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‘Prison Struggle’ Archives

Santiago, Chile: 1st public communiqué from the “Anti-Prison Solidarity Network with Juan and Marcelo”

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018



–What is a prison?

Prison is a material structure through which it is intended to inhibit the acts of any person who transgresses the conduct imposed by the State. Thus, punishment and the imposition of socially accepted discipline are the regime in which the captives have to live, by this seeking to annul their actions, ideas and beliefs. These acts may constitute crimes and like the ones that challenge order, be of revolutionary politics. It is with these that we again take a stand – either by supporting or having solidarity with those companions who presently are encarcerated for having carried out subversive actions for a political idea of liberation. The commitment of these companions makes us want to support them in real ways, concretely because we share goals. (more…)

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Two texts from ‘Orkanen’ about informers and prisoner solidarity (Denmark)

Monday, August 20th, 2018

The following two articles / PDF files are translations from the Danish anarchist newspaper Orkanen, January and March 2018. The critical texts are about informers, snitching, prisoner solidarity, repression’s effects, etc and are not just of interest for the scene/movement in Copenhagen/Denmark, but also for our anarchist/ABC/Anti-repression/Anti-prison-network.

1. Filtering the muddy waters

2. Another filtering of the muddy waters

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‘Till all are free – International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners’ – Text from Comrades in Greece

Monday, August 20th, 2018

ES – Grecia – “Hasta que todes seamos libres” (texto de compañeres de Grecia para la Semana Internacional de Solidaridad con los Presos Anarquistas)

Till all are free – International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners

In 2013 the groups comprising the Anarchist Black Cross initiated the Week for Anarchist Prisoners, which takes place in the last week of August. The first day, chosen on purpose, is the anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in 1927. It’s important to emphasize the stories of our
comrades, since many of them will not be acknowledged as political prisoners.

Various state services of surveillance requested to speak with comrades as part of ongoing investigations, using the suspects’ political orientation as the only criterion. This orientation is toward anarchism. Every investigation is based on the possibility of prosecuting comrades with the aid of an arsenal of laws aimed against a dangerous domestic enemy.

These prosecutions could involve anything, from texts until any sort of direct action, and this practice is nothing new since similar prosecutions in many
countries of the world have been witnessed in the past, especially those with a strong presence of anarchists who promote direct action and interventions. A tactic of the forces of repression is to prevent anarchist propaganda and the diffusion of our ideas and for that they won’t hesitate to puncture the veneer of “democracy” which supposedly allows the free dissemination of ideas and information. Thus, any illusions people might like to have about democracy come to an end. Things have now become clear, the anarchist action or discourse will either become illegal or mean nothing”! This new form of repression that appeared now, is enforced against many of our captives, even under the guise of international “terrorism” which actually aims to target the domestic enemy that anarchy is. On one hand our captives have been prosecuted based on their political identity and on the other by having taken the political responsibility of their actions and their organizations. The strategy of preventive repression, of persecutions leading to convictions with the maximum possible sentences, of fast-track trials and of an effort to muzzle dissent, is already being enforced against anarchist centres and self-organized efforts that support and disseminate anarchist values. Simultaneously, the latest trial hearings constitute a final rehearsal of a new doctrine the state wants to enforce. (more…)

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Update on the Anarchist Prisoners from Yogyakarta (Indonesia)

Monday, August 20th, 2018

6 detainees will soon have finished their trial process, they are waiting to find out the results of the trial and how long their sentences will be. However there are 4 prisoners who still remain in Cebongan Prison (including Ucil) and 1 other prisoner who is still being held in Sleman Police Station, it is still unclear what is happening with their trial process.

On Tuesday, August 14th ,2018, the trial for comrades O and M began, while on Thursday, August 16th, 2018, the trials began for comrades MI, MEA, AMA, and ZW.

As for Brian Valentina (Ucil) , his trial will be held on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018.

Let’s express our solidarity by attending the trial every Tuesday and Thursday at 10AM in the Sleman District Court or by visiting the comrades in Cebongan Prison and Sleman Police Station who do not have clear information yet about their trial process.

