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Germany: Message from imprisoned comrade Thomas Meyer-Falk to the protesters against the Hamburg G20 summit

For a society without prisons!

Solidarity and affectionate greetings from prison! When the representatives of the G20 nations meet in Hamburg, the elite of the prison companies, which are represented by Merkel, Trump, Putin and Erdogan, will also meet.

Now, at this moment, many tens of thousands of prisoners in Germany, France, UK and Turkey are behind bars, as well as millions in the US, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia etc!

And also in Hamburg right now are thousands of people in the prisons of the supposedly ‘free’ Hanseatic City [Hamburg’s full name is Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg]. To make room for even more, a detention center for up to 400 extra prisoners was built. 100 judges volunteered to legalize the arrests by police during the summit.

Whoever attacks the G20 also attacks the prison-industrial complex. A system based on exploitation and oppression. A system in which the police, the judiciary and the economy work hand in hand. A system that intimidates and permanently removes people from the political process, but still ‘recycles’ them economically.

To all of you in Hamburg, for active and combative hours and days!

Hearfelt greetings from Freiburg’s prison

Thomas Meyer-Falk
(Long-term prisoner since 1996)

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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

German prisons: June 11th statement by Thomas Meyer-Falk

Fighting back: every day!

When I look back on the day of my arrest 20 years ago, I wasn’t imagining what I would have to experience during the next decades of my life.

The first decade they kept me in solitary confinement; since 2007 I’m in population. But I don’t know if or when I’ll get free, because there’s an old law from 1933. Passed by the Nazis on 24 November 1933 – the P.D. law (preventative detention), which allows the state to keep someone in prison for life, without giving him a life sentence. In their theory the P.D. isn’t a sentence – but the P.D. units are still inside regular prisons, inmates living in cells, bars are still at their windows, they’re going into the prison yard and being supervised by prison staff.

What is P.D. for? What are prisons for? Prisons are necrophilic places. There are living people who often have necrophilic attitudes, and there are working people who have necrophilic attitude as well. P.D. and prisons are made for a necrophilic society, for people who often have necrophilic attitudes, and these places are still made by people who have necrophilic attitudes.

A biophilic attitude is the one we’re still fighting for and which is fulfilling our hearts.

Biophilia is the passionate love of and for life and all which is alive. It is the deepest desire to encourage the growth of humans, plants, an idea, or a social group. A biophilic person prefers to build something new instead of keeping the same old things. A biophilic person will be, instead of have, more.

The necrophilic character is attracted by everything which is dead (things, money…all these are ‘dead’), ill, moldering, and they try to transform everything which is alive into something which is dead. So they love laws, orders, discipline, more than liveliness, because they fear it.

So, every day, millions of inmates in the world’s dark, cold dungeons are getting tortured, separated from their loved ones and from the life outside the thick and high walls, based on modern or on old so-called “laws” of necrophile-capitalist societies.

It is necessary and indispensable to fight against this brutal system. It’s not a question that a lot of inmates have done really terrible acts – but they’re also ‘products’ of a necrophilic society. No one can learn to love life and freedom in necrophilic places, which prisons are!

Prisons have to be abolished! It will be a long road we have to walk together before we’ll live in a society without prisons. But we have to fight for it. Day by day, month by month, year by year.

Let me add something about my own current situation, because comrades asked me what they can do to help me. It is important that no inmate gets forgotten! Support them, write them postcards and letters, collect money. But the work shouldn’t end in supporting individuals. Because of the millions of inmates, no one can help all of them – the strategic struggle against prisons and the prison-society needs more than individual support.

Thank all of you for your attention, for your good will and your support!

No state! No prison! No borders!

Thomas Meyer-Falk
long-term inmate (since 1996)
freedomforthomas.wordpress.com

in Greek

Germany: New Year’s Eve demo at the prison of Freiburg

In the evening of December 31st, 2014, in Freiburg, around 20 people demonstrated unannounced and without permit for the freedom of all prisoners and against the repressive society. From the meeting point at Tennenbacher square the demonstration moved to Freiburg’s prison. Despite the failing sound system, the demo was loudly and was accompanied with appropriate pyrotechnics and some colour eggs. At least at the main entrance the prisoners heard the demo and waved back. The demo lasted about half an hour. The police showed no reaction.

Below are a few words from comrade Thomas Meyer-Falk, imprisoned in Freiburg. Two other speeches prepared by supporters for the action can be found in the German original.

