September 5, 2009
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In the early morning of the 5. August cops shot in Krems (Austria) the 14 years old Florian P. His 16 years old friend was seriously injured and lays in hospital.

Obviously they tried to break a supermarket with a screwdriver and another small garden tool. The cops try to justify their crime by stating that it was a chaotic, dangerous situation and they thought that the screwdriver would be a gun…

In the evening a demonstration took part in Vienna, where arround 150 people protested against the cops violence.

sources:
http://de.indymedia.org/2009/08/257597.shtml
http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/supermarktueberfall100.html

September 5, 2009
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In December 2008, we created an anti-fascist mural in Bochum, to commemorate those seven anti-fascist from different european countries, who had been killed by neo-nazis during the last years.

After we photographed the whole process of production, we brought those and several other materials together and made a documentary of it, about the mural and the background of the seven murdered antifas.


Anti-fascist documentary “uno di noi” now online (one comment)
unodinoi.blogsport.de

September 4, 2009
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Hunger strikes, pickets and urban guerillas in Greece before critical weekend

Posted by stapsa on 4 September 2009
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Hunger strikes, pickets and urban guerillas in Greece before critical weekend

In the run-up to the huge protest marches of the coming weekend in Salonica, Greece sees immigrants’ hunger strikes, Wind workers take up pickets for national strike, as well as the Athens Stock Market and one Ministry hit by guerrillas.

Tension is building across Greece in expectation of the International Exibition of Salonica, the annual start of the protest season in the country when the PM usually announces the new year’s programme. As this time around the PM is expected to either announce the dissolution of his government and immediate elections or make some life-saving surprise move, the stakes are high. Huge protest marches which traditionally swamp Salonica in the first weekend of September are expected to be militant, while even police unions having announced they will march…in uniform…

In the run-up of the weekend, a series of social and labour struggles as well as the ever-surprising re-emergence of urban guerrilla attacks have been setting the pace. More specifically:

In Pagani, the notorious immigrants’ detention camp in Lesbos island recently brought to the public spotlight after UN condemnations of barbarity and No-Border actions, 47 minors from Afghanistan, Somalia and Palestine have started a hunger strike on Tuesday 1st of September. The hunger strikers announced: ”We don’t need anything but freedom no food, no medicine. We are in hunger strike.” For of the minors are in a “dry” hunger strike, refusing to take any liquids, and already suffering medical consequences. The hunger strikers have already been imprisoned in the camp for 60 days with no sign of their release.

At the same time workers of the international telecommunication corporation Wind have declared a national strike for Thursday 3rd of September picketing all the central premises of the corporation. The industrial action has been taken in response to the recent lay-off of a female worker in the company which the strikers have denounced as a “antiunionist terrorist measure”.

Meanwhile on the urban guerrilla front, Athens was rocked by a big explosion on Wen. 2/9 which destroyed the facade and two floors of the newly built Athens Stock Market setting off a fire in the inside that was controlled by the fire brigade. The explosion was caused by a bomb in a parked van outside the Stock Market and was pre-announced to the press to avoid injuries. Nevertheless due to police incompetence one woman was slightly injured by broken glass as officers failed to evacuate the area properly. From the explosion several car-expos around the building were also damaged. Earlier the same morning another bomb caused small damaged to the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace in Salonica. Speculations on the culprits fall on the usual range of left-wing guerrilla groups, yet as of this moment no organisation has claimed responsibility for either of the attacks.

update: The government finally made its surprise move: resigning even before the International Expo in Salonica. Yesterday the PM came live to announce the dissolution of parliament and early elections (2 years before scheduled) due to “the political climate not allowing him to do his work”. Meanwhile the left-wing daily eleftherotypia has estimated that the Stock Market bomb is the largest ever to be set off in greece, and part of the Revolutionary Struggle’s demolotion campaign against symbols of Capital. Still no organisation has claimed the attack.

September 4, 2009
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Police tonight attacked the self-organised Navarinou park in Exarcheia, central Athens.

Two police jeeps were in Mesologiou and Koleti street at 1:30am tonight. The people there stated throwing stuff at them to defend their free space. Police forces encircled Exarcheia and cops were seen on Patision street. At least one noise-light grenade was used near Zoodoxou Pigis street in the self-managed Navarinou park. Rumours say 2 persons were detained at Solonos street. Others say there were 3 or 4 jeeps and lots of tear gas was fired.

Some youths were graffiting walls at the corner or Solonos and Charilaou Trikoupi streets. The two police jeeps stopped there and arrested one youth (the rest managed to leave). The cops drove in Navarinou street towards Koleti, using their sirens to drive away a nearby taxi that was blocking their way. At Koleti and Zoodohou Pigis corner a few people tried to defend against the two approaching jeeps. The jeeps managed to leave with the arrested guy.

A posting says the youth was seen in handcuffs. The noise-light grenade was thrown at Trikoupi and Solonos corner. Another says lots of tear gas was used in Tzavela and Mesolongiou street corner, with more arrests. A Delta police group was also stationed there for half an hour, swearing at people.

