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





*

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.

July 9, 2009
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Fascists under the cover of cops attacked the oldest anarchist squat in Greece with molotov cocktails and beaten a youth. Our comrades successfully dr


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From Wikipedia: “Villa Amalia is one of the first anarchist squats in Athens, Greece. It was first occupied in 1990. It is located in the corner of Acharnon and Cheyden streets, near “Victoria” square. Many punk, rock, hardcore and generally underground events take place at Villa Amalia. The police have evicted the squatters three times, but Villa Amalia has always re-occupied later on.”

Many comrades consider it the oldest anarchist squat in Greece and a symbol for the local anarchist movement. In Greek it is called Villa Amalias (Βίλλα Αμαλίας).

During the night of 9 July 2009 at 23:50, a gang of about 30 neonazi fascists supported by cops (both MAT, the Greek riot police, and Deltas) attacked the Villa Amalia squat in central Athens with molotov cocktails. The anarchists successfully defended their social centre against the fascists and driven them away, but not before they severely beat a youth nearby who needed an ambulance (still unclear whether he is a comrade).

The attack must have been pre-arranged by the cops and the fascists; after all their collaboration is well-known in Greece and is becoming more and more official (with dignitaries paying visits to the fascists). We cannot explain in any other way the fact that, according to still unconfirmed information, comrades who were on the nearby Liosion street at 21:00 spotted about 70 cops (of the Deltas team, not riot police). If true, then we must assume that they were the same cops who, together with riot police, were seen protecting the fascists during their attack against the anarchist squat.

The fascists, who must haven been members of the Golden Dawn neonazi association, approached the squat first, keeping themselves at a distance of about 50 metres, and shortly afterwards Delta cops appeared. MAT riot cops quickly came when more anarchists gathered in solidarity to defend their squat, Villa Amalia.

The fascists threw two molotov cocktails, the traditional people’s street weapon, against the symbolic Villa Amalia squat, but they failed to damage it due to their lack of skill in molotov throwing. The anarchists successfully driven out the fascists towards the Acharnon street, but the fascists then took cover behind a group of Delta cops, who together with the MAT riot police protected the fascists.

The fascists then severely beat a youth outside the squat, but it is still unclear whether he is a comrade. He had to be taken away by an ambulance, due to the hatred released on his body by the neonazis.

By 24:10 all the fascists were driven away by anarchists, of both genders, who were determined to selflessly defend their freedom and the oldest anarchist squat of Greece with a history of two decades. By 24:20 the surrounding streets were still infected with cops (Deltas and 2 or 3 MAT riot police squadrons who were seen talking with the fascists). Lots of comrades were gathered outside the squat to protect it in case the cops decided to raid it, but the cops preferred to back down and leave, knowing how dangerous people fighting for their freedom can be.

At 24:30 about 30-40 Delta cops were spotted leaving the region towards the Patisia district.

The fascists with their molotov cocktails apparently not only wanted to damage the squat but also to injure comrades, but they failed miserably to do either. Their only ‘success’ was that they managed to hide behind the cops and leave. But in their panic, they left behind lots of traces. They had a rucksack full of molotov cocktails and smoke bombs, but they only managed to throw two molotovs and two smoke bombs, the latter two thrown at the pedestrian strip opposite the squat. As the anarchists moved to defend their squat, the fascists threw their rucksack on the street in their panic as they were running to hide behind the cops.

At 2:00 the a popular news network, as is usual with all capitalist spoonfed news outlets, said that an incident took place in central Athens and spread the propaganda that the cops are searching for the perpetrator of the molotov-throwing incident. But as every reader of Indymedia IMC knows, the cops’ real job is to protect the fascists during their attacks.

It is interesting to note that while the left feels paralyzed in Greece, the anarchist movement wins the hearts of more and more dissatisfied people and seems to be the only social movement capable of revolutionary groundbreaking social change.

As a final note, we should say that the anarchist movement is very old, but now that the capitalist class implements its globalization project and social democracy and communism have failed, we should expect more popular support for anarchism worldwide. Perhaps the society envisaged by Kropotkin, Bakunin, and even more ancient thinkers will soon come true.

Inside the Villa Amalia squat there is a banner on a wall containing a verse written by an Ancient Greek philosopher:

in Ancient Greek: “Ούτε γαρ άρχειν, ούτε άρχεσθαι εθέλω” – Ηρόδοτος

in Modern Greek: “Ούτε να κυβερνώ θέλω, ούτε να με κυβερνούν” – Ηροδότου ιστοριών 3:83

translation in English: “I want neither to rule nor to be ruled” – Herodotus Histories 3:83

July 7, 2009
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Anarchists from Greece marched in solidarity with repressed immigrants and clashed with cops and fascists while setting streets and ATMs on fire. This

This is the first briefing in English about the 7/7 anarchist march in Greece. It was published on UK Indymedia (where it became part of the promoted newswire) and on www.indymedia.org.

After the first English briefing became available at UK Indymedia, the news were also translated to Polish and spread to the Polish Indymedia:

Here’s the first English briefing:

Recently the Greek state and its neonazi thugs seek to intensify their attacks on poor immigrants. Anarchists (most of them are of the anarchist-communist variety, those who read Bakunin and Kropotkin) and antiauthoritarians (a label that includes anyone fighting against state oppresion, not necessarily an anarchist) from Greece called for a march in Athens on 7 July 2009 at 19.00 o’clock, against what they call a “modern apartheid” (refering to the recent attempts by fascists in the Saint Pandeleimonas district, where immigrants many stay, to disallow immigrants from entering into communal spaces such as playing grounds or parks, but also to the cop operations in central Athens “clearing” the city of unwanted immigrants en masse with no regard for their human rights). It worths mentioning that the Greek press and television has taken extreme xenophobic views recently, fully supporting the government’s attempt to drive people’s attention away from the economic crisis. There are also alarming government plans for all unwanted immigrants to be arrested and held at concentration camps for years.

The call to march was publicised on many places, including the Athens Indymedia (athens.indymedia.org) website, which operates from occupied computing equipment in the Athens Polytechnic university (NTUA), and the government and OTE (the major ex-public Greek telecom company) are desperately trying to locate and shut down. Anarchists in Greece also publicise their news and calls with wall posters, graffiti messages, anonymous blogs, through gatherings at occupied buildings or university campuses, and pirate radio stations (some of them operating from university campuses or near them). It is for these reasons that the Greek state seeks to end the anonymity of blogs and put cops inside university campuses, which are one of the few places in Greece still free of cops (the other one being the Exarchia district in Athens downtown which is traditionally controlled by anarchists and any cops there are attacked with molotov cocktails, even though it is only a few hundred metres away from the high-society bourgouoise district of Kolonaki and the police headquarters in Alexandras Avenue).

The march began at 20.00 o’clock in Omonoia Square, downtown Athens, the capital city of Greece.

Hundreds of counter-information flyers were distributed and a speech was made. The march (as shown in the photos) had about 2500 comrades, and this made the cops to keep themselves at safe distance.

During the march various texts were distributed, anarchist graffiti was drawn, security cameras were destroyed, as well as bank ATMs. The march proceeded towards Saint Pandeleimonas (a neighbourhood in Athens were lots of immigrants stay, who have recently came under attack by fascists) and when the head of the march was about to enter the district the cops immediately fired tear gas and shock grenades, with the comrades replying with stones and flare bombs.

The march had good defence and moved towards ASOEE (a public university in Athens specializing in economics; comrades in Greece take advantage of a sanctuary’s law, called asylum, that disallows the cops to enter university premises). There was somewhat of a chaos there for a while, as some comrades where entering the university campus while others were leaving to go fight the cops in the nearby Patision street. The whole Patision street was in fire.

Barricades built with trashbins set on fire were keeping the cops away and after the usual (for Greece) violent fighting between anarchist comrades and the cops (and the huge amount of chemicals released by them) the cops came under a well-organized attack that forced them to take cover in the 3rd September street, while the whole Patision street was again set on fire.

Many immigrants were participating in the march and they attacked Delta guards (Deltades) in Victoria Square (Deltades are stupid thugs the state uses as light-cops until real cops can arrive): when comrades informed the immigrants that real cops were coming to Victoria Square (so that those with no passports could leave in time to avoid arrest and forced repatriation), the immigrants, disregarding their own individual self-interest, attacked the Deltades thugs, who took cover at the nearby OTE bulding (OTE is the Greek National Telecommunications Company, recently privatized and sold to German T-Telekom).

After the march, the Saint Pandeleimonas district was full of immigrants and clear of fascist scum or cops. The fascists supported the cops in their attempt to drive the march out of Saint Pandeleimonas.

A fascist accidentaly set himself on fire while trying to use the anarchists’ weapons against them, a sport the fascists aren’t good at.

The anarchists carried multilingual banners in Greek, English, French, Arabic, Albanian, and other languages known to the immigrants. A banner held by comrades carrying black and red flags, both men and women, read: “war against bosses – solidarity to immigrants”.

Some of the graffiti created during the march included: “death to fascists” on a bank’s window and signed with the anarchists’ circled-A symbol; “don’t touch the Efetio” on the OTE building (telecom company) walls (the Efetio at the Sokratous Street is a big occupied courts building in Athens downtown where lots of immigrants live rent-free and was recently attacked by neonazi thugs and cops, with the government eyeing to re-take it by force); “cops – TV – neonazis, all the bastards work together” on a shop’s security walls and signed with the anarchist circled-A symbol; “immigrants, my siblings, all of us together, black flag we rise to any authority” on a wall and signed with the circled-A; and a big circled-A symbol painted on a bank’s advertisement immediately under the advert’s words: “we are besides you”.

A block of EEK members (EEK or Workers’ Revolutionary Party is a Greek Trotskyist political party with about 6,000 votes) was also seen marching in the streets near the anarchists but not really intermingling with them. Anarchists in Greece generally boycott the elections, but a few antiauthoritarians sometimes do vote for small leftist parties. But even the bigger political parties on the left of the political spectrum, such as the Syriza coalition, try to persuade antiauthoritarians that they support their views, because they want to capture for their interests the dynamism of the anarchist and antiauthoritarian scene, which is particularly powerful and influential in Greece, especially amongst the youth. While antiauthoritarians in Greece sometimes do support particular parties, anarchists keep true to Kropotkin and other classical anarchists’ call for revolution without representatives. The fact that leftist parties carry on trying to win votes from antiauthoritarians and the anarchist-influenced youth reveals the strong influence of anarchism in contemporary youth culture in Greece, and also explains why the Greek government is so desperate to upgrade its repression and surveillance apparatus (it recently asked the Scotland Yard for help and plans to introduce DNA databases and ban anonymous mobile phones).

A march also took place in Thessaloniki in northern Greece (the second biggest city of the country). Bank ATMs were also set on fire there.

Fire engines were seen dri
ving out of downtown Athens by 21.30-22.00 o’clock after their attempts to put down the fires and the revolutionary spirit with them. But no matter how many fires they put down, they and the whole state apparatus won’t succeed to put down the coming revolution, because that’s what the people want.

July 7, 2009
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During an anarchist march in Greece in solidarity with immigrants, cops threw stones at protesters and fascists, openly cooperating with the cops, att


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This the second English briefing and focuses on the incident with the fascist and the molotov cocktail. It was publshed on UK Indymedia and www.indymedia.org:

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/07/434085.html

http://www.indymedia.org/en/2009/07/926507.shtml

The first English briefing is also available:

http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1055129

Please help to translate/publicize!

SECOND ENGLISH BRIEFING:

On 7 July 2009 at 20.00 o’clock a huge anti-racist march organized by anarchists was held in Athens downtown, the capital city of Greece, with about 4,000-5,000 protesters, both men and women, demanding the end of state repression against immigrants, while streets and bank ATMs were set on fire.

