On December 17th, 2014, after a two-hour closed session, the Special Court of Assize of Turin sentenced Chiara Zenobi, Claudio Alberto, Mattia Zanotti and Niccolò Blasi to 3 years and 6 months each. The four comrades, imprisoned since December 9th, 2013, were found guilty of having sabotaged the TAV construction site in Chiomonte but were all acquitted of terrorism-related charges, for which the prosecutor had asked for a total sentence of nine years and a half.
In the meantime, anarchists Francesco Sala and Graziano Mazzarelli – arrested in July 2014 along with comrade Lucio Alberti for the same facts of which the other four were convicted at first instance – were both transferred to the high security section of Ferrara prison. The transfer is a direct consequence of the charges of “attack with the purpose of terrorism” that the Turin prosecutors pressed against Lucio, Francesco and Graziano a week ago.
Graziano Mazzarelli, Francesco Sala
c/o C.C. via dell’Arginone, 327, IT-44100 Ferrara
Lucio’s address, for now, remains the same:
c/o C.C. via Cassano Magnago 102, IT-21052 Busto Arsizio (Varese)
Freedom for anarchists Chiara, Claudio, Mattia, Niccolò, Lucio, Fra and Graziano!
On the night of December 4th, an EDF-GDF car was set on fire on the rue de l’Atlas in the 19th arrondissement. All Nucleocrats Are Bastards.
A thought for Nikos Romanos, in struggle for his life.* A thought for Alexis Grigoropoulos, six years since his assassination by the pigs.
“I am very hungry. If you murder Nikos, your throat will be the only thing good enough for me to eat.” Yannis Michailidis.
* Nikos stopped the hunger strike on the 10th
Florence – Smoke signals in solidarity with Chiara, Niccolò, Claudio, Mattia. In the night between the 15th and 16th of December, we torched an ATM of the CRF-Intesa bank at the Piazza Gualfredotto. With love and rage. Fire to the galleys!
On Sunday, November 30th, 2014, nearly 70 comrades gathered outside the barbed wires of the Amygdaleza concentration camp. Detained migrants, outside the containers, stood on the other side. We saw them and they saw us, we shouted and they shouted back, at some moments we joined our voices: “FREEDOM”. Then we were able to return to the city; they remained there.
We found ourselves there because we owed it. We owed it to the imprisoned migrants who, though they’re pushed toward their physical and psychological limits due to the “hospitality” conditions, though they count dead, continue to struggle by all means at their disposal (uprisings, hunger strikes, escapes, or self-injury). We owed it to our enemies (the racist State and its employees, the bosses and their fascists, the racists everywhere) as yet another reminder that they don’t play without an opponent. We owed it to ourselves, because we neither want nor bear a life in a place where there are concentration camps.
Freedom to all incarcerated migrants
Solidarity with those tried this period for the Amygdaleza rebellion in August ’13
No concentration camp, never and nowhere
Solidarity gathering at the courthouse of Athens, entrance from 4, Degleri Street
Monday, December 22nd, at 9am
Day of the court’s ruling on the case of migrants prosecuted for participation in 2013 Amygdaleza detention centre riot
No Lager Assembly
(smashed windows of cop station)
Saturday the 6th of December 2014, a group of individuals attacked the existing order. In Rågsved and Hagsätra, in the south of Stockholm, the dogs of the State were attacked with molotovs, stones and firecrackers. Following this event, the local cop station got smashed and several cars were burned. Of the present troublemakers ten were unfortunately arrested the same night and one only shortly thereafter.*
The cops are eagerly searching for the rest of the participants. The cops are also making their greatest efforts into understanding why someone planned such a deed; for planned it was, according to everybody who so far allowed themselves to make a statement about the occurrences.
Why shouldn’t be so hard to understand, even for a bigoted constable. As soon as someone tries to take back their freedom, which belongs to every living being, the uniforms are building lines, ready to harm, lock up and even kill, just to keep us all enslaved.
If we take a look back at our normality, we see that direct violence from the State and its institutions is not the most freedom-killing one, but rather carries with it a catalytic potential for revolt. No, the worst of all, and what could make the most freedom-committed of individuals rot away in a concrete landscape, is the bureaucratically administrated power: the Job centre, the Tax office, the Social insurance authority, the Social security administration, the Migration authority, the Prison institution, the Juvenile office, the Bailiffs and all of their capitalist collaborators (career coaching firms, asylum entrepreneurs, debt collectors, “children entrepreneurs”, etc.). Together with the morals enforced by society, telling us how to act and what our obligations are as slaves; religious and patriarchal structures in families and local communities… You should want to work, but no one wants to hire you. You get a job, but you’re not paid any money. You are promised asylum, but in the end you still have to go underground. You are supposed to be eager to learn, but your intelligence is defamed. It should come as no surprise that, because of all this, a hatred towards the existent is formulated, and conscious steps are taken to attack it. Rather it is worrying that so many keep submitting to these social relations.
