Posts Tagged ‘Korydallos Prison’
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
“WE KNOW THAT EVERYONE DIES. BUT THERE ARE DEATHS WHICH OPPRESS BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE THEIR OWN WAY” Katerina Gogou
With continual and extensive media coverage, the hunt for the escapees of Trikala prison continues for almost four months, by keeping the audience in suspense, as it has all the elements of an overproduction: “cinematic” escape, “ruthless” and “bloodthirsty” murders, “hard and decided” cops, scuffles, dead people and a manhunt over a huge area of the Greek territory.
The fourth power [media] is the most nodal for the functioning of democracy, because it mediates between other powers and citizens and it reminds us of the rules of the game once again: the democratic state spares no time, effort and resources when the doctrine of security should be established. (more…)
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
A month after my arrest I still remain sunken in thoughts trying to find moments of calm and clarity, so I can finally put the pen down to write a couple of words. My mood changes at the speed of light, it goes up and down non-stop and is finding it hard to find a steady point to hold on to. The account of what happened in Nea Filadelfia sickens me, the renewed conclusions that come out hurt me, the realization of what exactly happened kills me. I relapse when listening to daily boring and endless discussions evaluating months, years, charges and all the other relevant matters. We know very well why we are in here and the reason is definitely not for some common criminal practices just like we know that from now on, time does not necessarily roll with us counting down to the exit. (more…)
Athens: Responsibility claim for explosive attack on vehicle of the Koridallos prisons director, in the district of Dafni, on June 7th, 2013 (Greece)
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Freedom for anarchists of praxis incarcerated in Italy
i. ‘Return of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire from the ashes’
Only in those moments when our tension for freedom is rejoined with practice do we truly manage to live anarchy, here and now. Unfortunately the dream we carry in our hearts is too great to avoid the risk of finding ourselves up against the monstrous wall of authority raised in defense of the State and Capital. When we really put our life in play, inevitably we end up confronting the hardness there is in the struggle: death and prison.
Nicola Gai, Italian comrade accused in the Olga Cell-FAI case [May 2013]
The Conspiracy of Cells of Fire-FAI/IRF in collaboration with comrades from the Consciousness Gangs, honouring our old and timeless friendship, blew up the private car of the female director of Koridallos men’s prisons, Maria Stefi, as a display of genuine solidarity with our ten imprisoned brothers and sister, Giorgos P., Olga, Gerasimos, Christos, Michalis, Giorgos, Haris, Theofilos, Panagiotis, Damiano, that have taken responsibility for their participation in the Conspiracy.
After almost two years of silence throughout the Greek territory, the CCF returns. Maintaining a common front with the Consciousness Gangs, the FAI cells (‘Antifascist Front’, ‘Unscathed Cell of Vengeance’, ‘Lone Wolf Cell’, etc.) and the Sect of Revolutionaries, we support and strengthen the international conspiracy of the Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front.
The bomb we placed at the vehicle of the director of Koridallos prisons is the first drops before the storm. Or, as it was written in the last communiqué by the CCF against the Greek minister of Justice…
Certainly the necessity for strategy is now clearer than ever before. A lightning does not ever travel in straight repetitive lines. It bursts out unannounced. Even a seeming ‘silence’ is no retreat but quietness before the thunder…
[Clandestine sector, Informal Anarchist Federation/Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (February 2011)]
So, now it’s time to make noise again. Noise against the militarization in prisons and the continuous police raids by the disgraceful scum of the EKAM special suppressive antiterrorist unit. Noise concerning the inquisition at prison councils, where prison service prosecutors and directors are poisoning inmates with fruitless hopes, at the same time that the denied requests for days of leave or conditional release are being stacked on top of each other. Noise for all those unimportant wearing the jailers’ uniform that think they personify Power and thus give orders. Noise about the terrifying silence of the majority of prisoners that have long ago exchanged freedom and dignity with a heroin dose, or day wages, or a more ‘favorable’ prison transfer, or a brand new mobile phone… Noise for the prolonged silence and inaction of a ‘space’ that likes to be called anarchist, but are in essence as petty bourgeois and decadent as the society’s civilization that they’re supposedly fighting.
