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On May 21st 2015, the Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners & imprisoned and prosecuted fighters reported that the anarchist prisoners Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas were transferred from Domokos prison to the dungeon in Koridallos women’s prison ahead of the second-instance trial on the Revolutionary Struggle’s first-period action (2003-2010).
Gournas and Maziotis are currently separated from other prisoners convicted as members of armed revolutionary organisations, who are also being held in the basement of Koridallos women’s prison (i.e. four CCF anarchists, and the convicted 17N member Iraklis Kostaris).
The appeal trial in the Revolutionary Struggle case (first-period action) will begin on Friday, May 22nd 2015, at 9am. The Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners & imprisoned and prosecuted fighters call everyone to express their solidarity with the comrades on trial and attend court proceedings at Koridallos prison.
The comrades who were sentenced in the first-instance court ruling are the prisoners Kostas Gournas and Nikos Maziotis, as well as the fugitive Pola Roupa, who have assumed political responsibility for their participation in the organisation, but also the conditionally released Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis, who have denied their involvement.
A few notes on the Revolutionary Struggle case:
The anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) has carried out direct actions in Athens since 2003, targeting structures and organs of the State and the Capital, defending armed and class struggle, and aiming towards social revolution. Their revolutionary action includes a rocket propelled grenade attack, car bomb explosions, bombings and gunshots, among others, against the Finance and Labour ministries, the United States Embassy, the Athens Stock Exchange, anti-riot cops, police stations, court buildings, multinational corporations, banks, as well as a politician implicated in high-profile scandals.
In March 2010, anarchist Lambros Foundas was killed in a shootout with cops. A month later, Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas (in pretrial incarceration at the time) claimed political responsibility for their participation in the Revolutionary Struggle and explained that Lambros Foundas was also a member of the same organisation.
In no way does the claim of political responsibility mean that these anarchists accept criminal charges such as ‘terrorist association,’ and so forth. Below are short excerpts from a letter of the three members on their reasons for undertaking responsibility after they were caught by police:
“By claiming political responsibility, we wanted to defend the armed struggle, and to highlight its timelessness and importance within the broader struggle for the overthrow and social revolution. (…) Also, by undertaking political responsibility we wanted to restore the memory and honour of our comrade Lambros Foundas, who was a member of the Revolutionary Struggle and was killed in an armed battle with cops in March 2010 during an attempted expropriation of a car —a preparatory act of a wider action plan of our organisation.”
The first trial on the Revolutionary Struggle’s first-period action (2003-2010) started in October 2011 and reached its end in April 2013. Out of 8 defendants, only three were self-admitted members of the Revolutionary Struggle: Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis (both of whom became fugitives in the middle of the proceeding) and Kostas Gournas. The three members received sentences of up to 50 years imprisonment.
Two other accused comrades, Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis, were sentenced to (a little over) 7 years, even though they have denied their participation in the organisation. They were then taken to prison alongside Kostas Gournas. In July 2013, Kortesis and Stathopoulos were granted conditional release and walked out of Koridallos prison under restrictive conditions.
In July 2014, Nikos Maziotis – who had gone underground along with Pola Roupa two years earlier – was seriously injured after a shootout with cops in the area of Monastiraki, central Athens, and taken captive. A few days later, he was transferred to a prison in northern Greece. The comrade was the first prisoner to be moved, on December 30th 2014, to the (then) newly-inaugurated ‘type C’ maximum security prison in Domokos.
Nikos Maziotis faces another trial, accused of the bomb attack against the Supervision Directorate of the Bank of Greece at Amerikis Street in Athens, in April 2014, the shootout in Monastiraki, and bank robberies. As a member of the Revolutionary Struggle, Nikos Maziotis assumed political responsibility for the bombing at the Bank of Greece, which marks the second period in the ongoing action of the organisation.
Already in 2009, the anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle was designated a ‘foreign terrorist organisation’ by the U.S. Department of State, in the aftermath of a rocket propelled grenade attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007. Recently, in April 2015, the State Department issued ‘terrorist designation’ against anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle.
Beginning May 22nd 2015, the appeal trial on the Revolutionary Struggle case (first-period action) will be held in the special court of Koridallos women’s prison. In Athens, trial sessions in cases regarding so-called ‘terrorist’ organisations take place at courtrooms inside the prison. Each time that visitors and lawyers enter the specific courtrooms, their identity cards are kept upon entry, with all that this entails.
Solidarity with the urban guerrillas Kostas Gournas and Nikos Maziotis, members of the Revolutionary Struggle, and the comrades Vaggelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos Kortesis, who stand trial in the same case.
