June 9, 2017
June 9, 2017
June 9, 2017
Croce Nera Anarchica’s new website address is: http://croceneranarchica.it/
Translated from La Lime
This text from La Lime, a solidarity fund based in Brussels (whose name translates to The File, like filing through bars) was republished in early May 2017 in advance of a hearing for those charged in this case. An older version of the text circulated in April 2016 before the previous hearing.
If fighting for freedom is a crime, innocence is surely the worst of all
At the end of 2008, during the period of diffuse hostilities set off by the revolt in Greece after the police murder of Alexis, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor launched an investigation targeting anarchists and anti-authoritarians . In 2010, on the basis of a list of actions attributed by the police to the “anarchist movement” and while the struggle against a new closed prison  in Steenokkerzeel pushed ahead, judge Isabelle Panou was assigned to the case, which was classified as anti-terrorism. In May and again in September 2013, upwards of ten searches were carried out as part of this investigation against various residences and the anarchist library Acrata, located in Brussels. It’s only at this moment that the existence of an anti-terrorism investigation became visible for the first time. This investigation is led by the anti-terrorism section of the federal police, with support from National Security, the General Intelligence Services, and military security at different times, as well as by the anti-terrorism services of other European countries. The investigation was completed in 2014 and today sees twelve anarchists and anti-authoritarians sent to court.
For me communication with comrades on the outside of these prison walls has been key in keeping me on point and sane in this artificial world of all-pervasive domination. We anarchists are not immune to the blues and the sometimes-attractive pull of resignation in the face of dizzying odds.
Communication means more than receiving letters and publications. It means survival. It means resistance. It means saving lives on the margins of prison society.
Through communication and acts of solidarity I have been able to save the lives of queer and non-queer prisoners whose life was threatened because of debts, and yes, drugs for the sick, with funds sent to me by comrades on more than one occasion. Without communication none of this would have been possible.
Communication has allowed me and many others to create projects that “aim toward the destruction of this social order – that is to say an insurrectional anarchist projectuality.”
The point of this brief statement is my attempt to show how far and extensive communication extends for those of us anarchists being held in these man-made tombs.
Communication now needs to extend to the pigs of capital and authority – that no longer will their oppressive, authoritarian and brutal acts go unpunished. Let’s communicate that!
Dare to struggle!
Dare to be free!
by Sean Swain
As humans, we are the lucky beneficiaries of three biological developments that greatly contribute to our long-term survivability. The first one is the structure of our jaw which is conducive to eating meat and taking in proteins that non-meat-eating mammals don’t get. That’s the only one of the three that’s irrelevant to the discussion.
The second of the top three biological developments that contribute to our long-term survivability is our cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex is the outer-most layer of the brain, and is principally responsible for conceptual thought. Because of our cerebral cortex, we can imagine things that we cannot see. We can conceive of stuff we did not experience.
The third biological development that contributes to our long-term survivability is our opposable thumbs. Our opposable thumbs are pretty useful. They gave us the ability to carry things and to share with others. They gave us the ability to use and manipulate tools.
This is really important when you consider that we humans are, really, the least fit for survival on the planet, all things being equal. We are most dependent upon tools, upon stuff outside of ourselves. All other species pretty much get by on what they were born with. You don’t see beavers putting on scuba suits or monkeys in the rain forest wearing rain coats. No other species requires assistance in locomotion or cooks their food on barbecue grills because their digestive tracts are so sensitive. Just us. So, without the opposable thumb to develop all the tools we need, we would have sputtered out a long time ago.
Yesterday, June 2nd, the DIGOS [political police] knocked on the doors of my house and of six other comrades’ to notify us of the closure of preliminary inquiries for a further investigation by the Public prosecutor of Turin and the prosecutor Roberto Sparagna [in charge of Scripta Manent], parallel to the investigation called “Scripta manent”, focusing on the anarchist web-sites of counter-information RadioAzione, Anarhija.info and Croce Nera Anarchica.
Concerning Croce Nera Anarchica, the paper journal is also targeted, as well as its distribution and who organized the presentation of the same journal in Italy.
The articles in question are: 270bis (subversive association with the purposes of terrorism) and 414 (criminal solicitation). A further article, 280 (attack with the purposes of terrorism), is referring to two of the comrades.
Translation of texts, predisposition, solicitation, defending of criminal acts, conception and dissemination through the web-sites and journals of ideological “insurrectionist-armed struggle” propaganda, money raising to support the imprisoned comrades, and the attack against a substation of Enel [manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas] in Civitavecchia, January 12th, 2016, signed by “Pyrotechnical committee for an extraordinary year F.A.I.-F.R.I.”.
This is the human misery produced by the filthy magistrate of Public prosecutor’s office in Turin, Roberto Sparagna.
