December 22, 2009
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More than a thousand march in Keratsini in solidarity to the 21 comrades arrested during the police raid on Resalto, the anarchist social centre of th

More than a thousand march in Keratsini in solidarity to the 21 comrades arrested during the police raid on Resalto, the anarchist social centre of the proletarian suburb of Peiraeus.

More than a thousand protesters marched on Saturday afternoon in the industrial proletarian suburb of Peiraeus, Keratsini, against state terror and the police invasion of Resalto, the local anarchist social centre two weeks ago which resulted in the arrest of 21 people who are being accused of preparing explosives for…some empty beer bottles and a few litters of heating kerosene found in the remises. Initially the state accused the arrested for terrorism but the state interrogator subsequently dropped the charges. The invasion of the 4th of december had resulted to a sponteneous local attack against the police forces guarding the centre a few hours later and to the occupation of the Keratsini city hall which was too invaded by the police with 42 people arrested despite the opposition of the mayor, the local council and the lawyer association of the town who have subsequently published official decisions condemning the repression.

The march gathered at People’s square and after reading texts through the microphone stressing that “the arrested are the physical and political discendents of the guerrillas executed by the Nazis at the blockade of Kokkinia”, the protesters marched around the working class suburb enjoying overwhelming popular support: people chanting anti-police slogans from balkonies and clapping in approval from the sidewalk, despite strong police presence.

The march was part of a 3-day call against state terror by Resalto whose case has become a symbol of the socialist government’s ruthless strategy of counterinsurgency. A hefty monetary guarantee has been imposed on the 21 accused which is being covered by donations and free-donation gigs and parties throughout the country.

On Sunday locals of Exarcheia realised a demo at the square of the area protesting against the persecution of the Resalto comrade. To put the point across regarding the ridiculous claims of the persecuting authorities, the demonstrators made a public display of the exact number of empty beer bottles, hammers, and litres of heating kerosene considered “tools for constructing explosive” – surprisingly the antiterrorist bureau did not try to arrest them…

The march took place within a tense climate across Greece:

In Salonica, the social center of the west territories, opened after the December Uprising, came under attack by parastate thugs who invaded the premises beating people inside and smashing everything on their way. Earlier the same day a police patrol car had come under attack by radicals in the centre of the city, while the night before a security systems shop had been torched.

In Kavala, police detained a group of fly-posting radicals near the autonomous centre and the anarchist squat of the city. The unusual detention could be a sign of collective retribution for the large-scale attack last Thursday when the city centre’s banks were smashed and burned by radicals who have identified themselves in a communique as “anarchists of praxis”.

In Athens, on Friday afternoon the political office of a PASOK (Socialist Party) MP was attacked with an arson mehanism, a further attack after the Thursday night half hour barrage that destroyed half a dozen PASOK offices across the city. Also the PASOK offices of Agioi Anargiroi outside Athens were smashed on Saturday evening.

On a less angry side of things radical, the union of Wind workers has published a communique condemning the police invasion of university grounds during last week’s riots, and the efforts of rectorial authorities and the state to render the asylum a symbolic institution.

December 22, 2009
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ATHENS, Greece — Greek police say a small bomb has exploded outside the office of a governing Socialist lawmaker in Athens, causing minor damage and no injuries.

Police say the device, which was made of camping gas canisters, had been placed at the entrance to Nasos Alevras’ office in the center of the capital.

There has been no claim of responsibility for Friday’s attack.

Greek anarchist groups frequently firebomb symbols of wealth and authority. The attacks have intensified after last year’s fatal police shooting of a teenager in central Athens, which sparked several days of violent protests.

December 22, 2009
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Seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation [show] agency information

COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at investigating and disrupting dissident political organizations within the United States. The FBI used covert operations from its inception, however formal COINTELPRO operations took place between 1956 and 1971.[2] The FBI’s stated motivation at the time was “protecting national security, preventing violence, and maintaining the existing social and political order.” [3]

According to FBI records, 85% of COINTELPRO resources were expended on infiltrating, disrupting, marginalizing, and/or subverting groups suspected of being subversive,[4] such as communist and socialist organizations; the women’s rights movement; militant black nationalist groups, and the non-violent civil rights movement, including individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and others associated with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Congress of Racial Equality, the American Indian Movement, and other civil rights groups; a broad range of organizations labeled “New Left”, including Students for a Democratic Society, the National Lawyers Guild, the Weathermen, almost all groups protesting the Vietnam War, and even individual student demonstrators with no group affiliation; and nationalist groups such as those “seeking independence for Puerto Rico.” The other 15% of COINTELPRO resources were expended to marginalize and subvert “white hate groups,” including the Ku Klux Klan and National States’ Rights Party.[5]

The directives governing COINTELPRO were issued by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who ordered FBI agents to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” the activities of these movements and their leaders.[6][7]Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Range of targets
3 Methods
4 Illegal surveillance
5 Reports that COINTELPRO tactics continue
6 See also
7 References
8 Further reading
8.1 Books
8.2 Articles
8.3 U.S. government reports
9 External links
9.1 Documentary
9.2 Websites
9.3 Articles
9.4 U.S. government reports

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History

COINTELPRO began in 1956 and was designed to “increase factionalism, cause disruption and win defections” inside the Communist Party U.S.A. (CPUSA). However, the program was soon enlarged to include disruption of the Socialist Workers Party (1961), the Ku Klux Klan (1964), the Nation of Islam, the Black Panther Party (1967), and the entire New Left socio-political movement, which included antiwar, community, and religious groups (1968). A later investigation by the Senate’s Church Committee (see below) stated that “COINTELPRO began in 1956, in part because of frustration with Supreme Court rulings limiting the Government’s power to proceed overtly against dissident groups…”[8] Congress and several court cases[9] later concluded that the COINTELPRO operations against communist and socialist groups exceeded statutory limits on FBI activity and violated constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and association.

The program was secret until 1971, when an FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania was burglarized by a group of left-wing radicals calling themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI. Several dossiers of files were taken and the information passed to news agencies, many of which initially refused to publish the information. Within the year, Director Hoover declared that the centralized COINTELPRO was over, and that all future counterintelligence operations would be handled on a case-by-case basis.[10]

Further documents were revealed in the course of separate lawsuits filed against the FBI by NBC correspondent Carl Stern, the Socialist Workers Party, and a number of other groups. A major investigation was launched in 1976 by the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities of the United States Senate, commonly referred to as the “Church Committee” for its chairman, Senator Frank Church of Idaho. However, millions of pages of documents remain unreleased, and many released documents have been partly, or entirely, redacted.

