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Mexico City: Bank branches attacked in solidarity with Mario, Carlos, Fernando and Abraham

A gesture of solidarity…

On the night of October 12th we used stones, slingshots and Molotov cocktails to sabotage two banking entities in Iztapalapa delegation of Mexico City.

Revolutionary solidarity is how we also show our support to the imprisoned comrades on hunger strike since the 1st [until the 17th] of October by attacking those responsible for this miserable everyday living. It is our response to the harassment of the comrades by guards, physicians and the staff of penitentiary institutions. So ours is a target easily identifiable and relatable to domination.

The insurrectionary anarchist perspective goes beyond the fetishism of fire or weapons. Our approach to anarchy is a struggle that has no interest in being a televised spectacle, nor need for “self-promotion” due to lack of promotion by the State. So ours is a simple and direct communication that corresponds to the requirement of the moment concerning the striking comrades; a simple and easily reproducible means.

The insurrectionary anarchist perspective is a method, often suitable for the generalization of individual and social conflict that subverts the normalcy. For insurrection as many other forms (and in their entirety) open up possibilities for a veritable revolution. An anarchist method for radical and profound change.

No mediation or dialogues with the State and the Capital!

For the struggle against all kinds of power, including the so-called Popular Power that is being sold to us as autonomy!

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Thessaloniki: Responsibility claim for explosive device placement in the house of Golden Dawn member

On Tuesday night, October 14th, 2014, we made home delivery of an explosive device to the building located on 28, Lahana street (2nd floor) in Thessaloniki, where Golden Dawn member Stathis Valakos lives. The specific fascist was a candidate for municipal council with the “Greek Dawn” in last elections. Scums like Stathis stand no chance of hiding. We will keep finding them and treating them as they deserve.

PS.1. Not only do we not trust or rely on any statist “combating” of fascism, but to the contrary, we are hostile to it. Fascism can only be combated by constant presence on the streets, and fascists can only be fought by continuous visits at their homes, their offices and other occasions of their everyday life.

PS.2 The face of this guy can be found by simply googling his name.

In memory of Shehzad Luqman and Pavlos Fyssas.

We take – and send – strength from those who continue to FIGHT inside and outside the prison walls.

Street group for the diffusion of direct action

Berlin: Antimilitarist gesture in support of Destroika call

In the night between the 1st and 2nd of October 2014, we made the windows of Ingenieurbüro Döring – an engineering office located in 3, Pauline Staegemann street in Berlin – rattle. The reason for our visit: they pride themselves on organizing the clearance of weapons and ammunition in the northern region, at the German Army’s GÜZ combat training centre in Magdeburg. A ghost town called Schnöggersburg is under construction in the north of Magdeburg, so that prospective NATO armies and Europe cops can be trained there in counterinsurgency combat. Global riots of the last years have shown that revolt is quite possible. It’s knocking on Europe’s door as well – let’s kick it. For the collapse of new constructions on the GÜZ military base and everywhere, where these buildings are responsible for ravaging our lives. See you in Frankfurt.*

source: linksunten

* You may follow these links 1 & 2 for Destroika-related actions, referring to militant protest against the opening of the new European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt am Main. Meanwhile the date of the inaugural ceremony has been postponed; the opening of the new ECB building takes place not before early 2015 and might be delayed further.

Mexican prisons: The four anarchist comrades end hunger strike

On October 17th, 2014, comrades Carlos López, Mario González, Fernando Bárcenas and Abraham Cortés called off their hunger strike that began on October 1st.

The comrades are well, without complications or physical damage. They will soon make the reasons and motives for ending the strike public.

For now this is all the information we have.

Freedom for all! Down with the prison walls!

Anarchist Black Cross of Mexico

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Solidarity with revolutionary prisoner Nikos Maziotis

This morning, the 17th of October 2014, we placed a banner in solidarity with comrade and fighter Nikos Maziotis. He is one of the few uncompromising fighters and people who have decided to devote their life to the struggle for freedom, and in this fight do not think of their own safety but assume the risk of choosing this path.

Nikos stands out as an example not only Greece, that is affected by the capitalist and brutal measures of austerity and class war – where on one side are states, rich domestic and foreign capital owners, with all financial means, military resources and logistics, and on the other unarmed people who are impoverished and vanish under the heel of fascist capitalists, an unjust war in which the victims were always on the side of the oppressed – but also in the whole Europe and the world, where this kind of open combat against the system is missing or has a milder form…

Nikos shows that today in debt-ridden Greece, as well as in other countries that are under EU capitalism, the poor not only pay the debt to banks, but also pay the price with their blood and skin. Recall that in Greece there is increase in suicide rate because people are unable to pay their debt to the banks – e.g. the case of the pensioner who killed himself in front of the Greek parliament in 2012 – what sparked riots and protests in Greece. The percentage of people who go on hunger strike claiming their rights is growing, including those in prison.

Nikos is behind bars, but his free spirit remains unshaken, and he now addresses his fellow citizens by phone and his message will be conveyed live at a building in the Polytechnic School (after another letter he wrote from prison in honour of Ulrike Meinhof’s birthday).

Solidarity with Nikos Maziotis and all political prisoners who stood in open conflict with the system and its inhumane “values”.

FREEDOM FOR NIKOS MAZIOTIS
LONG LIVE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE
FREEDOM FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

Friends from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prijedor
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Note by Contra Info: This evening (17/10) the comrade was hindered from making the scheduled phone call from Diavata prison. The official excuse for not permitting him to intervene in the discussion event was that the telephone system in that prison wing suddenly broke down [see also 18/10 update]. The event will take place again on Friday the 31st of October 2014 in the Athens Polytechnic School.

Spain: 3rd Zaragoza Anarchist Bookfair

The 3rd Zaragoza Anarchist Bookfair will be held between October 31st and November 2nd, 2014. The events will take place at the anarchist social centre La Revuelta, on San Agustín Street in the neighbourhood of Magdalena, and the squatted social centre Kike Mur, located in the old building of the Torrero prison, in the city of Zaragoza.

During the three days, each participant – publisher, library or distributor – will have a stall with books, fanzines and brochures. There will be 100% vegan kitchen and café at affordable prices for all visitors.

Contact: libroanarquistazgz[at]riseup.net

See the schedule of events, and how to get to the spaces that will host the activities, here.

Mexican prisons: Update on the health situation of 4 anarchists on hunger strike

Since October 1st, 2014, four anarchist prisoners in different penitentiaries of Mexico City are on indefinite hunger strike: Carlos López Marín (“El Chivo”, held in the Eastern Prison), Mario González (in the Tepepan Medical Tower) and Fernando Bárcenas and Abraham Cortés Ávila (in the Northern Prison). You may read a common statement of the comrades and a short description of their cases here, and previous updates here.

Below is a report on their health condition on 15th day of hunger strike:

Carlos López has lost almost 7 kilos. The comrade is still separated from the general prison population, held in the newcomers’ area where he was transferred since the start of hunger strike. During the first days he was sharing a cell with another prisoner, but from October 5th he is held alone. He presents discomfort and heartburn from acid reflux, weakness and mild dizziness. They transfer him from the cell up to 4 times a day to take him to the medical service of the prison, mainly early in the morning, only to take his data and measure his blood pressure, given that the weighing scale is not working and they don’t have the necessary equipment to check the blood glucose levels. On Monday, October 13th, a nurse of the solidarity medical crew attempted to examine him, but she was denied entry for not having authorization. The sentencing of Carlos López, Amélie Pelletier and Fallon Poisson, charged with damages and attacks to public peace in the first case tried locally, is expected to be delivered in the next ten days.

Mario González faces some problems, mainly in his pancreas, as well as changes observed in the kidneys and liver during the days of hunger strike. His condition was considered as stable by a physician of the solidarity medical crew who examined him on Tuesday. He continues to present the same symptoms he had the previous days (abdominal pain, anxiety, physical debility, irritability and difficulty concentrating), except that the abdominal pain has increased. The director of the Tepepan Medical Tower has obstructed access to Mario’s medical record; the solidarian doctor gained access to the file on October 15th, and required that new laboratory tests be done. The comrade has lost about 10 kilos. He is currently awaiting resolution of an amparo petition he filed against his prison sentence.

Fernando Bárcenas has lost 3 kilos and 200 grams, while Abraham Cortés (whose conviction of 13 years and 4 months was recently upheld by an appeals court) has lost 3 kilos and 900 grams. Both comrades remain in the newcomers’ area where they have been held since their respective detentions. They are taken out of the cells for medical check several times in the early hours of the morning, so they cannot get a good night’s rest. They have restriction on phone calls.

Greek prisons (2012): Reflections from the Country of Nothingness

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France: New squat in the city of Nancy

For over a month, we – a collective of unemployed youths, precarious workers and students – occupied a house which was abandoned for three years, located on 103, Libération Avenue in Nancy.

Through this gesture, among so many others, we intend to break with the merchandising mentality of this fucked up world and all discriminatory logics that come with it, be it sexist, homophobic, racist or classist. We counterpose modes of life based on gratuitousness and mutual aid, self-management and solidarity.

