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Posts Tagged ‘Repression’

Revolutionary Struggle Member Pola Roupa: Social and Class Inequality Breeds Pandemics (Greece)

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Greece : Transfer of Pola Rοupa to the prison of Eleonas in Thebes and update on the situation in the Greek prisons

We are experiencing the deepest systemic crisis that is killing. Covid 19 was created by deep poverty and inequality. Doctors have already spoken out about the new poverty conditions that all kinds of epidemics are hatching in different parts of the globe. Covid 19 is a child of inequality, and as it gets deeper, new viruses may be born that may be even more murderous than this coronavirus. Isn’t it time for political criticism? But it is the very system of capitalism and the market economy of political oligarchy called representative democracy that creates an ever-widening gap between wealth and poverty, resulting in an ever-increasing poverty spreading across many countries on the planet.

A prominent pulmonologist who has publicly raised the issue of extreme poverty as a cause of the pandemic and has said that if inequality is not addressed, we will continue to have such pandemic phenomena, never again appeared on television screens. The way covid 19 is treated is also done according to social and class conditions, although the system is essentially responsible for this development. Covid 19 may not discriminate against who it hits, but not everyone has the luxury of proper care (large homes with compliance with safety and hygiene, good nutrition) and not everyone has the ability to purchase overpriced materials to protect themselves, especially now with the millions of unemployed in Greece, locked in their homes and even exposed to hunger. Patients with covid 19 no longer have access to public hospitals that are already under the weight of the pandemic due to shortages of materials, infrastructure, and staff, while diagnostic tests are limited. (more…)

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Chile: Actualización sobre el aislamiento que buscan imponer a lxs prisionerxs de la Cárcel de Alta Seguridad en el contexto del covid-19

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

El viernes 27 de Marzo la Cárcel de Alta Seguridad declaro el total aislamiento de los prisioneros que mantiene como rehén. La prohibición represiva con excusa de la cuarentena por el covid-19 incluía el fin de cualquier tipo de visita como también la eliminación de las encomiendas para lxs prisionerxs, cortando en la práctica cualquier contacto con el exterior como también dejándolos a a merced y dependencia de los carceleros y el Estado.

Rápidamente en medio de cuarentenas y restricciones para movilizarse por la ciudad se gestionaron distintas iniciativas para revertir las intenciones de sepultar a nuestrxs compañerxs. Desde adentro y afuera de los muros finalmente fue posible revertir parcialmente las medidas represivas y restrictivas del Estado carcelero.
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Met scum cops go on the hunt for military-style vehicles to tackle coming disorder in London (UK)

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Recently it has come to our attention that the scum Met cops (security forces of London) have been on the hunt for military-style vehicles. Last week the HQ Scotland Yard put out a notice stating it was looking for suppliers for armoured personnel carriers, armoured military vehicles, armoured combat vehicles and weapon carriers. It also wants security, fire-fighting and defence equipment and armour plating.

In the scum’s own words they are looking for “tactical intervention and public order and firearm patrol vehicles…” They also claim that the new repression equipment is not linked to the coronavirus pandemic and the vehicles would not be on the streets until next year. This is not to be believed at all, every word out a coppers mouth is a lie. Clearly the security forces on prison island and around the world have already been planning for mass disorder for many years, with ever increasingly militarized security forces looking more like armed forces, especially since the recent ‘financial crisis’ that led to moments of insurrection around many parts of the world.

Particularly on prison island the British state and its security forces have already been investing in vehicles. A list of military-style vehicles the Met currently owns is not available to the public. However upgraded bullet-resistant armoured Jankel Guardians have already been seen in recent years. The seven-tonne personnel carrier can withstand AK-47 bullets and has a bomb-proof floor. The fleet, normally based at Heathrow, was sent out onto the streets after widespread rioting in 2011. They were also seen at Wembley in 2015 following the terror attacks in Paris.

This is a prime example that the British state and security forces are gearing up for disorder if not during the coronavirus epidemic definitely in the economic fallout that will follow. Expect to see these lumbering bastards on a street near you soon as the anti-social and nihilistic rage rises.

