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Athens, Greece: Spyros Mandylas and Andreas Tsavdaridis were released from prison!

Spyros Mandylas and Andreas Tsavdaridis were released from prison on January 12, 2015 owning to the expiry of the maximum 18-month period of pretrial detention.

The two anarchists were arrested on July 11, 2013 in Thessaloniki and then sent to pretrial detention in Koridallos prison, in Athens, on terrorism charges. Tsavdaridis has assumed responsibility for sending a parcel bomb (as FAI-IRF cell under the name Commando Mauricio Morales) to Dimitris Chorianopoulos, ex-commander of the anti-terrorist police unit, while Mandylas (participant in Nadir, ex-squat in Thessaloniki) has denied all charges against him. As of June 4, 2014 both comrades stand trial in the special courtroom of Koridallos women’s prison, alongside the ten imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. Andreas Tsavdaridis and Spyros Mandylas are accused of alleged participation in the CCF, attempted homicide of that ex-commander of the anti-terrorist force, and attempted explosion and possession of explosives (in connection to the same incendiary package mailing, action claimed in Greece as part of the “Phoenix Project”).

Greece: ‘War Communique’ of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire anarchist prisoners

Note of Contra Info:

In early January 2014, while on furlough, Christodoulos Xiros, convicted member of the Marxist-Leninist revolutionary organization 17 November (17Ν), did not voluntarily return to prison. The Greek police placed a huge bounty on his head, in addition to launching a series of raids in Athens and Thessaloniki at the homes of comrades.

After a year, on January 3rd, 2015, Christodoulos Xiros was spotted and recaptured near Anavyssos, Attica, without resisting his arrest. His ‘safe-house’ was extensively searched by antiterrorist cops who found firearms, explosives and other items inside, including a forged ID card with the photo of a young woman—whose real first name appears to be Angeliki. That same night, the 1st wing of Koridallos men’s prison was raided by state-security agents and the EKAM special suppressive antiterrorist unit, and a short time later two imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Gerasimos Tsakalos and Christos Tsakalos, as well as two other incarcerated comrades accused of alleged participation in the same anarchist revolutionary organization, Andreas Tsavdaridis (who took responsibility for an incendiary package mailing by the FAI-IRF cell ‘Commando Mauricio Morales’) and Spyros Mandylas, were separated from the general prison population and moved to the dungeon cells of Koridallos women’s prison. The morale of the four prisoners remains strong.

Amid pre-election period, the state mechanisms have led a media-feeding frenzy, in search of individuals who may be linked to Christodoulos Xiros and/or CCF prisoners. The cops also raided houses in a couple of other Greek towns, and released the image of the woman pictured in that fake ID. What’s more, the police claimed to have found notes indicating a plan to assault Koridallos prisons in Athens, with the purpose of helping CCF members escape. In response to police reports about the ‘prevention of a terrorist attack’ relating to this prison escape case, the ten imprisoned members publicly sent their strength and solidarity to the unnamed persons who are wanted in connection to the escape plan in support of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

Below is the latest open letter of CCF comrades from Koridallos prisons.


“First I shot him in the mouth to stop him talking crap;
then I shot him in the arm to stop him writing crap”
Jacques Mesrine on the kidnapping of a French journalist

The filthy war and the vulgarity of journalists as regards the case of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire intended prison escape have no end. They have been targeting comrade Angeliki, emotionally blackmailing her parents, and spreading vile lies about her alleged involvement as an intimate friend of the arrestee.

Angeliki is an intimate friend of insurgency, anarchy, freedom.

Struggle and anarchy would be the only feasible reality if there were more people like Angeliki.


SOLIDARITY AND STRENGTH by any means possible to comrade Angeliki
and to all those wanted in connection to the same case.

