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Athens: For the diffusion of action for freedom and the Earth

Merkouri Square, Ano Petralona: “Marius J. Mason out onto the streets! Marius, hold strong until freedom”

Dimosio Sima, Kerameikos: “Freedom for Marco Camenisch”

Old building of the Chemistry Faculty, Charilaou Trikoupi Street, downtown Athens: “Freedom for the Earth, fire to the prison – Call for June 11th”

Polytechnic School, Stournari Street, downtown Athens; neo-Luddite banner reading: “Wildflowers and dry bread; chisel and hammer for every machine”

Exarchia Square: “Hambach Forest stays – Sabotage against the mining and energy industry – Month for the Earth and against the Capital”

Polytechnic School, Patission Street, downtown Athens: “Sabotage is a friend of those who struggle – From Athens to Chiomonte, war against the war of domination – No MUOS – No TAV”

Several banners were placed in central areas of Athens ahead of the anarchist gathering to be held on Thursday evening, June 11th, at Voutie Park in the Athens neighbourhood of Ano Petralona. With slogans in different languages, reference was made to the struggles against the construction of the TAV Lyon-Turin high-speed rail project, in the Susa Valley and the village of Chiomonte, and against the installation of the MUOS military telecommunications system on Sicily; in defense of the Hambach Forest in Germany, threatened by devastation caused by lignite mining (during the gathering of June 11th, comrades will provide updates on this fight); and in solidarity with long-term ecoanarchist prisoner Marco Camenisch, whose request for conditional release was once again rejected by the Swiss authorities, and with Marius Jacob Mason, trans anarchist prisoner in the US.

Anarchist gathering | June 11th, 6.30pm | Voutie park, Ano Petralona | Athens

in Spanish, Greek

France: Organisation of a NO TAV march for summer 2015

Long march against the TAV Lyon-Turin project – In preparation for the 1st-15th July 2015. For more info and/or to participate: marchenotav[at]rebellyon.info / marchenotav.noblogs.org

January 15th 2015

Danger warning: the TAV is under way again. So what about us?

The proponents of the Lyon-Turin high-speed rail announced for January 2015 the resumption of work in Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte, Maurienne [south-east of France].

Why? Because they have free rein to do so.

In France the mobilisation against the TAV never really took off, which consequently they benefit from. Without a doubt, the tunneling between Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte and the village of Chiomonte [in Italy] will kick off this year. The more the work progresses, the more it seems difficult to oppose the developers.

There is still much to imagine for the project to be abandoned. It therefore seems particularly appropriate to go beyond the proposed “green” TAV rhetoric or a simple alternative to the planned route. It is time to get together on the work locations. It’s with a local presence that we can be efficient and effective to prevent or slow down the construction site.

In the Susa Valley, work is progressing at a snail’s pace, thanks to the daily mobilisation of inhabitants of the valley, as well as a whole bunch of people who lend a strong hand from all over Italy.

For too long in France we await those in Italy to solely achieve victory. On the other side of the border, every year since 2005, demonstrations of over 60,000 people are faced with the police, the army and the mafia.

Last year, NO TAV protesters marched through the valley of Avigliana in Chiomonte, stopping off in villages on route. They ate together, walked together, and slept on terrains lent by residents. They took their time, time that will disappear with the TAV.

From there was born the desire to have a march for a few days this summer, on this side of the border. Do one end of the route on foot, between Lyon and the Susa Valley; stopping off where people are willing to accommodate us for a night or two, lend a barn, or a piece of land. We would like to organise concerts, screenings, discussions, hold orienteering events, build cabins…

Without claiming to be thousands, we hope that at least it would allow us to talk about the project and the struggle to prevent it that has lasted for many years; and why not other struggles intersect, mingle together on this occasion.

So if you are ready to do a part of the march with us, to organise in your town a concert or dinner with or without us; if you are ready to host us, or simply come one evening to tell your stories about the struggle against the Lyon-Turin high-speed rail (and other struggles), you are invited to respond to us as soon as possible, so that we can then meet and organise.

Further reading: Brief history of TAV Turin-Lyon project and of the struggle against it (1988-2011)

Piedmont, Italy: Sabotage against the construction site of Milan-Genoa high-speed railway line

Two construction machines at Terzo Valico (‘third mountain pass’) were put out of action in Voltaggio; communique published on March 18th:

Terzo Valico vehicles sabotaged – It’s a quiet night, with no wind, only a few machines, but then something unexpected happens, a flash… a bolt of lightning comes out of the clear sky of Voltaggio, and strikes two Caterpillar machines dedicated to the construction of the Terzo Valico project. An excavator and an asphalt compactor are rendered useless. The lightning bolt disappears, just as suddenly as it appeared, but it’s certain we will see more of that given the way the wind is blowing. The Terzo Valico is long, but you, devastators, will find it even longer. A thought for Baleno, Sole and Guccio, their names live on in the fight against the TAV.

in Spanish

Italy – No TAV: Convictions and tear gas on the motorway

(June 27th, 2011: Eviction of the Free Republic of Maddalena)

