Saturday, November 28, 2009
And were invited concentrations against the meeting.
These concentrations involved and the Black block which is distanced from the rest of the way and attacked capitalist objectives of branded companies, banks, luxury cars, American companies and interests delegations luxury cars.
The police responded with widespread use of chemicals but the black bloc is not broke, erected barricades and dismantled the site where it had planned to dissolve.
Still no information on arrests or adductor GENNEVA 28.11.09
Tomorrow at 12 microphones in Kamara
Tuesday 1 / 12 18:00 power path Kamara
Τετάρτη 2 / 12 9:00 Trial Courts Thessaloniki
Friday, November 27, 2009
Two major pathways, yesterday and day before yesterday in response to the eviction housing project in central Berlin
On Tuesday, 600 police force carried out the eviction of the housing project Brounenstrase 183, which has sparked protests in the street number.
Course attended by over 1000 people were on Wednesday night, while an even greater progress was made this evening, attended by over 2000 people. The state fared in the center together with approximately equal number of policemen, who were skirmishers throughout the center. The state tried twice making chains to go to the house and blocked by police who threatened to disband. The police presence was particularly challenging following the new Trent repression by exhaustive psachtiri in concentration, armor, running on the side of the road, others to contemplate from scaffolding and vans to block the demonstrators in blocks with no way out, requiring the people to dissolve.
Officers were called to Morrisons in Ten Perch Road, Canterbury, Kent at 8.40pm following reports of a man with a firearm.
A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "The offender sustained an injury to his arm which is not thought to be life threatening and was taken to hospital.
"No-one else was injured and the firearm was recovered at the scene."
Sources said the man was seen waving the firearm about but did not threaten anyone.
It is believed he was shot by an officer after refusing to obey orders to put the weapon down.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been notified.
A spokeswoman said: "The IPCC was informed of the incident by Kent Police shortly after 9pm. Investigators will begin an initial assessment in to the circumstances of the shooting."
Thursday, November 26, 2009
A Russian police officer beaten to death a man in St. Petersburg, Interfax news agency, the second such incident reported in a week and the last in a series of scandals involving the police.
The victim was hospitalized for two weeks after the attack, but died from his injuries, news agency citing an unnamed source of a security services of the city.
On Tuesday, 3 drunk police in Moscow arrested beaten to death because an immigrant. The lawyer Sergei Manitski died in prison on 16 November. His lawyers indicated that they illegally detained and he did not receive medical attention.
President Dmitry Medvedev ordered for an investigation after the case has caused great criticism.
Earlier this month, a young police officer from the port Novorossiysk on the Black Sea was fired when called via YouTube to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (by chance, a former Stasi colonel of the 80s) accusing senior officials of corruption.
Are increasing data on malpractice and corruption.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
article followed by accounts of police visits, (scroll down)
Over the last year-and-a-half people have been visited by members of the Vancouver Integrated Security Unit, security overseers of the 2010 Games, at their homes, family homes, workplaces, or in the streets. Some people choose to file these visits with BC Civil Liberties, many more go undocumented. Our information comes from word of mouth and other written statements.
[Word of mouth continues to be the best form of communication. Speak up!]
In the week leading up to the October 30th 2009, Torch relay kick-off in Victoria, harassment by RCMP JIG members stepped up. From what we can name, 25 people were visited, and harassed with specific references to the Torch. The number of people visited is likely to be at least double. This is reminiscent of the 15 people in 48hrs, who were visited last June. (http://mostlywater.org/approximately_15_visu_joint_intellige...).
The intended effects of their tactics are to intimidate, isolate and interfere. Obviously what they are capable of is not limited to what follows, and will likely change based on context, like with whom and where they are dealing.
In Vancouver and Victoria, the cops used intimidation and an attack on morale as the first line of defense. This strategy is often used to avoid open public use of force. By keeping the more objectionable repression out of the public eye, the appearances of democratic protest are maintained.
The intent to create isolation was shown during harassment, when the cops named off lists of other individuals that they said were 'up to something.' This is probably done for a number of reasons. One that we note, is to drive a wedge between people. This is meant to encourage people to separate themselves from the individuals that the cops are naming. Implied with associating with these individuals is the threat of surveillance and criminalization.
Interference in peoples personal lives was attempted through police visits to family and workplace. The cops, visiting a persons parents can cause friction and disruption in relationships and go beyond this by playing on parental concern to extract information. The cops are known to come to family homes and spout off lies. They have also revealed criminal records to unsuspecting parents.
These tactics are used to create reactions of fear and concern, potentially causing the parent to give information about their kids life over to the cops, with the idea that it is 'for their own good.' Secrets held back from family or friends, but known to police, can be used as leverage; eg. if your parent (etc..) already knows the information, the cops are dis-empowered. And for parents who haven't had much contact with the police in their lives, they should be made aware that the cops lie as a rule and not an exception.
