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Dortmund, Germany: Double attack against Nazis

On the night of 25th-26th March 2015, a van (do-mx780) that the Nazis use for preparations for their demo on the 28th March, was burnt in the neighbourhood of Dorsfeld in Dortmund.

On the same night, the Nazi party office “Die Rechte” (“the right”), was attacked with paint in the neighbourhood of Huckarde in Dortumund.

in French

Montreal, so-called Canada: AIA retaliates in solidarity with Demilitarize McGill

In the evening hours of March 24 2015, we slashed the tires of a McGill security division SUV and attacked the James Admin. building with flying chunks of concrete, vanishing quickly thereafter into the darkness of night.

We claim responsibility for this latest attack in retaliation to the University’s profiling, surveillance and harassment of students and activists affiliated with the group Demilitarize McGill.

Recently released internal documents reveal that as early as 2013, agents of the McGill security division were given orders to monitor, photograph and follow individuals present at Demilitarize McGill activities, including after they’ve left campus.

In honor and recognition of the fact that we share a common struggle against the same system and the same authoritarian social institutions, we took action to make it clear to our enemies that Demilitarize McGill is PROTECTED. Whether it’s disciplinary charges, another police intervention on campus or evidence of surveillance and harassment by the security division; we want the Administration to understand that any further acts of repression levelled against Demilitarize McGill will be met with instant retaliation at the hands of revolutionary campus guerrillas.

Solidarity isn’t just a cute slogan. For us, it’s a dangerous six-letter word spelled: “A-T-T-A-C-K”.

The University is at war; so are we.

Anti-Imperialist Action (AIA)

Haren, Brussels: Maxi-prison construction site fencing torn down

“In the shadow of a prison, no-one can be free. No to the maxi-prison, let’s be uncontrollable!”

Report published in Ricochets n° 04, the newsletter against the maxi-prison [a maximum security prison-complex] and the world that goes with it:

In the last week of February, a group of people brought down nearly half of the 400 Heras fences that had just been installed with the aim of surrounding the site of the future maxi-prison [in Haren]. The preliminary stage of work, the fences enclosing the area, has already provided a taste of the militarisation and devastation caused by the construction of the jail. If it is good news that the terrain was liberated from these vile fences, we also know that this is only the beginning, and that the builders of the maxi-prison will continue their malicious work. Unless, of course, they are faced with resistance which does not cease to put spanners in the works…

Network of Imprisoned Fighters: International Call to Action for the Hunger Strikers in Greek Prisons

April 1st – International Day of Action for the Hunger Strikers in Greek Prisons

The imprisoned anarchists who participate in DAK (Network of Imprisoned Fighters) Antonis Stamboulos, Tasos Theofilou, Giorgos Karagianidis, Dimitris Politis, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Grigoris Sarafoudis and Yannis Michailidis, the Revolutionary Struggle members Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas, the 17 November (17N) member Dimitris Koufontinas, a number of political prisoners originating from Turkey, and the prisoners Giorgos Sofianidis and Mohamed-Said Elchibah are currently on hunger strike, fighting against the legal and repressive state of exception which has been established by the Greek state since the beginning of 2000.

On March 2nd 2015, we commenced a struggle together with the comrades outside the prison walls for abolition of type C maximum security prisons, abolition of the antiterrorist legislation, abolition of the hoodie law, for a fundamental change in the process of taking and identifying DNA evidence, and the release of the polytrauma patient, 17N member Savvas Xiros.

Our struggle for the fulfillment of these demands is a struggle against the very core of a state of emergency. It is a struggle against the very core of a new totalitarianism established over the past 15 years both in Greece and worldwide.

Recognizing the fact that the nexus between the plans of domination surpasses the narrow geographical boundaries of states, we call all comrades around the world to support our fight.

We call all fighters to carry out solidarity actions on April 1st, and thus send a message of revolutionary unity.

VICTORY TO THE STRUGGLE OF THE HUNGER STRIKERS
IMMEDIATE FULFILLMENT OF ALL THE DEMANDS
FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE STATE AND THE CAPITAL

DAK: Network of Imprisoned Fighters

in Greek, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, German, French, Italian & Turkish

Hamburg, Germany: Attack against the university for the Green Police Congress

fuckcops

In the night of March 20th 2015, some unknown individuals destroyed the windows of the entrance of the University of Hamburg.

