Posts Tagged ‘Letter’
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Please sign the petition to the Parole Board for England and Wales and the Scottish Prison Service to release John Bowden
Imprisonment as a human experience probably has it’s closest parallel in slavery. People in prison are systematically stripped of basic human dignity and bodily integrity and reduced to the condition of caged animals. In terms of their relationship with the state and those who directly oversee and enforce their captivity prisoners are disempowered to the extent where even their most elemental of human rights are frequently treated with contempt and are in reality non-existent. By it’s very nature and intrinsic purpose imprisonment denies the imprisoned their very humanity. As a system and institution prison is incapable of being reformed and it most definitely doesn’t “rehabilitate” those held within it, and neither is it intended to; how can degrading and humiliating a human being improve the condition of their minds and characters. How can imprisoning and de-socialising someone make them more able and inclined to integrate back into “normal” society when they’ve emerged from such a brutalising and alienating experience? Prisons prime purpose is to punish and suppress and enforce social and political control – it is nothing more than a weapon of the state. (more…)
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
Lately, various interior matters taking place in Anarchist Squat Nadir, have been published, because of two or three people, thought they should publish a misinformative text of breakaway, in order to justify their cowardice or their failure.
Therefore, since a matter has been published, I owe too, to explain in public what has happened. Especially, since through this text, they accuse me of their breakaway.
Those people, after alienating some comrades from the squat, with their manners and their behavior, they tried to distort the political characteristics of Nadir. So, they started talking about communism, nechayevism, democratic fights, and generally, some things far from the political analysis and nature of the Nadir squat. Recently, those two or three people, even tried to isolate me from the convention’s decisions. (more…)
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Dear friends and compxs:
Our beloved Tamara Sol is imprisoned.
With the speed of an avenging lightning bolt, as always happens when they are condemning a poor person or a subversive, a judge of the system, Paoloa Robinovich, is considering sentencing her to 10 years and a day to life in prison, accusing her of “aggravated robbery” (robo calificado) the hardest statue in the Chilean penal system, arguing that Tamara Sol is a danger to society. Society constructed so orderly on the aberrant inequality between a few immensely rich and the many immensely poor; a society militarized with hundreds of cops in its streets and with everything in the periphery, taking hostage the youth of the poblaciones, with authorization to beat them, lie, create montages, arrest, reinvent cases, assassinate, spy, photograph… a society that is the “big market,” a society proud of the individualism it has created, proud of the mediocrity it has created, a society in which the mediums of communication transmit only show business or passionate crimes… The judge, defending this society, has dictated that Tamara Sol shall remain in San Miguel Jail in the high security module during the investigation period (which by principle is 60 days). In this module of punishment, there is only a half hour to go outside…or perhaps they are caged all day. (more…)
‘Americanisation of the British criminal justice system’ by long-term social prisoner John Bowden (UK)
Monday, February 17th, 2014
From a comrade of ABC Brighton:
A recent Government announcement that it was considering introducing U.S. style prison sentences like a hundred years custody for the most serious offences is on one level a straightforward attempt to undermine a recent European Court of Human Rights ruling that life sentence prisoners should be given some hope that their sentences will be reviewed before they die, and on another level evidence that the Americanisation of the British criminal justice system continues to increase and deepen.
Apart from the probable introduction of prison sentences that are in effect a slow form of capital punishment, an American penology has characterised the treatment of British prisoners for quite some time in the form of the treatment model with its psychology-based programmes and courses designed and inspired by Canadian and U.S. ideologies regarding “offending behaviour”, which is attributed not so much to social and environmental causes but more the individual pathology of the “offender”. So the fact that the prison population is drawn disproportionately from the poorest and most disadvantaged group in society is of absolutely no significance and instead a crude behaviourist notion prevails that providing prisoners can be re-socialised into behaving in a “normal” way then “offending behaviour” can be exorcised from their thinking before they’re released back into the same desperate economic and social circumstances. (more…)
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
A big hug to all comrades!
I was very pleased to learn of the gestures of support from outside towards us three anarchist prisoners. We remain firm and strong despite the silly accusations made against us, and intimidating comments (here, they tell us that we’ll spend much time in prison) wanting to break our identity. They aren’t successful, because we are strong and have conviction.
Today they brought us to declare, expecting us to declare ourselves innocent or guilty. On this point I want to openly make something clear, personally I do not accept either of the two positions. Guilty? Innocent? That would give legitimacy to the stupid laws of the State, of which I do not recognize the authority. After all the State and its laws are just generators and regulators of privileges, injustices, exploitation and domination. (more…)
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Christodoulos Xiros, who is a member of the Revolutionary Organisation 17 November, has gone underground, after he did not return to prison after his 3 days leave. The comrade sent this letter and video:
“Better an hour of freedom, than forty years of slavery and prison.”
