venerdì 31 dicembre 2010
Seven months after my arrest and the well advertised TV, and not only, delirium of the authorities and the antiterrorist police, I am still imprisoned for participation in
Revolutionary Struggle. I am convinced that my persecution has a clear character, with an obvious target the penalisation of the political movement to which I belong, my comrade and friendly relationships, and at the same time the exemplification and terrorisation of wider parts of society who are already fighting, or will choose to resist, the current economic and social conditions of oppression, imposed with an increasingly intensified pace.
To clarify my position, from the first moment of my arrest I said I am an anarchist. I deny to renounce my political identity and for years now conscious choice to openly participate with hundreds of comrades in all social struggles. I deny to renounce my comrade and friendly relationship -as many comrades- with Anarchist fighter Lambros Foundas. The ‘strong’, ‘incriminating’ evidence that the prosecution throws against me, is as follows a fingerprint of mine on a political pamphlet in the house of L.Foundas and an alleged visit to the house of a friend and comrade, co-accused, of mine. My application for release was denied because of the fingerprint mentioned above and one more ‘strong piece of evidence’: a fingerprint of a co-accused of mine on a ‘suspicious’ object in my house, a dvd of an american movie.
Since when is it illegal to possess and exchange leaflets with a political antiauthoritarian content? Since when are visits to friends’ houses persecuted? What morbid imagination baptises the house I’ve lived in permanently in nea filadelifia, a ‘safe house’? Let’s get serious. For those that forgot or for those that don’t know, forbidding people to go out after 10pm, gathering in groups of 3 or more, to freely distribute pamphlets with a political content, belongs to other regimes, which those as well (accidental? I don’t think so) call themselves democratic.
My refusal to give a DNA sample is due solely to my political beliefs and values and not dictated by any fear to prove my ‘guilt’, as its being implied. Of course I refuse to cooperate with the authorities and repressive mechanisms in their attempt of biological (and any other) data basing with obvious aims.
At this point I would like to clarify that I am not possessed with the logic of victimisation, since I have no illusions about democracy, neither about the ‘fairness’ of Justice. As an anarchist I do not condemn any form of struggle – postering, actions of counter-information, political texts, occupations, protests, dynamic actions, ex-appropriations, urban guerrilla warfare- which historically have been chosen and used by fighting people (anarchists, communists, wider resisting parts of society).
I am not willing to give away to the authorities any information of my personal life and no ‘print’ of my comrade relations and my political choices.
And the carousel of the targeting not only of specific people but ultimately of the concept of comradeship itself and the choice of solidarity is widened. Dozens of comrades from the antiauthoritarian movement are called as witnesses with always the same reasoning (fingerprints on books, CDs, doors and windows…now in the houses of friends and comrades imprisoned for participation in Revolutionary Struggle) culminating in the indictments of four more people from the friends or even the family of the arrested!
The attack of the Regime- with its current spokesmen the ‘antiauthoritarian’ PASOK (governing party) and the fellow governing parties- of course is not aimed exclusively to the anarchist movement, but the generalised explosions that are being prepared by wider social parts as healthy reactions to the economic misery (wage and pension cuts, of working relationships, thousands of layoffs etc.) and the complete degradation of human dignity. The images of the violent treatment of the strikers, unemployed, worker protestors, (gathering of workers at the acropolis and outside ministries) are neither fragmented actions, or ‘unfortunate’ incidents of police brutality.
The state arms not only its repressive (hundreds of new recruits to the security forces) but also its legal arsenal. How else can you interpret the new antiterrorist law that baptises ‘terrorism’ even syndicalist actions (with obvious target the basic unions and not of course the ‘militant’ GSEE), the participation in dynamic protests and brings back the anonymous prosecution witnesses- does this remind anyone of those collaborators with the hoods and their fingers stretched out? Who exactly does the infamous ‘dogma of security’ want to protect with the police filled cities and neighbourhoods, if not the system itself? And who purposely cultivates the fear (e.g. of a coming bankruptcy for which everyone supposedly has a responsibility!) in order to obtain a social consensus insidious plans?
court prisons of Corinthos.
30 December 2010 - Shortly before the bombing in Athens, a smaller explosion occurred outside the Greek Embassy in Buenos Aires in the middle of the night.
“According to the initial findings of the Argentinean police, the blast was caused by a Molotov cocktail thrown by unidentified assailants,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement, referring to a crude incendiary weapon comprising a glass bottle filled with flammable liquid.
giovedì 30 dicembre 2010
30 December - ATHENS — A powerful bomb detonated outside a court building near central Athens on Thursday morning, causing significant damage but no injuries, the police said.
The authorities found the device and cordoned off the area around the Athens administrative court after calls to the private television station Alter and the daily newspaper Eleftherotypia at about 7:40 a.m. warned that a bomb would go off there in 40 minutes.
“In both cases, the caller said the device had been strapped to a scooter outside the courthouse and gave the scooter’s registration number,” said an officer at the Athens police headquarters who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly. “The explosion occurred two minutes after the deadline,” the officer said, adding that police bomb disposal experts had gathered the remnants of the device and the vehicle and were examining them.
A local resident told the private television station Skai that he had seen two men dressed in police uniforms pull up near the court building on a motorcycle about 6:30 a.m. The witness said he greeted the men, who told him they were abandoning the scooter because it had engine problems. According to the witness, the pair then got into a white van parked nearby and were driven away by a third person.
The explosion damaged the facade of the court building as well as several cars, and also blew out windows in nearby apartment buildings.
The caller who provided the warning in the Athens bombing was described as a man speaking clearly in Greek. The blast occurred in a densely populated area in the city’s Ambelokipi district, shattering windows and nearby shop storefronts in a 200-meter (yard) radius, and seriously damaging at least 10 cars. It sent up a cloud of smoke that was visible across the city.
Police said the bomb was stored in a hard luggage case in the back of a motorcycle reported stolen in a nearby area of Athens several hours earlier.
An initial examination of the site, suggested that the explosive Anfo — a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil used in construction but also in improvised explosive devices — was used, police investigators said. The material has been used in the past and seized in police raids in recent months on suspected militant safehouses.
Enjoying the taste of the Christmas traditions, we retrieved the memory and wanted to contribute to this noble intent by giving our opinion on the values and goods that accompany these festivities, in which we continue to feel humiliated and imprisoned by the State.
Burning wood, burning the door of the Church of Majadahonda we recovered our dignity and sent a clear message to the church enterprise: we cannot stand its morality or endure their wallets full of banknotes stolen from the people.
Worship what you like, but not a usurious and thieving institution.
mercoledì 29 dicembre 2010
27 Dec. 2010 - Police said the bomb at the Greek embassy resembled those which exploded in Rome last week, wounding an employee at the Chilean embassy and also a Swiss embassy staff member.
"The package was similar to the ones at the other embassies," Maurizio Mezzavilla, an official of the carabinieri, Italy's paramilitary police, told reporters outside the embassy, and said that anarchist involvement "could not be ruled out."
Police were called to the Venezuelan, Danish, Monaco, Kuwaiti and Albanian embassies and the Finnish embassy to the Vatican but found only harmless parcels.
But the discovery at the Greek mission highlighted a real threat.
"A suspect package arrived. We immediately informed the carabinieri who arrived immediately and neutralized the bomb," Michael Campanis, the Greek ambassador to Italy told reporters.
He said the package, addressed by hand, arrived in the embassy on December 24.
"We had not received any threats previously. The packet arrived on Friday afternoon when the embassy was already closed. The staff member found it this morning but security measures had already been stepped up," he said.
Last week, an Italian anarchist group called the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) claimed responsibility in a note for the parcel bombs at the Swiss and Chilean embassies.
we have received and are forwarding a few lines of an e-mail received in recent days:
"The Chilean boy wounded by the letter bomb is Cesar. A comrade and a friend involved with the experience of Ciclofficina Popolare (people's bike workshop) of the Ex Lavanderia (the former laundry).
We found out today.
Suddenly, for us, the natural compassion for an injured person is no longer tempered by anonymity.
Behind this story of national importance there is a person whose name, face and voice we know.
