From the struggle at Rigaer Strasse (Berlin) to the mobilizations against the G20 (Hamburg)
This summer Berlin was the center of a showdown between the police and the remaining parts of what once was a squatting movement. The reason behind was the attempted eviction of the squatted parts of the housing project Rigaer94. Rigaer94 is located in the northern part of Friedrichshain, which has a long history of struggle against state influence. The three weeks of siege of the 94 immediately became a crystallization point for a joint counterattack by anarchists that culminated in the call for a Black July, expressing the ideas of the polymorphous anarchist struggle in action. Strengthened by the battle which led to a small victory by successfully defending the Rigaer94 against the eviction, the offensive carries on in the upcoming mobilization against the G20 summit in Hamburg in July 2017. There are already international calls for decentralized actions in order to create a dynamic that invites all the rebellious fighters that are able and willing to attack to Hamburg.
Comrades from Berlin will report about the struggle against gentrification in Berlin and the role of the Rigaer94, as well as about ongoing projects of anarchists.
Saturday December 10th at 19:00, Gini building Athens Polytechnic School (entrance from Stournari St.), Exarchia
Comrades from Zaimi 11 Polymorphous Action Space of Anarchists
Themistokleous 58 Squat
& Contra Info translation counter-information network
The banner reads: “Freedom for Kara Wild, anarchist incarcerated in France”
On May 18th 2016 in Paris, in the context of combative protests against the new labor law, a patrol car of the French police was smashed and burned down. A week later, on May 26th, Kara Wild, an anarchist trans woman from the US who participated in the mobilizations, was arrested at a separate demonstration near La Place de la Nation. The prosecuting authorities accused her of participating in the smashing of the police car; since then, she is imprisoned in France and has been denied bond because she is considered a flight risk.
In the morning of November 25th 2016, we hung a banner at the Athens Polytechnic, on Stournari St., as a token of solidarity with Kara. We don’t care if she committed the “offense” she is accused of. For us, smashing and burning cop vehicles, in France and everywhere, is not only right but of utmost necessity.
Below is a statement that longterm anarchist prisoner Sean Swain sent for the presentation by comrades from Bloomington ABC on November 23rd 2016 at Gini building of the Athens Polytechnic School in Exarchia, Athens. The comrade’s words were read out loud in English and Greek, and printouts of his text were shared during the discussion against prison society, organized by Themistokleous 58 Squat and Contra Info.
Greece and the Dignity of Rebellion
Before I give you the wrong impression that I’m placing undeserved blame on you, I think I should probably begin by revealing that I am a big fan of Greek anarchists. It seems like every single photographic image I see of rebels with bandanas covering their faces or donning black ski masks, every snapshot of police cars tipped onto their tops and blazing away, all come from Greece. In fact, I am such a fan that I consider it the biggest achievement of my life that I wrote a statement in support of Black December posted on 8 December last year, and 5 days later Greek rebels burned down a military building and quoted me. That is a benchmark in my life. I brag about it. I’m impossible to be around. I tell everyone who will listen to me that I wrote a statement and Greek anarchists quoted me after torching a military building.
It makes me want to write a thousand more statements in hopes that you will burn a thousand more buildings.
So, I say all that as context so what I say next won’t hurt your feelings…
Greece brought about swivilization. It all started in Greece. You Greeks refined this hierarchy program, developed democracy as its most appealing form, fashioned great works of art to decorate it—mostly depicting naked people, which really attracted the attention of the rest of the world—and you exported the program on great fleets of sailing vessels.
Fastforward, we now have a global slavery system where we all drag stones up the side of some rich asshole’s pyramid and the vast majority of us do not have the imagination to think that there could be anything better than democracy. We live in a world run by banksters and industrial sociopaths engaged in the mass destruction of everything living, including us.
So, it seems more than appropriate to me that, in the birthplace of swivilization, we now witness its assassination. In Greece, out of all the geographic spaces of the world, we now find the most determined, the most energized, the most radical resistance to swivilization, to this program that distorts and murders us in installments.
It started in Greece. It’s ending in Greece.
