[2013 Aachen bank robbery case] In December 2016, an anarchist from Amsterdam was acquitted of a bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2013.
[2014 Aachen bank robbery case]
Since early 2017, two comrades from Barcelona stood trial for a Pax-Bank expropriation that took place in Aachen in 2014:
On June 7th 2017, anarchist compañera Lisa was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison, while the other comrade (who recently wrote a thank-you note) was acquitted by the Aachen court.
After being sentenced and sent to Cologne’s prison, the compañera decided to publish her contact address: Lisa Buchnummer: 2893/16/7
Justizvollzuganstanlt (JVA) Köln
50827 Köln – Germany
Lisa speaks Spanish, German, English and Italian, and she will be glad to receive your letters.
That other forms of solidarity continue to be expressed with her and all other prisoners. That prisoners always remain a part of social struggles and be embedded in all actions of the social war. For anarchy.
During the June 14th demonstration in Paris, comrades of AGB (Anarchist Group from Bern) carried a banner in solidarity with political prisoners in Greece, Switzerland and elsewhere, reading: “Whoever forgets the prisoners of social war has forgotten the war! Freedom for Nikos Maziotis, Marco Camenisch & members of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. ”
Received June 26th along with the images:
Unions and revolutionary groups called for a mass street protest on June 14th 2016 in France. Hundreds of thousands participated in the demonstration against new reforms to labor laws, capitalism and state oppression. In addition, many people from all over Europe went to Paris to show solidarity with the movement.
Reacting to the dynamic protest of the people the police governed by the left government attacked with tear gas, flash bangs, baton charges and water cannons. Hundreds were injured; in one case a person nearly died because he was hit by a tear gas shell.
With our banner we wanted to draw attention to all the prisoners who couldn’t fight by our side that day. For example, in Greece there is currently a trial going on against 22 Anarchists. Nikos Maziotis, another Anarchist and Member of the group Revolutionary Struggle, was sentenced to life because he participated in armed struggle.
Since the protests in France started, three months ago, nearly 500 people were arrested by now.
There are thousands of revolutionaries all over the world who are jailed because they fought for a free society.
Whoever forgets the prisoners of social war has forgotten the war!
Note from Contra Info: We received the following text on March 6th 2015, accompanied by this short introduction that precedes.
The following communiqué has arrived for its dissemination and claims the explosive attack at dawn on March 6th at a bank branch (Banamex) located in the municipality of Ecatepec de Morelos (in the State of Mexico), in Morelos street, near the corner of 9 de Junio Street, opposite the sports centre Siervo de la Nación. We call for the total destruction of the Capital and all civilisation that’s under its present yoke. Let us fight and act directly for total liberation. We agree that the war socially and against ourselves is here and now. Solidarity with all anarchist comrades imprisoned around the world.
“… and say that there is no creation without destruction. The very notion of bringing some new beauty into being implies that an old ugliness has been swept away or blown up. Beauty defines itself in part (but precisely) by destroying the ugliness which is not itself.” Hakim Bey
To all those who are fighting for freedom.
To all our affinities.
To refractory comrades worldwide.
To those who think of wild action more than well-regulated schemes.
Beyond the conventional struggle that is taking place every day in the streets and that fearfully proposes to fight the political system step by step through worn-out and deceptive tactics of “well-behaved” social activists within the framework of legality, we say that the frontal action of combat against the symbols of the Capital is underway at different levels of intensity. We have recognised that we are part of the social war that the state is waging at all levels: from the submission of the student and worker to the imposed conditioning of the social role, to the Capital’s business decisions that consequently cause hunger and poverty; war is here and it is our duty to ourselves to have to confront it as such.
We have the affinity to say that our clandestinity permeates beyond and despite ourselves, since we are not willing to accept doctrinaire thinking and its consequential daily inactivity, waiting for the true organisation of the masses. May positivist science burn to the ground, along with all its categorical imperatives that claim to hold the absolute truth! Specifically, we seek to destroy not only the symbols of the Capital and money, but also those who represent the deontological truth of this society. War is against the institutions of oppression whatever their name is, courts, prisons, schools, research institutes, psychiatric hospitals of the mind, barracks, or the usual places where politicians and businesspeople take refuge.
We do not claim ourselves as role models or icons to follow, our action is here and now, and we don’t idealise progressive historical events that prevent us to strike the real enemy, and even more so, lead us to deal with enemies right next to us, hesitating to think about their annihilation at the appropriate moment. The structure of Power is visible; instead, we remain in the invisibility of the moment, we are here and elsewhere, we are temporal but also permanent, we take the consequent action as far as we take ourselves. We will not repent to inflict the necessary blows, we’ll be annoying, and the ones whom everyone rejects, but we’ll still be those who act under the heaviest oppression. By all means possible we will get to fight for freedom.
We take this opportunity to send solidarity greetings to all the comrades incarcerated in the different prisons of the world. Rest assured that we will avenge your confinement. To compa Nikos Maziotis, Compa Chivo, Tamara Sol, Diego Ríos, Fernando Barcenas, Fernando Sotelo, to all compas in Chile and all the clandestine comrades on the run, especially Felicity Ryder and compa Mario Tripa, to the comrades in Greek and Italian prisons.
Social war and war against ourselves!
For the expansion of chaos and insurrection.
