‘Social Control’ Archives
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Some anarchist individuals take the initiative to get these posters out in solidarity with our arrested comrades in the latest blow, Pandora II, and Monica and Francis, whom the Spanish government has extended the detention for another two years. The idea was to get them out in different languages so that solidarity will spread across borders. The posters are ready to download and print. Let’s cover your walls with our solidarity!
If they search for us door to door, we will resist them shoulder to shoulder!
Neither innocent nor guilty, just anarchists!
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
via Publicacion Refractario & Insurrection News:
On Wednesday October 28 nine of us were arrested in connection with a new anti-terrorist operation orchestrated by the Catalan Regional Police in collusion with court number 3 of the Spanish National Court. After the ransacking and looting of our homes and the Libertarian Ateneo de Sants (an anarchist social center in Sants) we were taken to different police stations on the outskirts of Barcelona. The next day we were delivered to the Civil Guard and transferred to Madrid. On Friday at noon we were brought before Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez. The judge ordered two of us to be released with charges, 6 of us to be bailed upon payment of a bail surety and unconditional imprisonment for our comrade who is currently locked up in Soto del Real prison.
We the detainees who at present are back on the street wish to make a series of reflections and political positions:
The generic accusation against all 9 of us is “belonging to a criminal organization with terrorist aims.” Specifically we are charged with being part of ‘GAC-FAI-IRF,’ which as we all know is a concept that has been constructed by the police. A set of acronyms which they have quite calculatedly mixed together – the coordination of anarchist collectives (GAC) along with the ‘signature’ used internationally by some groups to claim acts of sabotage (FAI–IRF).
The construction of this organizational framework gives the police all of the repressive
resources that the anti-terrorism laws provide: closed courts, greater legal uncertainty, much tougher sentences for comrades convicted of carrying out certain actions, isolation, special prison regimes, the criminalization of personal friendships / partners and relatives, amplified media coverage and social stigmatization etc. It is enough to say that during the whole process of our detention – from the moment we saw our homes being invaded and looted right up until we were brought before the judge – we did not even know what we were being accused of. (more…)
Tags: Catalunya, Enrique Costoya Allegue, GAC (coordinated anarchist groups), Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Mossos d'Escuadra, Operation Pandora, Repression, Spain
Posted in Social Control
Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Update: 8 released on bail.
10 comrades arrested in Barcelona and Manreza (Cataluña, Spain) accused of membership of GAC (anarchist coordinated groups). At the moment the information comes from state media.
[Urgente] Compañeros detenidos en Barcelona y Manresa con acusaciones de terrorismo.
Desde las seis de la mañana los Gossos* d’Esquadra (policía autonómica
catalana), bajo órdenes de la Audiencia Nacional, registran locales y
viviendas de compañeros/as anarquistas en Barcelona (barrios de Gracia,
Sant Andreu y Sants) y en Manresa. Según los medios de intoxicación de
masas, los arrestos son la continuación de la “operación pandora” contra
lo que la policía y los jueces creen que son los GAC (Grupos anarquistas
Coordinados), a quienes acusan de ser los responsables de los ataques
reivindicados por grupos anarquistas durante los años 2012 y 2013
(habría que recordar que según la Fiscalía General del Estado desde el
año pasado el anarcoterrorismo ya no tiene capacidad para atentar).
Según la prensa del patrón, hay ya 9 o 10 detenidos/as, y otros tantos
registros, entre ellos, el del Ateneo Libertario de Sants.
¡El Estado es el único terrorista!
¡Libertad anarquistas detenidos!
* Juego de palabras: Gosso en catalán es perro. El cuerpo policial se
llama Mossos d’Esquadra.
Istanbul: Anarchist space "infiAl" raided by anti-terror police after report by Islamic-fascist newspaper (Turkey)
Monday, October 19th, 2015
There´s an anarchist place (infoshop,library,event space etc..) in Istanbul called “infiAl”. Islamist fascist Vahdet newspaper mobilized the police by publishing a report with the title “Anarchist are preparing themselves for civil war” and police raided infiAl. When they came the first time (with guns, armored police cars etc) people in the place managed to keep them away but in the following days they came more prepared with a search warrant. They also arrested the lawyer who had the right to be there. 3 comrades (including the lawyer) were taken to the anti-terror department of the police station. They are charging the anarchists to be a member of an armed terrorist group’ with the charge of insults and threats against President Erdogan and other parliamentarians as well.
