February 16, 2010
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DEMO IN SOLIDARITY WITH YARL’S WOOD HUNGER STRIKERS WEDNESDAY 17th FEBRUARY

6.30pm-7.30pm, OUTSIDE HOLLOWAY PRISON, Parkhurst Road, London N7 0NU

On Thursday 4th February 84 women started a hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood
Immigration Detention Centre near Bedford, demanding their release.

On Monday 8th December the hunger strikers were locked up by the
centre’s guards for 8 hours, without access to water or toilet
facilities. Four women were picked out as “ringleaders” and were taken to
various prisons. All are now incarcerated in HMP Holloway.

We are calling for the immediate release of the “Yarls Wood 4” and all
the other women still on hunger strike in the centre.

Please come and demonstrate outside HMP Holloway this Wednesday
between 6.30-7.30pm. Bring banners and instruments.

CLOSE ALL DETENTION CENTRES! STOP DEPORTATION!

February 15, 2010
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Reminding us of its nationalist/fascist roots, as the carefully stage-managed 2010 Olympics gets underway in Vancouver, around a billion dollars have been expended on security theater measures. While Canadian authorities want to encourage people to attend the Olympics, Canadian border and customs officials (Canadian Border Services Agencies) have teamed up to suppress the movement of Indymedia and other independent media reporters into Canada.

http://tc.indymedia.org/2010/feb/uscanadian-joint-homeland-security-suppression-indymedia-journalists-controversial-widely-o

Reminding us of its nationalist/fascist roots, as the carefully stage-managed 2010 Olympics gets underway in Vancouver, around a billion dollars have been expended on security theater measures. While Canadian authorities want to encourage people to attend the Olympics, Canadian border and customs officials (Canadian Border Services Agencies) have teamed up to suppress the movement of Indymedia and other independent media reporters into Canada.

The deeply corrupt US Department of Homeland Security has also been hassling indy reporters denied entry overland into Canada. Indy journalists John Weston Osburn (Interview), Dawn Zuppelli and Ted Forsyth from Rochester NY IMC, and Martin Macias Jr. have all been harassed. Osburn was refused entry into Canada and abused by DHS; Macias was deported, then treated abusively by the DHS lunatics controlling entry on the Canadian border.

There has been plenty of fodder for independent journalists to cover, as US & Canadian authorities gear up yet another ‘live exercise’ style mega-security psychological operation, featuring ‘Medium’ Range Acoustic Device sound cannon (MRAD, similar to the G20 LRAD), and the usual inept police attempts at false-flag provocateur and infiltration operations.

More: Live portal: 2010.mediacoop.ca | No2010.com | Vancouver Media Co-op | Submedia.TV | Committee to Protect Bloggers | Student Activism and the Olympics | OlympicResistance.net: About | Crossing the Border into Canada | Schedule | Censorship Gallery – 2010 Legal Observer Program | CJFE Olympic Watch.

The Vancouver Integrated Security Unit has been the highest-profile police unit hassling people, and apparently has refused to publicly rule out deploying agent provocateurs. Dec. 3: ORN Responds to Police Allegations of Undercover Cop | Vancouver Sun: Jamie Graham disclosed Olympic undercover operation.

Anti-Olympic organizers point out the International Olympic Committee is a corrupt globalist institution parallel with the WTO, IMF and other organizations that funnel public money into private hands. Police repression, budget-busting graft, and gentrification/displacement are the three major features of the Olympics wherever they go, as noted by sports writer Dave Zirin (EdgeofSports.com) interviewed on Submedia.tv. After hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns leading to massive austerity measures including teacher layoffs in Vancouver, a poll estimated forty percent of BC residents support anti-Olympic protests. (Zirin in SI: People dreading Games)

CBSA policy: MANAGING ACCESS TO CANADA: “Security: They have engaged in, or there are reasonable grounds to believe they will engage in, spying, subversion or terrorism, or they belong to organizations that have engaged in, or will engage in, these activities.” Subversion probably equals “bad PR” in their minds.

False Flag crib notes! Internet conspiracy researchers have noted various features of possible staged terrorist attacks that might be tried to justify the security spending: Could Vancouver 2010 be the next 9/11? (UPDATED 2-7-10) « Dprogram.net. Amusing factors include missing Canadian security uniforms, a missing two tons of ammonium nitrate involving Dyno Nobel, run by the father of CIA operative Michael Riconosciuto; Canexus shipping dangerous chlorine chemicals by rail; Iran & that recent ‘Bin Laden’ warning; the Canadian Parliament is ‘prorogued’ or suspended, possibly allowing emergency measures by fiat (NORAD says the PM can shoot down hijacked planes); a North American military integration or “Civil Assistance Plan”; the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has shut down; 2400 cancelled surgeries in BC-area hospitals; the dubious Israeli security firm ICTS/Verint, frequently involved with ‘weird’ terror incidents, has installed cameras in the Vancouver airport and elsewhere. Verint also provides the Internet “sniffer boxes” that illegally funnel Internet data via AT&T exchanges into the National Security Agency; sources have cited Verint tech as a backdoor for Israelis into the US telecom infrastructure; Peter Power, involved with the London 7/7 drills, is now @ the Canadian Center for Emergency Preparedness. (Tons more links here)

The 2010 Olympics are also a “Joint Maritime Border Operation” of the U.S. and Canada and anti-journalist measures could be carried out under this rubric.

Olympic Security/Zoning maps: http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/bylaws/2010/SCHEDC.pdf

Free speech zones & homeless displacement: CBC News – British Columbia – 2010 Olympic security plans include ‘free speech areas’

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Feb 6: Committee to Protect Bloggers » Independent media reporter rejected at U.S./Canada border

Martin Macias Jr., an independent media reporter from Chicago travelling to cover the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC, has been rejected by Canadian border agents and held without outside contact for at least 7 hours (as of 9pm) today. Macias arrived in Vancouver from Chicago (via Minneapolis) on a 11:30am Delta Airlines flight on Saturday, February 6, 2010.

