Tag Archives: Anarchist Black Cross

Germany: ABC South-West newly founded

received 9/20/2018

Hello World.

This is ABC South-West speaking. We would like to introduce ourselves as the newly-founded Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) group for Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany and its surrounding areas. ABC’s goals are to show solidarity with prisoners and people suffering from repression, to connect those affected as well as solidary people and to offer support. This includes following and accompanying legal processes, so that cases of repression and violence are made public and nobody has to fight alone. In this context we will regularly post reports of ongoing court cases. We plan to create a list of prisoners in the region and – with your help – write letters to them, turning solidarity into action.

Part of our aim is also to go beyond mere descriptive work and to criticize and attack the roots of imprisonment and repression, namely state, borders, police brutality and the justice system.

The ABC seeks to offer information, discourse and networking for self-defense and self-empowerment. The website should act as an information platform where you can contribute texts and reports for publication, where a collection of helpful links and other material such as zines can be found, and where the framework for exchanging experiences is given. In time this will create an archive made up out of the collected contents, which can aid in observing and understanding developments in repressive structures as well as the corresponding possibilities to counteract them. In order to develop an overview of ongoing legal cases we are working on creating a chronicle of repression and solidarity. In order to do this we need your help! Send us (encrypted) information on legal processes, police actions, prisoners, acts of solidarity and so on.

A further important issue is the documentation and criticism of the continuing militarization of police, state, and companies, as well as public surveillance and militant law-making, justified by the pretext of fighting terror and the creation of imaginary enemies.

It is not our goal to be an anti-repression-service-center, but rather to unite to fight repression with you. The ABC South-West considers itself a horizontal anti-authoritarian group. In the moment we are still under construction and so are not able to take on new members for the time being. We are working towards local and international networking and would welcome the broadcast of the ABC homepage, as well as any helpful tips and information from your part. Check out the website’s download area where you can find posters to print and distribute yourselves.

Spread the word!

Burn all prisons!

New Zine: Starting an Anarchist Black Cross – A Guide

received 7/7/18

The Anarchist Black Cross is an international network of anarchist groups and individuals engaged in practical solidarity with prisoners and broader anti-repression struggles that started over 100 years ago.

This zine is a resource for anyone wanting to start an Anarchist Black Cross group. It was a collective effort of people from various ABC groups across Europe. We hope you find it inspiring and useful.

Inside you can find articles and resources on:

  • What is the Anarchist Black Cross and why does it exist?
  • How do ABC groups organise
  • What do ABC groups do
  • An overview of international days of solidarity
  • Top tips for fundraising
  • How to keep an ABC group going
  • Taking care of each other while doing ABC work
  • Resources

Download a copy

This zine is dedicated to Anna Campbell. Anna was killed by Turkish forces while fighting alongside Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in the defence of Afrin in March 2018. Anna was a dedicated member of Bristol Anarchist Black Cross and took her commitment to solidarity and mutual aid to her grave.

Indonesia: Anarchist in trouble, Brian Valentino, needs our support

received 5 / 17 / 18

Our comrade Brian Valentino is being held in Polda prison Yogyakarta, the main police headquarter of Yogyakarta (special feudal region within Central Java territory)

Since the day of his arrest, May 1st until May 16th 2018, our comrade, who were  beaten and tortured, have been denied of his rights for legal advocate or lawyer. Ever since he was arrested it’s already 15 days of interrogation without the company of a lawyer or advocate.The police or the legal aid haven’t gave us a clear reason about this, therefore we are not sure that whether the police or the legal advocate who refuse to help him.

To be clear, we received information from Brian Valentino’s dad who have just visited him after a week and he make sure that Brian was the only of the arrestees who haven’t given any legal aid for 15 days since arrest.

