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“We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such… What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed.” – L. D. Barkley, participant in Attica rebellion
On September 9, 1971, the inmates of Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York seized control of the prison. The Attica uprising, which lasted for five days, was not the first and certainly not the last prison rebellion. And yet its importance is indelibly marked within the history of the struggle against white supremacy and the prison society we still inhabit today.
In the forty years since Attica, prisons have swelled to bursting with the tragedies of disrupted lives, fractured families, and broken communities. In the last decade, resistance movements have steadily grown behind the prison walls. From the statewide work stoppage in Georgia prisons of 2010 to the hunger strike that spread throughout the California prison system in 2013; from fires lit in I.C.E. detention centers in Texas to riots and prison takeovers in Nebraska and Alabama, prisoners across the country are wide awake and on the move.
This September, prisoners, their families, and supporters on the outside are coordinating a nationwide prisoner strike to take place on the 45th anniversary of the Attica rebellion. This historic effort holds within it the potential to expand and embolden the movement against the horrific conditions of confinement, the prisons themselves and the society that creates them.
Towards the destruction of all prisons and the creation of a free and genuine human community!
On September 9th 1971, prisoners took over and shut down Attica, New York State’s most notorious hellhole.
On September 9th 2016, prisoners in struggle will launch work stoppages and other actions to shut down prisons all across the U.S., to push for a final end to prison slavery.
That the fires of solidarity spread across the world!
Presentation & discussion about the prisoner strike with a comrade from Portland ABC (USA)
Thursday August 4th at 20:00 at the terrace of the anarchist squat on 58, Themistokleous Street, Exarchia, Athens
‘Solidarity with Squats – Squat the World’ (slogan spray-painted on Cephalonia Island, Greece, 28.07.2016)
On July 27th 2016, at the crack of dawn, Greek police forces raided and simultaneously evicted three housing squats in the city of Thessaloniki: Orfanotrofio housing squat for migrants (property owned by the Church), Hurriya community on Karolou Diehl Street (privately owned building), and another building located at Nikis Avenue (owned by the University).
Several dozen people living inside were detained. Probably all those without papers were sent to detention camps, while a large number of activists were referred to trial. Later that day, Orfanotrofio building was completely demolished by authorities.
Since then, several actions have taken place in response to this repressive operation.
On July 28th, some arrestees of Nikis building received four-month suspended sentences. The arrestees of Orfanotrofio and Hurriya will stand separate trials, on the 3rd and 5th August respectively. All arrested activists have been released.
On July 27th 2016, at 05:45am, Orfanotrofio housing squat for migrants in Thessaloniki was evicted under the pretext of a complaint filed by Church S.A. Shortly afterwards, the complete demolition of the building began.
Two other squats which housed migrants were simultaneously evicted (Nikis Avenue, and K.Diehl-Hurriya community).
As a result, a total of 74 arrests were made in all three squats.
What becomes very clear is the criminalisation of solidarity and, of course, the political choice of the State to target self-organised solidarity structures & communities of struggle. That these structures are being targeted became also evident a few hours after the three evictions in Thessaloniki, when the mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis announced he’ll lodge a complaint report concerning the fact that there are migrants living in occupied municipality-owned buildings, stating that they’re “degrading the city” of Athens.
We, for our part, believe that housing squats for migrants do not degrade our cities, but instead enliven them.
That’s why we’ll continue to create structures of solidarity and struggle; we’ll continue to live and fight together with migrants. Because we don’t extend solidarity towards migrants; we practice solidarity together with migrants. Because we don’t perceive ourselves as having privilege over migrants; we see ourselves maintaining a common position with them against bosses and states. Together we share what we have and fight for what we should have.
Because we want migrants within the fabrics of our cities, not ghettoised. We want them in our schools and our neighbourhoods. …
NOTHING IS OVER
Assembly of Orfanotrofio housing squat for migrants
in Portuguese —also read: reportback from an action at Thessaloniki airport (July 23rd 2016), via Linksunten
What is happening around us day by day as well as the living conditions under which we are forced to live are filling us with disgust. Characterized by exploitation and drudgery, marked by oppression and humiliation, and built upon hierarchy and violence, the existing social order is maintained in contradiction to the needs and desires of countless people. So a conflict emerges in which we also find ourselves. Instead of calming down and pacifying this conflict – or even concealing it – we want to open up possibilities that aim at the subversion of this world of domination and at experimenting and living in freedom.