The so-called ‘No TAV mega-trial’ has finished its activities at first instance, in which 53 comrades are involved over the eviction resistance of the Free Republic of Maddalena on June 27th, 2011, and for the attack of the construction site of Chiomonte on July 3rd that followed. Charges of causing bodily-harm and aggravated violence, resistance against custodial staff of the public authority, defacement and covering faces (masking up) became sentences which varied between a few months and four and a half years in prison for 47 defendants. Heavy sentences, but less than the requests of the prosecutors Pedrotta and Quaglino—who, on October 7th, 2014, demanded 200 years of prison in total—except for a few comrades, against whom the judge decided to tighten the screw a bit more than what was proposed by the prosecution. On the other hand, six people were acquitted of charges.

When leaving the room, the No TAV supporters present at the trial invaded and blocked the route of Corso Regina Margherita for about twenty minutes in both directions, at the point of the bunker room [the special court of Torino, built into the Vallette jail, near the beginning of the motorway], to protest against the sentences given by the judges.

Another gathering happened the same afternoon at Bussoleno train station at 6pm. This transformed into a march of about 250 people, who at first blocked the main road, then tried to invade the motorway. The police managed to put themselves in the way in time to prevent this first attempt, but then were quickly bypassed by a large group of protesters, who scattered through the meadows, and seized one of the two sides of the motorway. The occupation of the motorway lasted approximately half an hour until the arrival of other police forces that attacked with shots of tear gas and some charges. Five comrades were arrested during these events, two of whom were released shortly after. The motorway was then reopened, well protected by officers, whilst the main road was still blocked. At around 11.30pm, the three No TAV arrested during the police charges on the motorway were then released with a summons to the court.

Translated and (a tiny bit) adapted from Macerie

A large protest has been called on February 21st in Turin to demonstrate that everything continues and that the 145 years of prison-time which were distributed do not diminish the determination of the No TAV struggle.

Italy: Update on anarchists accused of taking part in May 2013 attack at the TAV construction site in Chiomonte

Anarchists Chiara Zenobi, Claudio Alberto, Mattia Zanotti and Niccolò Blasi were convicted at first instance without the aggravating circumstance of terrorism submitted by Turin’s prosecutorial duo Padalino and Rinaudo. The four comrades, sentenced to 3 years and 6 months each, are currently under house arrest with all restrictions.

Terrorism-related charges have now also been dropped for anarchists Francesco, Graziano and Lucio. On December 29th, 2014, the court of review upheld a motion of the defense for dismissal of the charge of “attack with the purpose of terrorism”. However, they are still accused of possession and transportation of weapons of war, causing damage by fire, and some misdemeanors. The three comrades remain under preventive detention for now, in the high security wing of Ferrara prison:

Francesco Sala, Graziano Mazzarelli, Lucio Alberti
c/o C.C. via dell’Arginone, 327 – 44100 Ferrara (Italy)

Italy: Chiara, Claudio, Niccolò and Mattia under house arrest; Lucio transferred to Ferrara’s high-security wing

A week after being sentenced, Chiara, Claudio, Niccolò and Mattia were placed under house arrest, with all restrictions. Thus, they are now released from prison, but banned from meeting with anyone who is not habitually residing in the same house.

On December 22nd, Lucio – like Francesco and Graziano – was transferred to the AS2 section of Ferrara prison. For those who want to write to them, here’s their new address:

Francesco Sala
Graziano Mazzarelli
Lucio Alberti

c/o C.C. via dell’Arginone, 327 – 44100 Ferrara (Italy)

source: macerie

[Italy] “Guilty of resisting”: Anarchists Chiara, Claudio, Mattia and Niccolò sentenced to 3 years and 6 months

On December 17th, 2014, after a two-hour closed session, the Special Court of Assize of Turin sentenced Chiara Zenobi, Claudio Alberto, Mattia Zanotti and Niccolò Blasi to 3 years and 6 months each. The four comrades, imprisoned since December 9th, 2013, were found guilty of having sabotaged the TAV construction site in Chiomonte but were all acquitted of terrorism-related charges, for which the prosecutor had asked for a total sentence of nine years and a half.

In the meantime, anarchists Francesco Sala and Graziano Mazzarelli – arrested in July 2014 along with comrade Lucio Alberti for the same facts of which the other four were convicted at first instance – were both transferred to the high security section of Ferrara prison. The transfer is a direct consequence of the charges of “attack with the purpose of terrorism” that the Turin prosecutors pressed against Lucio, Francesco and Graziano a week ago.

Graziano Mazzarelli, Francesco Sala
c/o C.C. via dell’Arginone, 327, IT-44100 Ferrara

Lucio’s address, for now, remains the same:
Lucio Alberti
c/o C.C. via Cassano Magnago 102, IT-21052 Busto Arsizio (Varese)

Freedom for anarchists Chiara, Claudio, Mattia, Niccolò, Lucio, Fra and Graziano!

