November 18, 2017
November 18, 2017
Paolo is at Uta [Province of Cagliari, Sardinia], he is fine, he’s in a wing with the other prisoners and in a cell with one of the two accomplices with whom he was arrested. He has asked for some stamps. There is no news about hearing dates or anything else, this week he had his first visits and does not seem to have any problems getting mail.
To write to him:
Casa Circondariale Ettore Scalas
2 strada ovest Z.I.
Further updates coming soon
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Statement from Walter Bond recorded by the North American Animal
Liberation Press Office on 11/15/17 :
“Since my arrival in Greenville two-and-a-half years ago, my
communications with the world have been made incredibly difficult and at
times impossible. I have been repeatedly denied books, magazines,
letters and pictures. It’s standard operating procedure that my mail –
be it my email or snail mail — is habitually days, weeks and even
months late. It is not at all uncommon for my mail, both incoming and
outgoing, to simply never arrive.”
“I’ve been…. I’ve even been denied copies of my own book, “Always
Looking Forward,” which I wrote in prison and is approved for me to have. “
“It has also become impossible for me to adhere to my Vegan diet,
because none of the so-called “meat options” offered at Greenville,
Illinois are even close to Vegan. Because of this, I have been forced at
great cost to my friends, family and supporters to pay outrageously for
foods from the commissary that continue to be an inadequate version….”
“I have tried now for over a year to obtain a transfer from FCI
Greenville, Illinois closer to New York City where I intend to live upon
my release, but I have been denied this as well through petty and
irrelevant disciplinary reports.”
“Despite all of this, I have maintained years of patience, quietly
awaiting my freedom. But, my cooperation has got me nothing.”
“So in the tradition of A.L.F. activists before me, such as Barry Horne,
I am going on hunger strike. I will not eat anything and will starve
until these issues are remedied.”
“I’m asking everybody in the Animal Rights and Anarchist communities to
stand with me with your protests and actions of solidarity.”
“You can reach the institution concerning my health and well-being at
Huge Update: After 17 months incarcerated in isolation in a foreign men’s prison, Kara had her trial in late September. Today, on November 14th, she was released from prison! Kara and her support team would like to give a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who wrote to Kara, donated to her legal/commissary fund, and made the hellish existence of prison without a set release date a little more bearable.
Kara needs our financial support to reintegrate into world outside of the prison walls. Follow this link to donate to her freedom fund. ftp!!
Movement is a basic necessity. In order to work, to study, to look for work, to entertain ourselves, it is necessary to move. In the modern big cities that we inhabit, the distances that we have to travel are enormous. For students, low-paid workers, lower class people in general who are unable to buy and maintain a private means of transport, the only way to move is with the mass transport system. If we take into account that when mass transportation doesn’t work (e.g. during a strike) the city is paralyzed, it is easy to see how transportation is not a privilege but a necessary gear for the functioning of the metropolis. The very design of the metropolis is based on a network of fast mass transit of workers to their jobs and consumers to consumerist centres.
We conclude that the mass transport system is an essential link for both the operation of the city and the profits of capital itself, which could not be made without a suitable transit network. In Athens, specifically, this need is covered by OASA, which, although funded by State contributions, is moving increasingly in the logic of a private company. So, it is forcing passengers to pay for tickets, seeing moving not a social necessity but a privilege. At the same time the OASA is spending tens of millions on new control and snitching systems, does not service the vehicles, leaves the cleaners unpaid and cuts off or reduces routes that are unprofitable. In addition, the new restructuring includes ticket increases, new ways of repressing “stowaways”, as well as sophisticated systems of control and surveillance.
November 11, 2017
THE ROTTEN SYSTEM AND THE ABSENCE OF RESISTANCE ARE THE REASONS FOR THE ROTTING OF SOCIETY
Almost 10 years after the outbreak of the crisis with the collapse of the financial system, bank bankruptcy, and seven years after the commencement of the era of the memorandum and the monitoring of the country by the troika (IMF, EC, ECB), the social base in this country has suffered the strongest blow since the Second World War.
