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Thessaloniki: Banner drop in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Greek prisons

Comrades of the new 111 Squat in Thessaloniki dropped a banner (31/03/2015) in solidarity with the hunger strikers in Greek prisons:

“Your democracy reeks of incarceration (A) Victory to the struggle of the prisoners on hunger strike since 2/3”

On March 17th 2015 anarchists occupied a multistory building unused for almost four decades, located on 111, Egnatias Street. The 111 Squat is a counter-information and resistance infrastructure in the city centre rather than a housing space.

Koridallos prison: Banner drop in solidarity with the hunger strikers

The banner reads: “Immediate release of the relatives of CCF – Victory to all the hunger strikers – Dignity or death”

In the context of solidarity actions with our fellow prisoners on hunger strike, we hung a banner in the A wing of Koridallos men’s prison.

Immediate release of the relatives of CCF members
Victory to the hunger strikers

Prisoners’ initiative from the A wing of Koridallos prison

Athens – CCF hunger strike: Athena Tsakalou conditionally released from prison

On March 31st 2015, a judicial council permitted the release of Athena Tsakalou, mother of the Tsakalos brothers, under restrictive conditions: bail of 10,000 euros, obligation to check in to a police station three times a month, ban on exiting the country, and prohibition on leaving Salamina (Salamis Island), which means that, if her sons come out alive from hunger strike, she will no longer be able to visit them in prison.

However, another judicial council dismissed the motion for conditional release of the wife of GerasimosTsakalos.

Meanwhile, the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members – eight of whom are currently hospitalised in critical condition – together with anarchist prisoner Angeliki Spyropoulou enter the 30th day of their hunger strike (since the 2nd of March). Earlier today (31/3), CCF comrade Michalis Nikolopoulos ran the risk of having a cardiac arrest.

Immediate release of the companion of Gerasimos Tsakalos!

Radiozones of Subversive Expression: Broadcast about the hunger strikes in Greek prisons

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Radiozones of subversive expression radio98fm.org presents a broadcast in English in order to propagate the hunger strike that is developing in the Greek state prisons since the 2nd of  March, with a number of political and social prisoners on hunger strike with a common combative framework of claims while at the same time imprisoned members of CCF (Conspiracy of Cells of Fire) have also launched an indefinite hunger strike demanding the immediate release of their relatives and friends who have been vengefully imprisoned recently.

Argentina: Train lines sabotaged in Buenos Aires

Everything in the cities is designed to promote and perpetuate the constant flow of merchandize, be it human or not. Millions of pesos are invested in the remodeling of train stations or into the inauguration of new ones, in the construction and maintenance of motorways, in technological mechanisms of control and repression, in resources for the armed lackeys who are at the service of Power.

Having that in our mind, today we wanted to sabotage, if even only for an instant, the normal functioning of the cogs that maintain the structure of the domination, attacking the intersection that connects the Floresta and Villa Luro lines with an incendiary/explosive device.

We will not enter into the debate on whether these actions are only jeopardising workers. Today it is important to break with the asphyxiating normalcy that is being approved by the vast majority of the police society.

In direct solidarity and complicity with our brothers and sister of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, who are on a hunger strike in Greek prisons since March 2nd, demanding the immediate release of their close ones!

It is urgent to act, given the serious health condition of our comrades; a proof more than enough about it is the fact that 6 of them have been transferred to the hospital [actually 8 CCF members are being hospitalised].

Solidarity with Angeliki and the rest of the hunger strikers!

Strength to comrades in Chile ahead of a new anniversary of the Day of the Combatant Youth. Let’s extend the riots everywhere!

Let’s avenge our dead and those imprisoned and tortured because of their struggle against the rotten Argentinean state…

Circle of Fire

in Greek

Greek prisons: Hunger strike statement by the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (issued 2/3/2015)

A total of nine participants in DAK are currently on hunger strike: the imprisoned anarchists Antonis Stamboulos, Tasos Theofilou, Giorgos Karagianidis, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios (since March 2nd), Grigoris Sarafoudis (since March 9th), Dimitris Politis, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos (since March 16th), and Yannis Michailidis (since March 23rd).

Below is their joint statement issued 2/3/2015.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF INITIATION OF HUNGER STRIKE
BY THE NETWORK OF IMPRISONED FIGHTERS (DAK)

We begin by stating that which we should never forget. Everything is won through struggle. If it is possible in prison today to have books, tv, free phone contact, permits, sentence suspensions, if the guards don’t beat us it is because of the bloody revolts and hunger strikes of prisoners before us.