As well as smashed windows, “so green, so blue”, “FCK CPS” and a circle-A was tagged, which now welcomes all those who want to enter the building.

This attack was made in connection with the Green / Alternative Police Congress that took place the following morning. By this, the cops, politicians and academics want to recycle the repressive apparatus and make the operation of the oppressive normality more efficient.

It does not seem to please everyone…

Greece: Tension in Domokos maximum security prison

March 25th 2015 at approximately 13:00 local time

Another prisoner in Domokos has been killed at the hands of the State.

A prisoner of Pakistani origin in Domokos type C prison requested to be transferred to a hospital but instead he was taken from the E2 wing and placed in disciplinary isolation. He reportedly committed suicide in the disciplinary unit cell.

It is the second state murder in Domokos prisons after the SYRIZA party took over and Nikos Paraskevopoulos was appointed justice minister (on February 3rd 2015, a prisoner in Domokos died due to medical negligence).

Currently, there is tension in the E1 wing of type C prison, in which the comrades Nikos Maziotis (on hunger strike since 2/3), Yannis Naxakis and Christos Rodopoulos are being held. Prisoners have taken down the surveillance cameras, and generally, caused extensive damage to the E1 wing of Domokos maximum security prison.

Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners & imprisoned and prosecuted fighters

Greek prisons: Social prisoner Giorgos Inglessis has been on hunger strike since 3/3

On March 25th, it became known that social prisoner Giorgos Inglessis has been on a hunger strike since March 3rd in support of all the demands of political prisoners who are on hunger strike since March 2nd. As far as supporters know, he has lost 12 kilos, he’s experiencing dizziness and has a low-grade fever. Yesterday, March 24th, the prison administration tried to move him to a hospital, he refused to be transferred, and they “warned” him that, if he doesn’t stop the hunger strike, they will force-feed him by the decision of a prosecutor.

Below is the prisoner’s open letter from Tiryntha prison:

My name is Giorgos Inglessis, I am 35 years old and held in Tiryntha closed rural prison, sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for theft.

Even though I am counted among the common law prisoners, I have supported anarchist ideas and deeds for years, so the struggle launched by dozens of political prisoners since March 2nd could not have left me indifferent and aloof. I hereby report that I also participate in the hunger strike since March 3rd, in support of all the demands of political prisoners:

Abolition of articles 187 and 187A (terror law), abolition of the aggravating provision regarding acts committed with concealed physical characteristics (“hoodie law”), abolition of type C prisons, immediate release of Savvas Xiros to enable him to receive needed medical treatment, abolition of forcible taking of DNA samples, access to DNA samples for analysis by a biology expert witness trusted by the accused, abolition of analysis of DNA samples that contain a mixture of genetic material from more than two individuals, immediate release of the relatives of CCF members.

We don’t beg, we don’t kneel down, we put forward demands and we win.
Strength to all the hunger strikers.

Giorgos Inglessis
Tiryntha closed rural prison.

Athens: A total of eight CCF prisoners, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised [UPDATED]

Paper banner in Santiago (Chile, March 2015), reading “Internationalist solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in Greece”

On March 24th 2014, four other anarchists of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Haris Hadjimihelakis, Giorgos Polidoros, Gerasimos Tsakalos and Olga Ekonomidou, were moved to hospitals outside Koridallos prisons under heavy police presence.

This afternoon, March 25th, two more CCF members, Damiano Bolano and Michalis Nikolopoulos, were transferred to a hospital outside the prison.

A total of eight CCF prisoners, on hunger strike since March 2nd, are currently hospitalised:

Panagiotis Argirou in Attikon Hospital, in critical condition,

Theofilos Mavropoulos in the General State Hospital of Nikaia, in critical condition,

Haris Hadjimihelakis in Gennimatas hospital,

Gerasimos Tsakalos and Giorgos Polidoros in Tzaneio hospital,

Olga Ekonomidou in Sotiria hospital,

Damiano Bolano and Michalis Nikolopoulos in Evangelismos hospital.

