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CCF Escape case: Report about the inquisition – 5 March 2015 (Greece)

Friday, March 6th, 2015

As is known, the CCF imprisoned members are on hunger strike until death. Christos’ and Gerasimos’ mother and Gerasimos’ wife testified to the investigating judge on Tuesday, where they both denied the charge of being members of a “terrorist organization” (which is what they are charged with). The comrades’ mother only accepted the charge of “harboring a criminal”, and she was remanded by the counter-terror state. Gerasimos’ wife was also remanded the same day.

Yesterday, Christos Tsakalos wrote a political claim of his own, concerning the escape attempt, and Giorgos Polydoros published a text as well, as a personal friend of his brother was arrested (he was released along with the woman who was arrested on Saturday).

Also today Aggeliki S. and the 39-year-old comrade Christos R. who was arrested in the neighbourhood of Galatsi on February 28th were demanded to testify. Aggeliki gave a statement saying she did not recognise the court and declared herself as anarchist. Aggeliki was then detained in Korydallos, and she had already began a hunger strike from the point of her arrest with the common aims of CCF. Christos R. also gave a statement (which is being translated), and was immediately remanded to Domokos Type C prison.

Death to the police – Death to the state

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Anarchist Aggeliki Spyropoulou on hunger strike (Greece)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

From Monday, 02/03 anarchist comrade Aggeliki Spyropoulou has begun a hunger strike demanding the immediate release of the family members of Gerasimos and Christos Tsakalos.

Strength to the hunger striker Aggeliki Spyropoulou and the 10 members of CCF.

Immediate satisfaction of their claims

Anarchist Squat Nadir

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Anarchist Panagiotis Mihalakoglou abstains from the prison meals (Greece)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

In the war we are living, both inside and outside prison, and in the fight we are giving, no comrade is alone. As for the vindictiveness that the counter-terrorism unit and the special appellate investigators have shown to the relatives and the friends of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members, the least I can do, being imprisoned, is to abstain from the prison meals.

SOLIDARITY IS OUR BIG WEAPON

NOTHING IS OVER, EVERYTHING CONTINUES

Wednesday 04/03

Panos Mihalakoglou – Anarchist Prisoner of War

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CCF Escape case: Statement of Giorgos Polydoros (Greece)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The text was sent to mass media:

From the first moment, we have claimed responsibility for the escape plan from Korydallos prison, when it was uncloaked, we the 10 members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

The last five days, we see our relatives and their friends being dragged and being assailed, who have nothing to do with the case and, indeed, detaining the mother of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos and the second one’s wife.

The accusation of involvement in [terrorist] organization, they are charged with by the counter-terrorism unit, is ridiculous and unsustainable. They’re calling a 60-year-old mother and the wife members [of CCF] and detain them, under the pretext that they’re suspected of fleeing. We are talking about people with permanent residences and who were visiting us in the visiting hours in prison. Who are the trashes of counter-terrorism unit fooling with? We are experiencing a moment where the counter-terrorism unit is doing whatever it wants and has gone beyond any limit of amorality, without giving an account to anyone. Its political enemies are us and not our relatives. If it wants to strike someone, let it strike us and leave the clowning aside.

We also know that today are the evaluations of police, so everyone understands what a dirty game is being played in the background and the show they have set, in order to get promotions.

From Monday 2/3, we all ten members of the Cells have begun a hunger strike until death, in order for the four relatives and their friends to be set free. They have nothing to do with our actions. They will either set them free, or let them prepare themselves to count the first dead political prisoners.

At the same time, we support the hunger strike taking place in prisons, for the abolition of the counter-terrorism law, the hood-law and the C’ Type prisons. The situation the counter-terrorism unit created for our families is the over-the-top consequence of the terror law and opens new doors.

Giorgos Polydoros

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CCF Escape case: Statement from Christos Tsakalos (Greece)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The statement was sent to mass media:

These days we’re experiencing the ultimate triumph of the counter-terrorism unit’s state.

After supporting and setting an entire show with cameras showing arrested people with hoods on their heads being dragged up the GADA [counter-terror hq] stairs, it completed the coup with the detention of my mother and my brother’s wife.

And although yesterday we claimed full political and penal responsibility for the escape plan as Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, all of a sudden I hear that both my mother and my brother’s wife are detained.

Accidentally, it is the same day that the [neo-nazi political party] Golden Dawn members are released from prison. Moreover, accidentally, this afternoon there are the evaluations of the police*.

