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St. Petersburg, Russia: Anarchist Arman Sagynbayev tortured by the FSB

Protest against the Penza-Petersburg “terrorism” case on the steps of FSB headquarters in Petersburg, February 2018. Protest against the Penza-Petersburg “terrorism” case on the steps of FSB headquarters in Petersburg, February 2018.

received 10.09.18

Arman Sagynbayev: I Was Tortured by the FSB

“Two Wires Came Out of the Box”: Penza-Petersburg “Terrorism” Case Suspect Arman Sagybayev Says FSB Tortured Him with Electrical Shocks in Minivan

Antifascist and anarchist Arman Sagynbayev, who was arrested and remanded in custody as part of the Penza-Petersburg “terrorism” case, had until recently admitted his guilt. On September 4, he withdrew his confession, explaining that initially he had been tortured into testifying against himself and other young men arrested in the case, and then had been afraid to go against case investigators. His defense counsel has sent a statement to the Russian Federal Investigative Committee. Mediazona has published Sagynbayev’s deposition to his lawyer, in which Sagynbayev recounts how FSB field agents tortured him after detaining him in Petersburg.

In November 2017, officers of the Russian FSB [Federal Security Service] used unlawful investigative methodw (torture) against me. The circumstances were as follows.

On 5 November 2017, at approximately six o’clock in the morning, the doorbell of an apartment at [omitted] in St. Petersburg, where I was located at the time, rang. I opened the door, since when I had asked who was there, I was told the neighborhood beat cop was at the door. As soon as I opened the door, at least four men burst into the apartment. They yelled that they were from the FSB. They pushed a weapon (pistol) into my face before making me face the wall and handcuffing me with my hands behind my back. The men searched the apartment.

When the search was over, I was taken to a burgundy colored minivan parked next to the house whose address I have given. I would be hard pressed to name the vehicle’s make and model. A cloth sack was put over my head when I was in the vehicle. One of the men hit me in the body and head, demanding I tell them where I actually lived in St. Petersburg.

I could see through the fabric of the sack over my head that the man beating me was thickset and had blue eyes. I also made out the tattoo on the backside of his left hand: “For the Airborne Forces.” Later, I heard the other FSB officers call him [omitted].

Unable to withstand the beating, I told them where I actually lived in St. Petersburg: [omitted]. I was taken to the address I gave them, and there the men conducted a search without producing a warrant and without having official witnesses present [as required by Russian law].

When the search was finished, I was again put in the minivan and the sack was put over my head. At some point, I realized we were leaving St. Petersburg, but I had no way of knowing where we were going. I had a sack over my head and was handcuffed during the entire trip.

As we drove, I noticed that the man with the Airborne Forces tattoo, who had assaulted me, pulled a brown box from under his seat. There were two switches of some kind on the sides of the box. I cannot say what they were for. It is possible they controlled the intensity of the electrical current. Two wires came out of the box, which were attached to my thumbs. I was told they would check whether they had a current or not. I then experienced agonizing pain. I realized they were shocking me with electric currents. Meanwhile, the men in the vehicle asked me different questions. For example, I was asked to identify people whom I did not know, and when I said I did not know them, I would be shocked with the electrical current.

The men also hit me hard over the head with an object that resembled a day planner. When they realized I could not identify the people they named, they asked me other questions, for example, how to manufacture explosive devices and what parts were used in those devices. When my answers did not satisfy the men, I was hit over head and shocked with electrical current until I told them what they wanted to hear. They also told me that if I were not cooperative, they could do anything whatsoever to me and my loved ones, and they would get away with it, because I was a terrorist. They told me they could rape (“gang-bang”) my girlfriend [omitted], cut off her hands and my hands, and burn us with a soldering iron.

The torture lasted for around four hours, but I cannot say for sure, since I had no way of keeping track of the time, and I was in a great deal of pain.

When I was delivered to Penza Regional Remand Prison No. 1, there were burns from the electrical shocks on my hands, but no one paid any mind to these injuries, and the doctors did not record them when I was given a medical exam. Since I have been in custody in Penza Regional Remand Prison No. 1, no more illegal actions—beatings, torture, etc.—have been taken against me.

