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Letter of Haris Hadjimihelakis, anarchist prisoner (Greece)

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Haris Hadjimihelakis was arrested after a police raid against an accused ‘safe-house’ of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, in Halandri, Athens. In this letter Haris affirms his claim of responsibility for participation in the revolutionary organisation Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. Comrades Panayiotis Masouras and Konstantina Karakatsani are also accused of membership of the group and remain in prison. Revolutionary solidarity with all imprisoned fighters.

I take the political responsibility for my participation in the revolutionary organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

I stand proud of my choice to remain intransigent on the side of urban guerrilla warfare until the moment the state mechanism on 23/09/2009 managed to tightly tie my hands and throw my body into a dungeon. What, however, they will never be able to imprison is my free revolutionary consciousness. What they will not be able to prevent is the continuation of production of my radical insurrectional speech, even in the condition of confinement. (more…)

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Support the Thessaloniki 4: How to help (Greece)

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Beaten Up, Fitted Up, Don’t Let Them Get Banged Up

Over a hundred people were arrested after a demonstration confronting the European Union summit, held in Thessaloniki in Greece back in 2003. Seven people were imprisoned and held on remand, including UK protester Simon Chapman. The prisoners began a hunger strike that lasted more than 50 days. (more…)

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Report from Trial of Alfredo Bonanno and Christos Stratigopoulos, Larissa (Greece)

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

indymedia athens/actforfreedomnow!

a statement by one of the comrades:

From the first instance it became clear that the judge and attorney wanted a fast trial without any ideological characteristics and with the only guide being the criminal record of the accused. In short, they wanted to prove that Alfredo Bonanno was the leader, the moral perpetrator of the robbery and that Christos was the pupil, the one who executed the plan. (more…)

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Alfredo M. Bonnano Released (Greece)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

In the 22 November trial of Alfredo and Christos for bank robbery in Trikala, Alfredo M. Bonnano was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment (which practically means that with the time served so far and the fact that he is over 70 years old, he was released). Christos Stratigopoulos (who took responsibility for the action) was sentenced to 8 years and 9 months and with the Greek law will probably be released at the end 2011. (more…)

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Letter from Gerasimos Tsakalos & Panagiotis Argirou (Greece)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

New first letter from the imprisoned fighters of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire who were arrested in the 1st Nov. 2010 ‘letter-bombs’ case, which sparked international attention from mainstream global media and their overseers.

Previous : Statement of the two comrades accused for the letter-bombs in Athens.

WHOEVER DOES NOT ARM HIS DENIALS, DIES IN HIS CONTRACTS

On 01/11/2010, after we have already delivered two incendiary packages to Suisse Mail on Astidamantos street and to ACS on Spirou Merkouri street; in Pangrati, sent to the Mexican embassy in Athens and the address of Eurojust (EU Police agency) in the Hague, we are surrounded by police officers of the DIAS group (motorbike task force) and arrested. In our possession were found two more packages of incendiary parcels destined for the presidential residence of Nicolas Sarkozy in France and the Belgian Embassy in Athens. (more…)

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Freedom for Giannis Dimitrakis (Greece)

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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.

He defended the choice to expropriate a bank, without statements of remorse and with clarity about his motives and intentions. He gave meaning to his act as a moment in his critique and action against the system of wage slavery and exploitation, against the antisocial role of the banks and as a part of the polymorphic social struggle.

(more…)

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Announcement of the three members of Revolutionary Struggle (Greece)

Friday, November 5th, 2010

In the modern junta of the I.M.F., the E.C.B., the E.U. and the Greek government, methods from the Nazi occupation in Greece are being mobilized. Just like when the Nazis attacked the families and the social environment of the guerrillas in order to isolate them and exterminate them easier, today the modern fascists that govern us target families, friends and comrades of ours and of the three comrades that are in prison accused of participating in “Revolutionary Struggle”, in an operation to terrorize a whole political movement, through new persecutions and mass interrogations. (more…)

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Statement of the two comrades accused for the letter-bombs in Athens (Greece)

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

“We do not recognize this procedure and we do not apologize.”

The two arrested yesterday (1 November 2010) accused of sending letter-bombs to embassies in Athens will appear in front of the interrogator on Thursday 4/11/10 at 10am.

