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[Bogotá, Colombia] Riots around Universidad Pedagogica blockade the financial district for four hours

received 3/13/2018

On Tuesday, March 6th, in Bogotá, Colombia, two explosions burst during the quiet of the lessons. In between the fully painted walls of this eternally leftist university, located in the middle of a financial district, the students playing on the sports field turn their heads in all directions. The sound of chattering suddenly vanishes. It is 10:30 AM and the gatekeepers put their backpacks on and immediately leave the scene. Rapidly, a small group of hooded people meets the crowd, without talking. In a kind of dancing manner, without much useless noises, the students peacefully leave the playground and the encapuchadxs progressively take their place. It is quickly possible to count as many as 50 of them, now facing the stone benches.

On the benches, a crowd interested students gather. We can hear some of them express their disagreement “it’s gonna be bad”, but they leave the spot as fast as they can. Oh the field, it is easy to see at least 3 different groups. The hoods are made from black clothing, their bodies are completely covered, even their shoes with large socks. Some of them are completely dressed with black plastic bags. Despite the first explosions, they don’t seem to hurry. Some of them throw what seem to be little metallic balls on the wall, which explodes in an incredible BOOM. You’ve just met papas bombas, a tradition here in Colombia.

They ask the audience to be silent and begin to explain the purpose of all this. Two anarchist individuals shout their words at the benches from behind their hoods, before a feminist does the same. A trans woman in the audience then speaks too, after asking to interrupt an anarchist’s speech. She says that what is going to happen is very good, but the struggle also takes place in our day-to-day life, that for women, gays and lesbians, and trans, we have to fight against all aspects of oppression. The encapuchadxs and the audience applaud loudly. During the speeches, several encapuchadxs distribute leaflets with political content, including anarchism and feminism (with calls for the March 8th march). Then it is the time for the FARC dissidents to talk.
The FARC, the well known 50 years old Colombian guerilla group, finalized a peace agreement with the Colombian state a couple of years ago. Some of the encapuchadxs we can see, well marked with their black
and yellow armbands, are dissidents from this group. But as soon as they start to talk, a loud siren sounds and they abort their speech, which made us smile as anti-authoritarian individuals. The students and the
encapuchadxs then take their places at the gates of the university. Lots of people mask their faces and gather rocks and empty bottles. The ESMAD, the anti-riot police, can be seen through the bars of the university, slowly deploying around the university, as the encapuchadxs go out, their hands full of papas bombas. The confrontation begins, the cops respond to the powerful bombs with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Some of the encapuchadxs go out of the buildings to attack either Davivienda, a large Colombian bank, or a big Renault shop. Renault is a big French car manufacturer. Seeing their windows shattering, we had thoughts for comrades imprisoned in France since the recent social movements [1]. Some rebels also break billboards around the university, and spray paint some anarchist graffitis (Rabia y solidaridad (A) ; ¡Arriba el tropel! ; Tombos = bastardos ; (A)-K Anarchistas al Kombate).

As more and more cops arrive, they try to come closer to the gates of the university, but could never really surround the campus. Two or more police trucks with water cannons were seen too, throwing gas canisters inside the university. Inside the gates, people light little fires to inhale the fumes and heal the effects of the gas. They also breathe rosemary branches for the same reasons. Others throw molotov cocktails or papas bombas at the trucks. Outside it is complete chaos. The cops are physically blocking a huge crowd of spectators who seem to be very friendly with the savage students who fight the police, shouting to warn them when the truck or police motocycles are coming.

An important fact to notice is that in Colombia, the police is not allowed to enter universities, and even stranger, they seem to respect this rule. This is probably the reason why the riot could last for hours without any of both sides being really able to move forward.

A sad event though occured at the end of the riot. A loud explosion could be heared and 3 or 4 students were severely injured, probably by an artisanal explosive device (papas bombas). It seem that some of them have lost either an eye or a hand. They were sent to the hospitals. We strongly express our solidarity with these injured comrades.

After this riot, which was the second one in less than one month at this university, we can read in the newspapers that all politicians from right to left call to cease those protests and to change the law to make it possible for the cops to enter universities. The whole campus was shut down for one week to conduct investigations. Despite this classical conservative backlash, some voices, even from workers union at the university, have expressed their solidarity with the events and with those injured.

In Colombia, the anarchist offensive movement is alive and well, and the will to express radical ideas in radical ways is definitely palpable.

For anarchy. For chaos.

some anarchists

[1] Specifically, we talk about the prisoners of the anti-labour law
movement of 2016, some of them still in jail, and some people in prison
after the eviction of the Bois Lejuc, an occupied zone in struggle
against a big project to bury nuclear waste in eastern France.

Collection of leaflets, distributed during the protests (pdf)

in German

G20 Hamburg: Freedom for Fabio and Maria!

During a demonstration on Friday 7 July, with the aim of blocking a road on the occasion of the G20 summit, two young people (Fabio 18 and Maria 23) from the Italian city of Feltre (Veneto region) were taken into custody. They tried to help a young woman who have been injured by the police. Both were taken to the detention center in Hamburg-Harburg. The police detention was changed to imprisonment, so they are currently in prison. They are accused of a criminal offense in the area of “public order disruption.”

(More information as soon as possible)

See (in Italian): Global Project

in German

Exarchia: Banners in solidarity with CSO Kike Mur, G20 rioters, and Lisa

On the morning of Tuesday, July 11th 2017, Themistokleous 58 squatters, together with comrades in affinity, hung internationalist solidarity banners in Exarchia about three different cases.