Turin: Update from the trial against anarchist prisoners Chiara, Claudio, Mattia and Niccolò

On November 14th, 2014, Macerie transmitted that, in the bunker courtroom of Turin’s prison Le Vallette, the bastard prosecutors Rinaudo and Padalino requested heavy sentences against imprisoned anarchists Chiara Zenobi, Claudio Alberto, Mattia Zanotti and Niccolò Blasi: 9 years and 6 months for all four comrades on charges of attacking with purposes of terrorism, committing terroristic attack with deadly weapons and explosives, possession and transport of war weapons, and causing damage to public functionary by fire and violence. Among the civil plaintiffs, the Lyon Turin Ferroviaire (LTF) claimed the “symbolic” amount of 50 thousand euros as compensation for the act of sabotage.

In September 2014, Chiara, Claudio, Mattia and Niccolò proudly assumed responsibility for their participation in the sabotage at Chiomonte’s TAV construction yard that occurred in May 2013.

The sentencing hearing takes places on the 17th of December 2014.

Milan: ATMs and luxury cars attacked in solidarity with anarchist prisoners

On Wednesday night, November 12th, we attacked 5 ATMs with hammer and vandalized several luxury cars (punctured tires and broken windows), as a minimum gesture of individual revolt against a capitalist system that exploits and devastates.

We dedicate this action to the compagni and the compagna accused of attacking the TAV construction yard in May 2013 as well as to all anarchist prisoners.

We cannot stand idly by while our comrades are buried under years of imprisonment, or limit ourselves to symbolic acts that do not cause any nuisance.

The only solidarity is attack!

Italian prisons: Strike of anarchist prisoners in solidarity with Graziano Mazzarelli

Since Monday, September 1st, comrade Chiara Zenobi, NO TAV prisoner who is currently held in Rebibbia prison in Rome, has been on yard strike, refusing to go out on scheduled yard time, to protest against the isolation imposed on Graziano Mazzarelli, anarchist kept in solitary confinement at Borgo San Nicola prison in Lecce since his arrest, almost two months ago, who is charged in the same case (attack on the TAV worksite in Chiomonte in the night between the 13th and 14th of May 2013).

On August 3rd, Graziano was moved to another individual cell, which made his situation even worse. The cells next to his are empty, and he is meant to go out alone in a messy yard. Furthermore his letters are stolen by jailers on a weekly basis, and the simplest daily needs, such as washing dirty clothes, are continuously hindered or delayed.

Chiara’s refusal to go to the yard continues as long as Graziano is subjected to solitary confinement, a regime desired by both the prison administration in Lecce and the Turin prosecutors who, as often happens in such cases, are shifting the responsibility to each other.

Since the morning of September 9th, comrades Niccolò Blasi and Mattia Zanotti have been on yard strike, too, while Claudio Alberto joined them on the morning of September 10th. According to recent updates, also comrades Lucio Alberti and Francesco Sala will carry out similar forms of protest against the isolation inflicted on Graziano.

A call is made to support the initiative of solidarity with Graziano and put pressure on those responsible for this treatment, namely prosecutors Rinaudo and Padalino as well as the prison director in Lecce, Rita Russo, by sending faxes to the prosecutor office in Turin (0114327453) and the prison in Lecce (0832387496). A fax model can be found here in pdf format.

Below are the prison addresses of the 7 anarchists co-accused in the TAV yard attack case:

Francesco Sala
C.C. Via Palosca, 2 – 26100 Cremona, Italia

Lucio Alberti
C.C. Via Cassano Magnago, 102 – 21052 Busto Arsizio (Varese), Italia

Graziano Mazzarelli
C.C. via Paolo Perrone, 4, Borgo San Nicola – 73100 Lecce, Italia

Niccolò BlasiMattia Zanotti
C.C. San Michele strada Casale, 50/A – 15121 Alessandria, Italia

Claudio Alberto
C.C. Via dell’Arginone, 327 – 44100 Ferrara, Italia

Chiara Zenobi
C.C. “Rebibbia” Via Bartolo Longo, 92 – 00156 Roma, Italia

Bern, Switzerland: Solidarity with the NO TAV struggle (February 22, 2014)

In solidarity with the NO TAV movement we hung a banner at the Italian embassy in Bern.

Terrorists are those who ravage and destroy our lives and spaces in which we live.

War on Capital! War on the State!

Freedom for Chiara, Claudio, Niccolò and Mattia!
Freedom for Marco!

Terrorist is the State.

source: ch.indymedia

Atlanta, GA: Tractors sabotaged for the ZAD, No TAV, Hambach Forest

On the night of February 22nd, we poured a mixture of sand and water into the fuel tanks of two tractors used in the construction of a new Atlanta streetcar. The streetcar is one of many major development projects the city has initiated in the past few years as a part of a general plan to revitalize downtown. We know that this plan only means more police and unaffordable housing.

We offer this small gesture of solidarity to the ZAD, the No TAV movement, and the occupation of the Hambach Forest. We would also like to send strength to those affected by increased surveillance or repression the new developments have brought to Atlanta.

