Meet the Real Sons of Anarchy — Greek Anti-Fascist Motorcycle Club Confronts neo-Nazis

<table><tr><td>From <a href="http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/greek-anarchist-motorcycle-club-naz... is the New Red</a> - by Will Potter

Meet the real <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SonsofAnarchy" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=17432988290">Sons of Anarchy</a>. An anti-fascist motorcycle club in Athens, Greece, patrols the community, fighting neo-Nazis who attack immigrants.</p>
<p>From <a title="Athens Anarchist Anti-Fascist Motorcycle Club" href="http://euro-police.noblogs.org/2012/11/athens-anarchist-anti-fascist-mot... rel="bookmark">Athens Anarchist Anti-Fascist Motorcycle Club</a>:</p>
<blockquote><p>As of June 2012 the far right/neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is officially represented in the Greek Parliament with support from the local media. As we have seen throughout history, in times of “economic” crisis, far-right ideologies tend to increase their influence dramatically.</p>
<p><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" /><span id="more-6553"></span><strong></strong>The number of attacks on immigrants is rising every week, fuelled by the police’s complicitly apathetic stance and refusal to do anything to stop the perpetrators. This has led to a need for anti-racist patrols, as it is the only way of protecting immigrants from racist violence.</p></td><td><img title="No. I will." src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/aafmc.jpg"></td></tr></tabl...

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoFx66XFWec&amp;feature=player_embedded">... class="alignright size-medium wp-image-6558" title="green-antifa-motorcycle-club" src="http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/wp-content/Images/green-antifa-moto... alt="" width="300" height="163" /></a>On the nights of the 15th and 22nd of September, the first two antifascist motorcycle patrols took place, with fly-posting and protest chants against neo-Nazi attacks. A third motorcycle demo passed through down-town locations on the evening of Sunday, September 30th, where it encountered a group of neo-Nazis smashing up immigrants’ shops. The antifa successfully attacked and stopped them, and were themselves attacked in retaliation by several motorcycle police units.</p></blockquote>
<p>I wanted to share this because here in the U.S., anarchism is increasingly being linked to &#8220;terrorism&#8221; in the courts and in disinformation campaigns. There are currently two anarchists in prison for refusing to talk about their politics before a federal grand jury, and <a href="http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/pacific-northwest-grand-jury-subpoe... target="_blank">a third individual has been subpoenaed</a> to appear today. Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/fbi-anarchist-terrorists-may-day-oh... target="_blank">Cleveland 4</a> are fighting a &#8220;terrorism enhancement&#8221; penalty that would officially reclassify them as terrorists in prison.</p>
<div id="attachment_6559" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 300px">
<img class="size-medium wp-image-6559" title="twin-cities-cece-motorcycle-banner" src="http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/wp-content/Images/twin-cities-cece-... alt="Minneapolis anarchist motorcycle rally supporting CeCe McDonald." width="300" height="166" />
<p class="wp-caption-text">Minneapolis anarchist motorcycle rally supporting CeCe McDonald.</p>
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<p>Of course, not all anarchists form motorcycle clubs. They also step in after natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy to provide relief and support that, in some cases, has been more effective than the government has been able to do. <a href="http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/" target="_blank">Check out Occupy Sandy Relief for more information.</a></p>
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<p>There&#8217;s video below. If motorcycles aren&#8217;t your thing, there&#8217;s also an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGrW_ZTHPNY&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">anti-fascist scooter gang in Athens</a>.</p>
<p>Meanwhile, if this club decides to start a US charter, I&#8217;ll be the first to sign up.</p>
<p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qoFx66XFWec" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe></p>

Comments

Born to re-wild!

dear will potter and worker, it is not that hard to start a motorcycle gang, you just need friends with motorcycles. if the two of you become friends and purchase motorcycles, you will be most of the way there. get on this

it's hard if you don't have a license ;-;

It's hard for cops to even verify your license if you happen to have one of those high-speed bikes.

^^this makes me so happy.^^

BASH THE FASH!

