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‘Prison Struggle’ Archives

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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Letter from Greek anarchist Ilias Nikolau, from Amfissa prison

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

In the night of January 13th 2009, an incendiary device, composed of gas canisters and gasoline, exploded in the entrance of the (police) commissariat of Evomos (region of Thessalonica), and damaged the windows in the facade and the ventilation system. Shortly after, the police arrested the 26 year old anarchist Ilias Nikolau, who does not live far from there. (more…)

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Defeating Complaints, Creating Rage by John Bowden (UK)

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The liberal argument that internal prison justice and the equitable resolution of prisoners’ grievances is a critically important factor in maintaining the equilibrium and legitimacy of prison regimes, while also preventing the widespread embitterment of a group of people already significantly in conflict with the system, is obviously true in a particular sense. In the closed and hidden world of prison where the guards and system they enforce wield an omnipotent degree of power over prisoners the manner in which prisoners’ complaints and grievances are dealt with will inevitably determine whether that power is frequently abused or mediated with at least some semblance of fairness and lawfulness. (more…)

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Active solidarity with Amadeu Casellas, on hunger strike since April 20

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Amadeu Casellas has been locked up in Catalunya for over 22 years, and in that time he has been active in the struggles of prisoners of the Spanish State. He is currently being held for longer than the law permits, and last year carried out a 76 day hunger strike that ended with the prison authorities promising to begin his release process. (more…)

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