In October 2014, anarchist Panagiotis (Panos) Michalakoglou and another comrade were sent in pretrial detention. They were arrested together on the 1st of October in Kolonaki, Athens, accused of aggravated possession of weapons and illegal possession of explosive (one hand grenade). From the outset, Michalakoglou claimed responsibility for the firearms found during the police raid in his home, and made it clear that his friend and comrade M.V. has no connection whatsoever to the case. In mid-October, Michalakoglou was taken to Nigrita prison, near Serres (where inmate Ilia Kareli was murdered by the screws), and the other comrade was transferred to Aghios Stefanos prison in Patras. Below are words from Panos Michalakoglou.
Yesterday evening, Friday the 21st of November 2014, at my demand to see the chief warden Yannis Dimou shortly before the prison’s scheduled lockdown period, I was called from the wing’s loudspeakers to go to the chief warden’s office. As soon as I entered his office, I demanded that my requests be accepted; otherwise, I made it clear that I would not go into my cell, and refuse to be locked in. This stance of mine resulted in winning my primary request, which was my transfer to another wing (from C2 to C1). As for the rest of my requests (to be provided with clothing items, books, mp3player, political texts/updates), he committed to granting them, from now on following the regular procedure.
This experience has made me realize that the enemy in prison is not only the administration, but oftentimes the prisoners themselves who bow their heads and settle for less while, several times, they try to prevent a protest from being set into motion or a mutiny from taking place at all.
What is my conclusion from all this? If you don’t claim what you are entitled to, you are definitely doomed. Same as in society, anyone who bows his/her head in prison will always be defeated.
I won’t make even a step back, until all my requests are met.
Nothing is finished; everything continues.
November 22nd, 2014
C1 wing of Nigrita prison, Serres
Solidarity with N.Romanos, I.Kostaris, Y.Michailidis and all political prisoners
SOLIDARITY IS DYNAMIC
On Thursday evening, November 20th, a group of comrades from Nicosia placed a banner in the city centre (Faneromeni Square) as a small token of solidarity with the captives of the Greek State, hunger strikers N.Romanos (since 10/11), I.Kostaris (since 29/10) and Y.Michailidis (since 17/11).
FREEDOM FOR ALL BEINGS WHO ARE IN PRISON CELLS/CAGES
The night between the 7th and 8th of November 2014, the tires on two utility vehicles (one of the municipality and another of the EDF, France’s main electric utility company) and several VéloCité bicycles were slashed.
Some twenty JCDecaux’s bicycles were rendered useless. A vehicle belonging to the municipality and a utility van of the EDF met the same fate.
Because EDF is part of this nuclear society which domesticates and poisons our lives. Because JCDecaux exploits prisoners to repair its crap that’s used to transport the yuppies. Because the city council is its prime collaborator and quite simply the authority.
May the State and capitalism get slashed!
Anarchist Nikos Romanos is one of us. He is one of those who, like us, rebelled against Power, against law and order that wants people to be slaves, subservient and submissive; he is one of those who learned first-hand what “law and order” really means, when he witnessed the murder of his friend Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the dogs of the State, Korkoneas and Saraliotis.
Comrade Romanos is not one of those who seize the homes and assets of the people, as the bank that he expropriated does, action for which he has been sentenced. He is not the one who made the laws that the straight-laced politicians enact, the fathers of the nation who rob and murder the people and the workers to make the rich even richer. He didn’t steal the salary or the pension from any poor breadwinner, as the multinationals, bankers and powerful businesspeople, as well as their servants, the governments and parliamentarians, are permitted by law to do. He is not the one who made the laws that deprive the mouths of the poor of a food bite, the laws that murder thousands of people driving them to suicide, the laws that force people to eat out of garbage and sleep on the streets. Comrade Romanos is one of those who confront the blows with dignity, all the blows inflicted by the subservients of the State and the rich – slaves who are paid seven hundred euros each month to do their miserable job.
