The next day, CCF prisoner on hunger strike Michalis Nikolopoulos was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit in extremely critical condition. The rest of the hunger striking comrades also find themselves facing life-threatening problems.
In the small hours of Friday, April 3rd, anarchists gathered at Evangelismos hospital in Athens, where Damiano Bolano and Michalis Nikolopoulos are being treated. The banner reads: “Not a step back – We break state terrorism in the streets”
On April 3rd, Evi Statiri (wife of CCF member Gerasimos Tsakalos) published an open letter asking the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire prisoners – including Angeliki Spyropoulou – to quit their hunger strike, and urging Athena Tsakalou to accept her release from prison. Below is an excerpt from Evi’s words:
“(…) From the first moment, Gerasimos and the rest of the people from the Organization Conspiracy Cells of Fire assumed the responsibility and emphasised that neither his mother nor I had any relation to the escape they were preparing.
When we were sent to pretrial detention, and despite our objections, these people went on hunger strike demanding our release from prison. Thirty three days later, I think that the legislative provision of the Ministry of Justice provides a solution to the just demand for my release. Knowing their critical health condition (M.Nikolopoulos is hospitalized in ICU, and there are serious health risks for all of them), I URGE them to stop the hunger strike. The moral weight of the damage they cause to themselves is unbearable to me, and the idea of death hovering over their lives overshadows my every thought. I also ask Gerasimos’ mother to accept her release, and it won’t be long until we share freedom instead of prison. (…)”
The recent wave of hunger strikes and other protests in UK migration prisons has subsided, as prisoners have been silenced, moved between prisons, and humiliated and beaten. This report from the Anti Raids Network is just one of many cases of how people are treated in detention centres and during deportation attempts.
Tahar Khalifa beaten by guards in an attempted deportation on Tuesday 31st March.
On Tuesday, 31st March, Tahar Khalifa, detained at Brook House detention centre [one of the two migration prisons inside the perimeter of Gatwick Airport], was forcibly removed from the centre in an attempted deportation to Tunisia, on flight TU791 at 1745hrs. As he was going up the stairs to the plane he was physically assaulted and beaten by the guards.
In a statement Tahar says that there were multiple officers trying to get him up the stairs; one was choking him, another was twisting his upper body. Tahar was handcuffed at the front and one officer was holding him by the wrist and pulling very hard. Read the rest of this entry »
We’re excited to announce the first issue of Wildfire, a new quarterly newsletter of anarchist prison struggle.
We have two goals with this project: to spread the words and actions of anarchist prisoners in the United States and to offer news and updates on anti-authoritarian struggle for comrades in prison who might not otherwise have access to this information.
Wildfire flows with our continued frustration with the state of anarchist prison solidarity in the United States: the lack of prisoners’ voices in our publications, the half-hearted solidarity shown toward captured fighters, the dead-end of “political prisoner” designation. It also flows from our long-term relationships with imprisoned comrades, the mutual affinity found in struggling together. Rather than complain and critique, we prefer to strike out in another direction, embodying our own vision of solidarity. We hope this publication can be a contribution to a more diverse, more combative, and stronger anarchist struggle against prison. Read the rest of this entry »
Compañerxs, con agrado lxs invitamos a visitar este nuevo blog de
contrainformación anarquista y antiautoritaria que impulsamos algunas
individualidades refractarias que habitamos en la región dominada por el
La idea es compartir analisís sobre las luchas en curso, sobre maniobras
represivas del enemigo, traducir noticias en otro idioma (aclarando de
antemano que no somos grandes conocedores de otras lenguas) y criticas
al mismo ambito anarquico.
Por otra parte difundir información de nuestrxs compañerxs presxs que se
mantienen con dignidad y conviccion batallando en las prisiones de la
democracia, al igual que diversos materiales de interés que tienen que
ver tanto con nuestro presente, como con nuestra negra historia.
Mas la idea primordial es dar lugar a la confrontación anarquista en su
expresión mas directa y muchas veces mas censurada. Hablamos de las
acciones que llevan adelante diversos grupos e individualidades
alrededor del planeta.
Sin más que agregar por el momento, segurxs de contribuir con nuestro
aporte a la multiplicidad de la ofensiva iconoclasta, esperamos de lxs
compañerxs sus comentarios, críticas, comunicados, materiales de
propaganda, etc, los cuales pueden enviar a nuestro correo:
Noticias de la Guerra Social busca dar cuenta de los distintos actos de ofensiva contra el dominio bajo el Estado $hileno. Las noticias que redactamos las enviamos primero a páginas afines de contrainformación para que sean difundidas por estos medios y potenciar estos espacios de difusión, luego la subimos a este blog a modo de archivo.
Valió la pena intentarlo… Nada ha acabado… Todo Continua – Díptico en solidaridad con la huelga de hambre de la Conspiración de Células del Fuego (Marzo 2015)
Este breve cuadernillo busca ser una expresión de solidaridad con lxs compañerxs de Conspiración de Células del Fuego. Buscamos rápidamente cubrir la información anterior a la huelga de hambre llevada por lxs prisionerxs para dar un continuo a la lucha y tratar de explicar en algo el contexto. La fuga de C.Xiros, la desarticulación del plan de fuga, la instauración de las prisiones tipo-C , las detenciones de familias y amigxs de miembrxs de las CCF y la huelga de hambre iniciada el 02 de Marzo.
Sabemos que con la rapidez que se están desarrollando los hechos este cuadernillo no estará actualizado, pero si será un documento para señalar parte del comienzo de este nuevo capítulo de lucha.
La información y traducciones las hemos sacado desde ContraInfo, Círculo Nihilista Sparagmos, InterArma, Sin Banderas ni Fronteras.
Toda nuestra solidaridad con lxs compañerxs en prisión a lo largo y ancho del mundo Todo nuestro amor y cariño en revuelta para Olga, Giorgos, Michalis, Gerasimos, Christos, Haris, Panagiotis, Damiano, Giorgos, Theofilos y Aggeliki
About two hours ago, comrade Mihalis Nikolopoulos was transferred to the intensive care unit of Evaggelismos hospital as a precautionary measure because of the critical condition of his health. His heart rate by this time is low (up to 33 beats per minute).
Comrade Mihalis Nikolopoulos almost suffered a heart attack today in the morning for the third consecutive day. Around 3:00, his heart rate was 27 beats per minute and his blood pressure 7, so injectable atropine was administered to him. The comrade’s condition is very critical. When he’s trying to sleep, his heart beat rate falls again shortly after the injection of atropine, so the comrade has to lower the monitoring that is permanently connected to him, in order for him to be able to sleep 1-2 hours, risking the possibility of a cardia arrest even more.
Now the doctors are saying that even if the comrade stopped the hunger strike today, there is a possibility of him having suffered permanent heart damage which may require the need of a pacemaker.
A few days ago, the councils responsible for the release of the mother of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos and the girlfriend of the latter came in session. The repeated postponements that took place, made several comrades of the Conspiracy reach the limits between life and death. Mihalis has been in danger of suffering a heart attack twice, as his pulses dropped down to 20-25/ beats per minute (!!!), Olga has reached 40 kg, Panagiotis already has a compromised health due to prior head surgeries, Giorgos P. has serious bradycardia and pressure problems (systolic pressure 5, diastolic 3) and all comrades have lost 15-20% of their initial body weight.
Finally, the first council (by majority) decided the release of the mother, with iron restrictions (10.000 euros bail, 3 times per month required presence at a police station, prohibition of leaving the country and prohibition of leaving the island of Salamina where she lived, which had as a result, essentially, her not being allowed to visit her imprisoned sons). The second council rejected the release application of Gerasimos Tsakalos’ girlfriend, keeping her hostage of the judicial vindictiveness.