Solidarity with the wanted comrade Pola Roupa, member of the Revolutionary Struggle.
On Monday 11th and Sunday 17th May, we symbolically painted the windows of 4 fur shops in various areas of Thessaloniki, and glued the lock of one of the stores. In this way, we wanted to factually show our opposition to the fur industry, but also to all industries of animal and earth exploitation.
Each year, billions of animals are murdered so as to meet the false needs of modern humans, grow the profits of Capital, and expand the development of capitalism and civilisation in every aspect of life.
We will continue to get in your way.
FIRE TO THE FUR SHOPS
Last night an action took place at the site of Europe’s second largest prison in construction on Wrexham Industrial Estate in North Wales. The mega-prison, if built, will cage more than 2100 human beings at any one time.
Multiple large diggers and construction equipment had their engines destroyed. Slogans were sprayed on the half-built prison fences including ‘Fuck Lend Lease’ and ‘Fire to the Prisons’.
This is a warning to any company large or small that that is involved in the North Wales Prison Project, or any other prison building scheme that the state initiates. You are a target and you will feel the venom of the working classes fighting back.
This action is dedicated to every slit wrist, suicide attempt, destroyed family and oppressed community harmed by the prison system.
Note of Contra Info: Wrexham mega-prison contract was awarded to Lend Lease, a multinational company headquartered in Australia.
The call for this year’s June 11th, International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason, Eric McDavid & All Longterm Anarchist Prisoners, is titled Transition: The struggle’s not over… Check it out here, and send information about J11 events, materials and any reportbacks to june11th[at]riseup.net and supportmariusmason[at]riseup.net.
The J11 Heart Poster reads:
My body is trapped here,
Marius Mason is currently serving 22 years in prison for acts of sabotage targeting the environmentally destructive forces of capitalism. Each year on June 11th, we set aside time to bring attention to our longest imprisoned comrades, including Marius and others, in order to keep their stories on our lips and their names on the walls. We do this to foil the State’s sinister project of erasing comrades from our lives, our movements and our memories.
As the struggle intensifies in the streets and behind the prison walls, let’s remember our comrades serving long sentences. We fight for our own freedom, for theirs, and for all those locked in cages.
Let’s stoke the flames of rebellion born in the streets of Ferguson, Santiago, Montreal and Oakland. Let’s spread the unrest bubbling in the prisons of Alabama, Greece, Ohio, and Belgium. It’s the successful conclusion of these revolts – global revolution – that will best return our captive friends and comrades to our arms.
Solidarity with Marius Mason, Eric McDavid and all longterm anarchist prisoners.
That as subversives who inhabit the High Security Prison (CAS in Santiago), from 00:00 today, May 18th 2015, we join the hunger strike that Juan Flores, Guillermo Duran and Nataly Casanova have assumed as a form of struggle.
We do this with a deep sense of anti-prison solidarity, and we put forward the same demands as our comrades, who have already completed 34 days on hunger strike:
– The immediate release of Enrique Alfonso Guzmán Amadeo, taking into consideration the ridiculous accusation and delirious evidence presented by the public prosecutor.
– We demand the immediate solution to the situation of our compañera Nataly Antonieta Casanova Muñoz, because since her arrival at the penitentiary of San Miguel she finds herself in a regime of punishment and severe isolation.
– We demand an end to harassment and persecutions that the repressive forces have unleashed against our closest environment.
– That the scientific validity of DNA evidence be established.
WE THEREFORE CALL FOR PROPAGANDA BY ALL MEANS
Against Every Authority: Social War.
Combatant Youth, Permanent Insurrection
High Security Prison
11.05.15: Graffiti & flyer action in the inner-city suburbs of Melbourne for the anarchist comrades facing repression inside the dungeons of the Chilean state. Slogans sprayed for Nataly, Juan and Guillermo – on hunger strike since April 13th-14th – and for Tamara Sol Vergara and Natalia Tato Collado. Flyers pasted about the case of Tamara Sol Vergara and the hunger strike of Nataly, Juan & Guillermo.
Subversive Tagging & Propaganda Cell
At dawn of a historic day of struggle [1st May], we wanted to make the daily violence of the justice system towards those dominated obvious; whether undocumented, residents of lower-class neighbourhoods, Roma or anti-capitalist activists.
Last April, the Nantes prosecutor Brigitte Lamy chooses not to prosecute the police officers who blinded the anti-airport demonstrators on February 22nd 2014.
Once again, justice endorses the police with the license to kill and mutilate, with full impunity.
The police and justice system have blood on their hands. Today, the court reveals it’s true face.
Revenge for Freddie, Wissam, Zyed, Bouna, Malik, Rémi, Daranka, Quentin, Damien, Emmanuel, and all the others.
