October 28, 2009
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ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Greek officials say they are offering a reward of $887,000 for information leading to the arrest of the “robbers in black.”

Michalis Chrysochoidis, the newly appointed citizens’ protection minister, told reporters Tuesday the robbers, identified as brothers Simeon and Marios Seisidis and Grigoris Tsironis, are wanted not only for a 2006 bank robbery but for possible links to anarchist groups accused of domestic terrorism, the Athens newspaper Kathimerini reported.

The reward offer comes days after Chrysochoidis called for the reopening of the investigation of the November 17 anarchist group, some of whose suspected have been serving long jail sentences since it was broken up in 2002, the newspaper said. The government says domestic terror groups in Greece are making a comeback.

Sources told Kathimerini forensic evidence has linked one of the “robbers in black” with a 2007 attack on a former judge’s private guard and to a later shooting at an Athens police station claimed by the group Revolutionary Struggle.

October 23, 2009
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In the UK, we hear a lot about a strong autonomous Antifa movement in Germany. Could you give us a bit of an idea how this has come about?

Interview with German anti-fascist group TOP Berlin


The autonomous Antifa is part of the radical left movement which developed following 1968. After the protests of the early 1970s had faded, the radical left seemed to be in a dead-end. A large part of the left occupied itself with the debate over the armed struggle of the RAF and other armed groups, as well as with their conditions of imprisonment. Another part organized in orthodox communist splinter groups. Although strong in numbers, by the early 1980s both approaches had lost contact to societal discourse and struggles.

The autonomous movement reacted to that with a changed concept of politics. Change should be begun now, instead of waiting for a far-off revolution to take place. The more anarchist outlook of the ‘autonome’ led to a relocation of focus from class struggle to the sphere of reproduction. Therefore struggles for adequate housing, over local planning issues and against large projects like the construction of Frankfurt Airport and a large Mercedes testing-road in Northwest Germany became important. The struggle against organised Nazis had always played a role for the radical left. Since the foundation of the NPD in 1969 and its electoral success in the following years there had been protests against its conferences and other events. An autonomous antifascism could follow on this tradition.

Organised neo-Nazis were seen as posing a threat to the living conditions of those on the radical left, who felt that their occupied houses and autonomous youth centres were under threat. In addition, the struggle against the neo-Nazis was understood to be a revolutionary struggle as the Nazis were perceived as the storm-troopers of the pre-fascist Federal Republic. This system would make use of the Nazis to suppress social and radical left movements. In the 1980s it was possible to achieve wide mobilisation with this analysis. In the early 1990s, however, as a wave of pogrom-like riots and attacks on asylum seekers swept through the country, the radical left found that with this analysis it was not in a position to do anything against it. Racist and fascist ideas seemed to be held by a large part of the population.

Under the impression that the autonomous movement lacked the ability to intervene, many activists founded small autonomous Antifa groups. In order to combine their potentials and become capable of action of a national level, in 1992 they founded the ‘Antifaschistische Aktion-Bundesweite Organisation’ (AABO) and a little later the ‘Bundesweites Antifatreffen’ (BAT). The AABO attempted to establish a stable organisation while the BAT aimed purely at creating a network of autonomous groups. Both attempts proved successful in mobilising large numbers of people against the few Nazi marches which took place in the 1990s. Their meaning decreased significantly, however, as nationwide mobilisation against Nazi marches became problematic, due to the sheer number of marches taking place. In addition, analysis hadn’t advanced much further from the 1980s. Antifa was understood as ‘der Kampf ums Ganze’ (‘the struggle against the system as a whole’): by attacking the most reactionary parts of society a blow would be struck against the whole system. This lacking analysis was proved dramatically wrong during the time of the Red-Green coalition.

When racist attacks in Germany peaked in the 1990s the state and police became increasingly active against neo-Nazi groups. In 2000, you had the ‘Antifa-Summer’. What was that?

In 1998 the conservative government fell and was replaced by a coalition of the Social Democrats and the Green Party. This government, unlike the previous government, made the problem of neo-fascist organisation into a political issue, as well as racist and anti-Semitic attitudes in society. Following a failed bombing on a Dusseldorf Synagogue in 2000 came a wave of repression against the organised right. The most important action against the neo-Nazis was the government-initiated attempt to ban the NPD. Although this failed in the end, because too many leading NPD members turned out to be employed by the secret service, the trial led to a series of investigations, confiscations and a large sense of insecurity in the neo-fascist scene. In addition to this, the government pushed through a row of legal changes, which limited the right to demonstrate, banned certain fascist symbols and made it easier for the government to ban organisations which were opposed to the constitution. In the end the government made millions of Euros available for education against racism and anti-Semitism. On a governmental level, the democratic parties in many parts of Germany agreed not to work with representatives of the extreme right-wing parties. The conservative party also often took part in this agreement.

How was the state’s anti-fascism different from that of the Antifa movement? Why was the state suddenly interested in tackling the neo-Nazi problem?

The reasons why the state moved against fascist structures are complex. A major reason is that the government had recognised that it was damaging to the investment climate to have gangs of armed Nazis wandering the streets, or to have fairly openly national socialist parties sitting in the local government. This was especially the case as just at this time foreign investment was urgently needed in East Germany, in order to halt the total decay of the region’s economy.