The Uncivilized

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Occupied Palestine: Two days of riots erupt in Jaffa after 16 year old youth defies coronavirus curfew

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

The enraged people of Jaffa rioted last Wednesday, burning tires and dumpsters, in protest of a series of violent arrests carried out by occupying forces. Cops were on a patrol in the city’s predominately Arab Ajami neighborhood, when they saw a 16 year old standing with another person.The cops then requested identification in order to find out if he was further than 100 meters from his house.The youth refused their order, resulting in the cops attacking and violently arresting him, all the while more residents surrounded the cops to help him escape. A further 4 people where violently arrested, leading to the local neighbourhood attacking any reinforcements that arrived.

A resident of Jaffa who saw what happened, said: “The feelings are very tense, the situation in Jaffa is out of control. It has been a month since the situation tension between police officers and young people has been so severe. It’s not cops, they’re criminals. They don’t talk.
They hit first. This morning there was a riot between police and residents after a 16-year-old refused to identify himself. When a woman came to disperse the mess, she too was beaten. All of Jaffa is furious.
We can’t stand such a thing that the cops behave in such a way.”

States are doing everything possible to suppress rising anti-social tensions against the curfews imposed worldwide, the occupying forces have unleashed their propoganda trying to discredit the unrest by saying the 16 year old had coronavirus when all he did was resist totalitarian violence.

The Uncivilized

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[PUBLICACIÓN] MUNDO COVID-19. LAS EPIDEMIAS EN LA ERA DEL CAPITALISMO. Nº1

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

PDF: PUBLICACIÓN MUNDO COVID-19.1

Corrected: “Sus virus Nuestros muertos” [their virus our deaths], Pieces et Main d’oeuvre (France)

MUNDO COVID-19, Nº 1
LAS EPIDEMIAS EN LA ERA DEL CAPITALISMO

– Recopilación de textos de análisis internacionales durante el estado de alarma.

https://contratodanocividad.espivblogs.net/

contratodanocividad@riseup.net

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Primavera silenziosa

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

È ragionevole descrivere
una sorta di imprigionamento per mezzo di un’altro
quanto descrivere qualsiasi cosa
che esiste
realmente
per mezzo di un’altra che non esiste affatto

Daniel Defoe

Perché dovremmo sopportare una dieta di veleni non del tutto nocivi, una casa in sobborghi non del tutto squallidi, una cerchia di conoscenze non del tutto ostili, il frastuono di motori non così eccessivo da renderci pazzi?
Chi dunque vorrebbe vivere in un mondo non del tutto mortale?

Rachel Carson, Primavera silenziosa

Negli anni ’60 Rachel Carson, biologa e ambientalista americana simbolo del movimento ambientalista internazionale, con il libro Primavera silenziosa lanciava una forte denuncia e un grido di allarme nei confronti dell’avvelenamento del pianeta causato dall’uso dei pesticidi e in particolare del DDT, al tempo prodotto e usato su vasta scala.
Una nocività di larghissimo uso come il DDT, usato ancora oggi anche se in forme più subdole, aveva portato a silenziare le campagne dai canti primaverili degli uccelli. Oggi, in tempi di Coronavirus, le nocività, oltre ovviamente i pesticidi, non solo sono aumentate, ma si sono trasformate in un intero sistema malato che quotidianamente quando non mette a rischio la sopravvivenza degli organismi viventi li condanna a vivere in un’esistenza tossica e sempre più sterile di biodiversità. La verità è molto semplice: noi stiamo soltanto cominciando a subire massicciamente l’effetto ritardato dell’avvelenamento chimico-nucleare-biologico-elettromagnetico cumulativo del pianeta, avvelenamento che accresce qualitativamente e quantitativamente ogni anno. La degradazione della natura e di noi stessi che ne siamo parte non può che portare a questo. In una situazione in cui le nocività si ri-combinano la questione non è se poteva succedere o no un qualche disastro climatico, chimico o di altra natura, ma quando questo sarebbe avvenuto. O, meglio, forse la domanda dovrebbe essere se non sta già avvenendo. (more…)

