Short documentary in French, subtitled in English, German, Italian and Greek:
Solidarity call in German by the Red Aid Switzerland
English translation via Insurrection News
The office for probation and corrections services of the cantonal Office for the Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice sabotages all efforts aiming at easing the situation of imprisonment of Marco or to grant parole for him. The office for enforcement 3 (SMV3) uses a clearly political argumentation: As an unbroken anarchist he cannot be released from prison, and by drawing up an ROS report (risk-oriented sanctions enforcement), a kind of “Materials Testing Institution”, they acquire new arguments.
For some time the penal system is being aggressively colonized by psychiatry and psychology in Zurich as in prisons elsewhere. The report of the forensic psychiatric department from 31.3.2015 provides a “risk-oriented sanctions enforcement” assessment, a new evaluating development, since the report explicitly uses psychiatric argumentation only and for the first time formulates specific “recommendations”. Urbaniok’s psychiatry distributes contact prohibitions – defines political distancing or rather political renunciation as a requirement for conditional release. The big word is and remains the “crime-promoting ideology”!
We cite from the report’s controversial points:
• The legal prognosis is supposedly bad, since “he continuously strongly and actively delves in his ideology and is in contact with relevant comrades” which “can be seen in his statements as well as in his networking with the scene”.
• “It has been observed that MC’s attitude is solidified and imprisonment has not initiated a process of change.”
• “It may very well be required from a person like MC that he reflects on his statements – knowing of his influence and possible consequences – and that he is able to recognize statements of a more or less inciting content. To reduce the risk MC would have to distance himself from his conviction for which currently no evidence can be found” since he “is not willing to do any work concerning his crimes”.
And on “recommendations for intervention” we read:
• “Support for the establishment of a social environment distant from delinquency, in the context of relief measures.”
• “Control for information on contacts with violent sympathizers.”
• “Prerequisite for relief would be that MC declares his willingness to allow control of his activities and collaborates with the judiciary on common goals with respect to resocialization (focus: build a new delinquency distant environment).”
And for the umpteenth time:
• “MC would be willing to establish a social environment distant from delinquency.” and regarding the need for control “only makes sense if these areas actually turn out to be well controllable and a reaction could follow” and more “MC himself should actively collaborate in this control. Further on he would have to credibly demonstrate that he distances himself both actively in a leading position, as well as passively in a planning or supportive role, of possible criminal actions and will also not be in endangering company.”
In plain language: Marco must renounce his many and international comrades, friends and acquaintances of many years, and with the help and under control of the executive authorities, build a “delinquency-free” environment, so that an “enforcement plan with a realistic relief perspective” would be considered.
Looking back: In December 2014 it became public that the Federal Court in Lausanne denied conditional release for Marco, to which he would be entitled after having been imprisoned for more than two thirds of his sentence. The court based its verdict on the usual phrases, which it copied from previous court decisions. The verdict was that Marco was not to be released due to the lack of distancing himself from his political identity. At the same time the supreme court pointed out that relief measures should be seriously considered due to the approaching end of his imprisonment in 2018.
The Cantonal Office for the Execution of Penal Sentences responded to the broad hint and started investigations. In a lengthy report, the aforementioned ROS investigation resulted in detailed explanations, why firstly Marco was not to be released and secondly imprisonment relaxations were not to be considered. The report was compiled by the forensic psychiatric service of the Cantonal Penal Office, which is headed by Frank Urbaniok. As it was to be expected, this service once again primarily aimed at the political identity of Marco. How should it be otherwise, since Marco denies cooperation with this service, that under the guise of psychiatry ultimately is an actor that drives toward a zero tolerance society in favor of absolute security (while at the same time, capitalism produces the greatest risks and conflicts).
In addition, it is clear that Marco’s political identity can certainly not be the subject of psychiatric investigation. What the Office writes ultimately means: Whoever after all these years remains “strong and active in his ideology” has a mental disorder. It is understandable that Marco does not deign to this depoliticising and defamatory level.
Accordingly despite its length, the report’s content is fairly meager and it is clearly apparent that the Office is handing over the power of definition to forensic psychiatry, doing everything it can to not have to grant Marco conditional release. Cowardly, they prevent any form of enforcement relief.
As long as the office repeats its mantra of “delinquency-promoting ideology with a strong propensity to violence” and wants Marco to pathologize his identity and distance himself from his comrades and friends, the reports of this office will be negative and thus any steps towards the implementation of relief will be sabotaged. Marco writes that these recommendations (which have been made for the first time), to break with his previous environment, represent “a social and existential death sentence by a virtually total break with the entire long-standing own life-environment, by breaking-up with all the important, close and loved ones”.
