Translated by sysifus/Actforfreedomnow! together with ContraInfo With respect and solidarity
Letter from the imprisoned members of the CCF on the new prosecutions
The choice of claiming responsibility and not capitulation
We as Conspiracy of Cells of Fire-imprisoned members, chose and claimed responsibility from inside the prison for our participation in our project. The responsibility claim is the least way to defend and honour the most beautiful acts that we share. Not as a memory that fades away after our arrests but as a living reality and prospect of carrying on our actions in the continuous present, the here and now.
We believe that the responsibility claim and the words we express through this contribute decisively to the intensification of anarchist action. It is an open offence towards the apologetic low-key stance that the prosecutors and interrogaters wanted to extract from us. This attitude reveals the existence of two different worlds. A world of power on one side and on the other the world of anarchy, which are in perpetual war with each other. The responsibility claim in no way constitutes a self-referential choice, but is a conscious extension of the way someone lives as an anarchist urban guerilla.
It is also a signal, a connection with the comrades from outside. An answer to the question that has never been asked. That some choices of battle are worth fighting for despite their cost. It’s a way to publicly defend the action, the path and our experience directly and openly. It is an individual existential mutiny in captivity which inevitably meets with the collective process of the attempted destruction of modern civilization. We do not believe that the responsibility claim is a sacrifice in the name of an idea; on the contrary, it is the idea that is sacrificed off the field of inoffensive symbolisms to its transformation into praxis.
From the beginning of our actins we have left the syndrome of fear of arrest and prison out of our baggage. We know that captivity is often a temporary station in the path of an anarchist urban guerrilla. So we left all legal inhibitions and hesitations behind us, remaining unrepentant in our choice. The choice of guerrilla action and the spreading of anarchy. On the contrary surrender and defeat does not dwell in us even for a moment. We never bowed and will never bow our heads to interrogators and judges. So this is why by refusing so much to appear either in the interrogating agencies as well as the courtrooms, whether with our refusal to appear or with our absolutely offensive presence, we abolish the language of laws, of compromise and capitulation. Besides, it is contradictory to say the least to respect laws after one has passionately declared absolute war against power and its culture of law.
Even when the enemy has no evidence against us, as in the case of the 250 C.C.F. Attacks, not a word of apology, nor any evidence of innocence or alibis will be obtained from us.
It is a fact that all the investigating authorities have in their hands is the responsibility claim that we made of our participation in the conspiracy. Besides, the practice and strategy of every conspiratorial group of anarchist direct action is to not leave behind ‘incriminating’ evidence, only traces and fire that carve an indelible scar on the face of the world of exploitation, hypocrisy and isolation
II) Let’s attack the managers and superiors of this civilisation.
This is what power wants to hit. The decision of some people to not kneel before the world of idols. In the world of dead objects, TV screens, advertising messages, police batons, prisons. In order to hit this choice, fear must win. Fear of arrest, prison, death. Judges, prosecutors and interrogators are working day and night for this dictatorship of fear. At the same time all of them want to represent the anarchist urban guerilla and the fighting groups and promote them as caricatures of misery and power sickness. Thus, they assign certain indictments to comrades as instigators or with managerial positions. But an anarchist group is not contaminated by the poison of power. There are neither leaders nor followers. There are only free autonomous individuals who put their hostility to this rotten system into practice. Pure strong action like the fire that burns inside us. If prosecutors and interrogators have learned to follow the orders of their political superiors, they must know that an untamable spirit does not take orders from anyone and does not give his conscience a boss. If they are looking for managers, ‘instigators’ or agents, let them look in the mirror. An anarchist collective has no centralized hierarchical structure. It acts through horizontal assemblies with mutiny as its compass. Specifically, the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire is a network of autonomous cells which works feverishly for the destruction of the authoritarian world. This is our wager and we will never give up.
III) The fire continues to burn inside us – the wager of FAI / IRF
A wager that we never abandoned, also inside the prisons where we are right now. We remain alive without bowing to discipline in our punitive transfers in which they take their revenge in the special conditions that they try to impose on us. We keep the passion for freedom inextinguishable and relive even for a moment in the beauty of a small guerrilla action such as the moments that we experienced in our recent escape attempt. The war we have declared on power knows no truce. This frightens the enemy, who tries to silence us in every way. That there are repeated prosecutions brought against us even for a text written in prison is not accidental. The fact that the State is even afraid of our words, gives us new strength, new smiles. Because it means that our words are escaping from the cells of captivity and meeting new comrades seeking to plan their own battles against power.