He was detained for hours by Canada Border Services agents in the Vancouver International Airport and questioned about his plans during the Olympics. Ultimately he was refused entry to Canada. He was then put on an Alaskan Airlines flight to the Seattle / Tacoma Airport (departing at 2:40pm). As of 9pm he had not been able to contact legal counsel or his travelling companion since before his rejection at the border. The information on his rejection was only made available through the US Consulate. It is routine for people rejected at the border to be interrogated by both Canadian and US border agents; he may well still be detained for questioning in the USA at this point. Although he is entitled to a phone call and legal counsel, nothing has been heard from Macias since about 2pm when he still expected to be able to enter Canada as planned.

Martin was travelling to Vancouver for political events during the Olympic Resistance Network anti-Olympic convergence and to document the effects of the Winter Olympics on the communities of Vancouver. He was to leave Vancouver for the USA on Feb. 11. He was travelling with political organizer Bob Quellos of No Games Chicago, who was allowed to enter Canada. They were both to be picked up by Chris Shaw, a member of the Olympic Resistance Network, local Olympic critic, and author of ‘The Five Ring Circus’ who himself has been questioned and detained when travelling to a sports conference in the UK and repeatedly approached by members of the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit (Olympic policing body) regarding his political activities.

Canadian border agents, police, and intelligence units have been actively surveilling, questioning and harassing opponents of the Olympic Games (and their associates and families) for years. Media, such as Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, have been subject to questioning and increased scrutiny as well.

Macias (20 years old) was a leading member of No Games Chicago – which successfully opposed Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is a youth organizer for the Chicago Environmental Justice Coalition, and Comite 10 de marzo, an immigrant rights organization. He is also a media reform activist with community radio stat
ion Radio Arte where he serves as the host/producer of First Voice, a radio news zine. He has covered the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Power Shift 2009 in Washington D.C., and local social justice issues in his community. He currently chairs the Peace Committee at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Macias can normally be reached through reclaimtheearth@gmail.com.

Independent media, activists and opponents of the Olympics are gathering in Vancouver for the Feb. 10-15 anti-Olympic convergence organized by the Olympic Resistance Network. It begins with a two-day conference (Feb. 10-11) and a mass protest and march on the day of the opening ceremonies (‘Take Back Our City,’ 3pm Friday, Feb. 12 beginning at the Vancouver Art Gallery) organized by the 2010 Welcoming Committee, and continues with three days of political events and demonstrations. Visitors have been subject to interrogations, detention, and rejection at the Canadian border repeatedly and members of the Olympic Resistance Network have been interrogated at the US border and denied entry to the USA for speaking tours.

Media Contacts: Bob Quellos: 773-531-2341. Chris Shaw: 604-710-8291

Update, 8 February 2010

“No Games Organizer, Martin Macias, Deported From Canada” by Tom Tresser, Huffington Post

Martin Macias, Jr., a credentialed freelance journalist who contributes to Vocalo.org, the online and new media outlet for Chicago Public Radio, was turned back from the Canadian border late Saturday night.

Martin was a lead organizer for No Games Chicago, the all-volunteer citizens group that opposed the Chicago bid for the 2016 Olympics. Martin was part of the No Games delegations that went to the International Olympic Committee’s international headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and then to Copenhagen, Denmark to deliver materials documenting the reasons why Chicago should not have been awarded the games. Martin was an invited guest a conference critical of the 2010 Vancouver games and the Olympic industry.

“I was in the passport line in Vancouver,” said Martin, “and I told them I was a radio journalist and a student a Malcolm X College. The agent put a big circle and x on my ticket. I was pulled out the line and questioned aggressively for two hours. They wanted to know what I was going to do in Vancouver, who i was meeting with, who organized the conference and what they looked like. They took all my contact information and business cards of journalists and other people I was to connect with while in Vancouver.”

Martin also said that he asked for a lawyer and was denied access to one. He demanded to know what his rights were. “You don’t have any, they told me.”

This image is from in front of the IOC Museum, June 2009, when No Games Chicago delivered it’s “Book of Evidence” to the IOC and international press.

After the questioning, the authorities put him on a plane to Seattle, where he is on his own. He is staying at a hotel using his pocket money for now until he can find another place to stay. His return ticket is still valid and Martin plans to stay in Seattle for the moment until he can figure out what to do next.

Messages can be sent to Martin via his Facebook profile or email him at nino.azteco89 at gmail dot com.

I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Martin on the No Games campaign and can say that Chicago is lucky to have such a young person so talented, knowledgeable and passionate about social justice issues. We always said that cities that host the Olympic games surrender their sovereignty to the IOC and must subordinate their laws to the whim and rule of a Swiss corporation. Now, it seems that this applies to entire nations. And while I am no legal scholar, Martin’s treatment seems to violate several clauses of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

What happened to Martin could happen to you if you run afoul of the large corporations that now dominate international affairs. If you dare to criticize Big Policy that is closely aligned with Big Business, you also might find yourself on a watch list and thrown into a detention room and grilled by security forces with no recourse to legal counsel and then flown against your will to a destination not of your choosing.

If you care to express your opinion about this treatment to a law-abiding U.S. citizen, you may want to contact the Canadian Consulate General at Chicago Two Prudential Plaza, 180 North Stetson Avenue, Suite 2400. Chicago, IL 60601. Tel: 1 (312) 616-1860 .

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Committee to Protect Bloggers » U.S. independent journalist refused entry to Canada; questioned by U.S. Homeland Security

Osburn filming at the G-20 protests in Pittsburgh, 2009. Photo: Lauren McChesney.

U.S. journalist John Weston Osburn was detained by homeland security on his way back in to the States after being twice denied by Canadian Border Officials on his way into Canada to cover protests at the 2010 Olympics. While in the area between border posts, Osburn was told that he was in a “no mans land,” and was denied the right to speak with a lawyer.

“I repeatedly told the officers that my rights were being violated and that I wished to be released. I felt humiliated, powerless and have rarely felt so unprotected,” said Osburn.

“The supervising officer made reference to making sure i had no weapons of mass destruction and that I wasn’t a terrorist, when it was obvious i have nothing to do with those things. This was all after i was thoroughly questioned and searched on the Canadian side which was two hundred yards away at most,” he said.

