‘Social Control’ Archives
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Translated from informa-azione.
From terrorists to repugnant individuals, the words used by the press to describe anarchists may change but the substance of the police operations against them remains the same. In a time when growing social uneasiness is swinging between the possibility to stir conflicts against those responsible for total exploitation and the risk of generating a great number of little wars among the poor, it is important for politicians and bosses to spread the idea that those who oppose the misery of the present are worthless madcap people who are threatening everybody’s ‘security’. (more…)
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
This important call-out for revolutionary solidarity with the struggle in Indonesia has been translated into several languages which can be found on the website Contra-Info, in Greek, Spanish, Italian, French, German and Portuguese.
October 7, 2011. At 2 am, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) ATM Bank in Sleman, Yogyakarta, is set on fire. The fire causes an explosion in the unit which destroys the premises. The sabotage is just one more instance of resistance in a country which is destroying it’s trees, mountains and coastlines for profit whilst oppressing its people.
Now 3 people are arrested [2 remain -Eat & Billy-, the third was released]. They are all accused of being involved in damaging the bank. We are not interested in finding out if the prisoners are “guilty” or not, nor of the extent of their “crime”. We will leave such speculation to the inquisitors and their servants in the press. We don’t need to know the details of the entire situation to know that as long as the state and the banks get rich from exploitation, there will always be those who will go against their power and refuse to collaborate. It is enough that these people are imprisoned, to wish that not just their prison, but every prison ceases to exist. “Crime” is no food on the table and the bosses taking the lion’s share. “Crime” is clear-cut forests and mining companies who beat and kill who they like with the help of the police. Freedom is fighting back and reclaiming your life from oppression.
What we know is that Indonesia is a regime which is propped up by western capitalists and militarists. It is a nation which tortures and massacres its opposition, like every state that can get away with it where it can.
Kulon Progo is a farming area near Yogyakarta, and in 2005 Jogja Magasa Mining and Indomines metal industries wanted to take the land for their industry. The farmers there didn’t give their land to the industrial company because they didn’t want nature to be destroyed by them. Many times the farmers tried to solve this without any riots, but it’s not working. Now they are ready to defend their lives.
It started when the company paid 300 people to destroy the houses of farmers and all the plants there.
It made all the farmers get angry and also lots of other people besides. Human dignity and nature just colonized by money, and there will never be any help to let the farmers survive. The police just covered up the people who were attacking the farmers because the company paid off the police. A typical story.
Tukijo was a farmer who was arrested and imprisoned just because he was vocal in the demonstrations against this situation. The people in Indonesia have made many activities around this matter : demonstrations, articles, movies, graffiti and property damage against the profiteering companies.
The farmers and the people of Kulon Progo, Pandang Raya, West Papua, Bima and elsewhere, are appealing for international solidarity and complicity in their struggle alongside the anarchists and anti-capitalists, who are all against the violent terror of the Indonesian bosses, their paid murderers and corporate backers. Don’t let them fight alone!
In accordance with the wishes of the farmers, we demand the land is given back to the farmers and freedom for our friends who are in prison because of this.
The State-Corporations-Military-Police are the Terrorists!
Freedom for Tukijo and those accused of attacking the BRI ATM Bank!
A few anarchists in solidarity.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
On October 4th, 2011, Judge Valderrama announced the latest discharges within the “bombs case”.
The Prosecution solicited the discharges arguing there was a lack of evidentiary support to proceed to trial, in consideration of evidence that had been eliminated during the preliminary hearing.
Finally 13 comrades – and the one miserable informant- were discharged from illicit terrorist association.
Pablo Morales, Rodolfo Retamales, Camilo Peres, Vinicio Aguilera, Diego Morales, Felipe Guerra, Carlos Rivero, Andrea Urzua, Monica Caballero, Francisco Solar, Candelaria Cortez-Monroy, Omar Hermosilla and the filthy collaborator. Candelaria was also absolved of placing an explosive artifact (at Automotora Atal, on March 27th, 2007).
On his part, Cristian Cancino, is awaiting his own independent proceeding.
The Comrades that will be going to trial:
Without the specific charge of “Illicit Terrorist Association”, 5 comrades will be facing the judicial/political proceeding:
Francisco Solar: Accused of three counts of placing an explosive artifact (ANI on January 18th, 2006, State Defense Council on December 21st 2006, and Chilectrica on October 16th, 2007) under law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Mónica Caballero: Accused of placing an explosive artifact (Sacramentos Church on November 21st, 2009) under law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Felipe Guerra: Accused of placing an explosive artifact (School of Gendarmerie on May 22nd, 2009) under law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Omar Hermosilla: Accused of terrorist financing, under article 8 of law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Carlos Rivero: Accused of terrorist financing, under article 8 of law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Moreover, the miserable filthy informant, Gustavo Fuentes Aliaga, is also accused of two counts of placing an explosive artifact (ANI, State Defense Council) under the Anti-terrorist Law.
