Posts Tagged ‘Repression’
Saturday, March 21st, 2020
We’re in Lockdown. Stay at home, we’re commanded. Only that which is most necessary for economic survival is permitted, but it is never stated of whose survival they speak. Even then we’re greeted by processions of police riot vans – lights flashing, show of force – informing us that we have to go home. Going about the minimum of daily activities is a danger to public health. It’s already been said in Italy that it’s amazing how quickly we forget: what it’s like to speak to a stranger, to touch someone, to encounter an unexpected moment amid the concrete drizzle of capital. The workhouses and temples of consumption are open but the shelves are almost bare. We have a social responsibility, they say. The healthcare system cannot cope and it is us that has to save it. Did someone say something about funding?
An invisible enemy. The stuff of apocalyptic films. The cause is not important, it’s just the flu after all, but the response is crucial. We are not measuring the number of deaths but the capacities of power. Swine flu and SARS failed to take the world by storm but they’ve nailed it this time. Everything that came before was a mere prototype for the finished product: a perfectly intangible terror that demands our complete subservience. It’s as though The Handmaid’s Tale, in all its controversial success, was a warm-up before the main act.
The supposed reach and severity of the Corona Virus is almost a mute subject. What’s important is who is going to take benefit, how, and who pays the price. The capitalist economic system is built on investment, but this time it’s starving itself ready for a rampage. When this is allover, when our glorious benefactors have saved us from near ruin and we welcome back with open arms a depleted economy that was fucking us before ‘the pandemic’, we have to think where we will be.
Waves of migrants washing upon even more hostile European shores. Solitary confinement becoming the prisoners’ permanent state. G4S quietly clean up after the morning matinee as we’re distracted by the charade in the main hall. Physical human interaction reduced to an Orwellian suspicion whilst the spectrum of human emotion is expressed through Whatsapp’s preset sticker selection. Facebook’s laughing as Instagram’s rewriting history with all our rebellious quotes.
Thursday, February 13th, 2020
We are at war
29th of May and 19th of October of 2018: Police raids in Madrid and Palencia related to the repression against the riots of Hamburg against the G20 summit in July 2017 take place. This police operation was coordinated at an European level, with a lot of cooperation between different states. Attacks in response to these police raids happen all around Europe, and they are still happening.
29th of October of 2018: Two anarchists are arrested in Madrid accused of burning a Bankia ATM the 11th of april of that same year. This action was done in solidarity with Lisa, an anarchist who is actually in prison for robbing a bank in Germany. A lot of banks receive the solidarity of the anarchists.
25th of April of 2019: An anarchist is arrested accused of attacking VOX headquarters in Madrid with a hammer. Several political headquarters are attacked during the election campaign.
13th of May of 2019: Antiterrorist operation against the anarchist movement in Tetuán (Madrid). Two anarchists are arrested under the charge of terrorism. Police break into a house and the Espacio Okupado Anarquista La Emboscada. Different attacks in solidarity happen all around the State.
During all 2019: There is an increase of evictions of squatted spaces all around the state. Dozens of people are arrested and are waiting for trial. Attacks and riots in defence of those squatted spaces.
No rest for the Exploiters.
No rest for the Power.
No peace for the State.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
On July 8th, 2019, the New Democracy government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis assumed power in Greece, after campaigning on a promise to ‘clean up’ the central Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia, and ‘take it back’ from the anarchists.
Since then, the Greek state has launched a renewed attack against the anarchist and self-organized migrant movements, targeting squats and promising future raids. Against this threat, Greek anarchists have responded with characteristic resolve and determination.
Featuring interview with Pangiotis Varthalis of the squat Lelas Karagiannis 37
Translated by Boubouras (Act For Freedom Now)
Tags: Alexis Grigoropoulos, Athens, Counter-info, Exarchia, Greece, International Solidarity, Lelas Karagianni 37, Migrant Struggle, Racism, Raids, Repression, Riots, Sabotage, Squatting, Video
Posted in Autonomy
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
THEY DON’T INTIMIDATE US, THEY INFURIATE US!