Fearing for the lives of my close relatives, for the life of [omitted], and for my own life, due to my health, which has worsened due to a serious illness, and due to the torture I endured, I testified against [Dmitry] Pchelintsev and myself, saying we had organized the so-called Network,  which was not really true.

Attorney Timur Miftakhutdinov: Did you report the circumstances you have described and the unacceptable investigative methods used on you to the public defender and the case investigator?

Saginbayev: I told attorney O.V. Rakhmanova everything and showed her the injuries from the electrical shocks on my hands. But I flatly refused to file a statement about the incident, since I still feared for the lives and safety of my relatives and the people I love. I thus forbade attorney O.V. Rakhmanova from reporting the incident to anyone and especially from sending complaints to the prosecutor’s office and the Investigative Committee. That was why I wrote to you in February 2018 that I had not been subjected to torture.

Miftakhutdinov: What position do you now intend to pursue with regard to the criminal case?

Saginbayev: My position, which I communicated to the case investigator when I was interrogated, has not changed for now.  I ask you to stick to it.

The deposition was conducted on May 31, 2018. Since then, Arman Sagynbayev has changed his stance. On September 4, 2018, he denounced his confession and decided to file a torture complaint.

The Penza-Petersburg “Terrorism” Case
The criminal case against the so-called Network “terrorist community” was launched by the FSB in October 2017. Over the course of a month, Yegor Zorin, Ilya Shakursky, Vasily Kuksov, Dmitry Pchelintsev, and Andrei Chernov were detained in Penza. Arman Sagynbayev was detained in Petersburg and extradited to Penza. Two Penza residents, Maxim Ivankin and Mikhail Kulkov, left Russia and were put on the wanted list.

In January 2018, Viktor Filinkov and Igor Shiskin were detained in Petersburg as part of the same case. On April 11, 2018, charges were filed against another Petersburger, Yuli Boyarshinov.

Most of the young men charged in the case are antifascists and anarchists, and many of them share a passion for the game airsoft. The FSB claims that all the arrested men belonged to an underground organization known as the Network and, allegedly, had plans to “arose the popular masses to further destabilize the political situation” in Russia and instigating an armed revolt by setting off a series of explosions during the March 2018 Russian presidential election and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Network supposedly had cells operating in Moscow, Petersburg, Penza, and Belarus.

The relatives of the accused in Penza have related that when the young men were detained, weapons were planted in their homes and cars, and late they were tortured. Viktor Filinkov, Dmitry Pchelintsev, and Ilya Shakursky have provided detailed accounts of their torture at the hands of the FSB. Ilya Kapustin, who was released as a witness, also spoke of being interrogated by the FSB as they tasered him. Like Filinkov’s wife Alexandra, Kapustin subsequently left for Finland, where he requested political asylum.

Pchelintsev and Shakursky claimed FSB officers tortured them with electrical shocks in the basement of the Penza Remand Prison. Shishkin made no statement about torture, although doctors found that the lower wall of his eye socket had been fractured, and that he had suffered numerous bruises and abrasions. Members of the Petersburg Public Monitoring Commission who visited him in remand prison noted numerous traces on his body of what looked like electrical burns.

The Investigative Committee has refused to open criminal cases in connection with Filink and Kapustin’s claims of torture. The lead investigator decided that in Filinkov’s case the taser had been employed legally, while the spots on Kapustin’s body had been caused by flea bites, not electrical burns.

Valery Tokarev heads the team of investigators handling the case in the FSB’s Penza office, while in Petersburg the investigation has been led by Investigator Gennady Belyayev.

The relatives of the accused have formed a support committee known as the Parents Network.

The accused have been charged with violating Russian Federal Criminal Code Article 205.4 Part 2, i..e., involvement in a terrorist community, which carries a punishment of five to ten years in prison.

Translated by the Russian Reader


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Berlin: We are all terrorists – solidarity with anarchist prisoners in Russia

received on 15.02.18

From Rigaer Street, we send signs of solidarity and rage to anarchist prisoners in Russia, responding to the call from Russia for International Days of Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Political Prisoners.

