October 11, 2010
by actforfreedomnow



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Text from a solidarity gathering by the self-organized steki of the philosophical school and the Open assembly of the western neighbourhoods at the french consultant in thessaloniki, protesting the deportations of the Roma in france and in solidarity to every persecuted person:
For roughly one year now we have become spectators of a vicious repressive tactic of the french state against the populations of Roma. From June 2010 until today there have been 8000 deportations and more are expected, as has been pre-announced by the french government. Already many destructions of settlements have preceded in the frames of a generalized and racist pogrom against the gipsy populations, as it also happened 2 years ago in Italy. In each system of sovereignty, from feudalism until today, the Roma constitute the first and easier target, while history has shown that the predicaments were and remain a permanent piece of their life. Because of their nomadic way of life and lack of desire or even difficulty of adaptation to the way of life of the majority of the rest of the residents, the Roma often have fallen victims of discriminations. Their resistance toward the individualistic neoliberalism leads to the growth of solidarity bonds between them to cover their daily needs and substantially gives them a form of autonomy towards the law and political-economic frames of the state. They are not under the organization of power and in the laws of the market, and structure their own self-organized communities.
With the “repatriation” of gipsy populations, Sarkozy tries initially to bring up his popularity attracting super-conservative parts of society and arousing french nationalism. His additional target is to disorientate society from the scandals in which he has fallen lately, but also the workers from the abolishment of basic social security, working and social rights that the future holds for them, a fact that happens already all over Europe. Sarkozy invests in the feeling of safety and power of the state, precisely in order to remove the question of crisis (political, economic, social, cultural) from the limelight. In this way he seeks the generalized terrorizing of the week classes in contradiction to the safety and the social prosperity that he offers to the privileged classes.
This policy, if indeed is proved effective for authority, it is very likely to be also applied from other governments, (as already leaked by the media that is “silently” and indirectly happening) that investing in conservatism, they will try they resolve the problems of their internal policy. On the other side, Romania and Bulgaria receive pressures for the repatriation of the Roma in return for the support of France at an economic and European level. The system and the power use their repressive mechanisms towards the weakest parts of society with a purpose to perpetuate their supremacy. It is something that is basically turned against each one of us and concerns us all.
And because we do not believe in the good intention of the European mechanisms, we demand no one gets kicked out of anywhere.
We stand in solidarity to all excluded and displaced.
We affix and claim a world without borders
Bertolt Brecht
Open Assembly of Western Neighbourhoods

October 10, 2010
by actforfreedomnow


Attacks against police targets in Bristol

Anti-police actions on the nights of the 8th and 9th October.

1. Avonmouth police garage was a soft target with 30 rocks thrown over the fence at vehicles.

2. CID regional HQ, Kenneth Steele House, Feeder rd. Plainclothes vehicles, including one sports car, smashed with rocks.

3. Fishing line strung up at 9ft for the mounted police of Bower Ashton mounted police and dog section.

Pick your moment, your terrain. Ambush.

Some angry people are not content to stagnate in silence. We recognise our brains as weapons. Wouldn’t it be nice if more people broke away from the British tradition of sitting back and taking shit from cops in the U.K and actually fought back for a change?

Solidarity with all those inside and outside the prison who fight the system.

This is for all those beaten, abused and murdered by police.



Protesters clash with British police

October 10th, 2010

The EDL are living in a dream

“According to the BBC there were 2500 EDL supporters and a few hundred UAF.”
Let’s have a look shall we:
“Seventeen people were arrested on Saturday after about 1,000 English Defence League (EDL) supporters held a rally in the city”
EDL bullshitting again.
Not too interested in the number of people on the UAF protest. Most of the anti-EDL crowd weren’t anywhere near it.
“The general public are actually concerned about islamic extremism which is why the uaf has such little public support”
The UAF has so little support because they are a front group for the Socialist Workers Party, because they cosy up to all the political parties and because they have a history of shopping anti-fascists to the police. Jog on troll.
The general public don’t subscribe to the same paranoid loony fantasies that the EDL do and most recognise a racist mob when they see one. That’s why Leicester rejected you.
Out of interest, how exactly did the Leicester demo fight “islamic extremism”?


