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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!

Volos, Greece: June 11th flyposting

In the context of June 11th, international day of solidarity with anarchist prisoners, the Assembly of Anarchists for the Solidarity Inside and Outside the Walls pasted large posters across the city of Volos (central Greece).

Click images to read the slogans (in English & Greek).

FROM KORIDALLOS PRISONS IN GREECE, TO THE FIES UNITS IN SPAIN; AND FROM FREIBURG PRISON IN GERMANY, TO FMC CARSWELL IN THE U.S.; FREEDOM FOR CAPTIVE ANARCHISTS; FIRE TO EVERY PRISON; JUNE 11TH, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH ANARCHIST PRISONERS.

Strength to the imprisoned members of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – No prosecution against relatives of political prisoners – Revolutionary action will walk over Asimina Yfanti [the judge who presides over the CCF escape case trial] and every judge – June 11th, International day of solidarity with anarchist prisoners

via Athens IMC

Zurich: Greek consulate attacked in solidarity with comrades who stand 2nd instance trial in Greece

attack // solidarity greetings

In the night between the 23rd and 24th April, the Greek consulate was attacked in Zurich (Bellerivestrasse 67). The facade was embellished with paint and a waste container burst into flames.

Fire to the prisons and a society that needs them!

If freedom is a crime, let us all turn to crime…

solidarity with all prisoners

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Bucharest, Romania: Solidarity banner with anarchist prisoners accused in the CCF case in Greece

”Solidarity with the 22 anarchists from Greece who are tried for the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire case for their struggle against state and capitalism”

On April 23rd, the day for international solidarity with the anarchist prisoners who are tried for the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire case, a group of comrades hanged a banner in Cișmigiu Park, Bucharest.

in Greek

Saturday 23rd April: Day of solidarity with 22 anarchists that stand trial before the appeals court in Koridallos prison

A few words about the appeal’s trial of 22 anarchists on April 20th 2016

The Conspiracy of Cells of Fire case – the judicial, legal and repressive moves of the State in regard to this anarchist organisation – spreads over a period of 7 years and is still underway.

As of April 20th 2016, after 7 years (since the first arrests in 2009), 22 anarchist comrades stand trial in the second instance in Koridallos prison, Athens. In the CCF appeal’s trial, other cases will be tried as well – dubbed “CCF cases” by the police-judicial complex, to give gigantic proportions to their judicial coup against anarchists.

The appeal’s trial that starts April 20th concerns the following:
i) the Halandri case (three trials in the first instance);
ii) the sending of parcel bombs in November 2010;
iii) the arrests in Nea Smyrni, Athens in December 2010;
iv) the capture of five CCF members in Volos in March 2011;
v) the shootout with police in Pefki, Athens in May 2011; and
vi) the arrests for the double robbery in Velventos, Kozani in February 2013.

In yet another judicial innovation, not only comrades that were tried in first instance as alleged members of the organisation and the CCF members themselves will undergo the same appeal’s trial, but also the six accused in the Velventos robbery case: Nikos Romanos, Yannis Michailidis, Dimitris Politis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (who’ve claimed responsibility for the double robbery), Argyris Ntalios and Fivos Charisis (who’ve denied their involvement). In the first instance, these six comrades were fully acquitted of alleged involvement in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, so their case doesn’t even fall within the infamous 187A “antiterrorist” law.

But the significance of this police-judicial innovation is not just a simple merging of seemingly and practically unrelated cases. If we take a look at the accusatory dossiers, we can easily understand what’s going on and, most of all, why this is happening.

To defend comrades who’ve been captured for their acts and discourse – as the comrades who’ve claimed responsibility for the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – or comrades who’ve been targeted by the State’s repressive operations, is a precondition for continuing and promoting a battle currently underway. In this battle against Power, joint action with comrades who’ve been imprisoned, persecuted or vilified doesn’t only aim at the liberation of hostages and the release of captive comrades from prison. It is, furthermore, a logic of “not leaving anyone behind”, thereby strengthening the integrity of the struggle. So that we fighters bring the prisoners back in our ranks; so that we nourish and intensify the war against the establishment.

A solidarity-based combative stance next to comrades who are incarcerated or prosecuted is yet another field of conflict with the State and its mechanisms.

Solidarity gathering in the courtroom of Koridallos prison
Wednesday 20th April at 9am

International day of solidarity actions with the 22 anarchists that stand trial
Saturday 23rd April

Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners & imprisoned and prosecuted fighters
(Athens, Greece)

call-out in Greek

[Greek prisons] For a new combat position of anarchist insurgency – For a Black December

I hate the individual who bends his body under the weight of an unknown power, of some X, of a god.

I hate, I say, all those who, surrendering to others, out of fear, out of resignation, a part of their power as a man, are not only crushed themselves but crush me, and those I love, under the weight of their frightful cooperation or their idiotic inertia.

I hate, yes, I hate them, for I sense it, I do not bow before the officer’s braid, the mayor’s sash, the capitalist’s gold, moralities or religions; for a long time I have known that all of this is just baubles that can be broken like glass.

— Joseph Albert (Libertad)

There are times in history when the randomness of some events can cause dynamic variables, able to almost entirely paralyse the social space-time.

It was Saturday night, on 06/12/2008, when the culmination of a conflict between two worlds took place in just a few moments. On one hand, the youthful, enthusiastic, spontaneous and impetuous insurrectionary violence; on the other hand, the official state institutional organ that, legitimately, claims the monopoly on violence through repression.

No, it was not about an innocent kid and a paranoid cop found in the wrong place at the wrong time, but a rebellious young comrade who attacked a patrol car, in an area where clashes with the forces of repression were common, and a cop who patrolled the same area and, out of a personal perception about the honour and reputation of the police, decided to confront the troublemakers on his own. It was a conflict between two opposing forces: on one Insurgency, on the other Power, with the main protagonists of this conflict each representing their own sides.

The murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the cop Epameinondas Korkoneas, and the large-scale riots that ensued, caused a powerful, high-tension social electroshock, because the image of “social peace” was shattered and the existence of these two opposing worlds was made visible, in the most manifest way, triggering situations from which there was no easy return, at least not without a creation and manifestation of events whose momentum nobody could any longer pretend they did not notice, they did not see, they did not hear, they did not take into account.

The 2008 rebellion rocked a society that, in its majority, still enjoyed their consumerist bliss and the culture of western lifestyle, and ignored the unbearable consequences of the coming economic crisis. It caused embarrassment, numbness and perceptive paralysis, since the majority of the social body was unable to comprehend whence sprang so many thousands of rioters, who were creating disturbances of such a tension.

