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Athens: Bulldozer of DEI electricity company torched in Exarchia

In the early hours of December 2nd 2016, on the corner of Akadimias and Themistokleous St. a bulldozer at the service of DEI electricity company couldn’t take it anymore and decided to give an end to its automatized routine. Before its self-immolation the poor machine reportedly said:

“Solidarity with the comrades Siao, Hodey and Maya, recently arrested in Germany for defending the Hambach forest!

Strength to the anarchist Natalia Collado, imprisoned in Chile because she liberated a Transantiago bus with fire!”

in Greek | Spanish

Chile: In memory of Javier Recabarren; about the protest against McDonald’s on Oct. 18th 2014

McDonald’s attacked during the protest of October 18th 2014

On October 18th 2014, from 2pm, an animalistic protest against McDonald’s was held from Plaza Italia to Los Héroes in Santiago.

We calmly marched as a small bloc of punks and anarchists, who joined together with the desire to participate in that protest generating a spontaneous destructive revolt against the industry of plastic food and death of animals. When the crowd (alongside the bloc) reached the corner of Santa Rosa with Alameda St. (where a McDonald’s is located), animalists began shouting at the salaried slaves of that place, who ended up lowering the security shutters. That’s when a few hooded youths and others with faces uncovered (among them the compa Javier Recabarren) started kicking and hitting the shutters with sticks and whatever else they could get their hands on, until they managed to bend a shutter to make their way in through a hole. However, this action was prevented by cops who arrived at that moment, making the comrades disperse among the crowd.

The police, who outnumbered the protesters, began to chase the hooded ones, until two cops caught Javier. Several people tried to de-arrest him, but the cops pushed them away with baton charges, injuring several comrades. This action generated more hatred among the hooded ones towards the disgusting cops, so we rushed to the police checkpoint (where Javier was) and the cop bus, where more compas were detained. In a moment of despair, the cops were unable to control the revolt, and that’s when Javier opened the door and got off the cop car running and mocking the authority, leaving the bastards totally humiliated.

Javier rushed towards the crowd, disappearing in it (most people cowardly advanced without giving aid to what was happening behind; which is typical), while all of the comrades of the small bloc who remained un-arrested scattered. I personally noticed that the cops were desperately searching for someone among the protesters, and that’s when I was approached by Javier and a punk comrade. Javier told me: “sibling, I escaped from the patrol car” and upon saying those words the compa let out a laugh. Then he told me: “… but I’m being followed; they’re still looking for me; cover for me.” When I realized that the comrade was being followed, I immediately told him: “Compa, put yourself next to me to pass unnoticed, and split from your comrade; you’ll meet later in a little square.” And so we walked among the crowd, and as he was small, Javier hid himself between my clothes and the mass. The cops didn’t manage to catch him.

Javier laughed because he told me it was easy to escape from the cops, who idiotically left the door of the car unlocked, but he was a bit anxious as they were looking for him. Shortly afterwards we arrived at the agreed little square and saw that his punk comrade was also able to get away from the cops, as he was there waiting for him.

The grinning smile of Javier Recabarren, having escaped arrest, turns out to be a good subversive memory of revolt against all forms of Power and authority.

JAVIER RECABARREN PRESENT
… in the living memory and action for Total Liberation!

Javier Recabarren, an 11-year-old anarchist comrade, vegan and staunch defender of the struggle for animal liberation, fell dead on March 18th 2015 after being hit by a Transantiago bus on Radal with Alameda St. in Santiago, Chile. To find out more about the comrade’s life, you may read the “Publication in the rebellious and insurgent memory of Javier Recabarren” in Spanish; a fanzine which includes a compilation of words and actions in response to a callout one year after his death.

in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese

Santiago: Action for World Vegan Day

Other brothers and sisters already said it a couple of years ago, today we reaffirm it. November 1st should be a day of action for animal liberation, hostility towards the enemy, propaganda against domination in all its forms; not a day of festivity for veganism.

In the early morning of November 1st 2016, we put a noise bomb inside a butcher shop in Santiago. We had checked its infrastructure long ago; that place of death of thousands of animals destined for consumption by disgusting humans. A perfect hole served to place our little din of Revenge.

These useless ones know very well why we harass them. The pact between comrades in affinity is already a fact; from here on, the attack won’t stop.

