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The Dark Side of the Network Case (Russia)

February 23rd, 2020

+ RUPRESSION collective statement regarding the article “Four went in the forest and only two went out” (about “the investigation” of the connection between the “Network” case and the disappearance and death of two young people in Ryazan oblast).

+ Defendant in controversial terrorism case says murder allegations reported by ‘Meduza’ are ‘insane’

From Anarchy Today:

We have written about our attitude to the Network case and related contradictions before. Since then, nothing has changed for the better. Participants chose the role of typical victims of the regime, remaining indistinguishable from the rest of the same. This was more convenient for parents, human rights activists, and liberal circles shouting about the new 1937. The trial of the Penza group ended, and the defendants received huge sentences, from 6 to 18 years.

Worst of all, the public played along with the authorities. The FSB was trying to prove the crime of an anarchist conspiracy, while the public was passionately denying the very existence of an anarchist organization, not challenging its “criminality “. However, in this case, the very existence of the anarchist underground was of the greatest value, giving meaning to the cruel punishment that was taking place: at least someone dared to challenge this hated authority. Who knows, if the guys had taken an active position of the anarchist underground participants, the authorities might not have dared to popularize them with such huge terms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Solidarity with imprisoned anarchist Nikita Emelyanov (Belarus)

February 23rd, 2020

Yemelyanov studied at the Belarus National Technical University in the 3rd year, worked as a courier after study. He was detained on October 20, 2019, together with an accomplice on suspicion of an attempt to set fire to Minsk remand prison- SIZO1. The action was held in solidarity with political prisoners. He was convicted by judge Alexander Yakunchikhin for 7 years in a reinforced regime colony.

Yemelyanov came to anarchism gradually, having evolved from a social democrat with a brief stop on the left-leaning nationalist ideas. He was an administrator of the ”Chorny Supracivus” telegram channel.
“I didn’t want to communicate with leaders, I wanted to be autonomous”.

Realizing himself as an anarchist, Nikita made a wise decision not to join the existing organizations. Anarchist groups, which are under massive police surveillance, can only teach you intrigue and how not to go beyond the limits established by the system, thus turning the anarchist struggle into a farce. Instead of simulating activity, Nikita chose the path of direct attacks against the state.

Carrying out a fiery attack on the prison and having successfully escaped, the comrade came across the arrived patrol of the Department of Security and was detained along with an accomplice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two anarchists from Belarus sentenced to 7 years for series of direct actions

February 22nd, 2020

On February 12, 2020, Mikita Yemelyanau and Ivan Komar were found guilty of intentional destruction of property on several accounts.

Activists were detained on October 20, 2019, just after an attack with a Molotov cocktail on the pre-trial detention facility in Minsk made in solidarity with another anarchist Dzmitry Paliyenka (who was kept there at the time) and other political prisoners in Belarus. From day one, Ivan Komar made a statement of Mikita Yemelyanau being guilty in it. He also talked about two other attacks – one similar attempt to attack the same pre-trial facility when Molotov didn’t start burning and an attack with light bulbs on the Minsk City Court as a protest against the judge who decided to hold a closed court hearing of Paliyenka’s case.

Mikita Emelyanau refused to make any statement, but some time later he talked to cops informally and confirmed his involvement in the attacks.

Although Mikita said in court he planned the attacks alone and Ivan Komar didn’t know about them and was just asked to film his action, they were considered as a group and both were sentenced to 7 years of prison.
The total damage made to both buildings amounts at 70 euros.

Belarusian human rights defenders issued a statement demanding reconsideration of sentences and called them political prisoners.

Independent journalists and photographers initiated an open letter in support of the activists.

ABC-Belarus refused to support Ivan Komar for his collaboration with the police. You can support Mikita Yemelyanau here.

via ABC Belarus.

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Update on the situation of the persecuted comrades in Madrid, for the attack on a Bankia ATM (Spain)

February 22nd, 2020

The persecution of anarchist solidarity.

