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Text of the hunger striker Spyros Mandylas (Greece)

April 14th, 2015

Inter Arma received and translated:

STARTING…

Today, 12/04, I am on the 30th day of hunger strike. In these 30 days of hunger strike I’ve lost 13 pounds, sugar and pressure levels are at breaking point and I had some fainting episodes. The possibility, after a proposal from the doctors, of me being transferred to a hospital is open in the following days. So, I declare that my hunger strike will continue there too and I make it now clear that it will not accept serum and I do not allow doctors administer it to me even if I fall into a coma. The responsibility for my life is mine alone. The responsibility, however, for my imprisonment falls exclusively on the judges Lygas, Panagiotakopoulou, Stergoudi, Zografos and on my 39 co-defendants.

All this time I consciously chose not to speak my mind with a second personal text, since the demands of other hunger strikes that had started before me were not satisfied at all. So I only published some updates on the state of my health. Besides, anyone who wanted to know what was going on, was able to find out.

All this time my 39 co-defendants, rather than trying to contain their humiliation they have engaged in a cheap game of impressions, online comments and texts filled with lies, while others have chosen the tactic of the ostrich. Read the rest of this entry »

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Words from 8 hunger strikers of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (Greece)

April 14th, 2015

Below is an excerpt from an open letter released in the small hours of April 11th 2015 by hunger strikers of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters.

[…] When we started the hunger strike, we knew it would be an uphill struggle that would stretch us to our limits. And it’s true that some of us, after 40 days of tough struggle, run the risk of developing serious health problems. Nevertheless, we’re not going to concede any ground to anyone who’s taking advantage of the government’s strategy in their attempt to wear us down and annul the effectiveness of our struggle. Therefore, we reiterate that we continue the hunger strike until the fulfillment of our demands, despite the visible risks to our health. We owe it to all the comrades who’ve felt we are giving a joint struggle against the state of exception, but above all we owe it to our own selves and to the means of fight that we have chosen. We invite all comrades to reflect on the cruciality of the situation (four comrades have been on strike for more than 40 days) and turn Every Day of Hunger Strike into A Day of Action.

Every fight exhausts its potential only when we give up, and this fight has neither exhausted its potential nor completed its cycle.*

PS.1: Yesterday [April 10th], our comrade Tasos Theofilou stopped the strike as well. We walked together this far, and remain united in our common struggle. Tasos, we wish you a good recovery.

PS.2: We send our solidarity to the revolutionaries from Turkey [incarcerated in Greek prisons], who stand beside us in this battle. We wish Giorgos Inglessis [who suspended hunger strike] a good recovery.**

PS.3: Solidarity with the migrants who went on hunger strike at the concentration camp in Paranesti, near Drama.***

Until the End – Until Victory
Not One Step Back

Network of Imprisoned Fighters
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Translation notes:

* A reference to the opinion expressed by imprisoned comrade Nikos Maziotis.

** According to our information so far, the prisoners who remain on hunger strike are eight anarchists of the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Antonis Stamboulos, Argyris Ntalios, Dimitris Politis, Fivos Harisis, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Grigoris Sarafoudis and Yannis Michailidis, as well as communists from Turkey & Kurdistan incarcerated in Greek prisons.

*** On April 10th, the No Lager Assembly in Thessaloniki, having established ties of solidarity and constant communication with the imprisoned migrants, reported that only one migrant is still on hunger strike in Paranesti camp, also noting that comrades from various collectives in Thessaloniki, Drama, Patras, Athens and other places supported and publicised the strike.

see related updates via contra-info

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May 1, 2015: 'From Milan, capital of the crisis, to Europe' (Italy)

April 14th, 2015

YES MAYDAY | NOEXPO
INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY IN MILAN

After seven years of crisis the precarious pride has become rage and indignation against the burgeoning unemployment and the growth of poverty imposed by BCE & IMF to most of the population with austerity policies, particularly in Italy, Greece and the rest of the Latin Europe. Social slaughter, plunder of wealth and common goods, the end of the public city are the bases upon which governments build their response to the economic crisis.

The whole urban environment is the heart of many overwhelming social tensions. It is dominated by profit-based logics, soil consumption, the speculative spiral and the showcase city formula, in which the territorial branding is everything and inhabitants needs count as nothing, which leads to environmental exploitation, militarization of life, as we see in Val Susa, attack against our city back streets.

Italy deeply suffers precariousness, exploitation, repression. Corresponds to our need of places for political activism and criticism their evacuation and closure. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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Santiago: Two comrades arrested for arson attack on a bus ($hile)

April 12th, 2015

[Translated by Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras from Refractario]

On April 7, 2015, a bus was set on fire. Near the action, the bastards of police arrested comrades Natalia Collao (24) and Javier Pino (22).

