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Athens: All defendants absolved of charges in Amygdaleza prison riot case

On December 22nd, 2014, the Athens court in Degleri Street unanimously acquitted the 65 migrants from all charges relating to the Amygdaleza prison riot that occurred in August 2013. However, the court dismissed a motion by defense lawyers seeking compensation of several migrants who had been put in pretrial detention on unsustained charges.

source: no lager assembly

Attica: Noise demo at Amygdaleza detention centre, 30/11/2014

On Sunday, November 30th, 2014, nearly 70 comrades gathered outside the barbed wires of the Amygdaleza concentration camp. Detained migrants, outside the containers, stood on the other side. We saw them and they saw us, we shouted and they shouted back, at some moments we joined our voices: “FREEDOM”. Then we were able to return to the city; they remained there.

We found ourselves there because we owed it. We owed it to the imprisoned migrants who, though they’re pushed toward their physical and psychological limits due to the “hospitality” conditions, though they count dead, continue to struggle by all means at their disposal (uprisings, hunger strikes, escapes, or self-injury). We owed it to our enemies (the racist State and its employees, the bosses and their fascists, the racists everywhere) as yet another reminder that they don’t play without an opponent. We owed it to ourselves, because we neither want nor bear a life in a place where there are concentration camps.

Freedom to all incarcerated migrants

Solidarity with those tried this period for the Amygdaleza rebellion in August ’13

No concentration camp, never and nowhere

Solidarity gathering at the courthouse of Athens, entrance from 4, Degleri Street
Monday, December 22nd, at 9am
Day of the court’s ruling on the case of migrants prosecuted for participation in 2013 Amygdaleza detention centre riot

No Lager Assembly

Athens: Photos from the demonstration in solidarity with migrants

Downtown Athens, October 31st; demo in solidarity with the migrants accused of last year’s uprising at Amygdaleza detention camp (Menidi, Attica); the banner reads: “Let’s demolish the concentration camps and bury the guards under their ruins.”

More photos from the demonstration here.

The trial against the migrants continues on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, at 9am, in the courthouse of Athens (hall 1, entrance from 4, Degleri Street).

Greece: Update on the case of imprisoned comrade Vaggelis Koutsibelas

Vaggelis Koutsibelas was sentenced to 15 years in prison at first instance, accused of a string of arsons in the city of Trikala. The heavy indictment against him was based largely on statements of a police informant.

On the 17th of June 2014, the comrade’s case was tried in the second instance at the Court of Appeals in Larissa. There was a lively presence of people in solidarity at the hearing, including members of the SVEOD, Athens base union of motorcyclist workers (Vaggelis himself used to work as motorcycle delivery driver for many years).

The appeal court reduced his prison sentence to 8 years and 3 months.

Vaggelis is held in Trikala prison since April 2012, having completed 250 days of prison labor by now. Comrades from Trikala estimate that if all goes well, he will be released on parole this time next year, or if he gets transferred to rural prisons he will be able to walk out of prison sooner, at the end of this year.

Greece: Call for solidarity gathering at the courthouse in Amfissa

Almost seven years after the Malandrino prison riot, some of the rebellious prisoners stand trial in the town of Amfissa.
The poster reads:

When spring began at Malandrino prison…

Thousands of prisoners flourished on rooftops, in dark corridors and fetid wings almost in every prison across Greece’s territory. A spark was enough for them to shake off the everyday oppression, humiliations and absolutely demarcated unfreedom, like hell and high lightning, by crossing even temporarily the liberating paths of resistance and struggle.

The black smoke from the burnt mattresses, the damaged prison cells, the smashed physical infrastructure of the prisons, but also clouds of tear gases, a rain of plastic bullets and merciless beatings with the batons of humanguards and anti-riot squadrons, bear witness to the battles that took place.

However the vengefulness of Power toward those who challenged its rule did not limit itself to the broken and wounded bodies of prison inmates or the disciplinary penalties imposed on them inside the hellholes. Over the years, until today, Power dragged dozens of rebellious prisoners to civil courts, accusing them of various “offenses” that took place during the combatant mobilizations of those days in April 2007.