We have the keys to all doors… Solidarity with KIKE MUR squat in Zaragoza, Spain

From a balcony of the 58 we hung a banner in support of the Squatted Social Centre Kike Mur in Zaragoza (Spain), threatened with eviction by local authorities. The building (former prison) has been squatted for 7 years, giving space to a variety of activities and expressions of anarchist solidarity, as in the case of a banner in the context of the 2013 Black February international campaign.

Solidarity with No-G20 rioters

Over the railing of the old Chemistry School we dropped a banner in support for those who lately clashed with the forces of repression on the streets of Hamburg against the summit of leaders of the 20 most powerful states on the planet. Now is the time to spread the word that the G20 hostages need our support.

Attack/rob the banks! Freedom for Lisa, anarchist captive in Germoney

One more banner was placed on Gini building of the Polytechnic School in solidarity with Lisa, an anarchist recently sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for a bank robbery in Aachen (Germoney) in 2014. No prisoner in the hands of Power: Let’s storm the State/Capital and domination!

Themistokleous 58 squat
and comrades in affinity

in Greek

[The Netherlands] The Area Ban against anarchists in a broader context of repression in The Hague

zestien-aanhoudingen-bij-rellen-schilderswijkreceived August 14th 2016

On August 3, several anarchists in The Hague, the Netherlands, and one from outside the city received a letter from Mayor Van Aartsen with the intention of imposing a two month area ban for the Schilderswijk, a working class and immigrant neighborhood in the center of the city. The mayor wants to use the so-called “Football Law,” which is now being used against political activists for the first time. In recent times, anarchists in The Hague have dealt with much repression, much of it directly from the mayor’s office.

50,000 euro damage claim for De Vloek eviction
On September 9, 2015, during the eviction of social center De Vloek which had been squatted for 13 years, ten people were arrested. Five of them remained in prison for two weeks after being accused of committing violence against the police. Several months after their release, the ten people who had been arrested received a letter from the mayor of The Hague with a 50,000 euro damage claim. Upon further investigation into the specifics of the amount of the claim, it was apparent that it was largely based on costs that had nothing to do with the eviction: the removal of containers full of rubble that was allegedly used to make barricades, guarding the terrain after the eviction (De Vloek was demolished directly after the eviction) and cleaning paint from paint bombs off of the street (the street wasn’t even cleaned, but repaved a few weeks after the eviction in accordance with scheduled maintenance).

This huge sum was not payed, which has resulted in a lawsuit that is still ongoing. The demand for such a high compensation doesn’t happen so often but is also not new. Earlier, after the eviction of the Ubica, a squat in Utrecht, an exorbitant sum for compensation was also demanded. The punishment of those who resist is not only accomplished through prison terms; they also try to drive the “guilty” to financial ruin. In this case, the punishment of people who resist against eviction is also the catalyst: The VVD, the political party of van Aartsen asked the city council to claim all of the “damage”.

Closing the Autonomous Center
The mayor however didn’t stop at the damage claim for the eviction of De Vloek. The Autonomous Center (AC) also had to pay the price. The AC was evicted from its location in the Bezuidenhout neighborhood after more than five years. Afterwards, three buildings were squatted on the Harstenhoekweg in order to continue with the activities of the AC.

The mayor tried to plan a scheme with the owner of one of the buildings to evict it because of alleged danger of asbestos. A lawsuit followed, which the mayor lost, and the building was not allowed to be evicted. A few months later, a letter arrived saying that the mayor intended to shut down the building where the AC is located because it would be housing an illegal cafe. This is how the mayor has tried to close places that are structurally important for the anarchist movement. The procedure to close AC is still ongoing.

Insurrection in the Schilderswijk
When Mitch Henriquez was choked to death by the police in 2015, thousands of people in the Schilderswijk rose up against the police and the state. Hundreds of people attacked the police station and there were four nights of clashes with the police. The insurrection was an expected reaction to the latest police murder and to the years of racist police brutality in the neighborhood.

For years, anarchists and anti-fascists have been taking action against racist police brutality in the neighborhood, and that is a thorn in the mayor’s side. Several neighborhood organizations tried to deal with the problem of police brutality, but all of these groups worked together with the police and the municipality, or they wanted to join them around the table. Anti-fascists and anarchists are always without compromise in the struggle against the police and their violent practices, and they will not work together with police or the municipal government. The mayor and police have devoted a lot of time to attempting to break the connection between anarchists and the neighborhood, and their protest. Officers went to community centers where flyers were spread to intimidate people into not working with anti-fascists and anarchists; otherwise it could have consequences for their subsidies. Police officers were also sent out to remove posters and demonstrations were prohibited by the mayor. During and before demonstrations, officers kept young people at a distance through intimidation.

This however did not yield the desired result. At several demonstrations, many residents of the neighborhood were present and after the murder of Mitch Henriquez the neighborhood rebelled en masse. Afterwards, the mayor in conjunction with the police tried to place the guilt on the anarchists, using them as a scapegoat while trying to break the solidarity of the neighborhood. This witch-hunt against anarchists continued at the end of April when an anarchist was arrested in the Schilderswijk on suspicion of having spread the Anarchist Newspaper, with a text about the insurrection in the Schilderswijk. The comrade was held for four days at the police station and accused of instigation against authority. Later on, a prison term of eight weeks was demanded, but acquittal followed. The Home Office has gone into appeals.

Besides the previous examples, anarchists and anti-fascists in The Hague can expect structural “special” attention from the police and the mayor. Demonstrations are prohibited, individual anarchists are intimidated on the street, there have been attempts by the police to win informants, and actions where anarchists are involved can expect a huge police presence.

