On new year’s eve around 20 people held a solidarity action at the Rotterdam/The Hague airport deportation centre.
While almost the entire country was celebrating the new year, hundreds of people are awaiting deportation just because they don’t have the correct piece of paper. The prison next to the runway of Rotterdam/The Hague airport is one of the places where migrants await their expulsion.
As a small gesture of support for the people on the inside and disgust for prisons and the world that needs them we held a solidarity action at 00:00 with fireworks, noise, slogans and banners.
Against a world of borders, prisons and authority. For freedom. For anarchy!
On the night of December 31st to January 1st, fireworks erupted in front of the Cornebarrieu administrative detention centre and in front of the Seysse detention centre, in solidarity with the prisoners.
During an incandescent night, pyrotechnic devices took off, to open a breach in the existent and briefly brighten the sad sky of the invisibles.
Fire to all the prisons
Death to the State
In the evening of the 31st, a group of people demonstrated their solidarity towards all those incarcerated outside the prison in Namur [the capital of Wallonia]. Phrases such as “guard executioner” or “fire to the prisons” were inscribed on the walls of the jail. Fireworks as well as smoke bombs were fired, which didn’t fail to cause prisoners to react, warming the hearts of participants. The latter also yelled their thirst for freedom, shouting phrases like “Brick by brick, wall by wall… let’s destroy all prisons!”
Because a society that needs to lock up [individuals] is a prison in itself;
Because prison walls only exist for those that unrestrainedly believe in their freedom; Let’s shatter the prison hell!
In the evening of December 31st, we went to the federal women’s prison in Joliette (the only prison for women with sentences exceeding 2 years, in so-called Québec), in Lanaudière region. We held two banners with the inscriptions: ‘The love for freedom makes us enemies of authority’ and ‘Freedom is our absolute weapon’. We shot some fireworks, were able to communicate with the women incarcerated and chanted our solidarity. Several of them came out of their units (little houses in the prison yard), or went to their windows. This was the first time of its kind at this prison.
Solidarity with all prisoners in struggle
Until we are all free
LET’S DESTROY ALL PRISONS AND THE WORLD THAT NEEDS THEM
In the night of New Year’s Eve, we torched some parked vehicles of the Federal Customs Administration (Zoll) in solidarity with all the comrades who are afflicted by repression and cannot be with us, and at enmity with the States, from which this repression emanates.
We chose customs as it is an executive authority of the German Ministry of Finance – who would shed a single tear?
We take into consideration that we can’t bring down the State and Capital only with such actions, but nevertheless we want to put a spoke in their wheel at any given opportunity. We will not avoid confronting our enemies due to constraints of circumstances.
We’ve noticed that comrades embraced the calls for Black December in some countries, and each of these attacks have warmed our hearts – so we gladly join them.
We wish all comrades a combative new year, and lots of strength to those prosecuted by repressive authorities to withstand this period.
“Combative memory defines us as individuals taking a stand in our negation of the existent, forces us to push the memory of our fallen comrades beyond reflecting on how they were snatched from us, bringing them into our everyday lives in many forms and individual initiatives without giving in to resignation in the face of death or to oblivion. To bring new life to their insurgent lives, through actions, also to remind those who took their lives that the comrades live in each one of us and that we will always despise the role of those who chose to become defenders of the present system of dominion.”
– Nataly Casanova
On New Year’s Eve, about 20 individuals gathered in Bloomington, Indiana for a noise demonstration at the county jail. After brief discussion and preparation, as well as side-eyed glances and giggles from stumbling young people, the black-clad crowd walked a few blocks to the jail to show our solidarity with those held inside its walls. Banners were unfurled, black flags flew, and words of solidarity were shouted. The response from those inside came almost immediately: pounding on the walls and windows of the building. Dozens of smoke bombs and fireworks were set off, their sound echoing through the streets and colors lighting up the night. Approaching midnight, a dumpster was rolled into the street and set on fire. Sparks and whistles from several fireworks joined the flames in the dumpster, noise from the prisoners, and cheers from us.
Seeing the lights of police cars, the group scattered. Police gave chase, threatening with tasers those running away. Unfortunately, one comrade was tackled and arrested. Facing a few misdemeanors, they were bailed out early the following morning and are recovering with help from their friends.