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Prison-State UK comes into Law : Coronavirus

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

FR | L’état-prison Royaume-Uni devient loi : le coronavirus

The Coronavirus Act 2020 in the UK is now in force for the next two years. It is a totalitarian coup by a right-wing government which has already shown it’s utter contempt for the judiciary, for parliament and for the people. Many of the provisions of this Act are already experienced by those on the margins of society, by dissidents, those in the prison and criminal justice system, the poor, and ethnic groups consistently disposed of by the police and the system, through poverty, imprisonment and death. Now the grand experiment is whether the kind of control infrastructure and total suspension of rights already administered to particular groups can be rolled out to the entire population.

The most manipulable provisions come, as ever, under the Mental Health sections. Always a good catch-all since dissidence, illegality and criticism of the existent is already considered by the system to be tantamount to mental illness, people can now be hospitalised and medicated on the say-so of a single approved clinician. This power of one also decides the fate of those awaiting trial, convicted persons (we wonder whether that refers to anyone with a criminal record regardless of their current status) and those currently serving prison time: the Act allows a single person to sign off on a transfer from a prison to mental hospital. To the cynical, it might imply that unruly prison populations or undesirables (either currently or historically) are now living under the threat of being summarily detained or if already detained, then transferred and sedated with a no-questions-asked decision by a single clinician.
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China: Enraged people of Hubei province attack cops and riot after being prevented from leaving

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Warning – Video from the English right wing mass media.

A massive riot has broken out on the border between the Hubei province (its capital city is Wuhan, the supposed source of the outbreak of the Coronavirus) and neighboring Jiangxi province, on the Yiangtzee River bridge that connects the two provinces. Thousands of angry people who have been on lockdown for months swept out from the Hubei province in protest to try to cross the bridge, they were met by the riot cops of the neighboring province who prevented the protest from passing, despite the Chinese state saying restrictions have been lifted. Rioters turned over and smashed cops vehicles, assaulted the cop lines with rocks and even stole a riot shield from one van, attacking the cops with their own weapons. We hear that no one is really believing the Communist Party’s lies that the virus outbreak is under control and that the people have had enough of the repression.

It is only expected to see more anti-social rage like this break out around the world as governments and states show their true authoritarian nature in the face of Coronavirus and the mass fear that it is creating, which is a disease of its own.

We will be back soon with a report about the influx of technologies that are being rapidly deployed to repress us all even further, in the name of the war against Covid-19!

The Uncivilized

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Anti-police riot and arsons in Bristol after state of emergency declared (UK)

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

23rd March – In the evening when (now infected) Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared the state of emergency and the new measures to deal with the coronavirus, cops in Southmead, Bristol, were harassing young people on the streets. The police were attacked with stones and bottles and two Iceland supermarket vans were torched outside their depo. Several cars were also smashed and set on fire across the city. Young people are already always under ‘special measures’ by the police -abuse, beatings, harassment, dispersal, special conditions – and rioting and fighting back is the only real solution, not staying in your house and being afraid.

The supermarkets and the other companies which are profiting massively from this ‘crisis’, -which is solely the responsibility of the structures of power and capital-, are valid and understandable targets for the nihilistic and anti-social rage against this situation.
The lies of the media tell us that we are ‘all in this together’ but it’s clear that we are not, and never will be.

It’s the fight of the young people and the irreducibles against this sick system and this is but one drop from the storm to come.

Death to the politicians, the police and those who have poisoned this world.

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¡URGENTE! Aislamiento completo en la Cárcel de Alta Seguridad – Santiago ($hile)

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

El viernes 27 de marzo del 2020 la Cárcel de Alta Seguridad suspende de forma indefinida las visitas y encomiendas dejando en la práctica completamente aislados a los distintos presos que se encuentran rehenes del Estado. No podemos entender estas medidas de forma distinta a una
acción represiva que lejos de buscar una “cuarentena” o medidas sanitarias deja a nuestrxs compañerxs presos a merced de sus carceleros sin la posibilidad de comunicación ni ingresos de elementos básicos para la higiene y la subsistencia.

