‘Prison Struggle’ Archives
Sunday, July 5th, 2020
The imprisoned deported Sardinian anarchist comrade Davide Delogu informs us that in the Caltagirone prison (in Sicily), where he has just been transferred, he has once again been subject to regime 14 bis. Updates will follow.
Cassa di Sostegno per l’Anarchico Sardo Prigioniero Deportato Davide Delogu
[Support Fund for the Imprisoned Deported Sardinian Anarchist Davide Delogu]
Note: Article 14 bis of the Italian penitentiary law (not to be confused with 41bis) provides for special supervision of a prisoner.
The text in Italian was published in sardegnaanarchica.wordpress.com.
Debriefing and propositional statement of comrade Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis to the comrades (Greece)
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
On the 21st of October, around 11pm, together with one more person, I made an appropriation of a state casino shop in Cholargos (suburb of Athens). Before our departure from the shop the rifle that was used for our self defense passed from the other person’s hand to mine. An automatic rifle, if available, is a convincing deterrent during any act that may come into confrontation with the murderous mercenaries of capitalism. Bastards like those who tortured to death George Floyd, the same bastards who gang killed Zak Kostopoulos, who was already wounded by the fascist shop-owners in a pedestrian road, in the middle of the day, in the city center, bastards who, shortly after, killed Embouka Mamasoubek inside a police station, and whose names are still kept secret, having enjoyed the full cover of the then leftist government and bourgeois justice, these bastards don’t understand any other language than the one they have learned to implement.
The moment I took the weapon, it fired, due to my negligence. The bullet hit my leg. After leaving the place, I sought refuge at the nearby home of an old friend. Estimating that very soon the repression mechanisms and their minions, the regime’s journalists, would publish my photo, I decided to evacuate a flat in which I was storing a number of tools for the resistance, with the aim to rescue them. So these tools ended up in the house where I had gone wounded, and from there into the warehouses of the militarist-statist rulers, about two weeks after my injury. (more…)
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
Our friend Andreas is dying… (July 2, 2020)
… and everyone is watching. What has been happening to Andreas in jail in Naples for at least a year is a result that both the German and the Italian state are responsible for. In spite of his poor health, Andreas is denied adequate medical care despite promises to the contrary by the hospital management. He is brought to a hospital every hour for questionable or senseless examinations and then back to prison.
Andreas was diagnosed with cancer at least a year ago, it spread all over his body and he had unspeakable pain. He can hardly walk anymore, just eat more baby food, he loses blood and is often unconscious for days. His Italian lawyer is fighting at all levels, but transfer to house arrest has now been refused.
Andreas is doing very badly, suicide seems to be the only way out for him in the current situation.
Both the Italian and the German state know Andreas’ state of health. Nobody lifts a finger, fundamental human rights do not seem to apply to prisoners. What happens here is murder. And every suicide in jail is nothing else, because behind bars there are no free decisions.
We cannot stand by, although we are infinitely sad and angry and have no ideas what to do.
Confront the German and Italian authorities with their inactivity, call the Federal Foreign Office, Boschaft and the consulate.
Down with all prisons! Down with all states!
ABC Vienna, July 2nd, 2020
The address to write to him:
Via Roma Verso Scampia 250
CAP 80144 Napoli (NA)
He has to pay for the urgently needed medication and reasonably usable food himself. If you want to donate money:
Receiver Krebs IBAN: DE 90 1005 0000 1067 1474 26
BIC: LOADED BEXXX
Purpose: Donation / Andreas Krebs
Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
Comrade Elisa has sent us information about our anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva, who has already been transferred and is in the prison of Mansilla de las Mulas in León. Although she has not yet been able to speak directly with Gabriel, she knows that he is well and that the prison in Leon is a compliance prison, so they will want to keep him there for a while.
You can write to him and keep in touch with him at the following address:
Gabriel Pombo da Silva
C.P. Mansilla de las Mulas
24210 – Mansilla de las Mulas (León)
We cannot forget our imprisoned comrades!
The struggle continues!
Freedom for anarchist prisoners!
