January 4, 2010
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Las Vegas Courthouse Shooting: 2 Men Shot, 1 De ad,

There has been a shooting in a Federal courthouse in Downtown Las Vegas. One court guard and a federal agents were shot. The court security guard is now confirmed dead. The deputy US marshal is in stable condition.

A shooter was involved in the Las Vegas courthouse shooting. He was shot and killed a block away from the federal courthouse. The shooter used a shotgun and opened fire in the lobby of the courthouse at 8 am in the morning. Joseph Dickey from FBI said a shooter hid the shotgun under his coat when entering the federal court building.

The 65-year-old court officer who died has not been named and neither has the 48-year-old who was injured in the barrage of gunfire.

The courthouse is closed for the reset of the day.

Drivers are advised to take alternative routes around downtown Las Vegas:

The shooting broke out in the lobby of the building, located on Las Vegas Boulevard between Bridger and Bonneville avenues.

Surrounding streets were closed immediately by police and drivers were urged to use alternate routes around downtown, including Interstate 15 to the west and Maryland Parkway to the east.

January 4, 2010
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New Years Eve solidarity at Lewes Prison

Around 30 people celebrated New Years Eve outside Lewes prison (near Brighton) with fireworks and a sound system…

as well as banners against the prison state and shouting messages of support. Those inside Lewes currently include one of those charged with (and currently on remand for) decomissioning the EDO bomb components factory in Brighton. The evening’s comedy highlight was the police (all four of them) deciding to try and turn off the sound system during the last song we planned to play, as they objected to the lyrics of the Xmas number one by Rage Against The Machine. After some push and shove while people sang along to ‘fuck you I won’t do what you tell me’, they backed off, and people headed off to continue their New Year celebrations somewhere warmer while prisoners shouted for us to come back the next night…

January 4, 2010
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Lyon: young man killed by security guards at Carrefour supermarket for two bottles of beer


LYON — A 25 year old man died asphyxiated last Tuesday in Lyon after being held down for about one hour in a Carrefour supermarket by four security guards who are due to appear before an instructing judge on Thursday morning.

The young man, held on Monday evening by security guards, died “due to mechanical asphyxiation caused by compression of the thoracic cage ” and had bruising in the arms and forehead”, according to the results of an autopsy transmitted to AFP by the State attorney in Lyon .

The four guards are being held further for “aggravated violence leading to unintentional dicease” a crime punishable with 20 years imprisonment, and will appear before an instructing judge on Thursday around 8.30.

The events took place on Monday around 18.15 when a marginal young man “living in a hostel in Lyon” was stopped when trying to steal two bottles of beer at the Carrefour supermarket in the Part-Dieu area.

Three security guards took him into the control room where he was immobilised.

…The police, who had been called immediately, took 50 minutes to arrive. The young man had been pinned against the wall, then against a high table for about half an hour.

The young man then lost consciousness. He died in hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

January 4, 2010
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NYE Solidarity Action at Horfield Prison, Bristol


01 Jan 2010
00.10hrs
Horfield Prison, Bristol, UK.

As another decade of neoliberal warfare was ushered in, a group of 20-30 comrades, criminals and low-lifes released fireworks into the grounds of Horfield Prison. Slogans were painted on the fortress walls. Loud noise was made.

This act of solidarity was intended to show those locked up inside, whilst the rest of the city was celebrating the new year, that they were not forgotten.

Many other cities across Europe and the rest of the world experienced similar acts of solidarity to those incacerated, whatever their ‘crime’ might be.

Inside and outside of those walls we are all prisoners. Fire to the prisons. Death to imperialism. Solidarity with all people and communities resisting the onslaught of planetary control and exploitation that is industrial civilisation.

January 4, 2010
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Fire at Sodom and Gomorrah

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Fire Tuesday gutted more than 2,000 structures at Sodom and Gomorrah, the fourth such disaster to hit the sprawling slum in the central business district of Accra this year.

Properties running into hundreds of Ghana cedis were destroyed in the process but no casualties were reported because most of the slum dwellers had taken advantage of the apparent halt in the Accra decongesting exercise to engage in various types of trade outside.

The fire, which started at 2:30 p.m., raged on for more than two hours, rapidly sweeping through the wooden structures as personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) could not get access to the place.

The squatters were forced, under the circumstances, to improvise in fighting the fire by breaking down some of the structures and pouring water on the fire.

They had difficulty accessing water to bring the fire under control, because some of the pipelines had been disconnected because they had been illegally connected. Besides, the wind kept changing the direction of the fire until a measure of control was attained around 5:30 p.m.

Most of the squatters were in town ‘when the fire started. When they learnt of the fire, they rushed back to the slum, only to see their structures in ashes. Some of them, especially the women, were seen sobbing.

The few who were in their rooms when the fire started managed to retrieve some of their goods. They were seen carrying their goods away from the direction of the fire, while others gathered by their goods in groups.

Adamu Ibrahim, whose structure was completely destroyed, told the Daily Graphic that he was weighing his scrap metals when he heard of the fire.

“The fire destroyed my television set and all my goods. It also destroyed two rooms belonging to my brother who is in the north now,” he said.

Adam said he would re-erect the structure but indicated that this time around he would use cement blocks to prevent it from getting burnt down in the event of another fire outbreak.

Salifu Inusah said he was in his room watching a film when he heard of the fire. His room was destroyed but he managed to retrieve some of his property.

He said he would put up the structure again, since he did not have any money to rent a room.

The Jamestown District Police Commander, Superintendent J. Oklu Gyamera, told the Daily Graphic that he was informed of the fire around 3 p.m. and he immediately called officers of the GNFS to get to the scene.

He confirmed that there had been no access to the fire by officers of the GNFS.

January 3, 2010
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Two Dead in Clashes Between Police, Peasants in Peru

December 13th, 2009

LIMA – Two civilians died in clashes between peasants and police in the northern province of Huancabamba, Peruvian media said on Thursday.

The incidents occurred on Wednesday afternoon when police tried to arrest several people suspected in a Nov. 1 attack that left three people dead at a mining camp run by Chinese-owned Rio Blanco Copper.

A resident of the remote town of Cajas Canchaque, Elmer Tocto, told CNR radio that police fired at the villagers when they rose up in defense of the suspects.

In the fighting, two peasants – identified as Castulo Correa Huayama, 39, and Vicente Romero Ramirez, 52 – died from police gunfire and six other townspeople were wounded, among them an 18-year-old man who was hit in the head by a bullet, CNR reported.

Meanwhile, regional police commander Walter Rivera reported that two officers were also wounded and said that his men made use of their weapons in legitimate self-defense, according to CNR.

Gen. Rivera said that the police tried to arrest three people in Cajas Canchaque.

The deaths of the peasants were confirmed by the representative of the National Ombudsman’s Office, Vito Verna, according to reporting by the daily La Republica on Thursday.

For her part, nationalist lawmaker Marisol Espinoza on Thursday said in an interview with RPP radio that Vicente Romero was not shot at the scene of the clashes “but rather on a rural road and in the back.”

The legislator added that last week several peasants from the area had been arrested and interrogated inside Rio Blanco facilities.

Mining operations in the area have drawn opposition from residents.

A non-binding referendum was held in September 2007, with some 95 percent of the votes being cast against the mining project.

The Rio Blanco project, previously known as the Majaz project, was transferred in 2007 by Britain’s Monterrico Metals to China’s Zijin, with total investment reaching $1.4 billion.

The Peruvian government gave Monterrico Metals the green light in 2003 for the Rio Blanco project, but the company failed to win the support of residents, who staged protests the following year that left two dead. EFE

January 2, 2010
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Our being is on fire. Behind the bars we have set ourselves, sometimes even for our own selves.

Our being is on fire. In front of shiny storefronts, between humans who demand nothing. In the workspaces, the consumerist “wants”, in the economy’s suffocating flow. In representation, idleness, the rottenness that eats away the last cells of the social body. In the teaching rooms, in the teachers’ orders, the dreams of capitalist integration. In the boring evenings in front of the talking box, in the “socialising” evenings, in the distribution of whatever lifestyles to all in order to become accepted. In the norms and boxes, in laws, cops and their collaborators. In fear and weakness, in resignations, in self-destructing engagements with whatever soothes the pain born by meaningless life.