Now Cesar is in hospital, with two fingers less and we are angry.
Associazione Ex Lavanderia
Lun, 27/12/2010 – 17:51
Various cops of all kinds raided the Maragopouleio occupation in Patras, on December 28th, at 7:30 am; 11 comrades that were in the building were detained for a couple of hours and 9 of them were charged with a misdemeanor (“disturbance of domestic peace”). Around 30 people gathered in solidarity outside the local police headquarters.
The building, which officially belongs to the Ministry of Health, had been abandoned for several years; according to the prosecutor that ordered the eviction, the Ministry has lodged a complaint. So here we have a bankrupt state and its pathetic loyal servants, that wait for the holidays to come in order to fight back the “no.1 internal enemy”: those who give life to abandoned buildings and provide neighborhoods spaces for collective political expression and action. Here we see a ministry of health that has left the NHS to its fate (in order to sell it off) but miraculously finds the time to show interest in buildings that have been abandoned for years when they eventually become spaces of social importance. Repression is becoming all the more intense in Patras; we have recently experienced brutality in demos, houses of comrades have been raided under the fashionable “antiterrorist” pretext. You don’t scare us, you infuriate us!! Solidarity to occupations
From Occupied London At around 07.30 this morning police raided the anarchist squat Maragopouleio that had been in operation for the past few months in the city of Patras, W. Greece. Ten people were detained and have now been transferred to the local police HQ where the police are trying to force them to sign papers admitting responsibility for the occupation, while it seems that the lawyer who had been called to the spot is not allowed access to them.
More info as it comes.
UPDATE 10.25 AM The ten people arrested at the Maragopouleio squat have now been released. They have all been charged with a misdemeanor (“disruption of public peace”) and will be facing a trial.
domenica 26 dicembre 2010
REsponsibility Claim for Attack with Incendiary DEvice on Restaurant in Thessaloniki Greece 25.12.2010
Responsibility claim for attack with incendiary device on restaurant
“Our day will come, our day will come”
Or has it come?
Gone is the days when the politicians toured the cities and villages promising the growth and the prosperity of our land accepting claps and handshakes.
Gone are the days when the cops went around care-free without bulletproof vests, with the gun secured and chilling outside the Police Stations and the “hangouts” of the city.
Gone are the days where the journalists were next door people “compassionate” and “understanding” the problems of the people.
Gone are the days where the judges and public prosecutors gave out the sentences and the years as if they were chick peas.
Gone are the days where the snitches were the proud informal cops of social prosperity.
Gone are the days….
Gone are the days….
What goes around comes around.
The day came where the politicians will get beaten wherever they are (if they are) and bloody they will run to save, not their political career but their life.
The day came where the cops will go around in groups of ten, they will hide in the police sations behind bulletproof windows and when they go to look after a witness of a case they will not know if they will return home at night.
The day came where the journalists will think very well before putting the pen to the paper.
The day came where the judges and the public prosecutors will accept as many parcels as the the years they give out.
The day came where the snitches will not expose but will be exposed.
The day came…
The day came…
Here we are
With the repression, the terrorism and with more than 30 prisoners and 10 persecuted the battle is not lost, neither finishes but it continues with each one of us counting forces and re striking wherever this is possible. Everywhere.
From militant protests with stones and bottles to the haters of our freedom up to bomb attacks on banks, homes of politicians and government buildings. From spontaneous attacks against uniformed pigs up to organized attacks in the centre of the city. From the incendiary attack on a car dealership in Maroussi up to the mailing of bombs to the embassies of Switzerland and Chile in Rome. Again and again remaining in the substance, that of aggressive mood whatever means, quantity individual towards this rotten existence that surrounds us. Until the destruction of everything.
Participating thus to the call of Warriors of Revolutionary Conscience we placed on the 22/12 an incendiary device in the restaurant Pyrofania in the area of Stavroupoli, Thessalonici, a known hangout of cops where they enjoyed also the 15% discount that is offered to them by the shop in question.
Finally we greet the imprisoned comrades Giannis Skouloudis and the 2 for the Nadir case, as well as the 4 persecuted (Sokratis Tsifkas, Babis Tsilianidis, Dimitris Fessas, Dimitris Dimitsiadis)
We should set the terms.
Make our refusal action.
MOVE ON THE ATTACK.
Incendiary circles of Disarray
venerdì 24 dicembre 2010
Arm yourself and be violent, beautifully violent, until everything explodes
Because remember that whatever violent action against these promoters of inequality, is entirely justified through centuries of infinite violence that we have been been subjected to by them. .. Arm yourslef and combat the terrorism - burn, conspire, sabotage, and be violent, beautifully violent, naturally violent, willingly violent.'
Early this morning, our brother Mauricio Morales died. He carried an explosive which detonated in his back pack, he died on the spot. It is assumed that the disgusting institution of the Gendarmerie was the aim of his attack. He died as a fighter, without fear, without hesitation, confronting every form of power.
He decided to turn his hatred into action. He transformed his life into a constant fight against the existent. Publications, direct support to imprisoned comrades, spreading of anarchist and anti-authoritarian literature, spreading of ideas were part of the daggers he sharpened during his life. In this way he wanted to contribute in different ways to the destruction of this society based on the logic of power and exploitation.
In these moments our hearts are filled with pain, but it is important to not lower morale, to not fall down in the lethargy that the loss of a comrade can engage. We cannot forget that he died with his eyes fixed on his aim. And this fact must shake us, must help us to open our eyes.
We are at war, the strikes will be many, but that’s how it is for a fighter that doesn’t stop, doesn’t bow his head; that makes her life, among other things, into a constant surmounting of obstacles.
The harshness of death strikes us and is such a whirlpool that sometimes we can barely believe what is happening. Death or prison is not only a slogan, today for us, those words are tattooed with blood and fire.
With the terrible departure of Mauri, police, magistrates and press rub their hands together and make their first moves. Two social centres, Cueto con Andes and La Idea were raided. The violence of these operations doesn’t surprise us, the war has been unleashed without mercy, and we assume it as such.
The raided houses are in the same neighbourhood where we are. We saw the procession of repression arriving at our house. At the same time, comrades and solidarious approach the house and demonstrate in different parts of the neighbourhood, which is now militarised. We confronted them, we resisted and until now, the repressive forces didn’t want to enter our house, in spite of the predictions. They hide their game and try to lower our guard.
Comrades, we are very clear and know what will happen. We know that the coming days and months will be difficult. But we also know that the pain and the sadness of the departure of our comrade may not paralyse us. Let us insistently remember that he died in struggle, that the offensive takes different forms, where one form is not more valuable than the other. Let us move so that the beautiful flame of his anarchist heart propagates the irreducible desire to annihilate this reality.
His body is now captive in the hands of the cops and their mercenaries, but the energy of his life stays with us, with the comrades that have fought with him and fight in different ways against everything that
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giovedì 23 dicembre 2010
AFP 21 December 2010 - The explosion of the homemade device occurred around daybreak at an automatic teller machine of Banco Frances, breaking windows and damaging the entrance of the bank branch, police said.
Officials were using bomb-sniffing dogs at the scene of the explosion, and said that so far no one has claimed responsibility.
Authorities said the upscale neighbourhood where the blast occurred is home to numerous embassies.
Another bomb exploded before dawn on Monday outside a bank in downtown Santiago, the capital of neighbouring Chile, breaking windows but causing no injuries.
Police were investigating who may have placed the Santiago bomb, as well as another that damaged a police funeral parlour early on Monday.
About 100 small blasts have been set off across Chile in the last five years, many claimed by anarchist groups.
more about this:
CALL TO SOLIDARITY ACTION WITH THE ANARCHIST AND REBEL PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE IN THE VARIOUS PRISONS OF THE COUNTRY THURSDAY, 23 DECEMBER
BECAUSE YOU DON'T HUMANIZE JAILS YOU DESTROY THEM. PRISONERS IN WAR IN THE STREETS
Chilean media,20.12.10 - The Police Special Operations Group (Gope) and the Police Forensic Laboratory (Labocar) are investigating two bombings that took place this morning in the capital, which affected a bank branch and a uniformed police precinct.
According to records, at about 00:15 am, a noise bomb exploded at a branch of Banco Santander, Vicuña Mackenna with Victoria, south central sector of the capital, a few metres from Megavisión tv channel.
The explosion caused damage to the windows of the facade and, reportedly, there were no pamphlets, no one has sent a claim.
Then 15 minutes later, another bombing occurred at a police station, in Retiro corner Vivaceta 647. Also, it was a homemade noise device and no pamphlets were found.
from the Chilean press 18/12/1910 - This morning a bomb exploded inside a branch of the State Bank, located in the commune of Renca in Santiago, causing considerable damage.
The device was homemade, and would have been made with industrial-grade explosives caused damage to part of the Bank ATM smashing the windows and the cash machine, and there was also damage to the concrete wall.
Police of Labocar, OS-9 and GOPEo arrived at the site, located on Avenida Eduardo Frei Montalva 2250, who claimed that the target of the explosion was stealing money from the ATM, but as a result of the blast much of the money was burned and they would have taken only about 700 thousand pesos.
In the branch of State Bank, which has security cameras, there were no pamphlets or tags alluding to any cause. And so far no group has claimed the bombing.
Santiago-Chile; A Communique from Anarchist Prisoner Monica Caballero on the situation in the extermination centres
17 Dec 2010 - Even before the bodies of the prisoners of San Miguel have gone cold the show by the guardians of order to hide what happened has already begun.
More prisons seems to be the most feasible solution for those who profit by imprisonment. How many lives have the prisons taken away, how many dead stain the uniform of the guards?
The deaths of the 81 prisoners add themselves to a long list of crimes that have gone unpunished, which the State is solely responsible for. Inside many prisons, many have decided to face the torturers and take action. Here, in the women's detention centre, every day the number of women who join the Hunger Strike of thousands of prisoners is increasing in all the territory dominated by the Chilean State. Many have also stitched their mouths and are isolated in the punishment sections.
If anyone who dares to put the laws of the powerful in question is a criminal, then I assume that denomination.
As I finish writing these words, they are searching the former Penitenciario. The news reports that there are 1,500 prisoners on hunger strike, the revolt must be punished. The fire made its presence both inside the Extermination Centre and outside, by their families.
You don't embellish cages, you destroy them!
For the end of this and any other society.
No more Anti-terror Laws.
Mónika Caballero, Anarchist Prisoner, Special High Security Section
Female Extermination Centre, Santiago, Chile
lunedì 20 dicembre 2010
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domenica 19 dicembre 2010
Tubize-Belgium; March to Commemorate 16 Years Old Boy Shot During a Robbery in a Jewellery Shop. Cops Attacked, Cars Burnt
Early December - TUBIZE - During a robbery in a jewellery, a youngster, Flavien (16 years), is killed by the owner of the jewellery shop. The robbers were two, they had fake weapons with them. The owner used his hunting rifle to kill one and to hold the other one, Hassan, till the police arrived. Hassan is now in prison and refuses to collaborate with the police.
A few days later, friends of Flavien organised a march to commemorate their friend and to march to the jewellery. About 100 youngsters showed up next to the small city centre . The Federal Police and anti-riot squads were very present and blocked the centre completely, while the mayor prohibited all gathering. At the beginning of the march, some people started to attack the cops with stones. Then the family of Flavien arrived, asking for calm and saying literaly "we are not here to make revolution". The march ended therefore calmly.
In the days following the march, cars were put on fire in several regions around Tubize and in the French speaking part of Belgium:
8/12/2010, Tubize: car put on fire in the "Street of Democracy".
8/12/2010, Charleroi: three cars put on fire.
9/12/2010, Jemeppe: five cars put on fire on different spots of the small city.
9/12/2010, Ottignies: car put on fire on the parking of the station in the "Lane of Human Rights".
9/12/2010, Liège: four cars put on fire on different spots.
sabato 18 dicembre 2010
Argentina: Demonstration at the Greek Embassy in Solidarity with Giannis Dimitrakis Two Years After the Murder of Alexis Grigoropulos
Under the call for international solidarity with comrade Giannis Dimitrakis abducted by the Greek state for a bank robbery, harassed and persecuted for his ideas and used as an excuse for a "witch hunt" against anarchists and anti-authoritarians, on December 6 (day of Giannis' appeal trial) a group of anarchists marched to the embassy of Greece in Buenos Aires, showing solidarity with comrade Giannis, and reporting on his situation with flyers and a banner that said freedom to Giannis Dimitrakis and all the imprisoned comrades in Greece. The demonstration lasted about 1 hour and the leaflet was read several times with a megaphone and traffic on av. santa fe interrupted. A passing federal patrol received an object with paint inside and on the windscreen, the same as a policeman and a window of a place.
BECAUSE SOLIDARITY HAS NO BORDERS, SOLIDARITY WITH OUR COMRADES IMPRISONED IN GREECE AND IN THE WHOLE WORLD!
ALEXIS GRIGOROPULOS HERE!
FREEDOM TO GIANNIS DIMITRAKIS!
giovedì 16 dicembre 2010
The banks as pillars of capitalism create - the known and now evident- economic inequalities and construct the post-industrial capitalism, where the speed and the omnipotence of trade lead society to a complete mechanization and automatism.
On the other hand society insists to move in these predetermined ways, completely determined by the intellectual images and meanings of capitalism. What if it understands that the banks and capital cannot be maintained and exist without the callous exploitation and the more general degeneration of life, in the middle of this nodal period of evolution of capitalism, the average citizen not only is immobilized, but absorbing the dominating mentality leads to situations of social cannibalism. Instead of realising and striking the root of the problem, he repels it in midst his delirium of fear, and he defuses it either competitively to his fellow man repeating daily the dogma of capitalism " your death, is my life", or autistically to all sorts of outcasts (from immigrants that "take our jobs", to young people that sit with their feet on the seats of the bus etc).
On Friday afternoon wanting to bother the predetermined time-space journeys that the average citizen and the relation of dependence that it has with the monstrosities they call banks, we sabotaged 34 ATMs in the centre, Toumba, Triandria and Kalamaria areas.
This action happened also as a minimum of solidarity to the social robber G.Dimitrakis and we call all those that have realised the above conditions to participate multiformative, immediately in the game of deconstruction of the existing.
Freedom in Giannis Skouloudis - No prosecution to the 4 wanted comrades for the same case
Freedom to the 11 arrested of the anarchist squat Nadir
Freedom the all the hostages of the social war
mercoledì 15 dicembre 2010
Today was the 2nd vote of No Confidence in the Berlusconi government. He survived by two votes. Across Italy, students, school kids and workers took the the streets to protest Berlusconi but also against the continuing neo-liberal education reforms. In Rome there were major clashes that saw the most heavy rioting seen in Italy since Genova in 2001. As well as this, economic blockades and occupations were put in place at many train stations, the port of Palermo and even on the runway of an airport in Sicily.
14 December 2010 - Thousands of college students demonstrated today in Rome and major cities in a day of action against the Gelmini reform and in support of the no-confidence vote against Berlusconi. Among them, however, are also added to the social centres and militant black bloc. And after the confidence in the House, the violence broke out.
Black Bloc activists and militants from the social centres, who had joined the student marches in the morning, reached corso Rinascimento, a step away from the Senate, presided over by the police. Against the police cars paper bombs, firecrackers, cobblestones, bottles and eggs rained down. There were riots and fights in different areas of the centre between Via del Corso and Piazza del Popolo, with charges of tear gas in response to improvised barricades with trash bins on fire, road blocks, broken windows, and assaults on armoured forces of law and order with sticks and hammers. A dozen young men with their faces covered raided the offices of civil defense in via Ulpiano smashing windows and throwing eggs, no injuries among employees. The wounded in the street however were at least 40. Among them a journalist of the Agi, hit in the face by a stone.
At Porta del Popolo police charged protesters engaged in heavy stone-throwing, to back them off to the Tiber. The bulk of the procession is split: one part is directed at the Flaminio district, the other Prati. A difficult day today for the Capital. In the streets, on the day in Parliament voted confidence in the Berlusconi government, university and high school students, along with temporary workers, workers, researchers, Aquila earthquake survivors and activists from struggles for housing and social welfare gathered under the name "united against the crisis."
martedì 14 dicembre 2010
9 DEcember 2010-LOndon; Thousands Fight Against Exclusion and the DEath Society In Iconoclastic REverly
London 9 December, 2010 - Thousands of young and not so young pour uncontrollably like mercury into Parliament Square to make themselves seen and heard. No fetishisation of the cops - they are simply ignored or got out of the way with the means at hand. Barriers intended to fence people in like sheep become a part of the improvised weaponry, thrown back from whence they came amidst music and laughter. 'We kettled the cops, heh, heh, heh'. At one point a posse of mounted riot cops gallop into the crowd - there is no panic, and without fear to stimulate their adrenaline, they ride straight out of the compound.
Meanwhile, impervious to the people's solicitations, the democratic dictatorship - worthy servants of capital's restructuring - press ahead in their contribution to the division of the world into included and excluded.
As the young people's anticipation turns to rage, some of the symbols of greed and power (dead and alive) that infest everybodies' lives are derided, brought down to size, simply, from the heart, far from the calculated deadly violence of police who step in, one of them almost murdering a demonstrator, smashing his skull with a truncheon.
Now, days later, it is the job of the lackeys of the regime to vomit out the latter's essence, VIOLENCE, in a twisted condemnatory accusation against the people whose lives are at stake now and in the future to come.
Perhaps a broken window in a high street store revealed the institutional violence of the sweatshops of Bangladesh that supply their trashy goods under the whip of starvation wages?
Perhaps paint on a riot cop's shield sparked the will to live, i.e. rebel, i.e. exercise one's physical and mental force in one's own interests, regardless of the threat of the blind institutionalised violence of the State?
Perhaps shouts of 'Off with their heads!' and the terror on the faces of the occupants of the cracked, paint-bespattered royal hearse jolted us out of the Disneyland of everyday 'life', giving a glimpse of a new/old wonderland, where vague historical images encounter vibrant hitherto undreamed dreams?
The Treasury, the supreme court?
No fortress is impregnable, the structures around us that affect our lives and rule the planet continue to exist thanks to consensus, ignorance or indifference, all conditions that are undergoing a radical upturning.
The detox has begun, we are flushing the State out of our veins!
So, in the words of an Angry Punk, found in a leaflet some time ago in the streets of London, SMASH YOUR TV, PISS ON YOUR NEWSPAPER, FIND THE PEOPLE THAT SHARE THE SAME HATRED AGAINST THIS SOCIETY AND ACT DIRECTLY AGAINST THE TARGETS!
lunedì 13 dicembre 2010
lahaine.org from http://sysiphus-angrynewsfromaroundtheworld.blogspot.com/2010/12/santiago-chile-attack-on-police-mobile.html
11/12/2010 - About what happened at the end of the march against the prison ...
After the pain and helplessness at the death of 81 prisoners in an extermination centre because of a fire produced and spread by the undignified conditions in which the State keeps under constant punishment and torture of thousands of exploited people who do not fit into the parametres of civilized society (obey / work / consume). The State and the Gendarmerie are truly responsible for the deaths of prisoners in the jail of San Miguel and all the imprisoned persons tortured and killed behind its bars.
It is for this horrible everyday slaughter that no cop should go unpunished, not that they should be tried and convicted, but because they must be avenged by the thousands of uprooted lives and for many that are they are willing to uproot.
This is how once the march against the prison ended, peacefully, a group moved to another point in the centre of Santiago, where stones, bottles and paving stones attacked a mobile police checkpoint smashing their windows and damaging the car body, from which a stunned official attempted, revolver in hand, to catch their attackers but without success.
"Jails cover up the miseries of this unjust society ... the prosecutors, policemen and judges responsible for this slaughter." Families outside the prison in San Miguel, the day of the fire. From Mexico to Switzerland, from Argentina to Greece, solidarity with all prisoners!
Offenders for assembling bombs in the street!
Revenge against the exploiters and their guardians!
As usually goes with the justice of the system, things turned badly for the comrades on trial: not only have some of the requests of the public prosecutor been accepted but those who had been acquitted in the first grade of the trial have also been charged.
The story is by now well known. Operation Nottetempo started in May 2005 when searches were carried out all over Italy and five comrades from Lecce were arrested and detained for almost two years in preventive arrest. The main reason for this judicial operation against anarchists was the tenacious struggle the comrades had undertaken against the notorious detention centre for immigrants Regina Pacis (which eventually closed down also thanks to that struggle), run by the church and situated in Salento (Lecce), the southernmost area of the Puglia region (southern Italy).
After a long series of hearings during which various squalid witnesses for the prosecutions gave vent to delirious declarations, the thesis that the comrades were part of a subversive association with the aim of terrorism had been rejected. However, due to strong pressures from the powerful local clergy and their political allies, four of the twelve accused had been charged with organised crime, two with specific crimes and the others had been acquitted. Unsatisfied with this result, which was insane in any case, public prosecutor Lino Giorgio Bruno presented a request for appeal as it was his intent to have the Lecce anarchists sentenced to subversive association. After all, it was the career of this ignominious servant of power that was at stake. He hoped he would become famous as the magistrate who finally managed to have anarchists condemned according to article 270 bis of the Italian penal code (subversive association with the aim of terrorism), a task many of his Italian colleagues had failed on numerous previous occasions.
Therefore, after a few years of postponements, the court of appeal has finally come to a new staggering conclusion: all the twelve anarchists originally accused have been sentenced to article 270 (without bis), i.e. subversive association without aim of terrorism. The heaviest charges have been inflicted to the four comrades condemned in the first grade, with one of them considered as the founder of the “association”, while the other two charged on that occasion have seen their sentence increased and the acquitted in the first trial have been given sentences ranging from one year to one year and eight months imprisonment. The court has also decided that all the accused are guilty of having instigated the imprisoned immigrants of Regina Pacis to committing crime, referring to two episodes when the immigrants had revolted and some had attempted to escape. It is therefore crystal clear that the real goal of this court is to condemn the struggle against Regina Pacis and, to a larger extent, any other struggle of this kind.
Waiting for the comrades involved to give us further details, we can just express our total disgust at this miserable public prosecutor, his repugnant associates in the local political scene and the shameful clergymen of Lecce.
It won’t be a court or any other servant of power to stop the exploited from revolting.
Fire to all prisons!!!
An accomplice of the accused anarchists
sabato 6 novembre 2010
urnt out vehicles at Incourt
suie e cendres
BRUSSELS - Molotov cocktails were thrown against the buildings of the Judiciary Federal Police in Brussels. This was said by the television news of VTM and confirmed by the federal police.The incendiary projectiles were thrown from the Kortenberglaan in Bruxelles against one of the sides of the buildings where the central directions of Federal Police concerning economic and financial fraud (DJF) and of the technical and scientific police (DJT) are. On the wall, traces of the flames of eight meters can be seen. On the inside of the buildings, the damage is limited. The authors are said to have broken the windows. Investigation is lead by the police of the zone Brussels-Ixelles3.11.2010
On Saturday, in Incourt on the other hand, INCOURT - Fire was put to a police car in the Freedom Street. The car was parked in front of the communal house and the CPAS ("social welfare" institution). The fire spread to a van of the communal services parked next to the police car, before damaging also the building of the CPAS. The roof was touched by the fire and all windows exploded.
venerdì 5 novembre 2010
See https://squat.net/de/news/hamburg261010.html for the original version.
On saturday 23rd of october, about 6 000 people demonstrated in Hamburg against vacancies and for squatting, this was about double the amount of people that was expected.
A broad alliance of 108 initiatives had called for the demonstration.
In the last years there have repeatedly been squattings, that are mostly evicted by the police within a few hours (the last one on the 16th of october).
One of the topics of the demonstration was that more than 1,2 million squaremeters of office space are vacant within the city, still new office blocks are beeing built and in the same time there is no affordable space for living and rents are increasing. The background of this absurdity of the kapitalist property market is the fact that vacant office space can be set off against tax liability.