Last night at Notara26 Refugee/Migrant Housing squat we were attacked for the third time in the past six months by the state uniformed bullies.
Around 4:30 am – only a few minutes after one more attempt by undercover police to intimidate one of our comrades who was on her way to our squat- a riot squad, totally unprovoked, surrounded our squat twice.
The first time they were flashing their torches and laser pointers into our lobby persistently trying to see our faces and how many we were. They then withdrew for about ten minutes but came back reinforced. Τhis time apart from torches and laser pointers, they tried to force our squat’s door open.
These practices of the uniformed state terrorists DO NOT SCARE US! We are here, we continue our everyday struggle against fascism, racism and repression. We form strong solidarity and comradeship ties.
The only result this kind of bullying can have is to bring us even more together and our ranks closer!!!
There is only one thing to say…
WE SHALL MEET AT THE BARRICADES
Assembly of Notara 26, 10/2/2020
via Enough 14.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
ACERKA DE LA RESISTENCIA A LA PRISIÓN Y LA NECESIDAD DE EXTENDER LA LUCHA AUTÓNOMA ANTIKARCELARIA.
Una breve mirada a las experiencias de lucha desde el encierro, sus énfasis y los kontextos en ke se han desarrollado.
«Sin ningún Comité Central ni ninguna jerarquía que clasifique nuestrxs miembrxs, solo podemos conocer caras extrañas como amigxs a través de sus acciones. Lxs queremos, Ixs abrazamos, al igual que sabemos que otrxs lo harán. Otras células, secciones, grupos.»
Brigada de la Cólera
En tiempos de agudización del konflikto social la kárcel es el principal instrumento de kontrol y kastigo para kienes no se someten y se rebelan.
Históricamente el dominio a través de todos sus dispositivos ke sostienen el poder, la autoridad, el mundo de las jerarkías, el patriarkado y el kapital a usado la sanción normalizadora para kombatir toda forma de Resistencia ke atake y amenace su paz social.
Sin ir más lejos no fue sino en la diktadura de Pinochet en donde esta dinámika afectó masiva y sistemátikamente a miles y miles de Rebeldes ke la kombatieron entregando los mejores días de sus vidas.
Se reformuló el marko jurídiko fundado en la doktrina de seguridad nazional ke veía un enemigo interno al ke había ke aplastar bajo la exkusa de «kombatir el káncer marxista» según la voz de los genocidas de la époka.
Operaba la pútrida «justicia militar»:
Miles de muertxs, desaparecidxs, exiliadxs, perseguidxs, violentadxs, torturadxs son el rekuerdo imborrable y el triste legado de la refundación kapitalista neoliberal del imperio yanky a través de la insurrexión militar burguesa del genocida ejército chileno. (more…)
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
Note from the Russian Reader: This verdict doesn’t leave me at a loss for words. I’m just convinced there is no point in using them when everyone who could listen has made a point of tuning out people like me. If someone invited me to appear on their aptly named alternative radio program or their globe-spanning Qatar-based international TV network (as nearly happened in the past), I could talk for hours about the Network Case. But that’s not going to happen. Although if I were a betting man, I would wager that our tiresome planet’s obnoxious pillars of liberal truth—the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, and Al Jazeera, among others—will suddenly weigh in on the case after blithely ignoring it for two years, as will many if not all of the crypto-Putinist “Russia watchers” in our midst, eerily silent until now. Barring a sudden revolution, don’t imagine this is the last such case in Russia, a country that has worried so many people around the world for the last several years that they’re determined not to know anything particular about it except “Putin” and “troll factories.” And don’t imagine that a show trial just as juicy and unjust won’t be coming to a theater near you. Please don’t reprint, repost or otherwise reference this article without prefacing it with my remarks. I’d like to preempt “spontaneous” shows of “solidarity” by people who couldn’t be bothered to do anything when it would have made a difference. Despite the well-known saying, it IS a popularity contest, and seven innocent young men in Penza have lost it.