I was stood at the point they broke out of. It was shitly guarded, but there were waaay over a hundred broke out easily. I’d say quite a few hundred. They chased about 30 local Asians and the first lot were followed by about another 60 but then there were tonnes more EDL. They were like a tsunami of signs and traffic cones up in the air. They started trying to pick off the locals that weren’t trying to engage with them. They tried to hit my mate who was taking photos coz he is Asian as they ran but I butted the edl guy out the way. Luckily he carried on running. I say “luckily” because there were certainly no UAF around. Only about 20 anti fascists dotted around. The ones I was with were not really fighters and of a certain age. As I saw one of them hit a black/Asian man who was on the phone on his own, they ran and shouted “kill the nigger”. There were about 20 chasing him. I started to run but all the locals were way ahead, and looking behind me noone was following but the EDL so I stopped. It wasn’t till about 5 minutes on that the police moved from the spot and a good ten before the vehicles followed them. I honestly thought it would riot into the night. It’s a shame in a way that they didn’t get to highfields because if they had then they would have been outnumbered. Perhaps not entirely by people willing to fight but they don’t have to know that!

A far-right group known for staging violent protests against what it calls the spread of Islam in Britain clashed with police on Saturday in a northern English city.
Four people were arrested and a police officer had to be hospitalised.
Nearly 1400 police officers, including some in riot gear and on horseback, were called to contain about 1000 activists from the English Defence League who gathered in Leicester for a demonstration.
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Police said missiles were thrown at them and one officer was taken to hospital. Some protesters – many of them young men – broke away from the designated protest area at one point to confront gangs of local youths.
Supporters of the English Defence League, a right-wing group set up last year, began travelling around the country demonstrating against what they call the spread of sharia, or Islamic law, in England last summer.
The group insists it is peaceful, but critics say it is racist and tends to stir up unrest. On Saturday, about 700 members of a leftist group called Unite Against Fascism called a counter-demonstration nearby.
The two opposing groups had clashed during similar rallies last year in northern English cities such as Leeds and Manchester.




Gay rights march in Belgrade triggers riots


Protesters clash with police protecting Gay Pride march

Serbian police have clashed with protesters trying to disrupt a Gay Pride parade in the capital, Belgrade.
Police used tear gas against the rioters, who threw petrol bombs and stones at armed officers and tried to break through a security cordon.
A garage attached to the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Party was briefly set on fire, and at least one shot was fired at the building.
Around 40 people were injured, including at least two police officers.


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BELGRADE | Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:33am EDT

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A gay rights parade in Belgrade descended into violence Sunday as thousands of police deployed to protect marchers clashed with gangs of anti-gay protesters, sparking riots, injuries and dozens of arrests.One official said that 90 police officers required medical attention and two had been seriously wounded in the violence, which spread to other parts of the capital as nationalists and skinheads lashed out at targets unrelated to the parade.
Firefighters extinguished a blaze at the headquarters of the Democratic Party of President Boris Tadic, and witnesses said some in the building were wounded. A Reuters witness said others had tried to climb up scaffolding into the parliament building, but were chased away.
“It’s a really sad day for Serbia,” Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac told reporters.
The violence highlighted the intolerance that still pervades Serbian society a decade after the country ousted strongman Slobodan Milosevic, ending its pariah status.
The parade, the first of its kind in Belgrade in nearly a decade, had been seen as a test of Serbia’s readiness to become a more modern, open society after years of war in the 1990s fueled by ethnic hatred.
The clashes occurred two days ahead of a planned visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who wants to highlight Washington’s support for Belgrade’s EU aspirations.
Gangs of tough-looking youths threw stones at police sporting riot gear, smashed windows of cars and buses and looted kiosks. Others sang nationalist songs.
Bloodied police could be seen leaving the scene and witnesses heard gunshots fired toward security forces. Police said at least one gay rights activist had been beaten unconscious and more than 100 people had been detained.
Debris lay scattered across the main streets in central Belgrade and clouds of white tear gas rose from the ground.
“It is a shame for me to march, to stand for what I am, and to have thousands of cops protect me from hysterical nationalists,” said Milena, 36, a lesbian activist.
Susanne Simon-Paunovic, a German married to a Serb who attended the rally said: “It was more like death march. The atmosphere was terrible.”
In addition to the headquarters of the Democratic Party, a police officer said rioters had also attacked the premises of the Socialist Party, a coalition partner.
Sutanovac described the violence against his party’s headquarters as an attack on “Serbia’s European path and democratic values.”

October 9, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Experimental GM corn field sabotaged in Badajoz



9 10 2010 From Culmine (October 8, 2010):
We claim responsibility for the sabotage of an experimental field of genetically modified corn in Badajoz province. On Sunday, September 19, several people sabotaged a crop of genetically modified corn—designated type SF1035T and related to another variety already being sold by Monsanto—owned by Fitto Seeds in Guareña municipality, Bajadoz.
This action is a small response to the imposition of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by biotechnology corporations and the Spanish state.
Ever since massive GMO experimentation, approval, and marketing began, the creators and developers of GMOs have been declaring that they would be capable of ending hunger and safeguarding the health of humanity, possibly ushering in a cleaner, more efficient agriculture. Nothing could be further from reality.
The imposition of GMOs is taking place in the context of enormous transnational corporations fighting for monopolistic control of seeds and chemical fertilizers, monoculture, genetic contamination, the elimination of the small and medium-sized farmer, the liquidation of local economies, the disappearance of indigenous seed varieties, huge distribution networks, the pollution of water supplies with toxic waste, and the disintegration of rural communities. In short, the context of the capitalist model.
GMOs are incompatible with other forms of production and social organization based on restoring a more traditional agriculture that satisfies the needs of populations instead of markets, doesn’t exceed the limits of ecosystems, and aims to rid itself of the illusion of associating happiness with consumption.
Such models are particularly needed in a world gripped by starvation and global warming caused by the planet’s submission to the market and state totalitarianism.
Therefore, GMOs have not managed to fulfill the goodness they were said to be capable of. Instead, they represent another turn of the screw in the agroindustrial model, which envisions the total expropriation of people’s capacity to feed themselves.
For final decisions regarding the approval and subsequent marketing of GMOs, the Spanish state created the National Biosecurity Commission (CNB), leaving regulation in its hands.
Within the CNB there are seven scientific representatives, many of whom have ties to the biotechnology industry and the pro-GMO lobby. This scientific bloc calls the shots within the CNB, whose duty is to industry, not biosecurity. Proof of this can be found in the growing number of cases of genetic contamination in wheat and corn crops. In entire regions of the Spanish state, the genetic contamination of crops like these has been ensured.
Beyond our frontiers, GMOs have been responsible for all kinds of disasters, like famines, deforestations, poisonings, allergies, and other pathologies stemming from their consumption, as well countless instances of coercion against rural farming communities by biotechnology corporations. And let’s not forget the genuine massacres that have arisen from the manufacture and use of the chemical fertilizers needed by the agroindustrial model, of which GMOs are the latest expression.
Saying no to GMOs means saying no to the aforementioned evils and injustices, saying no to imposition, saying no to the artificialization of life, and saying no to a fool’s progress.
Taking action against GMOs is a legitimate people’s struggle, as well as a sign of common sense and the need for profound social change. It is the fruit of being conscious of how dangerous it is (and how much is at stake) when the Earth is in the hands of capitalism. Whoever sows and promotes GMOs will reap resistance.

October 9, 2010
by actforfreedomnow


Riot police violently attack migrants after tonight’s anti-fascist demonstration – photos athens

Photos from Athens IMC. The attack happened a bit after the main anti-fascist demonstration tonight, launched by the riot police against a group of migrants who went on marching after the main demonstration had ended.


Today, we’ve won a huge bet. Responding to a call for an antifascist demo in Attikis square, more than 1,000 migrants and locals marched together through the streets of an area often marked by fascist attacks, pogroms on the squares, police violence and so much more. Today was a very important day; the first, most probably, where local anti-fascists and (many undocumented) migrants march together, side-by-side. The people in today’s demonstration sensed this; the atmosphere as we were passing through the streets of neighbourhood is difficult to describe.
It is important to keep this momentum, to make sure that the fascist gangs (which didn’t dare make an appearance today) stay well hidden off the streets. Attica square, and the entire area just north of the Athenian centre, is a very volatile area in the past few months and years.


