April 23, 2008
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How a story that hasn’t ended began for us

Wednesday morning, 23 April. We heard that a woman was run over by a prison van taking prisoners back from court to Brixton jail yesterday around 5.30pm. Rushed up to the area and got a newspaper.
“30 years old, she was drunk”, “she was always dancing”, the paper read.
Immediately I knew it – it was her, the girl who’d beckoned me to dance at ‘food not bombs’ in front of the Ritzy cinema a few weeks back, the day that K and L were arrested for giving away free food. The beautiful crazy black girl with the wide open smile! Some people enter your heart like a streak of lightening. Naomi was one of them.
Choking with pain and rage we reached the ‘Brixton Oval’ to find a shrine rigged up by her friends: the red Marlboro jacket she always wore, her beloved skates, a few furry toys, photographs, flowers, candle, joss sticks. Everyone was crying, men and women, young and old, black and white, tears of anger and despair pouring down their devastated faces. They are the people who hang out there like Naomi did, in that grassy area in the centre outside the Ritzy cinema. We hugged and cried together and all agreed – we were not going to sit still in a ritual RIP in front of candles. WE MUST ACT!!! NAOMI WAS MURDERED BY THE STATE!!! PORCO DIO!!!
The private cop driving a SERCO prison van had seen her dancing in the road and beating her fists on the van with its human cargo of eleven prisoners that he was in a hurry to unload. Don’t take them to the prison!!! She had screamed.
He had seen her, yet, when the lights changed, he accelerated and knocked her down, drove over her and dragged her along the road. She died under the van, close to a friend who had crawled down to reach her. A crowd of about a hundred people gathered, stunned, screaming MURDERER!!! The windscreen of the van was smashed. Riot police were called to protect the killer, who is of course free on bail.
What is the life of a drunken black girl who always dances, to a brute in the service of State repression? As much as that of a comrade leaving a rock concert once was to a bus driver.
We need to scream our anger!! All of us!! Together!!
A quick dash to the local print shop and copies of the newspaper article are enlarged and laminated. They see the story and do more free. Passersby stop. People begin to arrive as the word goes round. A dive to Brixton market to get some cloth for a banner. The road is blocked as – vegans rejoice – a butcher has thrust an axe into a colleague’s chest. Okay! 3 metres of black cloth. More people turn up. Quick! Some paint, brushes, sponges. Cloth is spread on pavement, a few steady-handed people set to it. The words, decided by Naomi’s mates and agreed by all: AVENGE NAOMI, KILLED BY THE SYSTEM begin to emerge. 2 long sticks appear and the banner is rigged up. It’s decided: up Brixton Road to the jail, block any prison vans along the way.
Tall black guys take the banner. They are in a hurry. Let’s go! The march assembles hastily. Barely formed, it takes over the main road, some are straggling, others follow on the pavement. The heavy trafficof Brixton Road is forced to slow down to snail’s place behind this motley crew of Naomi’s friends, some clutching cans of beer, and a few anarchists, squatters, Rastafarians and punks: the ‘scum’ of Brixton out to denounce the KILLER of the System. For some people, this is their first ever demo. Cop cars arrive at the scene and follow the march. Shouts begin, tentatively at first: No justice! No peace! Then the whole march breaks out NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE!!! The shouting gets louder and louder. Everybody in unison at the top of their voices. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE!!!! NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE!!!! THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN THE PRISON!!! Hundreds of cars and buses pursue their slow journey up and down the road, traffic is nearly at a standstill, it is almost the rush hour. Cop vans are stationed discreetly in side streets, but the whole police operation keeps a low profile. Brixton is Brixton. People stare. Bemused black schoolchildren turn their heads. Fuck the police? Wow!
The march reaches the prison. It doesn’t stop on the pavement but storms up the drive. Cop cars all around. Cops and screws form a line. A vanload of female ones arrives at the scene. Two emaciated women are staggering, almost falling to the ground. They throw out their anger and pain, screaming at the cops, who remain impassive. (All the Brixton cops knew Naomi. They know the score and clearly have been given strict orders.) Tears drench faces contorted by pain and alcohol. Naomi didn’t need to die! It wasn’t an accident! He could have stopped. She was murdered and the murderer is walking free! NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE!!! NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLLLICE!!! THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN THE PRISON!!! All sorts of flora and fauna emerge from within the prison area. Cops start to put on mild pressure, the march concedes, returns to the entrance on Brixton Road and stays there for ten minutes before taking over the main road again, walking slowly back down to the town centre, passing again over the spot where Naomi was callously crushed to death. The shouting continues all the way down to the centre.
The working day has ended and new people are gathering around the monument to Naomi, which is in evolution (there are more flowers and a Rastafarian flag has taken the place of the news article). Rows of cops try to clear the pavement without success and end up blocking it themselves. The inevitable local reporter has arrived, complete with cameraman. A group of authoritative people are lining up on the grass to be photographed and interviewed and Naomi’s friends seem to be fading into the background. The atmosphere is changing and we’re off, for now. Hugs to our comrades of the day. See you later.
J. and B. , proud to be ‘scum’.

April 4, 2008
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How a story that hasn’t ended began for us

Wednesday morning, 23 April. We heard that a woman was run over by a prison van taking prisoners back from court to Brixton jail yesterday around 5.30pm. Rushed up to the area and got a newspaper.
“30 years old, she was drunk”, “she was always dancing”, the paper read.
Immediately I knew it – it was her, the girl who’d beckoned me to dance at ‘food not bombs’ in front of the Ritzy cinema a few weeks back, the day that K and L were arrested for giving away free food. The beautiful crazy black girl with the wide open smile! Some people enter your heart like a streak of lightening. Naomi was one of them.
Choking with pain and rage we reached the ‘Brixton Oval’ to find a shrine rigged up by her friends: the red Marlboro jacket she always wore, her beloved skates, a few furry toys, photographs, flowers, candle, joss sticks. Everyone was crying, men and women, young and old, black and white, tears of anger and despair pouring down their devastated faces. They are the people who hang out there like Naomi did, in that grassy area in the centre outside the Ritzy cinema. We hugged and cried together and all agreed – we were not going to sit still in a ritual RIP in front of candles. WE MUST ACT!!! NAOMI WAS MURDERED BY THE STATE!!! PORCO DIO!!!
The private cop driving a SERCO prison van had seen her dancing in the road and beating her fists on the van with its human cargo of eleven prisoners that he was in a hurry to unload. Don’t take them to the prison!!! She had screamed.
He had seen her, yet, when the lights changed, he accelerated and knocked her down, drove over her and dragged her along the road. She died under the van, close to a friend who had crawled down to reach her. A crowd of about a hundred people gathered, stunned, screaming MURDERER!!! The windscreen of the van was smashed. Riot police were called to protect the killer, who is of course free on bail.
What is the life of a drunken black girl who always dances, to a brute in the service of State repression? As much as that of a comrade leaving a rock concert once was to a bus driver.
We need to scream our anger!! All of us!! Together!!
A quick dash to the local print shop and copies of the newspaper article are enlarged and laminated. They see the story and do more free. Passersby stop. People begin to arrive as the word goes round. A dive to Brixton market to get some cloth for a banner. The road is blocked as – vegans rejoice – a butcher has thrust an axe into a colleague’s chest. Okay! 3 metres of black cloth. More people turn up. Quick! Some paint, brushes, sponges. Cloth is spread on pavement, a few steady-handed people set to it. The words, decided by Naomi’s mates and agreed by all: AVENGE NAOMI, KILLED BY THE SYSTEM begin to emerge. 2 long sticks appear and the banner is rigged up. It’s decided: up Brixton Road to the jail, block any prison vans along the way.
Tall black guys take the banner. They are in a hurry. Let’s go! The march assembles hastily. Barely formed, it takes over the main road, some are straggling, others follow on the pavement. The heavy trafficof Brixton Road is forced to slow down to snail’s place behind this motley crew of Naomi’s friends, some clutching cans of beer, and a few anarchists, squatters, Rastafarians and punks: the ‘scum’ of Brixton out to denounce the KILLER of the System. For some people, this is their first ever demo. Cop cars arrive at the scene and follow the march. Shouts begin, tentatively at first: No justice! No peace! Then the whole march breaks out NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE!!! The shouting gets louder and louder. Everybody in unison at the top of their voices. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE!!!! NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE!!!! THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN THE PRISON!!! Hundreds of cars and buses pursue their slow journey up and down the road, traffic is nearly at a standstill, it is almost the rush hour. Cop vans are stationed discreetly in side streets, but the whole police operation keeps a low profile. Brixton is Brixton. People stare. Bemused black schoolchildren turn their heads. Fuck the police? Wow!
The march reaches the prison. It doesn’t stop on the pavement but storms up the drive. Cop cars all around. Cops and screws form a line. A vanload of female ones arrives at the scene. Two emaciated women are staggering, almost falling to the ground. They throw out their anger and pain, screaming at the cops, who remain impassive. (All the Brixton cops knew Naomi. They know the score and clearly have been given strict orders.) Tears drench faces contorted by pain and alcohol. Naomi didn’t need to die! It wasn’t an accident! He could have stopped. She was murdered and the murderer is walking free! NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLICE!!! NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, FUCK THE POLLLICE!!! THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN THE PRISON!!! All sorts of flora and fauna emerge from within the prison area. Cops start to put on mild pressure, the march concedes, returns to the entrance on Brixton Road and stays there for ten minutes before taking over the main road again, walking slowly back down to the town centre, passing again over the spot where Naomi was callously crushed to death. The shouting continues all the way down to the centre.
The working day has ended and new people are gathering around the monument to Naomi, which is in evolution (there are more flowers and a Rastafarian flag has taken the place of the news article). Rows of cops try to clear the pavement without success and end up blocking it themselves. The inevitable local reporter has arrived, complete with cameraman. A group of authoritative people are lining up on the grass to be photographed and interviewed and Naomi’s friends seem to be fading into the background. The atmosphere is changing and we’re off, for now. Hugs to our comrades of the day. See you later.
J. and B. , proud to be ‘scum’.

