On Monday, December 9th, 2013 we carried out a coordinated sabotage of twelve ATMs at bank branches in Thessaloniki. By doing so, we chose to disrupt even for a while the smooth flow of financial transactions in the city, promoting at the same time a continuation of polymorphous struggle in solidarity with comrades prosecuted for their subversive activity.
We stand beside the imprisoned:
- anarchists Nikos Romanos, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Yannis Michailidis, Dimitris Politis, Fivos Harisis and Argyris Ntalios, currently on trial in the case of double robbery in Velventos, Kozani;
- comrade Tasos Theofilou, currently on trial in the case of robbery at Alpha Bank branch on Paros Island;
- Spyros Stratoulis, who is on hunger strike since November 11th, claiming dismissal of all charges against him in relation to the “criminal organization hangouts of Thessaloniki” and re-granting of exit permits;
- and Rami Syrianos, Michalis Ramadanoglou and Ergün Mustafa, who are also on hunger strike, in solidarity with Spyros and his struggle.
From the prison of Lenzburg, Marco Camenisch informs us that he has been notified of yet another rejection of his conditional release, to which he should have had access long ago, as he has already served two thirds of the sentence imposed by the Swiss courts. We spread an excerpt from his letter:
“This time the denial came from the TAR (administrative review court). To tell the truth, I’m sick and tired of dealing with the usual long-winded repressive crap, in which also the TAR simply ‘approves’ everything that has already been expressed by their worthy cronies, only adding even more meanness and maliciousness. I was surely expecting a confirmation of the denial but, to tell the truth, at least a hint of seriousness in the treatment of the ‘defense arguments’. In practice an a posteriori internment, by the end of the prison sentence, is most likely what lies ahead of me. That’s the only point worth noting…”
Always beside Marco! Against all prisons!
Anti-repression solidarity fund of western Alps
On the night from 25 to 26 November 2013, we attacked the Santander Bank located on Frankfurter Allee in Friedrichshain, Berlin. This action intended to send solidarity greetings to the 5 anarchists in Spain who are suspected to have attacked a church.
We chose the Santander Bank because it is one of the largest banks of Spain, and because the same bank is hugely profiteering from the inmates in Spanish prisons. So, all the money of prisoners is administered by Santander, which naturally provides for particularly fucked up terms and conditions.
Another reason for our choice lies in the fact that Santander Bank invests eagerly in prison construction across Latin America.
We consider this attack as an early contribution to the international solidarity action week from 16 to 22 December 2013.
Furthermore, we send a warm hug to the five people in Spain and all others that do not give up their rebellious stance in everyday life.
FREEDOM FOR ALL
On Tuesday evening, November 26th, 2013 we raided the Palladium internet café, located on Solomou street in Exarchia. We vandalized its interior, smashing the screens and the storefront glass-windows, and we torched the server, taking appropriate measures to prevent accidents. Then we left all together in a coordinated manner and absolute safety, in order to avoid any unfortunate encounter with dogs of the DELTA motorcycle police team.
Several incidents have reached our ears in relation to this internet café, including the fact that it was one of the cops’ favorite spots in downtown Athens, something that even the owner himself admitted during the attack.
Every peaceful citizen who voluntarily dress themselves in police uniform, everyone who are looking forward to receiving a pat on the back from cops for offering their “services”, everyone whose misery and subservience have permeated every inch of their personality should keep in mind that nothing goes unanswered. We will do everything in our power to give snitches what they deserve: the realization of their worst nightmare, a response to their intentional submission. They have a name, an address, they run their shops, and we know them very well. Their logic is dangerous; they have worn-out ideals, and have consciously taken on the submissive role of an informant. If they think we will allow them to perform their task without bearing the consequences, then they are woefully mistaken. Let individuals like the owner of the Palladium internet café know that they will constantly be targeted by us, because we will keep showing our aversion at well-meaning informers and associates of all sorts of cops. We owe this to our imprisoned comrades, those who left us early and did not fulfill their insurrectionary vision, those who ran into “bad luck” due to the work of advocates of intentional submissiveness, as well as those who continue the fight for the disorder and deconstruction of social inaction.