Around 300 participants gathered at approximately 2pm in front of the Autonomous Centre in Wuppertal for the twenty-ninth May 1st demonstration since 1986. Many felt that the turnout was disappointing, because this year’s demo was primarily dedicated to sending out solidarity towards the victim of a recent fascist knife attack.
In the small hours of Saturday 11th April 2015, a visitor of the Autonomous Centre (AZ) in Wuppertal – a 53-year-old antifascist with Turkish migration background – was attacked in the street outside the AZ by several offenders and critically injured with numerous stab wounds in the back. Earlier, the same aggressors had provoked visitors of the AZ by shouting slogans of the HoGeSa Nazi group (“hooligans against salafists”). After the knife attack, the three men fled the scene. The wounded antifascist was brought quickly into the corridor of the AZ, where he was given first aid by his friends. The police rushed to the scene, only to delay the emergency medical assistance. In the course of the house search, they destroyed almost all doors of the building looking for suspects, and took first-aiders and witnesses of the incident into temporary custody. Unsurprisingly, all local media spread the police story, i.e. that the cops stormed the building threatening to use batons and pepper spray allegedly because the visitors of AZ had hindered the police forces from rescuing their severely injured friend. The latter has awakened from artificial coma since last week, and his condition has stabilised, but he still needs intensive medical care. In the meantime, according to statements from the AZ, the main perpetrator – a known HoGeSa Nazi – was taken into custody, while the names of his two accomplices also became known to the police.
During this year’s May Day demonstration, the repression forces acted in a restrained manner, with the exception of one motorcycle cop who drove provocatively through the demo, and a police cordon that blocked the way to a kiosk for a short while towards the end.
The demonstration ended at Schusterplatz, the central square in the Ölberg neighbourhood, where refugees had prepared food together with the solidarity group “Refugees Welcome 2 Wuppertal”. In one of the speeches that followed, solidarity was expressed with the attack against a police station on the occasion of the opening of new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt on 18th March 2015, when police vehicles were engulfed in flames. Finally, there was live music – among others, Lotta aus der Krachmacherstraße played her song “AZ bleibt! (Autonomous Centre stays!)”. Unfortunately, there was once again a lack of information-stands at the autonomous street festival.
After the march in Wuppertal, some visitors jointly organised a journey to the anarchist demo in Dortmund, and others traveled together to Essen to attend counter-protests against a Nazi rally.
reportback in German
Click the poster to read/spread multilingual call.
For many years, Antifrontex Days have been organised in Warsaw; it’s time to give them a new impetus and strengthen each other’s voices of protest. Thus, together, we, migrants and allies, invite you for the Antifrontex Days, which will take place in Warsaw on 19-22 May. We are waiting for you with meetings, screenings, demonstrations, and associated “Activist Days Off” festival.
We invite groups willing to take an active part in the organisation of the event. We are a small collective from Warsaw, which together with you want to work together deconstructing our privileges and abolishing the boundaries imposed on us. When migrant circles in Europe come together in resistance, and repression is on the rise, we cannot remain passive. Unite against institutional state fascism – in the name of a real and practical transnational solidarity!
Come to Warsaw, from 19 to 22 May 2015! Let’s create a strong front against Frontex!
For those who cannot come to Warsaw between the 19th and 22nd of May, we are proposing decentralised days of actions against Frontex. Let it be heard/seen everywhere during these days! We’ll leave the form of solidarity up to your limitless fantasy. You know best what’s most useful in your local context, and where it hurts most.
Down with the borders! Long live active solidarity!
For more information visit: migracja.noblogs.org, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note from Contra Info: We publish the following English translation as we received. We reiterate that we may diffuse contributions regardless of whether or not we agree with any given views. We’d just like to point out that the 2012 Spanish edition mentioned below is also one we have opted to diffuse, here.
Published in May 1998 by NN editions, created seven months earlier by some anarchists that had taken part in the experience of the weekly Canenero, in the course of 17 years, this pamphlet has gone around the world, having been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, English (with editions in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia), French, Dutch, German, Swedish… Since it has nourished much reflections, furnished ideas, reinforced inclinations, raised doubts, as well as provoking irritation (the concept of the «existent» above all, in its unbridled totality, has shown itself rather indigestible to those who aspire to administer at least something of what is the state), one can affirm that in its own small way, At Daggers Drawn has made its contribution to the spread of an autonomous anarchist insurrectional perspective. A perspective at the same time irreducibly hostile to «little reforming steps» and not at all charmed by «a revolt for a few close friends to the sound of pyrotechnic fires and badly put together slogans». Born from the refusal of the false alternative between citizenist reformism or vanguardist armed-strugglism, these pages therefore maintained the necessity and the immediate possibility of an insurrectional poetry made by all, not to be confused either with sad political propaganda or with bombastic communiques laying claim to actions.
