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ABC Denver: Solidarity event – 27 August for International Week for Anarchist Prisoners (USA)

August 25th, 2014



From ABC Denver:

Wednesday, August 27th, Movie Night! Please join us at Mutiny info cafe at 5:30pm for a screening of “Street Politics 101″. Before the show, Denver ABC will give a short introduction to international anarchist prisoners. After there will be solidarity cards and addresses available for more writing!

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Correspondence address for anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis (Greece)

August 24th, 2014

Via contra-info:

Here is the new address for comrade Nikos Maziotis:

Sending books to inmates is banned in Diavata prison, where Nikos Maziotis is currently incarcerated. So the comrade can only receive letters (at best some news reports too). It is obligatory to indicate a sender address, otherwise letters are not delivered.

To write to the comrade:

Nikos Maziotis
Geniko Katastima Kratisis Thessalonikis
57008 Diavata,
Thessaloniki,
Greece

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Running Down the Walls 2014, who’s in? (USA)

August 21st, 2014

Running Down The Walls (RDTW) 2014!

See the list of runs going on at http://www.abcf.net/blog/rdtw-2014/
^^If you are not on that list, email info (at) abcf (dot) net to get on it!

Organize:

This year’s RDTW is coming up fast and we need you to organize a run of your own. If you have sandals or better, than you can, at the very least walk down the walls with us on Sunday September 7th at 10A.M. To organize a Running Down The Walls, you should get as many comrades as you can, find a nice cool area, get people to sponsor you for a couple bucks, hydrate, then run!

We Want To Run With You!
On Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 10 a.m., the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross Federation and RAC-LA will host the 5K Run/Walk/Bike around MacArthur Park. This Run is designed to raise much-needed funds for the ABCF Warchest program and for RAC. We are attempting to reach the goal of $3,500 with the run. Read the rest of this entry »

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Helmut Pohl, comrade of the Red Army Faction passes away (Germany)

August 21st, 2014

International Solidarity is our Arme

I can still see myself sitting there with Gudrun and Andreas, in front of us a long report on Vietcong attacks in the US military’s hinterland in South Vietnam.

Guerrilla units had attacked US military headquarters right in enemy territory. One single attack already conveyed the entire strategy. Attacks in the hinterland of imperialism by small armed guerrilla units. In international terms the hinterland was here, in the metropoles.

Years earlier, the chairman of North Vietnam’s communist party, Le Duan, in a
global-strategic speech, had spoken of the vision of armed struggles in the
capitalist centers. Now we were on our way.

What a certainty we had.
And what a smile on our faces.

- Helmut on the beginnings of the RAF

We mourn for Helmut Pohl

His comrades and friends

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Helmut Pohl
14 Sept 1943 – 12 Aug 2014

Long live the new internationalist struggle and the next generation urban guerrilla. Let 1000 flowers bloom. 1000 armed urban guerrilla groups. Each combative memory and dignified life burns as a star in the night sky. Never forget, never forgive… Respect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Update about Gabriel Pombo da Silva – EN/ES/FR/GR (Spain)

August 21st, 2014

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, comrade Gabriel Pombo Da Silva finally came out of provisional isolation (which had been set in A Lama on June 17) to be transferred to the prison of Topas (Salamanca). He arrived there on Friday, August 8th and is now in a single cell.

However, we were notified again about the intervention on all communications (written, telephone and visits). The prison administration also has an arsenal of measures to punish, abuse and get revenge on those, like Gabriel, Francisco, Monica and many others, who refuse to lower their heads and submit.

These include repeated attempts to break relationships and the difficult (and for some impossible) contact with the outside, or by separating him from his friends by imposing wing transfers- just like that which happened only 3 days after his arrival in Topas prison. Read the rest of this entry »

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First Interview of Nikos Maziotis after his arrest (Greece) / Erstes Interview mit Nikos Maziotis nach seiner Festnahme (Griechenland) / Premier interview de Nikos Maziotis après son arrestation (Grèce) / Prima intervista a Nikos Maziotis dopo il suo arresto (Grecia)

August 21st, 2014

Via RHI-SRI:
(German, French and Italian versions below)

Here is the first Interview of Nikos Maziotis after his arrest. Published in the Greek newspaper “Efimerida ton Sintaktion”

1. You are a member of Revolutionary Struggle, an armed anarchist organization. Why did you choose armed struggle as a method of action?