In the aftermath of the rebellion, a number of intellectuals, political analysts, professors, sociologists, psychologists, criminologists, and even artists, each taking advantage of their own professional prestige and renown, joined the public debate, not only in order to interpret December ’08, but also to de-signify it by slandering its occurrence and condemning violence altogether, from wherever it may come, making it clear what their real social role is.

There is much more to be said about December ’08 and its insurrectionary heritage, as manifested through the dozens of direct action groups which proliferated explosively across the country, creating a front of internal threat. A period when anarchist direct action undermined the social normalcy almost on a daily basis. But what we want above all is to remember

To remember what December ’08 was and how anarchy, having a leading role, contributed to the manifestation of dynamic situations, which gained resonance in the international anarchist movement.

To remember the time when anarchy overcame the fear of arrest, captivity and violent repression, and therefore acquired a tremendous self-confidence, moving on to actions and gestures that, until then, seemed impossible; a self-confidence which was manifested in the whole range of anarchist polymorphous action, from simple public interventions to all kinds of occupations, and from spontaneous confrontational practices to more organised offensive actions.

We want to remember our young comrade who was guilty of his spontaneity, which he paid with his life. Under other circumstances it might have been us in his place, as the same insurrectionary enthusiasm pervades us since then, and besides, EVERYONE should remember their origins instead of exorcising them.

We want to remember the beauty of paralysing the social space-time through smaller or larger social short circuits.

We want to remember how dangerous anarchy may become, when anarchy wants to…

We want to relive the days when “death shall have no dominion, and dead men naked they shall be one with the man in the wind and the west moon, and they shall break in the sun till the sun breaks down”
(paraphrased verses from a poem by Dylan Thomas).

* * *

This is the way we learn humility.
How many times have people sat
and waited alone in a house
waiting for the comrades
to come back?
The battle is planned
Every minute is accounted for
Every person knows her job
All care has been taken.
Tonight, how many guerrillas are fighting battles?
Tonight, the radio reports
the police are attempting to drive
hundreds of demonstrators back from the streets.
Rocks are flying,
you can hear the chants, the breaking glass,
the sirens behind the nervous newsman’s patter.
Eleven o’clock.
Not done yet.
How many have been done before us?
The line stretches back
through history.
How many are there still to do?

— The Proud Eagle Tribe of the Weather Underground

Starting with a simple observation, that there is an imperative need to draw a strategy with multifaceted anarchist action at its very core, which will collide head-on with Power and its exponents, we are confident that the contribution of yet another theoretical proposal about anarchist organisation would not be fruitful, if it were to stay within the narrow framework of ideological rigidity. If we don’t attempt to defuse our everyday contradictions through acts that will complement the entirety of liberation struggle, we are doomed to drown in the flood of introversion that pervades anarchist circles.

We believe that in order to work out a strategy – the axes of which affinity groups, polymorphous struggle and constant anarchist insurgency will intersect – our strengths, our momentum, our capabilities and our limits should be put to the test in practice. This way we will be able to set down our rationales based on actual experiences of struggle, and not theoretical acrobatics. We live the beginning of the end of the world as we knew it.

The effort of peaceful settlement of social conflicts on the part of the State is a distant past like that of economic prosperity, the models of state interventionism in economy are thrown into a waste bin – since, nowadays, the domination of multinationals and the possibility of the Capital to overcome national borders without restrictions are being institutionalised by the dominant power centres, the historical narrative of nation-states which served the capitalist development for several decades through national economies is collapsing, the technological fascistisation creates infinite possibilities for the management of human emotions, the ever increasing complexity of the social structure destabilises social automatisms and militarises social life within the metropolises, the machines for the digitisation of life de-innervate the complex critical mode of thinking of human beings and create cemeteries of consciousnesses, the images of human horror are being assimilated in social consciousness and cease to create sentiments beyond the feeling of shock.

We are in the process of a qualitative upgrade of the “civilised warfare,” where one’s happiness coexists with the torment of another; within this new environment, the kind of contemporary humans make their appearance, genetically fit to accept a sick way of life as being obvious, in a degenerate world from which all savageness of nature has disappeared due to urban regeneration and the expansive tendencies of the artificial conditions of civilisation. We live among industrial rodents that are living on a controlled diet, in a controlled environment, and are turned into social role models, after whom we must follow in order to survive.

Within this environment, anarchy acquires a strategic possibility to set fire to all forms of political representation, to become a front of open unorthodox war with domination, which will turn the diversity and pluralism of viewpoints within the anarchist community into an advantage and bring the oppressed – those who decide to break the chains of their submission – together at centres of struggle created. Oftentimes the most important observations are said in the simplest way. We want to see the world of Power get destroyed by the armed hands of rebellious men and women. So, we are overcoming the theoretical shapes, and bring the weight of discourse back to square one, to the point where the stone leaves our hand to end up on the head of a cop, the point where we decide to break the shackles of captivity, the point where subversive disposals are combatively manifested in the streets, the point where the hands of a clockwork device are aligned wanting to blow up the murderous fog of the legal order.

Reversing the predetermined dialogue flow, we do not talk in advance about the way in which we shall act but propose a coordination of anarchist action and an informal networking of anarchist projects through the vivifying strength of polymorphous action; we will thus be able to locate our mistakes and weaknesses while we measure our capabilities so as to make a critical assessment, which will form the foundations of our strategy that will favour the frontal anarchist action against all authority.

Our proposal to place the wager of setting up a multifaceted insurrectionary anarchist front is simple; an action campaign by the name ‘Black December’ which will be the detonator for the restart of anarchist insurgency, inside and outside the prisons.

A month of coordinated actions in order to know each other, take to the streets and smash the displays of department stores, occupy schools, universities and city halls, distribute texts that will spread the message of rebellion, place incendiary devices against fascists and bosses, hang banners on air-bridges and main avenues, flood the cities with posters and flyers, blow up houses of politicians, throw Molotov cocktails at the cops, tag the walls with slogans, sabotage the smooth flow of merchandise amid Christmas, loot the displays of abundance, carry out public activities, and exchange experiences and rationales around various topics of struggle.

To meet each other in narrow urban streets, and paint on the ugly buildings of banks, police stations, multinationals, military camps, television studios, courts, churches, charitable corporate groups with ashes.

To deregulate the deadly social regularity of psychotropic drugs, economic suffocation, misery, impoverishment and depression in a thousand ways, regulating our existence to the rhythms of anarchist insurrection, where life takes on meaning; into the ceaseless battle against domination and its representatives. To set fire to the fragile social cohesion and go out into the streets, being the first to strangle the monster of economy before it exterminates us through its bureaucratic mechanisms and its killers in suits who staff the command centres of the economic warfare.

