2010 New Year solidarity actions against the prison world
Here are a few of the soli actions which took place :
Hamilton, Ontario, Kanada – New Years Eve Noise Soli Demo
On December 31, 2009, about 30 anarchists took to the streets in Hamilton, Ontario surrounding the Barton St. Jail (or the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Center). Our intention was to show solidarity with prisoners locked behind those walls, and also as an act of solidarity with the revolutionary prisoners on hunger strike throughout the world.
This action was an attempt to break the isolation between inside and outside the prison walls. We used our voices, drums, fireworks, whistles, and other noise-makers to disrupt the day-to-day normalcy of the prison. We chanted: “The passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons!” , “No prisons, no borders, fuck law and order!” , “They might take our lives away, but not our dignity. Our hearts will pound against their walls until we are all free!”
Prisoners waved and banged on the windows while we were outside. We wished them a Happy New Year.
There was also a banner that said “ESCAPE” attached to helium balloons that was freed next to the prison and floated into the sky. It was originally intended to say “escape into rebellion” but our 120 latex helium balloons weren’t enough to lift it into the sky. We decided to cut it down to roughly 6 x 3 feet because we wanted a flying banner.
A speech was read on two sides of the prison through a megaphone.
Here is the speech:
“I’m standing here today because I refuse to accept the leash of submission that this society hopes to tie around my neck. With every one of its laws, courts, cops, prisons and networks of surveillance, it’s made very clear that the “life” we’re supposed to accept is nothing more than a life sentence in an open prison.
“I’m here to stand in solidarity with the fifteen social rebels who’ve been on hunger strike in prisons around the world because they continue to refuse the meek existence that the state and capital tries to impose on them with every weapon that it has available.
“I’m also here in solidarity with the man who escaped from the [custody of] Barton Jail a little while ago, as well as his accomplices, and anyone on the inside who yearns for freedom and will do what it takes to take their lives back.
“Because with every act of solidarity and with every individual who attacks this prison world, alone or with others, the walls that stand between us begin to look a hell of a lot a thinner. For an end to prisons and the world that needs them!
“Let’s escape into rebellion!”
This prison is located close to downtown Hamilton in a working-class neighborhood. For many of us who have spent time or live in Hamilton, Barton Jail is not an abstract or seemingly invisible place – it is a constant threat and reminder of the reality of prison. People who live here have spent time in it, know people who have, or are well aware that they may one day find themselves kidnapped behind its walls. These might be some of the reasons why people getting groceries at the supermarket next to the jail and people walking by, who checked us out, took the time to express their solidarity. Some people stood with us and cheered, while others took part in the noise demo by honking their car horns in the supermarket parking lot. One woman used the megaphone to wish her own happy new year to the prisoners. Also, a child took a picture of the flying banner. The excitement both on the inside and the outside revealed possibilities of, and will only push us further in, the struggle against prison and its
FREEDOM FOR THE IMPRISONED REVOLUTIONARIES ON HUNGER STRIKE AROUND THE WORLD!
SOLIDARITY WITH COMRADES FIGHTING AGAINST PRISON, INSIDE AND OUT!
Berlin, Germany – 500 Strong Anti-Prison Demo
500 people were at the legendary New Year anti-prison manifestation, which has occured at Berlin’s Moabit prison every last day of the year for the previous 20 years. This time the slogan for the demo was “New Year’s Eves to the prison – for the destruction of all forms of imprisonment” (trans). This demo addresses all the prisoners, to show them that they do not rot forgotten behind grey walls, we demand the abolition of all prisons, since prison do not represent any solution to the present social conditions. The demo started at Tower U-Bahnhof at about 10:45pm, and went briskly to the prison broadcasting suitable music, arriving at the prison shortly before midnight, where there was a positive welcoming reaction from the prisoners. The French Hip Hop “Mary Read Collective” played some songs and clarified their refusal of the dominant conditions and their prisons. Police attempted to create a repressive atmosphere towards the throwing of snowballs and fireworks from the demo towards the police lines. There were 2 arrests. Some photos here. ACAB.
