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Amadeu Casellas stops hunger strike after 100 days (Catalunya)

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Amadeu Casellas has confirmed that last Wednesday the 21st of October he abondoned his hunger strike which had lasted 100 days. He began the action on the 15th of July this year. The same Wednesday after two major complications he was practically in a coma.
He decided to stop the hunger strike and signed the authorization of the judge for the authorities to attend to him and allow him recover.

In these moments he is undergoing tests to determine the general state of his major organs after the hunger strike. His sugar levels do seem to have normalised. So far he has been able to take liquid soups and today a yogurt.

A AMADEU CASI LE CUESTA LA VIDA SU DURA PROTESTA Y SUS SECUELAS SON IRREVERSIBLES, INTENSIFIQUEMOS LA CAMPAÑA POR SU LIBERTAD

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Amadeu Casellas again over 80 days on hungerstrike – Solidarity now! (Catalunya)

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Amadeu Casellas is a prisoner who has spent more than 25 years in jail due to his participation in dozens of bank robberies, helping with that money to the funding of worker’s struggles in the late 1970’s. None of his felonies involved blood crimes. Amadeu has always been a committed and active person, participating in many actions, in the streets as well as in prisons.

When he was 14, in 1973, working at a factory, he discovered anarchism. He believed in the armed struggle and in essential revolution. In 1976 he robbed the Banco Mercantil de Manresa. During the next two and a half years he robbed more than 50 other banks. In 1979 he enters prison and is welcomed with a brutal beating. During all the time he has spent jailed, he has participated in many hunger strikes and other types of protests, he has sewed his lips and has made countless denouncements: about the prices inside prison, against the irregularities and exploitation of the inmates work, against the faking of blood analysis or penitentiary reports… All of this has caused him many  “first grades” (isolation) and transfers from prison to prison, with the intention to make him give up. He has reported abuses of prisoners rights and of the entire prison system. (more…)

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Letter from Anarchist A.Kiriakopoulos from Koridallos prison (Greece)

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Five months after the explosive events of December, the mass arrests and the prosecutions that took place, six of us remain captives in the claws of the state.

Recently, the so called “justice state” and its servants decided to extend my pre-trial detention (remand) stating that what should come first is the extermination of my person and of my “criminal” activity and the protection of society. According to their characterization, I am a reckless and fanatical person. To sum it up they characterized me an enemy of society. But the enemies of society are all those who after the cold-blooded murder of comrade Alexis Grigoropoulos tried to repress the social phenomenon of the violent insurrection in December with the reckless and mass use of teargas to the extent of torture, the beating of protestors, and their swift imprisonment. (more…)

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Anarchist prisoner Thodoros Iliopoulos on hungerstrike (Greece)

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Thodoros Iliopoulos is an anarchist and the last prisoner of December’s revolt still in pre-trial detention. He has been in prison since 22 December 2008 and is now the only prisoner of the revolt to be denied bail – still. On July 9 the court of appeals made explicit, in rejecting Iliopoulos’ application, that it did so on the grounds that Iliopoulos is an anarchist and therefore a “danger for democracy”. Thodoros is detained at the Court Prisons of Koridalos (in Athens, Greece) after the refusal of his appeal for freedom and the decision to continue imprisonment for 6 more months in prison, Thodoros begins a hunger strike, Friday 10 July.

What follows is a translation of Thodoros’ letter from prison, dated July 9. (more…)

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To end with the image of the anti-prison struggle

Friday, June 19th, 2009

It’s a well known topic. Revolutionaries have always been confronted with it and will probably always be. It’s about the tension between the analysing of the reality of the struggle and the methods of organisation and struggle that you make your own. And about the evidence that almost every method of organisation that is not based on reciprocal knowledge, affinity and informality ends with producing a caricature and stimulating certain detrimental behaviours. Even more, it is impossible to separate the question of organisation from the content of a specific project or perspective. (more…)

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‘Managing challenging behaviour’ – spreading the control unit regime throughout the prison system (UK)

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The abuse of prisoners who refuse to co-operate with intolerable conditions and regimes is common in British prisons and for decades the use of control units, long-term solitary confinement and continuous transfers (ghosting) have been standard weapons of repression against prisoners who have questioned, challenged and resisted abusive regimes. John Bowden reports on the most recent manifestation – the Managing Challenging Behaviour Strategy (MCBS). (more…)

