Anarchist Kostas Sakkas is on hunger strike from the 4th of June 2013, claiming his immediate release from pretrial detention, since he is held in custody more than 30 months due to a judicial coup d’état, while he has already served two terms of remand. We stand next to our comrade going on the offensive, as we deem appropriate under the circumstances. Thus, during four days, from 15 to 18 June, we torched the following:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ANARCHIST KOSTAS SAKKAS
On the morning of June 17th, Kostas Sakkas was evacuated from the Koridallos prison’s hospital to the general hospital of Nikaia, in Piraeus. The comrade is in critical condition.
Message from a fellow prisoner in struggle, on Corfu Island, in solidarity with Kostas Sakkas:
I stand in solidarity with the struggle of hunger striker Kostas Sakkas, and as a minimal display of my solidarity, I stop receiving prison meals as of today, June 17th. As is known, Kostas Sakkas is on strike since the 4th of June, and puts himself in the ultimate test of not taking food, fighting against the attempt of Power—targeted against any anarchist militant—to destroy its enemies… The extension of his 30-month pretrial detention shows the audacity of authorities to violate their own laws in order to serve terrorism and abolition of every individual right.
The passion for freedom is stronger than all prison cells!
Solidarity gathering for the 6 arrested during the anarchist intervention at Propylaea (24.4.2013) against the gagging of counter-information media:
Last night, Sunday the 16th of June 2013, it was calm in the city of İzmir. People gathered in Alsancak, at Gündoğdu Square, but the repression forces didn’t react. This is probably the current police strategy. They attack with huge forces in İstanbul and Ankara, but ‘let the other cities be’ for the time being.
The cops have dispersed the Taksim Gezi commune. The police’s fourth attack on Gezi Park was the most brutal one. Anti-riot squads, as well as many plainclothes (some of them cops, some of them Tayyip Erdoğan’s supporters), attacked in evening hours when it was crowded, and there were also children and old people in the area. Now, instead of huge blocks of police, numerous plainclothes cops in many inner streets wait to capture people. Protesters that live in the surrounding neighbourhoods are trapped in their houses and looking for ways to gather again outside. On Sunday night, twitter was flooding with messages that were calling people to take shelter in their houses.
On the previous evening, June 15th, they cut or pulled out some of the trees in Gezi Park while the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan was making a public speech. Mainstream media (especially NTV, and Habertürk) manipulated the facts. Habertürk broadcasted Tayyip’s speech with subtext “Prime minister giving speech to 1 million people.” The place where he gave his speech has the capacity of 250,000 people (4 persons per 1 square meter), and the half of the place was empty — of course, this was not shown in the media. Soon thereafter, during the violent crackdown in Taksim, the subtext was “Police taking the provocateurs out of Gezi Park.” (They are using the word ‘provakatör’ to describe people who are provoking others for violence, labeling each one of them as terrorist, as a person to blame. Meanwhile, many people don’t know what the word really means.)
In previous days, the police had detained 29 people blaming them for their messages on twitter (some of them are very naive). According to the Interior Minister, people who were active in social media will be hunted also in other cities, and new state laws will be voted about Internet.
Monday, June 17th, by 6pm (GMT+2) on Radiofragmata
A free talk with our comrades from Chile and Brazil about various different topics of interest to anarchists, glimpses of the situation in Latin America, Greece, etc. The recording was made by Contra Info on the 13th of May 2013 and the audio processing was completed thanks to the Radiofragmata internet radio in Athens.
Original discussion is mainly in Spanish but the transmission starts with Greek translation. The recording will soon be available in the Radiofragmata archive.
Everyday for the last two weeks people have taken to the streets of Berlin to show their solidarity with the ongoing struggle in Turkey. On the evening of June 7th a short and wild demonstration took place in the centre of the Kreuzberg neighbourhood, when around 50 people marched towards Kottbusser Tor, shouting slogans and lightening fireworks.
Traffic was blocked in every direction by material pulled into the street from construction sites. The cops, who were at that moment attempting a drug raid in Kottbusser Tor, were attacked with stones and firebombs. After this action the mob dispersed.
