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Germany: At last, Sonja Suder is free!

Having spent more than two years in pretrial detention, 80-year-old Sonja Suder was released on November 12th, 2013 following the court’s decision.

Meeting the prosecutor’s demands, the Frankfurt regional court sentenced her to 3 years and 6 months for involvement in three incendiary attacks in the 1970s. Sonja was acquitted of the raid on the 1975 OPEC conference as the judges were obliged to disregard every false allegation of the snitch Hans-Joachim Klein. Nevertheless, his outright lies were exclusively attributed to his lack of memory! Thus this loyal informant can be called to testify as key witness in any other proceeding. The defense had also requested that testimonies taken in torture-like conditions, such as the statements by Hermann F., be rendered unusable in any future proceedings, but the court dismissed their claim. The State never forgets. Incidentally, neither do we…

Given the time that Sonja had to spend in the Preungesheim prison in Germany, and the prison time she did in France, the comrade was finally able to walk out free. The courtroom was packed, and many more supporters were gathered out of the building. They celebrated Sonja’s release with sparkling wine and music, welcoming her joyfully back in the streets.

Another state farce has come to an end. Much respect to all those in solidarity, who gave them strength to endure the process, and to Sonja, Sibylle and Christian for giving a precious example of absolutely consistent denial of any cooperation with the minions of the State/Capital!

Health and happiness for Sonja and Christian!

sources: i, ii

Barcelona: Intervention in solidarity with Sonja Suder

Freedom for Sonja Suder, and all of the political prisoners

On the morning of November 12th, 2013 we paid a visit to the German embassy in Barcelona to show our solidarity with our comrade Sonja Suder. We hung a banner outside the embassy and ‘gave out’ hundreds of flyers.

We call for more actions in solidarity with Sonja, waiting for a sentence at the age of 80 years old for acts committed in 1977–8 with the Revolutionary Cells (RZ).

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Frankfurt – 12 November 2013: Final day of the trial against Sonja Suder

Organize revolutionary carpooling! Come to support Sonja at sentencing!

After more than one year of trial sessions, on the 12th of November 2013 the regional court of Frankfurt (Main) will announce its verdict against Sonja Suder. We wouldn’t miss this moment for anything, and we call for revolutionary carpooling to the court to show our solidarity together.

Sonja is accused of participating in 1977 and 1978 attacks as member of the Revolutionary Cells/Red Zora (RZ). Furthermore, she is alleged to have transported weapons for the 1975 attack on the OPEC conference in Vienna.

The court will largely rely on inherently contradictory witness statements of the leniency applicant Hans-Joachim Klein. By doing so, it will persist in ignoring that another regional court classified Klein as untrustworthy witness already years ago. Additionally, the Frankfurt court doesn’t give a damn about the fact that Klein was once again unmasked as a liar, during a French cop’s testimony some weeks ago, showing that Sonja was in the clear. Rather, the court will have no scruples about using statements taken by force from Hermann F. in torture-like conditions, as it never even mattered to the judges whether Hermann—who in 1978 was handed over to the cops heavily injured—could get re-traumatized by being subpoenaed to testify again, at this trial.

Furthermore, the court will make a judgment based on the uncompromising stance of Sonja and Sibylle S.—witness who was held in coercive detention for several months. Both have denied any cooperation. This is yet another reason why we wish to attend the final day of the trial in Frankfurt, to show our solidarity loud and clear with, currently, the oldest pre-trial prisoner in Europe.

For decades, the State attempted to extradite Christian (whose proceeding is temporarily suspended) and Sonja from France to Germany. Sonja has spent two years of pre-trial detention, ever since their delivery to the German authorities with the help of the new European arrest warrant. All this makes it clear that Sonja is to receive the highest possible sentence. This is also about their prerogative power of interpreting leftist history. The court sends out a strong message to current social struggles: the State does not forget…

Neither do we! Solidarity is a weapon!

Join the rally on the 12th of November, at 9am, in front of the courthouse in Frankfurt.

FREEDOM FOR SONJA!

Translation notes:
In April 2013, the court decided to split the cases of Sonja Suder and her companion Christian Gauger. The main reason why the proceeding against Christian did not continue was his bad health condition. In August, the trial for his case was suspended, and his warrant was appealed. Thus he has not been acquitted of charges but is “free” ever since.
Recently, on October 26th, a solidarity gathering took place at the maximum-security women’s prison Preungesheim, where Sonja is still held.
During the trial session of October 29th, the prosecutor asked for 3 years and 9 months imprisonment against Sonja in relation to arson attacks on MAN, KSB and Heidelberg castle, but proposed her acquittal for the raid on the OPEC oil minister conference. On November 5th, the defense made closing arguments.

