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Archive for the ‘Prison Struggle’ Category

Message from the Red Help International Commission / Grussbotschaft der Kommission für eine Rote Hilfe International / Message de la commission pour un Secours Rouge International (Switzerland, Belgium)

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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At present, while the imperialist bourgeoisie is attacking on all fronts to enforce their deadly law of capitalism at any time in the life of each person, all resistance must be assessed positively, also armed resistance that leads to an irreducible denial of the system.

As an international force of resistance against repression and for the support of the resistant and revolutionary prisoners, our solidarity is for all those the system lets pay for their resistance – regardless of the form of repression (job loss, police brutality, torture or prison). But in that countless abundance of those who suffer from the violence of those in power because of their political commitment, we especially want to name those who manage to create a liberation project and give it a collective dimension and continuity. (more…)

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German Prisons: Thomas Meyer-Falk – A contribution to the 2014 Anti-Prison Days in Vienna, Austria

Friday, October 24th, 2014

via contra-info:

Many of us are spontaneously and long since aware of it: prisons are places of ethical, humane, moral and cultural decay. There is no desire for life, freedom, humaneness conveyed there but instead the guards and any other staff treat the detainees as dead objects; they manage people as piece goods in a storehouse.

So prisons are necrophiliac places.

It was only a few weeks ago that a prison inmate – who was kept in solitary confinement for a couple of years after having broken a guard’s nose with a headbutt in 2012 – was starved to death in Germany. (more…)

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Text from Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, concerning the event at Athens National Technical University on “Armed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” (Greece)

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Also see: Announcement of K*VOX occupied space, Exarxia, Athens.

On Friday 17th, October there was a public political event held in the National Technical University of Athens, from the comrades of the Vox Social Center, onArmed War, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution, during which I was going to speak through the phone from Diavata prison, as a member of the anarchist organization Revolutionary Struggle.

This public political event intended to highlight the huge value of the armed struggle, as an inextricable part of the struggle for the overthrow of the capital and the state, its inseparable connection with the revolutionary movement, the necessity of the armed social revolution under the current conditions, when the system is still in crisis and is illegitimized in the eyes of the society and by the people’s majority. Let me remind that a similar public political event was held on October 9th from the comrades of Terra Incognita squat in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where I had talked through the phone. (more…)

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4 imprisoned anarchist comrades end hunger strike (Mexico)

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

On October 17th, 2014, comrades Carlos López, Mario González, Fernando Bárcenas and Abraham Cortés called off their hunger strike that began on October 1st.

The comrades are well, without complications or physical damage. They will soon make the reasons and motives for ending the strike public.

For now this is all the information we have.

Freedom for all! Down with the prison walls!

Anarchist Black Cross of Mexico

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Update on anarchist prisoners Panagiotis Michalakoglou and M. B. (Greece)

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Inter Arma received and translated:

Yesterday, on Monday at 6 am, the cops barged into the cells of comrades Panagiotis Michalakoglou and M.B., letting them know that, without prior notice, they will be transferred from F wing of Korydallos prison. Panagiotis Michalakoglou was initially transferred to the Transfer Agency in Thessaloniki and afterwards to Nigritas prison in Serres (northern Greece). M.B. was transferred in St.Stefanos prison in Patra, at 10.30 am.

According to an article written by Yiannis Souliotis in “Kathimerini” newspaper, the comrades were transferred to other prisons “due to the impending arrival of long-term convict Panagiotis Vlastos at that wing”. According to the case file, the whole operation in Athens and Thessaloniki started with an “anonymous tip” which informed the cops that three out of the six people arrested during this operation, took part in the armed attack against the residence of the German ambassador in Chalandri which took place last December (the responsibility for that action was claimed by Popular Fighters Group).

Upon their arrival at prison, the two comrades refused to be subjected to body check and stated that they are anarchist political prisoners. Communiques written by the comrades will be published in the following days.

From the first moment, the state tried to isolate the two comrades from the rest of the anarchist prisoners by transferring them to the F protection wing of Korydallos prison, although they both asked to be transferred in A wing. This tactic bears a strong resemblance to the case of the pre-trial detentions of CCF members, who were initially scattered to various prisons of the country. Efforts are already being made from lawyers (Fragiskos Ragousis for M.B. and Anni Paparousou for Panagiotis Michalakoglou) in order for the comrades to be transferred to another wing since their detention in protection wings is still happening in the prisons they were transferred yesterday.

The operation carried out by the Counter-terrorism agency’s dogs in Athens and Thessaloniki, although initiated with great ambitions, ended up in a fiasco, since the comrades are prosecuted for aggravated possession of arms and possession of explosives (grenade).