They who chose to act in conflict with society this Saturday did so with still unknown intentions. It is also not of great importance. The important thing is to state that they attacked power relations which keep us all in place, and that eleven people are currently locked up accused of these events.
So many of us carry these committed actions in our visions and on a small scale in our everyday lives, but so often let convenience keep us away from carrying them out… No matter their motives, they did not choose convenience…
We don’t care whether they’re guilty or not; eleven individuals are locked up accused of attacking authorities. The least we can do is show our solidarity as anti-authoritarian freedom fighters. And solidarity is best expressed through actions…
For burning institutions and bruised up cops!
Anarchists in solidarity
* On the 9th of December the eleven arrested individuals were released but still suspected of arson, rioting, violence against officials among other things. Most of the accused were under 18.
Caferağa Mahalle Evi declaration about the eviction and evacuation of the house:
On the 1st of December 2014 we were notified that Caferağa Solidarity’s Mahalle Evi – where we’ve been living since January 2014 – would be evicted on Friday the 5th of December, at 10am, due to an inquiry of the General Directorate of National Property (Real Estate/Milli Emlak), with the assignment of the district governorship and by execution of the police forces.
As soon as we heard this news, we tried our best to reach you through all means of communication. We used social media, email, phone calls as well as posters, banners, videos and texts. We called for a solidarity gathering with the squatted community centre on the 5th of December, at 9am.
From a conversation that one friend had with local authorities, we learned that the state forces couldn’t take action and evict the building on behalf of the neighbourhood, also due to Istanbul folks’ response and reaction. People claimed the building.
Consequently, we called the district governorship asking for an appointment. The district governor Birol Kurubal responded to our request by sending police forces to the Mahalle Evi at around 6.30-7am of December 9th in order to evacuate the building.
During this operation, which we may call “raid at dawn”, one of our friends was taken from their house by force, mistreated and brought to the Mahalle Evi. Hacı Şükrü Street and the surrounding streets were blocked by anti-riot police. Residents were not allowed to enter not only the Mahalle Evi but also their neighbourhood.
Police forces entered the house without the presence of a law agent. They (somehow) took out all the furniture, equipment and more than one thousand books that were collected over the past months. They (unnecessarily) tore apart all archive documents, such as posters and notes. Upon leaving the Mahalle Evi, they welded the historical exterior door and the metal door after that, in order to shut the building to the community. They went away without leaving behind any formal document or seal that would indicate the legality of their act.
We were not able to witness the evacuation, but their vandalism (exposed on social media with “before and after” photos) was visible through the ground-floor windows. Nobody has entered the building after the eviction, so we don’t know the extent of damages caused to people’s effort.
Meanwhile, starting from the early morning hours, locals, Kadıköy residents, İstanbul folks, Turkish-born and world citizens, many individuals and groups declared solidarity with us. On the same day, in the evening hours, people gathered at the street where the Mahalle Evi is located to demonstrate against the repressive attitude and non-negotiating approach of governor Birol Kurubal and state forces, and staged a protest action which included music and dance.
During the demo, as solidarity group, we tried our best to prevent police intervention that could have occurred violently against the crowd, such as happened to the building earlier. We stood for all the words we have spoken, all the things we have done. The Mahalle Evi’s door was opened partway, but to our knowledge nobody entered the house.
For us, the Mahalle Evi is not an issue of “property strife” as the State wants to see it. While the State abandoned the building and left it in disuse for several years, the house evolved into a “common space” that opened doors to everybody who desired to use it.
We have no doubts about the rightfulness and legitimacy of what we have done. All the brave hearts that stood by us and defended the Mahalle Evi proved it once more.
We thank everyone who supports us. This struggle does not belong only to us, but also to all people that are eager to defend common and public spaces.
And this process is not over yet. Caferağa Solidarity will continue its activities in the Caferağa neighbourhood. The community house has been shut to the locals. But the ideas that have kept that house alive are expanding with the participation of those who support us.
We know that the doors that were brutally shut by the authority are going to be opened with solidarity and struggle, until freedom.
Like we all together say, this is just the beginning. Keep on fighting!
December 11th, 2014, Caferağa – Kadıköy/İstanbul/Turkey/Earth
Beyond victory and defeat
Anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos employing the only means he had in his disposal within the confinement of prison, his body, conducted a hard and decisive struggle starting on 10/11/2014, demanding a breath of freedom. Using the contradictions of the legal system, he confronted it and exposed these contradictions. The State, while maintaining an absolute stance towards his hunger strike up until the 6th of December when the polemic against it reached a climax, retreated and was led to a change in the legal framework regarding educational leave for prisoners.
The readjustment of the legal arsenal is ambiguous. On the one hand, political prisoners will now be liable to take educational leave when wearing tag. The State receded with regards to the fight that Nikos and people in solidarity gave, which is a victory of the movement against the government’s might. On the other hand, the educational leaves for prisoners pending trial are now included in the recently enacted regime of digital captivity, the so-called bracelet (electronic tag). The prospect for the penitentiary system to distribute sentences with greater ease to ever increasing parts of the population seems to gain ground and legitimacy. However, this is not an explicitly aggressive tactic, but rather a condition for the compromise the State was forced to make.
The institutional left, which anyway acts as a safety net for the system, was in this particular case a catalyst in the restructuring of the institutional framework in such a way as to reinforce control and repression and to disarm resistance. The reformists by trading upon the hunger strike of Nikos attempted to degrade a purely political struggle into a humanitarian issue. The demand for education as a supreme social value is nothing but an attempt to depoliticize the struggle for freedom.
The comrade’s hunger strike was pivotal for the emergence and convergence of diverse mobilizations, because Nikos vigorously defended the broader radical visions which rouse the oppressed, inspiring prospects of victory. An imprisoned anarchist rebel, actively connected to the thread of revolt, fighting to the end, awakens what cannot be harnessed. The solidarity movement which was stirred up had a mass appeal, because the comrade’s struggle touched parts of the repressed that recognized their own struggle for life and dignity in his fight. The solidarity struggle gained ground by liberating public buildings throughout the country, which functioned as hubs of mobilizing and diffusing action. In this way it succeeded in subverting in no time at all the totalitarian regime of state control over public space which has been intensified since the December ’08 revolt. The collective occupied spaces of resistance create a legacy for a world of freedom and self-organization. The constant aggressive initiatives, despite the fact that they lagged behind the intensity of the spirit that the comrade projected, were a reminder that the oppressed are able to breach state terrorism.
The rising solidarity movement functioned as a threat, forcing the “representatives of the people” to use methods of decompression, such as to speed up elections. This is a way for the State to dodge the imminent confrontation with the resisting parts of society. We must emphasize that the reemergence of revolt that Nikos ignited was the critical factor which, in the present reshuffling of the establishment, forced the State to abandon its facade of a disputatious parliamentary scene by opposing a united front.
The State, while going through a deep political crisis, attempts to avoid conflict, and thus kept a defensive stance all these days. However, the effort to restore the corroded democratic facade of domination signifies the intensification of the aggression of the State and the Capital coming from all forces of the establishment’s spectrum. Particularly, the institutional left, while attempting to assimilate resistance into the institutional game, plays a leading part in undermining the struggle. For these reasons, we recognize that not only nothing is over, not only everything continues, but we must also strengthen our counterattack against the civilization of prison and exploitation. Let’s not allow for one second the deadly silence of a fictitious public consensus to settle in.
Immediate release of all arrestees of the solidarity movement, and an end to all prosecutions
No rest – Constant revolt
Until the abolishment of type C maximum security prisons
Until the abolishment of anti-terrorist laws
Until the liberation of all captive fighters
Until the tearing down of the last prison
OCCUPATION OF THE POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL – 11/12/2014
Greek original text: athens imc
Note of Contra Info:
In the early hours of December 13th, the comrades announced an end to the occupation of the Athens Polytechnic School in Exarchia.
To our knowledge, the arrestees from the December 6th riots in Athens have been released pending trial with restrictive conditions.
Nikos Romanos, anarchist prisoner in Greece, was on hunger strike from the 10th of November until the 10th of December 2014. The judicial mechanisms refused his furlough request to attend university classes. In response to this, multiform actions of solidarity took place inside and outside the prisons of Greek democracy and internationally.
Most of all, it was the urgency of the situation that sparked street clashes and inspired instances of rebellion across the territory controlled by the Greek State. At the same time, comrades were eager to exchange ideas and desires over the previous month, and a great many diverse actions were able to see the light of day on the occasion of this prisoner hunger strike: daily assemblies, banner actions, direct actions, such as numerous arsons and attacks with homemade explosives (mainly against bank ATMs), hit-and-run attacks against police, street riots and large-scale clashes with the forces of order, building blockades, acts of sabotage (with the use of glue, paint, etc.), physical assaults against persons of Power, spontaneous protests against public appearance of politicians, symbolic occupation of radio and tv stations, a wave of state/corporate building occupations, counter-info gatherings, and large demonstrations. The creativity and conflictuality of various different anarchist individualities and groups may not be strong and decisive enough to keep the fight equally intense at the everyday level, but there’s always a chance that new projects will emerge from the latest encounter of comrades in occupied buildings, street actions, and so forth. However, only if people in solidarity with Nikos Romanos, and anarchists in particular, are willing to reflect on the specifics of what occurred during the last couple of days of his strike, they may find themselves prepared to practice a much-needed prisoner solidarity in the face of the new maximum security facility in Domokos, as well as the overall worsening of prison conditions.
Seeing that his initial request was repeatedly and vengefully denied, our comrade was blackmailed to accept electronic tagging as an option for getting educational furloughs eventually, “a last resort” that became more pressing as his health was quickly deteriorating. In fact, he chose to stop his hunger strike only after the Greek parliament voted almost unanimously (with the exception of two MPs of the main ruling party according to the official record, while MPs of the Nazi party were apparently quasi-present at the vote) in favor of an amendment proposed by the justice minister. This amendment refers to prisoners – convicts (sentenced in court) and indictees (awaiting trial) – that have the right to study at a higher education institution available in the same region as the state facility where they are incarcerated, but have not been granted educational leave from prison to regularly attend their classes. It specifies that any such prisoner must successfully attend 1/3 of classes and laboratory activities in one semester of an academic year by completing distant learning courses, and only then be permitted to make use of educational release days by wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet to physically attend classes. The justice minister included the provision of electronic tagging at the last minute, making sure to add that the competent disciplinary boards (prison councils) may still deny the request of an inmate for educational leave should they present a “special justification” for issuing a negative decision (even after the inmate has completed the required distance learning courses inside prison walls, and even if s/he accepts to be monitored by bracelet outside the walls, we presume). This legislative amendment applies in all cases of sentenced and awaiting-trial prisoners who are deprived of student furloughs (so, not just in the case of Nikos Romanos). On this occasion, almost all political parties had an electioneering benefit from promoting further repressive measures against prisoners while not missing their chance to show off a democratic and humanitarian profile.
Nikos has quit his strike, after 31 days, but he’s still asphyxiating for a few breaths of freedom. Given the outcome, knowing that his claim has not yet been vindicated, we demand what should be granted to him right away: educational leave from prison. Contrary to a widespread feeling of “victory”, we feel that nothing has been won apart from the valuable life of our comrade and the realization that we should respond to every blackmailing of statist lackeys, not sometime in the distant future but now, by intensifying all forms of fight against the prison-society. We firmly stand by the side of prisoners in struggle, and against the enforcement of the use of teleconferencing and electronic tagging as yet another method of isolating captives of the State/Capital. Now, more than ever before, prisoner solidarity must go on the offensive by any means necessary.
in French, in Spanish , in German
On December 6th, 2014, around 80 people participated in a solidarity gathering that took place in Vienna’s Karlsplatz in remembrance of Alexandros Grigoropoulos and for Nikos Romanos and the other revolutionary prisoners in Greece.
From the call:
Nikos Romanos witnessed the murder of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos by a Greek police officer. The killing of the young school student on the 6th of December 2008 sparked mass demonstrations in the centre of Athens and in other major cities.
“My friend was not just murdered, but was executed in cold blood,” said Romanos.
Six years later, the violence and perversion of the State continues. The Greek judiciary decided to imprison Nikos Romanos for a bank robbery that was intended to raise money for the movement.
On November 10th, 2014, Nikos decided to start a hunger strike with the aim of getting educational leave from prison in order to be able to study at university, like many other prisoners. With the hunger strike he puts his own body as a weapon against injustice. He is currently hospitalized and guarded by the servants of the State.
In parallel, the state prosecution hands over responsibility for the hunger strike to the physicians, suggesting they are obliged to administer medication and nutrition to the patient – this being a forced treatment and a violation of human dignity.
Currently, there are massive demonstrations in Greece, but also in other European countries. Today, December 6th, 2014, we want to demonstrate together for the release of Nikos Romanos.
Solidarity with the revolutionary prisoners in Greece and everywhere.
Freedom for Nikos Romanos!
Alexandros Grigoropoulos – Never forget, never forgive!
Footage of clashes in Exarchia, downtown Athens, December 6th, 2014:
Anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos, currently hospitalized in critical condition in Athens, has been on a hunger strike since the 10th of November 2014. His request for educational leaves – to which he’s entitled since September 2014 – has been repeatedly denied by the Greek justice system.
In Koridallos men’s prison, 75 inmates at the Ε wing abstained from prison meals between the 13th and the 14th of November, in solidarity with Nikos Romanos.
Anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis, currently hospitalized in Piraeus, has been on a solidarity hunger strike since the 17th of November.
Anarchist prisoners Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, who are held in Koridallos prison, have also been on a solidarity hunger strike since the 1st of December.
Two women incarcerated in the disciplinary prison of Neapoli in Lasithi, on the island of Crete, have abstained from prison food since the 4th of December.
Imprisoned fighter Elias Karadouman, who is held in Corfu prison, conducts a 7-day symbolic hunger strike in solidarity with Nikos Romanos between the 5th and the 11th of December 2014.
On the 5th of December, in various men’s prisons across Greece, prisoners in struggle Spyros Stratoulis, Sotiris Georgakopoulos, Dimitris Dimitriou, Dimitris Savvidis, Giorgos Moysiadis, Admir Betsani, Ioakim Kourkoulis, alongside imprisoned anarchists Antonis Stamboulos, Rami Syrianos and Tasos Theofilou, announced prison food abstention until the request of anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos is met.