As in the world we live there aren’t that many coincidences but only expediencies, it is clear that there is an expediency game being played here.

Apart from the ridiculousness of the accusation against them and against the two personal friends of theirs, the accusation of the two detainees isn’t evaluated as necessary for their detention.

Their laws stipulate that: “Someone is to be detained only when judged that he is suspected of escaping or committing similar crimes”. What reasonable human being believes something like this, either about my mother, or about my brother’s wife?

What is taking place right now reminds one of the fascist state in Germany, in the 1970s, when, in order to avenge the RAF, it launched a pogrom against their relatives and their lawyers.

Back then, the German state counted the first dead hunger strikers.

Maybe someone wants to count the first dead hunger strikers here in Greece as well.

This is why we’re not going to end the hunger strike until death, unless our relatives and friends, who are testifying today, are released.

Christos Tsakalos

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* Christos refers to the procedure of police officers being evaluated for their service.

Translator’s note: A female friend of Christos’ mother (accused of CCF membership) and Giorgos Polydoros brother’s friend have been set free with restrictive bail conditions.

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Combative prisoners on collective hunger strike as of March 2nd 2015 (Greece)

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

via contra-info:

On March 2nd 2015, combative prisoners launched a hunger strike in various Greek prisons. Their main demands are: the abolition of Article 187 (criminal organisation) and Article 187A (terrorist organisation) of the Greek Penal Code; of the “hoodie law” (acts committed with concealed physical characteristics); of the legal framework for Type C prisons; of the prosecutorial provision of forcible taking of DNA samples – and the immediate release from prison of Savvas Xiros (convicted for his participation in the R.O. 17 November) on health grounds.

So far, those who have joined the political prisoners’ mobilisation and collective hunger strike are three urban guerrillas incarcerated in the E1 wing of Domokos type C prison: Dimitris Koufontinas, Kostas Gournas, and Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis – and five participants in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK): Antonis Stamboulos (Larissa prison), Tasos Theofilou (Domokos prison), Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios and Giorgos Karagiannidis (Koridallos prison). The rest of the comrades who participate in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters will join the hunger strike in the coming days.

Furthermore, in the E1 wing of Domokos type C prison, Giorgos Sofianidis has been on hunger strike since February 27th, requesting the abolition of type C maximum security prisons, in addition to his immediate transfer to Koridallos prison in order to continue his studies – and as of today, March 2nd, Mohamed-Said Elchibah also went on a hunger strike.

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“Hunger strike until death to protect our relatives and their friends” : Announcement of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Imprisoned Members’ Cell (Greece)

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

Two months ago our escape plan from Korydallos prison was revealed. It’s something we claimed full responsibility for and made our self-critique. After that, an unprecedented hunt for the construction of guilt has started. The target is our relatives and their friends. We saw, two days ago, Giorgos Polydoros brother’s friend and a personal friend of Christos’ and Gerasimos’ Tsakalos being arrested. They, therefore, started talking about “regional members”, “mailers” and “revolutionary fund”. What for? For a bag of clothes? For some money from contributions and solidarity events? Or for the famous “shooting lasers”? The accused man did not even know that there were lasers in the bag. In addition, the most important is that these lasers are toys being sold for 2 euros in Monastiraki and with which we wanted to create confusion at the time of the attack. Why does the counter-terrorist agency not say it, but, in contrast, presents them as weapons?

So today, we watch the mother of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos being arrested along with Gerasimos’ wife, because Aggeliki Spyropoulou was found in their family house. Aggeliki is a rare comrade and we are connected to her with absolute political affinity. The two comrades had told her that if she ever found herself in a difficult position, she could go to their house. Because we don’t abandon neither our ideas, nor our people. Aggeliki had been wanted for so much time and went to their house asking to be temporarily accommodated by their mother. What should their mother do? Close the door to her? She’s not that kind of person and knows the value of humanity for a chased man. In the house stays from time to time due to family relations the wife of Gerasimos Tsakalos, too. That’s why she was there as well.

The whole responsibility is exclusively ours. The relatives and their friends bear no responsibility, having nothing to do with the case and what they’re accused of. As for Aggeliki, we’ll be there for her and she knows she has our support. She’ll be among us, with her head up, in the difficult path we’ve chosen.