Please don’t think I say this in an effort to flatter you. I’m terrible at flattery. I’m great at talking myself into trouble. So, this isn’t flattery, but, I think, a fairly objective observation: The experiments in resistance that you have pushed forward, the strategies and tactics, the theories you have explored, all of this has become communal property for the rest of the world. Even now, as we just begin to find our own way, stumbling along, anarchists in the United States and other places in the world, divided as it is into artificial nation-states, we look to you. We see what you have done.
Not to make excuses for us in the United States, but part of our inaction, I think, is as a consequence of seeing what you have accomplished, how far you have pushed, and we think, whether correctly or otherwise, that such resistance isn’t possible here. We are paralyzed, I think, by a sense that we cannot do what you have done, that somehow the situation or the “conditions” in the United States are different, that the surveillance is too pervasive, the potential sanctions too overwhelming, the social climate too pacified. And so, we sit in front of our computers and log on to watch the footage of Greeks wild-eyed and screaming, chasing the bewildered pigs who run for their lives, the hierarch order trembling at the knees, and we dream.
You must be wondering, Where are the Americans?
We’re coming. I’m certain that we are.
Just this month, millions of Americans voted against the established order that has failed them for their lifetimes. By the millions, they cast ballots, ostensibly for the candidate who will “change” everything, who will “shake things up,” because that candidate seemed to be talking for them, expressing their frustrations.
Giving them the benefit of the doubt that most of them are stupid rather than evil, they unknowingly voted in the most virulent fascist sociopath since Hitler and Mussolini, a fascist of the highest order whose lip service to the forgotten majority will yield to policies of war-mongering and corporate give-aways and “austerity” for the people. Those voters will soon have “buyer’s remorse,” when the fascist in whom they pinned their hopes betrays them thoroughly.
And where will the Americans turn? Will they turn back to the corporate parties that they rejected by the tens of millions, the same parties with the same failed ideas? Will they find a new hero with promises of glory and greatness, speaking much like the hero who drove the knife into their back?
No. They will turn to the example set elsewhere, the example of rejecting the imposed order, the images and ideas exported not on fleets of sea vessels but transmitted electronically via satellite, demonstrating the true dignity of rebellion.
The Americans are coming.
In just a matter of months, this docile and pacified population will be transformed by rage and fury, and will find voice in flames and blood. They will follow into a battle against this common enemy, going where many of you have already gone, and you will see faces covered in bandanas, concealed under ski masks, and you will see the police cars turned and burning, maybe even see the pillars of smoke rising as you look to the western horizon.
The Americans are coming. And when we do, we will be walking in the footprints left by Greek rebels who went before us.
On that day, the day of victory over our common enemy, we will all be Greek.
And we will all be free.
This is Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain from Warren Correctional in Lebanon, Ohio, in the Fascist States of America. If you’re listening, you ARE the resistance.
In the early hours of Sunday, September 25th, a group of comrades participated in the street clashes erupting at Tositsa St., outside the Polytechnic, in Exarchia, Athens.
We attacked with molotovs and stones against the cops, not only for what they are -puppets of the State- but also to send strength and solidarity to those fighting inside US prisons. We act against those who capture on the streets, as the prison rebels act against those who keep them locked in cages. We stand together with all those who take action and revolt, wherever they might be, by all means necessary.
Lets abolish with violence what was imposed on us with violence.
On May 23rd 2016, three comrades were arrested in Poland, accused of attempted arson attack on a police car. They will be held for three months on remand, awaiting trial, and face up to 8 years imprisonment. The comrades denied involvement in the action; one of them was seriously beaten by cops.
The Polish State has spoken of terrorists – as expected from every authoritarian mechanism seeking to maintain its power – and subjected the comrades to public pillorying through the media, wanting to pass a new anti-terror law undisturbedly and “justifiably”, with the aim of increasing repression and surveillance.
In their attempt to impose the “Order and Security” doctrine, cops have raided the occupied Radykalne Ogrody Działkowe (ROD – Radical Allotment Gardens) twice already (on May 23rd and June 2nd), investigating the area, searching comrades’ homes, asking them questions, and doing ID checks.