Against private property and social exclusion, against capitalism, we re-appropriate our lives, we squat the empty buildings.

The space is open. You can contact us at auxenfantsterribles[at]riseup[dot]net

source: le chat noir émeutier

A dead end – Gaza is theatre of war, the world is watching

In Gaza the dead are being counted after yet another aggression of the Israeli State. The siege and suffocation of this plot of land, which is the Gaza strip, are accomplished facts since a long time ago. The bloody military incursions are simply their horrible confirmation.

The arrogance with which the Israeli army is waging its operations under the camera lenses of the entire world press is striking. But it could only still surprise those who naively believed that politics and international interests are directed by codes of moral conduct. World politics are as pragmatic as they are opportunistic.

The cynical conclusion of this military action is that there are two victors: Hamas and the Israeli State. Hamas can brag about itself simply because it still exists tout court, after yet another aggression by one of the most impressive military powers in the world. And even more, since this military power has not completely occupied the Gaza strip – according to Hamas, undoubtedly also a consequence of its “resistance”; a resistance which mainly consisted of launching rockets in the direction of Israeli territory, striking completely random targets (and in the vast majority of cases not striking anything at all). The power position of Hamas has hardly been disrupted – because who else could claim to be able to protect the inhabitants of the Gaza strip from total elimination?

The Israeli State has once again legitimized the necessity of an operation by the operation itself. Dozens of tunnels escaping its control have been destroyed, “terrorist bases” directly threatening its security have been wiped off the face of the earth. What obedient citizen could then still question the necessity of this operation? Meanwhile, the rhetoric of war and militarization dominate the Israeli society. The real contradictions in this society (racist discriminations and class conflicts) are covered up by the “threat of a common enemy”. And the more brutalities the Israeli State commits in the name of the Israeli population, the more this population becomes dependent on that same State to protect themselves against possible attempts at vengeance. The less people with an Israeli passport in their pockets resist against the terror of the Israeli State, the more the arbitrary actions of vengeance get favorable reception.

The myth of the “two-state solution”

The Palestinian flag may well be waved everywhere as a symbol of resistance against the Israeli colonization, yet the existence of the Palestinian Authority has above all benefitted the Israeli State. The Gaza strip which officially contains no more Israeli settlers (since Sharon forced all of them in 2005 to leave the Gaza strip) is totally monitored by the Israeli State. The inhabitants of Gaza are totally dependent for their daily survival on the power games of Hamas and the Israeli State. On the West Bank, space of movement is progressively limited by the Israeli army (often also with the collaboration of the Palestinian Authority) and the settlers. Economical survival largely depends on the “neighbouring country”. The Israeli army can do whatever it likes to “protect the security and integrity of its territory and population,” without having to bear any responsibility for the fate of the inhabitants of Palestinian territories (at least, not for those who aren’t settlers). A Palestinian State which would put a halt to the daily humiliations of its subjects is nothing more than an illusion. In reality the Palestinian Authority, this embryo of a future State, contributes to the oppression of the population on its own initiative or on demand of the Israeli State. The “two-state solution” is therefore not only a dead end, it is also to the benefit of the Israeli State without anyone realizing it.

And yes, nowadays in Israel voices are pleading for more steps in the direction of a full recognition of a Palestinian State. These voices are afraid of an implosion of the Palestinian Authority, which would oblige the Israeli State to recognize all inhabitants of Palestinian territories as Israeli citizens. And that would complicate the maintaining and legitimating of the apartheid system. In short: an implosion of the Palestinian Authority would damage the Zionist project of an Israel as “Jewish State”.

Even if the scenario of the two States would become reality, this would therefore not at all mark a step on the road towards a “just society” for the whole population. Without a doubt, this new State would find other ways to feed and exploit the racist and sectarian demarcations amongst its subjects, as all States do. The military occupation and the daily humiliation would only change face.

Two States or one State, neither of these perspectives are means of emancipation for the inhabitants of the Israeli and Palestinian territories. More »

“Iraq–Syria–Kurdistan”

A first-person report received on October 12th, 2014.
I wanted to share some knowledge about what’s happening and what happened around here.

IS (Islamic State) attacks to Kobane city in Rojava (means West Kurdistan in Kurdish) as everybody knows. But I want to explain why there is this organization Islamic State, how it is founded. So maybe everything can be clearer.

We can say history of ISIS begins with Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, who organizes the strongest resistance against USA and Coalition troops in Iraq. Actually he is from Jordan, city called Zarqa, so he took this name “Zarqawi”.