ii. Chronicle of a war foretold
Over the recent months, a new regime prevails in Greek prisons. The ministry of Justice as well as the prison administration and the public prosecution promote the model of militarization for the ‘correctional system.’ To date there have been dozens of raids by fully armed EKAM cops into prisoners’ cells, as part of the restructuring of prisons. These hooded chickens with the full-body police harness have oftentimes shown ‘guts’ by hitting people in handcuffs. In the correctional brothel of Grevena, the pigs used also taser devices (electroshock weapons) against prisoners handcuffed behind their back. In Koridallos prisons, the night raid operation of forty to fifty EKAM cops was carried out through the ‘courtesy’ of the director Maria Stefi and the prosecutor Troupi, who did not miss out on provocations and bullying from a safe distance.
We know that it never gets dark there, inside your prisons. Therein memories are scratching, and one forgets how the sky looks without bars and barbed wire. If death had its own colour, it should be painted on your prisons. Because the realm of slow death lies on the inside, and one can feel it every single day. It’s hanging from the walls in corridors, it sounds with every locking of a door, it cries silently in disciplinary cells… There is no reason to continue the ‘critique’ of your ‘correctional’ system.
We have said it in the past, when we placed a bomb of twenty kilos on the outer wall of Koridallos prisons three years ago. Our imprisoned brothers and sister from the CCF say it definitely better than we do, through their writings, participating in the international dialogue of the Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front.
Besides, we do not expect something better from the empire of Power that is flavoured with the ‘courteousness’ of democracy. All of its officials handle perfectly their duties.
The judges sat on their imperial throne are handing prison sentences that challenge even the scientific average of human lifespan: ‘Double life sentence’… ‘Two hundred years in prison’… ‘Eighty years in prison’… To them, the names of the accused are ultimately nothing but small annoying ink stains on their thick indictments that must be erased.
Below them are the prisons directors; the small gods of penitentiary institutions that give their commands behind their distant offices having the confidence of being ‘the housemaster.’ This ‘business’ is run by them anyway.
Next to them are the prisons prosecutors, the ‘hand of god’. Their signature opens the doors of ‘heaven’ or ‘hell.’ ‘Conditional release from prison… rejected.’ ‘Five days of leave from prison… rejected.’ ‘Rejected’… ‘rejected’… ‘rejected’… is the only word they know to say. But these are all enemies. The only thing to ask from your enemy is ultimate war.
The axe of criticism along with the nausea of unanswered questions falls heavy on the inhabitants of the country of prisons. It falls heavy on the prisoners themselves, most of whom accept passively their incarceration in the sweatshops of democracy. Far from resembling a subculture of the revolutionary imaginary icon of imprisoned ‘fighters’ as a heightened projection of the living herein, the reality in prisons sounds frighteningly ugly: passivity… snitching… customization… licking the prison service’s ass… getting high on drugs… racism… cowardly cheekiness… self-pity… falsity…
Yet, this pathetic crowd can be transformed at once and become ‘combatant’ when it comes to a bottle cap of smack, to debts and loans, to the sovereignty of each clan. That is when the prisoners’ inventiveness triumphs. A piece of iron turns into a murderous knife in the most skilful hands, and a sock hiding a heavy object turns into a weapon for the inner-hostilities between inmates, who have learned much better how to eat each others’ flesh than they ever did on the outside.
With the same stunning inventiveness, they hide in the most unlikely places smack and other drugs they want to carry. However, this ingenuity is absent when it comes to seeking revenge against those who locked them up and deprived them of their freedom. How many former and current prison inmates were involved in actual revenge on their jailers? How many prisoners found the home address of a chief warden, or ambushed a prosecutor that threw their request for leave or probation in the trash bin?
