Posts Tagged ‘Repression’
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
325 receives and transmits:
The US-Justice System is Seeking Revenge
This week, on the basis of press agency information, ND (“Neues Deutschland”) reported that a “wanted criminal” – wanted since breaking out of a US prison – had been apprehended in Portugal. George Pumphrey, a US-American with French citizenship, living in Berlin, knows the “criminal” George Wright. Roland Etzel interviewed Pumphrey.
?? Where did you first encounter George Wright?
It was in Paris. I had fled to Paris because of political and racist persecution in my country. George Wright, along with four other Afro-Americans had hijacked a jetliner from the USA to Algeria and later came to Paris. A French underground organization, that aided national liberation movements in the “Third World”, had supported us, which is how we met. (more…)
George Wright, a Murderer? A closer look at the Plea-Bargaining aspect of the US Judicial System (USA)
Friday, December 9th, 2011
By George Pumphrey, Berlin, Germany.
Many news articles had an aura of the “spectacular” in their reporting on Portugal’s arrest of the Portuguese citizen, Jose Luis Jorge Dos Santos (George Wright), at the request of the US government for consideration of his extradition to the United States. The articles placed their accent on the arrest of a “convicted murderer,” who had been a fugitive for 41 years.
Portuguese police arrested Jose Luis Jorge Dos Santos, earlier known as George Wright, September 26, 2011. In 1970, after serving eight of a 15 – 30 year sentence, Wright, along with three other inmates escaped from the Bayside minimum security prison facility in Leesburg N.J. According to the media, US officials are allegedly seeking to have Wright return “to serve the remainder of a 15- to 30-year jail sentence for the killing of Walter Patterson,” during a 1962 gas station hold-up in New Jersey. (One must add “allegedly,” because the media quotes no specific US official alleging that this is the sole or even the main reason for their seeking his return.)
In 1972, Wright, and 4 other Afro-American (taking along 3 children), hijacked a Delta Airlines flight from the USA to Algeria with a ransom of $1,000,000 destined for the foreign section of the Black Panther Party, based in Algiers at the time. (more…)
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Translated from informa-azione.
From terrorists to repugnant individuals, the words used by the press to describe anarchists may change but the substance of the police operations against them remains the same. In a time when growing social uneasiness is swinging between the possibility to stir conflicts against those responsible for total exploitation and the risk of generating a great number of little wars among the poor, it is important for politicians and bosses to spread the idea that those who oppose the misery of the present are worthless madcap people who are threatening everybody’s ‘security’. (more…)
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Note: Read this as well.
Obviously, the timing is not accidental, since the probability of upcoming mobilisations is festering in the prison society, because of the increased austerity measures and cuts on items of basic needs.
Comrade G.Polydoros was taken to Halkida prisons. There remaining consistent with his dignity he denied the humiliating strip search the prison-guards wanted to apply and right now he is in isolation (for the fourth time in the 7 months since that he has been imprisoned).
Comrade D.Bolano was taken to Trikala prisons, where there is also the comrade-member of C.C.F. Haris Hadjimihelakis. The two comrades demanded the obvious, to be in the same wing. At that moment their demand was not accepted and Damiano denied to enter any other wing resulting in him being taken temporarily (according to what the service said) to isolation.
Naturally, the two comrades are not going to sit with their fingers crossed… The publicization of the conditions of the imprisoned members of C.C.F. is simply the first step of a move. A move that hovers above the heads of those in charge of the “correctional system” like an axe going around… and around… and around…
P.S.: As well on 11/11 we were informed that comrade Rami Syrianos is also in isolation in Diavata prisons, where he was transferred suddenly. During the search he defended his dignity resulting in the prison-guards taking him to the public prosecutor of the prisons for disciplinary defiance.
At the same time, December 5th has been set for his trial concerning the armed expropriation of a governmental institute for which he has proudly taken the responsibility.
WE STAND NEXT TO THE ANARCHIST PRISONERS THAT HONOUR THEIR CHOICES INSIDE PRISON
SOLIDARITY – RESPECT – DIGNITY
In solidarity for the case of the R.O. C.C.F.
Tags: Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Damiano Bolano, Giorgos Polydoros, Greece, Haris Hadjimihelakis, Prison Transfer, Repression
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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Roughly translated from Liberacion Total.
On Friday 28 October, our comrade Cristobal Franke (“Mono”), was beaten by three prison guards.