Bureaucratic Repression
Besides the traditional forms of repression such as raids, arrests, and prison sentences, about which there is much anger in the anarchist movement, lately repression has manifested itself in a more subtle, bureaucratic and administrative form during the last period. This makes it more abstract and less susceptible to solidarity. If the walls of repression are clearly visible in the case of an imprisoned comrade, then in this form of repression, one gets caught in a web of ongoing lawsuits and appeals. In the case of the area ban, they are trying to break the active area of the struggle by forbidding certain people from stepping foot in a neighborhood where social struggle is happening and where it is being fought together.

We Are Not Victims
We don’t expect the repression to end here. The mayor and police will stick to the charted course. But we don’t feel in the least as if we are victims of repression. The police and mayor must decide for themselves if they want to have it out for a group of anarchists. Repression will not turn us into sitting ducks and apathetic victims. For every hit one of us takes, we will hit back. It only makes us more resolute to continue the struggle for unconditional freedom. Because we have nothing to lose but only to win, because we are like weeds that keep growing between the bricks of the stifling state, because their time has passed and the time for anarchy has come, and no police officer or mayor will stop us!

Our struggle for freedom is stronger than their repression!

Some Anarchists from The Hague

in German

Alabama, USA: Anarchist comrade Michael Kimble placed in segregation following the latest rebellion at Holman prison

On August 1st 2016, a riot erupted at Holman prison in Alabama following an altercation where several inmates and at least one prison guard were injured. Prisoners barricaded themselves inside the C-dorm, which houses 114 inmates, setting fires and resisting the antiriot squad (CERT) that arrived to suppress the rebellion. Power and water were shut off, and the entire prison was put on lockdown. This is only the most recent in a series of riots at Holman prison. In March 2016, the warden was stabbed when he set foot in the C-dorm, and prisoners rioted repeatedly, setting fires, putting up barricades, etc.

Below is a letter from anarchist comrade Michael Kimble, placed in segregation following the latest riot at Holman prison; received August 8th 2016 from Anarchy Live:

Continuous Rebellion

At the moment I’m writing from segregation (lockup) after being stripped, handcuffed, slapped, and placed here by the CERT (riot squad) on Monday, August 1, 2016 at approximately 11:45 pm. It’s now Wednesday and I haven’t been given my personal property (shoes/slides, soap, deodorant, clothes, toothbrush, etc.) nor have I received a 72 hour investigation notice as to why I’m being held in segregation.

I’m assuming that I’m being held for being involved in a rebellion (riot) that popped off on August 1, 2016 at around 3:06 pm. Initially there was a fight between prisoners, but escalated into a rebellion against the guards when they tried to intervene after being told numerous times that things were under control.

The guards didn’t listen and was chased out of C-dorm, which has become a space of self-governance and resistance against prison officials. Fires were set, control units taken.

I’m one of about ten prisoners who was also placed in segregation.

So, if you don’t hear from me personally, it means that all my property, including letters, addresses, phone numbers, have been destroyed or lost. I’ve had to borrow writing materials to get this out.

in Greek

[Greece / Cyprus] December 6th demonstrations and riots

December 6th demonstrations marking the seventh anniversary of the killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos were held in various Greek cities, such as Thessaloniki, Komotini, Ioannina, Karditsa, Lamia, Volos, Larissa, Trikala, Agrinio, Patras, Kalamata, Heraklion & Rethymno (Crete Island), Mytilini (Lesvos Island), and central Athens, but also in Limassol, Cyprus.

The main banner in Trikala read: “Onward for an indefinite Black December – Because no December is ever finished (A)CAB”.

One of the slogans chanted in Mytilini was: “Koumis, Kanellopoulou, Michalis Kaltezas, Alexis Grigoropoulos, this is Hellas,” in reference to young people who lost their lives at the hands of Greek police (the university student Iakovos Koumis and the worker Stamatina Kanellopoulou were killed by cops in November 1980; their skulls were crushed by savage beatings).

Late evening rioting occurred in cities such as Komotini, Agrinio, Volos, Kalamata, and Heraklion, while a third night of clashes in Exarchia lasted for several hours.

Footage from Athens / Exarchia:

Footage from Komotini, northern Greece:

Greece: Rage in the streets of central Athens

November 12th rioting:

Riots broke out in the streets of central Athens on November 12th 2015, day of general strike. Before the morning demonstration, hooded protesters chased a team of uniformed cops who were patrolling on foot near the Archeological Museum, in Patission Street, and beat up at least one of the pigs. Just after Omonoia Square, a Bazaar supermarket chain store, which was open despite the general strike, was trashed until its managers lowered the roller shutters. A little further on, near the Old Parliament building, a minivan belonging to OTE telecommunications company was burned. Rioters smashed street furniture (bus stops, traffic lights, etc.) and spray-painted anarchist slogans on the walls along Stadiou Street. At Syntagma Square, anti-riot squads who were guarding the luxury hotel Grande Bretagne on Vasileos Georgiou Street were attacked with firebombs. At the lower side of Syntagma, the ministry of Economy was also attacked with Molotov cocktails. At the upper side, in front of the Parliament, a giant Greek flag was removed; the patriots that tried to retrieve it were beaten (several times), and later their shitty rag was burned. A quick Molotov cocktail attack was also carried out against anti-riot squads next to the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. As the demonstration was nearing its end, the Bank of Greece building on Panepistimiou Street was attacked with fire, and clashes with cops took place near the Propylaea. These are only a few moments that we witnessed ourselves, together with other comrades. No arrests or injured protesters were reported.

Among other incendiary slogans, “Organising informally and insurrectionally, Black December in the whole wide Earth” was chanted (which is devoid of rhyme in its English translation, but shows we are warming up over here).