We dedicate this attack to the 4 comrades arrested in Nea Filadelfeia (Argyris Ntalios, Fivos Harisis, Grigoris Sarafoudis, Yannis Naxakis)
Strength to the 6 anarchists currently on trial for the Velventos case (Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis, Nikos Romanos, Yannis Michailidis, Argyris Ntalios, Fivos Harisis), and to those who continue their struggle on the inside
To leave no room for doubt…
As anarchists we are in constant confrontation with the State/Capital in all its manifestations; this is a no-brainer. But sometimes, especially when Power falls down on us in all its brutality, glances get confused making strides towards ambiguous and unclear positions. I believe it’s necessary to maintain consistency, and not give rise to victimizing and defeatist discourses or practices. Perhaps now we should take a step back, but always to make five steps forward on the enticing pathway of incertitude to total liberation.
A strong embrace to all anarchist prisoners, held in prison worldwide, especially to Juan Aliste, Marcelo Villarroel and José Miguel Sánchez, with whom I had the opportunity to share experiences on the inside (in Chile).
Uncertain of what will come, yet unhesitating against Power
Banner drop in the town of Agrinio: “Against the vindictiveness of Power – Hunger strike (since 11/11) for life and dignity – Freedom for S.Stratoulis”
Comrade Spyros Stratoulis was incarcerated in Greek prisons at the age of 17, and has been held for nearly 22 years in a peculiar hostage situation. He has fought for two decades against the rottenness of the prison system, exposing its hypocritical face, and claiming dignity. The dozens of solidarity documents he has signed, his open denouncements of detention conditions, and his involvement in prison riots, hunger strikes and abstentions from prison food are indicative of his long struggle on the inside; and all this at great cost.
Despite his long incarceration, Spyros received days of leave from prison only in the past two years. From 2008 until 2010 he was held on remand, additionally to his sentence, because of his participation in the 2007 prison rebellion that was triggered across Greece when an anarchist prisoner (Yannis Dimitrakis) was beaten by jailers. This resulted in consecutive negative responses—describing Spyros as dangerous—to his requests for exit permits, as well as endless hours in solitary confinement.
In July 2012, the Thessaloniki police directorate unleashed a coordinated operation, during which cops raided homes, hangouts and squats, detaining and persecuting dozens of comrades on charges of involvement in an alleged criminal organization dubbed “Hangouts of Thessaloniki”. The mammoth indictment was based solely on records of phone tapping.
Almost a year later, in April 2013, imprisoned comrade Spyros Stratoulis was summoned by the investigating judge to testify as defendant in the case. Criminal proceedings against him were initiated on the basis of others’ gossiping in phone calls tapped by the police.
Although no remand or restrictive order was issued against him in relation to this case, the provision of article 55 (pending felony charges) of the Greek penitentiary code was automatically activated. Ever since this provision was applied, not only was he deprived of regular exit permits that he fought so hard to get, but he is also bound to remain hostage pending charges, with a high probability of having to serve the maximum prison sentence length, which is 25 years in Greece, awaiting trial in this particular case, while he would have otherwise been able to request his release on probation in September this year.
On Monday, November 11th, 2013 Spyros went on hunger strike, demanding that the aforementioned charges against him be dropped, and claiming his immediate acquittal by judicial decree in order to be granted days of leave again.
As an indicator of solidarity with the struggle of Spyros, three of his fellow prisoners launched a hunger strike, too, namely anarchist Rami Syrianos in the prison of Domokos as of 21/11, and Ergün Mustafa and Michalis Ramadanoglou in the prisons of Malandrino and Grevena, respectively, as of 25/11.
The combative stance and integrity that Spyros has demonstrated all these years can only make us stand beside him in his every fight for dignity and freedom.
We must not leave anyone alone in the hands of the State.
Immediate re-granting of exit permits to Spyros Stratoulis
Dismissal of all charges brought against him in this case
Initiative of anarchists for hunger striker Spyros Stratoulis
Wednesday, December 4th
PA’s gathering at 12pm in Monastiraki Square, Athens
Open assembly at 7.30pm in the Athens Polytechnic School
Saturday, December 7th
Solidarity demonstration at 12pm in Tachydromeiou Square, Larissa
Since the 27th of November, 22 prisoners from the 2nd section of Larissa prison as well as 13 prisoners from the Β1 wing of Grevena prison abstain from prison meals, in solidarity with the four hunger strikers, Spyros Stratoulis, Rami Syrianos, Ergün Mustafa and Michalis Ramadanoglou. Numerous statements and gestures have been communicated in solidarity with the struggle of Spyros Stratoulis, and diverse actions are scheduled for the coming days, with a solidarity action day all over Greece called for Wednesday, December 4th. Meanwhile, supporters report that prisoner Spyros Stratoulis was transferred to a hospital on the outskirts of the city of Larissa on the 2nd of December, but he was brought back to the prison of Larissa the next day (3/12).
To all the ungovernable in the world
To all solidarity organizations
To free media
To the people in general
I have maintained a hunger strike for 51 days, and first I want to thank all those who have shown solidarity in various different ways with the struggle for my freedom. Today, from my isolated room in the Tepepan hospital, I can listen to them shouting slogans for my freedom. Their presence is feeding me and filling me with strength.
On the 26th of November, the judge re-suspended my hearing; it’s obvious that she does not care about my health, and only wants to keep me locked up (although she has no evidence to do so) and let me die here, but that will not be so easy, because all our efforts cannot pass unnoticed, and whether they like it or not, sooner or later we will achieve my release.
The poor minds of officials and politicians cannot even believe that we give our lives for a dream; they think they’re gods supported by their law that restrains our freedom; they want to punish the incorruptible, the incorrigible who will never accept their game, or their rules, or their crumbs.
I am confident that we will soon see each other on the streets; I know I’ll get out of here.
“The revolt continues; there is no turning back from this path!”
November 28th, 2013
This demonstration was called as a sign that the autonomous spectrum will never accept an eviction of the 24-year-long Rote Flora squat. However, the mobilization has had two other main reasons, too.
Gentrification in Hamburg, and other cities, is moving rapidly every day. In Hamburg’s district St. Pauli, the Senate wants to demolish the two Esso houses (named after the gas station on the main floor), home of over 100 people. Resistance within an initiative against the demolition of Esso houses has been diverse and strong.
The refugee struggle in Hamburg has been going on for many weeks (notes on the struggle here). Over 300 self-organized refugees keep fighting against the racial profiling and deportation threat. Numerous solidarity actions and demonstrations with thousands of participants, in solidarity with the Lampedusa refugee group, have taken place in Hamburg and beyond.
Now these struggles are coming together on the street for a large demonstration on the 21st of December 2013, to show that resistance against the Hamburg Senate politics can only intensify…
Shut down Fortress Europe! Right to stay for everyone!
No Border – No Nation!
Flyer in German here; call & flyer in English here: i, ii
If you’re planning to join the protest in Hamburg, and you need more info, please contact the Rote Flora squat at: flora-bleibt (at) nadir.org. If you’ll also need a place to sleep, please send an email to: schlafplatz2112 (at) riseup.net.
“Strength to comrade José Miguel Sánchez Jiménez, on hunger strike since the 27th of November 2013 – Fire to the prisons!” (José Miguel is incarcerated for nearly two decades in Chile)
“Freedom for Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, solidarity with Valeria Giacomoni, Gerardo Formoso and Rocío Yune, accused of attacks claimed by the Insurrectional Commando Mateo Morral” (in Spain)
“Solidarity with Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Aliste Vega and Freddy Fuentevilla, prosecuted for the ‘Security’ Case” (imprisoned in Chile)
“We stand beside the comrades Marcelo Villarroel, Juan Aliste Vega and Freddy Fuentevilla, who are remanded in Chile, accused in the ‘Caso Security’ (a bank robbery case, including charges for executing a cop) – Anarchists for the Dispersion of Chaos”
“Solidarity with anarchists Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai” (imprisoned in Italy)
“«You are chasing a ghost that you cannot lock up in the cramped boxes of your judicial codes. This is because it manifests itself at the instant in which the destructive tensions of those who animate it come together to act, at the moment when free women and men decide to experience anarchy concretely» —Nicola Gai. ~ We stand beside our anarchist comrades Nicola Gai and Alfredo Cospito, Olga Cell FAI/FRI members who assumed responsibility for the shooting of Roberto Adinolfi, chief executive of nuclear power firm. Lone wolves are not alone. For black anarchy and rage towards destruction – Anarchists for the Dispersion of Chaos”
“Prisoners to the streets!”
