January 15, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

Who is Marco Camenisch?

By Friends & Supporters of Marco Cemenisch

Marco Camenisch was born in 1952 at Schiers and raised in a petit bourgeois environment in Canton Graubünden (Switzerland). Marco started to develop his radical thinking at an early age and in high school Marco began to reject the careerist conceit and elitist thinking that prevailed within the school. He left school to start an apprenticeship as a farmer at “plantahof” school. Here he opposed the notion that fertilizing must be done with chemicals. To escape the society he found himself within, Marco went to Alps becoming a free spirit. However soon after rejecting modern society, by going into the Alps, Marco realized that the conditions he apposed would not change as long as people are not actively resisting them.

In the late 1970s, Marco joined the movement against nuclear power plants and teamed up with the militants who were taking direct action against the power plants. Their tactics included cutting down the nuclear power pylons and sabotage to the actual power stations, as well as targetting individuals who advocated nuclear power.

In January 1980, along with others, Marco was arrested, and after a year on remand, the Court of Canton in Chur/Graubünden found him guilty of using explosives to destroy a pylon and a power station in Bad Ragaz. For this Marco was sentenced to ten years imprisonment. A co-defendant was given a 7.5 year prison sentence.

During his trial Marco had refused to cooperate with judicial authority because he didn’t acknowledge their legitimacy. Also in court he made a statement in which he linked anti-nuclear direct action with the struggle to prevent ecological destruction and the struggle against the whole capitalist social order.

The courts hoped that by jailing Marco they’d manage to stop him. However, in December 1981, together with 5 other prisoners, Marco succeded in escaping from the prison of Regensdorf near Zurich. During the escape there was a shoot out in which a prison warder died and another was seriously injured. Marco was not part of the group that shot the warden.

Following his escape from prison Marco lived a clandestine existance, for ten years, carrying out several actions on the Italian/Swiss boarder to advance his revolutionary beliefs.

In 1989, Swiss Federal Police and the media claimed that Marco was responsible for the killing of a Swiss border police officer at Brusio.

Then in November 1992, in the Toscana area of Italy, the Carabinieri (Italian police) surrounded the place Marco was staying in and after a shoot out Marco was finally captured. But rather than extraditing Marco straight back to Switzerland, the Italian authorities put Marco on trial where he was found guilty of destroying several nuclear electricity pylons in Italy and for this, in April 1993, he was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. For the duration of his imprisonment in Italy Marco was kept in solitary confinement in high security prisons.

In April 2002, having served his sentence in Italy, Marco was extradited to Switzerland.

Following his extradition, firstly Marco was taken to the high security prison of Pfäffikon near Zurich. Then to the prison in Thorberg near Bern. In January 2003, after a hunger strike against the poor conditions of his imprisonment, and after several direct actions carried out internationally in solidarity of Marco, the authorities transferred him to the prison in Chur and improved the conditions. However the improved conditions were only short lived and the authorities soon re-transferred Marco back to prison in Pfäffikon, where they cancelled all the improvements that Marco had struggled for.

In September 2003 the Italian Carabinieri carried out 50 raids against suspected eco-activists who they accused of carrying out radical eco-actions including the destruction of skiing resorts, incinerators, mobile phone masks, TV towers, etc. The authorities also raided Marco’s Swiss prison cell accusing him of being the mastermind behind all these actions. It was widely believed at the time that these high profile raids were carried out as an attempt to try and destroy the international solidarity which supported Marco. But rather than weakening Marco’s support it merely strengthed the support. So in November 2003 Marco was moved to yet another prison.

In May 2004 Marco was put on trialo accused of both murdering the Swiss boarder guard who died in 1989 and the attempted murder of a prison warden during his escape in 1981. At the end of the trial, in June 2004, Marco was found Not Guilty of the attempted murder of the prison guard, but Guilty of the boarder guards murder. He was given an additional 17 years prison sentence (to run consecutively with the ten year sentence issued to him in 1980 for blowing up the pylons) and shortly after his sentencing he was moved to yet another prison this time in Regensdorf where he remains today.

It should be noted that after all the years in prison, Marco, who calls himself an anarchist, has never let the authorities change his mind about his political convinctions. Instead of this, whilst behind bars, he has stayed a political activist. By means of writing letters, he has organized a far-reaching network of political and personal relations. The bad conditions of imprisonment that he has been and still is subjected to in Switzerland clearly pursue an objective by the authorities. The authorities want to break Marco. They hate the fact he has remained steadfast to his political identity and they loath his continued refusal to cooperate with the judicial authority and for this they want to break him both politically and personally.

It is up to the international prisoner support movement to make sure Marco receives all the support he can get and to remind the authorities that the support for Marco is as strong as ever.

The original version of this article was written by friends and supporters of Marco Camenisch in April 2003. It was revised slightly in March 2004 for clarity of reading.

Statement by Italian Eco-Prisoner Marco Camenish

A statement dated February 2002. The statement reads:< /p>

“To the comrades
To authority of repression

On 18th AprilI’ll have served a sentence of 12 years in Italy and I’ll be extradited to Switzerland for to be submitted to various trials with accusations that provides life sentences too.

I do not recognise any legitimacy to Government and repressive machine, consequently I’ll exclude any statements in front of this machine and their representatives, except perhaps spontaneously in public/before a court.

I warn the repressive body not to repeat the extortion of false statements from my family, especially from my elderly mother and from my brother, both not able to be interrogated due to health reasons, through pressures and coercion like it happened after the death of a member of the Swiss Financial Police in 1989, for which I’m charged.

Due to personal reasons like being too old, a prejudicated health and social responsibilities and needs, it would not be possible and reasonable for me and that long before, to take up arms and underground life again, in the antiauthoritarian struggle. But I continue to revenge the necessity of a radical antiauthoritarian struggle against rule and exploitation always more aggressive and destructive (now by technological capitalism and his total war against individual, societies, cultures and environments of the Earth community) and for ANOTHER NECESSARY WORLD, necessarily based on solidarity and antiauthoritarian and fair relationship among all individuals and communities of the things, the non-human and human lives, that from the terrestrial community.”

Should anyone be interested, letters of support for Marco can be sent to:

Marco Camenisch, Postfach 3143, CH-8105 Regensdorf, Switzerland

January 14, 2010
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Thursday, 14 January 2010 Italy: anarchists claim explosions at Rovereto cash points and demand the release of Alfredo Bonanno and Christos Stratigopo

A letter reached the newsroom of the daily newspaper the ‘Trentino’ concerning the explosion of two cash dispensers in Rovereto on the night between Christmas and Boxing Day. In the communique there was a demand for the liberation of two of the main theoreticians of insurrectionalist anarchism.

TRENTO. A claim for the two explosions in as many cash dispensers in Rovereto that took place during the night between Christmas and Santo Stefano, reached the newsroom of the local daily paper the ‘Trentino’, and seems to open an anarchist trail.

In the missive, written with a ruler to compose each letter, there is the request to free two anarchists. They are Alfredo Maria Bonanno, 72 years, considered one of the main theoreticians of insurrectionalist anarchism, arrested in Greece for concourse in robbery last October 2, and the Greek Christos Stratigopoulos, active in the middle of the nineties also in Italy.

The carabinieri of Rovereto, who are investigating the case, are examining the letter, which bears a Verona postmark dated Monday December 28. Technical analyses will be carried out to look for fingerprints.

No outcome on the other hand from the declaration of a witness who saw two young people escaping, their faces covered by balaclavas, other than confirmation of the dynamic of the deeds: two rudimentary devices made from fireworks and the bank CCTV cameras obscured in order to avoid being taken.

(29 December 2009)

Monday, 04/01/2010 – informa-azione

January 13, 2010
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167 | Info-night on the situation in Greece, Thursday 14.1 at the Lift’N’Hoist


What’s happening in Greece? Just over one year ago, the shooting of teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos by the police fired a massive scale reaction from the anti-authoritarian youth. The riots kicked off (and still go on) in a country facing a big economic crisis, but what impresses us most is the determination and resistance of this movement. Their aim is a complete change in state and society: so should we dare to speak the word? A revolution. Then, another important item for a discussion: a couple of months ago Alfredo Bonanno, one of the most controversial and known figures of insurrectionary anarchism, was arrested in Greece along with Christos Stratigopoulos shortly after a bank robbery had taken place. He’s now held in prison under conditions that are unbearable for anyone, and less for an old, sick, brave man who has already been deprived of his freedom for a long time.

Join us if you’re interested in knowing more about the actual situation in Greece, in learning more about struggles against the appalling conditions in Greek jails and news concerning the particularly severe conditions of detention of Alfredo and Christos.

Thursday, 14th JAN 7 p.m. at the LIFT ‘N’ HOIST SQUAT, Queen’s Row. Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle london

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January 12, 2010
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7 and a half years’ imprisonment imposed by the Grand Jury in Thessaloniki for 26year old Elias Nikolaou, for the explosion of improvised incendiary devices outside the building of the Municipal Police in Evosmos, 2 on the morning of January 13, 2009. The Court decided to suspend the right to appeal.
After a hearing of two days, which ended late Thursday afternoon, the court found the 26year old guilty of possession of explosives (unanimously) and explosion hazard to people and things (a majority of 4-3 votes), and recognized mitigating circumstances in his former good character.
In his defense the 26 year old denied the charges, saying that a conspiracy was set up by the police against those of the antiauthoritarian movement. Members of the antiauthoritarian movement on the side of the accused, denounced the court’s verdict, shouting slogans, while the withdrawal was completed without problems.
Meanwhile, the Alternative Initiative of the Thessaloniki Bar, announced its strong condemnation of police presence at the Court to mark the trial of Elias Nicholaou. The provocative presence led to abuse and civil rights lawyers recalled trials conducted in the emergency Military Courts of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile and the Military Courts of the Turkish junta.
Indeed, outside the Chamber of the trial there were two sets of riotcops prohibiting entry to those who were not “liked” it said in the communication, and even lawyers had to show their identity in four consecutive “blocks” in order to enter.


January 11, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

Fire to the Prison Society!

Fire to the Prison Society!

Santiago, December 4th. At dusk in the JG Millas campus at cordón macul, subversive youths shut down the traffic of Grecia Av to fight another battle in the struggle for the freedom of political prisoners kidnapped by the state in different prisons of Chile and the world.

With molotov cocktails and stones as improvised weapons, they repelled the police attack with the result that no arrests were made.

Info: Hommodolars.

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One Response to “Fire to the Prison Society!”

January 11, 2010
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Graffiti @ meeting in solidarity with the prisoners

A panphlet said:

Inside and Outside the Prison: Revolt and Jailbreak

“It’s time to act, on a daily basis with our comrades, for the destruction of the prison society and any social attempts to reform this disgusting system of death. Solidarity never should be an empty slogan, but daily action of confrontation with power and unfailing support to our brothers kidnapped in this war to the death”. Mauricio Morales.

Axel Osorio, Marcelo Dotte, Esteban Huiniguir (Cárcel de Alta Seguridad)
Matías Castro, Pablo Carvajal, Cristián Cancino (Santiago 1)
Flora Pavez (Centro de Orientación Femenina)
Cristián Otero Pérez (Cárcel de Temuco)
Prisioneros Políticos Mapuche

Prisoners in the Social War:

Revolutionary Solidarity with those kidnapped from the State-Capital in the Rest of The World

It’s time to strengthen bonds of solidarity with our comrades in prison, in this territory and the rest of the world. Understanding that the fight against power is a life decision, it is urgent that every gesture of attack aims at the destruction of the prisons and the society that keeps them.

¡¡Freedom now for Marco Camenisch (Switzerland), Gabriel Pombo da Silva (Germany), Amadeu Casellas (Spain), Freddy Fuentevilla y Marcelo Villarroel (Argentina), Yiannis Dimitrakes, Christos Stratigopoulus y Alfredo Maria Bonano (Greece), Ted Kaczynski y Mumia Abu-Jamal (USA) and all other prisoners in the Social War!!

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January 11, 2010
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Solidarity with anarchist prisoners from Turkey

To all the earth and the comrades of conscience,

On 6th of January 2010, in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, a press release was arranged on Yuksel Street, for solidarity with consciencious objector Enver Aydemir.

The Agile Police Force, waiting in the permitted demonstration to finish, took the group into a chamber and asked everybody for their IDs. The police normally would not ask for ID in such a “constitutional” and “unsevere” and the “citizen” activist has no such obligation ask to inform the police before a press release.

And the police’s asking all the participants of the demonstration for IDs, who are against war and violence and objecting the imprisonment of a consciencious objector is for the purpose of guaranteeing arresting and following imprisonment.

Some 100 members of Agile Police Force who surrounded the activists, mostly composed of anarchists, attacked on them with all their power within a few seconds. The violence, sexual assault and indignity ongoing by the road, all went on through the custodial prison –where they stayed more than 20 hours- and courthouse The police accused the activists for resisting them and alienating the public from military obligation and assault. All the activists, after being subject to heavy physical pressure in the police station, were forced to sign the affirmations which were already prepared by the police itself. In response to this treatment, the activists preferred to use their right to silence. At the same night, as the activists were under custody, this unlawful and arbitrary treatment and the violence of the police has been protested in Ankara. And the imprisoned anti-militarists, after being imprisoned for a night, were brought to the Ankara Courthouse. And in the Courthouse, they were hugged by anti-militarists, feminists and their families with strong support. They supported them by slogans and applause, The prisoners were first brought to judicial medicine and then to the attorney for affirmation. As anarchist Volkan Sevinç transferred to the court for the demand of being arrested, 22 of the activists were released. The case was suddenly done. To Volkan, the case was not much different to an enactment. Since the hierarchy from the judge to the police officers had already made up their decisions; They had decided to arrest Volkan. The judge acceded the press explanation as an “unlawful” meeting and Volkan Sevinç with administrating that meeting and with a weapon. Besides these, they have decided that he had the chance of befogging evidence.

And as evidence they were claiming a knife though he insisted that it does not belong to him and for that he refused body search. And the law of power, who claims that he “managed” the illegal meeting, impounded Volkan into Ankara No. 1 Prison.

As Volkan being taken to the prison vehicle his comrades and supporters shouted slogans. Everybody in there shouted out that they all walk shoulder to shoulder against fascism and that salvation shall be altogether but not alone. What was that happened Volkan raised his clenched fist and greeting everybody around with the slogan of “Rebellion, Revolution, Anarchy”. As a result, Volkan Sevinç was imprisoned into the prison of the power because he rejected death and killing.

This fact tells so clearly that the power is together with death and violence but not with life; and democracy is just a dishonest lie; and it tells more clearer and better than more than hundreds of pages of a book.

And on the following day, on 8th of January 2010, Volkan’s comrades and supporters protested the situation. Written on the banners: Consciences Can’t Be Imprisoned, Freedom for Volkan Sevinç”. On the banner in Ankara’s press release there was the sign “Freedom For Anti-Militarist Prisoners”. On the other hand, another person in Istanbul expressed his consciencious objection in the same action. And again in the same action a person had a heart attack due to the assault of the police. He is under intensive care right now.

On the lands we used to live in, violence disturbs each of us all the time. The conditions are not bearable so more and forcing our souls. In this psycological and conventional war every thing becomes clearer day after day. The rulers of this country still share the power with a insincerity, which was said by the anarchists a 100 years ago.

The war, which has been started by capitalism centuries ago against the existence and souls of the Anarchists, Kurds, Homosexuals, Transgenders and Gypsies and all other individuals which contradict with the typology of the “subject citizen” created by the power itself, keeps going on with all its nastiness and tricks.

War and militarism are neither military obligation nor shooting a gun. So, against such a social structure, in such a period, the only thing that should be done is to refuse death. That is why Volkan Sevinç is in prison right now; for he rejected death and killing.

The aim of this text is to call you – for the ones of who did not give their consciences- to stand by our imprisoned comrade Volkan. Now, we need solidarity more than ever. Our primary need is action of support for this period. To show that Volkan’s conscience is not alone at all.

You can follow all the process about anarchist and anti-militarist Volkan Sevinç at www.ahaligazetesi.org and you can contact us at ahaligazetesi@gmail.com.


January 9, 2010
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Revolt in Rosarno – immigrants rise up

AFRICAN immigrants have risen up in southern Italy in two days of full-out rioting.

The rebellion was sparked by a racist attack but reflects the horrific conditions and poverty in which these modern-day slaves are forced to subsist.

The Press Association reported at least 37 wounded, including 18 police officers in the Rosarno revolt.

Added The Independent: “In one of the worst-ever incidents of racial unrest in Italy, the violence broke out on Thursday evening after white youths in a car fired air rifles at a group of immigrants returning from working on farms.
“Two immigrants were slightly injured by the gunfire. ‘Those guys were firing at us as if it was a fairground,’ a Moroccan identified as Kamal told La Repubblica newspaper. ‘They were laughing, I was screaming, other cars were passing by but nobody stopped.’

“In a furious reaction, immigrant farm labourers fought pitched battles with police that lasted into the early hours. Dozens of cars were smashed with bricks and bars and the driver and passengers in one vehicle injured.
“Yesterday, more than 2,000 Africans massed in the town centre to demonstrate against the shootings and their living and working conditions. Some chanted ‘we are not animals’ and others carried placards saying: ‘Italians here are racist’.
“This resulted in further clashes with police officers and locals, some of whom fired weapons into the air as the tension continued to escalate. Sporadic acts of vandalism continued and schools remained closed.”

January 9, 2010
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A “strong” bomb exploded outside the Greek parliament building in Athens tonight, on the corner of Vassilisis Sofias and Amalias Avenue. Mainstream media report that the attackers warned of the attack by calling an Athens daily newspaper minutes before the explosion so as for the police to cordon off the area. There are no injuries reported. More info as it comes.

January 9, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

A “strong” bomb exploded outside the Greek parliament building in Athens tonight, on the corner of Vassilisis Sofias and Amalias Avenue. Mainstream media report that the attackers warned of the attack by calling an Athens daily newspaper minutes before the explosion so as for the police to cordon off the area. There are no injuries reported. More info as it comes.

January 8, 2010
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Yesterday the cops of the local department in hamburg discovered that they were attacked with 6 bullets of 9mm, without being able to say exactly when the event occurred. There is speculation that the event took place at night when many New Year fireworks in the city fell, as by questions posed to local residents, there is no statement indicating that shots were heard.

January 8, 2010
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2 years of the murder of Mapuche activist Mathias Katrileo

The 20 year old Mathias was killed when a group of Mapuche activists entered a farm in La Araucana at dawn on 3.1.2008 in order to recapture the lost land of the Mapuche. The cops who were there opened fire killing the young eyes.


January 8, 2010
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Immigrants riot in Italy

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Rome – Riots broke out in southern Italy on Thursday night when immigrants burned cars and broke store windows to protest against an attack on African farm workers by a gang of local white youths, police said.

Television footage from the town of Rosarno, in the Calabria region, showed dozens of Africans smashing car windows with steel bars and stones and setting cars and rubbish bins on fire.

Police said at least one car was attacked while passengers were inside and several people were injured.

The immigrants, whose protest also blocked a road, clashed with police in riot gear and several were detained.

Some shouted “we are not animals” and carried signs reading “Italians here are racist”.

The incidents took place after white youths in a car fired air rifles at a group of African immigrants returning from work on farms, injuring several of them.

Immigrants work in the area as day labourers picking fruit and vegetables. Some 1 500 live in squalid conditions in abandoned factories with no running water or electricity and human rights groups say they are exploited by organised crime.

Calabrian regional governor Agazio Loiero said while the action of the immigrants was totally unjustified, he acknowledged there had been “a strong provocation”.

Italy has taken a hard line against illegal immigration and has moved to stem a tide of boatloads of immigrants who try to arrive on southern shores from Africa. Some boats have been turned back on the open seas.

January 8, 2010
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Mother earth sabotage capitalism. Time for us to help to our mother earth. Climate summit is over, it is time to act.

Icy weather these days continues to paralyze traffic of capitalism, system of exploitation, which has become global, and its survival depends on the global transport. Yesterday flights at airports in France, Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands were suspended. Eurostar train was stuck in the tunnel “Channel” for two hours but later managed to arrive in Britain. Departure of 4 Eurostar trains were canceled. The Irish roads are frozen and hundreds of schools does not work. In the Netherlands around Amsterdam and Haarlem, in Wednesday there was snow rainfall so the traffic was blocked. In northern Sweden is measured minus 40 degrees and in the central part of the country was minus 30. In Oslo there is also a minus 40, so, oil in the engine of the city buses was frozen. Unfortunately, due to the negligence of the capitalist society for the homeless, from the beginning of winter in Poland, 122 homeless died. If we do not make a revolution, we will all finish the same, before or later. In the south of England, 4000 people remained without electricity as snow cut cables for electricity. It is obviously that global energy supply, built with the aim of creating a profit in organized way, can not provide to ordinary people a safe heat, water, preparing of lunch, etc. The nature can destroy all that in a few days.

People run for salaries in order to cover basic expenses, and people’s work is creating profit for riches who destroy the climate of the planet and who does not give better wages and better life to workers, plus authorities have everywhere their spies who work against militant revolutionaries, so it is obvious that system is so determined that only nature can destroy it fast. Due to the human egoism, people will need centuries to do what the nature do inside of one month.

We should help to the nature, the same as nature help to us – we should sabotage present system together with nature: unscrew the screws at wheels of freight trains, unscrew the screws at cranes in ports, unscrew the screws at capitalist telecommunication repeaters… or imagine something else:) If the key for screw doesn’t help, autogenous cutting helps.