Some individualities that joined clashes in downtown Athens that day released a text, stating among others: “On November 12th, we also participated in the general strike with the clear objective of clashing; a clash that is not framed in the context of regaining our labour rights, or any sort of humanisation of the system. We clashed with the aim of highlighting the insurrectionary practice, with a view to sharpening and making it long-lasting, in the face of every authoritarian institution or relation. (…) We also call for a Black December, for the coordination and organisation of insurrectionary, polymorphous anarchy. Discourse without praxis is not more orphaned than praxis without discourse. (Signed:) A street group.”

November 17th rioting:

This year’s November 17th marked the 30th anniversary of the murder of 15-year-old Michalis Kaltezas, shot dead by the cop Athanassios Melistas on the sidewalk of Stournari Street. On November 17th 1985, Michalis Kaltezas was killed by a police bullet in the back of his head as he was running towards Exarchia Square along with other anarchists and rioters who had firebombed a police bus of the MAT anti-riot squads.

On November 17th 2015, after the annual commemoration of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising against the regime of the colonels, and once the peaceful demonstration in Athens was finished, several hundred hooded rioters took to the streets of Exarchia and clashed with police forces, from about 8pm until the small hours of November 18th. Rioters used all available materials – stones, sticks, Molotov cocktails, flares, etc. – to attack anti-riot squads and teams of plainclothes cops. Also, a car was set on fire in Stournari Street. That night, amid flaming barricades and clouds of tear gas, rioters stormed a Bazaar supermarket at Soultani Street en masse, completely looting and vandalising the store.

At least six people were arrested downtown, before the commemoration demo and during late-night clashes.

Some of the slogans that were shouted during the street clashes in Exarchia:

“That’s right, that’s right, that’s right, bursts of Kalashnikov to make it stick in your mind”

“One does not kneel before Democracy – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire”

“Scumbags Snitches Journalists”

“Cops Pigs Murderers”

“One – three, Christos Tsoutsouvis” (In memory of acratist urban guerrilla Christos Tsoutsouvis, who executed three cops on May 15th 1985 in Athens, during a shootout in the neighbourhood of Gyzi, before he fell by police bullets.)

footage by “ALFA TV” comrades

Stockholm: Concerning the Rågsved riots

(smashed windows of cop station)

Saturday the 6th of December 2014, a group of individuals attacked the existing order. In Rågsved and Hagsätra, in the south of Stockholm, the dogs of the State were attacked with molotovs, stones and firecrackers. Following this event, the local cop station got smashed and several cars were burned. Of the present troublemakers ten were unfortunately arrested the same night and one only shortly thereafter.*

The cops are eagerly searching for the rest of the participants. The cops are also making their greatest efforts into understanding why someone planned such a deed; for planned it was, according to everybody who so far allowed themselves to make a statement about the occurrences.

Why shouldn’t be so hard to understand, even for a bigoted constable. As soon as someone tries to take back their freedom, which belongs to every living being, the uniforms are building lines, ready to harm, lock up and even kill, just to keep us all enslaved.

If we take a look back at our normality, we see that direct violence from the State and its institutions is not the most freedom-killing one, but rather carries with it a catalytic potential for revolt. No, the worst of all, and what could make the most freedom-committed of individuals rot away in a concrete landscape, is the bureaucratically administrated power: the Job centre, the Tax office, the Social insurance authority, the Social security administration, the Migration authority, the Prison institution, the Juvenile office, the Bailiffs and all of their capitalist collaborators (career coaching firms, asylum entrepreneurs, debt collectors, “children entrepreneurs”, etc.). Together with the morals enforced by society, telling us how to act and what our obligations are as slaves; religious and patriarchal structures in families and local communities… You should want to work, but no one wants to hire you. You get a job, but you’re not paid any money. You are promised asylum, but in the end you still have to go underground. You are supposed to be eager to learn, but your intelligence is defamed. It should come as no surprise that, because of all this, a hatred towards the existent is formulated, and conscious steps are taken to attack it. Rather it is worrying that so many keep submitting to these social relations.

They who chose to act in conflict with society this Saturday did so with still unknown intentions. It is also not of great importance. The important thing is to state that they attacked power relations which keep us all in place, and that eleven people are currently locked up accused of these events.

So many of us carry these committed actions in our visions and on a small scale in our everyday lives, but so often let convenience keep us away from carrying them out… No matter their motives, they did not choose convenience…

We don’t care whether they’re guilty or not; eleven individuals are locked up accused of attacking authorities. The least we can do is show our solidarity as anti-authoritarian freedom fighters. And solidarity is best expressed through actions…

For burning institutions and bruised up cops!

Anarchists in solidarity

* On the 9th of December the eleven arrested individuals were released but still suspected of arson, rioting, violence against officials among other things. Most of the accused were under 18.

A brief report from the December 6th riot of Helsinki

The banner on the left reads “let’s stop the cuts, collectivize everything” and on the right “class war now”

On the Finnish independence day 6th of December there was a big riot (on local scale) in the capital Helsinki and the police estimates that a 100 000 euros worth on property was destroyed.

December 6th is the national independence day of Finland. It is a day when the nationalists and the elite celebrate “an united Finnish nation” and lost wars in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on taxpayers money, while the elite and politicians have driven harsh austerity measures for everybody (except for themselves, obviously).

In the past years anarchists and autonomous leftists have organized pretty peaceful demonstrations against these rich people’s bacchanals in front of the Palace. This custom had been going on for over 10 years until the 6th of December last year when the Presidential Palace was under renovation and the rich celebrated in the old working class city of Tampere instead. Local anarchists organized a demonstration against nationalism, which turned out to be the biggest riot of Finland in decades. Though this was hardly a riot on international scale, it gave a huge boost to the anarchist movement and it was the headline of every paper for a week or so. The police was completely unprepared, and the 500 demonstrators fought with them successfully and then went on to the city center smashing windows of malls and banks and other symbols of power and capital.

