[2013 Aachen bank robbery case] In December 2016, an anarchist from Amsterdam was acquitted of a bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2013.
[2014 Aachen bank robbery case]
Since early 2017, two comrades from Barcelona stood trial for a Pax-Bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2014:
On June 7th 2017, anarchist compañera Lisa was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison, while the other comrade (who recently wrote a thank-you note) was acquitted by the Aachen court.
After being sentenced and sent to Cologne’s prison, the compañera decided to publish her contact address: Lisa Buchnummer: 2893/16/7
Justizvollzuganstanlt (JVA) Köln
50827 Köln – Germany
Lisa speaks Spanish, German, English and Italian, and she will be glad to receive your letters.
That other forms of solidarity continue to be expressed with her and all other prisoners. That prisoners always remain a part of social struggles and be embedded in all actions of the social war. For anarchy.
From my heart, thanks to everyone for the support that was given to me, as all the warmness and love that i felt. This was essential to strenghten my resilience against all the oppression I was summited
We’re not All, the prisoners are missing!
Freedom to All prisoneers!
All the strenght to those who face oppression!
Prison, demolition and reforestation!
The one kidnapped from 21/06/2016 to 07/06/2017 at the Aachen case
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
In the early hours of September 9th, some anarchists of Barcelona went to McDonald’s on Travessera de Gràcia Street to show our solidarity with the imprisoned comrades on strike in the United States.
A small action with which we intend to manifest that solidarity between the oppressed knows no borders or nations.
We also took advantage of this occasion to point to this multinational as responsible for the assassination and exploitation of countless human and nonhuman beings, making it clear that we won’t allow them to continue their criminal work without encountering resistance from the oppressed.
Against every authority!
Death to the State and its false opponents.
In the early hours of June 22nd 2016, we decided to break the routine of the city of Barcelona and show our solidarity with the comrade arrested on April 13th, who will soon be extradited to Germany,* by shattering the windows of the offices of FEDA (German business school) with hammers.
The FEDA German dual business training school, located at Provença Street in the neighbourhood of Clot, is dedicated to training managers, those who aspire to become our future bosses and exploiters, i.e. the capitalist scum. This school is directly linked to the German state, but we don’t forget that the Spanish state and the Mossos d’Escuadra (Catalan police) were the ones that conducted the arrest.
By attacking those offices we send a strong hug to the comrade; we also take this opportunity to encourage everyone to extend solidarity in a multiform manner using direct action. Don’t forget, the nights accompany us, and attack on the structures of Power must multiply.
On May 21st 2016, we attacked a branch of Deutsche Bank located at Gran de Sant Andreu Street. All windows and the ATM screen were smashed, and slogans were spray-painted demanding the release of the compañera who was arrested on April 13th, accused of robbing a Vatican bank in the German city of Aachen.
We encourage everyone to continue actions and displays of solidarity with those subjected to imprisonment and reprisals for fighting.
In July 2015 our friend and comrade got arrested at a passport control at the Greek-Bulgarian border. The Europe-wide arrest warrant against her had been issued by the prosecution office of Aachen, Germany, on the 24th of June 2015. In Germany she got locked up under the ‘U-haft‘ (Untersuchungshaft) regime in Cologne because of a presumed involvement in an armed bank robbery that had taken place two years earlier (2013). On the 2nd December 2015, after months of investigation the prosecution formally charged her with bank robbery, hostage taking and weapon possession. On the 16th of December, the court called the prison instructing them to release our comrade because all charges were to be dropped, since the “evidence” that months of investigation produced was not sufficient for this case to be brought to court.
When we were writing the above statement concerning the imprisonment and release of our friend, we hoped it would be the last. Unfortunately the German cops did not agree, and decided to appeal against the decision of her release. This resulted in, after first being rejected by the normal court, the higher court’s decision to reopen the case. Concretely this means that, after having spent nearly six months in preventive prison, our friend and comrade is now outside awaiting trial. It is still unclear when the court case will take place. Despite several desperate attempts from the prosecutor’s office to also get a new warrant for her arrest – at the moment we are awaiting the high court’s decision of yet another appeal – she is still outside with us.