After nearly 7 years, some of the rioters of Malandrino prison are asked to pay the same price for those amazingly beautiful and strong days and nights, when the struggle met springtime without the distorting lens of walls or barbed wires.


Gathering at Amfissa courthouse
February 11th, 2014 at 9am


Koridallos prison, Athens: Open letter of Gerasimos Tsakalos concerning attempted charges against Kostas Sakkas in the CCF case (20.1.2014)

Ever since the escape of urban guerrilla fighter Christodoulos Xiros,* the anti-terrorist force, that promotes itself as the police elite of Power, has unleashed a witch-hunt in an attempt to get revenge and restore their wounded prestige.

In parallel, the mainstream media as if they were the exclusive proprietors and manufacturers of truth consolidate their falsehood through a communicational war against our organization. This time the journalists’ propaganda opted to display us as “mafia guys”, “prison leaders”, “doorkeepers”, exploiting an act of self-redress —the beating of slanderer Y.Naxakis— as well as a couple of texts of his comrades which are exposing situations and facts, thus making them available to any prospective enemy —cops, judges, journalists. We won’t talk more about this issue; from now on acts will do the talking if necessary.

Within this context, on January 16th** we were informed that Kostas Sakkas was rearrested, accused in the Halandri case on the basis of fingerprints found in trash bags.

From the very first moment we have made it clear in every way and every tone that none of the individuals arrested for alleged involvement in the CCF, those who never claimed responsibility for participation, have ANY KIND of relation with the organization and our practices. We have stated this fact in courts, we have written the same in texts, and most importantly, it’s evident because of the distinct paths, values and convictions that we have chosen, which contrast with the choices of most of them.

So, we find ourselves back in a period of intensive anti-terrorism campaign against the CCF.

The cops have “randomly” discovered, after 4.5 years, fingerprints of K.Sakkas on a trash bag with residues of an explosive device associated with the CCF case. But the cops themselves know the truth; it just doesn’t serve the purpose of their planning.

The truth is that K.Sakkas neither had nor could ever have any kind of relation with the CCF. His only link to this whole story is the former friendly connection with me personally —as this is anyway known to both the police and the judicial authorities.

Therefore, the reason why fingerprints of the specific individual were found on trash bags —if indeed they ever were found— is that I had personally used these plastic bags, when I took them from the common home where both K.Sakkas and I lived as housemates. So, it is very likely that he could have touched one of these bags, since they were kept in a shared space of that home. Continue reading Koridallos prison, Athens: Open letter of Gerasimos Tsakalos concerning attempted charges against Kostas Sakkas in the CCF case (20.1.2014)

Greece: Solidarity with arrested Kostas Sakkas

Freedom for Kostas Sakkas (threatened with pretrial detention and due to appear in the Athens appeals court on 21.1.2014)

Solidarity from Corfu

On January 18th we smashed an ATM of Emporiki Bank (Commercial Bank of Greece) in the area of Messonghi on Corfu Island, in solidarity with Kostas Sakkas and against all vengeful practices of the State and every ruler.


PS.1 Health and strength to prisoner Spyros Stratoulis

PS.2 Good luck to fugitive Christodoulos Xiros


Athens, Greece: Only one month hospitalization for imprisoned guerrilla fighter Savvas Xiros

“Political act is what really counts, not plain words. There are quite many who use big words, and behave differently behind the scenes doing what they do, and by saying this, I do not mean the politicians—their conduct is well known—, I mean people who generally partake in our milieu, so to speak, and use big words but in practice are completely different. And there are others who do not say anything, and because of what they do, with their attitude in general and the things they carry out, have a more political stance than anyone else. And this has also been my choice; by setting myself in motion, and taking action, to cause each time at least problem to the adversary; at least. Because we bear responsibility not only when we act and do something wrong. Our responsibility is much greater when we see specific things happening around us and we do nothing…”
Savvas Xiros

No one left alone in the white prison cells of the State. Solidarity with Savvas Xiros.

