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Athens, Greece: Three Revolutionary Struggle prisoners on hunger & thirst strike – Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas abducted

In the early morning hours of January 5th 2017, two Revolutionary Struggle members, fugitive comrade Pola Roupa and anarchist Konstantina Athanasopoulou were captured at a southern suburb of Athens. Anti-terror cops raided a hideout with Pola and her six-year-old son inside, while Konstantina was arrested in another house nearby.

After being forcibly removed from his mother, Lambros-Viktoras Maziotis Roupas—the small son of Revolutionary Struggle members Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa—is being held captive inside a children’s hospital guarded by cops(!), without any access to visitations by his close relatives or even the legal representative of his parents.

The Greek authorities, and in particular the public prosecutor for minors Mrs. Nikolou, still refuse to entrust the child to first-degree relatives of Pola Roupa.

In response to this, three Revolutionary Struggle members—the anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis, the recaptured comrade Pola Roupa and the newly arrested Konstantina Athanasopoulou—have undergone hunger and thirst strike since January 5th, demanding that the six-year-old be immediately placed with his aunt and grandmother (relatives on his mother’s side).

In an open letter Nikos Maziotis stated, among others, that: “Our son is the child of two revolutionaries, and he’s proud of his parents. We will not succumb to any blackmail. We defend our choices with our very life”.

On January 6th, during the women’s transfer to Evelpidon courts, Pola shouted: “The worms are holding my kid captive at Paidon (children’s hospital in Athens), guarded by armed cops; at the age of six, he is a prisoner of war” and: “Long live the Revolution!”. Furthermore, Pola stated: “I am a revolutionary, and I have nothing to apologize for.”

Below is Konstantina’s statement:

“I am an anarchist, member of the armed revolutionary organization Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas). The only terrorists are the State and the Capital. I refuse to eat and drink anything until the child of my comrades Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis is delivered to relatives of theirs.
Konstantina Athanasopoulou”

On the inside, anarchist prisoners and other inmates at different wings of Koridallos male and female prisons have mounted a joint protest by refusing lock-up, to claim an end to the captivity of Lambros-Viktoras in solidarity with the Revolutionary Struggle prisoners currently on hunger and thirst strike.

On the outside, comrades in various cities throughout Greece have carried out diverse actions in immediate support of the anarchist revolutionaries, demanding that the first-degree relatives of Pola Roupa be granted immediate visitation and custody of the underage child.

Strength to Konstantina Athanasopoulou, Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, proud members of Revolutionary Struggle.

Revolutionary Struggle will neither lay down arms nor surrender to the enemies of freedom.

in German | Italian | Portuguese

Greece: Fugitive comrades Marios Seisidis and Kostas Sakkas arrested in Sparta

In the early hours of Friday August 5th 2016, it became known that Marios Seisidis and Kostas Sakkas were arrested in the area of Sparta, Peloponnese. Following their refusal to give fingerprints and pose for mug shots, they were badly beaten by police. The captive comrades are expected to be transferred to Athens.

Anarchist complicity with Marios Seisidis and Kostas Sakkas!

[Athens] CCF escape case trial: Statement of Athena Tsakalou to the court

Below is the statement of Athena Tsakalou (the mother of CCF anarchist prisoners Christos Tsakalos and Gerasimos Tsakalos) which was read out in Koridallos prison court by her defense lawyer in late June 2016, while the CCF escape case trial was still underway.

I haven’t chosen silence, even though it expresses me on many occasions because everyone interprets silence as it suits them. I’ve preferred to make this personal statement. And I call it personal because I don’t belong anywhere; I only belong to myself.

There comes a moment when you take a look back at the years in your life, and you realise you’ve left to live far fewer than the years you’ve already lived; that is, if everything goes well. And this is a strange but intense sensation, which makes me ask myself to be sincere. Not in the simple way we often think about it, but in an essential, deeper way.

I don’t like to say: where is this world going? It’s something that we – people at an older age – often do, but such a phrase conceals some sort of innocence that I refuse to accept. I prefer to ask myself: how do you yourself walk through this world?

And the truth is that all I want is to walk among people in a consolatory manner. It’s very important to be able to console people, especially your own people; to be able to tell them when they’re going through tough times: I’m standing by you; I’ll always stick with you. Nothing else. This is my only desire, and I’m glad whenever I’m able to do that.

So when Angeliki knocked on the door of my home, that’s exactly what I did. And it was a great pleasure for me that I was able to offer her refuge, even if only for a short while. The way the world is, the only place I want to live in is the place of defiance.

Assuming that, throughout the centuries, people have intended to live, if not a life of happiness, at least a joyful life, their history to date shows that they’ve failed. History books, either the official, inspected ones, or the secret ones that it’s hard to come by, show that people have failed. It may be that the conditions for survival or living standards got better – although ‘better’ is relative, as this is not the case in some parts of the earth – but the pain, the horror of wars, of hunger and oppression continue to rise.

Of course there’s a difference; a nightmarish difference. Nowadays, death is no longer caused just by hand-to-hand combat on the battlefields where, even from a distance determined by a firearm, you’re able to see the falling body and hear the cry of pain, and regardless of how much dehumanised you’ve become, this sight and sound leaves a peculiar imprint within you that, at some point, might make you not want war anymore. On today’s battlefields, we find ourselves in the era of smart bombs, and one is able to retain ‘their innocence’ by pressing a button which brings mass death; that’s the difference.

For some time now, more than 10,000 refugee children who were travelling unaccompanied have disappeared in Europe over the past 18–24 months. There are fears that many of them have fallen victim to exploitation by organised crime networks…

The world’s 62 richest people hold as much wealth as half the population on the planet…

The earth’s products are enough to feed its entire population, yet millions of people, millions of children die of hunger.

Some very few, like these 62 wealthiest people in the world, might say: ‘all this stuff about a joyful life is nothing but a trap set for the many to be lured into it, because the whole deal with the world is a game, a game of death. It’s not just the money that matters; besides, we have plenty of that; what really matters is the ability to use our power to play games with the entire world; all of a sudden, to drive thousands of people to death; to scare entire populations with wars, famine and diseases when we’re bored; because that’s also up to us, to cause diseases, thanks to scientists. In some sense, we’re a kind of gods; and gods are always almighty.’

And this is true, but it’s also true that there are no gods without believers. Gods cannot just live all by themselves; they want their faithful to walk quietly around their gardens, ready to execute their orders – all of their orders, even if it means killing one another. However, there are always those whose blood is resided by the first rebellion of Eve and Adam.

And it’s about time we said: after so much human blood watering the earth’s soil every day, after all this lament filling the earth’s air, if there’s no change of course for the human species, if the human mind isn’t crossed by a lightning at some point, so that we see everything differently… then indeed it’d be a brave decision if people eventually said: ‘for so many centuries, we’ve been unable to find joy; we might as well admit that as a species we aren’t capable of something like this; we might as well admit our failure and leave calmly; let us be the last of the humans; let us admit that only trees deserve life, continuity, eternity as they’re free of the instinct of war, of horror.’

Lately all I want to do is plant trees. And someone might ask me: but is this truly your deepest desire? No, I haven’t done well; I’m still determined by the ability to see as far as my eye can see, to keep my mind off things by taking pleasure in small joys; but when I open the eye of my mind to a worldwide wandering, a worldwide looking, and I see how small a share joy has in people’s lives, I say once more: if the dream doesn’t enter people’s lives, if there’s no change of course for the human species, only trees deserve continuity, life, eternity.