Considering its respectable international fortune, it’s bewildering that At Daggers Drawn has not been reprinted in the place where it first appeared. And yet, it is precisely in Italy that this text has had the least resonance, victim of “identitarian” prejudices and rancors nourished by a large part of the so-called movement in the face of the environment in which it arose, as well as a substantial lack of interest toward any deep examination and critical debate about this. In fact, in 1998, the insurrectional idea was viewed with a certain deprecatory pity by the militants of various schools – all desirous of a peaceful «exodus» into a «non-state public sphere» – who in most cases considered it a fortune that could occur in an exotic Chiapas and, in the worst case, a cataclysm that could strike a rough Albania. As if insurrection were only able to raise the social question at the distance of an ocean, and usually through authoritarian organization, force instead in Europe to manifest in ephemeral and frightening explosions of blind fury. Ceasing to linger over every possible distinction between insurrection, uprising and riot, the events of the last 17 years have made such convictions waver, but without managing to completely deny it. As heady as it is in its persistence, the Greek fire seems to be an exception in the midst of the norm of «Arab springs» or «liberated Kurdish territories» on the one hand, and French racaille or English riots on the other.
This said, it is undeniable that the strong convulsions to which the whole social order is prey at the start of this third millennium have extinguished the smug smile of many subversives in front of those who dare to call for insurrection here and now. Yesterday’s skeptics are transformed into today’s enthusiasts to the point of making it become a downright international best-seller on the editorial, media, and militant marketplace. The reason is easy to understand: the social peace that accompanied the 1980s and 1990s, in its most inflated and complacent aspects, is terminated. The virtual wealth is not able to compensate for the real poverty, the supermarket shelves may even gleam with goods, but their consumption is no longer accessible to those who find themselves forced to tighten their belts. Or almost everyone. Today voluntary servitude is still certainly majoritarian, solidly majoritarian, but it has lost its air of stupid innocence. Discontent, malaise, and indignation spread everywhere in an unstoppable way, causing worry, panic, but also some hope for a counter-charge. These feelings of frustration will get pacified in a new institutional social cohesion or, in the face of the relentless succession of «political scandals», «financial crises», «ecological catastrophes», «religious wars» … will they finally provoke a generalized hostility?
But then, if the insurrectional theory is back on the table, why does it seem that At Daggers Drawn has not left a trace and memory even among the anarchists themselves, precisely in Italy? More »
Saturday 25th April 2015, a few people gathered at place pasteur in response to the death of hundreds of refugees on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea last weekend. A banner saying “Down with the walls of Europe – No Border No Nation” was hung over the barriers of Passages Pasteur and remained for the weekend.
About 40 people briefly marched through the centre shouting “Solidarity with migrants”, “Down with the State, its cops and its borders”, “Stone by stone, wall by wall, we will destroy the detention centres”…
In the early morning of April 25th, various slogans painted on walls could be seen against the deportation machine, Frontex; for the destruction of borders (in French and English), detention centres and Fortress Europe (the tags have not all been photographed, so as to not facilitate the work of the Mayors Office anti-tag brigade…).
This evidently does not make us forget the daily deaths outside the borders of the EU, which are protected by Frontex: who provide technological equipment and coordinate the various policies of the member states in order to repel people fleeing shitty conditions, which they are trying to survive in their own countries (wars, political persecution, environmental and human devastation caused by the Capital, etc.), or those who simply wish to move around and settle freely.
When these refugees don’t die by drowning, they live in constant fear of being rounded up by cops or being herded, locked up and humiliated in transit camps or various prisons in EU states – called lager [concentration camp], detention centre, closed centre, immigrant detention centre … themselves managed by humanitarian and charitable organisations and associations (such as the Red Cross, France Terre d’Asile, CIMADE, Barnardos, etc.).
From a small and rotten city, within the limits imposed by the Uruguayan State, this graffiti is a small wink in complicity with all comrades
We are not as many as we would like, but we are more than they think!
Down with the walls of all prisons, physical and mental!
Out in the streets for an autonomous 1st May 2015!
Refugees welcome! Autonomous Centre at Gathe stays!
Whether Pegida (“patriotic europeans against islamisation of the occident”), HoGeSa (“hooligans against salafists”), Nazis, or a mob of citizens – confront racist agitation! Get involved in the social question and develop autonomous perspectives! For the social revolution!