However, on Wednesday the 13th of April the same prosecutor’s office ordered a series of house raids in Barcelona that resulted in the arrest of another comrade; she is said to have participated in a bank robbery that was carried out in Aachen in 2014. It is clear that the German and Spanish authorities have decided to join forces in the ongoing project of repression against anarchists in the European territory, supported by the ever obedient dogs of the media.
As expected the media are rubbing their hands together, intertwining “common crimes” with anarchists. This does not come as a surprise, especially in a time that more and more is defined by repressive blows against anything subversive. However, we think it is important to leave the distinction between “common” or “political” crimes to the cops, the prosecutors, the journalists. We do not need to provide the authorities with categories they are only too willing too accept. As has been stated in the communiqué published by comrades of the person arrested in Barcelona, expropriation of banks is “an ethically just and politically legitimate practice, a method of struggle that forms part of the history of every revolutionary movement.” Whether the accused individuals have participated in the robberies or not is not important to us. What is important is that we express our solidarity with those persecuted by the authorities.
While the servants of the State are spawning their assumptions and accusations into the world with a lot of spectacle, we should remember our own perspectives and ideas. These are not times for speculation, neither on the “motives” of the robberies, nor on the presumed innocence or guilt of the arrested. Rather than being a moment for questions, this should be a moment of answers – clear answers directed at those who oppress us. As has been said before, “you touch one of us, you touch all of us”. More than anything this is a time for solidarity, in every possible form it can take.
Freedom for the imprisoned comrade now Until all prisons and the banks that need them are destroyed
During the night of December 28th 2015 – the same day that several people were arrested and taken to the police station to testify concerning pickets that took place against El Corte Inglés – we attacked the offices of this company’s travel agency, located at the premises of Hipercor, near Meridiana Avenue, in the neighbourhood of Sant Andreu. All windows of the store were smashed as a direct response to this repressive maneuver, orchestrated by the Information Brigade of Mossos [d’Esquadra; Catalan police] to defend the interests of the mafia business group El Corte Inglés.
The actions of sabotage will continue until the company retracts its demand that civil liability for damage be paid by the two protesters charged for participation in the general strike of March 29th 2012.
Over recent years in Spain, specifically in Catalonia, rabbit farming has been severely affected by the crisis, and many farms have closed over the past 5 years.
Several times, as we were watching possible targets, we approached to see the security inside and found out they were abandoned.
Similarly we can also confirm that Animal Liberation actions have decreased in the Spanish State since the crisis began. This is probably due to the lack of resources of those of us who take part in this struggle and because of the migration towards other struggles by many people as well.
But on September 20th 2015 we got out of our temporary lethargy; that night we went to a rabbit farm situated in the province of Barcelona and released 20 animals that were inside.
There were 20 in this action but we hope there are more actions to come, by which we could liberate many more and damage this murderous industry. We believe this is a perfect moment to strike blows and cause an industry which barely survives, for several years now, to fall once and for all.
We are aware that this depends on our organizational capacity and our determination but, as has happened in other places where effective campaigns have been carried out, we can close down the few remaining farms.
We dedicate this action to the anarchists who have been repressed by the operations “Pandora”, “Piñata”, as well the prisoners accused of belonging to “Commando Mateo Morral”.
We also send a warm hug to Evi Statiri, who at the time of writing these lines has ended her hunger strike, because the Greek authorities have accepted her release from prison.
A few days before the week of solidarity with hunger striker José Antúnez Becerra, we burnt an ATM in the city of Barcelona.
Antúnez Becerra has spent more than 40 years deprived of freedom in the jails of the state, without ceasing to revolt from within prison walls. He was sentenced to 19 years for taking part in the rebellion of the prison of Quatre Camins in Barcelona in 2004. 19 years for rebelling against the daily imposed torture of prisoners.