Here we will concentrate on the cooperation between Greek cops and fascists, and on the incident of fascists setting themselves on fire while trying to injure anarchists by throwing molotovs towards them. More information about the march in general can be found at: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/07/434041.html

It is a well-known and well-documented fact that Greek fascists are supported by the Greek state and the Greek cops. Fascists and cops cooperate together in the streets when they fight with anarchist blocks, and stone throwing by cops and fascists against protesters is an everyday phenomenon in Greece, together with ample amounts of tear gas fired by the cops and knife-wielding fascists injuring comrades in the streets whenever they manage to spot them alone and vulnerable. It is also well-known that Greek cops are quick to fire at anyone for no particular reason, even killing 15-year olds (as in the Alexandros Grigoropoulos or ‘Gregory’ case that sparked the December 2008 revolt, but that’s only one out of many cases of cold shot murders by cops).

The majority of Greek fascists are organized in the Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi, which in Greek rhymes with Chrysa Avga, meaning Golden Eggs) political party (electoral power about 23,000 votes, but most of them are protest votes, as their influence in Greek society is really minimal, and their only support comes from the Greek state and the cops). It is not a real political party, even though it participates in elections, but rather a front organization by fascists and neonazis, most of them being cops in the Greek police, whose objective is to attack immigrants, the poor, anarchists, and leftists (except KKE, the biggest ‘communist’ party with a stalinofascist ideology and about 428,000 votes, and its youth wing, KNE, which see no problem in cooperating with the cops beating anarchists and other leftists without mercy). The Greek fascists are so desperate to increase their numbers in their disorganized and comical marches that they commonly pay petty money to drug addicts to handle Greek flags in their marches, while intoxicated. Yet, Greek fascists, because of their deep connections with the Greek state apparatus and the Greek police, can be dangerous when they confront comrades alone or in very small groups, as they carry knifes or sometimes guns (usually their police gun, as most of them are cops or bodyguards for politicians). Golden Dawn is not the only fascist party, there are others, like the more powerful LAOS (meaning People) which is openly theocratic and smaller ones composed of right-wingers, mainly army officers, nostalgic of the Greek Regime of the Colonels of 1967-73 (a CIA-controlled dictatorial junta who captured the state in a coup’d’etat, with the governing dictator at the time, Papadopoulos, being a CIA operative himself).

During the 7 July march, Greek fascists in full and open cooperation with the cops fiercely attacked the anarchists who were simply demanding equality for immigrants. This time the fascists tried to use the traditional people’s weapon, the molotov cocktail, against the people themselves. Photos taken by comrades during the march, at great personal danger (as cops are known to severely beat and arrest anyone having cameras, even journalists from Greece or abroad) clearly show fascists inside the cop formations wielding lit molotov cocktails, ready to launch them against defenceless comrades who fight for a just world. It becomes apparent that their intention was to injure, or even kill, anarchists, and those who regularly watch news about class war in Greece should remember that fascists attempted (unsuccesfully) to throw a hand explosive grenade against the Greek Conscientious Objectors Association during one of their meetings (in Greece there is forced conscription for all males), clearly showing that they intended to kill numerous people.

On 7 July they again tried to injure or kill anarchists, this time with molotovs, but thanks to their stupidity we had no victims: the molotov-wielding fascists accidentaly set themselves on fire when they tried to throw the molotov cocktails against the anarchists! A fascist tried to be a ‘hero’ and had proceeded too far in front of the main fascist/cop formations, so he got a molotov on himself by his friends. The cops with their fire extinguishers saved him from the stupidity of his peers. Those comical scum, who have no idea how to handle the simplest of street weapons, the molotov firebomb, are unable to fight us with our weapons. Molotovs are and will remain the people’s weapon in defence of their freedom against fascist bastards.

Before the incident described above, the fascists were seen running towards a warehouse with a yellow door after the cops called them there. Comrades saw the cops giving molotov cocktails and sprays to the fascists. Neighbours who were shocked to witness the cooperation between far-right neonazi scum and cops in their streets recorded them with their video-cameras. On the videos you can see the fascists in helmets and wielding hand weapons and globs (intended to severely beat and life-threatenly injure captured comrades), running together with the cops during street fights with the anarchists. What better proof can one provide of the cooperation between cops and neonazis in Greece?

If the cops capture a comrade with a molotov, they put him or her in prison for many years, yet they do nothing when a fascist handles a molotov, which clearly shows that the cops do not do what the law says but what promotes the interests of the ruling capitalist class and their government. Their only objective is to suppress dissent and assist the capitalists in exploiting the poor. A cop is simply a capitalist’s dog, ready to bite anyone who dreams of a better world. It also worths mentioning that the fascists wielded molotovs without having their heads covered and without using gloves for their hands.

The anarchists have never used molotov cocktails against defenceless people, except cops that are protected by their special uniform (it can be set on fire without injuring their wearer). The fascists, however, see no problem in attempting to use molotovs against defenceless anarchists who have no special uniform to protect themselves. There have never been fascist victims after clashes with anarchists, not because the anarchists cannot do real harm to them, but because the anarchists take care to only use well-targeted violence for propaganda and symbolical reasons, targeting the property of capitalists and not human lives. The fascists, however, feel no value for human life, and this is why w
e call them scum. They do want to kill.

Some new information about the march itself:

It worths mentioning that during the march and the attack by the fascists and the cops, immigrant neighbours living in the streets where the clashes took place opened their doors to welcome comrades who needed help.

Three cops severely beat a girl without mercy on a car. The march had also attracted comrades new to street fighting who didn’t manage to keep calm when the cops started spraying them with tear gas and began to run away. This is wrong. No one should run during a march as it is very dangerous for everyone. Comrades should leave organized in formations, and this is what experienced comrades do. We hope the new comrades will learn quickly the correct tactics. At the head (front) of the march there were some younger comrades not fully experienced in street fighting, and the more experienced comrades who were behind didn’t manage to reach the front in time when the cops attacked the march.

This march had assembled a lot of people, but it fell victim to a strategic mistake: the comrades approached the Saint Pandeleimonas district (where fascists attack immigrants) from a narrow road, too narrow to allow the anarchist formations to effectively protect themselves from the cops, so the cops (who had orders to never allow anarchists enter that district) fiercely attacked our comrades. Next time the anarchists are not going to do the same mistake.