Urban Cell of Immediate Action “Iknoyotl”
[the meaning of iknoyotl in Nahuatl is orphanhood/misery/poverty]
On February 24th, 2015, anarchist prisoner Emma Sheppard was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court for “committing criminal damage recklessly endangering life.” The charge relates to damage of police cars in the Bristol area.
Emma can receive cards, stamps and stationery.
Please write letters of solidarity to: Emma Sheppard A7372DJ
HMP Send, Ripley Road
GU23 7LJ (England, UK)
[Note: Change of address as of March 12th]
For donations, news & any other solidarity efforts email:
Note from Contra Info:
This is the first conviction under Operation Rhone; an investigation led by 10 CID officers to investigate over 100 actions of anonymous attack in the Bristol areaover the past four years, gather intelligence on the broader anarchist movement, as well as hunting for the fugitive comrade Badger, who fled in August 2011. However, Emma’s arrest and guilty plea relating to a sabotage on New Year’s Eve appears to be a stand-alone case and was not the result of Op Rhone work – even if they got involved afterwards.
On November 28th, comrades in Santiago decided to attack a public transport line with the purpose of calling for a Black December in memory of Sebastián Oversluij, anarchist killed in December 2013 during a failed bank expropriation. This action was also intended to express solidarity with imprisoned compañera Tamara Sol Farías Vergara, as well as other fighters prosecuted, incarcerated or fallen in combat. Once the public transport bus was engulfed in flames, they threw pyrotechnics to make their rage and rebellion flash more forcefully. “(…) We call for a Black December in memory of comrade Sebastian Oversluij. Solidarity with Tamara Sol Vergara. Hans Niemeyer, Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar to the streets! Strength to comrade Nikos Romanos. An affectionate embrace to the comrades who attacked the PDI. Mauricio Morales and Sebastian Oversluij present!”
On November 26th, comrades carried out a direct action outside the Juan Gómez Millas campus in Santiago, erecting street barricades and blocking the traffic for almost an hour. A young student, who had nothing to do with the action, was arrested by cops. An anonymous communiqué mentions among others: “(…) May our ideals live in everyday and violent action. A salute to the combatants: Juan Aliste Vega, Marcelo Villarroel, Freddy Fuentevilla, Carlos Quiduleo, Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova, Guillermo Duran, Alejandro Astorga, Sol Vergara and all prisoners in the territory occupied by the State of Chile, as well as to Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, to the prisoners of Mexico, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, to Nikos Romanos and Yannis Michailidis, both on hunger strike demonstrating that the anti-authoritarian struggle does not end in prison, but another breach opens from there, other means to keep blowing out the existent. Also all our love and memory to our comrades who have fallen in combat Claudia Lopez, Jhony Cariqueo, Mauricio Morales, Sebastian Oversluij, Jorge Saldivia, the latter two brothers killed in bank robberies. All our loving remembrance will always take the form of fire and war against every authority. Long live anarchy.”
The FAI Torches in the Night/Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility for burning a vehicle in the service of the French multinational GDF Suez on November 25th in the Long Ashton area, Bristol (England), where they also torched an audacious 4×4, two luxury sports cars and a vehicle of OCS, one of the top security companies in the UK, in revenge for Rémi Fraisse, the nuclear industry, the prison society and the Green Capital: “(…) Against class society and industrial development, even and especially the green-washed ones – Victory for ZAD/Testet and ZAD/Notre-Dames-des-Landes – Victory to the rotating hunger strike in the Greek prison system (in support of our FAI confederate Nikos Romanos) and all prisoners at war with the prison.”
In the early hours of November 30th, a mini-riot broke out in the neighbourhood of Exarchia, Athens, including Molotov cocktail attacks against anti-riot squadrons, flaming barricades, and smashing of luxury cars, while slogans in solidarity with anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos were being chanted loudly in the streets.
At approximately the same nighttime, in the city of Thessaloniki, a group of individuals reportedly launched Molotov cocktails at the cops guarding the Turkish consulate.
On November 29th, a group of comrades sabotaged a scheduled meeting of the minister of Public Order Vassilis Kikilias with mainstream media thugs in Patras. The anarchist intervention took place outside the offices of a local newspaper, in solidarity with the hunger strikers Nikos Romanos and Yannis Michailidis. The cops were caught completely off guard, and hurried the minister away from there. One of the shouts was: “Nikos Romanos, we’re with you; as for you, Kikilias: go fuck yourself!”
At daybreak of November 29th, the offices of the Legal Council of the State in Heraklion, on Crete, were attacked in solidarity with anarchists Nikos Romanos and Yannis Michailidis, both on hunger strike since 10/11 and 17/11 respectively. The front door and first-floor windows were broken, and paint was thrown inside and outside the building.
In a display of solidarity with anarchist hunger strikers Nikos Romanos and Yannis Michailidis, a bank ATM was torched in downtown Athens on 23/11 and a branch of the Hellenic Post was explosively attacked on 27/11 in Pefki (the Athens neighbourhood where Theofilos Mavropoulos was seriously wounded and arrested in May 2011, after a shootout with two patrol officers, when Yannis Michailidis managed to get away driving the patrol car of the same cops).
In the night towards November 26th, anarchists vandalized ATMs with glue in the city of Ioannina, in solidarity with the hunger strikers Nikos Romanos, Yannis Michailidis and Iraklis Kostaris (the latter conducted a hunger strike from 29/10 until 28/11, when his request was denied).
In another communiqué, arsonists claimed responsibility for a string of attacks (ATMs and vehicles torched) in nine different districts of Athens, in solidarity with anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos.
On November 26th, at midday, the scumbag lawyer Alexis Kougias, who defended the cops that murdered Alexis Grigoropoulos, was assaulted when spotted in the Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia. This (random) attack was dedicated to Nikos Romanos – friend of slain Grigoropoulos, who witnessed the killing in December 2008 – and Yannis Michailidis.
On November 23rd, comrades in Thessaloniki went on the offensive, and placed a homemade explosive device consisting of gas canisters at the house of police unionist Dimitris Padiotis (president of the Thessaloniki Police Officers Union), located in the area of Kastra. They claimed this action in support of captive anarchist Nikos Romanos, on hunger strike as of 10/11, making also mention of the ongoing solidarity hunger strike of anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis (since 17/11), and imprisoned 17N member Iraklis Kostaris.
On November 19th, the local offices of the main ruling party Nea Dimokratia in the Athens district of Ambelokipi (situated between the Greek police headquarters and the Ambelokipi police station) were attacked in a display of “loud” solidarity with Nikos Romanos, Iraklis Kostaris and Yannis Michailidis.
On November 13th, the Group of Proletarian Attack targeted the Galatsi tax office in Athens, intending to burn down the archives section inside the building with a high-power incendiary device. Due to an unforeseen obstacle, the incendiary mechanism was finally detonated in the outdoor space. Among other things, the group expressed solidarity with Iraklis Kostaris and Nikos Romanos in their fight for prison furloughs, “for breaths of life away from the galleys of bourgeois democracy”.
The night between the 17th and 18th of November 2014, we broke all windows of the police station located at 10, rue Camille Desmoulins (in the 11th arrondissement of Paris) as well as the windshield of a truck belonging to the municipal cleaning service provider Propreté de Paris (‘Cleanliness of Paris’).
The hatred of cops and this society is shouted in the street these days; let us expand our means to attack them day and night, without having to wait to be the masses.
Every society you build will have its fringes, and on the fringes of every society, heroic and restless vagabonds will wander, with their wild and virgin thoughts, only able to live by preparing ever new and terrible outbreaks of rebellion!
We are writing this text to all anarchists and rebels, in and out of prison walls throughout the world, in response to the international call for a week of actions for anarchist prisoners (August 23–30). A coordination of actions through calls of this type is needed, all the more so at the international level, urging individualities and collectives to act as they can and feel, and to express and diffuse the anarchist struggle for liberation. However, we should not depend on only these calls to get our voices heard and our actions shown. So, taking for granted that we are at a raging war, and having chosen this side, we are confronted with an enemy who has every means to beat us in our every step of attack. Armies, cops, control technology with cameras, advanced surveillance, storage of DNA samples and fingerprint profiles, the media, and so many other institutions and mentalities constitute domination that we are hostile to. In this war, the only certain thing is that we will have prisoners, or even victims, and that’s where the verification of the battle itself lies.
We are going through a period in which the Greek State has captured dozens of anarchists in its prisons for their acts against domination. Prison has not managed and will never succeed in bending the morale and the fighting temper of anarchists, and this is shown by their daily dignified attitude in the cells of democracy but also the struggles they give behind bars. “Innocence” and “guilt” is a fake distinction that only applies to the arsenal of the State.
Within the framework of generalized repression, the bill on the type C prisons and the new special conditions of detention was passed during the summer, following the American and European standards for crushing the dignity of prisoners. Without losing time, the authorities have already started the first transfers of inmates from the hellhole of Domokos to other prisons, emptying the prison of Domokos to convert it into a maximum security facility, and the first prisoners to be held there will be anarchists and urban guerrilla fighters.
The more the stranglehold of prison is tightened, the more their democracy and correctional system reproduce a death in doses, pulling us into the lethe in terms of our individual freedom and true living.
Cops, judges, prison guards and their throng, troglodytes in bondage to their democracy, enslaved to their own misery, consumers of useless goods which domination offers generously, are going through an everyday death in terms of cancerous life. Holders of senior positions, who take advantage of their authority, are trying to recast a lower kingdom of nationals who dream of grandeur just like them. They forge the human mind to become a suitable mold for casting artificial values and institutions, pushing humans into apathy through the media, the drugs, the generalized consumer culture, through religion and patriotism, holding the individual away from thinking and acting on their desires. Drowned in inertia, humans choose to stupefy themselves, undergo the 8-hour brutalizing slavery, nourish themselves on contrived notions, cling to addictions of the system, and be enslaved to a predetermined life before a certain and idle death.
Rebels who have no horizon beyond the walls of their coercions are also introverts in their nonexistence. Seeing oneself through the perspective of coercions means that one accepts the direction set by Power, thus either accepting or merely repelling it. Insurrection must aim for the total destruction of Power; nothing less than everything is enough for us.
Domination wages war on all fronts, destroying not only human lives but also launching an onslaught to enslave non-human animals and the nature, so our answer must also be on all fronts aiming at total liberation. Partial struggles have their own importance; however, nothing will be free until all are free.
Anarchist fight until the destruction of the last prison Solidarity with anarchist prisoners throughout the world
The demo started at 7pm. Thousands of people gathered around the bull sculpture in Kadıköy. Demonstrators blocked the road for a few hours. At one side of the road were two TOMAs (antiriot control vehicle), and cops at the other side; a huge banner reading ‘hükümet istifa’ (government resign) was unfolded. More protesters were at the Bahariye pedestrian street. Some of the protesters, mostly communists and kemalists, left the demonstration area after few hours. Communists headed to their party office, while kemalists went to their middleclass houses. Before they left, barricades were already set on fire along the Bahariye street. The area was crowded. Instead of gathering all together and marching one direction, resisters were spread along the Bahariye street. At many different points along and around the Bahariye, barricades were set on fire. Bank windows were smashed, ATMs damaged. Messages against corrupt Tayyip and his son were painted on the walls, shop windows and billboards. (The protest broke out in response to recently leaked phone conversations from the 17th and 18th of December 2013 between Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and his son Bilal, that appear to capture them talking about where to hide or how to get rid of dirty money…)
Next day (26.2.2014), same hour, another demo took place in Taksim, İstanbul.
It should be noticed that local elections are going to be held in Turkey on the 30th of March 2014…
Some background information:
Two powers that joined their authority to become the government are currently at war. These two powers are Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling AK Party and Fethullah Gülen’s Cemaat. Cemaat is a religious group that organized secretly, first with student houses. They opened countless ‘dershane’ (private establishments preparing students for various exams) across Turkey. They also opened many schools and universities all around the world, especially in Turkic countries in Middle Asia and Muslim countries in Africa. In short, they brainwashed young people in these places and created their manpower and brainpower for their empire. Then they placed their men at crucial positions (assignation and intelligence) in the police organization. By the time Turkish State’s police realized this it was already too late. They tried to get rid of them but were not successful. Cemaat was also organized very well around the Muslim companies. They also had the secret support of US government, further establishments and NGOs. They became a superpower that can affect not only the incidents in Turkey but also the Middle East; one of the secret hand of the empire, and a very powerful one. They supported AK Party in the elections, so Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his gang became the rulers of Turkey. For 10 years they were getting along very well. They established many businesses; they earned incredible amounts of money together. Cemaat became more and more visible as they gained more power. Then Tayyip Erdoğan became a megalomaniac day by day and forgot how much power he owes to the Cemaat. And he started to do things that would eventually hurt Cemaat’s network. The dispute was first visible with an incident of MIT (National Intelligence Organization of Turkey) assistant secretary Hakan Fidan (he was blamed for having leaked information from Israel to Iran). Then Taksim Gezi Park was occupied. Cemaat probably saw that their hegemony was in danger. Then AK Party insisted on a new law that would shut down the dershane’s. This was another sign of disloyalty on the part of Tayyip Erdoğan towards Fethullah Gülen, since dershane’s were the core in which Cemaat had flourished; dershane’s were the recruitment organs of Cemaat. This new law of AK Party was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Cemaat acted furiously and started their operation: Many top level politicians and businessmen were blamed for corruption and were detained. Tayyip Erdoğan counter-acted by getting rid of many chiefs and officers in the police agency.
On December 16th, 2013 former football player MP Hakan Şükür resigned from the AK Party. The next day, Cemaat’s operation was launched. They published documents of corruption. They detained sons of ministers, some businessmen close to the AK Party; houses were raided, where millions were found in cash. Some of the money was hidden in shoeboxes, so shoeboxes became the symbol of their corruption. The operation continued the following days. On December 21st, kemalists protested in many cities after a call by the TGB/Turkish Youth Union, a branch of the CHP/Republican People’s Party.
In the context of the war between AK Party and Cemaat, people tired and disgusted of both shit decided to take to the streets in December 2013; not to become a subject of their dirty war but to give rise to the struggle for freedom.
On December 22nd, thousands of people gathered for a rally in Kadıköy, İstanbul. The initial call was made weeks before, in defense of the city against the Capital, but when the news of corruption broke out it also turned into a protest against corruption. Police attacked the crowd and tried to disperse them. Clashes broke out in the streets of Kadıköy.
On December 25th, protests under the slogan ‘government resign’ took place in many cities and different places in İstanbul. The most massive one was held in Kadıköy. The crowd was mainly divided into two blocs: anti-autoritarians, the LGBTT group and city action groups on the front; and the TKP (Communist Party) and the CHP (Republican People’s Party) at the back. First bloc headed to the place where they started (at the bull sculpture) and the next bloc split and headed to the place in front of the ferry. When the march finished, Taksim Solidarity’s call was announced. Some dispersed and went home. Other people remained around the bull statue and a group marched to the AK Party’s building. Police attacked them, and demonstrators went back to the bull sculpture. The remaining people gathered with them and built barricades all along the Bahariye street. The crowd was not organized well and had to pull back along the Bahariye street. Clashes continued till midnight; 42 people were detained (6 of them under the age of 18). The next day, protests continued in various different places in İstanbul.
On December 27th (videos i, ii), cops attacked people that were gathered in small groups before a demo in Taksim. Street clashes started instantly. The ferry station in Kadıköy was blocked by cops to prevent people at Anatolian side from joining the protest in Taksim.
