On the evening of Friday, May 17th in Patras, large-scale clashes took place between anarchists and wild youth, on one side, and law enforcement on the other. It kicked off when cops surrounded the Olgas square, in the centre of the city, in order to break up a group of people who had gathered there, set up a sound system and were playing music.
For several decades, Olgas square has been a meeting point for the subversive youths of the city, and it has functioned as a space for both the free exchange of ideas and undertaking organized actions against the system. For this reason, the State has forced the drug trade into the square, and made sure that undercover cops are always present in the nearby bars, with the consent of their owners. Recently, anarchist groups have attempted to re-appropriate the square, and force out both the drug dealing and the snitches. To this end, an open-air self-organized party has been taking place each week. The intention of this is to promote solidarity and non-commercial relationships, in place of the consumerist leisure that the system, mafia, exploiters and businesspeople offer.
On Friday night, 17/5, using the excuse that, “the music was too loud”, the lapdogs of Power attacked the people who had gathered, as well as a traditional café in the square which is frequented by comrades. During this attack both the waiter and the owner were first hit and then arrested (on yet unknown charges). The police attack was answered by riots in multiple downtown streets, which were lit up by fire for nearly four hours. The clear goal of the police was to not allow the square to be retaken. However, once the cops were distracted by the street fighting, the comrades were able to reoccupy the square.
This incident occurred two days before the planned rally of the Nazi party of Golden Dawn outside their local office on Germanou street, in the Ano Poli neighbourhood. As this was intended to be the first public Golden Dawn rally in the city of Patras, the local anarchist space as well as several left-wing groups had called for an antifascist demonstration that same afternoon, May 19th.
From 17.00 on, people began to gather in Georgiou square and at about 19.30, more than 500 antifascists took Korinthou street, and began marching towards the local office of the Nazis. The police presence was tremendous, and local cops were joined by riot squads sent from other cities in order to protect the fascists. The forces of order both nearly divided the city in two and made a cordon along the sides of the antifascist demo.
More people joined the demonstration and by 20.15 there were more than 800 participants, approximately 400 from the anti-authoritarian/anarchist space (the anarchist block lead the demo) and the rest from various leftist and antiracist groups. The groups defending the demo were both well organized and equipped, and the mood of the march was combative, with continuous chants against the police, the State and the fascists.
The antifascist march ended at the point from which it had begun, Georgiou square, where hundreds of people hung around for hours, until the miserable Nazi party was over. It should be noted that the Goldendawnists were less than 100 (about 30 thugs, and some 50 elderly lovers of the dictatorship).
At the end of the fascist rally the police reopened the streets where they had been diverting traffic, and groups of comrades swept through the city to prevent any undesirable appearances. At about 23.00, in the neighbourhood of Agia Sofia, one of these groups on motorcycles was attacked by a DIAS motorcycle unit. Four comrades were arrested, on yet unknown charges. On May 20th, at noon, they were brought to the prosecutor and were all released, but the hearing was postponed to Wednesday, May 22nd; therefore a gathering in solidarity is called that day, at 12.30 in Patras courts.
Additionally, at around 3am of May 20th, more detentions of comrades (nearly 45) were reported. The first crackdown took place at Olgas square and unfolded just opposite from the Parartima squat (which was closed at the time), where people were trapped after a police chase. Many of the detainees were beaten, but all were released after a while.
On the 16th of May 2013, a group of comrades smashed the front window of the café on 111, Pipinou Street in the downtown Athens neighbourhood of Aghios Panteleimonas, as a minimum act of attack and solidarity.
Act of attack because of the racist, emetic statements on a video that was filmed at this café, and was aired on news channels. This shop has also worked and still works as a focal point and gathering place for local Golden Dawn members (like Vouldis) and other nationalist scum.
Act of solidarity with migrants in the wider area who are often attacked by fascists, in pogroms supported by the fascists in uniform.
We want to make it clear that everyone that is hosting them, everyone that tolerates and collaborates with this type of thugs, should be prepared to pay the price of his/her choices.
We do not forget. We do not forgive.
Communist Andrea ‘Andi’ Stauffacher (member of the Revolutionärer Aufbau as well as the International Red Aid) is one of the solidarians that normally visit Marco Camenisch in prison, and since decades gives support to our anarchist comrade. Every so often the Swiss State prosecutes Andi, threatening her with imprisonment. This time, and according to informa-azione, Andi has been kept in custody since Monday, May 13th, 2013 in Winterthur prison near Zurich. Until further information is available, you can send solidarity letters at this address: Andrea Stauffacher, Palmstr. 2, 8411 Winterthur, Swisse/Switzerland.
