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Athens, Greece: Spyros Mandylas and Andreas Tsavdaridis were released from prison!

Spyros Mandylas and Andreas Tsavdaridis were released from prison on January 12, 2015 owning to the expiry of the maximum 18-month period of pretrial detention.

The two anarchists were arrested on July 11, 2013 in Thessaloniki and then sent to pretrial detention in Koridallos prison, in Athens, on terrorism charges. Tsavdaridis has assumed responsibility for sending a parcel bomb (as FAI-IRF cell under the name Commando Mauricio Morales) to Dimitris Chorianopoulos, ex-commander of the anti-terrorist police unit, while Mandylas (participant in Nadir, ex-squat in Thessaloniki) has denied all charges against him. As of June 4, 2014 both comrades stand trial in the special courtroom of Koridallos women’s prison, alongside the ten imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. Andreas Tsavdaridis and Spyros Mandylas are accused of alleged participation in the CCF, attempted homicide of that ex-commander of the anti-terrorist force, and attempted explosion and possession of explosives (in connection to the same incendiary package mailing, action claimed in Greece as part of the “Phoenix Project”).

Athens: Letter of captive anarchist Spyros Mandylas from Koridallos men’s judicial prison

September 4, 2013

“Others unthinkingly followed the paths learned once and for all, to their work and their home, to their predictable future. For them duty had already become a habit, and habit a duty. They did not see the deficiency of their city. They thought the deficiency of their life was natural. We wanted to break out of this conditioning, (…) in search of new passions.”
Guy Debord

A short chronicle of my arrest

On Thursday night, July 11th, 2013 cops of the anti-terrorist force barged in the anarchist hangout Nadir, in Thessaloniki, once again. I was arrested and immediately transferred to the anti-terrorism headquarters in Athens where I got the news that, three hours prior to my arrest, my comrade and friend Andreas Tsavdaridis was also captured outside his home in the district of Stavroupoli, Thessaloniki. I was asked to give fingerprints, DNA sample and photographs but I refused to collaborate, and they took those by force. Shortly afterwards, they notified me I was being charged with all of the attacks that had occurred in the context of the Phoenix Project until that point (Acts 1, 2, 3, 4). I refused to sign any police paper, or talk about anything. Six days later, I was able to communicate with Andreas, who told me the exact same things had happened to him. What’s more, the police announced that the ten imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire were also charged as instigators in the Phoenix Project case.

Operation “Armed Joy”

From the moment I was transferred in Athens until the early hours of the next day, cops were conducting a search in Nadir… They confiscated the squat’s server, among other items. However, they focused their attention on the library, as they “discovered” the book Armed Joy with a gun holster depicted on its front cover (a Greek edition of La gioia armata by Alfredo M. Bonanno was published by Nadir squat in June 2013, and the proceeds will go to support imprisoned anarchists). That’s when a large house search began, both in the library and the rest of the squat. They collected fingerprints, cigarette butts for DNA analysis, empty beer bottles and other small objects from the entire library space, in an attempt to find the pistol itself which is depicted on the book cover…

“Covert surveillance”

The Phoenix Project was initiated on June 7th, 2013. It was a call of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire/Consciousness Gangs/Sole–Baleno Cell/FAI-IRF for the regeneration and dynamic resurgence of urban guerrilla warfare. From that day to the 12th of July (the day of my formal indictment), various cells of the FAI-IRF network claimed four attacks. Continue reading Athens: Letter of captive anarchist Spyros Mandylas from Koridallos men’s judicial prison

Komotini, Northern Greece: Action in solidarity with imprisoned anarchists and squats under attack

Late in the evening of August 9th, comrades from the anarchist hangout Utopia A.D. put up a banner at the central square of Komotini that reads: “The State is the only terrorist. On July 11th, cops raided the anarchist hangout Nadir (in Thessaloniki). On August 5th, squats in Patras were evicted. Solidarity with the arrested comrades.” They also shared out a text in solidarity with anarchists Andreas Tsavdaridis and Spyros Mandylas that were placed on remand in relation to the ‘Phoenix Project’, with Nadir squat in Thessaloniki that was stormed by the antiterrorist unit, as well as the squats in Patras (Parartima, Maragopouleio, Self-managed Hangout of TEI) that were sealed off by the police.

Volos, Greece: Solidarity with the two anarchists from Thessaloniki that were recently remanded in Koridallos prison on terrorism charges

Freedom for the two comrades Andreas Tsavdaridis and Spyros Mandylas – Fire and arson to all prison cells
Solidarity with the two anarchist from Thessaloniki, Spyros Mandylas and Andreas Tsavdaridis, who are charged in relation to the project ‘Phoenix’

Solidarians intervened in the city of Volos with banners for Spyros Mandylas and Andreas Tsavdaridis, anarchists from Thessaloniki that are both held in pretrial incarceration, accused for the Phoenix Project.