2pm at Gathe, Wuppertal, near the Autonomous Centre (AZ)
and elsewhere: from 6pm
Solidarity and health to the friend of the Autonomous Centre fighting for his life after fascist knife attack. Read more (in German) on the webpage of the AZ Wuppertal. Our comrade will be on our mind on the 1st May march.
More info in German: autonomer1mai.noblogs.org
We claim responsibility for the act of vandalism against the night club “café Candela”, located in 5077 San Pablo Avenue, during the night-dawn of April 7th, through the placement of an incendiary device with an ignition system consisting of a slow-burning fuse.
The damage occasioned was far less than we expected, nevertheless the entire facade of this establishment of patriarchal entertainment ended up burnt.
We need only just ask some questions to find out a little more of what goes on right under our nose, to identify this and thousands of such centres of torture, exploitation and subjugation of various species!
Strength to the comrades arrested for burning a Transantiago bus!
Against civilisation! Against patriarchy, its defenders and its false critics.
“small actions against the system are not only important to the extent that they contribute to the destruction of the system, but also to the extent that they contribute to the formation of individuals who are free, prepared, conscious of their capacities and limitations, brave and capable of fighting for what they want” (Antitechnology 2009)
We claim responsibility for the incendiary attack against the construction site of the future line 6 of the Santiago Metro, on April 7th, we attacked this representative of social technological progress with an incendiary device of chemical activation.
The harmful consequences of the techno-industrial expansion will not be tolerated without the necessary response, we walk keeping a close watch on your warehouses, supermarkets, areas of urban expansion, the degradation of wild nature in its most extensive forms; we attack and will continue to attack in the fields and your cities, we will defend tooth and claw what remains to be defended and ourselves.
We send our warm greetings to Natalia Collado and Javier Pino.
Strength to the comrades on hunger strike Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova and Guillermo Durán.
Against civilisation! For the defense of all that we’ve been losing!
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On April 20th 2015, it became known that anarchist prisoner Enrique Guzmán has also been on hunger strike since April 14th.
Anarchists Nataly Casanova (under isolation in San Miguel women’s prison), Juan Flores (in Wing 1 of Santiago 1 prison), Guillermo Duran (in total house arrest) and Enrique Guzmán (in Wing 35 of Santiago 1 prison) are on hunger strike (on liquids only), demanding:
• the determination of the validity of DNA “evidence” submitted against them, taking into consideration all scientific aspects and not only the tendentious arguments of the prosecution;
• an end to harassments, abductions, interrogations of people who stand in solidarity with the incarcerated comrades;
• an end to harassments, assaults, disciplinary sanctions against Juan and Nataly or any other prisoner in struggle;
• the immediate release of Enrique Guzmán, incarcerated for being close to the comrades implicated in this case and for regularly visiting them in prison;
• the immediate transfer of Nataly Casanova from solitary confinement to a wing/tower where she will be able to have contact/relationship with other inmates and more time in the prison yard.
In his hunger strike initiation statement, Enrique Guzmán added one more request:
• an immediate end to the home confinement regime imposed on Guillermo Duran, against whom no evidence whatsoever has been presented during the course of this investigation.
In 2009, the anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) was designated a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.S. Department of State, in the aftermath of a rocket propelled grenade attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007.
On April 21, 2015, the State Department issued “terrorist designation” against one of the members of Revolutionary Struggle, anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis. The next day, the comrade issued the following statement in response.
“We are not with you, we are against you”
The State Department admittedly did me great honor by including me in the list of international “terrorists”. This is the second time that the planetary killers honor me as a Revolutionary Struggle member, since they had placed a one-million-dollar bounty on me along with other members of the organization after the Revolutionary Struggle attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007.
Obviously this move signifies the pressure exerted on the Greek government in response to the recent passing of the justice ministry’s bill, which includes a provision whereby prisoners with disabilities of over 80% like Savvas Xiros, from a point onwards, may be placed under house arrest on electronic monitoring for the remainder of their sentence, what the U.S. ambassador to Greece described as a hostile act.
This move is a sign of lack of confidence towards the Greek government, and sends a strong message; that the U.S. government – which does not recognize any court precedent in another State in case of an attack on U.S. targets – may arrest and prosecute any armed fighter and revolutionary who have attacked U.S. targets anywhere in the world, even if they have stood trial and have been incarcerated in the country where this attack was perpetrated. But the State Department has nothing to worry about. The SYRIZA-led government, despite deviations, will present themselves as consistent with the united front in the war on “terrorism”, just as they are being consistent with their debt repayment obligations to the creditors of the supranational elite. Besides, they stated that they “are doubly sensitive to issues of terrorism, since many attacks were carried out in the name of the Left.”