The Battle For Attica square – athens Greece


Posted by clandestinenglish on 6 October 2010

It’s the first time that an EU country has seen its treatment of refugees described as a humanitarian crisis by the UNHCR. This report gets to the heart of the escalating tensions in Greece.
“I’ve seen too many. They cross the river like bees”, sighs a local fisherman. With as many as 400 people crossing the Evros river each day, arrests of illegal immigrants in Greece have exploded from 3,500 to 20,000 in a year. Most choose to turn themselves in, but they have no idea what awaits them. Infested with rats, Greece’s detention centres are now critically overcrowded. Those who try to avoid this fate end up on the streets, such as in Attica Square, home to hundreds of Afghan refugees. With no government support, crime is rife here, and as frustration builds, racial attacks by local vigilantes are escalating beyond control. Ghulam’s family sleep on a bench in the square – his four-year-old son was recently attacked in the middle of the night. “If I’d stayed in Afghanistan I might have been beaten, but they would have at least spared my children. I cannot believe this is Europe.”

October 7, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Fascists, out! Anti-fascist gathering at Attikis square, Athens: October 8th at 6pm


Two great posters have come out calling for an anti-fascist gathering at Attikis Square, tomorrow (Friday, October 8th) at 6pm. There is also an assembly tonight at 8pm at the Gini Auditorium in the Athens Polytechnic, to discuss the logistics of the demonstration.
Attikis square is in the heart of a vibrant area with a large migrant community, where fascist groups have recently tried to make a visible presence. The square of Ayios Panteleimonas, an operational centre for these fascist groups, lies only a few yards away. Tomorrow’s demonstration, for this reason, will be crucial.

It is the policy that promotes interclass conflict in order to strengthen
state power and sovereignty of the capitalist system.
This is the policy of state power through which the immigrants of the ‘second and third generation’
are used as tools against the so called “new” immigrants.
The same fascist logic that until yesterday was striving against us
today is using us as a tool to serve their political interests and racist purposes.
Do not forget that we the Albanians immigrants always represented “the rubbish” from which they want to “clean” the squares.
Do not forget that our common enemy is the exploitative and oppressive
system, the state and its tools.
Gathering of Solidarity at Attiki Square on 8 October at 18.00
Against the social and state racism.
Against the fascist and nationalist logic
Solidarity is our weapon against the racist policies that aim at the
discrimination of immigrants and sustain racial discrimination.
For a self-organization of immigrants and a common struggle
via anti-racist collectivities for a life of freedom and dignity.
Forum of Albanian Immigrants.


“Migrants United, Fascists Trashed” (Poster in the Albanian language by the Albanian Migrant Forum)

  • The fascists’ knives

Recently, fascist and nationalist violence has been on the rise once again in the wider area of Ayios Panteleimonas. From September 11th to September 14th, fascist gangs used the cover of some locals and the police to attack, beat and stab migrants and to smash up their shops. Yet the migrants don’t retreat. They defend their lives, they crouch together and defend against far-right attacks and pogroms. Ahead of the [local municipality] elections the far-right is intensifying its shouting against migrants who “steal our jobs” and “are responsible for the crisis”. At the same time [the far-right parliamentary party] LAOS is voting in favour of the IMF agreement while organised gangs support the “average greek tradesman” – that is, the same person who has for years now exploited their employees, whether local or not.

  • are supplied by the state

The “citizen protectors” arrest, beat up, torture and arrest injured migrants. The local police station enforces the policy of the state and its bosses against the migrants. A policy which names endless policing as “citizen protection” and equates “organised crime” with “petty thieves”. A policy creating migrant detention centres, spills blood on the borders of the EU and names “illegal” all those forced away from their places.

  • they’re sharpened by mass media and the national body

Mass media, regularly hiding away reality, present the groups of neo-nazis, macho greeks, racists and descendants of nazi collaborators as “groups of enraged locals”. They hide away racist pogroms, the stabbing of migrants and police violence and they instead project “a suffocating situation” and “increased crime rates”.
In the midst of the crisis they continue to target migrants as a “national threat to health, national order and security”. They are moulding a national body on behalf of those who sit on our necks, perpetuating national divides, racism and xenophobia.