On October 29, 2018 in Madrid, two anarchist companions were detained, in their respective homes, on charges of property damage.

Specifically they are accused of damaging with fire a Bankia ATM on April 11, 2018 in solidarity with the anarchist prisoner Lisa, who was convicted of a bank robbery in Aachen (Germany).

The companions went to court on October 30, 2018 and they were released pending trial. During that year the classification of the offense was as a misdemeanor, however, in November of 2019, after the prosecution appeal, the crime was again classified as normal, giving rise to the possibility that they will be condemned to prison. Currently the investigation has already closed and they are waiting for the prosecution to present the indictment.

This is another one of the many attacks that the State carries out against anarchism, beyond the facts, without entering into terms of innocence or guilt, because they are nothing more than the terms of Power to condemn and pigeonhole anyone who rebels against authority. What are now targeted are anarchist principles and practices, legitimate practices like solidarity and direct action against everything that we apply pressure to.

That is why we consider it necessary that these cases do not remain forgotten, because the work of repression feeds on this by generating misinformation regarding anarchist ideas and practices and by trying to delegitimize and demobilize them through “exemplary punishments”. Facing this continuous persecution of ideas and practices, anarchists must prevail and thus continue the offensive against the State.

Stay tuned for more information.

DEATH TO THE STATE AND LONG LIVE ANARCHY!

SOLIDARITY WITH ALL COMRADES FACING REPRESSION!

via ContraMadriz.

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Santiago, $hile: Communique From An Anonymous Anarcho-Nihilist Comrade in Prison

February 21st, 2020

Words of a prisoner in revolt, from Santiago. 1, Module 14, accused of throwing an incendiary device.

As an anarcho-nihilist individualist I write these words from a prison in the $hilean territory, already in my first month in prison I have been able to reaffirm my position as anti-prison and stubbornly unmanageable in front of the whole machinery and framework that tries to make you part of it.

Nowadays while the flame of the insurrection is still burning and continues with great force in different parts of the world and in this same territory, it is important to remain firm despite all the consequences that our actions bring. Nothing we do is in vain, but always being attentive especially in these moments, to where each time our enemies are becoming more and more professional, that it is of relevance that we also do so too and continue positioning ourselves even more in the realities that we live, going hand in hand with self-care, making it part of ourselves and throwing us on the path to which each one of us decided to take.

As an anarcho-nihilist prisoner I call for solidarity in its many forms and not to give up, I send my most complicit hugs and much newen [Mapuche term meaning Strength, Energy], I greet all those who remain steadfast and to the prisoners of the world.

BEFORE CONTROL, CHAOS AND INSURRECTION.

From Anarquia.

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Italy: Update on Operation “Prometeo”

February 21st, 2020

IT/EN

On February 14th, the notice of conclusion of the preliminary investigation for the repressive operation called Prometeo (“Prometheus”) that led to the arrest of Natascia, Robert and Beppe was served (for all previous updates you can see this link). After 20 days from the notification, the prosecutor will evaluate how to proceed and will set a preliminary hearing.

Yesterday’s news, however, that the request for house arrest as an alternative to custody in prison, submitted by Natascia’s lawyers, was unfortunately rejected. The lawyers will have until 28 February to challenge the rejection and appeal.

Appeal to comrades, people in solidarity and affinity for widespread solidarity:

We ask the support of comrades, people in solidarity and affinity for widespread solidarity. Prison and legal expenses do not stop, let’s not do it either! To contribute financially you can use the following coordinates:

– Postepay evolution
Accountholder: Vanessa Ferrara.
N°: 5333 1710 9103 5440
Iban: IT89U3608105138251086351095

– Postepay evolution
Accountholder: Ilaria Benedetta Pasini.
N°: 5333 1710 8931 9699
Iban: IT43K3608105138213368613377

We remember the addresses to send letters and books to Natascia and Beppe:

Natascia Savio
c/o C. C. San Lazzaro
strada delle Novate 65
29122 Piacenza
Italy

Giuseppe Bruna
c/o C. C. di Pavia
via Vigentina 85
27100 Pavia
Italy

Freedom for Natascia and Beppe, freedom for everyone!