That is the game of death that continues in an even more coercive manner. They want to divide us, by offering us, on the one hand, a handicapped freedom with the release of the mother and on the other hand, a compromise with the acceptance of Evi’s detention. Our answer is simple and clear.
No truce, not a step back.
We are not going to stop our hunger strike even in front of the abyss of death. Because the absolute death is to accept the reality imposed by authority, to step back in front of its commands and hide in indifference.
We continue until the end, consistent to our decision. Until an end is given to Evi’s detention.
PS1: The mother of comrades’ Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos refused to comply with the unfair continuation of Evi’s hostage situation and did not accept the restrictions, claiming that she will pass the gate to freedom, only with Evi, who has nothing to do with our organization. Dignity proves to be stronger than legal freedom.
PS2: The last two arrests (a couple of Albanians, according to news reports) regarding our planned escape, prove only the judicial-police Gordian Knot, which tightens like a loop around the true events. Several persons, who have no connection to our organization, have been led chained to investigative offices and others are hold in custody, only because the prosecuting authorities thought that there are references to them (not even their names are written there) in some decrypted messages.
What we see unfolding before us is a spectacular television production with targeted leaks from the case file to police reporters in order to inflate and disfigure reality. It’s a TV trailer for a prison escape which unfortunately didn’t happen. A reality show with strong doses of cannibalism, as besides the confiscated weapons and explosives for which we, as CCF, claimed full responsibility, there are people who are led to prison only because of a friendly relation, a letter, a misdemeanor, of nothing, through the disfiguring magnifying glass of the counter-terrorism law.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF EVI
STRENGTH TO MIHALIS who has reached the limits of death (brother our every thought, our every heart beat is with you)
VICTORY TO ALL HUNGER STRIKERS AND TO THE DEMANDS OF THE STRUGGLE
Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
In the afternoon of April 1st 2015 anarchists of “Rouvikonas” collective “invaded” the grounds of the Greek parliament in the center of Athens to protest in solidarity to the mass hunger strike of 22 political prisoners in Greek prisons, most of them since March 2, and 8 prisoners from Turkey on solidarity hunger strike in turns since March 11.
Immediate satisfaction of the demands – Solidarity to the fighters
In spontaneous response to the call from the Network of imprisoned social fighters we have performed a symbolic solidarity action – which took the shape of devastating the facade of the Greek embassy in Warsaw, Poland, on the morning of April 1st. Symbolic, because real solidarity is shown in everyday struggle against our enemies. Reputation of the Greek State is already stained so only facades were clean.
Revolutionary greetings from Warsaw!
Freedom to CCF relatives, and all prisoners in the world!
I. On the 02/03 a fight against modern anti-terrorist policy begins in prisons, a policy reflected in a series of repressive laws that confirm that there is a war between the world of authority and the world of struggle.
Anarchists and communists prisoners, from Greece and Turkey, with their bodies as weapons, are on a hunger strike, having as common demands the following:
- The abolition of C type prisons
- The abolition of paragraphs 187 and 187A (anti-terrorist law)
- The abolition of the law that considers it a statutory offense when a crime is committed while a person’s characteristics are hidden
- The delimited usage of DNA as evidence
- The release of Savvas Ksiros
Meanwhile, the imprisoned members of CCF are also on a hunger strike, as well as Anggeliki Spyropoulou, demanding the release of Gerasimos’ and Christos’ Tsakalos relatives.