Today is our turn to fight and to win. The time has come for the long prison sentences so profusely passed to be reduced, for permits and suspensions to be compulsorily granted at the time when the law provides for them, for the life sentence to be reduced to 12 years mandatory serving and 4 years labour, for the possibility of suspension to be given after serving 2/5 of the sentence in the rest of the cases, for pre-trial detention to be reduced to 12 months, for prisoners to have access to the internet, for unobstructed prison visits, for conjugal visits to be guaranteed.

An end to prisons of sensory isolation, like those in Malandrino, Trikala, Grevena, Domokos, Chania, Nigrita, Drama, where prisoners have no contact to the external environment, where they even see the sky only through a metal grid. The existing ones must be transformed so that they stop focusing on the prevention of uprisings and escapes placing living conditions on the bottom of the priority list.

Concentration camps for migrants must be shut down. These are all demands that all prisoners must fight for and win. On the occasion of the struggle we are embarking on now, we want to bring these demands forward and we ask all prisoners in all prisons to take these into account in the struggles that are to come.

Prison and repression in general comprise the basic foundations of the capitalist system. In the currently prevailing neoliberal model of capitalist management, repression takes on a central role in state policy, its expression condensed in the dogma of Law and Order. The abandonment of the previous Keynesian welfare state has led more and more people into impoverishment both within the western metropolis as well as in the capitalist periphery. Since a large part of the population cannot be absorbed into the process of production and consumption, its management can only be achieved through repression.

This efficient repressive management has imposed a state of exemption setting a particular framework for illegal acts. Acts which are not treated according to their penal significance, but rather according to the risk they pose for the smooth running of the regime.

Cracking down on the internal enemy comes under this state of exemption (with the application of the “anti-terrorist” law for those accused of armed struggle, of the “anti-hoodie” law for those arrested in demonstrations), as well as cracking down on the so-called “organised crime” or in other words the “black” capitalist market, and on migrants who are now imprisoned not for offending but simply for existing. On hooligans persecuted on special sports laws, on women stigmatised as a potential plague to society (the case of HIV-positive women imprisoned in the spring of 2012) and the list goes on. Anything that could potentially disturb the efficient function of the system is dealt with by some special legislation.

In Greece this legal process began in early 2000 and has been evolving ever since. In 2001 the Greek state in line with the so-called “war on terror”, which on a global level also advanced the war against the internal enemy, passed article 187 concerning criminal organisations. In 2004 it passed article 187A concerning terrorist organisations.

At the same time, the first maximum security prisons were set up in Malandrino, where the most undisciplined prisoners were transferred experiencing a special correctional treatment entailing sensory isolation, confinement in depopulated wards and difficulties in getting any permits or sentence suspensions.

In 2002 the prisoners of the 17 November (17N) case were incarcerated in the underground ward of Koridallos women’s prison, in conditions of sensory and physical isolation. The operation of Malandrino prison as well as the underground ward of Koridallos for penal and political prisoners respectively was the first application of special incarceration conditions in Greece in the post-dictatorship era.

With the articles 187 and 187A the legal framework is expanded to fit more acts and the severity of punishment is increased. The application of these legislations provides for special judges and prosecutors, special court rooms, absence of jury, greater sentences for each crime and finally, the persecution of the intent to commit a similar crime. This is a blatantly vindictive legislation which aims at the extermination of prisoners.

A particular case here is the case of severely wounded rebel Savvas Xiros, who for 13 years now has been facing a slow death in prison.

The latest application of the state of exemption is the operation of type C prisons. Sentences served in these prisons are greatly lengthened through the enhancement of the legal framework that determines their operation. And this is on top of the physical and sensory isolation that comes with the confinement in type C prisons.

A particular characteristic of this state of exemption is that its application began as a pilot scheme and was subsequently broadened. As, for example, with the application of article 187, which originally concerned only a dozen prisoners and now around 30% of all prisoners are indicted on this article.

Another example is the applicability of type C prisons, where, aside from those originally defined as type C prisoners (those indicted on article 187 and 187A), any prisoner deemed undisciplined and dangerous may be transferred there.

The state of exemption is reflected in the forensics field as well as the legislative one. DNA analysis has established a new type of police-judicial approach which presents its findings as undeniable truths.

Genetic material is by its nature an extremely unreliable piece of evidence as to the conclusions that can be drawn by its analysis. The ease by which it can be transferred from person to person or to objects, as well as the mixture of DNA from more than one person in any sample, leave as many open possibilities as the outcomes one may want to derive by using this as evidence.