7 July was the day of the anarchist march. On 9 July the leftists will organize their own marches, but the great majority of anarchists, and most antiauthoritarians, don’t like participating in leftist marches, because they see the leftists as reluctant to truly engage in street clashes with cops and fascists. It is interesting to note that the leftist parties have actually lost voters in elections, whereas the anarchist movement in Greece seems to be the one that most successfuly absorbes the disenfranchised youth, the repressed immigrants, and everyone who understands that a human society cannot be built on racism, xenophobia, capitalism, nationalism, and state terror. The anarchist movement in Athens, Greece has traditionaly as a base the downtown Exarchia district, which is mostly under the control of the anarchists and cops rarely risk to enter except in large numbers.

The Greek media, in support of the policies of the government, did not publicise the march at all. Supposedly ‘progressive’ leftist websites did not say anything about the march either, highlighting the divide between anarchists and leftists in Greece.

Greek comrades were informing immigrants who knew Greek, and they in turn informed the other immigrants who did not know Greek.

Even though there was street fighting and struggle against the cops and the fascists, this march was not really a clash march according to the standards of the anarchist movement in Greece; rather, it was a counter-information march intended to inform the people of the repression against the immigrants and attract attention to the issue. Clash marches in Greece are much more violent, regularly employing lots of molotov cocktails. Because this was decided to not be a clash march, the comrades who participated were not equiped with the right tools for successful clashes. Yet, the resistance to the attacks by the fascists and the cops was remarkable.

About the sister march in Thessaloniki (the above was about the Athens march): More than 1,500 comrades gathered at the Kalamaria district of Thessaloniki, the second-biggest city of Greece in the northern part of the country. The comrades marched towards the city’s sea beach. At the head (front) of the march there were the anarchists carrying flags and chains, and behind them there were leftist blocks who participated. Behind all of them there were the cops. A Citibank security camera was destroyed. Out of the 1,500 comrades, more than 1,000 were anarchists. Spray was used to draw graffiti and ATMs and cameras were destroyed. Lots of new comrades participated in the Thessaloniki march, people who previously were not taking part in marches, clearly showing that the anarchist movement in Greece is gaining popular support. A shouty right-wing hotel owner attempted to drive away some anarchists who were painting his hotel’s walls with graffiti, but more comrades came in support and forced him inside while they sprayed all of his hotel’s walls with graffiti. At some point a cop formation was forced to leave in panic after it confronted the determined blocks of anarchists. Another bank ATM was set on fire with two molotov cocktails. The banners read: “Solidarity to the immigrants, no national identity, war to the bosses” and were signed as “anarchikoi/es” meaning “anarchist men and women”. Another banner read “Attack the concentration camps” referring to the plans of the government to detain immigrants en masse. Lots of flyers were distributed. The march proceeded from Kamara district to Egnatia Street, Agias Sofias Street, Tsimiski, Venizelou Street, and then again towards Egnatia and Kamara.

Before the December 2008 revolt, most marches in Greece that participated in fierce street fighting against cops and fascists had fewer people, many times only about 500. Now, after the December revolt, many more people go to the marches and fight against the oppresors, and marches now easily assemble from 3,000 to 5,000 people who are ready to fight for their freedom. The way the Greek state handles the class war, with more brutal repression, we shall expect many more people to join our comrades in the streets and learn how to fight fascism. This also means that marches will adopt new tactics and develop formations more suitable for large determined groups rather than the tactics that were used in the past by small bands of individual comrades. The coming years will be very interesting in Greece from a class war and march tactics perspective, and comrades from other places of the planet should keep an eye for new developments in Greece.

NO GODS! NO MASTERS!

July 7, 2009
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From We Want to Riot, Not To Work, Riot Not To Work Collective, 1982

The following article is a personal account of the run-up to the anti-police riots in Brixton, South London, and the riots themselves.

By now the social and economic background to the Brixton riots will be familiar to most people. A housing waiting list, in the borough in which Brixton is situated, of 18,000; a third of the housing stock sub-standard; high unemployment with about 2 out of 3 of the unemployed being black; a high robbery rate (in fact the highest in London, it being twice the nearest figure); next to no social amenities. This was all very true.

The Fire this Time…
The area around the Railton Road (Frontline/Mayall Road triangle) is inhabited by mainly black council tenants and white squatters (leftists/anarchists/marginals). Empty houses are also used by local blacks as drinking and gambling clubs, dope centres and venues for all-night ‘Blues’ parties with sound systems pumping out non-stop reggae. Down the Frontline a black crafts centre has recently started in one empty building and further down a former black bookshop is now a squatted anarchist bookshop.

People down here tend to live on the left-overs of capitalist society. For years, the Triangle has been on the drawing board for demolition but only in the last two has any attempt been made to carry this out. But the council keep running out of money so it has been coming down piecemeal, making a rough area look even rougher. However, the maze of streets west of the FrontAine look brighter as they have increasingly come under the occupation of white, liberal professionals and self-made respectable blacks.

Down the Frondine there are two distinct cultures – the black and the white – and it is the black culture which predominates and on the fringes of which the young whites participate. Dope and Reggae. The blacks have their own language – Patois – and this gives them an independent cultural identity that is not easily co-opted or diluted. Perhaps the most relevant aspect of this culture (in terms of the riots) is that it is very much a street culture (despite British weather). Winter or summer there are always crowds of blacks out on the Fronthne rapping, smoking, laughing, visibly occupying their social space. But it is the cops who claim they control the streets of London.

Certainly m the two years I’ve lived on the Frontline I’ve noticed that the cops have always tried to intimidate the Frondine community with constant vehicle and foot patrols and less frequently, horse patrols. (The most bizarre policing incident I’ve ever seen happened a few months ago when a cop on horse-back chased someone down Mayall Road). Actually, the cops know they cannot fully control the Frontline. Despite their claims and their patrols the police policy on the Frontline has been one of containment- periodical raids to remind locals who is boss and to warn them not to get out of hand.

