‘Prison Struggle’ Archives
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Compañeras y compañeros:
Tenemos la feliz oportunidad de comunicar que luego de más de dos años de la crisis epiléptica que alertó de la Malformación Artereovensa del parietal derecho del cerebro ha habido un avance efectivo en el abordaje clínico de la MAV. Es así como el pasado jueves 19 de marzo del 2020, muy temprano en la mañana en medio de un nuevo Estado de Excepción Juan fue trasladado desde la Cárcel de Alta Seguridad y sometido a una radio cirugía, que a través de rayos gamma ejecuto la resección de la malformación en sí. Este procedimiento fue la respuesta del equipo de salud que lo trató desde un comienzo ante los enormes riesgos que significaba una operación de cerebro convencional. Ésta cirugía pudo ser llevada gracias a la salud y fortaleza física con que nuestro compañero ha sabido sortear todos estos años de encierro y en particular con los efectos de una epilepsia sintomática.
Ahora nos encontramos en el comienzo del fin del proceso a pesar de la gran tecnología que ha sido desplegada y del éxito de la intervención los resultados definitivos no son perceptibles antes de un año.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
In this moment of not knowing what’s coming next, the failure of this system is more and more clear: a world wired for ever-growing speed, circulation, and productivity, suddenly has to stop. In this moment when power gets more power, fed by the general panic of an unknown and new situation, there’s a pressing need to listen out and to fight for those who are most affected, those who already know what it is to be trapped, isolated and repressed.
We will be publishing information, hoping to amplify unheard voices, and to break the silence that risks making an intolerable situation even worse. Now, more than ever, those caged by the state face precarious conditions, with low hygienic standards, very poor healthcare and overcrowded cells. While the ‘managers’ of the crisis carefully calculate how this or that measure can protect the political and economic order, the basic steps we need to take to slow down the contagion are clear: keep distance between each other, maintain good hygiene and avoid crowded places. Inside, this will be difficult or impossible for many. We are not going to ‘take this on the chin’! Prison makes us sick!
Take a minute to share this poster, as an easy and first step to practicing solidarity. Email us with any questions. We won’t share any details without consent.
Friday, March 20th, 2020
We learn that Anna (an anarchist imprisoned since September 6, 2016, for the Scripta Manent operation, sentenced on April 24, 2019, to 17 years in the first instance sentence of the trial) has been transferred from Lecce prison to Messina prison. The transfer does not seem to be due to disciplinary measures but to the need to find free cells in Lecce prison.
Anna reported that she is fine despite the somewhat troubled trip on her cell phone, but from first impressions the situation looks better than in Lecce, being in a cell with shower inside and kitchenette. They would have told her that also in this case it is a temporary situation.
In Messina there is an AS3 section (Alta Sorveglianza 3, “High Surveillance 3”), generally anarchists accused of crimes of terrorism or subversion of the democratic order are imprisoned in the AS2 circuit but currently there is no female AS2 section for imprisoned anarchists, so the comrades are placed in AS3 sections. The female AS2 section for anarchists, in L’Aquila prison (whose conditions were almost equivalent to detention under 41bis), against which a long hunger strike was carried out between May and June 2019, was substantially closed.
This is the address:
C. C. di Messina “Gazzi”
via Consolare Valeria 2
Italy – Italia
Monday, March 16th, 2020
On March 10 / 2020, the prison supervisory magistrate decided to reduce Lisa’s freedom of movement as she was “enjoying” semi-liberty (“tercer grado”, i.e. out in the daytime, weekends and other permits) by applying the 100.2, a condition that refuses exits at weekends and during the week unless justified for reasons of work.
This decision is the result of the appeal filed by the prosecutor of the Audiencia Nacional [National Court] last November asking for a return to “segundo grado” (or no chance to get out of prison), appealing to the fact that the comrade had not denied her anticapitalist and anarchist ideology.
Lisa’s lawyer appealed.
Libertá per Lisa e per tuttx!
Fuoco alle carceri !
