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Greek prisons: A statement in support of the US prison mobilization by CCF-FAI/FRI Urban Guerrilla Cell (released Sept. 9th)

Soledad Brothers (from left to right): John Clutchette, George L. Jackson (September 23, 1941 — August 21, 1971) and Fleeta Drumgo

“Gentlemen, the Dragon Will Fly Out”
In Support of September 9th Mobilization in US Prisons

“Gentlemen, the dragon will fly out” is a saying attributed to prisoner George Jackson. On August 21st 1971, holding a pistol, he opened all the cells in an adjustment unit, taking jailers hostage. George Jackson was killed in his attempt to escape…

Since September 9th, prisoners in the United States have called for action against slavery.

A multitude of “invisible” slaves (there are about 2.5 million prisoners in the United States) are condemned to forced labor, or as jailers of their own selves (internal work in prisons, cleaning, repairs, technical operations), or as cheap meat in the service of corporate behemoths (Honda, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, and many others). Besides, the 13th amendment to the US constitution clearly states: “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, EXCEPT as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted…” To put it simply, detainees are considered slaves as part of their punishment.

Prisons in America—and not just there–aren’t only bars, walls, surveillance cameras or lockdowns. They’re also an enormous lucrative business. Prisons are a dirty dealing for continuously supplied shackled labor force without name and without voice. They represent a modern slave trade, making billion-dollar profit, that not only supplies the companies-caretakers but also the industry of lawyers, judges, cops, corrections officers, private prisons.

Not long ago yet another judicial scandal, the “kids for cash” case, was revealed. President Judge Mark Ciavarella convicted juveniles (from 10 to 18 years of age) for the slightest offense, taking million-dollar kickbacks from the owners of private prisons Powell and Mericle with the purpose of supplying them with thousands of children prison slaves.

In Greece, incarceration is much more “velvet”, but it doesn’t cease to be incarceration. Greek prisons may not supply multinational companies with slaves, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a well-staged business operation. Not only do prisons fund an army of leeches (lawyers, cops, corrections officers, judges), but they make big business with construction companies (through overpriced contracts), pharmaceutical companies (after Greek hospitals, Greek prisons are the second best customer of the pharmaceutical industry, since handfuls of psychiatric drugs are administered to prisoners to keep them asleep), and large supermarket chains (always making sure to overprice items sold to prisoners).

Throughout America, massive arrests of suspects—that include humiliations, beatings, and shootings in the back—do not just serve “the restoration of the law”, but are a modern slave hunt for exploitation.

“Let the crops rot in the plantation fields,” write the prisoners in their callout against slavery, recalling the history of slaves in America; because sometimes, to move forward, you must go back to the roots, into the past. For every story of slaves there’s a story of a Spartacus.

Prisoners didn’t randomly choose the date of September 9th to begin their struggle. Forty five years ago, on September 9th 1971, a unique day was written in the calendar of dignity and struggle. It was on the fourth day of Attica riots that 1,000 cops stormed the prison, leaving behind 43 dead, including 33 inmates and 10 hostages (corrections officers and civilian employees), and 250 wounded. Back then, prisoners demanded amnesty, the release of political prisoners, and an end to torture. Now, they want to stop being slaves.

The Attica prison rebellion wasn’t a firework but the culmination of a decision taken by prisoners, expressed through slogans like: “If we cannot live as human beings, we will at least try to die as humans.” With so much blood already shed in a tide of events and acts, they had ruled out any possibility of making a return to prison normalcy.

Prisoners George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo and John Clutchette, known as the “Soledad Brothers”, were accused of killing a prison guard at Soledad prison on January 16th 1970, in retaliation for the murder of three fellow prisoners by a corrections officer during a fight between inmates three days prior.

On August 7th 1970, George Jackson’s brother, Jonathan, stormed the Marin County courthouse armed with a shotgun and revolvers and alongside three prisoners, who attended a trial inside, took the Judge, the District Attorney and three jurors hostage. Jonathan and the prisoners demanded the release of the “Soledad Brothers”. The court was surrounded, and a shootout with cops and jailers ensued. Two of the prisoners, Jonathan Jackson and the judge held hostage were gunned down.

On August 21st 1971, George Jackson was shot to death by a guard at San Quentin prison. Jackson was carrying a gun and intended to escape. A disturbance in the prison occurred just before the killing, when three guards and two inmates-snitches were executed.

All these individual acts of rebellion were not detached from the collective power that the prisoners had begun to develop. These actions exceeded the prison walls and nurtured, and were nurtured by, the rebellions of blacks against racism and the movement against the Vietnam War at the time. Nowadays, the struggle of prisoners in the US against slavery is also tied to the movement in protest of police violence and shootings against black people.

Naturally, such struggles are closer to civil rights movements rather than total liberation movements. However, the prisoners themselves state: “We are not making demands or requests of our captors.”

Oftentimes in these struggles, such as we’ve experienced in Greek prisons, there’s a large portion of the prison population who insist on non-violence and “negotiating unionism” logic that leads to wire-pulling and emergence of representatives with personal ambitions. We therefore don’t want to falsify the characteristics of an intermediate struggle to make it appear as anarchic.

Anarchist prisoner Michael Kimble, apparently designated as a “ringleader” of rebellions, has criticized the pacifism that lurks in such mobilizations, stating: “I struggle within F.A.M. (Free Alabama Movement) not because I believe in the system, but because it causes pain to the state, but in no way do I think F.A.M. or any of the Freedom movements are going to topple the state.”

Intermediate struggles, when restricted in sectional demands, maim any total liberation perspective. The interest of an anarchist towards intermediate struggles is, through their intervention, to turn them into the accelerator of insurgency and revolution. There were plenty of moments when instances of prison struggle and armed urban guerrilla experiences mutually fed into one another. In the US, the Weather Underground organization attacked courts (Marin County courthouse, Long Island courthouse, and corrections offices) in solidarity with rebellious prisoners. In Germany, the RAF attacked several judicial officers and prosecutors in retaliation for the isolation of their imprisoned comrades, while in 1993 they literally blew up the Weiterstadt prison. In Italy, the Red Brigades, NAP (organization originating within prison walls), Prima Linea and many more armed cells organized escapes and kidnappings to release their comrades, and executed judges. On October 2nd 1979, political prisoners revolted and set fire to the Asinara maximum security prison. In Spain, GRAPO targeted prison governors and prison doctors.