On the 6th of December, 17N prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas and Revolutionary Struggle anarchist prisoner Kostas Gournas, both held in the dungeons of Koridallos women’s prison, refused to enter their cells in a minimal display of solidarity with Nikos Romanos.
Most of the prisoners at different wings of Koridallos men’s prison refused to enter their cells at midday between the 6th and the 8th of December 2014.
Communists from Turkey who are incarcerated in Larissa prison abstain from prison food between the 9th and the 10th of December.
Meanwhile, another anarchist prisoner, known by his initials G.S., has been on a hunger strike as of December 3rd, 2014. The comrade, currently held in Aghios Stefanos prison in Patras, was sent in pretrial detention accused of involvement in recent Messolonghi police station attack. The charges against him are based on the use of false testimony by a plainclothes cop. G.S. struggles for his immediate release from prison, protesting against the repression and the humanguards, against the police state, ministers, bankers and businesspeople: “These are the terrorists, these are the robbers,” he stated in his latest open letter. He also sent strength to every hunger striker and all those who are fighting against the shackles of society, “a society where the system of snitching is vindicated.”
Strength to hunger strikers Nikos Romanos, Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis and Elias Karadouman.
Immediate release of hunger striker G.S.
Solidarity with all prisoners in struggle!
A modest expression of solidarity to Nikos Romanos from Tampere, Finland.
The banner on the left reads “let’s stop the cuts, collectivize everything” and on the right “class war now”
On the Finnish independence day 6th of December there was a big riot (on local scale) in the capital Helsinki and the police estimates that a 100 000 euros worth on property was destroyed.
December 6th is the national independence day of Finland. It is a day when the nationalists and the elite celebrate “an united Finnish nation” and lost wars in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on taxpayers money, while the elite and politicians have driven harsh austerity measures for everybody (except for themselves, obviously).
In the past years anarchists and autonomous leftists have organized pretty peaceful demonstrations against these rich people’s bacchanals in front of the Palace. This custom had been going on for over 10 years until the 6th of December last year when the Presidential Palace was under renovation and the rich celebrated in the old working class city of Tampere instead. Local anarchists organized a demonstration against nationalism, which turned out to be the biggest riot of Finland in decades. Though this was hardly a riot on international scale, it gave a huge boost to the anarchist movement and it was the headline of every paper for a week or so. The police was completely unprepared, and the 500 demonstrators fought with them successfully and then went on to the city center smashing windows of malls and banks and other symbols of power and capital.
After the humiliating failure by cops, the parliament issued more money for crowd control gear and the police had trained strategies for riot situations. They have also practised dominating tactics in the demonstrations earlier this year. For example they confiscated anarchists’ and the Left-Youths flags in the May Day demonstrations in Tampere and Helsinki as they were considered as “weapons”. Due to the police actions, nobody expected this year’s demonstration to be anywhere near as successful as last year.
This year’s demonstration was again organized by anarchists and the theme was “from the suburbs to the Palace” and the place of assembly was in Itäkeskus, a suburb in east-Helsinki, which population mainly consists of immigrants and poor people. The start of the demo was very calm, with some 300 people enjoying subversive rap artists and vegan food. The place was well chosen as it managed to attract local hood kids and immigrants and other people who rarely attend to demonstrations.
After the gigs had ended the demonstration started to march towards the local metro station. A lot of people did not expect that cops would let the crowd into the metro, as the station was surrounded with dozens of riot police. To my and others’ amazement they did let us through and the demonstrators packed into the train. The cops were expecting for the demo to get off in the Central Railway Station where they had centered most of the crowd control units. The demo however departed at different station which totally confused the cops. When the demo hit the streets, people started smashing the windows of pretty well chosen businesses, for example the air ventilation of Subway and McDonald’s restaurants was improved. People threw fire crackers and burned flares and were shouting chants like “class war”and “what do the people want? ANARCHY!”. After a while the cops managed to regroup and reached the demo to escort it to a location of their choise. They tried to move the demo to the designated area well away from the Presidential Palace and there were minor confrontations between the demonstrators and the police. The demo managed however to break out from the police escort and it took a good long time for the police to outnumber the demonstrators again.
The demo headed for the upper class parts of the city smashing windows and damaging expensive cars and spray painting slogans. People also tore down Finnish flags and burned a couple of them. After a long while the police managed to surround the demo, but after one unsuccessful attempt of breaking through which led to some arrests, the demonstration managed to escape the siege and went on to one of the richest areas of the city. A lot of property was damaged ranging from traffic signs to jewelry stores.
Finally the police managed to surround the demonstration again. This didn’t calm the rioting though and a lot of people and most of the rioters managed escape for the last time before dispersing through one buildings inner courtyard. Some 100 people couldn’t get away however and they had to stay put for three hours. Finally the police let some of the people go and arrested the rest after filming everybody stating their name and social security and so on.
