It is not murder, however, of which you have convicted me… but for anarchy, so the condemnation is—that I am an anarchist! … I say to you: I despise you. I despise your order, your laws, your force-propped authority. Hang me for it!
– Louis Lingg *
Another year, another May Day, the state and the market have managed to partially erase the content of this day of commemoration, dressing it up as an innocuous “festival of work” where bosses and alienated employees shake hands over putting a rope on the exploited, yet another rope…
Nothing is said about the ones who were killed by the gringo state as a global lesson against the proud insurgents and anarchists of yesterday, nothing is said about the valiant comrades who in spite of seeing that their lives were physically stolen by the hands of the state continued firm in their convictions that made them desire a radical change of this society.
Samuel Fielden, Oscar Neebe, Michael Schwab, George Engel, Adolph Ficher, Louis Lingg, August Spies, Albert Parsons.
Anarchy inspired them and gave them strength, they were not repressed and executed for simply being “victims,” the comrades of the Haymarket revolt of May 4th were consistent with their ideas and their methods, so whether or not it was found that they participated in what the state considered crimes they were finally hung for their irreducible anarchist conviction and for understanding that they could be a great danger for the stability of their “order” of exploitation.
Today as before, although capital and authority have mutated a spectacular and Orwellian situation, the same paradigms that brought those millions of comrades around the world to fight to radically change the established and get rid of authority continue to maintain themselves.
The organization and actions of comrades in the world extend more every day, as much in this region as in other parts of the world, with self-critique and learning.
With this small tribute we want to greet all the comrades around the world who keep intact and consistent the flame of Anarchy with their strengths and organization, with their activities and encounters, with their bombs and actions, with their propaganda and their books, with all the methods consistent with the fervent love of freedom, spreading anarchy and anti-authoritarian practices.
We greet the comrades who find themselves today in prison or fugitive, we greet Gaviota, Hiena, the compas involved in the spectacle of the Bombs Case, the compas tied to the Security Case, Ivan and Carla, dear Tortuga, the consistent comrades of Culmine and the others repressed by the Italian state, the compas of the CCF in the Greek region, Stella Antoniou, the compas of Revolutionary Struggle, those who resist on hunger strike, Eat and Billy and the other compas in Indonesia, the prisoners of the Spanish state from the March 29 strike, the compas who resist in the Mexican region, the compas in all parts of the world, LET US CONTINUE TO SPREAD ANARCHY!
Let’s make this day, more than a boring salute to the flag, a headache for the bourgeois and their false critics embedded like cysts in the syndicalist bureaucracies and their wretched parties, let us again make this a day of consistent struggle against authority, with all the tools and methods according to our ideas, let’s make the 1st of May a day to not let the bourgeois who have been killing and imprisoning us since always, to not let them forget that their privileges at our expense have terrible consequences for their security and their practices. LET’S MAKE THE FIRST OF MAY A DANGEROUS DAY FOR THE EXPLOITERS, LET’S SPREAD REVOLT AND ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN PRACTICES!
WITH THE CHICAGO MARTYRS, PUNKY MAURI, CLAUDIA LOPEZ, CARLO GIULIANI, LAMBROS FOUNDAS AND ALL OF THE DEAD IN OUR MEMORY!
NO ONE AND NOTHING WORKS!
FOR HORIZONTAL SELF-ORGANIZATION!
TOWARD THE GENERAL STRIKE!
TOWARD SOCIAL INSURRECTION!
LONG LIVE FREE ASSOCIATION!
LONG LIVE ANARCHY!
End of April, 2012
* Louis Lingg’s address to the court after being condemned to death.