In Greece, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire blew up the Thessaloniki courthouse and the Athens administrative court of first instance, placed a bomb outside Koridallos prison in 2010, and in cooperation with the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) attacked interrogating judges, prison directors and corrections officers.

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 anarchic 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…

The Return
For nine months before the state police came
and opened fire at Attica penitentiary
prison doctors said to sick Puerto Ricans
who understood only Spanish
“First learn English, then you can come back.”
It’s difficult to learn English when you’re dead
but they will come back for sure…
(Erich Fried, “The Return: Attica State Prison”)

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire / Urban Guerrilla Cell
FAI/FRI
Gerasimos Tsakalos
Christos Tsakalos
Giorgos Polidoros
Olga Ekonomidou

September 9th 2016
Koridallos prisons (Athens, Greece)

in Greek

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!

Athens: Indictment for the CCF escape plan

On November 16th 2015, it became known that a total of 27 people are being indicted for the case of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire planned escape from Koridallos prisons. Persons belonging to the immediate family nucleus of captive anarchists are included among the accused; that is, Athena Tsakalou (mother of the CCF members Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos) and Evi Statiri (wife of Gerasimos Tsakalos) will also stand trial.

Meanwhile, Evi Statiri had filed a motion for the lifting of one of the restrictive conditions imposed on her after her release from prison. She had requested the lifting of the prohibition on communicating and meeting with her imprisoned partner Gerasimos Tsakalos, but her motion was rejected earlier this month (November 3rd).

Greece: Relatives of CCF imprisoned members held hostage

According to latest updates (June 2015), Evi Statiri – the life companion of anarchist prisoner Gerasimos Tsakalos – has been denied release from prison three times already by the special appellate judge Eftichis Nikopoulos (the same bastard who has repeatedly rejected applications for educational leave in the case of anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos).

Evi Statiri remains in pretrial detention on the basis of being emotionally related to the comrade Gerasimos Tsakalos, member of the anarchist urban guerrilla group Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. In the coming days, another motion for release filed by Evi Statiri will be examined by a judicial council.

At the same time, a judicial council headed by Isidora Poga has dismissed the motion of Athena Tsakalou, mother of the Tsakalos brothers, for revocation of the restrictive condition that prohibits her from leaving Salamina (Salamis Island). Thus, not only is Athena Tsakalou currently unable to visit her two sons in Koridallos prison, but she is also not allowed to undergo necessary medical examinations (she is facing a serious health problem, and there are no appropriate hospital facilities inside Salamina limits).

Athens: Athena Tsakalou finally out of prison

Today, April 6th 2015, the mother of two members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – comrades Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos – walked out of Koridallos prison. Her bail has been set at 10,000 euros.

The companion of Gerasimos Tsakalos is still in custody (since 2/3). According to people in solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, her release is expected in the coming period.

see related updates

“Kafka’s Hell” – An open letter from Athena Tsakalou (April 1st, 2015)

If the judicial authorities have the power to make the world succumb to their laws and what’s more to the overcoming of laws, this doesn’t prove that quality prevails, but rather that they can turn the world into Kafkaesque hell.

There are certain occurrences that make you stand before yourself and ask yourself, what is it that gives meaning to life? What is it that will make you continue to believe that it’s truly worth walking on earth?

Today, such an occurrence also happened to me.

Today, after 30 days in pretrial detention, I received the decision on my conditional release. Tomorrow morning, I could pass through the prison door and leave. I won’t do it. I won’t do it because I believe that a human is meant to do everything for another human; that’s the beauty of them. I cannot feel any joy for my own release from prison, so long as the unjust and vindictive remand of Evi Statiri [the companion of Gerasimos Tsakalos] continues, while the competent authorities know with absolute certitude that there’s no incriminating evidence against her.

I could not shut my door upon the chased Angeliki [Spyropoulou]. In the same way, I can’t turn my back on the unjustly remanded Evi. Even more so because, so long as this pretrial detention continues, the hunger strike of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members goes on; a hunger strike which enters its 31st day, a hunger strike which was launched exactly because of this pretrial detention of relatives.

The medical reports reveal that the health condition of the hunger strikers is very critical.

Now, not just every day but every single hour weighs them down. However, the strikers’ critical condition is not only highlighted in medical reports; the deliberate and systematic concealment of this very fact by the mass media also weighs heavily upon them. What does the judiciary want? Because, from what I hear, they hold the entire case in their hands. Do they want them dead, then? What is the role of the mass media? To get to multi-day work only after deaths occur?

Because that’s only when they start talking.

I do not consider that my decision to stay in prison is anything close to sacrifice towards Evi and the 11 people of the CCF, who continue the hunger strike.

I will always be accountable to this new generation of people because I, like all mothers and fathers of my age, could not deliver a better world to our sons and daughters. Instead, we made or permitted the making of a world where it’s being machinated and propagandised in every possible manner that the meaning of our days is the economic subsistence of society, that the great issue of people’s life is to settle loans. They don’t want to leave even a chink of hope that life means something else. It seems the sources of real, substantial life and creation have dried up, and we live in times where, in strange places such as prisons, you’re able to meet people that “prelude the euphoria of deserts, the violet flavored drinking seawater, the eternal spring…”.

I will remain in prison until the day when, along with Evi, we will step out the exit door, and our joy will be double because that’ll be the day when the strike of our loved ones will end.

Hunger strike is an ultimate emergency alert sent out to all forms of Power so that they don’t dwell on formal procedures, or the pursuit of revenge and extermination against any “adversaries”, but rather remind themselves of the real sources of life and creation.

Athena Tsakalou
[Koridallos prison]

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.

WAR COMMUNIQUE

“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.

SCUMBAGS SNITCHES JOURNALISTS – WE WILL TAKE REVENGE.