Some say they saw an injured person and cops swearing “we will fuck your Exarcheia” (Exarcheia is considered to be “the anarchist district” in Athens). Another posting says the injured youth was at Tzavela and Benaki street corner with blood in his/her head.

At 2:30am Delta cops entered Exarcheia square and beaten people there. Another posting confirms two arrests, one injured. Policemen also at Ippokratous and Arachovis streets.

Garbage cans were put on fire in Zoodohou Pigis and Metaxa streets. A Delta group was on Asklipiou street at 2:30am. Cover police were also seen. Policemen with searchlights entered the self-managed park. At Solonos and Trikoupi streets cops were swearing at two arrested youths, and some people ran towards them in solidarity, and at that moment a cop threatened to use his gun. Another cop threw a noise-light grenade and the people left. More than 50 Delta policemen were seen around, also in Eresou, Valtetsiou and Tositsa streets.

A posting claims that cover police and strong police forces were seen nearby from 11:30pm, and assumes the attack was pre-organised. Also policemen were seen in Mavrometeon, Derigny streets and around the Asoee university.

Police “do not cross” lines were put around near the Athens law school. The media talk about 5 arrests. Firefighters dealt with the garbage cans that were put on fire. By 3am about 100 policemen were in Akadimias (the old “Irida” centre). the traffic was stopped in Solonos. There were 150 people in and around the Navarinou park when they got attacked.

September 4, 2009
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In the early hours of Friday 4.9 the self-organised park in Exarcheia once again came under attack by the police. Earlier, police jeeps tried to cross through Messologiou Street: the very same street where Alexis Grigoropoulos was assassinated in December. People present tried to resist the shameless police provocation; only moments later a full-scale police operation saw riot units surrounding the area, tear-gassing the people present and throwing them a percussion grenade. During the conflict a cop pulled out his gun, threatening to shoot.

From those arrested, one (charged with a “misdemeanor”, that is, graffiti) will be at court on Monday and other four will appear on Tuesday. The four are charged with felonies: molotov cocktails and stone-throwing, except according to eye-witnesses, not a single molotov was thrown in the area last night! They are all held in detention until then and it is possible they might be ordered in pre-trial detention – in Greece this can last up to 18 months.

In an hour or so, an assembly will begin at the park, spontaneously called after last night’s events. More info will follow. A more detailed account of the events is up on

September 4, 2009
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2009

Earth Liberation Front Topples Radio Station Towers in Snohomish County, WA

Everett, WA: Two radio station towers were torn down early Friday by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) in the Lord’s Hills

valley in Snohomish County, WA. The towers, owned by station KRKO, have been a source of controversy for years. A

sign left at the scene claimed responsibility by the ELF.

” Due to the health and environmental risks associated with radio waves emitted from the towers, we applaud this act by

the ELF,” stated Jason Crawford, a spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office. “When all

legal channels of opposition have been exhausted, concerned citizens have to take action into their own hands to protect

life and the planet.”
[For those about to rock!]

For the past eight years, opponents have waged a legal battle against the towers, arguing that AM radio waves cause

adverse health affects including a higher rate of cancer, harm to wildlife, and that the signals have been interfering with

home phone and intercom lines.

Last year, the first four towers were erected by KRKO after numerous hearings and appeals. KRKO plans to build two

more towers to boost the station’s broadcasting power.

” We have to weigh our priorities and the local ecosystem in Everett, along with the local residents, do not need additional

sports news radio station towers that come at the expense of reduced property values and harmful radio waves,” Crawford

continued. “We sincerely hope that people continue to take direct action to stop the threats to human health, wildlife and

the planet.”

The E.L.F. is an international underground organization that uses direct action in the form of economic sabotage to stop

the systematic exploitation and destruction of the planet. Since its inception in North America in 1996, the ELF has inflicted

well over $150 million in damages to corporations and governmental agencies that are profiting from the destruction of the

Earth.

The North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office is a legal news agency representing the earth liberation

movement. The NAELFPO reports on the covert direct actions taken by the Earth Liberation Front in defense of the planet.

Targeting deforestation, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), urban sprawl, automobile and industry pollution, and

other threats to the natural environment, the Earth Liberation Front uses nonviolent economic sabotage to compel

industries and governments to reshape their environmentally destructive policies.

September 3, 2009
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Serbian police arrested members of Anarchosyndicalist Initiative (ASI) under suspicion being connected with Black Elijah group (Crni Ilija) which take

Asi statement:

We are informing you that members of the Union Confederation
“Anarcho-syndicalist initiative”, Ratibor Trivunac (who is currently
delegated to the duty of IWA-AIT General Secretary), Tadej Kurepa and
Ivan Vulovic have been arrested today (September, 3rd) under the
fabricated charges of “causing general public danger”, after they were
forcefully taken in for interrogation by the police. It is yet
unconfirmed if other comrades were arrested.

We are trying to get in contact with their lawyers and to establish what
are the exact charges against them and their legal status. We will keep
you informed of the developments.

The IWA Secretariat can be reached by usual email address and phone no.