From this desire the necessity of physical spaces and spaces of thought for developing one’s own ideas, critiques and analyses arises; spaces in which we can find access to the minds and struggles of others in revolt – through books as well as other publications, through direct exchange, controversies and discussions between individuals; spaces in which these encounters can take place on eye level and without representatives, and in which conflicts between different ideas are not avoided; spaces to confront the superficiality and omnipresent isolation within this society.
When we bring our ideas to life, in our acts, such spaces can – through a rupture with the fixation on locations or on mere theory – become parts of struggles that are contributing to the subversion of the existent.
The anarchist library Frevel shall be an experiment in this direction. Here you’ll find current and historical anti-authoritarian journals, brochures and books that you can borrow, read or take away. The discussions and program taking place, as well as the whole project, are living of the self-initiative and the ideas of everyone who is participating. Therefore, the library is open to all kinds of contributions of everyone who want to rebel against this world of authority here and now.
The anarchist library Frevel is located at Zenettistr. 27 in 80337 Munich
Opening hours: Tuesday 5-9pm & Saturday 3-7pm
“We don’t care whether the comrade is ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ of the deeds attributed to her; we leave these categories to the carrion-eating defenders of the system. Every act of expropriation against the enemy, that has been robbing us for hundreds of years, is not just legitimate but desirable. Our boundless complicity with everyone who risk their freedom to expropriate the Capital.” -excerpt from “Every heart is a time bomb” („Jedes Herz ist eine Zeitbombe“) concerning the arrest on April 13th in Barcelona.
As the Republican National Convention concludes in Cleveland, the anti-fascist task has never seemed so dire. While so many across the United States search desperately for an electoral solution to present itself, it is clear that one can’t vote against fascism, it must be fought and defeated.
On Monday June 27th 2016, the Chamber of Commerce in Lleida woke up with the facade paint-bombed and the front door windows smashed, this being a minimum gesture of solidarity with the comrades in Girona* and the continuity of a daily struggle that doesn’t stop in the face of repression or prosecution.
AGAINST REPRESSION, SOLIDARITY AND STRUGGLE.
*based on the title of the original post in Catalan, this was an act of solidarity with the ‘14N strikers’, eight persons who stood trial the same day (27/06) for attempting to read out a statement at Girona Chamber of Commerce during the general strike of November 14th 2012
On Sunday July 3rd 2016, we dropped a banner in solidarity with the anarchic comrade Lisa, imprisoned by the Spanish state in collaboration with the German state in order to protect the private property of banks; a facade, as everyone knows, of arms trade and international funding of present and future wars. The banner is hung on national road n.1 on the way to Altsasu (Navarre).
Solidarity is a weapon, and we’ll continue to use it. The Spanish and German states-oppressors will find out what that means.
Cops murderers and torturers.
LISA ASKATU! FREEDOM FOR LISA!
Note of Contra Info: Lisa was captured in Barcelona on April 13th 2016, accused of expropriating a branch of Pax-Bank (financial institution in the service of the Catholic Church) in Aachen in 2014. The compañera has been extradited to Germany awaiting trial. She’s now incarcerated in Cologne’s prison, held in isolation, allowed out to the prison yard only for an hour per day, and her communications with the outside world are highly restricted. Updates in Catalan/Spanish: solidaritat rebel
In the early hours of June 22nd 2016, we decided to break the routine of the city of Barcelona and show our solidarity with the comrade arrested on April 13th, who will soon be extradited to Germany,* by shattering the windows of the offices of FEDA (German business school) with hammers.
The FEDA German dual business training school, located at Provença Street in the neighbourhood of Clot, is dedicated to training managers, those who aspire to become our future bosses and exploiters, i.e. the capitalist scum. This school is directly linked to the German state, but we don’t forget that the Spanish state and the Mossos d’Escuadra (Catalan police) were the ones that conducted the arrest.
By attacking those offices we send a strong hug to the comrade; we also take this opportunity to encourage everyone to extend solidarity in a multiform manner using direct action. Don’t forget, the nights accompany us, and attack on the structures of Power must multiply.
On May 21st 2016, we attacked a branch of Deutsche Bank located at Gran de Sant Andreu Street. All windows and the ATM screen were smashed, and slogans were spray-painted demanding the release of the compañera who was arrested on April 13th, accused of robbing a Vatican bank in the German city of Aachen.
