our partners and partners, to say in so many ways the world is bigger than we sometimes think, but it's also common, collective, and how we think, what we dream about, what we struggle for, we are not alone. And we did this as much as we could, with events in many cities here, in Greece, with translations, texts, speeches, events, discussions. And a year later,
But we promised something more. And that we can't keep up with, and we want to say why: We promised we would come back and be more, however far away they were, and if two of us were deported the previous time, we would come back. But what is happening here now, in this corner of the world we live in, is not allowed.

Since the summer a broad repressive campaign against the anarchist movement, in the occupied spaces, in self-organized refugee and migrant housing structures, in the world of solidarity, in social and class resistances, is underway. A campaign that represents the spearhead of the state and bosses' attack on the pragmatic strata of society, aimed at terrorizing and disciplining them, for the unimpeded spread of state and capitalist barbarism. The purpose of the fractured state violence and the ideological media propaganda that accompanies it is to get revenge for the social uprisings that preceded it, such as in December 2008 following the assassination of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos by police. To strike the neighborhood of Exarchies, which is a permanent barricade against power planning, to abolish university-run asylum that has served as a meeting point for the fighters, and to evacuate the occupations that represent a self-propagating outpost and an outpost of self-propagation. Through these blows, however, the state primarily wants to uproot the points of reference and the current timing of the insurrectionary protests to stave off tomorrow's uprisings; despite the misery and fear, the savagery of societies and nature. to abolish university-run asylum, which has served as a meeting point for fighters, and to evacuate occupations that represent centers of social-class self-organization, resistance and solidarity. Through these blows, however, the state primarily wants to uproot the points of reference and the current timing of the insurrectionary protests, to stave off tomorrow's uprisings; the uprisings in a reality where the bankrupt system has nothing to promise despite the misery and fear, the savage plunder of societies and nature. to abolish university-run asylum, which has served as a meeting point for fighters, and to evacuate occupations that represent centers of social-class self-organization, resistance and solidarity. Through these blows, however, the state primarily wants to uproot the points of reference and the current timing of the insurrectionary protests, to stave off tomorrow's uprisings; the uprisings in a reality where the bankrupt system has nothing to promise despite the misery and fear, the savage plunder of societies and nature.

Since the summer, the state has been hitting occupations, leaving dozens of sites empty. Some of them are squatters living with refugees and immigrants, women, children and men, coming from war zones, from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, from African countries, who have managed to cross the bloody borders of Europe Fortress. . At dawn armed policemen invade these buildings that solidarity has transformed into self-organized living spaces, arresting people, stacking them and transporting them to concentration camps, where they are destined to remain imprisoned behind barbed wire fences Death. Recently Tariq Farik from Afghanistan lost his life in the Moria camp, circled by flames and a baby sleeping on a carton was killed under the wheels of a truck. The refugees who lived in the squatters are forcibly removed from the schools where they were studying, their toys are thrown into the trash by police and municipal officials, the women and men who lived there are once again uprooted to become invisible.

The state is targeted at anarchist political and housing occupations, where people live and grow collectively, against the norm of ownership and the ransom for the poor. Areas that host colleges and assemblies and operate competitively against the world of sovereignty, places where ventures of solidarity and social intervention arise, against mediation and resignation. For this reason, they have been subjected to repeated arson and murderous attacks by fascist paramilitary gangs with the cover of the police and that is why the state wants to eliminate them.

At the moment, the public order ministry has issued an ultimatum to abandon our premises, threatening to invade the police, arrest and prosecute. But we are not leaving. We have stated that there will be no tradition and no truce in front of state repression.