Freedom for our comrade Gabriel Pombo!
Sunday, June 28th, 2020
Con la pandemia en aumento en el territorio chileno, diferentes movilizaciones y acciones se han registrado en las cárceles por parte de los prisioneros para intentar prevenir el virus y levantar sus reivindicaciones.
Una de ella fue en la cárcel de alta de seguridad en Santiago, ya que desde fines de abril los módulos 2 y 3 h norte se mantuvieron participando de una huelga hambrienta (no confundir con huelga de hambre) donde se les exigió a los carceleros las raciones de alimento que corresponden, mientras los presos que habitualmente la reparten no lo hicieron, a modo de protesta. A esto se le sumó un golpeteo generalizado de barrotes y puertas. La huelga hambrienta duró aproximadamente unos 40 días, mientras los “barrotazos” 50 días*. A principios de junio finalizó la movilización de forma espontanea.
Hoy, a mediados de junio con la pandemia desatada en Chile, era cuestión de tiempo para que se extendiera rapidamente en las cárceles por el nivel de hacinamiento en que se encuentran. (more…)
Saturday, June 27th, 2020
The Fenix 2 trial
On Monday the 13th of July at 8:30 a.m. there will take place the next hearing of Fenix 2 at the court in Most. Just for reminding, the trial is against four anarchists and one environmentalist and they face 3-10 years of prison. Show support to the accused ones by being present at the court or by any other solidarity action.
Saturday, June 27th, 2020
26.06.2020: In view of the imminent transfer of our anarchist comrade, Gabriel Pombo da Silva, we warn you that if letters are sent to him at the Badajoz prison, they will probably be returned or lost.
Gabriel has already been informed of the transfer, but we still do not know when he will leave, nor for how many days he will be held (transfer in the ‘kangaroo van’ of the Guardia Civil), so we ask that you wait until we get a statement confirming his new destination.
If the penitentiary institutions and the prison authorities do not modify the “script”, the prison that awaits him is Mansilla de las Mulas in León, although most likely the transfer will not be direct and he will have to make the journey through other prisons.
In the Badajoz prison, hardly any mail came to our comrade, that is why to write to him, it is better to do it by registered letter to be able to report and claim the correspondence.
This is the address of the prison:
C.P. Mansilla de las Mulas
Mansilla de las Mulas
24210 – León, SPAIN
Urgent Call for Solidarity: Imprisoned Anarchist Comrade Eric King Assaulted by Guard at FCI Englewood (U$A)
Friday, June 26th, 2020
On June 18th Eric was taken into the showers while shackled and attacked. The guard took the metal detection wand and swung at each of his ankles and then when he would lift his leg this officer would swing at the other. The guard then picked Eric up and dropped him on his head onto the concrete in the shower. He woke up after loosing consciousness for 10 seconds thinking they were pouring water on his face. But it was his own blood.
Eric was transported to Swedish Medical Center and was given 6 stitches and was diagnosed with a moderate to severe concussion. They hospital would not give him the results of the scan or release it to his family or lawyer because they told him “he is government property”.
The reality is folks have been fighting for over a month to be able to get an expert in to assess Eric. We believe he is suffering from a traumatic brain injury after officers at FCI Florence kicked him in the head for 5 minutes in August of 2018. We were so hopeful that we were going to be able to get help for him and see where he is at with the mixture of trauma and brain injury he has been struggling with. His memory has been affected as well as many other aspects of his life. Officers at FCI Englewood know this. They knew that we were trying to get a medical expert in because of a head injury concern… and then they dropped him on a concrete fucking floor on his head in the bathroom while Shackled up. (more…)
Monday, June 22nd, 2020
On June 12, 2020, a financial aid party was held in Thessaloniki/Greece for the case of the two arrested on 27/5 at Kalamaria/Thessaloniki.
The money raised was 1,000 euros and after it was initially handed over to the “Solidarity Assembly of the 2 arrested comrades”, if we were informed that the amount had been collected (20,000 euros) we decided to ask for it back to meet other needs of political anarchist prisoners.
Thus, the money will be allocated to the accused in the “Scripta Manent” case (500 euros) and to the members of the Revolutionary Struggle Nikos Maziotis (250 euros) & Pola Roupa (250 euros).
Below are the contact details where one can provide financial support.
For the “Scripta Manent” case
Account holder: Omar Nioi
Bank: Banco di Sardegna or Bank: Banca di Sassari
Bic / Swift code: SARDIT3S100 or BPSAIT31XXX
For the case of the “Revolutionary Struggle”
D wing of Domokos prison
Post Code 35010 Domokos
C wing of women’s prisons in Eleonas, Thebes
Post Code 32200 Thebes
Anarchist hangout Nadir
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
15.06.2020: Last Thursday, June 11, the Provincial Court, the court at the base of the judicial pyramid in Spain, demonstrated its inquisitorial power by rejecting the request for annulment of the OEDE (European Arrest Warrant) that sent our comrade back to the dungeons of the State after three and a half years of freedom.
After a year and a half of clandestinity, Gabriel was arrested last January 25th in Portuguese territory as a result of the above-mentioned OEDE issued by the Court No. 2 in Girona (specifically by Judge Mercedes Alcázar Navarro), with the intention that he would serve another 16 years in prison counted as a residual sentence (response to the complaint of malfeasance against the judge for having hidden the order for Gabriel’s immediate release in June 2016, which delayed his release, that judge has set in motion her own revenge!).
After three and a half months of pre-trial detention (months during which it was clear that Portugal had submitted to the pressure of Girona Court No. 2 and that the European rules that would have allowed the release of our comrade had not been applied), on 12 May, he was handed over to the Spanish authorities and is currently in the prison of Badajoz (Extremadura). (more…)
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
“A few notes on this world” was especially written and performed for the 2020 Mixtape for June 11th, International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners : june11.noblogs.org/2020-mixtape/
A note by Non Serviam for the Mixtape : We have a strong relationship of hate with the prison complex, not only because most of the members of our musical collective have visited its cells on occasions, but also because it is the reason why this world of greed and control that we despise and suffer from keeps on existing.
Society needs prisons to instill the fear of breaking the law and all of its rules. Marius Mason was convicted for breaking the rules, like any anarchist with a practical sense of theory and courage, therefore Marius needs all our solidarity. Because this world he’s still fighting against from inside the walls is everywhere, there is no escape from it, and escape could never be enough anyway : this fucking world has to burn and everything else is poetry. Compagnons dedans, dehors, le cœur bat encore…
‘Censorship & Blocking Access to Courts by Federal Bureau of Prisons’ By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington (USA)
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
‘Censorship & Blocking Access to Courts by Federal Bureau of Prisons’ By Keith ‘Malik’ Washington
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC)
Revolutionary greetings fellow workers! Today is June 2nd, 2020. The US Department of Justice has ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to place their facilities on a nationwide lockdown.
The Inmate Bulletin issued to the prison population said that the nationwide lockdown was a precautionary measure in light of the recent rioting and civil unrest throughout AmeriKa.
My experience as a federal prisoner has taught me that the oppressors who run these prisons subscribe to and embrace a Reactionary Ideology. This Reactionary behavior has been on full display here at USP Pollock.
One reactionary policy which has gone unreported is the recent censorship of prisoner communications as well as the blocking of our access to courts.
Since March 13th, 2020, prisoners here at USP Pollock in Pollock, Louisiana have had no access to Law Library Materials which includes the Education Legal Law Library Computer.
It is virtually impossible for prisoners to litigate pending civil or criminal actions without access to the Law Library Computer. What is remarkable is that mostly all federal facilities within the BOP allow prisoners access to the Law Library database on our housing unit. (more…)
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
On June 8, 2020, the imprisoned deported Sardinian anarchist comrade Davide Delogu was transferred from the prison of Palermo Pagliarelli to that of Caltagirone.
