‘Social Control’ Archives
Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
23.01.2020: The prosecution’s proposal for the charges of membership of and participation in Revolutionary Struggle to be dismissed was accepted at today’s hearing of the 4th Revolutionary Struggle trial focusing on bank robberies from 2012 to 2015 and the attempted kidnapping of ship owner Martinos.
In her proposal, the public prosecutor accepted, on the basis of non-existent evidence and the assertion of Comrade Nikos Maziotis that bank robberies from 2012-2015 had nothing to do with Revolutionary Struggle or its funding, and by extension, that those accused of this have nothing to do with the organization. She also proposed to waive the charge of criminal organization, which according to the indictment existed between 2006 and 2012. She also proposed an exemption for the PROBANK robbery cases from 2006 and for the attempted kidnapping of Martinos in 2013.
For the bank robberies and some of the other charges (homicide, possession of weapons and explosives, kidnapping, forgery etc), the prosecution’s proposal as to whether or not the defendants were guilty or not did not differ much other than a few exceptions to the original bill of indictment.
The next hearing was scheduled for February 6th, 2020.
Assembly in Solidarity with the Members of Revolutionary Struggle
Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
The clandestinity of anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva has ended
After about a year and a half in hiding, this morning, January 25, 2020, Gabriel Pombo Da Silva was arrested in Portuguese territory. With an international arrest warrant for a residual theoretical sentence of over ten years (a personal vendetta converted into a “legal detail”), Gabriel continued to contribute to the anarchist struggle with his writings.
He is currently locked up in a cell of the judicial police in Porto waiting to appear on Monday in the courtroom where the possible extradition to Spain will be discussed.
Gabriel is well and quite calm in spite of everything.
Updates will follow.
Freedom for Gabriel Pombo da Silva!
Long live anarchy!
E` TERMINATA LA CLANDESTINITA` DEL COMPAGNO ANARCHICO GABRIEL POMBO DA SILVA
Dopo circa un anno e mezzo di clandestinità, questa mattina sabato 25 gennaio, è stato arrestato in territorio portoghese Gabriel Pombo Da Silva.
Con un mandato di cattura internazionale per un teorico residuo di pena di oltre dieci anni (una vendetta personale convertita in “dettaglio” giuridico), Gabriel ha continuato a dare il proprio contributo alla lotta anarchica con i suoi scritti.
Attualmente si trova rinchiuso in una cella della polizia giudiziaria di Porto in attesa di comparire lunedì nell`aula di tribunale dove si discuterà della possibilità di estradizione in Spagna.
Gabriel sta bene ed è abbastanza tranquillo nonostante tutto.
GABRIEL POMBO DA SILVA LIBERO!!!
HA TERMINATO LA CLANDESTINIDAD DEL COMPAÑERO ANARQUISTA GABRIEL POMBO DA SILVA
Después de año y medio en clandestinidad, esta mañana sábado 25 de Enero, han detenido en territorio portugués al compañero Gabriel Pombo Da Silva.
Con orden de búsqueda y captura internacional por supuesto pendiente de pena de más de diez años (una venganza personal convertida con “detalles” jurídicos), Gabriel continuaba dando batalla y aportando su propia contribución a la lucha anárquica con sus textos.
Actualmente se encuentra encerrado en una celda de la policía judicial de Oporto en espera de comparecer este lunes en el juzgado donde se debatirá su posible extradición al Estado español.
Gabriel se encuentra bien y esta bastante tranquilo pese a todo.
Continuaremos con las actualizaciones.
GABRIEL POMBO DA SILVA LIBRE!!!
QUE VIVA LA ANARQUIA!!!
Sunday, December 29th, 2019
December 26, 2019
The state prosecutor has asked the Volga District Military Court to sentence the five defendants in the Penza portion of the Network Case to between six and eighteen years in prison, according to a member of the campaign to support the defendants who was present in the courtroom.
The prosecution asked the court to hand down the longest sentence to Dmitry Pchelintsev: 18 years in a maximum-security penal colony. It asked the court to sentence Ilya Shakursky to 16 years, Andrei Chernov to 14 years, Maxim Ivankin to 13 years, Mikhail Kulkov to 10, Vasily Kuksov to 9 years, and Arman Sagynbayev to 6 years. It asked that all the defendants except Kuksok and Sagynbayev be sent to maximum-security penal colonies.