According to comrade Panagiotis Argirou, whose words were recently broadcasted by the occupied ‘105.5 FM Sto Kokkino’ radio station in Athens, the 11 hunger strikers – CCF members together with anarchist prisoner Angeliki Spyropoulou – are now awaiting a decision from the competent judicial council on a motion filed for the release of the two remanded relatives of the Tsakalos brothers.

Greek prisons: Anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis on hunger strike

On March 23rd, anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis, participant in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), joined the hunger strike.

He is the last participant in DAK to join the hunger strike; imprisoned comrades Rami Syrianos and Spyros Stratoulis cannot participate in the strike, because they have not fully recovered from last year’s multi-day hunger strike.

We will update this post with his statement in full.

Lamia, Greece: Kostas Gournas, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised

Solidarity with Urban Guerrillas (A)

Since yesterday, March 23rd, anarchist prisoner on hunger strike Kostas Gournas (convicted Revolutionary Struggle member) has been moved from the type C maximum security prison of Domokos to the provincial hospital in Lamia, where the conditions are indescribably appalling, the prisoners are placed in isolation room-cells, and communication with them becomes difficult if not impossible.

In a brief telephone conversation just before his transfer, the comrade said: “The Ministry of Justice urges us to stop the hunger strike and rely on them… How much ‘reliability’ their commitments have as part of this government is demonstrated every day as they rip out the Memorandum and the implementation laws, cancel the ENFIA single property tax, and request a write-off of a large part of the debt… I only rely on the struggle. I continue the hunger strike.”

source: athens imc

Modern video from Frankfurt (18.3.2015)

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Enjoy the smashy smashy footage!

Istanbul: Anarchist solidarity to the hunger strikers in Greek prisons

Today [21.3.2015] in Kadıköy, we marched in solidarity with prisoners in Greek prisons, who have been on hunger strike since March 2nd and who fast to their death. During the march, we chanted slogans: “Destroy Prisons, Free the Prisoners”, “Wage Slavery System will end with anarchy”, “Greetings to the comrades who are fighting and have fallen”, “Insurrection Revolution Anarchy”. This action finished in a peaceful way, but if something happens to our comrades, we’ll turn the streets to hell.

Long Live Anarchy!

Shadowlesses (Gölgesizler)

via Sosyal Savaş! | in Spanish, Serbo-Croatian

Athens: SYRIZA-owned radio outlet occupied by anarchists in solidarity with imprisoned hunger strikers

Till this day, March 23rd 2015, dozens of political prisoners have gone on hunger strike (most of them since March 2nd), demanding that the following be abolished: the special “anti-terrorist” legislation, and particularly articles 187A (terrorist organisation) and 187 (criminal organisation); the special repressive law (hoodie law); and the type C prisons, which are completing the state of exception for political prisoners. They also demand that the use and processing of DNA as means of evidence be limited; and that Savvas Xiros (who, despite having a 98% disability, is being systematically exterminated by the State for 13 years now), as well as the relatives of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members be immediately released from prison.

We, a group of solidarian comrades from the anarchist milieu who support the demands of the hunger strikers, have occupied the ‘105.5 FM Sto Kokkino’ radio station in Athens. We chose to occupy this specific station for obvious reasons: it is the radio outlet of the establishment and currently also of the government, or plainly the speaking trumpet of the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition.

The ‘105.5 FM Sto Kokkino’ radio station, same as the vast majority of media scum, distorts both the overall context of the struggle waged by the hunger strikers and the actions in solidarity with them. This occupation is an action stemming from the broader movement of solidarity with the prisoners, who are giving a fight that concerns us all.

We of the occupation in ‘105.5 FM Sto Kokkino’ are taking this means into our own hands and making counter-information a weapon! This action is part of the wider polymorphous movement of solidarity with the political prisoners on hunger strike.

Victory to the struggle of the hunger strikers!
Until every prison is torn down!

‘105.5 FM Sto Kokkino’ Occupation

Greek original: Athens IMC (March 23rd 2015)

The comrades are transmitting live since this morning, reading updates and texts of hunger strikers on the air.