Our being is on fire. And we ask nothing from this world and everyone who digs it. We insist, we bleed, we risk for ourselves and for this world’s destruction and wonder if there are others ready to accompany us in the nights of struggle.
Our being is on fire. Decisions are quickened, denials are erected. Another small breath… Until the next one, with no end, now and for ever.

Our being is on fire. For the imprisoned co-warriors, those who acted in the age of the dead. Those who neither regretted nor regret. Those who paid the price for their choices without ever lowering their gaze. Those who dared and who will dare again, who never learned how to kneel.

Our being is on fire. For Polis [Georgiadis] and for Ilias [Nikolaou], whose outlines we are missing. To Polis and to Ilias, who behind walls share with us, and we share with them the same madness, the same bloody awry that allows us free breaths. Even if these words cannot swap their agony and wrath as physical presences next to ours.

Our being is on fire. And we still have a long way to go. It will fuel new attacks and will take whatever retaliation.

Our being is on fire and we simply air it, in this case by torching to the ground the luxury clothing shop Prince Oliver in the center of Thessaloniki.

We don’t stop and for this reason the enemy has already lost. War without a breath.

May the deafening charge to the stars become this society’s death rattle.

Explosive Material

December 31, 2009
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One more person arrested, charged with participation to the “conspiracy of the cells of fire”

On Tuesday evening, a 26-year old student was arrested for his alleged participation to the “conspiracy of the cells of fire”, marking the 16th arrest for this case. The student had appeared at his local police station in Zografou, Athens, to fulfill his bail conditions, having being arrested at the demonstrations during the European Social Forum in Athens (in 2006 – and still awaiting trial…) Apparently, the fingerprints of the 26-year old were in mobile objects in the house raided in Chalandri, Athens in September 2009. His fingerprints were verified, the police want us to believe, a whole four months later and his arrest warrant was issued on December 31. He will appear before the public interrogator tomorrow (Thursday).

December 30, 2009
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Solidarity with flames on x-mas day! (Greece)

Solidarity with flames on x-mas day! (Greece)

A communique from Greece for an arson, translated from an athens indymedia post on 27/12:

In the late hours of christmas we put up in flames 3 vehicles belonging to the municipality of Stavroupoli in Thessaloniki. Whatever carries a state identity, escpecially like a big municipality of a big city, will always be a very good target. We chose this certain day in an attemp to reverse its mood and its moral guise, to sabotage the ridiculous festive atmosphere with the decorated trees, the mangers in the squares and with the shinny family dinners which hide a lot of hypocrisy and unhappiness. All these christmas stupidities universally, based on spectacle and promoting the culture of mass consumption, with the anniversal humanitarianism and the “social solidarity” cannot be anything else than the confirmation of the society’s decay.
On our side we realise solidarity in a different way and make it an act through ceaseless revolutionary action till we get liberated from the chains of all authorities.
So our solidarity, together with our warm greetings, we send to anarchist comrades that have been captured in the hands of the state for their decision to take part in social war.
To Gabriel Pombo Da Silva who is imprisoned in Aachen, Germany and who at this time is on hunger strike in his attemp to manifestate against the prison system for one more time and to the comrades that succour with hunger strike in various prisons around the world like Marcos Camenisch in Switzerland, Juan Carlos, Francisco, Honorio and Albert in Spain, Diego in Argentina and Sergio, Mike and Evelyn in Italy.
To Alfredo Bonnano, Christos Stratigopoulos and Amadeu Casellas that are confined and have been also in the past in prison for bank expropriations.
To Tamara that was arrested only 10 days ago and is held in women prisons Wad-Ras in Barcelona and is charged of sending a mail-bomb to the secretary of the Catalan penitentiary services.
Also to our detained comrades in Mexico, Chile, Usa, France, Italy and Serbia.
To our detained comrades in greek land, Giannis Dimitrakis, Polis Georgiadis, Giorgos Voutsis-Vogiatzis, Ilias Nikolaou, Panagiotis Masouras and Haris Hadjimihelakis.
Besides the above list there are hundreds more that live the hell of prison and oppose it with dignity as their are comrades that in order to avoid it are wanted by the authorities and others that are as well wanted with a money reward on top and many more that are under various restrictions and are awaiting trials.
To end, it will be impossible to forget and to not make a reference of honour to our dead comrades with the most recent examples being the shot dead by cops young Alexis Grigoropoulos, the shot and stabbed to death russian antifas Fedor Filatov and Ivan Khutorskoi and also Zoe from France and Mauricio Morales from Chile that found death when their homemade bombs exploded in different cases.

