Posts Tagged ‘Theofilos Mavropoulos’
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
via This Is Our Job
On September 23, anarchist comrade Theofilos Mavropoulos and five others appeared in juvenile court on charges stemming from damage caused during a 2007 school occupation. The following was his statement to the judges. Recall that Mavropoulos is also facing two counts of attempted homicide, among other charges, for his alleged role in a shootout with the pigs on May 18 in the Athens neighborhood of Pefki.
“In addition, these whorehouses called schools only offer us sterilized knowledge. Therefore, when we go to classes now, all we think about is how to vandalize them. Plus, what do we have to get excited about? Which of this society’s values can we embrace? Let’s say it very clearly: we are not nor will we ever be those good little children our parents and teachers want to turn us into. Along with teachers and professors, we also hate our classmates—the ones who always kiss ass to get a good grade, the ones who shun every idiosyncrasy and isolate the shy and the strange.”
—Excerpted from the claim of responsibility for the attack by the Circle of Delinquents
Therefore, sabotage is now the last word. Sabotage against the schools, against the universities. Sabotage against the very institution of justice, the prisons, the police, the army. Sabotage against the everyday rottenness of authoritarian relationships. The creation of anarchy follows the deconstruction of the present social fabric.
Beginning thus with the institution of learning, society concerns itself with transmitting its values to its newest members. Discipline, obedience to those who possess authority, uniformity, the democratic view with its corresponding ethic: these are the indispensable requirements for being a good citizen. The strictly scheduled class hours and strictly scheduled breaks make even a minor, chance deviation from the schedule (for example, a sick teacher) seem like the day’s most wonderful surprise. Day-to-day misery behind the desks tests the patience of every student.
Teachers and administrators with their fascist or democratic mentalities attempt to impose order and hierarchy, each in their particular pedagogic-grotesque way. However, responsibility for the proper functioning of schools also belongs to those students who fulfill the duties of the absent through their conformity, and all those who obediently lower their heads on the orders of their superiors. Nor can one excuse the human garbage that satisfies its vanity by being elected to the 15-member school councils.
For all of them then, the shortsighted who “innocently” ask why those who don’t want to live under the yoke of institutionalized education don’t just decide to go away somewhere, the answer is very simple: the putrefied world of power cannot coexist with a decentralized society in which there is no power. Real freedom isn’t limited by the framework of legality and democratic rights. And as far as rebellious members of institutionalized education are concerned, their role is none other than to sabotage it. Therefore, I also take responsibility for having participated in the school occupation in question. I am in agreement with every bit of vandalism done and being done in any school.
Certainly, reality is always chaotic. No system is perfect whenever it is affected by incalculable external factors. Thus, deviant behavior also manifests itself in school, along with unruly students, teachers who don’t do their jobs well, heroes as well as antiheroes. When these phenomena are sifted into the broadest framework—that of society—they become nothing other than crime and the fight against it. Gangsterism and crime naturally can’t be defended unless they develop the appropriate political characteristics. Otherwise, they would be nothing more than the other side of the same coin—that of society. And capitalism has shown just how well it can assimilate such cases.
Therefore, as a revolutionary and an anarchist then and now, I don’t regret for a single moment my decisions against the regime. At the same time, I haven’t stopped evolving, on the level of theory as well as my practice. From stones to bullets, and from conscious revolutionary illegalism to my captivity in the hands of the state. It’s with these decisions and experiences that I fill my personal voyage of wild and fascinating involvement in revolution. A voyage that continues to this very day, as a political prisoner.
Because that’s exactly the revolutionary evolution I propose and support as a choice for all revolutionary beings. Everything evolves, but any stagnant viewpoint or practice becomes dogma. Whoever allows their point of view to become stale and calcified, no matter how much progress they’ve already made, will in every instance be buried by their own contradictions.
Wars are won by the cleverest, the strongest, the most capable of adapting. Surprise ruptures in social space-time leave the enemy camp materially, ethically, and ideologically paralyzed, regardless of its potential superiority. Against it, all we have to offer are our weapons. What we want and what we will do is to launch furious attacks against this society’s structures and values, arming our consciences to steal our own freedom. Revolution first and always.
—Theofilos Mavropoulos, political prisoner, A Wing, Korydallos Prison
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
‘’Sincerely, can you hear the voices behind bars?