The law says that the statements can be taken from the lawyer only by the Prosecutor. The other 2 comrades used the right to remain silent, that’s why also their statement must be taken by the prosecutor, which should be tomorrow. But they got released around 3am in the morning without the statements. On future dates they will be called to give their statements.
This is the information so far. For more information you can read the article:
We are familiar with Turkish state repression on every opposition. Once again they proved that they can do whatever they want, creating evidence, charges, arresting lawyers etc..
We will also continue updating about the forthcoming situations.
Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
On July 17th 2015, the preliminary hearing against Silvia Guerini, Costantino ‘Costa’ Ragusa and Luca ‘Billy’ Bernasconi took place in Turin, Italy. The three have been previously arrested and jailed for several years in Switzerland, accused of having organised an act of sabotage against a nanotechnology research centre of IBM, under construction at the time. On April 15th 2010, they were stopped and arrested by Swiss police who searched their car and found explosives, as well as leaflets claiming the imminent action under the name ‘Earth Liberation Front Switzerland’.
They have now been indicted according to the article 110 of the Italian penal code, which is used to punish offenses of criminal association. Particularly they’re accused of having conspired together to plan the action in Italy, of having illegally obtained the materials needed to assemble and prepare explosive devices, and of having smuggled such devices between the Italian and Swiss border. All charges include the aggravating circumstance of the ‘purpose of terrorism’, historically used in political trials in Italy to obtain long pretrial detention, and longer prison sentence if found guilty.
The judge at the preliminary hearing accepted the thesis proposed by the deputy prosecutor Enrico Arnaldi Di Balme and found irrelevant that Billy, Costa and Silvia have already been tried and convicted in the Swiss Confederation.
The trial will commence on January 13th 2016 in Turin. Let’s use it as an occasion to relaunch the struggle against environmental destruction.
In view of the trial, the three comrades are facing a hard time and need to cover several legal expenses, so they’ve shared a call for support. Any help is much appreciated.
Donations can be made to: conto corrente postale intestato a (postal current account payable to) Marta Cattaneo, IBAN: IT11A0760111100001022596116, BIC: BPPIITRRXXX.
Please specify donation reason: solidarietà a Silvia Billy Costa (solidarity with Silvia Billy Costa).
More info on the case and updates (in Italian):
Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Today, bombs placed at a rally in the Turkish town of Ankara killed at least 86 people. This comes in the context of the bomb attacks in Amed in June, against an election rally; the attack on Kobanê from Turkey’s borders in June and the attack in July in Suruç against a delegation bringing aid to Kobanê. Many comrades in Turkey and Kurdistan blame these attacks on the Turkish state.
This statement has been released by Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF):
CAN’T BE FORGOTTEN, CAN’T BE FORGIVEN
“Today, on the 10th of October, the “Labor, Democracy and Peace Meeting” that was organized by various unions, associations and organizations has been attacked. Like in Amed on June and in Suruc in July, the bombs exploding in Ankara today has killed tens of people.
Thousands of people came together from many different cities of the geography against the politics of war, against war profiteering of different power groups.
Today, the bombs that exploded, murdered the people who wanted peace, life and freedom against war.
This explosion, in which more than 30 people have lost their lives until now, is a reflection of the blood thirsty greed of the powers. The ones who murdered in Amed, in Pirsus, in Cizir, are now trying to intimidate the peoples, frustrate with war politics and discourage from the struggle for freedom, by murdering tens of people in Ankara.
The powers should know that by any means, be it arrests or murder with bombs, we will not be afraid of the powers or submit to their war politics.
For a new world, a life of freedom, the murderers in Amed, in Pirsus, Cizir and Ankara, murdered ones CAN’T BE FORGOTTEN, the murderers CAN’T BE FORGIVEN.”
Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF)
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
On 28th August (Friday), over a dozen police with automatic weapons and K-9 unit attacked Rumah Api (social center/house project in Kuala Lumpur) during a concert on that night. The police raided the house project and raid everybody during the concert and also trashed the living space of people who live there without any warrant or solid reason for the raid.
We all believe the raid were conducted due to the connection of Bersih 4 Rally which happen on the next days (29 and 30th) which is totally insane since the organizer of the concert, participants, and Rumah Api have little interest to join or even support the rally, due to our political stance on the issue of election and voting system.