The best solution remains: do not talk to the cops! Not because you have something to hide, but because their primary interest is to defend property and those who have it, at the expense of the natural world and people who have little to call their own.
The strength of our resistance is social. That means it depends on the strength, solidarity and relationships of many of us who are fighting along similar lines and facing common enemies. From community organizers, to indigenous land defenders, anarchists, paramedics (who were pressured back to work by VANOC), and workers coerced into signing away their right to strike, let us strengthen bonds of solidarity, as this is our greatest tool in the struggle to live with dignity and without exploitation.
Vancouver/ Victoria, October 2009:
A Partial Overview of "Vancouver 2010 JIG" Harassment:
In East Vancouver, on October 28th, 2 days before a demonstration in Victoria, scheduled to coincide with the first leg of the Torch, someone was approached after leaving a house. He was on his way to a vehicle, when plain clothes RCMP officers called after him. He did not reply and continued to the vehicle. As they drew closer they began to yell at him, saying "Don't even think about going to Victoria! We know what you are up to. We'll be with you in a swarm the whole way there. If you do go to Victoria, don't do anything illegal. And tell your anarchist-kid friends the same thing!"
After getting in the vehicle, RCMP followed him and a friend around for 20 minutes, disappearing then reappearing and waving, which suggests more than one cop vehicle was tailing the car.
Later that day, 2 individuals leaving another house were approached in a very similar manner while leaving another house in East Vancouver. This time police listed off names of other people and asked if these individuals knew what they were planning. Again the cops got no reply.
The next day, Thursday the 29th, three people were approached in East Vancouver by plainclothes cops, also outside a residence. The cops identified themselves as "elite intelligence officers" working on Olympic security and told the three they knew they were "heading to Victoria to protest the torch." They offered the group a ride to the ferry and when the three were unresponsive and continued the cops told them they would be on the same boat and not to think about doing anything illegal, because they would be making arrests.
The officers continued to follow for about three blocks, until the people got on a bus, at which point they called out someone's name. No one responded.
Once on the boat the three noticed the same 2 male cops aboard. One of the three, a young woman, approached people on the ferry sitting nearby and told them that the men were cops who'd been following her since she left home. She went up to the cops and told them to stop following her. It is at this point the cops allege she threw water on them. The cops cornered her. When a bystander approached and asked why police weren't letting the woman go, a cop pushed the man and threatened to charge him with obstruction for getting in the way of his job. Apparently harassing young women is his job description.
Other ferry passengers began to gather around the situation. One bystander was filming on his cell phone and shouted, "This is Canadian civil liberties going down the drain."
When people began to form bonds of solidarity with each other, it was the police in turn who were cornered. Telling the woman she was free to go, they arrested her later when she was alone in the streets of Victoria for "Assault Police." Even with the legal, moral and physical backing of the State, cops remain liars and cowards.
FLATTERY, THREATS AND BRIBES
An Anarchist in Victoria was visited by members of JIG at a house. They told him that they think he is intelligent, influential and they would like to work with him. They said they are worried if windows are broken during the demonstration, children may be injured. Emphasizing that they "...also think there are many negative aspects of the Olympics," they offered to meet for coffee and discuss ways to solve them. And finally they said, "Anyways, you wouldn't want to be beaten and arrested at the demo, would you?"
To which he replied, "How did you know where I am, and how do you know my name?"
"Hey, come on, we have you under surveillance," they returned.
"If you know me so well," he stated, "you know I'll never talk to you." And he shut the door.
The RCMP came to his door once more. When he opened it they told him they were very serious about wanting to talk to him and then pulled out a hundred dollar bill.
The door was immediately closed and locked.
Don't they know it takes at least 150.00 to buy off an anarchist?
Although it might seem like a good idea to grab the bill before you slam the door, the cops could use this against you in a multitude of ways.
In Victoria, on Saturday, October 31st, the day after the demo, a group of people were sitting together on the beach. Shortly after some friends showed up, a man nearby began "taking pictures of the ocean," positioning another man so he could believably take pictures in their direction.
Going on the gut feeling that this guy was a cop, about 10 people ran up the stairs to challenge them. Already the two men were walking away. The people caught up however, and demanded why they were taking photos of them and, to supply their 'business cards.' The men feigned ignorance and showed the digital photos to the group, revealing that indeed he had not (yet) taken photos of them. Shortly after, another friend showed up and confirmed that these were the cops who'd followed the group on the ferry and arrested a woman two days earlier.
The threats of the cops were mostly empty. There were no swarms of them following these people around Victoria. They obviously pretended to know more than they really do about their lives. And all the information they did flaunt is easily obtainable.
Let solidarity be our bond as we continue in our struggles and stand together against repression.
