February 1, 2017
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UK,LONDON – SOLIDARITY BENEFIT GIG ON 11/2/17 FOR ANARCHIST ARRESTED IN OPERATION “SCRIPTA MANENT” IN ITALY

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SOLIDARITY WITH THE ANARCHISTS ARRESTED FOLLOWING THE LATEST POLICE OPERATION IN ITALY
In the early hours of 6th September 2016, an operation coordinated by the Digos (political police) of Turin led to the searches of 30 homes in various Italian regions (Piedmont, Liguria, Lazio, Umbria, Lombardy, Abruzzo, Campania, Sardinia and Emilia Romagna) and the arrest of five anarchist comrades accused of subversive association with terrorist intent. In addition, two anarchists who have been in custody since September 2012 received notification in prison.
The police operation is called “Scripta Manent” (from Latin proverb “verba volant, scripta manent” — spoken words fly away, written words remain), and is just the latest in a series of similar others carried out throughout the last decades, all of them meant to take anarchists out of the streets and into jail. Why? Because anarchist ideas and practices are dangerous to power. These are ideas and practices, theory and action, which have one and only unequivocal object: total liberation and the destruction of all forms of oppression, no matter whether we live in times of “crisis” or not. But during a period of “crisis” people often stop being passive recipients of decisions imposed from above. Anarchists, in this sense, can set an example in terms of attack, direct action and self-organization of the struggle. That’s the reason behind the many operations with fancy names (Cervantes, Night Time, Boldness, etc.) that have cost many comrades time in prison and endless judicial proceedings.
Italian public prosecutors don’t even need any evidence of “crime” to order raids and arrests against anarchists. So if you are an anarchist in Italy you can expect your home to be stormed by dozens of armed cops at any time, and you end up in jail for months on end awaiting trial for some police investigation often based on inconsistent evidence.
“Scripta Manent”, in particular, is focused on a string of direct actions claimed by various groups of the FAI, Informal Anarchist Organization, between 2004 and 2012. The attacks inserted in this investigation include the parcel-bombs sent to the CPT (detention centre for immigrants) director in Modena in May 2005, to the traffic-cops barracks in Torino-San Salvario and to the chief-police of Lecce, the explosive device against the RIS barracks (carabinieri forensics) in Parma (October 2005), the parcel-bomb sent to the Mayor of Bologna Sergio Cofferati (November 2005), the devices against the carabinieri cadets’ barracks in Fossano (June 2, 2006), the devices placed in the Turin neighbourhood Crocetta (March  2007). In order to corroborate the crime of association, another action was included in the list: the shooting and kneecapping of Roberto Adinolfi (May 2012), managing director of nuclear power company Ansaldo Nucleare, despite the fact that two comrades (Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai) have already been convicted and have publicly claimed this attack putting a supposed end to the case.
The comrades arrested in operation “Scripta Manent” are:
Marco Bisesti – Strada Alessandria 50/A – 15121 San Michele – Alessandria (AL)
Alessandro Mercogliano – Via Arginone 327 – 44122 Ferrara
Anna Beniamino – Via Aspromonte 100 – 04100 Latina (LT)
Danilo Emiliano Cremonese – Via Arginone 327 – 44122 Ferrara
Valentina Speziale – Via Aspromonte 100 – 04100 Latina (LT)
Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai – C.C Via Argione 327
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Another comrade, Daniele, was arrested in relation to other proceedings on charges of possession of material for the manufacture of explosive devices, following the discovery in his apartment of some batteries and an electrician’s manual.
Daniele Cortelli – Str. delle Campore 32  –  05100 Terni (TR)
In the face of all this, we can only stand by the side of those who struggle against this rotten society based on exploitation and who believe in action as a means to change things. Let’s not allow repression to achieve its aims of intimidation and scaremongering that would want us to be submissive and obedient to the order of the law.
Freedom for all!
Fire to all prisons!

