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AF Czech Republic. New issue of anarchist revue Existence released

Main topic of this issue of revue Existence is a response to the situation associated with the massive arrival to Europe of refugees fleeing war and poverty.

European states have failed in an obligation to help these people and try to make their situation as unpleasant as possible. One of those states is also Czech Republic, whose policy is to bullying refugees who occasionally pass through its territory. Here, they are then robbed of resources and unreasonably detained in prisons. Simultaneously with the support of the media and many politicians a wave of xenophobia and fascist tendencies is engulfing the country. But there are also people, including anarchists who defy such a development. One interesting phenomenon became active assistance to refugees at home and especially abroad. This assistance has clear elements of organization from below, so we decided to look at it from an anarchist perspective.

We show the activity of the autonomous center Klinika, which became the inspiration for the provision of assistance to refugees and Hlavák Initiative, which operates at the Prague main railway station. A survey among volunteers, who worked abroad, brings their view of the organization from the bottom and criticism of institutionalized humanitarian organizations. We also looked for examples of help from below abroad, as depicted in an article about Occupy Sandy.

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Bulgaria. Call for solidarity

A call for Balkan, European and world solidarity with Bulgarian antifascists
and all people suffering from the fascist presence in Bulgaria

Times are harsh everywhere, especially in Eastern Europe, where a strong wave of fascism is exploding. We saw what nationalism could lead to in Ukraine and we would like to suppress this tendency in Bulgaria. Unfortunately, in a country where 26 years of capitalism have impoverished the population, the European Union has betrayed their hopes and anticommunism is very strong, nationalism becomes a social phenomenon, gaining hegemony on the streets (numerous swastikas could be seen in every Bulgarian town) and currently in the parliament.

Since 2003 Lukovmarsh, a fascist march commemorating a Bulgarian Nazi collaborator has become an annual event. If Ukraine has Bandera, Bulgaria has General Hristo Lukov. Lukov had very close relations with the Third Reich and has established the fascist organization of the Bulgarian National Legions. As a minister of war he was planning wars and attacks on most of the neighbouring countries.

Lukovmarsh, organized by nationalistic organizations and parties has gained support even by foreign members of Blood and Honour, who came to march in solidarity a few years ago. Many international nationalist/Nazi organizations have come to support Lukovmarsh. This year in Sofia again there will be members from different European fascist organizations, including the Spanish Falange and the German NPD. Every year activists try to persuade the mayor of Sofia to prohibit the march due to its Nazi character. Up until now there has been no success.

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Greece. A call for support of the struggle of VIOME

Dear friends, 

As a result of the legal battle waged against the VIOME workers collective, the state-appointed trustee is now organising a series of auctions with the aim of liquidating the plot of land on which the VIOME factory is located. A possible sale of the land would create the legal ground for evicting the workers from the factory.

Although the workers and the solidarity assembly are decided to stand their ground and defend the factory in all eventualities, the auction process represents a threat and it requires mobilisation in order to be prevented. A first step is to block, through direct action, the first such auction that is programmed for November 26th.

This is why we reach out to you, to ask for help and mobilisation to put pressure on the government to satisfy the long-standing demands of the VIOME workers for legalisation of their activity, by expropriating the factory and granting it to the VIOME workers' cooperative, which will operate it in a horizontal and self-managed way, as it has been doing for 3 years now.

  • We appeal for an international week of solidarity, from November 17 to 24.
  • We urge you to sign the attached resolution and return your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or even better, hand it in to the nearest Greek embassy or consulate demanding that it is transferred to the Greek Ministry of Labour.
  • We welcome any international acts of solidarity, especially ones that involve non-violent direct action towards Greek embassies worldwide.
  • We urge you to organise screenings of this 30-minute documentary by D.Azzellini and O.Ressler, detailing the struggle of VIOME through interviews and participation in its assemblies (English subtitles included): https://youtu.be/2Fg2akSUvFM.  You can download a good quality version of the documentary here(407mb).

You can send us announcements of your events, and/or photos to be uploaded to VIOME´s website, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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