Tag Archives: expropriation

Cagliari, Italy: Anarchist Paolo arrested for robbery

Tuesday, October 31, our comrade Paolo has been arrested along with two partners, immediately after the post office robbery in a suburb of Cagliari (Sardinia). Once they left the post office, they tried to get away, but the infamy of a bystander has provided very precise information to cops, who therefore were able to organize an encirclement and to intercept them as they were driving away.

They have offered no resistance. Clothes and weapons used in the robbery have been found in the car.

All our closeness and solidarity to them. We do not know why they have made this choice, e we do not care about. We know whoever organize to deprive State and bosses of what they need, do the right thing, always.

But, we are disgusted by those people who for a “sense of civic duty” (expression used by the chief police of Cagliari) snitch on those who organize and act to have what they need, taking from what by nature is the worst exploiter in the world, the State.

On the side of those who do not bow their heads.

Update:
Paolo is at Uta, he is fine [in the cell with one of the two accomplices with whom he was arrested]. He asks for stamps to be sent. There is nothing about hearing dates or anything else, does not seem to have problems getting the correspondence.

To write:

Casa circondariale Ettore Scalas,
2° strada ovest Z.I. Macchiareddu, 09010 Uta – Italia

in portuguese l spanish

Exarchia: Banners in solidarity with CSO Kike Mur, G20 rioters, and Lisa

On the morning of Tuesday, July 11th 2017, Themistokleous 58 squatters, together with comrades in affinity, hung internationalist solidarity banners in Exarchia about three different cases.

We have the keys to all doors… Solidarity with KIKE MUR squat in Zaragoza, Spain

From a balcony of the 58 we hung a banner in support of the Squatted Social Centre Kike Mur in Zaragoza (Spain), threatened with eviction by local authorities. The building (former prison) has been squatted for 7 years, giving space to a variety of activities and expressions of anarchist solidarity, as in the case of a banner in the context of the 2013 Black February international campaign.

Solidarity with No-G20 rioters

Over the railing of the old Chemistry School we dropped a banner in support for those who lately clashed with the forces of repression on the streets of Hamburg against the summit of leaders of the 20 most powerful states on the planet. Now is the time to spread the word that the G20 hostages need our support.

Attack/rob the banks! Freedom for Lisa, anarchist captive in Germoney

One more banner was placed on Gini building of the Polytechnic School in solidarity with Lisa, an anarchist recently sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for a bank robbery in Aachen (Germoney) in 2014. No prisoner in the hands of Power: Let’s storm the State/Capital and domination!

Themistokleous 58 squat
and comrades in affinity

in Greek

[German prisons] Send Lisa a letter!

[2013 Aachen bank robbery case]
In December 2016, an anarchist from Amsterdam was acquitted of a bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2013.

[2014 Aachen bank robbery case]
Since early 2017, two comrades from Barcelona stood trial for a Pax-Bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2014:
On June 7th 2017, anarchist compañera Lisa was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison, while the other comrade (who recently wrote a thank-you note) was acquitted by the Aachen court.

After being sentenced and sent to Cologne’s prison, the compañera decided to publish her contact address:
Lisa
Buchnummer: 2893/16/7
Justizvollzuganstanlt (JVA) Köln
Rochusstrasse 350
50827 Köln – Germany

Lisa speaks Spanish, German, English and Italian, and she will be glad to receive your letters.

That other forms of solidarity continue to be expressed with her and all other prisoners. That prisoners always remain a part of social struggles and be embedded in all actions of the social war. For anarchy.

More info: Solidariteit.noblogs.org

[Poster] Aachen case: Thank you!

From my heart, thanks to everyone for the support that was given to me, as all the warmness and love that i felt. This was essential to strenghten my resilience against all the oppression I was summited

We’re not All, the prisoners are missing!
Freedom to All prisoneers!
All the strenght to those who face oppression!
Prison, demolition and reforestation!

The one kidnapped from 21/06/2016 to 07/06/2017 at the Aachen case

via barcelona.indymedia
poster in pdf; in Italian

Updates: Continue reading [Poster] Aachen case: Thank you!

Leuven, Belgium: Solidarity with the accused in Aachen

received via email

In Leuven, Belgium, in the cold night of January 17th, 50 parking meters were covered in paint and the locks of multiple banks were glued. On one of the banks (and in other places of the city) the text was sprayed: “Solidarity with the accused in Aachen! (A)”.

