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Poland: Two comrades are imprisoned

received 28.10.18

On 19 October our two comrades were arrested because of a court sentence given to them for taking part in anarchist protest against European Economic Congress (EEC) 2015 which was held in ceKatowi.

Our friends where sentenced to community services because of the crime called “infringement of privacy”. They were protesting in empty abandoned tenement house which was city property. They wanted to protest against the inherent contradiction between empty property and homelessness and to show injustice of savage capitalism.

Arrest is a consequence of avoiding these community services. One of activists went to prison for 2 months till 15 of December. He is kept in prison in Tarnowskie Góry (Silesian region). From the very beginning he started hunger strike, because he doesn’t have possibility to eat vegan food. Administration refused to pass him warm clothes. The cell is not heated and he has no any jacket. According to official rules, prison keeps 50% of all money income. Anyway, director of this penal facility doesn’t allow him to use prison shop, or to buy food for him during dates with visitors.

About the other detainee we have no information. Police didn’t want to inform anybody about his situation, because of formal causes (administration refuse to allow him date with relatives, because he doesn’t remember the exact address of their place of residence). That is why we don’t know the condition of his imprisonment.

We support our friends. Law considers community services as an opportunity to strengthen the society, but in our opinion it is only another way to force people to do something and to exclude them form economic debates. Our comrades are trying to show that self organizing and radical actions can do much more for society than community services.

Police were intruding their relatives in their work places, in their houses. They tried to get any information about a location of our anarchist friends. Police threatened families by telling lies about prolongation of sentences or by telling a notorious lie that one of our comrade is sentenced because of stalking.

We are sympathizing with the arrested activists. Today each one of us is a stalker of business elites, European commissioners, prime ministers and heads of international corporations who are debating every year during EEC behind the closed doors. They are making decisions on the future of the society and it is the society who bears the burden of their decisions.

By protesting against EEC we wanted to show that it is not the elites but the people who should decide about the future – workers, local societies who need to self-organize for their common good.

We want to stress that the arrested comrades are not victims – they are resistant and we support their decision of rejecting to perform punitive community services.

 

[Spanish prisons] First of October: Prisioners Hunger Strike

received 01.10.2018

FIRST OF OCTOBER: PRISIONERS HUNGER STRIKE

Some prisioners from diferent spanish jails are going to start a new hunger strike. In the last hunger strike the 1th of May,  they didn’t get attention from  media or  society so they are going to make theirselves in danger again to get the rights that  they legally have. Their objective is having a less hard diary life and prove that jail is not the solution: It’s just a place to shut in people that are not agree with the system or these who are not productive for it.

These are the demands of the prisioners:

1-Stop  tortures
2-Abolish FIES,  punishment “special regime” and  isolating departments
3-Stop dispersion
4-Separate medical services from Penitential Institution to avoid deals between doctors and warders
5-Application of the articles 104.4 and 196 RP to all chronic sick prisioners
6-Let people with mental sickness be out of jails, specially of closed  and isolating regimes
7-Provide support groups and  psychologist and not just methadone and medical drugs. The psychologist have to be independent from the Penitential Institution to not promote passivity and State’s dependance
8.-Acknowledgement of killed people in spanish jails from the beginning of the democracy until today and admit the warder’s responsability
9-Open classrooms, workshops, gyms, and formative and cultural activities for prisioners that supposed to be “unrecoverable”
10-Stop using  “módulos de respeto” to blackmail prisioners
11-Stop body searches to prisioner’s families and visits,stop using X-rays and let prisioners communicate without limits or bureaucratic requirements.
12-Stop criminalize  solidarity between prisioners and prisioners’ support groups. We all are together and if you attack them, you are attacking all of us!

More information in www.tokata.info

DON’LET PRISIONERS ALONE !!!

Athens, Greece: Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis continue hunger strike in Koridallos prisons

On December 5th 2017, Revolutionary Struggle members Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis were forcibly removed from Koridallos prisons (both were subjected to headlocks, holds, etc.) and were involuntarily admitted to the General State Hospital of Nikaia. The prison prosecutor pressed physicians to force-feed the two hunger strikers. The hospital doctors refused to treat the prisoners against their will, and solely reported that Nikos Maziotis has lost 14.6% of his initial body weight, while Pola Roupa has lost 12.8% of her initial body weight.

On December 6th (on the 26th day of their hunger strike), Roupa and Maziotis were finally discharged from the hospital and returned to Koridallos prisons, determined to continue their hunger strike until their demands are met (among other things, they request extended visits with their six-year-old child).

Maziotis was informed that he would be placed in a disciplinary segregation unit, until damages at B isolation section in the basement of Koridallos women’s prison are repaired. This means that the comrade is being punished for having completely destroyed the solitary confinement wing where he has been held for over 5 months, and is now facing appalling conditions, even worse than the previous ones.

Athens, Greece: Involuntary hospitalization of Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa

Revolutionary Struggle members Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa are on hunger strike since November 11th 2017.