Since Monday, November 10th, 2014, the comrade has begun a hunger strike claiming the right to make use of educational furloughs. Nikos Romanos – just like Iraklis Kostaris, who is on hunger strike for the same reason – is one among the dozens of political prisoners and imprisoned fighters who are currently held in Greek prisons, at a time when the policy of social genocide, imposed by the Capital and the State on the occasion of the economic crisis, is linked with the hardening of repression in general but also especially against captive combatants, many of whom are self-admitted members of armed revolutionary organizations, or are being accused of armed struggle. The legislation for type C prisons with special conditions of detention, primarily aimed against political prisoners and imprisoned fighters, falls within this context. Each imprisoned comrade is one of us, so if we consider that the struggle for Freedom connects all of us, the struggle for Social Liberation from the yoke of the Capital and the State, then the claim of one is also the claim of all of us.
Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle
We’re doing a solidarity benefit show for anarchist prisoners Amélie, Fallon and Carlos on December 4th, 2014 in Victoria (Occupied Lekwungen Territories). Come out and help support them!
Storm of Sedition – Anti-Civ Anarchist Crust
Azotobacter – Local Punk
Not a Cost – Anarchist Crust
There will also be cheap food and zine distros.
No bigots, no assholes. Respect the space!
Ask a punk for the address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On November 14th, 2014, Macerie transmitted that, in the bunker courtroom of Turin’s prison Le Vallette, the bastard prosecutors Rinaudo and Padalino requested heavy sentences against imprisoned anarchists Chiara Zenobi, Claudio Alberto, Mattia Zanotti and Niccolò Blasi: 9 years and 6 months for all four comrades on charges of attacking with purposes of terrorism, committing terroristic attack with deadly weapons and explosives, possession and transport of war weapons, and causing damage to public functionary by fire and violence. Among the civil plaintiffs, the Lyon Turin Ferroviaire (LTF) claimed the “symbolic” amount of 50 thousand euros as compensation for the act of sabotage.
In September 2014, Chiara, Claudio, Mattia and Niccolò proudly assumed responsibility for their participation in the sabotage at Chiomonte’s TAV construction yard that occurred in May 2013.
The sentencing hearing takes places on the 17th of December 2014.
On the night of November 10th, a police equipment shop was attacked in the district of Carabanchel, in Madrid, in solidarity with La Gatonera.
No eviction must remain unanswered!
Active solidarity with the social centres threatened with eviction!
On Wednesday night, November 12th, we attacked 5 ATMs with hammer and vandalized several luxury cars (punctured tires and broken windows), as a minimum gesture of individual revolt against a capitalist system that exploits and devastates.
We dedicate this action to the compagni and the compagna accused of attacking the TAV construction yard in May 2013 as well as to all anarchist prisoners.
We cannot stand idly by while our comrades are buried under years of imprisonment, or limit ourselves to symbolic acts that do not cause any nuisance.
The only solidarity is attack!
A doctor who examined the comrade at Koridallos prison on Tuesday morning, November 18th – during the ninth day of hunger strike – reports that 21-year-old Nikos Romanos has lost 6kg of body weight (nearly 10% of his total body weight) and feels greater fatigue since the last medical examination. He experiences malaise, dizziness, weakness and mild inspiratory dyspnea on exertion, associated with orthostatic hypotension and sinus tachycardia. His blood glucose level (measured by finger stick) was 58.
In the early hours of Monday 17/11 we torched a vehicle belonging to the private security firm Starguard, on Anagenniseos street in the area of Metamorfosi, as a minimal display of solidarity with the hunger strikers Nikos Romanos, Iraklis Kostaris and Yannis Michailidis.
Strength to those who are not of this world.
The war continues.
Type N arsonists
Early on Thursday, November 6th, a police and Guardia Civil academy was attacked with stones in the area of Legazpi (Madrid). A message was written: “No eviction unanswered. La Gato resists.”
Death to the State and long live anarchy!
Comrade Yannis Michailidis, currently incarcerated in Koridallos prison, announced that the anarchists who were arrested after the double robbery in Velventos, Kozani (in February 2013), begin a rotating hunger strike as of Monday, November 17th, 2014 to show factual support to Nikos Romanos, who is on hunger strike since the 10th of November demanding that educational furloughs be granted to him.
In his statement, Michailidis – who is the first comrade to enter this solidarity hunger strike – has mentioned among others:
“In this instance, my comrade and brother Nikos Romanos is using his body as a barricade to claim passageways out of the stifling conditions of confinement, so I sought a way to express my solidarity with him in practice. Given the condition in which I also find myself at the present juncture, I decided to participate in a rotating hunger strike that we, the comrades who were arrested together after the robbery in Velventos, have now commenced. As of November 17th I start a hunger strike until the request of Nikos Romanos is met.
This choice of ours aims to contribute towards further motivation of comrades outside the prison walls so as to multiply and intensify multiform solidarity actions, thus opening another front in the war against the State and consequently a scope of awareness amongst new comrades.”
Additionally, anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis expressed his solidarity with Iraklis Kostaris, imprisoned member of the R.O. 17 November (17N), who conducts a hunger strike since October 29th, 2014 claiming educational furloughs he’s also entitled to.
Trial of anarchist Thodoris Sipsas will take place in Athens on December 1st, 2014. More information h e r e.
We are welcoming you to join us on Saturday 6th of December to our benefit event for the anarchist T. Sipsas who is prosecuted for the Marfin case of 2010 in Athens, Greece.
“The prosecution of T. Sipsas is a prosecution of all those who struggle against totalitarianism and barbarity, against the devaluation of life and dignity.”
There will be a short film screening “the accidental prosecution of an anarchist” followed by an update on the case from T. Sipsas.
Start at 7pm with a cocktail bar throughout the night! After the briefing, there will be live music and djs!
For location contact the infoline on the eve: 07405412161 or email@example.com
Please feel free to spread the word!!!
We’d also like to ask you for your understanding to respect the fact that we do not wish this event to be republished on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter etc
see you all there!
ASF LDN – Anarchists in Solidarity
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Athens Polytechnic School, Exarchia: Solidarity with anarchist N. Romanos, on hunger strike since 10/11
Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Kozani: Solidarity with N. Romanos, who is on hunger strike since 10/11 because he has not been granted student attendance furloughs from Koridallos prison
Chania, Crete: “Never again slaves, never again with downcast eyes, never again alone; forever on the opposite riverbank, forever insurrectionists and profane, forever on the path of free humans; forever, do you hear me?” [thoughts of Nikos Romanos written in November 2013] Strength to anarchist N. Romanos, on hunger strike since 10/11
Zografou campus, Athens: Asphyxiating for a breath of freedom – Solidarity with anarchist N. Romanos, on hunger strike since 10/11 – No comrade left alone in the hands of the State
A doctor who examined the comrade at Koridallos prison on Thursday morning, November 13th – during the fourth day of hunger strike – reports that 21-year-old Nikos Romanos has lost 3.2 kg of body weight and feels intense weakness and fatigue even after very mild exertion, such as walking from the cell to the prison infirmary. His blood glucose level (measured by finger stick) was 64.
Between the 13th and the 14th of November, 75 prisoners in the Ε wing of Koridallos men’s prison abstained from meals in solidarity with their fellow inmate Romanos.
Comrades from Athens solidarity assembly, which was organized especially for this case, inform that the special appellate judge Eftihis Nikopoulos formally rejected the motion of educational furloughs that Romanos is entitled to since September 2014. Prior to the hunger strike, the same interrogator said he was not competent to decide on the matter; on Thursday, however, he notified the prison board that the comrade’s request is denied.
On the 19th of November, at 18:00, there will be another assembly in the Athens Polytechnic School (Gini building) in Exarchia, where people in solidarity will be able to hear directly from anarchist Nikos Romanos – through phone call – about his current struggle.
Video for the upcoming event in solidarity with anarchist prisoners in Greece
Sunday, November 16th, at 17:00 @anarchist squat Izar Beltz, Irala, Bilbao
Radio spots in Castilian and Basque by comrades from Biblioteca Durruti of Altsasu (Nafarroa)
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The following text is intended to be the continuation of a dialogue on the tools of anarchist insurgency and the ways of organizing ourselves; a dialogue that was initiated at an international anarchist encounter somewhere in the countryside of France and now continues from a prison cell in Greece.
The opinions expressed here are my own personal views, so it should be clear that they promote a particular position on the issue. However it is not desired to have one position prevail over all the others; what matters is how the various different, yet complementary, points of view communicate and interact with each other. In the face of an enemy that’s very flexible as regards the use and multitude of means and forms of attack, the diversity of considerations and practices on the part of anarchists is self-evident. Whichever different perspectives cannot be promoted dogmatically but rather based on a rationale of multifaceted attack.
First we need to talk about the very concept of organization, a word quite misunderstood in anarchist circles.
We face an enemy with complex and complicated functions. One of the main characteristics that make the enemy powerful is the constant evolution and organization of the social paranoia we are experiencing today: a technological, military, architectural, civil, industrial, economic, scientific organization. Every aspect of this world is being organized, constantly correcting its imperfections through an intelligent system which has a great number of servants.
In the face of this condition, whoever believes that one is able to fight without organization is naive to say the least.
“In 1972, the pigs mobilized 150,000 men to hunt the RAF, using television to involve the people in the manhunt, having the Federal Chancellor intervene, and centralizing all police forces in the hands of the BKA; this makes it clear that, already at that point, a numerically insignificant group of revolutionaries was all it took to set in motion all of the material and human resources of the State; it was already clear that the State’s monopoly of violence had material limits, that their forces could be exhausted, that if, on the tactical level, imperialism is a beast that devours humans, on the strategic level it is a paper tiger. It was clear that it is up to us whether the oppression continues, and it is also up to us to smash it.” (Ulrike Meinhof)
We can thus say that whoever does not organize himself/herself will turn into a harmless aggregation that will be assimilated to the alienation mechanisms of the existent sooner or later. They will lose the combative attributes that make them dangerous for the enemy and subsequently be deported from the field of antagonistic battle.
Conversely, whoever has decided to fight this system will need to organize their hatred, in order to become effective and dangerous. So, the discussion about ways of organizing ourselves, having attributes inherent in our anarchist values, begins somewhere at this point.
The dilemma then is whether we will organize ourselves through a central anarchist organization that will be the reference point for the anarchist movement, or in a decentralized and diffuse manner through anarchist affinity groups that will maintain their political autonomy both in terms of action and collective decisions.
As regards the centralizing mode of organization I will speak in general, instead of specific, terms about who, and how, have opted for it in Greece.
If you look at it historically, these two forms of organization have always existed but never coexisted. In the Spanish civil war, anarchists were organized at the central level to combat the fascists, and the same thing happened during other revolutionary attempts.
The same is the case with most urban guerrilla warfare organizations in the past decades that approached new comrades in the context of a particular political project, thus aiming to strengthen the organization instead of an armed diffusion, where the autonomy of each individuality opens up the possibility of creating chaotic fronts of attack.
This understanding of organizational ways should not be viewed separately from the social and political conditions of the time.
The combatants of those times studied their adversary with their own analytical tools, fought for freedom and paid the price with murders, harsh prison sentences, tortures, solitary confinement wards. Those among them who haven’t renounced their values make their own critical assessment of the experiences acquired through the years, experiences which obviously deserve careful study; but if we cling to that we are doomed. What matters is what we’re doing today, in the era we live in.
So, for me, the central organization and the revolutionary centralism are ghosts we need to banish from us.
Besides, an indication of this is the fact that all the remaining central anarchist organizations have simply kept the glorious hallmarks of those times, having sunk deep into reformism while they renounce direct action and rebellion in everyday life, and have nothing to do with something pertaining to combativeness. They refuse to understand the enormous changes at the social and political level, they refuse to talk about the edges of contemporary oppression, the advancement of science, the technological fascistization, the domination of multinationals, and merely trot ideologized theories about the conflict between capital and labour out, using terms that were written one hundred years ago, in another era of capitalism.
Worse still, they refuse to act, unable to understand that if they lived in the glorious past they reminisce about they would only be extras because they would never take any risks.
Now, as regards the revolutionary centralism within urban guerrilla groups, even though I understand the causes and effects behind such a choice, I disagree with that because I believe that our goal is not to walk all together according to a common political project-program but rather to diffuse our means and urge everyone to safeguard their autonomy, thus contributing to the creation of new perceptions and possibilities for the intensification of polymorphous anarchist action.
This is why I opt for the informal organization, which I consider more qualitative and effective for reasons I will explain later. The basic component that gives tangibility to the informal organization (and not only) is nothing other than direct action; otherwise, we would be just a bunch of charlatans with dissident rhetoric.
The most important thing for an anarchist is deciding to undertake action because, in this way, the individuality breaks through the fear inflicted by domination regarding the choice of revolutionary action; when you take action, you overcome inhibitory factors that lead you to inactivity, you take your life in both hands and acquire the ability to affect to a greater or lesser extent the circumstances that define your life. Undertaking action is the equivalent of reclaiming our life that was stolen from us, thus shaping the characteristics of a free human who fights to get rid of their shackles, their social commitments, on a daily basis, abolishing the authoritarian roles imposed on them and building a culture that gestates the quality of a new life, the life of an anarchist insurgent who inflicts open wounds from razors on the contemporary world.
After having made such a decision, comes experimentation. Anarchists shouldn’t have fixed positions; they’re constantly on the move because, without moving, they are driven to self-destruction by ideological dogmatism. They reconsider things, criticize themselves, and explore the collective experience to adapt it to the current historical data. They put their hearts on ice to withstand pain, and set fire to what’s left to wipe out the traces of their past “quiet” life. From this point forward, what counts is the struggle, but also vengeance, because whoever felt violence firsthand and did not seek revenge are worthy of their sufferings.
Let’s go back to the issue of practical experimentation, that is, action with many ways, many methods and many forms.
I believe that the organization of our destructive desires should be expressed through Action Networks of high distinctiveness, where everyone will be able to read one’s own words and works, get inspired, reflect, and act alongside us or fight against us. Being (communicatively) visible is part of our purpose to bring about the maximum degree of social polarization in order to clarify everyone’s role in the authoritarian edifice, and then pass from armed critique to a critique of arms.
In my opinion, the responsibility claim is what gives meaning to an action, leads it to your desired objectives, and explains to whoever is interested in breaking the vicious circle of oppression and passing on the offensive the motives and reasons that made you do it. Simply and clearly. In a world of generalized information overload and terrorism of virtual bombardments, no action can speak for itself unless the subjects-actors speak out about it.
The high level of distinctiveness that I mentioned above is related to both invariable insurgent names and acronyms; for me invariable names in insurgent actions are of particular importance because, in this way, your actions are linked to each other, stepping up their momentum at the same time.
Furthermore, your discourse takes on greater importance, as it is connected to the consistency of your action. You have the possibility to devise strategies of insurgent action making your overall rationale understood, creating a point of reference and issuing a challenge to action, thus exacerbating the revolutionary threat, breaking up the State’s monopoly on violence, as anarchists claim their share of violence to turn it against the enemy.
Turning now to the use of acronyms, it’s similarly useful on a more comprehensive level; their main importance is their contribution to recognizing resistance that is manifested without a centre, but instead horizontally and chaotically at the same time, depending on the choices of rebels.