More information,

Instagram account: @palang__hitam

Website: palanghitam.noblogs.org

Email: civilrebellion@riseup.net

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Action alert: Stop the harassment of Kevan Thakrar (UK)

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Kevan Thakrar is an IWW member and miscarriage of justice who has served over a decade in prison. He was moved to the Close Supervision Centre at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire in July and is now being subjected to an even more repressive regime, as well as targeted harassment from prison officers.

Kevan repeatedly challenges his conditions and captivity with complaints and legal challenges, many often against prisoner officers and members of the Prison Officers Association. In retaliation, the Prison Officers Association have been actively encouraging officers to try to get Kevan moved to a different prison. Staff have been trying provoke an incident after Kevan’s requests for them to wear body-worn cameras (for his own protection, following incidents of physical violence inflicted against Kevan in the past). (more…)

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France – Update on Claudio Lavazza

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

From the prison of Fleury-Mérogis (Paris) Claudio Lavazza tells us he’s doing well even if the detention regime (he’s being held in a high security unit for prisoners awaiting trial) is much harsher than the prison conditions in Teixeiro (Galicia, Spain). Claudio would like to receive letters and so he asked for his details to be spread.

Claudio Lavazza
ecrou 445097 D5-2G-₵44
MAH de Fleury-Mérogis
7 Avenue des Peupliers
91700 Fleury-Mérogis
France

Against all prisons!

Cassa AntiRep delle Alpi occidentali

[Western Alps Anti-repression Fund]

Translated by act for freedom now!
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Demo at US consulate in solidarity with prison strike (Germany)

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

The solidarity groups of Germany’s Incarcerated Workers’ Union (GG/BO), with the support of the anarchist workers’ union (FAU), are calling for a protest to take place in front of the US consulate of Leipzig on August 21st, which is the start date of a nationwide prison strike in the USA.

You can find the call on the blog of the GG/BO solidarity group of Jena and on the website of GG/BO.

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August 14th – Call for solidarity to the 23 activists sentenced in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

From Cruz Negra Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro:

“August 14th, international day of support for the 23 activists sentenced in Rio de Janeiro, in defense of the right to protest, for all who fight”

We call on all social movements, popular and revolutionary organizations, trade unions, student movements, human rights groups, progressive intellectuals and other sectors of civil society to organize simultaneous actions in this great day of solidarity and struggle against the criminalization of social movements and in defense of the right to protest. (more…)

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Solidaridad con los Prisioneros Anarquistas en Indonesia

Friday, August 10th, 2018

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Last trial of Sukoharjo defendants takes place (Indonesia)

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

07.08.18: The 7 prisoners from Sukorharjo charged for involvement in the the riots outside the PT. RUM synthetic cotton factory faced their final hearing on Tuesday, August 6th. The riots followed on from the demonstration that took place in front of the factory due to it emitting a foul, toxic odor. The demonstration descended into a chaotic riot that led to the torching of security posts and clashes with the police and soldiers. The 7 prisoners have been detained since their arrests in February 2018. The trial was chaired by Chief Judge Sigit Hariyanto. The sentences of the 7 prisoners were as follows:

1. Muhamad Hisbun Payau (Iss), a member of left-wing student organization Pembebasan, sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment.
2. Sutarno, a resident of Karanganyar, sentenced to two years imprisonment.
3. Brilian, a resident of Nguter, sentenced to two years imprisonment.
4. Bambang, a resident of Bulakrejo, sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined 10 million Rupiah.
5. Kelvin, a resident of Plesan, sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment.
6. Sukemi, a resident of Celep, sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment.
7. Danang, a resident of Nguter, sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined 10 million Rupiah.

The first 3 defendants were convicted for violating Article 406, paragraph (1) of the Indonesian Criminal Code regarding “the destruction of property belonging to another person”. The judge’s sentencing was lighter than the demands of Prosecutor Rohmadi who was seeking 4 years and two months imprisonment for Iss and 4 years imprisonment for Sutarno and Brilian.

