The state has shut down Cedar House but still continuing to detain children and their families in a higher security immigration removal centre.
In the low-key statement by the scumbag Immigration Minister he confirmed the closure of Cedars, which was built in 2011 as part of the Coalition government’s pledge to end child detention. Cedar House run by UKBA was the UK’s first pre-departure accommodation specially designed for families being removed from the UK. The so called children’s charity Barnardo’s provided services at the centre (the charity has been targeted several times especially in Brixton) and it claimed to provide ‘apartment-style accommodation for families and a welcoming appearance, resembling a suburban house.’ The reality is that the place was just an open style prison for children & families escaping oppression from the regions of the world they came from.
The families and children living there have now been transfered to a ‘self-contained unit’ at Tinsley House removal centre – a secure detention centre surrounded by a chain-link fence, run by scum G4S that resembles even more a prison. Home Office said families would now be staying at a “discreet unit” (what the fuck!?) at Tinsley house and said it would comply with the law.
With this move to further increase the detention of children in prisons, the state has let go if its facade of looking after migrant families, there is more need than ever to attack the prison system that makes it possible, be it the companies or the State or charities. The imprisonment of children & migrants deserves our attack upon those responsible.
Today, the 21st of July 200 comrades from the No Border Camp (NBC) Thessaloniki decided to mark the IOM-office. IOM, the “International Organization for Migration” is one of the dirty players, that among other things assists in the execution of so called “voluntary returns” or in other words deportations. Continue Reading →
One early morning in April, we painted graffiti slogans on the Florido
industrial park and sabotaged four bank ATMs. These actions are not part of a plan of struggle nor are they the resolutions of some congress; these
actions are born of our desires and pleasures of attacking the symbols of
In early June, banners were placed in parts of the city, the first banner was a small gesture of solidarity with the comrades participating in the social war in Oaxaca. The second banner held a propaganda slogan with insurrectionary ideas reading, “Our Revenge will be Anarchist Insurrection.” Graffiti messages were also left in the general area.
South Africa, Johannesburg: shopping mall looted and ambulance torched during protest…cop killed and partner disarmed… water cut-offs said to have sparked the riots… Cape Town: two buses burnt on national highway near airport
Mexico, Oaxaca State, Huajuapan de León: about 50 probable anarcho-punks avenge the death of their friend/comrade Salvador Olmos García by furiously ransacking the town Some fires in the street, 3 police “modules” burnt, an anarchist flag placed on the national hero Benito Juarez, the construction of which the murdered anarchist radio broadcaster had mobilised against along with other residents (see here for background to this murder). Apparently – according to this article – some CNTE teachers organising against the neoliberal education reform have started a dialogue with these “youths” to “restore calm”.
STOP DEPORTATIONS – 2ND JULY WIDESPREAD DEMOS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE IN TRANSIT
A perverse mechanism is in act in Italy, one which is preventing freedom of movement to migrants in transit through the constant repression and control carried out by the forces of order. Every day police, carabinieri and the military storm north-western trains where they chase hundreds of people, people targeted because of their looks and the colour of their skin.
Migrants are being prevented from reaching the border area towards France.
Undocumented foreigners are being held in police stations and then deported to ‘welcome’ centres or detention centres in southern Italy to be forcibly identified.
The appeal trial in Florence against five comrades accused of a dynamite attack on a high voltage pylon on the infamous La Spezia-Acciaiolo line in Tuscany ended on Thursday 30th June. The action was against plans for a revival of nuclear power in Italy.
This trial, which had been dragging on for over ten years, came out of the ‘affinity groups’ and ‘antibodies’ investigations of 2006, which also led to charges against other comrades following an attack on the Adecco job agency, which eventually expired.
The public prosecutor limited himself to asking that the whole investigation be started again with the use of new evidence and new digos officers. However the court confirmed the first-grade acquittal for all the accused, taking a ninety-day period to prepare its motivations. After this period the public prosecutor could decide to prolong the trial by appealing to the court of cassation.
We take the chance to thank all those who have been close to us over these years supporting us with various initiatives that allowed a continuity that gave strength and attention to issues, the repressive one being only one of them, such as the struggle against nuclear power in whatever form it manifests itself and against all the noxiousness that infects the planet and all living beings.
