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Overview of repressions against anarchists and antifascists in Belarus in 2018

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

At the beginning of the year everybody were shocked by “Network case” in Russia where anarchists were tortured and detained. According to the FSB, a chapter of the “Network” also operated in Belarus. The KGB hasn’t publicly reacted to this statement, however, we noticed increased efforts to recruit youth associated with the anarchist movement in different parts of Belarus.

Winter

At the beginning of February 2018, the KGB started investigating a regional educational organisation Critical Thinking. One of the volunteers was summoned to an informal chat via phone – previously he had been detained together with Russian anarchist Piotr Ryabov and sentenced to a fine for “public display of Nazi symbols”[1] and the confiscation of his hard drive. At the same time, his mother was called for an informal conversation. Several friends of this volunteer were picked up by the police, questioned and later released. The police was interested in the activity of Critical Thinking, as well as attempted to force people to sign cooperation papers[2].

On February 8, the anti-extremist police in Mogilev visited parents of an activist. They were asking about their child’s activity, her political interests and so on. The flat was searched with a warrant issued under a criminal case initiated in 2017, when red paint was spilt on Lenin’s statue in the city. The raid happened in one more flat of parents of another activist. This activist was considered a witness on the same criminal case [3]. (more…)

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‘We are all Co-offenders!’ – News from the trial in Basel, Switzerland

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Today, Friday 25th January 2019, 15 of the 18 defendants in the “Basel”-process have been found guilty of willful damage of property, actual bodily harm, breach of the peace, multiple acts of violence, threats against public authorities and officials and breach of the traffic laws. The preposterous sentence ranges from 20 months conditionally to two years, up to 27 months unconditionally. Thereby the three judges of the criminal court of Basel city followed the claims of the prosecution in most parts. Some persons even had to pay an additional fine of 200,000 Swiss franks for the violation of the ban on wearing face coverings, as well as individual fines – between five and ten daily fines in lieu of jail time – for insults, violation of the gun control law, trespassing or hindrance to an offical act.

The amounts of the fines seems even more preposterous in the light of the court rating various charges of the prosecution as unfulfilled (e.g. multiple attempted severe assaults, raids or disturbances against the public transport). The main cause therefor was, that the court held on to the controversial construct of co-offendership – for all to bear the blame equally – and in their verdict supported this intensified interpretation. (more…)

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Arrests and searches following a repressive operation against the anarchists in Trentino (Italy)

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

[In English and Italian language, below Italian version].
[In inglese e italiano, sotto la versione italiana].

During the night and the morning of Tuesday, February 19, 2019, seven anarchists were arrested in various places in Trentino (Italy): Agnese, Giulio, Nico, Poza, Rupert, Sasha, Stecco. One person (Sasha) was placed under house arrest while all the others were imprisoned in various prisons. The main accusations are “subversive association for the purpose of terrorism and subversion of the democratic order” (article 270bis of the penal code) and “terrorist attack” (article 280 of the penal code), with reference to some direct actions that took place in Trentino during the last few years. Other offenses of which they are accused are: “interruption of public service”, “damage”, “sabotage of telematic devices”, “fire” and “transport of exploding material”. (more…)

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About the repression against anarchists in Italy

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

ABOUT THE REPRESSION AGAINST ANARCHISTS IN ITALY

Unfortunately, Italy has a long history of repressive operations against anarchists. Since Operation Marini in 90s, the waves of repression against comrades, which brought into jail many people with charges of terrorism or criminal association, were countless. Just to name a few of the biggest repressive operations: Cervantes, Croce Nera, Ardire, Mangiafuoco, Thor, Ixodidae, Nottetempo, Fuoriluogo…

These operations usually lead to several house raids in all Italy and to the arrest of several comrades who spend 1 or 2 years in pre-trial detention. Then they face trials with charges of ‘association’ and usually they are also accused of several direct actions for which the inquisitors never found any responsible. Sometimes the public engagement of these comrades in the anarchist struggle and their open expression of anarchist ideas (direct actions support, prisoners solidarity, running an anarchist magazine or website and so on) is the only evidence that the prosecutors bring into the court. For this reason, in the majority of the cases all the accused are later acquitted at the trial, but only after having spent many months or years in prison.

