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Call for an international week of solidarity with anarchists in Mexico facing repression (March 17-24, 2014)
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
This is a call for international solidarity with anarchists in Mexico facing repression, whether they are stuck behind the iron bars of prison cells or hiding out for their freedom.
The state of Mexico has turned its attention to the blossoming anarchist space that has been actively attacking the state’s defense apparatus, the very foundation upon which it stands. Now is the best time to draw inspiration from the anarchist space in Mexico, and to show some love to our imprisoned comrades. The history of Mexico is very rich, and cannot be summed up in a text such as this. What can be mentioned, however, are the efforts that have been made to live in conflict with the state.
This call comes at a time when the anarchist space in Mexico has been actively contributing to a struggle against power and domination. Attacks on police vehicles, banks, government buildings, and other symbols of power have led the Mexican state on a hunt to persecute those who have effectively threatened their foundation of social peace. (more…)
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Please sign the petition to the Parole Board for England and Wales and the Scottish Prison Service to release John Bowden
Imprisonment as a human experience probably has it’s closest parallel in slavery. People in prison are systematically stripped of basic human dignity and bodily integrity and reduced to the condition of caged animals. In terms of their relationship with the state and those who directly oversee and enforce their captivity prisoners are disempowered to the extent where even their most elemental of human rights are frequently treated with contempt and are in reality non-existent. By it’s very nature and intrinsic purpose imprisonment denies the imprisoned their very humanity. As a system and institution prison is incapable of being reformed and it most definitely doesn’t “rehabilitate” those held within it, and neither is it intended to; how can degrading and humiliating a human being improve the condition of their minds and characters. How can imprisoning and de-socialising someone make them more able and inclined to integrate back into “normal” society when they’ve emerged from such a brutalising and alienating experience? Prisons prime purpose is to punish and suppress and enforce social and political control – it is nothing more than a weapon of the state. (more…)
Korydallos Prison: Banner-drop by anarchist prisoners of the 4th wing in solidarity with hungerstrikers in the hospital section (Greece)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
“An act dedicated to our neighbours who are living in hell; from inside Koridallos”
Since February 17th, 2014, nearly 180 patient inmates at Aghios Pavlos ‘hospital’ in Koridallos prison are on strike, refusing meals and medications, to protest the horrific conditions.
Anarchists in the fourth wing of Koridallos men’s prison hung a banner out from the windows of ‘their’ cells, which are located directly opposite the prison hospital. The banner reads: “Strength, you guys! Break the sickening status quo you are experiencing (A)”. Hospital patients saw the banner and liked it a lot.
Strength to the prisoners’ struggle in Koridallos prison hospital!
Jornada de Agitación Solidaria Internacionalista del 14 al 25 de Marzo del 2014 ante el juicio contra los compañeros Freddy, Marcelo y Juan por el Caso Security (Chile)
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
“Porque ninguna cadena será perpetua, y ninguna cárcel de “alta seguridad”
Ante juicios de la inquisición democrática…. En permanente Actitud de Combate al poder
Un asalto, un policía muerto y las campañas de exterminio
“A veces sale caro defender a los ricos”- Alexander M. Jacob.
El 18 de octubre de 2007 se produce un asalto a una entidad bancaria ubicada en pleno centro de Santiago, el Banco Security. Carabineros cierra el perímetro de la sucursal con el objetivo de dar con los participantes en el hecho. Así en un control a una motocicleta, se produce un enfrentamiento armado y Luis Moyano, cabo de Carabineros, cae muerto en el lugar. Otro funcionario policial resulta herido.
Santiago Centro se convulsiona y la cacería se desata en venganza. El Departamento de inteligencia de Carabineros hace un rápido balance de la orquestación táctica del atraco, caracterización de los participantes, tipo de armamento y repliegue. Tras rápidos análisis lanzan la sentencia: los autores son ex-miembros de un grupo subversivo. (more…)
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Today, the imprisoned member of CCF, Mihalis Nikolopoulos, stood trial for beating, in the misdemeanor court of Evelpidon.
He was sentenced to three years of imprisonment, after he insulted the judges, telling them to shove the “mitigating circumstances” up their asses. Additionally, he was prosecuted for insulting the judges. He was transferred to the police precinct in Kypseli, where he refused to let them take his pictures and to give them his fingerprints, which resulted in him being prosecuted for disobedience. His trial was postponed and a new hearing for these new prosecution will be set in the future.
Tags: Athens, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos, Michalis Nikolopoulos
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Athens: Text concerning the hunger-thirst strike of anarchist hostages of the 4th wing of Koridallos prisons (Greece)
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
The following text is a presentation of what followed the incident with and also some general thoughts surrounding the institution of incarceration and how we stand across it as anarchists. Our desire was for it to come out earlier, but our transfer to another wing, the beating of Giannis by the CCF and various other prison matters delayed it.
On 13/12/13, when the yard closed we returned to human-guard Giannis Milonas a small percentage of the violence he applies everyday while holding a key. This specific guy insisted on his quarrelsome behavior when some comrades called him out on the ironic comments he made the day before.
This incident was, for the service, the reason to break up our community which had become a constant thorn for them. In the recent times there have been numerous clashes since we were trying with various ways and for matters we considered nodal, (hunger strike of communists from Turkey, the placing of barbedwire above the yards) to sabotage, to the measure that is possible, the function of the prison. (more…)
Tags: Alexandros Mitrousias, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Argiris Dalios, Athens, Babis Tsilianidis, Dimitris Politis, Fivos Harisis, Giannis Mihailidis, Giannis Naxakis, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Greece, Grigoris Sarafoudis, Initiative of Anarchist Prisoners in Korydallos, Korydallos Prison, Prison Struggle, Tasos Theofilou
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5E: End of the arraigo, terrorism case falls – Comrades now detained under charges of damages and attacks on public peace (Mexico)
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Yesterday February 17, marked the end of the 40 days of arraigo* decreed by the Attorney General of the Republic against our compañerxs Carlos López, Amelie Pelletier and Fallon Poisson.
During these forty days they tried to put together a case for Terrorism and Organized Crime against them, however, and despite intimidating and inquisitorial methods, they were unable to mount their case, so that at the end of the arraigo our compañerxs were released for lack of evidence. The Local Police of the Federal District has since detained them on charges of damages and attacks to public peace. (more…)
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Dear friends and compxs:
Our beloved Tamara Sol is imprisoned.
With the speed of an avenging lightning bolt, as always happens when they are condemning a poor person or a subversive, a judge of the system, Paoloa Robinovich, is considering sentencing her to 10 years and a day to life in prison, accusing her of “aggravated robbery” (robo calificado) the hardest statue in the Chilean penal system, arguing that Tamara Sol is a danger to society. Society constructed so orderly on the aberrant inequality between a few immensely rich and the many immensely poor; a society militarized with hundreds of cops in its streets and with everything in the periphery, taking hostage the youth of the poblaciones, with authorization to beat them, lie, create montages, arrest, reinvent cases, assassinate, spy, photograph… a society that is the “big market,” a society proud of the individualism it has created, proud of the mediocrity it has created, a society in which the mediums of communication transmit only show business or passionate crimes… The judge, defending this society, has dictated that Tamara Sol shall remain in San Miguel Jail in the high security module during the investigation period (which by principle is 60 days). In this module of punishment, there is only a half hour to go outside…or perhaps they are caged all day. (more…)
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Compañeras and compañeros,
We inform you that finally, and after a legal precision that was carried out a few days ago, there is finally a definitive date for the beginning of the oral trial of the compañeros Juan Aliste Vega, Freddy Fuentevilla and Marcelo Villarroel, accused in the so-called Security Case. We remember that they have asked for sentences for the compañeros from 18 years of prison up to life imprisonment for several bank robberies and the death of the cop Moyano in October 2007. (more…)
‘Americanisation of the British criminal justice system’ by long-term social prisoner John Bowden (UK)
Monday, February 17th, 2014
From a comrade of ABC Brighton:
A recent Government announcement that it was considering introducing U.S. style prison sentences like a hundred years custody for the most serious offences is on one level a straightforward attempt to undermine a recent European Court of Human Rights ruling that life sentence prisoners should be given some hope that their sentences will be reviewed before they die, and on another level evidence that the Americanisation of the British criminal justice system continues to increase and deepen.
