This was a tough one for the Decisions Crew here at The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund. The good people @ Yogyakarta, Indonesia’s Libera Community Space wrote to us looking for help to expand their space. We know they do excellent work, including anti-fascist work, so this led to a lively discussion and, in the end, to a close “no” vote to offering support.
On one hand, we’ve supported squats and anarchist spaces that engage in antifa work before. When Prague’s Klinka centre was attacked and firebombed by fascists, we sent them some money to help with repairs. Then, when members of the De Vloek squat in the Netherlands were evicted and arrested, we helped them with their legal defence.
So why would we help those two community spaces out by say no to Libera’s request? Ultimately it came down to the fact that Libera had not been harmed by fascists as a result of their antifa activities or support for antifa activities. This is The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund, not the International Helping Develop Anarchist Community Spaces Fund (but we think someone should definitely start that up!) and we need to keep our powder dry so to speak in order to be able to offer substantial material support to anti-fascists and anti-racist precisely when they need us to have their backs – when they’re under attack or suffered some loss as a result of their antifa work.
We still think the Libera project is an excellent one and we would encourage anyone that wants to see autonomous community spaces take root in Indonesia to make a donation to them.