GREECE: Interview with Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members

Short interview by Contra Info
translation counter-information network
with Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members,
ten comrades currently incarcerated in Greece
April 2013

| What is your view on the practice of squatting?
Squats are a timeless means of anarchist insurgency. Comrades who occupy a building
in the metropolis are in fact liberating a space within it, and disrupting the militarized
uniformity of urban planning.
A squat can be a hostile point against the domination of merchandise, advertising, and
against the spectacle itself. It constitutes a zone of war directed against fascists, cops,
and law-abiding citizens. It is in reality a space where ideas, emotions, creativity and
solidarity are liberated. There, time is defined only by our desires, and not by the clock
of coercion and mandates.
However, a squat in itself is not the center of the struggle. Really, anarchy does not
have centers; it is comprised of circles in constant motion…
To us, squatting is a means of anarchy, and not its purpose. Unfortunately, some
squats in Greece proclaim themselves as islets of liberty and marginalize other forms
of direct action. So, within the metropolitan desert, they create an apparent oasis of
freedom around themselves. In this way, the maintenance of a squat’s mere existence
becomes an end in itself for several anarchists. The result is that every so often squatters,
faced with the potential risk of a crackdown against their squatting project, come
to terms and reconcile with the State and the municipal councils in a deliberate and
reformist way, with the sole aim to save their building from repression.
Recently, in the case of the eviction of Villa Amalias squat in Greece, the left-wing
party Syriza issued statements of sympathy and support to the squat, and no squatter
reacted to this fact. On the contrary, there was a great deal of tolerance and acceptance
towards reformist circles that like to present squats as alternative cultural centers.
To us, an anarchist squat is a living workshop of subversion, rebellion and war against
the existent. It is a meeting point for comrades to communicate, exchange ideas with
each other, organize, and plan new attacks against the State and its society.
Therefore, a squat is not the four walls of a building, nor its doors or windows. It consists
of the persons involved in it; it consists of their desires, their concerns, and their
various projects. None of this is lost with an eviction or demolition of any building.

| Which is the reason that you contribute with all our strength from
within prison to the dissemination of anarchist ideas and editions?
Considering the fact that the conditions of our captivity have imposed numerous constraints
on us, and deprived us of equally many possibilities to act aggressively as
much as we would like, we have given weight to the diffusion of anarchist aggressive
discourse, which depending on its form and content may become sharp as a razor
knife.
The masks of anonymity fell because of our arrests. Therefore, by claiming responsibility
for our participation in the anarchist direct action group Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
we now have the chance to put forth and speak about direct and by all means attack
on the existent, thus opening a lively ongoing dialogue with all those comrades who act
in hostile ways against domination. We feel in this way, and despite the limitations we
have as captives in the hands of Power, that we are contributing to the shaping of an
offensive front of the black international of anarchist of praxis. Our contribution in all this
brings us a ‘step’ closer to freedom, as we mentally escape and our minds and hearts
accompany every attack of direct action against the civilization of authority. So we feel
more alive, more vigorous and stronger, and our morale is reviving in thinking that the
shackles of captivity cannot quell the momentum of our rebellious soul. This is why we
contribute with all our strength to the dissemination of anarchist ideas and publications.

| What, for you, are the simplest forms in which anarchist solidarity
can be expressed to the prisoners of social war?

As we have said before, prison is not a monument to defeat for an anarchist, but an
intermediate stop on the voyage, where each comrade gains knowledge of their own
self as well as the enemy. Anarchist solidarity breaks the walls of solitude and isolation,
and gives us internal strength against our captors. When solidarity is authentic, then it
can neither be weighed nor prioritized. Far from experts and specialists who turn the
notion of solidarity into a silly farce of humanism and victimization, mutilating all of our
aggressive characteristics, anarchist solidarity neither conforms to norms nor infallible
recipes. What is essential to solidarity is the continuation and sharpening of the anarchist
attack by any means necessary—from a sacrilege and aggressive poster to an
action employing bombs or gunshots against the dignitaries of the existent.
Solidarity transmits the firm message that everything goes on and, as other comrades
have said before us, ‘solidarity among anarchists is more than just words…’

| Are there disagreements between your own individualities? That
is to say, within the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire? If so, how do you
resolve them to make decisions together?