Motorcycles are excellent vehicles for combat and patrols! They have much of the ability of bicycles to bypass or filter through roadblocks or traffic combined with speed greater than many cars can handle.

Main disadvantage is presence of license tags, though these could be covered or removed in "heavy" operations,

Those Euro scooters are even cooler. Slightly less maneuvrable as bicycles, but really speedy and no special license required. Plus you can pack a lot of guerilla weapons between your legs.

Also disadvantage: street pizza

...shit just got sweeter!

Not talking shit, but seriously, can we have a fundraiser or something to get these people some real motorcycles?

You mean like the real motorcycles they already have? How can you get more real than real...

Hyperreal motorcycles? lol

You are though, european cities are full of these light motorized bikes and it's for a reason. They're nimble and cost next to nothing for gas. It's not about the phallic bullshit you see with gearheads on this side of the pond. These guys don't need to ride a harley to pose like a badass since they're actually hard as fuck in real life.

BOOM shaka laka laka

The black riders of chaos! So cool.

How to fuck up motorcycle cops? Make motorcycle protests and direct actions! This is sooo reversal Mad Max.

This is a classic commentary on anarchist, political ineffectiveness. It is sort of a bad version of liberalism.

Golden Dawn participates in the electoral process and gains a measure of legitimacy by winning seats in the legislature. Then they make alliances with the police forces. Their power grows.

Meanwhile anarchists form "anti-fascist" motorcycle clubs to "defend immigrants." O K .

There is nothing wrong with this on its face, but it does nothing to advance the standing of anarchists as a political force. The economic crisis creates a political vacuum and, by taking no responsibility for a positive political program, indeed, by being "anti-political" anarchists seal their fate.

Against government, against politics, against the state, against capitalism.... the anarchists are for nothing. t is all very trendy. But people will turn to anything when nothing is the alternative.

*>anarchists as a political force*
no you

*>a positive political program*
no thank you

*>the anarchists are for nothing*
right now i can only tell you what i'm against, what i don't want

I see what you're saying, I really do. My thoughts were fairly similar to yours a few years ago, but I don't look at things that way anymore. You are implying that anarchists should have it as a goal of theirs to recruit others, to 'advance as a political force,' to 'have a positive political program' so that 'regular folk' will identify with anarchism.

This mentality comes from colonialism and the way that empire attacks, dominates, and assimilates others into itself. The goal is to convert others, to change them to fit YOUR 'positive political program.' This is the role that ideology plays in our society, it gives people a purpose to base their activities and behavior around BESIDES themselves. Christianity, for example, says that you will find happiness if you become a servant of God and follow his words and advice. Life is not about living, it's about 'being a good christian.' Revolutionary socialism, another example, states that the only solution to capitalism is for a vanguard to lead the working class in a revolution. Life is not about living, it's about doing what socialists tell you will lead to this supposed revolution that will supposedly fix our problems.

The point of abandoning a positive political program is that ideology is alienating, and therefore not creative. It is an ALIEN thought process that is embedded into someones' brain in order to make them a better '-ist'. If the focus is on bringing down what exists now as opposed to building a vision of the future, then people cannot be as easily swindled because when they are fighting, they are fighting for their own organic impulses. It is from this release of desire and passion that a new world will come from, at the same time as the values and systems that meet our current needs are being negated.

Everyone has an ideology, whether they admit it or not. Ideas matter, you can't anti-intellectualize your way out of a problem. But anyway, I'm not going to criticize Greek Anarchists because they've done a lot more than anyone in the US has for a long time. Yes, there are many critiques of anti-fascism, especially "how (when?) insurrections die" by Gilles Duave which would support the previous poster's point.

Wannabe Leninist in the house!

No. Golden Dawn aren't building up anything in terms of support. Most Greeks are against these clowns, including soldiers.

The fact they are getting pwed si easily by antifas is the obvious proof they're very unlikely to end up big and dangerous, unless the Troika wants them in power and the anarchists let it happen... Very unlikely in Athens!

Deep Green-is-the-new-Red Resistance?

To fascist everywhere, "....worthy of nothing but scorn!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jixsazChvIg#!

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