We encourage everyone to continue actions and displays of solidarity with those subjected to imprisonment and reprisals for fighting.
In Thessaloniki, Greece, posters and flyers were spread with a callout for solidarity with the anarchist comrades accused in bank robbery cases in Germany. Stencils were spray-painted around the city, and a banner was hung at Kamara reading: ‘Solidarity with the anarchist comrades in jail accused of bank robbery in Germany’. The text of the flyer that was spread in Greek and English can be found on Athens IMC & Indymedia.nl.
Update via Solidariteit.noblogs.org: The comrade in Netherlands has been released under restrictive conditions. However, she’s still threatened with extradition to Germany. The extradition hearing will take place on September 1st 2016, when it will be decided if the Netherlands will comply with handing her over to the German State, where she faces charges for an expropriation that happened in Aachen in 2013.
The other compañera, who was arrested in Barcelona in April 2016, has already been extradited to Germany awaiting trial. She is incarcerated in Cologne’s prison, accused of an expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2014.
This solidarity however does not exist separately from the current reality of struggle. The connections between a dozen neo-nazis being militantly run out of the California state capital and groups of black youth ferociously confronting the brutal St. Paul police department as happened on July 9th should be as clear as day.
All forms of domination must be attacked and destroyed.
Death to white supremacy Death to the state For a Black July For Anarchy
Solidarity with anarchists arrested during investigation into several bank robberies in Aachen, Germany
Over the past weeks, various persons have been arrested in Spain and the Netherlands under orders of the German criminal police. A person has been extradited to Germany, another is held in the Netherlands. The investigation is related to various bank robberies in 2013 and 2014 in the city of Aachen.
Are they guilty or innocent? In a society that tends more and more to a dictatorship of money and control, we don’t really care to know the verdict of their courts. The State and its judicial system have always proved to be vigorous watchdogs of the dominant ideology, always marginalising, punishing, capturing, torturing and even assassinating those who are consciously opposed to it, or just those who aren’t lucrative for it and are therefore deemed disposable.
Our hearts and thoughts are with anyone who seeks new paths, who chooses not to be a slave of the status quo, and tries to discover the practical possibilities of that choice; with anyone who fights against the different forms of authority, and attacks the structures and institutions that make oppression of the poor and the undesirable increasingly real.
From everywhere, domination sabotages anyone who lives free and self-determinedly. Let’s fight for reconquering our freedom by sabotaging domination.
On March 24th 2016, at about 17:30, a gathering was held outside the Consulate General of Spain in Lisbon to protest the parody trial against Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, anarchists held captive by the Spanish State since November 2013. The gathering was attended by nearly two dozen antiauthoritarians and anarchists. Texts and leaflets were distributed to passersby, and comrades shouted slogans such as “Neither guilty nor innocent”, “Freedom is the crime they’re persecuting”, “Freedom is inside our hearts; fire to all prisons”, “Parody trial, state terrorism in Spain.”
Below is the statement of Athena Tsakalou (the mother of CCF anarchist prisoners Christos Tsakalos and Gerasimos Tsakalos) which was read out in Koridallos prison court by her defense lawyer in late June 2016, while the CCF escape case trial was still underway.
I haven’t chosen silence, even though it expresses me on many occasions because everyone interprets silence as it suits them. I’ve preferred to make this personal statement. And I call it personal because I don’t belong anywhere; I only belong to myself.
There comes a moment when you take a look back at the years in your life, and you realise you’ve left to live far fewer than the years you’ve already lived; that is, if everything goes well. And this is a strange but intense sensation, which makes me ask myself to be sincere. Not in the simple way we often think about it, but in an essential, deeper way.
I don’t like to say: where is this world going? It’s something that we – people at an older age – often do, but such a phrase conceals some sort of innocence that I refuse to accept. I prefer to ask myself: how do you yourself walk through this world?
And the truth is that all I want is to walk among people in a consolatory manner. It’s very important to be able to console people, especially your own people; to be able to tell them when they’re going through tough times: I’m standing by you; I’ll always stick with you. Nothing else. This is my only desire, and I’m glad whenever I’m able to do that.
So when Angeliki knocked on the door of my home, that’s exactly what I did. And it was a great pleasure for me that I was able to offer her refuge, even if only for a short while. The way the world is, the only place I want to live in is the place of defiance.
Assuming that, throughout the centuries, people have intended to live, if not a life of happiness, at least a joyful life, their history to date shows that they’ve failed. History books, either the official, inspected ones, or the secret ones that it’s hard to come by, show that people have failed. It may be that the conditions for survival or living standards got better – although ‘better’ is relative, as this is not the case in some parts of the earth – but the pain, the horror of wars, of hunger and oppression continue to rise.
Of course there’s a difference; a nightmarish difference. Nowadays, death is no longer caused just by hand-to-hand combat on the battlefields where, even from a distance determined by a firearm, you’re able to see the falling body and hear the cry of pain, and regardless of how much dehumanised you’ve become, this sight and sound leaves a peculiar imprint within you that, at some point, might make you not want war anymore. On today’s battlefields, we find ourselves in the era of smart bombs, and one is able to retain ‘their innocence’ by pressing a button which brings mass death; that’s the difference.
For some time now, more than 10,000 refugee children who were travelling unaccompanied have disappeared in Europe over the past 18–24 months. There are fears that many of them have fallen victim to exploitation by organised crime networks…
The world’s 62 richest people hold as much wealth as half the population on the planet…
The earth’s products are enough to feed its entire population, yet millions of people, millions of children die of hunger.
Some very few, like these 62 wealthiest people in the world, might say: ‘all this stuff about a joyful life is nothing but a trap set for the many to be lured into it, because the whole deal with the world is a game, a game of death. It’s not just the money that matters; besides, we have plenty of that; what really matters is the ability to use our power to play games with the entire world; all of a sudden, to drive thousands of people to death; to scare entire populations with wars, famine and diseases when we’re bored; because that’s also up to us, to cause diseases, thanks to scientists. In some sense, we’re a kind of gods; and gods are always almighty.’
And this is true, but it’s also true that there are no gods without believers. Gods cannot just live all by themselves; they want their faithful to walk quietly around their gardens, ready to execute their orders – all of their orders, even if it means killing one another. However, there are always those whose blood is resided by the first rebellion of Eve and Adam.
And it’s about time we said: after so much human blood watering the earth’s soil every day, after all this lament filling the earth’s air, if there’s no change of course for the human species, if the human mind isn’t crossed by a lightning at some point, so that we see everything differently… then indeed it’d be a brave decision if people eventually said: ‘for so many centuries, we’ve been unable to find joy; we might as well admit that as a species we aren’t capable of something like this; we might as well admit our failure and leave calmly; let us be the last of the humans; let us admit that only trees deserve life, continuity, eternity as they’re free of the instinct of war, of horror.’
Lately all I want to do is plant trees. And someone might ask me: but is this truly your deepest desire? No, I haven’t done well; I’m still determined by the ability to see as far as my eye can see, to keep my mind off things by taking pleasure in small joys; but when I open the eye of my mind to a worldwide wandering, a worldwide looking, and I see how small a share joy has in people’s lives, I say once more: if the dream doesn’t enter people’s lives, if there’s no change of course for the human species, only trees deserve continuity, life, eternity.
“That we tear down armies and borders of the bosses – Total objection to every authority – Assembly of solidarity with the total objector to military service Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis”
A political account of the court-martial against total objector to military service Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis (June 2nd 2016)
[Original statement in Greek here — scroll down to hear audio excerpt from the military courtroom; in the end comrades shout the slogans “Trials will become condemnations upon the State itself” and “Solidarity is the weapon of the peoples; war against the bosses’ war!”]
In April 2016, the total objector to military service Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis made a public statement in view of his coming trial at the court-martial: “on the 2nd of June, when I will be tried for the second time on appeal for refusing to enlist for military service, I will stand once again in front of the military judges and I will articulate the polemic of the ones below against the State and its privileged castes. But this time I will not give in to buying off the sentence. Conviction will mean imprisonment; and prison brings us face to face with a situation of real war, politically, objectively and as a lived experience. And even if the generals of militarist repression give me the chance by setting a usual sentence of a few months, I will go on hunger strike so that the might of the extortionate and larcenous measures against Total Objection is once and for all overturned…”
Following an open meeting on the 4th of May in Athens for political briefing and organisation of actions called by a collective [the Anarchist Collective for the Combative Proletarian Reconstruction] where the comrade & total objector participates, the Assembly of solidarity with the total objector to military service Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis was formed. The main cohesive position of the Solidarity Assembly was that it is imperative for the movement as a whole, for collectives and individuals to take initiatives from which would emerge the collective struggle and response to the intensified onslaught of the State and Capital. We deemed that the stance of the persecuted comrade contributed to this direction. And so we mobilised immediately bearing in mind that the true answers are contained within the struggle, within its questions and its stakes.