February 10, 2020
The Volga District Military Court, [sitting in Penza], has [convicted and] sentenced seven defendants in the Network Case.
Dmitry Pchelintsev was sentenced to 18 years in a maximum-security penal colony. Ilya Shakursky was sentenced to 16 years in a penal colony and fined 50,000 rubles. Investigators claimed they were organizers of a “terrorist community.” Both men alleged that FSB officers had electrocuted them in order to obtain confessions.
Maxim Ivankin was given 13 years in a maximum-security penal colony, while Andrei Chernov was sentenced to 14 years, and Mikhail Kulkov, to 10 years. They were found guilty of involvement in a “terrorist community” and attempting to sell drugs.
Vasily Kuksov was sentenced to 9 years in a penal colony. He was accused of involvement in a “terrorist community” and illegal possession of a weapon. Another defendant, Arman Sagynbayev, received 6 years in prison.
The verdict handed down by the court in Penza suggests that the acquittal of the Petersburg defendants in the case is less likely, Viktor Cherkasov, the lawyer for Viktor Filinkov, a defendant in the Network Case, told Bumaga.
“It sends a message,” said Cherkasov. “It is difficult to hope [for a positive outcome], but we are still determined to protect Filinkov’s interests.”
Cherkasov said that he planned in court to point to the faked evidence in the case. He also that he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if Filinkov were found guilty. The next hearing in the Network Case in Petersburg should take place between February 25 and February 28.
[In October 2017 and January 2018], antifascists and anarchists were detained in Penza and Petersburg. They were accused of organizing a “terrorist community,” allegedly called “the Network.” Its alleged purpose was to “sway the popular masses for further destabilization of the political situation” in Russia.
The defendants in the case said investigators had tortured them as a way of forcing them to confess and weapons had been planted on their persons and property to further implicate them. [Some of] the arrested men had played airsoft together: this, investigators, said was proof they were planning terrorist attacks.
Investigators claim that the Petersburg defendants in the case, Filinkov and Yuli Boyarshinkov, acted as the group’s sapper and signalman, respectively. Their trial is scheduled to resume in late February.
Translated by the Russian Reader
Tags: "Network Case", Andrei Chernov, Arman Sagynbayev, Dmitry Pchelintsev, Ilya Shakursky, International Solidarity, Maxim Ivankin, Mikhail Kulkov, Penza, Repression, Russia, St. Petersburg, Torture, Trial, Vasily Kuksov, Viktor Filinkov, Yuli Boyarshinkov
Posted in Prison Struggle
Sunday, February 9th, 2020
Information on the arrests of anarchists K. Athanassopoulou, D. Valavani and G. Michailidis by telephone communication, 6.2.20
As is already known, the 3 comrades were arrested at 9.30am on Wednesday 29/1.
From the time of arrest until 19.00 pm they were not allowed to contact anyone. The following day, the genetic material was violently taken from the two comrades, after Mihailidis’ DNA was already in their possession. Particularly Dimitra Valavani was hit despite their having been informed of a previous head injury. Her constant demand to call her doctor has been repeatedly denied. Instead, she was taken to hospital after 3 hours, where she was given irrelevant examinations.
All three held a negative attitude during the interrogation. The next day they were taken to an investigator and prosecutor, where they declared their anarchist political identity.
It is worth noting that in addition to the standard investigations in their homes, the counter-terrorism twice entered Dimitra’s grandfather’s house, where he was subsequently sampled for DNA.
The three comrades are strong psychologically and will send more extensive information when they manage to send a communique text.
STRENGTH TO D. VALAVANI, G. MICHAILIDIS AND K. ATHANASOPOULOU.
Translated by Act for freedom now!
Friday, February 7th, 2020
Yesterday, January 29th, the sentence of first instance was issued for a trial in which four comrades from Pinerolo were accused. The proceedings, on charges of robbery and injury, involved a clash with a plainclothes carabiniere [a Carabinieri officer, one of the Italian law enforcement forces] during an anti-fascist protest in Pinerolo, in 2018: the charges relating to the carabiniere‘s injuries were dropped and the “robbery” was reclassified as “attempted robbery”, leading to the sentencing of all four defendants to 18 months’ imprisonment and payment of court costs. Since he was wronged with the physical damage, the cop has filed a claim for compensation for moral damages… 500 euros…
Certainly, even these heavy sentences confirm the criminalisation and repression that resistance movements and individuals in revolt are facing these days.
