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(A-Radio) B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world – Episode 30

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Episode number 30 (01/2020) of “B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world”, a monthly news program from the international network of anarchist and antiauthoritarian radios, consisting of short news segments from different parts of the world, is now online.

Length: 1:10 h

You’ll find the audio here:
https://www.a-radio-network.org/bad-news-angry-voices-from-around-the-world/episode-30-01-2020

In this episode you will hear contributions from:
1) A-Radio Berlin: Meuterei goes in the air – a steampunk report
2) Frequenz A: A summary and a short interview about the case against the Park Bench 3 in Hamburg
3) 1431AM (Thessaloniki): Struggles in Petrou Ralli Immigrantion Office and Detention Center / 23day-strike in OTE (Organisaton of Telecommunications in Greece)
4) R.O.S.E. (Athens): Eviction of the Utopia squat / Process around the murder of P. Fyssas
5) Radio Fragmata: Updates on political prisoners and persecuted antifascists in Greece
6) Dissident Island (London): News of an oil rig occupation in Scotland, industrial action by precarious workers in London and reports from various hunt saboteur outings around the country
7) The Final Straw: conversation with a translator for the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran
8) The Final Straw: conversation with an anarchafeminist about the new, rightwing neoliberal regime of Nayib Bukele and the GANA party in El Salvador
9) A-Radio Berlin: Call for an International Week of Solidarity with the Political Prisoners of the revolt in Chile (13.-19.1.2020)

Other audios from A-Radio Berlin in English (or Spanish) here:
http://aradio.blogsport.de/englishcastellano.

Or visit the anarchist 24/7 online stream from the Channel Zero Network:
http://channelzeronetwork.com

Enjoy!

A-Radio Berlin

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UK: Sabotage, Subvertising and Solidarity in Bristol

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

ES: Reino Unido: Acciones Solidarias en Bristol
FR: Bristol (UK) : Sabotage, subversion et solidarité

Many who were driving home for Christmas (or on their relentless commute for the 9-5) will have been dazzled by the 2 huge LED adverts that light up the motorway (and the night sky beyond) in Bristol. Bored of the false dreams and fairy lights, we damaged the billboards by attacking the main mechanisms in the back of the glittery display. We also smashed a computer console that is part of the spectacle.

Lots of people decorated with tinsel and trees… but we redecorated another billboard, this time by BT (British Telecom). Their new campaign reads “Open for Business: Not Attack”. We said: “Open to attack on all shit businesses! Anarchy!”.

While the country distracts itself with thoughts of a ‘Happy New Year’, and zombies wander the streets addicted to their smart phones… we prefer a more direct way to communicate. The Christmas period just means more isolation and time locked in cells for most prisoners.. Even when people are unlocked, they have to pay way more than the normal rate to make phone calls. BT make a huge profit from their prison contract and have the monopoly on all phones in UK prisons.

This action is a small nod to all those inside during this time of year… especially Kevan Thakrar and the Park Bench 3.

Fire to the prisons!

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Solidarity call with Kevan Thakrar after racist attack in HMP Full Sutton (UK)

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Prisoner Solidarity Action Alert

This evening prisoner Kevan Thakrar called to inform IWOC that a known racist attempted to take his life this afternoon. Kevin McCarthy stabbed Kevan more than four times while Kevan was at the food servery. He used a wooden shank. Kevan has four puncture wounds on his back and bruises and scratches after also being hit on the head. Kevin walked past two prison officers neither of whom intervened to prevent or stop the attack until Kevan turned round to defend himself. The prison failed to take him to hospital but he was treated by two nurses on the wing.

This is the second attack Kevan has experienced in HMP Full Sutton in recent months. Kevan is shaken and in need of support to demand the prison move him to a safer location and take action to stop further racist attacks on his life. Feel free to use your own words as well as the sample scripts below.

Call script:

Hello, I am calling on behalf of Kevan Thakrar who is currently in the CSC at HMP Full Sutton. Kevan was stabbed four times yesterday by a known racist prisoner. Two prison officers were present and did not act to prevent or stop the attack until Kevan turned around to protect himself. This is the second attack Kevan has experienced in HMP Full Sutton in recent months and yet he is still held in the CSC.

I am really concerned about Kevan’s safety in the CSC and I am calling to demand that he is moved out of the CSC and to a safer location immediately.
(more…)

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Bristol: Arms company Babcock attacked in sabotage action (UK)

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

FR: Bristol (UK) : Sabotage chez l’entreprise d’armements Babcock

The war machine is in operation 24/7. Despite the night shift at Babcock in Long Ashton, we snuck over the fence and damaged a fuel tank that forms part of their heating system.

Babcock are the second biggest contractor to the Ministry of Defence in the UK. They have 4 premises in Bristol alone. They specialise in the navy and nuclear industries. We hope our small act will show how many different ways it is possible to resist, without voting!