We see this as a slight escalation of street activity in Bloomington, and an interrogation of how we relate to the BPD, who we often assume will remain relatively hands-off during demonstrations, but who nonetheless keep us largely passive.
Solidarity to all prison rebels and anarchist prisoners around the world. From Bloomington to Barcelona, from Montreal to Melbourne, from Santiago to São Paulo, from Montevideo to Minneapolis, from Alabama to Athens: struggle continues until all prisons and precincts are rubble at our feet!
In the evening of Thursday 31st December, a little after 10pm, a group of people went to Besançon’s prison known as La Butte [“The Mound”; in the Butte neighbourhood] to express solidarity with the prisoners.
Whilst elsewhere hypocritical wishes for the new year were exchanged, fireworks and firecrackers broke a little of the ambient monotony early in the night of New Year’s Eve. For a few minutes our slogans echoed against the prison system – “prisons on fire, with the screws inside”, “brick by brick, wall by wall, we’ll destroy all prisons,” “fire to the prisons, let the screws bite the dust,” etc. … — with whistles amid satisfactory and joyous cries from prisoners from the bars of their cells.
Hoping this year, 2016, is rich in prison escapes, fleeings(*) and rebellions!
Warm greetings to the six prisoners who’re in between the filthy hands of cops after the rowdy night of 29th to 30th December 2015 at the Youth Detention Centre in Orvault.
Solidarity with all prisoners in revolt!
(*) Fleeings in the context of ‘prisoners on the run’ from the word cavale.
The prison door opens, and now he knows what to do; keep the memory alive, leave no space for oblivion, never forget the comrades left behind, pick up the thread of insurgency from where it was interrupted, pour the poison of insubordination into the reproduction networks of the capitalist society. For lasting anarchist insurgency! No truce with Power and its puppets! For a Black December!
CHANGE OF YEAR AT KORIDALLOS PRISONS THURSDAY 31st DECEMBER 2015 at 23:00
Anarchists Inside and Outside the Koridallos Walls _
In the evening of December 31st, 2014, in Freiburg, around 20 people demonstrated unannounced and without permit for the freedom of all prisoners and against the repressive society. From the meeting point at Tennenbacher square the demonstration moved to Freiburg’s prison. Despite the failing sound system, the demo was loudly and was accompanied with appropriate pyrotechnics and some colour eggs. At least at the main entrance the prisoners heard the demo and waved back. The demo lasted about half an hour. The police showed no reaction.
Below are a few words from comrade Thomas Meyer-Falk, imprisoned in Freiburg. Two other speeches prepared by supporters for the action can be found in the German original.
Greeting by Thomas Meyer-Falk
New Year’s Eve 2014
This gesture of yours, showing solidarity with those who are forced to live behind these thick cold walls, is shining like a torch in the darkness. As in the years before, people suffered and died here in 2014. There have been suicides, many suicide attempts and a hunger strike.
And yet one can see pulsating life behind bars, which is not least fueled by the solidarity support from relatives, friends or comrades.
The anti-prison fight will always include the idea of a radical change of existing conditions, because the capitalist form of society will never do without prisons. Someone fighting for the abolition of custodial institutions will, at the same time, be endeavoring to live in another society; that is, a free society.
Your demos at this prison are cherished enthusiastically by those who live here. Because you show us that we here are not alone and that there are people who reject incarceration.
Solidarian and heart-throbbing greetings!
To all of you a healthy, colourful, lively and free 2015!
On December 31st, 2014 as in recent years, a demo took place at the prison building in Münster. From around 23:30, over 40 people demonstrated against one of the most brutal form of repression, imprisonment, by making use of banners, music and fireworks. During the demo many bangers and skyrockets were thrown or fired over the prison wall to express solidarity with the inmates who reacted with loud shouting and jeering.
We do not want a society that deals with problems by punishing and locking up people. A large share of criminalised actions is in all likelihood caused by the capitalist conditions that force people to commit these “crimes”. Hardly anyone would steal food or rob a bank if they were “better off” economically. Prison does not serve to “reintegrate people back into society” (as if persons turned into offenders were no longer part of society in the first place). The only purpose of prison is to uphold the social order, punish people and break them. For us, it is clear that this as any other kind of state repression is to be fully rejected.