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Update about the week-long Anti-Prison event in Bure (France)

February 20th, 2020

The anti-prison week is in less than a month! It will happen from 2 to 8 March 2020 in the old train station of Luméville, close to Bure, place of a struggle against a project of a center for burying nuclear waste. The idea is to take time to meet, between people and groups from different countries, have formal and informal times of discussions, workshops, movie screenings, readings. You can come to the week with your own proposals, with or without telling us in advance. Zine distros are also very welcome.

We received criticisms regarding the lack of topics related to racism in prison and state racism in the program of the week, considering the key role that racism play in penitentiary systems. We would like to make more space for these topics, so if you think you have something to contribute on these topics, please contact us.

Program

We are currently contacting the groups that will take part in the week to know when each workshop or discussion will happen. This section will be updated regularly between now and the beginning of the week.

Monday

An update on the struggle in Bure, the Cigéo project, the events of the last few years. More info about specific presentations and workshops soon. Read the rest of this entry »

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USA: Accused ELF / ALF Militant Joseph Dibee Could Do With Some Solidarity

February 19th, 2020

Joseph Dibee was arrested in August 2018 after more than a decade on the run. He is accused of being part of a group that organized arson attacks against earth destroying and animal murdering enterprises. He is accused, for example, of taking part in the arson against the Wild Horse Meat Slaughterhouse in Oregon that was completely destroyed by fire and never reopened.

He has been locked up since his capture even though he has not had a trial yet. In January, Joseph was attacked by a “white-power” piece of shit. His jaw was shattered to bits and he suffered multiple skull fractures. His mouth is wired shut. He is stable, but needless to say he went through a very scary and terrible experience.

This comes as no surprise since the FBI has insisted on plastering the media with his full name (Joseph Mahmoud Dibee) alongside the word “Terrorist”. They have paved the way for Joseph to be continuously attacked in prison because of this. They are utilizing any tool (in this case, the spread of anti-Muslim and neo-nazi philosophy) to make Joseph suffer as much as possible.

His lawyer has insisted to the judge over and over that Joseph is not a risk to society and that he has changed his life around, helping build solar and thermal systems in Syria and working as a teacher whilst on the run. The judge did not care and decided to keep Joseph locked up waiting for trial. We will say it again, he has not even been found guilty and he is supposed to pay the price.

Joseph could do with letters of support and love. Nobody should be writing anything related to direct action or to his case, but sending letters explaining how the day has been might be a good start to make him feel better.

Here is the address to send letters:

Joseph Dibee #101799,
Inverness Jail, 11540 N.E.
Inverness Drive,
Portland, OR 97220
USA

Remember that “Support the ALF” isn’t just a fucking t-shirt!

PRISONS ARE FOR BURNING

UA.

via Unoffensive Animal, AWW.

See Also:

We Don’t Forget – Support Joseph Dibee, Environmentalist Accused of Sabotage: Joint Statement by Crimethinc and It’s Going Down

Previous article: Alleged ELF and ALF Fugitive, Joseph Dibee, Arrested After 12 Years (USA)

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EN/ES – Request for financial support for the legal defense of Gabriel Pombo Da Silva (Portugal, Spain, Germany)

February 19th, 2020

IT: Richiesta di sostegno economico per la difesa legale di Gabriel Pombo Da Silva

Our comrade Gabriel, arrested on January 25 in Portugal, is still locked in the cells of the judiciary of Porto waiting for a possible extradition. The second part of the trial started on 27 January. It still hasn’t begun yet, but it will take place in the next few days. Until we notify otherwise, the contact address for writing letters of support and solidarity to Gabriel remains the same.

Gabriel Pombo Da Silva
EPPJ Porto
Rua Assis Vaz,
109 4200-096 Porto
-Portugal-.