The two imprisoned comrades are fighting against isolation measures; against specific provisions of the new correctional code aimed at repressing them as high-security prisoners; against the proposed detention of high-security prisoners in police stations; against the intended reinstatement of the type C prison regime. They also demand an immediate end of the solitary confinement imposed on Nikos Maziotis (since July, the comrade is kept isolated from other prisoners by a decision of the justice ministry); an extension of visiting hours based on the frequency of visits a prisoner has; appropriate visitation rooms for incarcerated parents to meet with their children.

They made it clear from the outset that they only receive water. They have repeatedly asked to be granted unhindered phone communication with their six-year-old son before being transferred from Koridallos prisons to any hospital.

On December 2nd, Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa were transferred to a hospital outside the prisons due to the deterioration of their health condition. However, the next day both comrades asked to be sent back to the prisons because eventually they were not permitted unhindered phone communication with their child.

On December 4th, Nikos Maziotis burned and destroyed the B isolation section in the basement of Koridallos women’s prison, where he has been held in solitary confinement for 5 months. He was then moved to the prison infirmary because of the fumes, and was threatened with further isolation – this time in a disciplinary unit of Koridallos prisons.

In the early hours of December 5th, hunger strikers Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa were forcibly transferred outside Koridallos prisons. The prison prosecutor ordered their involuntary hospitalization. They are currently being kept at the General State Hospital of Nikaia, both threatened with force-feeding. As of yet, the hospital doctors have not succumbed to the prosecutor’s order.

Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa continue their hunger strike. They have stated they will not accept serum, and will act against involuntary treatment and force-feeding (torture) in every possible way.

(all related posts in Greek)

Italy: Anarchist prisoner Davide Delogu still on hunger strike [update]

From Davide’s weekly phone call with his relatives, we learn that:

Davide will continue the long-term hunger strike, started on November 4th 2017, until his total solitary confinement, by article 14bis, is revoked.

Our comrade calls on everyone for direct solidarity.

He strengths his closeness to comrades in AS2 [high-security prison sections].

He has repeatedly stressed the need for a revolutionary solidarity.

He is in high spirits, but he has already lost 13 kilos [28 lb].

CNA [Croce Nera Anarchica]

italian l portuguese

Update: On November 29th, anarchist prisoner Davide Delogu suspended his hunger strike.

Greece: Imprisoned Comrades Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, Revolutionary Struggle Members, Begin New Hunger Strike

We’ll meet in the streets of rage (A)

November 11, 2017

THE ROTTEN SYSTEM AND THE ABSENCE OF RESISTANCE ARE THE REASONS FOR THE ROTTING OF SOCIETY

Almost 10 years after the outbreak of the crisis with the collapse of the financial system, bank bankruptcy, and seven years after the commencement of the era of the memorandum and the monitoring of the country by the troika (IMF, EC, ECB), the social base in this country has suffered the strongest blow since the Second World War.

Greek puppet governments have definitively delegated substantial economic and political governance to EU supranational organizations and indirectly to the capital markets and are imposing new measures of social euthanasia for large sections of the population in this country, they are now insignificant for their added value to capitalist wealth. That’s why it does not matter if they disappear. This condition of condemnation is also a prerequisite for the survival of the system itself, for the preservation of the political regime, for the perpetuation of capitalism.

The government’s propaganda to overcome the crisis and return the Greek economy to a recovery path is a common European lie to showcase the supposed success of the programs and memoranda, to allow the EU to be removed from the obligation to continue to financially support the Greek regime and to let the capital markets take the lead from the EU in the recycling of Greek debt and speculation through it. A debt that regime agents already admit that if not drastically reduced in the immediate future will force the Greek state to declare bankruptcy. Not least that the exit to the markets of the Greek state will further exacerbate the already exaggerated Greek debt, which now exceeds 180% of GDP.

The message, however, that the world’s powerful have taken from these years with the rescue policies of the system by the central banks and governments that have put the whole weight of the crisis that the rich created on the backs of the peoples: whatever they do they have their pack animals, the social base, to bear the crisis and produce profits. And the usual practice of enrichment through the swelling of global debt and its financialization continues until the next collapse. But the people have already suffered a huge blow. The social base in the country counts millions of poor, marginalized and desperate. It counts thousands of deaths from hunger, illness and suicide.

The SYRIZA-ANEL government’s minister [of Tourism] Kountoura argued that it is a government success that people do not eat from the rubbish. People still do eat from the trash, but they no longer show them on television. This is why it is a universal political priority to support the “success story” of the memorandum by all parties and the media.

The theft of any surplus wealth left to the social base continues with unabated tension by the government with wage and pensions cuts, the abolition of public insurance, the taxation of the most economically weak, all while poverty is rising, on the orders of the EU the banks will throw thousands of borrowers onto the streets, and there is no chance to persuade the government to get out of the crisis.

The only success of the government is social passivity and the defeat of struggles. Because the basic precondition for imposing these criminal policies in the country that threw thousands of people to the margins, which killed thousands, was and is political normality and the absence of a strong social reaction. Because the smaller the resistance of society, the more ruthless the system becomes.