Osburn travelled 2000 miles to Vancouver from Salt Lake City, Utah, with the aim of documenting protests to the 2010 Olympics. He has worked with Indymedia and the Glass Bead Collective in the US.

Related Links

* Independent/crowd-sourced Olympics protest coverage can be followed at http://2010.mediacoop.ca/

Interview with Wes by Vancouver Media Cooperative

VMC: Another independent journalist was turned away at the US-Canada border Tuesday on his way to Vancouver to cover protests at the 2010 Olympic Games. John Weston Osburn, a long time indymedia activist, drove 2,000 miles from Salt Lake City to cover Games with the Vancouver Media Cooperative. He was interrogated and denied entry into Canada, making him the second US journalist to be denied entry in the last four days.

After he was turned around, he went back to the US and tried to re-enter Canada, this time at the truck crossing, where he was again denied entry due to past convictions for misdemeanors. This time, he flipped on his video camera to record the experience. Stopped by homeland security, Osburn was again interrogated about the Olympic protests. When he told homeland security that he wanted to speak to a lawyer,

OSBURN: They told me I didn’t have that right, and I wasn’t in US or in Canada, I was in no mans land, as the officer described it. I asked again for my lawyer and he replied that he “owned me,” he said “I own you,” I was told to spread my legs and I was searched, then the put me in a holding cell, I was in the holding cell for about two hours, at one point I asked to use the bathroom, which they later allowed me to do but only, uh, they did so watching me.

VMC: In a disturbing pattern of recent interrogations of journalists coming to Vancouver, border guards seized Osburn’s computer and notebooks.

OSBURN: Basically they ransacked my truck, they went through and they took my journals, my sketchbooks, my computer, my digital camera, they thumbed through that, I’m assuming they made copies but that I don’t want to speculate on that, but they did definitely go through it. Then I was fingerprinted and I was photographed, when I asked if I had a choice of being fingerprinted and photographed I was told no, my
tape of filming being turned away, they erased the tape.

VMC: Osburn says he was prepared to have to deal with some issues at the border, but he was surprised by his experience.

OSBURN: I was kind of expecting, I was expecting to get kind of shook down, but I wasn’s expecting the type of just, the animosity and just the humiliation. Even though it was only two hours, it was a really unsettling experience, because they made me well aware that I had no rights, they made me well aware that I had no rights and there was no one there to protect me.

VMC: Though Osburn is the first to be interrogated by US homeland security, his experience shadows that of other independent journalists trying to enter Canada on the eve of the 2010 Olympics. Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman was interrogated about the games in November. Last Saturday, US journalist Martin Macias Jr was turned away at the border. At least two other independent journalists were subjected to lengthy interrogations at the US-Canada border on their way to Vancouver to cover resistance to the 2010 Games.

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Committee to Protect Bloggers » Rochester Indymedia journalist Dawn Zuppelli Detained at Canadian Border

Rochester Indymedia journalist, Dawn Zuppelli, was interrogated and detained for over an hour by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) on her way to cover protests at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC.

Upon arriving at customs at the Vancouver International Airport, she and her colleague Ted Forsyth, also with Rochester Indymedia, were asked the obligatory questions as to why they were coming to Vancouver. Zuppelli was tagged for further interrogation and funneled off to a check point area sometime around 12:05AM on February 10. She was released sometime around 1:15AM. She was taken into a separate room with other agents and passengers. The room was outfitted with sterile metal desks, two sided mirrored window rooms, and plenty of customs officers donning bullet proof vests and latex gloves.

Zuppelli and Forsyth were traveling on Alaska Airlines flight 701 via Seattle. The pair had been traveling for over 20 hours after a flight cancellation at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport delayed and re-routed them across the country.

The customs officer asked many questions regarding Zuppelli’s journalism work. Zuppelli explained that she was an independent journalist and the host of IndyTV, broadcast on local channel RCTV in Rochester, NY as well as online at IndyTV.Blip.tv and would be covering events around the Olympics. The customs officer asked to see her documents for her work assignments and seemed agitated that she did not have a clear written plan of her filming destinations while in Vancouver. The officer declared that none of her footage was to air on Canadian television and that she was not to earn any money for her work.

After a thorough investigation of her bags, the officer took Zuppelli’s business card and entered the mirrored back room and did not return for another 40 minutes. Upon his return with another agent, he declared, “I know what your planning to do here!” Zuppelli tiredly responded she did not understand what the problem was. The officer replied, “We did a Google search on you and we know you do this kind of thing. What about the interview of you online talking after being pepper sprayed? You are here to protest and we know that.”

Zuppelli assured the officers that she has been covering political protest mobilizations for many years and had no criminal background. The agent’s response was, “You are allowed to be here but you can not do anything unlawful. We are going to track your movement while in Canada. We will create a special document to add to your passport and if anything was to happen you will be flagged.”

Zuppelli was escorted to a room to have her photo taken which was then attached to a visitor record document. She was told that the visitor record document must remain in her passport during her entire stay. The document clearly stated that Zuppelli had to leave Canada by February 25. The document also stated that Zuppelli was “Prohibited from engaging in employment in Canada; Prohibited from attending any educational institution and taking any academic, professional or vocational training course.” At the bottom of the document, in capital letters, was typed, “This does not authorize re-entry.”

Zuppelli said, “The strange thing is how defensive they seemed about their own behaviour. One officer told me, ‘I know you read the article about the journalist that was turned back. Well he wasn’t honest about the reasons he was coming. You’re allowed to come and protest; this isn’t Russia.’”

The journalist that the agent was making reference to was (olympicresistance.net/content/independent-media-reporter-rejected-border-feb-6) Martin Macias Jr., an independent media reporter from Chicago and an anti-Olympic organizer for No Games Chicago, who was detained and deported on February 6. His story, much like that of (vancouver.mediacoop.ca/audio/2660) John Weston Osburn, a long-time Indymedia activist who was also interrogated and denied entry to Canada on February 9, illuminates a disturbing pattern of deportation and denials of entry for independent journalists looking to tell another side of the Olympic story in Vancouver.