The prosecutor told the court that the defendants’ accounts that they were tortured into testifying had not been corroborated.
All the defendants are accused of involvement in a “terrorist community,” punishable under Article 205.4.4 of the Russian Criminal Code. Pchelinsky and Shakursky are accused of organizing a “terrorist community,” punishable under Article 205.4. In addition, some of the defendants are accused of illegal possession of firearms (Article 222.1), illegal possession of explosives (Article 222.1.1), attempted arson or bombing with mischievous intent (Article 167.2 in combination with Article 30.3), and large-scale attempted drug trafficking (Article 228.1.4.g in combination with Article 30.3).
The criminal case against the Network “terrorist community” was launched in October 2017. According to the FSB, eleven young men in Penza and Petersburg organized the Network and were planning to overthrow the government. The defendants in the case claimed the FSB subjected them to psychological pressure, tortured them with electric shocks, beat them, and planted weapons on them. Some of the defendants recanted the confessions they made in the days following their arrests. OVD Info has reported on each of the defendants in the case in detail.
via The Russian Reader.
Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Precautionary eviction of La Emboscada
Thursday, December 19th.
We write this statement from La Emboscada (Tetuán, Madrid), to inform that the last December 17th a judge ordered our precautionary eviction from a denunciation made by one of the owners of our Anarchist Squatted Space La Emboscada.
According to this notification, the eviction could be very close, in less than twenty natural days. Considering this information, we decide to fight with all our capacities to stop this eviction. So we call to the eviction day for a concentration in the afternoon, at 20h and we count with your support. The place of the concentration wont be public until the last moment, so we encourage you to be aware.
We decided not to remain silent while we see tens and tens of eviction processes both to living spaces and social centers. We decide not to give up neither deal with those people that want to defend their private property over everything, because we know that private property only looks for the individual profit of some, and we know that the State defends and supports this old class enemies that are already known.
We know that this case is not an isolated one (we count with all the previous facts happened in the last year) but it responds to a functioning and normal capitalist structure. We know that the owner is not the devil who escapes the norm or the common sense accepted by most citizens. So we have decided to approach it as a conflict more to face and with all the motivation and mutual aid that we could get all together with those who understand and show solidarity with the struggle against Capitalism, the law and the State.
We decide to defend squats as a tool to attack private property. This attack that every time becomes more difficult, but we only think in creating new formulas to get that they don’t bury our will to continue fighting and squatting. We know that we can’t do this without you. We know that solidarity and direct action against speculation are our better weapons.
So we encourage you to be aware to the next callings, to come to the space and the possible events that we could organize, defending the squats.
Against the reinforcement of laws to our dis-articulation and criminalization, now more than ever: Squat! Against gentrification and speculation: Squat and resist!
Thursday, December 19th, 2019
“I believe that within the next generation the masters of the world will discover that childhood conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient tools for governing than batons and prisons, and that their lust for power can be completely satisfied by inspiring people to love their slavery, instead of crushing them and reducing them to obedience”.
Aldous Huxley, letter to George Orwell of October 21, 1949
Half a century ago, Piazza Fontana. The start of the so-called strategy of tension. A bomb exploded inside a crowded bank, just a few steps from the Cathedral of Milan. Over one hundred victims are dead and wounded, a massacre of blood-letting perpetrated in order to spread fear, terror and anguish throughout the country, to trigger the conditioned reflexes of Order. To sow a panic such as to justify, if not to invoke, the intervention of the State (also through its armed wing of police, also by suspending some liberties taken for granted).
Half a century after Piazza Fontana, we are in a full strategy of relaxation. After the bombs, the smartphone. After the blood, the ringtones. Millions of hyper-connected people, a massacre of neurons carried out in order to spread the entertainment, amusement and satisfaction that’s necessary to neutralize the unconditional reflection of revolt. To sow a distraction such as to legitimise, if not naturalise, the presence of the State (even of its armed wing of the law, even of the suspension of some liberties taken for granted).