After the demo paint-bombs were thrown at the building and the slogan “Fight the State” was painted on the prison wall. We also blocked the road in front of the prison with materials from construction sites.
For a liberated society, free of prison, repression and capitalism!
As a small gesture of solidarity with those languishing behind bars, and like each new year, people gathered to express a bit of their revolt against all confinement.
We went in front of the women’s prison in Rennes, that of men in Vezin and the detention centre for the undocumented in Saint-Jacques. To exchange some shouts and fireworks across the walls and the bars, and mitigate the daily imposed isolation, even for just a short while.
Because we refuse to light-heartedly celebrate a new year, when thousands of people spend time in cells. Because a happy new year doesn’t exist when each day spent in jail is always a day too many; there can be no goodhealth, either physical or mental, when we are deprived of freedom; and the best wishes we can bid them are those prison riots and next escapes!
A small gesture that calls many others.
Here, elsewhere, everywhere, all the time.
Destroy the jails!
Stone by stone, wall by wall, we’ll destroy all the prisons!
In the night of December 31st 2014 to January 1st 2015, a few groups of people went to express their solidarity with the prisoners and other detainees by shouting slogans against confinement, speaking with the prisoners at the windows and throwing fireworks, around the prisons of Fresnes, Versailles, Bois d’Arcy and Nanterre, and the administrative detention centre of Vincennes.
On New Year’s Eve night, in Florence, numerous ATMs were jammed, the windows of luxury shops in the city centre were smeared and smashed, and the tires of several 500 Red car-sharing vehicles with the Frecciarossa logo were slashed.
In solidarity and complicity with the stone bench of Sant’Ambrogio!
Yesterday evening [December 31st, 2014], while everyone celebrated the “new year”, others didn’t forget that, this year, the misery of the jail continues, and that some are still there to rot and die.
Fireworks and firecrackers were therefore thrown in front of the prison of Ittre [atown located 30 km south of Brussels] in solidarity with the prisoners incarcerated, greeted with cries of “Freedom”, “Strength”, or “Brick by brick, wall by wall, destroy all the prisons”, to show them that there are people who don’t forget those who undergo confinement.
Because nobody can be free in the shadow of a prison, but also because the world which we live in always resembles more of an open prison.
Late afternoon on December 31st, 2014, a group of people in solidarity with undocumented migrants greeted with fireworks those incarcerated at the CIE (Centre for identification and deportation) located in Corso Brunelleschi in Turin. On the stroke of midnight, also at the prison of Le Vallette the prisoners attended a pyrotechnic spectacle and heard shouts of freedom from those who came to greet them. On the inside, the loud noise made by the detainees warmed the spirits of the solidarians, who answered with shouting and firecrackers.
At the early evening of New Year’s Eve, around 20 people gathered in front of the prison in Dortmund for an unauthorized demo. The attention of the prisoners was called by fireworks and slogans like “Freedom for all prisoners”. A short speech was held in reference to the prison society and the situation of prisoners, as well as the increasing repression against political activists, people who organize in prisoner unions, and an overall intensification of the principle of punishment.
Direct eye contact was possible with the prisoners; only a few meters separated those incarcerated from the gathering. Prisoners showed their delight and solidarity with the manifestation through cheering, raised fists and loud noises. Their affirmative shouts were also heard during the speech. The short-time communication between the inside and the outside could not be prevented by the shouting of the prison cops. The demo was held without direct contact with cops, and there were no detentions.
During the action the walls of the prison were beautified with anarchist symbols and painted slogans. At the end the people wished the prisoners a happy new year. We hope to have at least showed a small token of solidarity and enriched the lame prison daily routine. Against a society that needs prisons – To the prisons on New Year’s Eve – We will come back, no question.
In the early evening of December 31st, 2013, around 50 people gathered in front of the local prison in Freiburg to express their solidarity with the political prisoner Thomas Meyer-Falk and the social captives. Initially, a rally was held close to the preventative detention section of the prison. A salute to Thomas was first read out. A longer contribution followed, which examined the background of this type of ‘security detention’ after completion of one’s sentence (Sicherungsverwahrung).