Greeting by Thomas Meyer-Falk

New Year’s Eve 2014

This gesture of yours, showing solidarity with those who are forced to live behind these thick cold walls, is shining like a torch in the darkness. As in the years before, people suffered and died here in 2014. There have been suicides, many suicide attempts and a hunger strike.

And yet one can see pulsating life behind bars, which is not least fueled by the solidarity support from relatives, friends or comrades.

The anti-prison fight will always include the idea of a radical change of existing conditions, because the capitalist form of society will never do without prisons. Someone fighting for the abolition of custodial institutions will, at the same time, be endeavoring to live in another society; that is, a free society.

Your demos at this prison are cherished enthusiastically by those who live here. Because you show us that we here are not alone and that there are people who reject incarceration.

Solidarian and heart-throbbing greetings!

To all of you a healthy, colourful, lively and free 2015!

For a society without prisons!

Thomas Meyer-Falk

Freiburg, Germany: Reportback from New Year’s Eve demo from both sides of the prison walls

For a society without prisons

In the early evening of December 31st, 2013, around 50 people gathered in front of the local prison in Freiburg to express their solidarity with the political prisoner Thomas Meyer-Falk and the social captives. Initially, a rally was held close to the preventative detention section of the prison. A salute to Thomas was first read out. A longer contribution followed, which examined the background of this type of ‘security detention’ after completion of one’s sentence (Sicherungsverwahrung).

Later demonstrators moved to the main entrance of the prison, with fireworks and slogans like “Freedom for all prisoners” and “We are not all, the prisoners are missing”. The police escorted the demonstration with some officers at a reasonable distance.

An intermediate gathering took place at the square in front of the main entrance. The Freiburg Anarchist Group read out a collective critique of prisons as well as greetings in different languages to those imprisoned. The prison staff provoked the demo by filming and photographing through the windows of the keeper’s house and from its roof. The prisoners reacted to the noise outside by shouting and whistling.

The demo continued towards the train station and dissolved at the Wilhelmstraße entrance. The prisoners could follow each speech via live broadcast on the free radio station of Freiburg Radio Dreyeckland.

In the late evening hours, several people attacked the keeper’s house with pyrotechnics. The prisoners welcomed this action with loud jeering.

Below is an excerpt from a text of Thomas Meyer-Falk about the noise demo at Freiburg prison:

From 6pm, four of us followed the live transmission of the anti-prison demo by the Radio Dreyeckland (a local non-commercial radio station). Six collectives from Freiburg called out for this event. Best regards and thanks to the organizers, activists, the people of Radio Dreyeckland, and all those who share the claim for a society without prisons, or at least are open to listen to the arguments in favor.

A strong signal was sent through combative contributions and slogans on this December 31st. In the following days, the demo was mentioned and discussed among preventatively detainees and penal captives. Even among the prison guards the demo became a central topic of discussion, since such attention to both the penal captives and the inmates under security detention hardly ever appears.

Due to the construction of the preventative detention section, it was impossible to feel or hear ‘live’ what was happening outside, because the sound died away in the backyard and did not penetrate the prison cells. So, it was really nice that we could listen to the Radio Dreyeckland.

In the penal custody wing, things were different. The prisoners were able to see the demonstrators from the upper floors.

sources: linksunten, freedomforthomas

Germany: A greeting message from Thomas Meyer-Falk for the demonstration on the 21st of December in Hamburg

From time to time, resistance ends in prison.

So at this juncture: combative and heartfelt greetings from Freiburg’s death-house.

The building where preventatively detainees are locked up is called death-house over here. The Sicherungsverwahrung, preventative detention after completion of one’s sentence, is based on a Nazi law of November 24, 1933; a regulation against which Kurt Tucholsky himself had fought. The outcasts of society sit here without hope.

Generally prisons are places where people are being stored, exploited and oppressed. Society as a whole is reflected on the inside; here, it only gets violent a few degrees more.

Manifestations such as today’s demo in Hamburg act as a beacon and ignited spark. Not only within society in front of walls, but also behind these prison walls.

Let’s break the chains!

Thomas Meyer-Falk
Red and Anarchist Skinhead (RASH)
Long-term prisoner, since 1996
Freiburg, December 2013.

[Germany] Thomas Meyer-Falk: 17 years in prison – A balance sheet

June 6, 2013

After being imprisoned for almost 17 years nonstop, from the 8th of July 2013 onward I will be held in preventative detention (Sicherungsverwahrung, a form of “security detention” in Germany for convicts who have served full terms, but are still considered to be a risk to “public safety” and therefore detained past the end of their sentence). So I want to use this final period of my prison sentence to write a balance sheet of sorts.

