On October 4th, 2019, at dawn, the Genoa ROS (special operations of carabinieri) turned up at the homes of two comrades in Genoa with search warrants. They went back to one of them on October 10th to seize material they had forgotten – a computer, two modems, an USB key, a paper draft of this writing.
The warrant reads: “under investigation for offences concerning articles 110, 423, 270bis, committed in Genoa on July 30th, 2019”. [Articles of the Italian penal code that correspond to: “participation in the same crime”, “fire” and “subversive association with the purpose of terrorism or subversion of the democratic order”].
There is a group of prisoners who although imprisoned for non-political offences subsequently become politicised or radicalised whilst in jail, and in both the USA and Britain this is a phenomenon that has become increasingly widespread.
In the USA during the 1960s and 70s the radicalisation of ordinary black prisoners, in particular, was fostered by the centrality of imprisonment in the experience of black activists and revolutionaries like Malcolm X (who described prisons as “universities of revolution”), Eldridge Cleaver, George Jackson, H Rap Brown, Angela Davis and others. George Jackson described his own politicisation succinctly: “I met Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels, and Mao when I entered prison and they redeemed me”.
Thus those whom W.E.B. Dubois described as an “army of the wronged” increasingly defined themselves as political prisoners who were the products of an oppressive political-economic order. This belief underpinned the praxis of radical groups such as the Black Panthers and Symbionese Liberation Army, and prisons were seen as the epicentre of a broader social and political revolution. The call for recognition of radicalised prisoners claim to political status underpinned prisoners’ demands in a series of protests that punctuated the 1970s in U.S. Prisons such as Folsom, Soledad, San Quentin and, later, Attica. Read the rest of this entry »
“A few weeks ago on the day Anna Campbell died (killed on 15/03/18), some people from Ghent made a solidarity action with her, they put up a graffiti piece in memory of her achievements and her death. The artwork was made under a bridge in Ghent where many people can see it. In loving memory of Anna Cambell. Rest in Power!”
[November 2] Solidarity Demonstration for immigrants and spaces of struggle // Against the State and Capitalistic Development
On November 2nd, we are calling comrades from Greece and all over the world to show their solidarity, and to unite their voices through calls, demonstrations, and multiform actions.
SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATION FOR IMMIGRANTS AND SPACES OF STRUGGLE
AGAINST STATE AND CAPITALISTIC DEVELOPMENT
VICTORIA SQUARE / NOVEMBER 2 / 12:00
The immigrant population is being debased and eliminated in all aspects of life. In order to flee war and/or poverty they are walking the paths of refugeeism on sea and land, to the squalid conditions of concentration camps, like Moria, where impoverishment and death are usually the only way forward for them. If they survive, there is a war with the cops in the neighbourhoods they live and work. Murders and beatings at the police departments, identifications and arrests that lead to long-term confinements, disappearances and deportations. At work, they get exploited without any limitation as they are the invisible part of the workforce. Their working undervaluation comes along with a total exclusion from educational, health, and other general infrastructures. Read the rest of this entry »
Colonialism has never ended. The neocolonial-capitalist system still wants to silence and to marginalize us. With fascism rising everywhere, time has come to unite and stand together!
The 12th of October marks the „discovery“ of America by the Europeans in 1492. It’s the founding stone of a big lie that lives on until today in forms of white supremacy, eurocentrism and ignorance. October 12th marks the beginning of the colonial genocides, of the destruction and robbery of precolonial societies, culture and knowledge, of forced christianization, the exploitation of the indigenous peoples, their land and resources, the transatlantic slave trade and the globalization of the a system that is wrecking life on our planet.
Until today October 12th is celebrated as „Columbus Day“ and „dia de la raza“ (Spanish: „race day“) by colonial states. The „heroic achievements“ of Columbus are still taught in German schools, while our forests are burning for the profit of multinational corporations and neocolonial regimes. German weapons are exported to war zones to kill people, while people fleeing these wars are left to drown to not enter Europe. This hypocrisy can no longer be tolerated. Read the rest of this entry »
In the afternoon of 9 October the fascist Turkish occupation army and its Islamist murder gangs started their war of aggression against the liberated areas of Rojava. With massive artillery fire and widespread air raids on towns and villages along the Syrian-Turkish border, the front was opened and ground invasion began.
The fascist AKP-MHP regime is turning its threats into reality and under the cynical name ‘Operation Sources of Peace’ has launched a new campaign of extermination against the people of the region. From the North, jihadist gangs try to advance to the cities and settlements along the border and the villages in the vicinity have become the scene of fierce battles between the self-defence forces of the population and the invading troops. While the fascist invaders attack the civilian population of Rojava under the protection of their heavy weapons, artillery and the bombardment of their war planes, sleeper cells of the Islamic state carry out coordinated attacks in the interior and spread fear and terror. Read the rest of this entry »
Solidarity with the anarchists arrested for the “Renata” operation, accused of attacking the headquarters of State racism, the apparatus of technological control, the exploitation agencies, the armed banks, the servants in uniform of power.
