Posts Tagged ‘Raids’
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Since Saturday 9th of November, following the police raid at a man’s home, which has been his declared residence for many years, this man and one more, a persecuted fighter and political prisoner in the past, have been incarcerated in the cells of the Greek state, facing heavy charges. The regime’s propaganda media, which take on the job of spreading the scenarios of the repression mechanisms, portray the two arrested as well as myself as members of the armed organization Revolutionary Self Defense, who have been preparing, according to the suspicions of the “counter”-terrorist agency, new attacks. Starting from these arrests and with the added excuse of the search for me, the state has unleashed a mass operation of terrorism against anarchists and the wider social movement. Such efforts, which are pillars of the timeless counter-revolutionary strategy of the rulers, have been dealt with several times by the movement, by its stamina, its broad solidarity and by continuing and intensifying the struggle. Being at the epicenter of this operation I ought to make a public statement about my political stance and the characteristics of the regime’s current aggression that is directed against society and the movement.
In addition, the condition of the two imprisoned persons (who are now political prisoners since they are persecuted in the framework of such an operation), my personal responsibilities, and justice urge me to speak publicly about the real background of the facts.
By definition, an organization of armed resistance needs arms. However, the weapons by themselves do not constitute an organization. Even a weapon that has been identified as a tool of a specific organization and which, as such, carries a symbolic value on top of the practical capacity of every weapon, is not sufficient, by itself, to maintain an organization of political activity. Rather, what is necessary is a collective body that carries on the public presence of the organization through its deeds.
It is an objective fact that the organization Revolutionary Self Defense has been inactive for years. By reading its public texts and particularly its specific political goals, one comes to the undoubted conclusion that for a long period the particular organization has abandoned its field of struggle. For sure, there has not been a lack of occasions to act. The capitalist aggression has been ceaselessly intensified, by all governments. The subordinate classes are sucked dry for the sake of the banking system for over a decade. Killings continue at the hands of state murderers and bosses. Just like the police murders of Zak Kostopoulos and Ebuka Mamasubek, or the indirect killings of prisoners in the prisons and of migrants at the borders and in the concentration camps. Squats, which comprise the open bases of the anti-capitalist movement, spaces in which the world of solidarity, equality and freedom is built here and now, are receiving one attack after the next from the beginning of the SYRIZA government until today. Throughout the globe, the oppressed are revolting and fighting, having to face the murderous counter revolutionary state mechanisms. In Latin America, anarchists and indigenous peoples are abducted and executed by order of multinational companies. (more…)
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
On November 9th, 2019, an anti-terrorist operation led to two arrests, charging them with robbery and involvement in a terrorist organization. At the same time, authorities are looking for another comrade in order to give him the same accusations, while arresting a close female comrade on lesser charges.
FREEDOM TO THE THREE COMRADES CHARGED.
STRENGTH TO THE COMRADE WANTED FOR THE SAME CASE.
Message from anarchist comrade Vangelis Stathopoulos from the GADA central anti-terrorist headquarters:
Once again I find myself in GADA accused of acts that do not concern me and in fact it is because I have not stopped fighting against the state and power. The scenarios elaborated by the counter-terrorism do not bother me. I will continue to fight steadfast either outside or inside the prisons.
Vangelis Stathopoulos – GADA dungeon
Monday, October 14th, 2019
On October 4th, 2019, at dawn, the Genoa ROS (special operations of carabinieri) turned up at the homes of two comrades in Genoa with search warrants. They went back to one of them on October 10th to seize material they had forgotten – a computer, two modems, an USB key, a paper draft of this writing.
The warrant reads: “under investigation for offences concerning articles 110, 423, 270bis, committed in Genoa on July 30th, 2019”. [Articles of the Italian penal code that correspond to: “participation in the same crime”, “fire” and “subversive association with the purpose of terrorism or subversion of the democratic order”].
Debriefing Text of the Open Assembly of Squats, Collectives, Internationalists, Migrants and Solidarians (Athens, Greece)
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
DEBRIEFING TEXT OF THE OPEN ASSEMBLY OF SQUATS, COLLECTIVES, INTERNATIONALISTS, MIGRANTS AND SOLIDARIANS
This text is a debrief of the actions of the open assembly from its beginning right after the evacuation of four squats in Exarchia on 26/8 until the demo of 14/9, where four arrests took place.
The evictions of 26/8 were not left unanswered, as hundreds of comrades made a spontaneous demo from Exarchia to Psyrri. The next day, the assembly calls for a solidarity gathering at the courtrooms for the three arrested people of Gare, and, the afternoon, for a solidarity gathering for the detained migrants in Petrou Ralli.
On 29/8 we made a solidarity rally in front of Mpoumpoulinas migrant housing squat, while the next morning at 4am the squat began to be barricaded and solidarians started gathering outside, acting as a bulwark against a possible eviction. On Saturday, August 31st, the assembly supported the march around Exarchia with a bloc of its own. The next action was to break the blockade around the steki of anarchist immigrants with a support rally and hanging a banner. Next, in preparation for the march against state repression on 14/9 at Propylaia, four kinds of posters, calls and texts in five different languages were printed, and then posted and given out in neighborhoods, universities, schools and squats. Actions culminated with the informational intervention of a hundred comrades at the hip-hop festival in Technopoli, Gazi, on 6/9.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
On Friday, September 20, 2019, the notorious executioners of the Turin police headquarters went back to work directing their puppets in various cities to carry out three arrests, order 11 proibitions of abode and overturn several houses.
The charges are specific to this damn system. Having expressed anger and dissent over the arrests of comrades in Turin and against the eviction of Asilo Occupato [operation “Scintilla”, February 7, 2019] translates into the allegations of resistance, injury and damage [for the demonstration on February 9, in Turin].
The three comrades arrested are currently in the “Le Vallette” prison, where solidarity has already been heard with a roaring greeting.
The addresses to make us feel again are:
Ammanuel Francesco Rezzonico
C. C. “Lorusso e Cotugno”
via Adelaide Aglietta 35
Updates will follow and in the meantime… let initiatives abound!
Greece: Every Hour RIOT, Every Day Demonstration – Update on the evolving conflict in Exarcheia, Athens
Saturday, August 31st, 2019
We provide an update on recent events in Exarcheia, Athens, following the beginning of the first major repressive attack upon the squats by minions of the Greek state, ordered by Prime Minister Mitsotakis* and the far-right New Democracy party that begun on 26th August. Below follows a text released on Athens Indymedia:
On the morning of 28th August, around 02:30, a group of 30 anarchists, attacked MAT at Tositsa/Trikoupi streets with molotovs.
The attack happened as two groups of comrades: the first group of comrades attacked MAT from Tsamadou street and burned them in Tositsa street, while the cops were next to the squatted steki of anarchist immigrants. (more…)
Thursday, August 29th, 2019
The first major repressive attack against Exarcheia by the far-right wing New Democracy Party began on the morning of August 26, as police arrested 143 people from four different anarchist and refugee squats.
The following are English translations of statements by the German-language website The Hydra World and Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (Revolutionary Anarchist Action), an anarchist group, based in Turkey.
The Attack Has Begun – First Evictions of Squats in Exarcheia
The first wave of attack against autonomous life in Exarcheia is part of a massive plan to transform the area into the Montmartre of Athens… an operation that is scheduled to take five years. At the end of the tunnel is the successful construction of the Exarcheia Metro Station. Intermediate stations along the way to this are the eviction of squats, the expulsion of refugees and the enforcement of full police control over Exarcheia. To support the police actions, an intervention force was formed from various parts of the city administration – from cleanliness to environment to city infrastructure. Graffiti is to be removed, smart lanterns installed and the dismantling of “Anarchy in Exarcheia” organized. (more…)
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
This morning [20/7], the cops of the LKA 5.21 unit under the command of Kranich raided Liebig34. Unusual was the saturday, unusual the mix of units from different departments. New were a few civil cop faces, not new: the repression.
The reason for this raid was probably stones thrown from the house during the last few weeks. After the cops collected stones from the Dorfplatz around 2:30 this morning, they obtained a court order and search warrant to search part of our house and returned around 6:30 a.m.. They came through the backyard and the front door, sawed the doors and barris, picked them up and thus forcibly gained access to our project. A lawyer was quickly on the scene and was able to observe and testify. Altogether the cops were about three hours in the house, having searched officially and intensively three connected rooms and the attic. They also snooped around in unlocked private rooms, tore posters from the walls, knocked over furniture, cut internet cables and destroyed windows. (more…)
Monday, July 22nd, 2019
Received Saturday 20 July
This morning 6:30, the police broke into Liebig34 to search evidence and DNA in one room. The reason is an attack with stones against repression forces on Friday night. Soon after many riot police vans and a helicopter arrived, a barricade was burning in Rigaer Street. After some hours police left, no one was arrested. There is a call for resistance tonight and solidarity actions. More info as it comes.
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
At the beginning of the year everybody were shocked by “Network case” in Russia where anarchists were tortured and detained. According to the FSB, a chapter of the “Network” also operated in Belarus. The KGB hasn’t publicly reacted to this statement, however, we noticed increased efforts to recruit youth associated with the anarchist movement in different parts of Belarus.
At the beginning of February 2018, the KGB started investigating a regional educational organisation Critical Thinking. One of the volunteers was summoned to an informal chat via phone – previously he had been detained together with Russian anarchist Piotr Ryabov and sentenced to a fine for “public display of Nazi symbols” and the confiscation of his hard drive. At the same time, his mother was called for an informal conversation. Several friends of this volunteer were picked up by the police, questioned and later released. The police was interested in the activity of Critical Thinking, as well as attempted to force people to sign cooperation papers.
On February 8, the anti-extremist police in Mogilev visited parents of an activist. They were asking about their child’s activity, her political interests and so on. The flat was searched with a warrant issued under a criminal case initiated in 2017, when red paint was spilt on Lenin’s statue in the city. The raid happened in one more flat of parents of another activist. This activist was considered a witness on the same criminal case . (more…)
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
[In English and Italian language, below Italian version].