FIRE TO THE PRISONS – SMASH THE STATE!

Internationalistic rebellious front

December 29, 2009
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Anti-fascist March


Stop Fascism! – Stop Racism!

Join the Anti-Fascist March on Sunday December 27

The neo-Nazi group ELAM (Ethniko Laiko Metopo) plans to hold a march on December 27 with the explicit intent to rouse racial hatred. Its slogan “One foreign worker = One unemployed” is directly derived from Hitler’s slogan “4 million Jews = 4 million unemployed”, which paved the way to the Nazi Holocaust.

The objectives of ELAM are not hard to gauge. ELAM is linked to other neo-fascist groups, such as Chrysi Avgi in Greece, Forza Nuova in Italy and the NPD in Germany. Furthermore, through its web site it exalts the totalitarian “traditions” of EOKA B’ and the Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas. Definitive testimony of ELAM’s reactionary character are the military style marches it has dared to organize on the main streets of Nicosia for its thugs to assault defenceless migrants.

The Greek Cypriot neo-fascists are today bent on creating anew an atmosphere of instability reminiscent of those dark days of the past, whose tragic impact remains vivid in collective memory.

We call upon all democrats – citizens, groups, youth organizations, political parties and trade unions – to sound the alarm and actively engage in halting the rising menace of fascism. There are all too many experiences, both local and international, of how dangerous fascists can become if initially underestimated. This time round they must find us early on in their path.

Join the anti-fascist march on Sunday December 27th. Assembly point: Eleftheria Sq., 3.30 pm.

Anti-Fascist Initiative

December 29, 2009
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Conspiracy of Cells of Fire claim National Bank bombing

On Monday night, the group conspiracy of cells of fire posted a communique on Athens Indymedia (greek original here) claiming Sunday night’s attack on the national bank and insurance agency on Sygrou Avenue in Athens. The explosion was very strong, marking an upgrading in the group’s capacities – as they themselves note in the communique. They send “comradely greetings” to anarchist bank robber and prisoner Yiannis Dimitrakis, to Chilean anarchists Freddy Fuentevilla and Marcelo Villaruel, to Gabriel Pompo da Silva (who went on hunger strike on December 20 in the prison of Aachen, Germany) as well as Ilias Nikolaou, Polykarops Georgiadis (another two anarchist prisoners in Greece) and finally, Charis Chatzimichelakis and Panayiotis Masouras, as well as the third person in pre-trial detention in connection to the conspiracy of cells of fire case, who they name by initials only.

  1. from a comment on germany.indymedia:

  2. On their announcement they state that this action was in solidarity with Freddy Fuentevilla and Marcelo Villaruel from Chile, Gabriel Pompo da Silva who is imprisoned in Aachen, Ilias Nikolaou, Polykarpos Georgiadis, Charis Chatzimichelakis, Panagiotis Masouras and M.G. and with all people who are under law repression as members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.

    They approached the target with two persons getting in the basement to place the bomb and two others on the street taking care for any possible danger. The exploding mechanism was different this time, also the exploding material which will be the same during the next attacks. The evolution of these techniques came after cooperation with other teams of urban guerrilla. The time that was given to the police authorities to evacuate the area was decided in the 15 minutes because of the mass of police forces around the certain area.

    The evacuation time will be given from now on in different chronological periods, related with the police forces around the certain targeted districts. They also state, that their aim is only material damages but not humans and call the police to be on time any time if necessary. Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire also call citizens to be careful with fake phone calls for bomb explosions, so no misunderstood from police’s side will be possible to take place. The announcement ends with the title of the german movie “Die fetten jahre sind vorbei”.