But we are not gonna sit here and watch them cannibalizing our relatives and their friends. The counter-terrorism agency crossed the line. We are their opponents not our relatives. So this is it. Since today, 2/3, we go on hunger strike until death to protect our relatives and their friends, so that they won’t end up in jail. The responsibility is ours alone and we are the ones taking it. UNTIL THE END! If they put them in jail, we prefer to choose death. This is what responsibility means and everyone makes their choices…

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF OUR RELATIVES AND THEIR FRIENDS

THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CASE

Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Imprisoned Members Cell

Olga Ekonomidou
Michalis Nikolopoulos
Giorgos Nikolopoulos
Haris Hatzimihelakis
Christos Tsakalos
Gerasimos Tsakalos
Giorgos Polydoros
Panagiotis Argyrou
Damiano Bolano
Theofilos Mavropoulos

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CCF escape case: Fugitive comrade Aggeliki and five other people arrested (Greece)

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

UPDATED

Fugitive comrade Aggeliki Spyropoulou, wanted for participation in the CCF escape attempt, has been arrested this morning, along with the mother of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos, in whose home Aggeliki was arrested.

Another two men and a woman were also arrested on Saturday, accused of membership of CCF. The dogs of the State have also arrested Gerasimos’ wife on Monday. All those arrested are accused of diverse ‘crimes’ related to Aggeliki’s flight, the Korydallos escape attempt and the ongoing insurrectional struggle.

International revolutionary solidarity to the arrested and detained

Fire and violence to the State

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Natalie Casanova charged with making threats against prison screws ($hile)

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Anarchist comrade Nataly Casanova was denounced for ‘threats’ against prison guards in the prison of San Miguel, where she is locked up since September 2014 awaiting trial for the placement of four explosive devices (Metro los dominicos, 1st Comisaria, 39th Comisaria, divecenter Metro Escuela Militar).

Nataly during these months has received four complaints about her ‘attitude’ as she is not submissive towards the jailers.

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Statement signed by all the prisoners in the E1 wing of Domokos type C prison (Greece)

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Via contrainfo:

Prisoner Giorgos Sofianidis began a hunger strike on Friday 27/2 demanding his transfer to Koridallos prison (where he was incarcerated until News Year’s Eve) so that he is able to attend his studies in the same region where educational institutions to which he has already been admitted are available (besides, one of those schools operates inside Koridallos prison). Below is a statement by all the prisoners in the E1 wing of Domokos maximum security prison.

We, all the prisoners currently held in the E1 special wing in the prison within the prison, the type C prison of Domokos, declare that as of today February 27th 2015 we are going to abstain from prison meals and refuse to enter the cells at noon.

We stand by our fellow prisoner, hunger striker Giorgos Sofianidis, and ask that he be moved back to Koridallos prison, otherwise he risks losing any possibility to study at the TEI (Technological Education Institute) of Piraeus and the IEK (Institute of Professional Training) of Koridallos prison.

We demand that the special conditions of detention as well as the barbaric and inhumane type C prison be abolished.

Our mobilisations will continue until the type C prisons are permanently abolished.

Kostas Gournas,
Nikos Maziotis,
Dimitris Koufontinas,
Giorgos Sofianidis,
Yannis Naxakis,
Alexandros Meletis,
Konstantinos Meletis,
Vasileios Varelas,
Mohamed-Said Elchibah,
Alexandros Makadasidis

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Mikalai Dziadok sentenced to 1 more year in prison (Belarus)

Friday, February 27th, 2015

On February 26 the criminal case of the political prisoner Mikalai Dzyadok was tried in Mahilyou prison. He was charged with violation of the rules of serving the sentence under Article 411 of the Criminal Code of Belarus.

Dzydok was charged with 16 violations of prison rules, such as wearing sportswear suit instead of prison uniform, sleeping after “Wakey” signal, not sleeping after lockdown, talking to prisoners from other cells.

The prosecutor asked the court to punish Mikalai Dzyadok by 1 year in a maximum security penal colony. It is a maximum term under this article. The defence noted that such cases are extremely rare and can never be started because of such minor violations. The lawyer asked the court to justify Mikalai. As a result, Judge Ihar Shvedau sentenced the political prisoner to one more year in prison. Besides, he is to serve four days out of his four-and-a-half-year term. (more…)

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Open letter by Spyros Mandylas concerning the trial about the conflict within the movement in 2012 in Thessaloniki (Greece)

Friday, February 27th, 2015

From InterArma:

Today, Thursday 26th of February, the trial concerning the inner-movement conflicts of 2012 in Thessaloniki was continued after a break.