These days we heard from the arrests of antifascists and anarchists in Russia. Already before, in the months of October and November 2017, in the city of Penza, six people got arrested and brutally tortured by the federal secret service FSB. In January this year, in the city of St. Petersburg, a second wave of arrests followed with two persons first being kidnapped by the FSB for one day and only the day after being officially registered in remand prison. The secret services‘ offensive, led by Putins regime, was accompanied by house raids in different cities of the country. As a reason for the repression the FSB constructed an anarchist terrorist group, named „Net“, planning a series of attacks on the presidential elections in March 2018 as well as on the World Cup in June / July 2018 in Russia leading to armed insurrection and which is supposed to exist in several cities of Russia and Belarus. There is no evidence proofing the real existence of the group. The only evidences used are the statements of the arrested, which the FSB extorted from the prisoners using torture and the threat of further acts of torture. In Penza, the group got constructed by the statements of the first arrested person. The link between the „members“ of the group is having played airsoft games together. Except of this first person, who got released beginning of the year into house arrest, all the others are still kept in the remand prison.

The experiences of intimidation and physical violence in the remand prison which the prisoners were subjected to, reveal the cruelty of the state apparatus. While democracy in Germany is still trying to veil the brutality of state power, the accounts from Russia affirm us, that the watchdogs of the system – the wretched trash of the executive – are capable of maintaining their authority only by the threat and implementation of physical violence.

Repression is meant to discourage us, to defeat movements and strain us individually into the controlled system or even destroy us. It‘s anything but easy to not feel powerless, to not feel incapable of opposing their massivity. But if we listen to the messages of rage and anarchist struggle from exactly these places, the lines and images encourage us. They show us, that in every place where there is a human heart beating to the rhythm of rebellion, moments of resistance are likely to occur. They show us, that no matter how fierce the repression may be, there will be people who do not surrender to fight for their ideas. The resonance of solidarity is our weapon.

From the G20-prisoners in Hamburg to the prisoners in Penza or St. Petersburg to Berlin – the stronger their repression, the more furious and passionate our resistance.

Info about the current situation:
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Russia: Support anarchist and antifa prisoners in St.Petersburg and Penza!

received on 31.01.18

Fundraising for lawyers working on cases about police raids and arrests of anarchists and antifascists in St. Petersburg and Penza, Russia has begun. At the moment two persons in St. Petersburg and five in Penza are arrested, more are connected to the case as witnesses. Raids and repressions are likely to continue. Arrested are charged with part 2 of rticle 205.4 of russian Criminal Code (participation in terrorist organisation) at the request of court from Penza.

On January 23, on the way to Pulkovo Airport the Federal Security Service (FSB) detained Victor Filinkov. In order to get the testimony he was beaten up and tortured with electric shocks in the woods. Signs of torture were confirmed by the Filinkov’s lawyer and members of the Public Monitoring Commission (ONK) who have visited him in the pre-trial detention center. Filinkov is arrested for two months.

On January 25 the FSB came unexpectedly with a raid to Igor Shishkin’s apartment. After the raid neither his lawyer, nor members of Public Monitoring Commission were unable to find Igor for more than a day. On January 27 Igor with signs of a beating was brought to a court session where he was arrested in Pre-trial Detention Center for two months.
Journalists were not allowed to attend the hearing and evenmore two of them were arrested.

Tortures were also applied to witnesses. Ilya Kapustin was beaten up and tortured with electric shock while police demanded him to give testimony that some of his acquantances are up to “something dangerous”. Numerous
traces of the stun gun usage were recorded later by health service.

In Penza, arrests began already in October of 2017. Local FSB arrested six young persons, five of whom are currently in a pre-trial detention.
All of the arrested were brutally tortured. One may read in detail about the Penza events from this article.

Legal help is necessary for prisoners (whose number can increase) and witnesses. So far it is early to speak about the certain amount of money, but it will be at least 200 thousand rubles for work of lawyers in the next months.

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Open letter from the prisoners of Greek prisons

Open letter from the prisoners of Greek prisons to the jointly responsible ministers of public order and justice:

On the 3rd of August 2016, the recently released—and former co-prisoner of ours—Pëllumb Marnikollaj goes to Patisia Police Station [Athens] to present himself before the relative authorities in fulfillment of the conditional terms of his release. Under up-until-now unexplained circumstances, he is transferred to Red Cross Hospital and, eventually, to the morgue. Shortly before being buried as of unknown identity—and despite the fact that his identity was known to the authorities—his relatives collect his corpse and allude to torture and defenestration.