A small deed of resistance.. to show that the accused are not alone.

Against the banks and their world!

in Dutch, German, Greek

Aachen: An evening in solidarity with those accused of bank robberies in Aachen/Germany

Spit in the face of repression- an evening in solidarity with those accused of bank robberies in Aachen/Germany

Faced with an apparatus of repression that is developing ever more suffocating forms within a context of on-going technocratic and scientific mania, it is easy to fall into a state of inertia.

The aim of this repression, achieved through permanent technological armament, the development of research and studies in the field of DNA and video analysis, and the accumulation and evaluation of data of any sort, is to impose itself on us as undefeatable and inevitable.

We are led to believe it is impossible to avoid the total surveillance, acquisition, and storage of data. To counter and overcome this fallacy of total control, we must approach the situations in which we struggle with continued analysis and reflection. We have to seek and share ways to meet these developments on battlegrounds of attack, solidarity and self-organization.

We are facing questions that have already been the focus of anarchist analysis for a long time and which haven’t lost (and probably never will lose) their relevance – questions concerning expropriation, repression and solidarity.

On Saturday, 11th of February 2017 at 7pm, we invite you to come to Infoladen Aachen in Bismarcksraße 37. We would like to share experiences and thoughts with each other regarding the questions raised above, questions that have been brought into focus by the recent repressive blows against anarchist comrades who are accused of bank robberies in Aachen and who are currently facing trial.

More info about the cases and solidarity initiatives:
solidariteit.noblogs.org, solidaritatrebel.noblogs.org, lalime.noblogs.org

[Aachen/Barcelona] Dates set for the trial against the anarchists from Barcelona imprisoned in Germany

The court of Aachen has set the dates for the start of the trial against the two comrades from Barcelona accused of expropriating a branch of Pax-Bank in Aachen in November of 2014. The court case will start on the 23rd of January 2017 and a total of 25 sessions are scheduled.

These two comrades were arrested on respectively 13th of April and 21st of June 2016 in a repressive operation carried out by the Mossos d’Esquadra and the German police, against the social center Blokes Fantasmas and multiple private residences. Since then, the two comrades from Barcelona are being kept in preventative custody in jails in Aachen and Köln.

Let us not forget, that there is also a third comrade from Amsterdam who is being tried at the moment in an independent judicial process that is framed in the same repressive witch hunt that, stemming from the German bank robberies, has been carried out throughout Europe.

From Barcelona we reiterate our solidarity and unconditional support for these comrades and we invite all individuals and collectives to get together and be prepared for any new information or responses to the state’s aggression against those who rebel against its order and misery.

THE ANARCHISTS IMPRISONED IN GERMANY ARE NOT ALONE

WE WANT THEM FREE

WE WANT THEM AMONGST US

In Catalan & Spanish: Solidaritatrebel.noblogs.org

Constant Updates in English: Solidariteit.noblogs.org

Magdeburg, Germany: Repainting of a bank in solidarity with the anarchists accused of the Aachen bank robberies

In the night from the 23rd to the 24th of November the self-service shop of the Sparkasse bank in Magdeburg Buckau had its whole interior repainted in order to express our solidarity with the accused comrades and our rage against this repressive system.

For more info and inspiration for your own action check solidariteit.noblogs.org

No prisons! No States! Freedom for all!

in German

Vienna: Solidarity and rage

In the last weeks, some efforts were made for expressing the solidarity and rage we feel with regard to the repression against those anarchists currently accused of bank expropriations in Germany.

More than ten thousand flyers were scattered in the metropolitan area, slogans were painted on walls, and we visited some of our favourite bank branches to rage a bit.

The trial against our comrades began recently in Aachen (Germany), and we want to show to those who are responsible that we won’t simply accept it if they make our comrades stand trial.

Whether they are “innocent” or “guilty” in the sense of charges, we don’t fucking care – these are categories made by the State and the Capital, not ours. We are pleased about every damaged bank, about every poster, about every bank expropriation!

Solidarity and attack against the world of banks and prisons!

source: linksunten.indymedia.org

Berlin: Let us destroy the prison system – inside or outside – until all are free!

On 16th of October a banner was dropped on a house at Hermannplatz in Berlin: „Let us destroy the Prison System – inside or outside – until all are free!”1000 fliers were spread at Hermannplatz and the metro-entrances.