Later demonstrators moved to the main entrance of the prison, with fireworks and slogans like “Freedom for all prisoners” and “We are not all, the prisoners are missing”. The police escorted the demonstration with some officers at a reasonable distance.
An intermediate gathering took place at the square in front of the main entrance. The Freiburg Anarchist Group read out a collective critique of prisons as well as greetings in different languages to those imprisoned. The prison staff provoked the demo by filming and photographing through the windows of the keeper’s house and from its roof. The prisoners reacted to the noise outside by shouting and whistling.
The demo continued towards the train station and dissolved at the Wilhelmstraße entrance. The prisoners could follow each speech via live broadcast on the free radio station of Freiburg Radio Dreyeckland.
In the late evening hours, several people attacked the keeper’s house with pyrotechnics. The prisoners welcomed this action with loud jeering.
Below is an excerpt from a text of Thomas Meyer-Falk about the noise demo at Freiburg prison:
From 6pm, four of us followed the live transmission of the anti-prison demo by the Radio Dreyeckland (a local non-commercial radio station). Six collectives from Freiburg called out for this event. Best regards and thanks to the organizers, activists, the people of Radio Dreyeckland, and all those who share the claim for a society without prisons, or at least are open to listen to the arguments in favor.
A strong signal was sent through combative contributions and slogans on this December 31st. In the following days, the demo was mentioned and discussed among preventatively detainees and penal captives. Even among the prison guards the demo became a central topic of discussion, since such attention to both the penal captives and the inmates under security detention hardly ever appears.
Due to the construction of the preventative detention section, it was impossible to feel or hear ‘live’ what was happening outside, because the sound died away in the backyard and did not penetrate the prison cells. So, it was really nice that we could listen to the Radio Dreyeckland.
In the penal custody wing, things were different. The prisoners were able to see the demonstrators from the upper floors.
On New Year’s Eve, a group of 40 visited the Metsälä detention unit in Helsinki. We wanted to let the migrants, imprisoned because of their descent, know that we have not forgotten them in the midst of New Year’s celebration.
We sent greetings from behind a fence with shouts of encouragement, drumming, rockets and a banner reading: “No Borders – Solidarity with prisoners!” The prisoners were able to rush into the cage that vaguely resembled a balcony to hear our message, but after a while the guards of the detention unit forced them back indoors. After that, we continued making noise under their windows.
Coppers joined the demonstration at a local train station and followed our route through the side alleys to the prison. On site the police awaited us in riot gear, torturing their dogs by forcing them near the squad, the noise and the rockets, but failed to block access to the fence surrounding the prison. From the beginning the cops behaved aggressively, threatening us with violence, dogs and pepper gas and pushing people to the ground. When the time came to retreat from the fence the cops attacked the crowd and managed to take two protesters with them, while another two managed to get away. The arrested protesters were set free the next day.
The detention unit is a closed facility for up to 40 migrants, persons detained by the police or border control under the Finnish aliens act — not because of any offence.
The imprisonment generally lasts for weeks, at worst up to six months or longer. Metsälä migrant prison is currently the only one in Finland, and it is constantly full of “customers” ageing from children to adults. Typically, the migrants imprisoned in Metsälä are waiting for the police to deport them in cooperation with immigration authorities and, for example, the airlines companies.
By showing our solidarity we are also criticizing the nation-states and their border policies that generate racism and economic inequality. By destroying the freedom of movement, borders allow exploitation of cheap labor and drive people to compete against one another. The borders are a business that kills people just like the Lampedusa “incident” on the 3rd of October 2013 showed us, when 363 migrants drowned on the Italian coast, on the borders of the European union.
This deadly business doesn’t stop at national borders: it is cross-cutting control politics, aiming to monitor, identify and govern everyone in the name of security threats.
Solidarity with the imprisoned migrants!
We will attack the reasons of our sorrows there will be no borders tomorrow!
On New Year’s Eve we set fire to two vehicles of the Turkish embassy in Berlin as minimal display of our solidarity. We thus support the fights in Istanbul and other Turkish and Kurdish cities against the fascist cops. The passion for freedom, which was expressed in the Taksim Square resistance, in Gezi Park and various neighbourhoods, motivated us to torch the cars of Turkish intelligence henchmen amidst the New Year’s Eve hustle and bustle.