Can you spot the glances filled with hate, to feel the hearts fighting to remain free within bodies buried in the cement-made cages that you’ve built?
Even in the smallest and darkest cell, our thoughts pass through the walls, rise above every barbed wire and every vigilant warden’s eye and travel kilometres away to meet free spirits and consciences having the same desire: The desire for the absolute destruction of every prison.’’
Imprisoned in every corner of the world, we experience the oppression, the paranoia and the vindictiveness of the penitentiary system, in every moment of a life that is captured in the routine of an imprisoned daily life.
Such a struggle gave in Spain in autumn 2009 the anarchist bank robber Amadeus Casellas, who despite the fact that had served his sentence of 20 years imposed by his pursuers, he was still incarcerated. During the hunger strike in which went regarding this subject, a bomb parcel arrived on October the 7th in 2009 to the director of correctional prisons of Catalonia, Albert Battle who was in charge of his case.
On the 15th of December 2009, anarchist Tamara Hernández Zela Heraz was arrested as the sender of this parcel on charges of attempted murder. Comrade Tamara remained for some time in prison where she participated in the struggles of the prisoners’ movement and finally she is provisionally released. On the 14/09/2011 she will be tried about the bomb parcel case for which the competent Public Prosecutor has proposed a penalty of 16 years.
For us the struggle against the prison is neither innocent nor guilty, but an integral part of anarchist action. It doesn’t matter if the comrade did it or not, as the whole attitude and life perception she has is standing aggressively in front of sovereignty.
From the Greek prisons so we send our revolutionary greetings and a signal of solidarity to comrade Tamara.
No comrade wherever they are, they are not alone
For Anarchy and Revolution
Long live the Informal Anarchist Federation
Long live the International Revolutionary Front
The Anarchists POWs:
The imprisoned members of CCF:
Tags: Amadeu Casellas, Babis Tsilianidis, Catalunya, Christos Tsakalos, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Damiano Bolano, Dimitris Dimtsiadis, Gerasimos Tsakalos, Giannis Skouloudis, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Giorgos Polydoros, Greece, Haris Hatzimichelakis, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Olga Economidou, Panagiotis Argyrou, Socrates Tzifkas, Tamara, Theofilos Mavropoulos
Posted in Prison Struggle
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
1 June 2011
From IMC UK:
Action against banks claimed in Solidarity with Stokes Croft rebels.
In the early hours of June 1st TWO banks on Gloucester Road in Bristol had the majority of their windows and ATMs smashed out with hammers. This was in despite of the still increasing number of high quality security cameras along that stretch of road and the surrounding area, and despite of the fact that those involved knew it was a well used police route. Bleached clean hammers were used to avoid finger prints and masks and all disposable clothes were used for the cameras. (more…)
A few words from S.Tzifkas, G.Skouloudis, D.Dimtsiadis, B.Tsilianidis for Theofilos Mavropoulos (Greece)
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
A few words from imprisoned Greek anarchist comrades S.Tzifkas, G.Skouloudis, D.Dimtsiadis, B.Tsilianidis for Theofilos Mavropoulos, who was shot and arrested by police after a shoot-out where another comrade managed to escape by stealing an empty policecar. Strength and courage to all those who fight and never give up. Long live the new generation of revolutionary urban guerrillas – Long live the insurrection. We will win…. Our day will come…
“ I know that there are endless shores and trees inside the sea.
And love is an important thing.
Only we had decided to change the world.
And this does not happen with the countryside. We had said this.
We searched to find weapons.
We knew that we all die, but there are deaths that burden because they choose the way.
And we decided:
DEATH TO DEATH BECAUSE WE LOVE LIFE A LOT”
This is a moment where no word can worthily frame an action. At least not from our mouths. Let us only be allowed to express a deep comrade appreciation, a warm revolutionary embrace, for the noble revolutionary with the wild dreams, Theofilos Mavropoulos who denied to surrender to the appetites of the state and to the alania [street kids trans.] that continue the journey they had begun with him.
Each drop of blood that is poured from the bodies of revolutionaries waters the flower of freedom in the desert of a slave world.
Strength to anarchist revolutionary Theofilos Mavropoulos.
Good continue to his comrades and and to those who every moment of their life are ready to give it ALL FOR THE STRUGGLE.