Below is a text handed out by the Anarchists assembly for the connection of struggles within the prison-society (“Sasta”), in Thessaloniki, concerning recent house searches in the framework of an anti-terrorist “pincer operation” unleashed by the Greek police against anarchist/antiauthoritarian individuals since January 21st, 2014.
Lately, in the cities of Thessaloniki and Athens, cops of the anti-terrorist force and the state security have invaded homes of fighters and residences of their wider friendly milieu, based on the ostensible pretext of receiving an “anonymous complaint” about weapons and explosives, while they declare—to television receivers—that this operation is linked to the investigation for the detection of Christodoulos Xiros (convicted member of the revolutionary organization “17 November” who recently escaped while on prison furlough). These raids tend to become just another ordinary phenomenon; in the last month alone, 60 house searches were conducted, with the Greek police giving a true recital… Hooded cops occupy our personal spaces, roam our neighbourhoods, and detain our comrades, carrying out an anti-terrorist “super operation” as too many times before…
This operation cannot be seen as a detached action involving only persons of the anarchist milieu. We have witnessed similar moves being tested a year ago, also on a large scale, with searches in the homes of residents in Halkidiki Peninsula (Northern Greece), who are resisting gold mining. Also then, the State’s goal was to disarm social reflexes and halt action within that struggle.
The specific practice can only be viewed as a show of force by Power that aims to intimidate and terrorize all those who resist; those who are against Power, those who do not choose to stand uninvolved in the enslavement regime which the authorities want to impose on us. A practice adjacent to the rest of the State’s repressive plans: establishing a maximum security prison for revolutionaries, banning prison furloughs and tightening the legal consequences for fighters, conducting chemical war in demonstrations, unleashing pogroms against migrants, evicting squats, etc.
This “spectacular” repressive operation is an offensive—this time against anarchists—which aims to serve as an example against those who resist the State and its mechanisms, but also as a warning to anyone intending to oppose its dictates.
At a time when our daily life is strangled by recurring schedules in workplaces, schools and universities, stacked in buses, queues at public services and supermarkets, and subjugated to the “desires” of dominators, we cannot turn a blind eye.
At a time when our everyday life is consuming fear from the 8pm news bulletins, feeding itself with advertisements and psychopharmaceuticals, socializing on online social media, and confined in concrete cages, to consider ourselves free is alarming. As it is equally worrying to get accustomed to the chains we wear and remain passive, swallowing social purity perceptions that they display without even chewing them.
In our own time, when the face of democracy is clearer than ever, also the necessity of struggle against democracy becomes clear. The necessity of acting and organizing ourselves, staying away from mediations and hierarchies, in order to form structures of resistance, communities of self-organization and solidarity in every neighbourhood, in every workplace, in every school and university, in every prison. We must not let cops, fascists, journalists, snitches and all sorts of lackeys do their job without troubles.
We must reciprocate, in every possible way, the violence they enforce daily over our lives.
In the early hours of October 17th, 2013 Paulo Roberto Pinho de Menezes, 18, was beaten to death by officers of the ‘Police Pacification Unit’ (UPP) in the Manguinhos favela of Rio de Janeiro. The cops immobilized the teenager and took him in a dark back-alley, where they fiercely beat him to death. The exact circumstances of his assassination are not yet clarified. However, his mother and other residents have verified that Paulo Roberto was among a group of youths when cops of the local UPP conducted a control in the favela.
In the late afternoon of October 17th revolted youths attacked cops with stones, enraged by the assassination of Paulo Roberto. The brute violence of repression forces escalated even further, when cops used live ammunition causing injuries to various individuals. A 17-years-old girl was hit on her leg by police bullet and evacuated to the hospital. The pigs did not hesitate to threaten even the sister of Paulo Roberto, pointing a gun at her.
The funeral for the boy was scheduled for Friday the 18th of October, day when a morning protest was also called to denounce the umpteenth murder at the hands of police.
You may read some facts about the exact role of the ‘Police Pacification Unit’ in the cleansing of the favelas, in the name of Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, here. A video with English subtitles concerning another killing in the Manguinhos favela, in March 2013, can be viewed here.
COUNTER-INFORMATION. CONSPIRACY. SOLIDARITY. DIRECT ACTION.
We invite you to visit and share information via the new counter-information blog from the region controlled by the Brazilian State: Cumplicidade (‘Complicity’).
This initiative is emerging in the actual context where social war is intensifying day by day, and the accumulated rage of those who are being oppressed on a daily basis has burst out like a tsunami over the streets of numerous cities, from the north to the south of Brazil. We feel that, amid this storm, the appearance of a counter-information node is of extreme importance, seeking to communicate news from an anti-authoritarian perspective, breaking with any moderate discourse or any neutrality, in order to give voice to the war against Power and toward Total Liberation.
We also think it is highly important that online projects would serve as channels of communication and solidarity amongst the insurgents that have been active in different latitudes and longitudes of this territory, thus we underline the necessity of receiving your reflections, analyses, news, photos, videos, etc. so that we can publish them.
We also emphasize that we absolutely reject the irresponsible use of internet as a communication tool, and consequently we are not interested in any kind of networking for this blog via social media such as Facebook or Twitter. We value the use of virtual tools that respect the anonymity and safety of their users and do not facilitate police surveillance.