We want to send the message that the comrades in Poland are not alone; that’s why we hung a solidarity banner at the Athens Polytechnic School (on Stournari Street in Exarchia), which reads: “Strength to the 3 arrested anarchists in Poland, who as of 23/5 are accused of attempted arson of a police car – Brothers, you’re not alone – When solidarity arms itself, it crushes borders, States, prisons”.
UNRESERVED SOLIDARITY WITH CAPTIVE COMRADES IN POLAND.
ARSON AND FIRE TO COP CARS, PRISONS AND EVERY AUTHORITARIAN TARGET.
HONEST AND RIGHTEOUS PUNISHERS, CORRECTIONAL AND JUDICIAL OFFICERS, COPS, MEDIA, AND THE REST OF AUTHORITARIAN SCUM: YOU HAVE NO REASON TO SLEEP SOUNDLY.
Initiative of individuals from Ochetos (‘Gutter’) anarchist art group
On Tuesday morning 31/5/2016 an employee of the Athens Polytechnic School (NTUA) showed up at the entrance of the Occupied Gini Building in order to deliver an announcement of the Rectorate, thus making official the threats of eviction that had already been addressed verbally to us over the last period, by the guards of the Polytechnic, the administrative personnel, and even a spokesman of the Afghan community in Greece who attempted to approach the migrants hosted in the Occupied Gini Building, claiming that he was following orders by the Greek Ministry of Education.
According to the university’s announcement, “… restoration works on the facades’ decorative elements will urgently take place” as well as “… disinfection works, so that the scheduled exams of the Institution’s Faculties start on 6/6/2016.”
This development comes at a time when an intensified militarisation of the territory controlled by the Greek State is underway, only a few days after the eviction of Idomeni camp, and while thousands of migrants have been transferred to concentration camps and detentions centres under miserable and humiliating conditions, facing further exclusion and persecution, more or less as if they were the human waste of our times. The university’s authorities once again confirm their complicity with the rest of the noble repressive institutions of the Greek democracy, the army, the police, the mass media, but also the parastatal mechanisms that lurk in the streets of urban centres and the province, manhunting those without papers, those that speak broken or no Greek at all, those that were either dislocated or exiled from their origin places as a consequence of the everyday violence exercised by the economic and war machinery of those in Power.
From our part we will not comment on the Rectorate’s urgency to restore the building. Nevertheless, we cannot but comment on the language of Power, when they speak of “disinfection works”. We declare that we will not permit entry to any disinfection crew (with or without uniform) and we will defend the occupation until the end. We will continue contaminating the social body with the virus of solidarity, dignity and insurrection, against the employees of the State, the Capital and domination, against the world of borders and national discriminations.
Rectors, the squat at Gini building will stay
No one can extinguish the flame we’ve lit
Anarchist resistance everywhere!
Occupied Gini Building [inside the Athens Polytechnic School; entrance from Stournari Street, Exarchia]
On March 26th 2016, we gathered in the yard of the Athens Polytechnic School, beside the squatted Gini building where migrant families are currently housed, and we made a few banners of anarchist remembrance and internationalist solidarity.
On Stournari Street, we placed a banner in solidarity with migrants reading: “We are migratory birds – Down with barbed wire – Long live freedom – Fire to the borders”.
In Exarchia Square, we dropped a banner in memory of Javier Recabarren also ahead of the 29th March, Day of the Combatant Youth in Chile: “Eleven-year-old dead: 18th March 2015 – Javier Recabarren present in every street battle!!! 29th March out in the street”.
Last year (18-3-2015), the rebellious comrade Javier Recabarren died at age 11 in Santiago, Chile, when he was hit by a bus of Transantiago. At such a young age he was very active in animal liberation struggles, being a member of Colectivo Animalista Alza Tu Voz (Animal-Rights Collective “Raise Your Voice”). He often participated in street riots, but also in activities and events in support of incarcerated comrades.
“With all the subversive love for the rebellious and beautiful little kid Javier Recabarren… Vegan/Anarko/Anti-cages, immensely conscious of his uncontainable desires for freedom… We carry you in the indomitable hearts, little brother!!!” —words of the libertarian comrade (Security case prisoner) Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda in November 2015
On Koletti Street, Exarchia, we hung a banner reading: “Ever since we were children we’ve hated this society – Shit on the State and the police – Chaoten”.
At the old building of the Chemistry Faculty, we left a message of incendiary solidarity: “A bottle filled with petrol at every cop’s head – Solidarity with Andrea and Errol – Antigolders”.
The two anarchist comrades Errol and Andrea, who reside in Thessaloniki, are currently threatened with administrative deportation, accused of participation in clashes with cops that had broken out on August 23rd 2015 during a demonstration against gold mining in Skouries in the Halkidiki Peninsula (northern Greece).
A wall nearby, on Charilaou Trikoupi Street, was tagged with “FIRE TO THE PRISONS (A)” in Farsi.
At the opposite corner, on Solonos Street, we dropped a banner against every terror law: “Out in street is where we break the terror and the law – Breakin’ the Law”.
We placed one last banner on Soultani Street, back in Exarchia, reading: “Fire to the prisons / FTTP”.
Some pictures from anarchist interventions against the referendum (i, ii) that took place in Exarchia on July 1st, in the neighbourhoods of Koukaki and Petralona on July 2nd, and in Propylaea (Panepistimiou Street, downtown Athens) on July 4th; the actions were called by Anarchists for the Destabilisation of the System. During the interventions slogans were shouted, flyers thrown, leaflets distributed, graffiti painted, electoral propaganda removed and banners placed: one in Exarchia square reading “Neither right nor left administration – Conflict in the now for the destruction of State and Capital”, another at the entrance of the Polytechnic School reading “Neither elections nor referendums – Sabotage against the institutional processes”, and a third one at Propylaea reading “Fire to the ballot boxes of democracy – Anarchists”.
Yesterday, June 13th, we approached the gate of the Athens Polytechnic School on Patission Street and hung this bilingual banner in the context of the call for solidarity with those who have suffered reprisals in Operation Piñata.
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 prisoner Nikos Romanos employing the only means he had in his disposal within the confinement of prison, his body, conducted a hard and decisive struggle starting on 10/11/2014, demanding a breath of freedom. Using the contradictions of the legal system, he confronted it and exposed these contradictions. The State, while maintaining an absolute stance towards his hunger strike up until the 6th of December when the polemic against it reached a climax, retreated and was led to a change in the legal framework regarding educational leave for prisoners.
The readjustment of the legal arsenal is ambiguous. On the one hand, political prisoners will now be liable to take educational leave when wearing tag. The State receded with regards to the fight that Nikos and people in solidarity gave, which is a victory of the movement against the government’s might. On the other hand, the educational leaves for prisoners pending trial are now included in the recently enacted regime of digital captivity, the so-called bracelet (electronic tag). The prospect for the penitentiary system to distribute sentences with greater ease to ever increasing parts of the population seems to gain ground and legitimacy. However, this is not an explicitly aggressive tactic, but rather a condition for the compromise the State was forced to make.
The institutional left, which anyway acts as a safety net for the system, was in this particular case a catalyst in the restructuring of the institutional framework in such a way as to reinforce control and repression and to disarm resistance. The reformists by trading upon the hunger strike of Nikos attempted to degrade a purely political struggle into a humanitarian issue. The demand for education as a supreme social value is nothing but an attempt to depoliticize the struggle for freedom.
The comrade’s hunger strike was pivotal for the emergence and convergence of diverse mobilizations, because Nikos vigorously defended the broader radical visions which rouse the oppressed, inspiring prospects of victory. An imprisoned anarchist rebel, actively connected to the thread of revolt, fighting to the end, awakens what cannot be harnessed. The solidarity movement which was stirred up had a mass appeal, because the comrade’s struggle touched parts of the repressed that recognized their own struggle for life and dignity in his fight. The solidarity struggle gained ground by liberating public buildings throughout the country, which functioned as hubs of mobilizing and diffusing action. In this way it succeeded in subverting in no time at all the totalitarian regime of state control over public space which has been intensified since the December ’08 revolt. The collective occupied spaces of resistance create a legacy for a world of freedom and self-organization. The constant aggressive initiatives, despite the fact that they lagged behind the intensity of the spirit that the comrade projected, were a reminder that the oppressed are able to breach state terrorism.
