"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik

In Solidarity with Luciano Pittronello

The very sad news of a young anarchist in Santiago, Chile, maiming himself while attempting to destroy a bank has been reported.

Luciano Pittronello, 22, was leaving an explosive device outside a branch of Santander when it detonated blinding him instantly and ripping off his hands before setting him alight. He is only alive, although in intensive care and in a coma, due to the help of passers by rushing to assist him.

There has long been a debate about insurrectionary anarchism and the use of violent methods to fight back against capitalism and the state and whether the methods used by them further our movements progress. This is not the time or place for such debate, suffice to say that we believe ‘property destruction’ in the dead of night is just that, ‘property destruction’, no matter how the media like to declare it ‘violence’. It will always however put the lives of ordinary people at risk no matter how planned the action may be, hence the fierce debate around actions of this nature.

Our thoughts go out to Luciano, his family, and the anarchist community in Santiago, Chile.

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