On Wednesday, March 11th, the District Attorney’s office pushed in court for Dante Cano to be hit with a felony charge for vandalism. The one police officer in court claimed that after hearing a window being hit, he saw a person in black running in a sea of other people in black. Several moments later, Dante was in police custody, despite no evidence actually linking him to the crime. We are asking people to
please help bail Dante out of jail, which will increase his changes of defending himself in court. We also call on everyone to continue to support the Ferguson 3, youths arrested during the first night of the rebellion in the Bay Area. Read the rest of this entry »
After the Greek elections from January 25, 2015 the left-wing party Syriza took over the government in a coalition with the national-conservative party of the Independent Greeks.
As Anarchist Radio Berlin we talked to comrades from Greece in order to learn more about what to expect from this new government, as anarchists but also as part of the autonomous and self-organization movements.
We can present you two audios that cover different aspects of how to look at the Greek situation today. One interview was made with Leonidas from the anarchist hip-hop collective Social Waste, the other with three members of the Athens-based Group of Libertarian Communists.
ps.: Please note: We are always looking for people willing to lend us a hand with transcript translations from Spanish or German into English as well as people able to do voice recordings – in order to amplify our international radio work. You can contact us at aradio-berlin/at/riseup(dot)net!
Last night, two cops were shot outside Missouri city police station during a demo against police brutality and the killing of Michael Brown, 18-year-old unarmed black man slain by cops last summer. The two cops did not die, but are seriously injured. On Wednesday, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced that he planned to resign after a harsh U.S. Justice Department investigative report about his handling of the police killing last summer of Michael Brown. Read the rest of this entry »
HUNGER STRIKE: CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE – UNLESS WE DIE FOR EACH OTHER, WE ARE ALREADY DEAD
On March 3rd, “justice” decided on the pre-trial detention of the mother of the comrades Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos and the second one’s girlfriend, with the charge of accession and participation in a terrorist organization.
Behind the obvious ridiculousness of the charge, it is the morbid vindictiveness of the counter-terrorism unit and the judicial authority in hiding, which wishes to blackmail emotionally both the two comrades and all of us. It is not just a vengeance tending to the zillion, it is an attempt to disqualify us. Essentially, they demand an unconditional surrender from us, a silent truce and a farewell to dignity, otherwise there will always be some “hospitable” cells for our relatives in the prisons of democracy.
We will not do them the favor. The war against the power has been indelibly forged inside us and flows like blood in our veins. We will not hand over one millimeter to the enemies of freedom, judges and cops.
We are facing the most vulgar sentimental siege. Beloved ones, who have no political affinity with us, but only a biological and sentimental one, have been kidnapped and kept as hostages by the judicial mafia. In this specific case, the priesthood of justice even abrogates the ridiculousness of its own official rules since, on the pre-trial detention measure, their “holy” law stipulates that «pre-trial detention shall apply only in cases where the defendant is suspected of escape or committing similar offenses».
Which one, even of our enemies, thinks that our relative are “suspected of escape” or “committing crimes” – which they haven’t actually committed? Apparently no one…
This narration of the current affairs is not a part of a personal story or an emotionally charged bracket during the experience of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.
On the contrary, it is a part of the total repression strategy, coordinated by the high priests of judges, cops and journalists.
The first doors have already started to knock at dawn…
On Saturday, the police operation under the code name “Galatas” (“Milk man”) is made known, in order for the fugitive – member of the R.S. (Revolutionary Struggle) to be tracked down [Pola Roupa], while press reports talk about possible research in the paternal home of the member of R.S., Nikos Maziotis. Moreover, the same day, police and public prosecutors raid anarchists’ homes, after an «anonymous phone call concerning the existence of weapons and explosives».
Although the conclusion of the researches was concentrated into the fucking official paper with two words, «nothing found», in fact, we are in the preface of police and judicial heavy handedness.
Inside this confounded field, where sadness and rage mix with each other, at the same time, with our own hunger strike about the liberation of our relatives, there’s the hunger strike against the C’ type prisons, the terror-law, the 187 law, the hood-law, the fascist police manipulation of the taking of DNA, as well as the liberation of Savvas Xiros taking place. This hunger strike was organized and announced long ago and has our full political agreement. We urgently decided on our hunger strike, as a gag reflex to the captivity imposed to our relatives.
These two hunger strikes are, however, directly linked as they meet as the supplementation of one another. Specifically, the hunger strike about the liberation of our relatives is the physical and political ramification of the terror law application, whose abolition is set as a request of the other political prisoners’ hunger strike.
In our case, we propose the pointed–personal reference to our relatives, because the threat of the constant upgrading of the terror law, from an image of the future, has turned into the fascist current reality, which captivates our own people.
This is why there is no middle way. Either our relatives are released, or there will be the first hunger strikers to die during the last 40 years in Europe, with a left government as a background.
We once more make clear that we don’t ask a thing for ourselves. We have claimed full political responsibility for the whole plan of our escape from Koridallos prison, we have made our self-criticism on our “failures” in public and we keep unrepentant our will for freedom and anarchy, which will only come from our own hands, not by the passive awaiting of the laws.
What we demand is the liberation of our relatives, kidnapped by power.
It would be conscientious and emotional suicide, if we tried to transfuse our political features to this case. No matter how much we hate the logic of victimization, we would be blind if we did not recognize that, in this case, our relatives are the prosecutors’ scapegoats – trophies for our choices.
This is why, when we talk about our relatives, we don’t completely release our words’ roughness, as we do not intend to play political games on the backs of our people. Moreover, nor their legal defense has anything to do with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. We will always be by their side, the way they have been by our side, without our political choices intersecting.
The only certain thing is that we maintain our roughness and the absoluteness of our own choices to the decision on hunger strike until death. We move on with the confidence of the ones playing it all for the triumph of the unconquered and free life.
Perhaps it is blood needed for the freedom to grow. But this is how it is…
We die the way we chose to live; with dignity that won’t capitulate even against death.
Because, genuine freedom only exists in the struggle for freedom.
WE NEVER FORGET – WE NEVER FORGIVE
HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL THE DEATH FOR THE LIBERATION OF OUR RELATIVES
SOLIDARITY AND VICTORY TO ALL HUNGER STRIKERS’ STRUGGLE
1. For the abolition of the A’ counter-terror law (article 187), 2. For the abolition of the B’ counter-terror law (article 187A), 3. The abolition of the hood-law, 4. The abolition of the C’ type prisons law, 5. The liberation of Savvas Xiros for medical reasons, 6. The abolition of the Public Prosecutor provision requiring the violent taking of DNA (and generally, the police manipulation with the construction of culprits through DNA).
Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI/IRF,
Imprisoned Members Cell
Comrade Spiros Mandylas was arrested today [10 March] in the afternoon and he will be presented tomorrow before the persecutor, who will decide whether he will be detained or not. He is held in the General Police Agency of Thessaloniki and he refused to be subjected to body control, something that infuriated the cops. He is strong and in high spirits.
The reason for his arrest is the fact that he didn’t pay the 5.000 fine he was sentenced to by the trial that ended last Thursday 05/03, a trial that took place without the presence of the comrade and his lawyer, while his co-defendants, except one, legitimized the trial, thus his sentence, with their presence there.
Berkin Elvan was a 15-year-old Turkish boy who was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister fired by a police officer in Istanbul, while the boy was out to buy bread for his family during the June 2013 Gezi park protests in Turkey. He died on March 11, 2014. Widespread demonstrations erupted following Berkin’s death. Gezi park remains heavily monitored by secret police.
We received the following report from DAF of an action taken to commemorate Berkin. In the video you can see and hear small explosives and fireworks being used against the police and to create a rupture in the city. Here is the communique we received:
DAF action for Berkin Elvan
One year ago, murderous police killed our brother Berkin Elvan who was 15 years old. DAF was on the streets in the first year of his murder. We are not afraid of the murderers. We will keep on fighting. Murderous Police, Terrorist State will pay for these massacres.
On the first anniversary of the death of Berkin Elvan, the comrades from LAF (High School Anarchist Action) also opened a banner on the stairs of Gezi Park. On it was written the slogan “Berkin is here”. They poured red paint on the stairs to the Gezi Park, shouting “If the government is thirsty for blood, then take it.” Our 8 comrades were then assaulted, abused and taken into custody, handcuffed from the back.
The Anarchist Radio Berlin made an interview with the Russian-speaking
anarchist publishing cooperative Radical Theory and Practice (RTP) about
the cooperative, its recent project of translating Emma Goldman’s
memoires into Russian and a lot more.
ps.: Please note: We are always looking for people willing to lend us a
hand with transcript translations from Spanish or German into English as
well as people able to do voice recordings – in order to amplify our
international radio work. You can contact us at aradio-berlin/at/riseup(dot)net!