Savvas Xiros is self-admitted member of the revolutionary organization “17 November”, sentenced to life in prison. He is a polytrauma patient, suffering myriad of serious health problems. Recall that the medical treatment of Savvas Xiros at the AHEPA hospital in Thessaloniki, in July 2012, did not even last ten days despite the fact that the judges had ordered five months suspension of his sentence.

On December 19, 2013 the court of Piraeus ruled on a new application of Savvas Xiros for proper medical treatment outside prison. Although the prosecutor’s office proposed five months suspension of his prison sentence on health grounds, the court accepted his hospitalization only for one month in the hospital of Larissa.

Athens: Responsibility claim for arson on diplomatic corps vehicle

In the early hours of Friday, October 11, 2013 we torched a diplomatic corps van, with vehicle registration plates DC 93-3, at the intersection of Pyrras and Delacroix streets in the area of Neos Kosmos, Athens.

This action is dedicated wholeheartedly to our comrades who are prosecuted for the double robbery in Velventos, Kozani, and will stand trial in late November* and also in memory of the murdered antifascist Pavlos Fyssas.

We should not get used to the idea of fear and death. We should resist the contemporary totalitarianism by all means available.

We create our own structures, we strengthen and extend our comradely relationships, and we set the stage for anarchy and communism. Social revolution, the only solution…

Arsonists with a conscience

* The trial for the double robbery in Velventos is scheduled to take place on November 29, 2013 in the Court of Appeals on Loukareos street in Athens. Accused comrades are Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis, Nikos Romanos, Yannis Michailidis, Fivos Harisis-Poulos, and Argyris Ntalios.

Greece: Open letter from ex-prisoner Chrisovalantis Pouziaritis ahead of his appeal trial on 18.10.2013

My name is Chrisovalantis Pouziaritis, and I’m one of those arrested on December 6th, 2009—sad first anniversary of the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos.

I was caught while walking out of the Thessaloniki university campus. Even though I had nothing incriminating on me (backpack, hood, etc.), two anti-riot squadrons pounced on me and started to beat me. Once they took all their hatred out on me, they transferred me to the Thessaloniki police headquarters, where I was charged with the well-known tactics of the Greek police—we all recall fabricated charges such as ‘shampoos turned into Molotovs’ (case of Marios Zervas), the ‘student in pajamas’ (detained after police planted on him a backpack containing Molotovs), the suspect taken into custody only for wearing ‘green shoes,’ or the ‘zardiniera case’ (when cops beat up Avgoustinos Dimitriou and later claimed he fell on his own on a flower stand)…

After my treatment by the police, the Greek Justice was next. In my trial, I was sentenced to 9 years and 3 months imprisonment and, naturally, once again the court felt that my own defense witnesses were less trustworthy than the cops who constructed a false indictment against me and dubbed me the ‘leader of anarchists’!

I stayed in prison for more than 18 months, until my request for interruption of serving sentence was finally granted, and so I was released under restrictive conditions in the summer of 2011.

Those who have seen firsthand the violence of these mechanisms, those who have experienced the cruelty of prison cells, those who resist the judicial arbitrariness and its horror are the ones who can understand me and stand by my side. I thank them in advance.

Chrisovalantis Pouziaritis

The appeal trial will take place on Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 9am in the court of Thessaloniki.


Serres, Northern Greece: Solidarity gathering for antifascists on second trial

“To chase fascists out our neighbourhoods” –antifascists.

In August 2012, two antifascists got arrested shortly after the offices of the Golden Dawn party in Serres were attacked—flags were removed from the building and a slogan was spray-painted on its facade. The first trial turned into farce as the prosecution attacked verbally, which is to say vomited fascist comments against both defendants. They now stand trial for a second time, on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 in the First Three-Member Misdemeanor Court of Serres.

We call for a solidarity gathering at the courthouse on October 17th by 8.30am.

Antifascism is an integral part of the generalized fight against the State and Capital. We won’t leave any fighter alone in this battle… until total social liberation.