Besançon, France: Attacks in solidarity with Sonja Suder

On the night of 14th to 15th of September 2013, the interim agency Randstad, located at the beginning of Carnot Avenue in the city of Besançon, had one of its windows smashed.

This hole was made in the context of an international campaign for the release of Sonja Suder, who has been imprisoned for two years in a high security wing of the Preungesheim prison in Frankfurt, accused for various attacks in the late 70s.

A few nights ago, “Freedom for Sonja Suder” was inscribed on the wall of a nearby sector, and the Crédit Agricole bank branch—opposite the Chaprais cemetery—was attacked with stones, leaving two major impacts on the facade.

For Sonja and all those who refuse to submit themselves to Domination!

An undesirable noctambule

Helsinki, Finland: Solidarity banner for Sonja Suder

FREEDOM FOR SONJA!

On the 14th of September we organized a support activity for Sonja, who is imprisoned in Germany, as a contribution to the solidarity call  for this day. We hung a banderole with the demand of her release in front of the Goethe-Institut in the city centre of Helsinki (Finland), and distributed leaflets to around 200 people informing about her situation.

Solidarity, happiness and freedom for Sonja!

Lesvos Island, Greece: Anarchist banner for Sonja Suder’s liberation

The banner reads: “The States are the only terrorists. Release the 80-year-old Sonja Suder”

On September 14th, within the context of international solidarity and antistatist/dissident struggle that knows no boundaries, we responded to the call for Sonja Suder’s liberation. So we made a small intervention at the university building (former ATEbank) in the town of Mytilini, unfolding our banner on its facade as a minimum token of solidarity. We wanted to remind that each and every state repression and regime’s scheme against the anarchist-antiauthoritarian movement, in any part of the Earth, affects us all always and everywhere. What’s more, the struggle for life and freedom does not know (and should not know) any borders.

Not one step back. Faced with state terrorism, we build mounds against whatever wants us enslaved or attempts to commercialize our lives and shatter our dreams. We will not give up without a fight.

Until the night when the last frontier and the last prison will collapse. Until the day when no one will dominate, nor anybody will be dominated. And do not make the mistake to say that we are few, because we are not; but even if we were… we are definitely determined. We are coming…

Informal Anarchist Organization-Lesvos Cell

[Germany] International call for Sonja Suder’s liberation

TWO YEARS IN JAIL, IT’S TWO YEARS TOO MUCH!

September the 14th of 2013 – Let’s all mobilize everywhere to protest against the legitimization of torture in Sonja Suder’s trial and for her liberation.

September the 14th of 2011, Sonja and her friend Christian have been extradited by France to be given to German cops and jailed. Christian has been freed since but Sonja is still in jail. They left Germany in 1978 when, after a fierce repression of the revolutionary movements, every person involved in the radical protest could fear being the target of State revenge.

For two years, Sonja has been in custody in the high-security district of the prison Frankfurt-Preungesheim ; for a year she’s been enduring a trial grounded on two testimonies: one from a penitent given against a remission, the other given under torture in 1978 by a man suspected to belong to the Revolutionary Cells (RZ). If the penitent [snitch] Hans-Joachim Klein testified without shame in the Frankfurt court to give the umpteenth version of a testimony full of nonsense and contradictions (that the judge thinks worth considering anyway), Hermann F., on the contrary, always protested against the elements standing in the cross-examination he has been through: these elements are just the result of four months of torture outside of any procedural frame.

After a very serious accident he was cross-examined just after he was legs-amputated and blind in both eyes. Pain, trauma, drugs, isolation, confusion, disorientation have been exploited to make him fill 1300 pages of forced declarations. Illegally detained in a police station without a lawyer, without any help, suddenly blind and seriously impaired, what he has been through can be only called torture.

The 13th of August 2013, the Frankfurt court began the reading of these cross-examinations reports which Hermann has been subjected to in 1978. These reading is to be continued in the next sessions. The 80-years-old Sonja, more than 35 after the fact she’s accused of, could be sentenced on the ground of these declarations which use is legitimization of police torture by court.

Sonja has been prosecuted by German police and justice since the end of 1970′s. Suspected of having belonged to the Revolutionary Cells, her trial is about three attacks which have only caused limited material damages in 1977 and 1978 : against M.A.N. who contributed to atomic armament for South Africa (during Apartheid); against KSB who built pumps for nuclear power plants ; against the Heidelberg castle to protest against gentrification ; She’s also suspected having taken part in the logistical organization of the attack against OPEC in Vienna in 1975.