Upon being released, after a grueling day of travel, Zuppelli expressed gratitude that she was not being deported. The customs officer insisted, “You know it’s not that easy to get deported.” However our google search shows otherwise.

February 14, 2010
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Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force on Thursday February 11, @02:24AM

Posted by samzenpus on Thursday February 11, @02:24AM
from the you-have-30-seconds-to-comply dept.
Lanxon writes “British criminals should soon prepare to be shot at from unmanned airborne police robots. Last month it was revealed that modified military aircraft drones will carry out surveillance on everyone from British protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers. But these drones could be armed with tasers, non-lethal projectiles and ultra-powerful disorienting strobe lighting apparatus, reports Wired. The flying robot fleet will range from miniature tactical craft such as the miniature AirRobot being tested by one police force, to BAE System’s new 12m-wide armed HERTI

February 14, 2010
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Thursday, February 11, 2010 Man smashes 29 TVs at Wal-Mart — Atlanta, GA

A man walked into a Wal-Mart and used a bat to smash 29 TVs.

The TV’s were valued at more than $22,000.

In Atlanta, surveillance video shows a man grabbing a metal baseball bat and smashing flat screen televisions on display at a Wal-Mart store. Officials say the man destroyed 29 televisions valued at more than $22,000 before finally throwing down the bat, which he reportedly took from the sporting good section.

He was arrested and police are still trying to figure out what sparked the incident.

February 14, 2010
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thursday, February 11, 2010 Molotov attack on school — Greely, MN

Butte law enforcement officials are investigating an attempted arson fire at the old Greely School on Silver Bow Boulevard.

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The incident occurred Wednesday night around 10 p.m. Three suspects wearing dark colored clothing were seen on the south side of the building. They ran from the area at the time that a witness saw flames shooting up the side of the building.

The suspects were last seen running east and then south from the school. An investigation revealed that the suspects used a Molotov cocktail device which was ignited and thrown against the side of the school.

A second device was recovered near the building but had not been ignited.

The school sustained minor damage.

February 14, 2010
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Friday, February 12, 2010 Man robs banks to pay off mortgage — Tampa, FL

A 73-year-old Florida man who was arrested for robbing three banks — unarmed and taking $600 in each heist — said he needed the money to pay his home mortgage, police said on Friday.

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James Bruce of Tampa was arrested on Thursday. He admitted robbing the banks but said he planned to pay back the money, Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.

“He called it a repayable loan,” she added.

Bruce was unarmed in each of the three robberies. At all three banks, he handed a note to a teller which said he was carrying out a robbery and demanded six $100 bills.

Police said they believed the tellers gave up the money because it was bank policy not to have staff resist robbers in case they were armed. The robberies took place on January 15, February 1 and February 10 in Tampa.

Bruce owns a garden store in Tampa, where he sells pots.

February 14, 2010
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london bad news…

WHAT YOU CAN DO

What happened during the Gaza protests and over the last year should be of grave concern to everyone. Violent police tactics, wide-ranging and intrusive surveillance, intimidation and heavy sentencing as well as a concerted cover up by police marks a new low in a trend towards an ever more authoritarian and repressive state. Defendants need our solidarity and support.

HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR WHAT TO DO:

Spread information in your college, university, place of work or your area through posters, leaflets, web-based resources, or anything else you see fit. You can download our up-to-date resources below:
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Find others around you with whom to organise solidarity. Meet informally or set up a support group or committee at your college or anywhere else, through which to meet and organise with others, as well as share any useful information you find.

Defendant Support

Write to prisoners. Prisoners can feel very isolated and any card or letter sent to them can be very effective solidarity. We will be putting prisoners’ contact details as soon as they become available, as well as some helpful advice for people wishing to write.

Help gather accounts and comments of the December 08 – January 09 events. Email nomoreisolation (at) yahoo.com if you have first-hand accounts, photos or video footage, which could be posted on this blog or useful as evidence in court. Please do not send anything that could be incriminating.

Attend Court. You can go to Isleworth Crown Court located in 36 Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 5LP (Tel. 0208 380 4500)
on the following dates: 19th and 26th February.

February 13, 2010
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SOLIDARITY DEMO IN THE GREEK EMBASSY IN LONDON IN FEBRUARY 10/2/10


letter to the Minister of Justice

London
10 February 2010
To the Minister of Justice, Trasparency and Human Rights,
Athens.

We are here today to denounce the ongoing imprisonment of Alfredo Maria Bonanno in the prison of Koridallos, Athens, in spite of the announcement of new detention measures by the Ministry of Justice whereby thousands of prisoners presently being held in conditions that amount to torture in Greece’s overcrowded prisons and concentration camps would be released while awaiting trial.
Given his advanced age, his seriously compromised health and the fact that the charges against him fall into the category of a misdemeanor, it is patently clear that the protracted detention of this 73-year old anarchist comrade is not based on the official judicial accusation of concourse in a robbery in the small town of Trikala six months ago, but is an exemplary case of political revenge against his ideas, aimed at his physical and psychological annihilation.
Active in the anarchist movement for decades, one-time militant in the resistance against the dictatorship of the Greek colonels (1967-1974), writer and editor of many anarchist theoretical works: these are the political reasons why Alfredo Bonanno continues to be held under life-threatening conditions.

With the present, we, a few anarchists and lovers of freedom in London, demand the immediate liberation of Alfredo Maria Bonanno.