The two comrades declared to the interrogator today that they do not recognize the procedure and that they do not apologize. The interrogator gave them until Thursday when they have to re-appear. According to their lawyer Gianna Kourtovik, they kept the same attitude at the police h/q as well.

The parents of the two accused who were called to identify them denied to appear.

The State is the Terrorist – Revolutionary Solidarity to the Insurgent Fighters.


3 November 2010

“Last night 3 cars in the streets of the Exarchia area in Athens burned in an arson attack. We dedicate our hits in solidarity with the arrested revolutionary hostages Pangioti Argirou and Gerasimo Tsakalou, accused of sending letter-bombs. This is our solidarity to the comrades held hostage. Attack with all means available. See you soon….”

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Solidarity with the comrades of Revolutionary Struggle (Greece)

Monday, November 1st, 2010

We believe that the death of Lambros Foundas by the uniformed murderers as well as the arrests of the six fighters for their participation or for their alleged participation in the Revolutionary Struggle, are integral facts of their historical-social frame. We consider them as the first and heavy losses in the new phase of growth of class war that has been signaled by the capitalistic crisis. We feel that Lambros did not simply leave one day of March, but fighting on the eve of a general strike, while the six arrested as well as all the imprisoned fighters, are missing from us in the streets in these important as well as difficult days that have come, these days where the subversive-liberating argument must and can be applied with new intensity and momentum.

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.

“And if the terrorists Papandreou and Chrysohoidis are laughing (in vain) about our arrests; if they believe they have thus guaranteed the necessary security for their social-fascist party to easily continue imposing their criminal projects on society, wagging their tails to please their American masters; if they are hoping they have eliminated a serious threat to their regime, we assure them that it will not be so easy to do away with us.

While we live and breathe, we will do everything possible to cause trouble for their antisocial, criminal projects.

And if our persecutors and this country’s political establishment believe they have all of society on their side, if they believe most people see us as a “social threat,” they are wrong.” Excerpt from the Political Letter to Society from the Revolutionary Struggle members (See 325 #8 for the full text).

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See 325 #8 for detailed coverage of the case of Revolutionary Struggle with letters and analysis from the Greek anarchist comrades.

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Letter from Maria Beraha (Greece)

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Update: Maria is called again to appear on the 11 November 2010.

On Monday 25th of October the special interrogator D.Mokkas sent me “CALL OF ACCUSED” to testify on Monday 1st of November “for the punishable act of entering as a member in the terrorist organization named “REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE” the same call was also received by Nikos Malapanis, who happens to be our best man (of our wedding. ed)(more…)

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Letter from Nikos Malapanis concerning his call by the special appeals interrogator (Greece)

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Update: Nikos is called again to appear on the 11 November 2010.

And now solidarity is being persecuted…

On Monday 1st of November I am called to present myself before the special appeals interrogator K.Baltas, as one accused for “the punishable action of integration in a terrorist organisation called Revolutionary Struggle”. Lately many individuals of the anarchist/antiauthoritarian movement from the wider friendship and comrade circle of those arrested, have been called as witnesses for the same case. (more…)

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4 comrades from EU-Saloniki 2003 frame-up face trial again (Greece)

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

UPDATE: The trial has been postponed until early 2011

Statement of the London Thessaloniki Solidarity Group – September 19th, 2010 version

The solidarity group was formed in 2003 soon after the arrests at the EU summit demonstrations in Thessaloniki.

The entire basis of the arrests in 2003, was and still remains, an arbitrary attack upon the demonstrations, where culpability was placed upon those that the Greek authorities sought to make examples of. From the beginning of the process of detention it was clear that evidence of guilt would not even be based upon recognition of legal facts or evidence but by association. (more…)

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International day of solidarity with the Chilean comrades

Monday, September 13th, 2010

International call for actions of solidarity for the comrades in Chile, for Friday, September 24th 2010

We are an assembly of anarchist- anti-authoritarians in Athens which acts in solidarity for the hostages of class-social war.

Wanting to respond to the call of the comrades in Chile for international solidarity and at the same time considering essential the solidarity to all peoples of the struggle who stand against dominance on local and global levels, we inform you that we are preparing an international call for actions of solidarity for Friday, September 24th, which we plan to communicate to the best of our abilities.

In Athens we will have a demonstration outside of the Chilean embassy. Of course, everyone can choose their actions according to their abilities. In the coming days we will send out the text we will be using here.

With comradely greetings from Athens.

The passion for freedom is stronger than all the cells.


Assembly for Solidarity
(Athens, Greece)

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Anti-prison demo occurs in Hamilton (Canada)

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

July 19th, 2010

“A noise demonstration took place outside of the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre (Barton Jail) in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Around 25 people marched around the prison, chanting slogans (the passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons; no prisons, no borders, fuck law and order; they might take our lives away but not our dignity, our hearts will pound against their walls until we all are free; smash the borders, fuck the state, all these walls are going to break; no justice, no peace, fuck the police; etc), shooting off fireworks, and making speeches.

This demonstration was held to continue creating a visible presence and tension against prisons and the world that needs them, as well as to take direct action in solidarity with the insurgent spirit: with everyone who chooses the dignity of struggle above the servility of obedience.

The 19th of July marked the beginning of a hunger strike in Saint Paul’s Hospital (the infirmary ward of Korydallos prison near Athens, Greece). … Solidarity with prisoners in revolt, inside and outside the jails of this prison-world!

Until we are all free!

Destroy all prisons!”

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Anarchists expropriate supermarket in Saloniki (Greece)

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

14 June 2010

“On 14/06/10 we stormed into a super-market of the chain Masoutis on M.Kyriakou street, we took basic need goods (olive oil, pasta, milk etc.) and destroyed the anti-theft systems and the surveillance camera while we also smashed the cash machines and burnt all the money they had inside.

From the beginning we had decided that the goods of the appropriation would be distributed among the comrades who participated, not outside the super-market. With this choice of ours we want to make clear that this, and other practices aim not at promoting some of us as saviours of the society – rather, we want society itself to familiarise itself with such practices and to embrace them without waiting for the “revolutionary” philanthropist/ friends of the poor. Especially in a period like this one, where the rottenness of the present system is pushing it toward collapse. As for the term “Robin Hoodies” (in Greek: Super-market Robins) we believe it consists another typical attempt to twist the meaning of such actions by Mass Media, which present comrades as some sort of elite stealing for the poor. In result, the distribution of the goods is presented in a way that refers to the narcosis and the passivity reflected in the thinking “someone will think-act-take care of us”.

We do not believe in a society of “weak-minded” people who must necessarily be ruled, as is wished by the ruling propaganda. We are happy when people walk on with the belief that their life belongs to them, away from mediators and needless gabble, when they organise under the premise of solidarity, anti-authoritarianism and self-organisation; under the guidance of active negation and attack. When they do not fall for the fallacy of the regime that “by helping each other we will scrape through the crisis”. It is important, finally that when distributing goods you have no way of telling if the recipients are indeed in solidarity, even if that is not active, or if they are just hypocrites taking care of themselves only – and perhaps even, in another case, they would be the first to inform to the police. Of course we applaud similar actions by comrades who distribute the goods: as as we said earlier the aims are the same.

The burning of money is a symbolic action speaking for itself. These little pieces of paper that turned into ashes within seconds have managed, in even less seconds, to destroy lives, relationships, to transform the human and her desires by transforming life into indexes, digitalising feelings and experiences, simplifying the feelings of joy and misery down to the ‘alternatives’ – I have/ I have no money.

As for the action itself it took place exactly as planned. Our getaway was relaxed and with no unexpected incidents. We used bins to block off some roads precautionary while we made sure to know the movements of the cops before and during the action. It is telling that pigs of the Z force (motorcycle cops –trans.) were sitting around confused by the fountain on Egnatia Ave, obviously waiting for reinforcements and tried to approach only when we were already gone.

We are consciously and actively in solidarity with every other action sabotaging capitalism within the urban environment in which we act.

PS 1. A warning toward the “macho Greeks” who might want to become heroes: they’ll receive the treatment they deserve, exactly as it happened when one of them was spotted to be calling the cops – he was chased, along with the bunch who were about to intervene. But as the saying goes, “the mother of the fast one has never mourned”

PS 2. We can only laugh at the misinformation of the media about supposed clashes with repression forces, trolleys filled with goods that we never managed to hand out etc…

PS 3. Of course we support the appropriation of money for the needs of the movement, it is just that we wanted to give a different context to this particular action.”

The thieves’ thieves

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