Athena Tsakalou

USA: June 11th reportback from Bloomington, Indiana

Received June 20th 2016:

Here is a short run-down of events and actions that occurred in Bloomington related to the June 11th international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners:

– A benefit in late May raised over $350 for anarchist prisoners.

– A benefit dance party in late May raised over $600 for queer and trans prisoners, including anarchist comrade Michael Kimble.

– A ‘packathon’ event put together packages of books for prisoners.

– A letter writing night signed and mailed cards and letters to over 20 anarchist prisoners in the USA, Chile, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Russia. Individuals’ translation skills enabled these to be written in the languages understood by comrades outside of the US.

– An informational night presented on the cases and current situations of over two dozen anarchist prisoners around the world.

– A movie showing of G.A.R.I., about an action group who held a banker hostage, demanding freedom for anarchists held captive in Franco’s prisons.

– A microphone demonstration and picnic. We played recorded texts written by anarchist prisoners, which were amplified. For three hours, the center of town echoed with the words of our imprisoned comrades. Afterwards, hundreds of flyers about Marius Mason were scattered around downtown.

– On the night of June 11th, anonymous individuals smashed out the windows of the probation office.

– A walk in Yellowwood State Forest in honor of Marius Mason. Years ago, Marius had spiked trees in that exact forest, in defense of wild spaces in Indiana.

– At most of these events, we set up a large table of informational handbills, zines of prisoners’ writings, posters, and prisoner addresses.

We are approaching the struggle against prison and the state with a basic proposal: that of polymorphous struggle.

We refuse any hierarchy of tactics, seeing each initiative as a tool which contributes to a diverse struggle. Fundraising, sending literature to prisoners, writing letters, spreading information about the struggles of our comrades, public demonstrations, attacking the state – all help create a space from which individuals can fight in whatever way is desirable to them or makes sense in their circumstances. We absolutely reject both the handwringing weakness that says that to act combatively for our comrades is dangerous, and the posturing militancy that finds no value in anything but “hard” actions. For us, everything that contributes to strengthening our comrades in prison and our shared struggle against the state is essential.

Anyone can contribute to this tapestry of struggle. All it takes is to be decided.

We send greetings to all imprisoned and fugitive comrades around the world.

Death to the state!
Long live anarchy!

in German, Greek

Mexico: Telmex phone booths sabotaged

Received June 19th 2016:

We want to communicate the destruction of 13 telephone booths of the Telmex company. Telmex is a company that builds federal prisons in Mexico. Carlos Slim, its owner, is a businessman who also owns other companies involved in the construction of the “Mexico–Toluca high-speed train” that is destroying forests and aquifers. These acts of sabotage were carried out during the night of June 17th in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico.

This sabotage is in solidarity with the prisoners who’ve rioted in Barrientos prison. It is in support of the compas that “yes” are on the run in Mexico: Chivo, Tripa and “Cobi”; for compa Gustavo R. and for the destruction of prisons.

FIRE TO THE COMPANIES THAT BUILD PRISONS

Anarchists

in Spanish

[Spain] Anarchist Gabriel Pombo da Silva released from prison; driven into clandestinity

Gabriel Pombo da Silva has finally been released from prison, but apparently they want him locked up again in 45 days, leaving him with no choice but to go underground.

Gabriel has reaffirmed his anarchist convictions, expressed his gratitude and love to all those who’ve stood by him over the past 30 years, and made it clear he’ll continue the fight against prisons, without ever forgetting libertarian comrades held captive by the Spanish State and many more across the world; particularly Mónica Caballero, Francisco Solar, Claudio Lavazza, and the compañera arrested on April 13th in Barcelona, who now faces extradition to Germany.

Prisoners to the street!

Greece: Nea Anchialos operation resulted in the death of Spyros Dravilas and the capture of Grigoris Tsironis and Spyros Christodoulou

‘… as of now forever free’
Honour to Spyros Dravilas
Anarchists

On May 29th 2015, during an anti-terrorist operation of the Greek police in the area of Nea Anchialos in Magnesia (in close distance to the city of Volos), Spyros Dravilas fell dead inside a safe house under unverified circumstances. The police operation against dubbed ‘Distomo robbers’ resulted not only in the death of Spyros Dravilas (an illegalist and ex-prisoner in struggle), but also in the arrest of Grigoris Tsironis (an anarchist comrade, very active over the past two decades, who was on the run since 2006) and Spyros Christodoulou (an illegalist and unruly ex-prisoner).

The authorities released an autopsy report indicating that Dravilas fired a rifle inside his mouth. Obviously we cannot know what really happened, but so far it seems that his close ones and the two arrestees themselves have not refuted this version of the story.

In the year 2006, Spyros Dravilas had violated a furlough from Koridallos prison (he never returned to prison while on a leave). Rearrested in 2008, he was accused – and denied the charges levelled against him – of liberating two prisoners (Vassilis Palaiokostas, who remains a fugitive after another helicopter prison escape, and Alket Rizai, who was recaptured in 2009) by landing a helicopter for the first time at Koridallos prison yard in June 2006.

In 2009, Dravilas was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment and served time in Domokos prison. During the summer of 2013, it became known that Dravilas had violated his prison furlough and gone into clandestinity again.

In the aftermath of the Nea Anchialos anti-terrorist operation, the police/media have tried to portray the deceased Dravilas as perpetrator of an armed attack against the Domokos prison chief warden Serafeim Kallimanis, which took place on February 21st 2015 in the area of Kouvela in Stylida. It’s probably no coincidence that, amid media frenzy, the execution of that chief warden was claimed on May 31st via a communiqué by the ‘Militia Organization/Popular Justice’ (making no mention whatsoever of Dravilas).

Below are excerpts from a text issued on June 1st by comrades and friends of Spyros Dravilas and those captured in Nea Anchialos:

‘Grigoris has always been and remains a comrade. (…) Spyros Christodoulou has always been and remains an insubordinate proletarian, who has carved and still carves his own path in dignity under the most adverse conditions: imprisonment and clandestinity. Exactly like Spyros Dravilas… Of course, no one should ever think he feared possible retaliation by prison guards against him! No sleazy hand of screws could ever touch him without taking into account the price they’d have to pay. Why, then, did Spyros judge he had to turn the gun on himself? Because the always smiling Spyros, the youth who had always honoured his friendships and his promises, ensuring he would do so through his dynamism, the friend who bravely faced the risks that his life and freedom ran as an outlaw, knew what awaited him. He had tasted it from the age of 21, when he first came to know of the harsh reality of incarceration. Since then, having spent several years in prison, he became a runaway and fugitive from justice until the age of 34, when he consciously dismissed the long-term deprivation of his freedom. He refused, like very few people can, to see himself walking down those miserable corridors and into the prison cells of the correctional hellholes; he refused to surrender the remaining years of an insubmissive youth to the modern galleys. Honour forever to Spyros Dravilas! To us, Spyros is neither “the buzz-cut-guy” nor “the helicopter-flying-guy”, but Spyros “the kra”, the vagabond from the area of Tavros, the jovial and undaunted, the good-hearted friend… We don’t forget; we don’t forgive. Solidarity with the arrestees Grigoris Tsironis and Spyros Christodoulou. Fire to the galleys!’

Recall that, in January 2006, a bank robbery on Solonos Street in the city centre of Athens resulted in the heavy injury and captivity of anarchist Yannis Dimitrakis. His arrest was followed by delirious police/media propaganda about the alleged existence of a ‘robbers’ in black gang’. That year, anarchists Simos Seisidis, Marios Seisidis and Grigoris Tsironis were proclaimed wanted for the case. In 2009, a 600,000 euro bounty was placed on their heads. (Marios Seisidis remains fugitive to this day.)