On the fliers was written:

The rebellious prisoners need our solidarity. In a call of US-prisoners we can read: „If we fight against the power, they will fight back and the only protection we have, is the solidarity from outside.”

Against the prison slavery! Solidarity with the resistance of the imprisoned in the USA and everywhere!

Freedom for the imprisoned people who where arrested, because of bank robberies in Aachen.

Every act of expropriation of the rich and the banks is desirable.

Solidarity with the people from Switzerland who are hit by repression! Blamed for crippling of the metropolis traffic and angry demonstrations through the city of the rich.

No security for the rich and the rulers, until all are free.

Freedom for Aaron and Balu! Caught because they shall have demonstrated for a solidarity life, against the destruction of the neighbourhood and the police state.

Peace to the hovels, war to the palaces – against all institutions and prisons!

School – Clinic – Prison – Factory

Disciplined at school, brainwashed at university, exploited at the job, broken in the prison – against the Prison Society!

Hello Neighbour! In the prison of Plötzensee in Berlin in Germany nearly every third prisoner is imprisoned because of fare-dodge.

Prisons to empty sits!

Burn all prisons – until all are free!

Freedom for all!

Do you still believe in law and order? It works also without!

For a society without prisons!

Our passion for freedom is stronger than every authority!

Germany: First court hearing in 2013 Aachen bank robbery case

On November 4th 2016, the first trial session took place against the anarchist arrested in Amsterdam accused by the prosecution of Aachen of a bank robbery (from 2013).

Although there was an abundant presence of cops of all functions and uniforms at the courthouse (riot police in the courtyard and inside the building, an ID check of anyone attending the court case, cops controlling some people on the streets), over 30 friends and comrades were present in support.

There was a banner outside the court building which demanded the comrade’s immediate release.

The session lasted no longer than one hour – just a few formalities, the reading of the charges and the arranging of the trial schedule.

The next date is Thursday 17th November at 10:30. We remind everyone who wants to be present that they should arrive to the courtroom no later than 09:45, as getting through security takes quite some time.

Updates | Soli-zine

[Greece] Solidarity with the anarchists accused of bank robberies in Aachen

Poster & flyer in Greek, spread in Athens & Patras.

SOLIDARITY
with the anarchists accused of bank robberies in Germany

In July 2015 a Dutch comrade was arrested at the Greek-Bulgarian border. There was an international warrant against her coming from Germany, where she is suspected to have participated in a bank robbery in Aachen in 2013. After a short preventive release she finds herself now in the prison of Köln awaiting trial. In April 2016 another comrade got arrested in Barcelona, on the order of the same German investigation judge, on the suspicion of participation in another bank robbery in the city of Aachen in 2014. In June yet another comrade got arrested in Barcelona on suspicion of participation in this same bank robbery. Shortly after their arrest the two comrades were deported to Germany, a date for their trial is not yet set. The trial in which the Dutch comrade is accused will start on the 4th of November. The main ‘incriminating evidence’ in both robbery cases would consist of DNA samples found on movable objects in or near the targeted banks.

This trial, and the trials to come, will be but masquerades. Because we already know, and always have known, the judgment of the state concerning all those who actively oppose it and the kind of society it defends so eagerly. They will be called criminals, or if it suits better the times, terrorists… But it’s the state and its courts which are the terrorists. Terrorizing people always more and more in a reality which is becoming a true dictatorship of money and control. Continuously inventing more laws, pushing more technologies, gathering more tools to oppress anyone who revolts conscientiously against the daily misery, or those who are simply of no value to the system. Backed up by the indifference of many, they prosecute in the courts, bury alive in the prisons, kill at the borders or in the streets of the cities those who hold dear their dignity and decide to not be a slave of the daily routine.

We are in solidarity with the anarchists facing trials in Germany, and all those choosing paths of freedom instead of the submission and boredom which are forced upon us by this existent, its courts and its cops, its infrastructures of control, its moral and its perspectives.

Let’s put this solidarity in practice by attacking what makes it possible that history repeats itself over and over again. From the politicians, the judges and the media who maintain the prison we are living in today, to the architects which are designing the prisons of tomorrow from behind their desks, to the laboratories of technological ‘progress’ in which a control is being developed that goes beyond imagination for decades to come…

Solidarity – Freedom
Sabotage the prison society

Updates about the cases (in English, German, Spanish & Dutch): solidariteit.noblogs.org

Hamburg: Cash machines sabotaged in solidarity with the anarchists accused in Aachen cases

During the night of September 1st 2016, we sabotaged several ATMs in Hamburg to show solidarity with our comrades.