2018 will be the year when Marco’s imprisonment ends. Their political attack against him and what he stands for is constant and obvious. Again and again they are aiming at his political identity, now using forensic psychiatry trying to pathologize him and impose requirements representing demonstrations of power of the state. It is the power of the state, that defines, gives orders and uses its repressive forces trying to monitor who will be observed, evicted, or locked up. In Marco’s case, it will remain like this until he renounces his political position, his identity, estranges himself from his base and having become a broken man, falls into the lap of the bourgeois social order.
The extortionate demonstration of power by the state has many facets, we know quite a few of them from our own struggle, for example the struggle in public places like on May 1st, the struggle against profit-oriented urban development, labor struggles, against migration policies, etc.
The State’s demonstration of power against Marco is one that affects us all!
His struggle to finally leave the jail in an upright posture in order to lead a life of self-determined dignity, is our struggle!
International solidarity is an important weapon in this – let us use it.
Red Aid Switzerland
Related articles in German:
Marco Camenisch about the latest developments
Declaration of the Red Aid about the Lausanne Federal Court judgment
July 20, 2014 – Solidarity from Zurich with the struggle of prisoners in Greece against the new isolation prison project, with Nikos Maziotis who was recently recaptured in Athens, and the hunger striking prisoners in Switzerland (Marco Camenisch) and Germany (Olli Rast, Andreas Krebs, Thomas Meyer-Falk, Sadi Özpolat, Ahmet Düzgün Yüksel). Also R. who is imprisoned in a forensic psychiatric institution in Germany, participated in the solidarity hunger strike from 18 to 20 July 2014.
July 9th, 2014 – Update on prisoner hunger strike in Germany and Switzerland, in solidarity with prisoners in Greece, following this announcement:
Even if the Greek parliament passed the bill on maximum security prisons on the 8th of July, the resistance against the new prison system, and in particular the type C prisons, is not over… These prisons have similarity with the F-type prisons in Turkey or with maximum security prisons in Germany. Following the mass hunger strike in Greek prisons, a statement on international solidarity hunger strike has been sent around in different prisons in Germany, but the communication between/with inmates takes a long time.
In German prisons, the participants in the solidarity hunger strike are until now Oliver Rast at Tegel prison in Berlin, Ahmet Düzgün Yüksel (extradited from Greece to Germany in May 2014), as well as Andreas Krebs.
Andreas, in his early 40s, has been in prison for over 16 years. He is a rebellious prisoner, and participated in several hunger strikes and also tried to escape two times. Thanks to his initiative, over 20 prisoners in the Aschaffenburg jail in Bavaria declared their solidarity with the upcoming strike. He has also written to inmates in two other prisons.
Comrade Thomas Meyer-Falk, imprisoned since 1996 and now in security detention in Freiburg, has written a solidarity message for the hunger strike, announced between the 18th and the 20th of July 2014.
Anarchist Marco Camenisch (in jail more than 20 years) will participate in the hunger strike as well; he is currently held in Bostadel, Switzerland.
Click image to read an open letter of Andi, who declared work strike from 22 to 26 of January 2014 as a small contribution to action days of resistance against the WEF (World Economic Forum) in Davos—the annual recurring international meeting of the rulers of politics, Capital, sciences, their strategists and lackeys—but also in solidarity with the revolutionary prisoner Marco Camenisch, who went on hunger and work strike from December 30, 2013 until January 26, 2014.
Communist Andrea ‘Andi’ Stauffacher (member of the Revolutionärer Aufbau as well as the International Red Aid) is one of the solidarians that normally visit Marco Camenisch in prison, and since decades gives support to our anarchist comrade. Every so often the Swiss State prosecutes Andi, threatening her with imprisonment. This time, and according to informa-azione, Andi has been kept in custody since Monday, May 13th, 2013 in Winterthur prison near Zurich. Until further information is available, you can send solidarity letters at this address: Andrea Stauffacher, Palmstr. 2, CH-8411 Winterthur, Suisse/Switzerland.
Latest information on the court proceeding that the International Red Aid has disseminated:
The prosecutor proposed the sentencing of the three admitted members of the Revolutionary Struggle, Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas, even though no evidence was presented in court that would substantiate their involvement in the specific actions they’re charged with. (We remind you that Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis are currently at large.) In addition and without any conclusive evidence, the prosecutor suggested the conviction of Sarantos Nikitopoulos, Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Christoforos Kortesis and Kostas Katsenos, who deny their participation in the organization. Finally, the prosecutor admitted there was never evidence against Marie Beraha (wife of Kostas Gournas) and said that she should be acquitted of all charges.
Call for solidarity gathering at the special court of Koridallos prisons:
The trial reaches end on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 9am, when the court will issue a judgment on the Revolutionary Struggle case. The judges will announce their final decisions for Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa and Kostas Gournas, who have claimed political responsibility for their participation in the organization, and for Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Sarantos Nikitopoulos, Christoforos Kortesis and Kostas Katsenos, the other anarchists accused in the case, as well as Marie Beracha (life companion of Kostas Gournas), who is also accused in the same case.
