Vamos Bien calls for international solidarity with Amedspor’s ultras group Barikat from all Antifa groups overall Europe. –
Turkey is getting through a political chaos, due to street wars happening in eastern Turkey. After peace process collapsed, government started a new phase of war in the whole country.
Now, we are facing with this new phase in the stadiums. Amedspor, a team from Diyarbekir (Amed is the Kurdish name of the city), played against Istanbul Basaksehir, a team backed by government. Even with the 3 division difference between two clubs, first game ended with a draw even with the 2 red cards of Amedspor. On 28th of January, the second leg of the match-up took place in Istanbul and we attended the game as Vamos Bien also with our friendly group Barikat from Amedspor (Barricade in Turkish).
Before the match, in addition to the traditional precautions, they asked supporters’ Identity numbers, they checked two times from shoes to deeps of your clothes. Inside of the stadium, there were riot-polices in everywhere included the away supporters’ watching areas. During the match, we were with special ‘sport bureau’ employees of police next to our seats. In the match, in addition to the great effort by the referee to stop amazing play by Amedspor, referees didn’t end the match until Basaksehir scored the second goal in the extra times to catch equality. After this score, two Basaksehir players came in front of Amedspor supporters and made a formal military salute to us. These salute was in purpose of tensing us up.
After the match, police made us waited inside of a narrow corridor and pushed us more and more. After waiting for a while, they allowed us to leave stadium one by one. We realized the reason behind that was to check the faces of fans and put us under arrest. Now, tens of our friends have taken into custody. Surprisingly, they are not in the sport bureau of police, but counter-terror branch. Against all rights according to the law, the members of Barikat has been faced with violence by the police. They have been charged with “traitor to the state, membership of terorist organisations”. Members of Barikat has always been sensitive about one fact: Supporting only football team Amedspor, no direct slogans that can be used for provocation.
This shows us the pressure of police will increase against us who follows hopes in peace in the country. We know that the police and the government were offended by the chant we sang during the game; “If kids weren’t be dying, they could come to games!”
Freedom for Barikat members! Freedom for Ultras!
– Vamos Bien – Fenerbahçe Ultras, Istanbul
As Ultrà Sankt Pauli we want to spread the appeal to demonstrate written by the antifascist alliance against the nazi demonstration in Hamburg. Here you can find the german version of this text.
For Saturday the 12th of September 2015, the Nazis, right-wing populists and right-wing hooligans, are planning a “ day of the German Patriots”, and are intending to mobilize nationwide in Hamburg. In doing so, they intend to tie in with the racist marches in recent months of HoGeSa and Pegida, and they also want to carry their racist and nationalist propoganda in the streets. But, we’re saying together with many anti-fascist forces: No Pasaran – You are not comming through!
What Stays Behind?
The organizers of the march are composed of individuals who previously tried their hand at a failed Pegida demonstration in Hamburg. Unlike then, they seem serious about it this time. As speakers inside the pro- NRW politician Dominic Roeseler, HoGeSa supporter Edwin Wagensveld, and the AFD politician Karina Weber have been identified by previous information.
As a central organizer and applicant, Thorsten de Vries has been active in the Nazi scene for about 20 years, and has good contacts in the red light districts. By 2007 de Vries was with Thomas Wulff and Jürgen Rieger sa part of the national executive of NPD Hamburg, before he was expelled from the party. It is inferred by Anti-fascist Action that he then ran together with Hamburg’s Torben Nazi store”East Coast Corner” in Rostock. Recently de Vries joined in the “Stammstisch Hamburg” as a participant in 2013. This was a networking meeting of local Nazis. In 2014 he was a speaker at the HoGeSa demonstration in Cologne, where he made an appearance.
Despite temporary disagreements between de Vries, the NPD, and parts of the commraderie, it can be assumed that Nazi parties and cross groups will participate in the parade. However, the majority of the participants are expected to be right-wing supporters, hooligans, and unorganized racists from all over Germany, as the organized Nazi scene in Hamburg is realatively weakly established.
I‚m no Nazi, but….
Whether we succeed against the deployment on September 12th, the bringing together of different right-wing organizations, such as Pegida demonstrations in other cities, remains to be seen. It is obvious that the organizers are set to team up for a new right-wing group, in addition to selection a speaker. The indicated motto was chosen out of the concept of patriotism; which doesn’t adhere to the Nazi image immediately, but they are deliberately trying to tie right-wing tendencies in parts of society and seek the political connectivity to forms of right-wing populism.
With Pegida and Co, which is composed of a mixture of reactionary citizens, right-wing populists and open neo-Nazis, a collective movement of the right has been made. They managed to do what HoGeSa failed at. With too much Nazi imagery and the blunt force that dominated the imagine, We see with Pegida there is a merger of right-wing forces. Although, even Pegida isn’t free from contradictions. Folkish-nationalist elements are meeting with a modernized national identity, That rather as a community of values and concepts is particularity promoted by the new right. Elsewhere for example, in the homophobic and sexist “Concerned Parents” demonstrations regularly sees Christian fundamentalists allowing new right-wingers and Nazis to showcase their patriarchal gender roles. Most protagonists see the conflict between fascist and right-wing populist views as quite tolerable. The area of overlap is too big. Regardless of how they define themselves, they clarify their positions, anchoring reactionary and racist attitudes in society that threaten to unload in various forms.
That very day in Freital, Tröglitz, or Meissen, open racism made a name for itself. It came to arson attacks on places accommodating refugees, and had a sort of right-wing/ Pegida feel to the commotion, and this is no coincidence. The right to take on civic debates in the politics and the media: the warning of “economic refugees”, the “rush” on the EU’s external borders and alleged, “abused of asylum”, which is often depicted in public as a threat to the national base and prosperity. Also the fear of Islam and the fantastical Islamification of Germany provide the primary ciphers for the alleged threat of migrants in total. The racist mob in the streets believe the unbureaucratic supposed “will of the people” expression, because those “up there” wouldn’t do anything about it anyway. Pegida, HoGeSa, the “No to the Home” initiatives, and the racist attacks succeeding against the background of political propaganda, extend well into the bourgeois camp, or this arises.
Of the alternatives of the conditions for the shift to the right in Europe
In the face of crisis, right-wing movements across Europe have formed: The Danish Folk Party in Denmark, UKIP in the UK, the FPÖ in Austria, the National Front in France, and the AFD in Germany are just a few examples. With unconcealed incitement against escaped Muslims or Gypsies, anti-EU rhetoric and nationalism is sold as a force against established policies, and are thus quite successful. They succeeded in capturing confused fears in sections of the population, and reinterpret nationalistic social conflicts. Everything is thus reinterpreted as a threat to “national interests”, and they submit to authoritarian and reactionary “solution offerings”. Because the conjured scenarios of the right-wing ideologies are totally unrealistic and absurd, usually there is little change in it’s social potency. They move the balance of power further to the right, and also help people perpetually despise their crisis and the legitimacy of the EU migration policy.
In Germany Pegida and AFD are the reactionary escalation of this prevailing discourse. For complex questions, they provide simple answers and biological or ethnicized class relations of bourgeois society. In any event, they exclude marginalized groups for social problems in which contemporary capitalism is responsible for. Instead of showing solidarity to improve the situation of all people, they distinguish themselves to secure “their own position”. The reactionary response to the perceived powerlessness and helplessness in capitalism, is the demand for exclusive state recognition and appreciation of their own group. This is nationalist, culturalist, or activity-related in reason. In a well substantiated exploitation, competition and power constraint society, fascist and right-wing forces brutalize the continuation of capitalist logic. The ruthless subjugation of anything and everything under the alleged constraints of the economy, makes this community so prone to authoritarian, racist, and social Darwinist positions.
International Solidarity Instead of Racism and Competition!
The Anti-fascist movement is asked today to intervene on several fronts at the same time. On the one hand we have the attempts of the new right-wing to build a mass movement to be stopped. The same is true for the establishment of a political force like the AFD. The discourse shifts further to the right, and increasingly becomes the parliamentary extension of the nationalist movements in the streets. Secondly, it is the prevailing policy, which is oriented to oppose and to support the struggles of fugitives for the right to stay, reasonable accommodation and to racist exclusion on the exploitation logic of capital. This also means a clear stand against the current war policy, to refer the militarization of the EU’s external borders and racially colored crisis discourse. With an internationalist practice, which refers to the political and social struggles here and elsewhere, to each other and cross-border solidarity exercises, the national narrowness can break.
The pogroms and arson attacks in recent months make it clear as well, that the defense of attacks by racist mobs remain an acute task of antifascist politics. But now the population in villages and towns in which the racist residents gather collectively to explain to a modern national community leads to an impasse. As understandable as this impulse against the German reality at this moment, there are also fatal political consequences. If we fail to come on site with progressive people in contact, build structures, and dig up emancipatory content right-wing demagogues, the water on the left, the chances of successes of antifascist actions remains limited.
In the long run, it is essential to get there again, where they are making moves, to dispute the various reactionary currents in the social and political space. Where the radical left is strong, we can ensure that nationalist and fascist trends do not arise in the first place. If we are active in the neighborhood, at work, at the football club, and have a presence in social struggles, we can escape right-wing ideologies in the long term. The construction of the left counter-power in all areas no only prevents further overturning of bourgeois society into reactionaries, it also pushes back the conditions under which people are Nazis and racists. But as long as we are not ready, it is necessary to prevent the consistent public appearance of Nazis, nationalists, and right-wing populists and other assholes.
Therefore we will arrange on 12.09 and block, interfere, and stop the march!
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Ultrà Sankt Pauli – Alerta Network