In Jordan he was in a Salafi and jihadist organization and he was imprisoned with his comrades because of this. Why Jordan state doesn’t want a Salafi-jihadist organization? 1- Salafi organizations against Human Laws (Constitution), just the Allah Laws (Quran) must be applied. So also they are against democracy and election. 2- Jihadist organizations against Western Block and Israel. But Jordan is the most domesticated collaborator of the Western Block and Israel.

After he went out from prison he didn’t want to get in the Jordan prisons, so he moved to Afghanistan to train militants. But in 2001 USA invaded Afghanistan so he had to move with his comrades to Iraq to organize a Salafi organization in Iraq.

Slowly slowly they got contacts etc. And on 2003 USA also invaded Iraq and gave power to Shia power, so Shia’s stopped resisting immediately. And Sunni’s resistance started.

Why formed a great hatred between Shia and Sunni? It is not just because of religious practices. It was always different, why now? We need to look to invasion and how USA changed the balances. Who resists most was them (Salafists who come from Sunni regions) and old Baas (Saddam, and also Sunni) soldiers-militants.

For the last 10 years (2004-2014) Sunni cities, villages was bombed by the Coalition; Salafist Sunnis was in the USA prisons like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo… So why now there is this ISIS we have to look to these facts. And why for the last 10 years it turned to a ‘Religious Sect Wars’ between Shia and Sunni.

Zarqawi was a guy full of anger and a militant. He had also this hatred against Shia. He organized lots of bomb attacks in markets of Shia neighbourhoods and mosques. They don’t recognize western values like ‘Humanism’, ‘Civilians’. To critic them, do not critic with these values. Why are they killing-torturing those who are irrelevant to cruelty? Why are they killing irrelevant Ezidi, Christian, Alawi people just because they ARE? This is the problem. Kill who supports the cruelty with his money, weapon or knowledge. More »

Athens: Responsibility claim for incendiary attacks

On Friday night, October 10th, we set fire to a diplomatic vehicle with registration plates D.C. 65-17 in Halandri, and another car belonging to Spartakos security company in Nea Filadelfeia, in a display of solidarity with anarchist revolutionary Antonis Stamboulos and his more than dignified struggle (on strike or not).

Strength to comrade Antonis and all imprisoned revolutionaries

PS. Comrades, the whole of Athens should have been burnt these days, and there’s no room for excuses…

Greek prisons: Comrade Antonis Stamboulos suspends hunger and thirst strike

(solidarity banner in Berlin)

On October 11th, Antonis Stamboulos ended his hunger and thirst strike. After almost 5 days of protest, his demand was not met, so he remains incarcerated in Larissa prison. Below is a short excerpt from his latest open letter:

[...] Today, that the messages of solidarity can reach the prison’s interior, and since the consequences of my abstention from water and food have become life-threatening, I decided to suspend my strike, waiting for those moments when the conditions will allow a stronger and more effective coordination between those inside and outside the prison walls. We must keep our strengths for the struggles to come. [...]

Greece: Gestures of solidarity with anarchist prisoner Antonis Stamboulos

Anarchist Antonis Stamboulos, currently incarcerated in Larissa prison, is conducting a hunger and thirst strike since October 6th, 2014, demanding his immediate transfer to Koridallos prison in Athens. Below are just a few of the recent gestures in solidarity with the comrade:

On October 4th, anarchists distributed texts and spray-painted and shouted slogans in the neighbourhood where Antonis Stamboulos was arrested, in Vyronas, Athens. On the same day, a banner was placed at Orologiou Square in the city of Veria: “War on cops, judges, journalists, bosses – Solidarity with anarchist revolutionaries – Strength to anarchist Antonis Stamboulos, arrested on 1/10 in Athens.” Also in Thessaloniki, comrades put up a banner in the district of Triandria, which read: “Do do not expect us to bow down – Solidarity with revolutionary A.Stamboulos.”

(Triandria, Thessaloniki)

On October 5th, anarchists carried out another solidarity intervention, in the proximity of his parents’ house which was raided by police, in Maroussi, Athens.

On October 7th, comrades gathered outside the prison in Larissa, as soon as it became known that Antonis Stamboulos was transferred to that hellhole.

(ASOEE building, Athens)

On October 8th, supporters dropped a banner at the main entrance of ASOEE faculty on Patission Street in Athens, which read: “Strength to Antonis Stamboulos, on hunger and thirst strike since 6/10 – Against statist illusions.”