Today, by making her undergo jail, trial, the threat of ending her life in jail, the federal State doesn’t aim only at Sonja. The State wants to get rid of a revolutionary history and make people sure that you can’t protest with impunity.

Sonja’s sentence will be rebellion’s sentence : by refusing to be put down and to talk she’s still accusing the State and its carnival of justice. Sonja’s incarceration will be a scare-crow which is used to scare all those who fight today. It’s not a 80-years-old woman they want to get rid of, they want to get rid of all those who, like her, could have the will not to be submitted.

SONJA MUST BE FREED AT ONCE!
FOR AN INTERNATIONAL MOBILIZATION ON SEPTEMBER THE 14th!

French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek

Frankfurt – ‘Revolutionary Cells’ trial: Sibylle S. free at last

Sibylle S. (witness not cooperating with authorities) stayed four months in prison under ‘coercive detention’ because she had repeatedly refused to testify as a witness against Sonja Suder. On August 6th, 2013 it finally became evident that her continued detention would not change her unyielding stance, so Sibylle walked out free.

On the other hand, Sonja is still in custody.

FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS FOR SONJA AND CHRISTIAN!

sources/updates: i, ii

Hamburg: Attack on ThyssenKrupp company in solidarity with imprisoned comrades Sonja and Sibylle in Germany, and with the revolt in Turkey

Summer for Sonja and Sibylle!

The night from the 31st July to the 1st August the building of the ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG in Hamburg was attacked. The entrance windows and doors were smashed and around two dozen bottles were thrown at the building to mark it. The street in front of the building was blocked by burning barricades.

ThyssenKrupp is one of the biggest companies producing war machines. They deliver to armies all over the world.

The attack was in solidarity with the imprisoned comrades Sonja and Sibylle, who took a non-compromising stand against the State and its justice. Sonja is accused of attacks and participation in the “Revolutionäre Zellen”/Revolutionary Cells (RZ) in the 70s. Sibylle is imprisoned for her non-cooperation with justice. The trial is still going on.

Also the attack was dedicated to the June revolt in Turkey. Militant greetings to Istanbul, Ankara, Amed, Eskisehir, … to all the prosecuted and imprisoned rebels and in remembrance of the killed.

German communiqué / More info: a, b, c

Germany: Solidarity with Sibylle S., Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger

Since September 2012 the trial against Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger is underway at the Frankfurt federal court. In this context, two women are currently imprisoned. Sonja is in custody since September 2011. Sibylle S. was called as a witness in the trial case but firmly denied to give any statements. For this reason, on April 9th, 2013 she was held for contempt of court under coercive detention (Beugehaft) that may last up to six months.

On April 30th in Berlin, during the Walpurgis Night anti-capitalist demo against racism and social exclusion in the district of Wedding, a large solidarity banner was unfolded from the rooftop of a house on the corner of Wiesenstrasse with Pankstrasse as the demonstration passed. While fireworks rose into the sky, the demonstrators could read: ‘Freedom for Sonja, Christian and Sibylle! Fight the coercive detention! Solidarity with the prisoners!’ with a big RZ star in the middle (symbol of the Revolutionary Cells).

Before the banner-action, a text was read out regarding the trial against Sonja and Christian in Frankfurt. Also, fliers were spread concerning the situation of Sibylle, who had refused to testify in the court hearings and was recently put in custody.

The new song by Yok could be heard from a sound system, ‘1,000 reasons for the revolt,’ which addresses the case of Sonja and Christian and ends with the verse: ‘A good life for Sonja and Christian outside the walls!’

Exactly! Freedom and happiness for all!

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Frankfurt, Germany: Reportback from the ‘Revolutionary Cells’ trial against Christian Gauger and Sonja Suder

See previous summary here.

No more torture minutes and principle-witness lies! Freedom now for Sonja!

We continue our coverage on the trial against our comrades Sonja and Christian in Frankfurt, who are both holding strong, despite being dragged to court already since the 21st of September 2012. The State as usual reveals its vindictive face against fighters for social liberation who do not obey the rules of Capital and Power, but we have to point out that this trial is really nothing but a farce. Looking back on a series of inconsistencies and judicial failures, the trial entered a new phase with the examination of a principal (yet completely unreliable) government witness, namely Hans-Joachim Klein, former member of the Revolutionary Cells (Revolutionäre Zellen, RZ), who was also involved in the 1975 militant action against the OPEC headquarters in Vienna.