We are mad as hell because of the evacuation of the Kadterschmiede. We are very pleased about the call for a Black July. We now have space for these feelings and so we made a contribution to the call on the night of Sunday, 10.07.2016 at Spittelmarkt in the center of Berlin-Mitte.
We carried out incendiary attacks against two luxury cars behind the Federal Foreign Office and another in the Kurstrasse. At the same time, as an expression of our rejection of the capitalist city, we robbed the pompous windows of the ground floor of the ‘Spittelmarkt House’ of their luster with color and stones.
The eviction threats of the authorities continue and so we will also continue our escalation until the evacuation of the M99 in Kreuzberg is ended and the cops and security have pissed off from Rigaer.
We send fiery greetings to the prisons: to the two people in custody since the demonstration on Saturday and to the anarchists who were arrested in connection with an expropriation action in Aachen and are now awaiting trial. Much strength and stamina! Freedom for all!
Hyde Park turned into ‘warzone’, youths chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ clash with the feds after water fight
London’s uncontrollable youths attacked cops with bottles and knives in Hyde Park as the West End suffered what the national media propaganda machine is describing as ‘the worst outbreak of youth violence since the 2011 riots.’
The Royal Park erupted into a “warzone” as hundreds of youths clashed with cops called after trouble flared at a water-fight and music party organised on social media. Families and worker drones enjoying the last of the evening sunshine scattered as more than a thousand teenagers fought running battles with riot cops along the banks of the Serpentine, a few hundred yards from Kensington Palace. The mob was driven back to Marble Arch where around 500 remained until midnight, hurling bottles at the ranks of police and chanting “Black Lives Matter”.
A breakaway group stormed a nearby branch of McDonald’s, causing the stupified staff to flee downstairs as dozens of teenagers leapt over counters to clear the racks of food, in a scene reminiscent of the 2011 riots, when Tottenham youths broke their way into a McDonalds and started frying themselves food.
As the conditions behind walls get better, existence of walls become blurred.
Democracy’s power that cause to forget, is the hush-money that it recognises.
There is no difference between democracy and coup, military and police, barracks and parliement, king and president. State can be dictator, king and sultan without losing the quality of being democracy.
In the day of 15th July, a group of soldiers started a struggle for power in some strategic points that is seen by some as coup, and the others as a theatre. As always, people who face this struggle for power in its most bare state are the prisoners. In this struggle for power, all communication of prisoners with outside has been cut. It is informed that releases will not be made until a second order.
Vincenzo, Andre, Arturo and Rafael were released on Tuesday 28th June, with no expulsion orders from the French State or any additional sentences or measures following two hearings (one at the Appeal Court and the other in the administrative Court).
A hug to the compas outside and rebel greetings to the struggles to come against borders, prisons and noxiousness!
Report on Monday:
Many people were outside the CRA in Nice today too. The Val Roya Fanfare turned up and amidst music and whistling leaflets were handed out near the CRA to explain what the detention centre is and what’s going on.
Today the imprisoned comrades managed to put up a banner reading ‘beaux comme une prison qui brule’ [beautiful like a prison in flames], which police removed after a few hours.
The strength and determination of those inside is strong thanks to the support from outside.
The lawyers made an appeal against the expulsion order. They’ll be in court tomorrow, Tuesday 28th June at 9:30am, where a judge is due to decide on the matter.
But early this morning the border police that run the CRA attempted to lay a big ‘trap’, giving them the ‘possibility’ to leave today. Continue Reading →
From the local press we learn that on Saturday 25th June a Munich-Rimini train of Deutsche Bahn was blocked in Rovereto station at around 2pm by a chain across the railway track from one platform to the other. There was also a banner reading ‘Let’s block everything from Ventimiglia to Brenner’.