The trial against our comrades will take place on November 28th, 2011.
CALLING OUT TO EXPRESS SOLIDARITY, & REMEMBER THAT THE TRIAL DOES NOT END WITH THE DISCHARGE OF SOME OF OUR COMRADES.
Because the Bombs Case is not over: END THE ANTI-TERRORIST LAW! END THE POLITICAL TRIALS!! DROP THE CHARGES OF THE FINAL 5 ACCUSED!
Libertad a lxs 14.A.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Follow-up arrest in Moscow after initial detentions of suspected insurrectionary anarchists.
An activist who was organizing a fund-raising event for financial help to arrestees, was brutally detained and subjected to tortures on October the 7th.
Police authorities held him hostage for 1 night (he was repeatedly subjected to beating ups and torture). It appears that pigs were keen on learning more about anarchist infrastructure, namely, Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) and its role in the support of anarchist prisoners.
Lots of questions were asked about recent arrests and connections with arrestees, various autonomous groups and anarchist attacks.
Link in Russian: http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/25531/index.php
– Russian FAI/IRF support group
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Starting Monday, 3 October, the Mossos d’Escuadra, the Catalan police force, began a wave of arrests targeting people as they left their homes. It quickly came out that they had been ordered by the Spanish government in Madrid to arrest all 22 people identified via media photos in connection with the 15 June blockade of the Catalan parliament, in which politicians eventually had to be brought in via helicopter in order to approve the austerity cutbacks. Multiple politicians attempting to enter by car or on foot were insulted, spit on, and even spraypainted.
Since then, the mossos in conjunction with the media had adopted a strategy of demonization, taking advantage of the reformist sectors of the popular movement that naively sought to use a good image in the media to “spread their message” in order to get the movement pacifists to play the role of police and isolate the more radical elements. They avoided making any arrests so as not to unite the movement in solidarity.
Madrid, known for a different style of policing than the Catalan state, changed the rules of the game this October when they ordered the arrests of the troublemakers long-since identified by the Catalan police, thanks to the proliferation of filming at protests. In the first two days of arrests, 10 people were arrested, cited, and given a date to present themselves at the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid, in some cases in as few as three days. By Wednesday, lawyers had obtained the full list of 22 people, and curiously, nearly all of them are anarchists.
Anarchists make up an influential and vocal minority within the popular movement that began occupying Plaça Catalunya on the 15th of May, but they were numerically insignificant among the 200,000 people blockading parliament that day in June, and weren’t even the majority of those at the frontlines, blockading streets with dumpsters and spitting on politicians.
So far, it seems the State will have a hard time succeeding in this attempted repression, as the anarchists are well connected in their neighborhood assemblies and have broad-based support. What’s more, in the intervening months pacifism has largely been abandoned by many sectors of the movement as an undignified, ineffective tool of grassroots politicians.
The first day of the arrests, a spontaneous solidarity demo convened in the evening in Pl. Catalunya, drawing nearly a thousand people. In a rare achievement, the demo took over Las Ramblas, which it left covered in spraypainted slogans of solidarity, and marched on the Generalitat, the seat of the Catalan government, where hundreds of people shouted and vented their rage at the police for half an hour before deconvening. More solidarity actions are planned.
On Thursday, a second solidarity protest was held, this time drawing around 3,000 people who marched on the Interior Ministry, chanting largely anarchist and anti-capitalist slogans.
On Tuesday, 18 of those identified must appear in court in Madrid.
Sunday, October 9th, 2011
On the 28th and 29th of September, 2011, four persons (two young men and two young women) were detained in Moscow, suspected of crimes under statute 213 part 2 (“hooliganism”) and statute 167 part 2 (“property destruction with arson”) of Russian criminal codex. They are suspected of having committed a bomb attack against traffic police station in 22th kilometre of Moscow ringroad 7th of June 2011, and arson against an excavator in construction site of Volokamski motorway 5th of June 2011. Police did not have any proof about participation of the arrested in these actions, and on the 3th of October all of them were released. Goal of the arrests was solely to pressure anarchists to give testimony with means of psychological and physical torture.
Arrests, searches and interrogations were done as a common operation of UGRO (Criminal Investigation Department), FSB (ex-KGB / intelligence service) and Center E (Center for Counteraction Against Extremism). Also fifth search was committed, at home of anarchist K – his home was searched already second time this year Apparently K was not arrested as he managed to contact his lawyer, who was immediately available for interrogations.