To write to him:
Greece, Thessaloniki: Support the 2 comrades released on bail accused for their anarchist identity and alleged action
Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
The 2 comrades were arrested on 27/5/20, at Thessaloniki, Greece. They are accused of attempting an explosion, possession of explosives, violence against employees, disobedience and criminal conspiracy according to a made-up indictment. At 1/6 they were released on the following terms:
1. To give presence 3 times a month at a police station,
2. Prohibition of leaving the country and
3. to pay a guarantee-bail of € 10,000 for each one (a total of € 20,000) by 15/06.
In order to ensure that the required amount is covered, so that the comrades are not remanded in custody, we use every means available for financial support. Thus we created this firefund campaign.
Solidarity is our weapon against state’s repressive tactics.
The announcement of the 2 persecuted comrades:
In the early hours of Wednesday 27/5, I am being persecuted and arrested by undercover cops (wearing civilian clothes) and OPKE (special police forces for crime prevention and suppression), in the area of Kalamaria, Thessaloniki. I was thrown on the road and the cops handcuffed me. For a long period, more than ten cops were beating me up with kicks and punches. Only when some neighbors from the adjacent apartment buildings came out, they were ordered to stop and called an undercover car to transfer me to the general police department. At first, they took me to the first floor and then to the third. They kept transferring me to different rooms-offices -amid constant humiliations, intimidations, and beatings. I ended up in the office of the head chief of the operation, who initially didn’t deal with me, focusing his interest on his colleagues, by giving his congratulations on the success of the operation.
After that, the well-known game began. He became the good cop who just wanted to help. He gave me “advice”, encouraged me to speak, and admit the actions that they were attributed to me and to cooperate in order to facilitate my position. He also played the card of the “squealer comrade” who had turned me in exchange for some money.
I remained silent to their questions, as I had to and I didn’t give any information beyond those which were written on my identity, which I had anyway. Until 9 a.m. neither the arrest nor the indictment had been announced to me, expect that they will conduct a home search in a house I had never declared, but which according to the file they had already opened for quite some time, I lived in Tsinari in a block of house-squats.
When we got to the houses – the only clue of where I lived in was a piece of anonymous information- they invaded the squats, one after the other. OPKE units, accompanied by undercover cops, broke down doors and windows, woke up my comrades, and demanded that they facilitate their “work”. The comrades showed quick reflexes and from the first moment they stood next to me with a word, a touch, by just saying “strength”. It’s worth noting that during my transfer from one house to another, they had me wear a black hood so that on the one hand I could not be recognized by other comrades who had gathered outside the squats and on the other hand I could not have eye contact with the comrades who lived there. I guess the rest is already known-their wanton adduction to the general police department for a few hours.
Then, returning to the general police department, in the same offices as before, I saw comrade Ρ.Ζ. who had been arrested and brought in a few hours after me. They left us in the same place for a few seconds and then they separated us again while giving us the case file asking us to sign it. We both denied any signature on the forged indictment as well as the process of fingerprint checks and photographs (a process that many times in the past has led anarchists to trial-parodies resting on clues of DNA mixtures and fingerprints).
Twelve hours after my arrest and after several “yellings”, they allowed me to contact my lawyer and they placed the handcuffs in the front. When we were taken to the detention cell, according to “orders from above”, they did not allow us to be in the same cell and to be in touch within the first 24 hours. On the second day of my detention, when I was taken to a medical examiner to record the injuries, the doctor who was supposed to be acting impartially, all he had to say to the escorts-cops was that “these things happen in a pursuit” and that “he can’t be sure what caused the injuries”.
On 27/05, at 8 a.m., I was arrested right at the entrance of my apartment building. Three undercover cops rushed from different directions, leaving me no time and space to react, and immobilized me.
While I was standing still on the ground, they handcuffed me, and pressed my head with their knees, and confiscate my house keys. Only when my screams incited the passers-by and the inhabitants they stopped pressing me with their knees and asked me to stop. In return, they promised not to touch me. They are probably ashamed of their practices. And they should actually. Then they took me to the general police department of Thessaloniki, in a room in the basement, where I was completely alone. After about half an hour, they picked me up again and announced to me that we were going for home research. In the presence of a prosecutor, they broke into my house, after tragic situations, as they were not sure about the floor or the apartment, they disturbed the neighbors and created tension. From inside the house, they confiscate all the electronic devices as well as a computer that I use exclusively for my work. From my personal belongings, they confiscate also my handwritten notes, unrelated to the case, as well as personal documents, and documents that happened to be in my house, such as family files that do not belong to me. Then we returned to the general police department with the confiscated items. So far I had no idea what had happened or if there were other arrests. I had no contact with lawyers nor allowed to talk to any of my people. They took me up the corridor and there I saw my comrade Δ.Σ. who was beaten and tied up. They immediately separated us so that we had no contact and led me to an empty room, handcuffed, guarded by a jailer.
After hours and after I was still tied up, I started protesting loudly.
In response, I got threats by the cops and then, after their vain attempts failed, they sent an undercover cop to “reassure” me. This episode demonstrated the essence of the claim. Defeat and vanity offer space to the enemy.
The procedures after the incident went smoothly. Two undercover cops came and showed me the case file and I refused to sign anything without the presence of a lawyer, except my rights. After that, they started the marking procedure. We both refused it.
Late in the afternoon, they took us to the detention cells, handcuffed us, and placed us together in a cell. After half an hour, the guards separated us again telling that “they had orders from above”.
The next day we went to the prosecutor and the interrogator. We were informed about the indications and asked if we had anything to say. We both asked for a deadline. Footnote: Throughout the arrest and subsequent proceedings, the undercover cops had hidden their faces and features carefully.
All of the above are not reported so that we will victimize ourselves.
It’s just a recording that can be taken into consideration for future repressive actions. Because the only purpose of the state is to repress.
What every comrade needs to do is not be afraid, not be intimidated by being targeted, and keep fighting. We don’t have anything to say about the case at the moment other than that we deny the false accusation.
For the fact that we are being targeted because of our anarchist identity, we have to say that despite the repressive mechanisms, the apathy of society and its stupefaction, we will continue to fight for a world free of bonds and guards, without laws and prohibitions, without oppression and exploitation, without humiliation and indignity.
We will continue to fight for a world of equality, solidarity, and freedom.
For a world without dominion.
Solidarity will win!
Sunday, May 31st, 2020
Everyone, everywhere, will be feeling the pinch of lockdown. Nobody has been left untouched and it’s not just the direct effects making their mark.
We are seeing the indirect result too.
You will have noticed that many of the already existing problems in our society are being exacerbated. There have been plenty of reports of increased domestic abuse, mental health crises and financial instability to cite but a few examples.
But what has it all meant for the prisoners?
Well, in some senses it’s business as usual. Much of the freedom you have temporarily lost, never exists here in the first palace. And many of the freedoms you are relying on to cope, are completely beyond our reach. There are no Zoom parties, Netflix binges or streamed concerts here.
There has been an impact though.
All temporary release has stopped. This is generally used to help re-integrate people back to normal life prior to their full release. This is particularly important for those who have spent a long time in prison.
They now face being dumped at the front gate with no time to adjust and no real support.
All education and other activities have stopped. Some have been working towards qualifications (for many for the first time in their life) and are left wondering was it all for nothing. Potentially, people will be put off further self-development as a result.
All in all, probably the best way to describe prison during Covid in mindless agony made more mindless and agonizing. These days, often monotonous and lacking in purpose, are now intolerably so. As a result, there is a real danger of a spike in terms of mental illness and drug addiction. And the situation was already far from okay.
Unless, or until, we can access reliable data on things like suicide and self-harm, we won’t be able to assess the damage. But be under no illusion, there will be damage. Unfortunately, by the time the information becomes available, it may be too late.
Although you still have your modern luxuries to help you cope, some insight into our experiences is possible. Next time you use the internet, your smart phone or relax in your garden with your family, reflect that we don’t have that privilege. For just a second, put yourselves in our shoes.
John Paul Wootton
To write to the comrade:
John Paul Wootton
HM Prison Maghaberry
17 Old Road,
Lisburn BT28 2PT, UK
For more information on John Paul Wootton see