IWA-AIT Secretariat,
Belgrade, 3rd September 2009

Media reported that arrested are Ratibor Trivunac, Tadej Kurepa, Ivan Vulović, Sanja Đokić, Ivan Savić and Nikola Mitrović. jugde will do hearings todays, also decide about charges,and state attorney asks charge for criminal act of international terrorism (3 – 15 years of prison).

September 2, 2009
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“The unanimity of the fearful” (communique for the bomb at the ministry of Macedonia and Thrace in Thessaloniki)

On September 2, the same day that a bomb detonated outside the Athens Stock Exchange, another one went off at the ministry of Macedonia and Thrace in the city of Thessaloniki. As expected, the “Conspiracies of Cells of Fire” claimed responsibility. What follows is the communique, released on September 5, with which the attack was claimed –trans.


The unanimity of the fearful.

Throughout history, leaders of all kinds of totalitarian regimes aim at social cohesion. Through this cohesion the mass-human is produced – more flexible, more disciplined and more conservative toward the prevalent social behaviours at all given times. It is the contemporary class of these socially integrated citizens who then discover their common identity and crouch around the common interest, common aspirations and desires. All the lonelinesses of the western world meet for a moment in the snap-shot of consumerist frenzy.

In greece during the 80s social cohesion was inspired by the dream of “change” and invested in the owner-mania of house-building. Multi-storey flats in athens and thessaloniki were built one after the other in order to accommodate the absence of life emerging with the appearance of family ownership-property. Everyone was seeking their own property as recognition of their social value in the social class of the “neo-greek”, which required owner-property status.

In the 90s came the swoop of micro-electrical appliances of mortgaged joy and the second car. The neo-greek bourgeois were parading around their absence in a new environment of technological comfort and digital pleasure promised by the delayed greek capitalism. Loans for new living room couches and electrical appliances became a routine.

And so the bourgeois got to acquire all the characteristics of a class. They have common desires, common aspirations, common language and no consciousness. Yet they also have something else, something that in times of crisis becomes the strongest negotiation strategy for its administrators: They have common fears. Fear of loss of all these material “ideals” acquired with so much compromise, tolerance and humiliation. The peaceful bourgeois is capable even of killing someone should they threaten their property. Because in this very property they have invested everything they are. When someone loses their illusions, they become worse than him who has consciousness of the real loss.

In illusions all hopes for a future that will never come are placed upon; daily humiliations are soothed, stressed micro-egos get to rest. Leaders invest in the politics of crisis and fear once social cohesion of the common dream collapses, as a natural malfunction of the capitalist machine.

First of all, the notion of a crisis as constantly bombarded upon us through the media is in itself a military order, an order dictating social alert. The social fear parading in front of the unknown of the crisis has its own, very distinct smell. It is the smell of the cowardliness of all that the bourgeois has accepted, all the desires they never discovered, all the humiliations they never reacted to, all the roles they played in front of the empty stage of their bourgeois fantasizing. Social fear also has its own expression – it is vengeful, stingy and conservative.

Social cohesion is reclaimed by fear. From the religious time of crisis by some “god” to the national crises, even their breaths are tuned in military style. The entire society of zombification dances along the rhythms of the crisis, incapable of even realising what has happened.

These artificial conditions of alert act as military exercises against social polarisation. The times at which they are tested are very carefully chosen. Because they are not limited to one state, especially the economic crisis, they acquire different versions between them, so as to act more efficiently.

For example, the current economic crisis in the USA as a response of the conservative “white” republicans to the established democrats and the restructuring in the health system serve different purposes to the crisis in greece after the revolt of December. And also, the crisis with the outbreak of the new flu also comes to serve other purposes.

The politics of crisis proves to be a rather successful technique because except for the “wise ones” (political authority, journalists, analysts, “experts” of all sorts) who propagate it, there is also a stupid audience of faithful (society) ready to accept it and take orders.

In greece after all the technique of the crisis is a rather usual method. Often after social tension and clashes or ruptures caused by the enemy within, such crises of national unanimity make their appearance.

1991 was the year of the mass school occupations and the assassination of teacher Nikos Temponeras while the next year saw the crisis with skopje and the macedonian demonstrations. 1995 was the year of the largest mass arrest – 500 people in the Athens Polytechnic – while 1996 saw the Imia crisis (skirmishes between the greek and turkish army over an unpopulated rock –trans). 2008 saw the revolt of December and 2009 was the year of the migrant crisis, pogroms, concentration camps, turkish airspace violations and the revealing of the execution of missing greek-cypriots by turkish-cypriots. This does not mean to say that events were “produced” in order to disorientate the zombified public opinion. Imia did not happen to cover the Polytechnic arrests, nor was the supposed migrant issue highlighted to cover for December. Plus the fact that the economy is damaged and collapsing is a reality. The technique of the crisis is simply the director-like ability to highlight certain scenes at the right moment, so to direct the viewer’s gaze.

Air-space violations and incidents with greek rocks have happened many times, and yet in the case of Imia they were particularly promoted. (Undocumented) migrants have been living in the centre of Athens for years, and yet it was now that they had to be “revealed”. Illnesses and epidemics exist or are created constantly, yet once their usefulness period is over they disappear without anyone knowing their ending, like in the cases of the mad cow disease and the asian flu.

Economy is constantly in the red, yet now this has to be emphasized. Tables of statistics have no importance whatsoever, nor do the facts by financial authorities or financial analyses. What needs to be understood by the revolutionary force and the new urban guerilla tendency, is the social value of the financial crisis, the social value of fear – we need to proceed to our counter-analyses and to launch an attack on all fronts.

Economy is not a mere maths equation, it is a factory of production of relationships. The coming elections offer the visible exit from the crisis. They are the diffusing of the amassed social fear and its replacement by the hope for reconstruction of the bourgeois dream. We know that even sad people who carry as a badge of honour the title of the citizen, think of elections as outdated – and yet they are the only thing they have. After all as we said
, illusions and idiocy are near-totally unbeatable, but not without their weaknesses.

Because we, like other comrades of the new urban guerilla tendency, do not participate in fixed games, nor do we participate in the official fiestas of demonstrations, in called-for marches such as that against the international expo in thessaloniki, we chose our own time to act.

And so at the dawn of Wednesday September 2 we placed a self-made exploding device comprising of two time bombs and 8 kilos of explosives in the back entrance of the ministry of Macedonia-Thrace. In order to avoid injuries we notified one tv station and the police.

The selection of that particular target was more of a challenge for the police protection plans devised for the particular location. The policemen by the entrance, the riot police unit in the courtyard, the police blocks on the adjacent Ayiou Dimitriou str, the patrols around the building were all a good opportunity for us to send them run panicking.

Each time that we emphasize on the operational part of a plan we do not do so in order to claim some credits for operational flawlessness and bravery. That is nonsense. Whatever we do, we do simply because we feel it and it fills us with the meaning of our existence. These references to some operational parts take place as an invitation to new comrades in order to share with them our belief that responsibility, good organising, trustworthiness, comradely feelings and decisiveness can attack that which until yesterday seemed unapproachable.

After all, the consecutive attacks that took place in our city during the summer by different groups prove that the new urban guerilla tendency is already under way and prepares its own charge. Broken doors, smashed shop fronts, smoke from the torched buildings, the chaos of the sabotages, is a network of communication beyond and outside the foreseeable. It is a way to tell our losses, our contradictions, our desires, ignoring the registries of authority and laughing at its established rules. No respect to the authorities of this city and its obedient citizens.

We shall return…

Coalition of the Cells of Fire

September 2, 2009
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On September 2, the same day that a bomb detonated outside the Athens Stock Exchange, another one went off at the ministry of Macedonia and Thrace in

The unanimity of the fearful.

Throughout history, leaders of all kinds of totalitarian regimes aim at social cohesion. Through this cohesion the mass-human is produced – more flexible, more disciplined and more conservative toward the prevalent social behaviours at all given times. It is the contemporary class of these socially integrated citizens who then discover their common identity and crouch around the common interest, common aspirations and desires. All the lonelinesses of the western world meet for a moment in the snap-shot of consumerist frenzy.

In greece during the 80s social cohesion was inspired by the dream of “change” and invested in the owner-mania of house-building. Multi-storey flats in athens and thessaloniki were built one after the other in order to accommodate the absence of life emerging with the appearance of family ownership-property. Everyone was seeking their own property as recognition of their social value in the social class of the “neo-greek”, which required owner-property status.

In the 90s came the swoop of micro-electrical appliances of mortgaged joy and the second car. The neo-greek bourgeois were parading around their absence in a new environment of technological comfort and digital pleasure promised by the delayed greek capitalism. Loans for new living room couches and electrical appliances became a routine.

And so the bourgeois got to acquire all the characteristics of a class. They have common desires, common aspirations, common language and no consciousness. Yet they also have something else, something that in times of crisis becomes the strongest negotiation strategy for its administrators: They have common fears. Fear of loss of all these material “ideals” acquired with so much compromise, tolerance and humiliation. The peaceful bourgeois is capable even of killing someone should they threaten their property. Because in this very property they have invested everything they are. When someone loses their illusions, they become worse than him who has consciousness of the real loss.

In illusions all hopes for a future that will never come are placed upon; daily humiliations are soothed, stressed micro-egos get to rest. Leaders invest in the politics of crisis and fear once social cohesion of the common dream collapses, as a natural malfunction of the capitalist machine.

First of all, the notion of a crisis as constantly bombarded upon us through the media is in itself a military order, an order dictating social alert. The social fear parading in front of the unknown of the crisis has its own, very distinct smell. It is the smell of the cowardliness of all that the bourgeois has accepted, all the desires they never discovered, all the humiliations they never reacted to, all the roles they played in front of the empty stage of their bourgeois fantasizing. Social fear also has its own expression – it is vengeful, stingy and conservative.

Social cohesion is reclaimed by fear. From the religious time of crisis by some “god” to the national crises, even their breaths are tuned in military style. The entire society of zombification dances along the rhythms of the crisis, incapable of even realising what has happened.

These artificial conditions of alert act as military exercises against social polarisation. The times at which they are tested are very carefully chosen. Because they are not limited to one state, especially the economic crisis, they acquire different versions between them, so as to act more efficiently.

For example, the current economic crisis in the USA as a response of the conservative “white” republicans to the established democrats and the restructuring in the health system serve different purposes to the crisis in greece after the revolt of December. And also, the crisis with the outbreak of the new flu also comes to serve other purposes.

The politics of crisis proves to be a rather successful technique because except for the “wise ones” (political authority, journalists, analysts, “experts” of all sorts) who propagate it, there is also a stupid audience of faithful (society) ready to accept it and take orders.

In greece after all the technique of the crisis is a rather usual method. Often after social tension and clashes or ruptures caused by the enemy within, such crises of national unanimity make their appearance.

1991 was the year of the mass school occupations and the assassination of teacher Nikos Temponeras while the next year saw the crisis with skopje and the macedonian demonstrations. 1995 was the year of the largest mass arrest – 500 people in the Athens Polytechnic – while 1996 saw the Imia crisis (skirmishes between the greek and turkish army over an unpopulated rock –trans). 2008 saw the revolt of December and 2009 was the year of the migrant crisis, pogroms, concentration camps, turkish airspace violations and the revealing of the execution of missing greek-cypriots by turkish-cypriots. This does not mean to say that events were “produced” in order to disorientate the zombified public opinion. Imia did not happen to cover the Polytechnic arrests, nor was the supposed migrant issue highlighted to cover for December. Plus the fact that the economy is damaged and collapsing is a reality. The technique of the crisis is simply the director-like ability to highlight certain scenes at the right moment, so to direct the viewer’s gaze.

Air-space violations and incidents with greek rocks have happened many times, and yet in the case of Imia they were particularly promoted. (Undocumented) migrants have been living in the centre of Athens for years, and yet it was now that they had to be “revealed”. Illnesses and epidemics exist or are created constantly, yet once their usefulness period is over they disappear without anyone knowing their ending, like in the cases of the mad cow disease and the asian flu.

Economy is constantly in the red, yet now this has to be emphasized. Tables of statistics have no importance whatsoever, nor do the facts by financial authorities or financial analyses. What needs to be understood by the revolutionary force and the new urban guerilla tendency, is the social value of the financial crisis, the social value of fear – we need to proceed to our counter-analyses and to launch an attack on all fronts.

Economy is not a mere maths equation, it is a factory of production of relationships. The coming elections offer the visible exit from the crisis. They are the diffusing of the amassed social fear and its replacement by the hope for reconstruction of the bourgeois dream. We know that even sad people who carry as a badge of honour the title of the citizen, think of elections as outdated – and yet they are the only thing they have. After all as we said, illusions and idiocy are near-totally unbeatable, but not without their weaknesses.

Because we, like other comrades of the new urban guerilla tendency, do not participate in fixed games, nor do we participate in the official fiestas of demonstrations, in called-for marches such as that against the international expo in thessaloniki, we chose our own time to act.

And so at the dawn of Wednesday September 2 we placed a self-made exploding device comprising of two time bombs and 8 kilos of explosives in the back entrance of the ministry of Macedonia-Thrace. In order to avoid injuries we notified one tv station and the police.

The selection of that particular target was more of a challenge for the police protection plans devised for the particular location. The policemen by the entrance, the riot police unit in the courtyard, the police blocks on the adjacent Ayiou Dimitriou str, the patrols around the building were all a good opportunity for us to send them run panicking.

Each time that we emphasize on the operational part of a plan we do not do so in order to claim some credits for operational flawlessness and bravery. That is nons
ense. Whatever we do, we do simply because we feel it and it fills us with the meaning of our existence. These references to some operational parts take place as an invitation to new comrades in order to share with them our belief that responsibility, good organising, trustworthiness, comradely feelings and decisiveness can attack that which until yesterday seemed unapproachable.

After all, the consecutive attacks that took place in our city during the summer by different groups prove that the new urban guerilla tendency is already under way and prepares its own charge. Broken doors, smashed shop fronts, smoke from the torched buildings, the chaos of the sabotages, is a network of communication beyond and outside the foreseeable. It is a way to tell our losses, our contradictions, our desires, ignoring the registries of authority and laughing at its established rules. No respect to the authorities of this city and its obedient citizens.

We shall return…

Coalition of the Cells of Fire

September 1, 2009
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Tuesday, September 01 2009 @ 05:04 PM CDT

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PrisonsThe burned and riot-torn buildings of Northpoint Training Center will probably be torn down and rebuilt, Kentucky Secretary of Justice and Public Safety J. Michael Brown said Monday. The buildings to be razed comprise much of the medium-security prison in Boyle County. “We will have to start from scratch,” Brown said. However, two dorms should be reopened by the end of the week, and 300 inmates now housed in the gym and chapel will be moved there. Two hundred other inmates are living in the prison’s only inhabitable dorm.

August 25, 2009
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GREEK TRAGEDY?