[In inglese e italiano, sotto la versione italiana].
During the night and the morning of Tuesday, February 19, 2019, seven anarchists were arrested in various places in Trentino (Italy): Agnese, Giulio, Nico, Poza, Rupert, Sasha, Stecco. One person (Sasha) was placed under house arrest while all the others were imprisoned in various prisons. The main accusations are “subversive association for the purpose of terrorism and subversion of the democratic order” (article 270bis of the penal code) and “terrorist attack” (article 280 of the penal code), with reference to some direct actions that took place in Trentino during the last few years. Other offenses of which they are accused are: “interruption of public service”, “damage”, “sabotage of telematic devices”, “fire” and “transport of exploding material”. (more…)
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
On the 6th of December, police and Ukrainian Security Forces arrested and searched anarchists in Kyiv, Lviv and Dnipro.
In Kiev, police searched the residence of Sergey Kovalenko (name and last name are changed). Sergey was not at home at that time. Law enforcement officers asked the mother of the activist to recognize her son on the video with the beating of Dmytro Verbych, former member of neo-nazi group C14, that happened on the 2d of May. Earlier, in April 2018, Sergey and her wife Svetlana (name is changed) were arrested during the action of solidarity with workers of Mykolaiv Shipbuilding factory. Also, police searched and interrogated animal rights and eco-activist Anna Luhova (name is changed). Anna was threatened with opening of a criminal case (296, 187, 263 of Ukrainian Criminal Code – hooliganism, brigandage, and illegal weapon possession), if she refuse to give information about members of the anarchist movement in Ukraine. (more…)
Monday, July 2nd, 2018
Several people were charged with illegal usage of forest resources and distribution of extremist materials after political police with support of task forces attacked an informal anarchist encounter. Around 20 participants were at the camping site at that point.
On Saturday 30 June special task force of police attacked the camp shooting into the air. After a few minutes all the activists were forced on the ground by a crowd of people armed with machine guns and shotguns. They were accompanied by chiefs in plain clothes but wearing masks. When anarchists started asking about the reasons for this circus one of the cops said that they had a report that somebody was illegally cutting trees in the area and shooting in the forest. Other cops were answering, “you are not stupid, you understand yourself why you are here”.
Tents were searched for illegal materials. Merchandise from several groups was confiscated under the pretext of distribution of extremist materials. All activists were put on their knees and filmed by the cops. (more…)
Sunday, October 29th, 2017
According to info via Athens IMC, comrade Kostantino Y. has been arrested and is suspected by the security forces of being involved in the letter-bomb attack against technocrat ex-prime minister and IMF employee Loukas Papadimos which took place in May 2017. The attack led to deep wounds to Papadimos and injuries to two other people accompanying him inside the vehicle he was in. Papadimos was hospitalised for a month.
The hostage comrade was inflicted an injury to his leg early Saturday morning during his violent kidnapping by the counter-terror unit. Apparently Kostantino is going to be charged with many felonies. Today he will be taken to the investigating judge where there will be a concentration in solidarity at the court.
This repressive action by state forces won’t go unanswered and comrades in the struggle internationally should be aware of this latest move.
Corporate media reported from the police that Kostantino had been under surveillance for two weeks before being caught carrying eight forged ID cards, two guns, ammunition, an explosive device rigged with a timer and gunpowder in three hold-alls, a plastic garbage bag and a fanny pack. The police spread in the media also that the comrade was clearing out a safe house rented in a false identity. The police suspect him of links to Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and implicated him in several unsolved letter-bomb actions including the attack against German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. It doesn’t matter if Kostantino Y. is guilty or innocent of the charges, no comrade is left alone!
Solidarity to Kostantino G: 29/10 19:00 Polytechnic Athens
OPEN ASSOCIATION OF SOLIDARITY TO KOSTANTINO Y.
Day / Time: 29/10/2017 at 7 pm
Location: EXARCHIA / GINI
OPEN ASSOCIATION OF SOLIDARITY IN KOSTANTINO Y. FIRST CASUAL INFORMATION. ALL THERE. NO COMRADE IN THE HANDS OF THE STATE.
On the raids against anarchist spaces in Brazil and on the internationalization of the anarchic offensive against repression in the Southern Cone (Chile)
Friday, October 27th, 2017
Chile / Brazil: Solidarity Is Action
As has been reported in some media and blogs, at dawn on October 25th in Brazil the civil police of Rio Grande do Sul invaded anarchist spaces and homes in the context of an investigation into attacks on banks, police stations, car dealerships and headquarters of political parties carried out by anarchists over the last four years in Porto Alegre.
All of this occurred on the eve of the 8th Annual Anarchist Book Fair in Porto Alegre, that was scheduled to begin on the 27th of October but has now been cancelled until further notice in light of the events that have taken place.
The police have named this new repressive coup against anarchists ‘Operation Erebo’. In Greek mythology, Erebus (blackness) was a primordial god of darkness and shadow. (more…)