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‘Prison Struggle’ Archives

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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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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