The situation occurred around 16:45 pm, Mono was dozing in his cell when the bastards entered carrying out a search. When one of them asked if he had something of value, Cristobal says “yes”, “their money”. The guards replied without humour by beating Mono and throwing him down a flight of stairs. (more…)
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
This important call-out for revolutionary solidarity with the struggle in Indonesia has been translated into several languages which can be found on the website Contra-Info, in Greek, Spanish, Italian, French, German and Portuguese.
October 7, 2011. At 2 am, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) ATM Bank in Sleman, Yogyakarta, is set on fire. The fire causes an explosion in the unit which destroys the premises. The sabotage is just one more instance of resistance in a country which is destroying it’s trees, mountains and coastlines for profit whilst oppressing its people.
Now 3 people are arrested [2 remain -Eat & Billy-, the third was released]. They are all accused of being involved in damaging the bank. We are not interested in finding out if the prisoners are “guilty” or not, nor of the extent of their “crime”. We will leave such speculation to the inquisitors and their servants in the press. We don’t need to know the details of the entire situation to know that as long as the state and the banks get rich from exploitation, there will always be those who will go against their power and refuse to collaborate. It is enough that these people are imprisoned, to wish that not just their prison, but every prison ceases to exist. “Crime” is no food on the table and the bosses taking the lion’s share. “Crime” is clear-cut forests and mining companies who beat and kill who they like with the help of the police. Freedom is fighting back and reclaiming your life from oppression.
What we know is that Indonesia is a regime which is propped up by western capitalists and militarists. It is a nation which tortures and massacres its opposition, like every state that can get away with it where it can.
Kulon Progo is a farming area near Yogyakarta, and in 2005 Jogja Magasa Mining and Indomines metal industries wanted to take the land for their industry. The farmers there didn’t give their land to the industrial company because they didn’t want nature to be destroyed by them. Many times the farmers tried to solve this without any riots, but it’s not working. Now they are ready to defend their lives.
It started when the company paid 300 people to destroy the houses of farmers and all the plants there.
It made all the farmers get angry and also lots of other people besides. Human dignity and nature just colonized by money, and there will never be any help to let the farmers survive. The police just covered up the people who were attacking the farmers because the company paid off the police. A typical story.
Tukijo was a farmer who was arrested and imprisoned just because he was vocal in the demonstrations against this situation. The people in Indonesia have made many activities around this matter : demonstrations, articles, movies, graffiti and property damage against the profiteering companies.
The farmers and the people of Kulon Progo, Pandang Raya, West Papua, Bima and elsewhere, are appealing for international solidarity and complicity in their struggle alongside the anarchists and anti-capitalists, who are all against the violent terror of the Indonesian bosses, their paid murderers and corporate backers. Don’t let them fight alone!
In accordance with the wishes of the farmers, we demand the land is given back to the farmers and freedom for our friends who are in prison because of this.
The State-Corporations-Military-Police are the Terrorists!
Freedom for Tukijo and those accused of attacking the BRI ATM Bank!
A few anarchists in solidarity.
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
Capital of Russia experienced 11 luxury car arsons as well as attack on police
department parking lot that saw 2 police cruisers torched.
While no concrete anarchist group took responsibility for recent string of arsons, police and media have already blamed them on anarchists, as has frequently (and sometimes unjustly) been the case in Russia.
Wide acceptance and mimicry of anarchist direct action tactics among the populace has pushed government towards repressions against the movement and even some “exemplary arrests”.
Aside from recent arrests of 4 suspected anarchists and an ABC activist, corporate media report two men (who have both served sentences in Russian prisons) captured during one of the arson attempts, although their part is dubious at best: Russian police have a long record of forcing former criminal prisoners to cooperate in covering-up of unsolved crimes, when people already convicted of a crime are “persuaded” to plead guilty in even more crimes.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
On October 4th, 2011, Judge Valderrama announced the latest discharges within the “bombs case”.
The Prosecution solicited the discharges arguing there was a lack of evidentiary support to proceed to trial, in consideration of evidence that had been eliminated during the preliminary hearing.
Finally 13 comrades – and the one miserable informant- were discharged from illicit terrorist association.
Pablo Morales, Rodolfo Retamales, Camilo Peres, Vinicio Aguilera, Diego Morales, Felipe Guerra, Carlos Rivero, Andrea Urzua, Monica Caballero, Francisco Solar, Candelaria Cortez-Monroy, Omar Hermosilla and the filthy collaborator. Candelaria was also absolved of placing an explosive artifact (at Automotora Atal, on March 27th, 2007).
On his part, Cristian Cancino, is awaiting his own independent proceeding.
The Comrades that will be going to trial:
Without the specific charge of “Illicit Terrorist Association”, 5 comrades will be facing the judicial/political proceeding:
Francisco Solar: Accused of three counts of placing an explosive artifact (ANI on January 18th, 2006, State Defense Council on December 21st 2006, and Chilectrica on October 16th, 2007) under law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Mónica Caballero: Accused of placing an explosive artifact (Sacramentos Church on November 21st, 2009) under law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Felipe Guerra: Accused of placing an explosive artifact (School of Gendarmerie on May 22nd, 2009) under law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Omar Hermosilla: Accused of terrorist financing, under article 8 of law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Carlos Rivero: Accused of terrorist financing, under article 8 of law 18.314 (the Anti-terrorist Law).
Moreover, the miserable filthy informant, Gustavo Fuentes Aliaga, is also accused of two counts of placing an explosive artifact (ANI, State Defense Council) under the Anti-terrorist Law.
The trial against our comrades will take place on November 28th, 2011.
CALLING OUT TO EXPRESS SOLIDARITY, & REMEMBER THAT THE TRIAL DOES NOT END WITH THE DISCHARGE OF SOME OF OUR COMRADES.
Because the Bombs Case is not over: END THE ANTI-TERRORIST LAW! END THE POLITICAL TRIALS!! DROP THE CHARGES OF THE FINAL 5 ACCUSED!
Libertad a lxs 14.A.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Follow-up arrest in Moscow after initial detentions of suspected insurrectionary anarchists.
An activist who was organizing a fund-raising event for financial help to arrestees, was brutally detained and subjected to tortures on October the 7th.
Police authorities held him hostage for 1 night (he was repeatedly subjected to beating ups and torture). It appears that pigs were keen on learning more about anarchist infrastructure, namely, Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) and its role in the support of anarchist prisoners.
Lots of questions were asked about recent arrests and connections with arrestees, various autonomous groups and anarchist attacks.
Link in Russian: http://ru.indymedia.org/newswire/display/25531/index.php
– Russian FAI/IRF support group
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Starting Monday, 3 October, the Mossos d’Escuadra, the Catalan police force, began a wave of arrests targeting people as they left their homes. It quickly came out that they had been ordered by the Spanish government in Madrid to arrest all 22 people identified via media photos in connection with the 15 June blockade of the Catalan parliament, in which politicians eventually had to be brought in via helicopter in order to approve the austerity cutbacks. Multiple politicians attempting to enter by car or on foot were insulted, spit on, and even spraypainted.
Since then, the mossos in conjunction with the media had adopted a strategy of demonization, taking advantage of the reformist sectors of the popular movement that naively sought to use a good image in the media to “spread their message” in order to get the movement pacifists to play the role of police and isolate the more radical elements. They avoided making any arrests so as not to unite the movement in solidarity.
Madrid, known for a different style of policing than the Catalan state, changed the rules of the game this October when they ordered the arrests of the troublemakers long-since identified by the Catalan police, thanks to the proliferation of filming at protests. In the first two days of arrests, 10 people were arrested, cited, and given a date to present themselves at the Audiencia Nacional in Madrid, in some cases in as few as three days. By Wednesday, lawyers had obtained the full list of 22 people, and curiously, nearly all of them are anarchists.
Anarchists make up an influential and vocal minority within the popular movement that began occupying Plaça Catalunya on the 15th of May, but they were numerically insignificant among the 200,000 people blockading parliament that day in June, and weren’t even the majority of those at the frontlines, blockading streets with dumpsters and spitting on politicians.
So far, it seems the State will have a hard time succeeding in this attempted repression, as the anarchists are well connected in their neighborhood assemblies and have broad-based support. What’s more, in the intervening months pacifism has largely been abandoned by many sectors of the movement as an undignified, ineffective tool of grassroots politicians.
The first day of the arrests, a spontaneous solidarity demo convened in the evening in Pl. Catalunya, drawing nearly a thousand people. In a rare achievement, the demo took over Las Ramblas, which it left covered in spraypainted slogans of solidarity, and marched on the Generalitat, the seat of the Catalan government, where hundreds of people shouted and vented their rage at the police for half an hour before deconvening. More solidarity actions are planned.
On Thursday, a second solidarity protest was held, this time drawing around 3,000 people who marched on the Interior Ministry, chanting largely anarchist and anti-capitalist slogans.
On Tuesday, 18 of those identified must appear in court in Madrid.
Sunday, October 9th, 2011
On the 28th and 29th of September, 2011, four persons (two young men and two young women) were detained in Moscow, suspected of crimes under statute 213 part 2 (“hooliganism”) and statute 167 part 2 (“property destruction with arson”) of Russian criminal codex. They are suspected of having committed a bomb attack against traffic police station in 22th kilometre of Moscow ringroad 7th of June 2011, and arson against an excavator in construction site of Volokamski motorway 5th of June 2011. Police did not have any proof about participation of the arrested in these actions, and on the 3th of October all of them were released. Goal of the arrests was solely to pressure anarchists to give testimony with means of psychological and physical torture.
Arrests, searches and interrogations were done as a common operation of UGRO (Criminal Investigation Department), FSB (ex-KGB / intelligence service) and Center E (Center for Counteraction Against Extremism). Also fifth search was committed, at home of anarchist K – his home was searched already second time this year Apparently K was not arrested as he managed to contact his lawyer, who was immediately available for interrogations.
During arrests, mobile phones, computers (including those of relatives), digital medium, crossbow, kitchen knives, gasoline container (belonging to father of one of the arrested) were confiscated. Literature and leaflets were confiscated from K. Police claimed in their website, that a molotov cocktail was confiscated as well, but this was misinformation.
A was arrested 28th of September, late in the evening. As he was returning home, three undercover officers who had been hiding in car disguised as paramedics, attacked him. He was taken to a forest by masked officers, who held him at a gunpoint and demanded him to give testimony against himself, and later on he was beaten up. Papers on his arrest were filled only the next day, and officially he was arrested only 29th of September.
29th of September around 9:30 AM, B was arrested. Three undercover cops, who were also hiding in a car disguised as paramedics, jumped her from behind, without presenting any documents. B managed to wound two of them with a knife, but as wounds of the officers were not serious and legality of the arrest method was dubious at least, no charges were pressed against her. B turned 18 years old only few days before the arrests, and police was not hiding the fact that they consciously decided to move forward with the arrests only when B was not underage anymore.
29th of September around 8 PM C was arrested at his home. FSB broke in to his house with help of local police. After arrest, C was also beaten up by the police. Conditions of the arrest of the fourth person are unknown.
According to laws of the Russian federation, maximum period of arrest without a court decision is 48 hours. However, police bypassed these laws illegally by arresting suspected immediately after 48 hours by pressing other charges against them. Even original arrests were filled with false dates. Thus B spent in arrest all together 103 hours, without any court decisions.
Right now, arrested are suspected of two criminal cases, but no charges have been pressed against them. Almost all of them have now lawyers, but funds are much needed for legal costs.
If you want to donate for the lawyer costs, please visit
Besides interrogations on arson and bomb attack, police has launched a wide effort to track down anarchist infrastructure and circle of friends of the arrested. As nobody was officially charged, it is much possible that new arrestes and searches will follow.
Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow
Text written by the three imprisoned members of Revolutionary Struggle about the trial of the organization which will start on October 5, 2011 (Greece)
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
The trial of the organization Revolutionary Struggle, which will begin on October 5, is the continuation of the repressive attack of the State which started in April 2010 with our arrests against the organization Revolutionary Struggle and of course the fighters involved in it.
The main purpose of the arrests, the trial but also the sentences to many years’ imprisonment that will be pronounced by the Special Court, is that the State will be able to eliminate the political threat of Revolutionary Struggle, bend our will to fight, make every fighter and every resisting person think that the political choice of armed action is hopeless, unrealistic and with no prospects.
The challenge for the State is to politically defeat Revolutionary Struggle, to defeat us, who participate in it, to defeat armed struggle and in perspective bend any desire to organize an armed proletarian counter-attack on the regime and its overthrowal and any will for an armed revolutionary attempt. Both the action of Revolutionary Struggle and the repressive policy against it are inseparable from the existing historical context, the persecution, imprisonment, trial and our condemnation concern the elimination of a political force that had and still has as its tactic the undermining of the plans of the economic and political elites to financially destroy the majority of society in the name of getting out of the system’s crisis.
The protection of the economic and political state from a threat such as Revolutionary Struggle and ensuring through repression that no armed revolutionary attempt against it will occur, has become particularly urgent lately now that the Greek State is just about to announce its final bankruptcy while the occupation by the Greek government, the IMF, the ECB and the EU is plunging the country deeper and deeper into the most cruel, brutal form of exploitation and oppression that this country has seen since the second world war.
As part of dealing with Revolutionary Struggle, the arrest and capture of members of the organization, comrades V. Stathopoulos, S. Nikitopoulos and C. Kortesis, who will be tried with us, were also arrested, while comrade K. Katsenas is still in hiding.
As well as the four comrades, who are not involved in the organisation, the State sought to widen the circle of hostaged fighters by going into massive interrogations in October 2010. At the same time they delivered a summons to K. Gourna’s companion, Marie Beracha, who will be tried with us on October 5. The State has involved M. Beracha, making a clear attempt to personally strike comrade K. Gournas, curb his desire for resistance and thereby harm the organization itself.
Despite the fact that the move of massive investigations was unproductive in terms of further prosecutions, it was definitely an opportunity to exercise further pressure on us, since by intimidating a large number of comrades, it aimed at our political isolation from the political milieu to which we belong.
Moreover, our political isolation is always an aim of the State since it is a necessary condition for achieving the final goal in the war conducted against us: our political extermination.
As a result, the attack on Revolutionary Struggle can also be interpreted as the prosecution of other comrades and the targeting of the broader political and interpersonal relations within the anarchist milieu, while a broader effort to intimidate anyone who resists is always an objective of any punitive attack.
During our trial, as members of Revolutionary Struggle who took political responsibility for participating in the organization, we can only have armed struggle as our main and central point of reference.
Our trial will be a field of political confrontation with Capital and the State; it will be a political step to defend the action and positions of our organization, where we will claim that armed struggle is over time an integral part of the revolutionary movement of the struggle and social revolution. That armed struggle is more suitable and necessary than ever, especially under the current conditions of economic crisis and modern totalitarianism that we experience after placing the people under the authority of the international financial elite by violently imposing the agenda of troika, IMF, ECB and EU.
We will defend, as we have already done, comrade L. Foundas, a member of the organization killed in a gunfight with cops during an action of the organization in preparation for an attack against the regime, an attack in accordance with the strategy of Revolutionary Struggle so as to confront the current junta of Capital and State.
As members of Revolutionary Struggle we are consistent in promoting the views and opinions of the organization from the prison and we will do the same in court.
The action and aim of Revolutionary Struggle is associated with the struggle against neoliberal globalization, with a strategy and perspective that sees the current economic crisis and consequent de-validation of the economic and political system in the eyes of the social majority, as a unique opportunity to promote the overthrowal of Capitalism and the State.
All this, which we have mentioned before in texts that we sent out from prison, will emerge in our forthcoming trial.
Within the framework of our political advocacy we made an international call of solidarity calling as political witnesses to our trial comrades who have previously fought in the ranks of armed struggle under different economic, political and social conditions and who have remained adamant and unrepentant concerning their choices and defended their struggles, paying for them with many years in prison.
Our aim is to highlight the continuity of armed struggle through a historical record of the guerrilla, to highlight the necessity and opportuneness of armed struggle as a necessary tool of the revolutionary movement, to highlight that the struggle for freedom and revolution is continuous.
We also believe that there is an imperative need to organize an international revolutionary movement. Very important to our trial is also a statement of solidarity from our comrades witnesses from the anarchist milieu who, as activists operating in other forms of struggle, through their words affirm the unity and diversity of struggling to overthrow power, annulling the divisive dilemmas of the latter such as “legality or illegality” or “mass struggle and armed struggle.” After all, we come from the anarchist milieu and have many years of experience participating in mass events, demonstrations, squats; in clashes in the streets and assemblies, as well as, some of us, experience of participating in collectives and groups.
[We also aim to highlight] the proposals of Revolutionary Struggle such as the destruction of the State and the imperative need for social self-organization and self-management, as recorded through the organization’s proclamations and through the texts written in prison, come from the traditional anarchist movement.
For us, armed struggle is a strategic plan of attack against sovereignty while pursuing the possibility of a social address, with the aim always being the sharpening of the social and class war against the State and Capital, the propaganda of armed proletarian counter-attack to overthrow the system, and social revolution.
Finally, to note that not only our arrest and detention haven’t swayed us, as our pursuers hoped, but that we are stronger than ever.
Also, that in this political battle that we will give in court and despite the years of imprisonment that will be imposed by the straw men of the regime, in the end we are the ones who will be the victors.
The members of Revolutionary Struggle
Pola Roupa, Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis
Tags: Christoforos Kortesis, Kostas Gournas, Lambros Foundas, Maria Beraha, Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa, Repression, Revolutionary Struggle, Sarantos Nikitopoulos, Trial, Vaggelis Stathopoulos
Posted in Prison Struggle
Monday, September 26th, 2011
Luciano ‘Tortuga’ Pitronello, wounded comrade in action, has next been demanded to appear before the court on November 22 2011, for the explosive attack against Santander Bank in Santiago, Chile, June 1 2011.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
For the spreading of action
Anarchist and anti-authoritarian dissidence has grown explosively in Chile since 2004. In the streets, neighbourhoods and universities a presence has increased without a doubt, showing the rejection of authority, State and Capitalism.
In this context many diverse groups have decided to pass to the offensive illegal struggle against the State.
In this optic they have attacked various bank agencies, police stations, churches and amusement centres of the bourgeoisie and the rich with explosive devices.
Each one of the attacks is claimed in political communiques with names of dead fighters we want to remember. They are carefully planned not to hurt or damage anybody, only the structures chosen to be attacked.
This fact is not insignificant, because there is evidence of a precise recognition of what is the enemy, and where it hides itself, not confusing it with anyone. This demonstrates in the long term, a projectuality of struggle and not the simple desire to appear, as happens with militarists drifts, the adrenalin fetish, or ego-driven action.
So, the attacks follow one another, increasing in boldness and complexity over the years. Power is tricked from the very interior of the panoptical city, which is why it is made to feel the hysterical rage sweating out from the ministerial palaces. So the hunt begins, the judicial but also media persecution unfolds. Known anarchists, ex- political prisoners and those who have transformed practical vindicated solidarity into a continuous way of life, are threatened and persecuted by pro-government and official means.
After years of investigations, interception of telephone calls, pursuits, shootings and search points, the diverse police organisms are incapable of finding the people responsible for the attacks.
But one freezing dawn of the month of May was to make the police lighten their step. The 22 of May of 2009, anarchist comrade Mauricio Morales (27 years) is killed. The explosive charge that he was carrying blows up in his hands, killing him in the act.
He was on his way to the gendarmerie school, an institution that has links with the jails of the whole country, directly responsible for the confinement of hundreds of thousands of prisoners.
Following the death of the comrade Mauri the police immediately dart towards his surroundings and circle of comrades. So, the anti-cultural spaces that Mauri visited are pointed at and attacked, the same day and over the following months.
Houses searched, comrades kidnapped, okupas (squats) are evicted and the circles are narrowed. Beyond the accuracy or falsity of the conjectures of power, what is certain is that those with relations of affection and comradeship will be struck and harassed.
Anybody that has shared something with the comrade Mauri and who does not accept remaining in silence as a form of memory, will be immediately swell the list of suspects.
In spite of the adverse context, there are still clenched fists, comrades that do not shut up, that are still not resigned… there are those who smile with each overflowing act of rebelliousness. The pain is terrible, but many attacks change the pain into rage. The permanent scar will remind them every day of the loss of the comrade.
The attacks follow and the look of shame on the powerful takes a walk exasperated, because direct action even arrives two blocks away from the president’s home. The anarchists are laughing and they are laughing loudly.
Power will take revenge for its incapacity to discover those responsible for the actions, attacking 14 comrades, prisoners, under the gross and fictitious accusation of forming an illicit terrorist association. This group would be responsible for at least 30 of the attacks produced in the capital city.
The investigations, denominated by the press the “Bombs case”, forcibly and capriciously regroups 14 people who did not know each other, that have no links in some cases, even politically.
The charges that weigh on the comrades are a gross and ignorant blow, because historically anarchists have never have regrouped around a leader or cupola. The illicit association, as a concept , attacks the basis of anarchist horizontal organization, the only real thing about the application of this charge and concept is the increasing of possible sentences.
Power is smiling through the press, because revenge has been unleashed on a diffuse area that questions the very existence of authority. It’s raining insults and the fear is spreading, making many retreat and stay in silence and remaining silent as their only answer.
In spite of that, not everything is silenced, there still exist those who use all the instruments possible to fight against power.
Sadly, on June 1, of 2011, a terrible accident stains a new date in the calendar with blood. That cold dawn comrade Luciano Pitronello, Turtle, (22 years) takes the terrible blast of the shockwave of a homemade bomb placed in a bank. The comrade Turtle advances wounded and in shock, while the security cameras record those crucial minutes. The fire devours his clothes while his steps are disoriented by the pain.
The press arrives at the spot almost immediately. Like the good mercenaries that they are, they point their cameras with morbid intention to hurt the feelings of Turtle and his dear ones.
This is the way that the comrade is filmed : wounded and naked, covered in gunpowder and screaming in pain. These images will be repeated continuously as the best advertisement of the misery that represents capital and its culture of arrogance.
“A comrade is wounded and in the hands of the police, that is reason enough to support and show solidarity”….
Turtle is transferred to a hospital, where his right hand and three fingers of the left one are amputated from him. His eyes are seriously damaged and he is only able to distinguish indistinct forms. His hearing has also been damaged, and he has had dozens of skingrafts of his own skin.
He is badly wounded and his condition is serious. Even so, he manages to go forward, to push his body in spite of facing a very complex situation, as much in terms of health as in the moral and judicial consequences.
Almost 4 months after Turtle’s accident, the comrade left the clinic where he was being held, and transferred to the home of his mother, where he remains under police and family monitoring.
Sadly, in all these months, not only has his nuclear family collaborated with the police organisms giving the names of Turtle’s circle of friends, but they have also publicly discredited the ideas and way of life of our comrade Turtle.
This lamentable fact reminds us of other experiences, where even brothers or couples decided to collaborate with the police, due to fear or for economic reward.
Very different from the combative and supportive attitude that other parents and families who have come out into the streets for many years, demanding the freedom of their dear ones or rescuing their names from oblivion.
Respect for the ideas and decisions of their sons and daughters is essential for those who do not become collaborators of their relatives’s enemies.
Turtle’s partner, with whom he has a 3 year old daughter, has been supportive of the comrade, but also has been the target of the revenge of the press and of justice. Her home has being raided and her personal life has been put on display as a way to break her morale.
Face to face with the enemy
This September 22, the comrade Turtle will have to face the formalization of charges in front of the Chilean judges. That day Capital, the Chilean State and its powers, will wreak revenge on the comrade. Revenge that has been meticulously orchestrated and prepared, for every detail strikes him accurately.
Comrade Luciano, still convalescing from his wounds and wearing a special suit for burns, will have to appear before a crowded room not only of judges, lawyers and gendarmes, but also of mercenary journalists. Who will no doubt photograph each of his wounds and film any difficulty the comrade has in moving.
Therefore the revenge that he will receive is composed of two factors, one entirely judicial, because the comrade will face a court who represents the bourgeois and democratic social order. A court that will not hesitate a second in sentencing him to one long sentence in some modern extermination centre. With this, looking to give a clear signal to all those who decide to go beyond the submissive citizen routine and the peace of cemeteries imposed by normality.
But a second aspect, no less important, of the revenge orchestrated by Power against Luciano, has to do with the level of media exhibition.
The morbid spectacle that they will erect in that room of the court, has the aim of destroying the comrade, to make him collapse politically and psychically, to attack his moral and annihilate it. As also to strike those close to him and who are like him and support with him.
Power yearns to turn the life of our comrade Turtle into the example of punishment, to instill fear and stagnation into all the dissident sectors of the democratic theatre.
By punishing Turtle, they will try to punish all those who refuse to swallow the story of the social pact; there are already groups, anarchists, who are taking upon themselves an open offensive against capital state/, with its symbols and organizational forms, like also all the groups and individual students that in insurrectional ways are taking to the streets and leaving in them the sweat and the blood, after long days of confrontations with the police.
All of the context lived recently on that piece of land named Chile, constitutes one more of the scenarios of the social war like in various parts of the “globe”.
The overflowing of the “citizen protests ” of the uncontrollables, once again surpasses with deeds and words the desired social control and sense of normality that is installed through mass means.
It is in this same path of struggle and action, of persistence and courage, that Turtle took words and dreams, turning them into arms, attacking in spite of the possible consequences that we all know.
The State/Capital through its legal/mediatic/policial institutions is trying to establish its authority unquestioned. Public defamation, repression, jail and bullets will be some of the varied weapons that they will use with in the object of breaking the will and the actions of the irreducible ones that do not look for dialogue, because they are consumed in war against all authority.
In that sense fear, paralysis, passivity or silence concerning the situation that faces Luciano means to hand oneself over to the enemy. Our resignation against what happens with the comrade will give a victory to power and its control mechanisms.
The role of the journalists/police in the conflict.
The State, shamed by the lack of concrete results to give the people charged with the explosive attacks, is elaborating ridiculous theories, that they are trying to sustain with police stupidity, mass media and massive indifference.
Lamentably, Turtle’s accident grants them the perfect occasion to create an immense apparatus in the style of the old Roman circus to apply its laws.
In this process of public lynching not only police and judges have become jumbled, but the great mass media, who play a fundamental roll. Contributors, accomplices, collaborators and central place in the power relationships.
Not only do they work openly with the police, in addition they do not scrimp in efforts to publicly and morbidly exhibit the bodies of the comrades in the prisoners’ dock, exhibit their wounds or their dead bodies.
They exhibited our brother Mauri, showing his dead body, causing deep pain to his dear ones and comrades. They invented a supposed interview to false comrades of Mauri, eager only to discredit him and systematically attacked his surroundings of affection and commitment. They validated with infamous news articles, all the repressive game of the bomb case.
The insult that we have received from the journalists cannot be forgotten, it cannot be standardized and ingenuously believed that they are just the excesses of precise people. They have attacked, they have harmed our dignity and the privacy of our brothers and that humiliation must be returned, blow by blow, until they back down.
It is the work of the press, more and more committed in the direct fight against those who take up the offensive, that has generated gross stereotypes of those who fight. Their news articles instill paranoia and demonisation, generating concepts like “ vandals ”, “ soulless ” and “ violent ”, to mention a few.
In these days they give a prize to the good citizen, decree the minute of fame, for the stupid idiot ones that collaborate with the control organisms, or assume reactionary positions as informers in the student mobilizations.
But the footmen journalists have not stopped there, they took a further step in persecuting, coarsely denouncing and defamating the comrades in incredible ways. They have arrived at the point from which journalists like Max Frick and F.A.V.P. appear as protected witnesses in the Bomb case.
Their testimonies, plagued with lies and personal revenge, are trying to condemn the comrades in one of the most media orchestrated cases of recent times. For their declarations these two idiots receive protection and money from the State… their lives get fat and comfortable, while our brothers undergo confinement.
Our answer: solidarity
It is against these facts and against the police attack, that we must make clear that revolutionary solidarity, internationalism and active memory are substantial and indissoluble elements in all the process of struggle.
To the comrades who are in the front firing line receiving the blows of the power, we, from this small written gesture, shout with all our lungs: solidarity, memory and action!!!
All those directly facing Capitalism are our brothers, and we shout tears for those no longer physically with us. We have not forgotten them, we are all with you and in all the possible ways, always present, eternally present.
This is the moment in which the slogan “nobody is alone in the social war”, must acquire a special practical meaning. It depends on us, certainly, and on our real will to realise the common effort of solidarity.
All actions are extremely valuable and urgent: letters, pamphlets, discussion, agitation, bombs and fire, are feeding the indomitable spirit of our comrades.
For that reason the call is to organize solidarity this September 22. We must make our brother and comrade feel by means of all type of gestures, that the fighters of all parts of the globe are sharing this hard trial with him. Because the fight for freedom is one, inside and outside. Forgetfulness and silence… are characteristic only of traitors.
Debate, spread, attack, not one step back in front of the enemy.
Fire and more fire for Capitalism, their defenders and their false critics.
A fraternal greeting and total support to comrade Luciano at this difficult moment and those that may come.
Rebel spirits: they are not satisfied with being affected by what happens to Luciano… from words to acts, the actions will make us brothers, no matters how dark the night appears.
Active solidarity, with the comrades in Chile, Greece, Switzerland, Mexico, the USA and all the accomplices of the revolt in each corner of the world.
Freedom to all political prisoners! Fire to the jail, flight to the rebels!
To the streets for the young people assassinated during the student protests: Manuel Gutierrez and Mario Parraguéz, we do not want bourgeois justice, we look for revolutionary execution …..
In memory of our dear comrade Claudia Lopez, young anarchist assassinated by the police on September 11, 1998 in area of La Pincoya.
Black September of 2011.