Posts Tagged ‘Athens’
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
From Actforfreedomnow!boubourAs-Contrainfo-Sysiphus – Respect & Solidarity:
The choice of claiming responsibility and not capitulation
We, as Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – imprisoned members, chose and claimed responsibility from inside the prison for our participation in our project. The responsibility claim is the least way to defend and honour the most beautiful acts that we share. Not as a memory that fades away after our arrests but as a living reality and prospect of carrying on our actions in the continuous present, the here and now.
We believe that the responsibility claim and the words we express through this contribute decisively to the intensification of anarchist action. It is an open offence towards the apologetic low-key stance that the prosecutors and interrogaters wanted to extract from us. This attitude reveals the existence of two different worlds. A world of power on one side and on the other the world of anarchy, which are in perpetual war with each other. (more…)
Tags: Athens, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, Trial
Posted in Cognitive Liberty, Prison Struggle
Sunday, March 18th, 2012
325 receives and transmits:
As a contribution to the anarchist struggle we publish ‘The Sun Still Rises’ by the Imprisoned Members Cell of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire in an English-language version with an expanded introduction. Here we attempt to provide a chronology of the projects of the CCF, and the intersection and collectivization of diverse insurrectionary projectualities around the world (increasingly expressed as the Informal Anarchist Federation / International Revolutionary Front), to give those who are unfamiliar a more contextualised understanding of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and the developing struggle. We believe ‘The Sun Still Rises’ is an incisive text of the new rebellious anarchist guerilla war and this pamphlet is intended for decentralised DIY printing and mass distribution.
Direct solidarity to the imprisoned comrades of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire!
– Dark Matter Publications
Tags: Athens, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Dark Matter Publications, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), The Sun Still Rises
Posted in Library
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
From the multi-language anti-info project based in Athens – Contra Info:
Two years after the murder of the anarchist comrade Lambros Foundas, a march of remembrance and struggle took place on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 [here 1, 2 are some photos from the demo on March 2010].
By 12.00 the PA’s gathering began in Monastiraki Square, which lasted approximately an hour, before nearly 1,000 people started to march through central streets of Athens (Athinas Street, Omonia Square, Stadiou Street, Syntagma, Amalias Avenue, Othonos Street, Panepistimiou Street, Propylaea), often attracting the interest of passersby. Numerous police units were present during the entire demo route, while organizers of the demo provided for its essential “safeguarding”.
Brochures with the political declarations of the comrades who stand trial for the Revolutionary Struggle case were distributed, while flyers, graffiti and stencils covered the streets and the walls downtown. At the head of the demo there were two banners reading “Solidarity with all those prosecuted for the Revolutionary Struggle case” and “Lambros is alive within our struggles for Social Revolution”.
Many slogans — new and older ones — were chanted such as “Revolutionary Struggle against the Capital and capitalism”, “Lambros is alive within the heart of every revolutionary”, “Terrorism is to look for a job; no peace with the bosses”, “Honour forever to Lambros Foundas”, “Freedom for all prisoners”, “Neither criminal nor political prisoners; set fire to all prisons”, “The State and the Capital are the only terrorists; solidarity with the armed guerrillas”, “People, take up arms; now or never”, “People, you’re starving; why do you kneel down in front of them? People, you’re starving, why don’t you hang them?” (outside the central market Varvakios Agora), “Let Kaminis’ house turn into ashes” (outside the city hall), “The February 12th was only the beginning; forward for a worldwide uprising”, “The February 12th was not enough; next time the parliament must fall”, “Freedom for the members of Revolutionary Struggle; ax and fire for the state guard dogs”, “Cops, KKE [Greek “Communist” Party], neo-Nazis, all scum work hand in hand”, “Praying won’t change the world; let’s expropriate all churches”, “Freedom to Stella Antoniou”. Also, a slogan was chanted in Italian, “Anarchia, Destabilizzazione, Azione Diretta, Inzurrezione” (anarchy, destabilization, direct action, insurrection). At around 15.00 the anarchist demo ended at Propylaea, while many protesters continued to march to Exarchia.
We’ll meet again one day
You left with your head held high, the same way as you came,
the same way I met you, as always.
I envy you.
– What is death?
– It’s like total darkness, with time you‘re getting used to
and it does not bother you anymore-.
And you left us behind,
with our remorse and our guilt
and our misery and our doubts,
to find excuses so that we get by,
and another day
and another day.
I envy you.
Cause you are ok, you’re always ok.
I need you.
To show me what dignity means,
to show me not to fear,
to show me not to compromise.
I need you next to me in the streets and in my way.
And to talk, to talk to me.
And to listen, to hear me.
So I can steal a bit of power from your truth,
a bit of courage from your freedom
a bit of faith from your values.
They say you are a terrorist.
It is true. You are terrorizing our fear, our comfort, our false appearance, our apathy, our empty gaze, our diminished libido, us getting used to the ugliness, our muzzle, our blinders, our handcuffs, the chains that prevent us from becoming dangerous.
There’s something we need to discuss.
Some say they choose not to act because they fear for their petty life. They say they love their life.
Others choose to act for exactly the same reason.
The say they love their life and cannot tolerate their life being wasted.
Tell me, can they both be right?
To the comrade and friend that walked away from this life with his head held high on this day, exactly two years ago.
Anarchist Lambros Foundas, member of the urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle, was murdered by the Greek police on March 10th, 2010.
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH 2012.
12.00AM, MONASTIRAKI SQUARE
2 years since the murder of anarchist comrade Lambros Foundas, member of the organization Revolutionary Struggle, who fell in battle with cops during a preparatory action of the organization.
Our debt to the memory of our comrade is to continue the subversive struggle for freedom, equality, anarchy.
Against the junta of the Troika and the modern totalitarianism, against State and Capital, for the subversion of the regime and the social revolution.
Solidarity to the members of the Revolutionary Struggle and to those who are being prosecuted for the same case.
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
A new round of interrogations is going to start concerning 250 cases of explosions, for which the organization had claimed responsibility with communiques posted on the internet.
The appeals interrogators Dimitris Mokkas and Kostandinos Baltas proceeded to apply additional persecutions for these attacks, for which until yesterday, no penal responsibilities were attributed against the specific people. Thus, in the next few days it is expected that those who are accused as members of the C.C.F., will be called to testify about the 250 explosions.
NO PROSECUTION TO THOSE ACCUSED IN THE C.C.F. CASES
FREEDOM TO ALL THOSE IMPRISONED FOR THE SAME CASES
Friday, February 10th, 2012
Declaration of the members of Revolutionary Struggle on February 6th, 2012, regarding the armed scuffle of Dafni, in which Lambros Foundas was killed in battle with the police
The repressive operation against the Revolutionary Struggle started with an armed scuffle in Dafni on March 10th, 2010, when our comrade Lambros Foundas was killed in battle with the policemen Andreas Haskis and Theodoros Koumarapis. (more…)
Monday, February 6th, 2012
4 February 2012
Late on Saturday evening, February 4th, a group of hooded comrades carried out a direct action outside the house of the President of Greece, in Asklipiou Street, throwing sticks and stones on his residence. They were chased in Zoodochou Street, Exarchia, by motorcycle police units who fired flash-bang grenades. All comrades fled running.
On Saturday, February 4th, at 20.00 in the evening, 60 solidaritarians attacked the personal guard, the guard booth and official vehicles outside the residence of the president of democracy Karolos Papoulias. Papoulias’ personal guard fled, and flyers were thrown at the spot in solidarity with the anarchists Stella Antoniou, Kostas Sakkas, Giorgos Karagiannidis and Alexandros Mitroussias.
The solidaritarians withdrew in coordinated pace from the place, which is located at short distance from the police headquarters. A few minutes later, a DELTA police motorcycle unit appeared, that used flash-bang grenades in an effort to reach the solidaritarians, but with no success.
These actions will continue until Stella Antoniou is released from prison.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ANARCHIST STELLA ANTONIOU
FREEDOM TO ANARCHISTS SAKKAS, KARAGIANNIDIS, MITROUSSIAS
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
The anarchist Giannis Dimitrakis was arrested heavily wounded after a robbery at a branch of the National Bank in the center of Athens, on January 16th, 2006. Now he is free and there was a massive party in Exarchia in Athens when he got out. Nice one Giannis.
G. Dimitrakis :“I was, I am and I will be an anarchist. As long as I live and breathe the journey will continue”
“My punishment is a field for fighting and conflict with authority”
“The robbery was a representative solution for my ideological and existential problems. It is the answer to the question of how an anarchist goes on. In the dilemma if I shall remain a weak-minded spectator or an active citizen I decided to participate. In the end we will win!!!!”
NO FIGHTER A HOSTAGE IN THE HANDS OF THE POWER AND ECONOMIC ELITES
Athens: Written declaration by Kostas Gournas, member of Revolutionary Struggle – 24/10/2011 (Greece)
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
In April 2010, in a joint letter with my comrades Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis, we claimed political responsibility for our participation in Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas). We declared that we’re proud of the organization and our fellow fighter Lambros Foundas, who was killed by cops in the armed scuffle of Dafni. (more…)
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
From This Is Our Job:
The following statement will be included in a soon-to-be-released Greek pamphlet entitled Inside Outside. The statement itself was written a short while ago and initially published on Indymedia Athens on December 31, 2011.
1. The “Innocence” of the Victim and the “Guilt” of the “Hunter”
The second trial directed by the state against the Revolutionary Organisation – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire is scheduled to begin on December 14. The trial will cover three separate Conspiracy of Cells of Fire attacks carried out with explosive devices (on the home of Interior Vice-Minister Hinofotis, the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace, and the apartment of politician Louka Katseli), as well as the possession of another explosive device. (more…)
Tags: Athens, Christos Tsakalos, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Damiano Bolano, Gerasimos Tsakalos, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Giorgos Polydoras, Greece, Haris Hatzimichelakis, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Olga Economidou, Panayiotis Argyrou, Second Halandri Trial
Posted in Prison Struggle
Saturday, December 31st, 2011
New from Act For Freedom Now! Revolutionary Struggle PDF – Trial Solidarity Zine
Download now for free from Actforfreedomnow! A collection of letters, texts and communiques from the armed group ‘ Revolutionary Struggle’ and their accused. Released during their current trial and intended to be one more nail in the coffin of the legitimacy of the State and the capitalist system.
From the introduction:
In the days of April 2010, when the Greek government finally agreed to accept a loan from the International Monetary Fund to begin the take-over of the country into the hands of the international financiers, the security services had prepared a media spectacle to mark the occasion: the capture of 6 anarchist fighters for the purpose of the submission of the social struggle.
Anarchist fighters who had been a thorn in their side for some time, were now hostages. Hostages who had humiliated the demoralised and brutal Greek intelligence services, anti-terrorist divisions and their American occupier counterparts, the CIA, who had sought out the Revolutionary Struggle (‘Epanastatikos Agwnas’ – EA – in Greek language) for a Rocket Propelled Grenade attack against the US Embassy in Athens. This daring and symbolic action came amongst scores of other targeted attacks which struck for years with symbolically definitive high-impact blows against the institutions of capitalism and government, accompanied by dozens and dozens of pages of critical, thoughtful and articulate anarchist analysis of the institutional structures that parasite on the social wealth produced by labour, with social and economic self-organisation put forward as an anti-capitalist and anti-state egalitarian alternative. Revolutionary Struggle are Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa, Kostas Gournas and the fallen Lambros Foundas. Together they formed a group of social-libertarian anarchists based in the busy capital, Athens, who directed their armed activities in the class interests of the exploited workers of Greece and within/alongside the specific mass anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement from 2003-2010.