Greek puppet governments have definitively delegated substantial economic and political governance to EU supranational organizations and indirectly to the capital markets and are imposing new measures of social euthanasia for large sections of the population in this country, they are now insignificant for their added value to capitalist wealth. That’s why it does not matter if they disappear. This condition of condemnation is also a prerequisite for the survival of the system itself, for the preservation of the political regime, for the perpetuation of capitalism.
The government’s propaganda to overcome the crisis and return the Greek economy to a recovery path is a common European lie to showcase the supposed success of the programs and memoranda, to allow the EU to be removed from the obligation to continue to financially support the Greek regime and to let the capital markets take the lead from the EU in the recycling of Greek debt and speculation through it. A debt that regime agents already admit that if not drastically reduced in the immediate future will force the Greek state to declare bankruptcy. Not least that the exit to the markets of the Greek state will further exacerbate the already exaggerated Greek debt, which now exceeds 180% of GDP.
The message, however, that the world’s powerful have taken from these years with the rescue policies of the system by the central banks and governments that have put the whole weight of the crisis that the rich created on the backs of the peoples: whatever they do they have their pack animals, the social base, to bear the crisis and produce profits.
On the morning of October 28, 2017, comrade Konstantinos ‘Dinos’ Yigtzoglou was captured by the anti-terrorist police. The arrest order, issued by Special Prosecutor E. Nikopoulos, was based on accusations of belonging to a terrorist organization and attempted murder for the letter bomb attack against former-Prime Minister Papadimos. The accusations are based on a mixture of genetic material that was allegedly collected and stored from objects following clashes with law enforcement during a demonstration in 2011, in which the comrade was arrested. This mixture, supposedly related to the explosive attack, is alleged to have been found by the police in the remains of the letter bomb, along with the DNA of Papadimos. The charges against the comrade, combined with the material allegedly found in his possession during his arrest have led to him being prosecuted under the ‘anti-terrorism law’ (187A).
On the same day, a comrade from Konstantinos’s circle of friends was arrested. It is a constant tactic of the anti-terrorist unit to target people from an arrested person’s family or circle of friends as a form of intimidation, and as an attempt to politically and physically isolate detainees. On October 29, Dinos was brought before the investigating judge for a continuation of the detention order, and was warned that he only had 3 days to prepare for his hearing.
As activists we must know the dangers of the cyberspace, and learn how to protect our privacy. Avoiding the use of telecommunication tools is not an option. But either we own the technology we use or the technology owns us.
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We wanted to dedicate this action to all our kidnapped
friends, or those who have been kidnapped once, by setting fire to 4 trucks from
one of the biggest milk companys in finland named valio. The action took place
in a city named tampere in the early morning hours of this tuesday.
Many of our cell have wanted to target this company for a long time. We think that it is not
necessary to explain too much the reason of our selection: the milk industry has
a long history of destruction, cruelty and torture on this planet, its ecosystem
and their habitants. Like our friends the cows and the forests. Who are cruelly
abused and murdered or destroyed by the production of milk.”
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When extensive strikes and workers’ and students’ riots took place in France at 1968, one of the slogans back then was “All power to the imagination”. Czech police and courts now have their own interpetation. They assert their authority through fostering their own imagination.
When police wanted the arrest warrant on me, their claimed reasons for that were speculative statements and bunch of random bullshit. Obviously, it was enough for getting the warrant. It is even scary, how powerful their imagination can be.
It was written in certain documents: „Lukáš B. doesn’t have any permanent residence in Czech republic. Based on current investigation it was found out, that in time of October 2015 till December 2015 he was moving on the territory of Slovakian republic in Žilina town surroundings. Then, at April/May he was moving in Slovenia in Ljubljana city surroundings. From that place he moved most probably to Holland, accompanied by (person’s name). Then, it was found out, that at the beginning of summer (June 2016) Lukáš Borl took part in secret meeting of militant animal right defenders Animal liberation front (ALF), which took place at France, in Marseille sity surroundings, under name RAT ATTACK. From the uncovered communication it is clear, that že Lukáš B. plans to travel alongside the coast of Italy, France to the border of Belgium and Netherlands, where he is supposed to have a job – photographing for magazine about migration. Special sings of searched person: brown hair, beard, 8-10 dreadlocks on the head, 15-20 cm long.“
What kind of investigation could lead to writing such a nonsense? In all this construction there is only one true statement – at that time I truly didn’t have a permanent residence in Czech republic. What kind of communication police have “uncovered”, if they deduce absolutely false statements? Apparently, all the investigation and “uncovered” communication took place only in police officers’ heads. Just casual excogitation, as we can call it. Of course, police will think of a better name for what they do, simply because to admit that their authority leans on excogitation and investigation inability, is not tactical at all.
The Scripta Manent trial will begin on 16th November in the bunker courtroom in the prison of Turin.
Anarchist comrades Alfredo Cospito, Anna Beniamino, Danilo Cremonese and Nicola Gai will not be allowed to be present in the courtroom and will be subjected to video conferencing from the high surveillance units AS2 where they are locked up.
Anarchist comrades Marco Bisesti, Valentina Speziale and Alessandro Mercogliano are allowed to be in the courtroom but they refuse to participate in the trial in solidarity with the comrades subjected to video conferencing.
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“Davide has been on indefinite hunger strike since 4th November as a response to the jail:
Against the prohibition of being present at the next hearing in Cagliari on 14th February, against article 14bis with its total solitary confinement and its extension for another six months, against its jails, its cells and its prison domination.
In solidarity and closeness to the comrades arrested following operation Scripta Manent whose trial begins on 16th November.
Let direct, beautiful, rebel, enflamed solidarity warm our hearts.
Up with those who continue to struggle behind bars and those who don’t submit but rebel.
A warm embrace.”
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On Thursday 19th October the court of cassation held a session of the trial against a comrade accused of instigation to commit crime following an article published in the anarchist monthly ‘Invece’ in May 2012.
The article is about a book written by Pierpaolo Sinconi, a carabinieri captain. He took part in war missions in Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo and Iraq. He was a tutor in training centres for peacekeeping in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. He’s a member of a group of experts in peacekeeping and peacebuilding from ‘G8’ countries. And since 2006 he’s being teaching International Law and Humanitarian International Law at the Stability Police Units Centre in Vicenza.
The crime in question is ‘instigation to commit crime’.
In spite of the fact that the article was signed, the ROS of Rome and Trento made investigations to identify the author; hence the raids carried out in September 2013.
The sentence to one year and three months imprisonment was confirmed; moreover the prosecutor declared that the possibility to appeal to the cassation was inadmissible and therefore the comrade will also face a fine.
Being the sentence below three years, there no immediate arrest; request for possible alternatives to prison can be made within 30 days.
AGAINST THOSE WHO MAKE A LIVING OUT OF WAR, PAINT IS THE MINIMUM!
Anarchists from Trento and Rovereto
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About Sam and her case: Sam Faulder is an anarchist prisoner currently serving a life sentence in England. Sam is a miscarriage of justice who has done over ten years in the prison system.
She has been an anti-authoritarian her whole life and was relentlessly targeted by police because of her lifestyle choices. After serving nearly two years on remand, Sam’s trial was a disaster. Police corruption impacted her trial and her solicitor firm withdrew from her case three weeks before it began. Her need to appeal coincided with cuts to legal-aid and she has been trapped in the prison system ever since. She is now working with Cardiff University’s Innocence Project on her appeal. Learn more about her case and appeal here: http://freedomforsam.org/about/
About Sam’s health: After ten years experiencing every abuse imaginable, Sam was sadly diagnosed with cancer in 2016. She has still not had treatment. She has experienced intense medical neglect while being imprisoned in a for-profit prison, HMP Peterborough, run by Sodexo. Read the full story of her cancer situation here: http://freedomforsam.org/sams-cancer-timeline/
Support Sam needs:
Please send letters and cards with solidarity messages to: Samantha Faulder A1209CF, HMP Foston Hall, Foston, Derby, Derbyshire, DE65 5DN
Please donate to her support fund: http://freedomforsam.org/donate/
Organise actions and dedicate them to Sam, this will mean the world to her!
Pay attention to the website for action alerts about her treatment
Share her story online
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On 12th April 2017 parliament approved the Minniti-Orlando bill containing new regulations concerning international security and aims at increasing the percentage of deportation of irregular migrants.