Before the demonstrators reached Kottbusser Tor, leaflets were spread in the surrounding area. The text was written in Turkish and German and circulated some days before Friday’s action. Additionally banners were hung reading “Berlin salutes Istanbul – For social revolt worldwide” and “Özgürlük için omuz omuza / Side by side towards freedom!” As the newspapers reported, two people were arrested by the cops and released the next day. We lend our solidarity to them as well, as they are facing the repression of the police and the judicial system.
We will be back: when, where, and how we chose. We take part in demos and actions, and show the rebels that in Berlin too we fight at their side!
Our thoughts are with the families, friends and comrades of Mehmet Ayvalıtaş (İstanbul), Abdullah Cömert (Antakya) and Ethem Sarısülük (Ankara), all killed during the revolt.
Freedom for the prisoners! Shoulder to shoulder towards freedom!
The leaflet that was handed out:
Solidarity with the Rebels!
People storm the streets, barricades are built, cars are set on fire, and everything that’s not nailed down flies in the direction of the police. The sky is clouded by teargas, and a shout for freedom makes its way through the dust.
The planned destruction of one of the last green spaces in Istanbul, in order to replace it with a shopping mall, was the spark that brought thousands of people onto the streets in order to resist. In the meantime, the revolt spread across the country like wildfire.
No matter how different the motivations of everyone involved may be, they burst through the existent, and in doing so, open new spaces of self-organization, solidarity and controversy.
All these things are a rare occurrence in this world. Between school, work, paying rent, keeping a family feed and so on, it often seems as if there is no time to take issue with the destruction of our environment. We approve that all over the wold there are still those who, despite it all, still do something. As has been shown, the small fights of daily life can be the trigger of a general uprising.
We see the smoke signals from the cities and in them we recognize the struggles we fight here: against displacement, degradation, and police violence. Therefore we call for solidarity with the insurgents, so that those on the Bosporus can also see that they are not alone!
Shoulder to shoulder towards freedom! (A)
Actually it was NOT totally unpredictable, but we somehow couldn’t see it was coming. What have people of Turkey being doing until this revolt? Students have beaten up the teachers who gave them grades lower than they deserved. People stabbed doctors who neglected their loved ones. They shot sergeants to run away, and deserted obligatory military service. They crashed police stations and beaten up abusive police officers. After courts gave their verdict, people gave a taste of their own verdict at the hallways of courts. Women brought their own justice to their violators. They committed suicides under the pressure of big exams, credit card debts…
Insurrection of individuals and revolutionary groups finally touched each other and got connected in Gezi Park Resistance (as of May 29 to date). So, we wanted to share some of our observations from behind the barricades with you:
• Roads were blocked, trunks and back seats are checked to see if they secretly sneak gas bombs to police. Because police used ambulances to sneak bombs, people carefully searched them; people stoned fire trucks because they were observed to be carrying water for the water cannons that put out fire barricades.
• ID checks for those who were suspected to be undercover police.
• CCTVs and cameras were dismantled and damaged.
• More than 40 outstanding barricades were set. Pavement stones, billboards, traffic signs, trash cans, whatever is in hand and lying around, were used.
• Banks, ATMs, billboards and bus stop advertisements were destroyed.
• Police containers and police cars were set on fire, OR used for the benefit of public. More »
For 30 consecutive months, anarchist Kostas Sakkas remains in custody. The comrade is on hunger strike since 4/6 fighting for the obvious, his immediate release from prison. On Thursday night, 13/6, as a minimal display of solidarity, we set four ATMs near Canningos Square on fire. Strength, comrade!
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF HUNGER STRIKER KOSTAS SAKKAS
Cassa di solidarietà Aracnide (solidarity fund against repression) reports that comrades Alessandro Settepani and Giuseppe Lo Turco were released from Ferrara prison on June 12th, and now have an obligation to stay in Montegabbione (Terni) and Catania (Sicily), respectively, as well as the restrictions of signing in at the nearest police station (for Alessandro twice a day) and being subjected to ‘oral warning’.