Solitary confinement phase

Though it is still used today, particularly in the German justice system, the notion of continuous solitary confinement (incommunicado detention) was more common in the 70s and 80s. For example Günther Finneisen was in complete isolation in the prison JVA Celle for 15 years straight. Peter Wegener’s detention passed its 18th anniversary in May of 2013, all of which was spent in an isolation wing.

My own imprisonment began with solitary confinement in Stuttgart-Stammheim, then in 1998 for a few months in Straubing (Bavaria). After I defended myself effectively in court against the shift to Straubing, I was held in the prison JVA Bruchsal (Baden-Württemberg) until May 2007. Since May 2007 I have remained in “normal detention” (Normalvollzug), which means that I can meet other prisoners in the yard and visit other prisoners in their cells, and they can visit me in mine.

So what is this solitary confinement? Those held in isolation must spend time alone and cannot meet with other prisoners. Even the guards can only be seen when they bring you to the prison yard or to the shower cell, or hand you meals through the small hatch in the cell door. Depending on the local conditions, there is neither a radio nor a TV for either distraction or some sort of information. Visits from friends and relatives are severely restricted: you can see them behind bulletproof glass (just like in US movies), and guards are always present and listen to every word being said. Incoming and outgoing letters are read and sometimes copied by the prison administration, in order to be filed. The address of the recipient and sender are noted in lists.

Before and after visits, prisoners get completely searched, including being stripped naked (even though the prisoner cannot have, and is not allowed, any physical contact with visitors). This also happens before and after being let out into the tiny yard which is topped with barbed wire.

Those imprisoned in such isolation are no longer human beings, but potential sources of danger. More like a piece of meat that gets transported here and there under complete surveillance and control.

The isolation cells are no luxury suites either: everything is sterile, screwed on tightly and mostly made out of metal. Having private clothing is forbidden, of course, and other personal belongings (like pens, paper, photographs) are reduced to an absolute minimum.

This is how you live not only for days and weeks, but for years or whole decades. The aforementioned case of Günther F. was described as “scandalous” by a professor (Dr. Feest) in his commentary about the prison act.

The so-called deprivation—the prohibition of any stimuli, and of course, preventing contact with other people—has unavoidable physical and psychological impairing effects.

Some prisoners held in solitary confinement have had total psychological breakdowns, and there are suicide attempts, simply because they cannot stand the loneliness, the complete absence of anyone else. These people can only bare these conditions with psychotropic drugs. Others are more resilient, more resistant to the psychological burden, but do not remain unaffected by these harmful effects.

Despite the fact that I have been in “normal detention” for six years now—which means that the cell is open for two and a half hours every weekday and five and half every weekend, so that I can meet other prisoners—I still prefer to limit my interactions to one or two prisoners at a time in specific circumstances, since situations with more people around me present too many stimuli for me to handle. Those who must live alone too much for so long, learn to accommodate themselves to such circumstances, in such a way that certain mechanisms also assume an independent reality.

Thus, a reduced capacity to absorb what someone is saying, or the ability to concentrate on face-to-face conversations only, are part of those problems.

As a rule, we can only read or hear about people who are held in solitary confinement when they are able to actively inform others about themselves (via letters, since there are no other possibilities). The sad thing is that there are so many people in isolation, who are unheard and unseen simply because they do not have the ability or the will to spread information about their own situation and draw attention to their lot. Continue reading [Germany] Thomas Meyer-Falk: 17 years in prison – A balance sheet

Freiburg, Germany: Solidarity graffiti for accused comrades

As a small sign of solidarity with imprisoned and prosecuted comrades in France, Denmark and worldwide, a graffiti has been placed in striking distance to the station of Pressehaus, in the city of Freiburg.

The station’s wall is now decorated with the slogans: “Solidarity with Isa, Juan, Damien, Ivan, Fari, Bruno and the 5 comrades in Copenhagen! Our struggle is no terrorism! Fight the law! (A)”

Our thoughts are constantly with our friends who are facing a trial under accusations of terrorism. Despite the ongoing criminalization against the anarchist movement, the will for change is unbroken without any limits. Rage against the dominating conditions and love for freedom are thereby the motivations of previous, present and future struggles.

For freedom and for anarchy – destroy the hierarchy!

by “anna chismus” / source: linksunten.indymedia.org