THEY DON’T FRIGHTEN US, THEY ENRAGE US

Solidarians

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A communique by Giannis Mihailidis concerning his stance during his trial (Greece)

Friday, October 17th, 2014

I write these lines because of the public critique I received by communist newspaper “Kontra”, concerning my stance to discredit courts by being absent from the procedure. Initially I would like to clarify that I do not dispute even a little bit the comradely intentions of this critique and I recognize the contribution of this specific project as very important to the struggle, with the presence at and update of all terror-trials.

I think the root of this disagreement, is the crucial difference between anarchist analyses and Marxist ideology, concerning the role of the state mechanism, its institutions and the social contracts. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: 4000 Prisoners On Hunger Strike In Solidarity With Kobanê (Turkey)

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

From InsurrectionNews:

Around 4000 PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party) and PAJK (Kurdistan Women’s Liberation Party) prisoners in 92 Turkish jails have started hunger strike in protest against the AKP government’s collaboration with the ISIS in face of the ongoing attacks of ISIS gangs on the Kurdish town of Kobanê in West Kurdistan, Rojava.

The indefinite and irreversible hunger strike launched by PAJK inmates in Gebze on 9 October has been joined by thousands of others in 92 jails as of 15 October.

Issuing a statement at the weekend on behalf of the prisoners, Deniz Kaya had said that; “As PAJK and PKK prisoners, we declare our solidarity with the YPG and YPJ fighters, and announce we are launching a hunger strike to condemn the AKP-ISIS
collaboration, the AKP police’s hostile attitude to our people’s uprising, and will continue this action as long as the threat of genocide hangs over Kobanê, as long as the AKP-ISIS collaboration continues and until the AKP government opens an aid corridor to Rojava. If our demands are not met, we will radicalise our action.”

Kaya also called on the Kurdish people to step up their solidarity with the heroic resistance in Kobanê and to expose the AKP-ISIS collaboration.

https://twitter.com/InsurrectNews

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(Website / blog coming soon)

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Text about anarchist hunger and thirst striker Antonis Stamboulos by an Initiative of prisoners from A wing of Korydallos prison (Greece)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Inter Arma received and translated:

Anarchist Antonis Staboulos has started a hunger and thirst strike because although there was a court order dictating that he should serve his pre-trial detention in Korydallos prison, he was illegally transferred to Larissa prison. This tactic used by the ministry of justice is not an isolated event. It is part of an overall vindictive strategy against those prisoners who are considered dangerous or are accused of being members of armed organizations. It’s the first glimpse of the type C prisons and of the imposed isolation from the prisoner’s family. We stand next to Anarchist Antonis Stamboulos and we warn the ministry that the death of a prisoner caused by a hunger and thirst strike will have consequences that they cannot predict. Let everyone claim his/her responsibilities. Strength to the hunger and thirst striker Antonis Staboulos.

Initiative of prisoners from A wing of Korydallos prison

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Note: Antonis Stamboulos ended his hunger and thirst strike on 11 October. He wrote a statement explaining his decision which is being translated and will circulate soon.

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Athens: Event-Discussion “Armed Struggle, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” (Greece)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Translated by Act for freedom now!

Event-Discussion at K*VOX

Topic: “Armed Struggle, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution”
Comrade N.Maziotis will speak via phone call.

October 17th, at 5pm, Gini building at the Polytechnic. Athens.

After the event there will be a benefit party for N.Maziotis’ court fees at K*VOX.

SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON

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Letter from Panagiotis Mihalakoglou and M.B. from Korydallos prison (Greece)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Inter Arma received and translated:

Greetings to the comrades who attack with strength and decisiveness and sharpen the conflict of the insurrectionary war.

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 the dogs of Counter-terrorism agency rang the bell at my home, where I was with comrade M.B. Half an hour later and after I was sure that there was no way of escaping or the possibility of fighting them, I opened the door and this resulted in them barging into the house.

They immediately put handcuffs on M.B. and sent him to their headquarters, while they kept my handcuffed in the house. During their search, they found weapons that belongs to me and with which comrade M.B. has nothing to do. Afterwards they transferred me at their headquarters as well. I was questioned for about 15 hours as they were trying to get information about the weapons and the actions of other comrades. They failed and they moved me to a cell without being able to communicate with M.B. who was locked up in the cell next to mine. After 5 days of detention, they took us before the prosecution judge and we were led to the basement of F wing of Korydallos prison to remain in pre-trial detention.

They don’t frighten us, they enrage us.

Solidarity and strength to all unrepentant political prisoners.

Proud and unrepentant anarchists

Panagiotis Mihalakoglou

M.B.