Resistance, dignity, solidarity

Self-managed Hangout inside the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Serres

Switzerland: Mural in Zurich

The mural reads:

“We are growing old among men and women without dreams, strangers in a present time which leaves us no room for outbursts of generosity. The best this society can offer us (a career, a reputation, a sudden, big win, ‘love’) simply doesn’t interest us. Giving orders disgusts us just as much as obedience. What we are and what we want begins with a no. We are exploited like everyone else and want to put an end to exploitation right away. For us, revolt needs no other justification. Our life is escaping us, and any class discourse that fails to start from this is simply a lie. Revolt needs everything—papers and books, arms and explosives, reflection and blasphemy, poisons, daggers and arsons. The only interesting question is how to combine them.”


On the night of blah blah blah to blah blah blah, we sprayed the blurb for the text at daggers drawn on a wall in a park in Zurich.

Sometimes one does not necessarily need a poster to convey long-form content.

Against the construction of the new police and justice centre (PJZ) in Zurich!

For a world without authority and prisons!

In German. Related references: i, ii, ii.

Thessaloniki, Greece: Update on the arrestees of Orfanotrofio squat

On Sunday morning, September 29th there was a solidarity gathering at Thessaloniki courts, where the 30 arrestees from the attempted reoccupation of Orfanotrofio squat were brought before prosecutor. They were charged with disturbing the domestic peace, and illegal occupation of public land (the latter accusation is based on a royal decree).

All comrades have been released. Their trial was scheduled for the 16th of December 2013.

Gathering in solidarity with the prosecuted comrades of Delta squat
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 9am, Thessaloniki courts

Demonstration in solidarity with squats
Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 12pm, Kamara, Thessaloniki

Greece: Cops evicted the Orfanotrofio squat in Thessaloniki

In the morning hours of September 2nd, 2013 the Greek police conducted another anti-squatting operation, this time against the Orfanotrofio squat, a former orphanage in the district of Toumba, Thessaloniki.

Seven squatters were arrested inside the building and charged with violating the law regarding occupation of public buildings, as well as weapon possession (an air pistol was allegedly found at the squatted house). All comrades were held in custody, scheduled to appear in the Thessaloniki courts.

Last year, it was announced that the ministry of Health handed over the squatted Orfanotrofio to the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki.

Fuck the State and the Church!
Immediate release of our comrades!

Hamburg: Attack on courthouse

What cops and other state servants enforce on the streets through control and all-out repression is being legitimized and accomplished by the Court. Every day, in their theatre of ‘justness,’ they decide on people’s future, punish them, lock them up, and destroy lives. Really, a few stones and some paint are not too much to throw against a building of Power, but their biggest nightmare is the idea of a free life because it would mean their very end, the end of oppression.

May this attack give strength to those who sit in the dock, and screw up more than just a day of all the others who enter the courtroom as employees or snitches.

Strength to those who were affected by house raids in Berlin on the 14th of August because cops were looking for culprits in relation to attacks on oppressive job centers and employment agencies, as well as a solidarity action with the revolt in Turkey. We find these actions important and right, no matter who made them.

Much strength to Sonja Suder, who still sits in prison because of her uncompromising stance against the State and Justice.


Athens: Counter-information is a weapon


Solidarity gathering for the 6 arrested during the anarchist intervention at Propylaea (24.4.2013) against the gagging of counter-information media:

Thursday, June 20th, at 10am in Evelpidon courts, Athens

Update, June 20th: The 6 comrades who stood trial were acquitted of all charges. ‘The passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons,’ was chanted by solidarians in the courtroom, especially at the moment of verdict.

Athens: Update about the Nea Filadelfeia arrestees

Fight the terrorism of Power

Information about the arrest of five anarchists on Tuesday noon, April 30th, the criminal proceedings against them, and the hunger/thirst strike of comrade Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis.

On Tuesday, April 30th, at around 4pm, anarchists Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis were arrested on Dekeleias avenue in the district of Nea Filadelfeia, as they were coming out of a cafeteria.

At the same time, a large police force stormed the café and caught the anarchist fugitives Argyris Ntalios —who tried to break out of the kettle— and Fivos Harisis-Poulos. Both comrades had arrest warrants pending against them since mid-February 2013 (after the double robbery in Velventos–Kozani and the incarceration of anarchists Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis, Nikos Romanos and Yannis Michailidis).