Besides these huge operations, there is a constant small-scale repression against local anarchist groups which are especially active on the territory, for example with struggles against police repression, evictions, detention centres for migrants, jails, gentrification, corporate interests… In these cases anarchists are constantly repressed with recurring trials and spend much of their time going in and out of prison, house arrest or other restrictions of their freedom. This kind of police strategy of trying to burn out comrades with the aim of destroying the local anarchist group happens in many cities but since many years has been especially strong in Torino. (more…)

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Update: Solidarity with the imprisoned comrades in Turin (Italy)

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

NEW ADDRESSES FOR THE COMRADES IN TURIN
Found here (18/2/19)

Antonio Rizzo, Giuseppe De Salvatore, Lorenzo Salvato and Niccolò Blasi were transferred last Saturday (16/2/19) to the high security wing of the Ferrara prison.

Here is the address:

*Name*
C.C. Ferrara
Via Arginone 327
44122 Ferrara FE
ITALY

Silvia Ruggeri and Giada Volpacchio continue to receive mail via the following address:

*Name*
C.C. Lorusso e Cutugno
via Maria Adelaide Aglietta, 35
10151 Turin TO
ITALY

In moments like these, we stand together. Regardless of whether the comrades are «guilty» or «innocent». The state will always persecute those who want to overthrow it. So let’s take good care of each other and don’t leave the prisoners alone!

In closing, we would like to quote a part of the accusations that led to the arrest of the comrades in Turin:

“In order to establish contacts within CPR [Immigration and Repatriation Centre], they threw tennis balls with a multilingual brochure and a mobile phone number with which they agreed simultaneous actions within and outside the CPR structure. Then they put matches and everything needed to start a revolt and setting fire in packages of biscuits and other goods.”

May the revolt spread.

Feuer den Gefängnissen.
Feu aux prisons.
Fuoco alle galere.
Fire to the prisons.

Black Pigeons Collective

http://blackpigeons.noblogs.org/

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Four articles about repression against comrades in Russia

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

1. Did the FSB use a neo-Nazi agent provocateur in their case against Russian anti-fascists? (“Network” Case)

2. Moscow Anarchist Azat Miftakhov: Arrested, Tortured and Missing

3. Torture First, Ask Questions Later (The Case of Azat Miftakhov)

4. “Expressive Eyebrows”: Azat Miftakhov Jailed After Secret Witness Testifies

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Flyposter in solidarity with G20 repression cases

Monday, January 28th, 2019


Many languages

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Acquittal in Fight Repression case (Netherlands)

Monday, December 17th, 2018

On November 19th 2016, a group of 250 demonstrators joined at the Kerkplein to demonstrate against the growing repression against anarchists and antifascists in The Hague and further. Repression being the always prohibiting of demonstrations and the identifying of anarchists and antifascist to then take repressive measures against them. This demonstration has also been repressed with violence from the police and with the arrest of 166 people.

Now, almost two years later the public prosecutor decided to prosecute the 166 demonstrators that were arrested at the Kerkplein. The first 50 people had to show up in court last month. After two full days in court, the judge ruled on December 3rd and the first 50 people were acquitted. Yesterday (13/12/2018) the public prosecutor decided not to appeal and to dismiss the remaining cases.

The court case
During the court case that lasted two days, a few things became clear. The police ended the demonstration at the Kerkplein, because some people were wearing face covering. In court it became clear, as our lawyers had already put forward, that there was no restriction on face coverings imposed by the mayor. (more…)

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Argentina: All 12 Anarchist Comrades Detained in November Are Being Held in Preventive Detention

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Note from the Chilean blog Publicacion Refractario: Despite the continuous contradictory information that has come to us from different factions regarding the detained comrades on the other side of the mountain range, which is related to the fact that their situation is not being publicized- their names, the charges, everything that happened has been silenced. We prefer to publish the communique from the ‘Union of Lawyers and Attorneys’ who are quite clear about the recent events that have taken place in the Argentine territory… Against silence and indifference: To spread the insurrectionist anti-prison solidarity.

All the detained anarchists defended by our union have been processed and placed in preventive detention.