-Some vancouver anarchists
This morning at 6:30 am, the Anti-Terrorist Police (SDAT) allowed themselves to undertake a new arrest among those "close" to the indicted. Judge Fragnoli almost brought us to tears last week when he boasted in the pages of Liberation that he would proceed in this case with all the "humanity" of which he is capable. This morning he again once showed the finesse that we have come to recognize in him: 15 wise-asses from the SDAT to break down the door and aim their weapons at two children, 4 and 6 years old, in their beds. All that just to question someone who had already been arrested on 11 November 2008, based upon the most fantastic elements of the case, which they have had in their possession from the very first day.
Obviously we understand what is at work here. While the two central elements in their accusations, namely the fabrications concerning Julien and Yildune and the witness "X," have largely been sewpt away by recent revelations, the sad clowns continue their flight ahead, using pretexts that are always more laughable to create a diversion. One notes that it was in fact Judge Fragnoli himself who declared to the journalists that he would not make a reconstruction of the so-called night of sabotage. Thus, he definitively seems to what to cover up what each day a little more seems to have been fakes created by the SDAT. We wish him good luck; he'll need it.
A group of self-identified anarchists said the blasts were aimed at drawing attention to the sex industry's role in capitalist power structures. It posted the claim online on Thursday.
Greek anarchists frequently target symbols of wealth and state power in overnight arson attacks, but this is the first known case of an attack on sex shops.
[Politics is not a sex shop]
It comes at a time when the country has seen a spike in anarchist and far left violence, following last December's fatal police shooting of a teenager. - Sapa-AP
Projepst Russia: Three drunk police beat to death a young migrant from the southern Caucasus and travmatisan serious one another in street Moschas.Opos Interfax news agency reported that police met the two men who came from Abkhazia, late last night in a canteen and breaches. The officers were off duty and were arrested hours after the incident and expelled from the body with the supervisor. "It's another indication that there must be reforms within the Russian police," said human rights activist Lev Ponomariof.
Events (example) that just last month saw the light of day with great difficulty ..
Police who served in Lesvos was arrested and convicted for drug trafficking now .. (source)
Special guard after attempts by epaneleimenes drugs was arrested and released finally arrested in Germany ... with a large quantity of cocaine. Expected to follow the action-conforming side of the Greek principles used and the Christoforako ... .. (source)
Police (retired) raped a young girl who had serious health problems ... (source)
Yparchifylakas in Korydallos murdered in cold man who until that time enjoyed together .. (source)
Police accused of AT Panteleimon that tortured young refugee in front of just 2 years old son ... (source)
In the above situation is not included the hundreds of orders safety actions in public, protesters or not that creep in detention centers, opening files, tortured, publicly humiliate, etc.IN GREECE!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
To start talking about my point of view on solidarity maybe is the best to say what i consider, and also what i don't consider to be an act of solidarity. In text that follows are just some of my chaotic thoughts laid down on paper, and it should be seen like that, and not as a recipe that should be followed. I would like to see it as a starting point for discussion, and beside all, one of the main motives for writing this is a need to discuss on this topic with comrades.
For me solidarity is an act of mutual help between friends, comrades, or simply, people who (maybe don't even know each other in person, but) share the same affinities, act of help or support when there is need for this, and this act can be expressed in many different ways.
While practicing acts of solidarity with my friends and comrades, and also being in situation while others shown their solidarity to me, I was able to experience the joy of breaking the walls that are dividing me from other comrades (no matter are they my friends, or simply people I share the same affinities with), but it also opened new questions.
While doing this, am I actually helping someone (because it is not so hard to make a wrong move and instead of help, to do absolutely contrary), and how to make my help more efficient?
Solidarity is a weapon.
There are few reasons why i see solidarity as a weapon.
First of all, it is exactly what is not expected from us to do by authority. By the system rules and capitalist reality, which impose on us domestication and alienation, we are supposed to be passive observers of our own misery. Just another brick in the walls which divide us and make impossible to develop real honest relations between each other. By practicing solidarity, we take another step into nonconformity and we directly attack this rules imposed on us, and doing so we break the walls that divide us. Let's not fool ourselves, these walls are manny, some of them obvious, but there are still so many things we should take in case, because we are all affected by our surrounding...
Also solidarizing with other comrades, be with comrades in clutches of state repression, or with comrades working on some project, we help them to make their struggle possible or more efficient. While trapped in dungeons of state, they can continue maybe some of their activities, or find another ways of struggle from inside, but without help from outside, I'm afraid it's not possible. Comrades working on some project very often depend on financial limitation or the infrastructure that is available to them, so helping them with raising money, or simply giving them space or infrastructure to use, helps them not to lose too much energy and time, so they can concentrate more on the project. It also helps them not to abandon idea while feeling weak, or without help from other comrades they would not be able to carry on the project.