Across the country an array of actions that took place conveyed the stance of the comrade, communicated the rallying at the military court, the antimilitarist struggle and the total objection to military service and propagated the militant struggle against modern military rule. We ought to note certain actions with particular significance: Mass intervention by collectives in Thessaloniki at the local schools (23-29 May). Class/ social/ antimilitarist collectives from the northern city of Ioannina announced a collective call for mobilisation at the court-martial and organised a propaganda solidarity event (31st of May). Intervention by the Solidarity Assembly at the military recruitment offices located inside the military camp in Rouf, Athens (30th of May). This action exemplified that the state-military institutions are not unassailable; thereby propagating the determination of solidarians vis-à-vis the repressive practices of the State. There was also an intervention at the governmental radio station “Sto Kokkino” in Thessaloniki on the day of the trial. Targeting the specific propaganda mechanism served to stress the intensification of the nationalist, racist, militarist and repressive strategy by the present government.
The political discourse of the actions in solidarity highlighted the lines drawn by the total objector regarding the specific trial on the 2nd of June, and it defended his demands: Immediate end to the consecutive persecutions of total objectors; abolition of the administrative fines (6,000 euros each); abolition of military service; an end to persecutions.
When a wide front is formed to engage with what is at stake each time in the struggle our force is multiplied. Already before the trial on the 2nd of June, the solidarity mobilisation made clear that what was at stake was not an individual case of repression, but the intensification of repression of total objection to military service as a whole. The response of several collectives to the call for action is of even greater significance when bearing in mind the reservations and objections raised regarding tactical or organisational questions, which though they may originate from different political interpretations of the current reality or different “philosophies”, nonetheless they did not stand in the way of our common struggle.
On the 2nd of June comrades from the Solidarity Assembly and other solidarians marched from the nearest metro station to the court-martial just before the trial and arrived there as one body shouting antimilitarist slogans. On arrival the planned gathering was already underway. Comrades shouted slogans in the court room as the procedure finished. Afterwards the gathering departed as a march and the guard house of the court-martial was attacked with paint bombs.
On commencement of the trial the total objector stated that even though the prosecution against him cannot be legally founded, he wished for it to go ahead, demanding the legal precedent for the abolition of consecutive persecutions against those refusing to serve. The military judges immediately announced the postponement of the trial. The comrade insisted that he refuses the postponement, that had he wished he could have asked for it himself, just as he could have relieved himself of the penal and financial punishment by abandoning the struggle for total objection.
Despite this, the court decided the indefinite postponement of the trial, implementing in this way a political decision for tactical retreat on the side of the State vis-à-vis the antimilitarist movement, by invoking a recent regulation.
The trial has been postponed until at least the end of 2017, which is the time limit of the particular regulation. In addition, the court-martial’s decision did not contain any other reference besides this regulation, which concerns all those who do not show up for military service. No reference to the particularities of the case of the specific total objector, or to any circumstantial factors. Therefore, the postponement on these grounds is a precedent for all those persecuted for refusing to serve.
This particular regulation (article 12, par. 1, 2, 3 of a bill enacted into law on January 28th 2016) reflects the tactical moves of the left-nationalist government (until the 2nd of June). The new regulation left unaltered the status quo regarding consecutive persecutions and cumulative fines. Furthermore, it introduced an element of blackmail: the regulation relieves all those who will enlist until the end of 2017 from any penal, administrative and financial punishment. This is essentially the carrot at the end of the stick, which may be quite attractive as long as the whip of militaristic repression keeps on counting months and thousands of euros in fines. The national goals of this legislation are clear: to curb the widespread refusal to serve, which undermines the might of the military and the national spirit, to increase the number of conscripts albeit paying the price in decreased earnings from fines.
While the total objector stated clearly that there is no chance he will enlist now or in the future, the military judges insisted on invoking this regulation as an opportunity for the accused, which they ought to provide thereby postponing all trials for refusal to serve! Their irrationality is evident here. Whilst their aim is said to be the change of stance of the total objector, they effectively weaken their bait. One more conviction would be an extra motive for someone to enlist, surely not for the total objector on trial on the 2nd of June, but the decision applies to all draft evaders. This court-martial restricted the effectiveness of the regulation. In individual cases, leniency could be explained on grounds of encouraging intentions of an accused to comply. However, the easing of the repressive tools when faced with resolute fighters is clearly a retreat on the side of the State.
When the State evades or backs away from a battle, it does so in order to find us again down the road weaker, less organised and fewer. However, this postponement was not an insignificant maneuver. It is a legacy for the entire antimilitarist movement. All trials of draft evaders and particularly of total objectors, where the battle with militarism is condensed, are put on hold for the next year and half. The State saw behind the stance of the comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis and the solidarity movement, a serious peril. It recognised a bolstered antimilitarist movement and a barricade that can be broadened.
The one sided ceasefire is partial and temporary. The repressive armory of the State has not been contained yet, since the State evaded the dilemma that was posed on the 2nd of June. In addition, the administrative fines are still in effect. Whether the tactic of the State which led to the decision of the 2nd of June will include the sum of its repressive tools, by freezing consecutive draft calls, persecutions, and the imposition or activation of fines or whether it will remain on the minimum of concessions, by postponing the trials, will depend on our collective vigilance.
This tactical retreat with all the characteristics that we have described, aims at slackening the struggle around total objection of military service, so that the army may smoothly go about its dirty work. We are at a point in time when the army is called to take on a multiple and active role in repression, in the economy, in the socio-political field on a European scale, based on the pretext of states of emergency, such as the bombings that took place in European cities and the numbers of migrants moving towards capitalist centers fleeing war and poverty.
The army, as a mechanism of domination for the management of the masses, for the repression of our revolts, for the pillaging of new territories and the control of the land, is a structural ingredient of every State. The practices and methods of the military against the “external enemy”, essentially aim at curbing class and social resistance, since they target all those who fight against the interests of the masters or all those who are superfluous for the needs of the labour market (military management of mass migration). Fighting the State entails standing combatively up against militarism, which promotes the subjugation of the entirety of social life into military structures and goals.
We combatively and uncompromisingly oppose militarism, not from an abstract anti-war position, but from a position of joining the war against authority and exploitation. Total objection to military service constitutes the assertion of one’s ability to determine consciously and freely determine one’s life, but more importantly it constitutes the refusal to participate in the monopoly of violence of the State. Precisely because total objection disarms in deed the State’s repressive and counter-revolutionary mechanisms. At the same time, the monopoly of violence breaks, when the oppressed arm themselves and attack their masters and the military institutions and mechanisms.
For all the above reasons, we strive for an antimilitarism movement, part of a broader, diverse revolutionary procedure, which will go beyond assertion, to the abolition of the exploitative system which necessitates and maintains the state armies, mercenary or otherwise, in its entirety.
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST STATES, THEIR ARMIES AND BORDERS GOES ON
LET’S SMASH EVERY SERVICE AND COOPERATION WITH THE MURDEROUS MECHANISMS OF THE STATE
NOT ONE HOUR IN THE ARMY
SOLIDARITY TO TOTAL OBJECTORS
Assembly of solidarity with the total objector to military service Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis
“Solid(A)rity is not just a word; it’s the way we live”; July 7th demonstration from the centre of Amsterdam to the police headquarters where the comrade accused in 2013 Aachen bank robbery case is currently held
Received July 9th 2016:
Last night we demolished 8 ATM machines in The Hague, the Netherlands in solidarity with the anarchist comrades accused of expropriation in Aachen, Germany.*
On July 6th, a comrade was arrested in Amsterdam and is now in jail awaiting extradition to Germany.
The week before, on June 30th, another comrade from Spain was extradited to Germany.
We call out to anybody to take action in solidarity with the imprisoned comrades! We are fucking angry!
We are not interested in knowing whether the comrades are actually responsible for the bank robberies or not. Expropriation is an ethically just and politically legitimate practice, a method of struggle that is part of the history of all revolutionary movements. Indeed, despite the constant attempts by Power to reduce this method to within the scope of a ‘common crime’ motivated by individual greed, the fact is that the expropriation of places of accumulation of capital is a constant in our history: from the anarcho-syndicalist groups in the early twentieth century who robbed banks to support strikes or help the families of imprisoned comrades, to the various autonomous groups of the 70s and 80s.
Immediate freedom for our comrades! Burn all prisons! Destroy all banks!