The social reactions to the memorandums somehow came to a standstill as the regime was determined to impose the memorandums at all political expense. But the reason these memoranda were imposed was the absence of an expanded and powerful revolutionary movement that could be an obstacle to the social euthanasia policies. Upon the defeat of the resistance SYRIZA stepped in to climb to power. The SYRIZA-ANEL government has also been the last sparks of reaction to the system and policies to overcome the crisis.

Today, the social base is rotten, while the economic and political lords of the country have secured their wealth in tax havens and in foreign banks. The Paradise Papers come to recall what everyone knows: That the economically powerful and their political aides are not touched by any crisis and it does not concern them that any measures are imposed. In a “legal and moral” (sic) way they will continue to enrich themselves while millions of people die of hunger and poverty.

Nowadays, the social base is rotten because this rotten system is killing to survive, because it kills social solidarity and cohesion and pushes it into crime. The war of all against all is the beginning of capitalism and the economic freedom of the rich to do whatever they want with the support of governments. It is the beginning of the absolute competition that has dominated the planet.

Their own creations – the crimes among the social bases – are nowadays the politicians’ number one issue. “Order and security” is the common slogan of the political elites to deal drastically with these phenomena which the regime itself gave birth to. One of the most popular aspects of propaganda is crime among the social bases today. It is the phenomenon that the regime itself generates and nourishes.

And, on the other hand, the great criminals, the real terrorists and the bandits that make up the economic and political power, remain immune. Continue reading Greece: Imprisoned Comrades Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, Revolutionary Struggle Members, Begin New Hunger Strike

Greenville, USA: The ALF prisoner anarchist comrade Walter Bond on hunger strike

received on 11/22/2017

Walter Bond – the Animal Liberation Front political prisoner – has started a hunger strike to protest mistreatment in prison

The comrade is in the SHU (solitary confinement) and is only permitted use the phone for 15 minutes per month. Walter has been on hunger strike for 6 days in prison.

Statement from Walter Bond recorded by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office on 11/15/17 :
soundcloud.com/rufrebelradio/urgent-message-special-announcement-from-walter-bond-the-alf-lone-wolf

“Since my arrival in Greenville two-and-a-half years ago, my communications with the world have been made incredibly difficult and at times impossible. I have been repeatedly denied books, magazines, letters and pictures. It’s standard operating procedure that my mail – be it my email or snail mail — is habitually days, weeks and even months late. It is not at all uncommon for my mail, both incoming and outgoing, to simply never arrive.

I’ve been…I’ve even been denied copies of my own book, “Always Looking Forward,” which I wrote in prison and is approved for me to have.

It has also become impossible for me to adhere to my Vegan diet, because none of the so-called “meat options” offered at Greenville, Illinois are even close to Vegan. Because of this, I have been forced at great cost to my friends, family and supporters to pay outrageously for foods from the commissary that continue to be an inadequate version….

I have tried now for over a year to obtain a transfer from FCI Greenville, Illinois closer to New York City where I intend to live upon my release, but I have been denied this as well through petty and irrelevant disciplinary reports.

Despite all of this, I have maintained years of patience, quietly awaiting my freedom. But, my cooperation has got me nothing.
So in the tradition of A.L.F. activists before me, such as Barry Horne, I am going on hunger strike. I will not eat anything and will starve until these issues are remedied.

I’m asking everybody in the Animal Rights and Anarchist communities to stand with me with your protests and actions of solidarity.

You can reach the institution concerning my health and well-being at (618) 664-6200.”

in German

[Belarus] Brutal repression against anarchists; Pyotr Ryabov, anarchist philosopher imprisoned for 6 days, declared a hunger strike

Received 10/14/17

[Information provided by anarchist group Pramen]

– To 9 th of October, the police attacked the lecture of Pyotr Ryabov

Around 16.30 it became known that in Grodno, Belarus police broke into a lecture from Pyotr Vladimirovich Ryabov, which was going on in “Tsentr Garadskogo Zhytsia” (Belarusian – “The center of the city life”).

Two lectures of the senior lecturer of the Department of Philosophy of the Moscow State Pedagogical University, candidate of philosophical sciences Pyotr Ryabov (well-known anarchist) were supposed to take place in Grodno today and in Baranoichi tomorrow. The topic of today’s lecture was “Libertarian social thought of the last third of the twentieth and early twenty-first century.”

Cops arrested all those present: around 20 people, including Ryabov himself. Now they are taken to the police department.

This is the 3rd act of a brutal repression against Belarusian anarchists in last 2,5 month. In August local police broke into the lecture of Russian anarchist and ex-political prisoner Alexey Sutuga. In September, 28th, cops searched 2 houses of Minsk anarchists and confiscated printing facilities and electronics.

-To 11th of October, the city court of Baranovichi, Belarus, sentenced Russian anarchist Pyotr Ryabov

Pyotr Ryabov, anarchist philosopher, lecturer of department of Philosophy in Moscow State Pedagogical University was sentenced to 6 days of prison for “small hooliganism” and “distribution of extremist materials (statute 17.1 and 17.11 of codex of misdemeanors of Belarus).

The Court considered Belarusian anarchist journal “Svoboda ili Smert №6”, published in 2007, as extremist material. However these were trumped up charges, real reason of the arrest was lecture on anarchist movement, for which Ryabov came to Baranovichi. Ryabov was arrested on his way back to Moscow in Baranovichi train station, he was supposed to talk in another event in Moscow.

– After sentence, Pyotr Ryabov declared a hunger strike.

In Portuguese, German

Greece: Solidarity with our comrade Panagiotis Aspiotis

The anarchist Panagiotis Aspiotis – currently incarcearated in Korydallos prison- has been on hunger strike since Wednesday 22nd of March, protesting against the rejection of his application to study at the public Institute of Vocational Training (IVT) of Korydallos prison despite being fully eligible. A few days ago, four more prisoners joined the hunger strike for the same reason.

In his previous application for a prison transfer, P. Aspiotis invoked educational purposes – since he’d been admitted to the IVT of Korydallos prison- as well as personal reasons related to his access to communication with his partner and newborn child. The rejection of his applications doesn’t take us by surprise, really, given that the Ministry of Justice- in loyal cooperation with the public prosecutor of the Prison Council, Stamatina Perimeni- have long dropped the masks that veiled their fascist mindset. This time, the legally ungrounded reasons they’re invoking in order to deprive P. Aspiotis and all the other hunger strikers of their right to study at the IVT is that the prisoners are registered in prisons other than Korrydallos. This is an action that undermines the very operation of the IVT itself as out of  21 successful applicants who were admitted to the IVT courses only 9 were granted permission to attend. It’s not a coincidence, either, that the same prosecutor – who comes across as a nostalgic supporter of the Makronisos exile camps- is the one who has repeatedly rejected K. Gournas’ and D. Koufontinas’ applications for a leave, demanding vows of repentance.

The rejection of these applications by these loyal proxies of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government constitute a flagrant violation of the prisoners’ rights and an attempt to intensify their social marginalization. Their well-advertised, yet ostensible, pledges on general improvement of the living conditions of the prisoners as well as the more specific provisions for the creation of “second-chance schools” and IVTs, aired by the Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Public Justice (E. Fytrakis) a couple of months earlier, soon proved to be empty promises and yet another media-oriented campaign just to appease the prisoners and silence any assertion of human rights to this direction.

This government is yet another government that deceives the public, promotes and protects the interests of the economic elites, impoverishes the people by curtailing wages and pensions, donates property and housing facilities to banks and big companies and puts public assets on sale to satisfy the ravenous appetite of international corporations. They carry out their predecessors’ plans with excessive zeal by scrapping any social sensitivity they might have preached and intensifying their schemes of oppression.

The case of P. Aspiotis is a blatant manifestation of the vindictiveness, hypocrisy and authoritarianism of the state’s law enforcement mechanisms. In February 2016 the comrade was seriously injured by the men of the Counter-terrorism Unit force after his refusal to provide DNA sample and, as a “natural” consequence, the Counter-terrorism Unit brings him to trial on 6/4 at the court of Evelpidon street [in Athens]. It’s worth noting that the public prosecution provisions on forced DNA sample collection were officially, if only theoretically, terminated after the hard and ardent struggle of the political prisoners who went on hunger strike in March 2015.

Our comrade, P. Aspiotis, and all the other prisoners who are taking part in this lengthy hunger strike are defending the fundamental human right to access to education and their only weapon is their bodies and their very life. The Ministry of Justice together with the prosecutor deliberately play for time so that the hunger strike will be over and the prisoners’ demands will remain unfulfilled. S. Perimeni, E. Fytrakis and the Minister of Public Justice, S. Kontonis, use the health and life of the prisoners in their manipulations and subject them to a systematic torture. They are to be held accountable for their lives. Our comrade, P. Aspiotis, is not alone! They’d better get prepared for a proportionate reaction to the outcome of their actions!

In solidarity with our comrade P. Aspiotis and the other hunger strikers.

We protest for an immediate fulfillment of their demand to study at the IVT of Korydallos prison.

(We call everyone to gather in solidarity with the hunger striker P. Aspiotis: 6/4 at the court of Evelpidon street, 9 a.m.)

The initiative for solidarity to P. Aspiotis and all other hunger strikers

in German

[US prisons] Sean Swain on hunger strike since December 26th

via SeanSwain.org (January 12th 2017)

We received word recently from a friend of Sean’s that Sean is currently on hunger strike and has been placed in a suicide cell.

Although details are still murky, we know that Sean has been without food since December 26th 2016. He was charged with extortion of a deputy warden and had begun a disciplinary process when he began his hunger strike and was placed in a suicide cell.

We know that the prison is recognizing his hunger strike and following the associated procedures, which include taking him to the medical unit every day and weighing him and taking his vital signs. It is unclear whether they are attempting to negotiate with him in any way.