Because the known crocodiles of the mass Media will start to cry about the lost rights, and will, as always, ask for blood in the arena, I have the following to say:
First of all, your democracy died a long time ago and the abortion that has remained is so blatantly fascist that the corners of the swastika protrude.
So do not pretend to be honourers and protectors at the same time as you murder youth for 1.40 euro and don’t give a damn. Not for us, you fraudsters of the Media, mouthpieces of the lenders, collaborators of the 4th Reich.
It is natural that my leaving causes panic and terror to you and those you serve!
But not to society and the people.
You are against us, you are lackeys of those who destroyed us and this is now in the conscience of everyone.
You cannot fool us any more. (more…)
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Avec beaucoup d‘énergie et de rage, j’écris ces quelques lignes pour faire part de mon état actuel concernant mon enlèvement par le gouvernement du District fédéral et je crois que c’est maintenant le temps de parler un peu de certains aspects. Ma situation politique n’a pas encore été décidée. Ainsi, pour des raisons évidentes, je n’irai pas trop dans les détails afin de ne pas compromettre ma défense. Dans la nuit du dimanche 5 janvier, les camarades Fallon, Amelie et moi, avont été arrêté-e-s par des membres de la police en tant que suposé-e-s responsables d’attaques avec cocktails Molotov qui ont eu au Ministère des Communications et des Transports, ainsi que de l’incendie de plusieurs voitures d’un concessionnaire NISSAN, accusation qui tombe sous juridiction fédérale et du droit commun respectivement. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui,mercredi 8 janvier, on nous accuse de terrorisme, de crime organisé et de dommages à la propriété d’autrui. (more…)
“Let’s become dangerous… for the diffusion of the Black International” – Communique by CCF: Imprisoned Members Cell (Greece)
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Starting from somewhere – Scattered remarks
To begin, we want to share our joy with you . The joy we feel because as we write, we feel, that despite being locked inside the walls of captivity, a part of us is out there free along with you, discussing, doubting and planning new sabotages against the authority of the social apparatus.
Of course, this could never have happened if it wasn’t for the valuable contribution of comrades who keep us informed about the international experimentations of new anarchy and strive to translate our texts.
So, the following notes come from a series of discussions we had inside the CCF Imprisoned Members Cell, on the occasion of the international gathering in Mexico.
The thoughts we want to share during this meeting are not some kind of an official view. As anarcho-nihilists, we do not believe in any absolute and objective truth. On the contrary, we want to set a starting point. One more challenge for thought, experimentation and onset towards the sharpening of the anarchist insurrection. This continous search of theory and praxis keeps anarchy alive and dangerous, far from ideological stiffnesses. (more…)
Tags: Black International of Anarchists of Praxis, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, Korydallos Prison, Letter
Posted in Library
Friday, January 10th, 2014
Here follows Marco’s text, which came to RadioAzione via an e-mail sent by other comrades. The text explains the reasons of the hunger strike. From RadioAzione yet another strong hug and solidarity to the comrade kidnapped in the Swiss concentration camp of Lenzburg:
Hunger strike from 30/12/2013 to at least 26/01/2014 and refusal to doing forced labour from 6/01/2014 to at least 26/01/2014: this is my contribution to the struggle of resistance and to the struggle for total liberation all over the world inside and outside prison, against repression, class justice, prison, torture, isolation, sexism, racism, xenophobia, the imperialist war, the annihilation of life on the planet.
Annihilation in the history of the planet with the death of the species, never so close to catastrophe like that of the extinction of the dinosaurs (meteorite impact?), but today being carried out by the patriarchal and techno-industrial civilization of dominion and by the oppression of the murderous exploitation of global capital and its States. (more…)
Friday, January 10th, 2014
From a comrade of Brighton ABC:
Before Christmas the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman publicly criticised the prison system for failing to reform and rehabilitate repeat offenders.
The role of both government sponsored bodies is fairly questionable these days, when, for example, the existence of the barbaric “Close Supervision Centre” system raises nothing but a conspicuous silence from them, but are they so
completely out of touch with the reality of how the prison system is being re-shaped by Chris Grayling and his neo-liberal agenda that they believe that “rehabilitation” actually exists even as a vague concept any more?
