Posts Tagged ‘International Solidarity’
In the text below Nikos Maziotis, member of Revolutionary Struggle, suggests the creation of meeting of solidarity for all political detainees and prisoners in struggle. At the same time this is an open call to all comrades and companions of the anarchist / antiauthoritarian domain to participate and support this endeavor.
The text is also sent to all political detainees and imprisoned fighters.
Comrades, companions- this text addresses you concerning the Type-C prisons, and my proposal for the transformation of that meeting as much as it concerns the issue of solidarity.
Comrades, companions- passing legislation of the Type-C prisons is an expected development in the repressive attack of the state against the armed Revolutionary Organizations and against armed action. Subsequently it brings into legislation changes and reforms that have been under way for about 14 years and is directly linked to the political and economic conditions, applicable for years internationally, including none other than the “war on terror” and the neoliberal reforms intended to impose the dictatorship of the markets with its doctrine of supranational capital.
As Revolutionary Struggle, since the beginning of our activities in 2003, I believe that we properly analysed the political and economic conditions in the early nineties when we first started our activities: conditions relating to the globalisation of the capitalist system. This includes both the neo-liberal reforms that led to the economic and civilian-relevant nature of globalisation and were designed by the dictatorship of transnational capital and the “war on terror” launched in 2001 following the attacks on the United States. The system, therefore, in order to impose the dictatorship of markets proceeds with increasingly harder crackdowns and tends more and more towards the totalitarian.
In Greece that same year the economy was opened to transnational capital after the so-called “scandal” of 1999. This resulted in the stock market integration in EMU (economic and monetary union) in the Eurozone in 2002. It is therefore no coincidence that in the same period, even whilst lagging behind Western Europe and the US, the Greek State is proceeding to legislate the first anti-terrorism laws in 2001, the Organised Crime and Terrorism Bill facilitated by Justice Minister Michalis Stathopoulos. The law was passed after pressure from the US and Britain and targeted members of the armed Revolutionary Organizations and more specifically N17 which was the only guerrilla organization active at that time. This law was named the “law against organized crime” and it was done with the obvious purpose of serving the tactics of the state: to deconstruct the political characteristics of armed revolutionary organizations, to depoliticize and clean them of the language of ideological action and to present them as a ordinary criminal offenders . All those accused and on trial for N17and ELA actions in 2003 and 2004 respectively are on the receiving end of this law.
Despite the fact, however, that this law originally targeted members of the armed Revolutionary Organizations, the state also uses it for the hardening of general law enforcement regarding illegal incriminations. They are aggressively utilising the provision of “criminal organization” using the device of “conspiracy” and this has resulted in an increase of total sentences. However, do not confuse cause and effect: the law ‘Stathopoulos’, the first anti-terrorism law, was made primarily for members of the armed revolutionary organizations, but the result has been generalised and increased in scope to also apply to cases of organized delinquency. (more…)
We ask you to support Ilya Romanov, an anarchist from Russia accused of ‘terrorism’, who has already spent a year in prison. ABC-Moscow included him in the list of anarchist political prisoners.
On 26 October 2013, 46-year-old anarchist Ilya Romanov was wounded in the city of Nizhnii Novgorod. The explosion which occurred late at night severely injured his left hand and burned his face. Ilya was taken to hospital where doctors amputated his arm. Romanov explained to the police that he unwarily used a pyrotechnic device. In December 2013 Romanov was charged with Article 205 and Article 30 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation (“attempt to commit a terrorist attack”). But there is no reason for terrorism charges because there is no corpus delicti. Article 205 implies committing acts “of frightening people and endangering their lives, causing significant property damage or other serious consequences in order to influence decision-making authorities or international organizations”.
It is obvious that in this situation there could be no intimidation, no danger of death or significant property damage as a firecracker was too weak for that, and Ilya was hurt only because it exploded right in his hands. FSB investigators decided to make «the very important case» from this story to justify their existence. They planted two files with leaflets into Ilya friend’s computer. The investigators claim that Ilya was going to spread political appeals after the bomb attack on an institution but hasn’t managed to do it because of the explosion. FSB uses Ilya’s past as an important evidence of his intentions to commit a terrorist act.