The Cells will always stand by you…

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire Prisoners Cell

Olga Ekonomidou
Giorgos Polidoros
Michalis Nikolopoulos
Giorgos Nikolopoulos
Gerasimos Tsakalos
Christos Tsakalos
Haris Hadjimihelakis
Damiano Bolano
Theofilos Mavropoulos
Panagiotis Argirou

Translated from Greek from Asirmatista (January 7th, 2015)

Athens: Graffiti and flyposting in solidarity with prisoners of anarchist war worldwide

“Strength to comrade José Miguel Sánchez Jiménez, on hunger strike since the 27th of November 2013 – Fire to the prisons!” (José Miguel is incarcerated for nearly two decades in Chile)
“Freedom for Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, solidarity with Valeria Giacomoni, Gerardo Formoso and Rocío Yune, accused of attacks claimed by the Insurrectional Commando Mateo Morral” (in Spain)
“Solidarity with Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Aliste Vega and Freddy Fuentevilla, prosecuted for the ‘Security’ Case” (imprisoned in Chile)
“We stand beside the comrades Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Aliste Vega and Freddy Fuentevilla, who are remanded in Chile, accused in the ‘Caso Security’ (a bank robbery case, including charges for executing a cop) – Anarchists for the Dispersion of Chaos”
“Solidarity with anarchists Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai” (imprisoned in Italy)
“«You are chasing a ghost that you cannot lock up in the cramped boxes of your judicial codes. This is because it manifests itself at the instant in which the destructive tensions of those who animate it come together to act, at the moment when free women and men decide to experience anarchy concretely» —Nicola Gai. ~ We stand beside our anarchist comrades Nicola Gai and Alfredo Cospito, Olga Cell FAI/FRI members who assumed responsibility for the shooting of Roberto Adinolfi, chief executive of nuclear power firm. Lone wolves are not alone. For black anarchy and rage towards destruction – Anarchists for the Dispersion of Chaos”
“Prisoners to the streets!”

Continue reading Athens: Graffiti and flyposting in solidarity with prisoners of anarchist war worldwide

Athens: Letter of captive anarchist Spyros Mandylas from Koridallos men’s judicial prison

September 4, 2013

“Others unthinkingly followed the paths learned once and for all, to their work and their home, to their predictable future. For them duty had already become a habit, and habit a duty. They did not see the deficiency of their city. They thought the deficiency of their life was natural. We wanted to break out of this conditioning, (…) in search of new passions.”
Guy Debord

A short chronicle of my arrest

On Thursday night, July 11th, 2013 cops of the anti-terrorist force barged in the anarchist hangout Nadir, in Thessaloniki, once again. I was arrested and immediately transferred to the anti-terrorism headquarters in Athens where I got the news that, three hours prior to my arrest, my comrade and friend Andreas Tsavdaridis was also captured outside his home in the district of Stavroupoli, Thessaloniki. I was asked to give fingerprints, DNA sample and photographs but I refused to collaborate, and they took those by force. Shortly afterwards, they notified me I was being charged with all of the attacks that had occurred in the context of the Phoenix Project until that point (Acts 1, 2, 3, 4). I refused to sign any police paper, or talk about anything. Six days later, I was able to communicate with Andreas, who told me the exact same things had happened to him. What’s more, the police announced that the ten imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire were also charged as instigators in the Phoenix Project case.

Operation “Armed Joy”

From the moment I was transferred in Athens until the early hours of the next day, cops were conducting a search in Nadir… They confiscated the squat’s server, among other items. However, they focused their attention on the library, as they “discovered” the book Armed Joy with a gun holster depicted on its front cover (a Greek edition of La gioia armata by Alfredo M. Bonanno was published by Nadir squat in June 2013, and the proceeds will go to support imprisoned anarchists). That’s when a large house search began, both in the library and the rest of the squat. They collected fingerprints, cigarette butts for DNA analysis, empty beer bottles and other small objects from the entire library space, in an attempt to find the pistol itself which is depicted on the book cover…

“Covert surveillance”

The Phoenix Project was initiated on June 7th, 2013. It was a call of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire/Consciousness Gangs/Sole–Baleno Cell/FAI-IRF for the regeneration and dynamic resurgence of urban guerrilla warfare. From that day to the 12th of July (the day of my formal indictment), various cells of the FAI-IRF network claimed four attacks. Continue reading Athens: Letter of captive anarchist Spyros Mandylas from Koridallos men’s judicial prison

Athens: Letter of captive anarchist Andreas Tsavdaridis from Koridallos men’s judicial prison

September 4, 2013

“To my goal I will go—on my own way; over those who hesitate and lag behind I shall leap. Thus let my going be their going under.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

This open letter is not addressed to the official milieu and its weathered structures. I despise its stereotypes, the putrescent breaths of its fixation. I consider the “anarchist” milieu of bureaucrats to be an enclave of Power, as they reproduce the same authoritarian values. I have no intention to make public relations, nor do I desire any sort of solidarity or unofficial help from dignitaries and subordinates of the antiauthoritarian lifestyle.