When the journalistic carrion arrived to police station, both Natalia and Javier walked with head up. Javier shouted out loud: Down with the patriarchal and anthropocentric society!

On Friday 10, the judge decreed three months of preventive detention on charges of incendiary device installation in a public transport bus. Outside the Tribunal, comrades in solidarity stayed with banners and slogans.

Javier is now detained in Santiago 1 prison, and Natalia is in San Miguel prison.

All our solidarity with the comrades!

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Santiago: Actividad 14 de Abril – En la lucha antiautoritaria – Buscando Complices ($hile)

April 12th, 2015

En la lucha antiautoritaria:
BUSCANDO CÓMPLICES
Martes 14 de Abril desde las 19:00Hrs
Pedro de Oña # 88 Nuñoa (Metro Irarrazabal)

*Conservatorio: ¿Como vamos superando los obstáculos de la lucha
anticarcelario dentro y fuera de la prisión?
*Música y Comida
*ESTRENO DOCUMENTAL, Video de la lucha internacionalista y
antiautoritaria.

Actividad Enmarcada dentro de la Jornada Anticarcelaria del 10 al 20 de
Abril.

*Convoca: Biblioteca Antiautoritaria Sacco y Vanzetti*

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"Hallucination, intimidation and control" : Letter from Chilean comrade Francisco Solar about 'Operation Pandora' (Spain)

April 12th, 2015

From Pubblicacion Refractario:

‘Are we persecuted? Well, it’s logical that we are persecuted because we are a constant threat for who represents the system. In order not to be prosecuted we would have to adapt to their laws, comply with them, integrate into the system, let bureaucracy penetrate our spinal cord and become perfect traitors… but is that what we want? No. So our everyday actions have to be nourished with our creative imagination. Our strength is our ability to resist. We can fail but must never bow down to anyone.’ Buenaventura Durruti.

There can be many and varied explanations for the repressive blow of December 16th, just as the general and specific causes that intertwined to create a delirious net of power leading to the arrest of our friends and comrades are many.

Perhaps one of the general causes could be the introduction of the Law on Citizens Security, known as the ‘Gag law’; this, along with the exacerbation of the penal code, which has re-introduced life sentences, creates a pattern whereby the control exercised by power is more efficient and strengthened by constant paranoia. Sentences for attacks on authorities, public disorder and disobedience have been exacerbated; at the same time social protests like those of 15M [blockade of parliament] and of PAH (a group against housing taxes) are being punished. Progressives and social-democrats say that the State is ‘leaving less space for freedom’ and that ‘the struggle for rights is being criminalized’. As you can see, the turn of the screw by the repressive-judicial apparatus is striking citizens, that is to say those who struggle for more and better laws, more and better democracy, for more participation in the management of misery. Freedom and law is inconsistent with one another. As anarchists we are aware that the more rights are granted the stronger the State becomes and as a consequence our submission grows. Not because it will cease to be such with a subtle, more democratic oppression, but quite the opposite it becomes more natural and firm in its being invisible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call for action from the Chilean prisons – Days of International Solidarity, April 10-20

April 11th, 2015

[Translated by Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras]

Facing the multiple forms of prison-capital-state`s ideology, opposing the offensive strength of our convictions is to transgress any margin, border or wall in which they pretend to live on the blind acceptance of their rotten power relationships, their nauseating moral, politics and world view.

The offensive resistance against the current state of things, clearly involves moving from words to action, from a mere slogan to the rebel fighting with existing order, from a simple critical emptied of content to the proliferation of antagonism towards revolt.

(…) Deepening the resulting consistency between theory and practice, has made us pass through the darkest recesses of the prison police-state-capitalist architecture. We have not been the first, nor will we be the last… However, in the present universe of war prisoners, different experiences of resistance to enclosure are expressed since the late 80s in the demeaning high and maximum security prisons in Chile, Peru, Brazil and Argentina, between the 90s and the present. With legal-political processes always molded and forged based on counterinsurgency interests … [With] torture and direct repression, criminalization of affections and loves, [and] constant police-journalist defamation (…)

The reality of war prisoners in Chilean prisons can not be faked. (…) In this framework we make an open call to extend all possible efforts to fight against all expressions of the prison society. We call to mobilize the imagination, the will and desire between April 10 and 20.

We salute worthy struggles in Greek prisons, chapters from the near distance accompanied with sincere affection.