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Prisoner revolt in Chania (Crete) and Thiva (Greece)

Monday, June 1st, 2009

At around 1pm on Saturday 21.03, prisoners occupied the prison of Chania in Crete. An impromptu solidarity demo from the city of Chania to the prison was organised and a few hours later (5pm) a local radio station was briefly occupied, in order for messages of solidarity to broadcast. Another solidarity demonstration happened 1pm Sunday. (more…)

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Prison militant Vaggelis Palis at Larissa court (Greece)

Monday, June 1st, 2009

On 16 / 3 /2009, Vaggelis Palis, long time prison rebel, was presented in front of the court in Larissa, known for its conservative and hard convictions (still quite a lot of the prisoners of the December insurrection are being kept there, a lot of them minors, 15, 16 years old, under the anti terrorist law, and facing a possible 20/25 years…). He is accused of participation in a prison revolt in 2006, for destruction, riot and attempted outbreak/escape. (more…)

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“Sobre Normales y Anormales Ciudadan@s” – Gabriel Pombo da Silva

Monday, June 1st, 2009

En no pocas ocasiones siento un poco de « envidia » de esas personas que se definen (con razon o sin ella) como « normales » … Ya sabéis; es@s individu@s anonim@s que nunca (o casi nunca) dan que pensar (ni para bien, o para mal) a sus vecinos, en el trabajo (o en la cola del INEM), en el Bar, etc… (more…)

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Message from the captives of the insurrection – Koridallos prison, Athens, Greece

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Once again the corrupt and arrogant state, feeling the ground rumble under its feet and the overflowing rage of the people brought on by the murder of Alexis amongst many other causes, with concise pre-decided procedures and false statements by cops threw people into jail with carbon copy charges in an attempt to repress the social rage. (more…)

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Support Nicole Vosper – Green Anarchist / SHAC Prisoner

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Nicole is a green anarchist with an irrepressible love for the wild. She has been fighting for animal communities since she was a child, starting her first animal rights group at school aged 10. Nicole has been vegan since she was 14 years old to nourish her body, revitalize the land, rivers and forests and end the mass domestication and exploitation of animals of which modern-day meat eating is based upon. (more…)

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Italian ‘Anti-terror’ investigation spills into Germany as raids against ‘Informal Anarchist Federation’ continue

Monday, June 1st, 2009

As perhaps some of you may already know, long time anarchist prisoner Gabriel Pombo da Silva got visited in November 2008 by Italian (Digos/political police and state attorney) and German police (Federal and criminal divisions) in relation to a new investigation on FAI/RAT (a group of informal FAI) which took responsibility almost two years ago for some bombings in Torino, Italy. There were three devices, one of which did not explode, placed in garbage containers in the middle of the road in a rich neighbourhood. (more…)

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About the prison revolt in Caxias, Portugal

Monday, June 1st, 2009

In 1996 a revolt disturbed the prison of Caxias, close to Lisbon; it was the fire that sparked after an ongoing struggle, strikes and tensions in prisons all over the country since 1994. On the 23rd of March 1996, one wing, that was divided in two, revolted fiercely against the guards, the abuse, the torture, the 200% overpopulation and the suffocation behind bars. (more…)

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Interview with Amadeu Casellas Ramón (Catalunya)

Monday, June 1st, 2009

[Update: Amadeu is now given conditional freedom] The Catalonian anarchist prisoner Amadeu Casellas Ramón was on hunger strike for 60 days to demand a solution to his critical situation of imprisonment, already lasting for more than 22 years. He has paid for 22 years for struggling against the state, for bank expropriations carried out in the 70s and 80s to help finance the workers’ struggles of that time. (more…)

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Update from Osaka ABC about comrade “Y”

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

On the morning of 9 July 2008, comrade “Y”, a militant of anarchist group, ‘Free Workers Federation’, was suddenly arrested by Osaka police at an office of Kamagasaki-Liberation building (Homeless Liberation organisation), accused of throwing slabs of concrete at police and stealing a police riot shield during an 8 day riot which was sparked when Japanese police brutally beat and tortured a day-worker. The riots also coincided with an opening meeting of the G8. (more…)

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