Anarchist Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis was also arrested inside the same cafeteria in Nea Filadelfeia. Continue reading Athens: Update about the Nea Filadelfeia arrestees

Athens: Anarchist Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis among the lately arrested in Nea Filadelfeia

Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis is an anarchist who was arrested in mid-February 2011 at a random police check in Athens. He was remanded after being charged with ‘weapon possession with intent to supply,’ in accordance with the Greek anti-terrorist law. Dimitris remained in pretrial detention for ten months with no substantial evidence whatsoever against him, until he was finally released on bail in December 2011.

Comrades report that he is one among the five persons that got arrested in Nea Filadelfeia on April 30th, 2013 —alongside Fivos Harisis-Poulos, Argyris Ntalios, and two other persons.

During his custody in the police headquarters of Athens, Dimitris defied the human-guards and was forced to stand for 12 hours without sitting, while he was handcuffed 24 hours a day even in the detention cell. Only on May 2nd was he able to contact a lawyer. On May 3rd the comrade was also expected to undergo a preliminary hearing at Evelpidon courts, with frivolous charges filed against him. In the meantime, Dimitris declared that he goes on hunger/thirst strike in response to the conditions of his detention, demanding his immediate release.

More updates as they come.

Athens: Two comrades put on remand

Since February —following the pretrial incarceration of 4 anarchists who took responsibility for the double robbery in Velventos, near the city of Kozani (northern Greece)— arrest warrants had been issued against two suspects who were on the run, namely Fivos Harisis-Poulos and Argyris Ntalios.

As Actforfreedomnow already reported, on April 30th, 2013 both Fivos and Argyris (together with three other persons) were caught by anti-terrorist cops in the area of Nea Filadelfeia, Athens.

The two comrades have been locked up in Koridallos prison.

Solidarians report that on Friday, May 3rd, by 9am, Fivos Harisis-Poulos and Argyris Ntalios will undergo a preliminary hearing at Evelpidon courts (building 10) in Athens, facing charges such as membership into a criminal organization with a view to committing robbery, forgery and resisting arrest.

Paris: Update on the appeal trial of Ibrahim El Louar

On April 2nd, 2013, the judges of the court of appeal delivered their verdict on the case of Ibrahim El Louar, who was initially sentenced to two years in prison following an escape from the Palaiseau detention centre for migrants on December 16th, 2012.

In the appeal trial, the charges of attempted evasion of deportation order and aggravated theft were dropped. But Ibrahim was convicted for aggravated violence on agents entrusted with public authority (i.e. Frantz Piece and Coralie Bouton), and he received a one-year sentence. Ibrahim is currently incarcerated in the Fleury-Mérogis prison.

You can always write to him:
Ibrahim El Louar
écrou n°399815, Bâtiment D4 – MAH de Fleury-Mérogis
7 avenue des Peupliers, FR-91705 Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois

Contact mail with solidarians: evasionpalaiseau[at]riseup.net

Freedom for all prisoners, with or without papers!

Athens: Oral declaration to the court by Pola Roupa, member of Revolutionary Struggle – October 24th, 2011

Let me begin by commenting on the main accusation against us, that we have founded a ‘terrorist organization,’ by which ‘we were targeting the country’s established constitutional order seeking its overthrow or even its alteration.’ I would like to underline this point. This charge by itself is the biggest proof that this is in fact a political trial. There is no better confession that this is an armed group which has turned against the establishment, against the established order. This charge by itself is a confession that we are political subjects, who have shared political objectives, and that the action of our group was clearly political.

However, you do not admit that we are a political organization, because this would in fact be an indirect admission that there is some political rival to this system; namely that Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) is a political organization which advocates another type of society; another type of social, political and economic organization. An acknowledgment of the fact that you are facing political adversaries would actually mean you acknowledge that within this society, this system you loyally serve, there are people who are struggling, looking, standing, striving for another type of social organization.

