We, individuals and groups from the Rigaer Street, welcome the initiative, to start a discussion about an insurrection and fill it with experiences from the past, current theories and practical possibilities. This is how we understood the call for the insurrection festival (https://insurrectionfestival.noblogs.org/) in Athens.
In the program, we discovered several aspects, that we in the Nordkiez of Friedrichshain are engaged in. There is no anarchist, anti authoritarian or left radical movement in Berlin, there is just a scene. The dullness of the majority of a fascist society, makes it complicated to get moving. In order to destroy overall power structures, we need to search for the confrontation in our local communities. A concentration of people, ideas and structures working against the state, are neccessary to be able to protect oneself from outside aggression and be able to actually develop.
Over the last couple of years, because of the intensity of our actions and the repression of the cops, this process has been started in the Rigaer street. Our actions do not simply concentrate on material violence, they are trying to destroy the social norm and values. In that sense, to change the meaning of property, safety and fear, as well as work and competition.
In Berlin it is forbidden to organise a flee market, where everything can be given away for free, it is forbidden to play music in public spaces or just gather in the street with many people. It might be allowed if one requests a permission with the police. We did all of these things without having a permission and every time we did, the police came and attacked us. As a response, many stones were thrown towards the cops and their cars.
May be the Police Occupation in Exarchia is more violent, but in Friedrichshain they are more close – the occupation force is waiting in front of your door.
Over the past couple of months, there have been several acts of repression aimed at autonomous media project in the territory controlled by the French state. Below are two translated texts dealing with this.
The first discusses criminal charges brought against an anarchist comrade for texts published on the long-running anarchist website cettesemaine.info. This site recently decided to stop publishing, while making clear that it is not because of the repression they face, but rather with the limits of counter-info projects and dissatisfaction with how much importance the internet is given in the anarchist space. The comrade’s trial is this Wednesday, November 8, in Paris.
The second is from Indymedia Nantes about their decision to ignore a legal demand from the French cybercrime division ordering them to remove communiques about attacks and announcing contingency plans in case their site is blocked in the coming days.
First the story of the fastest plaque in the west, that of the newly inaugurated headquarters of Casapound; it lasted less than 24 hours, this morning it was no longer there. Naturally the CPI camerati immediately invented a story to cover up their having made complete assholes of themselves (they said they removed the plaque themselves as it was the wrong size…) They put all the blame on the typographer who allegedly got it wrong in preparing that disgusting thing. They passed all this information to the press with an official note; another one followed soon and it said that donkeys can fly…
Another fantastic piece of news concerning the new graphics since yesterday on the municipal police vans in Cagliari.
The route started from Omonia Square in the centre of Athens At 14.30, on 4th of November
the participation of the comrades was about 120, there was a
pulse throughout the duration, besides the slogans, texts were
common, slogans were shouted at the CENTRAL meat markets near
Monastiraki area as well as for the entire route, with some stencils on the
Finally, there was a blockade at MacDonald’s in Syntagma
Square, and after it finished the comrades left .
From the local press we learn that the court of review pronounced a verdict concerning the prosecutor’s appeal against the orders of release concerning the comrades arrested following an attack on a Casapound bookshop on 1st January 2017.
The court rejected the prosecutor’s appeal for all the comrades except:
–Paska, currently being held in Lecce on charges of organized crimes, against whom serious evidence against him was apparently identified concerning the fabrication of the device on 1st January. His situation has therefore worsened as he’s being held not only for ‘organized crime’ but also for charges related to the attack.
-Giovanni, against whom, according to the local press, serious evidence was also found concerning the fabrication of the device.
-Nicola, who is being held under house arrest only on charges of organized crime.
The defence layers will appeal to the court of cassation and the above measures shouldn’t be applied until its pronouncement.
We point out that following the same investigation, besides Paska [in Lecce] Ghespe has also been imprisoned in Sollicciano since 3rd August 2017.
Our warm solidarity goes to all the comrades struck by repression.