Armed struggle is an integral part of the struggle for social revolution. It is an integral part of a revolutionary movement that seeks the overthrow of capital and the state. There is an inseparable connection between the movement and armed struggle to such an extent that a movement to be truly revolutionary needs to include armed struggle in its targets. Throughout history there has never been a victorious revolution that was not armed. Armed struggle or in other words, armed propaganda, is a very powerful tool for the fight and its political messages can be very powerful, as long as there is an overall political conception and analysis about where we act, what we want and what we aim for. In Revolutionary Struggle we believe that armed action aims at dissipating to the greatest possible social and folk classes the necessity of social revolution and of the overthrow of capital and the state. Today, especially in Greece but not only, during the fiercest attack of the imperialist capital, while the Troika and the Greek state implement a policy of social genocide, armed struggle is as necessary and timely as ever. In 2009, at the beginning of the crisis, when it still had the characteristics of a crisis of the financial system and before it became a debt crisis, we had expressed the view that a great opportunity for a revolutionary era had dawned for Greece, because the consequence of the crisis was the end of neoliberal consensus and the de-legitimization of the economic and political system in the eyes of the social majority. Under these these circumstances, targeted armed action against the regime may result in a cascade for a system with advanced interdependence in all areas and activities and acts as a proliferation risk of destabilization. Since the economic and political globalization has advanced significantly, and with it the conditions of interdependence have increased, our view has been reinforced that armed struggle is now more than ever, not only politically necessary and feasible, but also crucial for the incitement of systemic problems and conflicts that will effectively undermine the system, to its final fall. But this requires a revolutionary movement that will resort to arms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Social Democratic Party of Germany Attacked with Stones in solidarity with Luke O’Donovan (Berlin)

August 20th, 2014

325 receives and transmits:

Earlier this week here in Berlin, we threw paving stones through the windows of an office of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. We attacked with comrade Luke O’Donovan in our thoughts. Like Luke, our humble action was motivated by a love of life and an active rejection of a resignation to death.

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Unto the Threats of Power: No Silence or Complacency! (Update from Chile)

August 18th, 2014

A brief update on the present situation, received from the Chilean comrades:

Spread the revolt for the total liberation with all forms of struggle, and against all authority!!

In the last few weeks, we have seen through the media how the Powerful have initiated a new offensive against the anti-authoritarian/anarchist community. Once again, we can see how the newspapers and news channels have propagated the idea of trapping those responsible for various arson attacks and explosions that have taken place since 2011.

Alleged suspects are turned into convicts through the media, with the end of validating future repressive waves unto so-called “public opinion,” unleashing possible identities, accusations, and investigative lines.

This is not a new context considering the continuation of strategies that those in power have developed throughout history to annihilate all forms of radical expression and revolutionary struggle. Moreover, we have a recent case in 2010 that unleashed a mass media campaign that prepared the way to “Operation Salamandra” led by then Prosecutor Peña, through which many homes, social centres, squat houses were raided under charges for the alleged [Chilean Anarchist] “Bombs Case”. The accused spent a year in prison and ended up being absolved by the Courts due to lack of evidence. Read the rest of this entry »

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RHI-SRI: Solidarity from the anti-repression festival in Luzurn to Nikos Maziotis and prisoners in struggle (Switzerland)

August 16th, 2014

From the anti-repression festival in Luzern, Switzerland, we send revolutionary greetings to the prisoners and hands off Nikos Maziotis the struggle goes on ….

Red Help Switzerland

rotehilfech.noblogs.org

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Revolutionary Struggle: Nikos Maziotis claims political responsibility for Bank of Greece bombing (Greece)

August 15th, 2014

News-report from mainstream media:

The detained urban guerrilla Nikos Maziotis recently spoke to Efimerida ton Syntakton and – as a member of the Revolutionary Struggle – has accepted the political responsibility of the bombing of the Bank of Greece in April, noting that the IMF’s offices in Greece are hosted there.

Maziotis also sent a message to his fugitive partner Panagiota Roupa, telling her to “stay free and raise our son” and that “despite the casualties, the struggle continues”. In his interview his expresses his sorrow for the injury of innocent bystanders during the shoot-out in Monastiraki, but noted that the injuries came from ricochets, rather than direct shots.

Finally, the stressed that “anyone who thinks that they are a fighter or an anarchist and believes that they must act within the limits of lawfulness, should better join a legal parliamentary party, to become a part of the system and not pretend to be a fighter or rebel or anarchist”.