Our action was very simple to perform. It did not take long to plan or to enact and we found all of the materials on the side of the road. We do not believe that an accumulation of “actions” makes a revolution, but we wanted to give encouragment to the current and future participants of revolutionary struggles.

Onward, strong hearts!

Athens, Greece: A text handed out during anarchist gathering in solidarity with the NO TAV struggle

On February 22, 2014, day of action in solidarity with NO TAV, a PA’s gathering took place in Monastiraki, central Athens (photos here). Below is a leaflet that was distributed, in Greek and English, to passersby.

Rome: Roadblock in solidarity with the four anarchists arrested on December 9th

In solidarity with the comrades arrested on December 9th, 2013 accused of actions against the high-speed rail, on Monday, January 27th, in the early evening, a group of some twenty anarchists interrupted traffic on the eastern ring road near the new Tiburtina railway station, which will soon be dedicated to the TAV.

Slowing down the traffic with smoke bombs and torches on a road of fast traveling, we put out dumpsters on the street bonded together with steel wire, to which we tied a banner in solidarity and against the isolation conditions in which the revolutionary prisoners find themselves right now. Finally the dumpsters went up into flames!

Greetings to all revolutionary prisoners!
Freedom for all!

Terrorist is the State!

Girona, Spain: Call for a camping against the M.A.T. very high tension power line

ACTIVE RESISTANCE CAMP IN DEFENSE OF THE LAND
AGAINST THE M.A.T. AND THE WORLD WHICH NEEDS IT

WHAT IS THE M.A.T.?
The very high tension power line (M.A.T.) is an electric motorway which transports at least 400,000 volts. It is being constructed in order to connect European States to each other and also Europe with Africa. It is necessary in order to sell and distribute excess energy produced by nuclear power plants and the so-called alternative sources of energy. At the same time, it is the network which capitalism needs in order to supply the electricity necessary for other projects and infrastructures of death and destruction, such as high-speed railway lines (TAV). Those responsible for all this are always the same ones and the construction companies in question are directly involved in other projects which are destroying lands around the world; companies like Vinci standing out in Europe and Endesa in South America.

WHY THIS CAMP?
So that the last decisive section for the connection between France and Catalonia can not be constructed. So that the energy coming from 6 French nuclear power plants does not cross this land or any other. So as to treat the struggle against the M.A.T. as a starting point for questioning our way of living, which is mainly imposed by the domination of Progress. So as to create on the affected land a space for meeting, information, agitation and action.

WHY HERE AND WHY NOW?
After more than 10 years of struggle, we are at a decisive moment. In September expropriations are expected to begin, directed against owners who have refused to sign the sale of land needed for the construction of the M.A.T.’s last pylons in Girona.

It is because of all of this that we are inviting you to participate actively in the camp, in order to share, struggle and resist in a self-run space, without leaders and representatives. We want to create moments of exchange and connection between various struggles, because the M.A.T. affects us all and is not an isolated struggle.

AGAINST PROGRESS, ITS INFRASTRUCTURES AND ITS DEFENDERS:
LET’S TAKE OUR LIVES BACK!

SEE YOU ON THE 23rd OF AUGUST, 2013 ON THE LANDS AROUND GIRONA

Bring everything that you need for camping.
More information and updates: Torres más altas han caído

Multi-lingual printable fliers on 325

Lisbon, Portugal: Reportback from an anti-authoritarian protest in solidarity with the Greek squats, the NO TAV movement and the ZAD occupation (26.1.2013)

Last Saturday, January 26th, between 2.30pm and 6pm, there was an anti-authoritarian protest against capitalism, fascism and repression, in solidarity with the comrades from Greece and the entire world, and in support of liberated spaces held in Lisbon.

The communiqué specifically dealt with the frontal attack of the Greek State against the anti-authoritarian movement; the political repression of activists in the ZAD (Zone à Défendre, against the new airport in the outskirts of Nantes, France) and fighters against the TAV (Italy); the repression of the indigenous movements; the violent repression of the mass demonstrations around Europe (as on the 14N general strike); and the attack of the police with tear gas against young students of the basic education in a school in Braga (Portugal). A call to a struggle without borders.

About 1,000 communiqués were distributed to the population and in the teachers’ protest that took place on the same afternoon, where around 30,000 demonstrators participated. The anti-authoritarian march, with banners and black flags, ended at Largo Camões around 5pm, where the activists stayed for over an hour with comrades from other parts of the country showing their solidarity, and more information and pamphlets were spread to passers-by.

Towards a Black February!
The rebels and the free: we will give them a crisis!
Solidarity is our best weapon! War on the war of the powerful!

original account/more photos here

Italy: Maurizio Ferrari and Alessio Del Sordo released from prison

Comrades from Informa-azione transmitted with great joy that Maurizio Ferrari and Alessio Del Sordo came out of the state dungeons, where they were held in pretrial detention since last January 26th after the infamous operation against the NO TAV resistance orchestrated by Caselli and other voracious scum. They send a warm hug to the two comrades, plus a complicit and supportive thought out to Juan Antonio Sorroche Fernandez, who remains under house arrest.