On the night of November 2nd in Mexico, we decided to take action against Gate 1 of the Heroic Military Academy with a homemade explosive device in order to begin a campaign of imaginative sabotage against all instances of the State to demand the release of anarchist prisoners in Me$$ico and around the world and to invite individuals and collectives to participate in this upcoming Black November.
For the fall of all regimes!
For the release of all human and non-human animals!
To burn all the instances of the State-Capital!
Freedom for Luis Fernando Barcenas!
While there is misery there will be rebellion.
Ocotl Anarchist Group / FAI
PS: Today is the day when witches come out to make mischief.
Several expulsion orders from the city of Teramo have been sent to a number of comrades accused of taking part in a solidarity demo outside the local prison on 15th August. Various carabinieri stations are giving out these out in the Abruzzo region but not only.
Of that demo it is worth remembering the absurd dispositions that Teramo police wanted to impose in their attempt to break solidarity between prisoners and the people outside, and deprive that day of any meaning. A report can be found at this link. Police orders were not obeyed and that is the reason for the expulsion orders; in particular the fact that the designated place (an insignificant square from where no prisoners would have been able to hear or see the people in solidarity) ‘was not respected’ and instead we placed ourselves in a field from where we managed to carry on great communication and solidarity with the prisoners.
On Saturday 21st October a Forza Nuova fascists’ stall was challenged twice in the space of an hour in one of Trento’s central streets. It was destroyed and put out of use. As usual police were already on the spot to secure the fascists’ propaganda initiative. For this reason five antifascists were arrested, among whom three comrades of ours; one was released a few hours later while the others will face a summary trial tomorrow in Trento. Following the arrests dozens of comrades gathered and marched through the streets of Trento; they blocked part of the traffic for a while as they explained the afternoon’s action with graffiti and speeches.
Forza Nuova fascists are trying to gain ground for action in the Trentino region and everywhere else in Italy. As ‘welcome’ structures for refugees were set on fire in Soraga, Lavarone and Roncone, with Forza Nuova’s public endorsement, it is a necessary practice of self-defence not to leave any space to the fascist vanguard. It is increasingly urgent to act against fascists and organized racism – which also counts on police’s support.
MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER, 11PM, MEETING POINT OUTSIDE THE COURT IN TRENTO
“we followed the call for the anti-speciesist actionweek and visited the max-delbrück-centrum, the charite and the humboldt-university to leave some messages. with stickers, flyers, posters and graffiti we demanded the end of animal exploitation by those institutions. the max-delbrück-centrum is the biggest facility for vivisection in berlin. the charite and the humboldt-university support the mdc by research partnerships.”
“wir sind dem aufruf zur antispeziesistischen aktionswoche gefolgt und haben dem max-delbrück-centrum, der charite und der humboldt-universität ein paar botschaften hinterlassen. mit sticker, flyer, plakate und graffiti haben wir ein ende der tierausbeutung durch diese institutionen gefordert. das max-delbrück-centrum ist die größte tierversuchseinrichtung in berlin und arbeitet eng mit der charite und der humboldt-uni zusammen.”
Report elaborated by Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras with press sources and counter information]
On Wednesday 1/11, comrade Konstantinos Yigtzoglou was taken to the judicial chamber, where a prosecutor and a special judge for questions of terrorism ordered that he be taken into custody.
Konstantinos [Dinos] faces charges related to the attack with a letter bomb against former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, as well as with other charges for explosive packages found in the distribution center of the Post Office, in addition to the infamous Article 187A, of participation in criminal organization, for his alleged membership of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, the group that claimed the shipment of one of the explosive packages.
Also, the Greek police try to use against the comrade, once again, the “scientific proof” of DNA as “indisputable evidence”, stating that there is Konstantinos’ DNA in the letter bomb that seriously injured the former Greek Prime Minister on May 25, 2017.
The comrade will be imprisoned in Larissa prisons and on Friday 03/11 a hearing was scheduled for the weapons that were found in the apartment in which he was arrested on Saturday 28 October.
