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London: Martin Lux – Reaction to the Election Result – “The alternative is on the streets” (UK)

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Martin thinks we live in a banana republic with a queen and no bananas.

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Bristol: Banner drop for prisoners (UK)

Friday, May 8th, 2015

325 receives and transmits:

Our greetings go out to Em, who just turned 34 behind bars after laying traps for
police cars.

One banner read:

‘Happy Birthday to Anarchist Prisoner Emma Sheppard! – Down with all cages!’

We know what a boot looks like,
When seen from underneath,
We know the philosophy of boots…

Soon we will invade like weeds,
Everywhere but slowly;
The captive plants will rebel
With us, fences will topple,
Brick walls will ripple and fall

There will be no more boots
Meanwhile we eat dirt
and sleep; we are waiting
under your feet.

When we say attack
You will hear nothing
At first

- Margaret Atwood “Song of the Worms”

The other banner:

‘Capital is ‘Green’ as Nuclear is ‘Safe’ – Against Industrial Society – Hands Off
Billy, Silvia, and Costas.’

In reference to 3 anarchist ecologists who the Italian state want to re-try over an
unsuccessful action in Switzerland, and the capitalist marketing ploy of Bristol as
the European Green Capital.

Both banners were hung over the M32 during the morning rush hour on Thursday 30th April.

Recently word has reached us of international police collaboration in the UK
targeting action or publication groups allegedly connected to a thwarted plan to
liberate guerrillas from dungeons in Greece. Solidarity to the underground who, from
Scotland to Bristol to London, head out with hackles raised and spray-paint, rocks
or slingshots in their pockets and blazing hearts never extinguished. A wink of
complicity for those that defiantly acted for freedom and who got away.

State repression is a hurdle for any liberation tendency. Here in England
anarchists, outlaws, and would be fighters with the Kurdish resistance to ISIS (see
the case of Shilan Ozcelik) can all attest to that. We call attention to the common
thirst for freedom in all these cases. May struggle continue in every form that is
necessary. Regardless of the outcome of the election pantomime we are ungovernable.

- Anarchists in Solidarity

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Posted in Prison Struggle

Fuck the Vote! Prepare for Class War! – Demo at Tory HQ 2pm SAT 9th May – London (UK)

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Vote or don’t vote or spoil your ballot paper, it will make no difference. Politicians will sell you and take you for their personal power. Elections are just a choice between spokesmen of the rich. We don’t have to settle for it. We’ve got to get rid of the rich!

Class War candidate for Michael Fabricant’s safe Tory Lichfield seat, Andy Bennetts, said: “We’re having more of a pantomime than an election, where career minded politicos try to make a good impression with their party in the hope of being selected to fight a seat they have a chance of winning in the future.

“No one is contesting this election to win. Not even us. This election is a lot of bollocks. Don’t vote – it is a waste of time.”

Class War took to the streets on May Day, sweeping through the citadel of class exploitation: the City of London. The police could not contain the Fuck Parade mob. Hundreds of class warriors closed down Commercial Street, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and marched to the squats of Soho, where the battle rages against gentrification.

The City was brought to a standstill. It didn’t need party bureaucracies and vanguards. It was just the will of the raging mass.

The streets are our ballot box. The mob are our votes. Our class is our party.

Get out. There will be no Government on Friday. It’s ours. Let’s take it.

Class War is supporting a post-election action by London Black Revs. In a statement, LBR says: “The polls suggest a hung parliament; where no party wins a majority of seats. If so there will be a scramble for power, with the Tories and Labour trying to cobble together enough MPs from different parties to form a government. If they call a legitimate government, they will force through the worst cuts since the Second World War.

“We think the Tories and Labour sing from the same song sheet; with the difference between austerity and austerity-lite being nowhere near enough. When no-one represents us, we must take to the streets.”

Tory HQ 2pm SATURDAY 9TH.
LOCATION:
Polling Day HQ & Battlebus
Conservative Campaign Headquarters
4 Matthew Parker St, Westminster
London SW1H 9HQ – Map; http://bit.ly/1EjGYp6

http://www.classwarparty.org.uk/

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Election special from Martin Lux (UK)

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Red and Black TV. News about Mayday in London plus comment on the elections.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdrsvuw055Yvvqe1jWWUlDA

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Stop the ‘Tory Coup’ (UK)

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The Tories and their supporters in the press are preparing a post election plan to stay in office even if Labour and the SNP have more seats in Parliament.

They are planning to declare that they are the legitimate government and have the right to form an administration.

This was the meaning of the recent Times editorial which urged Cameron to ‘Occupy Downing Street’. This will be a ‘constitutional coup’ against the wishes of the electorate.

That’s why we are calling for an immediate protest if this happens:
Assemble: Saturday 9 May 1pm, Downing Street.

We cannot allow the Tories to get away with using a flagrant abuse of power to impose the most severe austerity this country has seen since the Second World War.

We will use this facebook event page to keep you updated about any changes to the time of the demonstration depending on the outcome of the election. Watch this space and, please, invite your friends and share the facebook event page.

More info:

Seumas Milne in the Guardian: “The Tories are plotting a coup in the name of legitimacy”
Owen Jones in New Statesman: “if the Tories get more seats than Labour, get ready for a Very British Coup”

Whatever happens, the People’s Assembly ‘End Austerity Now‘ national demonstration on Saturday 20 June is more important than ever.

Please keep spreading the word and lets make sure the new government feels the full force of the anti-austerity majority in Britain out on the streets in just six weeks time.

Tell the new government: End Austerity Now
National demonstration, Saturday 20 June
Assemble: 12pm, Bank of England
UK

People’s Assembly

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Bristol: UPDATED – Fracking whore MP Charlotte Leslie gets a home visit – Fuck the Tories (UK)

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Vandals with conscience have targeted Tory parliamentary candidate Charlotte Leslie’s family home, scratching cars and spray painting ‘Tory Scum’ and ‘Media Whore’ on them. The ignorant and brainless bimbo ‘politician’ Leslie, known for wet T-shirt contests and ice-bucket challenges, thought she could lead a media and police repression campaign against anarchists in the Bristol and South-West area, but is now scared and frightened of what will happen to her family. Good. After destroying the homes and working lives of millions of people and their families, it’s pay back time for the Conservative party. No tears here.

Charlotte whined : “This is very upsetting. When my office was vandalised – and it was criminal and it was wrong – but that was my public office. This is very different. This is my personal home, my parents’ home. It was definitely premeditated. Somebody has targeted my family and their home. It’s wrong. The ‘media whore’ is something which has been levelled at me many times, and it’s obvious these people want to demoralise and destabilise my operations. It will take a while to get up and running again, but we will.”

The attack comes less than a week before the British regime’s fake elections next Thursday.

“I’m now concerned about the safety of my parents. I know I won’t be intimidated by this, but they have gone for my family.”

Fuck the Elections – Fuck the Tories

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Here’s the communique:

Do we really need to give reasons why we chose to damage the property of a Tory
councillor? Have a look at the last five years of Tory rule and endless, savage
attacks on our lives and you’ll find enough. Wealthy, overprivileged Charlotte
Leslie and her kind represent all that we detest. With friends in high places and a
big business budget to buy all the power and influence she needs, she shamelessly
does all she can to make life even easier for the rich and even harder for the rest
of us.

So, we thought we’d share a bit of the stress back that’s been imposed on us and
make life a bit more difficult for this champion of the rich. A country house in
Easter Compton? Delightful! Four cars for one household? That will do nicely!

Canvassing cars were our canvas as we scratched and spraypainted, leaving “Media
hungry Tory scum” and a big circled A as a contribution to her self obsessed
publicity election drive. Tires were punctured to put a brake on the race further to
the right. Next up was bit of drilling for domestic heating fuel and an oil spill
all over the well kept garden. Because fracking is a dirty business and those who
support such an industry should really think about ecological consequences. And also
because people should not be forced by government’s poverty policies to choose
between having heating or food.

People like Charlotte Leslie declare moral outrage at such “vandalism” and denounce
as unfair attacking her home. But compare the damage caused by this action to the
extent of the damage to people’s homes and lives caused by such greedy, lying
politicians every day. You’ll see there is no comparison. What is really shocking is
that actions like this don’t happen more…

The iron lady that the police’s Operation Rhone couldn’t protect, the one supporter
they should have taken care of. Are they serious? Or a laughing stock? They need to
try harder. This was surely too close for comfort. So where’s next?

Thatcher’s children

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‘Woolf Report: 25 Years On & Nothing Has Changed’ – An article by John Bowden about the prison system’s latest attempt to obstruct his move to an open prison (UK)

Friday, May 1st, 2015

In April this year, the 25th anniversary of the Strangeways prison uprising, Lord Justice Woolf, who led the inquiry into the uprising, claimed that conditions in most British jails were now even worse than they had been before Strangeways erupted in 1990.

The treatment of those prisoners confined to usually overcrowded local remand and post-sentence jails (of which Strangeways was and is one), where the great bulk of the prison population are held, has always been significantly worse than the treatment of prisoners in more long-term establishments where the potential for collective unrest has always been traditionally greater.

Prison staff employed in over crowded local jails argue that the transient and difficult to control and manage population of such institutions, coupled with severe cut-backs in staffing levels, make all but the most basic functions of control and containment extremely difficult if not impossible. The operational reality of such an argument finds expression in virtual lock-down regimes and a wholesale warehousing of prisoners, as well as an overtly repressive response to any perceived potential loss or compromise of total control, all ingredients of what caused the Strangeways prison uprising in 1990.