MARCH IN SOLIDARITY WITH MIGRANTS/REFUGEES AND SELFORGANISED SOLIDARITY PROJECTS
This is aimed at locals, migrants and even more to those who mobilize in solidarity on the issue of immigration. We consider that the attenuation of the political movement, the local and international socio-political upheavals, and the particularities of the summer season make us a target for the state and fascists. We must act today with our strength and unity in solidarity with the collective subject of the broad refugee-migrant solidarity movement. Transcending our individual differences, we are calling for a march that passes by the housing and solidarity projects which operate on the basis of self-organization. At the end of the march we will convene an open assembly for establishing dynamic structures of unified self-defense in street, mainly for the migrant housing projects, but with broader anti-repression, antifascist content.
SOLIDARITY WITH MIGRANTS/REFUGEES
NO ONE ALONE CONFRONTING REPRESSION AND FASCISTS
DEMONSTRATION – SATURDAY 23/07 /16
6.00 ΜΜ, PEDION AREOS – Athens
Assembly for self-defence structure: National Technical University of Athens (Gine Building)
We receive a letter from ecologist anarchist prisoner Marco Camenish concerning his intra-extra prison treatment:
End of June 2016: ‘descent’ update
After the transfer in November 2015 from Bostadel to the ‘closed transit’ unit of Saxerriet (Salez) there was a ‘transfer meeting’ on 10th December 2015 with the prison governor, the Zurich DAP representative and my lawyer, where the following ‘steps’, were ordered and have since been implemented :
– January 2016, internal transfer from ‘transit’ to an ‘open section’
– February 2016, 2 leave permits of 5 hours accompanied by personnel of the institute
– March 2016, 2 leave permits of 5 hours each with a ‘designated person of one’s choice who assumes responsibility’
– April 2016, 2 leave permits, the one of 5 hours and the other one of 12 hours with a ‘designated person of one’s choice who assumes responsibility’
– May 2016, 2 leave permits, one of 5 hours the other of 12 accompanied by a ‘representative person of one’s choice would assume responsibility’
– 18th May, another ‘executive coordination meeting’
At this meeting it was decided (with an order dated mid-June) that a leave permit of 12 hours be granted for June and July, plus a weekend permit of 24 hours in June and one of 36 hours in July, as well as a leave permit of 24 and another of 36 hours in August; afterwards, following another ‘executive coordination meeting’ to be held at the beginning of August, it could be decided that in September 2016 (about three months earlier than ‘foreseen’) I could start ‘external work’ for six months (work outside, evenings/nights inside, weekends outside). The requested work contract (min. 50%) and a place in a small prison in the Zurich area should already be certain, as far as I know.
Note of crocenera: Alfredo’s text dates back to over than a month ago. We have just received it with a request to circulate it to contribute to a debate among Greek comrades that has been going on for some time. We point out that the comrade, still held under high surveillance regime in the AS2 unit in Ferrara, is not formally subjected to censorship. However, delays and censorship in communication continue.
A point of view
An individual contribution to the debate begun by the brothers and sisters of CCF-Urban guerrilla cell-Fai
I had the pleasure of reading your piece in five points translated by ‘Sin Banderas. Ni fronteras’ and felt a strong desire to contribute to the debate. News is scarce in prison here in Italy and, hoping that the Spanish translation of the piece is reliable, I’ll try the best I can to have my say. So I’ll begin by saying that my contribution will be limited by the position I find myself in and my poor knowledge of the situation in Greece. I shall skim over your interesting analysis of the situation of the Greek anarchist movement and its historical development over the last ten years, which strongly reminds me (with due historical differences) of the ‘retreat’ following the experience of armed struggle in Italy in the 70s (without, fortunately for you, the disgusting aftermath of the pentiti [‘repentant terrorists’] and dissociated), which here in Italy, just to be optimistic, led to the birth of a more vital and original anarchism from the ashes of the armed struggle phenomenon.
On 24th June 2016 Natalia, Manuel, Felipe and Maria Paz, the comrades accused of carrying out an incendiary attack on the premises of the PDI homicide department, faced a preliminary hearing in preparation of the trial.
On that occasion prosecutors decided to submit nearly 700 GB of evidence that had not been shown to the defence lawyers; it was therefore decided to suspend the preparation for the trial and to postpone it for 40 days, namely 8th August 2016, when the early stage of the trial against the comrades is due to begin.