The demonstration ended at the "Astra tower", a huge office building in the middle of town that is 70% empty.
Banners on the demonstration said things like: "vacancies into space for living", "legalise squatting", "housing space for everyone for free" "behind the vacancies stands the capital, the fight for space for living is international", "'squat it free? instead of 'own it vacant?" "board vacancies", "squat office towers", "make property unsafe", "space for living is no merchandise", the front banner of the anti-repression block pointed to the conference of the ministers of the interior in Hamburg in november, "No IMK, squat this city".
The spectrum on the demonstration varied from autonomous and black block, right-to-the-city activists, refugees from the camp in Horst to tradeunionists of ver.di.
Just in september the refugees from the camp in Horst had protested with a hunger strike against their intolerable living conditions. Refugees from Hamburg are forced to live in the camp in Horst, in the middle of a forrest on the border to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with no infrastructure whatsoever.
During the demonstration an empty house was squatted, on several empty buildings and endangered houses banners were put up and speaches held.
At the end a part of the demonstration attacked the Astra office-tower with bricks and bottles to emphasise their opinion on 8 000 squaremeters of vacancy and the will to take over the place.
The police hit back with pepperspray and tonfas.
About 20 people continued to the Reeperbahn and were closed in by the police and taken into custody.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
'Twas his intent.
To blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below.
Poor old England to overthrow.
By God's providence he was catch'd,
With a dark lantern and burning match
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, let the bells ring
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip Hoorah !
Hip hip Hoorah !
A penny loaf to feed ol'Pope,
A farthing cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down,
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar,'
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head,
Then we'll say: ol'Pope is dead.
giovedì 4 novembre 2010
Indy Madrid, Saturday, 30/10/2010 - Yesterday morning a cashpoint of the Caixa bank in a neighbourhood south of Madrid was burned, and just after a branch of the Santander bank (already attacked last week) was stoned. Tags "solidarity with anarchist prisoners" and "murderous Chilean State" could be found.
For permanent revolt!
Immediate release for Billy, Costa and Silvia!
Freedom for the anarchists imprisoned by the Chilean State!
Solidarity is more than words, use every possible means.
WE DEDICATE OUR HITS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE ARRESTED REVOLUTIONARY HOSTAGES PANAGIOTI ARGIROU AND GERASIMO TSAKALOU ACCUSED OF SENDING LETTER-BOMBS.
OUR SOLIDARITY TO THE COMRADES HOSTAGES. ATTACK WITH ALL MEANS AVAILABLE. SEE YOU SOON.....
We do not forget, We do not forgive.
last night in Menidi area there was an arson attack on the elections kiosk of the known unknown snitch of the system Themis Oikonomou. The reason of this action is the attitude he kept before and after the arrests of the comrades that had done actions against the casino and for the mountain of Parnitha.
Solidarity to all persecuted comrades
martedì 2 novembre 2010
1/11/2010 - Hundreds of revellers went ahead with a illegal rave in central London today despite clashes with police officers who tried to break up the gathering.
Several police officers were hurt after bottles and bricks were thrown during the disturbance in High Holborn, the Metropolitan police said. One needed hospital treatment for a minor head injury but was later discharged. At least seven people were arrested for suspected public order offences.
Police were first called to the event in a disused building at 11.20pm last night. They said some people became aggressive after being asked to leave the area and commanders then called in dozens of riot squad officers from the Met’s territorial support group (TSG).
A number of buildings and vehicles were damaged during the affray but most of the revellers went back into the eight-storey building where the event was taking place after the clashes. “Most of the people are still there,” said a Met spokesman. “They have gone back inside the building, and are going ahead with the rave. Officers at the scene have a watching brief.”
As the rave continued into the morning with deafening music blaring out, the atmosphere inside was said to be friendly. Hundreds of revellers spilled out onto New Oxford Street, many dressed in Halloween costumes. There were ravers in boiler suits, bear suits, and jester costumes, and an array of hoodies, top hats, fluorescent caps and dreadlocks.
31/10/2010 - translation from German by Marco Camenisch. Article taken from "20 Minutes", a free newspaper of the German-speaking Switzerland, 13 or October 14, 2010, news quickly picked up by national TV teletext.
ROME / BERN. The Swiss Embassy in Rome is in turmoil: in front of the door an incendiary bomb was found. There may be left-wing extremists behind the attack.The incendiary bomb was deposited on the night of October 5 on the wall that surrounds the Swiss Embassy in Rome. Although it did not explode, it has caused great concern. The embassy immediately called the Italian police. The latter have opened an investigation. According to the spokesman of the Department for Foreign affairs, the embassy had received no warning. There is talk of a "rudimentary incendiary gimmick". For further information, we are referred to the police of Rome. The spokesman reacted angrily to the questions of "20 Minuti" and says "There were bottles filled with a flammable liquid. Behind the attempted attack there would be left-wing extremists. On similar forums, they say they regret that the incendiary bomb did not explode. Near the embassy there would be a sign demanding the release of "Billy, Silvia Costa and Marco" - those left-wing extremists who were allegedly planning the April attack on an IBM laboratory in Rüschlikon. Two of them are Italian. Also included is Marco Camenisch, who since the late '70s, has participated in several attacks on high voltage pylons. All four are in Swiss prisons. Although the bomb did not blow up, these actions are, according to the expert on these environments Samuel Althof of the special clinic for the prevention of extremism and violence, to be taken seriously. "Often extremists on the left use minor actions to send a message to announce a possible escalation of violence." article from 20 Minuten http://www.20min.ch/news/schweiz/story/31367204
Antiwar blitz at the Faculty of Sociology of Trento, where a conference was being held on peace missions in the presence of two officers of the Carabinieri in Rome: no one was hurt, as it seemed at first, but one person was arrested after a scuffle.
A group of five hooded young people entered the college throwing red paint and smoke bombs against the speakers at what was taking place in the Kessler lecture theatre. To be smeared with paint were the speakers of the meeting, organized by the European association Elsa: Professor Roberto Toniatti, professor of the Faculty of Law of the Trentino faculty and two officers of the police. The same Toniatti was then taken to the hospital, along with captain Pierpaolo Sinconi of the general command of the Carabinieri in Rome for controls.
Precisely one of two officers who were at the speakers' table, Giuseppe Zirone, was the first to react and managed to block one of the assailants, while the others fled, shouting "murderers" at the speakers. The arrested is a young Roveretan, whose name has not yet been disclosed.
In the Kessler hall a note was thrown against one of the military officers invited to the conference: "Murderer, you are one of those directly responsible for the war," it said in the flyer. The assault was led by five young men, one of whom was then stopped thanks to the closed circuit television surveillance of the University of Trento and the readiness of the same Zirone that stopped him. Police and carabinieri arrived on the spot. (press of Trentino, 28.10.10)
A little paint against these murderers is the least we can do...
October 28, at the Sociology faculty, a conference was being conducted on security and the role of Italy in "peacekeeping missions", that is in the twenty-one theatres of war in which - from the Middle East to Africa - Italian troops are currently engaged.
The meeting was attended by law professors and some army officers.
The presence of lawyers and leaders of the armed forces was not random. Since 1991, the Italian government has been constantly engaged in military operations despite the provision in the constitution prohibiting it: is there some lawyer who can resolve this contradiction of the State? At Sociology professionals of war were discussing with university professors on how to better serve Italian imperialism ...
In the general silence, a group of antimilitarists challenged the conference throwing smoke bombs and red paint against the speakers and leaving leaflets in which the military were called what they are "killers."
One of our friends and comrades has been arrested: he is now in prison in Bolzano. We offer him our solidarity.
War needs a wide complicity of weapons factories, military bases, research centres (also universities, including Povo), lies in the mass media, conferences of propaganda.
We do not want to be complicit with the massacres of democracy. That's all.
We will not leave those who live in war in peace.
Troops out of Afghanistan!
Prevented the construction of the Matarello military base!
No to the opening of Finmeccanica centre (The biggest Italian manufacturer of weapons) former tobacco factory in Rovereto!
lunedì 1 novembre 2010
31/10/2010 - Political prison is a daily act for the Chilean State as for any other, in that, as the comrades living in the lands dominated by the State of Ecuador expressed well, "insensitivity to distance is also the product of the dominant culture that has drawn imaginary lines on maps, making us feel distant and different."