Serbo-Croatian | Spanish

Piedmont, Italy: Sabotage against the construction site of Milan-Genoa high-speed railway line

Two construction machines at Terzo Valico (‘third mountain pass’) were put out of action in Voltaggio; communique published on March 18th:

Terzo Valico vehicles sabotaged – It’s a quiet night, with no wind, only a few machines, but then something unexpected happens, a flash… a bolt of lightning comes out of the clear sky of Voltaggio, and strikes two Caterpillar machines dedicated to the construction of the Terzo Valico project. An excavator and an asphalt compactor are rendered useless. The lightning bolt disappears, just as suddenly as it appeared, but it’s certain we will see more of that given the way the wind is blowing. The Terzo Valico is long, but you, devastators, will find it even longer. A thought for Baleno, Sole and Guccio, their names live on in the fight against the TAV.

in Spanish

Eschborn, Frankfurt: Arson attack against power and communication lines

The axis of the rabble has struck. We set fire with the intention of considerably impairing the power supply and the grid connection of the large data centres of Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, Deutsche Börse [that operates the Frankfurt Stock Exchange], and many others in Eschborn.

On March 16th, 2015, at 5am, the ground cables of an electricity pylon and three distribution boxes of Vodafone went up in flames on the outskirts of Eschborn near the A66 highway.

The side of the State tried to gag the disruption of the capitalist daily life by imposing a news blackout on Monday; however, telecommunication and power supply failures, as well as a large contingent of firefighters deployed in the early morning hours in Frankfurt did not go unnoticed.

Smash ECB [European Central Bank]

The axis of the rabble

Source: Linksunten | Photos via Cette Semaine: Brèves du désordre

Lamia, Greece: Dimitris Koufontinas, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised

Since yesterday morning, March 21st, hunger striker Dimitris Koufontinas (convicted 17N member) has been transferred from the type C maximum security prison of Domokos to the provincial hospital in Lamia, where he’s being held in a room-cell with no window. In addition to the miserable conditions, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, for supporters to communicate with any prisoner who may find themselves moved to this hospital.

source: athens imc

Athens: Gatherings outside hospitals in solidarity with hunger strikers

Today, Sunday March 22nd, the Assembly in solidarity with the hunger strikers (in Athens) called for gatherings outside the hospitals where three anarchist prisoners are currently hospitalised:

– Attikon Hospital in Chaidari at 17.30, where the hunger strikers Fivos Harisis and Panagiotis Argirou are hospitalised;
– General State Hospital of Nikaia at 18.30, where the hunger striker Theofilos Mavropoulos is hospitalised.

Montreal, Canada: AIA disrupts presentation featuring McGill weapons researcher

On Wednesday night, February 25th, we pulled the fire alarm in the Macdonald Engineering building of McGill university, disrupting the presentation of professor Andrew Higgins, a McGill weapons researcher, as a minimum gesture of sabotage and revolt against the University’s ongoing complicity in colonization and imperialist warfare.

This action was simple, required little planning and zero expertise, disrupted our enemies where it hurts and was infinitely more uplifting than any symbolic protest or SSMU general assembly we have witnessed in recent time. We believe that acts of resistance – both large and small – against those who profit from and those who facilitate the growth of the military-industrial-complex are valuable, and ought to be carried out whenever and wherever possible.

The University is at war; so are we.

Anti-Imperialist Action (AIA)

in Spanish

Athens: Fivos Harisis, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised

“if you hated injustice, you’d tear down prisons”

Anarchist prisoner on hunger strike Fivos Harisis, participant in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK), has lost 12.8% of his body weight. On March 20th 2015, he was reportedly transferred to a hospital outside prison under heavy police presence, where physicians insisted on examining him in handcuffs. When the comrade refused to take in intravenous drip, he was returned to Koridallos prison, only to be readmitted to another hospital today 21/3, after a fainting episode.

Frankfurt: Paint attack against Siemens in the context of Destroika

During the night of Monday 16th to Tuesday 17th of March, a paint attack was perpetrated against the company Siemens in the Niederrad area of Frankfurt.

An action in the context of the call-out by Destroika.

FIGHT THE COPS!
BURN THE PRISONS!
KILL THE SYSTEM!
HATE CAPITALISM!

