We never had an intention of making a news agency out of our blog by posting only news and translating statements, because we’re not journalists or translators, but anarchists. We do our work on our counter information platform due to affinity with the struggle, which makes us participants in the anarchist struggle, not spectators or reporters of the spectacle. That is why we cannot be satisfied with mere translating and waving banners of support for the deeds of our comrades, because, being a part of the struggle and being anarchists, we feel the urge to critically observe what’s happening in the actual struggle, where it is going and where we stand in it (as well as the actions undertaken by our comrades) and thus enrich the anarchist struggle with a flow of ideas, so as to escape the momentary rigidity and silence of the anarchist counter-information space.
The past months were very intense for the struggle in Greece, but the turmoil of events left many questions raised. Unfortunately, very little discussion about these issues was seen on the counter-information space and it seemed as though any critical approach to the events in Greece was “forbidden” or ignored, both by most counter-information portals and by the comrades which took part in the events. A behavior most unexpected within anarchist tensions and one that should be a subject of separate critique.
Of course, there has to be support and solidarity with whichever struggle our comrades abroad have taken upon. (Note that we said comrades, which means we don’t mean support for any individual or group that claims themselves anarchists, or even less communist and other leftist crap. We share our affinity with the individualist and nihilist tension of anarchy and it is the anarchists of praxis belonging to that tension that we share our solidarity with. Many of the counter-info portals choose to “cover” the actions and statements of so many different groups, from fighters for the autonomy of the Kurdish people, communist groups, Marxist urban guerillas, to nihilist groups and FAI/IRF cells. We cannot understand how all those separate tensions, most of whom are hostile against each other, can find common space on the same anarchist counter-info portals. Of course, this too is a whole separate issue that needs to be discussed.) We also agree with the notion of some comrades that in some sensitive moments, such as during a long and perilous hunger strike, we should be more careful in our discourse and have in mind the fragile position of the hunger striking comrades, but that doesn’t mean that we should keep quiet when we see the basic premises of anarchy being abandoned. We disagree with those same comrades when they say that timing must be taken in consideration and that all discussion should be made only after the hunger strike had ended. Who is to decide when the time is right for critical discussion, especially when some of us certainly felt that it should be discussed here and now? The solidarity and support for the struggle must be accompanied by a critical approach, because those are inseparable aspects of the anarchist struggle. We fight against conformity of thought – we cannot allow reproducing it within our own circles.