I am addressing the minorities; those individualities who show their contempt and mockery of Domination and its servants, and do not hesitate to take the offensive against the essence of contemporary civilization; all those anarchists of praxis who align themselves with the FAI-informal network, and furiously orchestrate their destructive plans, causing vexation in the camp of the enemy.

On the 11th of July I was arrested by a unit of the anti-terrorist force as I was returning home. I was put inside a conventional car of their police service in Thessaloniki, and within a few hours I found myself onto the 12th floor of the Athens police headquarters (GADA). On the 17th of July I was put on remand, and I have been held in Koridallos prisons ever since.

I assume responsibility for sending an incendiary parcel to the former commander of the anti-terrorist force, Dimitris Chorianopoulos, as FAI-IRF cell under the name Commando Mauricio Morales. I remain Unrepentant for my choice. A strike against the security complex is a direct attack on the establishment’s core; a direct attack on the state institutions, which operate independently from the policy formulation of respective governments, and have the perpetuation of Domination over my life as their mission.

I believe that Power is an inspiration for and immediate corollary from the values of society. Power is an idea. It seems like something inaccessible, like a god that overwhelms the thoughts, dreams and feelings of its believers; a modern social religion into which the mass hastens to be inducted. The dominators don’t impose themselves by coups d’état, but through their citizens’ approval. All of the problems of social pathogeny are simply the dark side of a world that wants to live without responsibilities.

I don’t believe in any popular revolution. Anything based on the mass, the herd, carries the seed of slavery within. That mob, whose values are determined by others, is incapable of defining its own life. This resultant force, even if it may be called revolutionary, will crumble after its uprising, no matter the outcome. Its participants seek a more favorable economic system, tailored to their interests. They’re not in the mood for overthrowing the values of civilization; they merely beg for the reforming-restructuring of capitalism by non-institutional means.

I don’t believe in any future social paradise as the alleged inevitable evolution of a metaphysical predominance of justice, which anoints the People a messiah in order to fulfill the societist prophecies. These theories are full of grudge, and degrade the notion of Human to the villainy of their authors and advocates.

Contrary to the zealots of mass mobilizations aimed at the liberation of their social role, I pursue the liberation of my own individual from every social role. My projectuality is constant anarchist insurgency against every system, every society, and every kind of mass morality. My own war has its foundations on my will for force, and I therefore attack on everything that insults my Aesthetics. For me, war is a Dionysian lunacy that cannot be explained by the rationalizations of societist parrots.

In my opinion, solidarity towards a prisoner of war should carry forward and reproduce the cause for which s/he was locked up in the first place. Thus the fight for the diffusion of direct anarchist action is the only solidarity I recognize in my particular case.

Before I conclude, I would like to express my solidarity with imprisoned anarchists worldwide; to the CCF comrades, Panagiotis, Giorgos, Makis, Olga, Haris, Christos, Theofilos, Michalis, Damiano, and Giorgos; to the comrades Nicola Gai and Alfredo Cospito in Italy, who are accused for the Olga Cell’s action; to Gabriel Pompo Da Silva, incarcerated in Spanish prisons; to Marco Camenisch, imprisoned comrade in Switzerland; to the unrepentant Thomas Meyer-Falk (still captive in Germany). To Jock Palfreeman in Bulgaria; to the fighter Hans Niemeyer, as well as the bandits Freddy Fuentevilla, Marcelo Villarroel and Juan Aliste Vega, in Chile. To comrade Henry Zegarrundo in Bolivia, and to anarchist Braulio Durán in Mexico. To fugitives Felicity Ryder and Diego Ríos: hold strong!

Strength to all the FAI cells in Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, Italy, Greece, Spain, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Finland, Brazil, and Australia.