Please take a moment to write a letter of encouragement to Sean:

Sean Swain #243-205
Warren CI, P.O. Box 120, 5787 State Route 63
Lebanon, Ohio 45036 [USA]

in Greek, German, Italian, French, Portuguese

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.

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Mexican prisons: Fernando Bárcenas, Abraham Cortés, Luis Fernando Sotelo and Miguel Peralta initiated days of anti-prison struggle

Since September 28th 2016, the imprisoned compañeros Fernando Bárcenas, Abraham Cortés (in Mexico City’s Reclusorio Norte) and Luis Fernando Sotelo (in Mexico City’s Reclusorio Sur) have undertaken hunger strike, while Miguel Peralta (in Oaxaca’s Cuicatlán prison) abstains from prison meals.

Their joint struggle, marking three years since the imprisonment of Abraham Cortés (on October 2nd 2013), is also in solidarity with Luis Fernando Sotelo, who was recently sentenced to 33 years and 5 months. It’s also their way of supporting the US prisoner struggle and showing solidarity with African-American compas who experience the drug genocide.

Read a statement by comrades Fernando Bárcenas and Abraham Cortés in Spanish & English.

[Greece] ABC Solidarity Cell: Strength to the anarchist hunger striker Martin Ignačák

Update by AntiFénix: Martin has suspended his hunger strike.

Action at the embassy of the Czech Republic in Athens; the banner reads: “Solidarity with the anarchist hunger striker Martin Ignačák – ABC Solidarity Cell”
Embassy of the Czech Republic in Athens spray-painted: “Freedom to Martin Ignačák – Anarchist Black Cross”
Czech embassy’s entrance spray-painted; flyers thrown in support of incarcerated anarchist Martin Ignačák

In April 2015, the Czech State launched a repressive campaign under the name “Operation Fénix” targeting the anarchist movement that’s active on its territory.

Raids on fighters’ homes, arrests, personal belongings confiscated, relatives and friends of the arrestees harassed, and accusatory dossiers cooked up in police offices. Eleven fighters were arrested as a result of this operation, of whom four were sent to remand prisons of the Czech Republic, while the rest were given restrictive bail conditions. All this has been portrayed in the media as a coordinated effort towards dismantling “terrorist networks”, such as the Network of revolutionary cells (SRB) who’ve claimed responsibility for dozens of incendiary attacks against statist and capitalist targets. Also one of the comrades is charged with participating in another attack that, according to the media, was carried out with Molotov cocktails against the house of the Minister of National Defence.

Martin Ignačák, who is accused of plotting attack on a train transporting military equipment, was in fact trapped by government agents who had infiltrated anarchist circles and indicated the target to Martin along with plans about how to carry out such an attack.

The specific repressive tactic is a strategic doctrine in US counterterrorism policies, which are well known to be basic guidelines on the formation of repressive policies on a global level.

Secret services take on the role of thought police, penetrate in subversive movements, single out comrades who support practices of direct action and suggest targets and plans for attacks, only to capture them later, without any action having taken place at all. In the US, there are many such examples of prosecution and imprisonment of fighters from the wider radical movement (from anarchists to activists of ALF and ELF).

Operation Fénix unleashed by the Czech State is its first organised attempt to apply the specific repressive doctrine in order to paralyse a combative anarchist current that has been developed in the Czech Republic in recent years.

Martin has already spent nearly 14 months in prison awaiting trial; nevertheless, the vindictiveness of the state apparatus against the comrade continues, with constant harassment of his relatives, his motions for replacement of pretrial detention with bail conditions denied, and debilitating conditions of imprisonment.

To resist, Martin has undertaken hunger strike since June 9th 2016, using his body as a barricade against the exemption status he’s subjected to.

From our side we stand next to Martin, overcoming the artificial polarity between innocence and guilt, and demand that his requests be met.

International solidarity is an integral part of our processes, as it breaks down the borders that separate us and sends out messages of rebellion and defiance from every location where these are manifested, in every corner of the world, thus diffusing the cracks opened in the authoritarian edifice.

On Friday June 24th 2016, Anarchist Black Cross carried out a solidarity action outside the embassy of the Czech Republic in Palaio Psychiko [one of the wealthiest northern suburbs of Athens]. We hung a banner, spray-painted slogans at the embassy’s entrance, and threw flyers to make evident that we know who will be accountable if our comrade’s health condition deteriorates.

The same day, on Lesvos Island, a banner was hung in the city of Mytilini as a minimum display of solidarity with comrade Martin Ignačák.

PS. In Athens, after leaving the Czech embassy in Palaio Psychiko, cops of DIAS motorcycle police force followed a bus which individuals from the action were aboard. They stopped and stormed the bus on Kifissias Avenue, forced people out, and took them to GADA police headquarters. After two hours, all were released but one, who was released several hours later.

Solidarity isn’t going to become an inward-looking process; our actions won’t be constrained by repression.

Repression doesn’t hold us back.