We must recognise solidarity as a weapon against all States and capital, we cannot, as anti-authoritarians, fight only the authority that interferes in the place where we live, because then the enemy would win another battle.
In the world anyone who dares question the sacrosanct social peace so loved and enjoyed by citizens, is locked up. All the strange, the sick, the abnormal, the misfits already have a place reserved between huge walls where the good workers won't see them and many cameras will observe their movements. For the inhabitants of these structures of punishment they can expect the justice of capital, supported by the universal religion of devotion to democracy and the rule of law.
Anti-authoritarian solidarity must be a constant exercise, which at times does not neglect the offensive.
Greetings to fellow prisoners for the Animal and Earth Liberation in Mexico, vegans: Abraham, Socorro, Adrián and Braulio.
A big insurgent hug to the people of the territory dominated by the Greek State; to Kostas and Nikos, currently on hunger strike. And to all those who have taken a position in the war against all forms of domination, any place on the planet.
And to the libertarian, anarchist and punk comrades, inhabitants of the territory baptised by the Power as Ecuador: your lines and great gestures came to the ears of this prisoner. I thank you from my heart!!
* To destroy all cages! *
* Prisoners in War free / e *
* * Mónica Caballero, Vegan Anarchist Prisoner
Centre Penitenciario Femenina, Sección Especial de Alta Seguridad, Stgo, Chile.
End of October 2010
30 /10/10 - And now solidarity is being persecuted...
On Monday 1st of November I am called to present myself before the special appeals interrogator K.Baltas, as one accused for “the punishable action of integration in a terrorist organisation called Revolutionary Struggle”.
Lately many individuals of the anarchist/antiauthoritarian movement from the wider friendship and comrade circle of those arrested, have been called as witnesses for the same case.
Since six fighters were arrested on the 10th of April, three of whom deny participation in Revolutionary Struggle, a repressive attack has begun that, based on silence, is unfolding more and more.
The fact that at this moment I'm in the forefront shows, once again and more indirectly, how arbitrarily and in no way accidentally the repressive mechanisms move. In the forefront is an entire movement including those who fight or express their solidarity.
For 15 years I have belonged to the part of those that fight against the intensifying oppression and terrorizing of society. What we named the “coming treaty of totalitarianism” is seediness as a form of everyday routine and fear as a form of existence. It is what in the middle of a crisis (I.M.F., austerity measures, new antiterrorist law) they are now trying to apply to me and my comrades. I am known to the persecutory authorities, having been arrested for my political action in the past. Part of this action was always solidarity to imprisoned fighters, because of which I have also been portrayed and targeted in the case of those arrested for Revolutionary Struggle.
The message is clear. The comrades that deny the charges are in underground cells with the only evidence their political action and comradely relations, which they have never denied, with Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas as well as with Lambros Foundas. The experiment is considered successful so is now being applied to more people. My prosecution, therefore, is clearly political and vengeful. It is for the awareness and conformity of those who still choose to fight, those who are ready to take the decision to fight.
Today they are clearly persecuting solidarity, comradeship, dignity. And the mechanisms smile at us ironically. With as my only weapon dignity, resistance and solidarity I walk and I will walk. Finally, I express my solidarity to my bridesmaid and friend, mother of two children Maria Beracha, who is persecuted along with me. Also, my friendship and solidarity to Kostas Gournas and Nikos Maziotis, on hunger strike from the 9th of October in order to break the regime of isolation so that Kostas Gournas can be near his family.
In the face of these prosecutions we will come out stronger.
I know, because SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON
boubourAs translation acforfreedomnow!
October 29 2010 - Solidarity gathering today at hospital cancelled. The gathering today at the “Laiko” hospital that was called in solidarity with the two hunger strikers Kostas Gournas and Nikos Maziotis, who together with Pola Roupa have taken the political responsibility for Revolutionary Struggle, has been cancelled. The two comrades, who were transferred to the hospital because of the seriousness of their situation, demanded that the examinations take place without the antiterrorist cops inside the hospital room. The head of the hospital as well as the doctors of the pathology department of Laiko hospital refused to exam the two comrades without the cops inside the room (!!!) resulting in the two fighters refusing to do the examinations and being returned to Koridallos prisons.
Discussion about the above tonight at 19.00 at the Polytechnic (gini) building.
venerdì 29 ottobre 2010
Neo-Nazis are suspected to be behind an arson attack on Berlin's oldest info shop. On the same night fascist graffiti was sprayed on several left wing projects in the same area.
Arson Attack on M99 Infoshop in Berlin
At around 3 am on Tuesday morning (27.10.10) an arson attack was carried out on Berlin's oldest remaining infoshop, M99 in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. The arsonists were able to escape, despite being seen by several witnesses. A fireman at the scene commented that if neighbours had not already begun to try to extinguish the flames, or if fire services had arrived a minute later, the whole residential building would have burned down.
Luckily no one was injured, but at least one flat above the shop will be uninhabitable for some time. It is hoped that the shop will be able to open provisorily.
Fascists are suspected of the arson, as several other left-wing projects nearby were daubed with neo-Nazi graffiti on the same night, including the Red Stuff shop just around the corner.
This was not the last piece of bad news for the shop. Building inspectors will be visiting today and as the new owners of the building (Berlin Property GmbH) and the property managers (David) want to get the shop out, they will be hoping this will provide them with the opportuity. Both have a history of semi-legal evictions of tennents in order to sell off the apartments.
And yesterday the shop was raided by the police for the 52nd time.
giovedì 28 ottobre 2010
The ALF has claimed responsibility for an arson attack at the Ronsard Poutry Slaughterhouse in jouy during the night of october 16
Two trucks full of empty cages were destroyed. Firemen stopped the fire before it could spread to a nearby office. Photo from newspaper report.
The activists wrote:
"We burnt two trucks at a slaughterhouse in Jouy, a small village in France about 75km from Paris. The first goal was to burn completely the slaughterhouse but we failed. So just these two trucks.
The public opinion of our friends and family members and all those who dream of an egalitarian society free of oppression:Since the 12 of October, 31 prisoners have initiated an indefinite mobilization demanding an improvement in the daily conditions and visitation inside the prison which physically and psychologically impair whoever is inside these torture centers.
We aim to end the familiar logic of the prison guards which focuses on mistreating and humiliating all the thousands of poor who are forced to survive in prison and their friends and families who visit them. This gives us a shared camaraderie that enables dialogue and strengthens conviction, as well as a commitment to unity between social and political prisoners that can begin to attack the jailers. The teeth and blood of the pobladores is part of those voices that bit by bit break the censorship of information, taking our demands to their own centers of power, shitting on their faces.
The desperation of the state’s repressive agents has sought to sew a weed of conflict between social and political prisoners tin order to maintain control, but “the fearless are living,” and with them the anti-authoritarians, both aware of the games of the prison system, and its routine assassination. We stand together in the dignified battle underneath the Maximum Security model and the injustice of the prison system. Neither the threats nor the punishments like those given on Tuesday, the 19th of October to Freddy Moraga Soto on the fourth floor at the hands of Cabo Flores can destroy the spirit of the poblador behind bars.
Along with a greeting, a brave and selfless response and in the struggle to each of the men and women who have given us their support, we want to hug our families, kiss our partners, children and loved ones. We invite them to continue spreading this mobilization in every space we move, making propaganda a weapon through posters, pamphlets and murals.
Never stop the cry for freedom!!
No more imprisonment of the poor in marches, rallies, schools, and poblaciones.
Create unity among all prisoners and their families. Support an environment without authority, faces looking at us because we are all worth something and together we make the powerful tremble. The prison was made by the rich to hide the injustice of the capitalist system. No more prisons for the poor!!!!
Social and political prisoners in struggle.
Maximum security prison October 22, 2010
martedì 26 ottobre 2010
Madrid, 21/10/2010 - Yesterday October 20, the windows of a Santander bank in the south of Madrid were pelted with stones, and a tag was left: "Solidarity with the anarchists of Chile".