News from our brothers-comrades Actforfreedomnow/BourbourAs.
Sunday, May 29th, 2011
21 & 23 May 2011
We are a small stone of the mountain, a drop within the ocean, a sigh running through the wind, we are the minoritarian struggle, the despised, the dangerous, the reckless, those who love violence, those who make the fire to sing the insolent song of their dead…
The early morning of Saturday the 21st we made our approach to the PDI [investigative police] headquarters located on Rodríguez street in the heart of Curicó and we placed a fuse-lit incendiary device under a bus, at one of its wheels, located some 100 meters from the place; the truth is that it appears this set off an alarm, so that while we were quickly getting away we heard fire sirens approaching the place, and so we did not make sure after, the bus only suffered minor damage. Two days later, the morning of Monday the 23rd, we set fire to a barricade in the northeast sector of the city at the intersection of Av. Colon and Av. Balmaceda.
We wish to dedicate these fires to the memory of Punk Mauri, at two years since his parting, also we send strength to comrade Gabriel Pombo da Silva recently repressed by his jailers, our minds and hearts are with you in these difficult moments, not forgetting the countless warriors imprisoned around the world, to Silvia, Costa and Billy in their hunger strike, to the latest hostages captured by the Greek dictatorship especially to Theofilos Mavropoulos, the comrade wounded by the police in a clash and likewise to the anonymous combatant who took flight, to the warriors who fill the $hilean dungeons, and to those who fly far away in their insurgent escape.
MAURICIO MORALES, WARRIOR, NEVER MARTYR, DEMANDS VENGEANCE FROM EVERY ANARCHIST HEART
GABRIELA CURILEM AND DIEGO RIOS IN THE STREET FLOUTING AUTHORITY
CARLO GIULIANI INFORMAL CELL
Tags: Carlo Giuliani Informal Cell, Chile, Costantino Ragusa, Curicó, Gabriel Pombo da Silva, Luca Bernasconi, Mauricio Morales, Sabotage, Silvia Guerini, Theofilos Mavropoulos
Posted in Direct Action
Saturday, May 28th, 2011
26 May 2011
“Montreal, Quebec. On the night of May 26, the cars in a police parking lot on rue Dollard were attacked with paint stripper. We refuse to be complacent in the misery around us. The police are an occupying army in our streets and any act to further remove them from our lives warms our hearts.
Much love to Theofilos Mavropoulos and prisoners everywhere, both inside and out, fighting for freedom.
Onward the struggle.”
SHOOT OUT IN PEFKI, ATHENS, TWO COPS AND ONE COMRADE INJURED –Announcement of the Revolutionary Organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (Greece)
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
On the evening of Wednesday 18th of May, a cop car tried to do a random check on two comrades who were standing next to a motorbike in the Pefki area, Athens. The two comrades decided to not stick around and started walking away, the cops ran after them and after a short chase, the two comrades shot towards the cops injuring two but one of the comrades, Theofilos Mavropoulos,(he originally gave a fake name but after the media and the cops put his photo everywhere he was identified) also fell injured from the bullets of the cops and was arrested while the other comrade managed to get away after stealing the police car and dragging a cop for a while, dumping it two kilometres away (good luck comrade!). Theofilos is now hospitalized, with the anti-terrorist cops in his room and outside.
WE WILL NOT LEAVE HIM ALONE
SOLIDARITY TO ANARCHIST THEOFILOS MAVROPOULOS
Announcement of the Revolutionary Organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
“I thought that if I ran up and fell on the barbwires, even if they did not bend, again I wouldn’t regret anything. Even if the bullets of the cops stopped my course, the cloth of my coat would be caught in the spiky wires and when they would arrest me, they would take it down, but they would not manage to remove all the threads from the wires. And the wires would fall and rust, but the threads would still be there, it would be my outline, a mark that there is still people, that even today fight for the revolution. This is the live picture of a person that ran up to freedom instead of giving up to silence and the resignation of our times. It is a clear trace from the future of a better world…”
Dedicated to the Comrade who was injured in a shoot-out with cops in the Pefki area.
From inside prison we send our whole hearted and unlimited solidarity and support.
R.O. Conspiracy of Cells of Fire
Also read: Statement by Theofilos Mavropoulos comrades