Friday, March 13th, 2020
Liebe Freund*innen und Genoss*innen,
Wir möchten euch herzlich zu der folgenden Veranstaltung unter dem Titel “Solidarität mit den Kämpfenden in der Türkei” einladen.
Freitag, 20. März ab 18 Uhr,
Jockel Ratiborstr. 14c, 10997 Berlin
An dem Abend wird es um die Frage gehen “Wer sind die Hungerstreikenden in der Türkei, die seit dem 17. Mai 2019 für ihre Rechte kämpfen und warum tun sie dies?” Dazu Informationen über den Kampf des politischen Gefangenen Mustafa Koçak, der seit 2 Jahren in der Türkei inhaftiert ist und zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt wurde.
Im Anschuss an den informativen Teil der Veranstaltung wollen wir mit Euch bei einem Konzert verschiedener Musiker*innen den Abend
Außerdem die Vorstellung der neuen Broschüre “Repression gegen revolutionäre Kunst und Kultur”, die Interviews, Texte und Materialien
von und zu Grup Yorum enthält.
Die Band “Grup Yorum” ist ein revolutionäres Musikkollektiv, welches in der Türkei massivster Repression ausgesetzt ist und ebenfalls seit einigen Jahren vermehrt in Deutschland Probleme bekommt, z.B. durch die Unterbindung von Konzerten. In der Türkei wurde ihr Kulturzentrum Idil mehrere Male von der Polizei gestürmt.
Berlin, Deutschland: Soli-Demo – “Schulter an Schulter in Solidarität mit den politischen Gefangenen”
Friday, March 13th, 2020
PDF: Flyer – Berlin
Kundgebung am Sonntag, den 22. März 2020
um 15 Uhr auf dem Hermannplatz
Anlässlich des 18.März als „Tag der Pariser Commune“ und „Tag der politischen Gefangenen“ rufen wir zu Solidarität mit den politischen und revolutionären Gefangenen weltweit auf.
Viele von ihnen sind seit Jahrzehnten in Haft. Sie befinden sich in Knästen, weil sie gegen Ausbeutung, Unterdrückung, Besatzung und imperialistische Kriege einen organisierten Kampf führen. Aktivist*innen sind politischen Verfahren ausgesetzt und werden teilweise zu langjährigen Haftstrafen verurteilt, ins Exil oder zur Flucht getrieben, wo sie wiederum verfolgt, angeklagt und eingesperrt werden. Menschen, die in Europa und der BRD ankommen, werden mittels Anti-Terror-Gesetzen, in Deutschland beispielsweise nach §129b StGB, jahrelang eingesperrt. So befinden sich in der BRD dutzende Revolutionär*innen aus der Türkei und Kurdistan in Haft.
Monday, March 9th, 2020
09.03.2020: The prisons are in revolt. As of this morning, there are 27 prisons where protests are taking place by inmates, some of whom are calling for amnesty because of the Coronavirus emergency. Eight prisoners died according to the new official report released after the riots of recent days: six of whom died in Modena prison during the prisoners’ revolt yesterday afternoon. For three of these yesterday, institutional sources claim that one of them died from opiate substance abuse, the other from benzodiazepines, while the third was found cyanotic, but the reason for this is unknown. For the other three there is no news, while a total of 18 prisoners have been hospitalized, mostly for intoxication. Two other deaths from a psychotropic drug overdose are recorded in the prisons of Verona and Alessandria during the night. The two had been the ringleaders of the protests and, according to the official report spread by the prison authorities, they had stolen psychotropic drugs from the infirmary.
Monday, March 9th, 2020
Here is a report from the Texas political prisoner Xinachtli, discussing his conditions of confinement and asking for people to show solidarity on May Day:
“Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply.” – Comrade Assata Shakur, Black Liberation Army (in exile in Cuba)
In the spirit of revolutionary proletarian internationalism, from within the belly of this racist, fascist, neo-colonial military stockade, also known as the Guantanamo of Texas prisons, from the occupied territories of the U.S. Southwest under siege for over 500 years, I salute you, and thank you and all freedom-loving peoples of the world, who support me, the Texas prisoner freedom struggles, and the global fight against monopoly capitalism and imperialism.