The extradition hearing of a comrade, who’s prosecuted by the German State for a bank robbery in Aachen, took place in Holland on September 1st.

Our solidarity goes out not only to her but also to the other anarchists affected by this anti-anarchist repression.

Solidarity, rage and anarchy!

German // Update on extradition court case in Amsterdam

Hamburg: Banks attacked in solidarity with the anarchists accused in Aachen robbery cases

In the night between the 24th and 25th of July 2016, the windows and ATMs of two banks in Hamburg were destroyed, and slogans were spray-painted in solidarity with the two anarchists who are accused of bank robberies in the German city of Aachen.

We will not leave them alone! Until all are free!

“We don’t care whether the comrade is ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ of the deeds attributed to her; we leave these categories to the carrion-eating defenders of the system. Every act of expropriation against the enemy, that has been robbing us for hundreds of years, is not just legitimate but desirable. Our boundless complicity with everyone who risk their freedom to expropriate the Capital.” -excerpt from “Every heart is a time bomb” („Jedes Herz ist eine Zeitbombe“) concerning the arrest on April 13th in Barcelona.

More info about the case(s) can be found on solidariteit.noblogs.org.

Altsasu, Navarre: Banner drop in solidarity with the compañera Lisa, incarcerated in Germany

Prisoners to the street! Freedom for Lisa!

On Sunday July 3rd 2016, we dropped a banner in solidarity with the anarchic comrade Lisa, imprisoned by the Spanish state in collaboration with the German state in order to protect the private property of banks; a facade, as everyone knows, of arms trade and international funding of present and future wars. The banner is hung on national road n.1 on the way to Altsasu (Navarre).

Solidarity is a weapon, and we’ll continue to use it. The Spanish and German states-oppressors will find out what that means.

Cops murderers and torturers.

LISA ASKATU! FREEDOM FOR LISA!

(A)

Note of Contra Info: Lisa was captured in Barcelona on April 13th 2016, accused of expropriating a branch of Pax-Bank (financial institution in the service of the Catholic Church) in Aachen in 2014. The compañera has been extradited to Germany awaiting trial. She’s now incarcerated in Cologne’s prison, held in isolation, allowed out to the prison yard only for an hour per day, and her communications with the outside world are highly restricted. Updates in Catalan/Spanish: solidaritat rebel

Spanish | Greek

Barcelona: Attack in solidarity with the comrade arrested on April 13th

In the early hours of June 22nd 2016, we decided to break the routine of the city of Barcelona and show our solidarity with the comrade arrested on April 13th, who will soon be extradited to Germany,* by shattering the windows of the offices of FEDA (German business school) with hammers.

The FEDA German dual business training school, located at Provença Street in the neighbourhood of Clot, is dedicated to training managers, those who aspire to become our future bosses and exploiters, i.e. the capitalist scum. This school is directly linked to the German state, but we don’t forget that the Spanish state and the Mossos d’Escuadra (Catalan police) were the ones that conducted the arrest.

By attacking those offices we send a strong hug to the comrade; we also take this opportunity to encourage everyone to extend solidarity in a multiform manner using direct action. Don’t forget, the nights accompany us, and attack on the structures of Power must multiply.

Anarchists.

* the compañera was extradited to Germany the last day of June 2016

Barcelona: Deutsche Bank branch sabotaged

On May 21st 2016, we attacked a branch of Deutsche Bank located at Gran de Sant Andreu Street. All windows and the ATM screen were smashed, and slogans were spray-painted demanding the release of the compañera who was arrested on April 13th, accused of robbing a Vatican bank in the German city of Aachen.

We encourage everyone to continue actions and displays of solidarity with those subjected to imprisonment and reprisals for fighting.

The struggle is the only way.

Barcelona, summer of 2016

Spanish | Greek

[Thessaloniki] Solidarity with anarchists accused in Aachen bank robbery cases + Update

In Thessaloniki, Greece, posters and flyers were spread with a callout for solidarity with the anarchist comrades accused in bank robbery cases in Germany. Stencils were spray-painted around the city, and a banner was hung at Kamara reading: ‘Solidarity with the anarchist comrades in jail accused of bank robbery in Germany’. The text of the flyer that was spread in Greek and English can be found on Athens IMC & Indymedia.nl.