Andreas, Spyros: hold strong until freedom.

The more sheep will be bleating, the more wolves will be howling.

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Greece: Sabotage of 6 ATMs in Thessaloniki

At Friday dawn, July 26th, 6 ATMs were sabotaged in the area of Stavroupoli in Thessaloniki.

Strength to the two remanded anarchists from Thessaloniki, who are accused of participation in the project ‘Phoenix.’

Strength to the anarchists of Nadir squat, who were assaulted in their infrastructure by the petty hooligans of the EKAM antiterrorist force.

Strength to anarchist fighters everywhere, who abstain from an anarcho-lifestyle of parties and drug culture.

Rebellious individuality

Greece: Update on the two anarchists arrested in Thessaloniki on 11/7

No Hostage in the Hands of the State

On July 17th, at 10am, a gathering of solidarians took place at the Athens Court of Appeals where the two arrested anarchists appeared before interrogator, who issued a remand order against both of them. Then they were transferred to Koridallos men’s prison. Following an umpteenth anti-anarchist operation, these comrades are being held in pretrial incarceration on multiple charges of terrorism. In addition, all ten imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire are accused of instigating the four direct actions that were claimed as the ‘Phoenix Project’ (three attacks in Greece, and one in Indonesia).

Greece: Two comrades arrested and accused of all the actions that have taken place as the ‘Phoenix Project’

Thessaloniki, night of July 11th, 2013: two anarchists were arrested on charges of terrorism in relation to four responsibility claims for the PHOENIX PROJECT by FAI/FRI direct action groups. Also, the Nadir squat was raided and searched by the anti-terrorist force.

In the same police operation, one person was arrested in the area of Stavroupoli, while the other was caught inside the anarchist hangout Nadir (in the area of 40 Ekklisies, near the campus). The two comrades are facing grave charges and possible remand. On the evening of July 12th, they were transferred to the Athens police headquarters. Both are in good health, and will appear before interrogator on Wednesday, July 17th. More updates as they come.

Sources in Greek: a, b, c – Info in English: a, b, c

Thessaloniki, Greece: Benefit gig for the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire comrades

Live concert for financially supporting the CCF comrade Panagiotis Argirou, who will soon need another surgery.

Saturday, May 25th, 2013 at 22.00 in Asteroskopeio, Thessaloniki.

Anarchist hangout Nadir

Contra Info note: Recall the grave injury and hospitalization of imprisoned anarchist Panagiotis Argirou (e.g. see here). The CCF member will soon need to undergo another special surgery and medical treatment. For this reason, there is an urgent need for large fund-raising in the upcoming period. We call every anarchist in solidarity across the world to help our comrades raise the medical costs. Anarchists who would like to send financial support, can also contact the Assembly of solidarity with the R.O. CCF, in Athens, at sal.spf[at]gmail.com

Thessaloniki: Texts about the Public Power Corporation’s attempts to cut off Delta squat’s electricity supply

Since late July, Delta squat is being actively repressed by DEI (Public Power Corporation, PPC) that attempts to cut off the space’s electricity supply. The electric power company got the green light from the Alexandreio Technological Education Institute (ATEI) of Thessaloniki, which is the legal owner of the building (squatted for 5 years already).

This squat hosts an array of autonomous political projects that act aggressively towards the existing system of exploitation and try to contribute to individual and social liberation. CopyRiot is a self-organized printing infrastructure for the antagonist movement which aims to disseminate subversive discourse by all available means.

Clearly, every attack against Delta squat by whomsoever it comes (DEI – ATEI – the State) constitutes an attack on all active infrastructures involved in the squat and all those who are struggling. Therefore, our solidarity with Delta squat is more than obvious. We will fight anyone who’s moving aggressively against the squat and our struggles.

HANDS OFF DELTA SQUAT

CopyRiot –self-organized undertaking housed in Delta squat
copyriot[at]riseup.net
Thessaloniki, August 2012
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The State’s desire to suppress the squats and self-managed spaces, that are considered a threat and danger to its existence, has now been fulfilled by the Public Power Corporation and its intention to interrupt the power supply in the building of Delta squat.

It is no coincidence that this repressive strike in Thessaloniki took place after the recent invasion of cops in the anarchist hangout Nadir and Orfanotrofio squat, especially since there were no significant reactions after that operation. In other words, we’re experiencing the targeting of the anarchist movement and a widespread effort to take it down, especially during the summer, for obvious reasons.