From my side, it became clear from the first moment, the fact that the trial cannot take place at this time because my lawyer Fragiskos Ragousis faces some impediment and I am already on the trial concerning “Phoenix” project which takes place in Athens.

Today, the court decided to begin the process although I was not represented by a lawyer. It should be noted that in this trial I am accused of felonies concerning explosions, possession and use of explosives etc. (more…)

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Solidarity with anarchist Dante Cano, arrested at Oakland demo against police violence and murders (USA)

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Spread around. Lumpen-proletarian rebel arrested recently in Oakland, CA USA at anti-police demonstration. Squatter and anarchist. Facing serious charges. Help get word out.

Dante Cano is currently being held in Santa Rita jail for participation in a demonstration against police brutality and murder in the Bay Area and across the United States. At the time of his arrest, police in near-by Emervyville had just killed Yuvette Henderson in early February. At the same time, police also had just shot people in San Jose, East Oakland, and also the courts had exonerated the police that shot and killed Alex Nieto in San Francisco. This happened against a back-drop of ongoing police murder and violence across the US as well as a deep and furious revolt in the Bay Area against this murder and repression. (more…)

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Liberation immediate de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah – Textes de Dimitris Koufontinas et Nikos Maziotis (France, Greece)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

- G.I. Abdallah : Nouveau refus de libération

LIBÉRATION IMMÉDIATE DE GEORGES IBRAHIM ABDALLAH
RASSEMBLEMENT DE PROTESTATION
MERCREDI 25 FÉVRIER 2015
DEVANT L’AMBASSADE FRANÇAISE D’ ATHENES

(Coin des rues Vas. Sofias et Akadimias)

Le communiste révolutionnaire Georges Ibrahim Abdallah est dans son 31er année d’enfermement dans les prisons françaises. Toutes les demandes de libération conditionnelle qu’il a faites jusqu’ici ont été rejetées par les tribunaux sous des prétextes divers, après des interventions continues du State Department américain et du lobby sioniste aux gouvernements français. L’Etat français, en rôle de protectorat, met en œuvre un système d’exclusion contre un militant qui est libérable depuis 1999.

Le 5 Novembre 2014, le tribunal d’ application des peines de Paris a rejeté la neuvième demande de libération que Georges Ibrahim Abdallah avait soumis en Mars 2014.

La demande d’Abdallah était considérée «irrecevable» sous le prétexte que précédemment il n’a pas fait l’objet d’un arrêté d’expulsion. Cette parodie de justice, confirme encore une fois le régime d’exception applicable à Georges Abdallah pour plus de 31 ans. Il est confirmé que le maintien en détention de Georges Abdallah est une décision politique du gouvernement français. (more…)

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Communiqué from the anarchist comrades locked up in the AS2 unit of the prison of Ferrara (Italy)

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

From anarchicipistoiesi.noblogs.org, crocenera.org, informa-azione.info
Translated by act for freedom now

After the news that circulated between 13th and 17th February, here is a communiqué signed by the prisoners of the AS2 unit of the prison of Ferrara. The prisoners decided not to be silent in the face of yet more abuse from the guards and to protest against the solitary confinement inflicted on a comrade in the unit. We believe it is necessary not to allow their words to remain dead letter; on the contrary it is important that they circulate as much as possible, among comrades outside as well as inside prison.

To the comrades outside, 14th February 2015

A few words to let you know what’s going on in the AS2 unit of the prison of Ferrara.
No will/intention to feed the ferocious appetite of victimization’s cultists or anti-prison experts in view of the latest prisoners’ lament.

On Friday Alfredo [Cospito] was subjected to the judgement of the prison little tribunal, following a report issued a few nights earlier for having insulted a guard who had turned to one of us, Graziano [Mazzarelli], in a disrespectful and provocative fashion. Graziano was guilty of asking the disgusting man to turn the volume down. For the record, all this happened after midnight. Besides causing him lose the 45 days of earlier release, the ‘sentence’ implied that Alfredo was immediately put in solitary confinement, or rather, as they say, excluded from all social activities (exercise yard, sociality, gym and football pitch). As soon as news spread in the unit, after a short discussion, we started making noise and banging at the bars. (more…)

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Alberto Funaro, convicted of rioting against the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, was released from prison! (Italy)

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Alberto Funaro was released on probation, after two and a half years in prison for the events in Genoa in 2001, for which 10 people were convicted of devastation and looting by Italian courts.