On Thursday, November 28th, at 6am, plainclothes cops from the Information Brigade of the Spanish National Police launched a large-scale operation against activists from various different collectives, under the orders of Cristina Cifuentes, a politician of the ruling right-wing Partido Popular (People’s Party), and current central government delegate in Madrid. The police claimed to have opened an investigation in relation to an antifascist direct action that took place on November 20th in the Complutense University of Madrid. As a result of this repressive blow, 19 individuals were arrested on November 28th, and another one on the 30th (still in custody); the investigation is currently underway, so there is always the threat of further persecutions.
On Thursday evening, the gathering in solidarity with the 19 arrestees outside the Moratalaz police station was attacked by cops, who carried out numerous ID checks and then unleashed crackdown on protesters for several hours, as a result of which 11 more people were detained, and released only the following morning.
During the evening of Friday, November 29th, the 19 arrestees of 28/11 were brought before the prosecutor in the Plaza de Castilla court, and were all released pending charges. A diverse crowd welcomed the prosecuted activists there, chanting solidarity slogans like “Freedom for those detained for fighting.” Another solidarity gathering was called for Sunday, December 1st, at 12pm in Tirso de Molina square in downtown Madrid.
The prosecuted have been charged with offenses against the exercise of fundamental rights and public liberties, with the aggravating factor of acting in hatred, causing injuries and damages. They are mainly accused of an antifascist direct action that took place on November 20th, date when fascists commemorate the anniversary of Franco’s death and the execution of José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange (the “Spanish Phalanx” nationalist party). Just like every year, on the same day several antifascist collectives held a counter-demo in the Complutense University of Madrid, under the slogan “Fascists out of the University”. The protest march moved through the campus and ended in front of the Law School, where an attack was carried out against the offices of the fascist association Foro Universitario Francisco de Vitoria. Members of this fascist student organization, who showed up their faces, received proper welcome. Later on, the scum went straight to the cops to report the attack.
It is worth mentioning that, on November 4th in the School of History of the Complutense University of Madrid, a bunch of neo-Nazis of the Liga Joven (Youth League) broke into the university premises, tore off posters and confronted several students, in retaliation to the execution of two Golden Dawn thugs in Athens (November 1st, 2013).
One thing all people have in common: We’re illegal
We crush the grass with our feet, we set fire to the forest, we spit on the ground, we throw garbage onto the streets, we cross the road when the red light is on. We buy contraband cigarettes, we construct houses without permits, we use pirated electricity. We don’t pay tax, we engage in illegal trade, we make fake papers. We skip from school, we pass the exam with a little bit of cheatin, we get high in the toilets. We skive from work, we steal material from the office drawers, and money from the safe. We don’t care about standarts, we don’t do the maintenance of nothing.
Life. It’s 100% natural, no additives.
Against the law-enforcement, against the law makers, against teachers, managers, principals… we are speaking, eating, drinking, walking, sleeping, laughing, crying. We are fighting with each other, playing with each other, making love to each other, we love one another, we are not shaving, not getting showered!
We are cutting the tongues of those who say ” Speaking is forbidden “. A liquid of an undefined red colour is flowing. I guess food coloring?
Advertisements for the insurrection
-Looting. The most joyous shopping
-Steal from the supermarkets, change!
-Breaking the ATMs. What could be more natural than that?
-Burn the car. Just do it.
-Pavement stone. The world’s local reaction.
-Don’t be civilized, be yourself
-Breaking panes of glass. Finger lickin’ good.
-Fake your documents. You care about everything!
-Pirate electricity. This will give you a taste of life!
-Fake your identity. Can we help you with anything else?
-Scratch cars, make yourself happy!
-Slingshot. It’s the simply the best to fight the cops.
-Spray paint is for you, make your own rules!
-Pepper spray is inviting you with its smell…
-Squares. We can’t get enough!
-Resistance. Connecting people!
-Freedom. Because you are worth it!
Mmm, chocolate-covered illegality with whole hazelnuts! You are not you when you are legal!
Who does not get excited about prison escape movies, or movies about bank robbers? Who does not feel secret pleasure when watching deaths, explosions and even blood? Who does not like to kill people in computer games? Who does not wish for apocalypse?
Let the day belong to them, let the night spread everywhere. The deepest desires come out now, nobody can stop the army of the darkness.
The anti-depressants and steet lamps and all others that might want to stop us will not escape from destruction.