But also important was that in the time of the Red-Green coalition the German self-identity had changed. While the years after the war were still marked by a denial of guilt, from the 1990s on Auschwitz and National Socialism became an integral component part of the German identity. The responsibility for National Socialism and the Shoah was not only acknowledged but also turned into something which could be utilised for the German identity. The reunited Germany, redeemed from its past misdeeds, and with ‘the experience of two dictatorships’ behind it, could enter the world as a democratic state. In this way the German attack on Yugoslavia during its civil war was justified, as the Serbians were supposedly planning a second Auschwitz for the Kosovans. On the other hand the new German democracy refers to the Eastern Bloc, the ‘second German dictatorship’, to stress the lack of alternatives to the bourgeois capitalist system. In this tense relationship between a newly formed totalitarianism theory and the striving for a good position on the world market stands the new German political outlook. To this also belongs the public memorials to the victims of National Socialism, as well as the German victims of air raids and expulsions in a ‘European history of suffering’. Also belonging to this are the interventions in Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, as likewise the German push for the strengthening of the European border regime. And, finally, also belonging to this are the decided measures against neo-Nazis, who threaten the new German self-confidence and the state’s monopoly of violence.

How did radical anti-fascists react to this? Did it strengthen or weaken the movement?

The state’s action against neo-Nazis led the antifascist movement to an identity crisis. If fascist and neo-Nazi groups had up till then been seen as the storm-troopers of the system, who were supposed to suppress social movements on the government’s behalf, now, at the latest, the radical left had to confront the fact that Antifa was not ‘der Kampf ums Ganze’. A part of the radical left denounced the state’s action as hypocritical. It was pointed out that despite the state’s measures against neo-Nazis there remained in society a right-wing consensus. This consensus was supposedly based on a continuity of the concepts of national socialism, which were still virulent in society. This would express itself in the ‘volkisch’ (blood based nati
onalism) German foreign policy, for example the early recognition of Croatia and the support for the Palestinian cause, as well as in a tendency to historical revisionism. The state’s actions against Nazis were seen as hypocritical as the social structures on which both the German national project and the Nazis were based, were left untouched.

Another part of the antifascist movement accepted that the struggle against fascists offered no revolutionary perspectives and attempted to sharpen their opposition to the system in other ways. In particular the criticism of capitalism came into the foreground. Capitalism was now analysed as a complex network of social relationships, which are structurally prone to crisis. Neo-Nazis provided a negative solution to this inherent tendency of capitalism towards crisis. This solution, however, was based on a mistaken and structurally anti-Semitic analysis of the way capitalism integrates individuals into society and therefore not only had no emancipatory potential but had the potential to create something far worse than bourgeois capitalist society. For this reason neo-Nazis had to be fought, even though this fight had no revolutionary perspectives. These should instead be sought in a confrontation with bourgeois-democratic society.

While the following heavy debates seriously reduced the ability of the radical left to mobilise for years to come, and the resultant insecurity mobbed many antifascists to retire from politics, these tremors opened up the critical examination of the left’s own positions and in the end led to a strengthened theoretical confrontation with the basics of radical left politics.

How, in your group, do you think of anti-fascism now? Did you reconceptualise it to distinguish yourselves from liberal, bourgeois anti-fascism?

TOP Berlin comes out of the tradition of autonomous Antifa groups and still has in this field its greatest potential to mobilise. Accordingly we have intervened in the antifascist movement and taken part in antifascist protests. In the process we have always tried to insist on our own critique of mainstream society. Two examples of this: On 1 May 2008 Nazis demonstrated in Hamburg for ‘Volksgemeinschaft’ (blood based national community’) and against capitalist globalisation. In meetings and texts before the protest, we tried to work out a critique of the volkisch and anti-Semitic positions of the Nazis. In addition, we took part in the direct action against the march in Hamburg. Another mobilisation was against the ‘Anti-Islamisation Congress’ organised by an extreme right-wing party in Cologne, in collaboration with other European extreme right-wing parties. We undertook a nationwide mobilisation with the nationwide communist ‘ums Ganze’ federation, in which TOP Berlin is organised. In articles and in our own congress we tried to work out what role a culturalist understanding of society plays for the German national narrative. With this we wanted to fight not only the thinly masked racism of the extreme right, but also the everyday nationalism of mainstream German society. As well, we presented a criticism of Islamism as a reactionary crisis solution. The ‘ums Ganze’ federation took part in the protests by organising a large demonstration on the eve of the congress.

These two mobilizations display well our approach. We take part in antifascist protests, but try with theoretical content to lay a basic critique and bring this into the movement.

What has that meant practically? Has the focus of your activities changed?

TOP Berlin was only formed in 2007 before the G8 summit in Heiligendamm. Therefore our group positions haven’t been affected by the Antifa Summer. But in contrast to its predecessor groups, Kritik und Praxis and Antifaschistische Aktion Berlin, we try to initiate more of our own campaigns, instead of following the fascists’ movements. In 2009 with ums Ganze we have initiated an anti-national campaign with the motto ‘Staat. Nation. Kapital Scheisse. Gegen die Herrschaft der falschen Freiheit’ (‘State. Nation. Capital. Shit. Against the dominance of the false freedom’). As part of this campaign we have published a book on the criticism of the state, organised a series of events on the critique of the nation and called for a nationwide demonstration against the celebrations of the 60th birthday of the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. In the second half of the year ums Ganze and TOP Berlin will mainly work on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and broaden our criticism of the nation to a criticism of real existing socialism. Besides this we will hold our second Marx Autumn School and devote ourselves to the second volume of Capital.