Even in it’s heydays, first during the Victorian era when the concept of prisons as places of penance (penitentiary) and redemption fashioned regimes (often brutally), and the 1970s when a more politically fashionable idea of rehabilitation sort of influenced long-term regimes, the idea that “offenders” could be transformed in to “model citizens” by the experience of incarceration was a decidedly dubious one. And at a time when prisons and prisoners are increasingly seen as a source of financial profit and a sort of popularised retribution is characterising prison regimes the “rehabilitation revolution” has surely been put to bed permanently. (more…)
Friday, January 10th, 2014
From a comrade of Brighton ABC:
The statutory role and duty of the Parole Board in relation to reviewing the continued imprisonment of those prisoners serving indeterminate or life sentences and who remain in jail far beyond the length of time originally recommended by the courts in “the interest of retribution” is critically important if an abuse of executive power in the form of unlawful detention is to be prevented.
As a system of punishment indeterminate sentences, when not the courts but the prison system and what is in effect a hidden state decide when or if a prisoner is ever to be released, is inherently vulnerable to abuse, especially when right-wing politicians and an increasingly brutal prison system have a determining influence on how long such prisoners are detained. When the state itself assumes the power to decide how long someone should remain in jail then the concept of “public protection” is often used to justify what is in reality arbitrary and unlawful imprisonment. (more…)
‘A Vision of the Future: Where All the Roberto Adinolfis Walk With a Limp’ by Sean Swain, anarchist prisoner (USA)
Friday, January 10th, 2014
By Sean Swain, anarchist prisoner
Back in May 2012, Roberto Adinolfi managed Ansaldo Nucleare, constructing nuclear power plants all over Europe, including the one in Kroko, Slovenia, and Cernadova, Romania. Adinolfi had power, money, prestige, and influence. To him, the suffering and death in Fukushima, Japan wasn’t nearly as real as his spacious, air-conditioned office or his luxurious Genoa home or his expensive suits.
Sometimes, you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. And besides, none of his death-traps had melted down yet.
Yet. Key word. Yet.
Roberto Adinolfi with his power, money, prestige, and influence never noticed that vehicle following him home. He suspected arrogantly that he would spend an entire career raking in money hand over fist by rolling the radioactive dice and betting millions of other people’s lives, and he would never have to answer to anyone at any time, anywhere. (more…)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
To leave no room for doubt…
As anarchists we are in constant confrontation with the State/Capital in all its manifestations; this is a no-brainer. But sometimes, especially when Power falls down on us in all its brutality, glances get confused making strides towards ambiguous and unclear positions. I believe it’s necessary to maintain consistency, and not give rise to victimizing and defeatist discourses or practices. Perhaps now we should take a step back, but always to make five steps forward on the enticing pathway of incertitude to total liberation.
A strong embrace to all anarchist prisoners, held in prison worldwide, especially to Juan Aliste, Marcelo Villarroel and José Miguel Sánchez, with whom I had the opportunity to share experiences on the inside (in Chile).
Uncertain of what will come, yet unhesitating against Power
‘I want Comrades, not the mob…’ by the imprisoned members of CCF, plus Andreas Tsavdaridis and Spyros Mandylas (Greece)
Friday, October 25th, 2013
In Italy, on 30th October, our two brothers, Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai, are going on trial, accused for the gunshots against a high-profile business executive of a nuclear company. The attack was claimed by the Olga cell-FAI/IRF.
I know people… people silent and chatty,
coward and audacious, humble and arrogant…
People, who live obediently, like sheep and others,
who lurk treacherously, like hyenas.
I know people who dream without fantasy
and others, who live without dreaming… people, whose eyes
are used to staring low and whose ears
are used to taking orders “wake up”, “work”,
“pay”, “buy”, “believe”, “comply”…
People from the lonely crowd, who patiently wait
in the line of life… for the eternal tomorrow,
for the better days, the optimistic future, the answers to their prayers…
They are waiting to believe in every prospective savior
and in any conman of thought, who will promise them a better life.
But those, who wait to live a better tomorrow,
are today, already dead.
I know people, but only a few of them are my comrades.
Slow Death or Insurrection here and Now…
These are the two paths, that unravel before us.
We choose to be there, where the strong ones dare.
The air is cleaner and the crowd, which bows before its false idols,
doesn’t ugly our aesthetics.
It is nice to look down from the mountain Peak of the Unique
even if the crowd secretly wishes for you to fall into the abyss
in order for it, not to be ashamed of its short stature.
Our words, carve today like a blade
and our actions burn the bridges with yesterday…
With tenacity and will, until we murder authority.
For Nicola and Alfredo.
For the Anarchists of Praxis.
The members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire:
Nikolopoulos Giorgos, Nikolopoulos Mixalis, Tsakalos Xristos, Tsakalos Gerasimos, Oikonomidou Olga, Bolano Damianos, Argyrou Panagiotis, Polydoros Giorgos, Mavropoulos Theofilos, Xatzimixelakis Xaris
The member of FAI/IRF, Tsavdaridis Andreas and anarcho-nihilist Mandylas Spyros.