Common Struggles by locals and migrants

Us locals and migrants must find common ground to breach national unity, to create embankments, to fight together against all sorts of fascists, the attack launched by the state and bosses, the contempt for our lives.

Solidarity gathering: Attikis Square,

Friday October 8th, 6 pm

People in Solidarity

October 7, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Felipe Henchullan has suffered a pre-infarction and has contracted pneumonia:


Oct 05, 2010

According to the data provided by the doctor of Victoria hospital, Felipe Huenchillan aka “El Penhi” has had a pre-infarction and is affected by a serious pneumonia and very high fever. Family and relative of “El Penhi” and his community are currently feeling very upset and worried about what it could happen from now on.

“El Penhi” Felipe Huenchillan, along with the rest of our brothers remains in a very poor health. The 3 brothers inside Angol prison are the  ones in worst condition.

More news coming.

Autonomos commnity Temuicui.

Felipe Huenchullán sufrió preinfarto y se encfereduentra con neumonía

Oct 05, 2010
Según los datos entregado por los medico del hospital de victoria, el peñi Felipe Huenchullan anoche sufrio un preinfarto y se encuentra con una grave neumonia, con mucha fiebre, los familiares del peñi y su comunidad se encuentran muy preucupada por lo que puede suceder.
El peñi Felipe Huenchullan, al igual que el resto de nuestros hermanos estan en muy mala condiciones de salud, peor aun los tres hemanos que se encuentran al interior de la carcel de Angol.
Noticia en desarrollo
Comunidad autonoma temucuicui

October 6, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Machine Sabotaged in solidarity with The Happendon Wood Action Camp


Extensive damage has been caused to a mining machine at the Broken Cross open cast coal mine in South Lanarkshire. This action, taken during the night of third of October, was carried out anonymously by those acting in solidarity with The Happendon Wood Action Camp (THWAC), and in support of the residents of the Douglas Valley.
The sabotage was carried out as an act of opposition to Scottish Coal’s recently submitted  proposals to extend the Broken Cross mine and to begin work at two new sites in the area, at Townhead and Auldton Hights.

October 6, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Chile – the Mapuche of Angol do not accept the terms of the government and continue hunger strike


translated from informa-azione

Radio Bio-Bio, 02:10:10 – The spokesman of the 9 Mapuche on hunger strike in Angol prison met with the Minister Larroulet Cristián to deliver their response to the government’s agreement, not accepting it and announcing that the hunger strike remains in force. The Minister Larroulet said that the priority is people’s lives and that they will insist that they stop with the hunger strike. However, there was no agreement reached with the 9 Mapuche who continue a hunger strike in Angol prison. The Mapuche spokesman said they were in a phase of reflection, so there are dates being set for new negotiations.
14 Mapuche political prisoners on hunger strike
from culmine, 5 October 2010
An update on the hunger strike by political prisoners Mapuche (PPM).
Following the agreement of October 1, Concepción, accepted by 24 MPP detained in the prisons of Concepción, Temuco and Lebu, some MPP decided to continue the struggle initiated on July 12, considering the conditions of the agreement to be insufficient. 14 MPPs have decided to continue with the hunger strike, to the end.
– 3 are still in the jail of Angol
– 7 from Angola prison are hospitalised in Victoria
– Three are being held in prison in Temuco, note that the three began the strike in September
– 1 in the juvenile prison of Chol Chol
They have already visited by the bishop of Temuco, although so far they do not have a MPP official mediator. To date there is no ongoing mediation and the health of the MPP is starting to give rise to concern.
Here is a list of the Mapuche Political Prisoners on hunger strike:
ANGOL prison:
1.- Víctor Llanquileo Pilquiman
2.- Fernando Millacheo Marin
3.- José Queipul Huaiquil
VICTORIA hospital:
4.- Víctor Hugo Queipul
5.- Felipe Huenchullan Cayul
6.- Camilo Tori Quiñinao
7.- Eduardo Osses Moreno
8.- Alex Curipan Levipan
9.- Carlos Huaiquillan Palacio
10.- *Waikilaf Cadin Calfunao
TEMUCO prison:
11.- Hugo Melinao
12.- Cristián Levinao
13.- Sergio Lican Levio
CHOL CHOL prison:
14.- Luis Marileo Carique

