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Berlin: Raw news following crackdown on refugees in Friedrichshain

previous updates here

August 27th, after 16:00 (local time):

– refugees are still occupying the roof of the former hostel Georgenhof in Gürtelstraße (the hotel Georgenhof, where anti-riots cops were stationed yesterday, is another building right next to the hostel)

– the cops deny them food, water and any contact with their lawyers; [...]

Cyprus: Refugees staged a rooftop protest at the Mennogeia detention centre

After consecutive incidents of suicide and self-harm of detainees in Cyprus prisons, five inmates of Iranian origin and another from Afghanistan, locked up in the Mennogeia detention centre in Larnaca, staged a protest on the roof of the prison building on the morning of August 25th, 2014 to demand the end of their detention. In [...]

Germany: Large-scale police operation against refugees in Berlin

Since yesterday, August 25th, 2014, after reports in the mainstream media that the migration office rejected the applications for asylum of 108 refugees, there have been preparations for the eviction of these refugees, who occupied the Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg in the past (and were evicted in early April 2014) but later signed contracts with the [...]

Greece: Open letter of Revolutionary Struggle member Pola Roupa from clandestinity

On July 16th, 2014 the armed dogs of the establishment unleashed a fierce manhunt, and comrade Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle, was hit by a cop’s bullet and fell covered in blood. The comrade gave his battle against the cops that were chasing him. The state apparatus in its totality triumphed over the [...]

Sweden: A comment on the recent riots in Rinkeby, Stockholm

(picture from last year’s riots in the same suburb)

Hidden underneath the media spectacle around the 2013 early summer riots in the suburbs of Stockholm (Husby being the epicentre) lies the constant social tension in segregated areas of Sweden (see Social tension and anarchist intervention in Sweden, in Avalanche #2, p.23).

Rinkeby, a suburb [...]

Athens – Kouvelou squat attacked by fascists: Call for gathering at Maroussi metro station

Maroussi, northern suburb of Athens August 1st, 2014 – 19:50 (local time)

Nearly 100 fascists, who arrived in the area on motorcycles, attacked the Kouvelou squat but were repelled by comrades who were in the building. At this moment the squat is tightly surrounded by anti-riot squads and motorcycle police units. There are wounded comrades [...]

Greece: Comrade Nikos Maziotis transferred to Diavata prison

In the morning hours of July 26th, Nikos Maziotis was transferred from Koridallos prison (Athens) to Diavata prison, near the city of Thessaloniki. His transfer is a clearly vindictive practice by the State, especially given the fact that the comrade must undergo further medical examinations and surgeries.

Hands off anarchist Nikos Maziotis, member of Revolutionary [...]

Bologna: Poster about the proceeding for the events in Piazza Verdi in 2007

I prefer insanity to their normality On July 15, 2014, the investigation of the proceeding for the facts in Piazza Verdi in Bologna in 2007* was concluded, a trial against five comrades which has not yet reached even a first-instance judgment.

On this occasion the public prosecutor Simone Purgato asked for high sentences ranging from [...]

Athens: Nikos Maziotis transferred to Koridallos prison

On Saturday morning, July 19th, 2014, an interrogator visited the room in Evangelismos hospital where Nikos Maziotis was being treated since July 16th, after the armed clash with cops in Monastiraki, which caused his injury and captivity. When the anarchist prisoner was asked what his name is, he did not answer anything. When he was [...]

Greece: Text by anarchist Stella Antoniou after her detention in Thessaloniki

On July 14th, I traveled from Athens to Thessaloniki to stay there until the 16th of July, when I planned to return to Athens; personally, when I got bail conditions, I was not banned from exiting Attica.

There I was hosted by a couple of comrades. Thanos Chatziaggelou, who is one of the comrades that [...]

Koridallos prisons: Sentences in the trial for the bank robbery in Pyrgetos (Larissa)

see previous trial updates here

On July 17th, 2014, the Koridallos prison court in Athens found anarchists Grigoris Sarafoudis and Yannis Naxakis guilty, and convicted both of them to: – 10 years for robbery with concealed physical characteristics, – 6 years for participation in a terrorist organization (i.e. they were sentenced for alleged membership in [...]

Athens: Comrades raided by police in Exarchia

After Nikos Maziotis was recaptured, anti-terror cops stormed a house of comrades in Exarchia on the 17th of July and conducted a search, denying them the right to the presence of a lawyer. In addition, five of those who gathered in solidarity in front of the house were detained (the five comrades were released after [...]