Update via Solidariteit.noblogs.org: The comrade in Netherlands has been released under restrictive conditions. However, she’s still threatened with extradition to Germany. The extradition hearing will take place on September 1st 2016, when it will be decided if the Netherlands will comply with handing her over to the German State, where she faces charges for an expropriation that happened in Aachen in 2013.

The other compañera, who was arrested in Barcelona in April 2016, has already been extradited to Germany awaiting trial. She is incarcerated in Cologne’s prison, accused of an expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2014.

[Portugal] Callout for solidarity with anarchists accused in Aachen bank robbery cases

Solidarity with anarchists arrested during investigation into several bank robberies in Aachen, Germany

Over the past weeks, various persons have been arrested in Spain and the Netherlands under orders of the German criminal police. A person has been extradited to Germany, another is held in the Netherlands. The investigation is related to various bank robberies in 2013 and 2014 in the city of Aachen.

Are they guilty or innocent? In a society that tends more and more to a dictatorship of money and control, we don’t really care to know the verdict of their courts. The State and its judicial system have always proved to be vigorous watchdogs of the dominant ideology, always marginalising, punishing, capturing, torturing and even assassinating those who are consciously opposed to it, or just those who aren’t lucrative for it and are therefore deemed disposable.

Our hearts and thoughts are with anyone who seeks new paths, who chooses not to be a slave of the status quo, and tries to discover the practical possibilities of that choice; with anyone who fights against the different forms of authority, and attacks the structures and institutions that make oppression of the poor and the undesirable increasingly real.

From everywhere, domination sabotages anyone who lives free and self-determinedly. Let’s fight for reconquering our freedom by sabotaging domination.

FREEDOM FOR THE COMPANHEIRAS
FREEDOM FOR ALL

In solidarity, we carry on…

Portugal, beginning of July 2016

solidaritatrebel.noblogs.org // solidariteit.noblogs.org

the poster in pdf format: a3, a5 | in portuguese

The Hague: ATMs destroyed in solidarity with anarchists accused of expropriating banks in Aachen, Germany

“Solid(A)rity is not just a word; it’s the way we live”; July 7th demonstration from the centre of Amsterdam to the police headquarters where the comrade accused in 2013 Aachen bank robbery case is currently held

Received July 9th 2016:

Last night we demolished 8 ATM machines in The Hague, the Netherlands in solidarity with the anarchist comrades accused of expropriation in Aachen, Germany.*

On July 6th, a comrade was arrested in Amsterdam and is now in jail awaiting extradition to Germany.

The week before, on June 30th, another comrade from Spain was extradited to Germany.

We call out to anybody to take action in solidarity with the imprisoned comrades! We are fucking angry!

We are not interested in knowing whether the comrades are actually responsible for the bank robberies or not. Expropriation is an ethically just and politically legitimate practice, a method of struggle that is part of the history of all revolutionary movements. Indeed, despite the constant attempts by Power to reduce this method to within the scope of a ‘common crime’ motivated by individual greed, the fact is that the expropriation of places of accumulation of capital is a constant in our history: from the anarcho-syndicalist groups in the early twentieth century who robbed banks to support strikes or help the families of imprisoned comrades, to the various autonomous groups of the 70s and 80s.

Immediate freedom for our comrades! Burn all prisons! Destroy all banks!

via Indymedia NL & Autonomen Den Haag

* Note of Contra Info:

In July 2015, a comrade was arrested at the Greek-Bulgarian border, accused of a bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2013. After spending 5 months in pretrial detention in Germany, she was released with charges dropped. However, the prosecution appealed that decision. The comrade was rearrested in Amsterdam a few days ago, pending trial. She’s threatened with extradition to Germany. Updates: Solidariteit.noblogs.org

In April 2016, another comrade was arrested in Barcelona, accused of a bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2014. She has already been extradited to Germany awaiting trial. She’s incarcerated in Cologne’s prison, held in isolation, allowed out to the prison yard only for an hour per day, and her communications with the outside world are highly restricted. Updates: Solidaritatrebel.noblogs.org

in italian

Netherlands: Comrade accused in 2013 Aachen bank robbery case arrested in Amsterdam

This morning, 6 July, our anarchist comrade was arrested in Amsterdam by an arrestatieteam.

This is in connection to an accusation by the Aachen (DE) prosecution in regards to a bank robbery in 2013.