For this we call minority prisoners, who still have dignity, to plan tens of acts of vengeance.
iii. The FAI/IRF international conspiracy
From our part over here, with the bombing against the director of Koridallos prisons, we coordinate our attacks through the FAI/IRF international network. It started when our brothers and sisters in Chile, of the ‘Panagiotis Argirou’ insurrectionary anti-authoritarian cell, targeted the National Association of Penitentiary Functionaries in Santiago on May 12th.
FAI/IRF is an international conspiracy of anarchists of praxis that sets fire on the defense positions of reformist societist anarchists. It gets rid of the smell of mold that has settled in anarchy seen at amphitheatres, and fills the air with the smell of gunpowder, black anarchy, nighttime, explosions, gunshots, sabotages. This explains why the International Revolutionary Front of FAI and Conspiracy is on top of the anarchist dangers list as cited in recent Europol reports.
Diffusion and informal organizing within the new anarchy into autonomous cells of direct action are what really scare the police of the whole world. Therefore, the State and the enemies of anarchy do not easily forget the anarchist militants who are held captive under their prisons’ authority.
iv. For the brothers and sisters missing…
In Germany, comrade Thomas Meyer-Falk —who is held hostage for participation in bank robbery with the aim of supporting subversive projects— has already served his sentence, but remains incarcerated. In his case, an old law of Nazi Germany was applied, under which prisoners may continue to be kept in prison indefinitely, even when they have served their entire prison term, if they are deemed ‘dangerous to society’… Thomas Meyer-Falk, with his uncompromising attitude and refusal to kneel in front of Power, is still considered dangerous for the social machine.
[Footnote in the original :] In Bulgaria, our comrade Jock Palfreeman remains hostage in prison, after a scuffle with nearly fifteen fascists who tortured a Roma. A fascist fell dead in the scuffle and another was seriously injured. We, for our part, send a signal of solidarity to Jock and a promise that he is not alone.
At the same time, our brother Gabriel Pombo Da Silva is currently incarcerated in Spain —moved from Germany a few months ago— and our brother Marco Camenisch is imprisoned in Switzerland. Our two brothers are confined for many years in the galleys of democracy because of their subversive and anarchic action. Gabriel —who has fought numerous times against the FIES [footnote in the original :] special prison regime— is accused of a scuffle with cops in the German city of Aachen, and Marco is accused of eco-sabotages, escape from prison and armed clash with border guards. While they have become eligible for conditional release from prison, the international state machine tries to keep them hostage, linking them to the ‘operation Ardire’, a case conceived by the Italian State. A police case against the FAI/IRF network, in which apart from Marco and Gabriel our comrades Giuseppe (‘Peppe’), Stefano, Elisa, Sergio, Alessandro are co-accused and remanded in Italy, while some of our CCF comrades imprisoned in Greece are also ‘under investigation.’
The state apparatus and its justice are now experimenting with similar alchemies in Greece. Our brother and CCF member Gerasimos Tsakalos is at the top of the blacklist of interrogators and judges. Currently, he has spent thirty one months on remand —the ceiling is eighteen months— and his pretrial detention was extended to another six months, describing him as ‘particularly dangerous.’ Nevertheless, the charlatans of justice make newer experiments as well. They open yet another case file, the double robbery in Velventos [Kozani], and charge Gerasimos for instigating crimes by delivering a new pretrial detention order to him. He is thus accused as instigator in a bank robbery case that occurred when he was already still in prison. What’s more, we do not forget that last year, when his eighteen months’ remand period was reaching an end, the mop called Mokkas (special appellate judge for the preliminary investigations) put him on the second consecutive remand, while the comrade was in hospital conducting hunger strike.