February 16, 2008
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Dead Prez concert ends in a riot after arrest

Shields & Bombs | 16.02.2008 18:46

The incident began when a campus police officer arrested a suspect on misdemeanor assault charges… Rioters then smashed in the cruiser’s windows, graffitied the car and looted its contents, which included a laptop and radar gun before flipping the car over.




Olympia, Washington, U.S. – A hip-hop concert featuring the revolutionary emcee duo Dead Prez ( http://www.deadprez.com) ended in a riot that saw tens of thousands of dollars in damaged and stolen police property. The incident began when a campus police officer arrested a suspect on misdemeanor assault charges. The show had ended but the performers, still onstage, allegedly egged on the crowd saying, “They’re taking one of our people. Go take care of it.”

A crowd of maybe two dozen concert-goers surrounded the police car, forcing them to release the arrested individual. The arresting officer and her backup was unable to start her patrol car and hastily abandoned it as the crowd swelled to 200 strong. Rioters smashed in the cruiser’s windows, graffitied the car and looted its contents, which included a laptop and radar gun before flipping the car over. [1]Officers in riot gear later arrived on the scene and were greeted with a hail of bottles and rocks. More police cars were damaged but less seriously than the first. Police made no arrests, but said that they hope to find DNA on the destroyed cruiser that will lead them to suspects.

February 9, 2008
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On Saturday, February 9th 2008 Natalja was arrested during the yearly demonstration against the NATO-Security-Conference in Munich (Germany). They acc

Natalja already was arrested during the G8-summit at summer 2007 in Germany and was sentenced to ten months of imprisonment. Furthermore she has a third trial because of being arrested at a demonstration at may 1th at the same year.

„For me, the imprisonment started with a kind of shock which slowly vanished. It is replaced by a condition of permanent grief in the background covered by a lot of tiredness, boredom and exhaustion.“ (Natalja)

On March 30th 2008 the trial against Natalja at the district court of Munich took place. She got five months of imprisonment without probation. (Natalja already got a total penalty of eleven months in Rostock because of the G8-protest and resistance on may 1st 2007, besides she got two months of suspended sentence because of antifascist resistance in Gräfenberg, which she has to serve now, too). Meanwhile, her arrest was shortened by 28 days.

„However I request – it should not sound snooty – to formulate all this a bit combative / defiant / ‚more than ever‘, so that national intimidation propaganda is not spread inadvertently thereby. Nobody should be discouraged and certainly not ‚brainwashed‘ on my account.“ (Natalja)

The imprisonment was shaped by repression and harassment. Apart from the attempt of „infiltrating“ a plain-clothes policewomen in her cell, Natalja was refused to get her post because it had political contents. On December 11th 2008 she was forced to sample a DNA-assay by using violence.
Out of her imprisonment Natalja took part in different demonstrations and meetings like the demonstration under the slogan „The system is criminal and not the resistance!“ by speech contributions and texts.

„The prison is said to intimidate, reeducate, criminalise and exclude… – And it presents itself each day, how unfair, inhuman, discriminating and destructive the ruling system is […]
Did the prison-system would function only one day long without the forced under-lowest work of the prisoners in the institutes?
Would prisons be maintained without the command and – obedience hierarchy of the execution people, by whom the repression of the prisoners is practically converted by the state daily?
Did a fair, free society would need prisons at all as instrument of class rule and as means, in order to divide exploited social classes by criminalization?
The experience of repression may also be horrible, but the experience of solidarity is much impressing and encouraging! Both encourages me in the conviction: Resistance against the ruling system is necessary. Nevertheless nothing shows as clearly as the coveringness, brutality and presumptuous increase of national repression that the system obviously has much fear before the social movement and active entering against fascism, racism and war!“
(Natalja)

June 6th 2009 is a day Natalja surely longs for and not only she herself… Because on this day Natalja will finally released.
Up to then it is still a long time. The fights in the prisons must further be developed and supported. Masshungerstrikes in the prisons in Europe and an organizing of antiprison-structures outside are a beginning.
On weekend from February 6th until 8th days of action in solidarity with Natalja and all prisoners in struggle will take place. It is the weekend of the resistance against the NATO-war-conference (officially called Security-Conference), the weekend when Natalja was arrested nearly one year ago.

„This is a meeting of political leaders, military representatives and members of the military lobby, who follows the invitation of the Quandt-Foundation. The Quandt family is the principal part owner of the BMW company, which manufactures motor vehicles, but also military equipment like vehicles and weapons. (The roots for their prosperity and influence are the chemical industry – including the exploitation of prisoners in the concentration camps during the 2nd World War). In spite of the ‚private‘ / ‚commercial‘ background of the conference, the people enjoy „the honour“ of a status as official guests of the Federal Republic of Germany. The German army (Bundeswehr) is responsible for the scene… “ (Natalja)

For all those who cannot participate in the protests against the Securityconference and the locally (Munich) organized actions in solidarity with Natalja and all prisoners in struggle, there is a calling for a decentralized weekend of action.
Let us organize in order to refuse the state including its prisons, cops, laws and military and to fight for a world without exploitation and oppression in solidarity with Natalja and all prisoners in struggle!

Freedom for Natalja and all prisoners! No prison, no state!
Revolutionary solidarity! For anarchy! For the social revolution!

ABC-Orkan (Anarchist Black Cross – Gruppe Norddeutschland) and northern Anarchists
(abc-orkan@riseup.net)

Anarchist Black Cross Berlin
(mail@abc-berlin.net)

Information and contact:
http://www.noprisonnostate.blogsport.de
http://www.natalja.blogsport.de

Solidarity means attack !

noprisonnostate.blogsport.de

January 24, 2008
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Letter from Anarchist Vaggelis Botzatzis

From the judicial prison of Komotini (24/1/8)

I am already 2 months imprisoned in the galleys of democracy. In the prisons effigies of prison society. I am pre-trial imprisoned with a made-up bill of indictments which is based on the testimony of a security guard (who asserts that he saw my car license plates) and by black-mailing inhumanely my companion, the secret police after an hour-long detention and intimidation threatened her and forced her to sign a totally made-up deposition. This deposition after a few days was denounced and refuted by my companion on her own in front of the interrogator as a product of black-mail.

Imprisoned by the anti-terror law, a law that aims at de-sensing acts and practices of resistance of symbolic actions, so it can show them as a threat to society, hiding in the meantime the fact that the terrorists are those who put forward these laws. In these frames, warrants are issued for 3 other comrades who are wanted by the police now.

Nothing is new or unfamiliar for anyone that has open eyes and is not possessed by illusions. Judges, prosecutors and interrogators imprison people before trial for each case that reaches their hands and give life-long sentences in order to hide their involvement in para-judge groups, who use the 18 month long pre-trial imprisonment as a penalty for cases that they know will get acquitted in the auditorium, following orders of each of their masters. Police that humiliate human dignity in police stations, who shoot in cold blood unarmed immigrants at the borders, who shoot in the head to “save” insured money, who “suicide” prisoners, who spray with chemicals those who decide to go against the will of the rulers. Media and journalists, political party, ministry, MP, millionaire employees, show an objectiveness which is nothing but the interests of their bosses. Assignees who are not boggled to sell-out for money and job careers. And next to this hodge-podge of institutionalists, a diffused social informery. Truck drivers, shop-owners and guards, everyday informers, defenders of the “honest sweat” of the banks, security guards and uniformed men, everywhere supervision and social control. Across this silence and obedience that is forced by this whole meshwork of authority, there are those who stand with clear glance and with sure steps they walk on the roads of insurrection.

Whether from inside the galleys of society, whether inside the social galley, the struggle goes on…

FREEDOM to the anarchists Yannis Dimitrakis, Yiorgos Vousis-Vogiatzis, Marios Tsourapas, Hrisostomos Kontorevithakis, Nikos Kountardas

FREEDOM for the fighter Vaggelis Pallis

SOLIDARITY to the 3 wanted comrades

FREEDOM TO ALL PRISONERS

Vaggelis Botzatzis
Judicial prisons of Komotini

Letter from the 3 wanted (27/1/8)

-Early hours of Monday 26/11/07

Comrade V.Botzatzis is arrested by plain clothes police while he was at his friend’s house in Ano Poli, Thessaloniki, and his car is confiscated. He is taken to the main police station of Thessaloniki, where he is held for over 48 hours, in total isolation and without legal coverage.

The same day, Monday morning, and while the cops have already forced entry in Vangelis house and in his friend’s, she (companion of Vangelis) is arrested at her workplace.

In the afternoon and evening of the same day, 4 more arrests of comrades who are politically closely related with Vangelis. 2 of them as well while working and the 2 other ones from a cafe in the centre of Thessaloniki. Late at night the 4 are let free while there is a solidarity demo where we were more of 100 people outside of the police station where Vangelis and his friend are still held.

-Tuesday 27/11/07 after 35 hours of detention, Vangelis friend is free. The same afternoon, Ano Poli (the broader area around our places of residence) is surrounded by police forces. 2 riot police buses are lined up in the neighborhood limits and tens of undercover cops, motorbike police and cop cars are moving provocatively around in the area. At the same evening we are informed that the anti-terror unit is forcing entry in our houses (in one of the two houses without the presence of a lawyer or a resident while in the other one a comrade is arrested and let free after a few hours. This fact made it clear to us that the police is trying to set up a dirty game against us by inventing “guilty”.

-On Wednesday 28/11/07, an unsubstantial, invented deposition of Vangelis friend, a product of black-mail, of threats, of psychological violence and pressure, an unbelievable list of charges is made up for Vangelis and 3 arrest warrants are issued against us.

The charges we receive are 5 felonies and 3 delinquencies, specifically: Complete arson and in attempt in a group and continuously, complete explosion and in attempt in a group and continuously, construction and possession of explosive mechanism, distinguished occasion of private property damage, formation of a criminal group, terrorist actions in a group and continuously, illegal possession of weapons.

Vangelis denies the charges, he states that he is an anarchist and gets imprisoned at the judicial prisons of Komotini. Alike, the 3 of us don’t accept any of the charges.

The Media in an admirable collaboration with the agents of authority take action. Publicized on the newspapers Makedonia, Ethnos and on the channels Mega, ET3, Alter, Alpha are the pictures of the 3 of us. Only the word “wanted” was missing and a cash award that would be given to any possible informer.

Inside this entire atmosphere, from the beginning with having any doubts we chose to escape. A choice so conscious as also political. We are anarchists and as that we realize the world around us. For us the struggle for freedom is the only way. The labels of innocent-guilty, ethical-unethical, good-bad are not recognized by us and we don’t attempt to do it now. That’s why we choose to not be victims of authority, of the processes, of laws, of austerity or leniency.

We realize ourselves as political beings that belong in the anarchist-revolutionary movement. Our participation in this is a way to exist in the present without having to wait resignedly for an earthly paradise of social justice but by putting forward the everyday pursuit and the rupture between institutions and relationships for regaining human dignity.

We exist in a condition of today, without evangelizing a “better tomorrow”, we live and struggle for today, while putting perspectives for the future. We consider the triptych “yesterday-today-tomorrow” a beginning for fertile criticism. We learn from our mistakes and move away from them.

We realize our existence-realization as an enemy towards the existing. Actively we stand opposed to all those who reflect this compromised society, which we see as a whole and not only to its authoritative factors and institutions but to the whole of its besotted citizens. Those who with their “neutral” stance which is not neutral at all because silence is complicity, are trying to gain a sure place in this system, ruled by complexes of micro-authorities. Whether those who voluntarily play their roles of lawful citizens-conscious informers where the rules, the laws and order gain ethical power alike the obedience to death of modern social cemeteries.

It was, it is and it will always be our choice to stand across all this scum, and the reason is no other than that our life and our freedom, nobody else except us can determine.

We were, we are and we will always be attackers on this world that the only it has to put front is apathy, sureness and self-slavery.

Our realizations look like impetuous waters that try to take with them the orders of authority whichever form they have. The rocks of the legality limits, which artily tries to force the radical components of this society, would not block their road.

We didn’t compromise and we would never compromise with this old world. Because we never possessed a position in the authority corral. Because our dignity would never let us follow by our own will the tactic of being the sheep ready to be slaughtered. Because we know very well your “chaste” democracy, the democracy of totalitarianism, of control and security-insecurity. Because we are humans and we would never exchange our freedom at any cost.

See you at the theatrical show that you call court.

ON THE ROAD TOWARDS FREEDOM

NOTHING HAS FINISHED EVERYTHING CONTINUOUS

FREEDOM FOR COMRADE VANGELIS BOTZATZIS

December 8, 2007
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as published on December 8th

I am Gerasimos Kiriakopoulos.

I am incarcerated in Koridallos Prison, accused of participating in violent episodes on May 6 during the 4th European Social Forum.

A few facts regarding my case:

On the afternoon of May 6 in Thiseio ~ where no violent activities occurred ~ six riot police arrested six people, blindly and without cause. One of these people was myself.

As they arrested me without reason, I believed that it was just on grounds of suspicion ~ in view of the general climate of that day. But, as you can see in my writing you this letter, things didn’t turn out that way.

Later, taken to police headquarters upon no grounds, upon no evidence, the police gave me a declaration to sign ~ that contained a mountain of charges. In order for the police to support these charges, they naturally stated in the six identical indictments that the arrests hadn’t taken place in Thiseio but rather in Monastiraki Square where violent episodes had taken place, and presented us as being the group that had carried these out.

Thus, upon no valid grounds I later went through interrogation proceedings where I was charged with serious felonies such as attempted murder and supply and possession of 50 explosives, – and without my being an escaped suspect or having been accused of such activities in the past (and how could I have been?) I was taken into custody. So I am incarcerated in Koridallos Prison upon no valid grounds whatsoever and facing serious charges. Consequently, all my applications for release have been rejected, and I am still held in prison upon false grounds.

I have questioned and I have wondered how I, a simple person, can prove my innocence in contradiction to the invalid police charges, without having any proof to offer other than my word. Indeed I cannot. And recognizing this fact and having no other way, therefore, to confront all these false accusations, and knowing that ~ beyond my serious health problems (a ruptured kidney and spleen) ~ my life could become endangered, I am beginning a hunger strike in protest at the false charges brought against me, and asking for my immediate release until my case stands trial.

Gerasimos Kiriakopoulos

December 7, 2007
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Letter by Tarassios Zantorozni, from Koprydalos prison, written on December 4thm the 6th day of his being in hunger-strike

Having been incarcerated behind bars and cement for the last six and a half months in Koridallos Prison, I ascertain that they have managed to imprison my body only. All else that is true and free I have managed to keep intact.

I am held hostage by the State because I had decided to participate in a protest demonstration. The system was seeking to find scapegoats in order to promote an image of control and administration of justice. The system’s corruption appeared in its full majesty since, from the very beginning, there were inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the police reports which, in succession, were necessarily modified when presented to the magistrate. Of course alterations, in combination with other pretexts that the interrogation set as the issue, served to delay my case so that the decision would be influenced by the six-month committee, and lead to my further imprisonment. How, indeed, could any judgment be valid that employed methods of deception and distortion of facts when there was no valid evidence against me.

Hemmed in by all possible choices, led to a dead-end, having endured the continuing injustice against my deepest being, I continue my struggle with whatever means I have left.

If they imagine that by imprisoning me they have subjugated my passion for freedom, then they are laughable. In my attempt to heighten the contradictions of a decadent system and to demonstrate its totalitarian character, I shall cease to give them the right to determine my body – as it is the only thing that they possess of me, I shall convert it into a form of struggle against them for the purpose of my release.

Thus I have been on hunger strike since Wednesday November 29, and I ask for the immediate and unconditional release of myself and my co-defendants, the dropping of all charges and the closing of our cases. I shall not allow them to use freedom as a tool in their legal and political games. My struggle, however, will be a difficult one and will need the support and solidarity of people who are outside these walls and who support my struggle.

Consciences are not subjugated, are not incarcerated, are not directed.

Tarasios Zantorozni
C wing of Koridallos Prison

November 26, 2007
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Cronicle of solidarity actions

26/11/O7 Thessaloniki, the day of vaggelis arrest
gathering of 100 people in front of the general police station. Also the following days as first response to the state’s attack, groups of people spraypainted various places in the city center, put posters, and distrubuted texts.
03/12/07 Thessaloniki, intervation at “makedonia’s” newspaper offices witch it published the photos of the 3 wanted comrades
05/12/07 Τhessaloniki, demo in “ano poli” neighborhood, 150 people, where vaggelis and the 3 where living
13/12/07 Athens, occupation at the lawyer’s association and
the “friends of the police club”
14/12/08 Thessaloniki concert for solidarity and economical support
19/12/08
Κοmotini, demo from 200 people at the jail that vaggelis is being nold
21/12/07
Thessaloniki, Municipal vehicle on fire
24/12/08 Athens, Molotov cocktail attack against security vehicles
05/01/07 Athens, Arson at ruling party offices
15/01/08 Diverse cities, Radio-stations occupied in solidarity to prisoners
19/01/08 Athens, Bank firebombed and responsibility claim
21/01/08 Athens-Thessaloniki Series of incendiary attacks
23/01/08
Thessaloniki, Gas canister attack at Triandria City Hall
23/01/08 Thessaloniki, Stones and paints against 2 ruling party offices
25/01/01 Athens, concert for solidarity and economical support
20-21/02/08 Thessaloniki, occupation of the laywers assosiation offices and public meeting about the anti-terror law
22/02/08
Thessaloniki, soidarity demo 700 people
13/03/03
Cologne, germany, solidarity gathering in front of greek consulate. The action was organised by Antifa AK kolh
31/03/08 Thessaloniki,Attack against Bank
08/04/08 Thessaloniki, Arsonists hit tax collector offices
16/04/08
Athens, national Power Company vehicle torched
17/4/08
Athens, Arsonists hit car agencies
17/05/08 Thessaloniki,Arsonists hit a bank
27/05/08
Thessaloniki, solidarity gathering with info soundsystem
27/05/05 Thessaloniki, manifestation 100 and more people, with cars and motorbikes in diavata prison where vaggelis was transfered for few days.

27/05/08 Thessaloniki, Bank vehicle set on fire
30/05/08
Athens-Thessaloniki Series of arson attacks communice
03/06/08 Amsterdam, Windows smashed and paint at the greek tourist office
04/06/08 Τhessaloniki, public meeting about the case from “antiauthoritarian movement” and “network for social and civil rights”
16/09/08 Thessaloniki, Incendiary device damages offices of Mega Security at Triandria

October 7, 2007
by actforfreedomnow
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This book is dedicated to
Edward Abbey 1927-1989
John Zaelit (Mr. Goodwrench) 1954-1986
Bill Turk (The Mad Engineer) 1953-1992

[A note from the web-publisher: I put this up to make ecodefence information available to more people in these times of social/ecological crisis. The book is too expensive, hard to find, and there are obvious security risks to buying it through the mail from outfits like amazon.com. I hope you will download, print-off and pass it out to people in your area. Also, I want you to reproduce this information on other websites, so that in the event that this site is closed down – there are dozens of others with Ecodefense still available. Do understand that this is a hot item for the Feds and will likely be suppressed quickly. So it’s important that reproduction and distribution occur as soon as possible, please help! Reproduction involves some security risks. It has been said that Dave Foreman sued some Australian eco-anarchists when they bootlegged it, so the key here is anonymity, don’t have any contact info associated with this book, and don’t have any website this information is copied to associated with you. To the destruction of the megamachine.]

CONTENTS

Introduction to the Third Edition

1

FORWARD! by Edward Abbey

3

CHAPTER 1 STRATEGIC MONKEYWRENCHING

5

CHAPTER 2 THE FUTURE OF MONKEYWRENCHING

12

CHAPTER 3 DEVELOPMENTS

17

Tree Spiking

18

Tree Pinning

32

Ceramic Spikes

39

Rock Spikes

45

Plastic and Wood Pulp

50

Survey Stakes

52

Mining

61

Powerlines

62

Seismographic Lines

66

Plugging Waste Discharge Pipes

72

Grazing

76

CHAPTER 4 ROADS AND TIRES

87

Road Spiking

89

Spikeboards and Nailboards

98

Caltrops

99

Other Tire Flattening Methods

102

Snowmobiles

106

Closing Roads

107

Plugging Culverts

111

CHAPTER 5 VEHICLES AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT

116

Disabling Vehicles Outline

117

Heavy Equipment

118

Cutting Torch

143

Burning Machinery

145

Aircraft

148

Vehicle Modifications

152

Water and Big Yellow Machines

156

CHAPTER 6 ANIMAL DEFENSE

158

Trap Lines

159

Snares

177

Coyote Getter

177

CHAPTER 7 MISCELLANEOUS DEVILTRY

183

Urban Monkeywrenching

184

Slingshots

188

Condo Trashing

190

Computer Sabotage

191

Stink Bombs

197

Smoke Bombs

201

Jamming Locks

203

Disrupting Illegal Activities

205

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205

Mountain Bikes

207

CHAPTER 8 PROPAGANDA

210

Advanced Billboarding

211

Billboard Trashing

217

Billboard Revision

219

Burning Billboards

221

Paint Remover

222

Posters and Silent Agitators

223

Correcting Forest Service Signs

226

Spray Paint Slogans

228

Stencils

231

CHAPTER 9 SECURITY

233

Basic Security

234

Military Movement

242

Rules of Security

243

Disposing of Evidence

245

Avoiding Arrest

249

Camouflage

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Tools of the Trade

256

Radios and Communications Equipment

260

Eyes of Night

270

Tracking

274

Car Camping

278

Daily Routine

280

Mental Conditioning

282

Surveillance

285

Counterintelligence

290

Advanced Investigation Methods

290

Police Undercover Operations

295

Countersecurity

308

Pursuit and Evasion

319

Arrest

327

Media Relations

328

General Security Field Notes

337

EPILOGUE: MARINE MONKEYWRENCHING

342

INTRODUCTION

TO THE THIRD EDITION

Ecodefense is a historical artifact. It be argued that it is the most contro­versial environmental book ever published; more importantly, though, it is a key exhibit in the legal history of freedom of the press in the United States. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1791. It reads in part, Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. That enshrined freedom of the press and speech sets the United States of America apart from all other nations. No other country so jealously defends the right of its citizens to speak and publish controversial ideas.

Several years ago when Australia banned the importation and sale of Ecodefense, it was not possible for the United States to follow suit-because of the First Amendment. Instead, the United States government spent several million dollars, employed a small army of FBI agents, and entrapped a number of citizens in 1987-89 in an effort to suppress publication and distribution of Ecodefense. That attack on free speech and the freedom of the press glares like a pustulating boil in American history just as do the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Palmer Raids, and McCarthyism.

We at Abbzug Press believe that the Bill of Rights is like a set of muscles-if they aren’t exercised, they atrophy. Therefore, it is our patriotic duty to defend the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and publish a new Third Edition of Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching.

Efforts to suppress Ecodefense and to entrap its co-editor, Dave Foreman, have been well covered elsewhere and we will not go into them here. Nor will we here attempt to justify the practice or necessity of monkeywrenching. Edward Abbey’s Forward! and the first two chapters of this edition do that. Monkeywrenching is also justified in Ed Abbey’s novels The Monkey Wrench Gang and Hayduke Lives!, Howie Wolke’s Wilderness on the Rocks, Christopher Manes’s Green Rage, and, in greater detail, Dave Foreman’s Confessions of an Eco-Warrior.

We will here, however, rebut two myths about Ecodefense. First, it is widely believed that Ecodefense (or Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang) launched the practice of monkeywrenching. In fact, ecological sabotage was widespread before Ecodefense was first published in 1985 and even before The Monkey Wrench Gang was published in 1975.

The second myth is that Dave Foreman wrote Ecodefense. The first edition of Ecodefense was a compilation of articles and letters sent to the Earth First! Journal by dozens of individuals. This Third Edition has over two dozen major contributors and at least one hundred other contributors. In this edition, we have given aliases to credit all articles and significant field notes where the author did not offer her own alias. In the previous editions, Dave Foreman and Bill Haywood compiled, edited, and arranged the contributions. We have retained their names as editors for the Third Edition since it is largely based on the previous editions.

There are changes in the Third Edition, however. Some material deemed to be irrelevant or counterproductive has been dropped. Incorrect information has also been dropped. Much new information has been incorporated. Most of it was contributed between 1987 and 1989. A professional editor was retained to rewrite, copy edit, arrange, and otherwise clean up all of the text. Some previous material has been rearranged.

Edward Abbey and two other contributors, John Zaelit and Bill Turk, have died since the First Edition of Ecodefense. This Third Edition is dedicated to their memories and to the fierce green fire that burned in their eyes. They were heroes, defenders of their native land.

We thank the other defenders of the land who contributed to Ecodefense, though they must remain anonymous. It is their book.

When we began work on the Third Edition we asked Dave Foreman for any thoughts he might offer to today’s reader of Ecodefense. He responded:

Is your act a strategic one, or is it merely an inarticulate yell, conveying only rage, alienation, and despair? Monkeywrenchers must constantly ask them­selves:

Who is my audience?

What is my message?

Will this deter destruction?

Are there legal means not yet used?

Of course this Third Edition of Ecodefense, like those before it, is meant only to entertain. No one should take it seriously.

Matthew Lyon

for Abbzug Press

FORWARD!

by Edward Abbey

If a stranger batters your door down with an axe, threatens your family and yourself with deadly weapons, and proceeds to loot your home of whatever he wants, he is committing what is universally recognized-by law and morality ­as a crime. In such a situation the householder has both the right and the obli­gation to defend himself, his family, and his property by whatever means are necessary. This right and this obligation is universally recognized, justified and even praised by all civilized human communities. Self-defense against at­tack is one of the basic laws not only of human society but of life itself, not only of human life but of all life.

The American wilderness, what little remains, is now undergoing exactly such an assault. Dave Foreman has summarized the character and scale of the assault in the first chapter of this excellent and essential book. With bull­dozer, earth mover, chainsaw and dynamite the international timber, mining and beef industries are invading our public lands-property of all Americans ­bashing their way into our forests, mountains and rangelands and looting them for everything they can get away with. This for the sake of short-term profits in the corporate sector and multi-million dollar annual salaries for the three-piece ­suited gangsters (M.B.A., Harvard, Yale, University of Tokyo, et alia) who control and manage these bandit enterprises. Cheered on, naturally, by Time, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal, actively encouraged by those jellyfish Government agencies which are supposed to protect the public lands, and as always aided and abetted in every way possible by the quisling politicians of our Western states (such as Babbitt, DeConcini, Goldwater, Hatch, Garn, Symms, Hansen, Wallop, Domenici-to name but a few) who would sell the graves of their own mothers if there’s a quick buck in the deal, over or under the table, what do they care.

Representative democracy in the United States has broken down. Our legis­lators do not represent those who elected them but rather the minority who fi­nance their political campaigns and who control the organs of communica­tion-the Tee Vee, the newspapers, the billboards, the radio-that have made politics a game for the rich only. Representative government in the USA rep­resents money not people and therefore has forfeited our allegiance and moral support. We owe it nothing but the taxation it extorts from us under threats of seizure of property, or prison, or in some cases already, when resisted, a sud­den and violent death by gunfire.

Such is the nature and structure of the industrial megamachine (in Lewis Mumford’s term) which is now attacking the American wilderness. That wilder­ness is our ancestral home, the primordial homeland of all living creatures in­cluding the human, and the present final dwelling place of such noble beings as the grizzly bear, the mountain lion, the eagle and the condor, the moose and the elk and the pronghorn antelope, the redwood tree, the yellowpine, the bristlecone pine, even the aspen, and yes, why not say it?, the streams, wa­terfalls, rivers, the very bedrock itself of our hills, canyons, deserts, moun­tains.

For many of us, perhaps for most of us, the wilderness is as much our home, or a lot more so, than the wretched little stucco boxes, plywood apartments, and wallboard condominiums in which we are mostly confined by the insatiable demands of an overcrowded and ever-expanding industrial culture. And if the wilderness is our true home, and if it is threatened with invasion, pillage and destruction-as it certainly is-then we have the right to defend that home, as we would our private rooms, by whatever means are necessary. (An English­man’s home is his castle; an American’s home is his favorite fishing stream, ‘his favorite mountain range, his favorite desert canyon, his favorite swamp or patch of woods or God-created lake.)

The majority of the American people have demonstrated on every possible occasion that they support the ideal of wilderness preservation; even our politicians are forced by popular opinion to pretend to support the idea; as they have learned, a vote against wilderness is a vote against their own re-election. We are justified in defending our homes-our private home and public home ­not only by common law and common morality but also by common belief. We are the majority; they-the greedy and powerful-are the minority.

How best defend our wilderness home? Well, that is a matter of strategy, tactics and technique, which is what this little book is about. Dave Foreman explains the principles of ecological defense in the complete, compact and conclusive pages of his short introduction. I can think of nothing I could add nor of anything I would subtract; he says exactly what needs to be said, no more and no less.

I am happy to endorse the publication of Ecodefense. Never was such a book so needed, by so many, for such good reason, as here and now. Tomor­row might well be too late. This is a book that will fit handily in any saddlebag, in any creel, in any backpack, in any river runner’s ammo can-and in any pic­nicker’s picnic basket. No good American should ever go into the woods again without this book and, for example, a hammer and a few pounds of 60-penny nails. Spike a few trees now and then whenever you enter an area condemned to chainsaw massacre by Louisiana Pacific and its affiliated subsidiary the U.S. Forest Service. You won’t hurt the trees; they’ll be grateful for the pro­tection; and you may save the forest. My Aunt Emma back in West Virginia has been enjoying this pleasant exercise for years. She swears by it. It’s good for the trees, it’s good for the woods, it’s good for the earth, and it’s good for the human soul. Spread the word-and carry on!

Edward Abbey
July 1984
Oracle, Arizona

Chapter 1

Direct Action

July 7, 2007
by actforfreedomnow
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The following is a letter they released this morning.

There’s a war going on, whether we like it or not. At this war everyone takes a stance, a position. The so-called “neutral”, i.e. those who chose the silence of neutrality, do no other than contributing to the strengthening of sovereignty.

We no longer tolerate the crimes initiated in the school cells, mental health institutions and prisons and which continue via waged slavery, or in other words, the institutionalised robbing of thousands of labourers. We no longer tolerate a society sinking into the mire of consumption frenzy and indifference: A society doing no more than bowing to sovereignty, allowing the imperialist wars of the new Rome, of the Pax Americana and its obedient allies, which leave countless dead behind them (Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Palestine) in the name of the enforcement of a democratic totalitarianism.

It is for these reasons that we chose to take part in this war as anarchists on the side of the revolution, knowing from the beginning the repercussions of our decision. A revolution that, in the words of Rosa Luxembourg, “knows how to say I was, I am and I will be”. A revolution that knows no other than attack.

We express our solidarity to political prisoners who, whether accepting the charges against them or not, are currently in prison.

Finally, we do not wish to talk about our case neither to comment on our beatings, the information leaks of the police concerning supposed gathered information nor do we wish to demand anything for us. We do, however, want to denounce the unjust pre-trial detention of the 20-year old female student of the Economic University of Athens who had absolutely nothing to do with our attempted action.

It is provocative to imprison a 20-year old human with the only “incriminating” evidence against her being a friendship, while at the same time defrauders like Tsitouridis and Papamarkakis* are on the loose, despite stealing 800 million Euros from the greek people, and continue their robbing activity unharmed.

INFORMERS ABACK -COMRADES, ONWARD!

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES BY ALL MEANS UNTIL THE FINAL VICTORY

THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN ANY PRISON

REVOLUTION FIRST AND ALWAYS

M. Tsourapas
Fourth Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens

Ch. Kontorevithakis
Aulona Prison

*Ex-Minister of Labour Savvas Tsitouridis was forced to resign in late April this year after it was revealed that he and his associates were involved in a scandalous sale of government bonds to state pension funds.

June 21, 2007
by actforfreedomnow
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Letter by the two detainees, accused for placing gas bombs outside the Municipal Police Department in Faliro.

Whether we like it or not, there is a war. In this war everyone is taking part. Those who are not taking part, that is those who choose to be neutrally silent, do nothing but contributing in imposing the dominance.

We can’t tolerate the crimes beginning from the school prisons, the psychiatries and the prisons, going on within the structure of the paid slavery, the extortionate draining of thousands of workers. We can’t tolerate a society that sinks in the bog of the consumism obsession and the “don’t-care” misery; a society which the only thing it does is to obey the dominance, allowing the imperialistic wars of the New Roma, of Pax Americana and of their allying extortionate, leaving countless dead people behind them (Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine) in the name of imposing the democratic totalitarianism.

For the reasons above, we chose to take part in this war, by taking the side of the revolution as anarchists, knowing from the beginning the consequences of our choice. A revolution which, as Luxembourg said “knows to say I was, I am and I will be”. A revolution which only knows to attack.

We express our solidarity to the political prisoners, who, either accepting the accusations or not, are in prison.

Finally, we wouldn’t like to talk for our case, nor to comment on the fact that we have been beaten up, the allegations of the security forces that they have information, nor to ask anything for us. Though, we want to denounce the unfair preventive detention of the 20 year old female student of the Athens Economic University, who had no connection with the action that we were about to do .

It is provocative to let a person into prison, having friendship as only clue of guilt, while financial criminals, such as Tsitouridis and Papamarkakis, who have robbed 800 million euros from the Greek people, are still free and keep on their extortionate raids.

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, BY ALL MEANS, TILL THE FINAL VICTORY

THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN PRISON

REVOLUTION NOW AND FOREVER

M. Tsourapas / 4th wing of Koridalos Prison

X. Kontorevithakis / Avlona Prisons

June 17, 2007
by actforfreedomnow
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In regard to the situation in the (greek) police’s holding cells, as read by information coming from the country’s Ministry of Public Order: More than 1,000,000 people have spent one night or longer in police stations since 2002, while deaths in custody are on a constant rise, reaching 57 in the last decade only. Statistics of those deaths are only available from 1997 onward. Since that year 28 detainees committed suicide (out of these, 26 hanged themselves and two jumped off the buildings they were held in).

Another eleven people ostensibly died due to pathological causes. Three suffered heart failure, while two had “lethal accidents in their attempt to escape”. Six drug addicts died from pulmonary edema. In the last two years alone there have been 18 deaths, twice as many as in 2003-2004.

Prisons and detention cells are the places where authority shows its true face; when writing even for a fraction of all that take place in there, where people’s ? rule and depressing metal bars rise all around you, words seem too poor to describe what happens to the soul and the body of the detained human when s/he has fallen to the hands of authority.

With respect to the memory of the people mentioned in this note, we will remember and remind of their deaths by denouncing the inhumane holding conditions and treatment of our fellow humans in so-called houses of correction and detention cells. We hold the firm belief that the time will come for the crimes of authority against humans to be punished.

Atrocious, horrific incidents in prisons and detention cells are innumerable. Many of these remain unknown and will never be heard, buried under the darkest prison cells.

June 17, 2007
by actforfreedomnow
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The 19 year old student, arrested on 5th of May and accused for riots out of the School of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, wil

After staying more than 40 days in Avlona prisons, the second year old student of the Polytechnic Faculty of AUTh will be set free, under bail, until the trial takes place, according to the decision of the Magistrates Committee, issued last week. They accepted the plea of the youngster against the preventive detainment order.

According the decision which was issued on Monday, the 19-year-old will have to appear during the first five days of each month to the police department close to his home, while he is not allowed to leave the country. The bail that has to be paid amounts 3,000 euros. According the same decision, the rest two detainees are being set free (under the same restrictions and a bail of 1,000 euros each; they are both private employees, accused for taking part in the same riots. These two men, aged 24 and 27, were detained after their testimony to the Court Prisons of Komotini.

In the decision it was also mentioned that the three arrestees, who face criminal charges for constructing and possessing explosive bombs, and for causing explosions, “have never fugitives and have never been accused for any other offense”. It was also noted that possible extension of their preventive detainment, until the trial, “would have extremely severe consequences for their social and financial state, given their young age.”

The passion for freedom
is stronger than the prison

June 5, 2007
by actforfreedomnow
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Please circulate widely

On Tuesday 5th of June, two anarchists and a friend of theirs (all 20-22 years old) were arrested after trying to attack a car of the municipal police in the neighborhood of Paleo Faliro in Athens. During their arrest, all three were severely beaten up by the police to the point of collapse.

After being beaten further and tortured (psycologically and physically) at the Police Headquarters in Athens, the Attorney General order the pre-trial detention of all three (up to 18 months imprisonment before the actual trial).

The condition of the girl is particularly serious and alarming since she is now facing health problems; the vicious attack of the cops and their severe beatings have caused her a nervous breakdown. At dawn she was transfered to two different hospitals in Athens, where the doctors only offered her first aid and refused to accept her for further treatment. The doctors treating her currently (her personal doctor together with the police doctor) both speak of a serious psychotic-related amnesia condition caused by extreme stress during her arrest and detention. Despite this fact the girl is still held at the Police headquarters while her lawyers are trying to get her to another Athens hospital. Should this not happen, she will be transfered to and held at the mental health hospital of the Korydallos prison in Athens.

Meanwhile, the two anarchists have already been transfered to prison.



by NorthernAnarchist 04:30pm, Saturday June 9 2007

The car they alledgedly attempted to burn…

January 17, 2007
by actforfreedomnow
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COMMUNIQUE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SQUATTED POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Today, January 13 2007, police attacked the anarchist and anti-authoritarian motorbike demo in solidarity to the three comrades arrested at the social forum on May 6 2006 in Athens. The demo was attacked by special motorbike forces (Z team) on the way back from Nikea hospital where there had been a solidarity gathering for two of the imprisoned comrades Tarasio Zadorozni and Gerasimos Kiriakopulos who are on hungerstrike. The anti riot police squads (MAT) then stormed the comrades on the ground, 42 were taken into custody at the national security police headquarters in Athens, many of them injured, and 4 of them are still being held 9 hours later. Tarasio Zadorozni and Gerasimos Kiriakopulos have been on hunger strike for 46 and 28 days respectively and were transferred from Koridalos prison to a secure unit in Nikea hospital on January 9 as their condition had deteriorated. They have been held in prison since May 6 2006 along with another demonstrator, Kostas Kachadouras, accused of rioting during the international antiwar demo of the European Social Forum in Athens.

The imprisoned demonstrators of May 6 are 3 of the thousands of people that took to the streets that day when riots erupted between the forces of repression and anarchists and young rebels and attacks were made against State and capitalist targets. The police arrested 17 demonstrators who were accused on trumped up heavy charges and 3 of them have been held in prison awaiting trial without any evidence against them (with the political consent of the traditional leftist parties and groups) so that they can be punished as an example for those who choose to resist without mediation or institutional representation. The struggle that those on hunger strike began for their freedom, using their body as a weapon, has now become the terrain where a general conflict between the State and those who fight it is being expressed.

It is about an attack in which the State, using all the repressive mechanisms of propaganda and control in its power, is attempting to isolate and eliminate anarchists and anti-authoritarians, who are the most radical part of social resistance, with the surrender of the whole of society as its final objective. Under these conditions of intensifying State terror, every action of solidarity to the imprisoned fighters has been under attack. The aim of this repression is not only to keep the 3 in prison as long as possible, it is also to eliminate the very dynamic of solidarity, self-organisation and resistance against the plans of the State and the bosses.

So, on January 12, the police attempted to prevent the solidarity demonstration that had been organised by anarchists and anti-authoritarians. The order was pronounced by the chief of police forces present, stating that he had instructions from the prosecutor, but this was subverted by the persistence of the demonstrators and finally a strong demo was held in the centre of Athens. The attack on today’s demonstration (January 13), with the arrests and the wounded, are the peak of this repressive violence, showing the State’s intent to bury the struggle of those on hunger strike in silence, to terrorise those in solidarity and attack the development of the anarchist struggle.
What has preceded today’s events: the arrest of an anti-authoritarian comrade outside his home following the motorbike demo to the house of the minister of justice; intensive provocation and pressure by the Z motorbike police squad on another motorbike demo to Koridalos prison on December 15; police attack on new year’s eve motorbike demo on its return from the prison that resulted in many comrades being taken into custody and one arrest, and on January 9 the surrounding by anti riot police squads of a radio station which had been occupied by 50 anarchists to transmit solidarity messages and news of the hunger strike.

AGAINST the attempts of the State to isolate the struggle of our imprisoned comrades who are on hunger strike behind a wall of silence

AGAINST the constant repressive attacks against anarchists and antiauthoritarians, aiming at their isolation and annihilation

AGAINST the attempt to impose social acquiescance

WE ARE TAKING OVER THE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS AND WE DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF OUR 4 COMRADES BEING HELD IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY BUILDING FOLLOWING TODAY’S ATTACK BY POLICE AGAINST THE SOLIDARITY MOTORBIKE DEMO AND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE IMPRISONED PROTESTORS OF MAY 6 2006

By taking over this university building we are creating a place of constant counterinformation and solidarity within our city, an attempt that is operating horizontally and against all hierarchy, on the basis of the occupiers’ general assembly. No repressive action will extinguish our solidarity to our imprisoned comrades, or prevent the social struggle for liberation from the chains of Authority

THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER
THAN ANY PRISON CELL

SOLIDARITY TO THE HUNGERSTRIKERS TARASIO ZADOROZNI (SINCE NOV 29 2006) AND GERASIMOS KIRIAKOPULOS (SINCE DECEMBER 15 2006)

IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE 3 IMPRISONED PROTESTORS OF MAY 6

THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF OUR 4 COMRADES WHO ARE BEING HELD IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY BUILDING
FOLLOWING TODAY’S ATTACK BY POLICE AGAINST THE SOLIDARITY MOTORBIKE DEMO

SOLIDARITY TO ALL IMPRISONED AND ACCUSED SOCIAL FIGHTERS

FREEDOM TO ALL THOSE IN PRISON CELLS

SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON!

Assembly of the occupied Polytechnic University
January 13 2007, 7pm.

January 13, 2007
by actforfreedomnow
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An explosive this morning hit the United States embassy in the Greek capital Athens, with little damage but leaving a lot of question marks. Nobody go

THE MAN WHO HAS THE ANSWERS IS NOT TALKING by Henk Ruyssenaars – Foreign correspondent FPF – Europe – Jan. 12th 2007 – The Greek news agency published about the attack on the US embassy in Athens as follows: A strong blast was reported shortly before 6 a.m. (4 a.m. GMT) at the US embassy in central Athens, with Greek authorities now investigating inside the compound, according to the US ambassador.” – Normally ‘local authorities’ are never allowed into any embassy area. A foreign embassy is ‘extra-territorial’. What outside US embassy circles now is discussed is the question how anybody ever could come close enough to the US embassy at number 91 in the Vasilissis Sophias Avenue? Where for the past decades Greek special police, US Marines, guns, sniffer dogs and cameras have guarded the US embassy and the buildings around as some Fort Knox? Afraid of attacks by Greek and other people who for decades sincerely have disliked the US policy and what they have done to their country. Which with a CIA coup and the Greek ‘colonels junta’ was turned into a US colony and NATO base because it’s strategically too very important for the US junta’s quest for hegemony. But this ‘terrorist attack’ looks as suspicious as is possible, since only people connected or invited to the guarded US embassy can get anywhere close. No evidence – fake or real – has turned up yet. And it can’t as usual be blamed on the ‘November 17’ (N-17) guerilla because the ‘authorities’ said they dismantled it.* But after forty years of US ruling still the Greek people keep saying – like most in the world – that Bush and Blair are the ‘Butchers of Baghdad’ and the US junta and it’s war machine – including the UN plus NATO’s troops and mercenaries – represent the real terrorists. Which is totally correct of course. The fact that US ambassador and Bush friend Ries immediately after the blast confirmed that the attack ‘came from the outside’ left the question unanswered how any person even could get close enough to throw a Molotov cocktail across the embassy’s 3 meters (10 ft) high fences or carry around and shoot some kind of missile? “There is no justification for such an act of violence,” Ries said and added that it was a “very serious” incident.” Which may be used to further restrict what’s left of civil liberties in this US colony with it’s for freedom fighting people. [I’ve visited friends in Greece for decades. – HR] The US even was running secret jails of the American Gulag on military bases in Greece. – Url.: www.apfn.net/messageboard/ 01-06-06/discussion.cgi.72.html THE ANSWERS… It looks like the ‘attack’ on the US embassy as usual has been a ‘false flag’ operation by the US ‘special ops forces’ to divert global attention from the lost war in Iraq and the US junta’s preparations to activate another ‘false flag’ operation to be able to start a nuclear war with Iran. [‘False flag’ – Google – http://tinyurl.com/ta9fl] – Never telling the people they brainwash that Iran is very much bigger in population and surface. And has bought arms for billions of oil money. And has been permanently controlled by the US via satellites too.* Now the Gulf is full of US warships and those of collaborating countries like Holland, waiting for the US orchestrated ‘incident’ to blind and brainwash people again. Like after the 9/11 ‘inside job’, another US home made ‘Pearl Harbor’ as US commentator Roberts writes.* THE SILENT CIA MAN The man who has the answers and is not saying anything, is Thomas Countryman, at present the NSA/CIA liaison in Athens and as number 2 the ‘policy officer’ at the US embassy. Countryman learned most of his CIA tricks in the major CIA institute in the Arab world, situated in Tunisia in North Africa. As an independent foreign correspondent I had to know and knew also people at the US embassy, where I normally was invited during those years. And also of course by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) with the by the Israeli Mossad poisoned Chairman Yasser Arafat and his doomed cooperators as well.* Thomas Countryman was in Tunis in 1990/’91 and studied for a year at the CIA ‘spy school’ in Sidi Bou Said. He often ate his lunches at a small restaurant called ‘La Bagatelle’, on the other side of the street. I lived in Sidi Bou Said and very often lunched in ‘La Bagatelle’ too, in this very picturesque village on the beaches of the Mediterranean. [Sidi Bou Said Pics – Url.: http://tinyurl.com/vdhe9] In his official bio at says “From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Countryman studied Arabic language and culture at the Department’s Foreign Service Institute in Virginia for one year, followed by a year at the Institute’s field school in Tunis.” At the embassy in Athens his function is described as Deputy Chief of Mission. Meaning he is the man in charge of overall security. THE CIA TRAINING CENTER As one of the last foreign correspondents I was declared ‘persona non grata’ and forced to leave the country July 31st in 1996. – [http://tinyurl.com/rw6o3 ] – A week after I arrived on 7 November 1987, coup general and president Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, the present military ruler of Tunisia, with american help took the power from old and ailing president Habib Bourguiba. The country which is an american colony, had, and apparently still has, the biggest secret Middle East ‘CIA Arabic training center’ in coastal Sidi Bou Said, 17 kilometers from the capital Tunis. The ‘school’ is next door to the US ambassadors residence, and can be seen from the terrace during receptions. – Url.: http://tinyurl.com/585dc ] According to Countryman’s cv: “He has been Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Athens, Greece since September 2005. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he served as the Political-Military Officer at the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. From 1991 to 1993, he was the senior officer for reporting on political, security, and religious affairs within Egypt. In 1993 and 1994, Mr. Countryman worked in the State Department’s Office of Counter-Terrorism, where he helped to achieve passage of a UN Security Council resolution on bringing to justice the suspects in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.” THE BOMBING OF PAN AM FLIGHT 103 The last sentence again shows that Thomas Countryman is one of those fishy CIA characters. It didn’t matter that Scotland Yard said that he and his CIA/FBI buddies falsified the evidence in the Lockerbie trial. A miscarriage of justice if there ever was one which was an eternal shame and mockery concerning human rights and justice. But Countryman ‘helped’ to bring the patsies to the Scottish kangoroo court. Url.: http://tinyurl.com/y6mujq Apart from the absolutely mad US junta’s preparations for an attack on Iran – and if they still can, later on oil rich and close Venezuela – there are other protests they want to stop. Groups in Greece and the rest of Europe have to be silenced because they decided two weeks ago that coming 9th-11th February in Warsaw in Poland they’ll hold an ‘International Gathering To Prepare The Protests Against The G8-Summit 2007’ to discuss the actions against the G-8 meeting in Rostock in Germany later this year. According to my point of view – working at a 15 minutes drive from the Dutch/German border – Germany and its policy under US stooge and PM Angela Merkel has become the murkil of the US junta in Europe. Again in November last year, Greek riot police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators marching to the US embassy in Athens who chanted slogans including “Bush the butcher, out of Iraq” and “The USA is the real terrorist”. And Washington’s junta abhors their very appropriate slogan: “To those who wants to dominate the world, the world responds: RESISTANCE!” But, as with a lot of irony can be said, it’s good to know that the investigation is in the hands of qualified people… Who are specially trained for these kind of ‘terrorist attacks’. By the CIA… HENK RUYSSENAARS REFERENCES + LINKS: UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO GREECE CHARLES P. RIES – Url.: http://athens.usembassy.gov/about_us/ambassador.htm US DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION
– THOMAS M. COUNTRYMAN – Url.: http://athens.usembassy.gov/about_us/dcm.htm DISTRACTING CONGRESS FROM THE REAL WAR PLAN – By Paul Craig Roberts – Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16121.htm IRAN HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY CONTROLLED BY THE US – Url.: http://www.countercurrents.org/us-henk160805.htm LOCKERBIE : 2.7 BILLION $ SHAM AND SHAME – “This has been a political court case, where the verdict already was decided upon in advance” Prof. H. K?chler the UN observer said. – Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4460.htm INTERNATIONAL GATHERING TO PREPARE THE PROTESTS AGAINST THE G8-SUMMIT 200 – Url.: http://dissentnetzwerk.org/node/129 ONE MORE IMPOSED FRIENDSHIP OF WAR – Picture Greek police guarding the National Assembly against the people – Url.: http://www.resistance2003.gr/en/news/story.php?id=97 NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE GREEK LANGUAGE IS NEEDED FOR THE PICTURES: GREEK POLICE IN ACTION – Url.: http://www.2007-g8.tk/ US AND NOVEMBER 17TH: ACCORDING TO THE CIA VIA THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS November 17, Revolutionary People’s Struggle (Greece, leftists) – Url.: http://www.cfr.org/publication/9275/#1 THE ISRAELI SECRET SERVICE MOSSAD POISONED PLO LEADER ARAFAT. – Url.: http://forpressfound.blogspot.com/2006/11/israel-poisoned-arafat.html WHERE’S THE OIL IN IRAN? IS IT REALLY BIGGER THAN IRAQ? – Url.: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/iran_petroleum_facilities_2004.jpg * HR / ARAFAT: FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS? – DOES THE ‘ROAD MAP’ LEAD TO ‘ETERNAL PEACE’ FOR THE PALESTINIANS ? – Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4666.htm * The Dutch author this far has lived and worked abroad – never in an English speaking country – for more than 4 decades for international media as an independent foreign correspondent, of which 10 years – also during Gulf War I – in the Arab World and the Middle East. Seeing worldwide that every bullet and every bomb breeds more terrorism! Which also French President Jacques Chirac confirmed – Url.: http://tinyurl.com/ym44vm * FPF-COPYRIGHT NOTICE – In accordance with Title 17 U. S. C. Section 107 – any copyrighted work in this message is distributed by the Foreign Press Foundation under fair use, without profit or payment, to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the information. Url.: http://liimirror.warwick.ac.uk/uscode/17/107.html FOREIGN PRESS FOUNDATION Editor: Henk Ruyssenaars http://tinyurl.com/gpr4j The Netherlands fpf@chello.nl -0- -0- -0- -0-