II. For the first time such an important situation has occurred, a situation which due to its overall characteristics and demands does not only contain the imprisoned fighters, but a big part of society, too. This specific situation, also due to the change of government, leaves us no room for complacency and makes distinct the necessity to raise mounds against the dominion of the state and capital and defend our communities. We have no illusions, we are not moved by their leftist rhetoric. Because the whips may have changed hands, they, however, leave the same marks on the repressed ones’ backs. We do not forget the recent invasions in fighters’ houses, the suicide committed by a detained Pakistani in the dungeons of their prisons, the vengeful imprisonments of the relatives of CCF’s members, the provocative statements made by the deputy minister of Citizen Protection Panousis. There are yet much more to see…
III. After many days of hunger strike the comrades have started being transferred to hospitals, where in some specific cases, the care being offered by the staff bears no resemblance with the medical care a hunger striker should have. The same applies to Fivos Charisis’ case, in which we saw that arrogance has no limits when the director of the pathological clinic of Tzaneio Hospital, Stelios Drimis, with excess pride, was willing to sign the comrade’s return to prison, putting the responsibility on him, as Foivos would not accept to be receive serum. This incident is not an isolated case, but, as we have seen in previous hunger strikes as well, it completes the picture of full of EKAM and EOM (special police units) hospitals, with the strikers being denied visiting and correspondence, doctors collaborating with the police, doctors testing the endurance of hunger strikers by bringing them food and treating them disparagingly, playing the role of torturer much better than the one of the doctor. This scum is one of the above cases. We cannot overlook that part of the medical community which stands to the occasion helping by every means, understanding the seriousness of such a struggle.
IV. On Saturday night of the 28th of March, we visited Stelios Drimis’ house in Nea Smyrni and placed an incendiary device (of low force) at the entrance. This action is a clear message to every potential torturer that nothing shall be done without consequences, nothing shall remain unanswered.
VICTORY TO THE STRUGGLE OF THE IMPRISONED HUNGER STRIKERS
UPDATE: The comrade – hunger striker Mihalis Nikolopoulos almost suffered a heart attack for the second time in one day. Injected atropine was administered to him again as his heart rate is 30 beats per minute.
Today in the morning around 6 a.m., the hunger striker Mihalis Nikolopoulos almost suffered a heart attack as his heart rate was 25 beats per minute and his blood pressure 8/2,5. One and a half dose of injected atropine was administered to him as a single dose wasn’t enough. His state of health is currently somewhat more stable (40 beats per minute) but the risk of a cardiac arrest is imminent and can happen anytime.
Also the council of appeals decided today to release the mother of comrades Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos on bail.
According to the latest information, all comrades of CCF continue the hunger strike until the wife of Gerasimos is also released.
CSOA La Redonda in Granada released a communique condemning the raids, which they said occurred without a warrant.
Centro Social (re)Okupado La Quimera in Lavapies, Madrid was evicted. It also stated no warrant was shown after its doors were smashed at 06:30 and added:
“This is just another attack on the anarchist movement with intent to criminalize and victimize our struggle.”
Other raided social centres were la Magdalena and La Enredadera de Tetuán.
Today at 1pm in Cardiff city centre we held a demonstration in solidarity with the hunger striking members of CCF and their friends and families. We handed out flyers explaining their situation and demands while shouting chants in English and Greek. After the demonstration we hung a banner in the city and scattered flyers from the roof. Strength and complicity to CCF and their friends and relatives.
Long live anarchy!
The moment the following words were written, we’re on the 25th day of hunger strike, for the liberation of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos’ mother, as well as the second one’s girlfriend.
The pre-trial detention of our two comrades’ relatives was an act of revenge by the judicial power against us, in retaliation for the escape we had prepared, with the bombing of the prison.
Now, reaching a tipping point between life and death, we want to share some thoughts with brothers and sisters, accomplices, comrades and anarchists all over the world. Of course, we know that upgrades of repression does not occur only in the Greek territory. It has already been applied in several countries, wishing to avenge anarchist deniers of the existent. Recently, in Chile, cops wanted to implicate the mother of the comrade Juan Aliste (“Security” Case) to a case of escape attempt of her son and his comrades. Moreover, in Spain, through Operation “Pandora”, when comrades from the friendship circle of anarchist prisoner Monica Caballero were targeted, while relatives of the anarchist Tamara Sol, in Chile, during their visit in prison, suffered the revengeful sadistic “care” of the penal officers who wanted to inflict humiliating body searches on them.