Images and references from La Revuelta Historical Archive
Below are wall-charts that were exhibited in the First Anarchist Bookfair in Santiago on the 12th and 13th of May 2012. These can now be shared through this medium. Soon there will be more and will be available to be exhibited through the initiatives of comrades that want to deal with the thematic. For whichever consultation of the Historical Archive ‘The Revolt’, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Thanks to comrade Andrea from Concepción for the posters’ design!)
Click to enlarge/The poster reads from top to bottom and left to right:
‘Anarchist silhouettes in the Chilean region’ (Part 1)
Photographic selection of anarchists that participated in the region’s struggles.
Neither saints, nor heroes; just comrades. More »
Responsibility claim by the Animal Liberation Front–Kodama Cell
in Spanish and English
“Silence is complicity” —in solidarity with
athens.indymedia.org and radio98fm.org
Squatters and anti-system warriors throughout Europe realize that inactivity among us will be the best opportunity for the capitalists to wait until the crisis explodes, and for the fascists to rise.
This is 2013, bad luck. The only way to make a change in society is to not be silent, to speak of the faults of dictatorial democracy, even though it will not be admitted or accepted as an alternative advice.
The situation in Athens is growing to a dangerous size. And even if people are blindly walking on the situation of the united states of europe, conscious people can make small changes in their street, park, and city. The street is ours. We take it back.
The worst waste is doing nothing out of fear.
With love a rage.
Today, in the night of May 15th, our group received news from Catalan comrades that the National High Court has delivered several detention warrants, 5 in total. However, while this communiqué is being written, only one is confirmed. The mass media, for its part, has been spreading half truths, non-corroborated information, and different forms of criminalization. Nothing new so far.
Since the name of our group (and the link to our blog) has been extensively spread by mass media and in social networks (where even our seal and graphic allusions to our group have been used), we want to clarify that the Black Flag Group from Madrid, affiliated to the FIJL (Iberian Federation of Libertarian Youth), due to several geographical reasons, has nothing to do with the news of the kidnappings in the morning of Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, that allegedly took place in Sabadell. This is pretty obvious for anyone who decides to minimally check the information, since the area of territorial action of our group is limited to Madrid.
This said, we want to show our solidarity to the arrested person (we insist that we only know of one arrest so far), as well as with the people who manage the Libertarian Ateneo in Sabadell that was raided by the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalonian cops) on the morning of May 15th, directly ordered by the National High Court. More »
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The third anniversary of the international day of solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and other longterm anarchist prisoners is quickly approaching. It may seem like there is a lot of time before the day, but comrades from the June 11th crew hope that you are starting to plan your 2013 events. To let them know about an event you have planned, email email@example.com
11–30 June 2013, Never Alone, exhibition of artworks inspired by June 11th.
Only online here.
Live concert for financially supporting the CCF comrade Panagiotis Argirou, who will soon need another surgery.
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 at 22.00 in Asteroskopeio, Thessaloniki.
Anarchist hangout Nadir
Contra Info note: Recall the grave injury and hospitalization of imprisoned anarchist Panagiotis Argirou (e.g. see here). The CCF member will soon need to undergo another special surgery and medical treatment. For this reason, there is an urgent need for large fund-raising in the upcoming period. We call every anarchist in solidarity across the world to help our comrades raise the medical costs. Anarchists who would like to send financial support, can also contact the Assembly of solidarity with the R.O. CCF, in Athens, at sal.spf[at]gmail.com
On Monday, May 13th, Roma residents of the Halandri municipality protested the eviction threat against their settlement that is located on Iridos and Sarantaporou streets, a few metres away from the relatively new metro station ‘Nomismatokopeio’ on Mesogeion Avenue.
Dozens of Roma families have been living in this settlement for over 40 years, since 1971. Over the last months, ‘indignant citizens’ (fascists disguised as random residents in the area) have been harassing Roma people, portraying them as ‘carriers of diseases’ and attacking them in their usual cowardly ways. In addition, on numerous occasions fascists demanded that Roma children should not go to the same schools in Halandri as the ones attended by Greek children. These overtly racist ‘complaints’ against the Roma community further increased ever since the rise of the Golden Dawn and its 2012 entry into the Greek parliament.
State authorities have scheduled the demolition of the particular Roma settlement for Tuesday, May 14th, under the orders of Dimitris Kalogeropoulos, Secretary General of Attica Region. Solidarity presence is needed tomorrow, near the Nomismatokopeio metro station on Mesogeion Avenue, to resist the eviction.