Therefore we urge to the comrades national and international to strengthen solidarity with Brian Valentino, our dear anarchist friend, who have been refused of his rights for legal aid. We are not limiting the solidarity, it can be legal or whatever. But for donation to the family and defendants:

Donation: BRI 5175-01-001-257-503 (Ilona)
Email: palanghitam@riseup.net

Or communicate this to the local Indonesian embassy. By any means necessary

Anarchist Black Cross/Anti-Authoritarian Solidarity Yogyakarta,
Indonesia

In German l Portuguese

Austria: Anarchist Black Cross solidarity event at ABC Solidarity Fest Vienna [20.-23. April 2017]

Solidarity event of “Anarchist Black Cross – Solidarity Cell” with imprisoned comrades of Koridallos prison (Athens) @ ABC FESTIVAL VIENNA (20. – 23. April 2017)

“As anarchists, we perceive the need of a multiform anarchist struggle, posing the issue of attack against state and vassalage that is imposed, with every means possible, here and now.”(from the self presentation text of the ABC Group)

In this event the comrades from “ABC – Solidarity Cell” will talk about the importance of solidarity to anarchist prisoners the solidarity endeavors and the connection of struggles inside and outside the walls. Further it will contain a deconstruction of the meaning of anarchist movement and the myth of the district of Exarchia.

“(…) we do not consider that the action of our anarchist comrades is finished after imprisonment or repression.”(from the self presentation text of the ABC Group)

During the event there will be a presence of three anarchist prisoner, via Live-Connection, Koridallos prison:

– Nikos Romanos
– Panagiotis Argyrou CCF-Metropolitan Violence cell/FAI-IRF
– Olga Oikonomidou CCF-Urban Guerrilla cell/FAI-IRF

They will talk about the following topics:

– The conditions in prisons and the situation of anarchist prisoners in Greece
– The importance of solidarity assemblies for the anarchist prisoners and the connection of struggles inside and outside the walls
– The choice and the importance of armed struggle, the responsibility claim on period of action and particular of participation in armed organisation, the importance and consignment of those choices
– The choice of jailbreaking
– The position of woman in armed struggle

It will be also possible to raise questions to the comrades in prison, so the communication will be communication in both directions.

Some words from anarchist prisoner Panagiotis Argyrou dedicated to the ABC Festival:

There are times when you feel a certain kind of strength inside you. This may be happening for different reasons each time ,but undoubtly it is always a very positive feeling . Such a kind of strength may feel a prisoner when he/she discovers that there are other individuals wanting a touch, a contact, a communication , a conversation with him/her. It is a very strong feeling , a unique one, the feeling of a great strenght filling you all over and this is something priceless. This feeling that you are not alone , that there are other comrades wanting to share moments, experiences or whatever, with you , is something so valuable that only freedom itself can compare with. So let me thank you very much for the opportunity you offer me to have some contact even if it is for so little. I wish future bring us more oppurtunities so that one day we can have the chance to have a live talk outside the walls. A big warm hug, Panagiotis Argyrou, member of CCF-FAI

Contacts:

ABC Solidarity Cell Website: abcsolidaritycell.espivblogs.net
E-Mail: abcsolidaritycell@riseup.net

Nikos Romanos State prison of Korydallos – Mens prison-ward A’, P.C. 18110, Korydallos, Athens

Panagiotis Argyrou State prison of Korydallos – Mens prison-ward A’, P.C. 18110, Korydallos, Athens

Olga Oikonomidou State prison of Korydallos – Womens prison, P.C. 18110, Korydallos, Athens

Other events @ the ABC Festival Vienna you can find here: abcfestvienna.noblogs.org

Location:

ERNST KIRCHWEGER HAUS
Wielandgasse 2-4
1100 Wien

[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

[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

Warsaw: Judge posts bail for the Warsaw 3. A week to collect funds

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-19-16-09The Warsaw 3 have been arrested in May and kept since then in a high security jail with very limited contact to the outside and are facing severe sentences under the new anti-terrorist and anti-anarchist laws. They are still awaiting trial.

Today during a court hearing concerning the filed complaint for the prolonged arrest of the 3 anarchists, a decision was made to release them on bail. A fee of 20 thousand PLN (4600 euro) of bail was set for each of them. If the money is transferred in a weeks time (7 days from today, until 21st of september), the arrested will be released and kept under police surveillance instead.

60 thousands PLN (13 800 euro) is a fortune for the families and friends of the arrested. Gathering these funds in one week time seems barely possible. If you can – show your support, either financially or by forwarding the call for collecting funds. Every euro brings us closer to getting them out.

Leaving the arrest would mean for the arrested anarchists the end of everyday tortures they suffer after more than 3 months in solitary confinement. We cannot let this chance slip out of our hands!

Support here:

Account Holder: VpKK e.V.
IBAN: DE 4085 0205 0000 0361 5700
BIC: BFSWDE33DRE
Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
Note: Donation ABC Warsaw \ ACK Warszawa

IMPORTANT: Do not forget about the note “Donation ABC Warsaw” or “ACK Warszawa”. Without it nobody will know that your donation is specially for three anarchists from Warsaw.

More info: wawa3.noblogs.org

Greece: Solidarity with prison rebels against slavery & white supremacy in America and beyond

On August 4th 2016, an info event was held at Themistokleous 58 squat in Exarchia (Athens), with the participation of Contra Info translation counter-info network and ABC Solidarity Cell, where a comrade from Portland ABC discussed details about the US wide mobilization against prison slavery and white supremacy on the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion (September 9th–13th 1971). Check out an interview on Radiofragmata web radio, as well as the recordings of the presentation during that event, here. (You can also hear another conversation, with the same comrade from Portland ABC, aired September 4th 2016 on The Final Straw.)

On August 25th, anarchist communist Tasos Theofilou, currently incarcerated in Koridallos prison (Athens), released a text explaining what September 9th mobilization in the US is all about. Excerpt from his writing: “Since 2010 there have been a number of mobilizations in US prisons, from hunger strikes and work stoppages to rebellions, for either elimination of solitary confinement or betterment of prison conditions, or the improvement of working conditions and remuneration.”

On September 5th, a meeting took place at the Polytechnic School in Exarchia, called for by the Solidarity Assembly for Political Prisoners & Imprisoned and Prosecuted Fighters. A new Athens-based assembly was formed to support the US prison strike. It was decided to release a poster in Greek and English, hold a PA’s gathering outside Koridallos prisons, and make a call for two days of solidarity action across Greece, between 16th and 17th September.

On September 8th, ABC Solidarity Cell published a statement regarding “US Prisons – The Dark Side of Slavery in American Society”. Excerpt from their text: “We are willing to manifest our solidarity in every possible way with US prison inmates throughout the duration of their struggle. In this direction, we call every collective, every cell of Anarchist Black Cross internationally, but also whoever wishes to support in their own way, to coordinate our forces on an International Solidarity Day that will be a point of reference for the international solidarity movement to supporting this struggle and will provide an opportunity for further intensification of our actions in the coming period. We propose this day to be October 1st. We consider the prospects, stakes and legacies that this particular struggle in US prisons may create to be an open challenge for every fighter who wants to contribute to waging an internationalized and coordinated struggle inside and outside prisons against modern slavery and the economic dictatorship of multinationals. Solidarity and strength to the struggle of prisoners in US prisons! Struggle is the only prospect of living with dignity! Fire to the prisons!”

On September 9th, the Urban Guerrilla Cell of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire FAI/FRI, namely Christos Tsakalos, Gerasimos Tsakalos, Giorgos Polidoros and Olga Ekonomidou, anarchists incarcerated in Koridallos prisons, released a revolutionary statement titled “Gentlemen, the Dragon Will Fly Out” in support of the US prison mobilization as of September 9th, and in memory of Jonathan P. Jackson, George L. Jackson, and Attica prison rebels. Excerpt from their writing: “In every part of the Earth, prisons are a monument of people’s enslavement. Prisons are the most concentrated form of tyranny; the face of Power, without any makeup; the punitive nature of democracy; the vengeful sense of its justice. Every attack, every act of rebellion, every mobilization that disturbs the operation of prisons is a kick in the guts of oppression. It challenges its omnipotence, within its own walls. Certainly, the September 9th mobilization against slavery in US prisons may not be the anarchist utopia of freedom we wish for, but it can be a pebble in the pond that creates small ripples in the water. And oftentimes these ripples precede the outbreak of an enormous tide…”

On September 9th, some anarchist prisoners in the 4th wing of Koridallos men’s prison published a collective writing in support of the US prison strike. Excerpt from their text: “We know how hard it is to fight capitalism there where it’s most powerful, in the US; we also know that depriving it of a part of its profits is the only thing that can inflict substantial damage. That’s why this prisoner strike is so important. That’s why we send our solidarity and greetings to the rebellious dignity of prisoners in the US.” (Full text translation here.)

On Friday evening September 9th, the newly formed Assembly of Solidarity with the Struggle of Prisoners against Slavery, alongside other anarchist supporters from Athens, held a noise demo in the proximity of Koridallos prisons to spread the word about the mobilization in US prisons, but also in solidarity with all inmates in Koridallos women’s facility, who are protesting the deplorable prison conditions since August 26th. During the action comrades unfurled banners reading: “Solidarity with the struggle of US prison inmates against slavery” and “From Koridallos to Lucasville, fight against prison slavery”.

On Friday night September 9th, ABC Solidarity Cell hung a banner at the gate of the Polytechnic School, on Patission Street (downtown Athens), reading: “Solidarity with the struggle of prisoners in the US as of September 9th – We are not made by history; we create history”.

In Agrinio (western Greece), comrades of Apertus squat expressed their solidarity with the US prison mobilization, as well as with inmates at Koridallos women’s prison: “(…) resistance to the barbarity of incarceration is an integral part of social and class struggles taking place everywhere; against the restructuring, tightening of security, and privatization of prisons; the road to freedom passes over the debris of every prison.” (Full text translation here.)

Now is the time for uncompromising complicity with prison rebels in the US, Mexico, and all over the world!

Exarchia, Aug. 4th: Against Prison Slavery info event, with a comrade from Portland ABC, at Themistokleous 58 squat

AGAINST PRISON SLAVERY | CONTRA LA ESCLAVITUD CARCELARIA | ΕΝΑΝΤΙΑ ΣΤΗ ΣΚΛΑΒΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΦΥΛΑΚΗΣ

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

Themistokleous 58 squat | Anarchist Black Cross [Greece] Anarchist solidarity cell | Contra Info translation counter-information network

[Greece] ABC Solidarity Cell: Strength to the anarchist hunger striker Martin Ignačák

Update by AntiFénix: Martin has suspended his hunger strike.

Action at the embassy of the Czech Republic in Athens; the banner reads: “Solidarity with the anarchist hunger striker Martin Ignačák – ABC Solidarity Cell”
Embassy of the Czech Republic in Athens spray-painted: “Freedom to Martin Ignačák – Anarchist Black Cross”
Czech embassy’s entrance spray-painted; flyers thrown in support of incarcerated anarchist Martin Ignačák

In April 2015, the Czech State launched a repressive campaign under the name “Operation Fénix” targeting the anarchist movement that’s active on its territory.

Raids on fighters’ homes, arrests, personal belongings confiscated, relatives and friends of the arrestees harassed, and accusatory dossiers cooked up in police offices. Eleven fighters were arrested as a result of this operation, of whom four were sent to remand prisons of the Czech Republic, while the rest were given restrictive bail conditions. All this has been portrayed in the media as a coordinated effort towards dismantling “terrorist networks”, such as the Network of revolutionary cells (SRB) who’ve claimed responsibility for dozens of incendiary attacks against statist and capitalist targets. Also one of the comrades is charged with participating in another attack that, according to the media, was carried out with Molotov cocktails against the house of the Minister of National Defence.

Martin Ignačák, who is accused of plotting attack on a train transporting military equipment, was in fact trapped by government agents who had infiltrated anarchist circles and indicated the target to Martin along with plans about how to carry out such an attack.

The specific repressive tactic is a strategic doctrine in US counterterrorism policies, which are well known to be basic guidelines on the formation of repressive policies on a global level.

Secret services take on the role of thought police, penetrate in subversive movements, single out comrades who support practices of direct action and suggest targets and plans for attacks, only to capture them later, without any action having taken place at all. In the US, there are many such examples of prosecution and imprisonment of fighters from the wider radical movement (from anarchists to activists of ALF and ELF).

Operation Fénix unleashed by the Czech State is its first organised attempt to apply the specific repressive doctrine in order to paralyse a combative anarchist current that has been developed in the Czech Republic in recent years.

Martin has already spent nearly 14 months in prison awaiting trial; nevertheless, the vindictiveness of the state apparatus against the comrade continues, with constant harassment of his relatives, his motions for replacement of pretrial detention with bail conditions denied, and debilitating conditions of imprisonment.