Greece: Strength to anarchist Nikos Maziotis, arrested in Athens on 16/7

The State and the Capital are the only terrorists – Solidarity with N. Maziotis

In the evening of July 16th, 2014 comrades put up a solidarity banner at the gate of the Polytechnic School, on Patission Street, in response to the fact that Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis was recaptured by police in central [...]

‘Avalanche – Anarchist Correspondence’, issue 2

Click image to read issue #2 / July 2014

There’s no other way. Our trajectories should not consist of running forward with blindfolds on. One has to keep finding the time, space and energy to remain critical towards his or her own activities, one’s own projects. Not the criticism that make you fade away [...]

Information about prisoner hunger strike from 18 to 20 July in Germany and Switzerland

solidarity will prolong our lives

July 9th, 2014 – Update on prisoner hunger strike in Germany and Switzerland, in solidarity with prisoners in Greece, following this announcement:

Even if the Greek parliament passed the bill on maximum security prisons on the 8th of July, the resistance against the new prison system, and in particular [...]

Spanish State: Update on the case against Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar

July 6th, 2014

– Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar are prosecuted on terrorism charges; basically, the examining judge Velasco accepted the police hypothesis as valid to bring them to trial.

– All charges against the rest of the comrades implicated in the same case were dropped.

Mónica and Francisco are doing well, and [...]

Greece: Update regarding the monstrous bill on maximum security prisons

After some modifications to the draft bill on maximum security prisons, the recess section of the Greek Parliament is now prepared to vote on this new law on Monday, July 7th. Perhaps it will take another summer session for the final voting, but their plan is to pass the bill no matter what… A protest [...]

Berlin: Some impressions from anti-eviction protest in Kreuzberg

previous updates here

Below is a brief update from street protest against the besiege of the refugee squat in Ohlauer Street, in Kreuzberg, threatened with complete eviction since the 24th of June. We write this down to share what we experienced on July 1st, hoping that it can somehow help comrades to form a view [...]

Greece prisoner hunger strike suspended

Stencil painted during PA’s gathering in the proximity of Koridallos prison, in Athens on the 1st of July, referring to prisoner Ilir Kareli (murdered by prison staff after his transfer from Malandrino to Nigrita), who stabbed a prison guard to death with an improvised knife: “A good start was made in Malandrino prison; every [...]

Patras: Surprise noise demo outside the prison of Aghios Stefanos

On Sunday morning, June 29th, some 50 comrades went to Aghios Stefanos prison in Patras, where 550 prisoners are on hunger strike. Local authorities were caught off guard and reacted in panic. Through loudspeakers, the administration ordered the prison staff to lock inmates who had entered the yard back in their cells.

Upon arrival, comrades [...]

Greek prisons: The struggle against maximum security prisons intensifies

Anti-prison banners in Florina, northern Greece (June 27th, 2014): “4,400 prisoners on hunger strike against maximum security prisons” “Neither penal nor political prisoners, explosives and fire to every prison (A)”

Chania, Crete Island, Greece (June 27th, 2014)

As of June 27th (5th day of mass hunger strike), more inmates have joined the hunger [...]

Athens: Reportback from anti-prison demo

“No tolerance to Type C prisons and every other form of captivity (A)” “Long live Anarchy” (slogans painted on June 28th at Syntagma Square)

According to rough estimates, nearly 4,000 individuals participated in the anarchist-antiauthoritarian demonstration on the 28th of June in downtown Athens.

People in struggle and in solidarity are obviously not figures [...]

Corfu Island, Greece: Solidarity intervention at the local prison

Solidarity cannot be caged in prison cells.

Last night, June 26th, around 20 individuals carried out a solidarity intervention outside Corfu prison, which was met with a big and touching response from inside the walls, with prisoners responding immediately to shouts and slogans. The last update refers to 120 hunger strikers in the hellhole [...]

Greece prisoner hunger strike – Fourth day (26/6)

Counter-info gathering in Larissa, Greece (June 25th, 2014); the top banner reads: “Maximum security prisons, concentration camps… Crush the new totalitarianism. Fire to the hellholes”; the other banner reads: “Invisible and visible prison bars… The prison society smiles at you. -Anarchists’ Assembly of Larissa”

Draft bill on new Type-C maximum security prisons will be [...]

Berlin: An update on the situation at the refugee school in Ohlauer Street

According to a brief report from the 26th of June, here, cops have announced that they will enter the school very soon to “check the situation”. There is a danger that they will use this action to evict the place entirely. Also, they are obviously trying to disturb the cell phone signals in order to [...]