February 1, 2017
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Financial Campaign to aid political prisoners in Greece

Actforfree: Received 30/1/17

The state through repressive mechanisms (cops, jail guards) and judicial power (prosecutors, judges) aimed at physical and psychological extermination of political prisoners.ραδφ-2
Prisoners and comrades however, are in a daily struggle between “special” conditions of detention, vindictive transfers, visiting denials, intimidation and persecution of relatives and friendly contacts and relatives, isolation’s, deprivation of rights like exit permit from prison, intent proceedings and indictments for statements of regret, self-censorship and capitulation. The ideas however are not imprisoned and solidarity is not penalized by any terror law . We build bridges to continue our common struggle by whatever means available. We support the imprisoned comrades both politically and morally through the promotion of their speech and the practical questioning of state power. For a long period some detainees and prisoners do not receive absolutely no material help and they still fight against the state oppression .
For these reasons, we constitute an initiative of financial support for the prisoners comrades.

There is an account for sending money and a pay-pal account too.
For further information, contact the station’s email.

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Gefangene / s Begleiter / unsere Ses sind tägliche Kampf unter «besonderen» Haftbedingungen, rachsüchtig Transfers, besuchen Dementis, Einschüchterung, Verfolgung von Angehörigen und freundliche Menschen, Trennung, Entzug der Lizenzen, Absichten Versuch Anklagen für Reue-Erklärungen und Geisel Situationen. Der Staat durch Unterdrückungsmechanismen und Justizmacht zielt darauf ab, physische und psychische Vernichtung von politischen Gefangenen. Aber Ideen sind nicht in Haft und Solidarität wird von jedem Terrorgesetz nicht bestraft, wie Sie wollen.
Wir bauen Brücken unseren gemeinsamen Kampf fortzusetzen, indem was auch immer zur Verfügung stehenden Mitteln. Wir unterstützen / s Insassen sowohl politisch als auch moralisch durch die Förderung ihrer Sprache und die praktische Frage der Staatsmacht und Materialien. Für eine lange Zeit erhalten einige politische Gefangene und Gefangene nicht unbedingt jegliche materielle Unterstützung und dennoch im Stehen und Angriff gegen repressive und Justiz stehen aus. Aus diesen Gründen stellen wir Initiative finanzielle Unterstützung für Gefangene unsere gefangenen Genossen

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January 31, 2017
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Greece Moria, Lesbos: The story of a refugee indefinitely confined on the outskirts of Fortress Europe

Published on Jan 22, 2017
From escaping death or imprisonment and torture in Nigeria to the indefinite imprisonment at Moria refugee concentration camp in Lesbos, Greece, this is the revealing story of a migrant that endured months of unimaginable hardship to reach Europe hoping to find, if nothing else, at least some decency and a chance for a future without fearing for his life or freedom, only to be indefinitely confined in a refugee hot spot living under inhumane conditions.

January 31, 2017
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The appalling living conditions at Souda refugee and migrants camp (Chios, Greece – January 2017)

Published on Jan 28, 2017
Nine months after the EU-Turkey refugee agreement and the official closing of the Balkan route towards north Europe, thousands of refugees and migrants are being forced to live indefinitely in concentration camps across Greece, in horrendous conditions, with no hope for tomorrow, being exposed to below zero temperatures, in inadequate and unacceptable dwellings or even tents.
The tragic images of refugees living in tents covered with snow and barefoot toddlers in the muddy water of the camps, waiting in long queues for a plate of food under unbearable temperatures, are still fresh. Despite government claims that the measures for the protection of refugees from the adverse weather conditions have been successfully completed, the preparation for protecting migrants and refugees who are trapped in the Greek islands has failed, despite the millions of euros that have been given to prepare for the winter, which recently has been harsh even for Greek weather standards.
And it’s no wonder, since the Greek government, local municipalities and NGO’s see refugees as a business opportunity.
And for these reasons for many months since the initial wave of refugees coming to Greece in 2015 the government and the police -through media propaganda and arrests- managed to demonize and barred all the hundreds of volunteers that in a self organized manner were helping the thousands of refugees arriving to Greece. Then they imprisoned the refugees into camps guarded by the police, from which they are allowed out of them for few hours a day, (which is pointless in most cases since they are situated far away from villages or cities, so that contact with people and necessary services is avoided or prevented), forbidden outsiders to visit the camps, even reporters or photojournalists without supervised permission and directed all the money to NGO’s to run the camps (many of them were set up just a bit after the first refugee waves sensing the flow of money to the European entry point of Greece). There have even been situations were local authorities used the money they got to hire people to help the refugees indeed to hire employees but use them for completely different duties serving the local authorities, based on the excuse that greece is under financial crisis, thus we see these appealing conditions in camps were already to refugees have died in January.

January 30, 2017
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Chile – Anarchist comrade Tamara Sol transferred

mitting-tamara-sol-05Following the punishment dealt out to the comrade Sol for attacking a miserable prison screw, the gendarmerie put her in solitary confinement.
After becoming unwell the comrade was taken to hospital and then, even though she was still under the effects of medication, the gendarmerie suddenly transferred her to the prison of Valparaiso.
As soon as she arrived at Valparaiso she was put in B Module along with the rest of the prison population. According to friends and family the comrade is well and has recovered from the punishment, the beating and the unexpected transfer.
No respect for prison screws!
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January 30, 2017
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Italy – Update on anarchist comrade Marco Bisesti

Following visits to Marco, we learn that on Friday 13th January he had a disciplinary hearing, of which he still doesn’t know the result, following the fact that he smashed objects in a prison office with a coat hanger. The action was triggered by the installation of opaque windows which make it impossible to see outside the building.
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January 30, 2017
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Rovereto, Italy – Wind Vodafone repeater set on fire

From the local press we learn that in the night between 7th and 8th January a Wind and Vodafone repeater near Rovereto was  set on fire by persons unknown. The damage is massive. The same repeater had already been set on fire in 2003 and 2012.
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January 30, 2017
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About the Solidarity Fund for prisoners and persecuted militants in Greece

logoAs in the natural world so in the social reality as well, every motion is perceived when, from the sphere of theoretical consideration it is placed within its surrounding circumstances. Therefore, in order to understand the necessity of the existence and thereby the support – or not- of the Solidarity Fund for prisoners and persecuted militants, we have to look at the socio-political situation, as well as at which level the maturity of the revolutionary movement lies at any given time.
 The Solidarity Fund was established in 2010 in a situation, where on the one hand a hard capitalist restructuring was carried out under the guise of the “economic crisis” and on the other hand the radical part of the society, having very recent memories from the experience of the social revolt of December ’08, was in a boom of activities, expressing the genuine and spontaneous social rage. In those given circumstances, where the systemic restructuring entailed the upgrade of repression and the (further) legislative protection of the privileged, while the activity of all struggling parts of the society produced a multiple aggression (ranging from the vigorous workers’ solidarity, the massive clashes, the occupations of buildings and public spaces, the collective direct actions, to the armed revolutionary actions), arose the issue of the dozens of political prisoners. Due to the upgrade of the “anti-terrorist” laws and the judiciary-repression complex mechanisms, but also bearing in mind the escalation of the revolutionary action itself, these political prisoners were now facing severe and/or lengthy sentences. Continue Reading →
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January 30, 2017
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Athens, Greece: Attack against SYRIZA headquarters in solidarity with imprisoned members of Revolutionary Struggle

In the early morning of January 7, 2017 we exploded the facade of the headquarters of SYRIZA in the Athens neighborhood of Kato Petralona.
This action is a small anarchist response to the arrests of Konstantina Athanasopoulou and Pola Roupa, members of Revolutionary Struggle as well as the imprisonment of the son of Pola Roupa.
Solidarity with urban guerrillas.
Strength to all the anarchists in prison.
Fight with all methods.
Anarchists
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January 28, 2017
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Elephant Editions Archive new link. A work in progress.

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When words mingle with the passion to deepen our understanding of reality they become indispensable weapons for the self-organisation of the struggle against all that oppresses us. They don’t remain on paper – or the screen – but penetrate rebel hearts and spirits, giving courage and decision – for if many of us don’t act against what offends our dignity it is often not courage that is lacking, but that we simply don’t know where to start.
We need to liberate reality from the fictitious dimension created by the media into one that is tangible and exposed to attack. In order to carry this out we require knowledge of the enemy in all its forms, including those that lie concealed within us, crouching, waiting to pounce to push us back into the fold of consensus or manageable dissent. Reading certain texts becomes an encounter, tensions we feel burning inside us become clearer, making it easier to assimilate them in order to act.
We also need analysis – of the economy, the ‘new’ technologies. Without our own ideas, analysis and projectuality we are nothing, mere abstractions building castles in the air.
Attack and the theory of attack, which is the same thing for anarchists, are an essential element of the struggle, without which it would exist in name alone. We therefore also need a critique of anarchist methods: of the fixed anarchist organisations of synthesis, syndicalism or federations that rely on numbers, as being limiting and anachronistic in terms of this attack. At the same time we need a critique of fixed clandestine organisations and ‘attack on the heart of the State’ that was prevalent in the seventies, and a valorisation of small groups based on affinity, acting directly to transform reality without any sense of sacrifice but for their own immediate joy and freedom, in the context of the freedom of all.
Anarchism is not an historical concept or a political theory, it is a way of conceiving life, ‘a stake we must play day after day’, and we do not consider history the foundation – or ‘making history’ the aim – of our action. Nevertheless anarchists have a rich and passionate past, or rather heritage, which only becomes ours when encountered through our own confrontation with authority and domination. Far from the tedium of scholastic tomes, the lives of past comrades, their ideas, their methods and their actions, their struggle and its consequences (often imprisonment and even death), are alive and have a significance for us today as we try to struggle against the conditions of post-industrial capital. For that reason we have also published and will continue to publish texts by or about anarchists and rebels of the past who still have much to say today when encountered through a dimension of an exchange of ideas and experience between reader and writer.
So Elephant Editions is simply a collection of texts, a contribution to the great cauldron of dreams, ideas and experimentation for those who have decided to make their desires reality, now, without delay.
archive.elephanteditions.net

January 28, 2017
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France, Montreuil, 93: Meal in solidarity with the anarchists arrested in Italy in operation « Scripta Manent »

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 6 September 2016 8 anarchist comrades were arrested in Italy, accused of having carried out various attacks between 2005 and 2012 against cops, army barracks, managers and commercial structures, men of State and the manager of a detention centre for people with no documents.
Sunday January 29 2017, from 19h: meal in solidarity at Condensateur, 45 rue de Stalingrad in Montreuil (Métro Croix de Chavaux).
Super food and drinks. Moment of information on operation Scripta Manent and anarchiste solidarity.
 [Published in indymedia nantes, Tuesday January 24 2017]
Via: https://lechatnoiremeutier.noblogs.org/post/2017/01/25/montreuil-93-repas-en-solidarite-avec-les-anarchistes-arretes-en-italie-lors-de-loperation-scripta-manent/
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January 28, 2017
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[Gaillac] DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH PRISONERS IN STRUGGLE IN MEXICO

” Liberty in flight “
Vernissage of the exhibition – Projections / exchanges – Solidarity Meals – and
Les Trois Passants and Le Chinabulle invite you to a full day of SOLIDARITY WITH THE PRISONERS IN STRUGGLE IN MEXICO

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Saturday, February 4, 2017
At the Chinabulle counter
47 rue du Château du Roi
81600 Gaillac
 Come many to support our comrades in struggle who are resisting and fighing from inside the Mexican jails, against the penitentiary system, isolation, contempt and being forgotten!
 At 4:00 pm: Vernissage of the exhibition: «Liberté en fuite»
Exhibition of paintings and sculptures / Sale of posters, printed canvases and maps of the exhibition in solidarity with the comrades-prisoners in struggle: Fernando Barcenas Castillo, Miguel Ángel Peralta Betanzos, Abraham Cortés Ávila, Luis Fernando Sotelo Zambrano, Álvaro Sebastián Ramírez and Natacha Lopvet Mrikhi.
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January 28, 2017
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[Paris] Damien Camelio sentenced to 10 months prison

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Thursday, January 19, 2017, Damien, incarcerated since December 8 and accused of degradations committed during the wild and rampant demonstration of April 14 went on trial in Paris.
About forty people were present in solidarity. Context of immediate appearances mainly of cases of survival and small parallel economy. A young proc with an indigestible vocabulary asks for detention in turn with the banality with which I jump porticos of metros, the notion of obstacle less. A paternalistic judge who in addition to
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At the time of the reading of the accusations there is agitatation in the room. Windows have been broken, Pôle Emploi, Chamber of Commerce, Jaguar, Franprix. Each target stated is followed by a burst of applause. The chief in toge asks Damien if he recognizes the facts. The latter expresses himself clearly, declares that he does not recognize the categories of innocent and guilty, neither the legitimacy of the judge nor justice in general. The hall iresounds with slogans “down with the State, the cops and the bosses”! “Fuck la bac “,”and the judges ” and the procs “. In response he cries “Fuck justice”, the pertubators in the audiences go out, including him.

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January 28, 2017
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Germany – An evening in solidarity with those accused of bank robberies in Aachen.

Faced with an apparatus of repression that is developing ever more suffocating forms within a context of on-going technocratic and scientific mania, it is easy to fall into a state of inertia.
The aim of this repression, achieved through permanent technological armament, the development of research and studies in the field of DNA and video analysis, and the accumulation and evaluation of data of any sort, is to impose itself on us as undefeatable and inevitable.
We are led to believe it is impossible to avoid the total surveillance, acquisition, and storage of data. To counter and overcome this fallacy of total control, we must approach the situations in which we struggle with continued analysis and reflection. We have to seek and share ways to meet these developments on battlegrounds of attack, solidarity and self-organization.
We are facing questions that have already been the focus of anarchist analysis for a long time and which haven’t lost (and probably never will lose) their relevance – questions concerning expropriation, repression and solidarity.
On Saturday, 11th of February 2017 at 7pm, we invite you to come to Infoladen Aachen in Bismarcksraße 37. We would like to share experiences and thoughts with each other regarding the questions raised above, questions that have been brought into focus by the recent repressive blows against anarchist comrades who are accused of bank robberies in Aachen and who are currently facing trial.
Also read:
[poster] Solidarity with the anarchists facing repression in Aachen.
Germany – Short report from the first day of trial against our anarchist comrades accused of robbing a Pax Bank branch in November 2014 in the city of Aachen.
[texts for discussion] Pecunia non olet
[texts for discussion] the world in a spit, over DNA
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January 27, 2017
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LETTER FROM ANARCHIST GIORGOS KARAGIANNIDIS – FROM THE TEAR DOWN THE BASTILLE VOICES FROM INSIDE THE WALLS GREECE ISSUE 6 – APRIL 2016

LETTER FROM GIORGOS KARAGIANNIDIS
HUNGER STRIKE HIDES IMPORTANCE. Importance that results from a combination of body weakening and debilitation of the strikers, and from the actions/reactions that are created. These two factors usually (but not necessarily always) are connected in relation.
The sharpness that is hidden in the act of hunger strike creates sections within our milleau and also within the handlers of state authority. Main target of every strike is the creation of flows in the social ground. Till now in Greece, the handling of hunger strikes from the state is relatively “painless” (compared with examples that have written the history of hunger strikes). Strikers have reached real  critical  limits rarely, even if this of course is not any kind of guarantee for the process of future strikes. This prevention of extreme situations is not because of some moral features of institutional officials. Morality is not an independent condition, it is determined from the power correlations inside the field of war we are conducting. If the concept of political cost didn’t exist, no state and the Greek one would have any concern about leaving the strikers to die. The political cost also is balanced in relation with the result of a partial complaisance to the strikers demands.
Also, rarely, especially in the last years following the big wave of arrests of anarchists, demands of a hunger strike have been accepted in total. This shows that in the conflict that is signaled by a hunger strike, demanded from both sides is balance, forceful but at the same time fragile. The fragility of this balance depends on the level of competition that developes every time, that is organization, determination and perseverance that each side shows in order to defend their position. A lot can be said about the way the state (talking specifically about Greece), regardless of who is managing power each time, faces hunger strikes and mostly the ones that feature political characteristics, leading to political conflict and social turn moil. I believe though that something like that would lead me to ramble and at the end i would tire, since in all hunger strikes, during their process and also (and mainly) after their end, this topic has been sufficiently discussed. What i see most important in the matter is a calm look on the ways that we perceive, signal and analyze hunger strikes. A look in our weaknesses which are seen more clearly after a hunger strike because of the polarity that preceded.

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January 25, 2017
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Bern, Switzerland – Three Actions in Solidarity with Revolutionary Struggle in Greece

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1. color bombs against a local jail and cops. the action was in solidarity with the global trans*prisoners day and with revolutionary struggle. after the attack against the jail police try to follow the people. the people reacted quickly and attacked the police car with color bombs and bottles. the front window of the car was destroyed. a foto from the colored jail is in the attachment
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2. banner in solidarity for pola roupa
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January 25, 2017
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[poster] Solidarity with the anarchists facing repression in Aachen.

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Two comrades from Barcelona were arrested on different occasions during the spring of 2016, and have since been extradited and incarcerated under pre-trial investigative detention. The prosecution of Aachen is accusing them of carrying out a bank robbery which took place in 2014, against a Pax Bank in Aachen. Their court case is set to begin on January 23rd 2017, and will unfold during a 5 month period.
An other comrade, from Amsterdam, was tried for an other bank robbery which took place in July 2013 at an Aachener branch. In December 2016 she was acquitted. The State has since gone into revision appeal.
Whether these charged comrades ever entered these banks as unusual customers or not is none of our concern, although we have nothing to reproach to anyone who chooses to enter a bank armed. Our solidarity lies with the struggles and ideas of these individuals, who, faced with repression, have not compromised their dignity or ethics, their love for freedom or their disdain for all authority.
The forensic police is talking about having found DNA traces in or around the banks, on movable objects, which apparently resulted compatible with the DNA of the accused anarchists. This evidence is presented as an impartial and infallible indication of their presence on those specific days in those financial institutions. Although we will leave it to the courts and lawyers to argue about the technical fallacies of this investigative method, these ever-growing international DNA databases, acquired through all necessary means, become a problem concerning everyone. These forensic proofs which are presented as absolute truth, are in fact an other example of sciences in service of social control and the State. This rational “neutrality” in the name of the neutralization of unmanageable and unwanted people is in complete conformity with democratic values: in the name of safety it attempts to make us all willful participants in the codification of our lives.
Like in most juridical cases this technological evidence is paired with the criminal profile of anyone considered undesirable and unprofitable by the State (be it socially, economically, ethnically, or ethically). These characteristics are amplified by the mainstream media, which helps in the legitimization of repression. They are accomplices in manufacturing these “dangerous” figures and creating the consensus to remove them from “civil” society.
It is up to those who do not accept and are not accepted by this world, to fight and organize ourselves against exploitation, alienation and the sterilization of our imagination for self-determination. It is up to each one of us to attack these logics based on accumulation and authority, wage-slavery and submission, wars among the poor and wars among the States, industrial destruction and technological colonization. To struggle for a life of dignity, autonomy and freedom.
Until we all are free…
For revolt!
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January 25, 2017
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Germany – Short report from the first day of trial against our anarchist comrades accused of robbing a Pax Bank branch in November 2014 in the city of Aachen.

[update] Aachen: short report from the first day of trial
Today, 23rd of January, the first session of the trial took place against our anarchist comrades accused of robbing a Pax Bank branch in November 2014 in the city of Aachen.
In the room there was the representative of the Prosecutor’s Office, the judge, the defendants with their respective lawyers, a “people’s jury” (which does not take decisions), journalists, who were not permitted to record inside the courtroom in compliance with the request of the defense lawyers (although their cameras were rolling outside the courtroom), and the public composed of family, friends and comrades of the defendants, who occupied the 30-40 seats available.
After the procedural formalities and the reading of the accusations by the prosecutor (armed robbery and illegal weapons possession), one of the defense attorneys requested a deferral of three-weeks of the trial on the grounds that they did not have access to a part of the investigation files because the prosecution had not yet provided it. The lawyers argued that this hindered their ability to give a full and fair defense to their clients.
After hearing the arguments of both the prosecution and the defense, the judge ordered the audience to leave the courtroom a total of three times to deliberate in private with both parties before rejecting the postponement.
Among their arguments, the prosecution alleged the non-relevance of such documents for this case. Only in the end did they admit that there was an other part of the files that is related to the ongoing investigation, which they will not reveal.
Even the judge acknowledged that he did not see a big part of the files that the defense demanded, but countered this by noting that this is common in many trials. However the lawyers insisted that the relevance or not of these documents should be decided by the defense not by the prosecution.
Finally, the judge rejected the three-week deferral, but suspended the session on Thursday, January 26, to give the defense time to read the part of the investigation files to which access was granted (which is not all). The next session will be on February 9th, in principle the program of this day already includes some witnesses taking the stand, including a police officer of the Spanish state.
Several supporters of different countries were present to show their support during the 4 and a half hour session. Our comrades received our warmth in cold Germany, while an exchange of glances and gestures of complicity were passing back and forth all morning, transmitting force, demonstrating once again that in the face of repression and confinement, solidarity among those in struggle defies walls and borders.
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January 25, 2017
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Australia , Melbourne – Philippines consulate redecorated in protest against Duterte’s murderous war on drug users