We are not the ones in charge of judging on what really happened. However, the number of reasons, which we have, not to believe the version of the Greek Police equals to the thousands of prisoners found in Greek prisons. It’s not merely the clumsiness in the way police attempted to cover the incident up; neither the fact that their explanations go against any common sense. (Come on, misters of the Greek Police. Who would believe that not only a prisoner, but even a citizen that visits a station to have his ID card issued would ever be allowed to roam around police offices, opening and closing windows undisturbed?)

We have every reason to believe the family’s version of the needless death of our co-prisoner because every single one of us has endured the atrocities that take place inside the interrogation offices of police stations. We might not have had a first-hand defenestration experience; however, plenty of us have been under its threat as form of a not at all uncommon method of interrogation. We have, also, all been surprised by the fact that the windows of police stations are adorned with “flower boxes”.

That we draw up this letter and make it public does not at all mean that we have the slightest hope for an investigation or that those responsible will eventually be held accountable. It’s already straightforward that we, the poor, the unemployed, the immigrants, all those who fill up your prisons are obliged to pay the price of our deeds. In contrast, those who brought us here by means of sweeps, batons and automatic guns will always enjoy the immunity that you open-handedly offer them, since double standards apply when it comes to decisions upon what is regarded as crime and what is not.

Finally, we make it clear to all that we, as prisoners of the Greek prisons, do not intend to take sides in the game that the Greek and Albanian embassies play. We only want a reply. Even if we take the provocatively untrue version of the police seriously, Messrs. Ministers, is it the capacity of former prisoner or that of immigrant that allows a human being’s death to be dealt with such worthlessness that not even objects deserve?

PS: As an action of protest, we will be delaying our night return to our cells by one hour for three days.

Prisoners of Greek prisons

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Arcadia, Greece: Stella Antoniou tortured at the hands of police

On October 23rd, 2014, anarchist Stella Antoniou was arrested in the village of Dimitsana in Arcadia, Peloponnese, for allegedly violating a restrictive condition related to permanent residence in Athens. Antiterrorist cops pounced on her, throwing her to the ground. She was taken to the local police station, where she firmly refused to give a DNA sample and suffered beatings from the cops. Under the eyes of the Dimitsana police director, Papazafeiropoulos, five thugs of the antiterrorist squad repeatedly attempted but failed to obtain her genetic sample. Initially she was choked and had her nose blocked so that she would forcibly open the mouth and have her DNA sample taken with a cotton swab. Then police violently pulled her hair and threw her to the ground once again. Blood vessels under her eye were broken, resulting in bleeding (recall that Stella experiences serious health problems with her eye).

On October 24th, the comrade was moved to the courthouse in a nearby town, Tripoli, to undergo proceeding for alleged violation of her restrictive conditions, even though she is not banned from exiting Attica. Besides, she has already been acquitted by a court on a similar occasion in Thessaloniki. Cops did not allow comrades to enter the courthouse of Tripoli, so people in solidarity remained outside the building (in the rain) awaiting the outcome of the hearing.

Stella stays strong despite what she suffered by officers of the anti-terrorist squad. According to her personal physician, who visited her along with her relatives and lawyer while the comrade was still in temporary custody, she sustained not only retinal hemorrhage but also mandibular, cervical spine and right shoulder injuries. Because of her pre-existing health condition, the doctor requested her emergency evacuation to a general hospital for examination.

Later the same day, solidarians reported that Stella Antoniou was finally released after the court hearing was postponed to the 6th of November 2014.

Athens: Update about the Nea Filadelfeia arrestees

Fight the terrorism of Power

Information about the arrest of five anarchists on Tuesday noon, April 30th, the criminal proceedings against them, and the hunger/thirst strike of comrade Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis.

On Tuesday, April 30th, at around 4pm, anarchists Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis were arrested on Dekeleias avenue in the district of Nea Filadelfeia, as they were coming out of a cafeteria.

At the same time, a large police force stormed the café and caught the anarchist fugitives Argyris Ntalios —who tried to break out of the kettle— and Fivos Harisis-Poulos. Both comrades had arrest warrants pending against them since mid-February 2013 (after the double robbery in Velventos–Kozani and the incarceration of anarchists Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis, Nikos Romanos and Yannis Michailidis).