SOLIDARITY WITH THE ANARCHIST HUNGER STRIKE MARTIN IGNAČÁK

IMMEDIATE SATISFACTION OF HIS DEMANDS

Anarchist Black Cross – Anarchist Solidarity Cell

Banner in Mytilini (Lesvos Island): “Freedom for the anarchist hunger striker Martin Ignačák – ABC Solidarity Cell”

Marseille, France: Banner drop in solidarity with Osman Evcan and translation of text

Solidarity with Osman Evcan, Turkish prisonner on hunger strike. Fire to the cells!

A banner was dropped on the bridge of Cours Julien in Marsielle on March 18th, in solidarity with Osman Evcan and to support his hunger strike. A French translation of More than vegan package … No Surrender! was also produced, which details Osman’s situation.

in German

Attack on the French Institute in Athens in solidarity with the persecuted migrants in Calais, against the evacuation of the Jungle!

Communiqué in Greek via Athens IMC.
English translation received March 12th 2016:

On March the 2nd we attacked the French Institute in Athens with molotov bombs. With this action we send a message of class solidarity to the persecuted migrants and fighters who struggle against the French state. The French Institute portrays the hypocrisy of the French Republic where behind the unfulfilled revolutionary slogan Freedom-Equality-Fraternity lurks the brutality of capitalist domination.

In the region of Calais, next to the border between Britain and France, migrants who arrive there hoping to cross over to the UK or who have been evacuated and persecuted from other refugee camps, have built a self-organized shanty town. The story of the so-called Jungle, as this favela of the downtrodden has been named, begins in 2002. Migrants who have been persecuted from their homes either due to war or to poverty, their persecution knows no end when arriving in the E.U. Hunted by border patrols, cops and fascists, many of them having passed through prisons and concentration camps, the new residents of Calais take a piece of their lives into their own hands. Despite the numerous attempts of the state in the past years to crush it, this huge community of migrants is resisting and self organizing life with perseverance in the most adverse circumstances of sheer poverty and constant repression. Makeshift restaurants, schools, kid spaces, art spaces and places of worship have been set up and are run by residents together with people in solidarity inside the Jungle.

On the one hand, the Jungle reflects the brutality of the regime which traps and isolated migrants into urban ghettos and concentration camps condemning them to a permanent life on the borderline. The imposition of total control is how the rulers attempts to deal with all those who defy them and who self-organize. Whatever doesn’t fall in line with capitalist “development” is attacked and subject to repression. The cops and Civil Guard often raid the Jungle gassing and brutalizing residents destroying homes and communal infrastructure, displacing and imprisoning migrants. On the other hand the Jungle is a declaration of struggle of the oppressed, struggle for survival against the plans of state domination. The existence of the Jungle and the determined resistance against eviction is a characteristic example of the struggle against persecution and imprisonment.

Last month the French state announced the evacuation of the south part of the Jungle, home to around 3,000 migrants, on the pretext of a sanitary risk to the area. The state in order to curb the resistance of the migrant residents initially attempted to lend humanitarian motives to the evacuation, by stating that the people will be moved to heated containers, while those who don’t fit will be moved to other concentration camps throughout France, not by force but by the”force of argument”. Finally the latest eviction attempt begun this week and bears the familiar face of state violence and terrorism. Those who will be confined in concentration camps will be separated from people with whom they have built a community, they will be registered (fingerprints, photos, e.t.c.) and will descend to state of totalitarian control, dependence and exploitation by the state.

The evacuation of the Jungle is a straightforward attack against migrants’ self determination. Consequently it is an attempt to crush the self-organisation of the oppressed. The strategy of the French state is part of the common European “management of the refugee flows” which whether it is invested with right wing or humanitarian rhetoric aims to control the oppressed and to fill the pool of debased human resources to be exploited by capital. The resistance against the attempt to demolish the Jungle is a struggle against the worst conditions of class subjugation.

In the clashes taking place in Calais, what comes to the surface is the colonialist history of France and its imperialist interventions such as today in North Africa; what is revealed is the inherent fascism of bourgeois democracy and its hypocritical humanitarians. We bring to mind once again Remi Fraisse who was murdered in October 2014, fighting for the Siven forest, murdered by the same bastards in uniform who are now attacking the Jungle.

RESISTANCE AND SELF ORGANISATION OF THE OPPRESSED EVERYWHERE

COPS OUT OF THE COMMUNITIES OF THE PRESECUTED

LETS TEAR DOWN PRISONS AND CONCENTRATION CAMPS

VICTORY TO THE STRUGGLE OF THE JUNGLE

SABOTAGE THE FRENCH STATE AND THE EUROPEAN FORTRESS

From the neighborhoods of Athens
Council of Anarchist Action “Gracchus Babeuf”

Turkish prisons: Osman Evcan on hunger strike again

Vegan anarchist prisoner Osman Evcan was recently exiled (aka transferred) from Kandıra prison No.1 to Silivri L-type closed prison No.6, and has suffered repression such as naked body search, cameras in cells, ban on letters and visitors, and blocking of vegan food. He has undertaken hunger strike since February 22nd 2016 to resist this oppression. Help spread the word!