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire is a group of individualist anarchists and nihilists whose
relationships are based on collective desires, choices and actions. Each one of us,
individually but also all together at the collective level, promotes the values and characteristics
of the new anarchist urban guerrilla warfare. We believe that, often, actions
speak louder than words. What’s more, we are people who have came on different
paths, from different experiences, and different social circles, but what unites us is the
fire of praxis and the constant existential insurrection of anarchy.
The new anarchist urban guerrilla war is a choice to never retreat. We continue advancing,
burning the bridges that attach us to the order and tranquility of the world of
normalcy.
Of course, even among us, in our encounters and our debates, disagreements sometimes
explode, creating new debates, new agreements and disagreements. But that is
the only way in which evolution takes place, through contrast and rupture. The unanimity
of mass agreements is conducive of a uniformity that is fascist as well as boring,
since it drowns the special and unique characteristics of our individualities.
Our decision to act against the existent leaves space for our disagreements to be
expressed creatively, towards a perspective of sharpening anarchist attack—rather than
the emergence of charismatic personalities who float to the surface of the stagnant
water that is the endless theory talk at assembly rooms and the indecision. We don’t
want to convince each other in our disagreements, but rather to listen as much as we
talk. For us, this is anarchist communication, a form of expression with no guarantees
or certainties. All of our relationships are put to the test daily in order to determine
whether they are worthwhile and if they are still an option that is not sacrificed on the
altar of habit.
What’s more, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire has no central committee or invisible official
line. It is the meeting of our desires, far from the ‘it must be’ of forced unity. So, when
a disagreement turns out to be stronger than a perspective in agreement, this is creatively
liberated through an autonomous initiative. The concept of initiative is not only
without any disruptive sentiment for the Conspiracy but, to the contrary, renews our
relationships toward a comprehensive creative plenty and freedom. It is one more step
towards the sun of anarchy…

| How much important of projectuality is it to you that work be
abolished?

The tyranny of work and its ethics haunt our very lives. To overcome labour through
the negation of work is an essential first step in order to reach our individual autonomy.
We refuse to become yet another passive statistic in the production process.
Waged labour expropriates our creativity and imagination, and turns us into mindless
cogs in the social machine that devours flesh, blood, dreams and desires. We despise
the orders from supervisors and the clock indicators set by managing directors. A job
is the dead time of our lives that keeps us hostage, shackled by habit.
However, the work ethic is even more insidious than the coercion of labour itself.
Waged labour is no longer considered slavery but a right, and the masses of volunteer
serfs get dazzled by their own chains. Furthermore, the bureaucratic societist
tendency within anarchism traps itself with workerist reasoning and the sanctification
of the proletariat. Thus, this tendency turns timid and unable to defend and promote
the anarchist practice of armed robberies-expropriations. The formal-civilized anarchy
prefers to promote tactics for the self-management of misery and oppression through
autonomous labour unions, instead of projecting very clearly the practice of robbery
and total negation of work.
To us, armed robberies of the financial temples of Power are an integral part of the
new anarchist urban guerrilla warfare; they combine individual liberation from the oppression
of labour with the collective projectuality for the abolition of waged slavery.
However, we must be constantly vigilant at this point. A bank robbery in itself is nothing
more than a beautiful moment of adrenaline. If the robbers simply refuse to work
but maintain the dominant civilization inside their heads, if they worship money and
are fascinated with the consumerist mania, then their act may be illegal, but does not
reject social ethics.
To us, robbery is not an act of easy riches but a conscious choice to steal back stolen
time, and to liberate it by attacking the false idols that prevail in the existent. For
this, we have to throw away excuses, workerist moralizing and inhibitions, to start a
meaningful debate within anarchist circles on the armed anarchist insurgency and the
abolition of work once and for all.

| Do ‘alliances’ with leftist components fi t into antifascism in your
opinion?

To us, antifascist struggle is either an anarchist struggle or it is nothing. The differences
and points of divergence that exist between anarchist and leftist sectors are
of fundamental importance in every theoretical and practical aspect, and as such, it
is impossible to create points of convergence; only breaking points and disagreements.
The essence of anarchist attack lives far from defeatism, victimization, and denunciations,
features that prevail in left-wing formations. Any alliance with such leftist
schemes in the name of an antifascist front can only achieve a deliberate compromise
of anarchist discourse and praxis.
To us, antifascist struggle means first going on the offensive against the fascists,
using every means against them, from brass knuckles and knives to bombs and
bullets.

| What does one need to wait in order to step for the fi rst time
to ‘self-defense’ (or, said in another way, counter-violence) and
counter-attack?

We believe that each person makes up, for themselves, an entire universe. From
this lens, everything is subjective. Our very life is our personal narrative, through
our own eyes. This is why we do not believe in objective conditions that assimilate
and accept a single and exclusive objective and revolutionary truth. There is not
one reality, but countless realities. We do not accept mass production of revolutionary
consciousness, subversive experiences, or liberating gestures. We burn the
calendars and sabotage objective time. Every one of us has their individual internal
‘clock’ that can bring them to explode against the existent.
There is no need to wait for the magic moment of mass awakening, nor reason to
slow down and match step with a multitude that seems to adore its own chains.
We should get going on the attack from the moment we feel the dissatisfaction that
weighs down our own existence. We should flee from the victimized position of
constant defense, and storm the infinity of anarchy.

| What is, for you, the ‘true north’ of the anti-society current and
the very battle against the existent?

Subversive anarchist thought is regularly mutilated by the tyranny of social morality
and self-evident dogmas. We constantly run into the arbitrary bipolar worldviews
of good and bad aligned against us. The despotic State appears in the role of the
bad, and the oppressed society appears in the role of the good and the perpetual
victim. However, Power is not simply a clique of directors, leaders, and high commanders,
but a diffuse social relationship.
Power exists in the barrel of police guns as well as the orders given by a father
within a patriarchal family. Authority does not differentiate between tyrants small or
great. It is present in every aspect of social life, from the iron fist of the law to the
simplest gesture in personal relationships.
Thus, we consider society to be the transparent dungeon of Power. Besides, the
maintenance of Power is not due solely to repression, but also to its acceptance by
many individuals.
This is why, as antisocial anarchists, we wish to destroy society and its dominant
morality. When we say ‘war on society’ we do not mean mass death, but the death
of social norms.
Still, mass society is the offspring of Power. Social cohesion is constructed over
authoritarian mass culture that lionizes the icons of the spectacle, speaks the
language of publicity and advertising, incites racial segregation, and creates the
faceless solitary multitude. Or, as it is written somewhere over the societies of the
metropolis, ‘I never saw people’s houses so close together—and, even still, people
who are so far from one another, and so alone.’
Antisocial anarchism strikes against the authoritarian pyramid of society and promotes
anarchist community circles. The human community, as opposed to society,
promotes communication, creativity, imagination… Society devours the uniqueness
and singularity of the individual within the faceless multitude, while community enhances
the collective comradely attitude based on free associations of individualities.
It is the expression of life according to our desires, and the abolition of rules.

 

Haris Hadjimihelakis, Panagiotis Argirou, Gerasimos Tsakalos, Michalis
Nikolopoulos, Giorgos Polidoros, Christos Tsakalos, Damiano Bolano,
Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Olga Ekonomidou, and Theofilos Mavropoulos
currently receive letters here:
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou, A Pteryga, 18110 Koridallos, Athens, Greece.
You can also send letters to: P.O. 51076, 14510 Nea Kifissia, Athens,
Greece, or email them at sinomosiapf[at]riseup.net

Source: contra-info

 

 

 

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