All this reinforce the certainty that we have, now more than ever before: the liberation of our comrades will only happen through violence, with guns, with an anarchist tromocracy and intensification of the new anarchist urban guerrilla warfare… and then, woe to whoever stands in the way of our comrades’ liberation.
v. Everything continues…
The struggle does not end just because some unimportant folks got tired, and now they only show off their anarcho-medals on the catwalk, in the mire of Exarchia [downtown Athens], nor does it stop because some folks shit in their own pants and hunker down in whatever they’ve put on ice, or in their pseudo-assemblies.
For us, there is no middle ground. They who declare openly their anarchist intentions are facing a decisive dilemma, to either act or give up anarchy forever. There can never be anarchy at the rear of coffee shops and gossiping… Either act or shut up…
In closing the proclamation of our reoccurrence along with the Consciousness Gangs, we would like to dedicate our attack with all our strength to our brothers and sisters imprisoned in the Italian State’s cells, and furthermore send out our conspirative signal to Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai, both accused of shooting Roberto Adinolfi ([footnote in the original :] chief executive of nuclear firm), an act for which the Olga Cell-FAI/FRI has claimed responsibility.
The words of coherence by the sisters and brothers in war are the only ones that have truly weight. The so-called ‘social anarchism’ makes everything revolve around the instrument ‘assembly’, which has become gym of authoritarianism, terrain of breeding big and smaller leaders, whose sole purpose is self-referentiality. The anarchist politicos do everything they can to stave off the new that advances. The new that advances as well as the making of the informal organization (…)
Alfredo Cospito [March 2013]
Courage and strength to the comrades who anonymously strike at the State and Capital, courage and strength to those who give a name to their own rage, courage and strength to the comrades who give life to the Fai/Fri. We are going to give soul and body to the black international, there is a whole world to destroy. Long live anarchy!
Nicola Gai [May 2013]
Brothers and sisters, the rendezvous is on…
We will be back — sooner than you expect…
Conspiracy of Cells of Fire-FAI/IRF
([Note in the original :] Sole and Baleno —Maria Soledad Rosas and Eduardo Massari— were two anarchist comrades accused of sabotage and anarchic dynamic actions in the 1990s. Baleno ‘committed suicide’ in his prison cell. Sometime later, Sole ‘committed suicide’ in the special conditions of ‘house’ detention imposed to her. Their memory lives within us, in our bullets, in our dynamite…)
translated by contra-info.
Tags: Athens, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire FAI/IRF - Gangs of Consciousness FAI/IRF - Sole Baleno Cell, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, Maria Stefi, Phoenix Project
Posted in Direct Action
'CCF/FAI/IRF Gangs of Consciousness FAI/IRF – Sole Baleno Cell' take responsibility for explosive attack against the car of the administrator of Korydallos Prison in Athens (Greece)
Sunday, June 9th, 2013
A bomb has exploded on the car of the administrator of Korydallos prison in Athens where imprisoned members of the Revolutionary Organisation – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire are held. There is also a claim from Conspiracy of Cells of Fire FAI/IRF – Gangs of Consciousness FAI/IRF – Sole Baleno Cell on Athens Indymedia. You can find it here also.
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Posted in Direct Action
Athens: Contact address of the three anarchist prisoners who were convicted in the Revolutionary Struggle case (Greece)
Sunday, April 14th, 2013
Anarchist Kostas Gournas, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, as well as anarchists Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis are being held in Koridallos prison.
They currently receive letters at the following address:
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou, Parartima Gynaikeion Filakon Koridallou (Π.Γ.Φ.Κ.), Solomou 3-5, 18110 Koridallos, Athens, Greece
Solidarity is our weapon – No comrade will be left alone
Freedom for all imprisoned fighters
Friday, March 15th, 2013
On Monday, March 11th, anarchist comrade and Conspiracy of Cells of Fire member Panagiotis Argirou was transferred from the general hospital of Nikaia back to Koridallos prison’s hospital. His transfer was made after the state of his health was much improved.