DEATH TO THE SLAUGHTERER, ATTACK THE BUTCHER SHOPS!

Animal Liberation Front.

in Spanish

[Aachen/Barcelona] Dates set for the trial against the anarchists from Barcelona imprisoned in Germany

The court of Aachen has set the dates for the start of the trial against the two comrades from Barcelona accused of expropriating a branch of Pax-Bank in Aachen in November of 2014. The court case will start on the 23rd of January 2017 and a total of 25 sessions are scheduled.

These two comrades were arrested on respectively 13th of April and 21st of June 2016 in a repressive operation carried out by the Mossos d’Esquadra and the German police, against the social center Blokes Fantasmas and multiple private residences. Since then, the two comrades from Barcelona are being kept in preventative custody in jails in Aachen and Köln.

Let us not forget, that there is also a third comrade from Amsterdam who is being tried at the moment in an independent judicial process that is framed in the same repressive witch hunt that, stemming from the German bank robberies, has been carried out throughout Europe.

From Barcelona we reiterate our solidarity and unconditional support for these comrades and we invite all individuals and collectives to get together and be prepared for any new information or responses to the state’s aggression against those who rebel against its order and misery.

THE ANARCHISTS IMPRISONED IN GERMANY ARE NOT ALONE

WE WANT THEM FREE

WE WANT THEM AMONGST US

In Catalan & Spanish: Solidaritatrebel.noblogs.org

Constant Updates in English: Solidariteit.noblogs.org

[Athens Polytechnic, December 10th] Discussion with comrades from Berlin

From the struggle at Rigaer Strasse (Berlin)
to the mobilizations against the G20 (Hamburg)

This summer Berlin was the center of a showdown between the police and the remaining parts of what once was a squatting movement. The reason behind was the attempted eviction of the squatted parts of the housing project Rigaer94. Rigaer94 is located in the northern part of Friedrichshain, which has a long history of struggle against state influence. The three weeks of siege of the 94 immediately became a crystallization point for a joint counterattack by anarchists that culminated in the call for a Black July, expressing the ideas of the polymorphous anarchist struggle in action. Strengthened by the battle which led to a small victory by successfully defending the Rigaer94 against the eviction, the offensive carries on in the upcoming mobilization against the G20 summit in Hamburg in July 2017. There are already international calls for decentralized actions in order to create a dynamic that invites all the rebellious fighters that are able and willing to attack to Hamburg.

Comrades from Berlin will report about the struggle against gentrification in Berlin and the role of the Rigaer94, as well as about ongoing projects of anarchists.

Saturday December 10th at 19:00, Gini building
Athens Polytechnic School (entrance from Stournari St.), Exarchia

Comrades from Zaimi 11 Polymorphous Action Space of Anarchists
Themistokleous 58 Squat
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Zaragoza, Spain: Solidarity with the fighters of Hambach forest

From Zaragoza we want to show our support to the comrades recently arrested in Hambach forest (Germany) for the struggle that is happening to save the forests, against an open-pit mine.

More specifically, we send warm greetings to the two comrades from the Spanish State who are incarcerated in Cologne’s prison (Germany), accused of possessing explosives and attacking authority.

We don’t care if they are innocent or guilty; all we want is their freedom and their conviction of being fighters against the destructive machine of progress.

¡LONG LIVE THE HAMBACH FOREST STRUGGLE!
¡FREEDOM FOR THE IMPRISONED COMRADES!
¡WAR AGAINST THE MACHINE!

in German

Lejuc (Bure), France: Tension is rising in the liberated forest, the blue team has opened the game – reinforcements needed!

img_20160626_211058Recently we published an emergency call-out concerning the situation of our fresh, small but active forest occupation standing against the nuclear monster Andra and its CIGEO plan. On 24th of November, our eviction threat got concrete. The environmental authority decided to free Andra from carrying out an environmental impact study, opening its way towards the final destruction permit.

That very morning the blue team opened the game.

After the é’th decision, they are attempting to penetrate their way into the forest by any possible means. Sometimes they use excuses like «replanting trees», or civilian cops coming for a walk with their «families» on Sunday afternoons. Today they paid us three consecutive visit at the entrance barricade between 6:30 and 8 AM. Finally, they even tried to take that barricade* with a comical attempt to appear credible in our eyes. Obviously they are testing our reactions and trying to wear us down so they can plan how to come next.

As the blue team opened the game, come and play with us! We are urgently asking reinforcements to come. The first official squatter of the Lejuc woods, Sven Lindstrom, decided to do his bit in making eviction matters more difficult for Andra by changing his home address in to the woods and throwing a themed birthday party on 13.12. As the first party crashers have now rattled at the gates, we urge our friends to come bounce them out of the forest next time they show up.

«Come in, bring your own beer and plenty of friends!» Sven wishes to add.

While we are taking our stand against the destruction of the living planet in the name of short-term profit, other good people are taking their stand elsewhere. With love, rage and solidarity we wish to encourage those facing the full force of repression in Standing Rock, North Dakota – one struggle!

Route plans and directions for visitors to come at: en.vmc.camp

* Luckily, we have many. All over the place. Defend them with us!

in German

Athens: Banner drop against DAPL in Exarchia Square

“From Standing Rock to Greece: throw back the tear gas, choke the police – Against the pipeline in Dakota”

In the afternoon of November 24th 2016, we dropped a banner in Exarchia Square against the Dakota Access Pipeline, currently under construction in the US. This oil pipeline runs a distance of nearly 1,172 miles, from North Dakota to Illinois, and its cost is estimated to be around 3.7 billion dollars. In its destructive path, this mega-project is causing irreversible damage to territories, rivers and surrounding communities.

Among the affected areas is also Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, where residents alongside people in solidarity resist the police, forces of the US army, and security guards of the groups assigned to construct the pipeline (Energy Transfer Partners being the main contractor). Repression has been so harsh over the last days, that among the hundreds who were injured there’s also an activist whose hand was amputated because of a concussion grenade fired by cops.

At the same time, there have been many actions of resistance in various cities across the US and beyond, with rail-track and train blockades, direct actions and symbolic gestures of solidarity.

We send strength to anarchist comrades and all others who fight in an anti-institutional, anti-hierarchical manner and without mediators against the construction of the pipeline, showing what it really is: one among the tentacles of domination draining the Earth.

Our opposition to this and any other mega-project of the techno-industrial civilization stems from the conviction that the Earth belongs to no one; from our need to defend by all means necessary everything that has remained untamed and wild in this artificialized world. Beyond any rhetoric of “ancestral” or “sacred” lands, we support the particular struggle until the liberation of the entire planet.

AGAINST THE OIL PIPELINE IN DAKOTA
ANATIONAL STRUGGLE AGAINST STATES, CAPITAL AND DOMINATION

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in Greek

Magdeburg, Germany: Repainting of a bank in solidarity with the anarchists accused of the Aachen bank robberies

In the night from the 23rd to the 24th of November the self-service shop of the Sparkasse bank in Magdeburg Buckau had its whole interior repainted in order to express our solidarity with the accused comrades and our rage against this repressive system.

For more info and inspiration for your own action check solidariteit.noblogs.org

No prisons! No States! Freedom for all!

in German

Forest occupation in Bure, France: Come on and join us!

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essai-768x461On the 1st of August, the nuclear monster Andra was ruled by the court to cease the clear cuts and fencing off the forest without legal permits. Today, 24th of November, the environmental authority ruled that Andra is freed from having to carry out an environmental impact study concerning its plans, but can instead simply apply for that final clearing cut permit. The alarming part is that this permit will, besides the clear cuts, also cover the whole of the works in preparation for CIGEO, the gigantic underground repository for highly radioactive nuke waste. So when they come in the next time with their cops and bulldozers: they’re coming to destroy. Big time.

There will be yet one more court hearing about the forest matter on 15th of December. If they play things by the book, they will wait until then, maybe even January. If they decide to do what they want, they can come evicting on any morning from this moment on. So yes: this is an emergency call out, to join, help prepare and face it !

More info on en.vmc.camp

Exarchia, Athens: Banner drop in solidarity with Kara Wild

The banner reads: “Freedom for Kara Wild, anarchist incarcerated in France”

On May 18th 2016 in Paris, in the context of combative protests against the new labor law, a patrol car of the French police was smashed and burned down. A week later, on May 26th, Kara Wild, an anarchist trans woman from the US who participated in the mobilizations, was arrested at a separate demonstration near La Place de la Nation. The prosecuting authorities accused her of participating in the smashing of the police car; since then, she is imprisoned in France and has been denied bond because she is considered a flight risk.