Historical journey from the 70s, when the current anarchist practices, repression and solidarity as well as internationalism were first developed.
A talk-debate will be held about the situation of the anarchist movement and the repression in Chile this Saturday, May 11th, at 6pm in the Espai Obert (71, Violant d’Hongria Street, Sants) in Barcelona. We hope to see you there.
MAY SOLIDARITY AMONG ACRATISTS NOT BE JUST A WRITTEN WORD
On April 26th, 2013 comrades held their third antifascist motorcycle demo in Kavala:
In the town of Igoumenitsa, neo-Nazis threaten regularly with carrying of weapons, and put up flags of their party to spread their poison in the local community. On May 8th, one such flag of the Chrissi Avgi/Golden Dawn was ripped off by some antifascists who made sure to burn it, and also sent their combative greetings to antifascists in Agrinio.
On April 3rd, 2013 at midday in the centre of Agrinio two members of the Golden Dawn, Spyros Floroskoufis and Giorgos Koutroubas had attacked a 17-year-old antifascist using expandable baton and wooden board with nails.
On May 7th in the hospital of Agrinio some comrades came across Floroskoufis, thug of the Golden Dawn’s local branch, and they immediately attacked this fascist that has already perpetrated numerous racist and parastatal attacks in the region. At round 10 that night the Golden Dawn’s Member of Parliament Konstantinos Barbarousis with his gun in hand as well as Spyros Floroskoufis with at least four other thugs stormed restaurants, bars and cafés in the town in search of antifascists. Once they disturbed and terrified people that were in the shops at the time, they went on to the municipal park, where they began searching with flashlights into the darkness. It is said that for some time the fascists were accompanied by DIAS police motorcycles and a police jeep of the OPKE crime prevention units. All this happened even though it was known, in this rather small town, that already a spontaneous gathering of about 100 antifascists and youths was underway elsewhere, in Dimadi main square.
On May 8th, in response to the bullying of the Golden Dawn’s scum, nearly 150 antifascists held a nighttime demonstration through the main streets of Agrinio, holding a banner that read ‘Fascist Barbarousis is armed and terrorizes people’ and chanting militant slogans.
Solidarians confirmed that four anarchists have been remanded in Koridallos prison after the arrests in the district of Nea Filadelfeia on April 30th, 2013: Argyris Ntalios and Fivos Harisis (wanted after the double robbery in Velventos, near Kozani) as well as Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis. All four were formally indicted on ‘terrorist organization’ charges based on DNA samples for separate bank robbery cases.
Friday, April 19 in Casal Okupat Atzur (Arquimedes street, 89 Terrassa)
7pm, Talk: Trial against 13 jailers because of tortures after the riot at Quatre Camins (the Cuatro Caminos prison in Barcelona)
Exposing the FIES Regime: letters, poems, drawing, complaints… from inside
Thursday, April 25 at La Reina de África (Bolivar street, 10, metro station Lesseps or Vallcarca, L3)
9.30pm, Screening of the documentary “X-Ray of Carabanchel” by Marío Malventi and Álvaro Garreaud (2007)
Presentation of the campaigns “Cárcel = Tortura” and “Tortures Quatre Camins 2004”
Talk: Trial against the torturers, by Jose Solís
Friday, April 26 in CSOA La Revoltosa (Rogent street, 82, metro station Camp de l’Arpa, L5 or Clot in L1)
“Freedom is imprisoned”
8pm, talk: Trial against the torturers, by Jose Solís
10:30pm: Flamenco and poems night
Saturday, April 27:
Barcelona, talk: Torture in Quatre Camins
7pm: Fella – Joaquim Costa, 34
Calls: marches, demos, gatherings…
Sunday, April 28 at 10am: March to Quatre Camins prison (Carretera BV5002 KM 11, Vilanova del Vallès)
The march will start in the open lot next to the town market, located in the crossroads of Quatre Camins, next to the patrol station
Saturday, May 4 at 5.30pm: Demonstration in Rambla del Raval in front of UGT-Presons (prison branch of one of the two biggest business unions in Spain)
Monday, May 6 at 9am: Gathering at the Provincial Courts of Barcelona, day when those who were repressed will testify
13 to 19 May: Week of decentralized actions in and out of the prison walls
Trial to the torturers
The democracy needs torture to perpetuate itself
On May 6th 2013, in the Province courts of Barcelona (Pg Lluís Companys, 5th section) it will start the collective trial against 9 prosecuted jailers charged for systematic tortures after the so-called “Quatre Camins mutiny” in 2004. Also, the technocrats who were in charge of the general prison direction will be testifying in order to explain the existence of torture and brutal repression that, imprisoned comrades are still suffering today throughout the Spanish prisons, some of them in FIES 1 CD (direct control), in isolation and many other different tortures.