We feel rage and a deep disgust against all democratic institutions that seek to make us “live” in constant submission to their shitty laws. We are in active solidarity by rage and fire with the courageous struggle of Antúnez, on hunger strike since January 23rd 2015, saying it’s either freedom or death. We stay on guard and we want him free in the street.
For the intensification of the anarchist offensive against all states, their prisons and their henchmen. So the anti-authoritarian rage explodes into the streets and ignites solidarity.
Prisoners to the streets.
Fire to the prisons.
Against all authority.
Some participants in the network of Contra Info decided to coordinate our strengths to make visible the cases of two anarchist comrades, who were recently retaliated by the executioners of the Chilean state: Diego Ríos, who was arrested on February 7th, after five and a half years on the run, and is currently held in preventive detention charged with illegal possession of explosive materials found in the summer of 2009 – and Tamara Sol Farías Vergara, who, after a year on remand, was sentenced on February 4th to a little over seven years in prison for the shooting of a BancoEstado security guard in Santiago in January 2014.
Between the 24th and 26th of February 2015, we carried out the following propaganda actions in the territories controlled by the states of Greece, Portugal, Spain and France:
– A banner was placed in Exarchia Square, downtown Athens, which reads: “Strength to Diego Ríos, anarchist prisoner in Chile (A) Always on a war footing.”
– Another banner was hung on the side of the Athens Polytechnic School, on Stournari Street, which reads: “From Athens to Santiago, freedom for Tamara Sol (A).”
– Fliers (1, 2) were thrown in the city of Lisbon with the following slogans: “Active solidarity with Diego Ríos, anarchist prisoner in Chile / The path to freedom is born of the ruins of the prison society // Freedom for Tamara Sol, anarchist prisoner in Chile / Revenge for our dead, revenge for our prisoners // Strength to Diego Ríos, anarchist captured by the Chilean state / Fire to the borders, fire to the prisons // Complicity with Tamara Sol, anarchist kidnapped by the Chilean state / Death to the state and long live anarchy.”
– Stencils were painted on the walls of Oeiras, Lisbon District, reading: “Solidarity Tamara & Diego (A).”
– A banner drop was made on a bridge at one of the exit roads of Barcelona, which reads: “Strength to Diego and Tamara! Prison will not halt our desire for freedom.”
– Two banners were hung in central Marseille (unfortunately we didn’t manage to take pictures). The first one reads: “Solidarity with anarchists in prison or in clandestinity”, and the other: “Freedom Diego Ríos & Tamara Sol (A).”
With these symbolic gestures crossing the borders we show our support with Diego and Tamara Sol, while we seek to strengthen internationalist solidarity with our incarcerated sisters and brothers. We do not forget the rest of combative prisoners, in Chile and the whole world.
Onward, compas – take courage and fight until we destroy all the walls of Power!
Protesters started to march on broad streets, shouting slogans in solidarity with the detainees, and against the police, prisons and the State. The demonstration ended up in the Gracia area. Upon entering this neighbourhood, hooded comrades uninhibitedly attacked many bank branches, several multinational shops, as well as the 5-star Casa Fuster hotel (which was the Nazi Germany’s consulate in Barcelona in 1936, prior to being the headquarters of the revolution’s defense committee in the spring of 1937, until it was taken by the Falange in 1939, and became a luxury hotel during the Transition, after the associative neighbourhood movement attempted to turn it into social facilities).
Despite several threats from the police to assault demonstrators, a good part of the comrades withstood together to keep attacking the representatives of Capital in the city. We called it a day after disposing the material used for attacks, and then marched in groups away from the area.
No arrests were reported.
Immediate release of our comrades!
Fire to this social peace built on our imprisoned brothers and sisters!
If I were to choose a different life I would not change it for anything
I vividly remember the intoxicating feeling that came over me when I began to question authority; I remember the many contradictions and questions. In this discovery of ideas I found many people that made their ideas into material practices in their libraries, publications, social centres, etc. … in their everyday life … they lived the ideas in the here and now. It did not take long for me to want to do the same.
I remember the anxiety I felt when I heard there were comrades incarcerated for putting their ideas of freedom into practice; sisters of ideas in all corners of the world in the jaws of the panoptic beast. That distressing feeling never changed, but is accompanied by gestures of solidarity.