In the morning of November 25th 2016, we hung a banner at the Athens Polytechnic, on Stournari St., as a token of solidarity with Kara. We don’t care if she committed the “offense” she is accused of. For us, smashing and burning cop vehicles, in France and everywhere, is not only right but of utmost necessity.

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In Greek | Updates on Kara

[US prisons] Sean Swain: Greece and the Dignity of Rebellion

Below is a statement that longterm anarchist prisoner Sean Swain sent for the presentation by comrades from Bloomington ABC on November 23rd 2016 at Gini building of the Athens Polytechnic School in Exarchia, Athens. The comrade’s words were read out loud in English and Greek, and printouts of his text were shared during the discussion against prison society, organized by Themistokleous 58 Squat and Contra Info.

“Complicity with Prison Rebels in the US & the World” (banner hung in the auditorium where the event took place)

Greece and the Dignity of Rebellion

Before I give you the wrong impression that I’m placing undeserved blame on you, I think I should probably begin by revealing that I am a big fan of Greek anarchists. It seems like every single photographic image I see of rebels with bandanas covering their faces or donning black ski masks, every snapshot of police cars tipped onto their tops and blazing away, all come from Greece. In fact, I am such a fan that I consider it the biggest achievement of my life that I wrote a statement in support of Black December posted on 8 December last year, and 5 days later Greek rebels burned down a military building and quoted me. That is a benchmark in my life. I brag about it. I’m impossible to be around. I tell everyone who will listen to me that I wrote a statement and Greek anarchists quoted me after torching a military building.

It makes me want to write a thousand more statements in hopes that you will burn a thousand more buildings.

So, I say all that as context so what I say next won’t hurt your feelings…

Greece brought about swivilization. It all started in Greece. You Greeks refined this hierarchy program, developed democracy as its most appealing form, fashioned great works of art to decorate it—mostly depicting naked people, which really attracted the attention of the rest of the world—and you exported the program on great fleets of sailing vessels.

Fastforward, we now have a global slavery system where we all drag stones up the side of some rich asshole’s pyramid and the vast majority of us do not have the imagination to think that there could be anything better than democracy. We live in a world run by banksters and industrial sociopaths engaged in the mass destruction of everything living, including us.

We’re fucked.

So, it seems more than appropriate to me that, in the birthplace of swivilization, we now witness its assassination. In Greece, out of all the geographic spaces of the world, we now find the most determined, the most energized, the most radical resistance to swivilization, to this program that distorts and murders us in installments.

It started in Greece. It’s ending in Greece.

Please don’t think I say this in an effort to flatter you. I’m terrible at flattery. I’m great at talking myself into trouble. So, this isn’t flattery, but, I think, a fairly objective observation: The experiments in resistance that you have pushed forward, the strategies and tactics, the theories you have explored, all of this has become communal property for the rest of the world. Even now, as we just begin to find our own way, stumbling along, anarchists in the United States and other places in the world, divided as it is into artificial nation-states, we look to you. We see what you have done.

Not to make excuses for us in the United States, but part of our inaction, I think, is as a consequence of seeing what you have accomplished, how far you have pushed, and we think, whether correctly or otherwise, that such resistance isn’t possible here. We are paralyzed, I think, by a sense that we cannot do what you have done, that somehow the situation or the “conditions” in the United States are different, that the surveillance is too pervasive, the potential sanctions too overwhelming, the social climate too pacified. And so, we sit in front of our computers and log on to watch the footage of Greeks wild-eyed and screaming, chasing the bewildered pigs who run for their lives, the hierarch order trembling at the knees, and we dream.

You must be wondering, Where are the Americans?

We’re coming. I’m certain that we are.

Just this month, millions of Americans voted against the established order that has failed them for their lifetimes. By the millions, they cast ballots, ostensibly for the candidate who will “change” everything, who will “shake things up,” because that candidate seemed to be talking for them, expressing their frustrations.

Giving them the benefit of the doubt that most of them are stupid rather than evil, they unknowingly voted in the most virulent fascist sociopath since Hitler and Mussolini, a fascist of the highest order whose lip service to the forgotten majority will yield to policies of war-mongering and corporate give-aways and “austerity” for the people. Those voters will soon have “buyer’s remorse,” when the fascist in whom they pinned their hopes betrays them thoroughly.

And where will the Americans turn? Will they turn back to the corporate parties that they rejected by the tens of millions, the same parties with the same failed ideas? Will they find a new hero with promises of glory and greatness, speaking much like the hero who drove the knife into their back?

No. They will turn to the example set elsewhere, the example of rejecting the imposed order, the images and ideas exported not on fleets of sea vessels but transmitted electronically via satellite, demonstrating the true dignity of rebellion.

The Americans are coming.

In just a matter of months, this docile and pacified population will be transformed by rage and fury, and will find voice in flames and blood. They will follow into a battle against this common enemy, going where many of you have already gone, and you will see faces covered in bandanas, concealed under ski masks, and you will see the police cars turned and burning, maybe even see the pillars of smoke rising as you look to the western horizon.

The Americans are coming. And when we do, we will be walking in the footprints left by Greek rebels who went before us.

On that day, the day of victory over our common enemy, we will all be Greek.

And we will all be free.

This is Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain from Warren Correctional in Lebanon, Ohio, in the Fascist States of America. If you’re listening, you ARE the resistance.

Greek translation

Exarchia: Flyposting for anarchist Sean Swain, incarcerated in US prisons

Constantly inspired by Sean’s words and his stance against prisoncrats, constantly feeling the warmth of his rebellion, on November 21st 2016 we pasted posters in the neighborhood of Exarchia (downtown Athens) that read:

“And we attack, wherever we are, whatever our situation, until we get the world we deserve. We’re not going to vote them out or petition them out or protest them out or sue them out.”

Uncompromising complicity with indomitable anarchist Sean Swain, still held captive in Ohio prisons in the US

SeanSwain.org

in Greek

Spain: Month of solidarity (19 November/19 December): 10, 100, 1000 occupied social centres

oku2-724x1024We understand occupation (squatting) as a tool of fight whose main purpose is far from the idea of shaping recreational places. It is an strategy to fight, theoretically and practically, against property as a key pillar of capitalist democracy. Occupation (squatting) is beyond merely logistic.

It brings partnership among comrades, builds affinity networks and solidarity, as well as create meeting points to discuss, share experiences or to make out some self criticism. Okupation is not and end but a mean that allows us to organize ourselves and conspire. It is a tangible expression of the notion of “Do it yourself”.

The power has done everything to erase any self-management projects since they prove our capacity to organize ourselves outside the system. For that purpose, many strategies have been deployed. From harsh repression; raids, arrests, police farce, to “kinder” strategies based on negotiation. Despite superficial differences, the final end of these strategies is the control and domestication (of our ideas and practices) of social movements.

For some time now, Madrid City Council, a so-called council “of change”, has deployed a warfare of harassment, threat and burnout against squatted social centres. They disguise their real purposes through a deceiver maneuver of fake dialogue, using blackmail to achieve the assimilation of these collectives. What is been sold as an exercise of tolerance and understanding, as an effort to strengthen social networks, is nevertheless an attempt of demobilization and devitalize those who don´t accept their imperatives.

Throughout bureaucratic mechanisms such as buildings maintenance checkups or inspections of the developed activities, the City Council offers two options: regularisation or eviction. They offer to allow keeping on with the activities in social centres as long as they are supervised by a competent authority. It could be done in the actual location provided that they are establish as legally constituted associations or making a request for a ceded public place. Administrative sanctions, seals, identifications and city police regular visits are used as a tool of pressure. City´s regulatory framework whereby the guidelines concerning the transfer of public places to collectives, approved by the city council in February 2016, provides the basis to polarize once again the squatting movement between legal or illegal projects.

As anarchists, we believe squatting can´t be legalize since it´s purpose is precisely transgress every rule imposed by the political, social economical structure. To accept their rules would legitimate their tutelage. We place ourselves against the creation of squatted places under the cover of any governmental institution and we reject any negotiation, agreement or dialogue that could mean to surrender completely or partially to our perspectives of action and direct confrontation. We believe in conflict. We believe the State cannot be defeated from inside. That is why, we call to solidarity with the squatted social centres threatened by eviction in Madrid, and by extension, all occupations that defy power standing up to its threats.