Besides, the Public Power Corporation dares to sell a commodity that is essential for people’s survival and is willing to do everything to ensure the price. Being a state enterprise, it is able to understand that the cost of a squat’s electric bill debts is nothing compared to the cost of the State’s disorganization that any squat can primarily achieve. Because squats also host collectives that through self-management run buildings which some owners or state officials left blighted, and have turned them into bases of counter-information and, simultaneously, of active deeds for the destruction of all forms of Power and therefore of the State.

So, on the grounds that ‘the end justifies the means’, the State decided to interrupt the electricity supply, being under the illusion that this would interrupt the squat’s operation.

THE MORE THEY ATTACK US, THE MORE OUR RAGE GROWS
Hands off all squats

Independent School Students –grassroots collective housed in Delta squat
anexma[at]gmail.com
Thessaloniki, August 2012

Athens: Spectacle of police terrorism against the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and Theofilos Mavropoulos at Evelpidon courts – A communiqué by all of the imprisoned comrades themselves

The trial against the imprisoned CCF members and anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos was scheduled for the morning of June 27th at Evelpidon courts, in Athens. In addition to much heavier charges, all ten of them are now prosecuted even for incitement to criminal acts in relation to three texts that had been published online in October–November 2011. The first one was a solidarity text to the anarchist hangout Nadir (in Thessaloniki) and the second one concerned the preliminary investigation due to the text in solidarity with Nadir, both signed by the imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF and Theofilos Mavropoulos. On June 26th, one day before the trial at Evelpidon courts, a solidarity statement concerning this new prosecution against CCF members and Theofilos Mavropoulos was issued by the anarchist hangout Nadir.*

The third among the aforementioned texts that has also been included in the trial brief is not even their own, but it is a responsibility claim for incendiary attack on Studio ATA in Melissia, Athens, signed by the Deviant Behaviours for the Spreading of Revolutionary Terrorism/International Revolutionary Front (the same group that on June 29th, 2012, claimed responsibility for the explosive attack on the Greek headquarters of Microsoft in Maroussi, Athens, an action which was carried out in the early hours of Wednesday, June 27th).

That Wednesday morning, 27/6, a spectacular terror-show was set up by the agents of “citizen protection”. By 8.30am, dark-blue luxury jeeps and blue paddy-wagons of the special terror-unit set off from Koridallos prisons and crossed the city’s streets at high speeds, with flashing sirens wailing like crazy.

Eight of the imprisoned comrades attended the proceeding at Evelpidon courts, while two of them were absent (for non-alarming reasons). Among them was comrade Olga Ekonomidou, who looked well —she had finally come out of the solitary confinement of Diavata prisons and is expected to be transferred to Eleonas–Thebes prisons, given there will be no “unpleasant surprise” on the part of prison authorities.

A small-scale scuffle broke out when the imprisoned comrades were being transferred from the police paddy-wagons into a hellish basement at Building 9, because few thugs from anti-riot squads tried to provoke and push back the gathered people (by that time, nearly over a hundred), and even used police batons against solidaritarians. The incident soon came to an end, with no serious injuries.

The eight prisoners were locked up for approximately five hours in that basement. Numerous random people, and even lawyers passing by, were asking curiously in a whispery voice why were so many repressive forces lined up across the courtyard alleys, evidently terrorized at the sight of not only hooded and fully-armed blue cops but also of a total of five green police squads guarding closely for hours the space between the detention rooms and the solidaritarians.

When the prisoners’ transfer finally began from Building 9 to the courtroom in Building 2, within a distance of nearly 100 metres, it was already expected that the trial would be postponed after the counsel’s respective appeal. Police vehicles were parked close to each other, in order to block any visual contact with the captive comrades. Not more than 80 comrades were present then, what felt at least discouraging, bearing in mind the political importance of this prosecution as an attempted silencing of radical free speech. However, solidarity slogans were chanted lively in the alleys of courtyards, while several of the comrades, friends and relatives managed to accompany the smiling and proud CCF members as well as revolutionary Theofilos Mavropoulos inside the courtroom, who were all handcuffed and “escorted” tightly by “anti”terrorist hooded macho thugs.