This “prison island” will continue whoever is prime minister. We reject all politicians and have only contempt for those who buy their lies and cheap promises.

To those who forget the many aspects of control and repression used in the social war, and buy into Labour’s hype by focusing only on the National Health Service… we laugh at you in the darkness, and angrily ask…. Do you remember Iraq?

Solidarity with those on the streets in the Green Zone in Baghdad, and belated greetings to everyone who rebelled on the International Day of Action for Rojava 14th December.

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Bristol: Sabotage at Youth Prison by Eco-anarchist vandals FAI/IRF (UK)

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

ES: Reino Unido – Ataque a la prisión juvenil de Vinney Green (Bristol)

PL: Bristol, Anglia: Akcja Sabotażowa w Więzieniu Dla Młodocianych “Vinney Green” z rąk eko-anarchistycznych wandali FAI-IRF

FR: Bristol (UK) : Sabotages à la prison pour mineurs

Back again! we paid another visit to Vinney Green ‘Secure Unit’ (AKA Youth Prison), on the outskirts of Bristol. We sabotaged and immobilised 4 cars belonging to screws. Vinney Green was previously attacked in June.

24 young people (aged 10-18) are incarcerated at Vinney Green. It is one of 15 secure units in England, and is currently being expanded. There were 144 assaults there last year. The prison has been publicly criticised for it’s “high use of restraint” among other things (but do not mistake us; there is no such thing as a “good” prison, and it is never acceptable to use restraint)…

Remember the kids this Christmas. Remember Alexis Grigoropoulos, who was shot by police in Greece aged 15.

In this time when many are turning to the ballot box… we took to the streets. A juvenile prank, for those in juvie…. Their cameras and fences do not deter us… and our rage will never be silenced by their electioneering and rhetoric. Boris Johnson promises tougher sentences. We promise more actions….

Until next time.
Fire to the prisons!

December Cell
Eco-anarchist vandals – FAI/IRF

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Bristol, UK: BAE & MDBA arms factories blockaded in solidarity with the fight in Rojava

Monday, October 28th, 2019

A coalition of Bristol groups blocked all the entrances to BAE and MDBA in Filton this morning, [25/10/19] preventing the arms factories from opening. We stand in solidarity with the people of North and East Syria and against Turkish fascism! #Riseup4Rojava #BoycottTurkey #StopArmingTurkey

via Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network

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European-wide bomb threats against Turkish Bank (Işbank)

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Branches of Turkish banks was attacked

Berlin, London, Sofia, Amsterdam, Paris. In these cities was attacked branches of Turkish bank (Işbank). For actions we used manual from the Network of Revolutionary Cells (SRB): “How to start evacuation”

Money from Turkish bank support terrorism of Turkish state. Turkish army killing civil people. For example, they killing a child named Sara Yusuf Hüseyin. Turkish army also killing revolutionary fighters in Rojava. We have to stop it!

Fight against Turkish bank is fight against terrorism!

Commando Sara Yusuf Hüseyin

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“Hardship has Tempered me and Turned my Mind to Steel” – Letter by radical long-term prisoner John Bowden about his parole process (UK)

Friday, October 25th, 2019

The situation with my parole remains bizarrely uncertain, and it has now become obvious that it is not the parole board that is deciding matters but the Justice Ministry itself. Unfortunately my Judicial Review fell at the first hurdle after my initial optimism when the first judge to consider my case decided there did appear to be a breach of proper legal procedure in the way the Justice Ministry refused to refer my case back to the parole board when the board’s supposed dissatisfaction with the length of time the probation service had arranged for me to spend in a parole hostel if released was put to rest when the hostel concerned informed the board that they were prepared to accept me for as long as was considered necessary.

The judge then gave the Justice Ministry 21 days to present a defence as to why I remained in prison still when there was clearly no real public protection justification for my continued imprisonment. 21 days later the Justice Ministry presented a “defence” claiming that it wasn’t just the issue of a long-term hostel place that had influenced the parole board’s decision to deny my release, but also my “aggressive anti-authority authority”, which it was unable to give any specific examples of in terms of breaches of discipline reports, etc. This was a blatant moving of the goalposts and unfortunately the different judge this time to consider the case, and who had obviously been “briefed” about my prison history and politicisation, swallowed the re-manufactured bullshit to justify my continued imprisonment and dismissed my action. (more…)

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Letter from John Bowden, long-term radical prisoner (UK)

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

There is a group of prisoners who although imprisoned for non-political offences subsequently become politicised or radicalised whilst in jail, and in both the USA and Britain this is a phenomenon that has become increasingly widespread.