Recordemos que en esta prisión se encuentran secuestradxs cumpliendo condena Juan Aliste, Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Flores, Joaquín García, Mauricio Hernandez Norambuena y algunos prisionerxs de la revuelta.

Hoy la ciudadanía consigue “permisos de tránsito” para abarrotarse en los supermercados e ir a producir, aún en las comunas con cuarentena total.

¡No aceptamos este aislamiento total disfrazado de medida sanitaria!
¡No dejaremos que sepulten a nuestrxs compañerxs en prisión!

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the High Security Prison indefinitely suspends visits and parcels, effectively leaving the various prisoners who are hostages of the State completely isolated. We cannot understand these measures differently than another repressive action, that far from seeking a “quarantine” or sanitary measures, leaves our comrades imprisoned at the mercy of their jailers without the possibility of communication or an income of basic needs for hygiene and subsistence.

Let us remember that in this prison there are our kidnapped prisoners serving sentences such as Juan Aliste, Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Flores, Joaquín García, Mauricio Hernandez Norambuena and some prisoners of the revolt.

Today, citizens get “transit permits” to fill up in supermarkets and go to their jobs, even in districts with total quarantine.

We do not accept this total isolation disguised as a sanitary measure!
We will not let our comrades be buried in prison!

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ES/EN – Update on anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva (Portugal – Spain)

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

(27/03/2020)

We recall that our anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo Da Silva was arrested in Portugal on January 25th, after a year and half of clandestinity.

During his confinement in the cells of the Porto judicial police station the defense has worked for his immediate release as the law “provides”. But, as we already know, that right is inversely proportional to power and Portugal has clearly demonstrated to be under the power of the Spanish State that wants to completely annihilate our comrade. They haven’t done it after 32 years behind bars, nor with isolation, torture and humiliation of all kinds, how can they think they will do it now!?

Mrs. Mercedes Alcázar Navarro (judge of court number 2 of Girona), in any case, is working hard on it and, for now, thanks to the close and subordinate collaboration of her Portuguese colleagues, has managed to convince the Lisbon Supreme Court to give in to her reasoning.

Today, March 27, we have learned that the aforementioned court has pronounced in favor of Gabriel’s extradition to the Spanish State. In fact that has finally been confirmed to us that this final judgment has been the fruit of the close collaboration of these two countries, and the issuance of the judgment took only 3 days (an appeal was presented by the defense on March 5th, received the following day, then was in the hands of the competent judges on March 23rd, and the sentence signed on March 26th!!!). (more…)

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PDF: Madrid Cuarentena City – Nueva publicación anarquista desde Madrid

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

PDF Madrid Cuarentena City

Sale a la luz el primer número de una nueva publicación anarquista en Madrid, en tiempos de Estado de Alarma, por la extensión de la guerra social.

Contenido:

-Hacia aguas desconocidas
-Que vuelvan las huelasgas. Que proliferen las okupaciones. Que lleguen los saqueos
-Sobre el ataque a nuestros lazos
-Crónica de motines, fugas y sucesos en las cárceles y CIES a causa de la crisis del coronavirus
-¿Volver a dónde? ¿Volver a qué?

Hacia aguas desconocidas

Llevamos más de una semana en estado de emergencia. La capacidad destructiva del virus no es algo ya cuestionable. Pero nos gustaría
hacer unos apuntes sobre sus consecuencias no clínicas y sobres sus orígenes.
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‘Some old things to live by, some new things to live by…’ – Anti-authoritarian ideas to hold onto in these times of virus and crisis (Au$tralia)

Friday, March 27th, 2020

We’re all living quite a situation here. Before the virus had got near most of us, we were thrown into this necessary mode of life called social-distancing. Our lack of knowledge and the speed it has covered the globe and is transmitting within the locations we live has produced feelings of shock, confusion and fear. While these feelings make sense, we should also recognise and counter the tendency that they produce towards individualism and isolation.

Fear. Individualism. Isolation. Currently the circulation of these sentiments is exponentially bolstering the power of the state. As Crimethinc have said, “social distancing must not mean total isolation. We won’t be safer if our society is reduced to a bunch atomised of individuals”. Such an atomised society is the path to least resistance. Even as the virus spreads we must not become too isolated and disconnected from each other to be able to resist state control and the implementation of measures that fuck most of us over in a desperate attempt to save the economy.

We’ve never organised in a situation like this before. We’ve never organised where the idea that to be responsible to each other requires us to stay away from each other is common sense. And yet, we’re still finding ways to set up networks of mutual aid and support, to get supplies to people who need them. As things progress – as what is a medical- scientific issue expands further and further into the terrain of the social – we’ll find ourselves returning to the things we always knew, that we’d learnt in all our experiences of struggle and resistance.

Consider this a simple reminder of some of those things, to keep them in mind now, before fear and isolation means we’ve ceded too much ground to an increasingly authoritarian state. (more…)

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Letter from John Bowden: ‘I Leave Prison Unbroken, My Political Integrity Uncompromised And Unyielding’ (UK)

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

On the 20th February, the Parole Board finally agreed to my release after forty years of my imprisonment and four previous parole hearings when my release was denied not because I represented a risk or danger to the public but because I was labelled an “anti-authoritarian” prisoner with links to anarchist and communist groups on the outside, specifically Anarchist Black Cross and the Revolutionary Communist Group.

Following a parole knockback of my release last year, I instigated a Judicial Review of the decision. Which although it did not succeed fired a judicial shot across the bows of the Parole Board and Ministry of Justice. And persuade them that future decisions on my release or not would have to be based on proper legal criteria. Specifically, whether my continued imprisonment could be justified in the Interests of public protection and-not just because I was labelled a “difficult prisoner” by the – prison authorities.

So, the parole panel considering my case in February of this year had to admit there was no real lawful justification for my continued imprisonment and so reluctantly agreed to my release. However, in its written decision, the Parole Board claimed that my “current risk factors” included “anti-authority views” and “attitudes supportive of the use of violence.” It also wrote: “During your sentence, you have evidenced that you have a mistrust of those in authority and professionals have previously reported that if you felt unfairly treated or discriminated against, coupled with any engagement with anti-social peers, then this could increase your risk of violence. Your attitude towards authority and your personality characteristics have also been considered by professionals to present a potential challenge in your future risk management.” (more…)

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Chile: A few quick words from Refractario on the Covid-19 pandemic

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Originally published by Publicacion Refractario. Translated by Enough 14.

March 25, 2020. The spread of Covid 19 around the world reached the territory dominated by the Chilean State, the rate of sick people grows exponentially and we assume the number of dead people will grow.

Far from speculating on its origins and roots, we believe that it is clear that today we have to fight against a disease on the one hand and the increasingly restrictive measures of social control that states seek to impose on us and others. The reality in prisons is no different, as shown by the riots, escape attempts and mobilizations that have multiplied inside the prisons, since enduring such an illness inside the prisons in practice is a death sentence.

The revolt that is shaking the foundations of the Chilean state has changed drastically due to the force of the context. We do not sit down to cry, but we rather assume the need to know how to overcome these new scenarios and also maintain the confidence that we will take the streets again.

From Refractario we call to remain alert regarding the situations inside the prisons: In the southern prisons where different Mapuche community members are imprisoned, in the Santiago 1 prison and the San Miguel prison where most of the prisoners of the revolt are held, in the High Security Prison where our comrades, prisoners of the social war, are being held hostage.

Communication with the prisoners is likely to become less and less fluid, with restrictions on visits and increasing bans looming. We’re out here, we’re with the prisoners, and we’re watching what might happen.

It is likely that in practice, due to the increasingly restrictive measures to move around the city and to communicate, the Refractory page will fall out of date. We will try our best to keep the site as up to date as possible within our capabilities. Since 2012, when we started and continued this project, keeping active in different periods in spite of different obstacles, our possible absence for this period will only be due to force majeure. As soon as we can, we will keep our website active and updated as it has been for 8 years now.

Remain vigilant for our prisoners of social war!

We’ll be back on the streets!

We’re gonna get our prisoners out of jail again!

Refractario, Marzo 2020

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