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Interview with Kostas Gournas / Interview mit Kostas Gournas (Greece)

August 15th, 2014

From RHI-SRI:

1. Can you talk about the general situation in Greece?

Currently the most multifaceted crisis that the country has seen in peacetime in recent history is in full swing. In the past 5 and a half years such profound upheavals have occurred that one might only expect to encounter in wartime. The global financial crisis of 2008 brought Greece to the top of the European debt crisis. It was set as a model for the imposition of extreme austerity across the Eurozone. In no other country has such an overwhelming “shock therapy” been imposed in such a short time, with such disastrous consequences for society – not even during the first experiments of the neoliberal school in Latin America. A therapy that devastated the economy, reducing the GDP of the country by 25%, creating nearly 2 million unemployed and forcing the majority of people to live a life below the poverty line.

Greek society is experiencing a double default. The financial one developed as follows: A huge fiscal deficit of the government inflated the ten-year bond spreads so that the Greek state could not serve the debt. The Troika’s ( IMF – EU – EIT ) control of the economy – not just the country – inflated the debt to the point that it became unsustainable. Along with the process of debt restructuring (PSI) the exposure of foreign credit institutions was replaced by Greek bonds. They that were subsequently passed on to the people having contracted new loans through transnational EFSF and ESM. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva in prison transfer to Salamanca (Spain)

August 15th, 2014

The new address from Gabriel is:

Gabriel Pombo da Silva

Centro Penitenciario de Topas – Salamanca.

Ctra. N-630, km. 314 37799 Topas (Salamanca)

Espanya

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Open letter of Revolutionary Struggle member Pola Roupa from clandestinity / Lettera aperta del membro di “Lotta Rivoluzuionaria”, Pola Roupa, dalla clandestinità / Offener Brief aus der Klandestinität von Pola Roupa, Mitglied des Revolutionären Kampfe (Greece)

August 15th, 2014

Italian & German version below, here are Spanish and Portuguese.

On July 16th, 2014 the armed dogs of the establishment unleashed a fierce manhunt, and comrade Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, was hit by a cop’s bullet and fell covered in blood. The comrade gave his battle against the cops that were chasing him. The state apparatus in its totality triumphed over the arrest of the “No 1 most-wanted fugitive” in the country. So did the criminal and real archi-terrorist Samaras, whose government took over the reins from the former pro-memorandum governments in a campaign for the biggest social genocide that has ever occurred in Greece in a time of “peace”. Samaras has used the arrest of Maziotis as a means to the stabilization of his faltering government, in order to support a political and economic regime with rotten foundations, which has long been discredited in social consciences.

For the political and economic regime, not only in Greece but also internationally, the arrest of a revolutionary with the political calibre of Nikos Maziotis is a “significant success”, as stated by the United States. That’s because the comrade’s arrest is perceived by our enemies as a blow to the struggle for the establishment’s subversion, as a blow to the struggle for liberation from the yoke of capitalism and the State, as a blow to the struggle for social Revolution. The size of threat that Maziotis poses to the establishment is reflected in the high-pitched nauseating rejoicing on the part of the domestic and foreign political power. Because the comrade and the Revolutionary Struggle, the organization in which he belongs, are intrinsically linked to the systemic political destabilization, to the undermining of a rotten regime; linked to the consistent war against domination and contemporary barbarity; linked to the struggle for the overthrow of the State and capitalism, linked to the social Revolution itself. Comrade Nikos Maziotis was and continues to be committed to the Revolution. This is what he has fought for, this is what he still fights for; this is why they present him as No 1 danger to the establishment. Thus, the political gravity of this case should be the primary parameter in expressing solidarity with the comrade. Read the rest of this entry »

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Update on CCF’s trial – Sessions 99th-109th (Greece)

August 11th, 2014

Inter Arma received and translated:

109th session

In this session the testimonies of the defence witnesses called by some defendants who are not members of CCF, were scheduled to begin. Before the beginning of this procedure, the comrades of CCF read a statement concerning their refusal to call defence witnesses.

Here are some fragments of that statement:

” … this trial is reaching its end. At this point, your legal culture gives us the right to call defence witnesses. But the logic of calling some other individual to defend you, seems crippled and victim-like to us.

We are aware of the fact that, a parade of defence witnesses takes place in many trials against anarchists and that one can even find representatives of the Left and university professors among those people.

Quite often, defence witnesses in full cooperation with the defendants build a humanitarian profile for the ones prosecuted, presenting them to be “good people”, “intelligent students” and “pure ideologues” in order to win the judges’ sympathy. This whole scenery seems to us more like a psychotherapy session than an aggressive stance against the judges. (…) So, we are neither “good people” nor “intelligent students” and “pure ideologues” who are prosecuted for their ideals. We are anarcho-nihilists prosecuted because they put their ideas into practice without ever regretting anything.