Panagiotis has now fully recovered from his serious injury and talked with his comrades on the phone. He will remain in the hospital of Koridallos prison until several mobility problems are restored, that were caused due to his two-month hospitalization and the length of time he was under sedative medication. For now, he is recovering and ‘shares’ the same cell with his friend Spyros Dravilas, who is also recovering there after his successful hunger strike.
We know we haven’t provided updates on the health condition of Panagiotis for a long time, but this was not done by chance: each time we released positive news on the comrade’s health, the anti-terrorist force and the external armed guards that had undertaken his custody pressured the hospital staff to permit Panagiotis’ immediate transfer to the prison for ‘security reasons’ (his file bore the indication ‘Dangerous to escape’).
A big thank you to all the comrades and friends who were interested in Panagiotis, who sent letters, donated blood, and supported the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. Finally, a flaming hug to the brothers and sisters of the Argirou Cell/International Conspiracy for Revenge/FRI-FAI from Indonesia, as well as the Panagiotis Argirou insurrectionary anti-authoritarian cell/FAI-FRI from Chile, who made solidarity among anarchists praxis through their incendiary attacks.
Tags: Athens, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Solidarity, Korydallos Prison, Panagiotis Argirou, Spyros Dravilas
Posted in Prison Struggle
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The comrades Dimitris Politis and Giannis Mixailidis are transferred to Koridallos prison and now they are with the imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire! They are strong and healthy. Yesterday they brought them to the court that is currently running about the case of the ‘safe-house’ in Volos, the day before they were taken to the prosecutor for the warrants they have about that case.
Today, the fucking pigs transferred them to Kozanis court to the local prosecutor about the double robbery at Belvendo Kozanis! They will also transfer there the other two comrades arrested (Nikos Rwmanos and Andreas Mpourzoukos) but they are not jailed yet!!!
There is no reason to sleep calm, judges, politicians, police and other shit.
Solidarity to Dimitris Politis and Giannis Mixailidis
First release of Black International Editions: "Mapping the Fire" – International Words of Solidarity with the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF)
Monday, October 8th, 2012
PDF: English & Spanish versions (Click “Save As” to download)
“This pamphlet is a meeting point of comrades from all over the world. An imaginary meeting since the walls and bars of the prisons where we are temporarily keep our bodies hostage. But our meanings remain free, escape from the cells of prison and are expressed with words continuing to provoke authority.
Words that still smell of fire and gunpowder, words which carry with them all of our hate for the system, words unrepentant and armed, words which transfer stresses and desires, words which break the isolation of prison, words full of passion for the mutiny we want to continue, words from Chile, Mexico, America, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria, Indonesia…
The letters sent to us by the hostage comrades, replying thus to the international call of solidarity of the CCF is not just mail between prisoners.
Our plan for a Black International of imprisoned anarchists, is not simply “a nice theory” which begins and ends inside printed words. It is the deposit of memory which exists, in a move forward.
A memory which does not always count its moments with common terms and common reference points. By reading this pamphlet someone can discover an international galaxy of points of views and positions with comrades whose references speak of the class war and the proletariat and others who speak of nihilism and anti-socialism.
This difference for us is not a contradiction. On the contrary it reveals the invisible line which connects all forms of anarchy and dispute into an international revolutionary front which has as its aim to destroy every form of authority.” Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell (Excerpt from the Introduction)
Today in Greece, October 8th, a trial for the case of the Revolutionary Organisation – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire will take place in a specially converted room in the female prisons of Korydallos prisons. The trial concerns the arrests in Volos and the arrests on December 4th, the sending of the 14 incendiary anti-system parcels and the clash in Pefki, 17 comrades are on trial. There will be a solidarity demonstration at the courthouse of the female prisons of Korydallos on this day at 9am.
