‘Prison Struggle’ Archives
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
We need to explain, that we have difficulty finding information regarding detainees due to separate case files and also different the trial schedules between them and the schedules change of the trial day, but this did not stop us from giving information to you (readers).
Since October 6, 2018, we have been striving to get the latest information regarding the Class War Prisoners in Yogyakarta who were related to the M1 incident that happened in the past at the intersection of UIN Yogyakarta, from those 11 prisoners they have all received legal assistance (Advocate), with the following details: (more…)
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
Each year the end of August (23-30.8.) is the time for the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners. And to make sure that you know what this week is about and why it is needed we made an interview with a comrade who is part of the group that organized this years’ Week of Solidarity.
This audio has been published originally as part of the International Anarchist Radio Network’s “Bad News” show #15 (September 2018), which you can find here.
You’ll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here.
You can find other English and Spanish language audios here.
Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Appeal from the International Anarchist Defence Fund, project of the Anarchist Black Cross and related groups.
A-Fund turned one year this September. This was the time when we issued our first call for joining the project last year. It took us another half a year to figure out collective processes and the concept of the fund. We have tried our best to reach out to groups with a call to donate, but so far we haven’t received as much feedback as we were expecting. The lack of publicity results in low number of donations, and this situation can eventually lead to the loss of interest from the side of support-seekers. We would like to provide bigger support, but this involves attracting more donations. We are determined to break this vicious circle. But we need your help.
So, as our next steps, we have identified reaching out to all possible anarchist groups, asking them to spread information about the fund, spread our flyers, put a banner on their websites, putting advertisements in anarchist magazines, etc. But the problem is that we don’t know so many languages and contexts, that’s why we need the help of volunteers from all imaginable countries and regions who would help us compile a comprehensive list of anarchist collectives in their regions, get links to their websites and contacts, identifying sites with open publication, etc.
If you are one of these people, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
you can have a look at our last quarterly report
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Corporate Watch released its new report on prison expansion in England, Wales and Scotland: PRISON ISLAND. It shines a light on one of the biggest prison building programs in generations.
The UK prison population has risen by 82% in the last 30 years. We are increasingly becoming a ‘prison island’, where state violence and imprisonment are used to maintain a divided society built on exploitation. England and Wales have the highest imprisonment rate in western Europe, with Scotland the third most imprisoning country.
This once-in-a-generation prison building programme represents a significant expansion of the repressive apparatus of the British state, entrenching the power of corporations in the criminal justice system even further. This report aims to document and contextualise this escalation in mass incarceration and provide information to support those fighting against it.
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
ABC Warsaw would love to invite you for Antiprison Days, which takes place October 26th-28th 2018 in Warsaw! Right now we prepare the program for this event but we can tell you that our plans are so ambitious!
It’s 5th time when we organize Antiprison Days in Warsaw. We invite you to join interesting discussions and worsksops (for ex. presentation about the “Network” repressions or workshop about transformative justice). Also we are planning anti-police and anti-repression movies, benefit tattoos, and disco party!
We see Antiprison Days as a opportunity to meet with people, exchange knowledge and skills, talk about topics important to us, and making links between groups and individuals and have fun – and sharing our ideas with new people as well. So if you would like to join us (maybe with your distros or presentation/workshop) you’re more than welcome!
At the beginning of October we will present to you the program of the event. If you have any suggestions, proposals or questions – please write to us.
Hope to see each other in Warsaw
Sunday, September 9th, 2018
Finally, last Wednesday, September 5, was the reading of the sentences against comrades Kevin and Joaquin, these sentences can be appealed, but for the moment it is unknown what actions their lawyers will carry out.
The sentences were as follows:
KEVIN GARRIDO FERNÁNDEZ: 17 years of prison in maximum security, for possession of explosives and the placement and possession of explosive devices. In addition, sentenced to 61 days in minimum degree for illegal possession of a bladed weapon.
JOAQUÍN GARCÍA CHANKS: 10 years of prison in medium security, for placing explosive devices and a 3-year prison term in maximum security for the crime of illegally carrying a firearm.
For the moment this is what we can tell, as soon as we have more information we will update on the situation of the comrades. We make a call to demonstrate solidarity in the face of the prison sentences dictated against Kevin and Joaquín. No sentence against our comrades should be left without an answer.
SOLIDARITY AND STRUGGLE!
INSURRECTION AND ANARCHY!
FREEDOM TO KEVIN AND JOAQUIN NOW!
CHILE: SENTENCIAN A 17 AÑOS A KEVIN GARRIDO Y 13 AÑOS A JOAQUÍN GARCÍA
Finalmente el pasado miércoles 5 de Septiembre se realizó la lectura de las sentencias contra los compañeros Kevin y Joaquín, estas condenas pueden ser apeladas, por el momento se desconoce el accionar a llevar a cabo por lxs abogadxs.