This is why we refuse to be victims that need defence. For us the best “defence” is the continuing actions of the illegal cell of CCF and the network of FAI/IRF.

So, we don’t look for defence witnesses but for accomplices to commit the “crime” of anarchy (…)”.

After the reading of the statement, the lawyers of the rest of the defendants referred to some trial documents. A document was filed which proved that A.Mitrousias takes classes of the Open University while in prison, while there was a reference to the fact that G.Karagiannidis attended a graduation ceremony in order to receive his degree, while the comrades of CCF were in clandestinity.

The testimony of the first defence witness was interrupted because of the tension created in the courtroom.

108th session

The reading of additional documents continued.

107th session

The reading of additional documents continued.

106th session

The reading of additional documents continued.

105th session

The reading of the reasoning of the condemnatory decision of the previous trial continued.

104th session

The reading of the reasoning of the condemnatory decision of the previous trial continued.

103d session

The reading of the reasoning of the condemnatory decision of the previous trial continued. Among other things, it was stated that CCF’s attacks had a negative impact on the country’s image abroad and that this resulted in scaring foreign financial investors.

102nd session

The basic reasoning of the condemnatory decision of the previous trials against CCF for the Chalandri case was read (we remind you that the comrades have already been sentenced to more than 200 years of imprisonment…). Indicative of the trial’s atmosphere is the fact that it was stated that the warning telephone call before the explosion in the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace was made to “terrorize” civilians.

101st session

The session was postponed due to the absence of one of the judges.

100th session

The reading of some additional documents of the Counter-terrorism agency was completed and the date for the next session, where the testimonies of the defence witnesses would begin, was scheduled. The comrades of CCF stated that they will not call defence witnesses since they stand against the logic of being defended by other individuals in an enemy territory like a courtroom. “We are not here to have defence witnesses calling us “good people” with “ideals”. We are here because we are prisoners of the state and we declare that we are everlasting enemies of the system you represent…”

99th session

In this session the question of whether the defendants who haven’t claimed responsibility for participating in CCF, are indeed members of the group or not, was raised once again.

The comrades of CCF repeated in every possible way that it goes without saying that whoever doesn’t claim responsibility for being a member of CCF cannot obviously be their comrade or a member of the group.

That was the first time when the judge and the prosecutor referred to “secondary members”, who are not part of the group’s nucleus and don’t make decisions, wanting to create suspicions for the rest of the defendants. The comrades of CCF clearly stated that there are neither secondary or main members nor a decision making nucleus. CCF is a not group that was created on the basis of rules and hierarchy but a living experiment of human relations, far away from leaders and followers. Their exact statement was the following: “CCF is a conspiracy of friendship and comradeship among anarchists who feel alive only in their actions.” While they, once again, affirmed the deep political and ethical differences, which separate them from the rest of the defendants.

Sessions with defence witnesses

The testimonies of the defence witnesses called by A. Mitrousias, K. Sakkas, G. Karagiannidis and S. Antoniou, who have nothing to do with CCF, took place in the following sessions.

Among the defence witnesses were personal friends of the defendants, their parents, former employers, university professors, DNA scientists as well as communists and anarchists.

All of them testified that those defendants have nothing to do with CCF and its actions. The political defence witnesses testified about things like the massive movement, the police frame-ups against anarchists, the oppression of Capital, the social struggles, while the judges were often asking about the difference between an anarchist and an anti-authoritarian (?). The personal defence witnesses testified about the character of the defendants and their relationship with them, in their working area (i.e. there was a testimony by the former employer of G. Karagiannidis) and in other social relations (from the testimonies it became known that A. Mitrousias had decided to surrender himself on the 8th of December in order to go on trial during the first trial against CCF).

In between those sessions the nationwide hunger strike of the prisoners in Greece against the bill for the creation of maximum security prisons took place. The comrades of CCF and the rest of the defendants interrupted the trial until the end of the hunger strike.

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Letter from Gülaferit Ünsal, who was on hunger-strike in solidarity with prisoners in Greece (Germany)

August 10th, 2014

via RHI-SRI:

Hi there,

I did a three-day hunger strike (18-20 July.) In solidarity with the Greek prisoners. Isolation is torture. I myself am in an isolation cell for 2 years and 3 months. I understand very well the situation of the Greek. prisoners. I was also in a Greek jail. I know the conditions of the Greek Prisoners.
You know the F-type prison system in Turkey. 7-year-old death fast against isolation cells in Turkey, against the F-type prisons. 122 people have died in the resistance against the F-type prisons.
I do not want a new massacre somewhere in this world. But, imperialism and fascism always want a new massacre in the world. Isolation is a capitalist policy. It is not only related to the prisons. It deprives a brain. 7 years Death Fast has shown the whole world that this is impossible. Everyone should show resistance to the isolation. Anyone can do it. It is possible!
Then yet another development. Murderer Israel has bombed Gaza. A massacre in Palestine! Read the rest of this entry »

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Activists shut down Israeli arms factory (UK)

August 6th, 2014

We spread this social activist action report in solidarity with the struggle against all oppression – Report from London Palestine Action via RabbleLDN:

Victory to the Palestinian struggle! Stop arming Israel! #StopElbit

For nearly a month, Israel has bombarded Gaza from land, sea and air. More than 1800 Palestinians have lost their lives and war crimes have been committed. To our collective shame, the UK government has not only failed to take action to pressure Israel to stop its massacre, but has refused to take steps to end the material support it provides to Israel’s brutal regime of apartheid and colonialism. When governments support crimes against humanity, grassroots movements must take direct action.

A group of activists from the London Palestine Action network have today (5/8/14) chained the doors shut of an Israeli weapons factory based near Birmingham in the UK and are now occupying the roof. As part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) and in response to calls for action from Palestinian movements, we are demanding the permanent closure of the factory and an end to all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Former ELF/Green Scare Prisoner “Exile” Now a Fascist (USA)

August 5th, 2014

Info from longtime Green Scare prisoner supporters in consultation with anti-fascists in Olympia, WA.

It’s been an open secret for months that Nathan Block (better known as “Exile”), a former Green Scare prisoner who served a number of years in prison for several Earth Liberation Front actions, has become a fascist. This has been known not just through numerous personal accounts from Olympia, but from copious postings on his tumblr blog Loyalty Is Mightier Than Fire (Exile has confirmed to local anti-fascists that the blog is his).

Check out the article on nyc antifa.

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¿Por qué atacamos la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes? La SCT, lxs anarquistas y la lucha por la tierra 5E: Sobre nuestros compañerxs anarquistas presxs (Mexico)

August 4th, 2014

5E: Sobre nuestros compañerxs anarquistas presxs

El 5 de enero del 2014 lxs compañerxs anarquistas Carlos López Martin “El Chivo” (Mexicano), Fallon Poisson y Amellie Pelletier (Canadienses) fueron detenidxs en la ciudad de México bajo la suposición de haber sido los responsables del ataque a una de las oficinas de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), Carlos se encuentran en el Reclusorio Oriente y Amellie y Fallon en el Reclusorio de Santa Martha en estos momentos después de haber concluido con un arraigo de 40 días así como del fallido intento para inculparles legalmente de “Terrorismo” y entre otras pantomimas judiciales en estos momentos lxs compañerxs se enfrentaran con dos procesos penales; uno del fuero local por los delitos de Ataques a la paz pública y Daños agravados, (ataque a una concesionaria Nissan) y por el que no alcanzan fianza y otro más federal por el delito de Daños en Propiedad Ajena (ataque a la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transporte)(1). Read the rest of this entry »

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Solidarity with anti-G8 prisoner Liam Harriman (UK)

August 3rd, 2014

From LDMG via RabbleLDN:

Liam Harriman has just been sent to prison for 8 weeks (16 week sentence of which he’ll probably serve 8). He was arrested at the G8 protest last summer in London. Please support him. You can write to him directly:

Liam Harriman (A0131DG)
HMP Pentonville
Caledonian Rd
London N7 8TT
UK

You can also use the web site emailaprisoner.com to write via the internet, messages get printed out and given to prisoners the next day

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A second defendant is also reported to have been given a custodial sentence in relation to the Stop G8 week of action last year. More details will be added once established whether they would like to receive support.

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International prisoner solidarity address listings compiled by ABC Brighton (UK)

August 3rd, 2014

ABC Brighton have put together a list of anarchist prisoners from around the world, if you notice any errors or prisoners missing, contact them: brightonabc@riseup.net

http://brightonabc.org.uk/texts/aug_2014_prisoner_list.pdf

Get your pens out and send a letter or a postcard to a prisoner today. Here’s a great writing guide from ABC Leeds. Can’t jail the spirit – keep fighting – keep writing!

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