The state use Rumah Api as the scapegoat of recent event of attack on banks and multinational corporations in KL for the past 2 years. So far, they found nothing to link us with that events. The police seize all the musical equipment at the concert hall, seize 2 computers of people who live there, one smart phone, artwork, and books belonging to people who live there. The police said they search the building for any weapons or explosives that can link us to terrorism. (more…)
State and Media Intoxication in the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners (Spain)
Friday, August 28th, 2015
The Spanish Interior Minister of State fears an anarchist attack against prison officials this week.
Spain: A digital media site of disinformation has “uncovered” a Prisons Circular recently distributed to its workers demanding extreme measures to protect themselves against possible suspicious packages received between 23 and August 30th. The reason for this is the “discovery” by the Information Service of the paramilitary Civil Guard of the international call for solidarity with anarchist prisoners from 23 to 30 August.
According to these coppers, the poster is “much more aggressive than the last year’s” In fact, you can read the legend “fire to the prisons and jailers”, which leads them to conclude that the “main objective of the anarchist movement” at the moment are Prison Officers “or any persons related to the facilities of the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions”. All because someone added “and the Jailors” to the traditional “Fire to The Prisons” slogan. (more…)
Chaos Communication Camp: 3 activists talk about being targeted by undercover cop Mark Kennedy and more (Germany)
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM
NEWS DESK – ANF
Political genocide operations conducted by security forces across Turkey and North Kurdistan in order to eliminate the Kurdish struggle are continuing increasingly as part of the war policies recently put into practice by the AKP government.
Dozens of people are being detained and arrested in many cities and towns across North Kurdistan and Turkey on a daily basis.
A large number of people in Seyhan district of Adana took to the streets last night in protest at the brutal state violence and killings in Kurdistan cities. Police attacked the youths who started a march in Gülbahçe neighbourhood in protest at the massacres in Kurdistan. (more…)
Tags: Adana, Amed, Antalya, Haftanin, HPG (People's Defence Force), Insurrection, Kozluk, Kurdistan, Mardin, PKK (Kurdish People's Party), Repression, Siirt, Şirvan, Turkey, War
Posted in Social Control
Sunday, August 16th, 2015
At 5.30 am Thursday August 13, the anti-authoritarian collective Bumzen was raided by a gang of masked cops from the police anti-criminal gang unit. They were followed by an army of armoured cops, who handcuffed everyone present in the building at the time. The pretext given was that they were looking for participants in a riotous Reclaim the Streets demo the previous weekend. However, it is clear to us that this was a politically motivated operation against the infrastructure of the radical movement.
Although about 25 people were present during the raid, none were allowed to supervise the police while they were searching through their rooms and property. The police picked out the individuals, who had their official address at Bumzen to bring them to the cop shop to and charge them under paragraph 134a, participation in a riot.
Three other locations were raided the same morning. Two 17-year olds were arrested and remanded, accused of smashing windows at a bank in Østerbro, despite their status as minors and vandalism being a fairly petty charge.
On Saturday August 15 a demonstration took place from Blågårds Plads to Bumzen, where there was people’s kitchen. All proceeds collected are being donated to to the prisoners.
Against repression and police brutality
Solidarity with the prisoners
Saturday, August 15th, 2015
Mildly interesting article giving info on international police operations against the radical left, concerning the well known vastly over-hyped cases of the ‘Invisible Committee’ and Mark ‘Stone’ Kennedy, UK undercover cop.
Saturday, August 15th, 2015
Como ya es sabido, en los últimos meses ha existido una serie
detenciones de jóvenes acusadxs de participar en disturbios y
enfrentamientos con las fuerzas represivas, acciones llevadas a cabo por
encapuchadxs en universidades. Algunxs de ellxs hoy permanecen en
diversos regímenes de encierro, desde arrestos domiciliarios hasta
Algunxs compañerxs ya han reflexionado sobre el rol de la represión
selectiva del Estado y de cómo l@s poderos@s intentan ir quitando
terreno a las diversas expresiones de conflictividad contra el orden
Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Over the last year there has been a strong resistance to police murder
and terror across the city of Denver. This is only the most recent surge
in resistance to police terror in our city, going back to the loss of
Paul Childs in 2003 or more recently Marvin Booker in 2010.
Denver Police have been systematically targeting and arresting those
actively involved in this organizing. Denver Community Defense
Committee, a group which has organized extensive support for families of
people murdered by police, has five of its seven members under
prosecution or known to be under investigation by the Gang Unit of DPD.
Prominent independent journalists, those with an expansive reach through
social media, have been targeted and arrested while filming the police
Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Netzwerk Freiheit für alle politischen Gefangenen