After the humiliating failure by cops, the parliament issued more money for crowd control gear and the police had trained strategies for riot situations. They have also practised dominating tactics in the demonstrations earlier this year. For example they confiscated anarchists’ and the Left-Youths flags in the May Day demonstrations in Tampere and Helsinki as they were considered as “weapons”. Due to the police actions, nobody expected this year’s demonstration to be anywhere near as successful as last year.

This year’s demonstration was again organized by anarchists and the theme was “from the suburbs to the Palace” and the place of assembly was in Itäkeskus, a suburb in east-Helsinki, which population mainly consists of immigrants and poor people. The start of the demo was very calm, with some 300 people enjoying subversive rap artists and vegan food. The place was well chosen as it managed to attract local hood kids and immigrants and other people who rarely attend to demonstrations.

After the gigs had ended the demonstration started to march towards the local metro station. A lot of people did not expect that cops would let the crowd into the metro, as the station was surrounded with dozens of riot police. To my and others’ amazement they did let us through and the demonstrators packed into the train. The cops were expecting for the demo to get off in the Central Railway Station where they had centered most of the crowd control units. The demo however departed at different station which totally confused the cops. When the demo hit the streets, people started smashing the windows of pretty well chosen businesses, for example the air ventilation of Subway and McDonald’s restaurants was improved. People threw fire crackers and burned flares and were shouting chants like “class war”and “what do the people want? ANARCHY!”. After a while the cops managed to regroup and reached the demo to escort it to a location of their choise. They tried to move the demo to the designated area well away from the Presidential Palace and there were minor confrontations between the demonstrators and the police. The demo managed however to break out from the police escort and it took a good long time for the police to outnumber the demonstrators again.

The demo headed for the upper class parts of the city smashing windows and damaging expensive cars and spray painting slogans. People also tore down Finnish flags and burned a couple of them. After a long while the police managed to surround the demo, but after one unsuccessful attempt of breaking through which led to some arrests, the demonstration managed to escape the siege and went on to one of the richest areas of the city. A lot of property was damaged ranging from traffic signs to jewelry stores.

Finally the police managed to surround the demonstration again. This didn’t calm the rioting though and a lot of people and most of the rioters managed escape for the last time before dispersing through one buildings inner courtyard. Some 100 people couldn’t get away however and they had to stay put for three hours. Finally the police let some of the people go and arrested the rest after filming everybody stating their name and social security and so on.

At the end of the night some 30 people were arrested including reporters and hang-arounds, most of which hadn’t participated in the destruction of property. All the same they were charged with rioting, assaulting and not complying with police’s orders. The police estimated that over 100 000 euros worth of property were damaged or destroyed.

In conclusion the night was a great success on the anarchists’ part and the demo managed attract people who hadn’t been in any kind of demonstrations before. Of course this kind of demonstrations are just a small part of the everyday class struggle, but it gave the participants a great experience and hopefully this tradition continues next year.

More photos from the demonstration here.

Athens: Exarchia riots in solidarity with anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos

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.

Solidarity means attack.

Athens: Second announcement from the occupied Polytechnic School after Exarchia riots, 2/12/2014

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

Assembly of the occupied Polytechnic School
Athens, 2/12/14

USA: Missouri Prison Newsletter, Issue #6 – Ferguson

Summer In The City
A Prisoner Publication For Missouri and Beyond, September-October 2014

The Missouri Prison Newsletter is distributed to (about 150) people in prisons across the US, but focusing on those incarcerated in Missouri and Illinois.

This issue focuses specifically on the recent uprisings in Ferguson, MO, and contains original personal accounts of the riots, analysis and a timeline of the uprisings as they unfolded.

The previous five issues are available on Anti-State STL.

You might also want to check out these links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Sweden: A comment on the recent riots in Rinkeby, Stockholm

(picture from last year’s riots in the same suburb)

Hidden underneath the media spectacle around the 2013 early summer riots in the suburbs of Stockholm (Husby being the epicentre) lies the constant social tension in segregated areas of Sweden (see Social tension and anarchist intervention in Sweden, in Avalanche #2, p.23).

Rinkeby, a suburb neighbouring to Husby, turned up the heat again. This time, it did not spread further than the nearby suburb. On July 23rd, 2014, in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta there was a car chase that ended in a crash; as the cops made an arrest, it turned into a scuffle. Shortly after this incident, there was another car chase which stopped not far from the centre of Rinkeby, in western Stockholm. As the cops tried to tow the car, they found themselves in a really aggressive tension and left the area. An hour later, the car was set on fire. The fire brigade arrived, followed by police for their protection, and immediately the cops were attacked with stones, and decided to get out of there. Soon they were back for another burning car, this time with secured vehicles, but were so massively attacked that they retreated for the third time. The continuation of unrest took the form of several torched cars, motorcycles, even buildings. The night between the 23rd and the 24th, riots broke out in Rinkeby; one person got arrested, and several were interrogated and released later on. In the night of the 24th cars were set on fire, but there were no confrontations. The following night, July 25th, there was car burning again, this time also in Husby.

The media learned from last year’s escalation, admonished by the cops, to not report and exaggerate around the rioting, and so there were only a handful of media articles. Their coverage was only given the perspectives of the nasty creatures called social workers, cops and “people who live there.” And where last year there were more and louder radical voices involved in public discussions, there was now no room for such perspectives. The social workers and the so called “people who live there” (of course, well-chosen people who want to lick the asses of the authorities shiningly clean, and not the majority of residents) were given space to express their hatred for disorder, anarchy and destruction, and their love for cops, order and democracy.