FREEDOM FOR ALL!

Italy: Prison transfers of anarchists Alessio and Maurizio

FIRE TO THE PRISONS

Brief updates on NO TAV prisoners:

Alessio Del Sordo was transferred from Turin to Prato prison in August 2012. Maurizio Ferrari was transferred from Cuneo to Ferrara prison in October.

New prison addresses to write and show solidarity to the comrades:

Alessio Del Sordo
C.C. via La Montagnola 76, IT-59100 Prato

Maurizio Ferrari
C.C. via Arginone 327, ΙΤ-44122 Ferrara

read more on continuous investigations here

Italy: December 2009 arrestees write about their appeal trial on June 28th in Athens–Greece

Communiqué (29/6) by Italian comrades who were arrested during the December 2009 demonstration in Athens:

THE DISTURBERS OF COMMUNAL PEACE

The background
On the night of December 6th, 2008, two police officers on patrol in the streets of Exarchia, popular neighbourhood of Athens, shoot to death the 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos. In the following hours, the rage of people in Exarchia is unleashed, giving life to numerous spontaneous protest marches through the neighbourhood’s streets, thus sparking—with the diffusion of this news in an already explosive social situation—a true generalized revolt, which spreads throughout the capital and then also nationwide, putting the Hellenic forces of order under strain for more than a month. Also, numerous solidarity initiatives are being reported in major European cities and beyond.

The facts
Athens, December 2009; many initiatives have organized protests across Greece on the occasion of the first anniversary of Alexis’ death. Saturday, December 5th; a gathering is organized by the neighbourhood assembly in Exarchia close to the place where the boy was killed. The remembrance is still vivid in people’s memories, and the rage mounts. The gathering is followed by a spontaneous march through the neighbourhood’s streets. The district is heavily loaded with ‘Delta’, an anti-riot motorized unit purposely instituted in order to quell street demonstrations in the light of last year’s riots. Following clashes, 12 people are arrested, including five Italian anarchists that are released the next Monday with various charges, including resistance, attempted bodily injuries to public officer, damage and disturbance of communal peace —an offense comparable to the Italian equivalent of public nuisance, which however provides for heavy penalties under a law enacted ad hoc in Greece shortly before, to penalize dissent in the streets.

The trial
On November 14th, 2011, the hearing of the first-instance trial takes place in Athens against the arrestees of the 2009 clashes. At the hearing the accusation witnesses, namely the same Delta unit cops, present themselves in numbers and provide a version of the events clearly machinated and orchestrated in order to inflict the maximum possible sentences for the defendants, revealing the Greek State’s intention to strike an exemplary repressive blow. The heaviest sentences are ranging between 5 and 6 years in prison. The prosecutor’s fury goes further, as he declares the willingness to immediately apply for a European arrest warrant for the five Italian comrades. Also, the formulation of convictions singles out: for all, 4 years plus several months, from 12 to 24, depending on the defendant. The 4 years are in fact attributable to the single offense’s infringement of disturbance of communal peace.

Today
On June 28th, 2012, the appeal hearing is due to take place in Athens. It is evident that the Greek State places heavy emphasis on this process to give a strong signal to all those who decide not to accept passively the destiny that somebody else has decided for them and that, in the face of police violence, choose to fight back and unleash their own rage towards those who daily exploit and oppress their existence. Certainly, the repression will not manage to curb the flooding river of social revolt that still inundates the Greek streets, and not only.

some defendants

Anarchist Alessio Del Sordo—remanded in custody at Turin prison in the context of a series of prosecutions and pretrial incarcerations against NO TAV resisters—has written the following letter (30/6) concerning the aforementioned appeal trial in Greece that also implicated him:

WITH HEAD DOWN

On December 6th, 2008, in the neighbourhood of Exarchia in Athens, an infamous cop assassinated Alexis Grigoropoulos. Following such an infamy, throughout Greece, attacks were carried out against structures and people who wield Power. Street battles, ATMs uprooted, bank branches set on fire and police stations assaulted.

Exactly one year after his assassination, on December 5th, 2009, a few steps from the place where he was murdered, a spontaneous rally was repeatedly charged by anti-riot motorized units, the Delta corps, funded by the European Union and trained by Italian instructors.

That night, the raid of motorcyclist cops penetrated deep into the demonstration, managing to disperse most of the comrades, who fell back to the occupied Polytechnic, within a short distance. Those who failed to go back in the Polytechnic ended up encircled in the takedowns and sweeps of Delta cops.

Despite being arrested that day with four other Italian comrades, among a dozen of detainees, along with Greek comrades and Albanian boys (including two minors), I had the best time in the world. Unfortunately it’s not every day you get to throw cops off their bikes and help them land on the nose.

For these incidents the first-instance court imposed sentences of 5 to 6 years’ imprisonment. The appeal trial is set for June 28th, and certainly similar (suspended) sentences will be given. A story of routine repression added to so many others that have over the years affected and continue to affect comrades anywhere in the world.