The rising solidarity movement functioned as a threat, forcing the “representatives of the people” to use methods of decompression, such as to speed up elections. This is a way for the State to dodge the imminent confrontation with the resisting parts of society. We must emphasize that the reemergence of revolt that Nikos ignited was the critical factor which, in the present reshuffling of the establishment, forced the State to abandon its facade of a disputatious parliamentary scene by opposing a united front.
The State, while going through a deep political crisis, attempts to avoid conflict, and thus kept a defensive stance all these days. However, the effort to restore the corroded democratic facade of domination signifies the intensification of the aggression of the State and the Capital coming from all forces of the establishment’s spectrum. Particularly, the institutional left, while attempting to assimilate resistance into the institutional game, plays a leading part in undermining the struggle. For these reasons, we recognize that not only nothing is over, not only everything continues, but we must also strengthen our counterattack against the civilization of prison and exploitation. Let’s not allow for one second the deadly silence of a fictitious public consensus to settle in.
Immediate release of all arrestees of the solidarity movement, and an end to all prosecutions
No rest – Constant revolt
Until the abolishment of type C maximum security prisons
Note of Contra Info: In the early hours of December 13th, the comrades announced an end to the occupation of the Athens Polytechnic School in Exarchia. To our knowledge, the arrestees from the December 6th riots in Athens have been released pending trial with restrictive conditions.
During the night between the 2nd and 3rd of December 2014, shortly after an evening demonstration of thousands of people in central Athens in support of the ongoing struggle of anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos and the solidarity hunger strike of his captive brothers Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, large-scale clashes erupted in the Exarchia area. Many protesters were reportedly injured and arrested by police (at least two arrestees were gravely wounded and needed to be hospitalized).
The footage shows incendiary instances of direct action and moments from the street battle between rioters and cops on Stournari Street, also in defense of the occupied Athens Polytechnic School in Exarchia.
On the same day, solidarity with the anarchist prisoners on hunger strike was manifested in the streets of several other cities in Greece.
On the 2nd of December 2014, a demonstration took place in solidarity with anarchist comrade Nikos Romanos, prisoner on hunger strike since the 10th of November, demanding the granting of educational furloughs. Today’s march saw participation of thousands of people, some of whom later headed for the occupied Polytechnic School.
For us, the occupied ground of the Athens Polytechnic School is not a value in itself. On the contrary, it is yet another piece on the mosaic of dignity and resistance against all those who want to turn society into a graveyard. It is a piece on the mosaic of resistance against the modern-day totalitarianism that spreads its power over our lives; from the anarchists who have gone on a hunger strike, the mobilizations against maximum security prisons, and the hunger strikers from Syria, to all those who are fighting for dignity and freedom across the world.
We call on everyone in struggle to take any necessary initiative towards the vindication of hunger striker Nikos Romanos: from faculty occupations, to production blockades; from breaches of the media omerta, to attacks against the guardians of order.
Let’s rise to the challenge of our time in the face of state repression, contrary to rationales that want us to remain passive spectators and voters. Uncompromising solidarity with Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike since 10/11, and hunger strikers in solidarity Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since 1/12) and Dimitris Politis (since 1/12).
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL ARRESTEES FROM TONIGHT’S CLASHES
THE OCCUPATION STAYS UNTIL VICTORY IN THE STRUGGLE OF NIKOS ROMANOS
As of today December 1st, 2014, the Athens Polytechnic School is occupied so as to become another centre of solidarity and commitment to the struggle of anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos (since 10/11/2014), as well as the rest of the comrades who are on hunger strike in solidarity with Nikos – Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), Dimitris Politis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since 1/12).
Nikos Romanos has been held hostage by the State since February 1st, 2013, after the double expropriation of a bank branch and the ELTA post office in Velventos, Kozani. His act is part of the polymorphous anarchist struggle against all those responsible for the pillaging enforced by the State and the Capital on the entirety of society.