These attacks against relatives and friends of the anarchist prisoners seek to form an impassable moat of isolation around us. What the arrests, the verdicts and the prison bars failed to achieve, the emotional blackmail and the locking up of our beloved ones in the cells of democracy comes to accomplish. The blackmail is clear: we either make truce, or our relatives remain in prison. We’re not going to sign any paper of repentance nor capitulate with power. We remain unrepentant anarchists and every day power keeps our people as hostages, the wolf of negation and attack festers more and more inside us…
We know that several comrades around the world, with whom we are connected through the complicity of the anarchist action, feel numb towards the choice of hunger strike. As some close comrades from Croatia wrote to us, hunger strike, posing demands on power, in some sense, acknowledges it when asks for their satisfaction. Somebody else could say the hunger strike looks like a reliance on emotions, which nourishes the traders of hope and humanism to play political games on our backs. We understand some concerns related to the method of the hunger strike as, in the past, we have shared them with each other. Besides, in several cases when we experienced the revenge of power upon us, we chose to act in a different way and not by hunger strike. To put it simply: to war, we answer back with war. Because our choice is always the attack. But now we’re not talking about ourselves. The hostages in prison are our relatives now. This is why we chose a hunger strike, to publicly expose the ugliness and morbidity of power. We are on the 25th day of hunger strike already and we don’t recognise a millimeter of donated ground by power to us. Besides, we are aware that freedom is conquered through the violence of our own actions and won’t be given away by its laws. But our relatives do not share the war we have declared against power, so they won’t share our imprisonment. This is why we demand their immediate release from the cells of democracy.
We know that hunger strike is a slow death. But it is not our death. It is the death of a society that remains dormant and quiet towards the fascism of power. We, therefore, take the responsibility to expose it further… This is why the hunger strike we’re on, is not a passive attitude, but a scream of attack that becomes praxis through the acts of solidarity. It is a scream of attack that meets with thousands of voices in demos, with hundreds of hands that vandalize walls with slogans of solidarity, that hang banners, squat buildings, radio stations, government offices, and set a thousand fires to banks, state vehicles, political parties’ offices, courts, in Greece, Italy, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Czech, Spain, UK, Turkey and the soils of Kurdistan in battle. So, the hunger strike, when connected with actions of attack, is not a plea for pity, but a call for action. This is why we call, from today, the hunger strike we’re on to become a wager for the people of anarchy, for the Black International of the anarchists of praxis, for the FAI/IRF cells, for the comrades, for everyone who chooses to attack against the order, the quiet and the laws of this world and its civilization. From today, through the attacks all over the world, let us put forward the dilemma: either with anarchy, or with power.
Because, on the background of the hunger strike for the release of the CCF comrades’ relatives, in fact, two different worlds are competing: on the one hand, the world of power, order, regularity, law, judges, prisons and, on the other hand, the world of revolt, that of the streets, fire, freedom, anarchy…
NOTHING LESS THAN EVERYTHING
HUNGER STRIKE FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE MEMBERS’ RELATIVES
VICTORY FOR ALL THE HUNGER STRIKERS’ STRUGGLE
LONG LIVE ANARCHY
Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI/IRF,
Imprisoned Members Cell
P.S.Strength and complicity with all the imprisoned anarchists around the world and especially with our brothers Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai, held in the Italian prisons.
We, the prisoners of Korydallos prison, decided to scale up our reactions towards this insanity and injustice evolving in front of our eyes.
For about a month now, the judicial council that deals with the release of a 60-year-old mother and the wife of our fellow prisoner, Gerasimos Tsakalos, ostentatiously turns a deaf ear, playing with the life and the health of the hunger strikers, and the same policy is also followed by the Minister of Justice, which extends the passage of the bill, overtiring our fellow prisoners on hunger strike, whose demands concern all us prisoners and have to be satisfied.
There’s no question of support here, as the problem is that of all prisoners who have a wife and a mother who visit them in prison.
It is the fascistic and discredited police and judges which try to avenge the relatives of the prisoners, because they have a problem with them.