To resist, Martin has undertaken hunger strike since June 9th 2016, using his body as a barricade against the exemption status he’s subjected to.

From our side we stand next to Martin, overcoming the artificial polarity between innocence and guilt, and demand that his requests be met.

International solidarity is an integral part of our processes, as it breaks down the borders that separate us and sends out messages of rebellion and defiance from every location where these are manifested, in every corner of the world, thus diffusing the cracks opened in the authoritarian edifice.

On Friday June 24th 2016, Anarchist Black Cross carried out a solidarity action outside the embassy of the Czech Republic in Palaio Psychiko [one of the wealthiest northern suburbs of Athens]. We hung a banner, spray-painted slogans at the embassy’s entrance, and threw flyers to make evident that we know who will be accountable if our comrade’s health condition deteriorates.

The same day, on Lesvos Island, a banner was hung in the city of Mytilini as a minimum display of solidarity with comrade Martin Ignačák.

PS. In Athens, after leaving the Czech embassy in Palaio Psychiko, cops of DIAS motorcycle police force followed a bus which individuals from the action were aboard. They stopped and stormed the bus on Kifissias Avenue, forced people out, and took them to GADA police headquarters. After two hours, all were released but one, who was released several hours later.

Solidarity isn’t going to become an inward-looking process; our actions won’t be constrained by repression.

Repression doesn’t hold us back.

SOLIDARITY WITH THE ANARCHIST HUNGER STRIKE MARTIN IGNAČÁK

IMMEDIATE SATISFACTION OF HIS DEMANDS

Anarchist Black Cross – Anarchist Solidarity Cell

Banner in Mytilini (Lesvos Island): “Freedom for the anarchist hunger striker Martin Ignačák – ABC Solidarity Cell”

Turkish prisons: Osman Evcan on hunger strike again

Vegan anarchist prisoner Osman Evcan was recently exiled (aka transferred) from Kandıra prison No.1 to Silivri L-type closed prison No.6, and has suffered repression such as naked body search, cameras in cells, ban on letters and visitors, and blocking of vegan food. He has undertaken hunger strike since February 22nd 2016 to resist this oppression. Help spread the word!

via ABC İstanbul

in French

UK: Greek anarchist prisoner and squat benefit gig in Nottingham

“Let’s not give free reign to our jailers, strike the tiger’s heart every day, in every way, according to our differences, against the sadness and solitude of our cells of confinement.” —Os Cangaceiros

Our Solidarity Is Non-Negotiable

Doors kicked in at the early hours of the morning by armed thugs, fascists roaming the streets for migrants, systematic torture implemented by the para-military police, social cannibalism in everyday life; this is the cold hard reality in Greece.

Over the last few months, the Greek State has made its intentions clear, to eradicate all insurrection against the maelstrom they have unleashed upon the streets, particularly aiming at the liberated spaces, where the control of everyday life is defied.

Our solidarity in non-negotiable when it comes to our fellow anarchists, our conflict with the prison society is one and the same. Through this benefit we are breaking the cells they have put around us, reaching across borders that do not exist for us, an eternal embrace for our comrades.

We know that fundraising and words are not enough alone, that the words must become praxis in order for them to enter through the prison bars. It is only until we put fire to the cells on the outside and the inside can we truly speak of solidarity.

Solidarity to squats, open and liberated spaces in Greece, to all the prisoners in the cells, you are never forgotten, our continued resistance will remind you that we will one day burn them altogether.

Some Persona Non Grata

Wales: Cardiff militants act in solidarity with comrades in France

solidarite avec les sans papiers

Several Cardiff militant activists came together on the 18th December to show solidarity with the call-out for international solidarity with Human Rights Day demonstrations in France and beyond North-West Europe on the 10th of December, and December demonstrations continuing at the ZAD (near Nantes, Loire-Atlantique) and in major French cities as part of International Migrants Day on 18/12.The Cardiff crew came from groups including the South Wales No Borders, Cardiff ABC, the new network of Cardiff squatters, and a local traveller site, just as many groups had come together on Human Rights Day to call for an end on the attacks on migrants, Roma and the homeless.

Banners with the group included statements “Against police repression”, “No-one is illegal” and “We are ungovernable” and the militants used them to block the entrance to the French consulate, symbolic of the actions of the French state which is blocking people’s normal activities and movements (not to mention rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including articles 2, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 25 and parts of many others).