TOP (Theory. Organisation. Praxis) is a Berlin-based antifascist, anti-capitalist group. They are part of the “…ums Ganze!” alliance (http://umsganze.blogsport.de) which consists of more than ten groups from all over Germany. Parts of this text are based on a paper written prior to the G8 summit which can be found in English at www.top-berlin.net. To get in touch with them write to mail (at) top-berlin.net.

October 22, 2009
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The farce is over, and although we didnt really want to believe it that which was expected happened. The three comrades have been found guilty and sentenced to jail terms of three and a half years for two comrades, and three years for the third.

Tonight at 19:00 there are demonstrations in both Hamburg (S-Bahnhof Sternschanze) and Berlin (U-Bahn Kottbusser Tor).

At this point, here is a (very rushed!) translation of todays press release from the „Einstellung“ working group/coalition (the defense campaign for the accused). You can find the german version here

„The trial of Axel, Florian, and Oliver as alleged members of the „militant group“ began over one year ago. All three of them were, together with Andrej, arrested in Summer of 2007. The investigation in Andrejs case is still continuing.

Today, Axel, Oliver, and Florian were condemned of attempted arson as members of the „militant group“ and sentenced to three and a half years (in two cases), and three years (in one case) in prison. They leave the courtroom after over 60 trial dates having refused all acts of compromise, and are now to be punished for their committed resistance against German war policies.

Since the arrests in 2007, the coalition for the „Einstellung“ (Discontinuation) of the 129a investigation has been acting as a political accompaniment to the developments related to the trial. Since the beginning of this trial, our priority has been not only to draw attention to the issues of state surveillance and persecution of political activists, but also to the issue of antimilitarism.

For this reason, we will not at this point discuss the ridiculous line of argumentation and logic used by „BAW“ and the court to justify this verdict. We will also not make reference to the harassment of those who attended the trial. Only this much: In our opinion, the defense lawyers decision to renounce making closing arguments was correct and consistent.

Despite the repressive scenario of a „special“ court, antimilitarist resistance has during this trial gained a more widespread presence. In the last years, resistance against military operations and the civil-military cooperation has increased. Protests against war have taken a clearer and more engaged character, withouth peaceful protest and militant resistance being played against one another. This has also been noticeable in the solidarity which has been expressed from very different political poles.

Despite this, during the trial it has not been possible to pose the question of legitimate resistance to military operations. Few media outlets took up the subject of „political evidence,“ or made the connection between that, and what is daily practice in this country as well as internationally. Neither the war operations of the German military, nor their presence in schools, universities, and on the streets such as in 2007 during the G8 summit in Heiligendamm have been made an issue in the media, or associated with the increasing protests against them. In other countries, such as for example Ireland, individuals have been freed after trials because of sabotage against tools of war, with the explicit argument that these acts prevented worse crimes. This is a debate which is still to be had here. Regardless, we look forward to the continuation of the antimilitaristic struggle.“

Complete background infos on the case (only in German) can be found on the website of the „Einstellung“ coalition.

October 22, 2009
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Stefano Cucchi was arrested by the Carabinieri on 15 October. He spent the night in the police station and the following day, with a fast-track trial,


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While the parents are still waiting to see their son, a week ago, the family receive from the Carabinieri, the notification of the order with which the prosecuting magistrate authorises the autopsy on Stefano’s body.
And that’s how his parents and his sister get to know about Stefano’s death.
Another who died of prison.

Interviewed Ilaria and Giovanni Cucchi, who are the sister and the father of Stefano.

The arrest and the fast-track trial

llaria Cucchi: “Stefano Cucchi was a 31 year old man, a really normal 31 year old guy who on the night of 15/16 October was arrested by the Carabinieri, because he was found to be in possession of a modest amount of marijuana. We saw him leaving the house accompanied by the Carabinieri, who before that, among other things, had searched his room and having found nothing, they took him to their barracks in optimum health, with not one mark on his face and with no complaint about any type of pain. We saw him again dead on 22 October at the morgue. At the moment that we saw him again, my brother had his face completely swollen and full of marks, we couldn’t see his body.”
Blog: “Can we retrace the events of those days? The night between 15 and 16 October, he was stopped by the Carabinieri and taken to their barracks: from there, the Carabinieri brought him here to the house to check if …”

llaria Cucchi: to search his room, yes, where obviously nothing was found.”

Blog: “Basically he spent the night in the barracks and then came …”

llaria Cucchi: Exactly. The following morning, about midday there was the fast-track trial, when the judge decided that this guy had to spend the time until 13 November, the date set for the next hearing, in prison and he was put down for “Regina Coeli”.

llaria Cucchi: After that moment we didn’t see him again. I repeat: the morning of the fast-track trial my brother already had signs of swelling from being beaten. But when he left here he was in top condition.
Blog: What did the Carabinieri say to you when he came home here?

llaria Cucchi: They told us to stay calm, because for so little he would surely be back home the following day under house arrest.”
Blog: Then when they gave you the information, there was a telephone call saying ‘Stefano’s not well’?”

llaria Cucchi: “Saturday evening. The next bit of news we got on Saturday evening. Around 9pm the Carabinieri arrived to tell us that Stefano had been taken urgently to the hospital ‘Sandro Pertini’, obviously my parents went there immediately and there they were denied any type of information. When my mother naively asked to be able to see the lad and to be told what was wrong with him, she was told: “absolutely no. This is a prison. Come back on Monday in visiting hours and talk to the doctors.” My parents returned on Monday morning, at the time they had been told. They were allowed to enter and the details of their identification documents were noted and they were left to wait. After a bit of time, someone responsible came out, and told them that she couldn’t let them talk to the doctors as a certain authorisation had not arrived from the prison. “Anyway, come back, because this authorisation has to arrive and don’t worry because the lad is serene.” When my mother asked “at least tell me the reason why my son is in hospital.” ” The lad is serene.” was the response given to them.
Stefano is dead