Marina Cugnaschi and Francesco Puglisi, sentenced in the same case, remain imprisoned.

Vincenzo Vecchi, also convicted in the ‘Genoa 10’ trial, is still free / at large.

- ContraInfo

Write the comrades:

Francesco Puglisi
CC di Roma Rebibbia
Via Raffaele Majetti 70
00156 Roma
(Braccio G9/2° Piano)
Italia

Marina Cugnaschi
CC Bollate
Via Cristina Belgioioso 120
20021 Milano
Italia

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HMP Oakwood: Prisoners repressed for uprising at G4S private prison (UK)

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

HMP Oakwood is a very well-known large shit-hole of a prison run by G4S private security company, known for very poor conditions and overcrowding.

From inthebellyofthebeast, via mainstream media slime:

Six criminals have been jailed over a riot which caused £170,000-worth of damage at Britain’s biggest jail.

The crooks smashed up their wing at the privately-run HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton, in January last year.

Staff were forced to flee as they trashed TVs, furnishings, pool tables and washing machines. (more…)

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Comrade Tsutomu Shirosaki arrested at Narita airport after being deported (Japan)

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Tsutomu Shirosaki, 67, is a Japanese national who was imprisoned as a political prisoner in the United States. He was accused of being a member of the Japanese Red Army and participating in several attacks, including a mortar attack against a U.S. embassy. Shirosaki was freed on 16 January 2015, and the U.S. Justice Department had been taking procedures to deport him to Japan, which has long wanted him for arrest. Tokyo police arrested Shirosaki immediately when he arrived today at Narita airport, as the Japanese State wants to get revenge for the legacy of the Japanese Red Army and to punish Shirosaki for his claim of responsibility of joining the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine when he was in Lebanon.

Tsutomu Shirosaki was born in 1947 in central Japan. In the 1960s, he went to Tokyo University, where he received a degree in engineering. It was during his college years, where Tsutomu began participating in the student movement, embracing a more left-wing philosophy. By the 1970s, Shirosaki participated in various underground activities, including a string of bank and post office robberies. These actions were fund-raising activities for Japanese radical groups. But in 1971, Shirosaki was arrested in Tokyo and sentenced to ten years in prison for an attack on a Bank of Yokohama branch office. (more…)

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Letter from anarchist comrade Nikos Romanos concerning his hunger-strike (Greece)

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Translated by Act for freedom now!

I am writing this text to critically evaluate the struggle we carried out, as it is an important legacy that needs to be analysed so that we can use it as a strategy compass for the hard days ahead.

The State, aware of the political defeat it suffered, is counter-attacking on other fronts of the struggle, so the continuation of a coordination based on specific agreements is necessary. Not only as a defensive battle position but as a conscious possibility of re-entering the chessboard with assertion as some comrades have rightly said.

During the hunger strike the State weighed up what the political cost of my possible extermination would be; the more the multi-form solidarity movement strengthened, the more the State changed its rhetoric. In brief we can say that the chameleons of government policies changed colour four times. From provocative indifference to superiority, then to a show of power, followed by panic. But let me be more specific. (more…)

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Open letter of Amélie Pelletier and Fallon Poisson about an event taking place at the ‘Museum of Tolerance’, State Institution (Mexico)

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

On February 14 there will be an event in the Museo de la Tolerancia [museum of tolerance] that aims to raise money for political prisoners and anarchists.

Being in prison we have little information about the event.

We don’t know who is organizing it, but we know our names appear on the list of prisoners for whom the event is done.

We wanted to clarify that it seems strange that people we do not know and with whom we do not share affinities are using our names without notifying us. That we’re in jail doesn’t mean we have no voice. These acts of solidarity where all prisoners are mixed make us think of the blind recuperation of imprisoned people. Whether they are “Political” or “Anarchists”. Since the beginning, we always remained firm in our positions and ruptures. It seems rather strange to see our names beside those of Brian Reyes, Jacqueline Santana and Jamspa at a public event of solidarity. Perhaps their intention is to build relationships between different bands of people. That we understand, but we also know that there are reasons for this lack of relationship. There are very different methods and intentions and probably irreconcilable schisms. (more…)

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