On October 9th, two solidarity banners were hung from an overpass on Chamosternas street near Petralona in Athens. Another banner, 15 meters long, was dropped from an overpass on Veikou Avenue in Galatsi, Athens: “State and Capital the only terrorists – Solidarity with anarchist hunger & thirst striker Antonis Stamboulos – Demonstration on October 11th from Monastiraki Square, at 12:00.” On the same day, a group of anarchists interrupted the regular broadcast of Kokkino 105.5 radio station in Athens to inform listeners about the comrade’s situation. Meanwhile, a morning solidarity gathering was held outside Koridallos male and female prisons, including a protest in front of the prisoner transfer unit’s office in the same area.

(Chamosternas St., Athens)

(Veikou Av., Athens)

(Koridallos prisons, Athens)

On October 10th, anarchists symbolically occupied the ESIEA building in Athens (the headquarters of the Journalists’ Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers). Additionally, anarchists and anti-authoritarians from faculties of health sciences dropped a banner from a building of Athens Medical School. At the same time, in the city of Patras, comrades gathered outside the local prisoner transfer centre, located in Gounari Street, to express their solidarity with the hunger and thirst striker. In Kavala, anarchist comrades placed a banner reading: “We will not let the scumbags of antiterrorist police and the politicians crush the fighters – Antonis Stamboulos conducts hunger and thirst strike from 6/10” and another one reading: “Solidarity with Antonis Stamboulos, on hunger and thirst strike since 6/10.”

(Athens Medical School)

(Kavala, northern Greece)

In the city of Arta, supporters did flyposting and hung their own banner: “Solidarity with anarchist, hunger and thirst striker, Antonis Stamboulos – Not even an inch of ground to the classist enemy.”

(Arta)

Over the past few days, several other actions such as PA’s gatherings, solidarity presence outside the courts, assemblies, etc. took place in different cities. Furthermore, comrades who are imprisoned in Greece have released statements in solidarity with Antonis Stamboulos.

Solidarity is our weapon!

October 11th: nationwide day of action in solidarity with anarchist revolutionary Antonis Stamboulos

Athens: LK37 Squat solidarity event

On Sunday, October 5th, 2014, the collective of Lelas Karagianni 37 squat organized a concert at the Polytechnic School in Exarchia as a means to financial support of the squat, and as part of a wider campaign against the repressive machinations of the State and the bosses that are targeting squats, self-managed spaces and social/class struggle resisters. The event was attended by thousands of people, and was realized with the invaluable help of many supporters and comrades, as well as diy bands that performed live. The collective dedicated this evening in memory of Vaggelis M., a sometime LK37 squatter who died in his 50s.

[Greece] Strength to anarchist prisoner Antonis Stamboulos, on thirst and hunger strike since October 6th

In the early hours of October 9th, it became known that comrade Antonis Stamboulos intends to continue his hunger and thirst strike inside the prison of Larissa until his demand for transfer to Koridallos prison is met, so that he can be closer to his family and lawyer in Athens.

Basel, Switzerland: German federal police car torched in solidarity with refugees

Early on Tuesday morning, October 7th, 2014, a car of the German federal police was set ablaze at the Badischer railway station [operated by the German railway company Deutsche Bahn] in the city of Basel. The vehicle was burned to the ground. This action was carried out in solidarity with the struggling refugees in Berlin and everywhere!

There, same as here in Switzerland, people are being degraded to problems that need to be solved. The solutions of the politicians, the authorities and their henchmen, the cops, always equal the confinement in concentration camps, repression, and oftentimes the deportation of these people to their countries of origin or the so-called safe third countries.

The struggles of migrants, who are opposing this systematic oppression in a self-determined manner, make us stronger and at the same time show us the necessity to sabotage this repression machinery with our own contributions.

This action is also a response to the imminent Europe-wide police operation “Mos Maiorum” (between the 13th and 26th of October), when 18,000 police officers in cooperation with Frontex will attempt to control and arrest as many people without a residence permit as possible.

Active solidarity with all struggling migrants in Berlin and everywhere!

source: ch.indymedia via lechatnoiremeutier

Geneva, Switzerland: Decentralized action against the police

In the margins of the festivities last Saturday, October 4th, 2014, the facade of a municipality police station, located on the rue du Stand, was covered in black paint. Obviously, this anonymous action follows the “Dance Against Police” demonstration against the bicentennial parade of the Geneva police.

source: rage

Greece: Anarchist Antonis Stamboulos transferred to Larissa prisons

Solidarity banner in the city of Veria, northern Greece: “War on cops, judges, journalists, bosses – Solidarity with anarchist revolutionaries – Strength to anarchist Antonis Stamboulos, who was arrested on October 1st in Athens”

On October 7th, nearly 25 comrades gathered for about an hour outside the prison of Larissa as a small token of solidarity with comrade Stamboulos, as soon as we were informed that he had been transferred to the same prison (in the A wing). As far as we know, the comrade continues his hunger and thirst strike.