At the same time our mutiny is associated with the FAI international conspiracy (Informal Anarchist Federation) promoting the prospect of an international revolutionary front. Messengers of chaos send from everywhere their messages of insubordination through fire, explosions and vandalism, eliminating the takeover of power in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, England, Spain, Italy, Indonesia, in Russia and anywhere the projects of FAI / IRF are spreading. The F.A.I. is an invitation to think, talk, express our desires, exist as free and autonomous individuals, not as shadows of a sad imitation of ourselves hostage to the conventions and constraints of power. Conspiring against the State means I breathe freely. Every day in our insubordination, in prison, in anarchist illegality, in our subversive plans, in our stormy discussions, our noisy actions, in our explosive feelings we conquer more breaths of freedom. The support and promotion of the projects of the FAI / IRF is the unrepentant choice to continue to live passionately and subversively cutting once and for all the bridges of a return to the normality of a quiet peaceful and law-abiding life.
In this frantic course, there can be no illusions. It is expected that the opponent makes up their own plans as well. It paves the way for its counter-attack at the communication and militaristic level. The retaliation of the repression is organizing to consolidate fear inside subversive circles.
IV. The coordinated and orchestrated anti-anarchist campaign, which was launched in September 2009 with the first arrests against the CCF, is not yet a closed case.
In the last two and a half intervening years a lot has happened. For every blow that the Conspiracy was making, the Anti-Terrorist Unit was inventing a new arrest. How many people were detained and photographed for headlines and news bulletins, until it was finally proven that they had nothing to do with our case… Who can forget the arrest of fans of AEK’s football team who carried petards, which was featured as the arrest of members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire? The State has declared a regime of emergency against the circles of subversive anarchy. But the regime of an ‘emergency status’ marks the death of reason. A typical example of this is the recent media manipulation, on the State’s part, of a time-delay incendiary device’s placement in an empty subway car. Apart from how this action was distorted, in order to construct new phobic syndromes in regards to the new urban guerrilla warfare, two wanted anarchist revolutionaries, G.M. and D.P., were singled out and then named as this hit’s perpetrators. The paradox in this case is that the anti-terrorist wizards themselves declare they have no evidence whatsoever (DNA, surveillance cameras, fingerprints, eyewitness testimonies) against the two comrades, nevertheless are sure of their involvement. This is the trans-evolution of the ‘scientific’ inquiries by the Anti-Terrorist Unit. The certainty of cops alone will suffice for some people’s ‘culpability’. So, now the players are known and the deck is marked. It is no coincidence that a few days later a new circle of investigations began regarding the 250 attacks of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, for which also the wanted comrades G.M. and D.P. have been summoned. At the same time, the renowned inquisitors Mokkas and Baltas call along with us also all those who have been accused for the Conspiracy’s case, although they bear no relation to the organization.
This is the culmination of the State’s machinated anti-anarchist operation, which arrested persons on grounds unrelated to the Conspiracy, and still presents them as members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, in order to prolong their hostage situation.
In short, the Conspiracy serves the interrogators as the sinker for new prosecutions, which submerges irrelevant cases and rebaptizes them as ‘participation in a terrorist organization’.
This tactic bears similarities that are strongly reminiscent of the case of the Italian phantom organization O.R.A.I., which was invented by the renowned prosecutor Marini; an organization which, in this specific case, even though it did not exist, became the alibi of the prosecuting authorities for a series of prosecutions and imprisonments against insurrectionary comrades.
At our end, we do not intend to concede even the slightest suspicion of retreat and ceasefire to the interrogators. We remain unrepentant, increasing the density of the collision.
‘We’re not retreating, we stand firm; we’re not trying, we can; we’re not begging, we rob; we’re not extinguishing, we burn; we’re not anticipating, we look forward. The Conspiracy will never be arrested because it’s not simply an organization, but rather a stream of ideas, and ideas are always elusive. The day isn’t yet marked on the calendar. All months, all weeks, all days are always available. A day will be marked with a smile, the smile of meeting again for the continuation of OUR adventure…’
Imprisoned Members Cell of
the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire