Sunday, August 29, 2010

Guards open fire during 'major riot' at California prison

-- Staff at California's Folsom State Prison worked Saturday to determine the cause of a "major riot" in the prison yard a day earlier that involved 200 inmates, officials there said.
The Friday night melee sent seven inmates to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, prison spokesman Lt. Anthony Gentile said Saturday.
There were no fatalities, said spokesman Luis Patino of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
No corrections officers were injured.
Five inmates are being treated for gunshot wounds, Gentile told CNN on Saturday. The other two are being treated for injuries that they inflicted on one another, he said.
"At this point we have reviewed some of our surveillance tapes and all we've been able to gather it just erupted all at once," Gentile told CNN. "It doesn't appear to have stemmed from one specific incident, but this is preliminary."
The disturbance appeared to start on the handball court in the main exercise yard, Gentile said.
"Staff were using chemical agents, initially, in an attempt to quell the incident," he said. "The inmates failed to comply with the chemical agents. It was just not affecting them."
"Then we deployed 40 millimeter rubber bullets," he continued. "That didn't stop the fight. It just kept going. Finally we had to resort to (a) more lethal force option... some of the combatants were fired upon and were struck."
It took roughly 45 to 50 prison staff members 30 minutes to contain the riot, Gentile said.
The riot started after dinner, around 7:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. ET) during the inmates' exercise time. "Basically, it started at the handball court and just gradually migrated to several areas of the main yard to encompass nearly the entire main yard population," Gentile said.
The prison was under lockdown as inmates and staff were interviewed in an attempt to determine the cause of the riot.
Gentile said that he didn't know what charges the riot's "combatants" might face. The prison has "a disciplinary process that could effectively extend their stay in the institution."
Folsom State Prison is about 20 miles from Sacramento. It is California's second-oldest state prison and houses medium-security inmates, according to the department of corrections.
Music legend Johnny Cash, who wrote "Folsom Prison Blues," performed for inmates and recorded an album there in 1968.

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Solidarity Poster for Polykarpos Georgiadis and Vaggelis Chrisohoidis (greece)

did anyone speak of a
“…A handful of capitalists
have organized a criminal gang
and have kidnapped the proletarians,
demanding for ransom
their labor force,
merchandising their human activity,
their time (which is turned into money),
their own being itself…”
to vaggelis Chrisohoidis and Polykarpos Georgiadis
who the persecuting authorities, exactly because they denied to betray values and people,
accuse them as participators in the kidnapping of industrialist Milonas
anarchists from Serres from north-greece

Anarchists solidarity protest outside Korydallos prison, the main prison in Athens, at the time of the change of the year. This protest happens every New Year's Eve for the past six years. This year more than 400 people took part in the protest that interacted with the prisoners inside through shouting mutual slogans and fireworks. The main slogan was "The passion for freedom is stronger that your prisons".
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A society that punishes/the condition of incarceration/the prison of the mind/the prison as punishment/the rage of the damned will sound on the ruins of prisons/those denying obedience and misery of our era even within its hellholes/will dance together on the ruins of every last prison/with the flame of rebellion avenging whatever creates prisons.

To the prisoners struggle already counting one dead and thousands in hunger strike across greece, we stand in solidarity and anger until the destruction of every last prison.



Keny Arkana - La Rage English Subtitles

1976 - 2000 Greek Anarchists Fight for Freedom

(December Riots in Greece)