International solidarity initiative
to Alfredo M. Bonanno

For the destruction of all prisons

leaflet handed out outside the embassy

Like every other population on the planet, the Greek people are facing a situation of grave economic hardship due to the greed and avarice of bankers, politicians, church leaders, within the context of a global economic system based on the plundering and abuse of natural resources and the exploitation of millions of people.
In that beautiful country, considered by many here as no more than a pleasant holiday resort, it is, as always, the young people, immigrants, over-exploited workers and unemployed to bear the brunt of the crisis. Brutal policing and judicial repressive measures are being employed, and these are sure to get worse over the coming months as more and more people are pushed beyond the limits of stoic endurance. During the weeks following December 6 2009, the whole country was shaking at the wrath of school pupils rebelling following the murder in cold blood, by a policeman, of a fellow pupil, Alexandros Grigoropolous. They were joined by thousands and thousands of anarchists, immigrants, students and young unemployed, in a widespread social rebellion. Representatives of the repressive forces of this country are now present in Greece to help their Greek counterparts in the repression of all forms of protests while the Greek people continue to suffer the consequences of the economic choices made by the above.
In spite of a protracted hungerstrike in November 2008 involving 7-8,000 prisoners, Greek prisons are full to overflowing and some are such that even the guards refer to them as extermination camps. Promises by the politicians of the recently elected Pasok (socialist party) in government have been mainly ignored and thousands of prisoners continue to suffer in appalling inhuman conditions.
At the present time all expressions of anger and rebellion in Greece are being brutally repressed, inside and outside the prison walls, but the struggle for freedom is vibrant and alive, and is an inspiration everywhere.
The spirit of rebellion will never be suppressed.
Active solidarity in the struggle.
Destroy all prisons

a few anarchists

February 13, 2010
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The prison came two young children, brothers, 13 and 15 years, Georgian origin who were convicted of stealing small items total value of EUR 10, Giann

The incident occurred in the city of Giannitsa Friday, February 5 and two children were arrested in the act. On Monday went to trial and sentenced to one year imprisonment with aggravating circumstances prior involvement in petty cases.

Following the decision of the court in Giannitsa, the two minors were transferred to prisons Kassaveteias of Volos. According to reports, there was reaction from the prisoners themselves in Volos, where watched transported as restrained their two young children.

Already there are efforts to intervene in the Ministry of Justice and the prison at Volos for the immediate release of children and the need to eliminate any sentence of imprisonment for minors notes on the occasion Initiative for the Rights of Prisoners.

In text signatures already on the internet (www.keli.gr) states:

“Hundreds of children, so literally children are now in a humid and dark prisons. The “prison system” does, you see, discrimination. Dominated at all levels from the same blind, vindictive and punitive approach. Do not see how that juvenile prisons is the result of a socially unjust policy that creates the terms and conditions for the “juvenile”. Do not see how that prison is a juvenile hall for adult prisons. She sees how the lack of a network of prevention, care and protection of children and adolescents, is that intensify poverty, inequality and discrimination.
Solution may be the incarceration and punishment. Solution can not be forced “compliance”. Solution may be the eve of teenagers in cells without education and medical care.
We assert the abolition of prisons and juvenile institutions to create alternative equitable and creative integration of children and adolescents in society. “

Just a day before revealing the news, the President of LAOS George Karatzaferis said in parliament in the pre agenda discussion on the draft law on citizenship that 55% of the “criminals” in Greek prisons are immigrants.

February 12, 2010
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2010 Olympics – Call for Action

This is a call for an anti-colonial, anti-capitalist and anarchist bloc at the February 12th demo from the Vancouver Art Gallery to BC Place. This bloc is called in defiance of police and social repression that has become increasingly normalized; in struggle against the Olympics and its projects; and in continuation of a greater resistance against all forms of control.

We support family-friendly demonstrations and recognize that everyone has a different level of engagement – whether it be throwing slogans or throwing down. We support people’s decision to not partake in conflict, but let us make it clear that violence always comes from the cops. When repression comes down on those around us, we will act accordingly.

Our diversity – of tactics, of levels of engagement, of experience – should be our source of strength. We need to confront our opponents in many ways and from many angles. From direct action against corporate sponsors to postering campaigns, public meetings, protests, street actions and all other manifestations of resistance, we need it all.

We want you here. For the 12th meet the torch at 9am in Grandview Park, then hook up with the bloc behind the black flags at 3pm at the Art Gallery. Show up for HeartAttack on the 13th. But don’t let it end there – the Olympics are here for two solid weeks.

We know it’s a little late for a callout saying “come to our city!” – so if you can’t be here in person, be here in spirit: engage in whatever it is that makes you feel good wherever you are. Just know that there will be support and appreciation for your actions.

February 12, 2010
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Current information about Amadeu Casellas (February 2010)
13 02 2010

February 12, 2010

In a letter from Amadeu dated February 5, 2010, he tells us that, together with the Girona prison warden and a legal expert, they have figured out the number of days of preventative detention that should be subtracted from the 37-year sentence Amadeu is serving for several bank robberies during the 1980s. Amadeu’s sentence was set for 2016 after an earlier reduction due to credit earned for work.

After calculating the amount of preventative detention that must still be deducted from his sentence, it was determined that, not counting the time he’s already been credited, he is still owed over 4000 days.

His lawyers have already petitioned to credit him some of these days, and Amadeu himself has written a report to the courts detailing the total number of days he feels he should be credited. If one were to compare the years already logged by Amadeu to the time he should be credited, it would reveal that the general administration of Catalan prisons has made him serve a sentence several years too long.

According to Amadeu, they owe him almost 12 years of credit for preventative detention served. That’s why they need to add six more years to the six years they’ve already subtracted from his total sentence.

Amadeu has been demanding his freedom for years, but the Councilor of Justice and the General Administration of Catalan Prison Services have not only denied him all possibility of release, but have also intensified the conditions of his imprisonment by depriving him of contact with his friends and comrades, both outside and inside prison.

Given the circumstances, Amadeu has been forced to go on several long hunger strikes in order to be heard. Just a little more than three months ago, Amadeu abandoned a hunger strike he had maintained for 99 days, and in the middle of January he planned to begin another, but dropped the idea in the hope that he would be credited with the days of preventative detention he is owed.

After sending several letters to the court, Amadeu has become aware that the prison has been notified about some of this credit, yet it has nevertheless still not been applied. For this reason, and after waiting more than a month for some response from the prison that would break the stalemate, Amadeu is considering beginning a new hunger strike on February 20, 2010 in the event that he is not set free.

Therefore, via this document, we want to bring the current situation to the attention of everyone who has expressed their solidarity. Keep an eye out for further information we will be disseminating in order to demand, once again, freedom for Amadeu Casellas.