We won’t put up with our families paying for our own choices. They suffer enough pain already.
We have ran out of patience, in the face of this mother, we see our mother, and in the face of the wife, we see our own wives.
From today, Saturday 28/3, we refuse to go back into our cells at night and we let everyone take responsibility.
Those who are playing games with fire will face it and righteousness is on our side.
If anything happens to any hunger striker, those responsible will be held to account.
Anti-prison and anti-state international newsletter coming out on a relentless but irregular basis. Find inside a selection of current news, reports, prisoners letters, analysis and ongoing attacks of resistance from the new urban anarchist war. Download the PDF.
Bored of the type of anarchism that seems to exist only as a boring routine of endless meetings and crap benefit gigs full of self-important tossers?
Sick of middleclass mummys boys pretending to be proles?
Fed up of being told what the 'class struggle' is and isn't?
We are too and so we put together this booklet about it. Updated PDF version.
Out Now: 325 #11
Continues the analysis of new technologies of control started in issue #10. Plus a few personal individualist texts, direct action chronology and more. Includes:
- 3 texts about Flooding, Nuclear-Energy and Urban War by 'Anti-civilisation cell of training & analysis - N.T.'
- 2 poems by Rodolfo Gonzalez Pacheco (1882-1949).
- Industrial Alienation.
- Anarchist comrades contributions to the IX Meeting for Animal Liberation in Italy, 2013.
- Memories from the Future: The Coming Technological Singularity.
- Necrotechnologies & Synthetic Biology.
- War to the machines! by Gianluca Iacovacci.
- Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Human Behaviour.
- The Dalek's are Coming!
- Empty House and Crowded Forest & Some Thoughts on FAI/IRF by Eat.
- Escape into Sanity: The Fall by V.Q.
44 pages of antisystem anarchic-insurgence. Featuring amongst other texts:
- One Year After... (August 2011)
- War against the information-age : a future of mass social control
- Perspectives about the energetic collapse of the techno-industrial society
- Bio-economy, a way out of the crisis
- Class modifications
- Excluded and Included
- Science in the aid of control : Robotics and aerial drones
- Radioactive spills and nuclear crisis
- On Sabotage and Terrorism
- FAI-FRI/CCF "Lone wolves are not alone".
International Network of Counter-Information & Translation
International revolutionary solidarity with anarchist companera Sol F. Vergara (Chile)
Our dear companera Sol was pointed out by power and accused of the attack on the miserable Banco Estado security guard Rolando Vargas Fuentes, in which 4 bullets were fired as a gesture of revenge for the murderous shots that another of his colleagues fired at the anarchist companero Sebastian Overluij, which slew him. See also here.
Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis, Kostas Gournas are imprisoned anarchist comrades in Greece who have taken responsibility, as well as of slain comrade Lambros Foundas, of membership of the Revolutionary Organisation - Revolutionary Struggle. Their actions and their articulate anarchist analysis of capitalism and their high hopes for social revolution press a question to each reader who is ready to rebel and embrace their freedom. On 24 October 2011 their trial began. You can find updates about the process translated into English here and here. Update: N. Maziotis was captured after an armed clash with police in Athens. P.Roupa and their baby-son, Victor Lambros are still in clandestinity. Find further news here.
"This pamphlet is a meeting point of comrades from all over the world. An imaginary meeting since the walls and bars of the prisons where we are temporarily keep our bodies hostage. But our meanings remain free, escape from the cells of prison and are expressed with words continuing to provoke authority.
Words that still smell of fire and gunpowder, words which carry with them all of our hate for the system, words unrepentant and armed, words which transfer stresses and desires, words which break the isolation of prison, words full of passion for the mutiny we want to continue, words from Chile, Mexico, America, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria, Indonesia..."CCF
The so-called "Security Case" concerns our revolutionary comrades Juan Aliste Vega, Marcelo Villarroel Sepulveda, and Freddy Fuentevilla Saa, who are currently held captive in prisons of the Chilean State. Some background info. See also here.