The political choices of Nikos Romanos and his militant commitment to the struggle mark a continuation of the December 2008 revolt. He is struggling for a world without Power, without exploitation and bosses.
The struggle of the hunger striking prisoners for a breath of freedom, against the savagery of incarceration and the ever-increasing repression of the prison system (e.g. suspension and denial of furloughs, widespread use of solitary confinement, construction of new Type C maximum security prisons), goes side by side with the struggle of all repressed people against the subordination and the ravaging of our lives.
This occupation intends/aims to lend characteristics of an open, massive and combative focus of struggle to the liberated ground of the Athens Polytechnic School, alongside any other instance of fight that is directed towards vindicating the claims of Nikos Romanos (educational day release from prison) and towards the social liberation case in general.
A doctor who examined the comrade at Koridallos prison on Thursday morning, November 13th – during the fourth day of hunger strike – reports that 21-year-old Nikos Romanos has lost 3.2 kg of body weight and feels intense weakness and fatigue even after very mild exertion, such as walking from the cell to the prison infirmary. His blood glucose level (measured by finger stick) was 64.
Between the 13th and the 14th of November, 75 prisoners in the Ε wing of Koridallos men’s prison abstained from meals in solidarity with their fellow inmate Romanos.
Comrades from Athens solidarity assembly, which was organized especially for this case, inform that the special appellate judge Eftichis Nikopoulos formally rejected the motion of educational furloughs that Romanos is entitled to since September 2014. Prior to the hunger strike, the same interrogator said he was not competent to decide on the matter; on Thursday, however, he notified the prison board that the comrade’s request is denied.
On the 19th of November, at 18:00, there will be another assembly in the Athens Polytechnic School (Gini building) in Exarchia, where people in solidarity will be able to hear directly from anarchist Nikos Romanos – through phone call – about his current struggle.
The discussion event ‘Armed Struggle, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution’ with phone-call intervention from anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, will finally take place on Wednesday the 5th of November 2014, at 5pm, in the Athens Polytechnic School, Exarchia.
On Sunday, October 5th, 2014, the collective of Lelas Karagianni 37 squat organized a concert at the Polytechnic School in Exarchia as a means to financial support of the squat, and as part of a wider campaign against the repressive machinations of the State and the bosses that are targeting squats, self-managed spaces and social/class struggle resisters. The event was attended by thousands of people, and was realized with the invaluable help of many supporters and comrades, as well as diy bands that performed live. The collective dedicated this evening in memory of Vaggelis M., a sometime LK37 squatter who died in his 50s.
In the context of June 11th, international day of solidarity with Marie Mason and Eric McDavid, anarchist prisoners in the US, and all long-term anarchist prisoners, a banner was hung on Patission Street, at the Athens Polytechnic School, where we painted a solidarity graffiti as well. We also talked about the same subject on air, through the Radiozones of Subversive Expression 98FM, self-managed radio station in Athens.
On Tuesday, June 4th, at 18.30, comrades call for a political discussion at the Athens Polytechnic School, in the Gini building, towards organizing solidarity actions for hunger striker Kostas Sakkas. There will also be telephone communication with the comrade, who will speak directly from Koridallos prison.
Kostas is an anarchist prisoner that currently stands two trials underway against the R.O. CCF, although he has denied his participation in the same anarchist urban guerrilla group from the moment of his arrest (December 2010.). The comrade has been kept in pretrial incarceration 30 months already. Recently, the State prolonged his pretrial incarceration for another 6 months (and applied the same measure against anarchist Gerasimos Tsakalos, admitted member of the R.O. CCF).
Anarchist Kostas Sakkas is on hunger strike from the 4th of June 2013 protesting the extension of his pre-trial detention, and demanding his immediate release from prison.
No matter what state power does to stifle our voice, no matter how hard they try to suppress and silence counter-information, they will not succeed… We will continue to fight for a world without borders, without fatherlands, without national flags, without any prisons, without cops, without judges, without gods or demons, and we shall become ourselves the demons that will chase them down even in their darkest and deepest haunted dreams…
We will continue to struggle using our weapons, which consist of our voice, our broadcasts and our discourse that can emit as loudly as a megaton bomb inside their ears and explode while going up into their tiny, almost non-existent brains…
Solidarity to Athens Indymedia and 98FM! And remember, comrades: you will never be alone in this fight… Really, our ideas cannot be gagged, suppressed, or evicted; they stand proudly and unlawfully against the lawfulness of submission and exploitation.