Whilst awaiting more news, his lawyer – who is in solidarity with Gabriel – has anticipated that the amount necessary for the defense will be considerable. You need to rely on and pay punctually those professionals with whom you are obliged to work; and we cannot act without the competing lawyers from Portugal and most likely from Germany.

Therefore, a constant amount of money is urgently needed to manage all the bureaucracy that involves the administrations of justice from three different countries (Spanish State, Germany and Portugal).

Currently the legal situation is as follows:
The Girona prosecutor’s office intends that Gabriel spends another 16 years in jail due to the interpretation of a fusion of non-existent penalties. This denies a special principle (one of the legal reasons why it was possible that Gabriel was released in June 2016), which must be claimed by Germany at the request of Portugal, if optionally, they consider it appropriate.

The extradition order will be frozen while Portugal analyzes the situation, consults Germany about the “special principle” and determines in the situation whether to extradite him or not.

The objective of the defense is the immediate release of Gabriel by recognition of the same “special principle”. If that was not achieved, the objective would be to avoid extradition and serve any supposed outstanding penalty in Portugal, avoiding the harassment that awaits him in the prisons of Spain.

In case of extradition, it would be fought so that this penalty was not fulfilled, applying any redemptions and mergers that until today have not been accounted for, an action that could also be implemented if it met with approval in Portugal.

In any case, you have to work legally so that no prosecution can reopen any previous case and end any possible order of arrest.

At the moment, a bank account has been opened for these purposes, in the name of his partner Elisa, to receive the solidarity contributions by the fastest, most direct and orderly way possible:

HOLDER: Elisa Di Bernardo
BANKINTER
IBAN: ES06-0128-0180-3601-0009-8696
BIC / SWIFT: BKBKESMMXXX

FREE GABRIEL!
FREEDOM FOR ALL!
LONG LIVE ANARCHY!

Petición de apoyo económico para la defensa jurídica de Gabriel Pombo Da Silva

Nuestro compañero Gabriel, detenido el pasado 25 de Enero en Portugal, continúa encerrado en las celdas de la judicatura de Oporto en espera de una posible extradición. La segunda parte del juicio iniciado el 27 de Enero todavía no comienza, pero tendrá lugar en los próximos días.
Mientras no notifiquemos lo contrario, la dirección de contacto para escribirle cartas de apoyo y solidaridad a Gabriel sigue siendo la misma (Gabriel Pombo Da Silva EPPJ Porto, Rua Assis Vaz, 109 4200-096 Porto -Portugal-).
En espera de más novedades, su abogado –que es solidario con Gabriel– nos ha adelantado que el monto necesario para la defensa va a ser considerable. Necesita apoyarse y pagar puntualmente a los profesionales con los que está obligado a trabajar; no puede actuar sin el concurso de los abogados de Portugal y muy probablemente de Alemania.
Por lo tanto, se necesita urgentemente una cantidad de dinero constante para hacerse cargo de toda la burocracia que implica las administraciones de justicia de tres países diferentes (Estado español, Alemania y Portugal).

Actualmente la situación jurídica es la siguiente:
La fiscalía de Girona pretende que Gabriel cumpla 16 años más debido a la interpretación de una fusión de penas inexistentes. Niega el principio de especialidad (una de las razones jurídicas por la que fue posible su liberación en el junio del 2016), que ha de ser reclamado por Alemania a petición de Portugal, si opcionalmente lo estiman oportuno.
La orden de extradición quedará congelada mientras Portugal analiza la situación, pregunta a Alemania sobre el “principio de especialidad” y determine la situación para extraditarlo o no.
El objetivo de la defensa es la liberación inmediata por reconocimiento del mismo “principio de especialidad”. Si eso no se consiguiera, el objetivo sería evitar la extradición y que cumpliera la supuesta pena residual en Portugal, evitando el acoso que le espera en las cárceles españolas.
En caso de extradición, se lucharía para que no se cumpliera esa pena aplicando redenciones y fusiones que hasta hoy no han sido computadas, acción que también se podría implementar si cumpliese esa pena en Portugal.
En todo caso, hay que trabajar legalmente para que ninguna fiscalía pueda reabrir alguna causa anterior y terminar con toda posible orden de arresto.
De momento, se ha abierto para estos fines una cuenta bancaria, a nombre de su compañera Elisa, para recibir las aportaciones solidarias de la forma mas rápida, directa y ordenada posible:

TITULAR: Elisa Di Bernardo
BANKINTER
IBAN: ES06-0128-0180-3601-0009-8696
BIC/SWIFT: BKBKESMMXXX

GABRIEL LIBRE!
TODXS LIBRES!
VIVA LA ANARQUIA!

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Italy: Microphones found in buildings in Pisa and Follonica

February 19th, 2020

IT/EN/FR

On January 31st we found microphones* in the Garage Anarchico in Pisa, as well as in the house of a comrade, in Follonica. The devices were connected to the electrical systems of both buildings and were used to listen to discussions over a period of several months. It should be noted that the spies entered the premises with a technological device that does a kind of ultrasound scan of the inside of the locks.

The cops began their investigations following an arson attack on a vivisection laboratory in Pisa, which was never reported in the press.

* The company that supplied the devices is Lutech Spa, based in Roncello (MB).

[Translation taken from earsandeyes.noblogs.org].

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Greece: Update and Solidarity gathering in Thebes prisons 23/2/20 where Anarchist Konstantina Athanasopoulou is being held

February 19th, 2020

+ More info on the control regime implemented on comrade G.Michailidis.

On 29/1 anarchist Giannis Michailidis, Konstantina Athanasopoulou & Dimitra Valavani were arrested in Agia Paraskevi following their pursuit by the anti-terrorist unit. G. Michailidis was sought by the police authorities because of his escape from Tyrintha prison in June 2019 and K. Athanassopoulou for escaping before the announcement of a court order. D. Valavani was beaten by cop agents. Comrade G. Michailidis took full responsibility for the weapons found in the car they were driving.

G. Michailidis is being held in the prisons in Malandrino, K. Athanasopoulou in Thebes, and D. Valavani in Korydallos.

Freedom to Giannis Michailidis, Konstantina Athanassopoulou and Dimitra Valavani!

No one in the hands of the State!

The passion for freedom is stronger than all cells!

Solidarity gathering in Thebes prisons where Konstantina Athanassopoulou is being held: 23/2/20

The address for the 3 Anarchist Comrades :

Dimitra Valavani
(Δήμητρα Βαλαβάνη)
Dikastiki Fylaki Korydallou
Gynaikeies Fylakes, (Women’s Prison)
T.K. 18110
Korydallos
Athens
Greece

Konstantina Athanasopoulou
(Κωσταντινα Αθανασοπουλου)
Eleonas Women’s Prison
Thebes
T.K. 32200
Greece

Giannis Michailidis
(Γιαννης Μηχαιλιδης)
Malandrinou prisons (Κ.Κ. Μαλανδρίνου)
T.K. 33053
MALANDRINO
FOKIDAS
GREECE

Athens IMC, Actforfree

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Trial update on the 6 imprisoned anarchist comrades in Makassar (Indonesian)

February 19th, 2020

February 19th, 2020. Makassar, Indonesia.

According to the court’s decision, our comrades (Supriadi, Anto, Haerul, Alif, Agus, and Faruddin) were sentenced to prison for 1 year and 6 months, they were charged under art. 506 About Actions Against the law and art. 170 regarding acts of violence/destruction carried out jointly.

*Note: On September 26, They were arrested during the nationwide protests in Indonesia in September 2019. Insurrectionary anarchists in Makassar claimed responsibility for blocking a highway and attacking state vehicles.

Don’t let them feel alone, solidarity never stop, anywhere!

Smash the state!