February 12, 2010
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Supporting the movement’s prisoners is vital, and one of the ways we can do that is by sending letters and messages of solidarity and support, not forgetting to send ’em a few stamps so they can keep in touch with their friends on the outside.


I’ve been writing to Elijah (James) Smith recently.

Elijah has been on remand for over a year for an act of decommissioning at EDO MBM/ITT during the bombing of Gaza.

http://www.smashedo.org.uk/supportelijahsmith.html

SUPPORT THE POSTIES – SEND STAMPS

For prisoners to keep in touch with people outside they need stamps and, as there’s no post office inside, it really helps if you can send a few unused stamps along with your letters. Might help the posties too.

WHERE TO WRITE

Send messages of support (and stamps) to Elijah Smith, VP7551, HMP Elmley, Church Road, Eastchurch, Sheerness, Kent ME12 4AY.

If you’re planning to write after 1 March, then check the link above, as Elijah might be moved back to Lewes prison about that time.

MORE INFO AND SUPPORT FOR OTHER PRISONERS

For information about other ways to support prisoners and other prisoners to support, see:

http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/

February 12, 2010
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12/2/10

Around 400 people demonstrated today in solidarity with Fabrica Yfanet Squat in Thessaloniki after the last days’ fascistic attack. Fotos from the demo:


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Attack against YFANET Fabric. Information from the Assembly. last nighit 02/09/10 Announcement-Information from YFANET Fabric Squat Attack against YFANET Fabric. Information from the Assembly. Close to 23:00 while the YFANET Fabric Assembly was taking place, around 20 hooded fascists with picks and helmets attacked the squat. They tried to enter the Assembly room but were successfully repelled by our comrades, then they tried to loot several parts of the squat. The damage that they caused was little, a burnt scooter, some furniture and other stuff. Some kids who were in the BMX-Ramps area were slightly beaten. None of us was injured. Then around the area different kinds of cops started to appear and meanwhile some people in solidarity with us also started gathering. The fascists disappeared. Some recriminations took place between the cops and the people who gathered and later without any specific reason the MAT (special pigs’ forces) appeared and attacked and threw quite a lot of teargas into the squat. By this time there are many people in front of Yfanet, more than 200 persons in a comradely climate. Cops and fascists have gone. One girl, away from the building and as it seems suspected of solidarity, was taken by the pigs to the local pig station and she will be released later. A new assembly is taking place right now and also another one is arranged for tomorrow at 18:00. F ★ Y (This is breaking news, updates will soon follow) The YFANET squat came under attack by fascists at about 23.30 hours local time tonight. Reports now indicate that the intruders have been chased away from the occupied building; we are expecting a report from the comrades who were inside very soon and will be publishing it here once it’s out.

February 12, 2010
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the workers in AGRA Publish Company keep protesting during the week in solidarity with Ntinos Palaistidis who was fired from the company because of hi

athens greece 11/2/10

the workers in AGRA Publish Company keep protesting during the week in solidarity with Ntinos Palaistidis who was fired from the company because of his syndical activities.

Condemning letter to “AGRA” publish company:

We were informed from Employees Association in Book-Paper sector of Attica about the discharge of a worker from your publishing company.

The worker brought the Labor Inspectorate for a labor dispute he had with your company. The Labor Inspectorate opinioned positive for his request. Three days later, it was announced his discharge because of “unconventional behavior”.

So, what really happens in AGRA PUBLICATIONS? After struggling for your rights, you get fired??!!

Do you really believe that in the name of the crisis, we the workers will accept the employers’ arbitrary and the abuse of our labor rights without fighting?

We think that the worker’s dismissal is unfair and vindictive. We join our voices with the employees in book-paper sector and we ask for: RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW WITHDRAWAL OF THE DISMISSAL!

Send your condemning letter to the company: info@agra.gr

Express your solidarity to the Employees Association in Book-Paper Sector: sylyp_vivliou@yahoo.gr

February 11, 2010
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Volkan Sevinç turkey 11/2/10

Dear friends, comrades

The guards have brought your letters when I was in the open-air-area. The guard gave the letters which are full of love and comrades’ salutes. “There are so many letters that our eyes hurt when reading them all.” he said jokingly. I said, “I am a political prisoner, it seems like you will get tired of the letters I receive.”

Friends, they keep me in a cell in L type prison. When I arrived I indicated that I was a political prisoner. The head of the prison rightly (!) said that it would be wrong to keep me in a ward. Then they put me in a one-person cell. I said that it did not matter to me, and I will make the necessary applications to be transferred to the F type prison. Neither the head of the prison, nor the guards or prisoners I met from other cells and at the open-air space could understand why they brought me to the L type prison. In fact, after it was finalized that I was going to be imprisoned – outside the court hall when you were waiting at one end and I was waiting at the other – I told my lawyer that I was going to be imprisoned with the ‘criminal prisoners’ and I would object to that. At the court, the offenses of “Changing the evidences according to the law numbered 100/2 in the Code of Criminal Procedure, attending a meeting and coordinating it illegally against the law 2911 on public meetings and marches, insulting the officer on duty” were tried to be imposed on me. These definitions correspond to the attack and the battering we were exposed to, that day! On, Wednesday 6th of January, on Yüksel Street in Ankara, a lynch attempt similar to the ones in Edirne, Erzincan, Manisa/Selendi and İzmir has taken place during the press declaration that was organized to raise solidarity with the conscientious objector Enver Aydemir. During the press declaration, we experienced altogether a repeated lynch attempt. The events were witnessed by the public. Yüksel Street is a location where a number of press declarations are made everyday. That day, we witnessed that the lynch campaign that is tried to be seeded in these lands is taken a step further. In order to justify their attack, they try to cancel the will power that is being attacked. The massacres and lynches are tried to be normalized in this territory. At the Sivas, Çorum, Maraş, Gazi and 19th of December massacres, oppositional voices are tried to be suppressed with the words “citizen’s sensitivity” and “the officers performed their duties”. Militarism is tried to be normalized. I am writing this letter on 19th of January: The third anniversary of Hrant Dink’s murder.