Greenock prison near Glasgow is an archetypal local jail; antiquated Victorian architecture and conditions, and an attitude and behaviour amongst some staff that is often openly contemptuous of prisoners, underpinned by a relationship of power that renders prisoners always vulnerable to abuse. (more…)

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Yarl’s Wood detainees punished for solidarity action (UK)

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

From Movement for Justice via RabbleLDN:

Anna Rjabova and Lillija Jezdovska are brave fighters for their own freedom and for the rights and freedom of their fellow detainees in the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre, near Bedford. On Thursday 9th April they were part of an integrated group of African, Caribbean and East European women who gathered to physically block the deportation of Lucy N, a victim of torture from Kenya. The women gathered together, sitting around Lucy, linking arms and singing.

That afternoon 30+ ‘guards’ employed by Serco (the private company that manages Yarl’s Wood) forced their way into Lucy’s room, wearing full riot gear and armed with batons. You can hear the moment the guards entered the room and dragged the women away here, there were 3 guards for every woman. Anna, Lillija and four other women were handcuffed and taken to Kingfisher wing, the isolation block within Yarl’s Wood.

Anna and Lillija had been brutally beaten on their legs with a baton by one of the guards, Jo Singh, against whom Lillija had previously made official complaints. Anna had to be taken to Bedford hospital for treatment on Saturday. They have made further complaints and have spoken to the Prison Inspectors currently visiting Yarl’s Wood. (more…)

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CCF Escape Case: Update on repression in Greece and UK

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

With new reports by snitching cop journalists, an effort is being made to target comrades who come occasionally in contact with the imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. In this case, they try to locate comrades from the UK who, as reported by the cops, publish an insurrectionary anarchist magazine there. They want to investigate what comrades from abroad traveled to Greece on specific dates. Also, they take into account the importance of the presence of FAI cells in the country and report that a group of Greek cops will travel there to inform their colleagues. This is a witch hunt which now targets comrades abroad as well. The case of the escape of the members of CCF becomes the perfect alibi, after several months of media propaganda, for cleaning up and hunting comrades which the cops already have in target.

Solidarians

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Posted in Social Control

Video: Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – Phoenix Project – An account of the FAI/IRF Project ‘Phoenix’ (Black International)

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

English subtitled version of the film giving the account of the early part of the Phoenix Project, international project of sabotage and attack with over a dozen hits in a variety of different countries.

Dedicated to Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai, Olga Cell FAI/IRF, who took responsibility for the laming of CEO Roberto Adinolfi of Ansaldo Nucleare.

“We are here, where everything starts now.”

The Project of ‘Phoenix’ is the unfolding of a hidden map marking one of the routes to the Atlantis of practical theory. An unknown and lost continent that exists beyond the edges of the burning cities of the interzone. Created through action, dialogue and ideas and organised informally with anarchic principles of permanent autonomous attack, revolutionary solidarity and internationalism. A sequence of attacks by different radical direct action groups around the world, breaking the silence of isolation and striking back again against the prison societies of the techno-industrial system.

The imprisoned members of CCF are charged with instigation for the attacks, Spyros Mandylas and Andreas Tsavdaridis were arrested and charged for act #4 in the project, sending a parcel-bomb to the former commander of the anti-terrorist agency, Dimitris Xorianopoulos, whilst Christos Rodopoulos is reportedly accused of the mailing of the parcel bomb to Dimitris Mokkas, chief prosecutor in the CCF case, as act #6.

The Phoenix project is now renewed through the 2015 attacks in Chile, Czech Republic and Greece, with the comrades within the territory of Czech Republic initiating the campaign Let’s destroy repression. The story of the Phoenix continues to be written…

SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON

NOT A MILLIMETER BACK

NINE MILLIMETERS TO THE COPS’ HEADS

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Brighton: Demo – Sunday 12 April in solidarity with anarchists in Spain & Catalunya – ‘Operación Piñata’ (UK)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

**NB: There is a demonstration organised for Brighton at the Clock-Tower on Sunday 12th at 6pm**

Last Monday (April 30th) there was a new repressive strike against the anarchist movement in Spain. Thirty-eight people were arrested in a police operation under the name ‘Operación Piñata‘. Fifteen of them are facing charges of terrorism and five are in preventive imprisonment. The raids were carried out on private homes, social centres and squatted spaces in Madrid, Barcelona, Palencia and Granada.

These police raids were carried out in a very open way, trying to create the maximum social alarm. The media have published the names of the people arrested and the groups they are involved in, presenting the fake police accusations as fact. They talk about ‘anarchist terrorism’ and organisations with leaders, hierarchical infrastructures and various ‘capitation’ methods the arrested allegedly use to ‘fund’ their ‘illegal’ activities.