In the meantime, probably between 26 and 27 January, one of the 4 comrades on trial, Leonardo (Leo) – who was in prison in Lucca prison to serve a final sentence for another crime dating back to 2007 [it is a conviction for robbery in the trial for “Ardesia” repressive operation] – was transferred to the prison of Vibo Valentia for reasons that we do not know at the moment.
Solidarity to the comrades convicted for the facts of Pinerolo! Always enemies of cops and fascists!
Against dispersion and isolation: always at Leo’s side and those who resist in the streets and in the galleys!
To write to Leo:
C. C., nuovo complesso
89900 Vibo Valentia
Anti-repression Fund of the Western Alps
[“Cassa Anti-Repressione delle Alpi occidentali”]
Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
“On Wednesday 12th June, when someone shouted out that drones had started flying above them, everyone opened up their umbrellas almost simultaneously.”
Four texts from Dialectical Delinquents:
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
In July 2019 a new right-wing government came to power in Greece, pledging to get the country back to “normality”. By this it means a 1950s-style vision of a uniform, white, christian society where everyone is happy working for low wages, shopping on credit, and blaming their troubles on scummy foreigners.
So, in external affairs, the government rattles the national sabre ineffectively against Turkey or North Macedonia. Internally, it declares war on anyone who doesn’t fit the “normality” script: above all migrants, students challenging the neoliberal university, and the country’s troublesome anarchist movement.
On the ground in Athens, this translates to numerous squat evictions, as well as occupying and gentrifying the “lawless zone” of Exarchia: the haunt of anarchists, migrants and students alike. Plus, in general, boosting police numbers and powers, toughening sentencing laws, and rounding up migrants evicted from the squats to be sent to camps across the country.
The previous left-wing Syriza government also sought to control Exarchia and its anarchist and anti-social elements. But it played a more sophisticated hand, often avoiding inflaming tensions which could alienate some of its supporters. New Democracy takes the opposite tack, playing up its attacks to get applause from its right-wing audience.
New Democracy in the UK
The characters behind New Democracy seem a fair representation of the Greek business elites, with their family dynasties and cronyism. Another feature of the Greek business class is its strong international connections. In particular, many business and political leaders have been educated in the UK, while London is one of the main financial centres where the Greek shipping barons and friends launder and spend their money. (more…)
Tags: Analysis, Athens, Exarchia, Fotios Stikas, George Palikaras, Greece, Kostas Papakostas, Marianna Lykourentzou, Michael Arapis, Nea Demokratia (Right Wing Party), New Democracy UK (Right Wing Party), Nikolaos Lilis, Panayiotis Kalambokis, Repression, Sokratis Ochtaras, Theodosis 'Ted' Zaimis, Vasilis Repakis
Posted in Uncategorised
Monday, January 20th, 2020
Italy: Updates about some anarchist prisoners (January 2020)
We briefly summarize the latest updates on the situation of some anarchist prisoners in Italy.
On November 29, 2019 a search took place in the cell of the Sardinian anarchist Davide Delogu, imprisoned in the Rossano Calabro prison. At the same time, he was notified of the opening of an investigation for “association with the purpose of terrorism or subversion of the democratic order” (art. 270bis of Italian criminal code). Subsequently, he was returned some previously seized manuscripts. A week later, the guards informed him that a telephone had been found in the sewers of the prison and that they intended to charge him with its possession; Davide refused to be x-rayed and undressed.
We remind you that a solidarity fund has been opened for Davide Delogu, the coordinates are: Owner: Laura Gargiulo. Iban: IT27E0306967684510327514549.