Obviously, the following day, my parents went back, yes. It was Tuesday morning when they went back to the hospital, to the prison department o f the ‘Sandro Pertini’ and this time, they were actually not allowed to enter. At the external speaker system, they were told that they couldn’t enter, because there was no authorisation. Finally they were told that it was up to them to ask for an authorisation from ‘Piazzale Gloria’, if they want to see the lad. My father asked for this authorisation and he got it on 25 October, no – sorry, on 22 October, Thursday. On 22 October at dawn, my brother died and my father didn’t get the chance to see him. We know about my brother’s death from the Carabinieri, who came to our house about 12:30. Before that I’d just say that it seems that my brother died at dawn. They came about 12:30 to tell my mother the order with which the Public prosecutor authorised the autopsy following the death of Cucchi Stefano. This is how my mother found out about the death of her son.”

October 21, 2009
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Letter by the imprisoned comrade P. Masouras (accused for participation in the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.)

On Wednesday September 23 and at 8.15 as I was leaving my house in Galatsi on my way to the gym, I was arrested by 25 persons of the anti-terrorist squad.

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

Panayiotis Masouras

Avlona Prisons

21/10/2009

October 16, 2009
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Anarchists Alfredo Bonanno and Christos Stratigopulos were arrested in Trikala, Greece on Thursday on suspicion of having carried out a bank robbery at a branch of the Piraeus bank.

Police claim that Christos carried out the robbery, forcing bank employees to give him 46,900 euros, which he then, allegedly handed to Alfredo who was waiting outside in a rented car. A witness apparently noted the license plate of the car and gave the cops the information. The cops stopped the car on the road to Kalambaka and claim that they found the money in it. They arrested the two anarchists.

Here is a link to a mainstream news site about it: Ehathimerini. Of course, even this brief a story has to have some distortions. Contrary to what this story says, Alfredo was not “found to be the ideological leader of an armed group” in 2003. The very opposite in fact. This was the end of the Marini trial. Because the prosecutors had failed to prove the existence of any armed group (even determined prosecutors can sometimes find it hard to prove fictions), all charges related to the armed group hypothesis were dropped, leaving only specific concrete actions like robbery. Such distortions though are to be expected of mainstream media.

October 15, 2009
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They’re old things, from another century. Two anarchists get arrested after a bank job. The first robbed it, gun in hand. They say the second helped him, holding the money. It happened in a small Greek village, this past October 1. And so? There are things that happen. And then that is a far away country, with an incomprehensible and untranslatable language. Who do you want to be interested in it? The robber is Christos Stratigopulos, already arrested and convicted here in Italy fifteen years ago on a similar charge. The penalty served, he returned to Greece. Remembered by a few, unknown to most. But the other one arrested is Italian; it is Alfredo Bonanno. Yes, precisely him; who hasn’t heard his name? In its own small way, the news has gone quickly around the world, revived by many press agencies: “one of the major theorists of insurrectionalist anarchism”, “among the major ideologues of anarchy”, “anarchist activist and writer”, “international fugitive anarchist robber”, “theorist of revolutionary violence”, has ended up behind bars again. The promoters of antiterrorism, both Greek and Italian, have rushed in, ready to exploit the juicy occasion. The elements for concocting a fine theorem are all there: a country in which there are still fires blazing after the great insurrectionary conflagration that flared up last December, a Greek anarchist active in the movement, a foreign anarchist known for his subversive theories who travelled around the country holding meetings, a bank robbed.

Christos has taken full responsibility for the act, caused by economic problems, denying Alfredo’s involvement. But, clearly, the judge didn’t believe him. So both are still in jail. The first, because he dared to reach out a hand toward wealth rather than resign himself to dying in misery. What’s more, he is an anarchist. The second, because… because… because maybe he helped his comrade. And, for sure, he is an anarchist. And that’s enough.

They are old things, from another century. Two anarchists get arrested after a bank job. Outside, solidarity is organized. Funds start to be collected; initiatives are prepared. But that’s not all. In Athens, the two prisoners get explosive greetings from the group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, which had just disturbed the crowning of the new Greek premier. In Villejuif, France, someone renders their homage by smashing the windows of the local offices of the Socialist Party. One of the beauties of anarchy is that it doesn’t recognize borders. And in Italy? Bah, here it has been limited to communicating the news, faithfully and coldly reporting the journalists’ poisons. No comment. The drafters of daily virtual communiqués say nothing. The tenders of militant gardens fall silent. The little strategists of the new alliances hush up. The movement has now become a community, and anyone who doesn’t share its rules and language doesn’t exist. He is nameless. In the rush to follow the masses, have individuals been forgotten? Perhaps it’s better this way. Better a sincere silence, if in the face of such an act, one no longer knows what to say, than hypocritical chatter about solidarity. Let’s leave that to the Stalinist annoyances and other ruins. Or to a few third millennium fascists, who on one of their forums rendered “honor” to the two arrested anarchists.