These raids are a continuation of police operation ‘Operación Pandora‘, which took place last December within the context of the increasingly repressive politics employed by the Spanish government. (more…)

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Letter From Kevan Thakrar – Protest Outside Manchester Crown Court On May 22 (UK)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Letter from social prisoner Kevan Thakrar, from a comrade of ABC Brighton:

06/04/15

Thank you to everyone who turned out to demonstrate in my support in London outside Prison Service headquarters on February 16th and to all those who helped create the banners, flyers and advertised the event.

Since then there have been significant developments. Firstly, the attempt to have me sectioned under the Mental Health Act failed. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not something which a person can be sectioned for, so the psychiatrist refused to do the dirty work of the Close Supervision Centre Management Committee (CSCMC) and refer me to hospital.

Transfer to HMP Full Sutton segregation unit turned out to be their next attack. Greeted by a full riot squad on arrival, my treatment was never going to be good, but even I was shocked at the audacity of these discriminators who stormed my cell while I was praying, to assault me and provoke a reaction: Fortunately I did not fall into their trap; however this has only led to me being subjected to a continued and increasing level of harassment. (more…)

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London: Claim for attack on cop van (UK)

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Inthebellyofthebeast receives & transmits:

A crack was formed in the prison wall during the eviction eve demo on 2nd April for Chiltern House, a building that has been occupied by squatters in solidarity with residents in the near abandoned Aylesbury estate, which is earmarked for demolition by Southwark council. A whole estate that is now surrounded by a wall & patrolled by private security* which is all part of the the forced but also self imposed prison society. As anarchists we see the Southwark council, just as our friends who are occupying the estate do, as part of the wave of gentrification that is sweeping vast parts of the capital urban hell, moulding the cityscape more to authoritarian control, pushing the excluded further to the outer reaches, out of sight, out of mind as they say!

We decided not to be part of the demonstration, instead lying in wait for our moment to attack, which presented itself in an empty cop van on the estate. Our rage was projected through the smashing of the vehicles windows just minutes after the pigs left it all on its own. The cops were attacked because they are just as much the screws of our daily existence in this prison island as any politician and security can be.

We will not wait to be evicted… instead we go on the attack!

ACAT (All Cops Are Targets)

*who have physically attacked friends & intimidated residents on the Aylesbury estate. DON’T THINK WE HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU SECURITY SCUM!

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Screws badly beat detainee in Brook House migration prison (UK)

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

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. (more…)

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Cardiff: Demo in solidarity with the hunger striking members of CCF and their friends and families (Wales, UK)

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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!

*we will send pics soon.

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Bristol: Slingshot attack on construction company Balfour Beatty and Evening Post newspaper (UK)

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Over the night of March 15th and 16th, slingshots were fired at Balfour Beatty on Carter Road, Bishopsworth and The Post building close to Old Market, breaking several windows on each.

Balfour Beatty would never let something stupid like the environment stand in the way of ‘progress’, constructing the route for the controversial metrobus that will eventually cart people to and from their daily boredom. Whilst the media makes millions from a world of misery whilst constantly manipulating public opinion.

Note: The Evening Post building was attacked previously in 2011 and one anarchist comrade remains hunted for the attack. The newspaper is the usual scum-outlet of reactionary crap.

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Poster in solidarity with Greek prisoner & UK migrant hunger strikes

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Poster from individualist nihilists & insurrectionary anarchists in the UK.

Via inthebellyofthebeast

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Kurdish Newroz demo confronts the coward-fascist Anjem Choudary, who is forced off the streets – London (UK)

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Yesterday, Kurdish people and their supporters confronted the street presence of Daesh-supporting Islamic-fascists at their protest stall outside a Boots chemist store in High Road, Wood Green in the late afternoon. The Islamists use the stall to promote Sharia Law and the Islamic State. Police came and protected the few fascists from the angry crowd, but quickly the Islamists packed up and left the area. The Kurdish people and their supporters made a procession to their community centre to celebrate their new year of Newroz. There were no arrests.

Video here, with running commentary by some local kids debating the scene who caught the footage on their fone -

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Rebellion in UK migration prisons – Hunger strikes spread to 8 detention centres

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

From RabbleLDN:

As of yesterday (Sunday 15 March) we had heard of hunger strikes and other protests taking place in 8 detention centres across the UK, as prisoners started refusing food in Dungavel (Scotland, near Glasgow) and Dover. There is now rebellion in the majority of the UK’s migration prisons.

The other six known to be protesting are Yarl’s Wood (Bedfordshire), Harmondsworth and Colnbrook (Heathrow airport), Tinsley House and Brook House (near Gatwick Airport). (See previous report here.) (more…)

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Flyposter: ‘Uncivilised on the Margins’ (UK)

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Poster from anarchist nihilist & anti-civilisation comrades in the UK.

‘Uncivilised on the Margins’

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