”If you’re an adivasi [tribal Indian] living in a forest village and 800 Central Reserve Police come and surround your village and start burning it, what are you supposed to do? Are you supposed to go on hunger strike? Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have the right to resist annihilation.” - Arundhati Roy
The Chaosbar in Leuven (RIP this one - squat got evicted). DIY bar in a dirty dungeon of a squat in Leuven, hosted 73 concerts so far (list : http://freedominfire.blogspot.com/p/chaosbar-leuven.html not all are listed!) and almost all of em are benefits for antifascist action, anarchist black cross/prisoner support, social centers, anarchist libraries, anarchist magazines, … . Known for the afterparties which always last until really early in the morning.
Best place in the world.
Exactly 3 years ago. RIP - ACAB
Remember, remember, the 6th of december.
“Strike, occupy, sabotage”
“General strike, social revolution”
Because you know, violence worked so well before. Remember how the Battle of Seattle brought capitalism to it knees?
Oh wait, no, that just made them buy more teargas and rubber bullets and start pre-emptive arrests. Good job.
Because you know, remember that revolution where there wasn’t any violence involved?
Not that I believe violence should be our primary action-method. It should be ONE OF THE methods we CAN use.
I don’t want to force anyone to use violence, it’s not the method I prefer either. But that doesn’t mean I lose my solidarity with people who do choose a violent method if they deem it fit. Each should choose the way of action s/he feels best with, and I believe a variety of tactics can only benefit our cause.
I’d love to be non-violent, I’d love to be a pacifist. But I kind of lost my naivety in that I no longer think the world can change for the better without having to destroy the old world. There are people in this world who won’t just stand up and leave their positions of power if they see another world is possible or if they hear the people demand it. They will fight for their privileged lives, and won’t hesitate to do us harm in order to save their power.
We should also look at the cause of what angers people so they become violent, rather than blaming them for being violent. There are reasons why people use violence, rather address these issues or the people responsible for it, than condemn those who are outraged.
Don’t use violence if you don’t want to, but please don’t stop or condemn others who wish to attack that which oppresses us all.