Sunday, December 15th, 2019
From It’s Going Down:
Report from insurrectionary anarchist publication Anathema on the growth of networks of surveillance being developed by Amazon and local police departments.
In November, The Intercept reported that internal documents at Ring, the home security company owned by Amazon, reveal that the company is planning to create automated neighborhood “watch lists” by incorporating facial recognition technology into its increasingly vast network of “smart home” doorbell cameras. The feature would alert camera-owners via smartphone when someone deemed “suspicious” pops up on their cameras. Like the old-fashioned “neighborhood watch” that Ring wants to replace, the feature would extend the power of the police and as well as make certain areas of town more dangerous for anyone Ring camera owners deem “suspicious.”
Ring’s documents do not define what “suspicious” means. In practice, this will likely be defined by gentrifiers and cops, whose systemic racism is well documented. At its core, the watch list would identify people who “don’t belong” in certain areas; this means black and brown people, poor people, and anyone whose appearance deviates from social norms. Ring’s Neighbors program — an online discussion forum between camera owners — is already well known for its aggressive racism and for generally heightening distrust and paranoia within neighborhoods. For many people, Ring’s new feature would make it dangerous to be in certain neighborhoods at all — a victory for the forces of gentrification everywhere.
Ring doorbell cameras have already allowed police to significantly expand their operations, simply by appropriating private citizens’ technology for no additional expense. The technology therefore has immense “value,” not only for the company, but for the state. For decades it’s been steadily expanding policing in order to keep its increasingly immiserated people under control, while struggling to balance its own budgets. (more…)
Tags: Amazon (Company), Anathema, Facial Recognition, Intelligent Surveillance, Palantir, Rekognition, Repression, Ring (Surveillance Company), Smart Cities, Surveillance, USA
Posted in Social Control
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
Belgian comrade accused for ‘Possession of explosives’
On the evening of 5th of December, in the neighborhood of Holargos, Athens, a Belgian anarchist got intercepted by two uniformed cops in a patrol car, seemingly carrying out a random ID check and search. Seeing that the comrade appeared in the police database and the cops found some items on him which they considered suspicious, he was taken to Holargos police station. After some fruitless attempts of interrogation by the local cops, cops from state security arrived and laid on more pressure, again without results. The state security cops took the comrade to their offices on the 6th floor of the main police station (Gada), in the center of Athens.
At 4 in the morning he got transferred from there to the cell complex one floor up. Some hours later a house search was carried out on the comrades house, as well as on the house where his comrade and partner is staying, and the house of her parents. In all cases the cops left empty-handed. The partner was taken to the state security offices and was released after two hours. Later that day the arrested comrade appeared in front of a prosecutor which confirmed the accusation of ‘Possession of explosives’ formulated by the state security, referring to the items found on the comrade at the time of his arrest (fire starters, a bottle of cleaning product and anti-mosquito spiral). The next day, Saturday 7th of December, the comrade appeared in front of court where it was decided to postpone the trial until upcoming Thursday 12th of December. After the hearing, the comrade was released from custody. (more…)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
To avoid or at least minimize the risk of leaving DNA tracks it is necessary to use new gloves, mouthguard, Hairnet or even better closed headcovering (e.g. bathing cap) and washed clothes with long sleeves and trouser legs. However, usually all the other People leave traces as well, means that on more or less public places it won‘t be enough of the cops to simply sweep the mixed dirt – also frequently touched things lead sometimes to mixed traces which can‘t be evaluated. But to rely on this can be dangerous: In some cases they make extensive analyses, and if your DNA is found between many others, it‘s still there.
Often they find DNA on the fibers of clothes. Also places where people did piss can be interesting for the cops. Very famous are the thrown away cigarettes and saliva remains on stamps and envelops. Also famous, but less interesting is the hair, it‘s only valid for DNA analysis if the root of the hair remains. Not helpful to confuse the cops is the DNA of non-human beings. But a specific dog can be identified through DNA what could be a hint for the cops. (more…)
Sunday, December 1st, 2019
(November 23rd, 2019)
Days after being followed and days after my home in Ano Patissia was being watched by the anti-terrorist unit, I published a political statement that also includes a report about the events on 27/10/2019 .