They are old things, from another century. Two anarchists get arrested after a bank job. The first is 46-years-old, the second 72. Whether guilty or innocent, for them being anarchists doesn’t even have the excuse of being an infantile disorder of extremism. Stubborn as they are, they haven’t understood that now is the time to ride the wave of social movements, to defend who knows what in front of places of power, to act as social workers for the damned of the earth. No, they haven’t understood this. The dream that they have in their hearts is much too big to adapt itself to the tick-tock of modern times.
No pardon, no pity.
Good-bye, beautiful Lugano.

October 15, 2009
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They’re old things, from another century. Two anarchists get arrested after a bank job. The first robbed it, gun in hand. They say the second helped him, holding the money. It happened in a small Greek village, this past October 1. And so? There are things that happen. And then that is a far away country, with an incomprehensible and untranslatable language. Who do you want to be interested in it? The robber is Christos Stratigopulos, already arrested and convicted here in Italy fifteen years ago on a similar charge. The penalty served, he returned to Greece. Remembered by a few, unknown to most. But the other one arrested is Italian; it is Alfredo Bonanno. Yes, precisely him; who hasn’t heard his name? In its own small way, the news has gone quickly around the world, revived by many press agencies: “one of the major theorists of insurrectionalist anarchism”, “among the major ideologues of anarchy”, “anarchist activist and writer”, “international fugitive anarchist robber”, “theorist of revolutionary violence”, has ended up behind bars again. The promoters of antiterrorism, both Greek and Italian, have rushed in, ready to exploit the juicy occasion. The elements for concocting a fine theorem are all there: a country in which there are still fires blazing after the great insurrectionary conflagration that flared up last December, a Greek anarchist active in the movement, a foreign anarchist known for his subversive theories who travelled around the country holding meetings, a bank robbed.

Christos has taken full responsibility for the act, caused by economic problems, denying Alfredo’s involvement. But, clearly, the judge didn’t believe him. So both are still in jail. The first, because he dared to reach out a hand toward wealth rather than resign himself to dying in misery. What’s more, he is an anarchist. The second, because… because… because maybe he helped his comrade. And, for sure, he is an anarchist. And that’s enough.

They are old things, from another century. Two anarchists get arrested after a bank job. Outside, solidarity is organized. Funds start to be collected; initiatives are prepared. But that’s not all. In Athens, the two prisoners get explosive greetings from the group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, which had just disturbed the crowning of the new Greek premier. In Villejuif, France, someone renders their homage by smashing the windows of the local offices of the Socialist Party. One of the beauties of anarchy is that it doesn’t recognize borders. And in Italy? Bah, here it has been limited to communicating the news, faithfully and coldly reporting the journalists’ poisons. No comment. The drafters of daily virtual communiqués say nothing. The tenders of militant gardens fall silent. The little strategists of the new alliances hush up. The movement has now become a community, and anyone who doesn’t share its rules and language doesn’t exist. He is nameless. In the rush to follow the masses, have individuals been forgotten? Perhaps it’s better this way. Better a sincere silence, if in the face of such an act, one no longer knows what to say, than hypocritical chatter about solidarity. Let’s leave that to the Stalinist annoyances and other ruins. Or to a few third millennium fascists, who on one of their forums rendered “honor” to the two arrested anarchists.

They are old things, from another century. Two anarchists get arrested after a bank job. The first is 46-years-old, the second 72. Whether guilty or innocent, for them being anarchists doesn’t even have the excuse of being an infantile disorder of extremism. Stubborn as they are, they haven’t understood that now is the time to ride the wave of social movements, to defend who knows what in front of places of power, to act as social workers for the damned of the earth. No, they haven’t understood this. The dream that they have in their hearts is much too big to adapt itself to the tick-tock of modern times.
No pardon, no pity.
Good-bye, beautiful Lugano.

October 8, 2009
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ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Greek officials say they are offering a reward of $887,000 for information leading to the arrest of the “robbers in black.”

Michalis Chrysochoidis, the newly appointed citizens’ protection minister, told reporters Tuesday the robbers, identified as brothers Simeon and Marios Seisidis and Grigoris Tsironis, are wanted not only for a 2006 bank robbery but for possible links to anarchist groups accused of domestic terrorism, the Athens newspaper Kathimerini reported.

The reward offer comes days after Chrysochoidis called for the reopening of the investigation of the November 17 anarchist group, some of whose suspected have been serving long jail sentences since it was broken up in 2002, the newspaper said. The government says domestic terror groups in Greece are making a comeback.

Sources told Kathimerini forensic evidence has linked one of the “robbers in black” with a 2007 attack on a former judge’s private guard and to a later shooting at an Athens police station claimed by the group Revolutionary Struggle.

October 4, 2009
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Nazis in Minneapolis!


Cly1.jpgUnbelievable, Nazis in Minneapolis! Minneapolis? The home of Teamsters local 574 and the Baldies? The National Socialist Movement, who seem to be everywhere these days, are threatening to demonstrate against an anti-racist event at a local YWCA in the city. The NSM are a straight-up Nazi outfit and increasingly active and national. Under no circumstance should they be permitted by to organize in Minneapolis or anywhere else.

Minneapolis has long been a center of anti-fascist and ant-racist organizing and there hasn’t been any open fascist presence in the city in many years. The NSM know this history better than anyone and their threat must be taken seriously. For years at anti-fascist demos Anti-Racist-Action had organized the arrival of the crew from Minneapolis doubled whatever forces were already there. Well before ARA Minneapolis was leading the way on politicizing the apolitical, street fighting crews that had come together around the influx of fascists into the scene. Nazis in Minneapolis? This is a threat to every anti-racist.