Shall we call this the irony of the history? Yesterday (18th of January) was the day Abdi İpekçi’s murderer Ağca was released! A “mysterious” hit man “full of secrets” is tried to be heroized through the intense interest of the media. This reputable (!) person said that he does not want to do his military service because of “religious and philosophical” reasons. We are talking about Ağca who was sneaked out of prison in a military uniform… Oh my! Ağca who was given an anti-social personality report is “misunderstood” and after this declaration probably he is issued the necessary reports to over come the complications. Let’s see what kind of ways the Messiah we were expecting will start looking for in order to receive the 3 million dollars bail?

By taking advantage of this situation, a columnist in Hürriyet newspaper, Yılmaz Özdil wrote an article titled “Conscientious Objection” on 19th of January. He says “The ones who want to get away from military service can not say that they chicken out, instead they talk about conscientious objection”.

With a brazen attitude, Mr. Özdil gave utterance to the declarations of the “mysterious” hit-man while sitting on his comfortable chair. Maybe your chair is too low Mr. Özdil? It is hard for your aristocratic “conscience” to get the stance of the conscientious objectors’ struggle in this geography which is carried out since 1989. Murat Ülke, Mehmet Bal, Mehmet Tarhan and Halil Savda, who declared that they will not take orders from any power or authority, were tortured. And conscientious objector Enver Aydemir, who is exposed to several punishments, is still imprisoned in Eskişehir Prison. More than 50 thousand people died on these lands in 20 years because of war. Global lords are seizing lives of people all around world; in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. They want us to become a part of the destroyed lives. The authorities, who are responsible of the events which cause the death of 66 people every minute around the world, will not be able to seize our consciences and our lives; they will not be able to keep them under captivity. Özdil keeps on writing “there are enough people in this country with conscience!” … Yes, more than you could ever imagine! Uğur Kaymaz, Ceylan; Çağdaş Gemlik and Murat Kasap who were murdered with “stray bullets”. Alexis who is killed in Greece and all the others are in our conscience. And our conscience does not permit us to become a part of this crime. Mr. Özdil, power and authorities create fear. From a psychological view point, fear is a humane feeling. But as you know “chickening out” is not a humane thing. Thus the fear you are talking about belongs exclusively to the power and the authorities. Fear is the system that can not even tolerate a press declaration. Resisting against this militarization is justified by life.

Life is blossoming against the events caused by the hierarchical, militarist and domineering rule of the authorities. One of the crimes that is imposed on me is “coordinating a meeting illegally and dominating the protestors against the law 2911 on public meetings and marches”. As Bakunin said, “Every command is a slap on the face of liberty“, so as an anarchist, it is impossible for me to dominate or command anyone. I believe in the power of the free will of the individual. What the authorities can not make sense of, and what disturbs t
hem, is the collective initiative of the free will.

Friends, there had been some minor problems since I arrived here. Most of them are results of the attempts at psychological intimidation. But I am doing very well. These walls make me feel that you and thousands of hearts are here. Although this is not a natural place; the dialectics of the nature makes adaptation and progress within the current conditions possible. New inmates arrived to the neighboring cells, however, the first days were full of silence, there was no one except me. 4-5 days after I arrived, new inmates came. We are chatting through our windows. Behind the walls, I accompany the arabesk songs that come from the neighboring cells with the marches.

On 19th of January, Tuesday, your letters arrived. I read them all, again and again. I will reply all of them. On Mondays and Wednesdays I can send letters. I will send them on Monday. I receive the letters on Fridays and Tuesdays. I knew that the solidarity actions would develop and I have always felt the warmth of your hearts beside me since I arrived here. You have adorned the university campuses and the streets. Solidarity actions have taken place in different cities. I would rather be standing by your side behind the solidarity stands, but this time it is not the case.

Reading the letters is one of my favorite activities here. I will be waiting for your letters. It takes 8-9 days for the letters from Ankara to arrive here. My letters will arrive there around the same time if there is no problem. I might have written in a disorderly way, excuse me if I did. You may make the necessary corrections and release it. (As always, ill-constructed fragments, spelling mistakes etc.)

From the cell which is brimming with your hearts, I am sending to you all of my revolutionary and warmest greetings.

See you soon.

Note: To get information about the court case history and future news you can check the website www.ahaligazetesi.org, an anarchist journal mostly prepared in ankara. For this casei informations available on languages: Turkish, English, Deutsch, Castellano, French.

Poetric fire to the prisons; industrial complex!

February 11, 2010
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Info-night and solidarity gathering in Thessaloniki – Free the Belgrade 6

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Freedom to the Belgrade 6

On September 3rd 2009, in Belgrade, 6 anarchists are arrested, accused for the symbolic action of solidarity to the -then prisoner- Th. Iliopoulos. The serbian state, which is in a process of total privatization and faces dynamic workers’ mobilizations, calms down the foreign investors and terrifies the upcoming movement by sending them on trial on February 17th 2010, for “International Terrorism”!

Friday 12 February, 8pm at buanaventura (Dialetti str 8 ):

Info-night for the case of the 6 and the situation in Serbia.

After that, there will be projected by docudrama a movie:

“the Old School of Capitalism” of Zelimir Zilnik

The movie documents the workers movement and the occupations of factories in Serbia in 2009

2 of the arrested comrades, Tadej Kurepa and Ratibor Trivunac, participate.

GATHERING: Wednesday 17th of February, 6pm at the serbian consulate (Komninon str 4)

Solidarity Initiative

February 11, 2010
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From the other side of the wall: Letter #2 from Tamara
12 02 2010

From Punto de Fuga via Tokata:

February 11, 2010

These letters sent from inside the gray, cold prison of Brians are an attempt to return, in some way, all the warmth and affection to those who, with their support and solidarity, have managed to kill the everyday loneliness and routine concealed by imprisonment; to those who are giving me so much strength and vitality right now, and crossing the barrier that separates us to make sure I never lose the feeling of freedom; to all those who are showing how a simple pen and paper can restore one’s hope and desire to keep fighting; to all those who are struggling against the business of torture, punishment, and repression represented by prisons.