The intentions are quiet clear: to do everything to isolate furthermore the anarchist comrades imprisoned for “Scripta Manent”.
But the gravedigger on-duty can put his soul at rest, because there will never be a step back!
The counter-information on web-sites and in journals will continue to be updated, as we will continue to raise money to support the comrades imprisoned in your shitty camps, and above all not a single one of those comrades who you took away from us, depriving us of their everyday physical presence, will remain isolated.
Finally, till my last breath on this shitty planet, I will hope there will be
10, 100, 1000 direct actions!
Somma Gioacchino (RadioAzione)
On Friday morning, June 2nd, the DIGOS [political police] notified the closing of investigations for crimes 270bis (subversive association) and 414 (criminal solicitation) to 7 anarchist, 4 of them are editors of Croce Nera Anarchica and other 2 of RadioAzione and Anarhija.info websites, with “aggravating” for terrorist purposes. For 2 of them is added the article 280 (attack with terrorist purpose), regarding an explosive attack signed by FAI/FRI against the courthouse of Civitavecchia.
The notification was not combined with a search and those involved were not arrested.
It seems, from the documents, that these wave of charges, made by the same prosecutor Roberto Maria Sparagna, are an extension of operation Scripta Manent, for which will be held the preliminary hearing at Monday, June 5th.
Updates will follow.
After seven and a half years of pre-trial hearings and thousands of pages of disclosure, after fifteen people had their homes searched, were arrested, followed, eavesdropped on, filmed, interrogated, incarcerated, placed on house arrest, and kept under various bail conditions for seven years, the state and the justice system will finally take only four people to trial on June 23 2017 in Paris. The most serious charges served only to justify the intensity of the repression, since they were dropped, leaving only the more limited charges (graffiti, light property destruction, refusing to give DNA and personal information, etc). Let’s take this occasion to all show our solidarity against borders and against all forms of imprisonment, while refusing the categories of “guilty” and “innocent” imposed by the powerful and while rejecting the Justice system.
In June 2008, hunger strikes, clashes with the cops, and episodes of more or less intense struggle had already been breaking out in the Vincennes Immigrant Detention Centre (IDC) for some time when Salem Souli died of a heart attack. On June 22 2008, the next day, a general revolt broke out in the IDC, which was burned to the ground, and the undocumented people were evacuated. Ten were accused in a trial that was decided in advance, where they were given between eight months and three years in prison, before appeals. In solidarity with the accused, a very large number of offensive actions occurred throughout France (and elsewhere), which included numerous sabotages of ATMs of banks that hand over undocumented people to the pigs. Two waves of searches were carried out on February 15 and June 8 2010 against ten or so comrades, including Dan, Olivier, and Camille who were locked up in January 2011 for between a week and three months, and then later François for a week.
Translated by act for freedom now!
Today, 22nd May 2017, Filomena and Carlotta were released from house arrest. Filomena got an order that prohibits her from visiting Galluzzo (the area in Florence where la Riottosa is located), whereas Carlotta got an order prohibiting her to live in Florence. Michele had been released from house arrest at the end of April and he’s still being subjected to prohibition of residence in Florence and Prato. We point out that Yossura and Laura are still under house arrest and another six comrades are under various kinds of restriction.
Freedom for all
On the 13th of March the Greek state attacked three structures of the anarchist movement. Two squats in Athens: Villa Zografou and Drakopoulio, and the Self-organized Hangout in Agrinio.
We feel that this repressive move should not be left unanswered. As a small message of solidarity to the evicted squats, we decided to do a series of actions in Nørrebro, a migrant and working-class district of Copenhagen.
Following are some details on the squats themselves and the evictions that happened:
Self-organized Social Space “Villa Zografou”
The occupied park and mansion of Villa Zografou was an important social center of a neighborhood with very strong involvement in the uprising of 2008 and the movements that followed, until the final squatting of the space in 2012.
Since then, it operated as a liberated space of intense political and cultural activity. Playing a defining role in class and social struggles like worker and student issues, antifascist action, freedom of transport, free access to electricity and water, free teaching of high-school students, food collectives. A space where support benefits for imprisoned anarchists were being organized. A spot of free interaction and expression, without barriers, without prices and tickets. With it’s actions, Villa Zografou stood against the local and wider business interests. It’s functions against the petty bourgeois practices is a living example of a different model of organization of our lives that revolves around equality, self-organization and solidarity.