The call for solidarity stands. We are fucking angry.

Vandaag, in de ochtend van 6 Juli, is onze anarchistische kameraadin in amsterdam opgepakt door een arrestatieteam.
Dit in verband met een open aanklacht van de aanklager in Aachen (D) met betrekking tot een bank overval in 2013.
De oproep voor solidariteit blijft. Wij zijn woedend.

For more information about this repressive story & updates in dutch, english and german: solidariteit.noblogs.org

Netherlands: Solidarity actions in The Hague with the compañera imprisoned in Spain since April 13th on charges of expropriation

Last Thursday night, June 30th 2016, we carried out actions in solidarity with our comrade who is imprisoned in total isolation in Spain on charges of participation in a bank expropriation in Aachen, Germany two years ago. She is now awaiting extradition to Germany, which will probably happen this week.

In solidarity we spray-painted ‘Freedom for our Spanish comrade’ on the wall of a department of the Spanish embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands and glued the locks.

That same morning during rush hour a banner was hung above the highway, reading: ‘Burn all prisons! Freedom for our Spanish comrade!’

We are not interested in knowing whether the comrade is actually responsible for the bank robberies or not. Expropriation is an ethically just and politically legitimate practice, a method of struggle that is part of the history of all revolutionary movements.

Indeed, despite the constant attempts by Power to reduce this method to within the scope of a ‘common crime’ motivated by individual greed, the fact is that the expropriation of places of accumulation of capital is a constant in our history: from the anarcho-syndicalist groups in the early twentieth century who robbed banks to support strikes or help the families of imprisoned comrades, to the various autonomous groups of the 70s and 80s.

We call out to anybody to take action in solidarity with the comrade imprisoned in Madrid! Immediate freedom for the comrade!

Burn all prisons!

In solidarity,
some anarchists

via Autonomen Den Haag

Update on Aachen repression

In July 2015 our friend and comrade got arrested at a passport control at the Greek-Bulgarian border. The Europe-wide arrest warrant against her had been issued by the prosecution office of Aachen, Germany, on the 24th of June 2015. In Germany she got locked up under the ‘U-haft‘ (Untersuchungshaft) regime in Cologne because of a presumed involvement in an armed bank robbery that had taken place two years earlier (2013). On the 2nd December 2015, after months of investigation the prosecution formally charged her with bank robbery, hostage taking and weapon possession. On the 16th of December, the court called the prison instructing them to release our comrade because all charges were to be dropped, since the “evidence” that months of investigation produced was not sufficient for this case to be brought to court.

When we were writing the above statement concerning the imprisonment and release of our friend, we hoped it would be the last. Unfortunately the German cops did not agree, and decided to appeal against the decision of her release. This resulted in, after first being rejected by the normal court, the higher court’s decision to reopen the case. Concretely this means that, after having spent nearly six months in preventive prison, our friend and comrade is now outside awaiting trial. It is still unclear when the court case will take place. Despite several desperate attempts from the prosecutor’s office to also get a new warrant for her arrest – at the moment we are awaiting the high court’s decision of yet another appeal – she is still outside with us.

However, on Wednesday the 13th of April the same prosecutor’s office ordered a series of house raids in Barcelona that resulted in the arrest of another comrade; she is said to have participated in a bank robbery that was carried out in Aachen in 2014. It is clear that the German and Spanish authorities have decided to join forces in the ongoing project of repression against anarchists in the European territory, supported by the ever obedient dogs of the media.

As expected the media are rubbing their hands together, intertwining “common crimes” with anarchists. This does not come as a surprise, especially in a time that more and more is defined by repressive blows against anything subversive. However, we think it is important to leave the distinction between “common” or “political” crimes to the cops, the prosecutors, the journalists. We do not need to provide the authorities with categories they are only too willing too accept. As has been stated in the communiqué published by comrades of the person arrested in Barcelona, expropriation of banks is “an ethically just and politically legitimate practice, a method of struggle that forms part of the history of every revolutionary movement.” Whether the accused individuals have participated in the robberies or not is not important to us. What is important is that we express our solidarity with those persecuted by the authorities.

While the servants of the State are spawning their assumptions and accusations into the world with a lot of spectacle, we should remember our own perspectives and ideas. These are not times for speculation, neither on the “motives” of the robberies, nor on the presumed innocence or guilt of the arrested. Rather than being a moment for questions, this should be a moment of answers – clear answers directed at those who oppress us. As has been said before, “you touch one of us, you touch all of us”. More than anything this is a time for solidarity, in every possible form it can take.