We hope you can spread this message, and that this small effort could become one more spark that will breathe life into anarchy!
On the night of July 17th, in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro, thousands staged a protest across the street where the state governor Sérgio Cabral Filho lives in luxury. Riots and arrests followed in Leblon, the most affluent district in the city.
Finally the Brazilian metropolises are living the moments that they haven’t seen since long ago. Since the beginning of June 2013, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of dozens of cities in the context of a struggle against a fare hike for public transit, as well as the devastating consequences of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
The protests did not just emerge spontaneously, but are the fruit of a struggle that is nearly ten years old, from the massive demonstrations by the student movement against the fare hike in the bus system in the city of Salvador (in Bahia) in August and September of 2003 (also known as the Buzu Revolt) and the June 2004 protests, with the same goals, in the city of Florianópolis (known as the Tourniquet Revolt).
These 21st century revolts also have historical antecedents, assembled in the end of the 19th century with the popular revolt in Rio de Janeiro between 1879 and 1880 (the Vintém Revolt), when mules still powered the streetcars, or the Boats Revolt that took place on May 22nd, 1959, when the populace burned down buildings attached to the locks that allowed boats passage in the city of Niterói in Rio de Janeiro state, or the student strike of Fall 1979 in the city of São Luís (Maranhão state), which won a 50% reduction in tuition for the students.
On April 2nd, 2013, the judges of the court of appeal delivered their verdict on the case of Ibrahim El Louar, who was initially sentenced to two years in prison following an escape from the Palaiseau detention centre for migrants on December 16th, 2012.
In the appeal trial, the charges of attempted evasion of deportation order and aggravated theft were dropped. But Ibrahim was convicted for aggravated violence on agents entrusted with public authority (i.e. Frantz Piece and Coralie Bouton), and he received a one-year sentence. Ibrahim is currently incarcerated in the Fleury-Mérogis prison.
You can always write to him: Ibrahim El Louar
écrou n°399815, Bâtiment D4 – MAH de Fleury-Mérogis
7 avenue des Peupliers, FR-91705 Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois
Contact mail with solidarians: evasionpalaiseau[at]riseup.net
Freedom for all prisoners, with or without papers!
On January 18th, 2013, the Évry court sentenced Ibrahim El Louar to two year imprisonment and imposed him a fine of 1,200 euros for damages to cops. He is accused of participation in the escape of five persons from the Palaiseau detention centre for migrants on December 16th, 2012.
Ibrahim was finally able to appeal this sentence and will stand trial in the Paris court of appeals on Wednesday, March 20th.
Let’s be many in the audience, instead of leaving him alone faced with the judicial machine, and let’s express our solidarity by supporting both him and the facts he’s charged with, no matter if he’s innocent or guilty.
Rendezvous on the 20th of March 2013, at 13.30, in the court of appeals of the Paris Court of first instance, 2nd division, 8th chamber
The trial against anarchist Vaggelis Koutsibelas started on March 6th, 2013 in the Larissa mixed criminal court. The comrade has been remanded for almost a year, accused of a string of arson attacks that took place in the city of Trikala during March and April 2012.
In the first day of trial, the defense lawyer refuted the previous statements made by the snitch Giorgos Zafiris, who came to testify in court. The snitch admitted that the police had forced him to sign a forged testimony, because he was arrested on drug charges, and the cops told him this was the way to get away with it. The court threatened to request his detention on perjury charges, something that never happened.
The next day, March 7th, Vaggelis explained to the court there’s solid evidence that he was in fact elsewhere (in the vicinity of the prefecture) during the time of one of the arsons, and he was nowhere near the scene of the attack, but the judges responded that obviously he was at the prefecture building trying to place another incendiary device! Vaggelis spoke of the political significance of these arson attacks (regardless of who carried them out), referring to the prevailing political system as well as the rise of the Nazi party of Golden Dawn.
Also, Vaggelis asked to be granted transfer to another prison, because as he said at the end of his statement, ‘The Trikala facility is a drug-prison; I can’t stand it anymore.’
The Larissa court delivered an exterminating ruling on the case without acknowledging any mitigating factors. The bench sentenced Vaggelis to 15 years imprisonment, with the right to appeal, and imposed a fine of 300 euros. The prosecutor initially requested a total of 27 years in prison, but after an interruption of the proceeding, the sentence was ‘reduced’ to 15 years.
From their part, his friends that factually support the comrade all this time sent him strength hoping that he will walk out of prison soon, and cried out: The passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons!
Recently, in January 2013, the ‘Synergy of anarchist Organizations Wild Freedom and Instigators of Social Explosions’ dedicated their successful bombing at The Mall shopping centre in Maroussi, Athens, to Vaggelis Koutsibelas among other anarchist comrades, either on the run or incarcerated. May the acts of solidarity spread and warm the hearts of all hostages of social war!
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” 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”.
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→
We are proud to say that we are part of the current social war in the territory dominated by the Argentine State, sabotaging the instruments that are most highly valued by civilized beings: Cars.
Amigxs de la Tierra have carried out incendiary attacks against luxury cars in the most capitalist neighbourhoods of the Federal Capital; despite the fact that the 45th Argentine Federal Police station claims to have detained a ‘car-burner’, twelve hours later, a high-end car was torched just around the corner from the police and fire stations.