This publication, the first from Black International Editions, is released online and in paper format from three countries – Greece, Chile and United Kingdom, as an act of solidarity and confrontation to this court process against the CCF and their co-accused. The words of the anarchist prisoners who have responded to the international solidarity call of the CCF meet with the statements of the groups of the international network for counter-information and translation. Together with the armed words of the CCF, a new international revolutionary front is drawn out, this new publication maps the fire that has been spreading across oceans into many territories. In the words of Eat, imprisoned member of Long-Live Luciano Tortuga Cell, FAI Indonesia:
“We are the new chaotic virus, the ghost of freedom, the uncontrollable international plague of revolt.”
For Greek language version, you can find this publication on paper at various self-organised spaces in Exarchia, Athens, Greece, or email sal.spf(at)gmail.com for copies.
In Santiago, Chile, find it at Biblioteca La Hiedra or via Entropia Ediciones in a Spanish language version.
In UK, find it at anarchist spaces, like Kebele in Bristol, or 56a Infoshop in London. You can also find it at the 2012 London Anarchist Bookfair where Elephant Editions will have copies – elephanteditions(at)riseup.net
The email for contact with the imprisoned CCF members has moved to riseup.net’s mail server. From now on, you can communicate at sinomosiapf(at)riseup.net
For the destruction of the existent…
Mapeando el Fuego
Casi un año ha pasado desde que la Conspiración de las Células del Fuego lanzara una propuesta internacional para la edición de un cuadernillo. Cuadernillo que se transformó en un libro de casi 200 páginas.
Hoy comenzará un nuevo juicio contra la Conspiración. Esta vez será un juicio mucho más grande que probablemente dure dos años, y a partir de ahora, todxs lxs compas enfrentarán juntxs un mismo juicio. Además, también estará como imputado Konstantino Papadopoulos (“Kostas”), quien fue arrestado en la última redada contra el grupo (14 de marzo), pero que no está en prisión. Por otra parte, el juicio también involucra a Theófilos y otrxs 4 compas. Por ésta nueva acusación hay dos compas que han debido comenzar sus propios periodos de clandestinidad: Dimitris Politis y Giannis Mihailidis.
El juicio será en contra de 17 compañerxs y tiene de todo. A pesar de la acusación de “pertenencia a grupo terrorista”, habrá un nuevo juicio el 4 de diciembre en Volos (Pefki) por el asunto de los paquetes bomba. Lxs abogadxs creen que en el proceso se incorporarán los 250 ataques de la Conspiración. De ser así, dos personas más serían involucradas en toda esta maraña judicial. Los cargos aquí serían por infracción a la Ley Antiterrorista Griega: participación en organización terrorista, posesión de armas y explosivos, amenaza contra la vida y la propiedad, subversión, amenazas a la democracia, etc.
Los 250 ataques de la Conspiración se irán a juicio sólo por ser reivindicados por ella. De hecho, no existe ninguna prueba concreta que conecte a lxs compas con los ataques. En otras palabras, están presxs y serán condenadxs sólo por declararse miembrxs orgullosxs del grupo.
Además, si no se logra establecer nexos entre ataques y perpetradorxs (ni siquiera por insinuación o suposiciones), se les acusaría de instigar los ataques. En Grecia, hacer o instigar un ataque terrorista conlleva la misma condena.
Por esto no puede haber un mejor y más fuerte discurso de defensa que su voz compañerxs. Es de sus expresiones de solidaridad y tras ataques realizados por grupos anarquistas de acción directa, desde dónde lxs compañerxs de la Conspiración toman el valor de mirar directamente a los ojos de quienes les persiguen. Es algo que seguramente también han sentido todxs quienes enviaron sus cartas para este libro, encarceladxs en otros países y pagando el mismo precio por nuestra pasión común por la libertad.
En concreto, lo que editamos, a la vista del juicio, es un folleto con su contenido, siendo de sus palabras solidarias internacionales con el caso de la CCF.
Aportes desde Bulgaria, Alemania, Suiza, Chile, Italia, México, España, Grecia, Rusia, Argentina y Reino Unido, han sido recopilados. Han escrito presxs, procesadxs, grupos de acción, colectivos de contrainformación, editoriales e individualidades varias.