In July 2015, a comrade was arrested at the Greek-Bulgarian border, accused of a bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2013. After spending 5 months in pretrial detention in Germany, she was released with charges dropped. However, the prosecution appealed that decision. The comrade was rearrested in Amsterdam a few days ago, pending trial. She’s threatened with extradition to Germany. Updates: Solidariteit.noblogs.org
In April 2016, another comrade was arrested in Barcelona, accused of a bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2014. She has already been extradited to Germany awaiting trial. She’s incarcerated in Cologne’s prison, held in isolation, allowed out to the prison yard only for an hour per day, and her communications with the outside world are highly restricted. Updates: Solidaritatrebel.noblogs.org
On July 8th 2016, the Koridallos prison court – presided over by special judge Asimina Yfanti – convicted all members of the anarchist revolutionary organisation Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, who were accused of placing an explosive device at Koridallos tax office; sending a parcel bomb to the police station in Itea (in retaliation for the murder of inmate Ilir Kareli by prison guards); sending a letter bomb to the home of Dimitris Mokkas (special appellate judge against terrorism); planning an armed escape from Koridallos prison (dubbed “Gorgopotamos project”); and possession of firearms, explosives and anti-tank RPGs with the purpose of “disrupting the country’s social, economic and political life.” Furthermore, in relation to these charges, they were convicted of “direction of a terrorist organisation” and incitement (“moral instigation”) to four attempted homicides.
During the sentencing, there was a strong presence of comrades in solidarity with the anarchists and the dignified individuals co-accused in the CCF escape case trial. There was also heavy police presence (including an anti-riot squad).
The ten CCF anarchist prisoners Gerasimos Tsakalos, Christos Tsakalos, Giorgos Polidoros, Olga Ekonomidou, Theofilos Mavropoulos, Panagiotis Argirou, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Damiano Bolano, Haris Hadjimihelakis were sentenced to 115 years in prison each.
Comrade Angeliki Spyropoulou:
The anarchist prisoner Angeliki Spyropoulou was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Relatives of CCF members:
Athena Tsakalou (the mother of CCF members Gerasimos Tsakalos and Christos Tsakalos) and Evi Statiri (the partner of Gerasimos Tsakalos) were found not guilty by a majority opinion (instead of a unanimous verdict).
However, Christos Polidoros (the brother of CCF member Giorgos Polidoros) was convicted of “membership in the terrorist organisation Conspiracy of Cells of Fire” and received a 6-year suspended sentence.
Cops have besieged the R94 project for nearly three weeks. Your message has been heard, and we respond as best we can. And it will go on. Tonight [July 7th 2016] a car of the local energy supplier Mainova was targeted.
Being too expensive already, Mainova plays an important role in suppression of the destitute. Those who can no longer pay their bills, have their power immediately shut off. If they like to regain access to electricity, they must raise an absurdly large amount of money. Perhaps the burnt car gives Mainova something to think about.
We’re pleased about the many big and small actions everywhere – a worthy reaction to the spectacle staged by [Berlin’s Senator of the Interior] Henkel. See this as a small support of the fight in Friedrichshain. Let Berlin plunge into chaos, and let us join in everywhere!
Solidarity greetings to the comrades imprisoned for a sauvage** in Basel, Switzerland.
We also wish lots of strength and nothing but the best to those accused of bank expropriation in Aachen.
** it often means ‘wild’ (i.e. unlicensed) party at an occupied space, where street fighting can sometimes occur; here, the authors refer to a ‘wild’ anti-racist and anti-repressive demonstration in Basel on June 24th 2016, where buildings were attacked, clashes with police forces ensued, and 14 people were arrested
This morning, 6 July, our anarchist comrade was arrested in Amsterdam by an arrestatieteam.
This is in connection to an accusation by the Aachen (DE) prosecution in regards to a bank robbery in 2013.
The call for solidarity stands. We are fucking angry.
Vandaag, in de ochtend van 6 Juli, is onze anarchistische kameraadin in amsterdam opgepakt door een arrestatieteam.
Dit in verband met een open aanklacht van de aanklager in Aachen (D) met betrekking tot een bank overval in 2013.
De oproep voor solidariteit blijft. Wij zijn woedend.
[Received July 5th / Call originally put out on PSA]
What was supposed to happen Sunday June 26th 2016 was a mega-march of white supremacists groups against what they deemed to be the anitifa threat to their “faith, family and folk”. The Traditionalist Workers Party, Golden State Skins and KKK were set to rally on the West Capitol steps in Downtown Sacramento.