Tags: Alfredo Cospito, Andreas Tsavdaridis, Ansaldo, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Italy, Letter, Nicola Gai, Nucleo Olga FAI/FRI, Roberto Adinolfi
Posted in Prison Struggle
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
KIDNAPPED IN STATE KILLING CENTERS IN SPAIN
First it is remarkable to say that unfortunately I’m not “a tortured prisoner” I am “another tortured prisoner” in this supposedly rule of law and democratic country. From the dungeon where I am, in an isolation bunker, where I have spent six years locked up by the only fact of rebelling against the injustices and atrocities that the executioners make us here within to the ones with courage enough to reclaim, to uprise and make them hardly earn the bread they receive from the state for mistreating, violate our rights, physically and mentally torturing, or even killing with complete impunity. (more…)
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Via informa-azione, BPD
as many of you already know the anarchist blog Culmine was released from prison on September 7 because the period of pre-trail detention had expired.
However it cannot be said that we were freed because they have inflicted restrictions on us: we can’t travel abroad, are compelled to live in our towns and have to report to the police station twice a day. (more…)
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
September 4, 2013
“Others unthinkingly followed the paths learned once and for all, to their work and their home, to their predictable future. For them duty had already become a habit, and habit a duty. They did not see the deficiency of their city. They thought the deficiency of their life was natural. We wanted to break out of this conditioning, (…) in search of new passions.”
A short chronicle of my arrest
On Thursday night, July 11th, 2013 cops of the anti-terrorist force barged in the anarchist hangout Nadir, in Thessaloniki, once again. I was arrested and immediately transferred to the anti-terrorism headquarters in Athens where I got the news that, three hours prior to my arrest, my comrade and friend Andreas Tsavdaridis was also captured outside his home in the district of Stavroupoli, Thessaloniki. I was asked to give fingerprints, DNA sample and photographs but I refused to collaborate, and they took those by force. Shortly afterwards, they notified me I was being charged with all of the attacks that had occurred in the context of the Phoenix Project until that point (Acts 1, 2, 3, 4). I refused to sign any police paper, or talk about anything. Six days later, I was able to communicate with Andreas, who told me the exact same things had happened to him. What’s more, the police announced that the ten imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire were also charged as instigators in the Phoenix Project case. (more…)
Tags: Athens, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, Letter, Nadir Squat, Spyros Mandylas
Posted in Prison Struggle
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Via ABC Brighton:
In 1933 the German Nazis created a new law, called ‘Preventive Detention’ (P.D.), which allows the state to keep people inside prison after they have finished their sentence. The courts in Eastern Germany forbid this law, because it was a ‘fascist-law’; the courts in the capitalist West-Germany never had such problems with Nazi-laws, so until today we still have P.D. in Germany – since 1993 in East and West Germany.
I am one of the victims of this Nazi-law, because 17 years ago the court convicted me, a left wing anarchist skin-head, to a long-term sentence, after a bank-robbery to ‘fundraise’ money for legal and illegal activities. The judges added P.D. (more…)
Saturday, September 7th, 2013
via parabellum & nihilist abyss:
I think that now is the time to express my opinion on some things that have happened recently.
Starting, I would like to say that I remain imprisoned for 33 months without being sentenced by any court yet. This is, according to their laws, illegal, abusive, against the rules… As it is now known, the highest limit of pre-trial detention is 18 months. But, by deploying this new strategy of new custodies, which started against our organization and specifically against comrade Haris Hadjimihelakis, the highest limit of pre-trial detention was raised, every time one of us was about to reach it, from 18 to 30 months. The exact same thing happened to me and comrades Giorgos Polydoros and Olga Ekonomidou, whose 30 months pre-trial detention is coming to an end, this September. This has never been applied on an anarchist organization in Greece ever before. (more…)
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
From ABC Brighton:
When I first arrived on the Close Supervision Centre (CSC) back in March 2010, only three units existed holding a maximum capacity of 26 prisoners, plus designated cells within the segregation units of most high security prisons providing back-up to these.
These three units were:
HMP Woodhill CSC – Assessment centre holding up to 10 prisoners.
HMP Whitemoor – Selected CSC prisoners unit, holding up to 10 prisoners.
HMP Wakefield – Extreme risk CSC unit, holding up to 6 prisoners.
Most people would say that three CSC units are three too many, especially when the cost of each place on there is over five times a place in a maximum security main location, the brutality inflicted upon the prisoners within them exceeds all other prison environments in the UK, and they cause the majority of their residents to develop major mental illness requiring treatment within the secure hospitals of Broadmoor, Rampton or Ashworth under the Mental Health Act. (more…)