What is, however, interesting is that riots erupt nationwide in segregated areas every now and then. It is not all uncommon. In Araby, Växjö, in Gottsunda, Uppsala, in Bergsjön and Hammarkullen, Göteborg, and so on… There is no question about why the mentioned areas are the ones where unrest erupts. The poorest part of the population lives there, outlaws and outcasts live there, prison birds and mentally disorderly live there, and the population is growing with an increasing number of those who don’t fit in the disgusting normality of the “Svensson” (Swedish for “Average Joe”), and more and more people who are seeking refuge from war and disasters – partly created with guns produced by Bofors and other Swedish arms manufacturing companies – end up there.

The suburban tensions don’t seem to decline and decrease, quite the opposite, and the breeding ground for society-threatening alliances and possibilities to expand these tensions will be potential as ever before.

What are we waiting for?

Attack and reject authority, now and always!

Greece: Call for solidarity gathering at the courthouse in Amfissa

Almost seven years after the Malandrino prison riot, some of the rebellious prisoners stand trial in the town of Amfissa.
The poster reads:

When spring began at Malandrino prison…

Thousands of prisoners flourished on rooftops, in dark corridors and fetid wings almost in every prison across Greece’s territory. A spark was enough for them to shake off the everyday oppression, humiliations and absolutely demarcated unfreedom, like hell and high lightning, by crossing even temporarily the liberating paths of resistance and struggle.

The black smoke from the burnt mattresses, the damaged prison cells, the smashed physical infrastructure of the prisons, but also clouds of tear gases, a rain of plastic bullets and merciless beatings with the batons of humanguards and anti-riot squadrons, bear witness to the battles that took place.

However the vengefulness of Power toward those who challenged its rule did not limit itself to the broken and wounded bodies of prison inmates or the disciplinary penalties imposed on them inside the hellholes. Over the years, until today, Power dragged dozens of rebellious prisoners to civil courts, accusing them of various “offenses” that took place during the combatant mobilizations of those days in April 2007.

After nearly 7 years, some of the rioters of Malandrino prison are asked to pay the same price for those amazingly beautiful and strong days and nights, when the struggle met springtime without the distorting lens of walls or barbed wires.

SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON

Gathering at Amfissa courthouse
February 11th, 2014 at 9am

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Germany: Reportback from the streets of Hamburg on December 21st, 2013

Thousands of people came to Hamburg on the 21st of December to participate in the protest against the eviction of the Rote Flora squat, for a right to stay for refugees, and to show solidarity to the evicted residents of the Esso houses. Everybody knew that it would be a chaotic day, with thousands of autonomous activists and thousands of riotcops standing against each other in Hamburg. Still, everything went differently than we first thought it would go.

The pre-gathering in front of the Rote Flora squat was scheduled to begin at 2pm, and the big international demonstration was due for 3pm. Thousands of people gathered there already at noon. The atmosphere was great; people were full of enthusiasm and wanted to take the protest to the street. So, finally shortly after 3pm, the march started. Not only was it one of the biggest demonstrations of the year but also the shortest. The police stopped the march under a bridge after 20 meters. Cops immediately used pepper spray and batons to force the activists to stop. A few seconds later, two water cannons also came to push back the demo to where it started.

Then activists responded with stones, bottles and fireworks against the police. People were being pushed back, because more and more cops stormed against the crowd, hitting almost everyone in their way. In the end it seemed like, even though there were hundreds of protesters fighting the cops, they had no chance because there were hundreds if not thousands of cops in full body armor attacking them again and again. Another problem was that there was very little material to throw at the police. Many people had prepared themselves for street fights with the cops that day, but were initially paralyzed because of how fast the police escalated violence. Activists built barricades out of trashcans, benches and tables from restaurants nearby. After 30 minutes of clashes, the police managed to gain control of most of the place in front of the Rote Flora. By then everybody had accepted the fact that there would not be a large demonstration in Hamburg that day. So people just used a different strategy to take the protest to the streets.

Shortly after the police attacked the demo, some activists already tried to get away; people realized that the demonstration would not go on, so they wanted to leave the location and start their own actions in the city. Even though almost every street was blocked by hundreds of riotcops, many activists managed to leave the scenery. Then they formed spontaneous demonstrations in the entire city. Sometimes demos with only 50 people and sometimes demos with over 1,000 people walking through the streets, attacking cops, banks, shops (big corporations like McDonalds and Vodafone) while building barricades. Long into the night you could hear fireworks and people shouting slogans in all of Hamburg. People didn’t wait for someone to start the action; they started it themselves again and again. The police mostly just tried to chase us away and stop direct actions, because as it seems they didn’t have enough capacities to make a lot more than twenty arrests with charges that day.

It is hard to say whether this was a ‘victory’ or a ‘loss’ for the protest. We did not manage to demonstrate like we first wanted. The police clearly wanted to stop the process of combining three main struggles in Hamburg: Rote Flora squat, refugee struggle and Esso houses. On the other hand, Hamburg has seen the biggest riots in recent years, and after decentralizing the protest the police lost control of the situation.

I personally think it was a good day. Activists showed that an eviction of the Rote Flora squat would not be tolerated and it would end in absolute chaos for the Hamburg’s government, the police and the Capital. It is always nice to experience situations where the cops have to turn around and just run…

Flora bleibt! Rote Flora squat stays!