Regardless of how many years I have to spend in prison, regardless of the price I pay, I will always be filled with joy remembering how we as Revolutionary Struggle humiliated them that morning of January 2007, when we struck the facade of the U.S. Embassy with an anti-tank RPG, and I will always remember with satisfaction the words of the then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who woke the then planetarch George W. Bush, saying: “Mister President, we are under attack in Athens.”
Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle
In the early hours of Monday 20th of April we went to the district of Plaka to paint over a disgusting mural of racist and nationalist drawings and slogans made by a supposed artist that calls himself Tom, who has been using for some years that wall located at Sotiros Street. The shitty mural that was transmitting, among other things, also messages against people coming from Africa, targeting them as carriers of diseases, was there for at least 3 months so we thought we should do something about it. We threw colors, we tagged the walls with anarcofeminist symbols and we wrote the following messages in various languages:
Without fatherlands, without bosses. Self-management (in Portuguese)
No borders, no masters (in English)
Shit to the fatherland (in Greek)
Lets erase the fash from the map (in French)
Black lives matter (in English)
Ps. The day after our action the wall was painted over again in blue. In case racist slogans appear again, other actions will be taken.
‘War Against War’, an antimilitarist brochure by the collective of total objectors to military service Xipolito Tagma (‘Barefoot Battalion’ in Ioannina, Greece), is now available in English.
Click image to read / download / distribute the pdf.
All texts were translated from the 1st Greek edition (03/2011), without any chronological adaptation of the facts and dates displayed. Only footnotes and the chapter “Declaring Our Objection” were added.
Xipolito Tagma would like to thank L. for the English translation, and plan to translate the brochure also in Spanish.
We have 10 days to bury ANDRA!
The management of nuclear waste hasn’t and never will have a solution. It will always be there, whether 500 metres underground here at Bure, like elsewhere. The urgency is not about their management, but to stop their production. If the atomic industry and the state wish to bury the problem as fast as possible, it’s surely to continue to produce it. We are opposed to the destruction of our living places, in the Meuse as elsewhere, as well as the continuation of the nuclear industry at any time.
We propose for you to meet with us in Bure, between the 1st and 10th August, 2015, to take the time together to amplify the concrete opposition to CIGEO and its world.
The fall of nuclear
Following half a century of poisoning, the nuclear industry does not have a solution to the radioactivity of nuclear waste. Consequently with this inability, the state wishes to enforce the burial with always more mafia-like methods: a democratic masquerade, hoarding of lands with authoritarianism and violence.
After being made to leave from several other sites in the 1980’s, the National Agency for the management of Radioactive Waste in France [l’Agence Nationale pour la gestion des Dechets Radioactifs in France, or ANDRA] installed themselves for a stage of research in the central-eastern department of the Meuse, in Bure, in 1993.
A sparsely populated area (7 people per square kilometre), Bure is a dream location for piling up the worst waste of inhumanity. Since 2001 there has been an underground laboratory, and in 2006, despite the conclusion of a public debate with reservations about deep storage, the ANDRA project was converted into a “Industrial Centre of Geologic Stockage” (CIGEO).
No waste has arrived yet; the bulk of the construction work is intended for 2017 and the first loads of waste will arrive in 2025.
We have observed that, as well as an experimental laboratory, archiving centres and an “ecotheque” [eco-library] (a kind of memory of the pre-nuclear state) already present, there are also related works discretely starting every day. There are routes being widened, land is being side aside for the project, trees are being cut down in surrounding forests, etc.
At the same time, a whole industrial accompanying program is being created in the south of the Meuse: a platform of transport for radioactive materials, another platform for stocking new parts of the nuclear plant and educational courses related to nuclear power.
All attempts of opposition by legal means have failed so far
For 10 years, within a network of local and national associations and in response to the installation of the laboratory of ANDRA, a house was bought with the help of German anti-nuclearists, then renovated thanks to donations and personal investment from passing activists. This house has the purpose of being a place of independent information, of alternative energetic organisation, as well as for collective living and welcome space. This “house of resistance to nuclear waste” has allowed individuals and collectives to anchor a local struggle and enable the encounter of many people in struggle.
Whilst these historic components taking place on the ground in Bure for 20 years working on awareness-raising, networking and monitoring the preliminary actions of ANDRA very closely; the state project progresses. To go beyond the associative ways of organisation, it becomes more and more necessary to concretely react against CIGEO.
Why do we oppose this?
Waste is the unsolvable problem of the nuclear industry, we don’t know how to make it disappear, and it lasts for thousands of years to come. It’s management is the missing link in the French nuclear program.