The group assembled just as the sun was setting on the north-eastern corner of the Welsh capital, and attached leaflets to the gate posts, ripping off a national symbol from the gate posts in the process. The leaflets, reproducing the French comrades’ call-out from December 10th in English, French, Arabic and Welsh also showed the worst of the French repression in Calais and at the ZAD. It also included images stating our solidarity with sans-papiers and militants fighting against the airport and facing the repression on their homes and struggle at the ZAD.

After posting some of these leaflets through the letter box of the consulate and deciding that the group’s message had been delivered by gathering there, we also post this message to authorities in Calais and wherever the French authorities have been involved in heavy repression.

The world is watching. We are many. We stand by those making the call-out in France, and call for all authorities to:

– end evictions of migrants, Roma, the homeless and squatters

– resettle slum dwellers in terms defined in consultation with residents, associations and local communities

– end the use of police violence against communities.

Mexico City: Brief summary of the December 1st protests

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The 1st of December marks the change of federal government every six years, when a new President of Mexico is sworn. The office was won by the ‘imposition’ of Enrique Peña Nieto, a member of the dominating Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Uniformed scum held a huge military parade in honor of the new bastard, whom the troops shall serve and obey ‘to protect the nation’; this year’s nationalist parade took place in Mexico City’s Campo Marte military base.

On the other hand, thousands took to the streets of Mexico City to oppose the newly-sworn president, in the context of similar movements in previous months. The protest rally began early on Saturday, December 1st, at 7am, in front of the San Lázaro Palace (or Chamber of Deputies), which hosted the symbolic ceremony where the president took the oath of office. The federal police was in charge of repression in the vicinity of San Lázaro, erecting steel barriers to push away protesters.

Among diverse demonstrator blocs and an angry mob in general, along with hundreds of hooded individuals there were also distinct anarchist, anti-authoritarian, libertarian collectives, including the Revolutionary Anarchist Alliance (AAR) and various other anarchist groups, such as the Anarchist Black Cross (CNA) of Mexico, the Anarchist Students Coordinative (CAE), as well as the Black Bloc (Bloque Negro). Instead of shouting out about any democratic delusion, comrades hit the streets for total liberation, for anarchy. Continue reading Mexico City: Brief summary of the December 1st protests

Bogotá, Colombia: Solidarity action with displaced squatters

No more urban speculation – No more ruined and empty houses

On Friday, October 5th, 2012, in a day of solidarity with displaced squatters in Bogotá, approximately 25 people gathered from 12.00 to 2.30pm in front of a squatted residential building at the corner of 47th street and 7th avenue, in order to publicly denounce the appalling housing situation in Colombia and to factually support more than twenty people already displaced from their homes in other locations.

On the same day, prisoners who are organized in the Anarchist Black Cross–From Within (CNA–Desde Adentro, from a prison in Bogotá) declared their solidarity with the squatters on 47th street.

On Sunday, September 30th a group of five families occupied the aforementioned building, which was abandoned for a decade, and are now threatened with eviction. Among them are six children and a woman over 80 years old.

Despite the presence of national police forces, who guarded the premises 24 hours a day, preventing free entry and exit to its truly legitimate new residents, and despite pressure from the ‘legal’ speculative owner, who had recently sealed off the doors, the activity took place in an atmosphere of joy and fraternity, bringing together the families of squatters with students, youths, teachers, workers and others.

The intervention was called by the anarchist group Bifurcación (formerly known as Anarchist Black Cross) and the libertarian group Vía Libre, and was also supported by the Alternative Educative Collective, the journal Desde Abajo (‘From Below’) and the Anarchist Student Group.

Protesters chanted slogans such as ‘One eviction, another squat’, distributed hundreds of fliers and waved placards against property speculation, in favor of the struggle for a decent roof, and in defense of squatting, arousing the sympathy of bystanders and drivers who showed their spontaneous support to this struggle.

Supporters managed to collect several kilos of food products, blankets, diapers and other useful items for the residents of the building. Participants renewed the call for solidarity with the squatters, taking an initiative for upcoming actions.

sources/more photos: i, ii, iii, iv

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