Since I live in surrounding where struggle for mere existence is activity which takes the most of people's energy, and where infrastructure is not available if you are not highly privileged, (which is reflecting on the number of active people) so there is no much space for activities which attack the existing order and rules imposed by the system, i can notice a need for solidarity, and i can say for sure that without communication and support from comrades which are in "better" position i would be forced to stop with most of my activities. This simple and honest communication, and support of comrades which recognized the need for this, not only helped me in technical way, to be able to carry on the projects i'm involved in, but it gave me additional motivation and energy, which is needed (believe me) when you live in narrow-minded surrounding, where there is only few people which you can count on, (or discuss with, to arm your desires, and articulate your believes and needs) where you are openly endangered not only by repression of authority servants, but also by other political enemies, like nazis or other fascists by who you are outnumbered, in danger just because of the way you look, and especially your political (anti political) engagement.
This kind of reality is most common in east european countries where anarchist activities and mere existence of idea itself barely survives, and its survival in many cases depends on communication and mutual support (solidarity) between comrades very often placed in big distance.
Also this kind of reality brings something which i certainly do not consider as solidarity, demonstrated by so called comrades.
As eastern europe is often destination of many travelers, many of them from western european countries and US, canada, where the "movement" is much more "developed" and bigger, and some concrete signs of its existence are visible on every day basis.
From my experience, most of this people come with the attitude "we know it's so" and they act and behave according to that attitude. That is something which i absolutely don't see as solidarity, even though many are trying to name it so.
"We have come to show you how things should be done..." without trying to understand the situation of the surrounding, (they are visiting at the moment) and which is for sure much different from the one they are coming from, where they have gain their experience. This kind of approach is not just stupid and naive as it seems at first look. This is pure expression of racism, cause the same idea is taught in school, that people from economically developed countries worth more because of their education and better living standard, and that they should be in mission to "help" those less developed.
No, we don't need an anarchist experts, anarchist organizers, anarchist missionaries... , we need comrades and friends with who we can act together, discuss, and learn from each other, and we can help each other if it's needed and possible, but this relations must be free from any kind of hierarchy, and false morality. It has to be spontaneous and based on mutual understanding...
Very often solidarity is expressed in situations like imprisonment of comrades, or threats of evictions of the squats, or other forms of repression imposed by authority.
Should we wait this things to happen to start to solidarize each other? To improve solidarity as a weapon we should not let ourselves to be timed and guided by actions of the authority, this is something that will constantly keep us behind. For sure i do not mean that those affected by dirty hands of repression apparatus (demonstrated in any way) should be forgotten at any moment.
To end my observation i will quote italian comrades "Il silverstre" who explained this very well in their periodical "Terra Selvegia": Repressive plans brought about by the Italian government against anarchists aim not only at stopping the many acts of sabotage that are continuously carried out all over the country, but they are also and mainly aimed at destroying any internal enemy of the State and securing a long period of social peace.
Article 270bis is the most effective means they have to achieve this goal. Moreover repression, besides striking hard, is also taking a series of preventive measures.
The mega investigation used by judge Marini is now split into a great number of small investigations resulting in preventive arrests, closure of anarchist places, etc. It is no longer a question of 270bis, but of a great number of
smaller investigations conducted in many towns, which are apparently different from one another but actually come from the same source and have only one goal, to inflict the
greatest possible damage on the anarchist struggle.
To consider the question of article 270bis as a
unique repressive project, however, would represent a partial and quite dangerous approach. In fact, if we remain stuck to a defensive strategy, we would risk running behind repression and inevitably remaining behind it. Furthermore, to focus all our energy on anti-repressive campaigns would result in neglecting the struggle. This does not mean to
forget the solidarity towards those hit by repression. It means, on the contrary, that when a squat is closed down or a paper is persecuted, instead of organising gatherings
among anarchists, we should try to conquer that squat back and to support that paper.
Solidarity is a weapon, not a shield behind which to hide oneself.
. Leaflets found with anarchist symbols. Among other states: "Freedom to all prisoners of the Chilean state. Against the state and capitalism. The fire of the insurgency strengthens!
According to cops, the improvised device containing a fire extinguisher and electrical circuit.
The Human Genetics Commission, which advises the government on the social, legal and ethical aspects of genetics, called for a review of the database and said new laws must be passed to govern its use.
In a damning report, the commission said "function creep" had transformed the system from a DNA store for offenders into a database of suspects.
More than three-quarters of young black men aged between 18 and 35 are on the system, the report said.
Set up in 1995, the database contains the DNA profiles of five million citizens, eight percent of the population, making it the world's biggest in proportion to population size.
"Parliament has never formally debated the establishment of the National DNA Database and safeguards around it," commission chairman Professor Jonathan Montgomery said in a statement.
"It has developed through amendments to laws designed to regulate the taking of fingerprints and physical evidence before DNA profiling was developed.
"It is not clear how far holding DNA profiles on a central database improves police investigations."
The report quoted an unidentified retired senior police officer as saying that "it is now the norm to arrest offenders for everything" in order to obtain a DNA sample.
A Home Office spokesman said the database was a "vital crime-fighting tool" that had linked more than 410,000 crime scenes with a DNA match and a possible lead to an offender between 1998 and March 2009.
