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Archive for the ‘Prison Struggle’ Category

Statement of Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis about the U.S. State Department list of international “terrorists” (Greece)

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

From ContraInfo:

In 2009, the anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) was designated a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.S. Department of State, in the aftermath of a rocket propelled grenade attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007.

On April 21, 2015, the State Department issued “terrorist designation” against one of the members of Revolutionary Struggle, anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis. The next day, the comrade issued the following statement in response:

“Whoever is not with us is against us”
– from a speech of U.S. President George W. Bush after September 11, 2001

“We are not with you, we are against you”
– from a statement of Nikos Maziotis to the special court in Koridallos prisons on June 11, 2012 regarding the Revolutionary Struggle attack on the U.S. Embassy

The State Department admittedly did me great honor by including me in the list of international “terrorists”. This is the second time that the planetary killers honor me as a Revolutionary Struggle member, since they had placed a one-million-dollar bounty on me along with other members of the organization after the Revolutionary Struggle attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007. (more…)

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Pancartas de agitación durante las jornadas contra la sociedad carcelaria (Chile)

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Agitación y presencia callejera siempre necesaria en la lucha anti-autoritaria, realizada con más fuerza como respuesta al llamado de nuestrxs compañerxs en prisión.

Las pancartas dicen:

* El Estado,sus chantajes y el encierro de nuestrxs cercanxs no detendrá la lucha por la libertad. Solidaridad con la huelga de hambre de Nataly Juan y Guillermo.

*Que ningùn individux someta a otrx. A destruir las càrcels y todaformade autoridad. Por la liberación total. (more…)

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Network of Imprisoned Fighters end their 48 day hunger strike after Greek parliament agree to significant portion of the demands (Greece)

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Athens: Protest march in solidarity with hunger strikers in Greek prisons followed by clashes in Exarchia

Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK) announce the end of their 48 day old hunger strike after a vote in the Greek parliament paved the way for a significant portion of the comrade’s demands to be met.

These include: redefining of the legal framework regarding Type-C prisons, revision of the so-called ‘Hoodie Law’ (severe sentencing for those caught committing crimes while masked) – judges will now be able to exercise their own discretion in such cases, the involvement of an independent expert from the first stage of DNA collection in cases that involve DNA evidence and the release from prison to house arrest for N17 comrade Savvas Xiros who is extremely unwell and legally considered to be 98% disabled; this would also apply to all prisoners who are considered to be 80% disabled or over.

“These 48 days of tenacious struggle at a tactical level ended with a positive outcome that reaped dividends for those at ‘the bottom.’ A positive result also for the global fight against the bosses and the new totalitarianism which they impose as well as another step closer towards a classless society. Our aim is to use this victory and the new territory gained to become even more dangerous to those in power. We share the life-giving flames of victory with all those who saw this struggle as a common cause and took part in our fight.”

Via Insurrection News.

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Anarchist comrade Eric G.King needs support funds for Federal Trial (USA)

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Eric G. King, a 28-year-old vegan anarchist, was arrested and charged
with an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in
Kansas City, MO in September 2014. Eric is being charged with throwing a
hammer through a window of the building, followed by two lit Molotov
cocktails. The criminal complaint states that both alleged incendiary
devices failed to ignite. Scheduled to go to trial in July 2015, he is
facing up to 30 years in federal prison.

Eric was identified as a suspect by local police because he had
previously come under suspicion for anti-government and anti-police
graffiti. He is currently being held in the Corrections Corporation of
America’s Leavenworth Detention Center. (more…)

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Rejection of the request for release of comrade Marco Camenisch (Switzerland)

Friday, April 17th, 2015

From actforfree:

Once again the Federal Tribunal rejected request of release on bail for Marco Camenish on 3rd December 2014, after the comrade has served 2/3 of the sentence, thus postponing his liberation to 2018.

The request had already been rejected by the Administrative Tribunal of Zurich on 24th October 2013, on the grounds that the comrade had showed no signs of repent in the course of the years.

The Swiss judiciary understanding of the case continues to follow the same line, as usual, and this is significant and conclusive as for the mechanisms of repressive revenge towards indomitable anarchist prisoners.