How can we not think here, in Italy, from the media maxi-operations of the Special Operations Group (ROS), with the inquiry ‘boldness’ last in chronological order, to the convictions for street battles in Rome on October 15th, 2011, passing to the convictions in relation to the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001, which could become definitive on July 13th, 2012, or to the trial concerning the clashes in the Susa Valley last summer that will start soon?

The state play is always the same. In the judiciary’s intent, the high sentences serve as a warning, in part for punishing the enemy within that continues to disturb the social peace of the rich, in part for discouraging the indecisive, the least aware of the fact that the state order can be wiped out. Terrorizing in order to continue to govern is not only a paradigm of Machiavellian memory, but the modus operandi of Power. And the more fear will be spread, the more uncertainty will be instilled in our daily lives, the longer this state of affairs will persist. (Sorry for the polished Italian; I’ve been doing a lot of reading in the cage.)

But who is afraid of whom? Those who defend the landowners’ property are well aware of the potential that lies in the intensification of social conflict. Clashing with state troops, carrying out the sabotage on commercial and energy flows that maintain this society, acting directly against people and structures of Power are practices that will always make part of the theoretical and practical luggage of the exploited everywhere. And as we often say, if these practices should be generalized, they could hardly be reabsorbed.

In the meantime, however, it is of critical importance that the practice of direct action increases in quantity, quality and intensity. This is the very least we can do for our comrades that are sequestered, for now, in the State’s cages. It goes without saying that as many years in prison that might be stuck to us, as many of us that might be arrested, we will continue to lean the head over only to smash skull.

I take the opportunity from these lines to send my solidarity and my complicity to all the comrades searched, investigated and incarcerated in this latest wave of repression. Let’s hold strong and fight for permanent social conflict, for insurrection, for anarchy.

Alessio

To write to him:
Alessio Del Sordo, c.c. via Pianezza 300, IT-10151 Torino

Italy: Brief updates on NO TAV prisoners, June-July 2012

According to new updates, Marcelo and Mau have been transferred from the hellhole of San Vittore.

We support the NO TAV prisoners by sending letters, telegrams and postcards to make them feel they’re not alone. NO TAV everywhere!

Their prison addresses are:

Maurizio Ferrari, c.c via Roncata 75, IT-12100 Cuneo

Marcelo Damian Jara Marin, c.c. via Pianezza 300, IT-10151 Torino
moved to house detention*

Other comrades, who are prosecuted in the NO TAV context and are still imprisoned, are:

Alessio Del Sordo, c.c. via Pianezza 300, IT-10151 Torino

Juan Antonio Sorroche Fernandez, c.c. via Beccaria 13, Loc. Spini di Gardolo, IT-38014 Gardolo-TN

* Latest update –> Marcelo, comrade imprisoned since January 26th after the repressive operation against the NO TAV resistance, is under house arrest since June 22nd. All free and in the struggle!

Italy: More updates regarding the ‘operation boldness’; reports on police raids; all prison addresses

The new Inquisition, anarchists hunting

The witch hunt continues!

Just like the inquisitions once, yet this time the victims are not women suspected of witchcraft but anarchists accused of terrorism, word that is very much in vogue for nearly 12 years.

This time, however, the news we receive upset us somewhat more than usual as it also affect us of punk4free.org.

This morning (13/6), at around 4am, the ROS carabiniers raided in over forty Italian households, from north to south, carrying out the so-called ‘ardire’ crackdown against the anarchist movement.

The operation resulted in about a dozen arrest orders, including one in Germany and another in Switzerland, and in as many as 24 investigated people.

The accusations include criminal conspiracy with the intent of terrorism and subversion, association with the intent of international terrorism, as well as charges of single attacks, like the ambush on the CEO of Ansaldo Nucleare.

Immediately, like vultures, all the newspapers and nationwide television newscasts have spread the word, releasing (in a cowardly way) names of ‘extremely dangerous’ Informal Anarchists, including one editor of Informa-Azione and two of Culmine, among whom is our very own Sghigno.

We express total solidarity to all the comrades affected by the raids, investigations and arrests!

Free Sghigno! Free them all!

This text was shared out during a spontaneous protest march in Catania on June 13th:

More than 40 house searches, 24 investigation warnings and 10 arrest orders are the interim budget of a repressive operation orchestrated by the public prosecutor of Perugia Manuela Comodi and executed by the ROS carabiniers on June 13th.

Our friends, acquaintances and/or comrades are accused of subversive association with the intent of terrorism. In these hours, newspapers, TV channels and radio stations continue to bombard with news that are sibylline as much as they are alarming, attributing the responsibility of some explosive parcels and various direct actions on them. In this moment of crisis, the State appears to be very preoccupied, but its attentions are not drawn by the high cost of living, the unemployment, the abrupt diminution of purchasing power, the critical situation of social services, the new poor and the disadvantaged. Its fear is rather growing on whether someone might unmask the role and connections that the State and the system of Capital bear in human misery, which is rampant in the existing way of life.