Black December does not seek merely to become some days of rioting; instead, what we want is to create – through multiform and multilevel anarchist action – an informal coordination platform on the basis of which the subversive impulse will be brought together; a primary attempt for an informal coordination of anarchy, beyond the predetermined frameworks, which aspires to build on this particular experience of struggle so as to set both subversive proposals and fighting strategies in motion.

This proposal of ours is simultaneously linked with corresponding legacies of struggle beyond our geographic boundaries; some months ago, in Mexico, a group of comrades attacked the national electoral institute with an explosive device, and called for a polymorphous and dynamic anti-election campaign, for a Black June, which was embraced by a significant part of the anarchist movement. Polling stations and ministries were engulfed in flames, clashes with cops spread in streets of the cities, public gatherings were held, and texts of anarchist propaganda against the elections were handed out. A mosaic of multifaceted activity, with different political references and starting points, by which anarchy responded to the electoral circus of democracy, having as tools the principles of horizontality, informal coordination and constant insurrection; such experiences of struggle, where collective imagination and determination create liberating foci of war on the new order of things, make it clear that there’s a prospect for factual abolition of the well-known pseudo-polarity between legal and illegal, and simultaneously make anarchist projectualities timely through the fires of insurrection.

The wager of subversion remains open; the fate of this proposal lies in the hands of comrades from the whole spectrum of struggle, who will choose whether it’s worth setting it in motion.

“The first night in the cell, thoughts from his free life were traveling in the neurons of his brain at breakneck speed. He knew that captivity is the logical consequence of confrontation with an enemy holding the superior firepower on all levels.

For those who have sabotaged the rail tracks of the train of terror belonging to a social reality that in every possible way exterminates those who are putting it into question, the prison bars will be a reality; but, of course, this doesn’t mean such a reality will be accepted without a fight.

With these thoughts in his head, he closed his eyes and dreamed not what he would like to live outside the walls but the longstanding nightmare of inertia, waiting, and tampering of one’s instincts.

The next morning, facing the monotony of a captive repeated daily routine for the first time, he was already sick of being patient; he had seen it aimlessly traveling through the labyrinths of tolerance in the first signs of a covert cowardice. He locked his hatred in the suitcase of intact emotions next to his love for freedom, and handed the key over to a comrade, asking him to leave it next to the graves of murdered comrades who have fallen in combat with the enemy.

The years passed, and the only thing that prison managed to do to him was fill him with wrath, make him impatient for what is to come, make him look for ways to practice anarchist warfare; he had by then realised that the only feasible alliance is the one with the world of probabilities.

A bunch of probabilities to convince the majority of people in this society that his choice is not something between madness and a deadlock, but enough ones to make it worthwhile to wager on them for the great idea of destruction. The great idea of a head-on collision with the world of shadows and its submissives. The prison door opens, and now he knows what to do; keep the memory alive, leave no space for oblivion, never forget the comrades left behind, pick up the thread of insurgency from where it was interrupted, pour the poison of insubordination into the reproduction networks of the capitalist society.

For lasting anarchist insurgency!

No truce with Power and its puppets!”

For a Black December!

For the anarchist offensive against the world of Power!

PS. December 11th marks two years since our brother Sebastián ‘Angry’ Oversluij lost his life, during an armed bank expropriation in Chile, from gunfire of a uniformed servant of the system. We believe this Black December is a chance to honour the memory of our anarchist brother, unifying anarchist memory and abolishing borders and distances in practice.

Nikos Romanos

Panagiotis Argirou, member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI/IRF

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Greece: More transfers of prisoners to the maximum-security prison in Domokos

Anarchist Nikos Maziotis, member of Revolutionary Struggle, has been incarcerated for four days in the 5th wing of the new type C prison in Domokos.

On January 2nd, 2015, two more prisoners convicted as members of armed revolutionary organizations, anarchist Kostas Gournas (Revolutionary Struggle) and Dimitris Koufontinas (17 November), were transferred from the dungeon cells of Koridallos women’s prison to the maximum-security facility of Domokos. On the same morning, anarchist prisoners Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis, both convicted for armed robbery in Pyrgetos-Larissa as well as for—alleged—participation in an armed revolutionary organization (Conspiracy of Cells of Fire), were also taken from the men’s prison in Koridallos to the type C prison in Domokos. Sarafoudis was moved to Domokos even though, for the present, he is co-accused in Filotas-Florina armed robbery case alongside other comrades, whose trial will continue in the special court of Koridallos prison this January.

Meanwhile, since New Year’s Eve until today, several other prisoners have been transferred to the maximum-security prison in Domokos.

Santiago, Chile: Responsibility claim for bombings in Los Dominicos metro station and the Escuela Militar Subcentro underground gallery

Original communiqué received on September 18th, 2014

“Life is so boring there is nothing to do except spend all our wages on the latest skirt or shirt. Brothers and Sisters, what are your real desires? Sit in the drugstore, look distant, empty, bored, drinking some tasteless coffee? Or perhaps blow it up or burn it down.” (The Angry Brigade)

Our fraction of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) decided to attack the station ‘The Dominicans’ of the Santiago Metro on July 23rd. The deed caused a large-scale political and media frenzy. Bureaucrats and the media coordinated their discourses to say that the attack was aimed at passengers who were traveling at that time, and therefore the use of the antiterrorist law was invoked. This action was planned taking into account the minutes when there would be no passengers, having calculated the moment that the metro would terminate its journey and the carriage would be stored. The driver moved the bag which contained the device to a different wagon of the metro train, under a seat, as in the other place in which it was initially installed; this situation was concealed by the media and agents of the government. We interpret the foregoing as an attempt of the individual to take advantage of the situation, thinking that maybe he’d find valuables inside the bag, but he ran into our surprise, which turned out as expected.

As always, any action tending towards attack will be prosecuted and punished by the economic power of businesspeople or members of the bourgeoisie, by the powers of the State with their laws, judges, politicians and cops. The principal function of the State is to protect the interests of the rich and powerful, of the well-off or benefited from this system of exploitation and domination. The metro transports people every day, acquiring huge profits on a daily basis. They transport us through the city that consumes our energy by its mode of life, in which the exploitation of other people’s work sets the pace. We directly and symbolically attacked structures of Power on its own turf, in Las Condes. Normalcy by which the city operates has been the target and will remain so.

For this very reason we decided to attack the sub-centre of the ‘Military School’ metro station on the 8th of September. A shopping centre of the bourgeoisie, located in Las Condes, where businesspeople make their thing to get themselves established and to commercialize their merchandise which traps people in stupefaction of the spectacle and appearances. The society that walks in this direction is what we attacked. The society of domination that pervades all expressions of life. Let it be known that we made warning call to the 133 emergency number over 10 minutes prior to the detonation, waiting for the police to react by evacuating the place, but they ignored this information detonating the device and causing several injuries, which we lament; we make it clear that our target were not the consumers and/or workers, but the structures, properties and minions of Power. Police incompetence and ineffectiveness contributed toward the damage caused to the injured persons. The greatest assassins and terrorists have always been the repressive apparatuses of the State.

We fraternize with all the comrades throughout the world that confront this reality of domination, and employ all means at hand to attack Power.

We send a greeting to all the comrades who are serving sentences in prisons of the world. Marcelo Villarroel, Freddy Fuentevilla, Carlos Gutiérrez, Juan Aliste Vega, Hans Niemeyer, Tamara Sol Farías, Mónica Caballero, Francisco Solar, Marco Camenisch, Gabriel Pombo da Silva, Alfredo Cospito, Nicola Gai, all the brothers of the CCF around the world, Giorgos Polidoros, Haris Hadjimihelakis, Christos Tsakalos, Gerasimos Tsakalos, Panagiotis Argirou, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Olga Ekonomidou, Damianos Bolano, Theofilos Mavropoulos. We greet all those who serve a prison sentence for confronting any domination in actual practice. We remember all those who have fallen in the social war, Mauricio Morales, Sebastián Oversluij, all those who have dared to act… No one is forgotten.

We make a call to all insurrectionaries to go on the offensive, to attack Power in all its forms of domination

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (Chile)

Greek prisons: Text by anarchist prisoners Alexandros Mitroussias and Giorgos Karagiannidis

freedom for all

‘For sure, contradiction holds lead in our detractors’ criticism. Thus, the alleged “defeat” of claiming responsibility is used at the same time by innocent imprisoned anarchists, and solidarians of theirs, as main alibi for proving that they are not associated with what cops accuse them of (take the trial for the 250 attacks of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire for example, in which other, unrelated individuals are accused along with us). So, if it weren’t for the “defeat” of our choice to claim responsibility, and we had had recourse to vague silence—since there is legally no evidence against us (fingerprints, DNA samples, or recognition by eyewitnesses)—some would probably raise “complaints”…’

The specific excerpt is part of a text of the CCF published on October 15th, 2013. From our side, we would like to clarify any issues raised in this paragraph, in their attempt to create a false impression through fuzzy expressions that exacerbate confusion. First off, it is highly problematic to use the term “solidarians of theirs,” as it is offensive to any comrade who has participated in gestures and initiatives of solidarity with us to be cited as a person in solidarity “belonging to us.” The use of the possessive pronoun is incorrect because it conveys a sense that every prisoner has solidarians exclusively of their own.

Just to be clear, we do not have solidarians “of our own” because we do not think in those terms. Additionally, on no occasion have we ever referred to the prosecutions we face using the legal polarity of innocent and guilty, because it’s a derivative of bourgeois legality, so under no circumstance do we invoke our innocence in a general and vague way for the sole purpose of obtaining more favorable sentences. Courts may convict us, but they cannot judge us; courts may acquit us, but they cannot vindicate us. We have accepted our share of deeds, and we have declared that the weapons found in our possession are not associated with the organization’s activity. For us, our presence in court serves the purpose of exposing the tactics and manipulations by the police and the judges that have resulted in our indictment on the heaviest possible charges, with four different accusatory instruments filed against us so far, with perhaps another forthcoming from the Italian State.

Nevertheless, the CCF insist—either in the courtroom or in writing—to demean us, as well as others, by referring to us as “innocent defendants.” Only concerned can one be about the fact that the polarity of innocence and guilt is embodied in the discourse of a revolutionary organization, a hostile polarity introduced by the state power on which numerous brochures and texts have been written.

In our opinion, the act of claiming responsibility for participation in an organization is not a defeat, nor do we share such a mindset. Either way, no one claims that they are innocent because other anarchists have claimed responsibility for their participation in an organization. It is really an insubstantial position to allege that the responsibility claim of the CCF members is presented as—main, they say!—alibi by those who are accused along with them. Do they allege that, instead of invoking the lack of evidence on the part of the police, we claim that some others are members in order to confront every indictment? This has never happened.

We have remained in prison for almost three years, facing lengthy prison terms and allegations on which we haven’t even been tried in the first instance. Whenever we want to make a public intervention using indymedia, we do not aim to take part in a public arena, but in the context of counter-information. We realize that this particular intervention does not offer anything per se; however, to let an imaginary fact be rendered as true, recounted in a deliberately abstract manner, would only create confusion and allow for insinuations.

Alexandros Mitroussias, Giorgos Karagiannidis
Koridallos prisons, October 22nd, 2013

Athens: Responsibility claim for explosive attack on vehicle of the Koridallos prisons director, in the district of Dafni, on June 7th, 2013

PHOENIX PROJECT
Freedom for anarchists of praxis incarcerated in Italy

i. ‘Return of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire from the ashes’

Only in those moments when our tension for freedom is rejoined with practice do we truly manage to live anarchy, here and now. Unfortunately the dream we carry in our hearts is too great to avoid the risk of finding ourselves up against the monstrous wall of authority raised in defense of the State and Capital. When we really put our life in play, inevitably we end up confronting the hardness there is in the struggle: death and prison.
Nicola Gai, Italian comrade accused in the Olga Cell-FAI case [May 2013]

The Conspiracy of Cells of Fire-FAI/IRF in collaboration with comrades from the Consciousness Gangs, honouring our old and timeless friendship, blew up the private car of the female director of Koridallos men’s prisons, Maria Stefi, as a display of genuine solidarity with our ten imprisoned brothers and sister, Giorgos P., Olga, Gerasimos, Christos, Michalis, Giorgos, Haris, Theofilos, Panagiotis, Damiano, that have taken responsibility for their participation in the Conspiracy.

After almost two years of silence throughout the Greek territory, the CCF returns. Maintaining a common front with the Consciousness Gangs, the FAI cells (‘Antifascist Front’, ‘Unscathed Cell of Vengeance’, ‘Lone Wolf Cell’, etc.) and the Sect of Revolutionaries, we support and strengthen the international conspiracy of the Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front.