Below is a statement released by comrade Grigoris Tsironis on June 2nd, while in custody in the Athens police headquarters (GADA):

‘A 9-year period of freedom in clandestinity has ended perhaps in the worst possible way: the death of brother Spyros Dravilas. I’d like to express my most heartfelt condolences to his family and wish them courage to bear this loss. Spyros, as of now forever free, will always live in my heart and in my thoughts. Those who are still being hunted as they walk the uncharted paths of freedom will likewise remain in my heart and on my mind. Lots of strength to you brothers and sisters…

Lastly, from inside a holding cell on the 12th floor of the Athens police headquarters, I send my greetings to the imprisoned comrades wishing them speedy freedom, till we meet again soon.

PS. I thank and I’m grateful to those who either knowingly or unknowingly have helped me and given me moments of joy, happiness and comradeship all these years.

Grigoris Tsironis’

On June 2nd, Grigoris Tsironis and Spyros Christodoulou were brought before investigating judge and prosecutor in the Athens courthouse at Evelpidon Street, where nearly 50 comrades were gathered in solidarity with the two arrestees. Upon entering the building, Tsironis and Christodoulou swore at reporters/journalists. After they exited the courtroom, anti-riot squads did not permit eye contact between supporters and the arrestees, who were taken out of the building from the backside. People in solidarity shouted slogans, and some minor skirmishes with the anti-riot cops ensued.

The arrestees were sent to pretrial detention. Both had their DNA samples forcibly taken by police. Their request for transfer to Koridallos prison was denied. Grigoris Tsironis is expected to be moved to Trikala prison and Spyros Christodoulou to Alikarnassos prison (Crete).

In the meantime, police have conducted further house raids in their search for bank robbery suspects.

Greek prisons – Revolutionary Struggle case: Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas transferred to Koridallos prison ahead of second-instance trial

On May 21st 2015, the Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners & imprisoned and prosecuted fighters reported that the anarchist prisoners Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas were transferred from Domokos prison to the dungeon in Koridallos women’s prison ahead of the second-instance trial on Revolutionary Struggle’s action (2003-2010).

Gournas and Maziotis are currently separated from other prisoners convicted as members of armed revolutionary organisations, who are also being held in the basement of Koridallos women’s prison (i.e. four CCF anarchists, and the convicted 17N member Iraklis Kostaris).

The appeal trial in the Revolutionary Struggle case (2003-2010 action) will begin on Friday, May 22nd 2015, at 9am. The Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners & imprisoned and prosecuted fighters call everyone to express their solidarity with the comrades on trial and attend court proceedings at Koridallos prison.

The comrades who were sentenced in the first-instance court ruling are the prisoners Kostas Gournas and Nikos Maziotis, as well as the fugitive Pola Roupa, who have assumed political responsibility for their participation in the organisation, but also the conditionally released Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis, who have denied their involvement.

A few notes on the Revolutionary Struggle case:

The anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) has carried out direct actions in Athens since 2003, targeting structures and organs of the State and the Capital, defending armed and class struggle, and aiming towards social revolution. Their revolutionary action includes a rocket propelled grenade attack, car bomb explosions, bombings and gunshots, among others, against the Finance and Labour ministries, the United States Embassy, the Athens Stock Exchange, anti-riot cops, police stations, court buildings, multinational corporations, banks, as well as a politician implicated in high-profile scandals.

In March 2010, anarchist Lambros Foundas was killed in a shootout with cops. A month later, Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas (in pretrial incarceration at the time) claimed political responsibility for their participation in Revolutionary Struggle and explained that Lambros Foundas was also a member of the same organisation.

In no way does the claim of political responsibility mean that these anarchists accept criminal charges such as ‘terrorist association,’ and so forth. Below are short excerpts from a letter of the three members on their reasons for undertaking responsibility after they were caught by police:

“By claiming political responsibility, we wanted to defend the armed struggle, and to highlight its timelessness and importance within the broader struggle for the overthrow and social revolution. (…) Also, by undertaking political responsibility we wanted to restore the memory and honour of our comrade Lambros Foundas, who was a member of Revolutionary Struggle and was killed in an armed battle with cops in March 2010 during an attempted expropriation of a car —a preparatory act of a wider action plan of our organisation.”

The first trial on Revolutionary Struggle’s action (2003-2010) started in October 2011 and reached its end in April 2013. Out of 8 defendants, only three were self-admitted members of Revolutionary Struggle: Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis (both of whom became fugitives in the middle of the proceeding) and Kostas Gournas. The three members received sentences of up to 50 years imprisonment.

Two other accused comrades, Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis, were sentenced to (a little over) 7 years, even though they have denied their participation in the organisation. They were then taken to prison alongside Kostas Gournas. In July 2013, Kortesis and Stathopoulos were granted conditional release and walked out of Koridallos prison under restrictive conditions.

In July 2014, Nikos Maziotis – who had gone underground along with Pola Roupa two years earlier – was seriously injured after a shootout with cops in the area of Monastiraki, central Athens, and taken captive. A few days later, he was transferred to a prison in northern Greece. The comrade was the first prisoner to be moved, on December 30th 2014, to the (then) newly-inaugurated ‘type C’ maximum security prison in Domokos.

Nikos Maziotis faces another trial, accused of the bomb attack against the Supervision Directorate of the Bank of Greece at Amerikis Street in Athens, in April 2014, the shootout in Monastiraki, and bank robberies. As a member of Revolutionary Struggle, Nikos Maziotis assumed political responsibility for the bombing at the Bank of Greece, framed within the second period in the ongoing action of the organisation.

Already in 2009, the anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle was designated a ‘foreign terrorist organisation’ by the U.S. Department of State, in the aftermath of a rocket propelled grenade attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007. Recently, in April 2015, the State Department issued ‘terrorist designation’ against anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle.

Beginning May 22nd 2015, the appeal trial on the Revolutionary Struggle case (2003-2010 action) will be held in the special court of Koridallos women’s prison. In Athens, trial sessions in cases regarding so-called ‘terrorist’ organisations take place at courtrooms inside the prison. Each time that visitors and lawyers enter the specific courtrooms, their identity cards are kept upon entry, with all that this entails.

Solidarity with the urban guerrillas Kostas Gournas and Nikos Maziotis, members of the Revolutionary Struggle, and the comrades Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis, who stand trial in the same case.

Solidarity with the wanted comrade Pola Roupa, member of the Revolutionary Struggle.

Italy: Alberto Funaro, convicted of rioting against the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, was released from prison!

Alberto Funaro was released on probation, after two and a half years in prison for the events in Genoa in 2001, for which 10 people were convicted of devastation and looting by Italian courts.

Marina Cugnaschi and Francesco Puglisi, sentenced in the same case, remain imprisoned.

Vincenzo Vecchi, also convicted in the ‘Genoa 10’ trial, is still free / at large.

Greece: ‘War Communique’ of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire anarchist prisoners

Note of Contra Info:

In early January 2014, while on furlough, Christodoulos Xiros, convicted member of the Marxist-Leninist revolutionary organization 17 November (17Ν), did not voluntarily return to prison. The Greek police placed a huge bounty on his head, in addition to launching a series of raids in Athens and Thessaloniki at the homes of comrades.