Apart from the probable introduction of prison sentences that are in effect a slow form of capital punishment, an American penology has characterised the treatment of British prisoners for quite some time in the form of the treatment model with its psychology-based programmes and courses designed and inspired by Canadian and U.S. ideologies regarding “offending behaviour”, which is attributed not so much to social and environmental causes but more the individual pathology of the “offender”. So the fact that the prison population is drawn disproportionately from the poorest and most disadvantaged group in society is of absolutely no significance and instead a crude behaviourist notion prevails that providing prisoners can be re-socialised into behaving in a “normal” way then “offending behaviour” can be exorcised from their thinking before they’re released back into the same desperate economic and social circumstances. (more…)
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
A big hug to all comrades!
I was very pleased to learn of the gestures of support from outside towards us three anarchist prisoners. We remain firm and strong despite the silly accusations made against us, and intimidating comments (here, they tell us that we’ll spend much time in prison) wanting to break our identity. They aren’t successful, because we are strong and have conviction.
Today they brought us to declare, expecting us to declare ourselves innocent or guilty. On this point I want to openly make something clear, personally I do not accept either of the two positions. Guilty? Innocent? That would give legitimacy to the stupid laws of the State, of which I do not recognize the authority. After all the State and its laws are just generators and regulators of privileges, injustices, exploitation and domination. (more…)
Friday, January 31st, 2014
It’s been two months since five people were arrested and isolated. Two of them, Mónica and Francisco are locked under the harsh Spanish FIES regime, and the rest of them are in parole (obliged to weekly signatures on judicial buildings), waiting for trial with the same accusations.
Many comrades from around told us about the apparent aura of secrecy perceived in everything related with the current situation of the compañerxs and the case as a whole and that after the mass-media circus that surrounded the detentions, something should have been said. Truth is that, as we already know, against mass-media and their advocates, little can be done in terms of countering their propaganda. We can denounce it, learn how they build their webs and see how they work hand-to-hand with the State they build a hole which they try to fill with next domestic enemy: muslims, independentists, galicians, animalists accused of opening too many cages, anarchists… (more…)
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Christodoulos Xiros, who is a member of the Revolutionary Organisation 17 November, has gone underground, after he did not return to prison after his 3 days leave. The comrade sent this letter and video:
“Better an hour of freedom, than forty years of slavery and prison.”
Because the known crocodiles of the mass Media will start to cry about the lost rights, and will, as always, ask for blood in the arena, I have the following to say:
First of all, your democracy died a long time ago and the abortion that has remained is so blatantly fascist that the corners of the swastika protrude.
So do not pretend to be honourers and protectors at the same time as you murder youth for 1.40 euro and don’t give a damn. Not for us, you fraudsters of the Media, mouthpieces of the lenders, collaborators of the 4th Reich.
It is natural that my leaving causes panic and terror to you and those you serve!
But not to society and the people.
You are against us, you are lackeys of those who destroyed us and this is now in the conscience of everyone.
You cannot fool us any more. (more…)
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
On January 20th, 2014 our comrade Mario Lopez was arrested while he appeared in court, as he does every week, to sign in as part of the conditions imposed for his release on bail. At first he was informed that the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic was demanding his presence in order to ask him questions about an ongoing investigation. After being questioned he was notified that he would be arrested for a warrant for Violation of Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives for the events of June 27, 2012 (when Mario was first imprisoned: http://en.contrainfo.espiv.net/2012/07/01/mexico-recent-information-about-the-anarchist-comrade-mario-lopez-hernandez/) [+ see here.].
He was transferred to the Eastern Penitentiary in Mexico City. At this time this is all the information we have.
Mario’s arrest takes place within the context of a witch-hunt of anarchists by the Mexican government. We have little doubt that our comrade, now in jail, will face more accusations by the state in an attempt to frame him. Persecution against anarchism continues, and for that reason it’s more important than ever to strengthen our solidarity.
Free Mario Lopez!
Free all anarchist prisoners!
Neither guilty, nor innocent!