Anarchist Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis was also arrested inside the same cafeteria in Nea Filadelfeia. Continue reading Athens: Update about the Nea Filadelfeia arrestees

Athens: Anarchist Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis among the lately arrested in Nea Filadelfeia

Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis is an anarchist who was arrested in mid-February 2011 at a random police check in Athens. He was remanded after being charged with ‘weapon possession with intent to supply,’ in accordance with the Greek anti-terrorist law. Dimitris remained in pretrial detention for ten months with no substantial evidence whatsoever against him, until he was finally released on bail in December 2011.

Comrades report that he is one among the five persons that got arrested in Nea Filadelfeia on April 30th, 2013 —alongside Fivos Harisis-Poulos, Argyris Ntalios, and two other persons.

During his custody in the police headquarters of Athens, Dimitris defied the human-guards and was forced to stand for 12 hours without sitting, while he was handcuffed 24 hours a day even in the detention cell. Only on May 2nd was he able to contact a lawyer. On May 3rd the comrade was also expected to undergo a preliminary hearing at Evelpidon courts, with frivolous charges filed against him. In the meantime, Dimitris declared that he goes on hunger/thirst strike in response to the conditions of his detention, demanding his immediate release.

More updates as they come.

Piraeus: Hunger strike of detained migrants in police stations

The daily arrests and brutal treatment of ‘undocumented’ migrants in the framework of the Greek police’s mass pogroms under the welcoming name ‘Xenios Zeus’, which include beatings, humiliations and tortures in police vans, in the dungeons of police stations and the notorious ‘detention centres,’ are an integral part of the modern totalitarianism that imposes poverty and social cannibalism, orders the civil conscription of strikers (i.e. the forced return to work), inflicts repression on protest mobilizations, raids squats, and attacks self-organized social ventures.

Lately, dozens of ‘undocumented’ migrants are being transferred and literally stacked into the police station of Drapetsona in Piraeus, remaining imprisoned for months on end, where they suffer appalling conditions, lacking sanitation, nutritious food and yard-time, while being confronted with the usual brutal, misanthropic and racist treatment by police officers. In addition, their temporary custody is extended every three months without any formal justification other than their ‘crime’ of not having residence documents.

For this reason, migrant detainees have been on successive hunger strikes in that police station, protesting the unimaginable conditions of incarceration and the consecutive decisions for three-month extension of their custody. For example, 70 migrants have been on hunger strike since March 14th, 2013. As a result of this joint protest, the hunger strikers were dispersed by several transfers to other police departments where the cops once again treated them with insults, bullying and threats. The particular hunger strike began after the unexplained decision for another three-month extension of custody against two migrants, who are locked up for 9 months already in detention cells. The case of a Palestinian refugee is indicative of ill-treatment against the hunger strikers: Ahmed Faraj, who fainted during the eighth day of hunger strike (22/3), was evacuated to hospital because the cops gave him shampoo saying that it was medical syrup.

We will neither get used to, nor accept the ugliness of this world. We oppose the plundering, impoverishment, brutality, racism and repression with resistance, self-organization and solidarity, with common struggles of native-born and migrant resisters against the system of exploitation, exclusions and submission. Hands off the wretched and the fighters!

Resalto anarchist space (Keratsini)

Update: In the morning of April 6th, comrades from Resalto anarchist space, as well as the Gastarbeiter collective for autonomy took to the streets in an unannounced demo, protested outside the police station of Drapetsona and marched in the wider neighbourhood, in solidarity with migrant hunger strikers. Photos/video here.

Athens: Update regarding 23-years-old anarchist Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, one of the four comrades arrested on 1.2.2013, accused in bank robbery case

‘Robbers are the States and the bosses; criminals are the cops and judges; villains are you, the uninvolved citizens; all of you are murderers of freedom’ (painted slogan in the city of Veria, northern Greece)

After solidarians contacted the parents of Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, we want to inform you about the following:

All the arrestees have been transferred (from Kozani) to the Athens police headquarters (GADA) since Saturday late evening, February 2nd.