After a year, on January 3rd, 2015, Christodoulos Xiros was spotted and recaptured near Anavyssos, Attica, without resisting his arrest. His ‘safe-house’ was extensively searched by antiterrorist cops who found firearms, explosives and other items inside, including a forged ID card with the photo of a young woman—whose real first name appears to be Angeliki. That same night, the 1st wing of Koridallos men’s prison was raided by state-security agents and the EKAM special suppressive antiterrorist unit, and a short time later two imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Gerasimos Tsakalos and Christos Tsakalos, as well as two other incarcerated comrades accused of alleged participation in the same anarchist revolutionary organization, Andreas Tsavdaridis (who took responsibility for an incendiary package mailing by the FAI-IRF cell ‘Commando Mauricio Morales’) and Spyros Mandylas, were separated from the general prison population and moved to the dungeon cells of Koridallos women’s prison. The morale of the four prisoners remains strong.

Amid pre-election period, the state mechanisms have led a media-feeding frenzy, in search of individuals who may be linked to Christodoulos Xiros and/or CCF prisoners. The cops also raided houses in a couple of other Greek towns, and released the image of the woman pictured in that fake ID. What’s more, the police claimed to have found notes indicating a plan to assault Koridallos prisons in Athens, with the purpose of helping CCF members escape. In response to police reports about the ‘prevention of a terrorist attack’ relating to this prison escape case, the ten imprisoned members publicly sent their strength and solidarity to the unnamed persons who are wanted in connection to the escape plan in support of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

Below is the latest open letter of CCF comrades from Koridallos prisons.

WAR COMMUNIQUE

“First I shot him in the mouth to stop him talking crap;
then I shot him in the arm to stop him writing crap”
Jacques Mesrine on the kidnapping of a French journalist

The filthy war and the vulgarity of journalists as regards the case of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire intended prison escape have no end. They have been targeting comrade Angeliki, emotionally blackmailing her parents, and spreading vile lies about her alleged involvement as an intimate friend of the arrestee.

Angeliki is an intimate friend of insurgency, anarchy, freedom.

Struggle and anarchy would be the only feasible reality if there were more people like Angeliki.

SCUMBAGS SNITCHES JOURNALISTS – WE WILL TAKE REVENGE.

SOLIDARITY AND STRENGTH by any means possible to comrade Angeliki
and to all those wanted in connection to the same case.

The Cells will always stand by you…

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire Prisoners Cell

Olga Ekonomidou
Giorgos Polidoros
Michalis Nikolopoulos
Giorgos Nikolopoulos
Gerasimos Tsakalos
Christos Tsakalos
Haris Hadjimihelakis
Damiano Bolano
Theofilos Mavropoulos
Panagiotis Argirou

Translated from Greek from Asirmatista (January 7th, 2015)

To Whom It May Concern

In August 2014, Radioazione.org [“RadioAzione | controinformazione anarchica in diretta”] translated and transmitted in Italian one of the latest letters of comrade Pola Roupa (Revolutionary Struggle member who is currently on the run, always with a huge bounty on her head). The source of their translation – titled “Grecia: Scritto di Pola Roupa dalla latitanza sull’arresto di Maziotis” on radioazione.org/2014/08/grecia-scritto-di-pola-roupa-dalla-latitanza-sullarresto-di-maziotis – is omitted precisely because it is the English translation effort made by Contra Info that, in this case, also happens to bear the responsibility for the text’s first dissemination to non-Greek speakers: “Greece: Open letter of Revolutionary Struggle member Pola Roupa from clandestinity”. In fact, to never use material spread by Contra Info makes it all the easier to never mention any effort produced within our multi-language translation and counter-information project. However, to use/consume Contra Info’s work repeatedly being determined to silence its existence altogether, is a filthy practice by (not only) RadioAzione – who once again did not miss out on signing their own translation effort: on this occasion as “Tradotto da [Translated by] Erika”.

Non-Italian speakers may have no time to waste to really know about the crap transmitted online against comrade Pola Roupa (who, among other things, is indirectly characterized as fascist-minded in RadioAzione’s introductory note to that Italian translation). Below is a rough translation of their blurb:

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« Note of Radioazione: What follows is the last writing, in chronological terms, of Pola Roupa that comes in the aftermath of the arrest of anarchist comrade Maziotis, and it is the last writing of Pola Roupa herself that appears on this site.
The reason is obvious.
This site does not want to divulge concepts that not only aren’t affine, but cannot be shared even in the tiniest part.
The “Courts of the people” or the “jails of the people” are concepts that should not belong to an anarchist, and reek of Marxist-Leninist theories, whose history differs from that of fascists only in colour.
This is also a point of reflection for the anarchists that go hand in hand with the reds and define themselves as antifascists.
To return to the main topic, the labour is labour, well paid or poorly paid it is slavery, it is the submission of human by human, the elimination of one’s own dignity.
Obviously in an existent like this one, in which we live, all those who do not have the courage to expropriate a bank are “compelled” to work, but still our main objective should always be that of arriving at the total destruction of labour and not the improvement of wages.
Similarly, our objective is to raze all courts and all prisons to the ground covering with their rubble those who have maintained the survival of these structures of death for centuries, and if one day the courts or the prisons will be of the people, our objective will always be the same.
Now the text; it was decided to publish it to make one understand even better why nothing from Pola Roupa will ever be published again; and since nothing of the same tenor has ever been said, or written, solidarity and complicity will continue to be given to the comrades Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas:
»
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Needless to say that RadioAzione’s arrogance of releasing a fugitive’s letter only to denounce the views expressed by her, does not offer anything whatsoever to counter-information but rather distorts any notion of anarchic solidarity. Instead of not bothering to work on a text that they obviously dislike so much and finally zipping up their mouths, these idiots once again assumed the role of ultimate judges of blog posts relevant to purposes of counter-information, going as far as to make “solidarity and complicity” distinctions between self-admitted members of the same urban guerrilla group: the Revolutionary Struggle.

We can only imagine that RadioAzione don’t mind the fact that a great many of the trial updates from Greece, eagerly transcribed and transmitted also by them, actually come from original coverage by eksegersi.gr (after all, the latter communists/reds are hardly ever mentioned as source on various webpages; so, you might ask, how can the poor RadioAzione be aware of the lengths of their hypocrisy?). Incidentally, they decided to take down this blog post radioazione.org/2014/08/grecia-intervista-di-soccorso-rosso-internazionale-a-kostas-gournas – RHI-SRI interview with Kostas Gournas, imprisoned member of the Revolutionary Struggle, which was retrieved from ccrsri.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/intervista-a-kostas-gournas-4 (and, by the way, is full of serious translation mistakes). But how would they actually define self-admitted 17N member Dimitris Koufontinas, prisoner in Greece (see “Atene [Grecia]: Lettera di K. Gournas e D. Koufodinas” on radioazione.org/2014/04/atene-grecia-lettera-di-k-gournas-e-d-koufodinas, a text which originally derives from the Press, and is also published on kufontinas.blogspot.com/2014/03/blog-post_28.html): as a good consumption item corresponding to their notion of “controinformazione anarchica in diretta”?

Full support to our comrades in clandestinity!
Freedom for all imprisoned comrades!