Armed workers, ready to kill, guardians of law and order, servants of the powerful, paid assassins. It is the Argentine Federal Police. Psychological war makes part of the social war in which we confront all forms of authority, but it is not the one we choose or promote, since our war is physical: that of direct attack against the oppressors and their belongings. For us it is not enough knowing that the enemy is aware they might receive a strike; we rather feel complete by knowing that they have been indeed attacked. Even if our interest was psychological, we think that this very interest is being nurtured directly by a physical reality that becomes concrete via direct attack, as we mentioned already.
On Sunday, November 24th, 2013, between 1.30 and 2 in the night, we attacked two Argentine Federal Police patrol cars with incendiary devices. One was from the 41st police department and the other in the service of the 27th.
Strength for comrade Ilya Romanov, imprisoned in Russia after getting injured due to the detonation of an explosive device he was preparing in order to attack the cops.
Solidarity with comrades Francisco Solar and Mónica Caballero, in pretrial detention in Spain, accused in connection with the bombing at the Basilica of the Pillar in Zaragoza.
Our greetings in complicity, full of love and anarchy, for comrades Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai, imprisoned in Italy and proud members of Olga Cell FAI/FRI.
Friends of the Earth / Informal Anarchist Federation
Freedom was taken for granted
advertised on giant screens
wrapped in colorful plastic packages
and sold as cheap staple good
amidst the spectacle of brightly lit glass-palaces
where people with RFID chips in their necks were busy to catch it.
Plastic world, inhabited by plastic people with plastic dreams
their essence ends up being swimming islands in the oceans
once they’ll form an eighth continent
– the new world – Plastika
they’ll welcome us with a Statue of Liberty from plastic waste.
O almighty Plastic God, bless our civilization!
I wish to inform you that from November 25th, 2013 I started a hunger strike, and sent a related memo to the ministry, to sympathize with my fellow prisoner, friend, brother and co-fighter Spyros Stratoulis, who is incarcerated in the prison of Larissa. Since November 11th, 2013, he refrains from eating, thus claiming his acquittal from unfounded accusations attributed to him, for participation in a criminal organization and causing dangerous bodily harm, relating to events that occurred in July 2012 in Thessaloniki.
These charges resulted to the interruption of the regular days of leave he was receiving for two years, following all legal procedures under article 55, paragraph 1 of the penitentiary code. With this act of support, I assume the fight of hunger strike as a last resort, and tangibly express that I am on his side. I made a conscious decision: I know very well my co-fighter Spyros Stratoulis, and his struggles on the inside, when he risked his life and further detention, but never his dignity. I empathize with what he’s going through; we have gone through many hard times together in various prisons, and as much as we could, within the constraints of prison, we also shared moments of joy. Spyros is like family to me, and I will be on his side till the end. I know that he would do the same for me.
The struggle for freedom concerns us all, and we’ll continue to struggle at any cost in order to see him, one more person deprived of freedom, freed from the shackles of prison.
Full support to co-fighter and brother on hunger strike Spyros Stratoulis
THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN ALL PRISONS
Inmate of Grevena prison
In the early hours of Thursday, September 26, 2013 we placed an explosive device at the tax office located in Kifissia [a northern suburb of Athens], as a first response to the efforts of the State to be portrayed as the referee and punisher of its Golden-Dawn employees, and its creation of a spectacle that can serve as a smokescreen, aiming to conceal its own fascist style of governance, as well as the murderous new austerity measures. Fascism, just like presidential parliamentary democracy, is a model of Power that’s based on the current economic organization and promotes capitalist interests. The policies which are implemented are those mandated by the free market, interests of which will never be democratic—in reality, we neither see democracy and freedom applied in working environments, nor in everyday life, which is organized by capitalism. Modern totalitarianism is imposed by concentration camps, shootings of migrant farm workers, as happened in Manolada [in the Peloponnese], the shutdown of public hospitals, layoffs, movie-inspired invasions of squats, starvation wages, the imprisonment of fighters, the defamation of leaderless social struggles, the public stigmatization of [alleged] HIV-positive women, tax raids, and the existing and future memoranda with the IMF/ECB/EU Troika.
