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Reflections and impressions inside the ongoing war

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Police vehicle vandalized in Montreal
Police vehicle vandalized in Montreal

Reflections and impressions inside the ongoing war
english translation of
Réflexions, impressions... sur la guerre en cours

by

anonymous

More and more people notice that the complaints around police
deontology are changing nothing in the face of the general repression
in which we live.  The cops act in combat, and defend as such. Year
after year, these demonstrations against police brutality, with their
loads of arrests, are only at the most an occasion to meet around our
rage but are more often one large show.

Many think it is as well a good occasion for the cops to refine their
tactics, test their equipment, their practices, catch the protestors,
and repress dissent even more.  If this year's  demo and its police
deontology complaints fail and the police state itself becomes
increasingly more powerful, it is also because we refuse to consider
the continuous war that the corporations, the state, the cops , the
armies and so many other groups have formed to keep us away.
We live in the middle of a total warfare, where every day we are
delivered murders and wars as ultimate examples.  Capitalism,
colonialism and patriarchy never stop to invade with all their
violence. In spite of ourselves, we are in a permanent war.  And even
when we prefer love, solidarity and life... we are left with no other
choice.

In this case, materially attacking the wheels of our exploitation is a
constant necessity. When we stop to demonstrate in the pre-existing
framework that is designed to enclose and surround us, when we switch
to the counter-offensive when they are not expecting it, they start to
feel their weakness. This weakness requires more exploration.

Actions in Montreal where  20 masked persons who destroyed 11 police
cars and their computers without getting caught are examples of what
can cause maximum perturbation and bring about minimum repression.

This is as well what we had lived in the process of fighting against
the 2010 Olympic Games.  Most of the clandestine actions taken by
affinity groups have brought very little arrests and a maximum
material destruction against that which is oppressing us.  If these
actions were more constant and collectively supported, we would end up
making important parts of the system tremble and fall.
If these forces were not attacking us daily we would certainly have
more important things to do than to organize together to
destroy their infrastructures. However, they do not stop imposing
their war upon us.

   In this case, camps are established.

In Vancouver, The Heart Attack demonstration has launched an ongoing
debate between the non violent, dogmatic pacifists who serve the
system by means of reformism and those who serve actual opposition to
this system of exploitation. Each time we carry a harder blow to the
face of the system that is destroying our collectivity as well as all
of our liberties and the life to which we are a part of, there are
people who denounce themselves and each other in their own
collaboration.  There are certain people who choose to fight for life,
solidarity and freedom.  We are on the side of life.

That is why, as some would say, we are made of riots and love.

 Every day, we must group to face this reality. Every day we are attacked.
In KKKanada, indigenous warriors who under constant defense of their
territories, by their more organic existence to mother earth, their
determinations to block the process of conquest, their solidarity to
their people, by their actions of peturbation, blockading and
sabotaging, can be nothing less of a major inspiration to the
struggle.  It is from those involved from whom we can receive
leadership in the form of inspiration and not in the form of oppresion
and with whom we can bind within the framework of this war.

 As descendents of the conquests, created by the system that has wages
this war, we could not have it any other way than to position
ourselves on the side of indigenous resistance, by day to day
solidarity and by supporting their actions.

In this case, in this war, the solidarity implies attack.  This is why
we have no other choice.

   But to better attack, we must as well develop stronger roots.  We
must construct in terms of community, more links, sharing, constant
support, created in neighbourhoods like on our lands wherein
reinforcing our solidarities and our strengths.

It is equally important to notice that we must not wait a G8, G20 or
the Olympics to mobilize, because these events are nothing more than
events in and of themselves particularly inscribed in a permanent war.
 If we allow ourselves only to take root in these and other choices
similar to, we are not organizing in our daily life but more in and
around convergences.  Convergences during these events are relatively
symbolic, however, our lives are fundamentally material.  The more
material we attack the more we attack the institutions that exploit
us. This is why we must head towards more strikes, riots, blockades,
sabotaging, property destruction and physical confrontation....THIS IS
WAR.

For now we don't have the means to wage this war head-on againt
the all powerful system. This is why it is always better to
counter-attack spontaneously and as anonymously as possible.

In this situation, the planned demonstrations can mostly serve as a
tool for expression and as a meeting point, and can temporarily
disrupt the status quo. But demonstrations will not do on their own.
Far too often, we have repeated this strategy without important
results. The demo against police brutality, against the police or the
war in general are very concrete examples that these police and this
war are thriving.  Repression is global.

   May our insurgent solidarity continue to globalize.


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can not have said it better

can not have said it better myself

movements

A riot or a covergence is not a show and is not only or primarily symbolic. They are also material events that affect material reality.

The police always refine their tactics, at a demonstration or not, annually or not.

There is no contradiction between annual demos and the day to day reality of oppression. The demos are a result of that reality and other things can be done to oppose that oppression at other times as well as at the demos. There is no contradiction between them.

The action of 20 people attacking police cars does not cause more disruption than an annual demo of hundreds or thousands taking the street, with many fighting the cops and/or attacking corporate property and barricading the streets.

Small group direct actions are most successful when they support open, public, social organizing such as the anti-police demos, as was the case with the small group attack on the police vehicles. There is no contradiction between the two. They compliment each other.

What does attacking as "spontaneously" and "anonymously" as possible mean? Spontaneous and anonymous attacks happen during public demos as well, like at the annual anti-police demo. They also happen outside of them. They don't contradict each other. They compliment and build from each other.

Social movements and revolutions consist of planning as well as spontaneity, of identities as well as anonymity.

 

To go beyond expressing an opposition

The use of <<spontaneity>>, it's more a mistake of translation. Originally in french, this text was talking about attacking the infrastructures of the exploitation when our ennemies are not waiting for us, without advertising the actions before.

I think following the social movement or open, public, social organizing mean most often following the mainstream leftism, reformism... using direct action only as a tool to encourage a bigger power relation to express our opposition to the state..., but not necessarily constructing a revolutionnary movement. As the ORN was recuperating direct action as a way to oppose the Olympic circus, but not really attacking the material foundations of capitalism and colonialism.  It was more about expressing a dissent than attacking our oppression. Our fucking reality still the same fucking nightmare. What we really win there ? No such thing as a victory, but a lot of activists are so satifisfied by it, maybe they just have the conditions to live well or not so bad in this fucking reality...

I think the purpose of this text was more to iniate a real debate about how to really fight against capitalism, colonialism, patriarchy... and not just having the impression to do something.

I hope this debate will encourage more direct communications, reflections, sharing... about how to really attack, and overthrow, this fucking world and not just expressing our opposition and continue after to live the same fucking reality raping, killing, enslaving, exploiting... so many of us and life in general  !

 

The revolutionnary movement

The revolutionnary movement in a larger scale is very weak. Passing from a demonstration to another one, from a convergence to an another one, we don't change so much thing. Our daily life still the same fucking nightmare. Some activists are celebrating the sucess of the Convergence against the Olympics, but the major consequences coming with this project and not only are mostly completely there.  We still live in a world of capitalist, colonialist, patriarchal... War, murder, rape, exploitation... are our daily reality. 

<<Social movements and revolutions consist of planning as well as spontaneity, of identities as well as anonymity.>>

I agree with these sentence. And in the french version <<spontaneity>> is not mentionned. It is more how to attack with more effectiveness without advertising, without giving to the police the chance to wait for us where we will go.

<<Small group direct actions are most successful when they support open, public, social organizing such as the anti-police demos, as was the case with the small group attack on the police vehicles. There is no contradiction between the two. They compliment each other.>>

But the chance to be recuperated by the leftists, reformists... in the <<social organizing>> are big as for one exemple, we can give so many others, the ORN mostly recuperated the importance of the most offensive direct actions in the last years as a tool to simply contest the olympic circus and not to built a revolutionnary movement.

If we really want to attack the foundations of our exploitation, of the destruction of us and of the life in general in a revolutionnary process, we will have to revise our strategies and tactics inside this ongoing war.

 

 

 

 

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