The investigation will be finished in two months and we need money for linguistic examination of the planted files, inviting the specialists to the court and to pay the lawyer. We managed to collect money for one year of lawyer’s work and for two independent examinations. But now we are in serious lack of money. We need about 2300 euro and we have only 750 euro. (more…)
via Denver ABC:
For more than a year, thousands of volunteer fighters have been defending the autonomous revolution of Rojava (in Northern Syria) from the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh). Since this past July the North Syrian city of Kobanê, in the central canton of the Autonomous territory of Rojava, has been under siege by Daesh. Daesh fighters, armed with modern U.S. manufactured tanks, artillery, and small arms have been held at bay by volunteer fighters affiliated with the militias of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) armed with dated small arms and improvised weapons.
Tens of thousands of residents of Kobanê, mostly ethnic Kurds, have been forced to flea to neighboring Turkey, made refugees in a country that has historically persecuted and oppressed them.
Hundreds of Kurdish volunteers have crossed the border from Turkey to help aid in the defense of Kobanê. Turkish soldiers and police have attacked those volunteers and observers, including international media, with teargas and batons, in attempts to seal off the border and prevent aid from reaching those struggling to hold the city against Daesh. (more…)
Police car arson in solidarity with anarchist prisoners. Communique from ‘Proletarian Solidarity Cell / Network Revolutionary Cells’ (Czech Republic)Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
In solidarity with anarchist prisoners all over the world, on the morning of Saturday 30th August 2014, we made an arson attack on a police car, which stood in the street in front of the station Truhlářova in Ústí nad Labem. The event has become a fragment of a mosaic of solidarity activities during the International Week of Anarchist Prisoners. It was announced for 23 to 30 August 2014.
Francesco Puglisi, André Mazurek, Yiannis Dimitrakis, Olegovich Igor Kharchenko, Rebecca Rubin, Bill Dunne, Nikos Maziotis and many others, known and unknown. They were imprisoned for their anarchist attitudes and actions. Our arson attack against the police is a solidarity message sent to all of them. The communication of this direct action is simple. In the ongoing class war the State puts in jail the people when they actively resist. A good sign of solidarity with the imprisoned comrades is therefore continuing the resistance. In opposition to the same goals with the same means that our friends often chose before being placing in the cells of the State.
There is no doubt that the purpose of prison is not only isolation and the subjection of detainees. In a broader sense, it is their task to influence those who survive outside of a prison cell. They intimidate every resisting person and try to break his/her will to fight. Anarchist groups around the world show that to achieve this goal is virtually impossible. While the States imprison many anarchists, others -despite the risks- continue to practice rebellion. Our arson attack in Ústí nad Labem is a powerful reminder that suffocating our friends behind the prison walls will not smother our libertarian will to resist. On the contrary, every act of State repression against the anarchist movement recreates other rebellious passions. They manifest themselves in a variety of direct actions and will continue until all the comrades leave prison.
Proletarian Solidarity Cell / Network Revolutionary Cells
30th August 2014
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“In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. Given there are already established dates for Political Prisoners Rights Day or Prison Justice Day, we found it important to emphasise the stories of our comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organisations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change. At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries, to say nothing of the names and cases involving many of our incarcerated comrades.”
The call for an annual Week for Anarchist Prisoners on August 23-30 was put with the 23rd as a starting point, because on that very day in 1927, the Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in prison. They were convicted of murdering two men during an armed robbery at a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. Their arrest was a part of a bigger anti-radical campaign led by the American government. The State’s evidence against the two was almost totally non-existent and many people still today believe that they were punished for their strong anarchist beliefs. Given the nature and diversity of anarchist groups around the globe, a week of common action was proposed rather than a single campaign on a specific day, making it easier for groups to be able to organise an event within a longer target period. In response to this call, we formed a new group during the Week of Anarchist Prisoners called ABC Hurricane. (more…)
Attack against Greek consulate in (Zürich,Switzerland) / Angriff gegen griechische Konsulat in (Zürich, Schweiz)Friday, September 12th, 2014
We attacked the Greek consulate in Zürich on September 8 as a delayed contribution to the international days of solidarity for anarchist prisoners. The official representation of the Greek state in Zürich was chosen for two reasons. First of all because Nikos Maziotis (militant of the Revolutionary Struggle) was recently arrested in Greece after a manhunt through Athens and after having being shot in the shoulder. This arrest follows a campaign by the state and the media in which Nikos and Pola Roupa have been declared as top fugitives and a huge bounty has been declared for their arrests. Despite him being arrested the media campaign aiming to negate his political identity continues.