Even though this is well known as much to the scientists as to the repressive mechanisms that use this evidence, collection, elaboration and recording of genetic material is the new repressive penal weapon, owing its strength to its dubiousness.

The insufficiency of this particular method is obvious from the stark absence of biologist police officers in court who could support their findings as opposed to the number of arresting officers, interrogators, pyrotechnists and other such witnesses.

It is clear how the repressive practice prioritises DNA analysis, by the extent to which it is increasingly used as evidence in court. People have been prosecuted on various crimes based solely on a mixture of genetic material found near the scene. Despite the fact that, internationally, the scientific method deems the analysis of mixtures unreliable, there have been numerous convictions based only on mixture findings.

Besides, the insistence of the cops on violently extracting DNA, which is not only allowed but enforced, turning the whole procedure into a form of torture, is yet another indication of how important it is for the state to create biological data bases.

For all the above reasons we believe it is politically imperative for a boundary to be set in the way genetic material is evaluated.

There is no doubt that the state uses every means permitted by the prevailing social interrelations for the maintenance of its class hegemony. It would be dumb, therefore, to expect from those who are damaged by the revolutionary struggle not to take measures.
What we can demand from the bosses and the state, through the cost we shall make them bare, is to retreat by abolishing:
• Article 187
• Article 187A
• The “anti-hoodie” law
• The legislation that determines the operation of type C prisons.

And for restricting the use and processing of genetic material, we specifically demand:
• The abolition of the court order that enforces the violent extraction of DNA from persons.
• The access and evaluation of the genetic sample by an expert biologist chosen by the accused, if they so wish.
• The abolition of use of samples that contain a mixture of genetic material from more than two persons.

We also demand:
• The immediate release of Savvas Xiros, so that he can receive appropriate medical care.

We have no confidence in the promises of any government and we never forget that everything is won through struggle. For this reason we begin a hunger strike on the 2nd of March until the vindication of our demands.

Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK)

English translation (slightly edited here) via kraygesapotakelia

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Greek prisons: Hunger strike statement by Nikos Maziotis (issued 2/3/2015)

HUNGER STRIKE OF NIKOS MAZIOTIS, MEMBER OF THE REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COMBATIVE MOBILISATION OF POLITICAL PRISONERS

In the past 15 years and especially since the war on “terrorism” was waged, the capitalist system throughout the world has become increasingly totalitarian in order to impose the dictatorship of the markets, the interests of the supranational financial elite, which has emerged from the globalisation of the system after the end of bipolarism. In this context, repression, the reinforcement of the legislative and penal arsenal of states in this new globalised environment against the political enemies of the new order and especially against the threat of armed revolutionary action, is of great significance and is applied for the reproduction of the system, especially in recent years since the outbreak of the global financial crisis.

The Greek state, which is fully integrated into supranational capital, has adopted the neoliberal reforms dictated by the European Union, and has upgraded its legislative and penal arsenal to the demands of the international “war on terrorism”. Thus, in 2001 the state passed the first “anti-terrorist” law, article 187 of the penal code (criminal organisation), in 2004 it passed the second “anti-terrorist” law, article 187A (terrorist organisation), in 2009, shortly after the December 2008 uprising, it passed the anti-hoodie law (a law criminalizing covering one’s face in demonstrations), and in 2010 it modified article 187A rendering it even more repressive. In 2012, by order of the state prosecutor it established the use of violent means in retrieving DNA samples from suspects, and finally, during the summer of 2014, as a logical sequence to its repressive policy, it passed a law establishing type C maximum security prisons for political prisoners.

This gradual upgrade of the state’s repressive attack in these past years has intensified in conjunction to the neoliberal reforms imposed by Greek governments. However, this attack peaked after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, after the December 2008 uprising, and the country’s subjection to the authority of the IMF (International Monetary Fund), ECB (European Central Bank) and EC (European Commission) by signing the first Memorandum in 2010.

In these conditions – where the establishment has lost the social consensus it enjoyed prior to the crisis, due to brutal policies unleashed in the past 6 years – repression and “anti-terrorist” legislation comprise the foundations and prerequisites for perpetuating the system.

Because the de-legitimisation of the establishment in the eyes of the social majority due to the greatest social robbery ever perpetrated against it, where hunger, poverty and misery plague the people, with thousands of deaths from suicides, from diseases, from the lack of basic necessities, with thousands of homeless people and those who eat from garbage or depend on soup kitchens to survive – all of this create the appropriate conditions for the prospect of revolution and of overthrowing a regime responsible for the crisis and all the suffering that has resulted from it.

The takeover of power and of the management of the capitalist crisis by Syriza after the elections of January 25th 2015 doesn’t essentially change anything. Despite the pre-election promises for the abolition of memorandum agreements and the trimming of the debt, the policy that the Syriza government is committed to follow is no different to that of its predecessors. This is obvious from the fact that they requested the extension of the existing bailout program, regardless of their communicative spin to rename the memorandum, or the IMF/ECB/EC troika into “institutions”. The fact is that the Syriza government has accepted both the memoranda and the debt and will sign a new memorandum-bailout program following the extension of the existing one, with all that this entails.

As a member of the Revolutionary Struggle and as a political prisoner in type C prisons, I believe that only the way of subversion and of armed popular and social revolution present a way out of the crisis and can reverse memoranda, loan agreements and erase the debt. As a member of the Revolutionary struggle and as a political prisoner in type C prisons, in the context of the combative mobilisation of political prisoners against the special “anti-terrorist” legislations, special courts and special prisons, I participate in the hunger strike since the 2nd of March, demanding:

1) The abolition of first “anti-terrorist” law of 2001, of article 187 (criminal organisation).
2) Abolition of second “anti-terrorist” law of 2004, of article 187Α (terrorist organisation).
3) Abolition of the anti-hoodie law.
4) Abolition of the law for type C prisons.
5) The release of convicted 17N member Savvas Xiros on health grounds.

Nikos Maziotis, member of the Revolutionary Struggle
Type C prison of Domokos

English translation (slightly edited here) via kraygesapotakelia

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Lamia, Greece: Dimitris Koufontinas suspended hunger strike

On March 27th, Dimitris Koufontinas (57 years old) suspended hunger strike, after the justice ministry put up for public consultation a prison reform bill.

However, the draft bill has not yet been submitted to parliament, nor has it been referred for voting. Thus, Kostas Gournas (34 years old) continues hunger strike, awaiting further developments around the content and enactment of the bill.

Both prisoners remain in Lamia hospital, outside of which local anarchists-antiauthoritarians have gathered in solidarity (see videos), sending strength to comrade Kostas Gournas, who is on hunger strike since March 2nd, and wishing a speedy recovery to Dimitris Koufontinas.


Below is their joint statement issued 2/3/2015.

We, Kostas Gournas and Dimitris Koufontinas, political prisoners in the type C prison of Domokos, go on hunger strike as of today Monday the 2nd of March.

We fight for the abolition of articles 187 and 187A of the Penal Code, for the abolition of the entire legislation comprising of special measures with which the Power seeks to criminalise and destroy its political opponents.

We fight for the abolition of special courts, or emergency courts-martial, this extermination factory of people who resist, with their special composition of judges, special unconstitutional laws, special unscientific and fraudulent use of evidence (e.g. DNA), and special fabrication of evidence.

We fight for the abolition of all special repressive laws against protesters and against popular mobilisations.

We demand the immediate abolition of type C prisons, which acts as a symbol of a state of exemption for political prisoners and of intimidation of the society that resists.

We demand the immediate release of Savvas Xiros. The authorities, for 13 years now, have been methodically and vengefully exterminating him, resulting in irreparable damages to his health, with the index of his disability reaching 98%.

Because repression is the flip side of austerity, the struggle of the people’s movement against austerity is inseparable from the struggle against repression and particularly against a permanent state of emergency. For this reason we ask for the support of the entire struggling society.

This struggle of political prisoners, their mobilisations and hunger strike, sends a message of resistance to the Greek people: we and only we, assuming the cost of our choices, need to take our lives into our own hands, united and determined. This is our duty for our dignity, for future generations.

Hope comes only through struggle

Type C prison of Domokos
2nd of March 2015

Kostas Gournas
Dimitris Koufontinas

English translation (slightly edited here) via kraygesapotakelia

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Piraeus: Argyris Ntalios, on hunger strike since 2/3, currently hospitalised

Solidarity with political prisoners ./Fire to the banks

On March 27th, anarchist prisoner on hunger strike Argyris Ntalios – participant in the Network of Imprisoned Fighters (DAK) – was urgently transferred from Koridallos prison to the General State Hospital of Nikaia, as his health condition has worsened.

Dortmund, Germany: Double attack against Nazis

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

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

French | Greek

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…

Greek

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 Karagiannidis, 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, Portuguese & 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)

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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.

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Update, March 28th: After six days, the occupation has ended. Τhe struggle continues, until the destruction of every prison…

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