Viva la revolucion obrera! Viva la lucha! Long live the struggle!
Since my return trip from Polunsky in Livingston, TX, from my Hep C medical treatment, I found a “new administration” in ad. seg. (meaning solitary confinement), more repressive than the last one when I left here in July 2019. Since my return on October 18, 2019, I have been repeatedly assigned to a “disciplinary segregation” cellblock, more punitive than the regular ad. seg. cellblock. I mean, the pigs claim it is just a temporary 30-day “assignment”, but they keep repeating me on it, saying it is due to “overcrowding overflow”, but of over 500 ad. seg. prisoners, who they could easily “rotate”, they have singled me out for repeated assignments to this merry-go-round, under false pretexts. (more…)
Sunday, March 8th, 2020
Anarchist comrade Damien Camélio is in prison. He is imprisoned in Pau prison, to serve a five-month sentence. He was convicted of violence against a police officer, due to an argument that took place in Saint Malo on July 31st, 2017.
Damien did not even know about this conviction: his signatures under the notifications of the date of trial, conviction and summons before the probation magistrate are false…
The comrade is in high spirits.
Solidarity means attack!
To write to him (Damien reads French and Spanish):
n° d’écrou : 28499
Maison d’Arrêt de Pau
14, rue Viard
64000 – Pau (France)
Translator’s note: Damien was arrested at the beginning of 2014 for three attacks signed ‘Groupe d’action directe internationaliste’ (against an army building in Tarbes, in the Pyrenees, against a prison in the same city and against a church of a sect close to the far-right, in Pau). He served two years in prison. He was re-arrested in December 2016, for damages (the windows of a supermarket, an employment office, the Chamber of Commerce and a Jaguar dealership), made during a spontaneous demonstration, in April 2016, during the movement against the ‘Loi travail’ [employment law], and served 8 months.
Sunday, March 8th, 2020
On February 18 and 19, there were rallies in Moscow in solidarity with Ilya Romanov, who, at the moment, is locked up in a penal colony in Mordovia [Eastern European Russia, near Nizhny Novgorod; NdAtt.]. In October 2019, Ilya had a stroke. Since then, he has been locked up in the penal colony hospital, a facility which is not suitable for treating his condition, which is still very critical. Indeed, the comrade is partially paralyzed (apparently half of his body is paralyzed). Ilya still has difficulty speaking, eating and being independent, even in the smallest gestures of everyday life. Ilya’s family and his lawyers were made aware of the stroke days after it happened, and the neurologist’s visit took place only two and a half weeks afterwards. He is not in any rehabilitation process and all the lawyers’ requests to have him transferred to a suitable hospital have been rejected; for weeks neither his family nor his lawyers were able to meet him or understand the gravity of his situation. It was not until November 28 that one of his lawyers was able to meet Ilya; The lawyer said that Ilya is paralyzed down one half of his body and cannot speak. He urgently needs the help of a speech therapist, as well as other doctors, but he is not allowed any specialist. Ilya is left to himself in a bed on a ward where he is locked up and he has been fed porridge for months. His neighbors on his ward in adjacent beds said that even the nurses in the ward never take care of him, but the inmates working there do it. On December 4, the medical commission of the penal colony again gave a negative opinion regarding Ilya’s transfer to a suitable hospital, because his condition did not seem serious enough to be incompatible with detention (!!!). The lawyers continue to use the legal channels and apparently his family has called to the European Commission of Human Rights.
For those who do not know Ilya, some words on his journey: Ilya has participated in anarchist actions and demonstrations since the end of the 1980s. In 2002, he was arrested in Ukraine, accused of arms trafficking and of terrorism, as well as the preparation of an explosive device which was to be placed in front of a building of the Ukrainian secret services, to protest against the violent expulsion of a rally, Place Maidan, carried out by the police in October 2002. For this, Ilya was sentenced to 10 years in jail. On his release in 2013, he returned to Russia and had an accident during the manufacture of a firecracker [according to other sources, the device exploded while he placed it in front of a recruitment office of the army, in Nizhny Novgorod, October 26, 2013 ; NdAtt.]. Because of this accident, he had his left hand amputated and was condemned to another 10 years in prison, for terrorism, the sentence of which was transformed into nine years in a penal colony. He still has six years to serve. The way Ilya was treated is just one more sign of the brutality the Russian state has been using lately against anarchists. Ilya is a comrade who has never compromised with power, and that’s why they want to silence him.
Those who would like to help him and his relatives will find below the account number of his ex-wife and companion Larisa Romanova, as well as the Paypal account open for Ilya. Letters, postcards, expressions of affection are appreciated (when Ilya cannot read, there are bed neighbors in his ward who can help him. For obvious reasons, however, he will not be able to answer letters).
For economic support : account n. 5368 2900 5608 4546 (holder Larisa Valerievna Romanova, bank: VTB)
Paypal account address: abc-msk @ riseup.net
To write to him:
FKU LPU num 21 UFSIN Rossii po Respublike Mordovija,
431200, Respublika Mordovija, Ten’gushevskij rajon, p. Barashevo,
Ul. Shtabnaja, d. 1,
Romanovu Il’e Eduardovicu (Bol’nica N. 2)
The address in Cyrillic letters:
ФКУ ЛПУ № 21 УФСИН России по Республике Мордовия,
431200, Республика Мордовия, Теньгушевский район, п. Барашево,
ул. Штабная, д. 1,
Романову Илье Эдуардовичу (Больница № 2)
via Round Robin, Attaque, ABC Moscow.
Friday, March 6th, 2020
A chronology of prison revolts up to more or less the present, here:
From Dialectical Delinquents…
A contribution to the destruction of this sick, sad, stupid society.
Monday, March 2nd, 2020
One month after the arrest of our comrade Gabriel, who was detained on January 25 in Portugal, the Guimaraes court has ruled in favor of extradition to the Spanish state.
This news does not surprise us, considering the active revenge of the Judge Mercedes Navarro of court number 2 of Girona against Gabriel. This Judge is the same one who, in May 2016, ordered the then Dueñas prison director (of Palencia) to hide the order of Gabriel’s immediate release. Gabriel, after 3 weeks of being “kidnapped” finally tasted freedom on June 16 (for this reason the Navarro was denounced for “prevarication”).
During this last month, Navarro has not stopped pressuring Portugal in order to consign “this very dangerous individual”.
We remember that the main objective of the defense is to obtain Gabriel’s freedom under the “special principle” (thanks to which he was released four years ago without it losing legal validity) and, in any case, avoid extradition, given the Portuguese nationality that Gabriel has recently obtained (Portugal should not extradite its own nationalized citizen).
Neither the principle of specialty nor the Portuguese nationality have been taken into consideration by the court of Guimaraes, which has been limited to giving us the reason to later conclude that it must proceed to the extradition (that is, it cannot resist indifferently to the pressure of Mrs. Navarro).
The lawyer is presenting the appeal to the Supreme Court of Lisbon and until this is pronounced (around a week) Gabriel will remain detained by the judicial police of Porto.
We continue to express all our solidarity … And so that it is not left as an empty word!
FREEDOM FOR EVERYONE!!!
LONG LIVE ANARCHY!!!
OPORTO, PORTUGAL: ACTUALIZACIONES SOBRE GABRIEL POMBO DA SILVA
Un mes después de la detención de nuestro compañero Gabriel, arrestado el pasado 25 de Enero en Portugal, el tribunal de Guimaraes ha resuelto a favor de la extradición al estado español.