I think that the existence of acronyms is also important as a propaganda tool. Translation networks can do the work of a messenger between insurgent groups regardless of whether or not the latter use an acronym. Nevertheless, the existence of one or more informal networks that use acronyms and recognize one another enhances the momentum of actions placing them within an overall context, rather than something fragmentary, and creates a solid (as to its existence, that is, continuous action) structure which is anarchist and insurrectionary at its root.
Instead of an epilogue
It is clear already that in the name of “citizen security” artificial social threats are constructed in a way to provide political alibi for committing the greatest state crimes, establishing more and more practices of control and surveillance, and toughening anti-terrorism laws. All this is aimed at enabling the privileged citizens of developed countries, who have been awarded this prestigious label, to feel safe while their statist protectors massively and indiscriminately sow death around them.
This is why I envision a belligerent condition in the urban centres where every day the rebels will organize plans for attacks, creating an asymmetric threat that will tear social cohesion and political stability to bits and sow insecurity in the reproduction centres of capitalism. The smooth flow of goods will no longer be taken for granted, and the representatives of oppression will live in fear.
We have nothing to wait for, so we organize ourselves and strike the society of capitalism; revolutionary actions shape the objective conditions, let’s multiply them.
Strength to all captive and fugitive comrades
Strength to the 4 anarchist hunger strikers in Mexico*
Dikastiki Filaki Koridallou, Ε Pteryga, 18110 Koridallos, Athens, Greece
First published in the 3rd issue of Avalanche (November 2014).
* Transcription note: At the time of writing Fernando Bárcenas, Abraham Cortés Ávila, Carlos López Marín and Mario González, incarcerated in different Mexican prisons, were still on hunger strike. On October 17th, 2014, the comrades called off their strike. On October 31st, Mario was released from prison. Freedom for all!
PDF: “Since the Bristol Riots” – Communiqués from the FAI, ELF and other attacks (2011-2014)
by Person(s) Unknown / Dark Matter Publications
“Since the Bristol Riots” is a collection of communiqués from the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), Earth Liberation Front (ELF), and other anonymous attacks in the Bristol area since the riots in April 2011 until October 2014. The communiqués include attacks targeted against police, banks, prisons, military, security services, courts, state, church, fascists, media, communications infrastructure, corporations and more. Totally 92 pages, included is a selection of over a dozen articles related to this time frame and context, such as reports of the Stokes Croft riots and recent police repression against the broader anarchist movement as they investigate the attacks.
For antagonistic struggle,
there are translations from alfredo m. bonanno, enzo martucci, kaczynski, 325, crimetinc., nestor makhno comics, and there is an interview with kurdistan anarchist forum about the situation in kurdistan, iraq and syria… and there are some articles about current issues and civilization, and of course actions
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Downtown Athens, October 31st; demo in solidarity with the migrants accused of last year’s uprising at Amygdaleza detention camp (Menidi, Attica); the banner reads: “Let’s demolish the concentration camps and bury the guards under their ruins.”
More photos from the demonstration here.
The trial against the migrants continues on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, at 9am, in the courthouse of Athens (hall 1, entrance from 4, Degleri Street).
On November 11th, 2014, anarchists symbolically occupied the offices of the AFP (Agence France-Presse) in the affluent neighbourhood of Kolonaki, central Athens, to protest the police murder of Rémi Fraisse in the ZAD of Testet, France. Comrades handed out leaflets in Greek and French, reading: “From France to Greece, let us transform the foci of resistance into a signal of rebellion towards the oppressed of the whole earth. Solidarity is our weapon.”
The main banner of the demonstration reads: ‘No prosecution against anarchist fighter G.S. – Valveios Autonomous Movement – “Ah dammit, comrade who didn’t betray [us], we are living in the barbarity”[*]’
Anarchist comrade G.S., arrested on October 30th, 2014 in the town of Messolonghi, is currently held in pretrial detention at the prison of Aghios Stefanos in Patras, western Greece.
* verse from a poem by Katerina Gogou