In the face of the prosecutors’ tricks: Solidarity and Action!
Having just read George Jackson’s ‘Soledad brothers. Two things have struck me, this book was written in 1960’s America during the black rights movement detailed the racism found in their prisons then but could quite easily depict the current state of English prisons today. Cowardly white prisoners colluding with the prison officers in order to subject the minorities to a worse quality of life than they face, rather than seeing their fellow prisoner as an ally in attempting to improve life for all, is a growing problem in England although those with Islamic beliefs are the main targets rather than the Blacks. The expansion of Nazi gangs which is facilitated by prison service personnel at all levels, with random unprovoked attacks on minorities being the result is successfully dividing the prison population, causing a distraction from the serious deterioration in conditions within prisons which are creeping behind the racists.
The book covers much wider ground, looking at capitalism and imperialism as the route causes for the exploitation of humans by America but it is within prisons where these effects are magnified. The fact that this conservative government are oppressing the masses today, demonizing immigrants and Muslims whilst dropping bombs all over the middle east is no different to the American government in the 60’s implementing Jim Crow, warring with Vietcong and misleading the public with propaganda.
The only real difference I can see is an almost complete lack of resistance by those most affected, and lack of direction by the few who take on the burden but this may be due to the expertise developed by this country in dealing with previous dissidents like the IRA.
Back in 2010 during my brief stay in HMP Frankland which can be summed up as a continuous struggle against brutality, racism and oppression, I was driven to the position of attempting to defend against those responsible. At 23 years old, I was naïve in thinking the endemic problem at Frankland stopped there and could be resisted when in reality the issue goes beyond being systematic. It is not only those administering the oppression who are responsible or their masters who facilitate it at prison service HQ, but it is a direct consequence of this county operating a policy of exploitation which is inherent in the capitalist experiment and exacerbated by imperialism. The greater the level of geed of those in power, the higher levels and intensity of oppression and its population which is most easily seen by examining the treatment of its prisoners and so called justice systems, something which is all too evident through Jackson’s writing.
Also see this update via Actforfree.
In Thessaloniki posters and flyers are spread with a call out for solidarity with the anarchist comrades accused of bank robbery in Germany. At Kamara there was a banner hung and stencils spayed arround the city with the text ‘Solidarity with the anarchist comrades in jail accused of bank robbery in Germany’.
Here the text of the flyer that was spread in Greek and English:
Solidarity with the anarchist comrades in jail accused of bank robbery in Germany
A call out for active solidarity
On July 6th 2016, an anarchist comrade got arrested in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is accused of expropriation in Aachen, Germany and is now in jail awaiting extradition to Germany. The week before a comrade from Spain had already been extradited to Germany. We call out to anybody to make actions in solidarity with the imprisoned comrades! We are fucking angry, we want them free!
In the summer of 2015 she already spent 5 months in detention and was released, with all charges dropped and no conditions to her release. The very disappointed prosecution made recourse to the higher court, which granted a trial (date not set yet). In April 2016 a comrade from Barcelona was arrested with similar charges for an expropriation that took place in 2014, by the same prosecution office. She has now been extradited to Germany.
We are not interested in knowing whether the comrades are actually responsible for the bank robberies or not. Expropriation is an ethically just and politically legitimate practice, a method of struggle that is part of the history of all revolutionary movements.
Indeed, despite the constant attempts by Power to reduce this method to within the scope of a ‘common crime’, motivated by individual greed, the fact is that the expropriation of places of accumulation of capital is a constant in our history: from the anarchist-syndicalist groups in the early twentieth century who robbed banks to support strikes or help the families of imprisoned comrades, to the various autonomous groups of the the 70s and 80s.
We call out for active and angry solidarity with our comrades in jail!
There are no legal parameters or strategic limits for anarchists to base their expression of solidarity towards comrades facing repression. These are not the measures nor principals that move us. Instead solidarity is an integral part of our struggle, responding to the need of standing beside our friends and affinities who face the blows of the State, because we identify with their ideas and their practices.
They touch one of us, they touch all of us!
Immediate freedom for our comrades! Burn all prisons! Destroy all banks!