For their part, compañerxs solidarixs convened an open meeting in Athens for Thursday 2/11, an initiative of the solidarity assembly with Konstantinos and the other comrade who was arrested on the same day.
Video message from the refugee men who have been left for dead by the Australian government at the former Australian government-run detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. RISE, a group of refugee survivors and ex-detainees in Australia are calling for an International Day of Action in solidarity with the refugee men on Manus at Australian Embassies around the world on November 7th.
Solidarity from Sydney, so-called Australia, with anarchists in Porto Alegre facing the repression of the Brazilian state. Photos were taken out the front of Jura Books, an anarchist library and bookshop in Petersham, Sydney.
We reaffirm the need to consider the fight against animal exploitation important; may this be translated through our actions.
Against all forms of oppression,
rage, solidarity, and action
En la madrugada del 1º de Noviembre hicimos estallar con artefactos explosivos las ventanas de una carnicería céntrica de la ciudad de Montevideo y sellamos también sus cerraduras, por la sencilla razón de que con los animales no se jode.
Enmarcamos esta acción en la “Semana internacional de acción antiespecista“.
Reafirmamos la necesidad de darle la importancia que se merece a la lucha contra la explotación animal y que esta se traduzca en acciones.
Contra toda forma de opresión; rabia, solidaridad y acción.
‘Under the International Week of Action Against Speciesism, an egg-laying chicken farm in the north UK was sabotaged. Owned by James Potter, this farm supplies to main supermarkets around the country telling the fallacy of “free range” as somewhat “not cruel”.
One hundred chickens were freed from their slavery, the machinery and disinfectants were sabotaged, all the eggs smashed and graffiti on the walls was sprayed on reading “EAT YOUR OWN EGGS”, “FUCK THE EGG INDUSTRY”, “BARRY HORNE, A LOVE WARRIOR” and “BARRY LIVES IN THOSE WHO ACT”.
All hens are now safe and will live a life of freedom away from the exploitation of humans.
With this action, we would like to remember and give power to Barry. We do not forget and we do not give up. The Animal Liberation Front is only growing. We will fight against speciesism and we will extend our love and power to anyone oppressed by this system.
For a truly anarchist revolution,
against all hierarchies,
against animals being used as commodities.
Statement of deed from The Organisation of Revolutionary Self-defense towards a new international revolutionary movement
On Sunday 31st of August, a little before dawn, we carried out an armed intervention against the mexican state, by shooting at the building of its embassy in Athens. On Wednesday 9th of October, at quarter to five a.m. we carried out another armed intervention against the french state, by throwing a hand grenade next to the guard of its embassy in Athens, opposite the greek parliament. These two aggressive actions of our organization, together with our first armed intervention on the 25th of May 2014 against PASOK, defy in deed the armed domination of the greek state and at the same time they express the vision of social revolution and of the dissolution of authoritative institutions here and now.
In order to construct a revolutionary movement on sturdy foundations, we must study the defeats of the past. We must focus on the contradictions of past movements and analyze the dynamics of class antagonism today, as a result of a historical evolution. The totalitarian capitalist aggression, which began two and a half decades ago and spreads around the globe, is connected to the fundamental crisis of the socialist movement.
The main contradiction which brought about the demise of the revolutionary wave of the 20th century is statism. Parliamentary democracy, dictatorship of political parties and, at the same time, the repression of workers’ self organization implanted bourgeois authority in the loins of social revolutions, ever since the french revolution. The revolution in Russia was led by a political and technocratic elite. Early enough, the cul-de-sac of state socialism was revealed in the repression of the revolt in Crostande and of the revolution in Ukraine in 1921. Following the 2nd imperialist war the socialist bloc, with Russia at its epicenter, underwent a gradual restructuring, by assimilating elements of capitalist antagonism. By 1989 the course to raw capitalism had been completed. The resources and the labor power of socialist states were granted to private looting from the party and technocratic elite. The nationalism that had been retained within state interrelations became a weapon of war, to be used by multinational capital for its onslaught.