Source: Linksunten

Santiago: Attack against a branch of the Penta Security group

“To attack the interests of the rich and the powerful // To attack Penta, Luksic, Bachelet and all of their businesses wherever these may be // To destroy all forms of Power and Authority”

In our present historical context, the global and local Power is taking shape with numerous gears destined for social control and the reproduction of the relationships of domination and submission.

From the huge industrial-complex to the technology inserted daily into a persons’ life, the collection of data via social media and the ideological promotion of “security”, Power is worried in how to keep everything under its control, so as to maintain the established order that is supported by privileges, wealth and oppression.

On March 12th, at dawn, we attacked an insurance and driving permits sales-branch belonging to the Penta Security group, located in the San Miguel district, by breaking some of its windows and throwing anarchist flyers. This attack was not done because of the recent economical scandal this company is implicated in, but in the context of the offensive struggle against all authority. This is an action against what they are and what they represent: a gear of dominion within big business of the financial Capital (banks, insurance, loans etc.), well known for financing with its profits the Chilean political class.

Let a broken window bring the next one. May actions of attack and struggle against Power push things towards the collapse of the system of domination, for total freedom. We send our greetings and anti-authoritarian solidarity to the comrades imprisoned in Chile and around the world; to the incarcerated members of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and the comrades kidnapped by the Greek state who are on hunger strike; also to the comrades held in isolation in the prisons of the Italian state and the prisoners on hunger strike in Spain.

Freedom for combative prisoners in Chile and the world.

Fire and attack against Power and its representatives.

Against all social control; total liberation.

some anarchics…

Athens: Two CCF prisoners, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised

Banner at a prisoner solidarity demo in the city of Volos (13/3/2015) reading: “Solidarity with political prisoners, on hunger strike since 2/3; against the legal arsenal of the state of exception.”

On March 17th, CCF imprisoned member on hunger strike Panagiotis Argirou (who, just two years ago, recovered from a serious head injury) suffered a fainting episode and was transferred to a hospital outside Koridallos prison. He was later moved back to the prison, only to be transferred once more to the hospital due to very low blood sugar.

On March 18th, CCF hunger striker Giorgos Polidoros was also sent to a hospital to undergo tests. The comrade was later transferred back to prison.

On March 19th, another CCF prisoner on hunger strike, Theofilos Mavropoulos, needed to be hospitalised outside the prison because of severe dizziness and abdominal and kidney pains.

(see summary of updates)

Athens: Demo in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Greek prisons

On Tuesday evening, March 17th, a demo in solidarity with hunger strikers in Greek prisons was held in downtown Athens. The march of around 1,500-2,000 people started from Monastiraki Square, passed through Athinas and Stadiou Streets, Syntagma Square and ended at Propylaea. After the end of the demo barricades were erected around Exarchia, clashes erupted with cops and luxury cars were set ablaze.

more photos here, in French, Spanish and Portuguese

Greek prisons: Anarchist prisoners Dimitris Politis and Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos on hunger strike

see also summary of updates

Solidarity banner in Kavala, northern Greece (13/3/2015), reading: “Struggle until the last prison is torn down. Freedom for political prisoners: DAK – CCF – type C – fighters from Turkey. Hunger strike since 2/3.”

On March 16th 2015, two more participants in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK by its initials in Greek), anarchists Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis, went on hunger strike requesting the fulfillment of demands already set by DAK. They specifically demand that articles 187 and 187A of the Greek penal code, the hoodie law, type C prisons law, the prosecutorial provision of forcible taking of DNA samples be abolished; generally, that the processing and use of genetic material be limited; and that Savvas Xiros be released from prison so that he can receive needed medical treatment.

In a joint statement, the comrades have sent their strength to all other hunger strikers in Greek prisons.

Athens: Strength to the hunger strikers in prison cells

STATE/CAPITAL/PRISON: FIRE TO THE DEMOCRATIC BUSINESS – STRENGTH TO THE HUNGER STRIKERS IN PRISON CELLS

FIRE TO THE PRISONS

STRENGTH TO THE HUNGER STRIKERS

RIOTS EVERYWHERE

INSURRECTION

On March 18th, 2015, we spray-painted slogans in the streets of Petralona, and placed a banner at Dimosio Sima, in the neighbourhood of Kerameikos. We support all hunger strikers in Greek prisons and long for the multiplication of solidarity actions within and outside the borders.

Chaoten