If you are in that area get out there and join this demo:

Press Release: This Saturday, October 3rd, 2009, the neo-nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) has threatened to demonstrate against an anti-racist workshop being held at the YWCA on East Lake Street in Minneapolis. The NSM has declared the anti-racist organizers “traitors” to white supremacy.

This provocation also has a wider goal: The NSM has been holding racist anti-immigrant rallies in southern Minnesota, and now they are seeking to establish a presence inside the City of Minneapolis. For years Minneapolis has been a virtual “no-go” area for organized racist activity, due to the efforts of young anti-racist organizers.

In the wake of the racist attacks in Brooklyn Park last week, the nazis’ threat cannot be ignored. They plan to bring their racist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic message of division and hate right into the heart of the city. They must not go unopposed!

10:00 am Saturday

October 3rd 2009

Lake Street & 22nd Ave (outside the Midtown YWCA)

Solidarity Against Racism!

No to the Nazis!

October 3, 2009
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10.03.2009 Retribution Against Daily Life; Bank Attacked in Chicago

…seven windows were broken at Chicago Community Bank on the near south side. One for each of those arrested, and one more for the bid.

On Tuesday night, the state arrested six individuals and charged them with felonies in connection to anti-Olympic hooliganism. This persecution is completely unacceptable.

To extend revolutionary solidarity, seven windows were broken at Chicago Community Bank on the near south side. One for each of those arrested, and one more for the bid. In the joyful wake of this criminal-becoming, three windows were done away with on an unmarked police cruiser. This was done because, well– You know.

While this was done in the dead of night this past evening, in the future there will be opportunities for more inclusive forms of violence. Hopefully this gesture resonates with others who refuse containment and the misery of capitalist hell.

– No Games Chicago Cell of Revolutionary Conspiracy

October 3, 2009
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Thursday, March 26 2009 @ 05:41 PM CDT

Contributed by: Anonymous

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Direct ActionDuring the night of Saturday 21, anti-authoritarians climbed on bikes and headed out to sabotage the work of exploiters. In bags they carried pieces of (previously cut) metal to put in locks and padlocks, superglue and 2 spray paint cans. A bank, fast food restaurant, butchers and communist party mural were targeted, with solidarity painted for political prisoners.

Santiago del Cile – A bomb explodes at a bank near the Hotel Marriott

source: Fondazione Roscigna, 03.10.09
via informa-azione

A bomb exploded this afternoon just before 14.00 outside the BCI bank by the Hotel Marriott, in
Kennedy Avenue in the comune of Las Condes, in Santiago del Cile.
A hotel guard was wounded and there was damage to the bank windows from the explosion.
The guard had light injuries and was taken to
Hospital del Trabajador.
A few minutes before the explosion the guard had found a suspicious briefcase in a bathroom of the Hotel Marriott and taken it outside. At that moment the bomb exploded, outside the BCI bank.
The hotel employees had managed to inform the police but the bomb disposal unit were unable to disactivate the device.
The public attorney investigating a number of explosive attacks in the area went to the scene to begin investigations.

October 2, 2009
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“Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire” claim last night’s bomb attack; police-fabricated charges collapse

Last night (Friday October 2) at about 8.15pm, a low-intensity bomb went off only a few meters away from the podium where PM Karamanlis was delivering his last speech, signalling the end of the pre-election period (elections are on Sunday the 4th).

A lengthy communiqué published on Athens IMC claims responsibility for the attack by the group “Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire”. It was the members of this group that were allegedly arrested on September 24 (see these posts for more details of the case). The writers of today’s communiqué, however, deny the police claims, they describe the placing of yesterday’s bomb in detail and send their revolutionary greetings to Alfredo Bonnano and his 46-year old Greek comrade, Christos Stratigopoulos, both arrested and charged with a bank robbery in the northern city of Trikala on Thursday.

September 29, 2009
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dating on the four arrests: one pre-trial detention order, so far (See this article for some background info on the case) Two out of four arrested


Two out of four arrested youths appeared yesterday (Tuesday 29/9) at the investigating judge. The 20-year old girl was released on bail; bail orders include a ban from leaving the country (she studies in London!) plus the obligation to appear at a local police station twice per month. The other person was ordered in pre-trial detention –in Greece this can last up to 18 months. The remaining two will appear at the investigating judge today.

150-200 people gathered in solidarity outside the investigating judge’s office and stayed throughout the extremely long procedure –practically all day. The story is still high on the media agenda, presented in the uttermost biased way. The four are steadily referred to as a terrorist group, although no substantial evidence has been presented justifying the prosecution of the four accused or the six for whom an arrest warrant has been issued.

Freedom to all the imprisoned…

September 24, 2009
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Four youths arrested and charged under the anti-terrorist law in Athens; six more warrants issued; media anti-anarchist frenzy: It must be election t

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On September 24, in an operation of unprecedented scale in recent years, the anti-terrorist unit of the greek police raided at least two houses in the suburbs of Athens. In total four young persons of up to 21 years old were arrested and are interrogated by the anti-terrorist unit. The police claim that some findings from house searches that followed link the arrested to the group “Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire – Nihilist Splinter” without however publishing any specific information, as is customary in such occasions. The arrested were taken to the attorney general who charged them with three felonies and four misdemeanours. The same attorney general issued an order allowing for the publication of the names and photographs of the four arrested, who deny all charges.