This bank was chosen for its connection with the Chilean State and bourgeoisie, being present over a large part of Chilean territory, and involved in the exploitation of its inhabitants.
Let's come out into the Streets! May the rage spread!
To our Chilean brothers! To those who fight!
We do not want to deal with this misery, but to destroy it!
October 23, 2010(Excerpt): The night of Monday, October 18, we wanted to make a small gesture of solidarity with anarchist comrades of Khimki (Russia) and Minsk (Belarus), imprisoned by their respective States in August 2010.
The gesture consisted of moving in three locations linked to the Russian State and its commercial interests.
Profiting our friend darkness, we went to the Russian consulate, to the headquarters of the Russian airlines the Centre for Culture and Russian language in Barcelona.
We threw paint-filled eggs against these dumps and sprayed slogans in solidarity with the comrades.(...)
Death to all patria, border states, capitalism and every form of authority.
25th october 2010 - Today comrade Ilias, after the hearing on Thursday 21/10/10, of his application for release until the appeals court, was RELEASED with the condition that he pays bail of 15.000 euro.
THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN THE PRISON CELLS!!
Letter from Ilias Nikolau 16 November 2009 - Some have surrendered and other have felt satisfaction in hearing the declarations of the powerful concerning the uprooting of illegal violence.
Others still felt relief in knowing that immigrants will be persecuted and locked up: it is as if the misery and
However, the worst is that this society in order to prolong its slow death has been vaccinated with the phrase "I just live my personal life" and with apathy.
Prey of their bosses, victims of leaders of every kind, they are humiliated, put down their heads for nothing and always lose the sense of their own potential and dignity even sacrificing the last moments of freedom. In this world where resignation and obedience reign, there are proud eyes and traces of dignity that are not afraid to pay the ultimate price and put their lives in their own hands.
All the impassioned worshipers of Negation are struggling along the paths of freedom. Passersby in a path that leads to individual and collective freedom, the warriors against injustice always show their presence wherever they are.
Now it is our turn and we, from the dark cells of democracy, are hurling out a signal: unconditional solidarity towards those who firmly look life in the eye and lay claim to the obvious: Absolute freedom, without succumbing to the chains of imprisonment, without taking even one step backwards.
prison of Amfissa
Billy and Costa and have been transferred. At the moment we do not know why. The new addresses are:
Luca Bernasconi (Billy)
c/o Regionalgefängnis Bern
c/o Regionalgefängnis Thun
At 11:20 a.m. on September 17, 2010, four people in ski masks robbed a bank at gunpoint in the small town of Psachna on the island of Evia north of Athens. A half-hour later, on a motorway road near the island’s capital Chalcis, a 27-year-old man, a 28-year-old man, and a 35-year-old woman were arrested. They were brought to the Chalcida police station, where the men—Alexandros Kossivas and Michalis Traikapis—were charged with the armed bank robbery and the Maria Ekonomou was charged with “aiding and abetting fugitives.” The charges were based largely on the comrades’ connection to the anarchist milieu (Traikapis was one of the Thessaloniki 7, along with two Spanish comrades and others, arrested during the riots surrounding the 2003 EU summit in that city and finally released thanks to a lengthy hunger strike) and http://saloniki2003.blogspot.com/2010/05/call-for-solidarity-with-prisoners-of.htmldubious witness testimony (one of the witnesses, a kiosk attendant, supposedly remembered one of the comrades—just prior to the robbery—asking: “Excuse me, but where is the bank?”). The comrades didn’t have any weapons or “loot” on them at the time of the arrests, while searches of their Athens homes revealed nothing more than “ski masks, four 9 mm bullets, and other objects that are being investigated.” Nevertheless, Kossivas and Traikapis are currently in prison, while the Maria was released on probation. It’s expected that they will soon write something that states their position regarding the charges, their political identity, etc.
Letter from the three accused of the robbery in Evia, central Greece
We are witnesses of a historical development, of a new even more devastating world that is opening in front of us. The so-called capitalistic crisis and the merciless pillage that follows it, signal a new phase of the metropolitan war and its two devastating aspects. The violence and the violence. Ideological violence, repressive violence. We speak of a new phase of war because we realize the era that preceded the crisis, equally barbarian and flattening. It was that memorable era of “plenty”, that prefaced sneakily and patiently what we live today. It was a continuous, “low intensity” war, that in two decades accomplished to extend by giving out dreams, hallucinations and ideology.
Lending, as the last “invention” for the extension of life of the developed capitalistic world, was not only the yuppies, their statistics and their numbers. It was also those. Mainly however it was the ideological promotion of the then modern way of life with loans, that penetrated, determined and transformed the total of social relations. It was the sovereign language and its commercials. It was the cynicism and the stepping over dead bodies hunting of happiness, that changed the metropolis in to immense theatres of war. The triptych of force, wealth and power, that should by any means be achieved, was glorified by all classes in all aspects of social life and un-guiltified a constant crime against the “others”. The invisible, the outcasts, the poor, the immigrants. A barbarian mass where within each one is alone and against all, could consume, exploit, manage, have fun and rape without guilts. It was the era of all is allowed. However it was borrowed and as everything, so this at some point ends.
The that rises brings with it poverty, unhappiness and prohibitions. It is the season of void that spits in the faces of those who live with hallucinations. And now what? Now that theres nothing for them to promise, they will only order. The sovereign language drips blood and the oratory with which the sweeping social transformations are promoted as an essential condition for the confrontation of the crisis, are rhetorical polemics. Direct, violent and merciless. The declaration of a “situation of emergency” and the obligation of obedience to whatever is commanded by the “national interest”, do not leave and room of misinterpretation. We have war. The state is barricading setting up an immense wall of protection around it. Because it knows that even though it still survives-the leftovers of the “plenty” of the previous decades-, even if still individualism and fatalism absorb dissatisfaction, even if still we “from under” have not constituted a compact competitive force, its not long before the moment where the accumulated rage will be expressed. And then it will explode. Even if it is a dead-end and contradictory it will explode. And the strikes will be criminalized, terrorlaws that are upgrading, the urban disturbances and the army that trained, the equipment and the budgets that are approved, the cities, the neighborhoods, the houses, our own lives that are being surrounded, prove it to us.
In this setting, prosecutions, arrests and the imprisonments of those who fight are inevitable. Because it is now that they should, by striking us, spread the fear in those that are already thinking and are ready to act, because it is now that they should demonstrate their supposed omnipotence, because it is now that they should declare as useless and impasse, every form of struggle.
We find ourselves therefore in the foresight because its what our era dictates. This may make us vulnerable and exposed, however in no case does it make us victims. Rather the opposite. This is why we speak of choices and conscience of the struggle. For the conscience that from the moment you begin to fight, you retake your life in your own hands, you cease perceiving yourself as a victim. Never again. Finally. We therefore say again, we have war. And with this fact we will recount our story.
On friday 17th of September and at a long distance away from Psahna Evia, where previously a robbery had happened in the national bank of greece in the area, cops arrest us and lead us to the artakis police station. While theres no evidence that connects us with the particular robbery, it is the verification our personal data that reveals our “identity” and gives a specific turn in events. Its our arrests that we had in the past for hostilities against the regime, that constituted the “solid” evidence for our involvement in this case. Our direct transport to the Halkida station and the insistence of the cops in the interrogations to focus on our past, were indicative of their intentions. And since our presence in the wider area of the robbery alone is not enough, the evidence had to be invented. What else therefore, than the ridiculous testimonies of some snitches-residents of the area, that “recognize” walk styles, watch brands, labels on jackets and other imaginative things that were dictated to them by the agents of halkida, struggling to fulfill the mission that was assigned to them by their superiors from g.a.d.a.(central police headquarters in athens) At this moment three of us are accused and two of us imprisoned, with an insubstantial official charge.