Finland: Meanwhile, in Tampere…

There’s big news in Finland right now. An estimated 500 people protested the December 6 presidential celebration in Tampere during ice hockey demo against nationalism and capitalism. Banks and department store windows were smashed and cops attacked.

December 6 is Independence Day. It’s also the day of annual elite party organized by the Finnish President. Normally their celebrations are held in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, but this year the palace was under renovation, so they moved their nationalist and elitist party to the Tampere Hall.

In 1918, Tampere was the stronghold of the Reds during the Civil War. We haven’t forgotten that. In the central square and surrounding areas thousands of revolutionaries were killed. We wanted to show that there are still revolutionaries here, that we haven’t forgotten our past. A demonstration was organized with the all so popular ice hockey theme. The name of course was ‘Ice Hockey Gatecrasher Party’ (Kiakkovierasjuhlat).

“Citizenship is an illusion – Down with the State!”

Some national flags were stolen and trashed by hockey-people; others were taken down by the cops to prevent stealing.

About 500 demonstrators participated; some faithful to the hockey theme, others to pyrotechnics. We didn’t manage to gatecrash the presidential gala, but the reality of class society was heard during the night and the next days in all major newspapers, that appeared shocked about the broken windows and injured cops.

The demonstration went on to side streets after the police stopped us from walking the main street. When most people thought the protest had ended and already left the scene, some participants wanted to get back to the presidential celebration venue. At this point, one arrest was made. After they went back to the fences at the Tampere Hall and managed to provoke and attack the cops one more time, most people gradually left, and police arrested individuals quite randomly.

In total 28 people were arrested. They were let out the next couple of days with minor charges and fines ranging from 60 to 200 euros.

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Turkey: Fans of three major football teams marched as İstanbul United

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Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş

On June 8th, in İstanbul, Çarşı group gathered at approximately 7pm in the district of Beşiktaş and marched to Taksim Square.

They have also hanged this banner from the Atatürk Cultural Centre, in Taksim (Optik, pictured on the banner, is a man that formed Çarşı and gave Beşiktaş sport club’s supporters a political perspective). Çarşı group have been very brave and effective during the clashes, and have enormous support from people. Continue reading Turkey: Fans of three major football teams marched as İstanbul United

İstanbul: Reportback from Beşiktaş and Taksim

The TV channel CNNtürk broadcasted a documentary about penguins at the same time that thousands of people were clashing out on the streets, so somebody made this video to mock them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRZJhszz-6Q

In the morning of June 3rd, after two days of heavy clashes in the district of Beşiktaş, police presence there was huge. Cops were deployed in Abbasağa Park and Dolmabahçe in huge numbers, and around the Beşiktaş Square in smaller groups.

In the afternoon, high school students were gathered in the entrance of Çarşı, all dressed in black in order to show their solidarity with Gezi Park resisters. They were chanting slogans, while police kept away from them. At about 9pm, people in all of the surrounding neighbourhoods appeared on windows of the houses and made noise with their metal pots and spoons, or whatever they were able to find to join the noise protest. This went on for maybe half an hour.

Thousands of people assembled in Taksim again, in the 6th day of the occupation of Taksim Gezi Park. Police forces were located on Dolmabahçe Gazhane Road, east of İnönü Stadium. Resisters on İnönü Road (Gümüşsuyu) built new barricades all the way down to the stadium. There were 7 to 8 barricades along that road. Clashes on this avenue continued for hours, starting in the evening and lasting till late at night. Repression squads were using tear gas of course, but this time it was heavier and denser, because even people far away from the area where the tear gas bombs fell were badly affected. Continue reading İstanbul: Reportback from Beşiktaş and Taksim

Turkey: Raw news from the Taksim Gezi Park struggle and ongoing riots

Banner on Lesvos Island (opposite Turkish shores): ‘Solidarity with the rebels in Turkey’

On June 1st we were in Taksim at about 3pm. After clashes that started in the morning, police was forced to leave the area. The cops disappeared for some hours. For two hours there was no police presence in any area in downtown İstanbul (European side). People occupied the Taksim Square and Gezi Park. The number of people was huge. All of the park, square and roads that lead to this area were full of people. All the construction barriers that were closing the west side of the park were destroyed by protesters. Some of the police barriers were removed and were thrown down to the road that goes to the newly constructed underground tunnel. Others were used in the barricades built by protesters. The police hut in the south of the park looking down the square was set on fire and the anti-riot vehicle left there by police was destroyed, too. One police car in the same place was turned over and destroyed as well. People were filled with joy and they were taking souvenir photos in front of the destroyed vehicles and building. North of the Park is Hyatt Regency hotel and at the entrance garden of the hotel there was a police car thrown into the pool. Four public buses were left at the crossroad that is near and were also damaged.

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At around 6pm we learned from our comrades that clashes started to take place in Beşiktaş, where the office/house of Tayyip Erdogan is located. People were attacking from four directions: from the Beşiktaş Square (east), Dolmabahçe road (west), Akaretler (northwest) and Ortabahçe road (north). Police was stuck there with four anti-riot vehicles with water cannons and around 150 police officers at the entrance of Hayrettin İskelesi street. At all directions barricades were erected. After some hours police was able to push people, and repression forces expanded. New barricades were set on Mumcu Bakka street and Süleyman Seba road to prevent the police force from entering the Çarşı, which is the bazaar area of Beşiktaş where people hang out. Police used plastic bullets when the people’s attack intensified. Clashes continued till around 1.30am (2/6). Finally police used excessive amount of gas bombs to disperse the crowd, and people left the barricades and took shelter in the shops and bars around, or regrouped in inner streets of Beşiktaş.