At the same time a witch-hunt has been declared by the majority of corporate media. The arrested has been characterized as “terrorists” by the media, while a direct implication of the anarchist movement as a whole has been communicated (eg. Mega TV) even if no specific findings have been presented justifying this implication. Once again, the anarchist movement is being targeted as a whole by media demanding the erosion of hard-won liberties, more policing and repression.

Under this climate another six arrest warrants have been issued for the same case. This means that more arrests are likely to follow. What is more, media “leaks” directly from the police headquarters are trying to suggest that the fugitives might be hiding in university grounds or anarchist squats, in an attempt to lay the ground for raids of either that could follow.

September 24, 2009
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Friday, September 25, 2009

delta force

The thugs of the so-called “Delta Force” were unleashed into the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki a few months after December’s revolt, in face of the continuing social unrest in the streets of the two cities. Formed nearly-overnight, the new force was provided with often misaligning gear, making for quite a clownish spectacle -small motorcycles that groan under their weight of two, always escorted by a “Zeta Force” cop (older unit, they also ride motorcycles) who shouts aloud directions because they’ re not equipped with intercommunication etc-. They were also provided with full immunity, it seems: In their latest raid on the neighbourhood of Exarcheia, they beat people (one of them ending up in hospital with broken bones and a punctured lung) and tied some of their arrestees to a tree.

On Thursday, September 24 the people of Exarcheia fought back. The local self-organised park called for a demonstration against state repression and police version.

The banner above is from Athens street artist “Pete”. On the top-right corner it reads “the Deltas of your neighbourhood”, a play on words with “the Delta of your neighbourhood”, an old TV ad on the milk brand Delta. athens greece

September 16, 2009
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11th-16th September

FIRES AT HOMES OF HLS LENDERS (Luxembourg)
EXPLOSIVE ATTACK AT MAXMARA STORE (Mexico)
PHEASANT PENS TRASHED (UK)
GRAFFITI AND PAINT AGAINST ANIMAL EXHIBIT (Uruguay)
CROW RELEASED FROM LARSEN TRAP (UK)
PROTESTS AGAINST PHARMACEUTICAL LAB HEAT UP HANNOVER (Germany)
TRACTOR BURNED AT PHEASANT FARM (Italy)
CONSTRUCTION SITE SABOTAGED (UK)
PHEASANT FARM PAINT BOMBED, CROW LIBERATED (Italy)

EXPLOSIVE ATTACK AT MAXMARA STORE (Mexico)
EXPLOSIVE ATTACK AT MAXMARA STORE (Mexico)

PROTESTS AGAINST PHARMACEUTICAL LAB HEAT UP HANNOVER (Germany)
PROTESTS AGAINST PHARMACEUTICAL LAB HEAT UP HANNOVER (Germany)

FIRES AT HOMES OF HLS LENDERS (Luxembourg)

ived anonymously:

“In the night of 7 on 8 September John Seil and Luc Hansen of BDO Luxembourg/Anchor Sub Funding got a visit by the Animal Rights Militia. At the house of John Seil (10 op der Haangels L-5322 Contern Luxembourg) we left incendiary devices underneath the expensive car outside his house.

At the house of Luc Hansen (1 rue Curie L-3447 Dudelange Luxembourg) we spray painted the big white wall at his house with ‘Luc Hansen est un pédophile’ (Luc Hansen is a pedophile) so it was visible for the whole street. For the rest we left slogans on his house like ‘Stop with HLS or die’, ‘Drop HLS or ELSE…’. And to finish off the job we set fire to his garden with incendiary devices.

We have sent personal letters to both John and Luc with our demands that they should stop any business with HLS, stop giving loans to HLS/LSR, withdraw any future loans and leave HLS in their current debt.

In the letters we left some special notes for them why it would be wise to stop supporting HLS. For at least 3 years or more they have been able to hide their filthy business. This means they are at least responsible for the death of 210,000 animals, if not more! What they did to the animals will come back at them. We are not going to hold back, we are ready to take on the fight for all the animals that have suffered and will die in the future.

The letters contained some serious threats to some of their close relatives/colleagues, which go much further then just setting fire to a car or spraypaint. Luc Hansen and John Seil know what to do and if they don’t we will return very soon.

Animal Rights Militia”

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EXPLOSIVE ATTACK AT MAXMARA STORE (Mexico)

photo: Luz Acevedo/Cuartoscuro.com

excerpt from an anonymous communique (translation):

“The Frente de Liberación Animal (FLA) claims the explosive attack against a boutique of the ‘MaxMara’ clothing/fur chain located in one of the most bourgeois areas of Mexico City. The disruption of the social order, imposed by the state through use of technology and the military, was once again imminent. The explosive rage of the abolitionists filled the street when a bomb was detonated on September 14.

With this action we make it clear that the fight against the anthropocentric system continues, since direct and frontal attacks are necessary against businesses that profit from the exploitation of animals and which destroy the earth and those who live in it.

With this sabotage we join the international week against MaxMara. The explosion that damaged the facade of the store was not a coincidence. It was not a whim or an attempt to get attention, as the sensationalist press will say; instead this is a response to the domination, objectification and commodification of millions of animals (mink, chinchilla, fox, raccoons, etc.) raised in the infernal fur farms, which are nothing more than concentration camps, where non-human animals are subjugated and forced to live a life of torture and imprisonment waiting for their murder, sick and crazed due to the denial of their wild natures.