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: End of the 2nd ‘Halandri case’ trial – New CCF case trial in Koridallos prisons’ court underway

Solidarity with the members of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and those prosecuted for the same case

On October 2nd, 2012, in the last session of the 2nd ‘Halandri case’ trial (with all four defendants absent from the courtroom), Damiano Bolano, Michalis Nikolopoulos and Giorgos Nikolopoulos were each sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment for their participation in the R.O. CCF and 10 years’ imprisonment for each of four acts of fabrication, supply and possession of explosives. They were also convicted of simple complicity by instigation, and thereby each sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment for each of three explosions by unknown perpetrators which emanated danger to things and people. To sum up, each received 68 years’ imprisonment. Each sentence was merged into 34 years, but the maximum prison term is 25 years, which are typically served either as a full sentence (or by day wages in prisons), or after the completion of 3/5 of the prison term, when a prisoner can be granted conditional release under specific conditions.

Christos Tsakalos was sentenced to 7 years’ imprisonment for his participation in the R.O. CCF. On 3/10 he released a statement (in English here), explaining that he refuses to accept any judicial discrimination between him and his CCF comrades, and thus throws his ‘softer’ conviction back in the judges’ faces.

The court also ruled that Damiano Bolano (comrade of Albanian origin) must be deported from Greece after serving his prison term.

For all four comrades, the judges’ decision provided for five years’ deprivation of political rights and non-suspensive effect of appeal.

English summaries of all trial sessions here.

Another CCF case trial begins on Monday, October 8th, 2012 to cover four separate accusatory briefs: the sending of incendiary parcels on November 1st, 2010 (claimed by the R.O. CCF), the arrests made during the December 4th, 2010 antiterrorist operation, the arrests made in Volos in March 14th, 2011, and the May 18th, 2011 shootout with police in Pefki (Athens). Nineteen people are facing charges, among whom are the nine imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF, imprisoned anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos, four anarchists arrested on December 4th, 2010 (Stella Antoniou, released with precautionary measures since June 2012, as well as the imprisoned comrades Giorgos Karagiannidis, Alexandros Mitroussias and Kostas Sakkas), Konstantinos Papadopoulos (released under restrictive terms since March 2011, after being caught in Athens on the same day as the five CCF members in Volos), and the two fugitive comrades Yannis Michailidis and Dimitris Politis. In addition, anarchists Christos Politis and Dimitris Michail are prosecuted on misdemeanor charges.

In the UK, Chile and Greece, Black International Editions released the brochure Mapping the Fire – International Words of Solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire as an act of solidarity and confrontation to this court process (in Greek, English and Spanish).

Greece: Solidarity calls for the R.O. CCF and anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos – Brief update on Olga Ekonomidou

The poster reads:

On June 27th, 2012, the members of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos will stand trial charged with ‘incitement to criminal acts’, according to the provisions of Article 184 of the Greek Penal Code.

The indictment refers to three different texts—of which one does not even belong to those implicated in this prosecution–that repeat the phrase ‘NOT 1 MILLIMETRE BACK; 9MMs IN COPS’ HEADS.’

Beyond the ferocity with which the prosecutorial authorities tackle whatever has to do with this organization, and despite the minor penal significance of the specific criminal prosecution compared to the orgy of repression in the CCF case… this particular trial is of enormous political importance as it paves the way wide open for the criminalization of expression and the oppression of freedom of speech. And it is the road to hell paved with the worst intentions.

Not one step back
Thousands of steps forward against the Power and its expressers

SOLIDARITY WITH THE R.O. CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE
AND ANARCHIST THEOFILOS MAVROPOULOS

ATHENS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27th, 2012
Concentration at Evelpidon courts, at 9am

Assembly of solidarity to imprisoned and prosecuted fighters/Athens

Assembly of solidarity with the R.O. CCF and those prosecuted for the same case/Athens

Mytilini solidarity assembly/Lesvos

Anarchists’ initiative on Zakynthos

Anarchists’ initiative from Cyclades

Self-managed hangout at the University of Piraeus

Kouvelou Mansion squat/Attica

Rabids’ space at the Law School/Athens

Ioannina solidarity assembly

Assembly for the solidarity to imprisoned and prosecuted fighters/Volos

Anarchist solidaritarians from Patras

Comrades from the Self-managed hangout at the Polytechnic School/Athens

Kavala Autonomous Hangout
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The aforementioned Article 184 provides that ‘Whoever publicly in any manner incites or stimulates [sic] another to commit a felony or misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment up to three years.’

Ironically or not, the Revolutionary Struggle case trial was adjourned to the same day, Wednesday, June 27th, and will take place in the courts-martial of Koridallos women’s prisons as always, almost on the other side of the city.

It must be noted that Olga Ekonomidou, one of the imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF, has been in disciplinary/solitary confinement since May 4th, 2012, in Diavata prisons (near Thessaloniki).

On June 22nd, in Athens, during a trial session of the second ‘Halandri case’ Damiano Bolano (in writing, since he didn’t attend the trial in person), Christos Tsakalos, Giorgos and Michalis Nikolopoulos once again pushed for the trial’s suspension because their comrade and sister Olga Ekonomidou was still in a solitary confinement cell, after 50 consecutive days! There, in the courts-martial of Koridallos women’s prisons, after the insistence of the ‘defendants’ it became known that the Central Committee of Prison Transfers of the ministry of Justice had recently convened to discuss the motion filed by Olga’s counsel Frangiskos Ragousis. The presiding judge himself contacted the ministry of Justice to ascertain the committee’s decision, and then announced that Olga’s request had been accepted; thus, he demanded to proceed with the trial. However, the comrades refused the presiding judge’s demand, stating that Olga’s transfer from Diavata prisons back to Eleonas–Thebes prisons wasn’t yet implemented in practice. Indeed, the second ‘Halandri case’ trial was adjourned to Friday, June 29th (updates will follow here).

Despite this prison torture, Olga Ekonomidou is to stand trial at Evelpidon courts in Athens on June 27th, next to her brothers. We will update you further on her situation.

Here follows a call by the solidarity assembly for the CCF case, translated by boubourAs/Act for freedom now!

Greece: Concerning the continuous prosecutions against the CCF members and those accused in the same case

Greek prisons: Update on comrades’ hunger strikes (ongoing)

Ten comrades conduct hunger strike to date, namely the prisoner Spyros Dravilas, eight of the 9 CCF imprisoned members, as well as the anarchist revolutionary Theofilos Mavropoulos.

you may read previous updates: i, ii, iii

SOLIDARITY WITH THE ARMED GUERRILLAS

Olga Ekonomidou announces beginning of hunger strike as of 30/4:

One year and one month in prison for me.

