In the evening of Friday December 16th, shortly before 20:00, we decided to pay a visit to the Piraeus Bank branch located at Canningos Sq. After smashing the ATM screen and the windows next to it with a hammer, we poured gasoline on the machine and torched it. Before leaving, we also threw a molotov to the ex ministry of commerce located opposite the bank.
This action is dedicated to the memory of anarchist-nihilist Sebastian Oversluij, who was shot dead by a security guard while attempting to expropriate a BancoEstado branch in Santiago, Chile, on December 11th 2013.
This is also an act of complicity in solidarity with anarchist Tamara Sol Farías Vergara, who is held captive in the Chilean dungeons for taking revenge for the loss of Sebastián by opening fire against another private security guard of the same bank on January 21st 2014.
REMEMBER AND FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN AND IMPRISONED COMRADES! INFORMAL COORDINATION AND ATTACK BY ALL MEANS!
Two of the demands put forward by anarchists Nataly Casanova, Juan Flores and Guillermo Durán, who are on hunger strike since the 13th/14th of April, have been achieved:
– Nataly Casanova was transferred into the 2nd wing of the San Miguel prison – where also comrade Tato (Natalia Collado) is being held – and receives visits twice a week. Unsurprisingly, the gendarmerie (Chilean prison service) stated that this had nothing to do with the hunger strike and the reason why Nataly’s transfer did not take place earlier was to ensure she would not be together with Tamara Sol Farías Vergara in the same wing – seeupdate on transfer of Tamara Sol from San Miguel to the San Joaquin prison in Santiago.
The CAVJ/Anti-prison Collective Vuelo de Justicia report that, recently, Nataly Casanova demanded direct visits with Juan Flores, whom she’s not allowed seeing for months except in the same court hearings. The judges once again denied this request, in yet another attempt to suppress the relationship of affinity and love between the two comrades.
– On June 5th, Enrique Gúzman was released from the Santiago 1 prison and moved to total house arrest. Read all about it here.
11.05.15: Graffiti & flyer action in the inner-city suburbs of Melbourne for the anarchist comrades facing repression inside the dungeons of the Chilean state. Slogans sprayed for Nataly, Juan and Guillermo – on hunger strike since April 13th-14th – and for Tamara Sol Vergara and Natalia Tato Collado. Flyers pasted about the case of Tamara Sol Vergara and the hunger strike of Nataly, Juan & Guillermo.
(We would expatiate more, but the ability to put out this note and make our action visible is limited.)
Comrades in affinity:
Within the week of agitation for antiauthoritarian prisoners in all territories which is underway these days, and particularly tomorrow (17/4) is a call for solidarity with long-term prisoners, Natalia Collado and Tamara Sol Farías send all our love, support and rebelliousness, deciding to abstain from meals all day on Friday, April 17th.
We send all our strength and affection especially to Nataly Casanova, who is on hunger strike, seeking the end of her prison regime in isolation. Compañera, no prisoner is alone!
For total liberation; down with patriarchy and the techno-industrial society!
Some participants in the network of Contra Info decided to coordinate our strengths to make visible the cases of two anarchist comrades, who were recently retaliated by the executioners of the Chilean state: Diego Ríos, who was arrested on February 7th, after five and a half years on the run, and is currently held in preventive detention charged with illegal possession of explosive materials found in the summer of 2009 – and Tamara Sol Farías Vergara, who, after a year on remand, was sentenced on February 4th to a little over seven years in prison for the shooting of a BancoEstado security guard in Santiago in January 2014.
Between the 24th and 26th of February 2015, we carried out the following propaganda actions in the territories controlled by the states of Greece, Portugal, Spain and France:
– A banner was placed in Exarchia Square, downtown Athens, which reads: “Strength to Diego Ríos, anarchist prisoner in Chile (A) Always on a war footing.”
– Another banner was hung on the side of the Athens Polytechnic School, on Stournari Street, which reads: “From Athens to Santiago, freedom for Tamara Sol (A).”