If they are “innocent” they have all our solidarity.
If they are “guilty” they have even more.
Friday, October 18, 2019
9.00 am: Presence of solidarity inside and outside the court of Trento (largo Pigarelli) for the start of the trial.
6.00 pm: Solidarity gathering in Verdi street (in front of the Faculty of Sociology), in Trento.
Freedom for Agnese, Giulio, Stecco, Rupert, Sasha, Poza, Nico.
Terrorist is the State.
On Tuesday, 1st of October, a counter-information intervention took place at the municipal radio “Athens 9,84”. The intervention was organised by the open assembly of squats, collectives, immigrants, internationalists, and solidarians with the participation of 30 comrades.
The comrades entered the studio after coming into agreement with the employees, and the intervention lasted half an hour. While on air, the intervention made a speech about the squats, immigrants, and the general oppressive and impoverished conditions that prevail. Next, a recorded message which ridicules the regime of terror they are imposing, was broadcasted. To set the record straight, we have to inform that during the intervention there was no conflict with the employees of the radio station.
Whoever listened to the intervention on air understood what was the mood, and we expect from the employees to weigh in against the fabrications of the Greek Police and the Mayor of Athens. As expected, the intervention was removed from the archive that gets uploaded on the radio’s website, in an attempt to conceal the political content of the intervention and its characteristics.
After the intervention, the comrades left in array towards Kerameikos tube station where they were attacked by police forces that scattered the body of the intervention through force and violence. Afterwards, 8 arrests took place in the nearby area. 7 female and 1 male comrades got apprehended, 2 students amongst them.
One of them got sexually harassed by a cop in the police vehicle. Consequently, the arrested got transferred in the Hellenic Police Attica Headquarters. There was a solidarity gathering until midnight. The riot police attacked the gathering with chemicals, and pushed the comrades back to the Ampelokipi tube station. The gathering continued across the HPAH, regardless. After many hours it was announced that 7 of the apprehended are facing the charges of domestic disturbance, whereas one of the students got released without any charges. The charges were pressed after the administration of the municipal radio, obviously with the orders of mayor Mpakogiannis, sued the comrades. It is important to note that during the solidarity gathering, persons from the establishment media and a parliamentary party were present, with whom neither the intervention nor the solidarity gathering had anything to do with them.
On Wednesday, 2nd of October, at 11am, the arrested went through the District Attorney, building 16, at the Evelpidon courthouse. We called for a solidarity gathering where approximately 30 comrades showed up. 6 of the comrades got a trial for 17/10, whereas the student comrade has a trial for 2020.
Solidarity will win, the censorship attempts towards the oppressed will not be successful, our struggles will destroy state oppression.
-the recorded message that was broadcasted on air:
The text that got read during the intervention
“Athens do you hear me? I am sorry to disturb your miserable daily life. I am sorry to steal some of the time you have already sold. I am sorry to make you think whatever you don’t want to confront. But today I have a voice and you will listen to me. I am the voice of the oppressed. I am the voice they will not allow to be heard.
I am the voice of humans who got eradicated from their neighbourhoods because of profiteering. I am the voice of the refugees that lost their friends and still don’t know why. I am the voice of burnt forests which got sacrificed on the altar of profit. I am the voice of all those who fought when everything seemed futile. I am the voice of future generations that will inherit dystopia. And you, who are listening to me, certainly understand me.
You understand what is oppression. You understand what it means to work only for survival. You understand what it means to leave your home because rent is greater than your wage. You understand what it means to kill your dreams slowly and painfully. But you will ask me why I am saying these things to you. You will say that this is the situation and well, what can we do about it. And I will reply. I will tell you that everything you experience is caused by humans. I will tell you that your depression has no reason to exist. I will tell you that together, we achieved a lot in the past. I will tell you that your life is precious to waste it like that. I will tell you to fight in order to make your life worthy. Thank you for listening, good luck.”
DEBRIEFING TEXT OF THE OPEN ASSEMBLY OF SQUATS, COLLECTIVES, INTERNATIONALISTS, MIGRANTS AND SOLIDARIANS
This text is a debrief of the actions of the open assembly from its beginning right after the evacuation of four squats in Exarchia on 26/8 until the demo of 14/9, where four arrests took place.
The evictions of 26/8 were not left unanswered, as hundreds of comrades made a spontaneous demo from Exarchia to Psyrri. The next day, the assembly calls for a solidarity gathering at the courtrooms for the three arrested people of Gare, and, the afternoon, for a solidarity gathering for the detained migrants in Petrou Ralli.