In addition, Paola Francesca Iozzi and Giulia Marziale are finally free from house detention and no longer have restrictions.
Three anarchists accused in the ‘Ardire’ case are still imprisoned:
Elisa Di Bernardo
Sergio Maria Stefani, Stefano Gabriele Fosco
GUARD DOGS, KEEP WATCH OVER YOUR BOSSES [slogan to the cops]
Friday night, April 19th, 2013 at Exarchia: some people decide to show factually to MAT anti-riot squads that they’re undesirable in the area. Clashes, tear gases and manhunt follow. I leave my company of friends in the café where we were sitting, and I head towards Tzavella Street to get a motorbike that a friend lent me. There I get attacked by DELTA motorcycle cops, the modern version of scum like Bourandas [chief officer of the police motorcycle unit during the Axis occupation of Greece], whose sole duty is targeting and exterminating dissidents or simply those whose personality does not match their own tastes. They assure me they just bring me to the GADA police headquarters for ID check.
Inside the police headquarters, they change their attitudes. A random detention out of the many of the sort turns into arrest because incriminating evidence pop out of nowhere (a glove, a collar and a lighter allegedly found in my possession), although none of these objects are mentioned in the arrest report. Then I find out that there are witnesses against me (all of them DELTA cops), who claim in identical statements that they recognize me as we were standing in a long distance between us, but I (quite taller and with different hair though), with my face covered… was the person threatening them waving ‘facetiously’ a lit Molotov cocktail at hand.
The rest of the process goes as expected. They order my pretrial detention despite the fact that there are no grounds for imposing this ultimate measure of incarceration, as clearly defined by their laws. These things, however, are more or less known as I am neither the first nor the last case where the judges will dismiss their own laws that they purportedly honour, in order to convict someone among us, a proletarian, someone coming from ‘those below’ in this world.
Waiting two months now to see when and if they intend to release me from prison, given also their effort to incriminate me through a controversial DNA report, I understand that the guard dogs of Power are right: although legal requirements for my arrest and pretrial detention are not ‘met’, there are other, more important grounds for my confinement. My conviction as squatter of the Polytechnic School in 1995, my participation in collective struggles and ventures without patrons or leaders, my solidarity to those who shout out loud ‘Back off, snitches! Onward, comrades!’ in the streets, stadiums, squats or courtrooms, my solidarity to those who challenge the state monopoly of violence, to those who do not ultimately consent to their extermination, and refuse to open the way for the domestic and transnational elites to pile up profits…
I have been found guilty without being tried, guilty thanks to completely identical statements of the fascist criminal gang named DELTA nowadays, instead of Organization X, as it was called under the Nazi regime. This is because, anyone who is not subordinate to the State, the bosses and their fascists, can only seem guilty in the eyes and ears of those who oppress us and try in vain to crush us, can only be an internal enemy, or simply redundant and ideal for ‘storage’ in one of their dungeons. Guilty because I like many other men and women at Exarchia have not always just drank our wine in shops of the Square, but with uncovered face and just a stone’s throw from those who crushed the heads and the dignity of rioters and ordinary passers-by, have oftentimes shouted at them: GUARD DOGS, KEEP WATCH OVER YOUR BOSSES!
PS. Solidarity with Kostas Sakkas, who conducts a hunger strike since the 4th of June, and Gerasimos Tsakalos; both comrades are over 30 months in remand at the dungeons of Democracy.
Over the past few days, numerous acts of solidarity took place throughout Greece in solidarity with imprisoned anarchist Kostas Sakkas, who is on hunger strike since the 4th of June 2013 fighting for his immediate release. On the 11th of June, a treating physician reported that clinically he has profound weakness, fatigue after minimal exertion (e.g. walking from his cell to the prisons infirmary), discomfort, mild dyspnea, dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, and he has lost 3.5kg of weight.