October 5, 2010
by actforfreedomnow


Protest demonstration outside the chilean embassy in Athens, in solidarity with the persecuted in Chile

banner from the center of Athens some days before the protest
On Friday, 24th of September 2010 a demonstration took place outside the Chilean embassy in Athens, in solidarity with the imprisoned fighters in Chile. About 100 persons gathered protesting outside the embassy. The embassy building was surrounded by a strong police force. Slogans were shouted and pamphlets concerning the current situation in Chile were distributed. Comrades of contrainfo distributed to the participants and passers-by a pamphlet  with the text “Stop the press! Pinochet is uncomfortable in his grave”, which refers to the victims of the repression in Chile, Chilean comrades and Mapuche indigenous peoples.

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    Translation into german:
    Am Freitag, den 24. September fand eine Demonstration aus Solidarität mit den Gefangenen in Chile vor der Chilenischen Botschaft in Athen statt. An die einhundert Personen versammelten sich und protestierten vor der Botschaft. Diese war eingekreist durch starke Polizeikräfte. Parolen wurden gerufen und Flügblätter, die sich mit der aktuellen Situation in Chile beschäftigten, wurden verteilt. Mitstreiter von contrainfo verteilten an TeilnehmerInnne und Passanten ein Flugblatt mit dem Text” Stoppt die Presse, Pinochet liegt ungemütlich in seinem Grab! Dieses bezieht sich auf die Opfer der Repression in Chile, Chilenische Militante und die Mapuche Indianer.

October 5, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Moscow anarchists blocked the Minsk highway in solidarity with the Belarusian friends


Monday, October 04, 2010


(A slightly edited machine translation)
Moscow anarchists blocked the Minsk highway in solidarity with the Belarusian

We, a group of Moscow anarchists in the early morning on October 1 blocked
with burning tires Minsk highway between Odintsovo and Krasnoznamensk in
protest against the persecution of fighters for freedom and justice of the
fascist regime of Lukashenko.

With a symbolic act on the road linking Moscow and Minsk, we want to draw
attention to the Russian public on the important issue, which is covered.
Right now the capital of the Republic of Belarus in prison languishing good
and honest people – Niikolay Dzyadok Alexander Frantskevich and Igor
Truhanovich. All of them – the anarchists – the fighters for freedom,
equality and justice and against dictatorships in Belarus and worldwide.They
are accused of burning police stations and the Russian embassy (which was set
on fire on August 30 in solidarity with the defenders of Khimki Moscow region
forests, are now exposed to predatory harvesting, with the consent of the
authorities). This radical challenge to the Belarusian and Russian oppressors
served as a pretext for mass arrests, threats and beatings of social
activists. In fact – the main reason for the arrest of our comrades from
Minsk are their beliefs and active lifestyle – now they face major prison
time. In total, through the hands of the KGB and the police took dozens of
people – one of the detainees, Tatiana Seminischevu, the scoundrels in
uniform drove up to the fact that she cutted her veins – it was a miracle
that this did not resulted a serious harm. People get just released after
several days in a prison cell without charges, since there may not be any
evidence against an innocent person, “result” did not have. A similar fate
awaited many others – in this momentin the dungeons are only three guys whose
names are mentioned above – they Lukashenka and his henchmen, apparently set
out to avenge all his impotent anger and vile.

We call upon all honest and caring people in Russia and around the world: Help
people in distress! You feasible means of protest to the Belarusian
authorities and their representatives in Russia: the embassies, consulates,
Belarusbank, do not buy Belarusian goods, tell us about the situation, family
and friends – do not let the people rot in jail in silence – act in any
manner to which you have enough imagination ! Make a contribution.

You can also write and send a letter of support to those arrested: now he,
more than ever, we need the kind words, a sense of shoulder solidarity.


Video from the action:


October 5, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Waves of property damage — Frederick, MD


A rash of vandalism in Frederick-area neighborhoods in recent weeks has left dozens of vehicles defaced, numerous tires flattened and windshields cracked, houses egged and buildings spray-painted.

A little more than a week ago, vandals even removed a 4-foot-tall statue of St. Jude from its post at an Emmitsburg church and smashed it into pieces. St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes.

The church crime was only one of 234 destruction of property cases reported to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office from Aug. 1 to Sept. 27, according to Cpl. Jennifer Bailey.

