Saturday 28 October 2017
Faced with the Spanish state beginning to crack down on civil liberties soon, taking measures to control what appear on the internet. Within the anonymous movement, there are people who support the referendum itself and also people who don’t. The people are demanding basic democratic rights and civil liberties such as the right to vote, and some anons believe that anonymous should be out there with them.
With the referendum, people are returning to the streets, so we decided it was an important moment for us to be out there too. But this has created a good deal of debate within and between anon collectives, because we are definitely not coming from the same place politically as many.
This was also a way of suggesting to people who believed in self-determination, albeit through statist means, that there are other ways to take direct control over our lives, in these spaces at the margins of society. So yes, we decided to lend our support. We have to acknowledge the disobedience of the Catalan people, their confrontation with the police, and the resistance that they’ve demonstrated. It has been incredible. The point isn’t to help build a new state, but rather to demonstrate through practice that self-organization, networks of mutual aid, and assemblies are the real alternative to the Spanish state, and through this we find each other.
it simply continues in a different context. If a Catalan state comes to exist, we will maintain our opposition to the state from the very same networks with our own practices, our own communities, our own economies of mutual aid.
We know perfectly well what happened in 1937 and that we must not abandon our memory of the previous times we were betrayed by the state, but we also must oppose current state repression or else will we simply stay put, watching? Our struggle is to be present in the streets to offer our vision and denounce the violence of the state, whether it be Spanish, Catalan, or StateFaggots! We should try to make sure it doesn’t happen again, which is to say, we should foment a consensus among the people for when this situation is over, when we will continue building self-organization.
Until the people of the whole world understand that they have only one enemy: their masters. Until the people of the whole world fraternize, unite and finally charge forward, armed with memory of their fallen brothers in mind, to kick the ass of all the governing and war- mongering charlatans.
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