The last 4 defendants were charged and convicted for violating Article 187, paragraphs (1) and (2) along with Article 170, paragraph (1) of the Criminal Code.
The sentences for Danang and Bambang were lower than what the Prosecutor was seeking – the Prosecutor was seeking 4 years imprisonment and a fine of 50 million Rupiah for Danang and 5 years imprisonment along with a 50 million Rupiah fine for Bambang.

For more information:

Instagram account: @palang__hitam
Website: palanghitam.noblogs.org
Email: civilrebellion@riseup.net

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Semana Internacional de Solidaridad con los Presos Anarquistas – 23-30 de Agosto

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

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Four anarchist comrades begin trial in Yogyakarta for Mayday case (Indonesia)

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

26.07.18: The trial has begun for the 4 anarchist prisoners of war who were transferred to Cebongan Prison for the Yogyakarta M1 (May Day) case.

The four imprisoned comrades are:

– Azhar M. Hasan (Azhar)
– Zikra Wahyudi (Zikra)
– Muhammad Ibrahim (Boim)
– Muhammad Edo Asrianur (Edo)

The state repression against the anarchist M1 actions is entering a new phase as the preliminary trial hearing begins. The 4 anarchist prisoners of war who took part in the demonstrations at the intersection outside UIN Yogyakarta (Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University) faced a preliminary trial hearing at the Sleman District Court on July 26th.

The first preliminary trial hearing consisted of the prosecutor reading the indictment against the comrades. The prosecutor stated that this trial should take place separately from the criminal case and called for a split hearing. (more…)

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Comrade Tsutomu Shirosaki appeals conviction for embassy attacks in Jakarta (Indonesia, Japan)

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

The former Japanese Red Army activist Tsutomu Shirosaki has launched an appeal against his conviction for attempted murder.

He was found guilty in a trial at Tokyo District Court related to a May 1986 attack in Jakarta that saw a series of mortars hit the Japanese and United States embassies, though none caused injury or significant damage.

Now aged 70, Shirosaki was given a 12-year sentence in November 2016 at the conclusion of the trial, the first of a far-left activist in Japan for terrorism-related crimes for many years and the first to involve lay judges. Witnesses included the film director and former Japanese Red Army member Masao Adachi.

Notwithstanding the high-profile nature of the trial, the prosecution was undermined by its poor handling of Indonesian witness testimony. As reported in the media at the time, the court translation contained notable errors. These are a key part of Shirosaki’s appeal, which had its hearing on July 18th. (more…)

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Appeal for financial solidarity to the comrades in Operation Scripta Manent (Italy)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

About a year since its inception, the Scripta Manent process will resume in September. The hearings were scheduled weekly until November 22. Given the pace of court appointments, legal fees are increasingly high and, therefore, we must renew the invitation to those who wish to contribute to make payments to the CNA account.

IBAN IT67T0760101600001015950221

Some anarchists.

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Plakat: Internationale Woche der Solidarität für gefangene AnarchistInnen – 23. – 30. August

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Soli-Plakat für die bevorstehende Woche der Solidarität für unsere GefährtInnen, die eingesperrt oder auf der Flucht sind.

Überall auf der Welt werden unsere inhaftierten GefährtInnen als Geiseln gehalten für deren Akte des Krieges gegen diese dekadente und verrottete Zivilisation, die alles zerstört und verkünstlicht. Sie haben für ihr Handeln jene Mittel benutzt, die zur Verfügung standen: Sprengkörper, Feuer, Waffen, Entschlossenheit, Mut und den Traum der Freiheit. Lasst sie niemals alleine, sondern lasst die Nächte und Tage mit unserem brennenden Zorn aufleuchten…

Alle unsere Plakate – außer ihr habt Zugang zu einem Pro Printer – werden am besten in hoher Auflösung über einen normalen Drucker in schwarz-weiss ausgedruckt und dann auf A3 vergrößert kopiert und mit Tapetenkleister auf der Straße plakatiert. Der Toner des Kopierers verschmiert nicht so schlimm wie Druckerfarbe, wenn darauf gekleistert wird. Auf die Straße…

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