Meanwhile resisters in Taksim built huge barricades on the roads and streets around the square and Gezi Park all night. Also, people torched construction vehicles. Buses, cars, construction materials, police barriers, thrash containers, etc. were used as barricades. Continue reading Turkey: Raw news from the Taksim Gezi Park struggle and ongoing riots

Solidarity with the rebels in Stockholm

“We don’t want a slice of cake;
we want the whole bakery…burned down.”

Solidarity with the rebels in Stockholm!

For five nights people in and around Stockholm have taken to the streets to militantly express their dissatisfaction with the injustices of the system, and the society that results from them. After years of bullying from the police, schools, kindergartens, and other state institutions, the murder of an elderly man by the police in the suburb of Husby was the final straw.

Night after night, angry people return to the streets and rebel against everything that oppresses and annihilates them and their lives. Thus, during the last 5 nights, in and around Stockholm, 4 police stations, kindergartens, and schools have been attacked with stones or with fire. About 100 cars have been torched, and cops have been pelted with stones.

To us, this is not desperate, mindless rioting. To us they are targeted attacks on diverse forms of authority! The authority that, from childhood on, forces people in to any kind of productivity, from kindergarten through school. From physical appearance, to housing, and to work. The authority that tries to squeeze any rebellious thoughts into the costumes of conformity. However, in the end, this shitty system just doesn’t have enough place for everyone, no matter how well the costume fits. Thus we were not surprised now when debates about failed integration, poor education and the poor work prospects of people from the suburbs broke out. But these discussions are not ours, since we can do without state “benefits” in the form of integration, education and work, which mean nothing other than social pacification, just as we can do without state “benefits” in the form of surveillance and police.

Repression and peace are two sides of the same coin, that of false freedom.

The clean image of the social Sweden begins to crumble! Finally! In a pacified country like Sweden, where even the DIY scene is given state money so that they can buy squatted houses from the city in order to preserve the “social peace” and avoid resistance, the facade begins to crumble and out comes the disgusting state racism, the everyday harassment, and now also, for days on end, the incredibly hypocritical media discourse about the so-called “urban underclass”.

We are pleased by every rebellious act that spits in the face of the system! After all we are imprisoned as well in a cage that calls itself democracy! We hate this State and everyone who supports it.

Solidarity with all insurgents!
Best wishes and strength to the rebels of Sweden!

For Anarchy!

(May 2013)

Argentina: The Indignity of Normalcy

From Boletín La Oveja Negra:

While in various places around the world an incipient aggression begins to materialize, show itself and organize, in the Argentine State the mass of the population is living in a kind of bubble. Simply criticizing the government is enough to put you on one side, and you are put on the other side if you do the same to the corporations. So, although nobody knows for sure what defines one side or the other, there do seem to be two of them…

In recent times, politics has more easily been stripped down to simple questions of identity. The slogan of the broad anti-Kirchner spectrum was “N8: I’m going”[1] while government supporters of all stripes responded with “N8: I’m not going.” But since when is it important to announce that one will not respond to a call for action? Perhaps since the rise of addiction to Facebook and its customs, or since politics has shown itself in its most miserable aspect: the assignment of an identity to everyone, which brings with it the feeling of belonging to a group or faction. In this way, debates are just appendices that are used simply to reinforce a party line chosen in advance, and not one that has been chosen based on its veracity or the strength of its claims. Because they can serve just as well for one end as for another, the point of any argument is not to make sense, but to impose one’s own sensibility. “One’s own” is just a saying here, because these sensibilities are nothing more than the reasoning of one bourgeois faction or the other.

These “debates” that are presented as the center of discussion are nothing more than the unimportant filler in an identity that, when it’s not consuming a religion or a football team, does the same with politics. Personal discussions have taken on the televisual dynamics that nursed them: newscasting formats, pseudo-investigations, and reruns. Neighbors, family members, workmates and Internet communities talk as if they were parts of a televised panel discussion, in which nothing more is at stake than opinions. Meanwhile, everyday life continues on, immutable…

Without the bombardment of the mass media, this mise en scène would be quite different — as many inter-bourgeois struggles would play out in office blocks behind closed doors, or in bank accounts. But both factions have enlisted the pressure of the citizenry — that is to say, the reduction to the category of citizen of everyone who lives in Argentina, without distinction of social class, caught between two options of repression and exploitation. Hence the importance of D7 (December 7th) and the “media law”[2].

Even for the most thoughtful intellectuals — from one faction or the other — the much-criticized “idiot box” would begin to display something more than idiocies, depending on the TV owner.

The importance given to D7, beyond the inconclusive result of the legal conflict, is due to the ability of the two sides to continue fortifying their position, and above all the idea that it is impossible to be outside the “discussion”. Thus, just as the right to vote is defended despite the understanding that “they’re all the same shit anyway”, people talk about freedom of expression but have nothing new to say, and much less desire to generate their own means to express it. As with all democratic liberties, expression is controlled by the State and defined by the Capital. If you want to radically critique their imposed order, it is not recommended to trust legislation in order to do so, in the same way that using the enemy’s media to make your own voice heard has never brought good results.

We are more politicized by the day, but in the worst sense of the term — every day we are more citizen-ized, more institutionalized. The 2001 rebel slogan “que se vayan todos” (“They all must go”) is ridiculed as infantile, thick-headed, as an example of “how bad we were then, and how good we are now,” according to supporters of the government. And when the opposition drags it out as a memory, it simultaneously builds the myth of the glorious Argentine people, who threw down a government. Thus, the cacerolazos (pot-and-pan marches) are removed from their context of assemblies, pickets and organization. They are deprived of their content, and of the real potential held by “que se vayan todos.” Continue reading Argentina: The Indignity of Normalcy