We are many, the anarchists that find ourselves on the other side of the big wall, and after Tuesday, December 16th, our numbers have grown.
The tentacles of Power dropped into anarchist spaces, libertarian social centres, squatted houses and residences of several acratists in Catalonia and Madrid. The hunt captured eleven comrades; of these seven have been kept in prison, accused of belonging to an armed gang terrorist in nature. It is no coincidence that the arrestees are part of my immediate circle; indeed, more than half of them frequently visited me in prison. The judicial-policial gavel has punished solidarity.
I cannot keep silent before such misery; the State’s repressive revenge borders delirium. The information media (spokespeople of dominators) talk about chiefs and subordinates; I stress to them and anyone who harbours any doubts: We are anti-authoritarians; no one is above me, nor am I above anyone!
The spaces attacked in Catalonia were not arbitrarily targeted; firstly, the Kasa de la Muntanya is an important symbol of squatting, and having maintained distance from the capitalist logic for 25 years, they have made their contribution to a great many generations of dissidents to this system of terror. The libertarian social centres and anarchist spaces that were struck never hid their ideals, providing a fertile ground for sowing the seeds of freedom.
The costs in this struggle for the reclamation of our lives are very high; nobody said it would be easy, but undoubtedly if I were to choose a different life I would not change it for anything. In this fight against domination no cages or walls can silence our voices, but without you, comrades, our voices are only transformed in echoes.
If any of you, my beloved comrades recently incarcerated, are ever able to read these words, I tell you that I’m certain you will remain incorruptible and rise to the occasion as you always have.
I remember every time I read or heard that solidarity is a necessary weapon for anarchists. Today, I hope that those memories come true … making our ideas into action.
The morning of Tuesday the 16th of December has surprised us with a wave of house raids and arrests. Surprised us? We are not going to lie. Let’s start again. The morning of the 16th of December has NOT surprised us. The autonomous Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, and the Guardia Civil and judiciary powers of the Audiencia Nacional stormed more than ten houses and a few anarchist spaces in Barcelona, Sabadell, Manresa and Madrid, with house raids, arrests, confiscation of propaganda material and information, to also use the occasion to enter and plunder, with the entire riot police team of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Kasa de la Muntanya, a squatted place that has existed for 25 years.
According to the media, which as usual are proving their role as police spokespersons, the goal of these arrests is to break up “a criminal organisation with terrorist goals and a violent anarchist character”. Although it seems easy to repeat an often used phrase, we will do it anyway: the only criminal organisation that terrorises people with its violent character is the State and its tentacles: the media, the juridical apparatus, its repressive bodies and its politicians, whatever spectre they belong to.
Why did the repressive action not surprise us? Because we were expecting it.
It is not about pretending to be oracles or something, but about being able of reading between the lines, and sometimes literally, the things that happen. As it happened with the arrests of other comrades last year, since a long time they have been busy orchestrating waves like last Tuesday’s against libertarian and anti-authoritarian milieus, and even though the different razzias weren’t that big they do show a prospect of similar situations.
Operation “Italian style”
Since a few decades the anarchist milieu in neighbouring Italy experiences every now and again, and in the past years with more regularity, macro-operations that are similar to the one on Tuesday. Not only because of the format of the spontaneous razzias and house raids in several houses, also because of the use of names that are easy to remember and carry a certain dark humour, as in this operation, called Pandora because this case, as the media repeats after its juridical sources, “was a box that despite the numerous frights it has given us could not be opened”. By “numerous frights” they refer to several actions that took place throughout the entire terrain of the Spanish State in the past years. To come back to the Italian operations, one only has to remember a few names that came up in the past years, such as Operation Thor, referring to the accusation of a series of attacks with hammers on cash machines and other offices; Operation Ixodidae, referring to the technical name of the family of ticks, as the fascists called the communists and anarchists; and others, such as Ardire, Cervantes, Nottetempo, etcetera.
Apart from the procedure and list of names another factor that reminds us of the neighbouring country is the role of the media, which also helped us to see what was coming. Since three years, or perhaps a little longer, the Spanish media have started a campaign to prepare the ground in such a way that operations like these are not only possible but also predictable. Pointing out milieus, and sometimes even spaces or people with their full names, collectives, etcetera, constructing a fairly bizarre caricature of an internal enemy, is indeed nothing new, although in the last years the focus was on a very specific character: the “violent anarchist”, the “insurrectionalist”, the “against-the-system [antisistema] who infiltrates social movements”, etcetera.
The Chilean fiasco
The year 2010 was a glorious year for the Chilean State. Besides Sebastían Piñera, businessman and fourth richest person in the country, being chosen president, it orchestrated a policial, mediatic and juridical operation against the anti-authoritarian milieu resulting in more than a dozen house raids and arrests, known as Operation Salamandra and popularly known as “Caso Bombas”, as it was based on the investigation of a series of attacks with explosives that took place in the preceding years, and through the police imagery the creation of an hierarchical macro-structure of a supposed network that was responsible for all these explosions: a circus that did not only weaken the reputation of the State, besides the fact of rendering it ridiculous, but that also proved the clumsiness of the investigation procedure, like the falsifying of proof, blackmail or pressurizing in order to obtain informants or “repentants”, chance, etcetera. The process ended with the acquittal of all the accused and a desire for revenge of the Chilean State toward the milieu and those under investigation.
A year after the end of the “Caso Bombas” farce the Spanish and Chilean ministries, judges and cops are working together on a new case, this time on this side of the ocean. Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, both ex-suspects in the “Caso Bombas” case, are arrested in Barcelona, where they are living at that moment, suspected of placing an explosive at the Basílica del Pilar in Zaragoza, planning a similar action and belonging to an alleged terrorist organisation. At this moment these comrades are in preventive detention awaiting a trial of which we do not know when it will take place, and we also do not know whether their proceeding will change due to this new repressive wave.
The situation is more or less known to everyone and if we can be sure of one thing it is that the recent arrests serve to give shape to a case that on its own would not stand.
A few hours before the arrests on Tuesday the Spanish government made known, through its media, that “the ministries of Interior Affairs of Spain and Chile are opening a new phase of enforced collaboration in the struggle against anarchist terrorism”. Last Monday, the 15th of December, the Spanish minister of Interior Affairs Jorge Fernández Díaz was in Chile to meet the vice-president and Chilean minister of Interior Affairs Rodrigo Peñailillo in the La Moneda palace, the government seat in Santiago de Chile. “In the struggle against terrorism, Chile will find a solid ally in Spain”, bragged the Spaniard, whilst being decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Chile, “the greatest distinction of the country in civil merit” according to the media, a trophy that the Chilean State in this case handed out for the police work and as a reward for the arrests of comrades Mónica and Francisco last year.
Besides praise and rewards, businessman Fernández sold a bit of his own: policial and juridical training, different kinds of repressive material, etcetera.
And what will come…
What is the next repressive step? We don’t know. At this moment not much is known about how our comrades are doing, of what exactly they are being accused, what repressive means they are subjected to, whether they are in preventive detention or not, etcetera.
What is certain is that this operation is not a fact standing on its own, but another shackle in a chain. A repressive chain that at times is cruel, and at times subtle, in which since the new laws (one only has to think of the recent Mordaza law) several things are incorporated; the hunt on people without papers through every time bigger racist razzias, the police brutality, until the aspiration to manage the misery and administrate the repression, which, all things considered, is what the State does, with a pseudo-left (with Podemos at the lead) that more and more becomes a clearer parody of itself. Evictions, beatings, fascism, juridical and punitive hardening of every kind, nationalist and social-democratic illusions, is what today will bring us. Something worse does not have to be expected, the worst has never left.
The array of opportunities of the Spanish anti-terrorism is a hotchpotch in which everything can be put. It is there, in sight, to remind us that for the State, struggle equals terrorism. It functions as a scarecrow. Do we let ourselves be frightened?
The State and its servants say to have opened Pandora’s box. In Greek mythology Pandora is the equivalent of the Biblical Eve. With the characteristic misogyny of both mythologies, Pandora opens her box as Eve eats her apple, liberating all the evil that it contains.
We are capable of creating our own story and ridding ourselves of their shit mythology. Our history is different. The “box” that this repressive operation has opened urges us to act, to be careful, to be alert in regards to what their next step will be. It makes us think, again and again, of the world we want, and the distance of that world to this one. It makes us see the urgency of acting, of going forward.
The locked up comrades are part of different projects, spaces, collectives, etcetera, and it is very important that these do not decline, that the ruin (in every sense) to which these kind of situations lead does not create powerlessness and a feeling of paralysis.
We always say that “the best solidarity is continuing the struggle”. Right, but what does that mean in practice? We also repeat in unison that “when you touch one of us you touch all of us”. This has become clear through the reactions and protests that took place in several places, just like the unconditional warmth of the comrades on the outside.
We can be certain of one thing, and that is that the locked up comrades can feel this warmth which goes through the iron bars and isolation, because it is the same warmth that they knew to give at other occasions.
On the 12th and 13th of May 2014, we sabotaged two video surveillance cameras with hammers at a metro station in Nou Barris, another one the same way in Sant Andreu, and paint-bombed two more cameras in Gràcia and Sant Antoni respectively.
We send warm greetings to imprisoned anarchist comrades around the world, with a special affection towards Mónica and Francisco, incarcerated in the Spanish State.
In this week’s autonomous actions against the outlawing of abortion (1–7 February 2014), we took to the streets to add our expression of rage. In the early hours of Thursday, February 6th, we attacked the offices of Radio Estel, broadcaster of Barcelona’s Archdiocese, and headquarters of the magazine “Catalunya Cristiana”, located on the corner of Puggarí and Comtes de Bell.lloc streets in the Sants neighbourhood of Barcelona. We decided to act against this radio station because it is a means of communication at the service of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, and as such, attempts to indoctrinate and manipulate by “catechisms” veiled as information, defending the patriarchal, misogynist and normative social model against which we fight. For these reasons, in defense of feminist struggle and as self-defense of our lives, ideas and own bodies, we cracked their glass windows and painted the slogan: “My body, my decision”.
We are disgusted by their rotten Catholic morality as much as we detest the State and its political and legalistic tricks. This new law on abortion makes evident, once again, that there’s a link between both institutions, the Church and the State, in order to maintain their authority, their patriarchal power. They want to take away our autonomy, our capacity to decide, to think for ourselves and act upon what we need or feel. By this anti-abortion law, choosing not to be a mother would become a luxury that only the rich may afford, or a risk to the health and life of those who cannot afford a safe clinic underground.
We are not willing to permit them to turn us into their possessions. We will never let them decide for us, and we’ll keep defending ourselves from those who want us to limit ourselves to being only reproductors of their system.
Neither God, nor State or husband. Death to patriarchy.
In the early hours of February 10th, 2014 we smashed all the glass windows of the Vidal i Barraquer Foundation, located in the Sant Gervasi neighbourhood in Barcelona, to indicate their active complicity with the Spanish Episcopal Conference in preventing abortions. We thus join the days of struggle for autonomous feminism against the new anti-abortion law and in favor of free abortion without charge.
We know that an action involving shattered windows alone is not a revolution, but a total of smashed windows this week, and those to come in support of abortion and against the new law, is a clear sign of increasing rage against all those who intend to decide about our bodies, be it political parties, the Church or any related institution.
The Vidal i Barraquer Foundation is one of the institutions “in support of life”, included as diocese in the Episcopal Conference, who busy themselves with manipulating women sent by the Pro-Life Catalonia Foundation into not getting an abortion, supposedly providing “mediation” and “legal advice”.
Their role is part of the oppression gear that condemns many women to be mothers even when they do not want or cannot afford to give birth. Their idea of family perpetuates the patriarchal system, the very same system that causes abuse involving both male and female children as well as subjection to the macho type, with devastating consequences that too often end in deaths… Pro-life?
That’s why we mark them, thinking it’s a good idea to break glass windows as a form of expression. We will not keep quiet.
Social peace is over!
For the radicalization and generalization of expressions of rage, also from a feminist perspective!
For the death of patriarchy in all its forms!
The week of struggle has only just started, to become their nightmare all year long.
Neither God, nor master, neither State, nor husband or party!
Solidarity, unity and action. And don’t get caught!
On January 17th, 2014 we smashed all of the glass windows of the Deutsche Bank central branch, located in Barcelona’s major avenue Passeig de Gràcia, in solidarity with the struggle of residents in the neighbourhood of Gamonal, in the city of Burgos, and in solidarity with the comrades of the Rote Flora squat in Hamburg, days after it was observed that their struggle and determination gave them a small victory, as the construction works of the new boulevard in Gamonal were cancelled, while the urban development plans in Hamburg that wanted to destroy the anticapitalist social centre Rote Flora were modified, no longer posing threat to the squat. These two examples show us that the struggle of people’s classes can bear fruit, and this act is our little grain of sand towards that direction.
On the night from 25 to 26 November 2013, we attacked the Santander Bank located on Frankfurter Allee in Friedrichshain, Berlin. This action intended to send solidarity greetings to the 5 anarchists in Spain who are suspected to have attacked a church.
We chose the Santander Bank because it is one of the largest banks of Spain, and because the same bank is hugely profiteering from the inmates in Spanish prisons. So, all the money of prisoners is administered by Santander, which naturally provides for particularly fucked up terms and conditions.
Another reason for our choice lies in the fact that Santander Bank invests eagerly in prison construction across Latin America.
We consider this attack as an early contribution to the international solidarity action week from 16 to 22 December 2013.
Furthermore, we send a warm hug to the five people in Spain and all others that do not give up their rebellious stance in everyday life.
On November 24th, several compañerxs unfolded a banner from the top of the Berlin Cathedral, which read “Solidarity with the 5 anarch@s from Barcelona – Freedom for all” referring to Gerardo, Rocío, Valeria, Mónica and Francisco, who were arrested in Barcelona on November 13th, 2013. The comrades are accused under anti-terror law of an attack on a fascist church monument, the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain. A German summary from this text was also distributed as flyer during the action.
Here are the current prison addresses to contact Mónica and Francisco, who are held in pretrial detention at prisons in Madrid. Both are held under the FIES regime, so all letters sent to (and from) them are checked by prison staff. Write to the comrades to break isolation!
Freedom for Sonja Suder, and all of the political prisoners
On the morning of November 12th, 2013 we paid a visit to the German embassy in Barcelona to show our solidarity with our comrade Sonja Suder. We hung a banner outside the embassy and ‘gave out’ hundreds of flyers.
We call for more actions in solidarity with Sonja, waiting for a sentence at the age of 80 years old for acts committed in 1977–8 with the Revolutionary Cells (RZ).
On November 18th some members of Contra Info hung a banner at Exarchia square in downtown Athens, in solidarity with the 5 comrades arrested in Barcelona on November 13th, accused under the anti-terror law for direct actions vindicated by the Insurrectional Commando Mateo Morral. The banner reads: “Freedom for the 5 comrades arrested on 13/11 in Barcelona: Rocío, Valeria, Mónica, Francisco, Gerardo – Solidarity and action beyond borders!”
The comrades were transferred from Barcelona to Madrid, where they were held for four more days in isolation. Finally on Sunday, November 17th, they were brought before the judge in Madrid.
All 5 anarchists are currently hostages of the Spanish State: Rocío Yune, Valeria Giacomoni and Gerardo Formoso were released, but they have pending charges and restrictive conditions, while their passports were taken away; Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar were remanded to prison without bail.
From the trench of counter-information we send all our strength to the 5 prosecuted comrades, and we call for the multiplication of factual solidarity gestures. Faced with the police, interstate and media repression, we are not willing to make even a single step back.