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Received on 17.01.17:
In response to the call for action from drug users in the Philippines to highlight the dangerous situation they are facing under the murderous Duterte regime, we decided to pay a visit to the Philippines consulate in Melbourne.
On the night of 16.01.17 we redecorated the entrance of the consulate with red paint, flyers and syringes. The red paint is to symbolize the blood of the thousands of drug users that have been murdered during a brutal nationwide pogrom by police and Catholic ‘citizen’ vigilante groups since Duterte took power in May 2016. Each syringe represents 25 murdered drug users – around 20 drug users are killed each day in the Philippines. The flyers read ‘PINOY DRUG USERS JAB BACK!’, ‘SHOOT DUTERTE NOT DRUG USERS!’, ‘STOP DUTERTE’S WAR ON THE POOR – DEATH TO ALL FASCIST HEADS OF STATE!’ and ‘ONE SYRINGE = 25 KILLED – STOP THE SLAUGHTER’.
SOLIDARITY WITH ALL DRUG USERS IN THE PHILIPPINES!
Anarchists Against Duterte
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January 24, 2017
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[texts for discussion] Pecunia non olet

Pax-Bank, now “Pax-Bank eG, Bank of the Church and Caritas”, was founded in Cologne in 1917 as a bank cooperative of priests for the ecclesiastical community itself, under the principles of “self-help, own responsibility and self-management”. Referring to historical events, both the October 1917 revolution in Russia and the growing social tensions in Germany itself, which ended in the fall of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s monarchy and then transformed into the revolution of November 1918, it is not surprising that in those times, when the Catholic Church felt directly threatened by the “red tide” of the revolutionary uprisings, the church decides to protect its capital, in this case not only “spiritual” but rather economic, with the founding of said bank. In addition, in 1920, by virtue of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany lost all its colonies, where its “civilizing work” was evidently accompanied by “ardent missionary work”.
In the following years, Pax-Bank, unlike many other financial institutions, survived both the inflation following the end of the First World War and the first major financial crisis (unleashed by the crash of the New York Stock Exchange in 1929). Although many German banks were affected by the economic crisis, in 1932 Pax-Bank stated simply “our profitability has not suffered any damage”.
Of course, the Pax-Bank is absolutely silent regarding its relations with the new political power that came to rule its homeland between 1933 and 1945, that is to say the Nazi party NSDAP, who, thanks to the unconditional support of German capital, was able to unleash its expansionist war machine, occupying up to half of the continent and perpetrating the Holocaust and the extermination of peoples considered inferior. Although it is true that the Catholic Church in Germany, bound by its bonds of faith with the Vatican rather than with Berlin, did not collaborate with Nazi crimes to such an extent as the biggest church in the country, the Protestant, its attitude, in general, was very passive. In 1941 its headquarters in Cologne was, luckily for the image of the bank, destroyed during Allied bombings, along with all its documents, protocols and minutes of previous years. However, the Pax-Bank does not shy away from boasting that it continued to reap significant profits even during the “turbulent war years”, as they themselves laconically describe those years.
In the period after the end of World War II and with the introduction of the Deutsche Mark as a new currency in 1948, Pax-Bank continued to grow and expand. In 1950 it began to train its future employees, while in 1952 it extended its services from churches and priests to monasteries, hospitals and orphanages.

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