The bomb we placed at the vehicle of the director of Koridallos prisons is the first drops before the storm. Or, as it was written in the last communiqué by the CCF against the Greek minister of Justice… Continue reading Athens: Responsibility claim for explosive attack on vehicle of the Koridallos prisons director, in the district of Dafni, on June 7th, 2013

Komotini, Northern Greece: Arson attack on a government building

In the early hours of Sunday, May 26th the administrative offices of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace region, in the city of Komotini, were attacked with molotov cocktails.

This was a minimal display of rage against the State, its minions, and every authoritarian structure that, everyday, bring us closer to totalitarianism and enslavement.

The attack was a response to the rotten political system that is terrorizing us on a daily basis. Terrorizing us with imprisonment for those who resist, with taxes, with salaries and pensions that one can barely live from, with the violent repression of strikes and demos, with fascist–parastatal gangs acting unmolested, covering their real faces with democratic masks, so as to guarantee the continuation of domination and exploitation whenever Power and cops can’t finish the job.

We do not demand better terms of slavery; instead we fight for the complete destruction of Power.

We proclaim ourselves refusers of this society and the miserable life offered to us, so we are going on the offensive.

We also send a message to the judges and the State: our comrades, who spend their days and nights in the cages of democracy and Capital that you call “correctional institutions”, ARE NOT ALONE.

Solidarity with the anarchist R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, and all imprisoned fighters! Freedom for everyone in prison cells!

Destructive Consciousnesses

Athens: New trial against the anarchist revolutionary organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

On the 5th of April 2013 begins yet another court-martial inside the women’s prisons in Koridallos on the case of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (recall that already a third CCF trial is underway on the incendiary package mailings, etc.).

This new proceeding deals with the 250 bombings and arsons of the organization (among others, the attacks on the Golden Dawn’s offices, the Athens Administrative Court, and Koridallos prisons).

A total of 18 comrades will stand trial this time: the 9 admitted members of the R.O. CCF, Theofilos Mavropoulos, Yannis Michailidis, Dimitris Politis, Konstantina Karakatsani, Panagiotis Masouras, Stella Antoniou, Alexandros Mitroussias, Kostas Sakkas and Giorgos Karagiannidis.

Our support to all the comrades is nonnegotiable, and our presence in court is required.

Meeting for organizing a solidarity rally at Koridallos prison court
on Tuesday, March 26th at 19.00pm in the Athens Polytechnic School

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

London: ‘Greek Solidarity Night’ & Belarus ABC Infotalk this week

Click on photo to read details on the Belarusian ABC Infotour 2013

Events at Eileen House, 80-94 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6EF. Or, if we are evicted, then Library St Community Centre, 44-50 Lancaster Street.

Wednesday, March 6th, 8pm: ‘Greek Solidarity Night’

Talk & discussion on insurrectionary activity in Greece such as Conspiracy Cells of Fire and Revolutionary Struggle, related court cases and prisoner struggles, as well as the recent repression against Villa Amalias, Skaramaga and Lelas Karagianni 37 and other squats. Possible film screening to follow.

See links for more info: i, ii, iii

Krakow: Banners of solidarity with the Cells of Fire (on trial in Greece), and Sonja and Christian (on trial in Germany)

Some of our comrades from the counter-information portal Grecja W Ogniu (‘Greece on Fire’) in Poland raised banners on the streets of Krakow, declaring ‘love, strength and solidarity’ with anarchist political prisoners in Germany, Greece, Chile, Italy and Mexico…

Freedom for revolutionary fighters Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger, prosecuted by the German State for the attack on the nuclear industry
Strength, love and solidarity with arsonists taken hostage by the system in Italy, Greece, Mexico, Chile
Solidarity and freedom to revolutionary anarchists of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (FAI/IRF) and Theofilos Mavropoulos

Greece: Update about the four comrades arrested on 1.2.2013, accused in bank robbery case

On February 3rd anarchists Dimitris Politis and Yannis Michailidis were taken to the prosecutor in the Athens court of appeals in regard to warrants against them about the CCF case. On February 4th they were brought to Koridallos special court during the 25th CCF trial session. Both were remanded in Koridallos prison, where members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire are imprisoned as well.

Since February 5th, all four comrades accused in the Velventos–Kozani bank robbery case, namely Dimitris Politis, Yannis Michailidis, Nikos Romanos and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (the latter two have not been officially remanded as of yet) were transferred to Kozani, where on the 6th they will undergo another hearing at the local courthouse.

Greece: Anarchists Dimitris Politis and Yannis Michailidis arrested

According to a report on Indymedia Athens, comrades Yannis Michailidis and Dimitris Politis were arrested by police along with two other persons.

Arrest warrants had been issued against both comrades for alleged participation in the anarchist revolutionary organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

The arrests were made in the morning of February 1st, 2013, and now the cops attempt to link the arrestees to two armed bank robberies in the wider area of Kozani (northern Greece).

All four hostages were severely beaten by the cops. In a corporate video from the courthouse in Kozani, comrades are heard shouting:

“Long live anarchy! Long live anarchy, you scumbags!”

“Long live anarchy! Cops, judges, politicians, you have no reason to sleep calm. We lost a battle but not the war! – Fuck off!”

Strength to the comrades that were kidnapped by the State!

Ghent, Belgium: A night of solidarity and information for Marco Camenisch

Marco Camenisch is an ecoanarchist/activist that’s already in prison for 21 years, first in Italy, now in Switzerland.

He still holds on to his ideals and never conformed to the rules of prison system. We think he deserves our solidarity (the money raised goes to local comrades in struggle).

BABBOO THEATER (from Amsterdam, NL)
and people’s kitchen with music from Iron Allah

Tuesday the 5th of February at 7pm, Bakunins pogo bar
(Kortrijksepoortstraat 215)

Entrance and food: free donation

‘What happens when you discover you have an INNER ANIMAL SIDE? Ask the horrible Babboo, he knows.’ Revolutionary, emancipated, explosive (text and mise en scene by Alessandro Seul).

PS: In the corner next to the CCF symbol it reads: ‘Solidarity with members of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and their co-accused.’

Arm yourselves… until Marco is free!

Athens: One more person arrested and accused of participation in the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

Solidarian comrades report that on January 11th, 2013 a 25-year-old woman was arrested for participation in the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire —that is, according to the allegations and scenarios of the Greek antiterrorist unit. Furthermore, she is accused of unlawful receipt, possession, transportation and concealment of firearms. The regime’s media were immediately ordered by the police to spread that her genetic material was supposedly traced on weapons which were found buried in the Polytechnic University campus in Zografou in November 2011 (the 29-year-old man who was arrested just a few days ago is also threatened with the same charges).