– Fliers (1, 2) were thrown in the city of Lisbon with the following slogans: “Active solidarity with Diego Ríos, anarchist prisoner in Chile / The path to freedom is born of the ruins of the prison society // Freedom for Tamara Sol, anarchist prisoner in Chile / Revenge for our dead, revenge for our prisoners // Strength to Diego Ríos, anarchist captured by the Chilean state / Fire to the borders, fire to the prisons // Complicity with Tamara Sol, anarchist kidnapped by the Chilean state / Death to the state and long live anarchy.”
– Stencils were painted on the walls of Oeiras, Lisbon District, reading: “Solidarity Tamara & Diego (A).”
– A banner drop was made on a bridge at one of the exit roads of Barcelona, which reads: “Strength to Diego and Tamara! Prison will not halt our desire for freedom.”
– Two banners were hung in central Marseille (unfortunately we didn’t manage to take pictures). The first one reads: “Solidarity with anarchists in prison or in clandestinity”, and the other: “Freedom Diego Ríos & Tamara Sol (A).”
With these symbolic gestures crossing the borders we show our support with Diego and Tamara Sol, while we seek to strengthen internationalist solidarity with our incarcerated sisters and brothers. We do not forget the rest of combative prisoners, in Chile and the whole world.
Onward, compas – take courage and fight until we destroy all the walls of Power!
On February 4th, 2015, the court in Santiago issued the judgment against the compañera Tamara Sol Farías Vergara, who has been held for a little over a year in pretrial detention, accused of shooting a security guard in a branch of BancoEstado in the commune of Estación Central in the morning of January 21st, 2014.
The court acknowledged the mitigating factor of her previous irreproachable conduct, but denied that Tamara Sol substantially collaborated in clarifying the facts, considering that neither her statement given to the prosecution at the stage of the investigation with which she admitted to the facts, nor her consent to the realisation of several expert reports contributed anything, since the evidence was already available to the authorities from the moment of her arrest. In addition, the defense’s proposed mitigating circumstance of diminished capacity, based on expert testimonies by psychologists, was dismissed.
In fact, the presiding judge adopted the prosecution’s argument that spoke of a premeditated action, alleging that this has been demonstrated by the cry “revenge for Sebastián” attributed to Tamara Sol at the time of opening fire on the guard, and emphasizing the fact she chose not to make any declaration during the trial. Thus, while the defense sought recognition of two mitigating circumstances in order to request a sentence of 3 to 5 years and the application of the alternative sentence of release under intensive supervision instead of actual imprisonment, this objective was not reached.
In particular, Tamara Sol Farías Vergara was convicted of aggravated attempted homicide and sentenced to 7 years in prison, perpetual absolute disqualification from holding any public duty and office and from practicing political rights, and absolute disqualification from maintaining or obtaining any professional license for the duration of the prison sentence. She was also convicted of theft regarding the gun of the security guard and sentenced to 61 days in prison and a fine of almost 215,000 Chilean pesos (300 euros). Finally, she was ordered to pay the costs of the case and to give her DNA samples that will be included in the Registry of the Convicted.
This synopsis was originally written in Spanish, based on the official court ruling. In the video below you can see the reaction of her close ones once the sentence was pronounced:
Strength and solidarity to Tamara Sol Farías Vergara. Revenge for our dead, revenge for our prisoners.
This morning (February 2nd) a banner was hung on the pedestrian bridge located on Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, just metres from the Chilean embassy, in solidarity with the compañera Sol Vergara, awaiting sentencing in the prisons of the said region. A small gesture that seeks to boost solidarity and transmit force to Sol and her close ones.
On Wednesday afternoon, January 28th, 2015, we hung a banner at the Polytechnic School, facing Patission Street in downtown Athens, in solidarity with Tamara Sol Farías Vergara, anarchist prisoner in Chile. The comrade is held in pretrial custody since January 2014, accused of opening fire on a security guard in a branch of Banco Estado in Santiago.
With this small gesture we send our strength to the compañera, whose trial began on Friday, January 23rd, 2015. Revolutionary greetings also to Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Aliste, Freddy Fuentevilla, Carlos Quiduleo, Hans Niemeyer, Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova and every other combative prisoner in the Chilean galleys. Let’s multiply actions in defense of prisoners of social war, wherever they are located.