In total there are 12 anarchist political prisoners.

One is accused of throwing an explosive device at Judge Bonadio’s car. His name is Marco Viola.

Two others are accused of having attacked the tomb of the criminal chief of the Federal Police Colonel Ramón Falcón. Their names are Anahi Salcedo and Hugo Rodriguez.

There was a raid on a social center in the Barrio of Constitución, in CABA (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires) and all they detained everybody who was meeting in this place, some with more permanence, others circumstantially.

ALL OF THEM have been accused of EVERYTHING.

They are all under investigation for being part of an organized structure established and created to commit offences among which are those that we have already mentioned.

Bail was refused for all of the detainees.

Now Judge Ercolini has indicted all of the accused.

The prosecution ruling for PREVENTIVE DETENTION was passed.

They have ordered that ALL the anarchist detainees remain imprisoned for their trial.

The Union will appeal the resolution.

Union of Lawyers and Attorneys.

December 2018

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Massive arrests and searches of anarchists in Ukraine

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

On the 6th of December, police and Ukrainian Security Forces arrested and searched anarchists in Kyiv, Lviv and Dnipro.

In Kiev, police searched the residence of Sergey Kovalenko (name and last name are changed). Sergey was not at home at that time. Law enforcement officers asked the mother of the activist to recognize her son on the video with the beating of Dmytro Verbych, former member of neo-nazi group C14, that happened on the 2d of May. Earlier, in April 2018, Sergey and her wife Svetlana (name is changed) were arrested during the action of solidarity with workers of Mykolaiv Shipbuilding factory. Also, police searched and interrogated animal rights and eco-activist Anna Luhova (name is changed). Anna was threatened with opening of a criminal case (296, 187, 263 of Ukrainian Criminal Code – hooliganism, brigandage, and illegal weapon possession), if she refuse to give information about members of the anarchist movement in Ukraine. (more…)

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Germany: Federal Minister of Interior plans to ban solidarity organisation Rote Hilfe

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Originally published by Indymedia DE. Edited machine translation by Enough is Enough.

According to a report of German weekly Focus, Federal Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) plans a ban on the solidarity organization Rote Hilfe eV [‘Red Help’]. It is up to you, now you can give back the association the solidarity it deserves.

The only cross-flow organization of the radical left has supported you all, all left-wing activists, that watched your back in recent years. Whether financially, if again existence was threatened because of political activity, a good advice if once again there was a yellow letter (Courts and state prosecuters send their letter in yellow envelope on the German territory, EIE) in the mailbox, a good leaflet at the right time, that you better shut up (Don’t talk with the cops, EIE) or the costs of being imprisoned.

Not to mention that Rote Hilfe e.V. is one of the only left-wing organizations that continuously opposes snooping paragraphs and sharpening of laws by law and order ideologues. And that from a unsellable and incorruptible anti-capitalist position. Where else is there something like this?

Today’s Rote Hilfe e.V. is the direct successor to Rote Hilfe Deutschland, an organization that massively strengthened the anti-fascist struggle until its last ban by the Nazis in 1936. All this with the idea of ​​solidarity – to bolster up each other to maintain the political struggle for a better world. We tie into the struggle on this principle today. The fact that a new ban is pending only shows in what stormy times we are living. (more…)

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Call for contributions : Surveillance devices hidden by cops in the spaces we live in

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

The States, according to their role of repression of individuals and groups doing subversive actions, put in place ways of keeping those individuals and groups under surveillance. It seems that some of this surveillance is done through the hiding of surveillance devices in the spaces we live in.

These devices take different forms : microphones, cameras, geolocation devices. Targeted spaces can be all the spaces we go through : buildings, vehicles, public space. These practices are sometimes legal, authorized by a judge for example, and sometimes not, done illegally by intelligence agencies.

We noticed the lack of informations available around us concerning this kind of surveillance. What is the real use of these devices by intelligence agencies? Which kind of devices are used? In which contexts? How efficiently? What can we do to oppose this kind of surveillance?

Therefore we decided to gather informations about the subject, with the idea of writing and publishing a booklet in a few months. (more…)

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Italy : Report on the 8th November hearing of the ‘Operation Panico’ trial

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Source: Anarchici fiorentini
Translated by act for freedom now!