NO ONE FACING PROSECUTION IS ALONE
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON

Update, January 23rd: It was confirmed that both arrestees have not been remanded in custody. However, they received restrictive terms and await trial.

Corinth, Greece: Another person arrested and accused of participation in the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

According to a report by solidarians, on January 9th, 2013 a 29-year-old man was arrested in the city of Corinth for participation in the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. What the authorities displayed/discovered as incriminating evidence was an alleged fingerprint found in the house of Volos two years ago and, moreover, on a mobile object! The 29-year-old man will be examined by a special investigator on January 10th.

NO PROSECUTED MUST BE LEFT ALONE; SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON.

Toluca, Mexico: Double bombing attack against a branch of the Banorte bank and a bill payment office of the Telmex telecommunications company

We are all Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. The CCF is not an organization or just another group. On the contrary, it is the antagonist expression of rage and contempt in the face of Power and its structures. To grasp* what the CCF really is, all you need is petrol, matches and the desire to fight for total liberation.”
CCF-Mexico/FAI

In the fragrance of the wet earth we’ve found the inexhaustible processes of resistance that germinate the wild flower of anarchy. In the warmth of other species we’ve discovered the irreducible value of each individual that denies the instituted order and breaks away from fear and inaction. In the informality we’ve found the pleasure of individual revolt which is spontaneously capable of transforming itself into a plague.

We claim ourselves to be violent, rabid, savages, asexual; we are Conspiracy of Cells of Fire waging social war, angry expropriators of individuality. We take responsibility for the two explosive devices that were detonated at daybreak on November 29th, 2012 in the Mexican city of Toluca; the first one at a ‘Banorte’ bank branch and the second one at a ‘Telmex’ bill payment office.

Without much more to write, we let the actions themselves be the lubricant of solidarity; we thus call for an International Direct Action Week in solidarity with the always unyielding Mario Antonio López ‘Tripa’ from the 15th to the 22nd of December; may solidarity among acratists be expressed in a polymorphic manner.

For a Black Christmas!
For the destruction of prison society!

Anticivilization Fraction of the Earth Liberation Front
Affine to the Informal Anarchist Federation
FA/FLT/FAI

source

* The FA/FLT/FAI write ‘entender’ (understand, grasp) instead of ‘extender’ (extend, spread) which appears in known versions of the same quote.

Barcelona: Solidarity with the cases of Revolutionary Struggle and Conspiracy of Cells of Fire in Greece

Solidarity with the hostages – Revolutionary Struggle and Cells of Fire – Greece
Repression will not stop us – Solidarity with Revolutionary Struggle – We shall not forget Lambros Foundas
REVOLUTIONARY SOLIDARITY

Receiving the echo of the solidarity call for the Revolutionary Struggle case, we unfurled banners at three different points in the city of Barcelona on the 22nd and 23rd of November.

Solidarity with the accused and prosecuted in the cases of Revolutionary Struggle and Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

Solidarity with all imprisoned fighters in the world!
Fire to the prisons!

Greece: “Do not say that we are few; just say that we are determined” –by the R.O. CCF and Theofilos Mavropoulos

Contribution of the nine imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF and anarchist prisoner Theofilos Mavropoulos to an international anarchist meeting convened under the insurrectional perspective (Zurich, 10–13 November 2012)

“Do not say that we are few.. Just say that we are determined..”

The question is not whether we are more or less poor, but whether we live in a way that does not contain us. We do not want to repeat things that have already been said.

We have banished from our minds the idea of central governance, and we do not believe in legends about the phantom of the proletariat. We are thus neither faced with an isolated State, which allegedly gives commands from the palaces of its Power, nor with a society that is waiting to be awakened in order to revolt. Today’s society is a pervasive social factory that produces attitudes, values, ethics and habits.

Today’s society works like a social death machine, which devours time, space, emotions and consciousnesses. The centre of the State and the heart of the system are dispersed in millions of small and large representations of Power in our everyday lives. They lie at the language we speak, the images of advertisements, the architecture of the cities, the virtual reality of technology, the people-centered civilization, the firearms of cops, the national symbols of fascists, the locks of private property, the standards we fall in love with, the walls of prisons.

There are no innocents. We all make part of the social machine of Power. The question is whether we are oil or sand in its gears. Therefore, we reject the notion of the apparent innocence of society. Silence is never innocent. We hate both the hand that holds the whip and the back which passively endures it.

Nowadays the social machine is being transformed. The economic crisis that’s spreading over the privileged Western societies creates the need for a transformation of the management of Power. A new military-police state, along with the dictatorship of technology, is now shielding every authority. New police security forces, concentration camps for immigrants, reappearance of the army on the streets, further development of surveillance systems, DNA banks and genetic screening experiments lay more and more mines over domains of our lives.

At the same time the social mass has passed from the era of consumerism frenzy to the period where financial promises are broken and agony is being prolonged.

Nowadays this agony takes to the streets and protests, appears indignant, shouts or complains. It is a heterogeneous crowd that reciprocates within its contradictions. A mosaic of people comprised of yellers, democrats, reformists, leftists, non-aligned persons, indignant citizens, university/school students, trade unionists, hooligans, nationalists, anarchists, and so forth.

Therefore, those who see in these new moves against the economic crisis some perspective of liberation and anarchist awareness will soon be disappointed.

A large part of this ‘movement’ is merely nostalgic for the past era of consumerist abundance and does not want a rebellion against any authority. Quite a few indignant persons slept with their purses filled, and have woken up with bankrupt illusions. That’s why they hit the streets claiming their consumerist fantasies back into their lives. Almost no one truly criticizes the former way of life, desiring its diversion towards liberation.

On the contrary, they wish to maintain the previous order of things. Particularly in Greece, some people in fear of economic distress resort to the cowardice of racism and fascist propaganda.

On the other hand, professionals of the ‘revolutionary’ rhetoric, reformists of the Left and their sold-out unionists, are exhausting the widespread social anger into processions-litanies, thus parading the corpse of compromise.

As for a large part of societist anarchists in Greece, they fantasize about picturesque scenarios that speak of a social awakening and a magical time when the objective conditions will have come. But anyone who sleeps with hopes wakes up with nightmares.

To us, who identify ourselves as anarchists of praxis, insurrectionists, nihilists and anti-societists, the insurgency is outside and far from economic demands and objective conditions. We abolish the economy as a social relation between us and define our subjective conditions as a starting point of insurgency. To tell the truth, we are not interested in economic terms and theories, nor share the agony of figures, statistics and financial deficit with the society. We just know how much we are suffocating in the modern world of captivity, either this world is deemed sick from the economic crisis or not.