And now, they continue their fight in the court rooms and prisons of the Greek regime, where they push an even harder fight to the legitimacy of the capitalist enemy. As this collection was being assembled, the show-piece trial against the comrades continues, which is partnered by a campaign of repression against the anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement in general and specifically to several anarchists who deny responsibility. What the Greek security services and their foreign colleagues wish to prevent through intimidation, surveillance and imprisonment is contagion. Contagion of tactics which made a mockery of their system and showed how easily it could be struck by anyone. Contagion of ideas which has now spread far beyond the world-wide anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement into the general masses of people who are angry with everything, wishing to see it all come down and something much more humane begin. …
FREEDOM FOR THE PRISONERS – HONOUR TO LAMBROS FOUNDAS
Trail updates and more from: actforfree.nostate.net
Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Dark Nights is an anarchist & anti-prison PDF freesheet to download and print out on the fly.
Click here: 4 pages A4 / Double sided A3 / Print to size.
This issue has a special front-page contributed by the comrades in Mexico of Conspiracion Acrata, an insurrectionary anarchist magazine, about refusing the legalistic demands of the State, and the anarchist-individualist thought which informs this. Plus, round-up of news : from UK, about police repression of an anarchist demo during the N30 General Strike; from Greece, news about the continued political-judicial harassment of Christos Stratigopoulos, who was arrested for a bank robbery alongside Alfredo M. Bonanno in Trikala, now accused of more ‘crimes’ of expropriation; Montreal, Canada, was the place of a great solidarity action for G20 prisoners, with an interesting and critical flyer denouncing the prison system and capitalist society; and not least, again from Greece, a short report of an action with molotovs against riot police in Exarchia outside the Culture Ministry, Athens, shortly after the attempt by imprisoned members of CCF and P.Vlastos to escape from Korydallos prison.
1. About “Anti-Judicial Anarchism”, Max Stirner, Luigi Galleani, CCF & More.
2. UK: Mass Arrests in Hackney.
3. Montreal, Canada: Counter-info action in solidarity with the G20 prisoners.
4. Greece: Solidarity with Christos Stratigopoulos.
5. Greece: Riot police attacked with molotovs at the Culture Ministry in Exarcheia, Athens.
Organise & Resist – Zines are for life not just Xmas!!
Anti-Copyright Network 2011
Tags: Athens, Canada, Christos Stratigopoulos, Conspiracion Acrata, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Dark Nights, G20, Greece, Hackney, Luigi Galleani, Max Stirner, Molotovs, Montreal, PDF, Repression, UK
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Friday, October 28th, 2011
From boubourAs / actforfreedomnow!, a communique previously untranslated into English claiming responsibility for the direct action against the Athens Stock Exchange by RO- Revolutionary Struggle on 2 September 2009. The release of this communique comes as the global social struggle against the capitalist system threatens to develop to a new level, shaking the entire legitimacy of the exploitative banking system. The RO- Revolutionary Struggle in their texts and actions reveal a foretelling vision of a free society of equality and harmonious co-operation without the violent parasitism and coercion imposed on us by the super-elite.
From the Revolutionary Organisation – Revolutionary Struggle
On the 2nd of September in the early morning we attacked the temple of money, the stock exchange of Athens, by placing an expropriated van with 150 kilos of ammonium nitrate (AN/FO). This action is the continuation of a strategy of attacks with large quantities of explosives in order to hurt the infrastructure of multinational and local capital, a strategy initiated the 18th of February last year with the attempt on the central offices of Citibank on Nea Kifissia and continued with the bomb attack on the Eurobank branch on Vouliagmenis avenue, Argiroupoli on May 12th last year.
Maybe the explosion, despite the enormous amount of damage it caused to the building, did not stop the operation of the stock market since it did not destroy the central software system, but we believe that it worked, and it will continue to work negatively on the market and on the psychology of all kinds of opportunists, since the message was clear and was received by economic power as a whole: those responsible for the current crisis, the major shareholders, the golden boys, the capitalists, will pay for their criminal activity, and no State mechanism can protect them. (more…)
Saturday, October 8th, 2011
The members of Revolutionary Struggle will be released under restrictive conditions on Tuesday, October 11th.