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A contribution to the international call against prisons from Chile, by the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (Greece)

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

This is where wolves are silent because people are screaming…

10-20 of April: an international campaign of comrades in Chile, against prison. Ten days against the obeisances of those who learned to live like servants. A message of complicity. Words that escaped from the prisons of Chile, traveled thousands of kilometers away, crossed borders, police forces, censorship and reached our cells. Thoughts and meanings that became our sleepless friends to our difficult moments of the hunger strike we carried out. Where life and death stand a breath, heartbeat less away from each other, there where comradeship, solidarity and complicity give advantage to life. Words and thoughts of comrades from Chile gave us courage, tenacity and a hoard of smiles.

Against a society that accepts being marked with the mark of authority, with ID numbers, tax records, cameras, products’ barcodes, Facebook, virtual reality, monitors, here we also stand, we who refuse to be tamed. We refuse to become the obedient pets in the shop window of survival that repeats itself and looks like a slow death.

In different places and moments, different negation and insurrection, which although speak different languages, express common meanings, meet. It’s the meeting of all of us who discovered our true face when we put on a hood to attack the ugliness of this world. It’s the call of all of us who chose the sound of a bank’s window crumbling, the break and ignition of a molotov cocktail as it traverses the night as a glowing star, an explosion that blows up authority and silence of the social graveyard, a pistol arming while rising to shoot death carrying normality, as our music. (more…)

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Huelga de hambre de Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova y Guillermo Durán desde el 14 de Abril ($hile)

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Also read: Anarchists Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova and Guillermo Duran declare hunger strike via contrainfo.

“Hoy en $hile, como en Grecia y España, se castiga la solidaridad, el amor y sus bellezas”
Nataly Casanova

Saludamos a lxs compañerxs Nataly Casanova, Juan Flores y Guillermo Durán, quienes desde el 14 de abril iniciaron una huelga de hambre exigiendo la liberación de Enrique Guzmán (detenido durante la tarde del
6 de abril y puesto bajo prisión preventiva), el cese de los hostigamientos contra sus cercanxs por parte de la miserable institución de Gendarmería y los brazos represivos del Estado, exigiendo también el cese del régimen de aislamiento al que ha sido sometida la compañera Nataly Casanova.

En estos meses de prisión preventiva lxs compañerxs han enfrentado con dignidad las maniobras represivas de los carceleros, sin retroceder un milímetro en sus convicciones de Guerra e ideas de libertad. Desde la calle solidarizamos incondicionalmente con ellxs, reconociéndolxs como compañerxs y como parte de nuestro mismo combate contra el Poder y toda Autoridad.

SOLIDARIDAD Y ACCIÓN CON LXS COMPAÑERXS EN HUELGA DE HAMBRE DESDE EL 14 DE ABRIL!!!
ADELANTE, Y EN PIE DE GUERRA!!!

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Text of the hunger striker Spyros Mandylas (Greece)

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

STARTING…

Today, 12/04, I am on the 30th day of hunger strike. In these 30 days of hunger strike I’ve lost 13 pounds, sugar and pressure levels are at breaking point and I had some fainting episodes. The possibility, after a proposal from the doctors, of me being transferred to a hospital is open in the following days. So, I declare that my hunger strike will continue there too and I make it now clear that it will not accept serum and I do not allow doctors administer it to me even if I fall into a coma. The responsibility for my life is mine alone. The responsibility, however, for my imprisonment falls exclusively on the judges Lygas, Panagiotakopoulou, Stergoudi, Zografos and on my 39 co-defendants.

All this time I consciously chose not to speak my mind with a second personal text, since the demands of other hunger strikes that had started before me were not satisfied at all. So I only published some updates on the state of my health. Besides, anyone who wanted to know what was going on, was able to find out.

All this time my 39 co-defendants, rather than trying to contain their humiliation they have engaged in a cheap game of impressions, online comments and texts filled with lies, while others have chosen the tactic of the ostrich. (more…)

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Words from 8 hunger strikers of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (Greece)

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Below is an excerpt from an open letter released in the small hours of April 11th 2015 by hunger strikers of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters.

[…] When we started the hunger strike, we knew it would be an uphill struggle that would stretch us to our limits. And it’s true that some of us, after 40 days of tough struggle, run the risk of developing serious health problems. Nevertheless, we’re not going to concede any ground to anyone who’s taking advantage of the government’s strategy in their attempt to wear us down and annul the effectiveness of our struggle. Therefore, we reiterate that we continue the hunger strike until the fulfillment of our demands, despite the visible risks to our health. We owe it to all the comrades who’ve felt we are giving a joint struggle against the state of exception, but above all we owe it to our own selves and to the means of fight that we have chosen. We invite all comrades to reflect on the cruciality of the situation (four comrades have been on strike for more than 40 days) and turn Every Day of Hunger Strike into A Day of Action.

Every fight exhausts its potential only when we give up, and this fight has neither exhausted its potential nor completed its cycle.*

PS.1: Yesterday [April 10th], our comrade Tasos Theofilou stopped the strike as well. We walked together this far, and remain united in our common struggle. Tasos, we wish you a good recovery.

PS.2: We send our solidarity to the revolutionaries from Turkey [incarcerated in Greek prisons], who stand beside us in this battle. We wish Giorgos Inglessis [who suspended hunger strike] a good recovery.**

PS.3: Solidarity with the migrants who went on hunger strike at the concentration camp in Paranesti, near Drama.***

Until the End – Until Victory
Not One Step Back

Network of Imprisoned Fighters
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Translation notes:

* A reference to the opinion expressed by imprisoned comrade Nikos Maziotis.

** According to our information so far, the prisoners who remain on hunger strike are eight anarchists of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Antonis Stamboulos, Argyris Ntalios, Dimitris Politis, Fivos Harisis, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Grigoris Sarafoudis and Yannis Michailidis, as well as communists from Turkey & Kurdistan incarcerated in Greek prisons.

*** On April 10th, the No Lager Assembly in Thessaloniki, having established ties of solidarity and constant communication with the imprisoned migrants, reported that only one migrant is still on hunger strike in Paranesti camp, also noting that comrades from various collectives in Thessaloniki, Drama, Patras, Athens and other places supported and publicised the strike.

see related updates via contra-info

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Santiago: Actividad 14 de Abril – En la lucha antiautoritaria – Buscando Complices ($hile)

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

En la lucha antiautoritaria:
BUSCANDO CÓMPLICES
Martes 14 de Abril desde las 19:00Hrs
Pedro de Oña # 88 Nuñoa (Metro Irarrazabal)

*Conservatorio: ¿Como vamos superando los obstáculos de la lucha
anticarcelario dentro y fuera de la prisión?
*Música y Comida
*ESTRENO DOCUMENTAL, Video de la lucha internacionalista y
antiautoritaria.

Actividad Enmarcada dentro de la Jornada Anticarcelaria del 10 al 20 de
Abril.

*Convoca: Biblioteca Antiautoritaria Sacco y Vanzetti*

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Call for action from the Chilean prisons – Days of International Solidarity, April 10-20

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

[Translated by Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras]

Facing the multiple forms of prison-capital-state`s ideology, opposing the offensive strength of our convictions is to transgress any margin, border or wall in which they pretend to live on the blind acceptance of their rotten power relationships, their nauseating moral, politics and world view.

The offensive resistance against the current state of things, clearly involves moving from words to action, from a mere slogan to the rebel fighting with existing order, from a simple critical emptied of content to the proliferation of antagonism towards revolt.

(…) Deepening the resulting consistency between theory and practice, has made us pass through the darkest recesses of the prison police-state-capitalist architecture. We have not been the first, nor will we be the last… However, in the present universe of war prisoners, different experiences of resistance to enclosure are expressed since the late 80s in the demeaning high and maximum security prisons in Chile, Peru, Brazil and Argentina, between the 90s and the present. With legal-political processes always molded and forged based on counterinsurgency interests … [With] torture and direct repression, criminalization of affections and loves, [and] constant police-journalist defamation (…)

The reality of war prisoners in Chilean prisons can not be faked. (…) In this framework we make an open call to extend all possible efforts to fight against all expressions of the prison society. We call to mobilize the imagination, the will and desire between April 10 and 20.

We salute worthy struggles in Greek prisons, chapters from the near distance accompanied with sincere affection.

(…) We embrace all decent prisoners in all cages around the world, to fugitives and to our dead ones. (…) While misery exists, there will be rebellion

SOCIAL WAR AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY
REVOLUTIONARY INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY FOR THE DEMOLITION OF PRISONS

- Tamara Farías Vergara
- Alejandro Astorga Valdés
- Carlos Gutierrez Quiduleo
- Juan Aliste Vega
- Freddy Fuentevilla Saa
- Hans Niemeyer Salinas
- Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda
- Alfredo Canales Moreno

[Translation note: we are not the best translators, but we translated these excerpts from the original text]

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Update on the anarchist hunger striker Giannis Mihailidis (Greece)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

On 10/04, anarchist Giannis Mihailidis (19th day of hunger strike) was transferred to Attico hospital where he is hospitalized guarded. The comrade has lost 8.5% of his initial body weight and has a number of health problems because of the strike. His body was already encumbered as it had not yet fully recovered from the previous hunger strike in solidarity with comrade Nikos Romanos, a few months ago.

+ Also see: Chronicle about the hunger strike of anarchist and political prisoners.


- From InterArma

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Letter From Kevan Thakrar – Protest Outside Manchester Crown Court On May 22 (UK)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Letter from social prisoner Kevan Thakrar, from a comrade of ABC Brighton:

06/04/15

Thank you to everyone who turned out to demonstrate in my support in London outside Prison Service headquarters on February 16th and to all those who helped create the banners, flyers and advertised the event.

Since then there have been significant developments. Firstly, the attempt to have me sectioned under the Mental Health Act failed. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not something which a person can be sectioned for, so the psychiatrist refused to do the dirty work of the Close Supervision Centre Management Committee (CSCMC) and refer me to hospital.

Transfer to HMP Full Sutton segregation unit turned out to be their next attack. Greeted by a full riot squad on arrival, my treatment was never going to be good, but even I was shocked at the audacity of these discriminators who stormed my cell while I was praying, to assault me and provoke a reaction: Fortunately I did not fall into their trap; however this has only led to me being subjected to a continued and increasing level of harassment. (more…)

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International Day of Solidarity With All Long-term Anarchist Prisoners – June 11, 2015

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

June 11, 2015 : TRANSITION : The struggle’s not over…

The last year has been full of changes and transitions for our imprisoned comrades and for those of us engaged in struggle on the other side of the walls. Now, solidly in the throes of spring, we feel compelled to celebrate these transitions and victories as new life and energy burst forth all around us. It is not often that we get a chance to truly mix celebration and struggle – but now is one of those times! On January 8th of this year the Eastern District Court of California ordered Eric McDavid released from prison. Our comrade Marius came out publicly as a man and began seeking resources for his physical transition. We believe these are both transitions worthy of celebration and reason for continued struggle. It is in this spirit that we bring you our thoughts about J11 2015.

First, a bit of housekeeping: We have a new email address: june11th at riseup dot net! If you sent something to the old address, it is likely we did not receive it. We would love it if there were many translations of this callout and other support materials (many thanks to ContraInfo and others for supporting translation over the years)! Please send information about the June 11th events you are planning this year, posters, zines, and any report backs to june11th at riseup dot net. We are looking forward to hearing from you and will post events as we receive them at June11.org. Every year events happen in new cities, and we hope you’ll encourage your friends and comrades far and wide to join us this year. (more…)

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Hunger strike termination statement by Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis (Greece)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

On April 5th 2015, anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis announced the end of his hunger strike. Below is his statement.