Let’s all attend this trial session and make our solidarity a fist against the State.
The passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons!
Assembly for the Revolutionary Struggle case
Contact mail: RScase[at]espiv[dot]net
The request of Marco Camenisch for conditional release was rejected for the umpteenth time, and once again the denial was politically motivated. Marco has announced that he will write some thoughts on this.
“From the 18th to the 25th of January 2013 I take the initiative—always weak but still an initiative—to conduct a hunger strike so as to break once again the lengthy silences imposed by repression and inaction, to raise yet another voice, a weak voice but at least one of solidarity, appreciation and participation in the initiatives of those who continue to act and build solidarity and active struggle, of those who continue to dare and enhance continuity inside and outside the prisons.”
—Excerpt from Marco Camenisch’s latest communiqué from Lenzburg prison, in Switzerland, against the upcoming annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos and always in solidarity with either imprisoned or fugitive comrades in struggle, as well as in support of the various initiatives and groups that fight for comrades’ liberation across the world.
Anarchist comrade Marco Camenisch has been incarcerated for a little over 21 consecutive years, thus he qualifies for early conditional release since he has already served 2/3 of his sentence. For this reason, solidarian prisoners in Italy have also agitated for actions against targets-structures of Swiss interests.
Here’s a worldwide call of decentralized action days for 5–6 February 2013:
“Anarchist prisoner Marco Camenisch has been confined in Italian and Swiss prisons for two decades. In the 70s and 80s, he took part in the militant struggles of the anti-nuclear movement. The first time he was incarcerated was in 1981. After he escaped from the Regensdorf hellhole (near Zürich), he was locked up again in Italy in 1991. In 2002 Marco was delivered to the Swiss authorities by the Italian statist thugs. By 2012 he had served two thirds of his prison sentence. The usual practice in Switzerland is that prisoners who have exhibited so-called good conduct are released from prison on probation after serving two thirds of their sentences. Since Marco never ceased to struggle even in prison, and firmly expressed his hatred towards the dominating system as well as his green-anarchist perspectives, his release from prison was repeatedly denied.
Marco is just one among many. There are people incarcerated worldwide who have not been suppressed by these exploitative relations of domination, and continue to fight for their ideas. And prisoners are only a small part. Everywhere people are fighting against the oppression of authorities and institutions outside the walls. Along with our everyday struggles, it’s always important not to forget our comrades who are behind the walls and not let them rot in prison.
Prisons are an expression of a society based on repression and exploitation. More and more individuals who have opposed the established order are being locked up or labeled as mentally ill. Custody is the suitable instrument in the hands of Power that gives the dominators the opportunity to get rid of resistant people and still maintain their hypocritical constitutionality.
Let us not be intimidated by their threats and repression apparatuses!
It is clear to us, freedom must be fought for!
It cannot be asked for as a claim to the State!”
No need to wait until then. February can only be the peak of action. There is an ongoing solidarity campaign which began with the December 2012 hunger strikes of anarchists Gabriel Pombo Da Silva and Elisa Di Bernardo in German and Italian prisons, respectively, as well as a solidarity action in court by the anarchist prisoners Theofilos Mavropoulos and members of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire in Greece.
received by International Red Aid:
Painted slogans in Zurich for the immediate release of imprisoned anarchist Marco Camenisch, and in solidarity with the three members of Revolutionary Struggle.
Intervention with banners in Athens, outside the court-martial in Koridallos women’s prisons where the trial for the Revolutionary Struggle case is held. People from Belgium, Italy and Switzerland affiliated to the International Red Aid travelled to Greece in September to attend trial sessions in solidarity with the three members of Revolutionary Struggle and those prosecuted in the same case.
The fight goes on…
via the International Red Aid
On the 15th of August, friends and supporters of Marco Camenisch announced that the imprisoned comrade will conduct a limited hunger strike from 20/8 until 2/9, in the context of the latest anti-anarchist construct in Italy (‘operation boldness/ardire’), but also because of a series of humiliating harassments in Lenzburg prison every day.
Solidarity group’s contact mail: knast-soli (at) riseup (dot) net
Prison address: Marco Camenisch, PF 45, Justizvollzugsanstalt Lenzburg, Ziegeleiweg 13, CH-5600 Lenzburg District, Schweiz/Switzerland
We demand freedom for the May 1st prisoners | July 21st, 2012
On Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 the police raided the homes of comrades. The majority of them are between 18 and 20 years old. It is obvious that repression is aiming at young people to show them that their existence might be at stake, to humiliate and to scare them while they are either still in school, in training or in a job. They were arrested and taken into custody. One of them is free again since Friday, July 13th. All of them have been taken in because of activities on May 1st, either at the demonstration in the morning as well as during the afternoon around the revolutionary fest on and around the Kanzlei area, in Zurich.