July 6, 2005
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>15th day of trial in Aachen, 06.07.2005.

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The 15. day of trial against Jose, Bart, Gabriel and Begonia began at
10:00. Gabriel was wearing his shorts only again 'cos nothing changed
regarding the security measures.
Judge Nohl indoctrinated the audience that it's not allowed to leave 
the
space for the audience to advance the accused persons. Because it
happened two times before, next time it will be punished with a fine.
 
During the 14. day of trial an expert opinion from spain was brought in
that was dealing with the gunshot wound Jose received in 1981 in a
conflict with a cop. That expert opinion had been translated in the
meantime and the evaluator Mrs. Mörth (psychologist) was ordered to
check Jose for post traumatic and bodily harm that could have any 
impact
on the deeds in june last year.
The expert opinion reported about the state Jose was brought in to the
surgical emergency room in Zaragoza on 28.03.1981 and which surgeries
had to be done.
Jose suffered from three gunshot wounds, one in the back, one below the
heart and one shot hit him at the far right part of his neck - that
bullet hurted the abdomen and came out of his body below the chin 
again.
Mrs. Mörth said the scars match up with wounds the opinion reports
about, so there's no reason to question it.
She spoke with Jose when "his" interpreter was present and did check
him, too. She described what is meant with a traumatic experience and
that Joses state can be described as that. But post traumatic disorders
she could neither find during the conversation with Jose nor in court.
She said that when Jose was speaking about the experiences with the
spanish police he was moved, but she can't see evidences of a post
traumata cos no disturbance of memory occured.
During the depiction of the firing in the trial Jose didn't behave
abnormal, he was speaking to has lawyer, ate and did even yawn. In
addition to that Jose had no manner of avoidance after the firing in
1981 what his lifestyle testified about. All things considered there 
are
no hints for a post traumatic disorder and bodily Jose is doing well,
too.
 
No questions where aimed at the evaluator whereupon another expert
opinion was read out which was done by the chief of the government
council Milles on 23.06.2004. It was dealing with the check for traces
of powder on the hands of Jose, Gabriel, Bart and Begonia. First it was
said that the amount of traces of powder is connected with the make of
the gun and that after only 30 minutes of desk work for instance only
half of the traces of powder are still traceable and after washing ones
hand nothing at all anymore.
Very few traces of powder could be traced at Gabriels and Joses right
hand and on Begonias left hand. That means it can't be said for sure
that this person fired a gun, but it can't be negated for sure, too. At
Barts hands nothing was found at all.
 
After the end of the day of trial a barrier of cops set up in front of
the audience so nobody could evade the indoctrination of the beginning.
But calls out to eachother where exchanged and that was good!
 
A short day in court, but still it was good to see the prisoners and
show them that they are not alone.
On friday, July, 08. at 15:00 it goes on in room 339 of the Aachener
Landgericht.
 
 
 

February 10, 2005
by actforfreedomnow
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>FREE ANARCHIST POLYKARPOS GEORGIADIS Trial: February 16, 2005 in Serres

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On the 16th of April 2004, plain-clothes cops arrest P. Georgiadis in a street in Thessaloniki and take him to the city’s police headquarters. After detaining him for hours, the media triumphantly present a police scenario about “a bomber having been arrested red-handed”. In the beginning, they present P. Georgiadis as the perpetrator of an unclear number of arsons that have taken place in the city… Finally, they end up accusing him of one “arson attempt” against a car, belonging to a private security company, which was parked in the street where he was arrested.
Denying all charges, he states that as an anarchist he was for long a police target. Even the cops who arrested him admit they knew him because of his anarchist activity. Georgiadis also stresses that passing from the place where he was arrested was part of his daily routine, something that the cops following him knew very well.
His arrest is the result of the desperate and futile effort of the police to solve the case of a series of arsons. Thus, the scenario fabricated contains everything that would help the police restore its prestige: incrimination for any unresolved case and conflicting reports about him having accomplices, so that the cops can claim they have achieved the “neutralization of a whole organization”. The latter leads in raids in houses of comrades and friends of Georgiadis. For the same reason, the scenario soon starts to collapse. The jabber about the “accomplices” will be eventually abandoned, along with the attempts to blame Georgiadis for the …dozens of actions the police was speaking about in the first place. In the end, even for the one accusation remaining, the cops who say they caught him in the moment of action are unable to present the incendiary device that would be supposedly used for the arson. With these fabricated charges, Georgiadis was sent to jail on April 20 and now he is in Koridallos prison of Athens.
His persecution is part of the state’s attack against society and specifically against those who resist, with any way they choose, the projects for the imposition of the modernized dictatorship of control and repression, exploitation and alienation.
Using the olympic games as a pretext and the doctrine of security as a spearhead, the state intensifies this attack, trying to extort the society’s consent and eliminate any social resistance. After all, the submission of society, the breakdown and the isolation of any voice and action of resistance are the most imperative aspirations of Authority. And any success in that level would be the darkest heritage of the olympic games.
Against state terrorism and the fabrication of social consent, we oppose solidarity, being aware that what the state wants when persecuting one militant is not having to deal with all of us.
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON
FREEDOM FOR ALL HOSTAGES OF THE STATE
Open Assembly of Anarchists-Antiauthoritarians
May
2004



Solidarity demonstration: Athens, Saturday, 5 February 2005

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February 5, 2005
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>Photos from the solidarity demonstration in Athens, Saturday, 5 February 2005

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Την πορεία αλληλεγγύης στον αναρχικό Π. Γεωργιάδη είχαν καλέσει αναρχικές συλλογικότητες και παρά την κακοκαιρία συμμετείχαν περίπου 300 σύντροφοι και συντρόφισσες. Η πορεία ξεκίνησε από το Μοναστηράκι και κατέληξε στα Προπύλαια επιτηρούμενη από πολλές διμοιρίες των ΜΑΤ.

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