Freedom for the imprisoned comrade now
Until all prisons and the banks that need them are destroyed

Amsterdam, 19th April 2016

in German

[Greece] Open letter of Pola Roupa about the attempt to break Nikos Maziotis out of Koridallos prison

Below is the first part of the comrade’s long letter; originally published in Greek on Athens IMC (March 8th 2016).
Under other circumstances, this text would be written by Revolutionary Struggle. However, the outcome of the attempt to break out the comrade Nikos Maziotis of Koridallos prison obliges me to speak personally.

On February 21st [2016], I attempted to break out Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis by helicopter. The operation was planned so that other political prisoners could join us, who wished to make their way to freedom. Details of the plan, how I managed to evade the security measures and board the helicopter armed, have no special significance and I will not refer to them; despite the fact that there has been a lot of misinformation. Just for the sake of clarity, I will only mention that the plan was not based on any previous helicopter prison escape, it is not associated with any findings of plans not yet implemented, and I do not have any relation to another fugitive person despite media portrayals to the contrary. Also, this attempt was not preceded by any escape plan that “was wrecked”, as reported by some media.

A quarter of the journey after our takeoff from Thermisia in Argolida, I took out my gun and I asked the pilot to change course. Of course, he did not understand who I am, but he realised it was an attempted prison break. He panicked. He attacked me pulling out a gun – a fact he “omitted”. Also because they will likely try to refute the fact he was armed, I remind everyone that there are publicly available reports about the discovery of two mags in the helicopter. One was mine, but the second wasn’t mine. The second mag was from his own gun, which he dropped from his hands during our scuffle during flight. And as for me, of course I had a second mag. Would I go to such an operation with only one mag?

He lost control of the helicopter and shouted in panic “we will get killed”. The description that was presented of a helicopter substantially unmanageable is true. But these images did not result from my actions, but his. The helicopter was losing altitude and swirled in the air. We flew a few meters over electricity wires. I screamed to him to pull up the helicopter, to do what I tell him so no one will get hurt.

Within no time at all, we were on the ground. Those who speak of a dispassionate reaction of the pilot, apparently judging from the result, don’t know what they are talking about.

Instead of doing what I told him to do, he preferred to risk crashing with me in a collision of the helicopter, which didn’t happen by chance. It goes without saying that upon entering the helicopter and trying to gain control of it, to direct it to the prisons, I had made my decision. If he refused to do what I told him, I would naturally react. Those who claim I was responsible for the uncontrolled descent of the helicopter, from 5,000 feet to the ground, what did they expect? That I would have said “if you don’t want to come to the prisons, never mind”? I fired my gun and we engaged – both armed – in a scuffle during flight.

He preferred to risk crashing with me on the mountain than to obey. When we finally landed on the ground with speed, even though I knew the operation was lost, I had every opportunity to execute him. I consciously decided not to do so. Although I knew that with this decision I was endangering my life or freedom, I did not execute him even though I had the chance. He himself knows this very well. The only factor that held me back was my political conscience. And I took this decision, risking my own life and possibility to get away.

Regarding the prison escape operation itself, it’s obvious that all possible safety measures were taken in order to safeguard the undertaking against the armed guards patrolling the prison perimeter, and I even carried a bulletproof vest for the pilot as well. In this case, the purpose was to make the prison break happen in a way that would ensure the lowest possible risk for the helicopter, the comrades and, of course, the pilot. I acted with the same thought when we landed on the ground; despite the fact that the operation failed because of the pilot; despite the fact that he was armed. I essentially put his life over my own life and safety. But I am to reconsider this specific choice.

Organising to break out Nikos Maziotis was a political decision, as much as it was a political decision to liberate other political prisoners as well. It was not a personal choice. If I wanted to only liberate my comrade Nikos Maziotis, I wouldn’t have chartered a large helicopter – a fact that made the operation’s organising more complex. The aim of the operation was the liberation of other political prisoners as well; those who actually wanted, together with us, to make their way to freedom.

This action, therefore, despite its personal dimensions that are known, was not a personal choice but a political one. It was a step in the path to Revolution. The same goes for every action I have carried out and for every action I will make in the future. These are links in a chain of revolutionary planning aimed to create more favourable political and social conditions, for broadening and strengthening revolutionary struggle. Below I will refer to the political basis of this choice; but first I have to talk about facts, and the way I have operated until now in regard to some of these facts.