After 35 days of struggle, I terminate the hunger strike that I began on March 2nd along with other comrades. I have decided to do so not owing to the fact that I have reached the limits of my endurance but because I believe that, considering the developments regarding the requestive context, this fight has completed its cycle and has exhausted its potential, taking into account also the solidarity acts that have taken place. I have chosen to suspend the hunger strike now, after the justice ministry’s bill introduction, seeing no point in waiting at least 10 days until it’s voted on, after Easter has passed. I however remain extremely cautious over any modifications that the ministry is supposed to present in relation to the hoodie law or DNA legislation; because the government has already demonstrated how unreliable it is in fulfilling its proclamations. (more…)

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From some corner of the world: A letter from comrade Carlos López “Chivo” (Unknown)

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Comrades, I am writing these few lines to let you know about my present condition of life, which I have decided upon from a very particular perspective following a series of situations that have arisen in the recent context of individual and / or social struggle and the repression against it.

There is a long list of comrades who have been harassed and investigated for anarchist activity recently in this country, more specifically in the centre and the south, putting them under surveillance to observe their movements and the people with whom they organize, sending vile bastard informers to gather information, accusing foreign comrades of financing struggles and so on. Also at the time of the arrest that led me to prison with my comrades in affinity Amélie and Fallon, there was an attempt to link many people of the libertarian / anarchist milieu with our case (5E), upturning some houses to find “evidence” (without success) and thereby have more arguments to mount a serious blow within the anarchist scene. (more…)

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Medical report about 8 anarchist hunger strikers, participants in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters + Tasos Theofilou suspended hunger strike (Greece)

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Eight anarchist prisoners of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK) are still on hunger strike in different hospitals and Greek prisons, demanding the abolition of type C maximum security prisons; abolition of the antiterrorist legislation (articles 187 and 187A); abolition of the anti-hoodie law; abolition of forcible taking of DNA samples, abolition of analysis of DNA samples that contain a mixture of genetic material from more than two individuals, access to DNA samples for analysis by a biology expert witness trusted by the accused; and the release of the polytrauma patient, 17N prisoner Savvas Xiros. According to the latest medical report, all comrades are in critical condition. (more…)

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Brussels: Soli-graff for hunger strike (Belgium)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Solidarité avec les prisonniers !
Abolition des lois 187, 187A, anticapuche, et sur les prisons de type-C !
Abolition de l’utilisation de l’ADN comme preuve légale !
Liberté pour Savvas Xiros !
Courage et force à Nikos Maziotis et à tous les prisonniers en grève de la faim !

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Berlin: Soli-banner for CCF and the ongoing hunger strike (Germany)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

As a small sign of solidarity with the CCF and the ongoing hungerstrike of various prisoners in Greece and their struggle against this prison-society, we dropped a banner in Berlin, at the “Oberbraumbrücke” in Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg:

“Strength and complicity to all CCF / prisoners on hunger-strike in Greece! our hearts are beating for you too”

Victory to the prisoners’ struggle and their demands!

Strength and Freedom for the CCF and their relatives!

Some angry anarchists

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Update on comrade Mihalis Nikolopoulos (Greece)

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

After the victorious hunger strike of the CCF, comrade Michalis Nikolopoulos has returned from the intensive care unit to his room on the 10th floor of Evangelismos hospital where he was before. During the night of hospitalization in the ICU, where he was moved for close monitoring due to the criticality of the situation, his pulse went down to 20 beats per minute(!) and his pressure to 6. The comrade escaped the immediate danger, his moral is good and according to doctors his heart manages to stabilize although everything was hanging by a thread. Still, he will remain in the hospital for several days, so that some more medical tests are made.

Mihalis was a step away from death and at the same time nothing is over, as the hunger strike of the other political prisoners continues while the state of their health IS deteriorating as they are now on the 35th day of the strike.

NO OTHER COMRADE OF US IN THE ICU!

IMMEDIATE SATISFACTION OF THE DEMANDS OF THE HUNGER STRIKERS

- Abolition of the counter-terrorism laws 187 and 187A

- Abolition of the “hood-law”

- Restriction on the use and proccessing of DNA as an evidence

- Abolition of type C prisons

- Release of Savas Xiros for health reasons

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Translated by Inter Arma

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