The State, represented by police, district attorneys and the justice system, is displaying their power politics insistently, by exhibiting that they want total control of all public spaces. They want to scare-off anyone who wants to be in a public space and display their own politics and ideas. This does not only become clear on May 1st, but also in an obvious increase of control and surveillance of public spaces, the chasing away of “undesired groups” under the pretext of up-boosting the value of the city (as it is daily done by police patrols at the Bäcker Park) or by persecuting participants of illegal parties. In all of these cases the attacks of the State aim at exhibiting power politics and to demonstrate that nothing and no one is tolerated in public spaces when used outside of state control.
We will not be intimidated and scared-off by these attacks. We know that public spaces are ours and we will use and defend them. That is why we have to work together to fight and defend our spaces. Continue reading Switzerland: Solidarity calls for young people that were arrested in July due to May Day actions
We learn via the International Red Aid that Marco Camenisch and Gabriel Pombo Da Silva—prisoners in Switzerland and Germany, respectively—haven’t yet received any notice whatsoever for additional cautionary measures, international rogatory letters, searches of their prison cells, or anything alike, contrary to what was supposedly ordered by the filmmaker of this repressive machination: the public prosecutor of Perugia Manuela Comodi, an inquisitor in search of exotic ingredients for the topping of the umpteenth investigation for ‘criminal association’ against Italian anarchists.
From Switzerland I send my warmest revolutionary salutes to you, comrades, on the occasion of your event-festival on the 7th and 8th of June in Greece!
The themes of your meeting—history, actuality and perspective of the international social revolution—are of crucial importance and more timely than ever, in these times of irreversible crisis of the dominant system.
Never had been the times so ripe and urgent for the realization and organization of the internationalist struggle towards a social-revolutionary perspective as the only solution to the crisis of the dominant system, and for this purpose the construction of an internationalist revolutionized solidarity is indispensable; these are more than obvious and shareable affirmations of yours, Pola and Nikos, and of a multitude of combatant comrades. This is also confirmed by the growing popular consensus for armed and militant revolutionary intervention and the corresponding increase of fear and terrorism of the system. We can find the growth of consensus, albeit at different levels, not only in Greece but in many other Western countries and the world, while the terrorism of elites and the international advancement of their repression are much more leveled and unified. This makes even more important and urgent a constructive strong drive—analysis and practice—towards internationalist revolutionary solidarity beyond tendencies, not only against repression, but also, much more in general, for a convergence of revolutionary pathways in use and under construction!
Solidarity and love to you, compas, in and out of prisons, who, in Greece and everywhere in the world, at this precious moment and many others through attacks of justice of the class create a platform and opportunity to relaunch the counterattack on this ground, as contribution for permanent resistance and revolutionary attack!
So that they’re persecuted even into their toilets (surely of lusso)…!!!
So that the fire and revolutionary sabotage by any means necessary, the voice of dynamite and Tokarew… pursue after them relentlessly and increasingly, in their dens, in the streets and everywhere, day and night!!!
Continuing to pay them back a tiny part of the terror and suffering that they, for centuries, have poured upon the world and the living to get rich, until this becomes contribution, participation and organization towards the insurrection and the international and generalized people’s social revolution!
Solidarity and love to you, compas Pola, Nikos, and to comrades accused in the Revolutionary Struggle trial!
Solidarity and love to you, sisters and brothers of CCF/FAI in and out of prisons in Greece, to you, FAI/FRI compas, across the world!
Solidarity and love to every individual and population, in or out of the galera, that struggle against this global system-galera!
Until any oppression, exploitation, Power, State and incarceration is cleared out and destroyed!
Early June 2012, marco camenisch, Lenzburg prison, Switzerland
We, the imprisoned fighters of the guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle, express our solidarity with comrade Andi, member of the Revolutionärer Aufbau in Switzerland and the Secours Rouge International (International Red Aid), who is accused for arsons by the Swiss State.
Any incrimination of a comrade, anywhere in the world, is incrimination of all who fight against the Capital and the State.
In our struggle it is important to develop international solidarity, especially among the fighters, in our era where the war carried out by the international financial elite, the States and the governments against the people to support the current capitalist system is aggravated because of repression and state terrorism.
International solidarity is a relationship that not only connects and continues our struggle, but can also lay the foundation for the creation of an international revolutionary movement, the organization of which is now more necessary than ever, and can benefit from the present systemic crisis to attempt the overthrow of the current capitalist system and the State.
International solidarity is a necessary condition for worldwide social revolution.
Pola Roupa, Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis
Beginning of the trial against Andi: September 28th, 2011, 10.15 am, Viale Stefano Franscini 3, 6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland