December 30, 2016
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Ferrara, Italy – Censors seize anarchist comrade Alfredo Cospito’s article

Received by email:
Comrade Alfredo Cospito, imprisoned in the Ferrara AS2 unit for the kneecapping of Adinolfi and recently subjected to another arrest warrant within an operation named “Scripta Manent” – an operation that has led to yet another period of mail censorship by the jailers – writes to us and says his articles are being systematically seized.
In particular Alfredo sent a long contribution to a new editorial project, a new anarchist magazine of agitation and theoretical analysis which is due to come out early next year. 10 days after he sent his article, not getting a reply by the recipients who, unaware, were asking him to send his much-sought contribution, Alfredo became aware that his letter had been seized. In other words the responsible for the unit, whose sad disgusting job is to photocopy all incoming and out-going letters of prisoners subjected to censorship and send the copies to prosecutor Sparagna, had decided that spying was not enough in this case; that the comrade’s article was not to be send out at all.
A decision that at least has the merit of shedding light on the democratic regime’s repressive hypocrisies. Power is not only interested in the actions which respond with just violence to the much greater violence that the State and Capital commit every day in order to keep their domination going. Power, from the Turin anti-mafia judges to the miserable Ferrara jailer, doesn’t tolerate either that the imprisoned comrades continue to write, agitate, provoke and contribute, even by clashing, or the reflections of other individuals who don’t intend to be subdued.
You won’t succeed in isolating the imprisoned comrades.
We would rather have announced the publication of our magazine when it was actually ready to come out.
We’ll go ahead with our publication, with more pride in the knowledge that it’s already annoying the bureaucrats of repression. In the certainty that our complicity with Alfredo and the other imprisoned comrades definitely can’t only be expressed in all its joyful sincerity through the pages of a journal.

December 28, 2016
by actforfreedom

Noise Demo at the ‘very worst’ jail in the UK

Thurs 29th Dec, 6.30pm at HMP Hindley, Bickershaw, Wigan WN2 5TH
 HMP Hindley has been branded “the very worst prison ever seen” by a watchdog, with prisoners often banged up in their cells for days at a time, and very high levels of violence. Right now a prisoner takes their own life every 3 days, and many more harm themselves, at the highest rate since records began. “IPP” prisoners, trapped inside without a release date, are the most likely to kill and harm themselves.
This time of year will be a difficult time for prisoners and their friends and families on the outside. Let’s stand with prisoners & let them know they are not forgotten. Come to this prison demo with your loudest noisemakers, and let’s build the pressure on the Governor of HMP Hindley to act.
There will be lifts from Manchester and Liverpool. If you would like to have a lift or can offer to give others a lift then e-mail us at info@smashipp.org to arrange.
Hosted by Smash IPP and Manchester No Prisons

December 27, 2016
by actforfreedom

‘Nietzsche and Anarchy’ by Shahin

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Psychology for Free Spirits, Ontology for Social War
How is it possible to live free and joyful in this world of domination?
The key idea Nietzsche offers us is this: don’t hide from struggle in
fantasy worlds or imaginary futures, but affirm life, say yes to life
here and now. With all its violence, cruelty and loneliness; and all its
encounters of tenderness, wildness, delight and possibility.
The first part of the book is a reading of Nietzsche’s philosophy of
individual self-making. It begins with his radical psychology of
“drives”, which understands human beings as always multiple and always
open to change. It works through his theories of incorporation, herd
instinct, the sovereign individual, and slave morality, to reach the
image of the “free spirit” who stands against the norms and creates new
The second part builds on these Nietzschean ideas with others from more
recent thinkers, to develop an “ontology for social war”, a framework
for thinking through relations of conflict and affinity, power and
domination. It addresses questions such as: how do we form groups that
are not conformist herds? How do we spread anarchic desires, without
becoming advertisers or missionaries? How do we fight, without becoming
cruel or cold?
While the first part of the book can be read as an accessible
introduction to core aspects of Nietzsche’s thought, this is not a work
of scholarship but one individual’s use of some Nietzschean ideas as
weapons for self-transformation and social struggle.
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December 27, 2016
by actforfreedom

Chile – Trial preparation against anarchist comrades Juan, Nataly and Enrique ends

During the first week of December, the trial preparation was concluded against the comrades Nataly, Juan and Enrique who are accused of various explosive attacks against police stations and metro stations.
In this bureaucratic / judicial instance it is sought to establish what evidence will be presented in the oral trial.
We must remember that these comrades are being held in the former penitentiary, the maximum security section and San Miguel Prison while the prosecution for their part raises accusations that seek to sentence them for decades and decades of imprisonment.
It is expected that they will soon set a date for the completion of the trial as a culmination of the democratic inquisition to punish the rebellious insurrectionists.
All our solidarity with Juan Flores, Nataly Casanova and Enrique Guzman!
(via Publicacion Refractario, translated by Insurrection News)

December 27, 2016
by actforfreedom

Turin, Italy – Update on the comrades arrested on 29th November and 13th December

29th November – Police raided a number of homes and the Asilo squat, made arrests and delivered restrictive measures. Thirteen comrades were taken to the police station: Silvia, Stefano, Daniele and Antonio were eventually jailed in Le Vallette prison; whereas another nine comrades were served with orders of prohibition of residence in Turin. During the blitz the forces of order also arrested a comrade who didn’t have regular documents; he was released a few hours later with an invitation to leave the country on his own will in fifteen days. The accusation made against the thirteen dates back to 2nd May and relates to the resistance against an eviction in Barriera di Milano.
The charge pressed by prosecutor Andrea Padalino and then signed by preliminary investigation judge Loretta Bianco is violence to public official with the aggravating circumstance of having acted in collusion with more than ten people.

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December 25, 2016
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Lecce, Italy – Tattoo Circus at Villa Matta squat, via San Nicola 1, Lecce

– 8 tattooists available
– Photo exhibition ‘Relics from the 1990s’ – experiences of self-managed survival in the province
– Exhibitions, installations and graffiti
TUESDAY 27/12:
6pm – presentation of ‘Sanzvês and Manganèl’
DIY pamphlet by comrades from Emilia Romagna illustrating the role of Predappio – Mussolini’s birthplace– which has turned into a real mecca for fascist tourism. Celebrations, black merchandise and gatherings of people nostalgic for Mussolini’s regime make Predappio a meeting place for all extreme right groups thus becoming a target that must be struck and then a point from where to start a wider discussion on the struggle against neo-fascists, who are gaining ever more ground in Italy and the rest of Europe.
10pm – LIVE Punk/HC/Powerviolence with:
6pm – presentation of ‘La Lima’ solidarity fund
We’ll be discussing with comrades from Rome on the motives that led to the creation of a fund in support of those who struggle against repression, as they chose not to bow to the chains of power.
Between prison and restrictive measures to isolate individuals and break solidarity in the struggle, the repressive modalities of police and judges are getting even more insidious.
It is necessary to understand how State repression works, as is a proper reflection on our chance to react vigorously to the isolation that cages and court papers want to inflict on us.
10pm H – LIVE RAP with:
Followed by DJ ELECTRO All Night Long!
Support occupied spaces and the struggle against repression!

December 25, 2016
by actforfreedom

Zuydcoote (North): The only church that illuminates … – FRANCE

It was a woman visiting the cemetery who saw the smoke coming out of the church. Thanks to her, further damage was certainly avoided. This Friday, November 25, between noon and 1 pm, the religious building of Zuydcoote was completely ransacked. The perpetrator (s) of the incident entered the building, open to the public at this time of day, to engage in an act of gratuitous destruction.
Paintings upturned, furniture destroyed and statues overturned: nothing was spared. “The statue of Bernadette was completely destroyed. That of Mary is a mess. I had restored them a few years ago, these statues were valuable”, testifies Anita Denaes, guardian of the place for 10 years.
The tabernacle was also destroyed, but the ciborium that it protected was intact. This is the first time such an act has occurred in the commune. For the parishioners, the shock is immense. “It’s gratuitous wickedness. Clearly nothing has been stolen. The aim was to destroy”.
On leaving the premises, the perpetrators lit a fire using newspapers that were on site, destroying a church bench. Fortunately, fire-fighters quickly extinguished the fire that did not spread. The premises have been secured since. An investigation has been opened and entrusted to the Dunkerque – Hoymille research brigade. The gendarmes took much of the afternoon to pick up clues and fingerprints that will help the investigation.
A complaint was filed by the town hall, owner of the premises. The diocese should also do the same. Saturday evening, a funeral mass was planned in the church. It had to be postponed. The church will have to be closed for several days or even weeks.
Posted on November 26, 2016 by Attaque
Translated by Act for freedom now!

December 24, 2016
by actforfreedom

UPDATE: Hull prison on brink of riot as prisoners arrive from Birmingham – UK

The prison system on prison island is at last on the verge of outright rebellion tonight as Hull Prison is on the brink of a riot after 15 prisoners involved in the disturbance at HMP Birmingham on Friday were transferred to the jail.  Inmates inside the category B prison went on a violent rampage, attacking screws and set fire to CCTV cameras. It comes just two days after 600 inmates trashed four wings of the Winson Green prison in Birmingham, West Midlands.  Its revealed that screws were set upon and prisoners refused to return to their cells after the men from Birmingham arrived. The jail, home to more than 1,000 prisoners, was then put on lock down  following the disturbance.
Its claimed that HMP Hull is ‘a powder keg ready to go off! They are trying to incite riots here and we’ve had a really bad couple of days here. They set fire to the cameras just after they got here and a senior officer was assaulted by who we believe to be one of the main instigators of what happened in Birmingham.’ 
Read More: Major riot at Winson Green prison! Worst disorder since Strangeways!

December 24, 2016
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Germany Hambach Forest struggle, Hodei, Siao and Maya are FREE!

After they were imprisoned for 3 weeks, Hodei, Siao and Maya were released out of prison yesterday. ABC Rhineland now published a few more details about the release of the 3  Hambacher activists.
Yesterday we published a letter from prison, written by Siao and already reported that the 3 Hambacher activists were released. German police had arrested them 3 weeks ago. In a report ABC Rineland wrote that Hodei and Siao were accused of causing an explosion with explosive devices and possible severe bodily injury. They were imprisoned at the JVA Ossendorf prison in Cologne, Germany.
hambacher21Yesterday the state prosecutor withdrew the arrest warrant against both activists. It seems like the state prosecution no longer consider them to be the suspects they are looking for and has no evidence against both anarchists. Hodei and Siao were released immediately and received by lovely people who were waiting for them in front of the prison.
A few hours later Maya had a review of her remand in custody in a court in Düren, Germany. Maya refused again to give any information about her identity but  made a comment about her age. After May’s comment the court classified her as a minor and withdrew her arrest warrant. Maya now has to report herself to a police station once a week until her trial starts. After yesterdays court hearing Maya was also released from prison.
Until all are free no one is free!
via:Enough is Enough!

December 23, 2016
by actforfreedom
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UK , Bristol – Banners raised in solidarity with Aachen.

Last week two banners were raised on bridges above the Bristol to Bath cycle path in solidarity with those accused in various robbery cases in Aachen, Germany. One read ‘1 out. 2 to go. Free All Prisoners’, the other ‘Fuck the Banks. Solidarity with those accused of robbing them.’
Some good news has come of late, but the story is still not finished.
Fire to the Prisons.

December 23, 2016
by actforfreedom

Cremona , Italy: Sabotage of cell phone mast (11/2016)

c-i-cremona-italy-sabotage-of-cell-phone-mast-11-2-1“On a November night a cell phone mast was sabotaged near Cremona.
From city centre to suburbs, in solidarity to all anarchists hit by repression and imprisoned.
We like the Latin ‘Omnia sunt Communia’.”

December 22, 2016
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IGDCAST: Anarchist Organizing and Solidarity Inside and Outside of Mexican Prisons

Originally published to It’s Going Down
Translated by Scott Campbell
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 This is a special IGDCAST with Sofi, an anarchist compañera from Mexico City who is deeply involved in a variety of solidarity and organizing efforts with anarchist prisoners in Mexico. The audio interview is in Spanish, while below is an English transcription, along with two song MP3s you can download separately. If you want to see more in depth reporting on what is happening in Mexico, be sure to support our Mexico trip fundraiser.
We start off this episode with a recorded greeting from the Cimarrón Collective in North Prison in Mexico City. Then Sofi discusses the persecution and repression facing the anarchist movement in Mexico City as well as a review of the situation of four anarchist prisoners currently being held by the Mexican state. We look at the corruption, exploitation and neglect that occurs in Mexican prisons and what compañeros on the inside are doing to fight back. In particular, there is a focus on the Cimarrón Collective, a formation started by anarchist prisoner Fernando Bárcenas that has autonomously reclaimed space inside the North Prison and self-manages a variety of initiatives. For listeners, perhaps the most intriguing one will be their punk band, Commando Cimarrón. A couple of their songs are included in the podcast.
The interview then wraps up with discussion of a proposed amnesty for prisoners being put forward by “leftist” political parties in the Mexico City government and the response of our anarchist compañeros. Lastly, there are suggestions for how the struggle for their freedom can be supported from outside of Mexico. Throughout this post, we include links for more information, primarily in English, and photos of some of the art produced during workshops organized by the Cimarrón Collective.
Mexico City anarchists holding event for children during visiting day outside of prison.

Anarchists holding an event for children during visiting day outside of prison in Mexico City.

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December 21, 2016
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Santiago, Chile – Barricades of fire – Sebastián Oversluij Seguel presente!

c4c6c2We re-appropriate time, meaning that we recover it, we steal it. Only via this way are we able to be in communion with other individuals to raise an operational coordination with the aim of questioning and striking the established order. Convinced of this we appeared with barricades on several streets and avenues of Santiago taking action against the existing order that the powerful intend to dominate us with.

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December 21, 2016
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Oaxaca, Mexico – Explosive attack on Santander Bank and PRODECON (11/12/2016)

On 11th December 2013 anarchist comrade Sebastián Oversluij was murdered by a security guard as he was trying to rob a bank in Chile.
Today we decided to attack a branch of Santander Bank and a PRODECON* office (of the ministry of Finance) in Oaxaca.
We remember this episode after three years not because we want to turn the comrade into a martyr or victimise his death, but in the name of all the illegal and clandestine actions that are taking place, took place and will take place in this war.
We point out that we (BAIBF/Bruno Filippi Informal Action Brigade) have nothing to do with the leftist pseudo-anarchists who are taken by and defend the interests of social and union organizations, as we have chosen individual antagonist informal affinities, and for the total destruction of this prison society and all its structures.
We are in full complicity with our comrades on the run and with all those who conspire and attack in clandestinity. This action is also a warm hug to all the prisoners locked up in the institutions of all the shit States.
Bruno Filippi Informal Action Brigade
*Taxpayer Defence Attorney Office
via: autistici.org/cna/2016/12/14/oaxaca-messico-attacco-esplosivo-contro-banca-santander-e-prodecon-11122016/
Translated from Italian by act for freedom now!
From Anarhija.info

December 21, 2016
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Ferrara, Italy – Update on anarchist prisoner Divine Umoru

An update on the situation of Divine Umoru, anarchist prisoner held up in the Ferrara AS2 unit on charges of possession of potentially explosive material.
Judges have once again refused to grant Divine house arrest, this time at his mother’s home in Bologna (they had already refused house arrest in a comrade’s home). The pretexts were the fact they didn’t have availability of electronic bracelets and Divine’s subversive frequentations in Bologna.
Their intention concerning Divine seems that of organizing a one-way direct trip to Nigeria. He left Nigeria as a child, when he came to Italy with his family. If this is what they want we must act so that it doesn’t happen and it is every Anarchist’s responsibility to act in this respect.
In the coming days an appeal trial will be held against the refusal to grant house arrest.
Many Anarchists are currently imprisoned in the Italian state’s jails, but we call on everybody not to leave Divine and many other anarchists isolated, doing everything possible to keep the contact between inside and outside alive…
More updates to follow…
To write to him:
Divine Umoru
Via Arginone 327
44122 – Ferrara
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December 21, 2016
by actforfreedom

Florence, Italy – Fire to Postamat

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December 21, 2016
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Turin, Italy – ‘In twenty-four hours’: more words on yesterday’s repressive operation

chien-adalouWell, we have been sensing something nastier than usual in the air these last few days. As police were raiding some homes in Aurora yesterday morning to deliver arrests and restrictive measures, some comrades were already on the roof of the squat in corso Giulio 45, while others were at the main entrance having breakfast together. Recently, in fact, plain clothes police and carabinieri patrols in the neighbourhood, rumours concerning an imminent eviction and the awareness that things are changing in the neighbourhood, had put the squatters on the alert. But we’ll talk more calmly about this shit in the next days.
Police also went to the occupied Asilo and to private homes, making searches and taking thirteen comrades to the police station: Silvia, Stefano, Daniele and Antonio were arrested and then taken to Le Vallette prison; whereas another nine comrades were served with orders banning them from residing in Turin. During the blitz the forces of order also arrested a comrade who didn’t have regular documents; he was released a few hours later with an invitation to leave the Italian soil of his own will within fifteen days.

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December 21, 2016
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Italy: Operation “Scripta Manent” — Solidarity poster (12/2016)

And how many others have realized that they have lived
only for the monotonous tick-tock of the clocks.
It is a great joy
to see blow up
barracks, courthouses and
agents of Power.
The system and its structures are not abstract, they are clearly visible;
the perpetrators have names and surnames
and they can be easily identified.
To each his own choice.
Since 2003 various cells of Informal Anarchist Federation have carried out dozens of direct actions across Italy. On September 6th with operation “Scripta Manent” the State have imprisoned 8 anarchist comrades, accusing them of some of these actions. We don’t need to know who carried out these actions and if there are any connections with the arrested comrades. Our heart will continue to beat with everyone who choose a path of non submission and of attack on Power.
Solidarity with Valentina, Danilo, Anna, Marco, Sandro, Daniele, Nicola, Alfredo and with all anarchist imprisoned everywhere.