Their release was ordered on the condition that they will sign off at a local police station every five days, while they will be banned from exiting the prefecture of Athens.
Outside the court room was where the biggest interest was, in the first meeting of the special terror-court that began to try the case of Revolutionary Struggle in the prisons of Korydallos.
The scene outside the female prisons of Korydallos seemed somehow surreal. Dozens of people waited for their turn in order to enter the court room, where soon would begin an important political trial, while a few dozen meters away, exactly outside the gate of the male prisons, there were exterior guards assembled with a banner and chanting. For a moment we thought that it was a solidarity demonstration!
The police measures were even tougher than the 17N trial, mainly with the dissemination of armed (masked and not) cops in the area outside the court room.
With the beginning of process from the chairman of the terror-court Nikolaos Davros, the defendants announced their advocates of defence which are: for Nikos Maziotis and Pola Roupa, its Spiros Fitrakis and Dafni Vagianou. For Kostas Gournas, Maria Beraha and Vaggelis Stathopoulos, its Marina Daliani and Dafni Vagianou. For Christoforos Kortesis its Giannis Rahiotis and Paraskeui Giannakopoulou. For Sarantos Nikitopoulos, its Spiros Fitrakis, Anny Paparrousou and Dimitris Katsaris. For Kostas Katsenos, its Panagiotis Roumeliotis, Harris Ladis and Frederikos Bergamos.
Immediately afterwards, Spiros Fitrakis declared on behalf of all defense advocates, that they participate in the strike that was declared by the national assembly of Lawyer’s Associations, and that they only attended [the court] in order for their colleagues who are defending Kostas Katsenos, who was persecuted and surrendered a few days before the trial started, to ask for an interruption in order for them to study the brief. He also stated, that all defendants wish that the trial is open to all forms of Media and he asked from the court to allow the television crews to enter the court room, in order for the defendants to make political statements, to present their political opinion. Pola Roupa clarified to the chairman of the court, who answering the advocate had said that cameras cannot enter the court room, that they do not care if the cameras are in the room, but for it to be possible to make statements to all media, outside the court procedure. After this dialogue with P.Roupa, the chairman declared that the defendants “will be facilitated, but to not abuse it”!
P. Roumeliotis and H. Ladis asked for a 30 day interruption (the maximum allowed by the law), so that they can study the enormous brief, that concerns 50-55 offences, since advocates for Katsenos were appointed just a few days ago and have no knowledge of the brief. The public prosecutor Antonios Liogas proposed that the interruption is for 15 days, a period of time that he considers sufficient, since “the evidence is specific”! Obviously, he thinks that the advocates should also agree beforehand with his own opinion about the “evidence” and not study the brief, as they should.
Regarding the demand for statements by defendants to the media, he said that he does not have an objection to the defendants giving interviews, but this it is not a matter of the court. Afterwards the chairman read the names of the witnesses of the prosecution. None of the big shots was present (we remember the names of Voulgarakis [ex-minister of public order] and Kokkino [finance consultant for Greek industry]), while neither was there any public defense declared either (journalists sat in those seats).
After a ten-minute break, the chairman announced that the court decided the interruption of the trial until Monday 24th of October, at 9 in the morning. As for the demand of the defendants to make statements to the media, he said that -outside the strict procedural conditions- the court expresses the opinion and the wish for the defendants to make statements in the courtyard, while being led to the vehicle that will transport them to the prisons opposite, “in the legitimate time of 2-3 minutes” (its obvious that he consolidated with the police, who have the first word).
While the imprisoned defendants left the room in handcuffs, the chant “the passion for freedom is stronger than the prison cells” was repeatedly heard. Afterwards and after they waited for the room to empty from all those who had arrived in the trial, minus journalists and lawyers, in the courtyard, behind a closed gated door, Pola Roupa read out to the journalists (and the television cameras) their statement. As soon as she finished, before getting a chance to answer any of the questions that began to formulate, the cops grabbed her and almost picked her up and led her to the prison-van. She only managed to shout, that she has made a specific written charge about the imprisonment conditions, for the women and mothers and children.