Secondly because recently in Greece a reform of the prisons was declared which will massively worsen the situation of all fighting prisoners in Greece in the time to come. The reform is aimed to match the Greek prisons with the prisons of isolation that exist in the rest of Europe. Currently Domokos prison (which lies in the middle of nowhere) is being emptied of prisoners so that it can be transformed to a type C prison (with the most severe prison conditions). It’s to be expected that the reform will be executed shortly. (more…)
For whomever has decided to pass from words to insurrectionary action, and carry this in every scope of life, it is necessary to prioritize engagement by continual reflection; and in this way reconsider again and again your thoughts, tools, and strategies of fighting. This is in order to not fall into the passive dynamics which are sterile and counterproductive when it is time to attack.
From here comes our necessity to revisit important themes that, because we do not consider them something fixed, should always be up for debate and discussion.
In a manner of personal capacity and humility I take the work of re-positing what is understood by informality and insurrectionary anarchism (in a brief manner) with the intention that those who can identify can contribute; and from their place, give it more depth and debate. At the same time I will make a small critique towards those anarchist currents who have been determined to treat us as “pyromaniacs without ideas”. (more…)
Construction machine sabotaged in solidarity with anarchist prisoners by ‘FAI/IRF Furious Hookers Militia’ (Istanbul, Turkey)Friday, September 5th, 2014
A night in Bagcılar… we were at the foot of the Beast
Even though, the deepest darkness of the night is thought to hide all of this system’s infamies, it also becomes accomplice to some furious hookers who want to destroy this shit before the dawn. Although street lights, shop lights, surveillance cameras and MOBESEs sure- the eyes and ears of the State- prowl to betray us by giving a feeling like we’re under the surveillance of a rapist, this can not prevent us from transforming our rage against this rotten system to action by coalescing with shadows which remain for us from the night.
Here in one of the nights again, in Istanbul/Bagcilar, we attacked a yellow beast, which only has a task to dig concrete disintergrating the land, which takes an active role in the clear-cut of forests and in the urbanization of the last places remaining without concrete, by cutting the blood stream and defusing the connection between its organs.
We took this action in order to contribute to the “Anarchist Prisoners Global Week of Solidarity (23-30 August)”. First, we dedicate this action to anarchist comrade Tamara Sol Farías Vergara who is now in prison under charge of shooting and wounding a security guard of a bank, then Nikos Maziotis, who is now in prison after being arrested in an armed conflict, claiming the tradition of never surrendering, and to his partner Panagiota Roupa who is on the run now. Also we dedicate this action to all anarchist and anti-authoritarian prisoners around the world who are fighting against the institutions of domination.
“We were awake last night, with the dawn somethings were going wrong somewhere.”
FAI/IRF Furious Hookers Militia
A few words related to the call for a week of actions in solidarity with anarchist prisoners (Greece)Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Every society you build will have its fringes, and on the fringes of every society, heroic and restless vagabonds will wander, with their wild and virgin thoughts, only able to live by preparing ever new and terrible outbreaks of rebellion!
We are writing this text to all anarchists and rebels, in and out of prison walls throughout the world, in response to the international call for a week of actions for anarchist prisoners (August 23–30). A coordination of actions through calls of this type is needed, all the more so at the international level, urging individualities and collectives to act as they can and feel, and to express and diffuse the anarchist struggle for liberation. However, we should not depend on only these calls to get our voices heard and our actions shown. So, taking for granted that we are at a raging war, and having chosen this side, we are confronted with an enemy who has every means to beat us in our every step of attack.
Armies, cops, control technology with cameras, advanced surveillance, storage of DNA samples and fingerprint profiles, the media, and so many other institutions and mentalities constitute domination that we are hostile to. In this war, the only certain thing is that we will have prisoners, or even victims, and that’s where the verification of the battle itself lies. (more…)