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”.
We cannot go on being spectators or sympathizers; revolt has become more intense in this repulsive world; we go out into the streets to act, defy and break with the tranquility that’s accommodated and disguised as social peace; the bourgeoisie and servile citizens are lackeys of the oppressive authority. And this being more than words, we hit the streets in a combative manner, expressing solidarity with indomitable warriors; none of our combatants will ever be forgotten. Neither domesticated nor politicized, but rebels. We’re warriors, anarchists, wild anti-authoritarians above being captive or slain. We carried out this action for every individual, every comrade, interrupting traffic on Goethe Avenue with fire and unfolding a black banner from a bridge which read: “The fire of rebellious hearts ignites the world. Borderless solidarity with all prisoners at war; Tamara Sol, Alfonso, Hermes; Sebastián presente.” Strength to the Security Case comrades, and prisoners across the world!
For total liberation, for the destruction of all prisons.
In the evening of March 20th (at around 17:30) a branch of Banco Sabadell, located in San Pablo II street in the city of Granada, was attacked with paint. Red paint was spilled on its glass facade and the ATM screen, rendering it useless until they clean or replace it. We also left pamphlets at the spot with a text in solidarity with the comrades accused in the Security Case in Chile, whose trial begins on March 25th.
This action was carried out in the context of the agitation and solidarity week for this case that was particularly called from Chile and was supported by various collectives and individuals from around the globe, among whom we would like to be included anonymously. We furthermore send a message of strength and solidarity to Tamara Sol and the rest of anarchists imprisoned in the dungeons of the Chilean State and the world.
Solidarity and action! Fuck the banks! Long live anarchy!
On the night of March 15th, 2014, the Chilean consulate, located in 30, Hirschgraben street in Hamburg, was attacked with stones; an expression of solidarity with the rebels fighting in the streets, behind bars, in the nights of Chile!
Sebastián Oversluij PRESENT!
On the 11th of December 2013 anarchist Sebastián Oversluij was shot to death by a security guard during a bank robbery in Santiago, Chile; a bit of normalcy in a world in which property and money are worth more than life. May anger and grief turn into resistance!
Alfonso Alvial and Hermes Gonzáles TO THE STREET! Alfonso Alvial and Hermes Gonzáles were arrested the same day, accused of committing the robbery along with Sebastián. Solidarity with them!
Tamara Sol Farías Vergara TO THE STREET!
Tamara Sol Farías Vergara is imprisoned and indicted, accused of having shot and injured a bank security guard in revenge for Sebastián. Strength and solidarity to her!
While citizens are preparing themselves for the carnival festivities, our thoughts are crossing the distance, breaking the borders that separate us…
With this small night walk, we want to value your courage and impulse, an impulse that marks the history of our struggle, nourishes and strengthens us. For, with only a single cry of vengeance, you proved that no warrior will ever be forgotten; because it is impossible to keep silent before your courage, so with this small gesture of solidarity we let the walls do the talking…
Keeping the memory of comrade Sebastián Oversluij alive, because dead is the one who is forgotten. We know that a life in combat is still nourishing and will keep nourishing our struggle!
For a combative memory, for anarchy! Long live Sol Vergara! Long live Sebastián Oversluij!
On January 21st, 2014, anarchist comrade Tamara Sol Farías Vergara was arrested in Santiago of Chile, accused of having carried out an armed attack against a security guard of BancoEstado that took place the same day in the bank branch located at the junction of Alameda avenue with Las Rejas street.
On January 22nd, the comrade appeared in court and was put in pretrial detention, charged with stealing the gun of said security guard and causing him grievous bodily harm. The investigation will be completed within 60 days, and she faces from 10 years and 1 day, to lifetime in prison.
Given the seriousness of the situation and the media hysteria launched against Sol but also her family, members of which have been assassinated by dogs of the Pinochet regime, we are calling for active solidarity with the comrade, and also draw attention to the necessity of avoiding to reproduce the enemy’s propaganda, meaning the Press, coppers, and judges.
“Getting shot with a revolver to wise up; that’s just right for you!”