“Property crime seems to be what we’re responding to most often,” including burglaries, vandalism and destruction of property cases, Bailey said.

Damage resulting from those crimes ranged from a small amount of money to hundreds and even thousands of dollars to repair.

“Fifty dollars to replace a mailbox may seem insignificant to some people. But for others, it’s not,” Bailey said. “That $50 might be their family’s grocery money, and without it, they might not be able to eat.”

The vandalism isn’t confined to just the county. During those same eight weeks, the Frederick Police Department took 156 reports of destruction of property, Capt. Kevin Grubb said.

Maryland State Police responded to 25 property crimes in Mount Airy and Walkersville, Detective Sgt. Wayne Wachsmuth said. Police in Brunswick took 31 reports and police in Thurmont, 12.

Midweek last week, police in the City of Frederick were hard-pressed to recall any recent property damage crime sprees.

And then the weekend arrived — and so did the vandals.

Fifty-three tires on 31 vehicles were flattened. “Some cars lost all four,” Grubb said Monday.

“A line of people were calling, and it’s unfortunate,” he said. Not only did they suffer a financial loss for towing fees and for the damage they had to repair, but they were inconvenienced as well by temporarily not having the use of their vehicles.

In August and September, deputies responded most often to Emmitsburg, which had 15 reports. They took 14 complaints each in New Market and Mount Airy and 13 reports from Middletown.

Calls to Frederick mailing addresses outside the Frederick city limits numbered 111, Bailey said.

Town officials in New Market warned residents to keep an eye out on their property — and their neighbors’ property — and to report anything out of the ordinary to the sheriff’s office.

Mailboxes in the small town were destroyed, and lawns were damaged by cars, officials wrote in the town’s newsletter.

Bailey said the sheriff’s office has been receiving a number of tips since the creation of the agency’s Facebook page.

“All calls get assigned to a deputy for follow-up investigation, and areas with repeat calls are put on a patrol checklist,” she said.

It’s not unusual for Bailey, when reviewing reports each morning, to see at least one, two or three cases of vandalism.

Property crimes are hitting county communities on a daily basis, she said.

Last Wednesday morning, Bailey found seven reports had been filed about vehicles that had had tires slashed or windshields broken along Robin Drive. Reports continued to accumulate until the number reached 17.

Dennis Ebaugh, the facilities manager at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, was startled when he reported to work about 8 a.m. Sept. 20 and realized the St. Jude statue was missing from the garden between the church rectory and parish center.

The statue hadn’t been stolen. The crime was more senseless than that, he said.

The statue, which weighed at least 100 pounds, had been pulled off its stone base and carried around to the side of the building.

“Somebody busted it up,” he said, estimating it will cost in the neighborhood of $400 to replace.

The sheriff’s office arrested two teenage boys last week in one morning’s rash of vehicle vandalism cases along Black Duck Court.


October 5, 2010
by actforfreedomnow


Brussels – Companies targetted, against deportations

A communiqué says that Tuesday morning, several façades of companies, implicated in the management of migration, were targetted. It is unclair which companies, or in which way. A few photos show slogans on the façades of Carlson Wagonlit ( manages the stay of people without papers, before they are deported) and Randstad (delivers guards for asylum centres).

Brussels – Three metro stations damaged

Between 6 and 6.30 AM, masked persons damaged material in the metro stations Hankar, Delta and Pre-metro Parvis de Saint-Gilles. Black paint and pec made the Mobib machines and ticket machines unusable.


October 5, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Vandals damage Democratic campaign office in Modesto


Oct. 04
Vandals smashed several windows at the Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee headquarters late Friday or early Sunday.
Committee Chairman Mike Burtch said vandals destroyed five of the 11 windows of the building at 500 Scenic Drive. “This was not some drive-by,” he said. “It was a concerted effort. One (window) is safety glass and they worked very hard to smash through it.”
The committee filed a police report and is waiting to hear from its insurance company for a damage estimate.
The windows displayed signs for Democrats running for office or re-election, such as Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Burtch said the vandals did not enter the building and nothing was taken.