The murder of Pavlos Fyssas—which caused a torrent of righteous wrath against fascism to break out—has become something to be exploited by the government. The government has weighed the political costs of covering up another fascist assassination, and has artfully put a democratic-antifascist facade on display, highlighting two theories: the theory of two extremes, and that of the democratic arc. As for the first one, it is obvious that they attempt to tar actions against totalitarianism and the actions of the far-right with the same brush. This hard line against the anomie of the Nazis, an approach that is imposed by the current political balance, tends to also include acts of those who revolt, paving the way for a new wave of attacks against people that keep up the struggle. The “democratic arc”—worse still, the “antifascist front”—has the exact same objective. It is yet another political game, which teams up the systemic forces against every “extremism”. We would like to remind those who suddenly discovered the antifascist front that antifascist struggle, which has existed well before the Nazis entered the Greek parliament, is carried out by thousands of people, who have been attacked by fascists, and attacked fascists, for decades. This struggle must grow enormously; in order to do this, an essential requirement is to exclude all forces of the authoritarian spectrum that opportunistically proclaim themselves antifascist. The Golden Dawn, the ruling political parties, and the eternally apologetic and self-victimizing Left are the flies that adorn the turd of Power.
Being on the same wavelength as the government, TV channels alongside the rest of the conservative Press portray themselves as antifascists. The descendants of mavragorites [black marketeers during the Nazi occupation in Greece], costumed in their ministerial positions, hypocritically condemn the fascist stabbings, taking part in a game that is presented as fight against fascism. Well-paid journalists, arm in arm with politicians, thunder “No to fascism”. It is tragically ironic that those petty parrots dare to speak of antifascism when they have promoted the Golden Dawn for decades through systematic propaganda against the “foreign national criminals”, and bolstered national pride after some goals were scored by the national football team. Television, which lightly stupefies its viewers, has played its part in creating voters confident that they originate from the balls of Plato, and that their fate is none other than to accomplish great things because of their “white skin”.
This is how a climate of tolerance towards aggressions and tortures against people, both on the streets and at police stations, was created; even tolerance to murders, such as the fatal stabbing of 26 year old Shehzad Luqman on January 17, 2013 in Petralona by the fascists Christos Stergiopoulos and Dionisis Liakopoulos. The ticket inspector, who killed 19 year old Thanassis Kanaoutis on August 13, 2013 in Peristeri during a bus ticket inspection, is the typical cannibal created by the labour jungle, social insecurity and a tempest in the brain. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the murder of Pavlos Fyssas on September 18, 2013 in Amfiali at hands of Golden Dawn member Giorgos Roupakias, which initiated the chain reaction that the government now attempts to turn to its advantage.
Capital gives birth to fascism, the State raises it, and a critical mass of voters, who are idiots, but responsible all the same, provide the principle fuel. The logic of turning over responsibilities to politicians or trade unionists on the one hand, and the brainwashing by mass-domestication media on the other, has led to the current fascistization of a significant portion of the society. Individuals that live in fear because, even though they stepped over corpses, they did not ascend to the upper class, and hope to be saved by a messiah-leader, are the perfect supporters of a fascist party.
The role of the Golden Dawn has always been, and still is, to do the system’s dirty work, to make up the vanguard of the most extreme policies of the State. Nationalist formations exist to terrorize and enforce discipline on parts of the population, when the fear inflicted by the lawful means of the State doesn’t suffice to keep them away from radical solutions. We should not forget the dozens of attacks with homicidal intent, not only against migrant and local workers, but also more targeted parastatal attacks that for reasons of luck and operational inadequacy failed to deliver the desired (by them) results. The hand grenade which exploded outside the Immigrant Hangout [Steki Metanaston] in Exarchia, during a meeting of the association of conscientious objectors on February 24, 2009, the bomb at the [former] Xenia hotel on Mount Parnitha, which was detected on July 10, 2010, a few days after a two-day event organized by anarchists (a case which resulted to the arrest of henchman Christos Loukopoulos, an associate of the Golden Dawn), are some examples of the far-right action.
Obviously, organizations such as the Golden Dawn and the sort must be confronted accordingly, especially when they themselves raise the level of violence, but this must be done without forgetting that the target is primarily their employers: the State and the bosses, the financial establishment; capitalists such as Bobolas, Vardinogiannis, Kouris, and politicians that support them, and are supported by them, like the political families of Venizelos, Karamanlis, and Mitsotakis, those who hold key positions of the state machinery, consultants and chief executive officials such as Provopoulos [current governor of the Bank of Greece] and Kranidiotis [close advisor to the current prime minister, Antonis Samaras], and the designated scientists and journalists in their service.