At the end of the night some 30 people were arrested including reporters and hang-arounds, most of which hadn’t participated in the destruction of property. All the same they were charged with rioting, assaulting and not complying with police’s orders. The police estimated that over 100 000 euros worth of property were damaged or destroyed.
In conclusion the night was a great success on the anarchists’ part and the demo managed attract people who hadn’t been in any kind of demonstrations before. Of course this kind of demonstrations are just a small part of the everyday class struggle, but it gave the participants a great experience and hopefully this tradition continues next year.
More photos from the demonstration here.
“They told us you’ll conquer when you submit. We submitted and found ashes.” [George Seferis]
As of December 4th, 2014, we have occupied the building of GSEE (Greece’s General Confederation of Workers) in a display of solidarity with anarchist Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike since the 10th of November. Anarchist Nikos Romanos is a conscious enemy of the establishment. He has chosen to struggle factually against the State and the Capital inside the prison, as well as outside the walls.
Those who aim at exterminating him or forcing him to capitulate are:
– the government that, being loyal to the orders of the local and international Capital, imposes the implementation of memoranda, a policy of heavy austerity measures and devaluation of our workforce.
– the State that imposes a regime of a state of emergency as a way to extort social consensus and establish fear. Concentration camps for migrants, type C maximum security prisons, arrests and stigmatization of allegedly “HIV-positive” women, violent repression of demonstrations, tortures at the hands of police, the police occupation of Skouries in the Halkidiki peninsula, the targeting of university student mobilizations complete the puzzle of a Fortress-Greece.
Today, the peak of this repressive policy is the case of anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos. Through his extermination, the State pursues to neutralize revolutionary projectualities – self-organization, resistance, solidarity – that can trigger class and social counterattack, revolution.
The struggle of Nikos Romanos is not just about winning his educational furloughs from prison. It sets a barricade against type C maximum security prisons, new special conditions of detention, restriction of rights that were won by the blood of prison inmates. It sets a barricade against the murderous onslaught of the State and the Capital. For all of these reasons, we stand by our comrade and in solidarity with his struggle.
STRUGGLE UNTIL VICTORY, OR STRUGGLE UNTIL DEATH.
“Freedom for Romanos – Long live anarchism – Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF)”
police in front of Greece’s consulate
Today, we were in streets for Alexis who was murdered by Greek State and for Nikos Romanos who is in hunger strike for 26 days against the repression of the same state.
Today, we were in streets for our sisters and brothers who has been murdered while resisting in Greece, in Ferguson, in Mexico, in Kobanê.
Today, we were in streets for Berkin, Ali İsmail, Ethem, Arin, Kader, Suphi Nejat.
While states are killing our sisters and brothers in whole over the world; we, revolutionary anarchists were in the streets with our anger to states, capitalists, companies and murderers. Even police held up our way and attacked us with their plastic bullets, gas bombs and batons; they couldn’t achieve to suppress our anger. We resisted with our black flags while rising out our slogans.
This passion for freedom is getting bigger today; the anger for the ones’ that has been murdered by state flare up our riot.
Revolutionary Anarchist Action salutes comrade Nikos Romanos’ and his resistance.
Today, with all the rage against powers that seizes lives, with the conviction to a free world, the black flags are waved all around the world. Against companies that exploit our labour to profit more; against states that murders many of us in the name of the borders they drew; against all powers that fill their pockets with our lives that they destroy, making us poorer and making the rich richer; rebellion is alive in the rage of anarchism. The rage against bosses, companies, murderers and states, is propagating in full flood with the black flags. The sorrow of being neglected, disappeared and murdered, is now turning into anger, and the street are burning with the rage all over.
Exactly 6 years ago, in Exarchia neighbourhood of Athens, murdered because he was an anarchist, at the age of 16, was Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Murdered by a cop, with the bullet from his gun, because he transformed his anger into rebellion and went on the street, calling to account for the lives being seized, because he didn’t obey the powers and he was resisting at all costs for freedom. On the day of December 6, 2008, The bullet that ran into Alexis’ chest turned in the fire of revolt in the streets. Even though the murderers continued their attacks, the rage against the ones that silenced a heart that was beating for freedom, burned the streets into flames in Athens, in Thessaloniki, in Istanbul and everywhere.
Nikos Romanos, who was with Alexis the day he was murdered and who also had the same conviction for a free world, is now captivated because he is an anarchist. Romanos is captivated because he was not silent against injustice, because he didn’t give up despite state oppression, because with the same conviction of his murdered comrade, he kept on the struggle against all powers. The ones who think they can terminate this struggle by murdering Alexis, are now captivating Nikos hoping to stop another heart that is beating with the conviction for anarchism. Just like in 2008, the streets are filled with anger against the state that continue to attack Romanos with all its isolation, oppression and torture. As Romanos continues his hunger strike since 10th of November, other anarchist comrades in captive also start hunger strikes in solidarity; universities are occupied; and the same voice echoes in burning streets, in cells resisting captive: “As long as we are alive and we breathe, long live anarchy!”