This is the address of the comrade: Davide Delogu, C. R. di Rossano Calabro, Contrada Ciminata snc, 87067 Corigliano-Rossano (Cs), Italy.
For the repressive operation “Prometeo” (arrests of May 21, 2019) Natascia and Beppe remains in the prisons of Piacenza and Pavia respectively. On December 2, 2019, Robert, accused in the same operation, was released from Bancali prison, in Sardinia, without any precautionary measures. The release came following the decision of the court of review after the cassation, in October, had annulled the order of pre-trial detention for lack of “serious indications of guilt”. The appeal in cassation had been requested for Robert and Beppe, but for the latter it was rejected. Recently, the public prosecutor in turn lodged an appeal in cassation opposing Robert’s release; the hearing has been set for February 4, 2020. The “Prometeo” investigation is still open. The censorship in the correspondence of Natascia has been removed. (more…)
Tehran: Letter from Imprisoned anarchist comrade Soheil Arabi – “Anarchism Means Flying Forever” (Iran)
Monday, January 20th, 2020
Soheil Arabi, the anarchist political prisoner, writes from the notorious Evin prison in northern Tehran, Iran…
Anarchism means flying forever. Since the very moment we open our eyes to this world, from all sides, a net of religion, nationality, language, “race”, sexism is thrown over our intelligence, as an obstacle to flight. When you talk to me about religion, race, language and superstition, then I try to build wings out of these nets to fly towards the infinite freedom of thinking mind.
Becoming an anarchist starts with breaking norm structures. This is hugely difficult and expensive. But more difficult than that is to remain an anarchist.
In fact, all brave birds fly far away to distant places, but eventually halt somewhere their flight and are unable to continue more. Then they sit on the higher branch of a big tree or on a big rock.
Who else can say then that there is no infinite freedom anymore? Who else can say that they have flown as far as they could handle? There are no birds capable of flying for endless eternity.
Anarchism is a bird that moves against the definite characteristics called fate and laws, therefore it breaks the norm structure, goes against Power and thus conquers the world and creates the change.
The Anarchist development is not created of any chance, but is produced by the difficult path of libertarian struggle.
January 5th, 2020
Translated by Hasse Golkar
Friday, January 10th, 2020
Note: Paska, as Giovanni and Ghespe, are actually at house arrest (since June 2019). Paska, Giovanni and Ghespe were arrested at August 3, 2017, in the context of a repressive operation against anarchists in Florence. In the sentence of July 22, 2019, in the trial for the “Panico” operation, Paska, Giovanni and Ghespe were convicted to 9 years and 10 months, 9 years, 10 months and 15 days, and 9 years respectively. “Panico” trial is the result of the union of several proceedings, including the one linked to the “Panico” repressive operation of January 31, 2017 (which involved three house arrest, some restrictions and searches with the main accusation of “criminal association”) and the repressive operation of August 3, 2017, which involved eight arrests, searches and the eviction of La Riottosa occupation, in Florence, with accusations (for the eight anarchists arrested) of having carried out an explosive attack against “Il Bargello” bookstore (Florence, January 1, 2017) – a space linked to fascists and the fascist party “Casapound” -, an action during which a policeman was seriously injured and lost part of a hand and an eye, and an arson attack on a carabinieri station in the neighborhood of Rovezzano (Florence, April 21, 2016). Paska, Giovanni and Ghespe were sentenced mainly for accusations related to the attack against the fascist library. Nine anarchists were sentenced for “criminal association” and generally about twenty anarchists were condemned.
Not rotten apples
September 17, 2019, saw the start of the trial against our comrade Paska, accused of resistance and grievous bodily harm towards some of his jailers during a transfer.
A couple of pushes against a few of the escort screws was the least he could do after the treatment they had reserved for him on various occasions: the latest being the rally driving of the paddy wagon that caused him a strong blow to his head and ribs during the transfer of October 18, 2018.
On the other hand, since his arrival at La Spezia the prison management had decided to arbitrarily reserve even more restrictive measures for him such as delaying mail, bans on meeting others, isolation up to the 14bis isolation regime level as well as being forbidden to go to the yard with the other prisoners.