During arrests, mobile phones, computers (including those of relatives), digital medium, crossbow, kitchen knives, gasoline container (belonging to father of one of the arrested) were confiscated. Literature and leaflets were confiscated from K. Police claimed in their website, that a molotov cocktail was confiscated as well, but this was misinformation.
A was arrested 28th of September, late in the evening. As he was returning home, three undercover officers who had been hiding in car disguised as paramedics, attacked him. He was taken to a forest by masked officers, who held him at a gunpoint and demanded him to give testimony against himself, and later on he was beaten up. Papers on his arrest were filled only the next day, and officially he was arrested only 29th of September.
29th of September around 9:30 AM, B was arrested. Three undercover cops, who were also hiding in a car disguised as paramedics, jumped her from behind, without presenting any documents. B managed to wound two of them with a knife, but as wounds of the officers were not serious and legality of the arrest method was dubious at least, no charges were pressed against her. B turned 18 years old only few days before the arrests, and police was not hiding the fact that they consciously decided to move forward with the arrests only when B was not underage anymore.
29th of September around 8 PM C was arrested at his home. FSB broke in to his house with help of local police. After arrest, C was also beaten up by the police. Conditions of the arrest of the fourth person are unknown.
According to laws of the Russian federation, maximum period of arrest without a court decision is 48 hours. However, police bypassed these laws illegally by arresting suspected immediately after 48 hours by pressing other charges against them. Even original arrests were filled with false dates. Thus B spent in arrest all together 103 hours, without any court decisions.
Right now, arrested are suspected of two criminal cases, but no charges have been pressed against them. Almost all of them have now lawyers, but funds are much needed for legal costs.
If you want to donate for the lawyer costs, please visit
Besides interrogations on arson and bomb attack, police has launched a wide effort to track down anarchist infrastructure and circle of friends of the arrested. As nobody was officially charged, it is much possible that new arrestes and searches will follow.
Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Since yesterday evening there are spreading news about so-called capture of people suspected in maintaining blast of road police station on 7th June 2011.
This news come from the anti-extremist police department and media… They say that 4 people are arrested, and one young girl had resisted during her arrest and injured cop with her knife. Firstly we are proud to declare strictly that blast of road police was taken by our insurgent group — BlackBlocg.Info collective. As a evidence of this fact we was first who had spread a communique and video from the action. Everyone of us is out of prison now, we are all free and cheerful to continue revolutionary struggle. Police lies as usual — they have arrested people who had no relations with our group. Still nobody in Anarchist movement knows names of arrested, but we hope to learn it soon, and then International solidarity and help will be needed strongly… Let honour and bravehood be with our imprisoned comrades. Together we will win! Freedom, Equality, Solidarity!
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
The 29th of August a Spanish comrade was arrested. Juan and another friend were stopped by police. The charge against them is the stealing of 70lt of gasoline from an ‘Anas’ building site near Susa (Torino). They were both brought to the Valley. After a few days Enrico was released and Juan was confirmed in prison.
In recent months Juan was in Chiomonte fighting against the TAV (high-speed train). He’s a spectacular comrade and a fantastic friend… We don’t have to leave him alone!
Anger grows more and more…
Solidarity and anger against every cages!
And, as he always says:
“Un saludo punk- ningún lamento – a cabeza (cresta) alta !! -“
Juan Antonio Sorroche Fernandez
c/o Casa Circondariale Lorusso Cotugno
via Pianezza 300
10151 Torino – Italy
Ps. In 2008, when he was in the jail of Poggioreale (after what happened in Bologna the 13th Oct 2007), police blocked every letter written in Spanish. Because of this, we have to ask him if he receives letters in Spanish, but before this information comes out, it might be better to write to him in Italian (To repeat: this is only an opinion/fear because of the past).
UP THE PUNKS! ACAB!
Saturday, August 13th, 2011
Message from Greek comrades : “At this world, at this society, rebellions happen, they are not utopia. Solidarity to the English rebellion.”
FUCK THE CORPORATE MEDIA & BURN THE POLITICIANS
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
In the video above, Darcus Howe, writer and broadcaster, names the 2011 UK riots an ‘insurrection of the masses of the people’ on the BBC. In this important turn in the discourse on the 2011 riots, Darcus Howe also links these events with those in Port of Spain Trinidad, Syria and other parts of the world. As shown in the link below he refers to the violence as the ‘nature of the historical moment’. Darcus Howe, as part of the Mangrove Nine, was acquitted decades ago of trumped up, racially motivated charges of “rioting”. The BBC will not repeat this video. (more…)
Friday, July 22nd, 2011
19 07 2011
The verdicts and sentences were announced today in the first Conspiracy of Cells of Fire trial (the so-called “Halandri case”), and the end results are not good. The three-member tribunal imposed even longer sentences than those requested by the prosecutor. The breakdown is as follows:
Haris Hatzimichelakis: Guilty of forming a terrorist organization, manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and causing explosions at the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace, the home of former Interior Vice-Minister Panayiotis Hinofotis, and the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 25 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 77 years.