Non-luxury cars that our flames reached ran the same risk as the others because that’s how things go, and the private security in Villa Devoto and Villa Urquiza know very well by now; surely no one was told new Alfa Romeos burned in Devoto — instead of the Chevrolet Corsa [a budget model -trans.] in Recoleta while they took out the Citroën C4 from the back [a luxury brand. -trans.] — and an Eco Sport SUV was set on fire five blocks away.
That BMW which made it on TV wasn’t the only thing that burned in Villa Urquiza, nor was the car dealership at 6700 Avenida San Martín the only recipient of an incendiary attack; there was also the one located on 7000 Avenida San Martín.
Our strength and determination come from each one of the comrades who became conscious that we don’t have to wait any longer for the conditions to be ripe for attack. The proper conditions begin in the moment at which we go on the offensive. If we stop to wait, the only thing that can happen is the opposite of what we thought would be the best thing to happen.
Social control, exerted by Power and authority, is intended to terrorize us with judgments and punishments, attempting to make of every citizen a potential police officer. We cannot let this stand. Disobedience is a good exercise to reach toward freedom and understand a little more of the reality in which we live, a reality based on death and the misery of enslavement to a way of thinking and doing things that has domesticated society to the point of considering itself free.
As lovers of freedom that we are, we are also reminded that many of our comrades in action are currently prisoners.
On February 28th, we hung a banner on a pedestrian street that marks the daily route of hundreds of children and youths to the buildings of prison-schools in the area of Petralona, wishing to send strength to the hostages of social war, either persecuted or held in the prison cells of democracy, but also to self-managed infrastructures across the world that resist repression with dignity.
The ‘Black February around the world…’ is our signal that solidarity between resisting ventures and anarchist comrades was expressed through polymorphous direct actions from Europe to Latin America, in Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Austria, Peru, Argentina, Portugal, France, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the Czech Republic, Uruguay, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Greece, with agitation such as posters, banners, fliers, counter-information brochures, multimedia, texts of analysis, interventions on the streets, demonstrations, events at self-organized spaces, murals, symbolic occupations, slogans on walls, collective kitchens…
A raised fist to those who embraced this call-out of international solidarity in their own unique way, to the comrades whom we had the chance to know this month through their discourse and their deeds, as well as to all individualities and collectivities that fight against defeatism, for the constant anarchist insurgency.
On December 16th, 2012 five people tried to get away from the Massy-Palaiseau detention centre. Four would make it but the fifth person, Ibrahim, was caught by the police that beat him up. He was taken into custody, held for two days and then brought before a judge, accused of having immobilized a cop to steal his security pass which allowed the others to get away. He was then remanded at Fleury-Mérogis until January 18th, 2013, the day of court judgment, when he was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay 1,200 euros to two cops who had accused him of violence. Escaping from a detention centre is not a crime; therefore, cops and judges were looking to press other charges against him.
Ibrahim is currently incarcerated in the Fleury-Mérogis prison. He did not appeal the sentence. When one is isolated, a foreigner who does not really speak French, and has no defense lawyer, it is almost impossible to understand that there are ten days to appeal. Justice crushes us much more for being poor and undocumented.
From one prison to another, from a detention camp for foreigners to a prison of the penal system, the path has been well cleared, and in both directions. Power will always take advantage of revolts, escape attempts, refusals of embarkation to lock up ever more recalcitrant persons. And vice versa, what awaits us in most cases upon release from prison while being undocumented is the detention centre and deportation after that.
When you’re locked up in a detention centre, when all legal remedies are exhausted and deportation is announced, your only alternative is escape and riot. That is why these stories are repeated: a few days before the escape from the Palaiseau camp, three people managed to flee from the detention centre of Vincennes, and we hope they’re still on the run. In Marseille, in March 2011, prisoners set fire to the prison for foreigners in Canet. Since then, two people are under judicial supervision awaiting trial after passing through the prison check point.
To Ibrahim, as much as to those from the case in Marseille, it is important to stand in solidarity with those who revolt for their freedom, whether they’re innocent or guilty. For as long as there remain prisons, papers and borders, freedom will only be a dream.
FIRE TO ALL PRISONS! FREEDOM FOR ALL!
Don’t let Ibrahim face prison and justice in isolation; it is possible to write to him: Ibrahim El Louar
écrou n°399815, Bâtiment D4 – MAH de Fleury-Mérogis
7 avenue des Peupliers, FR-91705 Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois
He can receive postal money orders. You can also help by contributing donations to Kaliméro, a solidarity fund with the accused of social war underway. The account number to make a transfer is 102780613700020471901 | Key 07.
If you’d like to send clothes or packages, or for any further contact, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org
We send our fraternal greetings to all the anti-authoritarian hearts that read us in different places of the world. All those who have firmly decided to use their time and means to fight against each institution and symbol of the gear that maintains patriarchal capitalism, oppression, domestication and the masquerade of Power.
Comrades, we make this call from some part of the Monster to launch our howls of solidarity with our sister and comrade Felicity Ann Ryder, who remains fugitive from the clutches of the State for over seven months now. In the morning of June 27th, 2012 there was an unfortunate incident: an explosion from an incendiary device wounded our comrade Mario López ‘Tripa’, who was remanded for six months and now is under conditional release awaiting trial. After that, the police forces of the Government of the Federal District in Mexico found Felicity’s passport, so our comrade went at large to escape imprisonment.