The way to express support depends on the means and possibilities that each one of us has, but we encourage, this month or further, to undertake actions and activities that bring attention to our positioning and our determination not to give in to either the State or its threats.

Let us multiply the anti-authoritarian ideas and practices of solidarity and fight. 10, 100, 1000 squatted social centres.

Callout in Spanish via okupamadrid.espivblogs.net

[Athens Polytechnic, November 23rd] Against Prison Society: Discussion with comrades from Bloomington ABC

Discussion about the struggle against prison society in the US
with comrades from Bloomington Anarchist Black Cross (Indiana)

Wednesday November 23rd at 20:00, Gini building
Athens Polytechnic School (entrance from Stournari St.), Exarchia

Themistokleous 58 Squat
& Contra Info translation counter-information network

Vienna: Solidarity and rage

In the last weeks, some efforts were made for expressing the solidarity and rage we feel with regard to the repression against those anarchists currently accused of bank expropriations in Germany.

More than ten thousand flyers were scattered in the metropolitan area, slogans were painted on walls, and we visited some of our favourite bank branches to rage a bit.

The trial against our comrades began recently in Aachen (Germany), and we want to show to those who are responsible that we won’t simply accept it if they make our comrades stand trial.

Whether they are “innocent” or “guilty” in the sense of charges, we don’t fucking care – these are categories made by the State and the Capital, not ours. We are pleased about every damaged bank, about every poster, about every bank expropriation!

Solidarity and attack against the world of banks and prisons!

source: linksunten.indymedia.org

Berlin: Let us destroy the prison system – inside or outside – until all are free!

On 16th of October a banner was dropped on a house at Hermannplatz in Berlin: „Let us destroy the Prison System – inside or outside – until all are free!”1000 fliers were spread at Hermannplatz and the metro-entrances.

On the fliers was written:

The rebellious prisoners need our solidarity. In a call of US-prisoners we can read: „If we fight against the power, they will fight back and the only protection we have, is the solidarity from outside.”

Against the prison slavery! Solidarity with the resistance of the imprisoned in the USA and everywhere!

Freedom for the imprisoned people who where arrested, because of bank robberies in Aachen.

Every act of expropriation of the rich and the banks is desirable.

Solidarity with the people from Switzerland who are hit by repression! Blamed for crippling of the metropolis traffic and angry demonstrations through the city of the rich.

No security for the rich and the rulers, until all are free.

Freedom for Aaron and Balu! Caught because they shall have demonstrated for a solidarity life, against the destruction of the neighbourhood and the police state.

Peace to the hovels, war to the palaces – against all institutions and prisons!

School – Clinic – Prison – Factory

Disciplined at school, brainwashed at university, exploited at the job, broken in the prison – against the Prison Society!

Hello Neighbour! In the prison of Plötzensee in Berlin in Germany nearly every third prisoner is imprisoned because of fare-dodge.

Prisons to empty sits!

Burn all prisons – until all are free!

Freedom for all!

Do you still believe in law and order? It works also without!

For a society without prisons!

Our passion for freedom is stronger than every authority!

Bure, France: Call-out from a fresh forest occupation. Feel like joining us in and for this struggle?

Autumn has arrived – and as nights grow longer, we keep on struggling against the planned underground disposal facility for highly radioactive nuke waste (CIGEO) and the nuclear company Andra out and off from destroying these woodlands of Mandres in Bure, France. After nearly 5 months of demonstrations, (re)occupations, forest walks, evictions, legal actions, (wall) sabotages and new constructions from tree-houses to watch towers rising in the forest – we continue to settle in. Our forest family is small, but active and growing, welcoming new residents and visitors to walk the woods with us.

Since the 1st of August 2016, Andra, a state-financed nuclear company considering highly radioactive nuke waste as a *resource* instead of a danger, was ruled by the court of Bar-le-Duc to cease the clear cuts and fencing off the forest with the leftovers of the late Berlin wall it had started without legal permissions. The company was ruled into the process of either getting the authorization or, in the best scenario, be ruled to re-cultivate the destruction it had caused.