Solidarity words included the following slogans: ‘The anarchist discourse cannot be penalized; cops and judges, go fuck yourselves’, ‘Freedom for the Cells of Fire’, ‘Praxis of anarchist is not just words; freedom for the anarchist comrades’, ‘The States are the only terrorists; solidarity with armed guerrillas’, ‘Only bursts of Kalashnikov would do justice and make you [cops] come to your senses’, ‘The passion for freedom is stronger than all prison cells’, ‘Rage and consciousness, denial and violence; down with statism, long live anarchy’…

People who stood outside the courtroom at the time were shouting out loud their solidarity and complicity with the accused, when a police squad passed near them; a cop was particularly irritated at the sound of an anti-Nazi slogan, so much as to raise his middle finger. He got the response he deserved—to put it in his ass, of course—but, other than that, comrades stayed calm, moved closer to the courtyard and focused on greeting with their strength and applauses the anarchist prisoners on their way back to the police vans, after the presiding judge had agreed to the postponement of the trial (set for December 2nd, 2013).

Unlike the conditions at the court-martial of Koridallos women’s prisons, where identity cards of visitors are withheld and returned upon exit from the courtroom, no one must give identity card upon entrance through the metal detectors in Evelpidon courts area. Nevertheless, the day was marked by ambushes of plainclothes cops who conducted identity checks of visitors earlier in the morning, as well as verbal provocations by anti-riot cops against attendees who were walking away from Building 2 after the trial process was over, by midday.

The jeeps and vans of the terror-unit drove off with sirens wailing once again, headed back to Koridallos prisons. After a while, one police battalion harassed two comrades who were leaving the area, asking for their identity cards. A “law enforcement officer” attempted to punch one of them, who was also chased by the murderers in uniform, but quickly got away. The bullying ended only after the squad’s leader ordered his sheep to come back to the herd.

So, this was not just another day at public courts. To try to put it in other words, it was a low turnout of attendees at the umpteenth trial against comrades, a long waiting within the disgusting environment of the temples of bourgeois justice, where court employees were pushing back and forth shopping trolleys (“expropriated” from supermarkets) laden with piles of trial briefs and judicial documents of countless cases against civilians; and it was a harsh reminder of the ongoing captivity of unrepentant revolutionary fighters, in the context of an overt prosecution of freedom of speech and solidarity.

* On July 2nd the anarchist hangout Nadir was raided once again, in the context of an extensive police operation across the city of Thessaloniki.
Here’s the communiqué by the imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF of the first phase and anarchist of praxis Theofilos Mavropoulos concerning the trial farce of June 27th:

[ Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 ]

On June 27th we stand trial charged with incitement to criminal acts in relation to three texts that were released when we found ourselves captives in the State’s prisons. One of these texts is a responsibility claim for arson on vehicle(s) belonging to a television production studio company by the group “Deviant Behaviours…” of the International Revolutionary Front (IRF), and the other two are our own announcements about the cops’ raid in the anarchist hangout Nadir (in Thessaloniki), as well as the interrogation that followed this text…

The phrase in question that annoyed the judicial mafia is “not 1 millimetre back; 9mms in cops’ heads.”

We could have not wasted even a single word about this case. The legal implications of this new prosecution are just a drop in the ocean for us.

We know that we have ahead of us predefined convictions to many decades in prison. How could we be concerned about a few months more, from one misdemeanor charge? But still… an anarchist of praxis cannot think with the legal reasoning of a lawyer.

This prosecution acquires a distinct political value. As already shown, the State, the prosecutorial authorities and police services have repeatedly tried all innovative methods and tactics against the CCF: members of the Conspiracy charged with abetments while being in custody; extension of remand in custody (by an order of new pretrial detention just few hours before the expiry of the 18-month period of the initial pretrial detention) against one of our comrades (Gerasimos Tsakalos) while he was hospitalized as a hunger striker; cooperation of the Italian and Greek authorities for our probable extradition to Italy; further prosecutions in relation to texts, etc.

It is written somewhere that the more your enemy persecutes you, the more it’s proven that you have succeeded hard blows against the enemy.

To us, the charges that fill the thousands of pages of our trial briefs are a title of honour. But we want to stress that, as anarchists of praxis, what we leave behind us unanswered becomes a legacy for the future; to the contrary, what we gain creates our perspective.

The fact that the prison guards can keep for two and a half months comrades locked up in solitary confinement cells, without the aggressive reflexes of anarchist solidarity being activated (with few exceptions), is undoubtedly a defeat.

If the daily attacks by dastard petty fascists and their presence on the street, in the squares and neighbourhoods won’t be met with the corresponding retaliation on our part, with knives, knuckledusters, fires and explosions, then they will mark the retreat of the enemy within.

The recoil of offensive actions from the new anarchist urban guerrilla warfare (with the exception of the anarchists of praxis and the cells of FAI-IRF) against the tension conditions of the social machine is obviously a victory of fear and repression.