24 AND 25 AUGUST 09 SOLIDARITY ACTION IN LONDON FROM RANDOM ANARCHISTS.

ATHENS, 6 December 2008 two policemen on patrol in the
Exarchia area stop their car, walk down a pedestrian area and shoot
into a small group of young people at point blank range. A 15 year
old schoolboy, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, is struck in the heart, and
dies instantly. Immediate attempts by police and media to frame the
murdered boy according to the usual stereotypes fail miserably. Alexi
was an esteemed pupil at a private school in a wealthy suburb and
was in Exarchia by choice, a young person seeking freedom and discourse far from
videogames and the consumer culture. A choice that he paid for with his life.
Immediately the streets of Exarchia filled with angry people of all ages. During the night police
stations are attacked, banks and superstores set alight. The nearby Polytechnic university is
occupied. The rebellion spreads over the weekend and on Monday every school in Greece
comes out on strike. Hundreds of police stations all over Greece are attacked by pupils.
Town halls and colleges are occupied. The rebellion intensifies and spreads to wide strata of
the population, pupils, students, immigrants, emarginated people, unemployed workers, etc.
Athens and many other cities are in flames for over a week.
The revolt had the consensus and support of much of the population and for a few days the
State was losing its legitimacy. Police were repelled from the areas under attack, and resorted
to random arrests based on spurious charges. Out of hundreds of thousands of rebels all over
Greece, 65 people were imprisoned, charged with various misdemeanors.
Today one person remains in prison, Thodoris Iliopoulos, 31 years old. He has not been tried
but remains in custody, exemplary hostage of State vengeance in a grotesque parody of
justice.
He is the last prisoner of the December insurrection.
After 47 days on hunger strike, Thodoris breathes and talks with difficulty, but his courage is
still high. Here are some words he managed to send to “Avgi”:
“Why bow your head? Maybe to see two legs that regularly lose their balance over the tomb
they have prepared for you? Keep your courage and some day the Sun will rise for us as
well.”
In Greece, in the theatre of life, hundreds of thousands of people turned a tragic murder into a
rebellion for life, for their lives, against a system of death in all its forms.
Solidarity with those who struggled
Solidarity with those who struggle
FREEDOM TO THODORIS ILIOPOLIS
Free hearts
until we are all free
we are all imprisoned





FREEDOM TO THODORIS ILIOPOLIS
HOSTAGE OF THE GREEK KILLER STATE
ATHENS, 6 December 2008 two policemen on patrol in the Exarchia area stop their car,
walk down a pedestrian area and shoot into a small group of young people at point blank
range. A 15 year old schoolboy, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, is struck in the heart, and dies
instantly. Immediate attempts by police and media to frame the murdered boy according to
the usual stereotypes fail miserably. Alexi was an esteemed pupil at a private school in a
wealthy suburb and was in Exarchia by choice, a young person seeking freedom and
discourse far from videogames and the consumer culture. A choice that he paid for with his
life.
Immediately the streets of Exarchia filled with angry people of all ages. During the night
police stations are attacked, banks and superstores set alight. The nearby Polytechnic
university is occupied. The rebellion spreads over the weekend and on Monday every
school in Greece comes out on strike. Hundreds of police stations all over Greece are
attacked by pupils. Town halls and colleges are occupied. The rebellion intensifies and
spreads to wide strata of the population, pupils, students, immigrants, emarginated people,
unemployed workers, etc. Athens and many other cities are in flames for over a week.
The revolt had the consensus and support of much of the population and for a few days the
State was losing its legitimacy. Police were repelled from the areas under attack, and
resorted to random arrests based on spurious charges. Out of hundreds of thousands of
rebels all over Greece, 65 people were imprisoned, charged with various misdemeanors.
Today one person remains in prison, Thodoris Iliopoulos, 31 years old. He has not been
tried but remains in custody, exemplary hostage of State vengeance in a grotesque parody
of justice.
He is the last prisoner of the December insurrection.
After 46 days on hunger strike, Thodoris breathes and talks with difficulty, but his courage
is still high. Here are some words he managed to send to “Avgi”:
“Why bow your head? Maybe to see two legs that regularly lose their balance over the
tomb they have prepared for you? Keep your courage and some day the Sun will rise for
us as well.”
In Greece, in the theatre of life, hundreds of thousands of people turned a tragic murder into
a rebellion for life, for their lives, against a system of death in all its forms.
Solidarity with those who struggled
Solidarity with those who struggle
FREEDOM TO THODORIS ILIOPOLIS
Rebel hearts
until we are all free
we are all imprisoned





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The solidarity initiative for Thodoris Iliopoulos has released the following call-out. Please translate it and repost it in as many languages as you can. If you do a translation, please post as a comment here or e-mail us. You can find more posts on Thodoris here http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/tag/thodo
ros-iliopoulos/

On the day of action, Thodoris will be on the 45th day of his hunger strike; his situation is already critical. The last prisoner of December’s revolt must be freed – now!

SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE FOR THODORIS ILIOPOULOS

CALL-OUT FOR DAY OF ACTION FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THODORIS ILIOPOULOS, ON HUNGER STRIKE SINCE JULY 10

We call all groups in solidarity to co-ordinate their actions – propaganda, info-actions, meetings- aiming at the immediate release of Thodoris. For this reason, we have set Monday, the 24th of August at 8pm as the day and time when we will put together our voices and our power in demanding the immediate release of hunger striker Thodoris Iliopoulos.

As part of this action the Solidarity Initiative for Thodoris Iliopoulos is organising a solidarity concert at the Propylaea in Athens, on Monday 24 August at 8pm.

In the struggle for his defense and his release, our support is Thodoris’ breath.

Let’s get his voice he *

The solidarity initiative for Thodoris Iliopoulos has released the following call-out. Please translate it and repost it in as many languages as you can. If you do a translation, please post as a comment here or e-mail us. You can find more posts on Thodoris here http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/tag/thodoros-iliopoulos/

On the day of action, Thodoris will be on the 45th day of his hunger strike; his situation is already critical. The last prisoner of December’s revolt must be freed – now!

SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE FOR THODORIS ILIOPOULOS

CALL-OUT FOR DAY OF ACTION FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THODORIS ILIOPOULOS, ON HUNGER STRIKE SINCE JULY 10

We call all groups in solidarity to co-ordinate their actions – propaganda, info-actions, meetings- aiming at the immediate release of Thodoris. For this reason, we have set Monday, the 24th of August at 8pm as the day and time when we will put together our voices and our power in demanding the immediate release of hunger striker Thodoris Iliopoulos.

As part of this action the Solidarity Initiative for Thodoris Iliopoulos is organising a solidarity concert at the Propylaea in Athens, on Monday 24 August at 8pm.

In the struggle for his defense and his release, our support is Thodoris’ breath.

Let’s get his voice heard across the world!ard across the world!

August 24, 2009
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08-24-2009 group of Lithuanian activists gathered in front of Greek embassy in Vilnius in order to express solidarity with Thodoros Iliopoulos.

08-24-2009 group of Lithuanian activists gathered in front of Greek embassy in Vilnius in order to express solidarity with Thodoros Iliopoulos. Several banners were displayed in front of the embassy with slogans demanding Thodoros freedom in Greek and Lithuanian. Leaflets explaining the situation were handed out and petition signed. The attempt to pass the petition failed since the embassy clerk refused activists to enter the building. The petition was put in the mailbox. Some embassy official stopped by and promised that it will be dealt with. The small protest quickly drew police attention. Police held the small group for about 30 minutes and later released without charges.

August 24, 2009
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08-24-2009 group of Lithuanian activists gathered in front of Greek embassy in Vilnius in order to express solidarity with Thodoros Iliopoulos.

08-24-2009 group of Lithuanian activists gathered in front of Greek embassy in Vilnius in order to express solidarity with Thodoros Iliopoulos. Several banners were displayed in front of the embassy with slogans demanding Thodoros freedom in Greek and Lithuanian. Leaflets explaining the situation were handed out and petition signed. The attempt to pass the petition failed since the embassy clerk refused activists to enter the building. The petition was put in the mailbox. Some embassy official stopped by and promised that it will be dealt with. The small protest quickly drew police attention. Police held the small group for about 30 minutes and later released without charges.

August 23, 2009
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Hello,

In the early hours of August 23rd we sabotaged the construction of a new migrant-detention centre at the Fairoaksbaan, Rotterdam Airport in The Netherlands. We set fire to the on-site offices used by the management of the planning and construction companies responsible for the construction. All companies involved in planning, design, construction and exploitation make a profit out of the incarceration of people, ahead of their deportation. They support the repressive system that seeks to break the dignity of migrants, exploit and even murder them.
Our action is aimed at stopping the construction of Fortress Europe. It will certainly not be the last effort to break down walls and fences.
The action was planned to coincide with the start of the international No-Border Camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. We call on everyone to set fire to the systems that seek to destroy people.

Yours truly,
The Anarchist Fire

August 18, 2009
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Fuck the Facists!


18 08 2009

Birmingham Riot

On August 8th in Blackpool, North England, thousands of people gathered for Rebellion Festival. Each year the festival attracts more and more people, but it has to be said, not everyone is a part of the same big happy punk family. You see, politics is pretty inherent in punk culture, and at times the relationships between the skins and punks is a tentative one (obviously we’re not including SHARPs here). Political persuasion is often very extreme in Punk from the crusty looking, animal liberating, squat punks to the working class, boots and braces, football loving skins (Ok, ok, we’ll stop with the stereotypes!). The point being despite this, trouble is often low to non-existent at the Festival. In fact, the left and right often seem to come together in face of the Police. Because well everyone hates the police, right?

It seems though that this is an exception, as while things may have been very calm in Blackpool, they were a lot more heated on the streets of Birmingham. In the center of Brumtown, left met right, or if we’re being fucking crude, white met non-whites. The English Defence League and Casual United were in Birmingham town to demonstrate against ‘Islamic fundamentalism’. On hearing about the planned march, anti-fascists, Unite Against Fascism (UAF) organised their own demonstraion. The EDL managed to call on the support of approximately 150, whilst the UAF had a rollcall of about 400.