Nevertheless, we rejoice at the economic crisis. This crisis is to our benefit, as it causes gaps over the territory of sovereignty and helps us promote our own offensive. We abandon the language of domination, as well as the rhetoric of a revolutionary antidote to the economic crisis. We attack because we want to deepen the economic crisis and cause chaos in Western metropolises. Continue reading Greece: “Do not say that we are few; just say that we are determined” –by the R.O. CCF and Theofilos Mavropoulos

Greece: Counter-information actions in Athens

In the context of Contra Info call for ten days against repression, we carried out the following actions (for now):

YOU WON’T DO WHAT’S COMFY* ΤΟ YOU WITH OUR COMRADES – SOLIDARITY FOR OUR COMPAS – SHIT FOR OPERATION ARDIRE, ITALY *(word play with the inquisitor’s name Manuela Comodi)

We placed a banner at Exarchia square in solidarity with anarchist comrades prosecuted under the repressive “operation boldness” (operazione ardire), which was launched by the Italian authorities on June 13th, 2012. If the carabiniers and prosecutors think they can do whatever they like with the lives of our comrades, they are very much mistaken. They will find us in front of them: in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece and wherever they dare to stretch out their tentacles.

At the main gate of the Polytechnic School, on Patission Street, we dropped a banner against the London Olympics, now in progress. The banner reads: “Smash the OlymPIGS and the capitalist wankers – Arson and wildfire to the Olympic ideals – Burn, London, burn”… The Olympic ideals are stinking of money, militarization and repression. We don’t forget the comrades who, despite the super-spectacle set up by cops, military and mass media, are stepping forward and spitting the society of submission on its face. Let us also remind people of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the need to organize an international campaign against the displacements of oppressed populations who are living in the Brazilian favelas.

At the pedestrian bridge over a central highway in downtown Athens we hung a banner in solidarity with the imprisoned members of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Informal Anarchist Federation / International Revolutionary Front. Their courage and determination makes us stronger. With this small gesture, we send them our warmest revolutionary greetings.

We also painted slogans in solidarity with imprisoned and prosecuted anarchists across the world. We send all our strength to Luciano Pitronello, whose trial is taking place these days in Santiago de Chile, to Mario López, incarcerated in the cells of the Mexican democracy, and to Felicity Ryder, who is now at large, prosecuted for the same case as her captive brother Mario.

In response to the call for action on the case of the death of the Sudanese refugee Noureddin Mohamed in Calais, France, on July 7th, 2012, we made stencils on Exarchia walls. In the face of Noureddin are revealed thousands of anonymous immigrants and refugees who lost their lives trying to enter the impenetrable Fortress Europe. We neither forget, nor forgive. Fire to all borders!

These symbolic acts that were held in the first three days of August, in Athens, are the least of our contributions to a war raging daily out in the streets. Days of actions against repression continue…

Forward, comrades! Back off, snitches!

Athens: Spectacle of police terrorism against the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and Theofilos Mavropoulos at Evelpidon courts – A communiqué by all of the imprisoned comrades themselves

The trial against the imprisoned CCF members and anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos was scheduled for the morning of June 27th at Evelpidon courts, in Athens. In addition to much heavier charges, all ten of them are now prosecuted even for incitement to criminal acts in relation to three texts that had been published online in October–November 2011. The first one was a solidarity text to the anarchist hangout Nadir (in Thessaloniki) and the second one concerned the preliminary investigation due to the text in solidarity with Nadir, both signed by the imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF and Theofilos Mavropoulos. On June 26th, one day before the trial at Evelpidon courts, a solidarity statement concerning this new prosecution against CCF members and Theofilos Mavropoulos was issued by the anarchist hangout Nadir.*

The third among the aforementioned texts that has also been included in the trial brief is not even their own, but it is a responsibility claim for incendiary attack on Studio ATA in Melissia, Athens, signed by the Deviant Behaviours for the Spreading of Revolutionary Terrorism/International Revolutionary Front (the same group that on June 29th, 2012, claimed responsibility for the explosive attack on the Greek headquarters of Microsoft in Maroussi, Athens, an action which was carried out in the early hours of Wednesday, June 27th).

That Wednesday morning, 27/6, a spectacular terror-show was set up by the agents of “citizen protection”. By 8.30am, dark-blue luxury jeeps and blue paddy-wagons of the special terror-unit set off from Koridallos prisons and crossed the city’s streets at high speeds, with flashing sirens wailing like crazy.

Eight of the imprisoned comrades attended the proceeding at Evelpidon courts, while two of them were absent (for non-alarming reasons). Among them was comrade Olga Ekonomidou, who looked well —she had finally come out of the solitary confinement of Diavata prisons and is expected to be transferred to Eleonas–Thebes prisons, given there will be no “unpleasant surprise” on the part of prison authorities.

A small-scale scuffle broke out when the imprisoned comrades were being transferred from the police paddy-wagons into a hellish basement at Building 9, because few thugs from anti-riot squads tried to provoke and push back the gathered people (by that time, nearly over a hundred), and even used police batons against solidaritarians. The incident soon came to an end, with no serious injuries.

The eight prisoners were locked up for approximately five hours in that basement. Numerous random people, and even lawyers passing by, were asking curiously in a whispery voice why were so many repressive forces lined up across the courtyard alleys, evidently terrorized at the sight of not only hooded and fully-armed blue cops but also of a total of five green police squads guarding closely for hours the space between the detention rooms and the solidaritarians.

When the prisoners’ transfer finally began from Building 9 to the courtroom in Building 2, within a distance of nearly 100 metres, it was already expected that the trial would be postponed after the counsel’s respective appeal. Police vehicles were parked close to each other, in order to block any visual contact with the captive comrades. Not more than 80 comrades were present then, what felt at least discouraging, bearing in mind the political importance of this prosecution as an attempted silencing of radical free speech. However, solidarity slogans were chanted lively in the alleys of courtyards, while several of the comrades, friends and relatives managed to accompany the smiling and proud CCF members as well as revolutionary Theofilos Mavropoulos inside the courtroom, who were all handcuffed and “escorted” tightly by “anti”terrorist hooded macho thugs.