In the meantime, fellow prisoners have declared their unreserved solidarity with the hunger striker. Since the 4th of June, four comrades that are held in the dungeon of Koridallos women’s prison wing, Kostas Gournas (Revolutionary Struggle member), Christoforos Kortesis, Vaggelis Stathopoulos, as well as Dimitris Koufontinas (17 November member), have refused prison meals.
On the 5th of June, in the session of the 3rd CCF trial at Koridallos women’s prison court, co-accused comrades left the courtroom supporting the decision of Kostas Sakkas to go on hunger strike.
Since the 6th of June, the comrades from Larissa prison second wing Rami Syrianos and Spyros Stratoulis have abstained from prison food to support Kostas Sakkas in his struggle, stating also their solidarity with CCF member Gerasimos Tsakalos, who received an extension of his pretrial detention.
On the 7th of June, anarcho-communists Tasos Theofilou (Domokos prison) and Polykarpos Georgiadis (Corfu prison) published a joint statement for their comrade Kostas Sakkas, saying ‘we will meet again soon, at the battlefields of social/class war.’
On the 11th of June, a total of 290 women and men incarcerated in Larissa, Patras, Corfu, the first wing of Koridallos, Alikarnassos, and Eleonas–Thebes released an open letter in defense of Kostas Sakkas and the destruction of every prison.
On the 13th of June, Kostas Sakkas was brought to the Athens appeals court (on Loukareos street), where a council of appellate judges examined his objection against his prolonged pretrial incarceration for another 6 months. (Their decision is yet to be announced.) In the same morning, three other prisoners were brought before a judicial council in the same court, namely anarchists Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios and Dimitris Politis. During their stay at the appeals court, cops attacked Fivos Harisis throwing him to the ground, kicking him repeatedly, and handcuffing him even in the transfer van. When all of the prisoners, including the hunger striker, were taken back to Koridallos an intense clash broke out with cops and jailers at the prison, in response to the earlier police assault at one of them. The comrades turned the entrance unit into a battlefield for a while (fire extinguishers, drawers with documents and chairs were thrown in the air, and windows were smashed), proving in practice that no attack of the dogs of Power will be left unanswered.
Strength to all prisoners in struggle! Immediate release of hunger striker Kostas Sakkas!
Hunger strike declaration by Kostas Sakkas, Koridallos prison, May 29th, 2013:
On the 4th of December 2010 I was captured along with the comrade Alexandros Mitroussias in the district of Nea Smyrni, Athens, while I was leaving a rented warehouse where arms were being stored.
Since the beginning, I have admitted my connection with this place as well as the weapons found there. I have stated, since the first moment, that I am an anarchist and that my presence in this specific place was related to my political identity and the choices I make as a consequence of this. More »
As has been known, in the first days of January 2013, I suffered a serious head injury after an accident. What followed were two successive head surgeries and a three-month stay in various hospitals. Of course, for some time now, I have escaped danger and I’m on the mend, awaiting a final restoration surgery on the skull. Now I am back among my comrades and my brothers and sister of the CCF, which in itself makes me feel better.
I gradually get some insight into the interest expressed during my hospitalization, and I feel the need to thank all those who stood by me in various different ways, from donating blood (which was much needed), to fundraising for covering medical expenses.
I have a special place in my heart, however, for the comrades of the International Conspiracy for Revenge-FAI/IRF who burned a private vehicle in Indonesia, and for the compas of the Insurrectionary Anti-authoritarian Cell-FAI/FRI who targeted with incendiary devices the building of the Chile’s national association of penitentiary functionaries and previously attacked facilities belonging to the Chilean Gendarmerie, because of the great honour they have done me by giving my name in the direct action cells that claimed responsibility for these anarchist attacks against domination. Brothers and sisters, you should know you’re in my thoughts and that these actions have moved me deeply. May the fire of Insurgence and Anarchy always keep your hearts warm, and your hands armed against the enemies of freedom.
Finally, I would like to thank all those direct action groups in Greece and abroad who were interested in my condition and wished me a good recovery.