In November 2012, the court provoked heavy protest from the side of the audience when the bench read out the minutes of the traumatized fighter Hermann Feiling, who was interrogated by cops in 1978 after an explosive device was detonated in his lap, resulting in the loss of his feet and eyeballs. Feiling, who was under the influence of drugs and still in pain while he also suffered epileptic seizures, was interrogated by cops in the hospital for four months on almost a daily basis and in complete isolation. Feiling, who was forced to admit the names of Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger, rejected all of the forged testimonies he gave afterwards. In other related trials, these testimonies that were given under torture were declined as ‘evidence’. However, the presiding judge Bärbel Stock treats the exact same statements as main evidence in the current trial.

Reviving the acceptance of torture as a means of evidence in German courthouses was responded by loud protests from solidarians in the audience. Thus, the reading of the minutes was suspended and a banner was unfolded inside the courtroom, reading: ‘Frankfurt regional court – Accomplice in torture.’ Soon thereafter, the solidarian comrades left the room unified. The judge commented with the words: ‘The more leave, the better.’ The defense lawyers challenged the bench with another motion for rejection of the present judges on grounds of bias, which was once again rejected later on.

During the course of the trial several counter-information events took place across Germany: in Rostock (19/11), Greifswald (20/11), Neubrandenburg (21/11), Karlsruhe (24/11) and Bochum (30/11), just to mention few of them. There were also several actions on the street, such as a banner drop in Hamburg on the 10th of November during a demonstration for the once squatted Hafenstraße, a feminist gathering at the women’s prisons in Frankfurt on the 24th of November, and the New Year’s Eve solidarity rally in front of Preungesheim prison, where Sonja is incarcerated. Continue reading Frankfurt, Germany: Reportback from the ‘Revolutionary Cells’ trial against Christian Gauger and Sonja Suder

Krakow: Banners of solidarity with the Cells of Fire (on trial in Greece), and Sonja and Christian (on trial in Germany)

Some of our comrades from the counter-information portal Grecja W Ogniu (‘Greece on Fire’) in Poland raised banners on the streets of Krakow, declaring ‘love, strength and solidarity’ with anarchist political prisoners in Germany, Greece, Chile, Italy and Mexico…

Freedom for revolutionary fighters Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger, prosecuted by the German State for the attack on the nuclear industry
Strength, love and solidarity with arsonists taken hostage by the system in Italy, Greece, Mexico, Chile
Solidarity and freedom to revolutionary anarchists of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (FAI/IRF) and Theofilos Mavropoulos

Frankfurt, Germany: Reportback from the ‘Revolutionary Cells’ trial against Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger

The trial against the two radical leftist fighters is underway in Frankfurt. Both are implicated in actions of the Revolutionary Cells (Revolutionäre Zellen, RZ) against nuclear companies, the racist Apartheid regime and urban renewal in late 70s. The charges against them are based on the one hand on forced ‘testimonies’ of a seriously injured person, who was under drug influence at the time, on the other hand on a key witness, who was already years ago legally classified as untrustworthy. The latter ‘remembered’ after 24 years that Sonja may have been involved in the 1975 action against the conference at the OPEC headquarters.

Sonja and Christian have been charged with two anti-nuclear attacks conducted by the Revolutionary Cells in 1977. They have also been incriminated for an incendiary attack conducted by the Revolutionary Cells in 1978. Regarding these three charges, the prosecution relies on a statement of Hermann Feiling, fabricated under conditions akin to torture. In the summer of 1978 an explosive device (purportedly destined for another action of the Revolutionary Cells in Munich) had detonated on Hermann’s knees, causing him extensive injuries. He is severely disabled ever since. Under the influence of potent pain killers and sedatives, he was hospitalized and later held in police custody under complete isolation. State Security officers, prosecutors and examining judges who took copious notes were his sole ‘persons of contact’. When Hermann finally escaped isolation, he rejected those ‘testimonies’ as forged and not his own.

After being fugitives for 22 whole years, Sonja and Christian were arrested in Paris in 2000. In the meantime, another charge was added: government witness Hans-Joachim Klein (former member of the Revolutionary Cells) suddenly claimed to remember that Sonja Suder transported weapons to Vienna in 1975 for an attack against the OPEC oil ministers’ conference. Frankfurt district court rejected Klein’s testimony against Sonja and others as non-credible in his 2000 trial (and yet, his allegations are being repeated in the 2012 charges against Sonja). A French court rejected the extradition request back then, and after posting bail of a few hundred euros, both were allowed to remain in France. However, German prosecutors submitted a ‘European’ arrest warrant against the two fighters in 2007, and the French authorities agreed to it in 2010.