Las sentencias fueron las siguientes:
KEVIN GARRIDO FERNÁNDEZ: a 17 años de presidio mayor en su grado máximo como autor de los delitos de colocación de artefacto explosivo y posesión y tenencia de explosión. Además de 61 días de presidio menor en su grado mínimo por porte ilegal de arma punzante.
JOAQUÍN GARCÍA CHANKS: a 10 años de presidio mayor en su grado medio por colocación de artefactos explosivos y a 3 años de presidio mayor en su grado máximo por el delito de porte ilegal de armas de fuego.
Por el momento es lo que podemos contar, en cuanto se tenga mayor información se actualizará la situación de los compañeros. Hacemos un llamado a demostrar la solidaridad frente a las condenas de prisión dictadas contra Kevin y Joaquín. Ninguna sentencia contra nuestrxs compañerxs puede quedar sin una respuesta.
¡SOLIDARIDAD Y LUCHA!
¡INSURRECIÓN Y ANARQUÍA!
¡LIBERTAD A KEVIN Y JOAQUÍN AHORA!
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
On August 30th, 2018, a group of comrades took the street in front of the transition house of the president-elect of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. There, they briefly blocked traffic and showered the police, media and bystanders with flyers denouncing the judicial corruption and state repression being carried out against community members of Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón, Oaxaca. The banner blocking the highway read: Freedom to the Prisoners of Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón—Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners.
This action kicks off a series of events planned in the lead up to anarchist prisoner Miguel Peralta’s final court date on September 28th, 2018. We encourage you all to remain attentive to upcoming events and actions.
Free all prisoners! Down with the Prison Walls!
Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón is a municipality located in the Sierra Mazateca in the state of Oaxaca. The majority of the inhabitants speak Mazateco and the municipality is registered beneath the Internal Normative System, or Uses and Customs of Indigenous communities. (more…)
Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
On Sunday, 2/9/18, banners from prisoners in Larissa were hung in A Wing. The banners were in solidarity with striking prisoners in the US, the banner reads “SOLIDARITY TO ALL US STRIKING PRISONERS – UNTIL THE DESTRUCTION OF ALL PRISONS”
Outside of the prison, 15 comrades were present, they called out slogans and had a little contact with the comrades who put the banner.
Solidarity text to prisoners of “Lee Correctional Institution” from prisoners in Larissa (USA, Greece)
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
Above: Banner of solidarity hung by Utopia AD, Greece, with the prison labour strike of the US prisoners and with the anarchist prisoners around the world.
Solidarity text to prisoners of “Lee Correctional Institution” prison of U.S.A.
In light of what happened at the “Lee Correctional Institution” prison in the state of South Carolina, U.S.A., and with the tragic death of 7 of our detained and 17 seriously injured and with the full responsibility of the service of the prison, the director and the chief guard, as they knew they were members of rival gangs and intentionally placed them in the same wing, being proud about their cowardly result. We, the prisoners of the A’ wing based on solidarity with all South Carolina imprisoned fighters and all the prisons of America, declare our support in the general situation of this time, setting as a primary purpose the opposition to the dirty manipulations the director and the guards exercise in the prisons, having for result the death of our retained brothers. (more…)
Not Ideological Solidarity but Critical Revolutionary Solidarity: A Personal Reflection of Yogyakarta/Indonesia Anarchist Black Cross
Thursday, August 30th, 2018
Not Ideological Solidarity but Critical Revolutionary Solidarity: A Personal Reflection of Yogyakarta/Indonesia Anarchist Black Cross (Palang Hitam)
Knowledge chooses its project,
each project is new and chooses its moments,
each moment is new, but simultaneously emerges from
the memory of all the moments that existed before
The Interior of the Absolute
It is fair to say that the Black Cross were initiated after the May Day event in Yogyakarta 2018, a demonstration/blockades that ended up in a riot between the so-called “local people” and the demonstrators (many, even the so-called Student Organization involved in the organizing blamed the Black Clad anarchists for igniting the riot and provoked property destruction, and to their surprised the graffiti that call to “Kill the Sultan”, until now there have been no one claimed this). Therefore, even Palang Hitam now are progressing their activities to other places and helping other revolutionaries who are facing the same legal consequences or just being in the grassroots conflict to provide medical aid, its “over-lapping” solidarity still meant that Palang Hitam were originated, initiated, and activated by the comrades who are “on the list” (of the powers that be) and those who are completely not on the list but decided to actively participated. So, in order to specified the location of these comrades, mainly central java, it is fair to say that Palang Hitam is Palang Hitam Yogyakarta or Central Java.
What being said in this short critical reflection are based on specific geographical and historical understanding of the anarchist movement or the revolutionary movement of individuals against state and capitalism in Indonesia. There’s no need to say about the contrast between our geographical location and our comrades in the west and those who are also in the global south, especially considering prison solidarity in its historic sense. Indonesia, have plenty of oral history about prison rebellion and rebellious individuals, but these were almost never written, these were almost like mythopoesis among criminals for generation and some even become so legendary that it always inspired rebellion each time there’s a prisoner get beaten very severely or until they die. It is obvious there’s almost no official history of them because, who want to write about these violent, lawless, and cool individuals? Even the so-called radical academics tend to avoid this subject. (more…)
Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
There is a new text, which came out from the cooperation of some people from couple of Anarchist Black Cross groups and Crimethinc. It is published in connection with both the ongoing prison strike in US and the global week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners. ABC Czech Republic asked us to share and spread the article:
Monday, August 27th, 2018
From Sacco and Vanzetti to the Craigavon 2
A Call Out for Support and Solidarity
The 23rd of August marks the 91st anniversary of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. They were both executed in the US in 1927 for the robbery of a shoe factory and the killing of a guard and paymaster. During their trial the prosecution produced conflicting ballistic evidence and witness testimony. The defence had several witnesses testifying where the accused men were on the day of the robbery and killings. This should have proven Sacco and Vanzetti innocence but instead both were convicted and sentenced to death. They were killed for their beliefs, they were insurrectionary anarchists “that advocated relentless warfare against a violent and oppressive government.”
Like Sacco and Vanzetti, the state scapegoated Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton (their case is known as the Craigavon 2) , for revenge over killing of a cop and two British soldiers in 2009. The cops arrested and charged several republicans in connection with the killings. In all cases the only real evidence the state had was that all the accused were republicans. Two people, John Paul Wootton and Brendan McConville were charged and convicted of the killing of the cop. Two others, Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers, were charged with the killing of the soldiers. The latter were subsequently found not guilty of the killings of the soldiers, the state had no evidence on them. (more…)
Saturday, August 25th, 2018
Why bother writing to politicians when all they deserve is our hatred? They will never listen to appeals from social reformers or the unwashed, nevermind the misguided anarchists. Why don’t you write to locked-up anarchists instead, cheer them up and strike up a conversation? One of the most important and simple ways we have available to break the isolation imposed on our imprisoned comrades is to write to them and let them know that they are not forgotten but are present. Nothing stops when you enter prison and we can meet them there with our international solidarity which is taking place on many fronts.
Here is a good PDF guide to prisoner correspondence written by ABC Leeds some years ago but still relevant today, plus a list of anarchist prisoners compiled by the international groups of the Anarchist Black Cross for the week of solidarity taking place at the moment:
Saturday, August 25th, 2018
If the “innocent” ones deserve our solidarity once, then the “guilty” ones deserve it a thousand times… — Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, FAI-IRF / Imprisoned Members Cell
Solidarity will always be practiced as an indispensable feature of an anarchist way of life and action. The war continues, never give up, never give in. Long live FAI-FRI. Long live CCF. Long live the black international — Alfredo Cospito
Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Por la vida y salud de Juan Aliste Vega
Por el fin de las condenas de la justicia militar contra Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda
La “Red Solidaria Antikarcelaria con Juan y Marcelo” converge en los momentos en que nos llega la feliz noticia de que nuestro compañero Freddy Fuentevilla Saa logra pisar las calles nuevamente el 18/06/2018 tras 10 años y 3 meses de prisión ininterrumpida. Mientras por otro lado se encuentra la difícil situación de salud del compañero Juan y las duras condenas de la justicia militar que recaen sobre Marcelo. Por lo que como “Red Solidaria” nos empeñamos en agitar y difundir estas dos batallas que están dando los compañeros en prisión. Estas situaciones son delicadas y urgentes, es necesario visualizarlas, ponerlas sobre la mesa. Por lo que llamamos a todos/as las mentes concientes, a los/as autónomos/as, libertarios/as y subversivos/as a apoyar de forma real y concreta a Juan y Marcelo; ¡Aunemos!
– Sobre la situación de Juan
El compañero Juan fue un activo miembro de la guerrilla urbana del Mapu-Lautaro, organización que combatió durante años a la dictadura militar y su posterior transición a la democracia. Bajo la propuesta de la “Guerra Insurreccional de Masas” desarrollaron sabotajes, asaltos a bancos y armerías, atentados explosivos y armados, etcétera. (more…)