As even a baby could predict, things didn’t run too smoothly. Pockets of violence broke out between the two groups and the police arrived in full riot gear. The general public were locked into shops as they tried to protect themselves from the ensuing violence. Shops closed their shutters and streets were closed off by steel barriers. Thirty five people were arrested and three people were injured during the riot.

It is without a doubt that events like this are an example of what is to come in the future as tension mounts between the left and right. The mass media’s focus on migration, terrorism, and the current economic climate has been a tool for the Right to expand their ranks. Enthusiasm for them is already very evident as seen in the election of BNP members into European parliament. It’s important for us, as people to read between the lines of the mass media (and here if you desire to do so) and other forms of propaganda to make up our own minds.

With more ‘peaceful protests’ planned in the future it’s time to clear the streets, or take them fucking back.

August 12, 2009
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Reps raise alarm over 10 Nigerians executed in Libya



ABUJA— House of Representatives, yesterday, raised an alarm over 10 Nigerians executed in Libya this week, with another 200 on the death row from today in Tripoli, the Libyan capital city for violating immigration laws.

Briefing the press in Abuja, Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties, Samson Osagie, said that he got the information from some Nigerians living in Libya under the aegis of ‘Edo global’ via an e-mail letter sent to him.

According to him, “I am worried over the lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government, but I want Nigerians to rise to the occasion by rescuing the lives of Nigerians who are being maltreated by the Libyan authorities for allegedly gaining entry into the country illegally.

“Whether the information is true or not, I want our government, as a matter of urgency, to mobilise all relevant agencies to begin diplomatic negotiations with Libya.

“It needs to be emphasised that it is the primary responsibility of government to protect its citizens anywhere in the world and the doctrine of citizen diplomacy has no better time than now.”

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Diaspora has called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene to save two hundred inmates of Africa origin, most of them Nigerians on death row from an impending execution in Libya.

According to the Chairman of the Committee, Abike Dabiri, reliable sources in Libya have informed the committee that between thirty two and forty Nigerians, have already been summarily executed in the last one week, while about 200 are facing the death penalty.

August 4, 2009
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Hello,

In the early hours of August 23rd we sabotaged the construction of a new migrant-detention centre at the Fairoaksbaan, Rotterdam Airport in The Netherlands. We set fire to the on-site offices used by the management of the planning and construction companies responsible for the construction. All companies involved in planning, design, construction and exploitation make a profit out of the incarceration of people, ahead of their deportation. They support the repressive system that seeks to break the dignity of migrants, exploit and even murder them.
Our action is aimed at stopping the construction of Fortress Europe. It will certainly not be the last effort to break down walls and fences.
The action was planned to coincide with the start of the international No-Border Camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. We call on everyone to set fire to the systems that seek to destroy people.

Yours truly,
The Anarchist Fire

July 25, 2009
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Fabricka Yfanet is a former 19,500 m² factory in Thessaloniki (Greece) that has been occupied by people demanding their freedom from political and economic oppression since 20 March 2004.

On Saturday morning, 25 July 2009 at 5.05, arsonists attempted to put our squat on fire by lighting barbecue tanks at the main iron gate. They left a bag containing six gas cans, one 4-litre petrol canister, and a box of fire-starters.

The explosion could not escape the attention of squatters on standby inside the occupation for its protection (such measures were taken after the government threats against free spaces). With the help of neighbours we put down the fire, and fortunately absolutely no damage was done at all.

Of special interest was the ‘quick mobilization’ of the police: just six minutes after the explosion they came with three patrol vehicles, a car with civilian number plates, and a jeep. Cops came out from the latter with hostile intentions.

20 minutes later two riot police squads, attempting to provoke us, were seen at the corner of Katsimidi Str. and Egnatia Str.. Comrades were called and came quickly to help defend our squat in case of attack.

This was the second attack against a free space in Thessaloniki within the last four days (the first attack was against Radio Revolt, a radio station in a retired railroad car within the city’s major university).

Nothing will overcome our determination to defend our squats—the places where we live and breathe.

July 12, 2009
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from the blog

In the early hours of Sunday, July 12 the refugee settlement adjacent to the port of Patras was “mysteriously” set on fire during a police operation. According to eye-witness reports, the police cordoned off the area surrounding the settlement at about 5 a.m. Four greek citizens in solidarity who were near the settlement were immediately detained. Moments later the cops started ID’ing and arresting the refugees inside the camp. At the same time, a fire “mysteriously” started from one end of the settlement – while the police were present in the settlement. The fire burnt for a few hours, destroying a large part of the settlement. The houses not burnt were demolished later.

The smoke of the fire makes it evidently clear: The greek state is resorting to totalitarian, fascist practices as a last resort to cover up the lack of whatever legitimacy it previously enjoyed – and to desperately grip control of the situation. Through the flames, we can see: The state’s “social peace” is war; the tranquility and quiet safeguarded by the ”ordinary people just doing their job”, is death.