Because of these facts, we realize that her family must have suffered constant harassment back in her birth country (Australia), as well as in the so-called social media. It’s also possible that new investigations in other countries have been initiated, trying to associate her with different cells of anarchist action. This is all part of the international police set-up for attacking the acratist movement and imposing fear and terror in their (failed) attempt to immobilize us.
We realize the hard times Felicity has been through over the last months. Clandestinity, despite being a better option than the cold and cynical prison bars, ultimately turns into a type of prison by the threat of possible arrest that keeps fugitives from enjoying complete freedom. It also implies a lot of mobility difficulties towards activities of one’s own subsistence and struggle; isolation and estrangement from beloved ones and halt of all life plans. Clandestinity as necessity, and not as some authoritarian vanguard privilege, also requires our solidarity as it forces our comrades to be constantly on the run, a situation that little by little undermines the much longed-for freedom. Furthermore, it’s not possible to provide the same material and emotional support as to any imprisoned persons, even if they’re behind bars.
We know that wherever our comrade Felicity may be she stands firm with her convictions as anarchist, mocking and without ever stopping to attack the enemy, face to face. From here, we send her our warm greetings and call on all anti-authoritarian efforts to engage in two weeks of activities, greetings and gestures of solidarity with our comrade Felicity, from the 21st of February to the 7th of March 2013, each person according to his/her time and methods, so she will know she is not alone and that solidarity among anarchists in struggle is more than just a written word or an ornament in beautiful ‘revolutionary’ pamphlets.
To us, solidarity is also a weapon that destroys Power.
We also recall other comrades on the run, such as Hans Niemeyer, prosecuted by the $hilean State, or the compas Grigoris Tsironis, Marios Seisidis, Vassilis Palaiokostas, Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa from Greece. We send our indomitable greetings to all imprisoned and fugitive anarchists worldwide. Never defeated, never regretted!
We want you free and wild, Felicity, you are still with us! You are not alone, compañera. Many of us share your fight and embrace your convictions.
The days of this hot summer go on and on, and most people are still withdrawn, thinking about where they’ll go for a vacation. Meanwhile, Power and authority don’t rest, incarcerating Mapuche brothers and warriors in southern Chile, perfecting repressive laws, and meeting in ostentatious political-business summits like the CELAC 2013 [a summit of Latin American and Caribbean business and political interests in conjunction with the European Union]. And us? We go into the streets to give life to insurrection, with our lives under stress, conscious that there are and always have been individualities that will not adapt to this sick society, and make every second of their lives an attack against the oppressors.
And this is the challenge: to give life and continuity to the anti-authoritarian insurrectionary offensive, support and reinforce complicities, reactivate the attacks, and with our contribution ignite the fire of insurrectionary and liberatory action through revolutionary violence!
Conscious of the fact that discussion and dialogue between affinities should start with action, during the week that spanned the 28th of January to the 3rd of February we attacked a property belonging to the Chilean Gendarmerie, located on San Francisco street just before Avenida Matta, to one side of a juvenile prison (SENAME) and a few blocks from where our anarchist comrade Mauricio Morales was killed in action in 2009. We attacked with an incendiary device, which left some damage at the door of this torturers’ lair — since it didn’t come out in the Press, we’re sending photos. This property of the Gendarmerie is linked with the supposed social action of the jailers and their collaborators, promoted through institutions like the Evangelical Church of the Chilean Gendarmerie and the Prisons’ Confraternity of Chile, an institution that on the Internet defines itself as the creator of incarceration projects ‘in which the inmates live, without hunger strikes, without riots or escape attempts; instead they are living out their prisonization in peace and harmony while repaying their social debt with spiritual aid.’ Continue reading Santiago, $hile: Responsibility claim for incendiary action against the jailers→
This Sunday, February 3rd, we came out on the street in force to broadcast onto one of the walls of the CSO (Squatted Social Centre) Sacco y Vanzetti so that we keep alive the memory and that no space will die in a bastardized judicial archive; memory as a weapon is realized from the streets and in each everyday action. This action is a response to the international call-out for a Black February and to recall that the past month of January we commemorated one more year of the construction of a space that pointed to Power and its lackeys.
We make a call-out so that this month we may support squatted and autonomous spaces in every corner of the world, and encourage comrades to continue to open up spaces where anarchy is germinated and propagated as well as the anti-authoritarian idea and practice.
Some Anarchist Individualities
MEMORY AND COMBAT
An irreducible salute to comrades in prison or escape
within the social war of this world
We claim responsibility for the explosive attack at the offices of Agrosuper on January 2nd, 2013 at 23.30pm on the corner of 18 and 10 de Julio streets in the commune of Santiago Centro. Frontal attack on the bourgeoisie and its supporters.
We chose this target because it is the holding company that controls the Chilean agrifood industry, belonging to Gonzalo Vial, a businessman who amassed much of his fortune during the Pinochet dictatorship. We salute the decisive and combative attitude of the people of Freirina, who resist Vial’s capricious pig-city (cerdopolis).
The blast and its splinters are a clear message for you, Vial: “We are watching you closely.”
Five years after the assassination of the Mapuche warrior, weichafe Matías Catrileo; your death is not in vain: Hatred and revenge against the cop murderers!