Whether one is for or against nuclear, the political elite would like that everybody recognises the need to manage the waste. This is neither more nor less a strategy of depoliticizing the issue, under the pretext of protecting future generations. But since when was the nuclear industry humanist? If the state and the nuclear industry were coherent, they would stop producing in this completely schizophrenic manner. That would avoid us all living forever with the risks related to the existence of nuclear plants and transportation of nuclear material.
So we are told “the waste is there”, and yes, it is indeed, and it will always be 500 meters underground. Burying the catastrophe is not erasing it; we will not further get out of nuclear. We don’t want neither to referee nor “propose a solution” to the eternal problem that represents the management of nuclear waste. We are not co-managers, that would return to produce the message of the voluntary experts of alternatives, for the profit of nucleocrats [nuclear industry bureaucrats]. Their point is not to raise awareness of the techno-industrial apparatus and political systems for a better solution of waste management; but to stop nuclear production.
Half of the waste that they envisage burying is not yet produced…current storage facilities are full, and they now need to hide troublesome waste and to make room for future waste of the nuclear industry. To finally brandish a quick solution before legitimising the continuation of the “electro-nuclear” program. In other words perpetuating the catastrophe.
CIGEO responds with the the same power game that governs the pharmaceutical and agro-food industries…
CIGEO is also an international marketing operation that aims to give to the French nuclear industry the image of having total control, from the extraction of uranium, to the dismantling of nuclear reactors. To fight against CIGEO is to fight the French energy policy that wishes to make France the switch of Europe and Maghreb [North Africa]. From the EPR-style nuclear reactors to the burying of waste, passing by high-voltage power-lines, CIGEO is the result of a series of nuisances and development of land imposed by the nuclear industry. Besides screwing up a whole region, the burial of waste aims at sustaining the power of the electro-nuclear industry everywhere and also assures beautiful days for the State power and to capitalism. To invitingly dangle this growth with the extension of the European market for electricity and its industrial innovations entirely electric: from objects connected to electric cars, to intelligent networks, smart phones and all these ‘high-flying people’ who promise us the management and development of our living environment.
The flow of nuclides are inevitably dripping out of Bure.
This is why we are opposing the burying of nuclear waste in Bure, like elsewhere….
CIGEO concerns us all!
Come together this summer in Bure
Blocking the public debate in 2013 has given a feeling of returning some collective strength to the struggle. The mobilisation of the local population opposed to the project, comprised of several associations, testifies the will to no longer suffer the powerlessness and dispossession of the struggle faced with lies, corruption and bullshit consultations.
We want to not only inform but to reverse the balance: if this gathering contributes to put a spotlight on the mobilisation in Bure, it will serve mostly as an occasion for concrete actions.
For several years, we have shared collective experiences and common elements in our practices: skill-sharing, researching our autonomy, horizontally structured organisation, opening up spaces where it becomes possible for collective experimentation, benevolence from one to another.
Coming to Bure doesn’t imply being an ecological or anti-nuclear activist, but it signifies that we believe in the necessity to organise beyond local struggles. We will together create a space to live for ten days of exchanges and practices, to discuss about struggles here and elsewhere and about our methods of collective living, within an anti-authoritarian atmosphere, mindful to ward off all forms of domination.
We will address the issue of current struggles (Bure, ZAD, No Tav, Hambach forest…) and those of the evolutions of forms of repression and reactionary movements, before better anticipating the struggle in Bure and envisaging common possibilities. It will also be an opportunity to organise ourselves around the COP21, the intergovernmental climate summit planned for Paris in December 2015.
Let’s outline other imaginary plans for our lives…
Vladimir, Martine & Co, vmc[at]riseup.net
The CIGEO has planned for Bure to represent 99% of the French radioactivity and will also become one of the most consequential European projects for the next years. The site for burying radioactive waste in Bure (500 metres below ground) will occupy 200ha of agricultural land, 200ha of forest and the filling in of a valley. To all of this, add 10,000 cubic metres of spoilt land, and the arrival of an average of two trains per week for 130 years. 50% of this volume concerns radioactive waste not even produced yet, or from neighbouring countries. ANDRA works to the service of the CEA [Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission], AREVA [French uranium mining company] and the EDF [Electricity of France] among others.
On April 18th 2015, the eight anarchist prisoners of DAK Antonis Stamboulos, Giorgos Karagiannidis, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios, Grigoris Sarafoudis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis and Yannis Michailidis announced the end of their hunger strike, considering that a significant portion of their demands were partially fulfilled after the new prison reform bill was passed by parliament:
– The legal framework that determines the operation of type C prisons was repealed. (However, article 187 regarding criminal organisations and article 187A regarding terrorist organisations still stand.)