You never forget the date of your arrest. It is a hub of forced change. It was the point where it looked like you were leaving a home, plans, equipment, ideas for actions, your strategy.

At that moment we were turned into captives of the State, and now kilometers of distance separate my comrades and I, sometimes few and sometimes many. In this brief period of imprisonment, our vindictive consecutive prison transfers seemingly impede the communication between us, and time has allied with the Power, in order to make us feel isolated. But this is not the case in reality.

What we left behind in that home were only the expendable materials, those that you easily replace with others. We constantly carry the rest in our minds and hearts, the plans, the ideas, the strategy, the emotions, the moments, more advanced, more prepared for battle. The distance and the time are of no importance; they are relative terms.

For me, it’s like I was sitting just yesterday at the same table with the rest of my comrades and conspiring against our next target. When we shared the same desire to attack the values ​​and ideals of this authoritarian rotten world, we agreed that we will go on until the end; that we do not abandon one another, and do not retreat. The need of one of us becomes a decision for the rest of us.

On April 8th the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire decided to launch a hunger strike, demanding the definite transfer of Gerasimos Tsakalos and Panagiotis Argirou from Domokos prisons, as well as the cessation of vengeful prison transfers for the remaining members of the organization. The three of my comrades are currently on the fourth week of hunger strike, so the first serious health consequences have already occurred. And time passes by…

In the context of the predetermined strategy for beginning of hunger strike by each of us, on Monday, April 30th, I also begin hunger strike, and I fight to the end by decision.

FOREVER IN BATTLE

Olga Ekonomidou
Member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
Eleonas–Thebes women’s prisons

Greek prisons: More updates on comrades’ hunger strikes (ongoing)

FREEDOM TO THE REVOLUTIONARY ANARCHIST THEOFILOS MAVROPOULOS (solidarity banner in Eleftherias Square, before the solidarity demonstration to Koridallos prisons, 27/4)

Nine comrades conduct hunger strike to date, namely the prisoner Spyros Dravilas (since 4/4) and the CCF imprisoned members, anarchists Gerasimos Tsakalos, Panagiotis Argirou, Christos Tsakalos (since 8/4), Damiano Bolano, Haris Hadjimihelakis, Giorgos Polidoros (since 17/4) and Giorgos Nikolopoulos (since 26/4), as well as Theofilos Mavropoulos as of today.

you may read previous updates here and there

Theofilos Mavropoulos announces beginning of hunger strike:

Because, when you attach yourself completely to a goal achievement, it’s certain that you will succeed.

Because, when you throw yourself into the battle to the bitter end, then you’ve already won.

Because comradely anarchist relationships are what we set forth and what we’re fighting for.

And finally,

because dignity knows no compromise

on Saturday 28/4 I begin HUNGER STRIKE as a token of solidarity with the comrades Gerasimos Tsakalos and Panagiotis Argirou, with the goal of achieving their definite transfer from Domokos prisons.

NOTHING LESS THAN EVERYTHING
UNCEASING STRUGGLE TO THE END

Theofilos Mavropoulos
Koridallos prisons, April 28th, 2012

info & more photos from the demo in Koridallos (27/4)

Mytilini (Lesvos Island, 27/4): Solidarity and anti-election short broadcast for the anarchist imprisoned hunger strikers. A solidarity initiative of comrades intervened and interrupted the 21.30hour main news bulletin on the corporate local channel ‘TV Mytilini’, which transmits over Lesvos, Chios, Lemnos islands. The banner reads: ‘STOP STARING – EVERYONE TO THE STREETS!’ The first screened text is by Stella Antoniou. Christos Tsakalos’ voice is heard during the featured audio message. The second screened text is the 9/4 declaration by CCF imprisoned members and Theofilos Mavropoulos, stating they will gradually join the hunger strike. Posters, stickers and banners come from various solidarity actions (from Athens, Thessaloniki, Igoumenitsa, to the city of Mytilini), while listed are indicative solidarity direct actions in Greece and the world.

Greek prisons: A few updates on comrades’ hunger strikes (ongoing)

Eight comrades are on hunger strike to date. You may read previous short notes here

Update, April 27th
In an announcement from Koridallos prisons on their end of hunger strike, the imprisoned anarchists Alexandros Mitroussias, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Kostas Sakkas mention, among others, that ‘we were objectively defeated since none of our requests was met in practice’ and add the following: ‘To those who stood in solidarity with us during our ​​effort, to those who acted at nights, we say that a thankyou does not fit with solidarity but only a raised fist’.

From inside the walls, prisoners in solidarity with the three comrades and Stella Antoniou from five different men’s prisons (2nd wing of Larissa, Alikarnassos, Chios, 2nd wing of Patras, Malandrino) had stated on April 25th: ‘We won’t bend even if they want to exterminate us’.

Kostas Sakkas (26/4) and Giorgos Karagiannidis (27/4) were transferred from the hospitals back in Koridallos prisons. After their joint motion as well as the requests of Stella Antoniou were rejected, Mitroussias, Sakkas and Karagiannidis decided to suspend the hunger strike. They have begun their recovery and remain strong.

Note that the prisoner Spyros Dravilas conducts hunger strike since 4/4, while the CCF imprisoned members, anarchists Gerasimos Tsakalos, Panagiotis Argirou, Christos Tsakalos (since 8/4), Damiano Bolano, Haris Hadjimihelakis, Giorgos Polidoros (since 17/4) and Giorgos Nikolopoulos (since 26/4) are still on hunger strike, too. Until the demand of Gerasimos Tsakalos and Panagiotis Argirou for their definite transfer in Koridallos prisons is granted, the rest of the CCF members are expected to join gradually the hunger strike, along with the anarchist revolutionary Theofilos Mavropoulos.