I am happy to see that all this time the project of FAI/IRF remains dynamic and active. I’d like to hope that, in the future, its intensity will grow enormously, and its diffusion will cause fear among the rulers globally.
LONG LIVE FAI/IRF
Announcement by the Revolutionary Anarchist Action
Against the State and police terror: Our rage is growing, so does our struggle!
The ongoing occupation of Taksim Square and Gezi Park was attacked by the police this morning (June 11th, 2013). After the meeting of the council of ministers yesterday, the police came to the square early in the morning, at about 7 o’ clock, and while shooting tear gas the repression forces made announcements that they are not going to attack the park. Hundreds of police officers entered Taksim Square pleading that there will be no attack to the park and saying that only banners will be removed. While the banners on the Atatürk Cultural Centre were moved away, another group of police wanted to remove the tents in the square. People tried to stop this, and police attacked the protesters with tear gas.
While the police attack was underway, many people started to come to the square against this fascist attack. To prevent people from coming, the police fired tear gas into the subway, and Taksim metro station was closed for transportation. More »
i. ‘Return of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire from the ashes’
Only in those moments when our tension for freedom is rejoined with practice do we truly manage to live anarchy, here and now. Unfortunately the dream we carry in our hearts is too great to avoid the risk of finding ourselves up against the monstrous wall of authority raised in defense of the State and Capital. When we really put our life in play, inevitably we end up confronting the hardness there is in the struggle: death and prison.
The Conspiracy of Cells of Fire-FAI/IRF in collaboration with comrades from the Consciousness Gangs, honouring our old and timeless friendship, blew up the private car of the female director of Koridallos men’s prisons, Maria Stefi, as a display of genuine solidarity with our ten imprisoned brothers and sister, Giorgos P., Olga, Gerasimos, Christos, Michalis, Giorgos, Haris, Theofilos, Panagiotis, Damiano, that have taken responsibility for their participation in the Conspiracy.
After almost two years of silence throughout the Greek territory, the CCF returns. Maintaining a common front with the Consciousness Gangs, the FAI cells (‘Antifascist Front’, ‘Unscathed Cell of Vengeance’, ‘Lone Wolf Cell’, etc.) and the Sect of Revolutionaries, we support and strengthen the international conspiracy of the Informal Anarchist Federation/International Revolutionary Front.
The bomb we placed at the vehicle of the director of Koridallos prisons is the first drops before the storm. Or, as it was written in the last communiqué by the CCF against the Greek minister of Justice… More »
On June 8th, in İstanbul, Çarşı group gathered at approximately 7pm in the district of Beşiktaş and marched to Taksim Square.
They have also hanged this banner from the Atatürk Cultural Centre, in Taksim (Optik, pictured on the banner, is a man that formed Çarşı and gave Beşiktaş sport club’s supporters a political perspective). Çarşı group have been very brave and effective during the clashes, and have enormous support from people. More »
Anarchist comrade Francesco ‘Jimmy’ Puglisi, who went on the run after being sentenced to 14 years in prison following a trial for ‘devastation and looting’ in regards to the 2001 Genoa revolt, was arrested on the 5th of June 2013 in Barcelona.
Comrades in Spain estimate that he may have been taken to a prison in Madrid, probably the Soto del Real, before being extradited to Italy.
You may send updates to Informa-azione at informa-a[at]autistici.org (preferably in Italian).
Solidarity to the prisoners Francesco Puglisi, Alberto Funaro and Marina Cugnaschi! Vincenzo, stay free!
In August 2012, Tasos Theofilou was arrested in Athens and remanded on grave charges. He is accused of an armed bank robbery on Paros Island that happened previously that summer, and resulted to the fatal shooting of a citizen who attempted to stop the robbers on their escape. In addition, he is implicated in the case against the urban guerrilla group Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. The comrade explicitly denies all charges.
The trial of anarchist-communist Tasos Theofilou will start Monday, June 10th, 2013, by 9am, at the 3rd three-member felony court of appeals (Efeteio) on Loukareos street in Athens.
Contra Info 2013
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