– The aggravating feature relating to acts committed with concealed/altered physical characteristics was abolished for cases of arrests in demonstrations. However, the anti-hoodie law still applies to cases of (armed) robberies. According to the hunger strike termination statement of the participants in DAK, the minimum sentence for robbery with concealed/altered physical characteristics was dropped from 10 to 5 years, leaving the matter to the discretion of the judge.
– It was determined that an independent expert witness may be present from the early stage of collection of genetic material/samples. However, the prosecutorial provision of forcible taking of DNA samples still stands.
– It was determined that inmates sentenced to life imprisonment who have served 10 years in prison, and their degree of disability exceeds an 80%, may be granted release to serve the remainder of their sentence under house arrest (with an electronic bracelet). So, the convicted 17N member Savvas Xiros may be granted the possibility to be placed under house arrest, as his degree of disability has reached a 98%.
We wish all rebellious prisoners who conducted hunger strikes a complete and speedy recovery.
Bremen: In the night between the 24th and 25th February, a service vehicle of the German army was burnt out in the Hemmstrasse in the neighbourhood of Findorff.
“(…) The Bundeswehr is an instrument to protect the wealth of a few. Wars are led in order to secure resources for the already existing supremacy, to export the authoritarian capitalist system and to establish this system for their own benefit. For a long time, Germany has been leading wars again or providing material support.
It is intentionally accepted that many people’s means of subsistence are destroyed by the exploitation of natural resources, the selling of land and the obligation of dependence on the neoliberal world market.
That these politics function on dead bodies without scruples becomes especially visible at the European borders. To most people who try to come into Europe a legal entry is refused because they don’t have papers, or they have the wrong papers. Thus they become illegal, which serves as a pretext to open up the hunt after them for the police, border guards and military within Europe, at its borders and in the sea. For many, this means detention pending deportation or death.
For passionate moments of insurrection the 18th March at Frankfurt!
Berlin: During the night of the 24th February, “four ATMs were smashed or rendered inoperable with expanding foam in the neighbourhood of Kreuzberg. This is not the first action against banks in Berlin as a callout for Destroika, and we are looking forward to more actions! (…)
Come to Frankfurt the 18th March! In the morning for the blockade, 5pm for the large demonstration!”
Frankfurt: “(…) in the night between the 18th and 19th February, we attacked the Deutsche Annington in the neighbourhood of Sachsenhausen. Three vehicles were burnt out and the back windows of the building complex were smashed. Other damages were purposely avoided. (…)
The Deutsche Annington is grossly profiteering off the rental sector of the former social and low-price housing market. Between 2001 and their introduction to the stock market in 2010, they have bought and increased the price of over 210,000 houses that formerly belonged to the British armed forces, various housing associations of railroad workers, the large companies RWE and E.ON, but also to social housing associations. (…)
Our action is thus also a sign of solidarity with the numerous tenants initiatives and the struggles of the workforce. (…)
We have identified another potential target to go along with banks and insurance companies.”
Excerpts collated by Le Chat Noir Emeutier
During the evening of April 7th 2015, more than a thousand people took to the streets in central Athens in solidarity with hunger strikers in Greek prisons.
The demo ended in front of the occupied building of the rectorate of Athens University in Propylaea, Panepistimiou Street.
Shorty afterwards, clashes erupted in Exarchia, in the vicinity of Athens Polytechnic School and Stournari Street, with Molotov attacks and burning of cars and trash bins. Several people were detained by cops during the night.
The University of Athens rectorate (Prytaneia EKPA) was occupied by comrades in active solidarity with hunger strikers in Greek prisons since March 30th 2015. The occupation was violently evicted by police on April 17th, when 14 comrades who were still inside the building were arrested and charged with misdemeanors. All are now released, awaiting trial on April 20th.
On Wednesday, March 18th 2015, we went out to the streets to express our solidarity with the struggle of hunger strikers in Greek prisons. We placed a banner at the ferryboat quay of Cacilhas area in the city of Almada, reading: “Strength prisoners in Greece. Fire to the prisons! (A)”
Flyers (1, 2) were spread in streets and squares, gardens and walkways in various areas of Almada and Lisbon, calling for solidarity through anarchist struggle: “Fight for total demolition of the State and the Capital / Fight without respite for the abolition of all prisons / Against every government, against every power / Solidarity with the hunger strikers in Greek prisons / Immediate fulfillment of the demands of prisoners in Greece / From Portugal to Greece, strength to the hunger strikers / Anarchist resistance throughout the world / Fire and explosions to all prisons!”
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