To encourage the court system for once to do the right thing and the forest to keep on standing strong, 500 of us seized the moment on 14th August and took down the 1,2km long concrete wall surrounding the forest. After this action, the new forest occupation built itself up without call-outs, in-a-matter-of-factly: when you know what’s the right thing to do, it’s easy to get going.

Unfortunately, we still haven’t defeated Andra. They appealed the 1st August court decision, and the matter was scheduled to go to court on 3rd of November. Unsurprisingly enough, the session was postponed, giving Andra yet more time to find legal loopholes for its needs. Thus, the procedure to authorize the clear cuts is advancing. Since October, the bailiff’s and security guards have tried to have their own forest walks with varying success, police controls taken place in nearby villages and helicopters buzzed up the air space. Some artistic comrades were given a 2 month suspended prison sentence for a graffiti on a ruined Andra building, another one got a ban from the area of Meuse for two years and free auditions are piling up for the fall of the Andra wall. A new prefect took the office in Meuse and CIGEO has a brand new director. Andra has also recruited a new public law expert to avoid its past mistakes.

To put it short: they are reorganizing, and threat of a forest eviction and resumption of the drilling works are growing on an alarming rate. And since the forest cannot stand up and fight for itself: it’s up to us to stand up for it.

With this new call we’re not only giving an update to old friends and supporters. First and foremost, we’re inviting all of you to come or take a stand of solidarity elsewhere. From Calais to Notre-Dame-des-Landes active people are not giving in for repression, but finding hope from action. We respect the diversity of tactics: whether your thing is to summon up the clown army, get creative with your friends or arrange a Sunday fiesta of roasted chestnuts for local supporters, you’re welcomed here.

The fresh forest occupation has built its infrastructure just for a couple of months. We offer the usual setting: kitchen, toilets, material to build your own nest: but as the warmable communal hut with a spacious sleeping floor is still a work in progress, we recommend that you take enough warm clothes and personal sleeping gear with you.

You can reach us via sauvonslaforet[at]protonmail.com or +33(0)7 5387 8161. More info on en.vmc.camp

*every sunday afternoon, starting at 14:00, we offer forest walks, climbing workshops, hut constructions and discussions in the forest – come and bring your friends and neighbours!

*to support us financially and materially, feel free to donate what you can: food, finances, tools – and especially pellets and planks are always treasured.

Germany: First court hearing in 2013 Aachen bank robbery case

On November 4th 2016, the first trial session took place against the anarchist arrested in Amsterdam accused by the prosecution of Aachen of a bank robbery (from 2013).

Although there was an abundant presence of cops of all functions and uniforms at the courthouse (riot police in the courtyard and inside the building, an ID check of anyone attending the court case, cops controlling some people on the streets), over 30 friends and comrades were present in support.

There was a banner outside the court building which demanded the comrade’s immediate release.

The session lasted no longer than one hour – just a few formalities, the reading of the charges and the arranging of the trial schedule.

The next date is Thursday 17th November at 10:30. We remind everyone who wants to be present that they should arrive to the courtroom no later than 09:45, as getting through security takes quite some time.

Updates | Soli-zine

London: Info Night Event in Solidarity with the anarchist communist Tasos Theofilou

“Concrete and wires prevail everywhere.
Looking out from the window of my cell, behind the bar,
I see a piece of sky decorated with some barbed wire.”
Tasos Theofilou

Join us on Friday 18th of November for our info night event in solidarity with the anarchist communist Tasos Theofilou who is currently in prison, after being sentenced on the basis of forged and non existent evidence. He was convicted just because he is an anarchist. He was convicted because he didn’t lose his smile even when the court of first instance announced his sentence.

Projections, case updates, phone call interventions and presentation of Tasos’ inspiring writings…
Bring your insurrectionary poetry for our open mic!

Starting at 18:00 sharp at L.A.R.C. (62 Fieldgate Street E1 1ES London)
18:30 Phone call intervention with comrades in Athens, Greece
20:00 Phone call intervention with imprisoned comrade Tasos Theofilou.

Live music will follow, starting at 21:00.
Bar will run throughout the evening. Entry on free donation.

Feel free to spread the word!!!
See you all there!

