This image is from our 300- to 400-person-strong anarchist demonstration on October 17 in the city of Chania on Crete in Greece, as part of the 10-day Mediterranean Anarchist Meetings. It was just a march — against racism, borders, capitalism, states — because the organizers decided not to escalate it into more; they want our gathering to stay focused on conversations about networks of solidarity that can escalate anarchists’ capacity to offer real-life alternatives to racism, borders, capitalism, and states toward an aspiration of “freedom for all.”
Still, it was sweet to walk the streets of Chania during a busy Friday night, handing out anarchist literature, chanting slogans in about 10 different languages, communing with comrades from around this region and Europe who put qualitative meaning to the word “comrade,” rather than some sterile slogan. And all along our route, several folks, masked up, spray painted words to match our messages, many in English (always short and to the point, yet pedantic) but most in Greek (long words in long sentences that, thanks to folks who translated for me, were politics and poetry).
The next morning, on October 18, we returned to our lengthy “assembly” (meetings of all types, decisions or not) to continue the respectful and serious debates and dialogues about how socially minded, libertarian anarchists can self-organize in this time of refugee and immigrant “crisis,” the beacon of Kobane/Rojava, and the storm clouds of profound impoverishment and escalating fascism.
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(Photo by Cindy Milstein, Chania, Greece, October 2015.)