Greece: Open letter of Revolutionary Struggle member Pola Roupa from clandestinity

On July 16th, 2014 the armed dogs of the establishment unleashed a fierce manhunt, and comrade Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, was hit by a cop’s bullet and fell covered in blood. The comrade gave his battle against the cops that were chasing him. The state apparatus in its totality triumphed over the arrest of the “No 1 most-wanted fugitive” in the country. So did the criminal and real archi-terrorist Samaras, whose government took over the reins from the former pro-memorandum governments in a campaign for the biggest social genocide that has ever occurred in Greece in a time of “peace”. Samaras has used the arrest of Maziotis as a means to the stabilization of his faltering government, in order to support a political and economic regime with rotten foundations, which has long been discredited in social consciences.

For the political and economic regime, not only in Greece but also internationally, the arrest of a revolutionary with the political calibre of Nikos Maziotis is a “significant success”, as stated by the United States. That’s because the comrade’s arrest is perceived by our enemies as a blow to the struggle for the establishment’s subversion, as a blow to the struggle for liberation from the yoke of capitalism and the State, as a blow to the struggle for social Revolution. The size of threat that Maziotis poses to the establishment is reflected in the high-pitched nauseating rejoicing on the part of the domestic and foreign political power. Because the comrade and the Revolutionary Struggle, the organization in which he belongs, are intrinsically linked to the systemic political destabilization, to the undermining of a rotten regime; linked to the consistent war against domination and contemporary barbarity; linked to the struggle for the overthrow of the State and capitalism, linked to the social Revolution itself. Comrade Nikos Maziotis was and continues to be committed to the Revolution. This is what he has fought for, this is what he still fights for; this is why they present him as No 1 danger to the establishment. Thus, the political gravity of this case should be the primary parameter in expressing solidarity with the comrade.

Currently, Maziotis is a prisoner of social and class war. It’s not fair that he is in prison. It would only be fair if he was free, fighting for social Revolution. It would only be fair if those who are responsible for the plight of the Greek people, those who voted for and implement the memoranda, were shackled instead of him and they stood people’s trials; the economic elite, the rich who suck the blood of proletarians, the political elite and their servants. It would be fair if Samaras, Venizelos, Papandreou, Papademos and their criminal organizations, the Troikans and the leaders of the European Union, were shackled in chains. The domestic and foreign bosses, for the economic interests of whom the land and the people who live in it are being ravaged. These are the real terrorists and robbers. These are the ruthless criminals and brutal murderers.

The cheering about the arrest was accompanied by the anticipated attacks of state propaganda, reproduced and largely created by the mouthpieces of Power, the mass media. Attacks that tried to stain the comrade’s revolutionary character and used the shootout in the area of Monastiraki as their banner, in which the comrade is portrayed as “unscrupulous gunslinger” who opens fire indiscriminately, while the cops “are striving to neutralize him” without the use of firearms. The cops supposedly fired a single bullet, and this was merely done to “neutralize” the comrade. How nauseating liars and hypocrites are they, both the state mechanisms and the kneelers who bow down to the regime in the news bulletins! “He was shooting amid the crowd.” Who chose the place for this battle? Who started the manhunt? Or, should Maziotis have dropped the weapon and surrender without a fight?

The cops consciously opted to conduct an armed clash in a crowded place. The comrade was obliged to defend himself. After they made one of the injured tourists, who stated he was shot by a cop, disappear from publicity as soon as possible, they declared again and again in the mainstream media that they fired only one bullet, while the comrade fired eight bullets. But upon mere suspicion that the man they were chasing may turn out to be Maziotis, they would open fire even with automatic machine guns not to let him get away. Because the stakes for them were of great political importance, and they didn’t care one bit if their operation was taking place among dozens of people, nor did it matter to them if some bystander would get killed. Besides, if that happened, they would blame the comrade for it. Who could ever refute them?

As for the ridiculous claims that they had supposedly tracked him down a few days ago, these were said in the context of state propaganda, not to admit that this was a purely random incident. And this is something that can also be seen in their contradictory reports. First, they claim that the comrade was recognized by a secret policewoman shortly before the shootout. Then, they claim that a former secret policeman had recognized him days before at a metro station. If it were true that they had tracked him down the previous days, they would have arrested us. A female snitch and a moment of bad luck gave way to the manhunt. But, again, they could not admit that the police chase started randomly. All of the propaganda about locating him beforehand was generated to publicly assert that the repressive mechanisms, and especially the “antiterrorist” force, are productive and effective. But this is too far from reality. In the whole previous period, we were continuously among them. We were moving everywhere. We were passing by them. We watched them, but they did not see us.

Since the arrest of my companion, I have become “No 1 most-wanted fugitive”; I and my child, about whom the regime’s men of straw in the mass media “inform” with excessive vulgarity, disclosing a lot of his personal data, and with a nauseating hypocrisy they simultaneously reward the prosecution mechanisms for their “sensitivity” not to release the child’s photograph to the public. From now on, the cops are going to sweep the country to find the child based on any clues that they might have. Other than that, my son is not wanted by authorities… And as one disgraceful police-minded journalist stated in the past, they were hoping to catch us through the child. Now, through the child, they wish to capture me.

They have my comrade heavily wounded in their hands. Their vindictiveness was something expected. To them it is not enough that they have Maziotis with an arm crushed by a bullet and in serious health condition; so, despite the fact that the necessity for close medical supervision and more surgeries was made public, they enforced his vindictive transfer to a prison known to not have doctors even for the most basic medical needs of prisoners. No doubt that, because of this transfer alone, his condition has deteriorated. I know firsthand what kind of prison transfers are imposed on armed combatants. When I was forced to be moved to another prison while I was pregnant, I ended up in hospital bleeding, and I was forced to stay bedridden to avoid having a miscarriage. It is obvious that they are afraid. They have the comrade in their hands with his arm crushed, and yet they are still afraid.

In what has to do with me: really, did they expect and still anticipate that I’m going to give myself up? I’m not going to do them this favor. Let them come and get me. In reality, my persecutors do not believe that I would do such a thing. That’s why they raided and searched the home of my family, interrogated my mother and sister looking for any clues, but in vain. Their statements in the media, that I find myself in a difficult position and it’s possible that I will hand myself in to authorities, are nothing more than an ultimate effort to inflict pressure. My persecutors know me. They got to know me on April 10th, 2010, when I was pregnant in their hands, and despite their ridiculous attempts to terrorize me, I didn’t even tell them my name; all they received from me was spitting. They are aware of my political stance during imprisonment, they know what political stance I maintained during the entire trial process. I was, I am and I will be a member of the Revolutionary Struggle. If they think they can bend me, they are grossly mistaken.

The arrest of our comrade was a blow. Our comrade Lambros Foundas shed his blood in the alleys of Dafni, and Nikos Maziotis in Monastiraki. The Revolutionary Struggle has given its blood for the cause of social Revolution. But our enemies will not have the last word.

There is still open ground for the Revolutionary Struggle. The social ground is ours, not theirs. For our enemies it is a hostile, wild ground which they can control only with violence. Every day the State and the Capital plunder, terrorize, murder, and exterminate in their attempt to save the establishment. In the name of “tearing out of the system all the rot” they hack to death millions of people that are considered superfluous for the reproduction of capitalism. At the same time, they bombard the society with stupid stories of “economic recovery” and “a way out of the country from the tunnel of crisis”; stories that make the poor, the hungry, the ragged in this country burst into laughter and indignation.

