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'Forever Guilty' -Text by Panagiotis Argirou on the trial for the 250 attacks of the CCF / FAI-IRF (Greece)

Friday, February 12th, 2016

FOREVER GUILTY.

The trials of anarchist prisoners who chose to give a violent form to their ideas and values, who chose to associate with fire, explosives and bullets their hatred towards Power, is another instance of a war between the Anarchist Revolt and the world of Sovereignty. That’s why, reaching the end of such a trial, the third one in a row I have to face due to my action as a member of the anarchist group of direct action Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, I feel the need for my words to meet again with every anarchist comrade outside the walls.

Since September 2009 when I made the leap towards illegal freedom while being wanted, choosing to continue anarchist action through taking part in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire until now, it’s been six years. Six years, five of which have run through the concrete time and space and the suffocating reality of captivity. About 1825 days walking endless kilometers in circles under a piece of sky carved with barbed wire thorns. About 1825 days locked before sundown.

Five years away from wandering in the wild streets of anarchist action, away from those beautiful moments where attack shatters regularity. Five years where the appearance of comrades, friendly and loved ones is being reflected in the windows of predetermined visiting hours and days, completing a puzzle of faded portraits of so many people who have a living reason to cross the threshold of the prison hoping in “sometime together again”.

Yet in these five years there has not been a single moment when I looked back doubting whether it was worth it. Because the value and the beauty of anarchist revolt cannot be replaced by the cold mathematics of court sentences.

In these five years of continuous prosecutions, the decades of penalties imposed on me, the courts to add on more decades, more years, more exiled days in this armored Neverland, I still remain proud of my choices and for joining the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and its overall action, which undergoes your trials again and again constantly repeating the same and the same charges :

Terrorist, terrorist, terrorist…

THUS, THAT’S THE WAY IT GOES IF YOU THINK SO.

For your own rotten civilization
For the poisoned ideals and values that you represent
For the brutality and horror on which you step building your careers

I WILL ALWAYS BE A TERRORIST

Because although being captive my heart is wherever anarchist Conspiracies are being concocted against the culture of Power, next to those who burn flatness, next to those who incite in any way the constant anarchist insurrection and next to those who live at the limits through the attack on sovereignty and for that reason

I WILL ALWAYS BE GUILTY

As for the overall action of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, I’m a living part of it just like it is my own living part. However, this concerns only me and my comrades and in no way am I willing to assist the judicial authorities in their work. But all judges who have actively assisted in the war against Anarchist Insurrection should have in mind that responsibilities never retire and will always go after them.

And I know from history that always throughout the years there are consciousnesses who choose to walk in the trails of anarchist revolt and to arm their desires. To all those comrades who perhaps are already moving in the shadows or perhaps move there in the future, I have to say that if I occasionally feel some moments of freedom it is through the anarchist attacks which remind me that the Constant Anarchist Rebellion is being continued.

So I feel proud that even now, after five years of captivity and multiple more years hanging over me I can still yell through the cracks of your, reinforced with double concrete layers and triple rows of barbed wire, walls:

NOT A SINGLE MILLIMETER BACK
9MM TO THE HEADS OF THE JUDGES

Panagiotis Argirou
Proud member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI / IRF

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‘Forever Guilty’ -Text by Panagiotis Argirou on the trial for the 250 attacks of the CCF / FAI-IRF (Greece)

Friday, February 12th, 2016

FOREVER GUILTY.

The trials of anarchist prisoners who chose to give a violent form to their ideas and values, who chose to associate with fire, explosives and bullets their hatred towards Power, is another instance of a war between the Anarchist Revolt and the world of Sovereignty. That’s why, reaching the end of such a trial, the third one in a row I have to face due to my action as a member of the anarchist group of direct action Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, I feel the need for my words to meet again with every anarchist comrade outside the walls.

Since September 2009 when I made the leap towards illegal freedom while being wanted, choosing to continue anarchist action through taking part in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire until now, it’s been six years. Six years, five of which have run through the concrete time and space and the suffocating reality of captivity. About 1825 days walking endless kilometers in circles under a piece of sky carved with barbed wire thorns. About 1825 days locked before sundown.

Five years away from wandering in the wild streets of anarchist action, away from those beautiful moments where attack shatters regularity. Five years where the appearance of comrades, friendly and loved ones is being reflected in the windows of predetermined visiting hours and days, completing a puzzle of faded portraits of so many people who have a living reason to cross the threshold of the prison hoping in “sometime together again”.

Yet in these five years there has not been a single moment when I looked back doubting whether it was worth it. Because the value and the beauty of anarchist revolt cannot be replaced by the cold mathematics of court sentences.

In these five years of continuous prosecutions, the decades of penalties imposed on me, the courts to add on more decades, more years, more exiled days in this armored Neverland, I still remain proud of my choices and for joining the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and its overall action, which undergoes your trials again and again constantly repeating the same and the same charges :

Terrorist, terrorist, terrorist…

THUS, THAT’S THE WAY IT GOES IF YOU THINK SO.

For your own rotten civilization
For the poisoned ideals and values that you represent
For the brutality and horror on which you step building your careers

I WILL ALWAYS BE A TERRORIST

Because although being captive my heart is wherever anarchist Conspiracies are being concocted against the culture of Power, next to those who burn flatness, next to those who incite in any way the constant anarchist insurrection and next to those who live at the limits through the attack on sovereignty and for that reason

I WILL ALWAYS BE GUILTY

As for the overall action of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, I’m a living part of it just like it is my own living part. However, this concerns only me and my comrades and in no way am I willing to assist the judicial authorities in their work. But all judges who have actively assisted in the war against Anarchist Insurrection should have in mind that responsibilities never retire and will always go after them.

And I know from history that always throughout the years there are consciousnesses who choose to walk in the trails of anarchist revolt and to arm their desires. To all those comrades who perhaps are already moving in the shadows or perhaps move there in the future, I have to say that if I occasionally feel some moments of freedom it is through the anarchist attacks which remind me that the Constant Anarchist Rebellion is being continued.

So I feel proud that even now, after five years of captivity and multiple more years hanging over me I can still yell through the cracks of your, reinforced with double concrete layers and triple rows of barbed wire, walls:

NOT A SINGLE MILLIMETER BACK
9MM TO THE HEADS OF THE JUDGES

Panagiotis Argirou
Proud member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire – FAI / IRF

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'Why allow it to continue?' & other writings by Kevan Thakrar, CSC prisoner (UK)

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Since my arrival at Wakefields Close Supervision Centre (CSC), I have experienced something unlike any other prison in the pure extent of the blatant racism which is encouraged by prison officers. Benefits and bonuses are given to racist prisoners, whilst others are kept in total isolation from each other and there is little action which can be taken against the culprits.

For several weeks now the racist Islamaphobic prisoner Nathan Livesy from Manchester has been the main perpetrator of these attacks. Currently undergoing an assessment for his suitability for selection onto the CSC system following slashing another prisoners face at HMP Manchester, and expulsion from Ashworth High security hospital due to his predatory behaviour, Livesy is looking for any way possible to please his captors. He has taken to squirting urine and spitting out of the window onto the ethnic minorities which the officers deliberately place in the exercise cage directly adjacent to his cell, as well as continuously abusing them whilst the officers stand by laughing. Having made open threats to “kill the first Muslim” he sees, Livesy believes he will be returned to normal location in order to carry out his plan.
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Statement from Eco-Prisoner Marius Mason for the Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity January 22nd 2016 (USA)

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Happy New Year, Family and Friends! Many, many thanks for so much support and care over this year from both long-standing friends and new pen pals. I feel very grateful and am always humbled by the encouragement and resources sent my way by folks who are doing so much already to increase our collective chances for survival. The news has been full of stories about someone winning the big money pool that has accumulated for the US Lotto – but the most important “win” has nothing to do with money. I am betting on the movement to win big this year: in getting more control over their communities and defending against police brutality and racial inequality, in winning more victories for animal and in the defense of wild spaces, in creating social relations based on respect, dignity and compassion for all people… irregardless of their race, orientation, creed or gender presentation. (more…)

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An Appeal For Support of Kevan Thakrar – Written by John Bowden (UK)

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Investigating division and conflict amongst the poorest and most oppressed as a means of control has always been a favoured strategy of the ruling class and within it’s prisons (the laboratories of oppression) where the most disempowered experience naked repression the weapon of divide and conquer is sometimes used with murderous effect.

Within the British prison system there exist prisons within prisons, places of concentrated repression where “troublemakers” and those who fight back are sent to be broken, and where those who inflict the repression encourage prisoners to take the rage created by that repression out on each other, thereby generating an unending cycle of violence, which is used to justify the use of even greater repression. (more…)

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Letter by Anarchist Comrade Gabriel Pombo Da Silva (Spain)

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016



via actforfree:

‘While there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.’ Eugene Debs

Comrades!

Today I’m in high spirits (you know our life is not a straight line, nor constant, or static…), and those who know me personally know that I have a pretty black a sense of humour (what ‘scandalizes’ others makes me smile, etc. …) almost cynically (especially when it comes to talking about/describing facts to do with the ‘Law’, ‘Rights’, the ‘Authorities’, etc. …); because these are ‘things’ that I can’t take seriously (even though my life is wrapped up in all that), no matter how serious these ‘things’ are.

So I’m writing informally with a smile on my face (even if I’m talking about serious ‘things’) because a sense of humour is one of the ‘things’ that has always kept me ‘struggling on’. I can’t help feeling surprised when I hear/see parlour politicians filling their mouths with words/concepts such as ‘we live by the Rule of law’, ‘we are all equal before the law’, etc. The ‘Spanish Trademark’ (as they now call it) doesn’t know what Democracy is (considering that I’m not democratic either); the Law is a ‘mino-cracy’ and only serves the interests of the caste (I like this about the caste, because that’s what we’ve got in this Country), and those of us who don’t laugh at their jokes are all ‘anti-system’. Does anyone have any doubt about it? (more…)

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Villabona, Spain – June 2015, words from anarchist comrades Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

AGAINST REPRESSION… NOT EVERYTHING GOES
The State uses different strategies to eliminate its enemies and anyone who raises their voice to criticize the established order.

It wants to eliminate and eradicate all initiatives of rebellion; for this purpose it can rely on a powerful judicial apparatus which holds a wide punitive spectrum, ranging from light sentences, which in general result in fines or suspended sentences, to the use of harder instruments, including the wild card of the Antiterrorism Law, a card frequently played at power’s game table. For anyone who sees prison as an eventuality in the struggle against dominion, we observe how the current political context tends to make this more likely for many others: there are many who don’t know if they’ll wake up in a cell tomorrow, and we who are already inside don’t know how long we’ll be in here. At times the situation becomes confused as we are faced with a machine of repression set in motion by its own paranoia and hallucinations; and ultimately this is one of the many ways of exercising power. The rapidity of several police operations in succession adds to the confusion, especially as the charges are often ‘imaginary’, and everything goes with the spectacularization made by the media of Power. Whoever exercises and supports domination will never understand our antiauthoritarian tension, because they try to place us within their line of reasoning. (more…)

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Letter by CCF member Panagiotis Argirou on the occasion of the nearing end of the Phoenix Project trial (Greece)

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

TO ALL COMRADES WHOSE ACTS HAVE GIVEN ME MOMENTS OF FREEDOM

“Only in those moments when our tension for freedom encounters with praxis do we really 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 at stake, inevitably we end up confronting the hardness that’s inherent in the struggle: death and prison.”
Nicola Gai; anarchist comrade held prisoner in Italy, who has assumed responsibility for his participation in the attack claimed by Olga Cell of FAI-FRI (the shooting of Roberto Adinolfi, the chief executive of Ansaldo Nucleare)

Shortly before the end of the trial of the 4th consecutive case against the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, and against me personally as an anarchist who has assumed responsibility for his participation in the CCF, I’d like to say some things not to the court, but rather to all comrades whose action gave impetus and substance to the Phoenix Project.

For obvious reasons, all imprisoned members of the CCF saluted the comrades of Sole–Baleno Cell (a cell of sympraxis between Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and Consciousness Gangs), a gesture which initially cost us our prosecution for incitement [in Greek, moral instigation] to 4 Acts of the Phoenix Project: explosive attack on personal vehicle of the Koridallos prison director in Athens, explosive attack on personal vehicle of a chief warden serving at Nafplion prison, incendiary attack on a hotel unit in Indonesia, and parcel-bomb mailing to a former commander of the antiterrorist police unit in Athens.

The competent authorities realised in hindsight that the accusation of inciting the attack in Indonesia, claimed by Anger Unit/International Conspiracy for Revenge FAI/IRF, would never stand up in court, so the particular charges were dropped even before the stage of court proceedings.

However, as far as the other attacks are concerned, I am offended by the incitement charges brought against me, because as an anarchist I abhor hierarchical relationships of any level; on the other hand, these charges help me understand that domination feels threatened when anarchist guerillas, even from a position of captivity, seek to make their mark and connect with the struggle outside the prison walls by saluting the hostilities waged by their comrades. Domination feels threatened when it realises that the condition of incarceration is not nearly enough to crush the combative energy of anarchist prisoners. This alone is enough for entire indictments for incitement to attacks to be drafted. In no case, however, is it enough to break my morale and my will to connect myself with all comrades holding a combative position. (more…)

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"I do not regret anything…" : Political declaration of Christos Tsakalos for the third CCF trial (Greece)

Friday, December 25th, 2015

On Thursday, November 5th, I’m asked to apologize to the first court conducted for 2.5 years now against the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire . It is the trial for the 250 attacks of the organization.

In a courtroom inside the prison, full of judges, cameras, cops, secret police, anti-terror police, a few relatives and even fewer friends and comrades, they judge the actions of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

But how to fit in a room of a few square meters our actions that tried to challenge the wise and obedient history of our time…

An action which interrupted the eternal sleep of quiet ’peaceful’ people for several nights, agitated through the explosion of the enslaved silences of the metropolis and with our proclamations denied the rules of a life where the bosses’ violence is always present and we are constantly absent…

Through our attacks, we wanted to smash the tyranny of a brutal reality. We intend to overturn the balance of terror of a mechanically routine life. We tried to cancel the compromise with the death of caused by the wage slavery, the technological control, the boredom and empty relationships.

We wanted to make war with the “peace” of the banks, the judges, the rich, the cops, the fascists, the journalists, the politicians, but also with the “peaceful” citizens who instead of crying out, and being enraged and act, they’re hiding in resignation and grow old along with their furniture … These “peaceful” and law-abiding citizens are the most responsible of all, because through their “quietness” they allow ugliness to rule our lives. (more…)

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Contribution by 'Sin Banderas, Ni Fronteras' for Black December (Chile)

Friday, December 25th, 2015

FROM CHILE, FROM BLACK ANARCHY, SHARING SOME EXPERIENCES.

Since the democratic state dismantled and wiped out the leftist armed
struggle organizations which continued operating once the dictatorship
ended in the early 90s, there have been the ideas and practices of
horizontality and direct action from revolutionary autonomous
environments and related to anarchy – and also the Mapuche resistance,
which have positioned themselves as protagonists of radical struggle
against Capital, the State and authority in Chile.

We have decided to be involved with strength, conviction and engagement to
fight against all forms of authority. Some of us have previously gone
through various practices and anti-capitalist speeches, but it has been
the practice and reflections emanating which have led us to consider
ourselves as anarchic individuals, denying every “ism” and claiming the
anti-authoritarian character of anarchy as the essence of the struggle
against domination.

We have forged our struggle’s identity going through a path that is drawn
both from our own experience and other comrades’ in different times and
places. In this journey we do not deny even a small part, but on the
contrary, we think each step is a part of a radical but always
unfinished learning process that interests us to put into dialogue with
other related comrades around the world. And we know very well what we
do not want, neither leaders nor vanguard organizations or specialists;
neither bourgeois nor popular power. (more…)

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“A Little Bit of So Much Me” : Letter from Casey Brezik (USA)

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

What’s up comrades?! Good to see you’ve taken at least a vague interest in my support site. I appreciate that. Some people might already know who I am, either through correspondence or possibly because they were unfortunate enough to have known me in the past, before I caught this case. Lol. For those of you who don’t know me, or haven’t heard from me in so long, I want to make this post for you. I want to tell you who I am now because, like everyone, I too have grown and matured through time. Hopefully, I’ll continue to do so.

Currently, I’m serving 12 years for a botched/failed assassination attempt on Governor Jay Nixon’s life. I’ll spare the details for my next post. For now, it’s only relevant that I’m serving 85% of those 12 years and will be eligible for parole in November 2020. Five years from now. (more…)

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'My first experiences in Istanbul' by Abu Al Braa, Syrian refugee (Turkey)

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

24/11/2015

MY FIRST EXPERIENCES IN ISTANBUL

THE LIFE OF A SYRIAN REFUGEE IN TURKEY HAS NO VALUE

It happens that the conditions inside the refugee camps in Syria are very very bad. Even the simplest needs of life cannot be satisfied since there is no clean water or good food or cloth to protect us from the winter. There is not enough heat inside the nylon tents where 10 or more people live. The situation is worsening every day.

That’s the reason why they decided to seek shelter elsewhere and leave the refugee camps in Syria. So they decided to enter into Turkish territory as refugees, believing that the living conditions in Turkey where better. But unfortunately it was not for the best but for the worst. Because in Turkey they don’t have the most basic human rights, just because they are refugees and not tourists. Turkish factory owners started to exploit them, taking advantage of their situation of extreme need for a piece of bread. This is how the Syrian worker in Turkey can work up to 16 hours a day and most of the days of the week in exchange for a piece of bread and the house rent.

Their wage is less than that of the Turkish worker. They have no health insurance to be covered from accidents. To make things worst the unions don’t organize them.

The factory owners take advantage of this and use the government and the police. The refugees are arbitrary detained.

Here in Turkey, in Istanbul, we saw with our own eyes what happened with 2 young Syrian refugees who were detained under the bogus charge of committing theft. They spent 40 days in prison suffering beatings, tortures, humiliation and starvation. They lived the brutality of the Turkish police.

This is how Turkey receives the Syrian refugees.

Abu Al Braa, co-author of the book “Syria Under Fire”

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Report from a Correspondent of the 'Brigade León Sedov' (Syria)

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Correspondent in Syria – 7 November of 2015

The true cause of the Syrian genocide: A civil war of exploiters and plunderers of Syria against the Syrian people, which has already been held for 4 years, to punish and to massacre the hungry who fight for bread.

As winter arrives, the price of the dollar increases, wage sinks and millions are without a job and become refugees…

The bombs continue to fall on us… but resistance does not surrender

EITHER WE DIE OF HUNGER OR FIGHT TO LIVE

Thus it was from 2011, when we, the oppressed and exploited rebelled for bread and freedom.

From the Syrian resistance, Declaration of the Brigade Leon Sedov

Little by little the autumn cold is paving way to the harsh winter in a Syria massacred by the holy alliance between Putin, the Ayatollahs, Hezbollah, and Bashar, blessed by the Pope and under Obama’s orders.

However we are facing not only bombs from NATO, Russia and Bashar which never cease to fall on our heads and those of our families; now also the scourge of a harsh winter is looming, aggravated by the sharp shortage of food, the high cost of living that has been imposed today in our cities and towns -reduced almost to rubble- and a total or partial power failure and the scarce provision of something elemental as it is the drinking water and water for hygiene and irrigation. (more…)

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Texto de compañeras en prisión a 5 años del asesinato de 81 presos en la cárcel de San Miguel (Chile)

Friday, December 11th, 2015

A 5 años del asesinato de 81 cabrxs en una prisión del Estado Chileno
(San Miguel).

Hoy nos parece necesario transmitir nuestros pensamientos y sentires
para combatir la prisión y el olvido hoy desde nuestra realidad.

Día a día las prisiones ejecutan el asesinato de millones de seres en el
mundo. Vivir dentro de las jaulas de la humanidad significa tortura
constante. La institución carcelaria como una estructura social, mental,
y física concreta el propósito del Estado de mantener su actual sistema
de dominación, legitimando a través de ella la lógica del poder, en la
cual el Estado se alza como protector de una ciudadanía pasiva que
contribuye en su mantención y existencia sin jamás cuestionarla.
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'Black December' by Sean Swain (USA)

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

From seanswain.org:

Black December is coming, and none too soon. We’ve hashed out our theories and we’ve analyzed our reality, we know what kind of future we want and what we are going to have to tear apart in order to get it. The time for philosophizing and talking it out has ended and we face the inevitable moment of conflict with the forces of control and conformity and subjugation.

December really is the perfect starting point, here in the U.S. anyway. It’s the darkest month of the year, the most non-daylight hours to carry our acts of resistance and rebellion. Also, in the cold, everyone wears ski masks. So, a rebel about to strike a Walmart or a police car or some fascist administrator’s house doesn’t look quite as conspicuous as he or she might look in, say, July or August in the same gear.

Having read the Black December proposals, I would like to speak to those who are, so far, paralyzed by fear and skepticism, who still don’t believe that we can undertake radical, militant actions against the common enemy, that political violence even of the clandestine variety is doomed, and that it’s okay to “play” at being anarchists, but it’s foolhardy for us to put our proverbial money where our mouths are. (more…)

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