October 5, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Mountjoy boss vows to tackle thugs with dogs and riot squads


October 4th, 2010 http://signalfire.org/?p=4054

Monday October 04 2010
THE NEW Mountjoy chief has claimed that prisoners don’t run his prison.
Governor Ned Whelan told a gathering of prison officers at Ireland’s largest jail last week that his get-tough stance would continue.
He addressed the prison officers after 70 donned riot gear and ended a prisoner sit-in linked to racial abuse levelled at a prison officer last week.
Six handlers and up to 10 trained Alsatians were also dispatched to ensure the situation didn’t get out of control.
A source told the Herald: “The governor was delighted with the day’s work. He told the prison officers that the day of prisoners running Mountjoy was over.”
To reiterate his tough stance and his willingness to deploy the control and restrain teams to deal with prisoner unrest, the prison dog handlers did a demonstration in one of the exercise yards on Thursday.
“They brought the Alsatians into the exercise yard and had them confront a handler who was wearing protective padding,” the source said.
“It was in full view of the prisoners on the Joy’s notorious D wing and they were chanting but you could here a pin drop when the dogs started attacking.”
Wednesday’s protest came after a ‘P19′ disciplinary report was issued against a prisoner who had abused a black officer.
The prisoner, who was recently transferred to Mountjoy from a jail in Britain, was backed up by up to 100 of his fellow inmates in the protest.
Officers dressed in full riot gear, backed up by the prison dog units, convinced the men to halt their protest and return to their cells.
Seven of the men, including the instigator of the protest, were transferred out of Mountoy and a further three individuals are waiting for space to open up elsewhere before they are transferred.
Ireland’s most dangerous prison inmate continues to be housed in the prison’s segregation unit, despite reservations on the part of prison officers.
Leroy Dumbrell, who has 57 convictions, sparked a walk-out by Mountjoy prison officers in the summer when he was transferred back to the E Division at the prison from Castlerea prison.


The thug, who has been involved in prison riots, drug dealing and attacks on other inmates, had been held on 23-hour lock-up in Castlerea.
In August, his lawyers won a court order to end the five-month solitary confinement and allow him to mix with other convicts.
The Mountjoy governor has also brought in new guidelines to deal with the prison’s drug problem.
More intensive screening for visitors, the ending of physical contact between certain prisoners and their visitors and the erection of a €200,000 drug net designed to stop drugs being catapulted over the perimeter wall and into the exercise yard.
The jail yards were already surrounded by vertical meshing and gardai deploy regular patrols along the banks of the nearby Royal Canal to stop the drug slingshots.
New visitor guidelines have also added to the ill feeling between prisoners and prison authorities.
A number of inmates, who come under suspicion by staff handling the jail’s drug dog, are refused physical contact if there are indications that they could have been involved in accepting drugs or other contraband from visitors in the past.
Instead, they have to agree to receive visits behind a screen and in controlled circumstances.

October 5, 2010
by actforfreedomnow

>Communiqué: Action for the prisoners in Chile


4 10 2010 From Culmine (October 4, 2010) via Libertad a lxs 14A (October 3, 2010):


During the week, we heard the news of the arbitrary transfer to Santiago 1 of the comrades imprisoned in the Bombs Case, as well as their hunger strike and subsequent one-month sentence. Added to that was the beating given to our brother Abuelo (Camilo). Therefore, we decided to arm ourselves with household items in order to take revenge.
“In this joint, the cops are in charge,” declared the aggressor gendarme. Today we answer him: “In the joint and on the streets, anyone can be in charge. It’s just a question of will and conviction.”
Sir Gendarmes, wretched jailers: HANDS OFF THE ANARCHIST POLITICAL PRISONERS. Know full well that we will not stand for even one more outrage against the abducted comrades, their visitors, or their communications.
And you, sir prosecutor Alejandro Peña, should stop bullshitting. You must know that anarchists DON’T HAVE LEADERS. Therefore, ILLICIT ASSOCIATION IS IMPOSSIBLE.



(We take this opportunity to send greetings to those showing internationalist solidarity in England, Spain, Mexico, Greece, Argentina, Canada, and elsewhere, as well as the Mapuche prisoners in Angol who are maintaining their struggle.)

October 4, 2010
by actforfreedomnow


>Monday 4 octomber 2010 time 09.00 at evelpidon courts Athens