In the morning of Sunday, February 3rd, the parents were able to get in contact with their children, as did their defense lawyers. Until then, the police denied all respective requests repeatedly.

The parents were allowed to visit the arrestees only for 15 minutes at the 12th floor of the Athens police headquarters.

Specifically, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos was handcuffed to a chair during the whole time of the visitation.

He has informed us that, while he was handcuffed with his hands behind the back in the detention cells of the Veria police department, the cops placed a hood on his face, forced him to kneel down and beat him for approximately four hours on his head, his face and his stomach, and some of his hair was pulled out by force. This happened without any resistance from his part. It goes without saying that the cops also threatened him the whole time and insulted him in the most vulgar way.

The consequences of the aforementioned tortures were the following: blood in the urine, severe dizziness, headaches, edemas on his whole face, hematomas on both eyes, as well as bruises and ecchymoses everywhere on his body.

His parents report that his face was unrecognizable and his voice was altered from all the beatings at his jawbone.

During these three days, he was only permitted to drink bottled water, while his parents were not allowed to give him packaged food staples and fruit juices.

All of the above facts are not disclosed in order to victimize any of the arrestees, but in order to highlight the tortures and violence which are practiced ‘legally’ by the state apparatuses.

Despite everything, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos holds strong and dignified, and his morale remains steadfast.

Strength to the arrested comrades. We will try to share more updates soon.

There is also an open letter of Pantelia Vergopoulou, mother of Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, who unequivocally denounces the tortures against the four comrades and states, among others, the following:

‘The prosecution mechanisms in Greece follow the torture-related standards of the Guantanamo prisons. My son, just like the three other arrestees, was not treated like any other accused of criminal code offenses, but with particular hatred because he is an anarchist. At the same time, their torturers hidden behind hoods remain untouchable.

Until when?

[…] Finally, being a doctor myself (specialized in pre-hospital emergency medicine), I report that the first hours following traumas are critical for potential brain injuries and further lesions. The high necessity for immediate examination and hospital care refers to all arrestees who have been abused.

I hold those who are in charge of the case primarily responsible for any damage that may be caused.’

Greece: Anarchists Dimitris Politis and Yannis Michailidis arrested

According to a report on Indymedia Athens, comrades Yannis Michailidis and Dimitris Politis were arrested by police along with two other persons.

Arrest warrants had been issued against both comrades for alleged participation in the anarchist revolutionary organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

The arrests were made in the morning of February 1st, 2013, and now the cops attempt to link the arrestees to two armed bank robberies in the wider area of Kozani (northern Greece).

All four hostages were severely beaten by the cops. In a corporate video from the courthouse in Kozani, comrades are heard shouting:

“Long live anarchy! Long live anarchy, you scumbags!”

“Long live anarchy! Cops, judges, politicians, you have no reason to sleep calm. We lost a battle but not the war! – Fuck off!”

Strength to the comrades that were kidnapped by the State!

Trikala: Another letter from imprisoned Vaggelis K.

On Saturday, December 29th, 2012 solidarians spread a text of comrade Vaggelis Koutsibelas on the occasion of his upcoming trial. He has been on remand since the 5th of April 2012, accused of committing a series of incendiary attacks with gas canisters in the city of Trikala. Below is his short letter from the D2 wing of the Trikala closed prison.


The trial date has been set for the 6th of March 2013, in a mixed criminal court in the city of Larissa.

Cops and judges in all their glory: they will call eight witnesses to the stand, including two undercover cops and one of the DIAS police motorcycle team. Among the prosecuting witnesses is the snitch Giorgos Zafiris (a cops’ minion, who has snitched on the half population of Trikala just to get his dose of heroin; he could sell his own mother for drugs). He wasn’t ashamed of calling me “HIS FRIEND”! I will be waiting in the courtroom for him as well, just to see how exactly will he deal with me there, because he’s got a lot of nerve.

Another two witnesses for the prosecution who claim they were eye-witnesses and had come face to face with the perpetrator, were never called to testify before this moment. Especially the second witness told the cops she had come face to face with the suspect, and described the man as follows: ‘He had average height, and he had a motorbike’. For starters, my motorbike was confiscated by cops a few days before the investigated incidents, because I didn’t have the necessary license documents on me during traffic police identification. When I managed to get my motorbike from the police headquarters, it had several damages and it was impossible to drive it for a while. Until now, this particular witness was never called to testify in my presence, during cross-examination.