P.S. Please respect the fact that we do not wish this event to be republished on social media such as Facebook, Twitter etc.

Anarchists in Solidarity

Germany: An update from Hambach

In the early morning of November 15th, in the light of the full moon, an autonomous group welcomed forest workers with a heartwarming fire.

Flaming barricades were set up on the main road to the Hambach Forest to prevent the RWE-hired forest-killers from reaching their working-site.

The barricade attracted the attention of several security workers, cops, as well as a bomb-squad, and blocked the road for several hours.

During this year’s cutting season (which lasts from October to February) RWE has already been responsible for the killing of hundreds of trees, in order to make way for their all-devouring open-pit coal mine.

We cannot rely on liberal democracy or industrial capitalism to protect natural habitats and the environment. Only through direct action do we have a chance to ensure a world free of exploitation.

FIRE TO THE DIGGERS!
HAMBACHER FORST STAYS!

Solidarity with the #NoDAPL Water-protectors, the ZAD (Notre-Dames-des-Landes), and all the comrades behind bars!

in German

Exarchia: Benefit party at Themistokleous 58 Squat – November 13th

Athens: Car belonging to a fascist smashed up in Exarchia

On Wednesday noon November 9th 2016, at the junction of Tositsa and Bouboulinas St. in Exarchia, a white Volkswagen with the liscense plate IZY 5183 was spotted having on display the nazi newspaper Empros on the inside of the front windshield. A group of comrades mobilized fast and smashed up the vehicle.

We send isurrectionary signals to those who fuck up the streets in the US against the democratic election of fascist Trump.

FUCK ALL FATHERLANDS!

in Greek, Spanish

[Greece] Solidarity with the anarchists accused of bank robberies in Aachen

Poster & flyer in Greek, spread in Athens & Patras.

SOLIDARITY
with the anarchists accused of bank robberies in Germany

In July 2015 a Dutch comrade was arrested at the Greek-Bulgarian border. There was an international warrant against her coming from Germany, where she is suspected to have participated in a bank robbery in Aachen in 2013. After a short preventive release she finds herself now in the prison of Köln awaiting trial. In April 2016 another comrade got arrested in Barcelona, on the order of the same German investigation judge, on the suspicion of participation in another bank robbery in the city of Aachen in 2014. In June yet another comrade got arrested in Barcelona on suspicion of participation in this same bank robbery. Shortly after their arrest the two comrades were deported to Germany, a date for their trial is not yet set. The trial in which the Dutch comrade is accused will start on the 4th of November. The main ‘incriminating evidence’ in both robbery cases would consist of DNA samples found on movable objects in or near the targeted banks.

This trial, and the trials to come, will be but masquerades. Because we already know, and always have known, the judgment of the state concerning all those who actively oppose it and the kind of society it defends so eagerly. They will be called criminals, or if it suits better the times, terrorists… But it’s the state and its courts which are the terrorists. Terrorizing people always more and more in a reality which is becoming a true dictatorship of money and control. Continuously inventing more laws, pushing more technologies, gathering more tools to oppress anyone who revolts conscientiously against the daily misery, or those who are simply of no value to the system. Backed up by the indifference of many, they prosecute in the courts, bury alive in the prisons, kill at the borders or in the streets of the cities those who hold dear their dignity and decide to not be a slave of the daily routine.

We are in solidarity with the anarchists facing trials in Germany, and all those choosing paths of freedom instead of the submission and boredom which are forced upon us by this existent, its courts and its cops, its infrastructures of control, its moral and its perspectives.

Let’s put this solidarity in practice by attacking what makes it possible that history repeats itself over and over again. From the politicians, the judges and the media who maintain the prison we are living in today, to the architects which are designing the prisons of tomorrow from behind their desks, to the laboratories of technological ‘progress’ in which a control is being developed that goes beyond imagination for decades to come…

Solidarity – Freedom
Sabotage the prison society

Updates about the cases (in English, German, Spanish & Dutch): solidariteit.noblogs.org

Athens: Anarchist Thodoris Sipsas acquitted of all charges in Marfin bank arson case

On October 31st 2016, the trial over the 2010 Marfin bank arson was concluded.

Thodoris Sipsas was unanimously acquitted!

(via the Assembly in solidarity with comrade Thodoris Sipsas)