Being an antifascist means being against the system that breeds fascism. The only front that will confront fascism is the same that will combat the bosses and the State.
Forces of the Revolutionary Arc
PS. We send our comradely regards, and solidarity, to captive fighters. Strength to those accused of the double robbery in Velventos, Kozani, whose trial begins [in Athens] on November 29, 2013.
(anarchist demo at Malandrino prison in 2007)
As I mentioned in my previous open letter (here in Greek), I express my solidarity with my brother Spyros Stratoulis, who conducts a hunger strike since November 11th, 2013, and I stand more drastically beside him because today, November 25th, I go on hunger strike to support him. We make these acts, that may seem strange to some people, our own acts, and we warn: we won’t back down for anything, and we take our lives into our own hands. I will be a supporter of Spyros in his battle for acquittal from the charges pressed against him, as well as for getting days of leave from prison again.
Solidarity with hunger striker Spyros Stratoulis.
His demands are also my demands.
Immediate acquittal of Spyros Stratoulis from indictment charges, and re-granting of his exit permits!
Inmate of Malandrino prison
On November 11th, 2013 brother Spyros Stratoulis started a hunger strike demanding an end of his prosecution for the case dubbed ‘Criminal Organization Hangouts of Thessaloniki’.
At this point, I could write who Spyros is, I could write about his fighting days throughout two decades of incarceration, his indomitable spirit, his integrity and humanity in spite of all brutalization efforts at the democratic prison cells, but all these would only capture a fragment of the reasons why I call this human a comrade and a brother. To be able to transmit the essence, I should be able to find words which can concretely express a period of more than one year that we spent closely together in the prison of Larissa; words which can illustrate the concentrated experience of being with another human twenty-four hours a day; of sharing every moment, every joy, every sorrow, every difficulty, every hope; thoughts, concerns, and dreams. I should be able to find words which can express in a concise manner the unique significance of being able, within the personalized space and time of prison, to say: I am not alone.
On November 11th, Spyros began hunger strike. Today, November 21st, is the tenth day of his struggle.
From today, I also go on hunger strike as an act of solidarity toward Spyros; as an act that reflects nothing less than what this human really deserves, and corresponds to the experiences we shared and continue to share even though we’re locked up in different places now.
For solidarity is to call another human a comrade, and by that meaning to say: together through good times, together through struggles, together in tough times, till the end.
Brother, keep the good moments, take courage, and advance onward…
Genoa, November 12th, 2013: The sentences against Nicola Gai and Alfredo Cospito were announced this morning, in the abbreviated proceeding of first instance for kneecapping Adinolfi, act vindicated by both anarchists in the courtroom during the previous session, on October 30th. The comrades did not attend this hearing.
The sentences are:
- 10 years and 8 months for Alfredo
- 9 years and 4 months for Nicola
Both were sentenced for attack with the purpose of terrorism (under article 280 of the Italian penal code), in addition to reato ostativo (impediment of access to prison benefits, house arrest, semi-custodial regime, etc. given that terrorist purposes were recognized by the court). The evaluation of non-pecuniary damages claimed by the plaintiffs (the Italian State, Ansaldo Nucleare, and Adinolfi himself) was postponed to be assessed in an eventual civil suit. The preliminary hearing judge, Annalisa Giacalone, proved herself to be completely subservient to the prosecution’s arguments that the purpose of terrorism and subversion of the democratic order is established in the case due to the fact that, in the person of CEO Roberto Adinolfi of Ansaldo Nucleare, Finmeccanica was hit, a state-run company with global interests in the production of systems of control and defense.
Knowing with certainty that the real producers of indiscriminate terror and death are in fact domiciled elsewhere, we send a strong embrace of solidarity to Nicola, Alfredo, and those who do not bow down to the logic of terror that’s so typical of domination.
You can send letters to the comrades at the following prison address:
Nicola Gai — Alfredo Cospito
Casa Circondariale Ferrara, Via Arginone 327, ΙΤ-44122 Ferrara, Italy
more info: nidieunimaitres[at]gmail.com
Against the enemies of freedom
Solidarity with S.Stratoulis, on hunger strike since 11/11
On Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, at around 6pm, nearly 200 supporters gathered at the back of the prison in Larissa, where we had visual contact with the cell of comrade Spyros Stratoulis.
