On March 25, 2009, six activists from Denmark were convicted of “supporting terrorism”. Their crime? Making and selling t-shirts.
The fashion company FIGHTERS+LOVERS was started back in January 2006: they produced stylish t-shirts – pink and mango in color – with the logos of anti-imperialist organizations like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). As Ulrik Kohl from the group explained: “We didn’t want typical, trashy political clothes that people only wore because of the message.”
Since the PFLP and the FARC are both on the “terror lists” of the European Union and the United States, the t-shirts were a bold statement of solidarity in the face of repression. Five euros from every t-shirt went to support the work of the PFLP and the FARC. FIGHTERS+LOVERS has since produced more shirts, perfume, aftershave, CDs and watches, as well as organizing political rallies. Now, six activists have been convicted of “supporting terrorism” by the high court of Denmark.
REVOLUTION agrees with FIGHTERS+LOVERS that it is completely legitimate to struggle against the repressive regime in Colombia or the Israeli occupation of Palestine. We support their anti-imperialist solidarity work – with a creativity and style often missing in the radical left – even though our support for the struggles of the PFLP and the FARC is very critical.
These organizations, while progressive and secular, have programs oriented towards a purely “democratic” (and capitalist) solution to the oppression suffered by the working masses in Colombia and Palestine. We are convinced that only an international socialist revolution, rather than a capitalist “democracy” of any kind, can end this oppression. Nonetheless, it is clear that this repression against so-called “terrorists” is directed against the entire left and workers’ movements. As FIGHTERS+LOVERS point out, Danish resistance fighters against the Nazi occupation were also labelled “terrorists”. More recently, the rebelling youth of Greece were denounced for “terrorism”. Therefore, we say:
- Support FIGHTERS+LOVERS!
- Anti-imperialist struggle is not a crime!
- Down with the EU terror lists!
REVOLUTION, International Coordination, April 15, 2009