Later, 09/11/2019, the anti-terrorist cops that were near my house started acting differently. At the same time, anti-terrorist unit repression against the movement became more severe, like arresting comrades with the accusation of being involved in the revolutionary organization “Organization of Revolutionary Self-Defense”.
10/11/2019, 22:00 to 22:30, while I was going home, I saw many undercover cops around my home, more than usual in the past few weeks. I decided to not go home and publish immediately the information in Indymedia Athens about this event .
11/11/2019, in the evening, while my flatmate and his friend were coming out of the building, 15 to 20 anti-terrorist cops stopped them. First, anti-terrorist cops handcuffed them, put them in the car and probably 30 minutes later the anti-terrorist cops entered my home with the key that they took from my flatmate. Anti-terrorist cops started searching the house. After that, they arrested my flatmate with the accusation of having a military knife that was found in our home. (more…)
Sunday, December 1st, 2019
We learn that on the morning of November 26th anarchist comrade Giuseppe Sciacca was arrested by the DIGOS (“political police” of the Italian police forces) of Turin, in the province of Verona. At the same time as the arrest, the house where he resides was searched. It is not currently known whether other searches have taken place. The accusation is of “manufacture, possession and transport of explosive material”, for the sending, in 2016, of an explosive envelope to Ladisa, the company that managed the canteen in the CPR (“temporary stay center”, prison for migrants) of Turin. An episode already disputed, together with others, to those arrested last February 7th within the repressive operation “Scintilla”; in fact, a note from the Turin police headquarters defines arrest as a sort of extension of this operation.
Below is Giuseppe’s address:
Casa Circondariale Montorio
via S. Michele 15
Italia – Italy
Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
Solidarität mit Grup Yorum
Eine Infoveranstaltung mit Solikonzert
Freitag, 22. November 2019, ab 19 Uhr
Jockel, Ratiborstr. 14C, 10999 Berlin
The band Grup Yorum is facing massive repression in Turkey. Their cultural association Idil has been the target of state attacks multiple times in the last few years and several of their members have been placed on so-called terror lists, imprisoned, or are living in exile. In protest of these measures, members of the band have been on hunger strike for over 150 days.
This event will provide current information on the band’s situation, followed by a soli concert with bands, choirs and surprise guests.
Die Band Grup Yorum ist in der Türkei massivster Repression ausgesetzt. Ihr Kulturverein Idil ist in den vergangenen Jahren etliche Male zur Zielscheibe staatlicher Angriffe ausgesetzt gewesen und mehrere ihrer Mitglieder wurden auf sogenannte Terrorlisten gesetzt, befinden sich im Gefängnis und im Exil. Um sich gegen diese Maßnahmen zur Wehr zu setzen, haben sich Mitglieder der Band vor rund 150 Tagen in einen Hungerstreik begeben.
Auf unserer Veranstaltung möchten wir aktuelle Infos zur Situation der Band geben und anschließend ein Solikonzert machen, wo Bands, Chöre und Überraschungsgäste auftreten werden.
Grup Yorum, Türkiye’de yoğun baskılara maruz kalmaktadır. Grubun da içinde bulunduğu İdil Kültür Merkezi son yıllarda defalarca kez devlet saldırılarının hedefinde oldu ve grubun birçok üyesi sözde terör listelerine konuldu. Grubun bir kısmı hapiste ve bir kısmı sürgünde. Bu uygulamalara karşı direnerek Grup Yorum üyeleri yaklaşık 150 gün önce açlık grevine başladı.
Etkinliğimizde Grup Yorum’la ilgili güncel gelişmeleri aktarıp ardından da değişik müzik gruplarının, koroların ve sürpriz misafirlerin yer alacağı bir dayanışma konseri düzenleyeceğiz.
Thursday, November 14th, 2019
From Ears & Eyes:
When cops decide to spy on us using surveillance devices such as hidden microphones and cameras or GPS trackers, they need to get the devices from somewhere. It seems that they often buy these devices from private companies. The companies that manufacture and market those devices are part of what we call the surveillance industry.