"Research shows no clear link between the level of offence for which an individual is arrested and the seriousness of any subsequent offence with which they may be associated," the spokesman said. No one from the Association of Chief Police Officers could immediately be reached for comment.
Opposition politicians and human rights groups said the report provided further evidence that Britain is becoming a "surveillance society," where people's personal details are stored and their movements constantly monitored.
Conservative Home Office spokesman James Brokenshire said Gordon Brown's government had allowed the DNA database to grow "for the sake of it, regardless of guilt or innocence."
"Under Labour's surveillance state, everyone is treated as a potential suspect," he said.
The report recommended that parliament pass new laws that clearly outline the powers of the police and the DNA database.
An independent panel should be set up to review the evidence on who has given DNA samples and why. The type of offences which require suspects to give a sample must also be reviewed.
Police in England and Wales can take and store the DNA of anyone arrested for a recordable offence, a category that includes all but minor crimes.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Letter by the imprisoned comrade P. Masouras (accused for participation in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.)
In a matter of seconds I found myself on the sidewalk, hands cuffed behind my back, while at the same time they were informing their senior officers that “everything went well” and that they “have me”. I was taken to the 12th floor of Police Headquarters (note: anti-terrorist division). The next day I am informed that at the same time with me another two friends of mine have also been arrested.
In the meantime the show has already started. Without any sleep for 48 hours and physically exhausted, with my face to the wall and then a long questionnaire following, while at the same time some police officer goes from office to office announcing in a delirium of pleasure that what is happening is called war.
After that comes the interest for my career, the friendly chat, the bravado and the humane approach to the misguided youth that followed the wrong path in his life while they self appointed themselves to straighten me out and to make me see reason, not for them as they said but for my own good, to help myself, speaking to them about situations and persons that I know nothing about. Later I was informed from an officer that I was the stupid asshole of the 12th floor because the others as he said had “snitched on me” and “cleared themselves” and that if I didn’t speak I would go down for things other people have done, so I was yet again called upon to answer about situations unknown to me.
The guard shifts started: “good” cops with a sensitive touch and childhood traumas, as they said, that recognized injustice and wanted to help. On the other hand the “tough” commandos wearing full-face masks, “stern” appliers of the law and representatives of morality, acting in an absolute way leading to physical and mental exhaustion, as a means of revenge as they said because “I kept my mouth shut”.
That I refuse the charges against me does not mean that I would ever refuse my political “identity” and “origin”. I would never hide my dignity under the carpet of incarceration, overlooking the fact that I am a political entity which also takes its position against the values and institutions of this society by the means of critical revolutionary thought and practice. I am an anarchist and I am on the side of revolution and at the same time of myself.
The reason why at the present my two friends and I find ourselves in prison is crystal clear. Even the most naïve mind can perceive that fixed situations due to the elections play a role in the present condition, situations moving in the service of political and communication interests.
The hyperbole surrounding the situation, the armed to the teeth EKAM escorts (note: Special Forces Police) and the role of those despicable snitches the journalists in combination with the political condition of these days was enough to create a feeling of order and safety to the average Greek in face of the elections, so he can move sleepwalking in the role of the active citizen towards the voting poll in order to deposit yet again in someone else’s hands his share of responsibilities for his being. It is well known nowadays that public opinion has no opinion, so someone has to take on the role of shaping it. The tone of these days was mostly set by the lowlifes of the media and their all-devouring thirst for “maniacs in Galatsi” and “monsters in Chalandri”, for serial bombers who have ties with “renown” revolutionary organizations from which they take orders to accomplish missions. About guns and bullets found at my house until money that was suddenly a product of robberies because it was well hidden-next time I’ ll leave it outside the front door.
Society is not divided into classes but only into choices and consciousnesses. So let as learn from pain and pleasure, from blood and the street. We were born to exist as a whole in our inapprehensible uniqueness, inapprehensible because we can stand the pain, unpredictable because we were taught on the streets, ruthless because we will move against everyone, because we will learn to meticulously tie steel on our skin and paint the cement with revolutionary blood.
We execute morality as a prologue for destruction, we whisper with rage biting the words: WAR ATTACK because there is only beauty and strength, but some cowards in order to balance came up with justice.
Wherever there are barbed wires, let there be bloodied hands that rip them apart, wherever there is cement let there be cries full of rage that tears it down, wherever there are bars let there be souls like corrosives that destroy them, wherever we are buried alive let us bury with us morality.
We owe it to ourselves to bite on our shackles even if it is that we die biting. Because we are nothing more then our own choices.
For honour, dignity, revolution.