I was found guilty by both cops and judges, who ordered my pretrial detention by an accelerated procedure. During the first days of my captivity, they didn’t even let me go to the hospital or send me to a coroner to examine my bleeding wounds, caused by the repeated beatings I received while under custody. My torturers in plainclothes had the complete assistance of the preliminary judges. I still laugh at the words that the female prosecutor said to my face back then: “He is 42-years-old, and now you remembered to bring him before me? Lock him up, lock him up!”

From my part, I have denied all charges pressed against me and the arsons which are attributed to me; the only thing I’ve accepted was the texts which were posted on the internet. I supposedly incited (through my texts) the people of Trikala to rise up and set fire to the prefecture and the municipality —as if we are forcing anyone to read such communiqués and assimilate to them!

Never mind; it will all be clarified in court. I also called six defense witnesses, and of course the youths from my village to support me. Unfortunately Ι have no income, and if the ‘merciful’ Greek State does not provide for a court-appointed lawyer, then Ι will be forced to defend my case on my own. That’s all I had to say about the upcoming trial.


Vaggelis Koutsibelas
D2 Wing, Trikala prison

$hile: Of Martyrs and Executioners —with English subtitles


In the year 1970; a group of men marching. One youth looks at the camera, raising his fist; others join him lifting a banner that reads ‘VOP’ (Vanguardia Organizada del Pueblo, ‘Organized Vanguard of the People’). We undertake a journey into the events of the past, reconstructing the history of repression in Chile and revisiting the adventure of a group of revolutionary youths which, embedded in the action of the 70s, would later be repressed by the very government of the Unidad Popular (‘Popular Unity’).

The assassination of the former vice president and interior minister Edmundo Pérez Zujovic on Hernando de Aguirre street in Santiago on June 8th, 1971, as well as the deadly assault on the headquarters of the Police of Investigations on General Mackenna Street in Santiago on June 16th, 1971 are perhaps the most memorable, yet not the only acts of the VOP (1969–71). The VOP is considered one of the few revolutionary organizations that decided to continue conducting urban guerrilla warfare once the Unidad Popular government came to power. Their unpardonable provocation was answered heavily by the Allende government that tried to bury them with blood, torture, imprisonment and oblivion.

The documentary De Martires y Verdugos was made possible by the Proyecto Documental Uno in October 2009. The names of its protagonists, the militants of the VOP, don’t appear on any memorial or in any official report of the Chilean State. Nevertheless, their story clearly establishes that those who appear to be the martyrs of democracy were and are the executioners of the people.

video with French subtitles here / references i, ii, iii, iv

Athens: Arson attack on local offices of the Democratic Left (DIMAR) in Kaisariani

In the early hours of Thursday, October 11th, a direct action group carried out an incendiary attack on a local branch of the political party Democratic Left (Dimokratiki Aristera), offices located on Ethnikis Antistaseos street in the neighbourhood of Kaisariani. This party, led by Fotis Kouvelis, is part of the current tripartite coalition government, together with Nea Dimokratia and PASOK.

Here follows an excerpt from the responsibility claim, an expression of solidarity with all those prosecuted for their subversive action:

“The least suited to such lackeys and bootlicking snitches of the system is fire. And to those who already spoke of fascism to describe our act, we say that fascism is the hundreds of ‘preemptive’ detentions of activists and strikers. Fascism is the impoverishment of society as a whole and the pogroms against the ‘leftovers’. Fascism is the tortures against antifascist demonstrators and comrades in solidarity in the Athens police headquarters, the raids on squats, and the unleashed hordes of DELTA and DIAS motorcycle police anthropoids. And any struggle against this fascism of the State and the bosses is RESISTANCE.”

ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA – Athens, March 29th

In the city centre: Daily beatings, tortures, thefts against immigrants
source athens.indymedia

Cops, fascists, plainclothes cops, racist civil servants, an impenetrable tangle of thugs make the everyday ‘life’ of immigrants who move in downtown Athens a living hell.