In the USA during the 1960s and 70s the radicalisation of ordinary black prisoners, in particular, was fostered by the centrality of imprisonment in the experience of black activists and revolutionaries like Malcolm X (who described prisons as “universities of revolution”), Eldridge Cleaver, George Jackson, H Rap Brown, Angela Davis and others. George Jackson described his own politicisation succinctly: “I met Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels, and Mao when I entered prison and they redeemed me”.

Thus those whom W.E.B. Dubois described as an “army of the wronged” increasingly defined themselves as political prisoners who were the products of an oppressive political-economic order. This belief underpinned the praxis of radical groups such as the Black Panthers and Symbionese Liberation Army, and prisons were seen as the epicentre of a broader social and political revolution. The call for recognition of radicalised prisoners claim to political status underpinned prisoners’ demands in a series of protests that punctuated the 1970s in U.S. Prisons such as Folsom, Soledad, San Quentin and, later, Attica. (more…)

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Kevan Thakrar New Prison Address (UK)

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Long term CSC prisoner Kevan has been moved again, to another CSC Unit….

Kevan Thakrar A4907AE
HMP Full Sutton
York
YO41 1PS
UK

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Aviation Fuel Tankers Attacked in Bristol, UK

Monday, September 9th, 2019

In the heart of Easton, next to a school, in a busy residential area between a well used railway line and a motorway, is enough aviation fuel to cause a major explosion. Aviation fuel contains over 2,000 chemicals. Once ignited it has a much higher BTU (British Thermal Unit) than gasoline and can burn much longer. In Easton, there are 6 white tankers, each 60 foot long.

We are often labelled “terrorists” but if we were then… boom! bye, bye! Instead, we decided to attack these containers with dark blue paint. In executing this small act of defiance we hope to highlight their existance, and the danger they pose. This prank was also done to add to the current discourse and campaigns around the expansion of Bristol Airport. (more…)

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5,000 Partridges Liberated by the Animal Liberation Front (UK)

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Anonymous report, from Stop the cull (click here for video from the action [warning – Facebook]):

During the night of 19th August we visited a partridge shoot of the outskirts of Gloucester and liberated what we believe to be around 5,000 partridges, destined to be shot imminently. After weeks of surveillance of the rearing sheds, we waited until two weeks before the start of the killing season to release them. This was both to ensure that the birds were old enough to survive and to cause maximum economic damage. Our aim is to close this shoot down for good.

Due to the proximity of the farm buildings and the gamekeeper’s house, we built a barricade on the track so if the keeper came out in his vehicle we’d have time to escape should the noise of the fleeing birds wake anyone. We then opened each pen in turn by cutting the zip ties that held the fence panels together and the plastic netted roof before herding the thousands of captives into the surrounding maize and wheat fields.

We will dismantle this industry pen by pen, shoot by shoot.

Until all birds fly free.
Animal Liberation Front

via Bite Back.

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Northern Ireland: Writings and reflections by anarchist prisoner John Paul Wootton

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Two writings by anarchist prisoner John Paul Wootton. The first writing is his thoughts on the injustice system and the use of prisons by the state which realistically culminates in a complete waste of time to what the claim of why prisons are used, i.e. to “rehabilitate” people that commit “crimes” to make them “better and functional members of society”.

John Paul’s second writing is a reflection on why he became vegan and why he will remain vegan. John Paul is still struggling in the prison system to gain full rights to living a more vegan life in prison.

John Paul has been imprisoned with his co-accused Brendan McConville for the last 10 years. Both men have been falsely convicted of the shooting dead of a cop in Craigavon, Ireland in 2009. Ever since the two have been fighting the injustice imposed on them by the British colonial system. (more…)

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‘Buck’ – Insurgent zine from Bristol (UK)

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

PDF: Buck

“It becomes a hazard of the choices we make when we commit acts that move us nearer to the freedom we seek.”

‘Buck’ is inspired by ‘September Commando’ by John Yates with it’s minimal direct punchlines that accompany iconic images.

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Graffiti on Hoarding Boards of ‘Ashton Rise’ new urban sprawl development – Bristol (UK)

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Graffiti on Hoarding Boards of ‘Ashton Rise’ new urban sprawl development…..

15/08/19

At the ‘Ashton Rise’ development on the South Bristol Metro Bus Route (near Bristol City Football Club) graffiti was sprayed:

“Yet more urban sprawl… this time on allotments, and social housing…. Check 325.nostate.net tag Bristol for eco-actions”.

This was “socially cleansed” within 24 hours… maybe they feel a bit threatened? The standard “art-graffiti” around the area still remains.

Ashton Rise has a budget of £21 million. The council brag of it’s “affordable” nature, but the only thing that’s cheap about their project are the promises of “creating communities” and “sustainability”.

They can remove our traces… but they will never crush our rebellious hearts!

Thanks to the vandals for the shout out.

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