We think that understanding how the surveillance industry works, who sells the surveillance devices to the cops and what the devices look like will help us to oppose this surveillance. So we have started a research work focused on this industry, and particularly on the companies that participate in it.
On our website you will find an overview of the surveillance industry, a list of companies that sell surveillance devices to cops worldwide, a list of the trade shows and other events where you are likely to find these companies, a glossary of the specific terms of the industry, and a list of other resources on the subject. All this is available in english and french. (more…)
Thursday, November 14th, 2019
On November 12, 2019, Amma, Uzzo and Patrick were transferred from the “Le Vallette” prison (in Turin) to house arrest, with no other special restrictions. They had been arrested on September 20, 2019, in the context of a repressive operation aimed at carrying out some precautionary measures (in particular, in addition to their arrests, about a dozen “divieti di dimora” from Turin – a measure that requires the accused not to reside in a particular place and not to access it without the authorization of the proceeding judge) and some searches, referring to a investigation by the prosecutor’s office of Turin over charges relating to the conflictual demonstration of February 9, this year in Turin, against the eviction of Asilo Occupato and the repressive operation “Scintilla” (February 7), for which currently only Silvia is imprisoned (since a few months under house arrest with all the restrictions). On September 20, to arrest a comrade the police had surrounded the Casa Brancaleone occupation (in Milan, also the home of anarchist space L’Accerchiata), threatening to evict the squat – an attempt that not happened because the comrade was arrested.
We recall that on October 8, Amma, returning to prison following a judicial hearing concerning the arrest, was beaten and threatened by some prison police officers; a serious physical consequence of this beating was the perforation and damage of an eardrum.
We also recall what happened on February 9: a demonstration in response to the “Scintilla” operation moved through the streets of Turin, trying also to approach the Asilo (completely surrounded by police and carabinieri, and in the meantime devastated by the police and the workers in charge of closing the building), subsequently going against the police, the city and things that are daily the frame of the existence of the oppressed. During the demonstration some people were arrested and detained in “Le Vallette” prison – and then released a few days later.
Those arrested and under investigation on September 20 are accused of “aggravated injuries”, “resistance to a public official”, “damage” and “dirtying”.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
On November 9th, 2019, an anti-terrorist operation led to two arrests, charging them with robbery and involvement in a terrorist organization. At the same time, authorities are looking for another comrade in order to give him the same accusations, while arresting a close female comrade on lesser charges.
FREEDOM TO THE THREE COMRADES CHARGED.
STRENGTH TO THE COMRADE WANTED FOR THE SAME CASE.
Message from anarchist comrade Vangelis Stathopoulos from the GADA central anti-terrorist headquarters:
Once again I find myself in GADA accused of acts that do not concern me and in fact it is because I have not stopped fighting against the state and power. The scenarios elaborated by the counter-terrorism do not bother me. I will continue to fight steadfast either outside or inside the prisons.
Vangelis Stathopoulos – GADA dungeon
Update/Report about my arrest as a student / minor following the intervention at Athens radio station 9.84 (Greece)
Thursday, October 31st, 2019
I announce and report this incident regarding the violence and in general the mistreatment I have experienced as a student, as a reminder of the usual and repetitive behavior of the Greek police against any who struggle against the State. I speak as a fighter and at the same time as a student, and I address every student who opposes the state, fights against it, is imprisoned, or loses their school and neighborhood because they are a migrant. The mistreatment I received was directly related to the fact that the cops had the ability to separate me and keep me alone because of my age.
On Tuesday 1 October, together with a body of about 25 people, we made an intervention at the Gazi Municipal Radio Station “Athens 9.84”, and in consultation with them without any dispute, we played a text about the evictions of squats, and state repression including against migrants. After playing the text on the “air”, we went out and received an attack by many cops, which resulted in 8 prosecutions.
The cop who took me did the classic violent assault by the Greek police on me, handcuffed me, and carried me away with rude and sexist comments on my face. Inside the cop car, whilst handcuffed I was sexually harassed with quite vulgar sexist comments. One of the two put his hand back on my leg trying to touch me and me while the car was running incredibly fast so the risk of me trying to resist was high. (more…)