PS.1: The “PHOENIX PROJECT” was initiated on the 7th of June 2013 by the comrades of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire/Consciousness Gangs/Sole–Baleno Cell/FAI-IRF with an explosive attack on the private car of the Koridallos prison director, toward the regeneration and dynamic resurgence of the new urban guerilla warfare. The project has found accomplices in the face of our brothers and sisters from Indonesia. The Anger Unit/ICR/IRF-FAI and the International Conspiracy for Revenge/FAI-IRF responded to the call, and attacked structures of the Indonesian regime implementing the 3rd and 5th act of the Phoenix Project, respectively. Our brothers and sisters proved that anarchist discourse accompanied by acts can overcome the long distances that keep us apart. We know that, as long as there are comrades who turn their desires into actions, no anarchist prisoner will ever be alone. Brothers and sisters of the ICR/FAI-IRF, your offensive gave us courage. Our hearts are with you. Until we meet! Until the end!

PS.2: My comrade and friend Spyros Mandylas has no involvement whatsoever in the case.

Andreas Tsavdaridis
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou, A Pteryga, 18110 Koridallos, Athens, Greece.

Source|Translated in collaboration with Parabellum

Komotini, Northern Greece: Action in solidarity with imprisoned anarchists and squats under attack

Late in the evening of August 9th, comrades from the anarchist hangout Utopia A.D. put up a banner at the central square of Komotini that reads: “The State is the only terrorist. On July 11th, cops raided the anarchist hangout Nadir (in Thessaloniki). On August 5th, squats in Patras were evicted. Solidarity with the arrested comrades.” They also shared out a text in solidarity with anarchists Andreas Tsavdaridis and Spyros Mandylas that were placed on remand in relation to the ‘Phoenix Project’, with Nadir squat in Thessaloniki that was stormed by the antiterrorist unit, as well as the squats in Patras (Parartima, Maragopouleio, Self-managed Hangout of TEI) that were sealed off by the police.

Volos, Greece: Solidarity with the two anarchists from Thessaloniki that were recently remanded in Koridallos prison on terrorism charges

Freedom for the two comrades Andreas Tsavdaridis and Spyros Mandylas – Fire and arson to all prison cells
Solidarity with the two anarchist from Thessaloniki, Spyros Mandylas and Andreas Tsavdaridis, who are charged in relation to the project ‘Phoenix’

Solidarians intervened in the city of Volos with banners for Spyros Mandylas and Andreas Tsavdaridis, anarchists from Thessaloniki that are both held in pretrial incarceration, accused for the Phoenix Project.

Andreas, Spyros: hold strong until freedom.

The more sheep will be bleating, the more wolves will be howling.


Greece: Sabotage of 6 ATMs in Thessaloniki

At Friday dawn, July 26th, 6 ATMs were sabotaged in the area of Stavroupoli in Thessaloniki.

Strength to the two remanded anarchists from Thessaloniki, who are accused of participation in the project ‘Phoenix.’

Strength to the anarchists of Nadir squat, who were assaulted in their infrastructure by the petty hooligans of the EKAM antiterrorist force.

Strength to anarchist fighters everywhere, who abstain from an anarcho-lifestyle of parties and drug culture.

Rebellious individuality

Greece: Update on the two anarchists arrested in Thessaloniki on 11/7

No Hostage in the Hands of the State

On July 17th, at 10am, a gathering of solidarians took place at the Athens Court of Appeals where the two arrested anarchists appeared before interrogator, who issued a remand order against both of them. Then they were transferred to Koridallos men’s prison. Following an umpteenth anti-anarchist operation, these comrades are being held in pretrial incarceration on multiple charges of terrorism. In addition, all ten imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire are accused of instigating the four direct actions that were claimed as the ‘Phoenix Project’ (three attacks in Greece, and one in Indonesia).

Greece: Two comrades arrested and accused of all the actions that have taken place as the ‘Phoenix Project’

Thessaloniki, night of July 11th, 2013: two anarchists were arrested on charges of terrorism in relation to four responsibility claims for the PHOENIX PROJECT by FAI/FRI direct action groups. Also, the Nadir squat was raided and searched by the anti-terrorist force.

In the same police operation, one person was arrested in the area of Stavroupoli, while the other was caught inside the anarchist hangout Nadir (in the area of 40 Ekklisies, near the campus). The two comrades are facing grave charges and possible remand. On the evening of July 12th, they were transferred to the Athens police headquarters. Both are in good health, and will appear before interrogator on Wednesday, July 17th. More updates as they come.

Sources in Greek: a, b, c – Info in English: a, b, c