Solidarity gathering on Friday 27/4 by 6pm at Eleftherias Square in Koridallos, Piraeus (see also i, ii, iii)

As the ‘Assembly of solidarity to the anarchist R.O. CCF and those prosecuted for the same case’ has already explained, the implementation of new arbitrary pretrial detentions against Karagiannidis, Mitroussias, Sakkas only give the Greek judicial mafia the time to prepare, whenever and however they want, indictments for emergency courts-martial —like the special court in Koridallos women’s prisons. On the other hand, anarchists Stella Antoniou, Takis Masouras and Nina Karakatsani have not been ordered to be remanded again (!) but the authorities imposed unprecedented restrictive conditions on them, such as obliging them to stay within the borders of Attica, refusing them entry to universities (so that, obviously, they won’t participate in political processes taking place there) and banning any kind of relationship with their co-accused in the same case.

Stella Antoniou’s motion was denied on 26/4. The comrade was seeking the amendment of specific restrictive conditions imposed on her after the recent prosecutions of the 250 CCF attacks, namely the restrictions concerning the banning of higher education institutes and their forecourt spaces, as well as the lifting of prohibition of communication/contact with the co-accused in the same case. Negative was also the answer to the fifth consecutive application for release on health grounds that Stella had filed since March 8th.

Press release (26/4) on Sakkas, Karagiannidis, Mitroussias by their two defense lawyers who announced, among others, that the appellate judges’ council dismissed the motion filed by the three imprisoned comrades regarding their unjust prosecutions and their latest new pretrial incarcerations; the struggle will go on, inside and outside courts, by the comrades themselves and their supporters.

In Thessaloniki (26/4), late in the evening, a group of comrades made an unannounced intervention in the new city hall; they stormed the city council chamber (at the time, the organizing steps for the Thessaloniki European Youth Capital 2014 were being machinated), chanted slogans such as ‘The passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons’, threw fliers all over the place, shared out leaflets and unfolded two solidarity banners for all revolutionary prisoners on hunger strike.

In Athens (26/4) a group of comrades, who were sharing out texts for the anarchists Sakkas, Mitroussias and Karagiannidis at the Court of Appeals, were bullied by large police forces. The comrades reported the incident with rage and noted that the silencing of anarchists’ hunger strike in Koridallos prisons, the tortures during hunger strike (placing food on a 24hour time base next to hunger strikers), the falsification of medical tests, as well as the particular repressive attempt at the Court of Appeals, which aimed at blocking one of the many solidarity actions across Greece, but also a series of similar incidents show clearly the State’s policy choice. In the current systemic crisis, the mask of democracy has fallen, and the system’s totalitarianism makes overtly its appalling appearance.

In Athens, a PA’s gathering was held in the university campus in Zografou (26/4), which included distribution of thousands of solidarity texts and leaflets, flyposting and chants for all combative imprisoned hunger strikers.

News (26/4) on the health condition of the CCF members who conduct hunger strike for many days, demanding the definitive transfer of Panagiotis Argirou and Gerasimos Tsakalos in Koridallos prisons – On hunger strike since April 8th: Panagiotis Argirou (currently admitted in hospital), Gerasimos Tsakalos and Christos Tsakalos have lost 9, 12 and 13 kilos, respectively. On hunger strike since April 17th: Haris Hadjimihelakis, Giorgos Polidoros and Damiano Bolano have lost 11, 9 and 9 kilos, respectively.

On April 26th the CCF member Panagiotis Argirou was transferred from Koridallos prisons to Elefsina’s Thriassio Hospital, because his health condition was at risk. The comrade continues the hunger strike.

Statement of the CCF imprisoned member Giorgos Nikolopoulos about the beginning of his hunger strike: ‘from April 26th I will also join the hunger strike, until the requirement of our comrades is met.’

In the evening of Wednesday, April 25th, the anarchist Kostas Sakkas was admitted urgently to the ‘hospital’ of Koridallos prisons. A few hours later, the comrade was transferred to Attikon Hospital (hospital on duty). Despite health complications, he continues the hunger strike along with Mitroussias and Karagiannidis (the latter is still in Nikaia hospital), insisting on their demands. Continue reading Greek prisons: A few updates on comrades’ hunger strikes (ongoing)

Athens/Piraeus: Struggle for dignity and freedom inside and outside the walls

The poster reads:

Struggle for dignity and freedom inside and outside the walls

From April 6th the comrades Giorgos Karagiannidis, Alexandros Mitroussias, Kostas Sakkas are on hunger strike demanding: i) the lifting of the arbitrary and vengeful pretrial detentions imposed on them by the Inquisitors Mokkas and Baltas after their “apology” about the 250 incendiary and bombing attacks for which the R.O. CCF has claimed responsibility; ii) the immediate release of their co-defendant Stella Antoniou on health grounds.

From Sunday, April 8th, the members of the CCF Imprisoned Cell Gerasimos Tsakalos and Panagiotis Argirou are on hunger strike seeking their definite transfer to Koridallos prisons, to stop the repeated vindictive transfers from prison to prison and the physical and psychological wear and tear. In solidarity with their comrades, on hunger strike are also Christos Tsakalos (since 8/4) and Damiano Bolano, Haris Hadjimihelakis, Giorgos Polidoros (since 17/4 –and Giorgos Nikolopoulos joined the hunger strike on 26/4). Until their comrades’ requests are met for the definite transfer in Koridallos, the rest of the R.O. CCF members will join the hunger strike, too, along with the anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos.

IMMEDIATE FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUESTS OF OUR COMRADES HUNGER STRIKERS

Until we are all free

Solidarity demo FRIDAY 27/4, 18.00, Eleftherias Square, Koridallos

Assembly of solidarity to the Anarchist Revolutionary Organization
Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and those prosecuted for the same case

Athens/Piraeus: Solidarity demo on Friday, April 27th, outside Koridallos prisons

‘war to the bitter end … our release from prison
shall be done by ourselves and our comrades’

Christos Tsakalos, April 18th (radio98fm recording)

Immediate fulfillment of the demands set forth by the anarchist hunger strikers in Koridallos prisons

Kostas Sakkas, Alexandros Mitroussias, Giorgos Karagiannidis, who are on hunger strike since 6/4/12 demanding the immediate release of anarchist Stella Antoniou on health grounds, as well as the lifting of their new pretrial incarcerations; the comrades are accused of the 250 actions claimed by the R.O. CCF, although they deny having any participation in the organization …

CCF members Gerasimos Tsakalos, Panagiotis Argirou, who are on hunger strike since 8/4/12 demanding their final transfer from Domokos prisons to Koridallos prisons, where they are at this moment; other CCF members went on hunger strike too, demanding their comrades’ transfer

Freedom to those prosecuted for the CCF case
Struggle for dignity and freedom inside and outside the prisons

DEMO on Friday, 27/4/12, at 6pm in Eleftherias Square, Koridallos

Assembly of solidarity to imprisoned and prosecuted fighters
safa.espiv.net

Greece: Solidarity poster for imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF (8th day of hunger strike)

[…Everyone chooses with their own free will, made of obstacles to tear down, or of compromises to accept. Without being stopped by any ‘social container’, the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire disrupts and destabilizes the existent of reactionary quietism. And it does so even in the so-called anarchist movement at all latitudes, paving the ‘way’ but not instructing anything, because it ‘wants nothing’… This way, a new form of anti-social and nihilist guerrilla warfare bursts forth that does not accept to be stored in a stereotype of faux revolutionary sentiment by the pedantic academic professors of official anarchism and the devotees of militantism as if it were an end in itself. A guerrilla that determines in a revolutionary context its own destructive propulsion and ‘drops’ any concept of social…]
Federico Buono

RespectHonourSolidarity for the revolutionary combatants of the new urban guerrilla, proud members of the Anarchist Revolutionary Organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

Solidarity with the hunger strikers Gerasimos Tsakalos, Panagiotis Argirou, Christos Tsakalos, who continue with consistency and determination their polymorphous struggle against the civilization of Power and its minions, despite the condition of incarceration. Comrades, hold strong till freedom!

Athens: CCF imprisoned member Christos Tsakalos goes on hunger strike from April 8th

When one does not die for the other, then we are already dead’
[Tasos Livaditis]

I am not a humanist and therefore will not talk like a humanist. I place myself on the side of the anarchists of praxis. In the battle for a free life without leaders and minions, often a price to pay is the prison. This price has been imposed on me a year ago, since I am imprisoned–CAPTIVE by the State. Captive but not defeated; because for me, as an anarchist urban guerrilla, prison is a temporary stop but never the terminal. During this whole year, I did not allow prison to tame or to ‘correct’ me, or to subdue my body and my memory through the dead repetition of the time-jailer.

From the very first moment, however, a ceaseless psychological warfare and a special detention regime were launched against all comrades who participate in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

Personally, I was led to Grevena prisons, initially ‘placed’ in a protection ward (where I refused to stay and so I was removed), while I have been moved more than 20 times with emergency transfers — with special bulletproof trucks, ΕΚΑΜ (special suppressive antiterrorist units), antiterrorism task forces, special units for prison transfers — during which I was held in the disciplinary ward of Diavata prisons and in Thessaloniki prison transfers department, each time with a twenty member police unit for ‘personal’ custody.

The truth is that I did not expect anything less from the adversary. Once we declared war against the State and its society, we knew the cost of our actions, and we remain unrepentant in our choices. This does not mean, though, that we will remain with folded hands. We owe ourselves one more fight… until the next one.

Thus, I refuse to put life in parentheses. Here, inside the prison, in the land of shadows I remain at loggerheads with the existent, its uniforms and subordinates. In this battle, without risking your life you are not even able to live your life with passion. In nowadays massive society of the State there is neither risk, nor passion. There is only fear and routine. Most people are frightened and alone; but never alive.

When one does not die for the other, then we are already dead. So, today, Sunday, April 8th, I begin hunger strike in factual solidarity with comrades Panagiotis Argirou and Gerasimos Tsakalos, who are carrying out a hunger strike demanding their transfer in Koridallos prisons and the permanent cessation of vengeful transfers from one prison to another. Remaining consistent in our words and choices as Conspiracy, this move is also a first gesture towards the creation of a political collective for symbiosis in prisons.

So, now that the [Easter] holidays are coming, now that everyone does their shopping, or cheats their poverty, in decorated streets and shop windows, we ‘offer’ hunger strike at your festive table. As anyone can understand, the hunger strike is an ultimate means of struggle. It is a battle to the death in slow motion. It is the will to live against resignation and submission. But it is something else as well. It is the mirror of society’s guilt. It is the mirror that reveals society’s silences. It is the mirror of indifference, the mirror of empty values, the mirror of resignation, the mirror of fear, the mirror of the lonely crowd… Behind the mirror there is LIFE. It is enough to break the mirror.

PS. During this same period, a hunger strike is conducted for the release of the anarchist Stella Antoniou and the termination of prosecution proceedings regarding the 250 incendiary and explosive attacks for which the CCF has claimed political responsibility, against individuals who have no association with the Conspiracy.

My support to the above requests is more than obvious.

FOR THE DIFFUSION OF FAI/IRF

FOR THE DISSEMINATION OF THE BLACK INTERNATIONAL
OF ANARCHISTS OF PRAXIS

Christos Tsakalos
Member of the imprisoned cell of CCF/FAI

source

Athens: Imprisoned and pretrial detainees anarchists are summoned concerning the 250 actions of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

Wednesday, March 14th, at 19.00, Athens Polytechnic School: third assembly for further discussion on the new political prosecutions concerning older actions against comrades who have been convicted or are accused for the CCF case.

At a time when the people are groaning under the unbearable economic poverty and misery that have been imposed by the local agents of the big bosses of the global capitalist system, and have not yet recovered from the shock caused by multiple blows, at this moment of turmoil like a sneaky wolf the State — aided by its most powerful crutches, the cops and the judges — seizes motive and opportunity to close definitely and irrevocably its accounts with a long-standing enemy: the anarchist combatants who have the courage to fight back in every possible dynamic way, and to defy the — overtly nowadays — fascist dominance of the system.

Thus, taking advantage of the general panic that pervades most people, the authorities are prepared to bury anarchist fighters under tons of cement, super-long prison sentences, prosecutions and generalized repression.

Obeying this frenzy that exceeds hysteria, the state authorities:

– handed out a total of 137 years of imprisonment to those accused for the CCF case,

– they are stalling for many months now, with provocative and unacceptable pretenses, the sessions regarding the obviously justified motion of Panagiotis Masouras and Konstantina Karakatsani for suspended execution of their sentences,

– they arrest demonstrators, pillorying them by releasing their photos and details, and they send them straight to prison, in order to stifle protests,

– they systematically reject, with Mussolinian arrogance and criminal indifference, the repeated applications for release of Stella Antoniou on very serious health grounds,

– and the past few days (using the ‘unbeatable duo’ of the obscurest persecution, the interrogators Baltas and Mokkas) they are preparing to attribute to all combatants, who were captured since November 2010 to date, tons of additional charges related with the total of 250 attacks of CCF, regardless if comrades are members of the specific organization or deny their participation in it.

So, from Monday, March 12th, 2012, all fighters who are imprisoned or pretrial detainees accused for the CCF case are called to appear in the Court of Appeals in Athens, after having been summoned.

In particular, 16 comrades (along with 2 fugitives) accused of involvement in the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, either having claimed responsibility for their participation in CCF or having denied any relation with the organization, have been summoned to appear before the interrogators’ duo Baltas and Mokkas as defendants for about 250 actions for which the CCF has claimed political responsibility with communiqués since 2008.

Given this situation of deep junta, if we do not react, with demonstrations, gatherings and all possible means, tomorrow we may find ourselves in the same exact position with those who are prosecuted today. A heinous crime is being prepared against us all; we should not allow their plans to come to pass!

Immediate release of Stella Antoniou

No prosecution with retroactive charges
based on collective responsibility and moral instigation

Freedom for all imprisoned anarchist fighters,
hostages of social war

Dates on which comrades appear in the Court of Appeals,
Loukareos Street (in the 7th floor, at 9am), Athens

[dates will be updated here, after postponements, etc. since 13/3]

Monday, April 2nd – Stella Antoniou

Tuesday, April 3rd – Christos Tsakalos, Theofilos Mavropoulos, Michalis Nikolopoulos

Thursday, April 5th – Olga Ekonomidou, Giorgos Polidoros, Alexandros Mitroussias, Kostas Sakkas

Friday, April 6th – Takis Masouras, Giorgos Karagiannidis

Monday, April 9th – Nina Karakatsani

Tuesday, April 10th – Haris Hadjimihelakis, Damiano Bolano, Giorgos Nikolopoulos

Wednesday, April 11th – Gerasimos Tsakalos, Panagiotis Argirou

sources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

On March 19th Panagiotis ‘Takis’ Masouras was released from Koridallos prisons, since the motion for suspended execution of his sentence was finally accepted. Freedom now to all!

Athens: Declaration by CCF member Christos Tsakalos during the 6th trial session in the second ‘Halandri case’ (1-2/2012)

According to your court indictment, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire is a terrorist organization. But words were never, nor are or will ever be neutral. Words acquire the meaning given by the person who uses them. We do not speak the language of the judges and prosecutors. We speak the language of the hunted who have refused the victim’s role, the wanted who have not handed themselves in to the authorities, the prisoners who have not caged their will for freedom, the anarchists who have never kneeled in front of Power. Solidarity, Dignity, Urban Guerrilla Warfare, Anarchy, these are our words, that we unleash as an insult against your system.

Yes, that’s right, we are anarchist urban guerrillas and proud to participate in the rebellion of our desires, under the name Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

For you, who stand behind your judicial benches, we are terrorists because your soul is a scared shade which only feels safe behind cops and in the books of your dead laws.

We are terrorists against your interests and your Power. Life, physical integrity, safety and property of the judicial clique, the political authority, the oligarchy of the wealthy and the bosses are being targeted by both us and our unarrested comrades.

However, a different terrorism is hovering above the lives of most people. Terrorism is the endless queues in a tax office, in public organizations, in banks. Terrorism is the bosses’ orders to their staff. Terrorism is the heavy hand of the police landing on minor delinquents and poor devils. The worst terrorism, though, is the TERRIFYING ascertainment that no person raises its head. Terrorism is the silence and passivity. Terrorism is the fact that no person undertakes its own life.

We have also seen your terrorism; the terrorism of justice. We have seen tens of prison inmates returning from your courts, having an empty gaze and their lives burdened with several decades in prison. We have seen friends and relatives collapsing from your ‘just’ decisions.

We have seen your expressionless faces and your well-fed bellies fitting into your expensive and armored cars. We have heard and know your hefty salaries and your secret, under-the-table agreements that are of service to your valued buddies, the big publishers, the industrialists and your political supervisors. How many centuries in prison have you truly dished out throughout your career in order to serve a system which itself generates, through exploitation and oppression, those who you consider criminals?

Hence, outside of the books of your laws, if someone wants to seek the meaning of terrorism in real life, where the scared today dreads the threatening tomorrow that’s yet to come, you yourselves and the Power are the terrorists.

As for our terrorism, it is the human will for freedom and anarchy. Apparently, you dread this will, so you vote new terror laws, you establish exceptional courts-martial, you take special security measures, you do not allow us to talk to our relatives and companions during trial recesses, and even when you take us to the detention rooms, ten metres from your court room which is built inside the prison, you handcuff us. This means that you are really scared. This is an honour and pleasure for us, because it shows that a group of people, a circle of anarchist of praxis can terrify an entire State. This shows that, away from the silence and passivity of the mass, the will of only a few people is sufficient for your system to be crushed.

You should know that there are several insubordinate individualities living self-exiled from your society, who prepare and arm themselves, while they collectivize their own desires to overthrow the history of servants and their masters. That’s when you will really sense the concept of anarchist tromocracy; an anarchist tromocracy which is expressed with fire on banks, ministries, police stations; exploded with bombs outside luxurious villas of wealthy people, courthouses, multinational companies and industries of nature and animal exploitation; written with bullets fired on the dictators of our life and freedom; spoken inside court rooms by the mouths of prisoners of war, such as we who are not scared of your convictions and your prisons. This is the anarchist tromocracy. Thus, revise your indictment and add in your documents that CCF is an anarchist terrorist organization.

And all of us, who participate in this organization, are proud to be its members, and our rage is an axe over your heads that’s spinning… spinning… spinning…

source (read also summary of Days 5 & 6)

Athens: Political statement of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

Anarchists’ solidarity banner at the university in Florina (December 15th): ‘The passion for freedom will crush all prison cells – Solidarity with those who attempted to break the incarceration’

Second trial of the ‘Halandri case’ – Day 2, December 20th, 2011
Special court of Koridallos women’s prisons

Before the hearing was adjourned, the four defendants made a statement. Christos Tsakalos read it after explaining that, ‘We want to read a political statement in regard to the facts of our recent attempted escape from Koridallos prisons. Initially, the issue may seem irrelevant to the court’s case, nevertheless it has a direct relation, for a specific reason. This attempt of ours not only conveyed a message to Koridallos prisons and the entire prison system in general, but also to this court.’

The full text of the statement, a copy of which was filed in the court records, is as follows:

POLITICAL STATEMENT of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

This statement is made to clarify and publicly state our position in relation to our recent attempted escape from prison.

The fact that we are captives in the prison cells of democracy does not mean that we accept for a moment our position either as prisoners or as defendants before the civil court-martial that you have set up against us. There will never be either a prison guard to lock up our soul or a judge to rule on our values. We are eternal enemies of law and order and eternal prison breakers. Continue reading Athens: Political statement of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

New transfer of a member of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

On August 9th, Giorgos Polidoros was moved in handcuffs from Corfu closed prison to Grevena general detention facility, in a disciplinary transfer. At first the jailers of Grevena prison attempted a full body pat-down while the comrade was still handcuffed. He resisted, and the jailers were forced to back off, but they charged him with a new disciplinary offense of insubordination.

Currently he is confined in the prison’s guardhouse. After an intervention by both him and the inmates from E2 wing (where comrade Christos Tsakalos is incarcerated), the prison service and the sergeant Yannis Ramogiannis committed themselves to move Giorgos Polidoros after the disciplinary penalty’s end (he’s punished for five days) in the particular wing. We are following the case…

Comrades in solidarity
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

For better and more direct communication with the prisoners–members of the R.O. CCF a post office box has been opened:
Τ.Θ. 51076, Τ.Κ. 14510, Nea Kifissia, Athens–Greece

Text by the members of the R.O. CCF Christos Tsakalos and Giorgos Nikolopoulos in relation to the summons they received for the inflammatory parcel that was sent to Berlusconi

‘Through the sadness of endless mediocrity that suffocates us from everywhere, I console myself that somewhere in a closet several stubborn people struggle to counteract the spoilage.’ [Odysseas Elytis]

We are summoned to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office of Bologna, Italy, on June 28th in order to participate in a preliminary investigation in regard to the ‘punishable offense under Articles 110, 280 of the Criminal Code (attempt with terrorist and subversive purposes)’ of the inflammatory parcel’s postage addressed to Silvio Berlusconi. Moreover, according to the official notification of the Prosecutor’s Office that was delivered to us via fax in the prisons in which we are detained, Berlusconi himself is called to attend the process as ‘victim of the punishable offense.’

Furthermore, the Digos (General Investigations and Special Operations Division) is authorized to disclose the present statute. Obviously, we face a transnational upgrade of repression since this manipulative approach offers the probability of extradition of imprisoned urban guerillas to another state. Besides, the cover-up provided by the Greek authorities to the Italian services is not incidental as this specific document of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bologna was concealed and hidden from public display; a move that validates once more the police and judicial authorities’ cooperation between Greece and Italy, in their fight against the anarchist internal enemy. We have witnessed this in the past, through the representatives’ meetings of the Greek, Italian and Spanish police which aimed at the establishment of the anarchist triangle theorem (Greece, Italy, Spain); it was also confirmed through the method of the Italian prosecutor Marini — dozens of Italian insurrectionary anarchists’ arrests on the pretext of the non-existent ‘Revolutionary Organization of Anarchist Insurrectionists’ (ORAI) — and its Greek version copied by the appellate investigating magistrates Baltas and Mokkas, and now through the summons that we received by the Prosecutor’s Office of Bologna. We do not forget the recent case of arrest of an immigrant by the Greek authorities after reports in Italian newspapers which presented him as a ‘chief terrorist’ whilst today his relatives denounce that his tracks are missing.

We are convinced that the move of the Italian police and judicial authorities with the assistance of their Greek compeers against us is the pinnacle of the international counter-revolutionary war conduct, in line with the widespread suppression against the subversive circles.

Faced with the possibility of extradition to the Italian authorities we will never even for a moment fall kneeling in repentance, begging for a favorable treatment before the rival.

We participate consciously in the urban guerrilla warfare and we walk either outside or inside prison walls, having decided to fight until the end. For this reason neither now, nor never will we transform the juridical prosecution against us into cheap mockery about proof of innocence or guilt. What is important is to highlight the counter-revolutionary campaign which the Power has unleashed against the anarchist urban guerrilla warfare and the subversive projects that struggle for the violent overthrow of the financial dictatorship and the culture of submission and exploitation.

We do not have anything to say to our persecutors neither in Greece, nor in Italy but three words: REVOLUTION, REVOLUTION, REVOLUTION

After all, we are aware of the Italian fascist public prosecutions and police services. In our minds and hearts the comrades murdered by the Italian State, Edoardo Massari, Sole (Maria Soledad Rosas), Carlo Giuliani, Horst Fantazzini, are forever alive and free; while our solidarity as a fist that breaks prison bars stands next to Silvia, Billy and Costa who are imprisoned in Switzerland — with the Italian State’s taking part in the investigations — and Anna Maria Pistolesi, Martino Trevisan, Stefania Carolei, Nicusor Roman and Maddalena Calore in the Fuoriluogo case.

Finally, we send our friendship and strength to our brothers and sisters in the Italian FAI and to all groups of the International Revolutionary Front–Informal Anarchist Federation, as well as to the Revolutionary Groups for the Spreading of Terror of New CCF; to all those whom revolution is a permanent home, where no other life is possible. Because comrades, when a battle ends it is time to begin the next one.

PS. We stress that we refuse to present before the Italian Prosecutor’s Office; as anarchist urban guerrillas, we do not recognize any authority competent to judge us. We disclose in all directions that abettors of any transfer attempt to Italy via our unexpected ‘abduction’ from the prisons in which we are detained, will be the Greek anti-terrorism agency, juridical officials and the Greek State which cooperates with the Italian authorities.

Christos Tsakalos, Giorgos Nikolopoulos
Members of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
Thursday, June 23th, 2011

source: athens.indymedia.org