This alone would be a blow to the very same establishment you serve. On the other hand, however, you wish to present this establishment as a one-way; namely that there is no life outside this system; that there is no life outside this society. You would like to convince everyone that any attempt, any struggle to liberate ourselves from this social situation would be disastrous. You would like to convince everyone that the existence of a stateless society, without supervisors and subordinates, is impossible. You would like to convince everyone that the existence of a society without masters and slaves is impossible. You would like to convince everyone that the existence of a society without rich and poor is impossible. Obviously this line of thinking has a political and theoretical background. We know that much. There are theorists such as Thomas Malthus and Adam Smith, and there have been many throughout the history of the capitalist system you serve, who theorized the existence of poverty, who theorized the notion that the existence of a society beyond social divisions is impossible. Continue reading Athens: Oral declaration to the court by Pola Roupa, member of Revolutionary Struggle – October 24th, 2011

UK: Self-Organised London buzzing with activity

The Self-Organised London (SOL) squatted social centre continues to resist eviction at Elephant and Castle despite a court of their Order awarding its corrupt owners a possession order three weeks ago.

In truth, the current occupiers never held any hope in the current State-Capital system to yield any justice to the local community, as the social elite push for more luxury homes for their own in the heart of London. To expect justice from a partnership which projects only to degrade everything public by converting it into a means for profit, which is the inherent desire of the ruling class in a world where the heads of the multinationals are the heads of State, is foolhardy indeed. And, like in Argentina, the majority of the population in the UK continues to live within the consumerist bubble without protesting, while people are being duped into the poverty of slavery by a lying Press which lives by the same axiom as the economists themselves. For the media, advertising is now the main form of revenue, and just take a look at any newspaper to see how many of these full-page spreads are occupied by multinationals. To think that any change will occur in these circumstances is foolish, so people sail on in the warm flow of ignorance towards a neo-feudalist State that destroys protest and manages dissent.

In this stale climate a war is declared against those whose only failing is to want the best future for themselves and their children. To appeal for change is against the interests of those in control, whose use of communication and transportation above board and below the table bribes and coercion leads to a situation of utter decline in the real standards of living and individual expression, to the extent people are not even living anymore but just existing as upholders of a system which seeks to exploit their labour and add to their frustration. This dissatisfaction is then redirected towards ethnic hatred of those below them on the social ladder, those who emancipate themselves from the conditions that strangle them in other countries and come to the wealthier States to do the same work for the same masters but at a higher rate and with less protest.

If and when a population comes to its senses it will realise that the only solution is self-organisation through structures created and organised by themselves for themselves, which is the principle promulgated by protest itself, where those who are directly influenced by certain measures take direct action to solve their individual situations. The only problem with reformist protest is that it directs discontent to those who are supposed to represent them, individuals whose interest is purely to protect their own —the ruling millionaire elite. This process is thus self-defeating and leads to a disempowerment, which results in acceptance of the social condition as a result of an inability to understand where to go next.

At this late stage of the democracy delusion, people are forced with the realisation that insurrection is their only option, but comfort and traditional faith in authority keeps them from taking that step. However, unknown even to them, this process is already being formulated in their minds, and only fear prevents them from them taking the necessary steps to connect actions to ideas, words to feelings and self-organisation to contemplation. This process can already be seen in the collapse of the democratic process as less than half of voters go to the polls, riots break out in even the most economically ‘advanced’ nation-states, and smaller groups go underground to fight those symbols of autocracy in individualised mutinies.

This can be the beginning of the end for a global system of control which holds that a minority knows the best for a majority, an incongruous principle which has only held true in the darkest of times. And the change cannot be held back by the media (misinformation), police (repression), or tradition (patriarchy). What we are all fighting against now is the myth that history repeats itself, a history which in effect is ‘theirstory’ and not ‘ourstory’, that everything is cyclical because it is in fact linear and shows a past which is in fact far from glorious, but is littered with oppression and domination. Whether it is the idea that women are inferior to men because they are generally physically weaker, or that white people are superior to other races because they crushed others by their self-machinated violence, or that heterosexuals are superior to homosexuals because they have standardised structures to dominate their partners, what we realise is that they only allow us to express ourselves when they can find a reason to regulate us, to control our discoveries and logic, to condition our freedom and imprison us in statutory boxes, which have been well-labelled and identified and which they know we will not escape from.