Panayiotis Argyrou: Guilty of forming a terrorist organization, manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and causing explosions at the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace, the home of former Interior Vice-Minister Panayiotis Hinofotis, and the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 25 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 77 years.
Giorgos Karagiannidis: Guilty of manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and being an accomplice to the explosion at the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 20 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 32 years.
Panayiotis Masouras: Guilty of manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and being an accomplice to the explosion at the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 11 years and 6 months in prison out of a total combined sentence of 19 years. Submitted an application for a suspended sentence.
Alexandros Mitrousias: Guilty of manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and being an accomplice to the explosion at the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 11 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 19 years. Chose not to submit an application for a suspended sentence.
Konstantina Karakatsani: Guilty of manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and being an accomplice to the explosion at the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 11 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 19 years. Submitted an application for a suspended sentence.
Manolis Yiospas: Guilty of three misdemeanors including robbery and fraud. Sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in prison. The prosecutor initially requested that Yiospas be acquitted, and after the prison sentence was announced the prosecutor then proposed a three-year suspended sentence, which the court accepted.
Nikos Vogiatzakis: Acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence.
Errikos Rallis:Acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence.
Friends and relatives of the accused, but also the defence, commented on the severity in the imposition of sentences considering that for the majority of those sentenced, the court judged that their participation in the organization was of only a few months.
The state, its court and its other dogs have shown once more what happens to decent people who live for freedom.
As anarchist revolutionaries in solidarity, we from ACTFORFREEDOMNOW!-BOUBOURAS, send to our proud and dignified comrades, members and not of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, a big flaming hug!
NOTHING IS OVER,
Tags: Alexandros Mitrousias, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Errikos Rallis, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Greece, Haris Hatzimichelakis, Konstantina Karakatsani, Manolis Yiospas, Nikos Vogiatzakis, Panayiotis Argyrou, Panayiotis Masouras, Repression, Trial
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Monday, June 27th, 2011
325 receives and transmits the following message from ABC Moscow:
As a member of ABC-Moscow I want to note that the information that’s been circulated through Russian and Belarus-speaking anarchist sites (and, recently), through international sites of our movement, is not accurate.
Our friends in Europe have reported that Petr Silaev, who was supposedly arrested in Belgium, is free (at the moment, at least). (more…)
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
During the night between 14 and 15 June, two anarchist comrades were arrested in Milan, at Lambrate train station, accused of possession of explosive material. They are presently being held in the prison of San Vittore.
The two were in the station but they fled the view of some officials, attracting the attention of police who were then stopped them. Checks determined the two were undocumented and already known to police for numerous precedents. One of them was believed by the cops as belonging to the eco-anarchist scene and the police have ordered a search of his apartment, which has led them to discover “pyrotechnic” and “arsonist” material, all homemade, a fuel tank, ski mask and wig.
16/06/2011 – we receive and impart:
THE CHARM OF THE DEVIL SMOKING A CIGARETTE
“The bicycle is a vehicle of human muscular propulsion, consisting of a frame on which are placed two aligned wheels, one behind and the other in front, and equipped with a mechanical system for transmitting power to the drive wheel”
Who knows what other power our two comrades had in their bodies, who on the night of June 15 and 14 were arrested in Milan in the Lambrate area. (more…)
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Via Contrainfo, an open letter from G.Ch. and Vaggelis Stathopoulos, anarchist comrade accused of membership of the Revolutionary Organisation – Revolutionary Struggle, for which he denies his participation. However, Vaggelis never hid his anarchist ideas and activities, for which now the modern totalitarian State aims to make both himself and his social and family environment suffer.
Targeted attack with double recipient
On June 7th, at 4.30 after midnight an arson attack was acted out against my mother’s car that I drove lately, since the police refuses to return my vehicle after 14 months, which is held on the pretext of investigation. Along with my mother’s private car, a targeted attack took place against the motorcycle of my childhood friend and comrade who had the misfortune that I lent the car to him for a few days.
The attack came shortly before dawn, just below my friend’s house which is only a block away from the police station of the neighbourhood. Specifically, a black car, Jeep type with tinted windows and no plates (reminds you of something?) stopped alongside the narrow street, where the co-driver got down and threw a large quantity of flammable liquid on both vehicles, having ensured to place rags soaked in flammable liquid at the headlight of the motorcycle while he left a large jerry can on the roof of my mother’s car. (more…)