In the Final Report of the Select Committee, COINTELPRO was castigated in no uncertain terms:
Many of the techniques used would be intolerable in a democratic society even if all of the targets had been involved in violent activity, but COINTELPRO went far beyond that…the Bureau conducted a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and association, on the theory that preventing the growth of dangerous groups and the propagation of dangerous ideas would protect the national security and deter violence.[8]

The Church Committee documented a history of FBI directors’ using the agency for purposes of political repression as far back as World War I, through the 1920s, when they were charged with rounding up “anarchists and revolutionaries” for deportation, and then building from 1936 through 1976.
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Range of targets

In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, MIT professor of linguistics and political activist Noam Chomsky spoke about the purpose and the targets of COINTELPRO saying, “COINTELPRO was a program of subversion carried out not by a couple of petty crooks but by the national political police, the FBI, under four administrations…by the time it got through, I won’t run through the whole story, it was aimed at the entire new left, at the women’s movement, at the whole black movement, it was extremely broad. Its actions went as far as political assassination.” [11]

According to the Church Committee:
While the declared purposes of these programs were to protect the “national security” or prevent violence, Bureau witnesses admit that many of the targets were nonviolent and most had no connections with a foreign power. Indeed, nonviolent organizations and individuals were targeted because the Bureau believed they represented a “potential” for violence — and nonviolent citizens who were against the war in Vietnam were targeted because they gave “aid and comfort” to violent demonstrators by lending respectability to their cause.
The imprecision of the targeting is demonstrated by the inability of the Bureau to define the subjects of the programs. The Black Nationalist program, according to its supervisor, included “a great number of organizations that you might not today characterize as black nationalist but which were in fact primarily black.” Thus, the nonviolent Southern Christian Leadership Conference was labeled as a Black Nationalist-“Hate Group.”
Furthermore, the actual targets were chosen from a far broader group than the titles of the programs would imply. The CPUSA program targeted not only Communist Party members but also sponsors of the National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee and civil rights leaders allegedly under Communist influence or deemed to be not sufficiently “anti-Communist”. The Socialist Workers Party program included non-SWP sponsors of anti-war demonstrations which were cosponsored by the SWP or the Young Socialist Alliance, its youth group. The Black Nationalist program targeted a range of organizations from the Panthers to SNCC to the peaceful Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and included every Black Student Union and many other black student groups. New Left targets ranged from the SDS to the InterUniversity Committee for Debate on Foreign Policy, from Antioch College (“vanguard of the New Left”) to the New Mexico Free University and other “alternate” schools, and from underground newspapers to students’ protesting university censorship of a student publication by carrying signs with four-letter words on them.

Examples of surveillance, legal and illegal, contained in the Church
Committee report:[12]
President Roosevelt asked the FBI to put in its files the names of citizens sending telegrams to the White House opposing his “national defense” policy and supporting Col. Charles Lindbergh.
President Truman received inside information on a former Roosevelt aide’s efforts to influence his appointments, labor union negotiating plans, and the publishing plans of journalists.
The Kennedy Administration had the FBI wiretap a Congressional staff member, three executive officials, a lobbyist, and a Washington law firm. US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy received the fruits of an FBI “tap” on Martin Luther King, Jr. and a “bug” on a Congressman, both of which yielded information of a political nature.
President Johnson asked the FBI to conduct “name checks” of his critics and members of the staff of his 1964 opponent, Senator Barry Goldwater. He also requested purely political intelligence on his critics in the Senate, and received extensive intelligence reports on political activity at the 1964 Democratic Convention from FBI electronic surveillance.

The COINTELPRO documents disclose numerous cases of the FBI’s intentions to stop the mass protest against the Vietnam War. Many techniques were used to accomplish the assignment. “These included promoting splits among antiwar forces, encouraging red-baiting of socialists, and pushing violent confrontations as an alternative to massive, peaceful demonstrations.” One 1966 Cointelpro operation attempted to redirect the Socialist Workers Party from their pledge of support for the antiwar movement.[13]

The FBI claims that it no longer undertakes COINTELPRO or COINTELPRO-like operations. However, critics claim that agency programs in the spirit of COINTELPRO targeted groups like the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador,[14] the American Indian Movement,[2][15] Earth First![16], the White Separatist Movement[17], and the Anti-Globalization Movement.[citation needed]
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Methods

According to attorney Brian Glick in his book War at Home, the FBI used four main methods during COINTELPRO:
Infiltration: Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. Their main purpose was to discredit and disrupt. Their very presence served to undermine trust and scare off potential supporters. The FBI and police exploited this fear to smear genuine activists as agents.
Psychological Warfare From the Outside: The FBI and police used a myriad of other “dirty tricks” to undermine progressive movements. They planted false media stories and published bogus leaflets and other publications in the name of targeted groups. They forged correspondence, sent anonymous letters, and made anonymous telephone calls. They spread misinformation about meetings and events, set up pseudo movement groups run by government agents, and manipulated or strong-armed parents, employers, landlords, school officials and others to cause trouble for activists.
Harassment Through the Legal System: The FBI and police abused the legal system to harass dissidents and make them appear to be criminals. Officers of the law gave perjured testimony and presented fabricated evidence as a pretext for false arrests and wrongful imprisonment. They discriminatorily enforced tax laws and other government regulations and used conspicuous surveillance, “investigative” interviews, and grand jury subpoenas in an effort to intimidate activists and silence their supporters.[18]
Extralegal Force and Violence: The FBI conspired with local police departments to threaten dissidents; to conduct illegal break-ins in order to search dissident homes; and to commit vandalism, assaults, beatings and assassinations.[18][19][20] The object was to frighten, or eliminate, dissidents and disrupt their movements.

The FBI specifically developed tactics intended to heighten tension and hostility between various factions the black militancy movement, for example between the Black Panthers, the United Slaves and the Blackstone Rangers. This resulted in numerous deaths, among which were the United Slave assassinations of San Diego Black Panther Party members Jim Huggins, Bunchy Carter and Sylvester Bell.[18]

The FBI also conspired with the police departments of many U.S. cities (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Philadelphia, Chicago) to encourage repeated raids on Black Panther homes—often with little or no evidence of violations of federal, state, or local laws—which resulted directly in the police killing of many members of the Black Panther Party, most famously the assassination of Chicago Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton on December 4, 1969.[18][19][20]

In order to eliminate black militant leaders whom they considered dangerous, the FBI conspired with local police departments to target specific individuals,[21] accuse them of crimes they did not commit, suppress exculpatory evidence and falsely incarcerate them. One Black Panther Party leader, Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt, was incarcerated for 27 years before a California Superior Court vacated his murder conviction, ultimately freeing him. Appearing before the court, an FBI agent testified that he believed Pratt had been framed because both the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department knew he had been out of the area at the time the murder occurred. [22][23]

The FBI conducted more than 200 “black bag jobs”,[24][25] which were warrantless surreptitious entries, against the targeted groups and their members.[26]

In 1969 the FBI special agent in San Francisco wrote Hoover that his investigation of the Black Panther Party (BPP) revealed that in his city, at least, the Black nationalists were primarily feeding breakfast to children. Hoover fired back a memo implying the career ambitions of the agent were directly related to his supplying evidence to support Hoover’s view that the BPP was “a violence-prone organization seeking to overthrow the Government by revolutionary means”.[27]

Hoover was willing to use false claims to attack his political enemies. In one memo he wrote: “Purpose of counterintelligence action is to disrupt the BPP and it is immaterial whether facts exist to substantiate the charge.”[28]

In one particularly controversial 1965 incident, civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo was murdered by Ku Klux Klansmen who gave chase and fired shots into her car after noticing that her passenger was a young black man; one of the Klansmen was acknowledged FBI informant Gary Thomas Rowe.[29][30] Afterward COINTELPRO spread false rumors that Liuzzo was a member of the Communist Party and abandoned her children to have sexual relationships with African Americans involved in the civil rights movement.[31][32][33][34] FBI informant Rowe has also been implicated in some of the most violent crimes of the 1960s civil rights era, including attacks on the Freedom Riders and the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.[29] In another instance in San Diego the FBI financed, armed, and controlled an extreme right-wing group of former Minutemen, transforming it into a group called the Secret Army Organization (USA)|Secret Army Organization which targeted groups, activists, and leaders involved in the Anti-War Movement for both intimidation and violent acts.[35][36][37][38]

Hoover ordered preemptive action “to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralize them before they exercise their potential for violence.”[6][39]
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Illegal surveillance

The final report of the Church Committee concluded:
Too many people have been spied upon by too many Government agencies and too much information has been collected. The Government has often undertaken the secret surveillance of citizens on the basis of their political beliefs, even when those beliefs posed no threat of violence or illegal acts on behalf of a hostile foreign power. The Government, operating primarily through secret informants, but also using other intrusive techniques such as wiretaps, microphone “bugs”,
surreptitious mail opening, and break-ins, has swept in vast amounts of information about the personal lives, views, and associations of American citizens. Investigations of groups deemed potentially dangerous — and even of groups suspected of associating with potentially dangerous organizations — have continued for decades, despite the fact that those groups did not engage in unlawful activity. Groups and individuals have been harassed and disrupted because of their political views and their lifestyles. Investigations have been based upon vague standards whose breadth made excessive collection inevitable. Unsavory and vicious tactics have been employed — including anonymous attempts to break up marriages, disrupt meetings, ostracize persons from their professions, and provoke target groups into rivalries that might result in deaths. Intelligence agencies have served the political and personal objectives of presidents and other high officials. While the agencies often committed excesses in response to pressure from high officials in the Executive branch and Congress, they also occasionally initiated improper activities and then concealed them from officials whom they had a duty to inform.
Governmental officials — including those whose principal duty is to enforce the law –have violated or ignored the law over long periods of time and have advocated and defended their right to break the law.
The Constitutional system of checks and balances has not adequately controlled intelligence activities. Until recently the Executive branch has neither delineated the scope of permissible activities nor established procedures for supervising intelligence agencies. Congress has failed to exercise sufficient oversight, seldom questioning the use to which its appropriations were being put. Most domestic intelligence issues have not reached the courts, and in those cases when they have reached the courts, the judiciary has been reluctant to grapple with them.[40][41]
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Reports that COINTELPRO tactics continue

While COINTELPRO was officially terminated in April 1971, suspicions persist that the program’s tactics continued informally.[42][43] Critics have suggested that subsequent FBI actions indicate that post-COINTELPRO reforms in the agency did not succeed in ending the program’s tactics.[44] The Associated Press reported in November 2008 that documents released under the FOIA reportedly show that the FBI tracked the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam for more than two decades.[45]

“Counterterrorism” guidelines implemented during the Reagan administration have been described as undercutting these reforms, allowing a return to earlier tactics.[46] Some radical groups accuse factional opponents of being FBI informants or assume the FBI is infiltrating the movement.[47]

Several authors have accused the FBI of continuing to deploy COINTELPRO-like tactics against radical groups after the official COINTELPRO operations were ended. Several authors have suggested the American Indian Movement (AIM) has been a target of such operations.

A few authors go further and allege that the federal government intended to acquire uranium deposits on the Lakota tribe’s reservation land, and that this motivated a larger government conspiracy against AIM activists on the Pine Ridge reservation.[2][15][48][49][50] Others believe COINTELPRO continues and similar actions are being taken against activist groups.[50][51][52]

Caroline Woidat argued that with respect to Native Americans, COINTELPRO should be understood within a historical context in which “Native Americans have been viewed and have viewed the world themselves through the lens of conspiracy theory.”[53]

Other authors note that while there are conspiracy theories related to COINTELPRO, the issue of ongoing government surveillance and repression is nonetheless real.[54][55]
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See also
Agent provocateur
Brown, H. Rap, targeted by COINTELPRO
Category:COINTELPRO targets
Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI
William Mark Felt, also known as Deep Throat served as chief inspector of COINTELPRO field operations
Franklin, H. Bruce, targeted by COINTELPRO
Hampton, Fred, targeted by COINTELPRO
Viola Liuzzo, murdered by a shot from a car used by four Ku Klux Klansmen, one of whom was a COINTELPRO informant
NSA call database
Operation Mockingbird
Police brutality
Vineland
Security culture
Red squad – Police intelligence/anti-dissident units, later operated under COINTELPRO
Starsky, Morris, early target of COINTELPRO
Surveillance
The COINTELPRO Papers
THERMCON
Weathermen
State Terrorism

December 20, 2009
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Cars set alight

LARNACA – Two cars were set ablaze outside their owner’s house in Larnaca.

The incident occurred at around 2am.

Both vehicles were extensively damaged and Fire Brigade investigations showed that the fire was started maliciously.

December 20, 2009
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MR | 14.12.2009 23:55 | Climate Chaos | Repression | Social Struggles

For the second day in a row, the police have used pepperspray against the inmates in the climate prison in Valby. Climate activists smashed the cages and used benches to break cell doors open. The police are sending out daily press-releases with the latest news about the many arrests in connection with the protests against the COP15 summit, but some stories never go further than the police’s leadership and are left out of the official accounts.

This is what happened both on Saturday and Sunday where pepperspray was used against the inmates in the so-called ’climate jail’ in Valby. This happened in connection with a prisoner riot that involved several hundred arrested activists.

Modkraft has spoken to several climate activists who witnessed the riot.

“The atmosphere was totally crazy. Several hundred people were shouting and screaming at each other and many tore wooden benches loose inside the cages and began to hit the doors with them” says Mads who was among the people arrested after Sunday’s ’Hit the Production’ demo that took place on Sunday afternoon in Østerbro.

“You could see the fear in their eyes”

257 activists were “preventatively arrested” at Sunday’s demonstration and were taken to the police’s main detention facility, commonly known as the climate jail, on Sunday afternoon.

Mads explains that the police used pepperspray several times against him and the others who sat confined in metal cages measuring 2.4 by 5 metres.

His story is is confirmed by two Swedish girls who Modkraft has also talked to. They say that there was a “chaotic atmosphere” in the prison on Sunday evening where they were also detained in metal cages after the demonstration at Østerbro.

“The police stormed the cages and took everything from us: blankets, water bottles and benches were all removed. They used a lot of pepperspray and it quickly spread around the room.”, says Elli.

She tells us that a group of inmates managed to smash open the door of one of the cells. According to Ellie and her friend Marta it was that episode that unleashed the police action on Sunday evening.

“You could see the fear in their eyes. They were very aggressive, and they threatened to use more pepperspray. ” says Marta.

As a reaction to the pepper-spray many inmates tore their bed-sheets in pieces and used them to cover their eyes. The two girls described the experience as “traumatic”, “humiliating” and “deeply shocking”.

“Many people were panicked and scared. It wasn’t possible to get away.” says Marta.

Police officers with hearing protection

On the internet forum “Anarchist Debate Forum” a demonstrator called Holst who was also detained at Valby describes the events as follows:

“When I was arrested today, the benches that were tied to the walls with strips were pulled off and used as battering rams against the doors. People made so much noise by chanting and rubbing plastic bottles against the cell bars that the police had go around with hearing protection. Many of the doors that had been destroyed on Saturday had been replaced with thick wooden boards. The rights papers and bedding material were ripped into confetti.

“After some time riot police rushed into the cells to remove all of the benches, (the ones that had not been ripped off the walls were cut off) sleeping mats, and water bottles. They used pepper-spray to come into the cells.

“For the remaining hours, people had to sit on the concrete floor and were given water through the bars of the cells like hamsters.”

There were also problems in the climate jail on Saturday evening after the police arrested 968 demonstrators on Amagerbrogade. DR described the situation with these words:

“Inside the prison some of the detainees have among other things, pulled down walls between their cells. Many of the benches from the cells have been removed and the remaining prisoners are now sitting on the floor.

During the disturbance, police officers took dogs into the hall but then decided to take them out again.

Police officer bit in the thigh by a police dog

Another detained woman told Modkraft that she sat together with ten others in a cell in Valby. At one point “people in the cell begun to hang their blankets up so that the cops couldn’t see in. The police reacted by coming in and taking our blankets.”

Later, people began to strike the door to the cell so that it broke open. After that, the benches were ripped free from the wall and the police came in with their pepperspray out. They took the two people that had hit on the door, put them in plastic strips and brought them to a new cell where there wasn’t anyone else. The rest of the prisoners in the cell were moved to a new cell.

The episode, which was visible to the rest of the detainees, led to a huge amount of noise that ended with the police bringing dogs into the prison hall. They brought them around the cells until one of the dogs got so worked up that it bit a police officer in the thigh.

Complaints on the way

Like Mads, the two Swedish girls were released on Sunday evening after several hours in police custody. They were driven to a nearby S-train station where they were let out. Neither of them are charged with anything or have received an explanation for why they were arrested in the first place.

All three have decided to complain about their arrest and the treatment they received afterwards. Not because they want compensation, but because they don’t want anyone else to go through the same experience.

“I hope that our complaint can help to change the system. It can’t be right that the police can arrest people who haven’t done anything and put them in cages like animals. It is completely inhuman and borders on torture.” says Elli.

According to the legal support group Rusk that deal with complaints from demonstrators, pepperspray was also used against detainees on Saturday 12 December in connection with similar prisoner unrest in the prison in Valby.

“It is totally reprehensible and gives the impression that the police are unable to handle these situations in a constructive way”, says spokesperson for Rusk, Marc Jørgensen to Modkraft.dk.

Climate Justice Action, the activist network that are arranging many of the big civil disobedience actions in connection with the COP15 summit, are also outraged at the police’s methods.

“The police’s behaviour is completely unacceptable. The police are supposed to use pepperspray instead of shooting, but in this situation it was used against imprisoned demonstrators who could in no way have constituted a threat. It is time that someone steps in and stops the police’s insane behaviour”, they write in a press release.

The police however do not think that they have acted irresponsibly.

“What I have been told is that there was a cage with ten inmates where four or five of them became very violent and used wooden benches as battering rams against the cages. So we decided to use pepperspray against them, but not directly at their eyes”, reports police spokesperson Henrik Suhr to politiken.dk about the episode on Sunday evening.
MR
Homepage: http://COP15 prisoners riot in makeshift jail

Correct link
15.12.2009 00:05

http://www.modkraft .dk/spip. php?article12227
MR

COP jail

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this has to come out
15.12.2009 00:10

This news has to come out to the general public… this methods are those of a fascist state, this descriptions remind me too much of those made be my parents when they were in prison in Chile under Pinochet.
anon

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Logic and reason of torture
15.12.2009 00:26

“What I have been told is that there was a cage with ten inmates where four or five of them became very violent and used wooden benches as battering rams against the cages. So we decided to use pepperspray against them, but not directly at their eyes”, reports police spokesperson Henrik Suhr to politiken.dk about the episode on Sunday evening”.

It’s great how barbarism can be acted in out in the most logical and reasoned of manners. But just to show you that this logic and reason is also considerate, he adds that of course they didnt gas the people in cages in their eyes.

ACAB
Always
A

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maybe now you’ll believe
15.12.2009 09:16

that this is a fucking war! we must strike back agianst this abuse of our comrades. danish embassy, next on the list, along with the greek and serbian embassies… i can feel a embassy tour coming up!!

we must not allow this to go un-avenged, by legal and illegal means!! solidarity to those on the streets….get ready for the next big demo and do not allow yourselves to be arrested, by whatever methods you need to stay free.

this is it people, the battle, even after all these decades of struggle, is only truly beginning, as the states of the world make it clear, from london to pittsburgh, paris to belgrade, that we will not get our freedom, we will have to fight on for it….fight like we have never fought before.

ACAB
anarchist socialist

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December 19, 2009
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ELP has received the following e-mail from supporters of Swedish eco-prisoner Jonatan Strandberg. ELP encourages everyone to support Jonatan. He reads and writes English and as the below e-mail shows, he welcomes all letters of support.

Letters of support should be sent to:

Jonatan Strandberg
BOX 248
593 23 Vastervik
Sweden

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Dear comrades,
Please spread this call for swedidish ELF/anarchist prisoner Jonatan and publish it on lists, blogs and websites. Jonatan is in a closed prison far away from his comrades, friends and supporters now. He really needs support. His mood is changing a lot and he feels kind of depressed. We also would like you all to maybe think of sending him something theese days. He won’t get a lot visitations tin this time. Jonatan will propably join the collective hungerstrike of prisoners in struggle starting the 20th december.
If you send him books, make shure that there is nothing written by hand in it. Also if you send him CDs they have to be original otherwise he won’t get them.
Jonatan is interested in (green)anarchism, anti-civ theory,indigenous struggles…the wild. He like music of all kind (from HC to HipHop, Drum and Bass,Folk…). He’ll be also really happy about posters and flyer from the resistance on the outside…
Nothing forgiven-noone forgotten!
For anarchy,social war and total liberation!
with love and rage
ABC-Orkan (anarchist black cross group from northern germany)

Under nighttime?s lovely coat-
Solidarity with Swedish
anarchist Jonatan.

On the 14th of
October 2008 the Swedish secret police
SAPO raided 3 houses in different places
in Sweden. They arrested the
anarchist Jonatan and took different tools,
political pamphlets, his computer and
other personal stuff with them. After two
months in custody he had his trial and was
sentenced to about 15 Months in Prison,
which he began in October ?09. He is
accused of three ELF-Actions.

?Urban Sprawl is the destruction of the
natural world in order to expand the cities
according to the ever-increasing mode of
development and progress. Middle class
villas, luxury mansions and industry are
threatening wildlife and endangered
species, as this is present on a global
scale, in every major or minor city, it is a
threat to the continuation of life in this
planet. It must be therefore be met with
no-compromising resistance! It must be
destroyed!? Jonatan.

On the night between the 20th and the
21st if April 2008 ELF claimed
responsibility for three actions in Almhult/
Sweden. A communication tower
connected to the Department of Defence
infrastructure was sabotaged with a firebomb,
a building crane in a urban-sprawlproject
was sabotaged and a logging
truck got its security ropes and hydraulic
cables disabled. Nearly at the same time
another ELF-cell has claimed responsibility
for destroying a new luxury villa under
construction in the forest by arson. This
action Jonatan was accused of, too. But
the case was dropped.

Especially when
comrades take action on their own,
without a group or community around
them and are faced with repression its
more important then ever to show them
that they are not alone! In this and other
cases, for example in the case of Michel
Sykes, a 17 year old North American
anarchist comrade sentenced for different
ELF actions against urban sprawl to up to
10 years in prison, we have to be there,
not just waiting on the outside. We have to
show that attacks by the state wont crush
our ideas and break us. It just gives us
more rage and strength! But solidarity is
not just mutual aid! Solidarity is a way to
be a partner in struggle and crime, a way
of showing your happiness about an
action and deep affinity with a hostage of
the state. Its not just about giving a
comrade infrastructural help. Its about
showing the incarcerated that she/he is
not alone and that her/his struggle was
just the beginning and will be continued
on the outside. Build up Revolutionary
Solidarity!

Let us make the time in prison
for Jonatan and all the others as short as
possible and fight for the freedom of all
and against every kind of oppression! For
social war, anarchy and total freedom!

write letters of support and attack!

Jonatan Strandberg
BOX 248
593 23 Vastervik
Sweden

Information and contact:
noprisonnostate.blogsport.de
againstthewaiting.blogsport.de (coming soon!)
supportmichael.wordpress.com

December 18, 2009
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CCL-Centro de Cultura Libertária- An anarchist centre in Portugal under eviction threat.


CCL is an anarchist centre that exists in Cacilhas, Portugal, since 1974. It was started by old anarchists that fought against dictatorship and since then it stands in the same place. Along the years it has been an important place for anarchism in Portugal and it has been the house of several generations of anarchist. It has an unique library and archive in Portugal, with anarchist books that were edited in the last hundred years as well as its own distro.

During these 35 years of existence it has been the place of several activities such as discussions, video screenings and workshops. Voz Anarquista in the 70’s, Antítese in the 80’s, Boletim de Informação Anarquista in the 90’s and, more recently, Húmus are examples of zines and newspapers published and edited here.

In January of 2009, an eviction threat was made against CCL by the owner of the building in which it stands. Due to that, there was a court case between September and October. In the 2nd of November the sentence came out: CCL has until the 22nd of November to empty the place.
An appeal in the court will be made now. In this period there are costs, like paying the lawyer and the appeal. We still don’t know the exact amount of money that will be needed but for sure some hundreds of euros.

What is happening here concerns all those who struggle against realty speculation and the greedy propriety owners behind it.

The pretext from the accusation was the excessive noise during night time. The real interest for the owner is to gain a higher profit from the rent of the house. CCL has a lifetime contract that prevents major changes in the rent price.

The end of this centre means a big loss in all possible ways: it’s an important place for reflexion, debate, struggle and resistance.

As others fought in the past for the existence of this place, we fight back again saying NO to losing it by the hands of courts, profitmakers or any other reason.

We will continue our struggle!

All support and solidarity that can make our resistance stronger is urgent and necessary, therefore welcome!

Centro de Cultura Libertária
07.11.09

Contacts:

E-mail: ateneu2000@yahoo.com

Mail:
Apartado 40
2800-801 Almada – Portugal

Blog:
http://culturalibertaria.blogspot.com

December 17, 2009
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Demonstrators gathered outside the Danish Embassy in London to object to Denmark police’s harsh treatment of demonstrators at the COP Summit in Copenhagen.

Protest outside the Danish Embassy, London, 17 Dec 09
Protest outside the Danish Embassy, London, 17 Dec 09

Protest outside the Danish Embassy, London, 17 Dec 09
Protest outside the Danish Embassy, London, 17 Dec 09

Protesters leave the Danish Embassy and disrupt traffic, London, 17 Dec 09
Protesters leave the Danish Embassy and disrupt traffic, London, 17 Dec 09

Protesters leave the Danish Embassy and disrupt traffic, London, 17 Dec 09
Protesters leave the Danish Embassy and disrupt traffic, London, 17 Dec 09

On Thursday December 17, approximately 50 demonstrators gathered outside the Danish Embassy in Sloane Street, London, to object to the Danish police’s harsh treatment of demonstrators at the COP Summit in Copenhagen.

After a spirited rally, demonstrators occupied the road in front of the embassy before leading a roaming traffic blockade up Sloane Street and onto Brompton Road, before eventually halting outside Harrods department store.

There were no arrests.

December 16, 2009
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Set fireFascist ATTACK in greece 16/12/09 THE SOCIAL CENTER FOR IMMIGRANTS!




At dawn fascists broke the door of places, went inside, threw alcohol and set fire to the building. Signed the instrument with swastikas.

Last week I had written racist slogans at the entrance to hangout. Now set fire. Tomorrow, what???

For months in Chania greet, immigrants receive brutal attacks by the recent attack on the main square 1866. Greek anti-racists are beaten for that capacity, houses immigrants are targets of attacks …

Enough

The fascist Bile SIMPLE TO THE CITY

ALL OUR RESBANSEBILITY IS REACT!!

DEAD TO THE NAZIS!

December 16, 2009
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Contractor's van sabotaged at Mainshill

Barry Kader | 16.12.2009 20:22

On Wednesday 16th, contractors parked in front of Mainshill Solidarity Camp returned to find their van sabotaged.


The Raeburn workers turned up at 2.30 with the estate manager and left their vehicles unattended while they took soil samples within the camp. In less than ten minutes, though the work van windows were smashed and ‘out of mainshill’ and ‘no more coal’ sprayed on the sides. A bucket of compost was tipped over the bonnet. Unfortunately, the estate manager’s 4×4 only got a small scratch.
The occupation of Mainshill continues, and we welcome others who wish to join us in resisting open cast coal mining and the environmental toxification it causes.

December 15, 2009
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Never forget “A truth cries out to be heard in my heart, and it goes like this: any movement or struggle that does not provide support to the fallen is destined for failure. As certainly as day follows night. Support for the prisoners should be considered the top priority within the movements and for people like you or me, who never know when the prison bars will close behind us. Or when these bars will open to permit our release.” Harold H. Thompson [trans: I couldn’t find the original quote, so I had to translate this back from Spanish; therefore it’s probably not the exact quote] On Tuesday 15 December, anarchist comrade Tamara was detained in Madrid. Her arrest warrant originated in Barcelona, from the Mossos d’Escuadra [Catalan autonomous police force]. She is accused of mailing a letter bomb to Albert Battle, director of the Penitentiary Institutions of Catalunya. [Tamara is AWESOME!] On Wednesday she was transferred to Barcelona and on Thursday morning made her declaration at the preliminary court appearance. A group of people in solidarity gathered at the courthouse: despite not personally knowing Tamara we felt it necessary and desirable to give her all of our support. After passing the whole morning outside we discovered that the judge had decreed pretrial detention for Tamara, who was transferred to Wad-Ras women’s prison in Barcelona. Faced with this situation we went into action. There’s little time and much to do. We decided this same night to approach the prison where Tamara was being held to let her hear our shouts and our rage, to give a rapid response, to demonstrate to the repressive forces that we won’t permit them to strike us with impunity; they have kidnapped our companion and we want them to hear one clear message: though our struggle does come with consequences for us, their repression will also have consequences for them. We also wanted Tamara to know that we won’t leave her alone for an instant. There is no fear in our eyes, they have not succeeded in intimidating us, there is only rage and conviction. We called for an assembly, passing on the word person to person, and a group of people volunteered to knock on doors and inform folks about the situation and the upcoming call-outs. We met in the evening and, despite the scarcity of people in attendance, we organized a march on Wad-Ras for that same night. We also decided to prepare a protest for the coming Sunday. We are not many, but we are sufficient to circle the prison shouting loudly, throwing fireworks, and speaking with prisoners who had gathered at the windows. Later we learned that Tamara heard us and it filled her with strength to hear us out there. On Friday we convoked another meeting and organized a protest. They told us that Tamara had been transferred to the prison at Can Brians, located one hour by car outside Barcelona. Despite this, we decided to continue with the same location and route, because we understood that the powers did not want us to gather at Wad-Ras, but going to a prison always has a purpose, and they won’t succeed in making us incommunicado also. Posters were made that were put up in nearly all the neighborhoods of Barcelona, mainly on the doors of the social centers. There was also a proposal placed on the internet for a meal on Sunday to gather money for Tamara. On Sunday, at 6 in the evening, we gathered in the designated place, Plaza Can Felipa in the neighborhood of Poblenou. About a hundred people came and we marched towards the jail with banners, flyers, fireworks, and spraypaint. The area was full of undercovers but there weren’t uniformed cops close by. When we came close to Wad-Ras they appeared in their riot vans and we gritted our teeth, not letting them intimidate us with their presence. Never again! Knowing that our companion was held prisoner outweighed any consequence we could suffer for showing our support. When we arrived at the jail they were already awaiting us outside their vans, clubs in hand, with their uniforms and all their gear. We shouted all the louder and surrounded the jail with these waged torturers one meter away. We stopped next to them and yelled in their disgusting faces. This time the prisoners were not in the windows, they had isolated them so we couldn’t talk with them, though we knew they were listening to us. We continued the march and then left. We want to thank all the people who showed solidarity with the actions that were taken, because we believe it is important to reaffirm that under these calculated blows we should not respond as they expect, staying in our houses. More than ever we have to demonstrate with all our force and courage, to feel that we are not alone, that if one day the blow falls on us there will be those who will give their everything from the streets. We don’t know how long they will hold Tamara prisoner. There is much to be done. Her closest friends and companions live in Madrid, therefore we in Barcelona have to mobilize so that Tamara isn’t lacking anything, neither in things material, emotional, or revolutionary. We find it important to stress that this repressive blow should not paralyze us, should not interrupt our daily struggle. Despite our support for our companion, we should continue the struggle, not stagnate. The continuation of the social war is the best homage that we can make for Tamara. A space has been created at the Ateneu Llibertari del Besòs [an anarchist social center] to drop off things for Tamara, such as: -Books -Clothes that are not blue, nor grey pants [these would be regulations of the prison] -Music CDs, originals and still in the packaging [not copies] [the address of the Ateneu is Rambla Prim 76, 08019 Barcelona, Espanya, include a note inside the package that the material is for Tamara, she probably only reads a little English but I haven’t been able to find out yet. Here’s the website of the Ateneu http://www.nodo50.org/albesos/ ] Her address is: Tamara Hernandez Heras C.P. Brians – Dones Carretera de Martorell a Capellades, km 23 08635 Sant Esteve Sesrovires Spain Some actions realized in solidarity with Tamara, found on the internet -Solidarity with Tamara and the prisoners Last night, in the neighborhood of Sants, real estate offices, banks, and offices of public institutions were painted in solidarity with the recently detained Tamara and all the other prisoners of this murderous state. Also two banners were hung calling for her freedom. Solidarity and action! -Two banks burned in solidarity with anarchist prisoner 22 December 2009 Early Friday morning we set fire to two banks in Guinardó (Barcelona), as two small acts of solidarity. In the first place we want to claim this action in support of Tamara, the young madrileña detained this week accused of having mailed a letter bomb to the director of Penitentiary Institutions for being responsible for the current situation of prisoner Amadeu Casellas. Beyond whether she was or wasn’t the author of this deed, we know that this arrest is framed within the attempt to stop all shows of solidarity with Amadeu. A fact that is corroborated by the different reports the Mossos have presented to raise the alarm about the dangerous relations that are being woven in relation to the hungerstrike of this anarchist prisoner. It is in this direction that we understand her arrest and in this direction that we understand our solidarity. In the second place we want to show our deepest support to the companions detained by the Chilean state. Just as our enemies do not understand borders, as personified by the Italian collaboration with the Chilean police, neither do we, as internationalist proletarians. You are not alone! Where there is struggle there is repression! Where there is repression there is solidarity!

December 15, 2009
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Never forget “A truth cries out to be heard in my heart, and it goes like this: any movement or struggle that does not provide support to the fallen is destined for failure. As certainly as day follows night. Support for the prisoners should be considered the top priority within the movements and for people like you or me, who never know when the prison bars will close behind us. Or when these bars will open to permit our release.” Harold H. Thompson [trans: I couldn’t find the original quote, so I had to translate this back from Spanish; therefore it’s probably not the exact quote] On Tuesday 15 December, anarchist comrade Tamara was detained in Madrid. Her arrest warrant originated in Barcelona, from the Mossos d’Escuadra [Catalan autonomous police force]. She is accused of mailing a letter bomb to Albert Battle, director of the Penitentiary Institutions of Catalunya. [Tamara is AWESOME!] On Wednesday she was transferred to Barcelona and on Thursday morning made her declaration at the preliminary court appearance. A group of people in solidarity gathered at the courthouse: despite not personally knowing Tamara we felt it necessary and desirable to give her all of our support. After passing the whole morning outside we discovered that the judge had decreed pretrial detention for Tamara, who was transferred to Wad-Ras women’s prison in Barcelona. Faced with this situation we went into action. There’s little time and much to do. We decided this same night to approach the prison where Tamara was being held to let her hear our shouts and our rage, to give a rapid response, to demonstrate to the repressive forces that we won’t permit them to strike us with impunity; they have kidnapped our companion and we want them to hear one clear message: though our struggle does come with consequences for us, their repression will also have consequences for them. We also wanted Tamara to know that we won’t leave her alone for an instant. There is no fear in our eyes, they have not succeeded in intimidating us, there is only rage and conviction. We called for an assembly, passing on the word person to person, and a group of people volunteered to knock on doors and inform folks about the situation and the upcoming call-outs. We met in the evening and, despite the scarcity of people in attendance, we organized a march on Wad-Ras for that same night. We also decided to prepare a protest for the coming Sunday. We are not many, but we are sufficient to circle the prison shouting loudly, throwing fireworks, and speaking with prisoners who had gathered at the windows. Later we learned that Tamara heard us and it filled her with strength to hear us out there. On Friday we convoked another meeting and organized a protest. They told us that Tamara had been transferred to the prison at Can Brians, located one hour by car outside Barcelona. Despite this, we decided to continue with the same location and route, because we understood that the powers did not want us to gather at Wad-Ras, but going to a prison always has a purpose, and they won’t succeed in making us incommunicado also. Posters were made that were put up in nearly all the neighborhoods of Barcelona, mainly on the doors of the social centers. There was also a proposal placed on the internet for a meal on Sunday to gather money for Tamara. On Sunday, at 6 in the evening, we gathered in the designated place, Plaza Can Felipa in the neighborhood of Poblenou. About a hundred people came and we marched towards the jail with banners, flyers, fireworks, and spraypaint. The area was full of undercovers but there weren’t uniformed cops close by. When we came close to Wad-Ras they appeared in their riot vans and we gritted our teeth, not letting them intimidate us with their presence. Never again! Knowing that our companion was held prisoner outweighed any consequence we could suffer for showing our support. When we arrived at the jail they were already awaiting us outside their vans, clubs in hand, with their uniforms and all their gear. We shouted all the louder and surrounded the jail with these waged torturers one meter away. We stopped next to them and yelled in their disgusting faces. This time the prisoners were not in the windows, they had isolated them so we couldn’t talk with them, though we knew they were listening to us. We continued the march and then left. We want to thank all the people who showed solidarity with the actions that were taken, because we believe it is important to reaffirm that under these calculated blows we should not respond as they expect, staying in our houses. More than ever we have to demonstrate with all our force and courage, to feel that we are not alone, that if one day the blow falls on us there will be those who will give their everything from the streets. We don’t know how long they will hold Tamara prisoner. There is much to be done. Her closest friends and companions live in Madrid, therefore we in Barcelona have to mobilize so that Tamara isn’t lacking anything, neither in things material, emotional, or revolutionary. We find it important to stress that this repressive blow should not paralyze us, should not interrupt our daily struggle. Despite our support for our companion, we should continue the struggle, not stagnate. The continuation of the social war is the best homage that we can make for Tamara. A space has been created at the Ateneu Llibertari del Besòs [an anarchist social center] to drop off things for Tamara, such as: -Books -Clothes that are not blue, nor grey pants [these would be regulations of the prison] -Music CDs, originals and still in the packaging [not copies] [the address of the Ateneu is Rambla Prim 76, 08019 Barcelona, Espanya, include a note inside the package that the material is for Tamara, she probably only reads a little English but I haven’t been able to find out yet. Here’s the website of the Ateneu http://www.nodo50.org/albesos/ ] Her address is: Tamara Hernandez Heras C.P. Brians – Dones Carretera de Martorell a Capellades, km 23 08635 Sant Esteve Sesrovires Spain Some actions realized in solidarity with Tamara, found on the internet -Solidarity with Tamara and the prisoners Last night, in the neighborhood of Sants, real estate offices, banks, and offices of public institutions were painted in solidarity with the recently detained Tamara and all the other prisoners of this murderous state. Also two banners were hung calling for her freedom. Solidarity and action! -Two banks burned in solidarity with anarchist prisoner 22 December 2009 Early Friday morning we set fire to two banks in Guinardó (Barcelona), as two small acts of solidarity. In the first place we want to claim this action in support of Tamara, the young madrileña detained this week accused of having mailed a letter bomb to the director of Penitentiary Institutions for being responsible for the current situation of prisoner Amadeu Casellas. Beyond whether she was or wasn’t the author of this deed, we know that this arrest is framed within the attempt to stop all shows of solidarity with Amadeu. A fact that is corroborated by the different reports the Mossos have presented to raise the alarm about the dangerous relations that are being woven in relation to the hungerstrike of this anarchist prisoner. It is in this direction that we understand her arrest and in this direction that we understand our solidarity. In the second place we want to show our deepest support to the companions detained by the Chilean state. Just as our enemies do not understand borders, as personified by the Italian collaboration with the Chilean police, neither do we, as internationalist proletarians. You are not alone! Where there is struggle there is repression! Where there is repression there is solidarity!

December 15, 2009
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An other prisoner found dead today, this time a 21 year old Kurd in Korridalos prison in Athens Greece

An other prisoner found dead today, this time a 21 year old Kurd in Korridalos prison in Athens Greece, as broadcasted by 105.5fm radio, without further comments and details on the how.

Against the death penalty!

December 13, 2009
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11-12-09 Sweden: Social war – not socio-ecological crisis

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Lund,Sweden: Shell-station burnt down Lund,Sweden: Shell-station burnt down

The other side, are you ready?!
This is an act directed against the political spectacle of COP15 – We are not going to let the charades of the political elite distract us from what we know needs doing.
Last night a gas-station was burnt to the ground in the city of Lund in the south of sweden, just across the bridge from Copenhagen.
Unlike the elite gathering in Copenhagen, we consider the destruction of life a serious matter. While they twist themselves around trying to seem concerned, they are fanning the flames of the fires that have been consuming all life it can for hundreds of years.
The fires we build – and ignite – are those intended to rid ourselves of our shackles and create the space to build the worlds we dream of.

We see no other solution to the situation that industrial capitalism has put us in, than burning down gas-stations and all other monuments holding up this system. We are living in a socio-ecological crisis, and it will remain untill we remove it’s cause.
Social war – not socio-ecological crisis

December 13, 2009
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Policestate shows its face in Copenhagen

the leftradical black bloc the leftradical black bloc

By activists from the black bloc.

December 12 2009. This was the big day. All eyes were on Copenhagen as about 100.000 demonstrators from all over the world came together at the Parliament, Christiansborg. It was a big, colorfull demontsration with 41 different blocs that marched towards the Bella Centre, to give their climate political demands to the politicians at the COP15. “Climate Justice Now!” was the slogan that united all the demonstrators today.

But not all demonstrators belive that appealing to the politicians will make a change.

“No nation-no border-fight law and order”

The left radical, now disolved network Never Trust A Cop, had called for an anticapitalistic bloc. We met at Højbro Plads, which is a square close to the parliament, and walked together as a black bloc with the big demonstration. We were about 1000 and the slogans were strong: “No nation-no border-fight law and order” , “Our climate not your business” , “One solution –REVOLUTION!” etc. The frontbanner of the black block, which was Swedish said: “Intät människa er illegalt” which means people can’t be illegal! When the block passed Børsen – the finance capital centre of currency speculations and other crimes against humanity, 18 windows were broken and people were shouting: “A-Anti-Anticapitalista!”

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The demonstration went over the bridge “Knippelsbro” and as we arrived at Christianshavns Torv, a square in the western part of town, a few windows from one of the biggest banks in Denmark, “Danske Bank”, were broken. That arouse some hilarity and slogans, there were no police. We continued to Amager, another part of town.

Without any warning or reason

At the square “Christian Møllers Plads” the big suprise came. Suddenly, without any warning or reason, our block was attacked by a lot of roaring police. Behind them were police vans and cars filled with police dogs. None of us had expected this and it all went very fast. The police was shouting, pushing everybody around and most of the black block and some other demonstrators were pressed into a side street, which end also was blocked by the police.

“This is what democracy looks like!”

913 activists were arrested during the demonstration, handcuffed and put on the freezing ground. ( Futher 55 activists were arrested near the freetown area called Christiania). “This is what democracy looks like!” shouted the arrested demonstrators. The activists were not told why they were arrested. Later on, the police’ spokesperson Per Larsen said, that it was because of preventive causes… The police have also announced, that more reasons are to come along with the “investigation”! Many activists had to sit on the ground for 3-4 hours, some even got cramps from sitting there in such cold temperatures for so long time. Now they are being transported to the “climate-prison” in Valby, which is a hall with cages that looks like a mix of an animal farm and Guantanamo.

... handcuffed and put on the freezing ground. … handcuffed and put on the freezing ground.

200 in solidarity with the arrested comrades

Around 7 pm, a text message were circling around saying: “Come and protest against the meaningless arrests of peacefull demonstrators! We will gather at Toftegårds Plads at 9 pm and go to the prison! Freedom for all political prisoners!”

Around 21.45 200 demonstrators had gathered at Toftegårds Plads demanding the release of all the imprisoned activists. There was a smaller confrontation and one activist was arrested.

A German comrade, who was the first to be released this evening told that inside the prison, the arrested had been forced to sit on the ground, while roaring policemen screamed, that they were not allowed to move. When she was released she had not yet got an explanation for her arrest.

December 13, 2009
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ST.PAULI COMRADES AND FANS UNFURLED THEE BANNERS IN HAMBURG
IN SOLIDARITY TO THE PEOPLE AND COMRADES ARESTED ON DECEMBER 6 IN GREECE
AND TO KOSTANTINA COUNEBA !!

December 12, 2009
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COP15 EASIER access to Denmark and COPENHAGEN

BUT, there are more, perhaps, less controlled borders to Denmark, they follow below,
and also warnings against the more controlled border crossings.

DONT TRAVEL THROUGH:

Copenhagen Airport or Billund Airport

and;

The land border crossing at PADBORG, KRUSÅ, in other
words AVOID any land border crossings in Jylland!

TRAVEL BETTER THROUGH THESE CROSSINGS
(so far):

RED ROUTE ONE;
Travel to Rostock in Germany (old DDR), best by train/bus/car, then
jump on the ferry (SCANDLINES) to GEDSER port in Denmark, less
heavy controlled, at the moment.

Then jump on the train/bus to Copenhagen, takes two hours.

RED ROUTE TWO;
Travel to Helsingborg in Sweden, best by train/bus/car, then
jump on the ferry (SCANDLINES or HH-ferries) to HELSINGØR port in Denmark,
less heavy controlled, at the moment.

Then jump on the train to Copenhagen, takes one hour.

Or take the local train to Hillerød (half an hour) and then the S-train
to Copenhagen, 40 mint. travel time.

RED ROUTE THREE;
Travel to Oslo in Norway, take the ferry direct to Copenhagen (DFDS).

RED ROUTE FOUR;
Travel to Bornholm, then by ferry to Køge, then S-train to Copenhagen (half hour).

December 11, 2009
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Giannis Dimitrakis sent back to Domokos prison

While the appeal court yesterday accepted the proposal to postpone the trial (to Tuesday 15-12) of cοmrade Giannis Dimitrakis, because of his transfer to Athens one day before the trial thereby preventing the lawyer from speaking to him to prepare his defence, the State sent Giannis back to Domokos prison, some hours after the court disbanded.

According to the media:
“The lawyer of Dimitrakis, C.Papadakis defines this institutional act a scandal that ostentatiously violates a court order. The transfer of Dimitrakis fits in perfectly with the police State ,the atmosphere that prevailed at the trial and limits of the accused’s rights of defence.The lawyers had asked the court to postpone the trial,noting that, almost a month ago they made the request to transfer the accused to Korydallos prison (Athens) and have sufficient time to prepare the defense, this came just one day before the trial.”