The States are the only terrorists; solidarity with urban guerrilla fighters

Athens, Greece: Anarchist prisoner Antonis Stamboulos goes on hunger and thirst strike

Following his arrest on the 1st of October 2014, Antonis Stamboulos is currently being held under pretrial detention facing terrorism charges.

On October 6th, with another open letter, the comrade announced hunger and thirst strike denouncing the fact that he is now being held in the prisoner transfer centre of Athens. Furthermore, he protests the ongoing media construct fueled by antiterrorism cops against him.

The terror-frenzy scenarios leaked to the Press have no end, to make it easier for the antiterrorism unit to exterminate him. The captive comrade has been portrayed, among other things, as a leading member of the Revolutionary Struggle urban guerrilla group, as co-perpetrator of a bank robbery in Kleitoria (Achaea, Greece), as alleged successor of slain comrade Lambros Foundas, while the mouthpieces of Power have spread that the wanted anarchist Pola Roupa along with her child was supposedly seen on the steps to his apartment in Kallifrona street in Kypseli (which was deemed a “safehouse”). Meanwhile, wannabe informants and other ridiculous snitches have been all too willing to testify against him (e.g. a neighbor to his parents’ house claimed he had heard explosions from the basement of their home).

The fact that the cops took him to the prisoner transfer centre – despite the prosecutor’s request for his transfer to Koridallos prison – reveals that they are attempting to send him to another, remote prison in order to exterminate not so much him as his relatives, who will be forced to travel for hours to visit him in prison, but also in order to make the work of his defense lawyer tougher than it already is.

Antonis Stamboulos stated that he will not let the scumbags of antiterrorist police and their political bosses crush his close ones. That’s why, even before they announce where they’re planning to send him, he warned that he does not accept to be taken anywhere else other than Koridallos, close to his family and lawyer.

He thus started his hunger and thirst strike on October 6th.
Slogans spray-painted on October 4th by anarchists in solidarity in Denizliou Street in the district of Vyronas, exactly where the comrade was kidnapped by cops: “Solidarity with comrade A.Stamboulos” – “The fight goes on; Antonis, hold strong”.

Greece: Statement by anarchist Antonis Stamboulos, detained in Athens police headquarters

“police headquarters, politicians and newspapers; different names, same swine”

On October 1st, 2014, I was arrested, hooded and taken to an interrogation room of the antiterrorist unit. From 5pm until 1am, a bunch of hooded cops – and while I was handcuffed behind the back – took my DNA sample, fingerprints and (tried to take) my photographs by force, amid ironies, chokeholds, sprains and beatings, and threatened to electroshock me, thinking this would make me collaborate. At 1am, I saw unhooded cops for the first time, who told me that I am accused of terrorism. Until 5.30 in the morning, I remained in a 1×3 holding cell, always handcuffed behind my back. The next day they attempted to photograph me once again.

For my part, I abstained from food and water from the first moment, and demanded to speak with a lawyer. After 24 hours of detention, they eventually allowed me to notify a lawyer, and I managed to meet with her just for a few minutes before being brought to the prosecutor.

I share the above with fellow combatants as a small experience of struggle.

Whether or not the attitude of the State towards us is mild or harsh – this always depends on circumstances – it can never break us, so long as we are conscious of the responsibility that derives from our position as anarchists, in moments of adversity.

Hard times in the struggle are those that temper us with strong consciousness. In these circumstances, each of us upholds the ideals of the society we are fighting to build. A lot of blood has been shed in the struggle for emancipation from the classist society, and therefore only fools would expect us to bend in the face of any bullying of cops. I held a negative stance against the efforts of statist lackeys to extract my personal data for two reasons. First for the sake of my own values, as I believe every anarchist revolutionary should not give even an inch of ground to the classist enemy. And second because I was aware of the gravity of the case in which I am being implicated, so I wanted to protect my comradely and friendly environment from the crows holding me captive. While the Clouseaus were unable to find out my name, I was not at all willing to give it to them. At the time of this writing, two days after the arrest, the police have “finally” identified me.

It is clear that the officers of the antiterrorist squad and particularly their political superiors hoped to make a scoop out of my arrest, hence the leaks to the Press regarding the notebook containing “precisely-timed routes”, targets, bicycles and sausages.* They tailor their made-up story to fit their scenario; a scenario that, in the end, must always make them come out as winners.

The police and prosecutors have no business knowing what I did, who I am and why I was where I was caught; it’s really not their concern but mine. Therefore, I don’t need to offer an apologia to guardians of the bourgeois legality, but only to the revolutionary movement, the comrades and the people who choose not to live like a raya (slave).