After a complaint filed by the Municipality of Zografou, which is controlled by the leftist Syriza (the political party now in control of the government), the squat was raided and evacuated. Seven comrades claimed political responsibility to defend the squat which led to their arrest and their indictment for civil disobedience and disruption of domestic peace. They now have been released, pending their trial. Continue Reading →
From the local media we learn that in the night between 12th and 13th May the court in Trento was the target of stone-throwing that damaged some windows. Graffiti were found on the wall: “For Alfredo, Davide, Maurizio and the comrades in Turin”.
Translated by act for freedom now!
The session of May 22nd begun by examining the topic of one of the accused’s journeyusing the service Blablacar in France. The French driver wrote a letter to the court saying that she would not come to testify, but that she recognized the accused when she was shown a picture.
At this point the judge said that the case would rest, thus no more witnesses or evidence would be accepted.
Then the prosecutor’s closing argumnts began. It was a very long and vague speech:
The prosecutor introduced the concept “in dubio pro reo” (in case of doubt, the benefit is in favour of the defendant; which was the argument used by the judge in the acquittal of the comrade from Amsterdam) turning it around and stating that in fact there was enough evidence pointing to the accused’s participation in the robbery. Continue Reading →
Translated by act for freedom now!
We learn that as soon as Sandrone [Alessandro Mercogliano] arrived at the AS2 prison unit in Ferrara and refused to comply with the identification procedure (photographs and fingerprinting), he was subjected to 15 days of solitary confinement. Now he’s back in the unit with the other comrades.
Translated and summarized by act for freedom now!
The court of review, chaired by judge Loretta Bianco, has decided that comrades Antonio Pittalis, Franciso Tosina and Antonio Rizzo are to remain in prison, whereas Giada, Fabiola and Camille are to be held under house arrest with no possibility of communication with the outside, meaning that they won’t be able to have visits, telephone calls or letters from friends, family members and comrades unless the latter live with them in the same home. As for the charges, that of kidnapping was dropped whereas that of aggravated resistance is still in force.
We urge everybody to write to the comrades in prison:
Francisco Esteban Tosina
C.C. Lorusso e Cutugno
Via Maria Adelaide Aglietta 35
Here follows a letter from Camille, Giada and Fabiola, which they wrote in prison before they were transferred to house arrest. During their detention in the Vallette they had the chance to hear the demo being held in solidarity with them outside the prison and to answer the greetings. A screw promptly intervened to tell them off and the comrades reacted furiously. For this reason they were charged with insulting a public official and had their two hours of sociality suspended, that is to say the time four prisoners can spend together in a cell.
Le Vallette 15/05/2017
Tired of watching
May 31, 2017
Translated by act for freedom now!
As there’s a constant need for money to support the imprisoned comrades and we have to face so many expenses, we once again call on the individualities and anarchist spaces that can/want contribute to the Fund of the Croce Nera Anarchica project.
Here are the details:
1) The fund supports the anarchists imprisoned following operation“Scripta Manent”, Anna Beniamino, Valentina Speziale, Danilo Cremonese, Marco Bisesti, Alessandro Mercogliano, Alfredo Cospito, with a payment of 100 euros made every 15 days.
The same amount is spent in support to anarchist Davide Delogu from Sardinia. Occasionally, when funds are available, payments are also made in support to anarchist Maddalena Calore; we say occasionally because there are already individualities that support her.
So we have to face a monthly expense of 1,500 euros only to send money to imprisoned comrades.
2) In addition, owing to the needs of comrades and relatives who make visits to prison we will also have to finance their journeys when need be, given that visits are of paramount importance.
3) In anticipation of the trial for operation “Scripta Manent”, huge legal expenses will also have to be met.
4) Every month, sometimes more than once, books and news of what happens outside – actions, claims, episodes of repression, various publications, etc. – are sent in to prisons. Also quite expensive telegrams are sent in whenever something urgent such as transfers, confinement, hunger strike, etc. happens.
To support the fund:
Postepay card number: 4023 6009 1934 2891
Account name: Omar Nioi
If you want to send a contribution for a specific cause, you can tell us by writing to email@example.com.
The editors of Croce Nera Anarchica
FIRST OF MAY ATTACK FOR SELF-LIBERATION FROM THE PRISON OF BRUGOLI – AUGUSTA
The goal: To escape
The result: Escape unsuccessful (which isn’t a failure!)
The reason: The very strong bastard wind!
The project: To redeem myself, widening my subversive gaze of revenge and launch a campaign of acts of self-liberation.
Hunted in each tiny movement, with all the maniacal consequences of control that this implies in everyday life in prison where I spend 21 hours a day in a cell, I waited for the last search on 30th May before acting, and I also made a fool of the jailers during their beating of the bars that day. I spend the hours in the exercise yard between theoretical and practical elaboration, which led me to devise a perfect escape plan, given that limits in the mechanism of control and its sophisticated complexity can be detected, faults that can be traced in all jails, revealing their hidden weaknesses.
In spite of the subjugation they would like to impose on the infallibility they build from totalitarianism and the perfectioning of the prison system, the fact is that there are always spaces for action. A space in the prison that I occupied and liberated from the moment the action began.
That day there was a strong wind and the choice of 1st May had been dictated by a real tactical calculation, due to the significant shortage of staff following which the guard in charge of monitoring the cameras in the yard was also in charge of opening and closing the entrance to the yard.
Translated by act for freedom now!
We receive from anonymous mail and spread:
“Monday 8th May the entrance door of the town hall in Saronno was attacked with sledgehammers, against urban
daspo and police control. The premises of Intesa San Paolo bank were also attacked in solidarity with the comrades arrested in Turin.”
Translated by act for freedom now!
FOR ANARCHY ALWAYS
A preliminary hearing for the trial in operation “Scripta Manent” will be held on 5th June 2017 in Turin; the hearing is to decide on various charges, including ‘creation and participation in a subversive association’, several explosive attacks on carabinieri, politicians, journalists and companies involved in the construction of prisons and migrants’ detention centres – all claimed by the Informal Anarchist Federation , as well as instigation to commit a crime and attempting to defend criminal acts following pieces published in Croce Nera Anarchica. There are 15 people on trial, 7 of whom are locked up in AS2 sections in the prisons of Ferrara, Alessandria and Rebibbia. The imprisoned comrades are subjected to constant harassment and further restrictions in the communication between one another and with the outside. In spite of this, they are continuing the struggle against the system of domination and keeping up conflictuality through acts of revolt and contributions to the debate between anarchists and the enemy in authority.
-In January 2015, 7 anarchists held in the AS2 unit of Ferrara, following noisy protests and strong confrontations with the guards, were given 15 days’ solitary confinement each in turn.
-In August 2016 anarchist Alfredo Cospito smashed the partition glass between the visiting room and the guards’ room in solidarity with the imprisoned members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire; for this reason he’s soon to get 15 days’ solitary confinement.
-In the days following operation “Scripta Manent”, anarchists Anna Beniamino and Alfredo Cospito went on hunger strike to put an end to isolation and the prohibition for those arrested to see each other.
Last summer the Squat Orfanotrofio in Thessaloniki was evicted and demolished by the Greek government. One commerade faces repressions now for the squating alone, standing at court for all of us, on the trial on the 31.05.2017. We call for solidarity.
The story begins with the squatting of the Orfanotrofeio in December 2015. Thousands of migrants have been declared illegal overnight and are stuck on Greek territory. Within a months they were also displaced from Idomeni, an massive self-made and to a great extent self-managed settlement near the border with the Rep of Macedonia. They were moved to isolated camps throughout the country, under the surveillance of the army and the NGOs.
Those of us who had been visiting Idomeni frequently during the summer of 2015 had seen a wall being built in front of our eyes, people practically living in the mud, being beaten up by the police, giving birth in offhand tents, burning anything they could find from the ruble for some heat in the freezing cold, being moved around from town to town and from camp to camp, in buses that would just show up and then disappear, being constantly stopped for pointless checks in the middle of nowhere on their way to the border. If when they made it to the border, they were often pushed back to Athens, where many of them fell into the hands of smugglers and even organ harvesting mafias.
On Wednesday 25th of May, following the call of GARE squat concerning the events that took place the day before in Exarchia and at the squat, we gathered and as one body we made a demonstration and an action at Exarchia square making a stop outside the mafia controlled hotel exarcheion.
It was a first collective response against the provocations of gangs of bouncers and paid thugs against political fighters.
These particular persons who attempted to give an ultimatum to Gare squat and who pulled down a political banner from the square, belong to the Coordination of Refugee Squats and use its name for their actions which are clearly hostile to the movement, without any collective agreement of the Coordination. All the while, the social center Nosotros and the Coordination of Refugee Squats continue to provide political cover to this team.
These persons who take part in designs for political and financial domination in the area, in direct collaboration with mafia networks of paid thugs, attempt to engage football fans of a particular club and turn them against the movement’s spaces and activity. We declare that this attempt is misleading, as the struggle in a neighborhood is not the arena neither of football fan nor of personal conflicts. This specific clique as well as paid thugs in general do not have social recognition in the area and this is why they try to recruit people on the basis of football club participation. Everyone must be fully aware of the responsibility that they bear.
At this point we declare that:
We will defend our struggles by all means necessary, united against economic interests and their supporters.
The anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement can have no relations to mechanisms of exploitation and control.
Political cover to such practices shall not be tolerated. The political structures that have provided cover to such mechanisms much renounce them and conduct public self-criticism about all these events.
Collectives and comrades for the defense of spaces of struggle