Esta noticia no nos asombra, teniendo en cuenta la venganza activa de la Juez Mercedes Navarro del tribunal número 2 de Girona en contra de Gabriel. Esta Juez es la misma que, en Mayo del 2016, ordenó al entonces director de la prisión de Dueñas (Palencia) ocultar la orden de liberación inmediata de Gabriel que, después de 3 semanas de “secuestro”, saboreó finalmente la libertad el 16 de Junio (por esto la Navarro fue denunciada por “prevaricación”).
Durante este último mes, la tal Navarro, no ha parado de presionar a Portugal con la finalidad de que le fuera consignado “este peligrosísimo individuo”.
Recordamos que el objetivo principal de la defensa es obtener la libertad de Gabriel en virtud del “principio de especialidad” (gracias al cual fue liberado hace cuatro años sin haber perdido validez jurídica) y, en todo caso, evitar la extradición, dada la nacionalidad portuguesa que Gabriel ha obtenido recientemente (Portugal no debe extraditar a un nacionalizado propio).
Ni el principio de especialidad, ni la nacionalidad portuguesa han sido tenidas en consideración por el tribunal de Guimaraes, que se ha limitado a darnos la razón para después concluir que debe proceder a la extradición (o sea, que no puede resistir indiferente a la presión de la señora Navarro).
El abogado está presentando el recurso al tribunal supremo de Lisboa y hasta que este no se pronuncie (entorno a alguna semana) Gabriel permanecerá detenido en la policía judicial de Oporto.
Continuamos expresándole toda nuestra solidaridad… ¡Y que no quede como palabra vacía!
¡¡¡VIVA LA ANARQUÍA!!!
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
On Monday the 9th of March at 8:30 a.m. there will take place the next hearing of Fenix 2 at the court in Most. This time, there will be witnesses present and the experts who elaborated their opinions on these topics:
– Politology: Miroslav Mareš
– Language expertise and determining of the authorship: Václava Musilová
– Clinical psychology: Pavel Král
Just for reminding, the trial is against four anarchists and one environmentalist and they face to 3-10 years of prison. Show support to the accused ones by being present at the court or by any other solidarity action.
Friday, February 21st, 2020
Words of a prisoner in revolt, from Santiago. 1, Module 14, accused of throwing an incendiary device.
As an anarcho-nihilist individualist I write these words from a prison in the $hilean territory, already in my first month in prison I have been able to reaffirm my position as anti-prison and stubbornly unmanageable in front of the whole machinery and framework that tries to make you part of it.
Nowadays while the flame of the insurrection is still burning and continues with great force in different parts of the world and in this same territory, it is important to remain firm despite all the consequences that our actions bring. Nothing we do is in vain, but always being attentive especially in these moments, to where each time our enemies are becoming more and more professional, that it is of relevance that we also do so too and continue positioning ourselves even more in the realities that we live, going hand in hand with self-care, making it part of ourselves and throwing us on the path to which each one of us decided to take.
As an anarcho-nihilist prisoner I call for solidarity in its many forms and not to give up, I send my most complicit hugs and much newen [Mapuche term meaning Strength, Energy], I greet all those who remain steadfast and to the prisoners of the world.
BEFORE CONTROL, CHAOS AND INSURRECTION.
Thursday, February 20th, 2020
The anti-prison week is in less than a month! It will happen from 2 to 8 March 2020 in the old train station of Luméville, close to Bure, place of a struggle against a project of a center for burying nuclear waste. The idea is to take time to meet, between people and groups from different countries, have formal and informal times of discussions, workshops, movie screenings, readings. You can come to the week with your own proposals, with or without telling us in advance. Zine distros are also very welcome.
We received criticisms regarding the lack of topics related to racism in prison and state racism in the program of the week, considering the key role that racism play in penitentiary systems. We would like to make more space for these topics, so if you think you have something to contribute on these topics, please contact us.
We are currently contacting the groups that will take part in the week to know when each workshop or discussion will happen. This section will be updated regularly between now and the beginning of the week.
An update on the struggle in Bure, the Cigéo project, the events of the last few years. More info about specific presentations and workshops soon. (more…)