As I previously mentioned, every action I carry out concerns an act related to political planning. In the same context, I expropriated a branch of Piraeus Bank on the premises of Sotiria Hospital in Athens last June [2015]. With this money, in addition to my survival in “clandestinity”, I secured the organising of my action and financing of the operation for the liberation of Nikos Maziotis and other political prisoners from Koridallos women’s prisons. The reason I refer to this expropriation (I couldn’t care less about the penal consequences of this admittance) is because, at this time, I consider it absolutely necessary to disclose how I operate in regard to the safety of civilians, who in certain circumstances happen to be present in revolutionary actions I am involved in, and my perspective about this issue on the occasion – always mutatis mutandis – of the prison escape attempt.

In the case of the expropriation of Piraeus Bank branch, what I mentioned to the bank clerks when we walked into the bank was that they should not press the alarm button, because this would endanger their own safety, since I wasn’t willing to leave the bank without the money. I did not threaten them, nor would they ever be in danger because of me. They would only be in danger because of the police, if cops arrived at the spot and we subsequently had an armed clash. And the police would only arrive if any clerks pressed the bank alarm. This was a development which they themselves wanted to avoid. Because people who happen to be present in every such action are not afraid of those trying to expropriate, but instead the police intervening. Besides, it’s really stupid for anyone to attempt to defend money belonging to bankers. And for the record, when a female clerk told me “we ourselves are also poor people,” I suggested to her that we step over to a “blind” spot, where cameras can’t see us, to let her have 5,000 euros, which she did not accept, apparently out of fear. If she had accepted the money, she can be sure I would not speak publicly about it. And one detail: what I was holding was a medical apron to conceal my gun while waiting outside the bank; it was not a towel(!), as mentioned several times.

In every period of time, in the struggle for Revolution – as is also the case in all wars – at times the revolutionaries are obliged to seek the assistance of civilians in their fight. The historical examples are too many – an attempt to document them would fill an entire book, and this isn’t the time to expand on the matter – both in Greece and in armed movements and organisations in other countries. In such cases, however, we essentially ask them to take sides in a war. Once someone refuses to assist, their stance is not just about the particular practice, but an overall hostile stance against the struggle. They endanger or cancel undertakings, they put the lives of fighters in danger, they throw obstacles in the way of a revolutionary process. They take a position against a social and class war.

Neither at Piraeus Bank branch nor during the attempted helicopter escape did I make my identity known. Therefore, no one involved in these cases knew that those were political actions. But after the failed escape attempt, and given that – as I already mentioned – I had the opportunity to kill the pilot but I didn’t, risking my own life, I have to make the following public: from now on, whenever I need the assistance of civilians again, and if I deem it necessary, I will make my identity known from the outset. Since my mission in any case concerns the promotion of the struggle for overthrowing the criminal establishment, let everyone know that any possible refusal of cooperating and effort of obstructing the action will be treated accordingly.

I am, of course, aware of the personal details of the pilot, but I did not threaten his family. I would never threaten families and children.

This is my balance sheet after the escape attempt, one I must make public.

THE PRISON ESCAPE OPERATION WAS A REVOLUTIONARY CHOICE

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I ATTEMPTED THE PRISON ESCAPE FOR SOCIAL REVOLUTION
ALL MY LIFE I STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL REVOLUTION
I WILL CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL REVOLUTION

Pola Roupa
member of Revolutionary Struggle

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Athens: Prison sentences in the 2nd trial against Revolutionary Struggle

On March 3rd 2016, the Koridallos prison court sentenced all co-accused in the second trial against Revolutionary Struggle with regard to the attack with a car bomb containing 75kg of explosives against the Bank of Greece’s Supervision Directorate in central Athens on April 10th 2014; the shootout in Monastiraki on July 16th 2014 (when comrade Nikos Maziotis was injured and recaptured by police); and expropriations of bank branches.

Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis was sentenced to life in prison plus 129 years and a fine of 20,000 euros.

Revolutionary Struggle (fugitive) member Pola Roupa was sentenced to 11 years in prison on misdemeanor charges (if arrested, she will stand trial on felony charges, too).

Antonis Stamboulos was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Giorgos Petrakakos was sentenced to 36 years in prison plus a fine of 9,000 euros.