I consider this first communication with the outside world to be necessary, since I am under no illusions that I won’t be sent to pretrial incarceration.

For now, I’m being held captive in the hands of servants of the Capital, but my heart still belongs to the camp of revolution.

The struggle continues.
Long live the revolution.
Long live Anarchy.

Antonis Stamboulos
from the PQ on 173, Alexandras Avenue
early on October 4th, 2014

* Translators’ note: While the comrade – who was arrested in the district of Vyronas, Athens – was still unidentified, the chief of police publicly claimed that one of the most striking “findings” were handwritten notes deemed code words for explosives.

Mexico City: Explosive solidarity with anarchist prisoners

As part of activities in solidarity with prisoners, we decided to attack those who have collaborated in the detention of several of our comrades. The espionage work carried out by the security bodies of the university in collaboration with the Mexican judicial system is all too known.

In relation to the events that occurred in the University City [UNAM’s main campus] on September 30th, 2014, we just want to say that we will not stop taking to the streets to propagate the antiauthoritarian action until our comrades walk out to the streets again and we destroy this society of exploitation in its entirety.

Freedom for anarchist prisoners! Freedom now!

Mario González, Abraham Cortes, Fernando Bárcenas, Carlos López [on hunger strike since October 1st], Amelie Pelletier, Fallon Poisson

If their laws limit our freedom, our actions shall limit their lives!

Koridallos prison, Athens: Sentences in the Velventos double robbery case

On Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, the Koridallos prison court in Athens found anarchist prisoners Yannis Michailidis, Nikos Romanos, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis (who have claimed political responsibility for the double armed robbery in Velventos, Kozani) as well as Fivos Harisis and Argyris Ntalios (who have denied all charges) guilty of:
– committing robbery while masked or disguised (except Dimitris Politis, who was convicted as an accessory),
– aggravated possession of firearms (for the guns used in the double expropriation),
– aggravated vehicle theft (for the car of the dentist-hostage used as getaway vehicle).

The final prison sentences against the six comrades are:
Yannis Michailidis: 16 years, 4 months and 10 days.
Nikos Romanos: 15 years and 10 months.
Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios: 15 years and 11 months.
Dimitris Politis: 11 years and 5 months.

Finally, as proposed earlier by the prosecutor, the court acquitted all of the accused of alleged involvement in the CCF urban guerrilla group. However, there are other trial court cases underway that include the exact same accusation against the anarchist comrades.

EU joint police operation against migrants

ATTENTION!

An EU-wide police operation with the name “mos maiorum” is taking place from Monday the 13th to Sunday the 26th of October 2014. During these two weeks 18,000 police forces will chase people without papers. They want to find out about our migration routes and arrest as many of us as possible.

Please warn all people without papers! Increased controls are expected in trains, train stations, on airports, on highways and on inner-European borders.

Against fortress Europe!
No one is illegal!

More here. If you know people without valid papers, please spread the information also in Arabic, French, Turkish, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Serbo-Croatian and Dutch.

[Besançon, France] In the face of JCDecaux and its minions… the best solidarity is attack!

Below is a text about the repressive waves following the destruction of JCDecaux advertising boards in the city of Besançon.

On November 18th, 2013 two people were charged with destruction of billboards which took place in Besançon between 2011 and 2013.

After 24 hours of detention and search of their homes, they were placed under investigation and judicial supervision (prohibited from leaving the national territory and getting in contact, and obliged to go at the central police station of Besançon once a month).

Both of these charges followed the arrest of a person for destruction of two advertising boards (“sucettes”) on the evening of June 21st, 2013. The cops were able to rely on the call of a citizen, who dialed the 17 emergency number from the top of his building. During his 48-hour detention, and besides the fact that he snitched on himself by admitting 50 incidents of destruction, he ended up spitting out two names before the cops. The snitch Nouma Friaisse facilitated the work of the police. This is to warn those who might run into him sooner or later, knowing that he’s made several travels on the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, particularly during the police assaults in April 2012. This collaboration with the police has evidently not permitted him to dodge the judicial machine, as he got the same judicial examination order as the others.

Of the three accused, only B. remained silent in the face of the police. The inquiry, initiated by the investigating judge Meyer, is ongoing, and at present no case file has been sent to his lawyer. Not confessing anything and keeping silent in the face of the enemy remains the best weapon of all those who may be caught in its clutches.

Over the last few years the local and then the national media, as good watchdogs of the State and capitalism, relayed these sabotages that were carried out in a scattered manner by marginalizing them, psychiatrising the “breakers” (who, in the words of the dominant daily L’Est Républicain, would be “sick megalo-maniacs that are picking personally on Jean-Claude Decaux,” the owner of the firm), and minimizing the damages – which amount to several hundred thousands of euros since 2008 (and continue to climb up after these three charges were pressed, especially during the detention night between the 18th and 19th of November 2013): the company has never put out a statement on this subject, although internally it has attempted to counter these attacks by changing the infrastructure of the billboards (passing from glass to plexiglass), and also by exploiting its agents in the middle of the night, then by putting pressure on police forces, as evidenced by interrogations of police toward persons arrested for possession of narcotics, or the evening patrols of the BAC (anti-criminality brigade) near billboards on major intersections of the city…

Of course, over the past few years in Besançon, the repressive forces haven’t remained passive with regard to these multiple attacks. On October 11th, 2011 the homes of anarchist comrades were raided: no judicial action was taken, but the willingness to step up surveillance and harassment on those who combat this world of money and authority was clearly manifested.

Advertising is one of the many instruments of domination to maintain the oppression of money on our lives and keep the population on a leash by mass consumption alongside work. It is the showcase of the Capital in the urban space and transportation.

The attacks against publicity are anonymous and diffuse according to the possibilities of the moment: during riots in demonstrations such as the one on February 22nd, 2014 in Nantes against the Vinci airport project and its world, in Paris after Clément Méric’s murder by fascists, in Turkey during the insurrection of Istanbul’s Taksim Square in the summer of 2013, and throughout the world, when urban revolts break out against Power and its servants. Oftentimes, the communication organs of Power relay these nocturnal attacks when they start to do great damage to the company; this was the case some time ago in La Rochelle, Niort, Angers, or in Liège (Belgium)… These blows to the wallets of the rich can be made in various ways: by destroying the glass panels and their internal mechanisms (lighting and rotating systems), or by fire when it comes to plexiglass facades. Anyone remembers the attack with Molotov cocktails and a jerry can filled with gasoline that targeted the Decaux enterprise in late March 2005.

Everyone knows that this company has expanded through advertising in collaboration with the local councils and the State, which have provided it with spaces and granted subsidies to spread these small or large billboards everywhere in France (and then, in exchange, undertake the task to provide bus shelters). It operates in over 56 countries worldwide, including Belgium since 1967, Portugal since 1972, Germany since 1978, the United Kingdom since 1982, Sweden since 1989, Spain since 1990, Russia since 1995, Australia since 1997, Brazil since 1998, Italy since 1999 and recently in Israel, Chile and China… (All contacts with JCDecaux per country where it operates can be found on their official site: Le groupe JCDecaux > Implantations.)

However, this rotten Decaux doesn’t limit its activities to publicity but rather operates in the entire field of urban furniture. The communication company has thus embarked on the “self-service” bicycle scheme by creating the Cyclocity subsidiary, primarily based in France: the first city to be equipped was that of Lyon in 2005 (with Vélo’v), Paris in July 2007 (Vélib’), then Toulouse (Vélô Toulouse), Nantes (Bicloo), Amiens (Vélam), Rouen (Cy’clic), Besançon and Mulhouse (Vélocité), Nancy (Vélostan’lib), Cergy-Pontoise (Vélo2), Créteil (Cristolib), Marseille (Le Vélo). These means of transport, considered as eco-trendy, allow yuppies to go to work while being policed when moving. These toys of green capitalism perfectly match the gentrification processes led by the State and the city councils – the locations of Cyclocity terminals are not chosen at random: affluent neighbourhoods, commercial zones, districts deemed “cultural for trendy yuppies” or areas in the process of being gentrified…

For those who do not already know it, the Decaux enterprise – through its subsidiary Cyclocity, whose headquarters are located in 29, allée du Mens in Villeurbanne (69100) – also profits on the backs of prisoners, exploiting them in its repair workshops without pay. The slave driver Decaux benefits from the collaboration of the State to get workforce straight from the courts, particularly those sentenced for theft and/or damage. But this information, released in the mainstream press, didn’t go unanswered: hundreds of Vélib’ were sabotaged in Paris in April and May 2014.

These attacks are simple, reproducible, and can be carried out everywhere because Cyclocity manages bike parks worldwide: in Belgium (Brussels and Namur), Spain (Córdoba, Valencia, Seville, Santander, Gijón), Austria (Vienna), Luxembourg, Australia (Brisbane), etc.

Decaux is far from being untouchable, and the targets abound.

Let us strike Decaux, and the city councils that make it rich, at every moment and in every place!

We cannot sit idly by, because in the face of repression, attack remains the best solidarity!

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