Saturday, August 6th, 2011
The 5th of October has been set as the day that the trial of the Revolutionary Organization – Revolutionary Struggle will begin. The trial will take place in the court room of Koridallos prisons.
Eight accused will stand trial, who according to a recent order of the Council of Appeals will be tried for participation in the organization.
Accused in the case of the Revolutionary Struggle are: N. Maziotis, P. Roupa, K. Gournas, Ch. Kortesis, V. Stathopoulos, S. Nikitopoulos, K. K., (not arrested he is on the run) and M. Beraha (K.Gournas wife).
The first three accused, Maziotis, Roupa and Gournas have taken responsibility for the organization and remain imprisoned, but in mid October the 18 month detention period expires. The rest of the accused are free.
Kortesis, Stathopoulos and Nikitopoulos were released from prison on terms recently, after two decisions of the council of Judges of appeals, since the Supreme Court applied a recantation on the first and another was made that ratified the decisions of the appeals judges.
The charges of each individual concern the felonies of constitution and participation in a terrorist organisation, supply manufacture and possession of explosive materials, explosions and numerous attempted homicides.
Revolutionary Struggle has made many attacks, among which the rocket launcher attack on the American embassy, on January 12th 2007 and the armed attack on cops on Bouboulinas street on January 5th 2009.
Revolutionary Struggle are thought to be responsible for the following attacks, all in Athens:
* September 5, 2003: Bombing at courthouse.
* March 14, 2004: Bombing at Citibank subsidiary in Psychico neighborhood.
* May 5, 2004: Bombing at police station in Perissos neighborhood.
* October 29, 2004: Bombing of police buses.
* June 2, 2005: Bombing at Labor Ministry.
* December 12, 2005: Bombing at Finance Ministry in Syntagma Square, near Parliament.
* May 30, 2006: Attempted assassination of Georgios Voulgarakis, former Minister of Public Order, now Minister of Culture.
* January 12, 2007: Wasp 58 LAW rocket attack on United States Embassy.
* April 30, 2007: Shots fired at police station in Nea Ionia neighborhood.
* October 24, 2008: Bombing at Shell offices in Palaio Faliro neighborhood.
* December 23, 2008: Shots fired at riot police bus near Athens University in Goudi neighborhood.
* January 5, 2009: Shots fired at police guarding Culture Ministry in Exarcheia neighborhood. One riot cop critically wounded.
* February 18, 2009: Car bombing at Citibank headquarters in Kifissia neighborhood. Bomb fails to detonate.
* March 9, 2009: Bombing at Citibank subsidiary in Nea Ionia neighborhood.
* May 12, 2009: Bombing at Eurobank subsidiary in Argyroupoli neighborhood.
* September 2, 2009: Car bombing causes serious damage to Stock Exchange building.
”’The three comrades who took responsibility for the actions of Revolutionary Struggle show that fighting for what you believe in is not a task that only the “elite” can take on. Its in everyone that has suffered in the system that has been created to control us. The state knows they are the real terrorists and as long as no one is fighting back they have nothing to fear. Its time to show them enough is enough and attack it with all means available.”’
SOLIDARITY TO THE 5 ACCUSED IN THE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE CASE
FREEDOM NOW TO N.MAZIOTIS, P.ROUPA AND K.GOURNAS
HONOUR FOR EVER TO ANARCHIST FIGHTER AND MEMBER OF REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE LAMBROS FOUNDAS
SOLIDARITY TO ALL IMPRISONED FIGHTERS
Tags: Athens, Christoforos Kortesis, Greece, International Solidarity, Korydallos Prison, Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa, Repression, Revolutionary Struggle, Sarantos Nikitopoulos, Trial, Vaggelis Stathopoulos
Posted in Prison Struggle