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Call out for the Anti-Prison Days in Vienna, 7-9 Nov 2014 (Austria)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

The Austrian word for jail is: Häfn, but no matter what name you give it, we are talking about the same thing here: Prison iron bars, cages, high walls, and barbed wire behind which those incarcerated are stashed away. for the ‘protection’ of our society, for punishment, to deter others, as revenge, or simply because their legal status in fortress Europe isn’t strong enough. The law will find enough reasons to stick you away. In these times of democracy, the reasons are ‘humane’; the penal system is the lesser evil in these times of unrestrained capitalistic freedom, capitalism supposedly being the best system, seeing as it just cant be beat.

The belief in the myth that those of us outside the walls and cages are free became manifested in the prisons of this world. This belief is delusive, creates false hopes, because we don’t believe in freedom within an exploitative capitalistic society, nor do we believe in the possibility of a reform of the logic of commodity and its society of spectacle, and we have absolutely no hope of finding within this system a better world. Free spaces, cuddle corners, small niches away from the prying eyes of power and control exist only in our heads, as a method of lying to ourselves and not facing the facts that it is impossible to exist within this system. (more…)

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Erklärung des Anarchisten Antonis Stamboulos, inhaftiert in Athens Polizeihauptquartier (Griechenland)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

„Polizeihauptquartiere, Politiker und Zeitungen; verschiedene Namen, dieselben Schweine“

Am 1. Oktober 2014 wurde ich verhaftet, bekam eine Kapuze über den Kopf gezogen und wurde in einen Verhörraum der Antiterroreinheit gebracht. Von 17 Uhr bis ein Uhr morgens war eine Bande vermummter Bullen damit zugange, während mir die Hände auf dem Rücken gefesselt waren, mir DNA und Fingerabdrücke abzunehmen und mich mit Gewalt zu fotografieren, immer begleitet von höhnischen Bemerkungen, Würgegriffen, Verdrehungen und Schlägen. (more…)

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Video informativo de los companerxs anarquistas en huelga de hambre (Mexico)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

A short video from instinto salvaje about the hunger strike in Mexico (in Spanish):

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_og-9ajKEU

Solidarity with the comrades!

Fire to the walls!

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“Chivo” Y Mario Gonzalez al 8 día de huelga de Hambre (Mexico)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

An update on the health of the comrades on hunger strike in mexico via cna mexico:

A 9 días de iniciada la huelga de hambre de 4 anarquistas presos en la ciudad de México, un médico del equipo de seguimiento revisó al compañero Carlos López “Chivo”, preso en el Reclusorio Oriente. Al llegar a la puerta del penal, los custodios que resguardaban el acceso dijeron no tener orden de dejar pasar, pero debido a la insistencia de los solidarios que acompañaban al equipo, este logro entrar. Después de permanecer casi dos horas con Carlos, esto es lo que nos comentan:

ESCUCHAR

Mario González no ha sido revisado aún por médicos del equipo de seguimiento, sin embargo sus familares informan que sus síntomas son dolor abdominal,mareos, debilidad e irritabilidad. Ha bajado aproximadamente 5 kilos. Sus signos vitales se mantienen estables.Sigue el acoso y amedrantamiento por parte de custodios.

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Solidarida anarquistas huelga de hambre (Mexico)

Thursday, October 9th, 2014



Mensaje solidario a los compañeros anarquistas en huelga de hambre en México

A Carlos López, Fernando Bárcenas, Mario Gonzáles y Abraham Cortés

Salud compañeros! Nuevamente nos encontramos en este sendero de lucha y de vida que elegimos, donde los aromas y deseos de solidaridad se desplazan intransigentemente sobre los vientos de libertad que se extiende hasta los escondrijos más oscuros de esta pútrida civilización.

Acompañamos atentos la decisión de huelga de hambre que iniciaron desde el 1 de octubre, entendemos este acto –como bien lo afirman- no como un intento de victimización sino como una respuesta consecuente de la lucha. Sin duda alguna los pasos que están dando sientan un avance en la solidaridad anárquica y la lucha anti carcelaria desde dentro de las mazmorras del Poder. (more…)

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Prison governor suspended after detainee starves to death (Germany)

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

A short update from comrade Thomas Meyer-Falk about the inhuman conditions in German prisons.

Thomas was locked up for 11 and a half years in 1996 for a politically motivated bank-robbery and has spent most of his sentence in isolation. He had his sentence extended and remains incarcerated today.

On 18th August 2014 Koala Rosmane died after two years in Bruchsal Prison, Germany. A few days later the prison director, Mr M, was suspended.

- The Details

In 2012 Koala Rosmane was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to ten years in jail. Maybe because he had trouble with a prison officer, and/or maybe because Rosmane came from Burkina Faso in Africa, he was sentenced to another year and kept in solitary confinement for the past two years. It has been said that racist officers insulted the inmate often. For the past few months he refused prison food, maybe because he feared that the prison administration wanted to poison him.