‘Iera Exetasi (Holy Inquisition)’ radio show | Radio Revolt, Thessaloniki
15–21 April 2013: Decentralized action week of international solidarity with Athens IMC and 98FM radio station
Since the morning of April 15th, comrades are gathered at Zografou campus in Athens in factual support of Indymedia Athens, which is currently transmitting from temporary addresses via tor, and Radiozones of Subversive Expression 98FM, which is currently broadcasting only on the radio (at 93.8FM).
– Protesters occupied administration offices at the Polytechnic campus in the district of Zografou, while the rector himself (Simos Simopoulos, who cut off internet access to Athens IMC and 98FM radio station in the first place) vanished into thin air… calling in sick for the day.
– Comrades got internet connection from within the occupied offices and re-launched 98FM radio on the web, thus broadcasting live online for a while.
– In retaliation for this direct action, state authorities ordered a complete internet shutdown at the academic facilities: this time, they unplugged the internet in the entire Zografou campus of the Athens Polytechnic School. In other words, not only the two self-organized projects, but the whole campus services are left without internet as of yet (16.00 local time). Internet provider in the campus is none other than the telecommunications organization OTE, which is owned by Deutsche Telekom and the Greek State.
A two-day event in solidarity with all squats, self-organized projects and self-managed structures of counter-information (targeted by repression ever since the first police raid on Villa Amalias squat on the 20th of December 2012) was called for the 15th and the 16th of February 2013 in the Athens Polytechnic School, in Exarchia.
In the evening of Friday the 15th, shortly before the beginning of the first day’s discussion, comrades who were assembled at the university space were urged to move altogether on Patission street by participants in the collective of Patission 61 & Skaramaga squat as well as in the projects that were housed in the same squat (occupied since early 2009, and evicted since the 9th of January 2013). A group of comrades had already approached the building with the intention to reoccupy it; even more solidarians were asked to gather at the spot but to refrain from clashing with any police agents(!). And so it happened.
By around 7.15pm, a total of 400 comrades were gathered outside the evicted space in an attempt to reoccupy Skaramaga squat, first by tearing down the steel plates sealing off its front door. However, the entrance’s opening took people more time than expected, a delay which opened the way for three MAT anti-riot squadrons and DELTA motorcycle cops to attack the gathering on Patission street, and resulted in the failure of the reoccupation attempt.
The police used baton charges and tear gases for about fifteen minutes to disperse the crowd. In those moments, many tried to resist the attack, but several of them were injured and one solidarian comrade was arrested outside the evicted building. Another police force was deployed in the vicinity of Skaramaga squat, while most of the solidarians managed to return inside the Polytechnic School.
Soon thereafter, heavy police forces surrounded the Polytechnic School and literally occupied the entire zone of Exarchia neighbourhood. Cops harassed people indiscriminately on numerous occasions, held body searches of passers-by, and unleashed an extensive repressive operation. Heartwarming was the stance of several residents in the area, who openly disapproved of the police hunt and helped comrades avoid arrest. Nevertheless, a total of 49 people were detained and kept in the police headquarters for hours, together with the comrade who was previously arrested. People remained in front of the police HQ on Alexandras avenue until late at night, when all detainees were finally released.
The next morning, the arrested comrade who was held all night was brought before a public prosecutor in Evelpidon courts. He was charged with two misdemeanors (‘disturbance of domestic peace’ and ‘unprovoked assault causing bodily harm’), and his trial was postponed for Tuesday the 19th of February. He was released at noon, accompanied by nearly fifty people in solidarity.
The collective of Skaramaga squat called for the largest possible attendance of comrades in the second day of discussions at the Polytechnic School (16/2, by 6pm, entrance from Stournari street, Exarchia).
Solidarity to the comrade faced with charges!
Solidarity to all groups, assemblies and projects affiliated with Skaramaga squat!