For such a place, one of our squads in Athens, we want to tell you a story: We once hosted a native companion from Chiapas who came to our city to talk to us about women's struggles. And we looked at it with great respect recognizing how hard you are struggling, and here it may be easier. But that moment we ate together at the occupation seemed to be very moving, and maybe a little sad for us. So he told us that he sees how difficult it is to live in this city, since we have no land, we have nothing, the poor have nothing, and in order to find the food we share we must go to work for the bosses. And there are no autonomous schools, laboratories, communities. And he was looking at the building that we have come to appreciate,

We do not give these places to them, because here are our bases, our own communities. We defend them, fighting not only for the specific places but for what they represent: the ability of people to live without power and exploitation, the possibility of a society without political and economic bosses, without prisons, camps and borders. To do this, we stay awake in the evenings and prepare ourselves, knowing that the time it takes to chase, every day, the helicopters and the police can come. That is why we hold assemblies and demonstrations. And we organize events we talk about and meet with others, make suggestions, write and plan. And we are inspired by the indigenous Chiapas women rushing with their bare hands to the Mexican army that invaded their communities. From the women of Oaxaca, the little Palestinians, the Mapuche women, the women in Rojava, all the women we met at the previous meeting, the women in Chile who defy police terrorism, in Brazil, Ecuador.

We must also tell you that in the context of this repressive campaign, entire areas are under constant police occupation. In the neighborhood of the Exarchates, Athens, MAT squads have been permanently deployed to terrorize residents and engage in sexist threats and attacks on girls and women living and moving around the area. Gangs march like invaders and conquerors on the streets, outside homes, cafes and racing venues, infecting our days and nights with the sound of their boots and cordons, enforcing the militarization of everyday life. Sexual harassment is a methodical practice and a tool to consolidate this treaty. On the way home, work or school, going to meetings or just a stroll,

At the same time, it attacks those who resist state repression, using sexist violence as a means of humiliation and discipline. A violence that seeks to punish and conform to women who, as such, have chosen to revolt. Their sexist and homophobic attacks on women and men, including the practice of banishing and beating naked people even in public places, engaging in virtual rape against protesters, attempting in every way to infringe on their dignity and body The fighters' integrity is a tool in the quest for sovereignty over state, state, capitalist and patriarchal barbarism.

What we have known for so long is what most people see: Patriarchal sexist violence is not a spontaneous phenomenon, but it is promoted, practiced and legitimized institutionally. Rape, murder, the abuse of women, trafficking, their justification by the judiciary and the incitement of "victims" are all part of social cannibalism, part of the domination and division of the social body. It is institutional violence against the social body. And institutional violence is not a diversion from the mismanagement of power. It is a systemic tool to terrorize the population, so as not to dare to resist. And we even see official bodies who want to talk about "gender-based violence" keep silent about police violence against struggling women, silent about sexist practices of female discipline,
That is why we are here and stand up to them and as women we are, as when we made our own blocks and lined up in front of them, with flags in hand and handkerchiefs on the face. That is why we believe it is important that these practices of power be denounced and not concealed. And we know that this is not enough, the complaint, that we are not fighting to embellish and "humanize" barbarism, but to overthrow it. As you write: To be free and free of this system, whose patriarchal gender violence is a means of reproduction, we must destroy it.

But that's why we have to be here now. Because everything that happens has a lot of demands and a lot of work, and we can't let men go it alone. Because at other times when we are locked up in cells, we are the one who starts the song and sometimes comes together to write an announcement. Because when the children are protesting the refugee squads and passing by the squads we want to hold them hand. And on the marches some of us have very loud and beautiful voices and they start the slogans, and without them we don't know how the roads would sound. And why the police, who want to scare us as women, not be in squats, assemblies and marches, don't want to take courage in seeing that we're missing.

Of course, all of this is an exaggeration because we would all come in, but only a few. But that's it, neither of us wants to leave the other right now.

So we want you to know that we apparently didn't keep a promise, and this time we couldn't get there. But we have kept the great promise we made, to fight together, to meet our struggles, even when we do not see and touch each other. We send our warmest greetings to the Zapatista women, to all the Zapatista communities celebrating New Year's Eve 26 years of rebellion, and to all women who are fighting against state, capitalist and patriarchal violence.

Group Against Patriarchy - Anarchist Political Organization
28 December 2019, Greece

http://apo.squathost.com/6356-2/
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