On the 16th of July a battle took place in Monastiraki. An unequal battle between a revolutionary and tens of armed dogs of the State. An unequal battle, just as the struggle for Revolution is unequal in this historical period. A struggle between few revolutionaries and an apparatus that is armed to the teeth and very large in numbers. It’s just that this struggle, the revolutionary struggle, is not a numerical question. It is a matter of soul. It is a matter of believing in revolutionary justness. A matter of believing in the Revolution. Of combating a murderous system, criminal by its very nature, reproduced through exploitation, oppression, and even the physical extermination of people. A system reproduced by violence. The violence of economic policy, the violence exercised by the economic and political elite to keep the rotten capitalist system alive, to ensure their interests, and to continue to dominate. Every single one of us experience the results of this violence over the last four years that the country has been in the throes of crisis, with millions of unemployed and casual workers, with poverty wages, with the transformation of work in slave trade, with the worst conditions of wage slavery ever experienced by people in this country. We have seen and continue to see the results of this murderous violence in people’s hunger, malnutrition of children, starvations, sicknesses, deaths, and the ever increasing suicides. We see these results in dumpsters where humans-mice, with their dignity crushed, are diving for a piece of bread. This “concealed” violence of the system, amid a systemic crisis, has now become a weapon of mass destruction.

It is absolutely fair to fight injustice; to combat a system that is imprisoning, beating, killing second-class people, whether these are resisters, strikers and demonstrators or wretched migrants, with the raw violence of repressive mechanisms so as to consolidate the order. A system that is establishing “maximum security” dungeons with the primary purpose of annihilating the armed combatants politically, morally, psychologically, even physically, of crushing the willingness to wage an armed revolutionary struggle. A system served by a justice which requires the legitimization of all kinds of state violence (e.g. the case on the wreck in Farmakonisi, where Coast Guard officers were responsible for drowning migrants, is filed), but also the racist violence against wretched workers (e.g. strawberry producers and their foremen were acquitted for the murderous assault on migrant farm workers in Manolada). Moreover, internationally, in the name of consolidating the New World Order through wars against “terrorism”, the slaughter of an entire people in Palestine is being legitimized.

Revolutionary struggle is a matter of believing in the need of combating oppressors; of returning to the real criminals, the real terrorists and murderers who make up the system, a percentage of the violence which is perpetrated by them. Because only with armed revolutionary action they will be able to understand that they won’t stay forever untouched.

Most of all, revolutionary struggle is a matter of deep and unyielding belief in revolutionary justness, the righteousness of abolishing every form of exploitation and repression, and destroying the State and capitalism. The fairness of a society of economic equality, without rich and poor, without masters and slaves. The fairness of a society of truly free people.

In the period that the Revolutionary Struggle has been active, since 2003 to date, it has waged a forceful armed struggle against all forms of violence of the establishment which were mentioned above. Ministries, courts, police forces, banks, the stock exchange building, the American embassy, the Bank of Greece were targeted by the organization. Acting consistently, the Revolutionary Struggle has given significant responses to state violence, the violence of the economic and political elite, the violence of the establishment’s justice, and has written significant pages in the revolutionary history of this land, but also at international level.

The Revolutionary Struggle acted and spoke with regards to the economic crisis in times when silence spread over the establishment’s fraud of “eternal stability of the system” and “flourishing Greek economy”. Later, with the onset of the crisis, the organization refuted all of the dominant voices that spoke of “fortified and unassailable Greek economy,” but also the swallow perceptions, impregnated with the regime’s propaganda, that were unable to grasp the magnitude of the coming storm.

The Revolutionary Struggle spoke and acted with regards to the Revolution and the revolutionary social organization in times when these issues were buried beneath the mold of fraudulent social welfare. It kept and continues to keep the flame of social Revolution, the flame of freedom, alive. It marked, determined, inspired many people, and shaped and continues to shape consciences.

For all of the aforementioned, it has posed, poses and will pose a serious political threat to the establishment. The Revolutionary Struggle has fought, fights and will fight for all of the aforementioned. For all that, I will continue to fight.

FREEDOM FOR COMRADE NIKOS MAZIOTIS
HONOUR FOREVER TO COMRADE LAMBROS FOUNDAS
LONG LIVE THE SOCIAL REVOLUTION

Pola Roupa
August 8th, 2014.

In Spanish + Portuguese.

Athens: Poster in Exarchia, in solidarity with Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis

Come play with me.
I will hand my queen over to you.
(She was once my loved one
now I don’t have a loved one anymore.)
I will hand my rooks over to you
(now I don’t shoot at my friends anymore
they died a long time ago, before I ever did)
And this king was never mine
and what do I need all these pawns for?
(they go right ahead, blind, without dreams to speak of)
All of them, I’ll give all of my knights to you
I’ll just keep this fou of mine
who knows how to go to one colour only
jumping from one edge to the other
laughing at the many armors you have
taking over your lines all of a sudden
agitating your unyielding deployments.

And this game shall have no end.

Manolis Anagnostakis

SOLIDARITY WITH POLA AND NIKOS

Athens: Responsibility claim for Molotov attack against anti-riot squad in Exarchia

(flyer from 2009: “Attention! Attention! Socialism lurks around every corner. Beware! Beware!”)

In the early hours of Sunday, July 20th, we attacked the bastards of the MAT anti-riot squad with Molotov cocktails, at the headquarters of Greece’s socialist PASOK co-ruling party located in Charilaou Trikoupi Street, Exarchia, as a minimum act of solidarity with urban guerrilla fighter Nikos Maziotis…

The States are the only terrorists. Solidarity with urban guerrilla fighters!

Strength and solidarity to anarchist combatant Nikos Maziotis, and Pola Roupa who has a bounty on her head.

Athens: Anarchist gathering in solidarity with Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis

The State and the Capital are the only terrorists

Immediately after the armed clash of July 16th in Monastiraki, that led to the injury and captivity of anarchist fighter and Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis, the propaganda apparatus of the establishment of permanent state of emergency unleashed a communications war.

The long-standing course of action of the comrade himself, but also the positions and the trajectory of the Revolutionary Struggle organization speak for themselves, and reveal the values and objectives they stand for in the struggle against the Capital and the State, for social revolution.

Solidarity with urban guerrilla fighters
Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa

Back off, snitches! Onward, comrades!

Gathering on Saturday, July 19th, 2014, at 12pm in Evangelismos Park (opposite the hospital where the captive comrade is) in Athens

Anarchists.

Greece: Text by anarchist Stella Antoniou after her detention in Thessaloniki

On July 14th, I traveled from Athens to Thessaloniki to stay there until the 16th of July, when I planned to return to Athens; personally, when I got bail conditions, I was not banned from exiting Attica.

There I was hosted by a couple of comrades. Thanos Chatziaggelou, who is one of the comrades that hosted me in their home for one night, had an arrest warrant against him for refusing to do military service, and he had let me know about it.

The next afternoon, specifically at 2pm, as we were coming out of their home, 20 hooded men of the anti-terrorist force flung themselves at us, having blocked the surrounding alleys with vehicles beforehand, and staged another infamous super-blockbuster operation to arrest us.

During the house search that followed, the cops seized a laptop, a pc and personal items of both comrades as well as my own.

During the arrest they beat comrade Chatziaggelou, handcuffed us and transferred us to a room located in a basement, where we were handcuffed continuously for five hours, with the constant presence of anti-terrorist cops inside the room. All this time, I had absolutely no idea why I’d been arrested.

Finally, at 7pm, I was informed that I’m being accused of breaking the bail condition regarding my permanent residence.

We were taken to the detention section, where there were around 80 prisoners, some of whom have been there for up to six months. They had to pay themselves for food and water; there were no televisions or radios inside, although these cells have become a regular prison by now, since they are being held in that section for months, deprived of hours out in a yard all this time.