FREEDOM FOR THE COMRADES: V. PALLIS- Y. DIMITRAKIS- Y. VOUTSIS-VOGIATZIS- P. GEORGIADIS- I. NIKOLAOU
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF MY FELLOW ACCUSED H. HATZIMICHELAKIS- M. YIOSPAS
The journalist’s introduction:
For the police, he is a member of the gang of the “robbers in black”. He was arrested during a bank robbery and convicted to a 25-year sentence. A few days ago, the Ministry for Citizen Protection set a price of 600,000 euros on the heads of the rest of the gang, at the same time arguing that they are not only robbers but also members of terrorist groups.
Yiannis Dimitrakis, an anarchist, speaks for the first time from the prison of Domokos where he is incarcerated. He talks about his comrades on the run, the recent attack on the police station of Ayia Paraskeui in Athens, the group “Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire”, while he also responds to the minister for Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrysohoidis, who recently declared: “we are at war”.
During the bank robbery of January 17th, 2006, where you were arrested, another three people (Simos and Marios Seisidis and Grigoris Tsironis) got away – and a few days ago, these three had a prize of 600,000 put on their heads by the minister of Citizen Protection, Mr. Chrysohoidis. Do you believe that anyone will step forward to supply information
Indeed, the police force, some squalid hack writers and some permanent guests of TV shows together with the minister of Public Order (and not of “Citizen Protection”, the government’s new name of preference for it) have set up an ideal scene for would-be scalp hunters. It is also a fact that the administrators of political authority would always try to form within society a mentality for informants and people snitching upon one another – sometimes with threats, other times with all sorts of rewards.
Luckily, the consciousness-bearing greek society (that is, the one that recognises the cause for all her troubles in the face of the government terrorists or the financial elites and not in the face of three wanted anarchists), has historically resisted such practices and this, I believe, will happen this time around as well.
However, because there are and will also be aspiring Inspector Clouseau’s and ingenious Agatha Christie’s, I would like to tell them that many have fell in love with informing but no-one has ever loved the informant.
Do you believe that their arrest is near?
That I do not know and I wish that it never happens. What I do know is that if they do get arrested the unemployed are not going to find a job; salaries will not increase nor, finally, will anyone who struggles from dawn to dusk (running around like a slave between one, two and even three jobs) see anything change in their lives.
Do you believe they will surrender without a fight?
I believe that a “fight” in its narrow definition, that is, an exchange of bullet rounds, will not take place. Because they will never get arrested. I know and I am sure that they fight everyday to remain free. Why, you see, humans love freedom.
What would you do if you were in their position?
I would do exactly the same. I would also avoid my arrest, which given our situation would translate into my most certain conviction for the offence committed on January 16, 2006 – that is, when the robbery of the National Bank in Athens took place.
What kind of message would you send them from prison?
They already know they have my friendship and my love. So, I would tell them something that Nikos Kazantzakis once said: “I feel as if we are banging our heads against iron bars. Many heads are going to be smashed, but one day the iron bars will be smashed, too”.
In your opinion what purpose is served by putting a price on their head?
I believe that the move to put a price on their head is part of the public relations planning of the ministry of Public Order, to contribute to the image put forward by the government: that it delivers. Unfortunately, this plan directly involves militarisation, with many units of police in Exarcheia and also with the raking up of past cases of armed struggle, as the minister himself said – which then leads to putting a price on the three comrades’ heads.
Do not forget that the evidence they provide for their involvement in urban guerilla groups is no more than media items that have themselves been circulating via “leaks” from the police headquarters to certain newspapers during the past six months. For me all this is a communication trick and maybe the setting up of an excuse for the operational inability of the police to find people involved in dynamic actions. Remember this: in the future we might even hear excuses such as “if we cannot even find the fugitives, who are definitely terrorists, how are we supposed to clear up the imbroglio of armed struggle?”
So you want to say that the government creates terrorists…
That is the only thing that is certain. They have been doing it for years now. That is the standard tactic of the government, with its only aim being to prove it can deliver.
Do you consider the recent terrorist attack against the Police Station of Ayia Paraskeui as a response to putting a price on the heads of the three wanted anarchists?
Those who did this are the most fit to answer your question with a communique. My own opinion is invalid. You are better off asking some of your co-journalists, who not only seem to know everything, they also seem to know very well how to judge and convict. They have become judges, prosecutors and attorney generals at once.
There is information leaked out from the police that yourself and your alleged accomplices are not simple robbers, but you also participate in terrorist groups. What do you have to say to that?
Look: The only things we have not been accused of through these infamous “leaks” is drug dealing, trafficking, rape of minor girls and worshipping the devil. I know that many creative minds in the police headquarters are aroused with the combination of all these and I would honestly like to apologise to disappoint them by telling them these kind of things only happen in the Hollywood films they watch and the books they read.
According to the police you belong to the gang of the “robbers in black”. What is your response?
The “robbers in black” is an unfortunate and imaginative journalistic or police description that has no real base and that keeps being used by the media despite the fact that in the trial that took place it collapsed entirely. This, in the same way that even today they attribute to me seven robberies even though they know I have been acquired for six and talk of unbelievable sums I am supposed to have in my possession, even though the court acknowledged the money belonged to the anarchist scene.
All this, finally, at the time when they know that they spectacular scuffle they describe never took place and especially concerning the three friends and comrades for which they have issued arrest warrants with evidence that in my eyes seems ridiculous.
And in any case, we should say something else that derives from common sense: CCTV in banks is usually of older technology and only records two colours, black and white. Robbers, you might know, tend to go to banks dressed in dark clothing, especially during the winter – they tend to avoid the appearance of a folk singer in a live club, for example.
You justified your participation in the robbery where you were arrested by talking of an act of “expropriation”: What is the difference between an expropriation and a common robbery?
The difference is made by the subject of the action, even if for me the two terms are as detached as politicians are from real life. For a person to name their action “expropriation” they need nothing more than to pass over from their natural reaction against the conditions they are faced with, to the conscious revolutionary position: which is no other than the struggle against the powerful of this world. The difference is signified by the subject of the action.
The bank that you robbed was later targeted with consecutive arson attacks and was eventually forced to close. What this a revenge that some took in your name?
First of all, I do not know if that particular bank closed. In any case the attacks that were taking place at the time of my arrest were, obviously, acts of solidarity. For the majority of society the bank comprises a ruthless financial mechanism that will day after day squeeze thousands of families. And everybody knows that the banking giants are responsible for today’s financial crisis that the people come to pay for.
You define yourself as an anarchist. Do you believe in armed violence?
Throughout the process of social change, a number of different forms of struggle have taken shape. Each person chooses the form of action they believe to fit the political necessities of the times in which they live. I personally believe that there is no historical or objective condition now that should make us leave any particular form of struggle in the cupboard of history. To the contrary, we live in some very violent times, where states on the international level exercise terrorism against all.
A few days ago we had the armed attack against the Police Station of Ayia Paraskeui in Athens. Do you agree with attacks like this?
What matters is how these attacks are portrayed in the eyes of society, without the Goebbels-like distorting lens of the media. I am neither a critic nor an estimator of actions of armed struggle. I have never claimed – nor could I – such a title.
Some anti-authoritarians claim that in the face of the police that were shot, police violence is punished. Do you agree with this opinion?
Whether we like it or not the armed representatives of order and security, as they are called, have connected their operational existence with violence and repression: with “random” discharging of guns, with the raping of women and the assassinations of migrants in police stations, with beatings, torturing, arbitrariness, humiliation and so much that takes place either behind station walls or out in the streets. Every one of us should, taking all this into account, reach their own conclusions.
But isn’t the logic of “collective punishment” the most fascist one?
Such a logic should be sought between the winners of socio-political clashes, who are the ones who turned it into a regular tactic. The fact that some people chose to return what they have been receiving for years might strike many as odd, but what can we do? You’re going to reap just what you sow.
Do you believe that we are entering a phase of violence without rules? For example, up to this day, never before had a woman been attacked. What have you got to say about “blind” attacks like this?
I do not know if these are, indeed, “blind attacks”. The ones that have taken place in the last few years comprise attacks against targets that historically belong to the authoritarian system of repression and exploitation of human society. I have never seen a citizen being targeted.
What kind of feelings does the attempted assassination of a 23-year old girl revoke to you?
You would be better off to ask those who have fallen dead by police bullets.
Should 19-year old children comprise the terrorists’ targets?
The police who were shot were not shot because they were young kids. They were shot for other reasons that obviously have nothing to do with their age. These will be explained to us by those who took that action.
A little while ago some youths were arrested in Chalandri, Athens, under the accusation of participating in the group “Coalition of the Cells of Fire”. What about them, are they terrorists?
The terrorists are those who daily condemn us to a slow death. To a life without living. Those who framed-up 19-year old kids with no evidence, in order to alter the dynamics of their coming electoral defeat (he refers to the Conservative government that stepped down on October 4 – trans.)
What is your life in prison like?
As difficult as it is for the rest of the prisoners. The problems of the greek purgatory-prisons are known to all of us and journalists in particular. You should know however that all of us in here will not allow neither for our dignity nor our right to freedom to rot away in the prison cells.
You exist around penal prisoners (as opposed to political prisoners – trans). How do they treat you?
First, I disagree with the term “penal”. I do not agree with distinctions between prisoners. The way people treat us depends on how we treat them too. Everything is an impression. At second sight, nothing is as we imagine it to be.
If you could escape, would you do it?
I will reply to you with a slogan: “The passion for freedom is stronger than any prison”.
Mr Chrysohoidis (the minister of “citizen protection”) has announced he will be withdrawing personal body guards from politicians and businessmen. Would you advice him to withdraw them or retain them?
The ones you mentioned will most definitely advise him much wiser on what he should do!
What would you respond to his recent statement, “we are at war”?
At first reading, someone could come to think that Mr Chrysohoidis’ statement concerns exclusively people that take part in armed attacks against state or other targets. However, a closer reading of the actions of previous governments would reveal that the war in question is launched at all times against the most vulnerable social classes. We have been at war for many years now. They just won’t admit it. I am not sure what purpose is served by these war cries behind the security of ministerial offices and scores of security guards.
Who shouldn’t sleep peacefully in Greece from now on?
Exactly the same people who should not have slept peacefully before either.
Your court of appeals case is on December 9th. How do you see things forming up for you within such a tense climate?
Seeing the result of the initial trial and the stance of justice against all prisoners, I cannot really say I hold too much hope. That said, I will try to fight my struggle with my lawyers’ assistance.
Is there anything you regret?
Every decision and choice I make I do so after much thought and throughout the principles and values I hold. These I am prepared to defend with my own life. Until the end.
How do you see your life after?
Through the philosophical stance “Carpe diem”. Or else, seize the day…
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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alfredo maría bonano, amadeu casellas, axel osorio, chritos stratigopoulus, cristián cancino, cristián otero pérez, esteban huiniguir, flora pavez, freddy fuentevilla, gabriel pombo da silva, marcelo dotte, marcelo villarroel, marco camenish, matías castro, mumia abu-jamal, pablo carvajal, ted kaczynski, yiannis dimitrakes
Another year since the murder of Alex Lemún
Graffiti @ meeting in solidarity with the prisoners
A panphlet said:
Inside and Outside the Prison: Revolt and Jailbreak
“It’s time to act, in the daily basis with our related, for the destruction of the prison society and any social attemp to reform this disgusting system of death. The solidarity never should be an empty slogan, but a daily action of confrontation with power and unfalling support to our brothers kidnapped in this war to the death”. Mauricio Morales.
Axel Osorio, Marcelo Dotte, Esteban Huiniguir (Cárcel de Alta Seguridad)
Matías Castro, Pablo Carvajal, Cristián Cancino (Santiago 1)
Flora Pavez (Centro de Orientación Femenina)
Cristián Otero Pérez (Cárcel de Temuco)
Prisioneros Políticos Mapuche
Prisoners in the Social War:
¡¡A LA KALLE!!
Revolutionary Solidarity with those kidnapped from the State-Capital in the Rest of The World
It’s time to strengthen bonds of solidarity with our comrades in prison, in this territory and the resto of the world. Understanding that the fight against power is a life decision, it is urgent that every gesture of attack aims the destruction of the prisons and the society that keeps them.
¡¡Freedom now for Marco Camenisch (Switzerland), Gabriel Pombo da Silva (Germany), Amadeu Casellas (Spain), Freddy Fuentevilla y Marcelo Villarroel (Argentina), Yiannis Dimitrakes, Christos Stratigopoulus y Alfredo María Bonano (Greece), Ted Kaczynski y Mumia Abu-Jamal (USA) and all other prisoners in the Social War!!
Despite the so called crisis some people still do not lose their sense of humor. Someone called police and said something like that: “I am in front of the government building, I am close to the fountain, I am dressed in black and I am armed. I am waiting for the prime-minister to come out so I can kill him.” Police came quickly. There was a man dressed in black close to the fountain and they arrested him. He was very surprised and claimed he has nothing to do with the phone call. So police call back the telephone number and one mobile phone started to ring nearby. So they arrested the joker.
If you have lived for some time in Bulgaria maybe you have noticed how much fascists there are here. City of Plovdiv is one of their strongholds. But this month some news come from there. Some young people formed a group called “United Front” to fight back nazi scum. That’s good!
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".
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.
ARSON AND WILDFIRE FOR EVERY PRISON
SOLIDARITY TO ALL PRISONERS IN GREECE
VIDEO FROM THE COMRADES IN THE SUPERMARKET IN SALONIKI 15/6
About 30 anarchists with helmets and hoods went into the supermarketnear the university of Saloniki and destroyed the security system! They took the foodstuff from the shelves and also took the moneyfrom the cash desk and burnt it outside the supermarket!nobody arrested!!
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ANARCHIST REVOLUTIONARIES
AND TO ANARCHIST KOSTANDINA KARAKATSANI
(accused for being members of Conspiracy of cells of fire)
Solidarity to urban guerillas Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa
and to anarchists, Christophoros Kortesis, Sarantos Nikitopoulos, Vaggelis Stathopoulos
that are prosecuted for the "Revolutionary Struggle" case
Comrade salutes to urban guerilla Dimitris Koufodinas
and the unrepentant of the "17th November" group.
Solidarity to the inprisoned anarchists Simos Seisidis, Giannis Dimitrakis,
Michal Pawlak (polish comrade that is inprisoned in koridallos prisons for the events on 6/12/09,
Polikarpos Gewrgiadis, Christos Stratigopoulos, Alfredo Bonnano, Ilias Nikolaou and Aris Seirinidis
HONOUR TO URBAN GUERILLA LAMBROS FOUNDAS
Against the state, prison, capital.