The current social and economic situation is another box and we have to be able to identify those sides of our boxes, those walls that contain us and know how to break them, realise that they are only there when we hold on to them with our fears and insecurities, and that our rage for justice and equality is greater than their prison. Now more than ever logic is on our sides, as billions are passed around between the elite while they place us at the bottom of the scale and do not give us even to eat.

How much longer before we wake up to this injustice, to this wholesale sellout of our individuality, to the branding of our discomfort, to the distaste of being seen as mere terrorists for speaking the truths we inherently understand and feel, when they terrorise with their irrationality on a daily basis? How much longer before we turn their control into smithereens and their love for domination into the fuel for our fires which burn in our hearts crying out for the dreams which embolden us into a future without State, without authoritarian scientifically justified domination, so that we can free ourselves from the oppression that they think we will take for the rest of our natural lives?

Meanwhile, we at the SOL and other such projects around the world, from Athens to Santiago, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, from Cairo to Amsterdam, will push forwards toward the future we know we can create and realise, as only these feelings of freedom will ever inspire us to live this dreary life day in day out and reinforce these dreams with direct action and constructive rational thought.

For the end to slavery, and complete self-organisation!

Paris: Call for solidarity gathering ahead of the appeal trial of Ibrahim El Louar

On January 18th, 2013, the Évry court sentenced Ibrahim El Louar to two year imprisonment and imposed him a fine of 1,200 euros for damages to cops. He is accused of participation in the escape of five persons from the Palaiseau detention centre for migrants on December 16th, 2012.

Ibrahim was finally able to appeal this sentence and will stand trial in the Paris court of appeals on Wednesday, March 20th.

Let’s be many in the audience, instead of leaving him alone faced with the judicial machine, and let’s express our solidarity by supporting both him and the facts he’s charged with, no matter if he’s innocent or guilty.

Rendezvous on the 20th of March 2013, at 13.30, in the court of appeals of the Paris Court of first instance, 2nd division, 8th chamber


Greece: Anarchist comrade Vaggelis Koutsibelas sentenced to 15 years in prison

The trial against anarchist Vaggelis Koutsibelas started on March 6th, 2013 in the Larissa mixed criminal court. The comrade has been remanded for almost a year, accused of a string of arson attacks that took place in the city of Trikala during March and April 2012.

In the first day of trial, the defense lawyer refuted the previous statements made by the snitch Giorgos Zafiris, who came to testify in court. The snitch admitted that the police had forced him to sign a forged testimony, because he was arrested on drug charges, and the cops told him this was the way to get away with it. The court threatened to request his detention on perjury charges, something that never happened.

The next day, March 7th, Vaggelis explained to the court there’s solid evidence that he was in fact elsewhere (in the vicinity of the prefecture) during the time of one of the arsons, and he was nowhere near the scene of the attack, but the judges responded that obviously he was at the prefecture building trying to place another incendiary device! Vaggelis spoke of the political significance of these arson attacks (regardless of who carried them out), referring to the prevailing political system as well as the rise of the Nazi party of Golden Dawn.

Also, Vaggelis asked to be granted transfer to another prison, because as he said at the end of his statement, ‘The Trikala facility is a drug-prison; I can’t stand it anymore.’

The Larissa court delivered an exterminating ruling on the case without acknowledging any mitigating factors. The bench sentenced Vaggelis to 15 years imprisonment, with the right to appeal, and imposed a fine of 300 euros. The prosecutor initially requested a total of 27 years in prison, but after an interruption of the proceeding, the sentence was ‘reduced’ to 15 years.

From their part, his friends that factually support the comrade all this time sent him strength hoping that he will walk out of prison soon, and cried out: The passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons!

Recently, in January 2013, the ‘Synergy of anarchist Organizations Wild Freedom and Instigators of Social Explosions’ dedicated their successful bombing at The Mall shopping centre in Maroussi, Athens, to Vaggelis Koutsibelas among other anarchist comrades, either on the run or incarcerated. May the acts of solidarity spread and warm the hearts of all hostages of social war!

Current prison address:
Evangelos Koutsibelas
Krinitsa, Trikala – Mpalkoura Trikalon 42100
4th wing, Trikala prison, Greece