The third hearing of the trial concerning Operation Panico took place on Thursday 8th November. We don’t know how it went nor are we much interested. The events speak for themselves. Giova, Ghespe, Paska, some of the other comrades on trial and an audience of comrades were in court. As soon as the hearing started, through his lawyer Paska demanded to speak in order to read out a declaration. He had come to court with the signs of the beating he had been given in La Spezia prison in the morning before being transferred to Florence. He started to read out his declaration, which began by telling of the screws’ beating, but the judge immediately ordered his microphone to be switched off, blabbing that what the comrade was saying was not pertinent to the trial, that the court was not the place to denounce this kind of thing and similar bullshit. (more…)

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Argentina: Without Fear & With Perseverance Let’s Extend the Offensive! Information About the Recent Repressive Blow of the Argentine State

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

On November 14th, two specific events took place in the city of Buenos Aires, with media coverage and a rapid police / judicial response.

During the afternoon, in the Recoleta cemetry, at the mausoleum dedicated to Colonel Ramon Falcon (assassinated by comrade Simón Radowitzky) – a bomb explodes leaving the comrade Anahi Salcedo wounded, she is transferred to Fernandez hospital and detained with wounds to her face and skull as well as the loss of three fingers on one of her hands. She is currently in an induced coma. At the same place, comrade Hugo Rodriguez was arrested.

Hours later, outside the home of Judge Bonadio (famous for his hard line, his indelible past with the youth of the iron guard- a Peronist fascist group, and his current practice and discourse against anti-conservatism and repression of dissenting sectors and individuals opposed to the current order), comrade Marco Viola is arrested, accused of throwing an explosive device at the magistrate’s car.

At dawn, and throughout the following days, various spaces of the anarchic environment including squats, neighborhood centers and private homes are searched, resulting in the arrests of another 12 people.

The detainees were transferred to 2200 Cavia street where the anti-terrorist unit works, then to the police superintendence on Madariaga street, and then finally on Saturday morning they were taken to the Comodoro Py courts to testify in front of judge Ercollini and the public prosecutor Di Lello, following 72 hours of uncertainty, isolation and being subjected to who knows what by the eternally miserable wretches.

After this, two people are released, leaving a total of 10 imprisoned comrades charged with illegal association, public intimidation and possession of explosive material. The two actions unified under the same cause.

At the moment it is all prudential what can be transmitted, we know that other places are under surveillance, as well as specific people, since the government itself have confirmed the seizure of more than 100 private phones belonging to activists, and they have reopened investigations into direct actions that were carried out in the city from 2005 until the present (some claimed by anarchists and others not).

The call is clear and leaves no room for double interpretations.

Every gesture of concrete solidarity is welcome and desirable.

Do not leave the comrades kidnapped by the Argentine State alone, without fear and with perseverance extend the offensive.

ANARCHIST NIHILIST ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN COMRADES WE ARE HERE AND WE ARE STRONG

WITHOUT FEAR AND WITH MORE ANGER THAN EVER

FREEDOM FOR THE ANARCHIST PRISONERS

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Buenos Aires, Argentina: Anarchist Comrade Wounded in Bomb Attack, Several Arrests

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Wednesday, November 14th, in Buenos Aires, almost simultaneously, two locations were attacked with bombs. The first attack, at the Recoleta cemetery, failed unfortunately. The bomb exploded in the hands of one of the two people carrying out the action. It was aimed at the tomb of Ramón Falcón, a police chief who was
responsible for the murder of 11 protesters on May 1st, 1909, and who was assassinated several months later by the anarchist Simón Radowitzky. The comrade who led the attack is in a serious condition in hospital and the comrade who accompanied her was arrested.

A few hours later, a bomb was thrown at the house of Federal Judge Claudio Bonadi. The comrade who led the attack was quickly arrested as well.

On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, 10 people were arrested in a Buenos Aires squat.

As a reminder, the G20 in Buenos Aires begins in 2 weeks.

[Summary from the Argentine press, as soon as more information is published by Argentine comrades, we will publish it]

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