We could denounce the police arbitrariness against us and make pleads of innocence. However for us words are not neutral. They are charged with meanings and logics. They constitute entire worlds that are occasionally completely hostile between them. Words are therefore competing. What does it mean in our strange times to denounce arbitrariness? For us it means nothing else but an indirect faith in the monopoly of laws. A consensus admission, that arbitrariness is not in the nature of the system, but a making of certain perjurers and corrupted. It is a disorientating tactic that skillful directs the problem away from the root. To revelations, scandals, individual incidents. The system is a entirely criminal machine and violence and only violence is the oil that maintains it. Whoever still continues to ignore this, is either a suspect or turns a blind eye.
We will not be focus therefore on the cops that “exaggerated”, to the public prosecutors that “arbitraded”, in the journalists that “misinformed”. What we seek is through our own story to describe the modern terms submission. To expose to common view these small stories, that compose the total of barbarian world that surrounds us. Each one us should take a position on them. We took ours. We demand the lifting of the charges and our immediate release, without begging for nothing. We are not victims, we are a part of our choices. For all that we did, for what we didnt make, for other things that we left. No one should look for “innocents” among us. We are on the side of the repeatedely “guilty”. We are next to the poordevils, the immigrants, the outlaws, the robbers, the “terrorists”. And we will remain here.
For before, for now and for ever.
Alexandros Kossivas, Michalis Traikapis
(imprisoned in the 1st wing of koridalos prisons)
(accused for the same case)
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The trial of the thessaloniki 4 has been adjourned until January 14th, 2011. This was due to a situation involving one of the defendents who last week was arrested and therefore the authorities had trouble transferring him'' Michalis Traikapis'' from Athens to Thessaloniki.
The solidarity campaign continues, and we hope to inform supporters of the developing issues surrounding the trial.
Now as much as ever, as the 4 defendents will face again the greek courts in january 2011, we fully intend to participate in an international solidarity campaign. A series of benefits and infonights will be organised to further publicise this case.
In Solidarity ( from Thessaloniki )
As of 9/10 we are not accepting the prison food of the prisons we are in, in solidarity to anarchist comrade Kostas Gournas who is on hunger strike.
We stand even in this symbolic way next to the comrades struggle to remain in koridallos prisons, abolish the isolation situation for his family and political environment that is essentially being imposed with his imprisonment in trikala prisons.
p.s. Comrade Alfredo Bonnano, expresses his solidarity to comrade Kostas Gournas, but cannot participate in the action because of his severe health situation.
venerdì 22 ottobre 2010
A Communication from Alfredo M. Bonanno and Christos Stratigopoulos concerning their trial, due to be held in Larissa, Greece on 22 november 2010
We thank all the comrades everywhere for the solidarity that they have shown us until now, but are asking them to please not participate in our trial that is due to take place in Larissa on November 22, 2010.
Alfredo and Christos
On the appeal trial against the Lecce anarchists
So-called operation Nottetempo (Night Time) started in May 2005 with a massive police deployment that led to the arrests of 5 anarchists in the Lecce province (southern Italy) and to the investigation of another ten for conspiracy. The comrades had actually been actively engaged in the struggle against the Regina Pacis immigration detention centre of San Foca (Lecce) run by the clergy, which closed down before the beginning of the infamous operation Nottetempo. The tenacious struggle of the local anarchists, in fact, had unveiled the atrocities perpetrated in that prison for immigrants to such a point that the operators of the centre could no longer hide their ignominious activity. Some of them were even put on trial and eventually went abroad, where they carried on their dirty business and managed to repair their reputation.
On the contrary, two of the arrested anarchists spent two years in prison while the others were put under house arrest or subjected to various restrictions. The first grade of the trial concluded in July 2008: as it was impossible for the jury to confirm the existence of a subversive association (article 270bis on conspiracy), they turned to article 416 of the Italian penal code and accused four comrades of forming a ‘criminal association’ (organized crime). Three other comrades were accused of specific crimes and the other eight were acquitted.
Anxious about his career and longing for promotion, public prosecutor Lino Giorgio did not resign himself to the fact that his theory of an anarchist clandestine association had been rejected by the jury. For this reason, a few weeks later, he presented an appeal against this sentence in order for another jury to confirm the accusation of conspiracy against the Lecce anarchists.
The sentence of appeal was to be finally pronounced on February 10 2010, but it has once again been postponed following the decision of the jury to examine further ‘evidence’ provided by the public prosecutor. The intention to charge the anarchists
involved in this shameful story of repression with yet more serious charges is evident, and it is also clear how the local powerful are determined to silence the entire matter as well as the violence and the abuse inflicted on immigrants by the
operators of the Regina Pacis concentration camp. If the latter no longer exists, numerous others can be found all over Italy and everywhere else; but the struggle is also alive, the struggle of those who, inside and outside these concentration camps,
believe that the only fate of these places is that of being destroyed along with the fear, hatred, indifference and racism fomented by power in order to create terror and to stir up a war among the exploited.
Solidarity to the Lecce anarchists!
Destroy all prisons!
A story already written? A few notes on the appeal trial against the Salento anarchists.deas and laws, passion and social peace.
This story has often showed strong conflicts between those who expressed freely their ideas and those who attempted to repress them; between those who struggled with determination so that migrants were not locked up for not having an ID document, and those who boasted that locking up migrants was a question of security. On the one side the anarchists, on the other police, magistrates, the Church on charge of a CPT [immigration detention centre], journalists and politicians. All this, however, does not give a complete picture of what has happened and of what is still at stake.
March 2005: the CPT run by the Lecce clergy closes down for good. In the last years of its existence, hunger strikes, revolts and escapes carried out by the imprisoned immigrants have continuously occurred. Outside the CPT, a tenacious opposition by some anarchists and the protests of other groups. Meantime the violence perpetrated in the centre by his manager, priest Cesare Lodeserto, the carabinieri working with him and some of his aides becomes publicly known. Lodeserto gets arrested and later charged, among other things, with committing acts of violence and with kidnapping. The State, however, cannot put itself and its friends on trial and leave its arch-enemies free. Thus, in May 2005 some anarchists also get arrested and accused of belonging to a subversive association, whereas many others are put under investigation. After a long period of detention, four of them are charged with organized crime, three others with minor crimes and eight are acquitted. Although the sentences inflicted on them are heavy, the comrades are by then free and continue with their activity. A hush falls over the whole story, including the various legal proceedings against Lodeserto and his companions. Meantime the CPT are transformed into CIE (Identification and Deportation Centres), migrants’ boats full of desperation are immediately sent back to other concentration camps, a witch hunt against foreigners and the diverse is the strong point of the xenophobic and security-obsessed governments that follows one another on the Italian scene. The CIE become precious tools employed by power in order to contain the undesirable and to regulate, through reclusion and repression, cheap labour liable to be blackmailed (so called illegal immigrants). All this becomes routine in Lecce, until new arrivals of desperate migrants on boats bring the question back to the general attention. Certainly this is not the decisive aspect for the judges who, on December 9, will pronounce the appeal sentence towards the anarchists on trial. There is much more at stake around this trial, as proved by the way it has developed. The first judge, after postponing the sentence in a long series of hearings, has clearly demonstrated his unwillingness to go on and his intention to pass the hot potato to others. The second judge has delayed the sentence for three times, adopting pretexts quite ‘abnormal’ according to current procedures.
The reasons for all this are not easily identifiable but could be found in the prosecutor’s willingness to worsen the charges inflicted on the comrades in the first grade of the trial. If the CIE are so important for dominion, and surely they are, to charge heavily those who have struggled against them is a warning to those who intend to carry on that struggle. The CIE, however, are a thorn on the side of power because of the numerous protests breaking inside and outside them in Italy as well as in the rest of the world. The story of an ex CPT closed down forever as well as the story of a CIE in flames are not good propaganda for the State. And then there are local issues: the power and reputation of the Lecce clergy, which have been badly affected by this story; the affiliation of the same clergy with powerful national politicians (such as a high official of the Home Office); a public prosecutor seeking revenge against some lovers of freedom; the necessity to repress those who do not submit to the established rules. Is this the end of the story? We’ll see! For the moment we can only say that ‘any similarity to actual persons or events is not coincidental’, as the same circumstances and persons can be found in any story where authority clashes with the determination
of those who do not shut their eyes to oppression and injustice. This story does not only concerns the freedom of some but it also poses the question of more freedom for all.
A few anarchists