After 33 years in exile in France, in September 2011 Sonja Suder (79) and Christian Gauger (71) were extradited to Germany and delivered to justice. Sonia was imprisoned, while Christian became hostage outside the walls, under restrictive terms. Both have repeatedly denied any cooperation with the German ‘State Security’.

Now that the first six days of trial against Sonja and Christian elapsed, it just turns out to be—as expected—a premeditated political condemnation of both defendants and the militant past of autonomous groups which fought against nuclear energy, gentrification and state terrorism in the 70s in Germany and beyond.

Day by day, the constructed indictment is proved to be a vengeful farce. Also, the defense lawyers feel certain that the judges have made their decision on the defendants’ guilt, given that the court accepted such an accusatory brief in the first place. Hence, even before the trial started, the defense had filed a motion for rejection of the present judges on grounds of bias.

Sonja and Christian deserve international and unconditional solidarity for having refused any cooperation with the authorities since years. Even if it means facing long-term imprisonment and difficult living conditions, they stick to their consistent refusal to give a confession.

Banner in Exarchia square, Athens: ‘Every Heart is a Revolutionary Cell – Solidarity with Sonja and Christian’

First trial session Continue reading Frankfurt, Germany: Reportback from the ‘Revolutionary Cells’ trial against Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger

Frankfurt, Germany: The “Revolutionary Cells” trial against Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger begins on September 21st

THE STATE DOES NOT FORGET … NEITHER DO WE?!

EVENT
with the lawyers of Sonja (79-years-old, imprisoned) and Christian (70-years-old, free under restrictive terms), as well as international and special guests, on September 20th, at 19.00pm (local time) in Café Exzess, on Leipziger Straße 91 in Frankfurt am Main

GATHERING
on the first Trial Day, September 21st, from 8.00am (local time) at the district court (Landgericht), on Seilerstraße/Konrad-Adenauer-Straße in Frankfurt am Main

COURT PROCEEDINGS
starting from September 21st, every Tuesday and Friday* from 9am to 13pm (local time) at the district court (Landgericht) of Frankfurt am Main, Building E (Gebäude E)

* In September, a trial session will take place only on the 21st; check all upcoming dates here.

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A solidarity gathering took place in Frankfurt on July 7th, 2012, outside Preungesheim prison, where Sonja is still incarcerated. The banner reads: “Revolutionary resistance is nonnegotiable – No collaboration with Justice and the state apparatus”.

Berlin: Counter-information event for Sonja Suder and Christian Gauger

Freedom and happiness for Sonja and Christian, who were delivered from France, after 33 years in exile, to the German justice and may be put on trial in 2012 before the Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main due to actions of the Revolutionary Cells (Revolutionäre Zellen, RZ) from 1977 —against nuclear companies, Apartheid and urban renewal. Sonia is 79-years-old and currently imprisoned; Christian is 70 and ‘free’ under restrictive conditions. Both have denied any cooperation with the so-called State Security.* The charges are based on the one hand on forced ‘testimonies’ of a seriously injured person, who was under drug influence at the time, on the other hand on a key witness, who was already years ago legally classified as untrustworthy. He remembered after 24 years that Sonja may have known of the action against the oil ministers’ conference at OPEC headquarters in 1975.

The whole case is a judicial scandal, as is typical in any prosecution against left activists.

March 29th, 2012, at 19.30 (MEZ, local time), in SO36 concert hall in Kreuzberg, Berlin

* In German: Staatsschutz. Police departments have separate Staatsschutz sections within the criminal investigation agency Kriminalpolizei (or Kripo, existing from Nazi-era) to investigate ‘politically motivated crime’. When intelligence agencies request police or judicial measures against people, they hand the matter over to the Kripo state security (Staatsschutz) officers, the public prosecutors and the courts.

Solidarity event in downtown Athens

On March 17th, 2012, in the self-managed café of Skaramaga squat, anarchists from the western neighbourhoods of Athens and Piraeus, who also participate in this squatting project, held an event in solidarity with Sonja, aged 79, and Christian, aged 70. During the evening, the background of the ongoing prosecution against the two was discussed, as well as the international solidarity campaign for their case. The film ‘Zeiten des Zorns/Times of Wrath’ (Berlin 2001) was also screened, which is essentially a recording of an event with Klaus Viehmann (former Bewegung 2. Juni/Movement 2 June) and Stefan Wisniewski (former RAF) on Revolutionary Cells as well as Red Zora/Rote Zora. In addition to the subtitling of the documentary in Greek, counter-informative texts and a brochure about the Revolutionary Cells and Red Zora were available in the context of the international call for solidarity with Sonja and Christian, who have been prosecuted for whole decades. The event was attended by more than 100 people.

source i, ii, iii