Solidarity words included the following slogans: ‘The anarchist discourse cannot be penalized; cops and judges, go fuck yourselves’, ‘Freedom for the Cells of Fire’, ‘Praxis of anarchist is not just words; freedom for the anarchist comrades’, ‘The States are the only terrorists; solidarity with armed guerrillas’, ‘Only bursts of Kalashnikov would do justice and make you [cops] come to your senses’, ‘The passion for freedom is stronger than all prison cells’, ‘Rage and consciousness, denial and violence; down with statism, long live anarchy’…

People who stood outside the courtroom at the time were shouting out loud their solidarity and complicity with the accused, when a police squad passed near them; a cop was particularly irritated at the sound of an anti-Nazi slogan, so much as to raise his middle finger. He got the response he deserved—to put it in his ass, of course—but, other than that, comrades stayed calm, moved closer to the courtyard and focused on greeting with their strength and applauses the anarchist prisoners on their way back to the police vans, after the presiding judge had agreed to the postponement of the trial (set for December 2nd, 2013).

Unlike the conditions at the court-martial of Koridallos women’s prisons, where identity cards of visitors are withheld and returned upon exit from the courtroom, no one must give identity card upon entrance through the metal detectors in Evelpidon courts area. Nevertheless, the day was marked by ambushes of plainclothes cops who conducted identity checks of visitors earlier in the morning, as well as verbal provocations by anti-riot cops against attendees who were walking away from Building 2 after the trial process was over, by midday.

The jeeps and vans of the terror-unit drove off with sirens wailing once again, headed back to Koridallos prisons. After a while, one police battalion harassed two comrades who were leaving the area, asking for their identity cards. A “law enforcement officer” attempted to punch one of them, who was also chased by the murderers in uniform, but quickly got away. The bullying ended only after the squad’s leader ordered his sheep to come back to the herd.

So, this was not just another day at public courts. To try to put it in other words, it was a low turnout of attendees at the umpteenth trial against comrades, a long waiting within the disgusting environment of the temples of bourgeois justice, where court employees were pushing back and forth shopping trolleys (“expropriated” from supermarkets) laden with piles of trial briefs and judicial documents of countless cases against civilians; and it was a harsh reminder of the ongoing captivity of unrepentant revolutionary fighters, in the context of an overt prosecution of freedom of speech and solidarity.

* On July 2nd the anarchist hangout Nadir was raided once again, in the context of an extensive police operation across the city of Thessaloniki.
Here’s the communiqué by the imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF of the first phase and anarchist of praxis Theofilos Mavropoulos concerning the trial farce of June 27th:

[ Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 ]

On June 27th we stand trial charged with incitement to criminal acts in relation to three texts that were released when we found ourselves captives in the State’s prisons. One of these texts is a responsibility claim for arson on vehicle(s) belonging to a television production studio company by the group “Deviant Behaviours…” of the International Revolutionary Front (IRF), and the other two are our own announcements about the cops’ raid in the anarchist hangout Nadir (in Thessaloniki), as well as the interrogation that followed this text…

The phrase in question that annoyed the judicial mafia is “not 1 millimetre back; 9mms in cops’ heads.”

We could have not wasted even a single word about this case. The legal implications of this new prosecution are just a drop in the ocean for us.

We know that we have ahead of us predefined convictions to many decades in prison. How could we be concerned about a few months more, from one misdemeanor charge? But still… an anarchist of praxis cannot think with the legal reasoning of a lawyer.

This prosecution acquires a distinct political value. As already shown, the State, the prosecutorial authorities and police services have repeatedly tried all innovative methods and tactics against the CCF: members of the Conspiracy charged with abetments while being in custody; extension of remand in custody (by an order of new pretrial detention just few hours before the expiry of the 18-month period of the initial pretrial detention) against one of our comrades (Gerasimos Tsakalos) while he was hospitalized as a hunger striker; cooperation of the Italian and Greek authorities for our probable extradition to Italy; further prosecutions in relation to texts, etc.

It is written somewhere that the more your enemy persecutes you, the more it’s proven that you have succeeded hard blows against the enemy.

To us, the charges that fill the thousands of pages of our trial briefs are a title of honour. But we want to stress that, as anarchists of praxis, what we leave behind us unanswered becomes a legacy for the future; to the contrary, what we gain creates our perspective.

The fact that the prison guards can keep for two and a half months comrades locked up in solitary confinement cells, without the aggressive reflexes of anarchist solidarity being activated (with few exceptions), is undoubtedly a defeat.

If the daily attacks by dastard petty fascists and their presence on the street, in the squares and neighbourhoods won’t be met with the corresponding retaliation on our part, with knives, knuckledusters, fires and explosions, then they will mark the retreat of the enemy within.

The recoil of offensive actions from the new anarchist urban guerrilla warfare (with the exception of the anarchists of praxis and the cells of FAI-IRF) against the tension conditions of the social machine is obviously a victory of fear and repression.

We do not want to let fear and defeatism become our shadow. In spite of the times, we remain unrepentantly hardheaded and steadfast. We will not turn down the volume of our discourse or disarm our words.

The fact that we are being accused because of our texts for “inciting others to commit felony offenses” means that our words can still communicate with the doubters and deniers of our era and be transformed into actions. We are proud of it. We never liked hollow words. At the same time we never believed in, nor reconciled with democratic liberties and rights. We have always thought that they serve as a “showcase” for the police state and the social machine.

By the prosecution of our texts, even the last illusions that some people may maintain about democracy are withdrawn. Now the curtain of freedom of speech has been pulled back, and the judicial censorship has been exposed. Yet this is a good thing… Therefore, we will never talk about the “criminalization” of discourse and ideas.

We have always believed that the insurrectionist theory is accompanied by anarchist practices, as well as vice versa.

Logos and praxis (discourse and action) are inseparable concepts. The positive side of our prosecution is polarization. Once illusions are withdrawn from the scene, each and every one takes position. There are no innocents.

We respond to the fear of repression with the momentum of attack. Ignorance and indifference are repealed, and now decisions speak.

The dilemma is clear. Either with the society of the existent or the deniers of our era; either an appeased citizen or oppugning riotmaker; either an eternally indignant protestor or anarchist of praxis; either rule or exception, either now or never.

NOT 1 MILLIMETRE BACK
9MMS AGAINST DIRECTORS AND SERVANTS OF THE SOCIAL MACHINE

PS. In court, where we’re called to appear, we disdain the judicial marionettes and disregard the defense of our rights. After all, we have thrown the rights which democracy “grants” to us into fire long ago, along with our legal identities.

Our presence there and our stance are yet another insult and an affront to the laws’ Inquisitors.

It is a small part of the total anarchist war we declare against society of the State.

The imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF of the first phase and anarchist of praxis Theofilos Mavropoulos