via ABC İstanbul

in French

Thessaloniki: Solidarity with vegan anarchist prisoner Osman Evcan, on hunger strike since 10/11

Immediate fulfillment of the demand of imprisoned anarchist Osman Evcan to receive vegan food – Hunger strike since 10/11
Struggle for total liberation – animal and Earth liberation – until anarchy
Freedom to human and non-human animals – Arson and fire to every prison
Strength to vegan anarchist Osman Evcan – Hunger strike since 10/11 – Internationalist solidarity

Strength to veganarchist Osman Evcan

Osman Evcan, who was born in 1959 in Samsun, is an anarchist prisoner and has been in a Turkish prison for 23 years. In 1992 he was sentenced to life imprisonment under the charges of manslaughter, robbery and participation in a leftist terrorist group. He was also imprisoned for 9 years from 1980 until 1989.

To explain who I am, why I am in prison and how I adopted a vegan living culture, I am writing this letter to those who have supported my demand about my nutrition in prison. Arrested in 1992 on charges of ‘membership to an illegal organization’, I was sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with the Article 146/1 of Turkish Penal Code. The reason for the life sentence was the murder of an organization member upon the central decision of the organization due to his disobedience to organizational discipline. Although I personally don’t approve this act, I was involved in it in connection with the circumstances of that time. I evaluate this act as a murder.”

In 2003 Osman became an anarchist, a vegan and a supporter of animal liberation movements. His first high impact act was his hunger strike in 2011, demanding that vegan food is available in prisons, which lasted 42 days. During his strike, anarchists, animal and earth liberation advocates from all around the world and Turkey supported Osman’s struggle for prisoners’ access to vegan food. After 42 days of hunger strike the Turkish government gave in and made regulations for vegan and vegetarian prisoners. According to his comrades’ letter, prisoners’ demands for vegan food will be met as long as they are covered by substinence allowance. After this victory, the Turkish prisoner continued to participate in the anarchist struggle from within the prison. He supports the LGBT movement, animal liberation, women’s rights and anti-imperialist struggles. For 3 years he went on hunger strikes protesting against the animal slaughter during the annual “feast of sacrifice” and wrote articles in defence of nature and about the multifaceted identities of people in society.

Today he is in Kocaeli, in a maximum security prison. After 33 days of hunger strike in June 2015 he took vegan supplies one step further and gained the right to receive vegan food from comrades and his friends and family. However, the prison administration violated his gained right for arbitrary reasons. They banned him from receiving vegan food forcing him on a hunger strike yet again. Osman continues his indefinite hunger strike from November 10th 2015. On his 16th day of strike after the elections in Turkey and the approval of the hegemony of Islamic fascism of AKP, the fascist regime is revealed in the techniques of oppression in the prisons, and the pressure on the anarchist prisoner increases and his access to vegan food is blocked. The technique he is subjected to states “obey or die”. Nevertheless he is determined to continue his hunger strike until – as he himself says – absolute freedom.

What is clear through every political prisoner’s or imprisoned struggler’s case is that the states and governments on an international scale are implementing common practices. The intensification of repression, the development of maximum security prisons, the solitary confinement policies, the prisoners’ psychological exhaustion and the total subjugation of their bodies are long standing tactics of domination aiming to weaken every idea of freedom and every need to claim it. The struggle of the Turkish anarchist is a struggle in defence of every struggling eco-anarchist and their demands. We should eradicate the false assumption that this scenario can’t happen in the Greek territory and prepare the resistance against this possibility, showing our internationalist solidarity and fight for the abolition of every prison, every cell/cage.

We stand in solidarity with the hunger strikers who, by putting their bodies forward as barriers against authority, they claim ground in the struggle for total liberation.

Until the destruction of all prisons, factories, laboratories of animal exploitation and industries that destroy the Earth. Until the death of the state and the dominant civilization, no one and nothing is free.

Uncompromising struggle for Total Liberation and Anarchy

Black/Green Anarchist Collective

in Greek as we received

Santiago, Chile: Pet shop sabotaged for a Black December

ANIMALS ARE NOT MERCHANDISE. BOYCOTT, SABOTAGE AND ATTACK AGAINST MERCHANTS AND EXPLOITERS OF ANIMALS. DIRECT ACTION AGAINST EVERY FORM OF DOMINATION! ANIMAL, HUMAN AND EARTH LIBERATION!

Along with educating and informing, (…) taking yourself out of the laws of the capital system, (…) spraying and sabotaging companies (…) we are not thinking only of the animals but of the whole ecosystem that is getting worse every day. If we should destroy the property of those who support animal exploitation then we will not hesitate to use all our weapons, even burning that evil place.
(“Animal Liberation,” song by comrade Sebastián ‘Angry’ Oversluij)

In the capitalist and authoritarian society, speciesism is one of the pillars on which domination is sustained, materializing in power relations that transform animals into objects for human consumption in the form of food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation or as pets under the ownership of a human.