We do not care if the ten arrestees are guilty or not, what we want to make evident is that locked up, deprived of their freedom and their dearest loved ones are ten people who have dedicated effort and all their energy in struggle, without ever sparing anything and without asking anything in return. Their struggles, those against the concentration camps for immigrants and against racism, against the unchallenged dominion of banks that are ruling the economy, those against the arrogant multinationals and their damaging system of production, those against the State and other authorities that are ruling our lives, are also struggles of our own.

Our solidarity goes not only to the arrestees and investigated people but also to all relatives, friends and housemates whom the law enforcement units did not hesitate to inconvenience by harassing, frisking and badgering with the aim of terrorizing and isolating them, in pure mafia-style.

The customary judicial fabrications will not quench the social conflict; detention will not halt the struggle for a world free of hierarchy and exploitation.

Photos of the mess that the ‘dirty operations division’ ROS left behind after yet another house search on June 13th, this time in Florence.

On June 13th, at 5am, the Digos (Italian political police) raided activists’ places in Reggio Emilia. In related announcements, the Collettivo AutOrganizzato R60 clarifies that the specific police searches have nothing to do with the so-called operation ‘ardire/against international anarchist terrorism’, despite the fact that they took place on the same day.

First the cops searched the residences of two activists, who are affiliated with the R60 space, and seized personal items of theirs. Then the operation extended to the social space itself. Computers, cameras, memory cards, etc. were confiscated. Both detainees were released by midday. R60 members mention, among others, that the police in Reggio Emilia have been persecuting political activists, and in particular those who engage in struggles against environmental devastation and support self-organization and direct solidarity with earthquake sufferers.

As a first response to the incidents of 13/6 in their city and as a token of solidarity with all arrestees of the ‘operation boldness’, the NO TAV arrestees, the struggle in Susa Valley and other prosecuted comrades, on June 15th the collective held an evening anti-repression rally in Piazza del Monte (Reggio Emilia), and later people gathered in the R60 space to collect materials for earthquake sufferers.

In Emilia Romagna, the party CARC (Committees to Support Resistance-for Communism; nothing to do with anarchism) has also expressed solidarity with the R60 collective, with the NO TAV movement, as well as all comrades arrested and investigated under the ‘operation boldness’.

The poster reads:

Back off, you scoundrels!
Anarchism is not sullied by your aptitude for disgracefulness and neither by the pen of the scribes. It is defended against everything and everyone instead, even when the storm sweeps away all the hard work put into it grain by grain.
—Severino Di Giovanni

Boldness for our revolutionary dignity!
Boldness for conserving the traditions of our history!
Boldness for enhancing our realizer will!
—Severino Di Giovanni

FREEDOM for Stefano, Elisa, Alessandro, Sergio, Katia, Giuseppe, Paola and Giulia! FREEDOM for Marco and Gabriel!
Radical Ecologist Group ‘Il Silvestre’ & Pisan Anarchist Garage

Given below (last updated: June 15th) are all know prison addresses so you can send letters or telegrams to the eight comrades arrested within the ‘operation boldness’, including imprisoned anarchists Marco and Gabriel, who have also been ‘implicated’ in the case.

Stefano Gabriele Fosco
& Elisa Di Bernardo

Via Don Bosco, 43, IT-56127 Pisa

Alessandro Settepani & Paola Francesca Iozzi
CC Capanne, Via Pievaiola 252, IT-06132 Perugia

Sergio Maria Stefani
CC Regina Coeli, Via Della Lungara, 29, IT-00165 Roma

Katia Di Stefano
CC Rebibbia Femminile, Via Bartolo Longo, IT-00156 Roma

Giuseppe Lo Turco
CC Marassi, Piazzale Marassi, 2, IT-16139 Genova

Giulia Marziale
CC Teramo, Contrada Castrogno, IT-64100 Teramo

Marco Camenisch
Justizvollzugsanstalt Lenzburg, Ziegeleiweg 13, CH-5600 Lenzburg District

Gabriel Pombo da Silva
Justizvollzugsanstalt Aachen, Krefelderstr. 251, DE-52070 Aachen

read also ‘The Triumph of the Destroyer Genius’ by one of the two comrades of Edizioni Cerbero (contact mail: VerticeAbisso@distruzione.org)

a compilation of statements in Italian, in solidarity with the comrades affected by the repressive operation ‘Ardire’, can be found here

more info as it comes / follow the tag of feartosleep

Trieste, Italy: On the devastation of the Rosandra valley

This is a poster pasted on the walls of the city and seaport of Trieste, after the intervention of the civil protection department (Protezione Civile) in the Rosandra valley, located in the Karst Plateau —or Carso, a limestone borderline plateau region extending in southwestern Slovenia and northeastern Italy.

On March 24th, 2012, the civil protection volunteers, following their superiors’ orders, cut off the trees on the Rosandra stream and completely flattened the area, without any kind of respect for nature and animals.