The 2004 riot started spontaneously when jailers beat some prisoners and those prisoners practiced legitimate defense to protect their lives. Besides, jailers used to torture prisoners with impunity in the prison of Quatre Camins. These tortures had been filed to the institutions of the murderous democracy that covertly protected and protects torturers. All the jailers’ impunity flows from the executive, legislative and judicial Powers of the State. In the first trial that took place in December 2008, the comrades, innocent of the charges pressed by the judicial farce, were sentenced to many years of imprisonment, more than 200 years in total. Some of them saw their sentences increased by an additional 19 years. Thus, their imprisonment turned into a life sentence simply because they didn’t allow themselves to be tortured in isolation cells. The prisoners, sick of being tortured by jailers, sick of filing complaints for torture, and sick of seeing how those complaints were simply filed and put away, found themselves in a dead end, where they chose self-defense. It is because of their resistance actions that we are in a political context today that sees 13 jailers prosecuted for torture.
The company trade-unions UGT-Presons, CC.OO. and CATAC are taking care of the legal defense of the torturers, being the armed wing of the torturing and murderous State from their union companies. The prosecution requests years of imprisonment for Xavier Martínez, Medical Deputy Chief of Quatre Camins in 2004, because of having participated and covered the tortures on the prisoners. This is a clear case of collaboration and covering tortures up by the prison medical services within the penitentiary service. After such a serious event as torture, the Ombudsperson in Catalonia looked away and decided not to stand as private accusation in the legal process. During the last few years, two infamous prison technocrats have been the Ombudsperson in Catalonia, Ignasi García Clavel and Ángel Gómez Muñoz. The first one is the ex-general director of the Catalonian penitentiary services and the second one, the deputy chief of the department of transfers and dispersion of prisoners.
Prisons are the tool of the privileged to end any kind of dissidence that might risk their privilege. This is why prisons hold the poor, deprived people who refuse to resign and rebel against Power, Order and Laws.
For them, for us, and for the destruction of everything that oppresses us. No prisons, be they migrant detention centers, youth detention centers or psychiatrics. We call for solidarity against the retaliation for this case and all the imprisoned people who are subjugated to tortures in prisons worldwide.
Dynamite to the walls of all prisons!
For an end to all forms of domination!
Resistance fund for the trial: 0182 1473 16 020 1510363
Further information: torturesquatrecamins2004
Walls across Attiki (Athens) and the city of Patras were pasted with 2,000 copies of this poster. The reason that kitchen and home delivery workers at ‘pizza fan’ stores (pizza franchise chain in Greece) made this flyposting was to speak about the death of Bulgarian-born Radka Nikolova at work in the Patras pizza fan store on Aghias Sofias street. Her death was largely and conveniently attributed to heart condition. However, the poster text describes the working conditions during the morning shift (i.e. when Radka lost her life).
We will either raise our voices, or be forced to work ourselves to death
Radka Nikolova, 38, was a kitchen worker in the pizza fan store in Patras. On Monday, January 14th, 2013 she was found dead at work, locked inside the store. Early estimates said the woman died due to heart failure. The story was covered up.
It is relatively known that a heart condition alone is not enough to cause someone’s death. But yes… with a job at pizza fan, our heart does not seem to last long enough.
As men and women employed in these stores, we have experienced first-hand what it means to work in the kitchen. Those of us who have worked Monday mornings for pizza fan know that one person bears an incredible workload. Too heavy deliveries of food products must all be placed in the freezers or refrigerators, supplies that often reach a weight of nearly half a ton. The store itself requires great preparation because it is left almost empty after the weekend, and additionally all spaces must be thoroughly cleaned. On top of all this, the worker has to run errands for the store’s supervisor on that day (i.e. accept deliveries, check the various products, sign paperwork, arrange payments, deal with bank deposits, pick up the phone that is incessantly ringing for different tasks). All the work is done by ONE person.
What’s more, the pressure from employers is equally unbearable. All this is often carried out under the eye of the bosses who monitor their entire store from their homes, through surveillance cameras, and make phone-calls to intervene with on-the-spot remarks.
At the time of her death in the workplace, Radka was probably an undeclared worker just like many of the workers in pizza fan chain stores.