By inserting anti-speciesism as part of the fight against all forms of authority, an everyday life without animal products has as its inevitable complement direct action against the exploiters and merchants of animals.

Thus, rejecting all reformist or victimist logic about animal liberation, we sabotaged the “Exotic” pet shop on the night of December 1st, sealing with liquid steel the padlocks that allow access to the place where animals are sold as merchandise. At the site, located on Departmental Avenue, we left a note so that there was no doubt what our action was about. As the sun rose, the owners could not open their business based on cages and the captivity of non-human individuals; our action fulfilled our goal: to disrupt the normal functioning of the oppression of our lives and that of the animals.

We do not want laws that are more compassionate to animals or larger cages. Our action is an expression of the desire for the destruction of all forms of confinement and domination.

We respond in this way to the invitation made by our compañeros in Greece, Panagiotis Argirou and Nikos Romanos, taking part in a Black December in which we want to intensify the anti-authoritarian transgressive action and the networks of complicity between comrades, seeking to take them beyond a specific moment or month.

To contribute to revitalizing anti-speciesist action in our own territory is also our form of solidarity with the anarchist and vegan prisoner Osman Evcan, on hunger strike since November 10th 2015 in the prisons of the State of Turkey, who risks his life using his body as a weapon demanding the restoration of vegan food in the prison.

So that the anti-speciesist tension is made visible in the offensive anarchic actions through cells of comrades who organize and take action without hierarchies, sharpening convictions combined with creativity, caution and different means and materials to hit multiple points of the network of domination.

Solidarity with Mónica Caballero, Francisco Solar and all anarchist prisoners in Chile and throughout the world.

Insurrect memory of the death in combat of comrade Sebastián Oversluij two years ago.

Animal, human, Earth liberation.

Down with the cages of civilized society!
Sabotage, boycott and direct attack against all exploiters!

“Nocturnal Disorder” Cell.
Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front (FAI/FRI)
Chile – Black December 2015

Spanish | English (slightly edited here) via Bite Back

Chania, Crete: Banner in solidarity with the hunger striker Osman Evcan, vegan anarchist imprisoned in Turkey

The banner reads:
Solidarity with anarchist Osman Evcan (A)
Vegan hunger striker in Turkish F-type prison cells

On November 23rd 2015, we hung a banner in solidarity with Osman Evcan, who is on hunger strike in Turkish F-type prison cells. This summer Osman, a vegan anarchist held in a maximum security prison, put up a multiday fight by undertaking hunger strike, until his demand to be able to receive food items from people in solidarity, so he can have a decent diet, was granted. A few days ago, however, the humanguards vengefully forbade him to receive vegan food items, forcing him to go once again on hunger strike.

Solidarity with Osman Evcan
Arson and fire to every prison
For total liberation and Anarchy.

in Greek | Turkish

Athens: Update on Evi Statiri’s struggle

According to our latest information, Evi Statiri suspended hunger strike on October 2nd 2015, when the competent judicial council decided to grant her a conditional release from preventive detention. In the coming period she is expected to file a motion for the lifting of restrictive conditions imposed on her, which include the following: ban on exiting the country; obligation to report to her nearest police station 3 times a month; prohibition on communicating or meeting with her husband (CCF imprisoned member Gerasimos Tsakalos) and any other of her co-accused; obligation to reside only in the home she has declared as permanent residence; and ban on moving outside a perimeter of 1 kilometer around her home.

Koridallos underground prison cells: Protest in solidarity with hunger striker Evi Statiri

As of today, September 30th 2015, we participate in the mobilisation of prisoners throughout Greece (at the prisons of Trikala, Domokos, Grevena, and the women’s and men’s prisons of Koridallos in Athens) for the immediate RELEASE of Evi Statiri, wife of political prisoner-member of the Cells of Fire Gerasimos Tsakalos.

Evi has already been admitted to the General State Hospital of Nikaia, having entered her 16th day on hunger strike.

Solely responsible for her life are the justice minister — who enacted an amendment-scrap of paper for the cessation of prosecution against relatives of inmates, which nevertheless remains inactive — as well as the judicial council where the request for Evi’s release has been filed – who are procrastinating at the expense of her constantly deteriorating health.

Until Evi is released from prison, we refuse the midday lock-up and count in our cells.

Initiative of Political Prisoners
Koridallos Prisons Underground Annex [*]
September 30th 2015

[*] basement in Koridallos women’s prison, a special high-security unit for men where those convicted as members of armed revolutionary organisations, including anarchist comrades, are being held separately from the general population of inmates

Volos, Greece: Flyposting in solidarity with hunger striker Evi Statiri

The ‘Assembly of anarchists for the solidarity Inside and Outside the walls’ pasted posters on two central buildings of Volos (central Greece), reading:

FREEDOM FOR EVI STATIRI
WHO CONDUCTS HUNGER STRIKE SINCE SEPTEMBER 14TH
When the Power fail to make subversive prisoners bow down to them, they target their close and supportive environment, seeking to punish what goes beyond the polarity between innocence and guilt: solidarity.

A couple more photos & Spanish here.