Anarchist Black Cross Mexico
Monday, January 20th, 2014
From Prison Island UK:
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Avec beaucoup d‘énergie et de rage, j’écris ces quelques lignes pour faire part de mon état actuel concernant mon enlèvement par le gouvernement du District fédéral et je crois que c’est maintenant le temps de parler un peu de certains aspects. Ma situation politique n’a pas encore été décidée. Ainsi, pour des raisons évidentes, je n’irai pas trop dans les détails afin de ne pas compromettre ma défense. Dans la nuit du dimanche 5 janvier, les camarades Fallon, Amelie et moi, avont été arrêté-e-s par des membres de la police en tant que suposé-e-s responsables d’attaques avec cocktails Molotov qui ont eu au Ministère des Communications et des Transports, ainsi que de l’incendie de plusieurs voitures d’un concessionnaire NISSAN, accusation qui tombe sous juridiction fédérale et du droit commun respectivement. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui,mercredi 8 janvier, on nous accuse de terrorisme, de crime organisé et de dommages à la propriété d’autrui. (more…)
Carlos, Amelie et Fallon: Mises à jour sur les 3 camarades anarchistes arrêté-e-s pour des attaques avec usage de cocktails molotov (Mexique)
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Mise à jour urgente: trois camarades anarchistes arrêté-e-s au Mexique, détenu-e-s sans possibilité de liberté sous caution, accusé-e-s de dommages à la propriété d’autrui, et possiblement de crime organisé, de sabotage et de terrorisme.
Appel à la solidarité internationale le vendredi 17 Janvier.
Dans la nuit du 5 Janvier, Carlos – un camarade du Mexique, ainsi qu’Amélie et Fallon – deux camarades du Canada, ont été arrêté-e-s dans le cadre d’attaques avec usage de cocktails molotov contre le Ministère des Communications et des Transports et un concessionnaire Nissan à Mexico. Les trois ont depuis été placé-e-s en détention et n’ont presque aucun contact avec quiconque, y compris avec leur avocat. Cependant, Amélie et Fallon ont été visité-e-s par le consulat canadien. Bien qu’ils aient d’abord été accusé-e-s seulement de dommages à la propriété d’autrui, les trois pourraient maintenant faire face à des accusations supplémentaires pour sabotage, crime organisé et terrorisme. (more…)
Carlos, Amelia & Fallon: Updates about the 3 anarchist comrades arrested for molotov attacks (Mexico)
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Urgent update: three anarchist comrades arrested in Mexico, detained without bail, now facing charges of property destruction, and possibly organized crime, sabotage, and terrorism.
Call for International Solidarity on Friday, January 17th.
On the night of January 5th, Carlos – a comrade from Mexico, and Amelie and Fallon – two comrades from Canada, were arrested in relation to a molotov attack on the Ministry of Communication and Transportation and a Nissan dealership in Mexico City. The three have since been held in detention and have limited contact with anyone, including their lawyer, and Amelie and Fallon have also been visited by the Canadian consulate. Though they were initially accused of property destruction, the three may now face additional charges of sabotage, organized crime, and terrorism.
More info here plus letters from the imprisoned comrades.
Friday, January 10th, 2014
Here follows Marco’s text, which came to RadioAzione via an e-mail sent by other comrades. The text explains the reasons of the hunger strike. From RadioAzione yet another strong hug and solidarity to the comrade kidnapped in the Swiss concentration camp of Lenzburg:
Hunger strike from 30/12/2013 to at least 26/01/2014 and refusal to doing forced labour from 6/01/2014 to at least 26/01/2014: this is my contribution to the struggle of resistance and to the struggle for total liberation all over the world inside and outside prison, against repression, class justice, prison, torture, isolation, sexism, racism, xenophobia, the imperialist war, the annihilation of life on the planet.
Annihilation in the history of the planet with the death of the species, never so close to catastrophe like that of the extinction of the dinosaurs (meteorite impact?), but today being carried out by the patriarchal and techno-industrial civilization of dominion and by the oppression of the murderous exploitation of global capital and its States. (more…)
Friday, January 10th, 2014
Detienen a 3 compas acusadxs de Daños.
A diferencia de lo que reporto la jornada:
Ayer Domingo 5 de Enero, alrededor de las 10 de la noche dos núcleos de individuxs vestidxs de negro atacaron con PIEDRAS Y COCTELES MOLOTV las instalaciones de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes y una concesionaria NISSAN causando daños en los inmuebles y varios automóviles.
En el acto contra la SCT, nos reportan que los policias federales que resguardaban el edificio dispararon primeramente hacia el cielo como forma intimidatoria y despues dispararon en repetidas ocaciones al cuarpo de lxs compas sin resultar nadie herido.
A raíz de esto la PGJ-DF reporto tres personas detenidas, ellxs son:
Fallon Poisson (de origen Canadiense)
Amelie Pillierst (de origen Canadiense)
Carlos López Martin (de origen Mexicano)
Lxs tres son compañerxs anarquistas participantes en varios proyectos e iniciativas de afinidad. (more…)