We do not want to let fear and defeatism become our shadow. In spite of the times, we remain unrepentantly hardheaded and steadfast. We will not turn down the volume of our discourse or disarm our words.

The fact that we are being accused because of our texts for “inciting others to commit felony offenses” means that our words can still communicate with the doubters and deniers of our era and be transformed into actions. We are proud of it. We never liked hollow words. At the same time we never believed in, nor reconciled with democratic liberties and rights. We have always thought that they serve as a “showcase” for the police state and the social machine.

By the prosecution of our texts, even the last illusions that some people may maintain about democracy are withdrawn. Now the curtain of freedom of speech has been pulled back, and the judicial censorship has been exposed. Yet this is a good thing… Therefore, we will never talk about the “criminalization” of discourse and ideas.

We have always believed that the insurrectionist theory is accompanied by anarchist practices, as well as vice versa.

Logos and praxis (discourse and action) are inseparable concepts. The positive side of our prosecution is polarization. Once illusions are withdrawn from the scene, each and every one takes position. There are no innocents.

We respond to the fear of repression with the momentum of attack. Ignorance and indifference are repealed, and now decisions speak.

The dilemma is clear. Either with the society of the existent or the deniers of our era; either an appeased citizen or oppugning riotmaker; either an eternally indignant protestor or anarchist of praxis; either rule or exception, either now or never.

NOT 1 MILLIMETRE BACK
9MMS AGAINST DIRECTORS AND SERVANTS OF THE SOCIAL MACHINE

PS. In court, where we’re called to appear, we disdain the judicial marionettes and disregard the defense of our rights. After all, we have thrown the rights which democracy “grants” to us into fire long ago, along with our legal identities.

Our presence there and our stance are yet another insult and an affront to the laws’ Inquisitors.

It is a small part of the total anarchist war we declare against society of the State.

The imprisoned members of the R.O. CCF of the first phase and anarchist of praxis Theofilos Mavropoulos

Greece: Major crackdown in Thessaloniki

On July 2nd, 2012, an extensive police operation was launched across the city of Thessaloniki, with raids in two squats, house searches and massive preemptive detentions (people were caught even in their private residences, and on several streets, and after few hours were released from police departments), as well as arrests. There are reportedly 25 arrestees, and it is possible that they will be charged with felonies.

Specifically, police forces stormed the anarchist hangout Nadir at approximately 6.30am, detaining people from inside the building. Cops then also stormed the Orfanotrofio squat, also detaining people there.

The Greek media immediately linked this crackdown to a police case file concerning events of recent months in this city of northern Greece.

To hell with the police mercenaries and the ruling media… We are well aware of the fact that the judiciary and the cops will loyally serve any dominant propaganda, in an escalating war against the enemy within.

However, we cannot really refrain from mentioning that these speculated “events of recent months” may indeed imply severe conflicts between individuals and/or collectives in Thessaloniki that are (at least theoretically, or to exterior observers) affiliated to the same political space, but made themselves defend alleged, or consciously, different tendencies and approaches more than often against each other (also with public communiqués in some cases). There are many facts left deliberately untold about a seemingly internal conflict into active spaces of the wider libertarian milieu in the city of Thessaloniki, and this issue might never be analyzed publicly. But we can reflect on the deeper danger that lies behind such discords, now that the repression has hit hard, and apparently the crackdown affects comrades from both “sides” of any kind of strife.

Let us show our nonnegotiable support to the arrestees, before moving on to a factual (self)critique. Solidarity first and always; freedom for all comrades.

Thessaloniki: Police invasion in Nadir hangout – Letter of the 11 arrested

In the afternoon of 4 December more than 30 cops of different services, secret cops, OPKE (special police force) and others, invaded the anarchist hangout Nadir in Thessaloniki. Previously the block had been surrounded by five police squads, motorcyclists of the DIAS and ZITA police forces. The cops invaded the building with sledgehammers, axes and batons without stating their police identity and without the presence of a public prosecutor. The comrades defended themselves in the best possible way, unaware of the attackers’ identity at that moment. During the attack the cops continued their gang-like action and stormed the squat knocking down doors and walls with sledgehammers, looking for inhabitants. They arrested 9 persons, and confiscated among others:
– pcs
– digital files, pamphlets
– 700 euros kept for the case of C.Stratigopoulos and more money that were raised from concerts, etc. for the financial support of imprisoned anarchists, as well as Radio Revolt (a radio station transmitting from Thessaloniki that was attacked by fascists on November).
– many books of anarchist/anti-authoritarian content
– anarchist/anti-authoritarian banners used at demos. Continue reading Thessaloniki: Police invasion in Nadir hangout – Letter of the 11 arrested