Pizza fan is not the exception but the norm in catering businesses and restaurants as in many other sweatshops whose profits rely on our ever-tougher exploitation.
Information about the arrest of five anarchists on Tuesday noon, April 30th, the criminal proceedings against them, and the hunger/thirst strike of comrade Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis.
On Tuesday, April 30th, at around 4pm, anarchists Yannis Naxakis and Grigoris Sarafoudis were arrested on Dekeleias avenue in the district of Nea Filadelfeia, as they were coming out of a cafeteria.
At the same time, a large police force stormed the café and caught the anarchist fugitives Argyris Ntalios —who tried to break out of the kettle— and Fivos Harisis-Poulos. Both comrades had arrest warrants pending against them since mid-February 2013 (after the double robbery in Velventos–Kozani and the incarceration of anarchists Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Dimitris Politis, Nikos Romanos and Yannis Michailidis).
Anarchist Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis was also arrested inside the same cafeteria in Nea Filadelfeia. More »
Brief chronicle of the counter-demonstration in the neighbourhood of Chueca on May 1st
At 6pm on May 1st, various fascist organizations, every one cheesier than the last, called a demonstration that began in Tribunal, a central area in Madrid, very close to Chueca.
On the same day, at 5pm, an antifascist gathering was called in the Plaza de Chueca. The call was put out just a few days in advance, and it was unknown what response it would bring.
Well before 5pm, there was already a large police deployment in Chueca, and the antifascist gathering was surrounded from the beginning. The strategy seemed clear: To wear out the counter-protesters and keep them there until the fascist demonstration would be over. But the shouts, good humor, resistance, and dignity didn’t wear out, and the comrades stayed united and combative while surrounded by police for two hours. Around the edges various groups went around and around without being able to join the gathering, but waiting the whole time for the group of their comrades and the fascists.
There were two encounters that we know of with unsuspecting Nazis. In the first, two of them who were arriving late to their demonstration along Fuencarral street (a main pedestrian street, very commercialized and filled with people and cops) ran a flat 200 meters trying to escape a group of antifascists, but had such bad luck that further down they ran into another group. One of the Nazis was hit in the face with a helmet that a compa graciously offered him. They were rescued by a police patrol, but it was priceless to see a Nazi with an ACAB patch on his jacket begging for protection from the pigs. The other was the Nazi who appears in the pictures (or disappears, because he blends in with the boys in blue he likes so much). He was given a good scare, but of course he was saved by the arrival of a van from the anti-riot squad. As you can see from the pictures, they got along well. He opened the door to let the cops out, and got right in…
Where is the Nazi?
When all those who were in the gathering in Chueca got out after being frisked, having their IDs checked and (for many) being photographed, some of them met up with other groups that were outside the cordon and headed to Tribunal, where there was a scuffle with the police and two comrades were held. Since it looked like they were going to be detained, the rest barricaded the street and pulled stones from a dumpster to throw at the cops.
The cops charged hard, shooting rubber bullets and chasing the demonstrators, detaining one person; we don’t know if this person was with the group or not. The two comrades who were held earlier have been released, but other detentions were added to the tally in the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, far from the gatherings and long afterward.
Solidarity with the detained.
Against the system, democratic or fascist. For anarchy.
Update: A total of four detainees from the antifascist Mayday in Madrid remained two nights in the cells, and were all released on Friday, May 3rd after standing before prosecutor (restrictive conditions were imposed against at least one of the comrades, who is awaiting trial).
Dimitris Hadjivasiliadis is an anarchist who was arrested in mid-February 2011 at a random police check in Athens. He was remanded after being charged with ‘weapon possession with intent to supply,’ in accordance with the Greek anti-terrorist law. Dimitris remained in pretrial detention for ten months with no substantial evidence whatsoever against him, until he was finally released on bail in December 2011.
Comrades report that he is one among the five persons that got arrested in Nea Filadelfeia on April 30th, 2013 —alongside Fivos Harisis-Poulos, Argyris Ntalios, and two other persons.
During his custody in the police headquarters of Athens, Dimitris defied the human-guards and was forced to stand for 12 hours without sitting, while he was handcuffed 24 hours a day even in the detention cell. Only on May 2nd was he able to contact a lawyer. On May 3rd the comrade was also expected to undergo a preliminary hearing at Evelpidon courts, with frivolous charges filed against him. In the meantime, Dimitris declared that he goes on hunger/thirst strike in response to the conditions of his detention, demanding his immediate release.
More updates as they come.
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The Barbarian review