In other words, it envisages the construction of real concentration camps where prisoners are labelled with a number, under the name of CPRs (permanent centres for repatriation), which are to take the place of the old CIEs (centres of identification and deportation, Bossi-Fini bill, 2002). There will be a CPR in each region, up to a total of 1,600 places and each centre will be able to hold a maximum of 100 people. Following protests staged by humanitarian organizations, Minniti gave assurances that the centres are to be set up far from the cities and close to airports so as to make deportations faster and keep sleeping consciences at peace.
An ideal context for the future CPR in the Lombardy region is that of the ex-barracks Serini in Montichiari, where the airport can be linked directly to the detention centre: out of sight, out of mind. In fact in May Montichiari was identified as a municipality willing to host the CPR in Lombardy; the end of construction works and the opening of the centre were proposed for next spring. In line with other European governments, the Italian government is therefore taking part in the erection of walls and barbed wire and tightening the laws on immigration and the control of the national population. Therefore the CPR in Montichiari is just one of the many contexts of social repression, which will lead to further militarization on a local level on the pretext of more alleged security.
Forced migration is just the consequence of decades of terrible wars and bombardments that have been devastating the earth in the name of the economy and the interests of power. We want to struggle against the opening of the CPR, but far away from the identity and racist hatred that has pushed fascist and Northern League movements to stage protests at the Serini barracks in recent months. We are also far from so-called ‘welcoming’, whose purpose is that of regulating, filing, cataloguing and moving undocumented people around as if they are merchandise, so that these people can be better controlled, as well as infantilizing who is perceived as different. History is repeating itself: there are first-rate individuals and second-rate individuals. From welcome centres to CPRs, here is another cog that increases the efficiency of a machine and defines a system even more based on the isolation of the individual.
The choice: to be a cog or to be sand that jams this mechanism of segregation and slavery?
Enemies of all cages
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The Greek version of the book by an ex-prisoner and anarchist Ihar Alinevich was published by “Solidarity Fund for prisoners and persecuted militants”. Solidarity fund is a nationwide structure consisting of individual assemblies in various towns, with initial target the consistent and constant support of those persecuted or imprisoned for their subversive actions and their participation in the social struggles. All these years of its existence the Solidarity Fund, besides financial support, also organizes political interventions with events, book presentations, publications and translations of books or texts of prisoners. In this context, the book “On the Way to Magadan” was translated from an imprisoned Greek comrade and published from S.F. The proceeds from this book are given for the financial support of political prisoners and persecuted militants.
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Belarusian anarchist Ihar Alinevich was arrested on the 28th of November 2010 at Moscow by plaincloth cops and was transported illegally to Minsk in KGB prison. He was prosecuted for a variety of actions and was sentenced to 8 years of colony along with his comrades Mikalai Dziadok and Aliaksandr Franskevich.
The book “On the Way to Magadan” reflects what is happening in modern Belarus. It is about the choice that one has to make between life and death, freedom and imprisonment, conscience and betrayal. Whatever happened to Ihar, it happened in real life in the 21st century, in a “civilized” European country, before and after the 2010 presidential election. The book “On the Way to Magadan” is Belarus without censorship.
On Wednesday 8/9, on the initiative of the Cumulonimbus anarchist group
and the valuable contribution of comrades, an intervention
took place in which slogans outside Corfu prison were shouted in
solidarity with anarchist Christoforos Cortesis.
The comrade was transferred there recently, he is imprisoned on charges of
being a member of Revolutionary Struggle, a charge he denies.
Tuesday, October 31, our comrade Paolo was arrested along with his two accomplices immediately following a robbery in a post office in a suburb of Cagliari. After leaving the post office they tried to get away, but the infamy of a bystander provided very precise information to the cops, who were therefore able to organize an encirclement and intercept them as they were driving away.
They offered no resistance. Clothes and weapons used in the robbery were found in the car.
All our closeness and solidarity to them. We do not know why they made this choice, and we do not care. We know that whoever organizes to deprive the State and bosses of what they need, do the right thing, always.
But, we are disgusted by those people who from a “sense of civic duty” (expression used by the chief of police of Cagliari) snitch on those who organize and act to have what they need, taking from what by nature is the worst exploiter in the world, the State.
On the side of those who do not bow their heads.