Resistance continued yesterday at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook. Over 70 people detained had gathered in the courtyard to continue the protest.
Outside at 9am a group of people made a solidarity demonstration in support of the protests. They could hear people shouting ‘Freedom’ and ‘No Food’. The police were called to the protest and one person was pushed aggressively. Guards and centre managers are asking detainees to go to their rooms and come to talk to the managers one-by-one or in pairs. Detainees have refused and ask the management/staff to come and listen to them in the yard. Read the rest of this entry »
Get away! – An attempt to escape from a place of annihilation
At the end of January, Rainer Loehnert has attempted to escape from a forensic psychiatry unit. Unfortunately his attempt failed and since then he is detained in the isolation unit inside the closed psychiatry. Thus a prison within a prison.
Rainer is 53 years old and he is imprisoned for more than 28 years, currently in a forensic psychiatry unit in Bedburg-Hau, a small town in the north-west of Germany, near the German-Dutch border. But he doesn’t give up the fight for his freedom! Rainer had recently participated in a solidarity hunger-strike for the prisoner’s struggles in Greece. (more info)
And now he has acted according to his own motto: “Anarchy and total liberation is not for free!” (from a letter of Rainer, at the end of January 2015) So he has once again faced up squarely to the ‘white pigs’ and took his life in his own hands. He didn’t want to wait for another humiliating psychological assessment, which certifies at regular intervals his “dangerousness” and “mental illness”. Read the rest of this entry »
UPDATE: The anarchists abandoned the building 1 am, 9 March, without having received any official answer from the governing party.
Today Sunday 8 of March we occupy the central offices of the government SYRIZA in Koumoundourou street.
We stand in solidarity with the hunger strikers, political prisoners in Greece and we ask that their demands are satisfied.
1. Abolition of the Anti terrorist Law Α’, article 187, Law 2001 (criminal organization). 2. Abolition of the Anti terrorist Law B’, article 187A, Law 2004 (terrorist organizations). 3. Abolition of the “hoodie law” (acts committed with concealed physical characteristics). 4. Abolition of the legal framework for Type C prisons. 5. The immediate release from prison of Savvas Xiros (convicted for his participation in the R.O. 17 November) on health grounds. 6. Against the criminalization of the family relations of the members of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.
Anarchists in solidarity with political prisoners
The January 25 elections was one more “triumph” of civil democracy. It was further proof of the discrediting of a rotten political system, where more than 1/3 of the electoral body turned its back on the “fiesta” of democracy and did not go to vote. Out of the approximately 9.800.000 voters registered in the electoral records participation was at 63,5%, meaning that the valid votes were about 6.180.000, while the other 3.620.000, which accounts for 36,5%, did not go to vote. Out of those who voted, SYRIZA got 36%, i.e. around 2.200.000 voters, meaning that out of all the registered voters, SYRIZA’s government was based on less than 1/4 of the electoral body.
A triumph therefore of “popular dominance” and democratic centralization! In the end it’s not the majority through representatives that “governs” as is supposed, but the minority. It has been proved yet again that the political system of civil parliamentarianism is disparaged by millions of citizens. It was proved that precisely because of this disparaging of the political system as a result of the economic crisis, all the governments of recent years are minority governments and that self-reliance is now impossible. In reality, one could say that the main power are those abstaining from electoral illusions and staged circuses of professional liars and fraudsters, right or left. Read the rest of this entry »
Life is a non-factual continuum for the understanding, of which, the use of quantification techniques – endearing especially in the modern technocratic “society” – fails both in terms of structure and intention.
One example of these techniques is the huge indictment you impose on me. A text which is abstruse, among other things, and when it is read by the will for life and freedom. By the will for union with the nature of life and its creations, but also with the freedom those are offering selflessly, to any creature that wishes to get closer with the reverence of the participant and the drive of the one seeking.
Perhaps you already started discerning – if you indeed, even in an instant, abdicate the role of the bearer of such a text – the gap existing between your investigative questions and my situation.
So, let’s not move on to them and seize this earned time, in order to hark, among others, a distant burr, deriving from this gap.
And of course not, this burr is not from the endless machines of Alexandras Avenue*. It is the silently thunderous pain the penal scalpel of quantification creates in the souls of the ones subsisting and inside the prison cells.