That doesn’t surprise us. In the year 2018 – 2019 alone La Spezia prison boasts no less than 5 deaths out of about 230 prisoners, added to the acts of self-harm and beatings as a daily occurrence: the normality of a prison considered to be among the most progressive in Italy.
It is, therefore, within the normal execution of their functions that escort guards Luigi Viziello and Stefano Cenderelli covered our comrade in insults, kicks and punches.
In a climate of constant fear and threats many prisoners avoid talking about their daily harassment for fear of repercussions. And when someone does decide not to stick to the rules of the game the medical staff take care of it – as in the case of Paska, Gouba Abdelatif and Giuseppe Landini – to complete the work of the thugs by liquidating what happened. When asked to report the signs of beatings and ascertain the physical consequences, the doctors deny the evidence and dish out psychotropic drugs: yet another weapon to bow the will of those who rebel.
Unfortunately our comrade’s story is the normality of prison, a story of ordinary detention. The guards appearing as the injured party in this trial are not an exception, they are the most coherent and sincere representatives of every prison and its reason for being.
SOLIDARITY WITH PASKA
FIRE TO THE PRISONS
[English translation by actforfree.nostate.net].
Más de dos meses de revuelta contra el Estado de Chile: Raudos balances, instintivas proyecciones y permanentes negaciones
Friday, January 10th, 2020
“La pasión por la destrucción es también la pasión creadora”
“La insurrección es una fiesta. El ruido de su derrota nos divierte”
–Fuerzas Autónomas y Destructivas León Czolgosz–
El avance de la revuelta: Días y meses en el combate
La revuelta que sacude a la región chilena sigue sin interlocutores válidos ni una dirección que la guíe. Continúa acéfala, autoconvocada, caótica y destructiva… imparable, a pesar de lxs muertxs, heridxs, mutiladxs y lxs casi 2.000 mil presxs que repletan aún más las cárceles de todo Chile. La chispa comenzada por una estrategia de evasión masiva al tren subterraneo en respuesta a una nueva alza del pasaje, cristalizó la continuidad de luchas y métodos contra el poder, desatándose con toda la fuerza y vitalidad un 18 de octubre.
Las constantes réplicas del terremoto que significó los primeros días de la revuelta se repiten diariamente en mayor o menor intensidad, expresadas en audaces ataques a comisarías, símbolos del capitalismo y en los duros enfrentamientos con carabineros. Aunque se perciba un cierto desgaste (normal y entendible después de más de 80 jornadas de combate), la violencia contra el poder goza de buena salud, legitimándose como la principal herramienta para quebrar con todo lo impuesto en sectores que hasta hace poco la condenaban. Esto último junto con la inexistencia de una conducción definida, creemos que representan, de una u otra forma, los ingredientes principales que han llevado a que la revuelta permanezca incontrolable.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
According to corporate media another four Vodafone cell phone towers were torched in the 24 hours after the recent arson attacks targeting 5G infrastructure took place on April 2nd & 3rd. 3G and 4G towers were also part of those destroyed, although it’s unclear if they were unintentionally sabotaged or not. Information about the attacks themselves has been hard to ascertain due to limited information being issued by the mass media and rapid censorship of corporate social media.
Since the first attacks last week, at least 20 attacks are reported to have taken place across the country and there are reports of engineers also being questioned, harassed and attacked by people worried about 5G. It is clear that whilst everywhere is in lockdown the continued expansion and roll-out of 5G has remained a priority. The UK State regime and communications corporations were forced to issue a statement describing the risks that 5G poses to human health to be “baseless” and blamed the harassment and attacks on “conspiracy theories”. Social media corporation Facebook took down several pages dedicated to recording and apparently inciting the anti-5G attacks and also had their messaging app company WhatsApp limit the forwarding ability of messages. This is part of a cross-platform corporate attempt with Twitter, Google, Youtube etc to co-ordinate efforts together with the State to censor and track what they are describing as “misinformation” about the origins of Covid-19. (more…)