Spyros is currently at the 11th day of hunger strike that he initiated on November 11th to denounce his penal treatment by authorities, demanding his immediate acquittal from the retaliatory and unfounded prosecution against him, which has resulted in the denial of exit permits (despite the fact that he was granted days of leave from prison regularly before), but also his right to release on parole.
We stayed one and a half hour outside the prison. We chanted slogans and threw firecrackers trying to send a strong message of solidarity and support to Spyros Stratoulis. Even for a while, we broke the walls that divide us, and joined our voices with those of the imprisoned fighter and other prison inmates.
We also had a sound system, so we were able to read texts in solidarity with Spyros. The gathering was supported by comrades from the cities of Thessaloniki, Volos, Karditsa, Kozani, Xanthi, Veria, and Larissa.
THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN ALL PRISONS
NO ONE WILL BE LEFT ALONE IN THE HANDS OF THE STATE
Phoenix Project, Act 8: Action with incendiary/explosive device against a Board of Elections office and in solidarity with Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar. (Chile)
We are not spectators, but convinced enemies of all forms of domination.
Today, wielding the weapons of life and the ideas of rebellion, we wanted to give away a bit of anarchic momentum.
Today, we decided to attack the 98th Board of Elections office in La Reina commune [in Santiago] with an incendiary/explosive device, because we are convinced that the current state of affairs is sustained not only by those who administer domination, but also in the servile attitude of those who tacitly endorse it.
This is also another cog of the democratic gear, due to its role in logistically organizing the entire electoral process at regional level. In simple terms, it appoints the board members of voting tables, the designated scrutineers of electoral commissions, and delegates from election offices, in addition to being the body that determines the polling stations.
We don’t camouflage our obscure intentions.
Why go on the attack? Anarchy should not spend energy in obstructing the passage of a load of citizens toward the democratic rite of elections, but rather try to demonstrate that any debate between the refractories and authority is impossible. Anarchy must seek confrontation, instead of the promising appeal to amend the wrong path.
Appeals for not voting, building the Popular Power, marking the vote with the initials “AC” (Constituent Assembly), for a null vote, a blank vote, or voting for the “lesser evil” are nothing but an expression of disclaimers in citizenist language, and never put a strain on authoritarian domination.
The only truly worthy response amid so much misery is the anti-authoritarian offensive in its multiple facets and forms. It is the incitement to arson by any means. It is the arson itself, the idea that motivates it, and also the hands that concretize it, the unwavering will of those who fight to the last breath, with the means they have at hand.
Against democracy, against the misery of some anarchists.
It seems we are witnessing a sacralization of democracy, as it is on everyone’s lips. Citizens and purported revolutionaries bet on it as an ideal future. Apparently, the whole spectrum of positions that the political weirdos hold is to make the existent perfect, or bring it truly into reality. Those who believe in electoral tactics, as well as those who reject them, agree on this point: the problem is not democracy but its management. More »
In the early hours of Thursday, October 31st, we placed an incendiary device at a patrol car of the Mexico State Police (former State Security Agency) which was situated on one side of a police facility, located on Texcoco Avenue in Nezahualcóyotl of EdoMex. The homemade device did the job just fine.
Our aim was to attack directly the property of police institutions, that are responsible for, and complicit in, the recent repressive operations perpetrated by the State and particularly the government of the Mexican Federal District against the anarchist movement and the social movement in general.
With this sabotage we vindicate the hunger strike that comrade Mario González has maintained from October 8th, fighting against his incarceration at the Varonil Oriente Preventive Prison, where he is still held hostage by the fascist government of the Federal District. We understand the comrade’s situation, and we don’t want to leave him alone in his fight. Mario was arrested with eight other comrades on October 2nd, 2013, just before he reached the annual demonstration in memory of the 1968 massacre of students by the Mexican army. The arrested comrades were tortured by organs of the public security ministry of Mexico City as well as the police investigation unit. Currently, Mario is the only one that remains in prison.
Fire to the prisons! Freedom for prisoners!
Revolutionary solidarity with anarchist prisoners!
Freedom to Mario González!
In conflict with the State:
Anarchists in solidarity