- The Death

The forensic doctor who carried out the post mortem examination said that the prisoner was extremely malnourished. Maybe he died of starvation.

- The Suspension

It was the first time ever in Germany that a prison warden was suspended after an inmates death. Mr M was known for his special “character”. A couple of years ago, when he sent his Christmas greetings to inmates, he used a quotation from a song by a band which has been involved in racist attacks in the past. Inmates hang themselves, cut their veins, make hunger strikes. No one was interested in them. But it seems that now Mr M has gone too far! (more…)

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Political statement of anarchist comrade Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, in the trial for the Velvento, Kozani double bank robbery case (Greece)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Background: Text by the 4 arrested anarchists concerning the double robbery in Velvento, Kozani + Anarchists sentenced for the double bank robbery in Velvento + Letter from Argyris Ntalios & Fivos Harisis

via actforfree:

31/7/14

Comrade A.D. Bourzoukos made his political statement today. Comrades D.Politis, G.Mihailidis, F.Harisis and A.Dalios were also present in the court room.

To begin, I would like to clarify the reason I am here today, by taking advantage of the procedure of statements. What will follow therefore, will in no way have an apologetic character, since my acts and choices are included in the wider anarchist struggle, the struggle for life and freedom. Consequently, they are acts that I support with every aspect of my being and I will continue to do so as long as this world remains as it is.

So, no, I am not apologizing, I have to nothing to say and analyse on a procedural level about my actions. I refuse the charges exactly because I refuse civil legality. I refuse to legitimize your role and your justice which is driven and instructed by those governing.

I therefore do not hope for your leniency, I will not bend before the threat of your laws and the many years of prison that await me, even in the worst of conditions that your state reserves for those who refuse to bow their head. These new prisons called “C- Type prisons”. I am here to highlight the characteristics of my choices and exacerbate the dispute between us. You, a part of the judicial authority, and me, a part of the anarchist struggle. And when I say “you”, I do not mean just you specifically, but all the people who hold positions of authority. It is a dispute that escapes the narrow frames of a inter-personal clash, it is a class and social war that spreads in the space-time continuum, it finds its roots in the initial forms of capitalism and the relations of exploitation and authority which for centuries now have defined the human race. (more…)

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Update on the health situation of the 4 anarchist comrades on hunger strike (Mexico)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

“If you asked me what prison is, I would answer without a doubt that it is a wasteland of defined social-economic plans, where they throw all those individuals that bother them within society: this is why prison mainly houses mainly poor people” Xose Tarrio

“A movement that forgets its hostages is condemned to fail” Harold Tobson

As of October 1st, comrades Mario Gonzalez, Carlos Lopez ‘El Chivo’, Fernando Barcenas and Abraham Cortez, imprisoned in different prisons in Mexico City, are carrying out a hunger strike indefinitely.

Four days in to the hunger strike, we make a call for solidarity to the struggle that the comrades are carrying out, fighting the society of incarceration in its heart. (more…)

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“Filaki” – Prison World: Film about the 2007 prison uprising – English subtitles + PDF (Greece)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

ABC Hurricane uploaded the Filaki – Prison World DVD about 2007 prison riots uprising in Greece.

PDF: Prison World – Filaki zine

Documentary from Greece about the prison society, its role in social control and the ongoing rebellion against it…

The film focuses on the prison uprisings against the political repression and social war against the comrades in Greece as well as the hunger strikes against the Type-F prisons in Turkey which soon spread to engulf many of the prisons in Greece. These prisons are similar to the Type-C prisons in Greece, the FIES in Spain, the CSC in the UK and other punitive isolation torture regimes around the world.

During the afternoon R.Z. escapes again, for the last time. A detainee shouts to him, ‘How did you do it?’. R.Z answers: ‘From there at the top… you can’t find a way to escape from those walls, because there are other walls beyond… another prison. You must escape from the roof, and head towards the sun. They will never be able to build a wall between the sun and the earth’.

Our passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons!!!

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Vimeo link- https://vimeo.com/108159482

This is a DVD rip. Contact abc-hurricane [at] riseup [dot] net if you would like an original DVD copy.

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Animal liberationist comrade imprisoned for actions against the fur industry – Richard Klinsmeister (Sweden)

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

In June 2014, Richard Klinsmeister received a sentence of one year and nine months, for actions against the fur industry. His comrades, Karl and Ebba were each sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Write letters and postcards of support:

Richard Klinsmeister
Box 22113
501 14 Borås
SWEDEN

Solidarity to the imprisoned comrades.

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