The population of the nearby villages has favoured this destruction, due to the fact that they obtained the timber for free. On the contrary, on the Sunday following the operation an estimated 1,600 people expressed their discontent protesting in the same valley, claiming that more than anything else the zone ought to be ‘protected’.

Although the authorities want to construct a new highway to connect Italy with Slovenia and implement the dreadful idea of a TAV passage, nobody has yet proposed a meeting to discuss on how to truly defend the Karst Plateau.

The protests are focusing on signing petitions and appeals to courts and prosecutors, since many still delude themselves while the damage has already been done, and now is the time for action!

Anarchists from Trieste

The poster reads: Continue reading Trieste, Italy: On the devastation of the Rosandra valley

Greece: Solidarity with the NO TAV movement from Corfu

Solidarity with the NO TAV movement in Italy - Development is not for the peoples but for Mafiosi and bosses

In the evening of April 10th, 2012, an initiative of comrades from social centres/squats on Corfu held a gathering in Georgaki Square in solidarity with the NO TAV movement, including related screenings from the ongoing struggle, distribution of counter-informative texts and a banner.

If you ask why the NO TAV movement in Italy concerns us, one reason is the obvious similarities with the Greek reality. In Italy (Monti) as in Greece (Papademos) the prime ministers are appointed bankers. In both countries they want us to believe the same lies about ‘development’ being a ‘benefit to society’. Their ‘development’, whether it’s the TAV or the wind turbines on Mount Pantokrator on Corfu, is always trampling upon local populations’ lives and nature, and only the Capital benefits from all this. This type of construction and mining works are undertaken in favor of big contractors who ‘happen to be’ the Mafia in Italy, and national contracting companies in Greece, such as those of Bobolas.

In both countries the corporate media play the same role, always favoring each owner and boss; slandering and distorting every social struggle; dividing protesters into ‘violent’ and ‘peaceful’; trying to turn public opinion against every resistance movement, and projecting the one and only truth, that of police and each contractor.

On April 11th the process of forced land expropriation was scheduled to begin in the Susa Valley; landowners were summoned to allocate their land to the project’s developers on that day, in their presence or in absentia. In this way the Italian State attempted to give a facade of legitimacy to the violent occupation of the area by police forces and the violent imposition of a useless, destructive and costly project. The NO TAV movement called for international solidarity, asking us to spread the resistance.

The media build a wall of silence around each base of resistance everywhere, trying to convince us that the economic crisis and its treatment are a ‘national cause’. We break this wall of silence to demonstrate that the looting of our lives has no national dimension, but only a classist one. From Keratea to Kulon Progo, and from Lefkimi on Corfu to the Susa Valley, the Capital and the State may change many names but have always the same face, that of money and death.

Development is not for the peoples but for Mafiosi and bosses.
Strength, comrades! We learn from your fight!

Solidarity initiative with the NO TAV–Corfu
Elaia squat & Draka squat

Luca Abbà’s letter for April 11th

Italy: Message by the NO TAV activist Luca Abbà from the hospital in Turin

A little over three weeks after the events in Clarea, on Monday, February 27th, it seems appropriate to communicate to all friends and comrades who are close to me a few more precise information regarding the state of my health.

As you already know since a few days my life is out of danger, but even if the situation improves, my condition is still quite serious.

The worst wounds I find myself having to heal are the result of burns caused by the electrocution from electric current, but now there’s definite improvement in the damages from the fall.

In the coming days, I will undergo more plastic surgeries to treat areas of the body which are covered with burns.

I am still pinned down to the bed and not self-sufficient in the movements of my limbs, thus dependent on nurses and relatives for daily tasks.

However, I want to thank all those who have stood next to me until now and made me feel their presence and solidarity.

I ask from all of you to show a little more patience (I should be the first to have it), until I’m able to embrace and salute you in good shape.

Special thanks go to my relatives and my companion Emanuela, who have had to overcome a difficult moment; also for this reason, I ask everyone to ease the pressure towards her, since she already has to handle multiple roles in this affair.

I will make sure to contact you personally as soon as things get better, enabling me to meet and hug you more calmly.

At this moment, I’m justifiably subject to the strict rules of the ‘special wards’ of the CTO hospital in Turin, therefore have strong restrictions on visits, reserved for relatives and close friends.

My request is that this letter may circulate among all various situations which have followed the progress of my case, yet hoping that it won’t become the subject of journalistic speculation. I’m glad to receive your news and contacts, but cannot guarantee I will answer everyone soon.

The address at which you could write me is: Frazione Cels Ruinas 27 – 10050 Exilles (TO), Italia

From a hospital bed, 21-3/2012
Strength and joy to all.
Luca Abbà

sources notav.info, culmine / translated in collaboration with parolearmate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mnSBPyaLkY
Slogan from the barricades of Val di Susa, chanted across Italy:

We go and return together, Chiomonte as Athens, we are all black block; the cop in the construction site will tremble when NO TAV will come. Atene… Atene…

Strength, Luca! Strength, NO TAV!