Saturday, September 18, 2010

Simultaneous riots in the prison and detention centre for immigrants in Merksplas

mardi 14 septembre 2010

Sunday, about 70 prisoners of the prison of Merksplas started a riot. They started by refusing to go back to their cells; going on then with breaking windows and tearing down infrastructure of the prison. When police forces arrived, tens of prisoners barricades themselves inside a wing where they resisted till the arrival of the special intervention unit of the federal police. The rioters caused quite some damage and also tried to put fire by burning a ping pong table. The syndicate of the guards say the prisoners were protesting against the fact that they don’t have water or a toilet in their cells.
Just at the moment that big part of the police force was coming again out of the prison, just on the opposite side of the street, in the detention centre for immigrants, a riot broke out. The Office des Etrangers refused to give any more information about the revolt, but the guards syndicate talk about sans-papiers trying a collective escape. Some sans-papiers had a confrontation with the police, but were finally overwhelmed and put in isolation. Two days before, on Friday, two sans-papiers escaped from the centre (a fact which the media didn’t mention). A part of the prisoners of the detention centre is currently on hungerstrike to protest against the conditions and ask an immediate liberation. They also denounce the fact that direction and guards try to make them shut up.
On Monday, the guards of the centre went on strike, protesting against the ongoing insecurity and revealing that the police had to intervene already 4 times this month (September) to stop revolts. Police and the social service of the centre took now over the control of the centre.

Compilation of the Flemish press.

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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)