And to all of you . . . what can I tell you that you don’t already know? How struggle is repressed? How voices are walled in? How their filthy laws control our lives?

I could tell you how, on December 15, 2009, before the sun went down, a group of Civil Guards entered my home, took whatever they wanted, and abducted me.

I could try to explain what I felt while listening to cries of pain and fear from a jail cell in a police station.

I could pass along the experiences that some prisoners have shared with me, in which they speak of humiliation, of torture, of helplessness, of solitude.

I could talk about what I’ve been able to observe from this side of the wall, like how the “Penitentiary Business” profits from the people it captures, and how they call this “reinsertion” (strange word).

I could illustrate, with some events I’ve been able to witness during this month-and-a-half without freedom, how the prison health system functions, how methadone and other legal drugs are its best methods of control, and how very little people’s health and lives matter.

I could talk about the sadness I feel in the mornings, when I hear so many say “one day less” instead of “one more day.”

I could tell you that, behind these walls, people are being isolated and destroyed.

But . . . all this rings a bell, right? We’ve heard it all before, we’ve been through it all, it’s all happened to others many times, we know all about it. We know that we find ourselves inside an unjust system that sentences us to a “non-life” in which the false idea of “well-being” blinds and condemns people, in which work shackles us, their laws control us, and prison represses and punishes us.

I refuse to fall victim to all this, and even now I don’t feel like one. I want to be and always will be their “problem.” And that’s why what I really want to get across with these words is the desire for us to keep fighting, to not surrender, to continue coping, to try—at least—to breathe freely and feel alive.

I think of you and I feel alive, free, and strong, and that’s why your solidarity has managed to be stronger than the bars of their cells.

For that reason, this letter is addressed to all those who—every day—make the struggle worthwhile, to all the people being held captive in these Death Camps, to all those struggling inside and outside the prisons.

Accept this sisterly embrace, filled with Freedom and rebellion.

FREEDOM FOR ALL PRISONERS!
DOWN WITH THE PRISON WALLS!
LONG LIVE ANARCHY!

– Tamara (January 26, 2010)

February 11, 2010
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news today (11/2/10) greece.

  • The pigs of greek police blame Avgoustis Dimitriou for “resistance against authorities” and “throwing bottles and stones” during the demonstration of 17th November 2006 in Thessaloniki. On this day, Avgoustis was brutally beated up from undercover pigs who blamed him later for participating in riots. In the court they stated that “he was never beated up and his injuries came after he fell down on the sidewalk”. The video that came up later denied all the pigs’ statements. The student from Cyprus asks now through a trial for 1 million euros because of physical and psychological damages that were caused after the event. The pigs now start a counter-trial action.

Video of the pigs’ actions on this day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqnRkXXPfN4&feature=related

  • Behind the jailbars two underage children from georgia, brothers 13 and 15 years old, who stole some stuff of 10 euros value. The event happened on 5th February in the town of Giannitsa and the children were cought on the spot. The trial took place on Monday, the children were judged with one year of imprisoning and were driven to Kassaveteias’ jailhouse in Volos town. According to information there was a reaction from the prisoners of the jailhouse when they saw transfering two minors behind the bars. Already actions have started so the children will be immediatelly released and because of this certain event also to release all the hundreds of imprisoned underage children.
  • “Club of Night Experimentations” urban guerrilla organisation took the responsibility for the looting action against Agricultural Bank in Ioannina town. They want direct release of the comrades Alfredo Bonnano and Christos Stratigopoulos. Freedom for Ilias Nikolaou. Fredom for Masouras, Giospas, Chatzimichelakis, Nikos and all the people who are accused as members of the “Conspiracy Cells of the Fire”. Solidarity with Giannis Dimitrakis and all the comrades who are chased by the law. Solidarity with Polykarpos Georgiadis and Vassilis Chrysochoidis who are judged these days for the kidnap of Mylonas industrialist case.
  • Today at 17:00 spoke on anarchist radio through phone connection P. Georgiadis and S. Stratoulis persons who have already inspired and enforced the movement in prisons. The program took place under the radio series of Initiative for Prisoners’ Rights Organisation.
  • Attack with stones and pieces of marbles against Z-team pigs in Athens. The pigs arrived behind the Highest Economical University after a call to the pig station about a car robbery. The rain of stones came after a pig took out his helmet and serious injures were caused to him. As it was proved later, the guy who was trying to steal the car was the owner of it and he has just lost the keys.
  • Blockade in Apopigadi mountain region of Chania, Creta. Many people gathered today at Anavos on the crossroad for Spina village in response against the construction of wind energy farm by “Aiolic Mousouron” Company around the region. After the yesterday’s events many people from Chania and villages around arrived to express their solidarity with the residents who oppose against the construction of wind energy park because their properties get violated and gets destroyed a whole region, the natural resources and the environment in the name of Multinational Companies’ economical profit. So, today mourning a new blockade took place in purpose to stop the company’s vehicles from entering the region and open a new road to start the construction of the park. But as it appeared, this time the cops did not have any orders to arrest anyone, while also a prosecutor was among them who informed the citizens that the construction will not start until certain law elements in relation with the construction company will be cleared. The prosecutor will check these elements to judge if the project is legal.
  • “Cell of Unordinary War” urban guerrilla organisation took the responsibility for the looting device on 9th February in the entrence of the Judge Court of Ksanthi town. Their action a part of the clas war that has already bagun. Freedom for all the political prisoners.

February 10, 2010
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In the early hours of 9 February the Center for Judiciary Studies (in Lisbon), where the judges of tomorrow are built, was hit with paintbombs.

In the early hours of 9 February the Center for Judiciary Studies (in Lisbon), where the judges of tomorrow are built, was hit with paintbombs.
Solidarity with the prisoners in struggle and with the comrades persecuted by Justice, here and elsewhere.
Freedom for António Ferreira de Jesus, serving a hidden life sentence.
Freedom for the anarchists Alfredo Bonanno (who has a serious health condition) and Christos Stratigopoulos, imprisoned in the Greek concentration camps.
Freedom for all.