Este libro habla de la solidaridad. Este libro es solidaridad.
Internacional Negra Ediciones
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Posted in Library
Monday, August 6th, 2012
From This Is Our Job:
Summary of days 26 and 27 (Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26) of 2nd Halandri Case trial
These sessions marked the beginning of the defense attorneys’ remarks.
As one of the attorneys pointed out, the four Fire Cells Conspiracy comrades have distanced their position from the “defensive” remarks of their attorneys, since the comrades don’t recognize the authority of the court and won’t make apologias. The attorney explained that the defense attorneys’ remarks would thus express only their own opinions, and not the anarchist position of the Fire Cells Conspiracy. (more…)
Friday, May 4th, 2012
On April 20th, in the special court-martial of Koridallos women’s prisons where one more trial session of the second ‘Halandri case’ took place, Michalis Nikolopoulos read his request for postponement of the trial and then another statement by Christos Tsakalos and Damiano Bolano (both comrades were absent from court due to their hunger strike). Later, the defense attorney Frangiskos Ragousis handed the judges a letter from Athena Tsakalou, the mother of Christos and Gerasimos Tsakalos. She herself was present in the courtroom but she refused to testify. The letter wasn’t read in court, and the presiding judge simply announced that ‘it will be added to the transcript.’ The complete letter is as follows:
TO THE COURT
‘Every act of rebellion expresses nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.’
I am asking myself: why are parents of the anarchists–revolutionaries of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire being subpoenaed to trial? Why are they subpoenaing me? Are they doing it in order to ask me if I know something about the organization? To ask me questions about the personal lives of my sons, sketch out their ‘psychological profile,’ or get an opinion on their ‘family life’? Or to ask me if I agree with the actions of my children and, in general, those of the organization? To stand me up in front of this court, supported by that little book, and make me swear to that god you have placed in the service of Power? To make revolutionary anarchists feel uncomfortable while their parents are asked a bunch of awkward questions? Or is it so that you yourselves can rejoice at the thought that you have made us believe it is we who must give the answers and make an apologia? (more…)
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Posted in Prison Struggle
Athens: Letter from CCF imprisoned member Christos Tsakalos, who has been on hunger strike from April 8th (Greece)
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
‘When one does not die for the other, then we are already dead’
I am not a humanist and therefore will not talk like a humanist. I place myself on the side of the anarchists of praxis. In the battle for a free life without leaders and minions, often a price to pay is the prison. This price has been imposed on me a year ago, since I am imprisoned–CAPTIVE by the State. Captive but not defeated; because for me, as an anarchist urban guerrilla, prison is a temporary stop but never the terminal. During this whole year, I did not allow prison to tame or to ‘correct’ me, or to subdue my body and my memory through the dead repetition of the time-jailer.
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Posted in Prison Struggle
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
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
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Second trial of the ‘Halandri case’ – Day 2, December 20th, 2011
Special court of Koridallos women’s prisons
Before the hearing was adjourned, the four defendants made a statement. Christos Tsakalos read it after explaining that, ‘We want to read a political statement in regard to the facts of our recent attempted escape from Koridallos prisons. Initially, the issue may seem irrelevant to the court’s case, nevertheless it has a direct relation, for a specific reason. This attempt of ours not only conveyed a message to Koridallos prisons and the entire prison system in general, but also to this court.’
The full text of the statement, a copy of which was filed in the court records, is as follows:
POLITICAL STATEMENT of the R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
This statement is made to clarify and publicly state our position in relation to our recent attempted escape from prison.
The fact that we are captives in the prison cells of democracy does not mean that we accept for a moment our position either as prisoners or as defendants before the civil court-martial that you have set up against us. There will never be either a prison guard to lock up our soul or a judge to rule on our values. We are eternal enemies of law and order and eternal prison breakers.