Here are, apparently, only a few of the facts that immigrants suffer every day, reported by their supporters:

– At the Attiki metro station, at around 6 every evening, cops, either in uniform or without, assisted also by pass controllers, ambush the immigrants who come out of the subway. They do not ask for their documents; they just immobilize them, search them, beat them up and steal what they find in their pockets. The same has happened at the Victoria metro station.

– At Larissis (or Larissa) central railway station in Athens, cops along with fascists beat any immigrant that they manage to isolate.

– The torture continues more methodical at the Aliens Police Directorate in Petrou Ralli Street, where immigrants — even those who have papers — are transferred after being caught in the neighbourhoods of Victoria Square and Attiki Square and in the wider area around Acharnon Street, after first being held in the dungeons of the notorious police department of Aghios Panteleimonas. At Petrou Ralli, the cops lock them up all together in one detention room and spray chemicals directly on the detainees, causing them suffocation, and at the same time they capture their torture with cell phone cameras. In addition, they keep people there for a whole day without giving them food, or the right to go to the bathroom, cursing them and threatening to kill them.

These are scattered testimonies — from the few who are disclosed — on the fascism which day by day is reinforced by cops, fascists, ministers, the mainstream media and mayors, as well as a large deadened part of society who watch this violence with indifference.

What are we waiting for?

In Zografou: Neo-Nazis storm the University of Athens, injuring students
source occupied london

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, at approximately 13.30 GMT+2, a group of about 20 neo-Nazis — according to information received so far, aligned to ‘Chrissi Avgi/Golden Dawn’ and/or to the Greek-Cypriot fascist group ‘DRASIS-KES’ — entered the faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Athens main campus in the suburb of Zografou. (Some commentators on Indymedia Athens claim that the scum affiliate themselves solely with ‘DRASIS-KES’.)

The thugs injured at least three students. According to eyewitnesses, they had sticks, helmets and possibly axes. Students managed to group up quickly and to hold an antifascist demonstration of a few hundred, while the perpetrators of the attack had already disappeared from the scene.

The perpetrators seem to be aligned to ‘Neoi Orizontes/New Horizons’, a student neo-Nazi group linked with ‘DRASIS-KES’ and the old party of Antonis Samaras, who is today the leader of the right-wing party Nea Dimokratia that is participating in the governmental coalition of national unity… The little room that houses ‘New Horizons’ in the university was broken after a while.

In a remarkable twist of reality (even by their usual, low standards) many mainstream media outlets claim this neo-Nazi assault to be an attack by ‘hooded-up youths’ (kukulofori), with an indirect or even direct reference to anarchists.

The offices of ‘DRASI-KES’ were left with busted windows after the spontaneous demonstration of nearly 500 students, among them leftists, antifascists and anarchists, through the campuses and the streets of Zografou and Ilissia, who protested the coordinated fascist attack at the university premises. The injured students are reportedly better now.

[Barcelona] ‘They’re not workers, they’re thugs in uniform!’

Pamphlets found in the streets of Barcelona against the Catalan police, a repression force responsible for the murder of many people:

1/1-2012: A young man arrested in Manresa by the Catalan police, dies in hospital after being beaten while he was handcuffed.

7/1-2012: Death of a young man imprisoned in the Immigration Detention Centre (CIE) in the Free Zone, after national police agents denied him the medical care that he asked for…

And these are only the last two cases.

They who defend an order of misery with torture and murder are not workers, they’re bullies in uniform. We lift our heads in face of the assassins and the system they protect!
They who beat up protesters, torture and murder people in police stations, they who abuse and humiliate others, and defend an order of misery through intimidation and aggression… THEY’RE NOT WORKERS, THEY’RE THUGS IN UNIFORM!

libertarian Barcelona

Another immigrant was tortured in a police station in Athens

How much longer will we tolerate these bastards to be in charge in our neighborhoods with their racist, chauvinistic and sadist behaviors leading to deaths (as in Aghios Panteleimonas police station) and serious wounds?

Of course, these bastards are turned only against the weak people, those who don’t have anything to eat in order to stand up on their own feet and turn against these bastards, but we will stop them.

43-year-old Jan Ali Mersai, from Afghanistan, claims that was beaten brutally and is ready to lodge a complaint against the police officers of Peristeri police station. Continue reading Another immigrant was tortured in a police station in Athens