On 29/8 we made a solidarity rally in front of Mpoumpoulinas migrant housing squat, while the next morning at 4am the squat began to be barricaded and solidarians started gathering outside, acting as a bulwark against a possible eviction. On Saturday, August 31st, the assembly supported the march around Exarchia with a bloc of its own. The next action was to break the blockade around the steki of anarchist immigrants with a support rally and hanging a banner. Next, in preparation for the march against state repression on 14/9 at Propylaia, four kinds of posters, calls and texts in five different languages were printed, and then posted and given out in neighborhoods, universities, schools and squats. Actions culminated with the informational intervention of a hundred comrades at the hip-hop festival in Technopoli, Gazi, on 6/9. Read the rest of this entry »
Algunas palabras previas
El compañero Joaquín García permanece en prisión desde noviembre del 2015, acusado de un atentado contra la policía. En este breve díptico buscamos no solo informar sobre su situación sino también agitar y aportar a fortalecer una solidaridad de combate. Read the rest of this entry »
A rotating hunger strike began this September in Spanish prisons to draw attention to the horrible situation in Spanish prisons, tortures, deaths, the basicly nonexistent medical attention, terrible food, bad communication inside/outside, isolation confinement for rebellious prisoners, etc. etc. There are thousands of denouncements of this situation in the offices of the European Union Tribunals, at least from the last 20 years. No one there cares about this nonexistent human rights in Spanish prisons! So the prisoners, with the support of solidarity groups from outside, try to continue the long tradition of struggles against this fascist prisoner system in Spain. So from last September 1st, a small group of prisoners started this rotative hungerstrike and Toni Chavero, an anarchist comrade, actually encaged in the prison of Estremera (Madrid) wrote this letter:
Letter from anarchist prisoner Toni Chavero about the rotating hunger strike in Spanish prisons
Bunker of Estremera (Prison Madrid VII)
5th September, 2019
Cheers, comrades, I am Toni Chavero. I hope that on the arrival of these letters you will find yourself with strength and courage. We need strength, determination and a firm position. I want to thank you, first of all, for joining these rotating hunger strikes. I have been on strike for five days today, but I didn’t even have to start it, the reprisals came earlier. I have been cut off from communications with three comrades for “reasons of security and good order of the establishment.” Since they lack the arguments or connections that lead to this intervention, they continue to violate our rights and freedoms through the nose, we will see what the court says. Although I know this goes on for a long time, I have set out to recover communications with my comrades. Read the rest of this entry »
On Friday, September 27th , the Nancy-Maxeville prison was attacked to denounce the repression of the nuclear State.
In the pre-evening of the demo against the nuclear waste-dump – project CIGEO « Vent de Bure » at Nancy – we attacked (symbolically) the prison of Nancy-Maxeville, to send greetings to our comrades who are imprisoned and those who are charged by repression. Also to set a sign for a society without prisons in general.
We marked the walls with the paint, smash the windows of some administration buildings, launch smoke bombs and flares in the yard of the prison and greet the prisoners with pyrotechnics in the surrounding area. The action was protected by crowsfeets [metal devices to puncture car tyres] and burning barricades on the access roads. Read the rest of this entry »
El Estado mexicano en su lógica dominadora, continúa acusándonos de “provocadores” e imponiendo el pacifismo ciudadano del “pueblo bueno”. Y ahora trata de ir más lejos…
Desde el púlpito mañanero AMLO intenta invisivilizarnos, exterminarnos, desaparecernos, es por eso que tergiversa el sentido de la lucha anárquica, de nuestra historia y hasta el mismísimo significado de la palabra ANARQUÍA. Por eso nos denomina “conservadores” mientras imparte “lecciones” a sus mascotas felices, con el consentimiento de las focas aplaudidoras que fingen ser periodistas cada mañana en palacio nacional.
Para AMLO, al igual que para todos los presidentes anteriores (y para todos lxs jefes de Estado en la historia), el/la mejor anarquista es el que está muertx o el oportunista que renuncia a las ideas y le lame las botas, como es el caso del estalinista converso Paco Ignacio Taibo.
Esa es la razón por la que AMLO miente y nos señala como “conservadores”. Todxs sus enemigxs, somos “conservadores”, incluixs lxs anarquistas. Read the rest of this entry »
Long time civilian prisoner Natalia Pshenkina takes on struggle against the Swedish prison authorities with hungerstrike.
Natalia was sentenced for murder in 2005 and got in contact with political comrades in prison in 2011. She then contacted the current prisoner solidarity group Fånggruppen Syd – Prisoners group of southern sweden, for help with legal assistance. Natalias case has since been worked on as a civilan non-political side case on a personal level by
individuals within the former group. Since 2018 Natalias case has more and more taken the form of organizing and fighting by juridical means for better conditions in the Swedish prison system. Natalia took this fight at the prison where she was earlier placed, KVA Ystad, in southern most of todays Sweden. The condition at KVA-Ystad has been growing worse for a long time by reasons such as over crowding and ending of all activities for prisoners due to severe lack of funding. Read the rest of this entry »