The multinational company MaxMara believed that attacks on their shops would only happen in Europe, as has been the case, but now we have hit them. We want this store to stop selling fur, to sever completely their links to the fur industry. We want the complete abolition of the system and we will not bargain or settle for reforms, nor negotiate the freedom of animals, because there is no justice today, there is only us.”

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PHEASANT PENS TRASHED (UK)

anonymous report:

“A group of caring people trashed pens near coventry tearing down the sides, piercing pipes and snapping supports. we then moved on to a large shooting tower; lets just say when he gets to the top he will be in for a shock, lets hope their gun dosn’t discharge when they hit the floor (we would hate for them to get hurt…)”

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GRAFFITI AND PAINT AGAINST ANIMAL EXHIBIT (Uruguay)

received anonymously (translation):

“Between Friday the 4th and Sunday the 13th of September an exhibition of animals called ‘Planeta Animal’ was on display at the Palacio Peñarol [Montevideo].

All kinds of spiders, snakes, amphibians and reptiles were locked up inside this place, exhibited in glass cages as if they were mere objects (a python from Indonesia, a snake from the United States, a lizard from Africa, another python from Burma, a coral snake from Honduras, a lizard from Sudan, a tarantula from Brazil, a zebra spider from Costa Rica, an African gray spider, a Chilean spider, among others).

This ‘Animal Planet’ travels throughout the world, bringing these animals everywhere on the pretext of ‘education,’ though who knows what can be learned from the lives of animals who are not in their natural habitat. Of course, the entrance fee of 200 pesos says it all. More than an educational tour it is a tour to fill the pockets of the owners of this farce.

We were also there on Friday, during the early morning hours; with spray paint we graffitied the doors and walls of the place with slogans like ‘animals are not ours to profit from’, ‘stop the exploitation’ and ‘animal liberation,’ among others. Before we left we threw red paint on the walls, the floor and the advertising posters. So on Saturday morning all the visitors to the dubious educational tour viewed the new decor.

WE WANT AN END TO MAN’S EXPLOITATION OF MAN, OF OTHER ANIMALS AND OF THE EARTH.
THIS ACTION IS AN INVITATION TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO SEE ALL THE CAGES EMPTY TO STOP HOPING FOR LAWS, POLLS AND POLITICIANS AND TO INSTEAD TAKE TO THE STREET TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE WILL NOT WAIT FOR ANYONE, THAT IT TAKES DIRECT ACTION, EVERYDAY, IN EVERY ACTION AND THOUGHT.

UNTIL ALL CAGES ARE EMPTY!
ANIMAL LIBERATION!”

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CROW RELEASED FROM LARSEN TRAP (UK)

received anonymously:

“Whilst out walking we found a live crow held in a trap to be used to bait other birds inside the trap. with the farmer just feet away the best we could do was to release the bird, but rest assured, we will go back and destroy the trap along with any other signs of animal abuse we can find. we wont tell you where this scum bag operates as we would like to keep our visit as a suprise.”

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PROTESTS AGAINST PHARMACEUTICAL LAB HEAT UP HANNOVER (Germany)

photo: Christian Elsner/Neue Presse

On September 11, fires destroyed a truck and damaged a refrigeration unit at a meat company in Hannover. Police estimated damages at 100,000 Euros.

The fires were the latest incident in Hannover that police suspect are linked to protests against construction of an animal testing laboratory by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.

According to media reports, on August 14 slingshots were used to punch holes in windows at city hall. “Purchased by Boehringer” was painted at the offices of the Social Democratic Party; slogans against the animal lab were also painted at Green Party offices and elsewhere in the city.

On August 12, 500 police officers, supported by
helicopters and water cannon trucks, mobilized to remove several dozen protestors from buildings and trees at the site where Boehringer Ingelheim is planning to build its laboratory. The site had been occupied for several weeks by protestors.

In early August, a building at the nearby veterinary university was painted, and Hannover mayor Stefan Weil’s house was attacked with paint on July 28.

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TRACTOR BURNED AT PHEASANT FARM (Italy)

reported anonymously:

“August 23
Tonight we entered the already known pheasant farm ‘Galeotta Nuova’ in Strada Uguzzolo, near Parma.
With burning hands we worked to end the job started in 2005.
2 incendiary devices with gasoline were ignited under the tractor of the farm.
Now it is up to the farmer, Gino Ceci, to decide what to do, because we will go on setting the flames of animal liberation… and those not so quick to decide may feel some heat…
-ALF-“

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PHEASANT FARM PAINT BOMBED, CROW LIBERATED (Italy)

anonymous report:

“August – Figino Serenza (CO) – Italy
The pheasant farm “Roncorone” has been attacked once again. This time the activists used paintbombs to hit and ruin both the house and the car of the farmer.

July 15th – Italy
One crow liberated from a kind of trap used widely around Italy.

February 2009 – Como – Italy
The houses of directors of ‘Bennet’ hypermarkets have been damaged with paintbombs as an action against the sale of fur in their 59 stores around Italy.
The company decided to go fur-free shortly after this action.”

September 13, 2009
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3 barclays cashpoints in Brighton were superglued last night

Due to Barclays holding £7.3 billion worth of investments in the U.K arms trade 3 of their cashpoints were glued shut last night.

no peace for warmongers

September 10, 2009
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This is a challenge The Nanny State (This challenge is now closed)

the nanny state

Don’t drink and drive. Don’t go off with strangers. Don’t play football on railway lines. The Government seems determined to make our lives less fun… but where will they stop? Show us the excesses of the Nanny State of the future.

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