The powers that murdered Alexis in 2008 and that captivate Nikos today think that they can silence the rage against injustice that is growing in every part of the world. They continue to captivate, attack and murder under this illusion.
In Mexico, 43 students resisting politics of the powers seizing their future, had disappeared by the hand of state; and their bodies are found in mass graves after many days. Just because they are black, the people targeted by fascist repression of the power, become the targets of bullets shot by the police; and the ones who resist being taken to custody are strangling and murdered by the police. Many of our brothers like Berkin, Ethem Ali, Ahmet who resisted for their lives, were murdered by the state police. While the ones resisting in Kobanê to create a new life, like Arin, like Suphi Nejat, like Kader, are murdered by the gangs, military and soldiers of the state; the ones who are on the streets in every corner of the region embracing Kobanê resistance, like Hakan, like Mahsun, are the targeted by the murderer police of the same state…
Wherever the ones who call to account for injustice, who resist to win their lives, who struggle with their conviction of freedom are on the streets; there is the address for oppression, torture and massacre. The oppressors who think that they can discourage the ones who don’t obey them by captivating, kidnapping or murdering; a cry of freedom raised in one place is echoed from every direction. From the cells of Athens to Mexico, from the streets of Ferguson to Istanbul, to the free lands of Kobanê, the conviction for a new world is propagating in full flood. Now, this passion for freedom is getting bigger; the rage for the murders is flaring up the fire of revolt in hearts.
This revolt is against the powers that seize our lives, that intend to destroy our freedom, that murder us. This revolt is against capitalism and the states. This revolt is against all kinds of captivity.
With this revolt for freedom in our hearts, anarchism is growing in every part of the world.
And our struggle is growing from one corner of the world to another, carried by the waves of the black flags.
Long live Revolution, long live anarchy!
Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF)
High School Anarchist Action (LAF)
The banner reads: “The rule of law murders. Solidarity with Nikos Romanos and the rest of comrades on hunger strike.”
Today, December 6th, 2014, we occupy the Melina Cultural Center of the City of Athens, located at the corner of 66, Herakleidon Street and Thessalonikis Street, in the Thissio neighbourhood of Athens.
The occupation is an act of solidarity with the ongoing struggle of comrade Nikos Romanos, six years after the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos.
Our purpose is the continuation and escalation of polymorphous anarchist action. We support every initiative that contributes to the intensification of social war.
Victory to the struggle of hunger strikers Nikos Romanos, Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis.
Strength to comrade Gou.Sou. from Messolonghi, incarcerated at Aghios Stefanos prison in Patras, who has also been on hunger strike since the 3rd of December.
We support the struggle of refugees from Syria.
A clenched fist to fighters in different Greek prisons who refuse to enter their cells, abstain from prison food, and went on a symbolic hunger strike, in solidarity with anarchist Nikos Romanos.
FIRE TO THE BORDERS – FIRE TO THE PRISONS
WE DO NOT FORGET – WE DO NOT FORGIVE
PS: See you in the streets, the barricades and the occupied buildings
in greek, spanish
On the night of December 1st, 2014, we broke the windows of a road roller and cut its cables in the Kocasinan district of Istanbul, with the intention of showing our solidarity to anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike for 26 days, and then to Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, who have started a hunger strike in support to Nikos Romanos in Greek prisons. Then we spray-painted some slogans on a wall close to the target: “Nikos Romanos” and “Fire to the prison cells”.
With this small action, we also salute warriors who are fallen while not giving way to ISIS butchers, we salute rebels who refuse to stay as protestors, then fight against cops and attack to the targets of repression and exploitation in Mexico, France, Ferguson and Santiago, we salute ALF-ELF cells who increase actions and attacks in Istanbul and around, we salute the insurrectionaries who got bored of being armchair revolutionaries, who got bored of insurrectional vaporings and fetishism of organisation, and of losing their anarchic imagination in the swamp of liberal opposition.
Until freedom of Nikos Romanos and all anarchist prisoners of war around the world…
Until Total Liberation…
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) / Insurrectionary Solidarity Faction
I write these lines to express how much I was touched by the widespread and polymorphous solidarity activity of comrades outside the prison walls.
Not only because its extent, imaginativeness, organizing-coordinating, tenacity and aggressiveness so far have surpassed all my expectations, knowing that significant state and capitalist buildings, and radio and television stations have been occupied, organized gatherings and demonstrations have taken place in almost all major cities of the territory, and attacks on the forces of repression as well as all kinds of insurgency attacks have occurred. But also because this is what breaks the solitude of my cell and makes me smile, because I was not imprisoned on Tuesday night, I was among you and felt the warmth of flaming barricades.
Because, whatever the outcome, the very existence of this front of struggle is a victory in itself, both for the immediate prospect of this fight and the legacy it leaves behind.
I know very well that the thousands of comrades involved in this battle that Nikos initiated, having many concerns but lots of determination, have vastly different understandings and practices between each other, but also with us. However, advancement flourishes through diversity. That’s exactly the meaning of anarchic solidarity; it connects without making identical, it unites without homogenizing. And whenever it is an action-oriented solidarity, it works.
Now that the mass deception media exclaim that, so long as the hunger strike is prolonged, it poses a threat to national security, I realize that no struggle goes to waste, and the gaps left by broken thoughts of despair – caused by the prolonged inactivity in the suffocating conditions of incarceration – are painted in meaningful colours again; insurrection is always timely.
Our dreams will become their nightmares.
Combative anarchy is awakened and roaring.
Nothing is over, everything begins now.
SOLIDARITY WITH THE ARRESTEES FROM TUESDAY RIOTS
Brother, hold strong, you have disturbed their celebration quite well so far. You are not backing down, so they will. I’m standing by you until the final victory.
To [the minister of Justice] Athanasiou:
I am very hungry. If you murder Nikos, your throat will be the only thing good enough for me to eat.
On Tuesday the 2nd of December 2014, we burned three vehicles belonging to members of the European Parliament. The attack took place near the Général Lartigue Avenue in Brussels.
This action is an act of offensive solidarity with anarchist Romanos, currently on hunger strike.
Solidarity with the anarchist and revolutionary prisoners, in Greece and everywhere else.
Solidarity with the fights of the comrades in Chile.
Solidarity with anarchist N.Romanos, on hunger strike since 10/11
On the night of December 2nd, 2014, it was confirmed that the request of anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos – who has now entered the 24th day of hunger strike – was denied a second time. In particular, he had filed an appeal against the denial of special judge Eftichis Nikopoulos to grant him educational furloughs, whose decision was eagerly approved by the Koridallos prison board. The comrade’s appeal was dismissed in Piraeus courts by the competent judicial council.
On December 3rd, Nikos released an open letter from the hospital stating he will fight till the end. The comrade dismissed a proposal to attend distance learning classes, or worse yet video conference courses inside prison walls, and persisted in his demand for a few breaths of freedom.
Contrary to allegations made by the justice minister Charalambos Athanasiou, who did not hesitate to spread through the mass media that the anarchist hunger striker is fed a liquid diet(!), Nikos Romanos made it very clear that he has strictly refused to be put on any sort of intravenous drip (according to physician Pantelia Vergopoulou, he only drinks water mixed with sugar).
Below is a short excerpt from the comrade’s text titled “Dancing with death for 24 days”:
I for my part go on, I walk past any probability of backing down, and I respond with STRUGGLE UNTIL VICTORY, OR STRUGGLE UNTIL DEATH.
In any event, if the State murders me by its stance, mister Athanasiou and his associates will go down in history as a gang of murderers, instigators to the torture and killing of a political prisoner. Let’s just hope free spirits turn up and judge the justness of their justice system in their own way.
In closing this text, I would like to send out my complicity and my friendship to all those who stand by me with any means at their disposal.
Finally, a couple of words for Yannis, who is also hospitalized, Andreas, Dimitris and several other brothers and sisters of mine.
The struggle may also bring about losses; in pathways towards a dignified life, we need to take death by the hand, running the risk of losing everything in order to gain everything. The struggle continues with bare hands and clenched fists against the knife, over and over again.
All for everything!
For as long as we live and breathe, long live anarchy!
To the streets of wrath on the 6th of December!
My thoughts will be wandering through the familiar streets.
It’s worth it to live for a dream, even if its fire is to burn you.
And as we often say: Strength.
On Wednesday noon, November 26th, amid barricades and Molotov cocktails that gave life to a new day of anarchic violence and confrontation with the guardians of order on the junction known as “Cordón Macul”, one of the groups that participated in the action which has already been diffused expressed our solidarity with anarchist comrade Nikos Romanos – on hunger strike in the prisons of Greece since the 10th of November for a breath of freedom – by unfurling a banner, shouting slogans and throwing fliers.
We send our strength to the compañero for his decision to fight by putting his own body and integrity as an obstacle to the plans of Power.
BECAUSE NIKOS ROMANOS IS ONE OF OURS
INTERNATIONAL INSURRECTIONAL ANARCHIC SOLIDARITY
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Greek translation from the original Spanish text
During the night between the 2nd and 3rd of December 2014, shortly after an evening demonstration of thousands of people in central Athens in support of the ongoing struggle of anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos and the solidarity hunger strike of his captive brothers Yannis Michailidis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, large-scale clashes erupted in the Exarchia area. Many protesters were reportedly injured and arrested by police (at least two arrestees were gravely wounded and needed to be hospitalized).
The footage shows incendiary instances of direct action and moments from the street battle between rioters and cops on Stournari Street, also in defense of the occupied Athens Polytechnic School in Exarchia.
On the same day, solidarity with the anarchist prisoners on hunger strike was manifested in the streets of several other cities in Greece.
Solidarity means attack.