Operations such as the one in 1978, when the SPG (crack Special Patrol Group units) sealed off the Frontline and searched anybody and everybody, have caused outrage. Blacks, especially the second generation, are, on the whole defiant. A month or so ago a black motorist tore up the ticket a cop had just given him and threw it back in his face to cheers from the assembled crowd. The cops constantly use the SUS laws to stop and search young blacks. And they do this with vengeance. Another event on the Frontline will illustrate this. Two vehicles collided and the cops on the scene immediately searched both vehicles and their drivers and passengers. The accident was secondary.

With such everyday deprivation and such mindless state bullying, for being deprived, the one thing which united the disparate elements of the Frontline community is a burning hatred for the cops. What most surprised local people when the Bristol riots happened last year was that they hadn’t happened here first. Another surprise was that the anarchist grafitti which went up after Bristol-‘ Bristol yesterday, Brixton today ‘ took a year to be made real. The establishment knew this too: Only a few months ago Lam beth Council published a report criticising the cops and predicting trouble.

The constant intense policing of Brixton and of the Frontline in particular was heightened in the week leading up to the riots. At 11pm on Friday April 3rd., the Frontline area around Dexter and Leeson Roads was sealed off by cops with no-one being allowed in or out for over an hour. Over 20 arrests were made. Then, in the following week, Operation Swamp 81 saw over 1,000 people (mainly young blacks) stopped and searched. This was all adding to the increasing frustration of local people.

At about 2.30am on Friday 10th I was stopped and threatened by 3 young blacks with bottles. This confused and angered me (it was the first time I’d ever been hassled on the Frontline) and it was only later that I realised that they have been victims of ‘Swamp 81’, perhaps only minutes before meeting me. On Friday 10th at about 5pm a young black with a knife wound was stopped on the Frontline by cops. What followed is the source of many different stories.

Whatever happened (and it isn’t necessary to seek justification for what followed anyway) the cops were attacked by a gang of locals, the young bloke freed and taken to hospital. A brief battle with cop re-inforcements occurred. The cops took this as a challenge and so the following day, Saturday 11th, the Frontline was under police occupation. Usually the cops patrol the Frontline. But on that Saturday they parked up and down the Frontline every 50 yards, just sitting in their vans waiting for something to happen. It was a warm day so the Frontline was full of people standing around doing the usual things and, this time, eyeing the occupation force with hatred.

All afternoon most people expected trouble of some sort. At about 5pm in the afternoon a plain-clothes cop received the free gift of a brick on the head for wanting to search a black guy’s car. Up in Atlantic Road an arrest was attempted and this further angered an already angry crowd. Most of this crowd was gathered in the space at the apex itself and at the beginning of Atlantic Road. The odd brick began to fly at the cops isolated in the crowd. A window was smashed. Tension rose. Electric. Then plain-clothes cops appeared from the crowd and joined the uniformed lot.

Battle lines were now clearly drawn and the first barrage of bricks flew in the direction of the cops. They threw a few back and charged. At first we retreated a little but-realising we were many, they were few- we stopped. Then, spontaneously, the whole afternoon’s tension being released like a spring, we charged them. (What follows may seem confused and incoherent. But this is how I experienced the rioting. I report on only what I saw and heard. Certain incidents are omitted for obvious reasons). A massive surge of adrenalin. War whoops. Class war whoops. ‘Whoops! Class War!’ A scramble for bricks. ‘I must have a brick. Where are the bricks?’ A hail of bricks. The cops are confused as
they realise they are no longer in control. Puppets without a role. They look at us, at one another and around themselves. Them. Run. Away. Down Mayall Road, leaving their vehicles in our hands.

In the twinkling of a rioting eye the vehicles are smashed up and turned over. A light is instantly provided and poof! Up goes a cop’s van. Wild cheers. Laughter, dances of joy. I see a comrade and we beam solidarity at one another. Our savage celebrations are interrupted by a charge of cops. (They had regrouped with re-inforcements). The crowd splits. The cops are mad. Truncheons thrashing. I run to safety up a side street and meet another comrade. As we point with child-like glee at the rising pall of smoke; a white guy is bricked, inexplicably. He is immediately defended by black youths and all eyes look around for the idiot thrower.

A nearby friend has transport and as I go to seek its availability a black guy bearing an old grudge grabs me, revenge in his eyes. Before he can find an excuse to brick me (was the brick which hit the other guy meant for me?) I make it plain that assistance is needed. Van not available. Questions from friends. Tune in to police radio. They are out of their heads. Sounds of windows going in on Coldharbour Lane. Back onto the streets. In Coldharbour Lane an SPG van is on its side like some stranded whale.

A boutique has its windows smashed and twisted dummies litter the pavement. Crowds of onlookers. Glass smashes in Electric Avenue. A jeweller’s is looted. Another further up. Black and white youths kick their way through the roller shutters. I watch out for cops on Brixton Road, announce to the passing shoppers, who are all eyes, that free jewellery is available should they want it. Am ignored. Notice that the jewellers is, perfectly, next door to a consumer advice centre. Necklaces, bracelets, rings and watches are thrown into the pavement. Jewellery in the gutter. Great! I have a game of football with so me bracelets, a game I can’t lose. There are some squabbles over loot. Depressing.

Move out onto Brixton Road. Burton’s tailors is done in and a dummy set ablaze. Magical sight. Cops arrive. Pull dummy onto pavement. The tube station is closed but Brixton Road is still open to traffic. The motorists and bus passengers look on in confusion as looting spreads to both sides of the road. A black youth kicks in plate glass windows as if he is swatting flies. More cops. Burglar alarms scream out to deaf ears. More and more cops. Running battles. More looting. Then I notice there’s no more traffic. The cops have sealed the main road off from the cop shop to the Town Hall. Looting and smashing now all along Brixton Road area, the market area and up Acre Lane. My name is called out. Another comrade. We shake hands muttering ‘Great! Great!’ I give him a garbled resumé. Bulk of crowd now around Brixton oval. Woolworths smashed and looted. Television sets, stereo, carted off. Some smashed. Occasional cop van races through and is smashed.

Many in the crowd realise cops have to pass us to get into the battle area so crowds line up on either side of Brixton Road with bottles and bricks. ‘Here’s another’ Smash. ‘And another’ Smash. A proletarian fairground. ‘And the next one please!’ Smash. Everyone a winner. Cops wise up and a convoy arrives, stops and a horde of meanies piles out, truncheons thrashing. Crowd splits up but sniping still possible. A charge and we escape up a side street. All casual, like, we call into a pub for a drink. A rumour goes round that a cop has been kidnapped. My comrade and I smirk into our glasses. We decide to go to the Frontline.

It is now dark and we worm our way through back streets, avoiding cop cordons. We approach the top of the Frontline along Kellett Road and are met with an unbelievable sight. Three rows of cops stretch across the Frontline, facing into it. A non-stop hail of bricks batters their shields. Then suddently a molotov (the first I’ve ever seen) comes up and over and smash! lands on some shields, which are hurriedly dropped. Look down Mayall Road and see the Windsor Castle (pub) ablaze.

The Frontline is barricaded with burning vehicles. I’m elated and pissed off. Elated that the Frontline is a no go area and pissed off that I’m now cut off from defending it. I look around. Exhausted and injured cops sitting on the ground smoking fags. The fires, the cops, the atmosphere. Class war. ‘Will they bring the army in?’ Belfast.

We detour to the south end of the Frontline, which is also sealed off. Watch a shop blaze. The sub-post office has disappeared. Back to the Town Hall area. Cops now holding strategic positions- the big junction at the Town Hall, the cops station, etc. Still looting. More friends arrive. Talk. Back to the Frontline. All fires out by now. It’s getting on for midnight. Things much quieter. Cops slowly regaining control. Up to cop shop. Barricaded with cop vans. Under siege. Cops attack us and force people down a back alley. Beatings. Arrests. We are split up.

I wander back along Brixton Road surveying damage. Only a few civilians are about now. Cops are in control. Get off the streets. Talk to friends for hours and then back to Frontline for celebratory drink. One last look at the blitzed Frontline in the dawn light and then sleep. I dream of cops, cops and more cops.

Aftermath
Sunday 12th. Tired, hungover. Rage at the newspaper. Commissioner McNee and others have the gall to blame ‘outside agitators’. (The cops were the outside agitators.) The Frontline is crowded with people debating. Lots of cops patrolling warily. Firemen inspect damage. Discuss events with friends. News of arrests. Early evening. More trouble, but more easily contained, as over 1000 more cops are in the area. Brixton is sealed off, up as far as Kennington Oval. Fascist attack in Villa Road (famous squatted street). Cop station again heavily protected. Cops use ‘Nightsun’ helicopter for the first time. (Can light up an area the size of a football pitch and is fitted with infra red cameras.) More cops. They’re gaining the upper hand.

Since the weekend there has been confusion and paranoia. The gutter press stress not only ‘outside agitators’ but also ‘white anarchists conspiracy’. Comrades are raided. (Who’s next?) Where are they held? Which court will they appear in? First fines are heavy – £200. Hassles about getting bail. Newspapers print photo-graphs showing faces. (Who’s next?) Frontline now quieter than usual. Massive police presence but this isn’t immediately visible. Coaches in side streets, up to 2 miles away.

Reports filter back about treatment of those arrrested. Heavy. Can’t sleep. (How can the people of Northern Ireland have survived 10 years of this without cracking up?) The black community is divided. The rally for Easter Sunday is called off. Recriminations. The Brixton Defence Committee and Lambeth Law Centre are organising counter-information and compiling a list of cases against the police. It’s still early days yet.

Easter Weekend. Frontline much quieter than usual Brixton still occupied. All varieties of political groupings trying to colonise the local initiative. (The worst I saw was Militant, with the headline ‘Brixton Blame the Tories’.) Difficult to judge the atmosphere. People having to re-think, trying to get these extraordinary events in perspective. It is now a higher level of confrontation. All the shops in the market and main road areas are hoarded up. For how long? There is talk of more ‘aid’ for the community. Sticking plaster for leprosy. Class society is rotten through and through. Where will the next eruption take place? The struggle here is far from over.

June 5, 2009
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New antiterrorist investigations in France – death of a comrade, serious injury repost | 05.06.2009 17:47 | Social Struggles With every passing day,

New antiterrorist investigations in France – death of a comrade, serious injury

repost | 05.06.2009 17:47 | Social Struggles
With every passing day, a new article about the recent death of a comrade in France appears in the bourgeois press. The story uncoils piece by piece. We will keep on following the events, therefore keep an eye on our website, as soon as any updates are available, they will be published there. For the ones, who speak French, are not in prison and have access to Internet, we recommend the website for the anarchist publication “Cette Semaine”, www.cettesemaine.free.fr (which is always worth reading). These words were written around the 15th of May.

We have tried to write down these few thoughts but we find it extremely difficult to express our feelings by words. However, we try it, especially since these facts have not yet been made public. At the beginning of May, we had to read sad news on a few French websites. During the night of the 1st of May, one comrade, Zoe, 24 years old, died in unclear circumstances while she was handling nitrium chlorate (a substance which can be adopted in order to build explosive devices or smokebombs – depending on how it is mixed). Her friend, Mickäel, suffered serious injuries and is now in an artificial coma in the intensive care department of Lyon Hospital, where he was brought by a helicopter. What will happen to him, in the case that he might wake again, is still unclear. The cops are already waiting without patience in the hospital and the vultures of the press are working to construct the figures of two “terrorists, who probably belong to the anarcho-autonomous movement”. At the time of the incident, both comrades were in an abandoned factory in Cognin, which lies in the surroundings of Chambery. They have been described by the press as “persons close to the libertarian milieu”. As we had to read on the newspapers, Mickäel has been active in Switzerland and was living in the squat “La Tour” in Geneva until its eviction in 2007. Zoe has also a history linked to squatting. Regarding Zoe, the authorities complain that “(they) did not find anything but her participation in a few political demonstrations”. On monday the 4th of May, their living environment, the squat “Les Pilots” in Chambery (a city close to Grenoble) was raided by 130 cops, antiterrorist units among them, with a brief to “find any kind of evidence”. The eleven people who found themselves in the squat at this moment have been interrogated. One of them, Raphael, was brought for a longer time to the police station. In fact, one can be kept up to 144 hours (six days) under the anti-terror law. Finally, he was transfered to prison after his interrogation by the judge responsible. As per usual, the investigations are now centered around “membership in an association of wrongdoers in contact with a terrorist association” and “destruction of documents or objects which could have a link to crimes or offences”. Raphael is accused of destroying a few documents related to the explosion in Cognin. Moreover, they suggest the squat “Les Pilots” should get evicted, in order to restore the order in the city. Since then two other squats have been raided and more people have been interrogated. A quote from a communique’ of the squat “Les Pilots”:”(…) There is a big chance for this event to be utilised by the State, in order to build further the “inner enemy”, the new “anarcho-autonomous cell”, now so fashionable and a psychosis en vogue. This will lead to the application of new security measures, especially now in regards to the upcoming European elections (…). Also for us, this story is not yet finished. Indeed, we are waiting for the next GAV ((”Gard a vue”, when one is arrested and awaits to see the judge to confirm or not the pretrial detention, can be up to 144 hours), we do not know yet what they look for and what point they are ready to go. It has been said, that they would look as well for an “older man” who is suspected to have been there on that night in Cognin. (…).” The magistrate who has the investigation in her hands is partly involved in the investigations against the so called “Tarnac 9”. Raphael has been transferred to the prison of Paris “La Sante” after he came before the judge. He sits now in the same wing as Julien Coupat, the last prisoner of the “Tarnac 9”. In Chambery, a support committee has been called together for Raphael and a solidarity demonstration for him took place with the participation of 200 people. Up until this point these are the facts we are aware of. In general, it remains quite difficult to understand what is going on in France, since there have not been yet any texts translated into other languages and it seems a certain “dormancy” surrounds the events. We got the largest part of our information from the bourgeois press, a thing we do not really like, since to us the words of our comrades are clearly much more trustful. Above all, we would wish to read more communiques which take a stand on the death of a comrade and the serious injuries of another. In fact, most of the texts published which we have been able to read (clearly this does not mean that we read them all) declare “we are not terrorists” (a quote from the “Les Pilots” squat) and concentrate on the attempted criminalization of other comrades by the State and its anti-terror troops. Certainly, we also declare the latter. It is important and necessary. In fact, we do know who the real terrorists are and where they sit in all commodity: police stations, tribunals, parliaments and so on. We find it quite sad the fact that we have been able to find only a few words spent on both comrades. Perhaps there remains little time to concentrate on them, especially when the State wraps those with any links to the two comrades immediately in repression. Surely, their closer comrades must be in a state beyond “shock” and we can understand when they do not feel like speaking a word in the public. But what is with all the others? We are quite shocked by the death of a comrade and the serious injuries to another, and we do not want to stay in silence before this… Here, from the distance, we find ourselves in a rather “privileged” position. Therefore, with these words we do not aim to “condemn” the behavior of the comrades there. In fact, as we have already said, we know so little about the situation, that we feel we can say very little about it, besides expressing some of the emotional impressions produced by such an event. Also, what one should not forget here, is that through a poor flux of information stemming directly from the “scene”, which would involve the usage of the existing autonomous medias, one makes the spreading of information and ideas the responsibility of the bourgeois medias. Such a monopoly will always be used in a way which will put us under a bad and defamatory light, certain information will be left on the side and false information filled in, in order to paint certain images before the populace. Therefore it is necessary to use our own medias so that we, as comrades, are not forced to be dependent on the bourgeois press. Do we know the comrades? Probably not, but that is not the question here. Surely, it could be that we have met somewhere on the barricades in Europe during the years, or simply while eating at a popular kitchen at some no border camp, who knows. For us is of even less interest to know what both of them did that night and what they were planning. In fact, our solidarity or sorrow will not change in regards to this. Like in the same way our bond with people who struggle against State and Capital will not change. We hope that people will not let themselves be frightened by the difficulty of the events and that we will be able to organise together the support for the other comrade, who lies right now in hospital, in the hands of the cops, and also to effectively fight back any act of repression which could take place any time soon. Clearly,
the authorities will not loose such an event from their field of vision and will keep on trying to push us into a “defensive” position by new investigations. Let us show them, that our revolt is unstoppable and that we are able to organise a new attack against the existent, despite being pushed in a defensive position. As we have often done in the past. The best way to mourn Zoe and support Mickäel remain the furthering of the struggle against the present conditions. We are not able to write down more, since one can not really express the sadness of the event by words or combatant slogans.

Raphaels adress: Raphaël SERRES numéro d’écrou : 290890 Maison d’arrêt de la Santé 42 rue de la Santé – 75014 Paris

french website: www.lesinculpes.over-blog.com

In mourning for Zoe, Our thoughts are with Mickäel and all those who mourn with us, Solidarity to Raphael Solidarity to all prisoners

From ABC Berlin

repost | 05.06.2009 17:47 | Social Struggles
With every passing day, a new article about the recent death of a comrade in France appears in the bourgeois press. The story uncoils piece by piece. We will keep on following the events, therefore keep an eye on our website, as soon as any updates are available, they will be published there. For the ones, who speak French, are not in prison and have access to Internet, we recommend the website for the anarchist publication “Cette Semaine”, www.cettesemaine.free.fr (which is always worth reading). These words were written around the 15th of May.

We have tried to write down these few thoughts but we find it extremely difficult to express our feelings by words. However, we try it, especially since these facts have not yet been made public. At the beginning of May, we had to read sad news on a few French websites. During the night of the 1st of May, one comrade, Zoe, 24 years old, died in unclear circumstances while she was handling nitrium chlorate (a substance which can be adopted in order to build explosive devices or smokebombs – depending on how it is mixed). Her friend, Mickäel, suffered serious injuries and is now in an artificial coma in the intensive care department of Lyon Hospital, where he was brought by a helicopter. What will happen to him, in the case that he might wake again, is still unclear. The cops are already waiting without patience in the hospital and the vultures of the press are working to construct the figures of two “terrorists, who probably belong to the anarcho-autonomous movement”. At the time of the incident, both comrades were in an abandoned factory in Cognin, which lies in the surroundings of Chambery. They have been described by the press as “persons close to the libertarian milieu”. As we had to read on the newspapers, Mickäel has been active in Switzerland and was living in the squat “La Tour” in Geneva until its eviction in 2007. Zoe has also a history linked to squatting. Regarding Zoe, the authorities complain that “(they) did not find anything but her participation in a few political demonstrations”. On monday the 4th of May, their living environment, the squat “Les Pilots” in Chambery (a city close to Grenoble) was raided by 130 cops, antiterrorist units among them, with a brief to “find any kind of evidence”. The eleven people who found themselves in the squat at this moment have been interrogated. One of them, Raphael, was brought for a longer time to the police station. In fact, one can be kept up to 144 hours (six days) under the anti-terror law. Finally, he was transfered to prison after his interrogation by the judge responsible. As per usual, the investigations are now centered around “membership in an association of wrongdoers in contact with a terrorist association” and “destruction of documents or objects which could have a link to crimes or offences”. Raphael is accused of destroying a few documents related to the explosion in Cognin. Moreover, they suggest the squat “Les Pilots” should get evicted, in order to restore the order in the city. Since then two other squats have been raided and more people have been interrogated. A quote from a communique’ of the squat “Les Pilots”:”(…) There is a big chance for this event to be utilised by the State, in order to build further the “inner enemy”, the new “anarcho-autonomous cell”, now so fashionable and a psychosis en vogue. This will lead to the application of new security measures, especially now in regards to the upcoming European elections (…). Also for us, this story is not yet finished. Indeed, we are waiting for the next GAV ((”Gard a vue”, when one is arrested and awaits to see the judge to confirm or not the pretrial detention, can be up to 144 hours), we do not know yet what they look for and what point they are ready to go. It has been said, that they would look as well for an “older man” who is suspected to have been there on that night in Cognin. (…).” The magistrate who has the investigation in her hands is partly involved in the investigations against the so called “Tarnac 9”. Raphael has been transferred to the prison of Paris “La Sante” after he came before the judge. He sits now in the same wing as Julien Coupat, the last prisoner of the “Tarnac 9”. In Chambery, a support committee has been called together for Raphael and a solidarity demonstration for him took place with the participation of 200 people. Up until this point these are the facts we are aware of. In general, it remains quite difficult to understand what is going on in France, since there have not been yet any texts translated into other languages and it seems a certain “dormancy” surrounds the events. We got the largest part of our information from the bourgeois press, a thing we do not really like, since to us the words of our comrades are clearly much more trustful. Above all, we would wish to read more communiques which take a stand on the death of a comrade and the serious injuries of another. In fact, most of the texts published which we have been able to read (clearly this does not mean that we read them all) declare “we are not terrorists” (a quote from the “Les Pilots” squat) and concentrate on the attempted criminalization of other comrades by the State and its anti-terror troops. Certainly, we also declare the latter. It is important and necessary. In fact, we do know who the real terrorists are and where they sit in all commodity: police stations, tribunals, parliaments and so on. We find it quite sad the fact that we have been able to find only a few words spent on both comrades. Perhaps there remains little time to concentrate on them, especially when the State wraps those with any links to the two comrades immediately in repression. Surely, their closer comrades must be in a state beyond “shock” and we can understand when they do not feel like speaking a word in the public. But what is with all the others? We are quite shocked by the death of a comrade and the serious injuries to another, and we do not want to stay in silence before this… Here, from the distance, we find ourselves in a rather “privileged” position. Therefore, with these words we do not aim to “condemn” the behavior of the comrades there. In fact, as we have already said, we know so little about the situation, that we feel we can say very little about it, besides expressing some of the emotional impressions produced by such an event. Also, what one should not forget here, is that through a poor flux of information stemming directly from the “scene”, which would involve the usage of the existing autonomous medias, one makes the spreading of information and ideas the responsibility of the bourgeois medias. Such a monopoly will always be used in a way which will put us under a bad and defamatory light, certain information will be left on the side and false information filled in, in order to paint certain images before the populace. Therefore it is necessary to use our own medias so that we, as comrades, are not forced to be dependent on the b
ourgeois press. Do we know the comrades? Probably not, but that is not the question here. Surely, it could be that we have met somewhere on the barricades in Europe during the years, or simply while eating at a popular kitchen at some no border camp, who knows. For us is of even less interest to know what both of them did that night and what they were planning. In fact, our solidarity or sorrow will not change in regards to this. Like in the same way our bond with people who struggle against State and Capital will not change. We hope that people will not let themselves be frightened by the difficulty of the events and that we will be able to organise together the support for the other comrade, who lies right now in hospital, in the hands of the cops, and also to effectively fight back any act of repression which could take place any time soon. Clearly, the authorities will not loose such an event from their field of vision and will keep on trying to push us into a “defensive” position by new investigations. Let us show them, that our revolt is unstoppable and that we are able to organise a new attack against the existent, despite being pushed in a defensive position. As we have often done in the past. The best way to mourn Zoe and support Mickäel remain the furthering of the struggle against the present conditions. We are not able to write down more, since one can not really express the sadness of the event by words or combatant slogans.

Raphaels adress: Raphaël SERRES numéro d’écrou : 290890 Maison d’arrêt de la Santé 42 rue de la Santé – 75014 Paris

french website: www.lesinculpes.over-blog.com

In mourning for Zoe, Our thoughts are with Mickäel and all those who mourn with us, Solidarity to Raphael Solidarity to all prisoners

From ABC Berlin