But here I am going to end this statement of mine, although abruptly, but hoping to a not further demarcation of anything flowing from it.
Note: Christos Rodopoulos was detained in Domokos’ type C prison and faces charges concerning the attempted prison escape by CCF and his alleged participation in the group.
Translated by Inter Arma
*The central HQ of the Attica police is located here.
Bruno und Vincenzo wurden nun definitiv, am 13 und 19 Februar, aus der Haft entlassen. Sie haben ihre Strafe ganz abgesessen und verbrachten die 8 Jahre in verschiedene Hochsicherheitsgefängnisse, als letztes im Siano-Catanzaro.
Vom repressiven Schlag damals, gegen den Aufbau des PC P-M Partito Comunista Politico Militare („Politisch-Militärische Kommunistische Partei“), bleiben noch zwei Genossen im Knast. Obwohl der Schlag damals diesen operativen Entwurfsversuch beendete, gab der Widerstand im Knast, der sich auf diesem Aufbauprozess bezog, weiterhin eine Stimme den Inhalten des Politprogramms. Read the rest of this entry »
Political prisoners have currently launched a hunger strike in Greek prisons beginning from March 2nd 2015. Some of them, like me, have a common context of demands regarding: the abolition of the ‘antiterrorism’ legislations, the abolition of the hoodie law and the type C prisons, and the release of the convicted 17N member Savvas Xiros on health grounds.
At the same time, the political prisoners of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire have also begun a hunger strike, demanding the release of their family members who were recently arrested and placed under preventive detention, after it was disclosed that CCF members organised a plan to escape Koridallos prisons.
Regardless of differences in demands, I support the CCF prisoners’ struggle as regards their demand. Despite the political differences between political prisoners and the problems that have arisen among them, despite the different context of the hunger strikes, I believe that people in solidarity, the anarchist/anti-authoritarian space should support all political prisoners. No one should be left alone in the face of repression.
Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle
Domokos type C prison
YPG Press Office said in a written statement Wednesday that British YPG fighter Erik Konstandino Scurfield (Kemal) lost his life in clashes during the Til Berak operation:
Konstandinos Erik Scurfield AKA Heval Kemal Konstandinos was killed in combat on Tuesday the 3rd of March. Kosta was born in England but subsequently moved from Britain when he was young. He was an ex-Royal Marine Commando, an exceptional soldier and a great ambassador to the Kurdish people for his two nations.
On the 5th of December 2014 he could take no more. He made the treacherous journey to fight alongside the Kurdish people and then rid Rojava of ISIS. He was a frontline fighter always in thick of it, his experience and leadership were greatly appreciated assets. Read the rest of this entry »
As is known, the CCF imprisoned members are on hunger strike until death. Christos’ and Gerasimos’ mother and Gerasimos’ wife testified to the investigating judge on Tuesday, where they both denied the charge of being members of a “terrorist organization” (which is what they are charged with). The comrades’ mother only accepted the charge of “harboring a criminal”, and she was remanded by the counter-terror state. Gerasimos’ wife was also remanded the same day.
On March 4th, Christos Tsakalos wrote a political claim of his own, concerning the escape attempt, and Giorgos Polydoros published a text as well, as a personal friend of his brother was arrested (he was released along with the woman who was arrested on Saturday).
On March 5th, Aggeliki S. and the 39-year-old comrade Christos R. who was arrested in the neighbourhood of Galatsi on February 28th were demanded to testify. Aggeliki gave a statement saying she did not recognise the court and declared herself as anarchist. Aggeliki was then detained in Korydallos, and she had already began a hunger strike from the point of her arrest with the common aims of CCF. Christos R. also gave a statement, and was immediately remanded to Domokos Type C prison.
On March 6th, Christos Polydoros, brother of Giorgos, voluntarily went to the public prosecutor to speak against the repression of the family and friends of CCF, so the prosecutor vermin ordered his arrest. Currently, Christos Polydoros is being held by the anti-terrorist force in the Athens police headquarters [he is now released, 10 March].
In the war we are living, both inside and outside prison, and in the fight we are giving, no comrade is alone. As for the vindictiveness that the counter-terrorism unit and the special appellate investigators have shown to the relatives and the friends of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members, the least I can do, being imprisoned, is to abstain from the prison meals.
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.