As for the accusation brought against me, it’s the same prosecution that was ‘staged’ against comrade Kostas Sakkas, who was falsely accused of having violated the condition relating to permanent residence, because he stayed overnight at the house of one of his friends.

Later of course he was acquitted at trial, as the residence term obliged him to register a fixed and permanent home, and did not ban him from staying overnight at another home.

Now that the court case in Athens against me and my comrades Mitroussias, Karagiannidis, Sakkas comes to an end, it is no coincidence that there’s an attempt to create such frenzy with new charges and proceedings imposed against me.

The clearest of all is the State’s effort to unleash a show of force, as well as the ever increasing repression against fighters, part of which is the creation of maximum security prisons.

On Wednesday morning, July 16th, we were taken to court on additional charges, that of contemptuous resistance to authorities, because we refused to give fingerprints. Comrades had called for a solidarity gathering, and attended the courtroom that morning.

The hearing at the court in Thessaloniki was postponed to the 28th of July.

We were still in court having the trial postponed, when I was informed about the shootout between comrade Nikos Maziotis and the cops, and his injury and arrest. I stand in solidarity with comrade Nikos Maziotis, who has fought for his life and freedom.

Solidarity with armed fighters Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa, members of the Revolutionary Struggle. Our comrades are not alone!

Stella Antoniou
July 18th, 2014
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Translator’s note:
Stella Antoniou and Thanos Chatziaggelou were both released on the 16th of July, and will stand trial on Monday, July 28th. Chatziaggelou also awaits court-martial.
Kostas Sakkas is still a fugitive.
After Nikos Maziotis was recaptured, state agents have unleashed a hysterical manhunt to track down Pola Roupa, who is currently on the run.

Thessaloniki, Greece: Bank branches attacked

On Thursday, February 20th we took advantage of street traffic, and attacked two bank branches (the Hellenic Postbank, and the National Bank) at the junction of Tsimiski and Pavlou Mela streets, smashing their glass facades and ATMs.

This action is dedicated to: Tasos Theofilou, who was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment; Alexandros Mitroussias and Giorgos Karagiannidis, who await court decision in yet another terror trial; and the participants in the Network of Anarchist Prisoners [in Greece].

Comradely greetings to Kostas Sakkas [who has gone on the run from cops]…

Let’s organize ourselves, and attack the State and capitalism by any means necessary.

Santiago, Chile: Anarchist compañero Sebastián Oversluij murdered during bank expropriation

The poster reads:

Let Alfonso Alvial and Hermes González out in the streets! Active solidarity with the compañeros.

Sebastián Oversluij present! No aggression should be left without an answer!

On Wednesday morning, December 11, 2013, 26 year old anarchist Sebastián Oversluij Seguel was gunned down by a security guard when he and other individuals attempted to rob a branch of Chilean state-run bank BancoEstado, located on La Estrella Avenue in the Pudahuel commune of Santiago. The mercenary killer of the State/Capital fired at least 6 bullets into the comrade.

Shortly afterwards, Alfonso Alvial, 27, and Hermes González, 25, were caught by cops on the streets, while other comrades managed to escape.

On Wednesday night several houses were raided, including the home of Sebastián’s parents.

The two apprehended comrades were charged in the case and moved to the High Security Prison (C.A.S.) in Santiago.

Here’s a small tribute to Sebastián, one of the songs without words by the Palabras En Conflicto, an insurrectionary anarchist hip-hop crew to which the fallen comrade also gave voice:

Respect and insurrectionary memory for anarchist Sebastián Oversluij!
Strength, love and solidarity to his comrades and beloved ones!

Let’s avenge our slain comrade!

sources: i, ii

Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resistance: Support Steve, who is on the run

September 28th, 2013 – An update on Steve’s situation

It saddens us to announce that the grand jury investigation has received a six month extension and will most likely conclude on March 4th, 2014. During the past six months there has been little news as to the current status or extent of the investigation and subsequent repression. The only news has been what has already been stated, the grand jury will continue.

Steve is still struggling against the grand jury. He is adjusting to life in a new city surrounded by good friends who are both inspiring and supportive. However, in the past week, Steve has been experiencing multiple instances of police harassment; harassment to the degree he has not experienced before.

About two weeks ago at one in the morning, while walking to the corner store, Steve was approached by two local police officers who screamed his name and threw him against their car and into the backseat. After several minutes of questions and insults, in which Steve remained silent, the car drove with Steve out of the parking lot. The drive lasted an hour while the two cops continued to insult and harass Steve. Continue reading Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resistance: Support Steve, who is on the run

Spain: Francesco Puglisi, convicted in the ‘Genoa 10’ trial in Italy, was arrested in Catalonia

Anarchist comrade Francesco ‘Jimmy’ Puglisi, who went on the run after being sentenced to 14 years in prison following a trial for ‘devastation and looting’ in regards to the 2001 Genoa revolt, was arrested on the 5th of June 2013 in Barcelona.

Comrades in Spain estimate that he may have been taken to a prison in Madrid, probably the Soto del Real, before being extradited to Italy.

You may send updates to Informa-azione at informa-a[at]autistici.org (preferably in Italian).

Solidarity to the prisoners Francesco Puglisi, Alberto Funaro and Marina Cugnaschi! Vincenzo, stay free!

[Chile] Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras: Words for Felicity Ryder, anarchist fugitive from Power, and reflections on clandestinity

‘I am proud of being an anarchist, of being an enemy of Power, Authority and the State. —Felicity Ann Ryder’ (mural painted in Buenos Aires)

Nearly two years ago now, we diffused a text in solidarity with antiauthoritarian comrade Diego Ríos, who has been underground since 2009 (because of the arrest warrant issued against him when his mother reported that he had stored material to manufacture explosives in a house she owned). At that time, we shared some reflections about the particularities of clandestinity for antiauthoritarian and anarchist comrades. A similar effort was made three years ago by comrades who wrote and edited the book Al Acecho (Lying in Wait); it was rooted in Diego Ríos’ case as well, and to us, it was the first text originating in Chile to address themes of clandestinity from an antiauthoritarian perspective based on a specific case. Other texts, such as the book Incógnito and the communiqués from comrade Gabriela Curilem also address anarchist/antiauthoritarian comrades’ experiences of clandestinity, a theme that seems to be infrequently discussed in these parts.

Thus, we have already shared the idea of greeting our fugitive comrades and saluting their decision to struggle and evade prison, one more action against the attempts of Power to capture those who combat it.

Today, we want to send special greetings to fugitive anarchist Felicity Ann Ryder, in accordance with the call from anonymous comrades for days of solidarity from February 21st to March 7th, 2013. We’d like to salute our comrade and let loose a few ideas about clandestinity, the fruits of individual and collective learning as we are sharpening our positions on the permanent stage of social war, with the hope of enriching our antiauthoritarian praxis.