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Vandalism of a Whole Foods Store in anti-Amazon action (USA)

February 19th, 2020

Communique 1
Anarchist Insurgency Cell – Informal Anarchist Federation

We spray painted anarchist, anti-police, anti-capitalist, and anti-fascist symbols and slogans on the front of a Whole Foods supermarket. We did this in Los Angeles on February 16, 2020. Whole Foods is owned by Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bozos is the richest man in the world. We wanted to send a clear message to him and capitalists everywhere.

We disabled the Amazon Locker at the supermarket as an act of economic sabotage against Amazon. We spray painted the screen, keypad, and security camera on the locker. We wrote “Fuck Bezos” on it to make it clear that this is an attack on capital and not the workers.

Amazon has collaborated with La Migra aka I.C.E. by snitching on undocumented workers who have gone on strike. They have supported the surveillance capitalist infrastructure of police state with Amazon Web Services. We wrote “Green Capital” on a wall mounted statue of a tree to make clear our hatred of green-washing. We painted the anti-fascist symbol of the three arrows to make our opposition to fascism known. We wrote 1312 multiple times to demonstrate our hatred of the police. In addition we sprayed mash capital over the front doors. We destroyed advertisements, painted over a vending machine, and painted over a few surveillance cameras.

To take credit for the action, we wrote AIC FAI and FAI next to the anarchy symbol (which we painted all over).

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Naarm/Melbourne: Five Affirmations Formed in Smoke and Fire (so-called Australia)

February 19th, 2020

FIVE AFFIRMATIONS FORMED IN SMOKE AND FIRE

1. In these fires we see the ongoing violence of more than two centuries of colonisation on this continent. In attempting to eradicate the sovereignty of First Nations people and their connections to country, so much long-held knowledge about taking care of this land has been dismissed. Instead of a holistic and interconnected relationship with the environment, there is a relationship based on domination and possession.

A colonial society is not capable of establishing a nourishing relationship with the environment.

2. In these fires we see the devastation that is arriving due to climate change. While mining and the fossil fuel industry should be targets of our anger, they do not speak to the entirety of the devastation. Industrial farming of water-hungry crops like cotton and rice while rivers run dry. Livestock churning through the soil as erosion leads to desertification. The logging of old-growth forests. The links in the chain connect to our whole way of life.

The scale of devastation is systematic, and so the entire system becomes our target.

3. In these fires we see the outcome of a complete disregard for life beyond generating wealth. And we know that there is no changing course within capitalism, with its endless drive for the next source of profit. The destitution that it inflicts upon all life and the environment through insatiable resource extraction has been noted. We won’t be fooled by desperately staged attempts at green-washing.

Capitalism will get no further chances.

4. In these fires we see that there is no way forward in rebuilding back to the way things were. This might not be the end times or the apocalypse – it might simply be the new normality. Catastrophe, followed by catastrophe, followed by doing the best we can to recover. But if ‘recovery’ means desperately trying to return to a way of life that is untenable, we’d rather not. Colonised people have been living and fighting through catastrophe for a long time. Do the rest of us feel that we have enough skin in the game now to join them?

There is not much positive in this disaster, but from these ashes we can build something different.

5. In these fires we see that those who govern us – no matter what party they represent – will never provide for us, even in the hardest of times. Just ask one of the volunteer firies fighting the flames. If it wasn’t Scotty from marketing, it would be some other insufferable fuckwit. They protect wealth and the economy, while playing on anxiety and fear. They do nothing to sustain us.

In these times of crises, we can only turn to each other in solidarity and mutual aid.

To finish…
This country now has its own climate refugees, joining millions of others from all around the world. We have seen people risk everything to assist each other, sharing resources and caring for others. This kind of humanity need not be reserved for extreme situations. While it might start the people immediately alongside us, the alliances we build and the mutual aid we enact will have to cross borders and reflect the global scale of what we are facing.

As the extreme becomes normal, so can our solidarity.

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