They never made it onto those steps. within seconds of stepping onto the capitol they were chased away by a large crowd of anti-fascists. Over 300 anti-fascists and anti-racists had converged hours before the planned march in an attempt to shut it down. When 20 or so white supremacists armed with shields and adorned with TWP imagery attempted to take those steps they were attacked with rocks, bottles, knives, bats, fists, pepper spray and anything that those antifa could get their hands on. They were chased for blocks and when they attempted to escape in a waiting car, all of its windows were smashed out.
In the end it wasn’t only white supremacist blood that splattered the ground. Several antifa comrades had also been stabbed, received knife wounds and suffered serious injuries. Later, the leader of the TWP would call the blood pouring from the chests of our friends a “victory” for him and his bonehead brethren.
Boneheads like the TWP ad GSS are only the most obvious and explicit manifestations of white-supremacy. The police, the media and countless other institutions uphold white-supremacy in our everyday lives. On the 26th, anti-fascists fought against the police and the media as well as the more explicit racist in the streets. As more and more events occur disrupting specific groups of white supremacists we think it is important to remember that the fight against white-supremacy is not only about a specific group or political candidate. The fight against organized white supremacist groups cannot be separated from larger struggles against the ways that white supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia structure the everyday reality of domination in which we live. We want to celebrate all those who attack these structures and extend these spaces of revolt beyond moments like Sundays rally.
This is a call for a day of solidarity with all those who put their lives and bodies on the line to confront white supremacists in the streets of Sacramento on the 26th. Solidarity means many things, and can articulate itself in many ways. Demos, attacks, letter writings, benefits for medical fee, banner drops and more are welcome on this day. Just make sure to securely take photos or write reportbacks and post them itsgoingdown.org, anarchistnews.org or your local anarchist news source.
As our comrades recover in the hospital, let’s show them that we are thinking about them and keep fighting white supremacy wherever it exists.
Information about donating money and other ways to support can be found at rally.org/June26th
On the night of July 4th, a small group of individuals had a noise demonstration at the local jail. We shouted to those held captive, lit off fireworks and smoke bombs, and scattered hundreds of leaflets.
There is no point in waiting until there are enough people, until the time is right: you will be waiting forever. Small, modest actions are the necessary groundwork for revolt. You do not need great numbers to do meaningful things.
Text from the leaflet:
FIRE TO EVERY PRISON CELL & BORDER WALL!
DEATH TO THE STATE!
Solidarity with those in revolt behind prison walls.
Solidarity with anarchist prisoner Eric King.
Prisons cannot stop anarchy.
War against power.
Everywhere the wild is pushing back against civilization. Even in the cities, wildness flourishes in forgotten places, slowly widening the cracks in this civilized order.
On a warm spring night, we went to a construction site where there was once a wild and abandoned place. We did what we could to hinder the progress that has befallen that area: removing survey stakes and dividers, stealing and destroying pieces of what was being built, and smashing the machines that homogenize and commodify the land.
We don’t know what they intend to build on the site and we don’t care. Any domestication of wild places infuriates us.
Last Thursday night, June 30th 2016, we carried out actions in solidarity with our comrade who is imprisoned in total isolation in Spain on charges of participation in a bank expropriation in Aachen, Germany two years ago. She is now awaiting extradition to Germany, which will probably happen this week.
In solidarity we spray-painted ‘Freedom for our Spanish comrade’ on the wall of a department of the Spanish embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands and glued the locks.
That same morning during rush hour a banner was hung above the highway, reading: ‘Burn all prisons! Freedom for our Spanish comrade!’
We are not interested in knowing whether the comrade is actually responsible for the bank robberies or not. Expropriation is an ethically just and politically legitimate practice, a method of struggle that is part of the history of all revolutionary movements.
Indeed, despite the constant attempts by Power to reduce this method to within the scope of a ‘common crime’ motivated by individual greed, the fact is that the expropriation of places of accumulation of capital is a constant in our history: from the anarcho-syndicalist groups in the early twentieth century who robbed banks to support strikes or help the families of imprisoned comrades, to the various autonomous groups of the 70s and 80s.
We call out to anybody to take action in solidarity with the comrade imprisoned in Madrid! Immediate freedom for the comrade!