May forgetfulness and silence never devour our comrades…

“What is certain is that too often comrades are alone, and suffer a series of blows to the face; too often these comrades don’t have enough to eat, they wander with nowhere to sleep and find themselves in complete solitude, with demons at their backs. Oftentimes our brothers and sisters don’t have anyone to talk to, clothes to change into, or anyone with whom to discuss their position; oftentimes they are defamed without the ability to defend themselves, and the silence that surrounds them is only broken by the echoes of slurs. And this occurs because instead of rolling up their sleeves, doing work, creating and uniting wills, some prefer to follow blindly or destroy themselves with fear. As long as one forgets the role each of us plays and the vital importance of concrete gestures, forgetfulness will continue to consume our comrades who have been kidnapped or wounded, who have fled or gone underground.”
(The Black Seed of Our Convictions. Words of comrade Gabriela Curilem from underground, August 2011) Continue reading [Chile] Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras: Words for Felicity Ryder, anarchist fugitive from Power, and reflections on clandestinity

Athens – Revolutionary Struggle case: Five anarchists convicted in first instance

On April 3rd, 2013 the judgment on the Revolutionary Struggle case was a slight improvement of the prosecutor’s proposal. The court’s decision on the Revolutionary Struggle case:

Defendants who have denied participation in the organization

– Acquittal of Marie Beraha, Sarantos Nikitopoulos and Kostas Katsenos of all charges (on benefit of doubt).

– Conviction of Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis for alleged participation in the organization.

Admitted members of Revolutionary Struggle

– Acquittal of Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa and Kostas Gournas of the accusation of ‘directing a terrorist organization.’

– Conviction of Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa and Kostas Gournas for ‘simple synergy’ with the actions of Revolutionary Struggle (without a shred of evidence concerning their involvement in specific actions, but rather applying the Nazi principle of joint liability).

To sum up, Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis was sentenced to 86 years’ imprisonment; his sentence was merged into 50 years. Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Kostas Gournas were both sentenced to 87 years; each sentence was merged into 50 years and 6 months. For all three of them, the maximum prison term is 25 years (which are typically served either as a full sentence or by day wages in prisons, or after the completion of 3/5 of the prison term, when a prisoner can be granted conditional release under specific conditions).

Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis were sentenced to 8 and 7 years’ imprisonment, respectively. The sentence against Vaggelis Stathopoulos was merged into 7 years and 6 months.

In addition, for all five convicted anarchists, the judges’ decision provided for deprivation of their political rights (5 years for the three admitted members of Revolutionary Struggle, and 3 years for the other two anarchists), as well as non-suspensive effect of appeal.

While Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa are on the run, Kostas Gournas, Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis were immediately taken to prison. The militant slogans of the audience and the clenched fists of the three anarchist fighters were the last moments of the trial.

Solidarity with all anarchists imprisoned or persecuted by the Greek State! The battle for freedom is far from over.

Long live Revolutionary Struggle!

Action and statement in solidarity with anarchist Felicity Ryder

From deep within the belly of the beast we howl our solidarity with our wild sister & comrade, Felicity Ryder. Love, some comrades.

On a wet and cold night we ventured out with paint cans in our pockets and the fierce desire for a free world in our hearts. On this dark winter’s night, our burning hatred for this mechanized undead system, which seeks our total exploitation from the moment we emerge from out of the womb and into the hospital (our first institution) to the moment of our last breath, lit our way through the streets.

We know that the last 7 months must have been far from easy for you compañera, and we can only imagine that the challenges of clandestinity have required immense patience and strength from you.

However, even through the obscuring veil of clandestinity, you remain ever present in our minds, and we stand in irrepressible solidarity with you. As we stand in unbending solidarity with all comrades who fearlessly stand up, face to face with the enemy. So with much revolutionary love we send you our warmest greetings, as well as to all comrades who stand strong in their convictions under immense pressure. You are not alone, we stand beside you.

For all the snarling of this tired system; the various international operations of repression, the incarceration of our comrades, the mass attacks on liberated spaces, as well as the attempts to harass your comrades & family (as we have read), is part of a failed attempt to paralyze us with fear and panic. An attempt that will never succeed. Because our resistance and our passion for freedom is stronger than their prison cells. And it is stronger than their cowardly harassment and attacks on all those who dare to raise their head and stare it in the eye, in struggle and in defiance. Anarchists and anti-authoritarians are targeted, as all who resist are, because we pose a threat to their vapid, rancid system of exploitation. And we shall remain a rebellious threat against the existent deadening order.

So, with much love, affection and respect we salute your strength and resistance. Whatever may come, you have our solidarity as we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the struggle against tyranny, oppression and the cowardice of Power. For we recognize in you a wild desire for freedom that reflects our own struggles for liberation against a brutal and joyless system.

We stand firmly in solidarity with you compañera. We share this struggle with you and we send warm revolutionary hugs to you, wherever you may be.

Solidarity is our weapon against the enemy and the soil from which our liberation blossoms.

We send our rebel greetings also to all anarchist fighters both in and outside the cages, and to all comrades on the run.

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

Uruguay: Solidarity demo at the Greek embassy in Montevideo

Freedom for the prisoners of Capital! Revenge! For the revolt in Greece and the whole world!

Long live the revolt...
Long live the revolt in Greece…
… freedom for anarchist prisoners from Greece to the whole world!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

In the framework of the international campaign in solidarity with anti-authoritarian struggle in Greek territory, we called a demonstration in front of the embassy in Montevideo as a gesture of complicity with our comrades who have been fighting to subvert this order of misery for years.

Recently, the repressive forces of the State and fascist groups have ratcheted up their constant instigation against anarchist and anti-capitalist groups. The eviction of autonomous-social spaces and detention of their members, the persecution and imprisonment of comrades for acts of sabotage and expropriation, and the repression of everyone who takes an active position within struggles are all part of a repression wave emanating from a system of domination that does not allow itself to be questioned.

We understand that these repressive events are not isolated or confined to a particular context, but rather repeated in every space where the power of the State is threatened. This recipe is used worldwide in efforts to maintain relations of domination and exploitation.

We defend anti-authoritarian struggle and its methods, towards a rupture with the suffocating reality that we are also living here. We do not forget those who, this very moment, are imprisoned, prosecuted or on the run.

Proclamation read at the embassy of Greece:

Once more, we are here at the Greek embassy to express our solidarity with imprisoned comrades in struggle against Capital. Repression against anarchists is the common currency these days. Dozens of comrades are incarcerated as part of a confrontation between those who attempt to put the brakes on this system of oppression and those who hold power.

These days, fascism is on the rise throughout Europe, principally in Greece, where the Nazi party of Golden Dawn is represented in parliament. With this example we see once again that, whoever governs, repression will always be the same. Democracy, just as much as a de facto government is the perfect nest in which future fascist chicks are hatched and raised.

At this moment, repression is not limited to the Greek anarchist movement. Repression is also directed against the organizations of the so-called popular sector.

As a result, repression targets students, direct-action unions, environmental activists, and the Greek squatters’ movement, which, despite suffering fierce repression, grows day by day.

Governments have set repression as a norm, and we do not differentiate between leftist and right-wing governments. In Argentina repression targets those who take and loot supermarkets. In Uruguay the broad-front Left locks up all individuals who oppose the interests of the government. In Brazil thousands are evicted from favelas ahead of the upcoming Olympics. In Peru settlers in the Cajamarca region are shot dead for their opposition to the Conga gold mine project. In Bolivia the growing informal anarchist movement is repressed, and in Mexico political-media scenarios are invented in which anarchist comrades are accused of terrorism. In Chile on one hand repression against anarchists is expanding, but at the same time the offensive against the structures of Capital and repression continues.

These are the reasons why we are here today, to show our solidarity one more time with our comrades in struggle, with those insurrectionary hearts that attack the structures of Capital, and with those who confront the evictions of occupied spaces face to face.

May no imprisoned comrade be forgotten, may every comrade on the run be vindicated as a lover of freedom, and may every squat be a nest of solidarity and action against this asphyxiant world.

Long live the Greek resistance
Active solidarity with imprisoned anarchist comrades
Solidarity and action against repression

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