Obviously these few following words cannot describe the miserable conditions inside penitentiaries that are experienced by those inmates who have not given up their dignity, but carry it with them in each and every isolation wing, each and every disciplinary unit, each and every transfer, each and every torment, each and every beating…
You, the appointed military judges of the judicial mafia, may give out sentences to hundreds of years in prison sitting on your benches, obeying the hands which move you as puppets, but you should know that our willingness for freedom is catching fire day by day.
With your decisions, as modern hangmen, you bury people in tons of concrete and bars, thus hiding the consequences of the rotten system that you serve. As for us who are anarchist urban guerillas, you wish to retaliate and punish us because you know that your names and those like you are already written to the list of our future targets. The prison, in which you send people as easily as you leaf through the case files, is a huge mincer that grinds bodies, feelings, thoughts, imagination…
It’s a sterile mechanical world where orders from loudspeakers, lockings of prison cells and the noise of human resignation are echoing.
The vast majority of inmates have made a fools’ agreement and surrendered their freedom and dignity in exchange for a day wage, a temporary leave, a promise of parole or even for nothing.
All discussions about the humanization of the penitentiary system are nothing but foolish and hypocritical talk. The solution is one; you either escape or destroy the prison.
Within this choice of ours, we heard knocks on the wall also from different circles of fellowship and met people who shared with us the common desire for freedom. We can say clearly that we are proud of our choices and the relationships that we have built with them through our joint attempt to escape, even if it did not live up to our aspirations. Unhappily, we stood less fortunate than we wanted, while stupidity found its expression in a homunculus-guard showing that it is powerful.
Some people will rush to talk about failure.
Yet, our escape succeeded. We escaped from the defeatist acceptance of our role as prisoners. We escaped from the sleep up by psychiatric drugs that are generously distributed in prisons, from the benefits of day wages, from the illusions of future leaves and paroles, and we acted as anarchist revolutionaries.
If the work of jailers and judges is to lock the prisons’ doors, ours is to unlock and violate them. Even though we failed to release our bodies, we released our existence even for a few moments, occupying a space in prison.
This sense is unique, and we do not regret anything.
Besides, we struggle for a freedom beyond the official version of the laws and values of this society. This struggle cannot either be tried or imprisoned.
Today, many people die from traffic accidents, drug addiction, industrial diseases. Others accept the death of boredom and loneliness, sunk in the conventions of a law-loving life. We choose to risk our lives for the leap to freedom, even though there is no safety net underneath. There is nothing more important than that.
Now, we lost a battle, but not the war. We are looking forward.
Each time promises a new project, a new collaboration-friendship, an unexpected chance which lies before us dangerous and subversive.
Besides, what matters is not if you get caught but if you surrender within you…
LONG LIVE THE CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE / INFORMAL ANARCHIST FEDERATION (FAI)
LONG LIVE THE INTERNATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY FRONT
LONG LIVE THE BLACK ANARCHIST INTERNATIONAL
The imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
The trial was interrupted to continue on Monday, January 9th, 2012. Relatives and friends of the defendants call for comrades’ presence inside the courtroom during the proceedings, in solidarity with Damiano Bolano, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Michalis Nikolopoulos and Christos Tsakalos.
Tags: Black International of Anarchists of Praxis, Christos Tsakalos, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Damiano Bolano, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Greece, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Korydallos Prison, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Trial
Posted in Prison Struggle
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Around 6.45 this evening [12/12/11], P.Vlastos (a known underground figure accused of organizing kidnappings of rich industrialists among other things) took some prison guards hostage in his attempt to escape. A few members of the C.C.F. (who are in Koridallos because of the second part of the ‘Halandri’ trial) also participated in the attempt. After the escape attempt failed, they started negotiating, while one of the comrades of the C.C.F. made a statement to the media that they participated in the escape attempt but do not want to negotiate with cops, but want to publicize the horrible conditions in Koridallos prison (See above Youtube video for statement by Michalis Nikolopoulos). (more…)