(…) We embrace all decent prisoners in all cages around the world, to fugitives and to our dead ones. (…) While misery exists, there will be rebellion

SOCIAL WAR AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY
REVOLUTIONARY INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY FOR THE DEMOLITION OF PRISONS

– Tamara Farías Vergara
– Alejandro Astorga Valdés
– Carlos Gutierrez Quiduleo
– Juan Aliste Vega
– Freddy Fuentevilla Saa
– Hans Niemeyer Salinas
– Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda
– Alfredo Canales Moreno

[Translation note: we are not the best translators, but we translated these excerpts from the original text]

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Update on the anarchist hunger striker Giannis Mihailidis (Greece)

April 11th, 2015

On 10/04, anarchist Giannis Mihailidis (19th day of hunger strike) was transferred to Attico hospital where he is hospitalized guarded. The comrade has lost 8.5% of his initial body weight and has a number of health problems because of the strike. His body was already encumbered as it had not yet fully recovered from the previous hunger strike in solidarity with comrade Nikos Romanos, a few months ago.

+ Also see: Chronicle about the hunger strike of anarchist and political prisoners.


– From InterArma

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29 de Marzo 2015: Expansión de los disturbios y un paco muerto ($hile)

April 11th, 2015

[Noticias de la Guerra Social]

El 29 de Marzo de 1985 la policía montaba un operativo para aniquilar a Eduardo y Rafael Vergara en el sector de Villa Francia, ambos orgullosos miembros del MIR son acribillados por la policía. Desde esa fecha que se conmemora el día del joven combatiente en recuerdo de todos los rebeldes asesinados a manos de la policía y muertos en combate durante dictadura y democracia.
Hace 30 años que el fuego de la memoria se enciende en los sectores combativos. Rapidamente a lo largo de los años el enfrentamiento se ha extendido a distintas poblaciones de la periferia que buscan atacar a la policía, devolviendo en parte la violencia cotidiana de esta institución de muerte.
En Valparaíso, el 25 de Marzo afuera de la UTFSM encapuchados cortan el transito en camino troncal urbano con barricadas incendiarias lanzando panfletos en conmemoración del joven combatiente. En simultaneo barricadas y enfrentamientos se desatan a las afueras de la Universidad Playa Ancha. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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International Day of Solidarity With All Long-term Anarchist Prisoners – June 11, 2015

April 11th, 2015

June 11, 2015 : TRANSITION : The struggle’s not over…

The last year has been full of changes and transitions for our imprisoned comrades and for those of us engaged in struggle on the other side of the walls. Now, solidly in the throes of spring, we feel compelled to celebrate these transitions and victories as new life and energy burst forth all around us. It is not often that we get a chance to truly mix celebration and struggle – but now is one of those times! On January 8th of this year the Eastern District Court of California ordered Eric McDavid released from prison. Our comrade Marius came out publicly as a man and began seeking resources for his physical transition. We believe these are both transitions worthy of celebration and reason for continued struggle. It is in this spirit that we bring you our thoughts about J11 2015.

First, a bit of housekeeping: We have a new email address: june11th at riseup dot net! If you sent something to the old address, it is likely we did not receive it. We would love it if there were many translations of this callout and other support materials (many thanks to ContraInfo and others for supporting translation over the years)! Please send information about the June 11th events you are planning this year, posters, zines, and any report backs to june11th at riseup dot net. We are looking forward to hearing from you and will post events as we receive them at June11.org. Every year events happen in new cities, and we hope you’ll encourage your friends and comrades far and wide to join us this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Athens: Front line view of the riot in solidarity to political prisoners on hunger strike (Greece)

April 11th, 2015

On April 7, 2015 following a protest of 1.500 – 2.000 anarchists in the center of Athens, riots erupted in Exarchia to bring attention to a mass hunger strike of political prisoners taking place in Greece since March 2, 2015. At the moment (April 10) 8 anarchists still continue the hunger strike, some of them for the 40th day.

The political prisoners demand from the so-called left government of SYRIZA:

– Withdrawal of the special anti-terrorist legislation for political activists (laws 187A and 187)
– Withdrawal of the special repressive laws (“anti-hoodie” law)
– Abolition of the “C-type” prisons
– Delineation of the use and processing of DNA as legal.
– Immediate release of disabled prisoner “Savvas Xiros” (98% handicapped)

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Hunger strike termination statement by Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis (Greece)

April 11th, 2015

On April 5th 2015, anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis announced the end of his hunger strike. Below is his statement.

After 35 days of struggle, I terminate the hunger strike that I began on March 2nd along with other comrades. I have decided to do so not owing to the fact that I have reached the limits of my endurance but because I believe that, considering the developments regarding the requestive context, this fight has completed its cycle and has exhausted its potential, taking into account also the solidarity acts that have taken place. I have chosen to suspend the hunger strike now, after the justice ministry’s bill introduction, seeing no point in waiting at least 10 days until it’s voted on, after Easter has passed. I however remain extremely cautious over any modifications that the ministry is supposed to present in relation to the hoodie law or DNA legislation; because the government has already demonstrated how unreliable it is in fulfilling its proclamations. Read the rest of this entry »

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