Hamburg, Germany – Demo with fireworks and music
In the early evening an undeclared demonstration of around 20 people took place with slogans and fireworks to show the prisoners they are not alone. The prisoners answered the demo with shouts and greetings. Then later at 11pm 250 people turned up for a demo, where there was spoken contributions in German, Turkish and Russian on a sound-system. The gates of the prison were painted with slogans, amongst other things, “Fire and flames to the state”, and fireworks were thrown during the whole demo, and an arrest was prevented. There were many reactions and contacts with prisoners, calls, in addition, paper burnt from the windows and thrown down. Banners were fastened in the trees outside reading, amongst others, “Solidarity with all fighting prisoners”. At 1am the demo was terminated and closed with slogans.
Brussels, Belgium – Machine-gunning of the prison of Forest
Just after the start of the New Year 2010, the main door of the prison had been targeted with shots from an automatic firearm. Altogether 40 cartridge cases were found by the forensic police that arrived at the scene. The shots took place at 0.40 hours. That is what was revealed by the cctv camera images inspected by the prison management. In these images it is possible to see the shadow of a vehicle appearing in the street before the windows of the huge door of the prison were shattered. The cartridge cases found at the scene were those of a weapon of war, a kalachnikov. It goes without saying that the shots would have been fatal for a human being. The shots were so strong that they reached in interior of the prison, shattering a ventilation shaft. Fortunately there was nobody behind the door when the event took place. A member of personnel in charge of the surveillance of this main access to the prison was at his place just above the level of the entrance door.
Brighton, UK – New Years Eve solidarity at Lewes prison
“Around 30 people celebrated New Years Eve outside Lewes prison (near Brighton) with fireworks and a sound system, as well as banners against the prison state and shouting messages of support. Those inside Lewes currently include one of those charged with (and currently on remand for) decomissioning the EDO bomb components factory in Brighton. The evening’s comedy highlight was the police (all four of them) deciding to try and turn off the sound system during the last song we planned to play, as they objected to the lyrics of the Xmas number one by Rage Against The Machine. After some push and shove while people sang along to ‘fuck you I won’t do what you tell me’, they backed off, and people headed off to continue their New Year celebrations somewhere warmer while prisoners shouted for us to come back the next night…”
Bristol, UK -NYE Solidarity Action at Horfield Prison
“As another decade of neoliberal warfare was ushered in, a group of 20-30 comrades, criminals and low-lifes released fireworks into the grounds of Horfield Prison. Slogans were painted on the fortress walls. Loud noise was made. This act of solidarity was intended to show those locked up inside, whilst the rest of the city was celebrating the new year, that they were not forgotten. Many other cities across Europe and the rest of the world experienced similar acts of solidarity to those incarcerated, whatever their ‘crime’ might be.
Inside and outside of those walls we are all prisoners. Fire to the prisons. Death to imperialism. Solidarity with all people and communities resisting the onslaught of planetary control and exploitation that is industrial civilisation.”
Barcelona, Catalunya – Pigs’ union attacked
“We have begun the year in the best possible way, by attacking the pigs’ union on Calle Bruc, right in the middle of Barcelona. An incendiary device was used, which damaged the entrance to the building. The damage caused will always be dwarfed by how much we hate them.
With this action, we salute all the comrade prisoners in struggle, all those underground, and all those who fight capital.
May the “celebrations” continue.”
Anonymous; January 1, 2010
Santiago de Compostela, Spain – Two police stations attacked
“On New Year’s Eve, we attacked two police stations in Santiago de Compostela as a special way to welcome in the blessed year. We firebombed both a van and a car at the local police station (next to the Plaza del Obradoiro), and we left another device at the national police station on Rúa Pitelos.
Vengeance for Tamara, vengeance for the anarchist prisoners on hunger strike (Gabriel, Marco . . .), vengeance for the arrests of our Greek comrades, vengeance just because, vengeance . . . why not? It seems the vehicles were quite damaged, but it’s a pity the bad weather didn’t help burn them even more.
We are losing our fear.”
Madrid, Spain – Vengeance in downtown
“Yesterday, December 31, 2009, at 11:50 p.m., we placed an incendiary device with a delayed ignition at the Plaza de La Remonta, next to the police station.
The attack was specifically directed at the repressive organs of the state, which for the last few months have increased their level of repression, along with all that implies.
The device was only placed as a warning. It is nothing less than a preview of things to come.
Repression means attack!
LET’S DESTROY THE STATE, BEGINNING WITH ITS GUARDIANS”