The revolutionary movement in Greece paid a heavy price for the dominance of the statist dogma. In December 1944 the popular movement in Athens was left isolated and practically unarmed to be crushed by the British troops and the local fascists. Thereafter, the Communist Party (KKE) capitulated to the fascist monarchical republic and surrendered the weapons of resistance, thus abandoning the struggling masses to the brutal state and paramilitary terrorism. The national front became the guarantee of defeat for the social revolution.
On Saturday September 16th, antifascist protests we carried out for the
4 years from the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by a raiding battalion of the
golden dawn -during the day in Keratsini, in the evening in downtown
Athens-. In the aftermath of the clashes that broke out in the evening
protest but also after in ended in Exarhia, 16-year-old Kostas B. Is
arrested. During his arrest, he is tortured viciously by the cannibals
of a riotcop unit that is camped in the area until he loses
consciousness. As soon as he arrived at GADA (Athens police
headquarters), and while he’s re-gaining his consciousness, he attempts
to escape but is hit by a passing car on Alexandras avenue.
Heavily injured, he is transferred to KAT hospital cuffed behind his
back and put into intensive care because of how critical his situation
was. While he is in an induced coma, fighting for his life, he is
guarded by cops inside the room, with the blessing of the hospital
director Nikos Kontodimopoulos. During a solidarity intervention
protesting his hospitalization conditions, he said that: “police is
above all, even me, and only they can decide”. The mass media played
their own role (as always) presenting the incident as a car accident.
And as if this all was not enough, on Monday September 25th, and while
Kostas B. is recovering, an interrogator visits the hospital, with leaks
speaking of even dna extraction. In the end, this procedure is blocked
by a solidarity gathering. In order for reactions to defuse, Kostas B.
is released on bail, with a heavy indictment.
And why did reactions have to be defused? Beatings, torturing of someone
the same age of A.Grigoropoulos and the almost tragic ending brought the
ghost of December over the heads of the Syriza government. The incidents
in December 2008 were the largest condition of social de-legitimization
of greek police in modern history. The last thing Syriza wanted is for a
social mutiny to break out just when they are promoting their tale of
growth, which together with investments to come lead us…. to the
exiting from the crisis.
THE TIMELESS ROLE OF THE POLICE
In the war that is raging everyone has their role, and the police have
their, timeless role. Police personnel, through enforcing order, is what
guarantees the glamour of state and capital. Historically the police was
established as a force whose job to manage the thoughts, desires, and
directions of the population. Prevention, control and wherever
Seven and a half years after our arrest in April 2010 for the
Revolutionary Struggle case, on Tuesday 24/10 ended the second degree
trial for the case. And this court ratified the obvious with its
decision: across it was declared opponents of the regime and treated
them as such. As for us, our conviction to 6 years imprisonment -charged
with forming a terrorist organization, a master key charge for
convictions- is due exclusively to what we have declared from the first
moment when refusing the charge: our political identity and action as
anarchists as well as our insubordinate attitude to all investigative
and judicial proceedings.
The vindictiveness of the prosecution mechanisms penetrates all stages
of our prosecution culminating with our re-imprisonment after the recent
decision. For the remainder of our sentence we have to serve (5 months
and 8 months respectively), the prosecutor of sentences Drakos took
special care of us by sending us to the prisons of Alikarnassos and
Kerkira respectively, isolating us from those close to us and our
The five-member Court of Appeal ended after two and a half years of sessions
in Korydallos Women’s Prison.
The Appeal Court actually validated the first instance decision. Sentences of 46 years’ imprisonment (from the 50.5 years that had formerly been imposed) for the two main defendants (Kostas Gournas, and Nikos Maziotis and pola roupa 49 years) who took responsibility for their participation in the organization and 6 years (from the 7 first in force) for both (E. Stathopoulos and Ch. Kortesis), who refuse the accusations.
Following the conclusion of the court case, comrades Vangelis Stathopoulos and Christoforos kortesis, who had been out of prison with restrictive measures for the last three years, have now been brought back to prison to complete their sentences.